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  1. Kinetics of borided gear steels

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    Ibrahim Gunes

    2013-06-01

    In this study, the case properties and diffusion kinetics of GS18NiMoCr36 (GS18), GS22NiMoCr56 (GS22) and GS32NiCrMo6.4 (GS32) gear steels borided in Ekabor-II powder were investigated by conducting a series of experiments at temperatures of 1123, 1173 and 1223 K for 2, 4 and 6 h. The boride layer was characterized by optical microscopy, X-ray diffraction technique and microVickers hardness tester. X-ray diffraction analysis of boride layers on the surface of the steels revealed the existence of FeB, Fe2B, CrB and Cr2B compounds. The thickness of the boride layer increases by increasing boriding time and temperature for all steels. The hardness of the boride compounds formed on the surface of the steels GS18, GS22 and GS32 ranged from 1624 to 1905 HV0,05, 1702 to 1948 HV0,05, and 1745 to 2034 HV0,05 respectively, whereas Vickers hardness values of the untreated steels GS18, GS22 and GS32 were 335 HV0,05, 358 HV0,05 and 411 HV0,05, respectively. The activation energies (Q) of borided steels were 228.644 kJ/mol for GS18, 280.609 kJ/mol for GS22 and 294.359 kJ/mol for GS32. The growth kinetics of the boride layers forming on the GS18, GS22 and GS32 steels and the thickness of boride layers were also investigated.

  2. Nanodispersed boriding of titanium alloy

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    The problem of improving the operational reliability of machines is becoming increasingly important due to the increased mechanical, thermal and other loads on the details. There are many surface hardening methods for machines parts which breakdown begins with surface corruption. The most promising methods are chemical-thermal treatment. The aim of this work is to study the impact of boriding on the structure and properties of titanium alloy. Materials and Methods: The material of this study is VT3-1 titanium alloy. The boriding were conducted using nanodispersed powder blend based on boric substances. It is established that boriding of paste compounds allows obtaining the surface hardness within 30 - 29 GPa and with declining to 27- 26 GPa in layer to the transition zone (with total thickness up to 110 μm) owing to changes of the layer phase composition where T2B, TiB, TiB2 titanium borides are formed. The increasing of chemical-thermal treatment time from 15 minutes to 2 hours leads to thickening of the borated layer (30 - 110 μm) and transition zone (30 - 190 μm). Due to usage of nanodispersed boric powder, the boriding duration is decreasing in 2 - 3 times. This allows saving time and electric energy. The developed optimal mode of boriding the VT3-1 titanium alloy allows obtaining the required operational characteristics and to combine the saturation of the surface layer with atomic boron and hardening

  3. Nanodispersed boriding of titanium alloy

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    Kateryna O. Kostyk

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available The problem of improving the operational reliability of machines is becoming increasingly important due to the increased mechanical, thermal and other loads on the details. There are many surface hardening methods for machines parts which breakdown begins with surface corruption. The most promising methods are chemo-thermal treatment. Aim: The aim of this work is to study the impact of boriding on the structure and properties of titanium alloy. Materials and Methods: The material of this study is VT3-1 titanium alloy. The boriding were conducted using nanodispersed powder blend based on boric substances. Results: It is established that boriding of paste compounds allows obtaining the surface hardness within 30...29 GPa and with declining to 27...26 GPa in layer to the transition zone (with total thickness up to 110 μm owing to changes of the layer phase composition where Ti2B, TiB, TiB2 titanium borides are formed. The increasing of chemical-thermal treatment time from 15 minutes to 2 hours leads to thickening of the borated layer (30...110 µm and transition zone (30...190 µm. Conclusions: Due to usage of nanodispersed boric powder, the boriding duration is decreasing in 2...3 times. This allows saving time and electric energy. The developed optimal mode of boriding the VT3-1 titanium alloy allows obtaining the required operational characteristics and to combine the saturation of the surface layer with atomic boron and hardening.

  4. Microstructure and of Mechanics Microwave Boriding

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    YE Weiping; HUANG Zilin; ZHANG Qiaoxin; ZHANG Qinyi

    2008-01-01

    Microwave boriding layer microstructure of carbon steels and its diffusion mechanics were studied.The results show that the existence of microwave field in the boriding can't change the growth mechanics of boriding layer. Compared with conventional boriding,if the treatment temperature and time remain constantly,the descend rate of the boriding layer thickness with the increase of carbon content of steel is smaller.The diffusion activation energy of T8 steel is 2.6× 105 J/mol between the temperature of 750 ℃and 900 ℃ in microwave field,which is in the same order ofconventional boriding.

  5. Characterization of AISI 4140 borided steels

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    The present study characterizes the surface of AISI 4140 steels exposed to the paste-boriding process. The formation of Fe2B hard coatings was obtained in the temperature range 1123-1273 K with different exposure times, using a 4 mm thick layer of boron carbide paste over the material surface. First, the growth kinetics of boride layers at the surface of AISI 4140 steels was evaluated. Second, the presence and distribution of alloying elements on the Fe2B phase was measured using the Glow Discharge Optical Emission Spectrometry (GDOES) technique. Further, thermal residual stresses produced on the borided phase were evaluated by X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis. The fracture toughness of the iron boride layer of the AISI 4140 borided steels was estimated using a Vickers microindentation induced-fracture testing at a constant distance of 25 μm from the surface. The force criterion of fracture toughness was determined from the extent of brittle cracks, both parallel and perpendicular to the surface, originating at the tips of an indenter impression. The fracture toughness values obtained by the Palmqvist crack model are expressed in the form KC(π/2) > KC > KC(0) for the different applied loads and experimental parameters of the boriding process.

  6. The fracture toughness of borides formed on boronized cold work tool steels

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    In this study, the fracture toughness of boride layers of two borided cold work tool steels have been investigated. Boriding was carried out in a salt bath consisting of borax, boric acid, ferro-silicon and aluminum. Boriding was performed at 850 and 950 deg. C for 2 to 7 h. The presence of boride phases were determined by X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis. Hardness and fracture toughness of borides were measured via Vickers indenter. Increasing of boriding time and temperature leads to reduction of fracture toughness of borides. Metallographic examination showed that boride layer formed on cold work tool steels was compact and smooth

  7. Transition Metal Borides: Synthesis, Characterization and Superconducting Properties

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    Kayhan, Mehmet

    2013-01-01

    A systematic study was done on the synthesis and superconducting properties of metal rich transition metal borides. Five different binary systems were investigated including the boride systems of niobium, tantalum, molybdenum, tungsten and rhenium. High temperature solid state methods were used in order to synthesize samples of different transition metal borides of the composition M2B, MB, M3B2, MB2, and M2B4. The reactions were carried out in three different furnaces with different sample co...

  8. An investigation on fatigue life of borided AISI 1010 steel

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    O.N. Celik

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: This study aims to investigate the fatigue life of box borided AISI 1010 steel materials.Design/methodology/approach: Fatigue specimens firstly have been prepared according to ASTM E466-96 standard and normalized. Then their surfaces have been cleaned by polishing. Boriding heat treatment has been applied in solid media with the help of Ekabor2 powder. Specimens have been borided at 1173-1223-1273 and 1323 K temperatures for 2-4 and 6 hours respectively. Fatigue tests have been made in rotating-bend test device. Separate S-N diagram has been formed for each boriding condition and then their results were compared with the results of the specimens on which any heat treatment has not been made.Findings: As a result it has been seen that boriding has no positive effect on fatigue life of AISI 1010 steel materials. And also it has been determined that fatigue life of the materials on which boriding heat treatment applied, decreases in between 14 %-55 %.Research limitations/implications: It can be noted that the reasons of short fatigue life determination are the boride layer’s much higher hardness than the substrate material’s, and the micro cracks existed between boride phases formed onto the surface.Originality/value: The investigations on fatigue life of borided AISI 1010 steel were made.

  9. Bismuth, Metronidazole, and Tetracycline

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    Helidac® (as a kit containing Bismuth Subsalicylate, Metronidazole, Tetracycline) ... Bismuth, metronidazole, and tetracycline is used along with other ulcer medications to treat duodenal ulcers. It is in a class of medications called ...

  10. Novel Bismuth Nanotubes

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    苏长荣; 李家明

    2002-01-01

    Theoretical investigations show that bismuth nanotubes are semiconductors for all diameters. For smalldiameter bismuth nanotubes, the band structures and bandgaps vary strongly with the strong hybridization effect. When the diameters are larger than 18 A, the bandgaps ofBi (n, n) and (n, 0) nanotubes approach 0.63 e V, corresponding to the bandgap of bismuth sheet at the Γ point. Thus, bismuth nanotubes are expected to be a potential semiconductor nanomaterial in future nanoelectronics.

  11. Surface oxidation phenomena of boride coatings grown on iron

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    Very hard boride coatings are grown on various metals using thermochemical as well as chemical vapour deposition techniques. In this way many surface properties, and in particular the wear resistance, can be considerably improved. Usually, also the corrosion behaviour of the treated components is important. In particular, oxidizing atmospheres are involved in many applications where, therefore, coating-environment interactions can play a relevant role. In a previous work, the early stages of the oxidation of iron borides were studied by treating single phase compacted powders in flowing oxygen at low temperatures (300-450deg C). In the present paper, the attention is addressed to the oxidation of both single phase and polyphase boride coatings thermochemically grown on iron. The single phase boride coatings were constituted by Fe2B, while the polyphase coatings were constituted by an inner Fe2B layer and an outer FeB-base layer. All the boride layers displayed strong (002) preferred crystallographic orientations. (orig.)

  12. Borides at interfacial zone of IC6 TLP bonded joints

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    谢永慧; 毛唯; 刘效方; 颜鸣皋

    2003-01-01

    Transient liquid phase (TLP) bonding technique was used in joining IC6 alloy, a newly developed Ni3Al based intermetallic material. Studies were focused on the borides at the interfacial zone, which were formed through the diffusion of boron from the interlayer into the base metal during the bonding process. The morphology and microstructure of the borides were investigated, as well as their growth mechanism and microstructure evolution with increasing holding time. Both the needle-like and the blocky borides were testified by EDS and TEM as Mo2NiB2, with (110) and (211) as interfacial planes. The results show that the borides have some orientation relationship with that of the base metal, that is (211)borides∥(111)substrate,〈111〉borides∥〈123〉substrate. The growth of the borides is controlled by long-range diffusion of solute atoms. The borides are always enveloped by γ′-Ni3 (Al, Mo) films, which would influence the growth behavior of the borides greatly.

  13. Boriding of high carbon high chromium cold work tool steel

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    High-carbon high-chromium cold work tool steels are widely used for blanking and cold forming of punches and dies. It is always advantageous to obtain an increased wear resistant surface to improve life and performance of these steels. In this connection boriding of a high-carbon high-chromium cold work die steel, D3, was conducted in a mixture of 30% B4C, 70% borax at 950 °C for two, four and six hours. Case depth of the borided layer obtained was between 40 to 80 μm. After boriding, the surface hardness achieved was between 1430 to 1544 HV depending upon the process time. X-ray diffraction studies confirmed the formation of a duplex compound layer consisting of FeB and Fe2B. It is generally considered that FeB is undesirable because of its inherent brittleness. Post boriding treatment (homogenization) transformed the compound layer into single-phase layer of Fe2B, while surface hardness decreased to 1345-1430 HV. Pin-on-disc wer test showed that wear resistance of the borided samples was superior as compared to non-borided material and increased with boriding time

  14. ELECTROCHEMICAL MACHINING OF CARBIDES AND BORIDES

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    Dissaux, Bernard Antoine; Muller, Rolf H.; Tobias, Charles W.

    1978-07-01

    The use of high rate anodic dissolution (electrochemical machining) for shaping titanium carbide, zirconium carbide, titanium boride and zirconium boride has been investigated in 2N potassium nitrate and 3N sodium chloride under current densities ranging from 20 to 120 A/cm{sup 2} (corresponding to cutting rates of 0.3 to 1.8 mm/min). The dissolution stoichiometry for all these materials is independent of the current density in the range 20 to 120 A/cm{sup 2}. Both titanium and zirconium appear to dissolve in the +4 state, boron in the +3 state and the weight loss measurements indicate that carbon is oxidized to CO and CO{sub 2}. The current voltage curves permit to establish that, over the entire current density and flow range investigated, dissolution occurs in the transpassive state. The surface roughness obtained on TiC and ZrC is within 3-5 {micro}m and is independent of current density, applied voltage or flow rate.

  15. Plasma metallurgical production of nanocrystalline borides and carbides

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    Galevsky, G. V.; Rudneva, V. V.; Cherepanov, A. N.; Galevsky, S. G.; Efimova, K. A.

    2016-09-01

    he experience in production and study of properties of nanocrystalline borides and chromium carbides, titanium, silicon was summarized. The design and features of the vertical three-jet once-through reactor with power 150 kW, used in the plasma metallurgical production, was described. The technological, thermotechnical and resource characteristics of the reactor were identified. The parameters of borides and carbides synthesis, their main characteristics in the nanodispersed state and equipment-technological scheme of production were provided. Evaluation of engineering-and-economical performance of the laboratory and industrial levels of borides and carbides production and the state corresponding to the segment of the world market was carried out.

  16. Effect of boron paste thickness on the growth kinetics of polyphase boride coatings during the boriding process

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    The growth kinetics of FeB and Fe2B phases forming on AISI M2 steel by paste boriding was studied using different values of paste thickness, treating temperature and exposure time. The growth of iron boride layers is described by the mass balance equation between phases in thermodynamic equilibrium, assuming that the boron concentration at the interfaces remain constant during the treatment. The experimental results show that boron mobility and growth kinetics of iron borides are considerably increased when the paste thickness is increased at constant values of temperature and exposure time

  17. Microstructure and properties of laser-borided Inconel 600-alloy

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    Kulka, M., E-mail: michal.kulka@put.poznan.pl; Dziarski, P.; Makuch, N.; Piasecki, A.; Miklaszewski, A.

    2013-11-01

    Nickel-based superalloys are used extensively for a variety of industrial applications involving high temperatures and aggressive environments. However, under conditions of appreciable mechanical wear (adhesive or abrasive), these materials have to be distinguished by suitable wear protection. The diffusion boronizing is the thermo-chemical treatment, which improves the tribological properties of nickel and its alloys. Nevertheless, the long duration of this process is necessary in order to obtain the layers of the thickness up to about 100 μm. Instead of the diffusion process, in this study the laser boriding is used for producing boride layer on Inconel 600-alloy. During the laser alloying, the external cylindrical surface of base material is coated by paste, including amorphous boron. Then the surface is re-melted by a laser beam. The high overlapping of multiple laser tracks (86%) causes the formation of uniform laser-alloyed layer in respect of the thickness. Laser re-melted zone, heat-affected zone and the substrate characterize the microstructure. In the re-melted zone, the three areas are observed: compact borides zone consisting of nickel, chromium and iron borides (close to the surface), zone of increased percentage of Ni–Cr–Fe-matrix (appearing in the greater distance from the surface) and zone of dominant Ni–Cr–Fe-matrix percentage (at the end of the layer). The hardness obtained is comparable to that-obtained in case of diffusion boriding. Simultaneously, the laser-borided layers are significantly thicker (about 346 or 467 μm depending on the laser power used). The significant increase in their abrasive wear resistance is observed. The wear intensity factors, as well as the relative mass loss of the laser-borided samples, are ten times smaller in comparison with untreated Inconel 600-alloy.

  18. Cathodic processes in the electrochemical synthesis of niobium borides in chloride-fluoride melts

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    Cathodic processes in the electrochemical synthesis of niobium borides are studied. The possibility of electrochemical synthesis of the niobium boride coatings in the kinetic regime is indicated. The electrolyte composition is selected the process parameters which make it possible to obtain both crystal and roentgenoamorphous niobium boride coatings 20-30 μm thick are determined

  19. Nanocalorimetry of bismuth nanoparticles

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    Olson, Eric Ashley

    The properties of nanosized bismuth particles are investigated using a nanocalorimetric technique. A brief description of the experimental method and data analysis procedures is reported. Bismuth nanoparticles are found to melt at a temperature below that of bulk material, but higher than expected using the standard model. Also included is the results of a finite element analysis and simulated melting of bismuth films on various kinds of sensors. Temperature distributions are found to be nonuniform for calorimetric sensors with Al metallizations, but much more uniform for Pt metallized sensors. The consequences of this nonuniformity on caloric data are discussed.

  20. Influence of Surface Nano-structured Treatment on Pack Boriding of H13 Steel

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    2007-01-01

    In order to lower the boriding temperature of hot work steel H13, method of surface mechanical attrition treatment (SMAT), which can make the grain size of the surface reach nano-scale, was used before pack boriding. The growth of the boride layer was studied in a function of boriding temperature and time. By TEM (transmission electron microscopy), SEM (scanning electron microscopy), XRD (x-ray diffraction) and microhardness tests, the grain size, thermal stability of the nano-structured (NS) surface and the thickness,appearance, phases of the surface boride layer were studied. Kinetic of boriding was compared between untreated samples and treated samples. Results showed that after SMAT, the boride layer was thicker and the hardness gradient was smoother. Furthermore, after boriding at a low temperature of 700℃ for 8 h, a boride layer of about 5 μm formed on the NS surface. This layer was toothlike and wedged into the substrate, which made the surface layer combine well with the substrate. The phase of the boride layer was Fe2B. Research on boriding kinetics indicated that the activation energy was decreased for the treated samples.

  1. Subminiature eddy current transducers for studying boride coatings

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    Dmitriev, S. F.; Ishkov, A. V.; Malikov, V. N.; Sagalakov, A. M.

    2016-07-01

    Strengthening of parts and units of machines, increased reliability and longer service life is an important task of modern mechanical engineering. The main objects of study in the work were selected steel 65G and 50HGA, wear-resistant boride coatings ternary system Fe-B-Fe n B which were investigated by scanning electron microscopy and eddy-current nondestructive methods.

  2. Assessment of polyphase sintered iron-cobalt-iron boride cermets

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    Sintering of iron, cobalt and boron powders has been analysed. As a result iron-iron boride, Fe-Fe2B and iron/cobalt boride with a slight admixture of molybdenum, Fe - Co - (FeMoCo)2B cermets have been produced. Iron was introduced to the mixture as the Astalloy Mo Hoeganaes grade powder. Elemental amorphous boron powder was used, and formation of borides occurred both during heating and isothermal sintering periods causing dimensional changes of the sintered body. Dilatometry was chosen to control basic phenomena taking place during multiphase sintering of investigated systems. The microstructure and phase constituents of sintered compacts were controlled as well. The cermets produced were substituted to: metallographic tests, X-ray analysis, measurements of hardness and of microhardness, and of wear in the process of sliding dry friction. Cermets are made up of two phases; hard grains of iron - cobalt boride, (FeCo)2B (1800 HV) constituting the reinforcement and a relatively soft and plastic eutectic mixture Fe2B - Co (400-500 HV) constituting the matrix. (author)

  3. Characterisation of Wear Resistant Boride Layers on a Tool Steel by Activity Controlled Pack Boronising

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    Fernandes, Frederico Augusto Pires; Christiansen, Thomas Lundin; Somers, Marcel A. J.

    2015-01-01

    The present work addresses the production and characterisation of iron boride layers by pack boronising of a Vanadis 6 tool steel. The boride layers were produced at 900°C for 2h using different pack compositions in order to obtain a single-phase boride layer. The layers were characterized...... by pack boronising for all conditions as compared to the heat treated tool steel....

  4. Growth kinetics of boride layers formed on 99.0% purity nickel

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    I Gunes; K Keddam; R Chegroune; M Ozcatal

    2015-08-01

    The present study reports on the kinetics of borided Nickel 201 alloy. The thermochemical treatment of boronizing was carried out in a solid medium consisting of B4C and KBF4 powders mixture at 1123, 1173 and 1223 K for 2, 4 and 6 h, respectively. The boride layer was characterized by optical microscopy, X-ray diffraction technique and micro-Vickers hardness tester. X-ray diffraction analysis revealed the existence of NiB, Ni2B, Ni3B and Ni4B3 compounds at the surface of borided Nickel 201 alloy. The thickness of the boride layer increased with an increase in the boriding time and the temperature. The hardness of the nickel borides formed on the surface of the nickel substrate ranged from 1642 to 1854 HV0.05, whereas the Vickers hardness value of the untreated nickel was 185 HV0.05. The growth kinetics of boride layers forming on the borided Nickel 201 alloy was also analysed. The boron activation energy () was estimated as equal to 203.87 kJ mol−1 for the borided Nickel 201 alloy.

  5. Boron-Based Hydrogen Storage: Ternary Borides and Beyond

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    Vajo, John

    2016-09-22

    DOE continues to seek reversible solid-state hydrogen materials with hydrogen densities of ³11 wt% and ³80 g/L that can deliver hydrogen and be recharged at moderate temperatures (£100 °C) and pressures (£100 bar) enabling incorporation into hydrogen storage systems suitable for transportation applications. Boron-based hydrogen storage materials have the potential to meet the density requirements given boron’s low atomic weight, high chemical valance, and versatile chemistry. However, the rates of hydrogen exchange in boron based compounds are thus far much too slow for practical applications. Although contributing to the high hydrogen densities, the high valance of boron also leads to slow rates of hydrogen exchange due to extensive boron-boron atom rearrangements during hydrogen cycling. This rearrangement often leads to multiple solid phases occurring over hydrogen release and recharge cycles. These phases must nucleate and react with each other across solid-solid phase boundaries leading to energy barriers that slow the rates of hydrogen exchange. This project sought to overcome the slow rates of hydrogen exchange in boron-based hydrogen storage materials by minimizing the number of solid phases and the boron atom rearrangement over a hydrogen release and recharge cycle. Two novel approaches were explored: 1) developing matched pairs of ternary borides and mixed-metal borohydrides that could exchange hydrogen with only one hydrogenated phase (the mixed-metal borohydride) and only one dehydrogenated phase (the ternary boride); and 2) developing boranes that could release hydrogen by being lithiated using lithium hydride with no boron-boron atom rearrangement. For the first approach, possible pairs of ternary borides and mixed-metal borohydrides based on Mg with various first row transition metals were investigated both experimentally and theoretically. In particular, the Mg/Mn ternary boride and mixed-metal borohydride were found to be a suitable pair and

  6. Effect of microstructure on the wear resistance of borided Fe-Cr alloys

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    Dybkov, Vasyl I. [Institute of Problems of Materials Science, Kyiv (Ukraine)

    2013-07-15

    Two boride layers were found to form at the interface between reacting phases in the course of boriding of Fe-Cr alloys (10, 15, 25 and 30% Cr) and chromium steels (13 and 25% Cr) in the temperature range of 850-950 C and reaction times 3600-43200 s (1-12h). In the case of Fe-10%Cr and Fe-15%Cr alloys and 13% Cr steel, the outer boride layer bordering the boriding agent consists of the (Fe,Cr)B phase, whereas the inner boride layer adjacent to the solid substrate consists of the (Fe,Cr)2B phase. Each layer is thus a homogeneous phase (type I microstructure). In contrast, on the surface of Fe-25%Cr and Fe-30%Cr alloys and 25% Cr steel each of the two boride layers consists of two phases and has a peculiar network-platelet morphology. The outer boride layer comprises the (Fe,Cr)B and (Cr,Fe)B phases, while the inner consists of the (Fe,Cr){sub 2}B and (Cr,Fe){sub 2}B phases (type II microstructure). It is such boride layers that exhibit the highest wear resistance. (orig.)

  7. Bismuth toxicity in patients treated with bismuth iodoform paraffin packs.

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    Atwal, A; Cousin, G C S

    2016-01-01

    Bismuth is a heavy metal used in bismuth iodoform paraffin paste (BIPP) antiseptic dressings and in a number of other medical preparations. It can be absorbed systemically and cause toxicity. We report 2 cases of such neurotoxicity after it was used in operations on the jaws.

  8. Transition metal borides. Synthesis, characterization and superconducting properties

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    Kayhan, Mehmet

    2013-07-12

    A systematic study was done on the synthesis and superconducting properties of metal rich transition metal borides. Five different binary systems were investigated including the boride systems of niobium, tantalum, molybdenum, tungsten and rhenium. High temperature solid state methods were used in order to synthesize samples of different transition metal borides of the composition M{sub 2}B, MB, M{sub 3}B{sub 2}, MB{sub 2}, and M{sub 2}B{sub 4}. The reactions were carried out in three different furnaces with different sample containers: the electric arc (copper crucible), the high frequency induction furnace (boron nitride, tantalum or glassy carbon crucibles), and the conventional tube furnace (sealed evacuated quartz ampoules). The products obtained were characterized with X-ray powder diffractometry, scanning electron microscopy and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. Phase analyses and crystal structure refinements using the Rietveld method and based on structure models known from literature were performed. A neutron diffraction measurement was done for W{sub 2}B{sub 4} to allow for a complete crystal structure determination, because of the presence of a heavy element like tungsten and a light element like boron that made it difficult to determine the accurate determination of the boron atom positions and occupancies from X-ray data. A new structure model for W{sub 2}B{sub 4} was proposed. Magnetic measurements in a SQUID magnetometer down to temperatures as low as 1.8 K were performed to several of the products in order to see if the transition metal borides become superconducting at low temperatures, and the results were compared with data from literature. Superconducting properties were found for the following compounds: NbB{sub 2} (T{sub C} = 3.5 K), β-MoB (T{sub C} = 2.4 K), β-WB (T{sub C} = 2.0 K), α-WB (T{sub C} = 4.3 K), W{sub 2}B{sub 4} (T{sub C} = 5.4 K), Re{sub 7}B{sub 3} (T{sub C} = 2.4 K). A relationship between the superconducting properties

  9. Borides - a new generation of highly resistant materials?

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    High-duty ceramics are on advance in all sectors where materials with extremely good resistance to high temperatures and wear are required. The group of oxides, nitrides and carbides in use for quite a time now recently has been increased by the metal borides which offer among others economic advantages in certain applications. The drawbacks of these materials still to be reduced are their brittleness and susceptibility to oxidation and corrosion. Current research work on the thermodynamics of such systems, on the interaction between structure and properties, and on means to improve strength and resistance to wear are expected to soon open up new applications. (orig.)

  10. Characterisation of titanium-titanium boride composites processed by powder metallurgy techniques

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    Selva Kumar, M., E-mail: sel_mcet@yahoo.co.in [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Dr. Mahalingam College of Engineering and Technology, Pollachi-642003 (India); Chandrasekar, P.; Chandramohan, P. [School of Engineering, Professional Group of Institutions, Coimbatore-641662 (India); Mohanraj, M. [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Info Institute of Engineering, Coimbatore-641107 (India)

    2012-11-15

    In this work, a detailed characterisation of titanium-titanium boride composites processed by three powder metallurgy techniques, namely, hot isostatic pressing, spark plasma sintering and vacuum sintering, was conducted. Two composites with different volume percents of titanium boride reinforcement were used for the investigation. One was titanium with 20% titanium boride, and the other was titanium with 40% titanium boride (by volume). Characterisation was performed using X-ray diffraction, electron probe micro analysis - energy dispersive spectroscopy and wavelength dispersive spectroscopy, image analysis and scanning electron microscopy. The characterisation results confirm the completion of the titanium boride reaction. The results reveal the presence of titanium boride reinforcement in different morphologies such as needle-shaped whiskers, short agglomerated whiskers and fine plates. The paper also discusses how mechanical properties such as microhardness, elastic modulus and Poisson's ratio are influenced by the processing techniques as well as the volume fraction of the titanium boride reinforcement. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Ti-TiB composites were processed by HIP, SPS and vacuum sintering. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The completion of Ti-TiB{sub 2} reaction was confirmed by XRD, SEM and EPMA studies. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Hardness and elastic properties of Ti-TiB composites were discussed. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Processing techniques were compared with respect to their microstructure.

  11. Discovery of elusive structures of multifunctional transition-metal borides.

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    Liang, Yongcheng; Wu, Zhaobing; Yuan, Xun; Zhang, Wenqing; Zhang, Peihong

    2016-01-14

    A definitive determination of crystal structures is an important prerequisite for designing and exploiting new functional materials. Even though tungsten and molybdenum borides (TMBx) are the prototype for transition-metal light-element compounds with multiple functionalities, their elusive crystal structures have puzzled scientists for decades. Here, we discover that the long-assumed TMB2 phases with the simple hP3 structure (hP3-TMB2) are in fact a family of complex TMB3 polytypes with a nanoscale ordering along the axial direction. Compared with the energetically unfavorable and dynamically unstable hP3-TMB2 phase, the energetically more favorable and dynamically stable TMB3 polytypes explain the experimental structural parameters, mechanical properties, and X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns better. We demonstrate that such a structural and compositional modification from the hP3-TMB2 phases to the TMB3 polytypes originates from the relief of the strong antibonding interaction between d electrons by removing one third of metal atoms systematically. These results resolve the longstanding structural mystery of this class of metal borides and uncover a hidden family of polytypic structures. Moreover, these polytypic structures provide an additional hardening mechanism by forming nanoscale interlocks that may strongly hinder the interlayer sliding movements, which promises to open a new avenue towards designing novel superhard nanocomposite materials by exploiting the coexistence of various polytypes.

  12. Reactive Boride Brazing on Low-Alloy Automotive Grade Steel

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    Palanisamy, B.; Upadhyaya, A.

    2011-11-01

    Brazing is a widely used process to improve the performance of steels used in automotive applications. The substrate material is often exposed to harsh conditions in these applications and may affect the service life of the component. Reactive boride brazing aims to improve the mechanical properties of the substrate material by forming a ceramic-metal composite coating in a single-step process in situ. In this study, sintered Ancor 4300 low-alloy steel is used as the substrate with chromium-rich braze and chromium-lean braze materials. The mechanical properties of the brazed samples were studied in detail using microindentation hardness measurements and the transverse rupture test. The results indicate that the brazed superlayer has a 10 times higher hardness. There was a significant improvement in the transverse rupture strength of the steel brazed with the chromium-rich boride as compared to the pure substrate material. In an effort to reduce processing time, green compacts of the substrate were also directly brazed and yielded favorable results.

  13. Metal Borohydrides synthesized from metal borides and metal hydrides

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    Sommer, Sanna

    2014-01-01

    Aarhus C, Denmark email: gallafogh@hotmail.com / sanna-sommer@hotmail.com Magnesium boride, MgB2, ball milled with MH (M = Li, Na, Ca) followed by hydrogenation under high hydrogen pressure, readily forms the corresponding metal borohydrides, M(BH4)x (M = Li, Na, Ca) and MgH2 according to reaction scheme...... (1) [1]. MgB2 + MH → MBH4 + MgH2 (M = Li, Na, Ca) (1) Furthermore, formation of CaB6 during decomposition of Ca(BH4)2 is very important for the reaction to be reversible.[2] High gas pressure ball milling have been performed on the systems MgB2 – NaH and CaB6 – CaH2 – TiCl3 with formation of NaBH4...... and Ca(BH4)2, respectively [3,4]. An attempt to synthesize alkali and alkaline earth metal borohydrides from various borides by ball milling under high hydrogen pressure is presented here. MgB2, AlB2 and CaB6 have been milled with MHx (M = Li, Na, Mg, Ca) at p(H2) = 110 bar for 24 hours. All samples were...

  14. Influence of alloy ingredients on mechanical properties of ternary boride hard alloy clad materials

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    LIU Fu-tian; SONG Shi-xue; YANG Jun-ru; HUANG Wei-ling; HUANG Chuan-zhen; CHENG Xin; LI Zhao-qian

    2004-01-01

    Using Mo, B-Fe alloy and Fe powders as raw materials, and adding C, Cr and Ni ingredients, respectively, or C, Cr and Ni mixed powders, ternary boride hard alloy clad materials was prepared on Q235 steel substrate by means of in-situ reaction and vacuum liquid phase sintering technology. The influence of alloy ingredients on the mechanical properties of ternary boride hard alloy clad materials was investigated. The results indicate that a mixture of 0.8% C, 5% Cr and 2% Ni ingredients gives a ternary boride hard alloy clad material with optimal mechanical properties, such as high transverse rupture strength, high hardness and good wear resistance.

  15. Nanosized Borides and Carbides for Electroplating. Metal-Matrix Coatings: Specifications, Performance Evaluation

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    Galevskiy, G. V.; Rudneva, V. V.; Galevskiy, S. G.; Il’yashchenko, D. P.; Kartsev, D. S.

    2016-04-01

    This paper summarizes experience of application of nano-sized carbides and borides of titanium and chromium, silicon carbide as components of electro-depositable coating compositions based on nickel, zinc, and chromium. Basic physical and mechanical properties of the coatings are determined. Technological and economic evaluation is completed; practicability of high-cost nano-diamonds substitution for nano-sized borides and carbides is justified.

  16. Boron-Based Hydrogen Storage: Ternary Borides and Beyond

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    Vajo, John J. [HRL Laboratories, LLC, Malibu, CA (United States)

    2016-04-28

    DOE continues to seek reversible solid-state hydrogen materials with hydrogen densities of ≥11 wt% and ≥80 g/L that can deliver hydrogen and be recharged at moderate temperatures (≤100 °C) and pressures (≤100 bar) enabling incorporation into hydrogen storage systems suitable for transportation applications. Boron-based hydrogen storage materials have the potential to meet the density requirements given boron’s low atomic weight, high chemical valance, and versatile chemistry. However, the rates of hydrogen exchange in boron-based compounds are thus far much too slow for practical applications. Although contributing to the high hydrogen densities, the high valance of boron also leads to slow rates of hydrogen exchange due to extensive boron-boron atom rearrangements during hydrogen cycling. This rearrangement often leads to multiple solid phases occurring over hydrogen release and recharge cycles. These phases must nucleate and react with each other across solid-solid phase boundaries leading to energy barriers that slow the rates of hydrogen exchange. This project sought to overcome the slow rates of hydrogen exchange in boron-based hydrogen storage materials by minimizing the number of solid phases and the boron atom rearrangement over a hydrogen release and recharge cycle. Two novel approaches were explored: 1) developing matched pairs of ternary borides and mixed-metal borohydrides that could exchange hydrogen with only one hydrogenated phase (the mixed-metal borohydride) and only one dehydrogenated phase (the ternary boride); and 2) developing boranes that could release hydrogen by being lithiated using lithium hydride with no boron-boron atom rearrangement.

  17. Characterization and wear performance of boride phases over tool steel substrates

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    Edgar E Vera Cárdenas

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available This research work was conducted to characterize boride phases, obtained from the powder-pack process, on AISI H13 and D2 steel substrates, and investigate their tribological behavior. The boriding was developed at a temperature of 1273 K with an exposure time of 8 h. X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy were conducted on the borided material to characterize the presence of the FeB, Fe2B, and CrB phases and the distribution of heavy elements on the surface of the substrates. The adherence of the boride layers was evaluated, in a qualitative form, through the Daimler-Benz Rockwell-C indentation technique. Sliding wear tests were then performed using a reciprocating wear test machine. All tests were conducted in dry conditions at room temperature. A frequency of 10 Hz and 15-mm sliding distance were used. The applied Hertzian pressure was 2.01 GPa. Scanning electron microscopy was used to observe and analyze the wear mechanisms. Additionally, the variation of the friction coefficient versus the number of cycles was obtained. Experimental results showed that the characteristic wear mechanism for the borided surface was plastic deformation and mild abrasive wear; for unborided substrates, cracking and spalling were observed.

  18. Microstructure and properties of borided 41Cr4 steel after laser surface modification with re-melting

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    The paper presents the results of laser surface modification of the borided layers produced on the 41Cr4 medium carbon steel (0.43% C, 1.02% Cr). Laser tracks were arranged by CO2 laser beam as a single track and as multiple tracks formed in the shape of helical line. The microstructure in both cases consists of three following zones: re-melted zone (MZ) (eutectic mixture of borides and martensite), heat-affected zone (HAZ) (martensite) and the substrate (ferrite and pearlite). XRD scans of the laser-modified borided specimen confirmed the presence of the same two types of iron borides (FeB and Fe2B), like these indicated in the as-borided layer. After re-solidification in some places iron richer Fe3B phase was additionally formed. The layer after boriding and laser heat treatment (LHT) has a lower microhardness, than the only borided layer, reducing the hardness gradient between the diffusion layer and the substrate. Probably, the brittleness of this layer is lower. The improved wear resistance of this layer has been found in comparison with borided layers after conventional heat treatment

  19. Nano-Disperse Borides and Carbides: Plasma Technology Production, Specific Properties, Economic Evaluation

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    Galevskii, G. V.; Rudneva, V. V.; Galevskii, S. G.; Tomas, K. I.; Zubkov, M. S.

    2016-04-01

    The experience of production and study on properties of nano-disperse chromium and titanium borides and carbides, and silicon carbide has been generalized. The structure and special service aspects of utilized plasma-metallurgical complex equipped with a three-jet direct-flow reactor with a capacity of 150 kW have been outlined. Processing, heat engineering and service life characteristics of the reactor are specified. The synthesis parameters of borides and carbides, as well as their basic characteristics in nano-disperse condition and their production flow diagram are outlined. Engineering and economic performance of synthesizing borides in laboratory and industrial conditions is assessed, and the respective segment of the international market as well. The work is performed at State Siberian Industrial University as a project part of the State Order of Ministry of Science and Education of the Russian Federation No. 11.1531/2014/K.

  20. Comparative Study of Semiconductors Bismuth Iodate, Bismuth Triiodide and Bismuth Trisulphide Crystals

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    T.K. Patil

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available In the present investigation, crystals of Bismuth Iodate[Bi(IO33], Bismuth Iodide[BiI3] and Bismuth- Tri Sulphide [Bi2S3] were grown by a simple gel technique using single diffusion method. The optimum growth conditions were established by varying various parameters such as pH of gel solution, gel concentration, gel setting time, concentration of reactant etc. Gel was prepared by mixing sodium meta silicate (Na2SiO35H2O, glacial acetic acid (CH3COOH and supernant bismuth chloride (BiCl3 at pH value 4.4 and transferred in glass tube of diameter 2.5 cm and 25 cm in length. The mouth of test tube was covered by cotton plug and kept it for the setting. After setting the gel, it was left for aging. After 13 days duration the second supernant K(IO3, KI3 and H2S water gas solution was poured over the set gel by using pipette then it was kept undisturbed. After 72 hours of pouring the second supernatant, the small nucleation growth was observed at below the interface of gel. The good quality crystals of [Bi(IO33], [BiI3] and [Bi2S3] were grown. These grown crystals were characterized by XRD, FTIR, Chemical Analysis and Electrical Conductivity.

  1. Structure of unsupported bismuth nanoparticles

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    Wurl, A.; Hyslop, M.; Brown, S. A.; Hall, B. D.; Monot, R.

    We present new results of electron diffraction experiments on unsupported nanometer-sized bismuth clusters. The high intensity cluster beam, necessary for electron diffraction, is provided by an inert-gas aggregation source. The cluster beam contains particles with average cluster sizes between 4.5 and 10 nm. When using Helium as a carrier gas we are able to observe a transition from crystalline clusters to a new structure, which we identify with that of amorphous or liquid clusters.

  2. Metal-boride phase formation on tungsten carbide (WC-Co) during microwave plasma chemical vapor deposition

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    Johnston, Jamin M.; Catledge, Shane A.

    2016-02-01

    Strengthening of cemented tungsten carbide by boriding is used to improve the wear resistance and lifetime of carbide tools; however, many conventional boriding techniques render the bulk carbide too brittle for extreme conditions, such as hard rock drilling. This research explored the variation in metal-boride phase formation during the microwave plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition process at surface temperatures from 700 to 1100 °C. We showed several well-adhered metal-boride surface layers consisting of WCoB, CoB and/or W2CoB2 with average hardness from 23 to 27 GPa and average elastic modulus of 600-730 GPa. The metal-boride interlayer was shown to be an effective diffusion barrier against elemental cobalt; migration of elemental cobalt to the surface of the interlayer was significantly reduced. A combination of glancing angle X-ray diffraction, electron dispersive spectroscopy, nanoindentation and scratch testing was used to evaluate the surface composition and material properties. An evaluation of the material properties shows that plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposited borides formed at substrate temperatures of 800 °C, 850 °C, 900 °C and 1000 °C strengthen the material by increasing the hardness and elastic modulus of cemented tungsten carbide. Additionally, these boride surface layers may offer potential for adhesion of ultra-hard carbon coatings.

  3. Ranitidine bismuth citrate: A review

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    N Chiba

    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available Recognition of the relationship between Helicobacter pylori infection and the development of gastroduodenal disease has increased greatly in recent years. To avoid complications of H pylori infection, such as the development of recurrent duodenal and gastric ulcers, effective therapies are required for eradication of the infection. This article reviews ranitidine bismuth citrate (RBC, a novel complex of ranitidine, bismuth and citrate, which was developed specifically for the purpose of eradicating H pylori. Dual therapy with RBC in combination with clarithromycin for 14 days yields eradication rates of 76%. Triple therapy bid for one week with a proton pump inhibitor, clarithromycin and either amoxicillin or a nitroimidazole (tinidazole or metronidazole is advocated as the treatment of choice for H pylori eradication. Analogous regimens with RBC in place of proton pump inhibitors show effective eradication rates in comparative studies and with pooled data. RBC, used alone or in combination with other antibiotics, appears to be a safe and effective drug for the treatment of H pylori infection. Bismuth levels do not appear to rise to toxic levels.

  4. Electrosynthesis of tantalum borides in oxygen-free and oxygen-containing fluoride melts

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    Polyakova, L.P.; Polyakov, E.G.; Makarova, O.V.;

    2001-01-01

    Results of electrosynthesis of tantalum borides in fluoride and oxyfluoride melts are compared. It is shown that the single-phase X-ray-amorphous micro-layered coatings form only in the latter case. Linear and square-wave voltammetry, complemented by X-ray diffraction analysis, IR spectroscopy...

  5. Niobium boride layers deposition on the surface AISI D2 steel by a duplex treatment

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    Kon, O.; Pazarlioglu, S.; Sen, S.; Sen, U.

    2015-03-01

    In this paper, we investigated the possibility of deposition of niobium boride layers on the surface of AISI D2 steel by a duplex treatment. At the first step of duplex treatment, boronizing was performed on AISI D2 steel samples at 1000oC for 2h and then pre-boronized samples niobized at 850°C, 900°C and 950°C using thermo-reactive deposition method for 1-4 h. The presence of the niobium boride layers such as NbB, NbB2 and Nb3B4 and also iron boride phases such as FeB, Fe2B were examined by X-ray diffraction analysis. Scanning electron microscope (SEM) and micro-hardness measurements were realized. Experimental studies showed that the depth of the coating layers increased with increasing temperature and times and also ranged from 0.42 µm to 2.43 µm, depending on treatment time and temperature. The hardness of the niobium boride layer was 2620±180 HV0.005.

  6. Structure of surface layers produced by non-vacuum electron beam boriding

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    Bataev, I.A., E-mail: ivanbataev@ngs.ru [Novosibirsk State Technical University, K. Marks 20, 630092 Novosibirsk (Russian Federation); Bataev, A.A., E-mail: bataev@adm.nstu.ru [Novosibirsk State Technical University, K. Marks 20, 630092 Novosibirsk (Russian Federation); Golkovski, M.G., E-mail: M.G.Golkovski@inp.nsk.su [Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics SB RAS, Lavrentieva prospect 11, 630090 Novosibirsk (Russian Federation); Krivizhenko, D.S., E-mail: dinylkaa@yandex.ru [Novosibirsk State Technical University, K. Marks 20, 630092 Novosibirsk (Russian Federation); Losinskaya, A.A., E-mail: anna.losinskaya@mail.ru [Novosibirsk State Technical University, K. Marks 20, 630092 Novosibirsk (Russian Federation); Lenivtseva, O.G., E-mail: lenivtseva_olga@mail.ru [Novosibirsk State Technical University, K. Marks 20, 630092 Novosibirsk (Russian Federation)

    2013-11-01

    The structure and mechanical properties of boronized layers produced on low carbon steel substrates by non-vacuum electron-beam cladding were studied. This process provides high performance and high thickness of coatings and can be used to process large workpieces. In this study, we investigated coatings obtained by one, two or three passes of the electron beam. The thickness of the coatings varied from 0.6 to 1.0 mm, and the maximum hardness achieved was 21 GPa. Structural analysis revealed the oriented growth of eutectic colonies near the primary crystals of iron borides, which was explained by the commonality of the boride phases in the primary Fe{sub 2}B and eutectic Fe{sub 2}B. The eutectic colonies formed during electron-beam cladding consisted of a continuous framework of borides crystals and segregations of α-Fe in the form of oriented fibers. Coatings produced by electron-beam cladding had higher contact-fatigue endurance than those produced by pack boriding.

  7. In vitro cytotoxicity of surface modified bismuth nanoparticles.

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    Luo, Yang; Wang, Chaoming; Qiao, Yong; Hossain, Mainul; Ma, Liyuan; Su, Ming

    2012-10-01

    This paper describes in vitro cytotoxicity of bismuth nanoparticles revealed by three complementary assays (MTT, G6PD, and calcein AM/EthD-1). The results show that bismuth nanoparticles are more toxic than most previously reported bismuth compounds. Concentration dependent cytotoxicities have been observed for bismuth nanoparticles and surface modified bismuth nanoparticles. The bismuth nanoparticles are non-toxic at concentration of 0.5 nM. Nanoparticles at high concentration (50 nM) kill 45, 52, 41, 34 % HeLa cells for bare nanoparticles, amine terminated bismuth nanoparticles, silica coated bismuth nanoparticles, and polyethylene glycol (PEG) modified bismuth nanoparticles, respectively; which indicates cytotoxicity in terms of cell viability is in the descending order of amine terminated bismuth nanoparticles, bare bismuth nanoparticles, silica coated bismuth nanoparticles, and PEG modified bismuth nanoparticles. HeLa cells are more susceptible to toxicity from bismuth nanoparticles than MG-63 cells. The simultaneous use of three toxicity assays provides information on how nanoparticles interact with cells. Silica coated bismuth nanoparticles can damage cellular membrane yet keep mitochondria less influenced; while amine terminated bismuth nanoparticles can affect the metabolic functions of cells. The findings have important implications for caution of nanoparticle exposure and evaluating toxicity of bismuth nanoparticles.

  8. Potential and limitations of microanalysis SEM techniques to characterize borides in brazed Ni-based superalloys

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    Brazed Ni-based superalloys containing complex phases of different Boron contents remain difficult to characterize at the micrometer scale. Indeed Boron is a light element difficult to measure precisely. The state-of-the-art microanalysis systems have been tested on a single crystal MC2 based metal brazed with BNi-2 alloy to identify boride precipitates. Effort has been made to evaluate the accuracy in Boron quantitation. Energy-dispersive and wavelength-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy attached to a Scanning Electron Microscope have first been used to determine the elemental composition of Boron-free phases, and then applied to various types of borides. Results have been compared to the ones obtained using a dedicated electron probe microanalysis, considered here as the reference technique. The most accurate method to quantify Boron using EDS is definitely by composition difference. A precision of 5 at.% could be achieved with optimized data acquisition and post-processing schemes. Attempts that aimed at directly quantifying Boron with various standards using EDS or coupled EDS/WDS gave less accurate results. Ultimately, Electron Backscatter Diffraction combined with localized EDS analysis has proved invaluable in conclusively identifying micrometer sized boride precipitates; thus further improving the characterization of brazed Ni-based superalloys. - Highlights: • We attempt to accurately identify Boron-rich phases in Ni-based superalloys. • EDS, WDS, EBSD systems are tested for accurate identification of these borides. • Results are compared with those obtained by electron probe microanalysis. • Boron was measured with EDS by composition difference with a precision of 5 at. %. • Additional EBSD in phase identification mode conclusively identifies the borides

  9. Additive-assisted synthesis of boride, carbide, and nitride micro/nanocrystals

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    General and simple methods for the syntheses of borides, carbides and nitrides are highly desirable, since those materials have unique physical properties and promising applications. Here, a series of boride (TiB2, ZrB2, NbB2, CeB6, PrB6, SmB6, EuB6, LaB6), carbide (SiC, TiC, NbC, WC) and nitride (TiN, BN, AlN, MgSiN2, VN) micro/nanocrystals were prepared from related oxides and amorphous boron/active carbon/NaN3 with the assistance of metallic Na and elemental S. In-situ temperature monitoring showed that the reaction temperature could increase quickly to ∼850 °C, once the autoclave was heated to 100 °C. Such a rapid temperature increase was attributed to the intense exothermic reaction between Na and S, which assisted the formation of borides, carbides and nitrides. The as-obtained products were characterized by XRD, SEM, TEM, and HRTEM techniques. Results in this report will greatly benefit the future extension of this approach to other compounds. - Graphical abstract: An additive-assisted approach is successfully developed for the syntheses of borides, carbides and nitrides micro/nanocrystals with the assistance of the exothermic reaction between Na and S. Highlights: ► An additive-assisted synthesis strategy is developed for a number of borides, carbides and nitrides. ► The reaction mechanism is demonstrated by the case of SiC nanowires. ► The formation of SiC nanowires is initiated by the exothermic reaction of Na and S.

  10. Signs of superconductivity at 110 K on inclusions of TiB sub k boride phases into titanium matrix

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    Volkov, V V; Berzverkhij, P P; Martynets, V G; Matizen, E V

    2002-01-01

    Verification of theoretical forecasts on the possibility of the high-temperature superconductivity of the high-temperature superconductivity (HTSC) in the TiB sub k titanium borides is accomplished. It is established that the jump-like change in the temperature dependence of the electric resistance R(T) at 110 K takes place on the titanium samples, the surfaces whereof are coated with the borides diffusion layers of the TiB sub k variable in-depth composition. This proves the presence of the borides diffusion layers are applied onto the metallic titanium by means of treating its surface with the B sub 2 H sub 6 + H sub 2 gases mixture at the temperature of 610-700 deg C with the subsequent annealing in vacuum. The boride layers composition is studied through the mass-spectrometry method

  11. Improving the Adhesion Resistance of the Boride Coatings to AISI 316L Steel Substrate by Diffusion Annealing

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    Campos-Silva, I.; Bernabé-Molina, S.; Bravo-Bárcenas, D.; Martínez-Trinidad, J.; Rodríguez-Castro, G.; Meneses-Amador, A.

    2016-09-01

    In this study, new results about the practical adhesion resistance of boride coating/substrate system formed at the surface of AISI 316 L steel and improved by means of a diffusion annealing process are presented. First, the boriding of AISI 316 L steel was performed by the powder-pack method at 1173 K with different exposure times (4-8 h). The diffusion annealing process was conducted on the borided steels at 1273 K with 2 h of exposure using a diluent atmosphere of boron powder mixture. The mechanical behavior of the boride coating/substrate system developed by both treatments was established using Vickers and Berkovich tests along the depth of the boride coatings, respectively. Finally, for the entire set of experimental conditions, the scratch tests were performed with a continuously increasing normal force, in which the practical adhesion resistance of the boride coating/substrate system was represented by the critical load. The failure mechanisms developed over the surface of the scratch tracks were analyzed; the FeB-Fe2B/substrate system exhibited an adhesive mode, while the Fe2B/substrate system obtained by the diffusion annealing process showed predominantly a cohesive failure mode.

  12. Improving the Adhesion Resistance of the Boride Coatings to AISI 316L Steel Substrate by Diffusion Annealing

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    Campos-Silva, I.; Bernabé-Molina, S.; Bravo-Bárcenas, D.; Martínez-Trinidad, J.; Rodríguez-Castro, G.; Meneses-Amador, A.

    2016-07-01

    In this study, new results about the practical adhesion resistance of boride coating/substrate system formed at the surface of AISI 316 L steel and improved by means of a diffusion annealing process are presented. First, the boriding of AISI 316 L steel was performed by the powder-pack method at 1173 K with different exposure times (4-8 h). The diffusion annealing process was conducted on the borided steels at 1273 K with 2 h of exposure using a diluent atmosphere of boron powder mixture. The mechanical behavior of the boride coating/substrate system developed by both treatments was established using Vickers and Berkovich tests along the depth of the boride coatings, respectively. Finally, for the entire set of experimental conditions, the scratch tests were performed with a continuously increasing normal force, in which the practical adhesion resistance of the boride coating/substrate system was represented by the critical load. The failure mechanisms developed over the surface of the scratch tracks were analyzed; the FeB-Fe2B/substrate system exhibited an adhesive mode, while the Fe2B/substrate system obtained by the diffusion annealing process showed predominantly a cohesive failure mode.

  13. Bismuth ions are metabolized into autometallographic traceable bismuth-sulphur quantum dots

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    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available Bismuth – sulphur quantum dots can be silver enhanced by autometallography (AMG. In the present study, autometallographic silver enhanced bismuth-sulphur nanocrystals were isolated from unfixed cryo-sections of kidneys and livers of rats exposed to bismuth (Bi207 subnitrate. After being subjected to AMG all the organic material was removed by sonication and enzymatic digestion and the silver enhanced Bi- S quantum dots spun down by an ultracentrifuge and analyzed by scintillation. The analysis showed that the autometallographic technique traces approximately 94% of the total bismuth. This implies that the injected bismuth is ultimately captured in bismuthsulphur quantum dots, i.e., that Bi-S nanocrystals are the end product of bismuth metabolism

  14. The influence of density of pressed iron powder samples on the quality of boride layers

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    Ivanov S.

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available In this work the influence of the density of pressed iron powder on the quality of boride layers has been analysed. Examinations were performed on pressed samples of iron powder. The used granulation was 50-100, 100-150 and 150-200 mm. The samples were pressed under pressure of 200, 400, 600, 800 and 1000 MPa. Boroning was performed in a solid mixture based on boron-carbide, and was in principle the same for all samples. The obtained boride layers varied in depth and quality (porosity, the contact with metal. It has been observed that simultaneously with boroning sintering also occurred, and this fact offers a wide application possibility in the chemical-thermal treatment for sintered materials.

  15. A Crossover from High Stiffness to High Hardness: The Case of Osmium and Its Borides

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    Bian, Yongming; Liu, Xiaomei; Li, Anhu; Liang, Yongcheng

    2016-09-01

    Transition-metal light-element compounds are currently raising great expectations for hard and superhard materials. Using the widely attracting osmium (Os) and its borides (OsB, Os2B3 and OsB2) as prototypes, we demonstrate by first-principles calculations that heavy transition metals, which possess high stiffness but low hardness, can be converted into highly hard materials by incorporating of light elements to form compounds. Such a crossover is a manifestation that the underlying sources of high stiffness and high hardness are fundamentally different. The stiffness is related to elastic deformation that is closely associated with valence electron density, whereas the hardness depends strongly on plastic deformation that is determined by bonding nature. Therefore, the incorporation of light atoms into transition metal should be a valid pathway of designing hard and superhard materials. This strategy is in principle also applicable to other transition-metal borides, carbides, and nitrides.

  16. Synthesis and Characterization of an Alumina Forming Nanolaminated Boride: MoAlB

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    Kota, Sankalp; Zapata-Solvas, Eugenio; Ly, Alexander; Lu, Jun; Elkassabany, Omar; Huon, Amanda; Lee, William E.; Hultman, Lars; May, Steve J.; Barsoum, Michel W.

    2016-05-01

    The ‘MAlB’ phases are nanolaminated, ternary transition metal borides that consist of a transition metal boride sublattice interleaved by monolayers or bilayers of pure aluminum. However, their synthesis and properties remain largely unexplored. Herein, we synthesized dense, predominantly single-phase samples of one such compound, MoAlB, using a reactive hot pressing method. High-resolution scanning transmission electron microscopy confirmed the presence of two Al layers in between a Mo-B sublattice. Unique among the transition metal borides, MoAlB forms a dense, mostly amorphous, alumina scale when heated in air. Like other alumina formers, the oxidation kinetics follow a cubic time-dependence. At room temperature, its resistivity is low (0.36–0.49 μΩm) and – like a metal – drops linearly with decreasing temperatures. It is also a good thermal conductor (35 Wm‑1K‑1 at 26 °C). In the 25–1300 °C temperature range, its thermal expansion coefficient is 9.5 × 10‑6 K‑1. Preliminary results suggest the compound is stable to at least 1400 °C in inert atmospheres. Moderately low Vickers hardness values of 10.6 ± 0.3 GPa, compared to other transition metal borides, and ultimate compressive strengths up to 1940 ± 103 MPa were measured at room temperature. These results are encouraging and warrant further study of this compound for potential use at high temperatures.

  17. Preparation of Strontium Bismuth Tantalum (SBT) Fine Powder by Sol-Gel Process Using Bismuth Subnitrate as Bismuth Source

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    2001-01-01

    Strontium bismuth tantalum (SBT) fine power was prepared by Sol-Gel method. Pentaethoxy tantalum, strontium acetate and bismuth subnitrate were used as raw materials, and were dissolved in proper order in ethylene glycol to form transparent sol. The mixed precursor was dried at 80°C and annealed at 800°C for 1 h. Crystallized nanometer sized SBT fine powder was obtained and characterized by XRD.

  18. Distinct surface hydration behaviors of boron-rich boride thin film coatings

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    In this work, the surface boron chemical states and surface hydration behaviors of the as-deposited and annealed boron-rich boride thin film coatings, including AlMgB14, TiB2 and AlMgB14–TiB2, were systematically studied by use of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and Raman spectroscopy. The XPS results indicate that boron at annealed AlMgB14 film surface can be oxidized; surprisingly, such oxidation does not lead to the formation of boric acid in ambient air. Instead, boric acid can be produced at the surface of annealed TiB2 film and AlMgB14–TiB2 film. It is shown, via the water contact angle measurements, that these boride films exhibit distinct surface wettability characteristics, which are believed to result in the observed surface hydration processes. Furthermore, we found anatase TiO2 formation plays a major role in the surface wetting behaviors for these boride films

  19. Distinct surface hydration behaviors of boron-rich boride thin film coatings

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    Lu, Xinhong [Key Laboratory for Liquid–Solid Structural Evolution and Processing of Materials, Ministry of Education and School of Materials Science and Engineering, Shandong University, Jinan 250061 (China); Liu, Wei [Institute of Crystal Materials, Shandong University, Jinan 250100 (China); Ouyang, Jun [Key Laboratory for Liquid–Solid Structural Evolution and Processing of Materials, Ministry of Education and School of Materials Science and Engineering, Shandong University, Jinan 250061 (China); Tian, Yun, E-mail: ytian@sdu.edu.cn [Key Laboratory for Liquid–Solid Structural Evolution and Processing of Materials, Ministry of Education and School of Materials Science and Engineering, Shandong University, Jinan 250061 (China)

    2014-08-30

    In this work, the surface boron chemical states and surface hydration behaviors of the as-deposited and annealed boron-rich boride thin film coatings, including AlMgB{sub 14}, TiB{sub 2} and AlMgB{sub 14}–TiB{sub 2}, were systematically studied by use of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and Raman spectroscopy. The XPS results indicate that boron at annealed AlMgB{sub 14} film surface can be oxidized; surprisingly, such oxidation does not lead to the formation of boric acid in ambient air. Instead, boric acid can be produced at the surface of annealed TiB{sub 2} film and AlMgB{sub 14}–TiB{sub 2} film. It is shown, via the water contact angle measurements, that these boride films exhibit distinct surface wettability characteristics, which are believed to result in the observed surface hydration processes. Furthermore, we found anatase TiO{sub 2} formation plays a major role in the surface wetting behaviors for these boride films.

  20. Electrochemical properties of porous bismuth electrodes

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    Romann, T., E-mail: tavo.romann@ut.e [Institute of Chemistry, University of Tartu, Ravila 14A, 50411 Tartu (Estonia); Lust, E. [Institute of Chemistry, University of Tartu, Ravila 14A, 50411 Tartu (Estonia)

    2010-08-01

    The properties of Bi surfaces with different roughnesses were characterized by electron microscopy, cyclic voltammetry, and impedance spectroscopy. Two different strategies were used for preparation of porous bismuth layers onto Bi microelectrode surface in aqueous 0.1 M LiClO{sub 4} solution. Firstly, treatment at potential E < -2 V (vs. Ag|AgCl in sat. KCl) has been applied, resulting in bismuth hydride formation and decomposition into Bi nanoparticles which deposit at the electrode surface. Secondly, porous Bi layer was prepared by anodic dissolution (E = 1 V) of bismuth electrode followed by fast electroreduction of formed Bi{sup 3+} ions at cathodic potentials E = -2 V. The nanostructured porous bismuth electrode, with surface roughness factor up to 220, has negligible frequency dispersion of capacitance and higher hydrogen evolution overvoltage than observed for smooth Bi electrodes.

  1. Thermoelectric properties of pressed bismuth nanoparticles

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    Hostler, Stephen R.; Qu, Yu Qiao; Demko, Michael T.; Abramson, Alexis R.; Qiu, Xiaofeng; Burda, Clemens

    2008-03-01

    Theory predicts a substantial increase in the dimensionless figure of merit as the dimensionality and characteristic size of a material are decreased. We explore the use of bismuth nanoparticles pressed into pellets as potential increased efficiency thermoelectric materials. The figure of merit of these pellets is determined by independently measuring the electrical conductivity, thermal conductivity and Seebeck coefficient. The results from the nanoparticle sample are compared to microparticle-based samples. Both sample types show a slight reduction in thermal conductivity relative to bulk bismuth and a Seebeck coefficient near or slightly larger in magnitude than bulk bismuth. These changes are dwarfed by a hundred-fold decrease in the electrical conductivity due to porosity and an oxide layer on the particles. The low conductivity leads to figures of merit at least two orders of magnitude smaller than bulk bismuth. Oxide layer removal and reduced pellet porosity will be required to increase the figure of merit.

  2. Effect of phase stability degradation of bismuth on sensor characteristics of nano-bismuth fixed electrode.

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    Lee, Gyoung-Ja; Kim, Chang Kyu; Lee, Min Ku; Rhee, Chang Kyu

    2010-12-15

    Effect of phase stability degradation of bismuth on sensor characteristics of nano-bismuth fixed electrode has been investigated using square-wave anodic stripping voltammetry technique, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) spectroscopy. From the analyses of square-wave anodic stripping voltammograms (SWASV) repetitively measured on the nano-bismuth fixed electrode, it was found that the oxidation peak currents dropped by 81%, 68% and 59% for zinc, cadmium and lead, respectively, after the 100th measurement (about 400 min of operation time). The sphere bismuth nanoparticles gradually changed to the agglomerates with petal shape as the operation time increased. From the analyses of SEM images and XRD patterns, it is confirmed that the oxidation of Bi into BiOCl/Bi(2)O(2)CO(3) and the agglomeration of bismuth nanoparticles caused by the phase change decrease a reproducibility of the stripping voltammetric response. Moreover, most of the bismuth becomes BiOCl at pH 3.0 and bismuth hydroxide, Bi(OH)(3) at pH 7.0, which results in a significant decrease in sensitivity of the nano-bismuth fixed electrode.

  3. Gravimetric Analysis of Bismuth in Bismuth Subsalicylate Tablets: A Versatile Quantitative Experiment for Undergraduate Laboratories

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    Davis, Eric; Cheung, Ken; Pauls, Steve; Dick, Jonathan; Roth, Elijah; Zalewski, Nicole; Veldhuizen, Christopher; Coeler, Joel

    2015-01-01

    In this laboratory experiment, lower- and upper-division students dissolved bismuth subsalicylate tablets in acid and precipitated the resultant Bi[superscript 3+] in solution with sodium phosphate for a gravimetric determination of bismuth subsalicylate in the tablets. With a labeled concentration of 262 mg/tablet, the combined data from three…

  4. Thermal degradation of ultrabroad bismuth NIR luminescence in bismuth-doped tantalum germanate laser glasses.

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    Wang, Liping; Zhao, Yanqi; Xu, Shanhui; Peng, Mingying

    2016-04-01

    Because of ultra-broadband luminescence in 1000-1700 nm and consequent applications in fiber amplifier and lasers in the new spectral range where traditional rare earth cannot work, bismuth-doped laser glasses have received rising interest recently. For long-term practical application, thermal degradation must be considered for the glasses. This, however, has seldom been investigated. Here we report the thermal degradation of bismuth-doped germanate glass. Heating and cooling cycle experiments at high temperature reveal strong dependence of the thermal degradation on glass compositions. Bismuth and tantalum lead to the reversible degradation, while lithium can produce permanent irreversible degradation. The degradation becomes worse as lithium content increases in the glass. Absorption spectra show this is due to partial oxidation of bismuth near-infrared emission center. Surprisingly, we notice the emission of bismuth exhibits blueshift, rather than redshift at a higher temperature, and the blueshift can be suppressed by increasing the lithium content. PMID:27192231

  5. Investigation of diffusion kinetics of plasma paste borided AISI 8620 steel using a mixture of B2O3 paste and B4C/SiC

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    Ibrahim Gunes; Sukru Taktak; Cuma Bindal; Yilmaz Yalcin; Sukru Ulker; Yusuf Kayali

    2013-06-01

    In the present study, AISI 8620 steel was plasma paste borided by using various B2O3 paste mixture. The plasma paste boriding process was carried out in a dc plasma system at temperatures of 973, 1023 and 1073 K for 2, 5 and 7 h in a gas mixture of 70% H2 -30% Ar under a constant pressure of 10 mbar. The properties of the boride layer were evaluated by optical microscopy, X-ray diffraction, Vickers micro-hardness tester and the growth kinetics of the boride layers. X-ray diffraction analysis of boride layers on the surface of the steel revealed FeB and Fe2B phases. Depending on temperature and layer thickness, the activation energies of boron in steel were found to be 124.7 kJ/mol for 100% B2O3.

  6. Electrochemical deposition of coating from carbide, boride and silicide of IV-VIA group metals in ion melts

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    The prehistory of the development of methods of production of metal-like refractory coatings (titanium, tantalum, niobium, vanadium, zirconium carbides, borides and silicides) with the help of high-temperature electrochemical synthesis (HTES) in ionic melts is described. A review is made on studies into the process of HTES of refractory metal borides, carbides and silicides, manufacture conditions for the coatings and electrolyte compositions (oxide, oxide-fluoride, chloride, chloride-fluoride melts). Structure and properties of coatings produced by the method of HTES are under consideration

  7. Crystal structure and physical properties of new ternary rare earth borides

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    Two ternary boride systems with a new type of structure are reported for MRh3B2 (M equivalent to Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, Yb, Lu, Y) and MIr3B2 (M equivalent to Ce, Nd, Sm, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, Yb, Lu, Sc, Y). These materials were found to crystallize in a base-centered monoclinic structure with space group C2/m and two formula units per unit cell. The proposed atomic positions were determined by a structural study of the ErIr3B2 compound. The magnetic and superconducting properties are discussed by comparisons with those of other related binary and ternary compounds. (Auth.)

  8. Electrodeposition and Characterization of Bismuth Telluride Nanowires

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    Frantz, C.; Stein, N.; Gravier, L.; Granville, S.; Boulanger, C.

    2010-09-01

    In this work, we report thermoelectric measurements on electroplated bismuth telluride nanowires. Porous polycarbonate membranes, obtained by ion-track irradiation lithography, were chosen as electroplating templates. Bismuth telluride nanowires were achieved in acidic media under potentiostatic conditions at -100 mV versus saturated silver chloride electrode. The filling ratio of the pores was increased to 80% by adding dimethyl sulfoxide to the electrolyte. Whatever the experimental conditions, the nanowires were polycrystalline in the rhombohedral phase of Bi2Te3. Finally, the power output of arrays of bismuth telluride nanowires was analyzed as a function of load resistance. The results were strongly dependent on the internal resistance, which can be significantly reduced by the presence of dimethyl sulfoxide during electroplating.

  9. Burnout current density of bismuth nanowires

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    Cornelius, T. W.; Picht, O.; Müller, S.; Neumann, R.; Völklein, F.; Karim, S.; Duan, J. L.

    2008-05-01

    Single bismuth nanowires with diameters ranging from 100nmto1μm were electrochemically deposited in ion track-etched single-pore polycarbonate membranes. The maximum current density the wires are able to carry was investigated by ramping up the current until failure occurred. It increases by three to four orders of magnitude for nanowires embedded in the template compared to bulk bismuth and rises with diminishing diameter. Simulations show that the wires are heated up electrically to the melting temperature. Since the surface-to-volume ratio rises with diminishing diameter, thinner wires dissipate the heat more efficiently to the surrounding polymer matrix and, thus, can tolerate larger current densities.

  10. Hyperfine splitting in lithium-like bismuth

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    Lochmann, Matthias; Froemmgen, Nadja; Hammen, Michael; Will, Elisa [Universitaet Mainz (Germany); Andelkovic, Zoran; Kuehl, Thomas; Litvinov, Yuri; Winters, Danyal; Sanchez, Rodolfo [GSI Helmholtzzentrum, Darmstadt (Germany); Botermann, Benjamin; Noertershaeuser, Wilfried [Technische Universitaet Darmstadt (Germany); Bussmann, Michael [Helmholtzzentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (Germany); Dax, Andreas [CERN, Genf (Switzerland); Hannen, Volker; Joehren, Raphael; Vollbrecht, Jonas; Weinheimer, Christian [Universitaet Muenster (Germany); Geppert, Christopher [Universitaet Mainz (Germany); GSI Helmholtzzentrum, Darmstadt (Germany); Stoehlker, Thomas [GSI Helmholtzzentrum, Darmstadt (Germany); Universitaet Heidelberg (Germany); Thompson, Richard [Imperial College, London (United Kingdom); Volotka, Andrey [Technische Universitaet Dresden (Germany); Wen, Weiqiang [IMP Lanzhou (China)

    2013-07-01

    High-precision measurements of the hyperfine splitting values on Li- and H-like bismuth ions, combined with precise atomic structure calculations allow us to test QED-effects in the regime of the strongest magnetic fields that are available in the laboratory. Performing laser spectroscopy at the experimental storage ring (ESR) at GSI Darmstadt, we have now succeeded in measuring the hyperfine splitting in Li-like bismuth. Probing this transition has not been easy because of its extremely low fluorescence rate. Details about this challenging experiment will be given and the achieved experimental accuracy are presented.

  11. Bismuth titanate nanorods and their visible light photocatalytic properties

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    Pei, L.Z., E-mail: lzpei@ahut.edu.cn; Liu, H.D.; Lin, N.; Yu, H.Y.

    2015-02-15

    Highlights: • Bismuth titanate nanorods have been synthesized by a simple hydrothermal process. • The size of bismuth titanate nanorods can be controlled by growth conditions. • Bismuth titanate nanorods show good photocatalytic activities of methylene blue and Rhodamine B. - Abstract: Bismuth titanate nanorods have been prepared using a facile hydrothermal process without additives. The bismuth titanate products were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), high-resolution TEM (HRTEM) and UV-vis diffusion reflectance spectrum. XRD pattern shows that the bismuth titanate nanorods are composed of cubic Bi{sub 2}Ti{sub 2}O{sub 7} phase. Electron microscopy images show that the length and diameter of the bismuth titanate nanorods are 50-200 nm and 2 μm, respectively. Hydrothermal temperature and reaction time play important roles on the formation and size of the bismuth titanate nanorods. UV-vis diffusion reflectance spectrum indicates that bismuth titanate nanorods have a band gap of 2.58 eV. The bismuth titanate nanorods exhibit good photocatalytic activities in the photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue (MB) and Rhodamine B (RB) under visible light irradiation. The bismuth titanate nanorods with cubic Bi{sub 2}Ti{sub 2}O{sub 7} phase are a promising candidate as a visible light photocatalyst.

  12. Amorphous nickel boride membrane on a platinum-nickel alloy surface for enhanced oxygen reduction reaction

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    He, Daping; Zhang, Libo; He, Dongsheng; Zhou, Gang; Lin, Yue; Deng, Zhaoxiang; Hong, Xun; Wu, Yuen; Chen, Chen; Li, Yadong

    2016-08-01

    The low activity of the oxygen reduction reaction in polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells is a major barrier for electrocatalysis, and hence needs to be optimized. Tuning the surface electronic structure of platinum-based bimetallic alloys, a promising oxygen reduction reaction catalyst, plays a key role in controlling its interaction with reactants, and thus affects the efficiency. Here we report that a dealloying process can be utilized to experimentally fabricate the interface between dealloyed platinum-nickel alloy and amorphous nickel boride membrane. The coating membrane works as an electron acceptor to tune the surface electronic structure of the platinum-nickel catalyst, and this composite catalyst composed of crystalline platinum-nickel covered by amorphous nickel boride achieves a 27-times enhancement in mass activity relative to commercial platinum/carbon at 0.9 V for the oxygen reduction reaction performance. Moreover, this interactional effect between a crystalline surface and amorphous membrane can be readily generalized to facilitate the 3-times higher catalytic activity of commercial platinum/carbon.

  13. Probing bismuth ferrite nanoparticles by hard x-ray photoemission: Anomalous occurrence of metallic bismuth

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    We have investigated bismuth ferrite nanoparticles (∼75 nm and ∼155 nm) synthesized by a chemical method, using soft X-ray (1253.6 eV) and hard X-ray (3500, 5500, and 7500 eV) photoelectron spectroscopy. This provided an evidence for the variation of chemical state of bismuth in crystalline, phase pure nanoparticles. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis using Mg Kα (1253.6 eV) source showed that iron and bismuth were present in both Fe3+ and Bi3+ valence states as expected for bismuth ferrite. However, hard X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis of the bismuth ferrite nanoparticles using variable photon energies unexpectedly showed the presence of Bi0 valence state below the surface region, indicating that bismuth ferrite nanoparticles are chemically inhomogeneous in the radial direction. Consistently, small-angle X-ray scattering reveals a core-shell structure for these radial inhomogeneous nanoparticles.

  14. Effect of Lipophilic Bismuth Nanoparticles on Erythrocytes

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    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Lipophilic bismuth dimercaptopropanol nanoparticles (BisBAL NPs have a very important antimicrobial activity; however their effect on human cells or tissues has not been completely studied. Undesirable effects of bismuth include anemia which could result from suicidal erythrocyte death or eryptosis. The objective of this research was to determine the effect of bismuth dimercaptopropanol nanoparticles on blood cells. The nanoparticles are composed of 53 nm crystallites on average and have a spherical structure, agglomerating into clusters of small nanoparticles. Based on cell viability assays and optical microscopy, cytotoxicity on erythrocytes was observed after growing with 500 and 1000 µM of BisBAL NPs for 24 h. AM Calcein was retained inside erythrocytes when they were exposed to 100 µM (or lower concentrations of BisBAL NPs for 24 h, suggesting the absence of damage in plasmatic membrane. Genotoxic assays revealed no damage to genomic DNA of blood cells after 24 h of exposition to BisBAL NPs. Finally, 100–1000 µM of bismuth nanoparticles promotes apoptosis between blood cells after 24 h of incubation. Hence BisBAL NPs at concentrations lower than 100 µM do not cause damage on blood cells; they could potentially be used by humans without affecting erythrocytes and leukocytes.

  15. Synthesis of transition metal borides layers under pulsed electron-beams treatment in a vacuum for surface hardening of instrumental steels

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    Milonov, A. S.; Danzheev, B. A.; Smirnyagina, N. N.; Dasheev, D. E.; Kim, T. B.; Semenov, A. P.

    2015-11-01

    The saturation of the surface layers of metals and alloys with boron is conducted for increasing their surface hardness, wear resistance, etc. Multicomponent layers containing in its composition borides of refractory metals, as a rule, are formed by the methods of chemical- thermal processing in the interaction of boriding component with refractory one or by the method of saturation of refractory metal impurities or alloy with boron. In this work, we studied the features of vanadium and iron borides formation on the surface of instrumental steels U8A and R18 under the influence of intense electron beams in continuous and pulse modes.

  16. Pulsed nanocrystalline plasma electrolytic boriding as a novel method for corrosion protection of CP-Ti (Part 1: Different frequency and duty cycle)

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    M Kh Aliev; A Saboor

    2007-12-01

    Potentiodynamic polarization and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy were employed to test borided CP-Ti, treated by a relatively new method called pulsed plasma electrolytic boriding. The results show excellent corrosion resistance for modified CP-Ti. The effect of frequency and duty cycle of pulsed current was investigated. It was found that pulse frequency and duty cycle affect the size and porosity of nanocrystalline borides and by controlling these effective parameters, surface modification can render the CP-Ti material extremely corrosion resistant as a biomaterial.

  17. High Temperature Sliding Wear of NiAl-based Coatings Reinforced by Borides

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    Oleksandr UMANSKYI

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available The development of composite materials (CM in the systems “metal-refractory compound” is one of the up-to-date trends in design of novel materials aimed at operating under the conditions of significant loads at high temperature. To design such material, NiAl, which is widely used for deposition of protective coatings on parts of gas-turbine engines, was selected for a matrix. To strengthen a NiAl under the conditions of intense wear and a broad temperature range (up to 1000 °C, it is reasonable to add refractory inclusions. Introduction of refractory borides into matrix leads to a marked increase in metal wear resistance. In order to research the behavior of the designed composites at high temperatures and to study the influence of oxides on the friction processes, the authors carried out high temperature oxidation of CM of the above systems at 1000 °С for 90 min. It was determined that all of the composites were oxidized selectively and that the thickness of oxide layers formed on the boride inclusions is 3 – 7 times that on the oxides formed on the NiAl matrix. The mechanism of wear of gas-thermal coatings of the NiAl – МеB2 systems was studied for conditions of high temperature tribotests using the «pin-on-disc» technique. The obtained results indicate that introduction of TiB2, CrB2 and ZrB2 leads to their more intense oxidation during high temperature tribotests as compared to the matrix. The oxides formed on refractory borides act as solid lubricants, which promote a decrease in wear of the contact friction pairs. For more detailed investigation of the effect of tribo-oxidation products on the friction processes, tribotests were conducted for prior oxidized (at 900 °С coatings NiAl – 15 wt.% CrB2 (TiB2, ZrB2.DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5755/j01.ms.22.1.8093

  18. Bismuth( Ⅲ ) Salts: Green Catalysts for Organic Transformations

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    C. Le Roux

    2005-01-01

    @@ 1Introduction Bismuth, the heaviest stable element in the periodic table, stands out from other heavy elements (such as mercury, thallium and lead) due to its relatively non-toxic character which confers on bismuth the enviable status of being an eco-friendly element. Therefore, bismuth and its compounds hold considerable promise as useful catalysts for green chemistry. The research presented in this communication is devoted to the applications of bismuth( Ⅲ ) salts as catalysts for organic transformations.After some general comments about bismuth and a short presentation of the various applications of bismuth( Ⅲ ) salts in organic synthesis, this communication will focus on the works done in our research group during the last several years which deals mainly with electrophilic substitutions. When appropriate, some mechanistic details will be given.

  19. Electroanalysis of organic compounds at bismuth electrodes: a short review

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    Lezi, Nikolitsa; Vyskočil, Vlastimil; Economou, Anastasios; Barek, Jiří

    2012-01-01

    Over the last twelve years, it has been demonstrated that bismuth electrodes have comparable electroanalytical performance to mercury electrodes in the negative potential range. Since the toxicicty of bismuth is lower than that of mercury, bismuth can serve as an alternative “green” electrode material to mercury. However, the great majority of published work at bismuth–based electrodes is concerned with the determination of trace metals by voltammetric techniques with only few applications de...

  20. PREFACE: The 16th International Symposium on Boron, Borides and Related Materials (ISBB 2008)

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    Tanaka, Takaho

    2009-07-01

    This volume of Journal of Physics: Conference Series contains invited and contributed peer-reviewed papers that were presented at the 16th International Symposium on Boron, Borides and Related Materials (ISBB 2008), which was held on 7-12 September 2008, at Kunibiki Messe, Matsue, Japan. This triennial symposium has a half-century long history starting from the 1st meeting in 1959 at Asbury Park, New Jersey. We were very pleased to organize ISBB 2008, which gathered chemists, physicists, materials scientists as well as diamond and high-pressure researchers. This meeting had a strong background in the boron-related Japanese research history, which includes the discovery of superconductivity in MgB2 and development of Nd-Fe-B hard magnets and of YB66 soft X-ray monochromator. The scope of ISBB 2008 spans both basic and applied interdisciplinary research that is centered on boron, borides and related materials, and the collection of articles defines the state of the art in research on these materials. The topics are centered on: 1. Preparation of new materials (single crystals, thin films, nanostructures, ceramics, etc) under normal or extreme conditions. 2. Crystal structure and chemical bonding (new crystal structures, nonstoichiometry, defects, clusters, quantum-chemical calculations). 3. Physical and chemical properties (band structure, phonon spectra, superconductivity; optical, electrical, magnetic, emissive, mechanical properties; phase diagrams, thermodynamics, catalytic activity, etc) in a wide range of temperatures and pressures. 4. Applications and prospects (thermoelectric converters, composites, ceramics, coatings, etc) There were a few discoveries of new materials, such as nanomaterials, and developments in applications. Many contributions were related to 4f heavy Fermion systems of rare-earth borides. Exotic mechanisms of magnetism and Kondo effects have been discussed, which may indicate another direction of development of boride. Two special sessions

  1. Magnetoconductance fluctuations in open bismuth quantum dots

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    Hackens, B.; Minet, J. P.; Farhi, G.; Crahay, A.; Faniel, S.; Gustin, C.; Bayot, V.

    2002-03-01

    We investigate the low temperature (300 mK - 10 K) magnetoconductance of open circular bismuth quantum dots (diameter: 500 nm). The structures are fabricated using a combination of electron beam lithography, lift off and plasma etching techniques on bismuth thin films evaporated on heated SiO2 substrates. We observe reproducible magnetoconductance fluctuations (UCFs) up to 5T, qualitatively similar to conductance fluctuations evidenced in open quantum dots patterned in high mobility semiconductor heterostructures. In our samples, UCFs are superposed on a slowly varying negative magnetoconductance background. We also observe a sharp conductance maximum centered in B=0, which is reminescent of the spin-orbit induced anti-localisation phenomenon. The behavior of UCFs and of the conductance maximum is discussed as a function of the temperature, thickness and degree of cristallinity of the cavity.

  2. Electrocatalytic activity of bismuth doped silver electrodes

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    2002-01-01

    Investigation of redox reactions on silver, and bismuth doped silver electrodes in aqueous KOH solutions, by using potentiostatic steady-state polarization technique, has been carried out. The redox wave potential and current displacements along with multiplicity of the latter have been examined. These electrodes were employed for the oxidation of organic molecules such as ethylamine in alkaline media. Subsequently, these electrodes were ranked with respect to their activity for the redox reactions. (author)

  3. Influence of bismuth content on viscosity of lead-bismuth alloy

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    In this paper, viscosities of Pb44.5 Bi55.5 (LBE), Pb60 Bi40, Pb70 Bi30, Pb80 Bi20 and Pb are studied in a certain temperature range above liquidus, the results show that the viscosities of five melts decrease with the increase of temperature. Excepting for pure Pb, anomalous changes in the viscosity values are found in LBE, Pb60 Bi40, Pb70 Bi30 and Pb80 Bi20 in the test temperature range, it is presumed that melts structure occurs at the anomalous point of the viscosity. In the temperature range of 623∼923 K, viscosity value of Pb60 Bi40 is obviously higher than that of the other proportion of lead bismuth alloy, and it increases with the decrease of bismuth content at temperature above 1023 K. The experimental results provide data support for the choice of lead-bismuth hypoeutectic applied in advanced nuclear reactor. (authors)

  4. Flame spray synthesis under a non-oxidizing atmosphere: Preparation of metallic bismuth nanoparticles and nanocrystalline bulk bismuth metal

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    Grass, Robert N.; Stark, Wendelin J. [Institute for Chemical and Bioengineering, ETH Zuerich (Switzerland)], E-mail: wendelin.stark@chem.ethz.ch

    2006-10-15

    Metallic bismuth nanoparticles of over 98% purity were prepared by a modified flame spray synthesis method in an inert atmosphere by oxygen-deficient combustion of a bismuth-carboxylate based precursor. The samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction, thermal analysis and scanning electron microscopy confirming the formation of pure, crystalline metallic bismuth nanoparticles. Compression of the as-prepared powder resulted in highly dense, nanocrystalline pills with strong electrical conductivity and bright metallic gloss.

  5. Pt-B System Revisited: Pt2B, a New Structure Type of Binary Borides. Ternary WAl12-Type Derivative Borides.

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    Sologub, Oksana; Salamakha, Leonid; Rogl, Peter; Stöger, Berthold; Bauer, Ernst; Bernardi, Johannes; Giester, Gerald; Waas, Monika; Svagera, Robert

    2015-11-16

    On the basis of a detailed study applying X-ray single-crystal and powder diffraction, differential scanning calorimetry, and scanning electron microscopy analysis, it was possible to resolve existing uncertainties in the Pt-rich section (≥65 atom % Pt) of the binary Pt-B phase diagram above 600 °C. The formation of a unique structure has been observed for Pt2B [X-ray single-crystal data: space group C2/m, a = 1.62717(11) nm, b = 0.32788(2) nm, c = 0.44200(3) nm, β = 104.401(4)°, RF2 = 0.030]. Within the homogeneity range of "Pt3B", X-ray powder diffraction phase analysis prompted two structural modifications as a function of temperature. The crystal structure of "hT-Pt3B" complies with the hitherto reported structure of anti-MoS2 [space group P63/mmc, a = 0.279377(2) nm, c = 1.04895(1) nm, RF = 0.075, RI = 0.090]. The structure of the new "[Formula: see text]T-Pt3B" is still unknown. The formation of previously reported Pt∼4B has not been confirmed from binary samples. Exploration of the Pt-rich section of the Pt-Cu-B system at 600 °C revealed a new ternary compound, Pt12CuB6-y [X-ray single-crystal data: space group Im3̅, a = 0.75790(2) nm, y = 3, RF2 = 0.0129], which exhibits the filled WAl12-type structure accommodating boron in the interstitial trigonal-prismatic site 12e. The isotypic platinum-aluminum-boride was synthesized and studied. The solubility of copper in binary platinum borides has been found to attain ∼7 atom % Cu for Pt2B but to be insignificant for "[Formula: see text]T-Pt3B". The architecture of the new Pt2B structure combines puckered layers of boron-filled and empty [Pt6] octahedra (anti-CaCl2-type fragment) alternating along the x axis with a double layer of boron-semifilled [Pt6] trigonal prisms interbedded with a layer of empty tetrahedra and tetragonal pyramids (B-deficient α-T[Formula: see text]I fragment). Assuming boron vacancies ordering (space group R3), the Pt12CuB6-y structure exhibits serpentine-like columns of edge

  6. Spin dynamics of complex oxides, bismuth-antimony alloys, and bismuth chalcogenides

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    Sahin, Cuneyt

    The emerging field of spintronics relies on the manipulation of electron spin in order to use it in spin-based electronics. Such a paradigm change has to tackle several challenges including finding materials with sufficiently long spin lifetimes and materials which are efficient in generating pure spin currents. This thesis predicts that two types of material families could be a solution to the aforementioned challenges: complex oxides and bismuth based materials. We derived a general approach for constructing an effective spin-orbit Hamiltonian which is applicable to all nonmagnetic materials. This formalism is useful for calculating spin-dependent properties near an arbitrary point in momentum space. We also verified this formalism through comparisons with other approaches for III-V semiconductors, and its general applicability is illustrated by deriving the spin-orbit interaction and predicting spin lifetimes for strained strontium titanate (STO) and a two-dimensional electron gas in STO (such as at the LAO/STO interface). Our results suggest robust spin coherence and spin transport properties in STO related materials even at room temperature. In the second part of the study we calculated intrinsic spin Hall conductivities for bismuth-antimony (BISb) semimetals with strong spin-orbit couplings, from the Kubo formula and using Berry curvatures evaluated throughout the Brillouin zone from a tight-binding Hamiltonian. Nearly crossing bands with strong spin-orbit interaction generate giant spin Hall conductivities in these materials, ranging from 474 ((h/e)O--1cm--1) for bismuth to 96((h/e)O--1cm --1) for antimony; the value for bismuth is more than twice that of platinum. The large spin Hall conductivities persist for alloy compositions corresponding to a three-dimensional topological insulator state, such as Bi0.83Sb0.17. The spin Hall conductivity could be changed by a factor of 5 for doped Bi, or for Bi0.83Sb0.17, by changing the chemical potential by 0.5 e

  7. Structural and mechanical properties of transition metal borides Nb2MB2 (M=Tc, Ru, and Os) under pressure

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    Li, Xiaofeng; Yan, Haiyan; Wei, Qun

    2016-10-01

    First-principle total energy calculations are employed to provide a fundamental understanding of the structural, mechanical, and electronic properties of transition metal borides Nb2MB2 (M=Tc, Ru, and Os) within the tetragonal superstructure P4/mnc structure. The mechanically and dynamically stabilities of three borides have been demonstrated by the elastic constants and phonons calculations under pressure. Among these three compounds, Nb2TcB2 exhibits the biggest bulk and Young's modulus, smallest Poission's ratio, and highest harness. Density of states of them revealed that the strong B-B, Nb-B and M-B covalent bonds are major driving forces for their high bulk and shear moduli as well as small Poisson's ratio.

  8. Optical spectroscopy of Bismuth-doped pure silica fiber preform

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    Razdobreev, Igor,; El Hamzaoui, Hicham; Ivanov, V. Yu; Kustov, E. F.; Capoen, Bruno; Bouazaoui, Mohamed

    2010-01-01

    International audience We report on the optical spectroscopy of monolithic fiber preform prepared from nanoporous bismuth-doped silica glass. The experiments reveal the existence of at least two different types of active centers and clearly demonstrate that the presence in the glass matrix of other dopant is not necessary to obtain the near-IR photoluminescence connected to Bismuth.

  9. Hall-Effect Thruster Utilizing Bismuth as Propellant

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    Szabo, James; Gasdaska, Charles; Hruby, Vlad; Robin, Mike

    2008-01-01

    A laboratory-model Hall-effect spacecraft thruster was developed that utilizes bismuth as the propellant. Xenon was used in most prior Hall-effect thrusters. Bismuth is an attractive alternative because it has a larger atomic mass, a larger electron-impact-ionization cross-section, and is cheaper and more plentiful.

  10. Bismuth(III) dialkyldithiophosphates: Facile single source precursors for the preparation of bismuth sulfide nanorods and bismuth phosphate thin films

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    Biswal, Jasmine B. [Department of Chemistry, University of Mumbai, Vidyanagari, Santacruz (East), Mumbai 400098 (India); Garje, Shivram S., E-mail: ssgarje@chem.mu.ac.in [Department of Chemistry, University of Mumbai, Vidyanagari, Santacruz (East), Mumbai 400098 (India); Nuwad, Jitendra; Pillai, C.G.S. [Chemistry Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Trombay, Mumbai 400085 (India)

    2013-08-15

    Two different phase pure materials (Bi{sub 2}S{sub 3} and Bi{sub 2}P{sub 4}O{sub 13}) have been prepared under different conditions using the same single source precursors. Solvothermal decomposition of the complexes, Bi(S{sub 2}P(OR){sub 2}){sub 3} [where, R=Methyl (Me) (1), Ethyl (Et) (2), n-Propyl (Pr{sup n}) (3) and iso-Propyl (Pr{sup i}) (4)] in ethylene glycol gave orthorhombic bismuth sulfide nanorods, whereas aerosol assisted chemical vapor deposition (AACVD) of the same precursors deposited monoclinic bismuth tetraphosphate (Bi{sub 2}P{sub 4}O{sub 13}) thin films on glass substrates. Surface study of the thin films using SEM illustrated the formation of variety of nanoscale morphologies (spherical-, wire-, pendent-, doughnut- and flower-like) at different temperatures. AFM studies were carried out to evaluate quality of the films in terms of uniformity and roughness. Thin films of average roughness as low as 1.4 nm were deposited using these precursors. Photoluminescence studies of Bi{sub 2}P{sub 4}O{sub 13} thin films were also carried out. - Graphical abstract: Solvothermal decomposition of bismuth(III) dialkyldithiophosphates in ethylene glycol gave Bi{sub 2}S{sub 3} nanoparticles, whereas aerosol assisted chemical vapor deposition of these single source precursors deposited Bi{sub 2}P{sub 4}O{sub 13} thin films. Display Omitted - Highlights: • Preparation of phase pure orthorhombic Bi{sub 2}S{sub 3} nanorods and monoclinic Bi{sub 2}P{sub 4}O{sub 13} thin films. • Use of single source precursors for deposition of bismuth phosphate thin films. • Use of solvothermal decomposition and AACVD methods. • Morphology controlled synthesis of Bi{sub 2}P{sub 4}O{sub 13} thin films. • Bi{sub 2}S{sub 3} nanorods and Bi{sub 2}P{sub 4}O{sub 13} thin films using same single source precursors.

  11. Interlayer utilization (including metal borides) for subsequent deposition of NSD films via microwave plasma CVD on 316 and 440C stainless steels

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    Ballinger, Jared

    Diamond thin films have promising applications in numerous fields due to the extreme properties of diamonds in conjunction with the surface enhancement of thin films. Biomedical applications are numerous including temporary implants and various dental and surgical instruments. The unique combination of properties offered by nanostructured diamond films that make it such an attractive surface coating include extreme hardness, low obtainable surface roughness, excellent thermal conductivity, and chemical inertness. Regrettably, numerous problems exist when attempting to coat stainless steel with diamond generating a readily delaminated film: outward diffusion of iron to the surface, inward diffusion of carbon limiting necessary surface carbon precursor, and the mismatch between the coefficients of thermal expansion yielding substantial residual stress. While some exotic methods have been attempted to overcome these hindrances, the most common approach is the use of an intermediate layer between the stainless steel substrate and the diamond thin film. In this research, both 316 stainless steel disks and 440C stainless steel ball bearings were tested with interlayers including discrete coatings and graded, diffusion-based surface enhancements. Titanium nitride and thermochemical diffusion boride interlayers were both examined for their effectiveness at allowing for the growth of continuous and adherent diamond films. Titanium nitride interlayers were deposited by cathodic arc vacuum deposition on 440C bearings. Lower temperature diamond processing resulted in improved surface coverage after cooling, but ultimately, both continuity and adhesion of the nanostructured diamond films were unacceptable. The ability to grow quality diamond films on TiN interlayers is in agreement with previous work on iron and low alloy steel substrates, and the similarly seen inadequate adhesion strength is partially a consequence of the lacking establishment of an interfacial carbide phase

  12. Kinetics of the formation of Fe2B layers in gray cast iron: Effects of boron concentration and boride incubation time

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    The growth kinetics of Fe2B layers formed at the surface of gray cast iron were evaluated in this study. The pack-boriding process was applied to produce the Fe2B phase at the material surface, and the variables included three temperatures (1173, 1223 and 1273 K) and four exposure times (2, 4, 6 and 8 h). Taking into account the growth fronts obtained at the surface of the material and the mass balance equation at the Fe2B/substrate interface, the boron diffusion coefficient on the borided phase was estimated for the range of treatment temperatures. Likewise the parabolic growth constant, the instantaneous velocity of the Fe2B/substrate interface, and the weight gain in the borided samples were established as a function of the parameters τ(t) and α(C), which are related to the boride incubation time (t0(T)) and boron concentration at the Fe2B phase, respectively. Observation of the growth kinetics of the Fe2B layers in gray cast irons suggest an optimum value of boron concentration that is in good agreement with the set of boriding experimental conditions used in this work.

  13. Electron Paramagnetic Resonance Study of Thermally Treated Bismuth Subgallate

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    Paweł Ramos

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Complex of bismuth, an anti-inflammatory drug, was studied by EPR spectroscopy. The aim of this study was to determine concentrations and properties of free radicals formed during thermal sterilization of bismuth subgallate according to pharmacopoeia norms to optimize its sterilization process. Different temperatures (160°C, 170°C, and 180°C and times (120 minutes, 60 minutes, and 30 minutes of sterilization were used. Interactions of bismuth subgallate with DPPH, the model free radical reference, were checked. g-Factors, amplitudes (A, integral intensities (I, and linewidths (ΔBpp were obtained. Integral intensities were obtained by double integration of the first-derivative EPR lines. The influence of microwave power in the range of 2.2–70 mW on shape and parameters of the EPR spectra was examined. Thermal sterilization produced free radicals in bismuth subgallate in all tested cases. Strong interactions with free radicals were pointed out for all the analysed samples containing bismuth independent of sterilization conditions. Optimal conditions of thermal sterilization for bismuth subgallate with the lowest free radical formation are temperature 170°C and time of heating 60 minutes. Strong dipolar interactions exist in thermally sterilized bismuth subgallate. EPR spectroscopy is a useful method of examination of thermal sterilization conditions.

  14. Determining the background levels of bismuth in tissues of wild game birds: a first step in addressing the environmental consequences of using bismuth shotshells.

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    Jayasinghe, R; Tsuji, L J S; Gough, W A; Karagatzides, J D; Perera, D; Nieboer, E

    2004-11-01

    Bismuth shotshells have been approved as a "nontoxic" alternative to lead in North America. Approval was based on a limited number of studies; even background levels of bismuth in wildfowl were unknown. We report on the concentration of bismuth (and lead) in muscle and liver tissues of wildfowl (Anas platyrhynchos, Anas acuta, Anas crecca, Branta canadensis, Chen caerulescens) harvested with lead shotshell. Average liver-bismuth levels detected in the present study (e.g., teal, 0.05 microg/g dw; mallard, 0.09 microg/g dw) suggest analytical error in other studies examining the effects of bismuth in birds. Significant positive relationships between bismuth- and lead-tissue levels for muscle when all species were combined (and for B. canadensis and C. caerulescens separately) can be explained by noting that bismuth is a contaminant of lead. Thus, more research is recommended to confirm the appropriateness of bismuth as a "nontoxic" shot alternative.

  15. Synthesis of Binary Transition Metal Nitrides, Carbides and Borides from the Elements in the Laser-Heated Diamond Anvil Cell and Their Structure-Property Relations

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    Lkhamsuren Bayarjargal

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available Transition metal nitrides, carbides and borides have a high potential for industrial applications as they not only have a high melting point but are generally harder and less compressible than the pure metals. Here we summarize recent advances in the synthesis of binary transition metal nitrides, carbides and borides focusing on the reaction of the elements at extreme conditions generated within the laser-heated diamond anvil cell. The current knowledge of their structures and high-pressure properties like high-(p; T stability, compressibility and hardness is described as obtained from experiments.

  16. Hierarchical bismuth phosphate microspheres with high photocatalytic performance

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    Pei, Lizhai; Wei, Tian; Lin, Nan; Yu, Haiyun [Anhui University of Technology, Ma' anshan (China). Key Laboratory of Materials Science and Processing of Anhui Province

    2016-05-15

    Hierarchical bismuth phosphate microspheres have been prepared by a simple hydrothermal process with polyvinyl pyrrolidone. Scanning electron microscopy observations show that the hierarchical bismuth phosphate microspheres consist of nanosheets with a thickness of about 30 nm. The diameter of the microspheres is about 1 - 3 μm. X-ray diffraction analysis shows that the microspheres are comprised of triclinic Bi{sub 23}P{sub 4}O{sub 44.5} phase. The formation of the hierarchical microspheres depends on polyvinyl pyrrolidone concentration, hydrothermal temperature and reaction time. Gentian violet acts as the pollutant model for investigating the photocatalytic activity of the hierarchical bismuth phosphate microspheres under ultraviolet-visible light irradiation. Irradiation time, dosage of the hierarchical microspheres and initial gentian violet concentration on the photocatalytic efficiency are also discussed. The hierarchical bismuth phosphate microspheres show good photocatalytic performance for gentian violet removal in aqueous solution.

  17. Bismuth electrodes, an alternative in stripping voltammetry

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    The heavy metals are known as highly toxic contaminants, the processes carried out in industry contribute that finally they remain dispersed in effluents and sewage, doing part of the food chain. The importance of controlling the levels of these heavy metals has become an international policy, so it has generated interest in developing new analytical methodologies for its determination [1, 2, 3, 4]. The stripping voltammetry has been considered as a family of electro-sensitive analytical techniques useful for the determination of trace levels of many metals in environmental, clinical and industrial samples [3, 4]. This work presents an overview of these bismuth-based electrodes which were introduced around 2000, which have interesting characteristics for detection of heavy metals and which represent an alternative to mercury electrodes

  18. Bismuth electrodes, an alternative in stripping voltammetry

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    Barón-Jaimez, J.; Joya, M. R.; Barba-Ortega, J.

    2013-11-01

    The heavy metals are known as highly toxic contaminants, the processes carried out in industry contribute that finally they remain dispersed in effluents and sewage, doing part of the food chain. The importance of controlling the levels of these heavy metals has become an international policy, so it has generated interest in developing new analytical methodologies for its determination [1, 2, 3, 4]. The stripping voltammetry has been considered as a family of electro-sensitive analytical techniques useful for the determination of trace levels of many metals in environmental, clinical and industrial samples [3, 4]. This work presents an overview of these bismuth-based electrodes which were introduced around 2000, which have interesting characteristics for detection of heavy metals and which represent an alternative to mercury electrodes.

  19. Platinum-Bismuth Bimetallic Catalysts: Synthesis, Characterization and Applications

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    Saucedo, Jose A, Jr; Xiao, Yang; Varma, Arvind

    2015-01-01

    Bimetallic catalysts have been explored and shown to exhibit unique characteristics which are not present in monometallic catalysts. Platinum is well known as an effective catalyst for oxidation and reduction reactions, and it can be made more effective when bismuth is introduced as a promotor. Thus, the effectiveness of the Pt-Bi catalyst was demonstrated in prior work. What is not clear, however, is the mechanism behind the catalyst function; why addition of bismuth to platinum decreases de...

  20. Electron cooling and Debye-Waller effect in photoexcited bismuth

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    Arnaud, B.; Giret, Y.

    2012-01-01

    By means of first principles calculations, we computed the effective electron-phonon coupling constant $G_0$ governing the electron cooling in photoexcited bismuth. $G_0$ strongly increases as a function of electron temperature, which can be traced back to the semi-metallic nature of bismuth. We also used a thermodynamical model to compute the time evolution of both electron and lattice temperatures following laser excitation. Thereby, we simulated the time evolution of (1 -1 0), (-2 1 1) and...

  1. Melting and solidification of bismuth inclusions in aluminium

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    Thoft, N.B.; Bohr, J.; Buras, B.;

    1995-01-01

    Supercooling of crystalline bismuth inclusions in aluminium crystals has been observed and studied with different techniques: x-ray diffraction, in situ Rutherford backscattering/channelling spectrometry and transmission electron microscopy. The results of the measurements with different experime......Supercooling of crystalline bismuth inclusions in aluminium crystals has been observed and studied with different techniques: x-ray diffraction, in situ Rutherford backscattering/channelling spectrometry and transmission electron microscopy. The results of the measurements with different...

  2. Piezoelectric bismuth titanate ceramics for high temperature applications

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    Shulman, Holly Sue; Setter, Nava

    2005-01-01

    Bismuth titanate (Bi4Ti3O12) shows promise in piezoelectric applications in a temperature range (300-600 °C) which is not well served by standard piezoelectric ceramics. The proposal to use bismuth titanate ceramics for these applications has a major flaw, namely that the high electrical conductivity precludes the efficient polarization of these materials in an electric field. The degree of polarization is critical since it is directly related to the piezoelectric response. In addition, once ...

  3. In situ electron beam irradiated rapid growth of bismuth nanoparticles in bismuth-based glass dielectrics at room temperature

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    Singh, Shiv Prakash; Karmakar, Basudeb, E-mail: basudebk@cgcri.res.in [Central Glass and Ceramic Research Institute (CSIR, India), Glass Science and Technology Section, Glass Division (India)

    2011-09-15

    In this study, in situ control growth of bismuth nanoparticles (Bi{sup 0} NPs) was demonstrated in bismuth-based glass dielectrics under an electron beam (EB) irradiation at room temperature. The effects of EB irradiation were investigated in situ using transmission electron microscopy (TEM), selected-area electron diffraction and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. The EB irradiation for 2-8 min enhanced the construction of bismuth nanoparticles with a rhombohedral structure and diameter of 4-9 nm. The average particle size was found to increase with the irradiation time. Bismuth metal has a melting point of 271 Degree-Sign C and this low melting temperature makes easy the progress of energy induced structural changes during in situ TEM observations. This is a very useful technique in nano-patterning for integrated optics and other applications.

  4. Studies on bismuth carboxylates—synthesis and characterization of a new structural form of bismuth(III) dipicolinate

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    O Anjaneyulu; K C Kumara Swamy

    2011-03-01

    Synthesis and X-ray structure of a new bismuth dipicolinate cooordination polymer, {[Bi((2,6-O2C)2C5H3N)((2-HO2C-6-O2C)C5H3N)(H2O)]2.5H2O} (7) are presented. Compound 7 has dimeric units with a Bi2O2 skeleton that are linked by additional weak Bi-O interactions leading to a polymeric structure. The overall coordination number at bismuth is 9 [two Bi-N and seven Bi-O bonds]. New routes to a second crystalline modification (4′) of the previously reported coordination polymer, bismuth tris(picolinate), [Bi(2-O2C-C5H4N)3] (4), are described; bond parameters in the two crystalline forms (4 and 4′) are compared. In both the compounds 4′ and 7, bismuth has a distorted tricapped trigonal prismatic geometry.

  5. The Wyckoff positional order and polyhedral intergrowth in the M3B2- and M5B3-type boride precipitated in the Ni-based superalloys

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    Hu, X. B.; Zhu, Y. L.; Sheng, N. C.; Ma, X. L.

    2014-12-01

    Ni-based single superalloys play a crucial role in the hottest parts of jet engines. However, due to the complex geometry and macro-segregation during the solidification process, the cast defect such as stray grains is inevitable. Therefore, the transient liquid phase (TLP) bonding which can join several small single crystalline castings together is gradually believed to be an effective method for improving the yields of production of the complex components. The melting point depressant element B is always added into the interlayer filler material. Consequently, borides including the M3B2 and M5B3 phase usually precipitate during the TLP bonding process. So a comprehensive knowledge of the fine structural characteristics of the borides is very critical for an accurate evaluation of the TLP bonding process. In this work, by means of the aberration-corrected transmission electron microscopy, we show, at an atomic scale, the Wyckoff positional order phenomenon of the metal atoms in the unit cell of M3B2- and M5B3-type boride. Meanwhile, the defect along the (001) plane of the above two types of boride are determined to be the polyhedral intergrowth with complex configurations.

  6. Bismuth nanoparticles for phenolic compounds biosensing application.

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    Mayorga-Martinez, Carmen C; Cadevall, Miquel; Guix, Maria; Ros, Josep; Merkoçi, Arben

    2013-02-15

    The rapid determination of trace phenolic compounds is of great importance for evaluating the total toxicity of contaminated water samples. Nowadays, electrochemical tyrosinase (Tyr) based biosensors constitute a promising technology for the in situ monitoring of phenolic compounds because of their advantages such as high selectivity, low production cost, promising response speed, potential for miniaturization, simple instrumentation and easy automatization. A mediator-free amperometric biosensor for phenolic compounds detection based on the combination of bismuth nanoparticles (BiNPs) and Tyr for phenol detections will be hereby reported. This is achieved through the integration of BiNPs/Tyr onto the working electrode of a screen printed electrode (SPE) by using glutaraldehyde as a cross-linking agent. BiNPs/Tyr biosensor is evaluated by amperometric measurements at -200 mV DC and a linear range of up to 71 μM and 100 μM and a correlation coefficient of 0.995 and 0.996 for phenol and catechol, respectively. The very low DC working potential ensures the avoidance of interferences making this biosensor an advantageous device for real sample applications. In addition, the response mechanism including the effect of BiNPs based on electrochemical studies and optical characterizations will be also discussed. The obtained results may open the way to many other BiNPs applications in the biosensing field.

  7. Ultrasound in lead-bismuth eutectic

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    Dierckx, M.; Van Dyck, D. [SCK.CEN, Belgian Nuclear Research Centre, Boeretang 200, BE-2400, Mol (Belgium)

    2011-07-01

    The Belgian Nuclear Research Centre (SCK.CEN) is in the process of designing MYRRHA, a new multi-purpose irradiation facility to replace the ageing BR2. MYRRHA is a fast spectrum reactor cooled with lead-bismuth eutectic (LBE). As liquid metal is opaque to visual light, ultrasonic measurement techniques are selected to fulfill essential tasks that, according to our assessment, will be demanded by licensing authorities, in particular: fuel assembly identification and localization of a lost fuel assembly. To that end, a considerable research effort at SCK.CEN is devoted to study ultrasonic propagation in LBE. As ultrasonic experiments in LBE are elaborate and expensive to set up, we are particularly interested in to what extent experiments in water can be extrapolated to LBE - one of the main focuses of this article. We describe and present results of a first experiment with this goal which shows that the signal to noise ratio is better in LBE and that we even see small diffuse reflections up to 40 deg. off normal. On the other hand, we do not see internal reflections in stainless steel objects in LBE which we do in water. Therefore, we conclude that experiments in water can be used to validate algorithms for LBE on the condition that they do not rely on internal reflections. We also present solutions to tackle the essential tasks: fuel assembly identification and lost object localization. The requirements for the ultrasonic equipment implementing these solutions are also discussed. (authors)

  8. Laser Spectroscopy of Neutron Rich Bismuth Isotopes

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    %IS344 :\\\\ \\\\ The aim of the experiment is to measure the optical isotope shifts and hyperfine structures of bismuth isotopes across the N=126 shell closure in order to extract the change in mean square charge radii ($\\delta\\langle r^{2}\\rangle$) and static moments. These include the first isotones of lead to be measured directly above the shell closure and will provide new information on the systematics of the kink ($\\delta\\langle r^{2}\\rangle)$ seen in the lead isotopic chain. After two very successful runs the programme has been extended to include the neutron deficient isotopes below $^{201}$Bi to study the systematics across the $i_{13/2}$ neutron sub-shell closure at N=118.\\\\ \\\\ During the initial 2 runs (9 shifts) the isotope shifts and hyperfine structures of three new isotopes, $ ^{210,212,213}$Bi and the 9$^{-}$ isomer of $^{210}$Bi have been measured. The accuracy of the previous measurements of $^{205,206,208}$Bi have been greatly improved. The samples of $ ^{208,210,210^{m}}$Bi were prepared by c...

  9. LMO dielectronic resonances in highly charged bismuth

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    Smiga, Joseph; Gillaspy, John; Podpaly, Yuri; Ralchenko, Yuri

    2016-05-01

    Dielectronic resonances from high-Z elements are important for the analysis of high temperature plasmas. Thus, the extreme ultraviolet spectra of highly charged bismuth were measured using the NIST electron beam ion trap (EBIT) at beam energies ranging from 8.7 keV to 9.2 keV. The measured intensity ratios between forbidden magnetic-dipole lines in Bi64+ and Bi63+ show strong resonance features. The experimental data were compared to theoretical predictions from a large-scale collisional-radiative model with the code NOMAD, and good agreement was found that allowed the identification of observed resonance features as the LMO inner-shell dielectronic resonances. It is common practice in EBIT experiments that ions are periodically dumped from the trap and replaced. However, in this particular experiment, the contents of the trap were not dumped for the duration of each 10 minute sampling. The effects of trap stability were studied and a small but noticeable shift in beam energy over time was observed. Potential explanations for this are considered.

  10. Photoreductive generation of amorphous bismuth nanoparticles using polysaccharides--bismuth-cellulose nanocomposites.

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    Breitwieser, Doris; Kriechbaum, Margit; Ehmann, Heike M A; Monkowius, Uwe; Coseri, Sergiu; Sacarescu, Liviu; Spirk, Stefan

    2015-02-13

    A simple and highly reproducible synthesis of amorphous bismuth nanoparticles incorporated into a polysaccharide matrix using a photoreduction process is presented. As precursor for the generation of the Bi nanoparticles, organosoluble triphenylbismuth is used. The precursor is dissolved in toluene and mixed with a hydrophobic organosoluble polysaccharide, namely trimethylsilyl cellulose (TMSC) with high DSSi. The solution is subjected to UV exposure, which induces the homolytic cleavage of the bismuth-carbon bond in BiPh3 resulting in the formation of Bi(0) and phenyl radicals. The aggregation of the Bi atoms can be controlled in the TMSC matrix and yields nanoparticles of around 20 nm size as proven by TEM. The phenyl radicals undergo recombination to form small organic molecules like benzene and biphenyl, which can be removed from the nanocomposite after lyophilization and exposure to high vacuum. Finally, the TMSC matrix is converted to cellulose after exposure to HCl vapors, which remove the trimethylsilyl groups from the TMSC derivative. Although TMSC is converted to cellulose, the formed TMS-OH is not leaving the nanocomposite but reacts instead with surface oxide layer of the Bi nanoparticles to form silylated Bi nanoparticles as proven by TEM/EDX.

  11. Characterization of bismuth nanospheres deposited by plasma focus device

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    Ahmad, M., E-mail: cscientific2@aec.org.sy [IBA Laboratory, Chemistry Department, Atomic Energy Commission of Syria, P.O. Box 6091, Damascus (Syrian Arab Republic); Al-Hawat, Sh.; Akel, M. [Physics Department, Atomic Energy Commission of Syria, P.O. Box 6091, Damascus (Syrian Arab Republic); Mrad, O. [Chemistry Department, Atomic Energy Commission of Syria, P.O. Box 6091, Damascus (Syrian Arab Republic)

    2015-02-14

    A new method for producing thin layer of bismuth nanospheres based on the use of low energy plasma focus device is demonstrated. Various techniques such as scanning electron microscopy, Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and Raman spectroscopy have been used to characterize the morphology and the composition of the nanospheres. Experimental parameters may be adjusted to favour the formation of bismuth nanospheres instead of microspheres. Therefore, the formation of large surface of homogeneous layer of bismuth nanospheres with sizes of below 100 nm can be obtained. The natural snowball phenomenon is observed to be reproduced in nanoscale where spheres roll over the small nanospheres and grow up to bigger sizes that can reach micro dimensions. The comet-like structure, a reverse phenomenon to snowball is also observed.

  12. Inexpensive laser-induced surface modification in bismuth thin films

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    Highlights: • Laser-induced microbumps were formed on bismuth films using a simple, low-cost, laser setup. • The patterns, similar to those typically obtained with high-power lasers, were characterized. • Control of laser ablation conditions is critical in the fabrication of surface microbumps. - Abstract: In this work, we present results on texturing a 500 nm thick bismuth film, deposited by sputtering onto a glass slide using a low-cost homemade, near-infrared pulsed laser platform. A 785 nm laser diode of a CD–DVD pickup head was precisely focused on the sample mounted on a motorized two-axis translation stage to generate localized surface microbumps on the bismuth films. This simple method successfully transferred desired micropatterns on the films in a computer-numerical control fashion. Irradiated zones were characterized by atomic force microscopy and scanning electron microscopy. It was observed that final results are strongly dependent on irradiation parameters

  13. Thermal, structural and electrical studies of bismuth zinc borate glasses

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    Shanmugavelu, B.; Ravi Kanth Kumar, V. V.

    2013-06-01

    Bismuth Zinc Borate glasses with compositions xBi2O3-30ZnO-(70 - x)B2O3 (where x = 30, 35, 40 and 45 mol %) have been prepared by melt quenching method. These glasses were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Differential Thermal Analysis (DTA), Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometer (FTIR) and Broad Band Dielectric Spectrometer (BDS). DTA and FTIR analysis reveals that Non-Bridging Oxygens (NBOs) increase with increase of bismuth content in the glass. Electrical data have been analyzed in the framework of impedance and modulus formalisms. The activation energy for dc conductivity decreases with increase of bismuth concentration. The imaginary part of modulus spectra has been fitted to non-exponential Kohlrausch-Williams-Watts (KWW) function and the value of the stretched exponent (β) is found to be almost independent of temperature but slightly dependent on composition.

  14. Phase transitions in the Hubbard model for the bismuth nickelate

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    Kojima, Shoya; Nasu, Joji; Koga, Akihisa

    2016-07-01

    We study low temperature properties of the Hubbard model for the bismuth nickelate, where degenerate orbitals in the nickel ions and a single orbital in the bismuth ions are taken into account, combining dynamical mean-field theory with the continuous-time quantum Monte Carlo method. We discuss the effect of the attractive interactions to mimic the valence skipping phenomenon in the bismuth ions. We demonstrate how the charge and magnetically ordered states are stable against thermal fluctuations. It is furthermore clarified that the ferromagnetically ordered and orbital ordered states are stabilized due to the presence of the orbital degeneracy at low temperatures. The crossover between metallic and insulating states is also discussed.

  15. Inexpensive laser-induced surface modification in bismuth thin films

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    Contreras, A. Reyes [Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México, Carretera Toluca, Ixtlahuaca Kilómetro 15.5, C.P. 50200 Edo. de México (Mexico); Hautefeuille, M., E-mail: mathieu_h@ciencias.unam.mx [Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Avenida Universidad 3000, Circuito Exterior S/N, Coyoacán, Ciudad Universitaria, C.P. 04510 D.F. Mexico (Mexico); García, A. Esparza [Fotofísica y Películas Delgadas, Departamento de Tecnociencias, CCADET-UNAM, Circuito exterior s/n C.P. 04510 Cd. Universitaria, D.F. Mexico (Mexico); Mejia, O. Olea [Centro Conjunto de Investigación en Química Sustentable UAEM-UNAM, Carretera Toluca-Atlacomulco, Km 14.5, Unidad El Rosedal, 50200 San Cayetano, Estado de México (Mexico); López, M.A. Camacho [Facultad de Química, Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México, Tollocan s/n, esq. Paseo Colón, Toluca, Estado de México 50110 (Mexico)

    2015-05-01

    Highlights: • Laser-induced microbumps were formed on bismuth films using a simple, low-cost, laser setup. • The patterns, similar to those typically obtained with high-power lasers, were characterized. • Control of laser ablation conditions is critical in the fabrication of surface microbumps. - Abstract: In this work, we present results on texturing a 500 nm thick bismuth film, deposited by sputtering onto a glass slide using a low-cost homemade, near-infrared pulsed laser platform. A 785 nm laser diode of a CD–DVD pickup head was precisely focused on the sample mounted on a motorized two-axis translation stage to generate localized surface microbumps on the bismuth films. This simple method successfully transferred desired micropatterns on the films in a computer-numerical control fashion. Irradiated zones were characterized by atomic force microscopy and scanning electron microscopy. It was observed that final results are strongly dependent on irradiation parameters.

  16. Dependence of optical properties of calcium bismuthates on synthesis conditions

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    Shtarev, D. S.; Shtareva, A. V.

    2016-08-01

    The article studies optical properties of calcium bismuthate nanoparticles of different composition. For the first time the synthesis of these compounds was produced by the pyrolysis of organic precursors using an organic solvent. Characterization of particles was made by scanning electron microscopy and X-ray analysis. The optical properties were investigated by diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS). It is shown that the type of crystal lattice of the particles of calcium bismuthate determines the possibility to control the optical properties of nanoparticles by varying their composition. The conclusions about the production process and the composition of calcium bismuthate, the most promising for use as a photocatalyst of visible light and solar cells, were made.

  17. Compact and Integrated Liquid Bismuth Propellant Feed System

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    Polzin, Kurt A.; Stanojev, Boris; Korman, Valentin; Gross, Jeffrey T.

    2007-01-01

    Operation of Hall thrusters with bismuth propellant has been shown to be a promising path toward high-power, high-performance, long-lifetime electric propulsion for spaceflight missions [1]. There has been considerable effort in the past three years aimed at resuscitating this promising technology and validating earlier experimental results indicating the advantages of a bismuth-fed Hall thruster. A critical element of the present effort is the precise metering of propellant to the thruster, since performance cannot be accurately assessed without an accurate accounting of mass flow rate. Earlier work used a pre./post-test propellant weighing scheme that did not provide any real-time measurement of mass flow rate while the thruster was firing, and makes subsequent performance calculations difficult. The motivation of the present work is to develop a precision liquid bismuth Propellant Management System (PMS) that provides hot, molten bismuth to the thruster while simultaneously monitoring in real-time the propellant mass flow rate. The system is a derivative of our previous propellant feed system [2], but the present system represents a more compact design. In addition, all control electronics are integrated into a single unit and designed to reside on a thrust stand and operate in the relevant vacuum environment where the thruster is operating, significantly increasing the present technology readiness level of liquid metal propellant feed systems. The design of various critical components in a bismuth PMS are described. These include the bismuth reservoir and pressurization system, 'hotspot' flow sensor, power system and integrated control system. Particular emphasis is given to selection of the electronics employed in this system and the methods that were used to isolate the power and control systems from the high-temperature portions of the feed system and thruster. Open loop calibration test results from the 'hotspot' flow sensor are reported, and results of

  18. Investigation of the crystal structure and magnetic properties of Nd3-xGdxCO11B4 borides

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    Selcuk Kervan; Nazmiye Kervan; Ayse (O)zdemir; Hüseyin S(o)zeri

    2011-01-01

    Polycrystalline samples of pseudo-ternary intermetallic Nd3-xGdxCo11B4 (x=0, 1, 2, 3)borides prepared by standard arc-melting were characterized by X-ray powder diffraction (XRPD), magnetization and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) measurements. The X-ray diffraction patterns indicated the hexagonal Ce3Co11B4-type structure with P6/mmm space group for each composition. The substitution of Gd for Nd led to a decrease of the unit-cell parameters a and the unit-cell volume V, while the unit-cell parameter c increased linearly.Magnetic measurements indicated that all samples were ordered magnetically below the Curie temperature. The Curie temperatures increased as Nd was substituted by Gd. The saturation magnetization at 4 K decreased upon the Gd substitution up to x=1, and then increased

  19. The coloring problem in the solid-state metal boride carbide ScB2C2. A theoretical analysis

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    The electronic properties of the layered ternary metal boride carbide ScB2C2, the structure of which consists of B/C layers made of fused five- and seven-membered rings alternating with scandium sheets, are analyzed. In particular, the respective positions of the B and C atoms (the so-called coloring problem) are tackled using density functional theory, quantum theory of atoms in molecules, and electron localizability indicator calculations. Results reveal that (i) the most stable coloring minimizes the number of B-B and C-C contacts and maximizes the number of boron atoms in the heptagons, (ii) the compound is metallic in character, and (iii) rather important covalent bonding occurs between the metallic sheets and the boron-carbon network.

  20. Electrical and optical properties of gadolinium doped bismuth ferrite nanoparticles

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    Mukherjee, A., E-mail: soumen.basu@phy.nitdgp.ac.in; Banerjee, M., E-mail: soumen.basu@phy.nitdgp.ac.in; Basu, S., E-mail: soumen.basu@phy.nitdgp.ac.in [Department of Physics, National Institute of Technology, Durgapur-713209 (India); Pal, M. [CSIR-Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute, Durgapur-713209 (India)

    2014-04-24

    Multiferroic bismuth ferrite (BFO) and gadolinium (Gd) doped bismuth ferrite had been synthesized by a sol-gel method. Particle size had been estimated by Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and found to decrease with Gd doping. We studied the temperature and frequency dependence of impedance and electric modulus and calculated the grain and grain boundary resistance and capacitance of the investigated samples. We observed that electrical activation energy increases for all the doped samples. Optical band gap also increases for the doped samples which can be used in photocatalytic application of BFO.

  1. Lead–bismuth eutectic technology for Hyperion reactor

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    Zhang, J., E-mail: Zhang.3558@osu.edu [Dept. of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, The Ohio State University, 201 W, 19th Avenue, Columbus, OH 43210 (United States); Nuclear Engineering and Nonproliferation Division, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM 87544 (United States); Kapernick, R.J.; McClure, P.R. [Nuclear Engineering and Nonproliferation Division, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM 87544 (United States); Trapp, T.J. [Hyperion Power Generation (United States)

    2013-10-15

    A small lead–bismuth eutectic-cooled reactor concept (referred to as the Hyperion reactor concept) is being studied at Los Alamos National Laboratory and Hyperion Power Generation. In this report, a critical assessment of the lead–bismuth eutectic technology for Hyperion reactor is presented based on currently available knowledge. Included are: material compatibility, oxygen control, thermal hydraulics, polonium control. The key advances in the technology and their applications to Hyperion reactor design are analyzed. Also, the near future studies in main areas of the technology are recommended for meeting the design requirements.

  2. High-Q bismuth silicate nonlinear glass microsphere resonators

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    Wang, Pengfei; Murugan, Ganapathy; Lee, Timothy; Ding, Ming; Brambilla, Gilberto; Semenova, Yuliya; Wu, Qiang; Koizumi,Fumihito; Farrell, Gerald

    2012-01-01

    The fabrication and characterization of a bismuth-silicate glass microsphere resonator has been demonstrated. At wavelengths near 1550 nm, high-modes can be efficiently excited in a 179-μm diameter bismuth-silicate glass microsphere via evanescent coupling using a tapered silica fiber with a waist diameter of circa 2 μm. Resonances with Q-factors as high as were observed. The dependence of the spectral response on variations in the input power level was studied in detail to gain an insight in...

  3. Polymeric architectures of bismuth citrate based on dimeric building blocks

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    2010-01-01

    Four bismuth complexes, (H2En)[Bi2(cit)2(H2O)4/3]·(H2O)x (1), (H2En)3[Bi2(cit)2Cl4]·(H2O)x (2), (HPy)2[Bi2(cit)2(H2O)8/5]·(H2O)x (3) and (H2En)[Bi2(cit)2](H2O)x (4) [cit = citrate4-; En = ethylenediamine; Py = pyridine] have been synthesized and crystallized. The crystal structures reveal that the basic building blocks in all of these complexes are bismuth citrate dimeric units which combine to form polymeric architectures. The embedded protonated ethylenediamine and pyridine moieties in the polymeric frameworks have been identified by X-ray crystallography and solid-state cross polarization/magic angle spinning (CP/MAS) 13C NMR. Based on the framework of complex 1, a structural model of a clinically used antiulcer drug, ranitidine bismuth citrate (RBC) was generated. The behavior of the protonated amine-bismuth citrate complexes in acidic aqueous solution has been studied by electrospray ionization-mass spectrometry (ESI-MS).

  4. Highly monodisperse bismuth nanoparticles and their three-dimensional superlattices.

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    Yarema, Maksym; Kovalenko, Maksym V; Hesser, Günter; Talapin, Dmitri V; Heiss, Wolfgang

    2010-11-01

    A simple and reproducible synthesis of highly monodisperse and ligand-protected bismuth nanoparticles (Bi NPs) is reported. The size of the single-crystalline and spherically shaped NPs is controlled between 11 and 22 nm mainly by the reaction temperature. The high uniformity of the NPs allows their self-assembly into long-range-ordered two- and three-dimensional superstructures.

  5. Phase transition of bismuth telluride thin films grown by MBE

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    Fülöp, Attila; Song, Yuxin; Charpentier, Sophie;

    2014-01-01

    A previously unreported phase transition between Bi2Te3 and Bi4Te3 in bismuth telluride grown by molecular beam epitaxy is recorded via XRD, AFM, and SIMS observations. This transition is found to be related to the Te/Bi beam equivalent pressure (BEP) ratio. BEP ratios below 17 favor the formatio...

  6. Bismuth Ferrite for Active Control of Surface Plasmon Polariton Modes

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    Babicheva, Viktoriia; Zhukovsky, Sergei; Lavrinenko, Andrei

    2014-01-01

    We propose and investigate several layouts of m etal-insulator-metal waveguide with active core which can be utilized for dynamic switching in photonic integrated circuits. The active material, bismuth ferrite (BiFeO3), is sandwiched between metal plates and changes i ts refractive index through...

  7. Third order nonlinear optical properties of bismuth zinc borate glasses

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    Third order nonlinear optical characterization of bismuth zinc borate glasses are reported here using different laser pulse durations. Bismuth zinc borate glasses with compositions xBi2O3-30ZnO-(70-x) B2O3 (where x = 30, 35, 40, and 45 mol. %) have been prepared by melt quenching method. These glasses were characterized by Raman, UV-Vis absorption, and Z scan measurements. Raman and UV-Vis spectroscopic results indicate that non-bridging oxygens increase with increase of bismuth content in the glass. Nonlinear absorption and refraction behavior in the nanosecond (ns), picosecond (ps), and femtosecond (fs) time domains were studied in detail. Strong reverse saturable absorption due to dominant two-photon absorption (TPA) was observed with both ps and fs excitations. In the case of ns pulse excitations, TPA and free-carrier absorption processes contribute for the nonlinear absorption. Two-photon absorption coefficient (β) and the absorption cross section due to free carriers (σe) are estimated by theoretical fit of the open aperture Z-scan measurements and found to be dependent on the amount of bismuth oxide in the glass composition. In both ns and fs regimes the sign and magnitude of the third order nonlinearity are evaluated, and the optical limiting characteristics are also reported

  8. Third order nonlinear optical properties of bismuth zinc borate glasses

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    Shanmugavelu, B.; Ravi Kanth Kumar, V. V.; Kuladeep, R.; Narayana Rao, D.

    2013-12-01

    Third order nonlinear optical characterization of bismuth zinc borate glasses are reported here using different laser pulse durations. Bismuth zinc borate glasses with compositions xBi2O3-30ZnO-(70-x) B2O3 (where x = 30, 35, 40, and 45 mol. %) have been prepared by melt quenching method. These glasses were characterized by Raman, UV-Vis absorption, and Z scan measurements. Raman and UV-Vis spectroscopic results indicate that non-bridging oxygens increase with increase of bismuth content in the glass. Nonlinear absorption and refraction behavior in the nanosecond (ns), picosecond (ps), and femtosecond (fs) time domains were studied in detail. Strong reverse saturable absorption due to dominant two-photon absorption (TPA) was observed with both ps and fs excitations. In the case of ns pulse excitations, TPA and free-carrier absorption processes contribute for the nonlinear absorption. Two-photon absorption coefficient (β) and the absorption cross section due to free carriers (σe) are estimated by theoretical fit of the open aperture Z-scan measurements and found to be dependent on the amount of bismuth oxide in the glass composition. In both ns and fs regimes the sign and magnitude of the third order nonlinearity are evaluated, and the optical limiting characteristics are also reported.

  9. Third order nonlinear optical properties of bismuth zinc borate glasses

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    Shanmugavelu, B.; Ravi Kanth Kumar, V. V., E-mail: ravi.phy@pondiuni.edu.in [Department of Physics, Pondicherry University, Puducherry 605 014 (India); Kuladeep, R.; Narayana Rao, D. [School of Physics, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad 500046, Andhra Pradesh (India)

    2013-12-28

    Third order nonlinear optical characterization of bismuth zinc borate glasses are reported here using different laser pulse durations. Bismuth zinc borate glasses with compositions xBi{sub 2}O{sub 3}-30ZnO-(70-x) B{sub 2}O{sub 3} (where x = 30, 35, 40, and 45 mol. %) have been prepared by melt quenching method. These glasses were characterized by Raman, UV-Vis absorption, and Z scan measurements. Raman and UV-Vis spectroscopic results indicate that non-bridging oxygens increase with increase of bismuth content in the glass. Nonlinear absorption and refraction behavior in the nanosecond (ns), picosecond (ps), and femtosecond (fs) time domains were studied in detail. Strong reverse saturable absorption due to dominant two-photon absorption (TPA) was observed with both ps and fs excitations. In the case of ns pulse excitations, TPA and free-carrier absorption processes contribute for the nonlinear absorption. Two-photon absorption coefficient (β) and the absorption cross section due to free carriers (σ{sub e}) are estimated by theoretical fit of the open aperture Z-scan measurements and found to be dependent on the amount of bismuth oxide in the glass composition. In both ns and fs regimes the sign and magnitude of the third order nonlinearity are evaluated, and the optical limiting characteristics are also reported.

  10. Light-Induced Absorption in Nominally Pure Bismuth Silicon Oxide

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    李飞飞; 许京军; 孔勇发; 黄辉; 张光寅; 杨春晖; 徐玉恒

    2001-01-01

    Light-induced absorption in the nominally pure bismuth silicon oxide is investigated experimentally and the result shows that it consists of transient and persistent parts. The experimental evidence is analysed based on the model of three groups of trap (donor) centres.

  11. Experimenting with lead-bismuth technology in Belgium

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    Mitev, Lubomir [NucNet, Brussels (Belgium)

    2014-03-15

    Dr Hamid Ait Abderrahim, director of the Myrrha research reactor project, talks to NucNet about the technical specifications, the challenges, opportunities and partnerships of Belgium's new nuclear research infrastructure. Myrrha is a large research infrastructure which is based on a sub-critical reactor which is cooled with lead-bismuth as a coolant. (orig.)

  12. Ultrafast electronic dynamics in laser-excited crystalline bismuth

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    Chekalin S.

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Femtosecond spectroscopy was applied to capture complex dynamics of non equilibrium electrons in bismuth. Data analysis reveals significant wavevector dependence of electron-hole and electron-phonon coupling strength along the Γ-T direction of the Brillouin zone

  13. Measured and evaluated neutron cross sections of elemental bismuth

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    Neutron total cross sections of elemental bismuth are measured with broad resolution from 1.2 to 4.5 MeV to accuracies of approx. = 1%. Neutron-differential-elastic-scattering cross sections of bismuth are measured from 1.5 to 4.0 MeV at incident neutron energy intervals of approx.< 0.2 MeV over the scattered-neutron angular range approx. = 20 to 160 deg. Differential neutron cross sections for the excitation of observed states in bismuth at 895 +- 12, 1606 +- 14, 2590 +- 15, 2762 +- 29, 3022 +- 21, and 3144 +- 15 keV are determined at incident neutron energies up to 4.0 MeV. An optical-statistical model is deduced from the measured values. This model, the present experimental results, and information available elsewhere in the literature are used to construct a comprehensive evaluated nuclear data file for elemental bismuth in the ENDF format. The evaluated file is particularly suited to the neutronic needs of the fusion-fission hybrid designer. 87 references, 10 figures, 6 tables

  14. Discovery of the thallium, lead, bismuth, and polonium isotopes

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    Fry, C; Thoennessen, M

    2012-01-01

    Currently, forty-two thallium, forty-two lead, forty-one bismuth, and forty-two polonium isotopes have so far been observed; the discovery of these isotopes is discussed. For each isotope a brief summary of the first refereed publication, including the production and identification method, is presented.

  15. Ultrafast electron diffraction studies of optically excited thin bismuth films

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    Rajkovic, Ivan

    2008-10-21

    This thesis contains work on the design and the realization of an experimental setup capable of providing sub-picosecond electron pulses for ultrafast electron diffraction experiments, and performing the study of ultrafast dynamics in bismuth after optical excitation using this setup. (orig.)

  16. Bismuth-based oxide semiconductors: Mild synthesis and practical applications

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    Timmaji, Hari Krishna

    In this dissertation study, bismuth based oxide semiconductors were prepared using 'mild' synthesis techniques---electrodeposition and solution combustion synthesis. Potential environmental remediation and solar energy applications of the prepared oxides were evaluated. Bismuth vanadate (BiVO4) was prepared by electrodeposition and solution combustion synthesis. A two step electrosynthesis strategy was developed and demonstrated for the first time. In the first step, a Bi film was first electrodeposited on a Pt substrate from an acidic BiCl3 medium. Then, this film was anodically stripped in a medium containing hydrolyzed vanadium precursor, to generate Bi3+, and subsequent BiVO4 formation by in situ precipitation. The photoelectrochemical data were consistent with the in situ formation of n-type semiconductor films. In the solution combustion synthesis procedure, BiVO4 powders were prepared using bismuth nitrate pentahydrate as the bismuth precursor and either vanadium chloride or vanadium oxysulfate as the vanadium precursor. Urea, glycine, or citric acid was used as the fuel. The effect of the vanadium precursor on the photocatalytic activity of combustion synthesized BiVO 4 was evaluated in this study. Methyl orange was used as a probe to test the photocatalytic attributes of the combustion synthesized (CS) samples, and benchmarked against a commercial bismuth vanadate sample. The CS samples showed superior activity to the commercial benchmark sample, and samples derived from vanadium chloride were superior to vanadium oxysulfate counterparts. The photoelectrochemical properties of the various CS samples were also studied and these samples were shown to be useful both for environmental photocatalytic remediation and water photooxidation applications. Silver bismuth tungstate (AgBiW2O8) nanoparticles were prepared for the first time by solution combustion synthesis by using silver nitrate, bismuth nitrate, sodium tungstate as precursors for Ag, Bi, and W

  17. Bismuth tri-iodide radiation detector development

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    Gokhale, Sasmit S.

    Bismuth tri-iodide is an attractive material for room temperature radiation detection. BiI3 demonstrates a number of properties that are apt for semiconductor radiation detection, especially gamma ray spectroscopy. The high atomic number (ZBi = 83 and ZI = 53) and the relatively high density (5.78 g/cm3) cause the material to have good photon stopping power, while the large band-gap (1.67 eV ) allows it to function as a room temperature radiation detector without any cooling mechanism. This work presents the fabrication and characterization of BiI3 radiation detectors. For the purpose of this research detectors were fabricated by cutting BiI3 crystal boules, followed by mechanical and chemical surface treatments. Detectors with various electrode geometries enabling single polarity charge sensing were fabricated. The electrical characteristics and the radiation response of the detectors were measured. The radiation response measurement was performed at room temperature using a 241Am alpha particle source and a 241Am sealed gamma-ray source. The spectral resolutions of the detectors varied from 2.09% - 6.1% for 59.5 keV gamma-rays and between 26% - 40% for 5.48 MeV alpha particles. Charge carrier properties such as the electron and hole mobility and lifetime were also estimated. The electron mobility for an ultrapure BiI 3 detector was estimated to be approximately 433 cm 2/Vs while that for antimony doped BiI3 was estimated to be around 956 cm2/Vs and the mobility-lifetime product for electrons was estimated to be around 5.44 x 10-4 cm 2/V. Detector simulation was performed using the Monte Carlo simulation code MCNP5. A Matlab script which incorporates charge carrier trapping and statistical variation was written to generate a gamma-ray spectrum from the simulated energy deposition spectra. Measured and simulated spectra were compared to extract the charge carrier mobility-lifetime products, which for electrons and holes were estimated to be 5 x 10-3 cm2/V and 1.3 x

  18. Crystal structures and compressibility of novel iron borides Fe2B7 and FexB50 synthesized at high pressure and high temperature

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    We present here a detailed description of the crystal structures of novel iron borides, Fe2B7 and FexB50 with various iron content (x=1.01(1), 1.04(1), 1.32(1)), synthesized at high pressures and high temperatures. As revealed by high-pressure single-crystal X-ray diffraction, the structure of Fe2B7 possesses short incompressible B–B bonds, which make it as stiff as diamond in one crystallographic direction. The volume compressibility of Fe2B7 (the bulk modulus K0= 259(1.8) GPa, K0′= 4 (fixed)) is even lower than that of FeB4 and comparable with that of MnB4, known for high bulk moduli among 3d metal borides. FexB50 adopts the structure of the tetragonal δ-B, in which Fe atoms occupy an interstitial position. FexB50 does not show considerable anisotropy in the elastic behavior. - Graphical abstract: Crystal structures of novel iron borides, Fe2B7 and FexB50 (x=1.01(1), 1.04(1), 1.32(1)). - Highlights: • Novel iron borides, Fe2B7 and FexB50, were synthesized under HPHT conditions. • Fe2B7 has a unique orthorhombic structure (space group Pbam). • Fe2B7 possesses short incompressible B–B bonds that results in high bulk modulus. • FexB50 adopts the structure of the tetragonal δ-B composed of B12 icosahedra. • In FexB50 intraicosahedral bonds are stiffer than intericosahedral ones

  19. Determining the background levels of bismuth in tissues of wild game birds: a first step in addressing the environmental consequences of using bismuth shotshells

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    Jayasinghe, R.; Tsuji, L.J.S.; Gough, W.A.; Karagatzides, J.D.; Perera, D.; Nieboer, E

    2004-11-01

    Bismuth shotshells have been approved as a 'nontoxic' alternative to lead in North America. Approval was based on a limited number of studies; even background levels of bismuth in wildfowl were unknown. We report on the concentration of bismuth (and lead) in muscle and liver tissues of wildfowl (Anas platyrhynchos, Anas acuta, Anas crecca, Branta canadensis, Chen caerulescens) harvested with lead shotshell. Average liver-bismuth levels detected in the present study (e.g., teal, 0.05 {mu}g/g dw; mallard, 0.09 {mu}g/g dw) suggest analytical error in other studies examining the effects of bismuth in birds. Significant positive relationships between bismuth- and lead-tissue levels for muscle when all species were combined (and for B. canadensis and C. caerulescens separately) can be explained by noting that bismuth is a contaminant of lead. Thus, more research is recommended to confirm the appropriateness of bismuth as a 'nontoxic' shot alternative.

  20. Processing development of 4 tantalum carbide-hafnium carbide and related carbides and borides for extreme environments

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    Gaballa, Osama Gaballa Bahig

    Carbides, nitrides, and borides ceramics are of interest for many applications because of their high melting temperatures and good mechanical properties. Wear-resistant coatings are among the most important applications for these materials. Materials with high wear resistance and high melting temperatures have the potential to produce coatings that resist degradation when subjected to high temperatures and high contact stresses. Among the carbides, Al4SiC4 is a low density (3.03 g/cm3), high melting temperature (>2000°C) compound, characterized by superior oxidation resistance, and high compressive strength. These desirable properties motivated this investigation to (1) obtain high-density Al4SiC4 at lower sintering temperatures by hot pressing, and (2) to enhance its mechanical properties by adding WC and TiC to the Al4SiC4. Also among the carbides, tantalum carbide and hafnium carbide have outstanding hardness; high melting points (3880°C and 3890°C respectively); good resistance to chemical attack, thermal shock, and oxidation; and excellent electronic conductivity. Tantalum hafnium carbide (Ta4HfC 5) is a 4-to-1 ratio of TaC to HfC with an extremely high melting point of 4215 K (3942°C), which is the highest melting point of all currently known compounds. Due to the properties of these carbides, they are considered candidates for extremely high-temperature applications such as rocket nozzles and scramjet components, where the operating temperatures can exceed 3000°C. Sintering bulk components comprised of these carbides is difficult, since sintering typically occurs above 50% of the melting point. Thus, Ta4 HfC5 is difficult to sinter in conventional furnaces or hot presses; furnaces designed for very high temperatures are expensive to purchase and operate. Our research attempted to sinter Ta4HfC5 in a hot press at relatively low temperature by reducing powder particle size and optimizing the powder-handling atmosphere, milling conditions, sintering

  1. On the state of boride precipitates in grain refined TiAl-based alloys with high Nb content

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    Kartavykh, A.V., E-mail: karta@korolev-net.ru [National University of Science and Technology “MISIS”, Leninsky pr. 4, 119049 Moscow (Russian Federation); Technological Institute for Superhard and Novel Carbon Materials (TISNCM), 7a Centralnaya Str., 142190 Troitsk, Moscow (Russian Federation); Gorshenkov, M.V.; Tcherdyntsev, V.V.; Podgorny, D.A. [National University of Science and Technology “MISIS”, Leninsky pr. 4, 119049 Moscow (Russian Federation)

    2014-02-15

    Highlights: • Ti–44Al–7Nb–2B at.% grain refined alloy produced by directional solidification at TiB{sub 2} alloying. • TiB{sub 2} dissolved and re-precipitated into stiochiometric (Ti,Nb)B phase, where Ti/Nb ratio is 1:1. • (Ti,Nb)B inoculant characterization by SEM, EBSD, Auger spectrometry. • Hypothesis: Nb substitutes Ti in TiB precipitates up to NbB, worsening their nucleation potency. • Addition of trace amount of Be is proposed to enhance the grain refinement. -- Abstract: The work is aimed at the refinement of primary microstructure appearing in the refractory lightweight structural TiAl-based intermetallics during their solidification from the melt. The green alloy with Ti–46Al–8Nb (at.%) nominal composition is selected for applied study in microstructure engineering. For grain refining, the metallurgical alloying of the material was performed with microcrystalline titanium diboride TiB{sub 2} additive, along with subsequent Directional Solidification (DS) in the vertical multizone electro-furnace by power-down technique in pure argon environment. As a result the uniform equiaxed microstructure of Ti–44Al–7Nb–2B (at.%) ingots was produced with low dimensional scattering and characteristic grain diameter of 110–130 μm. DS samples were examined by SEM microanalysis along with EBSD and Auger spectrometry of boride particles in the alloy matrix. It was stated that initial diboride TiB{sub 2} additive was completely dissolved and has been afterwards re-precipitated in the course of DS into orthorhombic (Ti,Nb)B monoboride single-crystalline micro-particles of B27 structure, acting as randomly distributed point seeds for inoculated solid grains nucleation. The nature, exact composition and nucleation potency of newly formed borides are discussed along with the nucleation mechanism in relation to the literature data. The addition of trace amount (below 0.1 at.%) of beryllium solute is proposed for the enhancement of β-grain refinement

  2. Bismuth nitrate-induced microwave-assisted expeditious synthesis of vanillin from curcumin

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    Bandyopadhyay, Debasish; Banik, Bimal K

    2012-01-01

    Background Curcumin and vanillin are the two useful compounds in food and medicine. Bismuth nitrate pentahydrate is an economical and ecofriendly reagent. Method Bismuth nitrate pentahydrate impregnated montmorillonite KSF clay and curcumin were subjected to microwave irradiation. Results Microwave-induced bismuth nitrate-promoted synthesis of vanillin from curcumin has been accomplished in good yield under solvent-free condition. Twenty-five different reaction conditions have been studied to...

  3. Standard triple, bismuth pectin quadruple and sequential therapies for Helicobacter pylori eradication

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    2010-01-01

    AIM: To compare the effectiveness of standard triple, bismuth pectin quadruple and sequential therapies for Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori ) eradication in a randomized, double-blinded, comparative clinical trial in China. METHODS: A total of 215 H. pylori -positive patients were enrolled in the study and randomly allocated into three groups: group A (n = 72) received a 10-d bismuth pectin quadruple therapy (20 mg rabeprazole bid , 1000 mg amoxicillin bid , 100 mg bismuth pectin qid , and 500 mg levofloxaci...

  4. Influence of bismuth on structural, elastic and spectroscopic properties of Nd{sup 3+} doped Zinc–Boro-Bismuthate glasses

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    Gupta, Gaurav; Sontakke, Atul D.; Karmakar, P.; Biswas, K.; Balaji, S.; Saha, R.; Sen, R.; Annapurna, K., E-mail: annapurnak@cgcri.res.in

    2014-05-01

    The present investigation reports, influence of bismuth addition on structural, elastic and spectral properties of [(99.5−x) {4ZnO−3B_2O_3}−0.5Nd{sub 2}O{sub 3}−x Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3} where x=0, 5, 10, 20, 30, 40, 50 and 60] glasses. The measured FTIR reflectance spectra facilitated a thorough insight of methodical modifications that are arising in the glass structure from borate (build by BO{sub 3} and BO{sub 4} units) to bismuthate (BiO{sub 3} and BiO{sub 6} units) network due to the increase of bismuth content ensuing with a steady decrease in host phonon energy (ν{sub ph}). The elastic properties estimated from measured longitudinal and shear ultrasonic velocities (U{sub L} and U{sub s}) demonstrated the reduction in network rigidity of glasses on Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3} inclusion. The three phenomenological Judd–Ofelt intensity parameters (Ω{sub 2,4,6}) were obtained from recorded absorption spectra of Nd{sup 3+} ions in these glasses and have been used to predict radiative properties as a function of variation in bismuth content. The reduced host phonon energy and high optical basicity effect due to Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3} incorporation remarkably improved the Nd{sup 3+} luminescence properties such as emission intensity, quantum yield and emission cross-section. The quantum yield showed a strong increase from mere 16% in Zinc–Borate glass to almost 73% in 60 mol% Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3} containing glass. Similarly, the emission cross-section for Nd{sup 3+4}F{sub 3/2}→{sup 4}I{sub 11/2} laser transition raised from 2.43×10{sup −20} cm{sup 2} to 3.95×10{sup −20} cm{sup 2} in studied concentration suggesting a strong improvement in Nd{sup 3+} laser spectroscopic properties in Zinc–Boro-Bismuthate glass. These materials may be promising for compact solid state infrared lasers. - Highlights: • Continuous structural changes associated with reduction in host phonon energy by Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3} inclusion. • Ultrasonic velocity study revealed reduced Debye

  5. Influence of bismuth on structural, elastic and spectroscopic properties of Nd3+ doped Zinc–Boro-Bismuthate glasses

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    The present investigation reports, influence of bismuth addition on structural, elastic and spectral properties of [(99.5−x) {4ZnO−3B2O3}−0.5Nd2O3−x Bi2O3 where x=0, 5, 10, 20, 30, 40, 50 and 60] glasses. The measured FTIR reflectance spectra facilitated a thorough insight of methodical modifications that are arising in the glass structure from borate (build by BO3 and BO4 units) to bismuthate (BiO3 and BiO6 units) network due to the increase of bismuth content ensuing with a steady decrease in host phonon energy (νph). The elastic properties estimated from measured longitudinal and shear ultrasonic velocities (UL and Us) demonstrated the reduction in network rigidity of glasses on Bi2O3 inclusion. The three phenomenological Judd–Ofelt intensity parameters (Ω2,4,6) were obtained from recorded absorption spectra of Nd3+ ions in these glasses and have been used to predict radiative properties as a function of variation in bismuth content. The reduced host phonon energy and high optical basicity effect due to Bi2O3 incorporation remarkably improved the Nd3+ luminescence properties such as emission intensity, quantum yield and emission cross-section. The quantum yield showed a strong increase from mere 16% in Zinc–Borate glass to almost 73% in 60 mol% Bi2O3 containing glass. Similarly, the emission cross-section for Nd3+4F3/2→4I11/2 laser transition raised from 2.43×10−20 cm2 to 3.95×10−20 cm2 in studied concentration suggesting a strong improvement in Nd3+ laser spectroscopic properties in Zinc–Boro-Bismuthate glass. These materials may be promising for compact solid state infrared lasers. - Highlights: • Continuous structural changes associated with reduction in host phonon energy by Bi2O3 inclusion. • Ultrasonic velocity study revealed reduced Debye temperature and elastic properties with bismuth addition. • Correlation of Judd–Ofelt parameters with structural modifications. • Realization of enhanced fluorescence quantum yield with

  6. Effects of microwave sintering power on microstructure, dielectric, ferroelectric and magnetic properties of bismuth ferrite ceramics

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    Highlights: ► Single-phase BFO ceramics have been prepared by microwave sintering. ► The lower sintering power is benefit for the decrease of its dielectric loss and leakage. ► Pr and Ec decrease with the increase of sintering power. ► Mr and Hc increase as sintering power increases. -- Abstract: Multiferroic bismuth ferrite ceramics were fabricated via microwave sintering. The microstructure, dielectric, ferroelectric and magnetic properties of bismuth ferrite ceramics sintered at different microwave powers are characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscope, impedance analyzers, ferroelectric test system and vibrating sample magnetometer. Bismuth ferrite ceramics sintered at 3.4 kW is single phase and has dense structure and uniform grains. The lower microwave sintering power for bismuth ferrite ceramics is benefit for the decrease of its dielectric loss. The remnant polarization and coercive electric field of bismuth ferrite ceramics decrease with the increasing of microwave sintering power. The remnant polarization and the coercive electric field of bismuth ferrite ceramics decrease simultaneously as frequency increases. The leakage current of bismuth ferrite ceramics increases with the increase of microwave sintering power. Bismuth ferrite ceramics prepared by microwave sintering exhibit typical antiferromagnetic behaviors and the remnant magnetization and coercive magnetic field increase as the microwave sintering power increases. It is inferred that the optimum microwave sintering power for bismuth ferrite ceramics is 3.4 kW

  7. Preparation of high-purity bismuth by sulphur deleadization in vacuum distillation

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    熊利芝; 何则强; 刘文萍; 麻成金; 戴永年

    2004-01-01

    The feasibility of separation of impurities in refined bismuth and sulphur deleadization with vacuum distillation was studied theoretically. Experimental studies on sulphur deleadization were carried out under vacuum.The influences of amount of sulphur, distillation temperature, vacuum degree and distillation time on deleadization were investigated and an optimal technical condition was achieved. The content of lead in refined bismuth can be decreased from 30 μg/g to 0.21 μg/g, which has reached the level of "5N" high-purity bismuth. Other impurities in refined bismuth can be also removed effectively under certain conditions.

  8. Bismuth-Induced Raman Modes in GaP1-xBix

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    Christian, Theresa M.; Fluegel, Brian; Beaton, Daniel A.; Alberi, Kirstin; Mascarenhas, Angelo

    2016-10-01

    Dilute bismide semiconductor alloys are a promising material platform for optoelectronic devices due to drastic impacts of bismuth on the electronic structure of the alloy. At the same time, the details of bismuth incorporation in the lattice are not fully understood. In this work, we conduct Raman scattering spectroscopy on GaP1- x Bi x epilayers grown by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) and identify several bismuth-related Raman features including gap vibration modes at 296, 303, and 314 cm-1. This study paves the way for more detailed analysis of the local symmetry at bismuth incorporation sites in the dilute bismide alloy regime.

  9. Optimal biliary drainage for inoperable Klatskin's tumor based on Bismuth type

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    2007-01-01

    AIM: To investigate differences in the effects of biliary drainage procedures in patients with inoperable Klatskin's tumor based on Bismuth type, considering endoscopic retrograde biliary drainage (ERBD), external percutaneous transhepatic biliary drainage (EPTBD) and internal biliary stenting via the PTBD tract (IPTBD).METHODS: The initial success rate, cumulative patency rate, and complication rate were compared retrospectively, according to the Bismuth type and ERBD,EPTBD, and IPTBD. Patency was defined as the duration for adequate initial bile drainage or to the point of the patient's death associated with inadequate drainage.RESULTS: One hundred thirty-four patients (93 men,41 women; 21 Bismuth type Ⅱ, 47 Ⅲ, 66 Ⅳ; 34 ERBD,66 EPTBD, 34 IPTBD) were recruited. There were no differences in demographics among the groups.Adequate initial relief of jaundice was achieved in 91% of patients without a significant difference in the results among different procedures or Bismuth types. The cumulative patency rates for ERBD and IPTBD were better than those for EPTBD with Bismuth type Ⅲ.IPTBD provided an excellent response for Bismuth type Ⅳ. However, there was no difference in the patency rate among drainage procedures for Bismuth type Ⅱ.Procedure-related cholangitis occurred less frequently with EPTBD than with ERBD and IPTBD.CONCLUSION: ERBD is recommended as the firstline drainage procedure for the palliation of jaundice in patients with inoperable Klatskin's tumor of Bismuth type Ⅱ or Ⅲ, but IPTBD is the best option for Bismuth type Ⅳ.

  10. Bismuth-induced Raman modes in GaP1- x Bi x

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    Christian, Theresa M.; Fluegel, Brian; Beaton, Daniel A.; Alberi, Kirstin; Mascarenhas, Angelo

    2016-10-01

    Dilute bismide semiconductor alloys are a promising material platform for optoelectronic devices due to drastic impacts of bismuth on the electronic structure of the alloy. At the same time, the details of bismuth incorporation in the lattice are not fully understood. In this work, we conduct Raman scattering spectroscopy on GaP1- x Bi x epilayers grown by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) and identify several bismuth-related Raman features including gap vibration modes at 296, 303, and 314 cm-1. This study paves the way for more detailed analysis of the local symmetry at bismuth incorporation sites in the dilute bismide alloy regime.

  11. Ab initio electronic structure and optical conductivity of bismuth tellurohalides

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    Schwalbe, Sebastian; Starke, Ronald; Schober, Giulio A H; Kortus, Jens

    2016-01-01

    We investigate the electronic structure, dielectric and optical properties of bismuth tellurohalides BiTeX (X = I, Cl, Br) by means of all-electron density functional theory. In particular, we present the ab initio conductivities and dielectric tensors calculated over a wide frequency range, and compare our results with the recent measurements by Akrap et al. , Makhnev et al. , and Rusinov et al. . We show how the low-frequency branch of the optical conductivity can be used to identify characteristic intra- and interband transitions between the Rashba spin-split bands in all three bismuth tellurohalides. We further calculate the refractive indices and dielectric constants, which in turn are systematically compared to previous predictions and measurements. We expect that our quantitative analysis will contribute to the general assessment of bulk Rashba materials for their potential use in spintronics devices.

  12. Large area bismuth absorbers for X-ray microcalorimeters

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    Vaillancourt, J.E. E-mail: vaillancourt@wisp.physics.wisc.edu; Allen, C.A.; Brekosky, R.; Dosaj, A.; Galeazzi, M.; Kelley, R.; Liu, D.; McCammon, D.; Porter, F.S.; Rocks, L.E.; Sanders, W.T.; Stahle, C.K

    2004-03-11

    Two challenges facing the use of large area (2 mmx2 mm) bismuth absorbers for microcalorimetry are uncertainties in the heat capacity of bismuth and the effects of lateral heat conduction and position dependence due to the absorber's large size. We have measured the heat capacity of three Bi samples to be 0.3-0.6 J K{sup -1} m{sup -3} at 100 mK. These absorbers also exhibit response variations as phonons created by an X-ray event at an absorber edge will take longer to propagate to the thermometer attachment point than those at the absorber center. This effect may degrade the detector's energy resolution if the propagation time is not very short compared to the thermometer time constant. We show that the response of the largest absorber varies by {approx}4% across its area.

  13. Thermophysical properties of liquid lead-bismuth eutectic

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    Background: Liquid lead-bismuth eutectic (LBE) is important spallation target materials and candidate coolant materials in accelerator driven subcritical (ADS) system. Purpose: Its thermodynamic physical properties are keys to understand the basic problems in ADS R&D. Methods: By the calculation of scientific laws as well as fitting other scholars' experimental results, we tried to obtain the above thermodynamics physical properties. Results: By the calculation, we got formula about characteristic temperatures, density, specific heat, viscosity and thermal conductivity of liquid lead-bismuth alloy. And by fitting other scholars' experimental results, we got the fitting formula. Conclusions: Finally, by the contrast analysis, we found that the fitting formula and calculation formula agree well, and fitting formula more approaches the experimental value with a high accuracy whose differential deviation is not over 1%. (authors)

  14. Colloidal bismuth subcitrate in non-ulcer dyspepsia.

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    Khanna M

    1992-07-01

    Full Text Available The effect of colloidal bismuth subcitrate (De-Nol on symptoms, Helicobacter pylori status and histological features was studied in 35 patients with non-ulcer dyspepsia. Pain (34 cases and gas bloat (18 were the predominant symptoms. H pylori was present in 26 (74.3% patients. Gastritis and duodenitis were present in 29 of 32 and 22 of 31 cases respectively in whom biopsies were available. Relief in symptoms after treatment was seen in 29 (82.8% cases. Improvement in gastritis and duodenitis was noted in 60.8% and 58.8% respectively; over 70% of H pylori positive patients cleared the organism. These changes did not correlate with the relief in symptoms. We conclude that colloidal bismuth subcitrate is effective in the short term treatment of non-ulcer dyspepsia. It also clears H pylori infection and results in improvement of histological features.

  15. Dose reduction using Bismuth protectors in chest computed tomography

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    This monography is about the Dose reduction using Bismuth protectors in chest CT. The radiation protection of specific areas is necessary when the tissues or radiosensitive organs are near the path of light beam. The correct use of protection represents a challenge for the radiologist because of the time and materials required. The method used was a prospective investigatio in CHPR (TC service) and the doses was measured with TLD dosimeters. It is important to use these protectors in children hospitals.

  16. In vivo cellular uptake of bismuth ions from shotgun pellets

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    Stoltenberg, M; Locht, L.; Larsen, Agnete; Jensen, D.

    2003-01-01

    Shotgun pellets containing bismuth (Bi) are widely used and may cause a rather intense exposure of some wild animals to Bi. A Bi shotgun pellet was implanted intramuscularly in the triceps surae muscle of 18 adult male Wistar rats. Another group of 9 animals had a Bi shotgun pellet implanted intracranially in the neocortex. Eight weeks to 12 months later the release of Bi ions was analysed by autometallography (AMG) of tissue sections from different organs (bra...

  17. Weak antilocalization and UCFs in an open bismuth quantum dot

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    Hackens, B.; Minet, J. P.; Farhi, G.; Faniel, G.; Gustin, C.; Bayot, V.

    2003-04-01

    We report on the observation of weak antilocalization and universal conductance fluctuations in the magnetoconductance of an open quasi-ballistic bismuth nano-cavity. The electron decoherence length is comparable to sample dimensions at low temperature, while the spin-orbit coupling length is smaller. The temperature dependence of both the conductance and the dephasing length are consistent with two-dimensional electron-electron interactions being the dominant decoherence process.

  18. Tunneling behavior of bismuth telluride nanoplates in electrical transport

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    Eginligil, Mustafa; Zhang, Weiqing; Kalitsov, Alan; Lu, Xianmao; Yang, Hyunsoo

    2012-01-01

    We study the electrical transport properties of ensembles of bismuth telluride (Bi2Te3) nanoplates grown by solution based chemical synthesis. Devices consisting of Bi2Te3 nanoplates are fabricated by surface treatment after dropping the solution on the structured gold plates and the temperature dependence of resistance shows a nonmetallic behavior. Symmetric tunneling behavior in I-V was observed in both our experimental results and theoretical calculation of surface conductance based on a s...

  19. Proton irradiation on textured bismuth based cuprate superconductors

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    Textured bulk polycrystalline samples of bismuth based cuprate superconductors have been subjected to irradiation with 15 MeV protons. In case of Bi-2212, there has been substantial increase in Tc, which may be due to proton induced knock-out of loosely bound oxygen. In case of (Bi,Pb)-2223, there has been a reduction in Tc. The difference in behaviour in these two systems towards proton irradiation has been explained. (author). 7 refs., 3 figs., 1 tab

  20. Magnetic Properties of Bismuth Ferrite Nanopowder Obtained by Mechanochemical Synthesis

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    Szafraniak-Wiza, I.; Andrzejewski, B.; Hilczer, B.

    2014-01-01

    Multiferroic bismuth ferrite (BiFeO3) nanopowders have been obtained in room temperature by mechanical synthesis. Depending on the post-synthesis processing the nanopowders have exhibited differences in the mean sizes, presence of amorphous layer and/or secondary phases. Extended magnetic study performed for fresh, annealed and hot-pressed nanopowders have revealed substantial improvement of the magnetic properties in the as-prepared powder.

  1. On the transferability of electron density in binary vanadium borides VB, V3B4 and VB2.

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    Terlan, Bürgehan; Akselrud, Lev; Baranov, Alexey I; Borrmann, Horst; Grin, Yuri

    2015-12-01

    Binary vanadium borides are suitable model systems for a systematic analysis of the transferability concept in intermetallic compounds due to chemical intergrowth in their crystal structures. In order to underline this structural relationship, topological properties of the electron density in VB, V3B4 and VB2 reconstructed from high-resolution single-crystal X-ray diffraction data as well as derived from quantum chemical calculations, are analysed in terms of Bader's Quantum Theory of Atoms in Molecules [Bader (1990). Atoms in Molecules: A Quantum Theory, 1st ed. Oxford: Clarendon Press]. The compounds VB, V3B4 and VB2 are characterized by a charge transfer from the metal to boron together with two predominant atomic interactions, the shared covalent B-B interactions and the polar covalent B-M interactions. The resembling features of the crystal structures are well reflected by the respective B-B interatomic distances as well as by ρ(r) values at the B-B bond critical points. The latter decrease with an increase in the corresponding interatomic distances. The B-B bonds show transferable electron density properties at bond critical points depending on the respective bond distances. PMID:26634735

  2. Precipitation of Niobium Boride Phases at the Base Metal/Weld Metal Interface in Dissimilar Weld Joints

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    Výrostková, Anna; Kepič, Ján; Homolová, Viera; Falat, Ladislav

    2015-07-01

    In this work, the analysis of failure mechanism in the heat affected zone is described in dissimilar weld joints between advanced martensitic steel T92 and Ni-base weld metal. The joints were treated with two different post-weld heat treatments and tested. For the creep, tensile, and Charpy impact tests, the samples with interfacially located notch were used. Moreover long term aging at 625 °C was applied before the tensile and notch toughness tests. Decohesion fractures ran along carbides at the T92 BM/WM interfaces in case of the modified PWHT, whereas type IV cracking was the prevailing failure mechanism after the classical PWHT in the creep test. In the notch tensile and Charpy impact tests, with the notch at T92 base metal/weld metal interface, fractures ran along the interface with a hard phase on the fracture surface along with the ductile dimple and brittle quasi-cleavage fracture. The phase identified as niobium boride (either NbB and/or Nb3B2) was produced during welding at the end of the solidification process. It was found in the welds regardless of the post-weld heat treatment and long-term aging.

  3. Study of barium bismuth titanate prepared by mechanochemical synthesis

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    Lazarević Z.Ž.

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Barium-bismuth titanate, BaBi4Ti4O15 (BBT, a member of Aurivillius bismuth-based layer-structure perovskites, was prepared from stoichiometric amounts of barium titanate and bismuth titanate obtained via mechanochemical synthesis. Mechanochemical synthesis was performed in air atmosphere in a planetary ball mill. The reaction mechanism of BaBi4Ti4O15 and the preparation and characteristics of BBT ceramic powders were studied using XRD, Raman spectroscopy, particle analysis and SEM. The Bi-layered perovskite structure of BaBi4Ti4O15 ceramic forms at 1100 °C for 4 h without a pre-calcination step. The microstructure of BaBi4Ti4O15 exhibits plate-like grains typical for the Bi-layered structured material and spherical and polygonal grains. The Ba2+ addition leads to changes in the microstructure development, particularly in the change of the average grain size.

  4. Bismuth pyrochlore-based thin films for dielectric energy storage

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    Michael, Elizabeth K.

    The drive towards the miniaturization of electronic devices has created a need for dielectric materials with large energy storage densities. These materials, which are used in capacitors, are a critical component in many electrical systems. Here, the development of dielectric energy storage materials for pulsed power applications, which require materials with the ability to accumulate a large amount of energy and then deliver it to the system rapidly, is explored. The amount of electrostatic energy that can be stored by a material is a function of the induced polarization and the dielectric breakdown strength of the material. An ideal energy storage dielectric would possess a high relative permittivity, high dielectric breakdown strength, and low loss tangent under high applied electric fields. The bismuth pyrochlores are a compositionally tunable family of materials that meet these requirements. Thin films of cubic pyrochlore bismuth zinc niobate, bismuth zinc tantalate, and bismuth zinc niobate tantalate, were fabricated using a novel solution chemistry based upon the Pechini method. This solution preparation is advantageous because it avoids the use of teratogenic solvents, such as 2-methoxyethanol. Crystalline films fabricated using this solution chemistry had very small grains that were approximately 27 nm in lateral size and 35 nm through the film thickness. Impedance measurements found that the resistivity of the grain boundaries was two orders of magnitude higher than the resistivity of the grain interior. The presence of many resistive grain boundaries impeded conduction through the films, resulting in high breakdown strengths for these materials. In addition to high breakdown strengths, this family of materials exhibited moderate relative permittivities of between 55 +/- 2 and 145 +/- 5, for bismuth zinc tantalate and bismuth zinc niobate, respectively, and low loss tangents on the order of 0.0008 +/- 0.0001. Increases in the concentration of the tantalum

  5. Aerosol deposition of (Cu,Ti) substituted bismuth vanadate films

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    Bismuth vanadate, Bi4V2O11, and related compounds with various metal (Me) substitutions, Bi4(MexV1−x)2O11−δ, show some of the highest ionic conductivities among the known solid oxide electrolytes. Films of Cu and Ti substituted bismuth vanadate were prepared by an aerosol deposition method, a spray coating process also described as room temperature impact consolidation. Resultant films, several microns in thickness, were dense with good adhesion to the substrate. Scanning electron microscopy and high temperature X-ray diffraction were used to monitor the effects of temperature on the structure and microstructure of the film. The particle size remained nano-scale while microstrain decreased rapidly up to 500 °C, above which coarsening and texturing increased rapidly. Impedance measurements of films deposited on inter-digital electrodes revealed an annealing effect on the ionic conductivity, with the conductivity exceeding that of a screen printed film, and approaching that of bulk ceramic. - Highlights: • Cu and Ti doped bismuth vanadate films were prepared by aerosol deposition (AD). • Dense 3–5 μm thick films were deposited on alumina, silicon and gold electrodes. • Annealing of the AD-layer increases the conductivity by 1.5 orders of magnitude. • Effect of temperature on structure and microstructure was investigated

  6. Resistivity and Seebeck coefficient measurements of a bismuth microwire array

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    Ishikawa, Y. [Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Saitama University, 338-8570 (Japan)]. E-mail: ishikawa@kan.env.gse.saitama-u.ac.jp; Hasegawa, Y. [Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Saitama University, 338-8570 (Japan); Morita, H. [Saitama Industrial Technology Center, Saitama Prefecture, 333-0844 (Japan); Kurokouchi, A. [Saitama Industrial Technology Center, Saitama Prefecture, 333-0844 (Japan); Wada, K. [Saitama Industrial Technology Center, Saitama Prefecture, 333-0844 (Japan); Komine, T. [Department of Media and Telecommunications Engineering, Ibaraki University, 316-8511 (Japan); Nakamura, H. [National Institute for Fusion Science, 322-6 Oroshi-cho, Toki, Gifu 509-5252 (Japan)

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    The resistivity and Seebeck coefficient of a bismuth microwire array (wire diameter: 25 {mu}m) were successfully measured from 25 to 300 K. To eliminate the influence of the contact resistance between the wire edges of the microwire array and copper electrodes, the titanium (100 nm)/copper (500 nm) film layers were deposited as interlayer on the wire edge by ion plating method. Copper electrodes were glued by using Pb-Sn solder. The resistivity and the Seebeck coefficient at 300 K were approximately 1.8x10{sup -6} {omega}m and -54x10{sup -6} V/K, respectively. The value of the resistivity and the Seebeck coefficient were in good agreement with those of bulk polycrystalline bismuth reported previously. Thus, the effects of the contact resistance for the microwire array were almost resolved, and the chemical reaction of the Pb-Sn solder and bismuth was prevented by using the thin-film layer. The technique is expected to be applicable to nanowire arrays as well.

  7. Aerosol deposition of (Cu,Ti) substituted bismuth vanadate films

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    Exner, Jörg, E-mail: Functional.Materials@Uni-Bayreuth.de [University of Bayreuth, Department of Functional Materials, Universitätsstraße 30, 95440 Bayreuth (Germany); Fuierer, Paul [Materials and Metallurgical Engineering Department, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Socorro, NM 87801 (United States); Moos, Ralf [University of Bayreuth, Department of Functional Materials, Universitätsstraße 30, 95440 Bayreuth (Germany)

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    Bismuth vanadate, Bi{sub 4}V{sub 2}O{sub 11}, and related compounds with various metal (Me) substitutions, Bi{sub 4}(Me{sub x}V{sub 1−x}){sub 2}O{sub 11−δ}, show some of the highest ionic conductivities among the known solid oxide electrolytes. Films of Cu and Ti substituted bismuth vanadate were prepared by an aerosol deposition method, a spray coating process also described as room temperature impact consolidation. Resultant films, several microns in thickness, were dense with good adhesion to the substrate. Scanning electron microscopy and high temperature X-ray diffraction were used to monitor the effects of temperature on the structure and microstructure of the film. The particle size remained nano-scale while microstrain decreased rapidly up to 500 °C, above which coarsening and texturing increased rapidly. Impedance measurements of films deposited on inter-digital electrodes revealed an annealing effect on the ionic conductivity, with the conductivity exceeding that of a screen printed film, and approaching that of bulk ceramic. - Highlights: • Cu and Ti doped bismuth vanadate films were prepared by aerosol deposition (AD). • Dense 3–5 μm thick films were deposited on alumina, silicon and gold electrodes. • Annealing of the AD-layer increases the conductivity by 1.5 orders of magnitude. • Effect of temperature on structure and microstructure was investigated.

  8. Atomic Layer Deposition of Bismuth Vanadates for Solar Energy Materials.

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    Stefik, Morgan

    2016-07-01

    The fabrication of porous nanocomposites is key to the advancement of energy conversion and storage devices that interface with electrolytes. Bismuth vanadate, BiVO4 , is a promising oxide for solar water splitting where the controlled fabrication of BiVO4 layers within porous, conducting scaffolds has remained a challenge. Here, the atomic layer deposition of bismuth vanadates is reported from BiPh3 , vanadium(V) oxytriisopropoxide, and water. The resulting films have tunable stoichiometry and may be crystallized to form the photoactive scheelite structure of BiVO4 . A selective etching process was used with vanadium-rich depositions to enable the synthesis of phase-pure BiVO4 after spinodal decomposition. BiVO4 thin films were measured for photoelectrochemical performance under AM 1.5 illumination. The average photocurrents were 1.17 mA cm(-2) at 1.23 V versus the reversible hydrogen electrode using a hole-scavenging sulfite electrolyte. The capability to deposit conformal bismuth vanadates will enable a new generation of nanocomposite architectures for solar water splitting. PMID:27246652

  9. Atomic Layer Deposition of Bismuth Vanadates for Solar Energy Materials.

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    Stefik, Morgan

    2016-07-01

    The fabrication of porous nanocomposites is key to the advancement of energy conversion and storage devices that interface with electrolytes. Bismuth vanadate, BiVO4 , is a promising oxide for solar water splitting where the controlled fabrication of BiVO4 layers within porous, conducting scaffolds has remained a challenge. Here, the atomic layer deposition of bismuth vanadates is reported from BiPh3 , vanadium(V) oxytriisopropoxide, and water. The resulting films have tunable stoichiometry and may be crystallized to form the photoactive scheelite structure of BiVO4 . A selective etching process was used with vanadium-rich depositions to enable the synthesis of phase-pure BiVO4 after spinodal decomposition. BiVO4 thin films were measured for photoelectrochemical performance under AM 1.5 illumination. The average photocurrents were 1.17 mA cm(-2) at 1.23 V versus the reversible hydrogen electrode using a hole-scavenging sulfite electrolyte. The capability to deposit conformal bismuth vanadates will enable a new generation of nanocomposite architectures for solar water splitting.

  10. Bismuth Propellant Feed System Development at NASA-MSFC

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    Polzin, Kurt A.

    2007-01-01

    NASA-MSFC has been developing liquid metal propellant feed systems capable of delivering molten bismuth at a prescribed mass flow rate to the vaporizer of an electric thruster. The first such system was delivered to NASA-JPL as part of the Very High Isp Thruster with Anode Layer (VHITAL) program. In this system, the components pictured were placed in a vacuum chamber and heated while the control electronics were located outside the chamber. The system was successfully operated at JPL in conjunction with a propellant vaporizer, and data was obtained demonstrating a new liquid bismuth flow sensing technique developed at MSFC. The present effort is aimed at producing a feed-system for use in conjunction with a bismuth-fed Hall thruster developed by Busek Co. Developing this system is more ambitious, however, in that it is designed to self-contain all the control electronics inside the same vacuum chamber as an operating bismuth-fed thruster. Consequently, the entire system, including an on-board computer, DC-output power supplies, and a gas-pressurization electro-pneumatic regulator, must be designed to survive a vacuum environment and shielded to keep bismuth plasma from intruding on the electronics and causing a shortcircuit. In addition, the hot portions of the feed system must be thermally isolated from the electronics to avoid failure due to high heat loads. This is accomplished using a thermal protection system (TPS) consisting of multiple layers of aluminum foil. The only penetrations into the vacuum chamber are an electrically isolated (floating) 48 VDC line and a fiberoptic line. The 48 VDC provides power for operation of the power supplies and electronics co-located with the system in the vacuum chamber. The fiberoptic Ethernet connection is used to communicate user-input control commands to the on-board computer and transmit real-time data back to the external computer. The partially assembled second-generation system is shown. Before testing at Busek, a

  11. Study on corrosion test techniques in lead bismuth eutectic flow. Joint research report in JFY2002

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    The evaluation of corrosion behaviors of core and structural materials in lead bismuth eutectic is one of the key issues for the utilization of lead bismuth eutectic as a coolant of the primary loops of lead bismuth cooled fast breeder reactors (FBRs) and the intermediate heat transport media of new-type steam generators of the sodium cooled FBRs. The purpose of the present study is to establish corrosion test techniques in lead bismuth eutectic flow. The techniques of steel corrosion test and oxygen control in flowing lead bismuth eutectic, and the technologies of a lead bismuth flow test at high temperature and high velocity were developed through corrosion test using a lead bismuth flow test loop of the Tokyo Institute of Technology in JFY2002. The major results are summarized as follows: (1) Techniques of fabrication, mount and rinse of corrosion specimens, measurement method of weight loss, and SEM/EDX analysis method have been established through lead bismuth corrosion test. (2) Weight losses were measured, corrosion and lead bismuth-adhered layers and eroded parts were observed in two 1000 hr-corrosion tests, and the results were compared with each other for twelve existing steels including ODS, F82H and SUH-3. (3) An oxygen sensor made of zirconia electrolyte structurally resistant to thermal stress and thermal shock was developed and tested in the lead bismuth flow loop. Good performance has been obtained. (4) An oxygen control method by injecting argon and hydrogen mixture gas containing steam into lead bismuth was applied to the lead bismuth flow loop, and technical issues for the development of the oxygen control method were extracted. (5) Technical measures for freezing and leakage of lead bismuth in the flow loop were accumulated. (6) Technical measures for flow rate decrease/blockage due to precipitation of oxide and corrosion products in a low temperature section of the lead bismuth flow loop were accumulated. (7) Electromagnetic flow meters with MI

  12. Solvothermal synthesis and study of nonlinear optical properties of nanocrystalline thallium doped bismuth telluride

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    Molli, Muralikrishna, E-mail: muralikrishnamolli@sssihl.edu.in [Department of Physics, Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, Prasanthinilayam-515 134 (India); Parola, Sowmendran; Avinash Chunduri, L.A.; Aditha, Saikiran; Sai Muthukumar, V; Mimani Rattan, Tanu; Kamisetti, Venkataramaniah [Department of Physics, Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, Prasanthinilayam-515 134 (India)

    2012-05-15

    Nanocrystalline Bismuth telluride and thallium (4 mol %) doped Bismuth telluride were synthesized through hydrothermal method. The as-prepared products were characterized using Powder X-ray Diffraction, High Resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy, Energy Dispersive X-Ray Spectroscopy, UV-Visible spectroscopy and Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy. Powder XRD results revealed the crystalline nature of the obtained phases. HRTEM showed the particle-like morphology of the products. The decrease in the absorption coefficient due to thallium doping was observed in FTIR spectra. The intensity dependent nonlinear optical properties of nanocrystalline bismuth telluride and thallium doped bismuth telluride were studied using the Z-scan technique in open-aperture configuration. Bismuth telluride doped with thallium showed enhanced nonlinear optical response compared to pristine bismuth telluride and hence could be used as a potential candidate for optical power limiting applications. - Graphical Abstract: Nonlinear transmission (Z-scan) curves of nanocrystalline bismuth telluride ({Delta}) and thallium doped bismuth telluride ({open_square}). Thallium doped bismuth telluride showed enhanced nonlinear absorption compared to bismuth telluride. Inset: TEM micrograph of bismuth telluride nanocrystallites. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Synthesis of Nanocrystalline Bi{sub 2}Te{sub 3} and Thallium doped Bi{sub 2}Te{sub 3} through solvothermal method. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Reduced absorption coefficient due to thallium doping found from IR spectroscopy. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Open-aperture Z-scan technique for nonlinear optical studies. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Two photon absorption based model for theoretical fitting of Z-scan data. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Enhanced nonlinear absorption in Thallium doped Bi{sub 2}Te{sub 3} - potential candidate for optical power limiting applications.

  13. Unusual anti-thermal degradation of bismuth NIR luminescence in bismuth doped lithium tantalum silicate laser glasses.

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    Tan, Linling; Wang, Liping; Peng, Mingying; Xu, Shanhui; Zhang, Qinyuan

    2016-08-01

    For application of bismuth laser glasses in either fiber amplifier or laser, their performance stability in long run should be understood especially in extreme conditions. However, so far, there are few reports on it. Here, we found, after the cycle experiments on heating and cooling, that the proper increase of lithium content in lithium tantalum silicate laser glass can lead to unusual anti-thermal degradation of bismuth NIR luminescence, which completely differs from the scenario in germanate glass. FTIR, 29Si MAS NMR spectra, absorption and dynamic photoluminescence spectra are employed to unravel how this happens. The results illustrate that it should be due to the decrease of polymerization of silicate glass network, which in turn allows the regeneration at 250°C, and therefore, the content increase of bismuth NIR emission centers. In the meanwhile, we noticed though Bi luminescence can be thermally quenched its peak does not shift along with temperature, which seldom appears in laser materials. The unique property might guarantee the unshift of Bi fiber laser wavelength once such glass was made into fiber devices even as the environmental temperature changes. The role of lithium is discussed in the evolution of glass structures, the suppression of glass heterogeneity, and the thermal stability of Bi luminescence, and it should be helpful to design homogeneous silicate laser glass with outstanding thermal stability. PMID:27505827

  14. Method of Creating Micro-scale Silver Telluride Grains Covered with Bismuth Nanoparticles

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    Kim, Hyun-Jung (Inventor); Choi, Sang Hyouk (Inventor); King, Glen C. (Inventor); Park, Yeonjoon (Inventor); Lee, Kunik (Inventor)

    2014-01-01

    Provided is a method of enhancing thermoelectric performance by surrounding crystalline semiconductors with nanoparticles by contacting a bismuth telluride material with a silver salt under a substantially inert atmosphere and a temperature approximately near the silver salt decomposition temperature; and recovering a metallic bismuth decorated material comprising silver telluride crystal grains.

  15. Biosynthesis of bismuth nanoparticles using Serratia marcescens isolated from the Caspian Sea and their characterisation.

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    Nazari, P; Faramarzi, M A; Sepehrizadeh, Z; Mofid, M R; Bazaz, R D; Shahverdi, A R

    2012-06-01

    Today, synthesis of nanoparticles (NPs) using micro-organisms has been receiving increasing attention. In this investigation, a bismuth-reducing bacterium was isolated from the Caspian Sea in Northern Iran and was used for intracellular biosynthesis of elemental bismuth NPs. This isolate was identified as non-pigmented Serratia marcescens using conventional identification assays and the 16s rDNA fragment amplification method and used to prepare bismuth NPs. The biogenic bismuth NPs were released by liquid nitrogen and highly purified using an n-octanol water two-phase extraction system. Different characterisations of the purified NPs such as particle shapes, size and purity were carried out with different instruments. The energy-dispersive X-ray and X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns demonstrated that the purified NPs consisted of only bismuth and are amorphous. In addition, the transmission electron micrograph showed that the small NPs formed larger aggregated NPs around <150 nm. Although the chemical syntheses of elemental bismuth NPs have been reported in the literature, the biological synthesis of elemental bismuth NPs has not been published yet. This is the first report to demonstrate a biological method for synthesising bismuth NPs and their purification with a simple solvent partitioning method.

  16. Attenuation and image quality in the use of protective bismuth in chest CT scans

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    For chest CT scans are protective of bismuth (Bi) with the aim of reducing the dose in the breast. The aim of this study was to evaluate the attenuation with thermoluminescent dosimeters in the glandular dose average when using these protective breast CT scans and to evaluate the image quality with and without protective Bismuth.

  17. Selective oxidation of propylene to acrolein by silica-supported bismuth molybdate catalysts

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    Duc, Duc Truong; Ha, Hanh Nguyen; Fehrmann, Rasmus;

    2011-01-01

    Silica-supported bismuth molybdate catalysts have been prepared by impregnation, structurally characterized and examined as improved catalysts for the selective oxidation of propylene to acrolein. Catalysts with a wide range of loadings (from 10 to 90 wt%) of beta bismuth molybdate (β-Bi2Mo2O9...

  18. Two-phase zirconium boride thin film obtained by ultra-short pulsed laser ablation of a ZrB{sub 12} target

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    De Bonis, A., E-mail: angela.debonis@unibas.it [Dipartimento di Scienze, Università della Basilicata, Viale dell’Ateneo Lucano, 10 -85100 Potenza (Italy); Istituto di Metodologie Inorganiche e dei Plasmi, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, U.O.S. di Potenza, C.da Santa Loja, 85010 Tito Scalo, Potenza (Italy); Santagata, A. [Istituto di Metodologie Inorganiche e dei Plasmi, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, U.O.S. di Potenza, C.da Santa Loja, 85010 Tito Scalo, Potenza (Italy); Rau, J.V. [Istituto di Struttura della Materia, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Via del Fosso del Cavaliere 100, 00133 Rome (Italy); Latini, A. [Università di Roma “La Sapienza”, Dipartimento di Chimica, Piazzale Aldo Moro, 5 -00185 Rome (Italy); Mori, T. [National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) WPI Materials Nanoarchitectonics Center (MANA), Namiki 1-1, Tsukuba 305-0044 (Japan); Medici, L. [Istituto di Metodologie per le Analisi Ambientali, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, U.O.S. di Potenza, C.da Santa Loja, 85010 Tito Scalo, Potenza (Italy); Teghil, R. [Dipartimento di Scienze, Università della Basilicata, Viale dell’Ateneo Lucano, 10 -85100 Potenza (Italy)

    2013-10-15

    Two-phase zirconium boride thin films have been obtained by ultra-short pulsed laser ablation (PLA) of a zirconium dodecaboride (ZrB{sub 12}) target performed in vacuum. The ablation source was a frequency doubled (λ = 527 nm) Nd:glass laser with a pulse duration of 250 fs. Laser induced plasma has been studied by ICCD imaging and time and space resolved optical emission spectroscopy (OES), whereas the deposited films have been characterized by atomic force microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, X-Ray diffraction and micro-Raman spectroscopy. The film morphology and composition have been interpreted on the basis of the laser ablation mechanism.

  19. The effect of lanthanum boride on the sintering, sintered microstructure and mechanical properties of titanium and titanium alloys

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    An addition of ≤0.5 wt% lanthanum boride (LaB6) to powder metallurgy commercially pure Ti (CP-Ti), Ti–6Al–4V and Ti–10V–2Fe–3Al (all in wt%) resulted in improved sintered density, substantial microstructural refinement, and noticeably increased tensile elongation. The addition of LaB6 led to scavenging of both oxygen (O) and chlorine (Cl) from the titanium powder during sintering, evidenced by the formation of La2O3 and LaClxOy. The pinning effect of La2O3, LaClxOy and TiB inhibited prior-β grain growth and resulted in subsequent smaller α-laths. The formation of nearly equiaxed α-Ti phase is partially attributed to the nucleation effect of α-Ti on TiB. The improved sintered density was caused by B from LaB6 rather than La, while excessive formation of La2O3 and TiB with an addition of >0.5 wt% LaB6 resulted in a noticeable decrease in sintered density. The improved tensile elongation with an addition of ≤0.5 wt% LaB6 was mainly attributed to the scavenging of oxygen by LaB6, partially assisted by the improved sintered density. However, an addition of >0.5 wt% LaB6 led to the formation of large La2O3 aggregates and more brittle TiB whiskers and therefore decreased tensile elongation. Balanced scavenging of O is thus important. The optimal addition of LaB6 was 0.5 wt% but this may change depending on the powder size of the LaB6 to be used

  20. Site-preferential design of itinerant ferromagnetic borides: experimental and theoretical investigation of MRh6B3 (M = Fe, Co).

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    Misse, Patrick R N; Gillessen, Michael; Fokwa, Boniface P T

    2011-10-17

    Single-phase polycrystalline samples of the compounds MRh(6)B(3) (M = Fe, Co) as well as single crystals of CoRh(6)B(3) have been synthesized by arc-melting the elements under a purified argon atmosphere in a water-cooled copper crucible. The characterization of the new phases was achieved by using single-crystal and powder X-ray diffraction as well as EDX measurements. The two phases are isotypic and crystallize in the hexagonal Th(7)Fe(3) structure type (space group P6(3)mc, no. 186, Z = 2). In this structure, the magnetically active atoms (Fe, Co) are preferentially found on only one of the three available rhodium sites, and together with rhodium they build a three-dimensional network of interconnected (Rh/M)(3) triangles. Magnetic properties investigations show that both phases order ferromagnetically below Curie temperatures of 240 K (for FeRh(6)B(3)) and 150 K (for CoRh(6)B(3)). First-principles DFT calculations correctly reproduce not only the lattice parameters but also the ground state magnetic ordering in the two phases. These calculations also show that the long-range magnetic ordering in both phases occurs via indirect ferromagnetic coupling between the iron atoms mediated by rhodium. This magnetic structural model also predicts the saturation magnetizations to be 4.02 μ(B) for FeRh(6)B(3) (3.60 μ(B) found experimentally) and 2.75 μ(B) for CoRh(6)B(3). Furthermore, both phases are predicted to be metallic conductors as expected for these intermetallic borides. PMID:21905755

  1. Cytotoxic Effect of Lipophilic Bismuth Dimercaptopropanol Nanoparticles on Epithelial Cells.

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    Rene, Hernandez-Delgadillo; Badireddy, Appala Raju; José, Martínez-Sanmiguel Juan; Francisco, Contreras-Cordero Juan; Israel, Martinez-Gonzalez Gustavo; Isela, Sánchez-Nájera Rosa; Chellam, Shankararaman; Claudio, Cabral-Romero

    2016-01-01

    Bismuth nanoparticles have many interesting properties to be applied in biomedical and medicinal sectors, however their safety in humans have not been comprehensively investigated. The objective of this research was to determine the cytotoxic effect of bismuth dimercaptopropanol nanoparticles (BisBAL NPs) on epithelial cells. The nanoparticles are composed of 18.7 nm crystallites on average and have a rhombohedral structure, agglomerating into chains-like or clusters of small nanoparticles. Based on MTT viability assay and fluorescence microscopy, cytotoxicity was not observed on monkey kidney cells after growing with 5 µM of BisBAL NPs for 24 h. Employing same techniques, identical results were obtained with human epithelial cells (HeLa), showing a not strain-dependent phenomenon. The absence of toxic effects on epithelial cells growing with BisBAL NPs was corroborated with long-time experiments (24-72 hrs.), showing no difference in comparison with growing control (cells without nanoparticles). Further, genotoxicity assays, comet assay and fluorescent microscopy and electrophoresis in bromide-stained agarose gel revealed no damage to genomic DNA of MA104 cells after 24 h. of exposition to BisBAL NPs. Finally, the effect of bismuth nanoparticles on protein synthesis was studied in cells growing with BisBAL NPs for 24 h. SDS-PAGE assays showed no difference between treated and untreated cells, suggesting that BisBAL NPs did not interfere with protein synthesis. Hence BisBAL NPs do not appear to exert cytotoxic effects suggesting their biological compatibility with epithelial cells.

  2. Conduction mechanism in bismuth silicate glasses containing titanium

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    Dult, Meenakshi; Kundu, R. S.; Murugavel, S.; Punia, R.; Kishore, N.

    2014-11-01

    Bismuth silicate glasses mixed with different concentrations of titanium dioxide having compositions xTiO2-(60-x)Bi2O3-40SiO2 with x=0, 5, 10, 15 and 20 were prepared by the normal melt quench technique. The frequency dependence of the ac electrical conductivity of different compositions of titanium bismuth silicate glasses has been studied in the frequency range 10-1 Hz to 10 MHz and in the temperature range 623-703 K. The temperature and frequency dependent conductivity is found to obey Jonscher's universal power law for all the compositions of titanium bismuth silicate glass system. The dc conductivity (σdc), so called crossover frequency (ωH), and frequency exponent (s) have been estimated from the fitting of experimental data of ac conductivity with Jonscher's universal power law. Enthalpy to dissociate the cation from its original site next to a charge compensating center (Hf) and enthalpy of migration (Hm) have also been estimated. The conductivity data have been analyzed in terms of different theoretical models to determine the possible conduction mechanism. Analysis of the conductivity data and the frequency exponent shows that the correlated barrier hopping of electrons between Ti3+ and Ti4+ ions in the glasses is the most favorable mechanism for ac conduction. The temperature dependent dc conductivity has been analyzed in the framework of theoretical variable range hopping model (VRH) proposed by Mott which describe the hopping conduction in disordered semiconducting systems. The various polaron hopping parameters have also been deduced. Mott's VRH model is found to be in good agreement with experimental data and the values of inverse localization length of s-like wave function (α) obtained by this model with modifications suggested by Punia et al. are close to the ones reported for a number of oxide glasses.

  3. Yttrium bismuth titanate pyrochlore mixed oxides for photocatalytic hydrogen production

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    Merka, Oliver

    2012-10-18

    In this work, the sol-gel synthesis of new non-stoichiometric pyrochlore titanates and their application in photocatalytic hydrogen production is reported. Visible light response is achieved by introducing bismuth on the A site or by doping the B site by transition metal cations featuring partially filled d orbitals. This work clearly focusses on atomic scale structural changes induced by the systematical introduction of non-stoichiometry in pyrochlore mixed oxides and the resulting influence on the activity in photocatalytic hydrogen production. The materials were characterized in detail regarding their optical properties and their atomic structure. The pyrochlore structure tolerates tremendous stoichiometry variations. The non-stoichiometry in A{sub 2}O{sub 3} rich compositions is compensated by distortions in the cationic sub-lattice for the smaller Y{sup 3+} cation and by evolution of a secondary phase for the larger Bi{sup 3+} cation on the A site. For TiO{sub 2} rich compositions, the non-stoichiometry leads to a special vacancy formation in the A and optionally O' sites. It is shown that pyrochlore mixed oxides in the yttrium bismuth titanate system represent very active and promising materials for photocatalytic hydrogen production, if precisely and carefully tuned. Whereas Y{sub 2}Ti{sub 2}O{sub 7} yields stable hydrogen production rates over time, the bismuth richer compounds of YBiTi{sub 2}O{sub 7} and Bi{sub 2}Ti{sub 2}O{sub 7} are found to be not stable under irradiation. This drawback is overcome by applying a special co-catalyst system consisting of a precious metal core and a Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3} shell on the photocatalysts.

  4. Concentration Quenching in Erbium Doped Bismuth Silicate Glasses

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    DAI Shi-Xun; XU Tie-Feng; NIE Qiu-Hua; SHEN Xiang; WANG Xun-Si

    2006-01-01

    @@ Er2 O3-doped bismuth silicate glasses are prepared by the conventional melt-quenching method, and the Er3+ : 4 I13/2 → 4I15/2 fluorescence properties are studied for different Er3+ concentrations. Infrared spectra are measured to estimate the exact content of OH- groups in the samples. Based on the electric dipole-dipole interaction theory,the interaction parameter CEr,Er for the migration rate of Er3+ :4 I13/2 → 4 I13/2 in proposed glasses is calculated.

  5. Coherent phonon coupling to individual Bloch states in photoexcited bismuth.

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    Papalazarou, E; Faure, J; Mauchain, J; Marsi, M; Taleb-Ibrahimi, A; Reshetnyak, I; van Roekeghem, A; Timrov, I; Vast, N; Arnaud, B; Perfetti, L

    2012-06-22

    We investigate the temporal evolution of the electronic states at the bismuth (111) surface by means of time- and angle-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy. The binding energy of bulklike bands oscillates with the frequency of the A(1g) phonon mode, whereas surface states are insensitive to the coherent displacement of the lattice. A strong dependence of the oscillation amplitude on the electronic wave vector is correctly reproduced by ab initio calculations of electron-phonon coupling. Besides these oscillations, all the electronic states also display a photoinduced shift towards higher binding energy whose dynamics follows the evolution of the electronic temperature.

  6. Gamma-ray attenuation coefficients in bismuth borate glasses

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    Mass attenuation coefficients of glasses in the system: xBi2O3(1-x)B2O3 (x=0.30, 0.35, 0.40, 0.45 and 0.55) were determined at 356, 662, 1173 and 1332 keV photon energies using a narrow beam transmission method. Appreciable variations were observed in these coefficients due to changes in the chemical composition of glasses. These coefficients were then used to determine effective atomic numbers of glass samples, which were found to be constant with bismuth concentration and energy

  7. Colloidal bismuth subcitrate in non-ulcer dyspepsia.

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    Khanna M; Abraham P; Nair N; Mistry F; Vora I

    1992-01-01

    The effect of colloidal bismuth subcitrate (De-Nol) on symptoms, Helicobacter pylori status and histological features was studied in 35 patients with non-ulcer dyspepsia. Pain (34 cases) and gas bloat (18) were the predominant symptoms. H pylori was present in 26 (74.3%) patients. Gastritis and duodenitis were present in 29 of 32 and 22 of 31 cases respectively in whom biopsies were available. Relief in symptoms after treatment was seen in 29 (82.8%) cases. Improvement in gastri...

  8. Kinetics of Propagating Phase Transformation in Compressed Bismuth

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    Bastea, M; Bastea, S; Emig, J; Springer, P; Reisman, D

    2004-08-18

    The authors observed dynamically driven phase transitions in isentropically compressed bismuth. By changing the stress loading conditions they explored two distinct cases one in which the experimental signature of the phase transformation corresponds to phase-boundary crossings initiated at both sample interfaces, and another in which the experimental trace is due to a single advancing transformation front in the bulk of the material. They introduce a coupled kinetics-hydrodynamics model that for this second case enables them, under suitable simplifying assumptions, to directly extract characteristic transition times from the experimental measurements.

  9. Fano interference for large-amplitude coherent phonons in bismuth

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    We report femtosecond time-resolved measurements of lattice dynamics in bismuth made over a wide range of temperatures and excitation levels. We demonstrate that time-integrated Fourier transforms for both the fully symmetric A1g and doubly degenerate Eg coherent oscillations of large amplitude exhibit asymmetric line shapes described by the Fano formula. Measuring the real and imaginary part of the phonon self-energy, we attempt to identify the nature of the continuum responsible for the configuration mixing. Based on the measured pump and temperature dependences, we suggest that the continuum responsible for the interference includes both the electronic and lattice degrees of freedom

  10. Investigation of corrosion, water reaction, polonium evaporation and bismuth resource in liquid metal lead-bismuth technology

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    Lead-bismuth is the first candidate material for liquid metal target find coolant of fueled blanket system in accelerator-driven system (ADS) studied at JAERI. Advantages of the lead-bismuth utilization are non-active material, very low capture cross section, low melting point of 125degC and high boiling point of 1670degC, and beside coolant void reactivity become negative. But problems are due to the high corrosivity to most of the structural materials and the corrosive data are scarcity. In this report, corrosivity, reaction with water, thermal-hydraulics, chemical toxicity etc. are studied by investigating some facilities utilized and researched really for lead or lead-bismuth. And, furthermore, polonium evaporation rate and bismuth resource are investigated. Main results obtained are as follows: (1) In a refinery, there are enough employment experience for liquid Pb-Bi in period of about 17 years and not corrosion for the thermal conductive materials (1Cr-0.5Mo steel) used under the condition of natural convection with temperature around 400degC. (2) In Russia, extensive experience in the use as Russian submarines and in R and D during about 50 years are available. And as a result, it will be able to lead approximately zero corrosion for Cr-Si materials by adjusting oxygen film with oxygen concentration control between 10-7 to 10-5% mass. However, the corrosion data are not enough systematically collected involving them in radiation dose field. (3) In liquid-dropping experiment, it is shown that interaction between water and high temperature liquid Pb-Bi is reduced steeply with rising of atmosphere pressure. But, in order to design the second circuit removal model of ADS, the interaction should be evaluated by water continuous injection experiment. (4) Polonium forms PbPo in Pb-Bi, and the evaporation rate become less three factor than that of Po, and furthermore, the rate decreases in the atmosphere. The effects of Po on employee and environment will not be

  11. Investigation of corrosion, water reaction, polonium evaporation and bismuth resource in liquid metal lead-bismuth technology

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    Takano, Hideki; Takizuka, Takakazu [Japan Atomic Energy Research Inst., Tokai, Ibaraki (Japan). Tokai Research Establishment; Kitano, Teruaki [Mitsui Shipbuilding and Engineering Co. Ltd., Tokyo (Japan)

    2000-10-01

    Lead-bismuth is the first candidate material for liquid metal target find coolant of fueled blanket system in accelerator-driven system (ADS) studied at JAERI. Advantages of the lead-bismuth utilization are non-active material, very low capture cross section, low melting point of 125degC and high boiling point of 1670degC, and beside coolant void reactivity become negative. But problems are due to the high corrosivity to most of the structural materials and the corrosive data are scarcity. In this report, corrosivity, reaction with water, thermal-hydraulics, chemical toxicity etc. are studied by investigating some facilities utilized and researched really for lead or lead-bismuth. And, furthermore, polonium evaporation rate and bismuth resource are investigated. Main results obtained are as follows: (1) In a refinery, there are enough employment experience for liquid Pb-Bi in period of about 17 years and not corrosion for the thermal conductive materials (1Cr-0.5Mo steel) used under the condition of natural convection with temperature around 400degC. (2) In Russia, extensive experience in the use as Russian submarines and in R and D during about 50 years are available. And as a result, it will be able to lead approximately zero corrosion for Cr-Si materials by adjusting oxygen film with oxygen concentration control between 10{sup -7} to 10{sup -5}% mass. However, the corrosion data are not enough systematically collected involving them in radiation dose field. (3) In liquid-dropping experiment, it is shown that interaction between water and high temperature liquid Pb-Bi is reduced steeply with rising of atmosphere pressure. But, in order to design the second circuit removal model of ADS, the interaction should be evaluated by water continuous injection experiment. (4) Polonium forms PbPo in Pb-Bi, and the evaporation rate become less three factor than that of Po, and furthermore, the rate decreases in the atmosphere. The effects of Po on employee and environment

  12. Ultra-flat bismuth films for diamagnetic levitation by template-stripping

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    Kokorian, J. [University of Twente, P.O. Box 217, 7500 AE Enschede (Netherlands); TU Delft — 3mE-PME, Mekelweg 2, 2628 CD Delft (Netherlands); Engelen, J.B.C. [University of Twente, P.O. Box 217, 7500 AE Enschede (Netherlands); IBM Research — Zurich, Säumerstrasse 4, CH-8803 Rüschlikon (Switzerland); Vries, J. de; Nazeer, H.; Woldering, L.A. [University of Twente, P.O. Box 217, 7500 AE Enschede (Netherlands); Abelmann, L., E-mail: l.abelmann@utwente.nl [University of Twente, P.O. Box 217, 7500 AE Enschede (Netherlands)

    2014-01-01

    In this paper we present a method to deposit thin films of bismuth with sub-nanometer surface roughness for application to diamagnetic levitation. Evaporated films of bismuth have a high surface roughness with peak to peak values in excess of 100 nm and average values on the order of 20 nm. We expose the smooth backside of the films using a template stripping method, resulting in a great reduction of the average surface roughness, to 0.8 nm. Atomic force microscope and X-ray diffraction measurements show that the films have a polycrystalline texture with preferential c-axis orientation. On the back side of the film, fine grains are grouped into larger clusters. Cantilever resonance shift measurements indicate that the Young's modulus of the films is on the order of 20 GPa. - Highlights: • We deposited continuous but rough bismuth films of 200–500 nm in thickness by thermal evaporation. • We analyzed the material properties of bismuth films using a variety of measurement techniques. • We reduced the roughness of bismuth films from 20 nm to 0.8 nm by a template stripping method. • The Young's modulus of bismuth thin films is comparable to bulk bismuth.

  13. Layered bismuth oxyhalide nanomaterials for highly efficient tumor photodynamic therapy

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    Xu, Yu; Shi, Zhenzhi; Zhang, Ling'e.; Brown, Eric Michael Bratsolias; Wu, Aiguo

    2016-06-01

    Layered bismuth oxyhalide nanomaterials have received much more interest as promising photocatalysts because of their unique layered structures and high photocatalytic performance, which can be used as potential inorganic photosensitizers in tumor photodynamic therapy (PDT). In recent years, photocatalytic materials have been widely used in PDT and photothermal therapy (PTT) as inorganic photosensitizers. This investigation focuses on applying layered bismuth oxyhalide nanomaterials toward cancer PDT, an application that has never been reported so far. The results of our study indicate that the efficiency of UV-triggered PDT was highest when using BiOCl nanoplates followed by BiOCl nanosheets, and then TiO2. Of particular interest is the fact that layered BiOCl nanomaterials showed excellent PDT effects under low nanomaterial dose (20 μg mL-1) and low UV dose (2.2 mW cm-2 for 10 min) conditions, while TiO2 showed almost no therapeutic effect under the same parameters. BiOCl nanoplates and nanosheets have shown excellent performance and an extensive range of applications in PDT.

  14. Mechanically activating formation of layered structured bismuth titanate

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    Bismuth titanate-Bi4Ti3O12 (BIT) with wide application in the electronic industry as capacitors, memory devices and sensors is the simplest compound in the Aurivillius family, which consists of (Bi2O2)2+ sheets alternating with (Bi2Ti3O10)2- perovskite-like layers. The synthesis of more resistive BIT ceramics would be preferable advance in obtaining of well-densified ceramic with small grains randomly oriented to limit the conductivity along the (Bi2O2)2+ layers. Having in mind that the conventional ceramic route for the synthesis can lead to non-stoichiometry in composition, in consequence of the undesirable loss in bismuth content through volatilization of Bi2O3 at elevated temperature, our efforts were addressed to preparation of BIT by mechanical activation the constituent oxides. The nucleation and phase formation of BIT, crystal structure, microstructure, powder particle size and specific surface area were followed by XRD, Rietveld refinement analysis, thermal analysis, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and the BET specific surface area measurements

  15. Superconductivity in Bismuth. A New Look at an Old Problem

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    2016-01-01

    To investigate the relationship between atomic topology, vibrational and electronic properties and superconductivity of bismuth, a 216-atom amorphous structure (a-Bi216) was computer-generated using our undermelt-quench approach. Its pair distribution function compares well with experiment. The calculated electronic and vibrational densities of states (eDOS and vDOS, respectively) show that the amorphous eDOS is about 4 times the crystalline at the Fermi energy, whereas for the vDOS the energy range of the amorphous is roughly the same as the crystalline but the shapes are quite different. A simple BCS estimate of the possible crystalline superconducting transition temperature gives an upper limit of 1.3 mK. The e-ph coupling is more preponderant in a-Bi than in crystalline bismuth (x-Bi) as indicated by the λ obtained via McMillan’s formula, λc = 0.24 and experiment λa = 2.46. Therefore with respect to x-Bi, superconductivity in a-Bi is enhanced by the higher values of λ and of eDOS at the Fermi energy. PMID:26815431

  16. New Bismuth-Substituted Hydroxyapatite Nanoparticles for Bone Tissue Engineering

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    Ciobanu, Gabriela; Bargan, Ana Maria; Luca, Constantin

    2015-11-01

    New bismuth-substituted hydroxyapatite [Ca10- x Bi x (PO4)6(OH)2 where x = 0-2.5] nanoparticles were synthesized by the co-precipitation method from aqueous solutions. The structural properties of the samples were analyzed by scanning electron microscopy coupled with x-ray analysis, x-ray powder diffraction, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and Brunauer-Emmett-Teller surface area analysis. The results confirm that bismuth ions have been incorporated into the hydroxyapatite lattice. The prepared nanocrystalline powders consisted of hydroxyapatite as single phase with hexagonal structure, crystal sizes smaller than 60 nm and (Bi + Ca)/P atomic ratio of around 1.67. The hydroxyapatite samples doped with Bi have mesoporous textures with pores size of around 2 nm and specific surface area in the range of 12-25 m2/g. The Bi-substituted hydroxyapatite powders are more effective against Gram-negative Escherichia coli bacteria than Gram-positive Staphylococcus aureus bacteria.

  17. Electrodeposition of bismuth alloys by the controlled potential method

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    We worked with the electrodeposition of three bismuth alloys, the composition of the first electrolyte was: 0.3 g/l. Bi; 20 g/l. Ni; and the conditions were pH = 5.2 - 5.6; T = 25 Centigrade degrees; current density 0.3 A / dm2 - 6.6 A / dm2. Following alloy was between Bi - Pb, composition of the electrolyte was 3.18 g/l. Bi (metallic); 31.81 g/l. Pb (Pb(NO3)2) pH : 1; T = 20 Centigrade degrees; current density 10.20 A/dm2 . The third electrolyte was Bi-Cu, its composition was: 20.89 g/l. Bi; (metallic) 63.54 g/l Cu (Cu(NO3)2) pH : 1.5 - 1.8; T = 25-30 Centigrade degrees; current density 1-2 A/dm2 . The best results were obtained with the third electrolyte. The purpose of this work was to experiment with different parameters like temperature, pH and the electrolyte concentration to obtain a bismuth alloy. (Author)

  18. Synthesis and characterization of bismuth alkaline titanate powders

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    Torres-Huerta, A.M., E-mail: atorresh@ipn.mx [CICATA-Altamira, Instituto Politecnico Nacional, Km. 14.5 Carretera Tampico Puerto Industrial Altamira, Altamira, Tamps. 89600 (Mexico); Dominguez-Crespo, M.A. [CICATA-Altamira, Instituto Politecnico Nacional, Km. 14.5 Carretera Tampico Puerto Industrial Altamira, Altamira, Tamps. 89600 (Mexico); Hernandez-Perez, M.A. [ESIQIE, Metalurgia, Instituto Politecnico Nacional, Mexico, D. F (Mexico); Garcia-Zaleta, D.S. [CICATA-Altamira, Instituto Politecnico Nacional, Km. 14.5 Carretera Tampico Puerto Industrial Altamira, Altamira, Tamps. 89600 (Mexico); Brachetti-Sibaja, S.B. [CICATA-Altamira, Instituto Politecnico Nacional, Km. 14.5 Carretera Tampico Puerto Industrial Altamira, Altamira, Tamps. 89600 (Mexico); Instituto Tecnologico de Ciudad Madero, Av. 1o. de Mayo esq. Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz s/n Col. Los Mangos C.P.89440 Cd. Madero Tamaulipas (Mexico)

    2011-06-15

    In this work, samples of bismuth alkaline titanate, (K{sub 0.5}Na{sub 0.5}){sub (2-x/2)}Bi{sub (x/6)}TiO{sub 3}, (x = 0.05-0.75) have been prepared by conventional ceramic technique and molten salts. Metal oxides or carbonates powders were used as starting raw materials. The crystalline phase of the synthesized powders was identified by the X-ray diffraction (XRD) and particle morphology was characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Solid state reaction method was unsuccessful to obtain pellets. From XRD results, a rhombohedral structure was detected and the parameter lattice were estimated to be a = 5.5478 A and {alpha} = 59.48{sup o}. These parameters were used to refine the structure by Rietveld analysis. SEM results showed several morphologies. Apparently, bismuth is promoting the grain growth whose sizes vary from 30 nm to 180 nm It is expected that these materials can be utilized in practical applications as substitutes for lead zirconatetitanate (PZT)-based ceramics.

  19. Phase transition of solid bismuth under high pressure

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    Chen, Hai-Yan; Xiang, Shi-Kai; Yan, Xiao-Zhen; Zheng, Li-Rong; Zhang, Yi; Liu, Sheng-Gang; Bi, Yan

    2016-10-01

    As a widely used pressure calibrator, the structural phase transitions of bismuth from phase I, to phase II, to phase III, and then to phase V with increasing pressure at 300 K have been widely confirmed. However, there are different structural versions for phase III, most of which are determined by x-ray diffraction (XRD) technology. Using x-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS) measurements combined with ab initio calculations, we show that the proposed incommensurate composite structure of bismuth of the three configurations is the best option. An abnormal continuous increase of the nearest-neighbor distance of phase III with elevated pressure is also observed. The electronic structure transformation from semimetal to metal is responsible for the complex behavior of structure transformation. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 10904133, 11304294, 11274281, 11404006, and U1230201), the Development Foundation of China Academy of Engineering Physics (Grant Nos. 2015B0101004, 2013B0401062, and 2012A0101001), the Research Foundation of the Laboratory of Shock Wave and Detonation, China (Grant No. 9140C670201140C67282).

  20. Genotoxic effects of bismuth (III oxide nanoparticles by comet assay

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    Reecep Liman

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Bismuth oxide is one of the important transition metal oxides and it has been intensively studied due to their peculiar characteristics (semiconductor band gap, high refractive index, high dielectric permittivity, high oxygen conductivity, resistivity, photoconductivity and photoluminescence etc.. Therefore, it is used such as microelectronics, sensor technology, optical coatings, transparent ceramic glass manufacturing, nanoenergetic gas generator, biosensor for DNA hybridization, potential immobilizing platforms for glucose oxidase and polyphenol oxidase, fuel cells, a additive in paints, an astringent in a variety of medical creams and topical ointments, and for the determination of heavy metal ions in drinking water, mineral water and urine. In addition this, Bismuth (III oxide nanoparticles (BONPs are favorable for the biomolecules adsorption than regular sized particles because of their greater advantages and novel characteristics (much higher specific surface, greater surface free energy, and good electrochemical stability etc.. Genotoxic effects of BONPs were investigated on the root cells of Allium cepa by Comet assay. A. cepa roots were treated with the aqueous dispersions of BONPs at 5 different concentrations (12.5, 25, 50, 75, and 100 ppm for 4 h. A significant increase in DNA damage was also observed at all concentrations of BONPs except 12.5 ppm by Comet assay. The results were also analyzed statistically by using SPSS for Windows; Duncan’s multiple range test was performed. These result indicate that BONPs exhibit genotoxic activity in A. cepa root meristematic cells.

  1. Synthesis and characterization of bismuth alkaline titanate powders

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    In this work, samples of bismuth alkaline titanate, (K0.5Na0.5)(2-x/2)Bi(x/6)TiO3, (x = 0.05-0.75) have been prepared by conventional ceramic technique and molten salts. Metal oxides or carbonates powders were used as starting raw materials. The crystalline phase of the synthesized powders was identified by the X-ray diffraction (XRD) and particle morphology was characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Solid state reaction method was unsuccessful to obtain pellets. From XRD results, a rhombohedral structure was detected and the parameter lattice were estimated to be a = 5.5478 A and α = 59.48o. These parameters were used to refine the structure by Rietveld analysis. SEM results showed several morphologies. Apparently, bismuth is promoting the grain growth whose sizes vary from 30 nm to 180 nm It is expected that these materials can be utilized in practical applications as substitutes for lead zirconatetitanate (PZT)-based ceramics.

  2. Superconductivity in Bismuth. A New Look at an Old Problem.

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    Zaahel Mata-Pinzón

    Full Text Available To investigate the relationship between atomic topology, vibrational and electronic properties and superconductivity of bismuth, a 216-atom amorphous structure (a-Bi216 was computer-generated using our undermelt-quench approach. Its pair distribution function compares well with experiment. The calculated electronic and vibrational densities of states (eDOS and vDOS, respectively show that the amorphous eDOS is about 4 times the crystalline at the Fermi energy, whereas for the vDOS the energy range of the amorphous is roughly the same as the crystalline but the shapes are quite different. A simple BCS estimate of the possible crystalline superconducting transition temperature gives an upper limit of 1.3 mK. The e-ph coupling is more preponderant in a-Bi than in crystalline bismuth (x-Bi as indicated by the λ obtained via McMillan's formula, λc = 0.24 and experiment λa = 2.46. Therefore with respect to x-Bi, superconductivity in a-Bi is enhanced by the higher values of λ and of eDOS at the Fermi energy.

  3. Is the ultra-fast transformation of bismuth non-thermal?

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    Gamaly, E G

    2009-01-01

    Transient state of femtosecond laser excited bismuth has been studied by various groups with time-resolved optical, x-ray, and electron probes at the deposited energy density from below through up to several times the equilibrium enthalpy of melting. However, the interpretations of the experimental results are controversial: the optical probes reveal the absence of transition to the melting phase while the authors of x-ray and electron diffraction experiments claim the observation of ultrafast non-thermal melting. The presented analysis, based on temperature dependence of bismuth optical properties, unequivocally shows a purely thermal nature of all the observed fs-laser induced transformations in bismuth.

  4. A model bismuth oxide intergranular thin film in a ZnO twist grain boundary

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    Domingos, H S [INESC, Microsistemas and Nanotecnologias, Rua Alves Redol 1-9, P-1000-029 Lisbon (Portugal)

    2010-04-14

    The electronic properties of a model bismuth oxide intergranular film in ZnO were investigated using density functional plane wave calculations. It was found that oxygen excess plays a fundamental role in the appearance of electrical activity. The introduction by oxygen interstitials or zinc vacancies results in depletion of the charge in deep gap states introduced by the bismuth impurities. This makes the boundary less metallic and promotes the formation of acceptor states localized to the boundary core, resulting in Schottky barrier enhancement. The results indicate that the origin of electrical activity in thin intergranular bismuth oxide films is probably not distinct from that in decorated ZnO boundaries.

  5. Bismuth Modified Carbon-Based Electrodes for the Determination of Selected Neonicotinoid Insecticides

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    Marko Rodić; Olga Vajdle; Valéria Guzsvány; Jasmina Zbiljić; Zsigmond Papp

    2011-01-01

    Two types of bismuth modified electrodes, a bismuth-film modified glassy carbon (BiF-GCE) and a bismuth bulk modified carbon paste, were applied for the determination of selected nitroguanidine neonicotinoid insecticides. The method based on an ex situ prepared BiF-GCE operated in the differential pulse voltammetric (DPV) mode was applied to determine clothianidin in the concentration range from 2.5 to 23 μg cm−3 with a relative standard deviation (RSD) not exceeding 1.5%. The tricresyl phosp...

  6. Structural and optical characterization of thermally evaporated bismuth and antimony films for photovoltaic applications

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    Srimathy, N.; Ruban Kumar, A.

    2016-05-01

    In this present study, the thin film of bismuth and antimony is coated by thermal evaporation system equipped with the inbuilt ultra high vacuum system. XRD analysis confirmed the rhombohedral structure of Bismuth and Antimony on the prepared film. The surface roughness and physical appearance is analyzed by Atomic force microscopy. The results of Raman Spectroscopy show the wave functions and the spectrum of electrons. The preparation technique and conditions strongly influence the crystalline structure and the phase composition of bismuth and antimony thin films. The electrical and optical properties for the prepared film are analyzed. The results show a great interest and promising applications in Photovoltaic devices.

  7. Exploiting Chemistry to Improve Performance of Screen-Printed, Bismuth Film Electrodes (SP-BiFE)

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    Dossi, Carlo; Monticelli, Damiano; Pozzi, Andrea; Recchia, Sandro

    2016-01-01

    Mercury substitution is a big issue in electroanalysis, and the search for a suitable, and less toxic, replacement is still under development. Of all the proposed alternatives, bismuth films appear to be the most viable solution, although they are still suffering some drawbacks, particularly the influence of deposition conditions and linearity at low concentrations. In this paper, the most promising strategies for bismuth film deposition on screen-printed electrodes (surface modifications, polymeric film deposition, insoluble salt precursors) will be evaluated for trace metal analysis. Particular attention will be devoted to bismuth chemistry, aiming to rationalize their electroanalytic performance. PMID:27455338

  8. Exploiting Chemistry to Improve Performance of Screen-Printed, Bismuth Film Electrodes (SP-BiFE

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    Carlo Dossi

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available Mercury substitution is a big issue in electroanalysis, and the search for a suitable, and less toxic, replacement is still under development. Of all the proposed alternatives, bismuth films appear to be the most viable solution, although they are still suffering some drawbacks, particularly the influence of deposition conditions and linearity at low concentrations. In this paper, the most promising strategies for bismuth film deposition on screen-printed electrodes (surface modifications, polymeric film deposition, insoluble salt precursors will be evaluated for trace metal analysis. Particular attention will be devoted to bismuth chemistry, aiming to rationalize their electroanalytic performance.

  9. Shielding property of bismuth glass based on MCNP 5 and WINXCOM simulated calculation

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    Background: Currently, lead glass is widely used as observation window, while lead is toxic heavy metal. Purpose: Non-toxic materials and their shielding effects are researched in order to find a new material to replace lead containing material. Methods: The mass attenuation coefficients of bismuth silicate glass were investigated with gamma-ray's energy at 0.662 MeV, 1.17 MeV and 1.33 MeV, respectively, by MCNP 5 (Monte Carlo) and WINXCOM program, and compared with those of the lead glass. Results: With attenuation factor K, shielding and mechanical properties taken into consideration bismuth glass containing 50% bismuth oxide might be selected as the right material. Dose rate distributions of water phantom were calculated with 2-cm and 10-cm thick glass, respectively, irradiated by 137Cs and 60Co in turn. Conclusion: Results show that the bismuth glass may replace lead glass for radiation shielding with appropriate energy. (authors)

  10. In situ formation of bismuth nanoparticles through electron-beam irradiation in a transmission electron microscope

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    Sepulveda-Guzman, S.; Elizondo-Villarreal, N.; Ferrer, D.; Torres-Castro, A.; Gao, X.; Zhou, J. P.; Jose-Yacaman, M.

    2007-08-01

    In this work, bismuth nanoparticles were synthesized when a precursor, sodium bismuthate, was exposed to an electron beam at room temperature in a transmission electron microscope (TEM). The irradiation effects were investigated in situ using selected-area electron diffraction, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy and x-ray energy dispersive spectroscopy. After the electron irradiation, bismuth nanoparticles with a rhombohedral structure and diameter of 6 nm were observed. The average particle size increased with the irradiation time. The electron-induced reduction is attributed to the desorption of oxygen ions. This method offers a one-step route to synthesize bismuth nanoparticles using electron irradiation, and the particle size can be controlled by the irradiation time.

  11. In situ formation of bismuth nanoparticles through electron-beam irradiation in a transmission electron microscope

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    Sepulveda-Guzman, S; Elizondo-Villarreal, N; Ferrer, D; Torres-Castro, A; Gao, X; Zhou, J P; Jose-Yacaman, M [Chemical Engineering Department and Texas Materials Institute, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX 78712 (United States)

    2007-08-22

    In this work, bismuth nanoparticles were synthesized when a precursor, sodium bismuthate, was exposed to an electron beam at room temperature in a transmission electron microscope (TEM). The irradiation effects were investigated in situ using selected-area electron diffraction, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy and x-ray energy dispersive spectroscopy. After the electron irradiation, bismuth nanoparticles with a rhombohedral structure and diameter of 6 nm were observed. The average particle size increased with the irradiation time. The electron-induced reduction is attributed to the desorption of oxygen ions. This method offers a one-step route to synthesize bismuth nanoparticles using electron irradiation, and the particle size can be controlled by the irradiation time.

  12. Surface tension of liquid dilute solutions of lead-cesium and bismuth-cesium systems

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    Method of the maximal pressure in a drop was used to measure the surface tension of 15 liquid dilute solutions of lead-cesium system in 0-0.214 at% concentration range and of 12 diluted solutions of bismuth-cesium system in 0-0.160 at.% cesium range from solidification temperature up to 500 dec C. It was found that cesium was characterized as surfactant in lead and bismuth melts. It was established that the temperature coefficient of surface tension changes sufficiently in maximally diluted solutions of alkali metals in bismuth and lead melts. Effect of sodium, potassium, rubidum and cesium on the value of surface tension of lead and bismuth was systematized. Growth of activity in sodium, potassium, rubidium and cesium series was noted

  13. Three-component synthesis of amidoalkyl naphthols catalyzed by bismuth(Ⅲ) nitrate pentahydrate

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    Min Wang; Yan Liang; Ting Ting Zhang; Jing Jing Gao

    2012-01-01

    Bismuth(Ⅲ) nitrate pentahydrate catalyzed the three-component condensation of β-naphthol,aldehydes and amines/urea under solvent-free conditions to afford the corresponding amidoalkyl naphthols in excellent yields.

  14. Corrosion by liquid lead and lead-bismuth: experimental results review and analysis

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    Zhang, Jinsuo [Los Alamos National Laboratory

    2008-01-01

    Liquid metal technologies for liquid lead and lead-bismuth alloy are under wide investigation and development for advanced nuclear energy systems and waste transmutation systems. Material corrosion is one of the main issues studied a lot recently in the development of the liquid metal technology. This study reviews corrosion by liquid lead and lead bismuth, including the corrosion mechanisms, corrosion inhibitor and the formation of the protective oxide layer. The available experimental data are analyzed by using a corrosion model in which the oxidation and scale removal are coupled. Based on the model, long-term behaviors of steels in liquid lead and lead-bismuth are predictable. This report provides information for the selection of structural materials for typical nuclear reactor coolant systems when selecting liquid lead or lead bismuth as heat transfer media.

  15. Standard triple, bismuth pectin quadruple and sequential therapies for Helicobacter pylori eradication

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    Gao, Xiao-Zhong; Qiao, Xiu-li; Song, Wen-chong; Wang, Xiao-Feng; Liu, Feng

    2010-01-01

    AIM: To compare the effectiveness of standard triple, bismuth pectin quadruple and sequential therapies for Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) eradication in a randomized, double-blinded, comparative clinical trial in China.

  16. Vibrational spectra and structure of bismuth based quaternary glasses

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    Quaternary bismuthate glasses containing Li2O, ZnO and B2O3 have been prepared by melt quench technique and studied by density, DSC, IR and Raman spectroscopy. Raman and infrared spectroscopy have been employed to investigate the (75 - x)Bi2O3-xLi2O-10ZnO-15B2O3 glasses in order to obtain information about the competitive role of Bi2O3 and B2O3 in the formation of glass network. The increase of Bi2O3 content causes a progressive conversion of three- to four-fold coordinated boron. IR and Raman spectra show that these glasses are made up of [BiO3] pyramidal and [BiO6] octahedral units. The formation of Zn in tetrahedral coordination was observed

  17. Structural investigation of Zn doped sodium bismuth borate glasses

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    Bhatia, V.; Kumar, D.; Singh, D.; Singh, S. P.

    2016-05-01

    A series of Bismuth Borate Oxide Glass samples with composition x(ZnO):(15-x)Na2O:15Bi2O3:70B2O3 (variation in x is from 6 to 12 mole %) have been prepared by conventional melt quenching technique. All the chemicals used were of Analytical Grade. In order to verify the amorphous nature of the prepared samples the X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) was done. The physical and structural properties have been explored by using the techniques such as density, molar volume and FTIR in order to understand the effect of alkali and transition metal ions on the structure of these glasses. The results obtained by these techniques are in good agreement to one another and with literature as well. With the increase in the content of ZnO, the increase in density and some variations in structural coordination (ratio of BO3 & BO4 structural units) have been observed.

  18. High power and compact switchable bismuth based multiwavelength fiber laser

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    A compact switchable multiwavelength fibre laser (SWFL) is proposed and demonstrated using a bismuth based erbium doped fibre amplifier (Bi-EDFA) and a Sagnac loop mirror (SLM) in a ring cavity. The proposed compact SWFL can generate up to 6 switchable wavelengths with an average peak power of 11 dBm and also shows good stability over time with a high side mode signal ratio (SMSR) of 40 dB that negates minor fluctuations in the laser output. The Bi-EDF based gain medium gives the SWFL a large usable bandwidth of up to 80 nm, and it is expected that this will allow the SWFL to be used as a tunable laser source for high power applications to meet increasing demand

  19. Terahertz radiation from bismuth surface induced by femtosecond laser pulses.

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    Ilyakov, I E; Shishkin, B V; Fadeev, D A; Oladyshkin, I V; Chernov, V V; Okhapkin, A I; Yunin, P A; Mironov, V A; Akhmedzhanov, R A

    2016-09-15

    We report on the first experimental observation of terahertz (THz) wave generation from bismuth mono- and polycrystalline samples irradiated by femtosecond laser pulses. Dependencies of the THz signal on the crystal orientation, optical pulse energy, incidence angle, and polarization are presented and discussed together with features of the sample surfaces. The optical-to-THz conversion efficiency was up to two orders of magnitude higher than for metal at a moderate fluence of ∼1  mJ/cm2. We also found nonlinear effects not previously observed using other metal and semiconductor materials: (a) asymmetry of THz response with respect to a half-turn of a sample around its normal, (b) THz polarization control by orientation of the sample surface, and PMID:27628379

  20. Evaporation of mercury impurity from liquid lead–bismuth eutectic

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    The equilibrium evaporation of mercury from dilute solutions in liquid lead–bismuth eutectic (LBE) was studied in argon atmosphere. Mercury present as impurity in LBE was evaporated and detected by atomic fluorescence spectroscopy. A method which could accurately simulate the experimental data was developed. Coefficients of the Henry constant temperature correlation for mercury dissolved in LBE were determined. Experiments with samples from several different batches of LBE revealed that mercury at mole fractions between 10−6 and 10−12 and temperatures between 150 and 350 °C evaporated from liquid LBE close to ideal behavior. Evaporation of mercury from solid LBE on the other hand was unexpectedly high. These results are important for safety evaluations of LBE based spallation targets and accelerator driven systems

  1. Enhanced multiferroic properties of Pr doped bismuth ferrite ceramics

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    Pr modified Bi0.9-xLa0.1PrxFeO3 (BLPFO-x, x = 0, 0.1 and 0.2) ceramics were prepared by solid state reaction using oxide reagents and a detailed multiferroic properties is reported. X-ray analysis shows the formation of a bismuth ferrite rhombohedral phase. Pr doping significantly increases the resistivity and leads to a successful observation of electrical polarization hysteresis loops. All the samples have been found to possess a spontaneous magnetic moment at room temperature which increases further at low temperatures. The strong dependence of remnant polarization and dielectric constant on the strength of magnetic field is a direct evidence of magnetoelectric coupling in BLPFO ceramics. (author)

  2. Compatibility of structural materials with liquid bismuth, lead, and mercury

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    Weeks, J.R. [Brookhaven National Lab., Upton, NY (United States)

    1996-06-01

    During the 1950s and 1960s, a substantial program existed at Brookhaven National Laboratory as part of the Liquid Metal Fuel reactor program on the compatibility of bismuth, lead, and their alloys with structural materials. Subsequently, compatibility investigations of mercury with structural materials were performed in support of development of Rankine cycle mercury turbines for nuclear applications. The present talk will review present understanding of the corrosion/mass-transfer reactions of structural materials with these liquid metal coolants. Topics to be discussed include the basic solubility relationships of iron, chromium, nickel, and refractory metals in these liquid metals, the results of inhibition studies, the role of oxygen on the corrosion processes, and specialized topics such as cavitation-corrosion and liquid metal embrittlement. Emphasis will be placed on utilizing the understanding gained in this earlier work on the development of heavy liquid metal targets in spallation neutron sources.

  3. Bismuth Sodium Titanate Based Materials for Piezoelectric Actuators

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    Klaus Reichmann

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available The ban of lead in many electronic products and the expectation that, sooner or later, this ban will include the currently exempt piezoelectric ceramics based on Lead-Zirconate-Titanate has motivated many research groups to look for lead-free substitutes. After a short overview on different classes of lead-free piezoelectric ceramics with large strain, this review will focus on Bismuth-Sodium-Titanate and its solid solutions. These compounds exhibit extraordinarily high strain, due to a field induced phase transition, which makes them attractive for actuator applications. The structural features of these materials and the origin of the field-induced strain will be revised. Technologies for texturing, which increases the useable strain, will be introduced. Finally, the features that are relevant for the application of these materials in a multilayer design will be summarized.

  4. Bismuth coatings deposited by the pulsed dc sputtering technique

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    Ortiz, M. F.; Olaya, J. J.; Alfonso, J. E., E-mail: jealfonsoo@unal.edu.co [Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Departamento de Fisica, Grupo de Ciencia de Materiales y Superficies, Carrera 45 No. 26-85, Edif. Uriel Gutierrez, Bogota D. C. (Colombia)

    2013-08-01

    In this work we present the results obtained from the deposition of nano-structured bismuth coatings through Dc pulsed unbalanced magnetron sputtering. The coatings were grown on two substrates: silicon and AISI steel 316 L. The microstructure of the Bi coatings grown on silicon and the corrosion resistance of the Bi coatings grown on AISI steel were evaluated. The microstructure was evaluated by X-ray diffraction and the corrosion resistance was characterized by means of polarization potentiodynamic and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. Finally the morphology of the coatings was evaluated through scanning electronic microscopy. The X-ray diffraction analysis indicates that the coatings are polycrystalline; the corrosion resistance tests indicate that the films with better corrosion resistance were deposited at 40 khz. Scanning electron microscopy micrographs show that the coatings are grown as granular form. (Author)

  5. Formic Acid Oxidation at Platinum-Bismuth Clusters

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    Lovic, J. D.; Stevanovic, S. I.; Tripkovic, D. V.;

    2014-01-01

    . Catalysts prepared in this way exhibit about 10 times higher activity for formic acid oxidation in comparison to pure Pt, as revealed both by potentiodynamic and quasy-potentiostatic measurements. This high activity is the result of well-balanced ensemble effect induced by Bi-oxide species interrupting Pt......Formic acid oxidation was studied on platinum-bismuth deposits on glassy carbon (GC) substrate. The catalysts of equimolar ratio were prepared by potentiostatic deposition using chronocoulometry. Bimetallic structures obtained by two-step process, comprising deposition of Bi followed by deposition...... domains. Prolonged cycling and chronoamperometry tests disclosed exceptional stability of the catalyst during formic acid oxidation. The activity is compatible with the activity of previously studied Pt2Bi alloy but the stability is significantly better. (C) 2014 The Electrochemical Society. All rights...

  6. Ni-rich precipitates in a lead bismuth eutectic loop

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    Kikuchi, K.; Saito, S.; Hamaguchi, D.; Tezuka, M.

    2010-03-01

    Solidified LBE was sampled from the specimens, electro-magnetic pump, filter, drain valve and oxygen sensor at the JAEA Lead Bismuth Loop-1 (JLBL-1) where the structural material was made of SS316. The concentration of Ni, Fe and Cr in LBE were analyzed by the Inductive Coupled Plasma atomic emission spectrometer. It was concluded that the solution of Ni into LBE was not saturated although the concentration of Fe and Cr almost achieved to the values in the literature. A needle-type structure appeared on the surface of solidified LBE inside the tube specimens. It was found to be Ni-rich precipitates by X-ray analyses (Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscope, FE-SEM). LBE samples collected from a circulating loop after discharging did not show the amount of impurities equivalent to the LBE bulk property.

  7. Evaporation of mercury impurity from liquid lead–bismuth eutectic

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    Aerts, A., E-mail: aaertsl@sckcen.be [SCK-CEN (Belgian Nuclear Research Centre), Boeretang 200, 2400 Mol (Belgium); Danaci, S. [SCK-CEN (Belgian Nuclear Research Centre), Boeretang 200, 2400 Mol (Belgium); Gonzalez Prieto, B. [SCK-CEN (Belgian Nuclear Research Centre), Boeretang 200, 2400 Mol (Belgium); Centre for Surface Chemistry and Catalysis, KU Leuven, Kasteelpark Arenberg 23, 3001 Heverlee (Belgium); Van den Bosch, J. [SCK-CEN (Belgian Nuclear Research Centre), Boeretang 200, 2400 Mol (Belgium); Neuhausen, J. [Laboratory for Radio- and Environmental Chemistry, Paul Scherrer Institute, CH-5232 Villigen PSI (Switzerland)

    2014-05-01

    The equilibrium evaporation of mercury from dilute solutions in liquid lead–bismuth eutectic (LBE) was studied in argon atmosphere. Mercury present as impurity in LBE was evaporated and detected by atomic fluorescence spectroscopy. A method which could accurately simulate the experimental data was developed. Coefficients of the Henry constant temperature correlation for mercury dissolved in LBE were determined. Experiments with samples from several different batches of LBE revealed that mercury at mole fractions between 10{sup −6} and 10{sup −12} and temperatures between 150 and 350 °C evaporated from liquid LBE close to ideal behavior. Evaporation of mercury from solid LBE on the other hand was unexpectedly high. These results are important for safety evaluations of LBE based spallation targets and accelerator driven systems.

  8. Toxicity of Volatile Methylated Species of Bismuth, Arsenic, Tin, and Mercury in Mammalian Cells In Vitro

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    Rettenmeier, A W; Zimmermann, U.; Richard, J.; R. A. Diaz-Bone; Hippler, J; U. von Recklinghausen; Dopp, E.; Hirner, A. V.

    2011-01-01

    The biochemical transformation of mercury, tin, arsenic and bismuth through formation of volatile alkylated species performs a fundamental role in determining the environmental processing of these elements. While the toxicity of inorganic forms of most of these compounds are well documented (e.g., arsenic, mercury) and some of them are of relatively low toxicity (e.g., tin, bismuth), the more lipid-soluble organometals can be highly toxic. In the present study we investigated the cyto- and ge...

  9. Comparison of radiation shielding ratios of nano-sized bismuth trioxide and molybdenum

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    Cho, J. H.; Kim, M. S.; Rhim, J. D.

    2015-07-01

    In this study, radiation shielding fibers using non-hazardous nano-sized bismuth trioxide and molybdenum instead of lead were developed and evaluated. Among the elements with high densities and atomic numbers, non-hazardous elements such as bismuth trioxide and molybdenum were chosen as a shielding element. Then, bismuth trioxide (Bi2O3) with average particle size 1-500 µm was ball milled for 10 min to produce a powdered form of nanoparticles with average particle size of 10-100 nm. Bismuth trioxide nanoparticles were dispersed to make a colloidal suspension, followed by spreading and hardening onto one or two sides of fabric, to create the radiation shielding fabric. The thicknesses of the shielding sheets using nano-sized bismuth and molybdenum were 0.4 and 0.7 mm. According to the lead equivalent test of X-ray shielding products suggested by KS, the equivalent dose was measured, followed by calculation of the shielding rate. The shielding rate of bismuth with 0.4 mm thickness and at 50 kVp was 90.5%, which is comparable to lead of 0.082 mm thickness. The shielding rate of molybdenum was 51.89%%, which is comparable to lead of 0.034 mm. At a thickness of 0.7 mm, the shielding rate of bismuth was 98.73%, equivalent to 0.101 mm Pb, whereas the shielding rate of molybdenum was 74.68%, equivalent to 0.045 mm Pb. In conclusion, the radiation shielding fibers using nano-sized bismuth developed in this study are capable of reducing radiation exposure by X-ray and its low-dose scatter ray.

  10. Study of bismuth minerals belonging to the mineralogical collection from the National Museum

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    With the purpose of searching the presence of Tellurium minerals in the Ouro Preto-Mariana country, Minas Gerais State, and considering the existence of a great number of minerals in which this element come across allied with Bismuth, samples of the mineralogical collection of the Museu Nacional, proceeding that region and classified as Bismuth minerals were studied by X-ray fluorescence analysis and diffractometric analysis. In this report the results of this research are presented. (Author)

  11. Lead-bismuth eutectic corrosion behaviors of ferritic/martensitic steels in low oxygen concentration environment

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    Liu, Jian; Shi, Quanqiang; Luan, He; Yan, Wei; Sha, Wei; Wang, Wei; Shan, Yiyin; Yang, Ke

    2015-01-01

    In order to investigate the compatibility of candidate structural materials with liquid metals, two kinds of ferritic/martensitic steels were chosen to contact with lead–bismuth eutectic in sealed quartz–glass tubes. The corrosion exposures were for 500 and 3000 h. Results showed that the oxidation layer and carbide dissolution layer on the two steels grew with contact time under oxygen unsaturated condition. Short-term corrosion behavior of a newly developed steel showed better lead–bismuth ...

  12. Intermetallic growth at the interface between copper and bismuth-tin solder

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    Vollweiler, Fred O. P.

    1993-01-01

    Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited. Tin-bismuth alloys have been proposed as alternatives to lead containing solders for interconnection and packaging applications. Consequently, the interface between copper metallizations and bismuth-tin solders needs to be evaluated with respect to brittle intermetallic formation. In the binary Bi-Sn alloys both the Cu6Sn5 and Cu3Sn intermetallic phases were found at the Cu/ solder interface after exposure at 250 deg C, 300 deg C, and...

  13. Direct Electrochemical Synthesis of Bismuth(III) Phenoxides and their Coordination Compounds

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    Harpreet Kaur; Baljit Singh

    2012-01-01

    Bismuth(III) phenoxides have been synthesized by electrochemical reactions of 1-naphthol, 2-naphthol, 4-aminophenol, 2-nitrophenol, 4-nitrophenol, 2-hydroxybenzoic acid, p-cresol, phenol, resorcinol, 2-tert-butylphenol and 2-tert-butyl-4-methoxyphenol at sacrificial bismuth anode and inert platinum cathode using tetrabutylammonium chloride as supporting electrolyte. The coordination compounds of these phenols with 1, 10-phenanthroline and 2, 2ʼ-bipyridyl have also been synthesized electrochem...

  14. Ferroelectric thin film bismuth titanate prepared from acetate precursors

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    Lu, Yanxia; Hoelzer, D.T.; Schulze, W.A. [Alfred Univ., NY (United States); Tuttle, B.A.; Potter, B.G. [Sandia National Labs., Albuquerque, NM (United States)

    1994-10-01

    Bismuth titanate (Bi{sub 4}Ti{sub 3}O{sub 12}) thin films were fabricated by spin coat deposition followed by rapid thermal processing (RTP). Acetate derived solutions for deposition were synthesized by blending bismuth acetate in aqueous acetic acid and then adding titanium acetate. A series of electrically insulating, semiconducting and conducting substrates were evaluated for Bi{sub 4}Ti{sub 3}O{sub 12} film deposition. While X-ray diffraction and TEM analyses indicated that the initial perovskite crystallization temperature was 500{degrees}C or less for these Bi{sub 4}Ti{sub 3}O{sub 12} films, a 700{degrees}C crystallization treatment was used to obtain single phase perovskite films. Bi{sub 4}Ti{sub 3}O{sub 12} film crystallographic orientation was shown to depend on three factors: substrate surface morphology, the number of coating layers and thermal processing. While preferred c-direction orientation was observed for Bi{sub 4}Ti{sub 3}O{sub 12} films deposited on silver foil substrates, preferred a-direction orientation was obtained for films deposited on both Si and Pt coated Si wafers. The films were dense, smooth, crack free, and had grain sizes ranging from 20 nm to 100 nm. Film thickness and refractive index were determined using a combination of ellipsometry, waveguide refractometry and TEM measurements. Both low field dielectric and ferroelectric properties were measured for an 800 nm thick film deposited on a Pt coated MgO substrate. A remanent polarization of 38 {mu}C/cm{sup 2} and a coercive field of 98 kV/cm were measured for this film that was crystallized at 700{degrees}C.

  15. Polonium problem in lead-bismuth flow target

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    Pankratov, D.V.; Yefimov, E.I.; Bugreev, M.I. [State Scientific Centre of Russian Federation-Institute of Physics and Power Engineering, Obninsk (Russian Federation)

    1996-06-01

    Alpha-active polonium nuclides Po198 - Po210 are formed in a lead-bismuth target as results of reactions Bi{sup 209}(n,{gamma})Bi{sup 210} {yields} Po{sup 210}, Bi{sup 209}(p,xn)Po{sup 210} {yields} Po{sup 210 {minus} x} (x = 1-12), Pb{sup 208}({alpha},xn) {yields} Po{sup 210 {minus} x + 2} (x = 2-14). The most important nuclides are Po-210 (T{sub {1/2}}=138.4 day), Po-209 (T{sub {1/2}}=102 years) and Po-208 (T{sub {1/2}}=2.9 years). Polonium activity of the circuit for SINQ - conditions is about 15,000 Ci after 1-year operation. Polonium radiation hazard is connected with its output from the coolant and formation of aerosol and surface alpha-activity after the circuit break-down for repair works or in accidents. One of the important issues of polonium removal system creation is containing and storing polonium removed. Its storage in solidified alkaline is not expedient because of secondary neutron formation as a result of ({alpha},n) - reaction on oxygen and sodium nucleus. The estimations carried out demonstrated that by polonium concentration {approx} 100 Ci/l neutron current on the container surface can reach {approx} 10{sup 4}n/(cm{sup 2}s). Concentration and storage of polonium in solidified lead-bisumth seems the most convenient. The calculations demonstrated that in a 100 l container 50,000 Ci of polonium can be stored (as much as 3 times more than 1-year polonium product in SINQ-conditions) under temperature in the container less than melting point of lead bismuth (the wall temperature is about 100{degrees}C).

  16. Nano sized bismuth oxy chloride by metal organic chemical vapour deposition

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    Jagdale, Pravin, E-mail: pravin.jagdale@polito.it [Department of Applied Science and Technology (DISAT), Politecnico di Torino, 10129 (Italy); Castellino, Micaela [Center for Space Human Robotics, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Corso Trento 21, 10129 Torino (Italy); Marrec, Françoise [Laboratory of Condensed Matter Physics, University of Picardie Jules Verne (UPJV), Amiens 80039 (France); Rodil, Sandra E. [Instituto de Investigaciones en Materiales, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexicom (UNAM), Mexico D.F. 04510 (Mexico); Tagliaferro, Alberto [Department of Applied Science and Technology (DISAT), Politecnico di Torino, 10129 (Italy)

    2014-06-01

    Metal organic chemical vapour deposition (MOCVD) method was used to prepare thin films of bismuth based nano particles starting from bismuth salts. Nano sized bismuth oxy chloride (BiOCl) crystals were synthesized from solution containing bismuth chloride (BiCl{sub 3}) in acetone (CH{sub 3}-CO-CH{sub 3}). Self-assembly of nano sized BiOCl crystals were observed on the surface of silicon, fused silica, copper, carbon nanotubes and aluminium substrates. Various synthesis parameters and their significant impact onto the formation of self-assembled nano-crystalline BiOCl were investigated. BiOCl nano particles were characterized by X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, field emission scanning electron microscopy, energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy and Micro-Raman spectroscopy. These analyses confirm that bismuth nanometer-sized crystal structures showing a single tetragonal phase were indeed bismuth oxy chloride (BiOCl) square platelets 18–250 nm thick and a few micrometres wide.

  17. Adverse events with bismuth salts for Helicobacter pylori eradication:Systematic review and meta-analysis

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    Alexander C Ford; Peter Malfertheiner; Monique Giguére; José Santana; Mostafizur Khan; Paul Moayyedi

    2008-01-01

    AIM:To assess the safety of bismuth used in Helicobacter pylori (H pylori) eradication therapy regimens.METHODS:We conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis.MEDLINE and EMBASE were searched (up to October 2007) to identify randomised controlled trials comparing bismuth with placebo or no treatment,or bismuth salts in combination with antibiotics as part of eradication therapy with the same dose and duration of antibiotics alone or,in combination,with acid suppression.Total numbers of adverse events were recorded.Data were pooled and expressed as relative risks with 95% confidence intervals (CI).RESULTS:We identified 35 randomised controlled trials containing 4763 patients.There were no serious adverse events occurring with bismuth therapy.There was no statistically significant difference detected in total adverse events with bismuth [relative risk (RR)=1.01;95% CI:0.87-1.16],specific individual adverse events,with the exception of dark stools (RR = 5.06;95% CI:1.59-16.12),or adverse events leading to withdrawal of therapy (RR = 0.86;95% CI:0.54-1.37).CONCLUSION:Bismuth for the treatment of H pylori is safe and well-tolerated.The only adverse event occurring significantly more commonly was dark stools.

  18. Exhaustive removal of chloride ions from water with the aid of a bismuth-based metallic sorbent

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    Moskvin, L.N.; Ushenko, V.G.

    1988-04-20

    The authors discuss the sorption properties of sorbents based on metallic bismuth, in relation to a solution of the problem of exhaustive removal of chloride ions from water. Metallic sorbents with bismuth contents of 10 mass % on polytetrafluoroethylene were used. The sorption properties of sorbents based on metallic bismuth and on Bi/sub 2/O/sub 3/ were studied under dynamic conditions. Their results show that bismuth-based metal sorbents and sorbents based on bismuth oxide can be used as inorganic anion-exchangers. In order to demonstrate the possibility of selective separation of chloride ions from solutions they determined the dynamic exchange capacity for chloride ions at various nitrate-ion concentrations. The use of the proposed sorbents based on metallic bismuth for exhaustive purification of water lowers the chloride-ion concentration in the water sharply in comparison with the level achieved by ion-exchange purification with the aid of organic anion-exchangers.

  19. The coloring problem in the solid-state metal boride carbide ScB{sub 2}C{sub 2}. A theoretical analysis

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    Lassoued, Souheila [Universite de Rennes, Ecole Nationale Superieure de Chimie, UMR 6226 CNRS (France). Inst. des Sciences Chimiques; Universite Kasdi Merbah-Ouargla (Algeria). Faculte des Mathematiques et des Sciences de la Matiere; Boucher, Benoit [Universite de Rennes, Ecole Nationale Superieure de Chimie, UMR 6226 CNRS (France). Inst. des Sciences Chimiques; Max-Planck-Institut fuer Chemische Physik Fester Stoffe, Dresden (Germany); Boutarfaia, Ahmed [Universite Kasdi Merbah-Ouargla (Algeria). Faculte des Mathematiques et des Sciences de la Matiere; Gautier, Regis; Halet, Jean-Francois [Universite de Rennes, Ecole Nationale Superieure de Chimie, UMR 6226 CNRS (France). Inst. des Sciences Chimiques

    2016-08-01

    The electronic properties of the layered ternary metal boride carbide ScB{sub 2}C{sub 2}, the structure of which consists of B/C layers made of fused five- and seven-membered rings alternating with scandium sheets, are analyzed. In particular, the respective positions of the B and C atoms (the so-called coloring problem) are tackled using density functional theory, quantum theory of atoms in molecules, and electron localizability indicator calculations. Results reveal that (i) the most stable coloring minimizes the number of B-B and C-C contacts and maximizes the number of boron atoms in the heptagons, (ii) the compound is metallic in character, and (iii) rather important covalent bonding occurs between the metallic sheets and the boron-carbon network.

  20. Metallic Borides, La2Re3B7 and La3Re2B5, Featuring Extensive Boron-Boron Bonding.

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    Bugaris, Daniel E; Malliakas, Christos D; Chung, Duck Young; Kanatzidis, Mercouri G

    2016-02-15

    La2Re3B7 and La3Re2B5 have been synthesized in single-crystalline form from a molten La/Ni eutectic at 1000 °C in the first example of the flux crystal growth of ternary rare-earth rhenium borides. Both compounds crystallize in their own orthorhombic structure types, with La2Re3B7 (space group Pcca) having lattice parameters a = 7.657(2) Å, b = 6.755(1) Å, and c = 11.617(2) Å, and La3Re2B5 (space group Pmma) having lattice parameters a = 10.809(2) Å, b = 5.287(1) Å, and c = 5.747(1) Å. The compounds possess three-dimensional framework structures that are built up from rhenium boride polyhedra and boron-boron bonding. La3Re2B5 features fairly common B2 dumbbells, whereas La2Re3B7 has unique one-dimensional subunits composed of alternating triangular B3 and trans-B4 zigzag chain fragments. Also observed in La3Re2B5 is an unusual coordination of B by an octahedron of La atoms. Electronic band structure calculations predict that La2Re3B7 is a semimetal, which is observed in the electrical resistivity data as measured on single crystals, with behavior obeying the Bloch-Grüneisen model and a room-temperature resistivity ρ300 K of ∼375 μΩ cm. The electronic band structure calculations also suggest that La3Re2B5 is a regular metal. PMID:26812202

  1. New bismuth borophosphate Bi4BPO10: Synthesis, crystal structure, optical and band structure analysis

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    New bismuth borophosphate Bi4BPO10 was obtained by spontaneous crystallization from the melt of correspondent composition at 804 °C. Crystal structure with orthorhombic lattice parameters: a = 22.5731(3) Å, b = 14.0523(2) Å, c = 5.5149(1) Å, V = 1749.34(4), Z = 8, SG Pcab was determined by X-ray powder diffraction technique. The [Bi2O2]2+ -layers, which are typical for bismuth oxide compounds, transform into cationic endless strips of 4 bismuth atoms width directed along the c-axis in Bi4BPO10. The strips combining stacks are separated by flat triangle [BO3]3− -anions within stacks. Neighboring stacks are separated by tetrahedral [PO4]3−-anions and shifted relatively to each other. Bismuth atoms are placed in 5–7 vertex oxygen irregular polyhedra. Bi4BPO10 is stable up to 812 °C, then melts according to the peritectic law. The absorption spectrum in the range 350–700 nm was obtained and the width of the forbidden band was estimated as 3.46 eV. The band electronic structure of Bi4BPO10 was modeled using DFT approach. The calculated band gap (3.56 eV) is in good agreement with the experimentally obtained data. - Graphical abstract: Display Omitted - Highlights: • New bismuth borophosphate with composition Bi4BPO10 was synthesized. • The crystal structure was determined by X-ray powder diffraction technique. • Bismuth-oxygen part [Bi4O3]6+ forms endless strips of 4 bismuth atoms width. • Electronic structure was modeled by DFT method. • The calculated band gap (3.56 eV) is very close to the experimental one (3.46 eV)

  2. Dextran coated bismuth-iron oxide nanohybrid contrast agents for computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging.

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    Naha, Pratap C; Zaki, Ajlan Al; Hecht, Elizabeth; Chorny, Michael; Chhour, Peter; Blankemeyer, Eric; Yates, Douglas M; Witschey, Walter R T; Litt, Harold I; Tsourkas, Andrew; Cormode, David P

    2014-12-14

    Bismuth nanoparticles have been proposed as a novel CT contrast agent, however few syntheses of biocompatible bismuth nanoparticles have been achieved. We herein report the synthesis of composite bismuth-iron oxide nanoparticles (BION) that are based on a clinically approved, dextran-coated iron oxide formulation; the particles have the advantage of acting as contrast agents for both CT and MRI. BION were synthesized and characterized using various analytical methods. BION CT phantom images revealed that the X-ray attenuation of the different formulations was dependent upon the amount of bismuth present in the nanoparticle, while T2-weighted MRI contrast decreased with increasing bismuth content. No cytotoxicity was observed in Hep G2 and BJ5ta cells after 24 hours incubation with BION. The above properties, as well as the yield of synthesis and bismuth inclusion efficiency, led us to select the Bi-30 formulation for in vivo experiments, performed in mice using a micro-CT and a 9.4 T MRI system. X-ray contrast was observed in the heart and blood vessels over a 2 hour period, indicating that Bi-30 has a prolonged circulation half-life. Considerable signal loss in T2-weighted MR images was observed in the liver compared to pre-injection scans. Evaluation of the biodistribution of Bi-30 revealed that bismuth is excreted via the urine, with significant concentrations found in the kidneys and urine. In vitro experiments confirmed the degradability of Bi-30. In summary, dextran coated BION are biocompatible, biodegradable, possess strong X-ray attenuation properties and also can be used as T2-weighted MR contrast agents.

  3. Bismuth oxide aqueous colloidal nanoparticles inhibit Candida albicans growth and biofilm formation

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    Hernandez-Delgadillo R

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available Rene Hernandez-Delgadillo,1 Donaji Velasco-Arias,3 Juan Jose Martinez-Sanmiguel,2 David Diaz,3 Inti Zumeta-Dube,3 Katiushka Arevalo-Niño,1 Claudio Cabral-Romero2 1Facultad de Ciencias Biológicas, Instituto de Biotecnologia, Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, UANL, Monterrey, Mexico; 2Facultad de Odontología, Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, UANL, Monterrey, México; 3Facultad de Quimica, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, UNAM, Distrito Federal, México Abstract: Multiresistance among microorganisms to common antimicrobials has become one of the most significant concerns in modern medicine. Nanomaterials are a new alternative to successfully treat the multiresistant microorganisms. Nanostructured materials are used in many fields, including biological sciences and medicine. Recently, it was demonstrated that the bactericidal activity of zero-valent bismuth colloidal nanoparticles inhibited the growth of Streptococcus mutans; however the antimycotic potential of bismuth nanostructured derivatives has not yet been studied. The main objective of this investigation was to analyze the fungicidal activity of bismuth oxide nanoparticles against Candida albicans, and their antibiofilm capabilities. Our results showed that aqueous colloidal bismuth oxide nanoparticles displayed antimicrobial activity against C. albicans growth (reducing colony size by 85% and a complete inhibition of biofilm formation. These results are better than those obtained with chlorhexidine, nystatin, and terbinafine, the most effective oral antiseptic and commercial antifungal agents. In this work, we also compared the antimycotic activities of bulk bismuth oxide and bismuth nitrate, the precursor metallic salt. These results suggest that bismuth oxide colloidal nanoparticles could be a very interesting candidate as a fungicidal agent to be incorporated into an oral antiseptic. Additionally, we determined the minimum inhibitory concentration for the synthesized

  4. Zerovalent bismuth nanoparticles inhibit Streptococcus mutans growth and formation of biofilm

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    Hernandez-Delgadillo R

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available Rene Hernandez-Delgadillo1, Donaji Velasco-Arias2, David Diaz2, Katiushka Arevalo-Niño1, Marianela Garza-Enriquez1, Myriam A De la Garza-Ramos1, Claudio Cabral-Romero11Instituto de Biotecnologia, Centro de Investigacion y Desarrollo en Ciencias de la Salud, CIDICS, Facultad de Odontologia, Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, UANL, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, 2Facultad de Quimica, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Distrito Federal, MexicoBackground and methods: Despite continuous efforts, the increasing prevalence of resistance among pathogenic bacteria to common antibiotics has become one of the most significant concerns in modern medicine. Nanostructured materials are used in many fields, including biological sciences and medicine. While some bismuth derivatives has been used in medicine to treat vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, and stomach pain, the biocidal activity of zerovalent bismuth nanoparticles has not yet been studied. The objective of this investigation was to analyze the antimicrobial activity of bismuth nanoparticles against oral bacteria and their antibiofilm capabilities.Results: Our results showed that stable colloidal bismuth nanoparticles had 69% antimicrobial activity against Streptococcus mutans growth and achieved complete inhibition of biofilm formation. These results are similar to those obtained with chlorhexidine, the most commonly used oral antiseptic agent. The minimal inhibitory concentration of bismuth nanoparticles that interfered with S. mutans growth was 0.5 mM.Conclusion: These results suggest that zerovalent bismuth nanoparticles could be an interesting antimicrobial agent to be incorporated into an oral antiseptic preparation.Keywords: zerovalent bismuth nanoparticles, antimicrobial agent, biofilm, Streptococcus mutans

  5. Electrical transport measurements of individual bismuth nanowires and carbon nanotubes

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    Jang, Wan Young

    Nanostructures are defined by reducing dimensions. When the reduced size of materials is comparable to the Fermi wavelength, quantum size effect occurs. Dimensionality plays a critical role in determining the electronic properties of materials, because the density of states of materials is quite different. Nanowires have attracted much attention recently due to their fundamental interest and potential applications. A number of materials have been tried. Among them, bismuth has unique properties. Bismuth has the smallest effective mass as small as 0.001me. This small effective mass of Bi nanowires allows one to observe the quantum confinement effect easily. Also Bi nanowires are good candidates for a low-dimensional transport study due to long mean free path. Because of these remarkable properties of Bi nanowires, many efforts have been made to study Bi nanowires. However, because bismuth is extremely sensitive to the oxide, it is very difficult to make a reliable device. So far, array measurements of Bi nanowires have been reported. The study is focused on the synthesis and electric transport measurements of individual Bi nanowires. Bi nanowires are synthesized by electrodeposition using either anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) templates or commercially available track etched polycarbonate membranes (PCTE). The desired nanowire has a heterostructure of Au - Bi - Au. Au wires on both sides serve as contact electrodes with Bi. To extract nanowires from PCTE or AAO, several attempts have been made. Devices consisting of single Bi nanowires grown by hydrothermal method are fabricated and electrical measurements have been carried out after in-situ deposition of Pt electrodes. The temperature dependence of resistance of majority of nanowires increases with decreasing temperature, showing polycrystalline nature of nanowires. However, some nanowires show resistance peaks at low temperature, suggesting quantum size effect (QSE). Magnetoresistance (MR) has also been measured. We

  6. Spectroscopic Characterization of Extracellular Polymeric Substances from Escherichia coli and Serratia marcescens: Suppression using Sub-Inhibitory Concentrations of Bismuth Thiols

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    Badireddy, Appala R.; Korpol, Bhoom Reddy; Chellam, Shankararaman; Gassman, Paul L.; Engelhard, Mark H.; Lea, Alan S.; Rosso, Kevin M.

    2008-10-21

    Free and capsular EPS produced by Escherichia coli and Serratia marcescens were characterized in detail using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and Auger electron spectroscopy (AES). Total EPS production decreased upon treatment with sub-inhibitory concentrations of lipophilic bismuth thiols (bismuth dimercaptopropanol, BisBAL; bismuth ethanedithiol, BisEDT; and bismuth pyrithione, BisPYR), BisBAL being most effective. Bismuth thiols also influenced acetylation and carboxylation of polysaccharides in EPS from S. marcescens. Extensive homology between EPS samples in the presence and absence of bismuth was observed with proteins, polysaccharides, and nucleic acids varying predominantly only in the total amount expressed. Second derivative analysis of the amide I region of FTIR spectra revealed decreases in protein secondary structures in the presence of bismuth thiols. Hence, anti-fouling properties of bismuth thiols appear to originate in their ability to suppress O-acetylation and protein secondary structures in addition to total EPS secretion.

  7. Synthesis, Characterization and Molecular Structures of some Bismuth(III) Complexes with Thiosemicarbazones and Dithiocarbazonic Acid Methylester Derivatives with Activity against Helicobacter Pylori

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    Diemer, Rolf; Dittes, Uwe; Nuber, Bernhard; Seifried, Volker; Opferkuch, Wolfgang; Keppler, Bernhard K.

    1995-01-01

    The reactions of bismuth(III) nitrate pentahydrate and bismuth(III) chloride with heterocyclic thiosemicarbazones and derivatives of dithiocarbazonic acid methylester were used to synthesize the respective bismuth(III) complexes, which could be divided into five groups D-H because of their stoichiometrical properties and their molecular structures. The molecular structure and the near coordination sphere of the bismuth(III) central atom of four representative compounds were determined by sing...

  8. The electronic structure, mechanical and thermodynamic properties of Mo{sub 2}XB{sub 2} and MoX{sub 2}B{sub 4} (X = Fe, Co, Ni) ternary borides

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    He, TianWei; Jiang, YeHua, E-mail: jiangyehua@kmust.edu.cn, E-mail: jfeng@seas.harvard.edu; Zhou, Rong [Faculty of Material Science and Engineering, Kunming University of Science and Technology, Kunming 650093 (China); Feng, Jing, E-mail: jiangyehua@kmust.edu.cn, E-mail: jfeng@seas.harvard.edu [Faculty of Material Science and Engineering, Kunming University of Science and Technology, Kunming 650093 (China); School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 (United States)

    2015-08-21

    The mechanical properties, electronic structure and thermodynamic properties of the Mo{sub 2}XB{sub 2} and MoX{sub 2}B{sub 4} (X = Fe, Co, Ni) ternary borides were calculated by first-principles methods. The elastic constants show that these ternary borides are mechanically stable. Formation enthalpy of Mo{sub 2}XB{sub 2} and MoX{sub 2}B{sub 4} (X = Fe, Co, Ni) ternary borides are at the range of −118.09 kJ/mol to −40.14 kJ/mol. The electronic structures and chemical bonding characteristics are analyzed by the density of states. Mo{sub 2}FeB{sub 2} has the largest shear and Young's modulus because of its strong chemical bonding, and the values are 204.3 GPa and 500.3 GPa, respectively. MoCo{sub 2}B{sub 4} shows the lowest degree of anisotropy due to the lack of strong direction in the bonding. The Debye temperature of MoFe{sub 2}B{sub 4} is the largest among the six phases, which means that MoFe{sub 2}B{sub 4} possesses the best thermal conductivity. Enthalpy shows an approximately linear function of the temperature above 300 K. The entropy of these compounds increase rapidly when the temperature is below 450 K. The Gibbs free energy decreases with the increase in temperature. MoCo{sub 2}B{sub 4} has the lowest Gibbs free energy, which indicates the strongest formation ability in Mo{sub 2}XB{sub 2} and MoX{sub 2}B{sub 4} (X = Fe, Co, Ni) ternary borides.

  9. Bismuth nanoparticles synthesized by laser ablation in lubricant oils for tribological tests

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    Flores-Castañeda, M., E-mail: mar.floc@hotmail.com [Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México, Av. Instituto Literario No. 100, Oriente Col. Centro, Toluca, Estado de México C.P. 50000, México (Mexico); Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Nucleares, Carretera México-Toluca s/n, La Marquesa, Ocoyoacac, Edo. de México C.P. 52750, México (Mexico); Camps, E. [Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Nucleares, Carretera México-Toluca s/n, La Marquesa, Ocoyoacac, Edo. de México C.P. 52750, México (Mexico); Camacho-López, M. [Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México, Av. Instituto Literario No. 100, Oriente Col. Centro, Toluca, Estado de México C.P. 50000, México (Mexico); Muhl, S. [Instituto de Investigación en Materiales (UNAM), Circuito Exterior, Ciudad Universitaria, Coyoacán, 04510 México, D.F., México (Mexico); and others

    2015-09-15

    Highlights: • Bismuth nanoparticles have been obtained by laser ablation of solids in liquids. • The technique allows controlling the size and concentration of the samples. • Bi np’s in base oils can improve the tribological characteristics of the lubricant. - Abstract: The improvement of the tribological properties of mineral base oils through the addition of bismuth nanoparticles as an additive, together with the idea of obtaining lubricants free of heavy metals, was evaluated. Bismuth nanoparticles were produced directly in the heavy and light viscosity mineral base oils (BS900 and BS6500) using the technique of laser ablation of solids immersed in liquids. Transmission electron microscopy measurements showed the presence of pure bismuth nanoparticles. Small Angle X-ray Scattering (SAXS) measurements showed that the average size of the nanoparticles was between 7 and 65 nm depending on the experimental conditions used. The tribological properties of the base oil with the bismuth nanoparticles additives were evaluated using a four-ball tester. Tests were performed using the base oil with and without Bi nanoparticles. It was observed that the coefficient of friction of the oil decrease with an increasing concentration of the nanoparticles. The results also showed that the wear rate was reduced when the Bi nanoparticle additives were used.

  10. Electrochemical study on determination of diffusivity, activity and solubility of oxygen in liquid bismuth

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    Ganesan, Rajesh [Liquid Metals and Structural Chemistry Division, Chemistry Group, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam 603 102 (India); Gnanasekaran, T. [Liquid Metals and Structural Chemistry Division, Chemistry Group, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam 603 102 (India)]. E-mail: gnani@igcar.ernet.in; Srinivasa, Raman S. [Department of Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai 400 076 (India)

    2006-06-15

    Diffusivity of oxygen in liquid bismuth was measured by potentiostatic method and is given bylg(D{sub O}{sup Bi}/cm{sup 2}.s{sup -1})(+/-0.042)=-3.706-1377/(TK{sup -1})(804bismuth was determined by coulometric titrations and using the measured data standard free energy of dissolution of oxygen in liquid bismuth was derived for the reaction:1/2O{sub 2}(g)=[O]{sub Bi}(at.%)and is given by{delta}G{sub O(Bi)}{sup o}/(J.g-atomO{sup -1})(+/-720)=-108784+20.356TK{sup -1}(753bismuth was derived as a function of temperature and is given by the following expressions:lg(S/at%O)(+/-0.05)=-4476/TK{sup -1}+4.05(753bismuth is compared with the literature data.

  11. Bismuth Modified Carbon-Based Electrodes for the Determination of Selected Neonicotinoid Insecticides

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    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available Two types of bismuth modified electrodes, a bismuth-film modified glassy carbon (BiF-GCE and a bismuth bulk modified carbon paste, were applied for the determination of selected nitroguanidine neonicotinoid insecticides. The method based on an ex situ prepared BiF-GCE operated in the differential pulse voltammetric (DPV mode was applied to determine clothianidin in the concentration range from 2.5 to 23 μg cm−3 with a relative standard deviation (RSD not exceeding 1.5%. The tricresyl phosphate-based carbon paste electrodes (TCP-CPEs, bulk modified with 5 and 20 w/w% of bismuth, showed a different analytical performance in the determination of imidacloprid, regarding the peak shape, potential window, and noise level. The TCP-CPE with 5% Bi was advantageous, and the developed DPV method based on it allowed the determination in the concentration range from 1.7 to 60 μg cm−3 with an RSD of 2.4%. To get a deeper insight into the morphology of the bismuth-based sensor surfaces, scanning electron microscopic measurements were performed of both the surface film and the bulk modified electrodes.

  12. Role of bismuth in improving Helicobacter pylori eradication with triple therapy.

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    Dore, Maria Pina; Lu, Hong; Graham, David Y

    2016-05-01

    In most regions of the world, antimicrobial resistance has increased to the point where empirical standard triple therapy forHelicobacter pylorieradication is no longer recommended. The treatment outcome in a population is calculated as the sum of the treatment success in the subpopulation with susceptible infections plus treatment success in the subpopulation with resistant infections. The addition of bismuth (ie, 14-day triple therapy plus bismuth) can improve cure rates despite a high prevalence of antimicrobial resistance. The major bismuth effect is to add an additional 30%-40% to the success with resistant infections. The overall result is therefore dependent on the prevalence of resistance and the treatment success in the subpopulation with resistant infections (eg, with proton-pump inhibitor-amoxicillin dual therapy). Here, we explore the contribution of each component and the mechanisms of how bismuth might enhance the effectiveness of triple therapy. We also discuss the limitations of this approach and provide suggestions how triple therapy plus bismuth might be further improved. PMID:26848181

  13. Synthesis and performance of bismuth trioxide nanoparticles for high energy gas generator use.

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    Martirosyan, K S; Wang, L; Vicent, A; Luss, D

    2009-10-01

    Our experiments showed that the combustion of an Al-Bi2O3 nanoparticle mixture generated the highest pressure pulse among common nanothermite reactions and can potentially be used as a nanoenergetic gas generator. The combustion front propagation velocity and rate of energy release increased by up to three orders of magnitude when the particle size was reduced to a nanosize range for both the aluminum and the oxidizer. We developed a novel one-step (metal nitrate-glycine) combustion synthesis of nanostructured amorphous-like and highly crystalline bismuth trioxide nanoparticles. The combustion synthesis was conducted using a solution of molten bismuth nitrate as an oxidizer and glycine as a fuel. The glycine was completely combusted during the thermal decomposition of the bismuth nitrate pentahydrate and generated a temperature front that propagated through the sample. Increasing the fuel concentration increased the maximum combustion temperature from 280 to 1200 degrees C and the Bi2O3 particle size from 20 to 100 nm. The oxidizer/fuel ratio had a strong impact on the bismuth trioxide particle crystallinity. At low temperature (280 degrees C), amorphous-like bismuth trioxide nanoparticles formed, while at T > or =370 degrees C the structures were crystalline. A peak pressure of approximately 12 MPa and a thermal front propagating velocity of approximately 2500 m s(-1) were achieved during the combustion of an Al-Bi2O3 mixture containing 80 wt% of the synthesized Bi2O3 crystalline nanoparticles (size: 40-50 nm).

  14. Energy levels scheme simulation of divalent cobalt doped bismuth germanate

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    Andreici, Emiliana-Laura, E-mail: andreicilaura@yahoo.com [Department of Physics, West University of Timisoara, Bd. V. Parvan 4,300223 Timisoara (Romania); Petkova, Petya [Shumen University “Konstantin Preslavsky”, 115 Universitetska street, 9712 Shumen (Bulgaria); Avram, Nicolae M. [Department of Physics, West University of Timisoara, Bd. V. Parvan 4,300223 Timisoara (Romania); Academy of Romanian Scientists, Independentei 54, 050094-Bucharest (Romania)

    2015-12-07

    The aim of this paper is to simulate the energy levels scheme for Bismuth Germanate (BGO) doped with divalent cobalt, in order to give a reliable explanation for spectral experimental data. In the semiempirical crystal field theory we first modeled the Crystal Field Parameters (CFPs) of BGO:Cr{sup 2+} system, in the frame of Exchange Charge Model (ECM), with actually site symmetry of the impurity ions after doping. The values of CFPs depend on the geometry of doped host matrix and by parameter G of ECM. First, we optimized the geometry of undoped BGO host matrix and afterwards, that of doped BGO with divalent cobalt. The charges effect of ligands and covalence bonding between cobalt cations and oxygen anions, in the cluster approach, also were taken into account. With the obtained values of the CFPs we simulate the energy levels scheme of cobalt ions, by diagonalizing the matrix of the doped crystal Hamiltonian. Obviously, energy levels and estimated Racah parameters B and C were compared with the experimental spectroscopic data and discussed. Comparison of obtained results with experimental data shows quite satisfactory, which justify the model and simulation schemes used for the title system.

  15. Aromatic amino acids in high selectivity bismuth(III) recognition.

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    Ghatak, Sumanta Kumar; Dey, Debarati; Sen, Souvik; Sen, Kamalika

    2013-04-21

    The three aromatic amino acids, tyrosine, tryptophan and phenylalanine, play different physiological roles in life processes. Metal ions capable of binding these amino acids may aid in the reduction of effective concentration of these amino acids in any physiological system. Here we have studied the efficacy of some heavy metals for their complexation with these three amino acids. Bismuth has been found to bind selectively with these aromatic amino acids and this was confirmed using spectrofluorimetric, spectrophotometric and cyclic voltammetric studies. The series of heavy metals has been chosen because each of these metals remains associated with the others at very low concentration levels and Bi(III) is the least toxic amongst the other elements. So, selective recognition for Bi(III) would also mean no response for the other heavy elements if contaminants are present even at low concentration levels. The affinity towards these amino acids has been found to be in the order tryptophan phenylalanine amino acids have been calculated using Benesi-Hildebrand equations and the corresponding free energy change has also been calculated. The values of the association constants obtained from BH equations using absorbance values corroborate with the Stern-Volmer constants obtained from fluorimetric studies. The evidence for complexation is also supported by the results of cyclic voltammetry.

  16. Antibacterial effect of bismuth subsalicylate nanoparticles synthesized by laser ablation

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    Flores-Castañeda, Mariela [Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Nucleares (Mexico); Vega-Jiménez, Alejandro L., E-mail: argelia.almaguer@mac.com; Almaguer-Flores, Argelia [Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Facultad de Odontología, DEPeI, I (Mexico); Camps, Enrique; Pérez, Mario [Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Nucleares (Mexico); Silva-Bermudez, Phaedra [Instituto Nacional de Rehabilitación, Unidad de Ingeniería de Tejidos, Terapia Celular y Medicina Regenerativa (Mexico); Berea, Edgardo [FarmaQuimia SA de CV. (Mexico); Rodil, Sandra E. [Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Instituto de Investigaciones en Materiales (Mexico)

    2015-11-15

    The antimicrobial properties of bismuth subsalicylate (BSS) nanoparticles against four opportunistic pathogens; E. coli, P. aeruginosa, S. aureus, and S. epidermidis were determined. BSS nanoparticles were synthesized by pulse laser ablation of a solid target in distilled water under different conditions. The nanoparticles were characterized using high-resolution transmission electron microscopy and absorption spectra and small angle X-ray scattering. The analysis shows that the colloids maintained the BSS structure and presented average particle size between 20 and 60 nm, while the concentration ranges from 95 to 195 mg/L. The antibacterial effect was reported as the inhibition ratio of the bacterial growth after 24 h and the cell viability was measured using the XTT assay. The results showed that the inhibition ratio of E. coli and S. epidermidis was dependant on the NPs size and/or concentration, meanwhile P. aeruginosa and S. aureus were more sensitive to the BSS nanoparticles independently of both the size and the concentration. In general, the BSS colloids with average particle size of 20 nm were the most effective, attaining inhibition ratios >80 %, similar or larger than those obtained with the antibiotic used as control. The results suggest that the BSS colloids could be used as effective antibacterial agents with potential applications in the medical area.

  17. Bismuth nanoparticles integration into heavy metal electrochemical stripping sensor.

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    Cadevall, Miquel; Ros, Josep; Merkoçi, Arben

    2015-08-01

    Between their many applications bismuth nanoparticles (BiNPs) are showing interest as pre-concentrators in heavy metals detection while being applied as working electrode modifiers used in electrochemical stripping analysis. From the different reported methods to synthesize BiNPs we are focused on the typical polyol method, largely used in these types of metallic and semi-metallic nanoparticles. This study presents the strategy for an easy control of the shape and size of BiNPs including nanocubes, nanosferes and triangular nanostructures. To improve the BiNP size and shape, different reducing agents (ethylene glycol or sodium hypophosphite) and stabilizers (polyvinyl pyrrolidone, PVP, in different amounts) have been studied. The efficiency of BiNPs for heavy metals analysis in terms of detection sensitivity while being used as modifiers of screen-printed carbon electrodes including the applicability of the developed device in real sea water samples is shown. A parallel study between the obtained nanoparticles and their performance in heavy metal sensing has been described in this communication.

  18. Bismuth alloying properties in GaAs nanowires

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    First-principles calculations have been performed to investigate the structural, electronic and optical properties of bismuth alloying in GaAs nanowires. A typical model of Ga31As31 nanowires is introduced for its reasonable band gap. The band gap of GaAs1−xBix shrinks clearly with the increasing Bi concentration and the band edge shifts when spin–orbit coupling (SOC) is considered. The insertion of Bi atom leads to hybridization of Ga/As/Bi p states which contributes a lot around Fermi level. Scissor effect is involved. The optical properties are presented, including dielectric function, optical absorption spectra and reflectivity, which are also varied with the increasing of Bi concentrations. - Graphical abstract: Top view of Bi-doped GaAs nanowires. Ga, As, and Bi atoms are denoted with grey, purple and red balls, respectively. Display Omitted - Highlights: • A typical model of Ga31As31 nanowires is introduced for its reasonable band gap. • The band gap of GaAs1−xBix shrinks clearly with the increasing Bi concentration. • The band edge shifts when spin–orbit coupling (SOC) is considered. • The insertion of Bi atom leads to hybridization of Ga/As/Bi p states

  19. Transport phenomena in nanowires based on bismuth alloys

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    Full text: In this work, we study the conductivity and thermopower of quantum wires (QW) based on bismuth alloys. Calculations are carried out for nanowires with degenerate and nondegenerate gas of carriers at various crystalline orientations taking into account the real band structure of Bi. We find the energy eigenvalues of holes and taking into account the nonparabolicity of the band, the energy eigenvalues for electrons. The conductivity and thermopower determined with the use of the Kubo formulae in the case when the basic mechanism of carrier scattering is assumed to be elastic acoustic-phonon scattering and on a roughness surface of QW. Dependences of kinetic coefficients on temperature, nanowire diameter and crystalline orientation are investigated. The conductivity and thermopower of a QW contains the contributions of electrons and holes. Taking into account values of carrier effective masses and other band parameters of Bi, it is possible to conclude that the contribution of holes to the conductivity of nondegenerate carriers of QWs is more less than that of electrons, which is attributed to smaller effective mass of electrons. For a semiconducting Bi QW the conductivity depends exponentially on a temperature and wire diameter. The thermopower of a semiconducting and of a semimetallic Bi QW at low temperatures can be positive and change sign in more higher temperatures. The theoretical results are close to experiment for Bi wires with diameter of 50-100 nm. (author)

  20. One-dimensional Topological Edge States of Bismuth Bilayers

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    Drozdov, Ilya; Alexandradinata, Aris; Jeon, Sangjun; Nadj-Perge, Stevan; Ji, Huiwen; Cava, Robert; Bernevig, B. Andrei; Yazdani, Ali

    2014-03-01

    The hallmark of a time-reversal symmetry protected topologically insulating state of matter in two-dimensions (2D) is the existence of chiral edge modes propagating along the perimeter of the sample. Bilayers of bismuth (Bi), an elemental system theoretically predicted to be a Quantum Spin Hall (QSH) insulator1, has been studied with Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (STM) and the electronic structure of its bulk and edge modes has been experimentally investigated. Spectroscopic mapping with STM reveals the presence of the state bound to the edges of the Bi-bilayer. By visualizing quantum interference of the edge state quasi-particles in confined geometries we characterize their dispersion and demonstrate that their properties are consistent with the absence of backscattering. Hybridization of the edge modes to the underlying substrate will be discussed. [1] Shuichi Murakami, Phys. Rev. Lett. 97, 236805 (2006). The work at Princeton and the Princeton Nanoscale Microscopy Laboratory was supported by ARO MURI program W911NF-12-1-0461, DARPA-SPWAR Meso program N6601-11-1-4110, NSF-DMR1104612, and NSF-MRSEC programs through the Princeton Center for Complex Materials (DMR-0819860)

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

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

  2. Modular Lead-Bismuth Fast Reactors in Nuclear Power

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    Vladimir Petrochenko

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available On the basis of the unique experience of operating reactors with heavy liquid metal coolant–eutectic lead-bismuth alloy in nuclear submarines, the concept of modular small fast reactors SVBR-100 for civilian nuclear power has been developed and validated. The features of this innovative technology are as follows: a monoblock (integral design of the reactor with fast neutron spectrum, which can operate using different types of fuel in various fuel cycles including MOX fuel in a self-providing mode. The reactor is distinct in that it has a high level of self-protection and passive safety, it is factory manufactured and the assembled reactor can be transported by railway. Multipurpose application of the reactor is presumed, primarily, it can be used for regional power to produce electricity, heat and for water desalination. The Project is being realized within the framework of state-private partnership with joint venture OJSC “AKME-Engineering” established on a parity basis by the State Atomic Energy Corporation “Rosatom” and the Limited Liability Company “EuroSibEnergo”.

  3. Bismuth alloying properties in GaAs nanowires

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    Ding, Lu [State Key Laboratory of Information Photonics and Optical Communications, Ministry of Education, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, PO Box 72, Beijing 100876 (China); Lu, Pengfei, E-mail: photon.bupt@gmail.com [State Key Laboratory of Information Photonics and Optical Communications, Ministry of Education, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, PO Box 72, Beijing 100876 (China); Cao, Huawei; Cai, Ningning; Yu, Zhongyuan [State Key Laboratory of Information Photonics and Optical Communications, Ministry of Education, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, PO Box 72, Beijing 100876 (China); Gao, Tao [Institute of Atomic and Molecular Physics, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610065 (China); Wang, Shumin [State Key Laboratory of Functional Materials for Informatics, Shanghai Institute of Microsystem and Information Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai 200050 (China); Photonics Laboratory, Department of Microtechnology and Nanoscience, Chalmers University of Technology, 41296 Gothenburg (Sweden)

    2013-09-15

    First-principles calculations have been performed to investigate the structural, electronic and optical properties of bismuth alloying in GaAs nanowires. A typical model of Ga{sub 31}As{sub 31} nanowires is introduced for its reasonable band gap. The band gap of GaAs{sub 1−x}Bi{sub x} shrinks clearly with the increasing Bi concentration and the band edge shifts when spin–orbit coupling (SOC) is considered. The insertion of Bi atom leads to hybridization of Ga/As/Bi p states which contributes a lot around Fermi level. Scissor effect is involved. The optical properties are presented, including dielectric function, optical absorption spectra and reflectivity, which are also varied with the increasing of Bi concentrations. - Graphical abstract: Top view of Bi-doped GaAs nanowires. Ga, As, and Bi atoms are denoted with grey, purple and red balls, respectively. Display Omitted - Highlights: • A typical model of Ga{sub 31}As{sub 31} nanowires is introduced for its reasonable band gap. • The band gap of GaAs{sub 1−x}Bi{sub x} shrinks clearly with the increasing Bi concentration. • The band edge shifts when spin–orbit coupling (SOC) is considered. • The insertion of Bi atom leads to hybridization of Ga/As/Bi p states.

  4. Bismuth nanoparticles integration into heavy metal electrochemical stripping sensor.

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    Cadevall, Miquel; Ros, Josep; Merkoçi, Arben

    2015-08-01

    Between their many applications bismuth nanoparticles (BiNPs) are showing interest as pre-concentrators in heavy metals detection while being applied as working electrode modifiers used in electrochemical stripping analysis. From the different reported methods to synthesize BiNPs we are focused on the typical polyol method, largely used in these types of metallic and semi-metallic nanoparticles. This study presents the strategy for an easy control of the shape and size of BiNPs including nanocubes, nanosferes and triangular nanostructures. To improve the BiNP size and shape, different reducing agents (ethylene glycol or sodium hypophosphite) and stabilizers (polyvinyl pyrrolidone, PVP, in different amounts) have been studied. The efficiency of BiNPs for heavy metals analysis in terms of detection sensitivity while being used as modifiers of screen-printed carbon electrodes including the applicability of the developed device in real sea water samples is shown. A parallel study between the obtained nanoparticles and their performance in heavy metal sensing has been described in this communication. PMID:25994368

  5. Energy levels scheme simulation of divalent cobalt doped bismuth germanate

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    Andreici, Emiliana-Laura; Petkova, Petya; Avram, Nicolae M.

    2015-12-01

    The aim of this paper is to simulate the energy levels scheme for Bismuth Germanate (BGO) doped with divalent cobalt, in order to give a reliable explanation for spectral experimental data. In the semiempirical crystal field theory we first modeled the Crystal Field Parameters (CFPs) of BGO:Cr2+ system, in the frame of Exchange Charge Model (ECM), with actually site symmetry of the impurity ions after doping. The values of CFPs depend on the geometry of doped host matrix and by parameter G of ECM. First, we optimized the geometry of undoped BGO host matrix and afterwards, that of doped BGO with divalent cobalt. The charges effect of ligands and covalence bonding between cobalt cations and oxygen anions, in the cluster approach, also were taken into account. With the obtained values of the CFPs we simulate the energy levels scheme of cobalt ions, by diagonalizing the matrix of the doped crystal Hamiltonian. Obviously, energy levels and estimated Racah parameters B and C were compared with the experimental spectroscopic data and discussed. Comparison of obtained results with experimental data shows quite satisfactory, which justify the model and simulation schemes used for the title system.

  6. Ferroelectric and photocatalytic behavior of bismuth ferrite nano wire

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    William, R. V.; Marikani, A.; Madhavan, D.

    2016-05-01

    Multiferroic bismuth ferrite nanowires are prepared through polyol method with an average diameter of 35 nm with a narrow size distribution. The band gap was determined to be 2.10 eV, indicating their potential application as visible-light-response photo catalyst. The magnificent photocatalytic behaviors of BiFeO3 nanowires are understood from the methyl violet degradation under visible light irradiation. Moreover, the nano-wire takes only a lesser time for the diffusion of electron-hole pair from the surface of the sample. Further the BiFeO3 nano-wire was characterized using XRD, SEM, and U-V. The ferroelectric studies of BiFeO3 nano-wire show a frequency dependent property and maximum coercivity of 2.7 V/cm were achieved with a remanent polarization at 0.5 µC/cm2 at the frequency 4 kHz. The coercivity of BiFeO3 nano wire changes with variation of frequency from 1 kHz to 4 kHz.

  7. Synthesis and characterization of bismuth doped barium sulphide nanoparticles

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    We have synthesized BaS:Bi nanocrystalline powder of average grain size 35 nm by solid-state diffusion method using sodium thiosulphate as a flux. During this work we have optimized the nature and amount of flux, amount of the dopant and temperature of firing for maximum yield of photoluminescence. The samples were characterized by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD) method, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), photoluminescence (PL) and UV-visible techniques. On excitation by 425 nm, these nanophosphors give one emission peak at 575 nm which corresponds to green color. In the excitation spectra of these particles there are two peaks at 350 nm and 425 nm. The effect of dopant concentration on the photoluminescence of BaS:Bi nanocrystallites has been studied which is in agreement with the principle of concentration quenching. The energy band gap of bismuth doped BaS nanopowder has been calculated to be 4.25 eV and is blue shifted in comparison to their bulk counterparts. The blue shift may be due to the quantum confinement in the particles.

  8. Synthesis and characterization of bismuth zinc niobate pyrochlore nanopowders

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    Sonia Maria Zanetti

    2007-09-01

    Full Text Available Bismuth zinc niobate pyrochlores Bi1.5ZnNb1.5O7 (alpha-BZN, and Bi2(Zn1/3Nb2/32O 7 (beta-BZN have been synthesized by chemical method based on the polymeric precursors. The pyrochlore phase was investigated by differential scanning calorimetry, infrared spectroscopy, and X ray diffraction. Powder and sintered pellets morphology was examined by scanning electron microscopy. The study of alpha-BZN phase formation reveals that, at 500 °C, the pyrochlore phase was already present while a single-phased nanopowder was obtained after calcination at 700 °C. The crystallization mechanism of the beta-BZN is quite different, occurring through the crystallization of alpha-BZN and BiNbO4 intermediary phases. Both compositions yielded soft agglomerated powders. alpha-BZN pellets, sintered at 800 °C for 2 hours, presented a relative density of 97.3% while those of beta-BZN, sintered at 900 °C for 2 hours, reached only 91.8%. Dielectric constant and dielectric loss, measured at 1 MHz, were 150 and 4 x/10-4 for a-BZN, and 97 and 8 x 10-4 for beta-BZN.

  9. Magnetic and Electrical Characteristics of Bismuth Ferrite, Depending on the Impurities, Method of Preparation and Size of the Nanoparticles

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    2016-10-01

    Full Text Available The prospect of application of the multiferroics in devices and spintronics devices is shown. A comparative analysis of magnetic and dielectric properties of nanostructures based on bismuth ferrite which were synthesized by various ways was made. The results of studies of the structure and properties of the nanostructured bismuth ferrite powder, synthesized by combustion of nitrate - organic precursors, are presented.

  10. Ternary Borides Cr2AlB2, Cr3AlB4, and Cr4AlB6: The First Members of the Series (CrB2)nCrAl with n = 1, 2, 3 and a Unifying Concept for Ternary Borides as MAB-Phases.

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    Ade, Martin; Hillebrecht, Harald

    2015-07-01

    Single crystals of the ternary borides Cr2AlB2, Cr3AlB4, Cr4AlB6, MoAlB, WAlB, Mn2AlB2, and Fe2AlB2 were grown from the elements with an excess of Al. Structures were refined by X-ray methods on the basis of single crystal data. All compounds crystallize in orthorhombic space groups. In each case boron atoms show the typical trigonal prisms BM6. The BM6-units are linked by common rectangular faces forming B-B-bonds. Thus, zigzag chains of boron atoms are obtained for MoAlB, WAlB, and M2AlB2 (M = Cr, Mn, Fe); chains of hexagons for Cr3AlB4; and double chains of hexagons for Cr4AlB6. The same subunits are known for the binary borides CrB, Cr3B4, Cr2B3, and β-WB, too. The boride partial structures are separated by single layers of Al-atoms in the case of the chromium compounds and double layers for WAlB, i.e., W2Al2B2. All crystal structures can be described using a unified building set principle with quadratic 4(4)-nets of metal atoms. The different compositions and crystal structures are obtained by different numbers of metal layers in the corresponding parts according to the formula (MB)2Aly(MB2)x. This principle is an extension of a scheme which was developed for the boridecarbides of niobium. Furthermore, there is a close similarity to the group of ternary carbides MAl(MC)n, so-called MAX-phases. Therefore, they might be named as "MAB-phases". The pronounced two-dimensionality and the mixture of strong covalent and metallic interactions make MAB-phases to promising candidates for interesting material properties. All compositions were confirmed by EDX measurements. Additionally, microhardness measurements were performed. PMID:26069993

  11. Insights into the growth of bismuth nanoparticles on 2D structured BiOCl photocatalysts: an in situ TEM investigation.

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    Chang, Xiaofeng; Wang, Shuangbao; Qi, Qi; Gondal, Mohammed A; Rashid, Siddique G; Gao, Si; Yang, Deyuan; Shen, Kai; Xu, Qingyu; Wang, Peng

    2015-09-28

    The synthetic techniques for novel photocatalytic crystals had evolved by a trial-and-error process that spanned more than two decades, and an insight into the photocatalytic crystal growth process is a challenging area and prerequisite for achieving an excellent photoactivity. Bismuth nanoparticle based hybrids, such as Bi/BiOCl composites, have recently been investigated as highly efficient photocatalytic systems because of the localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) of nanostructured bismuth. In this work, the observation towards the formation and growth of bismuth nanoparticles onto 2D structured BiOCl photocatalysts has been performed using a transmission electron microscope (TEM) directly in real time. The growth of bismuth nanoparticles on BiOCl nanosheets can be emulated and speeded up driven by the electron beam (e(-) beam) in TEM. The crystallinity, growth and the elemental evolution during the formation of bismuth nanoparticles have also been probed in this work.

  12. Overview of the use of ATHENA for thermal-hydraulic analysis of systems with lead-bismuth coolant

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    The INEEL and MIT are investigating the suitability of lead-bismuth cooled fast reactor for producing low-cost electricity as well as for actinide burning. This paper is concerned with the general area of thermal-hydraulics of lead-bismuth cooled reactors. The ATHENA code is being used in the thermal-hydraulic design and analysis of lead-bismuth cooled reactors. The ATHENA code was reviewed to determine its applicability for simulating lead-bismuth cooled reactors. Two modifications were made to the code as a result of this review. Specifically, a correlation to represent heat transfer from rod bundles to a liquid metal and a void correlation based on data taken in a mixture of lead-bismuth and steam were added the code. The paper also summarizes the analytical work that is being performed with the code and plans for future analytical work

  13. Assessment of the Eye Lens Dose Reduction by Bismuth Shields in Rando Phantom Undergoing CT of the Head

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    The aim of this study is to assess the dose reduction of eye lens and availability of bismuth garments resulting from the use of radioprotective bismuth garments to shield the eyes of patients undergoing head CT. Rando phantom and TLDs were used to determine the amount of dose reduction by bismuth shielding of the eye in the following simulated CT scans : (a) scanning of the head including orbits, (b) scanning of the whole head, and (c) angled scanning of the head excluding orbits. The average dose reduction of eye lens was 43.2%, 36.0% and 1.4% for the three CT scans listed above. Significant reduction in the eye lens dose was achieved by using superficial orbital bismuth shielding during head CT scans. However, bismuth shields should not be used for the patients when their eyes are excluded from the primarily exposed region.

  14. Fluorescence Emission Centres and the Corresponding Infrared Fluorescence Saturation in a Bismuth-Doped Silica Fibre

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    QIU Yan-Qing; SHEN Yong-Hang

    2008-01-01

    We investigate the fluorescence characteristics of bismuth doped silica fibres with and without Al co-dopant which are fabricated by means of modified chemical vapour deposition (MCVD) technique, and find that the fluorescences in the red region (centred around 750nm) and in the infrared region (centred around 1100nm) may originate from different emission sites in the fibre. Strong upconversion phenomena are observed in both Al-codoped and non Al codoped bismuth fibres when the fibres are excited by an acoustic-optic Q-switched Nd: YVO4 laser. Both the aspects indicate that the upper energy level absorption reported in the work of the bismuth doped silica fibre lasers may result from the fluorescence emission sites that are not responsible for the infrared emission. It is thus expected that optimizing the compositions and the fabrication conditions of the fibre and then transferring more fluorescence emission centres are helpful for the infrared emission.

  15. Facile preparation of Bi nanoparticles by novel cathodic dispersion of bulk bismuth electrodes

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    Chen Xin [Zhejiang Key Laboratory for Reactive Chemistry on Solid Surfaces, Institute of Physical Chemistry, Zhejiang Normal University, Jinhua 321004 (China); Chen Shu; Huang Wei [Key Laboratory of Chemical Biology and Traditional Chinese Medicine Research (Ministry of Education of China), College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Hunan Normal University, Lushan Road, Changsha 410081 (China); Zheng Jufang [Zhejiang Key Laboratory for Reactive Chemistry on Solid Surfaces, Institute of Physical Chemistry, Zhejiang Normal University, Jinhua 321004 (China); Li Zelin, E-mail: lizelin@zjnu.c [Key Laboratory of Chemical Biology and Traditional Chinese Medicine Research (Ministry of Education of China), College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Hunan Normal University, Lushan Road, Changsha 410081 (China)

    2009-12-01

    A novel electrochemical approach has been developed to prepare clean bismuth nanoparticles (NPs) with a bulk Bi electrode in a 0.5 mol dm{sup -3} NaOH solution under highly cathodic polarization of -8 V versus a saturated mercurous sulfate electrode, requiring no any precursor ions and organic protective agents. The bulk Bi electrode can be facilely dispersed into Bi NPs at the condition of intensive hydrogen evolution. This cathodic dispersion of the bulk Bi electrode involves the formation and decomposition of unstable bismuth hydrides and the aggregation of atomic bismuth from the decomposition. Moreover, Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3} NPs have also been achieved by heating the precursor Bi NPs. Field-emission scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscope and X-ray diffraction were used to characterize these NPs. The as-prepared Bi NPs mainly existed in rhombohedral phase.

  16. Bismuth- and lithium-loaded plastic scintillators for gamma and neutron detection

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    Cherepy, Nerine J., E-mail: cherepy1@llnl.gov [Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, CA (United States); Sanner, Robert D.; Beck, Patrick R.; Swanberg, Erik L.; Tillotson, Thomas M.; Payne, Stephen A. [Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, CA (United States); Hurlbut, Charles R. [Eljen Technology, Sweetwater, TX (United States)

    2015-04-01

    Transparent plastic scintillators based on polyvinyltoluene (PVT) have been fabricated with high loading of bismuth carboxylates for gamma spectroscopy, and with lithium carboxylates for neutron detection. When activated with a combination of standard fluors, 2,5-diphenyloxazole (PPO) and tetraphenylbutadiene (TPB), gamma light yields with 15 wt% bismuth tripivalate of 5000 Ph/MeV are measured. A PVT plastic formulation including 30 wt% lithium pivalate and 30 wt% PPO offers both pulse shape discrimination, and a neutron capture peak at ~400 keVee. In another configuration, a bismuth-loaded PVT plastic is coated with ZnS({sup 6}Li) paint, permitting simultaneous gamma and neutron detection via pulse shape discrimination with a figure-of-merit of 3.8, while offering gamma spectroscopy with energy resolution of R(662 keV)=15%.

  17. Design of an Actinide Burning, Lead-Bismuth Cooled Reactor That Produces Low Cost Electricity

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    C. Davis; S. Herring; P. MacDonald; K. McCarthy; V. Shah; K. Weaver (INEEL); J. Buongiorno; R. Ballinger; K. Doyoung; M. Driscoll; P. Hejzler; M. Kazimi; N. Todreas (MIT)

    1999-07-01

    The purpose of this project is to investigate the suitability of lead-bismuth cooled fast reactors for producing low-cost electricity as well as for actinide burning. The goal is to identify and analyze the key technical issues in core neutronics, materials, thermal-hydraulics, fuels, and economics associated with the development of this reactor concept. The choice of lead-bismuth for the reactor coolant is an actinide burning fast reactor offers enhanced safety and reliability. The advantages of lead-bismuth over sodium as a coolant are related to the following material characteristics: chemical inertness with air and water; higher atomic number; lower vapor pressure at operating temperatures; and higher boiling temperature. Given the status of the field, it was agreed that the focus of this investigation in the first two years will be on the assessment of approaches to optimize core and plant arrangements in order to provide maximum safety and economic potential in this type of reactor.

  18. Poisoning effect of bismuth on modification behaviour of strontium in LM25 alloy

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    S Farahany; A Ourdjini; M H Idris; L T Thai

    2011-10-01

    Nucleation and growth, temperature measurements andmicrostructure observations of silicon phase are presented for strontium modified Al–7%Si (LM25) cast alloy treated with bismuth. The results show that addition of bismuth in strontium modified alloys may have a poisoning effect resulting in lost modification of the silicon phase. With increasing Bi/Sr ratio, thermal analysis measurements showed that the eutectic growth temperature increased remarkably to 573°C and recalescence decreased to 0.2°C and the morphology of silicon displayed the same flakelike structure as in the unmodified alloys. Microstructural observation showed that a minimum Bi/Sr ratio of 1.2 which is equivalent to a Sr/Bi ratio of 0.43 is required for effective strontium modification and neutralization of the poisoning effect of bismuth.

  19. Bismuth subcarbonate as filler particle for an Epoxy-based root canal sealer

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    Eduardo Schwartzer

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: The aim of this study was to evaluate the addition of bismuth subcarbonate with different concentrations regarding the rheological properties of an experimental epoxy-based root canal sealer. Materials and Methods: Endodontic sealers were prepared with epoxy resin-based sealer with bismuth subcarbonate additions of 20%, 40%, 60%, 80%, 100%, and 120%. Flow, film thickness, working time, setting time, dimensional change, sorption, solubility, and cytotoxicity were studied according to the ISO standards. Data were statistically analyzed by one-way ANOVA, and Tukey multiple comparisons were used, with a significance level of 5%. Results: The flow, working time, water sorption, and solubility significantly decreased and the film thickness and dimensional change increased with higher filler particle addition. There were no statistically significant differences for setting time and cytotoxicity between the filler particle proportions. Conclusion: Experimental resin-based sealer with bismuth subcarbonate addition up to 40% can be an alternative for root canal sealer.

  20. Glass-like carbon, pyrolytic graphite or nanostructured carbon for electrochemical sensing of bismuth ion?

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    Jadranka Milikić

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Different carbon electrodes were explored for application in electroanalysis, namely for sensing of bismuth ion as model analyte. Carbon materials tested included glassy carbon, basal and edge plane pyrolytic graphite, as well as nanostructured carbonized polyaniline prepared in the presence of 3,5-dinitrosalicylic acid. Bismuth ion was chosen as model analyte as protocol for its detection and quantifications is still to be determined. Herein, anodic stripping voltammetry was used with study of effect of several parameters such as scan rate and deposition time. Electrode based on carbonized polyaniline showed the highest activity for bismuth ion sensing in terms of the highest current densities recorded both in a laboratory and in real sample, while basal plane pyrolytic graphite electrode gave the lowest limit of detection.

  1. Melting behaviour of lead and bismuth nano-particles in quasicrystalline matrix - The role of interfaces

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    Alok Singh; A P Tsai

    2003-02-01

    Nanomaterials are playing an increasingly important role in modern technologies. Interfaces are crucial in nanotechnology. In this study, we have examined the stability of nanoparticles. Major emphasis is on understanding the effect of interfaces on melting. Melting behaviour of nanocrystalline interfaces, created by embedding lead and bismuth nanoparticles in quasicrystalline matrices, was studied. Sharply faceted and coherent interfaces can be related to sharper melting transitions, while irregularly shaped and incoherent interfaces can be directly correlated with lowering of melting temperatures. It is shown here that solid lead forms a high energy interface with phason strain-free quasicrystal (resulting in a lowering of the melting temperature) while bismuth forms a low energy interface with the quasicrystal (resulting in superheating, unusual for bismuth).

  2. Application of Thermodynamic Calculations to the Pyro-refining Process for Production of High Purity Bismuth

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    Mezbahul-Islam, Mohammad; Belanger, Frederic; Chartrand, Patrice; Jung, In-Ho; Coursol, Pascal

    2016-04-01

    The present work has been performed with the aim to optimize the existing process for the production of high purity bismuth (99.999 pct). A thermo-chemical database including most of the probable impurities of bismuth (Bi-X, X = Ag, Au, Al, Ca, Cu, Fe, Mg, Mn, Na, Ni, Pb, S, Sb, Sn, Si, Te, Zn) has been constructed to perform different thermodynamic calculations required for the refining process. Thermodynamic description for eight of the selected binaries, Bi-Ca, Cu, Mn, Ni, Pb, S, Sb, and Sn, has been given in the current paper. Using the current database, different thermodynamic calculations have been performed to explain the steps involved in the bismuth refining process.

  3. Potentiation of the action of metronidazole on Helicobacter pylori by omeprazole and bismuth subcitrate

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    Andersen, L P; Colding, H; Kristiansen, J E

    2000-01-01

    Treatment failures using triple therapy that include metronidazole, are common in patients infected with metronidazole-resistant Helicobacter pylori in the gastric mucosa. Higher eradication rates in such patients have been described when treatment regimens include bismuth salts compared...... to regimens that include proton pump inhibitors. In the present study, the synergistic effect of subinhibitory concentrations (0.25-0.5 MIC) of either bismuth subcitrate or omeprazole with metronidazole on the susceptibility of 42 H. pylori strains was investigated by agar dilution method and the Epsilometer...... test (Etest). With 0.5 MIC of either of the two drugs, the susceptibility of all H. pylori4 mg/l) reverted to being metronidazole sensitive. These results suggested that either bismuth salts or proton pump inhibitors may be effective in the treatment of some infections with metronidazole-resistant H...

  4. Radioactive Iodine (I-129) Gas Adsorption by Using Bismuth-Embedded SBA-15

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    Yang, Jae Hwan; Cho, Yong-Jun; Park, Jang Jin; Ahn, Do-Hee [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of); Yim, Man-Sung [Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-05-15

    The efficient capture of the long-lived I-129, released as off-gas from nuclear fuel reprocessing, have been of significant concern in the waste management field. In this study, bismuth-embedded SBA-15 mesoporous silica was firstly applied for iodine capture and storage. SBA-15 was functionalized with thiol (-SH) groups, followed by bismuth adsorption with Bi-S bonding, which was thermally treated to form Bi{sub 2}S{sub 3} within SBA-15. The bismuth-embedded SBA-15s demonstrated high iodine loading capacities with 540 mg-I/g-sorbent maximally, which benefitted from the high surface area and porosity of SBA-15 as well as the formation of thermodynamically stable BiI{sub 3} compound. Iodine physisorption could effectively be suppressed due to the large pores present in SBA-15, resulting in chemisorption as a main mechanism for iodine confinement.

  5. 硼化物陶瓷基涂层制备技术的研究进展%Research Progress of Preparation Technology on the Boride Ceramic-based Coating

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    贾成科; 张鑫; 任先京; 冀晓鹃; 彭浩然

    2012-01-01

    Boride cermet is a new cermet with many excellent properties such as high melting temperature, bulk hardness, high chemical stability, high wearable property, and good anti-causticity, which is used in the fields such as fire-resistant material, engineering cermet, nuclear industry, and space navigation. The same excellent properties of the boride ceramic based coating prepared by many kinds of techniques, which are play important roles in many fields such as ultra high-temperature components, high wearable property units,good anti-causticity parts, anti-liquid metal-causticity component, and neutron-ratiant guard etc. The preparation methods of the boride ceramic- based coating with the strongpoint and disadvantage are introduced. The advances and the application of boride ceramic- based coating, mostly including duality boride ceramic based coatings and ternary ones, are also summarized as well as the existing problems and the prospects are analyzed.%硼化物陶瓷是一种新型陶瓷材料,具有诸如高熔点、高硬度、高化学稳定性以及高耐磨、抗腐蚀性等优异的综合性能,在耐火材料、工程陶瓷、核工业、宇航等领域有着广泛应用,而通过多种工艺制备的硼化物陶瓷基涂层同样具有很好的性质和功能,这些优异的特性使得目前硼化物涂层在很多工程领域发挥着极其重要的作用,如超高温部件、高耐磨蚀性部件以及抗金属液腐蚀性的部件、中子辐射防护装置等。本文介绍了硼化物陶瓷基涂层的制备方法,指出了各种方法的优缺点,综述了硼化物陶瓷基涂层的研究进展及其涂层的应用情况,主要包括二元硼化物陶瓷基涂层、多元硼化物基金属涂层等,总结了目前该领域存在的问题,并对今后的发展前景进行了展望。

  6. Growth morphology and structure of bismuth thin films on GaSb(110)

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    Gemmeren, T. van; Lottermoser, L.; Falkenberg, G.;

    1998-01-01

    Photoelectron spectroscopy, low-energy electron diffraction, scanning tunneling microscopy and surface X-ray diffraction were used to investigate the growth of thin layers of bismuth on GaSb(110). At submonolayer coverages, growth of two-dimensional islands occurs. A uniform (1 x I)-reconstructio...... that the (1 x 1)-phases formed by antimony and bismuth adsorbates on (110) surfaces of other III-V compound semiconductors are also described by the epitaxial continued layer model. (C) 1998 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved....

  7. Basic principles of lead and lead-bismuth eutectic application in blanket of fusion reactors

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    Full text: One of the main requirements of advanced nuclear-power engineering is inherent safety of power installations. It initiates R and D of heavy liquid metals (lead, lead- bismuth eutectic) application in fission reactors as substitute of sodium. The same requirement makes advisable R and D of the lead and lead-bismuth eutectic application in blanket of fusion reactors as substitute of lithium. High magnetohydrodynamic pressure drop is an important issue for liquid metal blanket concepts. To decrease MHD-resistance authors propose to form electro-insulating coatings on internal surface of blanket ducts at any moment of fusion reactor exploitation. It may be achieved easily if lead or lead-bismuth eutectic is used and technology of oxidative potential handling is applied. A number of experiments carried out in NNSTU show the availability of the proposed technology. It bases on formation of the insulating coatings that consist of the oxides of components of the structural materials and of the coolant components. In-situ value of the electro-insulating coatings characteristics rd (r - specific resistance of coatings, d - thickness) is ∼ 10-5Ω·m2 for steels and 5, 0x10-6 - 5, 0x10-5Ω·m2 for vanadium alloys. Thermal cycling is possible during exploitation of a blanket. The experimental research of the insulating coatings properties during thermal cycling have shown that the coatings formed into the lead and lead-bismuth coolants save there electro-insulating properties. Experience of many years is an undoubted advantage of the lead-bismuth coolant and less of the lead coolant in comparison with lithium. Russian Federation possesses of experience of exploitation of the research and industrial facilities, of experience of creation of the pumps, steam generators and another equipment with heavy liquid metal coolants. The unique experience of designing, assembling and exploitation of the fission reactors with lead-bismuth coolant is also available. The problem

  8. Optical properties of thermally reduced bismuth-doped sodium aluminosilicate glasses

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    Nielsen, K.H.; Smedskjær, Morten Mattrup; Yue, Yuanzheng;

    Heat-treatment of multivalent ion containing glasses in a hydrogen atmosphere may cause both reduction of the multivalent ions and ionic inward diffusion, resulting in improved glass properties. Bismuth-doped glasses are also interesting objects not only concerning the reduction induced diffusion......, but also concerning the metal particle formation, and the broadband near infrared luminescence. Both the inward diffusion and the infrared luminescence depend on the bismuth oxidation state. The latter can be varied by adjusting the parameters of the heat-treatment, e.g., time, temperature, and...

  9. Formic acid oxidation at platinum-bismuth catalysts

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    Popović Ksenija Đ.

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The field of heterogeneous catalysis, specifically catalysis on bimetallic surfaces, has seen many advances over the past few decades. Bimetallic catalysts, which often show electronic and chemical properties that are distinct from those of their parent metals, offer the opportunity to obtain new catalysts with enhanced selectivity, activity, and stability. The oxidation of formic acid is of permanent interest as a model reaction for the mechanistic understanding of the electrooxidation of small organic molecules and because of its technical relevance for fuel cell applications. Platinum is one of the most commonly used catalysts for this reaction, despite the fact that it shows a few significant disadvantages: high cost and extreme susceptibility to poisoning by CO. To solve this problem, several approaches have been used, but generally, they all consist in the modification of platinum with a second element. Especially, bismuth has received significant attention as Pt modifier. According to the results presented in this survey dealing with the effects influencing the formic acid oxidation it was found that two types of Pt-Bi bimetallic catalysts (bulk and low loading deposits on GC showed superior catalytic activity in terms of the lower onset potential and oxidation current density, as well as exceptional stability compared to Pt. The findings in this report are important for the understanding of mechanism of formic acid electrooxidation on a bulk alloy and decorated surface, for the development of advanced anode catalysts for direct formic acid fuel cells, as well as for the synthesis of novel low-loading bimetallic catalysts. The use of bimetallic compounds as the anode catalysts is an effective solution to overcoming the problems of the formic acid oxidation current stability for long term applications. In the future, the tolerance of both CO poisoning and electrochemical leaching should be considered as the key factors in the development

  10. Controlled growth of bismuth nanoparticles by electron beam irradiation in TEM

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    Kim, Seon Ho [College of Environment and Applied Chemistry, Kyung Hee University, Yongin 449-701 (Korea, Republic of); Choi, Young-Suk [Center for Functional Nanomaterials, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, NY 11973 (United States); Kang, Kyongha [Materials Science Department, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, NY 11973 (United States)]. E-mail: kkang@bnl.gov; Yang, Sung Ik [College of Environment and Applied Chemistry, Kyung Hee University, Yongin 449-701 (Korea, Republic of)]. E-mail: siyang@khu.ac.kr

    2007-01-16

    In situ nanometer-sized bismuth particles were synthesized by irradiation of the electron beam in the TEM. The size of the crystalline Bi nanoparticles could be controlled by adjusting the irradiation time of the electron beam. Characterization of TEM reveals that the Bi nanoparticles exist in rhombic structure, same as to bulk Bi.

  11. Controlled oxidative synthesis of Bi nanoparticles and emission centers in bismuth glass nanocomposites for photonic application

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    Singh, Shiv Prakash; Karmakar, Basudeb

    2011-09-01

    Here we demonstrate an oxidative process to control metallic bismuth (Bi 0) nanoparticles (NPs) creation in bismuth glass nanocomposites by using K 2S 2O 8 as oxidant and enhanced transparency of bismuth glasses. Formation of Bi 0 NPs has been monitored by their distinct surface plasmon resonance (SPR) band at 460 nm in the UV-visible absorption spectra. It is further confirmed by the transmission electron microscopy (TEM) images which disclose the formation of spherical Bi 0 NPs whereas the selected area electron diffraction (SAED) pattern reveals their crystalline rhombohedral phase. These glasses are found to exhibit visible and near infrared (NIR) luminescence bands at 630 and 843 nm respectively on excitation at 460 nm of the SPR band. It is realized that the luminescence center of bismuth species is an uncertain issue, however, it is reasonable to consider that the emission band at 630 nm is due to the combination of 2D 5/2 → 4S 3/2 of Bi 0 and 2P 3/2 (1) → 2P 1/2 of Bi 2+ transitions, and that of NIR emission band at 843 nm is attributed to the 2D 3/2 → 4S 3/2 of Bi 0 transition.

  12. The antimicrobial effects and metabolomic footprinting of carboxyl-capped bismuth nanoparticles against Helicobacter pylori.

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    Nazari, P; Dowlatabadi-Bazaz, R; Mofid, M R; Pourmand, M R; Daryani, N E; Faramarzi, M A; Sepehrizadeh, Z; Shahverdi, A R

    2014-01-01

    Organic salts of bismuth are currently used as antimicrobial agents against Helicobacter pylori. This study evaluated the antibacterial effect of elemental bismuth nanoparticles (Bi NPs) using a serial agar dilution method for the first time against different clinical isolates and a standard strain of H. pylori. The Bi NPs were biologically prepared and purified by a recently described method and subjected to further characterization by infrared spectroscopy and anti-H. pylori evaluation. Infrared spectroscopy results showed the presence of carboxyl functional groups on the surface of biogenic Bi NPs. These biogenic nanoparticles showed good antibacterial activity against all tested H. pylori strains. The resulting MICs varied between 60 and 100 μg/ml for clinical isolates of H. pylori and H. pylori (ATCC 26695). The antibacterial effect of bismuth ions was also tested against all test strains. The antimicrobial effect of Bi ions was lower than antimicrobial effect of bismuth in the form of elemental NPs. The effect of Bi NPs on metabolomic footprinting of H. pylori was further evaluated by (1)H NMR spectroscopy. Exposure of H. pylori to an inhibitory concentration of Bi NPs (100 μg/ml) led to release of some metabolites such as acetate, formic acid, glutamate, valine, glycine, and uracil from bacteria into their supernatant. These findings confirm that these nanoparticles interfere with Krebs cycle, nucleotide, and amino acid metabolism and shows anti-H. pylori activity.

  13. A sensitive fluorescence quenching method for determination of bismuth with tiron

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    Taher, Mohammad Ali; Rahimi, Mina [Department of Chemistry, Shahid Bahonar University of Kerman, Kerman (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Fazelirad, Hamid, E-mail: hamidfazelirad@gmail.com [Department of Chemistry, Shahid Bahonar University of Kerman, Kerman (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Department of Chemistry, Science and Research Branch, Islamic Azad University, Yazd (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Young Researchers Society, Shahid Bahonar University of Kerman, P.O. Box 76175-133, Kerman (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2014-01-15

    We describe a fluorescence quenching method for determination of bismuth with tiron. The method is based on the reaction of tiron by bismuth(III) in acidic media. The influence of variables such as the pH, type of buffer, tiron concentration, reaction time and temperature were investigated. Under optimized conditions, the fluorescence quenching extent is proportional to the concentration of bismuth for Bi–tiron system at the range 0.13–2.09 μg mL{sup −1} and the detection limit is 0.05 μg mL{sup −1}. The proposed sensor presented good repeatability, evaluated in terms of relative standard deviation (R.S.D.=±0.498%) for 11 replicates. This sensitive, rapid and accurate method has been successfully applied to the determination of trace bismuth(III) in water and hair samples and certified reference materials. -- Highlights: • No previous paper report on use of fluorescence quenching for determination of Bi. • Fluorescence quenching of trion is a sensitive method for determination of Bi(III). • Under the optimum conditions the detection limit is very low (0.05 μg mL{sup −1}). • The procedure is simple and safe and has high tolerance limit to interferences.

  14. 75 FR 14491 - Listing of Color Additives Exempt From Certification; Bismuth Citrate

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    2010-03-26

    ... level of bismuth citrate as a color additive in cosmetics intended for coloring hair on the scalp. This.... Ellison, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (HFS-265), Food and Drug Administration, 5100 Paint... notice published in the Federal Register of February 25, 2008 (73 FR 10035), FDA announced that a...

  15. 75 FR 34360 - Listing of Color Additives Exempt From Certification; Bismuth Citrate; Confirmation of Effective...

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    2010-06-17

    ... level of bismuth citrate as a color additive in cosmetics intended for coloring hair on the scalp. DATES: The effective date for the final rule published in the Federal Register of March 26, 2010 (75 FR 14491... Safety and Applied Nutrition (HFS-265), Food and Drug Administration, 5100 Paint Branch Pkwy.,...

  16. Microwave and magneto-optic properties of bismuth-substituted yttrium iron garnet thin films

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    Butler, J. C.; Kramer, J. J.; Esman, R. D.; Craig, A. E.; Lee, J. N.; Ryuo, T.

    1990-05-01

    Microwave and magneto-optic measurements have been made on bismuth-substituted yttrium iron garnet (BiYIG) films. Forward-volume (FV) magnetostatic-wave (MSW) attenuation has been measured from ferrimagnetic resonance and from pulse delay data. We report the indirect observation of FV MSW in BiYIG using two independent techniques: a pulse transmission technique and a passband measurement technique. Faraday rotation in the films was also recorded at a wavelength of 1.3 μm. The bismuth-substituted films are grown on carefully cleaned substrates and have yttrium:bismuth ratios of 1:1. The composition of the bismuth substituted films is Y1.5Bi1.5Fe5O12 deduced from lattice parameters and absolute Faraday rotation. These films show particular promise for use in waveguide-type high-speed MSW-optical devices where low MSW attenuation and high Faraday rotation are among the necessary criteria for successful operation.

  17. The antimicrobial effects and metabolomic footprinting of carboxyl-capped bismuth nanoparticles against Helicobacter pylori.

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    Nazari, P; Dowlatabadi-Bazaz, R; Mofid, M R; Pourmand, M R; Daryani, N E; Faramarzi, M A; Sepehrizadeh, Z; Shahverdi, A R

    2014-01-01

    Organic salts of bismuth are currently used as antimicrobial agents against Helicobacter pylori. This study evaluated the antibacterial effect of elemental bismuth nanoparticles (Bi NPs) using a serial agar dilution method for the first time against different clinical isolates and a standard strain of H. pylori. The Bi NPs were biologically prepared and purified by a recently described method and subjected to further characterization by infrared spectroscopy and anti-H. pylori evaluation. Infrared spectroscopy results showed the presence of carboxyl functional groups on the surface of biogenic Bi NPs. These biogenic nanoparticles showed good antibacterial activity against all tested H. pylori strains. The resulting MICs varied between 60 and 100 μg/ml for clinical isolates of H. pylori and H. pylori (ATCC 26695). The antibacterial effect of bismuth ions was also tested against all test strains. The antimicrobial effect of Bi ions was lower than antimicrobial effect of bismuth in the form of elemental NPs. The effect of Bi NPs on metabolomic footprinting of H. pylori was further evaluated by (1)H NMR spectroscopy. Exposure of H. pylori to an inhibitory concentration of Bi NPs (100 μg/ml) led to release of some metabolites such as acetate, formic acid, glutamate, valine, glycine, and uracil from bacteria into their supernatant. These findings confirm that these nanoparticles interfere with Krebs cycle, nucleotide, and amino acid metabolism and shows anti-H. pylori activity. PMID:24104691

  18. Fridel-Crafts acylation using bismuth triflate in [BMI][PF6

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    Tran, Phuong Hoang; Duus, Fritz; Le, Thach Ngoc

    2012-01-01

    Bismuth trifluoromethanesulfonate was found to be a good catalyst for the Friedel–Craftsacylation. Bismuthtriflate immobilized in an ionic liquid was the most efficient catalytic system. Bismuthtriflate in [BMI][PF6] catalyzes this reaction under microwave irradiation allowing the rapid synthesis...

  19. Structural Engineering of Vacancy Defected Bismuth Tellurides for Thermo-electric Applications

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    Termentzidis, K.; Pokropivny, A.; Xiong, S.-Y.; Chumakov, Y.; Cortona, P.; Volz, S.

    2012-10-01

    Molecular Dynamics and ab-initio simulations are used to find the most stable stoichiometries of Bismuth Tellurides with vacancy defects. The interest is to decrease the thermal conductivity of these compounds a key point to achieve high figure of merits. A reduction of 70% of the thermal conductivity is observed with Te vacancies of only 5%.

  20. Examination of dielectric dispersion of complex oxides on the basis of bismuth-containing titanates

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    In the present work the samples of complex oxide compounds on the basis of bismuth titanates with chalcolamprite structure type and layered perovskite doped with Cr, Fe and Co were studied at room temperature by the method of dielectric spectroscopy in the frequency range of 30 to 106 Hz

  1. Thermodynamics of neptunium in LiCl-KCl eutectic/liquid bismuth systems

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    Thermodynamic properties of neptunium in LiCl-KCl eutectic/liquid bismuth systems in the temperature range 400--500 C have been studied using a galvanic cell method for the pyrometallurgical reprocessing of nuclear spent fuels. The standard potential of the Np/Np(III) couple vs. the Ag/AgCl (1 wt% AgCl) reference electrode in LiCl-KCl eutectic was measured and given by the equation ENp/Np(III)0 = minus2.0667 + 0.0007892 T (σ = 0.0009), where E is in volts, T is in kelvin, and σ is the standard deviation. The potential of neptunium-bismuth alloy, ENp-Bi, was measured as a function of neptunium concentration, XNpinBi. The curves for EBi-Np vs. log XNpinBi indicated the neptunium solubility in liquid bismuth to be 0.34 ± 0.02, 0.61 ± 0.08, and 1.06 ± 0.09 (±σ) atom % at 400, 450, and 500 C, respectively. The excess partial free energy of neptunium in liquid bismuth was represented by the equation, Δbar GNpxs (kcal/g atom) = minus32.5 (±0.7) + 0.0072 (±0.0010) T. The values of the solubility and excess partial free energy for neptunium were closer to those for plutonium rather than uranium

  2. Dynamic spatial structure of spontaneous beams in photorefractive bismuth sillicon oxide

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    Buchhave, Preben; Lyuksyutov, S.; Vasnetsov, M.;

    1996-01-01

    We report the domain structure of spontaneously occurring beams (subharmonics) in photorefractive bismuth silicon oxide with an applied electric field from 1 to 6 kV/cm and a running grating. The subharmonic beams are generated in a pattern of domains that evolve dynamically as they move through ...

  3. Microwave-assisted facile and rapid Friedel-Crafts benzoylation of arenes catalysed by bismuth trifluoromethanesulfonate

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    Tran, Phoung Hoang; Hansen, Poul Erik; Pham, Thuy Than;

    2014-01-01

    The catalytic activity of metal triflates was investigated in Friedel–Crafts benzoylation under microwave irradiation. Friedel–Crafts benzoylation with benzoyl chloride of a variety of arenes containing electron-rich and electron-poor rings using bismuth triflate under microwave irradiation is...

  4. Group III-nitride thin films grown using MBE and bismuth

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    Kisielowski, Christian K.; Rubin, Michael

    2000-01-01

    The present invention comprises growing gallium nitride films in the presence of bismuth using MBE at temperatures of about 1000 K or less. The present invention further comprises the gallium nitride films fabricated using the inventive fabrication method. The inventive films may be doped with magnesium or other dopants. The gallium nitride films were grown on sapphire substrates using a hollow anode Constricted Glow Discharge nitrogen plasma source. When bismuth was used as a surfactant, two-dimensional gallium nitride crystal sizes ranging between 10 .mu.m and 20 .mu.m were observed. This is 20 to 40 times larger than crystal sizes observed when GaN films were grown under similar circumstances but without bismuth. It is thought that the observed increase in crystal size is due bismuth inducing an increased surface diffusion coefficient for gallium. The calculated value of 4.7.times.10.sup.-7 cm.sup.2 /sec. reveals a virtual substrate temperature of 1258 K which is 260 degrees higher than the actual one.

  5. Determination of (111) ordered domains on platinum electrodes by irreversible adsorption of bismuth.

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    Rodríguez, Paramaconi; Solla-Gullón, José; Vidal-Iglesias, Francisco J; Herrero, Enrique; Aldaz, Antonio; Feliu, Juan M

    2005-08-15

    Irreversible adsorbed bismuth can be used to determine the fraction of (111) domains on a given platinum sample. On Pt(111) electrodes, the surface redox process of adsorbed bismuth takes place at 0.63 V in a well-defined peak. The behavior of this redox process on the Pt(111) vicinal surfaces indicates that the bismuth atoms involved in the redox process are only those deposited on the (111) terrace sites and that the charge under the peak at 0.63 V is directly proportional to the number of sites on (111) ordered domains (terraces). The good linear relationship obtained between the charge for the bismuth redox process and the number of (111) terrace sites on the vicinal surfaces allows construction of a calibration curve. This calibration curve has been used to directly estimate the amount of (111) ordered domain terrace sites on polycrystalline platinum samples with different surface ordered domains. The results agree with what we would expect from our knowledge of these surfaces. PMID:16097774

  6. Structural Engineering of Vacancy Defected Bismuth Tellurides for Thermo-electric Applications

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    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available Molecular Dynamics and ab-initio simulations are used to find the most stable stoichiometries of Bismuth Tellurides with vacancy defects. The interest is to decrease the thermal conductivity of these compounds a key point to achieve high figure of merits. A reduction of 70% of the thermal conductivity is observed with Te vacancies of only 5%.

  7. Electrodeposition of bismuth telluride thermoelectric films from a nonaqueous electrolyte using ethylene glycol

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    Nguyen, H.P.; Wu, M.; Su, J.; Vullers, R.J.M.; Vereecken, P.M.; Fransaer, J.

    2012-01-01

    Ethylene glycol was studied as an electrolyte for the electrodeposition of thermoelectric bismuth telluride films by cyclic voltammetry, rotating ring disk electrode and electrochemical quartz crystal microbalance (EQCM). The reduction of both Bi3+ and Te4+ ions proceeds in one step without the form

  8. Improvements to a Flow Sensor for Liquid Bismuth-Fed Hall Thrusters

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    Bonds, Kevin; Polzin, Kurt A.

    2010-01-01

    Recently, there has been significant interest in using bismuth metal as a propellant in Hall Thrusters [1, 2]. Bismuth offers some considerable cost, weight, and space savings over the traditional propellant--xenon. Quantifying the performance of liquid metal-fed Hall thrusters requires a very precise measure of the low propellant flow rates [1, 2]. The low flow rates (10 mg/sec) and the temperature at which free flowing liquid bismuth exists (above 300 C) preclude the use of off-the-shelf flow sensing equipment [3]. Therefore a new type of sensor is required. The hotspot bismuth flow sensor, described in Refs. [1-5] is designed to perform a flow rate measurement by measuring the velocity at which a thermal feature moves through a flow chamber. The mass flow rate can be determined from the time of flight of the thermal peak, [4, 5]. Previous research and testing has been concerned mainly with the generation of the thermal peak and it's subsequent detection. In this paper, we present design improvements to the sensor concept; and the results of testing conducted to verify the functionality of these improvements. A ceramic material is required for the sensor body (see Fig. 1), which must allow for active heating of the bismuth flow channel to keep the propellant in a liquid state. The material must be compatible with bismuth and must be bonded to conductive elements to allow for conduction of current into the liquid metal and measurement of the temperature in the flow. The new sensor requires fabrication techniques that will allow for a very small diameter flow chamber, which is required to produce useful measurements. Testing of various materials has revealed several that are potentially compatible with liquid bismuth. Of primary concern in the fabrication and testing of a robust, working prototype, is the compatibility of the selected materials with one another. Specifically, the thermal expansion rates of the materials relative to the ceramic body cannot expand so

  9. Hall Plateaus at magic angles in ultraquantum Bismuth

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    Benoît, Fauqué.

    2009-03-01

    The behaviour of a three-dimensional electron gas in the presence of a magnetic field strong enough to put all carriers in the first Landau level (i.e. beyond the quantum limit) is a longstanding question of theoretical condensed matter physics [1]. This issue has been recently explored by two high-field experiments on elemental semi-metal Bismuth. In a first study of transport coefficients (which are dominated by hole-like carriers), the Nernst coefficient presented three unexpected maxima that are concomitant with quasi-plateaux in the Hall coefficient [2]. In a second series of experiments, torque magnetometry (which mainly probes the three Dirac valley electron pockets) detected a field-induced phase transition [3]. The full understanding of the electron and hole behaviours above the quantum limit of pure Bi is therefore still under debate. In this talk, we will present our measurement of the Hall resistivity and torque magnetometry with magnetic field up to 31 T and rotating in the trigonal-bisectrix plane [4]. The Hall response is dominated by the hole pockets according to its sign as well as the period and the angular dependence of its quantum oscillations. In the vicinity of the quantum limit, it presents additional anomalies which are the fingerprints of the electron pockets. We found that for particular orientations of the magnetic field (namely ``magic angles''), the Hall response becomes field-independent within the experimental resolution around 20T. This drastic dependence of the plateaux on the field orientation provides strong constraints for theoretical scenarios. [4pt] [1] Bertrand I. Halperin, Japanese Journal of Applied Physics, 26, Supplement 26-3 (1987).[0pt] [2] Kamran Behnia, Luis Balicas, Yakov Kopelevich, Science, 317, 1729 (2008).[0pt] [3] Lu Li, J. G. Checkelsky, Y. S. Hor, C. Uher, A. F. Hebard, R. J. Cava, and N. P. Ong , Science, 321, 5888 (2008).[0pt] [4] Benoît Fauqu'e, Luis Balicas, Ilya Sheikin, Jean Paul Issi and Kamran Behnia

  10. Synthesis of mercuric iodide and bismuth tri-iodide nanoparticles for heavy metal iodide films nucleation

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    Fornaro, L.; Pereira, H.Bentos [Compound Semiconductors Group, CURE, Universidad de la Republica, Rocha (Uruguay); Aguiar, I.; Perez Barthaburu, M. [Compound Semiconductors Group, Facultad de Quimica, Univ. de la Republica, Montevideo (Uruguay)

    2011-12-15

    We synthesized mercuric iodide and bismuth tri-iodide nanoparticles by suspension in octadecene, from Hg(NO{sub 3}){sub 2}.H{sub 2}O and I{sub 2}, and from Bi(NO{sub 3}){sub 3}.5H{sub 2}O and I{sub 2}, respectively. The best synthesis conditions were 2 h at 70-80 C, followed by 10 min at 110 C for mercuric iodide nanoparticles, and 4 h at 80-110 C, followed by 10 min at 180-210 C for bismuth tri-iodide ones. Nanoparticles were then washed and centrifuged with ether repeatedly. Compounds identity was confirmed by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and energy dispersive spectrometry (EDS). We found shifts of the X-ray diffraction maxima for nanoparticles of both compounds. We characterized the nanoparticles by transmission (TEM) and scanning (SEM) electron microscopy. We obtained disk-like and squared mercuric iodide nanostructures, 80-140 nm and 100-125 nm in size respectively. We also obtained rounded and rod-like bismuth tri-iodide nanoparticles, 30-500 nm in size. Acetonitrile and isopropanol suspensions of mercuric iodide nanoparticles, and acetonitrile suspension of bismuth tri-iodide nanoparticles exhibited peak maxima shifts in their UV-Vis spectra. We synthesized for the first time mercuric iodide and bismuth tri-iodide nanoparticles by the suspension method, although we have not yet obtained uniform shape and size distributions. They offer interesting perspectives for crystalline film nucleation and for improving current applications of these materials, as well as for opening new ones. (copyright 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  11. Comportamiento parabólico del crecimiento de capas boradas en los aceros Y8A y X12M // Parabolic behavior of boriding layers growth in Y8A and X12M steels

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    C. Figueroa Hernández

    1999-01-01

    Full Text Available Se determina la influencia que tienen los principales parámetros tecnológicos del borado en el crecimiento de las capas y secorrobora el cumplimiento de la ley parabólica para predecir este comportamiento en los aceros Y8A y X12M.El proceso de borado se aplica en una mezcla de carburo de silicio y bórax (70 y 30 % a la temperatura de 850, 900 y 950 oCdurante un tiempo de 2, 4 y 6 horas. Como variable dependiente se seleccionó la profundidad del recubrimiento, a partir de lacual se obtuvieron los coeficientes del crecimiento parabólico y la energía de activación en función de la temperatura, el tiempodel proceso y el tipo de acero.La caracterización metalográfica reveló la presencia de la fase Fe2BPalabras claves: Borado, recubrimiento superf icial , t ecnología de recubrimiento.__________________________________________________________________________AbstractIt was determined the influence of the main technological parameters of the boriding process, and a mathematical model thatallows to predict this conduct on the steels Y8A and X12M steels was obtained.The boriding process is applied in a mixture of silicon carbide and borax (70 and 30% at 850, 900 and 950 oC temperatureduring a period of time 2, 4 and 6 hours. As an independent variable the depth of the coat was selected.It was obtained the parabolic growth coefficients, and the activation energy according to temperature, time and the chemicalcomposition of steel.Metallografic analysis reveals the presence of Fe2B phase.Key words: Boriding process, superf icial coat , coat technology.

  12. History of ``NANO''-Scale VERY EARLY Solid-State (and Liquid-State) Physics/Chemistry/Metallurgy/ Ceramics; Interstitial-Alloys Carbides/Nitrides/Borides/...Powders and Cermets, Rock Shocks, ...

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    Maiden, Colin; Siegel, Edward

    History of ``NANO'': Siegel-Matsubara-Vest-Gregson[Mtls. Sci. and Eng. 8, 6, 323(`71); Physica Status Solidi (a)11,45(`72)] VERY EARLY carbides/nitrides/borides powders/cermets solid-state physics/chemistry/metallurgy/ ceramics FIRST-EVER EXPERIMENTAL NANO-physics/chemistry[1968 ->Physica Status Solidi (a)11,45(`72); and EARLY NANO-``physics''/NANO-``chemistry'' THEORY(after: Kubo(`62)-Matsubara(`60s-`70s)-Fulde (`65) [ref.: Sugano[Microcluster-Physics, Springer('82 `98)

  13. Crystal structures and compressibility of novel iron borides Fe{sub 2}B{sub 7} and Fe{sub x}B{sub 50} synthesized at high pressure and high temperature

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    Bykova, E., E-mail: elena.bykova@uni-bayreuth.de [Bavarian Research Institute of Experimental Geochemistry and Geophysics, University of Bayreuth, D-95440 Bayreuth (Germany); Laboratory of Crystallography, University of Bayreuth, D-95440 Bayreuth (Germany); Gou, H.; Bykov, M. [Laboratory of Crystallography, University of Bayreuth, D-95440 Bayreuth (Germany); Hanfland, M. [European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, BP 220, Grenoble F-38043 (France); Dubrovinsky, L. [Bavarian Research Institute of Experimental Geochemistry and Geophysics, University of Bayreuth, D-95440 Bayreuth (Germany); Dubrovinskaia, N. [Laboratory of Crystallography, University of Bayreuth, D-95440 Bayreuth (Germany)

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    We present here a detailed description of the crystal structures of novel iron borides, Fe{sub 2}B{sub 7} and Fe{sub x}B{sub 50} with various iron content (x=1.01(1), 1.04(1), 1.32(1)), synthesized at high pressures and high temperatures. As revealed by high-pressure single-crystal X-ray diffraction, the structure of Fe{sub 2}B{sub 7} possesses short incompressible B–B bonds, which make it as stiff as diamond in one crystallographic direction. The volume compressibility of Fe{sub 2}B{sub 7} (the bulk modulus K{sub 0}= 259(1.8) GPa, K{sub 0}′= 4 (fixed)) is even lower than that of FeB{sub 4} and comparable with that of MnB{sub 4}, known for high bulk moduli among 3d metal borides. Fe{sub x}B{sub 50} adopts the structure of the tetragonal δ-B, in which Fe atoms occupy an interstitial position. Fe{sub x}B{sub 50} does not show considerable anisotropy in the elastic behavior. - Graphical abstract: Crystal structures of novel iron borides, Fe{sub 2}B{sub 7} and Fe{sub x}B{sub 50} (x=1.01(1), 1.04(1), 1.32(1)). - Highlights: • Novel iron borides, Fe{sub 2}B{sub 7} and Fe{sub x}B{sub 50}, were synthesized under HPHT conditions. • Fe{sub 2}B{sub 7} has a unique orthorhombic structure (space group Pbam). • Fe{sub 2}B{sub 7} possesses short incompressible B–B bonds that results in high bulk modulus. • Fe{sub x}B{sub 50} adopts the structure of the tetragonal δ-B composed of B{sub 12} icosahedra. • In Fe{sub x}B{sub 50} intraicosahedral bonds are stiffer than intericosahedral ones.

  14. Synthesis, characterization and thermoelectric properties of metal borides, boron carbides and carbaborides; Synthese, Charakterisierung und thermoelektrische Eigenschaften ausgewaehlter Metallboride, Borcarbide und Carbaboride

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    Guersoy, Murat

    2015-07-06

    This work reports on the solid state synthesis and structural and thermoelectrical characterization of hexaborides (CaB{sub 6}, SrB{sub 6}, BaB{sub 6}, EuB{sub 6}), diboride dicarbides (CeB{sub 2}C{sub 2}, LaB{sub 2}C{sub 2}), a carbaboride (NaB{sub 5}C) and composites of boron carbide. The characterization was performed by X-ray diffraction methods and Rietveld refinements based on structure models from literature. Most of the compounds were densified by spark plasma sintering at 100 MPa. As high-temperature thermoelectric properties the Seebeck coefficients, electrical conductivities, thermal diffusivities and heat capacities were measured between room temperature and 1073 K. ZT values as high as 0.5 at 1273 K were obtained for n-type conducting EuB{sub 6}. High-temperature X-ray diffraction also confirmed its thermal stability. The solid solutions Ca{sub x}Sr{sub 1-x}B{sub 6}, Ca{sub x}Ba{sub 1-x}B{sub 6} and Sr{sub x}Ba{sub 1-x}B{sub 6} (x = 0, 0.25, 0.5, 0.75, 1) are also n-type but did not show better ZT values for the ternary compounds compared to the binaries, but for CaB{sub 6} the values of the figure of merit (ca. 0.3 at 1073 K) were significantly increased (ca. 50 %) compared to earlier investigations which is attributed to the densification process. Sodium carbaboride, NaB{sub 5}C, was found to be the first p-type thermoelectric material that crystallizes with the hexaboride-structure type. Seebeck coefficients of ca. 80 μV . K{sup -1} were obtained. Cerium diboride dicarbide, CeB{sub 2}C{sub 2}, and lanthanum diboride dicarbide, LaB{sub 2}C{sub 2}, are metallic. Both compounds were used as model compounds to develop compacting strategies for such layered borides. Densities obtained at 50 MPa were determined to be higher than 90 %. A new synthesis route using single source precursors that contain boron and carbon was developed to open the access to new metal-doped boron carbides. It was possible to obtain boron carbide, but metal-doping could not be

  15. Ternary borides Nb7Fe3B8 and Ta7Fe3B8 with Kagome-type iron framework.

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    Zheng, Qiang; Gumeniuk, Roman; Borrmann, Horst; Schnelle, Walter; Tsirlin, Alexander A; Rosner, Helge; Burkhardt, Ulrich; Reissner, Michael; Grin, Yuri; Leithe-Jasper, Andreas

    2016-06-21

    Two new ternary borides TM7Fe3B8 (TM = Nb, Ta) were synthesized by high-temperature thermal treatment of samples obtained by arc-melting. This new type of structure with space group P6/mmm, comprises TM slabs containing isolated planar hexagonal [B6] rings and iron centered TM columns in a Kagome type of arrangement. Chemical bonding analysis in Nb7Fe3B8 by means of the electron localizability approach reveals two-center interactions forming the Kagome net of Fe and embedded B, while weaker multicenter bonding present between this net and Nb atoms. Magnetic susceptibility measurements reveal antiferromagnetic order below TN = 240 K for Nb7Fe3B8 and TN = 265 K for Ta7Fe3B8. Small remnant magnetization below 0.01μB per f.u. is observed in the antiferromagnetic state. The bulk nature of the magnetic transistions was confirmed by the hyperfine splitting of the Mössbauer spectra, the sizable anomalies in the specific heat capacity, and the kinks in the resistivity curves. The high-field paramagnetic susceptibilities fitted by the Curie-Weiss law show effective paramagnetic moments μeff≈ 3.1μB/Fe in both compounds. The temperature dependence of the electrical resistivity also reveals metallic character of both compounds. Density functional calculations corroborate the metallic behaviour of both compounds and demonstrate the formation of a sizable local magnetic moment on the Fe-sites. They indicate the presence of both antiferro- and ferrromagnetic interactions.

  16. New ternary tantalum borides containing boron dumbbells: Experimental and theoretical studies of Ta2OsB2 and TaRuB

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    Mbarki, Mohammed; Touzani, Rachid St.; Rehorn, Christian W. G.; Gladisch, Fabian C.; Fokwa, Boniface P. T.

    2016-10-01

    The new ternary transition metal-rich borides Ta2OsB2 and TaRuB have been successfully synthesized by arc-melting the elements in a water-cooled crucible under an argon atmosphere. The crystal structures of both compounds were solved by single-crystal X-ray diffraction and their metal compositions were confirmed by EDX analysis. It was found that Ta2OsB2 and TaRuB crystallize in the tetragonal Nb2OsB2 (space group P4/mnc, no. 128) and the orthorhombic NbRuB (space group Pmma, no. 51) structure types with lattice parameters a=5.878(2) Å, c=6.857(2) Å and a=10.806(2) Å, b=3.196(1) Å, c=6.312(2) Å, respectively. Furthermore, crystallographic, electronic and bonding characteristics have been studied by density functional theory (DFT). Electronic structure relaxation has confirmed the crystallographic parameters while COHP bonding analysis indicates that B2-dummbells are the strongest bonds in both compounds. Moreover, the formation of osmium dumbbells in Ta2OsB2 through a Peierls distortion along the c-axis, is found to be the origin of superstructure formation. Magnetic susceptibility measurements reveal that the two phases are Pauli paramagnets, thus confirming the theoretical DOS prediction of metallic character. Also hints of superconductivity are found in the two phases, however lack of single phase samples has prevented confirmation. Furthermore, the thermodynamic stability of the two modifications of AMB (A=Nb, Ta; M =Ru, Os) are studied using DFT, as new possible phases containing either B4- or B2-units are predicted, the former being the most thermodynamically stable modification.

  17. Electrodes modified with bismuth, antimony and tin precursor compounds for electrochemical stripping analysis of trace metals (a short review)

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    Lezi, Nikolitsa; Economou, Anastasios; Barek, Jiří

    2014-01-01

    Over the last decade, intensive research is being carried out towards the development of “green” electrochemical sensors. Bismuth, antimony and tin electrodes have been proposed as potential substitutes of mercury electrodes in electrochemical stripping analysis of trace metals. The main advantage of these metals as electrode materials is their lower toxicity compared to mercury. Among the different configuration of bismuth, antimony and tin electrodes, one of the most attractive inv...

  18. ELECTRA: A European Lead-bismuth Cooled Training Reactor

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    The lack of low power liquid metal cooled reactors has meant that few engineers within the nuclear power industry and research community are familiar with operational procedures of this family of coolants, expected to be used for Generation IV fast neutron systems. The reasons for this lack may include safety issues related to use of Mercury, NaK or sodium as applied in early low power reactors. Especially in western Europe, no low power liquid metal cooled reactor was ever in operation. Here, we present the design of a 2 MWth lead-bismuth cooled reactor with (Pu,Zr)N fuel, relying on natural convection for full power operation. The combination of low power density with natural convection for heat removal makes the reactor ideal for training purposes. The large thermal expansion of heavy liquid metals makes is possible to design low power fast neutron reactors relying on natural convection. Since at present, there exists no suitable material for pumps operating at high velocity in lead alloy environments, the only possible short term solution for constructing such a reactor is anyway to design for 100% natural circulation of the coolant. For this purpose, a small core height, a large difference between coolant inlet and outlet temperatures and a low coolant velocity is desired. By application of (Pu,Zr)N fuel, criticality can be achieved with a fissile inventory of 100 kg LWR grade plutonium. Monte Carlo simulations show that 19 hexagonal fuel assemblies, each with 91 fuel pins having an outer diameter of 1.1 cm, and an active height of 15 cm is sufficient to obtain a critical core. Including end pellets, gas plenum and end caps, the total core height is limited to 30 cm. Adopting P/D = 1.25 and a heat exchanger elevation of 4 m, it is found that 2 MW of thermal power may be removed by a natural circulation velocity of 0.4 m/s. This corresponds to a linear rating of 8 kW/m and a temperature increase of the coolant equal to 240 degrees. Limiting the clad temperature

  19. Bismuth-ceramic nanocomposites through ball milling and liquid crystal synthetic methods

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    Dellinger, Timothy Michael

    Three methods were developed for the synthesis of bismuth-ceramic nanocomposites, which are of interest due to possible use as thermoelectric materials. In the first synthetic method, high energy ball milling of bismuth metal with either MgO or SiO2 was found to produce nanostructured bismuth dispersed on a ceramic material. The morphology of the resulting bismuth depended on its wetting behavior with respect to the ceramic: the metal wet the MgO, but did not wet on the SiO2. Differential Scanning Calorimetry measurements on these composites revealed unusual thermal stability, with nanostructure retained after multiple cycles of heating and cooling through the metal's melting point. The second synthesis methodology was based on the use of lyotropic liquid crystals. These mixtures of water and amphiphilic molecules self-assemble to form periodic structures with nanometer-scale hydrophilic and hydrophobic domains. A novel shear mixing methodology was developed for bringing together reactants which were added to the liquid crystals as dissolved salts. The liquid crystals served to mediate synthesis by acting as nanoreactors to confine chemical reactions within the nanoscale domains of the mesophase, and resulted in the production of nanoparticles. By synthesizing lead sulfide (PbS) and bismuth (Bi) particles as proof-of-concept, it was shown that nanoparticle size could be controlled by controlling the dimensionality of the nanoreactors through control of the liquid crystalline phase. Particle size was shown to decrease upon going from three-dimensionally percolating nanoreactors, to two dimensional sheet-like nanoreactors, to one dimensional rod-like nanoreactors. Additionally, particle size could be controlled by varying the precursor salt concentration. Since the nanoparticles did not agglomerate in the liquid crystal immediately after synthesis, bismuth-ceramic nanocomposites could be prepared by synthesizing Bi nanoparticles and mixing in SiO2 particles which

  20. Syntheses, crystal structures and characterizations of two new bismuth(III) arsenites

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    Liu Junhui [State Key Laboratory of Structural Chemistry, Fujian Institute of Research on the Structure of Matter, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Fuzhou 350002 (China); Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100039 (China); Kong Fang [State Key Laboratory of Structural Chemistry, Fujian Institute of Research on the Structure of Matter, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Fuzhou 350002 (China); Gai Yanli [State Key Laboratory of Structural Chemistry, Fujian Institute of Research on the Structure of Matter, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Fuzhou 350002 (China); Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100039 (China); Mao Jianggao, E-mail: mjg@fjirsm.ac.cn [State Key Laboratory of Structural Chemistry, Fujian Institute of Research on the Structure of Matter, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Fuzhou 350002 (China)

    2013-01-15

    Two new bismuth arsenites with two different structural types, namely, Bi{sub 2}O(AsO{sub 3})Cl (1), Bi{sub 8}O{sub 6}(AsO{sub 3}){sub 2}(AsO{sub 4}){sub 2} (2), have been synthesized by the solid-state reactions. Compound 1 exhibits novel 2D bismuth arsenite layers with Bi{sub 4}O{sub 4} rings capped by oxide anions, which are further interconnected by Bi-Cl-Bi bridges into a 3D network. Compound 2 contains both arsenite and arsenate anions, its 3D structures are based on 1D bismuth arsenite and 1D bismuth arsenate chains both along b-axis, which are interconnected by oxide anions via Bi-O-Bi bridges, forming 1D tunnels of Bi{sub 4}As{sub 4} 8-membered rings (MRs) along b-axis, the lone pairs of the arsenite groups are orientated toward the centers of the above tunnels. Thermogravimetric analysis indicated that both compounds display high thermal stability. Optical property measurements revealed that they are wide band-gap semiconductors. Both compounds display broad green-light emission bands centered at 506 nm under excitation at 380 and 388 nm. - Graphical abstract: Solid state reactions of Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3} (BiCl{sub 3}) and As{sub 2}O{sub 3} yielded two new compounds with two different structural types, namely, Bi{sub 2}O(AsO{sub 3})Cl (1), Bi{sub 8}O{sub 6}(AsO{sub 3}){sub 2}(AsO{sub 4}){sub 2} (2). They represent the first examples of bismuth arsenates. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Solid state reactions of Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3} (BiCl{sub 3}) and As{sub 2}O{sub 3} yielded two new phases. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer They represent the first examples of bismuth arsenites. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The two compounds exhibit two different structural types.

  1. Pharmacokinetics and bioequivalence of ranitidine and bismuth derived from two compound preparations

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    Quan Zhou; Zou-Rong Ruan; Hong Yuan; Bo Jiang; Dong-Hang Xu

    2006-01-01

    AIM: To evaluate the bioequivalence of ranitidine and bismuth derived from two compound preparations.METHODS: The bioavailability was measured in 20healthy male Chinese volunteers following a single oral dose (equivalent to 200 mg of ranitidine and 220 mg of bismuth) of the test or reference products in the fasting state. Then blood samples were collected for 24 h.Plasma concentrations of ranitidine and bismuth were analyzed by high-performance liquid chromatography and inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (ICPMS), respectively. The non-compartmental method was used for pharmacokinetic analysis. Log-transformed Cmax,AUC(0-t) and AUC(0-∞) were tested for bioequivalence using ANOVA and Schuirmann two-one sided t-test. Tmax was analyzed by Wilcoxon's test.RESULTS: Various pharmacokinetic parameters of ranitidine derived from the two compound preparations,including Cmax, AUC(0-t), AUC(0-∞), Tmax and T1/2, were nearly consistent with previous observations. These parameters derived from test and reference drug were as follows: Cmax(0.67 ± 0.21 vs 0.68 ± 0.22mg/L), AUC(0-t)(3.1 ± 0.6 vs 3.0 ± 0.7 mg/L per hour),AUC(0-∞)(3.3 ± 0.6 vs 3.2 ± 0.8 mg/L per hour),Tmax (2.3 ± 0.9 vs 2.1 ± 0.9 h) and T1/2 (2.8 ± 0.3 vs 3.1± 0.4 h). In addition, double-peak absorption profiles of ranitidine were found in some Chinese volunteers.For bismuth, those parameters derived from test and reference drug were as follows: Cmax (11.80 ± 7.36 vs 11.40 ± 6.55 μg/L),AUC(0-t) (46.65 ± 16.97 vs 47.03 ±21.49 μg/L per hour), Tmax (0.50 ± 0.20 vs 0.50 ± 0.20 h)and T1/2 (10.2 ± 2.3 vs 13.0 ± 6.9 h). Ninety percent of confidence intervals for the test/reference ratio of Cmax,AUC(0-t) and AUC(0-∞) derived from both ranitidine and bismuth were found within the bioequivalence acceptable range of 80%-125%. No significant difference was found in Tmax derived from both ranitidine and bismuth.CONCLUSION: The two compound preparations are bioequivalent and may be prescribed

  2. Characterization, Leaching, and Filtration Testing for Bismuth Phosphate Sludge (Group 1) and Bismuth Phosphate Saltcake (Group 2) Actual Waste Sample Composites

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    Lumetta, Gregg J.; Buck, Edgar C.; Daniel, Richard C.; Draper, Kathryn; Edwards, Matthew K.; Fiskum, Sandra K.; Hallen, Richard T.; Jagoda, Lynette K.; Jenson, Evan D.; Kozelisky, Anne E.; MacFarlan, Paul J.; Peterson, Reid A.; Shimskey, Rick W.; Sinkov, Sergey I.; Snow, Lanee A.

    2009-02-19

    A testing program evaluating actual tank waste was developed in response to Task 4 from the M-12 External Flowsheet Review Team (EFRT) issue response plan.() The test program was subdivided into logical increments. The bulk water-insoluble solid wastes that are anticipated to be delivered to the Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant (WTP) were identified according to type such that the actual waste testing could be targeted to the relevant categories. Eight broad waste groupings were defined. Samples available from the 222S archive were identified and obtained for testing. The actual waste-testing program included homogenizing the samples by group, characterizing the solids and aqueous phases, and performing parametric leaching tests. Two of the eight defined groups—bismuth phosphate sludge (Group 1) and bismuth phosphate saltcake (Group 2)—are the subjects of this report. The Group 1 waste was anticipated to be high in phosphorus and was implicitly assumed to be present as BiPO4 (however, results presented here indicate that the phosphate in Group 1 is actually present as amorphous iron(III) phosphate). The Group 2 waste was also anticipated to be high in phosphorus, but because of the relatively low bismuth content and higher aluminum content, it was anticipated that the Group 2 waste would contain a mixture of gibbsite, sodium phosphate, and aluminum phosphate. Thus, the focus of the Group 1 testing was on determining the behavior of P removal during caustic leaching, and the focus of the Group 2 testing was on the removal of both P and Al. The waste-type definition, archived sample conditions, homogenization activities, characterization (physical, chemical, radioisotope, and crystal habit), and caustic leaching behavior as functions of time, temperature, and hydroxide concentration are discussed in this report. Testing was conducted according to TP-RPP-WTP-467.

  3. Graphite felt modified with bismuth nanoparticles as negative electrode in a vanadium redox flow battery.

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    Suárez, David J; González, Zoraida; Blanco, Clara; Granda, Marcos; Menéndez, Rosa; Santamaría, Ricardo

    2014-03-01

    A graphite felt decorated with bismuth nanoparticles was studied as negative electrode in a vanadium redox flow battery (VRFB). The results confirm the excellent electrochemical performance of the bismuth modified electrode in terms of the reversibility of the V(3+) /V(2+) redox reactions and its long-term cycling performance. Moreover a mechanism that explains the role that Bi nanoparticles play in the redox reactions in this negative half-cell is proposed. Bi nanoparticles favor the formation of BiHx , an intermediate that reduces V(3+) to V(2+) and, therefore, inhibits the competitive irreversible reaction of hydrogen formation (responsible for the commonly observed loss of Coulombic efficiency of VRFBs). Thus, the total charge consumed during the cathodic sweep in this electrode is used to reduce V(3+) to V(2+) , resulting in a highly reversible and efficient process.

  4. In situ transmission electron microscopy of solid-liquid phase transition of silica encapsulated bismuth nanoparticles

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    Hu, Jianjun; Hong, Yan; Muratore, Chris; Su, Ming; Voevodin, Andrey A.

    2011-09-01

    The solid-liquid phase transition of silica encapsulated bismuth nanoparticles was studied by in situ transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The nanoparticles were prepared by a two-step chemical synthesis process involving thermal decomposition of organometallic precursors for nucleating bismuth and a sol-gel process for growing silica. The microstructural and chemical analyses of the nanoparticles were performed using high-resolution TEM, Z-contrast imaging, focused ion beam milling, and X-ray energy dispersive spectroscopy. Solid-liquid-solid phase transitions of the nanoparticles were directly recorded by electron diffractions and TEM images. The silica encapsulation of the nanoparticles prevented agglomeration and allowed particles to preserve their original volume upon melting, which is desirable for applications of phase change nanoparticles with consistently repeatable thermal properties.

  5. Zero-dimensional nanostructured material with metallic bismuth nanoparticles: a new route for thermoelectrics

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    Benoit, Roland; Treguer, Mona; Saboungi, Marie-Louise

    2011-03-01

    The thermoelectric figure of merit ZT has so far not exceeded the value ZT=3 need to compete with mechanical energy conversion systems. However, theoretical work has shown that it is possible to reach values of ZT higher than this. One of the most promising routes is nanostructured materials, which offer the opportunity to tailor physical properties such as electrical and heat transport, due to the effects of electron filtering and phonon confinement. Dresselhaus et al. (ref.?) were among the first to show that 2D and 1D structures are capable of reaching ZT values higher than 2. The thermoelectric materials of current interest are in the form of nanotubes, nanodots and, more generally, superlattices composed of a matrix and nanoparticles. In our work we synthesize a periodic network of bismuth nanoparticles in a matrix of mesoporous Si O2 . We find that in this form bismuth transforms from a rhombohedral to a cubic structure, with improved filtering of electrons and phonons.

  6. Ab initio lattice dynamics and thermochemistry of layered bismuth telluride (Bi2Te3)

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    Zurhelle, Alexander F.; Deringer, Volker L.; Stoffel, Ralf P.; Dronskowski, Richard

    2016-03-01

    We present density-functional theory calculations of the lattice dynamics of bismuth telluride, yielding force constants, mean-square displacements and partial densities of phonon states which corroborate and complement previous nuclear inelastic scattering experiments. From these data, we derive an element- and energy-resolved view of the vibrational anharmonicity, quantified by the macroscopic Grüneisen parameter γ which results in 1.56. Finally, we calculate thermochemical properties in the quasiharmonic approximation, especially the heat capacity at constant pressure and the enthalpy of formation for bismuth telluride; the latter arrives at ▵H f (Bi2Te3)  =  -102 kJ mol-1 at 298 K.

  7. Recovery of IR luminescence in photobleached bismuth-doped fibers by thermal annealing

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    Firstov, S. V.; Firstova, E. G.; Alyshev, S. V.; Khopin, V. F.; Riumkin, K. E.; Melkumov, M. A.; Guryanov, A. N.; Dianov, E. M.

    2016-08-01

    The effect of annealing temperature on the luminescent properties of bismuth-doped fibers bleached by 532 nm laser radiation was investigated. The photoluminescence (PL) measurements were performed in pristine and photobleached samples which were thermally annealed at various temperatures ranging from 100 to 900 °C and slowly cooled. We observed that the intensity of the PL band at 1700 nm in the photobleached fibers recovered its pre-bleached level. Moreover, it was shown that a significant increase of the PL level could be achieved using the special annealing regime. Thereby, we obtained the experimental evidence of a thermally activated recovery process of the PL intensity showing that photoinduced changes of PL in bismuth-doped fibers are completely reversible. The mechanism of the thermal recovery of the PL is discussed.

  8. Synthesis of Bismuth Ferrite Nanoparticles via a Wet Chemical Route at Low Temperature

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    Yongming Hu

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Nanoparticles (NPs of multiferroic bismuth ferrite (BiFeO3 with narrow size distributions were synthesized via a wet chemical route using bismuth nitrate and iron nitrate as starting materials and excess tartaric acid and citric acid as chelating agent, respectively, followed by thermal treatment. It was found that BiFeO3 NPs crystallized at ∼350∘C when using citric acid as chelating agent. Such crystallization temperature is much lower than that of conventional chemical process in which other types of chelating agent are used. BiFeO3 NPs with different sizes distributions show obvious ferromagnetic properties, and the magnetization is increased with reducing the particle size.

  9. Quantum transport, anomalous dephasing, and spin-orbit coupling in an open ballistic bismuth nanocavity

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    Hackens, B.; Minet, J. P.; Faniel, S.; Farhi, G.; Gustin, C.; Issi, J. P.; Heremans, J. P.; Bayot, V.

    2003-03-01

    The phase coherence time τφ and spin-orbit coupling time τso are measured in a bismuth quasiballistic nanocavity and in bismuth thin films using weak antilocalization and universal conductance fluctuations. The cavity is found to be zero dimensional for phase-coherent processes at low temperature. Weak antilocalization seems weakly affected by this drastic reduction of dimensionality. The temperature dependence of τφ is similar in both types of samples, qualitatively consistent with low-energy transfer two-dimensional electron-electron interaction effects as the dominant dephasing mechanism. Strikingly, τφ in the dot is found to be an order-of-magnitude smaller than in the film, and orders-of-magnitude smaller than the theoretical prediction.

  10. Synthesis and Electrochemical Sensing Toward Heavy Metals of Bunch-like Bismuth Nanostructures

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    Zhang Zhi

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Large-scale bunch-like bismuth (Bi nanostructures were the first time to be synthesized via two-step electrochemical deposition. The growth mechanism of the nanostructures was discussed. Such a designed bunch-like Bi electrode has high sensitivity to detect the heavy metal ions due to its unique three-dimensional structures and strong ability of adsorbing the heavy metal ions. The bunch-like Bi electrode’s detection of heavy metals was statically performed using anodic stripping voltammetry (ASV. The detection in the Pb(II concentration range of 2.5–50 μg/l was also performed. Based on the experimental results, this bunch-like Bi electrode can be considered as an interesting alternative to common mercury electrodes and bismuth film electrodes for possible use in electrochemical studies and electroanalytical applications.

  11. Intercalation of pyridine and its derivatives into crystalline bismuth molybdenum hydrous oxide

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    Bismuth molybdenum hydrous oxide was prepared by water-thermally direct precipitation in relatively concentrated solutions. The composition of the resulting product was Bi2Mo3O12 x 3.86 H2O determined by thermal analysis and ICP. The X-ray powder diffraction patterns of the crystal synthesized was identical with that of Bi2Mo3O12 x 4.75 H2O. Pyridine, 2,5-dimethylpyridine and 4-benzylpiridine were intercalated into inorganic crystal, significantly expanding interlayer distance along b axis in the monoclinic cell unit of bismuth molybdenum hydrous oxide. The organic molecules were intercalated by solvent exchange mechanism which mainly devoted to the expansion of interlayer spacing. (author)

  12. Equilibrium evaporation of trace polonium from liquid lead–bismuth eutectic at high temperature

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    Highlights: •We studied evaporation of trace polonium from liquid lead–bismuth eutectic. •Our methods for Po are validated through analysis of LBE evaporation. •At low concentration Po evaporates from LBE according to Henry’s law. •New Henry constant-temperature correlations for Po in LBE are presented. -- Abstract: The evaporation of Po from its dilute solution in liquid lead–bismuth eutectic (LBE) was determined between 700 and 1000 °C in Ar/5%H2 by the transpiration method. Concurrent measurements of the evaporation of LBE could be well reproduced by calculations using literature data, confirming conditions of equilibrium and convective vapor transport in our transpiration method experiments. This allowed to model the Po evaporation data and extract accurate temperature correlations for the Henry constant for Po dissolved in LBE at two different Po concentrations. Extrapolations of the new correlations were in excellent agreement with existing data at lower temperature

  13. Gamma-ray shielding and structural properties of barium-bismuth-borosilicate glasses

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    Bootjomchai, Cherdsak; Laopaiboon, Jintana; Yenchai, Chadet; Laopaiboon, Raewat

    2012-07-01

    The attenuation coefficients of barium-bismuth-borosilicate glasses have been measured for gamma-ray photon energies of 662, 1173 and 1332 keV using a narrow beam transmission geometry. These coefficients were then used to obtain the values of mass attenuation coefficients, effective atomic number, effective electron density and mean free path. Good agreement has been observed between experimental and theoretical values of these parameters. From the obtained results it is reported here that from the barium-bismuth-borosilicate glasses are better shields to gamma-radiations in comparison to the standard radiation shielding concretes from the shielding point of view. The molar volume, FTIR and acoustic investigations have been used to study the structural properties of the prepared glass system. The obtained results reveal that the formation of non-bridging oxygens occurs at higher concentration of Bi2O3.

  14. Mixed-layered bismuth--oxygen--iodine materials for capture and waste disposal of radioactive iodine

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    Krumhansl, James L; Nenoff, Tina M

    2015-01-06

    Materials and methods of synthesizing mixed-layered bismuth oxy-iodine materials, which can be synthesized in the presence of aqueous radioactive iodine species found in caustic solutions (e.g. NaOH or KOH). This technology provides a one-step process for both iodine sequestration and storage from nuclear fuel cycles. It results in materials that will be durable for repository conditions much like those found in Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) and estimated for Yucca Mountain (YMP). By controlled reactant concentrations, optimized compositions of these mixed-layered bismuth oxy-iodine inorganic materials are produced that have both a high iodine weight percentage and a low solubility in groundwater environments.

  15. Synthesis and Electrochemical Sensing Toward Heavy Metals of Bunch-like Bismuth Nanostructures

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    Zhang, Zhi; Yu, Ke; Bai, Dan; Zhu, Ziqiang

    2010-02-01

    Large-scale bunch-like bismuth (Bi) nanostructures were the first time to be synthesized via two-step electrochemical deposition. The growth mechanism of the nanostructures was discussed. Such a designed bunch-like Bi electrode has high sensitivity to detect the heavy metal ions due to its unique three-dimensional structures and strong ability of adsorbing the heavy metal ions. The bunch-like Bi electrode’s detection of heavy metals was statically performed using anodic stripping voltammetry (ASV). The detection in the Pb(II) concentration range of 2.5-50 μg/l was also performed. Based on the experimental results, this bunch-like Bi electrode can be considered as an interesting alternative to common mercury electrodes and bismuth film electrodes for possible use in electrochemical studies and electroanalytical applications.

  16. Evaluation of bismuth shielding effectiveness in reducing breast absorbed dose during thoracic CT scan

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    Computed Tomography (CT) is an essential method for tracking neoplasia and efficiently diagnosing a wide variety of thoracic diseases. CT is generally considered the most accurate choice for lung examination. Due to the growing use of CT, breast and other superficial and radiosensitive organs are unnecessarily irradiated during radiological procedures, thus requiring the development of strategies appropriate to optimize and, if possible, to reduce the radiation dose. The use of bismuth shielding to reduce radiation dose absorbed by breast during thoracic CT examinations has been the subject of many studies recently published by Brazilian and foreign authors of various fields. The purpose of this paper is both to accurately determine the glandular dose when breast is exposed to radiation and to assess the reduction in absorbed dose during thoracic CT examinations, using a set of Thermoluminescent Dosimeters, an anthropomorphic phantom and bismuth shielding. (Author)

  17. Evaluation of bismuth shielding effectiveness in reducing breast absorbed dose during thoracic CT scan

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    Alonso, T. C.; Mourao, A. P.; Santana, P. C.; Silva, T. A. [Federal University of Minas Gerais, Program of Nuclear Science and Techniques, Av. Pte. Antonio Carlos 6627, 31270-901 Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais (Brazil)

    2015-10-15

    Computed Tomography (CT) is an essential method for tracking neoplasia and efficiently diagnosing a wide variety of thoracic diseases. CT is generally considered the most accurate choice for lung examination. Due to the growing use of CT, breast and other superficial and radiosensitive organs are unnecessarily irradiated during radiological procedures, thus requiring the development of strategies appropriate to optimize and, if possible, to reduce the radiation dose. The use of bismuth shielding to reduce radiation dose absorbed by breast during thoracic CT examinations has been the subject of many studies recently published by Brazilian and foreign authors of various fields. The purpose of this paper is both to accurately determine the glandular dose when breast is exposed to radiation and to assess the reduction in absorbed dose during thoracic CT examinations, using a set of Thermoluminescent Dosimeters, an anthropomorphic phantom and bismuth shielding. (Author)

  18. Structural, optical and glass transition studies on Nd3+-doped lead bismuth borate glasses

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    Nd3+-doped lead bismuth borate (PbO-Bi2O3-B2O3) glasses were prepared with different concentrations of Nd3+. The structural studies were done through FTIR spectral analysis. The glass transition studies were done through differential scanning calorimetry. The optical analysis was done by using Judd-Ofelt theory. The structural study reveals that the glass has [BiO3], BO4, BO3 and PbO4 units as the local structures

  19. Electroless deposition of bismuth on Si(111) wafer from hydrogen fluoride solutions

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    Romann, T., E-mail: tavo.romann@ut.e [Institute of Chemistry, University of Tartu, 2 Jakobi Street, 51014 Tartu (Estonia); Anderson, E.; Kallip, S. [Institute of Chemistry, University of Tartu, 2 Jakobi Street, 51014 Tartu (Estonia); Maendar, H.; Matisen, L. [Institute of Physics, University of Tartu, 142 Riia Street, 51014 Tartu (Estonia); Lust, E. [Institute of Chemistry, University of Tartu, 2 Jakobi Street, 51014 Tartu (Estonia)

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    Thin Bi layers were deposited by simple immersion of silicon chip into diluted HF aqueous solution, containing bismuth(III) ions. Bi nanoparticles or continuous up to 300 nm thick Bi film can be grown on silicon by the variation of the temperature and deposition time. Prepared surfaces have been characterized by atomic force microscopy, X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, Raman scattering, photoluminescence and resistivity measurement methods. It was found that thinner Bi layers have a yellowish colour.

  20. Quantum Interference of Surface States in Bismuth Nanowires in Transverse Magnetic Fields

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    Konopko, L. A.; Huber, T. E.; Nikolaeva, A. A.; Burceacov, L. A.

    2013-06-01

    We report the results of studies of the magnetoresistance (MR) and electric field effect (EFE) of single-crystal Bi nanowires with diameter dMurakami, bismuth bilayers can exhibit the quantum spin Hall effect. A Bi crystal can be viewed as a stacking of bilayers with a honeycomblike lattice structure along the [111] direction. An interpretation of transverse MR oscillations with using this theory is presented.

  1. Equilibrium distribution of samarium and europium between fluoride salt melts and liquid bismuth

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    Zagnit'ko, A. V.; Ignat'ev, V. V.

    2016-01-01

    The extraction of samarium and europium from a melt of a molar composition 73LiF-27BeF2 into liquid bismuth with additions of lithium as a reducing agent at a temperature of 600-610°C was studied. The equilibrium distribution coefficients of samarium and europium were measured. In the metal fluoride salt melt under study, the valence of samarium and europium was shown to be equal to two.

  2. Analysis of the color alteration and radiopacity promoted by bismuth oxide in calcium silicate cement

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    Marina Angelica Marciano

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available The aim of the study was to determine if the increase in radiopacity provided by bismuth oxide is related to the color alteration of calcium silicate-based cement. Calcium silicate cement (CSC was mixed with 0%, 15%, 20%, 30% and 50% of bismuth oxide (BO, determined by weight. Mineral trioxide aggregate (MTA was the control group. The radiopacity test was performed according to ISO 6876/2001. The color was evaluated using the CIE system. The assessments were performed after 24 hours, 7 and 30 days of setting time, using a spectrophotometer to obtain the ΔE, Δa, Δb and ΔL values. The statistical analyses were performed using the Kruskal-Wallis/Dunn and ANOVA/Tukey tests (p 3 mm equivalent of Al. The MTA group was statistically similar to the CSC / 30% BO group (p > 0.05. In regard to color, the increase of bismuth oxide resulted in a decrease in the ΔE value of the calcium silicate cement. The CSC group presented statistically higher ΔE values than the CSC / 50% BO group (p < 0.05. The comparison between 24 hours and 7 days showed higher ΔE for the MTA group, with statistical differences for the CSC / 15% BO and CSC / 50% BO groups (p < 0.05. After 30 days, CSC showed statistically higher ΔE values than CSC / 30% BO and CSC / 50% BO (p < 0.05. In conclusion, the increase in radiopacity provided by bismuth oxide has no relation to the color alteration of calcium silicate-based cements.

  3. Report - Melter Testing of New High Bismuth HLW Formulations VSL-13R2770-1

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    Kruger, Albert A.; Pegg, I. L.; Kot, W. K.; Gan, H.; Matlack, K. S.

    2013-11-13

    The primary objective of the work described was to test two glasses formulated for a high bismuth waste stream on the DM100 melter system. Testing was designed to determine processing characteristics and production rates, assess the tendency for foaming, and confirm glass properties. The glass compositions tested were previously developed to maintain high waste loadings and processing rates while suppressing the foaming observed in previous tests

  4. Opto-electronic properties of bismuth oxide films presenting different crystallographic phases

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    Gomez, Celia L. [Instituto de Investigaciones en Materiales, UNAM, Circuito Exterior s/n CU, México D.F. 04510 (Mexico); Posgrado en Ciencia e Ingeniería de Materiales, UNAM, Unidad de Posgrado, Edificio C, Piso 1, Zona Cultural de CU, México, D.F. 04510 (Mexico); Depablos-Rivera, Osmary, E-mail: osmarydep@yahoo.com [Instituto de Investigaciones en Materiales, UNAM, Circuito Exterior s/n CU, México D.F. 04510 (Mexico); Posgrado en Ciencia e Ingeniería de Materiales, UNAM, Unidad de Posgrado, Edificio C, Piso 1, Zona Cultural de CU, México, D.F. 04510 (Mexico); Silva-Bermudez, Phaedra [Instituto de Investigaciones en Materiales, UNAM, Circuito Exterior s/n CU, México D.F. 04510 (Mexico); Instituto Nacional de Rehabilitación, Calz. México Xochimilco No. 289 Col. Arenal de Guadalupe, C.P.14389, Ciudad de México, D.F. (Mexico); Muhl, Stephen [Instituto de Investigaciones en Materiales, UNAM, Circuito Exterior s/n CU, México D.F. 04510 (Mexico); Zeinert, Andreas; Lejeune, Michael; Charvet, Stephane; Barroy, Pierre [Laboratoire de Physique de la Matière Condensée, Université de Picardie Jules Verne, 33 rue Saint Leu, 80039 Amiens Cedex 1 (France); Camps, Enrique [Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Nucleares, Carretera México-Toluca S/N, kilómetro 36.5. La Marquesa, Municipio de Ocoyoacac, CP 52750, Estado de México (Mexico); Rodil, Sandra E. [Instituto de Investigaciones en Materiales, UNAM, Circuito Exterior s/n CU, México D.F. 04510 (Mexico)

    2015-03-02

    The optical, electrical and structural properties of bismuth oxide thin films deposited by radio frequency reactive magnetron sputtering were studied. The Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3} thin films were grown on Si and glass substrates under different power and substrate temperatures in an oxygen-enriched plasma leading to films with different crystalline phase as evidenced by X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy. The optical properties of the films were measured using ellipsometric spectroscopy and optical transmission spectra. In order to parameterize the optical dispersion functions (n, k) of the films, the Tauc–Lorentz dispersion model was used. The optical bandgap was then assessed by different methods and the results are compared to the thermal variations of the electrical resistivity of the films. It was found that the refractive index, extinction coefficient and optical gap strongly depend on the deposition conditions and the crystalline phase; the fluorite defect cubic δ-Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3} phase showed the lowest optical gap and lower resistivity. - Highlights: • Different bismuth oxide phases were obtained by sputtering. • The power and substrate temperature were the two key parameters. • Room temperature delta-Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3} thin films were obtained. • The optical bandgap was around 1.5 and 2.2 eV, depending on the phase. • The bismuth oxide films presented activation energies around 1 eV.

  5. Fabrication and modeling of bismuth titanate-PZT ceramic transducers for high temperature applications

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    Reinhardt, B.; Searfass, C.; Cyphers, R.; Sinding, K.; Pheil, C.; Tittmann, B.

    2013-01-01

    Utilization of a spray-on deposition technique of ferroelectric bismuth titanate (Bi4Ti3O12) composites has a competitive advantage to standard ultrasonic transducers. These can conform to curved surfaces, can operate at high temperature (Curie-Weiss temperature 685 °C) and are mechanically well-coupled to a substrate. However, an issue with many high temperature transducers such as bismuth titanate ceramics is that they have relatively low transduction efficiency, i.e. d33 is about 12-14 pC/F in Bi4Ti3O12 versus 650 pC/F in PZT-5H. It is a common conception that high-temperature capability comes at the cost of electro-mechanical coupling. It will be shown that the high temperature capability of bismuth-titanate-PZT composite transducers using the spray-on deposition technique previously developed, improves the electro-mechanical coupling while maintaining the high temperature performance and mechanical coupling. This material could provide advantages in harsh environments where high signal-to-noise ratios are needed.

  6. Dirac fermions at high-index surfaces of bismuth chalcogenide topological insulator nanostructures

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    Virk, Naunidh; Yazyev, Oleg V.

    2016-02-01

    Binary bismuth chalcogenides Bi2Se3, Bi2Te3, and related materials are currently being extensively investigated as the reference topological insulators (TIs) due to their simple surface-state band dispersion (single Dirac cone) and relatively large bulk band gaps. Nanostructures of TIs are of particular interest as an increased surface-to-volume ratio enhances the contribution of surfaces states, meaning they are promising candidates for potential device applications. So far, the vast majority of research efforts have focused on the low-energy (0001) surfaces, which correspond to natural cleavage planes in these layered materials. However, the surfaces of low-dimensional nanostructures (nanoplatelets, nanowires, nanoribbons) inevitably involve higher-index facets. We perform a systematic ab initio investigation of the surfaces of bismuth chalcogenide TI nanostructures characterized by different crystallographic orientations, atomic structures and stoichiometric compositions. We find several stable terminations of high-index surfaces, which can be realized at different values of the chemical potential of one of the constituent elements. For the uniquely defined stoichiometric termination, the topological Dirac fermion states are shown to be strongly anisotropic with a clear dependence of Fermi velocities and spin polarization on the surface orientation. Self-doping effects and the presence of topologically trivial mid-gap states are found to characterize the non-stoichiometric surfaces. The results of our study pave the way towards experimental control of topologically protected surface states in bismuth chalcogenide nanostructures.

  7. Facile production of thermoelectric bismuth telluride thick films in the presence of polyvinyl alcohol.

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    Lei, C; Burton, M R; Nandhakumar, I S

    2016-06-01

    Bismuth telluride is currently the best performing thermoelectric material for room temperature operations in commercial thermoelectric devices. We report the reproducible and facile production of 600 micron thick bismuth telluride (Bi2Te3) layers by low cost and room temperature pulsed and potentiostatic electrodeposition from a solution containing bismuth and tellurium dioxide in 2 M nitric acid onto nickel in the presence of polyvinyl alcohol (PVA). This was added to the electrolyte to promote thick layer formation and its effect on the structure, morphology and composition of the electrodeposits was investigated by SEM and EDX. Well adherent, uniform, compact and stoichiometric n-type Bi2Te3 films with a high Seebeck coefficient of up to -200 μV K(-1) and a high electrical conductivity of up to 400 S cm(-1) resulting in a power factor of 1.6 × 10(-3) W m(-1) K(-2) at film growth rates of 100 μm h(-1) for potentiostatic electrodeposition were obtained. The films also exhibited a well defined hexagonal structure as determined by XRD.

  8. Bismuth Modified Porous Silica Preparation, Characterization and Photocatalytic Activity Evaluation for Degradation of Isoproturon

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    Anil Kumar Reddy Police; Srinivas Basavaraju; Durga Kumari Valluri; Subrahmanyam Machiraju

    2013-01-01

    Porous silica prepared by using an acrylic emulsion has been impregnated with bismuth ion resulting in Bi2Sio5 species containing surface.The as-prepared materials have been characterized by X-ray diffraction spectroscopy (XRD),X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS),UV-Vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (UV-Vis DRS),scanning electron microscopy (SEM),energy dispersive analysis of X-ray (EDAX),transmission electron microscopy (TEM),Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and N2 adsorption/desorption techniques.EDAX analysis confirms the penetration of bismuth ions into the framework of silica to form Bi2Sio5,which is substantiated by XRD.The UV-Vis DRS shows that the catalysts are optically active and XPS confirms the inclusion of bismuth into the framework of silica.FTIR spectra illustrate the formation of Bi-O-Si linkages in the porous silica framework.SEM and TEM show the spherical morphology,whereas N2 adsorption/desorption study confirms the porosity of the prepared materials.The photocatalytic activity of the material is evaluated for the degradation of isoproturon herbicide and it is found that the material is active as compared to the commercial P-25 Degussa Tio2.

  9. Performance comparison of metallic, actinide burning fuel in lead-bismuth and sodium cooled fast reactors

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    Weaver, K.D.; Herring, J.S.; Macdonald, P.E. [Idaho National Engineering and Environment Lab., Advanced Nuclear Energy, Idaho (United States)

    2001-07-01

    Various methods have been proposed to ''incinerate'' or ''transmute'' the current inventory of transuranic waste (TRU) that exits in spent light-water-reactor (LWR) fuel, and weapons plutonium. These methods include both critical (e.g., fast reactors) and non-critical (e.g., accelerator transmutation) systems. The work discussed here is part of a larger effort at the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory (INEEL) and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to investigate the suitability of lead and lead-alloy cooled fast reactors for producing low-cost electricity as well as for actinide burning. The neutronics of non fertile fuel loaded with 20 or 30-wt% light water reactor (LWR) plutonium plus minor actinides for use in a lead-bismuth cooled fast reactor are discussed in this paper, with an emphasis on the fuel cycle life and isotopic content. Calculations show that the average actinide burn rate is similar for both the sodium and lead-bismuth cooled cases ranging from -1.02 to -1.16 g/MWd, compared to a typical LWR actinide generation rate of 0.303 g/MWd. However, when using the same parameters, the sodium-cooled case went subcritical after 0.2 to 0.8 effective full power years, and the lead-bismuth cooled case ranged from 1.5 to 4.5 effective full power years. (author)

  10. Performance Comparison of Metallic, Actinide Burning Fuel in Lead-Bismuth and Sodium Cooled Fast Reactors

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    Weaver, Kevan Dean; Herring, James Stephen; Mac Donald, Philip Elsworth

    2001-04-01

    Various methods have been proposed to “incinerate” or “transmutate” the current inventory of trans-uranic waste (TRU) that exits in spent light-water-reactor (LWR) fuel, and weapons plutonium. These methods include both critical (e.g., fast reactors) and non-critical (e.g., accelerator transmutation) systems. The work discussed here is part of a larger effort at the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory (INEEL) and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to investigate the suitability of lead and lead-alloy cooled fast reactors for producing low-cost electricity as well as for actinide burning. The neutronics of non-fertile fuel loaded with 20 or 30-wt% light water reactor (LWR) plutonium plus minor actinides for use in a lead-bismuth cooled fast reactor are discussed in this paper, with an emphasis on the fuel cycle life and isotopic content. Calculations show that the average actinide burn rate is similar for both the sodium and lead-bismuth cooled cases ranging from -1.02 to -1.16 g/MWd, compared to a typical LWR actinide generation rate of 0.303 g/MWd. However, when using the same parameters, the sodium-cooled case went subcritical after 0.2 to 0.8 effective full power years, and the lead-bismuth cooled case ranged from 1.5 to 4.5 effective full power years.

  11. Efficient gas sensitivity in mixed bismuth ferrite micro (cubes) and nano (plates) structures

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    Waghmare, Shivaji D.; Jadhav, Vijaykumar V.; Gore, Shaym K. [Center for Nanomaterials and Energy Devices, School of Physical Sciences, Swami Ramanand Teerth Marathwada University, Nanded 431606, Maharashtra (India); Yoon, Seog-Joon; Ambade, Swapnil B. [Inorganic Nanomaterials Laboratory, Department of Chemistry, Hanyang University, Seoul 133-1791 (Korea, Republic of); Lokhande, B.J. [Department of Physics, Solapur University, Solapur (India); Mane, Rajaram S., E-mail: rsmane_2000@yahoo.com [Center for Nanomaterials and Energy Devices, School of Physical Sciences, Swami Ramanand Teerth Marathwada University, Nanded 431606, Maharashtra (India); Han, Sung-Hwan, E-mail: shhan@hanyang.ac.kr [Inorganic Nanomaterials Laboratory, Department of Chemistry, Hanyang University, Seoul 133-1791 (Korea, Republic of)

    2012-12-15

    Graphical abstract: Display Omitted Highlights: ► Micro (cubes) structure embedded in nano (plates) of bismuth ferrite was prepared by a chemical method. ► These structures were characterized by XRD and SEM. ► LPG, CO{sub 2} and NH{sub 4} gases were exposed. ► Properties related to gas sensors were measured and reported. -- Abstract: Mixed micro (cubes) and nano (plates) structures of bismuth ferrite (BFO) have been synthesized by a simple and cost-effective wet-chemical method. Structural, morphological and phase confirmation characteristics are measured using X-ray diffraction, field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) and energy dispersive X-ray analysis techniques. The digital FE-SEM photo-images of BFO sample confirmed an incubation of discrete micro-cubes into thin and regularly placed large number of nano-plates. The bismuth ferrite, with mixed structures, films show considerable performance when used in liquefied petroleum (LPG), carbon dioxide (CO{sub 2}) and ammonium (NH{sub 3}) gas sensors application. Different chemical entities in LPG have made it more efficient with higher sensitivity, recovery and response times compared to CO{sub 2} and NH{sub 3} gases. Furthermore, effect of palladium surface treatment on the gas sensitivity and the charge transfer resistances of BFO mixed structures is investigated and reported.

  12. Growth of GaAsBi alloy under alternated bismuth flows by metalorganic vapor phase epitaxy

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    Chine, Z.; Fitouri, H.; Zaied, I.; Rebey, A.; El Jani, B.

    2011-09-01

    A successful method to epitaxy GaAsBi layer on (0 0 1) GaAs substrate is proposed. During growth, alternated trimethyl bismuth (TMBi) flows were used. These TMBi flashes were switched on for a short time. The growth was monitored in situ by laser reflectometry using a 632.8 nm beam. The reflectance signal is found to change significantly during both bismuth flashes and GaAs growth stages. High-resolution X-ray diffraction (HRXRD), secondary ion mass spectroscopy (SIMS) and photoreflectance spectroscopy (PR) have been used to characterize the obtained GaAsBi layer. HRXRD curve shows a diffraction peak that can be attributed to a GaAsBi epilayer. SIMS measurements of GaAsBi layer suggest that bismuth diffuses faster near the interface. The PR spectrum indicates the band-to-band transition in GaAsBi layer. The band gap energy was determined by adjusting the PR spectrum with a multilayer model.

  13. Efficient gas sensitivity in mixed bismuth ferrite micro (cubes) and nano (plates) structures

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    Graphical abstract: Display Omitted Highlights: ► Micro (cubes) structure embedded in nano (plates) of bismuth ferrite was prepared by a chemical method. ► These structures were characterized by XRD and SEM. ► LPG, CO2 and NH4 gases were exposed. ► Properties related to gas sensors were measured and reported. -- Abstract: Mixed micro (cubes) and nano (plates) structures of bismuth ferrite (BFO) have been synthesized by a simple and cost-effective wet-chemical method. Structural, morphological and phase confirmation characteristics are measured using X-ray diffraction, field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) and energy dispersive X-ray analysis techniques. The digital FE-SEM photo-images of BFO sample confirmed an incubation of discrete micro-cubes into thin and regularly placed large number of nano-plates. The bismuth ferrite, with mixed structures, films show considerable performance when used in liquefied petroleum (LPG), carbon dioxide (CO2) and ammonium (NH3) gas sensors application. Different chemical entities in LPG have made it more efficient with higher sensitivity, recovery and response times compared to CO2 and NH3 gases. Furthermore, effect of palladium surface treatment on the gas sensitivity and the charge transfer resistances of BFO mixed structures is investigated and reported.

  14. Effect of ferromagnetic dopants on laser induced optical parameters of bismuth doped CaS phosphors

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    Kumar, Sunil; Jeon, H. C.; Kang, T. W.; Devraj; Sekhon, Jaskanwal; Verma, N. K.; Bhatti, H. S.; Choubey, Ravi Kant

    2015-12-01

    The effect of ferromagnetic impurities (Fe, Co, and Ni) on the laser induced optical parameters of CaS:Bi phosphors has been studied. The studies were done for the Bismuth concentration of 0.4% in CaS phosphors due to the highest value of oscillator strength as reported earlier. The studies were conducted using nitrogen laser as a excitation source in a pulse excitation mode at room temperature. Appreciable changes in the optical properties have been detected after the addition of ferromagnetic impurities in the CaS phosphor doped with bismuth. The nature of the multiple exponential decays remains the same even after the addition of ferromagnetic impurities in the present case of bismuth-doped phosphors which is in agreement with the earlier work reported on other dopants in sulfide type phosphors. As ferromagnetic impurities enhanced the optical parameters of CaS phosphors appreciably, these studies shows that they can be used to control the transition probability and the corresponding optical parameters.

  15. Iron modified structural and optical spectral properties of bismuth silicate glasses

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    Iron bismuth silicate glasses have been successfully synthesized by melt quenching technique. The amorphous nature of the glass samples is ascertained by the XRD patterns. The values of density, molar volume and crystalline volume have been measured and are found to decrease with increase in iron content. The glass transition temperature measured using Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) also varies with increase in Fe2O3 content. The Raman and FTIR spectra of the studied glass system taken at room temperature suggests that Fe2O3 modifies the structure of bismuth silicate glasses and it acts as both network modifier as well as network former. Bismuth also plays the role of both network modifier (BiO6 octahedra) as well as network former (BiO3 pyramids) and SiO2 exists in SiO4 tetrahedral structural units with two non-bridging oxygens. The Hydrogenic excitonic model is found to be applicable to the studied glass compositions. The variation in Urbach energy value observed for the studied glass samples suggests the possibility of increase in the number of glass defects. The metallization criterion for the synthesized glass samples is determined and found to be in the range 0.30–0.38

  16. Topological nature and the multiple Dirac cones hidden in Bismuth high-Tc superconductors.

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    Li, Gang; Yan, Binghai; Thomale, Ronny; Hanke, Werner

    2015-01-01

    Recent theoretical studies employing density-functional theory have predicted BaBiO3 (when doped with electrons) and YBiO3 to become a topological insulator (TI) with a large topological gap (~0.7 eV). This, together with the natural stability against surface oxidation, makes the Bismuth-Oxide family of special interest for possible applications in quantum information and spintronics. The central question, we study here, is whether the hole-doped Bismuth Oxides, i.e. Ba(1-x)K(x)BiO3 and BaPb(1-x)Bi(x)O3, which are "high-Tc" bulk superconducting near 30 K, additionally display in the further vicinity of their Fermi energy EF a topological gap with a Dirac-type of topological surface state. Our electronic structure calculations predict the K-doped family to emerge as a TI, with a topological gap above EF. Thus, these compounds can become superconductors with hole-doping and potential TIs with additional electron doping. Furthermore, we predict the Bismuth-Oxide family to contain an additional Dirac cone below EF for further hole doping, which manifests these systems to be candidates for both electron- and hole-doped topological insulators. PMID:26014056

  17. Underpotential Deposition Study and Determination of Bismuth on Gold Electrode by Using Voltammetry

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    DU,Yong-Ling(杜永令); WANG,Chun-Ming(王春明)

    2002-01-01

    The cyclic voltammetry (CV) and the semidifferential anodic stripping voltanmetry (SdASV) were used for investigation of bismuth(Ⅲ) underpotential deposition (UPD) on gold electrode. Based on the excellent electrochemical properties of Au/Bi UPD system, a new method for determining bismuth (Ⅲ)was established. A solution of 0.1 mol/L HNO3 was selected as the supporting electrolyte. Factors affecting the Bi(Ⅲ) UPD and stripping steps were investigated and an opthmized analytical procedure was developed. The calibration plots for Bi(Ⅲ) concentration in the range 1.25 × 10-8-1.0 × 10-7 mol/L were obtained. The detection limit, calculated as three times the standard deviation of the analytical signal of 8.3×10-8 mol/L for a 90 s electrodeposition at 0.00 V (while the solution magnetically stirred at a speed of 300 rpm), was 7.5× 10-9 mol/ L. For8 successive determinations of 1.25 × 10-7 mol/L Bi(Ⅲ), the obtained RSD (relative standard deviation) was 0.4%. The developed method was applied to bismuth determining in medicine and urine samples. The analytical results were compared with that of atomic emission spectrometry (AES) method.

  18. Bismuth labeling for the CT assessment of local administration of magnetic nanoparticles

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    Veintemillas-Verdaguer, S.; Luengo, Y.; Serna, C. J.; Andrés-Vergés, M.; Varela, M.; Calero, Macarena; Lazaro-Carrillo, Ana; Villanueva, Angeles; Sisniega, A.; Montesinos, P.; Morales, M. P.

    2015-03-01

    Many therapeutic applications of magnetic nanoparticles involve the local administration of nanometric iron oxide based materials as seeds for magnetothermia or drug carriers. A simple and widespread way of controlling the process using x-ray computed tomography (CT) scanners is desirable. The combination of iron and bismuth in one entity will increase the atenuation of x-rays, offering such a possibility. In order to check this possibility core-shell nanocrystals of iron oxide@bismuth oxide have been synthesized by an aqueous route and stabilized in water by polyethylene glycol (PEG), and we have evaluated their ability to generate contrast by CT and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to measure the radiopacity and proton relaxivities using phantoms. High-resolution scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) revealed that the material consists of a highly crystalline 8 nm core of maghemite and a 1 nm shell of bismuth atoms either isolated or clustered on the nanocrystal’s surface. The comparison of μCT and MRI images of mice acquired in the presence of the contrast shows that when local accumulations of the magnetic nanoparticles take place, CT images are more superior in the localization of the magnetic nanoparticles than MRI images, which results in magnetic field inhomogeneity artifacts.

  19. The Growth of Bismuth Sulfide Nanorods from Spherical-Shaped Amorphous Precursor Particles under Hydrothermal Condition

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    Pravas Kumar Panigrahi

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available A surfactant/solid-template-free hydrothermal process has been developed for the synthesis of single-crystalline nanorods of bismuth sulfide (Bi2S3 using triethanolamine as a complexing agent for the Bi3+ ions and elemental sulfur, solubilized in monoethanolamine, as the sulfur source. X-ray diffraction and morphological studies of a series of samples synthesized at different reaction conditions suggest that the growth of nanorods occurred at the expense of the low-crystalline spherical precursor particles of aminium compounds of bismuth sulfide or bismuth sulfate formed at room temperature. In the process, the reaction condition is optimized for obtaining crystalline nanorods of pure Bi2S3 with high aspect ratio. From the XRD, XPS, and HRTEM analysis of the samples, the growth of nanorods was assessed to be due to the cooperative effects of solid-solution-solid transformation and controlled oriented attachment. The hydrothermal process parameters and the presence of water in the reaction system have been found to play a crucial role in the formation of high aspect ratio nanorods. The optical band gap of the synthesized sample at optimized conditions is found to be 1.46 eV as calculated from its diffused reflectance spectrum at room temperature.

  20. Research work for utilizing technology of the lead-bismuth eutectic. 2nd report: Research on corrosion resistance of ODS-Al steels in high temperature lead-bismuth eutectic under oxygen concentration control (Joint research)

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    In 2002, the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (past organization name: Japan Nuclear Cycle Development Institute) was made a contract with the Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry on the research work for utilizing technology of the lead bismuth eutectic. In the contract, research on corrosion of FBR materials in high temperature lead bismuth eutectic was performed. This work was composed of two stages. In the first stage, corrosion test of high chromium martensitic steel, which was one candidate material for structures of advanced fast reactor, was performed in oxygen controlled lead bismuth eutectic at 650degC. Effect of chromium on corrosion in the lead bismuth eutectic was estimated. In this second research, corrosion test of oxide dispersion strengthened ferritic steels whose chemical compositions of chromium and aluminum were differed has been performed in the lead bismuth eutectic for up to 4,000 hours. As the results, although chromium effect on corrosion has not been observed, good corrosion resistance by aluminum oxide formation on the surface has been obtained. (author)

  1. Li3PO4 Matrix Enables a Long Cycle Life and High Energy Efficiency Bismuth-Based Battery.

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    Sun, Chuan-Fu; Hu, Junkai; Wang, Peng; Cheng, Xi-Yuan; Lee, Sang Bok; Wang, YuHuang

    2016-09-14

    Bismuth is a lithium-ion battery anode material that can operate at an equilibrium potential higher than graphite and provide a capacity twice as high as that of Li4Ti5O12, making it intrinsically free from lithium plating that may cause catastrophic battery failure. However, the potential of bismuth is hampered by its inferior cyclability (limited to tens of cycles). Here, we propose an "ion conductive solid-state matrix" approach to address this issue. By homogeneously confining bismuth nanoparticles in a solid-state γ-Li3PO4 matrix that is electrochemically formed in situ, the resulting composite anode exhibits a reversible capacity of 280 mA hours per gram (mA h/g) at a rate of 100 mA/g and a record cyclability among bismuth-based anodes up to 500 cycles with a capacity decay rate of merely 0.071% per cycle. We further show that full-cell batteries fabricated from this composite anode and commercial LiFePO4 cathode deliver a stable cell voltage of ∼2.5 V and remarkable energy efficiency up to 86.3%, on par with practical batteries (80-90%). This work paves a way for harnessing bismuth-based battery chemistry for the design of high capacity, safer lithium-ion batteries to meet demanding applications such as electric vehicles.

  2. Photovoltaic enhancement based on improvement of ferroelectric property and band gap in Ti-doped bismuth ferrite thin films

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    Highlights: • The leakage current is effectively reduced by adding a certain amount of titanium. • Addition of titanium increases the remnant polarization and decreases the band gap. • The power conversion efficiency increases as titanium content increases. - Abstract: Ti-doped bismuth ferrite thin films were prepared via sol–gel spin-coating method. The effects of titanium on the microstructure, optical, leakage, ferroelectric and photovoltaic characteristics have been investigated systematically. The result shows that bismuth ferrite thin films doped with 0–8 at.% Ti are rhombohedral distortion perovskite structure. The addition of titanium inhibits the grain growth and enhances the thickness uniformity and can decrease the band gap of bismuth ferrite thin films. The leakage current of bismuth ferrite thin films is effectively reduced by adding a certain amount of titanium and the leakage mechanism has been investigated. Addition of titanium increases the remnant polarization of the films. As titanium content increases, the short circuit photocurrent density decrease first and then increase, while the open circuit photovoltage increase first and then decrease. The power conversion efficiency of Ti-doped bismuth ferrite thin films increases as titanium content increases, which can be explained as a result of the increased remnant polarization and decreased band gap

  3. Li3PO4 Matrix Enables a Long Cycle Life and High Energy Efficiency Bismuth-Based Battery.

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    Sun, Chuan-Fu; Hu, Junkai; Wang, Peng; Cheng, Xi-Yuan; Lee, Sang Bok; Wang, YuHuang

    2016-09-14

    Bismuth is a lithium-ion battery anode material that can operate at an equilibrium potential higher than graphite and provide a capacity twice as high as that of Li4Ti5O12, making it intrinsically free from lithium plating that may cause catastrophic battery failure. However, the potential of bismuth is hampered by its inferior cyclability (limited to tens of cycles). Here, we propose an "ion conductive solid-state matrix" approach to address this issue. By homogeneously confining bismuth nanoparticles in a solid-state γ-Li3PO4 matrix that is electrochemically formed in situ, the resulting composite anode exhibits a reversible capacity of 280 mA hours per gram (mA h/g) at a rate of 100 mA/g and a record cyclability among bismuth-based anodes up to 500 cycles with a capacity decay rate of merely 0.071% per cycle. We further show that full-cell batteries fabricated from this composite anode and commercial LiFePO4 cathode deliver a stable cell voltage of ∼2.5 V and remarkable energy efficiency up to 86.3%, on par with practical batteries (80-90%). This work paves a way for harnessing bismuth-based battery chemistry for the design of high capacity, safer lithium-ion batteries to meet demanding applications such as electric vehicles. PMID:27518908

  4. Dual-modality, fluorescent, PLGA encapsulated bismuth nanoparticles for molecular and cellular fluorescence imaging and computed tomography

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    Swy, Eric R.; Schwartz-Duval, Aaron S.; Shuboni, Dorela D.; Latourette, Matthew T.; Mallet, Christiane L.; Parys, Maciej; Cormode, David P.; Shapiro, Erik M.

    2014-10-01

    Reports of molecular and cellular imaging using computed tomography (CT) are rapidly increasing. Many of these reports use gold nanoparticles. Bismuth has similar CT contrast properties to gold while being approximately 1000-fold less expensive. Herein we report the design, fabrication, characterization, and CT and fluorescence imaging properties of a novel, dual modality, fluorescent, polymer encapsulated bismuth nanoparticle construct for computed tomography and fluorescence imaging. We also report on cellular internalization and preliminary in vitro and in vivo toxicity effects of these constructs. 40 nm bismuth(0) nanocrystals were synthesized and encapsulated within 120 nm Poly(dl-lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) nanoparticles by oil-in-water emulsion methodologies. Coumarin-6 was co-encapsulated to impart fluorescence. High encapsulation efficiency was achieved ~70% bismuth w/w. Particles were shown to internalize within cells following incubation in culture. Bismuth nanocrystals and PLGA encapsulated bismuth nanoparticles exhibited >90% and >70% degradation, respectively, within 24 hours in acidic, lysosomal environment mimicking media and both remained nearly 100% stable in cytosolic/extracellular fluid mimicking media. μCT and clinical CT imaging was performed at multiple X-ray tube voltages to measure concentration dependent attenuation rates as well as to establish the ability to detect the nanoparticles in an ex vivo biological sample. Dual fluorescence and CT imaging is demonstrated as well. In vivo toxicity studies in rats revealed neither clinically apparent side effects nor major alterations in serum chemistry and hematology parameters. Calculations on minimal detection requirements for in vivo targeted imaging using these nanoparticles are presented. Indeed, our results indicate that these nanoparticles may serve as a platform for sensitive and specific targeted molecular CT and fluorescence imaging.Reports of molecular and cellular imaging using

  5. Structural studies of bismuth nanocrystals embedded in SiO2 or GeO2 matrices

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    The layer of bismuth nanoclusters embedded in glass matrices and the surface layer of bismuth grains have been obtained by thermal treatment in hydrogen atmosphere of Bi0.33Ge0.67O1.84 and Bi0.57Si0.43O1.72 glass. The thickness and structure of such layers strongly depend on temperature and time of reduction. The structural studies of bismuth nanocrystals embedded in SiO2 or GeO2 matrices were performed with optical microscopy and atomic force microscopy. By the use of a slow-positron beam we monitored the structural changes undergoing in near-to-surface layers after the first steps of isothermal annealing. A simple two-layer model of reduced glasses explains the evolution of the surface layer and electrical properties of the material during the reduction process

  6. NIR photoluminescence of bismuth-doped CsCdBr{sub 3} – The first ternary bromide phase with a univalent bismuth impurity center

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    Romanov, Alexey N., E-mail: alexey.romanov@list.ru [N.N. Semenov Institute of Chemical Physics, Russian Academy of Sciences, 4 Kosygina Street, 119991 (Russian Federation); Veber, Alexander A. [Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Lehrstuhl für Glas und Keramik, Martensstraße 5, 91058 Erlangen (Germany); Vtyurina, Daria N. [N.N. Semenov Institute of Chemical Physics, Russian Academy of Sciences, 4 Kosygina Street, 119991 (Russian Federation); Kouznetsov, Mikhail S.; Zaramenskikh, Ksenia S.; Lisitsky, Igor S. [State Scientific-Research and Design Institute of Rare-Metal Industry “Giredmet” JSC, 5-1 B.Tolmachevsky Lane, 119017 Moscow (Russian Federation); Fattakhova, Zukhra T.; Haula, Elena V. [N.N. Semenov Institute of Chemical Physics, Russian Academy of Sciences, 4 Kosygina Street, 119991 (Russian Federation); Loiko, Pavel A.; Yumashev, Konstantin V. [Center for Optical Materials and Technologies, Belarusian National Technical University, 65/17 Nezavisimosti Avenue, 220013 Minsk (Belarus); Korchak, Vladimir N. [N.N. Semenov Institute of Chemical Physics, Russian Academy of Sciences, 4 Kosygina Street, 119991 (Russian Federation)

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    Single crystals of ternary bromide phase CsCdBr{sub 3} doped with univalent bismuth cations are prepared for the first time by the Bridgman method. Bi{sup +} impurity center emits a broadband long-lived near-infrared photoluminescence with a maximum at ~1053 nm. The characteristics of this photoluminescence and its relations with the energy spectrum of Bi{sup +} impurity center are discussed. A comparison of Bi{sup +} photoluminescence in CsCdBr{sub 3} and ternary chlorides (studied previously) is performed. - Highlights: • Single crystals of Bi{sup +}-doped ternary bromide CsCdBr{sub 3} were prepared. • Broadband NIR photoluminescence was observed from Bi{sup +}-doped CsCdBr{sub 3}. • Single optical center is responsible for NIR emission in Bi{sup +}-doped CsCdBr{sub 3}.

  7. Microstructure and wear resistance of Fe -based hardfacing alloys reinforced by borides%硼化物强化铁基堆焊合金显微组织与耐磨性

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    宗琳; 宁建荣

    2012-01-01

    为了提高在严峻工况条件下工作的机械零件的耐磨性,采用等离子弧堆焊技术,制备硼化物强化铁基堆焊合金.借助OM,SEM和XRD等分析手段对合金组织和硼化物相形貌进行分析,并与未加入硼的Fe-Cr-C的堆焊合金进行对比.结果表明:堆焊合金中加入w(B)45%可改变基体的组织组成及硼化物的数量和分布形态,从而改善耐磨性.硼化物由大量菊花状M23(C,B)6和少量块状M7(C,B)3相组成,BC4与Cr2B的数量较少.耐磨粒磨损试验结果表明:堆焊合金的耐磨性随着硼含量的增加而先增大后下降,加入w(B)4.5%的堆焊层中形成的大量高硬度硼化物分布在具有较高强韧性的马氏体和奥氏体基体上,使其具有最佳的耐磨性,其磨损量仅为未加入硼时的1/6.%In order to improve the wear resistance of parts of machines in enviroments where they undergo severe conditions, Fe-based hardfacing alloy reinforced with borides were prepared under plasma transferred arc weld-surfacing process (PTA). The microstructure and borides morphology were investigated by means of OM, SEM and XRD, which was compared to the Fe-Cr-C hardfacing alloy. The results showed that the microstructure of the matrix and contents and distribution were changed as a result of the addition of 4.5% B in hardfacing alloys, which led to the improvement of wear resistance significantly. The borides consisted of high volume fraction of rosette M23(C,B)6 and little volume fraction of blocky M7(C B)3, the content of BC4 and Cr2B was very little. The abrasion experimental results showed that the wear resistance firstly increased and afterwards decreased as the B content increased, the microstructure characteristic with a high volume fraction of borides with high microhardness were distributed in the martensite and austenite matrix with high strength and toughness as the addition of 4.5%B in Fe-Cr-C hardfacing alloy, which suggested that the hardfacing layers had a

  8. Feasibility of preparing patterned molybdenum coatings on bismuth telluride thermoelectric modules.

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    Sarobol, Pylin; Hall, Aaron Christopher; Miller, Stephen Samuel; Knight, Marlene E.; LePage, William S.; Sobczak, Catherine Elizabeth.; Wesolowski, Daniel Edward

    2013-09-01

    Molybdenum electrical interconnects for thermoelectric modules were produced by air plasma spraying a 30%CE%BCm size molybdenum powder through a laser-cut Kapton tape mask. Initial feasibility demonstrations showed that the molybdenum coating exhibited excellent feature and spacing retention (~170%CE%BCm), adhered to bismuth-telluride, and exhibited electrical conductivity appropriate for use as a thermoelectric module interconnect. A design of experiments approach was used to optimize air plasma spray process conditions to produce a molybdenum coating with low electrical resistivity. Finally, a molybdenum coating was successfully produced on a fullscale thermoelectric module. After the addition of a final titanium/gold layer deposited on top of the molybdenum coating, the full scale module exhibited an electrical resistivity of 128%CE%A9, approaching the theoretical resistivity value for the 6mm module leg of 112%CE%A9. Importantly, air plasma sprayed molybdenum did not show significant chemical reaction with bismuth-telluride substrate at the coating/substrate interface. The molybdenum coating microstructure consisted of lamellar splats containing columnar grains. Air plasma sprayed molybdenum embedded deeply (several microns) into the bismuth-telluride substrate, leading to good adhesion between the coating and the substrate. Clusters of round pores (and cracks radiating from the pores) were found immediately beneath the molybdenum coating. These pores are believed to result from tellurium vaporization during the spray process where the molten molybdenum droplets (2623%C2%B0C) transferred their heat of solidification to the substrate at the moment of impact. Substrate cooling during the molybdenum deposition process was recommended to mitigate tellurium vaporization in future studies.

  9. Origin of broad NIR photoluminescence in bismuthate glass and Bi-doped glasses at room temperature

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    Peng, Mingying; Zollfrank, Cordt; Wondraczek, Lothar [Lehrstuhl fuer Glas und Keramik, WW3, Friedrich Alexander Universitaet Erlangen-Nuernberg, Martensstrasse 5, D-91058 Erlangen (Germany)], E-mail: mingying.peng@ww.uni-erlangen.de, E-mail: lothar.wondraczek@ww.uni-erlangen.de

    2009-07-15

    Bi-doped glasses with broadband photoluminescence in the near-infrared (NIR) spectral range are presently receiving significant consideration for potential applications in telecommunications, widely tunable fiber lasers and spectral converters. However, the origin of NIR emission remains disputed. Here, we report on NIR absorption and emission properties of bismuthate glass and their dependence on the melting temperature. Results clarify that NIR emission occurs from the same centers as it does in Bi-doped glasses. The dependence of absorption and NIR emission of bismuthate glasses on the melting temperature is interpreted as thermal dissociation of Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3} into elementary Bi. Darkening of bismuthate glass melted at 1300 deg. C is due to the agglomeration of Bi atoms. The presence of Bi nanoparticles is confirmed by transmission electron microscopy, high-resolution energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy and element distribution mapping. By adding antimony oxide as an oxidation agent to the glass, NIR emission centers can be eliminated and Bi{sup 3+} is formed. By comparing with atomic spectral data, absorption bands at {approx}320 , {approx}500 , 700 , 800 and 1000 nm observed in Bi-doped glasses are assigned to Bi{sup 0} transitions {sup 4}S{sub 3/2}{yields}{sup 2}P{sub 3/2}, {sup 4}S{sub 3/2}{yields}{sup 2}P{sub 1/2}, {sup 4}S{sub 3/2}{yields}{sup 2}D{sub 5/2}, {sup 4}S{sub 3/2}{yields}{sup 2}D{sub 3/2}(2) and {sup 4}S{sub 3/2}{yields}{sup 2}D{sub 3/2}(1), respectively, and broadband NIR emission is assigned to the transition {sup 2}D{sub 3/2}(1){yields}{sup 4}S{sub 3/2}.

  10. Origin of broad NIR photoluminescence in bismuthate glass and Bi-doped glasses at room temperature

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    Peng, Mingying; Zollfrank, Cordt; Wondraczek, Lothar

    2009-07-01

    Bi-doped glasses with broadband photoluminescence in the near-infrared (NIR) spectral range are presently receiving significant consideration for potential applications in telecommunications, widely tunable fiber lasers and spectral converters. However, the origin of NIR emission remains disputed. Here, we report on NIR absorption and emission properties of bismuthate glass and their dependence on the melting temperature. Results clarify that NIR emission occurs from the same centers as it does in Bi-doped glasses. The dependence of absorption and NIR emission of bismuthate glasses on the melting temperature is interpreted as thermal dissociation of Bi2O3 into elementary Bi. Darkening of bismuthate glass melted at 1300 °C is due to the agglomeration of Bi atoms. The presence of Bi nanoparticles is confirmed by transmission electron microscopy, high-resolution energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy and element distribution mapping. By adding antimony oxide as an oxidation agent to the glass, NIR emission centers can be eliminated and Bi3+ is formed. By comparing with atomic spectral data, absorption bands at ~320 , ~500 , 700 , 800 and 1000 nm observed in Bi-doped glasses are assigned to Bi0 transitions {}^{4}\\mathrm {S_{3/2}} \\to {}^{2}\\mathrm {P_{3/2}} , {}^{4}\\mathrm {S_{3/2}}\\to {}^{2}\\mathrm {P_{1/2}} , {}^{4}\\mathrm {S_{3/2}}\\to {}^{2}\\mathrm {D_{5/2}} , {}^{4}\\mathrm {S_{3/2}}\\to {}^{2}\\mathrm {D_{3/2}}(2) and {}^{4}\\mathrm {S_{3/2}}\\to {}^{2}\\mathrm {D_{3/2 }}(1) , respectively, and broadband NIR emission is assigned to the transition {}^{2}\\mathrm {D_{3/2}(1)}\\to {}^{4}\\mathrm {S_{3/2}} .

  11. Optical property tuning of bismuth chalcogenides using chemical intercalation (Presentation Recording)

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    Yao, Jie

    2015-10-01

    Two-dimensional (2D) materials with natural layer structures have been proven to provide extraordinary physical and chemical properties. Bismuth chalcogenides are examples of such two-dimensional materials. They are strongly bonded within layers and weak van der Waals interaction ties those layers together. Such naturally layered structure allows chemical intercalation of foreign atoms into the van der Waals gaps. Here, we show that by adding large number of copper atoms into van der Waals gaps of bismuth chalcogenides, we observed counter-intuitive enhancement of optical transparency together with improved electrical conductivity, which is on the contrary to most bulk materials in which doping reduces the light transmission. This surprising behavior is caused by substantial tuning of material optical property and nanophotonic anti-reflection effect unique to ultra-thin nanoplates. With the intercalation of copper atoms, large number of electrons have been added into the semiconducting material system and effectively lift the Fermi level of the resulting material to its conduction band, as proved by our densityfunctional- theory computations. Occupied lower states in the conduction band do not allow the optical excitation of electrons in the valence band to the bottom of the conduction band, leading to an effective widening of optical band gap. Optical transmission is further enhanced by constructive interference of reflected beams as bismuth chalcogenides have large permittivity than the environment. The synergy of these two effects in two-dimensional nanostructures can be exploited for various optoelectronic applications including transparent electrode. The reversible intercalation process allows potential dynamic tuning capability.

  12. Evaluation of Radiation Dose Reduction during CT Scans Using Oxide Bismuth and Nano-Barium Sulfate Shields

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    Seoung, Youl-Hun

    2015-01-01

    The purpose of the present study was to evaluate radiation dose reduction and image quality during CT scanning by using a new dose reduction fiber sheet (DRFS) with commercially available bismuth shields. These DRFS were composed of nano-barium sulfate (BaSO4), filling the gaps left by the large oxide bismuth (Bi2O3) particle sizes. The radiation dose was measured five times at directionss of 12 o'clock from the center of the polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) head phantom to calculate an average...

  13. On the evaluation of the pressure losses in a lead-bismuth-eutectics cooled fuel assembly with TRACE and SUSA

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    The prediction of the pressure drop in a pool-type reactor operated with lead-bismuth-eutectics is of crucial importance. A pressure drop of e.g. 1 bar is equivalent to a lead-bismuth-eutectics column of about 1 m, which has a big influence on the financial aspects of the design proposal. The paper presents results on the hydraulic evaluation of a fuel assembly with the emphasis on uncertainties and variations of relevant parameters like the mass flow rate, form, and friction loss coefficients. With the subsequent uncertainty and sensitivity study, in connection with thermal hydraulic investigations, the influence of these uncertain parameters was evaluated. (author)

  14. Variation of the electronic densities of states as a function of impurity concentration in amorphous bismuth alloys

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    Mata-Pinzon, Zaahel; Valladares, Ariel Alberto; Valladares, Alexander; Valladares, Renela Maria

    2014-03-01

    The properties of materials are strongly related to their atomic topology, especially when we compare properties related to the ordered and disordered phases. Using Density Functional Theory methods on 64-atom supercells we obtain the structure and calculate the electronic density of states (eDOS) as a function of the concentration of lead, thallium or antimony in an amorphous bismuth supercell. This is done to investigate how the eDOS affects the superconducting transition temperature (Tc), taking into account the measurements made by Shier and Ginsberg[2] on contaminated amorphous bismuth thin films. Supported by CONACYT and DGAPA (UNAM).

  15. Study of iron structure stability in high temperature molten lead-bismuth eutectic with oxygen injection using molecular dynamics simulation

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    Arkundato, Artoto [Physics Department, Faculty of Mathematical and Natural Sciences, Jember University, Jl. Kalimantan 37 Jember (Indonesia); Su' ud, Zaki [Physics Department, Faculty of Mathematical and Natural Sciences, Bandung Institute of Technology, Jl. Ganesha 10, Bandung (Indonesia); Sudarko [Chemistry Department, Faculty of Mathematical and Natural Sciences, Jember University, Jl. Kalimantan 37 Jember (Indonesia); Shafii, Mohammad Ali [Physics Department, Faculty of Mathematical and Natural Sciences, Andalas University, Padang (Indonesia); Celino, Massimo [ENEA, CR Casaccia, Via Anguillarese 301, Rome (Italy)

    2014-09-30

    Corrosion of structural materials in high temperature molten lead-bismuth eutectic is a major problem for design of PbBi cooled reactor. One technique to inhibit corrosion process is to inject oxygen into coolant. In this paper we study and focus on a way of inhibiting the corrosion of iron using molecular dynamics method. For the simulation results we concluded that effective corrosion inhibition of iron may be achieved by injection 0.0532 wt% to 0.1156 wt% oxygen into liquid lead-bismuth. At this oxygen concentration the structure of iron material will be maintained at about 70% in bcc crystal structure during interaction with liquid metal.

  16. Effects of temperature and strain rate on the tensile behaviors of SIMP steel in static lead bismuth eutectic

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    Liu, Jian; Yan, Wei; Sha, Wei; Wang, Wei; Shan, Yiyin; Yang, Ke

    2016-05-01

    In order to assess the susceptibility of candidate structural materials to liquid metal embrittlement, this work investigated the tensile behaviors of ferritic-martensitic steel in static lead bismuth eutectic (LBE). The tensile tests were carried out in static lead bismuth eutectic under different temperatures and strain rates. Pronounced liquid metal embrittlement phenomenon is observed between 200 °C and 450 °C. Total elongation is reduced greatly due to the liquid metal embrittlement in LBE environment. The range of ductility trough is larger under slow strain rate tensile (SSRT) test.

  17. Electrical characteristics of bismuth titanate glass-ceramics containing SiO2 and Nd2O3

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    Stanislav S. Slavov; Milena Z. Krapchanska; Elena P. Kashchieva; Yanko B. Dimitriev

    2010-01-01

    Bismuth-titanate ceramics containing SiO2 and Nd2O3 as additives are synthesized at two different ways of cooling of the melts. The introduction of SiO2 and Nd2O3 leads to more complex crystallization with participation of several phases including Bi4Ti3O12. It is proved that the applied methods of synthesis are suitable for generation of different microstructures in the bulk doped bismuth titanate ceramics, which is promising basis for modification of their electrical properties. The increas...

  18. Dielectric and Piezoelectric Properties of Sodium Bismuth Titanate Ceramics with KCe Substitution

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    XU Jian-Xiu; ZHAO Liang; ZHANG Cheng-Ju

    2008-01-01

    @@ The piezoelectric properties of the (KCe)-substituted sodium bismuth titanate (Na0.5Bi4.5 Ti4O15, NBT) piezo-electric ceramics are investigated. The piezoelectric properties of NBT ceramics are significantly enhanced by (KCe) substitution. The Curie temperature Tc, and piezoelectric coefficient d33 for the (KCe)-substituted NBT are found to be 663°C, and 27pC/N, respectively. Dielectric and annealing spectroscopy present that the (KCe) co-substituted NBT piezoelectric ceramics possess stable piezoelectric properties.

  19. Effect of oxygen on fouling behavior in lead bismuth coolant systems

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    Niu, Fenglei; Candalino, Robert; Li, Ning

    2007-06-01

    This experimental research investigates the effects of the oxygen in lead-bismuth eutectic on fouling. The analysis was carried out by performing three tests with different oxygen concentration on the recuperator where the heat transfer rate is susceptible to fouling, and introducing a correlation for the fouling factor. The comparison of fouling factors obtained with each oxygen level is presented, the relationship between fouling factors and oxygen concentrations is correlated, and the effects of oxidation on heat transfer are demonstrated qualitatively by wetting conditions of the samples.

  20. Effect of Bismuth Oxide on the Microstructure and Electrical Conductivity of Yttria Stabilized Zirconia

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    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Bismuth oxide (Bi2O3-doped yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ were prepared via the solid state reaction method. X-ray diffraction and electron diffraction spectroscopy results indicate that doping with 2 mol% Bi2O3 and adding 10 mol% yttria result in a stable zirconia cubic phase. Adding Bi2O3 as a dopant increases the density of zirconia to above 96%, while reducing its normal sintering temperature by approximately 250 °C. Moreover, electrical impedance analyses show that adding Bi2O3 enhances the conductivity of zirconia, improving its capability as a solid electrolyte for intermediate or even lower temperatures.

  1. Optical properties of Dy3+ doped bismuth zinc borate glass and glass ceramics

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    Shanmugavelu, B.; Kanth Kumar, V. V. Ravi

    2012-06-01

    Dy3+ doped bismuth zinc borate transparent glasses were prepared by melt quenching technique and these glasses were used precursor to obtain transparent glass ceramics by heat treatment method. XRD pattern of the glass ceramic shows the formation of the β-BiB3O6 and Bi2ZnOB2O6 phases. The visible emission intensity of the glass ceramics is stronger than the glass. This can be due to the formation of nano nonlinear optical crystallites in glass matrix.

  2. Observation of dimension dependent magnetic ordering in bismuth ferrite particulate and fiber nanostructures

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    Sakar, M.; Bharathkumar, S.; Balakumar, S., E-mail: balasuga@yahoo.com [National Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, University of Madras, Chennai 600 025 (India); Saravanan, P. [Defence Metallurgical Research Laboratory, Hyderabad 500058 (India)

    2015-06-24

    Nanoparticles and nanofibers of bismuth ferrite were fabricated by sol-gel and electrospinning methods respectively. The structural and morphological analysis was carried out by XRD and FESEM techniques respectively. The magnetic measurements were carried out by SQUID magnetometer. The BFO nanofibers showed an enhanced magnetic property compared to nanoparticles. The observed magnetic properties were found to be associated with their magnetic ordering in the system where the antiferromagnetic/ferromagnetic core/shell like nature and ‘canted’ spin structure ordering was found to be the magnetic origin in the particulate and fiber nanostructures respectively.

  3. Effect of Bismuth Oxide on the Microstructure and Electrical Conductivity of Yttria Stabilized Zirconia.

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    Liu, Liwei; Zhou, Zheng; Tian, He; Li, Jixue

    2016-03-14

    Bismuth oxide (Bi2O3)-doped yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) were prepared via the solid state reaction method. X-ray diffraction and electron diffraction spectroscopy results indicate that doping with 2 mol% Bi2O3 and adding 10 mol% yttria result in a stable zirconia cubic phase. Adding Bi2O3 as a dopant increases the density of zirconia to above 96%, while reducing its normal sintering temperature by approximately 250°C. Moreover, electrical impedance analyses show that adding Bi2O3 enhances the conductivity of zirconia, improving its capability as a solid electrolyte for intermediate or even lower temperatures.

  4. Ultrafast optical control of magnetization dynamics in polycrystalline bismuth doped iron garnet thin films

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    Deb, Marwan, E-mail: marwan.deb@ipcms.unistra.fr; Vomir, Mircea; Rehspringer, Jean-Luc; Bigot, Jean-Yves [Institut de Physique et Chimie des Matériaux de Strasbourg, UMR 7504, CNRS, Université de Strasbourg, BP 43, 23 rue du Loess, 67034 Strasbourg Cedex 02 (France)

    2015-12-21

    Controlling the magnetization dynamics on the femtosecond timescale is of fundamental importance for integrated opto-spintronic devices. For industrial perspectives, it requires to develop simple growth techniques for obtaining large area magneto-optical materials having a high amplitude ultrafast Faraday or Kerr response. Here we report on optical pump probe studies of light induced spin dynamics in high quality bismuth doped iron garnet polycrystalline film prepared by the spin coating method. We demonstrate an ultrafast non-thermal optical control of the spin dynamics using both circularly and linearly polarized pulses.

  5. RBEC lead-bismuth cooled fast reactor: review of conceptual decisions

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    Alekseev, P.; Fomichenko, P.; Mikityuk, K.; Nevinitsa, V.; Shchepetina, T.; Subbotin, S.; Vasiliev, A. [Russian Research Centre Kurchatov Inst., Moscow (Russian Federation)

    2001-07-01

    A concept of the RBEC lead-bismuth fast reactor-breeder is a synthesis, on one hand, of more than 40-year experience in development and operation of fast sodium power reactors and reactors with Pb-Bi coolant for nuclear submarines, and, on the other hand, of large R and D activities on development of the core concept for modified fast sodium reactor. The report briefly presents main parameters of the RBEC reactor, as a candidate for commercial exploitation in structure of the future nuclear power. (author)

  6. Additive-free controllable fabrication of bismuth vanadates and their photocatalytic activity toward dye degradation

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    Bismuth vanadates (BiVO4) with various crystal structures (tetragonal scheelite, monoclinic scheelite, and tetragonal zircon) and morphologies (sphere-, nanosheet-, dendrite-, and flower-like) were controllably fabricated by using a mild additive-free hydrothermal treatment process under the different preparation conditions. The crystal structures, morphologies, and photophysical properties of the products were well-characterized. Subsequently, their UV- as well as visible-light photocatalytic performance was evaluated via dyes rhodamine B (RB) and methylene blue (MB) degradation. Special attention was paid to evaluate the correlation of the reactivity with crystal structure, morphology, and electronic structure of as-prepared BiVO4 samples.

  7. Interaction study between MOX fuel and Eutectic Lead-Bismuth coolant

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    VIGIER JEAN-FRANCOIS; POPA KARIN; TYRPEKL VACLAV; GARDEUR Sebastien; FREIS DANIEL; SOMERS Joseph

    2015-01-01

    In the frame of the MYRRHA reactor project, the interaction between fuel pellets and the reactor coolant is essential for safety evaluations, e.g. in case of a pin breach. Therefore, interaction tests between uranium-plutonium mixed oxide (MOX) pellets and molten lead bismuth eutectic (LBE) have been performed and three parameters were studied, namely the interaction temperature (500 °C and 800 °C), the oxygen content in LBE and the stoichiometry of the MOX (U0.7Pu0.3O2-x and U0.7Pu0.3O2.00)....

  8. Corrosion behavior of cold-worked austenitic stainless steels in liquid lead–bismuth eutectic

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    Kurata, Yuji, E-mail: kurata.yuji@jaea.go.jp

    2014-05-01

    Highlights: • Austenitic stainless steels cold-worked up to 50% were exposed to lead–bismuth. • Lead–bismuth with the low oxygen concentration caused deep ferritization at 550 °C. • Ferritization also occurred at 550 °C during 3000 h under the high oxygen condition. • Cold working accelerated ferritization and Pb–Bi penetration without a protective film. • Attention should be also focused on the cold-working effect on corrosion behavior. - Abstract: The effect of cold working on the corrosion behavior of austenitic stainless steels in liquid lead–bismuth eutectic (LBE) was studied to develop accelerator-driven systems for the transmutation of long-lived radioactive wastes and lead–bismuth cooled fast reactors. Corrosion tests on solution-treated, 20% cold-worked and 50% cold-worked 316SS and JPCA (15Cr–15Ni–Ti) were conducted in oxygen-controlled LBE. Slight ferritization caused by Ni dissolution and Pb–Bi penetration were observed for all specimens in the corrosion test conducted at 500 °C for 1000 h in liquid LBE with an intermediate oxygen concentration (1.4 × 10{sup −7} wt.%). In the corrosion test performed at 550 °C for 1000 h in liquid LBE with a low oxygen concentration (4.2 × 10{sup −9} wt.%), the depth of the ferritization of 316SS and JPCA increased with the extent of cold working. Only oxidation was observed in the corrosion test that was performed at 550 °C for 1000 h in liquid LBE with a high oxygen concentration (approximately 10{sup −5} wt.%). Cold working accelerated the formation of the double layer oxide and increased the thickness of the oxide layer slightly. In contrast, the ferritization accompanied by Pb–Bi penetration was widely observed with oxidation for all specimens corrosion tested at 550 °C for 3000 h under the high-oxygen condition. Cold working increased the depth of the ferritization of 316SS and JPCA. It is considered that cold working accelerated the ferritization and Pb–Bi penetration

  9. Laboratory-Scale Bismuth Phosphate Extraction Process Simulation To Track Fate of Fission Products

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    Serne, R. JEFFREY; Lindberg, Michael J.; Jones, Thomas E.; Schaef, Herbert T.; Krupka, Kenneth M.

    2007-02-28

    Recent field investigation that collected and characterized vadose zone sediments from beneath inactive liquid disposal facilities at the Hanford 200 Areas show lower than expected concentrations of a long-term risk driver, Tc-99. Therefore laboratory studies were performed to re-create one of the three processes that were used to separate the plutonium from spent fuel and that created most of the wastes disposed or currently stored in tanks at Hanford. The laboratory simulations were used to compare with current estimates based mainly on flow sheet estimates and spotty historical data. Three simulations of the bismuth phosphate precipitation process show that less that 1% of the Tc-99, Cs-135/137, Sr-90, I-129 carry down with the Pu product and thus these isotopes should have remained within the metals waste streams that after neutralization were sent to single shell tanks. Conversely, these isotopes should not be expected to be found in the first and subsequent cycle waste streams that went to cribs. Measurable quantities (~20 to 30%) of the lanthanides, yttrium, and trivalent actinides (Am and Cm) do precipitate with the Pu product, which is higher than the 10% estimate made for current inventory projections. Surprisingly, Se (added as selenate form) also shows about 10% association with the Pu/bismuth phosphate solids. We speculate that the incorporation of some Se into the bismuth phosphate precipitate is caused by selenate substitution into crystal lattice sites for the phosphate. The bulk of the U daughter product Th-234 and Np-237 daughter product Pa-233 also associate with the solids. We suspect that the Pa daughter products of U (Pa-234 and Pa-231) would also co-precipitate with the bismuth phosphate induced solids. No more than 1 % of the Sr-90 and Sb-125 should carry down with the Pu product that ultimately was purified. Thus the current scheme used to estimate where fission products end up being disposed overestimates by one order of magnitude the

  10. New Bismuth Germanate Oxide Nanoparticle Material for Biolabel Applications in Medicine

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    M. J. Oviedo; Contreras, O. E.; Y. Rosenstein; Vazquez-Duhalt, R.; Z. S. Macedo; Carbajal-Arizaga, G. G.; G. A. Hirata

    2016-01-01

    Bismuth germanate (Bi4Ge3O12, BGO) has been the focus of several studies due to its scintillation properties. It has been employed as detector in scientific research and medicine, and herein we studied its possible biomedical applications. The photoluminescence properties of the uncoated and protein-coated nanoparticles were analyzed in different body fluids, at different pH. The nanoparticles yielded blueish-white luminescence with a maximum emission peak at 485 nm corresponding to the 3P1→1...

  11. Adaptive statistical iterative reconstruction and bismuth shielding for evaluation of dose reduction to the eye and image quality during head CT

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    There is a concern regarding the adverse effects of increasing radiation doses due to repeated computed tomography (CT) scans, especially in radiosensitive organs and portions thereof, such as the lenses of the eyes. Bismuth shielding with an adaptive statistical iterative reconstruction (ASIR) algorithm was recently introduced in our clinic as a method to reduce the absorbed radiation dose. This technique was applied to the lens of the eye during CT scans. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the reduction in the absorbed radiation dose and to determine the noise level when using bismuth shielding and the ASIR algorithm with the GE DC 750 HD 64-channel CT scanner for CT of the head of a humanoid phantom. With the use of bismuth shielding, the noise level was higher in the beam-hardening artifact areas than in the revealed artifact areas. However, with the use of ASIR, the noise level was lower than that with the use of bismuth alone; it was also lower in the artifact areas. The reduction in the radiation dose with the use of bismuth was greatest at the surface of the phantom to a limited depth. In conclusion, it is possible to reduce the radiation level and slightly decrease the bismuth-induced noise level by using a combination of ASIR as an algorithm process and bismuth as an in-plane hardware-type shielding method.

  12. Low-Temperature Synthesis of Bismuth Chalcohalides: Candidate Photovoltaic Materials with Easily, Continuously Controllable Band gap

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    Kunioku, Hironobu; Higashi, Masanobu; Abe, Ryu

    2016-09-01

    Although bismuth chalcohalides, such as BiSI and BiSeI, have been recently attracting considerable attention as photovoltaic materials, the methods available to synthesize them are quite limited thus far. In this study, a novel, facile method to synthesize these chalcohalides, including BiSBr1-xIx solid solutions, at low temperatures was developed via the substitution of anions from O2- to S2- (or Se2-) using bismuth oxyhalide precursors. Complete phase transition was readily observed upon treatment of BiOI particles with H2S or H2Se at surprisingly low temperatures of less than 150 °C and short reaction times of less than 1 h, producing BiSI and BiSeI particles, respectively. This method was also applied for synthesizing BiSBr1-xIx, where continuous changes in their band gaps were observed depending on the ratio between iodine and bromine. The composition of all elements (except oxygen) in the chalcohalides thus produced was almost identical to that of the oxyhalide precursors, attributed to the suppressed volatilization of halogens at such low temperatures. All chalcohalides loaded on FTO clearly exhibited an anodic photocurrent in an acetonitrile solution containing I-, attributed to their n-type nature, e.g., the BiSI electrode exhibited high IPCE (64% at 700 nm, +0.2 V vs. Ag/AgCl).

  13. Carbon nanotubes paste sensor modified with bismuth film for determination of metallic ions in ethanol fuel

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    Felipe Augusto Gorla

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available In the present study an anodic stripping voltammetric method using a bismuth film modified carbon nanotubes paste electrode for simultaneous determination of metals Zn2+, Cd2+and Pb2+in ethanol fuel is described. The metallic ions were preconcentrated on the bismuth film in the time and deposition potential of 500 s and -1.2 V and the stripping step was carried out by square wave voltammetry (frequency of 15 Hz, pulse amplitude of 25 mV and potential step of 5 mV. Acetate buffer at 0.1 mol L-1concentration and pH 4.5 was used as support electrolyte. The method showed linearity including the analytical blank up to 48.39 ?g L-1 for the metals and the obtained limits of detection were 3.36, 0.32 and 0.47 ?g L-1for Zn2+, Cd2+and Pb2+, respectively. The proposed method was applied in ethanol fuel samples.

  14. Low-Temperature Synthesis of Bismuth Chalcohalides: Candidate Photovoltaic Materials with Easily, Continuously Controllable Band gap

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    Kunioku, Hironobu; Higashi, Masanobu; Abe, Ryu

    2016-09-01

    Although bismuth chalcohalides, such as BiSI and BiSeI, have been recently attracting considerable attention as photovoltaic materials, the methods available to synthesize them are quite limited thus far. In this study, a novel, facile method to synthesize these chalcohalides, including BiSBr1‑xIx solid solutions, at low temperatures was developed via the substitution of anions from O2‑ to S2‑ (or Se2‑) using bismuth oxyhalide precursors. Complete phase transition was readily observed upon treatment of BiOI particles with H2S or H2Se at surprisingly low temperatures of less than 150 °C and short reaction times of less than 1 h, producing BiSI and BiSeI particles, respectively. This method was also applied for synthesizing BiSBr1‑xIx, where continuous changes in their band gaps were observed depending on the ratio between iodine and bromine. The composition of all elements (except oxygen) in the chalcohalides thus produced was almost identical to that of the oxyhalide precursors, attributed to the suppressed volatilization of halogens at such low temperatures. All chalcohalides loaded on FTO clearly exhibited an anodic photocurrent in an acetonitrile solution containing I‑, attributed to their n-type nature, e.g., the BiSI electrode exhibited high IPCE (64% at 700 nm, +0.2 V vs. Ag/AgCl).

  15. Size control of semimetal bismuth nanoparticles and the UV-visible and IR absorption spectra.

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    Wang, Y W; Hong, Byung Hee; Kim, Kwang S

    2005-04-21

    We introduced a simple chemical method to synthesize semimetal bismuth nanoparticles in N,N-dimethylformamide (DMF) by reducing Bi(3+) with sodium borohydride (NaBH(4)) in the presence of poly(vinylpyrroldone) (PVP) at room temperature. The size and dispersibility of Bi nanoparticles can be easily controlled by changing the synthetic conditions such as the molar ratio of PVP to BiCl(3) and the concentration of BiCl(3). The UV-visible absorption spectra of Bi nanoparticles of different diameters are systematically studied. The surface plasmon peaks broaden with the increasing molar ratio of PVP to BiCl(3) as the size of bismuth nanoparticles decreases. Infrared (IR) spectra of the complexes with different molar ratios of PVP/BiCl(3) show a strong interaction between the carboxyl oxygen (C=O) of PVP and Bi(3+) ion and a weak interaction between the carboxyl oxygen (C=O) of PVP and the Bi atom in nanoparticles. This indicates that PVP serves as an effective capping ligand, which prevents the nanoparticles from aggregation.

  16. Solar photocatalytic degradation of RB5 by ferrite bismuth nanoparticles synthesized via ultrasound.

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    Soltani, T; Entezari, M H

    2013-09-01

    In this paper, the photocatalytic degradation of Reactive Black 5 (RB5) was investigated with ferrite bismuth synthesized via ultrasound under direct sunlight irradiation. The intensity of absorption peaks of RB5 gradually decreased by increasing the irradiation time and finally vanished in 50 min in acidic medium. The formation of new intermediate was observed in basic medium. The relative concentration of RB5 in solution and on the surface of ferrite bismuth (BiFeO3) nanoparticles was considered during the experiment in acidic and basic media. The effects of various parameters such as amount of catalyst, concentration of dye, and pH of the solution have been studied on the dye degradation. The adsorption isotherm and the kinetic of photocatalytic degradation of RB5 were investigated. The adsorption constants in the dark and in the presence of sunlight irradiation were compared. The photocatalytic degradation mechanism of RB5 has been evaluated through the addition of some scavengers to the solution. In addition, the stability and reusability of the catalyst were examined in this work.

  17. Thermoelectric properties and micro-structure characteristics of annealed N-type bismuth telluride thin film

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    N-type bismuth telluride (Bi2Te3) thermoelectric thin films were deposited by co-sputtering simple substance Te and Bi targets. The deposited films were annealed under various temperatures. The composition ratio, micro-structure and thermoelectric properties of the prepared films were systematically investigated by energy dispersive spectrometer, X-ray diffraction, four-probe method and Seebeck coefficient measurement system. When the annealing temperature is 400 °C, the stoichiometric N-type Bi2Te3 film is achieved, which has a maximum thermoelectric power factor of 0.821 × 10−3 W m−1 K−2. Furthermore, the dependence of Seebeck coefficient, electrical conductivity and power factor of the stoichiometric N-type Bi2Te3 film annealed at film 400 °C on the applied temperature ranging from 25 °C to 315 °C was investigated. The results show that a highest power factor of 3.288 × 10−3 W m−1 K−2 is obtained at the applied temperature of 275 °C. The structural and thermoelectric properties of the deposited bismuth telluride thin films are greatly improved by annealing and the Seebeck coefficient, electrical conductivity and power factor increase with the applied temperature rising, which are helpful and could be guidance for preparing the high-performance thin film thermoelectric materials for thermoelectric application.

  18. Study of structural, ferromagnetic and ferroelectric properties of nanostructured barium doped Bismuth Ferrite

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    Nanostructured multiferroic Bi(1−x)BaxFeO3x=0.0, 0.1, 0.2 were prepared by hydrothermal technique. All samples belonged to the rhombohedrally distorted perovskite structure. The morphology of the particles changed with the doping of barium. Effect of barium doping on the dielectric constant was studied over a wide frequency range of 1000 Hz–1 MHz. The activation energy due to relaxation and due to conduction was measured from the Cole Cole plot and the AC conductivity versus frequency plot respectively. The activation energy estimated from both the studies was close to each other. The activation energy also enhanced with the increase in the barium content. The magnetization at the highest available field (∼1.6 T) increased from 0.05 emu/g for the sample with x=0.0–12 emu/g for the sample with x=0.2. The magnetic measurements show a significant increase in magnetization around 400 °C. Remnant polarization for x=0.0 was negligible and it increased to 0.06 µC/cm2 for x=0.2. - Highlights: • Bismuth Ferrite nanostructures were synthesized by the hydrothermal technique. • Barium was doped in Bismuth site. • Morphology changed with doping. • Ferromagnetic, Ferroelectric and Dielectric properties enhanced with doping. • An unreported magnetic transition due to spin canting was observed near 550 °C

  19. Growth of epitaxial sodium-bismuth-titanate films by metal-organic chemical vapor phase deposition

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    Schwarzkopf, J., E-mail: schwarzkopf@ikz-berlin.de [Leibniz Institute for Crystal Growth, Max-Born-Strasse 2, 12489 Berlin (Germany); Schmidbauer, M.; Duk, A.; Kwasniewski, A. [Leibniz Institute for Crystal Growth, Max-Born-Strasse 2, 12489 Berlin (Germany); Anooz, S. Bin [Leibniz Institute for Crystal Growth, Max-Born-Strasse 2, 12489 Berlin (Germany); Physics Department, Faculty of Science, Hadhramout University of Science and Technology, Mukalla 50511, Republic of Yemen (Yemen); Wagner, G. [Leibniz Institute for Crystal Growth, Max-Born-Strasse 2, 12489 Berlin (Germany); Devi, A. [Inorganic Materials Chemistry, Ruhr-University Bochum, Universitaetsstr. 150, 44801 Bochum (Germany); Fornari, R. [Leibniz Institute for Crystal Growth, Max-Born-Strasse 2, 12489 Berlin (Germany)

    2011-10-31

    The liquid-delivery spin metal-organic chemical vapor phase deposition method was used to grow epitaxial sodium-bismuth-titanate films of the system Bi{sub 4}Ti{sub 3}O{sub 12} + xNa{sub 0.5}Bi{sub 0.5}TiO{sub 3} on SrTiO{sub 3}(001) substrates. Na(thd), Ti(O{sup i}Pr){sub 2}(thd){sub 2} and Bi(thd){sub 3}, solved in toluene, were applied as source materials. Depending on the substrate temperature and the Na/Bi ratio in the gas phase several structural phases of sodium-bismuth-titanate were detected. With increasing temperature and/or Na/Bi ratio, phase transitions from an Aurivillius phase with m = 3 to m = 4 via an interleaved state with m = 3.5, and, finally, to Na{sub 0.5}Bi{sub 0.5}TiO{sub 3} with perovskite structure (m = {infinity}) were established. These phase transitions proceed at remarkably lower temperatures than in ceramics or bulk crystals for which they had been exclusively observed so far.

  20. Laser-diode excited intense upconversion luminescence of Er3+ in bismuth-lead-germanate glasses

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    Li Tao; Zhang Qin-Yuan; Jiang Zhong-Hong

    2007-01-01

    We have investigated infrared-to-visible upconversion luminescence of Er3 in bismuth-lead-germanate glasses.The UV cutoff wavelength is shortened while its lifetime is increased almost linearly, with PbF2 substituting for PbO in the bismuth-lead-germanate glasses. Three emissions centred at around 529, 545 and 657 nm are clearly observed, which are identified as originating from the 2H11/2 →4 I15/2,4 Ss/2 →4 I15/2 and 4F9/2 →4 I15/2 transitions, respectively. It is noted that all the upconversion emission intensities increase with PbF2 concentration increasing. The ratio between the intensities of red and green emissions increases with the increasing of PbF2 content. Energy transfer processes and nonradiative phonon-assisted decays account for the populations of the 2H11/2,4 S3/2 and 4F9/2 levels. The quadratic dependence of fluorescence on excitation laser power confirms a two-photon process to contribute to the upconversion emissions.

  1. Sol-gel synthesis and property studies of layered perovskite bismuth titanate thin films

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    Layered perovskite bismuth titanate (BTO) thin films were deposited on platinum coated silicon substrates by spin coating. A homogeneous and stable precursor solution was prepared by sol-gel process using bismuth nitrate and titanium(IV) butoxide as starting materials, glacial acetic acid and ethanolamine were selected as solvent and stabilizing agent, respectively. The crystal structure, surface morphology, composition and electrical properties of the films have been investigated. Crystal structure and morphology of the films are strongly influenced by the heat cycle adopted to form crystalline BTO films. Morphology of the films studied by AFM is found to be smooth, dense, and crack free. The deposited films possess good compositional homogeneity and thickness uniformity. The dielectric constant and the dissipation factor measured at 1 kHz at room temperature are found to be 135 and 0.018, respectively, for the films of 0.4-μm thickness annealed at 600 deg. C for 1 h. The remnant polarization and coercive field values are estimated to be 5 μC cm-2 and 45 kV cm-1. The films possess good fatigue properties and useful for application in the non-volatile memories

  2. Sol-gel synthesis and property studies of layered perovskite bismuth titanate thin films

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    Madeswaran, S.; Giridharan, N.V.; Jayavel, R

    2003-04-29

    Layered perovskite bismuth titanate (BTO) thin films were deposited on platinum coated silicon substrates by spin coating. A homogeneous and stable precursor solution was prepared by sol-gel process using bismuth nitrate and titanium(IV) butoxide as starting materials, glacial acetic acid and ethanolamine were selected as solvent and stabilizing agent, respectively. The crystal structure, surface morphology, composition and electrical properties of the films have been investigated. Crystal structure and morphology of the films are strongly influenced by the heat cycle adopted to form crystalline BTO films. Morphology of the films studied by AFM is found to be smooth, dense, and crack free. The deposited films possess good compositional homogeneity and thickness uniformity. The dielectric constant and the dissipation factor measured at 1 kHz at room temperature are found to be 135 and 0.018, respectively, for the films of 0.4-{mu}m thickness annealed at 600 deg. C for 1 h. The remnant polarization and coercive field values are estimated to be 5 {mu}C cm{sup -2} and 45 kV cm{sup -1}. The films possess good fatigue properties and useful for application in the non-volatile memories.

  3. BaBiO sub 2. 5 , a new bismuth oxide with a layered structure

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    Lightfoot, P. (Argonne National Lab., IL (United States) Univ. of St. Andrews, Fife (England)); Hriljac, J.A. (Brookhaven National Lab., Upton, NY (United States)); Pei, Shiyou; Mitchell, A.W.; Zheng, Ying; Richards, D.R.; Dabrowski, B.; Jorgensen, J.D.; Hinks, D.G. (Argonne National Lab., IL (United States))

    1991-06-01

    A new Bi(III) oxide, BaBiO{sub 2.5}, has been prepared by slow-cooling of the perovskite-like BaBiO{sub 3} in a reducing atmosphere. The structure was solved ab initio from a combination of synchrotron x-ray and pulsed neutron powder diffraction data. The phase crystallizes in the monoclinic space group P2{sub 1}/c, with a = 7.3412(1) {angstrom}, b = 7.5793(1) {angstrom}, c = 6.0722(1) {angstrom}, and {beta} = 99.187(2){degree}. A novel layer-type structure is adopted consisting of double BiO{sub x} sheets in the bc plane separated by Ba ions along the a direction. Bi is four-coordinated in a pseudotrigonal bipyramidal environment, with the electron lonepair occupying one of the equatorial sites, similar to that found in {beta}-Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3}. There are, thus significant differences from either the Aurivillius phases or the high-T{sub c} bismuth cuprate superconductors, which may also be regarded as layered bismuth oxides.

  4. Development and Testing of an Americium/Lanthanide Separation Flowsheet Using Sodium Bismuthate

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    Jack Law; Bruce Mincher; Troy Garn; Mitchell Greenhalgh; Nicholas Schmitt; Veronica Rutledge

    2014-04-01

    The separation of Am from the lanthanides and curium is a key step in proposed advanced fuel cycle scenarios. The partitioning and transmutation of Am is desirable to minimize the long-term heat load of material interred in a future high-level waste repository. A separation process amenable to process scale-up remains elusive. Given only subtle chemistry differences within and between the ions of the trivalent actinide and lanthanide series this separation is challenging ; however, higher oxidation states of americium can be prepared using sodium bismuthate and separated via solvent extraction using diamylamylphosphonate (DAAP) extraction. Among the other trivalent metals only Ce is also oxidized and extracted. Due to the long-term instability of Am(VI) , the loaded organic phase is readily selectively stripped to partition the actinide to a new acidic aqueous phase. Batch extraction distribution ratio measurements were used to design a flowsheet to accomplish this separation. Additionally, crossflow filtration was investigated as a method to filter the bismuthate solids from the feed solution prior to extraction. Results of the filtration studies, flowsheet development work and flowsheet performance testing using a centrifugal contactor are detailed.

  5. Extraction of nitric acid, uranyl nitrate, and bismuth nitrate from aqueous nitric acid solutions with CMPO

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    1995-08-01

    DOE sponsored development of the transuranium extraction (TRUEX) process for removing actinides from radioactive wastes. The solvent is a mixture of CMPO and TBP. Since the extraction characteristics of CMPO are not as well understood as those of TBP, the extraction of nitric acid, uranyl nitrate, and bismuth nitrate with CMPO (dissolved in n-dodecane) were studied. Results indicate that CMPO extracts nitric acid with a 1:1 stoichiometry; equilibrium constant is 2. 660{plus_minus}0.092 at 25 C, and extraction enthalpy is -5. 46{plus_minus}0.46 kcal/mol. Slope analysis indicates that uranyl nitrate extracts with a mixed equilibria of 1:1 and 2:1 stoichiometries in nearly equal proportion. Equil. constant of the 2: 1 extraction was 1.213 {times} 10{sup 6}{plus_minus}3.56 {times} 10{sup 4} at 25 C; reaction enthalpy was -9.610{plus_minus}0.594 kcal/mol. Nitration complexation constant is 8.412{plus_minus}0.579, with an enthalpy of -10.72{plus_minus}1.87 kcal/mol. Bismuth nitrate also extracts with a mixed equilibria of (perhaps) 1:1 and 2:1 stoichiometries. A 2:1 extraction equilibrium and a nitrate complexation adequately model the data. Kinetics and enthalpies were also measured.

  6. Evaluation of the efficiency of bismuth breast shield in CT chest paediatric examinations

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    The aim of this study is to evaluate the efficiency of bismuth breast shield in CT chest paediatric examinations when automatic exposure control techniques are used. The influence in the radiation dose and the image quality has been evaluated with and without the breast shield in the scoutview. In addition the radiation dose in shielded and non-shielded areas has been compared. Measurements were made in a 16 cm diameter cylindrical PMMA phantom simulating a newborn, and older children were simulated controlling the maximum intensities allowed by the automatic exposure control system AutomA. The highest dose reduction (59%) was obtained with AutomA system and when the breast shield is not used in the scoutview. This reduction in the radiation dose does not mean a significant increase of noise level. The use of the breast shield in the scoutview yielded an increase in the radiation dose in non-shielded areas. The use of bismuth breast shield is recommended only after the scoutview in order to optimise the radiation dose in CT chest paediatric examination when using automatic exposure control AutomA. (Author)

  7. Deposition of Visible Light Active Photocatalytic Bismuth Molybdate Thin Films by Reactive Magnetron Sputtering

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    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Bismuth molybdate thin films were deposited by reactive magnetron co-sputtering from two metallic targets in an argon/oxygen atmosphere, reportedly for the first time. Energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX analysis showed that the ratio of bismuth to molybdenum in the coatings can be effectively controlled by varying the power applied to each target. Deposited coatings were annealed in air at 673 K for 30 min. The crystalline structure was assessed by means of Raman spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction (XRD. Oxidation state information was obtained by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS. Photodegradation of organic dyes methylene blue and rhodamine B was used for evaluation of the photocatalytic properties of the coatings under a visible light source. The photocatalytic properties of the deposited coatings were then compared to a sample of commercial titanium dioxide-based photocatalytic product. The repeatability of the dye degradation reactions and photocatalytic coating reusability are discussed. It was found that coatings with a Bi:Mo ratio of approximately 2:1 exhibited the highest photocatalytic activity of the coatings studied; its efficacy in dye photodegradation significantly outperformed a sample of commercial photocatalytic coating.

  8. Optical and electrical properties of thin films of bismuth ferric oxide

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    The bismuth ferric oxide (BFO) has caused great attention in recent years because of their multi ferric properties, making it very attractive for different technological applications. In this paper simultaneous ablation of two white (Bi and Fe2O3) was used in a reactive atmosphere (containing oxygen) to deposit thin films of BFO. The composition of the films is changed by controlling the plasma parameters such as the average kinetic energy of the ions (E p) and the plasma density (Np). The effects caused by excess of Bi and Fe in atomic structure and the optical and electrical properties of the films BiFeO3 in terms of plasma parameters were studied. The X-ray diffraction patterns of BFO samples with excess of bismuth above 2% at. They exhibited small changes in structure leading to improved levels of leakage currents compared to levels of the film with a stoichiometry close to BiFeO3 composition. These samples showed a secondary phase (Bi25FeO40 selenite type) that led to the increase in the values of band gap and resistivity as well as the improvement of the piezoelectric properties. On the other hand, the films with iron excess showed as secondary phase compounds of iron oxide (α - γ-Fe2O3) that caused increments in the conductivity and decrease in the values of band gap. The results are discussed in terms of the excesses of Bi and Fe which were correlated with the plasma parameters. (Author)

  9. Molecular Design for Tailoring a Single-Source Precursor for Bismuth Ferrite.

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    Bendt, Georg; Schiwon, Rafael; Salamon, Soma; Landers, Joachim; Hagemann, Ulrich; Limberg, Christian; Wende, Heiko; Schulz, Stephan

    2016-08-01

    Nearly phase-pure bismuth ferrite particles were formed by thermolysis of the single-source precursor [Cp(CO)2FeBi(OAc)2] (1) in octadecene at 245 °C, followed by subsequent calcination at 600 °C for 3 h. In contrast, the slightly modified compound [Cp(CO)2FeBi(O2C(t)Bu)2] (2) yielded only mixtures of different bismuth oxide phases, revealing the distinctive influence of molecular design in material synthesis. The chemical composition, morphology, and crystallinity of the resulting materials were investigated by X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. In addition, the optical properties were investigated by Fourier transform infrared and UV-vis spectroscopies, showing a strong band gap absorption in the visible range at 590 nm (2.2 eV). The magnetic behavior was probed by vibrating-sample and superconducting quantum interference device magnetometry, as well as (57)Fe Mössbauer spectroscopy. PMID:27391769

  10. Potential containment materials for liquid-lead and lead-bismuth eutectic spallation neutron source

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    Lead (Pb) and lead-bismuth eutectic (44Pb-56Bi) have been the two primary candidate liquid-metal target materials for the production of spallation neutrons. Selection of a container material for the liquid-metal target will greatly affect the lifetime and safety of the target subsystem. For the lead target, niobium-1 (wt%) zirconium (Nb-1Zr) is a candidate containment material for liquid lead, but its poor oxidation resistance has been a major concern. The oxidation rate of Nb-1Zr was studied based on the calculations of thickness loss due to oxidation. According to these calculations, it appeared that uncoated Nb-1Zr may be used for a one-year operation at 900 C at PO2 = 1 x 10-6 torr, but the same material may not be used in argon with 5-ppm oxygen. Coating technologies to reduce the oxidation of Nb-1Zr are reviewed, as are other candidate refractory metals such as molybdenum, tantalum, and tungsten. For the Pb-Bi target, three candidate containment materials are suggested based on a literature survey of the materials compatibility and proton irradiation tests: Croloy 2-1/4, modified 9Cr-1Mo, and 12Cr-1Mo (HT-9) steel. These materials seem to be used only if the lead-bismuth is thoroughly deoxidized and treated with zirconium and magnesium

  11. Interaction study between MOX fuel and eutectic lead-bismuth coolant

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    Vigier, Jean-François; Popa, Karin; Tyrpekl, Vaclav; Gardeur, Sébastien; Freis, Daniel; Somers, Joseph

    2015-12-01

    In the frame of the MYRRHA reactor project, the interaction between fuel pellets and the reactor coolant is essential for safety evaluations, e.g. in case of a pin breach. Therefore, interaction tests between uranium-plutonium mixed oxide (MOX) pellets and molten lead bismuth eutectic (LBE) have been performed and three parameters were studied, namely the interaction temperature (500 °C and 800 °C), the oxygen content in LBE and the stoichiometry of the MOX (U0.7Pu0.3O2-x and U0.7Pu0.3O2.00). After 50 h of interaction in closed containers, the pellet integrity was preserved in all cases. Whatever the conditions, neither interaction compounds (crystalline or amorphous) nor lead and bismuth diffusion into the surface regions of the MOX pellets has been detected. In most of the conditions, actinide releases into LBE were very limited (in the range of 0.01-0.15 mg), with a homogeneous release of the different actinides present in the MOX. Detected values were significantly higher in the 800 °C and low LBE oxygen content tests for both U0.7Pu0.3O2-x and U0.7Pu0.3O2.00, with 1-2 mg of actinide released in these conditions.

  12. Vibration Monitoring Using Fiber Optic Sensors in a Lead-Bismuth Eutectic Cooled Nuclear Fuel Assembly.

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    De Pauw, Ben; Lamberti, Alfredo; Ertveldt, Julien; Rezayat, Ali; van Tichelen, Katrien; Vanlanduit, Steve; Berghmans, Francis

    2016-04-21

    Excessive fuel assembly vibrations in nuclear reactor cores should be avoided in order not to compromise the lifetime of the assembly and in order to prevent the occurrence of safety hazards. This issue is particularly relevant to new reactor designs that use liquid metal coolants, such as, for example, a molten lead-bismuth eutectic. The flow of molten heavy metal around and through the fuel assembly may cause the latter to vibrate and hence suffer degradation as a result of, for example, fretting wear or mechanical fatigue. In this paper, we demonstrate the use of optical fiber sensors to measure the fuel assembly vibration in a lead-bismuth eutectic cooled installation which can be used as input to assess vibration-related safety hazards. We show that the vibration characteristics of the fuel pins in the fuel assembly can be experimentally determined with minimal intrusiveness and with high precision owing to the small dimensions and properties of the sensors. In particular, we were able to record local strain level differences of about 0.2 μϵ allowing us to reliably estimate the vibration amplitudes and modal parameters of the fuel assembly based on optical fiber sensor readings during different stages of the operation of the facility, including the onset of the coolant circulation and steady-state operation.

  13. Extraction of nitric acid, uranyl nitrate, and bismuth nitrate from aqueous nitric acid solutions with CMPO

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    DOE sponsored development of the transuranium extraction (TRUEX) process for removing actinides from radioactive wastes. The solvent is a mixture of CMPO and TBP. Since the extraction characteristics of CMPO are not as well understood as those of TBP, the extraction of nitric acid, uranyl nitrate, and bismuth nitrate with CMPO (dissolved in n-dodecane) were studied. Results indicate that CMPO extracts nitric acid with a 1:1 stoichiometry; equilibrium constant is 2. 660±0.092 at 25 C, and extraction enthalpy is -5. 46±0.46 kcal/mol. Slope analysis indicates that uranyl nitrate extracts with a mixed equilibria of 1:1 and 2:1 stoichiometries in nearly equal proportion. Equil. constant of the 2: 1 extraction was 1.213 x 106±3.56 x 104 at 25 C; reaction enthalpy was -9.610±0.594 kcal/mol. Nitration complexation constant is 8.412±0.579, with an enthalpy of -10.72±1.87 kcal/mol. Bismuth nitrate also extracts with a mixed equilibria of (perhaps) 1:1 and 2:1 stoichiometries. A 2:1 extraction equilibrium and a nitrate complexation adequately model the data. Kinetics and enthalpies were also measured

  14. Toxicity of Volatile Methylated Species of Bismuth, Arsenic, Tin, and Mercury in Mammalian Cells In Vitro

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    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available The biochemical transformation of mercury, tin, arsenic and bismuth through formation of volatile alkylated species performs a fundamental role in determining the environmental processing of these elements. While the toxicity of inorganic forms of most of these compounds are well documented (e.g., arsenic, mercury and some of them are of relatively low toxicity (e.g., tin, bismuth, the more lipid-soluble organometals can be highly toxic. In the present study we investigated the cyto- and genotoxicity of five volatile metal(loid compounds: trimethylbismuth, dimethylarsenic iodide, trimethylarsine, tetramethyltin, and dimethylmercury. As far as we know, this is the first study investigating the toxicity of volatile metal(loid compounds in vitro. Our results showed that dimethylmercury was most toxic to all three used cell lines (CHO-9 cells, CaCo, Hep-G2 followed by dimethylarsenic iodide. Tetramethyltin was the least toxic compound; however, the toxicity was also dependend upon the cell type. Human colon cells (CaCo were most susceptible to the toxicity of the volatile compounds compared to the other cell lines. We conclude from our study that volatile metal(loid compounds can be toxic to mammalian cells already at very low concentrations but the toxicity depends upon the metal(loid species and the exposed cell type.

  15. Microwave-assisted synthesis of bismuth oxybromochloride nanoflakes for visible light photodegradation of pollutants

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    Bijanzad, Keyvan; Tadjarodi, Azadeh; Moghaddasi Khiavi, Mohammad [Research Laboratory of Inorganic Materials Synthesis, Department of Chemistry, Iran University of Science and Technology, Narmak, Tehran 16846-13114 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Akhavan, Omid, E-mail: oakhavan@sharif.ir [Department of Physics, Sharif University of Technology, P.O. Box 11155-9161, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Institute for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Sharif University of Technology, P.O. Box 14588-89694, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2015-10-15

    BiOBr{sub x}Cl{sub 1−x} (0bismuth nitrate pentahydrate, potassium bromide and sodium chloride by a microwave-assisted synthesis method. The X-ray diffraction (XRD) studies confirmed the formation of pure crystalline phase of BiOBr{sub x}Cl{sub 1−x}. The UV–visible diffuse reflectance and photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopies revealed the indirect band gap of ~2.82 eV for the bismuth oxybromochloride nanoflakes. Visible light-assisted photocatalytic studies showed that the degradation efficiency of the as-prepared BiOBr{sub x}Cl{sub 1−x} for (100 mL of 10 mg L{sup −1}) Rhodamine B (RhB), Natural Red 4 (N-Red) dye solutions was 98.14% and for the colorless organic pentachlorophenol (PCP) solution was 91.09% over 150 min. The possible mechanisms involved in the visible light photodegradation of the pollutants by BiOBr{sub x}Cl{sub 1−x} photocatalyst were also discussed.

  16. Evaluation in the use of bismuth shielding on cervical spine CT scan using a male phantom

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    Aleme, C.; Mourao, A. P. [Centro Federal de Educacion Tecnologica de Minas Gerais, Biomedical Engineering Center, Belo Horizonte - MG (Brazil); Lyra, M. A., E-mail: carolinaaleme@gmail.com [Universidad Federal de Minas Gerais, Department of Nuclear Engineering, Av. Pdte. Antonio Carlos 6627, Pampulha, 31270-91 Belo Horizonte - MG (Brazil)

    2014-08-15

    The cervical spine is the region of the column that articulates the head and chest. The tests of computed tomography (CT) performed in this region have as main objectives to diagnose fractures, dislocations and tumors. In CT scans the cervical spine volume is limited by the foramen Magnum and the first thoracic vertebra. In this region is the thyroid that is directly irradiated by X-ray beam during cervical scan. Based on this information, it was studied the dose variation deposited in thyroid and in nearby organs, such as: lenses, spinal cord in the foramen Magnum region and breasts, with and without the use of bismuth protector. In this study was used a male anthropomorphic phantom and thermoluminescent s dosimeters (TLD-100) were required to register the individual doses in the organs of interest. CT scans were performed on a GE Bright Speed scanner of 32 channels. With the data obtained, it was found the organ dose variation. The largest recorded dose was in the thyroid. Comparing two scans it was possible to note that the use of the bismuth protector promoted a 26% reduction in the thyroid dose and an increase in the lens dose. (Author)

  17. Study of structural, ferromagnetic and ferroelectric properties of nanostructured barium doped Bismuth Ferrite

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    Chaudhuri, A., E-mail: arkac123@gmail.com [Department of Applied Science, Haldia Institute of Technology, Dist.- Purba Medinipur, Haldia- 721657, West Bengal (India); Department of Condensed Matter Physics and Material Science, S.N. Bose National Center for Basic Sciences, Block JD, Salt Lake, Kolkata 700098 (India); Mandal, K. [Department of Applied Science, Haldia Institute of Technology, Dist.- Purba Medinipur, Haldia- 721657, West Bengal (India); Department of Condensed Matter Physics and Material Science, S.N. Bose National Center for Basic Sciences, Block JD, Salt Lake, Kolkata 700098 (India)

    2014-03-15

    Nanostructured multiferroic Bi{sub (1−x)}Ba{sub x}FeO{sub 3}x=0.0, 0.1, 0.2 were prepared by hydrothermal technique. All samples belonged to the rhombohedrally distorted perovskite structure. The morphology of the particles changed with the doping of barium. Effect of barium doping on the dielectric constant was studied over a wide frequency range of 1000 Hz–1 MHz. The activation energy due to relaxation and due to conduction was measured from the Cole Cole plot and the AC conductivity versus frequency plot respectively. The activation energy estimated from both the studies was close to each other. The activation energy also enhanced with the increase in the barium content. The magnetization at the highest available field (∼1.6 T) increased from 0.05 emu/g for the sample with x=0.0–12 emu/g for the sample with x=0.2. The magnetic measurements show a significant increase in magnetization around 400 °C. Remnant polarization for x=0.0 was negligible and it increased to 0.06 µC/cm{sup 2} for x=0.2. - Highlights: • Bismuth Ferrite nanostructures were synthesized by the hydrothermal technique. • Barium was doped in Bismuth site. • Morphology changed with doping. • Ferromagnetic, Ferroelectric and Dielectric properties enhanced with doping. • An unreported magnetic transition due to spin canting was observed near 550 °C.

  18. Vibration Monitoring Using Fiber Optic Sensors in a Lead-Bismuth Eutectic Cooled Nuclear Fuel Assembly

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    Ben De Pauw

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available Excessive fuel assembly vibrations in nuclear reactor cores should be avoided in order not to compromise the lifetime of the assembly and in order to prevent the occurrence of safety hazards. This issue is particularly relevant to new reactor designs that use liquid metal coolants, such as, for example, a molten lead-bismuth eutectic. The flow of molten heavy metal around and through the fuel assembly may cause the latter to vibrate and hence suffer degradation as a result of, for example, fretting wear or mechanical fatigue. In this paper, we demonstrate the use of optical fiber sensors to measure the fuel assembly vibration in a lead-bismuth eutectic cooled installation which can be used as input to assess vibration-related safety hazards. We show that the vibration characteristics of the fuel pins in the fuel assembly can be experimentally determined with minimal intrusiveness and with high precision owing to the small dimensions and properties of the sensors. In particular, we were able to record local strain level differences of about 0.2 μϵ allowing us to reliably estimate the vibration amplitudes and modal parameters of the fuel assembly based on optical fiber sensor readings during different stages of the operation of the facility, including the onset of the coolant circulation and steady-state operation.

  19. Vibration Monitoring Using Fiber Optic Sensors in a Lead-Bismuth Eutectic Cooled Nuclear Fuel Assembly.

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    De Pauw, Ben; Lamberti, Alfredo; Ertveldt, Julien; Rezayat, Ali; van Tichelen, Katrien; Vanlanduit, Steve; Berghmans, Francis

    2016-01-01

    Excessive fuel assembly vibrations in nuclear reactor cores should be avoided in order not to compromise the lifetime of the assembly and in order to prevent the occurrence of safety hazards. This issue is particularly relevant to new reactor designs that use liquid metal coolants, such as, for example, a molten lead-bismuth eutectic. The flow of molten heavy metal around and through the fuel assembly may cause the latter to vibrate and hence suffer degradation as a result of, for example, fretting wear or mechanical fatigue. In this paper, we demonstrate the use of optical fiber sensors to measure the fuel assembly vibration in a lead-bismuth eutectic cooled installation which can be used as input to assess vibration-related safety hazards. We show that the vibration characteristics of the fuel pins in the fuel assembly can be experimentally determined with minimal intrusiveness and with high precision owing to the small dimensions and properties of the sensors. In particular, we were able to record local strain level differences of about 0.2 μϵ allowing us to reliably estimate the vibration amplitudes and modal parameters of the fuel assembly based on optical fiber sensor readings during different stages of the operation of the facility, including the onset of the coolant circulation and steady-state operation. PMID:27110782

  20. Optical and Physical Properties of Bismuth Borate Glasses Doped With Dy3+

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    P. Limsuwan

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available This study reports on physical and optical properties of Dy3+ doped bismuth borate glass. The glasses containing Dy3+ in (70-xB2O3:30Bi2O3:xDy2O3 (where x = 0.0-2.5 mol% have been prepared by melt-quenching method. In order to understand the role of Dy2O3 in these glasses, the density, molar volume and optical spectra were investigated. The results show that molar volume of the glasses increase with the increasing of Dy2O3 concentration and consequently generating more non-bridging oxygen (NBOs into glass matrix. The absorption spectra of Dy3+ doped in bismuth borate glass correspond with several bands, which are assigned from the ground state, 6H15/2 to 6F3/2(761 nm, 6F5/2(806 nm, 6F7/2(907 nm, (6H7/2, 6F9/2(1099 nm, (6F11/2, 6H9/2 (1283 nm and 6H11/2(1695 nm. Moreover, the optical basicities were also theoretically determined.

  1. Direct numerical simulation and statistical analysis of turbulent convection in lead-bismuth

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    Otic, I.; Grotzbach, G. [Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe GmbH, Institut fuer Kern-und Energietechnik (Germany)

    2003-07-01

    Improved turbulent heat flux models are required to develop and analyze the reactor concept of an lead-bismuth cooled Accelerator-Driven-System. Because of specific properties of many liquid metals we have still no sensors for accurate measurements of the high frequency velocity fluctuations. So, the development of the turbulent heat transfer models which are required in our CFD (computational fluid dynamics) tools needs also data from direct numerical simulations of turbulent flows. We use new simulation results for the model problem of Rayleigh-Benard convection to show some peculiarities of the turbulent natural convection in lead-bismuth (Pr = 0.025). Simulations for this flow at sufficiently large turbulence levels became only recently feasible because this flow requires the resolution of very small velocity scales with the need for recording long-wave structures for the slow changes in the convective temperature field. The results are analyzed regarding the principle convection and heat transfer features. They are also used to perform statistical analysis to show that the currently available modeling is indeed not adequate for these fluids. Basing on the knowledge of the details of the statistical features of turbulence in this convection type and using the two-point correlation technique, a proposal for an improved statistical turbulence model is developed which is expected to account better for the peculiarities of the heat transfer in the turbulent convection in low Prandtl number fluids. (authors)

  2. Structural analysis of bismuth nanowire by X-ray standing wave method

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    Saito, A; Kurata, T; Maruyama, J; Kuwahara, Y; Aono, M; Miki, K

    2003-01-01

    Bismuth forms perfect wires without any defects on a clean Si(001) surface. Despite the importance of this self-organized nanowire from the viewpoints of both surface science and device application, an analysis of the internal structure of the wire is quite difficult under the condition of a buried interface. In order to clarify the atomic structure of the wire capped by amorphous Si layers, the three-dimensional bismuth atomic site was measured with respect to the substrate Si lattice by the X-ray standing wave method. The results indicate that the absolute height of Bi atoms is 0.26 A upper from the bulklike Si(004) plane of the Si-dimer layer. For the structure inside the (004) plane, Bi atoms are in the range of +-0.5 A in the [110] direction from an intact Si-dimmer position. This result disagrees with recent reports that were derived from other analytical methods used solely for a clean surface. A new model was proposed and it suggests an influence of a burying effect for the wire structure. (author)

  3. Metallothionein bioconjugates as delivery vehicles for bismuth-212 alpha particle therapy

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    Metallothioneins (MTHs) are small cysteine-rich polypeptides that binds cationic metals at physiologic pH ranges through noncovalent -SH ligand interactions. Some leucine-rich renal MTHs have a particular avidity for bismuth. The authors have examined the ability of MTHs to selectively incorporate Bi-212, a short-lived high-energy alpha particle emitter currently under exploration as a potential therapeutic radiolabel for use in molecularly targeted cancer therapy. They find that under physiologic conditions, MTH will selectively incorporate Bi-212 after incubation with an equilibrium mixture of its upstream and downstream parents. The MTH moieties may be linked to tumor-binding macromolecules such as antibodies via thiolation reactions using SPDP, and the resultant Bismuth-avid molecules may be used either as primary delivery vehicles for the Bi-212 or as part of a 2-step release-and-catch isotope localization system in which the MTH-antibody conjugate is pre-localized at the tumor site and the radiometal is then administered and chelated in situ. They present the chemistry, dosimetry and potential clinical applications of this system

  4. An Evaluation of Activated Bismuth Isotopes in Environmental Samples From the Former Western Pacific Proving Grounds

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    Robison, W.L.; Brunk, J.A.; Jokela, T.A.

    2000-03-21

    {sup 207}Bi (t{sub 1/2}=32.2 y) was generated by activation of weapons material during a few ''clean'' nuclear tests at the U.S. Western Pacific Proving Grounds of Enewetak and Bikini Atolls. The radionuclides first appeared in the Enewetak environment during 1958 and in the environment of Bikini during 1956. Crater sediments from Bikini with high levels of {sup 207}Bi were analyzed by gamma spectrometry in an attempt to determine the relative concentrations of {sup 208}Bi (t{sup 1/2} = 3.68 x 10{sup 5} y). The bismuth isotopes were probably generated during the ''clean'', 9.3 Mt Poplar test held on 7/12/58. The atom ratio of {sup 208}Bi to {sup 207}Bi (R value) ranges from {approx}12 to over 200 in sections of core sediments from the largest nuclear crater at Bikini atoll. The presence of bismuth in the device is suggested to account for R values in excess of 10.

  5. Temperature dependent piezoelectric response and strain-electric-field hysteresis of rare-earth modified bismuth ferrite ceramics

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    Walker, Julian; Ursic, Hana; Bencan, Andreja;

    2016-01-01

    The rare-earth (RE)-modified bismuth ferrite (BiFeO3 or BFO) family of ferroelectrics have uncomplicated lead-free chemistries and simple perovskite structures. Due to the high Curie transition temperature of the parent BiFeO3 perovskite (similar to 830 °C), they are promising piezoelectric mater...

  6. Influence of bismuth oxide concentration on the pH level and biocompatibility of white Portland cement

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    Marina Angélica MARCIANO

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Objectives: To investigate if there is a relation between the increase of bismuth oxide and the decrease of pH levels and an intensification of toxicity in the Portland cement. Material and Methods: White Portland cement (WPC was mixed with 0, 15, 20, 30 and 50% bismuth oxide, in weight. For the pH level test, polyethylene tubes were filled with the cements and immersed in Milli-Q water for 15, 30 and 60 days. After each period, the increase of the pH level was assessed. For the biocompatibility, two polyethylene tubes filled with the cements were implanted in ninety albino rats (n=6. The analysis of the intensity of the inflammatory infiltrate was performed after 15, 30 and 60 days. The statistical analysis was performed using the Kruskal-Wallis, Dunn and Friedman tests for the pH level and the Kruskal-Wallis and Dunn tests for the biological analysis (p0.05. For the inflammatory infiltrates, no significant statistical differences were found among the groups in each period (p>0.05. The 15% WPC showed a significant decrease of the inflammatory infiltrate from 15 to 30 and 60 days (p<0.05. Conclusions: The addition of bismuth oxide into Portland cement did not affect the pH level and the biological response. The concentration of 15% of bismuth oxide resulted in significant reduction in inflammatory response in comparison with the other concentrations evaluated.

  7. Oxidative Dehydrogenation of n-Butenes to 1,3-Butadiene over Bismuth Molybdate and Ferrite Catalysts: A Review

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    Hong, Eunpyo

    2015-11-02

    1,3-Butadiene, an important raw material for a variety of chemical products, can be produced via the oxidative dehydrogenation (ODH) of n-butenes over multicomponent oxide catalysts based on bismuth molybdates and ferrites. In this review, the basic concept, reaction mechanism, and catalysts typically used in an ODH reaction are discussed. © 2015, Springer Science+Business Media New York.

  8. Structural characterization of bismuth molybdates by x-ray absorption spectroscopy and powder neutron diffraction profile analysis

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    Antonio, M.R.; Teller, R.G.; Sandstorm, D.R.; Mehicic, M.; Brazdil, J.F.

    1988-05-19

    By use of synchrotron radiation, high-quality X-ray absorption data have been recorded for three bismuth molybdate phases with the general composition Bi/sub 2/O/sub 3/ x nMoO/sub 3/, for n = 3 (..cap alpha..-phase) n = 2 (..beta..-phase), and n = 1 (..gamma..-phase). The results of these bismuth L/sub 3/-edge and molybdenum K-edge X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) and extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) studies provide structural insights about the local environments of the Bi/sup 3 +/ and Mo/sup 6 +/ ions. Also, the structure of ..beta..-Bi/sub 2/O/sub 3/ x 2MoO/sub 3/ was investigated by the use of time-of-flight powder neutron diffraction. The profile analysis of the neutron data for ..beta..-bismuth molybdate (monoclinic, P2/sub 1//n, a = 11.9515 (4) A, b = 10.7993 (4) A, c = 11.8805 (4) A, ..beta.. = 90.142 (5)/sup 0/, and Z = 8) revealed that the bismuth and molybdenum cations are present in a fluorite-like sublattice.

  9. New bismuth borophosphate Bi{sub 4}BPO{sub 10}: Synthesis, crystal structure, optical and band structure analysis

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    Babitsky, Nicolay A.; Leshok, Darya Y.; Mikhaleva, Natalia S. [Siberian Federal University, 79 Svobodny Av, Krasnoyarsk, 660041 (Russian Federation); Kuzubov, Aleksandr A., E-mail: alexkuzubov@gmail.com [Siberian Federal University, 79 Svobodny Av, Krasnoyarsk, 660041 (Russian Federation); Institute of Physics SB RAS, Krasnoyarsk 660036 (Russian Federation); Zhereb, Vladimir P. [Siberian Federal University, 79 Svobodny Av, Krasnoyarsk, 660041 (Russian Federation); Kirik, Sergei D., E-mail: kiriksd@yandex.ru [Siberian Federal University, 79 Svobodny Av, Krasnoyarsk, 660041 (Russian Federation)

    2015-08-01

    New bismuth borophosphate Bi{sub 4}BPO{sub 10} was obtained by spontaneous crystallization from the melt of correspondent composition at 804 °C. Crystal structure with orthorhombic lattice parameters: a = 22.5731(3) Å, b = 14.0523(2) Å, c = 5.5149(1) Å, V = 1749.34(4), Z = 8, SG Pcab was determined by X-ray powder diffraction technique. The [Bi{sub 2}O{sub 2}]{sup 2+} -layers, which are typical for bismuth oxide compounds, transform into cationic endless strips of 4 bismuth atoms width directed along the c-axis in Bi{sub 4}BPO{sub 10}. The strips combining stacks are separated by flat triangle [BO{sub 3}]{sup 3−} -anions within stacks. Neighboring stacks are separated by tetrahedral [PO{sub 4}]{sup 3−}-anions and shifted relatively to each other. Bismuth atoms are placed in 5–7 vertex oxygen irregular polyhedra. Bi{sub 4}BPO{sub 10} is stable up to 812 °C, then melts according to the peritectic law. The absorption spectrum in the range 350–700 nm was obtained and the width of the forbidden band was estimated as 3.46 eV. The band electronic structure of Bi{sub 4}BPO{sub 10} was modeled using DFT approach. The calculated band gap (3.56 eV) is in good agreement with the experimentally obtained data. - Graphical abstract: Display Omitted - Highlights: • New bismuth borophosphate with composition Bi{sub 4}BPO{sub 10} was synthesized. • The crystal structure was determined by X-ray powder diffraction technique. • Bismuth-oxygen part [Bi{sub 4}O{sub 3}]{sup 6+} forms endless strips of 4 bismuth atoms width. • Electronic structure was modeled by DFT method. • The calculated band gap (3.56 eV) is very close to the experimental one (3.46 eV)

  10. Is there a need to re-examine the approval of bismuth shotshell as a non-toxic alternative to lead based on the precautionary principle?

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    Fahey, Nathan S C; Tsuji, Leonard J S

    2006-12-01

    In 1997, the Canadian Wildlife Service (CWS) approved bismuth shotshell as an alternative to lead. We assessed whether there is a need to re-examine the toxicity of bismuth issue using the initial CWS toxicity guideline criteria. Review of the literature suggests that in the context of the precautionary principle, a re-examination of the approval of bismuth shotshell should be undertaken based on animal health issues, associated deficiencies in the analytical data used in the original assessment, and to a lesser extent, human health concerns.

  11. Atomic site preferences and its effect on magnetic structure in the intermetallic borides M{sub 2}Fe(Ru{sub 0.8}T{sub 0.2}){sub 5}B{sub 2} (M=Sc, Ti, Zr; T=Ru, Rh, Ir)

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    Brgoch, Jakoah, E-mail: jrbrgoc@gmail.com [Department of Chemistry, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011 (United States); Mahmoud, Yassir A. [Department of Chemistry, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011 (United States); Miller, Gordon J., E-mail: gmiller@iastate.edu [Department of Chemistry, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011 (United States)

    2012-12-15

    The site preference for a class of intermetallic borides following the general formula M{sub 2}Fe(Ru{sub 0.8}T{sub 0.2}){sub 5}B{sub 2} (M=Sc, Ti, Zr; T=Ru, Rh, Ir), has been explored using ab initio and semi-empirical electronic structure calculations. This intermetallic boride series contains two potential sites, the Wyckoff 2c and 8j sites, for Rh or Ir to replace Ru atoms. Since the 8j site is a nearest neighbor to the magnetically active Fe atom, whereas the 2c site is a next nearest neighbor, the substitution pattern should play an important role in the magnetic structure of these compounds. The substitution preference is analyzed based on the site energy and bond energy terms, both of which arise from a tight-binding evaluation of the electronic band energy, and are known to influence the locations of atoms in extended solids. According to these calculations, the valence electron-rich Rh and Ir atoms prefer to occupy the 8j site, a result also corroborated by experimental evidence. Additionally, substitution of Rh or Ir at the 8j site results in a modification of the magnetic structure that ultimately results in larger local magnetic moment on the Fe atoms. - Graphical abstract: The site preference for electron rich atoms to occupy the 8j (gray) site is identified in these intermetallic borides, while the magnetic structure is modified as a function of the substituted atoms band center. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We identify the energetics dictating the site preference in a series of intermetallic borides. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Establish substitution rules for use in future directed synthetic preparations. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Identified changes in magnetic structure that accompany the site preference.

  12. Orogenic-type copper-gold-arsenic-(bismuth) mineralization at Flatschach (Eastern Alps), Austria

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    Raith, Johann G.; Leitner, Thomas; Paar, Werner H.

    2015-10-01

    Structurally controlled Cu-Au mineralization in the historic Flatschach mining district (Styria, Austria) occurs in a NE-SW to NNE-WSW oriented vein system as multiple steep-dipping calcite-(dolomite)-quartz veins in amphibolite facies metamorphic rocks (banded gneisses/amphibolites, orthogneisses, metagranitoids) of the poly-metamorphosed Austroalpine Silvretta-Seckau nappe. Vein formation postdated ductile deformation events and Eoalpine (Late Cretaceous) peak metamorphism but predated Early to Middle Miocene sediment deposition in the Fohnsdorf pull-apart basin; coal-bearing sediments cover the metamorphic basement plus the mineralized veins at the northern edge of the basin. Three gold-bearing ore stages consist of a stage 1 primary hydrothermal (mesothermal?) ore assemblage dominated by chalcopyrite, pyrite and arsenopyrite. Associated minor minerals include alloclasite, enargite, bornite, sphalerite, galena, bismuth and matildite. Gold in this stage is spatially associated with chalcopyrite occurring as inclusions, along re-healed micro-fractures or along grain boundaries of chalcopyrite with pyrite or arsenopyrite. Sericite-carbonate alteration is developed around the veins. Stage 2 ore minerals formed by the replacement of stage 1 sulfides and include digenite, anilite, "blue-remaining covellite" (spionkopite, yarrowite), bismuth, and the rare copper arsenides domeykite and koutekite. Gold in stage 2 is angular to rounded in shape and occurs primarily in the carbonate (calcite, Fe-dolomite) gangue and less commonly together with digenite, domeykite/koutekite and bismuth. Stage 3 is a strongly oxidized assemblage that includes hematite, cuprite, and various secondary Cu- and Fe-hydroxides and -carbonates. It formed during supergene weathering. Stage 1 and 2 gold consists mostly of electrum (gold fineness 640-860; mean = 725; n = 46), and rare near pure gold (fineness 930-940; n = 6). Gold in stage 3 is Ag-rich electrum (fineness 350-490, n = 12), and has a

  13. Role of Bismuth Oxide in Bi-MCo2O4(M=Co,Ni,Cu,Zn) Catalysts for Wet Air Oxidation of Acetic Acid

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    JIANG Peng-bo; CHENG Tie-xin; ZHUANG Hong; CUI Xiang-hao; BI Ying-li; ZHEN Kai-ji

    2004-01-01

    Two series of cobalt(Ⅲ)-containing spinel catalysts were prepared by the decomposition of the corresponding nitrates. The catalysts doped with bismuth oxide exhibit a higher activity in the wet air oxidation of acetic acid than those without dopant bismuth oxide. The catalysts were investigated by XRD, TEM, ESR, UV-DRS and XPS, and the interaction between Co and Bi was studied as well. It has been found that nano-sized bismuth oxide is paved on the surface of cobalt spinel crystal and the structures of cobalt(Ⅲ)-containing spinel are still maintained. The shift of the binding energy of Bi4f7/2 is related to the catalytic activity of these catalysts doped with bismuth oxide.

  14. Operation treatment method of Bismuth-Corlette Ⅲ, Ⅳ hilar cholangiocarcinoma%Bismuth-Corlette Ⅲ、Ⅳ型肝门部胆管癌的手术治疗方式

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    鲁正; 王冬冬

    2016-01-01

    肝门部胆管癌亦称胆管上段癌、围肝门部胆管癌、Klatskin瘤等.Bismuth-CorletteⅢ型肝门部胆管癌指肿瘤侵犯右肝管(Ⅲa)或左肝管(Ⅲb),Bismuth-CorletteⅣ型肝门部胆管癌指左右肝内胆管均已受侵犯.在严格把握手术指征的前提下,经过充分的术前管理,Bismuth-CorletteⅢ、Ⅳ型肝门部胆管癌扩大肝切除是一种安全可行的手术方式.在进行扩大肝切除同时,应视情况积极选择右半肝切除和联合尾状叶切除.同时应常规施行肝十二指肠韧带淋巴结骨骼化清扫,并视情况扩大至腹腔干、主动脉旁及胰头后方.在能够根治性切除的前提下,应切除受侵犯血管,并视情况对所切除血管积极进行重建.%Hilar cholangiocarcinoma (HCCA) is also known as cancer at the upper part of bile duct,perihilar cholangiocarcinoma or Klatskin tumor,etc.Bismuth-Corlette type Ⅲ hilar cholangiocarcinoma refers to tumor invading right hepatic duct (Ⅲa) or left hepatic duct (Ⅲb).While Bismuth-Corlette type Ⅳ hilar cholangiocarcinoma refers to both left and right intrahepatic bile ducts being invaded.Under the premise of strictly grasping the indications of surgery,if preoperative management is conducted carefully,extended hepatic resection is a safe and feasible surgery to remove Bismuth-Corlette type Ⅲ and type Ⅳ hilar cholangiocarcinoma.When conducting extended hepatic resection,right hepatectomy and combined caudate lobectomy should be conducted depending on the circumstances.Routine skeletization lymph node dissection of the hepatoduodenal ligament is performed,which could be expanded into celiac trunk,para-aortic area and the rear of pancreatic head.In the premise of radical resection,invaded vessels should be removed and then reconstructed depending on circumstances.

  15. Preparation of bismuth telluride thin film by electrochemical atomic layer epitaxy(ECALE)

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    ZHU Wen; YANG Junyou; GAO Xianhui; HOU Jie; BAO Siqian; FAN Xian

    2007-01-01

    Thin-layer electrochemical studies of the underpotential deposition(UPD)of Bi and Te on cold rolled silver substrate have been performed.The voltammetric analysis of underpotential shift demonstrates that the initial Te UPD on Bi-covered Ag and Bi UPD on Te-covered Ag fitted UPD dynamics mechanism.A thin film of bismuth telluride was formed by alternately depositing Te and Bi via an automated flow deposition system.X-ray diffraction indicated the deposits of Bi2Te3.Energy Dispersive X-ray Detector quantitative analysis gave a 2:3 stoichiornetric ratio of Bi to Te,which was consistent with X-ray Diffraction results.Electron probe microanalysis of the deposits showed a network structure that results from the surface defects of the cold rolled Ag substrate and the lattice mismatch between substrate and deposit.

  16. Structural and optical properties of the bismuth-containing quartz-like glasses

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    Bismuth-containing quartz-like glasses (BCQGs) were synthesized by an impregnation of the silica porous glasses (PGs) with Bi(NO3)3 aqueous solution. Then the samples were sintered at the temperatures T from 700 °C to ≥ 1500 °C up to closing the pores. Characterization of BCQGs was carried out using the UV-VIS-NIR spectroscopy and IR spectroscopy. The absorption and luminescence properties of the BCQGs are discussed. It is shown that the growth of absorption in the short-wave region is characteristic for BCQGs. IR spectra confirmed the presence [BiO3] and [BiO6] units and α – Bi2O3 phase in BCQGs. The spectral dependences of the luminescence and excitation of the luminescence of the synthesized glass depending on their thermal prehistory were investigated. For the first time, 3dimensional luminescence spectra have been obtained for BCQG

  17. Controlling magnetoelectric coupling by nanoscale phase transformation instrain engineered bismuth ferrite

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    Liu, Y. Y. [University of Washington, Seattle; Vasudevan, Rama K [ORNL; Pan, K. [Xiangtan University, Xiangtan Hunan, China; Xie, S. H. [University of Washington, Seattle; Liang, W. -I. [National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu, Taiwan; Kumar, Amit [ORNL; Jesse, Stephen [ORNL; Chen, Y. -C. [National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan; Chu, Y.-H. [National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu, Taiwan; Nagarajan, Valanoor [University of New South Wales; Kalinin, Sergei V [ORNL; Li, J. Y. [University of Washington, Seattle

    2012-01-01

    The magnetoelectric coupling in multiferroic materials is promising for a wide range of applications, yet manipulating magnetic ordering by electric field proves elusive to obtain and difficult to control. In this paper, we explore the prospect of controlling magnetic ordering in misfit strained bismuth ferrite (BiFeO3, BFO) films, combining theoretical analysis, numerical simulations, and experimental characterizations. Electric field induced transformation from a tetragonal phase to a distorted rhombohedral one in strain engineered BFO films has been identified by thermodynamic analysis, and realized by scanning probe microscopy (SPM) experiment. By breaking the rotational symmetry of a tip-induced electric field as suggested by phase field simulation, the morphology of distorted rhombohedral variants has been delicately controlled and regulated. Such capabilities enable nanoscale control of magnetoelectric coupling in strain engineered BFO films that is difficult to achieve otherwise, as demonstrated by phase field simulations.

  18. Magnetic-field-induced superconductor-metal-insulator transitions in bismuth metal graphite

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    Suzuki, Masatsugu; Suzuki, Itsuko S.; Lee, Robert; Walter, Jürgen

    2002-07-01

    Bismuth metal graphite (MG) has a unique layered structure where Bi nanoparticles are encapsulated between adjacent sheets of nanographites. The superconductivity below Tc (=2.48 K) is due to Bi nanoparticles. The Curie-like susceptibility below 30 K is due to conduction electrons localized near zigzag edges of nanographites. A magnetic-field-induced transition from metallic to semiconductorlike phase is observed in the in-plane resistivity ρa around Hc (~25 kOe) for both H⊥c and H||c (c: c axis). A negative magnetoresistance in ρa for H⊥c (040 kOe) suggest the occurrence of a two-dimensional weak-localization effect.

  19. A study on optimization of nano-sized bismuth binding technology using a nafion solution

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    Lee, Gyoung-Ja; Kim, Chang-Kyu; Lee, Min-Ku; Rhee, Chang-Kyu [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2010-12-15

    In this work, nano-sized bismuth (Bi) binding technology has been developed in order to improve the electrochemical characteristics of Bi for detecting heavy metals. A Bi nanopowder synthesized by gas condensation (GC) method exhibits a size smaller than 100 nm. The Bi nanoparticles are uniformly distributed on a carbon surface with strong chemical bonding by using a Nafion solution. The optimum additional amount of Nafion is suggested for dispersion stability and phase stability of the Bi nanoparticles. The detection sensitivity and the detection limit of the nano-Bi fixed electrode are quantitatively estimated from analyses of square wave anodic stripping voltammograms (SWASV). The proposed 'mercury-free' carbon strip electrode, modified with a Bi nanopowder, is conveniently to use and is directly applicable to trace metal analysis with neither pre-deposition of Bi nor complicated surface polishing steps.

  20. A Biological Approach for the Synthesis of Bismuth Nanoparticles: Using Thiolated M13 Phage as Scaffold.

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    Vera-Robles, L Irais; Escobar-Alarcón, Luis; Picquart, Michel; Hernández-Pozos, J Luis; Haro-Poniatowski, Emmanuel

    2016-04-01

    We report the synthesis of Bi nanoparticles (Bi NPs) using the M13 phage as scaffold. The p8 protein of the phage is functionalized with thiol groups of different lengths, and these thiolated regions act as nucleation centers for Bi(3+) ions. The size distribution, shape, and resilience to oxidation of the Bi NPs depend on the length of the thiol group used. The NPs are characterized by high resolution transmission electron microscopy, Raman, and IR spectroscopies, matrix assisted laser desorption/ionization, and optical absorption. These results show that the nanoparticles are crystalline and have a typical diameter of ∼3.0 nm. The method of preparation presented here is reproducible and implies "greener" conditions than those reported elsewhere. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report of bismuth nanoparticles synthesized by a biomineralization method.

  1. Size-controllable synthesis and bandgap modulation of single-layered RF-sputtered bismuth nanoparticles

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    Wu, Bin-Kun; Chern, Ming-Yau; Lee, Hsin-Yen

    2014-05-01

    We here report a simple and efficient method to grow single-layer bismuth nanoparticles (BiNPs) with various sizes on glass substrates. Optimal conditions were found to be 200°C and 0.12 W/cm2 at a growth rate of 6 Å/s, with the deposition time around 40 s. Scanning electron microscope (SEM) images were used to calculate the particle size distribution statistics, and high-resolution X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns were used to examine the chemical interactions between BiNPs and the substrates. By measuring the transmission spectra within the range of 300 to 1,000 nm, we found that the optical bandgap can be modulated from 0.45 to 2.63 eV by controlling the size of these BiNPs. These interesting discoveries offer an insight to explore the dynamic nature of nanoparticles.

  2. Weak antilocalization and universal conductance fluctuations in bismuth telluro-sulfide topological insulators

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    Trivedi, Tanuj, E-mail: tanuj@utexas.edu; Sonde, Sushant; Movva, Hema C. P.; Banerjee, Sanjay K., E-mail: banerjee@ece.utexas.edu [Microelectronics Research Center, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas 78758 (United States)

    2016-02-07

    We report on van der Waals epitaxial growth, materials characterization, and magnetotransport experiments in crystalline nanosheets of Bismuth Telluro-Sulfide (BTS). Highly layered, good-quality crystalline nanosheets of BTS are obtained on SiO{sub 2} and muscovite mica. Weak-antilocalization (WAL), electron-electron interaction-driven insulating ground state and universal conductance fluctuations are observed in magnetotransport experiments on BTS devices. Temperature, thickness, and magnetic field dependence of the transport data indicate the presence of two-dimensional surface states along with bulk conduction, in agreement with theoretical models. An extended-WAL model is proposed and utilized in conjunction with a two-channel conduction model to analyze the data, revealing a surface component and evidence of multiple conducting channels. A facile growth method and detailed magnetotransport results indicating BTS as an alternative topological insulator material system are presented.

  3. Effect of bismuth doping on the physical properties of La-Li-Mn-O manganite

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    The effects of bismuth doping at La site on magnetic, electrical and thermopower properties of LaLiMnO3 manganites have been investigated. The substitution of Bi ion leads to the weakening of ferromagnetic ordering at low temperature, and Curie temperature (TC) decreases with increase in Bi content. Interestingly, a dramatic increase in the magnitude of Seebeck coefficient at low temperature is observed in Bi-doped samples which might find potential application as thermoelectric. The results are attributed to the combined effect of the disorder and antiferromagnetic interaction induced by Bi doping. Both ρ(T) and S(T) data in the high-temperature region are discussed using small polaron hopping model. (orig.)

  4. Microwave-assisted synthesis of bismuth oxybromochloride nanoflakes for visible light photodegradation of pollutants

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    Bijanzad, Keyvan; Tadjarodi, Azadeh; Moghaddasi Khiavi, Mohammad; Akhavan, Omid

    2015-10-01

    BiOBrxCl1-x (0UV-visible diffuse reflectance and photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopies revealed the indirect band gap of ~2.82 eV for the bismuth oxybromochloride nanoflakes. Visible light-assisted photocatalytic studies showed that the degradation efficiency of the as-prepared BiOBrxCl1-x for (100 mL of 10 mg L-1) Rhodamine B (RhB), Natural Red 4 (N-Red) dye solutions was 98.14% and for the colorless organic pentachlorophenol (PCP) solution was 91.09% over 150 min. The possible mechanisms involved in the visible light photodegradation of the pollutants by BiOBrxCl1-x photocatalyst were also discussed.

  5. Characterization of lead-bismuth eutectic target material for accelerator driven transmuters

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    Gohar, Yousry E-mail: gohar@anl.gov

    2003-05-15

    Lead-bismuth eutectic (LBE) is under consideration as a target material with high-energy protons for generating neutrons to drive actinide and fission product transmuters. A characterization has been performed to study the performance of this target material as a function of the main variables and the design selections. The characterization includes the neutron yield, the spatial energy deposition, the neutron spectrum, the beam window performance, and the target buffer requirements. The characterization has also considered high-energy deuteron particles to study the impact on the target neutronic performance. The obtained results quantify the LBE target material performance with proton or deuteron particles as a function of the target variables and selections.

  6. Preparation and characterization of nanostructured copper bismuth diselenide thin films from a chemical route

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    R H Bari; L A Patil

    2010-12-01

    Thin films of copper bismuth diselenide were prepared by chemical bath deposition technique onto glass substrate below 60°C. The deposition parameters such as time, temperature of deposition and pH of the solution, were optimized. The set of films having different elemental compositions was prepared by varying Cu/Bi ratio from 0.13–1.74. Studies on structure, composition, morphology, optical absorption and electrical conductivity of the films were carried out and discussed. Characterization includes X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDAX), absorption spectroscopy, and electrical conductivity. The results are discussed and interpreted.

  7. Performance of Europium-Doped Strontium Iodide, Transparent Ceramics and Bismuth-loaded Polymer Scintillators

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    Cherepy, N J; Payne, S A; Sturm, B W; O' Neal, S P; Seeley, Z M; Drury, O B; Haselhorst, L K; Rupert, B L; Sanner, R D; Thelin, P A; Fisher, S E; Hawrami, R; Shah, K S; Burger, A; Ramey, J O; Boatner, L A

    2011-08-30

    Recently discovered scintillators for gamma ray spectroscopy, single crystal SrI{sub 2}(Eu), GYGAG(Ce) transparent ceramic and Bismuth-loaded plastics, offer resolution and fabrication advantages compared to commercial scintillators, such as NaI(Tl) and standard PVT plastic. Energy resolution at 662 keV of 2.7% is obtained with SrI{sub 2}(Eu), while 4.5% is obtained with GYGAG(Ce). A new transparent ceramic scintillator for radiographic imaging systems, GLO(Eu) offers high light yield of 70,000 Photons/MeV, high stopping, and low radiation damage. Implementation of single crystal SrI{sub 2}(Eu), Gd-based transparent ceramics, and Bi-loaded plastic scintillators can advance the state-of-the art in ionizing radiation detection systems.

  8. Phase evolution of magnetite nanocrystals on oxide supports via template-free bismuth ferrite precursor approach

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    Cheung, Jeffrey; Bogle, Kashinath; Cheng, Xuan; Sullaphen, Jivika; Kuo, Chang-Yang; Chen, Ying-Jiun; Lin, Hong-Ji; Chen, Chien-Te; Yang, Jan-Chi; Chu, Ying-Hao; Valanoor, Nagarajan

    2012-11-01

    This report investigates the phase evolution pathway of magnetite nanocrystal synthesis on oxide-supported substrates. A template-free phase separation approach, which exploits the thermodynamic instability of ternary perovskite BiFeO3 and inherent volatility of bismuth oxide in low oxygen pressure and high temperature is presented. The formation of an intermediate hematite nanocrystal phase is found as a key step that controls the eventual size and morphology of the magnetite nanocrystals. X-ray absorption spectra measurements and X-ray magnetic circular dichroism confirm that the spectral fingerprints of the magnetite nanocrystals match with that of bulk crystals. Magnetic measurements show that magnetic anisotropy is directly attributed to the nanocrystal morphology.

  9. Performance of Europium-Doped Strontium Iodide, Transparent Ceramics and Bismuth-loaded Polymer Scintillators

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    Recently discovered scintillators for gamma ray spectroscopy, single crystal SrI2(Eu), GYGAG(Ce) transparent ceramic and Bismuth-loaded plastics, offer resolution and fabrication advantages compared to commercial scintillators, such as NaI(Tl) and standard PVT plastic. Energy resolution at 662 keV of 2.7% is obtained with SrI2(Eu), while 4.5% is obtained with GYGAG(Ce). A new transparent ceramic scintillator for radiographic imaging systems, GLO(Eu) offers high light yield of 70,000 Photons/MeV, high stopping, and low radiation damage. Implementation of single crystal SrI2(Eu), Gd-based transparent ceramics, and Bi-loaded plastic scintillators can advance the state-of-the art in ionizing radiation detection systems.

  10. Photoelectroactivity of bismuth vanadate prepared by combustion synthesis: effect of different fuels and surfactants

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    Afonso, Renata; Serafim, Jessica A.; Lucilha, Adriana C.; Dall' Antonia, Luiz H., E-mail: luizh@uel.br [Universidade Estadual de Londrina (UEL), PR (Brazil). Dept. Quimica. Lab. de Eletroquimica e Materiais; Silva, Marcelo R. [Universidade Estadual Paulista Julio de Mesquita Filho (CTI/UNESP), Bauru, SP (Brazil). Colegio Tecnico Industrial; Lepre, Luiz F.; Ando, Romulo A. [Universidade de Sao Paulo (USP), SP (Brazil). Inst. de Quimica. Lab. de Espectroscopia Molecular

    2014-04-15

    The bismuth vanadate (BiVO{sub 4}) is a semiconductor that has attracted much attention due to the photocatalytic efficiency in the visible light region. The objective of this work was to synthesize monoclinic BiVO{sub 4} by solution combustion synthesis, with different surfactants and fuels and apply it as photoelectrodes. The characterization by infrared spectroscopy and Raman spectroscopy showed that all samples showed characteristic bands of the monoclinic structure BiVO{sub 4}. The samples synthesized with glycine and glycine/Tween® 80 had V{sub 2}O{sub 5}. The film obtained from the alanine/ Tween® 80 showed highest photocurrent values, which may be related to smaller size particles (200 to 300 nm) observed by scanning electron microscopy images. The films obtained using alanine showed highest values of rate constant reaction and percentage discoloration of methylene blue. (author)

  11. Development of an oxygen sensor for molter 44.5% lead-55.5% bismuth alloy

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    A potentiometric sensor for measuring oxygen activity in molter 44.5% lead-55.5% bismuth alloy is under development. Three parts form this sensor: an In/In2O3 reference electrode, a ZrO2/Y2O3 solid electrolyte, and a molybdenum working electrode. The oxygen partial pressure in the melt is calculated applying the Nernst equation to the potential difference measured by the sensor. The minimum oxygen partial pressure detected by this sensor is 10-40 bar. The sensor has been calibrated with the following metal/metal oxide mixtures: Pb-Bi/PbO, Pb/PbO, Sn/SnO2, and Bi/Bi2O3. Reproducible measurements of the oxygen pressure of PbO formation have been obtained. The sensor performance has been evaluated in 99.999% N2 and air (20% O2) environments

  12. Bismuth Substituted Yttrium Iron Garnet Single Crystal Films Prepared by Sol-gel Method

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    2002-01-01

    Magneto-optic Faraday rotation effect and the amount of bismuth substituted in yttrium iron garnet single crystal films prepared by gel-coating on modified gadolinium-gallium garnet substrates are investigated, where the gel is synthesized by a sol-gel reaction of nitrates and ethylene glycol. The coated gel is annealed in air at temperatures up to 660℃ for 4h, which is about 300℃ lower than that of liquid-phase epitaxy. The maximum amount of Bi substitution is x=2.7 and the crystallization temperature of garnet phase decreases with the increase of x down to 520℃ for x=2.7. In this film, a huge Faraday rotation of -8.1×104 (°)/cm at λ=0.633μm is obtained.

  13. Beam-foil spectroscopy of n=3 to n=2 transitions in highly stripped bismuth

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    The n=3 to 2 transitions in Ne-like, Na-like, and Mg-like bismuth were measured on the UNILAC accelerator at the Gesellschaft fuer Schwerionenforschung in Darmstadt, West Germany, using the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory high-resolution double-crystal spectrometer. The measurements cover the region 10--14 keV with precisions of the order of 100 ppm and include electric-dipole and quadrupole transitions. Theoretical multiconfigurational Dirac-Fock calculations were made for the Ne-like system and compared to the experiment. The data exhibit energy shifts of 1.5--2.5 eV from the theory, confirming trends previously observed in tokamak experiments. The Na-like and Mg-like results are compared with unresolved transition array calculations

  14. Bismuth ferrite based thin films, nanofibers, and field effect transistor devices

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    Rivera-Beltran, Rut

    In this research an attempt has been made to explore bismuth ferrite thin films with low leakage current and nanofibers with high photoconductivity. Thin films were deposited with pulsed laser deposition (PLD) method. An attempt has been made to develop thin films under different deposition parameters with following target compositions: i) 0.6BiFeO3-0.4(Bi0.5 K0.5)TiO3 (BFO-BKT) and ii) bi-layered 0.88Bi 0.5Na0.5TiO3-0.08Bi0.5K0.5TiO 3-0.04BaTiO3/BiFeO3 (BNT-BKT-BT/BFO). BFO-BKT thin film shows suppressed leakage current by about four orders of magnitude which in turn improve the ferroelectric and dielectric properties of the films. The optimum remnant polarization is 19 muC.cm-2 at the oxygen partial pressure of 300 mtorr. The BNT-BKT-BT/BFO bi-layered thin films exhibited ferroelectric behavior as: Pr = 22.0 muC.cm-2, Ec = 100 kV.cm-1 and epsilonr = 140. The leakage current of bi-layered thin films have been reduced two orders of magnitude compare to un-doped bismuth ferrite. Bismuth ferrite nanofibers were developed by electrospinning technique and its electronic properties such as photoconductivity and field effect transistor performance were investigated extensively. Nanofibers were deposited by electrospinning of sol-gel solution on SiO2/Si substrate at driving voltage of 10 kV followed by heat treatment at 550 °C for 2 hours. The composition analysis through energy dispersive detector and electron energy loss spectroscopy revealed the heterogeneous nature of the composition with Bi rich and Fe deficient regions. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy results confirmed the combination of Fe3+ and Fe2+ valence state in the fibers. The photoresponse result is almost hundred times higher for a fiber of 40 nm diameter compared to a fiber with 100 nm diameter. This effect is described by a size dependent surface recombination mechanism. A single and multiple BFO nanofibers field effect transistors devices were fabricated and characterized. Bismuth ferrite FET behaves

  15. Functionalized bismuth ferrite harmonic nanoparticles for cancer cells labeling and imaging

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    Passemard, Solène; Staedler, Davide; Sonego, Giona [Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Institute of Chemical Sciences and Engineering (Switzerland); Magouroux, Thibaud [Université de Genève, GAP-Biophotonics (Switzerland); Schneiter, Guillaume Stéphane [Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Institute of Chemical Sciences and Engineering (Switzerland); Juillerat-Jeanneret, Lucienne [University Institute of Pathology, CHUV-UNIL (Switzerland); Bonacina, Luigi [Université de Genève, GAP-Biophotonics (Switzerland); Gerber-Lemaire, Sandrine, E-mail: Sandrine.Gerber@epfl.ch [Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Institute of Chemical Sciences and Engineering (Switzerland)

    2015-10-15

    Bismuth ferrite (BFO) harmonic nanoparticles (NPs) display high nonlinear optical efficiency and excellent biocompatibility profile which make them attractive for the development of diagnostic applications as contrast agents. In this study, we present a general method for the functionalization of this material with chemical ligands targeting cancer molecular biomarkers. In particular, a conjugation protocol based on click reaction between alkynyl-containing targeting ligands and poly(ethylene glycol)-coated BFO NPs (67.7 nm) displaying surface reactive azido groups was developed. Copper-free click reaction allowed fast and efficient conjugation of a covalent inhibitor of prolyl-specific endopeptidases to coated BFO NPs. The ability of these functionalized nanomaterials (134.2 nm) to act as imaging probes for cancer cells was demonstrated by the selective labeling of human lung cancer cells.

  16. Bismuth nanowire growth under low deposition rate and its ohmic contact free of interface damage

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    Ye Tian

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available High quality bismuth (Bi nanowire and its ohmic contact free of interface damage are quite desired for its research and application. In this paper, we propose one new way to prepare high-quality single crystal Bi nanowires at a low deposition rate, by magnetron sputtering method without the assistance of template or catalyst. The slow deposition growth mechanism of Bi nanowire is successfully explained by an anisotropic corner crossing effect, which is very different from existing explanations. A novel approach free of interface damage to ohmic contact of Bi nanowire is proposed and its good electrical conductivity is confirmed by I-V characteristic measurement. Our method provides a quick and convenient way to produce high-quality Bi nanowires and construct ohmic contact for desirable devices.

  17. Trace characterisation of tin-bismuth alloy by optical emission spectrography

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    An emission spectrographic method has been developed for the determination of eighteen impurities in a tin-bismuth alloy sample. The metal alloy is converted to its oxide form and mixed with pure graphite in the ratio 2:1. 20mg of this mixture taken in a 1/4inch dia graphite electrode, is excited in nitrogen atmosphere using a 10 amp d.c. arc. The spectra of the samples are photographed using a 3.4M Ebert spectrograph with a 1180 grooves/mm grating. The concentration range covered are between 0.1ppm and 1000ppm for various elements and the precision of the method is found to be about 18 per cent. (author). 4 tabs., 6 figs

  18. Hydrostatic pressure and temperature calibration based on phase diagram of bismuth

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    Wang, Zhigang; Liu, Yonggang; Bi, Yan; Song, Wei; Xie, Hongsen

    2012-06-01

    Under high-temperature and high pressure (HTHP) experiments, materials of small elastic modulus deform easily, and the length of the sample can be hardly predicted which lead to failure of ultrasonic velocity measurement. In this paper, a hydrostatic assembly of the sample for ultrasonic measurements is designed under HPHT, which can prevent plastic deformation. According to the abrupt change of travel time of the sample across the different phase boundaries of bismuth, the correspondent relation of sample pressure and oil pressure of multi-anvil apparatus can be calibrated, and the relation of sample temperature and temperature measured by thermocouple can also be determined. Sample pressure under high temperature is also determined by ultrasonic results. It is believed that the new sample assembly of hydrostatic pressure is valid and feasible for ultrasonic experiments under HTHP.

  19. Terahertz-induced acceleration of massive Dirac electrons in semimetal bismuth.

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    Minami, Yasuo; Araki, Kotaro; Dao, Thang Duy; Nagao, Tadaaki; Kitajima, Masahiro; Takeda, Jun; Katayama, Ikufumi

    2015-11-02

    Dirac-like electrons in solid state have been of great interest since they exhibit many peculiar physical behaviors analogous to relativistic mechanics. Among them, carriers in graphene and surface states of topological insulators are known to behave as massless Dirac fermions with a conical band structure in the two-dimensional momentum space, whereas electrons in semimetal bismuth (Bi) are expected to behave as massive Dirac-like fermions in the three-dimensional momentum space, whose dynamics is of particular interest in comparison with that of the massless Dirac fermions. Here, we demonstrate that an intense terahertz electric field transient accelerates the massive Dirac-like fermions in Bi from classical Newtonian to the relativistic regime; the electrons are accelerated approaching the effective "speed of light" with the "relativistic" beta β = 0.89 along the asymptotic linear band structure. As a result, the effective electron mass is enhanced by a factor of 2.4.

  20. Investigating the baselines of Bismuth, Optical Fiber and LED calibrated photomultiplier tubes

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    Evans, Hywel Turner

    2016-01-01

    LUCID is a detector that is the luminosity monitor for the ATLAS experiment, and its aim is to determine luminosity with an uncertainty of a few percent. The main purpose of this work is the study of the baseline stability of the LUCID readout channels during calibration runs. This study represents the first systematic approach of this problem performed by the LUCID group. By replacing the mean baseline with the minimum baseline of each event, an upper limit of 2.85% was placed upon possible improvement in determining the LED amplitude. It is therefore better to use a fixed baseline for LED, as pollution has been observed when calculating event by event. For Bismuth and Fiber, the improvement cannot be more than the gain stability of 1%, therefore the existing method is verified as optimal.

  1. Surface Landau levels and spin states in bismuth (111) ultrathin films.

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    Du, Hongjian; Sun, Xia; Liu, Xiaogang; Wu, Xiaojun; Wang, Jufeng; Tian, Mingyang; Zhao, Aidi; Luo, Yi; Yang, Jinlong; Wang, Bing; Hou, J G

    2016-03-11

    The development of next-generation electronics is much dependent on the discovery of materials with exceptional surface-state spin and valley properties. Because of that, bismuth has attracted a renewed interest in recent years. However, despite extensive studies, the intrinsic electronic transport properties of Bi surfaces are largely undetermined due to the strong interference from the bulk. Here we report the unambiguous determination of the surface-state Landau levels in Bi (111) ultrathin films using scanning tunnelling microscopy under magnetic fields perpendicular to the surface. The Landau levels of the electron-like and the hole-like carriers are accurately characterized and well described by the band structure of the Bi (111) surface from density functional theory calculations. Some specific surface spin states with a large g-factor are identified. Our findings shed light on the exploiting surface-state properties of Bi for their applications in spintronics and valleytronics.

  2. Preparation and characterization of bismuth nanostructures deposited by pulsed laser ablation

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    Bismuth nanostructures, from nanoparticles to quasi-percolated films, were deposited by pulsed laser ablation (PLA) on different substrates using the 355 nm line of a Nd:YAG laser. The morphology and size distribution of the obtained nanostructures were investigated, as a function of the number of ablation pulses, by high resolution electron microscopy (HRTEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). Deposits with a small number of pulses, 50, are formed of separated isolated particles with diameters in the range from 5 to 20 nm. Further increase in the number of pulses (>100) results in coalescence of individual particles with the formation of dendritic structures and finally, for 500 pulses, quasi-percolated Bi films are obtained. Additionally, the nanostructures formed were characterized by XPS, and Raman spectroscopy in order to determine the physical and chemical properties of the deposited material

  3. Preparation of cauliflower-like bismuth sulfide and itsapplication in electrochemical sensor

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    Qing Xiang Wang; Feng Gao; Shun Xing Li; Wen Weng; Zheng Shui Hu

    2008-01-01

    A solvothermal process was developed for the preparation of cauliflower-like Bi2S3 from N,N-dimethylformamide (DMF)solution of bismuth nitrate [Bi(NO3)3.5H2O] and thioacetamide (TAA) with 2-undecyl-1-dithioureido-ethyl-imidazoline (SUDEI)as the morphology-controlling agent. The obtained Bi2S3 products were characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM),scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and X-ray diffraction (XRD), etc. The sensing properties of Bi2S3 with differentmorphologies were evaluated by the electrochemical analysis of dopamine (DA) and ascorbic acid (AA) coexisting solution.The results showed that cauliflower-like Bi2S3 showed a better resolving ability than rod-like Bi2S3 for the simultaneousdetermination of DA and AA.2008 Qing Xiang Wang. Published by Elsevier B.V. on behalf of Chinese Chemical Society. All rights reserved.

  4. Effect of bismuth doping on the physical properties of La-Li-Mn-O manganite

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    Yanapu, Kalyana Lakshmi [Osmania University, Department of Physics, Nizam College, Hyderabad, Telangana (India); Osmania University, Department of Physics, University College of Science, Hyderabad, Telangana (India); Samatham, S.S.; Ganesan, V. [Low Temperature Laboratory, UGC-DAE Consortium for Scientific Research, Indore, M.P. (India); Kumar, Devendra [UGC-DAE Consortium for Scientific Research, Indore, M.P. (India); Reddy, P.V. [Osmania University, Department of Physics, University College of Science, Hyderabad, Telangana (India)

    2016-03-15

    The effects of bismuth doping at La site on magnetic, electrical and thermopower properties of LaLiMnO{sub 3} manganites have been investigated. The substitution of Bi ion leads to the weakening of ferromagnetic ordering at low temperature, and Curie temperature (T{sub C}) decreases with increase in Bi content. Interestingly, a dramatic increase in the magnitude of Seebeck coefficient at low temperature is observed in Bi-doped samples which might find potential application as thermoelectric. The results are attributed to the combined effect of the disorder and antiferromagnetic interaction induced by Bi doping. Both ρ(T) and S(T) data in the high-temperature region are discussed using small polaron hopping model. (orig.)

  5. Size-dependent crystalline fluctuation and growth mechanism of bismuth nanoparticles under electron beam irradiation

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    Wu, Sujuan; Jiang, Yi; Hu, Lijun; Sun, Jianguo; Wan, Piaopiao; Sun, Lidong

    2016-06-01

    Advanced nanofabrication requires accurate tailoring of various nanostructures with the assistance of electron or ion beam irradiation. However, evolution of the nanostructures under the beam irradiation significantly affects the fabrication process. It is thus of paramount importance to study the evolution behaviors and growth mechanism of the nanostructures. In this study, bismuth nanoparticles were selected to investigate crystalline fluctuation under electron beam irradiation via transmission electron microscopy. The results disclose size-dependent crystalline fluctuation of the nanoparticles. The particles exhibit crystalline and non-crystalline features for sizes of above 15 and below 4 nm, respectively, while a mixture of the two states is observed with sizes in between. The crystalline fluctuation facilitates the growth process of the particles when a crystalline particle is in contact with another non-crystalline one. This is promising for applications in nanofabrication where high quality interfaces are desired between two joining parts.Advanced nanofabrication requires accurate tailoring of various nanostructures with the assistance of electron or ion beam irradiation. However, evolution of the nanostructures under the beam irradiation significantly affects the fabrication process. It is thus of paramount importance to study the evolution behaviors and growth mechanism of the nanostructures. In this study, bismuth nanoparticles were selected to investigate crystalline fluctuation under electron beam irradiation via transmission electron microscopy. The results disclose size-dependent crystalline fluctuation of the nanoparticles. The particles exhibit crystalline and non-crystalline features for sizes of above 15 and below 4 nm, respectively, while a mixture of the two states is observed with sizes in between. The crystalline fluctuation facilitates the growth process of the particles when a crystalline particle is in contact with another non

  6. Spectroscopic properties and luminescence behavior of Nd3+ doped zinc alumino bismuth borate glasses

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    Mahamuda, Sk.; Swapna, K.; Srinivasa Rao, A.; Jayasimhadri, M.; Sasikala, T.; Pavani, K.; Rama Moorthy, L.

    2013-09-01

    Zinc Alumino Bismuth Borate (ZnAlBiB) glasses doped with different concentrations of neodymium are prepared by using the melt quenching technique to study their physical, absorption and luminescence properties to understand the lasing potentialities of these glasses. From the absorption spectra various spectroscopic parameters and Judd-Ofelt (JO) parameters are evaluated. These JO parameters are used to calculate the transition probability (A), radiative lifetime (τR), and branching ratios (βR) for most of the fluorescent levels of Nd3+. The emission spectra recorded for these glasses gives three prominent transitions 4F3/2→4I9/2, 4F3/2→4I11/2 and 4F3/2→4I13/2 for which effective band widths (ΔλP) and stimulated emission cross-sections (σse) are evaluated. Branching ratios and stimulated emission cross-sections measured for all these glasses show that the 4F3/2→4I11/2 transition under investigation has the potential for laser applications. The intensity of Nd3+ emission spectra increases with increasing concentrations of Nd3+ up to 1 mol% and beyond 1 mol% the concentration quenching is observed. The high stimulated emission cross-section and branching ratios from the present glasses suggests their potential for infrared lasers. From the absorption and emission spectral studies it was found that, 1 mol% of Nd3+ ion concentration is optimum for Zinc Alumino Bismuth Borate glasses to generate a strong laser emission at 1060 nm.

  7. Optical and other spectroscopic studies of lead, zinc bismuth borate glasses doped with CuO

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    Rajyasree, Ch.; Vinaya Teja, P. Michael; Murthy, K. V. R.; Krishna Rao, D.

    2011-12-01

    10MO·20Bi2O3·(70-x)B2O3·xCuO [M=Pb, Zn] with x=0, 0.4 and 0.8 (wt%) glasses were synthesized by the melt-quenching technique and were characterized using X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) techniques. Physical parameters, like density, and spectroscopic studies (optical absorption, EPR, FTIR and photoluminescence) were used to understand the role of modifier oxide and CuO in the glass matrix. A red shift of the absorption band corresponds to 2B1g→2B2g transition of Cu2+ ions from P2 to Z4 samples and the increase of hyperfine splitting factor (A‖) from P2 to Z2 shows that with the integration of PbO by ZnO the electron density around copper ion is increased. It is also supported by the gradual increase in theoretical optical basicity values of ZnO mixed glasses, as compared to that of PbO mixed glass matrix. Reduced bismuth radicals are found in undoped and 0.4% CuO doped glasses of both the series. Analysis of the absorption and emission studies indicates that the concentration of luminescence centers of bismuth ions (Bi3+ ions in UV region) is decreased by the integration of ZnO as well as by increasing the dopant concentration. In lead series PbO4 and BiO3 units are increased from P2 to P4 and in zinc series BiO3 units are decreased from Z0 to Z4. The conductivity of the glass matrices is increased in both the series with the dopant of CuO.

  8. Conductivity and modulus formulation in lithium modified bismuth zinc borate glasses

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    Dahiya, Sajjan; Punia, R.; Murugavel, S.; Maan, A. S.

    2016-05-01

    The conductivity and modulus formulation in lithium modified bismuth zinc borate glasses with compositions xLi2O-(50-x) Bi2O3-10ZnO-40B2O3 has been studied in the frequency range 0.1 Hz-1.5 × 105 Hz in the temperature range 573 K-693 K. The temperature and frequency dependent conductivity is found to obey Jonscher's universal power law for all the studied compositions, the dc conductivity (σdc), crossover frequency (ωH), and frequency exponent (s) have been estimated from the fitting of the experimental data of ac conductivity with Jonscher's universal power law. Enthalpy to dissociate the cation from its original site next to a charge compensating centre (Hf) and enthalpy of migration (Hm) have been estimated. It has been observed that number of charge carriers and ac conductivity in the lithium modified bismuth zinc borate glasses increases with increase in Li2O content. Further, the conduction mechanism in the glass sample with x = 0 may be due to overlapping large polaron tunneling, whereas, conduction mechanism in other studied glass samples more or less follows diffusion controlled relaxation model. The ac conductivity is scaled using σdc and ωH as the scaling parameter and is found that these are suitable scaling parameter for conductivity scaling. Non-Debye type relaxation is found prevalent in the studied glass system. Scaling of ac conductivity as well as electric modulus confirms the presence of different type of conduction mechanism in the glass samples with x = 0 and 5 from other studied samples. The activation energy of relaxation (ER) and dc conductivity (Edc) are almost equal, suggesting that polarons/ions have to overcome same barrier while relaxing and conducting.

  9. Kinetics of fluorescence properties of Eu3+ion in strontium-aluminium-bismuth-borate glasses

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    M. Dhamodhara Naidu; D. Rajesh; A. Balakrishna; Y.C. Ratnakaram

    2014-01-01

    Eu3+doped strontium-aluminium-bismuth-borate glasses with the chemical composition (50–x)B2O3+20Bi2O3+7AlF3+8SrO+15SrF2+xEu2O3 (where x=0.1 mol.%, 0.5 mol.%, 1.0 mol.%and 1.5 mol.%) were prepared by the conventional melt quenching technique. Structural properties of the prepared glasses were analysed through X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) and Raman spectral techniques. Thermal stability of glass was analysed by differential thermal analysis (DTA) curve. Photoluminescence characteristics were studied using excitation, emission spectra and decay curves of Eu3+doped strontium-aluminium-bismuth-borate glasses. The Judd-Ofelt (J-O) intensity parameters,Ωλ(λ=2, 4 and 6) were obtained using emission spectra and was used to identify the nature of Eu3+ions with their surrounding ligands. Using J-O parameters the tran-sition probabilities (A), stimulated emission cross-sections σEp , branching ratios (βR) and radiative lifetimes (τmeas and τcal) were evaluated for the 5D0→7FJ (J=0, 1, 2, 3 and 4) transition of Eu3+ions in the present glasses. The decay profiles were found to be non exponential for all the concentrations and the measured lifetimes (τmeas) were obtained from the decay profiles. The higher values of A,σEp ,βR and quantum efficiency (η) for 5D0→7F2 emission transition at 617 nm confirmed the present glass was as active medium for red laser emission applications.

  10. Quadruple therapy with moxifloxacin and bismuth for first-line treatment of Helicobacter pylori

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    Antonio Francesco Ciccaglione; Luigina Cellini; Laurino Grossi; Leonardo Marzio

    2012-01-01

    AIM:To compare triple therapy vs quadruple therapy for 10 d as first-line treatment of Helicobacterpylori (H.pylori) infection.METHODS:Consecutive H.pylori positive patients never treated in the past for this infection were randomly treated with triple therapy of pantoprazole (PAN) 20 mg bid,amoxicillin (AMO) 1 g bid and moxifloxacin (MOX) 400 mg bid for 10 d (PAM) or with quadruple therapy of PAN 20 mg bid,AMO 1 g bid,MOX 400 mg bid and bismuth subcitrate 240 mg bid for 10 d (PAMB).All patients were found positive at 13 C-Urea breath test (UBT) performed within ten days prior to the start of the study.A successful outcome was confirmed with an UBT performed 8 wk after the end of treatment.x2 analysis was used for statistical comparison.Per protocol (PP) and intention-to-treat (ITT) values were also calculated.RESULTS:Fifty-seven patients were enrolled in the PAM group and 50 in the PAMB group.One patient in each group did not return for further assessment.Eradication was higher in the PAMB group (negative:46 and positive:3) vs the PAN group (negative:44 and positive:12).The H.pylori eradication rate was statistically significantly higher in the PAMB group vs the PAM group,both with the PP and ITT analyses (PP:PAMB 93.8%,PAM 78.5%,P < 0.02; ITT:PAMB 92%,PAM 77.1%,P <0.03).CONCLUSION:The addition of bismuth subcitrate can be considered a valuable adjuvant to triple therapy in those areas where H.pylori shows a high resistance to fluoroquinolones.

  11. The effects of colloidal bismuth tartrate on colitis induced by immune-complex in rabbits

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    Li Zheng; Shu Xian Wang; Zhen Qiang Gao

    2000-01-01

    AIM To observe the therapeutic effect of colloidal bismuth tartrate in an animal colitis model.METHODS Immune-complex colitis was induced in groups of rabbits by formalin, and two hours later0.85 mL heat-aggregated rabbit IgG was given intravenously through the ear cannula. Animals wereintracolonically treated with colloidal bismuth tartrate (BITNAL), and its effect was compared withsulfasalazine (SASP), indomethacin (IND) and bifidobiogen (BIFG). Animals were killed, the mucosalappearance was scored (0-4), and tissue saved for histological studies, the number of neutrophils present ininflamed colonic tissue was quantitated by the myeloperoxidase (MPO) activity assay, the production oflipoxygenase and cyclo-oxygenase products was monitored and eicosanoid production were assayed byincubation colonic specimens and the media for prostaglandin E2(PGE2), leukotriene (LTB4), thromboxaneB2(TXPe) were examined by radiommunoassay.RESULTS Immune-complex colitis was induced by formalin and IgG, colonic damage persisted for at least1 wk by macrography. Histologically, the inflammatory response included mucosal and submucosalinfiltration by polymorphonuclear leukocytes, macrophages, lymphocytes and fibroblasts, the macroscopic,persent 2 wk after IgG, was correlated with greatly increased PGE2, LTB4 and TXB2 compared with levels incontrols. Treatment with BITNAL (500 mg/kg) resulted in a lowered inflammation index, lowered MPOactivity and inhibited the increased formation of PGF-2, LTB4 and TXB2 by the inflamed colon, and IND(500 mg/kg) markedly inhibited prostanoid formation in both inflamed and control colon but did not reducetissue damage, SASP (500 mg/kg) also inhibited the formation of PGE2, LTB4 and TXB2 but the effectswere less marked. BIFG (400 mg/kg) did not significantly reduce the colonic injury and the media sythesizedby the rabbit colon.CONCLUSION BITAL provides better therapeutic effects in experimental colitis than anti-inflammatorydrug IND or SASP.

  12. Optical characterization of antimony-based bismuth-doped thin films with different annealing temperatures

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    Xinmiao Lu; Yiqun Wu; Yang Wang; Jinsong Wei

    2011-01-01

    Antimony-b ased bismuth-doped thin film,a new kind of super-resolution mask layer,is prepared by magnetron sputtering.The structures and optical constants of the thin films before and after annealing are examined in detail.The as-deposited film is mainly in an amorphous state.After annealing at 170-370℃,it is converted to the rhombohedral-type of structure.The extent of crystallization increased with the annealing temperature.When the thin film is annealed,its refractive index decreased in the most visible region,whereas the extinction coefficient and reflectivity are markedly increased.The results indicate that the optical parameters of the film strongly depend on its microstructure and the bonding of the atoms.As demand for ultrahigh-density information storage continues to grow the recording mark size in optical memory is reduced to the nanometer scale [1- 4].Exceeding the optical diffraction limit with traditional optical storage technology has become a challenge[5-6].%Antimony-based bismuth-doped thin film, a new kind of super-resolution mask layer, is prepared by magnetron sputtering. The structures and optical constants of the thin films before and after annealing are examined in detail. The as-deposited film is mainly in an amorphous state. After annealing at 170-370℃, it is converted to the rhombohedral-type of structure. The extent of crystallization increased with the annealing temperature. When the thin film is annealed, its refractive index decreased in the most visible region, whereas the extinction coefficient and reflectivity are markedly increased. The results indicate that the optical parameters of the film strongly depend on its microstructure and the bonding of the atoms.

  13. Study on surface modification of bismuth nanoparticles%纳米铋的表面改性研究

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    罗洁; 卢业玉; 余林

    2012-01-01

    The adsorption amounts of three types of surfactants, i.e.stearic acid (SA),oleic acid (OA), and cetyltrimethylam-monium bromide (CTAB), on the surface of bismuth nanoparticles were investigated, in order to select the best surface modifier. Effects of various factors on modification of bismuth nanoparticles with stearic acid were discussed, and optimal modification conditions were obtained as follows: dosage of stearic acid was 10% (relative to the mass of bismuth powder) ,pH=5~6, and modification time was 1 h.Under these conditions,the modified bismuth nanoparticles had good wetting and dispersity in liquid paraffin and the powder was changed from hydrophilicity to hydrophobicity.FT-IR and XRD results showed the organic long-chain group of stearic acid grafted onto the surface of bismuth nanoparticles by chemical bonds; the crystal type of bismuth nanoparticles was not changed, but the grain diameter was decreased periodically.%测定了3种表面活性剂硬脂酸(SA)、油酸(OA)和十六烷基三甲基溴化铵(CTAB)在纳米铋表面的吸附量,进而选出最佳表面改性剂.研究了硬脂酸改性纳米铋粉各种因素对改性效果的影响,确定最佳工艺条件:改性剂用量为10%(相对于铋粉质量),pH为5~6,改性时间为1h.此条件下,改性后的纳米铋粉能在液体石蜡中润湿和分散,表明改性后粉体由亲水性变为亲油性.红外光谱(FT-IR)分析及X射线衍射(XRD)分析结果表明,硬脂酸有机长链基团成功地以化学键结合在纳米铋表面,改性后的铋粒子未发生晶型改变,只是粒径略有降低.

  14. Bismuth Titanate Fabricated by Spray-on Deposition and Microwave Sintering For High-Temperature Ultrasonic Transducers.

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    Searfass, Clifford T; Pheil, C; Sinding, K; Tittmann, B R; Baba, A; Agrawal, D K

    2016-01-01

    Thick films of ferroelectric bismuth titanate (Bi4Ti3O12) have been fabricated by spray-on deposition in conjunction with microwave sintering for use as high-temperature ultrasonic transducers. The elastic modulus, density, permittivity, and conductivity of the films were characterized. Electro-mechanical properties of the films were estimated with a commercial d33 meter which gave 16 pC/N. This value is higher than typically reported for bulk bismuth titanate; however, these films withstand higher field strengths during poling which is correlated with higher d33 values. Films were capable of operating at 650 °C for roughly 5 min before depoling and can operate at 600 °C for at least 7 days. PMID:26595915

  15. Use of hydrogen peroxide to achieve interference-free stripping voltammetric determination of copper at the bismuth-film electrode

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    Pacheco, Wagner F.; Miguel, Eliane M.; Ramos, Gabriel V. [Department of Chemistry, Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-RJ), Rio de Janeiro, RJ 22451-900 (Brazil); Cardoso, Carlos E. [Department of Chemistry, Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-RJ), Rio de Janeiro, RJ 22451-900 (Brazil); Natural and Technological Science Center, Universidade Severino Sombra, Vassouras, RJ 27700-000 (Brazil); Farias, Percio A.M. [Department of Chemistry, Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-RJ), Rio de Janeiro, RJ 22451-900 (Brazil); Aucelio, Ricardo Q. [Department of Chemistry, Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-RJ), Rio de Janeiro, RJ 22451-900 (Brazil)], E-mail: aucelior@rdc.puc-rio.br

    2008-09-05

    In this work, a new approach is presented to allow interference-free determination of Cu (II) by stripping voltammetry using the bismuth-film electrode. The addition of hydrogen peroxide to the electroanalytical cell has promoted complete resolution between re-dissolution peaks of Bi (III) and Cu (II). The absence of interference could be evaluated by the correlation coefficient (r > 0.99) between Cu (II) concentration and its shifted current peak (at +212 mV) while achieving a slightly fluctuation of the bismuth current peak at -180 mV. Studies were performed aiming towards the optimum conditions for trace determination of Cu (II) using hydrogen peroxide. The methodology was applied to a real sample (sugarcane spirits) and the results were compared to those from graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometry. The analytical parameters of merit and the results of the analysis indicated that the analytical methodology could be readily used for trace determination of Cu (II)

  16. Lab-on-a-Chip Sensor with Evaporated Bismuth Film Electrode for Anodic Stripping Voltammetry of Zinc

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    Kang, Wenjing; Pei, Xing; Yue, Wei; Bange, Adam; Heineman, William R.; Papautsky, Ian

    2013-01-01

    In this work, we report on the development of a lab-on-a-chip electrochemical sensor that uses an evaporated bismuth electrode to detect zinc using square wave anodic stripping voltammetry. The microscale electrochemical cell consists of a bismuth working electrode, an integrated silver/silver chloride reference electrode, and a gold auxiliary electrode. The sensor demonstrated linear response in 0.1 M acetate buffer at pH 6 with zinc concentrations ranging from 1 μM to 30 μM and a calculated detection limit of 60 nM. The sensor was also able to successfully detect zinc in a bovine serum extract and the results were verified with independent AAS measurements. These results demonstrate the advantageous qualities of this lab-on-a-chip electrochemical sensor for clinical applications, which include a small sample volume (μL scale), reduced cost, short response time and high accuracy at low concentrations of analyte. PMID:24436575

  17. Synthesis, single-crystal structure refinement and Fe/T site preference in the ternary borides Fe {sub x}T{sub 7-x}B{sub 3} (T = Ru, Rh; 0 < x {<=} 1.5)

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    Fokwa, Boniface P.T. [Institut fuer Anorganische Chemie, Rheinisch-Westfaelische Technische Hochschule Aachen, D-52056 Aachen (Germany); Dronskowski, Richard [Institut fuer Anorganische Chemie, Rheinisch-Westfaelische Technische Hochschule Aachen, D-52056 Aachen (Germany)]. E-mail: drons@HAL9000.ac.rwth-aachen.de

    2007-01-31

    Single crystals of the borides Fe {sub x}Rh{sub 7-x}B{sub 3} (1 < x < 1.5) and Fe {sub x}Ru{sub 7-x}B{sub 3} (0 < x < 1) have been synthesized by arc-melting the elements in a water-cooled copper crucible under argon atmosphere. The silver-like products, structurally characterized by single-crystal X-ray analysis, adopt the hexagonal Th{sub 7}Fe{sub 3} structure type (space group P6{sub 3} mc, no. 186) with Z = 2. Their structures consist of layers of boron-centered trigonal prisms of rhodium or ruthenium (Rh;Ru) and iron on the one side, and one-dimensional channels of face-sharing octahedral (Rh;Ru){sub 6} clusters on the other. Unlike in FeRh{sub 6}B{sub 3}, the iron substitution takes place at two (6c and 2b) of the three available rhodium/ruthenium positions, with a preference for the 6c site in the case of the Fe {sub x}Rh{sub 7-x}B{sub 3} compounds but not for Fe {sub x}Ru{sub 7-x}B{sub 3}.

  18. Exploring screen printing technology on thermoelectric energy harvesting with printing copper-nickel and bismuth-antimony thermocouples

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    Cao, Zhuo; Koukharenko, Elena; Torah, R; Beeby, SP

    2013-01-01

    This paper reports the fabrication and testing of copper (Cu) - nickel (Ni) and bismuth (Bi) - antimony (Sb) based thermocouples fabricated using screen printing technology. The transport properties of the printed thermoelectric material were measured in room temperature while the Seebeck voltage and power output of the printed thermocouples were tested under a variety temperature gradient. Initial thermoelectric materials have been integrated in inks and then deposited on substrate by the si...

  19. Insulin-like growth factor-I in Helicobacter pylori gastritis and response to eradication using bismuth based triple therapy.

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    Taha, A. S.; Beastall, G.; Morton, R; Park, R H; Beattie, A D

    1996-01-01

    AIMS: To measure insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I) concentrations in the presence and absence of Helicobacter pylori infection and in response to eradication of the organism. METHODS: An enzyme linked immunosorbent assay was used to measure gastric and fasting serum concentrations of IGF-I in 17 patients with and 11 without H pylori infection. Repeat assessments were performed in the infected patients six weeks after they received a two week course of bismuth chelate, metronidazole, and am...

  20. Flatly broadened supercontinuum generation in nonlinear fibers using a mode locked bismuth oxide based erbium doped fiber laser

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    Supercontinuum generation with considerable flatness and low fluctuation is investigated in nonlinear fibers by amplification of pulsed seed signal of a stable mode locked bismuth oxide based erbium doped fiber laser. Spectral expansion from 980 to 1750 nm is obtained by 340 fs pulses at 1560 nm amplified up to 177 kW in a dispersion flattened highly non-linear fiber. A comparison is made for different types of nonlinear fibers and evaluation of spectral bandwidth at high powers is probed

  1. Handbook on Lead-bismuth Eutectic Alloy and Lead Properties, Materials Compatibility, Thermal-hydraulics and Technologies - 2015 Edition

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    Heavy liquid metals such as lead or lead-bismuth have been proposed and investigated as coolants for fast reactors since the 1950's. More recently, there has been renewed interest worldwide in the use of these materials to support the development of systems for the transmutation of radioactive waste. Heavy liquid metals are also under evaluation as a reactor core coolant and accelerator-driven system neutron spallation source. Several national and international R and D programmes are ongoing for the development of liquid lead-alloy technology and the design of liquid lead-alloy-cooled reactor systems. In 2007, a first edition of the handbook was published to provide deeper insight into the properties and experimental results in relation to lead and lead-bismuth eutectic technology and to establish a common database. This handbook remains a reference in the field and is a valuable tool for designers and researchers with an interest in heavy liquid metals. The 2015 edition includes updated data resulting from various national and international R and D programmes and contains new experimental data to help understand some important phenomena such as liquid metal embrittlement and turbulent heat transfer in a fuel bundle. The handbook provides an overview of liquid lead and lead-bismuth eutectic properties, materials compatibility and testing issues, key aspects of thermal-hydraulics and existing facilities, as well as perspectives for future R and D. (authors)

  2. Enhanced thermoelectric properties of phase-separating bismuth selenium telluride thin films via a two-step method

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    A two-step method that combines homogeneous electron beam (EB) irradiation and thermal annealing has been developed to enhance the thermoelectric properties of nanocrystalline bismuth selenium telluride thin films. The thin films, prepared using a flash evaporation method, were treated with EB irradiation in a N2 atmosphere at room temperature and an acceleration voltage of 0.17 MeV. Thermal annealing was performed under Ar/H2 (5%) at 300 °C for 60 min. X-ray diffraction was used to determine that compositional phase separation between bismuth telluride and bismuth selenium telluride developed in the thin films exposed to higher EB doses and thermal annealing. We propose that the phase separation was induced by fluctuations in the distribution of selenium atoms after EB irradiation, followed by the migration of selenium atoms to more stable sites during thermal annealing. As a result, thin film crystallinity improved and mobility was significantly enhanced. This indicates that the phase separation resulting from the two-step method enhanced, rather than disturbed, the electron transport. Both the electrical conductivity and the Seebeck coefficient were improved following the two-step method. Consequently, the power factor of thin films that underwent the two-step method was enhanced to 20 times (from 0.96 to 21.0 μW/(cm K2) that of the thin films treated with EB irradiation alone

  3. The Beneficiation Experimental Investigation on Bismuth Gold Ore%某金铋矿选矿试验研究

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    彭芬兰; 张佶

    2011-01-01

    The bismuth gold ore contains the following valuable components, such as bismuth, gold, molybdenum, tungsten, copper and so on. The beneflciation process has been selected by experimental investigation, which is preferential flotation of molybdenum and iso-flotation of copper, bulk flotation of bismuth and gold after fine grinding, and then reclaiming of scheelite by gravity separation form flotation tailings. The recovery of the main recoverable object of Au and Bi is 73. 83% and 75.77% respectively, the recovery of comprehensive recoverable object of Cu, Mo and WO, is 82.92% , 93. 29% and 71. 44% respectively.%某金铋矿含有铋、金、钼、钨、铜等有价组分,通过选矿试验研究,确定采用优先浮钼.等可浮铜,细磨后混浮铋、金,浮选尾矿重选回收白钨方案,可获得主要回收对象Au、Bi的选矿回收率分别为73.83%、75.77%,综合回收对象Cu、Mo、WO3的选矿回收率分别为82.92%、93.29%和71.44%.

  4. Effect of B-site isovalent doping on electrical and ferroelectric properties of lead free bismuth titanate ceramics

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    Subohi, Oroosa; Kumar, G. S.; Malik, M. M.; Kurchania, Rajnish

    2016-06-01

    In the present work, zirconium modified bismuth titanate ceramics have been studied as potential lead-free ferroelectric materials over a broad temperature range (RT - 800 °C). Polycrystalline samples of Bi4Ti3-xZrxO12 (x=0.2, 0.4, 0.6) (BZrT) with high electrical resistivity were prepared using the solution combustion technique. The effect of Zr doping on the crystalline structure, ferroelectric properties and electrical conduction characteristics of BZrT ceramics were explored. Addition of zirconium to bismuth titanate enhances its dielectric constant and reduces the loss factor as it introduces orthorhombic distortion in bismuth titanate lattice which is exhibited by the growth along (00_10) lattice plane. Activation energy due to relaxation is found to be greater than that due to conduction thus confirming that electrical conduction in these ceramics is not due to relaxation of dipoles. Remanent polarization of the doped samples increases as the Zirconium content increases.

  5. Enhanced thermoelectric properties of phase-separating bismuth selenium telluride thin films via a two-step method

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    Takashiri, Masayuki, E-mail: takashiri@tokai-u.jp; Kurita, Kensuke [Department of Materials Science, Tokai University, 4-1-1 Kitakaname, Hiratsuka, Kanagawa 259-1292 (Japan); Hagino, Harutoshi; Miyazaki, Koji [Department of Mechanical and Control Engineering, Kyushu Institute of Technology, 1-1 Sensui, Tobata-ku, Kitakyushu 804-8550 (Japan); Tanaka, Saburo [Department of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering, Nihon University, 1 Nakagawara, Tokusada, Tamuramachi, Koriyama, Fukushima 963-8642 (Japan)

    2015-08-14

    A two-step method that combines homogeneous electron beam (EB) irradiation and thermal annealing has been developed to enhance the thermoelectric properties of nanocrystalline bismuth selenium telluride thin films. The thin films, prepared using a flash evaporation method, were treated with EB irradiation in a N{sub 2} atmosphere at room temperature and an acceleration voltage of 0.17 MeV. Thermal annealing was performed under Ar/H{sub 2} (5%) at 300 °C for 60 min. X-ray diffraction was used to determine that compositional phase separation between bismuth telluride and bismuth selenium telluride developed in the thin films exposed to higher EB doses and thermal annealing. We propose that the phase separation was induced by fluctuations in the distribution of selenium atoms after EB irradiation, followed by the migration of selenium atoms to more stable sites during thermal annealing. As a result, thin film crystallinity improved and mobility was significantly enhanced. This indicates that the phase separation resulting from the two-step method enhanced, rather than disturbed, the electron transport. Both the electrical conductivity and the Seebeck coefficient were improved following the two-step method. Consequently, the power factor of thin films that underwent the two-step method was enhanced to 20 times (from 0.96 to 21.0 μW/(cm K{sup 2}) that of the thin films treated with EB irradiation alone.

  6. A Novel Technique for the Deposition of Bismuth Tungstate onto Titania Nanoparticulates for Enhancing the Visible Light Photocatalytic Activity

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    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available A novel powder handling technique was used to allow the deposition of bismuth tungstate coatings onto commercial titanium dioxide photocatalytic nanoparticles. The coatings were deposited by reactive pulsed DC magnetron sputtering in an argon/oxygen atmosphere. The use of an oscillating bowl with rotary particle propagation, positioned beneath two closed-field planar magnetrons, provided uniform coverage of the titania particle surfaces. The bismuth/tungsten atomic ratio of the coatings was controlled by varying the power applied to each target. The resulting materials were characterized by X-ray diffraction, energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX, Brunauer–Emmett–Teller (BET surface area measurements, transmission electron microscopy (TEM, and UV-visible diffuse reflectance spectroscopy. Photocatalytic properties under visible light irradiation were assessed using an acetone degradation test. It was found that deposition of bismuth tungstate onto titania nanoparticles resulted in significant increases in visible light photocatalytic activity, compared to uncoated titania. Of the coatings studied, the highest photocatalytic activity was measured for the sample with a Bi/W atomic ratio of 2/1.

  7. Effectiveness of Bismuth Shield to Reduce Eye Lens Radiation Dose Using the Photoluminescence Dosimetry in Computed Tomography

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    The purpose of our study was to determine the eye radiation dose when performing routine multi-detector computed tomography (MDCT). We also evaluated dose reduction and the effect on image quality of using a bismuth eye shield when performing head MDCT. Examinations were performed with a 64MDCT scanner. To compare the shielded/unshielded lens dose, the examination was performed with and without bismuth shielding in anthropomorphic phantom. To determine the average lens radiation dose, we imaged an anthropomorphic phantom into which calibrated photoluminescence glass dosimeter (PLD) were placed to measure the dose to lens. The phantom was imaged using the same protocol. Radiation doses to the lens with and without the lens shielding were measured and compared using the Student t test. In the qualitative evaluation of the MDCT scans, all were considered to be of diagnostic quality. We did not see any differences in quality between the shielded and unshielded brain. The mean radiation doses to the eye with the shield and to those without the shield were 21.54 versus 10.46 mGy, respectively. The lens shield enabled a 51.3% decrease in radiation dose to the lens. Bismuth in-plane shielding for routine eye and head MDCT decreased radiation dose to the lens without qualitative changes in image quality. The other radiosensitive superficial organs specifically must be protected with shielding.

  8. Enhanced thermoelectric properties of bismuth telluride-organic hybrid films via graphene doping

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    Rahman, Airul Azha Abd [Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia UKM, Institute of Microengineering and Nanoelectronics, Bangi, Selangor (Malaysia); Technology Park Malaysia, Malaysia Institute of Microelectronics and System, Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia); Umar, Akrajas Ali; Salleh, Muhamad Mat [Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia UKM, Institute of Microengineering and Nanoelectronics, Bangi, Selangor (Malaysia); Chen, Xiaomei [Jimei University, College of Food and Biological Engineering, Jimei, Xiamen (China); Oyama, Munetaka [Kyoto University, Graduate School of Engineering, Nishikyoku, Kyoto (Japan)

    2016-02-15

    The thermoelectric properties of graphene-doped bismuth telluride-PEDOT:PSS-glycerol (hybrid) films were investigated. Prior to the study, p-type and n-type hybrid films were prepared by doping the PEDOT:PSS-glycerol with the p- and n-type bismuth telluride. Graphene-doped hybrid films were prepared by adding graphene particles of concentration ranging from 0.02 to 0.1 wt% into the hybrid films. Films of graphene-doped hybrid system were then prepared on a glass substrate using a spin-coating technique. It was found that the electrical conductivity of the hybrid films increases with the increasing of the graphene-dopant concentration and optimum at 0.08 wt% for both p- and n-type films, namely 400 and 195 S/cm, respectively. Further increasing in the concentration caused a decreasing in the electrical conductivity. Analysis of the thermoelectric properties of the films obtained that the p-type film exhibited significant improvement in its thermoelectric properties, where the thermoelectric properties increased with the increasing of the doping concentration. Meanwhile, for the case of n-type film, graphene doping showed a negative effect to the thermoelectrical properties, where the thermoelectric properties decreased with the increasing of doping concentration. Seebeck coefficient (and power factor) for optimum p-type and n-type hybrid thin films, i.e., doped with 0.08 wt% of graphene, is 20 μV/K (and 160 μW m{sup -1} K{sup -2}) and 10 μV/K (and 19.5 μW m{sup -1} K{sup -2}), respectively. The obtained electrical conductivity and thermoelectric properties of graphene-doped hybrid film are interestingly several orders higher than the pristine hybrid films. A thermocouple device fabricated utilizing the p- and n-type graphene-doped hybrid films can generate an electric voltage as high as 2.2 mV under a temperature difference between the hot-side and the cold-side terminal as only low as 55 K. This is equivalent to the output power as high as 24.2 nW (for output

  9. Enhanced thermoelectric properties of bismuth telluride-organic hybrid films via graphene doping

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    The thermoelectric properties of graphene-doped bismuth telluride-PEDOT:PSS-glycerol (hybrid) films were investigated. Prior to the study, p-type and n-type hybrid films were prepared by doping the PEDOT:PSS-glycerol with the p- and n-type bismuth telluride. Graphene-doped hybrid films were prepared by adding graphene particles of concentration ranging from 0.02 to 0.1 wt% into the hybrid films. Films of graphene-doped hybrid system were then prepared on a glass substrate using a spin-coating technique. It was found that the electrical conductivity of the hybrid films increases with the increasing of the graphene-dopant concentration and optimum at 0.08 wt% for both p- and n-type films, namely 400 and 195 S/cm, respectively. Further increasing in the concentration caused a decreasing in the electrical conductivity. Analysis of the thermoelectric properties of the films obtained that the p-type film exhibited significant improvement in its thermoelectric properties, where the thermoelectric properties increased with the increasing of the doping concentration. Meanwhile, for the case of n-type film, graphene doping showed a negative effect to the thermoelectrical properties, where the thermoelectric properties decreased with the increasing of doping concentration. Seebeck coefficient (and power factor) for optimum p-type and n-type hybrid thin films, i.e., doped with 0.08 wt% of graphene, is 20 μV/K (and 160 μW m-1 K-2) and 10 μV/K (and 19.5 μW m-1 K-2), respectively. The obtained electrical conductivity and thermoelectric properties of graphene-doped hybrid film are interestingly several orders higher than the pristine hybrid films. A thermocouple device fabricated utilizing the p- and n-type graphene-doped hybrid films can generate an electric voltage as high as 2.2 mV under a temperature difference between the hot-side and the cold-side terminal as only low as 55 K. This is equivalent to the output power as high as 24.2 nW (for output load as high as 50

  10. Separation Flotation of Molybdenum-bismuth-sulphur Mixed Concentrate%某钼铋硫混合精矿浮选分离试验

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    别雪祥; 彭会清; 邵辉

    2016-01-01

    A poor molybdenum-bismuth-sulphur mixed concentrate with low grade and coarse particles,of which -0.074 mm account for 64%.Molybdenum and bismuth is mainly intergrowth in the ore.In order to obtain qualified molybdenum con-centrate and bismuth concentrate,flotation separation test were carried out.Results indicated that,samples reground to 85%passing 0.074 mm,via one roughing-one cleaning-two scavenging molybdenum and bismuth bulk flotation,one roughing-two cleaning-two scavenging bismuth depression and molybdenum flotation process,finally,obtained molybdenum concentrate with molybdenum grade of 53.13% and recovery of 88.95%,respectively,and 1.46% bismuth,bismuth concentrate with bismuth grade of 23.68% and recovery of 80.06%,and 3.87% molybdenum,sulphur concentrate with sulphur grade of 31.16% and recovery of 71.98%,0.32% molybdenum and 1.11% bismuth.%某钼铋硫混合精矿品位较低,粒度较粗,-0.074 mm占64%,钼、铋主要以连生体的形式存在。为获得合格的钼、铋精矿,对试样进行了浮选分离试验。结果表明,试样再磨至-0.074 mm占85%后,采用1粗1精2扫钼铋混浮、1粗2精2扫抑铋浮钼流程处理,最终获得钼品位为53.13%、钼回收率为88.95%、含铋1.46%的钼精矿,铋品位为23.68%、铋回收率为80.06%、含钼3.87%的铋精矿,以及硫品位为31.16%、硫回收率为71.98%、含钼0.32%、含铋1.11%的硫精矿。

  11. Layered bismuth selenide utilized as hole transporting layer for highly stable organic photovoltaics

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    Yuan, Zhongcheng

    2015-11-01

    Abstract Layered bismuth selenide (L-Bi2Se3) nanoplates were implemented as hole transporting layers (HTLs) for inverted organic solar cells. Device based on L-Bi2Se3 showed increasing power conversion efficiency (PCE) during ambient condition storage process. A PCE of 4.37% was finally obtained after 5 days storage, which outperformed the ones with evaporated-MoO3 using poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) as donor material and [6,6]-phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PC61BM) as acceptor. The improved device efficiency can be attributed to the high conductivity and increasing work function of L-Bi2Se3. The work function of L-Bi2Se3 increased with the storage time in ambient condition due to the oxygen atom doping. Ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy and high resolution X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy were conducted to verify the increased work function, which originated from the p-type doping process. The device based on L-Bi2Se3 exhibited excellent stability in ambient condition up to 4 months, which was much improved compared to the device based on traditional HTLs. © 2015 Elsevier B.V.

  12. Intense 1.6 μm fluorescence of Nd3+ doped cadmium bismuth silicate glasses

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    In this work, Judd-Ofelt analysis is applied to rare-earth (RE = Nd3+) doped cadmium bismuth silicate (20CdO⋅xSiO2⋅(79.5−x)Bi2O3⋅0.5Nd2O3 (CSBN)) glasses in order to evaluate their potential as well as both glass laser systems and optical materials. The phenomenological Judd-Ofelt parameters (Ω2, Ω4, Ω6) are determined for RE ions with their quality factors and compared with the equivalent parameters for several other hosts. The calculated value of stimulated emission cross-section for 4F3/2→4I11/2 has high and varies 14.72×10−20 to 9.66×10−20 cm2 with Bi2O3 content in the host glass. The results point out that the glass system is good candidate for the development of photonics devices which are operating near infrared spectral range. Further, the FTIR results reveal that the glasses have BiO6, SiO4 and non-bridging oxygen as local structure

  13. Influence of vanadium doping on the processing temperature and dielectric properties of barium bismuth niobate ceramics

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    Barium bismuth vanadium niobate, BaBi2(Nb1-xV x)2O9 (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.1) ceramics were fabricated from the powders prepared via solid state reaction route. The single phase layered perovskite structure was preserved up to 5 at% (x = 0.05) of vanadium. The addition of V2O5 substantially improved the sinterability associated with high density (96%) which was otherwise difficult in the case of pure BaBi2Nb2O9 (BBN). The sintering temperature was significantly reduced from 1100 to 900 deg. C. The scanning electron microscopic (SEM) studies revealed the transformation of a porous microstructure to a well-packed platy grained with negligible inter-granular porosity. The dielectric constant of BBN ceramics at both room temperature and in the vicinity of the temperature of dielectric maximum (T m) has increased significantly with increase in vanadium content and the loss remained almost constant. The T m increased with increase in V2O5. For instance, there was an upward shift of about 25 deg. C in T m for 5 at% (x 0.05) vanadium-doped BBN. Interestingly, the diffuseness (γ) in the phase transition was found to decrease with increase in vanadium doping level

  14. CFD analysis and optimization of a liquid lead–bismuth loop target for ISOL facilities

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    In the context of the forthcoming next generation of Radioactive Ion Beams (RIBs) facilities based on an Isotope Separation On Line (ISOL) method, the development of production targets capable of dissipating the high power deposited by the primary beam is a major challenge. The concept of a high-power target based on a liquid Pb–Bi loop incorporating a heat-exchanger and a diffusion chamber was proposed within EURISOL DS and is being developed within the LIEBE project. Due to the non-static character of the target, specific hydrodynamics issues are of concern. In this paper, these issues are studied mostly based on three-dimensional (3D) Computational Fluid Dynamics analysis of the flow of the Lead Bismuth Eutectic (LBE) target, resulting in optimized designs. The concept and hydrodynamic challenges of generating RIBs from a liquid-metal-loop target irradiated with a high-power primary beam are presented. The optimization of the target design has been conducted keeping in mind the need for a fast and efficient release of short-lived isotopes. This study shows that approximately 100 ms after the proton pulse the irradiated liquid-metal is entirely and uniformly evacuated from the irradiation volume and spread in a shower of small droplets (100-μm radii), in order to reduce the diffusion length of isotopes. Solutions to deal with the typical cavitation risk due to the presence of low-pressure zones in the liquid have also been found and simulated

  15. Magnetic-field induced superconductor-metal-insulator transitions in bismuth metal-graphite

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    Suzuki, Masatsugu; Suzuki, Itsuko S.; Lee, Robert; Walter, Jürgen

    2002-03-01

    Bismuth-metal graphite (MG) has a unique layered structure where Bi nanoparticles are encapsulated in nanographites. The size of nanographite is on the same order as that of Bi nanographite. The observed superconductivity below Tc (= 2.48 K) and the Curie-like Pauli paramagnetic susceptibility below 30 K are related to the high density of states at the Fermi energy arising from edge states of nanographites.^1 A magnetic-field induced transition from metallic to semiconductor-like phase is observed in the in-plane resistivity ρa around Hc (≈ 25 kOe) for both H⊥c and H‖c (c: c axis). The suppression of the metallic phase by H is independent of the directions of H (H‖c and H⊥c) for Bi-MG, suggesting that the spin related effect is significant compared to the orbital effect. The Zeemann energy gSμ_BH at 25 kOe corresponds to a thermal energy k_BTH with TH = 1.7 K, where g = 2 and S = 1/2. The temperature TH is slightly lower than T_c. A negative magnetoresistance in ρa for H⊥c (040 kOe) suggest the occurrence of two-dimensional weak localization effect. ^1K. Wakabayashi, M. Fujita, H. Ajiki, and M. Sigrist, Phys. Rev. 59, 8271 (1999).

  16. Bismuth induced enhanced green emission from terbium ions and their complex in thin films.

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    Kaur, Gagandeep; Kumar, Brijesh; Verma, R K; Rai, S B

    2014-07-28

    Bismuth nanoparticles (NPs) have been prepared by the pulsed laser ablation technique using the third harmonics of a Nd-YAG laser. UV-absorption and TEM micrographs show Bi NPs of spherical shape with the average particle size ranging from 15 to 20 nm. These NPs were dispersed with Tb(3+) ions and their complex with salicylic acid (Sal) in polyvinyl alcohol to obtain thin films. The influence of Bi NPs on the emissive properties of Tb(3+) ions and the [Tb(Sal)3(phen)] complex has been studied by luminescence spectroscopy using 266 nm and 355 nm as excitation wavelengths. The luminescence intensity of Tb(3+) ions complexed with Sal in the thin polymer films increased significantly as compared to the Tb(3+) ions in the presence of Bi NPs on excitation at 355 nm. However, terbium ions in the case of the [Tb(Sal)3(phen)] complex together with NPs show an intense and extended emission spectrum in the 375-700 nm range for transitions arising from (5)D3 and (5)D4 levels to different (7)F(J) levels on 266 nm excitation. The luminescence enhancement has also been supported by lifetime measurements.

  17. Effect of two different superstrate layers on bismuth titanate (BiT) array antennas.

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    Wee, F H; Malek, F; Al-Amani, A U; Ghani, Farid

    2014-01-15

    The microwave industry has shown increasing interest in electronic ceramic material (ECM) due to its advantages, such as light weight, low cost, low loss, and high dielectric strength. In this paper, simple antennas covered by superstrate layers for 2.30 GHz to 2.50 GHz are proposed. The antennas are compact and have the capability of producing high performance in terms of gain, directivity, and radiation efficiency. Bismuth titanate with high dielectric constant of 21, was utilized as the ECM, while the superstrate layers chosen included a split ring resonator and dielectric material. The superstrate layers were designed for some improvement in the performance of directivity, gain, and return loss. The proposed antennas were simulated and fabricated. The results obtained were small antennas that possess high gain and high directivity with 360°, omni-directional signal transmission that resonant types of conventional dipole antenna cannot achieve. The gain of the antenna with the superstrate layer was enhanced by about 1 dBi over the antenna without a superstrate layer at 2.40 GHz.

  18. Effect of V2O5 on the dc conductivity of sodium bismuth borate glasses

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    Transition metal doped quaternary glass system with composition 20Na2O-30Bi2O3-(50- x)B2O3-xV2O5 (where x = 0, 0.2, 0.3, 0.5, 2.0 mol%) has been prepared by normal melt-quench technique using analytical grade Na2CO3, Bi2O3, H3BO3, V2O5 chemicals. The main objective of present study is to investigate the effect of transition metal oxide on the conductivity mechanism of ternary alkali bismuth borate glasses. Density (D) and molar volume (VM) of each glass sample was calculated using Archimedes method. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) measurements were carried out at a heating rate of 10K/min for the determination of glass transition temperature Tg using Q10 DSC (TA Instruments). The values of dc conductivity and activation energy for conductivity and relaxation time have been calculated for all samples using sample dimensions. (author)

  19. Selective separation and determination of isoproterenol on thin layers of bismuth silicate ion-exchanger

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    Vanik GHOULIPOUR; Zahra HASSANKHANI-MAJD

    2015-01-01

    A simple and sensitive method for the separation and determination of isoproterenol from other do-ping drugs has been developed on thin layers of bismuth silicate,a synthetic inorganic ion exchanger as adsor-bent in thin layer chromatography(TLC). A mixture of methanol and 0. 1 mol/L formic acid(3:7,v/v)was employed as the mobile phase. The development time was 32 min. The quantitative measurement were per-formed with a Camag TLC Scanner-3 at wavelength(λ)of 410 nm. The isoproterenol recovery in this procedure was 98. 9%. The linear correlation coefficient was greater than 0. 987 1 and the relative standard deviation (RSD)was less than 0.94. The limit of detection(LOD)and limit of quantification(LOQ)were 7.7×10-7 mol/L and 3. 85 ×10-6 mol/L,respectively. This method has been applied in the determination of isoproterenol in dosage forms and in biological fluids.

  20. Reddish-orange emission from Pr3+ doped zinc alumino bismuth borate glasses

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    Praseodymium doped Zinc Alumino Bismuth Borate (ZnAlBiB) glasses were prepared by melt quenching technique and characterized by optical absorption and emission studies. The glassy nature of these glasses has been confirmed through XRD spectral measurements. From the absorption spectra, the Judd–Ofelt intensity parameters Ωλ (λ=2, 4 and 6) and other radiative properties like transition probability (AR), radiative lifetimes (τR) and branching ratios (βR) have been evaluated. Emission spectra were measured for different concentrations of Pr3+ ions doped glasses by exciting the glasses at 445 nm. The intensity of Pr3+ emission spectra increases from 0.1 to 1 mol% and beyond 1 mol% concentration quenching is observed. The suitable concentration of Pr3+ ions in ZnAlBiB glasses to act as a good lasing material at reddish-orange wavelength (604 nm) region has been discussed by measuring the emission cross-sections for the intense emission transition 1D2→3H4. The CIE chromaticity co-ordinates were also evaluated from the emission spectra for all the glasses to understand the suitability of these materials for reddish-orange emission. From the measured emission cross-sections and CIE chromaticity co-ordinates, it was found that 1 mol% of Pr3+ is aptly suitable for the development of visible reddish-orange lasers