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  1. Mechanochemical synthesis and spark plasma sintering of the cerium silicides

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    Highlights: • Ce5Si3, Ce3Si2, CeSi, CeSi2−x and CeSi2 were mechanochemically synthesized. • Temperature and pressure were monitored to investigate reaction progress. • All syntheses proceeded through a MSR event followed by rapid solid-state diffusion. • Milling time before MSR correlates well with effective heat of formation. • Some synthesized material was densified by spark plasma sintering. - Abstract: The cerium silicides, Ce5Si3, Ce3Si2, CeSi, CeSi2−y, and CeSi2−x, have been prepared from the elements by mechanochemical processing in a planetary ball mill. Preparation of the cerium silicide Ce5Si4 was unsuccessfully attempted and potential reasons for this are discussed. Temperature and pressure of the milling vial were monitored in situ to gain insight into the mechanochemical reaction kinetics, which include a mechanically-induced self-propagating reaction (MSR). Some prepared powders were consolidated by spark plasma sintering to high density. Starting materials, as-milled powders, and consolidated samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and energy dispersive spectroscopy. The results obtained help elucidate key questions in mechanochemical processing of intermetallics, showing first phase formation similar to thin films, MSR ignition times that are composition- and milling speed-dependent, and sensitivity of stable compound formation on the impact pressure. The results demonstrate mechanochemical synthesis as a viable technique for rare earth silicides

  2. Mechanochemical synthesis and spark plasma sintering of the cerium silicides

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    Alanko, Gordon A.; Jaques, Brian; Bateman, Allyssa [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, College of Engineering, Boise State University, 1910 University Drive, Boise, ID 83725 (United States); Butt, Darryl P., E-mail: darrylbutt@boisestate.edu [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, College of Engineering, Boise State University, 1910 University Drive, Boise, ID 83725 (United States); Center for Advanced Energy Studies, 995 University Boulevard, Idaho Falls, ID 83401 (United States)

    2014-12-15

    Highlights: • Ce{sub 5}Si{sub 3}, Ce{sub 3}Si{sub 2}, CeSi, CeSi{sub 2−x} and CeSi{sub 2} were mechanochemically synthesized. • Temperature and pressure were monitored to investigate reaction progress. • All syntheses proceeded through a MSR event followed by rapid solid-state diffusion. • Milling time before MSR correlates well with effective heat of formation. • Some synthesized material was densified by spark plasma sintering. - Abstract: The cerium silicides, Ce{sub 5}Si{sub 3}, Ce{sub 3}Si{sub 2}, CeSi, CeSi{sub 2−y}, and CeSi{sub 2−x}, have been prepared from the elements by mechanochemical processing in a planetary ball mill. Preparation of the cerium silicide Ce{sub 5}Si{sub 4} was unsuccessfully attempted and potential reasons for this are discussed. Temperature and pressure of the milling vial were monitored in situ to gain insight into the mechanochemical reaction kinetics, which include a mechanically-induced self-propagating reaction (MSR). Some prepared powders were consolidated by spark plasma sintering to high density. Starting materials, as-milled powders, and consolidated samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and energy dispersive spectroscopy. The results obtained help elucidate key questions in mechanochemical processing of intermetallics, showing first phase formation similar to thin films, MSR ignition times that are composition- and milling speed-dependent, and sensitivity of stable compound formation on the impact pressure. The results demonstrate mechanochemical synthesis as a viable technique for rare earth silicides.

  3. Reprocessing RERTR silicide fuels

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    The Reduced Enrichment Research and Test Reactor Program is one element of the United States Government's nonproliferation effort. High-density, low-enrichment, aluminum-clad uranium silicide fuels may be substituted for the highly enriched aluminum-clad alloy fuels now in use. Savannah River Laboratory has performed studies which demonstrate reprocessability of spent RERTR silicide fuels at Savannah River Plant. Results of dissolution and feed preparation tests and solvent extraction processing demonstrations with both unirradiated and irradiated uranium silicide fuels are presented

  4. Metal silicide nanowires

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    Chen, Lih-Juann; Wu, Wen-Wei

    2015-07-01

    The growth, properties and applications of metal silicide nanowires (NWs) have been extensively investigated. The investigations have led to significant advance in the understanding of one-dimensional (1D) metal silicide systems. For example, CoSi is paramagnetic in bulk form, but ferromagnetic in NW geometry. In addition, the helimagnetic phase and skyrmion state in MnSi are stabilized by NW morphology. The influencing factors on the growth of silicide phase have been elucidated for Ni-Si, Pt-Si, and Mn-Si systems. Promising results were obtained for spintronics, non-volatile memories, field emitter, magnetoresistive sensor, thermoelectric generator and solar cells. However, the main thrust has been in microelectronic devices and integrated circuits. Transistors of world-record small size have been fabricated. Reconfigurable Si NW transistors, dually active Si NW transistors and circuits with equal electron and hole transport have been demonstrated. Furthermore, multifunctional devices and logic gates with undoped Si NWs were reported. It is foreseen that practical applications will be realized in the near future.

  5. High temperature structural silicides

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    Structural silicides have important high temperature applications in oxidizing and aggressive environments. Most prominent are MoSi2-based materials, which are borderline ceramic-intermetallic compounds. MoSi2 single crystals exhibit macroscopic compressive ductility at temperatures below room temperature in some orientations. Polycrystalline MoSi2 possesses elevated temperature creep behavior which is highly sensitive to grain size. MoSi2-Si3N4 composites show an important combination of oxidation resistance, creep resistance, and low temperature fracture toughness. Current potential applications of MoSi2-based materials include furnace heating elements, molten metal lances, industrial gas burners, aerospace turbine engine components, diesel engine glow plugs, and materials for glass processing

  6. Reaction chemistry of cerium

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    1997-01-01

    It is truly ironic that a synthetic organic chemist likely has far greater knowledge of the reaction chemistry of cerium(IV) than an inorganic colleague. Cerium(IV) reagents have long since been employed as oxidants in effecting a wide variety of organic transformations. Conversely, prior to the late 1980s, the number of well characterized cerium(IV) complexes did not extend past a handful of known species. Though in many other areas, interest in the molecular chemistry of the 4f-elements has undergone an explosive growth over the last twenty years, the chemistry of cerium(IV) has for the most part been overlooked. This report describes reactions of cerium complexes and structure.

  7. Probing the cerium/cerium hydride interface using nanoindentation

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    Brierley, Martin, E-mail: martin.brierley@awe.co.uk [Atomic Weapons Establishment, Aldermaston, Berkshire RG7 4PR (United Kingdom); University of Manchester, Manchester M13 9PL (United Kingdom); Knowles, John, E-mail: john.knowles@awe.co.uk [Atomic Weapons Establishment, Aldermaston, Berkshire RG7 4PR (United Kingdom)

    2015-10-05

    Highlights: • A disparity exists between the minimum energy and actual shape of a cerium hydride. • Cerium hydride is found to be harder than cerium metal by a ratio of 1.7:1. • A zone of material under compressive stress was identified surrounding the hydride. • No distribution of hardness was apparent within the hydride. - Abstract: A cerium hydride site was sectioned and the mechanical properties of the exposed phases (cerium metal, cerium hydride, oxidised cerium hydride) were measured using nanoindentation. An interfacial region under compressive stress was observed in the cerium metal surrounding a surface hydride that formed as a consequence of strain energy generated by the volume expansion associated with precipitation of the hydride phase.

  8. Probing the cerium/cerium hydride interface using nanoindentation

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    Highlights: • A disparity exists between the minimum energy and actual shape of a cerium hydride. • Cerium hydride is found to be harder than cerium metal by a ratio of 1.7:1. • A zone of material under compressive stress was identified surrounding the hydride. • No distribution of hardness was apparent within the hydride. - Abstract: A cerium hydride site was sectioned and the mechanical properties of the exposed phases (cerium metal, cerium hydride, oxidised cerium hydride) were measured using nanoindentation. An interfacial region under compressive stress was observed in the cerium metal surrounding a surface hydride that formed as a consequence of strain energy generated by the volume expansion associated with precipitation of the hydride phase

  9. On Silicides in High Temperature Titanium Alloys

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    C. Ramachandra

    1986-04-01

    Full Text Available High temperature titanium alloys like IMI 685 contain small amounts of silicon (~ 0.25 wt. per cent to improve creep resistance. Different types of silicides, namely Ti5Si3 (TiZr5Si3(S1 and (TiZr6 Si3 (S2, have been observed to precipitate in various silicon-bearing titanium alloys depending upon their composition and heat treatment. The precipitation of silicides, their orientation relationship with the matrix in different alloys, and the beneficial influence of thermo-mechanical treatment on the distribution of silicides have been pointed out. The effect of silicides on mechanical properties and fracture of the commercial alloy IMI 685 is also indicated.

  10. LEU silicide programs at Babcock and Wilcox

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    The low enriched silicide development project at Babcock and Wilcox has matured into a production operation that has resulted in the completion of fuel elements for three research reactors; ORR, R-2 Studsvik and SAPHIR. Characteristic anomalies of silicide fuel which make the fabrication of fuel plates and elements more difficult than UAlx, have either been avoided, eliminated or significantly improved. One such anomaly is the reaction between uranium silicide fuel and aluminum matrix material. A detailed analysis was performed to characterize the extent of this reaction. Data suggests that a solid state diffusion of aluminum atoms into the uranium silicide lattice results in the formation of several intermediate Al-Si-U phases before forming a stable UAl4 phase

  11. Nanoscale contact engineering for Si/Silicide nanowire devices

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    Lin, Yung-chen

    2012-01-01

    Metal silicides have been used in silicon technology as contacts to achieve high device performance and desired device functions. The growth and applications of silicide materials have recently attracted increasing interest for nanoscale device applications. Nanoscale silicide materials have been demonstrated with various synthetic approaches. Solid state reaction wherein high quality silicides form through diffusion of metal atoms into silicon nano-templates and the subsequent phase transfor...

  12. Robust micromachining of compliant mechanisms using silicides

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    We introduce an innovative sacrificial surface micromachining process that enhances the mechanical robustness of freestanding microstructures and compliant mechanisms. This process facilitates the fabrication, and improves the assembly yield of the out-of-plane micro sensors and actuators. Fabrication of a compliant mechanism using conventional sacrificial surface micromachining results in a non-planar structure with a step between the structure and its anchor. During mechanism actuation or assembly, stress accumulation at the structure step can easily exceed the yield strength of the material and lead to the structure failure. Our process overcomes this topographic issue by virtually eliminating the step between the structure and its anchor, and achieves planarization without using chemical mechanical polishing. The process is based on low temperature and post-CMOS compatible nickel silicide technology. We use a layer of amorphous silicon (a-Si) as a sacrificial layer, which is locally converted to nickel silicide to form the anchors. High etch selectivity between silicon and nickel silicide in the xenon difluoride gas (sacrificial layer etchant) enables us to use the silicide to anchor the structures to the substrate. The formed silicide has the same thickness as the sacrificial layer; therefore, the structure is virtually flat. The maximum measured step between the anchor and the sacrificial layer is about 10 nm on a 300 nm thick sacrificial layer. (paper)

  13. Hydrated cerium(3) vanadates

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    It has been ascertained by the methods of chemical, thermal and X-ray phase analyses, IR spectroscopy that in the system LiVO3-Ce(NO3)3-HNO3-LiOH-H2O in equilibrium conditions the following compounds are precipitated: cerium dodecavanadate Ce2(V12O31)3·3nH2O, where 11.0 5O13)2·nH2O, where 6.5 2V10O28·19H2O; vanadates Ce(VO3)3·4H2O and CeVO4·H2O. Cerium orthovanadate is crystallized in tetragonal crystal system with zircon structure and crystal lattice parameters as follows: a=7.3726(14) and c=6.4939(23) A

  14. New silicides for new niobium protective coatings

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    Efforts to improve at high temperature the oxidation resistance of pure niobium or commercial niobium alloys have led to the development of a pack cementation process for the co-deposition of Si, Ti, Cr and Fe. Owing to the knowledge of the quaternary Nb(Ti)-T-Cr-Si phase diagrams (T=Fe or Co or Ni) and of the crystallographic features of phases present in the silicide coatings, new protective coatings have been applied on pure niobium and Cb752 alloy. The results of the crystallographic study of three new silicides isostructural with Nb3Fe3CrSi6, in which Nb is substituted by Ti and Fe by Co or Ni are reported. The oxidation performances of two new coatings mainly consisting of such a silicide are also outlined. (orig.)

  15. On Silicides in High Temperature Titanium Alloys

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    Ramachandra, C.; Vakil Singh; P. Rama Rao

    1986-01-01

    High temperature titanium alloys like IMI 685 contain small amounts of silicon (~ 0.25 wt. per cent) to improve creep resistance. Different types of silicides, namely Ti5Si3 (TiZr)5Si3(S1) and (TiZr)6 Si3 (S2), have been observed to precipitate in various silicon-bearing titanium alloys depending upon their composition and heat treatment. The precipitation of silicides, their orientation relationship with the matrix in different alloys, and the beneficial influence of thermo-mechanical treatm...

  16. On the kinetics of platinum silicide formation

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    Faber, Erik J.; Wolters, Rob A.M.; Schmitz, Jurriaan

    2011-01-01

    In this work, the kinetics of platinum silicide formation for thin Pt films (50 nm) on monocrystalline <100> silicon is investigated via in situ resistance measurements under isothermal (197–275 °C) conditions. For Pt2Si diffusion limited growth was observed. For PtSi formation, however, no linear r

  17. Challenges of nickel silicidation in CMOS technologies

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    Breil, Nicolas [IBM Semiconductor Research and Development Center (SRDC), East Fishkill, NY (United States); Lavoie, Christian [IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY (United States); Ozcan, Ahmet [IBM Semiconductor Research and Development Center (SRDC), East Fishkill, NY (United States); Baumann, Frieder [IBM Semiconductor Research and Development Center (SRDC), East Fishkill, NY (United States); Klymko, Nancy [IBM Semiconductor Research and Development Center (SRDC), East Fishkill, NY (United States); Nummy, Karen [IBM Semiconductor Research and Development Center (SRDC), East Fishkill, NY (United States); Sun, Bing [IBM Semiconductor Research and Development Center (SRDC), East Fishkill, NY (United States); Jordan-Sweet, Jean [IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY (United States); Yu, Jian [IBM Semiconductor Research and Development Center (SRDC), East Fishkill, NY (United States); Zhu, Frank [IBM Semiconductor Research and Development Center (SRDC), East Fishkill, NY (United States); Narasimha, Shreesh [IBM Semiconductor Research and Development Center (SRDC), East Fishkill, NY (United States); Chudzik, Michael [IBM Semiconductor Research and Development Center (SRDC), East Fishkill, NY (United States)

    2015-04-01

    In our paper, we review some of the key challenges associated with the Ni silicidation process in the most recent CMOS technologies. The introduction of new materials (e.g.SiGe), and of non-planar architectures bring some important changes that require fundamental investigation from a material engineering perspective. Following a discussion of the device architecture and silicide evolution through the last CMOS generations, we focus our study on a very peculiar defect, termed NiSi-Fangs. We describe a mechanism for the defect formation, and present a detailed material analysis that supports this mechanism. We highlight some of the possible metal enrichment processes of the nickel monosilicide such as oxidation or various RIE (Reactive Ion Etching) plasma process, leading to a metal source available for defect formation. Furthermore, we investigate the NiSi formation and re-formation silicidation differences between Si and SiGe materials, and between (1 0 0) and (1 1 1) orientations. Finally, we show that the thermal budgets post silicidation can lead to the formation of NiSi-Fangs if the structure and the processes are not optimized. Beyond the understanding of the defect and the discussion on the engineering solutions used to prevent its formation, the interest of this investigation also lies in the fundamental learning within the Ni–Pt–Si–Ge system and some additional perspective on Ni-based contacts to advanced microelectronic devices.

  18. Synthesis and design of silicide intermetallic materials

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    Petrovic, J.J.; Castro, R.G.; Butt, D.P. [Los Alamos National Lab., NM (United States)] [and others

    1997-04-01

    The overall objective of this program is to develop structural silicide-based materials with optimum combinations of elevated temperature strength/creep resistance, low temperature fracture toughness, and high temperature oxidation and corrosion resistance for applications of importance to the U.S. processing industry. A further objective is to develop silicide-based prototype industrial components. The ultimate aim of the program is to work with industry to transfer the structural silicide materials technology to the private sector in order to promote international competitiveness in the area of advanced high temperature materials and important applications in major energy-intensive U.S. processing industries. The program presently has a number of developing industrial connections, including a CRADA with Schuller International Inc. targeted at the area of MoSi{sub 2}-based high temperature materials and components for fiberglass melting and processing applications. The authors are also developing an interaction with the Institute of Gas Technology (IGT) to develop silicides for high temperature radiant gas burner applications, for the glass and other industries. Current experimental emphasis is on the development and characterization of MoSi{sub 2}-Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} and MoSi{sub 2}-SiC composites, the plasma spraying of MoSi{sub 2}-based materials, and the joining of MoSi{sub 2} materials to metals.

  19. Thermodynamic properties of cerium oxide

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    Thermodynamic properties of cerium oxides in the CeO2-CeO1.5 composition range are studied. For this purpose method of electromotive force with solid electrolyte is used, equilibrium constants of reduction of cerium oxides by hydrogen are measured. Necessity of using atmosphere of argon or purified nitrogen to work with pyrophoric cerium oxides is stressed. The obtained results and the earlier known literary data on CeO2 and Ce2O3 thermodynamic properties are tabulated. 14 refs.; 5 tabs

  20. Irradiation behavior of miniature experimental uranium silicide fuel plates

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    Uranium silicides, because of their relatively high uranium density, were selected as candidate dispersion fuels for the higher fuel densities required in the Reduced Enrichment Research and Test Reactor (RERTR) Program. Irradiation experience with this type of fuel, however, was limited to relatively modest fission densities in the bulk from, on the order of 7 x 1020 cm-3, far short of the approximately 20 x 1020 cm-3 goal established for the RERTR program. The purpose of the irradiation experiments on silicide fuels on the ORR, therefore, was to investigate the intrinsic irradiation behavior of uranium silicide as a dispersion fuel. Of particular interest was the interaction between the silicide particles and the aluminum matrix, the swelling behavior of the silicide particles, and the maximum volume fraction of silicide particles that could be contained in the aluminum matrix

  1. Palladium silicide - a new contact for semiconductor radiation detectors

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    Silicide layers can be used as low resistance contacts in semiconductor devices. The formation of a metal rich palladium silicide Pd2Si is discussed. A palladium film 100A thick is deposited at 3000C and the resulting silicide layer used as an ohmic contact in an n + p silicon detector. This rugged contact has electrical characteristics comparable with existing evaporated gold contacts and enables the use of more reproducible bonding techniques. (author)

  2. Formation and properties of nanometer-thick platinum silicide layers

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    Conforto, Egle

    1996-01-01

    Platinum silicide films are widely used in silicon devices for ohmic and Schottky contacts. It has been demonstrated in the recent years that Schottky barriers employing ultra-thin platinum silicide films (thickness < 10 nm) are useful for photodetection in the near infrared. We have studied the formation of thin platinum silicide films and their electrical properties as a function of the annealing temperature in presence of an interfacial native sili...

  3. Production of Mo-99 using low-enriched uranium silicide

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    Over the last several years, uranium silicide fuels have been under development as low-enriched uranium (LEU) targets for Mo-99. The use of LEU silicide is aimed at replacing the UAlx alloy in the highly-enriched uranium dissolution process. A process to recover Mo-99 from low-enriched uranium silicide is being developed at Argonne National Laboratory. The uranium silicide is dissolved in alkaline hydrogen peroxide. Experiments performed to determine the optimum dissolution procedure are discussed, and the results of dissolving a portion of a high-burnup (>40%) U3Si2 miniplate are presented. Future work related to Mo-99 separation and waste disposal are also discussed

  4. Fusion silicide coatings for tantalum alloys.

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    Warnock, R. V.; Stetson, A. R.

    1972-01-01

    Calculation of the performance of fusion silicide coatings under simulated atmospheric reentry conditions to a maximum temperature of 1810 K (2800 F). Both recently developed and commercially available coatings are included. Data are presented on oxidation rate with and without intentional defecting, the influence of the coatings on the ductile-brittle bend transition temperature, and the mechanical properties. Coatings appear capable of affording protection for at least 100 simulated cycles to 2600 F and 63 cycles to 2800 F.

  5. Microanalysis of tungsten silicide/polysilicon interface

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    The presence of a thin (10-30 Angstrom) oxide (native oxide) layer on a silicon surface prior to the deposition of another film on that surface can contribute to difficulties with subsequent device processing steps, e.g. contact metallization and high-temperature annealing or oxidation. Thus the in situ process capability of native oxide removal affords advantage over the conventional method of aqueous hydrofluoric acid cleaning prior to a film deposition step. The paper describes such a technique, in which an in situ pre-deposition clean with C2F6 gas, using reactive ion etching (RIE) prior to tungsten silicide deposition, is employed. This technique allows post-silicide deposition high-temperature heat treatment and wet oxidation without loss of film adhesion or other obvious degradative effects. We also report the use of Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (SIMS) to show that this procedure has been effective in the removal of the oxide layer prior to silicide deposition. This study includes definition of the RIE etch parameters which provide acceptable etch selectivity of the oxide to silicon, and avoidance of excessive fluoropolymer formation on the silicon surface

  6. Silicides and germanides for nano-CMOS applications

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    Kittl, J.A. [IMEC, Kapeldreef 75, 3001 Leuven (Belgium)], E-mail: kittlj@imec.be; Opsomer, K.; Torregiani, C.; Demeurisse, C.; Mertens, S.; Brunco, D.P.; Van Dal, M.J.H.; Lauwers, A. [IMEC, Kapeldreef 75, 3001 Leuven (Belgium)

    2008-12-05

    An overview of silicides and germanides for nano-CMOS applications is presented. The historical evolution describing the migration from the use of Ti silicide to Co silicide to Ni silicide as contacting material is first discussed. These changes in silicide material were mainly motivated by the inability to form the target low resistivity silicide phase in small structures due to low nucleation density. This issue was found first for the low resistivity C54 TiSi{sub 2} at linewidths below 200 nm and later for the low resistivity CoSi{sub 2}, at linewidths below 40 nm. A detailed description of scalability and thermal stability issues for NiSi is then presented. No nucleation issues were found in small structures for NiSi, which grows by diffusion or interface limited kinetics with Ni as main moving species. However, silicidation can be excessive in small structures due to Ni diffusion from surrounding areas, resulting in thicker films than targeted in small devices. This can be controlled by using a silicidation process with two rapid thermal processing steps, the first one to control the amount of Ni reacted and the second one to convert the silicide to the target low resistivity monosilicide phase. One of the main issues for applications of NiSi is its low thermal stability: thin NiSi films agglomerate at relatively low temperatures. The process window and thermal stability of Ni and Pt-based films reacted with Si, Si:Ge and Si:C substrates is reviewed. Addition of Ge is shown to degrade thermal stability while addition of C or Pt improves it. Contact resistivity considerations and implementation of dual band-edge silicides are discussed, as well as promising results for the extension of Ni-based silicides to future nodes. Finally a brief overview of germanides is presented discussing NiGe and PdGe as main candidates.

  7. High temperature protective silicide coatings for titanium-niobium alloys

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    The accomplished investigation of heat resistance of silicide coatings on titanium - (30-50)% niobium alloys has revealed that the coatings ensure reliable corrosion protection up to 1100 deg due to formation of heat resistant disilicides and a silicon dioxide layer on alloy surface. Silicide coatings possess particular ductility

  8. Preparation of cerium halide solvate complexes

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    Vasudevan, Kalyan V; Smith, Nickolaus A; Gordon, John C; McKigney, Edward A; Muenchaussen, Ross E

    2013-08-06

    Crystals of a solvated cerium(III) halide solvate complex resulted from a process of forming a paste of a cerium(III) halide in an ionic liquid, adding a solvent to the paste, removing any undissolved solid, and then cooling the liquid phase. Diffusing a solvent vapor into the liquid phase also resulted in crystals of a solvated cerium(III) halide complex.

  9. Infrared spectra of semiconducting silicides nanolayers

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    Baleva, M; Atanassov, A [Faculty of Physics, St. Kl. Ohridski University of Sofia, 5 J. Bourchier Blvd., 1164 Sofia (Bulgaria); Marinova, M [Solid State Physics Section, Department of Physics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 54124 Thessaloniki (Greece)], E-mail: baleva@phys.uni-sofia.bg

    2008-05-01

    The infrared absorption is studied of samples consisting of a Si matrix with unburied nanolayers of the semiconducting silicides {beta}-FeSi{sub 2} and Mg{sub 2}Si. Features additional to those due to the transversal optical phonons of the compounds are observed. The features are interpreted in the framework of the appearance of surface and interface phonon polaritons, which absorb the light. Insofar as the frequencies of the longitudinal optical (LO) phonon-polariton modes are close to those of the LO phonon frequencies, the infrared transmittance of nanolayers can be regarded as a method for direct determination of these frequencies.

  10. Thermoelectric performance of higher manganese silicide nanocomposites

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    Saleemi, M. [Department of Materials and Nano Physics, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Kista, Stockholm (Sweden); Famengo, A.; Fiameni, S.; Boldrini, S.; Battiston, S. [CNR, Institute for Energetics and Interphases (IENI-CNR), Corso Stati Uniti 4, I-35127 Padua (Italy); Johnsson, M. [Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry, Stockholm University, Stockholm (Sweden); Muhammed, M.; Toprak, M.S. [Department of Materials and Nano Physics, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Kista, Stockholm (Sweden)

    2015-01-15

    Highlights: • Fabrication of p-type higher manganese silicide by mechanical alloying. • Different concentrations Ytterbium (Yb) was used to form HMS nanocomposites. • HMS nanostructures were preserved by using spark plasma sintering (SPS). • HMS–Yb nanocomposites showed improved electrical performance. - Abstract: Higher manganese silicides (HMS) are proven to be promising candidates as p-type thermoelectric material in the temperature range of 400–700 K. In this work, a series of nanostructured (NS) bulk MnSi{sub 1.73} with different levels of Ytterbium inclusions were fabricated via ball milling and the solid state reaction was completed by spark plasma sintering (SPS). Nanopowders and SPS consolidated Yb–HMS nanocomposites (NC) were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) to reveal the crystal structure and morphology respectively. High resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) coupled with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) was used to investigate the material composition in bulk grains. Yb was observed to stay as nanoinclusions at the grain boundaries. TE transport properties, including Seebeck coefficient, electrical resistivity, and thermal diffusivity as well as charge carrier concentrations were evaluated. Thermal conductivity decreased with increasing Yb content, while the electrical conductivity improved for the highest Yb content. A highest figure of merit (ZT) of 0.42 at 600 °C was achieved for 1% Yb–HMS NC sample.

  11. Valence instabilities in cerium intermetallics

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    The primary purpose of this investigation was to study the magnetic behaviour of cerium in intermetallic compounds, that show an IV behaviour, e.g. CeSn3. In the progress of the investigations, it became of interest to study the effect of changes in the lattice of the IV compound by substituting La or Y for Ce, thus constituting the Cesub(1-x)Lasub(x)Sn3 and Cesub(1-x)Ysub(x)Sn3 quasibinary systems. A second purpose was to examine the possibility of introducing instabilities in the valency of a trivalent intermetallic cerium compound: CeIn3, also by La and Y-substitutions in the lattice. Measurements on the resulting Cesub(1-x)Lasub(x)In3 and Cesub(1-x)Ysub(x)In3 quasibinaries are described. A third purpose was to study the (gradual) transition from a trivalent cerium compound into an IV cerium compound. This was done by examining the magnetic properties of the CeInsub(x)Snsub(3-x) and CePbsub(x)Snsub(3-x) systems. Finally a new possibility was investigated: that of the occurrence of IV behaviour in CeSi2, CeSi, and in CeGa2. (Auth.)

  12. Rare earth silicide nanowires on silicon surfaces

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    The growth, structure and electronic properties of rare earth silicide nanowires are investigated on planar and vicinal Si(001) und Si(111) surfaces with scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), low energy electron diffraction (LEED) and angle-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy (ARPES). On all surfaces investigated within this work hexagonal disilicides are grown epitaxially with a lattice mismatch of -2.55% up to +0.83% along the hexagonal a-axis. Along the hexagonal c-axis the lattice mismatch is essentially larger with 6.5%. On the Si(001)2 x 1 surface two types of nanowires are grown epitaxially. The socalled broad wires show a one-dimensional metallic valence band structure with states crossing the Fermi level. Along the nanowires two strongly dispersing states at the anti J point and a strongly dispersing state at the anti Γ point can be observed. Along the thin nanowires dispersing states could not be observed. Merely in the direction perpendicular to the wires an intensity variation could be observed, which corresponds to the observed spacial structure of the thin nanowires. The electronic properties of the broad erbium silicide nanowires are very similar to the broad dysprosium silicide nanowires. The electronic properties of the DySi2-monolayer and the Dy3Si5-multilayer on the Si(111) surface are investigated in comparison to the known ErSi2/Si(111) and Er3Si5/Si(111) system. The positions and the energetic locations of the observed band in the surface Brillouin zone will be confirmed for dysprosium. The shape of the electron pockets in the vector k parallel space is elliptical at the anti M points, while the hole pocket at the anti Γ point is showing a hexagonal symmetry. On the Si(557) surface the structural and electronic properties depend strongly on the different preparation conditions likewise, in particular on the rare earth coverage. At submonolayer coverage the thin nanowires grow in wide areas of the sample surface, which are oriented in the same

  13. Thermal compatibility studies of unirradiated uranium silicide dispersed in aluminum

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    Powder metallurgy dispersions of uranium silicides in an aluminum matrix have been developed by the international Reduced Enrichment for Research and Test Reactors program as a new generation of proliferation-resistant fuels. A major issue of concern is the compatibility of the fuel with the matrix material and the dimensional stability of this fuel type. A total of 45 miniplate-type fuel plates were annealed at 4000C for up to 1981 hours. A data base for the thermal compatibility of unirradiated uranium silicide dispersed in aluminum was established. No modification tested of a standard fuel plate showed any significant reduction of the plate swelling. The cause of the thermal growth of silicide fuel plates was determined to be a two-step process: (1) the reaction of the uranium silicide with aluminum to form U(AlSi)3 and (2) the release of hydrogen and subsequent creep and pillowing of the fuel plate. 9 references, 4 figures, 6 tables

  14. Phase transformations in Higher Manganese Silicides

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    Allam, A. [MADIREL, UMR 7246 CNRS - Universite Aix-Marseille, av Normandie-Niemen, 13397 Marseille Cedex 20 (France); IM2NP, UMR 7334 CNRS - Universite Aix-Marseille, av Normandie-Niemen, Case 142, 13397 Marseille Cedex 20 (France); Boulet, P. [MADIREL, UMR 7246 CNRS - Universite Aix-Marseille, av Normandie-Niemen, 13397 Marseille Cedex 20 (France); Nunes, C.A. [Departamento de Engenharia de Materiais (DEMAR), Escola de Engenharia de Lorena (EEL), Universidade de Sao Paulo - USP, Caixa Postal 116, 12600-970 Lorena, Sao Paulo (Brazil); Sopousek, J.; Broz, P. [Masaryk University, Faculty of Science, Department of Chemistry, Kolarska 2, 611 37 Brno (Czech Republic); Masaryk University, Central European Institute of Technology, CEITEC, Kamenice 753/5, 625 00 Brno (Czech Republic); Record, M.-C., E-mail: m-c.record@univ-cezanne.fr [IM2NP, UMR 7334 CNRS - Universite Aix-Marseille, av Normandie-Niemen, Case 142, 13397 Marseille Cedex 20 (France)

    2013-02-25

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The phase transitions of the Higher Manganese Silicides were investigated. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The samples were characterised by XRD, DTA and DSC. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Mn{sub 27}Si{sub 47} is the stable phase at room temperature and under atmospheric pressure. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer At around 800 Degree-Sign C, Mn{sub 27}Si{sub 47} is transformed into Mn{sub 15}Si{sub 26}. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The phase transition is of a second order. - Abstract: This work is an investigation of the phase transformations of the Higher Manganese Silicides in the temperature range [100-1200 Degree-Sign C]. Several complementary experimental techniques were used, namely in situ X-ray Diffraction (XRD), Differential Thermal Analysis (DTA) and Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC). The evolution of both the lattice parameters and the thermal expansion coefficients was determined from in situ XRD measurements. The stability of the samples was investigated by thermal analysis (DTA) and Cp measurements (DSC). This study shows that Mn{sub 27}Si{sub 47} which is the stable phase at room temperature and under atmospheric pressure undergoes a phase transformation at around 800 Degree-Sign C. Mn{sub 27}Si{sub 47} is transformed into Mn{sub 15}Si{sub 26}. This phase transformation seems to be of a second order one. Indeed it was not evidenced by DTA and by contrast it appears on the Cp curve.

  15. Improvements in or relating to cerium compounds

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    A process for the preparation of a dispersible cerium compound comprises heating a substantially dry cerium (IV) oxide hydrate in the presence of a deaggregating agent to cause deaggregation of aggregated crystallites in the cerium (IV) oxide hydrate and produce a dry dispersible cerium compound. The deaggregating agent is an acid species e.g. NO3-, Cl- or ClO4-. The dry dispersible product may be mixed with an aqueous medium to form a colloidal dispersion and if the dispersion is allowed to dry, a gel. (author)

  16. Radiative lifetimes of neutral cerium

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    Radiative lifetimes, accurate to ±5%, have been measured for 153 levels of neutral cerium using time-resolved laser-induced fluorescence (TRLIF) on a slow beam of cerium atoms. Of the 153 levels studied, 150 are even parity and 3 are odd parity. The levels range in energy from 16 869 to 28 557 cm-1. This set of Ce I lifetimes is much more extensive than others published to date, and will provide the absolute calibration for a very large set of measured Ce I transition probabilities. Accurate transition probabilities for lines in the visible and ultraviolet are needed both in astrophysics, for the determination of elemental abundances, and by the lighting community, for research and development of metal halide high-intensity discharge lamps.

  17. Radiative lifetimes of neutral cerium

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    Den Hartog, E A; Buettner, K P; Lawler, J E [Department of Physics, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI 53706 (United States)], E-mail: eadenhar@wisc.edu, E-mail: Kevin.Buettner@usma.edu, E-mail: jelawler@wisc.edu

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    Radiative lifetimes, accurate to {+-}5%, have been measured for 153 levels of neutral cerium using time-resolved laser-induced fluorescence (TRLIF) on a slow beam of cerium atoms. Of the 153 levels studied, 150 are even parity and 3 are odd parity. The levels range in energy from 16 869 to 28 557 cm{sup -1}. This set of Ce I lifetimes is much more extensive than others published to date, and will provide the absolute calibration for a very large set of measured Ce I transition probabilities. Accurate transition probabilities for lines in the visible and ultraviolet are needed both in astrophysics, for the determination of elemental abundances, and by the lighting community, for research and development of metal halide high-intensity discharge lamps.

  18. Rare earth silicide nanowires on silicon surfaces

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    Wanke, Martina

    2008-11-10

    The growth, structure and electronic properties of rare earth silicide nanowires are investigated on planar and vicinal Si(001) und Si(111) surfaces with scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), low energy electron diffraction (LEED) and angle-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy (ARPES). On all surfaces investigated within this work hexagonal disilicides are grown epitaxially with a lattice mismatch of -2.55% up to +0.83% along the hexagonal a-axis. Along the hexagonal c-axis the lattice mismatch is essentially larger with 6.5%. On the Si(001)2 x 1 surface two types of nanowires are grown epitaxially. The socalled broad wires show a one-dimensional metallic valence band structure with states crossing the Fermi level. Along the nanowires two strongly dispersing states at the anti J point and a strongly dispersing state at the anti {gamma} point can be observed. Along the thin nanowires dispersing states could not be observed. Merely in the direction perpendicular to the wires an intensity variation could be observed, which corresponds to the observed spacial structure of the thin nanowires. The electronic properties of the broad erbium silicide nanowires are very similar to the broad dysprosium silicide nanowires. The electronic properties of the DySi{sub 2}-monolayer and the Dy{sub 3}Si{sub 5}-multilayer on the Si(111) surface are investigated in comparison to the known ErSi{sub 2}/Si(111) and Er{sub 3}Si{sub 5}/Si(111) system. The positions and the energetic locations of the observed band in the surface Brillouin zone will be confirmed for dysprosium. The shape of the electron pockets in the (vector)k {sub parallel} space is elliptical at the anti M points, while the hole pocket at the anti {gamma} point is showing a hexagonal symmetry. On the Si(557) surface the structural and electronic properties depend strongly on the different preparation conditions likewise, in particular on the rare earth coverage. At submonolayer coverage the thin nanowires grow in wide areas

  19. Irradiation behavior of experimental miniature uranium silicide fuel plates

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    Uranium silicides, because of their relatively high uranium density, were selected as candidate dispersion fuels for the higher fuel densities required in the Reduced Enrichment Research and Test Reactor (RERTR) Program. Irradiation experience with this type of fuel, however, was limited to relatively modest fission densities in the bulk form, on the order of 7 x 1020 cm-3, far short of he approximately 20 x 1020 cm-3 goal established for the RERTR Program. The purpose of the irradiation experiments on silicide fuels in the ORR, therefore, was to investigate the intrinsic irradiation behavior of uranium silicide as a dispersion fuel. Of particular interest was the interaction between the silicide particles and the aluminum matrix, the swelling behavior of the silicide particles, and the maximum volume fraction of silicide particles that could be contained in the aluminum matrix. The first group of experimental 'mini' fuel plates have recently reached the program's goal burnup and are in various stages of examination. Although the results to date indicate some limitations, it appears that within the range of parameters examined thus far the uranium silicide dispersion holds promise for satisfying most of the needs of the RERTR Program. The twelve experimental silicide dispersion fuel plates that were irradiated to approximately their goal exposure show the 30-vol % U3Si-Al plates to be in a stage of relatively rapid fission-gas-driven swelling at a fission density of 2 x 1020 cm-3. This fuel swelling will likely result in unacceptably large plate-thickness increases. The U3Si plates appear to be superior in this respect; however, they, too, are starting to move into the rapid fuel-swelling stage. Analysis of the currently available post irradiation data indicates that a 40-vol % dispersed fuel may offer an acceptable margin to the onset of unstable thickness changes at exposures of 2 x 1021 fission/cm3. The interdiffusion between fuel and matrix aluminum was found

  20. Plasmon dispersion in dysprosium silicide nanowires

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    By depositing Dy at around half monolayer coverage on single domain Si(001) surfaces miscut by 4 towards [110], we have grown DySi2 nanowires in the submonolayer regime. Their plasmon spectrum has been studied by a combination of high resolution EELS and spot profile analysis of LEED in one instrument (ELS-LEED) which enables us to measure characteristic losses with high momentum resolution. Ultraclean conditions (P≤1 x 10-10 mbar during Dy deposition) allowed growth of high quality structures with minimal oxidation of Dy. Deposition of Dy at 500 C results in the formation of single DySi2 nanowires on each terrace, leaving the periodicity of the clean Si surface unchanged. In contrast, deposition at room temperature and subsequent annealing to 500 C reduces the average terrace width by up to 20%. Clearest results in EELS were obtained for a silicide layer with 0.4 ML of Dy deposited at 500 C. Broad loss features in the range between 0 and 1 eV with typical dipole characteristics were detected, their position being strongly dependent on momentum transfer. As expected these characteristic losses have no dispersion normal to the wires, while parallel to the wires the dispersion is non-linear and goes to zero at zero momentum transfer. Thus the typical behavior of onedimensional surface plasmons is found

  1. Submicron Features in Higher Manganese Silicide

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    Yatir Sadia

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The world energy crisis had increased the demand for alternative energy sources and as such is one of the topics at the forefront of research. One way for reducing energy consumption is by thermoelectricity. Thermoelectric effects enable direct conversion of thermal into electrical energy. Higher manganese silicide (HMS, MnSi1.75 is one of the promising materials for applications in the field of thermoelectricity. The abundance and low cost of the elements, combined with good thermoelectric properties and high mechanical and chemical stability at high temperatures, make it very attractive for thermoelectric applications. Recent studies have shown that Si-rich HMS has improved thermoelectric properties. The most interesting of which is the unusual reduction in thermal conductivity. In the current research, transmission (TEM and scanning (SEM electron microscopy as well as X-ray diffraction methods were applied for investigation of the govern mechanisms resulting in very low thermal conductivity values of an Si-rich HMS composition, following arc melting and hot-pressing procedures. In this paper, it is shown that there is a presence of sub-micron dislocations walls, stacking faults, and silicon and HMS precipitates inside each other apparent in the matrix, following a high temperature (0.9 Tm hot pressing for an hour. These are not just responsible for the low thermal conductivity values observed but also indicate the ability to create complicate nano-structures that will last during the production process and possibly during the application.

  2. Si-Ge Nano-Structured with Tungsten Silicide Inclusions

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    Mackey, Jon; Sehirlioglu, Alp; Dynys, Fred

    2014-01-01

    Traditional silicon germanium high temperature thermoelectrics have potential for improvements in figure of merit via nano-structuring with a silicide phase. A second phase of nano-sized silicides can theoretically reduce the lattice component of thermal conductivity without significantly reducing the electrical conductivity. However, experimentally achieving such improvements in line with the theory is complicated by factors such as control of silicide size during sintering, dopant segregation, matrix homogeneity, and sintering kinetics. Samples are prepared using powder metallurgy techniques; including mechanochemical alloying via ball milling and spark plasma sintering for densification. In addition to microstructural development, thermal stability of thermoelectric transport properties are reported, as well as couple and device level characterization.

  3. Reaction layers structure of silicide coatings on niobium alloys

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    This paper reports on fused silicide coatings that are used to protect niobium alloys against high temperature oxidation. Quantitative electron microprobe analysis was used to characterize the complex multilayer structure of Si-20w/oFE-20w/oCR fused silicide coating on four niobium containing alloys: niobium, Cb752, WC3009, and Nb-46.5 Ti. The outer coating layer structure on all four alloys was similar, consisting of either two or three phases. The three phase outer coating layer on the niobium, WC3009, and the Nb-Ti substrate alloys was determined to be made of two MSi phases and one MSi2 phase. This outer MSi2 phase contained base alloy elements. Coated samples were compared using cyclic oxidation testing. The fused silicide coating structure and protectiveness were determined to be a function of the base alloy composition

  4. Oxidation resistance of composite silicide coatings on niobium

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

  5. Transition Metal Silicide Nanowires Growth and Electrical Characterization

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    PENG Zu-Lin; LIANG S.; DENG Luo-Gen

    2009-01-01

    We report the characterization of self-assembled epitaxially grown transition metal,Fe,Co,Ni,silicide nanowires(TM-NW)growth and electrical transport properties.NWs grown by reactive deposition epitaxy on various silicon surfaces show a dimension of 10nm by 5nm,and several micrometers in length.NW orientations strongly depend on substrate crystal orientation,and follow the substrate symmetry.By using conductive-AFM(c-AFM),the electron transport properties of one single NW were measured,the resistivity of crystalline nickel silicide NW was estimated to be 2×10~(-2) Ω·cm.

  6. Oxidation behavior of molybdenum silicides and their composites

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    A key materials issue associated with the future of high-temperature structural silicides is the resistance of these materials to oxidation at low temperatures. Oxidation tests were conducted on Mo-based silicides over a wide temperature range to evaluate the effects of alloy composition and temperature on the protective scaling characteristics and testing regime for the materials. The study included Mo5Si3 alloys that contained several concentrations of B. In addition, oxidation characteristics of MoSi2-Si3N4 composites that contained 20--80 vol.% Si3N4 were evaluated at 500--1,400 C

  7. TiSi2 integrity within a doped silicide process step

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    Degradation of arsenic implanted titanium silicide (TiSi2) thin films as a result of thermal processing for shallow junction formation is investigated. Significant arsenic diffusion from the silicide overlayer into the silicon substrate has been detected by Rutherford Backscattering Spectrometry at drive-in temperatures > 1,050 C. Cross-sectional transmission electron micrographs have shown the silicide film become increasingly non-uniform as the thermal budget increases, ultimately leading to discontinuities forming in the silicide film. This observed degradation of the titanium silicide film is also supported by sheet resistance measurements which show the film to degrade significantly above a threshold thermal budget

  8. Making of fission 99Mo from LEU silicide(s): A radiochemists' view

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    The present-day industrial scale production of 99Mo is fission based and involves thermal-neutron irradiation in research reactors of highly enriched uranium (HEU, > 20 % 235U) containing targets, followed by radiochemical processing of the irradiated targets resulting in the final product: a 99Mo containing chemical compound of molybdenum. In 1978 a program (RERTR) was started to develop a substitute for HEU reactor fuel i.e. a low enriched uranium (LEU, 235U) one. In the wake of that program studies were undertaken to convert HEU into LEU based 99Mo production. Both new targets and radiochemical treatments leading to 99Mo compounds were proposed. One of these targets is based on LEU silicide, U3Si2. Present paper aims at comparing LEU U3Si2 and LEU U3Si with another LEU target i.e. target material and arriving at some preferences pertaining to 99Mo production. (author)

  9. Silicon and silicide nanowires applications, fabrication, and properties

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    This book comprises theoretical and experimental analysis of various properties of silicon nanocrystals, research methods and preparation techniques, and some promising applications. It comprises nine chapters. The first three are based on processing, the next three on properties, and the last three on applications of nanowires of silicon and silicides.

  10. A swelling model of LEU silicide fuel for KMRR

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    A lot of efforts have been made internationally to understand the irradiation behavior and the safety characteristics of uranium silicide fuel. One of the important irradiation performance characteristics of the silicide dispersion fuel element is the diametral increase resulting from fuel swelling. This paper represents an attempt to develop the physical model for the swelling, DFSWELL, by modelling the basic irradiation behavior observed from in-reactor experiments. The most important part of developing the swelling model is the identification of the controlling physical processes. The swelling of the silicide fuel is comprised of the volume change due to three major components; (i) the formation of an interfacial layer between the fuel particle and matrix, (ii) the accumulation of gas bubble nucleation, (iii) the accumulation of solid fission products. In this study, the swelling of the fuel element is quantitatively estimated by considering temperature, fission rate, solid fission product build-up and gas bubble behavior. The DFSWELL model which takes into account the above physical components predicts well the absolute magnitude of silicide fuel swelling in accordance with the power histories in comparison with the experimental data

  11. Nickel silicides in semiconductor processing: thermal budget considerations

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    Nickel silicide (NiSi) is emerging to be the choice material for contact application in semiconductor device processing for 65 nm technology node and beyond. However, process integration issues are yet to be completely understood and addressed. The focus of present work is to facilitate better understanding of the influence of thermal budget on nickel silicide solid-state reaction. The reaction couple consists of single-crystal silicon wafers with nickel layers deposited on them. Requirements for low temperature anneal and improved within wafer sheet resistance uniformity pose challenges for conventional lamp-based rapid thermal processing (RTP) due to lamp response effects on temperature controllability. Extendibility of such a system is presented with emphasis on process chamber technology. Low temperature 'spike' anneal is demonstrated for temperatures 2Si changes as a function of thermal exposure during the first anneal step; this plays an important role in determining the thermal stability of the low resistance mono-silicide during integration. It is postulated that lowering the Ni2Si/Si interface energy favors the delay (in temperature) of the agglomeration of the NiSi. RTP performance stability of less than 1 deg. C is presented for a sub-300 deg. C process. Understanding and resolving the issues around process monitoring methodologies for low temperature anneal are important. The ability to monitor the total thermal exposure down to sub-200 deg. C regime may be necessary for successful integration of nickel silicide in device manufacturing flow

  12. Deposition of aluminide and silicide based protective coatings on niobium

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    We compare aluminide and alumino-silicide composite coatings on niobium using halide activated pack cementation (HAPC) technique for improving its oxidation resistance. The coated samples are characterized by SEM, EDS, EPMA and hardness measurements. We observe formation of NbAl3 in aluminide coating of Nb, though the alumino-silicide coating leads to formation primarily of NbSi2 in the inner layer and a ternary compound of Nb-Si-Al in the outer layer, as reported earlier (Majumdar et al. ). Formation of niobium silicide is preferred over niobium aluminide during alumino-silicide coating experiments, indicating Si is more strongly bonded to Nb than Al, although equivalent quantities of aluminium and silicon powders were used in the pack chemistry. We also employ first-principles density functional pseudopotential-based calculations to calculate the relative stability of these intermediate phases and the adhesion strength of the Al/Nb and Si/Nb interfaces. NbSi2 exhibits much stronger covalent character as compared to NbAl3. The ideal work of adhesion for the relaxed Al/Nb and Si/Nb interfaces are calculated to be 3226 mJ/m2 and 3545 mJ/m2, respectively, indicating stronger Nb-Si bonding across the interface.

  13. Deposition of aluminide and silicide based protective coatings on niobium

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    Majumdar, S.; Arya, A.; Sharma, I. G.; Suri, A. K.; Banerjee, S.

    2010-11-01

    We compare aluminide and alumino-silicide composite coatings on niobium using halide activated pack cementation (HAPC) technique for improving its oxidation resistance. The coated samples are characterized by SEM, EDS, EPMA and hardness measurements. We observe formation of NbAl3 in aluminide coating of Nb, though the alumino-silicide coating leads to formation primarily of NbSi2 in the inner layer and a ternary compound of Nb-Si-Al in the outer layer, as reported earlier (Majumdar et al. [11]). Formation of niobium silicide is preferred over niobium aluminide during alumino-silicide coating experiments, indicating Si is more strongly bonded to Nb than Al, although equivalent quantities of aluminium and silicon powders were used in the pack chemistry. We also employ first-principles density functional pseudopotential-based calculations to calculate the relative stability of these intermediate phases and the adhesion strength of the Al/Nb and Si/Nb interfaces. NbSi2 exhibits much stronger covalent character as compared to NbAl3. The ideal work of adhesion for the relaxed Al/Nb and Si/Nb interfaces are calculated to be 3226 mJ/m2 and 3545 mJ/m2, respectively, indicating stronger Nb-Si bonding across the interface.

  14. Inhibited oxidation of polymethylsiloxane, containing cerium

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    The kinetics of oxidation of oligomeric polydimethylsiloxane in the presence of cerium-containing organosilicon antioxidant at 285-310 deg was investigated. High energy of activation for initiation process (around 272 kJ/mole) was established as a feature specific for chain oxidation of polydimethylsiloxane. It was found that cerium-containing antioxidant, as well as the iron-containing one, based on iron capronate, is of the ''depleting'' inhibitors, i.e. it looses its inhibiting ability during oxidation

  15. Electrodeposition of Oriented Cerium Oxide Films

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    Cerium oxide films of preferred orientation are electrodeposited under anodic conditions. A complexing ligand, acetate, was used to stabilize the cerium (III) ion in solution for deposition of the thin films. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy showed that the ligand and metal tended to bind as a weakly bidentate complex. The crystallite size of the films was in the nanometer range as shown by Raman spectroscopy and was calculated from X-ray diffraction data. Crystallite sizes from 6 to 2...

  16. Ionic flotation of cerium, praseodymium and neodymium

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    The possibility of practically complete flotation extraction of cerium, praseodymium and neodymium ions collected with the help of potassium abietate is shown. It is established that the most complete flotation extraction of cerium, praseodymium and neodymium ions takes place from solutions having 6-8 pH value in the presence of 1.5-2.5 multiple collector surplus. Solution temperature increase from 20 to 80 deg influences positively the flotation process

  17. Pharmacological potential of cerium oxidenanoparticles

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    Celardo, Ivana; Pedersen, Jens Z.; Traversa, Enrico; Ghibelli, Lina

    2011-04-01

    Nanotechnology promises a revolution in pharmacology to improve or create ex novo therapies. Cerium oxidenanoparticles (nanoceria), well-known as catalysts, possess an astonishing pharmacological potential due to their antioxidant properties, deriving from a fraction of Ce3+ ions present in CeO2. These defects, compensated by oxygen vacancies, are enriched at the surface and therefore in nanosized particles. Reactions involving redox cycles between the Ce3+ and Ce4+oxidation states allow nanoceria to react catalytically with superoxide and hydrogen peroxide, mimicking the behavior of two key antioxidant enzymes, superoxide dismutase and catalase, potentially abating all noxious intracellularreactive oxygen species (ROS) via a self-regenerating mechanism. Hence nanoceria, apparently well tolerated by the organism, might fight chronic inflammation and the pathologies associated with oxidative stress, which include cancer and neurodegeneration. Here we review the biological effects of nanoceria as they emerge from in vitro and in vivo studies, considering biocompatibility and the peculiar antioxidant mechanisms.

  18. Nanoscale contact engineering for Silicon/Silicide nanowire devices

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    Lin, Yung-Chen

    Metal silicides have been used in silicon technology as contacts to achieve high device performance and desired device functions. The growth and applications of silicide materials have recently attracted increasing interest for nanoscale device applications. Nanoscale silicide materials have been demonstrated with various synthetic approaches. Solid state reaction wherein high quality silicides form through diffusion of metal atoms into silicon nano-templates and the subsequent phase transformation caught significant attention for the fabrication of nanoscale Si devices. Very interestingly, studies on the diffusion and phase transformation processes at nanoscale have indicated possible deviations from the bulk and the thin film system. Here we studied growth kinetics, electronic properties and device applications of nanoscale silicides formed through solid state reaction. We have grown single crystal PtSi nanowires and PtSi/Si/PtSi nanowire heterostructures through solid state reaction. TEM studies show that the heterostructures have atomically sharp interfaces free of defects. Electrical measurement of PtSi nanowires shows a low resistivity of ˜28.6 μΩ·cm and a high breakdown current density beyond 108 A/cm2. Furthermore, using single-crystal PtSi/Si/PtSi nanowire heterostructures with atomically clean interfaces, we have fabricated p-channel enhancement mode transistors with the best reported performance for intrinsic silicon nanowires to date. In our results, silicide can provide a clean and no Fermi level pinning interface and then silicide can form Ohmic-contact behavior by replacing the source/drain metal with PtSi. It has been proven by our experiment by contacting PtSi with intrinsic Si nanowires (no extrinsic doping) to achieve high performance p-channel device. By utilizing the same approach, single crystal MnSi nanowires and MnSi/Si/MnSi nanowire heterojunction with atomically sharp interfaces can also been grown. Electrical transport studies on Mn

  19. Ni based silicides for 45 nm CMOS and beyond

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    Lauwers, Anne [IMEC, Kapeldreef 75, 3001 Leuven (Belgium)]. E-mail: lauwersa@imec.be; Kittl, Jorge A. [IMEC, Texas Instruments (Belgium); Van Dal, Mark J.H. [IMEC, Philips Research Leuven (Belgium); Chamirian, Oxana [IMEC, Kapeldreef 75, 3001 Leuven (Belgium); Pawlak, Malgorzata A. [IMEC, Kapeldreef 75, 3001 Leuven (Belgium); Potter, Muriel de [IMEC, Kapeldreef 75, 3001 Leuven (Belgium); Lindsay, Richard [IMEC, Kapeldreef 75, 3001 Leuven (Belgium); Raymakers, Toon [Philips Research Laboratories, Prof. Holstlaan 4, 5656 AA Eindhoven (Netherlands); Pages, Xavier [IMEC, ASM Belgium (Belgium); Mebarki, Bencherki [Applied Materials (Belgium); Mandrekar, Tushar [Applied Materials Inc., Santa Clara, CA (United States); Maex, Karen [IMEC, Kapeldreef 75, 3001 Leuven (Belgium)

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    Material issues that impact the applicability of Ni based silicides to CMOS flows were studied, including the excessive silicidation of narrow features, the growth kinetics of Ni{sub 2}Si and NiSi on single-crystalline and poly-crystalline silicon and the thermal degradation mechanisms. Ni{sub 2}Si was found to grow by diffusion controlled kinetics with an activation energy of about 1.55 eV on single-crystalline Si. As a result, the excessive silicidation in small features can be reduced in a 2-step Ni-silicide process by reducing the thermal budget of the first RTP step. The mechanisms of thermal degradation of NiSi were studied. Thin NiSi films were found to degrade morphologically while still in the monosilicide phase. Thick NiSi films degrade morphologically at low temperatures and by transformation to NiSi{sub 2} at high temperatures. The reaction of Ni with SiGe substrates and the effect of Ge on the thermal degradation of the Ni-germanosilicide were investigated. Activation energies for the thermal degradation of Ni(SiGe) on SiGe were found to be significantly smaller than the values found for the thermal degradation of NiSi on pure Si. The effect of alloying Ni with Pt or Ta was studied. NiSi films alloyed with Pt or Ta are found to be thermally more stable compared to pure NiSi. Alloying with Pt was found to improve the thermal stability of NiSi on narrow poly-Si gates. The kinetics of Ni{sub 2}Si and NiSi formation on poly silicon were determined as well as their dependence on dopants. The presence of B in high doses was found to slow down the silicide formation significantly. Dopant segregation to the NiSi/oxide interface was observed, which is believed to be responsible for the observed shifts in work function. The sheet resistance of fully Ni-silicided 100 nm poly Si/oxide stacks is found to be stable up to 800 deg. C.

  20. Ni based silicides for 45 nm CMOS and beyond

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    Material issues that impact the applicability of Ni based silicides to CMOS flows were studied, including the excessive silicidation of narrow features, the growth kinetics of Ni2Si and NiSi on single-crystalline and poly-crystalline silicon and the thermal degradation mechanisms. Ni2Si was found to grow by diffusion controlled kinetics with an activation energy of about 1.55 eV on single-crystalline Si. As a result, the excessive silicidation in small features can be reduced in a 2-step Ni-silicide process by reducing the thermal budget of the first RTP step. The mechanisms of thermal degradation of NiSi were studied. Thin NiSi films were found to degrade morphologically while still in the monosilicide phase. Thick NiSi films degrade morphologically at low temperatures and by transformation to NiSi2 at high temperatures. The reaction of Ni with SiGe substrates and the effect of Ge on the thermal degradation of the Ni-germanosilicide were investigated. Activation energies for the thermal degradation of Ni(SiGe) on SiGe were found to be significantly smaller than the values found for the thermal degradation of NiSi on pure Si. The effect of alloying Ni with Pt or Ta was studied. NiSi films alloyed with Pt or Ta are found to be thermally more stable compared to pure NiSi. Alloying with Pt was found to improve the thermal stability of NiSi on narrow poly-Si gates. The kinetics of Ni2Si and NiSi formation on poly silicon were determined as well as their dependence on dopants. The presence of B in high doses was found to slow down the silicide formation significantly. Dopant segregation to the NiSi/oxide interface was observed, which is believed to be responsible for the observed shifts in work function. The sheet resistance of fully Ni-silicided 100 nm poly Si/oxide stacks is found to be stable up to 800 deg. C

  1. Optimization of process efficiency in cerium electrorefining

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    Reactive metal electrorefining presents a number of problems that pose daunting obstacles to commercial operation. Typical reduction of reactive metal oxides or halide can introduce a variety of impurities such as iron, nickel, chromium, silicon, aluminum and various other metals which must be removed. This research program has addressed the various parameters of molten salt electrorefining of cerium metal to provide insight to this extremely important process. Cerium has been chosen as the surrogate for certain reactive metals on account of its similar electrochemical characteristics. The justification for such a choice has been investigated. The cell components and configuration, current efficiency of the process, purity of the cathodically deposited metal and the power requirement of the system have been optimized in a molten calcium chloride salt electrolyte using a molten, stirred impure metal anode. Various refractory crucible design and electrode materials have been studied to improve the process reliability. The equimolar NaKCl2 salt used in the electrorefining of some reactive metals is found to be inappropriate as a relatively high temperature is required to electrorefine cerium, i.e. melting point of Ce [798 C]. The homogeneity of the anode is controlled by the stirring at an optimized rate. This paper highlights the validity of cerium oxide and intermetallics of cerium as a surrogate for other reactive metal oxides or the respective intermetallics

  2. Weld embrittlement in a silicide-coated tantalum alloy

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    Certain weld configurations of Ta-10W alloy can become severely embrittled after a silicide coating procedure. The source of this embrittlement is shown to be a result of pronounced carbide precipitation at grain boundaries in the fusion zones of the weld. The source of carbon is the nitrocellulose lacquer that is contained in the slurry of metal powders used to provide the silicide coating. In certain weld configurations, the nitrocellulose can flash ahead of the remainder of the coating mixture, and the carbon constituent can diffuse down grain boundaries in subsequent thermal treatments. It is demonstrated that this embrittlement can be avoided if lacquers other than nitrocellulose are used or if weld configurations containing tight-fitting overlaps are avoided. The possible role of hydrogen embrittlement is also discussed. (author)

  3. RA-3 core with uranium silicide fuel elements

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    Following on with studies on uranium silicide fuel elements, this paper reports some comparisons between the use of standard ECN [U3O8] fuel elements and type P-06 [from U3Si2] fuel elements in the RA-3 core.The first results showed that the calculated overall mean burn up is in agreement with that reported for the facility, which gives more confidence to the successive ones. Comparing the mentioned cores, the silicide one presents several advantages such as: -) a mean burn up increase of 18 %; -) an extraction burn up increase of 20 %; -) 37.4 % increase in full power days, for mean burn up. All this is meritorious for this fuel. Moreover, grouped and homogenized libraries were prepared for CITVAP code that will be used for planning experiments and other bidimensional studies. Preliminary calculations were also performed. (author)

  4. Tailoring of nickel silicide contacts on silicon carbide

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    Co-deposition technique by means of simultaneous ion beam sputtering of nickel and silicon onto SiC was performed for tailoring of Ni-silicide/SiC contacts. The prepared samples were analysed by means of XRD and XPS in order to obtain information about the surface and interface chemistry. Depth profiling was used in order to analyse in-depth information and chemical distribution of the specimens. XRD results showed that the main phase formed is Ni2Si. The XPS analysis confirmed the formation of the silicide on the surface and showed details about the chemical composition of the layer and layer/substrate interface. Moreover, the XPS depth profiles with detailed analysis of XPS peaks suggested that tailoring of C distribution could be monitored by the co-deposition technique employed

  5. Development and Oxidation Resistance of B-doped Silicide Coatings on Nb-based Alloy

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    Halide-activated pack cementation was utilized to deposit B-doped silicide coating. The pack powders were consisted of 3 Wt.%NH4Cl, 7 Wt.%Si, 90 Wt.%Al2O3+TiB2. B-doped silicide coating was consisted of two layers, an outer layer of NbSi2 and an inner layer of Nb5Si3. Isothermal oxidation resistance of B-doped silicide coating was tested at 1250 .deg. C in static air. B-doped silicide coating had excellent oxidation resistance, because continuous SiO2 scale which serves as obstacle of oxygen diffusion was formed after oxidation

  6. A study of CoSix silicide formed by recoil implantation

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    This work investigated the formation of CoSix silicides on n-Si by recoil implantation through a thin cobalt layer using an inert gas ion beam. The results suggest the formation of a very shallow (35 to 45 nm) silicide surface layer under the specific conditions of preparation. The surface layer resistivity was comparable to values reported for Co2Si and CoSi, although below the surface, the resistivity decreased. This appeared to suggest a change-over from cobalt-rich silicides near the surface to a more conducting silicide (CoSi2) at the interface. (author)

  7. Nickel silicides and germanides: Phases formation, kinetics and thermal expansion

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    Thin film germanide reactions are often declared to be the same as silicides reactions which were far more studied. In this paper, we present a comparative study of the phase formation and kinetics of nickel silicides and nickel germanides by several experimental techniques. The samples, composed of a nanometric nickel film (50 nm) deposited on silicon or germanium substrates, have been examined by several 'in situ' real time measurements: X-ray diffraction (XRD), and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). These original DSC and 'in situ' XRD measurements have allowed us to determine the interfacial reaction rate for Ni2Si using a linear-parabolic law. During the relatively fast DSC ramp, the growth is mainly controlled by the interface while isothermal heat treatments lead to a mainly diffusion control. In contrary to what is usually found for nickel silicide and germanides, a simultaneous growth of Ni5Ge3 and NiGe has been found during 'in situ' XRD measurements. The different behavior between the Ni-Si system (sequential formation) and the Ni-Ge system (simultaneous formation) is interpreted in term of diffusion and interface controlled growth. In addition, in devices, the film stability and the stress of the silicides or the germanides can be affected by an important physical characteristic that is the anisotropy of dilatation coefficient. In this work, the lattice parameters and linear thermal expansion coefficients (γa, γb and γc) of the orthorhombic Ni(Si1-XGeX) compounds with 0 ≤ X ≤ 1 were determined from high temperature X-ray diffraction data (298-1073 K). A negative thermal expansion coefficient of the b lattice parameter of Ni(Si1-XGeX) for all the studied Ge concentration was observed: the magnitude of this negative thermal expansion coefficient is decreasing with increasing Ge concentration

  8. Detailed analysis of uranium silicide dispersion fuel swelling

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    Swelling of U3Si and U3Si2 is analyzed. The growth of fission gas bubbles appears to be affected by fission rate, fuel loading, and micro structural change taking place in the fuel compounds during irradiation. Several mechanisms are explored to explain the observations. The present work is aimed at a better understanding of the basic swelling phenomenon in order to accurately model irradiation behavior of uranium silicide dispersion fuel. (orig.)

  9. Stacked Metal Silicide/Silicon Far-Infrared Detectors

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    Maserjian, Joseph

    1988-01-01

    Selective doping of silicon in proposed metal silicide/silicon Schottky-barrier infrared photodetector increases maximum detectable wavelength. Stacking layers to form multiple Schottky barriers increases quantum efficiency of detector. Detectors of new type enhance capabilities of far-infrared imaging arrays. Grows by molecular-beam epitaxy on silicon waferscontaining very-large-scale integrated circuits. Imaging arrays of detectors made in monolithic units with image-preprocessing circuitry.

  10. Fracture of niobium-base silicide coated alloy

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    Mechanical properties and character of fracture of Nb-W-Mo-Zr-C alloy composition with complex by composition and structure silicide coating under different states of stage-by-stage coating are studied. Structural features, character of fracture from ductile to quasibrittle transcrystalline one and, respectively, the composition plasticity level are defined by interrelation of fracture processes in coating, matrix plastic flow and possibility and way of stress relaxation on their boundary

  11. Silicidation of Niobium Deposited on Silicon by Physical Vapor Deposition

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    Coumba Ndoye, Kandabara Tapily, Marius Orlowski, Helmut Baumgart, Diefeng Gu

    2011-07-01

    Niobium was deposited by physical vapor deposition (PVD) using e-beam evaporation on bare (100) silicon substrates and SiO2 surfaces. The formation of niobium silicide was investigated by annealing PVD Nb films in the temperatures range 400–1000°C. At all elevated annealing temperatures the resistivity of Nb silicide is substantially higher than that of Nb. The Nb silicidation as a function of temperature has been investigated and different NbXSiy compounds have been characterized. It has been observed that the annealing of the Nb film on Si is accompanied by a strong volume expansion of about 2.5 of the resulting reacted film. The films' structural properties were studied using X-Ray diffraction (XRD), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), and atomic force microscopy (AFM), which was not previously presented in the context of the extant NbSi literature. The X-Ray diffraction characterization of the Nb on Si sample annealed at 1000°C, showed the presence of hexagonal Nb5Si3 phases, with a dominant peak at the (200) plane, and NbSi2 phases. Fractal dimension calculations indicate a distinct transition from Stranski-Krastanov to Volmer-Weber film growth for NbSi formation at the annealing temperature of 600°C and above.

  12. Study of the discharge ionization of cerium at a solid-paste graphite electrode

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    The discharge ionization of cerium(3) at a solid-paste graphite electrode was studied by stripping voltametry. The optimal conditions for the concentration and following determination of cerium in 1 x 10-4 - 1 x 10-6 M cerium(3) solutions were found. The conditional constant of cerium(4) reduction to cerium(3) was also calculated

  13. Fuel management strategy for the new equilibrium silicide core design of RSG GAS (MPR-30)

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    The design procedure and fuel management strategy were proposed for converting the oxide core of RSG GAS (MPR-30) to the new equilibrium silicide core using higher uranium loading. The obtained silicide core gave significant extension of the core cycle length and thus increasing the reactor availability and utilisation. (author)

  14. New layered functionalized cerium(IV) phenylphosphonates

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    Melánová, Klára; Beneš, L.; Svoboda, Jan; Zima, Vítězslav; Vlček, Milan

    Lille: European Materials Research Society, 2014. Q.PI-20. [E- MRS 2014 Spring Meeting. 26.05.2014-30.05.2014, Lille] R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GA14-13368S Institutional support: RVO:61389013 Keywords : cerium * layered phosphonates * thermogravimetry Subject RIV: CA - Inorganic Chemistry

  15. Mechanoactivation of chromium silicide formation in the SiC-Cr-Si system

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    Vlasova M.

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available The processes of simultaneous grinding of the components of a SiC-Cr-Si mixture and further temperature treatment in the temperature range 1073-1793 K were studied by X-ray phase analysis, IR spectroscopy, electron microscopy, and X-ray microanalysis. It was established that, during grinding of the mixture, chromium silicides form. A temperature treatment completes the process. Silicide formation proceeds within the framework of the diffusion of silicon into chromium. In the presence of SiO2 in the mixture, silicide formation occurs also as a result of the reduction of silica by silicon and silicon carbide. The sintering of synthesized composite SiC-chromium silicides powders at a high temperature under a high pressure (T = 2073 K, P = 5 GPa is accompanied by the destruction of cc-SiC particles, the cc/3 transition in silicon carbide and deformation distortions of the lattices of chromium silicides.

  16. Immobilization of Uranium Silicide in Sintered Iron-Phosphate Glass

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    This work is a continuation of a previous one performed in vitrification of uranium silicide in borosilicate and iron-silicate glasses, by sintering.We present the results obtained with an iron-phosphate glass developed at our laboratory and we compare this results with those obtained with the above mentioned glasses. The main objective was to develop a method as simple as possible, so as to get a monolithic glass block with the appropriate properties to be disposed in a deep geological repository.The thermal transformation of the uranium silicide was characterized by DTA/TG analysis and X-ray diffraction.We determined the evolution of the crystalline phases and the change in weight.Calcined uranium silicide was mixed with natural U3O8, the amount of U3O8 was calculated to simulate an isotopic dilution of 4%.This material was mixed with powdered iron-phosphate glass (in wt.%: 64,9 P2O5; 22,7 Fe2O3; 8,1 Al2O3; 4,3 Na2O) in different proportions (in wt%): 7%, 10% y 15%.The powders were pressed and sintered at temperatures between 585 y 670 °C. Samples of the sintered pellet were prepared for the lixiviation tests (MCC-1P: monolithic samples; deionised water; 90° C; 7, 14 and 28 days).The samples showed a quite good durability (0,6 g.m-2.day-1), similar to borosilicate glasses.The microstructure of the glass samples showed that the uranium particles are much better integrated to the glass matrix in the iron-phosphate glasses than in the borosilicate or iron-silicate glasses.We can conclude that the sintered product obtained could be a good alternative for the immobilization of nuclear wastes with high content of uranium, as the ones arising from the conditioning of research reactors spent fuels

  17. Exploitation of a self-limiting process for reproducible formation of ultrathin Ni1-xPtx silicide films

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    This letter reports on a process scheme to obtain highly reproducible Ni1-xPtx silicide films of 3-6 nm thickness formed on a Si(100) substrate. Such ultrathin silicide films are readily attained by sputter deposition of metal films, metal stripping in wet chemicals, and final silicidation by rapid thermal processing. This process sequence warrants an invariant amount of metal intermixed with Si in the substrate surface region independent of the initial metal thickness, thereby leading to a self-limiting formation of ultrathin silicide films. The crystallographic structure, thickness, uniformity, and morphological stability of the final silicide films depend sensitively on the initial Pt fraction.

  18. Postirradiation analysis of experimental uranium-silicide dispersion fuel plates

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    Low-enriched uranium silicide dispersion fuel plates were irradiated to maximum burnups of 96% of 235U. Fuel plates containing 33 v/o U3Si and U3Si2 behaved very well up to this burnup. Plates containing 33 v/o U3 Si-Al pillowed between 90 and 96% burnup of the fissile atoms. More highly loaded U3Si Al plates, up to 50 v/o, were found to pillow at lower burnups. Plates containing 40 v/o U3Si showed an increased swelling rate around 85% burnup. (author)

  19. Pt redistribution during Ni(Pt) silicide formation

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    Demeulemeester, Jelle; Smeets, D.; Van Bockstael, C; Detavernier, C.; Comrie, C. M.; Barradas, N. P.; Vieira, A; Vantomme, André

    2008-01-01

    We report on a real-time Rutherford backscattering spectrometry study of the erratic redistribution of Pt during Ni silicide formation in a solid phase reaction. The inhomogeneous Pt redistribution in Ni(Pt)Si films is a consequence of the low solubility of Pt in Ni2Si compared to NiSi and the limited mobility of Pt in NiSi. Pt further acts as a diffusion barrier and resides in the Ni2Si grain boundaries, significantly slowing down the Ni2Si and NiSi growth kinetics. Moreover, the observed in...

  20. Postirradiation analysis of experimental uranium-silicide dispersion fuel plates

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    Low-enriched uranium silicide dispersion fuel plates were irradiated to maximum burnups of 96% of 235U. Fuel plates containing 33 v/o U3Si and U3Si2 behaved very well up to this burnup. Plates containing 33 v/o U3Si-Al pillowed between 90 and 96% burnup of the fissile atoms. More highly loaded U3Si-Al plates, up to 50 v/o were found to pillow at lower burnups. Plates containing 40 v/o U3Si showed an increase swelling rate around 85% burnup. 5 refs., 10 figs

  1. Safety assessment of KUR low-enriched uranium silicide core

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    Kyoto University Research Reactor (KUR) is a light-water moderated and cooled tank-type reactor operated at the rated thermal power of 5 MW. The operation of KUR with highly enriched uranium fuel ended on February 23, 2006 after its successful operation for 42 years. Since then, the conversion processes to the use of low-enriched uranium fuel have been performed. The operation of KUR with low-enriched uranium fuel is due to begin in the second half of FY2009. This report describes the abnormal transient and accident analysis for the safety assessment of KUR silicide core which have been carried out as a part of KUR silicide fuel project. The following 10 cases for the anticipated operational transients and accidents have been selected and analyzed for the safety assessment. Anticipated operational transients: (1) Due to reactivity or power distribution changes in the core. 1) Uncontrolled control rod withdrawal (from zero power, during natural circulation operation, during steady-state operation), 2) Reactivity insertion by cold water insertion, 3) Reactivity insertion by removal of irradiation samples. (2) Due to heat generation or heat removal changes in the core. 1) Primary coolant pump failure and flow coast down, 2) Secondary coolant pump failure and flow coast down, 3) Loss of commercial electric power supply. Accidents: Due to the effluent of primary coolant or the significant change of heat removal in the core. 1) Reactivity insertion by mishandling of a fuel assembly, 2) Effluent of primary coolant due to pipe rapture, 3) Primary coolant pump abrupt failure without coast down, 4) Flow channel blockage in the core. The transient analysis for the safety assessment of KUR silicide core after the earthquake was also carried out in present study. The analyses have been performed by THYDE-W, EUREA-2/RR and COOLOD-N2. Various operational conditions were studied to obtain critical results in the analyses. The results show that all cases meet the safety criteria

  2. Uptake and accumulation of bulk and nanosized cerium oxide particles and ionic cerium by radish (Raphanus sativus L.).

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    Zhang, Weilan; Ebbs, Stephen D; Musante, Craig; White, Jason C; Gao, Cunmei; Ma, Xingmao

    2015-01-21

    The potential toxicity and accumulation of engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) in agricultural crops has become an area of great concern and intense investigation. Interestingly, although below-ground vegetables are most likely to accumulate the highest concentrations of ENMs, little work has been done investigating the potential uptake and accumulation of ENMs for this plant group. The overall objective of this study was to evaluate how different forms of cerium (bulk cerium oxide, cerium oxide nanoparticles, and the cerium ion) affected the growth of radish (Raphanus sativus L.) and accumulation of cerium in radish tissues. Ionic cerium (Ce(3+)) had a negative effect on radish growth at 10 mg CeCl3/L, whereas bulk cerium oxide (CeO2) enhanced plant biomass at the same concentration. Treatment with 10 mg/L cerium oxide nanoparticles (CeO2 NPs) had no significant effect on radish growth. Exposure to all forms of cerium resulted in the accumulation of this element in radish tissues, including the edible storage root. However, the accumulation patterns and their effect on plant growth and physiological processes varied with the characteristics of cerium. This study provides a critical frame of reference on the effects of CeO2 NPs versus their bulk and ionic counterparts on radish growth. PMID:25531028

  3. Transient and End Silicide Phase Formation in Thin Film Ni/polycrystalline-Si Reactions for Fully Silicided Gate Applications

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    Kittl,J.; Pawlak, M.; Torregiani, C.; Lauwers, A.; Demeurisse, C.; Vrancken, C.; Absil, P.; Biesemans, S.; Coia, C.; et. al

    2007-01-01

    The Ni/polycrystalline-Si thin film reaction was monitored by in situ x-ray diffraction during ramp annealings, obtaining a detailed view of the formation and evolution of silicide phases in stacks of interest for fully silicided gate applications. Samples consisted of Ni (30-170 nm)/polycrystalline-Si (100 nm)/SiO2 (10-30 nm) stacks deposited on (100) Si. The dominant end phase (after full silicidation) was found to be well controlled by the deposited Ni to polycrystalline-Si thickness ratio (tNi/tSi), with formation of NiSi2 ( {approx} 600 C), NiSi ( {approx} 400 C), Ni3Si2 ( {approx} 500 C), Ni2Si, Ni31Si12 ( {approx} 420 C), and Ni3Si ( {approx} 600 C) in stacks with tNi/tSi of 0.3, 0.6, 0.9, 1.2, 1.4, and 1.7, respectively. NiSi and Ni31Si12 were observed to precede formation of NiSi2 and Ni3Si, respectively, as expected for the phase sequence conventionally reported. Formation of Ni2Si was observed at early stages of the reaction. These studies revealed, in addition, the formation of transient phases that appeared and disappeared in narrow temperature ranges, competing with formation of the phases expected in the conventional phase sequence. These included the transient formation of NiSi and Ni31Si12 in stacks in which these phases are not expected to form (e.g., tNi/tSi of 1.7 and 0.9, respectively), at temperatures similar to those in which these phases normally grow.

  4. Thermodynamic studies in the system cerium-gadolinium-oxygen

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    Two independent measuring methods have been applied to studying the phase relations of the system cerium-gadolinium. The calorimetric measurements have been done in a high-temperature calorimeter with cerium dioxide doped with 10 mole % of Gd2O3. Further thermodynamic quantities have been obtained by the electrochemical method and e.m.f. measurements, yielding additional information on disorders in doped cerium dioxide. (orig./BBR)

  5. Nonuniformity effects in a hybrid platinum silicide imaging device

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    Dereniak, Eustace L.; Perry, David L.

    1992-05-01

    The objective of this project was twofold. The first objective was to characterize the Hughes Aircraft Company CRC-365 platinum silicide imaging device in a starting infrared sensor system. The CRC-365 is a hybrid 256 x 256 IR focal plane array that operates in the 3-5 micrometer thermal infrared band. A complete sensor and computer interface were built for these tests, using, plans provided by the Rome Laboratory at Hanscom AFB. Testing of the device revealed largely satisfactory performance, with notable exception in the areas of temporal response, temporal noise, and electrical crosstalk. The second objective of this research was to advance the understanding of how detector nonuniformity effects reduce the performance of sensors of this type. Notable accomplishments in this area included a complete linear analysis of corrected thermal imaging in platinum silicide sensors, a nonlinear analysis of the CRC-365's expected performance, analysis of its actual performance when operated with nonuniformity correction, and the development of a new figure of merit. It was demonstrated that the CRC-365 is capable of maintaining background-noise-limited performance over at least a 40 K target temperature range, when operated with two-point nonuniformity correction.

  6. Atomic size effects studied by transport in single silicide nanowires

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    Miccoli, I.; Edler, F.; Pfnür, H.; Appelfeller, S.; Dähne, M.; Holtgrewe, K.; Sanna, S.; Schmidt, W. G.; Tegenkamp, C.

    2016-03-01

    Ultrathin metallic silicide nanowires with extremely high aspect ratios can be easily grown, e.g., by deposition of rare earth elements on semiconducting surfaces. These wires play a pivotal role in fundamental research and open intriguing perspectives for CMOS applications. However, the electronic properties of these one-dimensional systems are extremely sensitive to atomic-sized defects, which easily alter the transport characteristics. In this study, we characterized comprehensively TbSi2 wires grown on Si(100) and correlated details of the atomic structure with their electrical resistivities. Scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) as well as all transport experiments were performed in situ using a four-tip STM system. The measurements are complemented by local spectroscopy and density functional theory revealing that the silicide wires are electronically decoupled from the Si template. On the basis of a quasiclassical transport model, the size effect found for the resistivity is quantitatively explained in terms of bulk and surface transport channels considering details of atomic-scale roughness. Regarding future applications the full wealth of these robust nanostructures will emerge only if wires with truly atomically sharp interfaces can be reliably grown.

  7. Electrochemical reduction of cerium oxide into metal

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    The Fray Farthing and Chen (FFC) and Ono and Suzuki (OS) processes were developed for the reduction of titanium oxide to titanium metal by electrolysis in high temperature molten alkali chloride salts. The possible transposition to CeO2 reduction is considered in this study. Present work clarifies, by electro-analytical techniques, the reduction pathway leading to the metal. The reduction of CeO2 into metal was feasible via an indirect mechanism. Electrolyses on 10 g of CeO2 were carried out to evaluate the electrochemical process efficiency. Ca metal is electrodeposited at the cathode from CaCl2-KCl solvent and reacts chemically with ceria to form not only metallic cerium, but also cerium oxychloride.

  8. Electrochemical reduction of cerium oxide into metal

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    Claux, Benoit [CEA, Valduc, F-21120 Is-sur-Tille (France); Universite de Grenoble, LEPMI-ENSEEG, 1130 rue de la Piscine, BP75, F-38402 St Martin d' Heres Cedex (France); Serp, Jerome, E-mail: jerome.serp@cea.f [CEA, Valduc, F-21120 Is-sur-Tille (France); Fouletier, Jacques [Universite de Grenoble, LEPMI-ENSEEG, 1130 rue de la Piscine, BP75, F-38402 St Martin d' Heres Cedex (France)

    2011-02-28

    The Fray Farthing and Chen (FFC) and Ono and Suzuki (OS) processes were developed for the reduction of titanium oxide to titanium metal by electrolysis in high temperature molten alkali chloride salts. The possible transposition to CeO{sub 2} reduction is considered in this study. Present work clarifies, by electro-analytical techniques, the reduction pathway leading to the metal. The reduction of CeO{sub 2} into metal was feasible via an indirect mechanism. Electrolyses on 10 g of CeO{sub 2} were carried out to evaluate the electrochemical process efficiency. Ca metal is electrodeposited at the cathode from CaCl{sub 2}-KCl solvent and reacts chemically with ceria to form not only metallic cerium, but also cerium oxychloride.

  9. Cerium and jojoba in engines?; Cerium et jojoba dans les moteurs?

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    Massy-Delhotel, E.

    1996-10-01

    The Belgium company CreaTel proposes a new system, called Forac, which can lead to a 10% reduction of fuel consumption in thermal engines together with a quasi-complete reduction of CO, HC, NOx pollutants and CO{sub 2} particulates emission. The system comprises a steam production device and an admission pipe with a cerium alloy whorl inside. The steam produced is mixed with the admission air and tears cerium particles from the inside of the admission pipe to the combustion chamber. The cerium particles act as a catalyst which favours the complete combustion of the fuel. The same company proposes also lubricant additives made from liquid jojoba wax which allow the reduction of pollutant emissions, fuel consumption and noise emissions of diesel engines. (J.S.)

  10. The Formation and Growth Process of Ru Silicide on Si(111) Surface

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    Toramaru, Masamitsu; Kobayashi, Naoto; Ohno, Shinya; Shudo, Kenichi; Miyamoto, Yasuyoshi; Kawamura, Norikazu

    Formation process of nanoscale ruthenium silicide islands on a Si(111) surfaces was studied with scanning tunneling microscopy for the first time. The ruthenium silicide islands were formed and grown on the only disorder-region, and small island grew up in three dimensions by incorporation of clusters including Ru exist on disorder-region and silicon atoms during thermal annealing. As the sizes of islands approaches 400 nm2 or more, the growth in two dimensional in a plane was limited, and it grew up in the direction of height. We will discuss about the formation process of ruthenium silicide on a Si(111) surface.

  11. Pt silicide/poly-Si Schottky diodes as temperature sensors for bolometers

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    Yuryev, V. A.; Chizh, K. V.; Chapnin, V.A.; Mironov, S.A.; Dubkov, V. P.; Uvarov, O. V.; Kalinushkin, V. P.; Senkov, V. M.; Nalivaiko, O. Y.; Novikau, A. G.; Gaiduk, P. I.

    2015-01-01

    Platinum silicide Schottky diodes formed on films of polycrystalline Si doped by phosphorus are demonstrated to be efficient and manufacturable CMOS-compatible temperature sensors for microbolometer detectors of radiation. Thin-film platinum silicide/poly-Si diodes have been produced by a CMOS-compatible process on artificial Si$_3$N$_4$/SiO$_2$/Si(001) substrates simulating the bolometer cells. Layer structure and phase composition of the original Pt/poly-Si films and the Pt silicide/poly-Si...

  12. Formation and Oxidation Resistance of Silicide Coatings for Mo and Mo-Based Alloys

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    2001-01-01

    The forming process of silicide coatings on pure Mo and Mo-base alloys, obtained by the gasphase deposition method, has been studied by examining the microstructure of coatings and the relationship between coating thickness and process parameters. It was shown that the growth of coatings was diffusion-controlled, the diffusion of silicon to be coated into Mo or Mo-base alloys was mainly responsible for the formation of silicide. The relationship between initial silicide thickness and oxidation resistance was also investigated, and the equation of service life of the coatings at high temperature in air is presented.

  13. Influence Of The Gas Multipurpose Reactor Core Conversion From Oxide To Silicide On The GAMMA Density

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    In order to prepare the reactor core conversion from oxide to silicide, analysis of the gamma heat generation in the fuel plate and its influence on the gamma density in the reactor core using the GAMSET computer code have been done. The heat generation was evaluated for oxide (U3O8-Al) and silicide (U3Si2-Al) plate for different uranium loading. The calculation result shows that the heat generation in the silicide fuel plate contains 400 gram of U-235 per fuel element increase of 10.64% related to the normal oxide plate. This means that the gamma density in the reactor core will consequently decrease. Regarding this result, it can be concluded that the core conversion from oxide to silicide fuel with higher uranium loading will be followed by the heat generation increases in the fuel plate and the gamma density decreases in the reactor core

  14. Formation of interface silicides at room temperature in pulsed laser deposited Ti thin films on Si

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    Interface characterization of pulsed laser deposited (PLD) Ti thin films on Si substrates using secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS), grazing incidence X-ray diffraction (GIXRD) and grazing incidence X-ray reflectivity (GIXRR) reveals the growth of titanium silicides (predominantly C54-TiSi2) layers at room temperature. These silicides nucleate and grow only at higher temperatures if deposited by other physical vapor deposition techniques. The films have been subjected to isothermal and isochronal annealing under vacuum with a view to enhancing interface reaction and interdiffusion. The silicide phase formation at room temperature is due to the energetic Ti species available in PLD plume. The silicides formed in PLD have exhibited high thermal stability

  15. Stress Evolution During Ni-Si Compound Formation for Fully Silicided (FUSI) Gates

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    Torregiani,C.; Van Bockstael, C.; Detavernier, C.; Lavoie, C.; Lauwers, A.; Maex, K.; Kittl, J.

    2007-01-01

    The stress (force) evolution during the formation of different Ni silicide phases was monitored by in situ curvature measurements, for the reaction of thin Ni films of various thicknesses with 100 nm polycrystalline-Si deposited on oxidized (1 0 0) Si substrates. The silicide phase formation was also monitored by in situ X-ray diffraction, allowing to match and interpret the stress evolution in terms of the formation of the different silicide phases. We found that stresses developed during the formation of the different silicides can be explained qualitatively in terms of the corresponding volume changes at the reacting interfaces. Furthermore, the matching between XRD and force curve reveals that the highest compressive stress is related to the formation of the Ni31Si12 phase, and that the stress formed is relaxed when the reaction is completed.

  16. Structural, optical, morphological and dielectric properties of cerium oxide nanoparticles

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    Cerium oxide (CeO2) nanoparticles were prepared by the precipitation method. The average crystallite size of cerium oxide nanoparticles was calculated from the X-ray diffraction (XRD) pattern and found to be 11 nm. The FT-IR spectrum clearly indicated the strong presence of cerium oxide nanoparticles. Raman spectrum confirmed the cubic nature of the cerium oxide nanoparticles. The Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) analysis showed that the nanoparticles agglomerated forming spherical-shaped particles. The Transmission Electron Microscopic (TEM) analysis confirmed the prepared cerium oxide nanoparticles with the particle size being found to be 16 nm. The optical absorption spectrum showed a blue shift by the cerium oxide nanoparticles due to the quantum confinement effect. The dielectric properties of cerium oxide nanoparticles were studied for different frequencies at different temperatures. The dielectric constant and the dielectric loss of the cerium oxide nanoparticles decreased with increase in frequency. The AC electrical conductivity study revealed that the conduction depended on both the frequency and the temperature. (author)

  17. Structural, optical, morphological and dielectric properties of cerium oxide nanoparticles

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    Prabaharan, Devadoss Mangalam Durai Manoharadoss [Department of Physics, NPR College of Engineering and Technology, Natham, Dindigul, Tamil Nadu (India); Sadaiyandi, Karuppasamy [Department of Physics, Alagappa Government Arts College, Karaikudi, Sivaganga, Tamil Nadu (India); Mahendran, Manickam [Department of Physics, Thiagarajar College of Engineering, Madurai, Tamil Nadu (India); Sagadevan, Suresh, E-mail: duraiphysics2011@gmail.com [Department of Physics, AMET University (India)

    2016-03-15

    Cerium oxide (CeO{sub 2}) nanoparticles were prepared by the precipitation method. The average crystallite size of cerium oxide nanoparticles was calculated from the X-ray diffraction (XRD) pattern and found to be 11 nm. The FT-IR spectrum clearly indicated the strong presence of cerium oxide nanoparticles. Raman spectrum confirmed the cubic nature of the cerium oxide nanoparticles. The Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) analysis showed that the nanoparticles agglomerated forming spherical-shaped particles. The Transmission Electron Microscopic (TEM) analysis confirmed the prepared cerium oxide nanoparticles with the particle size being found to be 16 nm. The optical absorption spectrum showed a blue shift by the cerium oxide nanoparticles due to the quantum confinement effect. The dielectric properties of cerium oxide nanoparticles were studied for different frequencies at different temperatures. The dielectric constant and the dielectric loss of the cerium oxide nanoparticles decreased with increase in frequency. The AC electrical conductivity study revealed that the conduction depended on both the frequency and the temperature. (author)

  18. Measurement of thermal conductivity of uranium silicide - aluminum dispersion fuel

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    In conjunction with reducing enrichment program for JMTR, thermal conductivity of uranium silicide - aluminum (U3Si2-Al) dispersion fuel was measured in the temperature range of 25degC ∼ 400degC for the safety evaluation of low enriched uranium fuel. Since thermal conductivity is determined as the product of thermal diffusivity, heat capacity and density, these three properties were individually measured. Thermal diffusivity and heat capacity of the specimen were measured by the laser flash method. Temperature dependence of density was obtained by measuring the thermal linear expansion with differential dilatometer. Obtained results show that conductivity of the U3Si2-Al dispersion fuel slightly increases as temperature increases, and tends to reach the maximum around 300degC. (author)

  19. Capping of rare earth silicide nanowires on Si(001)

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    The capping of Tb and Dy silicide nanowires grown on Si(001) was studied using scanning tunneling microscopy and cross-sectional high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. Several nanometers thick amorphous Si films deposited at room temperature allow an even capping, while the nanowires maintain their original structural properties. Subsequent recrystallization by thermal annealing leads to more compact nanowire structures and to troughs in the Si layer above the nanowires, which may even reach down to the nanowires in the case of thin Si films, as well as to V-shaped stacking faults forming along (111) lattice planes. This behavior is related to strain due to the lattice mismatch between the Si overlayer and the nanowires

  20. Status of the atomized uranium silicide fuel development at KAERI

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    Kim, C.K.; Kim, K.H.; Park, H.D.; Kuk, I.H. [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Taejon (Korea, Republic of)

    1997-08-01

    While developing KMRR fuel fabrication technology an atomizing technique has been applied in order to eliminate the difficulties relating to the tough property of U{sub 3}Si and to take advantage of the rapid solidification effect of atomization. The comparison between the conventionally comminuted powder dispersion fuel and the atomized powder dispersion fuel has been made. As the result, the processes, uranium silicide powdering and heat treatment for U{sub 3}Si transformation, become simplified. The workability, the thermal conductivity and the thermal compatibility of fuel meat have been investigated and found to be improved due to the spherical shape of atomized powder. In this presentation the overall developments of atomized U{sub 3}Si dispersion fuel and the planned activities for applying the atomizing technique to the real fuel fabrication are described.

  1. Capping of rare earth silicide nanowires on Si(001)

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    Appelfeller, Stephan; Franz, Martin; Kubicki, Milan; Reiß, Paul; Niermann, Tore; Schubert, Markus Andreas; Lehmann, Michael; Dähne, Mario

    2016-01-01

    The capping of Tb and Dy silicide nanowires grown on Si(001) was studied using scanning tunneling microscopy and cross-sectional high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. Several nanometers thick amorphous Si films deposited at room temperature allow an even capping, while the nanowires maintain their original structural properties. Subsequent recrystallization by thermal annealing leads to more compact nanowire structures and to troughs in the Si layer above the nanowires, which may even reach down to the nanowires in the case of thin Si films, as well as to V-shaped stacking faults forming along {111} lattice planes. This behavior is related to strain due to the lattice mismatch between the Si overlayer and the nanowires.

  2. Pt redistribution during Ni(Pt) silicide formation

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    We report on a real-time Rutherford backscattering spectrometry study of the erratic redistribution of Pt during Ni silicide formation in a solid phase reaction. The inhomogeneous Pt redistribution in Ni(Pt)Si films is a consequence of the low solubility of Pt in Ni2Si compared to NiSi and the limited mobility of Pt in NiSi. Pt further acts as a diffusion barrier and resides in the Ni2Si grain boundaries, significantly slowing down the Ni2Si and NiSi growth kinetics. Moreover, the observed incorporation of a large amount of Pt in the NiSi seeds indicates that Pt plays a major role in selecting the crystallographic orientation of these seeds and thus in the texture of the resulting Ni1-xPtxSi film

  3. Postirradiation analysis of experimental uranium-silicide dispersion fuel plates

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    Hofman, G.L.; Neimark, L.A.

    1985-01-01

    Low-enriched uranium silicide dispersion fuel plates were irradiated to maximum burnups of 96% of /sup 235/U. Fuel plates containing 33 v/o U/sub 3/Si and U/sub 3/Si/sub 2/ behaved very well up to this burnup. Plates containing 33 v/o U/sub 3/Si-Al pillowed between 90 and 96% burnup of the fissile atoms. More highly loaded U/sub 3/Si-Al plates, up to 50 v/o were found to pillow at lower burnups. Plates containing 40 v/o U/sub 3/Si showed an increase swelling rate around 85% burnup. 5 refs., 10 figs.

  4. Attempt to produce silicide fuel elements in Indonesia

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    After the successful experiment to produce U3Si2 powder and U3Si2-Al fuel plates using depleted U and Si of semiconductor quality, silicide fuel was synthesized using x-Al available at the Fuel Element Production Installation (FEPI) at Serpong, Indonesia. Two full-size U3Si2-Al fuel elements, having similar specifications to the ones of U3O8-Al for the RSG-GAS (formerly known as MPR-30), have been produced at the FEPI. All quality controls required have been imposed to the feeds, intermediate, as well as final products throughout the production processes of the two fuel elements. The current results show that these fuel elements are qualified from fabrication point of view, therefore it is expected that they will be permitted to be tested in the RSG-GAS, sometime by the end of 1989, for normal (∝50%) and above normal burn-up. (orig.)

  5. Capping of rare earth silicide nanowires on Si(001)

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    Appelfeller, Stephan; Franz, Martin; Kubicki, Milan; Dähne, Mario [Institut für Festkörperphysik, Technische Universität Berlin, 10623 Berlin (Germany); Reiß, Paul; Niermann, Tore; Lehmann, Michael [Institut für Optik und Atomare Physik, Technische Universität Berlin, 10623 Berlin (Germany); Schubert, Markus Andreas [IHP–Leibniz-Institut für innovative Mikroelektronik, 15236 Frankfurt (Oder) (Germany)

    2016-01-04

    The capping of Tb and Dy silicide nanowires grown on Si(001) was studied using scanning tunneling microscopy and cross-sectional high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. Several nanometers thick amorphous Si films deposited at room temperature allow an even capping, while the nanowires maintain their original structural properties. Subsequent recrystallization by thermal annealing leads to more compact nanowire structures and to troughs in the Si layer above the nanowires, which may even reach down to the nanowires in the case of thin Si films, as well as to V-shaped stacking faults forming along (111) lattice planes. This behavior is related to strain due to the lattice mismatch between the Si overlayer and the nanowires.

  6. SiGeHBTs on Bonded SOI Incorporating Buried Silicide Layers

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    Bain, M.; El Mubarek, H A; Bonar, J. M.; Wang, Y.; Buiu, O.; Gamble, H.; Armstrong, B M; Hemment, P L; Hall, S.; Ashburn, P.

    2005-01-01

    A technology is described for fabricating SiGe hetero-junction bipolar transistors (HBTs) on wafer-bonded silicon-on-insulator (SOI) substrates that incorporate buried tungsten silicide layers for collector resistance reduction or buried groundplanes for crosstalk suppression. The physical structure of the devices is characterized using cross section transmission electron microscopy, and the electrical properties of the buried tungsten silicide layer are characterized using sheet resistance m...

  7. SiGe HBTs on bonded SOI incorporating buried silicide layers

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    Bain, M.; El Mubarek, A. W.; Bonar, J. M.; Wang, Y.; Buiu, O.; Gamble, H.; Armstrong, B M; Hemment, P. L. F.; Hall, Steven; Ashburn, Peter

    2005-01-01

    A technology is described for fabricating SiGe heterojunction bipolar transistors (HBTs) on wafer-bonded silicon-on-insulator (SOI) substrates that incorporate buried tungsten silicide layers for collector resistance reduction or buried groundplanes for crosstalk suppression. The physical structure of the devices is characterized using cross section transmission electron microscopy, and the electrical properties of the buried tungsten silicide layer are characterized using sheet resistance me...

  8. Advanced Lightweight Silicide and Nitride Based Materials for Turbo-Engine Applications.

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    Drawin, S.; Justin, J.F.

    2011-01-01

    International audience Refractory metal silicides and nitride-based ceramics combine two properties that may lead to substantial reductions in aircraft fuel consumption : compared to the most advanced nickel-based superalloys presently used in aeronautical turbines, they can withstand higher temperatures and may have lower densities. Niobium silicide-based alloys and silicon nitride / molybdenum disilicide composites are currently being developed for turbine hot section components for both...

  9. Deposition of magnesium silicide nanoparticles by the combination of vacuum evaporation and hydrogen plasma treatment

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    Stuchlík, Jiří; Stuchlíková, The-Ha; Artemenko, Anna; Remeš, Zdeněk

    Tokyo : The Japan Society of Applied Physics, 2015 - (Asano, T.), "011301-1"-"011301-5" ISBN 978-4-86348-491-7. [International Conference and Summer School on Advanced Silicide Technology 2014. Tokyo (JP), 19.07.2014-21.07.2014] R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GA14-05053S; GA MŠk(CZ) LD14011; GA MŠk LH12236 Institutional support: RVO:68378271 Keywords : plasma treatment * silicides Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism

  10. Facile Preparation of a Platinum Silicide Nanoparticle-Modified Tip Apex for Scanning Kelvin Probe Microscopy

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    Lin, Chun-Ting; Chen, Yu-Wei; Su, James; Wu, Chien-Ting; Hsiao, Chien-Nan; Shiao, Ming-Hua; Chang, Mao-Nan

    2015-01-01

    In this study, we propose an ultra-facile approach to prepare a platinum silicide nanoparticle-modified tip apex (PSM tip) used for scanning Kelvin probe microscopy (SKPM). We combined a localized fluoride-assisted galvanic replacement reaction (LFAGRR) and atmospheric microwave annealing (AMA) to deposit a single platinum silicide nanoparticle with a diameter of 32 nm on the apex of a bare silicon tip of atomic force microscopy (AFM). The total process was completed in an ambient environment...

  11. Thermoelectric characteristics of Pt-silicide/silicon multi-layer structured p-type silicon

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    Electric and thermoelectric properties of silicide/silicon multi-layer structured devices were investigated with the variation of silicide/silicon heterojunction numbers from 3 to 12 layers. For the fabrication of silicide/silicon multi-layered structure, platinum and silicon layers are repeatedly sputtered on the (100) silicon bulk substrate and rapid thermal annealing is carried out for the silicidation. The manufactured devices show ohmic current–voltage (I–V) characteristics. The Seebeck coefficient of bulk Si is evaluated as 195.8 ± 15.3 μV/K at 300 K, whereas the 12 layered silicide/silicon multi-layer structured device is evaluated as 201.8 ± 9.1 μV/K. As the temperature increases to 400 K, the Seebeck coefficient increases to 237.2 ± 4.7 μV/K and 277.0 ± 1.1 μV/K for bulk and 12 layered devices, respectively. The increase of Seebeck coefficient in multi-layered structure is mainly attributed to the electron filtering effect due to the Schottky barrier at Pt-silicide/silicon interface. At 400 K, the thermal conductivity is reduced by about half of magnitude compared to bulk in multi-layered device which shows the efficient suppression of phonon propagation by using Pt-silicide/silicon hetero-junctions. - Highlights: • Silicide/silicon multi-layer structured is proposed for thermoelectric devices. • Electric and thermoelectric properties with the number of layer are investigated. • An increase of Seebeck coefficient is mainly attributed the Schottky barrier. • Phonon propagation is suppressed with the existence of Schottky barrier. • Thermal conductivity is reduced due to the suppression of phonon propagation

  12. Neutronic design for the conversion of ETRR-2 Reactor from oxide fuel to silicide fuel

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    The neutronic design of Egypt second research reactor (ETRR-2) core conversion from oxide (U3 O8 - Al) fuel to silicide (U3Si2-Al) was carried out. The silicide fuel was chosen for the core conversion because of its high maximum fuel meat density (4.8 gu/cm3) which expected to increase the operation cycle length to meet the higher reactor availability and utilization. Analysis of ETRR-2 core was done first for the conversion from oxide (U3 O8 - Al) core, through a series of mixed oxide-silicide cores, to an all silicide (U3Si2 - Al) core with the same meat density of 3.017 gU/cm3. The second analysis was done for the conversion from low meat density (3.017/gU/cm3) silicide core, through a series of lower-higher meat density silicide cores , to an all higher meat density (3.54 gU/cm3) silicide core. The standard computer codes such as WIMSD4 code and diffusion code CITVAP (new version of CITATION II developed by INVAP's nuclear engineering division) were used in core neutronic calculations. The calculation results show the safe operation conditions of the intermediate or transition cores and equilibrium cores. With higher density silicide fuel, ETRR-2 core operation cycle length was increased from 15 (full power days)FPDs to 20 FPDs which reduce the total cost of fuel element, number of spent fuel elements, and times of core refueling. Also, the reactor utilization and production of radioisotopes can be increased.

  13. Research on behaviour of the irradiated uranium silicide for fission Mo-99 production

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    This paper shows the results of purification of Mo-99 obtained by U-235 fission contained in uranium silicide (Si2U3) targets. These are the first tests carried out with irradiated targets. The separation method was previously developed employing non-irradiated uranium silicide with and with tracer addition. These tests were made trying to preserve the stages of the present method for fission Mo-99 production in the Argentine Republic. (author)

  14. Information for irradiation and post-irradiation of the silicide fuel element prototype P-07

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    Included in the 'Silicides' Project, developed by the Nuclear Fuels Department of the National Atomic Energy Commission (CNEA), it is foreseen the qualification of this type of fuel for research reactors in order to be used in the Argentine RA-3 reactor and to confirm the CNEA as an international supplier. The paper presents basic information on several parameters corresponding to the new silicide prototype, called P-07, to be taken into account for its irradiation, postirradiation and qualification. (author)

  15. Radiation induced color centers in cerium-doped and cerium-free multicomponent silicate glasses

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    傅鑫杰; 宋力昕; 李家成

    2014-01-01

    The effect of doped cerium on the radiation-resistance behavior of silicate glass was investigated in our work. The ultra-violet-visible absorption spectra and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectra were obtained after the cerium-rich and ce-rium-free multicomponent silicate glasses (K509 and K9) were irradiated by gamma rays with a dose range from 10 to 1000 kGy. The results showed that E’ center, oxygen deficient center (ODC) and non-bridging oxygen hole center (HC1 and HC2) were induced in K9 and K509 glasses after radiation. The concentrations of all color centers presented an exponential growth with the increase of the gamma dose. Moreover, the concentration of HC1 and HC2 in cerium-doped K509 glass was much lower than that in cerium-free K9 glass at the same dose of radiation, which could be attributed to the following mechanism:Ce3+ions capturing holes then forming Ce3++centers inhibited the formation of hole trapped color centers (HC1 and HC2) and Ce4+ions capturing electrons to form Ce3+centers suppressed the formation of electron trapped color centers like E’ center.

  16. Synthesis of Co-silicides and fabrication of microwavepower device using MEVVA source implantation

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    ZHANG; Tonghe(张通和); WU; Yuguang(吴瑜光); QIAN; Weidong(钱卫东); LIU; Yaodong(刘要东); ZHANG; Xu(张旭)

    2002-01-01

    Co synthesis silicides with good properties were prepared using MEVVA ion implantation with flux of 25-125 mA/cm2 to does of 5×1017/cm2. The structure of the silicides was investigated using X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). TEM analysis shows that if the ion dose is greater than 2×1017/cm2, a continuous silicide layer will be formed. The sheet resistance of Co silicide decreases with an increase in ion flux and ion dose. The formation of silicides with CoSi and CoSi2 are identified by XRD analysis. After annealing, the sheet resistance decreases further. A continuous silicide layer with a width of 90-133 nm is formed. The optimal implantation condition is that the ion flux and dose are 50 mA/cm2 and 5×1017/cm2, respectively. The optimal annealing temperature and time are 900℃ and 10 s, respectively. The ohmic contact for power microwave transistors is fabricated using Co ion implantation technique for the first time. The emitter contact resistance and noise of the transistors decrease markedly; the microwave property has been improved obviously.

  17. On the size-dependent magnetism and all-optical magnetization switching of transition-metal silicide nanostructures

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    Glushkov, G. I.; Tuchin, A. V.; Popov, S. V.; Bityutskaya, L. A., E-mail: me144@phys.vsu.ru [Voronezh State University (Russian Federation)

    2015-12-15

    Theoretical investigations of the electronic structure, synthesis, and all-optical magnetization switching of transition-metal silicide nanostructures are reported. The magnetic moment of the nanostructures is studied as a function of the silicide cluster size and configuration. The experimentally demonstrated magnetization switching of nanostructured nickel silicide by circularly polarized light makes it possible to create high-speed storage devices with high density data recording.

  18. Effects of temperature dependent pre-amorphization implantation on NiPt silicide formation and thermal stability on Si(100)

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    Ozcan, Ahmet S.; Wall, Donald [IBM Semiconductor Research and Development Center, 2070 Route 52, Hopewell Junction, New York 12533 (United States); Jordan-Sweet, Jean; Lavoie, Christian [IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, 1101 Kitchawan Road, Yorktown Heights, New York 10598 (United States)

    2013-04-29

    Using temperature controlled Si and C ion implantation, we studied the effects of pre-amorphization implantation on NiPt alloy silicide phase formation. In situ synchrotron x-ray diffraction and resistance measurements were used to monitor phase and morphology evolution in silicide films. Results show that substrate amorphization strongly modulate the nucleation of silicide phases, regardless of implant species. However, morphological stability of the thin films is mainly enhanced by C addition, independently of the amorphization depth.

  19. Ultrathin, epitaxial cerium dioxide on silicon

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    It is shown that ultrathin, highly ordered, continuous films of cerium dioxide may be prepared on silicon following substrate prepassivation using an atomic layer of chlorine. The as-deposited, few-nanometer-thin Ce2O3 film may very effectively be converted at room temperature to almost fully oxidized CeO2 by simple exposure to air, as demonstrated by hard X-ray photoemission spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction. This post-oxidation process essentially results in a negligible loss in film crystallinity and interface abruptness

  20. Ultrathin, epitaxial cerium dioxide on silicon

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    Flege, Jan Ingo; Kaemena, Björn; Höcker, Jan; Bertram, Florian; Wollschläger, Joachim; Schmidt, Thomas; Falta, Jens

    2014-01-01

    It is shown that ultrathin, highly ordered, continuous films of cerium dioxide may be prepared on silicon following substrate prepassivation using an atomic layer of chlorine. The as-deposited, few-nanometer-thin Ce2O3 film may very effectively be converted at room temperature to almost fully oxidized CeO2 by simple exposure to air, as demonstrated by hard X-ray photoemission spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction. This post-oxidation process essentially results in a negligible loss in film cryst...

  1. Radiative lifetimes of singly ionized cerium

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    Radiative lifetimes accurate to ±5% have been measured for 74 levels in Ce II using time-resolved laser-induced fluorescence on a slow beam of cerium ions. The 17 odd-parity and 57 even-parity levels studied here lie in the energy range 24 000-36 000 cm-1. This new set of lifetimes in Ce II is substantially more extensive than previously published sets, to which a detailed comparison is made. The present lifetime results will provide the absolute calibration for a very large set of measured transition probabilities for Ce II. These are needed for research in astrophysics and lighting

  2. Radiative lifetimes of singly ionized cerium

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    Hartog, E A Den; Lawler, J E [Department of Physics, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI 53706 (United States)], E-mail: eadenhar@wisc.edu, E-mail: jelawler@wisc.edu

    2008-02-28

    Radiative lifetimes accurate to {+-}5% have been measured for 74 levels in Ce II using time-resolved laser-induced fluorescence on a slow beam of cerium ions. The 17 odd-parity and 57 even-parity levels studied here lie in the energy range 24 000-36 000 cm{sup -1}. This new set of lifetimes in Ce II is substantially more extensive than previously published sets, to which a detailed comparison is made. The present lifetime results will provide the absolute calibration for a very large set of measured transition probabilities for Ce II. These are needed for research in astrophysics and lighting.

  3. Crystal structure of cerium(4) - dicesium trisulfate

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    Cerium(4) - dicesium trisulfate is investigated by the X-ray diffraction method. Parameters of a monoclinic cell equal: a = 9.772(2), b = 16.797(2), c = 14.812(1)A, β 96.40(1), sp.gr. P21. The structure is formed by interchanging of anion [Ce4(SO4)128-]∞ and cation (Cs+) layers arranged parallel (101). Atoms Ce and Cs are arranged according to the law of a cubic close packing. Coordination polyhedron Ce1 and Ce2 is the two-hat trigonal prism, nine vertices Ce3 and Ce4 are one-hat antiprism

  4. Nickel silicide thin films as masking and structural layers for silicon bulk micro-machining by potassium hydroxide wet etching

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    This paper studies the feasibility of using titanium and nickel silicide thin films as mask materials for silicon bulk micro-machining. Thin films of nickel silicide were found to be more resistant to wet etching in potassium hydroxide. The use of nickel silicide as a structural material, by fabricating micro-beams of varying dimensions, is demonstrated. The micro-structures were realized using these thin films with wet etching using potassium hydroxide solution on (1 0 0) and (1 1 0) silicon substrates. These results show that nickel silicide is a suitable alternative to silicon nitride for silicon bulk micro-machining

  5. Photodissociation of Cerium Oxide Nanocluster Cations.

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    Akin, S T; Ard, S G; Dye, B E; Schaefer, H F; Duncan, M A

    2016-04-21

    Cerium oxide cluster cations, CexOy(+), are produced via laser vaporization in a pulsed nozzle source and detected with time-of-flight mass spectrometry. The mass spectrum displays a strongly preferred oxide stoichiometry for each cluster with a specific number of metal atoms x, with x ≤ y. Specifically, the most prominent clusters correspond to the formula CeO(CeO2)n(+). The cluster cations are mass selected and photodissociated with a Nd:YAG laser at either 532 or 355 nm. The prominent clusters dissociate to produce smaller species also having a similar CeO(CeO2)n(+) formula, always with apparent leaving groups of (CeO2). The production of CeO(CeO2)n(+) from the dissociation of many cluster sizes establishes the relative stability of these clusters. Furthermore, the consistent loss of neutral CeO2 shows that the smallest neutral clusters adopt the same oxidation state (IV) as the most common form of bulk cerium oxide. Clusters with higher oxygen content than the CeO(CeO2)n(+) masses are present with much lower abundance. These species dissociate by the loss of O2, leaving surviving clusters with the CeO(CeO2)n(+) formula. Density functional theory calculations on these clusters suggest structures composed of stable CeO(CeO2)n(+) cores with excess oxygen bound to the surface as a superoxide unit (O2(-)). PMID:27035210

  6. Low soluble cerium compounds in salt melts

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    The behaviour of cerium tungstate NaCe(WO4)2 and cerium phosphate Na3Ce2(PO4)3 in high-temperature salt melts has been investigated. The solubility in the NaCe(WO4)2-NaWO4-NaCl(1) and Na3Ce2(PO4)3-Na2WO4-NaCl(2) systems at 700-800 deg C has been studied. It is shown, that with the increase of the Na2WO4 part in systems (1), (2) the solubility increases in the following way: for NaCe(WO4)2 from 1.3x10-3 m in NaCl melt to 4.9x10-3 m in NaWO4 melt, for Na3Ce2(PO4)3 from 0.4x10-3 m in NaCl melt to 5.7x10-3 m in NaWO4 melt. With an increase in the Na2WO4 part in system (2) the formation of a new phase - NaCe(WO4)2 is observed. The melting enthalpy of NaCe(WO4)2 is 19+-3 kJ/mol

  7. Theory of Interface States at Silicon / Transition - - Silicide Interfaces.

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    Lim, Hunhwa

    The Si/NiSi(,2)(111) interface is of both fundamental and techno- logical interest: From the fundamental point of view, it is the best characterized of all semiconductor/metal interfaces, with two well-determined geometries (A and B) involving nearly perfect bonding. (This is because Si and NiSi(,2) have nearly the same lattice spacing.) Consequently, a theoretical treatment of this system makes sense--as it would not for messier systems--and one can have some confidence that the theoretical predictions are relevant to experimental observa- tions. From the technological point of view, Si/NiSi(,2) is representative of the class of semiconductor/metal interfaces that are currently of greatest interest in regard to electronic devices--Si/transition -metal-silicide interfaces. The calculations of this dissertation are for the intrinsic interface states of Si/NiSi(,2)-A geometry. These calculations also provide a foundation for later studies of defects at this interface, and for studies of other related systems, such as CoSi(,2). The calculations employ empirical tight-binding Hamiltonians for both Si and NiSi(,2) (with the parameters fitted to prior calculations of the bulk band structures, which appear to be in agreement with the available experimental data on bulk Si and NiSi(,2)). They also employ Green's function techniques--in particular, the subspace Hamiltonian technique. Our principal results are the following: (1) Interface state disper- sion curves are predicted along the symmetry lines (')(GAMMA)(')M, (')M(')K and (')K(')(GAMMA) of the surface Brillouin zone. (2) A prominent band of interface states is found which disperses downward from an energy within the Si band gap to an energy below the Si valence band edge E(,(upsilon)) as the planar wavevector (')k increases from (')(GAMMA) ((')k = 0) to (')M or (')K (symmetry points at boundary of the surface Brillouin zone). This band of inter- face states should be observable. It produces a peak in the surface

  8. Bordoni relaxation and magnetic transformation in cerium and cerium-lanthanum alloys

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    The internal friction in pure cerium and cerium-base alloys with 2.5 and 12 weight percent of lanthanum added at temperature ranging from 4.2 deg up to 77 deg K is described. Amplitude-independent internal friction has been measured with an inverse torsion pendulum with a specimen oscillation frequency of 1-30 hz in vacuum not less than 1.10-5 torr. A temperature of the specimen has been determined with a capacitance-type sensor and a gas gauge. A curve showing the dependence of internal friction upon a temperature of pure cerium has two distinct peaks; the first at 12.5 deg K, the second at 45 deg K. The 12.5 deg K peak is accounted for by a transition of antiferromagnetic β-Ce into a paramagnetic state. The 45 deg K peak is a Bordoni maximum. The paper describes an influence of additions, specimen oscillation frequency variations, deformation and annealing upon the peak behaviour. Added lanthanum reduces not only a peak temperature but a height as well. Studies of the 45 deg K peak have shown that its temperature location depends upon the specimen oscillation frequency. As the frequency increases the peak tends to a range of high temperatures which confirms its relaxation nature

  9. Mixing of Al into uranium silicides reactor fuels

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    SEM observations have shown that irradiation induced interaction of the aluminum cladding with uranium silicide reactor fuels strongly affects both fission gas and fuel swelling behaviors during fuel burn-up. The authors have used ion beam mixing, by 1.5 MeV Kr, to study this phenomena. RBS and the 27Al(p, γ) 28Si resonance nuclear reaction were used to measure radiation induced mixing of Al into U3Si and U3Si2 after irradiation at 300 C. Initially U mixes into the Al layer and Al mixes into the U3Si. At a low dose, the Al layer is converted into UAl4 type compound while near the interface the phase U(Al.93Si.07)3 grows. Under irradiation, Al diffuses out of the UAl4 surface layer, and the lower density ternary, which is stable under irradiation, is the final product. Al mixing into U3Si2 is slower than in U3Si, but after high dose irradiation the Al concentration extends much farther into the bulk. In both systems Al mixing and diffusion is controlled by phase formation and growth. The Al mixing rates into the two alloys are similar to that of Al into pure uranium where similar aluminide phases are formed

  10. New Manganese Silicide Mineral Phase in an Interplanetary Dust Particle

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    Nakamura-Messenger, K.; Keller, L. P.; Clemett, S. J.; Jones, J. H.; Palma, R. L.; Pepin, R. O.; Kloeck, W.; Zolensky, M. E.; Messenger, S.

    2008-01-01

    Comet 26P/Grigg-Skjellerup was identified as a source of an Earth-crossing dust stream with low Earth-encounter velocities, with peak anticipated fluxes during April in 2003 and 2004 [1]. In response to this prediction, NASA performed dedicated stratospheric dust collections using high altitude aircraft to target potential interplanetary dust particles (IDPs) from this comet stream in April 2003. Several IDPs from this collection have shown unusually low noble gas abundances [2] consistent with the predicted short space exposure ages of Grigg-Skjellerup dust particles [1]. High abundances of large D enrichments [3] and presolar grains [4] in IDPs from this collection are also consistent with an origin from the comet Grigg-Skjellerup. Here we report a new mineral from one of the cluster IDPs of the "Grigg-Skjellerup" collection, L2055. Our report focuses on an unusual manganese-iron-chromium silicide phase that, to our knowledge, has not been observed previously in nature. This unique phase may also shed light on the genesis of the enigmatic low-Fe,Mn-enriched (LIME) olivine that has been previously reported in IDPs and meteorites [5].

  11. KUR core conversion to use LEU silicide fuel

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    As one of possible future programs for the Kyoto University Research Reactor (KUR), the Research Reactor Institute of Kyoto University (KURRI) has a plan for core conversion to the use of low-enriched uranium (LEU) fuel. A feasibility study for this conversion started in November, 1983, as a part of the joint study between KURRI and Argonne National Laboratory (ANL).Thermal-hydraulic analysis on the use of LEU fuels in the KUR was performed in 1984, and neutronic calculation in 1985. The conversion is to be from the current highly enriched uranium HEU (93.15%, UAl-alloy 0.586 gU/cm3) to LEU (19.75%, U3Si2-Al, 3.2 gU/cm3). The results indicate that the core can be converted without significant difficulties. Prior to the safety review application for the full core conversion with LEU silicide fuel, we are planning to demonstrate the use of two full size LEU suicide fuel elements among the current HEU elements. The safety analysis report for the two-element demonstration is to be submitted to the government shortly. The full core conversion is anticipated in 1993.(author)

  12. Preparing Process of Cerium Acetate and Rare Earth Acetate

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    Qiao Jun; Ma Ying; Xu Yanhui; Zhang Jun; Chang Shu; Hao Xianku

    2004-01-01

    Preparing process was presented and the influences of concentration of acetic acid, reaction temperature, the ratio of cerium carbonate and acetic acid, heat preservation time to the yield of cerium acetate were discussed.The crystalline cerium acetate and rare earth acetate such as ( La, Ce, Pr, Nd) (Ac) 3, ( Ce, Pr, Nd) (Ac) 3, ( Pr, Nd, Er,Y) (Ac) 3 and yttrium acetate were prepared under this condition.The shape, structure and composition of the crystals were determined by the methods of SEM, TG-DTA, X-ray diffraction and chemical analysis.The optimum prepared conditions of cerium acetate were described.This prepared process has characteristics such as simple process route, low cost, high yield, good quality, no pollution to environment, etc.

  13. Adsorption of Some Hazardous Radionuclides on Cerium(IV) Antimonate

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    Cerium(IV) antimonate had been prepared by the dropwise addition of 0.6 M antimony pentachloride and 0.6 M cerium ammonium nitrate solutions by a molar radio of Ce/Sb 0.75. Exchange isotherms for H+/Co2+ , H+/Cs+, H+/Zn2+ , H+/Sr2+ and H+/Eu3+ have been determined at 25, 40 and 60 degree. Besides it was proved that europium is physically adsorbed while zinc, strontium, cobalt and cesium are chemically adsorbed. Moreover, the heat of adsorption of zinc, strontium, cobalt and cesium on cerium(IV) antimonate had been calculated and indicated that cerium(IV) antimonate is of endothermic behaviour towards these ions. Also the distribution coefficients of these ions were determined and it was found that the selectivity in the order: Eu3+ >Sr2+ > Cs+>Na+

  14. A contribution to the radiologic findings in cerium pneumoconiosis

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    Report on a 69 year old man, who had been employed as photographer in the printing industry and who had been exposed to Cerium for 40 years. The chest X-ray which was performed 9 years after the end of the exposure displayes striate densities of the lungs, which must be considered as a late stage of Cerium-pneumoconiosis. The changes which were found fulfill the code 't 1/0 RO, RM, RU, LO, LM, LU, p 0/1 RO, RM, LO, LM, em, tbu' according to the 'ILO U/C 1971 classification of pneumoconiosis'. The diagnosis could be substantiated by measureing Cerium in the lung parenchyma qualitatively and quantitatively using neutrone activating analysis. The radiolgic findings of the Cerium pneumoconiosis are discussed. (orig.)

  15. Antibacterial Activity of Polymer Coated Cerium Oxide Nanoparticles

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    Shah, Vishal; Shah, Shreya; Shah, Hirsh; Rispoli, Fred J.; McDonnell, Kevin T.; Workeneh, Selam; Karakoti, Ajay; Kumar, Amit; Seal, Sudipta

    2012-01-01

    Cerium oxide nanoparticles have found numerous applications in the biomedical industry due to their strong antioxidant properties. In the current study, we report the influence of nine different physical and chemical parameters: pH, aeration and, concentrations of MgSO4, CaCl2, KCl, natural organic matter, fructose, nanoparticles and Escherichia coli, on the antibacterial activity of dextran coated cerium oxide nanoparticles. A least-squares quadratic regression model was developed to underst...

  16. Cerium intermetallics CeTX. Review III

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    The structure-property relationships of CeTX intermetallics with structures other than the ZrNiAl and TiNiSi type are systematically reviewed. These CeTX phases form with electron-poor and electron-rich transition metals (T) and X = Mg, Zn, Cd, Hg, Al, Ga, In, Tl, Si, Ge, Sn, Pb, P, As, Sb, and Bi. The review focusses on the crystal chemistry, the chemical bonding peculiarities, and the magnetic and transport properties. Furthermore 119Sn Moessbauer spectroscopic data, high-pressure studies, hydrogenation reactions and the formation of solid solutions are reviewed. This paper is the third of a series of four reviews on equiatomic intermetallic cerium compound [Part I: R. Poettgen, B. Chevalier, Z. Naturforsch. 2015, 70b, 289; Part II: R. Poettgen, B. Chevalier, Z. Naturforsch. 2015, 70b, 695].

  17. Cerium fluoride crystals for calorimetry at LHC

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    High-resolution homogeneous calorimetry is fully justified for part of the physics program at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). The main design features of proposed CeF3 crystals for calorimetry for LHC are discussed. The severe constraints LHC imposes on detectors make the use of 'classical' crystals impossible. Therefore, a large R and D effort has been undertaken by the 'Crystal Clear' collaboration in order to find new, dense, fast and radiation hard crystals. A good candidate, cerium fluoride, has been identified and studied. It is interesting at this stage to review the specifications of scintillators for LHC and to see how well available data on CeF3 luminescence, decay time, light yield, optical transmission and resistance to radiation meet them. Milestones to reach before starting a large scale crystal production in view of the eventual construction of a calorimeter, are also discussed. (author) 15 refs., 15 figs., 1 tab

  18. Further results on cerium fluoride crystals

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    A systematic investigation of the properties of cerium fluoride monocrystals has been performed by the 'Crystal Clear' collaboration in view of a possible use of such crystals for the construction of high precision electromagnetic calorimeters for the future generation of high luminosity accelerators. A large sample of different crystals grown by several producers has been studied. The spectroscopic characteristics, the transmission, luminescence and excitation spectra and the decay time curves are analysed. The light yield of the different crystals is measured with photomultipliers and Si photodiodes and compared to reference standards like BGO and NaI(Tl). The radiation damage behaviour is then presented for γ and neutron irradiations, at different doses and dose rates, including thermal and optical bleaching. (orig.)

  19. Further results on cerium fluoride crystals

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    Anderson, S.; Auffray, E.; Aziz, T.; Baccaro, S.; Banerjee, S.; Bareyre, P.; Barone, L.E.; Borgia, B.; Boutet, D.; Burq, J.P.; Chemarin, M.; Chipaux, R.; Dafinei, I.; D' Atanasio, P.; De Notaristefani, F.; Dezillie, B.; Dujardin, C.; Dutta, S.; Faure, J.L.; Fay, J.; Ferrere, D.; Francescangeli, O.; Fuchs, B.A.; Ganguli, S.N.; Gillespie, G.; Goyot, M.; Gupta, S.K.; Gurtu, A.; Heck, J.; Herve, A.; Hillemanns, H.; Holdener, F.; Ille, B.; Joensson, L.; Kierstead, J.; Krenz, W.; Kway, W.; Le Goff, J.M.; Lebeau, M.; Lebrun, P.; Lecoq, P.; Lemoigne, Y.; Loomis, G.; Lubelsmeyer, K.; Madjar, N.; Majni, G.; El Mamouni, H.; Mangla, S.; Mares, J.A.; Martin, J.P.; Mattioli, M.; Mauger, G.J.; Mazumdar, K.; Mengucci, P.; Merlo, J.P.; Moine, B.; Nikl, N.; Pansart, J.P.; Pedrini, C.; Poinsignon, J.; Polak, K.; Raghavan, R.; Rebourgeard, P.; Rinaldi, D.; Rosa, J.; Rosowsky, A.; Sahuc, P.; Samsonov, V.; Sarkar, S.; Schegelski, V.; Schmitz, D.; Schneegans, M.; Seliverstov, D.; Stoll, S.; Sudhakar, K.; Sven; Crystal Clear Collaboration

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    A systematic investigation of the properties of cerium fluoride monocrystals has been performed by the 'Crystal Clear' collaboration in view of a possible use of such crystals for the construction of high precision electromagnetic calorimeters for the future generation of high luminosity accelerators. A large sample of different crystals grown by several producers has been studied. The spectroscopic characteristics, the transmission, luminescence and excitation spectra and the decay time curves are analysed. The light yield of the different crystals is measured with photomultipliers and Si photodiodes and compared to reference standards like BGO and NaI(Tl). The radiation damage behaviour is then presented for [gamma] and neutron irradiations, at different doses and dose rates, including thermal and optical bleaching. (orig.)

  20. Mechanical and Thermophysical Properties of Cerium Monopnictides

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    Bhalla, Vyoma; Singh, Devraj; Jain, S. K.

    2016-03-01

    The ultrasonic attenuation due to phonon-phonon interaction, thermoelastic relaxation and dislocation damping mechanisms has been investigated in cerium monopnictides CeX (X: N, P, As, Sb and Bi) for longitudinal and shear waves along {linearity parameters, Zener anisotropy, ultrasonic velocity, ultrasonic Grüneisen parameter, thermal relaxation time, acoustic coupling constants and ultrasonic attenuation. The fracture/toughness ratio is less than 1.75, which shows that the chosen materials are brittle in nature as found for other monopnictides. The drag coefficient acting on the motion of screw and edge dislocations due to shear and compressional phonon viscosities of the lattice have also been evaluated for both the longitudinal and shear waves. The thermoelastic loss and dislocation damping loss are negligible in comparison to loss due to Akhieser damping (phonon-phonon interaction). The obtained results for CeX are in qualitative agreement with other semi-metallic monopnictides.

  1. Cerium intermetallics CeTX. Review III

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    Poettgen, Rainer; Janka, Oliver [Muenster Univ. (Germany). Inst. fuer Anorganische und Analytische Chemie; Chevalier, Bernard [Bordeaux Univ., Pessac (France). Inst. de Chimie de la Matiere Condensee de Bordeaux

    2016-05-01

    The structure-property relationships of CeTX intermetallics with structures other than the ZrNiAl and TiNiSi type are systematically reviewed. These CeTX phases form with electron-poor and electron-rich transition metals (T) and X = Mg, Zn, Cd, Hg, Al, Ga, In, Tl, Si, Ge, Sn, Pb, P, As, Sb, and Bi. The review focusses on the crystal chemistry, the chemical bonding peculiarities, and the magnetic and transport properties. Furthermore {sup 119}Sn Moessbauer spectroscopic data, high-pressure studies, hydrogenation reactions and the formation of solid solutions are reviewed. This paper is the third of a series of four reviews on equiatomic intermetallic cerium compound [Part I: R. Poettgen, B. Chevalier, Z. Naturforsch. 2015, 70b, 289; Part II: R. Poettgen, B. Chevalier, Z. Naturforsch. 2015, 70b, 695].

  2. Nanoscale investigation of the interface situation of plated nickel and thermally formed nickel silicide for silicon solar cell metallization

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    Highlights: • Adhesion of metallization of fully plated nickel–copper contacts on silicon solar cells can be achieved by formation of nickel silicide at the cost of degraded cell performance. • Understanding of silicide growth mechanisms and controlled growth may lead to high performance together with excellent adhesion. • Silicide formation is well known from CMOS production from PVD-Ni on flat surfaces. Yet the deposition methods and therefore layer characteristics and the surface topography are different for plated metallization. • TEM analysis is performed for differently processed samples. • A nickel silicide growth model is created for plated Ni on textured silicon solar cells. - Abstract: In the context of nickel silicide formation from plated nickel layers for solar cell metallization, there are several open questions regarding contact adhesion and electrical properties. Nanoscale characterization by transmission electron microscopy has been employed to support these investigations. Interfacial oxides and silicide phases were investigated on differently prepared samples by different analytical methods associated with transmission electron microscopy analysis. Processing variations included the pre-treatment of samples before nickel plating, the used plating solution and the thermal budget for the nickel–silicon solid-state reaction. It was shown that interface oxides of only few nm thickness on both silicon and nickel silicide are present on the samples, depending on the chosen process sequence, which have been shown to play an important role in adhesion of nickel on silicide in an earlier publication. From sample pretreatment variations, conclusions about the role of an interfacial oxide in silicide formation and its influence on phase formation were drawn. Such an oxide layer hinders silicide formation except for pinhole sites. This reduces the availability of Ni and causes a silicide with low Ni content to form. Without an interfacial oxide

  3. Comparison of Titration ICP and XRF Spectrometry Methods in Determination of Cerium in Lens Polishing Powder

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    Three analytical methods in determination of cerium in cerium oxide separated from monazite ore for producing lens polishing powder were compared. These methods are titration ICP and XRF spectrometry techniques. The cerium oxide sample with estimated 45% cerium content needed to be digested and converted into solution before the analysis. The analytical results shown significantly no difference between each method. However, the titration method was found to be more convenient and suitable for quality control in the production of cerium oxide as it does not require standard cerium and the complicated analytical instruments

  4. Strategy for silicon based hot-wire chemical vapor deposition without wire silicide formation

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    Laukart, Artur, E-mail: artur.laukart@ist.fraunhofer.de; Harig, Tino; Höfer, Markus; Schäfer, Lothar

    2015-01-30

    Silicide formation of wires during hot-wire chemical vapor deposition (HWCVD) of silicon based coatings is a key challenge which has to be overcome before HWCVD can be transferred successfully into industry. Silicide formation of tungsten wires is not occurring at temperatures of approximately 1900 °C and above when maintaining a silane partial pressure below approximately 1 Pa. Proceeding silicide formation at the cold ends where the wires are electrically contacted was completely prevented by continuously moving the cold ends of the wires into the hot deposition zone, resulting in a retransformation of the tungsten phase. Thus the maintenance period of a HWCVD manufacturing tool can be freed from wire lifetime.

  5. Anisotropic thermal expansion of Ni, Pd and Pt germanides and silicides

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    Geenen, F. A.; Knaepen, W.; Moens, F.; Brondeel, L.; Leenaers, A.; Van den Berghe, S.; Detavernier, C.

    2016-07-01

    Silicon or germanium-based transistors are nowadays used in direct contact with silicide or germanide crystalline alloys for semiconductor device applications. Since these compounds are formed at elevated temperatures, accurate knowledge of the thermal expansion of both substrate and the contact is important to address temperature depending effects such as thermal stress. Here we report the linear coefficients of thermal expansion of Ni-, Pd- and Pt-based mono-germanides, mono-silicides and di-metal-silicides as determined by powder-based x-ray diffraction between 300 and 1225 K. The investigated mono-metallic compounds, all sharing the MnP crystal structure, as well as Pd2Si and Pt2Si exhibit anisotropic expansion. By consequence, this anisotropic behaviour should be taken into account for evaluating the crystal unit’s cell at elevated temperatures.

  6. Kinetics and mechanism of hydrogen evolution reaction on cobalt silicides in alkaline solutions

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    Cathodic polarisation curves and impedance spectra for cobalt silicides Co2Si and CoSi2 in 0.5–2 M KOH at ambient temperature were obtained. It was shown that electrocatalytic activity of both silicides in hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) is higher than that of cobalt. The dependences of equivalent circuit elements on the electrode potential were analysed. The conclusion was made that the atomic hydrogen adsorption on the surface of cobalt silicides is described by the Langmuir isotherm, and hydrogen evolution proceeds through the Volmer–Heyrovsky mechanism (at α1 ≠ α2 for Co2Si and α1 = α2 for CoSi2; α1 and α2 are the transfer coefficients for the Volmer and Heyrovsky steps respectively). The Heyrovsky reaction is probably the rate-determining step. The values of the kinetic parameters of HER on Co2Si and CoSi2 in 1 M KOH were estimated

  7. Self-organized patterns along sidewalls of iron silicide nanowires on Si(110) and their origin

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    Iron silicide (cubic FeSi2) nanowires have been grown on Si(110) by reactive deposition epitaxy and investigated by scanning tunneling microscopy and scanning/transmission electron microscopy. On an otherwise uniform nanowire, a semi-periodic pattern along the edges of FeSi2 nanowires has been discovered. The origin of such growth patterns has been traced to initial growth of silicide nanodots with a pyramidal Si base at the chevron-like atomic arrangement of a clean reconstructed Si(110) surface. The pyramidal base evolves into a comb-like structure along the edges of the nanowires. This causes the semi-periodic structure of the iron silicide nanowires along their edges

  8. Analysis of impurity effect on Silicide fuels of the RSG-GAS core

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    Simulation of impurity effect on silicide fuel of the RSG-GAS core has been done. The aim of this research is to know impurity effect of the U-234 and U-236 isotopes in the silicide fuels on the core criticality. The silicide fuels of 250 g U loading and 19.75 of enrichment is used in this simulation. Cross section constant of fuels and non-structure material of core are generated by WIMSD/4 computer code, meanwhile impurity concentration was arranged from 0.01% to 2%. From the result of analysis can be concluded that the isotopes impurity in the fuels could make trouble in the core and the core can not be operated at critical after a half of its cycle length (350 MW D)

  9. Self-organized patterns along sidewalls of iron silicide nanowires on Si(110) and their origin

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    Das, Debolina; Mahato, J. C.; Bisi, Bhaskar; Dev, B. N., E-mail: msbnd@iacs.res.in [Department of Materials Science, Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, Kolkata 700032 (India); Satpati, B. [Surface Physics and Material Science Division, Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, 1/AF Bidhannagar, Kolkata 700064 (India)

    2014-11-10

    Iron silicide (cubic FeSi{sub 2}) nanowires have been grown on Si(110) by reactive deposition epitaxy and investigated by scanning tunneling microscopy and scanning/transmission electron microscopy. On an otherwise uniform nanowire, a semi-periodic pattern along the edges of FeSi{sub 2} nanowires has been discovered. The origin of such growth patterns has been traced to initial growth of silicide nanodots with a pyramidal Si base at the chevron-like atomic arrangement of a clean reconstructed Si(110) surface. The pyramidal base evolves into a comb-like structure along the edges of the nanowires. This causes the semi-periodic structure of the iron silicide nanowires along their edges.

  10. Comparison of JRR-4 core neutronic performance between silicide fuel and TRIGA fuel

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    Neutronic analyses on the JRR-4 core loaded with 20 wt% Low Enriched Uranium (LEU) fuels have been performed using SRAC code system. The LEU fuels studied in this work are ETR type silicide one and TRIGA one. For each type of them, parametrical analyses were done as the function of uranium loading in the fuel element to see changes of core excess reactivity, thermal neutron flux, fuel burnup and so on. From many cell and whole core calculations, following results have obtained. (a) A uranium density of 3.8 g/cm3 is a good value of the Silicide fuel for JRR-4. (b) In the case of TRIGA fuel, a uranium weight fraction of 40% to the total TRIGA fuel pin weight is one of adequate values. (c) The silicide core shows a good performance on the thermal neutron flux (d) and the TRIGA core can achieve a very high burnup. (author)

  11. Role of Ti3Al/silicides on tensile properties of Timetal 834 at various temperatures

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    K V Sai Srinadh; Nidhi Singh; V Singh

    2007-12-01

    Extremely fine coherent precipitates of ordered Ti3Al and relatively coarse incoherent precipitates of 2 silicide exist together in the near -titanium alloy, Timetal 834, in the dual phase matrix of primary and transformed . In order to assess the role of these precipitates, three heat treatments viz. WQ, WQ–A and WQ–OA, were given to have no precipitates, Ti3Al and silicide and only silicide precipitates in the respective conditions. Tensile properties in the above three heat treated conditions were determined at room temperature, 673 K and 873 K. It was observed that largely Ti3Al precipitates were responsible for increase in the yield strength and decrease in ductility in this alloy.

  12. Nanoscale investigation of the interface situation of plated nickel and thermally formed nickel silicide for silicon solar cell metallization

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    Mondon, A.; Wang, D.; Zuschlag, A.; Bartsch, J.; Glatthaar, M.; Glunz, S. W.

    2014-12-01

    In the context of nickel silicide formation from plated nickel layers for solar cell metallization, there are several open questions regarding contact adhesion and electrical properties. Nanoscale characterization by transmission electron microscopy has been employed to support these investigations. Interfacial oxides and silicide phases were investigated on differently prepared samples by different analytical methods associated with transmission electron microscopy analysis. Processing variations included the pre-treatment of samples before nickel plating, the used plating solution and the thermal budget for the nickel-silicon solid-state reaction. It was shown that interface oxides of only few nm thickness on both silicon and nickel silicide are present on the samples, depending on the chosen process sequence, which have been shown to play an important role in adhesion of nickel on silicide in an earlier publication. From sample pretreatment variations, conclusions about the role of an interfacial oxide in silicide formation and its influence on phase formation were drawn. Such an oxide layer hinders silicide formation except for pinhole sites. This reduces the availability of Ni and causes a silicide with low Ni content to form. Without an interfacial oxide a continuous nickel silicide of greater depth, polycrystalline modification and expected phase according to thermal budget is formed. Information about the nature of silicide growth on typical solar cell surfaces could be obtained from silicide phase and geometric observations, which were supported by FIB tomography. The theory of isotropic NiSi growth and orientation dependent NiSi2 growth was derived. By this, a very well performing low-cost metallization for silicon solar cells has been brought an important step closer to industrial introduction.

  13. Progress in alkaline peroxide dissolution of low-enriched uranium metal and silicide targets

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    This paper reports recent progress on two alkaline peroxide dissolution processes: the dissolution of low-enriched uranium metal and silicide (U3Si2) targets. These processes are being developed to substitute low-enriched for high-enriched uranium in targets used for production of fission-product 9'9Mo. Issues that are addressed include (1) dissolution kinetics of silicide targets, (2) 99Mo lost during aluminum dissolution, (3) modeling of hydrogen peroxide consumption, (4) optimization of the uranium foil dissolution process, and (5) selection of uranium foil barrier materials. Future work associated with these two processes is also briefly discussed. (author)

  14. Silicide Nanopowders as Low-Cost and High-Performance Thermoelectric Materials

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    Chen, Renkun

    2013-06-01

    Thermoelectric devices directly convert heat into electricity and are very attractive for waste heat recovery and solar energy utilization. If thermoelectric devices can be made sufficiently efficient and inexpensive, then they will become a transformative energy technology that can tap a significant portion (10-20%) of the vast amount of heat existing in nature as well as industrial processes. Nanopowders of Earth-abundant, silicide-based materials, such as Mg2Si and its alloys, provide a unique opportunity to realize this goal. This article will present an overview of recent advances in the synthesis and thermoelectric properties of silicide-based nanostructured materials.

  15. Mechanoactivation of chromium silicide formation in the SiC-Cr-Si system

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    Vlasova M.; Kakazey M.; Gonzales-Rodriguez J.G.; Dominguez G.; Ristić Momčilo M.; Scherbina O.; Tomila T.; Isaeva L.; Timofeeva I.I.; Bukov A.

    2002-01-01

    The processes of simultaneous grinding of the components of a SiC-Cr-Si mixture and further temperature treatment in the temperature range 1073-1793 K were studied by X-ray phase analysis, IR spectroscopy, electron microscopy, and X-ray microanalysis. It was established that, during grinding of the mixture, chromium silicides form. A temperature treatment completes the process. Silicide formation proceeds within the framework of the diffusion of silicon into chromium. In the presence of SiO2 ...

  16. Low enriched aluminide and silicide fuel element technology at B and W (USA)

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    Babcock and Wilcox is fabricating full size fuel elements with low enriched uranium silicide and uranium aluminide. BandW also provides high enrichred U3O8 and UA Lsub(x) for United States Research Reactors, and Test Research and Training Reactors (TRTR). BandW and Argonne National Laboratry (ANL) are actively involved in the Reduced Enrichment Research and Test Reactor (RERTR) Program and have undertaken a joint effort in which BandW is fabricating two Oak Ridge Reactor (ORR ) elements with uranium silicide fuel. During plate development, fuel plates were fabricated with compacts containing U3SiAl and U3Si2 fuel. (author)

  17. Carbon mediated reduction of silicon dioxide and growth of copper silicide particles in uniform width channels

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    Pizzocchero, Filippo; Bøggild, Peter; Booth, Tim

    2013-01-01

    We show that surface arc-discharge deposited carbon plays a critical intermediary role in the breakdown of thermally grown oxide diffusion barriers of 90 nm on a silicon wafer at 1035°C in an Ar/H2 atmosphere, resulting in the formation of epitaxial copper silicide particles in ≈ 10 μm wide channels, which are aligned with the intersections of the (100) surface of the wafer and the {110} planes on an oxidized silicon wafer, as well as endotaxial copper silicide nanoparticles within the wafer ...

  18. Effect of copper on phase formation process in boron-silicide layers on niobium and tantalum

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    The influence of copper additions on regularities of growth, phase- and structure formation of borosilicide coatings produced by siliconizing preliminarily borated niobium and tantalum was studied. Rolled sheets of niobium and tantalum with impurity content less than 0.02 % (mass) were used for the coating application. Copper introduction into saturating medium affects growth rate, phase- and structure formation of silicide phases on niobium and tantalum. It also permits obtaining alternating boride and silicide layers, which is probably the only way of the composition fabrication, which can be of interest, when developing coatings with preset properties

  19. Physical and electrical properties of ultra-thin nickel silicide Schottky diodes on Si (100)

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    The physical and electrical properties of Ni silicides, reactively formed by a thin Ni layer of 3 nm, have been investigated. The existence of NiSi2 phase has been confirmed at low temperature annealing by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The silicides have shown flat surfaces up to an annealing temperature of 800 °C and a stable sheet resistance can be achieved. The Schottky barrier heights extracted from diode characteristics have shown stable values against annealing temperature owing to the stability of the film with an ideality factor nearly to unit.

  20. Silicon Framework-Based Lithium Silicides at High Pressures.

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    Zhang, Shoutao; Wang, Yanchao; Yang, Guochun; Ma, Yanming

    2016-07-01

    The bandgap and optical properties of diamond silicon (Si) are not suitable for many advanced applications such as thin-film photovoltaic devices and light-emitting diodes. Thus, finding new Si allotropes with better bandgap and optical properties is desirable. Recently, a Si allotrope with a desirable bandgap of ∼1.3 eV was obtained by leaching Na from NaSi6 that was synthesized under high pressure [Nat. Mater. 2015, 14, 169], paving the way to finding new Si allotropes. Li is isoelectronic with Na, with a smaller atomic core and comparable electronegativity. It is unknown whether Li silicides share similar properties, but it is of considerable interest. Here, a swarm intelligence-based structural prediction is used in combination with first-principles calculations to investigate the chemical reactions between Si and Li at high pressures, where seven new compositions (LiSi4, LiSi3, LiSi2, Li2Si3, Li2Si, Li3Si, and Li4Si) become stable above 8.4 GPa. The Si-Si bonding patterns in these compounds evolve with increasing Li content sequentially from frameworks to layers, linear chains, and eventually isolated Si ions. Nearest-neighbor Si atoms, in Cmmm-structured LiSi4, form covalent open channels hosting one-dimensional Li atom chains, which have similar structural features to NaSi6. The analysis of integrated crystal orbital Hamilton populations reveals that the Si-Si interactions are mainly responsible for the structural stability. Moreover, this structure is dynamically stable even at ambient pressure. Our results are also important for understanding the structures and electronic properties of Li-Si binary compounds at high pressures. PMID:27302244

  1. Review of research and development work into silicide fuels

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    Available data on the behaviour of silicide fuels under irradiation were judged as satisfactory (Safety Evaluation Report - NUREG - 1313) to initiate, in 1989, the procedure of conversion authorisation for OSIRIS reactor. Nevertheless, it was believed essential to check the performance of fuel elements manufactured according to the specifications for the OSIRIS reactor under irradiation and in defined conditions. To schedule specific experiments to answer the safety authority team specific questions. In addition, the question of increasing the density (above the reference density of 4.8 Utot/cm3) was examined in collaboration with CERCA as part of a research program. All these reflections led the CEA to undertake a large-scale irradiation programme. Analytical experiments have shown: No cladding failure was detected during the experiment; The thick core plate expanding is similar as nominal thickness core plates; The tests carried out confirm that U3Si2 fuel (4,8 g Utot/cm3) performs well under irradiation; Some of the manufacturing tolerances without any doubt can be increased without altering performance under irradiation. This will not take place for a further 1 or 2 years. e are waiting for the analysis of the results from the EPSILON irradiation experiment to make possible modifications to the OSIRIS cladding failure detection thresholds detection system. Once the tests presently scheduled have been completed, it might be possible to use a fuel with a uranium density about 30% greater than the reference fuel. This will make possible to meet economical targets. The aim of converting ORPHEE and RHF type reactors cannot be achieved merely by optimising actual technology because of the additional density increasing. Now the question is to be sure that research into density increasing should be continued. If so, for which purpose and for which reactors? It is not planed in the next ten years to implement and qualify a new manufacture process. Then an international

  2. Water splitting and electricity with semiconducting silicides in sunlight

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    Demuth, Martin [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Bioanorganische Chemie, Muelheim an der Ruhr (Germany); H2 Solar GmbH, Loerrach (Germany); Kerpen, Klaus; Kuklya, Andriy; Wuestkamp, Marc-Andre [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Kohlenforschung, Muelheim an der Ruhr (Germany)

    2010-07-01

    Generation of hydrogen and oxygen from water is described using mainly the semiconductor titanium disilicide as catalyst and halogen light which closely mimics solar radiation. The reactions are carried out under non-aerobic conditions, i.e., under nitrogen. High efficiencies are reached at 1.1-1.2 bar pressure. In the first phase of these reactions the catalytically active centers are built up. During this phase of reaction the kinetics of the water splitting process is growing in and leads to a linear dependence in the further course of the reactions which consists of >96% water splitting to yield hydrogen and oxygen in a 2:1 ratio. Hydrogen is partially and reversibly stored physically, depending on temperature. Oxygen behaves differently since it is stored entirely under the applied reaction conditions (50-80 C and light) and can be liberated from storage upon heating the slurries in the dark. This allows convenient separation of hydrogen and oxygen. The stability of titanium disilicide has been positively tested over several months. This material is abundant and inexpensive besides that it absorbs most of the solar radiation. Further, XRD and XPS studies show that titanium disilicide is 80% crystalline and the oxide formation is limited to a few molecular layers in depth. By using labeled water it was shown that labeled dioxygen appears in the gas phase of such reactions, this showing definitively that hydrogen evolution occuring here stems from photochemical splitting of water. Further, water splitting is part of a project which involves photoelectrochemistry and in which the silicides are used as light-receiving electrode and transition metal-coated anodes serve to split water. (orig.)

  3. Real-time monitoring of the silicidation process of tungsten filaments at high temperature used as catalysers for silane decomposition

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    The scope of this work is the systematic study of the silicidation process affecting tungsten filaments at high temperature (1900 °C) used for silane decomposition in the hot-wire chemical vapour deposition technique (HWCVD). The correlation between the electrical resistance evolution of the filaments, Rfil(t), and the different stages of the their silicidation process is exposed. Said stages correspond to: the rapid formation of two WSi2 fronts at the cold ends of the filaments and their further propagation towards the middle of the filaments; and, regarding the hot central portion of the filaments: an initial stage of silicon dissolution into the tungsten bulk, with a random duration for as-manufactured filaments, followed by the inhomogeneous nucleation of W5Si3 (which is later replaced by WSi2) and its further growth towards the filaments core. An electrical model is used to obtain real-time information about the current status of the filaments silicidation process by simply monitoring their Rfil(t) evolution during the HWCVD process. It is shown that implementing an annealing pre-treatment to the filaments leads to a clearly repetitive trend in the monitored Rfil(t) signatures. The influence of hydrogen dilution of silane on the filaments silicidation process is also discussed. - Highlights: • The silicidation process of tungsten filaments at 1900 °C has been elucidated. • The silicidation process is correlated with the electrical resistance evolution. • Hydrogen dilution of silane delays the precipitation of silicides. • A thermal treatment of the filaments makes the silicidation process repeatable. • Raman spectroscopy and EDX analysis allow the tungsten silicides identification

  4. Inhibition of pH fronts in corrosion cells due to the formation of cerium hydroxide

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    Soestbergen, M. van; Erich, S.J.F.; Huinink, H.P.; Adan, O.C.G.

    2013-01-01

    The effect of cerium-based corrosion inhibitors on the pH front between the alkaline cathode and acidic anode in corrosion cells has been studied. The cerium component of these inhibitors can affect the pH front since it precipitates in an alkaline environment as cerium hydroxide, which is important

  5. Schottky barrier MOSFET structure with silicide source/drain on buried metal

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    Li Ding-Yu; Sun Lei; Zhang Sheng-Dong; Wang Yi; Liu Xiao-Yan; Han Ru-Qi

    2007-01-01

    In this paper, we propose a novel Schottky barrier MOSFET structure, in which the silicide source/drain is designed on the buried metal (SSDOM). The source/drain region consists of two layers of silicide materials. Two Schottky barriers are formed between the silicide layers and the silicon channel. In the device design, the top barrier is lower and the bottom is higher. The lower top contact barrier is to provide higher on-state current, and the higher bottom contact barrier to reduce the off-state current. To achieve this, ErSi is proposed for the top silicide and CoSi2 for the bottom in the n-channel case. The 50 nm n-channel SSDOM is thus simulated to analyse the performance of the SSDOM device. In the simulations, the top contact barrier is 0.2e V (for ErSi) and the bottom barrier is 0.6 eV (for CoSi2).Compared with the corresponding conventional Schottky barrier MOSFET structures (CSB), the high on-state current of the SSDOM is maintained, and the off-state current is efficiently reduced. Thus, the high drive ability (1.2 mA/μm at Vds = 1 V, Vgs = 2 V) and the high Ion/Imin ratio (106) are both achieved by applying the SSDOM structure.

  6. Mechanism for silicide formation in Ag(Cu)/Si and Ag(Co)/Si upon annealing

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    Ag(Co) alloy and Ag(Cu) alloy films were prepared on HF-cleaned Si by using DC magnetron sputtering and were then annealed in vacuum (3 X 10-5 Torr) to investigate the effects of Co and Cu precipitation on the material properties of the Ag alloy films and on the reaction between alloy element (Co, Cu) and Si. The annealing of a Ag(Cu)/Si structure for 30 min at 200 .deg. C produced a uniform Cu3Si layer at the Ag(Cu)-Si interface, as a result of reaction of the segregated Cu with Si. This lowered the resistivity from 5.3 to 3.2 μΩ-cm, and also led to improved adhesion properties. In contrast, the annealing of a Ag(Co)/Si structure at 400 .deg. C produced a cobalt silicide in the Ag(Co) film, resulting from reaction of the diffused Si with Co precipitates, probably at the grain boundaries. The Co silicide formed at 400 .deg. C slightly increased the resistivity, which continued to decrease at temperatures of 500 .deg. C and higher. The different diffusing species in formation of Co silicide and Cu silicide may be attributed to the difference in the temperature of silicde formation and the mobility of the species.

  7. Electronic structure of dysprosium silicide films grown on a Si(1 1 1) surface

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    The thickness-dependent electronic structures of Dy silicide films grown on a Si(1 1 1) surface have been investigated by angle-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy. Two (1x1) periodic bands, both of them cross the Fermi level, have been observed in the silicide films formed by Dy coverages of 1.0 monolayer and below, and more than five (√(3)x√(3)) periodic bands have been observed in thicker films. Taking the (2√(3)x2√(3)) periodic structure of Dy atoms in the submonolayer silicide film into account, the periodicity of the two metallic bands indicate that they mainly originate from the orbitals of Si atoms, which form a (1x1) structure. Of the (√(3)x√(3)) periodic bands observed in thick films, four of them are well explained by the folding of the (1x1) bands into a (√(3)x√(3)) periodicity. Regarding the other band, the three (√(3)x√(3)) periodic bands would originate from the electronic states related to the inner Si layers that form a (√(3)x√(3)) structure, and the one observed in the 3.0 ML film only might originate from the electron located at the interface between bulk Si and the Dy silicide film.

  8. High pressure studies on uranium and thorium silicide compounds: Experiment and theory

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    Yagoubi, S.; Heathman, S.; Svane, A.;

    2013-01-01

    , for ThSi, USi and USi2, respectively. At ambient conditions, the uranium silicides crystallize in tetragonal structures (space groups: I4/mmm for USi and I41/amd for USi2), while ThSi adopts an orthorhombic structure (space group: Pbnm) (including an anharmonic analysis of the silicon). These...

  9. Nanoscale metal-silicide films prepared by surfactant sputtering and analyzed by RBS

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    Surfactant sputtering has been applied to modify the surface structure of Si substrates and to produce ultrathin metal-silicide films with nickel and platinum surfactants, utilizing the steady state coverage of a Si-substrate surface with surfactant atoms simultaneously during sputter erosion by combined ion irradiation and surfactant atom deposition. Si (1 0 0) substrates were eroded using 5 keV Xe-ions and 10-30 keV Ar ions at incident angles of 65o and 70o with fluences of up to 2 x 1018/cm2 under continuous sputter deposition of platinum and nickel from targets irradiated simultaneously by the same ion beam. These surfactant atoms form metal-silicides in the surface near region and strongly modify the substrate sputter yield and the surface nanostructure. Atomic force microscopy and scanning electron microscopy were carried out to observe a transition of surface topography from ripple to relief patterns, granular patterns or smooth surfaces. The Si and metal sputter yield as function of the steady state metal coverage were determined by combination of Rutherford-backscattering spectroscopy (RBS) and profilometry. The composition and the depth distributions of metal-silicide films were analyzed via high-resolution RBS and transmission electron microscopy. We show that RBS results in comparison with SRIM and TRIDYN sputter yield simulations allows us to identify the silicide surface structure on the nanometer scale.

  10. Quantitative determination of crystalline phases in the silicide fuel by the Rietveld method

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    Uranium silicide has been used as nuclear fuel in modern research reactors. The nuclear fuel is based on a dispersion of uranium silicide and aluminum powder to form a fuel meat fabricated according to powder metallurgy techniques. The U3Si2 powder should attend technical specifications referring to the major crystalline constituent, which must be more than 80 wt% of U3Si2. IPEN/CNEN-SP currently produces the U3Si2-Al fuel to supply the IEA-R1 research reactor, which operates at 3.5 MW in order to produce primary radioisotopes used in nuclear medicine. The uranium concentration in the fuel should be increased from 3.0 gU/cm3 to 4.8 gU/cm3 in order to guarantee future fuel supplying for a new research reactor designed for radioisotope production, the Brazilian Multipurpose Research Reactor - RMB, which is planned to be constructed in the country. The new fuel will operate under much more severe conditions than the ones found currently in IEA-R1 reactor. So, the increasing of uranium concentration into the fuel requests urgent development of a new technology to qualify the uranium silicide powder produced by IPEN-CNEN/SP, referring to the characterization of crystalline phases. This paper describes a methodology developed to quantify crystalline phases in the silicide fuel powder, which is based in the Rietveld method for crystalline structures refinement. (author)

  11. Synthesis and characterization of silicide coating on niobium alloy produced using molten salt method

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    Nb based alloys are promising structural materials for high temperature reactors due to their strength at higher temperatures. However Nb based alloys undergoes substantial oxidation at high temperatures. In order to improve its oxidation resistance property at high temperatures (>400 °C) a protective layer must be provided to avoid direct contact of the component to atmospheric oxygen. In the present work, attempts have been made to obtain silicide coatings on Nb alloy using molten salt method. In this method, deposition of silicon is a multistep process. Metallic Si produced by the subsequent reactions in the molten salt diffuses and an oxidation resistant silicide coating forms on the surface of substrate. To study the variation in the thickness of coated layer on the Nb alloy, experiments were carried out at different temperature and time periods. These silicide coated samples were characterized using optical, SEM and XRD techniques. Based on these results mechanism of silicide coating on Nb alloys has been discussed in detail. (author)

  12. Mechanical properties of niobium alloy with molybdenum-hafnium-silicide coating

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    The method of bending loading permits studying mechanical characteristics (σ σ0.2 and deflection f) in the composite of niobium alloy with silicide coating on molybdenum and hafnium base. Results of mechanical characteristics are compared with microstructural peculiarities of the failure development. Criteria which determine strength and plastic properties of the composite as dependent on the structural state are established

  13. A thermodynamic assessment for synthesizing transition metal silicides by the combustion synthesis process

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    Transition metal silicides have important applications in various disciplines. These include uses as interconnects in chips, as coatings, as heating elements, etc. As their uses increased, various processing techniques were adopted to produce them. These vary from chemical/physical vapor deposition, rapid thermal processing, and sputtering for thin film processing; traditional vacuum casting and powder metallurgical routes are used to produce bulk samples. In this paper, the authors are interested in those transition metal silicides which have the potential for use in the bulk form, possibly in the aerospace or other demanding applications. The primary requirements are high refractoriness, low density, high strength and good oxidation resistance. It is the oxidation resistance that makes the silicides better candidates as compared to the other intermetallics. Meschter argued that most engineering materials retain substantial strength up to 80% of their melting points. Therefore, for an operating temperature of 1500C, the melting point of the typical candidate may be 1950C, while the limit in density can be defined by the density of Ni (8.75 gn/cc). As an alterative, combustion synthesis (CS) processing may prove to be a viable route for producing these transition metal silicides. In this process, and exothermic reaction is initiated in a compact containing stoichiometric mixture of elemental powders

  14. Cerium as a Surrogate in the Plutonium Immobilized Form

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    The Department of Energy (DOE) plans to immobilize a portion of the excess weapons useable plutonium in a ceramic form for final geologic disposal. The proposed immobilization form is a titanate based ceramic consisting primarily of a pyrochlore phase with lesser amounts of brannerite, rutile, zirconolite, vitreous phases and/or other minor phases depending on the impurities present in the feed. The ceramic formulation is cold-pressed and then densified via a reactive sintering process. Cerium has been used as a surrogate for plutonium to facilitate formulation development and process testing. The use of cerium vs. plutonium results in differences in behavior during sintering of the ceramic form. The phase development progression and final phase assemblage is different when cerium is substituted for the actinides in the form. However, the physical behavior of cerium oxide powder and the formation of a pyrochlore-rich ceramic of similar density to the actinide-bearing material make cerium an adequate surrogate for formulation and process development studies

  15. Electrodeposited cerium film as chromate replacement for tinplate

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    The cerium film was prepared on tinplate by electrodeposition method. Sulfide-stain resistance of the Ce-passivated, unpassivated and Cr-passivated tinplates was evaluated using a cysteine tarnish test. Corrosion behavior of these tinplates in contact with 3.5% NaCl solution and 0.1 M citric-citrate buffer solution was investigated using Tafel measurement and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy measurement, respectively. The adhesion of epoxyphenolic lacquer to the Ce-passivated tinplate was checked using a cross hatch cutter. The morphology, composition and thickness of the cerium film were studied by atomic force microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and X-ray fluorescence spectrometry. According to the results, the Ce-passivated tinplate shows the best sulfide-stain resistance and the best corrosion protection property compared with the unpassivated and Cr-passivated tinplates. The adhesion of epoxyphenolic lacquer to the Ce-passivated tinplate is good. The cerium film is composed of the closely packed particles of about 50-200 nm in diameter. The film mainly consists of cerium and oxygen, which mainly exist as CeO2, Ce2O3 and their hydrates such as Ce(OH)4, Ce(OH)3. The total cerium amount of the film is about 0.110 g/m2

  16. Potential for recovery of cerium contained in automotive catalytic converters

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    Bleiwas, Donald I.

    2013-01-01

    Catalytic converters (CATCONs) are required by Federal law to be installed in nearly all gasoline- and diesel-fueled onroad vehicles used in the United States. About 85 percent of the light-duty vehicles and trucks manufactured worldwide are equipped with CATCONs. Portions of the CATCONs (called monoliths) are recycled for their platinum-group metal (PGM) content and for the value of the stainless steel they contain. The cerium contained in the monoliths, however, is disposed of along with the slag produced from the recycling process. Although there is some smelter capacity in the United States to treat the monoliths in order to recover the PGMs, a great percentage of monoliths is exported to Europe and South Africa for recycling, and a lesser amount is exported to Japan. There is presently no commercial-scale capacity in place domestically to recover cerium from the monoliths. Recycling of cerium or cerium compounds from the monoliths could help ensure against possible global supply shortages by increasing the amount that is available in the supply chain as well as the number and geographic distribution of the suppliers. It could also reduce the amount of material that goes into landfills. Also, the additional supply could lower the price of the commodity. This report analyzes how much cerium oxide is contained in CATCONs and how much could be recovered from used CATCONs.

  17. Characterization of cerium fluoride nanocomposite scintillators

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    Stange, Sy [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Esch, Ernst I [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Brown, Leif O [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Couture, Aaron J [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Mckigney, Edward A [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Muenchausen, Ross E [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Del Sesto, Rico E [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Gilbertson, Robert D [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Mccleskey, T Mark [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Reifarth, Rene [Los Alamos National Laboratory

    2009-01-01

    Measurement of the neutron capture cross-sections of a number of short-lived isotopes would advance both pure and applied scientific research. These cross-sections are needed for calculation of criticality and waste production estimates for the Advanced Fuel Cycle Initiative, for analysis of data from nuclear weapons tests, and to improve understanding of nucleosynthesis. However, measurement of these cross-sections would require a detector with a faster signal decay time than those used in existing neutron capture experiments. Crystals of faster detector materials are not available in sufficient sizes and quantities to supply these large-scale experiments. Instead, we propose to use nanocomposite detectors, consisting of nanoscale particles of a scintillating material dispersed in a matrix material. We have successfully fabricated cerium fluoride (CeF{sub 3}) nanoparticles and dispersed them in a liquid matrix. We have characterized this scintillator and have measured its response to neutron capture. Results of the optical, structural, and radiation characterization will be presented.

  18. Characterization of cerium fluoride nanocomposite scintillators

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    Measurement of the neutron capture cross-sections of a number of short-lived isotopes would advance both pure and applied scientific research. These cross-sections are needed for calculation of criticality and waste production estimates for the Advanced Fuel Cycle Initiative, for analysis of data from nuclear weapons tests, and to improve understanding of nucleosynthesis. However, measurement of these cross-sections would require a detector with a faster signal decay time than those used in existing neutron capture experiments. Crystals of faster detector materials are not available in sufficient sizes and quantities to supply these large-scale experiments. Instead, we propose to use nanocomposite detectors, consisting of nanoscale particles of a scintillating material dispersed in a matrix material. We have successfully fabricated cerium fluoride (CeF3) nanoparticles and dispersed them in a liquid matrix. We have characterized this scintillator and have measured its response to neutron capture. Results of the optical, structural, and radiation characterization will be presented.

  19. Stabilized zirconia with cerium and neodymium addition

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    Zr0,9 Ce0,05 Nd0,05 O1,975 system was synthesized with the use of the Pechini method. The polymeric resin was calcined at 350 deg C/3 h and analysed by FTIR that show bands relative to organic. Radicals esther type. The TGA curve indicated the polymeric decomposition occurring from 30 deg C to 740 deg C. DTA analysis show a exothermic peak in 100 deg C due to loss of water of material. From 500 deg C to 800 deg C was observed a intense peak due to polymer decomposition and the zirconia crystallization. The calcined powder from 350 deg C/3 h e 30 min to 900 deg/3 h were analysed by XRD that show the crystalline phase formation with the increase of temperature. The X-ray diffraction pattern show the presence of two phases, such as tetragonal and cubic of zirconia demonstrating that neodymium and cerium additions led to zirconia stabilization. (author)

  20. Cerium Dioxide Thin Films Using Spin Coating

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    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Cerium dioxide (CeO2 thin films with varying Ce concentrations (0.1 to 0.9 M, metal basis were deposited on soda-lime-silica glass substrates using spin coating. It was found that all films exhibited the cubic fluorite structure after annealing at 500°C for 5 h. The laser Raman microspectroscopy and GAXRD analyses revealed that increasing concentrations of Ce resulted in an increase in the degree of crystallinity. FIB and FESEM images confirmed the laser Raman and GAXRD analyses results owing to the predicted increase in film thickness with increasing Ce concentration. However, porosity and shrinkage (drying cracking of the films also increased significantly with increasing Ce concentrations. UV-VIS spectrophotometry data showed that the transmission of the films decreased with increasing Ce concentrations due to the increasing crack formation. Furthermore, a red shift was observed with increasing Ce concentrations, which resulted in a decrease in the optical indirect band gap.

  1. Chlorination and Carbochlorination of Cerium Oxide

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    The chlorination and carbochlorination of cerium oxide were studied by thermogravimetry under controlled atmosphere (TG) in the 7000C 9500C temperature range.Both reactants and products were analyzed by X-ray diffraction (RX), scanning electronic microscopy (SEM) and energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS). Thermodynamic calculations were performed by computer assisted software.The chlorination starts at a temperature close to 8000C.This reaction involves the simultaneous formation and evaporation of CeCl3.Both processes control the reaction rate and their kinetic may not be easily separated.The apparent chlorination activation energy in the 8500C-9500C temperature range is 172 to 5 kJ/ mole.Carbon transforms the CeO2-Cl2 into a more reactive system: CeO2-C-Cl2, where the effects of the carbon content, total flow rate and temperature were analyzed.The carbochlorination starting temperature is 7000C.This reaction is completed in one step controlled by mass transfer with an apparent activation energy of 56 to 5 kJ/mole in the 8500C-9500C temperature range

  2. Environmental Geochemistry of Cerium: Applications and Toxicology of Cerium Oxide Nanoparticles

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    Jessica T. Dahle

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Cerium is the most abundant of rare-earth metals found in the Earth’s crust. Several Ce-carbonate, -phosphate, -silicate, and -(hydroxide minerals have been historically mined and processed for pharmaceutical uses and industrial applications. Of all Ce minerals, cerium dioxide has received much attention in the global nanotechnology market due to their useful applications for catalysts, fuel cells, and fuel additives. A recent mass flow modeling study predicted that a major source of CeO2 nanoparticles from industrial processing plants (e.g., electronics and optics manufactures is likely to reach the terrestrial environment such as landfills and soils. The environmental fate of CeO2 nanoparticles is highly dependent on its physcochemical properties in low temperature geochemical environment. Though there are needs in improving the analytical method in detecting/quantifying CeO2 nanoparticles in different environmental media, it is clear that aquatic and terrestrial organisms have been exposed to CeO2 NPs, potentially yielding in negative impact on human and ecosystem health. Interestingly, there has been contradicting reports about the toxicological effects of CeO2 nanoparticles, acting as either an antioxidant or reactive oxygen species production-inducing agent. This poses a challenge in future regulations for the CeO2 nanoparticle application and the risk assessment in the environment.

  3. Cerium luminescence in borate glass and effect of aluminium on blue green emission of cerium ions

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    CeO2 doped lead borate (CE) and lead alumino borate (CEA) glasses are prepared by melt quench method at high temperature. The main luminescence band of 5d–4f transition of Ce3+ ions with maxima at around 489 nm of Ce3+ ions in these glasses has been observed, along with red shift and larger stokes shift, which shows that the covalency of the rare earth to oxygen bond increases with the increase in CeO2 content at the expense of Al2O3. Shifting of UV absorption edge towards longer wavelength and a decrease in band gap with increase in CeO2 concentration in both the glass systems has been observed. Moreover densification and stabilization of glass network has been observed which is due to conversion of BO3 units to more compact and stable BO4 units. This covalency effect and the formation of BO4 groups with addition of CeO2 and incorporation of Al2O3 content are responsible for clear effect on luminescence of the present glass system. Moreover the optical basicity values were theoretically determined along with density and molar volume. -- Highlights: • Aluminium incorporation assists in dispersing the clusters of cerium ions and thus enhancing luminescence response. • Decrease of optical band gap energy with an increase of cerium concentration shows the semiconducting behavior. • Larger stokes shift shows that the covalency of rare earth to oxygen bond increases with increase in CeO2

  4. Cerium, manganese and cerium/manganese ceramic monolithic catalysts. Study of VOCs and PM removal

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    COLMAN-LERNER Esteban; PELUSO Miguel Andrs; SAMBETH Jorge; THOMAS Horacio

    2016-01-01

    Ceramic supported cerium, manganese and cerium-manganese catalysts were prepared by direct impregnation of aqueous precursor, and characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Brunauer-Emmett-Teller method (BET), temperature programmed reduction (H2-TPR), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) acidity measurements and electrical conductivity. The catalytic activity was evaluated for volatile organic compounds (VOC) (ethanol, methyl ethyl ketone and toluene) oxidation. Additionally, catalysts were tested in particulate matter (PM) combustion. The characterization results indicated that Ce was in the form of Ce4+ and Ce3+, and Mn existed in the form of Mn4+and Mn3+on the surface of the Mn/AC sample and in the form of Mn4+ in the Ce/Mn/AC monolith. VOC oxidation results revealed that the Ce/Mn/AC sample showed an excellent performance compared with ceramic supported CeO2 (Ce/AC) and MnOx (Mn/AC) samples. The PM combustion was also higher on Ce/Mn/AC monoliths. The enhanced catalytic activity was mainly attributed to the Ce and Mn interaction which enhanced the acidity, conductiv-ity and the reducibility of the oxides.

  5. Elaboration and characterization of thin solid films containing cerium

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    Hamdi, S.; Guerfi, S.; Siab, R.

    2009-11-01

    Cerium oxide films are widely studied as a promising alternative to Cr(VI) based pre-treatments for the corrosion protection of different metals and alloys. Cathodic electrodeposition of Cerium containing thin films was realised on TA6V substrates from a Ce(NO3)3, 6H2O and mixed water-ethyl alcohol solutions at 0.01 M. Experimental conditions to obtain homogeneous and crack free thin films were determined. The deposited cerium quantity appears proportional to the quantity of electricity used, as indicated by the Faraday law. Subsequent thermal treatment lead to a CeO2 coating, expected to provide an increase of TA6V oxidation resistance at high temperatures. The deposits were characterized by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), optical and scanning electron microscopies.

  6. Cerium uptake by zeolite A synthesized from natural clinoptilolite tuffs

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    Natural clinoptilolite tuffs from the Semnan region in Iran was used for the synthesis of zeolite A. The tuffs and synthesized zeolites were characterized by XRD and XRF. The sorption behavior of the synthesized zeolite toward cerium was studied. Using the Lagergren's equation, the absorption constant was calculated. The measured distribution coefficient values (Kd) indicated that cerium uptake is higher in lower initial concentrations, higher temperature and higher pH values. Thermodynamic parameters of the exchange were calculated through construction of ion-exchange isotherms at three temperatures of 298, 323 and 343 K. The dynamic absorption of cerium was also studied by passing the solution through a column in the presence and absence of sodium ions. (author)

  7. Synthesis and characterization of magnesium doped cerium oxide for the fuel cell application

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    Kumar, Amit; Kumari, Monika; Kumar, Mintu; Kumar, Sacheen; Kumar, Dinesh

    2016-05-01

    Cerium oxide has attained much attentions in global nanotechnology market due to valuable application for catalytic, fuel additive, and widely as electrolyte in solid oxide fuel cell. Doped cerium oxide has large oxygen vacancies that allow for greater reactivity and faster ion transport. These properties make cerium oxide suitable material for SOFCs application. Cerium oxide electrolyte requires lower operation temperature which shows improvement in processing and the fabrication technique. In our work, we synthesized magnesium doped cerium oxide by the co-precipitation method. With the magnesium doping catalytic reactivity of CeO2 was increased. Synthesized nanoparticle were characterized by the XRD and UV absorption techniques.

  8. The PL "violet shift" of cerium dioxide on silicon

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    CeO2 thin film was fabricated by dual ion beam epitaxial technique. The phenomenon of PL violet shift at room temperature was observed, and the distance of shift was about 65 nm. After the analysis of crystal structure and valence in the compound were carried out by XRD and XPS technique, it was concluded that the PL shift was related with valence of cerium ion in the oxides. When the valence of cerium ion varied from tetravalence to trivalence, the PL peak position would move from blue region to violet region and the phenomenon of "violet shift" was observed.

  9. Photo-assisted reduction in nanostructured cerium-based coatings

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    Nanostructured cerium-based coatings on AZ31 Mg alloy substrates exposed to sunlight under ambient conditions had an ∼30% increase in Ce(III) species compared to unexposed coatings as measured by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. A decrease in film cracks and shift in bandgap from 2.5 eV to 2.7 eV were also measured. Visible changes in color, from yellow to translucent, with exposure were also observed and suggest that cerium-based coatings are reduced by light exposure in humid environments

  10. Membrane assisted liquid-liquid extraction of cerium

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    Membrane assisted liquid-liquid extraction of cerium was investigated, with emphasis placed on the study of the reaction chemistry and the kinetics of non-dispersive solvent extraction and stripping with microporous membranes. A bulk liquid membrane process was developed for the purification of cerium(IV) from sulfate solutions containing other rare earth elements. The cerium process was studied in both a flat sheet contained liquid membrane configuration and with hollow fibre contactors. Di-2-ethylhexyl phosphoric acid (DEHPA) was identified as a suitable extractant for cerium(IV) from sulfuric acid solution, with due consideration of factors such as extraction ability, resistance to degradation, solvent selectivity and potential for sulfate transfer into a strip solution. A detailed study of the extraction of cerium(IV) with DEHPA defined the extraction reaction chemistry. The Ce/DEHPA/sulfate system was also investigated with a flat sheet bulk liquid membrane configuration, using both sulfuric and hydrochloric acid as receiver solutions. These tests identified that hydrophobic membranes provide better mass transfer for extraction and hydrophilic membranes are better for stripping. The presence of an impurity, mono 2-ethylhexyl phosphoric acid (MEHPA), was found to have a dramatic accelerating effect on the rate of the chemical extraction reaction. This was attributed to its higher interfacial activity and population compared to DEHPA, and the fact that MEHPA was also found to be an active carrier for cerium(IV). The mass transfer rate of membrane assisted extraction and stripping of cerium, using hydrophobic and hydrophilic microporous membranes, respectively, was investigated using a modified Lewis-type cell. It was quantitatively demonstrated that the extraction process was mainly controlled by membrane diffusion and the stripping process was controlled by the chemical reaction rate, with membrane diffusion becoming important at low distribution coefficients

  11. Optical and electrical studies of cerium mixed oxides

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    Sherly, T. R., E-mail: trsherly@gmail.com [Post Graduate Department of Physics, Sanathana Dharma College, Alappuzha, Kerala (India); Raveendran, R. [Nanoscience Research Laboratory, Sree Narayana College, Kollam, Kerala 691001 (India)

    2014-10-15

    The fast development in nanotechnology makes enthusiastic interest in developing nanomaterials having tailor made properties. Cerium mixed oxide materials have received great attention due to their UV absorption property, high reactivity, stability at high temperature, good electrical property etc and these materials find wide applications in solid oxide fuel cells, solar control films, cosmetics, display units, gas sensors etc. In this study cerium mixed oxide compounds were prepared by co-precipitation method. All the samples were doped with Zn (II) and Fe (II). Preliminary characterizations such as XRD, SEM / EDS, TEM were done. UV - Vis, Diffuse reflectance, PL, FT-IR, Raman and ac conductivity studies of the samples were performed.

  12. Electrical, thermal and infrared studies of cerium(III) orthovanadate

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    Cerium(III) orthovandate with a small deviation from stoichiometric composition is a p-type semiconductor between 30 and 800 degC. The electrical conduction in cerium(III) orthovanadate is due to thermally activated hopping of holes on equivalent Ce3+ -Ce4+ lattice sites. The DTA result of CeVO4 indicated a possible phase transition at about 70 degC. The IR spectrum of the sample showed bands at 865 and 810 cm-1, typical of VO4 group of orthovanadates. (author). 10 refs., 3 figs

  13. Stepwise hydrochloric acid extraction of monazite hydroxides for the recovery of cerium lean rare earths, cerium, uranium and thorium

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    Monazite sand is normally processed by the caustic soda route to produce mixed rare earth chloride, thorium hydroxide and trisodium phosphate. Bulk of the mixed rare earth chloride is used for the preparation of FC catalysts. Recently some of the catalyst producers have shown preference to cerium depleted (lanthanum enriched) rare earth chloride rather than the natural rare earth chloride obtained from monazite. Therefore, a process for producing cerium depleted rare earth chloride, cerium, thorium and uranium from rare earth + thorium hydroxide obtained by treating monazite, based on stepwise hydrochloric acid extraction, was developed in the authors laboratory. The process involves drying of the mixed rare earth-thorium hydroxide cake obtained by monazite-caustic soda process followed by stepwise extraction of the dried cake with hydrochloric acid under specified conditions

  14. Exchange reactions of plutonium with silicides and estimation of the enthalpy of the formation of Pu5Si3

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    An approximate ΔHof,298 value has been determined for Pu5Si3 through a study of exchange reactions of selected metal silicides with plutonium. The reactions were carried out by arc-melting. Results show that Pu5Si3 is intermediate in stability between V3Si and Mo3Si, and has a ΔHof,298 of -52±13 kJ/g-atom. Estimates of ΔHof,298 for the higher plutonium silicides are: Pu3Si2 -54, PuSi -60, Pu3Si5 -58, and PuSi2 -56 kJ/g-atom with uncertainties of ±18 kJ/g-atom. The plutonium silicides are found to be more stable than both the thorium and uranium silicides. (orig.)

  15. Properties of Cerium Containing Lead Free Solder

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    Xie, Huxiao

    With increasing concerns of the intrinsic toxicity of lead (Pb) in electronics, a series of tin (Sn) based alloys involving silver (Ag) and copper (Cu) have been proposed as replacements for Pb-Sn solder and widely accepted by industry. However, they have a higher melting point and often exhibit poorer damage tolerance than Pb-Sn alloys. Recently, a new class of alloys with trace amount of rare-earth (RE) elements has been discovered and investigated. In previous work from Prof. Chawla's group, it has been shown that cerium (Ce)-based Pb-free solder are less prone to oxidation and Sn whiskering, and exhibit desirable attributes of microstructural refinement and enhanced ductility relative to lanthanum (La)-based Sn-3.9Ag-0.7Cu (SAC) alloy. Although the formation of RESn3 was believed to be directly responsible for the enhanced ductility in RE-containing SAC solder by allowing microscopic voids to nucleate throughout the solder volume, this cavitation-based mechanism needs to be validated experimentally and numerically. Additionally, since the previous study has exhibited the realistic feasibility of Ce-based SAC lead-free solder alloy as a replacement to conventional SAC alloys, in this study, the proposed objective focuses on the in in-depth understanding of mechanism of enhanced ductility in Ce-based SAC alloy and possible issues associated with integration of this new class of solder into electronic industry, including: (a) study of long-term thermal and mechanical stability on industrial metallization, (b) examine the role of solder volume and wetting behavior of the new solder, relative to Sn-3.9Ag-0.7Cu alloys, (c) conduct experiments of new solder alloys in the form of mechanical shock and electromigration. The research of this new class alloys will be conducted in industrially relevant conditions, and the results would serve as the first step toward integration of these new, next generation solders into the industry.

  16. Modulated structures in oxidized cerium niobates

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    Three previously reported oxidized cerium niobate phases CeNbO4+x (x = 0.08, 0.25, and 0.33) have been synthesized and characterized by X-ray powder and electron diffraction. All three phases display structures which are modulated variants of a parent fergusonite-type CeIIINbO4 structure (I2/a, a = 5.5342(2) angstrom, b = 11.4016(6) angstrom, c = 5.1583(3) angstrom, β = 94.600(5)degree). The x = 0.08 phase with parent unit cell (I2/a, a = 5.3029(8) angstrom, b = 11.483(2) angstrom, c = 5.2515(8) angstrom, β = 91.32(2)degree) is a two-dimensional, incommensurately modulated phase characterized by incommensurate primary modulation wavevectors q1 ∼ [0.345, 0, 0.138]p* and q2 ∼ [-0.069, 0, 0.172]p* (p for parent). The x = 0.25 phase with parent unit cell (I2/a, a = 5.3522(8) angstrom, b = 11.374(3) angstrom, c = 5.116(1) angstrom, β = 93.34(2)degree) is a commensurately modulated superstructure phase characterized by the reciprocal space unit cell ar* = 1/12[402]p*, br* = 1/4[020]p*, and cr* = 1/3[101]p* (r for resultant). The x = 0.33 phase with parent unit cell (I1, a = 5.4374(8) angstrom, b = 11.189(2) angstrom, c = 5.1458(8) angstrom, α = 90.56(1), β = 94.37(1), γ = 88.19(1)degree) is again commensurately modulated with q = 1/3[101]p*. The close structural relationship between the three oxidized phases and possible interstitial oxygen sites in the CeIIINbO4 structure are discussed

  17. Cerium Oxyhydroxide Clusters: Formation, Structure and Reactivity

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    Frederic Aubriet; Jean-Jacques Gaumet; Wibe A de Jong; Groenewold, Gary S (058000); Gianotto, Anita K (057404); McIlwain, Michael E (051783); Michael J. Van Stipdonk; Christopher M. Leavitt

    2009-06-01

    Cerium oxyhydroxide cluster anions were produced by irradiating ceric oxide particles using 355 nm laser pulses that were synchronized with pulses of nitrogen gas admitted to the irradiation chamber. The gas pulse stabilized the nascent clusters that are largely anhydrous [CexOy] ions and neutrals. These initially-formed species react with water, principally forming closed-shell (c-s) oxohydroxy species that are described by the general formula [CexOy(OH)z]-. In general, the extent of hydroxylation varies from a value of 3 OH per Ce atom when x = 1 to a value slightly greater than 1 for x > 8. The Ce3 and Ce6 species deviate significantly from this trend: the x = 3 cluster accommodates more hydroxyl moieties compared to neighboring congeners at x = 2 and x = 4. Conversely, the x = 6 cluster is significantly less hydroxylated. Density functional theory (DFT) modeling of the cluster structures show that the hydrated clusters are hydrolyzed, and contain one-to-multiple hydroxide moieties, but not datively bound water. DFT also predicts an energetic preference for formation of highly symmetric structures as the size of the clusters increases. The calculated structures indicate that the ability of the Ce3 oxyhydroxide to accommodate more extensive hydroxylation is due to a more open, hexagonal structure in which the Ce atoms can participate in multiple hydrolysis reactions. Conversely the Ce6 oxyhydroxide has an octahedral structure that is not conducive to hydrolysis. In addition to the c-s clusters, open-shell (o-s) oxyhydroxides and superoxides are also formed, and they become more prominent as the size of the clusters increases, suggesting that the larger ceria clusters have an increased ability to stabilize a non-bonding electron. The overall intensity of the clusters tends to monotonically decrease as the cluster size increases, however this trend is interrupted at Ce13, which is significantly more stable compared to neighboring congeners, suggesting formation of

  18. Cerium Oxyhydroxide Clusters: Formation, Structure and Reactivity

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    Aubriet, F.; Gaumet, Jean-Jacques; De Jong, Wibe A.; Groenewold, G. S.; Gianotto, Anita K.; McIIwain, Michael E.; Van Stipdonk, Michael J.; Leavitt, Christopher M.

    2009-05-11

    Cerium oxyhydroxide cluster anions were produced by irradiating ceric oxide particles using 355 nm laser pulses that were synchronized with pulses of nitrogen gas admitted to the irradiation chamber. The gas pulse stabilized the nascent clusters that are largely anhydrous [CexOy] ions and neutrals. These initially-formed species react with water, principally forming closed-shell (c-s) oxohydroxy species that are described by the general formula [CexOy(OH)z]-. In general, the extent of hydroxylation varies from a value of 3 OH per Ce atom when x = 1 to a value slightly greater than 1 for x > 8. The Ce3 and Ce6 species deviate significantly from this trend: the x = 3 cluster accommodates more hydroxyl moieties compared to neighboring congeners at x = 2 and x = 4. Conversely, the x = 6 cluster is significantly less hydroxylated. Density functional theory (DFT) modeling of the cluster structures show that the hydrated clusters are hydrolyzed, and contain one-to-multiple hydroxide moieties, but not datively bound water. DFT also predicts an energetic preference for formation of highly symmetric structures as the size of the clusters increases. The calculated structures indicate that the ability of the Ce3 oxyhydroxide to accommodate more extensive hydroxylation is due to a more open, hexagonal structure in which the Ce atoms can participate in multiple hydrolysis reactions. Conversely the Ce6 oxyhydroxide has an octahedral structure that is not conducive to hydrolysis. In addition to the c-s clusters, open-shell (o-s) oxyhydroxides and superoxides are also formed, and they become more prominent as the size of the clusters increases, suggesting that the larger ceria clusters have an increased ability to stabilize a non-bonding electron. The overall intensity of the clusters tends to monotonically decrease as the cluster size increases, however this trend is interrupted at Ce13, which is significantly more stable compared to neighboring congeners, suggesting formation of

  19. Cerium tartrate as a corrosion inhibitor for AA 2024-T3

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    Highlights: • Cerium tartrate was found to be an effective inhibitor for AA 2024-T3. • Both anodic and cathodic inhibitions were present during the corrosion process. • The corrosion of Al2CuMg phase was well inhibited by cerium tartrate. - Abstract: A new corrosion inhibitor, cerium tartrate, was synthetized. The inhibition behavior of cerium tartrate for 2024-T3 aluminum alloy was investigated in 0.05 M NaCl solution. The immersion tests indicate that the corrosion of Al2CuMg phase was well inhibited. The electrochemical results show that both anodic and cathodic inhibitions are present during the corrosion process. The surface characterizations reveal that the protective film of cerium tartrate inhibits the dealloying of Al2CuMg phase in the initial stage, and then cerium ions transform to cerium oxide/hydroxides and appear at the Al2CuMg phase, blocking the further corrosion at those corrosion sites

  20. Nanoparticulate cerium dioxide and cerium dioxide-titanium dioxide composite thin films on glass by aerosol assisted chemical vapour deposition

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    Two series of composite thin films were deposited on glass by aerosol assisted chemical vapour deposition (AACVD)-nanoparticulate cerium dioxide and nanoparticulate cerium dioxide embedded in a titanium dioxide matrix. The films were analysed by a range of techniques including UV-visible absorption spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive analysis by X-rays. The AACVD prepared films showed the functional properties of photocatalysis and super-hydrophilicity. The CeO2 nanoparticle thin films displaying photocatalysis and photo-induced hydrophilicity almost comparable to that of anatase titania.

  1. Cathodic electrodeposition of cerium-based oxides on carbon steel from concentrated cerium nitrate solutions

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    Hamlaoui, Y. [Laboratoire d' Etudes des Materiaux en Milieux Agressifs (LEMMA), Pole Sciences et Technologie, Universite de La Rochelle, Avenue Michel Crepeau, 17042 La Rochelle Cedex 1 (France); Pedraza, F. [Laboratoire d' Etudes des Materiaux en Milieux Agressifs (LEMMA), Pole Sciences et Technologie, Universite de La Rochelle, Avenue Michel Crepeau, 17042 La Rochelle Cedex 1 (France)], E-mail: fpedraza@univ-lr.fr; Remazeilles, C.; Cohendoz, S.; Rebere, C. [Laboratoire d' Etudes des Materiaux en Milieux Agressifs (LEMMA), Pole Sciences et Technologie, Universite de La Rochelle, Avenue Michel Crepeau, 17042 La Rochelle Cedex 1 (France); Tifouti, L. [Laboratoire de Genie de l' Environnement, Universite Badji Mokhtar, BP 1223, 23020 El Hadjar-Annaba (Algeria); Creus, J. [Laboratoire d' Etudes des Materiaux en Milieux Agressifs (LEMMA), Pole Sciences et Technologie, Universite de La Rochelle, Avenue Michel Crepeau, 17042 La Rochelle Cedex 1 (France)

    2009-02-15

    In this work the elaboration by cathodic electrodeposition of cerium-based oxides on carbon steel from relatively concentrated cerium nitrate solutions is investigated. In particular, the study presented here (Part I) focuses on the electrochemical and analytical characterisation of the films and on the correlations between the electrochemical features and the characteristics of the layers. The effect of other parameters such as concentration, temperature, pH and additives to improve the behaviour of the film against corrosion will be investigated in part II of the study. The electrochemical characterisation will reveal that Ce(IV)-steel interactions can be responsible for some weak electrochemical waves appearing in the cyclic voltammograms that often are attributed to oxygen or nitrates reduction. This results from the oxidation of Ce(III) solutions to Ce(IV) in contact with air. Furthermore, the deposits strongly depend on the applied current density. Low current densities do not render fully covering deposits on the steel and a carbonated green rust will appear. On the contrary, the increase of the current density leads to denser layers of relatively small crystallite size that readily covers the steel surface. The deposits have a needle-like morphology and the Ce content achieves a plateau of about 20-22 at.%. However, a significant network of cracks appears probably occurring during the deposition process itself. The differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) results indicate that the deposits are not fully crystalline after 550 deg. C in contrast with the X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns that unambiguously show a fluorite-type CeO{sub 2} phase whose crystallite size decreases with increasing the current density. The rinsing medium also brings about different features of the films. Rinsing with water allows to incorporate more nitrates and to adsorb CO{sub 2} than when rinsing with ethanol. However, R-OH bonds will be trapped in the latter.

  2. Cathodic electrodeposition of cerium-based oxides on carbon steel from concentrated cerium nitrate solutions

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    In this work the elaboration by cathodic electrodeposition of cerium-based oxides on carbon steel from relatively concentrated cerium nitrate solutions is investigated. In particular, the study presented here (Part I) focuses on the electrochemical and analytical characterisation of the films and on the correlations between the electrochemical features and the characteristics of the layers. The effect of other parameters such as concentration, temperature, pH and additives to improve the behaviour of the film against corrosion will be investigated in part II of the study. The electrochemical characterisation will reveal that Ce(IV)-steel interactions can be responsible for some weak electrochemical waves appearing in the cyclic voltammograms that often are attributed to oxygen or nitrates reduction. This results from the oxidation of Ce(III) solutions to Ce(IV) in contact with air. Furthermore, the deposits strongly depend on the applied current density. Low current densities do not render fully covering deposits on the steel and a carbonated green rust will appear. On the contrary, the increase of the current density leads to denser layers of relatively small crystallite size that readily covers the steel surface. The deposits have a needle-like morphology and the Ce content achieves a plateau of about 20-22 at.%. However, a significant network of cracks appears probably occurring during the deposition process itself. The differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) results indicate that the deposits are not fully crystalline after 550 deg. C in contrast with the X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns that unambiguously show a fluorite-type CeO2 phase whose crystallite size decreases with increasing the current density. The rinsing medium also brings about different features of the films. Rinsing with water allows to incorporate more nitrates and to adsorb CO2 than when rinsing with ethanol. However, R-OH bonds will be trapped in the latter

  3. Electrorheological Effects of Cerium-Doped TiO2

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    尹剑波; 赵晓鹏

    2001-01-01

    It is found that the doping of cerium ion into anatase TiO2 can improve the electrorheological (ER) effects of TiO2 and broaden the operational temperature range. Especially, the substitution of 7-11 mol% of the cerium dopant for Ti can obtain a relatively high shear stress, t-7.4kPa (at 4kV/mm), which is ten times larger than that of pure TiO2 ER fluid. Also, the typical Ce-doped TiO2 ER fluid shows the highest shear stress at 80℃, but 40℃ for pure TiO2 ER fluid. The dielectric loss and dielectric constant at a low frequency of TiO2 is improved by the doping of cerium, and the temperature dependence of the dielectric properties shows an obvious differnce between pure and doped TiO2 ER fluids. These can well explain the ER behaviour of doped TiO2. Furthermore, the change of rheological and dielectric properties is discussed on the basis of the lattice distortion and defects in TiO2 arising from the doping of cerium.

  4. Purification of cerium, neodymium and gadolinium for low background experiments

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    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Cerium, neodymium and gadolinium contain double beta active isotopes. The most interesting are 150Nd and 160Gd (promising for 0ν2β search, 136Ce (2β+ candidate with one of the highest Q2β. The main problem of compounds containing lanthanide elements is their high radioactive contamination by uranium, radium, actinium and thorium. The new generation 2β experiments require development of methods for a deep purification of lanthanides from the radioactive elements. A combination of physical and chemical methods was applied to purify cerium, neodymium and gadolinium. Liquid-liquid extraction technique was used to remove traces of Th and U from neodymium, gadolinium and for purification of cerium from Th, U, Ra and K. Co-precipitation and recrystallization methods were utilized for further reduction of the impurities. The radioactive contamination of the samples before and after the purification was tested by using ultra-low-background HPGe gamma spectrometry. As a result of the purification procedure the radioactive contamination of gadolinium oxide (a similar purification efficiency was reached also with cerium and neodymium oxides was decreased from 0.12 Bq/kg to 0.007 Bq/kg in 228Th, from 0.04 Bq/kg to <0.006 Bq/kg in 226Ra, and from 0.9 Bq/kg to 0.04 Bq/kg in 40K. The purification methods are much less efficient for chemically very similar radioactive elements like actinium, lanthanum and lutetium.

  5. Enhanced K-edge angiography utilizing cerium-target diode

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    The cerium-target x-ray tube is useful in order to perform cone-beam K-edge angiography because Kα rays from the cerium target are absorbed effectively by iodine-based contrast mediums. The x-ray generator consists of a main controller, an x-ray tube unit with a high-voltage circuit and an insulation transformer, and a personal computer. The tube is a glass-enclosed diode with a cerium target and a 0.5-mm-thick beryllium window. The maximum tube voltage and current were 65 kV and 0.4 mA, respectively, and the focal-spot sizes were approximately 1 x 1 mm. Sharp cerium Kα lines were left using a barium sulfate filter, and the x-ray intensity was 16.8 μGy/s at 1.0 m from the source with a tube voltage of 60 kV and a current of 0.40 mA. Angiography was performed with an x-ray film (Fuji IX 100) using iodine-based microspheres 15 μm in diameter. In angiography of non-living animals, we observed fine blood vessels of 100 μm or less with high contrasts. (author)

  6. Electrodeposition of cerium from aqueous cerous chloride solutions

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    Cerium was plated as a grey, metallic, adherent deposit from aqueous cerous chloride baths containing certain organic addition agents. The cathodic current efficiency was determined for each case. Chemical analysis indicates that the purity of the metal is better than 99.0 per cent. (author). 7 refs

  7. 40 CFR 721.8657 - Cerium, hydroxy oleate propionate complexes.

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    ... complexes. 721.8657 Section 721.8657 Protection of Environment ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (CONTINUED... Specific Chemical Substances § 721.8657 Cerium, hydroxy oleate propionate complexes. (a) Chemical substance..., hydroxy oleate propionate complexes (PMN P-99-0026) is subject to reporting under this section for...

  8. Thermoluminescence studies in cerium doped NaCl crystals

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    Cerium is known to enter substitutionally in trivalent state when doped in alkali halides. Cerium doped NaCl crystals exhibit greatly enhanced thermoluminescence output upon X-irradiation at RT, the intensity of emission being about 10 times that in undoped crystals for similar dosage of irradiation. The cerium doped crystals give upon X-irradiation a very intense glow peak at 145degC with shoulders at 120degC and 210degC. Upon partially bleaching the crystal with F-light, the peak at 120degC becomes prominent probably due to faster bleaching of the glow at 145degC. From further optical bleaching studies, it is concluded that the glow peak at around 120degC is due to cerium centres in the irradiated crystal and the 145degC peak due to F centres. This F centre emission occurs at lower temperature, compared to that in the undoped crystals where it occurs at around 180degC. The spectral emission in the Ce doped crystals is in the blue-green region as compared to the emission in the blue region in undoped crystals. The trap depth and other parameters of the 120degC glow peak are estimated by the total curve fitting method. (author)

  9. Competition between magnetic order and Kondo effect in cerium compounds

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    We present a mean-field analysis of the competition between magnetic order and Kondo effect in a Kondo-lattice model usually employed to discuss properties of certain cerium compounds. A phase diagram is obtained showing an antiferromagnetic phase and a Kondo-compensated regime, in agreement with the Doniach diagram. A general discussion of the mean-field approach is also presented

  10. Electrical measurements in the cerium oxide doped samples

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    Electrical behaviour of an interface formed by cerium oxide doped system has been studied. The system was (Ce O2)1-0,005 (Y O 1,5)0,005/(Ce O2)1-0,14(Y O 1,5)0,14. This work relates results of impedance analysis, and curves U(I) at different temperatures and polarizations conditions. (author)

  11. Purification of cerium, neodymium and gadolinium for low background experiments

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    Boiko, R. S.; Barabash, A. S.; Belli, P.; Bernabei, R.; Cappella, F.; Cerulli, R.; Danevich, F. A.; Incicchitti, A.; Laubenstein, M.; Mokina, V. M.; Nisi, S.; Poda, D. V.; Polischuk, O. G.; Tretyak, V. I.

    2014-01-01

    Cerium, neodymium and gadolinium contain double beta active isotopes. The most interesting are 150Nd and 160Gd (promising for 0ν2β search), 136Ce (2β+ candidate with one of the highest Q2β). The main problem of compounds containing lanthanide elements is their high radioactive contamination by uranium, radium, actinium and thorium. The new generation 2β experiments require development of methods for a deep purification of lanthanides from the radioactive elements. A combination of physical and chemical methods was applied to purify cerium, neodymium and gadolinium. Liquid-liquid extraction technique was used to remove traces of Th and U from neodymium, gadolinium and for purification of cerium from Th, U, Ra and K. Co-precipitation and recrystallization methods were utilized for further reduction of the impurities. The radioactive contamination of the samples before and after the purification was tested by using ultra-low-background HPGe gamma spectrometry. As a result of the purification procedure the radioactive contamination of gadolinium oxide (a similar purification efficiency was reached also with cerium and neodymium oxides) was decreased from 0.12 Bq/kg to 0.007 Bq/kg in 228Th, from 0.04 Bq/kg to <0.006 Bq/kg in 226Ra, and from 0.9 Bq/kg to 0.04 Bq/kg in 40K. The purification methods are much less efficient for chemically very similar radioactive elements like actinium, lanthanum and lutetium.

  12. Photoluminescence from neodymium silicide thin films formed by MEVVA ion source

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    2001-01-01

    Neodymium silicides were synthesized by Nd ion implanted into Si substrates with the aid of a metal vaporvacuum arc (MEVVA) ion source. The blender of Nd5Si4 and NdSi2was formed in a neodymium-implanted silicon thinfilm during the as-implanted state, but there was only single neodymium silicide compound in the post-annealed state,and the phase changed from NdSi2 to Nd5Si4 with increasing annealing temperature. The blue-violetluminescence excited by ultra-violet was observed at the room temperature (RT), and the intensity of photoluminescence(PL) increased with increasing the neodymium ion fluence. Moreover,the photoluminescence was closely dependent onthe temperature of rapid thermal annealing (RTA). A mechanism ofphotoluminescence was discussed.

  13. Development of fused slurry silicide coatings for tantalum reentry heat shields

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    Warnock, R. V.; Stetson, A. R.

    1972-01-01

    A fused slurry silicide coating was developed to provide atmospheric reentry protection for the 90Ta-lOW alloy. Overlaying the silicide with a highly refractory glass greatly improved total lifetime and reliability of the coating system. Low pressure, slow cycle lifetimes in excess of 100 cycles were consistently recorded for 1700 K - 13 and 1300 N/sq m test conditions. A minimum of 25 cycles was obtained for 1810 K - 1300 N/sq m conditions. About 50 simulated reentry cycles (variable temperature, pressure, and stress) were endured by coated 1-inch miniature heat shield panels when exposed to a maximum of 1700 K and either internal or external pressure conditions.

  14. Development of a fused slurry silicide coating for the protection of tantalum alloys

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    Packer, C. M.; Perkins, R. A.

    1974-01-01

    Results are reported of a research program to develop a reliable high-performance, fused slurry silicide protective coating for a tantalum-10 tungsten alloy for use at 1427 to 1538 C at 0.1 to 10 torr air pressure under cyclic temperature conditions. A review of silicide coating performance under these conditions indicated that the primary wear-out mode is associated with widening of hairline fissures in the coating. Consideration has been given to modifying the oxidation products that form on the coating surface to provide a seal for these fissures and to minimize their widening. On the basis of an analysis of the phase relationships between silica and various other oxides, a coating having the slurry composition 2.5Mn-33Ti-64.5Si was developed that is effective in the pressure range from 1 to 10 torr.

  15. Mössbauer spectroscopy study of surfactant sputtering induced Fe silicide formation on a Si surface

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    Beckmann, C.; Zhang, K.; Hofsäss, H.; Brüsewitz, C.; Vetter, U.; Bharuth-Ram, K.

    2015-12-01

    The formation of Fe silicides in surface ripple patterns, generated by erosion of a Si surface with keV Ar and Xe ions and simultaneous co-deposition of Fe, was investigated with conversion electron Mössbauer spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy and Rutherford backscattering spectrometry. For the dot and ripple patterns studied, we find an average Fe concentration in the irradiated layer between 6 and 25 at.%. The Mössbauer spectra clearly show evidence of the formation of Fe disilicides with Fe content close to 33 at.%, but very little evidence of the formation of metallic Fe particles. The results support the process of ion-induced phase separation toward an amorphous Fe disilicide phase as pattern generation mechanism. The observed amorphous phase is in agreement with thermodynamic calculations of amorphous Fe silicides.

  16. Leakage current and deep levels in CoSi{sub 2} silicided junctions

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    Codegoni, D. [ST Microelectronics Via Olivetti 2, 20041 Agrate Brianza, Milan (Italy); Carnevale, G.P. [ST Microelectronics Via Olivetti 2, 20041 Agrate Brianza, Milan (Italy); De Marco, C. [ST Microelectronics Via Olivetti 2, 20041 Agrate Brianza, Milan (Italy); Mica, I. [ST Microelectronics Via Olivetti 2, 20041 Agrate Brianza, Milan (Italy); Polignano, M.L. [ST Microelectronics Via Olivetti 2, 20041 Agrate Brianza, Milan (Italy)]. E-mail: marialuisa.polignano@st.com

    2005-12-05

    In this work the leakage current of junctions with a self-aligned cobalt silicide is studied. It is shown that junctions with a self-aligned CoSi{sub 2} layer show a leakage current excess which is strongly reduced by increasing the PAI energy. This indicates that the observed leakage current excess is related to the CoSi{sub 2} formation conditions. The mechanism responsible for the leakage of CoSi{sub 2} junctions is investigated by current versus temperature measurements and by deep level transient spectroscopy. In addition, the role of the mechanical stress is investigated by comparing different isolation structures and by numerical stress calculations. It is concluded that the shallow trench isolation (STI) induced stress and the cobalt silicide formation concur to produce a junction leakage current increase by creating a deep level in silicon located close to midgap. This level can possibly identified with a level ascribed to a point defect excess.

  17. Synthesis of silicon nanotubes with cobalt silicide ends using anodized aluminum oxide template

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    Silicon nanotubes (SiNTs) are compatible with Si-based semiconductor technology. In particular, the small diameters and controllable structure of such nanotubes are remaining challenges. Here we describe a method to fabricate SiNTs intrinsically connected with cobalt silicide ends based on highly ordered anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) templates. Size and growth direction of the SiNTs can be well controlled via the templates. The growth of SiNTs is catalyzed by the Co nanoparticles reduced on the pore walls of the AAO after annealing, with a controllable thickness at a given growth temperature and time. Simultaneously, cobalt silicide forms on the bottom side of the SiNTs.

  18. Babcock and Wilcox plate fabrication experience with uranium silicide spherical fuel

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    This report is written to present the fuel fabrication experience of Babcock and Wilcox using atomized spherical uranium silicide powder. The intent is to demonstrate the ability to fabricate fuel plates using spherical powder and to provide useful information proceeding into the next phase of work using this type of fuel. The limited quantity of resources- spherical powder and time, did not allow for much process optimizing in this work scope. However, the information contained within provides optimism for the future of spherical uranium silicide fuel plate fabrication at Babcock and Wilcox.The success of assembling fuel elements with spherical powder will enable Babcock and Wilcox to reduce overall costs to its customers while still maintaining our reputation for providing high quality research and test reactor products. (author)

  19. RA-3 reactor core with uranium silicide fuel elements P-07 type

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    Following the studies on the utilization of fuel elements (FE) containing uranium silicide, core of the RA-3 was analyzed with several calculation models. At first, the present situation, i.e. the core charged with normal FE (U3O8), has been analyzed to validate the simulation methodology comparing with experimental results and to establish reference data to 5 and 10 MW able to be compared with future new situations. Also, CITVAP's nuclear data libraries to be used in irradiation experiment planning were completed. The results were satisfactory and were applied to the study of the core containing P-07 FE [U3Si2], in face of a future core change. Comparing with the performance of the U3O8FE, the silicides ones show the following advantages: - average burnup: 45 % greater; -extraction burnup increase 12 %; and, -the residence time [in full power days] could be a 117 % greater. (author)

  20. Formation of rare earth silicide clusters on Si(111)7 x 7

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    Magic clusters on surfaces are of high interest because of their fascinating quantum properties and their possible application in future nanodevices. Here, the formation process as well as the structural and electronic properties of dysprosium silicide clusters on the Si(111)7 x 7 surface were studied using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). The dysprosium silicide clusters were grown by molecular beam epitaxy using the 7 x 7 reconstructed Si(111) surface as a template for cluster formation using submonolayer metal coverages and moderate annealing temperatures. It was found that the clusters grow self-organized preferentially on the faulted halves of the 7 x 7 unit cells, and a variety of cluster shapes could be observed. At appropriate growth conditions, the formation of magic clusters, which appear centered on the 7 x 7 half unit cells, could be achieved.

  1. Cerium as a surrogate in the plutonium immobilization waste form

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    Marra, James Christopher

    In the aftermath of the Cold War, approximately 50 tonnes (MT) of weapons useable plutonium (Pu) has been identified as excess. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has decided that at least a portion of this material will be immobilized in a titanate-based ceramic for final disposal in a geologic repository. The baseline formulation was designed to produce a ceramic consisting primarily of a highly substituted pyrochlore with minor amounts of brannerite and hafnia-substituted rutile. Since development studies with actual actinide materials is difficult, surrogates have been used to facilitate testing. Cerium has routinely been used as an actinide surrogate in actinide chemistry and processing studies. Although cerium appeared as an adequate physical surrogate for powder handling and general processing studies, cerium was found to act significantly different from a chemical perspective in the Pu ceramic form. The reduction of cerium at elevated temperatures caused different reaction paths toward densification of the respective forms resulting in different phase assemblages and microstructural features. Single-phase fabrication studies and cerium oxidation state analyses were performed to further quantify these behavioral differences. These studies indicated that the major phases in the final phase assemblages contained point defects likely leading to their stability. Additionally, thermochemical arguments predicted that the predominant pyrochlore phase in the ceramic was metastable. The apparent metastabilty associated with primary phase in the Pu ceramic form indicated that additional studies must be performed to evaluate the thermodynamic properties of these compounds. Moreover, the metastability of this predominant phase must be considered in assessment of long-term behavior (e.g. radiation stability) of this ceramic.

  2. Preparation, Characterization and Antibacterial Property of Cerium Substituted Hydroxyapatite Nanoparticles

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    Lin Yingguang; Yang Zhuoru; Cheng Jiang

    2007-01-01

    Nanoparticles of hydroxyapatite (HAP) and cerium substituted hydroxyapatite (CeHAP) with the atomic ratio of Ce/[Ca+Ce] (xCe) from 0 to 0.2 were prepared by sol-gel-supercritical fluid drying (SCFD) method. The nanoparticles were characterized by TEM, XRD, and FT-IR, and the effects of cerium on crystal structure, crystallinity, and particle shape were discussed. With the tests of bacterial inhibition zone and antibacterial ratio, the antibacterial property of HAP and CeHAP nanoparticles on Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus, Lactobacillus were researched. Results showed that the nanoparticles of HAP and CeHAP could be made by sol-gel-SCFD, cerium could partially substitute for calcium and enter the structure of HAP. After substitution, the crystallinity, the IR wavenumbers of bonds in CeHAP decreased gradually with increase of cerium substitution, and the morphology of the nanoparticles changed from the short rod-shaped HAP to the needle-shaped CeHAP. The nanoparticles of HAP and CeHAP with xCe below 0.08 had antibacterial property only forcibly contacting with the test bacteria at the test concentration of 0.1 g·ml-1, however, the CeHAP nanoparticles had antibacterial ability at that concentration no matter statically or dynamically contacting with the test bacteria when xCe was above 0.08, and the antibacterial ability gets better with the increase of xCe, indicating that the antibacterial property was improved after calcium was partially substituted by cerium. The improved antibacterial effects of CeHAP nanoparticle on Lactobacillus showed its potential ability to anticaries.

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

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

    2016-06-22

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

  4. Neutronic study on conversion of SAFARI-1 to LEU silicide fuel

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    This paper marks the initial study into the technical and economic feasibility of converting the SAFARI-1 reactor in South Africa to LEU silicide fuel. Several MTR assembly geometries and LEU uranium densities have been studied and compared with MEU and HEU fuels. Two factors of primary importance for conversion of SAFARI-1 to LEU fuel are the economy of the fuel cycle and the performance of the incore and excore irradiation positions

  5. Behavior of silicon in nitric media. Application to uranium silicides fuels reprocessing

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    Uranium silicides are used in some research reactors. Reprocessing them is a solution for their cycle end. A list of reprocessing scenarios has been set the most realistic being a nitric dissolution close to the classic spent fuel reprocessing. This uranium silicide fuel contains a lot of silicon and few things are known about polymerization of silicic acid in concentrated nitric acid. The study of this polymerization allows to point out the main parameters: acidity, temperature, silicon concentration. The presence of aluminum seems to speed up heavily the polymerization. It has been impossible to find an analytical technique smart and fast enough to characterize the first steps of silicic acid polymerization. However the action of silicic species on emulsions stabilization formed by mixing them with an organic phase containing TBP has been studied, Silicon slows down the phase separation by means of oligomeric species forming complex with TBP. The existence of these intermediate species is short and heating can avoid any stabilization. When non irradiated uranium silicide fuel is attacked by a nitric solution, aluminum and uranium are quickly dissolved whereas silicon mainly stands in solid state. That builds a gangue of hydrated silica around the uranium silicide particulates without preventing uranium dissolution. A small part of silicon passes into the solution and polymerize towards the highly poly-condensed forms, just 2% of initial silicon is still in molecular form at the end of the dissolution. A thermal treatment of the fuel element, by forming inter-metallic phases U-Al-Si, allows the whole silicon to pass into the solution and next to precipitate. The behavior of silicon in spent fuels should be between these two situations. (author)

  6. Carbon mediated reduction of silicon dioxide and growth of copper silicide particles in uniform width channels

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    Pizzocchero, Filippo; Bøggild, Peter; Booth, Tim

    2013-01-01

    channels, which are aligned with the intersections of the (100) surface of the wafer and the {110} planes on an oxidized silicon wafer, as well as endotaxial copper silicide nanoparticles within the wafer bulk. We apply energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy, in combination with scanning and transmission...... electron microscopy of focused ion beam fabricated lammelas and trenches in the structure to elucidate the process of their formation....

  7. Formation of silicide based oxidation resistant coating over Mo-30 wt. % W alloy

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    Silicide based oxidation resistant coatings were developed over Mo-30 W alloy using halide activated pack cementation process. Coated samples were characterized by SEM, optical microscopy, EDX and hardness measurements. Isothermal oxidation tests of coated alloy performed at 1000 deg C for 25h revealed a smaller weight gain at the initial stage of oxidation followed by no weight change indicating the protective nature of the coating. (author)

  8. Calculation of xenon 135 poisoning reactivity of RSG-GAS silicide fuelled

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    Calculation of xenon 135 poisoning reactivity of RSG-GAS silicide fuelled. One of the important reactivity effects during reactor operation is a xenon poisoning, the reactivity depends on the power and time operation of reactor. The calculation was performed for RSG-GAS oxide 2,96 gr U/cc, silicide 2,96 gr U/cc silicide 3,55 gr U/cc fuelled using Xen Sam code, that is the xen sam code reform. In Xen Sam code, the xenon concentration is obtained by solving the simultaneous differential equation by means of limit different method. The results showed that the calculation values are close to the experiments. The equilibrium xenon reactivity will be higher if there is the increasing in the uranium density, while there is no significant change in the peak of xenon and dead time of the reactor. It shown that there is no influence in xenon reactivity for the same power levels and operation time more than 50 hours. At the other hand, if the operation time lest than 50 hours, there will be influences in equilibrium xenon reactivity, peak xenon and dead time reactor. For different power levels with the same operation time will be a significant influence to the xenon reactivity

  9. Pt silicide/poly-Si Schottky diodes as temperature sensors for bolometers

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    Yuryev, V. A., E-mail: vyuryev@kapella.gpi.ru; Chizh, K. V.; Chapnin, V. A.; Mironov, S. A.; Dubkov, V. P.; Uvarov, O. V.; Kalinushkin, V. P. [A. M. Prokhorov General Physics Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, 38 Vavilov Street, Moscow 119991 (Russian Federation); Senkov, V. M. [P. N. Lebedev Physical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, 53 Leninskiy Avenue, Moscow 119991 (Russian Federation); Nalivaiko, O. Y. [JSC “Integral” – “Integral” Holding Management Company, 121A, Kazintsa I. P. Street, Minsk 220108 (Belarus); Novikau, A. G.; Gaiduk, P. I. [Belarusian State University, 4 Nezavisimosti Avenue, 220030 Minsk (Belarus)

    2015-05-28

    Platinum silicide Schottky diodes formed on films of polycrystalline Si doped by phosphorus are demonstrated to be efficient and manufacturable CMOS-compatible temperature sensors for microbolometer detectors of radiation. Thin-film platinum silicide/poly-Si diodes have been produced by a CMOS-compatible process on artificial Si{sub 3}N{sub 4}/SiO{sub 2}/Si(001) substrates simulating the bolometer cells. Layer structure and phase composition of the original Pt/poly-Si films and the Pt silicide/poly-Si films synthesized by a low-temperature process have been studied by means of the scanning transmission electron microscopy; they have also been explored by means of the two-wavelength X-ray structural phase analysis and the X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Temperature coefficient of voltage for the forward current of a single diode is shown to reach the value of about −2%/ °C in the temperature interval from 25 to 50 °C.

  10. Pt silicide/poly-Si Schottky diodes as temperature sensors for bolometers

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    Yuryev, V. A.; Chizh, K. V.; Chapnin, V. A.; Mironov, S. A.; Dubkov, V. P.; Uvarov, O. V.; Kalinushkin, V. P.; Senkov, V. M.; Nalivaiko, O. Y.; Novikau, A. G.; Gaiduk, P. I.

    2015-05-01

    Platinum silicide Schottky diodes formed on films of polycrystalline Si doped by phosphorus are demonstrated to be efficient and manufacturable CMOS-compatible temperature sensors for microbolometer detectors of radiation. Thin-film platinum silicide/poly-Si diodes have been produced by a CMOS-compatible process on artificial Si3N4/SiO2/Si(001) substrates simulating the bolometer cells. Layer structure and phase composition of the original Pt/poly-Si films and the Pt silicide/poly-Si films synthesized by a low-temperature process have been studied by means of the scanning transmission electron microscopy; they have also been explored by means of the two-wavelength X-ray structural phase analysis and the X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Temperature coefficient of voltage for the forward current of a single diode is shown to reach the value of about -2%/ °C in the temperature interval from 25 to 50 °C.

  11. Effect of TiOx on the formation of titanium silicide layer

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    The Al/TiOx/Si, Ti/TiOx/Si, and Mo/TiOx/Si interfaces are studied, before and after thermal treatment, by secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS), Rutherford backscattering spectrometry (RBS), x-ray diffraction (XRD), x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and scanning electron microscopy. The metal layer is selected with regard to the formation of a titanium silicide layer. The reductive nature of the metal was found to be very significant in the interdiffusion of Si and Ti (from titanium oxide). This interdiffusion has the advantage to form a thin titanium silicide layer, which is known to have low contact resistivity. The SIMS, RBS, XPS, and XRD analyses show that after annealing for 10 min at 850 deg. C under hydrogen ambient, titanium silicide interfacial layers such as Ti5Si3 and TiSi2 C54 were formed in the case of Al/TiOx/Si and Ti/TiOx/Si structures, respectively. There is no significant reaction between Mo and TiOx and no Ti and Si interfacial reaction in the Mo/TiOx/Si system. With thermodynamic considerations, we confirm all the results found in this study

  12. Durability of Silicide-Based Thermoelectric Modules at High Temperatures in Air

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    Funahashi, Ryoji; Matsumura, Yoko; Barbier, Tristan; Takeuchi, Tomonari; Suzuki, Ryosuke O.; Katsuyama, Shigeru; Yamamoto, Atsushi; Takazawa, Hiroyuki; Combe, Emmanuel

    2015-08-01

    Thermoelectric modules consisting of n-type Mn2.7Cr0.3Si4Al2 and p-type MnSi1.75 legs have been fabricated by use of composite pastes of Ag with Pt or Pd. For the module prepared by Ni-B plating and with Ag paste, the specific power density reached 370 mW/cm2 at a heat-source temperature of 873 K. Ni-B plating 5 μm thick on the surfaces of the silicide legs reduced both the internal resistance and degradation of the power generated by silicide modules at temperatures up to 873 K in air. This is because of oxidation of Al diffusing into the n-type legs and reaching the Ag electrodes on both the hot and cold sides. Ni-B plating can suppress Al diffusion into n-type legs. However, cracking was observed parallel to the contact surface in the middle of the Ni-B plating layer on the p-type legs. It was also found that incorporating Pt or Pd into the Ag paste effectively suppressed degradation of the contact resistance between the silicide legs and the Ag electrodes.

  13. Palladium silicide formation under the influence of nitrogen and oxygen impurities

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    Ho, K. T.; Lien, C.-D.; Nicolet, M.-A.

    1985-01-01

    The effect of impurities on the growth of the Pd2Si layer upon thermal annealing of a Pd film on 100 line-type and amorphous Si substrates is investigated. Nitrogen and oxygen impurities are introduced into either Pd or Si which are subsequently annealed to form Pd2Si. The complementary techniques of Rutherford backscattering spectrometry, and N-15(p, alpha)C-12 or O-18(p, alpha)N-15 nuclear reaction, are used to investigate the behavior of nitrogen or oxygen and the alterations each creates during silicide formation. Both nitrogen and oxygen retard the silicide growth rate if initially present in Si. When they are initially in Pd, there is no significant retardation; instead, an interesting snow-plowing effect of N or O by the reaction interface of Pd2Si is observed. By using N implanted into Si as a marker, Pd and Si appear to trade roles as the moving species when the silicide front reaches the nitrogen-rich region.

  14. Determination of silver and cerium in the liver and the kidney from a severely burned infant treated with silver sulfadiazine and cerium nitrate

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    Silver and cerium in the liver and the kidney from severely burned infant were analyzed by neutron activation method. The patient was treated topically with cerium nitrate/silver sulfadiazine cream and cerium nitrate solution for 3 months. Then, the treatment with these drugs was stopped because o f abdominal distention. The patient died 1 month after the cessation of the treatment with these drugs. The tissue specimens, blank liver sample and reference standards were irradiated with TRIGA MARK II Reactor of Rikkyo University. About 1 month after the irradiation, the activities were measured with a Ge(Li) detector coupled to a 4096 channel pulse height analyzer. A large amount of silver was detected both in the liver and in the kidney and a trace of cerium only in the liver. A considerable amount of silver was detected in the liver and its quantity was about 1600 times more than that of normal livers reported by Hamilton, Minski and Cleary (1972 -- 73). Neither silver nor cerium were detected in the blank liver. These results suggest that prolonged topical chemotherapy of cerium nitrate/silver sulfadiazine cream and cerium nitrate solution for the extensive burn injuries causes considerable absorption of silver and cerium into the liver and the kidney. (author)

  15. [Determination of silver and cerium in the liver and the kidney from a severely burned infant treated with silver sulfadiazine and cerium nitrate].

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    Hirakawa, K

    1983-02-01

    Silver and cerium in the liver and the kidney from severely burned infant were analyzed by neutron activation method. The patient was treated topically with cerium nitrate/silver sulfadiazine cream and cerium nitrate solution for 3 months. Then, the treatment with these drugs was stopped because of abdominal distention. The patient died 1 month after the cessation of the treatment with these drugs. The tissue specimens, blank liver sample and reference standards were irradiated with TRIGA MARK II Reactor of Rikkyo University. About 1 month after the irradiation, the activities were measured with a Ge(Li) detector coupled to a 4096 channel pulse height analyzer. A large amount of silver was detected both in the liver and in the kidney and a trace of cerium only in the liver. A considerable amount of silver was detected in the liver and its quantity was about 1600 times more than that of normal livers reported by Hamilton, Minski and Cleary (1972-73). Neither silver nor cerium were detected in the blank liver. These results suggest that prolonged topical chemotherapy of cerium nitrate/silver sulfadiazine cream and cerium nitrate solution for the extensive burn injuries causes considerable absorption of silver and cerium into the liver and the kidney. PMID:6867381

  16. Determination of silver and cerium in the liver and the kidney from a severely burned infant treated with silver sulfadiazine and cerium nitrate

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    Hirakawa, Keiko (Nippon Medical School, Tokyo)

    1983-02-01

    Silver and cerium in the liver and the kidney from severely burned infant were analyzed by neutron activation method. The patient was treated topically with cerium nitrate/silver sulfadiazine cream and cerium nitrate solution for 3 months. Then, the treatment with these drugs was stopped because of abdominal distention. The patient died 1 month after the cessation of the treatment with these drugs. The tissue specimens, blank liver sample and reference standards were irradiated with TRIGA MARK II Reactor of Rikkyo University. About 1 month after the irradiation, the activities were measured with a Ge(Li) detector coupled to a 4096 channel pulse height analyzer. A large amount of silver was detected both in the liver and in the kidney and a trace of cerium only in the liver. A considerable amount of silver was detected in the liver and its quantity was about 1600 times more than that of normal livers reported by Hamilton, Minski and Cleary (1972 -- 73). Neither silver nor cerium were detected in the blank liver. These results suggest that prolonged topical chemotherapy of cerium nitrate/silver sulfadiazine cream and cerium nitrate solution for the extensive burn injuries causes considerable absorption of silver and cerium into the liver and the kidney.

  17. Fundamental aspects of regenerative cerium oxide nanoparticles and their applications in nanobiotechnology

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    Patil, Swanand D.

    Cerium oxide has been used extensively for various applications over the past two decades. The use of cerium oxide nanoparticles is beneficial in present applications and can open avenues for future applications. The present study utilizes the microemulsion technique to synthesize uniformly distributed cerium oxide nanoparticles. The same technique was also used to synthesize cerium oxide nanoparticles doped with trivalent elements (La and Nd). The fundamental study of cerium oxide nanoparticles identified variations in properties as a function of particle size and also due to doping with trivalent elements (La and Nd). It was found that the lattice parameter of cerium oxide nanoparticles increases with decrease in particle size. Also Raman allowed mode shift to lower energies and the peak at 464 cm-1 becomes broader and asymmetric. The size dependent changes in cerium oxide were correlated to increase in oxygen vacancy concentration in the cerium oxide lattice. The doping of cerium oxide nanoparticles with trivalent elements introduces more oxygen vacancies and expands the cerium oxide lattice further (in addition to the lattice expansion due to the size effect). The lattice expansion is greater for La-doped cerium oxide nanoparticles compared to Nd-doping due to the larger ionic radius of La compared to Nd, the lattice expansion is directly proportional to the dopant concentration. The synthesized cerium oxide nanoparticles were used to develop an electrochemical biosensor of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2). The sensor was useful to detect H2O2 concentrations as low as 1muM in water. Also the preliminary testing of the sensor on tomato stem and leaf extracts indicated that the sensor can be used in practical applications such as plant physiological studies etc. The nanomolar concentrations of cerium oxide nanoparticles were also found to be useful in decreasing ROS (reactive oxygen species) mediated cellular damages in various in vitro cell cultures. Cerium oxide

  18. Synthesis and crystal kinetics of cerium oxide nanocrystallites prepared by co-precipitation process

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    Shih, C.J., E-mail: cjshih@kmu.edu.tw [Department of Fragrance and Cosmetics Science, Kaohsiung Medical University, 100 Shi-Chuan 1st Road, Kaohsiung 807, Taiwan (China); Chen, Y.J. [Institute of Biomedical Sciences, National Sun Yat-Sen University, Kaohsiung 804, Taiwan (China); Hon, M.H. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan 701, Taiwan (China)

    2010-05-15

    Cerium oxide nanocrystallites were synthesized at a relatively low temperature using cerium nitrate as starting materials in a water solution by a co-precipitation process. Effect of calcination temperature on the crystallite growth of cerium oxide nano-powders was investigated by X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy and electron diffraction. The crystallization temperature of the cerium oxide powders was estimated to be about 273 K by XRD analysis. When calcined from 473 to 1273 K, the crystallization of the face-centered cubic phase was observed by XRD. The crystallite size of the cerium oxide increased from 10.0 to 43.8 nm with calcining temperature increasing from 673 to 1273 K. The activation energy for growth of cerium oxide nanoparticles was found to be 16.0 kJ mol{sup -1}.

  19. Synthesis and crystal kinetics of cerium oxide nanocrystallites prepared by co-precipitation process

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    Cerium oxide nanocrystallites were synthesized at a relatively low temperature using cerium nitrate as starting materials in a water solution by a co-precipitation process. Effect of calcination temperature on the crystallite growth of cerium oxide nano-powders was investigated by X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy and electron diffraction. The crystallization temperature of the cerium oxide powders was estimated to be about 273 K by XRD analysis. When calcined from 473 to 1273 K, the crystallization of the face-centered cubic phase was observed by XRD. The crystallite size of the cerium oxide increased from 10.0 to 43.8 nm with calcining temperature increasing from 673 to 1273 K. The activation energy for growth of cerium oxide nanoparticles was found to be 16.0 kJ mol-1.

  20. Effect of cerium modification on microstructure and properties of hypereutectic high chromium cast iron

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    Zhi, Xiaohui, E-mail: mkmkzxh@hotmail.com [School of Mechanical Engineering, Shijiazhuang Tiedao University, Shijiazhuang 050043, Hebei Province (China); Liu, Jinzhi [School of Mechanical Engineering, Shijiazhuang Tiedao University, Shijiazhuang 050043, Hebei Province (China); Xing, Jiandong; Ma, Shengqiang [State Key Laboratory Mechanical Behavior of Materials, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Xi' an Jiaotong University, Xi' an 710049, Shaanxi Province (China)

    2014-05-01

    The effect of cerium modification on the microstructure and properties of hypereutectic high chromium cast iron primarily containing 4.0 wt% C and 20.0 wt% Cr was studied by means of optical microscopy, transmission electron microscope, scanning electron microscope, and energy dispersive X-ray spectrometry. The primary M{sub 7}C{sub 3} carbides were refined obviously when cerium was added in the melt. Ce{sub 2}S{sub 3} was found in the primary M{sub 7}C{sub 3} carbides and acted as the heterogeneous substrate of M{sub 7}C{sub 3} carbides. The impact toughness of the specimen modified with 0.5 wt% cerium increased by 50% compared with the specimen without cerium modification. The hardness of the alloy modified with cerium increased slightly compared with the specimen without cerium modification.

  1. Critical indices for reversible gamma-alpha phase transformation in metallic cerium

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    Soldatova, E. D.; Tkachenko, T. B.

    1980-08-01

    Critical indices for cerium have been determined within the framework of the pseudobinary solution theory along the phase equilibrium curve, the critical isotherm, and the critical isobar. The results obtained verify the validity of relationships proposed by Rushbrook (1963), Griffiths (1965), and Coopersmith (1968). It is concluded that reversible gamma-alpha transformation in metallic cerium is a critical-type transformation, and cerium has a critical point on the phase diagram similar to the critical point of the liquid-vapor system.

  2. The effect of cerium valence states at cerium oxide nanoparticle surfaces on cell proliferation

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    Naganuma, Tamaki

    2014-05-01

    Understanding and controlling cell proliferation on biomaterial surfaces is critical for scaffold/artificial-niche design in tissue engineering. The mechanism by which underlying integrin ligates with functionalized biomaterials to induce cell proliferation is still not completely understood. In this study, poly-l-lactide (PL) scaffold surfaces were functionalized using layers of cerium oxide nanoparticles (CNPs), which have recently attracted attention for use in therapeutic application due to their catalytic ability of Ce4+ and Ce3+ sites. To isolate the influence of Ce valance states of CNPs on cell proliferation, human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) and osteoblast-like cells (MG63) were cultured on the PL/CNP surfaces with dominant Ce4+ and Ce3+ regions. Despite cell type (hMSCs and MG63 cells), different surface features of Ce4+ and Ce3+ regions clearly promoted and inhibited cell spreading, migration and adhesion behavior, resulting in rapid and slow cell proliferation, respectively. Cell proliferation results of various modified CNPs with different surface charge and hydrophobicity/hydrophilicity, indicate that Ce valence states closely correlated with the specific cell morphologies and cell-material interactions that trigger cell proliferation. This finding suggests that the cell-material interactions, which influence cell proliferation, may be controlled by introduction of metal elements with different valence states onto the biomaterial surface. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd.

  3. Safeguarding subcriticality during loading and shuffling operations in the higher density of the RSG-GAS's silicide core

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    The core conversion program of the RSG-GAS reactor is to convert the all-oxide to all-silicide core. The silicide equilibrium core with fuel meat density of 3.55 gU cm-3 is an optimal core for RSG-GAS reactor and it can significantly increase the operation cycle length from 25 to 32 full power days. Nevertheless, the subcriticality of the shutdown core and the shutdown margin are lower than of the oxide core. Therefore, the deviation of subcriticality condition in the higher silicide core caused by the fuel loading and shuffling error should be reanalysed. The objective of this work is to analyse the sufficiency of the subcriticality condition of the shutdown core to face the worst condition caused by an error during loading and shuffling operations. The calculations were carried out using the 2-dimensional multigroup neutron diffusion code of Batan-FUEL. In the fuel handling error, the calculated results showed that the subcriticality condition of the shutdown higher density silicide equilibrium core of RSG-GAS can be maintained. Therefore, all fuel management steps are fixed in the present reactor operation manual can be applied in the higher silicide equilibrium core of RSG-GAS reactor. (author)

  4. Thin Ni silicide formation by low temperature-induced metal atom reaction with ion implanted amorphous silicon

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    We have extended our recent work on buried silicide formation by Ni diffusion into a buried amorphous silicon layer to the case where silicide formation is at lower temperatures on silicon substrates which have been preamorphized. The reaction of metal atoms from a 12 nm Ni film evaporated on top of a 65 nm thick surface amorphous layer formed by 35 keV Si+ ion implantation has been investigated at temperature ≤400C. Rutherford Backscattering Spectrometry (RBS) with channeling, cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy (XTEM), x-ray diffraction and four-point-probe measurements were used to determine structure, interfacial morphology, composition and resistivity of the silicide films. It has been found that an increased rate of silicidation occurs for amorphous silicon with respect to crystalline areas permitting a selective control of the silicon area to be contacted during silicide growth. Vacuum furnace annealing at 360C for 8 hours followed by an additional step at 400C for one hour produces a continuos NiSi2 layer with a resistivity 44 μΩ cm

  5. A two-step annealing process for Ni silicide formation in an ultra-thin body RF SOI MOSFET

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    Ahn, Chang-Geun [Nano-Bio Electric Devices Team, IT Convergence Technology Research Division, ETRI, 161 Gajeong-dong, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon 305-350 (Korea, Republic of)], E-mail: cgahn@etri.re.kr; Kim, Tae-Youb; Yang, Jong-Heon; Baek, In-Bok [Nano-Bio Electric Devices Team, IT Convergence Technology Research Division, ETRI, 161 Gajeong-dong, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon 305-350 (Korea, Republic of); Cho, Won-ju [Department of Electronic Materials Engineering, Kwangwoon University, Seoul 139-701 (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Seongjae [Quantum Photonic Science Research Center and BK21 Program Division of Advanced Research and Education in Physics, Hanyang University, Seoul 133-791 (Korea, Republic of)

    2008-02-15

    A two-step annealing process for Ni silicide formation in an ultra-thin body (UTB) RF SOI MOSFET is proposed to prevent a dramatic increase of the gate leakage current from the in-diffusion of Ni into the channel. The first step of the annealing process was performed at a low temperature for di-nickel silicide (Ni{sub 2}Si) formation, resulting in no in-diffusion of Ni into the channel. Next, the second step of the annealing process was performed at 500 deg. C for the formation of mono-nickel silicide (NiSi). Finally, the optimized Ni silicide SD with low resistance (5 {omega}/{open_square}) and a low leakage current was achieved on the UTB. Using the proposed two-step silicide process, UTB RF MOSFET with a gate length of 50 nm a 20-nm UTB was successfully fabricated and showed the good RF properties with a cut-off frequency of 138 GHz.

  6. Study of cerium diffusion in undoped lithium-6 enriched glass with Rutherford backscattering spectrometry

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    Zhang, Xiaodong; Moore, Michael E.; Lee, Kyung-Min; Lukosi, Eric D.; Hayward, Jason P.

    2016-07-01

    Undoped lithium-6 enriched glasses coated with pure cerium (99.9%) with a gold protection layer on top were heated at three different temperatures (500, 550, and 600 °C) for varied durations (1, 2, and 4 h). Diffusion profiles of cerium in such glasses were obtained with the conventional Rutherford backscattering technique. Through fitting the diffusion profiles with the thin-film solution of Fick's second law, diffusion coefficients of cerium with different annealing temperatures and durations were solved. Then, the activation energy of cerium for the diffusion process in the studied glasses was found to be 114 kJ/mol with the Arrhenius equation.

  7. Doping of KDP single crystals with cerium: Growth and optical properties

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    The features of doping of KDP crystals with cerium ions and organocerium complexes with alizarin complexon and arsenazo III have been investigated. It is established that 'direct' doping by introducing cerium salts into the initial solution cannot be implemented. The effect of organometallic complexes of cerium on the crystal growth has been studied. Organocerium complexes predominantly enter the prismatic or pyramidal growth sectors. It is shown that the complex arsenazo III + Ce blocks the growth of the prismatic sector. Cerium-doped KDP crystals exhibit a photoluminescence band peaking at the wavelength λmax= 350 nm.

  8. Fabrication of mesoporous cerium dioxide films by cathodic electrodeposition.

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    Kim, Young-Soo; Lee, Jin-Kyu; Ahn, Jae-Hoon; Park, Eun-Kyung; Kim, Gil-Pyo; Baeck, Sung-Hyeon

    2007-11-01

    Mesoporous cerium dioxide (Ceria, CeO2) thin films have been successfully electrodeposited onto ITO-coated glass substrates from an aqueous solution of cerium nitrate using CTAB (Cetyltrimethylammonium Bromide) as a templating agent. The synthesized films underwent detailed characterizations. The crystallinity of synthesized CeO2 film was confirmed by XRD analysis and HR-TEM analysis, and surface morphology was investigated by SEM analysis. The presence of mesoporosity in fabricated films was confirmed by TEM and small angle X-ray analysis. As-synthesized film was observed from XRD analysis and HR-TEM image to have well-crystallized structure of cubic phase CeO2. Transmission electron microscopy and small angle X-ray analysis revealed the presence of uniform mesoporosity with a well-ordered lamellar phase in the CeO2 films electrodeposited with CTAB templating. PMID:18047150

  9. Antioxidant activity of levan coated cerium oxide nanoparticles.

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    Kim, Sun-Jung; Chung, Bong Hyun

    2016-10-01

    Levan coated cerium oxide nanoparticles (LCNPs) with the enhanced antioxidant activity were successfully synthesized and characterized. Levan and their derivatives are attractive for biomedical applications attributable to their antioxidant, anti-inflammation and anti-tumor properties. LCNPs were synthesized using the one-pot and green synthesis system with levan. For production of nanoparticles, levan plays a role as a stabilizing and reducing agent. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) analysis showed that LCNPs successfully synthesized. The morphology and size of nanoparticles were confirmed by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and dynamic light scattering (DLS). LCNPs have good water solubility and stability. The conjugation of levan with cerium oxide nanoparticles improved antioxidant activity. Moreover the level of ROS was reduced after treatment of LCNPs to H2O2 stimulated NIH3T3 cells. These results demonstrate that the LCNPs are useful for applying of treatment of ROS induced diseases. PMID:27312651

  10. Adsorption of Fluoride Ion by Inorganic Cerium Based Adsorbent

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    Jiao Zhongzhi(焦中志); Chen Zhonglin; Yang Min; Zhang Yu; Li Guibai

    2004-01-01

    Excess of fluoride in drinking water is harmful to human health, the concentration of F- ions must be maintained in the range of 0.5 to 1.5 mg/L. An inorganic cerium based adsorbent (CTA) is developed on the basis of research of adsorption of fluoride on cerium oxide hydrate. Some adsorption of fluoride by CTA adsorbent experiments were carried out, and results showed that CTA adsorbent has a quick adsorption speed and a large adsorption capacity. Adsorption follows Freundlich isotherm, and low pH value helps fluoride removal. Some physical-chemical characteristics of CTA adsorbent were experimented, fluoride removal mechanism was explored, and results showed that hydroxyl group of CTA adsorbent played an important role in the fluoride removal.

  11. Development of a zinc-cerium redox flow battery

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    Leung, P. K.

    2011-01-01

    Redox flow batteries (RFBs) can be used to store energy on the large and medium scale (kW – MW), particularly in applications such as load levelling of electrical power supplies, power quality control application and facilitating renewable energy deployment. In this thesis, the development of a divided and undivided zinc-cerium redox flow battery from its fundamental chemistry in aqueous methanesulfonic acid has been described. This comprehensive investigation has focused on th...

  12. Purification of cerium, neodymium and gadolinium for low background experiments

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    Boiko R.S.; Barabash A.S.; Belli P.; Bernabei R.; Cappella F.; Cerulli R.; Danevich F.A.; Incicchitti A.; Laubenstein M.; Mokina V.M.; Nisi S.; Poda D.V.; Polischuk O.G.; Tretyak V.I.

    2014-01-01

    Cerium, neodymium and gadolinium contain double beta active isotopes. The most interesting are 150Nd and 160Gd (promising for 0ν2β search), 136Ce (2β+ candidate with one of the highest Q2β). The main problem of compounds containing lanthanide elements is their high radioactive contamination by uranium, radium, actinium and thorium. The new generation 2β experiments require development of methods for a deep purification of lanthanides from the radioactive elements. A combination of physical an...

  13. Properties of ceramics based on cerium dioxide with crystalline filaments

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    Problems of the increase of thermal resistance of ceramics on the basis of cerium dioxide with the interduction of filamentous crystals (FC) of CeO2 and MgO have been considered. It is established that FC of MgO and CeO2 are dissolved in the matrix, foAming fine oblong pores, promoting relaxation of thermal strains and preventing crack propagation, which increases the material thermal resistance

  14. Far infrared properties of PbTe doped with cerium

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    Nikolic, P.M. [Institute of Technical Sciences SASA, Knez Mihailova 35/IV, 11000 Belgrade (Serbia)]. E-mail: nikolic@sanu.ac.yu; Koenig, W. [Max Planck Institut fuer Festkoerperforschung, Heisenbergstrasse 1, 7000 Stuttgart 80 (Germany); Vujatovic, S.S. [Institute of Technical Sciences SASA, Knez Mihailova 35/IV, 11000 Belgrade (Serbia); Blagojevic, V. [Faculty of Electronic Engineering, University of Belgrade, Bulevar Kralja Aleksandra 73, 11000 Belgrade (Serbia); Lukovic, D. [Institute of Technical Sciences SASA, Knez Mihailova 35/IV, 11000 Belgrade (Serbia); Savic, S. [Institute of Technical Sciences SASA, Knez Mihailova 35/IV, 11000 Belgrade (Serbia); Radulovic, K. [Institute of Technical Sciences SASA, Knez Mihailova 35/IV, 11000 Belgrade (Serbia); Urosevic, D. [Mathematical Institute SASA, Knez Mihailova 35/I, 11000 Belgrade (Serbia); Nikolic, M.V. [Center for Multidisciplinary Studies of the University of Belgrade, Kneza Viseslava 1, Belgrade (Serbia)

    2007-05-16

    Single crystal samples of lead telluride doped with cerium were made using the Bridgman method. Far infrared reflectivity spectra in the temperature range from 10 to 300 K are presented. The experimental data were numerically analyzed using a fitting procedure based on the plasmon-phonon interaction model and optical parameters were determined. Two additional local modes were observed at about 138 and 337 cm{sup -1}. The origin of these local vibrational impurity modes was discussed.

  15. Antioxidant Cerium Oxide Nanoparticles in Biology and Medicine

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    Nelson, Bryant C.; Monique E. Johnson; Walker, Marlon L.; Riley, Kathryn R.; Christopher M. Sims

    2016-01-01

    Previously, catalytic cerium oxide nanoparticles (CNPs, nanoceria, CeO2-x NPs) have been widely utilized for chemical mechanical planarization in the semiconductor industry and for reducing harmful emissions and improving fuel combustion efficiency in the automobile industry. Researchers are now harnessing the catalytic repertoire of CNPs to develop potential new treatment modalities for both oxidative- and nitrosative-stress induced disorders and diseases. In order to reach the point where o...

  16. Monomers, Dimers, and Helices: Complexities of Cerium and Plutonium Phenanthrolinecarboxylates.

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    Cary, Samantha K; Ferrier, Maryline G; Baumbach, Ryan E; Silver, Mark A; Lezama Pacheco, Juan; Kozimor, Stosh A; La Pierre, Henry S; Stein, Benjamin W; Arico, Alexandra A; Gray, Danielle L; Albrecht-Schmitt, Thomas E

    2016-05-01

    The reaction of Ce(III) or Pu(III) with 1,10-phenanthroline-2,9-dicarboxylic acid (PDAH2) results in the formation of new f-element coordination complexes. In the case of cerium, Ce(PDA)(H2O)2Cl·H2O (1) or [Ce(PDAH)(PDA)]2[Ce(PDAH)(PDA)] (2) was isolated depending on the Ce/ligand ratio in the reaction. The structure of 2 is composed of two distinct substructures that are constructed from the same monomer. This monomer is composed of a Ce(III) cation bound by one PDA(2-) dianionic ligand and one PDAH(-) monoanionic ligand, both of which are tetradentate. Bridging by the carboxylate moieties leads to either [Ce(PDAH)(PDA)]2 dimers or [Ce(PDAH)(PDA)]1∞ helical chains. For plutonium, Pu(PDA)2 (3) was the only product isolated regardless of the Pu/ligand ratio employed in the reaction. During the reaction of plutonium with PDAH2, Pu(III) is oxidized to Pu(IV), generating 3. This assignment is consistent with structural metrics and the optical absorption spectrum. Ambiguity in the assignment of the oxidation state of cerium in 1 and 2 from UV-vis-near-IR spectra invoked the use of Ce L3,2-edge X-ray absorption near-edge spectroscopy, magnetic susceptibility, and heat capacity measurements. These experiments support the assignment of Ce(III) in both compounds. The bond distances and coordination numbers are also consistent with these assignments. 3 contains 8-coordinate Pu(IV), whereas the cerium centers in 1 and 2 are 9- and/or 10-coordinate, which correlates with the increased size of Ce(III) versus Pu(IV). Taken together, these data provide an example of a system where the differences in the redox behavior between these f elements creates more complex chemistry with cerium than with plutonium. PMID:27070401

  17. Fungus mediated synthesis of biomedically important cerium oxide nanoparticles

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    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • First time biological synthesis of cerium oxide oxide nanoparticles using fungus Humicola sp. • Complete characterization of cerium oxide nanoparticles. • Biosynthesis of naturally protein capped, luminescent and water dispersible CeO2 nanoparticles. • Biosynthesized CeO2 nanoparticles can be used for many biomedical applications. - Abstract: Nanomaterials can be synthesized by chemical, physical and the more recently discovered biological routes. The biological routes are advantageous over the chemical and physical ones as unlike these, the biological synthesis protocols occur at ambient conditions, are cheap, non-toxic and eco-friendly. Although purely biological and bioinspired methods for the synthesis of nanomaterials are environmentally benign and energy conserving processes, their true potential has not been explored yet and attempts are being made to extend the formation of technologically important nanoparticles using microorganisms like fungi. Though there have been reports on the biosynthesis of oxide nanoparticles by our group in the past, no attempts have been made to employ fungi for the synthesis of nanoparticles of rare earth metals or lanthanides. Here we report for the first time, the bio-inspired synthesis of biomedically important cerium oxide (CeO2) nanoparticles using the thermophilic fungus Humicola sp. The fungus Humicola sp. when exposed to aqueous solutions of oxide precursor cerium (III) nitrate hexahydrate (CeN3O9·6H2O) results in the extracellular formation of CeO2 nanoparticles containing Ce (III) and Ce (IV) mixed oxidation states, confirmed by X-ray Photoemission Spectroscopy (XPS). The formed nanoparticles are naturally capped by proteins secreted by the fungus and thus do not agglomerate, are highly stable, water dispersible and are highly fluorescent as well. The biosynthesized nanoparticles were characterized by UV–vis spectroscopy, Photoluminescence spectroscopy (PL), Transmission

  18. Jet formation in cerium metal to examine material strength

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    Examining the evolution of material properties at extreme conditions advances our understanding of numerous high-pressure phenomena from natural events like meteorite impacts to general solid mechanics and fluid flow behavior. Recent advances in synchrotron diagnostics coupled with dynamic compression platforms have introduced new possibilities for examining in-situ, spatially resolved material response with nanosecond time resolution. In this work, we examined jet formation from a Richtmyer-Meshkov instability in cerium initially shocked into a transient, high-pressure phase, and then released to a low-pressure, higher-temperature state. Cerium's rich phase diagram allows us to study the yield stress following a shock induced solid-solid phase transition. X-ray imaging was used to obtain images of jet formation and evolution with 2–3 μm spatial resolution. From these images, an analytic method was used to estimate the post-shock yield stress, and these results were compared to continuum calculations that incorporated an experimentally validated equation-of-state (EOS) for cerium coupled with a deviatoric strength model. Reasonable agreement was observed between the calculations and the data illustrating the sensitivity of jet formation on the yield stress values. The data and analysis shown here provide insight into material strength during dynamic loading which is expected to aid in the development of strength aware multi-phase EOS required to predict the response of matter at extreme conditions

  19. Enhancing cerium and plutonium solubility by reduction in borosilicate glass

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    Cachia, J.-N.; Deschanels, X.; Den Auwer, C.; Pinet, O.; Phalippou, J.; Hennig, C.; Scheinost, A.

    2006-06-01

    High-level radioactive wastes produced by spent fuel reprocessing containing fission and activation products as well as actinides are incorporated in a borosilicate glass. To ensure optimum radionuclide containment, the resulting glass must be as homogeneous as possible. Microscopic heterogeneity can arise from various processes including the excess loading of an element above its solubility limit. The current actinide loading limit is 0.4 wt%. Work is in progress to assess the actinide solubility in these glasses, especially for plutonium. Initially the actinides were simulated by lanthanides and hafnium. The results show that trivalent elements (La, Gd) exhibit greater solubility than tetravalent elements (Pu, Hf). Cerium is an interesting element because its oxidation state varies from IV to III depending on the process conditions, such as the temperature and redox potential of the melt. In order to quantify the solubility increase, cerium-doped glass samples were melted under reducing conditions by adding a reducing agent. The solubility observed at 1473 K increased significantly from 0.95 to 13.00 wt%. Several reducing compounds have been tested. This paper deals with this study and the application to reduce Pu(IV) to Pu(III). The reduction state was characterized by X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XANES) for plutonium and by chemical analysis for cerium. The material homogeneity was verified by optical and scanning electron microscopy. Preliminary findings concerning the reduction of Pu-doped glasses fabricated in hot cells are also discussed.

  20. Dissolution of cerium from cerium-based conversion coatings on Al 7075-T6 in 0.1 M NaCl solutions

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    Highlights: ► Dissolution of cerium from cerium-based conversion coatings (CeCCs) on Al 7075-T6. ► Immersion of CeCCs in 0.1 M NaCl showed dissolution only possible at pH ⩽ 2. ► Corrosion protection of CeCCs is not provided by dissolution of cerium species. ► CeCCs corrosion protection mechanism differ from chromate-based conversion coatings. - Abstract: Cerium-based conversion coatings (CeCCs) were immersed in 0.1 M NaCl for ∼500 h over a range of pH (2.0–5.7) to investigate the dissolution of cerium species. Dissolution was detected by UV–vis spectroscopy only in the pH 2 solution. Similar cerium concentrations were detected from the dissolution of as-deposited and phosphate post-treated CeCCs. Solubility diagrams for Ce(OH)3, Ce(OH)4, CeO2, and CePO4 showed that only Ce(OH)3 was soluble in acidic conditions. Although pKsp(CePO4) ≈ pKsp(Ce(OH)3), the dissolution of the post-treated CeCCs was slightly higher than the as-deposited CeCCs. Thus, corrosion protection of CeCCs is not provided solely by dissolution of cerium species.

  1. The developments and challenges of cerium half-cell in zinc–cerium redox flow battery for energy storage

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    Zinc–cerium redox flow batteries (ZCBs) are emerging as a very promising new technology with the potential to store a large amount of energy economically and efficiently, thanking to its highest thermodynamic open-circuit cell voltage among all the currently studied aqueous redox flow batteries. However, there are numerous scientific and technical challenges that must be overcome if this alluring promise is to turn into reality, from designing the battery structure, to optimizing the electrolyte compositions and elucidating the complex chemical reactions that occur during charge and discharge. This review article is the first summary of the most significant developments and challenges of cerium half-cell and the current understanding of their chemistry. We are certain that this review will be of great interest to audience over a broad range, especially in fields of energy storage, electrochemistry, and chemical engineering

  2. Investigation of diffusion silicide coatings interaction with substrate out of the molybdenum alloy TsM6 at elevated temperatures

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    Researched have been the growth kinetics, structure and composition of the intermediate phases, being formed during the reaction of the MoSi2-based coating with the TsM6 molybdenum alloy at 1300, 1600 and 1800 deg C in the vacuum and in the inert gas medium. It is established that during the annealing of the TsM6 alloy silicide coatings in the 1300-1800 deg C temperature range, the molybdenum disilicide reacts with the alloy base, whereupon lower-silicide-based phases appear. The annealing of the MoB boron-substratum silicide coatings causes the formation of the Mo2B phase at the alloy-MoB boundary and a Mosub(x)(BSi)sub(y) complicated composition phase at the MoB-Mo5Si3 boundary

  3. Induction of pulmonary fibrosis by cerium oxide nanoparticles

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    Ma, Jane Y., E-mail: jym1@cdc.gov [Health Effects Laboratory Division, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Morgantown, WV 26505 (United States); Mercer, Robert R.; Barger, Mark; Schwegler-Berry, Diane; Scabilloni, James [Health Effects Laboratory Division, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Morgantown, WV 26505 (United States); Ma, Joseph K. [School of Pharmacy, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV 26506 (United States); Castranova, Vincent [Health Effects Laboratory Division, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Morgantown, WV 26505 (United States)

    2012-08-01

    Cerium compounds have been used as a diesel engine catalyst to lower the mass of diesel exhaust particles, but are emitted as cerium oxide (CeO{sub 2}) nanoparticles in the diesel exhaust. In a previous study, we have demonstrated a wide range of CeO{sub 2}-induced lung responses including sustained pulmonary inflammation and cellular signaling that could lead to pulmonary fibrosis. In this study, we investigated the fibrogenic responses induced by CeO{sub 2} in a rat model at various time points up to 84 days post-exposure. Male Sprague Dawley rats were exposed to CeO{sub 2} by a single intratracheal instillation. Alveolar macrophages (AM) were isolated by bronchial alveolar lavage (BAL). AM-mediated cellular responses, osteopontin (OPN) and transform growth factor (TGF)-β1 in the fibrotic process were investigated. The results showed that CeO{sub 2} exposure significantly increased fibrotic cytokine TGF-β1 and OPN production by AM above controls. The collagen degradation enzymes, matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-2 and -9 and the tissue inhibitor of MMP were markedly increased in the BAL fluid at 1 day- and subsequently declined at 28 days after exposure, but remained much higher than the controls. CeO{sub 2} induced elevated phospholipids in BAL fluid and increased hydroxyproline content in lung tissue in a dose- and time-dependent manner. Immunohistochemical analysis showed MMP-2, MMP-9 and MMP-10 expressions in fibrotic regions. Morphological analysis noted increased collagen fibers in the lungs exposed to a single dose of 3.5 mg/kg CeO{sub 2} and euthanized at 28 days post-exposure. Collectively, our studies show that CeO{sub 2} induced fibrotic lung injury in rats, suggesting it may cause potential health effects. -- Highlights: ► Cerium oxide exposure significantly affected the following parameters in the lung. ► Induced fibrotic cytokine OPN and TGF-β1 production and phospholipidosis. ► Caused imbalance of the MMP-9/ TIMP-1 ratio that favors fibrosis

  4. Induction of pulmonary fibrosis by cerium oxide nanoparticles

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    Cerium compounds have been used as a diesel engine catalyst to lower the mass of diesel exhaust particles, but are emitted as cerium oxide (CeO2) nanoparticles in the diesel exhaust. In a previous study, we have demonstrated a wide range of CeO2-induced lung responses including sustained pulmonary inflammation and cellular signaling that could lead to pulmonary fibrosis. In this study, we investigated the fibrogenic responses induced by CeO2 in a rat model at various time points up to 84 days post-exposure. Male Sprague Dawley rats were exposed to CeO2 by a single intratracheal instillation. Alveolar macrophages (AM) were isolated by bronchial alveolar lavage (BAL). AM-mediated cellular responses, osteopontin (OPN) and transform growth factor (TGF)-β1 in the fibrotic process were investigated. The results showed that CeO2 exposure significantly increased fibrotic cytokine TGF-β1 and OPN production by AM above controls. The collagen degradation enzymes, matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-2 and -9 and the tissue inhibitor of MMP were markedly increased in the BAL fluid at 1 day- and subsequently declined at 28 days after exposure, but remained much higher than the controls. CeO2 induced elevated phospholipids in BAL fluid and increased hydroxyproline content in lung tissue in a dose- and time-dependent manner. Immunohistochemical analysis showed MMP-2, MMP-9 and MMP-10 expressions in fibrotic regions. Morphological analysis noted increased collagen fibers in the lungs exposed to a single dose of 3.5 mg/kg CeO2 and euthanized at 28 days post-exposure. Collectively, our studies show that CeO2 induced fibrotic lung injury in rats, suggesting it may cause potential health effects. -- Highlights: ► Cerium oxide exposure significantly affected the following parameters in the lung. ► Induced fibrotic cytokine OPN and TGF-β1 production and phospholipidosis. ► Caused imbalance of the MMP-9/ TIMP-1 ratio that favors fibrosis. ► Cerium oxide particles were detected in

  5. Electrochemical behavior of carbon paper on cerium methanesulfonate electrolytes for zinc-cerium flow battery

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    The voltammetric behavior of the Ce(III)/(IV) half-cell reaction in various electrolytes containing 0.6 M Ce was investigated on both pristine and metal-modified carbon paper (CP) electrodes at three different temperatures (25, 40 and 55 °C) in order to find the most favorable electrochemical conditions. The pristine CP displayed robust electrochemical performance for up to 200 repetitive CV cycles while the Pt loaded electrode’s performance was stable for only 70 cycles, even though the latter exhibited a more reversible behavior, moving from a quasi-reversible to a reversible system (Dox. = 4.0 × 10−6 cm2 s−1 and Dred. = 2.5 × 10−6 cm2 s−1). The In and La metal modified electrodes did not show any improvement with regard to the kinetics or reversibility of the reaction. The addition of 1 M H2SO4 to the base electrolyte enhanced the cerium reduction reaction by a factor of 3, (−7.2 × 10−3 A cm−2). The highest exchange current densities (jo) were achieved at 40 °C for the CP-Pt (1 × 10−3 A cm−2) attributable to the presence of the catalytic Pt. Elevated temperatures (40 and 55 °C) improved D and ΔEp. while also the mass transport parameters a) dynamic viscosity (∼1.5 mPa·s) and b) electrolytic conductivity (∼265 mS cm−1) of the Ce(III)/(IV) half-cell reaction. Overall, pristine CP and to a lesser extent CP-Pt demonstrated good stability with prolonged cycling and kinetics comparable with the ones of Pt and Pt based electrodes

  6. X-ray photoemission spectromicroscopy of titanium silicide formation in patterned microstructures

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    Singh, S.; Solak, H.; Cerrina, F. [Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison, Stoughton, WI (United States)] [and others

    1997-04-01

    Titanium silicide has the lowest resistivity of all the refractory metal silicides and has good thermal stability as well as excellent compatibility with Al metallization. It is used as an intermediate buffer layer between W vias and the Si substrate to provide good electrical contact in ULSI technology, whose submicron patterned features form the basis of the integrated circuits of today and tomorrow, in the self aligned silicide (salicide) formation process. TiSi{sub 2} exists in two phases: a metastable C49 base-centered orthorhombic phase with specific resistivity of 60-90 {mu}{Omega}-cm that is formed at a lower temperature (formation anneal) and the stable 12-15 {mu}{Omega}-cm resistivity face-centered orthorhombic C54 phase into which C49 is transformed with a higher temperature (conversion anneal) step. C54 is clearly the target for low resistivity VLSI interconnects. However, it has been observed that when dimensions shrink below 1/mic (or when the Ti thickness drops below several hundred angstroms), the transformation of C49 into C54 is inhibited and agglomeration often occurs in fine lines at high temperatures. This results in a rise in resistivity due to incomplete transformation to C54 and because of discontinuities in the interconnect line resulting from agglomeration. Spectromicroscopy is an appropriate tool to study the evolution of the TiSi2 formation process because of its high resolution chemical imaging ability which can detect bonding changes even in the absence of changes in the relative amounts of species and because of the capability of studying thick {open_quotes}as is{close_quotes} industrial samples.

  7. The fabrication and performance of Canadian silicide dispersion fuel for test reactors

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    Fuel fabrication effort is now concentrated on the commissioning of large-scale process equipment, defining product specifications, developing a quality assurance plan, and setting up a mini-computer material accountancy system. In the irradiation testing program, full-size NRU assemblies containing 20% enriched silicide dispersion fuel have been Irradiated successfully to burnups in the range 65-80 atomic percent. Irradiations have also been conducted on mini-elements having 1.2 mm diameter holes In their mid-sections, some drilled before irradiation and others after irradiation to 22-83 atomic percent burnup. Uranium was lost to the coolant in direct proportion to the surface area of exposed core material. Pre-irradiation in the intact condition appeared to reduce in-reactor corrosion. Fuel cores developed for the NRU reactor are dimensionally very stable, swelling by only 6-8% at the very high burnup of 93 atomic percent. Two important factors contributing to this good performance are cylindrical clad restraint and coarse silicide particles. Thermal ramping tests were conducted on irradiated silicide aspersion fuels. Small segments of fuel cores released 85Kr starting at about 520 deg. C and peaking at about 680 deg C. After a holding period of 1 hour at 720 deg. C a secondary 85Kr peak occurred during cooling (at about 330 deg. C) probably due to thermal contraction cracking. Whole mini-elements irradiated to 93 atomic percent burnup were also ramped thermally, with encouraging results. After about 0.25 h at 530 deg. C the aluminum cladding developed very localized small blisters, some with penetrating pin-hole cracks preventing gross pillowing or ballooning. (author)

  8. The new ternary silicide Gd5CoSi2: Structural, magnetic and magnetocaloric properties

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    Gd5CoSi2 was prepared by annealing at 1003 K. Its investigation by the X-ray powder diffraction shows that the ternary silicide crystallizes in a tetragonal structure deriving from the Cr5B3-type (I4/mcm space group; a=7.5799(4) and c=13.5091(12) A as unit cell parameters). The Rietveld refinement shows a mixed occupancy on the (8h) site between Si and Co atoms. Magnetization and specific heat measurements performed on Gd5CoSi2 reveal a ferromagnetic behaviour below TC=168 K. This magnetic ordering is associated to an interesting magnetocaloric effect; the adiabatic temperature change ΔTad is about 3.1 and 5.9 K, respectively, for a magnetic field change of 2 and 4.6 T. -- Graphical abstract: The adiabatic temperature change ΔTad was determined by combining the heat capacity measurements and the magnetization data. As expected, a peak near the Curie temperature of the Gd5CoSi2 ternary silicide is observed, with a maximum of ΔTad around 3.1 and 5.9 K for ΔH=2 and 4.6 T, respectively. Display Omitted Research Highlights: → We prepare and characterize for the first time the ternary silicide Gd5CoSi2. → Gd5CoSi2 crystallizes in the tetragonal structure deriving from the Cr5B3-type. → Gd5CoSi2 shows a ferromagnetic behaviour below 168 K associated with magnetocaloric properties.

  9. High pressure studies on uranium and thorium silicide compounds: Experiment and theory

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    Yagoubi, S., E-mail: said.yagoubi@u-psud.fr [European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Transuranium Elements, Postfach 2340, D-76125 Karlsruhe (Germany); LEEL SIS2M UMR 3299 CEA-CNRS, CEA Saclay, F-91191 Gif-Sur-Yvette (France); Departement de Chimie, Universite Paris-Sud 11, 91405 Orsay (France); Heathman, S. [European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Transuranium Elements, Postfach 2340, D-76125 Karlsruhe (Germany); Svane, A. [Department of Physics, University of Aarhus, DK 8000, Aarhus C (Denmark); Vaitheeswaran, G. [ACRHEM, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad 500 046, Andhra Pradesh (India); Heines, P.; Griveau, J.-C. [European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Transuranium Elements, Postfach 2340, D-76125 Karlsruhe (Germany); Le Bihan, T. [European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, 38043 Grenoble (France); Idiri, M.; Wastin, F.; Caciuffo, R. [European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Transuranium Elements, Postfach 2340, D-76125 Karlsruhe (Germany)

    2013-01-05

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer High pressure studies on uranium and thorium silicide compounds. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Bulk modulus B{sub 0} at ambient pressure are obtained from the measured P-V relations. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Experimental results are well reproduced by the calculated equation of state. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The electronic densities of states are calculated for ThSi, USi and USi2. - Abstract: The actinide silicides ThSi, USi and USi{sub 2} have been studied under high pressure using both theory and experiment. High pressure synchrotron X-ray diffraction experiments were performed on polycrystalline samples in diamond anvil cells at room temperature and for pressures up to 54, 52 and 26 GPa, for ThSi, USi and USi{sub 2}, respectively. At ambient conditions, the uranium silicides crystallize in tetragonal structures (space groups: I4/mmm for USi and I4{sub 1}/amd for USi{sub 2}), while ThSi adopts an orthorhombic structure (space group: Pbnm) (including an anharmonic analysis of the silicon). These structures are found to be stable with no structural transitions observed up to the highest pressures achieved. The zero-pressure bulk modulus B{sub 0} and its pressure derivative B{sub 0}{sup Prime} at ambient pressure are obtained from the measured P-V relations. The experiments are accompanied by first principles calculations using the full-potential linear muffin-tin orbital method within the generalized gradient approximation for exchange-correlation effects. Experimental results are well reproduced by the calculated equation of state and ground state properties.

  10. Combustion synthesis of molybdenum silicides and borosilicides for ultrahigh-temperature structural applications

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    Alam, Mohammad Shafiul

    Molybdenum silicides and borosilicides are promising structural materials for gas-turbine power plants. A major challenge, however, is to simultaneously achieve high oxidation resistance and acceptable mechanical properties at high temperatures. For example, molybdenum disilicide (MoSi2) has excellent oxidation resistance and poor mechanical properties, while Mo-rich silicides such as Mo5Si3 (called T 1) have much better mechanical properties but poor oxidation resistance. One approach is based on the fabrication of MoSi2-T 1 composites that combine high oxidation resistance of MoSi2 and good mechanical properties of T1. Another approach involves the addition of boron to Mo-rich silicides for improving their oxidation resistance through the formation of a borosilicate surface layer. In particular, Mo 5SiB2 (called T2) phase is considered as an attractive material. In the thesis, MoSi2-T1 composites and materials based on T2 phase are obtained by mechanically activated SHS. Use of SHS compaction (quasi-isostatic pressing) significantly improves oxidation resistance of the obtained MoSi2-T1 composites. Combustion of Mo-Si-B mixtures for the formation of T2 phase becomes possible if the composition is designed for the addition of more exothermic reactions leading to the formation of molybdenum boride. These mixtures exhibit spin combustion, the characteristics of which are in good agreement with the spin combustion theory. Oxidation resistance of the obtained Mo-Si-B materials is independent on the concentration of Mo phase in the products so that the materials with a higher Mo content are preferable because of better mechanical properties. Also, T2 phase has been obtained by the chemical oven combustion synthesis technique.

  11. Effect of Annealing Temperature on the Formation of Silicides and the Surface Morphologies of PtSi Films

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    2001-01-01

    The effect of annealing temperature on the formation of the PtSi phase, distribution of silicides and the surface morphologies of silicides films is investigated by XPS, AFM. It is shown that the phase sequences of the films change from Pt-Pt2Si-PtSi-Si to Pt+Pt2Si+PtSi-PtSi-Si or Pt+Pt2Si+PtSi-PtSi-Si with an increase of annealing temperature and the reason for the formation of mixed layers is discussed.

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

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

  13. Silicidation of Mo-alloyed ytterbium: Mo alloying effects on microstructure evolution and contact properties

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    In this study, we investigated the effects of Mo addition to Yb as a contact material with Si for metal–oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistors (MOSFETs) to mitigate oxidation problems, a persistent problem for rare-earth metal-based contacts (such as Yb/Si and Er/Si). Our thorough materials characterization using transmission electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction unravels Mo segregation during silicidation and its effect against oxidation. I–V characteristics, measured from Schottky diodes produced from the samples, reflect such microstructure evolution and demonstrate a strong improvement in contact properties at high temperatures

  14. Estimations on uranium silicide fuel prototypes for their irradiation and postirradiation

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    The 'Silicide' project includes the qualification of this type of research reactor fuel to be used i.e. in the Argentine RA-3 and to confirm CNEA's role as an international supplier. The present paper shows complementary basic information for P-04 prototype post-irradiation, which is already under way, and some parameter values related to the new P-06 prototype to be taken into account for planning its irradiation and post-irradiation. The reliability of these values has been evaluated through comparison with experimental results. The reported results contribute, also, to a parallel study on the nuclear data libraries used in calculations for this type of reactor. (author)

  15. Tungsten silicide contacts to polycrystalline silicon and silicon-germanium alloys

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    Srinivasan, G. [Northern Ireland Semiconductor Research Centre, School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Queen' s University, Ashby Building, Stranmillis Road, Belfast BT9 5AH, Northern Ireland (United Kingdom)]. E-mail: g.srinivasan@ee.qub.ac.uk; Bain, M.F. [Northern Ireland Semiconductor Research Centre, School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Queen' s University, Ashby Building, Stranmillis Road, Belfast BT9 5AH, Northern Ireland (United Kingdom); Bhattacharyya, S. [Northern Ireland Semiconductor Research Centre, School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Queen' s University, Ashby Building, Stranmillis Road, Belfast BT9 5AH, Northern Ireland (United Kingdom); Baine, P. [Northern Ireland Semiconductor Research Centre, School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Queen' s University, Ashby Building, Stranmillis Road, Belfast BT9 5AH, Northern Ireland (United Kingdom); Armstrong, B.M. [Northern Ireland Semiconductor Research Centre, School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Queen' s University, Ashby Building, Stranmillis Road, Belfast BT9 5AH, Northern Ireland (United Kingdom); Gamble, H.S. [Northern Ireland Semiconductor Research Centre, School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Queen' s University, Ashby Building, Stranmillis Road, Belfast BT9 5AH, Northern Ireland (United Kingdom); McNeill, D.W. [Northern Ireland Semiconductor Research Centre, School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Queen' s University, Ashby Building, Stranmillis Road, Belfast BT9 5AH, Northern Ireland (United Kingdom)

    2004-12-15

    Silicon-germanium alloy layers will be employed in the source-drain engineering of future MOS transistors. The use of this technology offers advantages in reducing series resistance and decreasing junction depth resulting in reduction in punch-through and SCE problems. The contact resistance of metal or metal silicides to the raised source-drain material is a serious issue at sub-micron dimensions and must be minimised. In this work, tungsten silicide produced by chemical vapour deposition has been investigated as a contact metallization scheme to both boron and phosphorus doped polycrystalline Si{sub 1-} {sub x} Ge {sub x} , with 0 {<=}x {<=} 0.3. Cross bridge Kelvin resistor (CKBR) structures were fabricated incorporating CVD WSi{sub 2} and polycrystalline SiGe. Tungsten silicide contacts to control polysilicon CKBR structures have been shown to be of high quality with specific contact resistance {rho} {sub c} values 3 x 10{sup -7} ohm cm{sup 2} and 6 x 10{sup -7} ohm cm{sup 2} obtained to boron and phosphorus implanted samples respectively. The SiGe CKBR structures show that the inclusion of Ge yields a reduction in {rho} {sub c} for both dopant types. The boron doped SiGe exhibits a reduction in {rho} {sub c} from 3 x 10{sup -7} to 5 x 10{sup -8} ohm cm{sup 2} as Ge fraction is increased from 0 to 0.3. The reduction in {rho} {sub c} has been shown to be due to (i) the lowering of the tungsten silicide Schottky barrier height to p-type SiGe resulting from the energy band gap reduction, and (ii) increased activation of the implanted boron with increased Ge fraction. The phosphorus implanted samples show less sensitivity of {rho} {sub c} to Ge fraction with a lowest value in this work of 3 x 10{sup -7} ohm cm{sup 2} for a Ge fraction of 0.3. The reduction in specific contact resistance to the phosphorus implanted samples has been shown to be due to increased dopant activation alone.

  16. Modeling the band structure of the higher manganese silicides starting from Mn$_4$Si$_7$

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    V., Vijay Shankar; Tseng, Yu-Chih; Kee, Hae-Young

    2016-01-01

    The higher manganese silicides (HMS), with the chemical formula MnSi$_x$($x \\approx 1.73 - 1.75$), have been attracted a lot of attention due to their potential application as thermoelectric materials. While the electronic band structures of HMS have been previously studied using first principle calculations, the relation between crystal structures of Mn and Si atoms and their band structures is not well understood. Here we study Mn$_4$Si$_7$ using first principle calculations and show that a...

  17. Transient behavior of silicide plate-type fuel during reactivity initiated accident conditions

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    The results of transient experiments using a low enriched uranium silicide mini-plate fuel (19 w/o 235U, 4.8gU/c.c.) for research reactors are described. Studies were addressed mainly to clarifying 1) fuel failure threshold and failure mechanism, and 2) dimensional stability of the fuel plate at the temperature ranged from 140degC to 970degC. The pulse irradiation of the mini-plate fuels was performed in the Nuclear Safety Research Reactor (NSRR) at the Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute (JAERI). (author)

  18. Synthesis of metallic silicide fullerenes and the characteristics thereof by mass spectrometry

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    CHEN YiChi; GUO Liang; ZHU LiQun

    2007-01-01

    Direct current arc discharge is used for the study on the synthesis of metallofullerenes (MFs) to discover whether there exist metallic silicide fullerenes and silicon fullerenes. The resultant components are isolated by the multistage high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and analyzed with the Time-of-Flight (TOF) mass spectrometry. Results show that there exist fullerenes such as SiC69, YSi2C64, YSi2C78, Y3Si2C78 as well as Y2Si2C90 which are structurally similar to (Y2C2)@C82.

  19. Synthesis of metallic silicide fullerenes and the characteristics thereof by mass spectrometry

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    2007-01-01

    Direct current arc discharge is used for the study on the synthesis of metallo-fullerenes (MFs) to discover whether there exist metallic silicide fullerenes and silicon fullerenes. The resultant components are isolated by the multistage high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and analyzed with the Time-of-Flight (TOF) mass spectrometry. Results show that there exist fullerenes such as SiC69, YSi2C64, YSi2C78, Y3Si2C78 as well as Y2Si2C90 which are structurally similar to (Y2C2)@C82.

  20. Neutronic calculations of PARR-1 cores using leu-silicide fuel. [leu (low enriched uranium)

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    Arshad, M.; Bakhtyar, S.; Hayat, T.; Salahuddin, A.

    1991-08-01

    Detailed neutronic calculations have been carried out for different PARR-1 cores utilizing Low Enriched Uranium (LEU) silicide fuel and operating at an upgraded power of 9 MW. The calculations include the search for critical loadings in open and stall ends of the pool, neutronic analysis of the first full power operation and the equilibrium cores. The burnup study of the equilibrium core and calculations for discharged fuel inventory have also been carried out. Further, the reactivity coefficients of the first full power operation core are evaluated for use in the accident analysis.

  1. Oxidation resistant silicide coatings for Nbss/Nb5Si3 in-situ composites

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    Oxidation protective silicide coatings for the new Nbss/Nb5Si3 in-situ composites were prepared by molten salt method. The experiment results indicated that the majority phase in the coating was NbSi2. More Nb5Si3 was formed at the interface between the substrate and NbSi2 layer during the oxidation. The oxidation resistance of the composites was improved by the coating, significantly. The improvement in the oxidation resistance of the composites maybe mainly attributed to the formation of large amount of SiO2 and Al2O3 on surface of coating. (orig.)

  2. Direct growth of cerium oxide nanorods on diverse substrates for superhydrophobicity and corrosion resistance

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    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Cerium oxide nanorods were uniformly grown on diverse substrates. • Changes in growth conditions led to morphology evolution of cerium oxide nanostructures. • The grown cerium oxide nanostructures were single or poly crystalline. • Direct growth of cerium oxide nanorods made the diverse substrates superhydrophobic and anti-corrosive without any surface modifiers. - Abstract: Superhydrophobic surfaces with anti-corrosion properties have attracted great interest in many industrial fields, particularly to enhance the thermal performance of offshore applications such as heat exchangers, pipelines, power plants, and platform structures. Nanostructures with hydrophobic materials have been widely utilized to realize superhydrophobicity of surfaces, and cerium oxide has been highlighted due to its good corrosion resistive and intrinsically hydrophobic properties. However, few studies of direct growth of cerium oxide nanostructures on diverse substrates have been reported. Herein we report a facile hydrothermal method to directly grow cerium oxide nanorods on diverse substrates, such as aluminum alloy, stainless steel, titanium, and silicon. Diverse substrates with cerium oxide nanorods exhibited superhydrophobicity with no hydrophobic modifiers on their surfaces, and showed good corrosion resistive properties in corrosive medium. We believe our method could pave the way for realization of scalable and sustainable corrosion resistive superhydrophobic surfaces in many industrial fields

  3. EIS study of nano crystalline Ni-cerium oxide coating electrodeposition mechanism

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    Hasannejad, H. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Shahrabi, T., E-mail: Tshahrabi34@modares.ac.ir [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Jafarian, M. [Department of Chemistry, K.N. Toosi University of Technology, P.O. Box 15875-4416, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Rouhaghdam, A. Sabour [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2011-02-03

    Research highlights: > In this study a new procedure was used for electrodeposition of Ni-cerium oxide amorphous-nano crystalline composite coatings. The innovation of this method is that the metal and oxides are deposited simultaneously on the samples from the plating bath solution containing Ni ions and Ce ions with no powder added. - Abstract: In this study a novel procedure was used for the electrodeposition of Ni-cerium oxide nano crystalline composite coatings. The novelty of this method lies in the fact that the metal and the oxide are both deposited simultaneously on the substrate, directly from the plating bath containing Ni and Ce ions with no oxide powder addition. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) were used to study the mechanisms of Ni-CeO{sub 2} nanocomposite coating deposition. The results indicated that the morphology of Ni-cerium oxide coatings varied based on the Ni:Ce ion ratio. When this ratio exceeds 100, sporadic distribution of cerium oxide in the Ni matrix occurred. On the other hand, when the aforementioned ratio was less than 100, it was found that Ni species were dispersed in a continuous film of cerium oxide. Furthermore, it was observed that Ni in Ni-cerium oxide composite coating was nanocrystalline, while cerium oxide was amorphous. Introduction of the cerium ions to the plating bath resulted in the reduction of the Ni grains average size.

  4. Electrodeposition of cerium from fused mixture of CeCl sub(3)+NaCl-KCl

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    Metallic cerium has been prepared by fused salt electrolysis of 30% CeCl sub(3)+ NaCl-KCl (equimolar) mixture, in the temperature ranged 650-850 sup(0)C, in argon atmosphere. The metal nodules were collected from solidified salts bath. Analysis of these nodules has been done and a 97,3% metallic cerium was obtained. (author)

  5. EIS study of nano crystalline Ni-cerium oxide coating electrodeposition mechanism

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    Research highlights: → In this study a new procedure was used for electrodeposition of Ni-cerium oxide amorphous-nano crystalline composite coatings. The innovation of this method is that the metal and oxides are deposited simultaneously on the samples from the plating bath solution containing Ni ions and Ce ions with no powder added. - Abstract: In this study a novel procedure was used for the electrodeposition of Ni-cerium oxide nano crystalline composite coatings. The novelty of this method lies in the fact that the metal and the oxide are both deposited simultaneously on the substrate, directly from the plating bath containing Ni and Ce ions with no oxide powder addition. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) were used to study the mechanisms of Ni-CeO2 nanocomposite coating deposition. The results indicated that the morphology of Ni-cerium oxide coatings varied based on the Ni:Ce ion ratio. When this ratio exceeds 100, sporadic distribution of cerium oxide in the Ni matrix occurred. On the other hand, when the aforementioned ratio was less than 100, it was found that Ni species were dispersed in a continuous film of cerium oxide. Furthermore, it was observed that Ni in Ni-cerium oxide composite coating was nanocrystalline, while cerium oxide was amorphous. Introduction of the cerium ions to the plating bath resulted in the reduction of the Ni grains average size.

  6. Direct growth of cerium oxide nanorods on diverse substrates for superhydrophobicity and corrosion resistance

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    Cho, Young Jun; Jang, Hanmin; Lee, Kwan-Soo [School of Mechanical Engineering, Hanyang University, Seoul 133-791 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Dong Rip, E-mail: dongrip@hanyang.ac.kr [School of Mechanical Engineering, Hanyang University, Seoul 133-791 (Korea, Republic of); Institute of Nano Science and Technology, Hanyang University, Seoul 133-791 (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-06-15

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Cerium oxide nanorods were uniformly grown on diverse substrates. • Changes in growth conditions led to morphology evolution of cerium oxide nanostructures. • The grown cerium oxide nanostructures were single or poly crystalline. • Direct growth of cerium oxide nanorods made the diverse substrates superhydrophobic and anti-corrosive without any surface modifiers. - Abstract: Superhydrophobic surfaces with anti-corrosion properties have attracted great interest in many industrial fields, particularly to enhance the thermal performance of offshore applications such as heat exchangers, pipelines, power plants, and platform structures. Nanostructures with hydrophobic materials have been widely utilized to realize superhydrophobicity of surfaces, and cerium oxide has been highlighted due to its good corrosion resistive and intrinsically hydrophobic properties. However, few studies of direct growth of cerium oxide nanostructures on diverse substrates have been reported. Herein we report a facile hydrothermal method to directly grow cerium oxide nanorods on diverse substrates, such as aluminum alloy, stainless steel, titanium, and silicon. Diverse substrates with cerium oxide nanorods exhibited superhydrophobicity with no hydrophobic modifiers on their surfaces, and showed good corrosion resistive properties in corrosive medium. We believe our method could pave the way for realization of scalable and sustainable corrosion resistive superhydrophobic surfaces in many industrial fields.

  7. Cerium doped red mud catalytic ozonation for bezafibrate degradation in wastewater: Efficiency, intermediates, and toxicity.

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    Xu, Bingbing; Qi, Fei; Sun, Dezhi; Chen, Zhonglin; Robert, Didier

    2016-03-01

    In this study, the performance of bezafibrate (BZF) degradation and detoxification in the aqueous phase using cerium-modified red mud (RM) catalysts prepared using different cerium sources and synthesis methods were evaluated. Experimental results showed that the surface cerium modification was responsible for the development of the catalytic activity of RM and this was influenced by the cerium source and the synthesis method. Catalyst prepared from cerium (IV) by precipitation was found to show the best catalytic activity in BZF degradation and detoxification. Reactive oxygen species including peroxides, hydroxyl radicals, and super oxide ions were identified in all reactions and we proposed the corresponding catalytic reaction mechanism for each catalyst that prepared from different cerium source and method. This was supported by the intermediates profiles that were generated upon BZF degradation. The surface and the structural properties of cerium-modified RM were characterized in detail by several analytical methods. Two interesting findings were made: (1) the surface texture (specific surface area and mesoporous volume) influenced the catalytic reaction pathway; and (2) Ce(III) species and oxygen vacancies were generated on the surface of the catalyst after cerium modification. This plays an important role in the development of the catalytic activity. PMID:26706928

  8. Tuning Reactivity and Electronic Properties through Ligand Reorganization within a Cerium Heterobimetallic Framework

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    Robinson, Jerome R.; Gordon, Zachary; Booth, Corwin H.; Carroll, Patrick J.; Walsh, Patrick J.; Schelter, Eric J.

    2014-06-24

    Cerium compounds have played vital roles in organic, inorganic, and materials chemistry due to their reversible redox chemistry between trivalent and tetravalent oxidation states. However, attempts to rationally access molecular cerium complexes in both oxidation states have been frustrated by unpredictable reactivity in cerium(III) oxidation chemistry. Such oxidation reactions are limited by steric saturation at the metal ion, which can result in high energy activation barriers for electron transfer. An alternative approach has been realized using a rare earth/alkali metal/1,1'-BINOLate (REMB) heterobimetallic framework, which uses redox-inactive metals within the secondary coordination sphere to control ligand reorganization. The rational syntheses of functionalized cerium(IV) products and a mechanistic examination of the role of ligand reorganization in cerium(III) oxidation are presented.

  9. Uranium silicide pellet fabrication by powder metallurgy for accident tolerant fuel evaluation and irradiation

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    Harp, Jason M.; Lessing, Paul A.; Hoggan, Rita E.

    2015-11-01

    In collaboration with industry, Idaho National Laboratory is investigating uranium silicide for use in future light water reactor fuels as a more accident resistant alternative to uranium oxide base fuels. Specifically this project was focused on producing uranium silicide (U3Si2) pellets by conventional powder metallurgy with a density greater than 94% of the theoretical density. This work has produced a process to consistently produce pellets with the desired density through careful optimization of the process. Milling of the U3Si2 has been optimized and high phase purity U3Si2 has been successfully produced. Results are presented from sintering studies and microstructural examinations that illustrate the need for a finely ground reproducible particle size distribution in the source powder. The optimized process was used to produce pellets for the Accident Tolerant Fuel-1 irradiation experiment. The average density of these pellets was 11.54 ± 0.06 g/cm3. Additional characterization of the pellets by scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction has also been performed. Pellets produced in this work have been encapsulated for irradiation, and irradiation in the Advanced Test Reactor is expected soon.

  10. Uranium silicide pellet fabrication by powder metallurgy for accident tolerant fuel evaluation and irradiation

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    In collaboration with industry, Idaho National Laboratory is investigating uranium silicide for use in future light water reactor fuels as a more accident resistant alternative to uranium oxide base fuels. Specifically this project was focused on producing uranium silicide (U3Si2) pellets by conventional powder metallurgy with a density greater than 94% of the theoretical density. This work has produced a process to consistently produce pellets with the desired density through careful optimization of the process. Milling of the U3Si2 has been optimized and high phase purity U3Si2 has been successfully produced. Results are presented from sintering studies and microstructural examinations that illustrate the need for a finely ground reproducible particle size distribution in the source powder. The optimized process was used to produce pellets for the Accident Tolerant Fuel-1 irradiation experiment. The average density of these pellets was 11.54 ±0.06 g/cm3. Additional characterization of the pellets by scaning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction has also been performed. As a result, pellets produced in this work have been encapsulated for irradiation, and irradiation in the Advanced Test Reactor is expected soon

  11. Effect of annealing on magnetic properties and silicide formation at Co/Si interface

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    Shivani Agarwal; V Ganesan; A K Tyagi; I P Jain

    2006-11-01

    The interaction of Co (30 nm) thin films on Si (100) substrate in UHV using solid state mixing technique has been studied. Cobalt was deposited on silicon substrate using electron beam evaporation at a vacuum of 4 × 10-8 Torr having a deposition rate of about 0.1 Å/s. Reactivity at Co/Si interface is important for the understanding of silicide formation in thin film system. In the present paper, cobalt silicide films were characterized by atomic force microscopy (AFM) and secondary ion mass spectroscopy (SIMS) in terms of the surface and interface morphologies and depth profile, respectively. The roughness of the samples was found to increase up to temperature, 300°C and then decreased with further rise in temperature, which was due to the formation of crystalline CoSi2 phase. The effect of mixing on magnetic properties such as coercivity, remanence etc at interface has been studied using magneto optic Kerr effect (MOKE) techniques at different temperatures. The value of coercivity of pristine sample and 300°C annealed sample was found to be 66 Oe and 40 Oe, respectively, while at high temperature i.e. 748°C, the hysteresis disappears which indicates the formation of CoSi2 compound.

  12. Magnesium and Manganese Silicides For Efficient And Low Cost Thermo-Electric Power Generation

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    Trivedi, Sudhir B. [Brimrose Technology Corporation; Kutcher, Susan W. [Brimrose Technology Corporation; Rosemeier, Cory A. [Brimrose Technology Corporation; Mayers, David [Brimrose Technology Corporation; Singh, Jogender [Pennsylvania State University

    2013-12-02

    Thermoelectric Power Generation (TEPG) is the most efficient and commercially deployable power generation technology for harvesting wasted heat from such things as automobile exhausts, industrial furnaces, and incinerators, and converting it into usable electrical power. We investigated the materials magnesium silicide (Mg2Si) and manganese silicide (MnSi) for TEG. MgSi2 and MnSi are environmentally friendly, have constituent elements that are abundant in the earth's crust, non-toxic, lighter and cheaper. In Phase I, we successfully produced Mg2Si and MnSi material with good TE properties. We developed a novel technique to synthesize Mg2Si with good crystalline quality, which is normally very difficult due to high Mg vapor pressure and its corrosive nature. We produced n-type Mg2Si and p-type MnSi nanocomposite pellets using FAST. Measurements of resistivity and voltage under a temperature gradient indicated a Seebeck coefficient of roughly 120 V/K on average per leg, which is quite respectable. Results indicated however, that issues related to bonding resulted in high resistivity contacts. Determining a bonding process and bonding material that can provide ohmic contact from room temperature to the operating temperature is an essential part of successful device fabrication. Work continues in the development of a process for reproducibly obtaining low resistance electrical contacts.

  13. Mitigation of interfacial silicide reactions for electroplated CoPt films on Si substrates

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    Oniku, Ololade D.; Arnold, David P.

    2015-12-01

    We report in this paper the influence of film thickness on the material and magnetic properties of electroplated CoPt permanent magnets. Layers of CoPt magnets with film thicknesses ranging from 0.5 μm to 5 μm are deposited into photoresist molds (3.5 mm x 3.5 mm square and 5 μm x 50 μm arrays) on a (100)Si substrate coated with 10 nm/100 nm Ti/Cu adhesion/seed layer. Results show an unexpected reduction in magnetic properties for films below 2 μm thick. This effect is determined to be a consequence of metal-silicide reactions at the substrate interface during annealing leading to the formation of a non-magnetic layer at the interface. Subsequently, a TiN diffusion-barrier layer is added to inhibit the silicide reaction and thereby maintain strong magnetic properties (Hci ∼800 kA/m, Mr/Ms = 0.8) in micron- thick electroplated CoPt layers.

  14. Prediction of Stable Ruthenium Silicides from First-Principles Calculations: Stoichiometries, Crystal Structures, and Physical Properties.

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    Zhang, Chuanzhao; Kuang, Xiaoyu; Jin, Yuanyuan; Lu, Cheng; Zhou, Dawei; Li, Peifang; Bao, Gang; Hermann, Andreas

    2015-12-01

    We present results of an unbiased structure search for stable ruthenium silicide compounds with various stoichiometries, using a recently developed technique that combines particle swarm optimization algorithms with first-principles calculations. Two experimentally observed structures of ruthenium silicides, RuSi (space group P2(1)3) and Ru2Si3 (space group Pbcn), are successfully reproduced under ambient pressure conditions. In addition, a stable RuSi2 compound with β-FeSi2 structure type (space group Cmca) was found. The calculations of the formation enthalpy, elastic constants, and phonon dispersions demonstrate the Cmca-RuSi2 compound is energetically, mechanically, and dynamically stable. The analysis of electronic band structures and densities of state reveals that the Cmca-RuSi2 phase is a semiconductor with a direct band gap of 0.480 eV and is stabilized by strong covalent bonding between Ru and neighboring Si atoms. On the basis of the Mulliken overlap population analysis, the Vickers hardness of the Cmca structure RuSi2 is estimated to be 28.0 GPa, indicating its ultra-incompressible nature. PMID:26576622

  15. Prospect of Uranium Silicide fuel element with hypostoichiometric (Si ≤3.7%)

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    An attempt to obtain high uranium-loading in silicide dispersion fuel element using the fabrication technology applicable nowadays can reach Uranium-loading slightly above 5 gU/cm3. It is difficult to achieve a higher uranium-loading than that because of fabricability constraints. To overcome those difficulties, the use of uranium silicide U3Si based is considered. The excess of U is obtained by synthesising U3Si2 in Si-hypostoichiometric stage, without applying heat treatment to the ingot as it can generate undesired U3Si. The U U will react with the matrix to form U alx compound, that its pressure is tolerable. This experiment is to consider possibilities of employing the U3Si2 as nuclear fuel element which have been performed by synthesising U3Si2-U with the composition of 3.7 % weigh and 3 % weigh U. The ingot was obtained and converted into powder form which then was fabricated into experimental plate nuclear fuel element. The interaction between free U and Al-matrix during heat-treatment is the rolling phase of the fuel element was observed. The study of the next phase will be conducted later

  16. Facile Preparation of a Platinum Silicide Nanoparticle-Modified Tip Apex for Scanning Kelvin Probe Microscopy.

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    Lin, Chun-Ting; Chen, Yu-Wei; Su, James; Wu, Chien-Ting; Hsiao, Chien-Nan; Shiao, Ming-Hua; Chang, Mao-Nan

    2015-12-01

    In this study, we propose an ultra-facile approach to prepare a platinum silicide nanoparticle-modified tip apex (PSM tip) used for scanning Kelvin probe microscopy (SKPM). We combined a localized fluoride-assisted galvanic replacement reaction (LFAGRR) and atmospheric microwave annealing (AMA) to deposit a single platinum silicide nanoparticle with a diameter of 32 nm on the apex of a bare silicon tip of atomic force microscopy (AFM). The total process was completed in an ambient environment in less than 3 min. The improved potential resolution in the SKPM measurement was verified. Moreover, the resolution of the topography is comparable to that of a bare silicon tip. In addition, the negative charges found on the PSM tips suggest the possibility of exploring the use of current PSM tips to sense electric fields more precisely. The ultra-fast and cost-effective preparation of the PSM tips provides a new direction for the preparation of functional tips for scanning probe microscopy. PMID:26471480

  17. Preliminary investigations on the use of uranium silicide targets for fission Mo-99 production

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    Cols, H.; Cristini, P.; Marques, R.

    1997-08-01

    The National Atomic Energy Commission (CNEA) of Argentine Republic owns and operates an installation for production of molybdenum-99 from fission products since 1985, and, since 1991, covers the whole national demand of this nuclide, carrying out a program of weekly productions, achieving an average activity of 13 terabecquerel per week. At present they are finishing an enlargement of the production plant that will allow an increase in the volume of production to about one hundred of terabecquerel. Irradiation targets are uranium/aluminium alloy with 90% enriched uranium with aluminium cladding. In view of international trends held at present for replacing high enrichment uranium (HEU) for enrichment values lower than 20 % (LEU), since 1990 the authors are in contact with the RERTR program, beginning with tests to adapt their separation process to new irradiation target conditions. Uranium silicide (U{sub 3}Si{sub 2}) was chosen as the testing material, because it has an uranium mass per volume unit, so that it allows to reduce enrichment to a value of 20%. CNEA has the technology for manufacturing miniplates of uranium silicide for their purposes. In this way, equivalent amounts of Molybdenum-99 could be obtained with no substantial changes in target parameters and irradiation conditions established for the current process with Al/U alloy. This paper shows results achieved on the use of this new target.

  18. Geometry-dependent phase, stress state and electrical properties in nickel-silicide nanowires

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    Wang, C. C.; Lai, W. T.; Hsiao, Y. Y.; Chen, I. H.; George, T.; Li, P. W.

    2016-05-01

    We report that the geometry of single-crystalline Si nanowires (NWs) prior to salicidation at 500 °C is the key factor controlling the phase, stress state, and electrical resistivity of the resulting Ni x Si y NWs of width less than 100 nm. This is a radical departure from previous observations of a single phase formation for nickel silicides generated from the silicidation of bulk Si substrates. The phase transition from NiSi for large NWs ( W Si NW  =  250–450 nm) to Ni2Si for small NWs ( W Si NW  =  70–100 nm) is well correlated with the observed volumetric expansion and electrical resistivity variation with the NW width. For the extremely small dimensions of Ni x Si y NWs, we propose that the preeminent, kinetics-based Zhang and d’Heurle model for salicidation be modified to a more thermodynamically-governed, volume-expansion dependent Ni x Si y phase formation. A novel, plastic deformation mechanism is proposed to explain the observed, geometry-dependent Ni x Si y NW phase formation that also strongly influences the electrical performance of the NWs.

  19. Study of temperature dependent zirconium silicide phases in Zr/Si structure by differential scanning calorimetry

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    The differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) technique is employed to study the formation of different silicide compounds of Zr thin-film deposited on a 100 μm-thick Si (1 0 0) substrate by dc sputtering. A detailed analysis shows that silicide layers start growing at  ∼246 °C that changes to stable ZrSi2 at 627 °C via some compounds with different stoichiometric ratios of Zr and Si. It is further observed that oxygen starts reacting with Zr at  ∼540 °C but a stoichiometric ZrO2 film is formed after complete consumption of Zr metal at 857 °C. A further rise in temperature changes a part of ZrSi2 to Zr-Silicate. The synchrotron radiation-based grazing incidence x-ray diffraction and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy studies also corroborate the above findings. Atomic force microscopy is also carried out on the samples. It is evident from the observations that an intermixing and nucleation of Zr and Si occur at lower temperature prior to the formation of the interfacial silicate layer. Zr-Silicate formation takes place only at a higher temperature. (paper)

  20. Two-dimensional electronic structure of dysprosium silicide nanowires on Si(557)

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    Rare earth silicide nanostructures are of high interest because of their extremely low Schottky barriers on n-Si(111) and the formation of nanowires with one-dimensional metallicity on Si(001). In this work, the self-organized growth of monolayer-thick dysprosium silicide nanowires on Si(557) has been studied by scanning tunnelling microscopy and angle-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy. The bare Si(557) surface is characterized by (111) and (112) facets. Accordingly, we observed the nanowires forming on the (111) facets. For coverages of 2A dysprosium, nanowire lengths exceeding 1μm and widths around 5 nm were found. Their electronic structure shows a strong dispersion both parallel and perpendicular to the nanowires, which is assigned to the band structure of DySi2 monolayers on Si(111). At higher coverages similar nanowires are observed at the (111) facets, which show characteristic structural properties of the multilayer growth and also the Dy3Si5 multilayer band structure

  1. The recrystallization and texture of magnesium-zinc-cerium alloys

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    Mackenzie, L.W.F. [Novelis Global Technology Centre, 945 Princess Street, Kingston, Ontario, K7L 5L9 (Canada); Department of Mining and Materials Engineering, McGill University, 3610 University, Montreal, Quebec, H3A 2B2 (Canada)], E-mail: luke.mackenzie@novelis.com; Pekguleryuz, M.O. [Department of Mining and Materials Engineering, McGill University, 3610 University, Montreal, Quebec, H3A 2B2 (Canada)

    2008-09-15

    Optical microscopy, electron backscatter diffraction and X-ray diffraction are employed to characterize the microstructures and textures of as-rolled and annealed Mg-1Zn and Mg-1Zn-xCe. Mg-1Zn exhibited 'basal' textures: the basal poles aligned with the sheet normal direction. With the addition of cerium, the texture was basal when recrystallization was limited; during recrystallization, the basal texture component weakened, to be replaced by a component with basal poles rotated {approx}45 deg. towards the transverse direction. Deformation, recrystallization and texture are discussed.

  2. The recrystallization and texture of magnesium-zinc-cerium alloys

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    Optical microscopy, electron backscatter diffraction and X-ray diffraction are employed to characterize the microstructures and textures of as-rolled and annealed Mg-1Zn and Mg-1Zn-xCe. Mg-1Zn exhibited 'basal' textures: the basal poles aligned with the sheet normal direction. With the addition of cerium, the texture was basal when recrystallization was limited; during recrystallization, the basal texture component weakened, to be replaced by a component with basal poles rotated ∼45 deg. towards the transverse direction. Deformation, recrystallization and texture are discussed

  3. Formation of Mg silicides on amorphous Si. Origin and role of high pressure in the film growth

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    Growth of Mg film on amorphous Si (a-Si) at room temperature in UHV conditions was studied in situ with optical differential reflection spectroscopy and electron energy loss spectroscopy. The phase composition of the film was also studied by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. The mechanism of silicide film growth on a-Si is considered. The origin of internal stress within the growing film and its role in the silicide film growth process are discussed. Due to high pressure occurring within the growing film, the first phase to form is the hexagonal silicide phase h-Mg2Si. According to the DRS data, the phase h-Mg2Si is semiconducting. The new peak in the differential reflectance spectrum is assigned to the h-Mg2Si. At later stages of Mg deposition the cubic silicide phase c-Mg2Si grows. - Highlights: • The film growth by UHV deposition of Mg on amorphous Si layer was studied. • Two Mg2Si phases, hexagonal and cubic, were formed on amorphous Silicon. • The metastable h-Mg2Si forms first, due to very high stress inside the film. • The stress is induced by chemical forces during intermixing of Mg with Si. • The film growth stages are clearly seen by Differential Reflectance Spectroscopy

  4. Aluminium alloyed iron-silicide/silicon solar cells: A simple approach for low cost environmental-friendly photovoltaic technology

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    Kumar Dalapati, Goutam; Masudy-Panah, Saeid; Kumar, Avishek; Cheh Tan, Cheng; Ru Tan, Hui; Chi, Dongzhi

    2015-12-01

    This work demonstrates the fabrication of silicide/silicon based solar cell towards the development of low cost and environmental friendly photovoltaic technology. A heterostructure solar cells using metallic alpha phase (α-phase) aluminum alloyed iron silicide (FeSi(Al)) on n-type silicon is fabricated with an efficiency of 0.8%. The fabricated device has an open circuit voltage and fill-factor of 240 mV and 60%, respectively. Performance of the device was improved by about 7 fold to 5.1% through the interface engineering. The α-phase FeSi(Al)/silicon solar cell devices have promising photovoltaic characteristic with an open circuit voltage, short-circuit current and a fill factor (FF) of 425 mV, 18.5 mA/cm2, and 64%, respectively. The significant improvement of α-phase FeSi(Al)/n-Si solar cells is due to the formation p+-n homojunction through the formation of re-grown crystalline silicon layer (~5-10 nm) at the silicide/silicon interface. Thickness of the regrown silicon layer is crucial for the silicide/silicon based photovoltaic devices. Performance of the α-FeSi(Al)/n-Si solar cells significantly depends on the thickness of α-FeSi(Al) layer and process temperature during the device fabrication. This study will open up new opportunities for the Si based photovoltaic technology using a simple, sustainable, and los cost method.

  5. Soil organic matter influences cerium translocation and physiological processes in kidney bean plants exposed to cerium oxide nanoparticles.

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    Majumdar, Sanghamitra; Peralta-Videa, Jose R; Trujillo-Reyes, Jesica; Sun, Youping; Barrios, Ana C; Niu, Genhua; Margez, Juan P Flores-; Gardea-Torresdey, Jorge L

    2016-11-01

    Soil organic matter plays a major role in determining the fate of the engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) in the soil matrix and effects on the residing plants. In this study, kidney bean plants were grown in soils varying in organic matter content and amended with 0-500mg/kg cerium oxide nanoparticles (nano-CeO2) under greenhouse condition. After 52days of exposure, cerium accumulation in tissues, plant growth and physiological parameters including photosynthetic pigments (chlorophylls and carotenoids), net photosynthesis rate, transpiration rate, and stomatal conductance were recorded. Additionally, catalase and ascorbate peroxidase activities were measured to evaluate oxidative stress in the tissues. The translocation factor of cerium in the nano-CeO2 exposed plants grown in organic matter enriched soil (OMES) was twice as the plants grown in low organic matter soil (LOMS). Although the leaf cover area increased by 65-111% with increasing nano-CeO2 concentration in LOMS, the effect on the physiological processes were inconsequential. In OMES leaves, exposure to 62.5-250mg/kg nano-CeO2 led to an enhancement in the transpiration rate and stomatal conductance, but to a simultaneous decrease in carotenoid contents by 25-28%. Chlorophyll a in the OMES leaves also decreased by 27 and 18% on exposure to 125 and 250mg/kg nano-CeO2. In addition, catalase activity increased in LOMS stems, and ascorbate peroxidase increased in OMES leaves of nano-CeO2 exposed plants, with respect to control. Thus, this study provides clear evidence that the properties of the complex soil matrix play decisive roles in determining the fate, bioavailability, and biological transport of ENMs in the environment. PMID:27343939

  6. Influence of Al addition on phase transformation and thermal stability of nickel silicides on Si(0 0 1)

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    Highlights: ► The presence of Al slows down the Ni2Si–NiSi phase transformation but significantly promotes the NiSi2−xAlx formation. ► The behavior of phase transformation strongly depends on the Al concentration of the initial Ni1−xAlx alloys. ► The Ni0.91Al0.09/Si system exhibits remarkably improved thermal stability, even after high temperature annealing for 1000 s. ► The relationship between microstructures, electrical property, and thermal stability of Ni(Al) silicides is discussed. -- Abstract: The influence of Al addition on the phase transformation and thermal stability of Ni silicides on (0 0 1)Si has been systematically investigated. The presence of Al atoms is found to slow down the Ni2Si–NiSi phase transformation but significantly promote the NiSi2−xAlx formation during annealing. The behavior of phase transformation strongly depends on the Al concentration of the initial Ni1−xAlx alloys. Compared to the Ni0.95Pt0.05/Si and Ni0.95Al0.05/Si system, the Ni0.91Al0.09/Si sample exhibits remarkably enhanced thermal stability, even after high temperature annealing for 1000 s. The relationship between microstructures, electrical property, and thermal stability of Ni silicides is discussed to elucidate the role of Al during the Ni1−xAlx alloy silicidation. This work demonstrated that thermally stable Ni1−xAlx alloy silicides would be a promising candidate as source/drain (S/D) contacts in advanced complementary metal–oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) devices

  7. Hydrothermal synthesis of cerium titanate nanorods and its application in visible light photocatalysis

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    Highlights: • Cerium titanate nanorods have been synthesized by a simple hydrothermal process. • The size of the cerium titanate nanorods can be controlled by growth conditions. • Cerium titanate nanorods exhibit good photocatalytic activities for methyl blue. - Abstract: Cerium titanate nanorods have been prepared via a hydrothermal process using sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) as the surfactant. The cerium titanate nanorods have been analyzed by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), high-resolution TEM (HRTEM), and ultraviolet–visible (UV–vis) diffuse reflectance spectrum. XRD shows that the nanorods are composed of CeTi21O38 phase. Electron microscopy observations indicate that the nanorods have good single crystalline nature. The diameter and length of the nanorods are about 50–200 nm and 1–2 μm, respectively. Cerium titanate nanorods have a band gap of 2.65 eV. The photocatalytic activities of the nanorods have been investigated by degrading methylene blue (MB) under visible light irradiation. MB solution with the concentration of 10 mg L−1 can be degraded totally with the irradiation time increasing to 240 min. Cerium titanate nanorods exhibit great potential in photocatalytic degradation of MB under visible light irradiation

  8. An environmentally compliant cerium-based conversion coating for aluminum protection

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    Lin, Xuan

    Chromate conversion coatings have been extensively used in the aircraft industry for the corrosion protection of aluminum alloys. Unfortunately, hexavalent chromium, which is a primary component in the chromating process, is a confirmed carcinogen. Because of rising remediation and disposal costs caused by increasingly strict regulations, the replacement of the traditional chromate conversion process is becoming a top priority in the metal finishing industry. This research focused on the electrodeposition of cerium-based coatings on 7075-T6 aluminum alloy in an electrolyte containing a cerium salt, an oxidizing agent and an organic solvent. The cerium-rich deposits were characterized by phase composition, oxidation state, coating thickness, surface morphology, deposition mechanism and polarization behavior. Chemical and electrochemical tests were utilized to compare the corrosion resistance between cerium-based coatings and chromate conversion coatings. To characterize and simulate the deposition process, a variety of approaches were utilized to study the oxidation states of cerium in various soluble and precipitated forms as a function of hydrogen peroxide and electrolyte pH. The pH ranges where the oxidation and reduction reactions dominate were determined. Further studies were performed to optimize the corrosion performance of cerium-based coatings and to understand the effects of electrolyte constituents and deposition parameters. The optimum levels for these variables were identified. A patent disclosure on the cerium-based coating process was made to the University of Missouri-Rolla and has now been officially filed with the U.S. Patent Office.

  9. X-ray absorption study of cerium in the passive film on aluminum

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    The corrosion-resistance of aluminum-based alloys and metal-matrix composites can be increased by treatment with cerium compounds. Immersion in a 1000 ppm solution of Ce Cl3 for periods of several days has been shown to increase the pitting potential and reduce the corrosion rate. Such treatment is being considered as an alternative to the use of chromate conversion coatings. The protective action of cerium is considered to be due to the formation of a film containing cerium oxide/hydroxide with cerium in the oxidation states 3 and 4. This occurs by precipitation of cerium compounds onto cathodic sites due to the increase of pH associated with oxygen reduction. Cerium compounds are considerably less soluble than aluminum compounds at high pH. It is proposed that the cerium oxide/hydroxide creates a barrier to the reduction of oxygen stifling cathodic reaction with a corresponding reduction in corrosion rate and open circuit potential. Glancing angle x-ray techniques are well-suited to studying the composition and structure of surface layers on materials. X-rays incident at very small angles (of the order of milliradians) below the critical angle do not penetrate beyond the surface layers of the material. With the extremely high brightness beams of x-rays provided by synchrotron sources the authors detect and characterize the chemical state of elements present in low concentrations in the surface of materials

  10. The solubility of cerium in La2Ti2O7 by DFT + U calculations

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    To investigate the solubility of cerium in La2Ti2O7, the density functional theory plus Hubbard U correction (DFT + U) approach is employed. The geometrical structure, solution energy and electronic structure of La2−yCeyTi2O7 (0 ≤ y ≤ 2) have been analyzed. The results reveal that the La2Ti2O7–Ce2Ti2O7 solid solution exits over the entire range of cerium content. The calculated increase in the O48f positional parameter, x, with increasing cerium content, may indicate the increased radiation resistance. The results of the density of states distribution and the Bader charge for each ion in La2Ti2O7–Ce2Ti2O7 solid solution suggest that cerium exhibits a reduced charge state in the solid solution. - Highlights: • La2Ti2O7–Ce2Ti2O7 solid solution exits over the entire range of cerium content from 0 to 2. • Cerium incorporation in La2Ti2O7 may lead to increased radiation resistance of La2−yCeyTi2O7 (0 ≤ y ≤ 2) . • Cerium in the solid solution of La2−yCeyTi2O7 (0 ≤ y ≤ 2) exhibits a reduced charge state

  11. Novel in situ coordinated cerium salt/acrylonitrile-butadiene rubber composite

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    A novel rubber composite of acrylonitrile-butadiene rubber (NBR) filled with cerium salt particles was vulcanized via in situ coordination for the first time. The resulting materials exhibit good mechanical properties. Curing characteristics analysis, differential scanning calorimetry, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, tensile testing, and an equilibrium swelling method were used for the characterization of the composite. The results in this paper indicate that the composite is a kind of elastomer based on the in situ coordination crosslinking interactions between the nitrile groups (–CN) of NBR and cerium ions. The mechanical properties of vulcanized cerium salt/ NBR rubber are altered when changing the sorts of cerium salt. Moreover, these materials show good irradiation resistance because of the introduction of the cerium salt. -- Highlights: ► Cerium salts were firstly used to vulcanize the acrylonitrile-butadiene rubber. ► Cerium salts act as not only crosslink agents but also reinforcing fillers in the matrix. ► These materials show good irradiation resistance and mechanical properties at same time.

  12. Characterization of microstructure and catalytic of cerium oxide obtained by colloidal solution

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    This study investigated to obtain particles of cerium oxide, for use as catalysts for the combustion of methane using the technique of through polymeric colloidal solution. Obtaining the colloidal system is based on hydrolysis of salts such as cerium acetylacetonate, cerium nitrate in the presence of additives such as polyvinylbutyral (PVB), polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) and polyvinyl acetate (PVA), at concentrations of 5, 10 and 15% in aqueous or alcoholic medium. These solutions containing ions of interest were subjected to a heat treatment at 650° C for 30 minutes, with heating rate of 2 ° C/ min. After heat treatment, the fibers were characterized according to their morphology, surface area, crystallinity, weight loss and catalytic activity. Samples obtained from cerium acetylacetonate were more reactive than the cerium nitrate to the combustion of methane, as showed greater conversions and higher temperatures reached during the process, which is of utmost importance since the combustion catalytic methane is used for generating thermal energy. After the reaction with methane, the samples underwent significant change in surface area, probably due to the intensity of combustion reactions of the nitrate and the generation of heat involved in this reaction, which gave rise to coarse particles. During the combustion process using the obtained from particles of cerium acetylacetonate, there was the release of large quantities of nitrogen compared to the results of assays with the particles obtained with cerium nitrate. (author)

  13. Mesoscopic structure of cerium waste loaded hydrated cement by SANS

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    Cementation is one of the most commonly used methods for conditioning radioactive wastes. It provides a cost-effective solution for encapsulation of low and intermediate level radioactive wastes into suitable solid form for long term safety storage. Cerium is used for decontamination of alpha contaminated metallic waste and after this decontamination process, secondary wastes with corrosion products are created, which must be managed properly and cemented for near surface disposal. In the present work, modification of mesoscopic structure in hydrated cement due to addition of simulated cerium waste at different concentrations has been investigated by small-angle neutron scattering (SANS). Structural modifications, in mesoscopic length scale, have been observed. The scattering profiles for three kinds of cement blocks (virgin, 10 g/l and 20 g/l of corrosion product (C.P.) with 4 mm thickness) are shown. Data have been analyzed in the light of polydisperse spherical particles model assuming a log-normal distribution. Widely separated bimodal particle size distributions best represent the present data. Further, it has been observed that the scattering profile obeys power-law (Q-n) behaviour in two domains of Q, which reflects the self-similar/self-affined morphology of the inhomogeneities. Estimated parameters from SANS data are tabulated. A comparison is shown mentioning the value of scattering radius of gyration, exponent values (η) and average particle size for each kind of hydrated cement sample. (author)

  14. Cerium fluoride nanoparticles protect cells against oxidative stress

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    Shcherbakov, Alexander B.; Zholobak, Nadezhda M. [Zabolotny Institute of Microbiology and Virology, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Kyiv D0368 (Ukraine); Baranchikov, Alexander E. [Kurnakov Institute of General and Inorganic Chemistry of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow 119991 (Russian Federation); Ryabova, Anastasia V. [Prokhorov General Physics Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow 119991 (Russian Federation); National Research Nuclear University MEPhI (Moscow Engineering Physics Institute), Moscow 115409 (Russian Federation); Ivanov, Vladimir K., E-mail: van@igic.ras.ru [Kurnakov Institute of General and Inorganic Chemistry of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow 119991 (Russian Federation); National Research Tomsk State University, Tomsk 634050 (Russian Federation)

    2015-05-01

    A novel facile method of non-doped and fluorescent terbium-doped cerium fluoride stable aqueous sols synthesis is proposed. Intense green luminescence of CeF{sub 3}:Tb nanoparticles can be used to visualize these nanoparticles' accumulation in cells using confocal laser scanning microscopy. Cerium fluoride nanoparticles are shown for the first time to protect both organic molecules and living cells from the oxidative action of hydrogen peroxide. Both non-doped and terbium-doped CeF{sub 3} nanoparticles are shown to provide noteworthy protection to cells against the vesicular stomatitis virus. - Highlights: • Facile method of CeF{sub 3} and CeF{sub 3}:Tb stable aqueous sols synthesis is proposed. • Naked CeF{sub 3} nanoparticles are shown to be non-toxic and to protect cells from the action of H{sub 2}O{sub 2}. • CeF{sub 3} and CeF{sub 3}:Tb nanoparticles are shown to protect living cells against the vesicular stomatitis virus.

  15. Sorption removal of arsenic by cerium-exchanged zeolite P

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    Modification of zeolite P was performed by exchanged of its sodium with cerium(III). The resulting cerium-exchanged zeolite P, (CeZP) did not change in its crystallinity compared to original zeolite. The CeZP was subsequently used to sorb As(V) from aqueous solution. Maximum sorption of As(V) by CeZP occurred at pH range 3-10. In addition, the sorption capacity increased with increasing initial As(V) concentrations. The sorption follows Langmuir model with maximum sorption capacity of 8.72 mg g-1 at 25 deg. C and increased to 23.42 mg g-1 at 90 deg. C, indicating an endothermic process. The arsenic sorption by CeZP was not affected by the present of nitrate, chloride, sulphate, carbonate and bromide but was reduced significantly in the presence of phosphate. This study shows that the as prepared CeZP was found effective for the removal of arsenic from wastewater sample of wood treatment industry

  16. New sunscreen materials based on amorphous cerium and titanium phosphate

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    Cerium-titanium pyrophosphates Ce1-xTi xP2O7 (with x = 0, 0.50, and 1.0), which are novel phosphate materials developed as UV-shielding agents for use in cosmetics, were characterized by X-ray diffraction, X-ray fluorescent analysis, UV-vis reflectance, and Raman spectroscopy. Since the optical reflectance shifted to lower wavelengths by the crystallization of the phosphates and the stabilization of the amorphous state of the cerium-titanium pyrophosphates was carried out by doping niobium (Nb). Raman spectroscopic study of the phosphate showed that P-O-P bending and stretching modes decreased with the loading of Nb, accompanying with the formation of Nb-O stretching mode. Therefore, the increase in the amount of the non-bridging oxygen in the amorphous phosphate should be the reason for the inhibition of the crystallization. This stabilization is a significant improvement, which enables to apply these amorphous phosphates not only to cosmetics and paints, but also plastics and films

  17. Altering properties of cerium oxide thin films by Rh doping

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    Highlights: • Thin films of ceria doped by rhodium deposited by RF magnetron sputtering. • Concentration of rhodium has great impact on properties of Rh–CeOx thin films. • Intensive oxygen migration in films with low concentration of rhodium. • Oxygen migration suppressed in films with high amount of Rh dopants. - Abstract: Ceria containing highly dispersed ions of rhodium is a promising material for catalytic applications. The Rh–CeOx thin films with different concentrations of rhodium were deposited by RF magnetron sputtering and were studied by soft and hard X-ray photoelectron spectroscopies, Temperature programmed reaction and X-ray powder diffraction techniques. The sputtered films consist of rhodium–cerium mixed oxide where cerium exhibits a mixed valency of Ce4+ and Ce3+ and rhodium occurs in two oxidation states, Rh3+ and Rhn+. We show that the concentration of rhodium has a great influence on the chemical composition, structure and reducibility of the Rh–CeOx thin films. The films with low concentrations of rhodium are polycrystalline, while the films with higher amount of Rh dopants are amorphous. The morphology of the films strongly influences the mobility of oxygen in the material. Therefore, varying the concentration of rhodium in Rh–CeOx thin films leads to preparing materials with different properties

  18. Cerium compounds in the fashion of the light actinides

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    Researchers familiar with the light actinides easily recognize in cerium compounds a microcosm of the rich variety of properties seen in the light actinides. The parallelism seen between comparable cerium and actinide compounds strongly suggests that the same physical models are applicable. The most significant is the relative size of the f-orbital. Localization is generally tighter in Ce compounds than uranium compounds, making Ce roughly analogous to Np through Am. A way to see the actinide parallelism is to compare Hill plots. Compounds in the different regions of the plots (representing different physics) are isostructural compounds with the same companion (B) elements. The most common materials exhibiting a direct f-f interaction are the cubic Laves compounds. Accordingly, we have determined the band structures of CeRu2, CeRh2, CeIr2, CeOs2, and CeNi2. Compounds illustrative of the interaction of f-orbitals with ligand orbitals are the Cu3Au structured materials. Materials calculated in this class are CeRh3, CePd3, and CeSn3 - the materials of much interest as mixed valent. Although the focus is on the Ce compounds, calculations performed on uranium isomorphs are used to highlight the interesting physics

  19. Spectrophotometric determination of Cerium from Monazite Bangka using Tiron reagent

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    To anticipate the analysis of individual rare earth element from monazite processing which have done at PTPBGN division and samples from other division of P2BGN, and to develop the Ce analysis method by spectrophotometric using tiron reagent. The purpose of the experiment is to find out the method and the condition of Ce analysis with high accuracy and applicable. The variable observation were cerium-tiron spectrum, pH, ligand concentration, buffer concentration, linearity, anion influence, limit detection, impurities of elements and complex stability. The complex of cerium-tiron produce the maximum absorption at 497.5 nm and stable until 8 hours. The optimum conditions of this method was : tiron concentration is 0.25 %, pH 8.5 with buffer solution sodium acetate is 0.3 M. Detection limit is 1.00 ppm and area of linearity between 1 - 100 ppm, and PO4, Fe, U and Ti was influence to this method. The content of Ce from 2 samples of monazite Bangka which determine by this method was 18%

  20. Cerium fluoride nanoparticles protect cells against oxidative stress

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    A novel facile method of non-doped and fluorescent terbium-doped cerium fluoride stable aqueous sols synthesis is proposed. Intense green luminescence of CeF3:Tb nanoparticles can be used to visualize these nanoparticles' accumulation in cells using confocal laser scanning microscopy. Cerium fluoride nanoparticles are shown for the first time to protect both organic molecules and living cells from the oxidative action of hydrogen peroxide. Both non-doped and terbium-doped CeF3 nanoparticles are shown to provide noteworthy protection to cells against the vesicular stomatitis virus. - Highlights: • Facile method of CeF3 and CeF3:Tb stable aqueous sols synthesis is proposed. • Naked CeF3 nanoparticles are shown to be non-toxic and to protect cells from the action of H2O2. • CeF3 and CeF3:Tb nanoparticles are shown to protect living cells against the vesicular stomatitis virus

  1. The van Hemmen-Kondo model for disordered cerium systems

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    The interplay between disorder and strong correlations has been observed experimentally in disordered cerium alloys such as Ce(Ni, Cu) or Ce(Pd, Rh). In the case of Ce(Ni, Cu) alloys with a Cu concentration x between 0.6 and 0.3, the first studies have shown a smooth transition with decreasing temperature from a spin glass phase to ferromagnetism; for x smaller than 0.2, a Kondo phase has been observed. The situation is more complicated now due to the recent observation of magnetic clusters. The competition between the Kondo effect, the spin glass (SG) and the ferromagnetic (FE) ordering has been extensively studied theoretically. The Kondo effect is described by the usual mean-field approximation; we have treated the SG behavior successively by the Sherrington-Kirkpatrick model, then by the Mattis model and finally by the van Hemmen model, which takes both a ferromagnetic part and a site-disorder random part for the intersite exchange interaction. We present here the results obtained by the van Hemmen-Kondo model: for a large Kondo exchange JK, a Kondo phase is obtained while, for smaller JK, the succession of an SG phase, a mixed SG-FE one and finally an FE one has been obtained with decreasing temperature. This model improves the theoretical description of disordered Kondo systems by providing a simpler approach for further calculations of magnetic clusters and can, therefore, account for recent experimental data on disordered cerium systems.

  2. New sunscreen materials based on amorphous cerium and titanium phosphate

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    Masui, Toshiyuki [Department of Applied Chemistry, Faculty of Engineering and Handai Frontier Research Center, Osaka University, 2-1 Yamadaoka, Suita, Osaka 565-0871 (Japan); Hirai, Hidekazu [Department of Applied Chemistry, Faculty of Engineering and Handai Frontier Research Center, Osaka University, 2-1 Yamadaoka, Suita, Osaka 565-0871 (Japan); Imanaka, Nobuhito [Department of Applied Chemistry, Faculty of Engineering and Handai Frontier Research Center, Osaka University, 2-1 Yamadaoka, Suita, Osaka 565-0871 (Japan)]. E-mail: imanaka@chem.eng.osaka-u.ac.jp; Adachi, Gin-ya [Juri Institute for Environmental Science and Chemistry, College of Analytical Chemistry, 2-1-8 Temma, Kita-ku, Osaka 530-0043 (Japan)

    2006-02-09

    Cerium-titanium pyrophosphates Ce{sub 1-x}Ti {sub x}P{sub 2}O{sub 7} (with x = 0, 0.50, and 1.0), which are novel phosphate materials developed as UV-shielding agents for use in cosmetics, were characterized by X-ray diffraction, X-ray fluorescent analysis, UV-vis reflectance, and Raman spectroscopy. Since the optical reflectance shifted to lower wavelengths by the crystallization of the phosphates and the stabilization of the amorphous state of the cerium-titanium pyrophosphates was carried out by doping niobium (Nb). Raman spectroscopic study of the phosphate showed that P-O-P bending and stretching modes decreased with the loading of Nb, accompanying with the formation of Nb-O stretching mode. Therefore, the increase in the amount of the non-bridging oxygen in the amorphous phosphate should be the reason for the inhibition of the crystallization. This stabilization is a significant improvement, which enables to apply these amorphous phosphates not only to cosmetics and paints, but also plastics and films.

  3. Understanding and Improving High-Temperature Structural Properties of Metal-Silicide Intermetallics

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    Bruce S. Kang

    2005-10-10

    The objective of this project was to understand and improve high-temperature structural properties of metal-silicide intermetallic alloys. Through research collaboration between the research team at West Virginia University (WVU) and Dr. J.H. Schneibel at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), molybdenum silicide alloys were developed at ORNL and evaluated at WVU through atomistic modeling analyses, thermo-mechanical tests, and metallurgical studies. In this study, molybdenum-based alloys were ductilized by dispersing MgAl2O4 or MgO spinel particles. The addition of spinel particles is hypothesized to getter impurities such as oxygen and nitrogen from the alloy matrix with the result of ductility improvement. The introduction of fine dispersions has also been postulated to improve ductility by acting as a dislocation source or reducing dislocation pile-ups at grain boundaries. The spinel particles, on the other hand, can also act as local notches or crack initiation sites, which is detrimental to the alloy mechanical properties. Optimization of material processing condition is important to develop the desirable molybdenum alloys with sufficient room-temperature ductility. Atomistic analyses were conducted to further understand the mechanism of ductility improvement of the molybdenum alloys and the results showed that trace amount of residual oxygen may be responsible for the brittle behavior of the as-cast Mo alloys. For the alloys studied, uniaxial tensile tests were conducted at different loading rates, and at room and elevated temperatures. Thermal cycling effect on the mechanical properties was also studied. Tensile tests for specimens subjected to either ten or twenty thermal cycles were conducted. For each test, a follow-up detailed fractography and microstructural analysis were carried out. The test results were correlated to the size, density, distribution of the spinel particles and processing time. Thermal expansion tests were carried out using thermo

  4. [Ion chromatography of L-ascorbic acid, sulfite and thiosulfate using their postcolumn reactions with cerium (IV) and fluorescence detection of cerium (III)].

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    Chen, Q; Hu, K; Miura, Y

    1999-09-01

    An ion chromatographic method was used to separate the species of L-ascorbic acid, sulfite and thiosulfate in their mixtures. This method is based on the separation of each anion in their mixtures by using a separation column, and then on the fluorimetric measurement of cerium (III) formed by a postcolumn reaction of cerium (IV) with the species of L-ascorbic acid, sulfite and thiosulfate in the effluent. The optimal conditions for separating and determining the above three species have been established. By using a 3 mmol/L carbonate eluent, the species of L-ascorbic acid, sulfite and thiosulfate could be eluted at the proper retention times of 1.7, 2.6 and 5.0 min, respectively, and these three anions could be separated completely. The effects of the concentrations of cerium (IV) and sulfuric acid in the postcolumn reaction solution on the chromatographic peak-height were tested in order to obtain the optimal peak-height. It was found that the peak-height at first increases rapidly with an increase in the concentration of cerium (IV) and sulfuric acid respectively up to a certain concertation, then increases slowly. These critical concentrations of cerium (IV) and sulfuric acid also depend on the amount of the analyte injected. Meanwhile the baseline signals of the sepectra increase with an increase in the concentration of cerium (IV). Some concentrations above the critical concentration of sulfuric acid could be selected as the optimal concentration of sulfuric acid, but the concentration of cerium (IV) should be optimized by establishing a compromise between the higher peak-height and the lower baseline signal. The detection limit of this method was found to be 1 mumol/L for thiosulfate when an amount of 100 microL analyte was injected. PMID:12552889

  5. Structural, topographical and electrical properties of cerium doped strontium barium niobate (Ce:SBN60) ceramics

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    Raj, S. Gokul; Mathivanan, V.; Kumar, G. Ramesh; Yathavan, S.; Mohan, R.

    2016-05-01

    Tungsten bronze type cerium doped strontium barium niobate (Ce:SBN - Sr0.6B0.4Nb2O6) ceramics were synthesized by solid state process. Cerium was used as dopant to improve its electrical properties. Influence of Ce+ ions on the photoluminescence properties was investigated in detail. The grain size topographical behavior of SBN powders and their associated abnormal grain growth (AGG) were completely analyzed through SEM studies. Finally dielectric, measurement discusses about the broad phase transition observed due to cerium dopant The results were discussed in detail.

  6. Violet/blue emission from epitaxial cerium oxide films on silicon substrates

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    Violet/blue photoluminescence was observed from epitaxial cerium oxide films on silicon substrates. The films were deposited on silicon (111) substrates under ultrahigh vacuum conditions using pulsed laser ablation of a cerium oxide target and treated by rapid thermal annealing in argon. High resolution transmission electron microscopy and x-ray diffraction measurements indicated the formation of a single crystal cerium oxide phase Ce6O11 different from CeO2 in the annealed films. The emission might be due to charge transfer transitions from the 4f band to the valence band of the oxide. copyright 1997 American Institute of Physics

  7. The study on preparation of high dispersion and pure cerium dioxide for producing automotive exhaust catalysts

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    The multi-stage counter-current solvent extraction process using TBP as the solvent has been carried out for purifying cerium and the ammonium carbonate precipitation method has been used to produce the cerium oxide of high dispersion and pure. The flow sheet of extraction system includes 3 extraction stages with O/A = 0.7,2 stripping stages and 4 scrubbing stages with O/A = 5. The condition for ammonium carbonate precipitation, drying and calcination have been investigated and a procedure that seem to be practically suitable to prepare cerium dioxide powder with great specific surface area for producing automotive exhaust catalyst has been proposed. (LMT)

  8. Effect of Cerium on Mechanical Properties and Morphology of ZZn4-1 Alloy

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    2000-01-01

    Effect of the addition of cerium in appropriate amount on the mechanical properties and morphology of ZZn4-1 alloy was investigated. In the case of samples collected from metal mould, the results show that the addition of cerium in appropriate amount can increase tensile strength and HB hardness, and can refine the microstructure of ZZn4-1 alloy considerably. In the case of samples collected from pressure die-casting, the addition of cerium in appropriate amount can refine the primary η-phase and the eutectic structure of pressure die-casting and improve mechanical and processing properties of the alloy.

  9. Ion exchange reactions in amorphous and crystalline aluminium silicates from solution of cerium salts

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    Reactions of ion-exchange of Na+ by Ce3+ and NH4+ on the zeolite containing catalyst, amorphous silica alumina and zeolite Y have been studied. The cerium cations are shown to be exchanged by the Na+ cations with more selectivity than the anmonia cations. In the case of the zeolite containing catalyst and amorphous silica alumina the region of the staggered ion-exchange from the mixture of the solutions of cerium and ammonium sulphates was been detected. This is explained by the formation fo cerium complexes with the sulphate ions

  10. Modified fused silicide coatings for tantalum (Ta-10W) reentry heat shields

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    Packer, C. M.; Perkins, R. A.

    1973-01-01

    Results are presented of a program of research to develop a reliable, high performance, fused slurry silicide coating for the Ta-10W alloy. The effort was directed toward developing new and improved formulations for use at 2600 to 2800 F (1700 to 1811 K) in an atmospheric reentry thermal protection system with a 100-mission capability. Based on a thorough characterization of isothermal and cyclic oxidation behavior, bend transition temperatures, room- and elevated-temperature tensile properties, and creep behavior, a 2.5 Mn-33Ti-64.5Si coating (designated MTS) provides excellent protection for the Ta-10W alloy in simulated reentry environments. An extensive analysis of the oxidation behavior and characteristics of the MTS coating in terms of fundamental mechanisms also is presented.

  11. Formation of pinhole-free epitaxial yttrium silicide on silicon (111)

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    This paper reports the growth of structurally continuous, pinhole-free epitaxial YSi2-x films on Si(111) substrates as thin as 30 Angstrom. This is accomplished by depositing both yttrium and silicon in the appropriate stoichiometric ratio onto substrates held near room temperature, which is apparently below the activation energy for the nucleation of a reaction between a deposited Y film and a Si substrate. Diffusion of Si atoms from an evaporation source into a thin Y layer occurs below this barrier energy, allowing the layer by layer formation of YSi2-x without the removal of silicon from the substrate, maintaining a relatively low interface free energy between the growing silicide film and the Si(111) substrate. Samples have been annealed to 500-900 degrees C to improve epitaxy without the creation of pinholes. Use of the template method allows for the growth of thicker films also free of pinholes

  12. The fabrication of metal silicide nanodot arrays using localized ion implantation

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    Han, Jin; Kim, Tae-Gon; Min, Byung-Kwon; Lee, Sang Jo, E-mail: bkmin@yonsei.ac.kr [School of Mechanical Engineering, Yonsei University, Seoul 120-749 (Korea, Republic of)

    2010-12-03

    We propose a process for fabricating nanodot arrays with a pitch size of less than 25 nm. The process consists of localized ion implantation in a metal thin film on a Si wafer using a focused ion beam (FIB), followed by chemical etching. This process utilizes the etching resistivity changes of the ion beam irradiated region that result from metal silicide formation by ion implantation. To control the nanodot diameter, a threshold ion dose model is proposed using the Gaussian distribution of the ion beam intensities. The process is verified by fabricating nanodots with various diameters. The mechanism of etching resistivity is investigated via x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and Auger electron spectroscopy (AES).

  13. Rare-earth silicide thin films on the Si(111) surface

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    Sanna, S.; Dues, C.; Schmidt, W. G.; Timmer, F.; Wollschläger, J.; Franz, M.; Appelfeller, S.; Dähne, M.

    2016-05-01

    Rare-earth induced layered structures on the Si(111) surface are investigated by a combined approach consisting of ab initio thermodynamics, electron and x-ray diffraction experiments, angle-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy, and scanning tunneling microscopy. Our density functional theory calculations predict the occurrence of structures with different periodicity, depending on the rare-earth availability. Microscopic structural models are assigned to the different silicide phases on the basis of stability criteria. The thermodynamically stable theoretical models are then employed to interpret the experimental results. The agreement between the simulated and measured scanning tunneling microscopy images validates the proposed structural models. The electronic properties of the surfaces are discussed on the basis of the calculated electronic band structure and photoelectron spectroscopy data.

  14. Fabrication of uranium silicide dispersion fuel by atomization for research reactor

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    Atomizing technology has been developed to eliminate the difficulties in comminution of the tough U3Si and to take advantage of the spherical shape and the rapid solidification. The comparison between the conventional dispersion fuel with comminuted powder and the newly developed fuel with atomized powder has been made. As a result, the processes, powdering uranium silicide and heat treatment to U3Si, become simplified. The extruding pressure of blended powder with atomized powder was lower than that of blended powder with comminuted powder. The elongation of the atomization processed fuel meat was much higher than that of comminution processed fuel meats. It appears that the loading density of U3Si in fuel meat can be increased by using atomized U3Si powder. The thermal conductivity and the thermal compatibility of fuel meat have been investigated and found to be much improved due to the spherical shape of atomized powder. (author)

  15. Hydrogen generation systems utilizing sodium silicide and sodium silica gel materials

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    Wallace, Andrew P.; Melack, John M.; Lefenfeld, Michael

    2015-07-14

    Systems, devices, and methods combine reactant materials and aqueous solutions to generate hydrogen. The reactant materials can sodium silicide or sodium silica gel. The hydrogen generation devices are used in fuels cells and other industrial applications. One system combines cooling, pumping, water storage, and other devices to sense and control reactions between reactant materials and aqueous solutions to generate hydrogen. Multiple inlets of varied placement geometries deliver aqueous solution to the reaction. The reactant materials and aqueous solution are churned to control the state of the reaction. The aqueous solution can be recycled and returned to the reaction. One system operates over a range of temperatures and pressures and includes a hydrogen separator, a heat removal mechanism, and state of reaction control devices. The systems, devices, and methods of generating hydrogen provide thermally stable solids, near-instant reaction with the aqueous solutions, and a non-toxic liquid by-product.

  16. Hydrogen generation systems and methods utilizing sodium silicide and sodium silica gel materials

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    Wallace, Andrew P.; Melack, John M.; Lefenfeld, Michael

    2015-08-11

    Systems, devices, and methods combine thermally stable reactant materials and aqueous solutions to generate hydrogen and a non-toxic liquid by-product. The reactant materials can sodium silicide or sodium silica gel. The hydrogen generation devices are used in fuels cells and other industrial applications. One system combines cooling, pumping, water storage, and other devices to sense and control reactions between reactant materials and aqueous solutions to generate hydrogen. Springs and other pressurization mechanisms pressurize and deliver an aqueous solution to the reaction. A check valve and other pressure regulation mechanisms regulate the pressure of the aqueous solution delivered to the reactant fuel material in the reactor based upon characteristics of the pressurization mechanisms and can regulate the pressure of the delivered aqueous solution as a steady decay associated with the pressurization force. The pressure regulation mechanism can also prevent hydrogen gas from deflecting the pressure regulation mechanism.

  17. Chemical vapour deposition of tungsten and tungsten silicide layers for applications in novel silicon technology

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    2002-01-01

    This work was a detailed investigation into the Chemical Vapour Deposition (CVD) of tungsten and tungsten silicide for potential applications in integrated circuit (IC) and other microelectronic devices. These materials may find novel applications in contact schemes for transistors in advanced ICs, buried high conductivity layers in novel Silicon-On-Insulator (SOI) technology and in power electronic devices. The CVD techniques developed may also be used for metal coating of recessed or enclosed features which may occur in novel electronic or electromechanical devices. CVD of tungsten was investigated using the silicon reduction reaction of WF sub 6. W layers with an optimum self-limiting thickness of 100 nm and resistivity 20 mu OMEGA centre dot cm were produced self-aligned to silicon. A hydrogen passivation technique was developed as part of the wafer pre-clean schedule and proved essential in achieving optimum layer thickness. Layers produced by this approach are ideal for intimate contact to shallow junct...

  18. Studies of solution deposited cerium oxide thin films on textured Ni-alloy substrates for YBCO superconductor

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    Cerium oxide (CeO2) buffer layers play an important role for the development of YBa2Cu3O7-x (YBCO) based superconducting tapes using the rolling assisted biaxially textured substrates (RABiTS) approach. The chemical solution deposition (CSD) approach has been used to grow epitaxial CeO2 films on textured Ni-3 at.% W alloy substrates with various starting precursors of ceria. Precursors such as cerium acetate, cerium acetylacetonate, cerium 2-ethylhexanoate, cerium nitrate, and cerium trifluoroacetate were prepared in suitable solvents. The optimum growth conditions for these cerium precursors were Ar-4% H2 gas processing atmosphere, solution concentration levels of 0.2-0.5 M, a dwell time of 15 min, and a process temperature range of 1050-1150 deg. C. X-ray diffraction, AFM, SEM, and optical microscopy were used to characterize the CeO2 films. Highly textured CeO2 layers were obtained on Ni-W substrates with both cerium acetate and cerium acetylacetonate as starting precursors. YBCO films with a J c of 1.5 MA/cm2 were obtained on cerium acetylacetonate-based CeO2 films with sputtered YSZ and CeO2 cap layers

  19. Discovery of Brownleeite: a New Manganese Silicide Mineral in an Interplanetary Dust Particle

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    Keller, Lindsay P.; Nakamura-Messenger, Keiko; Clemett, Simon J.; Messenger, Scott; Jones, John H.; Palma, Russell L.; Pepin, Robert O.; Klock, Wolfgang; Zolensky, Michael E.; Tatsuoka, Hirokazu

    2011-01-01

    The Earth accretes approximately 40,000 tons of cosmic dust annually, originating mainly from the disintegration of comets and collisions among asteroids. This cosmic dust, also known as interplanetary dust particles (IDPs), is a subject of intense interest since it is made of the original building blocks of our Solar System. Although the specific parent bodies of IDPs are unknown, the anhydrous chondritic-porous IDPs (CP-IDPs) subset has been potentially linked to a cometary source. The CP-IDPs are extremely primitive materials based on their unequilibrated mineralogy, C-rich chemistry, and anomalous isotopic signatures. In particular, some CP-IDPs escaped the thermal, aqueous and impact shock processing that has modified or destroyed the original mineralogy of meteorites. Thus, the CP-IDPs represent some of the most primitive solar system materials available for laboratory study. Most CP-IDPs are comprised of minerals that are common on Earth. However, in the course of an examination of one of the CP-IDPs, we encountered three sub-micrometer sized grains of manganese silicide (MnSi), a phase that has heretofore not been found in nature. In the seminar, we would like to focus on IDP studies and this manganese silicide phase that has been approved as the first new mineral identified from a comet by the International Mineralogical Association (IMA) in 2008. The mineral is named in honour of Donald E. Brownlee, an American astronomer and a founder of the field of cosmic dust research who is the principal investigator of the NASA Stardust Mission that collected dust samples from Comet 81P/Wild-2 and returned them to Earth. Much of our current view and understanding of the early solar system would not exist without the pioneering work of professor Don Brownlee in the study of IDPs.

  20. In Situ Study of the Formation of Silicide Phases in Amorphous Co–Si Mixed Layers

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    Van Bockstael, C.; De Keyser, K; Demeulemeester, J; Vantomme, A; Van Meirhaeghe, R; Detavernier, C; Jordan-Sweet, J; Lavoie, C

    2010-01-01

    We investigate Co silicide phase formation when extra Si is added within an as deposited 50 nm Co film. The addition of Si is investigated for both the Co/SiO{sub 2} and Co/Si(1 0 0) system. A series of 10 Co-Si mixed films with a Si content varying from 21 to 59 at.% was prepared and investigated during annealing with in situ X-ray diffraction. The oxide system is used as reference system to identify phases that initially crystallize in an amorphous mixture of a given composition. Multiple phases can nucleate, and the temperature of crystallization depends on the Co-Si atomic ratio. Upon heating of the Co(Si)/Si system, the first reaction is a similar crystallization reaction of the Co(Si) mixture. Once the first phase is formed, one has the normal system of a silicide phase in contact with an unlimited amount of Si from the substrate, and the sequential phase formation towards CoSi{sub 2} is established. For deposited layers of composition ranging from 48%Si to 52%Si, the CoSi is the first phase to form and increasing the amount of Si leads to a remarkable improvement of the thermal stability of CoSi on Si(1 0 0). CoSi{sub 2} nucleation was extensively delayed by 150 C compared to the reaction observed from a pure Co film on Si(1 0 0). Electron backscatter diffraction measurements reveal that in this range, the gradual Si increase systematically leads to bigger CoSi grains (up to 20 {micro}m). This shows that the grain size of the CoSi precursor strongly affects the nucleation of the following CoSi{sub 2} phase. Laser-light scattering measurements suggest that adding more than 42%Si reduces the roughness of the CoSi{sub 2} layer.

  1. Coulometric microdetermination of organic compounds with manganese(III) and cerium(IV)

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    The oxidation of compounds such as hydroquinon, p-aminophenol, paracetamol and phenacetin was performed using cerium(IV) and manganese(III) coulometrically electrogenerated. Quantitative results obtained are excellent even at the microscale level. (author)

  2. Immobilization of simulated radioactive soil waste containing cerium by self-propagating high-temperature synthesis

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    Mao, Xianhe, E-mail: maoxianhe@hotmail.com; Qin, Zhigui; Yuan, Xiaoning; Wang, Chunming; Cai, Xinan; Zhao, Weixia; Zhao, Kang; Yang, Ping; Fan, Xiaoling

    2013-11-15

    A simulated radioactive soil waste containing cerium as an imitator element has been immobilized by a thermite self-propagating high-temperature synthesis (SHS) process. The compositions, structures, and element leaching rates of products with different cerium contents have been characterized. To investigate the influence of iron on the chemical stability of the immobilized products, leaching tests of samples with different iron contents with different leaching solutions were carried out. The results showed that the imitator element cerium mainly forms the crystalline phases CeAl{sub 11}O{sub 18} and Ce{sub 2}SiO{sub 5}. The leaching rate of cerium over a period of 28 days was 10{sup −5}–10{sup −6} g/(m{sup 2} day). Iron in the reactants, the reaction products, and the environment has no significant effect on the chemical stability of the immobilized SHS products.

  3. Immobilization of simulated radioactive soil waste containing cerium by self-propagating high-temperature synthesis

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    Mao, Xianhe; Qin, Zhigui; Yuan, Xiaoning; Wang, Chunming; Cai, Xinan; Zhao, Weixia; Zhao, Kang; Yang, Ping; Fan, Xiaoling

    2013-11-01

    A simulated radioactive soil waste containing cerium as an imitator element has been immobilized by a thermite self-propagating high-temperature synthesis (SHS) process. The compositions, structures, and element leaching rates of products with different cerium contents have been characterized. To investigate the influence of iron on the chemical stability of the immobilized products, leaching tests of samples with different iron contents with different leaching solutions were carried out. The results showed that the imitator element cerium mainly forms the crystalline phases CeAl11O18 and Ce2SiO5. The leaching rate of cerium over a period of 28 days was 10-5-10-6 g/(m2 day). Iron in the reactants, the reaction products, and the environment has no significant effect on the chemical stability of the immobilized SHS products.

  4. Electroreduction of cerium ions on silver electrode in halide melts at 973 K

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    The mechanism of electroreduction of cerium ions in equimolar KCl-NaCl melt is explored at 973 K. The effect of the anionic composition of the melt on the electroreduction of cerium ions is studied. It is shown that the electrodeposition of cerium metal from halide melts on a silver electrode is the primary electrochemical process that occurs at potentials more positive than those corresponding to the supporting-electrolyte decomposition. The electroreduction of chloride complexes of cerium on a silver electrode in the melt in both steady- and non-steady-state polarization modes at rates below V≤0.5 V/s is controlled by the diffusion delivery; at higher polarization rates, the charge-transfer stage predominates

  5. Electrochemical separation of uranium and cerium in molten LiCl-KCl

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    The electrochemical separation of uranium from cerium in LiCl–KCl eutectic and the electrochemical behavior of Ce(III) were studied. According to the cyclic voltammogram of Ce(III) and the former result of U(III), electrodeposition potential was determined at -1.65 V (vs Ag/AgCl). The uranium metal was successfully deposited and separated from cerium. The morphology of deposit and cross section of electrode were investigated by SEM, firstly uranium deposit alloys with stainless steel and forms a thin transition layer, and secondly the uranium metal layer grows from the transition layer. The separation factors of uranium/cerium on different recovery ratios were determined through a series of steps. It was found that the content of cerium in the deposit and separation factors declined with increasing the initial concentration of U3+ in molten salts; the separation factors remained stable at around 20 in different uranium recovery ratios. (author)

  6. Synergistic extraction of uranium (VI), thorium (IV) and cerium (III) by thenoyltri-fluoroacetone and phenanthroline

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    The synergistic extraction of uranium(VI), thorium(IV) and cerium(III) with thenoyltrifluoroacetone (HTTA) and phenanthroline (phen) is studied. The extraction equilibrium constants are calculated and the mechanism of the synergistic extraction has been discussed

  7. The low gas flow rate foam separation of cerium(III) from dilute aqueous solutions

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    Two low gas flow rate foam separation techniques, ion and precipitate flotation, have been investigated for the separation of trivalent cerium from solutions with initial cerium concentrations ranging from 1 x 10-8 to 1 x 10-4M in the pH range of 1.8 to 12 using the anionic collector sodium lauryl sulphate and the cationic surfactant cetyl trymethyl ammonium bromide. In addition to the type of collector, the pH and the cerium ion concentration, and other factors which can affect flotation results, viz. the time period of bubbling, the rate of gas flow, the ageing of both the cerium and the collector ions, the ionic strength, and the concentration of the collector ions have been investigated and optimum conditions have been established. Under optimum conditions removals as high a 98.5% can be achieved. (author)

  8. Cerium-based conversion coatings to improve the corrosion resistance of aluminium alloy 6061-T6

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    Highlights: • Cerium-based conversion coatings. • Cerium salt sources assisted with hydrogen peroxide. • Protective properties of the conversion coating. - Abstract: Cerium-based conversion coatings were deposited on aluminium alloy 6061-T6 by immersion in two cerium salt sources (chloride- and nitrate-based) assisted with hydrogen peroxide (H2O2). The morphology and composition of the coatings were analysed using scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. Electrochemical measurements to assess corrosion behaviour were performed using free corrosion potential, polarisation and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy with a 3% NaCl solution. The influence of H2O2 on the generation of the coating was studied by cyclic voltammetry tests. The protective properties of the coating generated are heavily dependent upon the chelating effect, chaotropic anion, the pH and H2O2 content

  9. Synergistic inhibition of carbon steel corrosion in seawater by cerium chloride and sodium gluconate

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    Highlights: • Significant synergistic effect was determined for cerium and gluconate. • The mixture showed significant corrosion inhibition of carbon steel in seawater. • Predominant anodic inhibition mechanism was observed. • The presence of cerium ions incorporated in the protective layer was confirmed. - Abstract: In this research the effect of cerium (III) chloride heptahydrate (CC) and sodium gluconate (SG) on the corrosion inhibition of carbon steel C45 (1531) in natural seawater has been evaluated using electrochemical methods and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The results show that substantial corrosion inhibition (94.98%) using CC and SG can be obtained in synergistic manner. Surface analysis confirmed the presence of cerium ions incorporated in the protective layer of carbon steel specimen. SG acts predominantly as anodic inhibitor whereas CC acts as a mixed type inhibitor. Using both inhibitors predominant mechanism of anodic inhibition is observed

  10. Cerium oxide for the destruction of chemical warfare agents: A comparison of synthetic routes

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    Janos, P.; Henych, Jiří; Pelant, O.; Pilařová, V.; Vrtoch, L.; Kormunda, M.; Mazanec, K.; Štengl, Václav

    2016-01-01

    Roč. 304, MAR (2016), s. 259-268. ISSN 0304-3894 Institutional support: RVO:61388980 Keywords : Cerium oxide * Chemical warfare agents * Organophosphate compounds * Decontamination Subject RIV: CA - Inorganic Chemistry Impact factor: 4.529, year: 2014

  11. Direct growth of cerium oxide nanorods on diverse substrates for superhydrophobicity and corrosion resistance

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    Cho, Young Jun; Jang, Hanmin; Lee, Kwan-Soo; Kim, Dong Rip

    2015-06-01

    Superhydrophobic surfaces with anti-corrosion properties have attracted great interest in many industrial fields, particularly to enhance the thermal performance of offshore applications such as heat exchangers, pipelines, power plants, and platform structures. Nanostructures with hydrophobic materials have been widely utilized to realize superhydrophobicity of surfaces, and cerium oxide has been highlighted due to its good corrosion resistive and intrinsically hydrophobic properties. However, few studies of direct growth of cerium oxide nanostructures on diverse substrates have been reported. Herein we report a facile hydrothermal method to directly grow cerium oxide nanorods on diverse substrates, such as aluminum alloy, stainless steel, titanium, and silicon. Diverse substrates with cerium oxide nanorods exhibited superhydrophobicity with no hydrophobic modifiers on their surfaces, and showed good corrosion resistive properties in corrosive medium. We believe our method could pave the way for realization of scalable and sustainable corrosion resistive superhydrophobic surfaces in many industrial fields.

  12. Inhibition of pH fronts in corrosion cells due to the formation of cerium hydroxide

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    The effect of cerium-based corrosion inhibitors on the pH front between the alkaline cathode and acidic anode in corrosion cells has been studied. The cerium component of these inhibitors can affect the pH front since it precipitates in an alkaline environment as cerium hydroxide, which is important since the corrosion inhibition mechanism of the cerium component is a result of its deposition as a highly electrical resistive (passivation) layer on the cathode. It is studied whether the cerium can reach the cathode when fed into the corrosion cell from an external source after the onset of corrosion. To this end a simulation model was set up that includes the Poisson–Nernst–Planck theory to describe ion transport and the Frumkin–Butler–Volmer equation to describe charge transfer at the electrodes. In this model both the self-dissociation of water and the formation of cerium hydroxide are taken into account. To support our findings experimentally a corrosion cell consisting of an aluminum and copper electrode was used, in which the pH fronts were visualized using a pH-indicator. Two types of inhibitors were used; namely, highly soluble CeCl3 and sparsely soluble cerium dibutylphosphate, Ce(dbp)3. The results show that CeCl3 can reduce the size of the alkaline region and reach the cathode to form a passivation layer, whereas the solubility in case of Ce(dbp)3 is too low to supply sufficient amounts of trivalent cerium cations to penetrate the alkaline region. This behavior can be explained by the simulation results, which reveal a threshold for the corrosion inhibitor solubility below which no passivation of the cathode occurs

  13. Construction of heterocyclic structures by trivalent cerium salts promoted bond forming reactions.

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    Properzi, Roberta; Marcantoni, Enrico

    2014-02-01

    Cerium(III) salts have recently gained increasing attention in the synthetic community, owing to the powerful features that are reviewed in detail in this tutorial. This review reports significant examples of cerium(III) promoted synthesis of heterocyclic structures, initially dealing with the synthesis of five- and six-membered ring nitrogen containing heterocycles, then describing the preparation of their oxygenated analogues and finally discussing the achievement of seven-membered rings and mixed heterocyclic motifs. PMID:24217370

  14. Protein adsorption and cellular uptake of cerium oxide nanoparticles as a function of zeta potential

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    Patil, Swanand; Sandberg, Amanda; Heckert, Eric; Self, William; Seal, Sudipta

    2007-01-01

    The surface chemistry of biomaterials can have a significant impact on their performance in biological applications. Our recent work suggests that cerium oxide nanoparticles are potent antioxidants in cell culture models and we have evaluated several therapeutic applications of these nanoparticles in different biological systems. Knowledge of protein adsorption and cellular uptake will be very useful in improving the beneficial effects of cerium oxide nanoparticles in biology. In the present ...

  15. Effects of Morphology of Cerium Oxide Catalysts for Reverse Water Gas Shift Reaction

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    Kovasevic, M.; Mojet, B.L.; Ommen, van, B.; Lefferts, L.

    2016-01-01

    Reverse water gas shift reaction (RWGS) was investigated over cerium oxide catalysts of distinct morphologies: cubes, rods and particles. Catalysts were characterized by X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy and temperature programmed reduction (TPR) in hydrogen. Nanoshapes with high concentration of oxygen vacancies contain less surface oxygen removable in TPR. Cerium oxide cubes exhibited two times higher activity per surface area as compared to rods and particles. Catalytic activity of the...

  16. Catalysts with Cerium in a Membrane Reactor for the Removal of Formaldehyde Pollutant from Water Effluents

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    Mirella Gutiérrez-Arzaluz; Luis Noreña-Franco; Saúl Ángel-Cuevas; Violeta Mugica-Álvarez; Miguel Torres-Rodríguez

    2016-01-01

    We report the synthesis of cerium oxide, cobalt oxide, mixed cerium, and cobalt oxides and a Ce–Co/Al2O3 membrane, which are employed as catalysts for the catalytic wet oxidation (CWO) reaction process and the removal of formaldehyde from industrial effluents. Formaldehyde is present in numerous waste streams from the chemical industry in a concentration low enough to make its recovery not economically justified but high enough to create an environmental hazard. Common biological degradation ...

  17. Energy-dispersive X-ray fluorescence analysis of cerium in ferrosilicon

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    The cerium was determined in ferrosilicon samples by energy-dispersive X-ray fluorescence techniques (XRF) techniques, with a secondary target of gadolinium. The methods employed were: comparison and linear regression with reference materials with cerium concentration between 0.4 and 1.0%. The samples were prepared in the form of pellets and the analytical results are reported as an average of five determinations with a confidence limits at 95% probability. (Author)

  18. Imidazolium ionic liquids as solvents for cerium(IV)-mediated oxidation reactions

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    Mehdi, Hasan; Bodor, Andrea; Lantos, Diana; Horváth, István T; De Vos, Dirk; Binnemans, Koen

    2007-01-01

    Use of imidazolium ionic liquids as solvents for organic transformations with tetravalent cerium salts as oxidizing agents was evaluated. Good solubility was found for ammonium hexanitratocerate(IV) (ceric ammonium nitrate, CAN) and cerium(IV) triflate in 1-alkyl-3-methylimidazolium triflate ionic liquids. Oxidation of benzyl alcohol to benzaldehyde in 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium triflate was studied by in-situ FTIR spectroscopy and 13C NMR spectroscopy on carbon-13-labeled benzyl alcohol. Ca...

  19. A chemical cleaning process with Cerium (IV)-sulfuric acid

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    A chemical cleaning process with a high decontamination factor (DF) is requested for decommissioning. Usually, the process should be qualified with the features, such as the feasibility of treating large or complicated form waste, the minimization of secondary waste. Therefore, a powerful technique of redox decontamination process with Ce+4/Ce+3 has been studied at INER. First, the redox of cerium ion with electrolytic method was developed. Two kinds of home-made electrolyzer were used. One is with an ion-exchange membrane, and the other one is with a ceramic separator. Second, factors influencing the decontamination efficiency, such as the concentration of Ce+4, regeneration current density, temperature, acidity of solution were all studied experimentally, and the optimum conditions were specified too. Third, the liquid waste recycling and treatment were developed with electrodialysis and ion-exchange absorption methods. Finally, the hot test was proceeded with the contaminated metals from DCR of nuclear facility. (author)

  20. Extraction behavior of cerium by tetraoctyldiglycolamide from nitric acid solutions

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    The diamide N,N,N',N'-tetraoctyldiglycolamide (TODGA) was synthesized and characterized. The prepared TODGA was applied for extraction of Ce(III) from nitric acid solutions. The equilibrium studies included the dependencies of cerium distribution ratio on nitric acid, TODGA, nitrate ion, hydrogen ion and cerous ion concentrations. Analysis of the results indicates that the main extracted species is Ce(TODGA)2(NO3)3HNO3. The capacity of Ce loading is approximately 45 mmol/L for 0.1 M solution of TODGA in n-hexane. Finally, the thermodynamic parameters were calculated: K (25 deg C) = 3.8 x 103, ΔH = -36.7 ± 1.0 kJ/mol, ΔS = -54.6 ± 3.0 J/K mol, and ΔG = -20.4 ± 0.1 kJ/mol. (author)

  1. Deposition and investigation of lanthanum cerium hexaboride thin films

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    Kuzanyan, A. S.; Harutyunyan, S. R.; Vardanyan, V. O.; Badalyan, G. R.; Petrosyan, V. A.; Kuzanyan, V. S.; Petrosyan, S. I.; Karapetyan, V. E.; Wood, K. S.; Wu, H.-D.; Gulian, A. M.

    2006-09-01

    Thin films of lanthanum-cerium hexaboride, the promising thermoelectric material for low-temperature applications, are deposited on various substrates by the electron-beam evaporation, pulsed laser deposition and magnetron sputtering. The influence of the deposition conditions on the films X-ray characteristics, composition, microstructure and physical properties, such as the resistivity and Seebeck coefficient, is studied. The preferred (100) orientation of all films is obtained from XRD traces. In the range of 780-800 °C deposition temperature the highest intensity of diffractions peaks and the highest degree of the preferred orientation are observed. The temperature dependence of the resistivity and the Seebeck coefficient of films are investigated in the temperature range of 4-300 K. The features appropriate to Kondo effect in the dependences ρ( T) and S( T) are detected at temperatures below 20 K. Interplay between the value of the Seebeck coefficient, metallic parameters and Kondo scattering of investigated films is discussed.

  2. Structure and activity of tellurium-cerium oxide acrylonitrile catalysts

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    Ammoxidation of propylene to acrylonitrile (ACN) was investigated over various silica-supported (Te,Ce)O catalysts at 360 and 4400C. The binary oxide system used consists of a single nonstoichiometric fluorite-type phase α-(Ce,Te)O2 up to about 80 mole% TeO2 and a tellurium-saturated solid solution β-(Ce,Te)O2 at higher tellurium concentrations. The ACN yield varies almost linearly with the tellurium content of (Ce,Te)O2. The β-(Ce,Te)O2 phase is the most active component of the system (propylene conversion and ACN selectivity at 440 C of 76.7 and 74%, respectively) and is slightly more selective to ACN than α-Te02. Tellurium reduces the overoxidation properties of cerium and selective oxidation occurs through Te(IV)-bonded oxygen

  3. Effect of Surface Modification on Behaviors of Cerium Oxide Nanopowders

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    Li Mei; Shi Zhenxue; Liu Zhaogang; Hu Yanhong; Wang Mitang; Li Hangquan

    2007-01-01

    Study was made on the effect of surface modification on the behaviors of cerium oxide nanopowders. A surfactant-sodium dodecyl sulfate(C12H25SO4Na) was used to modify the surface of CeO2 powder particles. The unmodified and modified CeO2 powders were characterized by using a powder comprehensive characteristic tester, laser particle size analyzer, specific surface area tester, X-ray diffraction tester, and a scanning electron microscope. The testing and analysis results showed that C12H25SO4Na surface modification might increase the flowability and dispersity, and decrease the specific surface area and agglomeration of CeO2 powders. The mechanism of the surface modification of CeO2 powder particles was also discussed.

  4. Management of decontamination solution arising from Cerium redox process

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    This paper describes the recovery of Pu from decontamination stream generated from Cerium Redox Process meant for decontamination of contaminated metallic wastes. Extraction of Pu is carried out using PUREX solvent after reducing it to tetravalent state which is subsequently stripped using hydroxylamine nitrate and nitric acid mixture. Raffinate from this step containing Ce3+, 241Am and corrosion products is subjected to ozonisation wherein Ce3+ is oxidized to Ce4+. Quantitative extraction of Ce is achieved by PUREX solvent in second cycle which is stripped using a mixture of NaNO2 and HNO3. Raffinate from this step contains 241Am and corrosion product which is removed by solvent extraction using TEHDGA. The final alpha lean waste can be managed by cementation. (author)

  5. Modification mechanism of cerium on the Al-18Si alloy

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    2006-01-01

    The effect of the rare earth cerium (Ce) on the hypereutectic Al-Si alloy under different casting states have been studied by optical microscope and quantitative image analysis. It is found that the size and the quantity of primary silicon in castings decrease with the increase of added Ce in the melt. Meanwhile primary silicon changes from branched shape to fine facetted shape. Although the modification on eutectic silicon in castings also improves with the increase of added Ce in the melt, the effect of modification on eutectic silicon away from primary silicon is more obvious than that on eutectic silicon close to primary silicon. The modification mechanism was analyzed in detail by means of scanning electron microscope equipped with energy dispersive analysis of X-ray and thermodynamics analysis, which included the analysis on the change in standard Gibbs energy of reaction and reaction equilibrium.

  6. Study on the uranium-cerium extraction and his application to the treatment of irradiated uranium

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    It was made a study on the behavior of uranium and cerium(IV) extraction, using the latter element as a plutonium simulator in a flowsheet of the treatment of irradiated uranium. Cerium(IV) was used under the same conditions as a plutonium in the Purex process because the admitted similar properties. An experimental work was initiated to determine the equilibrium curves of uranium, under the following conditions: concentration of 1 to 20 g U/1 and acidity varying from 1 to 5M in HNO3. Other parameters studied were the volumetric ratio of the phases and the influence of the concentration of TBP (tri-n-butyl phosphate). To guarantee the cerium(IV) extraction, the diluent (varsol) was previously treated with 10% potassium dichromate in perchloric acid, potassium permanganate in 1M sulphuric acid and concentrated sulphuric acid at 70 deg to eliminate reducing compounds. The results obtained for cerium extraction, allowed a better understanding of its behavior in solution. The results permitted to conclude that the decontamination for cerium are very high in the first Purex extraction cycle. The easy as cerium(IV) is reduced to the trivalent state contributes a great deal to its decontamination. (author)

  7. Extraction of tetravalent berkelium and cerium by aliquate-336-S-NO3 quaternary ammonium salt

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    Extraction of tetravalent berkelium and cerium by aliquate-336-S-NO3 quaternary ammonium salt from nitric acid solutions is investigated. The effect of concentrations of nitric acid and extracting agent, nature of an oxidant (potassium bromate, potassium bichromate, mixture of AgNO3 and (NH4)2S2O8) and solvent on the distribution coefficient of berkelium(4) and cerium(4) is studied. It is established that solutions of aliquate-336-S-NO3 in carbon tetrachloride and dichloroethane extract quantitatively tetravalent berkelium from 10-12 M nitric acid solutions and cerium - from 1-10 M nitric acid solutions containing potassium bichromate as an oxidant. It is shown that the value of distribution coefficient for berkelium and cerium depends on the nature of an oxidant and extracting agent concentration. It is established that in the case of extraction by quaternary ammonium salt with one berkelium(4) mole four aliquate-336-SNO3 moles are associated and 1.5-1.6 mole of extracting agent are associated with one cerium(4) mole. It permits to make a conclusion that stoichiometry of extraction reactions by quaternary ammonium salt is not the same for tetravalent berkelium and cerium. It is shown that trivalent transplutonium and rare earth elements are not practically extracted by aliquate-336-S-NO3 from nitric acid solutions

  8. Effect of P+ ions on the microstructure and the nature of the formed silicides in the Cr/Si system

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    The effect of the phosphorus on the microstructure and on the nature of the formed silicide in the annealed Cr/Si system is studied. The chromium layer is deposited by electron gun evaporation on the undoped and P+ doped monocrystalline silicon. Cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy (XTEM) investigation of the samples, annealed at 475 deg. C for different times, shows that the presence of phosphorus leads to the formation of CrSi2 disilicide, free of defects, and Cr3Si silicide for lower and higher annealing times, respectively. In the case of undoped substrate the formed CrSi2 disilicide is stable and contains a high concentration of stacking faults when the chromium is partially consumed

  9. Selective silicide or boride film formation by reaction of vapor phase TiCl4 with silicon or boron

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    Methods for selectively forming titanium silicide and titanium boride by vapor phase reaction of titanium chloride precursors with silicon or boron substrate surfaces are examined. By passing TiCl4 through a heated chamber packed with titanium metal turnings within the reactor tube, a reduced titanium halide is generated. It was found that the silicide or boride formation in the reactor can thus be controlled at a much lower temperature. Also, excessive silicon erosion normally encountered at the higher operating temperature (> 775 degrees C) required for the direct TiCl4 reaction is minimized. Characterization of the resulting films was conducted by use of scanning and transmission electron microscopy, sheet resistance measurements, and x-ray diffraction

  10. Oxidation-resistant Ge-doped silicide coating on Cr-Cr2Nb alloys by pack cementation

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    The halide-activated pack cementation process was modified to produce a Ge-doped silicide diffusion coating on Cr-Cr2Nb alloys in a single processing step. The morphology and composition of the coating depended both on the pack composition and processing schedule and also on the composition and microstructure of the substrate. Higher Ge content in the pack suppressed the formation of CrSi2 and reduced the growth kinetics of the coating. Ge was not homogeneously distributed in the coatings. Under cyclic and isothermal oxidation conditions, the Ge-doped silicide coating protected the Cr-Nb alloys from significant oxidation and from pesting by the formation of a Ge-doped silica film. (orig.)

  11. Production Cycle for Large Scale Fission Mo-99 Separation by the Processing of Irradiated LEU Uranium Silicide Fuel Element Targets

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    Abdel-Hadi Ali Sameh

    2013-01-01

    Uranium silicide fuels proved over decades their exceptional qualification for the operation of higher flux material testing reactors with LEU elements. The application of such fuels as target materials, particularly for the large scale fission Mo-99 producers, offers an efficient and economical solution for the related facilities. The realization of such aim demands the introduction of a suitable dissolution process for the applied U3Si2 compound. Excellent results are achieved by the oxidiz...

  12. Pack cementation Cr-Al coating of steels and Ge-doped silicide coating of Cr-Nb alloy

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    He, Y.R.; Zheng, M.H.; Rapp, R.A. [Ohio State Univ., Columbus, OH (United States)

    1995-08-01

    Carbon steels or low-alloy steels used in utility boilers, heat exchangers, petrochemical plants and coal gasification systems are subjected to high temperature corrosion attack such as oxidation, sulfidation and hot corrosion. The pack cementation coating process has proven to be an economical and effective method to enhance the corrosion resistance by modifying the surface composition of steels. With the aid of a computer program, STEPSOL, pack cementation conditions to produce a ferrite Cr-Al diffusion coating on carbon-containing steels by using elemental Cr and Al powders have been calculated and experimentally verified. The cyclic oxidation kinetics for the Cr-Al coated steels are presented. Chromium silicide can maintain high oxidation resistance up to 1100{degrees}C by forming a SiO{sub 2} protective scale. Previous studies at Ohio State University have shown that the cyclic oxidation resistance of MOSi{sub 2} and TiSi{sub 2} can be further improved by Ge addition introduced during coating growth. The halide-activated pack cementation process was modified to produce a Ge-doped silicide diffusion coating in a single processing step for the ORNL-developed Cr-Nb advanced intermetallic alloy. The oxidation behavior of the silicide-coated Cr-Nb alloy was excellent: weight gain of about 1 mg/cm{sup 2} upon oxidation at 1100{degrees}C in air for 100 hours.

  13. Dimensional stability of low enriched uranium silicide plate-type fuel for research reactors at transient conditions

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    Yanagisawa, Kazuaki; Fujishiro, Toshio; Horiki, Oichiro; Soyama, Kazuhiko; Ichikawa, Hiroki; Kodaira, Tsuneo (Japan Atomic Energy Research Inst., Tokai, Ibaraki (Japan). Tokai Research Establishment)

    1992-03-01

    This paper describes the result of transient experiments using low enriched uranium silicide plate-type fuel for research reactors. The pulse irradiation was carried out at Nuclear Safety Research Reactor (NSRR) in Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute. The results obtained were: (1) At fuel plate temperature of below 400degC, a good dimensional stability of the tested fuel was kept. No fuel failure occurred. (2) At a plate temperature of about 540degC, a local crack was initiated on the Al-3% Mg alloy cladding. Once the cladding temperature exceeded the melting point of 640degC, the fuel plate was degraded much by increased bowing and cracking of the denuded fuel meat occurred after relocation of molten Al cladding. Despite of these degradation, neither fragmentation of the fuel plate nor mechanical energy generation occurred up to the cladding temperature of 971degC. (3) At the temperatures of around 925degC, the reaction of silicide particles with molten Al in the matrix and that of cladding occurred, forming Al riched U (Al, Si) compounds and Si riched (U, Si) compounds at the outermost surface of the silicide particles. (author).

  14. Dimensional stability of low enriched uranium silicide plate-type fuel for research reactors at transient conditions

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    This paper describes the result of transient experiments using low enriched uranium silicide plate-type fuel for research reactors. The pulse irradiation was carried out at Nuclear Safety Research Reactor (NSRR) in Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute. The results obtained were: (1) At fuel plate temperature of below 400degC, a good dimensional stability of the tested fuel was kept. No fuel failure occurred. (2) At a plate temperature of about 540degC, a local crack was initiated on the Al-3% Mg alloy cladding. Once the cladding temperature exceeded the melting point of 640degC, the fuel plate was degraded much by increased bowing and cracking of the denuded fuel meat occurred after relocation of molten Al cladding. Despite of these degradation, neither fragmentation of the fuel plate nor mechanical energy generation occurred up to the cladding temperature of 971degC. (3) At the temperatures of around 925degC, the reaction of silicide particles with molten Al in the matrix and that of cladding occurred, forming Al riched U (Al, Si) compounds and Si riched (U, Si) compounds at the outermost surface of the silicide particles. (author)

  15. Nano-Borides and Silicide Dispersed Composite Coating on AISI 304 Stainless Steel by Laser-Assisted HVOF Spray Deposition

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    Sharma, Prashant; Majumdar, Jyotsna Dutta

    2014-10-01

    The study concerned a detailed microstructural investigation of nano-borides (Cr2B and Ni3B) and nano-silicide (Ni2Si) dispersed γ-nickel composite coating on AISI 304 stainless steel by HVOF spray deposition of the NiCrBSi precursor powder and subsequent laser surface melting. A continuous wave diode laser with an applied power of 3 kW and scan speed of 20 mm/s in argon shroud was employed. The characterization of the surface in terms of microstructure, microtexture, phases, and composition were carried out and compared with the as-coated (high-velocity oxy-fuel sprayed) surface. Laser surface melting led to homogenization and refinement of microstructures with the formation of few nano-silicides of nickel along with nano-borides of nickel and chromium (Ni3B, Cr2B, and Cr2B3). A detailed microtexture analysis showed the presence of no specific texture in the as-sprayed and laser-melted surface of Cr2B and Ni3B phases. The average microhardness was improved to 750-900 VHN as compared to 250 VHN of the as-received substrate. Laser surface melting improved the microhardness further to as high as 1400 VHN due to refinement of microstructure and the presence of silicides.

  16. Reactivity insertion transient analysis for KUR low-enriched uranium silicide fuel core

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    Highlights: • A simulation model for KUR LEU silicide core was established. • Safety analyses for reactivity insertion transients were performed by EUREKA-2/RR. • Accidental control rod withdrawal transients were analyzed. • Cold water injection induced reactivity insertion transients were analyzed. • Reactivity insertion transients due to removal of irradiation samples were analyzed. - Abstract: The purpose of this study is to realize the full core conversion from the use of High Enriched Uranium (HEU) fuels to the use of Low Enriched Uranium (LEU) fuels in Kyoto University Research Reactor (KUR). Although the conversion of nuclear energy sources is required to keep the safety margins and reactor reliability based on KUR HEU core, the uranium density (3.2 gU/cm3) and enrichment (20%) of LEU fuel (U3Si2–AL) are quite different from the uranium density (0.58 gU/ (cm3)) and enrichment (93%) of HEU fuel (U–Al), which may result in the changes of heat transfer response and neutronic characteristic in the core. So it is necessary to objectively re-assess the feasibility of LEU silicide fuel core in KUR by using various numerical simulation codes. This paper established a detailed simulation model for the LEU silicide core and provided the safety analyses for the reactivity insertion transients in the core by using EUREKA-2/RR code. Although the EUREKA-2/RR code is a proven and trusted code, its validity was further confirmed by the comparison with the predictions from another two thermal hydraulic codes, COOLOD-N2 and THYDE-W at steady state operation. The steady state simulation also verified the feasibility of KUR to be operated at rated thermal power of 5 MW. In view of the core loading patterns, the operational conditions and characteristics of the reactor protection system in KUR, the accidental control rod withdrawal transients at natural circulation and forced circulation modes, the cold water injection induced reactivity insertion transient and the

  17. Rate Theory Modeling and Simulations of Silicide Fuel at LWR Conditions

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    Miao, Yinbin [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Ye, Bei [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Mei, Zhigang [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Hofman, Gerard [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Yacout, Abdellatif [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)

    2015-12-10

    Uranium silicide (U3Si2) fuel has higher thermal conductivity and higher uranium density, making it a promising candidate for the accident-tolerant fuel (ATF) used in light water reactors (LWRs). However, previous studies on the fuel performance of U3Si2, including both experimental and computational approaches, have been focusing on the irradiation conditions in research reactors, which usually involve low operation temperatures and high fuel burnups. Thus, it is important to examine the fuel performance of U3Si2 at typical LWR conditions so as to evaluate the feasibility of replacing conventional uranium dioxide fuel with this silicide fuel material. As in-reactor irradiation experiments involve significant time and financial cost, it is appropriate to utilize modeling tools to estimate the behavior of U3Si2 in LWRs based on all those available research reactor experimental references and state-of-the-art density functional theory (DFT) calculation capabilities at the early development stage. Hence, in this report, a comprehensive investigation of the fission gas swelling behavior of U3Si2 at LWR conditions is introduced. The modeling efforts mentioned in this report was based on the rate theory (RT) model of fission gas bubble evolution that has been successfully applied for a variety of fuel materials at devious reactor conditions. Both existing experimental data and DFT-calculated results were used for the optimization of the parameters adopted by the RT model. Meanwhile, the fuel-cladding interaction was captured by the coupling of the RT model with simplified mechanical correlations. Therefore, the swelling behavior of U3Si2 fuel and its consequent interaction with cladding in LWRs was predicted by the rate theory modeling, providing valuable information for the development of U3Si2 fuel as an accident

  18. The ability of silicide coating to delay the catastrophic oxidation of vanadium under severe conditions

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    Chaia, N.; Mathieu, S.; Rouillard, F.; Vilasi, M.

    2015-02-01

    V-4Cr-4Ti vanadium alloy is a potential cladding material for sodium-cooled fast-neutron reactors (SFRs). However, its affinity for oxygen and the subsequent embrittlement that oxygen induces causes a need for an oxygen diffusion barrier, which can be obtained by manufacturing a multi-layered silicide coating. The present work aims to evaluate the effects of thermal cycling (using a cyclic oxidation device) and tensile and compressive stresses (using the three-point flexure test) on the coated alloy system. Tests were performed in air up to 1100 °C, which is 200 °C higher than the accidental temperature for SFR applications. The results showed that the VSi2 coating was able to protect the vanadium substrate from oxidation for more than 400 1-h cycles between 1100 °C and room temperature. The severe bending applied to the coated alloy at 950 °C using a load of 75 MPa did not lead to specimen breakage. It can be suggested that the VSi2 coating has mechanical properties compatible with the V-4Cr-4Ti alloy for SFR applications.

  19. Molybdenum, Tungsten, and Aluminium Substitution for Enhancement of the Thermoelectric Performance of Higher Manganese Silicides

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    Nhi Truong, D. Y.; Berthebaud, David; Gascoin, Franck; Kleinke, Holger

    2015-10-01

    An easy and efficient process involving ball milling under soft conditions and spark plasma sintering was used to synthesize higher manganese silicide (HMS)-based compounds, for example MnSi1.75Ge0.02, with different molybdenum, tungsten, and aluminium substitution. The x-ray diffraction patterns of the samples after sintering showed the main phase to be HMS with the presence of some side products. Molybdenum substitution enlarges the unit cells more than tungsten substitution, owing to its greater solubility in the HMS structure, whereas substitution with aluminium did not substantially alter the cell parameters. The electrical resistivity of HMS-based compounds was reduced by <10% by this substitution, because of increased carrier concentrations. Changes of the Seebeck coefficient were insignificant after molybdenum and aluminium substitution whereas tungsten substitution slightly reduced the thermopower of the base material by approximately 8% over the whole temperature range; this was ascribed to reduced carrier mobility as a result of enhanced scattering. Substitution with any combination of two of these elements resulted in no crucial modification of the electrical properties of the base material. Large decreases of lattice thermal conductivity were observed, because of enhanced phonon scattering, with the highest reduction up to 25% for molybdenum substitution; this resulted in a 20% decrease of total thermal conductivity, which contributed to improvement of the figure of merit ZT of the HMS-based materials. The maximum ZT value was approximately 0.40 for the material with 2 at.% molybdenum substitution at the Mn sites.

  20. The Comparison Of Silicon Analysis For The Uranium Silicide Fuel Using Spectrophotometrical And Gravimetrical Methods

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    The analysis of silicon content in the uranium silicide fuel spectro-photometrical and gravimetrical method have been performed. The nitrous oxide-acetylene was used in the atomic absorption spectrophotometry (AAS) on the wave length of 251.6 nm, and the mixture of ammonium hepta molybdate complexes and SnC12 as reductor were applied during analysis by UV-VIS spectrophotometry (UV-VIS) on the wave length of 757.5 mm. The reagent of HCLO4 and HNO3 were used for determining Si content by gravimetrical methods. The results of this comparison is as follows: the accuracy result is around 96.37 % + 0.24 % for the Si concentration up to 300 ppm (the AAS), is 138.60 % = 0.43 % for the Si concentration range between 0.1-1.5 ppm (UV-VIS), and is 51.13 % + 0.8 % for 1 gram of Si (gravimetry). The results also show that the lowest analytical error is obtained by AAS method

  1. Burnup determination of silicide MTR fuel elements (20% 235U) in the LFR laboratory

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    The LFR facility is a radiochemical laboratory designed and constructed with a hot-cells line, a glove-box and a fume hood, all of them suited to work radioactive materials. At the beginning of the LFR operation a series of dissolutions of MTR irradiated silicide fuel elements was performed, and determined its isotopic composition of 235U, 239Pu and 148Nd (the last one as burn up monitor), by the thermal ionization mass spectrometry (TIMS). These assays are linked to the IAEA RLA/4/018 Regional Project 'Management of Spent Fuel from Research Reactors'. It is concluded that this technique of burn up measurement is powerful and accurate when properly applied, and permit to validate the calculation codes when isotopic dilution is performed. It is worth noticed the LFR capacity to carry on different research and development programs in the nuclear fuel cycle field, such as the previously mentioned absolute burn up measurements, or the evaluation of radioactive waste immobilization processes and researches on burnable poisons. (author)

  2. A Computational Study on the Ground and Excited States of Nickel Silicide.

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    Schoendorff, George; Morris, Alexis R; Hu, Emily D; Wilson, Angela K

    2015-09-17

    Nickel silicide has been studied with a range of computational methods to determine the nature of the Ni-Si bond. Additionally, the physical effects that need to be addressed within calculations to predict the equilibrium bond length and bond dissociation energy within experimental error have been determined. The ground state is predicted to be a (1)Σ(+) state with a bond order of 2.41 corresponding to a triple bond with weak π bonds. It is shown that calculation of the ground state equilibrium geometry requires a polarized basis set and treatment of dynamic correlation including up to triple excitations with CR-CCSD(T)L resulting in an equilibrium bond length of only 0.012 Å shorter than the experimental bond length. Previous calculations of the bond dissociation energy resulted in energies that were only 34.8% to 76.5% of the experimental bond dissociation energy. It is shown here that use of polarized basis sets, treatment of triple excitations, correlation of the valence and subvalence electrons, and a Λ coupled cluster approach is required to obtain a bond dissociation energy that deviates as little as 1% from experiment. PMID:26301835

  3. The whole-core LEU silicide fuel demonstration in the JMTR

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    Aso, Tomokazu; Akashi, Kazutomo; Nagao, Yoshiharu [Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute, Ibaraki-ken (Japan)] [and others

    1997-08-01

    The JMTR was fully converted to LEU silicide (U{sub 3}Si{sub 2}) fuel with cadmium wires as burnable absorber in January, 1994. The reduced enrichment program for the JMTR was initiated in 1979, and the conversion to MEU (enrichment ; 45%) aluminide fuel was carried out in 1986 as the first step of the program. The final goal of the program was terminated by the present LEU conversion. This paper describes the results of core physics measurement through the conversion phase from MEU fuel core to LEU fuel core. Measured excess reactivities of the LEU fuel cores are mostly in good agreement with predicted values. Reactivity effect and burnup of cadmium wires, therefore, were proved to be well predicted. Control rod worth in the LEU fuel core is mostly less than that in the MEU fuel core. Shutdown margin was verified to be within the safety limit. There is no significant difference in temperature coefficient of reactivity between the MEU and LEU fuel cores. These results verified that the JMTR was successfully and safely converted to LEU fuel. Extension of the operating cycle period was achieved and reduction of spend fuel elements is expected by using the fuel with high uranium density.

  4. Status of core conversion with LEU silicide fuel in JRR-4

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    Nakajima, Teruo; Ohnishi, Nobuaki; Shirai, Eiji [Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute, Ibaraki-ken (Japan)

    1997-08-01

    Japan Research Reactor No.4 (JRR-4) is a light water moderated and cooled, 93% enriched uranium ETR-type fuel used and swimming pool type reactor with thermal output of 3.5MW. Since the first criticality was achieved on January 28, 1965, JRR-4 has been used for shielding experiments, radioisotope production, neutron activation analyses, training for reactor engineers and so on for about 30 years. Within the framework of the RERTR Program, the works for conversion to LEU fuel are now under way, and neutronic and thermal-hydraulic calculations emphasizing on safety and performance aspects are being carried out. The design and evaluation for the core conversion are based on the Guides for Safety Design and Evaluation of research and testing reactor facilities in Japan. These results show that the JRR-4 will be able to convert to use LEU fuel without any major design change of core and size of fuel element. LEU silicide fuel (19.75%) will be used and maximum neutron flux in irradiation hole would be slightly decreased from present neutron flux value of 7x10{sup 13}(n/cm{sup 2}/s). The conversion works are scheduled to complete in 1998, including with upgrade of the reactor building and utilization facilities.

  5. Ion-beam nanopatterning of silicon surfaces under codeposition of non-silicide-forming impurities

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    Moon, B.; Yoo, S.; Kim, J.-S.; Kang, S. J.; Muñoz-García, J.; Cuerno, R.

    2016-03-01

    We report experiments on surface nanopatterning of Si targets which are irradiated with 2-keV Ar+ ions impinging at near-glancing incidence, under concurrent codeposition of Au impurities simultaneously extracted from a gold target by the same ion beam. Previous recent experiments by a number of groups suggest that silicide formation is a prerequisite for pattern formation in the presence of metallic impurities. In spite of the fact that Au is known not to form stable compounds with the Si atoms, ripples nonetheless emerge in our experiments with nanometric wavelengths and small amplitudes, and with an orientation that changes with distance to the Au source. We provide results of sample analysis through Auger electron and energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopies for their space-resolved chemical composition, and through atomic force, scanning transmission electron, and high-resolution transmission microscopies for their morphological properties. We discuss these findings in the light of current continuum models for this class of systems. The composition of and the dynamics within the near-surface amorphized layer that ensues is expected to play a relevant role to account for the unexpected formation of these surface structures.

  6. Experimental studies of thermal and chemical interactions between oxide and silicide nuclear fuels with water

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    Given some transient power/cooling mismatch is a nuclear reactor and its inability to establish the necessary core cooling, energetic fuel-coolant interactions (FCI's commonly called 'vapor explosions') could occur as a result of the core melting and coolant contact. Although a large number of studies have been done on energetic FCI's, very few experiments have been performed with the actual fuel materials postulated to be produced in severe accidents. Because of the scarcity of well-characterized FCI data for uranium allows in noncommercial reactors (cermet and silicide fuels), we have conducted a series of experiments to provide a data base for the foregoing materials. An existing 1-D shock-tube facility was modified to handle depleted radioactive materials (U3O8-Al, and U3Si2-Al). Our objectives have been to determine the effects of the initial fuel composition and temperature and the driving pressure (triggering) on the explosion work output, dynamic pressures, transient temperatures, and the hydrogen production. Experimental results indicate limited energetics, mainly thermal interactions, for these fuel materials as compared to aluminum where more chemical reactions occur between the molten aluminum and water

  7. Prompt Neutron Decay Constant Determination Of Silicide Transition Core Using Noise Method

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    Chairman of BATAN had decided to replace the Oxide fuel element type of RSG-GAS into silicide element type step by step. The replacement will create core transitions. Kinetic characteristic of the transition cores have to be monitored in order to know the deviation of core behavior. For that reason, the kinetic parameters have to be measured. Prompt neutron decay constant (alpha) is one of the kinetic parameters that has to be monitored continuously in the transition cores. In order not to disturb the normal operation of reactor, alpha parameter should be measured by using noise analysis method. The voltage of neutron flux at power of 15 MW is connected to preamplifier and filter then to the Dynamic Signal Analyzer Version-2 and then the auto power spectral density (APSD) was determined by using Fast Fourier transform. From the APSD curve of each channel of JKT03, the cut off frequency of each channel can be determined by using linear regression technique such that the prompt neutron decay constant can be estimated

  8. Experimental studies of thermal and chemical interactions between oxide and silicide nuclear fuels with water

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    farahani, A.A.; Corradini, M.L. [Univ. of Wisconsi, Madison, WI (United States)

    1995-09-01

    Given some transient power/cooling mismatch is a nuclear reactor and its inability to establish the necessary core cooling, energetic fuel-coolant interactions (FCI`s commonly called `vapor explosions`) could occur as a result of the core melting and coolant contact. Although a large number of studies have been done on energetic FCI`s, very few experiments have been performed with the actual fuel materials postulated to be produced in severe accidents. Because of the scarcity of well-characterized FCI data for uranium allows in noncommercial reactors (cermet and silicide fuels), we have conducted a series of experiments to provide a data base for the foregoing materials. An existing 1-D shock-tube facility was modified to handle depleted radioactive materials (U{sub 3}O{sub 8}-Al, and U{sub 3}Si{sub 2}-Al). Our objectives have been to determine the effects of the initial fuel composition and temperature and the driving pressure (triggering) on the explosion work output, dynamic pressures, transient temperatures, and the hydrogen production. Experimental results indicate limited energetics, mainly thermal interactions, for these fuel materials as compared to aluminum where more chemical reactions occur between the molten aluminum and water.

  9. Enhanced power factor of higher manganese silicide via melt spin synthesis method

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    We report on the thermoelectric properties of the higher manganese silicide MnSi1.75 synthesized by means of a one-step non-equilibrium method. The ultrahigh cooling rate generated from the melt-spin technique is found to be effective in reducing second phases, which are inevitable during the traditional solid state diffusion processes. Aside from being detrimental to thermoelectric properties, second phases skew the revealing of the intrinsic properties of this class of materials, for example, the optimal level of carrier concentration. With this melt-spin sample, we are able to formulate a simple model based on a single parabolic band that can well describe the carrier concentration dependence of the Seebeck coefficient and power factor of the data reported in the literature. An optimal carrier concentration around 5 × 1020 cm−3 at 300 K is predicted according to this model. The phase-pure melt-spin sample shows the largest power factor at high temperature, resulting in the highest zT value among the three samples in this paper

  10. Status of core conversion with LEU silicide fuel in JRR-4

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    Japan Research Reactor No.4 (JRR-4) is a light water moderated and cooled, 93% enriched uranium ETR-type fuel used and swimming pool type reactor with thermal output of 3.5MW. Since the first criticality was achieved on January 28, 1965, JRR-4 has been used for shielding experiments, radioisotope production, neutron activation analyses, training for reactor engineers and so on for about 30 years. Within the framework of the RERTR Program, the works for conversion to LEU fuel are now under way, and neutronic and thermal-hydraulic calculations emphasizing on safety and performance aspects are being carried out. The design and evaluation for the core conversion are based on the Guides for Safety Design and Evaluation of research and testing reactor facilities in Japan. These results show that the JRR-4 will be able to convert to use LEU fuel without any major design change of core and size of fuel element. LEU silicide fuel (19.75%) will be used and maximum neutron flux in irradiation hole would be slightly decreased from present neutron flux value of 7x1013(n/cm2/s). The conversion works are scheduled to complete in 1998, including with upgrade of the reactor building and utilization facilities

  11. Crystal structure of the ternary silicide Gd2Re3Si5

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    Vitaliia Fedyna

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available A single crystal of the title compound, the ternary silicide digadolinium trirhenium pentasilicide, Gd2Re3Si5, was isolated from an alloy of nominal composition Gd20Re30Si50 synthesized by arc melting and investigated by X-ray single-crystal diffraction. Its crystal structure belongs to the U2Mn3Si5 structure type. All atoms in the asymmetric lie on special positions. The Gd site has site symmetry m..; the two Mn atoms have site symmetries m.. and 2.22; the three Si atoms have site symmetries m.., ..2 and 4.. . The coordination polyhedra of the Gd atoms have 21 vertices, while those of the Re atoms are cubooctahedra and 13-vertex polyhedra. The Si atoms are arranged as tricapped trigonal prisms, bicapped square antiprisms, or 11-vertex polyhedra. The crystal structure of the title compound is also related to the structure types CaBe2Ge2 and W5Si3. It can be represented as a stacking of Gd-centred polyhedra of composition [GdSi9]. The Re atoms form infinite chains with an Re—Re distance of 2.78163 (5 Å and isolated squares with an Re—Re distance of 2.9683 (6 Å.

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

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

  13. Magnetic structure of the ferromagnetic new ternary silicide Nd5CoSi2.

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    Mayer, C; Gaudin, E; Gorsse, S; Porcher, F; André, G; Chevalier, B

    2012-04-01

    Nd(5)CoSi(2) was obtained from the elements by arc-melting followed by annealing at 883 K. Its investigation by single-crystal x-ray and neutron powder diffraction shows that this ternary silicide crystallizes as Nd(5)Si(3) in a tetragonal structure deriving from the Cr(5)B(3)-type (I4/mcm space group; a = 7.7472(2) and c = 13.5981(5) Å as unit cell parameters). The structural refinements confirm the mixed occupancy on the 8h site between Si and Co atoms, as already observed for Gd(5)CoSi(2). Magnetization and specific heat measurements reveal a ferromagnetic behavior below T(C) = 55 K for Nd(5)CoSi(2). This magnetic ordering is further evidenced by neutron powder diffraction investigation revealing between 1.8 K and T(C) a canted ferromagnetic structure in the direction of the c-axis described by a propagation vector k = (0 0 0). At 1.8 K, the two Nd(3+) ions carry ordered magnetic moments equal respectively to 1.67(7) and 2.37(7) μ(B) for Nd1 and Nd2; these two moments exhibit a canting angle of θ = 4.3(6)°. This magnetic structure presents some similarities with that reported for Nd(5)Si(3). PMID:22392874

  14. Characterization of novel heterophasic powdered silicide-type material for high-temperature protection systems

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    Novel multicomponent heterophasic powdered material of silicide-type is presented. The powdered material is intended for forming high-temperature protective multifunction coatings able to protect different hot-loaded structural elements of aerospace industry from refractory metals alloys under severe oxidizing conditions in high-enthalpy and super/hypersonic oxygen-containing gas flows. The powdered material base on complexly composition of Si-Ti-Mo system modified with B,Y,W. Technological conception of its obtaining and powder making process are examined. The powders were worked out in accordance with early performed functional structural model of special materials for coatings with the increased self-healing ability. The coatings can be deposited from the specially prepared abovementioned powders by plasma spraying processes or any one of other coating methods ensuring the conservation of morphological peculiarities of microstructure and phase composition of powdered material (detonation spraying technique, from slurry ...). Finally the results of some properties of novel heterophasic silicidetype powders and some properties of protective coating deposited on the niobium base alloys by means of plasma spraying technique are presented. (author)

  15. Lanthanide silicide-carbide phases of composition La5Si3Csub(x)

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    Alloys of lanthanide elements (La, Ce, Nd, Gd, Ho, Er and Y) with silicon have been prepared around the composition Ln5Si3. These have been investigated by single-crystal and powder x-ray diffraction, neutron diffraction, thermal analysis, micro hardness and hydrolytic techniques. For the light lanthanides (La, Ce), no Cr5B3-type phase was observed, but several new phases have been identified. The Nd-compound has a complicated behaviour and is a borderline element between the light and heavy lanthanides. Lanthanides heavier than Nd produce the 5:3 silicide, crystallizing in the Mn5Si3 (D88)-type structure. The solubility of carbon and its effect on the D88 structure have been investigated by x-ray, metallographic and hardness measurements. Also, the corrosion products arising from attack by H2O vapour and by HNO3 have been analysed. X-ray single-crystal analysis was achieved for two ordered superstructures, Er28Si16C4 and Er90Si54C18, despite serious problems from absorption and the presence of heavy atoms. A neutron powder profile analysis for these structures failed because of the screening effect and low resolution. The addition of carbon to the D88 structure in the range x = 0 to 2 in Ln5Si3Csub(x) produces quite complex phase changes which are reported and discussed. (author)

  16. Thermal expansion and stability of cerium-doped Lu2SiO5

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    In-situ X-ray diffraction, differential scanning calorimetry and dilatometry were used to measure the thermal expansion and thermal stability of cerium-doped Lu2SiO5. The thermal expansion of Lu2SiO5 was highly anisotropic, with expansion along the b- and c-axes 5-10 times greater than expansion along the a-axis. There were no measurable differences in the thermal expansion between undoped Lu2SiO5, cerium-doped Lu2SiO5 with high scintillation efficiency, cerium-doped Lu2SiO5 with low scintillation efficiency and annealed cerium-doped Lu2SiO5. Lu2SiO5 decomposed at temperatures as low as 1350 deg. C in 2, while the presence of 100-150 ppm O2 stabilized Lu2SiO5 at temperatures up to 1760 deg. C. No bulk defects were identified to account for the difference between high scintillation efficiency and low scintillation efficiency cerium-doped Lu2SiO5 samples

  17. Electrochemical deposition of cerium on porous silicon to improve photoluminescence properties

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    In this work, we present results for Cerium (Ce) doping effects on photoluminescence (PL) properties of porous silicon (PS). Cerium was deposited using electrochemical deposition on porous silicon prepared by electrochemical anodization of P-type (100) Si. From the photoluminescence spectroscopy, it was shown that porous silicon treated with cerium can lead to an increase of photoluminescence when they are irradiated by light compared to the porous silicon layer without cerium. In order to understand the contribution of cerium to the enhanced photoluminescence, energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) spectroscopy, Fourier transmission infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) were performed, and it was shown that the improved photoluminescence may be attributed to the change of Si–H bonds into Si–O–Ce bonds and to a newly formed PS layer during electrochemical Ce coating. - Highlights: ► Degradation of the surface structures and the PL properties of PS remains a key issue for industrial production. ► In order to solve this problem, the passivation of the PS surface by treating it with Ce is investigated. ► To understand the effects of Ce on PL properties, EDX, FTIR, XRD, AFM and UV–vis analysis were performed.

  18. Electrochemical deposition of cerium on porous silicon to improve photoluminescence properties

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    Atyaoui, Malek, E-mail: atyaoui.malek@yahoo.fr [Laboratoire de Photovoltaieque, Centre de Recherches et des Technologies de l' energie, PB:95, Hammam Lif 2050 (Tunisia); Dimassi, Wissem; Monther, Ghrib; Chtourou, Radhouane; Ezzaouia, Hatem [Laboratoire de Photovoltaieque, Centre de Recherches et des Technologies de l' energie, PB:95, Hammam Lif 2050 (Tunisia)

    2012-02-15

    In this work, we present results for Cerium (Ce) doping effects on photoluminescence (PL) properties of porous silicon (PS). Cerium was deposited using electrochemical deposition on porous silicon prepared by electrochemical anodization of P-type (100) Si. From the photoluminescence spectroscopy, it was shown that porous silicon treated with cerium can lead to an increase of photoluminescence when they are irradiated by light compared to the porous silicon layer without cerium. In order to understand the contribution of cerium to the enhanced photoluminescence, energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) spectroscopy, Fourier transmission infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) were performed, and it was shown that the improved photoluminescence may be attributed to the change of Si-H bonds into Si-O-Ce bonds and to a newly formed PS layer during electrochemical Ce coating. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Degradation of the surface structures and the PL properties of PS remains a key issue for industrial production. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer In order to solve this problem, the passivation of the PS surface by treating it with Ce is investigated. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer To understand the effects of Ce on PL properties, EDX, FTIR, XRD, AFM and UV-vis analysis were performed.

  19. Catalysts with Cerium in a Membrane Reactor for the Removal of Formaldehyde Pollutant from Water Effluents

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    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available We report the synthesis of cerium oxide, cobalt oxide, mixed cerium, and cobalt oxides and a Ce–Co/Al2O3 membrane, which are employed as catalysts for the catalytic wet oxidation (CWO reaction process and the removal of formaldehyde from industrial effluents. Formaldehyde is present in numerous waste streams from the chemical industry in a concentration low enough to make its recovery not economically justified but high enough to create an environmental hazard. Common biological degradation methods do not work for formaldehyde, a highly toxic but refractory, low biodegradability substance. The CWO reaction is a recent, promising alternative that also permits much lower temperature and pressure conditions than other oxidation processes, resulting in economic benefits. The CWO reaction employing Ce- and Co-containing catalysts was carried out inside a slurry batch reactor and a membrane reactor. Experimental results are reported. Next, a mixed Ce–Co oxide film was supported on an γ-alumina membrane used in a catalytic membrane reactor to compare formaldehyde removal between both types of systems. Catalytic materials with cerium and with a relatively large amount of cerium favored the transformation of formaldehyde. Cerium was present as cerianite in the catalytic materials, as indicated by X-ray diffraction patterns.

  20. Catalysts with Cerium in a Membrane Reactor for the Removal of Formaldehyde Pollutant from Water Effluents.

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    Gutiérrez-Arzaluz, Mirella; Noreña-Franco, Luis; Ángel-Cuevas, Saúl; Mugica-Álvarez, Violeta; Torres-Rodríguez, Miguel

    2016-01-01

    We report the synthesis of cerium oxide, cobalt oxide, mixed cerium, and cobalt oxides and a Ce-Co/Al₂O₃ membrane, which are employed as catalysts for the catalytic wet oxidation (CWO) reaction process and the removal of formaldehyde from industrial effluents. Formaldehyde is present in numerous waste streams from the chemical industry in a concentration low enough to make its recovery not economically justified but high enough to create an environmental hazard. Common biological degradation methods do not work for formaldehyde, a highly toxic but refractory, low biodegradability substance. The CWO reaction is a recent, promising alternative that also permits much lower temperature and pressure conditions than other oxidation processes, resulting in economic benefits. The CWO reaction employing Ce- and Co-containing catalysts was carried out inside a slurry batch reactor and a membrane reactor. Experimental results are reported. Next, a mixed Ce-Co oxide film was supported on an γ-alumina membrane used in a catalytic membrane reactor to compare formaldehyde removal between both types of systems. Catalytic materials with cerium and with a relatively large amount of cerium favored the transformation of formaldehyde. Cerium was present as cerianite in the catalytic materials, as indicated by X-ray diffraction patterns. PMID:27231888

  1. The kinetics of bromate-cerium(III) and -iron(II) reactions

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    The bromate-cerium(III) and -iron(II) reactions in acidic media were examined with special reference to their induction periods and reaction rates. In the bromate-cerium(III)reaction, the induction period is followed by a burst of cerium (IV) formation and then a gradual formation of cerium(IV). In the bromate-iron(II) reaction, a slow decrease occurs only in acidic media, even without bromate, so it may differ from the decrease in the tris(1, 10-phenanthroline)iron(II) concentration based on the oxidation by bromate. Itwas interpreted as the dissociation from ( Fe(phen)3 ) 2+ to ( Fe(phen)2 ) 2+ and phen. This is the induction period for iron(III) formation, which follows as the burst. The induction period and the rates of cerium(IV) or iron(III) formation can be interpreted on the basis of the mechanism for the Belousov oscillatory and the present redox reactions proposed by Noyes and his co-workers. (author)

  2. Effect of cerium loading on structure and morphology of modified Ce-USY zeolites

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    Garcia, Fillipe A.C.; Araujo, Daniel R.; Silva, Junia C.M.; Macedo, Julio L. de; Dias, Silvia C.L.; Dias, Jose A., E-mail: scdias@unb.br, E-mail: jdias@unb.br [Laboratorio de Catalise, Instituto de Quimica, Faculdade UnB-Gama, Universidade de Brasilia, DF (Brazil); Ghesti, Grace F. [Engenharia de Energia, Faculdade UnB-Gama, Universidade de Brasilia, DF (Brazil); Filho, Geraldo N.R. [Centro de Ciencias Exatas e Naturais, Universidade Federal do Para, Belem, PA (Brazil)

    2011-09-15

    This work describes comprehensibly the effect of cerium loading on the structure and morphology of NH{sub 4}USY zeolite. The Ce-USY (2-25 wt.% of CeO{sub 2}) was obtained by wet impregnation of CeCl{sub 3} followed by calcination at 550 deg C for 8 h. At low loadings (2-10%), cerium species are mainly located at ion exchange positions in the framework, whereas at higher loadings (15.25%), small aggregates were formed on the HUSY surface. X-ray diffractograms (XRD) exhibited only the reflections related to HUSY, demonstrating the high dispersion of cerium species, but Fourier transform Raman spectroscopy (FT-Raman) detected CeO{sub x} for the materials above 10%. Reaction of CeCl{sub 3} with NH{sub 4}USY produced NH{sub 4}Cl, which decomposed to form HCl, leading to framework dealumination. The materials showed an increased Lewis/Bronsted ratio with increasing cerium loadings due to the interaction between the excess cerium and the OH groups of USY, and the consequent formation of CeO{sub x} species. (author)

  3. In-house SAD phasing with surface-bound cerium ions

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    Cerium was used to enhance the anomalous signal in hen egg-white lysozyme crystals and led to successful in-house SAD phasing. The anomalous signal of cerium(III) ions present in a derivative of hen egg-white lysozyme (HEWL) crystals obtained by the addition of 0.025 M cerium chloride to the crystallization medium was used for phasing. X-ray intensity data were collected to 2 Å resolution using an in-house Cu Kα radiation data-collection facility. Phasing of a single-wavelength data set purely based on its f′′ led to a clearly interpretable electron-density map. Automated substructure solution by AutoSol in PHENIX resulted in four highest peaks corresponding to cerium(III) ions with data limited to 3 Å resolution, and about 90% of the residues were built automatically by AutoBuild in PHENIX. Cerium(III) ions bound on the surface of the enzyme are found to interact mainly with the main-chain and side-chain carbonyl groups of Asn, Glu, Tyr and Asp and with water molecules. Ce3+ ions were used as potential anomalous scatterers for the in-house single-wavelength anomalous scattering technique, and this is proposed as a tool for macromolecular phasing and for the study of the interactions of trivalent metal ions with proteins and other macromolecules

  4. Synthesis and catalytic properties of microemulsion-derived cerium oxide nanoparticles

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    Kockrick, Emanuel; Schrage, Christian; Grigas, Anett; Geiger, Dorin; Kaskel, Stefan

    2008-07-01

    The synthesis of cerium dioxide nanoparticles using an inverse microemulsion technique and precipitation method was investigated. Cerium hydroxide nanoparticles were synthesized by adding diluted ammonia to n-heptane-surfactant-cerium nitrate system. The micelle and particle size in the range of 5-12 nm were controlled by varying the molar water to surfactant ratio and analyzed by dynamic light scattering (DLS), small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). Cerium hydroxide nanoparticles were isolated and subsequently treated at 100-600 °C to obtain nanoscale ceria. Crystallite sizes of cerium dioxide in the range of 6-16 nm were estimated by Scherrer analysis by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and HRTEM. The catalytic activity of particles annealed at 400 and 600 °C in soot combustion reactions was characterized by temperature-programmed oxidation (TPO) indicating a size-dependant activity. Crystallite sizes and catalytic stability of elevated ceria systems were tested in second combustion cycles.

  5. Effect of Cerium(IV)-Surfactant Reaction in Foam Decontamination

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    Yang, Han Beom; Jung, Chong-Hun; Yoon, In-Ho; Kim, Chorong; Choi, Wang-Kyu [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-05-15

    Using foams allows the decommissioning of complex shaped facilities. The decontamination foam comprises at least one surfactant to generate the foam and one or more chemical reactants to achieve the dissolution of the contaminants at the solid surface. In order to improve the efficiency of decontamination foam, the present study attempts to find the optimum condition of chemical reagents to the foaming solution. The corrosion rate of radioactive nuclides contaminated stainless steel metal is very important factor for the foam decontamination process. The goal of this study is to develop the decontamination process for contaminated stainless steel in medium of nitric acid. Stainless steel needs a strong oxidizing agent such as Ce(IV) ion and the effects of cerium(IV). Surfactant interaction involved in foam decontamination and finally the improvement brought by formulation science. The formulation of foams loaded with strong oxidizing reagents such as Ce(IV) is an important factor. The enhanced decontamination properties of nitric acid with Ce(IV) additive on stainless steel is well known in liquid mediums. stainless steel metal is an important aspect in the foam decontamination process.

  6. Antioxidant Cerium Oxide Nanoparticles in Biology and Medicine

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    Nelson, Bryant C.; Johnson, Monique E.; Walker, Marlon L.; Riley, Kathryn R.; Sims, Christopher M.

    2016-01-01

    Previously, catalytic cerium oxide nanoparticles (CNPs, nanoceria, CeO2-x NPs) have been widely utilized for chemical mechanical planarization in the semiconductor industry and for reducing harmful emissions and improving fuel combustion efficiency in the automobile industry. Researchers are now harnessing the catalytic repertoire of CNPs to develop potential new treatment modalities for both oxidative- and nitrosative-stress induced disorders and diseases. In order to reach the point where our experimental understanding of the antioxidant activity of CNPs can be translated into useful therapeutics in the clinic, it is necessary to evaluate the most current evidence that supports CNP antioxidant activity in biological systems. Accordingly, the aims of this review are three-fold: (1) To describe the putative reaction mechanisms and physicochemical surface properties that enable CNPs to both scavenge reactive oxygen species (ROS) and to act as antioxidant enzyme-like mimetics in solution; (2) To provide an overview, with commentary, regarding the most robust design and synthesis pathways for preparing CNPs with catalytic antioxidant activity; (3) To provide the reader with the most up-to-date in vitro and in vivo experimental evidence supporting the ROS-scavenging potential of CNPs in biology and medicine. PMID:27196936

  7. Deposition and investigation of lanthanum-cerium hexaboride thin films

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    Thin films of lanthanum-cerium hexaboride, the promising thermoelectric material for low-temperature applications, are deposited on various substrates by the electron-beam evaporation, pulsed laser deposition and magnetron sputtering. The influence of the deposition conditions on the films X-ray characteristics, composition, microstructure and physical properties, such as the resistivity and Seebeck coefficient, is studied. The preferred (100) orientation of all films is obtained from XRD traces. In the range of 780-800 deg. C deposition temperature the highest intensity of diffractions peaks and the highest degree of the preferred orientation are observed. The temperature dependence of the resistivity and the Seebeck coefficient of films are investigated in the temperature range of 4-300 K. The features appropriate to Kondo effect in the dependences ρ(T) and S(T) are detected at temperatures below 20 K. Interplay between the value of the Seebeck coefficient, metallic parameters and Kondo scattering of investigated films is discussed. - Graphical abstract: Kondo scattering in (La,Ce)B6 films: temperature dependence of the resistivity of (La,Ce)B6 films on various substrates and the ceramics La0.99Ce0.01B6

  8. Synthesis and characterization of cerium oxide by electrochemical methods

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    Ceria-based materials have been synthesized by electrochemical process. Electrodeposition is an interesting cheap method which can be performed at ambient pressure and rather low temperature (less than 100 C). Moreover, it is easy to control in situ the film thickness. Ceria coatings were obtained by an indirect electrodeposition method. A potentiostatic technique (-0.7 V/SCE) was used to first reduce a hydroxide precursor (O2 or NO3-) before leading to the formation of cerium oxide after 2h of deposition time. This work focused on the characterization of ceria films deposited onto stainless steel in view of high temperature fuel cell applications. The chosen deposition conditions lead to quite adherent, homogenous and covering films. The microstructure and the crystallinity of the ceria thin layers were characterized by SEM, TEM and XRD measurements. Electrochemical microscopy (SECM) was also used to locally study the conductive properties of ceria layers and the homogeneity of the deposited films. Finally, electrochemical characterizations such as impedance spectroscopy were performed under air atmosphere. (copyright 2008 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  9. Synthesis and characterization of cerium oxide by electrochemical methods

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    Lair, V.; Ringuede, A. [LECA CNRS UMR 7575-ENSCP-Paris 6, Paris (France); Vermaut, P. [Groupe Metallurgie Structurale LPCS UMR CNRS, ENSCP-Paris 6, Paris (France); Griveau, S. [Ecole Nationale Superieure de Chimie de Paris, Faculty of Pharmacy, Chemical and Genetic Pharmacology Laboratory, Paris (France)

    2008-07-01

    Ceria-based materials have been synthesized by electrochemical process. Electrodeposition is an interesting cheap method which can be performed at ambient pressure and rather low temperature (less than 100 C). Moreover, it is easy to control in situ the film thickness. Ceria coatings were obtained by an indirect electrodeposition method. A potentiostatic technique (-0.7 V/SCE) was used to first reduce a hydroxide precursor (O{sub 2} or NO{sub 3}{sup -}) before leading to the formation of cerium oxide after 2h of deposition time. This work focused on the characterization of ceria films deposited onto stainless steel in view of high temperature fuel cell applications. The chosen deposition conditions lead to quite adherent, homogenous and covering films. The microstructure and the crystallinity of the ceria thin layers were characterized by SEM, TEM and XRD measurements. Electrochemical microscopy (SECM) was also used to locally study the conductive properties of ceria layers and the homogeneity of the deposited films. Finally, electrochemical characterizations such as impedance spectroscopy were performed under air atmosphere. (copyright 2008 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  10. Electron inelastic mean free paths in cerium dioxide

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    Krawczyk, M.; Holdynski, M.; Lisowski, W.; Sobczak, J. W.; Jablonski, A.

    2015-06-01

    Electron transport properties in CeO2 powder samples were studied by elastic-peak electron spectroscopy (EPES). Prior to EPES measurements, the CeO2 sample surface was pre-sputtered by 0.5 keV Ar ion etching. As a result, an altered layer with thickness of 1.3 nm was created. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) analysis revealed two chemical states of cerium Ce4+ (68%) and Ce3+ (32%) at the surface region of CeO2 sample after such treatment. The inelastic mean free path (IMFP), characterizing electron transport, was evaluated as a function of energy within the 0.5-2 keV range. Experimental IMFPs were corrected for surface excitations and approximated by the simple function λ = kEp, where λ was the IMFP, E denoted the energy (in eV), and k = 0.207 and p = 0.6343 were the fitted parameters. The IMFPs measured here were compared with IMFPs resulting from the TPP-2M predictive equation for the measured composition of oxide surface. The measured IMFPs were found to be from 3.1% to 20.3% smaller than the IMFPs obtained from the predictive formula in the energy range of 0.5-2 keV. The EPES IMFP value at 500 eV was related to the altered layer of sputtered CeO2 samples.

  11. Catalytic properties and biomedical applications of cerium oxide nanoparticles

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    Walkey, Carl D.

    2014-11-10

    Cerium oxide nanoparticles (nanoceria) have shown promise as catalytic antioxidants in the test tube, cell culture models and animal models of disease. However given the reactivity that is well established at the surface of these nanoparticles, the biological utilization of nanoceria as a therapeutic still poses many challenges. Moreover the form that these particles take in a biological environment, such as the changes that can occur due to a protein corona, are not well established. This review aims to summarize the existing literature on biological use of nanoceria, and to raise questions about what further study is needed to apply this interesting catalytic material to biomedical applications. These questions include: 1) How does preparation, exposure dose, route and experimental model influence the reported effects of nanoceria in animal studies? 2) What are the considerations to develop nanoceria as a therapeutic agent in regards to these parameters? 3) What biological targets of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and reactive nitrogen species (RNS) are relevant to this targeting, and how do these properties also influence the safety of these nanomaterials?

  12. Antioxidant Cerium Oxide Nanoparticles in Biology and Medicine.

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    Nelson, Bryant C; Johnson, Monique E; Walker, Marlon L; Riley, Kathryn R; Sims, Christopher M

    2016-01-01

    Previously, catalytic cerium oxide nanoparticles (CNPs, nanoceria, CeO2-x NPs) have been widely utilized for chemical mechanical planarization in the semiconductor industry and for reducing harmful emissions and improving fuel combustion efficiency in the automobile industry. Researchers are now harnessing the catalytic repertoire of CNPs to develop potential new treatment modalities for both oxidative- and nitrosative-stress induced disorders and diseases. In order to reach the point where our experimental understanding of the antioxidant activity of CNPs can be translated into useful therapeutics in the clinic, it is necessary to evaluate the most current evidence that supports CNP antioxidant activity in biological systems. Accordingly, the aims of this review are three-fold: (1) To describe the putative reaction mechanisms and physicochemical surface properties that enable CNPs to both scavenge reactive oxygen species (ROS) and to act as antioxidant enzyme-like mimetics in solution; (2) To provide an overview, with commentary, regarding the most robust design and synthesis pathways for preparing CNPs with catalytic antioxidant activity; (3) To provide the reader with the most up-to-date in vitro and in vivo experimental evidence supporting the ROS-scavenging potential of CNPs in biology and medicine. PMID:27196936

  13. Cerium doped lanthanum halides: fast scintillators for medical imaging

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    This work is dedicated to two recently discovered scintillating crystals: cerium doped lanthanum halides (LaCl3:Ce3+ and LaBr3:Ce3+).These scintillators exhibit interesting properties for gamma detection, more particularly in the field of medical imaging: a short decay time, a high light yield and an excellent energy resolution. The strong hygroscopicity of these materials requires adapting the usual experimental methods for determining physico-chemical properties. Once determined, these can be used for the development of the industrial manufacturing process of the crystals. A proper comprehension of the scintillation mechanism and of the effect of defects within the material lead to new possible ways for optimizing the scintillator performance. Therefore, different techniques are used (EPR, radioluminescence, laser excitation, thermally stimulated luminescence). Alongside Ce3+ ions, self-trapped excitons are involved in the scintillation mechanism. Their nature and their role are detailed. The knowledge of the different processes involved in the scintillation mechanism leads to the prediction of the effect of temperature and doping level on the performance of the scintillator. A mechanism is proposed to explain the thermally stimulated luminescence processes that cause slow components in the light emission and a loss of light yield. Eventually the study of afterglow reveals a charge transfer to deep traps involved in the high temperature thermally stimulated luminescence. (author)

  14. Cerium toxicity, uptake and translocation in Arabidopsis thaliana seedlings

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    WANG Xue; LIN Yousheng; LIU Dongwu; XU Hengjian; LIU Tao; ZHAO Fengyun

    2012-01-01

    Arabidopsis thaliana seedlings were cultivated in 0-500 μmol/L of extraneous cerium (Ce) for 7 d to investigate the toxicity,uptake and translocation of rare earth elements (REEs).The results showed that Ce could be largely absorbed by the roots of A.thaliana and translocated to the shoots.But the uptake rates of Ce by the roots were much higher than the translocation rates from roots to shoots.Ultrastructural analysis revealed that Ce was mainly distributed on the cell wall.At higher concentration,Ce could also enter cell,destroy the ultrastructure of cells and disturb the intrinsic balance of nutrient elements of A.thaliana.Addition of Ce (50-500 μmol/L) to the culture medium significantly inhibited the elongation of primary roots,decreased chlorophyll content,rosette diameter and fresh mass of plants.The damage increased with the increase of Ce concentration in culture medium,although primary root elongation,chlorophyll content,and rosette diameter were stimulated by relatively low concentration (0.5 μmol/L) of Ce.Thus,it is speculated that REEs may become a new type contamination if we don't well control the release of REEs into the environment.

  15. Effect of Cerium(IV)-Surfactant Reaction in Foam Decontamination

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    Using foams allows the decommissioning of complex shaped facilities. The decontamination foam comprises at least one surfactant to generate the foam and one or more chemical reactants to achieve the dissolution of the contaminants at the solid surface. In order to improve the efficiency of decontamination foam, the present study attempts to find the optimum condition of chemical reagents to the foaming solution. The corrosion rate of radioactive nuclides contaminated stainless steel metal is very important factor for the foam decontamination process. The goal of this study is to develop the decontamination process for contaminated stainless steel in medium of nitric acid. Stainless steel needs a strong oxidizing agent such as Ce(IV) ion and the effects of cerium(IV). Surfactant interaction involved in foam decontamination and finally the improvement brought by formulation science. The formulation of foams loaded with strong oxidizing reagents such as Ce(IV) is an important factor. The enhanced decontamination properties of nitric acid with Ce(IV) additive on stainless steel is well known in liquid mediums. stainless steel metal is an important aspect in the foam decontamination process

  16. Toenail cerium levels and risk of a first acute myocardial infarction: The EURAMIC and heavy metals study

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    Gomez-Aracena, J.; Riemersma, R.A.; Veer, van 't P.; Kok, F.J.

    2006-01-01

    The association between cerium status and risk of first acute myocardial infarction (AMI) was examined in a case-control study in 10 centres from Europe and Israel. Cerium in toenails was assessed by neutron activation analysis in 684 cases and 724 controls aged 70years or younger. Mean concentratio

  17. Oxochloroalkoxide of the Cerium (IV and Titanium (IV as oxides precursor

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    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available The Cerium (IV and Titanium (IV oxides mixture (CeO2-3TiO2 was prepared by thermal treatment of the oxochloroisopropoxide of Cerium (IV and Titanium (IV. The chemical route utilizing the Cerium (III chloride alcoholic complex and Titanium (IV isopropoxide is presented. The compound Ce5Ti15Cl16O30 (iOPr4(OH-Et15 was characterized by elemental analysis, FTIR and TG/DTG. The X-ray diffraction patterns of the oxides resulting from the thermal decomposition of the precursor at 1000 degreesC for 36 h indicated the formation of cubic cerianite (a = 5.417Å and tetragonal rutile (a = 4.592Å and (c = 2.962 Å, with apparent crystallite sizes around 38 and 55nm, respectively.

  18. Mesoporous cerium oxide nanospheres for the visible-light driven photocatalytic degradation of dyes

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    Subas K. Muduli

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available A facile, solvothermal synthesis of mesoporous cerium oxide nanospheres is reported for the purpose of the photocatalytic degradation of organic dyes and future applications in sustainable energy research. The earth-abundant, relatively affordable, mixed valence cerium oxide sample, which consists of predominantly Ce7O12, has been characterized by powder X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron and UV–vis spectroscopy, and transmission electron microscopy. Together with N2 sorption experiments, the data confirms that the new cerium oxide material is mesoporous and absorbs visible light. The photocatalytic degradation of rhodamin B is investigated with a series of radical scavengers, suggesting that the mechanism of photocatalytic activity under visible-light irradiation involves predominantly hydroxyl radicals as the active species.

  19. Kinetics of deso/sub x/ reaction on copper and cerium-based sorbent-catalysts

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    Kinetics of SO/sub 2/ removal using a copper-based sorbent CuO/gamma-AI/sub 2/O/sub 3/ and a cerium modified copper sorbent CuO-CeO/sub 2/gamma-AI/sub 2/O, were measured on a TGA and their kinetics behaviors were simulated with a proposed empirical rate model (ERM). The purpose of cerium addition to the copper sorbent was to study the difference of sorbent's kinetics. The cerium modified copper sorbent showed a higher reaction rate on initial sulfation than the regular copper sorbent. Both sorbents however had similar calculated activation energy. The proposed ERM model appeared to describe the SO/sub 2/ removal kinetics well in the temperature range 250-400 degree C. (author)

  20. Magnetic ordering in the static intermediate-valent cerium compound Ce2RuZn4

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    Eyert, Volker; Scheidt, Ernst-Wilhelm; Scherer, Wolfgang; Hermes, Wilfried; Pöttgen, Rainer

    2008-12-01

    The low-temperature behavior of Ce2RuZn4 has been investigated. Specific-heat and magnetic-susceptibility data reveal an antiferromagnetic transition at a Néel temperature of 2 K. Ce2RuZn4 is a static intermediate-valent compound with two crystallographically independent cerium atoms. The magnetic data clearly show that only one cerium site is magnetic (Ce3+) , while the second one carries no magnetic moment. The experimental data are interpreted with the help of first-principles electronic structure calculations using density-functional theory and the augmented spherical wave method. The calculations reveal the occurrence of two different cerium sites, which are characterized by strongly localized magnetic moments and strong Ce-Ru bonding.

  1. Electro-deposition of cerium thin film compound, elaboration and characterisation

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    Cerium oxide films are widely studied as a promising alternative to the toxic hexavalent Chromium Cr(VI) based pre-treatments for the corrosion protection of different metals and alloys. Cathodic electro-deposition of Cerium compound thin films was realised on Ti alloy (TA6V) substrates from a Ce(NO3)3, 6H2O in water-ethyl alcohol solutions at 0.01 M. Experimental conditions to obtain homogeneous and crack free thin films were determined. The deposited cerium quantity, as expected, is proportional to the used electric charge, following the Faraday law. Subsequent thermal treatment led to a CeO2 coating, which is expected to increase the TA6V oxidation resistance at high temperatures. The deposits were characterized by Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC), optical and scanning electron microscopies.(author)

  2. Effect of Impurities and Cerium on Stress Concentration Sensitivity of Al-Li Based Alloys

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    孟亮; 田丽

    2002-01-01

    A notch sensitivity factor was derived in order to evaluate the stress concentration sensitivity of Al-Li based alloys. The factor values for the Al-Li alloy sheets containing various contents of impurities and cerium addition were evaluated by determining the mechanical properties. It is found that the impurities Fe, Si, Na and K significantly enhance the stress concentration sensitivity of the alloys 2090 and 8090, whereas cerium addition reduces the stress concentration sensitivity to a certain degree for the high strength alloys. However, an excess amount of cerium addition in the high ductility alloy 1420 can significantly increase the stress concentration sensitivity. As compared with conventional aluminum alloys, the Al-Li based alloys generally show high stress concentration sensitivity. Therefore, a special attention must be paid to this problem in the practical application of Al-Li based alloys.

  3. Self-Correction of Lanthanum-Cerium Halide Gamma Spectra (pre-print)

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    Ding Yuan, Paul Guss, and Sanjoy Mukhopadhyay

    2009-04-01

    Lanthanum-cerium halide detectors generally exhibit superior energy resolutions for gamma radiation detection compared with conventional sodium iodide detectors. However, they are also subject to self-activities due to lanthanum-138 decay and contamination due to beta decay in the low-energy region and alpha decay in the high-energy region. The detector’s self-activity and crystal contamination jointly contribute a significant amount of uncertainties to the gamma spectral measurement and affect the precision of the nuclide identification process. This paper demonstrates a self-correction procedure for self-activity and contamination reduction from spectra collected by lanthanum-cerium halide detectors. It can be implemented as an automatic self-correction module for the future gamma radiation detector made of lanthanum-cerium halide crystals.

  4. Self-Correction of Lanthanum-Cerium Halide Gamma Spectra (pre-print)

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    Lanthanum-cerium halide detectors generally exhibit superior energy resolutions for gamma radiation detection compared with conventional sodium iodide detectors. However, they are also subject to self-activities due to lanthanum-138 decay and contamination due to beta decay in the low-energy region and alpha decay in the high-energy region. The detector's self-activity and crystal contamination jointly contribute a significant amount of uncertainties to the gamma spectral measurement and affect the precision of the nuclide identification process. This paper demonstrates a self-correction procedure for self-activity and contamination reduction from spectra collected by lanthanum-cerium halide detectors. It can be implemented as an automatic self-correction module for the future gamma radiation detector made of lanthanum-cerium halide crystals.

  5. Electrolytic technique for the chemical decontamination process with sulfuric acid-cerium (IV) for decommissioning

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    An electrolyzer with an ion-exchange membrane as the separator has been used to study the electrolytic redox reaction of Ce4+ / Ce3+ in sulfuric acid solution, which is a reagent for predismantling system decontamination. Influencing factors such as current density, cerium concentration, acidity, electrolyte flow rate, membrane type and electrode material were studied experimentally. The results indicate that the redox can be achieved with high conversion even as the cerium concentration is below 0.005 M. However, the current efficiency strongly depends on the cerium concentration. In addition, the acid content and the electrolyte flow rate show little influence on the redox reaction. Both cation and anion membrane are feasible for this process. Therefore, the operation conditions are widely applicable. Moreover, two different electrode materials, platinized titanium meshes and graphite, were used. The results show that the platinized titanium meshes is preferable to the graphite for higher current efficiency. (author)

  6. Cathodic electrolysis method of depositing cerium conversion films on industrial pure aluminum

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    2002-01-01

    Two two-step techniques, called TS2/TS7 and TS3/TS7, respectively, have been developed to form cerium conversion films on the surface of industrial pure aluminum. The tested material was cathodically electrolyzed in the alkaline solution containing cerium salt, and uniform films containing cerium were obtained after the two-step treatment. It is found that the films obtained by TS2/TS7 and TS3/TS7 techniques are about 4.0 and 3.0 m in thickness, respectively. The material has better corrosion resistance in the chloride solution after the two-step electrolysis treatment compared with the one-step treated and naked specimens.

  7. Fabrication of Cerium Oxide and Uranium Oxide Microspheres for Space Nuclear Power Applications

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    Jeffrey A. Katalenich; Michael R. Hartman; Robert C. O' Brien

    2013-02-01

    Cerium oxide and uranium oxide microspheres are being produced via an internal gelation sol-gel method to investigate alternative fabrication routes for space nuclear fuels. Depleted uranium and non-radioactive cerium are being utilized as surrogates for plutonium-238 (Pu-238) used in radioisotope thermoelectric generators and for enriched uranium required by nuclear thermal rockets. While current methods used to produce Pu-238 fuels at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) involve the generation of fine powders that pose a respiratory hazard and have a propensity to contaminate glove boxes, the sol-gel route allows for the generation of oxide microsphere fuels through an aqueous route. The sol-gel method does not generate fine powders and may require fewer processing steps than the LANL method with less operator handling. High-quality cerium dioxide microspheres have been fabricated in the desired size range and equipment is being prepared to establish a uranium dioxide microsphere production capability.

  8. Excitation induced spectroscopic study and quenching effect in cerium samarium codoped lithium aluminoborate glasses

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    Kaur, Parvinder; Kaur, Simranpreet; Singh, Gurinder Pal; Arora, Deepawali; Kumar, Sunil; Singh, D. P.

    2016-08-01

    Lithium aluminium borate host has been codoped with cerium and samarium to prepare glass by conventional melt quench technique. Their structural and spectroscopic investigation has been carried out using XRD, FTIR and density measurements. The UV-Vis absorption spectra and fluorescence spectra (λexc.=380 nm and 400 nm) have been studied for spectroscopic analysis. The amorphous nature of the prepared samples is shown by XRD. The density is increasing with addition of cerium at the expense of aluminium, keeping other components constant. FTIR study also shows the presence of compact and stable tetrahedral BO4 units thus supporting the density results. The UV- Vis absorption spectra show a shift of optical absorption edge towards longer wavelength along with an increase in intensity of peaks with rising samarium concentration. The fluorescence spectra show a blue shift and subsequent suppression of cerium peaks with addition of samarium.

  9. Catalytic spectrophotometric determination of cerium by ion exchange separation coupled to a flow injection system

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    A flow injection method is described intended for the determination of cerium based on its catalytic effect on the oxidation of gallocyanine by peroxydisulfate in acidic media. The proposed flow injection manifold incorporates a ion exchange separation system in the carrier stream. The decolorisation of gallocyanine due to its oxidation was used to monitor the reaction by spectrophotometry at 524 nm. The variables which affected the reaction rate were fully investigated. By this method cerium(4) can be determined in the range of 0.30-10.0 μg with a limit of detection of 0.25 μg. The relative standard deviation for ten replicate determinations of 1.0 μg of cerium(4) was 1.8 %

  10. Protection against corrosion in marine environments of AA6060 aluminium alloy by cerium chlorides

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    Lanthanide salts are being considered as an environmentally friendly alternative to the classic systems based on chromates. The addition of small concentrations of cerium chloride to aerated aqueous 3.5% NaCl solution inhibits uniform and pitting corrosion processes of AA6060. Full immersion tests combined with different electrochemical techniques were involved to determine the protection degree and the inhibition character supplied by the cerium ion. Their microscopic and compositional features have been analyzed using SEM and EDS spectra. The results obtained show that the protective layer has heterogeneous composition. An alumina layer covers the aluminium matrix while dispersed cerium-rich islands deposited over the cathodic sites of the alloy. In the case of AA6060, α-Al(Fe,Mn)Si acts as permanent cathodic sites.

  11. Exposure of cerium oxide nanoparticles to kidney bean shows disturbance in the plant defense mechanisms

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    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Kidney bean roots uptake nCeO2 primarily without biotransformation. • Cerium reached the root vascular tissues through gaps in the Casparian strip. • On longer exposure to high concentration, roots demonstrate stress response. • In leaves, guaiacol peroxidase plays a major role in ROS scavenging. - Abstract: Overwhelming use of engineered nanoparticles demands rapid assessment of their environmental impacts. The transport of cerium oxide nanoparticles (nCeO2) in plants and their impact on cellular homeostasis as a function of exposure duration is not well understood. In this study, kidney bean plants were exposed to suspensions of ∼8 ± 1 nm nCeO2 (62.5 to 500 mg/L) for 15 days in hydroponic conditions. Plant parts were analyzed for cerium accumulation after one, seven, and 15 days of nCeO2 exposure. The primary indicators of stress like lipid peroxidation, antioxidant enzyme activities, total soluble protein and chlorophyll contents were studied. Cerium in tissues was localized using scanning electron microscopy and synchrotron μ-XRF mapping, and the chemical forms were identified using μ-XANES. In the root epidermis, cerium was primarily shown to exist as nCeO2, although a small fraction (12%) was biotransformed to Ce(III) compound. Cerium was found to reach the root vascular tissues and translocate to aerial parts with time. Upon prolonged exposure to 500 mg nCeO2/L, the root antioxidant enzyme activities were significantly reduced, simultaneously increasing the root soluble protein by 204%. In addition, leaf's guaiacol peroxidase activity was enhanced with nCeO2 exposure in order to maintain cellular homeostasis

  12. Exposure of cerium oxide nanoparticles to kidney bean shows disturbance in the plant defense mechanisms

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    Majumdar, Sanghamitra [Department of Chemistry, The University of Texas at El Paso, 500 West University Ave., El Paso, TX 79968 (United States); University of California Center for Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology (UC CEIN) (United States); Peralta-Videa, Jose R. [Department of Chemistry, The University of Texas at El Paso, 500 West University Ave., El Paso, TX 79968 (United States); Environmental Science and Engineering PhD Program, The University of Texas at El Paso, 500 West University Ave., El Paso, TX 79968 (United States); University of California Center for Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology (UC CEIN) (United States); Bandyopadhyay, Susmita [Environmental Science and Engineering PhD Program, The University of Texas at El Paso, 500 West University Ave., El Paso, TX 79968 (United States); University of California Center for Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology (UC CEIN) (United States); Castillo-Michel, Hiram [European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, B.P. 220-38043 Grenoble, Cedex (France); Hernandez-Viezcas, Jose-Angel [Department of Chemistry, The University of Texas at El Paso, 500 West University Ave., El Paso, TX 79968 (United States); University of California Center for Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology (UC CEIN) (United States); Sahi, Shivendra [Department of Biology, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY 42101 (United States); Gardea-Torresdey, Jorge L., E-mail: jgardea@utep.edu [Department of Chemistry, The University of Texas at El Paso, 500 West University Ave., El Paso, TX 79968 (United States); Environmental Science and Engineering PhD Program, The University of Texas at El Paso, 500 West University Ave., El Paso, TX 79968 (United States); University of California Center for Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology (UC CEIN) (United States)

    2014-08-15

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Kidney bean roots uptake nCeO{sub 2} primarily without biotransformation. • Cerium reached the root vascular tissues through gaps in the Casparian strip. • On longer exposure to high concentration, roots demonstrate stress response. • In leaves, guaiacol peroxidase plays a major role in ROS scavenging. - Abstract: Overwhelming use of engineered nanoparticles demands rapid assessment of their environmental impacts. The transport of cerium oxide nanoparticles (nCeO{sub 2}) in plants and their impact on cellular homeostasis as a function of exposure duration is not well understood. In this study, kidney bean plants were exposed to suspensions of ∼8 ± 1 nm nCeO{sub 2} (62.5 to 500 mg/L) for 15 days in hydroponic conditions. Plant parts were analyzed for cerium accumulation after one, seven, and 15 days of nCeO{sub 2} exposure. The primary indicators of stress like lipid peroxidation, antioxidant enzyme activities, total soluble protein and chlorophyll contents were studied. Cerium in tissues was localized using scanning electron microscopy and synchrotron μ-XRF mapping, and the chemical forms were identified using μ-XANES. In the root epidermis, cerium was primarily shown to exist as nCeO{sub 2}, although a small fraction (12%) was biotransformed to Ce(III) compound. Cerium was found to reach the root vascular tissues and translocate to aerial parts with time. Upon prolonged exposure to 500 mg nCeO{sub 2}/L, the root antioxidant enzyme activities were significantly reduced, simultaneously increasing the root soluble protein by 204%. In addition, leaf's guaiacol peroxidase activity was enhanced with nCeO{sub 2} exposure in order to maintain cellular homeostasis.

  13. The solvent extraction of cerium from sulphate solution - mini plant trials

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    Full text: The Mt. Weld deposit in Western Australia has a complex rare earth mineralisation. The rare earth phosphate minerals, which include monazite, are amenable to conventional caustic cracking followed by hydrochloric acid dissolution of the trivalent rare earths. The presence of the mineral cerianite in the ore, which is unaffected by the alkali attack, results in rejection of a considerable proportion of the cerium to the acid leach residue. The recovery of cerium from a sulphate solution, resulting from the processing of such a residue, is the subject of the current paper. The liquor treated by solvent extraction contained 63 g L-1 rare earths and the cerium to total rare earth ratio was 75%. Other impurities, including Fe and Th, totalled 2000 ppm. A solvent mixture of commercially available extractants in a low aromatic content diluent was used to extract Ce4+ selectively over the trivalent rare earths. Partial co-extraction of Fe and Th occurred but it was found that these elements were not easily stripped and therefore selective back extraction of cerium was possible. The cerium was stripped from the organic phase by hydrochloric acid and hydrogen peroxide. In continuous counter-current trials two extraction stages and three strip stages were used. In order to produce two grades of strip liquor, stripping was divided into two circuits. The first strip circuit consisting of a single stage, contained proportionally more of the trivalent rare earths. The second strip circuit, consisting of two stages, removed the remaining cerium with proportionally less of the rare earths. A bleed solvent stream was treated for removal of impurities to prevent build-up in the solvent. In the continuous counter current trials, 95% Ce4+ extraction was achieved and the Ce to total rare earth ratio was upgraded to > 99%

  14. Luminescence properties and decay kinetics of nano ZnO powder doped with cerium ions

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    Panda, Nihar Ranjan, E-mail: nihar@iitbbs.ac.in [Indian Institute of Technology Bhubaneswar, Bhubaneswar 751013, Orissa (India); Acharya, B.S., E-mail: bsacharya1950@gmail.com [Department of Physics, C.V. Raman College of Engineering, Bhubaneswar 752054, Orissa (India); Singh, Th. Basanta [Luminescence Dating Laboratory, Manipur University, Imphal 795003 (India); Gartia, R.K. [Department of Physics, Manipur University, Imphal 795003 (India)

    2013-04-15

    ZnO nanopowders doped with cerium ions (1.2 and 1.5 at. wt.%) were synthesized through soft solution route using ultrasound. Sonication has been found to be an effective way for doping rare earth ions like cerium into ZnO. This was confirmed from energy dispersive analysis of X-rays (EDAX) measurement. Further, optical absorption and photoluminescence (PL) measurements corroborate this finding. X-ray diffraction (XRD) studies show the increase of crystallite size and unit cell volume with doping of cerium ions. Formation of fibrous structure of ZnO:Ce was observed from the transmission electron microscopy (TEM) measurements. Although the structural measurements indicate Ce{sup 4+} ion occupying substitutional site in ZnO, PL and absorption studies confirmed the presence of Ce{sup 3+} ion in the powder. The coexistence of Ce{sup 3+} and Ce{sup 4+} ions has been explained on the basis of conversion of Ce{sup 3+} to Ce{sup 4+} in the oxidizing environment. Thermoluminescence (TL) and photo-stimulated decay of luminescence (PSDL) decay studies give an idea of various trapping levels present in the band gap of ZnO. These traps release electrons during optical stimulation to give bimolecular kinetics in nano ZnO:Ce powders. -- Highlights: ► Sonication: an effective way of incorporation of cerium ions into ZnO. ► Site dependent characteristic emission of cerium. ► Energy transfer from host lattice to cerium ions. ► Mono and bimolecular kinetics of ZnO:Ce.

  15. Ultraviolet Laser Induced Photochromic Centers in Cerium Doped Calcium-Fluoride

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    The optical excitation of the lowest 4f to 5d transition in Ce('3+):CaF(,2) using the 308 nm output of a XeCl excimer laser results in a strong coloration of the sample. The centers created by the UV laser irradiation were identified, using low temperature absorption spectroscopy, and were found to be divalent cerium ions at cubic sites in the crystal. The system exhibits photochromic properties in that the crystal can be returned to the original transparent state by illuminating it with light which is absorbed by the divalent cerium ions. The creation process for these photochromic centers involves a resonant two-photon transition from the 4f ground state of the cerium ion to the conduction band of the CaF(,2) host. The lowest 5d level of the cerium ion serves as the real intermediate state for this transition. The photoionized electron can be trapped by another trivalent cerium ion at a site of cubic symmetry. These impurity sites with O(,h) symmetry result when the charge compensator associated with the rare earth ion is somewhat removed from the cerium ion site. The charge compensator is needed to maintain charge neutrality in the crystal when a trivalent rare earth is substituted for a Ca ion in the host lattice. The absence of a local charge compensator at a Ce('3+) site with O(,h) symmetry, provides a net positive Coulombic potential, which aids in the trapping of electrons from the conduction band. The capture of an electron by a cerium ion at cubic site, changes the valence state of the ion to Ce('2+). The presence of divalent cerium, with its broad absorption bands in the visible region of the spectrum, accounts for the coloration of the crystal after illumination with UV laser light. A model for the production of the photochromic centers, based on a rate equation is presented. This model reflects the two-photon nature of the photoionization process, as well as the optical bleaching characteristics of the photochromic center, and accurately reproduces the

  16. [Laser resonance ionization spectroscopy of even-parity autoionization states of cerium atom].

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    Li, Zhi-ming; Zhu, Feng-rong; Zhang, Zi-bin; Ren, Xiang-jun; Deng, Hu; Zhai, Li-hua; Zhang, Li-xing

    2004-12-01

    This paper describes the investigation of even-parity autoionization states of cerium atoms by three-step three-color resonance ionization spectroscopy (RIS). Twenty-seven odd-parity highly excited levels, whose transition probability is high, were used in this research. One hundred and forty-one autoionization states were found by these channels with the third-step laser scanning in the wavelength range of 634-670 nm. The ionization probabilities of different channels, which had higher cross sections, were compared. On the basis of this, eight optimal photoionization schemes of cerium atom have been given. PMID:15828309

  17. Photocatalytic action of cerium molybdate and iron-titanium oxide hollow nanospheres on Escherichia coli

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    This study is focused on the production of hollow nanospheres that reveal antibacterial action. Cerium molybdate and iron-titanium oxide hollow nanospheres with a diameter of 175 ± 15 and 221 ± 10 nm, respectively, were synthesized using emulsion polymerization and the sol–gel process. Their morphology characterization was accomplished using scanning electron microscopy. Their antibacterial action was examined on pure culture of Escherichia coli considering the loss of their viability. Both hollow nanospheres presented photocatalytic action after illumination with blue–black light, but those of cerium molybdate also demonstrated photocatalytic action in the dark. Therefore, the produced nanospheres can be used for antibacterial applications.

  18. METHOD OF SEPARATING TETRAVALENT PLUTONIUM VALUES FROM CERIUM SUB-GROUP RARE EARTH VALUES

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    Duffield, R.B.; Stoughton, R.W.

    1959-02-01

    A method is presented for separating plutonium from the cerium sub-group of rare earths when both are present in an aqueous solution. The method consists in adding an excess of alkali metal carbonate to the solution, which causes the formation of a soluble plutonium carbonate precipitate and at the same time forms an insoluble cerium-group rare earth carbonate. The pH value must be adjusted to bctween 5.5 and 7.5, and prior to the precipitation step the plutonium must be reduced to the tetravalent state since only tetravalent plutonium will form the soluble carbonate complex.

  19. Cerium Binding Activity of Pectins Isolated from the Seagrasses Zostera marina and Phyllospadix iwatensis

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    Valeri Kovalev; Maxim Khotimchenko; Yuri Khotimchenko; Elena Khozhaenko

    2012-01-01

    Cerium binding activity of three different water soluble pectin compounds of different origin was studied in a batch sorption system. The Langmuir, Freundlich and BET sorption models were adopted to describe the binding reactions between metal ions and pectin molecules. The Langmuir model provided the best fit. Within the pH range from 4.0 to 6.0, the largest amount of the cerium ions was bound by pectin isolated from the seagrass Phylospadix iwatensis in comparison to pectin extracted from t...

  20. Synthesis and characterization of two dimensional metal organic framework of cerium with tetraaza macrocyclic

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    Bt Safiin, Nurul Atikah; Yarmo, Ambar; Yamin, Bohari M. [School of Chemical Science and Food Technology. Faculty Science and Technology, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, 43600 Bangi, Selangor Darul Ehsan (Malaysia)

    2013-11-27

    A two dimensional metal organic framework containing cerium sufate layers and ethylenediaminium between layers was obtained by refluxing the mixture of cerium sulphate and 5,5,7,12,12,14-hexamethyl-1,4,8,11-tetraazacyclotetradeca-7, 14-diene bromide. The complex was characterized by infrared spectroscopy and microelemental analysis. X-ray study showed that the complex adopts eleven coordination environments about the central atom. Thermogravimetric study showed the removal of water molecules at about 70°C followed by a gradual mass loss until the whole structure collapsed at about 400°C.

  1. Thin film growth of epitaxial gadolinium oxide, gadolinium yttrium oxide, and gadolinium cerium oxide by electrodeposition

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    Thin films of gadolinium oxide, gadolinium yttrium oxide, and gadolinium cerium oxide were electrodeposited from non-aqueous baths. The films were on the order of 15 nm thick, and were grown epitaxially on textured nickel-tungsten substrates. The effect of deposition rate, annealing temperature and secondary metals on crystallinity and crystal orientation was investigated by X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy. Slower rates, higher temperatures and low concentrations of yttrium improve the crystallinity of gadolinium oxide films, whereas the introduction of cerium induced polycrystallinity.

  2. A corrosion resistant cerium oxide based coating on aluminum alloy 2024 prepared by brush plating

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    Cerium oxide based coatings were prepared on AA2024 Al alloy by brush plating. The characteristic of this technology is that hydrogen peroxide, which usually causes the plating solution to be unstable, is not necessary in the plating electrolyte. The coating showed laminated structures and good adhesive strength with the substrate. X-ray diffraction and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis showed that the coatings were composed of Ce(III) and Ce(IV) oxides. The brush plated coatings on Al alloys improved corrosion resistance. The influence of plating parameters on structure and corrosion resistance of the cerium oxide based coating was studied.

  3. Plasma-electrolytic formation of cerium-containing surface structures on titanium and aluminum

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    The possibility of obtaining cerium-containing structures on aluminum and titanium by the plasma-electrolytic method with the use of aqueous solutions of electrolytes containing Ce3+ polyphosphate complexes was demonstrated. The amount of cerium in the films obtained depended on the molar ratio n [polyphosphate]/[Ce3+] in the electrolyte. The films contained crystalline CePO4. The growth of films on titanium was characterized by the formation of secondary layers by the mechanism involving the appearance of new phase nuclei followed by their expansion

  4. Thin film growth of epitaxial gadolinium oxide, gadolinium yttrium oxide, and gadolinium cerium oxide by electrodeposition

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    Mann, Jonathan R., E-mail: jonathan.mann@nrel.gov; Bhattacharya, Raghu N.

    2010-10-29

    Thin films of gadolinium oxide, gadolinium yttrium oxide, and gadolinium cerium oxide were electrodeposited from non-aqueous baths. The films were on the order of 15 nm thick, and were grown epitaxially on textured nickel-tungsten substrates. The effect of deposition rate, annealing temperature and secondary metals on crystallinity and crystal orientation was investigated by X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy. Slower rates, higher temperatures and low concentrations of yttrium improve the crystallinity of gadolinium oxide films, whereas the introduction of cerium induced polycrystallinity.

  5. Synthesis and characterization of platinum supported on alumina doped with cerium catalyst

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    The synthesis and characterization of gamma-alumina doped with cerium as platinum support for the automobile exhaust catalyst are described. Platinum/alumina/ceria catalyst were prepared by impregnation of hexachloroplatinic acid and sintered at 500 degree Celsius to obtain metal dispersions of 1.0 wt%. Catalyst distribution inside the powder and the effects of the addition of cerium to alumina were analyzed by the scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and x-ray fluorescence spectroscopy (XRF). The results showed that the alumina - supported catalysts contained well dispersion of the noble metal

  6. Electronic interaction in oxide copper-cerium catalysts according to exoemission data

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    The electronic properties of the oxide copper-cerium catalysts with different copper content are studied through the exoemission methods. It is shown, that the introduction of the copper increases the CeO2 emission activity and the number of the electrons, emitted from the catalysts surface, as compared to the surface of the CeO2 and CuO initial oxides. It is concluded, that the event of synergism in the exoemission from the studied systems surface is conditioned through the electronic interactions, including the electronic transitions on the cerium oxide - copper oxide boundary

  7. A corrosion resistant cerium oxide based coating on aluminum alloy 2024 prepared by brush plating

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    Tang Junlei; Han Zhongzhi [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Beijing 100029 (China); Zuo Yu, E-mail: zuoy@mail.buct.edu.cn [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Beijing 100029 (China); Tang Yuming [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Beijing 100029 (China)

    2011-01-15

    Cerium oxide based coatings were prepared on AA2024 Al alloy by brush plating. The characteristic of this technology is that hydrogen peroxide, which usually causes the plating solution to be unstable, is not necessary in the plating electrolyte. The coating showed laminated structures and good adhesive strength with the substrate. X-ray diffraction and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis showed that the coatings were composed of Ce(III) and Ce(IV) oxides. The brush plated coatings on Al alloys improved corrosion resistance. The influence of plating parameters on structure and corrosion resistance of the cerium oxide based coating was studied.

  8. Evaluation of Antiproliferative Potential of Cerium Oxide Nanoparticles on HeLa Human Cervical Tumor Cell

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    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available Cerium oxide nanoparticles (CeO2 nanoparticles as nanomaterials have promising biomedical applications. In this paper, the cytotoxicity induced by CONPs human cervical tumor cells was investigated. Cerium oxide nanoparticles were synthesized using the precipitation method. The nanoparticles were found to inhibit the proliferation of HeLa human cervical tumor cells in a dose dependent manner but did not showed to be cytotoxic as analyzed by MTT assay. The administrated treatment decreased the HeLa cell viability cells from 100% to 65% at the dose of 100 μg/mL.

  9. XPS study of cerium conversion coating on the anodized 2024 aluminum alloy

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    Cerium-rich conversion coating was deposited on anodized aluminum alloy 2024 in a solution containing Ce(NO3)3. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) was used as the analysis method. The composition of the Ce conversion coating deposited on the anodized 2024 alloy was investigated using this method. It was revealed that the coating predominately consisted of three-valent state cerium compound. Some of the CeIII was oxidized to CeIV in the outer layer coating

  10. Synthesis and characterization of two dimensional metal organic framework of cerium with tetraaza macrocyclic

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    A two dimensional metal organic framework containing cerium sufate layers and ethylenediaminium between layers was obtained by refluxing the mixture of cerium sulphate and 5,5,7,12,12,14-hexamethyl-1,4,8,11-tetraazacyclotetradeca-7, 14-diene bromide. The complex was characterized by infrared spectroscopy and microelemental analysis. X-ray study showed that the complex adopts eleven coordination environments about the central atom. Thermogravimetric study showed the removal of water molecules at about 70°C followed by a gradual mass loss until the whole structure collapsed at about 400°C

  11. Decontamination of alpha contaminated metallic waste by cerium IV redox process

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    Decontamination of alpha contaminated metallic waste is an important aspect in the management of waste generated during dismantling and decommissioning of nuclear facilities. Present work on cerium redox process targets decontamination of alpha contaminated metallic waste till it qualifies for the non alpha waste category for disposal in near surface disposal facility. Recovery of the alpha radio nuclides and cerium from aqueous secondary waste streams was also studied deploying solvent extraction process and established. The alpha-lean secondary waste stream has been immobilised in cement based matrix for final disposal. (author)

  12. Dissociation of outer membrane for Escherichia coli cell caused by cerium nitrate

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    陈爱美; 施庆珊; 冯劲; 欧阳友生; 陈仪本; 谭绍早

    2010-01-01

    The biological effect of cerium nitrate on the outer membrane(OM) of Escherichia coli(E.coli) cell was studied,and the antim-icrobial mechanism of rare earth elements was explored.The antimicrobial effect of cerium nitrate on E.coli cell was valued by plate count method,and the morphology change of E.coli cell was observed with scanning electron microscopy(SEM) and transmission electron microscopy(TEM).The results showed that the E.coli cell suspension was flocculated when the concentration of Ce(NO3)3?6H2O...

  13. Synthesis and characterization of β-phase iron silicide nano-particles by chemical reduction

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    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • β-FeSi2 nano-particle was synthesized by reducing with Mg and by diluting with MgO. • XRD profile shows the iron di-silicide phase to be semiconducting β-FeSi2. • HRTEM and FESEM images indicate the β-FeSi2average particle size to be 60–70 nm. • Absorption, reflectance and PL spectroscopy show band gap to be direct 0.87 eV. • Nano-β-FeSi2is p-type with hole density of 4.38 × 1018 cm−3 and mobility 8.9 cm2/V s. - Abstract: Nano-particles of β-FeSi2 have been synthesized by chemical reduction of a glassy phase of [Fe2O3, 4SiO2] by Mg-metal where MgO is used as diluent to prevent the agglomeration of nano crystallites into micro-particles and also act as a negative catalyst for the formation of other phases. The sample is characterized by XRD, FESEM, HRTEM, EDX, ultra-violet-visible-infrared and PL spectroscopy and electronic properties have been investigated by Hall measurement. XRD profile shows that the synthesized powder consists of purely β-FeSi2 semiconducting phase. The average crystallite size of β-FeSi2 is determined to be around 65.4 nm from XRD peaks as well as from FESEM also. The optical absorption and PL spectroscopy shows that synthesized β-FeSi2 phase is a direct band gap semiconductor with a value of 0.87 eV. Hall measurements show that β-FeSi2 nano-particles is p-type with hole concentration of 4.38 × 1018 cm−3 and average hole mobility of 8.9 cm2/V s at 300 K

  14. Fuel loading and homogeneity analysis of HFIR design fuel plates loaded with uranium silicide fuel

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    Twelve nuclear reactor fuel plates were analyzed for fuel loading and fuel loading homogeneity by measuring the attenuation of a collimated X-ray beam as it passed through the plates. The plates were identical to those used by the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) but were loaded with uranium silicide rather than with HFIR's uranium oxide fuel. Systematic deviations from nominal fuel loading were observed as higher loading near the center of the plates and underloading near the radial edges. These deviations were within those allowed by HFIR specifications. The report begins with a brief background on the thermal-hydraulic uncertainty analysis for the Advanced Neutron Source (ANS) Reactor that motivated a statistical description of fuel loading and homogeneity. The body of the report addresses the homogeneity measurement techniques employed, the numerical correction required to account for a difference in fuel types, and the statistical analysis of the resulting data. This statistical analysis pertains to local variation in fuel loading, as well as to ''hot segment'' analysis of narrow axial regions along the plate and ''hot streak'' analysis, the cumulative effect of hot segment loading variation. The data for all twelve plates were compiled and divided into 20 regions for analysis, with each region represented by a mean and a standard deviation to report percent deviation from nominal fuel loading. The central regions of the plates showed mean values of about +3% deviation, while the edge regions showed mean values of about -7% deviation. The data within these regions roughly approximated random samplings from normal distributions, although the chi-square (χ2) test for goodness of fit to normal distributions was not satisfied

  15. Ab initio studies of structural, electronic, magnetic and mechanical properties of alkali earth metal silicides

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    Alkali earth metal silicides MSi (M = Mg, Ca, Sr, Ba) are multi-phase compound and exist simultaneously in CrB, CsCl, NaCl or rock salt (RS) and zinc blende (zb) structures. In the CrB and CsCl phases, their behavior is metallic in the non-magnetic (NM) as well as the ferromagnetic (FM) structure. The total spin magnetic moment of these compounds in the zb phase is more than that in the corresponding RS phase; therefore, detailed studies for the zb phase are presented in this paper. This study includes structural, electronic and mechanical properties by using the full potential linear augmented plain wave scheme with local orbitals. Ferromagnetic CaSi, SrSi and BaSi show true half-metallic character. For a better understanding of the half-metallicity in the above-mentioned sp-type compounds, their band structures have been calculated and densities of state plots have been produced. The FM structures are more stable and harder than the corresponding NM structures. The magnetic moment corresponding to equilibrium lattice constants is calculated as 2 µB for FM CaSi, SrSi and BaSi, which are in accordance with the earlier work on the sp-type compounds CaC, SrC and BaC. The FM character changes to the paramagnetic character as the lattice parameter decreases. The general trend is that the values of the elastic constants C11, C12 and C44 increase with increasing hydrostatic pressure

  16. Effects of ball milling on microstructures and thermoelectric properties of higher manganese silicides

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    Highlights: • The already low κL of HMS can be suppressed further by decreasing the grain size. • The ball milling process can lead to the formation of secondary MnSi and W/C-rich phases. • The formation of the MnSi ad W/C rich phases is found to suppress the thermoelectric power factor. - Abstract: Bulk nanostructured higher manganese silicide (HMS) samples with different grain size are prepared by melting, subsequent ball milling (BM), and followed by spark plasma sintering (SPS). The effects of BM time on the microstructures and thermoelectric properties of these samples are investigated. It is found that BM effectively reduces the grain size to about 90 nm in the sample after SPS, which leads to a decrease in both the thermal conductivity and electrical conductivity. By prolonging the BM time, MnSi and tungsten/carbon-rich impurity phases are formed due to the impact-induced decomposition of HMS and contamination from the tungsten carbide jar and balls during the BM, respectively. These impurities result in a reduced Seebeck coefficient and increased thermal conductivity above room temperature. The measured size-dependent lattice thermal conductivities agree qualitatively with the reported calculation results based on a combined phonon and diffuson model. The size effects are found to be increasingly significant as temperature decreases. Because of the formation of the impurity phases and a relatively large grain size, the ZT values are not improved in the ball-milled HMS samples. These findings suggest the need of alternative approaches for the synthesis of pure HMS with further reduced grain size and controlled impurity doping in order to enhance the thermoelectric figure-of-merit of HMS via nanostructuring

  17. M(5)-silicon (M= titanium, niobium, molybdenum) based transition-metal silicides for high temperature applications

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    Tang, Zhihong

    2007-12-01

    Transition metal silicides are being considered for future engine turbine components at temperatures up to 1600ºC. Although significant improvement in high temperature strength, room temperature fracture toughness has been realized in the past decade, further improvement in oxidation resistance is needed. Oxidation mechanism of Ti5Si3-based alloys was investigated. Oxidation behavior of Ti5Si3-based alloy strongly depends on the atmosphere. Presence of Nitrogen alters the oxidation behavior of Ti5Si3 by nucleation and growth of nitride subscale. Ti5Si3.2 and Ti5Si3C0.5 alloys exhibited an excellent oxidation resistance in nitrogen bearing atmosphere due to limited dissolution of nitrogen and increased Si/Ti activity ratio. MoSi2 coating developed by pack cementation to protect Mo-based Mo-Si-B composites was found to be effective up to 1500ºC. Shifting coating composition to T1+T2+Mo3Si region showed the possibility to extend the coating lifetime above 1500ºC by more than ten times via formation of slow growing Mo3Si or T2 interlayer without sacrificing the oxidation resistance of the coating. The phase equilibria in the Nb-rich portion of Nb-B system has been evaluated experimentally using metallographic analysis and differential thermal analyzer (DTA). It was shown that Nbss (solid solution) and NbB are the only two primary phases in the 0-40 at.% B composition range, and the eutectic reaction L ↔ Nbss + NbB was determined to occur at 2104+/-5°C by DTA.

  18. Comparative Study of Magnetic Instabilities in Cerium Compounds

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    The variety of new phases and physical phenomena discovered in intermetallic compounds containing Rare Earths or Actinides has motivated, during the last four decades, the sustained study of their magnetic phase diagrams.The current interest is focused on the investigation of the region of the phase diagram where the magnetic order of Cerium, Ytterbium and Uranium based systems is destabilized.In this region different behaviours have been detected, such as non conventional superconductivity and the anomalous dependencies of the thermal, magnetic and transport properties at very low temperatures, associated to non-Fermi liquid behaviour.A simple model, the Doniach diagram, has guided the interpretation of the destabilization of the magnetic order in the previously mentioned systems.However, most of the systems that have been studied so far cannot be described within this model.This fact has motivated the development of a phenomenological classification of phase diagrams that has been mostly applied to cerium based compounds.This classification defines three types of phase diagrams, that can be distinguished by the way in which the magnetic transition is suppressed when a control parameter (such as doping or pressure) is driven towards its critical value.Within this scenario, we study the suppression of the antiferromagnetic order of the intermetallic compounds CeIn3, CeRh2Si2 and CePd2Al3 as a function of Ce-ligand alloying.The resulting systems, CeIn3-xSnx, Ce(CuxRh1-x)2Si2 and CePd2-xNixAl3, present different crystalline structures and the effects produced by the alloying process are different in each case.We analyse the resulting magnetic phase diagrams, and compare them with the above mentioned phenomenological classification.With such a purpose, we study in detail the region in which the magnetic instability takes place, in the proximity of the respective critical concentrations.Taking into account both our results and those reported in the literature, we

  19. Fate of cerium dioxide nanoparticles in endothelial cells: exocytosis

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    Although cytotoxicity and endocytosis of nanoparticles have been the subject of numerous studies, investigations regarding exocytosis as an important mechanism to reduce intracellular nanoparticle accumulation are rather rare and there is a distinct lack of knowledge. The current study investigated the behavior of human microvascular endothelial cells to exocytose cerium dioxide (CeO2) nanoparticles (18.8 nm) by utilization of specific inhibitors [brefeldin A; nocodazole; methyl-β-cyclodextrin (MβcD)] and different analytical methods (flow cytometry, transmission electron microscopy, inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry). Overall, it was found that endothelial cells were able to release CeO2 nanoparticles via exocytosis after the migration of nanoparticle containing endosomes toward the plasma membrane. The exocytosis process occurred mainly by fusion of vesicular membranes with plasma membrane resulting in the discharge of vesicular content to extracellular environment. Nevertheless, it seems to be likely that nanoparticles present in the cytosol could leave the cells in a direct manner. MβcD treatment led to the strongest inhibition of the nanoparticle exocytosis indicating a significant role of the plasma membrane cholesterol content in the exocytosis process. Brefeldin A (inhibitor of Golgi-to-cell-surface-transport) caused a higher inhibitory effect on exocytosis than nocodazole (inhibitor of microtubules). Thus, the transfer from distal Golgi compartments to the cell surface influenced the exocytosis process of the CeO2 nanoparticles more than the microtubule-associated transport. In conclusion, endothelial cells, which came in contact with nanoparticles, e.g., after intravenously applied nano-based drugs, can regulate their intracellular nanoparticle amount, which is necessary to avoid adverse nanoparticle effects on cells

  20. Thermoluminescence of cerium and terbium -doped calcium pyrophosphate

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    Roman L, J.; Cruz Z, E. [UNAM, Instituto de Ciencias Nucleares, Circuito Exterior, Ciudad Universitaria, 04510 Mexico D. F. (Mexico); Lozano R, I. B.; Diaz G, J. A. I., E-mail: jesus.roman@nucleares.unam.mx [IPN, Centro de Investigacion en Ciencia Aplicada y Tecnologia Avanzada, Av. Legaria No. 694, 11500 Mexico D. F. (Mexico)

    2015-10-15

    The aim of this work is to report the thermoluminescence (Tl) response of Calcium Pyrophosphate phosphor doped with Cerium and Terbium impurities (Ca{sub 2}P{sub 2}O{sub 7}:Ce{sup 3+},Tb{sup 3+}). The phosphors were synthesized using the co-precipitation method and annealed at 900 degrees C by two hours for obtain the β phase. The intentional doping with Ce and Tb ions was 1 at.% and 0.1 at.%, whereas in the EDS results the concentration of impurities was 0.39 at.% and 0.05 at.%, respectively. The superficial morphology of phosphor is mainly composed by thin wafers of different size. All samples were exposed to gamma rays from {sup 60}Co in the Gammacell-200 irradiator. The Tl response of the phosphor was measured from Rt up to 350 degrees C and under nitrogen atmosphere in a Harshaw TLD 3500 reader. The glow curves of the Ca{sub 2}P{sub 2}O{sub 7}:Ce{sup 3+},Tb{sup 3+} powders showed a broad intense Tl peak centered at 165 degrees C and a shoulder at approximate 260 degrees C was observed. A linear Tl response in the range of absorbed dose of 0.2 to 10 Gy was obtained. Tl glow curves were analyzed using the initial rise (IR)and computerized glow curve deconvolution methods to evaluate the kinetics parameters such as activation energy (E), frequency factor (s) and kinetic order (b). (Author)

  1. Fate of cerium dioxide nanoparticles in endothelial cells: exocytosis

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    Strobel, Claudia, E-mail: Claudia.Strobel@med.uni-jena.de [Jena University Hospital – Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Department of Experimental Radiology, Institute of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology (Germany); Oehring, Hartmut [Jena University Hospital – Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Institute of Anatomy II (Germany); Herrmann, Rudolf [University of Augsburg, Department of Physics (Germany); Förster, Martin [Jena University Hospital – Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Department of Internal Medicine I, Division of Pulmonary Medicine and Allergy/Immunology (Germany); Reller, Armin [University of Augsburg, Department of Physics (Germany); Hilger, Ingrid, E-mail: ingrid.hilger@med.uni-jena.de [Jena University Hospital – Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Department of Experimental Radiology, Institute of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology (Germany)

    2015-05-15

    Although cytotoxicity and endocytosis of nanoparticles have been the subject of numerous studies, investigations regarding exocytosis as an important mechanism to reduce intracellular nanoparticle accumulation are rather rare and there is a distinct lack of knowledge. The current study investigated the behavior of human microvascular endothelial cells to exocytose cerium dioxide (CeO{sub 2}) nanoparticles (18.8 nm) by utilization of specific inhibitors [brefeldin A; nocodazole; methyl-β-cyclodextrin (MβcD)] and different analytical methods (flow cytometry, transmission electron microscopy, inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry). Overall, it was found that endothelial cells were able to release CeO{sub 2} nanoparticles via exocytosis after the migration of nanoparticle containing endosomes toward the plasma membrane. The exocytosis process occurred mainly by fusion of vesicular membranes with plasma membrane resulting in the discharge of vesicular content to extracellular environment. Nevertheless, it seems to be likely that nanoparticles present in the cytosol could leave the cells in a direct manner. MβcD treatment led to the strongest inhibition of the nanoparticle exocytosis indicating a significant role of the plasma membrane cholesterol content in the exocytosis process. Brefeldin A (inhibitor of Golgi-to-cell-surface-transport) caused a higher inhibitory effect on exocytosis than nocodazole (inhibitor of microtubules). Thus, the transfer from distal Golgi compartments to the cell surface influenced the exocytosis process of the CeO{sub 2} nanoparticles more than the microtubule-associated transport. In conclusion, endothelial cells, which came in contact with nanoparticles, e.g., after intravenously applied nano-based drugs, can regulate their intracellular nanoparticle amount, which is necessary to avoid adverse nanoparticle effects on cells.

  2. Effects of Cerium Oxide Nanoparticles on Sorghum Plant Traits

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    Mu, L.; Chen, Y.; Darnault, C. J. G.; Rauh, B.; Kresovich, S.; Korte, C.

    2015-12-01

    Nanotechnology and nanomaterials are considered as the development of the modern science. However, besides with that wide application, nanoparticles arouse to the side effects on the environment and human health. As the catalyst of ceramics and fuel industry, Cerium (IV) oxide nanoparticles (CeO2 NPs) can be found in the environment following their use and life-cycle. Therefore, it is critical to assess the potential effects that CeO2 NPs found in soils may have on plants. In this study, CeO2 NPs were analyzed for the potential influence on the sorghum [Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench] (Reg. no. 126) (PI 154844) growth and traits. The objectives of this research were to determine whether CeO2 NPs impact the sorghum germination and growth characteristics. The sorghum was grown in the greenhouse located at Biosystems Research Complex, Clemson University under different CeO2 NPs treatments (0mg; 100mg; 500mg; 1000mg CeO2 NPs/Kg soil) and harvested around each month. At the end of the each growing period, above ground vegetative tissue was air-dried, ground to 2mm particle size and compositional traits estimated using near-infrared spectroscopy. Also, the NPK value of the sorghum tissue was tested by Clemson Agriculture Center. After the first harvest, the result showed that the height of above ground biomass under the nanoparticles stress was higher than that of control group. This difference between the control and the nanoparticles treatments was significant (F>F0.05; LSD). Our results also indicated that some of the compositional traits were impacted by the different treatments, including the presence and/or concentrations of the nanoparticles.

  3. Contribution to research on the metabolism of fission product. Studies on the physico-chemical state and the metabolic fate of radio-cerium solution

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    This paper describes a study of the physico-chemical state of radio-cerium in dilute solutions on the tracer scale, as a function of the pH of the solution. The way in which this radioelement is transported in the blood is studied in vitro and in vivo, with reference to the ionic or colloidal state of the radio-cerium used. The distribution of cerium amongst the various components of the blood is studied by a new method of blood fractionation and by paper electrophoresis. Evidence of a cerium globulin connection is shown in the case of ionic cerium. A study of the initial distribution of radio-cerium in rats, after intravenous administration of ionic or colloidal solutions, shows considerable differences according to the physico-chemical state of the cerium injected. (author)

  4. Degradation of nitrobenzene using titania photocatalyst co-doped with nitrogen and cerium under visible light illumination

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    A type of nitrogen and cerium co-doped titania photocatalyst, which could degrade nitrobenzene under visible light irradiation, was prepared by the sol-gel route. Titanium isopropoxide, ammonium nitrate, and cerium nitrate were used as the sources of titanium, nitrogen, and cerium, respectively. X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), UV-vis diffusive reflectance spectroscopy (DRS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and N2 adsorption-desorption isotherm were employed to characterize the as-prepared photocatalyst. The degradation of nitrobenzene under visible light illumination was taken as probe reaction to evaluate the photoactivity of the co-doped photocatalyst. The commercial TiO2 photocatalyst (Degussa P25), which was thought as a high active photocatalyst, was chosen as standard photocatalyst to contrast the photoactivity of the nitrogen and cerium co-doped titania photocatalyst. The results showed that the photocatalytic performance of the nitrogen and cerium co-doped titania was related with the calcination temperature and the component. The nitrogen atoms were incorporated into the crystal of titania and could narrow the band gap energy. The doping cerium atoms existed in the forms of Ce2O3 and dispersed on the surface of TiO2. The improvement of the photocatalytic activity was ascribed to the synergistic effects of the nitrogen and cerium co-doping

  5. Cerium Oxide Nanoparticles and Bulk Cerium Oxide Leading to Different Physiological and Biochemical Responses in Brassica rapa.

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    Ma, Xingmao; Wang, Qiang; Rossi, Lorenzo; Zhang, Weilan

    2016-07-01

    Cerium oxide nanoparticles (CeO2NPs) have been incorporated into many commercial products, and their potential release into the environment through the use and disposal of these products has caused serious concerns. Despite the previous efforts and rapid progress on elucidating the environmental impact of CeO2NPs, the long-term impact of CeO2NPs to plants, a key component of the ecosystem, is still not well understood. The potentially different impact of CeO2NPs and their bulk counterparts to plants is also unclear. The main objectives of this study were (1) to investigate whether continued irrigation with solutions containing different concentrations of CeO2NPs (0, 10, and 100 mg/L) would induce physiological and biochemical adjustments in Brassica rapa in soil growing conditions and (2) to determine whether CeO2NPs and bulk CeO2 particles exert different impacts on plants. The results indicated that bulk CeO2 at 10 and 100 mg/L enhanced plant biomass by 28% and 35%, respectively, while CeO2NPs at equivalent concentrations did not. While the bulk CeO2 treatment resulted in significantly higher concentrations of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) in plant tissues at the vegetative stage, CeO2NPs led to significantly higher H2O2 levels in plant tissues at the floral stage. The activity of superoxide dismutase (SOD) in Brassica rapa also displayed a growth-stage dependent response to different sizes of CeO2 while catalase (CAT) activity was not affected by either size of CeO2 throughout the life cycle of Brassica rapa. Altogether, the results demonstrated that plant responses to CeO2 exposure varied with the particle sizes and the growth stages of plants. PMID:26691446

  6. Cathodic electrodeposition of cerium based oxides on carbon steel from concentrated cerium nitrate. Part II: Influence of electrodeposition parameters and of the addition of PEG

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    Hamlaoui, Y. [Laboratoire d' Etudes des Materiaux en Milieux Agressifs (LEMMA), Pole Sciences et Technologie, Universite de La Rochelle, Avenue Michel Crepeau, 17042 La Rochelle Cedex 1 (France); Institut des Sciences et Sciences de l' Ingenieur, Centre Universitaire de Souk-Ahras, BP 1553, 41000 Souk-Ahras (Algeria); Tifouti, L. [Laboratoire de Genie de l' Environnement, Universite Badji Mokhtar, BP 1223, 23020, El Hadjar-Annaba (Algeria); Remazeilles, C. [Laboratoire d' Etudes des Materiaux en Milieux Agressifs (LEMMA), Pole Sciences et Technologie, Universite de La Rochelle, Avenue Michel Crepeau, 17042 La Rochelle Cedex 1 (France); Pedraza, F., E-mail: fpedraza@univ-lr.fr [Laboratoire d' Etudes des Materiaux en Milieux Agressifs (LEMMA), Pole Sciences et Technologie, Universite de La Rochelle, Avenue Michel Crepeau, 17042 La Rochelle Cedex 1 (France)

    2010-03-15

    The mechanisms of formation of cerium based oxides on carbon steel by cathodic electrodeposition from relatively concentrated cerium nitrate solutions were investigated in a previous work (Part I). It was shown that some corrosion products developed on the steel upon and soon after coating, thereby suggesting the films were not protective. This work (Part II) focuses on the influence of various elaboration parameters on the composition and morphology of the deposits likely to improve the corrosion resistance of carbon steel. It will be shown that an increase of the precursor concentration increases the Ce(OH){sub 3} content of the deposits and brings about larger crystallite sizes at low to moderate applied current densities. As a result, the formation of the carbonated green rust corrosion product is not hindered. The kinetics of formation of the film follows a polynomial law in which concurrent deposition and dissolution steps are combined. However, an increase of the deposition time results in a reduced content of Ce(OH){sub 3} in the layers, hence in an evolution of the colour of the deposits. Similarly, the increase of the temperature of the bath brings about significant modifications of the surface morphology, of the crystallite size and of the content of oxygen vacancies that are suspected not to confer adequate protection. In contrast, the addition of 10 g L{sup -1} of PEG to the 0.1 M cerium nitrate solutions will be shown to inhibit the development of the carbonated green rust.

  7. Cathodic electrodeposition of cerium based oxides on carbon steel from concentrated cerium nitrate. Part II: Influence of electrodeposition parameters and of the addition of PEG

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    The mechanisms of formation of cerium based oxides on carbon steel by cathodic electrodeposition from relatively concentrated cerium nitrate solutions were investigated in a previous work (Part I). It was shown that some corrosion products developed on the steel upon and soon after coating, thereby suggesting the films were not protective. This work (Part II) focuses on the influence of various elaboration parameters on the composition and morphology of the deposits likely to improve the corrosion resistance of carbon steel. It will be shown that an increase of the precursor concentration increases the Ce(OH)3 content of the deposits and brings about larger crystallite sizes at low to moderate applied current densities. As a result, the formation of the carbonated green rust corrosion product is not hindered. The kinetics of formation of the film follows a polynomial law in which concurrent deposition and dissolution steps are combined. However, an increase of the deposition time results in a reduced content of Ce(OH)3 in the layers, hence in an evolution of the colour of the deposits. Similarly, the increase of the temperature of the bath brings about significant modifications of the surface morphology, of the crystallite size and of the content of oxygen vacancies that are suspected not to confer adequate protection. In contrast, the addition of 10 g L-1 of PEG to the 0.1 M cerium nitrate solutions will be shown to inhibit the development of the carbonated green rust.

  8. The effects of cerium doping on the size, morphology, and optical properties of α-hematite nanoparticles for ultraviolet filtration

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    Highlights: • Possible application of cerium-doped α-hematite as ultraviolet filter. • Nanoparticles obtained through co-precipitation technique using various cerium doping levels followed by annealing. • Comprehensive materials characterisation utilizing XRD, DSC/TGA, STEM, UV–vis spectroscopy. • Increasing cerium content reduces particle sizing and alters morphology. • Solubility of cerium in hematite seen between 5 and 10% doping, 10% cerium doping greatly enhances attenuation in ultraviolet region and increases optical bandgap. - Abstract: Metal oxide nanoparticles have potential use in energy storage, electrode materials, as catalysts and in the emerging field of nanomedicine. Being able to accurately tailor the desirable properties of these nanoceramic materials, such as particle size, morphology and optical bandgap (Eg) is integral in the feasibility of their use. In this study we investigate the altering of both the structure and physical properties through the doping of hematite (α-Fe2O3) nanocrystals with cerium at a range of concentrations, synthesised using a one-pot co-precipitation method. This extremely simple synthesis followed by thermal treatment results in stable Fe2−xCexOy nanoceramics resulting from the burning of any unreacted precursors and transformation of goethite-cerium doped nanoparticle intermediate. The inclusion of Ce into the crystal lattice of these α-Fe2O3 nanoparticles causes a significantly large reduction in mean crystalline size and alteration in particle morphology with increasing cerium content. Finally we report an increase optical semiconductor bandgap, along with a substantial increase in the ultraviolet attenuation found for a 10% Ce-doping concentration which shows the potential application of cerium-doped hematite nanocrystals to be used as a pigmented ultraviolet filter for cosmetic products

  9. Oxide mediated liquid-solid growth of high aspect ratio aligned gold silicide nanowires on Si(110) substrates

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    Silicon nanowires grown using the vapor-liquid-solid method are promising candidates for nanoelectronics applications. The nanowires grow from an Au-Si catalyst during silicon chemical vapor deposition. In this paper, the effect of temperature, oxide at the interface and substrate orientation on the nucleation and growth kinetics during formation of nanogold silicide structures is explained using an oxide mediated liquid-solid growth mechanism. Using real time in situ high temperature transmission electron microscopy (with 40 ms time resolution), we show the formation of high aspect ratio (∼15.0) aligned gold silicide nanorods in the presence of native oxide at the interface during in situ annealing of gold thin films on Si(110) substrates. Steps observed in the growth rate and real time electron diffraction show the existence of liquid Au-Si nano-alloy structures on the surface besides the un-reacted gold nanostructures. These results might enable us to engineer the growth of nanowires and similar structures with an Au-Si alloy as a catalyst.

  10. Technical report: technical development on the silicide plate-type fuel experiment at nuclear safety research reactor

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    According to a reduction of fuel enrichment from 45 w/o 235U to 20 w/o, an aluminide plate-type fuel used currently in the domestic research and material testing reactors will be replaced by a silicide plate-type one. One of the major concern arisen from this alternation is to understand the fuel behavior under simulated reactivity initiated accident (RIA) conditions, this is strongly necessary from the safety and licensing point of view. The in-core RIA experiments are, therefore, carried out at Nuclear Safety Research Reactor (NSRR) in Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute (JAERI). The silicide plate-type fuel consisted of the ternary alloy of U-Al-Si as a meat with uranium density up to 4.8 g/cm3 having thickness by 0.51 mm and the binary alloy of Al-3%Mg as a cladding by thickness of 0.38 mm. Comparison of the physical properties of this metallic plate fuel with the UO2-zircaloy fuel rod used conventionally in commercial light water reactors shows that the heat conductivity of the former is of the order of about 13 times greater than the latter, however the melting temperature is only one-half (1570degC). Prior to in-core RIA experiments, there were some difficulties lay in our technical path. This report summarized the technical achievements obtained through our four years work. (J.P.N.)

  11. Effects of nitrogen annealing on surface structure, silicide formation and magnetic properties of ultrathin films of Co on Si(100)

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    Ganesh K Rajan; Shivaraman Ramaswamy; C Gopalakrishnan; D John Thiruvadigal

    2012-02-01

    Effects of nitrogen annealing on structural and magnetic properties of Co/Si (100) up to 700°C has been studied in this paper. Ultrathin Co films having a constant thickness of 50 Å were grown on Si (100) substrates using electron-beam evaporation under very high vacuum conditions at room temperature. Subsequently, the samples were annealed at temperatures ranging from 100–700°C in a nitrogen environment at atmospheric pressure. Sample quality and surface morphology were examined using atomic force microscopy. Silicide formation and the resultant variation in crystallographic arrangement were studied using X-ray diffractometer. The magnetization measurements done using a vibrating sample magnetometer indicate a decrease in coercivity and retentivity values with increase in annealing temperature. Resistivity of the samples measured using a four-point probe set up shows a decrease in resistivity with increase in annealing temperature. Formation of various silicide phases at different annealing temperatures and the resultant variation in the magnetic susceptibility has been thoroughly studied and quantified in this work.

  12. Surface effect on the electronic and the magnetic properties of rock-salt alkaline-earth metal silicides

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    An all electron ab-initio method was employed to study the electronic and the magnetic properties of the (001) surface of alkaline-earth metal silicides, CaSi, SrSi, and BaSi, in the rock-salt structure. The three compounds retain their ferromagnetic metallic properties at the surface. Due to the surface effects, the magnetism of the topmost layer is changed as compared with the bulk. This is a short-range effect. In CaSi, the magnetism of the surface layer is noticeably reduced, as compared with the bulk: magnetic moments (MMs) on both Ca and Si atoms are reduced. In SrSi (001), the polarization of electrons in the surface atoms is similar to that in the bulk atoms, and the values of MMs on the component atoms in the topmost layer do not change as much as in CaSi. In BaSi (001), the magnetic properties of Si surface atoms are enhanced slightly, and the magnetism of Ba atoms is not affected considerably by the surface effect. The calculated densities of states confirm the short-range effect of the surface on the electronic properties of the metal silicides.

  13. Thermal Stability and Growth Behavior of Erbium Silicide Nanowires Self-Assembled on a Vicinal Si(001) Surface

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    DING Tao; SONG Jun-Qiang; LI Juan; CAI Qun

    2011-01-01

    Erbium silicide nanowires are self-assembled on vicinal Si(Ool) substrates after electron beam evaporation and post annealing at 63(fC In-situ scanning tunneling microscopy investigations manifest that the nanowires will successively shrink and transform into a nanoisland with annealing prolonged. Meanwhile, a structural transition from hexagonal AIB2 phase to tetragonal ThSi'2 phase is revealed with high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. It is also found that the nanowires gradually expand to embed into the substrates during the growth process, which has much influence on the shape instability of nanowires. Additionally, a multiple deposition-annealing treatment is given as a novel growth method to strengthen the controlled fabrication of nanowires.%@@ Erbium silicide nanowires are self-assembled on vicinal Si(001) substrates after electron beam evaporation and post annealing at 630℃ In-situ scanning tunneling microscopy investigations manifest that the nanowires will successively shrink and transform into a nanoisland with annealing prolonged.Meanwhile, a structural transition from hexagonal AlB phase to tetragonal ThSi phase is revealed with high-resolution transmission electron microscopy.It is also found that the nanowires gradually expand to embed into the substrates during the growth process, which has much influence on the shape instability of nanowires.Additionally, a multiple deposition- annealing treatment is given as a novel growth method to strengthen the controlled fabrication of nanowires.

  14. Evolution of the local environment of cerium and neodymium during simplified SON68 glass alteration

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    Jollivet, Patrick [Commissariat a l' Energie Atomique (CEA), Rhone Valley Research Center, BP 17171, 30207 Bagnols-sur-Ceze (France)]. E-mail: patrick.jollivet@cea.fr; Lopez, Christophe [Commissariat a l' Energie Atomique (CEA), Rhone Valley Research Center, BP 17171, 30207 Bagnols-sur-Ceze (France); Auwer, Christophe Den [Commissariat a l' Energie Atomique (CEA), Rhone Valley Research Center, BP 17171, 30207 Bagnols-sur-Ceze (France); Simoni, Eric [Institut de Physique Nucleaire, Batiment 100, 91406 Orsay cedex (France)

    2005-11-15

    The evolution of the sites occupied by cerium and neodymium (coordination numbers and Ce, Nd-O distances) during alteration of simplified SON68 glass specimens was determined by L{sub III}-edge XAS. Cerium and neodymium are situated in a silicate environment in the glass, surrounded by eight oxygen atoms at an average distance of 2.44 and 2.48 A, respectively. These two rare earth elements exhibit different leaching behavior, however. The main environment of cerium becomes a silicate (d {sub Ce-O} = 2.19 A) with a second oxide or more probably oxyhydroxide site (d {sub Ce-O} = 2.32 A). The cerium coordination number increases by 1 to 3 compared with the glass, depending on the leaching conditions. Neodymium is found mainly in a hydroxycarbonate environment (d {sub Nd-O} = 2.46 A); the second site is a silicate (d {sub Nd-O} = 2.54 A). The neodymium coordination number increases by 1 compared with the glass. When glass containing neodymium is doped with phosphorus, Nd is situated in a phosphate environment; this change is also reflected in the coordination number and Nd-O distance (seven oxygen atoms at 2.42 A). During glass leaching, neodymium is present at two different sites, phosphate (d {sub Nd-O} = 2.52 A) and hydroxycarbonate (d {sub Nd-O} = 2.40 A)

  15. XPS and factor analysis study of initial stages of cerium oxide growth on polycrystalline tungsten

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    Polyak, Yaroslav; Bastl, Zdeněk

    2015-01-01

    Roč. 47, č. 6 (2015), s. 663-671. ISSN 0142-2421 Institutional support: RVO:68378271 ; RVO:61388955 Keywords : XPS * FA * PLD * cerium oxide * WO 3 * Ce (3d) Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism; CF - Physical ; Theoretical Chemistry (UFCH-W) Impact factor: 1.245, year: 2014

  16. Demonstration of enhanced K-edge angiography using a cerium target x-ray generator

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    The cerium target x-ray generator is useful in order to perform enhanced K-edge angiography using a cone beam because K-series characteristic x rays from the cerium target are absorbed effectively by iodine-based contrast mediums. The x-ray generator consists of a main controller, a unit with a Cockcroft-Walton circuit and a fixed anode x-ray tube, and a personal computer. The tube is a glass-enclosed diode with a cerium target and a 0.5-mm-thick beryllium window. The maximum tube voltage and current were 65 kV and 0.4 mA, respectively, and the focal-spot sizes were 1.0x1.3 mm. Cerium Kα lines were left using a barium sulfate filter, and the x-ray intensity was 0.48 μC/kg at 1.0 m from the source with a tube voltage of 60 kV, a current of 0.40 mA, and an exposure time of 1.0 s. Angiography was performed with a computed radiography system using iodine-based microspheres. In coronary angiography of nonliving animals, we observed fine blood vessels of approximately 100 μm with high contrasts

  17. Influences of the main anodic electroplating parameters on cerium oxide films

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    Yang, Yang; Yang, Yumeng; Du, Xiaoqing; Chen, Yu [Department of Chemistry, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310027, Zhejiang (China); Zhang, Zhao, E-mail: eaglezzy@zjuem.zju.edu.cn [Department of Chemistry, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310027, Zhejiang (China); Zhang, Jianqing [Department of Chemistry, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310027, Zhejiang (China); State Key Laboratory for Corrosion and Protection of Metals, Shenyang 110016 (China)

    2014-06-01

    Cerium oxide thin films were fabricated onto 316 L stainless steel via a potentiostatically anodic electrodeposition approach in the solutions containing cerium(III) nitrate (0.05 M), ammonia acetate (0.1 M) and ethanol (10% V/V). The electrochemical behaviors and deposition parameters (applied potential, bath temperature, dissolving O{sub 2} and bath pH) have been investigated. Results show that, the electrochemical oxidation of Ce{sup 3+} goes through one electrochemical step, which is under charge transfer control. The optimum applied potential for film deposition is 0.8 V. Bath temperature plays a significant effect on the deposition rate, composition (different colors of the film) and surface morphology of the deposits. Due to the hydrolysis of Ce{sup 3+}, cerous hydroxide is facility to form when the bath temperature is higher than 60 °C. The electroplating bath pH is another key role for the anodic deposition of cerium oxide thin films, and the best bath pH is around 6.20. N{sub 2} or O{sub 2} purged into the bath will result in film porosities and O{sub 2} favors cerium oxide particles and film generation.

  18. Influences of the main anodic electroplating parameters on cerium oxide films

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    Cerium oxide thin films were fabricated onto 316 L stainless steel via a potentiostatically anodic electrodeposition approach in the solutions containing cerium(III) nitrate (0.05 M), ammonia acetate (0.1 M) and ethanol (10% V/V). The electrochemical behaviors and deposition parameters (applied potential, bath temperature, dissolving O2 and bath pH) have been investigated. Results show that, the electrochemical oxidation of Ce3+ goes through one electrochemical step, which is under charge transfer control. The optimum applied potential for film deposition is 0.8 V. Bath temperature plays a significant effect on the deposition rate, composition (different colors of the film) and surface morphology of the deposits. Due to the hydrolysis of Ce3+, cerous hydroxide is facility to form when the bath temperature is higher than 60 °C. The electroplating bath pH is another key role for the anodic deposition of cerium oxide thin films, and the best bath pH is around 6.20. N2 or O2 purged into the bath will result in film porosities and O2 favors cerium oxide particles and film generation.

  19. Influences of the main anodic electroplating parameters on cerium oxide films

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    Yang, Yang; Yang, Yumeng; Du, Xiaoqing; Chen, Yu; Zhang, Zhao; Zhang, Jianqing

    2014-06-01

    Cerium oxide thin films were fabricated onto 316 L stainless steel via a potentiostatically anodic electrodeposition approach in the solutions containing cerium(III) nitrate (0.05 M), ammonia acetate (0.1 M) and ethanol (10% V/V). The electrochemical behaviors and deposition parameters (applied potential, bath temperature, dissolving O2 and bath pH) have been investigated. Results show that, the electrochemical oxidation of Ce3+ goes through one electrochemical step, which is under charge transfer control. The optimum applied potential for film deposition is 0.8 V. Bath temperature plays a significant effect on the deposition rate, composition (different colors of the film) and surface morphology of the deposits. Due to the hydrolysis of Ce3+, cerous hydroxide is facility to form when the bath temperature is higher than 60 °C. The electroplating bath pH is another key role for the anodic deposition of cerium oxide thin films, and the best bath pH is around 6.20. N2 or O2 purged into the bath will result in film porosities and O2 favors cerium oxide particles and film generation.

  20. Photochemical precipitation of thorium and cerium and their separation from other ions in aqueous solution.

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    Das, M; Heyn, A H; Hoffman, M Z; Agarwal, R P

    1970-10-01

    Thorium was precipitated from homogeneous solution by exposing solutions of thorium and periodate in dilute perchloric acid to 253.7 nm radiation from a low-pressure mercury lamp. Periodate is reduced photochemically to iodate which causes the formation of a dense precipitate of the basic iodate of thorium(IV). The precipitate was redissolved, the iodate reduced, the thorium precipitated first as the hydroxide, then as the oxalate and ignited to the dioxide for weighing. Thorium(IV) solutions containing 8-200 mg of ThO(2) gave quantitative results with a standard deviation (s) of 0.2 mg. Separations from 25 mg each of iron, calcium, magnesium, 50 mg of yttrium and up to 500 mg of uranium(VI) were quantitative (s = 0.25 mg). Separations from rare earths, except cerium, were accomplished by using hexamethylenetetramine rather than ammonia for the precipitation of the hydroxide. Cerium(III) was similarly precipitated and converted into CeO(2) for weighing. Quantitative results were obtained for 13-150 mg of CeO(2) with a standard deviation of 0.2 mg. Separations from 200 mg of uranium were quantitative. Other rare earths and yttrium interfered seriously. The precipitates of the basic cerium(IV) and thorium iodates obtained are more compact than those obtained by direct precipitation and can be handled easily. Attempts to duplicate Suzuki's method for separating cerium from neodymium and yttrium were not successful. PMID:18960820

  1. Excimer Laser Deposition and Characterization of Cerium Doped TiO2

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    Fajgar, Radek; Dřínek, Vladislav; Kupčík, Jaroslav; Šubrt, Jan; Murafa, Nataliya

    - : -, 2011, s. 131. ISSN N. [EuroCVD 18. Kinsale, Co. Cork (IE), 04.09.2011-09.09.2011] Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40720504; CEZ:AV0Z40320502 Keywords : laser deposition * TiO2 * cerium Subject RIV: CH - Nuclear ; Quantum Chemistry

  2. Transient Dynamics of Fluoride-Based High Concentration Erbium/Cerium Co-Doped Fiber Amplifier

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    S. S-H. Yam; Y. Akasaka; Y. Kubota; R. Huang; D. L. Harris; J. Pan

    2003-01-01

    We designed and evaluated a fluoride-based high concentration erbium/ cerium co-doped fiber amplifier. It is suitable for Metropolitan Area Networks due to faster transient, flatter (unfiltered) gain, smaller footprint and gain excursion than its silica-based counterpart.

  3. Separation of cerium from high level waste solution of Purex origin

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    A simple solvent extraction procedure for the separation of 144Ce from Purex high level waste (HLW) is described. 2-ethylhexyl 2-ethylhexyl phosphonic acid (KSM-17) has been used as extractant. About 10 mCi of cerium was separated from HLW using this technique. This method is amenable for automation and scale up. (author)

  4. Cerium oxide coated anodes for aluminum electrowinning: Topical report, October 1, 1986-June 30, 1987

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    Walker, J. K.

    1987-12-01

    Because of the cost of building and maintaining a carbon anode plant and the energy penalties associated with the use of carbon anodes in the production of aluminum, the use of inert anodes has long been proposed. Various cermet anodes have been investigated. In this paper, tests on a material, cerium oxyfluoride (CEROX), deposited in situ as an anode, are reported. (JDH)

  5. Growth and characterization of Sm3+ doped cerium oxalate single crystals

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    Minu Mary C

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available Single crystals of Sm3+ doped cerium oxalate decahydrate were synthesized using single diffusion gel technique and the conditions influencing the size, morphology, nucleation density and quality of the crystals were optimized. Highly transparent single crystals of average size 3 mm × 2 mm × 1 mm with well-defined hexagonal morphology were grown during a time period of two weeks. X-ray powder diffraction analysis revealed that the grown crystals crystallize in the monoclinic system with space group P21/c as identical with the pure cerium oxalate. The various functional groups of the oxalate ligand and the water of crystallization were identified by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. The photoluminescence spectrum of the Sm3+ doped cerium oxalate indicated that the Sm3+ ions are optically active in the cerium oxalate matrix. The crystal has a strong and efficient orange red emission with a wavelength peak at 595 nm and hence can be effectively used for optical amplification. Microhardness measurements of the crystal revealed that they belong to the soft material category.

  6. EXAFS and XANES analysis of plutonium and cerium edges from titanate ceramics for fissile materials disposal

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    We report x-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) and extended x-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) spectra from the plutonium LIII edge and XANES from the cerium LII edge in prototype titanate ceramic hosts. The titanate ceramics studied are based upon the hafnium-pyrochlore and zirconolite mineral structures and will serve as an immobilization host for surplus fissile materials, containing as much as 10 weight % fissile plutonium and 20 weight % (natural or depleted) uranium. Three ceramic formulations were studied: one employed cerium as a ''surrogate'' element, replacing both plutonium and uranium in the ceramic matrix, another formulation contained plutonium in a ''baseline'' ceramic formulation, and a third contained plutonium in a formulation representing a high-impurity plutonium stream. The cerium XANES from the surrogate ceramic clearly indicates a mixed III-IV oxidation state for the cerium. In contrast, XANES analysis of the two plutonium-bearing ceramics shows that the plutonium is present almost entirely as Pu(IV) and occupies the calcium site in the zirconolite and pyrochlore phases. The plutonium EXAFS real-space structure shows a strong second-shell peak, clearly distinct from that of PuO2, with remarkably little difference in the plutonium crystal chemistry indicated between the baseline and high-impurity formulations

  7. Cerium oxide nanoparticles inhibit lipopolysaccharide induced MAP kinase/NF-kB mediated severe sepsis

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    Vellaisamy Selvaraj

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available The life threatening disease of sepsis is associated with high mortality. Septic patient survivability with currently available treatments has failed to improve. The purpose of this study was to evaluate whether lipopolysaccharide (LPS induced sepsis mortality and associated hepatic dysfunction can be prevented by cerium oxide nanoparticles (CeO2NPs treatment in male Sprague Dawley rats. Here we provide the information about the methods processing of raw data related to our study published in Biomaterials (Selvaraj et al., Biomaterials, 2015, In press and Data in Brief (Selvaraj et al., Data in Brief, 2015, In Press. The data present here provides confirmation of cerium oxide nanoparticle treatments ability to prevent the LPS induced sepsis associated changes in physiological, blood cell count, inflammatory protein and growth factors in vivo. In vitro assays investigation the treated of macrophages cells with different concentrations of cerium oxide nanoparticle demonstrate that concentration of cerium oxide nanoparticles below 1 µg/ml did not significantly influence cell survival as determined by the MTT assay.

  8. Cerium oxide nanoparticles inhibit lipopolysaccharide induced MAP kinase/NF-kB mediated severe sepsis.

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    Selvaraj, Vellaisamy; Nepal, Niraj; Rogers, Steven; Manne, Nandini D P K; Arvapalli, Ravikumar; Rice, Kevin M; Asano, Shinichi; Fankenhanel, Erin; Ma, J Y; Shokuhfar, Tolou; Maheshwari, Mani; Blough, Eric R

    2015-09-01

    The life threatening disease of sepsis is associated with high mortality. Septic patient survivability with currently available treatments has failed to improve. The purpose of this study was to evaluate whether lipopolysaccharide (LPS) induced sepsis mortality and associated hepatic dysfunction can be prevented by cerium oxide nanoparticles (CeO2NPs) treatment in male Sprague Dawley rats. Here we provide the information about the methods processing of raw data related to our study published in Biomaterials (Selvaraj et al., Biomaterials, 2015, In press) and Data in Brief (Selvaraj et al., Data in Brief, 2015, In Press). The data present here provides confirmation of cerium oxide nanoparticle treatments ability to prevent the LPS induced sepsis associated changes in physiological, blood cell count, inflammatory protein and growth factors in vivo. In vitro assays investigation the treated of macrophages cells with different concentrations of cerium oxide nanoparticle demonstrate that concentration of cerium oxide nanoparticles below 1 µg/ml did not significantly influence cell survival as determined by the MTT assay. PMID:26217772

  9. Phenotypic and genomic responses to titanium dioxide and cerium oxide nanoparticles in Arabidopsis germinants

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    The effects of exposure to two nanoparticles (NPs) -titanium dioxide (nano-titania) and cerium oxide (nano-ceria) at 500 mg NPs L-1 on gene expression and growth in Arabidopsis thaliana germinants were studied using microarrays and phenotype studies. After 12 days post treatment,...

  10. Influence of layout parameters on snapback characteristic for a gate-grounded NMOS device in 0.13-μm silicide CMOS technology

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    Jiang Yuxi; Li Jiao; Ran Feng; Cao Jialin; Yang Dianxiong

    2009-01-01

    r of the GGNMOS devices under high ESD current stress, and design area-efficient ESD protection circuits to sustain the required ESD level.Optimized layout rules for ESD protection in 0.13-μm silicide CMOS technology are also presented.

  11. Magnetic hysteresis of cerium doped bismuth ferrite thin films

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    The influence of Cerium doping on the structural and magnetic properties of BiFeO3 thin films have been investigated. Rietveld refinement of X-ray diffraction data and successive de-convolution of Raman scattering spectra of Bi1−xCexFeO3 (BCFO) thin films with x=0–0.20 reflect the single phase rhombohedral (R3c) formation for x<0.08, whereas concentration-driven gradual structural phase transition from rhombohedral (R3c) to partial tetragonal (P4mm) phase follows for x≥0.08. All low wavenumber Raman modes (<300 cm−1) showed a noticeable shift towards higher wavenumber with increase in doping concentration, except Raman E-1 mode (71 cm−1), shows a minor shift. Sudden evolution of Raman mode at 668 cm−1, manifested as A1-tetragonal mode, accompanied by the shift to higher wavenumber with increase in doping concentration (x) affirm partial structural phase transition. Anomalous wasp waist shaped (M–H) hysteresis curves with improved saturation magnetization (Ms) for BCFO thin films is attributed to antiferromagnetic interaction/hybridization between Ce 4f and Fe 3d electronic states. The contribution of both hard and soft phase to the total coercivity is calculated. Polycrystalline Bi0.88Ce0.12FeO3 thin film found to exhibit better magnetic properties with Ms=15.9 emu/g without any impure phase. - Highlights: • Synthesis of single phase Bi1−xCexFeO3 thin films with (x=0–0.2) on cost effective corning glass and silicon substrates using CSD technique. • Structural modification studies using Rietveld refinement of XRD and de-convolution of Raman spectra revealed partial phase transition from rhombohedral (R3c) to tetragonal (P4mm) phase. • Possible reasons for origin of pinched magnetic behavior of BCFO thin films are identified. • Contribution of both hard and soft magnetic phase in coercivity of BCFO thin films is calculated and practical applications of such materials exhibiting pinching behavior are conferred

  12. Magnetic hysteresis of cerium doped bismuth ferrite thin films

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    Gupta, Surbhi [Department of Physics and Astrophysics, University of Delhi (India); Tomar, Monika [Physics Department, Miranda House, University of Delhi (India); Gupta, Vinay, E-mail: drguptavinay@gmail.com [Department of Physics and Astrophysics, University of Delhi (India)

    2015-03-15

    The influence of Cerium doping on the structural and magnetic properties of BiFeO{sub 3} thin films have been investigated. Rietveld refinement of X-ray diffraction data and successive de-convolution of Raman scattering spectra of Bi{sub 1−x}Ce{sub x}FeO{sub 3} (BCFO) thin films with x=0–0.20 reflect the single phase rhombohedral (R3c) formation for x<0.08, whereas concentration-driven gradual structural phase transition from rhombohedral (R3c) to partial tetragonal (P4mm) phase follows for x≥0.08. All low wavenumber Raman modes (<300 cm{sup −1}) showed a noticeable shift towards higher wavenumber with increase in doping concentration, except Raman E-1 mode (71 cm{sup −1}), shows a minor shift. Sudden evolution of Raman mode at 668 cm{sup −1}, manifested as A{sub 1}-tetragonal mode, accompanied by the shift to higher wavenumber with increase in doping concentration (x) affirm partial structural phase transition. Anomalous wasp waist shaped (M–H) hysteresis curves with improved saturation magnetization (M{sub s}) for BCFO thin films is attributed to antiferromagnetic interaction/hybridization between Ce 4f and Fe 3d electronic states. The contribution of both hard and soft phase to the total coercivity is calculated. Polycrystalline Bi{sub 0.88}Ce{sub 0.12}FeO{sub 3} thin film found to exhibit better magnetic properties with M{sub s}=15.9 emu/g without any impure phase. - Highlights: • Synthesis of single phase Bi{sub 1−x}Ce{sub x}FeO{sub 3} thin films with (x=0–0.2) on cost effective corning glass and silicon substrates using CSD technique. • Structural modification studies using Rietveld refinement of XRD and de-convolution of Raman spectra revealed partial phase transition from rhombohedral (R3c) to tetragonal (P4mm) phase. • Possible reasons for origin of pinched magnetic behavior of BCFO thin films are identified. • Contribution of both hard and soft magnetic phase in coercivity of BCFO thin films is calculated and practical

  13. Band structure, cohesive properties, and Compton profile of γ- and α-cerium

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    Podloucky, R.; Glötzel, D.

    1983-03-01

    Recent Compton scattering experiments on the high-volume (γ) and low-volume (α) phases of fcc cerium and their interpretation in terms of the renormalized-free-atom model cast severe doubts on the promotional model of Pauling and Zachariasen for the γ-α transition. Stimulated by these results, we have extended a previous self-consistent local-density band-structure investigation to study the Compton profiles of γ- and α-cerium. For the band structure, Bloch functions, and their Fourier transforms we use the linear muffin-tin orbital method in the atomic-sphere approximation. We analyze the calculated Compton profiles in terms of band structure and local angular momentum character of the wave functions. The change in band structure and wave functions under compression (with approximately one electron per atom in the 4f band of both phases) accounts well for the observed change in the Compton profile. This provides further evidence against the promotional model in agreement with the analysis of Kornstädt et al. In addition, we study the cohesive energy of fcc cerium as a function of volume in the local-density approximation. For α-cerium in the 4f1(5d 6s)3 configuration we find a cohesive energy of 5.4 eV/atom in good agreement with experiment, whereas the "promotional" 4f0(5d 6s)4 state yields a binding energy of 0.6 eV/atom only. Therefore the fourth valence electron has to be a 4f electron, and α-cerium has to be regarded as an f-band metal.

  14. High temperature condensation and thermal radiation properties of cerium dioxide in solid and liquid states

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    Full Text: Measuring thermal radiation properties of cerium dioxide at high temperatures is very complicated problem from experimental point of view. It is connected with high evaporation of this material at high temperatures. In order to solve this problem with a subsecond laser technique the excess pressure of inert atmosphere is maintained in the working chamber to suppress surface evaporation in the focal area of the sample. In this paper it is shown that in this case the dense vapor phase formed above the investigated sample actively interacts with the sample surface and the laser radiation and distorts the experimental results. The developed polychromatic reflectometer with laser heating enabled one to discover the interesting phenomenon of the interaction of the vapor, liquid and solid phases in cerium dioxide under CO2 laser irradiation. This phenomenon is exhibited in the form of the exothermic peak of the condensation on the cooling curves moreover the temperature level of this transition is regulated by experimental parameters. The possibility of the change of the position of this floating phase transition on the temperature scale permits one to model the interaction of liquid-vapor and solid-vapor to estimate the contribution of the dense vapor phase formed above the sample to the thermal radiation properties of cerium dioxide at high temperatures. The experimental data on thermal radiation properties of stoichiometric cerium dioxide in the spectral range 0.4-1.1 μm and in the temperature region 2000-3500 K measured by the method developed are presented. Reflectivity and emissivity measurement error does not exceed ±3 %. The experimental results obtained are compared with the data of other authors and the recommended values for spectral reflectivity and emissivity of cerium dioxide at high temperatures are given. (author)

  15. The importance of cerium substituted phosphates as cation exchanger some unique properties and related application potentials

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    Seven different samples of an inorganic ion exchanger, cerium phosphate, suitable for column use have been prepared under varying conditions. The property of these exchangers has been characterized by Inductively Coupled Plasma Spectroscopy. These exchangers are stable in water, dilute mineral acids, ethanol, methanol, acetone and ether. However, in concentrated HCl and HNO3 they decompose. They retain about 50% of their exchange value after drying at 80 degC, and can be regenerated twice without any decrease in exchange capacity. The distribution coefficient measurements for alkaline earth metals, tellurium, iodine and molybdenum using these seven ion exchangers were studied. This revealed the relative affinity for each exchanger, where the sorption in general was most effective at P H 6-8. The titration curves of cerium phosphate (disodium) with alkaline earth metals showed that the selectivity sequence Ba2+>Sr2+>CA2+>Mg2+ is observed. Furthermore, it could be deduced that the adsorption of alkaline earth metal cations greatly depends on the cation. These studies have also shown that cerium phosphates with divalent ions are strongly preferred to monovalent ones. Therefore, as for the cerium phosphates with large monovalent ions, the lack of exchange for Ba2+, Mg2+ or other alkaline earth metal ions should be essentially due to steric hindrance and this could include any one of the following: the large crystalline radius of metal ions or large hydrated ionic radius and high energy of hydration for other divalent ions. Three binary separations of TeIV - MoIV, TeIV -I1 has been developed and the recovery ranging from 90 to 100% has been achieved on cerium phosphate (disodium) columns

  16. Using cerium anomaly as an indicator of redox reactions in constructed wetland

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    Liang, R.

    2013-12-01

    The study area, Chiayi County located in southern Taiwan, has highly developed livestock. The surface water has very low dissolved oxygen and high NH4. Under the situation, constructed wetland becomes the most effective and economic choice to treat the wastewater in the natural waterways. Hebao Island free surface constructed wetland started to operate in late 2006. It covers an area of 0.28 km2 and is subdivided into 3 major cells, which are sedimentation cell, 1st aeration cell with rooted plants and 2nd aeration cell with float plants. The water depth of cells ranges from 0.6 m to 1.2 m. The total hydraulic retention time is about a half day. In this study, the water samples were sequentially collected along the flow path. The results of hydrochemical analysis show that the untreated inflow water can be characterized with enriched NH4 (11 ppm), sulfate (6 ppm) and arsenic (50 ppb). The removal efficiency of NH4 in the first two cells is pollutants from the wastewater; therefore, dissolved oxygen is traditionally considered as an important indicator to evaluate the operation efficiency of wetland. However, it would need longer time to achieve equilibrium state of redox reaction involving dissolved oxygen due to the slower reaction rate. For example, the input water in this study has fairly high dissolved oxygen (5 ppm) but the NH4 content is still high, which indicates a non-equilibrium condition. In this study, the cerium anomaly is alternatively utilized to evaluate the water redox state. The results demonstrate that the input water has the negative cerium anomaly of -0.16. Along the flow path, the cerium negative anomaly does not change in the first two cells and dramatically becomes -0.23 in cell 3. The trend of cerium anomaly is more close to the removal efficiency of NH4 rather than dissolve oxygen. Accordingly, cerium anomaly could become a better indicator of removal efficiency of constructed wetland.

  17. Narrow bandgap semiconducting silicides: Intrinsic infrared detectors on a silicon chip

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    Mahan, John E.

    1990-01-01

    Work done during the final report period is presented. The main technical objective was to achieve epitaxial growth on silicon of two semiconducting silicides, ReSi2 and CrSi2. ReSi2 thin films were grown on (001) silicon wafers by vacuum evaporation of rhenium onto hot substrates in ultrahigh vacuum. The preferred epitaxial relationship was found to be ReSi2(100)/Si(001) with ReSi2(010) parallel to Si(110). The lattice matching consists of a common unit mesh of 120 A(sup 2) area, and a mismatch of 1.8 percent. Transmission electron microscopy revealed the existence of rotation twins corresponding to two distinct but equivalent azimuthal orientations of the common unit mesh. MeV He(+) backscattering spectrometry revealed a minimum channeling yield of 2 percent for an approximately 1,500 A thick film grown at 650 C. Although the lateral dimension of the twins is on the order of 100 A, there is a very high degree of alignment between the ReSi2(100) and the Si(001) planes. Highly oriented films of CrSi2 were grown on (111) silicon substrates, with the matching crystallographic faces being CrSi2(001)/Si(111). The reflection high-energy electron diffraction (RHEED) patterns of the films consist of sharp streaks, symmetrically arranged. The predominant azimuthal orientation of the films was determined to be CrSi2(210) parallel to Si(110). This highly desirable heteroepitaxial relationship has been obtained previously by others; it may be described with a common unit mesh of 51 A(sup 2) and mismatch of 0.3 percent. RHEED also revealed the presence of limited film regions of a competing azimuthal orientation, CrSi2(110) parallel to Si(110). A channeling effect for MeV He(+) ions was not found for this material. Potential commercial applications of this research may be found in silicon-integrated infrared detector arrays. Optical characterizations showed that semiconducting ReSi2 is a strong absorber of infrared radiation, with the adsorption constant increasing above 2 x

  18. Synthesis and characterization of β-phase iron silicide nano-particles by chemical reduction

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    Sen, Sabyasachi [Department of Electronics & Electrical Communication Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur 721302 (India); Gogurla, Narendar [Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur 721302 (India); Banerji, Pallab [Materials Science Centre, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur 721302 (India); Guha, Prasanta K. [Department of Electronics & Electrical Communication Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur 721302 (India); Pramanik, Panchanan, E-mail: pramanik1946@gmail.com [Department of Basic Science, MCKV Institute of Engineering, Howrah, Liluah 711204 (India)

    2015-10-15

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • β-FeSi{sub 2} nano-particle was synthesized by reducing with Mg and by diluting with MgO. • XRD profile shows the iron di-silicide phase to be semiconducting β-FeSi{sub 2}. • HRTEM and FESEM images indicate the β-FeSi{sub 2}average particle size to be 60–70 nm. • Absorption, reflectance and PL spectroscopy show band gap to be direct 0.87 eV. • Nano-β-FeSi{sub 2}is p-type with hole density of 4.38 × 10{sup 18} cm{sup −3} and mobility 8.9 cm{sup 2}/V s. - Abstract: Nano-particles of β-FeSi{sub 2} have been synthesized by chemical reduction of a glassy phase of [Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}, 4SiO{sub 2}] by Mg-metal where MgO is used as diluent to prevent the agglomeration of nano crystallites into micro-particles and also act as a negative catalyst for the formation of other phases. The sample is characterized by XRD, FESEM, HRTEM, EDX, ultra-violet-visible-infrared and PL spectroscopy and electronic properties have been investigated by Hall measurement. XRD profile shows that the synthesized powder consists of purely β-FeSi{sub 2} semiconducting phase. The average crystallite size of β-FeSi{sub 2} is determined to be around 65.4 nm from XRD peaks as well as from FESEM also. The optical absorption and PL spectroscopy shows that synthesized β-FeSi{sub 2} phase is a direct band gap semiconductor with a value of 0.87 eV. Hall measurements show that β-FeSi{sub 2} nano-particles is p-type with hole concentration of 4.38 × 10{sup 18} cm{sup −3} and average hole mobility of 8.9 cm{sup 2}/V s at 300 K.

  19. Equation of state measurements by radiography provide evidence for a liquid-liquid phase transition in cerium

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    Lipp, M. J.; Jenei, Zs; Ruddle, D.; Aracne-Ruddle, C.; Cynn, H.; Evans, W. J.; Kono, Y.; Kenney-Benson, C.; Park, C.

    2014-05-01

    A pressure-volume isotherm in cerium metal at 1100 K was measured in a large volume press of the Paris-Edinburgh type up to 6 GPa. The volume was determined by imaging a rectangular shape of the sample via white X-ray radiography. Energy dispersive x-ray diffraction spectra were recorded to ensure that the highly reactive cerium in the cell assembly remained pure at this temperature. Even at 1100 K the p-V equation of state of liquid cerium shows a pronounced decrease of the bulk modulus above the y-phase region similar to the 775 K isotherm in the solid that also shows an inflection point between y- and a-type cerium. The inflection point in the 1100 K isotherm indicating the minimum in the bulk modulus separating the γ- from the α-type liquid is located at approximately 3.5 GPa.

  20. Effect of HCl pre-treatment on corrosion resistance of cerium-based conversion coatings on magnesium and magnesium alloys

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    Brunelli, Katya [Department of Mechanical Innovation and Management, University of Padua, Via Marzolo 9, 35131 Padua (Italy); Dabala, Manuele [Department of Mechanical Innovation and Management, University of Padua, Via Marzolo 9, 35131 Padua (Italy)]. E-mail: manuele.dabala@unipd.it; Calliari, Irene [Department of Mechanical Innovation and Management, University of Padua, Via Marzolo 9, 35131 Padua (Italy); Magrini, Maurizio [Department of Mechanical Innovation and Management, University of Padua, Via Marzolo 9, 35131 Padua (Italy)

    2005-04-01

    The corrosion protection afforded by a cerium conversion coating, formed by immersion in a solution containing rare earth salt and hydrogen peroxide, on pure magnesium and two magnesium alloys, AZ91 and AM50, has been studied. The effect of HCl pre-treatments on the morphology and on the corrosion resistance of the cerium conversion layer was investigated. A thicker and more homogeneous distribution of the conversion coating was obtained when the sample surface was pre-treated with acid. Higher amounts of cerium on the surface of the pre-treated samples were detected. The cerium conversion coating increased the corrosion resistance of the alloys because it ennobled the corrosion potential and decreased both the anodic and cathodic current. The acid pre-treatment further increased the corrosion resistance of the coated alloys. After five days of immersion in chloride environment the untreated samples showed localized corrosion while the chemical conversion coated samples appeared unaffected.