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  1. Multifunctional Bismuth Selenide Nanocomposites for Antitumor Thermo-Chemotherapy and Imaging.

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    Li, Zhenglin; Hu, Ying; Howard, Kenneth A; Jiang, Tingting; Fan, Xuelei; Miao, Zhaohua; Sun, Ye; Besenbacher, Flemming; Yu, Miao

    2016-01-26

    To integrate real-time monitoring and therapeutic functions into a single nanoagent, we have designed and synthesized a drug-delivery platform based on a polydopamine(PDA)/human serum albumin (HSA)/doxorubicin (DOX) coated bismuth selenide (Bi2Se3) nanoparticle (NP). The resultant product exhibits high stability and biocompatibility both in vitro and in vivo. In addition to the excellent capability for both X-ray computed tomography (CT) and infrared thermal imaging, the NPs possess strong near-infrared (NIR) absorbance, and high capability and stability of photothermal conversion for efficient photothermal therapy (PTT) applications. Furthermore, a bimodal on-demand pH/photothermal-sensitive drug release has been achieved, resulting in a significant chemotherapeutic effect. Most importantly, the tumor-growth inhibition ratio achieved from thermo-chemotherapy of the Bi2Se3@PDA/DOX/HSA NPs was 92.6%, in comparison to the chemotherapy (27.8%) or PTT (73.6%) alone, showing a superior synergistic therapeutic effect. In addition, there is no noticeable toxicity induced by the NPs in vivo. This multifunctional platform is, therefore, promising for effective, safe and precise antitumor treatment and may stimulate interest in further exploration of drug loading on Bi2Se3 and other competent PTT agents combined with in situ imaging for biomedical applications. PMID:26655250

  2. 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.

  3. Growth and characterization of bismuth selenide thin films by chemical vapor deposition

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    Brom, Joseph E.

    Topological insulators are a recently discovered class of materials that have garnered much interest due to their unique surface states. With its relatively high band gap (0.3eV) and nearly ideal band structure, Bi2Se 3 has been a primary material of interest in the study of topological insulating behavior. However, several factors have made this study difficult. Bi2Se3 typically has a high native selenium vacancy concentration, and selenium vacancies act as donors in the material, leading to a high bulk electron concentration. The surface of Bi2Se 3 has also been shown to be susceptible to environmental doping when exposed to ambient air. Combining these two factors means that Bi2Se 3 is usually highly n-type doped, making it difficult to study the surface conducting states by transport measurements. This study investigated the use of two different chemical vapor deposition (CVD) techniques for the growth of Bi2Se3 thin films on sapphire (001): hybrid physicalchemical vapor deposition (HPCVD) and metal-organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD). HPCVD is a process which combines the evaporation of elemental selenium with the thermal decomposition of trimethylbismuth (TMBi). The use of elemental selenium immediately around the substrate provides a high overpressure of selenium, allowing for reduction of the selenium vacancy concentration. Bi2Se3 films grown on sapphire were epitaxial and highly oriented parallel to the substrate giving rise to narrow X-ray rocking curves (full-width-at-half-maximum=160 arcsecs for (006) reflection) and 6-fold rotational symmetry as determined by phi scans. The structural properties were consistent with deposition via a van der Waals epitaxy process. The selenium to bismuth ratio (VI/V) ratio proved important for achieving a reduced electron concentration of TMBi) dimethylselenide (DMSe) as precursors. Epitaxial Bi 2Se3 films were also produced by MOCVD on sapphire, however, the electron concentrations were generally higher (1- 3x

  4. Formation of copper-indium-selenide and/or copper-indium-gallium-selenide films from indium selenide and copper selenide precursors

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    Curtis, Calvin J.; Miedaner, Alexander; Van Hest, Maikel; Ginley, David S.; Nekuda, Jennifer A.

    2011-11-15

    Liquid-based indium selenide and copper selenide precursors, including copper-organoselenides, particulate copper selenide suspensions, copper selenide ethylene diamine in liquid solvent, nanoparticulate indium selenide suspensions, and indium selenide ethylene diamine coordination compounds in solvent, are used to form crystalline copper-indium-selenide, and/or copper indium gallium selenide films (66) on substrates (52).

  5. Ab initio transport across bismuth selenide surface barriers

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    Narayan, Awadhesh

    2014-11-24

    © 2014 American Physical Society. We investigate the effect of potential barriers in the form of step edges on the scattering properties of Bi2Se3(111) topological surface states by means of large-scale ab initio transport simulations. Our results demonstrate the suppression of perfect backscattering, while all other scattering processes, which do not entail a complete spin and momentum reversal, are allowed. Furthermore, we find that the spin of the surface state develops an out-of-plane component as it traverses the barrier. Our calculations reveal the existence of quasibound states in the vicinity of the surface barriers, which appear in the form of an enhanced density of states in the energy window corresponding to the topological state. For double barriers we demonstrate the formation of quantum well states. To complement our first-principles results we construct a two-dimensional low-energy effective model and illustrate its shortcomings. Our findings are discussed in the context of a number of recent experimental works.

  6. Optical Properties of Nanoscale Bismuth Selenide and Its Heterocrystals

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    Vargas, Anthony

    Over the past 12 years since the groundbreaking work on graphene, the field of 2D layered materials has grown by leaps and bounds as more materials are theoretically predicted and experimentically verified. These materials and their unique electronic, optical, and mechanical properties have inspired the scientific community to explore and investigate novel, fundamental physical phenomena as well create and refine technological devices which leverage the host of unique benefits which these materials possess. In the past few years, this burgeoning field has heavily moved towards combining layers of various materials into novel heterostructures. These heterostructures are an exciting area of research because of the plethora of exciting possibilities and results which arise due to the large number of heterostructure combinations and configurations. Particularly, the research into the optical properties of these layered materials and their heterostructures under confinement provides another exciting avenue for developing optoelectric devices. In this dissertation, I present work on the synthesis of Bi2Se 3 nanostructures via chemical vapor deposition (CVD) and the study of the optical properties of these nanostructures and their heterostructures with MoS2. The bulk of the current published work on Bi2Se 3 has focused on the exotic topological properties of its surface states, both interesting fundamental physics purposes as well as for studying avenues for spintronics. In contrast, the work presented here focuses on studying the optical properties of Bi2Se3 nanostructures and how these properties evolve when subjected to confinement. Specifically, the absorbance of singlecrystal Bi2Se3 with sizes tailored down to a few nanometers in diameter and a few quintuple layers (QLs) in thickness. We find a dramatically large bandgap, Eg ≥ 2.5 eV, in the smallest particles which is much higher than that seen in 1QL measurements taken with ARPES. Additionally, utilizing photoluminescence (PL) measurements of CVD-grown Bi 2Se3 nanoplates with few QL thickness and effective diameters in the tens of nanometers, Bi2Se3 nanoplatelets show a strong PL response with photon energies, Eph, in the ˜2.1-2.3 eV region. Annealing of these samples at 200?C for 4 hours increases the PL intensity by a factor of 2.4 to 3 for nanoscale Bi2Se3. Furthermore, this work investigates the synthesis of the novel Bi2Se3-MoS 2 heterocrystal that arises from epitaxial growth of Bi2Se 3 on MoS2 substrates. These heterocrystals consist of n layers of Bi2Se3 perfectly rotationally-aligned epitaxially with the monolayer MoS2 substrate. Investigation into these heterocystals produced results which include 100% PL-suppression of the MoS2 PL response, precisely tunable band-gap ranging from 1.1eV ? 0.75 eV, and a spectacular wide-band enhancement of photo-absorption over nearly the entire solar spectral wavelengths. Finally, a simple laser-treatment appears to dramatically reverse these changes, attributed to breakdown of the rotational congruency between the MoS2 and Bi2Se3 layers. These heterocrystals have immense potentials for novel physics and applications in nanoelectronics, optoelectronics and energy sciences at the atomically-thin scale.

  7. Electronic structure and thermoelectric properties of bismuth telluride and bismuth selenide

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    The electronic structures of the two thermoelectric materials Bi2Te3 and Bi2Se3 are studied using density-functional theory with the spin - orbit interaction included. The electron states in the gap region and the chemical bonding can be described in terms of ppσ interaction between the atomic p orbitals within the 'quintuple' layer. For Bi2Se3, we find both the valence-band maximum as well as the conduction-band minimum, each with a nearly isotropic effective mass, to occur at the zone centre in agreement with experimental results. For Bi2Te3, we find that the six valleys for the valence-band maximum are located in the mirror planes of the Brillouin zone and they have a highly anisotropic effective mass, leading to an agreement between the de Haas-van Alphen data for the p-doped samples and the calculated Fermi surface. The calculated conduction band, however, has only two minima, instead of the six minima indicated from earlier experiments. The calculated Seebeck coefficients for both p-type and n-type materials are in agreement with the experiments. (author)

  8. 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 ...

  9. 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.

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

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    Sahin, Cuneyt

    V, suggesting the potential for doping or voltage tuned spin Hall current. We have also calculated intrinsic spin Hall conductivities of bismuth selenide and bismuth telluride topological insulators from an effective tight-binding Hamiltonian including two nearest-neighbor interactions. We showed that both materials exhibit giant spin Hall conductivities calculated from the Kubo formula in linear response theory and the clean static limit. We conclude that bismuth-antimony alloys and bismuth chalcogenides are primary candidates for efficiently generating spin currents through the spin Hall effect.

  11. Selenide isotope generator for the Galileo mission

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    A significantly improved thermoelectric generator has been developed to provide electric power for NASA's Galileo Mission in 1982. Nominal power requirements for Galileo will be about 450 watts at BOL (Beginning of Life), and this will be furnished by two Selenide Isotope Generators (SIG) each powered by a Multi Hundred Watt (MHW) radioisotopic heat source. A Ground Demonstration System (GDS) of a nominal 100 w(e) features a 3M - produced selenide ring module around a shortened MHW-dimensioned electrical heat source, newly developed axially-grooved heat pipes on a disc-shaped radiator, and other innovations which will allow a full-sized generator's weight to be held at about 90 lbs

  12. Cybernetic prediction of selenide Chevreul's phases

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    The method of training a computer is used to forecast the possibility for the formation of selenide Chevreul's phases of the Asub(x)Bsub(6)Sesub(8) composition (where A is any chemical element, B-Mo, Cr, W, Re). The peculiarities of applying cybernetic forecasting systems in inorganic chemistry are considered. The critical temperature of transfer into the superconducting state of some phases forecasted is estimated

  13. Valley polarization in bismuth

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    Fauque, Benoit

    2013-03-01

    The electronic structure of certain crystal lattices can contain multiple degenerate valleys for their charge carriers to occupy. The principal challenge in the development of valleytronics is to lift the valley degeneracy of charge carriers in a controlled way. In bulk semi-metallic bismuth, the Fermi surface includes three cigar-shaped electron valleys lying almost perpendicular to the high symmetry axis known as the trigonal axis. The in-plane mass anisotropy of each valley exceeds 200 as a consequence of Dirac dispersion, which drastically reduces the effective mass along two out of the three orientations. According to our recent study of angle-dependent magnetoresistance in bismuth, a flow of Dirac electrons along the trigonal axis is extremely sensitive to the orientation of in-plane magnetic field. Thus, a rotatable magnetic field can be used as a valley valve to tune the contribution of each valley to the total conductivity. As a consequence of a unique combination of high mobility and extreme mass anisotropy in bismuth, the effect is visible even at room temperature in a magnetic field of 1 T. Thus, a modest magnetic field can be used as a valley valve in bismuth. The results of our recent investigation of angle-dependent magnetoresistance in other semi-metals and doped semiconductors suggest that a rotating magnetic field can behave as a valley valve in a multi-valley system with sizeable mass anisotropy.

  14. One Pot Synthetic Method of New Keto Diphenyl Selenide Compounds

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    Youcef Mechehoud; Benayache, F.; Benayache, S.; Mosset, P.

    2010-01-01

    A series of hitherto unreported mono- and di-keto diphenyl selenides have been efficiently synthesized in high yields by treatment of diphenyl selenide (1) with appropriately substituted acyl chloride using anhydrous aluminum chloride as catalyst and methylene chloride as solvent. The structures of the synthesized compounds have been confirmed by elemental and spectral analysis.

  15. Limiting pump intensity for sulfur-doped gallium selenide crystals

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    High optical quality undoped and sulfur-doped gallium selenide crystals were grown from melts by the modified vertical Bridgman method. Detailed study of the damage produced under femtosecond pulse exposure has shown that evaluation of the damage threshold by visual control is unfounded. Black matter spots produced on crystal surfaces do not noticeably decrease either its transparency or its frequency conversion efficiency as opposed to real damage identified as caked well-cohesive gallium structures. For the first time it was demonstrated that optimally sulfur-doped gallium selenide crystal possesses the highest resistivity to optical emission (about four times higher in comparison with undoped gallium selenide)

  16. Optical and structural properties of indium doped bismuth selenide thin films

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    Pavagadhi, Himanshu; Vyas, S. M.; Patel, Piyush; Patel, Vimal; Patel, Jaydev; Jani, M. P.

    2015-08-01

    In: Bi2Se3 crystals were grown by Bridgman method at a growth velocity of 0.5cm/h with temperature gradient of 650 C/cm in our laboratory. The thin films of In:Bi2se3 were grown on amorphous substrate (glass) at a room temperature under a pressure of 10-4Pa by thermal evaporation technique. Thin film were deposited at various thicknesses and optical absorption spectrum of such thin films, obtain in wave no. range 300 to 2600 cm-1. The optical energy gap calculated from this data were found to be inverse function of square of thickness, particularly for thickness about 1800 Å or less. This dependence is explained in terms of quantum size effect. For thicker films, the bandgap is found to be independent of film thickness. For the surface stud of the as grown thin film by using AFM, which shows continuous film with some step height and surface roughness found in terms of few nm and particle size varies with respect to thickness.

  17. Optical and structural properties of indium doped bismuth selenide thin films

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    In: Bi2Se3 crystals were grown by Bridgman method at a growth velocity of 0.5cm/h with temperature gradient of 650 C/cm in our laboratory. The thin films of In:Bi2se3 were grown on amorphous substrate (glass) at a room temperature under a pressure of 10−4Pa by thermal evaporation technique. Thin film were deposited at various thicknesses and optical absorption spectrum of such thin films, obtain in wave no. range 300 to 2600 cm−1. The optical energy gap calculated from this data were found to be inverse function of square of thickness, particularly for thickness about 1800 Å or less. This dependence is explained in terms of quantum size effect. For thicker films, the bandgap is found to be independent of film thickness. For the surface stud of the as grown thin film by using AFM, which shows continuous film with some step height and surface roughness found in terms of few nm and particle size varies with respect to thickness

  18. Improved thermoelectric performance of Nb-doped lead selenide

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    Han, Yemao; Chen, Zhen; Xin, Caini [State Key Laboratory of Technologies in Space Cryogenic Propellants, Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190 (China); Key Laboratory of Cryogenics, Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190 (China); University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049 (China); Pei, Yanzhong [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Tongji University, 4800 Caoan Road, Shanghai 201804 (China); Zhou, Min, E-mail: mzhou@mail.ipc.ac.cn [State Key Laboratory of Technologies in Space Cryogenic Propellants, Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190 (China); Key Laboratory of Cryogenics, Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190 (China); Huang, Rongjin [Key Laboratory of Cryogenics, Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190 (China); Li, Laifeng, E-mail: laifengli@mail.ipc.ac.cn [State Key Laboratory of Technologies in Space Cryogenic Propellants, Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190 (China); Key Laboratory of Cryogenics, Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190 (China)

    2014-07-05

    Highlights: • Thermoelectric performance of Nb-doped lead selenide was investigated. • Higher Seebeck coefficient was obtained in Nb-doped lead selenide. • The grain sizes are about 100-300 nm according to SEM. • There is little lattice thermal conductivity decrease. - Abstract: In present work, niobium is used as donor impurity in lead selenide to increase carrier concentration. Thermoelectric transport properties of n-type Pb{sub 1.04−x}Nb{sub x}Se are investigated from room temperature to 673 K. Higher Seebeck coefficient is reached by Nb-doping in lead selenide compared to other dopants. The Seebeck coefficient enhancement comes from band modification by Nb-doping, which results in the density of states effective mass increase. With the Seebeck coefficient enhancement, the dimensionless figure of merit ZT reaches ∼1.1 at 673 K.

  19. Energetics of bismuth vanadate

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    Nagabhushana, G.P.; Tavakoli, A.H.; Navrotsky, A., E-mail: anavrotsky@ucdavis.edu

    2015-05-15

    Bismuth vanadate has gained considerable interest as a photoanode for water splitting reactions under visible light. It exists in four different polymorphs, out of which three of them have been synthesized. Thermodynamic properties of these three polymorphs are investigated using high temperature oxide melt solution calorimetry. The monoclinic scheelite phase which exhibits photocatalytic activity under visible light is found to be the most stable polymorph, followed by tetragonal scheelite which exhibits activity under UV light. The photocatalytically inactive tetragonal zircon form is found to be the least stable polymorph. The small difference in enthalpy of formation between the two scheelite structures (−8 kJ/mol) is in accord with the reversibility of the transformation between them and the larger difference between the most stable monoclinic phase and the least stable tetragonal zircon phase (−23 kJ/mol) is in accord with the irreversible (monoclinic→tetragonal zircon) phase transformation. - Graphical abstract: Schematic representation of polymorphic transitions in BiVO{sub 4} along with their formation enthalpies. - Highlights: • Bismuth vanadate crystallizes in three different polymorphs. • High temperature calorimetric measurements were made to determine their formation enthalpies. • Enthalpy of formation decreases in the order BV-ms→BV-ts→BV-tz. • Photocatalytically active monoclinic-BiVO{sub 4} was found to be the most stable polymorph.

  20. An Unusual Bismuth Ethanedisulfonate Network

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    Fabienne Gschwind

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available The three dimensional bismuth ethanedisulfonate framework Bi(O3SC2H4SO31.5(H2O2 was synthesized under hydrothermal conditions using the bidentate ligand 1,2-ethanedisulfonate and then characterized through X-ray diffraction and elemental analyses. The bismuth cation coordinates at three different ethanedisulfonate ligands and has a coordination number of eight, which is accompanied by a distorted square antiprismatic configuration. Here, we report on the crystal structure of this bismuth metal–organic framework and its coordination behavior, which has thus far not been reported in heavier main group elements.

  1. Superconductivity in alkali metal intercalated iron selenides.

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    Krzton-Maziopa, A; Svitlyk, V; Pomjakushina, E; Puzniak, R; Conder, K

    2016-07-27

    Alkali metal intercalated iron selenide superconductors A x Fe2-y Se2 (where A  =  K, Rb, Cs, Tl/K, and Tl/Rb) are characterized by several unique properties, which were not revealed in other superconducting materials. The compounds crystallize in overall simple layered structure with FeSe layers intercalated with alkali metal. The structure turned out to be pretty complex as the existing Fe-vacancies order below ~550 K, which further leads to an antiferromagnetic ordering with Néel temperature fairly above room temperature. At even lower temperatures a phase separation is observed. While one of these phases stays magnetic down to the lowest temperatures the second is becoming superconducting below ~30 K. All these effects give rise to complex relationships between the structure, magnetism and superconductivity. In particular the iron vacancy ordering, linked with a long-range magnetic order and a mesoscopic phase separation, is assumed to be an intrinsic property of the system. Since the discovery of superconductivity in those compounds in 2010 they were investigated very extensively. Results of the studies conducted using a variety of experimental techniques and performed during the last five years were published in hundreds of reports. The present paper reviews scientific work concerning methods of synthesis and crystal growth, structural and superconducting properties as well as pressure investigations. PMID:27248118

  2. Amphoteric properties of gold in zinc selenide

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    Hall effect, electric conductivity, and charge carriers mobility in n-ZnSe single crystals doped with gold during the process of a long-term high-temperature annealing in Zn+Au melt with various Au contents were investigated in the temperature range from 77 to 300 K. It has been established that, at low gold concentration, Au atoms form mainly donor-type interstitial Aui defects. The increase of Au concentration in Zn+Au melt leads to the formation of both simple AuZn defects and associative acceptors (AuZn-Aui) (AuZn-DZn), and (AuZn-VSe). These defects determine electrical properties of the crystals and they are responsible for the complex structure of excitonic and impurity radiation spectra. The influence of dopant concentration on both electrical and luminescent properties of n-ZnSe:Zn:Au crystals is investigated. The observed variations of electrical and luminescent properties are due to amphoteric properties of gold impurity in zinc selenide

  3. Superconductivity in alkali metal intercalated iron selenides

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    Krzton-Maziopa, A.; Svitlyk, V.; Pomjakushina, E.; Puzniak, R.; Conder, K.

    2016-07-01

    Alkali metal intercalated iron selenide superconductors A x Fe2‑y Se2 (where A  =  K, Rb, Cs, Tl/K, and Tl/Rb) are characterized by several unique properties, which were not revealed in other superconducting materials. The compounds crystallize in overall simple layered structure with FeSe layers intercalated with alkali metal. The structure turned out to be pretty complex as the existing Fe-vacancies order below ~550 K, which further leads to an antiferromagnetic ordering with Néel temperature fairly above room temperature. At even lower temperatures a phase separation is observed. While one of these phases stays magnetic down to the lowest temperatures the second is becoming superconducting below ~30 K. All these effects give rise to complex relationships between the structure, magnetism and superconductivity. In particular the iron vacancy ordering, linked with a long-range magnetic order and a mesoscopic phase separation, is assumed to be an intrinsic property of the system. Since the discovery of superconductivity in those compounds in 2010 they were investigated very extensively. Results of the studies conducted using a variety of experimental techniques and performed during the last five years were published in hundreds of reports. The present paper reviews scientific work concerning methods of synthesis and crystal growth, structural and superconducting properties as well as pressure investigations.

  4. Ex situ formation of metal selenide quantum dots using bacterially derived selenide precursors

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    Luminescent quantum dots were synthesized using bacterially derived selenide (SeII−) as the precursor. Biogenic SeII− was produced by the reduction of SeIV by Veillonella atypica and compared directly against borohydride-reduced SeIV for the production of glutathione-stabilized CdSe and β-mercaptoethanol-stabilized ZnSe nanoparticles by aqueous synthesis. Biological SeII− formed smaller, narrower size distributed QDs under the same conditions. The growth kinetics of biologically sourced CdSe phases were slower. The proteins isolated from filter sterilized biogenic SeII− included a methylmalonyl-CoA decarboxylase previously characterized in the closely related Veillonella parvula. XAS analysis of the glutathione-capped CdSe at the S K-edge suggested that sulfur from the glutathione was structurally incorporated within the CdSe. A novel synchrotron based XAS technique was also developed to follow the nucleation of biological and inorganic selenide phases, and showed that biogenic SeII− is more stable and more resistant to beam-induced oxidative damage than its inorganic counterpart. The bacterial production of quantum dot precursors offers an alternative, ‘green’ synthesis technique that negates the requirement of expensive, toxic chemicals and suggests a possible link to the exploitation of selenium contaminated waste streams. (paper)

  5. Superconducting transition temperature of metastable, crystalline lead-bismuth alloys

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    The increase of the superconducting temperature by ion implantation with bismuth-ions in a saturated lead-bismuth alloy, by recoil-implantation and by quenching of a lead-bismuth alloy with bismuth precipitates was studied. At room-temperature an increase of 11 at% Bi over the thermodynamic solution limit in a lead-bismuth alloy could be measured. The highest superconducting temperature was 9.02 K for a lead-bismuth alloy with 43 at% bismuth. (orig.)

  6. Bismuth bronze from machu picchu, peru.

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    Gordon, R B; Rutledge, J W

    1984-02-10

    The decorative bronze handle of a tumi excavated at the Inca city of Machu Picchu, Peru, contains 18 percent bismuth and appears to be the first known example of the use of bismuth with tin to make bronze. The alloy is not embrittled by the bismuth because the bismuth-rich constituent does not penetrate the grain boundaries of the matrix phase. The use of bismuth facilitates the duplex casting process by which the tumi was made and forms an alloy of unusual color. PMID:17749940

  7. 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.

  8. Mechanochemical synthesis of nanocrystalline lead selenide. Industrial approach

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    Achimovicova, Marcela; Balaz, Peter [Slovak Academy of Sciences, Kosice (Slovakia). Inst. of Geotechnics; Durisin, Juraj [Slovak Academy of Sciences, Kosice (Slovakia). Inst. of Materials Research; Daneu, Nina [Josef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana (Slovenia). Dept. for Nanostructured Materials; Kovac, Juraj; Satka, Alexander [Slovak Univ. of Technology and International Laser Centre, Bratislava (Slovakia). Dept. of Microelectronics; Feldhoff, Armin [Leibniz Univ. Hannover (Germany). Inst. fuer Physikalische Chemie und Elektrochemie; Gock, Eberhard [Technical Univ. Clausthal, Clausthal-Zellerfeld (Germany). Inst. of Mineral and Waste Processing and Dumping Technology

    2011-04-15

    Mechanochemical synthesis of lead selenide PbSe nanoparticles was performed by high-energy milling of lead and selenium powder in a laboratory planetary ball mill and in an industrial eccentric vibratory mill. Structural properties of the synthesized lead selenide were characterized using X-ray diffraction that confirmed crystalline nature of PbSe nanoparticles. The average size of PbSe crystallites of 37 nm was calculated from X-ray diffraction data using the Williamson-Hall method. The methods of particle size distribution analysis, specific surface area measurement, scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy were used for characterization of surface, mean particle size, and morphology of PbSe. An application of industrial mill verified a possibility of the synthesis of a narrow bandgap semiconductor PbSe at ambient temperature and in a relatively short reaction time. (orig.)

  9. Strukturelle und kinetische Charakterisierung von Ruthenium-Selenid Katalysatoren

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    Racz, Alexander

    2011-01-01

    Die Arbeit befasst sich mit Kohlenstoff-geträgerten Ruthenium-Selenid (RuSex) Katalysatoren für die kathodische Sauerstoffreduktion in Methanol-Brennstoffzellen. Ziel dieser Arbeit war es, RuSex/C Katalysatoren zu synthetisieren, welche eine vergleichbare elektrochemische Aktivität wie kommerzielle Pt/C Katalysatoren aufweisen. Neben der Optimierung der Synthese stand die elektrochemische Charakterisierung der Katalysatoren im Hinblick auf die elektrochemisch aktive Oberfläche, sowie deren Ak...

  10. Long-term physical ageing in vitreous arsenic selenides

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    Effects of long-term physical aging (approx 20 years) studied in vitreous arsenic selenides using differential scanning calorimetry are compared with conventional short-term physical aging (up to 1 year). It is shown that these effects differ not only by their amplitudes but also by compositional dependences. These results clearly testify in a favour of a sufficient difference in microstructural origin for short- and long-term physical aging in chalcogenide glasses

  11. Selenide-Based Electrocatalysts and Scaffolds for Water Oxidation Applications

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    Xia, Chuan

    2015-11-05

    Selenide-based electrocatalysts and scaffolds on carbon cloth are successfully fabricated and demonstrated for enhanced water oxidation applications. A max­imum current density of 97.5 mA cm−2 at an overpotential of a mere 300 mV and a small Tafel slope of 77 mV dec−1 are achieved, suggesting the potential of these materials to serve as advanced oxygen evolution reaction catalysts.

  12. Synthesis of cadmium selenide colloidal quantum dots in aquatic medium

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    Cadmium selenide nanocrystals were prepared in water phase through facile wet chemistry technique with thioglycolic acid (TGA) acting as capping agent. Structures were characterized using X-ray diffraction (XRD), UV-vis absorption and photoluminescence spectroscopies. Depending on synthesis conditions nanoparticles exhibit photoluminescence with maximum in the region of 580 – 680 nm. Influence of technological parameters and component concentrations on nanocrystals average size and properties was studied

  13. Coulometric titration at low temperatures-nonstoichiometric silver selenide

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    Beck, Gesa K.; Janek, Jürgen

    2003-01-01

    A modified coulometric titration technique is described for the investigation of nonstoichiometric phases at low temperatures. It allows to obtain titration curves at temperatures where the conventional coulometric titration technique fails because of too small chemical diffusion coefficients of the mobile component. This method for indirect coulometric titration is applied to silver selenide between -100 and 100 °C. The titration curves are analyzed on the basis of a defect chemical model an...

  14. Raman study of gallium selenide single crystal oxidation

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    O.A. Balitskii

    2001-06-01

    Full Text Available The Raman investigations on thermally oxidized gallium selenide were conducted. It was established that the oxidation of the GaSe involves the formation of a-modification of Ga2Se3 at the temperature up to 450 °C. The Ga-(O2 complexes are also detected at this temperature but the formation of crystalline gallium oxide takes place at the temperature of 800°C

  15. Bismuth absorption from 205 Bi-labelled pharmaceutical bismuth compounds used in the treatment of peptic ulcer disease

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    The absorption of bismuth from five 205Bi-labelled pharmaceutically used bismuth compounds was studied in man. From single oral doses of all compounds under investigation only <0.1% bismuth was absorbed and excreted with the urine. A significantly higher absorption was observed from the colloidal bismuth subcitrate and the basic bismuth gallate than from the basic bismuth salicylate, nitrate and aluminate. No retention of bismuth in the whole body was found from the single dose experiment. The biologic fast-term half-lives of absorbed bismuth were calculated to be 0.12 and 1.5 days. 14 refs., 2 figs., 1 tab

  16. Bismuth absorption from sup 205 Bi-labelled pharmaceutical bismuth compounds used in the treatment of peptic ulcer disease

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    Dresow, B.; Fischer, R.; Gabbe, E.E.; Wendel, J.; Heinrich, H.C. (Eppendorf University Hospital, Hamburg (Germany))

    1992-04-01

    The absorption of bismuth from five {sup 205}Bi-labelled pharmaceutically used bismuth compounds was studied in man. From single oral doses of all compounds under investigation only <0.1% bismuth was absorbed and excreted with the urine. A significantly higher absorption was observed from the colloidal bismuth subcitrate and the basic bismuth gallate than from the basic bismuth salicylate, nitrate and aluminate. No retention of bismuth in the whole body was found from the single dose experiment. The biologic fast-term half-lives of absorbed bismuth were calculated to be 0.12 and 1.5 days. 14 refs., 2 figs., 1 tab.

  17. Sodium selenide toxicity is mediated by O2-dependent DNA breaks.

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    Gérald Peyroche

    Full Text Available Hydrogen selenide is a recurrent metabolite of selenium compounds. However, few experiments studied the direct link between this toxic agent and cell death. To address this question, we first screened a systematic collection of Saccharomyces cerevisiae haploid knockout strains for sensitivity to sodium selenide, a donor for hydrogen selenide (H(2Se/HSe(-/Se(2-. Among the genes whose deletion caused hypersensitivity, homologous recombination and DNA damage checkpoint genes were over-represented, suggesting that DNA double-strand breaks are a dominant cause of hydrogen selenide toxicity. Consistent with this hypothesis, treatment of S. cerevisiae cells with sodium selenide triggered G2/M checkpoint activation and induced in vivo chromosome fragmentation. In vitro, sodium selenide directly induced DNA phosphodiester-bond breaks via an O(2-dependent reaction. The reaction was inhibited by mannitol, a hydroxyl radical quencher, but not by superoxide dismutase or catalase, strongly suggesting the involvement of hydroxyl radicals and ruling out participations of superoxide anions or hydrogen peroxide. The (•OH signature could indeed be detected by electron spin resonance upon exposure of a solution of sodium selenide to O(2. Finally we showed that, in vivo, toxicity strictly depended on the presence of O(2. Therefore, by combining genome-wide and biochemical approaches, we demonstrated that, in yeast cells, hydrogen selenide induces toxic DNA breaks through an O(2-dependent radical-based mechanism.

  18. Double-Diffusive Convection During Growth of Halides and Selenides

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    Singh, N. B.; Su, Ching-Hua; Duval, Walter M. B.

    2015-01-01

    Heavy metal halides and selenides have unique properties which make them excellent materials for chemical, biological and radiological sensors. Recently it has been shown that selenohalides are even better materials than halides or selenides for gamma-ray detection. These materials also meet the strong needs of a wide band imaging technology to cover ultra-violet (UV), midwave infrared wavelength (MWIR) to very long wavelength infrared (VLWIR) region for hyperspectral imager components such as etalon filters and acousto-optic tunable filters (AO). In fact AOTF based imagers based on these materials have some superiority than imagers based on liquid crystals, FTIR, Fabry-Perot, grating, etalon, electro-optic modulation, piezoelectric and several other concepts. For example, broadband spectral and imagers have problems of processing large amount of information during real-time observation. Acousto-Optic Tunable Filter (AOTF) imagers are being developed to fill the need of reducing processing time of data, low cost operation and key to achieving the goal of covering long-wave infrared (LWIR). At the present time spectral imaging systems are based on the use of diffraction gratings are typically used in a pushbroom or whiskbroom mode. They are mostly used in systems and acquire large amounts of hyperspectral data that is processed off-line later. In contrast, acousto-optic tunable filter spectral imagers require very little image processing, providing new strategies for object recognition and tracking. They are ideally suited for tactical situations requiring immediate real-time image processing. But the performance of these imagers depends on the quality and homogeneity of acousto-optic materials. In addition for many systems requirements are so demanding that crystals up to sizes of 10 cm length are desired. We have studied several selenides and halide crystals for laser and AO imagers for MWIR and LWIR wavelength regions. We have grown and fabricated crystals of

  19. 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

  20. Extraction and separation of bismuth(III).

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    Langade, A D; Shinde, V M

    1981-10-01

    Separation of bismuth from beryllium, lead, iron(III), indium, scandium, lanthanum, antimony(III), zirconium, titanium, thorium, vanadium(V), molybdenum(VI), uranium (VI) and chromium(VI) is achieved by selective extraction of bismuth from 0.1M sodium salicylate solution (adjusted to pH 7) into mesityl oxide (MeO). The extracted species is Bi (HOC(6)H(4)COO)(3).3MeO. The results are accurate within +/- 0.5%, with a standard deviation of 0.8%. The separation and determination of bismuth takes only 15 min. PMID:18963000

  1. Lithium insertion in indium selenide films: application to microbatteries

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    Julien, C. (Lab. de Physique des Solides, Univ. Pierre et Marie Curie, 75 Paris (France)); Khelfa, A. (Lab. de Physique des Solides, Univ. Pierre et Marie Curie, 75 Paris (France)); Benramdane, N. (Lab. de Physique des Solides, Univ. Pierre et Marie Curie, 75 Paris (France)); Guesdon, J.P. (Lab. de Physique des Solides, Univ. Pierre et Marie Curie, 75 Paris (France)); Dzwonkowski, P. (Lab. de Physique des Solides, Univ. Pierre et Marie Curie, 75 Paris (France)); Samaras, I. (Lab. de Physique des Solides, Univ. Pierre et Marie Curie, 75 Paris (France)); Balkanski, M. (Lab. de Physique des Solides, Univ. Pierre et Marie Curie, 75 Paris (France))

    1994-04-10

    Indium selenide films are formed on silica slides and silicon wafers using a flash evaporation technique in which the material source stoichiometry is modified to obtain In[sub p]Se[sub q] films with various compositions. The structural and optical properties of indium selenide films are reported. These characterizations have shown that, using different growth conditions, either single phases, such as InSe, In[sub 4]Se[sub 3] or In[sub 2]Se[sub 3], are formed or a mixture of these compounds is present in the film structure. The products are examined by X-ray diffraction, and Raman and IR spectroscopies. The electrochemical properties of lithium-intercalated films are presented. It is observed that the morphology and stoichiometry play an important role in the lithium insertion process. The thermodynamics and kinetics of the insertion reaction are reported. Li/Li[sup +]-borate glass/InSe microbatteries have been built, and their characteristics are reported and discussed using a Butler-Volmer relationship. (orig.)

  2. Tellurides, selenides and Bi-mineral assemblages from the Río Narcea Gold Belt, Asturias, Spain: genetic implications in Cu-Au and Au skarns

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    Cepedal, A.; Fuertes-Fuente, M.; Martín-Izard, A.; González-Nistal, S.; Rodríguez-Pevida, L.

    2006-07-01

    Gold ores in skarns from the Río Narcea Gold Belt are associated with Bi-Te(-Se)-bearing minerals. These mineral assemblages have been used to compare two different skarns from this belt, a Cu-Au skarn (calcic and magnesian) from the El Valle deposit, and a Au-reduced calcic skarn from the Ortosa deposit. In the former, gold mineralization occurs associated with Cu-(Fe)-sulfides (chalcopyrite, bornite, chalcocite-digenite), commonly in the presence of magnetite. Gold occurs mainly as native gold and electrum. Au-tellurides (petzite, sylvanite, calaverite) are locally present; other tellurides are hessite, clausthalite and coloradoite. The Bi-bearing minerals related to gold are Bi-sulfosalts (wittichenite, emplectite, aikinite, bismuthinite), native bismuth, and Bi-tellurides and selenides (tetradymite, kawazulite, tsumoite). The speciation of Bi-tellurides with Bi/Te(Se + S) ≤ 1, the presence of magnetite and the abundance of precious metal tellurides and clausthalite indicate fO2 conditions within the magnetite stability field that locally overlap the magnetite-hematite buffer. In Ortosa deposit, gold essentially occurs as native gold and maldonite and is commonly related to pyrrhotite and to the replacement of löllingite by arsenopyrite, indicating lower fO2 conditions for gold mineralization than those for El Valle deposit. This fact is confirmed by the speciation of Bi-tellurides and selenides (hedleyite, joséite-B, joséite-A, ikunolite-laitakarite) with Bi/Te(+ Se + S) ≥ 1.

  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. Polystyrene-supported Benzyl Selenide: An Efficient Reagent for Highly Stereocontrolled Synthesis of Substituted Olefins

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    2003-01-01

    Polystyrene-supported benzyl selenide has been prepared. This novel reagent was treated with LDA to produce a selenium stabilized carbanion, which reacted with alkyl halide, followed by selenoxide syn-elimination, to give substituted olefins stereospecificly.

  6. Hydrothermal synthesis map of bismuth titanates

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    The hydrothermal synthesis of four bismuth titanate materials from common bismuth and titanium precursors under hydrothermal conditions is described. Reaction of NaBiO3·2H2O and anatase TiO2 in concentrated NaOH solution at 240 °C is shown to produce perovskite and sillenite phases Na0.5Bi0.5TiO3 and Bi12TiO20, depending on the ratio of metal precursors used. When KOH solution is used and a 1:1 ratio of the same precursors, a pyrochlore Bi1.43Ti2O6(OH)0.29(H2O)0.66 is formed. The use of a mixture of HNO3 and NaOH is shown to facilitate the formation of the Aurivillius-type bismuth titanate Bi4Ti3O12. The phases have been isolated separately as phase-pure powders and profile refinement of powder X-ray diffraction data allows comparisons with comparable materials reported in the literature. Analysis of Bi LIII-edge X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) spectra of the materials shows the oxidation state of bismuth is +3 in all of the hydrothermally derived products. - Graphical abstract: Use of NaBiO3·2H2O and TiO2 as reagents under hydrothermal conditions allows the phase-pure preparation of four crystalline bismuth titanate materials. Highlights: ► NaBiO3 and TiO2 under hydrothermal conditions allow formation of bismuth titanates. ► Synthesis of four distint phases has been mapped. ► Bi LIII-edge XANES shows Bi is reduced to oxidation state +3 in all materials. ► A new hydrated bismuth titanate pyrochlore has been isolated

  7. Manipulation of cadmium selenide nanorods with an atomic force microscope

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    We have used an atomic force microscope (AFM) to manipulate and study ligand-capped cadmium selenide nanorods deposited on highly oriented pyrolitic graphite (HOPG). The AFM tip was used to manipulate (i.e., translate and rotate) the nanorods by applying a force perpendicular to the nanorod axis. The manipulation result was shown to depend on the point of impact of the AFM tip with the nanorod and whether the nanorod had been manipulated previously. Forces applied parallel to the nanorod axis, however, did not give rise to manipulation. These results are interpreted by considering the atomic-scale interactions of the HOPG substrate with the organic ligands surrounding the nanorods. The vertical deflection of the cantilever was recorded during manipulation and was combined with a model in order to estimate the value of the horizontal force between the tip and nanorod during manipulation. This horizontal force is estimated to be on the order of a few tens of nN.

  8. Selenide isotope generator for the Galileo mission. Reliability program plan

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    The reliability program plan for the Selenide Isotope Generator (SIG) program is presented. It delineates the specific tasks that will be accomplished by Teledyne Energy Systems and its suppliers during design, development, fabrication and test of deliverable Radioisotopic Thermoelectric Generators (RTG), Electrical Heated Thermoelectric Generators (ETG) and associated Ground Support Equipment (GSE). The Plan is formulated in general accordance with procedures specified in DOE Reliability Engineering Program Requirements Publication No. SNS-2, dated June 17, 1974. The Reliability Program Plan presented herein defines the total reliability effort without further reference to Government Specifications. The reliability tasks to be accomplished are delineated herein and become the basis for contract compliance to the extent specified in the SIG contract Statement of Work

  9. Selenide isotope generator for the Galileo Mission. Program final report

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    1979-06-01

    This final report for the Selenide Isotope Generator for the Galileo Mission (SIG/GM) documents the work performed by Teledyne Energy Systems (TES) under US Department of Energy (DOE) Contract No. DE-AC01-78ET33009 (formerly ET-78-C-01-2865) during the period April 10, 1978 to June 30, 1979. Because of technical difficulties with the thermoelectric converter being developed by the 3M Company under separate DOE contract, a Stop Work Order, dated January 29, 1979, was issued by DOE. The TES effort up to the receipt of the Stop Work Order as well as limited technical activities up to the contract conclusion on June 30, 1979 are reported.

  10. Hollow Cobalt Selenide Microspheres: Synthesis and Application as Anode Materials for Na-Ion Batteries.

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    Ko, You Na; Choi, Seung Ho; Kang, Yun Chan

    2016-03-16

    The electrochemical properties of hollow cobalt oxide and cobalt selenide microspheres are studied for the first time as anode materials for Na-ion batteries. Hollow cobalt oxide microspheres prepared by one-pot spray pyrolysis are transformed into hollow cobalt selenide microspheres by a simple selenization process using hydrogen selenide gas. Ultrafine nanocrystals of Co3O4 microspheres are preserved in the cobalt selenide microspheres selenized at 300 °C. The initial discharge capacities for the Co3O4 and cobalt selenide microspheres selenized at 300 and 400 °C are 727, 595, and 586 mA h g(-1), respectively, at a current density of 500 mA g(-1). The discharge capacities after 40 cycles for the same samples are 348, 467, and 251 mA h g(-1), respectively, and their capacity retentions measured from the second cycle onward are 66, 91, and 50%, respectively. The hollow cobalt selenide microspheres have better rate performances than the hollow cobalt oxide microspheres. PMID:26918934

  11. Metabolism of Bismuth Subsalicylate and Intracellular Accumulation of Bismuth by Fusarium sp. Strain BI

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    Dodge, Anthony G.; Wackett, Lawrence P

    2005-01-01

    Enrichment cultures were conducted using bismuth subsalicylate as the sole source of carbon and activated sludge as the inoculum. A pure culture was obtained and identified as a Fusarium sp. based on spore morphology and partial sequences of 18S rRNA, translation elongation factor 1-α, and β-tubulin genes. The isolate, named Fusarium sp. strain BI, grew to equivalent densities when using salicylate or bismuth subsalicylate as carbon sources. Bismuth nitrate at concentrations of up to 200 μM d...

  12. 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.

  13. Liquid Bismuth Feed System for Electric Propulsion

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    Markusic, T. E.; Polzin, K. A.; Stanojev, B. J.

    2006-01-01

    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. For example, the VHITAL project aims td accurately, experimentally assess the performance characteristics of 10 kW-class bismuth-fed Hall thrusters - in order to validate earlier results and resuscitate a promising technology that has been relatively dormant for about two decades. A critical element of these tests will be 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 was to develop a precision liquid bismuth Propellant Management System (PMS) that provides real-time propellant mass flow rate measurement and control, enabling accurate thruster performance measurements. Additionally, our approach emphasizes the development of new liquid metal flow control components and, hence, will establish a basis for the future development of components for application in spaceflight. The design of various critical components in a bismuth PMS are described - reservoir, electromagnetic pump, hotspot flow sensor, and automated control system. Particular emphasis is given to material selection and high-temperature sealing techniques. Open loop calibration test results are reported, which validate the systems capability to deliver bismuth at mass flow rates ranging from 10 to 100 mg/sec with an uncertainty of less than +/- 5%. Results of integrated vaporizer/liquid PMS tests demonstrate all of the necessary elements of a complete bismuth feed system for electric propulsion.

  14. 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.

  15. Holographic data storage in photorefractive bismuth tellurite

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    Bismuth tellurite is a photorefractive material for holographic data storage offering unique fixing capabilities. Important material and electro-optic properties obtained by four-wave-mixing and data storage experiments are reviewed and recent results concerning the applicability of bismuth tellurite for holographic data storage, including dynamic range, multiplexing capabilities and bit-error evaluations, are presented. Furthermore, it is demonstrated how the latest progress in growing Bi2TeO5 made this crystal a candidate for durable holographic recording media.

  16. Electron microscopy of barium bismuth titanate multilayer ceramics

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    For a number of years bismuth containing compounds have been used with pre-calcined barium titanate to reduce the sintering temperature of the capacitor formulations. As reported earlier the backscattered electron (BSE) SEM micrographs of the bismuth containing barium titanate ceramic reveal that the grains having an average size of 1.2μm consist of a two phase structure consisting of relatively pure barium titanate grain cores surrounded by bismuth rich grain shells. The TEM and STEM studies along with the EDS analyses show that the bismuth concentration increases sharply as one steps towards the grain boundary with a maximum bismuth content at the grain boundary. It is the purpose of this work to investigate the distribution of bismuth in these formulations including the bismuth content, if any, at the ceramic metal interface as affected by the sintering temperature. The subsequent effect on the electrical resistivity of these ceramics in the multilayer configuration is reported

  17. Metabolism of bismuth subsalicylate and intracellular accumulation of bismuth by Fusarium sp. strain BI.

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    Dodge, Anthony G; Wackett, Lawrence P

    2005-02-01

    Enrichment cultures were conducted using bismuth subsalicylate as the sole source of carbon and activated sludge as the inoculum. A pure culture was obtained and identified as a Fusarium sp. based on spore morphology and partial sequences of 18S rRNA, translation elongation factor 1-alpha, and beta-tubulin genes. The isolate, named Fusarium sp. strain BI, grew to equivalent densities when using salicylate or bismuth subsalicylate as carbon sources. Bismuth nitrate at concentrations of up to 200 muM did not limit growth of this organism on glucose. The concentration of soluble bismuth in suspensions of bismuth subsalicylate decreased during growth of Fusarium sp. strain BI. Transmission electron microscopy and energy-dispersive spectroscopy revealed that the accumulated bismuth was localized in phosphorus-rich granules distributed in the cytoplasm and vacuoles. Long-chain polyphosphates were extracted from fresh biomass grown on bismuth subsalicylate, and inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry showed that these fractions also contained high concentrations of bismuth. Enzyme activity assays of crude extracts of Fusarium sp. strain BI showed that salicylate hydroxylase and catechol 1,2-dioxygenase were induced during growth on salicylate, indicating that this organism degrades salicylate by conversion of salicylate to catechol, followed by ortho cleavage of the aromatic ring. Catechol 2,3-dioxygenase activity was not detected. Fusarium sp. strain BI grew with several other aromatic acids as carbon sources: benzoate, 3-hydroxybenzoate, 4-hydroxybenzoate, gentisate, d-mandelate, l-phenylalanine, l-tyrosine, phenylacetate, 3-hydroxyphenylacetate, 4-hydroxyphenylacetate, and phenylpropionate. PMID:15691943

  18. 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.

  19. Photosensitive bismuth ions in lead tungstate

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    Vazhenin, V.A.; Potapov, A.P.; Asatryan, G.R.; Nikl, Martin

    2013-01-01

    Roč. 55, č. 4 (2013), s. 803-806. ISSN 1063-7834 Institutional support: RVO:68378271 Keywords : PbWO 4 * single crystal * bismuth * electron paramagnetic resonance Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism Impact factor: 0.782, year: 2013

  20. Hydrothermal synthesis map of bismuth titanates

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    Sardar, Kripasindhu; Walton, Richard I.

    2012-05-01

    The hydrothermal synthesis of four bismuth titanate materials from common bismuth and titanium precursors under hydrothermal conditions is described. Reaction of NaBiO3·2H2O and anatase TiO2 in concentrated NaOH solution at 240 °C is shown to produce perovskite and sillenite phases Na0.5Bi0.5TiO3 and Bi12TiO20, depending on the ratio of metal precursors used. When KOH solution is used and a 1:1 ratio of the same precursors, a pyrochlore Bi1.43Ti2O6(OH)0.29(H2O)0.66 is formed. The use of a mixture of HNO3 and NaOH is shown to facilitate the formation of the Aurivillius-type bismuth titanate Bi4Ti3O12. The phases have been isolated separately as phase-pure powders and profile refinement of powder X-ray diffraction data allows comparisons with comparable materials reported in the literature. Analysis of Bi LIII-edge X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) spectra of the materials shows the oxidation state of bismuth is +3 in all of the hydrothermally derived products.

  1. Bismuth titanate ceramics obtained by hot forging

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    In this work, bismuth titanate samples were obtained from powder calcined at 800 deg C for 24 h through conventional sintering (OF) and hot-forging (HF) methods. The plate-like morphology grains were observed in ceramics obtained in both process. Samples produced by HF showed higher grain orientation, ≅ 90%. (author)

  2. Polyvinyl chloride filled with bismuth oxychloride powder

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    Polášková, M.; Sedláček, T.; Kharlamov, Alexander; Pivokonský, Radek; Saha, P.

    Larnaca : Polymer Processing Society, 2009, s. 242. [Polymer Processing Society Europe/Africa Regional Meeting. Larnaca (GR), 18.10.2009-21.10.2009] Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20600510 Keywords : olyvinyl chloride * bismuth oxychloride * radiopaque agents Subject RIV: BK - Fluid Dynamics

  3. Hydrothermal synthesis map of bismuth titanates

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    Sardar, Kripasindhu [Department of Chemistry, University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL (United Kingdom); Walton, Richard I., E-mail: r.i.walton@warwick.ac.uk [Department of Chemistry, University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL (United Kingdom)

    2012-05-15

    The hydrothermal synthesis of four bismuth titanate materials from common bismuth and titanium precursors under hydrothermal conditions is described. Reaction of NaBiO{sub 3}{center_dot}2H{sub 2}O and anatase TiO{sub 2} in concentrated NaOH solution at 240 Degree-Sign C is shown to produce perovskite and sillenite phases Na{sub 0.5}Bi{sub 0.5}TiO{sub 3} and Bi{sub 12}TiO{sub 20}, depending on the ratio of metal precursors used. When KOH solution is used and a 1:1 ratio of the same precursors, a pyrochlore Bi{sub 1.43}Ti{sub 2}O{sub 6}(OH){sub 0.29}(H{sub 2}O){sub 0.66} is formed. The use of a mixture of HNO{sub 3} and NaOH is shown to facilitate the formation of the Aurivillius-type bismuth titanate Bi{sub 4}Ti{sub 3}O{sub 12}. The phases have been isolated separately as phase-pure powders and profile refinement of powder X-ray diffraction data allows comparisons with comparable materials reported in the literature. Analysis of Bi L{sub III}-edge X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) spectra of the materials shows the oxidation state of bismuth is +3 in all of the hydrothermally derived products. - Graphical abstract: Use of NaBiO{sub 3}{center_dot}2H{sub 2}O and TiO{sub 2} as reagents under hydrothermal conditions allows the phase-pure preparation of four crystalline bismuth titanate materials. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer NaBiO{sub 3} and TiO{sub 2} under hydrothermal conditions allow formation of bismuth titanates. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Synthesis of four distint phases has been mapped. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Bi LIII-edge XANES shows Bi is reduced to oxidation state +3 in all materials. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A new hydrated bismuth titanate pyrochlore has been isolated.

  4. Structure and photoluminescence of molybdenum selenide nanomaterials grown by hot filament chemical vapor deposition

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    Wang, B.B. [College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Chongqing University of Technology, 69 Hongguang Rd, Lijiatuo, Banan District, Chongqing 400054 (China); Plasma Nanoscience Laboratories, Manufacturing Flagship, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, P. O. Box 218, Lindfield, NSW 2070 (Australia); Zhu, M.K. [College of Materials Science and Engineering, Beijing University of Technology, Beijing 100124 (China); Ostrikov, K., E-mail: kostya.ostrikov@qut.edu.au [Plasma Nanoscience Laboratories, Manufacturing Flagship, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, P. O. Box 218, Lindfield, NSW 2070 (Australia); Institute for Future Environments, School of Chemistry, Physics and Mechanical Engineering, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, QLD 4000 (Australia); Plasma Nanoscience, School of Physics, The University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW 2006 (Australia); Shao, R.W.; Zheng, K. [Institute of Microstructure and Properties of Advanced Materials, Beijing University of Technology, Beijing 100124 (China)

    2015-10-25

    Molybdenum selenide nanomaterials with different structures are synthesized on silicon substrates coated with gold films by hot filament chemical vapor deposition (HFCVD) in nitrogen environment, where molybdenum trioxide and selenium powders are used as source materials. The structure and composition of the synthesized molybdenum selenide nanomaterials are studied using field emission scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, micro-Raman spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The results indicate that the structures of molybdenum selenide change from nanoflakes to nanoparticles with the increase of content of molybdenum trioxide precursor. The photoluminescence (PL) excitation using the 325 nm line of He–Cd laser as the excitation source generates green light with the wavelength of about 512–516 nm. The formation of molybdenum selenide nanomaterials is determined by the decomposition rates of molybdenum trioxide in HFCVD. The possible factors that affect the generation of green PL bands are analyzed. These outcomes of this work enrich our knowledge on the synthesis of transition metal dichalcogenides and contribute to the development of applications of these materials in optoelectronic devices. - Highlights: • Molybdenum selenide nanoflakes, nanoparticles and hybrids produced by HFCVD. • Uncommon MoO{sub 3} and Se precursor co-location and mixing and effective MoO{sub 3} decomposition. • Morphology change from nanoflakes to nanoparticles with higher ratio of MoO{sub 3} precursor. • Strong photoluminescence emission of green light with a wavelength of ∼512–516 nm.

  5. Structure and photoluminescence of molybdenum selenide nanomaterials grown by hot filament chemical vapor deposition

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    Molybdenum selenide nanomaterials with different structures are synthesized on silicon substrates coated with gold films by hot filament chemical vapor deposition (HFCVD) in nitrogen environment, where molybdenum trioxide and selenium powders are used as source materials. The structure and composition of the synthesized molybdenum selenide nanomaterials are studied using field emission scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, micro-Raman spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The results indicate that the structures of molybdenum selenide change from nanoflakes to nanoparticles with the increase of content of molybdenum trioxide precursor. The photoluminescence (PL) excitation using the 325 nm line of He–Cd laser as the excitation source generates green light with the wavelength of about 512–516 nm. The formation of molybdenum selenide nanomaterials is determined by the decomposition rates of molybdenum trioxide in HFCVD. The possible factors that affect the generation of green PL bands are analyzed. These outcomes of this work enrich our knowledge on the synthesis of transition metal dichalcogenides and contribute to the development of applications of these materials in optoelectronic devices. - Highlights: • Molybdenum selenide nanoflakes, nanoparticles and hybrids produced by HFCVD. • Uncommon MoO3 and Se precursor co-location and mixing and effective MoO3 decomposition. • Morphology change from nanoflakes to nanoparticles with higher ratio of MoO3 precursor. • Strong photoluminescence emission of green light with a wavelength of ∼512–516 nm

  6. Using different chemical methods for deposition of copper selenide thin films and comparison of their characterization.

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    Güzeldir, Betül; Sağlam, Mustafa

    2015-11-01

    Different chemical methods such as Successive Ionic Layer Adsorption and Reaction (SILAR), spin coating and spray pyrolysis methods were used to deposite of copper selenide thin films on the glass substrates. The films were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDX) spectroscopy and UV-vis spectrophotometry. The XRD and SEM studies showed that all the films exhibit polycrystalline nature and crystallinity of copper selenide thin films prepared with spray pyrolysis greater than spin coating and SILAR methods. From SEM and AFM images, it was observed copper selenide films were uniform on the glass substrates without any visible cracks or pores. The EDX spectra showed that the expected elements exist in the thin films. Optical absorption studies showed that the band gaps of copper selenide thin films were in the range 2.84-2.93 eV depending on different chemical methods. The refractive index (n), optical static and high frequency dielectric constants (ε0, ε∞) values were calculated by using the energy bandgap values for each deposition method. The obtained results from different chemical methods revealed that the spray pyrolysis technique is the best chemical deposition method to fabricate copper selenide thin films. This absolute advantage was lead to play key roles on performance and efficiency electrochromic and photovoltaic devices. PMID:26037495

  7. Magnetic properties of Cr telluride-selenide alloys

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    Mankovsky, Sergey; Polesya, Svetlana; Ebert, Hubert [Dept. Chemie und Biochemie, Universitaet Muenchen, Butenandtstr. 5-13, D-81377 Muenchen (Germany); Huang, Zhong-Le; Bensch, Wolfgang [Institute for Anorganic Chemistry, Olshausenstr. 40, D-24098, Kiel (Germany)

    2007-07-01

    Results of a theoretical study of the magnetic properties of Cr telluride-selenide alloys having trigonal crystal structure are presented in comparison with experimental results. Both ground state and temperature-dependent magnetic properties of Cr{sub 1-{delta}}Te and Cr{sub x}(Te{sub {alpha}}Se{sub {beta}}){sub 2} (with ratio {alpha}:{beta}=7:1,6:2,5:3) have been investigated in a wide region of chromium content. For the alloys Cr{sub x}(Te{sub {alpha}}Se{sub {beta}}){sub 2} a transition to the state with antiferromagnetic order in a fully occupied sub-lattice and with no order in a partially occupied sub-lattice was obtained. For the alloys Li{sub x}Cr{sub 0.5}Ti{sub 0.75}Se{sub 2}, a non-monotonic dependence of structural and magnetic properties have been found upon increase of Li concentration x, that is in agreement with experimental results. The ground state properties have been studied on the basis of electronic structure calculations using the Korringa-Kohn-Rostoker (KKR) band structure method combined with the CPA alloy theory. Using Monte Carlo simulations we obtained the magnetic configuration at T=0 K and studied the magnetic properties at T>0 K as well. The required exchange coupling parameters were obtained from our ab-initio electronic structure calculations.

  8. A magnetic x-ray diffraction investigation of gadolinium selenide

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    Costa, M.M.R.; Almeida, M.J.M. de [Departamento de Fisica, Universidade de Coimbra, Coimbra (Portugal); Nuttall, W.J.; Stirling, W.G. [Department of Physics, Keele University, Keele, Staffs (United Kingdom); Tang, C.C. [Daresbury Laboratory, Warrington, Cheshire (United Kingdom); Forsyth, J.B. [Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Chilton, Oxon (United Kingdom); Cooper, M.J. [Department of Physics, University of Warwick, Coventry (United Kingdom)

    1996-04-01

    A single-crystal synchrotron radiation study of gadolinium selenide has been made in the temperature range 15-100 K. GdSe has the rocksalt structure and becomes antiferromagnetic below a reported Neel temperature of 65 K. At 15 K, magnetic reflections are observed at G+T with modulation wavevector T={l_brace}1/2:1/2:1/2{r_brace} propagating from reciprocal lattice point G. This is achieved by exploiting the resonant enhancement in the vicinity of the Gd L{sub II} and L{sub III} edges. Similar enhancements are observed at the two edges, with the maximum effect occurring approximately 3 eV above the absorption edge. The temperature dependence of the intensity of the magnetic reflections indicates a Neel temperature of 63(1) K. These measurements, together with high-resolution studies of the fundamental reflections (T=0), contribute further evidence of magnetic or structural changes in the sample at 37(1) K. Our observations are discussed and compared with previous x-ray diffraction and magnetic susceptibility measurements. (author)

  9. Bismuth pyrochlore thin films for dielectric energy storage

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    Thin films of cubic pyrochlore bismuth zinc niobate, bismuth zinc tantalate, and bismuth zinc niobate tantalate were fabricated using chemical solution deposition. This family of materials exhibited moderate relative permittivities 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 end member increased the dielectric breakdown strength. For example, at 10 kHz, the room temperature breakdown strength of bismuth zinc niobate was 5.1 MV/cm, while that of bismuth zinc tantalate was 6.1 MV/cm. This combination of a high breakdown strength and a moderate permittivity led to a high discharged energy storage density for all film compositions. For example, at a measurement frequency of 10 kHz, bismuth zinc niobate exhibited a maximum recoverable energy storage density of 60.8 ± 2.0 J/cm3, while bismuth zinc tantalate exhibited a recoverable energy storage density of 60.7 ± 2.0 J/cm3. Intermediate compositions of bismuth zinc niobate tantalate offered higher energy storage densities; at 10 mol. % tantalum, the maximum recoverable energy storage density was ∼66.9 ± 2.4 J/cm3

  10. Atomic force microscopy study of thermal stability of silver selenide thin films grown on silicon

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    Silver selenide thin films were grown on silicon substrates by the solid-state reaction of sequentially deposited Se and Ag films of suitable thickness. Transmission electron microscopy and particle-induced X-ray emission studies of the as-deposited films showed the formation of single phase polycrystalline silver selenide from the reaction of Ag and Se films. Atomic force microscopy images of the as-deposited and films annealed at different temperatures in argon showed the film morphology to evolve into an agglomerated state with annealing temperature. The results indicate that when annealed above 473 K, silver selenide films on silicon become unstable and agglomerate through holes generated at grain boundaries

  11. Two-dimensional tin selenide nanostructures for flexible all-solid-state supercapacitors.

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    Zhang, Chunli; Yin, Huanhuan; Han, Min; Dai, Zhihui; Pang, Huan; Zheng, Yulin; Lan, Ya-Qian; Bao, Jianchun; Zhu, Jianmin

    2014-04-22

    Due to their unique electronic and optoelectronic properties, tin selenide nanostructures show great promise for applications in energy storage and photovoltaic devices. Despite the great progress that has been achieved, the phase-controlled synthesis of two-dimensional (2D) tin selenide nanostructures remains a challenge, and their use in supercapacitors has not been explored. In this paper, 2D tin selenide nanostructures, including pure SnSe2 nanodisks (NDs), mixed-phase SnSe-SnSe2 NDs, and pure SnSe nanosheets (NSs), have been synthesized by reacting SnCl2 and trioctylphosphine (TOP)-Se with borane-tert-butylamine complex (BTBC) and 1,3-dimethyl-3,4,5,6-tetrahydro-2(1H)-pyrimidinone. Utilizing the interplay of TOP and BTBC and changing only the amount of BTBC, the phase-controlled synthesis of 2D tin selenide nanostructures is realized for the first time. Phase-dependent pseudocapacitive behavior is observed for the resulting 2D nanostructures. The specific capacitances of pure SnSe2 NDs (168 F g(-1)) and SnSe NSs (228 F g(-1)) are much higher than those of other reported materials (e.g., graphene-Mn3O4 nanorods and TiN mesoporous spheres); thus, these tin selenide materials were used to fabricate flexible, all-solid-state supercapacitors. Devices fabricated with these two tin selenide materials exhibited high areal capacitances, good cycling stabilities, excellent flexibilities, and desirable mechanical stabilities, which were comparable to or better than those reported recently for other solid-state devices based on graphene and 3D GeSe2 nanostructures. Additionally, the rate capability of the SnSe2 NDs device was much better than that of the SnSe NS device, indicating that SnSe2 NDs are promising active materials for use in high-performance, flexible, all-solid-state supercapacitors. PMID:24601530

  12. Effect of He+ irradiation on the optical properties of vacuum evaporated silver indium selenide thin films

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    We prepared polycrystalline silver indium selenide thin films by vacuum evaporation on glass substrate at a high temperature using the stoichiometric powder. The samples were subjected to the irradiation of 1.26 M eV He+ ion. The effect of irradiation on the optical properties has been investigated for different fluencies of He+. The thin films were characterized by X-ray diffraction and UV-vis-NIR spectroscopy. It is observed that the band gap of silver indium selenide thin films decreases gradually from 1.17 to 0.82 eV with ion fluency.

  13. 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.

  14. Spray pyrolysis deposited tin selenide thin films for thermoelectric applications

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    Tin selenide thin films were prepared by spray pyrolysis technique using tin (II) chloride and selenourea as a precursor compounds using Se:Sn atomic ratio of 1:1 in the starting solution onto glass substrates. Deposition process was carried out in the substrate temperature range of 250 °C–400 °C using 1 ml/min flow rate. The films were investigated using X-ray diffraction, field emission scanning electron microscopy, Raman spectroscopy, optical absorption and thermoelectric studies. The X-ray diffraction patterns suggest that the major phase is hexagonal-SnSe2 was present when the deposition was carried out in 275–375 °C temperature range, while for the films deposited in the below and above to this range, Sn and Se precipitates into some impure and mixed phase. Raman scattering analysis allowed the assignment of peaks at ∼180 cm−1 to the hexagonal-SnSe2 phase. The optical absorption study shows that the direct band gap of the film decreases with increase in substrate temperature and increasing crystallite size. The thermo-electrical measurements have shown n-type conductivity in as deposited films and the magnitude of thermo EMF for films has been found to be increasing with increasing deposition temperature, except for 350 °C sample. 350 °C deposited samples shows enhance thermoelectric value as compared to other samples. Thermoelectric study reveal that although sample deposited between 275 °C and 375 °C are structurally same but 350 °C sample is thermoelectrically best. - Highlights: • Influence of substrate temperature on the deposition of SnSe has been shown. • Seebeck measurements at 275°C–375 °C confirms n-type conductivity. • Higher seebeck coefficient has been observed at 350 °C deposited film. • Decrease in band gap was observed on increasing Tsub and size of the crystallites

  15. Photoconductivity in reactively evaporated copper indium selenide thin films

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    Copper indium selenide thin films of composition CuInSe2 with thickness of the order of 130 nm are deposited on glass substrate at a temperature of 423 ±5 K and pressure of 10−5 mbar using reactive evaporation, a variant of Gunther's three temperature method with high purity Copper (99.999%), Indium (99.999%) and Selenium (99.99%) as the elemental starting materials. X-ray diffraction (XRD) studies shows that the films are polycrystalline in nature having preferred orientation of grains along the (112) plane. The structural type of the film is found to be tetragonal with particle size of the order of 32 nm. The structural parameters such as lattice constant, particle size, dislocation density, number of crystallites per unit area and strain in the film are also evaluated. The surface morphology of CuInSe2 films are studied using 2D and 3D atomic force microscopy to estimate the grain size and surface roughness respectively. Analysis of the absorption spectrum of the film recorded using UV-Vis-NIR Spectrophotometer in the wavelength range from 2500 nm to cutoff revealed that the film possess a direct allowed transition with a band gap of 1.05 eV and a high value of absorption coefficient (α) of 106 cm−1 at 570 nm. Photoconductivity at room temperature is measured after illuminating the film with an FSH lamp (82 V, 300 W). Optical absorption studies in conjunction with the good photoconductivity of the prepared p-type CuInSe2 thin films indicate its suitability in photovoltaic applications

  16. 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...

  17. Electron Paramagnetic Resonance Study of Thermally Treated Bismuth Subgallate

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    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 ref...

  18. Stress-driven growth of bismuth nanowires

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    Cheng, Yang-Tse; Weiner, Anita M.; Wong, Curtis A.; Balogh, Michael P.; Lukitsch, Michael J.

    2003-03-01

    We recently reported that compressive stresses in thin films can be exploited to grow nanowires (Ref.1). Nanowires of bismuth (Bi) with diameters ranging from 30 to 200 nm and lengths up to several millimeters were formed spontaneously at the rate of a few micrometers per second at room temperature on surfaces of freshly grown composite thin films consisting of Bi and chrome-nitride (CrN). The high compressive stress in the composite thin films was shown to be the driving force responsible for the nanowire formation. In this presentation, the effects of stress, composition, and temperature on the growth and structure of bismuth nanowires will be discussed. This method of growing nanowires can also be extended to other material systems. Ref. 1. Yang-Tse Cheng, Anita M. Weiner, Curtis A. Wong, Michael P. Balogh, and Michael J. Lukitsch, Applied Physics Letters 81, 3248 (2002).

  19. 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.

  20. Electrocatalytic activity of bismuth doped silver electrodes

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    Amjad, M

    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)

  1. Bismuth film electrodes for heavy metals determination

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    Rehacek, Vlastimil; Hotovy, Ivan; Vojs, Marian; Mika, Fedor

    2007-05-01

    Bismuth film electrodes (BiFEs) have a potential to replace toxic mercury used most frequently for determination of heavy metals (Cd, Pb, Zn) by anodic stripping voltammetry. We prepared a graphite disc electrode (0.5 mm in diameter) from a pencil-lead rod and developed a nitrogen doped diamond-like carbon (NDLC) microelectrode array consisting of 50 625 microdiscs with 3 μm in diameter and interelectrode distances of 20 μm on a highly conductive silicon substrate as a support for BiFEs. The disc graphite BiFE was used for simultaneous determination of Pb(II), Cd(II) and Zn(II) by square wave voltammetry (SWV) in an aqueous solution. We found the optimum bismuth-to-metal concentration ratio in the solution to be 20. The dependence of the stripping responses on the concentration of target metals was linear in the range from 1×10 -8 to 1.2×10 -7 mol/L. Detection limits 2.4×10 -9 mol/L for Pb(II), 2.9×10 -9 mol/L for Cd(II) and 1.2×10 -8 mol/L for Zn(II) were estimated. A bismuth-plated NDLC microelectrode array was used for Pb(II) determination by differential pulse voltammetry (DPV) in an aqueous solution. We found that the stripping current for bismuth-plated NDLC array was linear in the concentration range of Pb(II) from 2×10 -8 to 1.2×10 -7 mol/L. The detection limit 2.2×10 -8 mol/L was estimated from a calibration plot.

  2. Fabrication and testing of diamond-machined gratings in ZnSe, GaP, and bismuth germanate for the near-infrared and visible

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    Kuzmenko, Paul J.; Little, Steve L.; Ikeda, Yuji; Kobayashi, Naoto

    2008-07-01

    High quality immersion gratings for infrared applications have been demonstrated in silicon and germanium. To extend this technology to shorter wavelengths other materials must be investigated. We selected three materials, zinc selenide, gallium phosphide and bismuth germanate (Bi4Ge3O12), based on high refractive index, good visible transmission and commercial availability in useful sizes. Crystal samples were diamond turned on an ultra-precision lathe to identify preferred cutting directions. Using this information we diamond-flycut test gratings over a range of feed rates to determine the optimal cutting conditions. For both ZnSe and GaP good surface quality was achieved at feed rates up to 1.0 cm/minute using a special compound angle diamond tool with negative rake angles on both cutting surfaces. The surface roughness of the groove facets was about 4 nm. A Zygo interferometer measured grating wavefront errors in reflection. For the ZnSe the RMS error was 80%), low random groove error (2.0 nm rms), and Rowland ghost intensities at < 0.1%. Preliminary tests on bismuth germanate show high tool wear.

  3. Fabrication and testing of diamond-machined gratings in ZnSe, GaP, and bismuth germanate for the near infrared and visible

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    Kuzmenko, P J; Little, S L; Ikeda, Y; Kobayashi, N

    2008-06-22

    High quality immersion gratings for infrared applications have been demonstrated in silicon and germanium. To extend this technology to shorter wavelengths other materials must be investigated. We selected three materials, zinc selenide, gallium phosphide and bismuth germanate (Bi{sub 4}Ge{sub 3}O{sub 12}), based on high refractive index, good visible transmission and commercial availability in useful sizes. Crystal samples were diamond turned on an ultra-precision lathe to identify preferred cutting directions. Using this information we diamond-flycut test gratings over a range of feed rates to determine the optimal cutting conditions. For both ZnSe and GaP good surface quality was achieved at feed rates up to 1.0 cm/minute using a special compound angle diamond tool with negative rake angles on both cutting surfaces. The surface roughness of the groove facets was about 4 nm. A Zygo interferometer measured grating wavefront errors in reflection. For the ZnSe the RMS error was < {lambda}/20 at 633nm. More extensive testing was performed with a HeNe laser source and a cooled CCD camera. These measurements demonstrated high relative diffraction efficiency (> 80%), low random groove error (2.0 nm rms), and Rowland ghost intensities at < 0.1%. Preliminary tests on bismuth germanate show high tool wear.

  4. 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)

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

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    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

  6. Polystyrene-supported Selenides and Selenoxide:Versatile Routes to Synthesize Allylic Alcohols

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    Wei Ming XU; You Chu ZHANG; Xian HUANG

    2003-01-01

    Several polystyrene-supported selenides and selenoxide have been prepared firstly. These novel reagents were treated with LDA to produce selenium stabilized carbanions, which reacted with aldehydes and alkyl halides, followed by selenoxide syn-elimination and [2,3] sigmatropic rearrangement respectively to give Z-allylic alcohols stereoselectively.

  7. Effect of sulfur doping on thermoelectric properties of tin selenide – A first principles study

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    In this work we present the thermoelectric properties of tin selenide (SnSe) and sulfur doped tin selenide(SnSe(1-x)Sx, x= 0.125 and 0.25) obtained using first principles calculations. We investigated the electronic band structure using the FP-LAPW method within the sphere of the density functional theory. Thermoelectric properties were calculated using BOLTZTRAP code using the constant relaxation time approximation at three different temperatures 300, 600 and 800 K. Seebeck coefficient (S) was found to decrease with increasing temperature, electrical conductivity (σ/τ) was almost constant in the entire temperature range and thermal conductivity (κ/τ) increased with increasing temperature for all samples. Sulfur doped samples showed enhanced seebeck coefficient, decreased thermal conductivity and decreased electrical conductivity at all temperatures. At 300 K, S increased from 1500 µV/K(SnSe) to 1720μV/K(SnSe0.75S0.25), thermal conductivity decreased from 5 × 1015 W/mKs(SnSe) to 3 × 1015 W/mKs(SnSe0.75S0.25), electrical conductivity decreased from 7 × 1020/Ωms(SnSe) to 5 × 1020 /Ωms(SnSe0.75S0.25). These calculations show that sulfur doped tin selenide exhibit better thermoelectric properties than undoped tin selenide

  8. Formation of Silver Selenide Layers on Polyamide 6 Films by the Use of Potassium Selenotrithionate

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    Remigijus IVANAUSKAS

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available A polyamide 6 films if treated with the potassium selenotrithionate, K2SeS2O6, solution in hydrochloric acid, absorbs selenium the form of selenotrithionate anion, SeS2O62-, and the anions decompose in polymer with time. Further interaction of selenized PA films with AgNO3 solution (10 min, 80 °C leads to the formation of silver selenide layers on the polymer surface. The mechanism of formation of silver selenide layers on PA 6 films was proposed. The chemical analyzes show that the concentrations of silver and selenium in polyamide 6 film increase when increase the duration of polymer seleniumization. The molar ratio of Ag/Se in the layers of silver selenide on polyamide films varied from 0.57 : 1 to 0.7 : 1. The X-ray diffraction analysis confirmed the formation of silver selenide layers with elemental selenium in the surface of polyamide 6. The phases of orthorhombic naumannite - Ag2Se (24-1041 and monoclinic selenium - Se8 (71-528 were identified in the formed layers.http://dx.doi.org/10.5755/j01.ms.17.4.775

  9. Synthesis and optical properties of cadmium selenide quantum dots for white light-emitting diode application

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    Highlights: ► Stable CdSe QDs were synthesized by the one-step and two-level process respectively. ► The fabricated white LEDs show good white balance. ► CdSe QDs present well green to yellow band luminescence. ► CdSe QDs displayed a broad excitation band. - Abstract: Yellow light-emitting cadmium selenide quantum dots were synthesized using one-step and two-step methods in an aqueous medium. The structural luminescent properties of these quantum dots were investigated. The obtained cadmium selenide quantum dots displayed a broad excitation band suitable for blue or near-ultraviolet light-emitting diode applications. White light-emitting diodes were fabricated by coating the cadmium selenide samples onto a 460 nm-emitting indium gallium nitrite chip. Both samples exhibited good white balance. Under a 20 mA working current, the white light-emitting diode fabricated via the one-step and two-step methods showed Commission Internationale de l’Éclairage coordinates at (0.27, 0.23) and (0.27, 0.33), respectively, and a color rendering index equal to 41 and 37, respectively. The one-step approach was simpler, greener, and more effective than the two-step approach. The one-step approach can be enhanced by combining cadmium selenide quantum dots with proper phosphors

  10. The bulk modulus of cubic spinel selenides: an experimental and theoretical study

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    Waskowska, A.; Gerward, Leif; Olsen, J.S.;

    2009-01-01

    It is argued that mainly the selenium sublattice determines the overall compressibility of the cubic spinel selenides, AB2Se4, and that the bulk modulus for these compounds is about 100GPa. The hypothesis is supported by experiments using high-pressure X-ray diffraction and synchrotron radiation...

  11. Spray pyrolysis deposited tin selenide thin films for thermoelectric applications

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    Anwar, Sharmistha; Gowthamaraju, S.; Mishra, B.K.; Singh, S.K.; Shahid, Anwar, E-mail: shahidanwr@gmail.com

    2015-03-01

    Tin selenide thin films were prepared by spray pyrolysis technique using tin (II) chloride and selenourea as a precursor compounds using Se:Sn atomic ratio of 1:1 in the starting solution onto glass substrates. Deposition process was carried out in the substrate temperature range of 250 °C–400 °C using 1 ml/min flow rate. The films were investigated using X-ray diffraction, field emission scanning electron microscopy, Raman spectroscopy, optical absorption and thermoelectric studies. The X-ray diffraction patterns suggest that the major phase is hexagonal-SnSe{sub 2} was present when the deposition was carried out in 275–375 °C temperature range, while for the films deposited in the below and above to this range, Sn and Se precipitates into some impure and mixed phase. Raman scattering analysis allowed the assignment of peaks at ∼180 cm{sup −1} to the hexagonal-SnSe{sub 2} phase. The optical absorption study shows that the direct band gap of the film decreases with increase in substrate temperature and increasing crystallite size. The thermo-electrical measurements have shown n-type conductivity in as deposited films and the magnitude of thermo EMF for films has been found to be increasing with increasing deposition temperature, except for 350 °C sample. 350 °C deposited samples shows enhance thermoelectric value as compared to other samples. Thermoelectric study reveal that although sample deposited between 275 °C and 375 °C are structurally same but 350 °C sample is thermoelectrically best. - Highlights: • Influence of substrate temperature on the deposition of SnSe has been shown. • Seebeck measurements at 275°C–375 °C confirms n-type conductivity. • Higher seebeck coefficient has been observed at 350 °C deposited film. • Decrease in band gap was observed on increasing Tsub and size of the crystallites.

  12. Formation of Cadmium Selenide Layers on the Polyamide Film Surface by Sorption-Diffusion Method

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    Neringa Petrašauskienė

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available The layers containing cadmium selenide, CdxSe,were formed on the surface of semihydrophilic polymer – polyamide 6 (PA using acidified 0.10 mol/dm3 solution of potassium selenotrithionate, K2SeS2O6,as precursor of selenium. The concentration of sorbed selenium (at 60 oC increases with the increase of the duration of PA treatment in K2SeS2O6solution. The cadmium selenide containing layers are formed on the surface of PA after the treatment of seleniumized polymer with cadmium acetate, (Cd(CH3COO2·2H2O, solution (60–80 oC:the anions SeS2O62– containing selenium atoms of low oxidation state react with the cadmium(II ions. The conditions of a polymer initial seleniumization and of seleniumized PA treatment with cadmium acetate solution determine the concentration of cadmium and the composition of chalcogenide layer. The concentration of cadmium in the chalcogenide layer increases with the increase of initial chalcogenization duration only up to about 2 h and the temperature of selenotrithionate solution. The results of XPS and XRD confirmed the formation of cadmium selenide layers on the surface of PA. XRD patterns study of not earlier studied CdSe layers on PA showed their phase composition of two cadmium selenides phases – Zinc blende (cubic CdSe,wurtzite (hexagonal CdSe and cadmium(II hydroxide, Cd(OH2. Accordingly data of XRD and XPS analysis the macrostructure and composition ofCuSe layers depends on the conditions of these layers formation. The data determined enable formation of the layers of cadmium selenide on the surface of PA by thesorption-diffusion method using the solution of potassium selenotrithionate as a precursor of selenium.DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5755/j01.ms.21.1.5097

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. A case of bismuth intoxication with irreversible renal damage

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    Erden A

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available Abdulsamet Erden, Samet Karahan, Kadir Bulut, Mustafa Basak, Tuncay Aslan, Ali Cetinkaya, Hatice Karagoz, Deniz Avci Internal Medicine Department, Kayseri Training and Research Hospital, Kayseri, Turkey Abstract: Bismuth is a chemical element symbolized as Bi and is a trivalent poor metal, which chemically resembles arsenic and antimony. Colloidal bismuth subcitrate (CBS and bismuth subsalicylate are the bismuth salts widely used in the treatment of peptic ulcers, functional dyspepsia, and chronic gastritis. Intoxications with CBS are rare. In a few case reports, acute renal failure was described, but the literature review revealed no chronic renal failure related to CBS intoxication. In this case report we present a 21-year old female with chronic renal failure after a one year follow-up of CBS intoxication. Keywords: acute renal failure, bismuth, intoxication, chronic renal failure

  17. An evaluated neutronic data file for bismuth

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    A comprehensive evaluated neutronic data file for bismuth, extending from 10-5 eV to 20.0 MeV, is described. The experimental database, the application of the theoretical models, and the evaluation rationale are outlined. Attention is given to uncertainty specification, and comparisons are made with the prior ENDF/B-V evaluation. The corresponding numerical file, in ENDF/B-VI format, has been transmitted to the National Nuclear Data Center, Brookhaven National Laboratory. 106 refs., 10 figs., 6 tabs

  18. 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.

  19. Electron paramagnetic resonance study of thermally treated bismuth subgallate.

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    Ramos, Paweł; Pilawa, Barbara

    2014-01-01

    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 (ΔB pp) 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. PMID:25525421

  20. Chemical synthesis of p-type nanocrystalline copper selenide thin films for heterojunction solar cells

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    Nanocrystalline thin films of copper selenide have been grown on glass and tin doped-indium oxide substrates using chemical method. At ambient temperature, golden films have been synthesized and annealed at 200 deg. C for 1 h and were examined for their structural, surface morphological and optical properties by means of X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy and UV-vis spectrophotometry techniques, respectively. Cu2-xSe phase was confirmed by XRD pattern and spherical grains of 30 ± 4 - 40 ± 4 nm in size aggregated over about 130 ± 10 nm islands were seen by SEM images. Effect of annealing on crystallinity improvement, band edge shift and photoelectrochemical performance (under 80 mW/cm2 light intensity and in lithium iodide electrolyte) has been studied and reported. Observed p-type electrical conductivity in copper selenide thin films make it a suitable candidate for heterojunction solar cells

  1. Functional metal sulfides and selenides for the removal of hazardous dyes from Water.

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    Shamraiz, Umair; Hussain, Raja Azadar; Badshah, Amin; Raza, Bareera; Saba, Sonia

    2016-06-01

    Water contamination by organic dyes, is among the most alarming threats to healthy green environment. Complete removal of organic dyes is necessary to make water healthy for drinking, cooking, and for other useful aspects. Recently use of nanotechnology for removing organic dyes, became fruitful because of high surface to volume ratio and adsorption properties. Among these materials, metal chalcogenides emerge as new class of active materials for water purification. In this review article, we gathered information related to sulfide and selenide based nanomaterials which include metal sulfides and selenides, their binary composites, and use of different capping agents and dopants for enhancing photocatalysis. We have discussed in detail, about adsorption power of different dyes, relative percentage degradation, reaction time and concentration. PMID:27010842

  2. 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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    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 μg/g dw; mallard, 0.09 μg/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

  3. Cytocompatibility of direct water synthesized cadmium selenide quantum dots in colo-205 cells

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    Rodriguez-Torres, Marcos R.; Velez, Christian; Zayas, Beatriz; Rivera, Osvaldo; Arslan, Zikri; Gonzalez-Vega, Maxine N.; Diaz-Diestra, Daysi; Beltran-Huarac, Juan; Morell, Gerardo; Primera-Pedrozo, Oliva M.

    2015-01-01

    Cadmium selenide quantum dots (CdSe QDs), inorganic semiconducting nanocrystals, are alluring increased attraction due to their highly refined chemistry, availability, and super tunable optical properties suitable for many applications in different research areas, such as photovoltaics, light-emitting devices, environmental sciences, and nanomedicine. Specifically, they are being widely used in bio-imaging in contrast to organic dyes due to their high brightness and improved photo-stability, ...

  4. Enhancement of thermoelectric figure-of-merit by resonant states of aluminium doping in lead selenide

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    Zhang, Qinyong; Wang, Hui; Liu, Weishu; Wang, Hengzhi; Yu, Bo; Zhang, Qian; Tian, Zhiting; Lee, Sangyeop; Esfarjani, Keivan; Chen, Gang; Ren, Zhifeng; Ni, George Wei

    2011-01-01

    By adding aluminium (Al) into lead selenide (PbSe), we successfully prepared n-type PbSe thermoelectric materials with a figure-of-merit (ZT) of 1.3 at 850 K. Such a high ZT is achieved by a combination of high Seebeck coefficient caused by very possibly the resonant states in the conduction band created by Al dopant and low thermal conductivity from nanosized phonon scattering centers.

  5. Lattice Dynamics at Zone-Center of Sulphide and Selenide Spinels

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    A.K. Kushwaha

    2008-01-01

    A rigid-ion model is used to calculate the force constants and effective dynamical charges of sulphide and selenide spinels. The Raman and infrared phonon modes of normal cubic sulphide spinels MCr2S4 (M=Mn, Co, Fe, Hg, Zn, and Cd) and selenide spinels MCr2Se4 (M=Hg, Zn, and Cd) are calculated at the first Brillouin zone-centre using above model. The significant outcome of the present work is (I) the interatomic interaction between Cr-S (Se) dominates over the Cr-S(Se) and S-S(Se-Se) type of interatomic interactions, (ii) the effective dynamical charges of the bivalent metal ions are nearly zero, and (ⅲ) the selenide spinels are less ionic than the sulphide spinels and the ionicity decreases as MnCr2S4 FeCr2S4 CoCr2S4 > and CdCr2C4 > ZnCr2C4 > HgCr2C4 (C=S and Se). The zone-center phonon frequencies, calculated using these parameters, are found to be in very good agreement with the observed results.

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. 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.

  9. High magnetoresistance in inhomogeneous bismuth microwires

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    The present paper describes investigation of the dependence of magnetoresistance of microwires made of semimetal or semiconductor materials with high electric mobility doped with impurities introduced in the form of deposits at solidification. Till present it has been assumed that microscopic inhomogeneity in semimetals or semiconductors leads to a decrease of mobilities due to additional dispersion of charge carriers on impurities. Wolfe et al. have shown that impurities in the material with high mobility lead to an increase of mobilities due to geometric effect. In our case it is shown that presence of magnetic impurities in bismuth semimetal characterized by high mobility leads to an increase of magnetoresistance. This increase is very important for the technology of magnetic field converters and especially for application of high velocities of record of a magnetic head with a high capability of magnetic record. (authors)

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. 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 ...

  13. 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.

  14. Synthesis and Characterization of High-Purity Bismuth Nanowires via Seed-Assisted Growth Approach

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    Mu, Xin; Zhao, Wen-Yu; He, Dan-Qi; Zhou, Hong-Yu; Zhu, Wan-Ting; Zhang, Qing-Jie

    2015-06-01

    Nanowires are considered as high-performance thermoelectric materials with large Seebeck coefficients due to quantum confinement and low thermal conductivity because of enhanced boundary scattering of phonons. In this work, a seed-assisted growth method has been developed to synthesize high-purity bismuth nanowires. The bismuth seeds were first synthesized by reducing BiCl3 in the ice water with NaBH4. The high-purity bismuth nanowires about 40-50 nm in diameter and several tens of micrometers in length were then grown on bismuth seeds by reducing NaBiO3 with ethylene glycol. X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and transmission electron microscopy were employed to characterize the crystal structure, microstructure, and growth direction of the bismuth seeds and nanowires. The effects of temperature, reductant, and bismuth seeds template on the microstructures of the bismuth nanowires were also investigated. The synthesis conditions of bismuth seeds and nanowires were optimized. The selected area electron diffraction pattern confirms that the growth direction of bismuth nanowires is parallel to [] direction. It was discovered that high-purity bismuth nanowires with high aspect ratio can be synthesized by precisely controlling the temperature to adjust the nucleation rate of the bismuth nuclei, selecting the appropriate reductant to maintain a low nucleation rate, and using bismuth seeds as the template of the epitaxial growth of the bismuth nuclei.

  15. Selenide and telluride glasses for mid-infrared bio-sensing

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    Cui, Shuo; Chahal, Radwan; Shpotyuk, Yaroslav; Boussard, Catherine; Lucas, Jacques; Charpentier, Frederic; Tariel, Hugues; Loréal, Olivier; Nazabal, Virginie; Sire, Olivier; Monbet, Valérie; Yang, Zhiyong; Lucas, Pierre; Bureau, Bruno

    2014-02-01

    Fiber Evanescent Wave Spectroscopy (FEWS) is an efficient way to collect optical spectra in situ, in real time and even, hopefully, in vivo. Thanks to selenide glass fibers, it is possible to get such spectra over the whole mid-infrared range from 2 to 12 μm. This working window gives access to the fundamental vibration band of most of biological molecules. Moreover selenide glasses are stable and easy to handle, and it is possible to shape the fiber and create a tapered sensing head to drastically increase the sensitivity. Within the past decades, numerous multi-disciplinary studies have been conducted in collaboration with the City Hospital of Rennes. Clinical trials have provided very promising results in biology and medicine which have led to the creation in 2011 of the DIAFIR Company dedicated to the commercialization of fiber-based infrared biosensors. In addition, new glasses based on tellurium only have been recently developed, initially in the framework of the Darwin mission led by the European Space Agency (ESA). These glasses transmit light further into the far-infrared and could also be very useful for medical applications in the near future. Indeed, they permit to reach the vibrational bands of biomolecules laying from 12 to 16 μm where selenide glasses do not transmit light anymore. However, while Se is a very good glass former, telluride glasses tend to crystallize easily due to the metallic nature of Te bonds. Hence, further work is under way to stabilize the glass composition for fibers drawing and to lower the optical losses for improving their sensitivity as bio-sensors.

  16. Treatment of ulcerative reflux oesophagitis with colloidal bismuth subcitrate in combination with cimetidine.

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    Borkent, M V; Beker, J A

    1988-01-01

    Twenty patients took part in a controlled double blind study comparing the efficacy of colloidal bismuth and cimetidine (800 mg at night) with cimetidine alone in the treatment of ulcerative reflux oesophagitis. Colloidal bismuth 120 mg was administered through an intraoesophageal tube four times a day. Cimetidine with colloidal bismuth gives significantly (p less than 0.001) better results than cimetidine alone. Of 10 patients treated with cimetidine and bismuth, seven had no endoscopic sign...

  17. Effect of He{sup +} irradiation on the optical properties of vacuum evaporated silver indium selenide thin films

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    Santhosh Kumar, M.C., E-mail: santhoshmc@yahoo.co [Advanced Materials Laboratory, Department of Physics, National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu 620 015 (India); Pradeep, B. [Solid State Physics Laboratory, Department of Physics, Cochin University of Science and Technology, Cochin, Kerala 682 022 (India)

    2010-04-09

    We prepared polycrystalline silver indium selenide thin films by vacuum evaporation on glass substrate at a high temperature using the stoichiometric powder. The samples were subjected to the irradiation of 1.26 M eV He{sup +} ion. The effect of irradiation on the optical properties has been investigated for different fluencies of He{sup +}. The thin films were characterized by X-ray diffraction and UV-vis-NIR spectroscopy. It is observed that the band gap of silver indium selenide thin films decreases gradually from 1.17 to 0.82 eV with ion fluency.

  18. TOPO-capped silver selenide nanoparticles and their incorporation into polymer nanofibers using electrospinning technique

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    Highlights: • Ag2Se nanoparticles produced spherical particles with sizes 12 nm (180 °C) and 27 nm (200 °C). • Higher temperature produced increased particle size (∼75 nm) and changed in shape. • Ag2Se nanoparticles (0.2–0.6%) added into PVP (35–45%) to yield reduced fiber beading. • Polymer nanofibers electrospun at 11–20 kV produced fiber diameters of 425–461 nm. • Optical properties in the fibers were observed due to the Ag2Se nanoparticles loaded. - Abstract: Electrospinning is the most common technique for fabricating polymer fibers as well as nanoparticles embedded polymer fibers. Silver selenide nanoparticles were synthesized using tri-n-octylphosphine (TOP) as solvent and tri-n-octylphosphine oxide (TOPO) as capping environment. Silver selenide was prepared by reacting silver nitrate and selenium with tri-n-octylphosphine (TOP) to form TOP–Ag and TOP–Se solutions. Both absorption and emission spectra signify the formation of nanoparticles as well as the TEM which revealed spherical particles with an average particle size of 22 nm. The polymer, PVP used was prepared at concentrations ranging from (35 to 45 wt%) and the TOPO-capped silver selenide nanoparticles (0.2 and 0.6 wt%) were incorporated into them and electrospun by varying the voltage from 11 to 20 kV. The SEM images of the Ag2Se/PVP composite fibers revealed the fibers of diameters with average values of 425 and 461 nm. The X-ray diffraction results show peaks which were identified due to α-Ag2Se body centered cubic compound. The sharp peak observed for all the samples at 2θ = 44.5 suggest the presence of Ag in the face centered cubic which can be attributed to higher concentration of silver nitrate used with molar ratio of selenium to silver and the abundance of silver in the silver selenide crystal. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and ultraviolet–visible spectroscopy were used to characterize the structure of the PVP/Ag2Se

  19. TOPO-capped silver selenide nanoparticles and their incorporation into polymer nanofibers using electrospinning technique

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    More, D.S. [Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Applied and Computer Sciences, Vaal University of Technology, Private Bag X021, Vanderbijlpark 1900 (South Africa); Moloto, M.J., E-mail: makwenam@vut.ac.za [Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Applied and Computer Sciences, Vaal University of Technology, Private Bag X021, Vanderbijlpark 1900 (South Africa); Moloto, N. [School of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, University of the Witwatersrand, Private Bag 3, Johannesburg 2050 (South Africa); Matabola, K.P. [Nanotechnology Innovation Centre, Advanced Materials Division, Mintek, Private Bag X3015, Randburg 2125 South Africa (South Africa)

    2015-05-15

    Highlights: • Ag{sub 2}Se nanoparticles produced spherical particles with sizes 12 nm (180 °C) and 27 nm (200 °C). • Higher temperature produced increased particle size (∼75 nm) and changed in shape. • Ag{sub 2}Se nanoparticles (0.2–0.6%) added into PVP (35–45%) to yield reduced fiber beading. • Polymer nanofibers electrospun at 11–20 kV produced fiber diameters of 425–461 nm. • Optical properties in the fibers were observed due to the Ag{sub 2}Se nanoparticles loaded. - Abstract: Electrospinning is the most common technique for fabricating polymer fibers as well as nanoparticles embedded polymer fibers. Silver selenide nanoparticles were synthesized using tri-n-octylphosphine (TOP) as solvent and tri-n-octylphosphine oxide (TOPO) as capping environment. Silver selenide was prepared by reacting silver nitrate and selenium with tri-n-octylphosphine (TOP) to form TOP–Ag and TOP–Se solutions. Both absorption and emission spectra signify the formation of nanoparticles as well as the TEM which revealed spherical particles with an average particle size of 22 nm. The polymer, PVP used was prepared at concentrations ranging from (35 to 45 wt%) and the TOPO-capped silver selenide nanoparticles (0.2 and 0.6 wt%) were incorporated into them and electrospun by varying the voltage from 11 to 20 kV. The SEM images of the Ag{sub 2}Se/PVP composite fibers revealed the fibers of diameters with average values of 425 and 461 nm. The X-ray diffraction results show peaks which were identified due to α-Ag{sub 2}Se body centered cubic compound. The sharp peak observed for all the samples at 2θ = 44.5 suggest the presence of Ag in the face centered cubic which can be attributed to higher concentration of silver nitrate used with molar ratio of selenium to silver and the abundance of silver in the silver selenide crystal. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and ultraviolet–visible spectroscopy were used to characterize the

  20. Analysis on the Performance of Copper Indium Gallium Selenide (CIGS) Based Photovoltaic Thermal

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    Zulkepli Afzam; Yong Lim Wei; Taib Mohd Yusof; Azran Zafri; Basrawi Firdaus

    2016-01-01

    This paper deals with the efficiency improvement of Copper Indium Gallium Selenide (CIGS) Photovoltaic (PV) and also solar thermal collector. Photovoltaic thermal (PV/T) can improve overall efficiency for PV and also solve the problem of limited roof space at urban area. Objective of this study is to clarify the effect of mass flow rate on the efficiency of the PV/T system. A CIGS solar cell is used with rated output power 65 W and 1.18 m2 of area. 4 set of experiments were carried out, which...

  1. Enhanced performance of hybrid solar cells using longer arms of quantum cadmium selenide tetrapods

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    Lee, Kyu-Sung

    2011-12-01

    We demonstrate that enhanced device performance of hybrid solar cells based on tetrapod (TP)-shaped cadmium selenide (CdSe) nanoparticles and conjugated polymer of poly (3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) can be obtained by using longer armed tetrapods which aids in better spatial connectivity, thus decreasing charge hopping events which lead to better charge transport. Longer tetrapods with 10 nm arm length lead to improved power conversion efficiency of 1.12% compared to 0.80% of device having 5 nm short-armed tetrapods:P3HT photoactive blends.

  2. Polarity and structure peculiarities of trialkylphosphine oxides, sulfides, selenides and tellurides

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    Using the quantum-chemical calculations structural characteristics of trialkylphosphine oxides, sulfates, selenides and tellurides (Alk3P=X; X O, S, Se, Te) are obtained, which are in good agreement with literature X-ray structural analysis and gas-phase electron diffraction data. The P=X bonds polarity is determined in the framework of vector-additive scheme on the base of experimental data on components dipole moments and using different base series of molecules geometry parameters. It is shown that increasing of bond moment P=X in the X = O, S, Se, Te series takes place through dipole length increasing

  3. Structural, optical and electrical properties of chemically deposited copper selenide films

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    R H Bari; V Ganesan; S Potadar; L A Patil

    2009-02-01

    Stoichiometric and nonstoichiometric thin films of copper selenide have been prepared by chemical bath deposition technique at temperature below 60°C on glass substrate. The effect of nonstoichiometry on the optical, electrical and structural properties of the film was studied. The bandgap energy was observed to increase with the increase in at % of copper in composition. The grain size was also observed to increase with the decrease of at % of copper in composition. The films were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDS), absorption spectroscopy, and AFM. The results are discussed and interpreted.

  4. Solution-Liquid-Solid Synthesis of Hexagonal Nickel Selenide Nanowire Arrays with a Nonmetal Catalyst.

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    Xu, Kun; Ding, Hui; Jia, Kaicheng; Lu, Xiuli; Chen, Pengzuo; Zhou, Tianpei; Cheng, Han; Liu, Si; Wu, Changzheng; Xie, Yi

    2016-01-26

    Inorganic nanowire arrays hold great promise for next-generation energy storage and conversion devices. Understanding the growth mechanism of nanowire arrays is of considerable interest for expanding the range of applications. Herein, we report the solution-liquid-solid (SLS) synthesis of hexagonal nickel selenide nanowires by using a nonmetal molecular crystal (selenium) as catalyst, which successfully brings SLS into the realm of conventional low-temperature solution synthesis. As a proof-of-concept application, the NiSe nanowire array was used as a catalyst for electrochemical water oxidation. This approach offers a new possibility to design arrays of inorganic nanowires. PMID:26695560

  5. Electrical properties of silver selenide thin films prepared by reactive evaporation

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    M C Santhosh Kumar; B Pradeep

    2002-10-01

    The electrical properties of silver selenide thin films prepared by reactive evaporation have been studied. Samples show a polymorphic phase transition at a temperature of 403 ± 2 K. Hall effect study shows that it has a mobility of 2000 cm2V–1s–1 and carrier concentration of 1018 cm–3 at room temperature. The carriers are of -type. X-ray diffraction study indicates that the as-prepared films are polycrystalline in nature. The lattice parameters were found to be = 4.353 Å, = 6.929 Å and = 7.805 Å.

  6. Ultrasonication of Bismuth Telluride Nanocrystals Fabricated by Solvothermal Method

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    Chu, Sang-Hyon; Choi, Sang H.; Kim, Jae-Woo; King, Glen C.; Elliott, James R.

    2006-01-01

    The objective of this study is to evaluate the effect of ultrasonication on bismuth telluride nanocrystals prepared by solvothermal method. In this study, a low dimensional nanocrystal of bismuth telluride (Bi2Te3) was synthesized by a solvothermal process in an autoclave at 180 C and 200 psi. During the solvothermal reaction, organic surfactants effectively prevented unwanted aggregation of nanocrystals in a selected solvent while controlling the shape of the nanocrystal. The atomic ratio of bismuth and tellurium was determined by energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS). The cavitational energy created by the ultrasonic probe was varied by the ultrasonication process time, while power amplitude remained constant. The nanocrystal size and its size distribution were measured by field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) and a dynamic light scattering system. When the ultrasonication time increased, the average size of bismuth telluride nanocrystal gradually increased due to the direct collision of nanocrystals. The polydispersity of the nanocrystals showed a minimum when the ultrasonication was applied for 5 min. Keywords: bismuth telluride, nanocrystal, low-dimensional, ultrasonication, solvothermal

  7. Laser Spectroscopy of Neutron Rich Bismuth Isotopes

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    2002-01-01

    %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...

  8. Ultrasound in lead-bismuth eutectic

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    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)

  9. Use of Russian technology of ship reactors with lead-bismuth coolant in nuclear power

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    The experience of using lead-bismuth coolant in Russian nuclear submarine reactors has been presented. The fundamental statements of the concept of using the reactors cooled by lead-bismuth alloy in nuclear power have been substantiated. The results of developments for using lead bismuth coolant in nuclear power have been presented. (author)

  10. 40 CFR 471.10 - Applicability; description of the lead-tin-bismuth forming subcategory.

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    2010-07-01

    ...-tin-bismuth forming subcategory. 471.10 Section 471.10 Protection of Environment ENVIRONMENTAL... POINT SOURCE CATEGORY Lead-Tin-Bismuth Forming Subcategory § 471.10 Applicability; description of the lead-tin-bismuth forming subcategory. This subpart applies to discharges of pollutants to waters of...

  11. Prognostic Value of Bismuth Typing and Modified T-stage in Hilar Cholangiocarcinoma

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    2015-01-01

    Conclusion: The majority of our patients with HCC were characterized as Subtype IV in Bismuth typing and Stage T3 in modified T-stage. Both Bismuth typing and modified T-stage showed prognostic value in HCC. Compared with Bismuth typing, modified T-stage is a better indicator of the resectability of HCC.

  12. 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.

  13. 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

  14. 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.

  15. Characterization of bismuth nanospheres deposited by plasma focus device

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    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

  16. Mixed-phase bismuth ferrite nanoflake electrodes for supercapacitor application

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    Jadhav, Vijaykumar V.; Zate, Manohar K.; Liu, Shude; Naushad, Mu.; Mane, Rajaram S.; Hui, K. N.; Han, Sung-Hwan

    2016-04-01

    Nanoflake bismuth ferrite thin film was synthesized by means of electrodeposition technique at room temperature. The morphology and phase evaluation of the synthesized electrode were analyzed using scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, and surface wettability techniques. Specifically, the bismuth ferrite nanoflake electrode exhibited high specific capacitance of 72.2 F g-1 at a current density of 1 A g-1, and high rate capability with 37 % retention of capacitance even up to 20A g-1, and excellent cycling stability with 82.8 % retention of the initial capacitance after 1500 charge/discharge cycles, supporting that the bismuth ferrite thin-film electrode could be a potential candidate for supercapacitor application.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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

  20. Compatibility of Pt-3008 with selected components of the selenide isotope generator system

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    The first in a new generation of radioisotopic thermoelectric generators being built by Teledyne Energy Systems and designated the Selenide Isotope Generator has thermoelectric materials that can be degraded by reaction with O2, H2O, CO, and other gases. Consequently, for at least the first ground demonstration system a protective xenon atmosphere will be maintained over the thermoelectrics. The high-temperature portion of the atmosphere-retaining structure will be fabricated from the alloy Pt-3008 (Pt--30 wt % Rh--8 wt % W), which was developed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. For this application Pt-3008 must be compatible with the various insulations and thermoelectric materials. A study of the compatibility of Pt-3008 with these materials and showed that Pt-3008 was embrittled after exposure to some of the insulations that were not adequately outgassed and by one of the thermoelectric materials (Cu2Se) in some of the isothermal tests. It is believed that Pt-3008 will be compatible with the Selenide Isotope Generator materials when they are well outgassed and under the temperature gradient conditions of the operating system

  1. Asymmetric supercapacitors with metal-like ternary selenides and porous graphene electrodes

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    Xia, Chuan

    2016-04-14

    Asymmetric supercapacitors provide a promising approach to fabricate capacitive energy storage devices with high energy and power densities. In this work, asymmetric supercapacitors with excellent performance have been fabricated using ternary (Ni, Co)0.85Se on carbon fabric as bind-free positive electrode and porous free-standing graphene films as negative electrode. Owing to their metal-like conductivity (~1.67×106 S m−1), significant electrochemical activity, and superhydrophilic nature, our nanostructured ternary nickel cobalt selenides result in a much higher areal capacitance (2.33 F cm−2 at 4 mA cm−2), better rate performance and cycling stability than their binary selenide equivalents, and other ternary oxides and chalcogenides. Those hybrid supercapacitors can afford impressive areal capacitance and stack capacitance of 529.3 mF cm−2 and 6330 mF cm−3 at 1 mA cm−2, respectively. More impressively, our optimized asymmetric device operating at 1.8 V delivers a very high stack energy density of 2.85 mWh cm−3 at a stack power density of 10.76 mW cm−3, as well as 85% capacitance retention after 10,000 continuous charge-discharge cycles. Even at a high stack power density of 1173 mW cm−3, this device still deliveries a stack energy density of 1.19 mWh cm−3, superior to most of the reported supercapacitors.

  2. Photoluminescence of Nitrogen-Doped Zinc Selenide by Photo-Assisted Mocvd.

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    Gillespie, Paul Matthew

    Zinc selenide is a wide band-gap (2.67 eV) II -VI compound semiconductor with potential use as a blue electro-optic device material. Problems with obtaining suitable p-type conductivity have limited device development. Zinc selenide epitaxial films, doped with nitrogen from NH _3, have been grown on gallium arsenide substrates by laser-assisted metal organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD). The effect of nitrogen doping was investigated with and without direct surface irradiation incident on the surface from a broad-band light source. Low temperature (8 K) photoluminescence spectroscopy has confirmed the incorporation of nitrogen as a shallow acceptor by the presence of acceptor-bound-excitons and associated donor -acceptor-pair recombination emissions. The MOCVD growth parameters have been optimized based on the presence of characteristic features in the photoluminescence spectra. Growth rate mechanisms have been proposed for both laser-assisted MOCVD and direct-irradiation MOCVD. Simultaneous interaction of the two photo-assisted techniques show that direct irradiation of the surface does not enhance the growth rate under the laser-assisted condition. This confirms that direct surface irradiation growth mechanisms involve the interaction of photo-generated carriers with alkyl groups from the precursors.

  3. Transparent metal selenide alloy counter electrodes for high-efficiency bifacial dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Duan, Yanyan; Tang, Qunwei; Liu, Juan; He, Benlin; Yu, Liangmin

    2014-12-22

    The exploration of cost-effective and transparent counter electrodes (CEs) is a persistent objective in the development of bifacial dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). Transparent counter electrodes based on binary-alloy metal selenides (M-Se; M=Co, Ni, Cu, Fe, Ru) are now obtained by a mild, solution-based method and employed in efficient bifacial DSSCs. Owing to superior charge-transfer ability for the I(-) /I3 (-) redox couple, electrocatalytic activity toward I3 (-) reduction, and optical transparency, the bifacial DSSCs with CEs consisting of a metal selenide alloy yield front and rear efficiencies of 8.30 % and 4.63 % for Co0.85 Se, 7.85 % and 4.37 % for Ni0.85 Se, 6.43 % and 4.24 % for Cu0.50 Se, 7.64 % and 5.05 % for FeSe, and 9.22 % and 5.90 % for Ru0.33 Se in comparison with 6.18 % and 3.56 % for a cell with an electrode based on pristine platinum, respectively. Moreover, fast activity onset, high multiple start/stop capability, and relatively good stability demonstrate that these new electrodes should find applications in solar panels. PMID:25358619

  4. From zinc selenate to zinc selenide nano structures synthesized by reduction process

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    One-dimensional nano structure materials are very attractive because of their electronic and optical properties depending on their size. It is well known that properties of material can be tuned by reducing size to nano scale because at the small sizes, that they behave differently with its bulk materials and the band gap will control by the size. The tunability of the band gap makes nano structured materials useful for many applications. As one of the wide band gaps semiconductor compounds, zinc selenide (ZnSe) nano structures (nanoparticles, nano wires, nano rods) have received much attention for the application in optoelectronic devices, such as blue laser diode, light emitting diodes, solar cells and IR optical windows. In this study, ZnSe nano structures have been synthesized by reduction process of zinc selenate using hydrazine hydrate (N2H4.2H2O). The reductive agent of hydrazine hydrate was added to the starting materials of zinc selenate were heat treated at 500 degree Celsius for 1 hour under argon flow to form one-dimensional nano structures. The SEM and TEM images show the formation of nano composite-like structure, which some small nano bar and nano pellets stick to the rod. The x-ray diffraction and elemental composition analysis confirm the formation of mixture zinc oxide and zinc selenide phases. (author)

  5. Tin-silver-bismuth solders for electronics assembly

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    Vianco, Paul T.; Rejent, Jerome A.

    1995-01-01

    A lead-free solder alloy for electronic assemblies composed of a eutectic alloy of tin and silver with a bismuth addition, x, of 0tin effective to depress the melting point of the tin-silver composition to a desired level. Melting point ranges from about 218.degree. C. down to about 205.degree. C. depending an the amount of bismuth added to the eutectic tin-silver alloy as determined by DSC analysis, 10.degree. C./min. A preferred alloy composition is 91.84Sn-3.33Ag-4.83Bi (weight percent based on total alloy weight).

  6. 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...

  7. 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.

  8. Bismuth onion thin film in situ grown on silicon wafer synthesized through a hydrothermal approach

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    Bismuth onion structured nanospheres with the same structure as carbon onions have been synthesized and observed. The nanospheres were synthesized through a hydrothermal method using bismuth hydroxide and silicon wafer as reactants. By controlling the heating temperature, heating time, and the pressure, nanoscale bismuth spheres can be in situ synthesized on silicon wafer, and forms a bismuth onion film on the substrate. The electronic property of the films was investigated. A formation mechanism of the formation of bismuth onions and the onion film has been proposed on the basis of experimental observations.

  9. Bismuth centred magnetic perovskite: A projected multiferroic

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    In recent time substantial attention has been initiated to understand the physics behind multiferroism and to design new multiferroic materials. BiMnO3 and BiFeO3 are the well-studied Bi-centred multiferroic oxides. BiMnO3 is a ferromagnetic–ferroelectric (metastable) phase and require drastic conditions to synthesize. However, lanthanum substituted BiMnO3 phases stabilized at ambient pressure. It is thus of major importance to increase the number of ferromagnetic perovskites with Bi cations that could be designed under ambient conditions. In this article, we have presented an up to date report of investigations on Bi-centred magnetic perovskites, a prospective material for multiferroic application. Central focus is concentrated on La0.5Bi0.5MnO3 perovskite with various substitutions at different levels. A few of these perovskites are found to be of practical importance e.g. La0.5Bi0.5Mn0.67Co0.33O3 with high dielectric permittivity coupled with ferromagnetism. A comprehensive analysis of different physical functionalities and their interrelation for a wide range of compositions of these Bi-centred perovskites is presented. It has been found that the complex magnetic behaviour originates from mixed valence metal ions. The ferroelectricity is associated with the 6s2 lone pair of Bi3+ cations. The magnetic ground state influences the dielectric properties reflecting the multiferroism in a single material. - Highlights: • Multiferroics have attracted increasing attention due to their possible device applications. • Bismuth centred magnetic perovskite is one kind of such promising multiferroic materials. • Ferromagnetic Bi-perovskites, which are synthesized at ambient conditions, have been discussed

  10. Methylselenol formed by spontaneous methylation of selenide is a superior selenium substrate to the thioredoxin and glutaredoxin systems.

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    Aristi P Fernandes

    Full Text Available Naturally occurring selenium compounds like selenite and selenodiglutathione are metabolized to selenide in plants and animals. This highly reactive form of selenium can undergo methylation and form monomethylated and multimethylated species. These redox active selenium metabolites are of particular biological and pharmacological interest since they are potent inducers of apoptosis in cancer cells. The mammalian thioredoxin and glutaredoxin systems efficiently reduce selenite and selenodiglutathione to selenide. The reactions are non-stoichiometric aerobically due to redox cycling of selenide with oxygen and thiols. Using LDI-MS, we identified that the addition of S-adenosylmethionine (SAM to the reactions formed methylselenol. This metabolite was a superior substrate to both the thioredoxin and glutaredoxin systems increasing the velocities of the nonstoichiometric redox cycles three-fold. In vitro cell experiments demonstrated that the presence of SAM increased the cytotoxicity of selenite and selenodiglutathione, which could neither be explained by altered selenium uptake nor impaired extra-cellular redox environment, previously shown to be highly important to selenite uptake and cytotoxicity. Our data suggest that selenide and SAM react spontaneously forming methylselenol, a highly nucleophilic and cytotoxic agent, with important physiological and pharmacological implications for the highly interesting anticancer effects of selenium.

  11. Formation of Cadmium Selenide Containing Layers on the Polyamide Film Surface by the Use of Potassium Selenotrithionate

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    Neringa PETRASAUSKIENE

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available The layers containing cadmium selenide, CdxSe, were formed on the surface of semi hydrophilic polymer – polyamide 6 (PA for the first time by sorption-diffusion method using acidified solution of potassium selenotrithionate, K2SeS2O6, as a precursor of selenium. The concentration of sorbed selenium increases with the increase of the duration of PA treatment in K2SeS2O6 solution. The cadmium selenide containing layers form on the surface of PA after the treatment of seleniumized polymer with cadmium acetate, Cd(CH3COO2·2H2O, solution: the anions SeS2O62– containing selenium atoms of low oxidation state react with the cadmium(II ions. The conditions of a polymer initial seleniumization and of seleniumized PA treatment with cadmium acetate solution determine the concentration of cadmium and the composition of chalcogenide layer. The concentration of cadmium in the chalcogenide layer increases with the increase of initial chalcogenization duration only up to about 2 h and the temperature of selenotrithionate solution. XRD confirmed the formation of cadmium selenide containing layers on the surface of PA. The results of XPS and XRD patterns study of not earlier studied CdSe containing layers on PA showed their phase composition of two cadmium selenide phases – zinc blende (cubic CdSe, wurtzite (hexagonal CdSe, cadmium(II oxide, CdO, and cadmium(II hydroxide, Cd(OH2. Accordingly data of XRD and XPS analysis the composition of CdSe containing layers depends on the conditions of these layers formation. The data determined enable formation of the layers containing cadmium selenide on the surface of PA by the sorption-diffusion method using the solution of potassium selenotrithionate as a precursor of selenium.

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

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    Babicheva, Viktoriia; Zhukovsky, Sergei; Lavrinenko, Andrei

    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 ...

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

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    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.)

  14. 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).

  15. 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...

  16. Synthesis and structural characterization of Ce-doped bismuth titanate

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    Ce-modified bismuth titanate nanopowders Bi4-xCexTi3O12 (x ≤ 1) have been synthesized using a coprecipitation method. DTA/TG, FTIR, XRD, SEM/EDS and BET methods were used in order to investigate the effect of Ce-substitution on the structure, morphology and sinterability of the obtained powders. The phase structure investigation revealed that after calcinations at 600 deg. C powder without Ce addition exhibited pure bismuth titanate phase; however, powders with Ce (x = 0.25, 0.5 and 0.75) had bismuth titanate pyrochlore phase as the second phase. The strongest effect of Ce addition on the structure was noted for the powder with the highest amount of Ce (x = 1) having a cubic pyrochlore structure. The presence of pure pyrochlore phase was explained by its stabilization due to the incorporation of cerium ions in titanate structure. Ce-modified bismuth titanate ceramic had a density over 95% of theoretical density and the fracture in transgranular manner most probably due to preferable distribution of Ce in boundary region

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. 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.)

  20. 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...

  1. Surface depletion in the vacuum distillation of metals from bismuth

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    Surface depletion was investigated in laboratory- and plant-scale distillation units with mixing by natural convection or by mechanical surface agitation. A model was developed for predicting the degree of surface depletion during the distillation of metals from bismuth as a function of temperature, still pot dimensions, and degree of agitation. This paper discusses those findings

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Colloidally stable selenium@copper selenide core@shell nanoparticles as selenium source for manufacturing of copper-indium-selenide solar cells.

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    Dong, Hailong; Quintilla, Aina; Cemernjak, Marco; Popescu, Radian; Gerthsen, Dagmar; Ahlswede, Erik; Feldmann, Claus

    2014-02-01

    Selenium nanoparticles with diameters of 100-400nm are prepared via hydrazine-driven reduction of selenious acid. The as-prepared amorphous, red selenium (a-Se) particles were neither a stable phase nor were they colloidally stable. Due to phase transition to crystalline (trigonal), grey selenium (t-Se) at or even below room temperature, the particles merged rapidly and recrystallized as micronsized crystal needles. As a consequence, such Se particles were not suited for layer deposition and as a precursor to manufacture thin-film CIS (copper indium selenide/CuInSe2) solar cells. To overcome this restriction, Se@CuSe core@shell particles are presented here. For these Se@CuSe core@shell nanoparticles, the phase transition a-Se→t-Se is shifted to temperatures higher than 100°C. Moreover, a spherical shape of the particles is retained even after phase transition. Composition and structure of the Se@CuSe core@shell nanostructure are evidenced by electron microscopy (SEM/STEM), DLS, XRD, FT-IR and line-scan EDXS. As a conceptual study, the newly formed Se@CuSe core@shell nanostructures with CuSe acting as a protecting layer to increase the phase-transition temperature and to improve the colloidal stability were used as a selenium precursor for manufacturing of thin-film CIS solar cells and already lead to conversion efficiencies up to 3%. PMID:24267336

  7. 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

  8. Reduction of Diaryldiselenides by System of Cp2TiCl2/ BuiMgBr/ THF and Its Application in Synthesis of Unsymmetrical Diaryl Selenides

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    2000-01-01

    Reduction of diaryldiselenides by the system of Cp2TiCl2/BuiMgBr/THF gave the nucleophilic arylselenium complex. They reacted with diaryl iodonium salts to afford unsymmetrical diaryl selenides in high yields.

  9. Kinetics of growth and crystal structure of cadmium selenide films during vacuum condensation

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    The growth and crystal structure of cadmium selenide films on mica are studied by electron-microscopic and electron-diffraction methods. The film condensation was carried out in wide temperature ranges of sublayers and densities of falling molecular flows. It is found that to describe the film nucleation processes in the first approximation the atomistic Wolton-Rodin method may be applied. Calculated is a number of atoms in the critical nucleus and energy nucleation parameters: activation energies of nucleation energies of adsorption and surface diffusion. It is shown that the crystal structure of thick films may be determined by the correlation of areas occupied by each type of particles up to the coalescence moment, and by the kinetics of autoepitaxial growth (depending on the mica type)

  10. A Rapid and Cost-Effective Laser Based Synthesis of High Purity Cadmium Selenide Quantum Dots.

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    Gondall, M A; Qahtan, Talal F; Dastageer, M A; Yamani, Z H; Anjum, D H

    2016-01-01

    A rapid and cost effective method is developed to synthesize high purity cadmium Selenide (CdSe) quantum dots in acetone medium using second harmonic of Nd:YAG nanosecond pulsed laser of 532 nm wavelength. The thermal agglomeration due the nanosecond pulse duration of the laser was successfully eliminated by using unfocussed laser beam and thereby providing a favorable conditions for the synthesis of quantum dots having the grain size of 3 nm. The morphological and optical characterizations like XRD, HRTEM, optical absorption of the synthesized CdSe quantum dots, reveal that the material possesses the similar characteristics of the one synthesized through cumbersome wet chemical methods. Relative to the CdSe bulk material, the synthesized CdSe quantum dots showed a blue shift in the measured band gap energy from near infrared spectral region to visible region, making this material very attractive for many solar energy harvesting applications like photo-catalysis and solar cells. PMID:27398538

  11. Photo-induced cooperative covalent-bond switching in amorphous arsenic selenide

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    Shpotyuk, O [Lviv Scientific Research Institute of Materials of SRC ' Carat' , 202, Stryjska str., Lviv, UA-290031 (Ukraine); Balitska, V [Lviv Scientific Research Institute of Materials of SRC ' Carat' , 202, Stryjska str., Lviv, UA-290031 (Ukraine); Filipecki, J [Institute of Physics of Jan Dlugosz University, 13/15, Al. Armii Krajowej, Czestochowa, PL-42201 (Poland)

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    A microstructural mechanism of photoinduced transformations in amorphous arsenic selenide films was studied with IR Fourier-spectroscopy technique in 300-100 cm{sup -1} region. It was shown that stage of irreversible photostructural changes was connected with cooperative process of coordination defect formation accompanied by homopolar chemical bonds switching in heteropolar ones. On the contrary, reversible photoinduced effects were caused by heteropolar chemical bonds switching in homopolar ones, as well as additional channel of bridge heteropolar bonds switching in short-layer ones. The both processes were associated with formation of anomalously coordinated defect pairs and accompanying atomic displacements at the level of medium-range ordering. The developed mathematical simulation procedure testified in a favour of defect-related origin of the reversible photo-thermallyinduced transformations, since their kinetics corresponded to known stretched-exponential dependence, tending to bimolecular behaviour rather then to single-exponential one.

  12. Radiation-induced physical ageing in network arsenic-sulfide/selenide glasses

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    Shpotyuk, M; Golovchak, R; Kozdras, A; Shpotyuk, O, E-mail: shpotyuk@novas.lviv.ua

    2010-11-15

    Effect of radiation-induced physical ageing is investigated by differential scanning calorimetry method in As{sub x}Se{sub 100-x} (10 {<=} x {<=} 42) and As{sub x}S{sub 100-x} (30 {<=} x {<=} 42) glasses. Obtained results are compared with conventional physical ageing at normal conditions. Significant radiation-induced physical ageing is recorded for glassy As{sub x}S{sub 100-x} within 30 {<=} x < 40 range, while As{sub x}Se{sub 100-x} glasses from the same compositional interval do not show any measurable changes in DSC curves after {gamma}-irradiation. Observed difference in radiation-induced physical ageing in arsenic-sulfide/selenide glasses is explained by a greater lifetime of {gamma}-induced excitations within sulfur-based network in comparison with selenium-based one.

  13. Radiation-induced physical ageing in network arsenic-sulfide/selenide glasses

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    Effect of radiation-induced physical ageing is investigated by differential scanning calorimetry method in AsxSe100-x (10 ≤ x ≤ 42) and AsxS100-x (30 ≤ x ≤ 42) glasses. Obtained results are compared with conventional physical ageing at normal conditions. Significant radiation-induced physical ageing is recorded for glassy AsxS100-x within 30 ≤ x xSe100-x glasses from the same compositional interval do not show any measurable changes in DSC curves after γ-irradiation. Observed difference in radiation-induced physical ageing in arsenic-sulfide/selenide glasses is explained by a greater lifetime of γ-induced excitations within sulfur-based network in comparison with selenium-based one.

  14. Searching for new thermoelectric materials: some examples among oxides, sulfides and selenides

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    Different families of thermoelectric materials have been investigated since the discovery of thermoelectric effects in the mid-19th century, materials mostly belonging to the family of degenerate semi-conductors. In the last 20 years, new thermoelectric materials have been investigated following different theoretical proposals, showing that nanostructuration, electronic correlations and complex crystallographic structures (low dimensional structures, large number of atoms per lattice, presence of ‘rattlers’…) could enhance the thermoelectric properties by enhancing the Seebeck coefficient and/or reducing the thermal conductivity. In this review, the different strategies used to optimize the thermoelectric properties of oxides and chalcogenides will be presented, starting with a review on thermoelectric oxides. The thermoelectric properties of sulfides and selenides will then be discussed, focusing on layered materials and low dimensional structures (TiS2 and pseudo-hollandites). Some sulfides with promising ZT values will also be presented (tetrahedrites and chalcopyrites). (topical review)

  15. Effect of cadmium selenide quantum dots on the dielectric and physical parameters of ferroelectric liquid crystal

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    The effect of cadmium selenide quantum dots (CdSe QDs) on the dielectric relaxation and material constants of a ferroelectric liquid crystal (FLC) has been investigated. Along with the characteristic Goldstone mode, a new relaxation mode has been induced in the FLC material due to the presence of CdSe QDs. This new relaxation mode is strongly dependent on the concentration of CdSe QDs but is found to be independent of the external bias voltage and temperature. The material constants have also been modified remarkably due to the presence of CdSe QDs. The appearance of this new relaxation phenomenon has been attributed to the concentration dependent interaction between CdSe QDs and FLC molecules.

  16. Synthesis and characterization of lead selenide nanocrystal quantum dots and wires.

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    Seo, Weonsik; Yun, Ju-Hyung; Park, Yun Chang; Han, Chang-Soo; Lee, Jihye; Jeong, Sohee

    2011-05-01

    Lead chalcogenide nanocrystalline materials offer possibilities of improving the efficiency of various optoelectric/thermoelectric applications, especially in solar cells, by generating more carriers with incoming photons, or by extending the bandgap toward the infra-red region. In this work, we suggest the synthetic approach of creating extended PbSe structures which shows better performances when incorporated into an electric device. Firstly, we synthesized monodisperse cubic-structured single-crystalline lead selenide nanocrystal quantum dots using lead acetate and oleic acid in non-coordinating solvent without additional surfactants. Also, single-crystal cubic PbSe nanowires were synthesized in a mixture of surfactants such as trioctylphosphine and phenyl ether. Morphologies of wires and dots were precisely controlled via reaction temperature and the surface ligands. Phenyl ether was found to facilitate the oriented attachment. Further, current-voltage characteristics of drop-casted 2D arrays of nanocrystalline materials were examined. PMID:21780455

  17. Searching for new thermoelectric materials: some examples among oxides, sulfides and selenides

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    Hébert, S.; Berthebaud, D.; Daou, R.; Bréard, Y.; Pelloquin, D.; Guilmeau, E.; Gascoin, F.; Lebedev, O.; Maignan, A.

    2016-01-01

    Different families of thermoelectric materials have been investigated since the discovery of thermoelectric effects in the mid-19th century, materials mostly belonging to the family of degenerate semi-conductors. In the last 20 years, new thermoelectric materials have been investigated following different theoretical proposals, showing that nanostructuration, electronic correlations and complex crystallographic structures (low dimensional structures, large number of atoms per lattice, presence of ‘rattlers’…) could enhance the thermoelectric properties by enhancing the Seebeck coefficient and/or reducing the thermal conductivity. In this review, the different strategies used to optimize the thermoelectric properties of oxides and chalcogenides will be presented, starting with a review on thermoelectric oxides. The thermoelectric properties of sulfides and selenides will then be discussed, focusing on layered materials and low dimensional structures (TiS2 and pseudo-hollandites). Some sulfides with promising ZT values will also be presented (tetrahedrites and chalcopyrites).

  18. Structural, morphological and optical properties of nanocrystalline cadmium selenide thin films

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    Khomane, A.S., E-mail: ashok_khomane@rediffmail.co [Department of Chemistry, Government Rajaram College, S.U. Road, Vidyanagar, Kolhapur 416004, Maharashtra (India)

    2010-09-17

    Research highlights: {yields} CdSe thin films deposited first time by using malic acid as a complexing agent. {yields} The film samples were characterized by XRD, SEM, UV-vis-NIR spectroscopy and TEP techniques. {yields} Nanocrystalline CdSe film can be synthesized at room temperature. - Abstract: Nanocrystalline cadmium selenide thin films have been deposited on non-conducting glass substrates. The film samples were characterized by XRD, SEM, UV-vis-NIR reflection/absorption spectroscopy and TEP techniques. The annealed film samples showed a crystalline nature with a cubic crystal structure. The optical analysis showed direct band to band type of transition. The band gap of film sample was found to be in the order of 1.7 eV. The electrical conductivity of the film sample was found to be in the order of 10{sup -6} ({Omega} cm){sup -1}. TEP measurements show n-type of conductivity.

  19. Surface structure and optical property of amorphous carbon nanotubes hybridized with cadmium selenide quantum dots

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    Tan, Kim Han, E-mail: kimhan8419@gmail.com; Johan, Mohd Rafie [University of Malaya, Nanomaterials Engineering Research Group, Advanced Materials Research Laboratory, Department of Mechanical Engineering (Malaysia)

    2013-09-15

    Amorphous carbon nanotubes ({alpha}-CNTs) were synthesized by a chemical reaction between ferrocene and ammonium chloride at low temperature. The as-synthesized {alpha}-CNTs were then hybridized with cadmium selenide quantum dots (CdSe QDs) through a simple chemical process. Raman spectra reveal the amorphous nature of the {alpha}-CNTs surface. X-ray diffraction pattern confirmed the amorphous phase of carbon and the formation of CdSe QDs crystalline phase. Field emission scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy (TEM and HRTEM) indicate that the successfully formed hybridized {alpha}-CNTs-CdSe QDs possess an average outer diameter in the range of 110-130 nm. The CdSe QDs fall in the size range of 15-40 nm. UV-visible spectroscopy showed quantum confinement effect due to the attachment of CdSe QDs on the surface of {alpha}-CNTs.

  20. Bifacial quantum dot-sensitized solar cells with transparent cobalt selenide counter electrodes

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    Ma, Chunqing; Tang, Qunwei; Zhao, Zhiyuan; Hou, Mengjin; Chen, Yuran; He, Benlin; Yu, Liangmin

    2015-03-01

    Elevation of power conversion efficiency and reduction of electricity-generation cost have been two persistent objectives for quantum dot-sensitized solar cells (QDSSCs). Here we report a bifacial QDSSC structure having impressive power conversion efficiencies of 2.11% and 1.28% for front and rear irradiations, respectively. The device comprises a CdS-sensitized TiO2 anode, a transparent cobalt selenide (Co-Se) counter electrode (CE), and a liquid electrolyte containing S2-/Sn2- redox couples. Due to high optical transparency of the binary Co-Se alloy CE, incident light can penetrate the QDSSC from either front or rear side for electron excitation. A fast start-up and modest photocurrent stability are determined in the bifacial QDSSCs due to the high electron transfer kinetics in CdS-sensitized TiO2 photoanode and electrocatalytic kinetics in Co-Se CE.

  1. The role of isomorphous substitutions in natural selenides belonging to the pyrite group

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    Bindi, Luca [Museo di Storia Naturale, sez. di Mineralogia e Litologia, Universita degli Studi di Firenze, via La Pira 4, I-50121 Firenze (Italy)], E-mail: luca.bindi@unifi.it; Cipriani, Curzio [Museo di Storia Naturale, sez. di Mineralogia e Litologia, Universita degli Studi di Firenze, via La Pira 4, I-50121 Firenze (Italy); Pratesi, Giovanni [Museo di Storia Naturale, sez. di Mineralogia e Litologia, Universita degli Studi di Firenze, via La Pira 4, I-50121 Firenze (Italy); Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra, Universita degli Studi di Firenze, via La Pira 4, I-50121 Firenze (Italy); Trosti-Ferroni, Renza [Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra, Universita degli Studi di Firenze, via La Pira 4, I-50121 Firenze (Italy)

    2008-07-14

    The present paper reports chemical and structural data of selenide minerals belonging to the pyrite group. Eighteen samples of minerals in this group with variable chemical composition (7 samples of penroseite, NiSe{sub 2}; 10 samples of krutaite, CuSe{sub 2}; 1 sample of trogtalite, CoSe{sub 2}) were studied by means of X-ray single-crystal diffraction and electron microprobe. On the basis of information gained from the chemical characterization, we can conclude that a complete solid solution between NiSe{sub 2} and CuSe{sub 2} exists in nature with the absence of pure end-members. Although verified only for the Ni-rich members, we also infer a solid solution between NiSe{sub 2} and CoSe{sub 2}. The unit-cell parameters were modeled using a multiple regression method as a function of the Co, Ni, and Cu contents.

  2. Photo-induced cooperative covalent-bond switching in amorphous arsenic selenide

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    A microstructural mechanism of photoinduced transformations in amorphous arsenic selenide films was studied with IR Fourier-spectroscopy technique in 300-100 cm-1 region. It was shown that stage of irreversible photostructural changes was connected with cooperative process of coordination defect formation accompanied by homopolar chemical bonds switching in heteropolar ones. On the contrary, reversible photoinduced effects were caused by heteropolar chemical bonds switching in homopolar ones, as well as additional channel of bridge heteropolar bonds switching in short-layer ones. The both processes were associated with formation of anomalously coordinated defect pairs and accompanying atomic displacements at the level of medium-range ordering. The developed mathematical simulation procedure testified in a favour of defect-related origin of the reversible photo-thermallyinduced transformations, since their kinetics corresponded to known stretched-exponential dependence, tending to bimolecular behaviour rather then to single-exponential one

  3. Effect of capping agents on optical and antibacterial properties of cadmium selenide quantum dots

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    Deepika; Rakesh Dhar; Suman Singh; Atul Kumar

    2015-09-01

    Cadmium selenide quantum dots (CdSe QDs) were synthesized in aqueous phase by the freezing temperature injection technique using different capping agents (viz. thioglycolic acid, 1-thioglycerol, L-cysteine). Absorption spectra of CdSe QDs exhibited a blue shift as compared to its bulk counterpart, which is an indication of quantum confinement effect. The photoluminescence spectra of CdSe QDs confirmed that the particles are poly-dispersed and possess enhanced luminescent property, depending upon the chemical nature of capping agents. The QDs have been characterized by Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy, atomic absorption spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy. Further, antimicrobial activity of as-prepared QDs has also been investigated using the disk diffusion method.

  4. Controllable synthesis of metal selenide heterostructures mediated by Ag2Se nanocrystals acting as catalysts.

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    Zhou, Jiangcong; Huang, Feng; Xu, Ju; Wang, Yuansheng

    2013-10-21

    Ag2Se nanocrystals were demonstrated to be novel semiconductor mediators, or in other word catalysts, for the growth of semiconductor heterostructures in solution. This is a result of the unique feature of Ag2Se as a fast ion conductor, allowing foreign cations to dissolve and then to heterogrow the second phase. Using Ag2Se nanocrystals as catalysts, dimeric metal selenide heterostructures such as Ag2Se-CdSe and Ag2Se-ZnSe, and even multi-segment heterostructures such as Ag2Se-CdSe-ZnSe and Ag2Se-ZnSe-CdSe, were successfully synthesized. Several interesting features were found in the Ag2Se based heterogrowth. At the initial stage of heterogrowth, a layer of the second phase forms on the surface of an Ag2Se nanosphere, with a curved junction interface between the two phases. With further growth of the second phase, the Ag2Se nanosphere tends to flatten the junction surface by modifying its shape from sphere to hemisphere in order to minimize the conjunct area and thus the interfacial energy. Notably, the crystallographic relationship of the two phases in the heterostructure varies with the lattice parameters of the second phase, in order to reduce the lattice mismatch at the interface. Furthermore, a small lattice mismatch at the interface results in a straight rod-like second phase, while a large lattice mismatch would induce a tortuous product. The reported results may provide a new route for developing novel selenide semiconductor heterostructures which are potentially applicable in optoelectronic, biomedical, photovoltaic and catalytic fields. PMID:24056899

  5. Transparent nickel selenide alloy counter electrodes for bifacial dye-sensitized solar cells exceeding 10% efficiency

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    Duan, Yanyan; Tang, Qunwei; He, Benlin; Li, Ru; Yu, Liangmin

    2014-10-01

    In the current work, we report a series of bifacial dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) that provide power conversion efficiencies of more than 10% from bifacial irradiation. The device comprises an N719-sensitized TiO2 anode, a transparent nickel selenide (Ni-Se) alloy counter electrode (CE), and liquid electrolyte containing I-/I3- redox couples. Because of the high optical transparency, electron conduction ability, electrocatalytic activity of Ni-Se CEs, as well as dye illumination, electron excitation and power conversion efficiency have been remarkably enhanced. Results indicate that incident light from a transparent CE has a compensation effect to the light from the anode. The impressive efficiency along with simple preparation of the cost-effective Ni-Se alloy CEs highlights the potential application of bifacial illumination technique in robust DSSCs.In the current work, we report a series of bifacial dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) that provide power conversion efficiencies of more than 10% from bifacial irradiation. The device comprises an N719-sensitized TiO2 anode, a transparent nickel selenide (Ni-Se) alloy counter electrode (CE), and liquid electrolyte containing I-/I3- redox couples. Because of the high optical transparency, electron conduction ability, electrocatalytic activity of Ni-Se CEs, as well as dye illumination, electron excitation and power conversion efficiency have been remarkably enhanced. Results indicate that incident light from a transparent CE has a compensation effect to the light from the anode. The impressive efficiency along with simple preparation of the cost-effective Ni-Se alloy CEs highlights the potential application of bifacial illumination technique in robust DSSCs. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Schematic diagram, repeated J-V curves, CV curves of Ni0.85Se electrode at various scan rates, relationship between peak current density and square root of scan rates. See DOI: 10.1039/c4nr03900a

  6. Hyperfine Clock Transitions of Bismuth Donors in Silicon Detected by Spin Dependent Recombination

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    Mortemousque, Pierre-André; Berger, Simon; Sekiguchi, Takeharu; Culan, Christophe; Elliman, Robert G.; Kohei M. Itoh

    2014-01-01

    Bismuth donors ion-implanted in $^{28}$Si and $^\\text{nat}$Si are studied using magnetic resonance spectroscopy based on spin dependent recombination. The hyperfine clock transition, at which the linewidth is significantly narrowed, is observed for the bismuth donors. The experimental results are modeled quantitatively by molecular orbital theory for a coupled pair consisting of a bismuth donor and a spin dependent recombination readout center, including the effect of hyperfine and Zeeman int...

  7. 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...

  8. Rapid semi-quantitative determination of bismuth in minerals using ascending paper chromatography (1961)

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    The bismuth is separated by a solvent made up of acetone, water, and hydrofluoric and hydrochloric acids. The bismuth is developed with dimercapto-2.5 thio-diazole-1.3.4 and ammonium sulphide. The use of this method for the detection of bismuth in minerals makes it possible to determine the metal at a concentration of 5 x 10-6. (author)

  9. 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...

  10. One-Step Synthesis of Colloidal Quantum Dots of Iron Selenide Exhibiting Narrow Range Fluorescence in the Green Region

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    The instantaneous isolation of green fluorescent colloidal quantum dots of iron selenide capped with biocompatible oleic acid is reported in this study. These iron-containing quantum dots also serve as a safe alternative to the conventionally used metal-chalcogenide systems in which the heavy metal component is usually toxic. The isolated colored colloidal solutions exhibited intense green fluorescence on exposure to ultraviolet light, which was also confirmed by photoluminescence spectroscopy. The isolated product was subjected to dynamic light scattering and transmission electron microscopy, and the particles were found to exhibit spherical morphology with an average diameter of 6-8 nm, confirming the isolation of quantum dots. The isolated iron selenide quantum dots have promising potential towards bioimaging and sensing, due to the biocompatible coating of oleic acid and iron, which also allows possibility of further chemical derivatization.

  11. SIMS study of effect of Cr adhesion layer on the thermal stability of silver selenide thin films on Si

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    Effect of heat treatment on silver selenide films grown from diffusion-reaction of Ag and Se films on Cr-buffered Si substrates was investigated up to 400 deg. C. X-ray diffraction (XRD), Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) were used to characterize the films. XRD patterns of the films showed stress assisted change in preferential orientation of the films upon annealing: the films annealed at 200 deg. C exhibited a strong orientation along (2 0 0) plane, which changed to (0 1 3) after annealing at 300 and 400 deg. C. Dynamic SIMS measurements showed that Cr is confined to the interface and that there is no diffusion of Cr into silver selenide

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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.

  15. Chrysanthemum-like bismuth sulfide microcrystals: Synthesis, characterization, and properties

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    Jiang, Jinghui; Gao, Guanhua; Yu, Runnan; Qiu, Guanzhou; Liu, Xiaohe

    2011-02-01

    Uniform chrysanthemum-like bismuth sulfide (Bi 2S 3) microcrystals assembled from nanosheet building blocks were successfully synthesized via a convenient hydrothermal synthetic route under mild conditions in which hydrated bismuth nitrate and L-cysteine were employed to supply Bi and S source and ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid disodium salt (EDTA-Na 2) was employed as chelating agent. The influences of reaction temperatures and time on the morphologies of final products were investigated. The phase structures, morphologies, and properties of as-prepared products were investigated by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, high-resolution transmission electron microscope, and photoluminescence spectra. The possible growth mechanism for the formation of chrysanthemum-like Bi 2S 3 microcrystals was discussed on the basis of the experimental results.

  16. Quantum nernst effect in a bismuth single crystal

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    We calculate the phonon-drag contribution to the transverse (Nernst) thermoelectric power Syx in a bismuth single crystal subjected to a quantizing magnetic field. The calculated heights of the Nernst peaks originating from the hole Landau levels and their temperature dependence reproduce the right order of magnitude for those of the pronounced magneto-oscillations recently reported by Behnia et al. A striking experimental finding that Syx is much larger than the longitudinal (Seebeck) thermoelectric power Sxx can be naturally explained as the effect of the phonon drag, combined with the well-known relation between the longitudinal and the Hall resistivity ρxx >> |ρyx| in a semi-metal bismuth. The calculation that includes the contribution of both holes and electrons suggests that some of the hitherto unexplained minor peaks located roughly at the fractional filling of the hole Landau levels are attributable to the electron Landau levels. (author)

  17. 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)

  18. 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.

  19. 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

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. The bismuth burden - a challenge for the accident insurance (Berufsgenossenschaften)

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    The Soviet-German Bismuth AG was a state within a state in the former GDR. Uranium mining not only caused great ecological burdens but also gave rise to many problems for the accident insurance. Occupational diseases are of course, very important in the context of malignous growth caused by ionised radiation. The accident insurances (Berufsgenossenschaften) recognised the size of this unique problem and have initiated measures towards its solution. (orig.)

  4. Structural and electromechanical properties of bismuth-strontium titanate ceramics

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    Bismuth-strontium titanate ceramics were obtained by conventional sinterization method (without orientation of grains - OF) and hot-forging (with oriented grains - HF). The physics, dielectrics and plutocracies properties these ceramics were compared. At piezoelectric characterization, the Kt values were higher in ceramics obtained by hot-forging (HF) when compared to ceramics obtained by OF, which indicates the high anisotropy of these materials. (author)

  5. 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...

  6. 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.

  7. 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...

  8. Lead-bismuth coolant cleaning from solid impurities using filtration

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    The factors, influencing the efficiency of the circuit cleaning of the lead-bismuth coolant from the solid phase impurities through filtration, are analyzed. The choice of the filtration material is substantiated proceeding from the properties of the given coolant as a dispersion system. The results of the experiments on determining the efficiency of cleaning capacity by retained impurities, throughput and regeneration made it possible to develop the industrial filters for the NPU needs

  9. 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.

  10. 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

  11. The Short Series of the Oxygen-Poor Lanthanide Oxide Selenides M10OSe14 with M = La–Nd

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    Frank A. Weber

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available Single crystals and phase pure samples of oxygen-poor ternary lanthanide oxide selenides with the composition M10OSe14 (M = La–Nd; tetragonal, I41/acd; a = 1592.0–1559.8 pm, c = 2106.5–2062.9 pm could be obtained by reacting the corresponding metals, selenium and selenium dioxide as oxygen source. Their crystal structures are isotypic with Pr10OS14 and thus contain isolated [OM4]10+ tetrahedra (d(O2––M3+ = 243–248 pm embedded in a complex anionic {[M6Se14]10–} lanthanide selenide matrix (d(M3+–Se2– = 288–358 pm. All three crystallographically independent M3+ cations exhibit eight contacts to chalcogenide anions (O2– and/or Se2– resulting in the formation of bicapped trigonal prismatic coordination polyhedra. The optical band gaps of the oxide selenides M10OSe14 amount to values between 1.89 and 2.04 eV indicating wide band-gap semiconductors.

  12. Shape-controlled solvothermal synthesis of bismuth subcarbonate nanomaterials

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    Much effort has been devoted to the synthesis of novel nanostructured materials because of their unique properties and potential applications. Bismuth subcarbonate ((BiO)2CO3) is one of commonly used antibacterial agents against Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori). Different (BiO)2CO3 nanostructures such as cube-like nanoparticles, nanobars and nanoplates, were fabricated from bismuth nitrate via a simple solvothermal method. The nanostructures were characterized by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). It was found that the solvents and precursors have an influence on the morphologies of (BiO)2CO3 nanostructures. The possible formation mechanism of different (BiO)2CO3 nanostructures fabricated under different conditions was also discussed. - Graphical abstract: Different bismuth subcarbonate ((BiO)2CO3) nanostructures were successfully synthesized by a simple solvothermal method. It was found that the solvents and precursors have an influence on the morphologies of (BiO)2CO3 nanostructures.

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. Properties of lead-bismuth coolant and perspectives of non-electric applications of lead-bismuth reactor

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    Key physical and chemical properties of lead-bismuth eutectic alloy are reviewed. Based on the low chemical activity of the alloy to other work media, a new concept of direct contact heat exchangers is proposed. A series of experiments were performed to validate the concept, using water, model salt solutions of sodium chloride, and oil. Key experimental results are summarized in the report. (author)

  18. 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

  19. 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

  20. 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

  1. The accurate determination of bismuth in lead concentrates and other non-ferrous materials by AAS after separation and preconcentration of the bismuth with mercaptoacetic acid.

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    Howell, D J; Dohnt, B R

    1982-05-01

    A method for determining 0.0001% and upwards of bismuth in lead, zinc or copper concentrates, metals or alloys and other smelter residues is described. Bismuth is separated from lead, iron and gangue materials with mercaptoacetic acid after reduction of the iron with hydrazine. Large quantities of tin can be removed during the dissolution. An additional separation is made for materials high in copper and/or sulphate. The separated and concentrated bismuth is determined by atomic-absorption spectrometry using the Bi line at 223.1 nm. The proposed method also allows the simultaneous separation and determination of silver. PMID:18963145

  2. Development of the data base for a degradation model of a selenide RTG

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    A new class of high temperature thermoelectric materials composed of copper, silver and selenium for the p-type and gadolinium-selenium for the n-type has been developed by the 3M Company, who also assembles the thermopile. The use of these materials for space applications (commonly referred to as the selenides) is being actively pursued by the Teledyne Corporation, under the sponsorship of ERDA. Application of this new generation of thermoelectric generators as the primary power source for unmanned spaceflight missions is under consideration by JPL. The viability of a radioisotope thermoelectric generator (RTG) strongly depends upon the long-term electrical, thermal and dimensional stability of this newly developed TPM-217 thermoelectric material. To determine independently this material's time and temperature dependent stability parameters is the goal of an extensive experimental and analytical project conducted at JPL. To realize this goal, a threefold approach is being used: (1) to determine if, and at what rate, the thermal conductance of the TPM material changes, (2) to investigate the long-term stability of the material's Seebeck voltage and electrical resistivity under current and temperature gradient conditions, and (3) to ascertain the physical behavior and compatibility of the material with surrounding insulation at elevated temperatures

  3. Point contacts at the copper-indium-gallium-selenide interface—A theoretical outlook

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    Bercegol, Adrien; Chacko, Binoy; Klenk, Reiner; Lauermann, Iver; Lux-Steiner, Martha Ch.; Liero, Matthias

    2016-04-01

    For a long time, it has been assumed that recombination in the space-charge region of copper-indium-gallium-selenide (CIGS) is dominant, at least in high efficiency solar cells with low band gap. The recent developments like potassium fluoride post deposition treatment and point-contact junction may call this into question. In this work, a theoretical outlook is made using three-dimensional simulations to investigate the effect of point-contact openings through a passivation layer on CIGS solar cell performance. A large set of solar cells is modeled under different scenarios for the charged defect levels and density, radius of the openings, interface quality, and conduction band offset. The positive surface charge created by the passivation layer induces band bending and this influences the contact (CdS) properties, making it beneficial for the open circuit voltage and efficiency, and the effect is even more pronounced when coverage area is more than 95%, and also makes a positive impact on the device performance, even in the presence of a spike at CIGS/CdS heterojunction.

  4. Highly efficient copper-zinc-tin-selenide (CZTSe) solar cells by electrodeposition.

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    Jeon, Jong-Ok; Lee, Kee Doo; Seul Oh, Lee; Seo, Se-Won; Lee, Doh-Kwon; Kim, Honggon; Jeong, Jeung-hyun; Ko, Min Jae; Kim, BongSoo; Son, Hae Jung; Kim, Jin Young

    2014-04-01

    Highly efficient copper-zinc-tin-selenide (Cu2ZnSnSe4 ; CZTSe) thin-film solar cells are prepared via the electrodepostion technique. A metallic alloy precursor (CZT) film with a Cu-poor, Zn-rich composition is directly deposited from a single aqueous bath under a constant current, and the precursor film is converted to CZTSe by annealing under a Se atmosphere at temperatures ranging from 400 °C to 600 °C. The crystallization of CZTSe starts at 400 °C and is completed at 500 °C, while crystal growth continues at higher temperatures. Owing to compromises between enhanced crystallinity and poor physical properties, CZTSe thin films annealed at 550 °C exhibit the best and most-stable device performances, reaching up to 8.0 % active efficiency; among the highest efficiencies for CZTSe thin-film solar cells prepared by electrodeposition. Further analysis of the electronic properties and a comparison with another state-of-the-art device prepared from a hydrazine-based solution, suggests that the conversion efficiency can be further improved by optimizing parameters such as film thickness, antireflection coating, MoSe2 formation, and p-n junction properties. PMID:24692285

  5. Light-emitting diodes made from cadmium selenide nanocrystals and a semiconducting polymer

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    Colvin, V. L.; Schlamp, M. C.; Alivisatos, A. P.

    1994-08-01

    ELECTROLUMINESCENT devices have been developed recently that are based on new materials such as porous silicon1 and semiconducting polymers2,3. By taking advantage of developments in the preparation and characterization of direct-gap semiconductor nanocrystals4-6, and of electroluminescent polymers7, we have now constructed a hybrid organic/inorganic electroluminescent device. Light emission arises from the recombination of holes injected into a layer of semiconducting p-paraphenylene vinylene (PPV)8-10 with electrons injected into a multilayer film of cadmium selenide nanocrystals. Close matching of the emitting layer of nanocrystals with the work function of the metal contact leads to an operating voltage11 of only 4V. At low voltages emission from the CdSe layer occurs. Because of the quantum size effect19-24 the colour of this emission can be varied from red to yellow by changing the nanocrystal size. At higher voltages green emission from the polymer layer predominates. Thus this device has a degree of voltage tunability of colour.

  6. Synthesis of Co-Electrospun Lead Selenide Nanostructures within Anatase Titania Nanotubes for Advanced Photovoltaics

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    Evan K. Wujcik

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Inorganic nano-scale heterostructures have many advantages over hybrid organic-inorganic dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSC or Grätzel cells, including their resistance to photo-bleaching, thermal stability, large specific surface areas, and general robustness. This study presents a first-of-its-kind low-cost all-inorganic lead selenide-anatase titania (PbSe/TiO2 nanotube heterostructure material for photovoltaic applications. Herein, PbSe nanostructures have been co-electrospun within a hollow TiO2 nanotube with high connectivity for highly efficient charge carrier flow and electron-hole pair separation. This material has been characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM, electron diffraction, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX to show the morphology and material composition of the synthesized nanocomposite. Photovoltaic characterization has shown this newly synthesized proof-of-concept material can easily produce a photocurrent under solar illumination, and, with further refinement, could reveal a new direction in photovoltaic materials.

  7. New route for preparation of luminescent mercaptoethanoate capped cadmium selenide quantum dots

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    Manoj E Wankhede; Shaukatali N Inamdar; Aparna Deshpande; Aniket R Thete; Renu Pasricha; Sulabha K Kulkarni; Santosh K Haram

    2008-06-01

    We report a synthesis of cadmium selenide quantum dots (Q-CdSe) by refluxing a mixture of cadmium acetate, selenium powder, sodium sulfite and 2-mercaptoethanol in N,N′-dimethyl formamide (DMF)/water solution. X-ray and electron diffractions suggest the formation of hexagonal phase of size quantized CdSe. Based on TEM analysis, the formation of nanoparticles with an average diameter of 3.5 ± 0.5 nm is inferred. Their sols in DMF and dimethyl sulphoxide (DMSO) gave characteristic absorption peaks at 300 nm and 327 nm, which is attributed to the formation of high quality, size quantized CdSe particles. Extracted particles from the sol were readily redispersed in DMF and DMSO, which were diluted further with water without losing their optical and colloidal properties. FTIR spectroscopy suggested the formation of 2-mercaptoethanol thiolate on the particle surface, with free –OH groups available for linkage. Sols in DMSO and their solutions in water displayed an intense photoluminescence (PL).

  8. Bifacial dye-sensitized solar cells with transparent cobalt selenide alloy counter electrodes

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    Duan, Yanyan; Tang, Qunwei; He, Benlin; Zhao, Zhiyuan; Zhu, Ling; Yu, Liangmin

    2015-06-01

    High power conversion efficiency and cost-effectiveness are two persistent objectives for dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC). Electricity generation from either front or rear side of a bifacial DSSC has been considered as a facile avenue of bringing down the cost of solar-to-electric conversion. Therefore, the fabrication of a transparent counter electrode (CE) with a high electrocatalytic activity is a prerequisite to realize this goal. We present here the feasibility of utilizing transparent cobalt selenide (Co-Se) binary alloy counter electrode for bifacial DSSC application, in which binary Co-Se alloy electrode is synthesized by a mild solution strategy and the cell device is irradiated by either front or rear side. Due to the high optical transparency, charge-transfer ability, and electrocatalytic activity, maximum front and rear efficiencies of 8.30% and 4.63% are recorded under simulated air mass 1.5 (AM1.5) irradiation, respectively. The impressive efficiency along with fast start-up, multiple start capability, and simple preparation highlights the potential application of cost-effective and transparent Co-Se alloy CE in robust bifacial DSSCs.

  9. DFT Study on the Carrier Concentration and Temperature-Dependent Thermoelectric Properties of Antimony Selenide

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    Aditya Jayaraman

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available We present the thermoelectric properties of Antimony Selenide (Sb2Se3 obtained using first principles calculations. We investigated the electronic band structure using the FP-LAPW method within the sphere of the density functional theory. Thermoelectric properties were calculated using BoltzTrap code using the constant relaxation time (τ approximation at three different temperatures 300 K, 600 K, and 800 K. Seebeck coefficient (S was found to decrease with increasing temperature, electrical conductivity (σ/τ was almost constant in the entire temperature range, and electronic thermal conductivity (κ/τ increased with increasing temperature. With increase in temperature S decreased from 1870 μV/K (at 300 K to 719 μV/K (at 800 K, electronic thermal conductivity increased from 1.56 × 1015 W/m K s (at 300 K to 3.92 × 1015 W/m K s (at 800 K, and electrical conductivity decreased from 22 × 1019/Ω m s (at 300 K to 20 × 1019/Ω m s (at 800 K. The thermoelectric properties were also calculated for different hole concentrations and the optimum concentration for a good thermoelectric performance over a large range of temperatures (from 300 K to 1000 K was found for hole concentration around 1019 cm−3.

  10. Femtosecond Transient Absorption Studies in Cadmium Selenide Nanocrystal Thin Films Prepared by Chemical Bath Deposition Method

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    M. C. Rath

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Dynamics of photo-excited carrier relaxation processes in cadmium selenide nanocrystal thin films prepared by chemical bath deposition method have been studied by nondegenerate femtosecond transient pump-probe spectroscopy. The carriers were generated by exciting at 400 nm laser light and monitored by several other wavelengths. The induced absorption followed by a fast bleach recovery observed near and above the bandgap indicates that the photo-excited carriers (electrons are first trapped by the available traps and then the trapped electrons absorb the probe light to show a delayed absorption process. The transient decay kinetics was found to be multiexponential in nature. The short time constant, <1 picosecond, was attributed to the trapping of electrons by the surface and/or deep traps and the long time constant, ≥20 picoseconds, was due to the recombination of the trapped carriers. A very little difference in the relaxation processes was observed in the samples prepared at bath temperatures from 25∘C to 60∘C.

  11. A new wide band gap thermoelectric quaternary selenide Cu2MgSnSe4

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    Pavan Kumar, V.; Guilmeau, Emmanuel; Raveau, Bernard; Caignaert, Vincent; Varadaraju, U. V.

    2015-10-01

    Cu2MgSnSe4 based compounds composed of high earth abundant elements have been identified to exhibit good thermoelectric performance in the mid-temperature range. The pristine phase shows a band gap of 1.7 eV, which is slightly higher than similar ternary and quaternary copper based stannite compounds. Cu2MgSnSe4 crystallizes in the tetragonal I 4 ¯ 2m space group. Substitution of In at Sn site tends to decrease the tetragonal distortion toward the cubic symmetry. The electrical and thermal transport properties of Cu and In-doped Cu2MgSnSe4 in the temperature range of 300 K-700 K are studied. The substitution of In3+ for Sn4+ and Cu2+ for Mg2+ induces charge carriers as holes, which in turn lead to improvement in thermoelectric efficiency. The role of mass fluctuations and structural disorder in the evolution of the thermal conductivity of the doped selenides is discussed. A maximum ZT of 0.42 is attained for Cu2MgSn0.925In0.075Se4 around 700 K, and this value is comparable to that of Cu2ZnSnSe4.

  12. Noncentrosymmetric selenide Ba4Ga4GeSe12: Synthesis, structure, and optical properties

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    Yin, Wenlong; Iyer, Abishek K.; Li, Chao; Lin, Xinsong; Yao, Jiyong; Mar, Arthur

    2016-09-01

    The selenide Ba4Ga4GeSe12, synthesized by reaction of BaSe, Ga2Se3, and GeSe2 at 1173 K, adopts a noncentrosymmetric tetragonal structure (space group P 4 bar21 c , Z=2, a=13.5468(4) Å, c=6.4915(2) Å) consisting of a three-dimensional network built from two types of corner-sharing MSe4 tetrahedra, with Ba cations occupying the intervening voids. It is isostructural to Pb4Ga4GeS12, Pb4Ga4GeSe12, and Ba4Ga4SnSe12, but differs subtly in site ordering. Structural refinements and bond valence sum analysis suggest partial disorder manifested by mixing of 0.75 Ga and 0.25 Ge within one tetrahedral site, and occupation of exclusively Ga within the other tetrahedral site. The optical band gap of 2.18(2) eV, measured from the UV/VIS/NIR diffuse reflectance spectrum, agrees with a calculated gap of 2.35 eV between valence and conduction bands and is consistent with the orange-yellow color of the crystals. Nonlinear optical measurements on powder samples revealed a weak second harmonic generation signal using 2.09 μm as the fundamental laser wavelength.

  13. Ab-Initio Computations of Electronic and Related Properties of cubic Lithium Selenide (Li2Se)

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    Goita, Abdoulaye; Nwigboji, Ifeanyi H.; Malozovsky, Yuriy; Bagayoko, Diola

    We present theoretical predictions, from ab-initio, self-consistent calculations, of electronic and related properties of cubic lithium selenide (Li2Se). We employed a local density approximation (LDA) potential and the linear combination of atomic orbitals (LCAO). We performed the computations following the Bagayoko, Zhao, and Williams (BZW) method, as enhanced by Ekuma and Franklin (BZW-EF). Our results include electronic energies, total and partial densities of states, effective masses, and the bulk modulus. The theoretical equilibrium lattice constant is 5.882 Å. We found cubic Li2Se to have a direct band gap of 4.363 eV (prediction), at Γ. This gap is 4.065 eV for a room temperature lattice constant of 6.017 Å. The calculated bulk modulus is 31.377 GPa. Acknowledgments: This work was funded in part by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Louisiana Board of Regents, through LASiGMA [Award Nos. EPS- 1003897, NSF (2010-15)-RII-SUBR] and NSF HRD-1002541, the US Department of Energy - National, Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) (Award No. DE- NA0002630), LaSPACE, and LONI-SUBR.

  14. 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) w...

  15. 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.

  16. Electronic Properties of Tin and Bismuth from Angular Correlation of Annihilation Photons

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    Mogensen, O.E.; Trumpy, Georg

    1969-01-01

    liquid-metal curves are smaller and of another form than the tails of polycrystalline curves; no Gaussian with only one adjustable constant factor can give a fit to both tails. No useful method for interpreting liquid-metal angular-correlation curves seems to exist. Two deformed bismuth samples gave......A linear slit setup has been used to obtain results of angular-correlation measurements in (a) tin single crystals in three orientations: [001], [100], and [110], (b) bismuth single crystals in four orientations: [111], [100], [1¯10], and [2¯1¯1], (c) solid and liquid tin and bismuth, and (d......) deformed bismuth. For both metals, the single-crystal angular-correlation curves lie near to the free-electron parabola. The tin curves show more anisotropy than the bismuth curves. An important result is the clear anisotropy found in the high-momentum part of the curves—the tails—for both metals. Little...

  17. Conduction mechanism in bismuth silicate glasses containing titanium

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    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

  18. Effect of FGMs on thermoelectric cooling properties of bismuth telluride

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    Every thermoelectric material shows high performance at a specific narrow temperature range. The temperature range with high performance can be expanded by joining the materials with different peak temperature. This is the concept of an FGM. The FGMs for Peltier cooling materials have never been reported though the FGMs for thermoelectric power generation were reported to enhance conversion efficiency. Bismuth telluride is the best material for cooling devices at around room temperature. Then we investigated the thermoelectric cooling properties for bismuth telluride with two steps graded structure FGM. Two kinds of melt-grown materials of p-type bismuth telluride (hereafter, sample 1 and sample 2) were used. The samples 1 and 2 of 3 mm square x 2.5 mm were joined to form an FGM of 3 mm square x 5 mm in length by soldering with ultrasonic vibration. Thermoelectric cooling properties were evaluated by observing the maximum temperature drop to electric current when the high temperature side was kept constant. When the high temperature side is kept at 370 K, the temperature drop of the monolithic sample 1 was 34.6 K, and 39.7 K for sample 2, because of the difference of the carrier density. In the case of the FGM, the temperature drop was 45.2 K when the sample 1 was placed at the high temperature side. On the other hand, the temperature drop was only 27.6 K when the sample 2 was placed at the high temperature side. From these results, it is clear that high performance can be obtained by forming an FGM when the proper material arrangement is performed along the temperature gradient. (orig.)

  19. 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.

  20. Determination of lead-210 in bottom sediments via bismuth-210

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    Determination of lead-210 in bottom sediments is applied for evaluation of sedimentation rates and sediments ages by concentration profiles of disequilibrated lead-210 from atmospheric sources. Advances in low level liquid scintillation spectrometry (LS) fitted for natural radioactivity measurements, permit to combine the possibility of immediate bismuth-210 separation with its radioactivity registration using LS spectrometer Quantulus (LKS-1220, Wallak, Finland). The method was tested on bottom sediment samples from Baltic Sea shelf, collected during the 76th cruise of RV 'Academician S. Vavilov'. (author) 6 refs.; 1 tab

  1. Thermal stimulation of exoelectronic emission in bismuth germanate single crystals

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    Kalent' ev, V.A.; Kargin, V.F.; Kargin, Yu.F.; Kortov, V.S.; Skorikov, V.M.; Shul' gin, B.V.

    1987-08-01

    A systematic study of the properties of Bi/sub 4/Ge/sub 3/O/sub 12/ (BGO) indicates that these crystals, along with photoemission (luminescence and scintillation) show exoelectronic emission following thermal excitation from x-ray irradiation. Samples of BGO studied in this paper were grown by the Czochralski method. It is found that the relationship between exoemission in BGO and ordinary GeO/sub 2/ indicates the dominant role played by perturbation of the germanium oxide sublattice in the emission process in bismuth germanate.

  2. Thermal-hydraulics of lead bismuth for accelerator driven systems

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    Full text of publication follows: Lead bismuth has been selected as one of the most suitable coolants to be used in accelerator driven systems (ADS) for transmutation of minor actinides. It serves both, as a target material of the spallation source to balance the neutron economy, and as a coolant with high thermal inertia to provide a safe and reliable heat transfer to the secondary power cycle. With the aim to develop the required technologies to enable the later design of such ADS systems, the Karlsruhe Lead bismuth LAboratory KALLA, consisting of three test loops, has been built and set into operation at the Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe since 2000, keeping more than 45 t of PbBi in operation at temperatures up to 550 deg. C. The test program includes oxygen control systems, heat flux simulation tools, electro-magnetic and mechanical pump technologies, heat transfer and flow measurements, reliability and corrosion tests. In a first test campaign, a technology loop called THESYS was built to develop measurement technologies for the acquisition of scalar quantities, like pressures, temperatures, concentrations, and flow rates, as well as velocity fields, which are required for both operational and scientific purposes. THESYS also allowed to perform generic turbulent heat transfer experiments necessary to provide liquid metal adapted turbulent heat transfer models for ADS design analyses. The second loop, the thermalhydraulic loop THEADES with an installed power of 2.5 MW, has been built to conduct prototypical component experiments for beam windows (e.g. MEGAPIE or MYHRRA) or fuel rod configurations. First test results will be reported. The experimental team is supported by a numerical team who studied the thermal hydraulics of the tested components in order to enable a later transfer of the results to industrial systems. Three different types of codes are being improved: lumped parameter codes (e.g. ATHLET) to perform system analyses for lead bismuth in loops

  3. 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...

  4. 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

  5. Melting and solidification of bismuth inclusions in aluminium

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

    1995-01-01

    experimental methods (and on different samples) agree remarkably well. The inclusions melt at temperatures at or below the bismuth bulk melting point, and the solid/liquid phase transition exhibits a hysteresis of 100-150 K. Average inclusion sizes ranged from a few nm to some tens of nm. The x-ray diffraction...... melting data are discussed in relation to different existing models for the melting temperature of an inclusion as a function of its size. From this an approximate size distribution for the inclusions is derived....

  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. STM observation of twin microlayers on cleaved bismuth surfaces

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    Edel'man, V. S.

    1996-02-01

    Scanning tunneling microscopy of cleaved bismuth surfaces at low temperatures revealed the presence of thin twin microlayers, whose width ∼70 Å is determined by the fact that the height gained in crossing such a microlayer due to its tilt with respect to the surface of the undisturbed crystal equals the interlunar distance in the [0001] direction. The microlayers were strictly aligned with the surface atomic rows. Their lengths were macroscopically large, being no smaller than a few fractions of a micron. It was found that, near the microlayer boundaries, the electron properties were significantly different from those at other points on the surface.

  8. Self-standing nanoribbons of antimony selenide and antimony sulfide with well-defined size and band gap

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    Vadapoo, Rajasekarakumar; Krishnan, Sridevi; Yilmaz, Hulusi [Department of Physics, University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, PR 00936 (Puerto Rico); Marin, Carlos [Institute for Functional Nanomaterials, University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, PR 00936 (United States)

    2011-04-29

    Sub-10 nm semiconducting nanostructures are crucial for the realization of nanoscale devices. Fabrication of nanostructures at this scale with homogeneous properties is challenging. Using ab initio calculations, we show that self-standing ribbons of antimony selenide and antimony sulfide of width 1.1 nm exhibit well-defined bandgaps of 1.66 and 2.16 eV, respectively. Molecular dynamics studies show that these ribbons are stable at 500 K. The one-dimensional (1D) heterostructure of these nanoribbons (Sb{sub 2}Se{sub 3}/Sb{sub 2}S{sub 3}) along the [001] direction shows a straddling type behavior.

  9. The Non-Isotypical Nitride Selenides Dy3NSe3 and Ho3NSe3: Chains and Dimers

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    Lissner, Falk; Schleid, Thomas

    2009-01-01

    Abstract The non-isotypical lanthanoid(III) nitride selenides M3NSe3 of dysprosium (Dy3NSe3) and holmium (Ho3NSe3) are formed by the reaction of the respective rare-earth metal (M = Dy and Ho) with sodium azide (NaN3), selenium and an excess of iodine at 900 ?C from torch-sealed evacuated silica ampoules within seven days. Dy3NSe3 crystallizes orthorhombically (a = 1245.38(9), b = 393.69(3), c = 1303.74(9) pm) in space group Pnma with Z = 4, whereas monoclinic Ho3NSe3 (a = 1152.93(...

  10. Vacancies ordered in screw form (VOSF) and layered indium selenide thin film deposition by laser back ablation

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    Indium selenide thin films are important due to their applications in non-volatile memory and solar cells. In this work, we present an initial study of a new application of deposition-site selective laser back ablation (LBA) for making thin films of In2Se3. Invacuo annealing and subsequent characterization of the films by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) indicate that control of substrate temperature during deposition and post-deposition annealing temperature is critical in determining the phase and composition of the films. The initial laser fluence and target film thickness determine the amount of material deposited onto the substrate.

  11. Fluorescence imaging technology (FI) for high-throughput screening of selenide-modified nano-TiO2 catalysts.

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    Wang, Liping; Lee, Jianchao; Zhang, Meijuan; Duan, Qiannan; Zhang, Jiarui; Qi, Hailang

    2016-02-18

    A high-throughput screening (HTS) method based on fluorescence imaging (FI) was implemented to evaluate the catalytic performance of selenide-modified nano-TiO2. Chemical ink-jet printing (IJP) technology was reformed to fabricate a catalyst library comprising 1405 (Ni(a)Cu(b)Cd(c)Ce(d)In(e)Y(f))Se(x)/TiO2 (M6Se/Ti) composite photocatalysts. Nineteen M6Se/Tis were screened out from the 1405 candidates efficiently. PMID:26777131

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. Analysis on the Performance of Copper Indium Gallium Selenide (CIGS Based Photovoltaic Thermal

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    Full Text Available This paper deals with the efficiency improvement of Copper Indium Gallium Selenide (CIGS Photovoltaic (PV and also solar thermal collector. Photovoltaic thermal (PV/T can improve overall efficiency for PV and also solve the problem of limited roof space at urban area. Objective of this study is to clarify the effect of mass flow rate on the efficiency of the PV/T system. A CIGS solar cell is used with rated output power 65 W and 1.18 m2 of area. 4 set of experiments were carried out, which were: thermal collector with 0.12 kg/s flow rate, PV/T with 0.12 kg/s flow rate, PV/T with 0.09 kg/s flow rate and PV. It was found that PV/T with 0.12 kg/s flow rate had the highest electrical efficiency, 2.92 %. PV/T with 0.09 kg/s flow rate had the lowest electrical efficiency, 2.68 %. It also had 2 % higher overall efficiency. The efficiency gained is low due to several factors. The rated output power of the PV is low for the area of 1.18 m2. The packing factor of the PV also need to be considered as it may not be operated at the optimal packing factor. Furthermore, aluminium sheet of the PV may affect the PV temperature due to high thermal conductivity. Further study on more values of mass flow rate and also other parameters that affect the efficiency of the PV/T is necessary.

  15. Formation of dimethyl selenide and trimethylselenonium from selenobetaine in the rat

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    The 24-h respiratory excretion of dimethyl selenide (DMSe) and urinary excretion of trimethylselenonium (TMSe) were studied in adult male rats injected with 2 mg Se/kg as selenobetaine [(CH3)2Se+CH2COOH] or its methyl ester, labeled with 75Se and 14C. The DMSe was trapped by means of 20% benzyl chloride in xylene. TMSe was measured by cation exchange high performance liquid chromatography. There was extensive respiratory excretion of DMSe from selenobetaine methyl ester (about 50% of the dose) and from selenobetaine (about 25%). About 12% of the dose was converted to TMSe for both compounds. When the Se-methyl carbons were labeled with 14C and the selenium with 75Se, doubly labeled DMSe and TMSe were formed; the 14C/75Se ratio in DMSe formed from selenobetaine methyl ester was almost unchanged from that administered, and the ratio in TMSe was only slightly lower than in DMSe. In contrast to its ester, doubly labeled selenobetaine yielded DMSe having a lower 14C/75Se ratio (approximately one-half of that administered) and a further decrease was observed between DMSe and TMSe. These data indicate that the (CH3)2Se moiety in selenobetaine methyl ester undergoes facile release to form DMSe, which is directly methylated to form TMSe. Selenobetaine, however, appears to lose a methyl group prior to scission of the Se-CH2COOH bond. The results with selenobetaine also suggest that TMSe generated metabolically is not inert, and can undergo demethylation followed by remethylation; confirmatory evidence for this metabolic instability is provided by the exhalation of [75Se]DMSe after the direct administration of [75Se]TMSe. When [75Se]selenobetaine or its ester was given with the methylene carbon in the acetic acid molabeled with 14C, only 75Se was present in the DMSe and TMSe

  16. Exploring the doping effects of copper on thermoelectric properties of lead selenide

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    Gayner, Chhatrasal; Sharma, Raghunandan; Mallik, Iram; Das, Malay K.; Kar, Kamal K.

    2016-07-01

    In this work, we have explored the effect of dopant concentration (copper (Cu)) on the thermoelectric performance of Cu doped lead selenide (Pb1‑x Cu x Se (0  ⩽  x  ⩽  0.1)). With increasing the dopant concentration, sign inversion of majority charge carriers takes place for x  ⩾  0.04 due to the donor behaviour of Cu in the P-type pristine PbSe. The room temperature Seebeck coefficients of Pb1‑x Cu x Se with x  =  0.01, 0.02, 0.04, 0.06 and 0.08 are observed to be 233, 337, ‑473.7, ‑392.5 and  ‑257.6 μV K‑1, respectively as compared to that of 186.4 μV K‑1 of the pristine PbSe. This increment in Seebeck coefficient is the result of low carrier concentration and is not related to the resonance states created by Cu dopant. At room temperature, the lattice thermal conductivity of pristine PbSe is 0.52 W m‑1 K‑1 while for Cu doped PbSe, it varies from 0.8 to 1.1 W m‑1 K‑1. Finally, with ZT of ~0.59 and power factor of ~700 at 500 K, Pb0.98Cu0.02Se exhibits the highest thermoelectric performance among the studied Pb1‑x Cu x Se systems. Owing to the high ZT and power factor, a single thermoelement of Pb0.98Cu0.02Se exhibits thermovoltage of  >100 mV at a temperature gradient of 200 °C.

  17. 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.

  18. Production of bismuth germanate ceramic scintillators by combustion synthesis route

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    The present work presents the results from production of ceramic scintillator Bi4Ge3O12 (bismuth germanate – BGO), which is very sensitive to beta, gamma and X-rays. The production route adopted was combustion synthesis. In this route, the precursors germanium oxide and bismuth nitrate were mixed to urea, used as fuel, and heated up to the ignition temperature, 500 °C. The ignition starts an exothermic reaction that promotes the formation of the desired crystalline phase. It was observed a dependency of the agglomeration of the synthesized powders upon the pH of the initial mixture. The pH was controlled through the addition of ammonium dioxide, and was varied from zero up to 9. Intermediate crystalline phases were observed by DRX measurements of the product of the combustion reaction. After calcination at 600 °C/24 h, the Bi12GeO20 content was enhanced. The optimum conditions of synthesis and sintering of the samples were determined through auxiliary techniques such as DTA and SEM. The synthesized powders presented particle size near 10 nm, whereas the sintered grains reached near 2 μm. The relative density of sintered ceramics, obtained from Archimedes’ method, was 96%. (author)

  19. Field-induced polarization of Dirac valleys in bismuth

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    Behnia, Kamran; Zhu, Zengwei; Callaudin, Aurelie; Fauque, Benoit; Kang, Woun

    2012-02-01

    The principal challenge in the field of ``valleytronics'' is to lift the valley degeneracy of electrons in a controlled way. In graphene, a number of methods to generate a valley-polarized flow of electrons have been proposed, which are yet to be experimentally realized. In bulk semi-metallic bismuth, the Fermi surface includes three cigar-shaped electron valleys lying almost perpendicular to the high-symmetry axis known as the trigonal axis. The in-plane mass anisotropy of each valley exceeds 200 as a consequence of Dirac dispersion, which drastically reduces the effective mass along two out of the three orientations. We present a study of angle-dependent magnetoresistance in bismuth which shows that a flow of Dirac electrons along the trigonal axis is extremely sensitive to the orientation of in-plane magnetic field. The effect is visible even at room temperature. Thus, a rotatable magnetic field can be used as a valley valve to tune the contribution of each valley to the total conductivity. At high temperature and low magnetic field, the three valleys are interchangeable and the three-fold symmetry of the underlying lattice is respected. As the temperature is decreased or the magnetic field increased, this symmetry is spontaneously lost. This loss may be an experimental manifestation of the recently proposed valley-nematic Fermi liquid state.

  20. 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)

  1. Magnetic anisotropies in ultrathin bismuth iron garnet films

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    Ultrathin bismuth iron garnet Bi3Fe5O12 films were grown epitaxially on (001)-oriented gadolinium gallium garnet substrates. Film thickness varied from two to three dozens of unit cells. Bi3Fe5O12 films grow pseudomorphically on substrates up to a thickness of 20 nm, and then a lattice relaxation occurs. Magnetic properties of the films were studied as a function of bismuth iron garnet thickness. The magnetization and cubic anisotropy decrease with decreasing film thickness. The uniaxial magnetocrystalline anisotropy is constant for all film thicknesses. For two unit cell thick films, the easy magnetization axis changes from in-plane to perpendicular to the plane direction. Such a reorientation takes place as a result of the competition of constant uniaxial perpendicular anisotropy with weakening film magnetization. - Highlights: ► Ultrathin Bi3Fe5O12 films were grown epitaxially on structure-matching substrates. ► Magnetic properties of Bi3Fe5O12 were studied down to the thickness of 2.5 nm. ► Reorientation of easy magnetization axis as a function of film thickness was observed

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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.

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

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    Mata-Pinzón, Zaahel; Valladares, Ariel A; Valladares, Renela M; Valladares, Alexander

    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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Effect of O-vacancies on magnetic properties of bismuth ferrite nanoparticles by solution evaporation method

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    Afzal, A. M.; Umair, M.; Dastgeer, G.; Rizwan, M.; Yaqoob, M. Z.; Rashid, R.; Munir, H. S.

    2016-02-01

    Bismuth ferrite is a multiferroic material which shows high magnetization and polarization at room temperature. In present work, the effect of Oxygen (O) vacancies on magnetic properties of bismuth ferrite nanoparticles is studied. Bismuth ferrite nanoparticles (BiFeO3) were synthesized by solution evaporation method (SEM) at room temperature. The sample was annealed under two different atmospheres such as in air and oxygen, to check the effect of O-vacancies on magnetic properties. The average crystallite size of Bismuth ferrite nanoparticles (NPs) as calculated by X-ray diffraction (XRD) falls in the range of 23-32 nm and 26-39 nm for the case of air and oxygen respectively. The crystallite size of bismuth ferrite nanoparticles increases as the temperature was varied from 450 °C to 650 °C. Further the influence of annealing temperature on the magnetic properties of the bismuth ferrite nanoparticles was also observed. It was concluded that the magnetic properties of Bismuth ferrite nanoparticles are directly interconnected to annealing atmosphere and annealing temperature. The magnetic properties were increased in the case of oxygen annealing, which actually leads in our case to an improvement of the crystallinity.

  9. 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.

  10. 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...

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. Bismuth ferrite as low-loss switchable material for plasmonic waveguide modulator

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    Babicheva, Viktoriia; Zhukovsky, Sergei; Lavrinenko, Andrei

    2014-01-01

    We propose new designs of plasmonic modulators, which can beused for dynamic signal switching in photonic integrated circuits. We studyperformance of a plasmonic waveguide modulator with bismuth ferrite as atunable material. The bismuth ferrite core is sandwiched between metalplates (metal-insulator-metal...... modulation in both phase andamplitude control schemes. Due to high field confinement between themetal layers, existence of mode cut-offs for certain values of the corethickness, and near-zero material losses in bismuth ferrite, efficientmodulation performance is achieved. For the phase control scheme...

  14. Increased InAs quantum dot size and density using bismuth as a surfactant

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    We have investigated the growth of self-assembled InAs quantum dots using bismuth as a surfactant to control the dot size and density. We find that the bismuth surfactant increases the quantum dot density, size, and uniformity, enabling the extension of the emission wavelength with increasing InAs deposition without a concomitant reduction in dot density. We show that these effects are due to bismuth acting as a reactive surfactant to kinetically suppress the surface adatom mobility. This mechanism for controlling quantum dot density and size has the potential to extend the operating wavelength and enhance the performance of various optoelectronic devices

  15. Growth and evaluation of nonlinear optical crystals for laser applications: Lithium borate, barium borate and silver gallium selenide

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    Feigelson, Robert S.; Route, Roger K.

    1994-12-01

    This report summarizes a four year program on the development of high efficiency nonlinear optical materials. Major achievements were the development of effective top-seeded solution growth techniques for beta-barium borate (BBO) and lithium triborate (LBO). BBO crystals were also grown for the first time in the US by the direct melt growth technique, a metastable method that leads to significantly higher growth rates than the commercial solution-growth technique. High quality crystals were made available for optical property determinations and nonlinear optical device development at government and commercial laboratories. Additional accomplishments involved development of an optimum heat-treatment technology for eliminating optical scattering centers from as-grown crystals of silver gallium selenide. Cooperative programs were carried out with NRL to quantify the effects of intrinsic and extrinsic defects on residual absorption. It was discovered that silver gallium selenide and silver gallium sulfide crystals grown from silver-rich solutions are free of anomolous absorption in the 2 micron waveband which is currently the major problem limiting generation of high intensity, tunable 3-5 micron radiation by OPO methods using these materials. A new nonlinear optical material, (La,Gd)Sc3(BO3)4 has been identified for future study.

  16. Conduction mechanism in bismuth silicate glasses containing titanium

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    Dult, Meenakshi; Kundu, R.S. [Department of Applied Physics, Guru Jambheshwar University of Science and Technology, Hisar 125001 (India); Murugavel, S. [Department of Physics and Astrophysics, University of Delhi, Delhi 110007 (India); Punia, R., E-mail: rajeshpoonia13@gmail.com [Department of Applied Physics, Guru Jambheshwar University of Science and Technology, Hisar 125001 (India); Kishore, N. [Department of Applied Physics, Guru Jambheshwar University of Science and Technology, Hisar 125001 (India)

    2014-11-01

    Bismuth silicate glasses mixed with different concentrations of titanium dioxide having compositions xTiO{sub 2}–(60−x)Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3}–40SiO{sub 2} 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{sup −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 (σ{sub dc}), so called crossover frequency (ω{sub H}), 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 (H{sub f}) and enthalpy of migration (H{sub m}) 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 Ti{sup 3+} and Ti{sup 4+} 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.

  17. Methods of making copper selenium precursor compositions with a targeted copper selenide content and precursor compositions and thin films resulting therefrom

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    Curtis, Calvin J.; Miedaner, Alexander; van Hest, Marinus Franciscus Antonius Maria; Ginley, David S.; Leisch, Jennifer; Taylor, Matthew; Stanbery, Billy J.

    2011-09-20

    Precursor compositions containing copper and selenium suitable for deposition on a substrate to form thin films suitable for semi-conductor applications. Methods of forming the precursor compositions using primary amine solvents and methods of forming the thin films wherein the selection of temperature and duration of heating controls the formation of a targeted species of copper selenide.

  18. A study on the optics of copper indium gallium (di)selenide (CIGS) solar cells with ultra-thin absorber layers

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    Xu, M.; Wachters, A.J.H.; Deelen, J. van; Mourad, M.C.D.; Buskens, P.J.P.

    2014-01-01

    We present a systematic study of the effect of variation of the zinc oxide (ZnO) and copper indium gallium (di)selenide (CIGS) layer thickness on the absorption characteristics of CIGS solar cells using a simulation program based on finite element method (FEM). We show that the absorption in the CIG

  19. Cytocompatibility of direct water synthesized cadmium selenide quantum dots in colo-205 cells

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    Rodriguez-Torres, Marcos R. [Universidad Metropolitana, Nanomaterials Science Laboratory, School of Science and Technology (United States); Velez, Christian; Zayas, Beatriz [Universidad Metropolitana, ChemTox Laboratory, School of Environmental Affairs (United States); Rivera, Osvaldo [Universidad Metropolitana, Nanomaterials Science Laboratory, School of Science and Technology (United States); Arslan, Zikri [Jackson State University, Department of Chemistry (United States); Gonzalez-Vega, Maxine N. [Universidad Metropolitana, Nanomaterials Science Laboratory, School of Science and Technology (United States); Diaz-Diestra, Daysi; Beltran-Huarac, Juan; Morell, Gerardo [University of Puerto Rico, Molecular Science Research Center (United States); Primera-Pedrozo, Oliva M., E-mail: oprimera1@suagm.edu [Universidad Metropolitana, Nanomaterials Science Laboratory, School of Science and Technology (United States)

    2015-06-15

    Cadmium selenide quantum dots (CdSe QDs), inorganic semiconducting nanocrystals, are alluring increased attraction due to their highly refined chemistry, availability, and super tunable optical properties suitable for many applications in different research areas, such as photovoltaics, light-emitting devices, environmental sciences, and nanomedicine. Specifically, they are being widely used in bio-imaging in contrast to organic dyes due to their high brightness and improved photo-stability, and their ability to tune their absorption and emission spectra upon changing the crystal size. The production of CdSe QDs is mostly assisted by trioctylphosphine oxide compound, which acts as solvent or solubilizing agent and renders the QDs soluble in organic compounds (such as toluene, chloroform, and hexane) that are highly toxic. To circumvent the toxicity-related factor in CdSe QDs, we report the synthesis of CdSe QDs capped with thioglycolic acid (TGA) in an aqueous medium, and their biocompatibility in colo-205 cancer cells. In this study, the [Cd{sup 2+}]/[TGA] ratio was adjusted to 11:1 and the Se concentration (10 and 15 mM) was monitored in order to evaluate its influence on the optical properties and cytocompatibility. QDs resulted to be quite stable in water (after purification) and RPMI cell medium and no precipitation was observed for long contact times, making them appealing for in vitro experiments. The spectroscopy analysis, advanced electron microscopy, and X-ray diffractometry studies indicate that the final products were successfully formed exhibiting an improved optical response. Colo-205 cells being exposed to different concentrations of TGA-capped CdSe QDs for 12, 24, and 48 h with doses ranging from 0.5 to 2.0 mM show high tolerance reaching cell viabilities as high as 93 %. No evidence of cellular apoptotic pathways was observed as pointed out by our Annexin V assays at higher concentrations. Moreover, confocal microscopy analysis conducted to

  20. Cytocompatibility of direct water synthesized cadmium selenide quantum dots in colo-205 cells

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    Cadmium selenide quantum dots (CdSe QDs), inorganic semiconducting nanocrystals, are alluring increased attraction due to their highly refined chemistry, availability, and super tunable optical properties suitable for many applications in different research areas, such as photovoltaics, light-emitting devices, environmental sciences, and nanomedicine. Specifically, they are being widely used in bio-imaging in contrast to organic dyes due to their high brightness and improved photo-stability, and their ability to tune their absorption and emission spectra upon changing the crystal size. The production of CdSe QDs is mostly assisted by trioctylphosphine oxide compound, which acts as solvent or solubilizing agent and renders the QDs soluble in organic compounds (such as toluene, chloroform, and hexane) that are highly toxic. To circumvent the toxicity-related factor in CdSe QDs, we report the synthesis of CdSe QDs capped with thioglycolic acid (TGA) in an aqueous medium, and their biocompatibility in colo-205 cancer cells. In this study, the [Cd2+]/[TGA] ratio was adjusted to 11:1 and the Se concentration (10 and 15 mM) was monitored in order to evaluate its influence on the optical properties and cytocompatibility. QDs resulted to be quite stable in water (after purification) and RPMI cell medium and no precipitation was observed for long contact times, making them appealing for in vitro experiments. The spectroscopy analysis, advanced electron microscopy, and X-ray diffractometry studies indicate that the final products were successfully formed exhibiting an improved optical response. Colo-205 cells being exposed to different concentrations of TGA-capped CdSe QDs for 12, 24, and 48 h with doses ranging from 0.5 to 2.0 mM show high tolerance reaching cell viabilities as high as 93 %. No evidence of cellular apoptotic pathways was observed as pointed out by our Annexin V assays at higher concentrations. Moreover, confocal microscopy analysis conducted to evaluate

  1. 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)

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. RECYCLING TECHNOLOGY INTO INDUSTRIAL TURNOVER OF BISMUTH AND MOLYBDENUM FROM DEAD CATALYST

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    O. S. Komarov

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available The technology of separate extraction of bismuth and molybdenum from spent catalyst was presented and information on the effectiveness of its use in a composition of comprehensive modifier in the iron-carbon alloy was given.

  6. 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.

  7. Azo dyes photobleaching and operando FTIR study of acetaldehyde photoinduced decomposition on bismuth doped titania

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    Henych, Jiří; Štengl, Václav; Mattsson, A.; Österlund, L.

    Thessaloniki : Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 2014. s. 101. [European Meeting on Solar Chemistry and Photocatalysis: Environmental Applications (SPEA) /8./. 25.6.2014-28.6.2014, Thessaloniki] Institutional support: RVO:61388980 Keywords : bismuth doped titania Subject RIV: CA - Inorganic Chemistry

  8. A novel synthesis of perovskite bismuth ferrite nanoparticles

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    Alexandre Z. Simões

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available Microwave assisted hydrothermal (MAH method was used to synthesize crystalline bismuth ferrite (BiFeO3 nanoparticles (BFO at temperature of 180°C with times ranging from 5 min to 1 h. For comparison, BFO powders were also crystallized by the soft chemistry route in a conventional furnace at a temperature of 850°C for 4 h. X-ray diffraction (XRD results verified the formation of perovskite BFO crystallites while infrared data showed no traces of carbonate. Field emission scanning microcopy (FE/SEM revealed a homogeneous size distribution of nanometric BFO powders. MAH method produced nanoparticles of 96% pure perovskite, with a size of 130 nm. These results are in agreement with Raman scattering values which show that the MAH synthesis route is rapid and cost effective. This method could be used as an alternative to other chemical methods in order to obtain BFO nanoparticles.

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. Formic Acid Oxidation at Platinum-Bismuth Clusters

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    Lovic, J. D.; Stevanovic, S. I.; Tripkovic, D. V.; Tripkovic, Vladimir; Stevanovic, R. M.; Popovic, K. Dj.; Jovanovic, V. M.

    2014-01-01

    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...... dissolution, deposits were subjected to electrochemical oxidation, in the relevant potential range and supporting electrolyte, prior to use as catalysts for HCOOH oxidation. Anodic striping charges indicated that along oxidation procedure most of deposited Bi was oxidized. ICP mass spectroscopy analysis of...... latter. 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...

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. Process dependent thermoelectric properties of EDTA assisted bismuth telluride

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    Kulsi, Chiranjit; Kargupta, Kajari; Banerjee, Dipali

    2016-04-01

    Comparison between the structure and thermoelectric properties of EDTA (Ethylene-diamine-tetra-acetic acid) assisted bismuth telluride prepared by electrochemical deposition and hydrothermal route is reported in the present work. The prepared samples have been structurally characterized by high resolution X-ray diffraction spectra (HRXRD), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) and high resolution transmission electron microscopic images (HRTEM). Crystallite size and strain have been determined from Williamson-Hall plot of XRD which is in conformity with TEM images. Measurement of transport properties show sample in the pellet form (S1) prepared via hydrothermal route has higher value of thermoelectric power (S) than the electrodeposited film (S2). But due to a substantial increase in the electrical conductivity (σ) of the film (S2) over the pellet (S1), the power factor and the figure of merit is higher for sample S2 than the sample S1 at room temperature.

  18. 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)

  19. Scanning tunneling microscopy of the cleavage surface of bismuth crystals

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    The results of in situ studies of the surface structure of the cleavages of bismuth crystals by the method of scanning tunneling microscopy are presented. It is established that cleavage 'opens' the (111) surface with atomically smooth terraces of diatomic steps whose heights are equal to 0.4 nm or a multiple of this value. If the cleavage is made at room temperature, the boundaries of the terraces are usually curved and diffuse owing to the thermal motion with the activation energy of ∼700 K. The cleavage at liquid nitrogen or helium temperatures provides the formation of straight boundaries along the atomic rows on the surface. Twin interlayers of the quantized width of ∼7 nm are revealed. This width value indicates that the atomic planes on both sides of such interlayers intergrow with the interlayer planes inclined to them at a small angle

  20. 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...

  1. Determination of vanadium concentration in bismuth titanate monocrystals and its relation to optical properties and photoconductivity

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    Using Czochralski method optically perfect bismuth titanate crytals doped by vanadium (0.14-0.46 mass.%) are prepared. A technique of vanadium concentration measurement by Raman spectra is developed. Photoconductivity and optical properties of tehse monocrystals are studied. It is shown that in λ > 530 nm wave range photoconductivity of doped monocrystals is by 1-2 order higher than in pure bismuth titanate monocrystal

  2. In vitro synergistic activity between bismuth subcitrate and various antimicrobial agents against Campylobacter pyloridis (C. pylori).

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    Van Caekenberghe, D L; Breyssens, J

    1987-01-01

    The in vitro interactions between bismuth subcitrate and a variety of antimicrobial agents against 12 Campylobacter pyloridis (C. pylori) isolates were studied by the agar dilution checkerboard technique. The combination of bismuth subcitrate with the older quinolone, oxolinic acid, produced synergistic activity against all strains. This observation, however, could not be extended to the (aryl) fluoroquinolones, norfloxacin, ofloxacin, and difloxacin, since synergy was rare or absent when bis...

  3. 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...

  4. Shock compression and adiabatic decompression of a dense bismuth plasma at extreme thermal energy densities

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    Experimental results on the shock-wave compression of solid and porous bismuth samples at pressures over the range 0.4-6 Mbar are reported. The course of the supercritical decompression isentropes between a highly compressed condensed state and a low-density plasma has been determined. The experimental results are used to write a thermodynamic description of the high-energy states of a dense bismuth plasma. 11 references

  5. 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...

  6. 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)

  7. 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 ...

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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).

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. Evolution of the chemical bonding nature and electrode activity of indium selenide upon the composite formation with graphene nanosheets

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    Graphical abstract: Display Omitted -- Highlights: • In4Se2.85@graphene nanocomposite is easily prepared by high energy mechanical milling process. • The bond covalency of In4Se2.85 is notably changed upon the composite formation with graphene. • In4Se2.85@graphene nanocomposite shows promising anode performance for lithium ion battery. -- Abstract: Evolution of the chemical bonding nature and electrochemical activity of indium selenide upon the composite formation with carbon species is systematically investigated. Nanocomposites of In4Se2.85@graphene and In4Se2.85@carbon-black are synthesized via a solid state reaction between In and Se elements, and the following high energy mechanical milling of In4Se2.85 with graphene and carbon-black, respectively. The high energy mechanical milling (HEMM) of In4Se2.85 with carbon species gives rise to a decrease of particle size with a significant depression of the crystallinity of In4Se2.85 phase. In contrast to the composite formation with carbon-black, that with graphene induces a notable decrease of (In−Se) bond covalency, underscoring significant chemical interaction between graphene and In4Se2.85. Both the nanocomposites of In4Se2.85@graphene and In4Se2.85@carbon-black show much better anode performance for lithium ion batteries with larger discharge capacity and better cyclability than does the pristine In4Se2.85 material, indicating the beneficial effect of composite formation on the electrochemical activity of indium selenide. Between the present nanocomposites, the electrode performance of the In4Se2.85@graphene nanocomposite is superior to that of the In4Se2.85@carbon-black nanocomposite, which is attributable to the weakening of (In−Se) bonds upon the composite formation with graphene as well as to the better mixing between In4Se2.85 and graphene. The present study clearly demonstrates that the composite formation with graphene has strong influence on the chemical bonds and electrode activity of indium

  14. Post-test analysis of components from selenide isotope generator modules M-7, M-15, and M-18

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    Several critical components removed from SIG (Selenide Isotope Generator) thermoelectric modules M-7, M-15C, M-15D, and M-18 were examined. These modules failed to show the predicted stability and conversion efficiency. Understanding the degradation and identifying means for preventing it necessitated detailed post-test examinations of key parts in the modules. Steel springs, which provided pressure for contacts at the hot and cold ends of P- or N-legs, relaxed more than expected. Beryllium oxide insulators had dark deposits that caused electrical shorts. The GdSe149 N-leg exhibited cracking. The (Cu,Ag)2Se P-leg lost weight or sublimed excessively in module M-7 and more than expected in the other modules

  15. Post-test analysis of components from selenide isotope generator modules M-7, M-15, and M-18

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    Wei, G.C.; Keiser, J.R.; Crouse, R.S.; Allen, M.D.; Schaffhauser, A.C.

    1979-05-01

    Several critical components removed from SIG (Selenide Isotope Generator) thermoelectric modules M-7, M-15C, M-15D, and M-18 were examined. These modules failed to show the predicted stability and conversion efficiency. Understanding the degradation and identifying means for preventing it necessitated detailed post-test examinations of key parts in the modules. Steel springs, which provided pressure for contacts at the hot and cold ends of P- or N-legs, relaxed more than expected. Beryllium oxide insulators had dark deposits that caused electrical shorts. The GdSe/sub 1/ /sub 49/ N-leg exhibited cracking. The (Cu,Ag)/sub 2/Se P-leg lost weight or sublimed excessively in module M-7 and more than expected in the other modules.

  16. A novel polysaccharide isolated from mulberry fruits (Murus alba L.) and its selenide derivative: structural characterization and biological activities.

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    Chen, Chun; Zhang, Bin; Fu, Xiong; Liu, Rui Hai

    2016-06-15

    A novel polysaccharide (MFP3P) was isolated from Murus alba L. through the hot water extraction method followed by chromatographic purification. The chemical structure of MFP3P was elucidated by acid hydrolysis, Smith degradation and methylation analysis, along with FT-IR, GC-MS, (1)H and (13)C NMR spectroscopy. Its morphological properties were further characterized by SEM and AFM. The selenide of the polysaccharide (MFP3P-Se) was obtained by the Na2SeO3/BaCl2 method. The antioxidant properties showed that MFP3P-Se exhibited higher peroxy radical-scavenging capacity than MFP3P in vitro. Moreover, MFP3P-Se had more significant hypoglycemic effects than MFP3P through promoting pancreatic cell proliferation and increasing glucose metabolism and insulin secretion. PMID:27241036

  17. Cuprous Iodide Catalyzed Synthesis of Diaryl Selenide and Telluride from Organoboronic Acids with Diphenyl Diselenide and Ditelluride

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    WANG,Lei; WANG,Min; YAN,Jin-Can; LI,Pin-Hua

    2004-01-01

    @@ Organoselenium and tellurium compounds have received much attention not only as synthetic reagents or intermediates in organic synthesis but also as promising donor molecules for conductive materials.[1] A number of synthetic methods have been reported to prepare organoselenium and tellurium derivatives. A convenient and general method to introduce a selenium or tellurium moiety into organic molecules is the reaction of a metal selenolate or tellurolate with appropriate electrophiles such as organic halides, acyl chlorides, epoxides, and α, β-enones.[2] However, it is difficult to synthesize the unsymmetrical diarylselenides and tellurides through the reaction of selenide anion with organic halides because of the less reactivity of aryl halides. To accomplish this purpose, the reaction (iodobenzene with phenylselenol)was generally carried out in the presence of catalysts, ligands and strong bases. But, the reaction needs longer time to accomplish and form the products in moderate yields.

  18. 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

  19. Corrosion behavior of Si-enriched steels for nuclear applications in liquid lead–bismuth

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    Kurata, Yuji, E-mail: kurata.yuji@jaea.go.jp [Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Tokai-mura, Ibaraki-ken 319-1195 (Japan)

    2013-06-15

    Highlights: ► The corrosion behavior of Si-enriched steels in liquid lead–bismuth was studied. ► The corrosion tests were conducted at the two controlled oxygen levels. ► The Si addition reduces the scale thickness under the high oxygen condition. ► The Si addition has no significant effect under the low oxygen condition. -- Abstract: The corrosion behavior of Si-enriched steels in liquid lead–bismuth was studied in order to develop accelerator driven systems for transmutation of long-lived radioactive wastes and lead–bismuth cooled fast reactors. The corrosion tests of 316SS, Si-enriched 316SS, Mod.9Cr–1Mo steel (T91) and Si-enriched T91 were conducted at 550 °C in liquid lead–bismuth at the two controlled oxygen levels. Both the additions of 2.5 wt.% Si to 316SS and 1.5 wt.% Si to T91 had the effect of reducing the thickness of oxide layer in liquid lead–bismuth at the high oxygen concentration (2.5 × 10{sup −5} wt.%). Although the Si addition to 316SS reduced the depth of ferritization caused by Ni dissolution in liquid lead–bismuth at the low oxygen concentration (4.4 × 10{sup −8} wt.%), it could not suppress the ferritization and the penetration of Pb and Bi completely. The Si addition to T91 did not have the effect of preventing the penetration of Pb and Bi in the liquid lead–bismuth at the low oxygen concentration. The oxide scales formed on both Si-enriched steels did not have sufficient corrosion resistance under the low oxygen condition.

  20. 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

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

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    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

  3. 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...

  4. 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.

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

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    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

  6. Crystallinity and electrical properties of neodymium-substituted bismuth titanate thin films

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    We report on the properties of Nd-substituted bismuth titanate Bi4-xNd xTi3O12 (BNdT) thin films for ferroelectric non-volatile memory applications. The Nd-substituted bismuth titanate thin films fabricated by modified chemical solution deposition technique showed much improved properties compared to pure bismuth titanate. A pyrochlore free crystalline phase was obtained at a low annealing temperature of 640 deg. C and grain size was found to be considerably increased as the annealing temperature increased. The film properties were found to be strongly dependent on the Nd content and annealing temperatures. The measured dielectric constant of BNdT thin films was in the range 172-130 for Bi4-xNd xTi3O12 with x 0.0-0.75. Ferroelectric properties of Nd-substituted bismuth titanate thin films were significantly improved compared to pure bismuth titanate. For example, the observed 2P r and E c for Bi3.25Nd0.75Ti3O12, annealed at 680 deg. C, were 38 μC/cm2 and 98 kV/cm, respectively. The improved microstructural and ferroelectric properties of BNdT thin films suggest their suitability for high density ferroelectric random access memory applications

  7. 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.

  8. Bioaccumulation and biosorption of bismuth Bi (III) by filamentous fungus Aspergillus clavatus

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    In this work we focused on bismuth (III) biosorption and bioaccumulation. Prior the bioaccumulation experiments the 7-day-old conidia were collected from mycelia surface of filamentous fungus Aspergillus clavatus and used as inocula for 50 ml of nutrient media with different bismuth (III) concentrations. After 15-day cultivation under laboratory conditions (dark, 25 grad C) the bismuth concentration in grown fungal biomass was measured using ICP OES. Maximum achieved accumulation capacity of dry biomass was 112 μmol.g-1. Batch biosorption experiments were performed in Erlenmeyer flasks with pelletized wet fungal biomass/solution ratio 1.8% and with various bismuth (III) concentrations. The equilibrium time was studied within the time interval of 0-240 min. The reaction kinetics were well described by both pseudo-first and pseudo-second order rate models, and equilibrium was reached after 50 min. Langmuir and Freundlich isotherm models were used to represent equilibrium data, and the calculated maximum biosorption capacity of fungal biomass for bismuth(III) was 0.40 mmol.g-1. (authors)

  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. 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

  11. Magnetoelectric Effect in Ceramics Based on Bismuth Ferrite

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    Jartych, Elżbieta; Pikula, Tomasz; Kowal, Karol; Dzik, Jolanta; Guzdek, Piotr; Czekaj, Dionizy

    2016-04-01

    Solid-state sintering method was used to prepare ceramic materials based on bismuth ferrite, i.e., (BiFeO3)1 - x -(BaTiO3) x and Bi1 - x Nd x FeO3 solid solutions and the Aurivillius Bi5Ti3FeO15 compound. The structure of the materials was examined using X-ray diffraction, and the Rietveld method was applied to phase analysis and structure refinement. Magnetoelectric coupling was registered in all the materials using dynamic lock-in technique. The highest value of magnetoelectric coupling coefficient α ME was obtained for the Bi5Ti3FeO15 compound ( α ME ~ 10 mVcm-1 Oe-1). In the case of (BiFeO3)1 - x -(BaTiO3) x and Bi1 - x Nd x FeO3 solid solutions, the maximum α ME is of the order of 1 and 2.7 mVcm-1 Oe-1, respectively. The magnitude of magnetoelectric coupling is accompanied with structural transformation in the studied solid solutions. The relatively high magnetoelectric effect in the Aurivillius Bi5Ti3FeO15 compound is surprising, especially since the material is paramagnetic at room temperature. When the materials were subjected to a preliminary electrical poling, the magnitude of the magnetoelectric coupling increased 2-3 times.

  12. 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.

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

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    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

  14. Characterization of electrodeposited bismuth-tellurium nanowires and nanotubes

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    Arrays of nanowires and nanotubes of bismuth-tellurium (Bi-Te) were fabricated by electrodeposition techniques. Scanning electron microscopy was employed to characterize the morphology of the fabricated BiTe nanowires and nanotubes. The fabricated BiTe nanowire and nanotube arrays are shown to be polycrystalline with no preferred orientation. Wavelength dispersive spectroscopy analysis shows that either p-type (Bi rich) or n-type (Te rich) nanowires or nanotubes can be obtained by changing the electrodeposition potentials. The lamellar thickness of the nanowires and nanotube crystallites were determined using the Scherrer equation and found to be ∼17-24 nm. The Seebeck coefficient measurements at room temperature obtained for the nanowires and nanotubes deposited at -400 mV were +11.5 and +17 μV K-1, respectively, whereas those obtained at -65 mV were -48 and -63 μV K-1, respectively. The electrical resistance measurements indicated that the resistance of the nanowires and nanotubes decreased with increasing temperature, suggesting that these nanostructures behave like semiconductors.

  15. 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)

  16. 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

  17. 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.

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

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    Inoue, Satoshi, E-mail: s-inoue@jaist.ac.jp [Green Device Research Center, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST), 2-13 Asahidai, Nomi, Ishikawa 923-1211 (Japan); School of Material Science, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST), 1-1 Asahidai, Nomi, Ishikawa 923-1292 (Japan); Ariga, Tomoki [Green Device Research Center, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST), 2-13 Asahidai, Nomi, Ishikawa 923-1211 (Japan); ERATO Shimoda Nano-Liquid Process Project, Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), 2-13 Asahidai, Nomi, Ishikawa 923-1211 (Japan); Matsumoto, Shin [School of Material Science, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST), 1-1 Asahidai, Nomi, Ishikawa 923-1292 (Japan); Onoue, Masatoshi; Miyasako, Takaaki [ERATO Shimoda Nano-Liquid Process Project, Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), 2-13 Asahidai, Nomi, Ishikawa 923-1211 (Japan); Tokumitsu, Eisuke; Shimoda, Tatsuya [Green Device Research Center, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST), 2-13 Asahidai, Nomi, Ishikawa 923-1211 (Japan); School of Material Science, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST), 1-1 Asahidai, Nomi, Ishikawa 923-1292 (Japan); ERATO Shimoda Nano-Liquid Process Project, Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), 2-13 Asahidai, Nomi, Ishikawa 923-1211 (Japan); Chinone, Norimichi; Cho, Yasuo [Research Institute of Electrical Communication, Tohoku University, 2-1-1 Katahira, Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi 980-8577 (Japan)

    2014-10-21

    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.

  19. Optical bleaching of bismuth implanted silica glass: A threshold effect

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    The near surface regions of high purity silica glass discs, Spectrosil A, were modified by implantation with bismuth ions at 160 keV and room temperature. The glasses implanted with a nominal dose of 6 x 1016 Bi/cm2 at ∼5 μA/cm2 were subsequently bleached with a 5.0 eV KrF pulsed excimer laser. The laser had an average pulse duration of ∼20 ns and repetition rate of 10 Hz, It was found that the bleaching was dependent upon the power density of the laser for a constant total integrated energy. Ion backscattering and optical absorption measurements were made before and after laser irradiation. Large changes in optical density and depth distribution of the implanted ions were observed at power densities of ≥45 mJ/cm2-pulse. On the basis of the experimental results, the onset of the threshold for bleaching of silica glass implanted with 6 x 1016 Bi/cm2 at 160 keV and at room temperature is between 30 and 45 mJ/cm2-pulse

  20. 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”.

  1. A detailed study of 2223 bismuth superconductor system

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    In an attempt to obtain improved Phase conditions, Critical current density and Tc, in Bismuth based 2223 superconducting, eleven batches of samples of Bi/sub 2-x/, (Pb/sub x-y/ Sb/sub y/) Sr/sub 2/ Ca/sub 2/Cu/sub 3/O delta series, where (x,y) =(0.5,0.4), (0.32, 0), (0.4, 0.2), (o.4, 0.1), (0.3, 0.2), (0.3, 0.1), (0.2, 0.1), (0.1, 0.1) and (0.1, 0) were prepared using solid state reaction method. Electrical resistivity measurements on samples showed normal superconductor behavior with a dominating superconducting phase of 110K as well as a quite improved critical current. However two samples of series showed semiconductor behavior up to LN2 temperature. X-ray diffraction analysis have also been made on samples which showed a multiphase. (author)

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Optical bleaching of bismuth implanted silica glass: A threshold effect

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    The near surface regions of high purity silica glass discs, Spectrosil A, were modified by implantation with bismuth ions at 160 key and room temperature. The glasses implanted with a nominal dose of 6x1016 Bi/cm2 at ∼5 μA/cm2 were subsequently bleached with a 5.0 eV KrF pulsed excimer laser. The laser had an average pulse duration of ∼20 ns and repetition rate of 10 Hz. It was found that the bleaching was dependent upon the power density of the laser for a constant total integrated energy. Ion backscattering and optical absorption measurements were made before and after laser irradiation. Large changes in optical density and depth distribution of the implanted ions were observed at power densities of ≥45 mJ/cm2-pulse. Onset of threshold for bleaching of silica glass implanted with 6x1016 Bi/cm2 at 160 key and at room temperature is between 30 and 45 mJ/cm2-pulse

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. Chapter 10. On average contents of bismuth, indium and thallium in secondary sediments of depression of Tajikistan

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    In this part of book author made conclusion that background contents of bismuth, indium and thallium in secondary sediments of depression of Tajikistan depend from petrographic composition of layers of drainage area, facial-climatic conditions and lithologic layer type; accumulation of investigated elements pass at coastal phases; clayey sediments more enriched by bismuth, indium and thallium than sandstones

  9. Crystal and electronic structures of two new iron selenides: Ba4Fe3Se10 and BaFe2Se4

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    The new ternary selenides, Ba4Fe3Se10 and BaFe2Se4, were synthesized from a reaction of appropriate amounts of elements at high temperature in a silica sealed tube, and their structures were resolved using X-ray single crystal diffraction. BaFe2Se4 crystallizes in the tetragonal space group I4/m with a=8.008(9) Å and c=5.483(3) Å as cell parameters. It is a new compound with a structure isotypical to the sulfide BaFe2S4 which belongs to the infinitely adaptive structures series Ba1+xFe2S4. The second compound, Ba4Fe3Se10, crystallizes in the monoclinic space group P21/n with a=8.8593(1) Å, b=8.8073(1) Å, c=12.2724(1) Å and β=109.037(6)° as cell parameters. It exhibits an original structure with a new type of iron selenide polyhedra. These data were consistent with the powder X-ray diffraction and TEM analyses. Their electronic structures point towards metallicity and electronic correlations for both selenides. - Graphical abstract: Experimental [010] oriented ED pattern and corresponding HREM image of Ba4Fe3Se10. Image calculated with a focus and thickness to 15nm and 8 nm respectively is inserted. Bright contrasts are correlated to Se rows belonging to FeSe3(Se2)2−–FeSe6–FeSe3(Se2)2− trimers. The corresponding structure projection is also shown. - Highlights: • Two new barium iron selenide compounds. • An original structure type Ba4Fe3Se10. • Electronic structure calculations

  10. 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

  11. 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.

  12. Synthesis and characterization of (Ni1-xCox)Se2 based ternary selenides as electrocatalyst for triiodide reduction in dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Theerthagiri, J.; Senthil, R. A.; Buraidah, M. H.; Raghavender, M.; Madhavan, J.; Arof, A. K.

    2016-06-01

    Ternary metal selenides of (Ni1-xCox)Se2 with 0≤x≤1 were synthesized by using one-step hydrothermal reduction route. The synthesized metal selenides were utilized as an efficient, low-cost platinum free counter electrode for dye-sensitized solar cells. The cyclic voltammetry and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy studies revealed that the Ni0.5Co0.5Se2 counter electrode exhibited higher electrocatalytic activity and lower charge transfer resistance at the counter electrode/electrolyte interface than the other compositions for reduction of triiodide to iodide. Ternary selenides of Ni0.5Co0.5Se2 offer a synergistic effect to the electrocatalytic activity for the reduction of triiodide that might be due to an increase in active catalytic sites and small charge transfer resistance. The DSSC with Ni0.5Co0.5Se2 counter electrode achieved a high power conversion efficiency of 6.02%, which is comparable with that of conventional platinum counter electrode (6.11%). This present investigation demonstrates the potential application of Ni0.5Co0.5Se2 as counter electrode in dye-sensitized solar cells.

  13. Investigation of deep level defects in epitaxial semiconducting zinc sulpho-selenide. Progress report, 15 June 1979-14 June 1980

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    In an effort to understand the defect structure of the ternary II-VI compound zinc sulpho-selenide, the binary compound zinc selenide was investigated. Thin single crystalline films of zinc selenide were heteroepitaxially grown on (100) GaAs. Epitaxial layers from 5 to 50 microns thick could be readily grown using a chemical vapor transport technique. The layers had an excellent morphology with few stacking faults and hillocks. Detailed epitaxial growth kinetics were examined as a function of temperature and reactant concentration. It was found that hydrogen flow rate, source and substrate temperature affect the growth rate of the epitaxial films. Au - ZnSe Schottky barrier diodes and ZnSe - GaAs n-p heterojunctions were prepared from the epitaxial layers. Current-voltage characteristics were measured on both types of diodes. From capacitance-voltage measurements the residual doping density of the epitaxial layers were found to be of the order of 1014 - 1015 cm-3. Finally, we have begun to measure the deep level spectrum of both the Schottky barrier diodes and the heterojunctions. Deep level transient spectroscopy appears to be well suited for determining trapping states in ZnSe provided the material has a low enough resistivity

  14. 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).

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. Sintering characteristics of La/Nd doped Bi4Ti3O12 bismuth titanate ceramics

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    Islam Aminul Md.

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available A good understanding about the properties of La/Nd doped Bismuth Titanate (BIT ceramics at high temperature is very important as the new materials being developed based on the BIT. Pure BIT, La doped (BLT, Nd doped (BNT and La and Nd co-doped BIT (BLNT powders were synthesized by solid state reaction method. Prepared powders were calcined at different temperatures and structural properties measured by XRD. For pure BIT better crystal quality was obtained at 750 0C and for both BLT and BNT better result obtained at 800 0C. Calcined powders were formed into pellets and sintered at different temperatures and its dielectric properties were characterized. Optimum sintering temperature for both BLT and BNT showed was 850 0C and La and Nd co-doped bismuth titanate (BLNT revealed optimum sintering temperature of 950 0C. Therefore, optimum sintering temperature of bismuth titanate was increased due to La and Nd doping.

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

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    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(6Li) 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%

  19. 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)

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    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%.

  20. 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)

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    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.

  1. 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.

  2. Preparation of bismuth-based nanosheets by ultrasound-assisted liquid laser ablation

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    Escobar-Alarcón, L.; Velarde Granados, E.; Solís-Casados, D. A.; Olea-Mejía, O.; Espinosa-Pesqueira, M.; Haro-Poniatowski, E.

    2016-04-01

    The preparation of bismuth nanosheets ablating a high purity Bi target immersed in water subjected to an ultrasound wave is reported. The effect of the laser fluence used for ablation on the size and shape of the nanostructures synthesized was investigated. The obtained results reveal the formation of nanosheets with square-like shape and sizes from approximately 140-543 nm. In comparison, experiments without the ultrasound field lead to the formation of quasi-spherical nanoparticles. The nanosheets were characterized by means of transmission electron microscopy (TEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), UV-Vis and Raman spectroscopies. The bismuth nanosheets, as deposited, are highly crystalline, and depending on the preparation conditions, the α or β phases of Bi2O3 are obtained. UV-Vis measurements show the typical band absorption characteristic of bismuth with nanometric size. Raman spectra confirm the formation of Bi2O3 nanostructures.

  3. 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.

  4. Characteristics of polonium contamination from neutral irradiated lead-bismuth eutectic

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    After neutron capture, bismuth-209 changes to polonium-210 that emits α-particles. Lead-Bismuth eutectic (LBE) in reactor system contaminates the system by polonium. We analyzed adsorbed materials from melted LBE on quartz glass plate. Lead, bismuth and their oxides were confirmed in adsorbed materials. And, we evaluated the baking method in vacuum for removal of polonium and adsorbed materials on quartz glass plate. It was evaluated that it is possible to remove almost all the polonium from the quartz glass plate by baking at temperature more than 300 C. degrees. Unfolding method was applied to calculate polonium distribution in LBE ingot. From measured α-particle pulse height distribution, the polonium distribution in depth of LBE ingot was calculated using quadratic programming code, where response functions are calculated by Monte Carlo method. (authors)

  5. 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)

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    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.

  6. Influence of bismuth on the charging ability of negative plates in lead-acid batteries

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    Lam, L. T.; Ceylan, H.; Haigh, N. P.; Manders, J. E.

    To examine the influence of bismuth on the charging ability of negative plates in lead-acid batteries, plates are made from three types of oxides: (i) leady oxide of high quality which contains virtually no bismuth (termed 'control oxide'); (ii) control oxide in which bismuth oxide is blended at bismuth levels from 0.01 to 0.12 wt.%; (iii) leady oxide produced from Pasminco VRLA Refined™ lead (0.05-0.06 wt.%Bi). An experimental tool—the 'conversion indicator'—is developed to assess the charging ability of the test negative plates when cycling under either zero percent state-of-charge (SoC)/full-charge or partial state-of-charge (PSoC) duty. Although the conversion indicator is not the true charging efficiency, the two parameters have a close relationship, namely, the higher the conversion indicator, the greater the charging efficiency. Little difference is found in the charging ability, irrespective of bismuth content and discharge rate, when the plates are subjected to zero percent SoC/full-charge duty; the conversion indicator lies in the range 81-84%. By contrast, there is a marked difference when the negative plates are subjected to PSoC duty, i.e. consecutive cycling through 90-60, 70-40, 80-40 and 90-40% SoC windows. Up to 0.06 wt.%Bi improves the charging ability, especially with a low and narrow PSoC window (40-70% SoC) of the type that will be experienced in 42 V powernet automobile and hybrid electric duties. To maximize this beneficial effect, bismuth must be distributed uniformly in the plates. This is best achieved by using VRLA Refined™ lead for oxide production.

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

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    Two new bismuth arsenites with two different structural types, namely, Bi2O(AsO3)Cl (1), Bi8O6(AsO3)2(AsO4)2 (2), have been synthesized by the solid-state reactions. Compound 1 exhibits novel 2D bismuth arsenite layers with Bi4O4 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 Bi4As4 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 Bi2O3 (BiCl3) and As2O3 yielded two new compounds with two different structural types, namely, Bi2O(AsO3)Cl (1), Bi8O6(AsO3)2(AsO4)2 (2). They represent the first examples of bismuth arsenates. Highlights: ► Solid state reactions of Bi2O3 (BiCl3) and As2O3 yielded two new phases. ► They represent the first examples of bismuth arsenites. ► The two compounds exhibit two different structural types.

  8. The effect of bismuth subcitrate in patients with diarrhea predominant irritable bowel syndrome

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    Kalani M

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available "nBackground: The irritable bowel syndrome (IBS is one of the most common chronic medical conditions. Various mechanisms, including altered gut flora and/or small bowel bacterial overgrowth, have been suggested to play a role in the development of gas-related symptoms aim of study. The clinical evidence of small intestinal bacterial overgrowth as an important etiology of irritable bowel syndrome continues to accumulate. Clinical symptoms of bacterial overgrowth and irritable bowel syndrome are similar; however, a definitive cause-and-effect relationship remains unproven. It is unclear whether motility dysfunction causes bacterial overgrowth or gas products of"nenteric bacteria affect intestinal motility in irritable bowel syndrome."n "nMethods: In a randomized double-blind placebo-controlled trial consisting of treatment with bismuth subcitrate. Primary efficacy variable was subjective symptoms; frequency of abdominal pain, Number of bowel movement & Bloating/distension."n "nResults: 119 patients were enrolled (59 bismuth subcitrate and 60 placebo recipients. At the end of phase 2, all symptom scores dropped significantly both in bismuth subcitrate and placebo group (p<0.001. There was not a significant difference in symptom relief with bismuth subcitrate versus placebo administration."n "nConclusions: There was not a significant difference in symptom relief with bismuth subcitrate versus placebo in IBS patients. Whether antibiotics can improve quality of life in patients with irritable bowel syndrome warrants further research."nInterventions: Participants were randomly assigned to receive 120mg bismuth subcitrate four times daily for 14 days (n=59 or placebo (n=60.

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

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    High magnetohydrodynamic pressure drop is an important issue for liquid metal blanket concepts. To decrease magnetohydrodynamic resistance authors propose to form 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 insulating coatings characteristics ρδ is ∼ 10-5 Ohm·m2 for steels and 5,0x10-6 - 5,0x10-5 Ohm·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 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, steamgenerators and 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 of technology of lead and lead-bismuth coolants for power high temperature radioactive facilities has been solved. Accidents, emergency situations such as leakage of steamgenerators or depressurization of gas system in facilities with lead and lead-bismuth coolants have been explored and suppressed. (author)

  10. Deposition of Visible Light Active Photocatalytic Bismuth Molybdate Thin Films by Reactive Magnetron Sputtering

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    Marina Ratova; Kelly, Peter J; Glen T. West; Xiaohong Xia; Yun Gao

    2016-01-01

    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-ra...

  11. Equilibrium distribution of lanthanum, neodymium, and thorium between lithium chloride melt and liquid bismuth

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

    2013-04-01

    The distribution of lanthanum, neodymium, and thorium between a lithium chloride melt and liquid bismuth with additions of lithium as a reducing agent are investigated at 650°C. Equilibrium values of their distribution constants are measured. It is shown that in contrast to neodymium and lanthanum, thorium cannot be extracted from bismuth into lithium chloride. This allows us to propose an efficient scheme for separating lanthanides and thorium in a system for the extraction of fuel salts in molten-salt nuclear reactors.

  12. 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

  13. 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...

  14. Electrical properties of niobium doped barium bismuth-titanate ceramics

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    Highlights: ► Pure and doped BaBi4Ti4O15 were prepared via the solid-state reaction method. ► The grain size was suppressed in Nb-doped samples. ► The diffuseness of the dielectric peak increased with dopant concentration. ► Niobium affected on relaxor behavior of barium bismuth titanate ceramics. ► The conductivity change was noticed in doped samples. -- Abstract: BaBi4Ti4–5/4xNbxO15 (BBNTx, x = 0, 0.05, 0.15, 0.30) ceramics have been prepared by solid state method. XRD data indicate the formation of single-phase-layered perovskites for all compositions. SEM micrographs suggest that the grain size decreases with Nb doping. The effect of niobium doping on the dielectric and relaxor behavior of BaBi4Ti4O15 ceramics was investigated in a wide range of temperatures (20–777 °C) and frequencies (1.21 kHz to 1 MHz). Nb doping influences Tc decrease as well as the decrease of dielectric permittivity at Curie temperature. At room temperature, undoped BaBi4Ti4O15 exhibits dielectric constant of ∼204 at 100 kHz, that slightly increases with Nb doping. The conductivity of BBNT5 ceramics is found to be lower than that of other investigated compositions. The value of activation energy of σDC was found to be 0.89 eV, 1.01 eV, 0.93 eV and 0.71 eV for BBT, BBNT5, BBNT15 and BBNT30, respectively.

  15. Electrical properties of niobium doped barium bismuth-titanate ceramics

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    Bobić, J.D., E-mail: jelenabobic@yahoo.com [Institute for Multidisciplinary Researches, Belgrade University, Kneza Viseslava 1, Belgrade (Serbia); Vijatović Petrović, M.M. [Institute for Multidisciplinary Researches, Belgrade University, Kneza Viseslava 1, Belgrade (Serbia); Banys, J. [Faculty of Physics, Vilnius University, 9 Sauletekio Str., Vilnius (Lithuania); Stojanović, B.D. [Institute for Multidisciplinary Researches, Belgrade University, Kneza Viseslava 1, Belgrade (Serbia)

    2012-08-15

    Highlights: ► Pure and doped BaBi{sub 4}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 15} were prepared via the solid-state reaction method. ► The grain size was suppressed in Nb-doped samples. ► The diffuseness of the dielectric peak increased with dopant concentration. ► Niobium affected on relaxor behavior of barium bismuth titanate ceramics. ► The conductivity change was noticed in doped samples. -- Abstract: BaBi{sub 4}Ti{sub 4–5/4x}Nb{sub x}O{sub 15} (BBNTx, x = 0, 0.05, 0.15, 0.30) ceramics have been prepared by solid state method. XRD data indicate the formation of single-phase-layered perovskites for all compositions. SEM micrographs suggest that the grain size decreases with Nb doping. The effect of niobium doping on the dielectric and relaxor behavior of BaBi{sub 4}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 15} ceramics was investigated in a wide range of temperatures (20–777 °C) and frequencies (1.21 kHz to 1 MHz). Nb doping influences T{sub c} decrease as well as the decrease of dielectric permittivity at Curie temperature. At room temperature, undoped BaBi{sub 4}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 15} exhibits dielectric constant of ∼204 at 100 kHz, that slightly increases with Nb doping. The conductivity of BBNT5 ceramics is found to be lower than that of other investigated compositions. The value of activation energy of σ{sub DC} was found to be 0.89 eV, 1.01 eV, 0.93 eV and 0.71 eV for BBT, BBNT5, BBNT15 and BBNT30, respectively.

  16. Formic acid oxidation at platinum-bismuth catalysts

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    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

  17. Iron selenide films by aerosol assisted chemical vapor deposition from single source organometallic precursor in the presence of surfactants

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    Hussain, Raja Azadar [Department of Chemistry, Quaid-i-Azam University, 45320 Islamabad (Pakistan); Badshah, Amin, E-mail: aminbadshah@yahoo.com [Department of Chemistry, Quaid-i-Azam University, 45320 Islamabad (Pakistan); Younis, Adnan [School of Materials Science and Engineering, University of New South Wales, Sydney 2052, NSW (Australia); Khan, Malik Dilshad [Department of Chemistry, Quaid-i-Azam University, 45320 Islamabad (Pakistan); Akhtar, Javeed [Department of Physics, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Park Road, Chak Shahzad, Islamabad (Pakistan)

    2014-09-30

    This article presents the synthesis and characterization (multinuclear nuclear magnetic resonance, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, carbon–hydrogen–nitrogen–sulfur analyzer, atomic absorption spectrometry and thermogravimetric analysis) of a single source organometallic precursor namely 1-acetyl-3-(4-ferrocenylphenyl)selenourea for the fabrication of iron selenide (FeSe) films on glass substrates using aerosol assisted chemical vapor deposition (AACVD). The changes in the morphologies of the films have been monitored by the use of two different surfactants i.e. triton X-100 and tetraoctylphosphonium bromide during AACVD. The role of surfactant has been evaluated by examining the interaction of the surfactants with the precursor by using UV–vis spectroscopy and cyclic voltammetry. The fabricated FeSe films have been characterized with powder X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive spectroscopy. - Highlights: • Ferrocene incorporated selenourea (FIS) has been synthesized and characterized. • FeSe thin films have been fabricated from FIS. • Mechanism of film growth was studied with cyclic voltammetry and UV–vis spectroscopy.

  18. Selenide isotope generator for the Galileo Mission: copper/water axially-grooved heat pipe topical report

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    This report presents a summary of the major accomplishments for the development, fabrication, and testing of axially-grooved copper/water heat pipes for Selenide Isotopic Generator (SIG) applications. The early development consisted of chemical, physical, and analytical studies to define an axially-grooved tube geometry that could be successfully fabricated and provide the desired long term (up to seven years) performance is presented. Heat pipe fabrication procedures, measured performance and accelerated life testing of heat pipes S/Ns AL-5 and LT-57 conducted at B and K Engineering are discussed. S/N AL-5 was the first axially-grooved copper/water heat pipe that was fabricated with the new internal coating process for cupric oxide (CuO) and the cleaning and water preparation methods developed by Battelle Columbus Laboratories. Heat pipe S/N LT-57 was fabricated along with sixty other axially-grooved heat pipes allocated for life testing at Teledyne Energy Systems. As of June 25, 1979, heat pipes S/Ns AL-5 and LT-57 have been accelerated life tested for 13,310 and 6,292 respectively, at a nominal operating temperature of 2250C without any signs of thermal performance degradation

  19. Transition from Sign-Reversed to Sign-Preserved Cooper-Pairing Symmetry in Sulfur-Doped Iron Selenide Superconductors

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    Wang, Qisi; Park, J. T.; Feng, Yu; Shen, Yao; Hao, Yiqing; Pan, Bingying; Lynn, J. W.; Ivanov, A.; Chi, Songxue; Matsuda, M.; Cao, Huibo; Birgeneau, R. J.; Efremov, D. V.; Zhao, Jun

    2016-05-01

    An essential step toward elucidating the mechanism of superconductivity is to determine the sign or phase of the superconducting order parameter, as it is closely related to the pairing interaction. In conventional superconductors, the electron-phonon interaction induces attraction between electrons near the Fermi energy and results in a sign-preserved s -wave pairing. For high-temperature superconductors, including cuprates and iron-based superconductors, prevalent weak coupling theories suggest that the electron pairing is mediated by spin fluctuations which lead to repulsive interactions, and therefore that a sign-reversed pairing with an s± or d -wave symmetry is favored. Here, by using magnetic neutron scattering, a phase sensitive probe of the superconducting gap, we report the observation of a transition from the sign-reversed to sign-preserved Cooper-pairing symmetry with insignificant changes in Tc in the S-doped iron selenide superconductors KxFe2 -y(Se1-zSz) 2 . We show that a rather sharp magnetic resonant mode well below the superconducting gap (2 Δ ) in the undoped sample (z =0 ) is replaced by a broad hump structure above 2 Δ under 50% S doping. These results cannot be readily explained by simple spin fluctuation-exchange pairing theories and, therefore, multiple pairing channels are required to describe superconductivity in this system. Our findings may also yield a simple explanation for the sometimes contradictory data on the sign of the superconducting order parameter in iron-based materials.

  20. Ecotoxicological assessment of solar cell leachates: Copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS) cells show higher activity than organic photovoltaic (OPV) cells.

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    Brun, Nadja Rebecca; Wehrli, Bernhard; Fent, Karl

    2016-02-01

    Despite the increasing use of photovoltaics their potential environmental risks are poorly understood. Here, we compared ecotoxicological effects of two thin-film photovoltaics: established copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS) and organic photovoltaic (OPV) cells. Leachates were produced by exposing photovoltaics to UV light, physical damage, and exposure to environmentally relevant model waters, representing mesotrophic lake water, acidic rain, and seawater. CIGS cell leachates contained 583 μg L(-1) molybdenum at lake water, whereas at acidic rain and seawater conditions, iron, copper, zinc, molybdenum, cadmium, silver, and tin were present up to 7219 μg L(-1). From OPV, copper (14 μg L(-1)), zinc (87 μg L(-1)) and silver (78 μg L(-1)) leached. Zebrafish embryos were exposed until 120 h post-fertilization to these extracts. CIGS leachates produced under acidic rain, as well as CIGS and OPV leachates produced under seawater conditions resulted in a marked hatching delay and increase in heart edema. Depending on model water and solar cell, transcriptional alterations occurred in genes involved in oxidative stress (cat), hormonal activity (vtg1, ar), metallothionein (mt2), ER stress (bip, chop), and apoptosis (casp9). The effects were dependent on the concentrations of cationic metals in leachates. Addition of ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid protected zebrafish embryos from morphological and molecular effects. Our study suggests that metals leaching from damaged CIGS cells, may pose a potential environmental risk. PMID:26615488

  1. Structural and Optical Studies of 100 MeV Ni+7 Irradiated Cadmium Selenide Thin Films

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    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available The effect of irradiation with Swift (100 MeV Ni+ 7 ions on the structural and optical properties of Cadmium Selenide (CdSe thin films have been investigated at different fluencies in the range of 1  1011-1  1013 ions/cm – 2. The CdSe films on glass substrates were prepared by thermal evaporation. The structural and optical changes with respect to increasing fluence were observed by the means of X-ray diffraction (XRD, UV-VIS and Raman spectroscopy. After irradiating the films with Ni+ 7 ions XRD show the increased in peak intensity and crystallite size with increasing fluence. The UV-VIS-IR spectroscopy revealed that there is decrease in band gap energy of the films after irradiation with increasing fluencies. Raman spectrum for as deposited and irradiated films show two peak, one at 209 cm – 1 and at 410 cm – 1 which is assigned to the longitudinal optical (LO phonon mode.

  2. Influence of growth and photocatalytic properties of copper selenide (CuSe) nanoparticles using reflux condensation method

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    Influence of reaction conditions on the synthesis of copper selenide (CuSe) nanoparticles and their photo degradation activity is studied. Nearly monodispersed uniform size (23–44 nm) nanoparticles are synthesized by varying the reaction conditions using reflux condensation method. The obtained nanoparticles are characterized by X-ray diffraction, field emission scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy and UV–visible absorption spectroscopy. The X-ray diffraction analysis of the sample shows the formation of nanoparticles with hexagonal CuSe structure. The result indicates that on increasing the reaction time from 4 to 12 h, the particle size decreases from 44 to 23 nm, but an increase in the reaction temperature increases the particle size. The calculated band gap Eg is ranging from 2.34 to 3.05 eV which is blue shifted from the bulk CuSe (2.2 eV). The photocatalytic degradation efficiency of the CuSe nanoparticles on two organic dyes Methylene blue (MB) and Rhodamine-B (RhB) in aqueous solution under UV region is calculated as 76 and 87% respectively.

  3. Selenide isotope generator for the Galileo Mission: copper/water axially-grooved heat pipe topical report

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    Strazza, N.P.

    1979-06-30

    This report presents a summary of the major accomplishments for the development, fabrication, and testing of axially-grooved copper/water heat pipes for Selenide Isotopic Generator (SIG) applications. The early development consisted of chemical, physical, and analytical studies to define an axially-grooved tube geometry that could be successfully fabricated and provide the desired long term (up to seven years) performance is presented. Heat pipe fabrication procedures, measured performance and accelerated life testing of heat pipes S/Ns AL-5 and LT-57 conducted at B and K Engineering are discussed. S/N AL-5 was the first axially-grooved copper/water heat pipe that was fabricated with the new internal coating process for cupric oxide (CuO) and the cleaning and water preparation methods developed by Battelle Columbus Laboratories. Heat pipe S/N LT-57 was fabricated along with sixty other axially-grooved heat pipes allocated for life testing at Teledyne Energy Systems. As of June 25, 1979, heat pipes S/Ns AL-5 and LT-57 have been accelerated life tested for 13,310 and 6,292 respectively, at a nominal operating temperature of 225/sup 0/C without any signs of thermal performance degradation. (TFD)

  4. Highly Efficient Copper-Indium-Selenide Quantum Dot Solar Cells: Suppression of Carrier Recombination by Controlled ZnS Overlayers.

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    Kim, Jae-Yup; Yang, Jiwoong; Yu, Jung Ho; Baek, Woonhyuk; Lee, Chul-Ho; Son, Hae Jung; Hyeon, Taeghwan; Ko, Min Jae

    2015-11-24

    Copper-indium-selenide (CISe) quantum dots (QDs) are a promising alternative to the toxic cadmium- and lead-chalcogenide QDs generally used in photovoltaics due to their low toxicity, narrow band gap, and high absorption coefficient. Here, we demonstrate that the photovoltaic performance of CISe QD-sensitized solar cells (QDSCs) can be greatly enhanced simply by optimizing the thickness of ZnS overlayers on the QD-sensitized TiO2 electrodes. By roughly doubling the thickness of the overlayers compared to the conventional one, conversion efficiency is enhanced by about 40%. Impedance studies reveal that the thick ZnS overlayers do not affect the energetic characteristics of the photoanode, yet enhance the kinetic characteristics, leading to more efficient photovoltaic performance. In particular, both interfacial electron recombination with the electrolyte and nonradiative recombination associated with QDs are significantly reduced. As a result, our best cell yields a conversion efficiency of 8.10% under standard solar illumination, a record high for heavy metal-free QD solar cells to date. PMID:26431392

  5. Production of no-carrier-added radiobromine. new nickel selenide target and optimized separation by dry distillation

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    Breunig, Katharina; Spahn, Ingo; Spellerberg, Stefan; Coenen, Heinz H. [Forschungszentrum Juelich GmbH (Germany). Inst. fuer Neurowissenschaften und Medizin (INM), Nuklearchemie (INM-5)

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    Nickel(II) selenide (NiSe) was investigated as a new high-current target material for cyclotron production of radiobromine, as it contains a higher amount of selenium and has a lower melting point than the widely used Cu{sub 2}Se. Using a slanted target system, NiSe was successfully tested up to beam currents of 16 μA so far. With regard to the isolation of no-carrier-added (n.c.a.) radiobromide from the target material, an improved dry distillation device with high yields of 76%-86% was developed. The implementation of a special custom-made quartz funnel decreased the dead volume of the apparatus and a quartz capillary for trapping the radiobromine allowed to concentrate the radioactivity in a small volume of less than 100 μL of 0.1 M NaOH, ready for immediate subsequent radiosyntheses. Thus, the new apparatus improves the handling of the isolation procedure and the radioactive product. The radiochemical purity of the resulting solution of n.c.a. [*Br]bromide was verified by radio-IC where no other species were detected.

  6. Temperature anomaly of the coefficient of ultrasonic absorption by electrons of hybridized states of cobalt impurities in mercury selenide

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    Zhevstovskikh, I. V.; Okulov, V. I.; Gudkov, V. V.; Mayakin, V. Yu.; Sarychev, M. N.; Andriichuk, M. D.; Paranchich, L. D.

    2015-05-01

    The effects of the interaction of ultrasound with donor d electrons of cobalt impurity atoms at low concentrations in mercury selenide crystals have been investigated. The temperature dependences of the electronic contribution to the absorption coefficient at a frequency of 53 MHz in crystals with cobalt concentrations from 1018 to 1020 cm-3 and in the undoped crystal have been observed experimentally. It has been found that crystals with impurities are characterized by an anomalous nonmonotonic temperature dependence of the absorption coefficient of the slow transverse wave in a narrow temperature range near 10 K. A smooth monotonic temperature dependence has been observed for longitudinal and fast transverse waves. Based on the developed theoretical interpretation, it has been established that the anomaly in the temperature dependence of the absorption coefficient of a slow transverse wave is associated with the hybridization of impurity d states in the conduction band of the crystal. A comparison of the theoretical and experimental dependences has made it possible to determine the parameters characterizing the hybridized electronic states.

  7. Iron selenide films by aerosol assisted chemical vapor deposition from single source organometallic precursor in the presence of surfactants

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    This article presents the synthesis and characterization (multinuclear nuclear magnetic resonance, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, carbon–hydrogen–nitrogen–sulfur analyzer, atomic absorption spectrometry and thermogravimetric analysis) of a single source organometallic precursor namely 1-acetyl-3-(4-ferrocenylphenyl)selenourea for the fabrication of iron selenide (FeSe) films on glass substrates using aerosol assisted chemical vapor deposition (AACVD). The changes in the morphologies of the films have been monitored by the use of two different surfactants i.e. triton X-100 and tetraoctylphosphonium bromide during AACVD. The role of surfactant has been evaluated by examining the interaction of the surfactants with the precursor by using UV–vis spectroscopy and cyclic voltammetry. The fabricated FeSe films have been characterized with powder X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive spectroscopy. - Highlights: • Ferrocene incorporated selenourea (FIS) has been synthesized and characterized. • FeSe thin films have been fabricated from FIS. • Mechanism of film growth was studied with cyclic voltammetry and UV–vis spectroscopy

  8. Loading of atorvastatin and linezolid in β-cyclodextrin-conjugated cadmium selenide/silica nanoparticles: A spectroscopic study.

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    Antony, Eva Janet; Shibu, Abhishek; Ramasamy, Sivaraj; Paulraj, Mosae Selvakumar; Enoch, Israel V M V

    2016-08-01

    The preparation of β-cyclodextrin-conjugated cadmium selenide-silica nanoparticles, the loading of two drugs viz., Atorvastatin and linezolid in the cyclodextrin cavity, and the fluorescence energy transfer between CdSe/SiO2 nanoparticles and the drugs encapsulated in the cyclodextrin cavity are reported in this paper. IR spectroscopy, X-ray diffractometry, transmission electron microscopy, and particle size analysis by light-scattering experiment were used as the tools of characterizing the size and the crystal system of the nanoparticles. The nanoparticles fall under hexagonal system. The silica-shell containing CdSe nanoparticles were functionalized by reaction with aminoethylamino-β-cyclodextrin. Fluorescence spectra of the nanoparticles in their free and drug-encapsulated forms were studied. The FÖrster distances between the encapsulated drugs and the CdSe nanoparticles are below 3nm. The change in the FÖrster resonance energy parameters under physiological conditions may aid in tracking the release of drugs from the cavity of the cyclodextrin. PMID:27157743

  9. Syntheses and characterization of two new selenides Ba5Al2Se8 and Ba5Ga2Se8

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    Graphical abstract: Display Omitted Research highlights: → Two new compounds Ba5M2Se8 (M = Al, Ga) have been synthesized for the first time. → The crystal structures contain isolated MSe4 tetrahedra separated by Ba atoms. → The measured optical band gap is 2.51(2) eV for Ba5Ga2Se8. → The Ba 5d orbitals were found to have significant contribution to the energy bands around Fermi level. - Abstract: Two new barium selenides Ba5Al2Se8 and Ba5Ga2Se8 have been synthesized by solid-state reactions. The structures of Ba5Ga2Se8 and Ba5Al2Se8 were determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction method and the Rietveld method, respectively. The two isostructural compounds crystallize in space group Cmca of the orthorhombic system with isolated MSe4 (M = Al, Ga) tetrahedra separated by Ba atoms. The optical band gap of 2.51(2) eV for Ba5Ga2Se8 was deduced from the diffuse reflectance spectrum. Band structure calculation indicates that Ba5Ga2Se8 is a direct-gap semiconductor. The valence band maximum is dominated by Se 4p orbitals, while the Ba 5d orbitals have the largest contribution to bottom of the conduction band.

  10. Production of no-carrier-added radiobromine. new nickel selenide target and optimized separation by dry distillation

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    Nickel(II) selenide (NiSe) was investigated as a new high-current target material for cyclotron production of radiobromine, as it contains a higher amount of selenium and has a lower melting point than the widely used Cu2Se. Using a slanted target system, NiSe was successfully tested up to beam currents of 16 μA so far. With regard to the isolation of no-carrier-added (n.c.a.) radiobromide from the target material, an improved dry distillation device with high yields of 76%-86% was developed. The implementation of a special custom-made quartz funnel decreased the dead volume of the apparatus and a quartz capillary for trapping the radiobromine allowed to concentrate the radioactivity in a small volume of less than 100 μL of 0.1 M NaOH, ready for immediate subsequent radiosyntheses. Thus, the new apparatus improves the handling of the isolation procedure and the radioactive product. The radiochemical purity of the resulting solution of n.c.a. [*Br]bromide was verified by radio-IC where no other species were detected.

  11. An approach to global rovibrational analysis based on anharmonic ladder operators: Application to Hydrogen Selenide (H280Se)

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    Graphical abstract: Schematic diagram of a bent triatomic molecule, depicting the atom numbering, and molecular axis system. An algebraic approach to perform global rovibrational analysis is presented. Highlights: ► Novel approach for a global rovibrational analysis of polyatomic molecules spectra. ► One-dimensional vibron model limit combined with rotational degrees of freedom. ► Phase space Hamiltonian written in terms of anharmonic ladder operators. ► Algebraic calculations performed with a symmetry-adapted rovibrational basis. ► Description of the rovibrational spectrum of H2Se in the ground electronic state. - Abstract: An algebraic approach to perform global rovibrational analysis of molecular spectra is presented. The approach combines the one-dimensional limit of the vibron model with rotational degrees of freedom. The model is based on the expression of the phase space Hamiltonian in terms of anharmonic ladder operators and the use of a symmetry-adapted basis set given by the linear combination of products of local vibrational and rotational wavefunctions. As an example we model the rovibrational spectra of a bent triatomic molecule, providing a global analysis for vibrational bands up to polyad 12 and Jmax = 5 of Hydrogen Selenide (H2Se). Satisfactory fits of vibrational and rovibrational energies are obtained. A prediction of 2579 rovibrational energies up to J ⩽ 5 and polyad 12 for the 140 lowest vibrational bands is also obtained. A possible extension of the model to reach spectroscopic quality results in larger molecular systems is also given.

  12. Digital radiology using active matrix readout of amorphous selenium: radiation hardness of cadmium selenide thin film transistors.

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    Zhao, W; Waechter, D; Rowlands, J A

    1998-04-01

    A flat-panel x-ray imaging detector using active matrix readout of amorphous selenium (a-Se) is being investigated for digital radiography and fluoroscopy. The active matrix consists of a two-dimensional array of thin film transistors (TFTs). Radiation penetrating through the a-Se layer will interact with the TFTs and it is important to ensure that radiation induced changes will not affect the operation of the x-ray imaging detector. The methodology of the present work is to investigate the effects of radiation on the characteristic curves of the TFTs using individual TFT samples made with cadmium selenide (CdSe) semiconductor. Four characteristic parameters, i.e., threshold voltage, subthreshold swing, field effect mobility, and leakage current, were examined. This choice of parameters was based on the well established radiation damage mechanisms for crystalline silicon metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistors (MOSFETs), which have a similar principle of operation as CdSe TFTs. It was found that radiation had no measurable effect on the leakage current and the field effect mobility. However, radiation shifted the threshold voltage and increased the subthreshold swing. But even the estimated lifetime dose (50 Gy) of a diagnostic radiation detector will not affect the normal operation of an active matrix x-ray detector made with CdSe TFTs. The mechanisms of the effects of radiation will be discussed and compared with those for MOSFETs and hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) TFTs. PMID:9571621

  13. Pulsed voltage deposited lead selenide thin film as efficient counter electrode for quantum-dot-sensitized solar cells

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    Jin, Bin Bin; Wang, Ye Feng; Wang, Xue Qing; Zeng, Jing Hui

    2016-04-01

    Lead selenide (PbSe) thin films were deposited on fluorine doped tin oxide (FTO) glass by a facile one-step pulse voltage electrodeposition method, and used as counter electrode (CE) in CdS/CdSe quantum dot-sensitized solar cells (QDSSCs). A power conversion efficiency of 4.67% is received for the CdS/CdSe co-sensitized solar cells, which is much better than that of 2.39% received using Pt CEs. The enhanced performance is attributed to the extended absorption in the near infrared region, superior electrocatalytic activity and p-type conductivity with a reflection of the incident light at the back electrode in addition. The physical and chemical properties were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), energy-dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), reflectance spectra, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and Tafel polarization measurements. The present work provides a facile pathway to an efficient CE in the QDSSCs.

  14. Thin-film copper indium gallium selenide solar cell based on low-temperature all-printing process.

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    Singh, Manjeet; Jiu, Jinting; Sugahara, Tohru; Suganuma, Katsuaki

    2014-09-24

    In the solar cell field, development of simple, low-cost, and low-temperature fabrication processes has become an important trend for energy-saving and environmental issues. Copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS) solar cells have attracted much attention due to the high absorption coefficient, tunable band gap energy, and high efficiency. However, vacuum and high-temperature processing in fabrication of solar cells have limited the applications. There is a strong need to develop simple and scalable methods. In this work, a CIGS solar cell based on all printing steps and low-temperature annealing is developed. CIGS absorber thin film is deposited by using dodecylamine-stabilized CIGS nanoparticle ink followed by printing buffer layer. Silver nanowire (AgNW) ink and sol-gel-derived ZnO precursor solution are used to prepare a highly conductive window layer ZnO/[AgNW/ZnO] electrode with a printing method that achieves 16 Ω/sq sheet resistance and 94% transparency. A CIGS solar cell based on all printing processes exhibits efficiency of 1.6% with open circuit voltage of 0.48 V, short circuit current density of 9.7 mA/cm(2), and fill factor of 0.34 for 200 nm thick CIGS film, fabricated under ambient conditions and annealed at 250 °C. PMID:25180569

  15. 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

    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...

  16. Robust synthesis of bismuth titanate pyrochlore nanorods and their photocatalytic applications.

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    Murugesan, Sankaran; Subramanian, Vaidyanathan Ravi

    2009-09-14

    A facile and template-free reverse micelle-based method can be employed to synthesize highly crystalline and pure stoichiometric bismuth titanate (Bi(2)Ti(2)O(7)) pyrochlore nanorods 400-500 nm long and 40-50 nm in diameter which demonstrate promising photoactivity. PMID:20448962

  17. Performance of bismuth germanate active shielding on a balloon flight over Antarctica

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    Rester, A.C.; Coldwell, R.L. (Institute for Astrophysics and Planetary Exploration, Univ. of Florida, Alachua, FL (US)); Trombka, J.I. (National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Greenbelt, MD (USA). Goddard Space Flight Center); Starr, R. (Catholic Univ. of America, Washington, DC (USA). Dept. of Physics); Eichhorn, G. (Steward Observatory, Tucson, AZ (USA)); Lasche, G.P. (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Arlington, VA (USA))(Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Arlington, VA (USA))

    1990-04-01

    The GRAD gamma-ray spectrometer was flown on a high-altitude balloon at an altitude of 36.6 km over Antarctica on January 8-10, 1988 where it was used to make observations of Supernova 1987a. The performance of the bismuth germinate active shielding in the near-space environment over Antarctica is examined.

  18. Performance of bismuth germanate active shielding on a balloon flight over Antarctica

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    The GRAD gamma-ray spectrometer was flown on a high-altitude balloon at an altitude of 36.6 km over Antarctica on January 8-10, 1988 where it was used to make observations of Supernova 1987a. The performance of the bismuth germinate active shielding in the near-space environment over Antarctica is examined

  19. Effect of bismuth citrate, lactose, and organic acid on necrotic enteritis in broilers

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    Clostridium perfringens – associated necrotic enteritis causes significant losses and increased morbidity in poultry. The objective of this study was to evaluate the effect of bismuth citrate and acidifiers on the development of necrotic enteritis in broilers. The first study was a dose response t...

  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. Azo dyes photobleaching and operando FTIR study of acetaldehyde photoinduced decomposition on bismuth doped titania

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    Henych, Jiří; Štengl, Václav; Mattsson, A.; Österlund, L.

    Thessaloniki: Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 2014, 41 PC-2-4. [European Meeting on Solar Chemistry and Photocatalysis: Environmental Applications (SPEA) /8./. Thessaloniki (GR), 25.6.2014-28.6.2014] Institutional support: RVO:61388980 Keywords : bismuth doped titania * photocatalytic Subject RIV: CA - Inorganic Chemistry

  2. Renal pigmentation due to chronic bismuth administration in a rhesus macaque (Macaca mulatta).

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    Johnson, A L; Blaine, E T; Lewis, A D

    2015-05-01

    Renal pigmentation due to the administration of exogenous compounds is an uncommon finding in most species. This report describes renal pigmentation and intranuclear inclusions of the proximal convoluted tubules due to chronic bismuth administration in a rhesus macaque. An 11-year-old Indian-origin rhesus macaque with a medical history of chronic intermittent vomiting had been treated with bismuth subsalicylate, famotidine, and omeprazole singly or in combination over the course of 8 years. At necropsy, the renal cortices were diffusely dark green to black. Light and electron microscopy revealed intranuclear inclusions within the majority of renal proximal tubular epithelial cells. These inclusions appeared magenta to brown when stained with hematoxylin and eosin and were negative by the Ziehl-Neelsen acid-fast stain. Elemental analysis performed on frozen kidney measured bismuth levels to be markedly elevated at 110.6 ppm, approximately 500 to 1000 times acceptable limits. To our knowledge, this is the first report of renal bismuth deposition in a rhesus macaque resulting in renal pigmentation and intranuclear inclusions. PMID:24990482

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

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    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−1 and the detection limit is 0.05 μg mL−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−1). • The procedure is simple and safe and has high tolerance limit to interferences

  4. Dynamics and coherent control of high-amplitude optical phonons in bismuth

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    Decamp, M. F.; Reis, D. A.; Bucksbaum, P. H.; Merlin, R.

    2001-09-01

    High-amplitude optical phonons in bismuth are generated through impulsive stimulated Raman scattering and detected through the induced change in the optical reflectivity. Reflectivity changes greater than 1% have been recorded. Phonon dynamics and coherent control in the high-amplitude regime are reported.

  5. 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...

  6. Nanodomains and nanometer-scale disorder in multiferroic bismuth ferrite single crystals

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    Jia, C.L.; Jin, L.; Wang, D.; Mi, S.B.; Alexe, M.; Hesse, D.; Reichlová, Helena; Martí, Xavier; Bellaiche, L.; Urban, K.W.

    2015-01-01

    Roč. 82, Jan (2015), s. 356-368. ISSN 1359-6454 Institutional support: RVO:68378271 Keywords : bismuth ferrite * crystal growth * high-resolution electron microscopy * atomic structure * first-principles calculations Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism Impact factor: 4.465, year: 2014

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. 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

  11. Bio-assisted synthesis and characterization of nanostructured bismuth (III) sulphide using Clostridium acetobutylicum

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    Nanostructured bismuth (III) sulphide is synthesized at room temperature using a hydrogen sulphide producing microorganism namely Clostridium acetobutylicum. On contrary to chemical routes involving both the high and room temperature methods, the present experimental procedure involves a bio-assisted approach. This method is free from the usage of toxic and hazardous chemicals making it an environment friendly route. The synthesized bismuth sulphide is characterized using transmission electron microscope (TEM), powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and cyclic voltammetry (CV). From our experiments we find that bismuth sulphide produced using this bio-assisted approach exhibits a hexagonal shaped plate-like structures and is stabilized by the extracellular proteins present in the culture medium. - Graphical abstract: A green chemistry approach towards the synthesis of bismuth (III) sulphide nanostructures at room temperature using a hydrogen sulphide producing microorganism namely, Clostridium acetobutylicum is demonstrated. - Highlights: • Environmentally benign (greener) route towards synthesis of Bi2S3 nanostructures. • Bio-assisted synthesis of Bi2S3 at room temperature using Clostridium acetobutylicum. • Extracellular proteins in H2S producing microorganism as stabilizer for Bi2S3 NPs. • Hexagonal platelets of Bi2S3 possessing an orthorhombic crystalline structure

  12. Electrodeposition of bismuth telluride nanowires with controlled composition in polycarbonate membranes

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    Bismuth telluride nanowires were potentiostatically deposited from a water/DMSO 50%, v/v electrolyte within polycarbonate etched ion-track membranes covered by a platinum substrate. The presence of DMSO shifts the potentials to more negative values and slows down the cation diffusion. Cyclic voltammetries on recessed Pt nanoelectrodes using polycarbonate membranes highlight a complex electrochemical behavior through several cathodic and anodic peaks which are not observed onto platinum discs macroelectrodes. Analytical investigations enabled the determination of appropriate deposition conditions to finely tune the average composition of the nanowires. Calibrated TEM-EDX analyses evidence high aspect ratio nanowires, whose composition is strongly dependent on the deposition potential. In the same manner as for bismuth telluride film electroplating, bismuth enrichment occurs at more cathodic deposition potential whereas tellurium enrichment is observed at low cathodic potentials. Stoichiometric nanowires of 60 nm diameter were obtained at −100 mV vs Ag/AgCl from an electrolyte which contains [Bi3+] = 1.5[HTeO2+] = 15 mM. The composition is homogeneous along the nanowire except at both edges: the cap is rich in bismuth whereas the base is rich in tellurium. The composition at the nanowire base is adjusted by setting a short initial voltage step (Ui = −300 mV vs Ag/AgCl, ti = 2 s). In the case of stoichiometric compounds, the resulting nanostructures were found to be polycrystalline with a preferential orientation along the direction perpendicular to the planes (0 1 5).

  13. 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

  14. 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%.

  15. Bio-assisted synthesis and characterization of nanostructured bismuth (III) sulphide using Clostridium acetobutylicum

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    Kamaraj, Sathish Kumar; Venkatachalam, Ganesh; Arumugam, Palaniappan; Berchmans, Sheela, E-mail: sheelaberchmans@yahoo.com

    2014-02-14

    Nanostructured bismuth (III) sulphide is synthesized at room temperature using a hydrogen sulphide producing microorganism namely Clostridium acetobutylicum. On contrary to chemical routes involving both the high and room temperature methods, the present experimental procedure involves a bio-assisted approach. This method is free from the usage of toxic and hazardous chemicals making it an environment friendly route. The synthesized bismuth sulphide is characterized using transmission electron microscope (TEM), powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and cyclic voltammetry (CV). From our experiments we find that bismuth sulphide produced using this bio-assisted approach exhibits a hexagonal shaped plate-like structures and is stabilized by the extracellular proteins present in the culture medium. - Graphical abstract: A green chemistry approach towards the synthesis of bismuth (III) sulphide nanostructures at room temperature using a hydrogen sulphide producing microorganism namely, Clostridium acetobutylicum is demonstrated. - Highlights: • Environmentally benign (greener) route towards synthesis of Bi{sub 2}S{sub 3} nanostructures. • Bio-assisted synthesis of Bi{sub 2}S{sub 3} at room temperature using Clostridium acetobutylicum. • Extracellular proteins in H{sub 2}S producing microorganism as stabilizer for Bi{sub 2}S{sub 3} NPs. • Hexagonal platelets of Bi{sub 2}S{sub 3} possessing an orthorhombic crystalline structure.

  16. 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...

  17. 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

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

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    Lee, Sang Hyub; Park, Joo Kyung; Yoon, Won Jae; Lee, Jun Kyu; Ryu, Ji Kon; Yoon, Yong Bum; Kim, Yong-Tae

    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).

  19. 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

  20. 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

  1. Laser spectroscopy of the ground-state hyperfine structure in H-like and Li-like bismuth

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    The LIBELLE experiment performed at the experimental storage ring (ESR) at the GSI Helmholtz Center in Darmstadt aims for the determination of the ground state hyperfine (HFS) transitions and lifetimes in hydrogen-like (209Bi82+) and lithium-like (209Bi80+) bismuth. The study of HFS transitions in highly charged ions enables precision tests of QED in extreme electric and magnetic fields otherwise not attainable in laboratory experiments. While the HFS transition in H-like bismuth was already observed in earlier experiments at the ESR, the LIBELLE experiment succeeded for the first time to measure the HFS transition in Li-like bismuth in a laser spectroscopy experiment

  2. 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, E-mail: kmartirossian@uh.ed [Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Houston, Houston, TX 77204 (United States)

    2009-10-07

    Our experiments showed that the combustion of an Al-Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3} 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 {sup 0}C and the Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3} 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 {sup 0}C), amorphous-like bismuth trioxide nanoparticles formed, while at T{>=}370 {sup 0}C the structures were crystalline. A peak pressure of {approx}12 MPa and a thermal front propagating velocity of {approx}2500 m s{sup -1} were achieved during the combustion of an Al-Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3} mixture containing 80 wt% of the synthesized Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3} crystalline nanoparticles (size: 40-50 nm).

  3. Obtenção de filmes espessos de seleneto de cobre sobre carbono vítreo, ouro, titânio e cobre Obtaining copper selenide thick films on vitreous carbon, gold, titanium and copper

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    2007-04-01

    Full Text Available Copper selenide (berzelianite films were prepared on the title substrates using the chemical bath deposition technique (CBD. Film composition was determined by energy dispersion of x-rays. The kinetics of film growth is parabolic and film adherence limits the film thickness. On titanium, copper selenide forms islands that do not completely cover the surface, unless the substrate is prepared with a tin oxide layer; film composition also depends on the titanium oxide layer. On vitreous carbon, CBD and mechanical immobilization techniques lead to films with similar resistances for the electron transfer across the film/substrate interface. On gold, composition studies revealed that film composition is always the same if the pH is in the range from 8 to 12, in contrast to films prepared by an ion-ion combination route. On copper, a new procedure for obtaining copper selenide films as thick as 5 µm has been developed.

  4. Exploring the electronic structure and optical properties of the quaternary selenide compound, Ba4Ga4SnSe12: For photovoltaic applications

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    Due to huge demand on discovering new materials for energy, we used first-principle calculations to explore the electronic structure and optical properties of a recent quaternary selenide, namely Ba4Ga4SnSe12. The electronic structure and the optical properties of Ba4Ga4SnSe12 were calculated through a reliable approach of Engle Vosko-GGA (EV-GGA). We found that Ba4Ga4SnSe12 has a direct band gap of 2.14 eV positioned at Γ. Acquiring the fundamental characteristics of Ba4Ga4SnSe12, we studied the linear optical properties like dielectric function in the energy range of 0–14 eV. From the dielectric function we noticed a weak directional anisotropy for the two components. The absorption spectrum indicates the possibility of greater multiple direct and indirect inter-band transitions in the visible regions and shows similar behavior with experimental spectrum. Ba4Ga4SnSe12 can be used as shielding material from UV radiations. Present study predicts that the Ba4Ga4SnSe12 is promising for photovoltaic applications due to their high absorption of solar radiations and photoconductivity in the visible range. - Graphical abstract: Interesting quaternary selenide compound, Ba4Ga4SnSe12, for photovoltaic applications. - Highlights: • Ba4Ga4SnSe12 is a quaternary selenide designed for PV and thermoelectric. • Ba4Ga4SnSe12 has a direct band gap of 2.14 eV. • Ba4Ga4SnSe12, has a maximum reflectivity in the visible and UV regions

  5. Thin film metallic glass as a diffusion barrier for copper indium gallium selenide solar cell on stainless steel substrate: A feasibility study

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    Diyatmika, Wahyu; Xue, Lingjun; Lin, Tai-Nan; Chang, Chia-wen; Chu, Jinn P.

    2016-08-01

    The feasibility of using Zr53.5Cu29.1Al6.5Ni10.9 thin-film metallic glass (TFMG) as a diffusion barrier for copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS) solar cells on stainless steel (SS) is investigated. The detrimental Fe diffusion from SS into CIGS is found to be effectively hindered by the introduction of a 70-nm-thick TFMG barrier; the cell performance is thus improved. Compared with the 2.73% of CIGS on bare SS, a higher efficiency of 5.25% is obtained for the cell with the Zr52Cu32Al9Ni7 TFMG barrier.

  6. Study of the crystallographic phase change on copper (I) selenide thin films prepared through chemical bath deposition by varying the pH of the solution

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    Sandoval-Paz, M. G.; Rodríguez, C. A.; Porcile-Saavedra, P. F.; Trejo-Cruz, C.

    2016-07-01

    Copper (I) selenide thin films with orthorhombic and cubic structure were deposited on glass substrates by using the chemical bath deposition technique. The effects of the solution pH on the films growth and subsequently the structural, optical and electrical properties of the films were studied. Films with orthorhombic structure were obtained from baths wherein both metal complex and hydroxide coexist; while films with cubic structure were obtained from baths where the metal hydroxide there is no present. The structural modifications are accompanied by changes in bandgap energy, morphology and electrical resistivity of the films.

  7. The stability domain of the selenide kesterite photovoltaic materials and NMR investigation of the Cu/Zn disorder in Cu2ZnSnSe4 (CZTSe).

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    Choubrac, Léo; Lafond, Alain; Paris, Michaël; Guillot-Deudon, Catherine; Jobic, Stéphane

    2015-06-21

    Bulk compounds, prepared via the ceramic route, related to Cu2ZnSnSe4 (CZTSe), a material considered for use in photovoltaic devices, were investigated using NMR spectroscopy, electron-probe microanalyses and X-ray diffraction. These materials adopt the kesterite structure regardless of the Cu and Zn contents. It is also shown that the stability domain of the copper-poor quaternary phases is wider for selenide derivatives than for sulphides. Finally, the Cu/Zn disorder level in CZTSe is found to be higher when the samples are quenched, which is reminiscent of the behaviour of the parent sulphide compounds CZTS. PMID:25990030

  8. 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

  9. Polyamide–thallium selenide composite materials via temperature and pH controlled adsorption–diffusion method

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    Ivanauskas, Remigijus; Samardokas, Linas [Department of Physical and Inorganic Chemistry, Kaunas University of Technology, Radvilenu str. 19, Kaunas LT-50254 (Lithuania); Mikolajunas, Marius; Virzonis, Darius [Department of Technology, Kaunas University of Technology, Panevezys Faculty, Daukanto 12, 35212 Panevezys (Lithuania); Baltrusaitis, Jonas, E-mail: job314@lehigh.edu [Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Lehigh University, B336 Iacocca Hall, 111 Research Drive, Bethlehem, PA 18015 (United States)

    2014-10-30

    Graphical abstract: Single phase polyamide–thallium selenide hybrid functional materials were synthesized for solar energy conversion. - Highlights: • Thallium selenide–polyamide composite materials surfaces synthesized. • Mixed phase composition confirmed by XRD. • Increased temperature resulted in a denser surface packing. • Urbach energies correlated with AFM showing decreased structural disorder. • Annealing in N{sub 2} at 100 °C yielded a single TlSe phase. - Abstract: Composite materials based on III–VI elements are promising in designing efficient photoelectronic devices, such as thin film organic–inorganic solar cells. In this work, TlSe composite materials were synthesized on a model polymer polyamide using temperature and pH controlled adsorption–diffusion method via (a) selenization followed by (b) the exposure to the group III metal (Tl) salt solution and their surface morphological, chemical and crystalline phase information was determined with particular focus on their corresponding structure–optical property relationship. XRD analysis yielded a complex crystalline phase distribution which correlated well with the optical and surface morphological properties measured. pH 11.3 and 80 °C yielded well defined, low structural disorder composite material surface. After annealing in N{sub 2} at 100 °C, polycrystalline PA-Tl{sub x}Se{sub y} composite materials yielded a single TlSe phase due to the enhanced diffusion and reaction of thallium ions into the polymer. The method described here can be used to synthesize variety of binary III–VI compounds diffused into the polymer at relatively low temperatures and low overall cost, thus providing for a flexible synthesis route for novel composite solar energy harvesting materials.

  10. Polyamide–thallium selenide composite materials via temperature and pH controlled adsorption–diffusion method

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    Graphical abstract: Single phase polyamide–thallium selenide hybrid functional materials were synthesized for solar energy conversion. - Highlights: • Thallium selenide–polyamide composite materials surfaces synthesized. • Mixed phase composition confirmed by XRD. • Increased temperature resulted in a denser surface packing. • Urbach energies correlated with AFM showing decreased structural disorder. • Annealing in N2 at 100 °C yielded a single TlSe phase. - Abstract: Composite materials based on III–VI elements are promising in designing efficient photoelectronic devices, such as thin film organic–inorganic solar cells. In this work, TlSe composite materials were synthesized on a model polymer polyamide using temperature and pH controlled adsorption–diffusion method via (a) selenization followed by (b) the exposure to the group III metal (Tl) salt solution and their surface morphological, chemical and crystalline phase information was determined with particular focus on their corresponding structure–optical property relationship. XRD analysis yielded a complex crystalline phase distribution which correlated well with the optical and surface morphological properties measured. pH 11.3 and 80 °C yielded well defined, low structural disorder composite material surface. After annealing in N2 at 100 °C, polycrystalline PA-TlxSey composite materials yielded a single TlSe phase due to the enhanced diffusion and reaction of thallium ions into the polymer. The method described here can be used to synthesize variety of binary III–VI compounds diffused into the polymer at relatively low temperatures and low overall cost, thus providing for a flexible synthesis route for novel composite solar energy harvesting materials

  11. In vitro synergy testing of clarithromycin and 14-hydroxyclarithromycin with amoxicillin or bismuth subsalicylate against Helicobacter pylori.

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    Meyer, J.M.; Ryu, S; Pendland, S L; Danziger, L H

    1997-01-01

    The activity of clarithromycin-14-hydroxyclarithromycin (2:1 ratio) and bismuth subsalicylate or amoxicillin against Helicobacter pylori was determined by the checkerboard technique in vitro. Clarithromycin-14-hydroxyclarithromycin and amoxicillin resulted in additive effects in 7 of 22 isolates, compared to 14 of 22 isolates when bismuth subsalicylate was substituted for amoxicillin. Synergy was not demonstrated and is probably not responsible for the clinical success of treatment combinatio...

  12. 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...

  13. Optical properties of bismuth-doped SiO2- or GeO2-based glass core optical fibers

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    Firstova, Elena G.

    2015-01-01

    A detailed study of optical properties of bismuth-doped fibers based on SiO2 and GeO2 glasses containing no other dopants has been carried out. To provide important information about spectroscopic properties of IR bismuth-related active centers (BAC) the excitation-emission fluorescence spectra for a spectral region of 220-2000 nm have been measured. The obtained three-dimensional spectra have been presented for different host glass compositions: silicate, germanate, aluminosilicate and phosp...

  14. Calculation of the two-electron vacuum-polarization corrections to the hyperfine splitting in Li-like bismuth

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    Ab initio calculation of the two-electron vacuum-polarization corrections to the hyperfine splitting in Li-like bismuth is presented. The diagrams with electric and magnetic vacuum-polarization loops are evaluated rigorously to all orders in αZ. The accuracy of the theoretical prediction for the screened quantum electrodynamics contribution to the specific difference of the hyperfine splitting values of H- and Li-like bismuth is improved by a factor of 3. (paper)

  15. 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

  16. 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.

  17. Synthesis and characterization of Bismuth ferrite (BiFeO{sub 3}) nanoparticles by solution evaporation method

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    Manzoor, A., E-mail: alinamanzoor@hotmail.com; Afzal, A.M., E-mail: amirafzal461@gmail.com; Umair, M., E-mail: umairranwerr@gmail.com; Ali, Adnan, E-mail: adnnan_1982@yahoo.com; Rizwan, M., E-mail: h.rizwan70@gmail.com; Yaqoob, M.Z., E-mail: zeeshaan32@yahoo.com

    2015-11-01

    Single phase Bismuth ferrite (BiFeO{sub 3}) with high magnetization and polarization was synthesized by solution evaporation method (SEM) at room temperature. The influence of temperature and size of nanoparticles on magnetic properties was studied. The prepared Bismuth ferrite (BiFeO{sub 3}) was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) to investigate the structure and size of crystal. The average crystallite size of nanoparticles (NPs) as calculated by X-ray diffraction (XRD) falls in the range of 22–31 nm. The crystallite size of Bismuth ferrite increased as the temperature varied from 450 °C to 650 °C. Magnetic properties were studied by using physical properties measurement system (PPMS). It was also observed that the magnetic properties were directly related to the size and temperature of Bismuth ferrite nanoparticles. It has been investigated that the magnetization was decreased as the temperature and crystallite size increased. - Highlights: • Bismuth ferrite magnetic material was synthesized by solution evaporation method. • Bismuth ferrite shows ferromagnetic properties at room temperature. • Influence of temperature and crystallite size on magnetic properties was observed. • The magnetization was decreased as the temperature and crystallite size increased. • The magnetic moments were found larger in the smaller crystalline size.

  18. 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.

  19. Synthesis of α-Bismuth oxide using solution combustion method and its photocatalytic properties

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    Astuti, Y.; Fauziyah, A.; Nurhayati, S.; Wulansari, A. D.; Andianingrum, R.; Hakim, A. R.; Bhaduri, G.

    2016-02-01

    The monoclinic bismuth oxide was prepared by the solution combustion method using bismuthyl nitrate as the raw material and citric acid as fuel. The synthesis process consisted of the formation of a clear transparent solution and the formation of white powder after heating the mixture at 250 °C for 2 hours. The yellow pale crystalline materials were obtained after calcination of the white powder at 600 °C for 80 minutes. Furthermore, the photocatalytic activity of the product was also studied using methyl orange as a model pollutant. The result showed that the coral reef-like bismuth oxide was able to degrade 50 mL methyl orange (5 ppm) by 37.8% within 12 hours irradiation using 75-watt tungsten lamp.

  20. A route for polonium 210 production from alpha-particle irradiated bismuth-209 target

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    A method is proposed for production of polonium-210 via the 209Bi(α,3n)210 At nuclear reaction. Bombardment of a bismuth-209 target was performed with a 37 MeV alpha-particle beam that leads to the production of astatine-210 (T1/2 = 8.1 h), which decays to polonium-210. It is purified from the bismuth target matrix by employing liquid-liquid extraction using tributyl phosphate (TBP) in para-xylene from 7 M hydrochloric acid. Back extraction of polonium-210 was performed by 9 M nitric acid. This method allows to purify a tracer amount of Po-210 (2.6 x 10-13 mol) from macroscopic amount of Bi (2.8 x 10-2 mol).

  1. Designing and operating experience on solid electrolyte activity meters for oxygen in lead-bismuth coolant

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    The device for measuring the oxygen activity in the lead and bismuth meets within the range of 1-10-7 with the inertia up to 5 s is developed and tested on the basis of applying the ZrO2-Y2O3 solid-electrolytes in combination with the liquid-metal reference electrodes (Bi, In, Pb). The range of the working temperatures of the activity meter constitutes 280-600 deg C; the stability by thermoshocks up to 50 deg C/s is guaranteed. The device is recommended for application in the circulating systems with the lead and bismuth meets at the coolant pressures up to 60 atm

  2. Compatibility tests on steels in molten lead and lead-bismuth

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    The compatibility of steels with liquid lead and liquid lead-bismuth is a critical issue for the development of accelerator-driven system (ADS). In this work the results of a set of preliminary tests carried out in stagnant molten lead at 737 K and in lead-bismuth at 573, 673 and 749 K are summarised. The tests were conducted for 700, 1200, 1500 and 5000 h. Three steels were tested: two martensitic steels (mod. F82H and MANET II) and one austenitic steel (AISI 316L). The martensitic steels underwent oxidation phenomena at the higher testing temperature, due to oxygen dissolved in the melts. At a lower test temperature (573 K) and higher exposure time (5000 h) the oxidation rate of the martensitic steel seems to be lower and the developed oxide layer protective against liquid metal corrosion. The austenitic steel, in turn, exhibited an acceptable resistance to corrosion-oxidation under the test conditions

  3. Elastic properties of bismuth layer-structure perovskite single crystals studied by brillouin scattering

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    Elastic properties of bismuth layered perovskite compounds, LaxBi4-xTi3O12 (LBT-x) and SrBi2Ta2O9 (SBT), were examined at room temperature by Brillouin scattering. Elastic stiffness coefficients, c33 and c44, defined in the pseudotetragonal symmetry, were obtained. The longitudinal sound velocities propagating along the c axis, were 3985 m/s and 3118 m/s for the pure bismuth titanate (BTO) and SBT, respectively. The sound velocity of SBT is very slow and is believed to be related with the weak interlayer bonding of this layer-structure compound. A simple linear chain model showed that the difference in the sound velocity between BTO and SBT is mainly due to the difference in the c axis lattice constant. The sound velocity of LBT-x increased slightly with the increase of x, while c33 seems to be insensitive to x

  4. 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.

  5. MYRRHA ADS DATABASE: Part I. Thermophysical properties of molten lead-bismuth eutectic. Version 1

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    This report is an update of the internal SCK-CEN report IR-18 'Database of thermal properties for the melted lead-bismuth eutectic' issued in 2002. This compilation takes into account larger amount of original sources and, partially, the work performed in the framework of the preparation of a 'zero' version of the HLMC Handbook by the OECD/NEA Working Group on LBE Technology. An analysis is performed of the previous recommendations using some general physical laws and referencing to the properties of lead and bismuth. The updated and extended version of the molten LBE thermal properties database is developed and the correlations are proposed for the design calculations of ADS MYRRHA. (author)

  6. 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. PMID:24520000

  7. 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)

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

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    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. The photorefractive characteristics of bismuth-oxide doped lithium niobate crystals

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    Bismuth-doped lithium niobate (LN:Bi) crystals were grown by Czochralski method and their optical damage resistance, photorefraction, absorption spectra, and defect energy levels were investigated. The experimental results indicate that the photorefractive properties of LN:Bi were enhanced as compared with congruent one, the photorefractive response time was greatly shortened, the photorefractive sensitivity was increased, and the diffraction efficiency of near-stoichiometric LN:Bi (SLN:Bi) reached 31.72% and 49.08% at 532 nm and 488 nm laser, respectively (light intensity of 400 mW/cm2). An absorption peak at about 350 nm was observed in the absorption spectrum of LN:Bi. And the defect energy levels simulation indicates new defect levels appear in the forbidden gap of LN:Bi crystals. Therefore bismuth can act as photorefractive centers in LN crystals

  10. An evaluation of activated bismuth isotopes in environmental samples from the former Western Pacific Proving Grounds

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    207Bi (T1/2 =32.2 y) was generated by activation of weapons material during a few 'clean' nuclear tests at the U.S. Westren Pacific Provung 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 207Bi were analyzed by gamma-spectrometry in an attempt to determine the relative concentrations of 208Bi (T1/2 = 3.68 x 105 y). The bismuth isotopes were probably generated during the 'clean', 9.3 Mt Poplar test held on 7/12/58. The atom ratio of 208Bi to 207Bi (R value) ranges from ∼ 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. (author)

  11. Spectral investigation of highly ionized bismuth plasmas produced by subnanosecond Nd:YAG laser pulses

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    Wu, Tao; Higashiguchi, Takeshi; Li, Bowen; Arai, Goki; Hara, Hiroyuki; Kondo, Yoshiki; Miyazaki, Takanori; Dinh, Thanh-Hung; Dunne, Padraig; O'Reilly, Fergal; Sokell, Emma; O'Sullivan, Gerry

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    The unresolved transition arrays (UTAs) emitted from laser produced bismuth (Bi) plasma sources show potential for single-shot live cell imaging. We have measured extreme ultraviolet spectra from bismuth laser produced plasmas in the 1-7 nm region using a λ = 1064 nm Nd:YAG laser with a pulse duration of 150 ps. Comparison of spectra obtained under different laser power densities with calculations using the Hartree-Fock with configuration interaction Cowan suite of codes and the UTA formalism, as well as consideration of previous predictions of isoelectronic trends, are employed to identify lines and a number of new features in spectra from Bi XXIII to Bi XLVII. The results show that Δn = 0, n = 4-4 emission from highly charged ions merges to form intense UTAs in the 4 nm region and Δn = 1, n = 4-5 resonance transitions UTAs dominate the 1-3 nm region of the Bi spectrum.

  12. 67 cm long bismuth-based erbium doped fiber amplifier with wideband operation

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    In this paper, we demonstrate a wideband Bismuth-based erbium doped fiber amplifier (Bi-EDFA) using two pieces of bismuth-based erbium-doped fiber (Bi-EDF) with a total length of 67 cm as gain media in a double pass parallel configuration. Both Bi-EDFs have an erbium ion concentration of 6300 ppm. Compared to conventional silica-based erbium-doped fiber amplifier (Si-EDFA) with the same amount of erbium ions, the Bi-EDFA provides a higher attainable gain as well as a greater amplification bandwidth, which ranging from 1525 to 1620 nm. The proposed Bi-EDFA achieved a wideband gain of around 18 dB within the wavelength region from 1530 to 1565 nm. The noise figures are maintained below 10 dB within a wide wavelength region from 1535 nm to 1620 nm

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

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    Krumhansl, James L; Nenoff, Tina M

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    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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

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    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.

  16. 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

  17. 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.

  18. 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)

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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)

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

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

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    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.

  20. 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)

  1. Non-Stoichiometric Amorphous Indium Selenide Thin Films as a Buffer Layer for CIGS Solar Cells with Various Temperatures in Rapid Thermal Annealing.

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    Yoo, Myoung Han; Kim, Nam-Hoon

    2016-05-01

    The conventional structure of most of copper indium gallium diselenide (Culn(1-x)Ga(x)Se2, CIGS) solar cells includes a CdS thin film as a buffer layer. Cd-free buffer layers have attracted great interest for use in photovoltaic applications to avoid the use of hazardous and toxic materials. The RF magnetron sputtering method was used with an InSe2 compound target to prepare the indium selenide precursor. Rapid thermal annealing (RTA) was conducted in ambient N2 gas to control the concentration of volatile Se from the precursor with a change in temperature. The nature of the RTA-treated indium selenide thin films remained amorphous under annealing temperatures of ≤ 700 degrees C. The Se concentration of the RTA-treated specimens demonstrated an opposite trend to the annealing temperature. The optical transmittance and band gap energies were 75.33% and 2.451-3.085 eV, respectively, and thus were suitable for the buffer layer. As the annealing temperature increased, the resistivity decreased by an order-of-magnitude from 10(4) to 10(1) Ω-cm. At lower Se concentrations, the conductivity abruptly changed from p-type to n-type without crystallite formation in the amorphous phase, with the carrier concentration in the order of 10(17) cm(-3). PMID:27483873

  2. 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

  3. Large-scale synthesis of bismuth sulfide nanorods by microwave irradiation

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    Graphical abstract: Display Omitted Research highlights: → Large-scale Bi2S3 nanorods have been prepared by microwave irradiation methods. → CTAB and β-CD are beneficial to the formation of Bi2S3 nanorods. → DMF, EG and DEG were favorable solvents. → Bismuth and sulfur precursors influenced the size and morphology. → A proposed formation mechanism of Bi2S3 nanorods was summarized. - Abstract: Bismuth sulfide (Bi2S3) has attracted considerable interest due to its potential applications in thermoelectric and electronic devices, optoelectronic devices, and biomedicine. In this study, large-scale highly crystalline Bi2S3 nanorods were successfully prepared from bismuth citrate and thiourea (Tu) by microwave irradiation methods. The products were characterized by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM, HRTEM) and selected area electron diffraction (SAED). The influences of reaction time, surfactants, solvents, and precursors on the formation of Bi2S3 nanorods were discussed. The microwave irradiation method reduced reaction time by at least 80% in the synthesis of Bi2S3 nanorods compared with the refluxing method. Cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) and β-cyclodextrin (β-CD) were found to be beneficial to the formation of Bi2S3 nanorods. N,N-dimethylformamide, ethylene glycol, and diethylene glycol were the favorable solvents in the fabrication of these nanorods. It was found that different bismuth and sulfur precursors influenced the sizes and morphologies of the Bi2S3 nanorods. The proposed growth mechanism of Bi2S3 nanorods was also discussed.

  4. Eye-lens bismuth shielding in paediatric head CT: artefact evaluation and reduction

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    CT scans of the brain, sinuses and petrous bones performed as the initial imaging test for a variety of indications have the potential to expose the eye-lens, considered among the most radiosensitive human tissues, to a radiation dose. There are several studies in adults discussing the reduction of orbital dose resulting from the use of commercially available bismuth-impregnated latex shields during CT examinations of the head. To evaluate bismuth shielding-induced artefacts and to provide suggestions for optimal eye-lens shielding in paediatric head CT. A bismuth shield was placed over the eyelids of 60 consecutive children undergoing head CT. Images were assessed for the presence and severity of artefacts with regard to eye-shield distance and shield wrinkling. An anthropomorphic paediatric phantom and thermoluminescence dosimeters (TLDs) were used to study the effect of eye lens-to-shield distance on shielding efficiency. Shields were tolerated by 56/60 children. Artefacts were absent in 45% of scans. Artefacts on orbits, not affecting and affecting orbit evaluation were noted in 39% and 14% of scans, respectively. Diagnostically insignificant artefacts on intracranial structures were noted in 1 case (2%) with shield misplacement. Mean eye-lens-to-shield distance was 8.8 mm in scans without artefacts, and 4.3 mm and 2.2 mm in scans with unimportant and diagnostically important artefacts, respectively. Artefacts occurred in 8 out of 9 cases with shield wrinkling. Dose reduction remained unchanged for different shield-to-eye distances. Bismuth shielding-related artefacts occurring in paediatric head CT are frequent, superficial and diagnostically insignificant when brain pathology is assessed. Shields should be placed 1 cm above the eyes when orbital pathology is addressed. Shield wrinkling should be avoided. (orig.)

  5. Study of some health physics parameters of bismuth-ground granulated blast furnace slag shielding concretes

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    Kumar, Sandeep; Singh, Sukhpal

    2016-05-01

    The Bismuth-ground granulated blastfurnace slang (Bi-GGBFS) concrete samples were prepared. The weight percentage of different elements present inBi-GGBFS Shielding concretewas evaluated by Energy Dispersive X-ray Microanalysis (EDX). The exposure rate and absorbed dose rate characteristics were calculated theoretically for radioactive sources namely 241Am and 137Cs. Our calculations reveal that the Bi-GGBFS concretes are effective in shielding material for gamma radiations.

  6. Femtosecond Laser-Written Waveguides in a Bismuth Germanate Single Crystal

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    We demonstrate the fabrication of symmetric waveguides in a bismuth germanate (BGO) single crystal using a double line approach by an 800 nm femtosecond laser. The optical attenuation of the single mode waveguide is measured to be 4.2 dB/cm at 633 nm. The influence of pulse energy and focal depth on the end facet of the irradiated region is also studied. This technique is promising to fabricate buried BGO waveguide arrays used in positron emission tomography systems. (general)

  7. 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

  8. Compositional dependence of optical band gap and refractive index in lead and bismuth borate glasses

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    Mallur, Saisudha B.; Czarnecki, Tyler; Adhikari, Ashish; Babu, Panakkattu K.

    2015-08-15

    Highlights: • Refractive indices increase with increasing PbO/Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3} content. • Optical band gap arises due to direct forbidden transition. • Optical band gaps decrease with increasing PbO/Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3} content. • New empirical relation between the optical band gap and the refractive index. - Abstract: We prepared a series of lead and bismuth borate glasses by varying PbO/Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3} content and studied refractive index and optical band gap as a function of glass composition. Refractive indices were measured very accurately using a Brewster’s angle set up while the optical band gaps were determined by analyzing the optical absorption edge using the Mott–Davis model. Using the Lorentz–Lorentz method and the effective medium theory, we calculated the refractive indices and then compared them with the measured values. Bismuth borate glasses show better agreement between the calculated values of the refractive index and experimental values. We used a differential method based on Mott–Davis model to obtain the type of transition and optical band gap (E{sub opt}) which in turn was compared with the value of E{sub opt} obtained using the extinction coefficient. Our analysis shows that in both lead and bismuth borate glasses, the optical band gap arises due to direct forbidden transition. With increasing PbO/Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3} content, the absorption edge shifts toward longer wavelengths and the optical band gap decreases. This behavior can be explained in terms of changes to the Pb−O/Bi−O chemical bonds with glass composition. We obtained a new empirical relation between the optical band gap and the refractive index which can be used to accurately determine the electronic oxide polarizability in lead and bismuth oxide glasses.

  9. Compositional dependence of optical band gap and refractive index in lead and bismuth borate glasses

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    Highlights: • Refractive indices increase with increasing PbO/Bi2O3 content. • Optical band gap arises due to direct forbidden transition. • Optical band gaps decrease with increasing PbO/Bi2O3 content. • New empirical relation between the optical band gap and the refractive index. - Abstract: We prepared a series of lead and bismuth borate glasses by varying PbO/Bi2O3 content and studied refractive index and optical band gap as a function of glass composition. Refractive indices were measured very accurately using a Brewster’s angle set up while the optical band gaps were determined by analyzing the optical absorption edge using the Mott–Davis model. Using the Lorentz–Lorentz method and the effective medium theory, we calculated the refractive indices and then compared them with the measured values. Bismuth borate glasses show better agreement between the calculated values of the refractive index and experimental values. We used a differential method based on Mott–Davis model to obtain the type of transition and optical band gap (Eopt) which in turn was compared with the value of Eopt obtained using the extinction coefficient. Our analysis shows that in both lead and bismuth borate glasses, the optical band gap arises due to direct forbidden transition. With increasing PbO/Bi2O3 content, the absorption edge shifts toward longer wavelengths and the optical band gap decreases. This behavior can be explained in terms of changes to the Pb−O/Bi−O chemical bonds with glass composition. We obtained a new empirical relation between the optical band gap and the refractive index which can be used to accurately determine the electronic oxide polarizability in lead and bismuth oxide glasses

  10. 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.

  11. Ultrasonic and Thermal Properties of Borate and Phosphate Glasses Containing Bismuth and Lead

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    Systematic series of (B2O3,P2O5)-Bi2O3-PbO glasses have been successfully prepared by using the rapid quenching technique in which each oxide content changes for every series on the basis of its weight percentage. Their amorphous natures were confirmed earlier by the x-ray diffraction technique. The experimental results show that the density of both glasses, determined by using the Archimedes principle, increases with the glass modifier content. This is due to the replacement of Bi2O3 and PbO in the borate and phosphate glassy networks. The molar volume for borate glass increases with the addition of bismuth and lead oxides, but a reverse trend occurs for the phosphate glass. The longitudinal and shear ultrasound velocities, determined by the MBS 8000 system, of both lead bismuth borate and phosphate glasses show a decreasing trend as more PbO and Bi2O3 are added to the glass system. The increase in PbO/Bi2O3 content was probably related to the progressive increase in the concentration of non-bridging oxygen (NBOs). Thermal studies of the glass, using the Labsys DTA-Setaram machine, show that the value of the glass transition temperature (Tg) is closely related to the chemical bond in the system. In lead bismuth borate glasses, the addition of more Pb2+ and Bi3+ results in a more dominant ionic bond character in the system and hence decreases Tg of the sample. However, in lead bismuth phosphate glasses, the addition of Pb2+ and Bi3+ not only failed to weaken the covalent character in P-O-P bonds, but strengthened it further, leading to an increment in the values of Tg

  12. 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.

  13. The new mineral species brodtkorbite, Cu2HgSe2, and the associated selenide assemblage from Tuminico, Sierra de Cacho, La Rioja, Argentina

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    Brodtkorbite, ideally Cu2HgSe2, a new mineral species, occurs in a telethermal selenide vein-type assemblage at the Tuminico Ia selenium deposit, Sierra de Cacho (Sierra de Umango) district, La Rioja, Argentina. The selenide assemblage also contains berzelianite, bellidoite, cadmoselite (mercurian, cuprian), chameanite, crookesite, eskebornite, eucairite, ferroselite, hakite, klockmannite, a luanheite-type phase, trogtalite-krutaite, tiemannite, tyrrellite, umangite and uraninite. Minor constituents are undefined phases that belong to the Cd-(Cu)-Hg-Se and (Co,Ni,Cu)-As-Se systems. The selenides occur as veinlets, as impregnations and as massive ores in calcite veins, and are hosted by altered (hematite-stained) amphibolites of the Sierra de Pampeanas, the Precambrian basement of the Precordillera terrane. Brodtkorbite was observed as anhedral grains; they range in size from 10 X 20 up to 50 X 100 μm and as aggregates of composite grains up to 150 X 250 μm, commonly intergrown with berzelianite, tiemannite and (rarely) umangite and clausthalite. The mineral is dark grey, opaque, has a metallic luster, and a dark grey streak. VHN10 ranges from 91.4 to 131 (mean 118) kg/mm2, which corresponds to a calculated Mohs hardness of about 2 1/2 to 3. The density is 7.77 g/cm3 and was calculated for the ideal formula with Z = 2, In plane-polarized reflected light, the mineral is white, is weakly to moderately pleochroic from pinkish to bluish white, and lacks internal reflections. It has a weak to strong bireflectance; the anisotropy is weak to strong with rotation tints from mauve-grey to yellowish grey. The reflectance spectra and color values in air and in oil are tabulated. The chemical composition, which was obtained with an electron microprobe, shows very little variation within individual grains and between grains. The average composition is: Cu 26.2, Hg 40.7, Se 32.9, total 99.8 wt%. This leads to an empirical formula (total atoms = 5) of Cu2.00Hg0.98Se2

  14. 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. PMID:27166737

  15. Synthesis and characterization of Ce and La modified bismuth titanate

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    Nikolina Pavlović

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available Bismuth titanate based nanopowders with the different content of La or Ce were synthesized by the modified sol-gel method. After calcination at 600°C, in addition to Aurivillius layered structure, a small quantity of cubic pyrochlore phase was detected in the La modified powders, while this second phase was much more pronounced in the Ce substituted powders. In fact, as the powder with the highest amount of Ce (Bi3CeTi3O12 has the pure pyrochlore phase it seems that the presence of Ce stabilizes the formation of this phase. This different infl uence of cerium and lanthanum could be explained by the incorporation of their ions on the different sites in the titanate structure. Bismuth titanate based ceramics, sintered at 1050°C/2h, had densities above 93% of theoretical density and characteristic plate-like grain morphology. Small quantity of cubic pyrochlore phase was detected only in the Ce modifi ed bismuth titanate ceramics. On the other hand, lanthanum addition caused formation of smaller grain size with pronounced plate-like morphology.

  16. Anisotropic Optical Behavior of Ferroelectric Bismuth Titanate: A Comparison of Experiment and Theory

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    Roy, Amritendu; Prasad, Rajendra; Auluck, Sushil; Garg, Ashish

    2010-03-01

    Optical properties of bismuth titanate (Bi4Ti3O12 or BiT) are of technological interest as its band gap lies in the visible region. Here we compare the results of theoretical and experimental studies conducted on pure bismuth titanate single crystals. Highly oriented BiT single crystals were synthesized using flux growth method. Spectroscopic ellipsometry measurements were made between 300 to 800 nm for different sample orientations. To obtain the absorption coefficient near the band edge, optical transmission measurements were also made. The refractive index data was fitted to a two-term Sellmeier formula. We also calculated the optical constants for both ferroelectric and paraelectric phases of bismuth titanate using density functional theory as implemented in the Vienna ab-initio simulation package (VASP) in conjunction with projector augmented wave method (PAW). Our calculations show the anisotropy of the optical properties for the electric field parallel and perpendicular to the c-axis of the crystal. Our calculations are in good agreement with the experimental data.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. Synthesis and characterization of barium-doped bismuth cuprate superconductor by modified sol-gel process

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    The effect of barium (Ba) doing on the formation of superconducting oxides have been studied by considering barium (Ba) substitution for bismuth (Bi) or strontium (Sr) sites. The modified sol - gel vertical Hot Column process was used to prepare the un-doped and barium-doped bismuth - cuprate superconductor homogeneous ceramic powder. Characterization of synthesized materials was done through a variety of techniques such as thermo gravimetric (TG). Differential thermal analysis (DTA), X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Combination of wet chemical and classical gravimetric analysis were performed for the determination of elemental composition of the as-synthesized and calcined bismuth-cuprate superconductor oxides. The dependence of the electrical resistance versus temperature was made by four probe technique. It has been observed that modified sol-gel process did effect the physico-chemical properties of the materials. The superconducting phase identified by XRD and TG/DTA analysis mainly shows the higher %age of the low-T/sub c/ phase with transition temperature in the range of 70 to 105 K. (author)

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

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    The optical, electrical and structural properties of bismuth oxide thin films deposited by radio frequency reactive magnetron sputtering were studied. The Bi2O3 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-Bi2O3 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-Bi2O3 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Synthesis, crystal growth and mechanical properties of Bismuth Silicon Oxide (BSO) single crystal

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    Highlights: • Synthesis of Bismuth Silicon Oxide (BSO). • Single crystal growth of BSO by Czochralski (Cz) method. • Complete mechanical analysis by device fabrication point of view. • Theoretical and experimental calculations of mechanical properties. -- Abstract: Bismuth Silicon Oxide (BSO) is an efficient material for piezo-electric and electro-optic applications. In this article, growth of BSO single crystal by high temperature Czochralski melt growth technique and its detailed mechanical characterization by Vickers microhardness, fracture toughness, crack propagation, brittleness index and yield strength have been reported. The raw material was synthesized by solid state reaction using the stoichiometric ratio of high purity bismuth tri-oxide and silicon di-oxide. The synthesized material was charged in the platinum crucible and then melted. The required rotation and pulling rate was optimized for BSO single crystal growth and good quality single crystal has been harvested after a time span of 5 days. Powder X-ray diffraction analysis confirms the parent crystallization phase of BSO. The experimentally studied mechanical behavior of the crystal is explained using various theoretical models. The anisotropic nature of the crystals is studied using Knoop indentation technique

  6. 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)

  7. 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.

  8. Three new bismuth(III) pyridine-2,6-dicarboxylate compounds: Synthesis, characterization and crystal structures

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    Hakimi, Mohammad; Motieiyan, Elham; Bertolotti, Federica; Marabello, Domenica; Nunes Rodrigues, Vitor Hugo

    2015-11-01

    Three new metal-organic compounds containing bismuth and pyridine-2,6-dicarboxylate (pydc) formulated as (2-apyH)2[Bi(pydc)2(pydcH)]·2H2O, 1, (4-apyH)[Bi(pydc) (pydcH)2].4H2O, 2 and (pipzeaH)[Bi2(pydc)3(pydcH) (H2O)2]·5H2O, 3, (2-apy = 2-aminopyridine, 4-apy = 4-aminopyridine, pipzea = 2-piperazin-1-ylethanamine), have been synthesized in deionized water and characterized by elemental analysis (C, H and N), spectral (UV-Vis, IR), 1H NMR spectroscopy, TGA and single crystal X-ray diffraction. These compounds were obtained via proton transfer methodology. Compounds 1 and 2 have similar monomeric bismuth coordination units, whereas compound 3 has a dimeric bismuth coordination unit. The compounds are anionic in 1 and 2 and they are connected non-covalently to 2-apyH and 4-apyH, respectively. In 3, two molecules are present, one neutral and one anionic, and both are connected non-covalently to pipzeaH cations. Five different coordination modes of Bi-pydc exist in 1, 2 and 3. These compounds are stabilized in the solid state by a complex network of hydrogen bonds between crystallization water molecules, anionic, cationic and neutral fragments, forming 3D-supramolecular arrays.

  9. 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

  10. Iron modified structural and optical spectral properties of bismuth silicate glasses

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    Parmar, Rajesh [Department of Physics, Maharishi Dayanand University, Rohtak, Haryana 124001 (India); Kundu, R.S. [Department of Applied Physics, Guru Jambheshwar University of Science and Technology, Hisar 125001 (India); Punia, R., E-mail: rajeshpoonia13@gmail.com [Department of Applied Physics, Guru Jambheshwar University of Science and Technology, Hisar 125001 (India); Aghamkar, P. [Department of Physics, Chaudhary Devi Lal University, Sirsa 125055 (India); Kishore, N. [Department of Applied Physics, Guru Jambheshwar University of Science and Technology, Hisar 125001 (India)

    2014-10-01

    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 Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} content. The Raman and FTIR spectra of the studied glass system taken at room temperature suggests that Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} 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 (BiO{sub 6} octahedra) as well as network former (BiO{sub 3} pyramids) and SiO{sub 2} exists in SiO{sub 4} 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.

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

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    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)

  12. a Study of Volatile Precursors for the Growth of Cadmium Sulphide and Cadmium Selenide by Metal Organic Chemical Vapour Deposition.

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    Beer, Michael P.

    Available from UMI in association with The British Library. The wide-band-gap semiconductors, cadmium sulphide and cadmium selenide, may be grown by Metal Organic Chemical Vapour Deposition (MOCVD). This method typically involves the reaction of gaseous streams of Me_2 Cd and H_2Y (Y = S, Se) over a heated substrate (usually gallium arsenide) on which the desired compound is grown as an epitaxial layer. Unfortunately, the precursors start to react in the cold zone of the reactor, that is before they reach the heated substrate. This problem is known as prereaction. The problem of prereaction is partially reduced by the use of adducts of dimethyl cadmium in place of the free dialkyl compound although the mechanism by which such adducts block prereaction is unknown. Accordingly, a study of adducts of dimethyl cadmium was undertaken with a view to determining their properties in all phases. The adduct of Me_2Cd with 2,2^ '-bipyridyl was found to be monomeric in the solid state while that with 1,4-dioxane, a volatile compound used for prereaction reduction, was found to be polymeric. A study of adducts in the gas phase using mass spectrometry and gas phase Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy gave no evidence to suggest there is any gas phase association between 1,4-dioxane and dimethyl cadmium. With the 2,2 ^'-bipyridyl adduct some evidence for partial retention of coordinate bonds upon sublimation was obtained. The solid adduct of Me _2Cd with N,N,N^' ,N^'-tetramethylethylenediamine (TMEDA) was prepared as it was hoped that the flexibility of the aliphatic Lewis base would permit the formation of an adduct containing strong co-ordinate bonds which would remain intact upon sublimation. Using gas phase electron diffraction, the structure of the adduct of Me_2Cd and TMEDA was determined. It was shown to exist in the gas phase purely as the associated monomeric species. The adduct was then employed for the growth of CdS and CdSe in an industrial MOCVD apparatus. The

  13. Effect of cadmium doping on some properties of glass-insulated bismuth-based microwires

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    Full text: According to the literature, semiconductor converters based on films and wire crystals are widely used in present-day microelectronics. However, the production of efficient semiconductor converters requires crystals of high structural perfection with a given composition and desired electrical and mechanical properties. In this work, we describe the study of the perfection of the microstructure and mechanical properties of glass-insulated microwires based on Bi doped with cadmium (Cd) and the technique of preparation of micro resistors suitable for instrumentation applications. Microscopic studies of ground, polished, and chemically etched microwires doped with cadmium showed that they have smooth cylindrical surfaces in the entire range of diameters. Sizes of defects in the form of micropores, microcracks, dislocations, and twins on their surface are much smaller than those of pure bismuth microwire. It is also found that the tendency to twinning and the number and size of surface defects decrease with decreasing diameters; at the same time, their homogeneity increases. The tensile strength of the studied microwires with glass insulation is high for all tested diameters and ranges within 33.274.1 kg/mm with respect to internal diameters of 5.6 21.2 m; in addition, they withstand a breaking force up to 130 g and more, whereas the samples of pure bismuth microwires withstood a force up to 80 g. It is also found that the tensile strength of cadmium doped microwires is significantly higher than that of undoped samples. The bending strength as a measure of elasticity was determined using a special installation according to the critical bending radius of the sample at which the sample integrity is violated. The results of bending tests showed that, with increasing diameter of the doped samples, the critical radius linearly increases; that is, in this case, the elasticity increases with decreasing diameter. Metallographic analysis revealed that cadmium in the

  14. Stainless steel protection by in-situ oxide layer formation in stagnant lead-bismuth eutectic

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    Accelerator Driven Systems (ADS) are designed to transmute long life and high activity nuclear wastes. The physico-chemical and nuclear characteristics of lead bismuth eutectic make this heavy liquid metal suitable to be used as spallation target and as coolant in ADS. However, heavy liquid metals, and particularly lead-bismuth eutectic, present a high aggressiveness to most of the structural materials. Nickel, chromium and iron, as constitutive elements of stainless steels, show a high solubility in lead-bismuth eutectic, that prevents their use as structural materials without any protection at temperatures higher than 400 deg. C for austenitic stainless steels and higher than 450 deg. C for martensitic steels. According to the available experience, proceeding from the former USSR, one of the possible ways to improve the performance of structural materials in Pb-Bi is the formation and maintenance of a protective oxide layer, which would constitute a barrier between the liquid metal and the steel. The corrosion resistance is determined by the oxygen thermodynamic activity in the liquid metal. For oxygen concentrations in the liquid metal below the equilibrium concentration for the formation of protective layers, the structural steels will suffer dissolution attack. On the contrary, if the oxygen concentration is higher than the necessary for the formation of oxide layers, the steels will experience an oxidation process, but very high concentrations provoke lead-bismuth oxides. Therefore, the oxygen content should be between these two limits in order to be able to form a protective oxide on the steel surface. The necessary oxygen content in the liquid metal may be obtained by gas injection, lead oxide interacting with the melt or the H2/H2O system. In this work, materials protection by 'in situ' oxidation has been studied in stagnant lead-bismuth, with different oxygen levels (H2/H2O ratios of 0.3, 0.03 and 0.003), at temperatures from 535 deg. C to 600 deg. C

  15. Stainless steel protection by in-situ oxide layer formation in stagnant lead-bismuth eutectic

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    Soler, L. [CIEMAT, Edificio 30, Dpto. Fision Nuclear, Avda. Complutense 22, 28040 Madrid, (Spain); Martin, F.J.; Hernandez, F.; Gomez-Briceno, D. [CIEMAT, Nuclear Fission Department, Structural Materials Project, Avda. Complutense 22, Building 30, 28040 Madrid (Spain)

    2004-07-01

    Accelerator Driven Systems (ADS) are designed to transmute long life and high activity nuclear wastes. The physico-chemical and nuclear characteristics of lead bismuth eutectic make this heavy liquid metal suitable to be used as spallation target and as coolant in ADS. However, heavy liquid metals, and particularly lead-bismuth eutectic, present a high aggressiveness to most of the structural materials. Nickel, chromium and iron, as constitutive elements of stainless steels, show a high solubility in lead-bismuth eutectic, that prevents their use as structural materials without any protection at temperatures higher than 400 deg. C for austenitic stainless steels and higher than 450 deg. C for martensitic steels. According to the available experience, proceeding from the former USSR, one of the possible ways to improve the performance of structural materials in Pb-Bi is the formation and maintenance of a protective oxide layer, which would constitute a barrier between the liquid metal and the steel. The corrosion resistance is determined by the oxygen thermodynamic activity in the liquid metal. For oxygen concentrations in the liquid metal below the equilibrium concentration for the formation of protective layers, the structural steels will suffer dissolution attack. On the contrary, if the oxygen concentration is higher than the necessary for the formation of oxide layers, the steels will experience an oxidation process, but very high concentrations provoke lead-bismuth oxides. Therefore, the oxygen content should be between these two limits in order to be able to form a protective oxide on the steel surface. The necessary oxygen content in the liquid metal may be obtained by gas injection, lead oxide interacting with the melt or the H{sub 2}/H{sub 2}O system. In this work, materials protection by 'in situ' oxidation has been studied in stagnant lead-bismuth, with different oxygen levels (H{sub 2}/H{sub 2}O ratios of 0.3, 0.03 and 0.003), at temperatures

  16. Crystal structures of a pentavalent bismuthate, SrBi2O6 and a lead bismuth oxide (Pb1/3Bi2/3O1.4

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    Nobuhiro Kumada

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available The crystal structures of a pentavalent bismuthate, SrBi2O6 with the PbSb2O6-type structure and a lead bismuth oxide, (Pb1/3Bi2/3O1.4 with the fluorite-type structure were refined by using neutron diffraction data. The final R-factors were Rwp = 4.49, Rp = 3.46, RI = 4.50 and RF = 1.70% for SrBi2O6 and Rwp = 5.04, Rp = 3.93, RI = 5.47 and RF = 4.26% for (Pb1/3Bi2/3O1.4. SrBi2O6 prepared from NaBiO3·1.4H2O is the first example of the bismuthate with the PbSb2O6-type structure. The fluorite-type lead bismuth oxide, (Pb1/3Bi2/3O1.4 was obtained by heating the PbSb2O6-type lead bismuthate, PbBi2O5.9·H2O which was prepared also from NaBiO3·1.4H2O.

  17. 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)

  18. 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

  19. 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)

    2015-11-15

    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}.

  20. Diffusion-controlled intergranular penetration and embrittlement of copper by liquid bismuth between 300 and 600 Celsius degrees

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    Hybrid reactors are a new concept for energy production and nuclear waste treatment. Among other requirements, structural materials have to withstand liquid metal embrittlement. This thesis aimed therefore to identify the controlling mechanism for the intergranular embrittlement of copper in contact with liquid bismuth. Scanning electron microscopy, Auger electron spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy have been used to analyze fracture surfaces of both copper polycrystals and a copper bicrystal (symmetric tilt boundary 50 degrees ). These analyses reveal both parabolic intergranular penetration kinetics and a maximal intergranular bismuth concentration that is less than two monolayers equivalent. These two results allow us to identify grain boundary diffusion as the controlling mechanism for the intergranular penetration of copper by liquid bismuth between 300 and 600 Celsius degrees, showing the absence of perfect grain boundary wetting. (author)