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  1. Tilts, dopants, vacancies and non-stoichiometry: Understanding and designing the properties of complex solid oxide perovskites from first principles

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    Bennett, Joseph W.

    Perovskite oxides of formula ABO3 have a wide range of structural, electrical and mechanical properties, making them vital materials for many applications, such as catalysis, ultrasound machines and communication devices. Perovskite solid solutions with high piezoelectric response, such as ferroelectrics, are of particular interest as they can be employed as sensors in SONAR devices. Ferroelectric materials are unique in that their chemical and electrical properties can be non-invasively and reversibly changed, by switching the bulk polarization. This makes ferroelectrics useful for applications in non-volatile random access memory (NVRAM) devices. Perovskite solid solutions with a lower piezoelectric response than ferroelectrics are important for communication technology, as they function well as electroceramic capacitors. Also of interest is how these materials act as a component in a solid oxide fuel cell, as they can function as an efficient source of energy. Altering the chemical composition of these solid oxide materials offers an opportunity to change the desired properties of the final ceramic, adding a degree of flexibility that is advantageous for a variety of applications. These solid oxides are complex, sometimes disordered systems that are a challenge to study experimentally. However, as it is their complexity which produces favorable properties, highly accurate modeling which captures the essential features of the disordered structure is necessary to explain the behavior of current materials and predict favorable compositions for new materials. Methodological improvements and faster computer speeds have made first-principles and atomistic calculations a viable tool for understanding these complex systems. Offering a combination of accuracy and computational speed, the density functional theory (DFT) approach can reveal details about the microscopic structure and interactions of complex systems. Using DFT and a combination of principles from both

  2. Thermophysical properties of perovskite type alkaline-earth metals and plutonium complex oxides

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    Tanaka, Kosuke; Sato, Isamu; Hirosawa, Takashi; Kurosaki, Ken; Muta, Hiroaki; Yamanaka, Shinsuke

    2012-03-01

    Polycrystalline specimens of strontium plutonate, SrPuO3, have been prepared by mixing the appropriate amounts of PuO2 and SrCO3 powders followed by reacting and sintering at 1600 K under the flowing gas atmosphere of dry-air. The sintered specimens had a single phase of orthorhombic perovskite structure and were crack-free. The elastic moduli of SrPuO3 were determined from the longitudinal and shear sound velocities. The Debye temperature was also determined from the sound velocities and lattice parameter measurements. The thermal conductivity of SrPuO3 was calculated from the measured density at room temperature, literature values of heat capacity, and thermal diffusivity measured by laser flash method in vacuum. Although the thermal conductivity of SrPuO3 slightly decreased with increasing temperature to 800 K, the range of change was extremely narrow and the temperature dependence did not completely follow the 1/T law. The thermal conductivity of SrPuO3 was lower than those of other perovskite type oxides.

  3. TEMPERATURE TRENDS OF THE PERMITTIVITY IN COMPLEX OXIDES OF RARE-EARTH ELEMENTS WITH PEROVSKITE-TYPE STRUCTURE

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    A.G.Belous

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available Ceramic materials based on complex oxides with both the perovskite structure (Ln2/3Nb2O6 and the structure of tetragonal tungsten bronze (Ba6-xLn8+2x/3Ti18O54 have been investigated over a wide frequency and temperature ranges. The results obtained for certain structures denote the presence of the temperature anomalies of dielectric parameters (ε, tanδ. These anomalies occur over the wide frequency range including submilimeter (SMM wavelength range, and are related neither with the processing peculiarities nor with the presence of the phase transitions. Temperature behavior of the permittivity has been considered in terms of the polarization mechanism based on the elastic-strain lattice oscillations. It has been assumed that the observed anomalies could be ascribed to a superposition of harmonic and anharmonic contribution to lattice oscillations that determines τε sign and magnitude.

  4. Self-propagating high-temperature synthesis of LaMO{sub 3} perovskite-type oxide using heteronuclearcyano metal complex precursors

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    Sánchez-Rodríguez, Daniel, E-mail: daniel.sanchez@udg.edu [GRMT, Department of Physics, University of Girona, Campus Montilivi, Edif.PII, E17071 Girona, Catalonia (Spain); Wada, Hiroki; Yamaguchi, Syuhei [Department of Materials Science and Biotechnology, Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Ehime University, Matsuyama 790-8577 (Japan); Farjas, Jordi [GRMT, Department of Physics, University of Girona, Campus Montilivi, Edif.PII, E17071 Girona, Catalonia (Spain); Yahiro, Hidenori, E-mail: yahiro.hidenori.me@ehime-u.ac.jp [Department of Materials Science and Biotechnology, Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Ehime University, Matsuyama 790-8577 (Japan)

    2015-11-15

    The decomposition of La[Fe(CN){sub 6}]·5H{sub 2}O and La[Co(CN){sub 6}]·5H{sub 2}O under different atmospheres has been analyzed by thermogravimetry (TG) and differential thermal analysis (DTA). In addition, the decomposition temperature at different sample locations was monitored for sample masses around 2 g of La[Fe(CN){sub 6}]·5H{sub 2}O and La[Co(CN){sub 6}]·5H{sub 2}O, when they were calcined for 1 h at temperatures ranging from 200 to 400 °C in a controlled gas-flow system. Results showed that, the large enough of the cyano complex precursors undergo combustion when they are decomposed under oxygen atmosphere. X-ray diffraction results revealed that perovskite-type oxides crystallize due to the overheating of the process. As a result, it has been possible to produce LaFeO{sub 3} and LaCoO{sub 3} perovskite-type oxide powders by SHS under oxygen atmosphere using La[Fe(CN){sub 6}]·5H{sub 2}O and La[Co(CN){sub 6}]·5H{sub 2}O as a precursor. The effect of the ignition temperature has been investigated. The specific surface area of the perovskite-type oxides produced via SHS using heteronuclearcyano metal complex as a precursor is significantly higher than that of other LaMO{sub 3} produced using the same technique but obtained from other type of precursors. - Highlights: • The decomposition of La[Fe(CN){sub 6}] and La[Co(CN){sub 6}] precursors was analyzed. • The combustion process proceeded under oxygen when sample was large enough. • Perovskite oxides via SHS from the cyano complex precursors were synthesized. • LaMO{sub 3} perovskite oxides via SHS was obtained with high specific surface area.

  5. Perovskite catalysts for oxidative coupling

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    Campbell, Kenneth D.

    1991-01-01

    Perovskites of the structure A.sub.2 B.sub.2 C.sub.3 O.sub.10 are useful as catalysts for the oxidative coupling of lower alkane to heavier hydrocarbons. A is alkali metal; B is lanthanide or lanthanum, cerium, neodymium, samarium, praseodymium, gadolinium or dysprosium; and C is titanium.

  6. Partial Oxidation of Methane Over the Perovskite Oxides

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    2001-01-01

    Ba0.sSr0.5Co0.8Fe0.2O3-δ and Ba0.5Sr0.5Co0.8Ti0.2O3-δ oxides were synthesized by a combined EDTA-citrate complexing method. The catalytic behavior of these two oxides with the perovskite structure was studied during the reaction of methane oxidation. The pre-treatment with methane has different effect on the catalytic activities of both the oxides. The methane pre-treatment has not resulted in the change of the catalytic activity of BSCFO owing to its excellent reversibility of the perovskite structure resulting from the excellent synergistic interaction between Co and Fe in the oxide. However, the substitution with Ti on Fe-site in the lattice makes the methane pre-treatment have an obvious influence on the activity of the formed BSCTO oxide.

  7. Phase Behavior and Crystal Structure of Perovskite-Type Rare Earth Complex Oxides

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    2006-01-01

    Several compounds of rare earth complex oxides containing manganese and titanium were synthesized in Ar, and their crystal structures were analyzed by powder X-ray diffraction data and Rietveld method. Structures of A0.67Ln0.33Mn0.33Ti0.67O3 (A=Ca or Sr and Ln=rare earth) were found to have orthorhombic symmetry with the space group Pnma, and their interatomic distances and bond angles were obtained. This space group was also derived from electron microscopic study. Electrical conductivity of Ca0.67Ln0.33Mn0.33Ti0.67O3 for several rare earth elements showed a semiconducting property with the activation energy of 0.4 eV. Some of these compounds of the strontium system show the antiferromagnetic properties below 10 K.

  8. Structural investigations of complex perovskite oxide films with X-ray diffraction

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    Boldyreva, Ksenia; Rata, Diana; Herklotz, Andreas; Bilani-Zeneli, Orkidia; Huehne, Ruben; Schultz, Ludwig; Doerr, Kathrin [IFW Dresden (Germany)

    2009-07-01

    The electronic and magnetic properties of many complex oxides are highly sensitive to external parameters which include mechanical deformation or strain. Thus, X-ray diffraction methods such as reciprocal space mapping are powerful and indispensable for the characterization of thin films, particularly for evaluating the in-plane strain state. The direct influence of strain on the magnetization of epitaxial La{sub 1-x}Sr{sub x}MnO{sub 3} (LSMO) films has been studied utilizing piezoelectric PMN-PT substrates. On the other hand, La{sub 1-x}Sr{sub x}CoO{sub 3} (LSCO) films also reveal large strain-induced changes of the magnetization and the electrical conductivity. Since the in-plane lattice parameter of the piezoelectric substrate, PMN-PT, of {proportional_to}4.02A is larger than that of most correlated oxides, LaSc{sub 1-x}Al{sub x}O{sub 3} (LSAO) has been explored as a buffer layer showing a lattice parameter that is tunable by the composition x. The lattice structure of (i) LSAO buffers depending on the composition and (ii) of magnetic films (LSMO, LSCO) grown in various strain states is discussed.

  9. Macroporous perovskite-type complex oxide catalysts of La_(1-x)K_xCo_(1-y)Fe_yO_3 for diesel soot combustion

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    张桂臻; 赵震; 刘坚; 徐俊峰; 荆延妮; 段爱军; 姜桂元

    2009-01-01

    A facile procedure was carried out to prepare macroporous perovskite-type complex oxide catalysts of La1-xKxCo1-yFeyO3(x=0,0.1,y=0,0.1) by using the combined method of organic ligation and solution combustion.This method could ensure the formation of the desired macroporous structures and the desired crystal phases of the prepared catalysts.It was found that the macroporous catalysts showed higher catalytic activities for soot combustion than that of the corresponding nanometric samples,and the macroporous ...

  10. Partial oxidation of 2-propanol on perovskites

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    Sumathi, R.; Viswanathan, B.; Varadarajan, T.K. [Indian Inst. of Tech., Madras (India). Dept. of Chemistry

    1998-12-31

    Partial oxidation of 2-propanol was carried out on AB{sub 1-x}B`{sub x}O{sub 3} (A=Ba, B=Pb, Ce, Ti; B`=Bi, Sb and Cu) type perovskite oxides. Acetone was the major product observed on all the catalysts. All the catalysts underwent partial reduction during the reaction depending on the composition of the reactant, nature of the B site cation and the extent of substitution at B site. The catalytic activity has been correlated with the reducibility of the perovskite oxides determined from Temperature Programmed Reduction (TPR) studies. (orig.)

  11. Preparation and Water-Gas Shift Catalytic Activities of the Perovskite Type Complex Oxide La1-x CexFeO3

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    马红钦; 谭欣; 朱慧铭; 张继炎; 张鎏

    2003-01-01

    The perovskite type rare-earth iron complex (REIC) oxide La1-xCexFeO3 is designed and prepared as water-gas shift catalyst. Activity evaluation and heat-resisting test show that the perovskite type compounds La1-xCexFeO3 (· K) has a good thermal stability if x is less than or equal to 0. 5. But when x is greater than 0. 5, La1-x Cex FeO3 ( · K) will turn out to be ceria and magnetite partially or completely at high temperature in the shift reaction atmosphere. In the case of x = 0. 5, the conversion of carbon monoxide is about 68% at 530℃. Potassium can greatly improve the low temperature activity, but slightly lower the high temperature activity,and has little impact on the thermal stability. La0.5 Ce0.5 FeO3 ( · K) is a promising chromium-free high-temperature shift catalyst.

  12. Properties of Perovskites and other oxides

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    Müller, K.A.; Kool, T.W.

    2010-01-01

    In this book some 50 papers published by K A Müller as author or co-author over several decades, amplified by more recent work mainly by T W Kool with collaborators, are reproduced. The main subject is Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) applied to the study of perovskites and other oxides with re

  13. Oxide perovskite crystals for HTSC film substrates microwave applications

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    Bhalla, A. S.; Guo, Ruyan

    1995-01-01

    The research focused upon generating new substrate materials for the deposition of superconducting yttrium barium cuprate (YBCO) has yielded several new hosts in complex perovskites, modified perovskites, and other structure families. New substrate candidates such as Sr(Al(1/2)Ta(1/2))O3 and Sr(Al(1/2)Nb(1/2))O3, Ba(Mg(1/3)Ta(2/3))O3 in complex oxide perovskite structure family and their solid solutions with ternary perovskite LaAlO3 and NdGaO3 are reported. Conventional ceramic processing techniques were used to fabricate dense ceramic samples. A laser heated molten zone growth system was utilized for the test-growth of these candidate materials in single crystal fiber form to determine crystallographic structure, melting point, thermal, and dielectric properties as well as to make positive identification of twin free systems. Some of those candidate materials present an excellent combination of properties suitable for microwave HTSC substrate applications.

  14. Resistance switching memory in perovskite oxides

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    Yan, Z.B., E-mail: zbyan@nju.edu.cn; Liu, J.-M., E-mail: liujm@nju.edu.cn

    2015-07-15

    The resistance switching behavior has recently attracted great attentions for its application as resistive random access memories (RRAMs) due to a variety of advantages such as simple structure, high-density, high-speed and low-power. As a leading storage media, the transition metal perovskite oxide owns the strong correlation of electrons and the stable crystal structure, which brings out multifunctionality such as ferroelectric, multiferroic, superconductor, and colossal magnetoresistance/electroresistance effect, etc. The existence of rich electronic phases, metal–insulator transition and the nonstoichiometric oxygen in perovskite oxide provides good platforms to insight into the resistive switching mechanisms. In this review, we first introduce the general characteristics of the resistance switching effects, the operation methods and the storage media. Then, the experimental evidences of conductive filaments, the transport and switching mechanisms, and the memory performances and enhancing methods of perovskite oxide based filamentary RRAM cells have been summarized and discussed. Subsequently, the switching mechanisms and the performances of the uniform RRAM cells associating with the carrier trapping/detrapping and the ferroelectric polarization switching have been discussed. Finally, the advices and outlook for further investigating the resistance switching and enhancing the memory performances are given.

  15. Properties of perovskites and other oxides

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    Müller, K Alex

    2010-01-01

    In this book some 50 papers published by K A Muller as author or co-author over several decades, amplified by more recent work mainly by T W Kool with collaborators, are reproduced. The main subject is Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) applied to the study of perovskites and other oxides with related subjects. This wealth of papers is organized into eleven chapters, each with an introductory text written in the light of current understanding. The contributions of the first author on structural phase transitions have been immense, and because K A Muller and J C Fayet have published a review

  16. Size of oxide vacancies in fluorite and perovskite structured oxides

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    Chatzichristodoulou, Christodoulos; Norby, Poul; Hendriksen, Peter Vang

    2015-01-01

    An analysis of the effective radii of vacancies and the stoichiometric expansion coefficient is performed on metal oxides with fluorite and perovskite structures. Using the hard sphere model with Shannon ion radii we find that the effective radius of the oxide vacancy in fluorites increases...... with increasing ion radius of the host cation and that it is significantly smaller than the radius of the oxide ion in all cases, from 37% smaller for HfO2 to 13 % smaller for ThO2. The perovskite structured LaGaO3 doped with Sr or Mg or both is analyzed in some detail. The results show that the effective radius...... of an oxide vacancy in doped LaGaO3 is only about 6 % smaller than the oxide ion. In spite of this the stoichiometric expansion coefficient (a kind of chemical expansion coefficient) of the similar perovskite, LaCrO3, is significantly smaller than the stoichiometric expansion coefficient of the fluorite...

  17. Generalized trends in the formation energies of perovskite oxides.

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    Zeng, ZhenHua; Calle-Vallejo, Federico; Mogensen, Mogens B; Rossmeisl, Jan

    2013-05-28

    Generalized trends in the formation energies of several families of perovskite oxides (ABO3) and plausible explanations to their existence are provided in this study through a combination of DFT calculations, solid-state physics analyses and simple physical/chemical descriptors. The studied elements at the A site of perovskites comprise rare-earth, alkaline-earth and alkaline metals, whereas 3d and 5d metals were studied at the B site. We also include ReO3-type compounds, which have the same crystal structure of cubic ABO3 perovskites except without A-site elements. From the observations we extract the following four conclusions for the perovskites studied in the present paper: for a given cation at the B site, (I) perovskites with cations of identical oxidation state at the A site possess close formation energies; and (II) perovskites with cations of different oxidation states at the A site usually have quite different but ordered formation energies. On the other hand, for a given A-site cation, (III) the formation energies of perovskites vary linearly with respect to the atomic number of the elements at the B site within the same period of the periodic table, and the slopes depend systematically on the oxidation state of the A-site cation; and (IV) the trends in formation energies of perovskites with elements from different periods at the B site depend on the oxidation state of A-site cations. Since the energetics of perovskites is shown to be the superposition of the individual contributions of their constituent oxides, the trends can be rationalized in terms of A-O and B-O interactions in the ionic crystal. These findings reveal the existence of general systematic trends in the formation energies of perovskites and provide further insight into the role of ion-ion interactions in the properties of ternary compounds.

  18. Review of magnetocaloric effect in perovskite-type oxides

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    Zhong Wei; Au Chak-Tong; Du You-Wei

    2013-01-01

    We survey the magnetocaloric effect in perovskite-type oxides (including doped ABO3-type manganese oxides,A3B2O7-type two-layered perovskite oxides,and A2B'B''O6-type ordered double-perovskite oxides).Magnetic entropy changes larger than those of gadolinium can be observed in polycrystalline La(Ⅰ)-xCaxMnO3 and alkali-metal (Na or K)doped La0.8Ca0.2MnO3 perovskite-type manganese oxides.The large magnetic entropy change produced by an abrupt reduction of magnetization is attributed to the anomalous thermal expansion at the Curie temperature.Considerable magnetic entropy changes can also be observed in two-layered perovskites La1.6Ca1.4Mn2O7 and La2.5-xK0.5+xMn2O7+δ(0 < x < 0.5),and double-perovskite Ba2Fe1+xMo1-xO6(0 ≤ x ≤ 0.3) near their respective Curie temperatures.Compared with rare earth metals and their alloys,the perovskite-type oxides are lower in cost,and they exhibit higher chemical stability and higher electrical resistivity,which together favor lower eddy-current heating.They are potential magnetic refrigerants at high temperatures,especially near room temperature.

  19. High pressure Moessbauer spectroscopy of perovskite iron oxide

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    Nasu, S; Morimoto, S; Kawakami, T; Kuzushita, K; Takano, M

    2003-01-01

    High-pressure sup 5 sup 7 Fe Moessbauer spectroscopy using a diamond anvil cell has been performed for perovskite iron oxides SrFeO sub 3 , CaFeO sub 3 and La sub 1 sub / sub 3 Sr sub 2 sub / sub 3 O sub 3. The charge states and the magnetic dependency to pressure were determined. Pressure magnetic phase diagrams of these perovskite iron oxides are determined up to about 70 GPa. To be clear the magnetic ordered state, they are measured up to 7.8 T external magnetic fields at 4.5K. The phase transition of these perovskite oxides to ferromagnetisms with high magnetic ordered temperature is observed. In higher pressure, high spin-low spin transition of oxides besides CaFeO sub 3 is generated. The feature of Moessbauer spectroscopy, perovskite iron oxide and Moessbauer spectroscopy under high pressure are explained. (S.Y.)

  20. Perovskite oxides: Oxygen electrocatalysis and bulk structure

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    Carbonio, R. E.; Fierro, C.; Tryk, D.; Scherson, D.; Yeager, Ernest

    1987-01-01

    Perovskite type oxides were considered for use as oxygen reduction and generation electrocatalysts in alkaline electrolytes. Perovskite stability and electrocatalytic activity are studied along with possible relationships of the latter with the bulk solid state properties. A series of compounds of the type LaFe(x)Ni1(-x)O3 was used as a model system to gain information on the possible relationships between surface catalytic activity and bulk structure. Hydrogen peroxide decomposition rate constants were measured for these compounds. Ex situ Mossbauer effect spectroscopy (MES), and magnetic susceptibility measurements were used to study the solid state properties. X ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) was used to examine the surface. MES has indicated the presence of a paramagnetic to magnetically ordered phase transition for values of x between 0.4 and 0.5. A correlation was found between the values of the MES isomer shift and the catalytic activity for peroxide decomposition. Thus, the catalytic activity can be correlated to the d-electron density for the transition metal cations.

  1. Perovskite Oxide Thin Film Growth, Characterization, and Stability

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    Izumi, Andrew

    Studies into a class of materials known as complex oxides have evoked a great deal of interest due to their unique magnetic, ferroelectric, and superconducting properties. In particular, materials with the ABO3 perovskite structure have highly tunable properties because of the high stability of the structure, which allows for large scale doping and strain. This also allows for a large selection of A and B cations and valences, which can further modify the material's electronic structure. Additionally, deposition of these materials as thin films and superlattices through techniques such as pulsed laser deposition (PLD) results in novel properties due to the reduced dimensionality of the material. The novel properties of perovskite oxide heterostructures can be traced to a several sources, including chemical intermixing, strain and defect formation, and electronic reconstruction. The correlations between microstructure and physical properties must be investigated by examining the physical and electronic structure of perovskites in order to understand this class of materials. Some perovskites can undergo phase changes due to temperature, electrical fields, and magnetic fields. In this work we investigated Nd0.5Sr 0.5MnO3 (NSMO), which undergoes a first order magnetic and electronic transition at T=158K in bulk form. Above this temperature NSMO is a ferromagnetic metal, but transitions into an antiferromagnetic insulator as the temperature is decreased. This rapid transition has interesting potential in memory devices. However, when NSMO is deposited on (001)-oriented SrTiO 3 (STO) or (001)-oriented (LaAlO3)0.3-(Sr 2AlTaO6)0.7 (LSAT) substrates, this transition is lost. It has been reported in the literature that depositing NSMO on (110)-oriented STO allows for the transition to reemerge due to the partial epitaxial growth, where the NSMO film is strained along the [001] surface axis and partially relaxed along the [11¯0] surface axis. This allows the NSMO film enough

  2. Generalized trends in the formation energies of perovskite oxides

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    Zeng, Zhenhua; Calle-Vallejo, Federico; Mogensen, Mogens Bjerg

    2013-01-01

    Generalized trends in the formation energies of several families of perovskite oxides (ABO3) and plausible explanations to their existence are provided in this study through a combination of DFT calculations, solid-state physics analyses and simple physical/chemical descriptors. The studied...... systematically on the oxidation state of the A-site cation; and (IV) the trends in formation energies of perovskites with elements from different periods at the B site depend on the oxidation state of A-site cations. Since the energetics of perovskites is shown to be the superposition of the individual...... contributions of their constituent oxides, the trends can be rationalized in terms of A–O and B–O interactions in the ionic crystal. These findings reveal the existence of general systematic trends in the formation energies of perovskites and provide further insight into the role of ion–ion interactions...

  3. Perovskite Catalysts—A Special Issue on Versatile Oxide Catalysts

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    Yu-Chuan Lin

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available Perovskite-type catalysts have been prominent oxide catalysts for many years due to attributes such as flexibility in choosing cations, significant thermal stability, and the unique nature of lattice oxygen. Nearly 90% metallic elements of the Periodic Table can be stabilized in perovskite’s crystalline framework [1]. Moreover, by following the Goldschmidt rule [2], the A- and/or B-site elements can be partially substituted, making perovskites extremely flexible in catalyst design. One successful example is the commercialization of noble metal-incorporated perovskites (e.g., LaFe0.57Co0.38Pd0.05O3 for automotive emission control used by Daihatsu Motor Co. Ltd. [3]. Thus, growing interest in, and application of perovskites in the fields of material sciences, heterogeneous catalysis, and energy storage have prompted this Special Issue on perovskite catalysts. [...

  4. La/Sr-based perovskites as soot oxidation catalysts for Gasoline Particulate Filters

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    Hernández, W. Y.; Tsampas, M. N.; Zhao, C.; Boréave, A.; Bosselet, F.; Vernoux, P.

    2015-01-01

    La0.6Sr0.4BO3 type-perovskites (with B = Fe, Mn or Ti) were synthesized by a complex route from the thermal decomposition of the chelated nitrate precursors, as soot oxidation catalysts under low oxygen partial pressures. The nature of the B-site cation modifies the morphology, the structural symmet

  5. Ab initio study of proton dynamics on perovskite oxide surfaces

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    Fuyuki Shimojo

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available First-principles studies of the proton dynamics in perovskite oxides and the water adsorption on various oxide surfaces are briefly reviewed. Recent progress in the study of the microscopic mechanism of the proton absorption from perovskite oxide surfaces is also presented. It is shown that dopant ions on the surface and oxygen vacancies in the inside just below the surface play an important role for the proton absorption, while oxygen vacancies on the surface are influential for the dissociative adsorption of water molecules.

  6. Tuning Ferromagnetism at Interfaces between Insulating Perovskite Oxides

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    Ganguli, Nirmal; Kelly, Paul J.

    2014-01-01

    We use density functional theory calculations to show that the LaAlO 3 |SrTiO 3 interface between insulating perovskite oxides is borderline in satisfying the Stoner criterion for itinerant ferromagnetism and explore other oxide combinations with a view to satisfying it more amply. The larger latt

  7. Tuning Ferromagnetism at Interfaces between Insulating Perovskite Oxides

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    Ganguli, N.; Kelly, Paul J.

    2014-01-01

    We use density functional theory calculations to show that the LaAlO 3 |SrTiO 3 interface between insulating perovskite oxides is borderline in satisfying the Stoner criterion for itinerant ferromagnetism and explore other oxide combinations with a view to satisfying it more amply. The larger

  8. Magnetic Behavior of Some Rare-Earth Transition-Metal Perovskite Oxide Systems

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    Kenji Yoshii; Akio Nakamura; Masaichiro Mizumaki; Naoshi Ikeda; Jun'ichiro Mizuki

    2004-01-01

    Magnetic properties were investigated for the rare-earth 3d-transition metal oxides with the perovskite structure. Intriguing magnetic phenomena were reviewed for a few systems:magnetization peak effect in the titanates, magnetization reversal in the chromites and metallic ferromagnetism in the cobaltites. The results suggest an important role of the rare-earth ions for the magnetic properties of such complex oxides.

  9. Isothermal precipitation and growth process of perovskite phase in oxidized titanium bearing slag

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    WANG Ming-yu; WANG Xue-wen; HE Yue-hui; LOU Tai-ping; SUI Zhi-tong

    2008-01-01

    The isothermal precipitating behavior of perovskite phase in oxidized titanium bearing slag was studied by quenching method. The kinetics of precipitating process and crystal growth of perovskite phase was analyzed. The results show that the precipitating and growth of perovskite are non-equilibrium process at the beginning of isothermal treatment. There are two factors influencing the growth rate of perovskite phase on non-equilibrium condition, one is the supersaturation concentration of perovskite and the other is the coarsening arising from the growth of larger perovskite at the expense of smaller ones. The precipitation kinetics of perovskite phase can be nearly described by the JMAK equation.

  10. Decomposition of Organometal Halide Perovskite Films on Zinc Oxide Nanoparticles.

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    Cheng, Yuanhang; Yang, Qing-Dan; Xiao, Jingyang; Xue, Qifan; Li, Ho-Wa; Guan, Zhiqiang; Yip, Hin-Lap; Tsang, Sai-Wing

    2015-09-16

    Solution processed zinc oxide (ZnO) nanoparticles (NPs) with excellent electron transport properties and a low-temperature process is a viable candidate to replace titanium dioxide (TiO2) as electron transport layer to develop high-efficiency perovskite solar cells on flexible substrates. However, the number of reported high-performance perovskite solar cells using ZnO-NPs is still limited. Here we report a detailed investigation on the chemistry and crystal growth of CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite on ZnO-NP thin films. We find that the perovskite films would severely decompose into PbI2 upon thermal annealing on the bare ZnO-NP surface. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) results show that the hydroxide groups on the ZnO-NP surface accelerate the decomposition of the perovskite films. To reduce the decomposition, we introduce a buffer layer in between the ZnO-NPs and perovskite layers. We find that a commonly used buffer layer with small molecule [6,6]-phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PC61BM) can slow down but cannot completely avoid the decomposition. On the other hand, a polymeric buffer layer using poly(ethylenimine) (PEI) can effectively separate the ZnO-NPs and perovskite, which allows larger crystal formation with thermal annealing. The power conversion efficiencies of perovskite photovoltaic cells are significantly increased from 6.4% to 10.2% by replacing PC61BM with PEI as the buffer layer.

  11. Orbital physics in the perovskite Ti oxides

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    Mochizuki, Masahito [Department of Physics, University of Tokyo, Hongo, Tokyo 113-0033 (Japan); Imada, Masatoshi [Institute for Solid State Physics, University of Tokyo, Kashiwanoha, Kashiwa, Chiba 277-8581 (Japan)

    2004-11-01

    Titanate compounds have been recognized as key materials for understanding the coupling of magnetism and orbitals in strongly correlated electron systems. In the perovskite Ti oxide RTiO{sub 3} (where R represents the trivalent rare-earth ions), which is a typical Mott-Hubbard insulator, the Ti t{sub 2g} orbitals and spins in the 3d{sup 1} state couple each other through the strong electron correlations, resulting in a rich variety of orbital-spin phases. One way of controlling the coupling is to change the tiltings of the TiO{sub 6} octahedra (namely the GdFeO{sub 3}-type distortion) by varying the R ions, through which the relative ratio of the electron bandwidth to the Coulomb interaction is controlled. With this control, these Mott insulators exhibit an antiferromagnetic-to-ferromagnetic (AFM-FM) phase transition, which has turned out to be a consequence of rich orbital physics in these materials. The origin and nature of orbital-spin structures of these Mott insulators have been intensively studied both experimentally and theoretically. When the Mott insulators are doped with carriers, the titanates show touchstone properties of the filling controlled Mott transition. In this paper, we first review the state of the art on the studies for understanding physics contained in the properties of the perovskite titanates. On the properties of the insulators, we focus on the following three topics: (1) the origin and nature of the ferromagnetism as well as the orbital ordering in the compounds with relatively small R ions such as GdTiO{sub 3} and YTiO{sub 3} (2) the origin of the G-type antiferromagnetism and the orbital state in LaTiO{sub 3} and (3) the orbital-spin structures in other AFM(G) compounds with relatively large R ions (R = Ce, Pr, Nd and Sm). On the basis of these discussions, we discuss the whole phase diagram together with mechanisms of the magnetic phase transition. On the basis of the microscopic understanding of the orbital-spin states, we show that

  12. Defect Chemistry and Microstructure of Complex Perovskite Barium Zinc Niobate

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    Peng, Ping

    1991-02-01

    This dissertation presents a systematic study of the characterization of the phase transitions, microstructures, defects and transport properties of undoped and doped complex perovskite barium zinc niobate (BZN). Complex perovskite BZN is a paraelectric material while its parent material barium titanate is ferroelectric. With codoping of (Zn + 2Nb) into Ti site, BaTiO_3 shows three distinguished features. First, the Curie temperature is lowered; second, the three phase transitions (cubic-tetragonal-orthorhombic-rhombohedral) coalesce; and lastly, the transition becomes diffuse showing a typical 2nd order phase transition compared with 1st order in undoped BaTiO_3. Complex microchemical ordering is another characteristic of BZN. Stoichiometric BZN shows a mixture of two types of ordering schemes. 1:1, 1:2 ordered microdomains and the disordered matrix co-exist. The 1:1 type ordering involves an internal charge imbalance which inhibits the growth of 1:1 type of ordered microdomains. The 1:2 type ordering is consistent with the chemical composition of BZN. These ordering patterns can be modified by either adjustment of the Zn/Nb ratio or by doping. The defect structure of the stoichiometric BZN is closely related to that of BaTiO_3. Stoichiometric BZN is an insulator with wide band gap (~ 3.70 eV). Undoped BZN has a high oxygen vacancy concentration which comes from three possible sources, such as unavoidable acceptor impurities, due to their natural abundance, Zn/Nb ratio uncertainty due to processing limitations, and high temperature ZnO loss due to sintering process. The oxygen vacancy concentration for undoped BZN lays in the neighborhood of 1500 ppm (atm.). The compensation defects for various dopants have also been identified. Both electrons and holes conduct by a small polaron mechanism. Various thermodynamic parameters, such as enthalpies of oxidation and reduction, mass action constants for intrinsic electronic disorder, oxidation and reduction have been

  13. n-Pentylamine-intercalated layered perovskite-type oxide

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    2001-01-01

    A novel n-pentylamine-intercalated layered perovskite-type oxide,C5H11NH3-Sr2Nb3O10, was prepared and characterized by using XRD, FT-IR, Raman spectrascopy, and elemental analysis. It was shown that the intercalated n-pentylamine adopted a bilayer formation with some overlap and tilt, and the lattice of the perovskite layer was distorted due to the intercalation of n-pentylamine. The as-prepared sample gave clear electric hysteresis loop and did not show fatigue after 1011 switching circles, and therefore, could be considered as a new kind of fatigue-free ferroelectric materials.

  14. Heterogeneous catalysis of mixed oxides perovskite and heteropoly catalysts

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    Misono, M

    2014-01-01

    Mixed oxides are the most widely used catalyst materials for industrial catalytic processes. The principal objective of this book is to describe systematically the mixed oxide catalysts, from their fundamentals through their practical applications.  After describing concisely general items concerning mixed oxide and mixed oxide catalysts, two important mixed oxide catalyst materials, namely, heteropolyacids and perovskites, are taken as typical examples and discussed in detail. These two materials have several advantages: 1. They are, respectively, typical examples of salts of oxoacids an

  15. Transparent conducting oxide free backside illuminated perovskite solar cells

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    Li, Jia; Yao, Jiexiong; Xia, Huarong; Sun, Wentao; Liu, Jian; Peng, Lianmao

    2015-07-01

    Recently, hybrid perovskites have attracted great attention because of their promising applications in solar cells. However, perovskite solar devices reported till now are mostly based on transparent conducting oxide (TCO) substrates which account for a large proportion in the total cost. Herein, TCO-free perovskite solar cells are fabricated. A photo-electricity conversion efficiency of 5.27% is obtained with short circuit current density (Jsc) of 10.7 mA/cm2, open circuit voltage (Voc) of 0.837 V, and fill factor of 0.588. This study points a feasible way of replacing TCO substrate by low cost substrates, indicating promising potentials in solar energy conversion applications.

  16. All-inorganic inverse perovskite solar cells using zinc oxide nanocolloids on spin coated perovskite layer.

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    Shibayama, Naoyuki; Kanda, Hiroyuki; Yusa, Shin-Ichi; Fukumoto, Shota; Baranwal, Ajay K; Segawa, Hiroshi; Miyasaka, Tsutomu; Ito, Seigo

    2017-01-01

    We confirmed the influence of ZnO nanoparticle size and residual water on performance of all inorganic perovskite solar cells. By decreasing the size of the ZnO nanoparticles, the short-circuit current density (Jsc) and open circuit photovoltage (Voc) values are increased and the conversion efficiency is improved. Although the Voc value is not affected by the influence of residual water in the solution for preparing the ZnO layer, the Jsc value drops greatly. As a result, it was found that it is important to use the oxide nanoparticles with a small particle diameter and to reduce the water content in the oxide forming material in order to manufacture a highly efficient all inorganic perovskite solar cells.

  17. All-inorganic inverse perovskite solar cells using zinc oxide nanocolloids on spin coated perovskite layer

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    Shibayama, Naoyuki; Kanda, Hiroyuki; Yusa, Shin-ichi; Fukumoto, Shota; Baranwal, Ajay K.; Segawa, Hiroshi; Miyasaka, Tsutomu; Ito, Seigo

    2017-07-01

    We confirmed the influence of ZnO nanoparticle size and residual water on performance of all inorganic perovskite solar cells. By decreasing the size of the ZnO nanoparticles, the short-circuit current density ( Jsc) and open circuit photovoltage ( Voc) values are increased and the conversion efficiency is improved. Although the Voc value is not affected by the influence of residual water in the solution for preparing the ZnO layer, the Jsc value drops greatly. As a result, it was found that it is important to use the oxide nanoparticles with a small particle diameter and to reduce the water content in the oxide forming material in order to manufacture a highly efficient all inorganic perovskite solar cells.

  18. Catalytic destruction of dichloromethane using perovskite-type oxide catalysts.

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    Lou, Jie-Chung; Hung, Chang-Mao; Yang, Bor-Yu

    2004-06-01

    Dichloromethane (DCM, also known as methylene chloride [CH2Cl2]) is often present in industrial waste gas and is a valuable chemical product in the chemical industry. This study addresses the oxidation of airstreams that contain CH2Cl2 by catalytic oxidation in a tubular fixed-bed reactor over perovskite-type oxide catalysts. This work also considers how the concentration of influent CH2Cl2 (Co = 500-1000 ppm), the space velocity (GHSV = 5000-48,000 1/hr), the relative humidity (RH = 10-70%) and the concentration of oxygen (O2 = 5-21%) influence the operational stability and capacity for the removal of CH2Cl2. The surface area of lanthanum (La)-cobalt (Co) composite catalyst was the greatest of the five perovskite-type catalysts prepared in various composites of La, strontium, and Co metal oxides. Approximately 99.5% CH2Cl2 reduction was achieved by the catalytic oxidation over LaCoO3-based perovskite catalyst at 600 degrees C. Furthermore, the effect of the initial concentration and reaction temperature on the removal of CH2Cl2 in the gaseous phase was also monitored. This study also provides information that a higher humidity corresponds to a lower conversion. Carbon dioxide and hydrogen chloride were the two main products of the oxidation process at a relative humidity of 70%.

  19. A First Principles Investigation of Proton Chemistry in Perovskite-Type Oxides

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    Tauer, Tania Allison

    Certain acceptor-doped perovskite-type oxides show significant promise for deployment into a number of electrochemical device applications, including fuel cells, batteries, and electrolyzers, owing to their rapid proton conductivities at high temperatures. However, limitations in bulk material hydration and slow grain boundary conductivities have reduced the viability of these materials in intermediate temperatures applications. This thesis work uses density functional theory to gain a fundamental understanding of proton and defect chemistry within various perovskite environments in order to identify strategies to increase proton concentration and improve overall proton conductivity. First, material hydration was probed within yttrium-doped barium cerate (BCY) to examine how the thermodynamics of material hydration are influenced by dopant concentration. A model was derived from solely first principle techniques to describe hydration within BCY as a function of dopant concentration, temperature, and partial pressure of water. The resulting model can be used to screen for favorable perovskite-dopant combinations with enhanced hydration capabilities. Next, defect segregation was investigated in the more complex interfacial environment to probe the origin of low proton conductivity across perovskite grain boundaries (GB). The results of this study suggest that screening for perovskite-dopant combinations with strong dopant-oxygen bond strengths may reduce the segregation of dopant ions and oxygen vacancies to the GB interface, mitigating the development of a positive GB core and enhancing proton conduction across the GB. Finally, proton stability was assessed at various interfacial regions within the perovskite material. An examination of proton adsorption at the BaZrO3-vacuum interface reveals a destabilization of protons in the first subsurface layer of the perovskite, yielding a potential barrier for proton diffusion into and out of the perovskite membrane. An

  20. Catalytic combustion of methane by perovskite-type oxide nanoparticles as pollution prevention strategy

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    Zaza, F.; Luisetto, I.; Serra, E.; Tuti, S.; Pasquali, M.

    2016-06-01

    The transition from the existing brown economy towards the desired green economy drives the research efforts to the development of advanced technologies promoting the efficient utilization of energy sources. Catalysis science offers to combustion technology significant opportunity to increase the fuel efficiency by lowering the internal temperature gradients and reduce the environmental impact by lowering local peak temperature and, consequently, thermodynamically inhibiting the nitrogen oxides formation. Alternative catalytic materials are transition metals oxide, including complex oxides with perovskite crystalline structure. The aim of this work is to synthetize lanthanum ferrite perovskites with lanthanum ions partially substituted by strontium ions in order to study the substitution effects on structural properties and redox activity of the original oxide. Lanthanum ferrite oxides partially substituted with different Strontium amount were synthesized by solution combustion method. The perovskite nanopowders obtained were characterized by XRD, SEM, TPR analyses for defining crystalline structure, morphology and redox properties. Finally, the catalytic activity for methane combustion was tested. The most performing catalysts was La0.6Sr0.4FeO3 having the highest oxygen vacancy concentration as revealed by TPR analysis.

  1. Temperature-independent sensors based on perovskite-type oxides

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    Zaza, F.; Frangini, S.; Masci, A. [ENEA-Casaccia R.C., Via Anguillarese 301, 00123 S.Maria di Galeria, Rome (Italy); Leoncini, J.; Pasquali, M. [University La Sapienza, Piazza Via del Castro Laurenziano 7, 00161 Rome (Italy); Luisetto, I.; Tuti, S. [University RomaTre, Rome 00146 (Italy)

    2014-06-19

    The need of energy security and environment sustainability drives toward the development of energy technology in order to enhance the performance of internal combustion engines. Gas sensors play a key role for controlling the fuel oxygen ratio and monitoring the pollution emissions. The perovskite-type oxides can be synthesized for an extremely wide variety of combinations of chemical elements, allowing to design materials with suitable properties for sensing application. Lanthanum strontium ferrites, such as La{sub 0.7}Sr{sub 0.3}FeO{sub 3}, are suitable oxygen sensing materials with temperature-independence conductivity, but they have low chemical stability under reducing conditions. The addition of aluminum into the perovskite structure improves the material properties in order to develop suitable oxygen sensing probes for lean burn engine control systems. Perovskite-type oxides with formula (La{sub 0.7}Sr{sub 0.3})(Al{sub x}Fe{sub 1−x})O{sub 3} was synthesized by the citrate-nitrate combustion synthesis method. XRD analyses, show that it was synthesized a phase-pure powder belonging to the perovskite structure. Aluminum affects both the unit cell parameters, by shrinking the unit cell, and the powder morphology, by promoting the synthesis of particles with small crystallite size and large specific surface area. The partial substitution of iron with aluminum improves the chemical stability under reducing gas conditions and modulates the oxygen sensitivity by affecting the relative amount of Fe{sup 4+} and Fe{sup 3+}, as confirmed from TPR profiles. In the same time, the addition of aluminum does not affects the temperature-independent properties of lanthanum strontium ferrites. Indeed, the electrical measurements show that (La{sub 0.7}Sr{sub 0.3})(Al{sub x}Fe{sub 1−x})O{sub 3} perovskites have temperature-independence conductivity from 900 K.

  2. Temperature-independent sensors based on perovskite-type oxides

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    Zaza, F.; Frangini, S.; Leoncini, J.; Luisetto, I.; Masci, A.; Pasquali, M.; Tuti, S.

    2014-06-01

    The need of energy security and environment sustainability drives toward the development of energy technology in order to enhance the performance of internal combustion engines. Gas sensors play a key role for controlling the fuel oxygen ratio and monitoring the pollution emissions. The perovskite-type oxides can be synthesized for an extremely wide variety of combinations of chemical elements, allowing to design materials with suitable properties for sensing application. Lanthanum strontium ferrites, such as La0.7Sr0.3FeO3, are suitable oxygen sensing materials with temperature-independence conductivity, but they have low chemical stability under reducing conditions. The addition of aluminum into the perovskite structure improves the material properties in order to develop suitable oxygen sensing probes for lean burn engine control systems. Perovskite-type oxides with formula (La0.7Sr0.3)(AlxFe1-x)O3 was synthesized by the citrate-nitrate combustion synthesis method. XRD analyses, show that it was synthesized a phase-pure powder belonging to the perovskite structure. Aluminum affects both the unit cell parameters, by shrinking the unit cell, and the powder morphology, by promoting the synthesis of particles with small crystallite size and large specific surface area. The partial substitution of iron with aluminum improves the chemical stability under reducing gas conditions and modulates the oxygen sensitivity by affecting the relative amount of Fe4+ and Fe3+, as confirmed from TPR profiles. In the same time, the addition of aluminum does not affects the temperature-independent properties of lanthanum strontium ferrites. Indeed, the electrical measurements show that (La0.7Sr0.3)(AlxFe1-x)O3 perovskites have temperature-independence conductivity from 900 K.

  3. Oxidation Potential, Not Crystal Structure, Controls the Oxidation State of Iron in Perovskite

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    Panero, W. R.; Pigott, J. S.; Watson, H. C.; Scharenberg, M.; Green, H. W.; McComb, D. W.; Williams, R. E.

    2013-12-01

    The mantle's oxidation state has broad implications on the state and evolution of the earth's interior. The relatively high oxidation potential of the upper mantle is such that iron is predominantly Fe2+ with small amounts of Fe3+ . Fe3+ is more stable than Fe2+ in the dominant lower mantle mineral, perovskite, despite the fact that the effect of pressure is to reduce the oxidizing potential of a system. It is therefore suggested that iron undergoes a disproportionation reaction of 3Fe2+ =2Fe3+ +Fe0 , controlled by the crystallography instead of oxidation potential. We crystallized synthetic enstatite glass with 5% Al2O3, 14% FeO, and 3% Fe2O3 in the laser-heated diamond anvil cell at 25-63 GPa and 1700-2800 K. We find that for temperatures nm iron precipitates on grain boundaries. The precipitates have small amounts of dissolved oxygen, but are Mg- and Al- free. We interpret that the stishovite is forming due to the oxidation of the ferric iron to ferrous iron according to (Mg2+,Al3+)(Fe3+,Si4+)O3 +SiO2 + Fe0 while the lower-temperature samples crystallizing as approximately (Mg2+ Fe2+ Al3+ )(Fe3+ Al3+ Si4+ )O3. We observe 2.8(2) Å3 volume expansion of the perovskite and a 28(2) GPa decrease in compressibility of the perovskite relative to the perovskite forming at lower temperature, consistent with the proposed compositions of the perovskites. As the increased temperature increases the oxidation potential of the system, we suggest that the oxidation state of iron in perovskite is dependent on oxidation potential as opposed to perovskite's crystal structure. Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) coupled with Electron Energy Loss Spectroscopy (EELS) show iron precipitation on grain boundaries supporting the conclusion. We present a discussion of the results and implications for core formation and lower mantle dynamics.

  4. Microwave Assisted Synthesis and Characterization of Perovskite Oxides

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    Prado-Gonjal, Jesus; Schmidt, Rainer; Moran, Emilio

    2014-01-01

    The use of microwave irradiation is a promising alternative heat source for the synthesis of inorganic materials such as perovskite oxides. The method offers massive energy and time savings as compared to the traditional ceramic method. In this work we review the basic principles of the microwave heating mechanism based on interactions between dipoles in the material and the electromagnetic microwave. Furthermore, we comment on and classify all different sub-types of microwave synthesis such ...

  5. Chemical control of the properties of perovskite oxides

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    Tachibana, Makoto

    2010-03-01

    Perovskite oxides show a variety of interesting properties that can be tuned by chemical control. In this talk, I will present three examples of how such approach can be used to study the nature of functional properties in perovskites: (1) RMnO3 (R=rare earth) show a variety of unusual states, including the spiral spin ordering and ferroelectricity in R=Tb and Dy. In [1], R=Ho-Lu have been obtained under high pressure, and their magnetic and structural properties have been studied. Combined with the data on larger R, the results show the importance of competing magnetic interactions on the complex phase diagram of RMnO3. (2) RCoO3 show a spin-state transition and an insulator-metal transition as a function of temperature. The nature of the excited states has been studied since the 1950's, but remains elusive. Here [2], I provide the complete electronic phase diagram of RCoO3 that has been obtained from high-pressure synthesis and heat capacity measurements. The results support a picture involving a high-spin state above the spin-state transition and an intermediate-spin state above the insulator-metal transition. (3) Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-xPbTiO3 (PMN-xPT) is a relaxor ferroelectric system with extraordinary dielectric and piezoelectric properties. The average structure of the system changes from cubic to rhombohedral, monoclinic, and tetragonal with x. However, this system is also characterized by nanoscale phase inhomogeneities, and the role of polar nanoregions on the enhanced properties is not clear. Here [3], I will show that thermal conductivity and heat capacity of PMN-xPT show a systematic evolution from glasslike to crystalline behavior as a function of x. The results provide interesting perspectives on how polar nanoregions are transformed into macroscopic polarizations with increasing x. [4pt] [1] M. Tachibana et al., Phys. Rev. B 75, 144425 (2007). [0pt] [2] M. Tachibana et al., Phys. Rev. B 77, 094402 (2008). [0pt] [3] M. Tachibana et al., Phys. Rev. B 79

  6. Tuning ferromagnetism at interfaces between insulating perovskite oxides

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    Ganguli, Nirmal; Kelly, Paul J.

    2014-01-01

    We use density functional theory calculations to show that the LaAlO3|SrTiO3 interface between insulating perovskite oxides is borderline in satisfying the Stoner criterion for itinerant ferromagnetism and explore other oxide combinations with a view to satisfying it more amply. The larger lattice parameter of an LaScO3|BaTiO3 interface is found to be less favorable than the greater interface distortion of LaAlO3|CaTiO3. Compared to LaAlO3|SrTiO3, the latter is predicted to exhibit robust mag...

  7. The Structural Disorder and Lattice Stability of (Ba,Sr)(Co,Fe)O3 Complex Perovskites

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    S.N.Rashkeev

    2011-05-01

    The structural disorder and lattice stability of complex perovskite (Ba,Sr)(Co,Fe)O3, a promising cathode material for solid oxide fuel cells and oxygen permeation membranes, is explored by means of first principles DFT calculations. It is predicted that Ba and Sr ions easily exchange their lattice positions (A-cation disorder) similarly to Co and Fe ions (B-cation disorder). The cation antisite defects (exchange of A- and B-type cations) have a relatively high formation energy. The BSCF is predicted to exist in an equilibrium mixture of several phases and can decompose exothermically into the Ba- and Co-rich hexagonal (Ba,Sr)CoO3 and Sr- and Fe-rich cubic (Ba,Sr)FeO3 perovskites.

  8. Catalytic hydrogen peroxide decomposition on La1-xSrxCo03-d perovskite oxides

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    Dam, Van-Ahn. T.; Olthuis, W.; Bergveld, P.; Berg, van den A.

    2005-01-01

    Lanthanide perovskite oxides are mentioned as material for hydrogen peroxide sensor because they can catalytically decompose hydrogen peroxide in an aqueous medium. The catalytic properties of these perovskite oxides to hydrogen peroxide are suggested due to their oxygen vacancies influenced by the

  9. Growth Model for Pulsed-Laser Deposited Perovskite Oxide Films

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    WANG Xu; FEI Yi-Yan; ZHU Xiang-Dong; Lu Hui-Bin; YANG Guo-Zhen

    2008-01-01

    We present a multi-level growth model that yields some of the key features of perovskite oxide film growth as observed in the reflection high energy electron diffraction(RHEED)and ellipsometry studies.The model describes the effect of deposition,temperature,intra-layer transport,interlayer transport and Ostwald ripening on the morphology of a growth surface in terms of the distribution of terraces and step edges during and after deposition.The numerical results of the model coincide well with the experimental observation.

  10. Structural and Quantitative Investigation of Perovskite Pore Filling in Mesoporous Metal Oxides

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    Shany Gamliel; Inna Popov; Bat-El Cohen; Vladimir Uvarov; Lioz Etgar

    2016-01-01

    In recent years, hybrid organic–inorganic perovskite light absorbers have attracted much attention in the field of solar cells due to their optoelectronic characteristics that enable high power conversion efficiencies. Perovskite-based solar cells’ efficiency has increased dramatically from 3.8% to more than 20% in just a few years, making them a promising low-cost alternative for photovoltaic applications. The deposition of perovskite into a mesoporous metal oxide is an influential factor af...

  11. Methane combustion over lanthanum-based perovskite mixed oxides

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    Arandiyan, Hamidreza [New South Wales Univ., Sydney (Australia). School of Chemical Engineering

    2015-11-01

    This book presents current research into the catalytic combustion of methane using perovskite-type oxides (ABO{sub 3}). Catalytic combustion has been developed as a method of promoting efficient combustion with minimum pollutant formation as compared to conventional catalytic combustion. Recent theoretical and experimental studies have recommended that noble metals supported on (ABO{sub 3}) with well-ordered porous networks show promising redox properties. Three-dimensionally ordered macroporous (3DOM) materials with interpenetrated and regular mesoporous systems have recently triggered enormous research activity due to their high surface areas, large pore volumes, uniform pore sizes, low cost, environmental benignity, and good chemical stability. These are all highly relevant in terms of the utilization of natural gas in light of recent catalytic innovations and technological advances. The book is of interest to all researchers active in utilization of natural gas with novel catalysts. The research covered comes from the most important industries and research centers in the field. The book serves not only as a text for researcher into catalytic combustion of methane, 3DOM perovskite mixed oxide, but also explores the field of green technologies by experts in academia and industry. This book will appeal to those interested in research on the environmental impact of combustion, materials and catalysis.

  12. Photovoltaic properties of low band gap ferroelectric perovskite oxides

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    Huang, Xin; Paudel, Tula; Dong, Shuai; Tsymbal, Evgeny

    2015-03-01

    Low band gap ferroelectric perovskite oxides are promising for photovoltaic applications due to their high absorption in the visible optical spectrum and a possibility of having large open circuit voltage. Additionally, an intrinsic electric field present in these materials provides a bias for electron-hole separation without requiring p-n junctions as in conventional solar cells. High quality thin films of these compounds can be grown with atomic layer precision allowing control over surface and defect properties. Initial screening based on the electronic band gap and the energy dependent absorption coefficient calculated within density functional theory shows that hexagonal rare-earth manganites and ferrites are promising as photovoltaic absorbers. As a model, we consider hexagonal TbMnO3. This compound has almost ideal band gap of about 1.4 eV, very high ferroelectric Curie temperature, and can be grown epitaxially. Additionally hexagonal TbMnO3 offers possibility of coherent structure with transparent conductor ZnO. We find that the absorption is sufficiently high and dominated by interband transitions between the Mn d-bands. We will present the theoretically calculated photovoltaic efficiency of hexagonal TbMnO3 and explore other ferroelectric perovskite oxides.

  13. Tuning Ferromagnetism at Interfaces between Insulating Perovskite Oxides

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    Ganguli, Nirmal; Kelly, Paul J.

    2014-09-01

    We use density functional theory calculations to show that the LaAlO3|SrTiO3 interface between insulating perovskite oxides is borderline in satisfying the Stoner criterion for itinerant ferromagnetism and explore other oxide combinations with a view to satisfying it more amply. The larger lattice parameter of a LaScO3|BaTiO3 interface is found to be less favorable than the greater interface distortion of LaAlO3|CaTiO3. Compared to LaAlO3|SrTiO3, the latter is predicted to exhibit robust magnetism with a larger saturation moment and a higher Curie temperature. Our results provide support for a "two phase" picture of coexistent superconductivity and ferromagnetism.

  14. Tuning ferromagnetism at interfaces between insulating perovskite oxides.

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    Ganguli, Nirmal; Kelly, Paul J

    2014-09-19

    We use density functional theory calculations to show that the LaAlO3|SrTiO3 interface between insulating perovskite oxides is borderline in satisfying the Stoner criterion for itinerant ferromagnetism and explore other oxide combinations with a view to satisfying it more amply. The larger lattice parameter of a LaScO3|BaTiO3 interface is found to be less favorable than the greater interface distortion of LaAlO3|CaTiO3. Compared to LaAlO3|SrTiO3, the latter is predicted to exhibit robust magnetism with a larger saturation moment and a higher Curie temperature. Our results provide support for a "two phase" picture of coexistent superconductivity and ferromagnetism.

  15. Photoinduced Coherent Spin Fluctuation in Primary Dynamics of Insulator to Metal Transition in Perovskite Cobalt Oxide

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    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Coherent spin fluctuation was detected in the photoinduced Mott insulator-metal transition in perovskite cobalt oxide by using 3 optical-cycle infrared pulse. Such coherent spin fluctuation is driven by the perovskite distortion changing orbital gap.

  16. Investigation on CO catalytic oxidation reaction kinetics of faceted perovskite nanostructures loaded with Pt

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    Yin, S. M.

    2017-01-18

    Perovskite lead titanate nanostructures with specific {111}, {100} and {001} facets exposed, have been employed as supports to investigate the crystal facet effect on the growth and CO catalytic activity of Pt nanoparticles. The size, distribution and surface chemical states of Pt on the perovskite supports have been significantly modified, leading to a tailored conversion temperature and catalytic kinetics towards CO catalytic oxidation.

  17. Electrochemical reduction of nitrous oxide on La1-xSrxFeO3 perovskites

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    Kammer Hansen, Kent

    2010-01-01

    The electrochemical reduction of nitrous oxide and oxygen has been studied on cone-shaped electrodes of La1-xSrxFeO3-delta perovskites in an all solid state cell, using cyclic voltammetry. It was shown that the activity of the La1-xSrxFeO3-delta perovskites for the electrochemical reduction...

  18. Towards printed perovskite solar cells with cuprous oxide hole transporting layers

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    Wang, Yan; Xia, Zhonggao; Liang, Jun

    2015-01-01

    Solution-processed p-type metal oxide materials have shown great promise in improving the stability of perovskite-based solar cells and offering the feasibility for a low cost printing fabrication process. Herein, we performed a device modeling study on planar perovskite solar cells with cuprous ...

  19. Cooperative Tin Oxide Fullerene Electron Selective Layers for High-Performance Planar Perovskite Solar Cells

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    Ke, Weijun; Zhao, Dewei; Xiao, Chuanxiao; Wang, Changlei; Cimaroli, Alexander J.; Grice, Corey R.; Yang, Mengjin; Li, Zhen; Jiang, Chun-Sheng; Al-Jassim, Mowafak; Zhu, Kai; Kanatzidis, Mercouri G.; Fang, Guojia; Yan, Yanfa

    2016-10-07

    Both tin oxide (SnO2) and fullerenes have been reported as electron selective layers (ESLs) for producing efficient lead halide perovskite solar cells. Here, we report that SnO2 and fullerenes can work cooperatively to further boost the performance of perovskite solar cells. We find that fullerenes can be redissolved during perovskite deposition, allowing ultra-thin fullerenes to be retained at the interface and some dissolved fullerenes infiltrate into perovskite grain boundaries. The SnO2 layer blocks holes effectively; whereas, the fullerenes promote electron transfer and passivate both the SnO2/perovskite interface and perovskite grain boundaries. With careful device optimization, the best-performing planar perovskite solar cell using a fullerene passivated SnO2 ESL has achieved a steady-state efficiency of 17.75% and a power conversion efficiency of 19.12% with an open circuit voltage of 1.12 V, a short-circuit current density of 22.61 mA cm-2, and a fill factor of 75.8% when measured under reverse voltage scanning. We find that the partial dissolving of fullerenes during perovskite deposition is the key for fabricating high-performance perovskite solar cells based on metal oxide/fullerene ESLs.

  20. Perovskite-supported palladium for methane oxidation - structure-activity relationships.

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    Eyssler, Arnim; Lu, Ye; Matam, Santhosh Kumar; Weidenkaff, Anke; Ferri, Davide

    2012-01-01

    Palladium is the precious metal of choice for methane oxidation and perovskite-type oxides offer the possibility to stabilize it as PdO, considered crucial for catalytic activity. Pd can adopt different oxidation and coordination states when associated with perovskite-type oxides. Here, we review our work on the effect of perovskite composition on the oxidation and coordination states of Pd and its influence on catalytic activity for methane oxidation in the case of typical Mn, Fe and Co perovskite-based oxidation catalysts. Especially X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) spectroscopy is shown to be crucial to fingerprint the different coordination states of Pd. Pd substitutes Fe and Co in the octahedral sites but without modifying catalytic activity with respect to the Pd-free perovskite. On LaMnO(3) palladium is predominantly exposed at the surface thus bestowing catalytic activity for methane oxidation. However, the occupancy of B-cation sites of the perovskite structure by Pd can be exploited to cyclically activate Pd and to protect it from particle growth. This is explicitly demonstrated for La(Fe, Pd)O(3), where catalytic activity for methane oxidation is enhanced under oscillating redox conditions at 500 °C, therefore paving the way to the practical application in three-way catalysts for stoichiometric natural gas engines.

  1. Perovskite-type oxides - Oxygen electrocatalysis and bulk structure

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    Carbonio, R. E.; Fierro, C.; Tryk, D.; Scherson, D.; Yeager, E.

    1988-01-01

    Perovskite type oxides were considered for use as oxygen reduction and generation electrocatalysts in alkaline electrolytes. Perovskite stability and electrocatalytic activity are studied along with possible relationships of the latter with the bulk solid state properties. A series of compounds of the type LaFe(x)Ni1(-x)O3 was used as a model system to gain information on the possible relationships between surface catalytic activity and bulk structure. Hydrogen peroxide decomposition rate constants were measured for these compounds. Ex situ Mossbauer effect spectroscopy (MES), and magnetic susceptibility measurements were used to study the solid state properties. X ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) was used to examine the surface. MES has indicated the presence of a paramagnetic to magnetically ordered phase transition for values of x between 0.4 and 0.5. A correlation was found between the values of the MES isomer shift and the catalytic activity for peroxide decomposition. Thus, the catalytic activity can be correlated to the d-electron density for the transition metal cations.

  2. Perovskite oxide SrTiO3 as an efficient electron transporter for hybrid perovskite solar cells

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    Bera, Ashok

    2014-12-11

    In this work, we explored perovskite oxide SrTiO3 (STO) for the first time as the electron-transporting layer in organolead trihalide perovskite solar cells. The steady-state photoluminescence (PL) quenching and transient absorption experiments revealed efficient photoelectron transfer from CH3NH3PbI3-xClx to STO. Perovskite solar cells with meso-STO exhibit an open circuit voltage of 1.01 V, which is 25% higher than the value of 0.81 V achieved in the control device with the conventional meso-TiO2. In addition, an increase of 17% in the fill factor was achieved by tailoring the thickness of the meso-STO layer. We found that the application of STO leads to uniform perovskite layers with large grains and complete surface coverage, leading to a high shunt resistance and improved performance. These findings suggest STO as a competitive candidate as electron transport material in organometal perovskite solar cells.

  3. Factors controlling the oxide ion conductivity of fluorite and perovskite structured oxides

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    Mogensen, Mogens Bjerg; Lybye, D.; Bonanos, N.

    2004-01-01

    for the oxide ion movement, (2) free lattice volume, and (3) average metal-oxide bond energy have been proposed as predictors of high oxide ion conductivity. We discuss how these parameters all depend on ionic radii, and therefore, some of these may be redundant. Furthermore, we explore the interrelations among...... such parameters for fluorite and perovskite oxides by considering their sensitivities to the individual ionic radii. Based on experimental data available in the literature, it is argued that lattice distortion (lattice stress and deviation from cubic symmetry) due to ion radii mismatch determines the ionic...

  4. Oxidation Reactions of Ethane over Ba-Ce-O Based Perovskites

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    Miller, James E.; Sault, Allen G.; Trudell, Daniel E.; Nenoff, Tina M.; Thoma, Steven G.; Jackson, Nancy B.

    1999-08-18

    Ethane oxidation reactions were studied over pure and Ca-, Mg-, Sr-, La-, Nd-, and Y-substituted BaCeO{sub 3} perovskites under oxygen limited conditions. Several of the materials, notably the Ca- and Y-substituted materials, show activity for complete oxidation of the hydrocarbon to CO{sub 2} at temperatures below 650 C. At higher temperatures, the oxidative dehydrogenation (ODH) to ethylene becomes significant. Conversions and ethylene yields are enhanced by the perovskites above the thermal reaction in our system in some cases. The perovskite structure is not retained in the high temperature reaction environment. Rather, a mixture of carbonates and oxides is formed. Loss of the perovskite structure correlates with a loss of activity and selectivity to ethylene.

  5. Structural, thermal and electrical conductivity characteristics of Ln0.5Sr0.5Ti0.5Mn0.5O3±d (Ln: La, Nd and Sm) complex perovskites as anode materials for solid oxide fuel cell

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    Jeong, Jihoon; Azad, Abul K.; Schlegl, Harald; Kim, Byungjun; Baek, Seung-Wook; Kim, Keunsoo; Kang, Hyunil; Kim, Jung Hyun

    2015-03-01

    The Ti and Mn replaced complex perovskites, Ln0.5Sr0.5Ti0.5Mn0.5O3±d (Ln: La, Nd and Sm), were reported as potential anode materials for high temperature-operating solid oxide fuel cells (HT-SOFCs). For the present research study, synthesis, crystallographic, thermal and electrical conductivity properties of Ln0.5Sr0.5Ti0.5Mn0.5O3±d complex perovskites were investigated using X-ray diffraction (XRD), Rietveld method, thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and electrical conductivity to apply these oxide materials for the HT-SOFC anode materials. XRD results showed that Ln0.5Sr0.5Ti0.5Mn0.5O3±d oxide systems synthesized as single phases did not react with 8 mol% yttria stabilized zirconia (8YSZ) and 10 mol% Gd-doped cerium oxide (CGO91) up to 1500 °C and did not decompose under dry 3.9% hydrogen at 850 °C. The crystal structures of La0.5Sr0.5Ti0.5Mn0.5O3±d (LSTM), Nd0.5Sr0.5Ti0.5Mn0.5O3±d (NSTM) and Sm0.5Sr0.5Ti0.5Mn0.5O3±d (SSTM) showed orthorhombic symmetry with the space group Pbnm and SSTM showed a more distorted structure. Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) proved weight gains in these three sample occurred under oxidizing conditions and weight loss under reducing conditions. Electrical conductivity values of NSTM were higher than those of LSTM and SSTM under oxidizing and reducing conditions.

  6. Microwave dielectric properties of lanthanum based complex perovskites

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    Nath, Masood A.; Samal, Saroj L. [Department of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, Hauz Khas, New Delhi 110 016 (India); Obulesu, K. Rama; Raju, K.C. James [School of Physics, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad 500 046 (India); Ganguli, Ashok K., E-mail: ashok@chemistry.iitd.ernet.in [Department of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, Hauz Khas, New Delhi 110 016 (India)

    2014-12-05

    Highlights: • Three new series of oxides with formula La{sub 2}BaTi{sub 2}M{sub 1−x}Cu{sub x}O{sub 9}, (M = Mg, Zn and Cd) have been synthesized by solid state method. • Such materials exhibit low loss and are used as resonators in wireless communication devices. • Detailed morphological studies and density measurements have confirmed the dielectric data. - Abstract: The present investigation discusses the synthesis and dielectric properties of three series of oxides of the formula La{sub 2}BaTi{sub 2}M{sub 1−x}Cu{sub x}O{sub 9} (where M = Mg, Zn and Cd). The reactions have been carried out via solid state method and all the compositions crystallize in the disordered cubic perovskite structure. Suitable substitution at both A and B sites lead to enhancement in the dielectric properties at high frequencies. The relative permittivity and loss tangent have been measured at X-band (8.2–12.4 GHz) and Ku-band (12.4–18 GHz) frequencies. The oxides show a dielectric constant of 20–30 while the dielectric loss is quite low in the order of 10{sup −3}–10{sup −4} (at 500 kHz) and 10{sup −2} at X and Ku-band. There is scope for further investigations in these systems to realize useful materials for microwave applications.

  7. Aluminum-Doped Zinc Oxide as Highly Stable Electron Collection Layer for Perovskite Solar Cells.

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    Zhao, Xingyue; Shen, Heping; Zhang, Ye; Li, Xin; Zhao, Xiaochong; Tai, Meiqian; Li, Jingfeng; Li, Jianbao; Li, Xin; Lin, Hong

    2016-03-01

    Although low-temperature, solution-processed zinc oxide (ZnO) has been widely adopted as the electron collection layer (ECL) in perovskite solar cells (PSCs) because of its simple synthesis and excellent electrical properties such as high charge mobility, the thermal stability of the perovskite films deposited atop ZnO layer remains as a major issue. Herein, we addressed this problem by employing aluminum-doped zinc oxide (AZO) as the ECL and obtained extraordinarily thermally stable perovskite layers. The improvement of the thermal stability was ascribed to diminish of the Lewis acid-base chemical reaction between perovskite and ECL. Notably, the outstanding transmittance and conductivity also render AZO layer as an ideal candidate for transparent conductive electrodes, which enables a simplified cell structure featuring glass/AZO/perovskite/Spiro-OMeTAD/Au. Optimization of the perovskite layer leads to an excellent and repeatable photovoltaic performance, with the champion cell exhibiting an open-circuit voltage (Voc) of 0.94 V, a short-circuit current (Jsc) of 20.2 mA cm(-2), a fill factor (FF) of 0.67, and an overall power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 12.6% under standard 1 sun illumination. It was also revealed by steady-state and time-resolved photoluminescence that the AZO/perovskite interface resulted in less quenching than that between perovskite and hole transport material.

  8. Mass transport in mixed conducting perovskite related oxides

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    Shaw, C K M

    2001-01-01

    mechanical and chemical stability of LSCN under practical operating temperatures have been measured and related to long term stability in typical SOFC assemblies. The phase stability and the effect of preparation conditions under different atmospheres on La sub 2 Ni sub 1 sub - sub x Co sub x O sub 4 sub + subdelta compounds were examined using high temperature X-ray diffraction. Fast oxygen uptake at low temperatures was observed in these studies indicating rapid oxygen diffusion, which was confirmed by isotope exchange investigations. The oxygen diffusion and surface exchange data obtained from IEDP-SIMS measurements of La sub 2 Ni sub 0 sub . sub 8 Co sub 0 sub . sub 2 O sub 4 sub + subdelta have enabled suppositions to be made regarding the reduction process and aided further interpretation of the defect model for these oxides. Mixed ionic electronic conducting oxides of the perovskite structure have attracted great interest in the field of solid oxide electrochemical devices. Their ability to allow poten...

  9. Structural and Quantitative Investigation of Perovskite Pore Filling in Mesoporous Metal Oxides

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    Shany Gamliel

    2016-11-01

    Full Text Available In recent years, hybrid organic–inorganic perovskite light absorbers have attracted much attention in the field of solar cells due to their optoelectronic characteristics that enable high power conversion efficiencies. Perovskite-based solar cells’ efficiency has increased dramatically from 3.8% to more than 20% in just a few years, making them a promising low-cost alternative for photovoltaic applications. The deposition of perovskite into a mesoporous metal oxide is an influential factor affecting solar cell performance. Full coverage and pore filling into the porous metal oxide are important issues in the fabrication of highly-efficient mesoporous perovskite solar cells. In this work, we carry out a structural and quantitative investigation of CH3NH3PbI3 pore filling deposited via sequential two-step deposition into two different mesoporous metal oxides—TiO2 and Al2O3. We avoid using a hole conductor in the perovskite solar cells studied in this work to eliminate undesirable end results. Filling oxide pores with perovskite was characterized by Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy (EDS in Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM on cross-sectional focused ion beam (FIB lamellae. Complete pore filling of CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite into the metal oxide pores was observed down to X-depth, showing the presence of Pb and I inside the pores. The observations reported in this work are particularly important for mesoporous Al2O3 perovskite solar cells, as pore filling is essential for the operation of this solar cell structure. This work presents structural and quantitative proof of complete pore filling into mesoporous perovskite-based solar cells, substantiating their high power conversion efficiency.

  10. Lanthanum cobaltite perovskite supported onto mesoporous zirconium dioxide: nature of active sites of VOC oxidation.

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    Kustov, Alexander L; Tkachenko, Olga P; Kustov, Leonid M; Romanovsky, Boris V

    2011-08-01

    Novel catalytic nano-sized materials based on LaCoO(x) perovskite nanoparticles incapsulated in the mesoporous matrix of zirconia were prepared, characterized by physicochemical methods and tested in complete methanol oxidation. LaCoO(x) nanoparticles were prepared inside the mesopores of ZrO(2) by decomposition of bimetallic La-Co glycine precursor complexes. The catalysts have been studied by diffuse-reflectance FTIR-spectroscopy using such probe molecules as CO, CD(3)CN and CDCl(3) to test low-coordinated metal ions. At low temperatures of decomposition of complexes (up to 400°C), low-coordinated Co(3+) ions predominate in the LaCoO(x) nanoparticles, whereas basically Co(2+) ions are found upon increasing the decomposition temperature to 600°C. The novel nano-sized perovskite catalysts exhibit a very high catalytic activity in the abatement of volatile organic compounds present in air, like methanol and light hydrocarbons.

  11. Structural and surface analysis of unsupported and alumina-supported La(Mn,Fe,Mo)O{sub 3} perovskite oxides

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    Rosmaninho, M.G.; Tristao, J.C.; Moura, F.C.C.; Lago, R.M.; Araujo, M.H. [Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG), Departamento de Quimica, ICEx, Minas Gerais (Brazil); Fierro, J.L.G. [Instituto de Catalisis y Petroleoquimica (ICP), Madrid (Spain)

    2010-04-15

    A series of bulk and Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}-supported perovskite oxides of the type LaMn{sub 1-x-y} Fe{sub x} Mo{sub y} O{sub 3} (x=0.00-0.90 and y=0.00-0.09) were synthesized by the citric acid complexation-gelation method followed by annealing in air at 800 C. For all samples, the local environment and the chemical state and concentration of surface species were determined. Moessbauer spectra revealed the only presence of octahedral Fe {sup 3+} ions dispersed in the perovskite structure, however well-crystallized together with a poorly crystalline LaFeO{sub 3} phases were detected for larger substitutions (x=0.90). A similar picture was obtained for Mo-loaded (y=0.02 and 0.05) samples but a new phase most likely related to Fe {sup 3+} ions dispersed aside from the perovskite structure was found for larger substitutions (y=0.09). Together with these structures, supported samples showed the presence of LaFeO{sub 3} nanoparticles. Finally, photoelectron spectroscopy indicated that the chemical state and composition of the samples in the surface region (2-3 nm) approaches that of the bulk. For the unsupported substituted samples, iron (and molybdenum) enters into the perovskite structure while manganese tends to be slightly segregated. Moreover, in supported perovskites, a fraction of Mo and La atoms interact with the alumina surface. All these oxides were active in methane combustion and best performance was recorded for the Fe-rich composition (x=0.9) in which both Mn {sup 3+} and Mo {sup 3+} ions were in the same proportion (y=0.05). (orig.)

  12. The electronic structure of metal oxide/organo metal halide perovskite junctions in perovskite based solar cells.

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    Dymshits, Alex; Henning, Alex; Segev, Gideon; Rosenwaks, Yossi; Etgar, Lioz

    2015-03-03

    Cross-sections of a hole-conductor-free CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite solar cell were characterized with Kelvin probe force microscopy. A depletion region width of about 45 nm was determined from the measured potential profiles at the interface between CH3NH3PbI3 and nanocrystalline TiO2, whereas a negligible depletion was measured at the CH3NH3PbI3/Al2O3 interface. A complete solar cell can be realized with the CH3NH3PbI3 that functions both as light harvester and hole conductor in combination with a metal oxide. The band diagrams were estimated from the measured potential profile at the interfaces, and are critical findings for a better understanding and further improvement of perovskite based solar cells.

  13. High-pressure Moessbauer study of perovskite iron oxides

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    Kawakami, T; Sasaki, T; Kuzushita, K; Morimoto, S; Endo, S; Kawasaki, S; Takano, M

    2002-01-01

    The perovskite oxides CaFeO sub 3 and La sub 1 sub / sub 3 Sr sub 2 sub / sub 3 FeO sub 3 have been investigated by high-pressure sup 5 sup 7 Fe Moessbauer spectroscopy. The critical temperatures of the charge disproportionation (CD) and the magnetic order (MO) have been determined as a function of pressure. In CaFeO sub 3 the CD (2Fe sup 4 sup + -> Fe sup 3 sup + + Fe sup 5 sup +) occurs at an almost constant temperature of 290 K in the pressure range of 0-17 GPa. Above 20 GPa, the CD is suppressed. The MO temperature of 125 K at an ambient pressure rises to 300 K at 34 GPa. In La sub 1 sub / sub 3 Sr sub 2 sub / sub 3 FeO sub 3 the CD (3Fe sup 1 sup 1 sup / sup 3 sup + -> 2Fe sup 3 sup + + Fe sup 5 sup +) and the MO occur at the same temperature up to 21 GPa, which decreases from 207 to 165 K with increasing pressure. Above 25 GPa, however, the MO temperature rises above 400 K.

  14. Atomic layer deposition of perovskite oxides and their epitaxial integration with Si, Ge, and other semiconductors

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    McDaniel, Martin D.; Ngo, Thong Q.; Hu, Shen; Posadas, Agham; Demkov, Alexander A.; Ekerdt, John G.

    2015-12-01

    Atomic layer deposition (ALD) is a proven technique for the conformal deposition of oxide thin films with nanoscale thickness control. Most successful industrial applications have been with binary oxides, such as Al2O3 and HfO2. However, there has been much effort to deposit ternary oxides, such as perovskites (ABO3), with desirable properties for advanced thin film applications. Distinct challenges are presented by the deposition of multi-component oxides using ALD. This review is intended to highlight the research of the many groups that have deposited perovskite oxides by ALD methods. Several commonalities between the studies are discussed. Special emphasis is put on precursor selection, deposition temperatures, and specific property performance (high-k, ferroelectric, ferromagnetic, etc.). Finally, the monolithic integration of perovskite oxides with semiconductors by ALD is reviewed. High-quality epitaxial growth of oxide thin films has traditionally been limited to physical vapor deposition techniques (e.g., molecular beam epitaxy). However, recent studies have demonstrated that epitaxial oxide thin films may be deposited on semiconductor substrates using ALD. This presents an exciting opportunity to integrate functional perovskite oxides for advanced semiconductor applications in a process that is economical and scalable.

  15. Atomic layer deposition of perovskite oxides and their epitaxial integration with Si, Ge, and other semiconductors

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    McDaniel, Martin D.; Ngo, Thong Q.; Hu, Shen; Ekerdt, John G., E-mail: ekerdt@utexas.edu [Department of Chemical Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas 78712 (United States); Posadas, Agham; Demkov, Alexander A. [Department of Physics, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas 78712 (United States)

    2015-12-15

    Atomic layer deposition (ALD) is a proven technique for the conformal deposition of oxide thin films with nanoscale thickness control. Most successful industrial applications have been with binary oxides, such as Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} and HfO{sub 2}. However, there has been much effort to deposit ternary oxides, such as perovskites (ABO{sub 3}), with desirable properties for advanced thin film applications. Distinct challenges are presented by the deposition of multi-component oxides using ALD. This review is intended to highlight the research of the many groups that have deposited perovskite oxides by ALD methods. Several commonalities between the studies are discussed. Special emphasis is put on precursor selection, deposition temperatures, and specific property performance (high-k, ferroelectric, ferromagnetic, etc.). Finally, the monolithic integration of perovskite oxides with semiconductors by ALD is reviewed. High-quality epitaxial growth of oxide thin films has traditionally been limited to physical vapor deposition techniques (e.g., molecular beam epitaxy). However, recent studies have demonstrated that epitaxial oxide thin films may be deposited on semiconductor substrates using ALD. This presents an exciting opportunity to integrate functional perovskite oxides for advanced semiconductor applications in a process that is economical and scalable.

  16. Integration of functional complex oxide nanomaterials on silicon

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    Jose Manuel eVila-Fungueiriño

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available The combination of standard wafer-scale semiconductor processing with the properties of functional oxides opens up to innovative and more efficient devices with high value applications that can be produced at large scale. This review uncovers the main strategies that are successfully used to monolithically integrate functional complex oxide thin films and nanostructures on silicon: the chemical solution deposition approach (CSD and the advanced physical vapor deposition techniques such as oxide molecular beam epitaxy (MBE. Special emphasis will be placed on complex oxide nanostructures epitaxially grown on silicon using the combination of CSD and MBE. Several examples will be exposed, with a particular stress on the control of interfaces and crystallization mechanisms on epitaxial perovskite oxide thin films, nanostructured quartz thin films, and octahedral molecular sieve nanowires. This review enlightens on the potential of complex oxide nanostructures and the combination of both chemical and physical elaboration techniques for novel oxide-based integrated devices.

  17. A method for increasing the surface area of perovskite-type oxides

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    S Banerjee; V R Choudhary

    2000-10-01

    A method based on hydrothermal treatments is described for increasing the surface area of sintered ABO3-type perovskite oxides. Influence of hydrothermal treatments, such as water treatment at 125-300°C under autogeneous pressure and steam treatment at 350-800°C, to low surface area (or sintered) LaCoO3 and LaMnO3 perovskite oxides on their surface properties (viz. surface area, crystal size and morphology and surface La/(Co or Mn) ratio) and also catalytic activity in complete combustion of methane at different temperatures (450-600°C) has been thoroughly investigated. The hydrothermal treatments result in the activation of the perovskite oxides by increasing their surface area very markedly.

  18. Photocatalytic activity of layered perovskite-like oxides in practically valuable chemical reactions

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    Rodionov, I. A.; Zvereva, I. A.

    2016-03-01

    The photocatalytic properties of layered perovskite-like oxides corresponding to the Ruddlesen-Popper, Dion-Jacobson and Aurivillius phases are considered. Of the photocatalytic reactions, the focus is on the reactions of water splitting, hydrogen evolution from aqueous solutions of organic substances and degradation of model organic pollutants. Possibilities to conduct these reactions under UV and visible light in the presence of layered perovskite-like oxides and composite photocatalysts based on them are shown. The specific surface area, band gap energy, particle morphology, cation and anion doping and surface modification are considered as factors that affect the photocatalytic activity. Special attention is paid to the possibilities to enhance the photocatalytic activity by intercalation, ion exchange and exfoliation, which are inherent in this class of compounds. Conclusions are made about the prospects for the use of layered perovskite-like oxides in photocatalysis. The bibliography includes 253 references.

  19. Magnetic properties of Pr ions in perovskite-type oxides

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    Sekizawa, K.; Kitagawa, M.; Takano, Y.

    1998-01-01

    Magnetic properties of Pr ions with the controlled valence on the A and B sites of perovskite-type oxides (ABO 3) were investigated for two systems, PrSc 1 - xMg xO 3 and BaPr 1 - xBi xO 3. From the magnetic susceptibility χ versus temperature T curves of PrSc 1 - xMg xO 3, the χ-T curve for molar Pr 3+ ions on the A site and that of Pr 4+ ions were obtained. The 1/χ-T curves for both ions exhibit the crystalline electric field (CEF) effect and the effective magnetic moment μ eff above 100 K is 3.41 μ B for Pr 3+ and 2.58 μ B for Pr 4+, respectively. The χ-T curve of PrSc 0.8Mg 0.2O 3 is similar to that of PrBa 2Cu 3O y. In the BaPr 1 - xBi xO 3 system, only one intermediate phase BaPr 0.5Bi 0.5O 3 exists, in which Pr and Bi take an ordered arrangement on the B site. The magnetic susceptibility χ for Pr 4+ and that of Pr 3- in the ordered arrangement with Bi 5+ on the B site are much smaller than those for the A site, reflecting the strong CEF effect on the B site. Experimental χ-T curves can be well reproduced by the numerical calculation for Pr 3+ or Pr 4+ ions in the molecular field and the CEF with proper respective parameters.

  20. Ab initio study of perovskite type oxide materials for solid oxide fuel cells

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    Lee, Yueh-Lin

    2011-12-01

    Perovskite type oxides form a family of materials of significant interest for cathodes and electrolytes of solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs). These perovskites not only are active catalysts for surface oxygen reduction (OR) reactions but also allow incorporating the spilt oxygen monomers into their bulk, an unusual and poorly understood catalytic mechanism that couples surface and bulk properties. The OR mechanisms can be influenced strongly by defects in perovskite oxides, composition, and surface defect structures. This thesis work initiates a first step in developing a general strategy based on first-principles calculations for detailed control of oxygen vacancy content, transport rates of surface and bulk oxygen species, and surface/interfacial reaction kinetics. Ab initio density functional theory methods are used to model properties relevant for the OR reactions on SOFC cathodes. Three main research thrusts, which focus on bulk defect chemistry, surface defect structures and surface energetics, and surface catalytic properties, are carried to investigate different level of material chemistry for improved understanding of key physics/factors that govern SOFC cathode OR activity. In the study of bulk defect chemistry, an ab initio based defect model is developed for modeling defect chemistry of LaMnO 3 under SOFC conditions. The model suggests an important role for defect interactions, which are typically excluded in previous defect models. In the study of surface defect structures and surface energetics, it is shown that defect energies change dramatically (1˜2 eV lower) from bulk values near surfaces. Based on the existing bulk defect model with the calculated ab initio surface defect energetics, we predict the (001) MnO 2 surface oxygen vacancy concentration of (La0.9Sr0.1 )MnO3 is about 5˜6 order magnitude higher than that of the bulk under typical SOFC conditions. Finally, for surface catalytic properties, we show that area specific resistance, oxygen

  1. Electronically conductive perovskite-based oxide nanoparticles and films for optical sensing applications

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    Ohodnicki, Jr., Paul R; Schultz, Andrew M

    2015-04-28

    The disclosure relates to a method of detecting a change in a chemical composition by contacting a electronically conducting perovskite-based metal oxide material with a monitored stream, illuminating the electronically conducting perovskite-based metal oxide with incident light, collecting exiting light, monitoring an optical signal based on a comparison of the incident light and the exiting light, and detecting a shift in the optical signal. The electronically conducting perovskite-based metal oxide has a perovskite-based crystal structure and an electronic conductivity of at least 10.sup.-1 S/cm, where parameters are specified at the gas stream temperature. The electronically conducting perovskite-based metal oxide has an empirical formula A.sub.xB.sub.yO.sub.3-.delta., where A is at least a first element at the A-site, B is at least a second element at the B-site, and where 0.8perovskite-based oxides include but are not limited to La.sub.1-xSr.sub.xCoO.sub.3, La.sub.1-xSr.sub.xMnO.sub.3, LaCrO.sub.3, LaNiO.sub.3, La.sub.1-xSr.sub.xMn.sub.1-yCr.sub.yO.sub.3, SrFeO.sub.3, SrVO.sub.3, La-doped SrTiO.sub.3, Nb-doped SrTiO.sub.3, and SrTiO.sub.3-.delta..

  2. Comparison of different advanced oxidation processes (AOPs) in the presence of perovskites

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    Rivas, F.J. [Departamento de Ingenieria Quimica y Quimica Fisica, Universidad de Extremadura, Avenida de Elvas S/N, 06071 Badajoz (Spain)], E-mail: fjrivas@unex.es; Carbajo, M.; Beltran, F.; Gimeno, O. [Departamento de Ingenieria Quimica y Quimica Fisica, Universidad de Extremadura, Avenida de Elvas S/N, 06071 Badajoz (Spain); Frades, J. [Departamento de Ingenieria Quimica, Universidad de Castilla la Mancha, Plaza de Manuel Meca s/n 13400 Almaden, Ciudad Real (Spain)

    2008-07-15

    The efficacy of the oxidation systems: O{sub 3}, UV radiation, O{sub 3}/UV radiation, O{sub 3}/perovskite, UV radiation/perovskite, O{sub 3}/UV radiation/perovskite, H{sub 2}O{sub 2}/UV radiation, H{sub 2}O{sub 2}/UV radiation/perovskite, has been investigated by using pyruvic acid as probe compound. Under the operating conditions used, the combination of UV radiation and hydrogen peroxide (with or without perovskites) leads to the fastest pyruvic acid removal while the best results in terms of mineralization degree are obtained when combining O{sub 3}/UV radiation/perovskite. The effect of the variables: inlet ozone (15-75 mg L{sup -1}) and initial pyruvic acid (10{sup -3} to 10{sup -2} M) concentrations, catalyst load (0.01-1.5 g L{sup -1}) and pH (2-9) was investigated for the photocatalytic ozonation. The most influencing parameter was the ozone concentration fed to the photoreactor. A zero order was observed for pyruvic acid concentration and close to zero for catalyst load. Some deactivation is observed after reusing the catalyst, likely due to leaching of the active phase.

  3. Towards printed perovskite solar cells with cuprous oxide hole transporting layers: a theoretical design

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    Wang, Yan; Xia, Zhonggao; Liang, Jun; Wang, Xinwei; Liu, Yiming; Liu, Chuan; Zhang, Shengdong; Zhou, Hang

    2015-05-01

    Solution-processed p-type metal oxide materials have shown great promise in improving the stability of perovskite-based solar cells and offering the feasibility for a low cost printing fabrication process. Herein, we performed a device modeling study on planar perovskite solar cells with cuprous oxide (Cu2O) hole transporting layers (HTLs) by using a solar cell simulation program, wxAMPS. The performance of a Cu2O/perovskite solar cell was correlated to the material properties of the Cu2O HTL, such as thickness, carrier mobility, mid-gap defect, and doping concentrations. The effect of interfacial defect densities on the solar cell performance was also investigated. Our simulation indicates that, with an optimized Cu2O HTL, high performance perovskite solar cells with efficiencies above 13% could be achieved, which shows the potential of using Cu2O as an alternative HTL over other inorganic materials, such as NiOx and MoOx. This study provides theoretical guidance for developing perovskite solar cells with inorganic hole transporting materials via a printing process.

  4. New lithium-ion conducting perovskite oxides related to (Li, La)TiO3

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    Litty Sebastian; A K Shukla; J Gopalakrishnan

    2001-10-01

    We describe the synthesis and lithium-ion conductivity of new perovskite-related oxides of the formulas, LiCa1.65 0.35Ti1.3B1.7O9 (B=Nb, Ta) (I, II), LiSr2Ti2.5 W0.5O9 (III) and LiSr1.65 0.35Ti2.15W0.85O9 (IV). Oxides I and II crystallize in orthorhombic (GdFeO3-type) structure, while oxides III and IV possess cubic symmetry. All of them exhibit significant lithium-ion conduction at high temperatures, the highest conductivity of ∼ 10-2S/cm at 800°C among the oxides is exhibited by the composition IV. The results are discussed in the light of previous work on lithium-ion conducting perovskite oxides containing 0 cations.

  5. Catalytic Oxidation of Benzene Over LaCoO3 Perovskite-Type Oxides Prepared Using Microwave Process.

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    Jung, Won Young; Song, Young In; Lim, Kwon Taek; Lee, Gun Dae; Lee, Man Sig; Hong, Seong-Soo

    2015-01-01

    LaCoO3 perovskite type oxides were successfully prepared using microwave-assisted method, characterized by TG/DTA, XRD, XPS and H2-TPR and their catalytic activities for combustion of benzene were determined. Almost of catalyst showed perovskite crystalline phase and 13-84 nm particle size. LaCoO3 catalysts prepared by microwave-assisted method showed the highest activity and the conversion reached almost 100% at 360 degrees C. In the LaCoO3-type catalyst, the partial substitution of Sr into site A enhanced the catalytic activity on the combustion of benzene. The higher amount of the chemisorbed oxygen was, the better the performance of the combustion catalyst. The catalytic activity of perovskite-type oxides showed a good relationship with the results of H2-TPR and XPS measurement.

  6. Energy transfer between octahedral tungstate and uranate groups in oxides with perovskite structure

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    Steen, A.C. van der; Hair, J.Th.W. de; Blasse, G.

    1975-01-01

    Energy transfer between tungstate and uranate groups in oxides with perovskite structure is reported. The critical distance for this process is about 25 Å. Evidence is given for energy transfer between tungstate groups. In this case the critical distance is estimated to be about 8 Å.

  7. Ab initio Defect Energetics in LaBO3 Perovskite Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Materials

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    Lee, Yueh-Lin; Morgan, Dane; Kleis, Jesper;

    2009-01-01

    Perovskite materials of the form ABO3 are a promising family of compounds for use in solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) cathodes. Study of the physics of these compounds under SOFC conditions with ab initio methods is particularly challenging due to high temperatures, exchange of oxygen with O2 gas...

  8. Energy transfer between octahedral tungstate and uranate groups in oxides with perovskite structure

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    Steen, A.C. van der; Hair, J.Th.W. de; Blasse, G.

    1975-01-01

    Energy transfer between tungstate and uranate groups in oxides with perovskite structure is reported. The critical distance for this process is about 25 Å. Evidence is given for energy transfer between tungstate groups. In this case the critical distance is estimated to be about 8 Å.

  9. A non-catalytic vapor growth regime for organohalide perovskite nanowires using anodic aluminum oxide templates.

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    Tavakoli, Mohammad Mahdi; Waleed, Aashir; Gu, Leilei; Zhang, Daquan; Tavakoli, Rouhollah; Lei, Bingbing; Su, Wenjun; Fang, Fang; Fan, Zhiyong

    2017-05-11

    In this work, a novel and facile synthesis process to fabricate single crystalline organometal halide perovskite nanowires has been successfully developed. Nanowires were grown in a high density ordered array from metal nanoclusters inside anodic aluminum oxide templates using a non-catalytic chemical vapor deposition method. Specifically, perovskite NWs were grown as a result of the reaction between methylammonium iodide (MAI) and the Pb/Sn (Pb or Sn) metal in anodic aluminum oxide templates under optimal conditions. The characterization results show that there is a reaction zone at the interface between the perovskite material and metal, at the bottom of the anodic aluminum oxide nanochannels. In order to sustain perovskite NW growth, MAI molecules have to diffuse downward through the perovskite NWs to reach the reaction zone. In fact, the reaction is facilitated by the formation of an intermediate product of the metal iodide compound. This suggests that the Pb/Sn metal is converted to PbI2/SnI2 first and then perovskite NWs are formed as a result of the reaction between MAI and PbI2/SnI2 through a vapor-solid-solid process. The optical characterization results demonstrate that the as-synthesized NWs with an ultra-high nanostructure density can serve as ideal candidates for optoelectronic devices, such as solar cells, light-emitting didoes, photodetectors, etc. And the reported growth approach here is highly versatile combining the merits of excellent controllability, cost-effectiveness and tunability on material composition and physical properties.

  10. Influence of Oxygen Vacancy on Transport Property in Perovskite Oxide Heterostructures

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    HAN Peng; JIN Kui-Juan; Lü Hui-Bin; JIA Jin-Feng; QIU Jie; HU Chun-Lian; YANG Guo-Zhen

    2009-01-01

    Effect of oxygen vacancy on transport property of perovskite microstructures is studied theoretically. Compared with calculated and measured I-V curves, it is revealed that electron conduction plays an important role in the oxygen nonstoichiometry perovskite heterostructures even with hole-doped or un-doped material due to the oxygen vacancies. In addition, a detailed understanding of the influence of oxygen vacancy concentration and temperature on the conduction characteristics of oxide heterojunction with both forward and reverse biases is obtained by calculation.

  11. Improper electric polarization in simple perovskite oxides with two magnetic sublattices

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    Zhao, Hong Jian; Bellaiche, L.; Chen, Xiang Ming; Íñiguez, Jorge

    2017-01-01

    ABO3 perovskite oxides with magnetic A and B cations offer a unique playground to explore interactions involving two spin sublattices and the emergent effects they may drive. Of particular interest is the possibility of having magnetically driven improper ferroelectricity, as in the much studied families of rare-earth orthoferrites and orthochromites; yet, the mechanisms behind such effects remain to be understood in detail. Here we show that the strongest polar order corresponds to collinear spin configurations and is driven by non-relativistic exchange-strictive mechanisms. Our first-principles simulations reveal the dominant magnetostructural couplings underlying the observed ferroelectricity, including a striking magnetically driven piezoelectric effect. Further, we derive phenomenological and atomistic theories that describe such couplings in a generic perovskite lattice. This allows us to predict how the observed effects can be enhanced, and even how similar ones can be obtained in other perovskite families. PMID:28106057

  12. Indium-Free Perovskite Solar Cells Enabled by Impermeable Tin-Oxide Electron Extraction Layers.

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    Hu, Ting; Becker, Tim; Pourdavoud, Neda; Zhao, Jie; Brinkmann, Kai Oliver; Heiderhoff, Ralf; Gahlmann, Tobias; Huang, Zengqi; Olthof, Selina; Meerholz, Klaus; Többens, Daniel; Cheng, Baochang; Chen, Yiwang; Riedl, Thomas

    2017-07-01

    Corrosive precursors used for the preparation of organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite photoactive layers prevent the application of ultrathin metal layers as semitransparent bottom electrodes in perovskite solar cells (PVSCs). This study introduces tin-oxide (SnOx ) grown by atomic layer deposition (ALD), whose outstanding permeation barrier properties enable the design of an indium-tin-oxide (ITO)-free semitransparent bottom electrode (SnOx /Ag or Cu/SnOx ), in which the metal is efficiently protected against corrosion. Simultaneously, SnOx functions as an electron extraction layer. We unravel the spontaneous formation of a PbI2 interfacial layer between SnOx and the CH3 NH3 PbI3 perovskite. An interface dipole between SnOx and this PbI2 layer is found, which depends on the oxidant (water, ozone, or oxygen plasma) used for the ALD growth of SnOx . An electron extraction barrier between perovskite and PbI2 is identified, which is the lowest in devices based on SnOx grown with ozone. The resulting PVSCs are hysteresis-free with a stable power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 15.3% and a remarkably high open circuit voltage of 1.17 V. The ITO-free analogues still achieve a high PCE of 11%. © 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  13. Self-assembled dynamic perovskite composite cathodes for intermediate temperature solid oxide fuel cells

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    Shin, J. Felix; Xu, Wen; Zanella, Marco; Dawson, Karl; Savvin, Stanislav N.; Claridge, John B.; Rosseinsky, Matthew J.

    2017-01-01

    Electrode materials for intermediate temperature (500-700 ∘C) solid oxide fuel cells require electrical and mechanical stability to maintain performance during the cell lifetime. This has proven difficult to achieve for many candidate cathode materials and their derivatives with good transport and electrocatalytic properties because of reactivity towards cell components, and the fuels and oxidants. Here we present Ba0.5Sr0.5(Co0.7Fe0.3)0.6875W0.3125O3-δ (BSCFW), a self-assembled composite prepared through simple solid state synthesis, consisting of B-site cation ordered double perovskite and disordered single perovskite oxide phases, as a candidate cathode material. These phases interact by dynamic compositional change at the operating temperature, promoting both chemical stability through the increased amount of W in the catalytically active single perovskite provided from the W-reservoir double perovskite, and microstructural stability through reduced sintering of the supported catalytically active phase. This interactive catalyst-support system enabled stable high electrochemical activity through the synergic integration of the distinct properties of the two phases.

  14. Perovskite-Related Oxide Fluorides: The Use of Mössbauer Spectroscopy in the Investigation of Magnetic Properties

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    Frank J. Berry

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available We review here some of our recent work on the synthesis and characterisation of new perovskite-related oxide fluorides. We demonstrate the use of low temperature fluorination methods for the preparation of new phases with high fluorine contents. We also show how fluorine can be accommodated in different sites according to the structural details of the initial oxide and the fluorine content. Importantly, we describe how Mössbauer spectroscopy is a powerful technique for monitoring changes in cation oxidation state as a result of fluorination and for examining the complex magnetic interactions which result from the accommodation of fluorine within the structures and how these can be related to structural properties and changes to the superexchange pathways.

  15. Iron-based perovskite cathodes for solid oxide fuel cells

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    Ralph, James M.; Rossignol, Cecile C.R.; Vaughey, John T.

    2007-01-02

    An A and/or A' site deficient perovskite of general formula of (A.sub.1-xA'.sub.x).sub.1-yFeO.sub.3-.delta. or of general formula A.sub.1-x-yA'.sub.xFeO.sub.3-67, wherein A is La alone or with one or more of the rare earth metals or a rare earth metal other than Ce alone or a combination of rare earth metals and X is in the range of from 0 to about 1; A' is Sr or Ca or mixtures thereof and Y is in the range of from about 0.01 to about 0.3; .delta. represents the amount of compensating oxygen loss. If either A or A' is zero the remaining A or A' is deficient. A fuel cell incorporating the inventive perovskite as a cathode is disclosed as well as an oxygen separation membrane. The inventive perovskite is preferably single phase.

  16. Thermodynamic Ground States of Complex Oxide Heterointerfaces

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    Gunkel, F.; Hoffmann-Eifert, S.; Heinen, R. A.

    2017-01-01

    The formation mechanism of 2-dimensional electron gases (2DEGs) at heterointerfaces between nominally insulating oxides is addressed with a thermodynamical approach. We provide a comprehensive analysis of the thermodynamic ground states of various 2DEG systems directly probed in high temperature...... equilibrium conductivity measurements. We unambiguously identify two distinct classes of oxide heterostructures: For epitaxial perovskite/perovskite heterointerfaces (LaAlO3/SrTiO3, NdGaO3/SrTiO3, and (La,Sr)(Al,Ta)O3/SrTiO3), we find the 2DEG formation being based on charge transfer into the interface...

  17. Electrocatalysis of hydrogen peroxide reactions on perovskite oxides: experiment versus kinetic modeling.

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    Poux, T; Bonnefont, A; Ryabova, A; Kéranguéven, G; Tsirlina, G A; Savinova, E R

    2014-07-21

    Hydrogen peroxide has been identified as a stable intermediate of the electrochemical oxygen reduction reaction on various electrodes including metal, metal oxide and carbon materials. In this article we study the hydrogen peroxide oxidation and reduction reactions in alkaline medium using a rotating disc electrode (RDE) method on oxides of the perovskite family (LaCoO3, LaMnO3 and La0.8Sr0.2MnO3) which are considered as promising electrocatalytic materials for the cathode of liquid and solid alkaline fuel cells. The experimental findings, such as the higher activity of Mn-compared to that of Co-perovskites, the shape of RDE curves, and the influence of the H2O2 concentration, are rationalized with the help of a microkinetic model.

  18. Transition Metal-Oxide Free Perovskite Solar Cells Enabled by a New Organic Charge Transport Layer.

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    Chang, Sehoon; Han, Ggoch Ddeul; Weis, Jonathan G; Park, Hyoungwon; Hentz, Olivia; Zhao, Zhibo; Swager, Timothy M; Gradečak, Silvija

    2016-04-06

    Various electron and hole transport layers have been used to develop high-efficiency perovskite solar cells. To achieve low-temperature solution processing of perovskite solar cells, organic n-type materials are employed to replace the metal oxide electron transport layer (ETL). Although PCBM (phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester) has been widely used for this application, its morphological instability in films (i.e., aggregation) is detrimental. Herein, we demonstrate the synthesis of a new fullerene derivative (isobenzofulvene-C60-epoxide, IBF-Ep) that serves as an electron transporting material for methylammonium mixed lead halide-based perovskite (CH3NH3PbI(3-x)Cl(x)) solar cells, both in the normal and inverted device configurations. We demonstrate that IBF-Ep has superior morphological stability compared to the conventional acceptor, PCBM. IBF-Ep provides higher photovoltaic device performance as compared to PCBM (6.9% vs 2.5% in the normal and 9.0% vs 5.3% in the inverted device configuration). Moreover, IBF-Ep devices show superior tolerance to high humidity (90%) in air. By reaching power conversion efficiencies up to 9.0% for the inverted devices with IBF-Ep as the ETL, we demonstrate the potential of this new material as an alternative to metal oxides for perovskite solar cells processed in air.

  19. Transport Properties of Complex Oxides: New Ideas and Insights from Theory and Simulation

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    Benedek, Nicole

    Complex oxides are one of the largest and most technologically important materials families. The ABO3 perovskite oxides in particular display an unparalleled variety of physical properties. The microscopic origin of these properties (how they arise from the structure of the material) is often complicated, but in many systems previous research has identified simple guidelines or `rules of thumb' that link structure and chemistry to the physics of interest. For example, the tolerance factor is a simple empirical measure that relates the composition of a perovskite to its tendency to adopt a distorted structure. First-principles calculations have shown that the tendency towards ferroelectricity increases systematically as the tolerance factor of the perovskite decreases. Can we uncover a similar set of simple guidelines to yield new insights into the ionic and thermal transport properties of perovskites? I will discuss recent research from my group on the link between crystal structure and chemistry, soft phonons and ionic transport in a family of layered perovskite oxides, the Ln2NiO4+δ Ruddlesden-Popper phases. In particular, we show how the lattice dynamical properties of these materials (their tendency to undergo certain structural distortions) can be correlated with oxide ion transport properties. Ultimately, we seek new ways to understand the microscopic origins of complex transport processes and to develop first-principles-based design rules for new materials based on our understanding.

  20. Spin-Orbital Superstructure in Strained Ferrimagnetic Perovskite Cobalt Oxide

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    Fujioka, J.; Yamasaki, Y.; Nakao, H.; Kumai, R.; Murakami, Y.; Nakamura, M.; Kawasaki, M.; Tokura, Y.

    2013-07-01

    We have investigated the Co-3d spin-orbital state in a thin film of perovskite LaCoO3 to clarify the origin of strain induced spontaneous magnetization (TC=94K) by means of x-ray diffraction, optical spectroscopy, and magnetization measurements. A lattice distortion with the propagation vector (1/4 -​​1/4 1/4) and an anomalous activation of optical phonons coupled to Co-3d orbital are observed below 126 K. Combined with the azimuthal angle analysis of superlattice reflection, we propose that the ordering of Co-3d orbital promoted by an epitaxial strain produces a unique ferrimagnetic structure.

  1. Structural, thermal and electrical conductivity characteristics of Ln{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5}Ti{sub 0.5}Mn{sub 0.5}O{sub 3±d} (Ln: La, Nd and Sm) complex perovskites as anode materials for solid oxide fuel cell

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    Jeong, Jihoon [Fuel Cell Research Center, Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), 5, Hwarang-Ro 14-Gil, Seongbuk-Gu, Seoul 136-791 (Korea, Republic of); Department of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX 78712 (United States); Azad, Abul K. [Faculty of Integrated Technologies, University Brunei Darussalam, Jalan Tunku Link, Gadong, BE 1410 (Brunei Darussalam); Schlegl, Harald [School of Chemistry, University of St. Andrews, St. Andrews, Fife KY16 9ST (United Kingdom); Kim, Byungjun [Department of Applied Materials Science and Engineering, Hanbat National University, 125, Dongseo-Daero, Yuseong-Gu, Daejeon 305-719 (Korea, Republic of); Baek, Seung-Wook [Center for Energy Materials Metrology, Division of Industrial Metrology, Korea Research Institute of Standards and Science (KRISS), 267 Gajeong-Ro, Yuseong-Gu, Daejeon 305-340 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Keunsoo [Department of Engine Research, Korea Institute of Machinery and Materials (KIMM), Daejeon 305-343 (Korea, Republic of); Kang, Hyunil [Department of Electrical Engineering, Hanbat National University, 125, Dongseo-Daero, Yuseong-Gu, Daejeon 305-719 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Jung Hyun, E-mail: jhkim2011@hanbat.ac.kr [Department of Applied Materials Science and Engineering, Hanbat National University, 125, Dongseo-Daero, Yuseong-Gu, Daejeon 305-719 (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-03-15

    The Ti and Mn replaced complex perovskites, Ln{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5}Ti{sub 0.5}Mn{sub 0.5}O{sub 3±d} (Ln: La, Nd and Sm), were reported as potential anode materials for high temperature-operating solid oxide fuel cells (HT-SOFCs). For the present research study, synthesis, crystallographic, thermal and electrical conductivity properties of Ln{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5}Ti{sub 0.5}Mn{sub 0.5}O{sub 3±d} complex perovskites were investigated using X-ray diffraction (XRD), Rietveld method, thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and electrical conductivity to apply these oxide materials for the HT-SOFC anode materials. XRD results showed that Ln{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5}Ti{sub 0.5}Mn{sub 0.5}O{sub 3±d} oxide systems synthesized as single phases did not react with 8 mol% yttria stabilized zirconia (8YSZ) and 10 mol% Gd-doped cerium oxide (CGO91) up to 1500 °C and did not decompose under dry 3.9% hydrogen at 850 °C. The crystal structures of La{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5}Ti{sub 0.5}Mn{sub 0.5}O{sub 3±d} (LSTM), Nd{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5}Ti{sub 0.5}Mn{sub 0.5}O{sub 3±d} (NSTM) and Sm{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5}Ti{sub 0.5}Mn{sub 0.5}O{sub 3±d} (SSTM) showed orthorhombic symmetry with the space group Pbnm and SSTM showed a more distorted structure. Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) proved weight gains in these three sample occurred under oxidizing conditions and weight loss under reducing conditions. Electrical conductivity values of NSTM were higher than those of LSTM and SSTM under oxidizing and reducing conditions. - Graphical abstract: The B-site cations (Ti/Mn) are surrounded by regular octahedra of oxygen in Nd{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5}Ti{sub 0.5}Mn{sub 0.5}O{sub 3±d}(NSTM). These octahedra are linked together in a corner sharing three dimensional framework, while Nd/Sr ion occupies 12-coordinated A-site between these octahedra. The Ti/Mn–O{sub 6} octahedra are elongated along the c-axis. The crystal structure distortion was due to the smaller ionic radius of the A-site cations, which force the (Ti

  2. Parasitic Absorption Reduction in Metal Oxide-Based Transparent Electrodes: Application in Perovskite Solar Cells.

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    Werner, Jérémie; Geissbühler, Jonas; Dabirian, Ali; Nicolay, Sylvain; Morales-Masis, Monica; Wolf, Stefaan De; Niesen, Bjoern; Ballif, Christophe

    2016-07-13

    Transition metal oxides (TMOs) are commonly used in a wide spectrum of device applications, thanks to their interesting electronic, photochromic, and electrochromic properties. Their environmental sensitivity, exploited for gas and chemical sensors, is however undesirable for application in optoelectronic devices, where TMOs are used as charge injection or extraction layers. In this work, we first study the coloration of molybdenum and tungsten oxide layers, induced by thermal annealing, Ar plasma exposure, or transparent conducting oxide overlayer deposition, typically used in solar cell fabrication. We then propose a discoloration method based on an oxidizing CO2 plasma treatment, which allows for a complete bleaching of colored TMO films and prevents any subsequent recoloration during following cell processing steps. Then, we show that tungsten oxide is intrinsically more resilient to damage induced by Ar plasma exposure as compared to the commonly used molybdenum oxide. Finally, we show that parasitic absorption in TMO-based transparent electrodes, as used for semitransparent perovskite solar cells, silicon heterojunction solar cells, or perovskite/silicon tandem solar cells, can be drastically reduced by replacing molybdenum oxide with tungsten oxide and by applying a CO2 plasma pretreatment prior to the transparent conductive oxide overlayer deposition.

  3. Nano-structured CuO-Cu2O Complex Thin Film for Application in CH3NH3PbI3 Perovskite Solar Cells

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    Chen, Lung-Chieh; Chen, Cheng-Chiang; Liang, Kai-Chieh; Chang, Sheng Hsiung; Tseng, Zhong-Liang; Yeh, Shih-Chieh; Chen, Chin-Ti; Wu, Wen-Ti; Wu, Chun-Guey

    2016-09-01

    Nano-structured CuO-Cu2O complex thin film-based perovskite solar cells were fabricated on an indium tin oxide (ITO)-coated glass and studied. Copper (Cu) thin films with a purity of 99.995 % were deposited on an ITO-coated glass by magnetron reactive sputtering. To optimize the properties of the nano-structured CuO-Cu2O complex thin films, the deposited Cu thin films were thermally oxidized at various temperatures from 300 to 400 °C. A CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite absorber was fabricated on top of CuO-Cu2O complex thin film by a one-step spin-coating process with a toluene washing treatment. Following optimization, the maximum power conversion efficiency (PCE) exceeded 8.1 %. Therefore, the low-cost, solution-processed, stable nano-structured CuO-Cu2O complex thin film can be used as an alternative hole transport layer (HTL) in industrially produced perovskite solar cells.

  4. Preparation of Mixed Perovskite Oxides for Blue-Green Lasers

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    1984-02-01

    higher for oxide or fluoride . 𔃽. A high radiative lifetime and high fluorescent quantum yield for Ce or the rare earth are desirable. 3 + 4...for all of our single crystal -4- preparations are lanthanum oxide (La„0 ), aluminum oxide (Al^O^) , scandium oxide (Sc„0-.) , and cerium oxide (Ce...crystal material is highly important. Ideally, oxides should be grown in O2, fluorides in ?„, and so forth in order to prevent defects such as

  5. Superconductivity in the non-oxide perovskite MgCNi3.

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    He, T; Huang, Q; Ramirez, A P; Wang, Y; Regan, K A; Rogado, N; Hayward, M A; Haas, M K; Slusky, J S; Inumara, K; Zandbergen, H W; Ong, N P; Cava, R J

    2001-05-03

    The interplay of magnetic interactions, the dimensionality of the crystal structure and electronic correlations in producing superconductivity is one of the dominant themes in the study of the electronic properties of complex materials. Although magnetic interactions and two-dimensional structures were long thought to be detrimental to the formation of a superconducting state, they are actually common features of both the high transition-temperature (Tc) copper oxides and low-Tc material Sr2RuO4, where they appear to be essential contributors to the exotic electronic states of these materials. Here we report that the perovskite-structured compound MgCNi3 is superconducting with a critical temperature of 8 K. This material is the three-dimensional analogue of the LnNi2B2C family of superconductors, which have critical temperatures up to 16 K (ref. 2). The itinerant electrons in both families of materials arise from the partial filling of the nickel d-states, which generally leads to ferromagnetism as is the case in metallic Ni. The high relative proportion of Ni in MgCNi3 suggests that magnetic interactions are important, and the lower Tc of this three-dimensional compound-when compared to the LnNi2B2C family-contrasts with conventional ideas regarding the origins of superconductivity.

  6. Dielectric Relaxation of Rare Earth Ordered Double Perovskite Oxide Ba2ErTaO6

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    Mukherjee, Rajesh; Dutta, Alo; Sinha, T. P.

    2016-01-01

    The electrical properties of rare-earth based ordered double perovskite oxide barium erbium tantalate, Ba2ErTaO6 synthesized by solid-state reaction method are investigated. The x-ray diffraction pattern of the sample shows cubic Fm3m phase at room temperature with ordering of the B cations. Fourier transform infrared spectrum shows two primary phonon modes of the sample at around 350 cm-1 and 600 cm-1. The dielectric relaxation of the sample is investigated in the frequency range from 50 Hz to 1.1 MHz and in the temperature range from 303 K to 673 K. Electric modulus and electrical impedance data are fitted to the Cole-Cole equation. The frequency dependent conductivity spectra follow the power law. Summerfield scaling is used to explain the conduction mechanism. The scaling behavior of the imaginary part of the impedance spectra suggests that the relaxation shows the same mechanism at various temperatures. The complex impedance plane plots show that the relaxation (conduction) mechanism in this material is mainly due to grain boundary effect for all temperatures and grain effect for low temperature. The relaxation frequency corresponding to dielectric loss is found to obey Arrhenius law with activation energy of 0.50 eV. The values of activation energy indicate that the dielectric relaxation and the conduction mechanism are due to adiabatic small polaronic hole hopping mechanism.

  7. Dielectric relaxation in double perovskite oxide, Ho2CdTiO6

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    Dev K Mahato; A Dutta; T P Sinha

    2011-06-01

    A new double perovskite oxide holmium cadmium titanate, Ho2CdTiO6 (HCT), prepared by solid state reaction technique is investigated by impedance spectroscopy in a temperature range 50–400°C and a frequency range 75 Hz–1 MHz. The crystal structure has been determined by powder X-ray diffraction which shows monoclinic phase at room temperature. An analysis of complex permittivity with frequency was carried out assuming a distribution of relaxation times as confirmed by Cole–Cole plot. The frequency dependent electrical data are analysed in the framework of conductivity and electric modulus formalisms. The frequencies corresponding to themaxima of the imaginary electric modulus at various temperatures are found to obey an Arrhenius law with an activation energy of 0.13 eV. The scaling behaviour of imaginary part of electric modulus suggests that the relaxation describes the same mechanism at various temperatures. Nyquist plots are drawn to identify an equivalent circuit and to know the bulk and interface contributions.

  8. High throughput thermal conductivity of high temperature solid phases: The case of oxide and fluoride perovskites

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    van Roekeghem, Ambroise; Oses, Corey; Curtarolo, Stefano; Mingo, Natalio

    2016-01-01

    Using finite-temperature phonon calculations and machine-learning methods, we calculate the mechanical stability of about 400 semiconducting oxides and fluorides with cubic perovskite structures at 0 K, 300 K and 1000 K. We find 92 mechanically stable compounds at high temperatures -- including 36 not mentioned in the literature so far -- for which we calculate the thermal conductivity. We demonstrate that the thermal conductivity is generally smaller in fluorides than in oxides, largely due to a lower ionic charge, and describe simple structural descriptors that are correlated with its magnitude. Furthermore, we show that the thermal conductivities of most cubic perovskites decrease more slowly than the usual $T^{-1}$ behavior. Within this set, we also screen for materials exhibiting negative thermal expansion. Finally, we describe a strategy to accelerate the discovery of mechanically stable compounds at high temperatures.

  9. A novel layered perovskite as symmetric electrode for direct hydrocarbon solid oxide fuel cells

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    Zhao, Ling; Chen, Kongfa; Liu, Yuanxu; He, Beibei

    2017-02-01

    Layered perovskite oxides are well known to possess significant electronic, magnetic and electrochemical properties. Herein, we highlight a novel layered perovskite PrBaMn1.5Fe0.5O5+δ (PBMFO) as electrodes of symmetrical solid oxide fuel cells (SSOFCs). The layered PBMFO shows high electrical conductivity of 112.5 and 7.4 S cm-1 at 800 °C in air and 5% H2/Ar, respectively. The single cell with PBMFO symmetric electrodes achieves peak power density of 0.54 W cm-2 at 800 °C using humidified hydrogen as fuel. Moreover, PBMFO electrodes demonstrate good redox stability and high coking tolerance against hydrocarbon fuel.

  10. Selective Deposition of Insulating Metal Oxide in Perovskite Solar Cells with Enhanced Device Performance.

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    Yue, Youfeng; Yang, Xudong; Wu, Yongzhen; Salim, Noviana Tjitra; Islam, Ashraful; Noda, Takeshi; Han, Liyuan

    2015-08-24

    We report a simple methodology for the selective deposition of an insulating layer on the nanoparticulate TiO2 (np-TiO2) mesoporous layer of perovskite solar cells. The deposited MgO insulating layer mainly covered the bottom part of the np-TiO2 layer with less coverage at the top. The so-called quasi-top-open structure is introduced to act as an efficient hole-blocking layer to prevent charge recombination at the physical contact of the transparent conducting oxide with the perovskite. This leads to an open-circuit voltage higher than that of the reference cell with a compact TiO2 hole-blocking layer. Moreover, such a quasi-top-open structure can facilitate the electron injection from perovskite into the np-TiO2 mesoporous layer and improve the spectral response at longer wavelength because of the less covered insulating layer at the top. This work provides an alternative way to fabricate perovskite solar cells without the need to use a conventional compact TiO2 layer.

  11. Influence of order-disorder transitions on oxygen permeability through selected nonstoichiometric perovskite-type oxides

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    Kruidhof, H.; Bouwmeester, H.J.M.; Doorn, van R.H.E.; Burggraaf, A.J.

    1993-01-01

    New results on the oxygen permeability of perovskite-type oxides SrCo0.8B'0.2O3¿¿ (with B'=Cr, Fe, Co and Cu) and La0.6Sr0.4CoO3¿¿ are presented. The occurrence of order-disorder transitions at elevated temperatures (790¿940°C) in these phases has been confirmed by DSC measurements and, in some case

  12. Surface strontium enrichment on highly active perovskites for oxygen electrocatalysis in solid oxide fuel cells

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    Crumlin, Ethan J.

    2012-01-01

    Perovskite oxides have high catalytic activities for oxygen electrocatalysis competitive to platinum at elevated temperatures. However, little is known about the oxide surface chemistry that influences the activity near ambient oxygen partial pressures, which hampers the design of highly active catalysts for many clean-energy technologies such as solid oxide fuel cells. Using in situ synchrotron-based, ambient pressure X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy to study the surface chemistry changes, we show that the coverage of surface secondary phases on a (001)-oriented La 0.8Sr 0.2CoO 3-δ (LSC) film becomes smaller than that on an LSC powder pellet at elevated temperatures. In addition, strontium (Sr) in the perovskite structure enriches towards the film surface in contrast to the pellet having no detectable changes with increasing temperature. We propose that the ability to reduce surface secondary phases and develop Sr-enriched perovskite surfaces of the LSC film contributes to its enhanced activity for O 2 electrocatalysis relative to LSC powder-based electrodes. © 2012 The Royal Society of Chemistry.

  13. Preparation of Perovskite-Type Oxides La1-xSrxFe1-yCoyO3 Using EDTA Sol-Gel Method

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    于洁; 马文会; 王华

    2004-01-01

    Two series of perovskite-type oxides with composition La1-xSrxFeO3(x≤0.8)and La1-xSrxFe1-yCoyO3(x=0.2; y=0.2, 0.4)powder productions were synthesized by EDTA complexing sol-gel method. The products were characterized by XRD, TEM, SEM, BET method(N2 adsorption)and laser granularity analysis for different synthesis conditions to obtain the optimum conditions for the preparation process. Single-phased, uniform perovskite-type oxides with small particle size were obtained by EDTA sol-gel process with high stability and repeatability, and the process temperature is much lower than that of solid state reaction method.

  14. Manganese titanium perovskites as anodes for solid oxide fuel cells

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    2008-01-01

    A new family of perovskite titanates with formulae La4+nSr8-nTi12-nMnnO38 and La4Sr8Ti12-nMnnO38-δ have been investigated as potential fuel electrode materials for SOFCs. The series La4+nSr8-nTi12-nMnnO38 present layered domains within their structure. As such layers appear to have a large negative effect over the electrochemical properties only a few compounds have been characterised. The series La4Sr8Ti12-nMnnO38-δ present a rhombohedral (R-3c) unit cell at room temperature which bec...

  15. Synthesis, characterization, sintering and dielectric properties of nanostructured perovskite-type oxide, Ba2GdSbO6

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    C Vijayakumar; H Padma Kumar; Sam Solomon; J K Thomas; P R S Warriar; J Koshy

    2008-10-01

    Nanoparticles of barium gadolinium antimonate (Ba2GdSbO6), a complex perovskite-type oxide, has been synthesized using an auto ignition combustion process for the first time. The nanoparticles thus obtained have been characterized by powder X-ray diffraction, thermogravimetric analysis, differential thermal analysis, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy. The XRD studies have shown that the as-prepared powder is phase pure Ba2GdSbO6 and has a complex cubic perovskite (A2BB′O6) crystalline structure with lattice constant, = 8.449 Å. The TEM image reveals that the particle size of the as-prepared nano powder was in the range 30–60 nm. The nanocrystals of Ba2GdSbO6 synthesized by the combustion technique could be sintered to 96% of the theoretical density by heating at a temperature of 1560°C for a short duration of 3 h. The surface morphology of the sintered pellet has been studied by scanning electron microscope (SEM). The dielectric constant ($\\varepsilon_{r}$) was 20 and the loss factor (tan) was 0.03 at 3 MHz. By the present combustion technique a phase pure nanopowder of Ba2GdSbO6 could be obtained by a single step process without the need of any calcination step.

  16. Improved chemical and electrochemical stability of perovskite oxides with less reducible cations at the surface

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    Tsvetkov, Nikolai; Lu, Qiyang; Sun, Lixin; Crumlin, Ethan J.; Yildiz, Bilge

    2016-09-01

    Segregation and phase separation of aliovalent dopants on perovskite oxide (ABO3) surfaces are detrimental to the performance of energy conversion systems such as solid oxide fuel/electrolysis cells and catalysts for thermochemical H2O and CO2 splitting. One key reason behind the instability of perovskite oxide surfaces is the electrostatic attraction of the negatively charged A-site dopants (for example, ) by the positively charged oxygen vacancies () enriched at the surface. Here we show that reducing the surface concentration improves the oxygen surface exchange kinetics and stability significantly, albeit contrary to the well-established understanding that surface oxygen vacancies facilitate reactions with O2 molecules. We take La0.8Sr0.2CoO3 (LSC) as a model perovskite oxide, and modify its surface with additive cations that are more and less reducible than Co on the B-site of LSC. By using ambient-pressure X-ray absorption and photoelectron spectroscopy, we proved that the dominant role of the less reducible cations is to suppress the enrichment and phase separation of Sr while reducing the concentration of and making the LSC more oxidized at its surface. Consequently, we found that these less reducible cations significantly improve stability, with up to 30 times faster oxygen exchange kinetics after 54 h in air at 530 °C achieved by Hf addition onto LSC. Finally, the results revealed a `volcano' relation between the oxygen exchange kinetics and the oxygen vacancy formation enthalpy of the binary oxides of the additive cations. This volcano relation highlights the existence of an optimum surface oxygen vacancy concentration that balances the gain in oxygen exchange kinetics and the chemical stability loss.

  17. Elastic, electronic and magnetic properties of new oxide perovskite BaVO3: a first-principles study

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    Bannikov, V. V.

    2014-01-01

    The structural, elastic, magnetic properties, as well as electronic structure and chemical bonding picture of new oxide 3d1-perovskite BaVO3, recently synthesized, were systematically investigated involving the first-principles FLAPW-GGA calculations. The obtained results are discussed in comparison with available experimental data, as well as with those obtained before for isostructural and isoelectronic SrVO3 perovskite.

  18. Synthesis of nano-sized perovskite-type oxide with the use of polyvinyl pyrrolidone

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    Tsukasa Nagai

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available A new easy-to-use process for obtaining fine powders of lanthanum-based perovskite-type oxides (La1−xAexMO3: Ae = Ca, Sr, M = Mn, Co, Fe with a high specific surface area was successfully developed by the use of polyvinyl pyrrolidone (PVP as a dispersant. This approach made it possible to prepare a single phase of perovskite by calcining at a lower temperature (600 °C compared to conventional synthetic processes such as a solid state reaction and citrate process. SEM observations revealed that the oxide prepared with PVP was ca. 20–30 nm in size, while those prepared by the citrate process and solid state reaction were ca. 50 nm and 1 μm, respectively. Furthermore, the results of a thermal analysis in which we heated the precursors for the different reactions support the idea that PVP plays an important role in the formation of the perovskite phase at low temperature.

  19. Iridium-based double perovskites for efficient water oxidation in acid media

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    Diaz-Morales, Oscar; Raaijman, Stefan; Kortlever, Ruud; Kooyman, Patricia J.; Wezendonk, Tim; Gascon, Jorge; Fu, W. T.; Koper, Marc T. M.

    2016-08-01

    The development of active, cost-effective and stable oxygen-evolving catalysts is one of the major challenges for solar-to-fuel conversion towards sustainable energy generation. Iridium oxide exhibits the best available compromise between catalytic activity and stability in acid media, but it is prohibitively expensive for large-scale applications. Therefore, preparing oxygen-evolving catalysts with lower amounts of the scarce but active and stable iridium is an attractive avenue to overcome this economical constraint. Here we report on a class of oxygen-evolving catalysts based on iridium double perovskites which contain 32 wt% less iridium than IrO2 and yet exhibit a more than threefold higher activity in acid media. According to recently suggested benchmarking criteria, the iridium double perovskites are the most active catalysts for oxygen evolution in acid media reported until now, to the best of our knowledge, and exhibit similar stability to IrO2.

  20. Comparison of topotactic fluorination methods for complex oxide films

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    E. J. Moon

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available We have investigated the synthesis of SrFeO3−αFγ (α and γ ≤ 1 perovskite films using topotactic fluorination reactions utilizing poly(vinylidene fluoride as a fluorine source. Two different fluorination methods, a spin-coating and a vapor transport approach, were performed on as-grown SrFeO2.5 films. We highlight differences in the structural, compositional, and optical properties of the oxyfluoride films obtained via the two methods, providing insight into how fluorination reactions can be used to modify electronic and optical behavior in complex oxide heterostructures.

  1. Methane Oxidation to Synthesis Gas Using Lattice Oxygen of La1-xSrxMO3-λ(M = Fe, Mn) Perovskite Oxides Instead of Molecular Oxygen

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    LiRanjia; YuChangchun; ZhuGuangrong; ShenShikong

    2005-01-01

    In this paper, the partial oxidation of methane to synthesis gas using lattice oxygen of La1-xSrxMO3-λ(M=Fe,Mn) perovskite oxides instead of molecular oxygen was investigated. The redox circulation between 11% O2/Ar flow and 11% CH4/He flow at 900℃ shows that methane can be oxidized to CO and H2, with a selectivity of over 90.7% using the lattice oxygen of La1-xSrxFeO3-λ(x≤0.2) perovskite oxides in an appropriate reaction condition, while the lost lattice oxygen can be supplemented by air re-oxidation. It is viable for the lattice oxygen of La1-xSrxFeO3-λ(x≤0.2) perovskite oxides instead of molecular oxygen to react with methane to synthesis gas in the redox mode.

  2. Fabrication of (110)-one-axis-oriented perovskite-type oxide thin films and their application to buffer layer

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    Sato, Tomoya; Ichinose, Daichi; Kimura, Junichi; Inoue, Takaaki; Mimura, Takanori; Funakubo, Hiroshi; Uchiyama, Kiyoshi

    2016-10-01

    BaCe0.9Y0.1O3-δ (BCYO) and SrZr0.8Y0.2O3-δ (SZYO) thin films of perovskite-type oxides were deposited on (111)Pt/TiO x /SiO2/(100)Si substrates. X-ray diffraction patterns showed that the (110)-oriented BCYO and SZYO thin films were grown on (111)Pt/Si substrates directly without using any buffer layers. Thin films of SrRuO3 (SRO), a conductive perovskite-type oxide, were also deposited on those films and highly (110)-oriented SRO thin films were obtained. We believe that this (110)-oriented SRO works as a buffer layer to deposit (110)-oriented perovskite-type ferroelectric oxide thin films as well as a bottom electrode and can modify the ferroelectric properties of the oxide thin films by controlling their crystallographic orientations.

  3. Syntheses, structures, and ionic conductivities of perovskite-structured lithium–strontium–aluminum/gallium–tantalum-oxides

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    Phraewphiphat, Thanya, E-mail: thanya@echem.titech.ac.jp [Department of Electronic Chemistry, Interdisciplinary Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology, 4259 Nagatsuta, Midori, Yokohama 226-8502 (Japan); Iqbal, Muhammad, E-mail: iqbal@echem.titech.ac.jp [Department of Electronic Chemistry, Interdisciplinary Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology, 4259 Nagatsuta, Midori, Yokohama 226-8502 (Japan); Suzuki, Kota, E-mail: ksuzuki@echem.titech.ac.jp [Department of Electronic Chemistry, Interdisciplinary Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology, 4259 Nagatsuta, Midori, Yokohama 226-8502 (Japan); Matsuda, Yasuaki, E-mail: matsuda@chem.mie-u.ac.jp [Department of Chemistry, Mie University, 1577 Kurimamachiyacho, Tsu, Mie 514-8507 (Japan); Yonemura, Masao, E-mail: masao.yonemura@kek.jp [High Energy Accelerator Research Organization, Tokai-mura, Naka-gun, Ibaraki 319-1106 (Japan); Hirayama, Masaaki, E-mail: hirayama@echem.titech.ac.jp [Department of Electronic Chemistry, Interdisciplinary Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology, 4259 Nagatsuta, Midori, Yokohama 226-8502 (Japan); Kanno, Ryoji, E-mail: kanno@echem.titech.ac.jp [Department of Electronic Chemistry, Interdisciplinary Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology, 4259 Nagatsuta, Midori, Yokohama 226-8502 (Japan)

    2015-05-15

    The ionic conductivities of new perovskite-structured lithium–strontium–aluminum/gallium–tantalum oxides were investigated. Solid solutions of the new perovskite oxides, (Li{sub x}Sr{sub 1−x})(Al{sub (1−x)/2}Ta{sub (1+x)/2})O{sub 3} and (Li{sub x}Sr{sub 1−x})(Ga{sub (1−x)/2}Ta{sub (1+x)/2})O{sub 3}, were synthesized using a ball-milled-assisted solid-state method. The partial substitution of the smaller Ga{sup +3} for Ta{sup +5} resulted in new compositions, the structures of which were determined by neutron diffraction measurements using a cubic perovskite structural model with the Pm−3m space group. Vacancies were introduced into the Sr(Li) sites by the formation of solid solutions with compositions (Li{sub x}Sr{sub 1−x−y}☐{sub y})(Ga{sub [(1−x)/2]−y}Ta{sub [(1+x)/2]+y})O{sub 3}, where the composition range of 0≤y≤0.20 was examined for x=0.2 and 0.25. The highest conductivity, 1.85×10{sup −3} S cm{sup −1} at 250 °C, was obtained for (Li{sub 0.25}Sr{sub 0.625}☐{sub 0.125})(Ga{sub 0.25}Ta{sub 0.75})O{sub 3} (x=0.25, y=0.125). Enhanced ionic conductivities were achieved by the introduction of vacancies at the A-sites. - Graphical abstract: Novel lithium-conducting oxides with the cubic perovskite structure (Li{sub x}Sr{sub 1−x−y}☐{sub y})(Ga{sub [(1−x)/2]−y}Ta{sub [(1+x)/2]+y})O{sub 3} provide a specific solid-solution region with various x and y values, exhibiting the highest ionic conductivity (1.85 S cm{sup −1} at 250 °C) for (Li{sub 0.25}Sr{sub 0.625}☐{sub 0.125})(Ga{sub 0.25}Ta{sub 0.75})O{sub 3} (x=0.25, y=0.125 in (Li{sub x}Sr{sub 1−x−y}☐{sub y})(Ga{sub [(1−x)/2]−y}Ta{sub [(1+x)/2]+y})O{sub 3}). The vacancies (☐) introduced into the A-sites contribute to the enhancement of lithium diffusion in the perovskite structure because of the enlargement of the bottleneck size and suppression of the interaction between lithium and oxygen. - Highlights: • The perovskite-structured novel Li

  4. Mapping growth windows in quaternary perovskite oxide systems by hybrid molecular beam epitaxy

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    Brahlek, Matthew; Zhang, Lei; Zhang, Hai-Tian; Lapano, Jason; Dedon, Liv R.; Martin, Lane W.; Engel-Herbert, Roman

    2016-09-01

    Requisite to growing stoichiometric perovskite thin films of the solid-solution A'1-xAxBO3 by hybrid molecular beam epitaxy is understanding how the growth conditions interpolate between the end members A'BO3 and ABO3, which can be grown in a self-regulated fashion, but under different conditions. Using the example of La1-xSrxVO3, the two-dimensional growth parameter space that is spanned by the flux of the metal-organic precursor vanadium oxytriisopropoxide and composition, x, was mapped out. The evolution of the adsorption-controlled growth window was obtained using a combination of X-ray diffraction, atomic force microscopy, reflection high-energy electron-diffraction (RHEED), and Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy. It is found that the stoichiometric growth conditions can be mapped out quickly with a single calibration sample using RHEED. Once stoichiometric conditions have been identified, the out-of-plane lattice parameter can be utilized to precisely determine the composition x. This strategy enables the identification of growth conditions that allow the deposition of stoichiometric perovskite oxide films with random A-site cation mixing, which is relevant to a large number of perovskite materials with interesting properties, e.g., high-temperature superconductivity and colossal magnetoresistance, that emerge in solid solution A'1-xAxBO3.

  5. A-site ordered quadruple perovskite oxides AA03B4O12

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    2016-01-01

    The A-site ordered perovskite oxides with chemical formula AA03B4O12 display many intriguing physical properties due to the introduction of transition metals at both A0 and B sites. Here, research on the recently discovered intermetallic charge transfer occurring between A0-site Cu and B-site Fe ions in LaCu3Fe4O12 and its analogues is reviewed, along with work on the magnetoelectric multiferroicity observed in LaMn3Cr4O12 with cubic perovskite structure. The Cu–Fe intermetallic charge transfer (LaCu3+3 Fe3+4 O12→LaCu2+3 Fe3.75+4 O12) leads to a first-order isostructural phase transition accompanied by drastic variations in magnetism and electrical transport properties. The LaMn3Cr4O12 is a novel spin-driven multiferroic system with strong magnetoelectric coupling effects. The compound is the first example of cubic perovskite multiferroics to be found. It opens up a new arena for studying unexpected multiferroic mechanisms.

  6. Ionic Mobility and Phase Transitions in Perovskite Oxides for Energy Application

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    Francesco Cordero

    2017-02-01

    Full Text Available Perovskite oxides find applications or are studied in many fields related to energy production, accumulation and saving. The most obvious application is oxygen or proton conductors in fuel cells (SOFCs, but the (antiferroelectric compositions may find application in high energy capacitors for energy storage, efficient electrocaloric cooling, and electromechanical energy harvesting. In SOFCs, the diffusion of O vacancies and other mobile ionic species, such as H+, are at the base of the functioning of the device, while in the other cases they constitute unwanted defects that reduce the performance and life-time of the device. Similarly, the (antiferroelectric phase transitions are a requisite for the use of some types of devices, but the accompanying domain walls can generate extended defects detrimental to the life of the material, and structural phase transformations should be avoided in SOFCs. All these phenomena can be studied by mechanical spectroscopy, the measurement of the complex elastic compliance as a function of temperature and frequency, which is the mechanical analogue of the dielectric susceptibility, but probes the elastic response and elastic dipoles instead of the dielectric response and electric dipoles. The two techniques can be combined to provide a comprehensive picture of the material properties. Examples are shown of the study of structural transitions and hopping and tunnelling processes of O vacancies and H in the ion conductor BaCe1-xYxO3-x and in SrTiO3-x, and of the aging and fatigue effects found in PZT at compositions where the ferro- and antiferroelectric states coexist.

  7. High-Throughput Design of Two-Dimensional Electron Gas Systems Based on Polar/Nonpolar Perovskite Oxide Heterostructures

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    Yang, Kesong; Nazir, Safdar; Behtash, Maziar; Cheng, Jianli

    2016-10-01

    The two-dimensional electron gas (2DEG) formed at the interface between two insulating oxides such as LaAlO3 and SrTiO3 (STO) is of fundamental and practical interest because of its novel interfacial conductivity and its promising applications in next-generation nanoelectronic devices. Here we show that a group of combinatorial descriptors that characterize the polar character, lattice mismatch, band gap, and the band alignment between the perovskite-oxide-based band insulators and the STO substrate, can be introduced to realize a high-throughput (HT) design of SrTiO3-based 2DEG systems from perovskite oxide quantum database. Equipped with these combinatorial descriptors, we have carried out a HT screening of all the polar perovskite compounds, uncovering 42 compounds of potential interests. Of these, Al-, Ga-, Sc-, and Ta-based compounds can form a 2DEG with STO, while In-based compounds exhibit a strain-induced strong polarization when deposited on STO substrate. In particular, the Ta-based compounds can form 2DEG with potentially high electron mobility at (TaO2)+/(SrO)0 interface. Our approach, by defining materials descriptors solely based on the bulk materials properties, and by relying on the perovskite-oriented quantum materials repository, opens new avenues for the discovery of perovskite-oxide-based functional interface materials in a HT fashion.

  8. Perovskites synthesis for solid oxide fuel cells; Sintese de perovsquitas para celulas a combustivel de oxido solido

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    Soares, Sibelle F.C.X.; Melo, Dulce M.A.; Pimentel, Patricia M.; Melo, Marcus A. Freitas; Martinelli, Daniele M.H. [Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN), Natal, RN (Brazil). Dept. de Quimica]. E-mail: sibelle.cunha@gmail

    2008-07-01

    This work aims to study on the obtaining powders of lanthanum manganite oxides with partial substitution of La with strontium at 20% for the application as a cathode for solid oxide fuel cell, through a route of synthesis that are similar to the Pechini method, in which gelatin replaces the ethylene glycol as polymerization agent. The method highlights itself due to its simplicity, low cost and capability to obtain crystalline powders with the high purity and good stoichiometric control. The perovskite obtained were characterized by thermogravimetric analysis, X ray diffraction, electronic scanning microscopy and the superficial area by BET method. The deposition of the perovskite on electrolyte/anode system was done through the spin coating technique. The methodology used for the perovskite synthesis was very efficient, considering a monophasic material was obtained and with characteristics that were proper to the application as electrode to solid oxide fuel cells. (author)

  9. High-current perovskite solar cells fabricated with optically enhanced transparent conductive oxides

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    Mishima, Ryota; Hino, Masashi; Uzu, Hisashi; Meguro, Tomomi; Yamamoto, Kenji

    2017-06-01

    We focused on fluorine tin oxide (FTO)-coated glass substrates for perovskite solar cells (PVSCs) and studied the effects of the optical properties and surface morphology on the short-circuit current density (J sc). The PVSC on our FTO substrate demonstrated a gain in J sc by 1.4-1.6 mA/cm2, compared with the PVSCs on commercial FTO substrates. This is attributed not only to the low absorption of the FTO substrate but also to the suppression of reflection loss, caused by the light trapping effect on the textured surface. Finally, the power conversion efficiency of our PVSC reached >21% with less hysteresis.

  10. Direct Observation of Electrostatically Driven Band Gap Renormalization in a Degenerate Perovskite Transparent Conducting Oxide

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    Lebens-Higgins, Z.; Scanlon, D. O.; Paik, H.; Sallis, S.; Nie, Y.; Uchida, M.; Quackenbush, N. F.; Wahila, M. J.; Sterbinsky, G. E.; Arena, Dario A.; Woicik, J. C.; Schlom, D. G.; Piper, L. F. J.

    2016-01-01

    We have directly measured the band gap renormalization associated with the Moss-Burstein shift in the perovskite transparent conducting oxide (TCO), La-doped BaSnO 3 , using hard x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. We determine that the band gap renormalization is almost entirely associated with the evolution of the conduction band. Our experimental results are supported by hybrid density functional theory supercell calculations. We determine that unlike conventional TCOs where interactions with the dopant orbitals are important, the band gap renormalization in La - BaSnO 3 is driven purely by electrostatic interactions.

  11. Direct Observation of Electrostatically Driven Band Gap Renormalization in a Degenerate Perovskite Transparent Conducting Oxide.

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    Lebens-Higgins, Z; Scanlon, D O; Paik, H; Sallis, S; Nie, Y; Uchida, M; Quackenbush, N F; Wahila, M J; Sterbinsky, G E; Arena, Dario A; Woicik, J C; Schlom, D G; Piper, L F J

    2016-01-15

    We have directly measured the band gap renormalization associated with the Moss-Burstein shift in the perovskite transparent conducting oxide (TCO), La-doped BaSnO_{3}, using hard x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. We determine that the band gap renormalization is almost entirely associated with the evolution of the conduction band. Our experimental results are supported by hybrid density functional theory supercell calculations. We determine that unlike conventional TCOs where interactions with the dopant orbitals are important, the band gap renormalization in La-BaSnO_{3} is driven purely by electrostatic interactions.

  12. High temperature studies of Perovskite oxides: x-ray diffraction and PAC spectroscopy

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    Cuffini, Silvia; Guevara, J.A.; Mascarenhas, Y.P. [Sao Paulo Univ., Sao Carlos, SP (Brazil). Inst. de Fisica; Presa, P. de la; Ayala, A.; Lopez Garcia, A. [La Plata Univ. Nacional (Argentina). Dept. de Fisica

    1997-04-01

    Although the Sr Ru O{sub 3} (SR) and Sr HfO{sub 3} (SH) as other perovskite oxides, have been known for well over 30 years, their crystal are still not well established neither at room temperature nor at higher temperatures. We report the structure analysis by X-Ray Diffraction and Perturbed Angular Correlation (PAC) measurements of SH and SR from room temperature 100 deg C. Both compounds, SH and SR showed an orthorhombic Pnma symmetry at room temperature. At higher temperatures, the compounds undergo a phase transition from orthorhombic to cubic (Pm 3-bar m) symmetry around 700 deg C. (author)

  13. Effect of calcination temperature on structural properties and catalytic activity in oxidation reactions of LaNiO3 perovskite prepared by Pechini method

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    K.Rida; M.A.Pe(n)a; E.Sastre; A.Martínez-Arias

    2012-01-01

    The study presented the preparation of the perovskite oxide LaNiO3 by the complex citrate method,paying particular attention to evolution of its formation from the amorphous precursor with varied calcination temperatures.The products obtained after heat treatment under air between 200 and 800 ℃ were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD),thermogravimetric and differential thermal analysis (TG-DTA),Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR),SBET measurements and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS).The results showed the formation of a single phase with perovskite structure from ca.550 ℃.Tests on the two catalytic oxidation reactions of C3H6 and CO over the system calcined between mentioned temperatures were examined on the basis of characterization results and showed that optimum catalytic properties for such reactions were achieved for the perovskite calcined at 600 ℃.In turn,correlations between redox and catalytic properties were established on the basis of thermogravimetric temperature programmed reduction (TPR) analysis.

  14. Simultaneous catalytic removal of NOx and diesel soot particulate over perovskite-type oxides and supported Ag catalysts

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    2002-01-01

    A series of perovskite-type oxides and supported Ag catalysts were prepared,and characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Xray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS).The catalytic activities of the catalysts as well as influencing factors on catalytic activity have been investigated for the simultaneous removal of NOx and diesel soot particulate.An increase in catalytic activity for the selective reduction of NOx was observed with Ag addition in these perovskite oxides,especially with 5% Ag loading.This catalyst could be a promising candidate of catalytic material for the simultaneous elimination of NOx and diesel soot.

  15. Efficient perovskite solar cells by combination use of Au nanoparticles and insulating metal oxide.

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    Zhang, Chenxi; Luo, Qi; Shi, Jianhua; Yue, Liyang; Wang, Zengbo; Chen, Xiaohong; Huang, Sumei

    2017-02-23

    Achieving high open-circuit voltage and high short-circuit current density simultaneously is a big challenge in the development of highly efficient perovskite solar cells, due to the complex excitonic nature of hybrid organic-inorganic semiconductors. Herein, we developed a facile and effective method to fabricate efficient plasmonic PSC devices. The solar cells were prepared by incorporating Au nanoparticles (NPs) into mesoporous TiO2 films and depositing a MgO passivation film on the Au NP-modified mesoporous titania via wet spinning and pyrolysis of magnesium salt. The PSCs obtained by combining Au NPs and MgO demonstrated a high power conversion efficiency of 16.1%, with both a high open-circuit voltage of 1.09 V and a high short-circuit current density of 21.76 mA cm(-2). The device achieved a 34.2% improvement in the power conversion efficiency compared with a device based on pure TiO2. Moreover, a significant improvement of the UV stability in the perovskite solar cell was achieved due to the combined use of Au NPs and insulating MgO. The fundamental optics and physics behind the regulation of energy flow in the perovskite solar cell and the concept of using Au NPs and MgO to improve the device performance were explored. The results indicate that the combined use of Au NPs and a MgO passivation film is an effective way to design high performance and high stability organic-inorganic perovskite photovoltaic materials.

  16. Effects of calcium substitute in LaMnO3 perovskites for NO catalytic oxidation

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    SHEN Meiqing; ZHAO Zhen; CHEN Jiahao; SU Yugeng; WANG Jun; WANG Xinquan

    2013-01-01

    La1-xCaxMnO3 (x=0-0.3) perovskite-type oxides were synthesized by citrate sol-gel method.The physical and chemical properties were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD),Brumauer-Emmett-Teller method (BET),X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS),NO+O2-TPD (temperature-programmed desorption),activated oxygen evaluation and H2-TPR (temperature-programmed reduction) technologies.The results showed that NO catalytic oxidation activity was significantly improved by Ca substitution,especially for lower temperature activity.The La0.9Ca0.1UnO3 sample showed the maximum conversion of 82% at 300 ℃.The monodentate nitrates played a crucial role for the formation of NO2.The reducibility of Mn4+ ions and reactivity of activated oxygen were favorable for the catalytic performances of NO oxidation.

  17. Thermochemistry of perovskites in the lanthanum-strontium-manganese-iron oxide system

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    Marinescu, Cornelia; Vradman, Leonid; Tanasescu, Speranta; Navrotsky, Alexandra

    2015-10-01

    The enthalpies of formation from binary oxides of perovskites (ABO3) based on lanthanum strontium manganite La(Sr)MnO3 (LSM) and lanthanum strontium ferrite La(Sr)FeO3 (LSF) and mixed lanthanum strontium manganite ferrite La(Sr)Mn(Fe)O3 (LSMF) were measured by high temperature oxide melt solution calorimetry. Using iodometric titration, the oxygen content was derived. The perovskites with A-site cation deficiency have greater oxygen deficiency than the corresponding A-site stoichiometric series. Stability of LSMF decreases with increasing iron content. Increasing oxygen deficiency clearly destabilizes the perovskites. The results suggest an enthalpy of oxygen incorporation that is approximately independent of composition. 0.35La2O3 (xl, 25 °C)+Mn2O3 (xl, 25 °C)+0.3SrO (xl, 25 °C)+Fe2O3 (xl, 25 °C)+O2 (g, 25 °C)→La0.7Sr0.3Mn1-yFeyO3-δ (xl, 25 °C). (b) ∆ Hf,ox* (La0.7Sr0.3Mn1-yFeyO3-δ) .0.35 La2O3 (xl, 25 ººC) + (0.7-y+ 2δ)/2 Mn2O3 (xl, 25 ºC) + 0.3 SrO (xl, 25 ºC) + y/2Fe2O3 (xl, 25 ºC) + (0.3-2δ) MnO2 (xl, 25 ºC)→La0.7Sr0.3Mn1-yFeyO3-δ (xl, 25 ºC).

  18. Discovery and Understanding of the Ambient-Condition Degradation of Doped Barium Cerate Proton-Conducting Perovskite Oxide in Solid Oxide Fuel Cells

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    Yan, N.; Zeng, Y.; Shalchi, B; Wang, W.; Gao, T; Rothenberg, G.; Luo, J.L.

    2015-01-01

    Proton-conducting perovskite oxides such as doped barium cerate and barium zirconate are promising electrolytes for solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs). Here we report that the typical high performance proton conductor, BaZr0.1Ce0.7Y0.2O3±δ (BZCY), is prone to physical, chemical and thereby electrochemic

  19. Stable and null current hysteresis perovskite solar cells based nitrogen doped graphene oxide nanoribbons hole transport layer

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    Kim, Jeongmo; Mat Teridi, Mohd Asri; Mohd Yusoff, Abd. Rashid Bin; Jang, Jin

    2016-06-01

    Perovskite solar cells are becoming one of the leading technologies to reduce our dependency on traditional power sources. However, the frequently used component poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) polystyrene sulfonate (PEDOT:PSS) has several shortcomings, such as an easily corroded indium-tin-oxide (ITO) interface at elevated temperatures and induced electrical inhomogeneity. Herein, we propose solution-processed nitrogen-doped graphene oxide nanoribbons (NGONRs) as a hole transport layer (HTL) in perovskite solar cells, replacing the conducting polymer PEDOT:PSS. The conversion efficiency of NGONR-based perovskite solar cells has outperformed a control device constructed using PEDOT:PSS. Moreover, our proposed NGONR-based devices also demonstrate a negligible current hysteresis along with improved stability. This work provides an effective route for substituting PEDOT:PSS as the effective HTL.

  20. Zinc tin oxide as high-temperature stable recombination layer for mesoscopic perovskite/silicon monolithic tandem solar cells

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    Werner, Jérémie; Walter, Arnaud; Rucavado, Esteban; Moon, Soo-Jin; Sacchetto, Davide; Rienaecker, Michael; Peibst, Robby; Brendel, Rolf; Niquille, Xavier; De Wolf, Stefaan; Löper, Philipp; Morales-Masis, Monica; Nicolay, Sylvain; Niesen, Bjoern; Ballif, Christophe

    2016-12-01

    Perovskite/crystalline silicon tandem solar cells have the potential to reach efficiencies beyond those of silicon single-junction record devices. However, the high-temperature process of 500 °C needed for state-of-the-art mesoscopic perovskite cells has, so far, been limiting their implementation in monolithic tandem devices. Here, we demonstrate the applicability of zinc tin oxide as a recombination layer and show its electrical and optical stability at temperatures up to 500 °C. To prove the concept, we fabricate monolithic tandem cells with mesoscopic top cell with up to 16% efficiency. We then investigate the effect of zinc tin oxide layer thickness variation, showing a strong influence on the optical interference pattern within the tandem device. Finally, we discuss the perspective of mesoscopic perovskite cells for high-efficiency monolithic tandem solar cells.

  1. Zinc tin oxide as high-temperature stable recombination layer for mesoscopic perovskite/silicon monolithic tandem solar cells

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    Werner, Jérémie

    2016-12-05

    Perovskite/crystalline silicon tandem solar cells have the potential to reach efficiencies beyond those of silicon single-junction record devices. However, the high-temperature process of 500 °C needed for state-of-the-art mesoscopic perovskite cells has, so far, been limiting their implementation in monolithic tandem devices. Here, we demonstrate the applicability of zinc tin oxide as a recombination layer and show its electrical and optical stability at temperatures up to 500 °C. To prove the concept, we fabricate monolithic tandem cells with mesoscopic top cell with up to 16% efficiency. We then investigate the effect of zinc tin oxide layer thickness variation, showing a strong influence on the optical interference pattern within the tandem device. Finally, we discuss the perspective of mesoscopic perovskite cells for high-efficiency monolithic tandem solar cells. © 2016 Author(s)

  2. Copper-substituted perovskite compositions for solid oxide fuel cell cathodes and oxygen reduction electrodes in other electrochemical devices

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    Rieke, Peter C.; Coffey, Gregory W.; Pederson, Larry R.; Marina, Olga A.; Hardy, John S.; Singh, Prabhaker; Thomsen, Edwin C.

    2010-07-20

    The present invention provides novel compositions that find advantageous use in making electrodes for electrochemical cells. Also provided are electrochemical devices that include active oxygen reduction electrodes, such as solid oxide fuel cells, sensors, pumps and the like. The compositions comprises a copper-substituted ferrite perovskite material. The invention also provides novel methods for making and using the electrode compositions and solid oxide fuel cells and solid oxide fuel cell assemblies having cathodes comprising the compositions.

  3. Remarkable effect of Pt nanoparticles on visible light-induced oxygen generation from water catalysed by perovskite oxides.

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    Gupta, Uttam; Naidu, B S; Rao, C N R

    2015-01-14

    Oxidation of water is a challenging process with a positive free energy change and it is purposeful to find good catalysts to facilitate the process. While the perovskite oxides, LaCoO3 and LaMnO3, are good electron transfer catalysts in artificial photosynthesis to produce oxygen by the oxidation of water, the electron transfer is further favoured by the presence of platinum nanoparticles, causing a substantial increase in oxygen evolution.

  4. Nanoscale structural oscillations in perovskite oxides induced by oxygen evolution

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    Han, Binghong; Stoerzinger, Kelsey A.; Tileli, Vasiliki; Gamalski, Andrew D.; Stach, Eric A.; Shao-Horn, Yang

    2017-01-01

    Understanding the interaction between water and oxides is critical for many technological applications, including energy storage, surface wetting/self-cleaning, photocatalysis and sensors. Here, we report observations of strong structural oscillations of Ba0.5Sr0.5Co0.8Fe0.2O3-δ (BSCF) in the presence of both H2O vapour and electron irradiation using environmental transmission electron microscopy. These oscillations are related to the formation and collapse of gaseous bubbles. Electron energy-loss spectroscopy provides direct evidence of O2 formation in these bubbles due to the incorporation of H2O into BSCF. SrCoO3-δ was found to exhibit small oscillations, while none were observed for La0.5Sr0.5CoO3-δ and LaCoO3. The structural oscillations of BSCF can be attributed to the fact that its oxygen 2p-band centre is close to the Fermi level, which leads to a low energy penalty for oxygen vacancy formation, high ion mobility, and high water uptake. This work provides surprising insights into the interaction between water and oxides under electron-beam irradiation.

  5. Analysis of heterogeneous oxygen exchange and fuel oxidation on the catalytic surface of perovskite membranes

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    Hong, Jongsup

    2013-10-01

    The catalytic kinetics of oxygen surface exchange and fuel oxidation for a perovskite membrane is investigated in terms of the thermodynamic state in the immediate vicinity of or on the membrane surface. Perovskite membranes have been shown to exhibit both oxygen perm-selectivity and catalytic activity for hydrocarbon conversion. A fundamental description of their catalytic surface reactions is needed. In this study, we infer the kinetic parameters for heterogeneous oxygen surface exchange and catalytic fuel conversion reactions, based on permeation rate measurements and a spatially resolved physical model that incorporates detailed chemical kinetics and transport in the gas-phase. The conservation equations for surface and bulk species are coupled with those of the gas-phase species through the species production rates from surface reactions. It is shown that oxygen surface exchange is limited by dissociative/associative adsorption/desorption of oxygen molecules onto/from the membrane surface. On the sweep side, while the catalytic conversion of methane to methyl radical governs the overall surface reactions at high temperature, carbon monoxide oxidation on the membrane surface is dominant at low temperature. Given the sweep side conditions considered in ITM reactor experiments, gas-phase reactions also play an important role, indicating the significance of investigating both homogeneous and heterogeneous chemistry and their coupling when examining the results. We show that the local thermodynamic state at the membrane surface should be considered when constructing and examining models of oxygen permeation and heterogeneous chemistry. © 2013 Elsevier B.V.

  6. Transport and magnetic properties of the micro-fabricated perovskite-type manganese oxides

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    Masuno, Atsunobu; Terashima, Takahito; Takano, Mikio

    2003-05-01

    We studied the resistivity under pulsed high electric field for thin films and micro-meter sized wires of perovskite-type manganese oxide, Pr{sub 0.65}Ca{sub 0.35}MnO{sub 3} (PCMO). The thin films were prepared by the pulsed laser deposition method. Wires of the oxides were fabricated by the electron-beam lithography and Ar-ion etching methods. By applying a pulsed electric field upto 5x10{sup 5} V/cm with a duration of 10 ms, the resistivity of the wire with the size of 10 {mu}mx10 {mu}m reduced by 60% at 150 K.

  7. Correlation effects in (111) bilayers of perovskite transition-metal oxides

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    Okamoto, Satoshi [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Zhu, Wenguang [Univ. of Science and Technology of China, Hefei (China); Nomura, Yusuke [Univ. of Tokyo (Japan); Arita, R. [Univ. of Tokyo (Japan); Xiao, Di [Carnegie Mellon Univ., Pittsburgh, PA (United States); Nagaosa, Naoto [Univ. of Tokyo (Japan); RIKEN Center for Emergent Matter Science (CEMS), Saitama (Japan)

    2014-05-15

    We investigate the correlation-induced Mott, magnetic, and topological phase transitions in artificial (111) bilayers of perovskite transition-metal oxides LaAuO3 and SrIrO3 for which the previous density-functional theory calculations predicted topological insulating states. Using the dynamical-mean-field theory with realistic band structures and Coulomb interactions, LaAuO3 bilayer is shown to be far away from a Mott insulating regime, and a topological-insulating state is robust. On the other hand, SrIrO3 bilayer is on the verge of an orbital-selective topological Mott transition and turns to a trivial insulator by an antiferromagnetic ordering. Oxide bilayers thus provide a novel class of topological materials for which the interplay between the spin-orbit coupling and electron-electron interactions is a fundamental ingredient.

  8. Thin Film of Perovskite Oxide with Atomic Scale p-n Junctions

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    HU Bin; HUANG Ke-ke; HOU Chang-min; YUAN Hong-ming; PANG Guang-sheng; FENG Shou-hua

    2012-01-01

    Thin films of perovskite manganese oxide La0.66Ca0.29K0.05MnO3(LCKMO) on Au/ITO(ITO=indium tin oxide) substrates were prepared by off-axis radio frequency magnetron sputtering and characterized by X-ray diffraction(XRD),high-resolution transmission electron microscopy(HRTEM),and conductive atomic force microscopy (C-AFM) at room temperature.The thin films with thickness ranged from 100 nm to 300 nm basically show cubic structures with a=0.3886 nm,the same as that of the raw material used,but the structures are highly modulated.C-AFM results revealed that the atomic scale p-n junction feature of the thin films was the same as that of the single crystals.The preparation of the thin films thus further confirms the possibility of their application extending from micrometer-sized single crystals to macroscopic thin film.

  9. Structure-property relationships: Synthesis and characterization of Perovskite-related transition metal oxides

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    Whaley, Louis

    The fundamental structural component of perovskite-related phases is the octahedrally coordinated transition metal ion, symbolized as BO6 . Corner-sharing networks of BO6 octahedra are present in perovskites and related Ruddlesden-Popper Phases, ABO3 and AO(ABO 3)n, respectively. Face-sharing octahedra arranged into columns are characteristic of hexagonal, perovskite-related phases, and the relationship will be described in detail in Chapter 1. Edge sharing octahedra are characteristic of Keggin- and Lindquist-type polyoxometallates, which at first glance, seem unconnected from perovskites. However, Chapter 1 will show the deep connections among all of the phases mentioned above, by starting with perovskite phases. Temperature- and field-dependent, magnetic and electronic transitions are linked to the structure by overlap of metal d-orbitals with oxygen 2p orbitals, and (in special cases) direct d-d overlap. A mixed-transition metal oxide with two or more type of B ions provides an environment in which dissimilar B-ion orbitals can interact via exchange of charge carriers (hole or electron transport). The general goal in choosing two B ions is to provide an opportunity for the large combined magnetic moment and a low barrier to hopping of charge carriers, achieved by pairing a 3d-ion having 3 to 5 unpaired d-electrons, with a 4d or 5d transition metal ion, having 1 or 2 unpaired electrons, such as Fe(III) and Mo(V), which have compatible reduction potentials (i.e., they can co-exist in the same oxide, and exchange takes place with a low barrier). This research includes the following systems: an n = 2 Ruddlesden-Popper (RP) phase, Sr3Fe5/4Mo3/4O6.9, containing 3-7% Sr2FeMoO6, as intergrowths (not separate crystal grains, by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy), and G-type antiferromagnetism below 150°K and a "partial spin-reorientation transition" by powder neutron diffraction (PND), not previously reported for n = 2 RP phases in the Sr-Fe-Mo-O system

  10. Dielectric and Ferroelectric Properties of Complex Perovskite Ceramics Under Compressive Stress

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    2007-01-01

    Dielectric and ferroelectric properties of complex perovskite PZT-PZN ceramic system were investigated under the influence of the compressive stress. The results showed that the dielectric properties, i.e. dielectric constant ( εr ) and dielectric loss ( tan δ), and the ferroelectric characteristics, i.e. the area of the ferroelectric hysteresis loops, the saturation polarization ( P(sat) ), and the remnant polarization (Pr) changed significantly with increasing compressive stress. These changes depended strongly on the ceramic compositions. The experimental results on the dielectric properties could be explained by both intrinsic and extrinsic domain-related mechanisms involving domain wall motions, as well as the de-aging phenomenon. The stress-induced domain wall motion suppression and non-180° ferroelectric domain switching processes were responsible for the changes observed in the ferroelectric parameters. In addition,a significant decrease in those parameters after a cycle of stress was observed and attributed to the stress induced decrease in switchable part of spontaneous polarization. This study clearly show that the applied stress had significant influence on the electrical properties of complex perovskite ceramics.

  11. Liquid Water- and Heat-Resistant Hybrid Perovskite Photovoltaics via an Inverted ALD Oxide Electron Extraction Layer Design.

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    Kim, In Soo; Cao, Duyen H; Buchholz, D Bruce; Emery, Jonathan D; Farha, Omar K; Hupp, Joseph T; Kanatzidis, Mercouri G; Martinson, Alex B F

    2016-12-14

    Despite rapid advances in conversion efficiency (>22%), the environmental stability of perovskite solar cells remains a substantial barrier to commercialization. Here, we show a significant improvement in the stability of inverted perovskite solar cells against liquid water and high operating temperature (100 °C) by integrating an ultrathin amorphous oxide electron extraction layer via atomic layer deposition (ALD). These unencapsulated inverted devices exhibit a stable operation over at least 10 h when subjected to high thermal stress (100 °C) in ambient environments, as well as upon direct contact with a droplet of water without further encapsulation.

  12. High-k perovskite gate oxide BaHfO3

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    Young Mo Kim

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available We have investigated epitaxial BaHfO3 as a high-k perovskite dielectric. From x-ray diffraction measurement, we confirmed the epitaxial growth of BaHfO3 on BaSnO3 and MgO. We measured optical and dielectric properties of the BaHfO3 gate insulator; the optical bandgap, the dielectric constant, and the breakdown field. Furthermore, we fabricated a perovskite heterostructure field effect transistor using epitaxial BaHfO3 as a gate insulator and La-doped BaSnO3 as a channel layer on SrTiO3 substrate. To reduce the threading dislocations and enhance the electrical properties of the channel, an undoped BaSnO3 buffer layer was grown on SrTiO3 substrates before the channel layer deposition. The device exhibited a field effect mobility value of 52.7 cm2 V−1 s−1, a Ion/Ioff ratio higher than 107, and a subthreshold swing value of 0.80 V dec−1. We compare the device performances with those of other field effect transistors based on BaSnO3 channels and different gate oxides.

  13. A novel perovskite oxide chemically designed to show multiferroic phase boundary with room-temperature magnetoelectricity

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    Fernández-Posada, Carmen M.; Castro, Alicia; Kiat, Jean-Michel; Porcher, Florence; Peña, Octavio; Algueró, Miguel; Amorín, Harvey

    2016-09-01

    There is a growing activity in the search of novel single-phase multiferroics that could finally provide distinctive magnetoelectric responses at room temperature, for they would enable a range of potentially disruptive technologies, making use of the ability of controlling polarization with a magnetic field or magnetism with an electric one (for example, voltage-tunable spintronic devices, uncooled magnetic sensors and the long-searched magnetoelectric memory). A very promising novel material concept could be to make use of phase-change phenomena at structural instabilities of a multiferroic state. Indeed, large phase-change magnetoelectric response has been anticipated by a first-principles investigation of the perovskite BiFeO3-BiCoO3 solid solution, specifically at its morphotropic phase boundary between multiferroic polymorphs of rhombohedral and tetragonal symmetries. Here, we report a novel perovskite oxide that belongs to the BiFeO3-BiMnO3-PbTiO3 ternary system, chemically designed to present such multiferroic phase boundary with enhanced ferroelectricity and canted ferromagnetism, which shows distinctive room-temperature magnetoelectric responses.

  14. Magnetron sputtered zinc oxide nanorods as thickness-insensitive cathode interlayer for perovskite planar-heterojunction solar cells.

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    Liang, Lusheng; Huang, Zhifeng; Cai, Longhua; Chen, Weizhong; Wang, Baozeng; Chen, Kaiwu; Bai, Hua; Tian, Qingyong; Fan, Bin

    2014-12-10

    Suitable electrode interfacial layers are essential to the high performance of perovskite planar heterojunction solar cells. In this letter, we report magnetron sputtered zinc oxide (ZnO) film as the cathode interlayer for methylammonium lead iodide (CH3NH3PbI3) perovskite solar cell. Scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction analysis demonstrate that the sputtered ZnO films consist of c-axis aligned nanorods. The solar cells based on this ZnO cathode interlayer showed high short circuit current and power conversion efficiency. Besides, the performance of the device is insensitive to the thickness of ZnO cathode interlayer. Considering the high reliability and maturity of sputtering technique both in lab and industry, we believe that the sputtered ZnO films are promising cathode interlayers for perovskite solar cells, especially in large-scale production.

  15. Complex oxides useful for thermoelectric energy conversion

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    Majumdar, Arunava [Orinda, CA; Ramesh, Ramamoorthy [Moraga, CA; Yu, Choongho [College Station, TX; Scullin, Matthew L [Berkeley, CA; Huijben, Mark [Enschede, NL

    2012-07-17

    The invention provides for a thermoelectric system comprising a substrate comprising a first complex oxide, wherein the substrate is optionally embedded with a second complex oxide. The thermoelectric system can be used for thermoelectric power generation or thermoelectric cooling.

  16. An experimental study of perovskite-structured mixed ionic- electronic conducting oxides and membranes

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    Zeng, Pingying

    In recent decades, ceramic membranes based on mixed ionic and electronic conducting (MIEC) perovskite-structured oxides have received many attentions for their applications for air separation, or as a membrane reactor for methane oxidation. While numerous perovskite oxide materials have been explored over the past two decades; there are hardly any materials with sufficient practical economic value and performance for large scale applications, which justifies continuing the search for new materials. The main purposes of this thesis study are: (1) develop several novel SrCoO3-delta based MIEC oxides, SrCoCo1-xMxO3-delta, based on which membranes exhibit excellent oxygen permeability; (2) investigate the significant effects of the species and concentration of the dopants M (metal ions with fixed valences) on the various properties of these membranes; (3) investigate the significant effects of sintering temperature on the microstructures and performance of oxygen permeation membranes; and (4) study the performance of oxygen permeation membranes as a membrane reactor for methane combustion. To stabilize the cubic phase structure of the SrCoO3-delta oxide, various amounts of scandium was doped into the B-site of SrCoO 3-delta to form a series of new perovskite oxides, SrScxCoCo 1-xO3-delta (SSCx, x = 0-0.7). The significant effects of scandium-doping concentration on the phase structure, electrical conductivity, sintering performance, thermal and structural stability, cathode performance, and oxygen permeation performance of the SSCx membranes, were systematically studied. Also for a more in-depth understanding, the rate determination steps for the oxygen transport process through the membranes were clarified by theoretical and experimental investigation. It was found that only a minor amount of scandium (5 mol%) doping into the B-site of SrCoO3-delta can effectively stabilize the cubic phase structure, and thus significantly improve the electrical conductivity and

  17. Beneficial Role of Reduced Graphene Oxide for Electron Extraction in Highly Efficient Perovskite Solar Cells.

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    Cho, Kyung Taek; Grancini, Giulia; Lee, Yonghui; Konios, Dimitrios; Paek, Sanghyun; Kymakis, Emmanuel; Nazeeruddin, Mohammad Khaja

    2016-11-09

    In this work we systematically investigated the role of reduced graphene oxide (rGO) in hybrid perovskite solar cells (PSCs). By mixing rGO within the mesoporous TiO2 (m-TiO2 ) matrix, highly efficient solar cells with power conversion efficiency values up to 19.54 % were realized. In addition, the boosted beneficial role of rGO with and without Li-treated m-TiO2 is highlighted, improving transport and injection of photoexcited electrons. This combined system may pave the way for further development and optimization of electron transport and collection in high efficiency PSCs. © 2016 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  18. Promising ferrimagnetic double perovskite oxides towards high spin polarization at high temperature

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    Si-Da Li

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available We predict through our first-principles calculations that four double perovskite oxides of Bi2ABO6 (AB = FeMo, MnMo, MnOs, CrOs are half-metallic ferrimagnets. Our calculated results shows that the four optimized structures have negative formation energy, from -0.42 to -0.26 eV per formula unit, which implies that they could probably be realized. In the case of Bi2FeMoO6, the half-metallic gap and Curie temperature are predicted to reach to 0.71 eV and 650 K, respectively, which indicates that high spin polarization could be kept at high temperatures far beyond room temperature. It is believed that some of them could be synthesized soon and would prove useful for spintronic applications.

  19. Photocatalytic decomposition of methyl orange over nanosized perovskite-type oxides under visible light irradiation.

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    Ha, Man Woo; Jung, Won Young; Lim, Kwon Taek; Lee, Man Sig; Hong, Seong-Soo

    2013-03-01

    In this study, we have investigated the photocatalytic activity for the decomposition of methyl orange on the LaCoO3 perovskite-type oxides prepared using sol-gel method at different conditions. From the results of UV-Vis DRS, all the catalysts have the similar absorption spectrum up to visible region. The LaCoO3 catalyst prepared at 1.5 mol of malic acid and calcined at 350 degrees C shows the highest activity. The amount of photo absorption in the visible region is correlated with the photocatalytic activity. In addition, the chemisorbed oxygen plays an important role on the photocatalytic decomposition of methyl orange and the higher are the contents of chemisorbed oxygen, the better shows the performance of photocatalyst.

  20. Partial Oxidation of Methane to Syngas Using Lattice Oxygen of La1-xSrxFeO3 Perovskite Oxide Catalysts Instead of Molecular Oxygen

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    Ranjia Li; Changchun Yu; Shikong Shen

    2002-01-01

    Catalytic partial oxidation of methane to syngas using the lattice oxygen of La1-xSrxFeO3 perovskite oxide catalysts in place of molecular oxygen was studied. La1-xSrxFeO3 (x=0, 0.1, 0.2,0.5) perovskite oxides were prepared by the "auto-combustion method". XRD analysis showed that all La1-xSrxFeO3 samples have a single-phase perovskite-type oxide. The redox properties of the catalysts were investigated by temperature programmed reduction with hydrogen (H2-TPR). Reducibility of the catalysts increase with the increasing of the Sr2+ content. The oxygen species of the catalysts and their reaction with CH4 were studied by the temperature programmed surface reaction (CH4-TPSR). In the absence of gas phase oxygen, there exist two kinds of oxygen species on the catalysts. One kind of the oxygen species with strong oxidative ability is produced first, which can oxidize CH4 completely to CO2 and H2O.Then, the second oxygen species with weak oxidative ability is formed, which can oxidize CH4 partially to CO and H2 with high selectivity. The number of the oxygen species with strong oxidative ability in the CH4-TPSR tends to become zero at low x values (x≤0.1). Under suitable reaction conditions, switching alternatively the reactions of 11% O2-Ar and 11% CH4-He over a La0.sSr0.2FeO3 catalyst at 900 ℃ allows methane to be selectively converted to synthesis gas (CH4 conversion ~90%, CO selectivity >93%) using the lattice oxygen of the perovskite oxide catalyst in a redox mode.

  1. Spontaneous and continuous anti-virus disinfection from nonstoichiometric perovskite-type lanthanum manganese oxide

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    Ding Weng; Chao Lei; Ting-Ting Wu; Ren Sun; Meiqing Shen; Yunfeng Lu

    2015-01-01

    Viral pathogens have threatened human being's health for a long time, from periodically breakout flu epidemics to recent rising Ebola virus disease. Herein, we report a new application of nonstoichiometric Perovskite-type LaxMnO3 (x ¼ 1, 0.95, and 0.9) compounds in spontaneous and continuous disinfection of viruses. Perovskite-type LaxMnO3 (x ¼ 1, 0.95, and 0.9) is well-known for their catalytic properties involving oxidization reactions, which are usually utilized as electrodes in fuel cells. By utilizing superb oxidative ability of LaxMnO3 (x ¼ 1, 0.95, and 0.9), amino acid residues in viral envelope proteins are oxidized, thus envelope proteins are denatured and infectivity of the virus is neutralized. It is of great importance that this process does not require external energy sources like light or heat. The A/PR/8/34H1N1 influenza A virus (PR8) was employed as the sample virus in our demonstration, and high-throughput disinfections were observed. The efficiency of disinfection was correlated to oxidative ability of LaxMnO3 (x ¼ 1, 0.95, and 0.9) by EPR and H2-TPR results that La0.9MnO3 had the highest oxidative ability and correspondingly gave out the best disinfecting results within three nonstoichiometric compounds. Moreover, denaturation of hemagglutinin and neuraminidase, the two key envelope proteins of influenza A viruses, was demonstrated by HA unit assay with chicken red blood cells and NA fluorescence assay, respectively. This unique disinfecting application of La0.9MnO3 is considered as a great make up to current sterilizing methods especially to photocatalyst based disinfectants and can be widely applied to cut-off spread routes of viruses, either viral aerosol or contaminated fluid, and help in controlling the possibly upcoming epidemics like flus and hemorrhagic fever.

  2. Spontaneous and continuous anti-virus disinfection from nonstoichiometric perovskite-type lanthanum manganese oxide

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    Ding Weng

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Viral pathogens have threatened human being׳s health for a long time, from periodically breakout flu epidemics to recent rising Ebola virus disease. Herein, we report a new application of nonstoichiometric Perovskite-type LaxMnO3 (x=1, 0.95, and 0.9 compounds in spontaneous and continuous disinfection of viruses. Perovskite-type LaxMnO3 (x=1, 0.95, and 0.9 is well-known for their catalytic properties involving oxidization reactions, which are usually utilized as electrodes in fuel cells. By utilizing superb oxidative ability of LaxMnO3 (x=1, 0.95, and 0.9, amino acid residues in viral envelope proteins are oxidized, thus envelope proteins are denatured and infectivity of the virus is neutralized. It is of great importance that this process does not require external energy sources like light or heat. The A/PR/8/34H1N1 influenza A virus (PR8 was employed as the sample virus in our demonstration, and high-throughput disinfections were observed. The efficiency of disinfection was correlated to oxidative ability of LaxMnO3 (x=1, 0.95, and 0.9 by EPR and H2-TPR results that La0.9MnO3 had the highest oxidative ability and correspondingly gave out the best disinfecting results within three nonstoichiometric compounds. Moreover, denaturation of hemagglutinin and neuraminidase, the two key envelope proteins of influenza A viruses, was demonstrated by HA unit assay with chicken red blood cells and NA fluorescence assay, respectively. This unique disinfecting application of La0.9MnO3 is considered as a great make up to current sterilizing methods especially to photocatalyst based disinfectants and can be widely applied to cut-off spread routes of viruses, either viral aerosol or contaminated fluid, and help in controlling the possibly upcoming epidemics like flus and hemorrhagic fever.

  3. Lanthanoid-free perovskite oxide catalyst for dehydrogenation of ethylbenzene working with redox mechanism

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    Ryo eWatanabe

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available For the development of highly active and robust catalysts for dehydrogenation of ethylbenzene (EBDH to produce styrene; an important monomer for polystyrene production, perovskite-type oxides were applied to the reaction. Controlling the mobility of lattice oxygen by changing the structure of Ba1–xSrxFeyMn1–yO3–d(0 ≤ x≤ 1, 0.2 ≤ y≤ 0.8, perovskite catalyst showed higher activity and stability on EBDH. The optimized Ba/Sr and Fe/Mn molar ratios were 0.4/0.6 and 0.6/0.4, respectively. Comparison of the dehydrogenation activity of Ba0.4Sr0.6Fe0.6Mn0.4O3–d catalyst with that of an industrial potassium promoted iron (Fe–K catalyst revealed that the Ba0.4Sr0.6Fe0.6Mn0.4O3–d catalyst showed higher initial activity than the industrial Fe–K oxide catalyst. Additionally, the Ba0.4Sr0.6Fe0.6Mn0.4O3–d catalyst showed high activity and stability under severe conditions, even at temperatures as low as 783 K, or at the low steam/EB ratio of 2, while, the Fe–K catalyst showed low activity in such conditions. Comparing reduction profiles of the Ba0.4Sr0.6Fe0.6Mn0.4O3–d and the Fe–K catalysts in aH2O/H2 atmosphere, reduction was suppressed by the presence of H2O over the Ba0.4Sr0.6Fe0.6Mn0.4O3–d catalyst while the Fe–K catalyst was reduced. In other words, Ba0.4Sr0.6Fe0.6Mn0.4O3–d catalyst had higher potential for activating the steam than the Fe–K catalyst. The lattice oxygen in perovskite-structure was consumed by H2, subsequently the consumed lattice oxygen was regenerated by H2O. So the catalytic performance of Ba0.4Sr0.6Fe0.6Mn0.4O3–d was superior to that of Fe–K catalyst thanks to the high redox property of the Ba0.4Sr0.6Fe0.6Mn0.4O3–d perovskite oxide.

  4. Crystalline, Magnetic and Electronic Structure of the Ba2DySbO6 Complex Perovskite

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    Cardona, R.; Moreno Mendoza, R.; Carrero Bermúdez, L. A.; Landínez Téllez, D. A.; Roa-Rojas, J.

    2016-01-01

    In this work, we report the synthesis of the Ba2DySbO6 new double perovskite by means of the solid-state reaction recipe from high-purity oxide powders of BaCO3, Dy2O3, and Sb2O5. The analysis of the crystal structure was carried out through the X-ray diffraction technique with posterior Rietveld refinement of the experimental diffraction data by the GSAS code. Results reveal that the Ba2DySbO6 material crystallizes in a rhombohedral perovskite structure, belonging to the R-3 (#148) space group with lattice parameter a = 5.96260(5) Å, and angle α = 60.008°. The magnetic characterization was performed by measurements of magnetic susceptibility as a function of temperature. The behavior observed in the temperature regime from 4 K up to 300 K was paramagnetic. The characteristic magnetic parameters were obtained from the fitting with the Curie equation, obtaining the values of susceptibility independent of temperature 0.00633 emu/mol and effective magnetic moment 8.9 \\upmu B, which is 84 % in agreement with the expected value predicted by the Hund's rules. The electronic structure was calculated by means of linearized augmented plane waves in the framework of the density functional theory (DFT). This study considers the cohesion energies as a function of the lattice parameter, with a lattice constant a, whose value is 98 % in agreement with the experimental result. Curves of density of states as a function of the wave number reveal that this material behaves as an insulator with energy gap 3.65 eV. This result was corroborated by diffuse reflectance experiments adjusted to the Kubelka-Munk equation. The effective magnetic moment obtained from the DFT calculations was 7.7 \\upmu B.

  5. Transparent conductive oxide-free perovskite solar cells with PEDOT:PSS as transparent electrode.

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    Sun, Kuan; Li, Pengcheng; Xia, Yijie; Chang, Jingjing; Ouyang, Jianyong

    2015-07-22

    Perovskite solar cells (PSCs) have been attracting considerable attention because of their low fabrication cost and impressive energy conversion efficiency. Most PSCs are built on transparent conductive oxides (TCOs) such as fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) or indium tin oxide (ITO), which are costly and rigid. Therefore, it is significant to explore alternative materials as the transparent electrode of PSCs. In this study, highly conductive and highly transparent poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):polystyrenesulfonate ( PSS) films were investigated as the transparent electrode of both rigid and flexible PSCs. The conductivity of PSS films on rigid glass or flexible poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) substrate is significantly enhanced through a treatment with methanesulfonic acid (MSA). The optimal power conversion efficiency (PCE) is close to 11% for the rigid PSCs with an MSA-treated PSS film as the transparent electrode on glass, and it is more than 8% for the flexible PSCs with a MSA-treated PSS film as the transparent electrode on PET. The flexible PSCs exhibit excellent mechanical flexibility in the bending test.

  6. Electrical properties of double perovskite oxide Sr2LaSbO6: An impedance spectroscopic study

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    Dutta, Alo; Kumari, Premlata; Sinha, T. P.

    2015-09-01

    The Rietveld refinement of the room temperature x-ray diffraction pattern of double perovskite oxide, Sr2LaSbO6 (SLS) synthesized by the solid-state reaction technique shows monoclinic phase with P21/ n symmetry, which is substantiated by the Raman spectrum of the sample. The dielectric relaxation of SLS is investigated in the temperature range from 30°C to 300°C and in the frequency range from 50 Hz to 1 MHz. The Cole-Cole model is used to explain the dielectric relaxation of SLS. The most probable relaxation frequencies at various temperatures are found to obey the Arrhenius law with an activation energy of 0.36 eV, which indicates that the polaron hopping plays the main role in the dielectric relaxation of SLS. The complex impedance plane plots are analyzed by an electrical equivalent circuit consisting of a resistance and a constant phase element. The frequency dependent conductivity spectra obey the power law. [Figure not available: see fulltext.

  7. High-Throughput Computation of Thermal Conductivity of High-Temperature Solid Phases: The Case of Oxide and Fluoride Perovskites

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    van Roekeghem, Ambroise; Carrete, Jesús; Oses, Corey; Curtarolo, Stefano; Mingo, Natalio

    2016-10-01

    Using finite-temperature phonon calculations and machine-learning methods, we assess the mechanical stability of about 400 semiconducting oxides and fluorides with cubic perovskite structures at 0, 300, and 1000 K. We find 92 mechanically stable compounds at high temperatures—including 36 not mentioned in the literature so far—for which we calculate the thermal conductivity. We show that the thermal conductivity is generally smaller in fluorides than in oxides, largely due to a lower ionic charge, and describe simple structural descriptors that are correlated with its magnitude. Furthermore, we show that the thermal conductivities of most cubic perovskites decrease more slowly than the usual T-1 behavior. Within this set, we also screen for materials exhibiting negative thermal expansion. Finally, we describe a strategy to accelerate the discovery of mechanically stable compounds at high temperatures.

  8. Role of Metal Oxide Electron-Transport Layer Modification on the Stability of High Performing Perovskite Solar Cells.

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    Singh, Trilok; Singh, Jai; Miyasaka, Tsutomu

    2016-09-22

    Organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite light absorbers have recently emerged as a "holy grail" for next generation thin-film photovoltaics with excellent optoelectronics properties and low fabrication cost. In a very short span of time, we have witnessed a pronounced and unexpected progress in organic- inorganic perovskite solar cells (PSCs) with a vertical rise in power conversion efficiency from 3.8 to 22.1 %. In this manuscript we focus specifically on the recent development of metal oxide-based electron-transporting layer (ETL) modification for high performing PSCs and their stability. This review highlights various methodologies to modify existing compact/scaffold layers for improving device performance and stability. Various aspects of the ETL are discussed with different metal oxide compact layers in their relation to modification in mesoporous layers towards the design of a cell structure with high performance and stability.

  9. A kinetic study of CO oxidation over the perovskite-like oxide LaSrNiO4

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    2010-02-01

    Full Text Available The effect of reactant/product concentrations, reaction temperature and contact time on CO oxidation was investigated, using the perovskite-like oxide LaSrNiO4 as the catalyst. It was found that the reaction order of CO (reactant, as well as that of CO2 (product, is negative, the reaction orders for CO and CO2 being –0.32 and –0.51, respectively. However, the reaction order for O2 is positive, having a value of 0.62. The negative reaction order of CO and CO2 might be due to their competitive adsorption with O2, preventing the proceeding of oxygen dissociation (the rate-determining step of the reaction. The activation energy (Ea of the reaction was calculated to be 49.3 kJ mol-1; this small activation energy suggests that LaSrNiO4 is a potential candidate for the CO oxidation reaction. The optimum weight hourly space velocity (WHSV of the reaction was found to be 0.6 g s cm-3. The reaction conditions in the present case were (0.5–1 % CO + 0.5–2 % O2 + 0–2 % CO2, with He as the balance gas.

  10. Flexible high power-per-weight perovskite solar cells with chromium oxide-metal contacts for improved stability in air

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    Kaltenbrunner, Martin; Adam, Getachew; Głowacki, Eric Daniel; Drack, Michael; Schwödiauer, Reinhard; Leonat, Lucia; Apaydin, Dogukan Hazar; Groiss, Heiko; Scharber, Markus Clark; White, Matthew Schuette; Sariciftci, Niyazi Serdar; Bauer, Siegfried

    2015-10-01

    Photovoltaic technology requires light-absorbing materials that are highly efficient, lightweight, low cost and stable during operation. Organolead halide perovskites constitute a highly promising class of materials, but suffer limited stability under ambient conditions without heavy and costly encapsulation. Here, we report ultrathin (3 μm), highly flexible perovskite solar cells with stabilized 12% efficiency and a power-per-weight as high as 23 W g-1. To facilitate air-stable operation, we introduce a chromium oxide-chromium interlayer that effectively protects the metal top contacts from reactions with the perovskite. The use of a transparent polymer electrode treated with dimethylsulphoxide as the bottom layer allows the deposition--from solution at low temperature--of pinhole-free perovskite films at high yield on arbitrary substrates, including thin plastic foils. These ultra-lightweight solar cells are successfully used to power aviation models. Potential future applications include unmanned aerial vehicles--from airplanes to quadcopters and weather balloons--for environmental and industrial monitoring, rescue and emergency response, and tactical security applications.

  11. Electrochemical properties of mixed conducting (La,M)(CoFe) oxide perovskites (M=3DSr, Ca, and Ba)

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    Stevenson, J.W.; Armstrong, T.R.; Bates, J.L. [and others

    1996-04-01

    Electrical properties and oxygen permeation properties of solid mixed-conducting electrolytes (La,M)(CoFe) oxide perovskites (M=3DSr, Ca, and Ba) have been characterized. These materials are potentially useful as passive membranes to separate high purity oxygen from air and as the cathode in a fuel cell. Dilatometric linear expansion measurements were performed as a function of temperature and oxygen partial pressure to evaluate the stability.

  12. Perovskite LaRhO{sub 3} as a p-type active layer in oxide photovoltaics

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    Nakamura, Masao, E-mail: masao.nakamura@riken.jp; Krockenberger, Yoshiharu [RIKEN Center for Emergent Matter Science (CEMS), Wako 351-0198 (Japan); Fujioka, Jun [Department of Applied Physics and Quantum-Phase Electronics Center (QPEC), University of Tokyo, Tokyo 113-8656 (Japan); Kawasaki, Masashi; Tokura, Yoshinori [RIKEN Center for Emergent Matter Science (CEMS), Wako 351-0198 (Japan); Department of Applied Physics and Quantum-Phase Electronics Center (QPEC), University of Tokyo, Tokyo 113-8656 (Japan)

    2015-02-16

    Perovskite-type transition-metal oxides have a wide variety of physical properties and triggered intensive research on functional devices in the form of heteroepitaxial junctions. However, there is a missing component that is a p-type conventional band semiconductor. LaRhO{sub 3} (LRO) is one of very few promising candidates having its bandgap between filled t{sub 2g} and empty e{sub g} of Rh in low-spin state, but there has been no report on the synthesis of large-size single crystals or thin films. Here, we report on the junction properties of single-crystalline thin films of LRO grown on (110) oriented Nb-doped SrTiO{sub 3} substrates. The external quantum efficiency of the photo-electron conversion exceeds 1% in the visible-light region due to the wide depletion layer and long diffusion length of minority carriers in LRO. Clear indication of p-type band semiconducting character in a perovskite oxide of LRO will pave a way to explore oxide electronics of perovskite heterostructures.

  13. Stoichiometry control of complex oxides by sequential pulsed-laser deposition from binary-oxide targets

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    Herklotz, A. [ORNL, Materials Science and Technology Division, Bethel Valley Road, Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37831-6056 (United States); Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Institute for Physics, Von-Danckelmann-Platz 3, 06120 Halle (Germany); Dörr, K. [Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Institute for Physics, Von-Danckelmann-Platz 3, 06120 Halle (Germany); Ward, T. Z.; Eres, G. [ORNL, Materials Science and Technology Division, Bethel Valley Road, Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37831-6056 (United States); Christen, H. M.; Biegalski, M. D. [ORNL, Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences, Bethel Valley Road, Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37831-6496 (United States)

    2015-03-30

    To have precise atomic layer control over interfaces, we examine the growth of complex oxides through the sequential deposition from binary targets by pulsed laser deposition. In situ reflection high-energy electron diffraction (RHEED) is used to control the growth and achieve films with excellent structural quality. The growth from binary oxide targets is fundamentally different from single target growth modes and shows more similarities to shuttered growth by molecular beam epitaxy. The RHEED intensity oscillations of non-stoichiometric growth are consistent with a model of island growth and accumulation of excess material on the surface that can be utilized to determine the correct stoichiometry for growth. Correct monolayer doses can be determined through an envelope frequency in the RHEED intensity oscillations. In order to demonstrate the ability of this growth technique to create complex heterostructures, the artificial n = 2 and 3 Sr{sub n+1}Ti{sub n}O{sub 3n+1} Ruddlesden-Popper phases are grown with good long-range order. This method enables the precise unit-cell level control over the structure of perovskite-type oxides, and thus the growth of complex materials with improved structural quality and electronic functionality.

  14. Chromite/titanate based perovskites for application as anodes in solid oxide fuel cells

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    Pudmich, G.; Boukamp, B.A.; Gonzalez-Cuenca, M.; Jungen, W.; Zipprich, W.; Tietz, F.

    2000-01-01

    Perovskites containing lanthanides, partially substituted by alkaline-earth elements and transition metals like Cr, Ti, Fe or Co show a very broad range of physical properties. Therefore several perovskite materials, based on lanthanum chromite and strontium titanate were synthesised and investigate

  15. Perovskite-type metal oxides exhibiting negligible grain boundary resistance to total electrical conductivity.

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    Pannu, Tania; Pannu, Kanwar Gulsher Singh; Thangadurai, Venkataraman

    2011-01-17

    In this paper, we report the synthesis, structure and electrical properties of the perovskite-type AZn0.33+xNb0.67-xO3-δ (A = Sr or Ba; 0 ≤ x ≤ 0.08). The investigated compounds were prepared by employing the solid-state (ceramic) reaction using alkaline nitrates, zinc oxide, and niobium oxide at elevated temperatures in air. Powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD) showed the formation of disordered Zn and Nb at the B-sites of space group Pm3̅m with cubic structure and a lattice constant comparable to that of the literature. The AC impedance study showed mainly bulk contribution to the total electrical conductivity over the investigated frequency range of 0.01 Hz to 1 MHz in all the investigated atmospheres even at low temperatures, which is significantly different from that of the well-known perovskite-type B-site ordered BaCa0.33+xNb0.67-xO3-δ and the disordered acceptor-doped BaCeO3. The bulk dielectric constant determined at 500 and 700 °C in air was found to be in the range of 35-100. In air, the isothermal bulk dielectric constant seems to increase with an increasing Zn content, and a similar trend was observed for total electrical conductivity. In dry and wet H2, the electrical conductivity decreases with an increasing Zn content in AZn0.33+xNb0.67-xO3-δ, and the x = 0 member of the Ba compound exhibits the highest total conductivity of 7.2 × 10(-3) S cm(-1) in dry H2 at 800 °C. Both Sr and Ba compounds were found to be stable against the reaction with pure CO2 at 700 °C and H2O at 100 °C for a long period of time. SrZn0.33+xNb0.67-xO3-δ was found to be stable in 30 ppm H2S at 800 °C, while the corresponding Ba compound formed reaction products such as BaS (JCPDS Card 01-0757), BaS2 (JCPDS Card 21-0087), and BaS3 (JCPDS Card 03-0824).

  16. Ternary Oxides in the TiO2-ZnO System as Efficient Electron-Transport Layers for Perovskite Solar Cells with Efficiency over 15.

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    Yin, Xiong; Xu, Zhongzhong; Guo, Yanjun; Xu, Peng; He, Meng

    2016-11-02

    Perovskite solar cells, which utilize organometal-halide perovskites as light-harvesting materials, have attracted great attention due to their high power conversion efficiency (PCE) and potentially low cost in fabrication. A compact layer of TiO2 or ZnO is generally applied as electron-transport layer (ETL) in a typical perovskite solar cell. In this study, we explored ternary oxides in the TiO2-ZnO system to find new materials for the ETL. Compact layers of titanium zinc oxides were readily prepared on the conducting substrate via spray pyrolysis method. The optical band gap, valence band maximum and conduction band minimum of the ternary oxides varied significantly with the ratio of Ti to Zn, surprisingly, in a nonmonotonic way. When a zinc-rich ternary oxide was applied as ETL for the device, a PCE of 15.10% was achieved, comparable to that of the device using conventional TiO2 ETL. Interestingly, the perovskite layer deposited on the zinc-rich ternary oxide is stable, in sharp contrast with that fabricated on a ZnO layer, which will turn into PbI2 readily when heated. These results indicate that potentially new materials with better performance can be found for ETL of perovskite solar cells in ternary oxides, which deserve more exploration.

  17. Improved Cellulose Adsorption Method for the Preparation of Perovskite Oxides with Large Specific Surface Area at Low Temperature

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    2000-01-01

    Perovskite-type La1-xSrxMO3-d (x=0,0.1,0.2, B=Co,Fe,Mn) oxides were prepared by pyrolysis of metal salt-(organic acid)-cellulose compound precursors. Low calcination temperatures, usually lower than 600oC, were needed. The specific surface area of the as-prepared oxides is higher than that prepared by the cellulose adsorption method, and is comparable to that prepared by sol-gel method. The effective organic acid could be EDTA acid, citric acid or DL-hydroxysuccinic acid, among them, EDTA acid is the best one.

  18. Elastic, electronic and magnetic properties of new oxide perovskite BaVO{sub 3}: A first-principles study

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    Bannikov, V.V., E-mail: bannikov@ihim.uran.ru

    2016-03-01

    The structural, elastic, magnetic properties, as well as electronic structure and chemical bonding picture of new oxide 3d{sup 1}-perovskite BaVO{sub 3}, recently synthesized, were systematically investigated involving the first-principles FLAPW-GGA calculations. The obtained results are discussed in comparison with available experimental data, as well as with those obtained before for isostructural and isoelectronic SrVO{sub 3} perovskite. - Highlights: • BaVO{sub 3} is more compressible, but stiffer with respect to shear than SrVO{sub 3}. • Maximal Young's modulus for BaVO{sub 3} is ∼303 GPa - in [111] direction. • BaVO{sub 3} is characterized with negative Cauchy pressure. • BaVO{sub 3} is so-called “exchange-enhanced” Pauli paramagnet.

  19. Enhanced oxygen reduction activity on surface-decorated perovskite thin films for solid oxide fuel cells

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    2011-01-01

    Surface-decoration of perovskites can strongly affect the oxygen reduction activity, and therefore is a new and promising approach to improve SOFC cathode materials. In this study, we demonstrate that a small amount of secondary phase on a (001) La 0.8Sr 0.2CoO 3-δ (LSC) surface can either significantly activate or passivate the electrode. LSC (001) microelectrodes prepared by pulsed laser deposition on a (001)-oriented yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) substrate were decorated with La-, Co-, and Sr-(hydr)oxides/carbonates. "Sr"-decoration with nanoparticle coverage in the range from 50% to 80% of the LSC surface enhanced the surface exchange coefficient, k q, by an order of magnitude while "La"- decoration and "Co"-decoration led to no change and reduction in k q, respectively. Although the physical origin for the enhancement is not fully understood, results from atomic force microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy suggest that the observed k q enhancement for "Sr"-decorated surfaces can be attributed largely to catalytically active interface regions between surface Sr-enriched particles and the LSC surface. © 2011 The Royal Society of Chemistry.

  20. Investigation of hyperfine interactions in GdCrO3 perovskite oxide using PAC spectroscopy

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    Silva, Renilson A. Da; Saxena, R. N.; Carbonari, A. W.; Cabrera-Pasca, G. A.

    2010-04-01

    Perturbed angular correlation (PAC) measurements have been carried out in the antiferromagnetic GdCrO3 perovskite oxide using 111In (111Cd) and 181Hf(181Ta) nuclear probes. The radioactive parent nuclei 111In and 181Hf were introduced in the compound through a chemical process during sample preparation. The PAC measurements were carried out in the temperature range 20-300 K. Measurements with the 181Ta indicated a unique quadrupole interaction above 170 K and a combined electric quadrupole and magnetic dipole interactions below this temperature. The observed interaction was assigned to the probe nuclei substituting Cr sites. Measurements with 111Cd showed two quadrupole interactions. Only one of the fractions however, showed a combined electric and magnetic interaction in the temperature rage 20-170 K which was assigned to 111Cd probe substituting Cr site. The other fraction was attributed to the Gd site. The present results are compared with those of LaCrO3 and NdCrO3.

  1. Electronic State of Fe in Double Perovskite Oxide Sr 2FeWO 6

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    Kawanaka, Hirofumi; Hase, Izumi; Toyama, Shunichiro; Nishihara, Yoshikazu

    1999-09-01

    The magnetic properties of double perovskite oxide Sr2FeWO6 have been reported. The magnetic susceptibility and Mössbauer effect of 57Fe show that this compound is an antiferromagnet with T N=37 K. The Mössbauer parameters below ˜20 K are the center shift of +1.2 mm/s relative to metallic iron, the quadrupole splitting of 1.9 mm/s and the hyperfine field of ˜110 kOe. The quadrupole splitting has a strong temperature dependence. From these data, we conclude that Fe in Sr2FeWO6 is in the Fe2+ high-spin state, while the hyperfine field seems to be quite small. The cell volume shows a large increase compared to other Sr2FeTO6 ( T= Mo, Re, etc.), which is in the Fe3+ high-spin state. These results suggest that these compounds have a strongly coupled charge and lattice systems.

  2. Material characteristics of perovskite manganese oxide thin films for bolometric applications

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    Goyal, A.; Rajeswari, M.; Shreekala, R.; Lofland, S.E.; Bhagat, S.M.; Boettcher, T.; Kwon, C.; Ramesh, R.; Venkatesan, T. [Center for Superconductivity Research, Department of Physics, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland 20742 (United States)

    1997-10-01

    We are optimizing thin films of perovskite manganese oxides for bolometric applications. We have studied the relevant material characteristics of several members of this family namely, La{sub 0.7}Ba{sub 0.3}MnO{sub 3}, La{sub 0.7}Sr{sub 0.3}MnO{sub 3}, La{sub 0.7}Ca{sub 0.3}MnO{sub 3}, and Nd{sub 0.7}Sr{sub 0.3}MnO{sub 3}. Here, we discuss issues related to the choice of material, the influence of deposition parameters, and postdeposition heat treatments on the relevant characteristics such as the resistivity-peak temperature (T{sub p}) and the temperature coefficient of resistance (TCR). For a given material, a higher peak temperature implies a larger temperature coefficient of resistance. In contrast, on comparing different material systems, the TCR tends to decrease as T{sub p} increases. {copyright} {ital 1997 American Institute of Physics.}

  3. Characterization and carbon monoxide oxidation activity of La1-ySryCr1-xRuxO3 perovskites

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    C. MARINOVA

    2000-01-01

    Full Text Available The oxidation of CO over La1-ySryCr1-xRuxO3 perovskite type oxides with y=0.3 and 0 £ x £ 0.100 have been studied. X-ray fluorescence analysis confirmed that content of elements in the bulk corresponds to the established nominal perovskite stoichiometry, indicating that no significant oxidation of ruthenium into volatile polyvalent oxides with their consequented escape from the sample occurred in air up to the temperature of 1000°C. According to X-ray diffraction analysis, all sampls achieved the perovskite hexagonal with the presence of some SrCrO4. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis of ruthenium samples shows higher Ru and Sr surface concentraitions than in the bulk. The binding energy for Ru3p is virtually the same in all samples and consistent with that of Ru4+ (463.6-464.3eV. Kinetic studies were performed in a differential recycle reactor with a recycling ratio 80. The results show that substitution of Ru4+ for Cr3+ in La1-ySryCrO3 leads to a significant increase in both the activity and the activation energy. The global CO oxidation rate, referred on the BET surface area, correlates with the surface Ru4+ atomic concentraiton. Hence, the activity reflect the surface enrichment in ruthenium. Moreover, an identical apparent activation energy E = 93 kJ/mol and the same specific rate per ruthenium surface ion were obtained for samples with a Ru content x ³ 0.05 suggest that exposed Ru4+ ions mainly participate in the reaction.

  4. Ferrite-based perovskites as cathode materials for anode-supported solid oxide fuel cells

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    Mai, Andreas; Haanappel, Vincent A.C.; Uhlenbruck, Sven; Tietz, Frank; Stoever, Detlev [Institute for Materials and Processes in Energy Systems, Forschungszentrum Juelich, IWV-1, D-52425 Juelich (Germany)

    2005-05-12

    The properties and the applicability of iron- and cobalt-containing perovskites were evaluated as cathodes for solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) in comparison to state-of-the-art manganite-based perovskites. The materials examined were La{sub 1-x-y}Sr{sub x}Co{sub 0.2}Fe{sub 0.8}O{sub 3-{delta}} (x=0.2 and 0.4; y=0-0.05), La{sub 0.8}Sr{sub 0.2}FeO{sub 3-{delta}}, La{sub 0.7}Ba{sub 0.3}Co{sub 0.2}Fe{sub 0.8}O{sub 3-{delta}} and Ce{sub 0.05}Sr{sub 0.95}Co{sub 0.2}Fe{sub 0.8}O{sub 3-{delta}}. The main emphasis was placed on the electrochemical properties of the materials, which were investigated on planar anode-supported SOFCs with 8 mol% yttria-stabilised zirconia (8YSZ) electrolytes. An interlayer of the composition Ce{sub 0.8}Gd{sub 0.2}O{sub 2-{delta}} was placed between the electrolyte and the cathode to prevent undesired chemical reactions between the materials. The sintering temperatures of the cathodes were adapted for each of the materials to obtain similar microstructures. In comparison to the SOFCs with state-of-the-art manganite-based cathodes, SOFCs with La{sub 1-x-y}Sr{sub x}Co{sub 0.2}Fe{sub 0.8}O{sub 3-{delta}} cathodes achieved much higher current densities. Small A-site deficiency and high strontium content had a particularly positive effect on cell performance. The measured current densities of cells with these cathodes were as high as 1.76 A/cm{sup 2} at 800 {sup o}C and 0.7 V, which is about twice the current density of cells with LSM/YSZ cathodes. SOFCs with La{sub 0.58}Sr{sub 0.4}Co{sub 0.2}Fe{sub 0.8}O{sub 3-{delta}} cathodes have been operated for more than 5000 h in endurance tests with a degradation of 1.0-1.5% per 1000 h.

  5. Phase transitions via selective elemental vacancy engineering in complex oxide thin films

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    Lee, Sang A.; Jeong, Hoidong; Woo, Sungmin; Hwang, Jae-Yeol; Choi, Si-Young; Kim, Sung-Dae; Choi, Minseok; Roh, Seulki; Yu, Hosung; Hwang, Jungseek; Kim, Sung Wng; Choi, Woo Seok

    2016-04-01

    Defect engineering has brought about a unique level of control for Si-based semiconductors, leading to the optimization of various opto-electronic properties and devices. With regard to perovskite transition metal oxides, O vacancies have been a key ingredient in defect engineering, as they play a central role in determining the crystal field and consequent electronic structure, leading to important electronic and magnetic phase transitions. Therefore, experimental approaches toward understanding the role of defects in complex oxides have been largely limited to controlling O vacancies. In this study, we report on the selective formation of different types of elemental vacancies and their individual roles in determining the atomic and electronic structures of perovskite SrTiO3 (STO) homoepitaxial thin films fabricated by pulsed laser epitaxy. Structural and electronic transitions have been achieved via selective control of the Sr and O vacancy concentrations, respectively, indicating a decoupling between the two phase transitions. In particular, O vacancies were responsible for metal-insulator transitions, but did not influence the Sr vacancy induced cubic-to-tetragonal structural transition in epitaxial STO thin film. The independent control of multiple phase transitions in complex oxides by exploiting selective vacancy engineering opens up an unprecedented opportunity toward understanding and customizing complex oxide thin films.

  6. Study of perovskite oxides as the cathode for solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC); Koon kotai denkaishitsu nenryo denchi (SOFC) yo seikyoku to shite no perovskite gata sankabutsu no kenkyu

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    Takeda, Y. [Mie University, Mie (Japan). Faculty of Engineering

    1999-03-15

    The perovskite type manganite systems, Ln{sub 1-x}A{sub x}MO{sub 3} (Ln=rare earth, A=Sr, Ca) were studied as the electrode materials for solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC). The highest cathodic activity was obtained for the La{sub 1-x}Sr{sub x}CoO{sub 3} electrode. The reactivity tests of La{sub 1-x}A{sub x}MO{sub 3} with yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) showed that the formation of the pyrochlore Ln{sub 2}Zr{sub 2}O{sub 7} decreases the electrode activity. However, this was suppressed for the perovskites having smaller lanthanoids than La, for example, for the Gd{sub 1-x}A{sub x}MnO{sub 3} and GdCoO{sub 3} systems. No reaction product appeared between the Gd{sub 1-x} A{sub x}MnO{sub 3} perovskite and YSZ even at a high annealing temperature of 1,400degreeC. GdCoO{sub 3} did not react with YSZ even at 1,000degreeC. The adjustment of the thermal expansion rate to YSZ needed the formation of solid solution such as Ln{sub 1-x}Sr{sub x}Mn{sub 1-y}Co{sub y}O{sub 3}, some of which showed the high cathodic activity and good compatibility. (author)

  7. Perovskite-type Mixed Oxides Catalyst for Complete Oxidation of Acetone

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    DUAN; ZhiYing

    2001-01-01

    The catalytic oxidation of VOCs (volatile organic compounds) is an attractive subject in the field of environmental protection now. Furthermore, most countries have made out regulations m controlling the maximum content of VOCs in some places. Presently, the leading way of domestic and foreign means to eliminate VOCs is to completely oxidize VOCs into carbon dioxide and water in presence of noble metal catalyst. But noble metal is expensive for lack of resource[2]. So it is insistent to research a low-cost catalyst for removal of VOCs. In this work, we have used some base metals (such as La, Sr, Ce, Ni, Cu) to synthesize mixed oxides catalyst supported on γ-A12O3. We have investigated the catalytic properties in the complete oxidation of acetone over the catalyst prepared and achieved an exciting result.……

  8. Perovskite-type Mixed Oxides Catalyst for Complete Oxidation of Acetone

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    2001-01-01

    @@ The catalytic oxidation of VOCs (volatile organic compounds) is an attractive subject in the field of environmental protection now. Furthermore, most countries have made out regulations m controlling the maximum content of VOCs in some places. Presently, the leading way of domestic and foreign means to eliminate VOCs is to completely oxidize VOCs into carbon dioxide and water in presence of noble metal catalyst. But noble metal is expensive for lack of resource[2]. So it is insistent to research a low-cost catalyst for removal of VOCs. In this work, we have used some base metals (such as La, Sr, Ce, Ni, Cu) to synthesize mixed oxides catalyst supported on γ-A12O3. We have investigated the catalytic properties in the complete oxidation of acetone over the catalyst prepared and achieved an exciting result.

  9. Physical, mechanical and electrochemical characterization of all-perovskite intermediate temperature solid oxide fuel cells

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    Mohammadi, Alidad

    Strontium- and magnesium-doped lanthanum gallate (LSGM) has been considered as a promising electrolyte for solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) systems in recent years due to its high ionic conductivity and chemical stability over a wide range of oxygen partial pressures and temperatures. This research describes synthesis, physical and mechanical behavior, electrochemical properties, phase evolution, and microstructure of components of an all-perovskite anode-supported intermediate temperature solid oxide fuel cell (ITSOFC), based on porous La 0.75Sr0.25Cr0.5Mn0.5O3 (LSCM) anode, La0.8Sr0.2Ga0.8Mg0.2O 2.8 (LSGM) electrolyte, and porous La0.6Sr0.4Fe 0.8Co0.2O3 (LSCF) cathode. The phase evolution of synthesized LSGM and LSCM powders has been investigated, and it has been confirmed that there is no reaction between LSGM and LSCM at sintering temperature. Using different amounts of poreformers and binders as well as controlling firing temperature, porosity of the anode was optimized while still retaining good mechanical integrity. The effect of cell operation conditions under dry hydrogen fuel on the SOFC open circuit voltage (OCV) and cell performance were also investigated. Characterization study of the synthesized LSGM indicates that sintering at 1500°C obtains higher electrical conductivity compared to the currently published results, while conductivity of pellets sintered at 1400°C and 1450°C would be slightly lower. The effect of sintering temperature on bulk and grain boundary resistivities was also discussed. The mechanical properties, such as hardness, Young's modulus, fracture toughness and modulus of rupture of the electrolyte were determined and correlated with scanning electron microscopy (SEM) morphological characterization. Linear thermal expansion and thermal expansion coefficient of LSGM were also measured.

  10. On the Defect Chemistry, Electrical Properties and Electrochemical Performances As Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Cathode Materials of New La-(Sr/Vac)-Co-Ti-O Perovskites

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    García-Alvarado, Flaviano; Gómez-Pérez, Alejandro; Pérez-Flores, Juan Carlos

    2015-01-01

    Perovskite-type oxides are well known materials that have been proposed as electrodes and electrolytes for solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs). The structure, which is referred to the ABO3 stoichiometry, can accommodate many different transition metal ions in the B-site; its electronic conductivity wi...

  11. Amorphous Tin Oxide as a Low-Temperature-Processed Electron-Transport Layer for Organic and Hybrid Perovskite Solar Cells

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    Barbe, Jeremy

    2017-02-08

    Chemical bath deposition (CBD) of tin oxide (SnO) thin films as an electron-transport layer (ETL) in a planar-heterojunction n-i-p organohalide lead perovskite and organic bulk-heterojunction (BHJ) solar cells is reported. The amorphous SnO (a-SnO) films are grown from a nontoxic aqueous bath of tin chloride at a very low temperature (55 °C) and do not require postannealing treatment to work very effectively as an ETL in a planar-heterojunction n-i-p organohalide lead perovskite or organic BHJ solar cells, in lieu of the commonly used ETL materials titanium oxide (TiO) and zinc oxide (ZnO), respectively. Ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy measurements on the glass/indium-tin oxide (ITO)/SnO/methylammonium lead iodide (MAPbI)/2,2′,7,7′-tetrakis(N,N-di-p-methoxyphenylamine)-9,9′-spirobifluorene device stack indicate that extraction of photogenerated electrons is facilitated by a perfect alignment of the conduction bands at the SnO/MAPbI interface, while the deep valence band of SnO ensures strong hole-blocking properties. Despite exhibiting very low electron mobility, the excellent interfacial energetics combined with high transparency (E > 4 eV) and uniform substrate coverage make the a-SnO ETL prepared by CBD an excellent candidate for the potentially low-cost and large-scale fabrication of organohalide lead perovskite and organic photovoltaics.

  12. Sono-photo-Fenton oxidation of bisphenol-A over a LaFeO3 perovskite catalyst.

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    Dükkancı, Meral

    2017-05-05

    In this study, oxidation of bisphenol-A (IUPAC name - 2,2-(4,4-dihydroxyphenyl, BPA), which is an endocrine disrupting phenolic compound used in the polycarbonate plastic and epoxy resin industry, was investigated using sono-photo-Fenton process under visible light irradiation in the presence of an iron containing perovskite catalyst, LaFeO3. The catalyst prepared by sol-gel method, calcined at 500°C showed a catalytic activity in BPA oxidation using sono-photo-Fenton process with a degradation degree and a chemical oxygen demand (COD) reduction of 21.8% and 11.2%, respectively. Degradation of BPA was studied by using individual and combined advanced oxidation techniques including sonication, heterogeneous Fenton reaction and photo oxidation over this catalyst to understand the effect of each process on degradation of BPA. It was seen, the role of sonication was very important in hybrid sono-photo-Fenton process due to the pyrolysis and sonoluminescence effects caused by ultrasonic irradiation. The prepared LaFeO3 perovskite catalyst was a good sonocatalyst rather than a photocatalyst. Sonication was not only the effective process to degrade BPA but also it was the cost effective process in terms of energy consumption. The studies show that the energy consumption is lower in the sono-Fenton process than those in the photo-Fenton and sono-photo- Fenton processes. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  13. Cobalt based layered perovskites as cathode material for intermediate temperature Solid Oxide Fuel Cells: A brief review

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    Pelosato, Renato; Cordaro, Giulio; Stucchi, Davide; Cristiani, Cinzia; Dotelli, Giovanni

    2015-12-01

    Nowadays, the cathode is the most studied component in Intermediate Temperature-Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (IT-SOFCs). Decreasing SOFCs operating temperature implies slow oxygen reduction kinetics and large polarization losses. Double perovskites with general formula REBaCo2O5+δ are promising mixed ionic-electronic conductors, offering a remarkable enhancement of the oxygen diffusivity and surface exchange respect to disordered perovskites. In this review, more than 250 compositions investigated in the literature were analyzed. The evaluation was performed in terms of electrical conductivity, Area Specific Resistance (ASR), chemical compatibility with electrolytes and Thermal Expansion Coefficient (TEC). The most promising materials have been identified as those bearing the mid-sized rare earths (Pr, Nd, Sm, Gd). Doping strategies have been analyzed: Sr doping on A site promotes higher electrical conductivity, but worsen ASR and TECs; B-site doping (Fe, Ni, Mn) helps lowering TECs, but is detrimental for the electrochemical properties. A promising boost of the electrochemical activity is obtained by simply introducing a slight Ba under-stoichiometry. Still, the high sensitivity of the electrochemical properties against slight changes in the stoichiometry hamper a conclusive comparison of all the investigated compounds. Opportunities for an improvement of double perovskite cathodes performance is tentatively foreseen in combining together the diverse effective doping strategies.

  14. Ultrafast Dynamics of Hole Injection and Recombination in Organometal Halide Perovskite Using Nickel Oxide as p-Type Contact Electrode.

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    Corani, Alice; Li, Ming-Hsien; Shen, Po-Shen; Chen, Peter; Guo, Tzung-Fang; El Nahhas, Amal; Zheng, Kaibo; Yartsev, Arkady; Sundström, Villy; Ponseca, Carlito S

    2016-04-01

    There is a mounting effort to use nickel oxide (NiO) as p-type selective electrode for organometal halide perovskite-based solar cells. Recently, an overall power conversion efficiency using this hole acceptor has reached 18%. However, ultrafast spectroscopic investigations on the mechanism of charge injection as well as recombination dynamics have yet to be studied and understood. Using time-resolved terahertz spectroscopy, we show that hole transfer is complete on the subpicosecond time scale, driven by the favorable band alignment between the valence bands of perovskite and NiO nanoparticles (NiO(np)). Recombination time between holes injected into NiO(np) and mobile electrons in the perovskite material is shown to be hundreds of picoseconds to a few nanoseconds. Because of the low conductivity of NiO(np), holes are pinned at the interface, and it is electrons that determine the recombination rate. This recombination competes with charge collection and therefore must be minimized. Doping NiO to promote higher mobility of holes is desirable in order to prevent back recombination.

  15. Structural and electrical transport properties of a rare earth double perovskite oxide:Ba2ErNbO6

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    Rajesh Mukherjee; Binita Ghosh; Sujoy Saha; Chandrahas Bharti; T. P. Sinha

    2014-01-01

    The double perovskite oxide barium erbium niobate, Ba2ErNbO6 (BEN) was synthesized by solid state reaction technique. Rietveld refinement of the X-ray diffraction pattern of the sample showed cubic (Fm3m) phase at room temperature. Fourier trans-form infrared spectrum showed two primary phonon modes of the sample at around 387 and 600 cm-1. Raman spectrum of the sam-ple taken at 488 nm excitation wavelength showed four primary strong peaks at 106, 382, 747 and 814 cm-1. Lorentzian lines with 10 bands were used to fit the Raman spectrum. A group theoretical study was performed to assign all the Raman modes. Impedance spectroscopy was applied to investigate the ac electrical conductivity of BEN in a temperature range from 303 to 673 K and in a fre-quency range from 100 Hz-1 MHz. The dielectric relaxation mechanism was discussed in the frame work of permittivity, conduc-tivity, modulus and impedance formalisms. The complex plane plot of the impedance data was modeled by an equivalent circuit con-sisting of two serially connected R-CPE units, (one for the grain and the other for the grain boundary), each containing a resistor (R) and a constant phase element (CPE). The R-CPE units were used to incorporate the non-ideal character of the polarization phenome-non instead of an ideal capacitive behaviour. The relaxation time corresponding to dielectric loss was found to obey the Arrhenius law with activation energy of 0.85 eV. The frequency dependent conductivity spectra followed the Jonscher power law. The Cole-Cole model was used to investigate the dielectric relaxation mechanism in the sample.

  16. Effects of lanthanum-based perovskite coatings on the formation of oxide scale for ferritic SOFC interconnect

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    Shong, Wei-Ja, E-mail: wjshong@iner.gov.tw [Nuclear Fuel and Materials Division, Institute of Nuclear Energy Research, Lungtan 32546, Taiwan (China); Liu, Chien-Kuo [Nuclear Fuel and Materials Division, Institute of Nuclear Energy Research, Lungtan 32546, Taiwan (China); Chen, Chen-Yin [Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, National Central University, Jungli 32054, Taiwan (China); Peng, Cheng-Chang [Nuclear Fuel and Materials Division, Institute of Nuclear Energy Research, Lungtan 32546, Taiwan (China); Tu, Hui-Jyuan; Fey, George Ting-Kuo [Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, National Central University, Jungli 32054, Taiwan (China); Lee, Ruey-Yi [Nuclear Fuel and Materials Division, Institute of Nuclear Energy Research, Lungtan 32546, Taiwan (China); Kao, Hsien-Ming [Department of Chemistry, National Central University, Jungli 32054, Taiwan (China)

    2011-05-16

    Research highlights: {yields} Perovskite coatings provided Mn and Cr to grow coarser Mn-Cr spinel grains. {yields} Perovskite coatings provided Mn to enrich Mn contents in Mn-Cr spinel grains. {yields} Mn/Cr ratios in spinel grains revealed an inverse relation with ASR values. {yields} ASR difference was attributed to the Mn contents and sizes of spinel grains. - Abstract: Three lanthanum-based perovskite ceramic compounds, La{sub 0.8}Ca{sub 0.2}CrO{sub 3}, La{sub 0.8}Sr{sub 0.2}CrO{sub 3}, and La{sub 0.8}Sr{sub 0.2}MnO{sub 3}, were coated on ferritic stainless steel by the spin coating technique, and the effects on the formation of oxide scale have been investigated. The coated samples were aged at 800 deg. C in ambient air atmosphere for up to 1600 h. After each ageing period, the measurement of electrical area-specific resistance (ASR) was conducted. The evolution of crystalline phases and microstructures of aged samples were examined using the X-ray diffractometer and the scanning electron microscope. It was found that the perovskite pastes could facilitate the growth of (Mn, Cr){sub 3}O{sub 4} spinel phases with coarser crystalline structures and higher levels of Mn content. After 1600-h ageing, coated samples exhibited an average ASR result of {approx}3 m{Omega} cm{sup -2}, approximately one-third that of the uncoated sample. The ASR difference was attributed to the Mn content and crystallite size of the spinel phase.

  17. Optimization of citrate complex combustion for synthesis of transition metal oxide nanostructures

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    Nair, V.M. [Dept. of Physics, University College, University of Kerala, Trivandrum 695 034 (India); Jose, R., E-mail: rjose@ump.edu.my [Faculty of Industrial Sciences and Technology, Universiti Malaysia Pahang, Kuantan 26300 (Malaysia); Raju, K.; Wariar, P.R.S. [Dept. of Physics, University College, University of Kerala, Trivandrum 695 034 (India)

    2013-03-05

    Highlights: ► We optimized citric acid in a solution combustion process using DFT calculations. ► The amount of citric acid can be reduced than that is conventionally used. ► Complex perovskite ceramic oxides were synthesized to validate the calculations. ► Single phase nanoparticles were obtained using the optimized process. ► Temperature of the combustion flame was much lower for the optimized amount. -- Abstract: Combustion of citrate complex is a popular choice to synthesize nanocrystals of transition metal oxides in a single-step process. The amount of citric acid used for combustion is conventionally calculated based on the total valence of the oxidizing and reducing agents while keeping the equivalent ratio unity such that combustion energy is a maximum. This paper demonstrates by employing quantum chemical calculations that the amount of citric acid could be reduced to nearly two-third if prepared for appreciable amounts. Transition metal oxides belong to quaternary double perovskite has been synthesized as nanocrystals as examples to validate the calculations.

  18. Thermodynamic stability of perovskite and lanthanum nickelate-type cathode materials for solid oxide fuel cells

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    Cetin, Deniz

    The need for cleaner and more efficient alternative energy sources is becoming urgent as concerns mount about climate change wrought by greenhouse gas emissions. Solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) are one of the most efficient options if the goal is to reduce emissions while still operating on fossil energy resources. One of the foremost problems in SOFCs that causes efficiency loss is the polarization resistance associated with the oxygen reduction reaction(ORR) at the cathodes. Hence, improving the cathode design will greatly enhance the overall performance of SOFCs. Lanthanum nickelate, La2NiO4+delta (LNO), is a mixed ionic and electronic conductor that has competitive surface oxygen exchange and transport properties and excellent electrical conductivity compared to perovskite-type oxides. This makes it an excellent candidate for solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) applications. It has been previously shown that composites of LNO with Sm0.2Ce0.8O2-delta (SDC20) as cathode materials lead to higher performance than standalone LNO. However, in contact with lanthanide-doped ceria, LNO decomposes resulting in free NiO and ceria with higher lanthanide dopant concentration. In this study, the aforementioned instability of LNO has been addressed by compositional tailoring of LNO: lanthanide doped ceria (LnxCe 1-xO2,LnDC)composite. By increasing the lanthanide dopant concentration in the ceria phase close to its solubility limit, the LNO phase has been stabilized in the LNO:LnDC composites. Electrical conductivity of the composites as a function of LNO volume fraction and temperature has been measured, and analyzed using a resistive network model which allows the identification of a percolation threshold for the LNO phase. The thermomechanical compatibility of these composites has been investigated with SOFC systems through measurement of the coefficients of thermal expansion. LNO:LDC40 composites containing LNO lower than 50 vol%and higher than 40 vol% were identified as being

  19. Novel Combination of Efficient Perovskite Solar Cells with Low Temperature Processed Compact TiO2 Layer via Anodic Oxidation.

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    Du, Yangyang; Cai, Hongkun; Wen, Hongbin; Wu, Yuxiang; Huang, Like; Ni, Jian; Li, Juan; Zhang, Jianjun

    2016-05-25

    In this work, a facile and low temperature processed anodic oxidation approach is proposed for fabricating compact and homogeneous titanium dioxide film (AO-TiO2). In order to realize morphology and thickness control of AO-TiO2, the theory concerning anodic oxidation (AO) is unveiled and the influence of relevant parameters during the process of AO such as electrolyte ingredient and oxidation voltage on AO-TiO2 formation is observed as well. Meanwhile, we demonstrate that the planar perovskite solar cells (p-PSCs) fabricated in ambient air and utilizing optimized AO-TiO2 as electron transport layer (ETL) can deliver repeatable power conversion efficiency (PCE) over 13%, which possess superior open-circuit voltage (Voc) and higher fill factor (FF) compared to its counterpart utilizing conventional high temperature processed compact TiO2 (c-TiO2) as ETL. Through a further comparative study, it is indicated that the improvement of device performance should be attributed to more effective electron collection from perovskite layer to AO-TiO2 and the decrease of device series resistance. Furthermore, hysteresis effect about current density-voltage (J-V) curves in TiO2-based p-PSCs is also unveiled.

  20. “Structural Transformations in Ceramics: Perovskite-like Oxides and Group III, IV, and V Nitrides”

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    James P. Lewis (PI, former Co-PI), Dorian M. Hatch (Co-PI, former PI), and Harold T. Stokes (Co-PI)

    2006-12-31

    1 Overview of Results and their Significance Ceramic perovskite-like oxides with the general formula (A. A0. ...)(B. B0. ...)O3and titanium-based oxides are of great technological interest because of their large piezoelectric and dielectric response characteristics.[1] In doped and nanoengineered forms, titantium dioxide finds increasing application as an organic and hydrolytic photocatalyst. The binary main-group-metal nitride compounds have undergone recent advancements of in-situ heating technology in diamond anvil cells leading to a burst of experimental and theoretical interest. In our DOE proposal, we discussed our unique theoretical approach which applies ab initio electronic calculations in conjunction with systematic group-theoretical analysis of lattice distortions to study two representative phase transitions in ceramic materials: (1) displacive phase transitions in primarily titanium-based perovskite-like oxide ceramics, and (2) reconstructive phase transitions in main-group nitride ceramics. A sub area which we have explored in depth is doped titanium dioxide electrical/optical properties.

  1. Spin transport and dynamics in all-oxide perovskite La2 /3Sr1 /3MnO3 /SrRuO3 bilayers probed by ferromagnetic resonance

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    Emori, Satoru; Alaan, Urusa S.; Gray, Matthew T.; Sluka, Volker; Chen, Yizhang; Kent, Andrew D.; Suzuki, Y.

    2016-12-01

    Thin films of perovskite oxides offer the possibility of combining emerging concepts of strongly correlated electron phenomena and spin current in magnetic devices. However, spin transport and magnetization dynamics in these complex oxide materials are not well understood. Here, we experimentally quantify spin transport parameters and magnetization damping in epitaxial perovskite ferromagnet/paramagnet bilayers of La2 /3Sr1 /3MnO3 /SrRuO3 (LSMO/SRO) by broadband ferromagnetic resonance spectroscopy. From the SRO thickness dependence of the Gilbert damping, we estimate a short spin diffusion length of ≲1 nm in SRO and an interfacial spin-mixing conductance comparable to other ferromagnet/paramagnetic-metal bilayers. Moreover, we find that anisotropic non-Gilbert damping due to two-magnon scattering also increases with the addition of SRO. Our results demonstrate LSMO/SRO as a spin-source/spin-sink system that may be a foundation for examining spin-current transport in various perovskite heterostructures.

  2. Removal of Nox and Diesel Soot Particulates Catalyzed by Perovskite-type Oxide La0.9K0.1CoO3

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    2006-01-01

    The catalytic performance of perovskite composite oxide catalyst La0.9 K0.1 CoO3 coated on catalyst supports by trnditional solid state reaction method and sol-gel method were investigated by a series of experiments.The result shows that the catalytic performance of the La0.9 K0.1 CoO3 perovskite composite oxide catalyst synthesized by sol-gel method is superior to that synthesized by solid state reaction method, having lower ignition tem-perature of the diesel soot particulates, lower start temperature of NO x treatment, and lower concentration of byproduct CO.

  3. A-site substitution effect of perovskite-type cobalt and manganese oxides on two-step water splitting reaction for solar hydrogen production

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    Kaneko, Hiroshi; Hasegawa, Takumi; Mori, Kohei

    2017-06-01

    The perovskite type metal oxides (ABO3: A and B are metal elements) are attractive material for the two-step water splitting process to produce solar hydrogen, because the diversity of perovskite compound with substitution of metal ion makes its reducibility changeable. The perovskite-type cobalt and manganese oxides are prepared with substitution of metal ion in the A-site, and the performance of two-step water splitting reaction is investigated. The LaCoO3 and Ca0.45Sr0.4La0.15MnO3-δ, containing more trivalent metal ions in the A-site of perovskite structure, are most promising materials for solar hydrogen production. It is found that the two-step water-splitting reaction with Ca0.45Sr0.4La0.15MnO3-δ of the perovskite-type manganese oxide proceed stoichiometrically and Ca0.45Sr0.4La0.15MnO3-δ can produce much H2 gas (4cm3/g-sample) at the reduction temperature of 1400 °C.

  4. Mössbauer study of iron-based perovskite-type materials as potential catalysts for ethyl acetate oxidation

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    Paneva, D.; Dimitrov, M.; Velinov, N.; Kolev, H.; Kozhukharov, V.; Tsoncheva, T.; Mitov, I.

    2010-03-01

    La-Sr-Fe perovskite-type oxides were prepared by the nitrate-citrate method. The basic object of this study is layered Ruddlesden-Popper phase LaSr3Fe3O10. The phase composition and structural properties of the obtained materials are investigated by Mössbauer spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) and temperature programmed reduction (TPR). The preliminary catalytic tests show a high potential of these materials for volatile organic compounds (VOCs) elimination as they possess high conversion ability and selectivity to total oxidation of ethyl acetate. Catalytic performance of LaSr3Fe3O10 is depended on the stability of structure and Fe4+-oxidation state.

  5. Effect of calcination temperature and reaction conditions on methane partial oxidation using lanthanum-based perovskite as oxygen donor

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    DAI Xiaoping; YU Changchun; LI Ranjia; WU Qiong; SHI Kaijiao; HAO Zhengping

    2008-01-01

    We investigated the effect of calcination temperature, reaction temperature, and different amounts of replenished lattice oxygen on the partial oxidation of methane (POM) to synthesis gas using perovskite-type LaFeO3 oxide as oxygen donor instead of gaseous oxygen, which was prepared by the sol-gel method, and the oxides were characterized by XRD, TG/DTA, and BET. The results indicated that the particle size increased with the calcination temperature increasing, while BET and CH4 conversion declined with the calcination temperature increasing using LaFeO3 oxide as oxygen donor in the absence of gaseous oxygen. CO selectivity remained at a high level such as above 92%, and increased slightly as the calcination temperature increased. Exposure of LaFeO3 oxides to methane atmosphere enhanced the oxygen migration of in the bulk with time online owing to the loss of lattice oxygen and reduction of the oxidative stated Fe ion simultaneously. The high reaction temperature was favorable to the migration of oxygen species from the bulk toward the surface for the synthesis gas production with high CO selectivity. The product distribution and evolution for POM by sequential redox reaction was determined by amounts of replenished lattice oxygen with gaseous oxygen. The optimal process should decline the total oxidation of methane, and increase the selectivity of partial oxidation of methane.

  6. Study of planar heterojunction perovskite photovoltaic cells using compact titanium oxide by chemical bath deposition

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    Yamamoto, Kouhei; Kuwabara, Takayuki; Takahashi, Kohshin; Taima, Tetsuya

    2015-08-01

    Spin-coated perovskite solar cells from sol-gels result in high processing costs because of the need for high temperatures. Here, we report a low-temperature spin-coating route to fabricate planar heterojunction perovskite solar cells using chemical bath deposition of compact-TiOx layers. Comparison of the solar cell properties of compact-TiOx and compact-TiO2 layers show that the power conversion efficiency of the planar heterojunction perovskite solar cell fabricated by the low-temperature, compact-TiOx route is comparable to that of conventional TiO2. The chemical bath deposition method requires heating to 150 °C only to form amorphous compact-TiOx films compared with the 450 °C required for crystalline anatase compact-TiO2 films.

  7. One-Dimensional Perovskite Manganite Oxide Nanostructures: Recent Developments in Synthesis, Characterization, Transport Properties, and Applications.

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    Li, Lei; Liang, Lizhi; Wu, Heng; Zhu, Xinhua

    2016-12-01

    One-dimensional nanostructures, including nanowires, nanorods, nanotubes, nanofibers, and nanobelts, have promising applications in mesoscopic physics and nanoscale devices. In contrast to other nanostructures, one-dimensional nanostructures can provide unique advantages in investigating the size and dimensionality dependence of the materials' physical properties, such as electrical, thermal, and mechanical performances, and in constructing nanoscale electronic and optoelectronic devices. Among the one-dimensional nanostructures, one-dimensional perovskite manganite nanostructures have been received much attention due to their unusual electron transport and magnetic properties, which are indispensable for the applications in microelectronic, magnetic, and spintronic devices. In the past two decades, much effort has been made to synthesize and characterize one-dimensional perovskite manganite nanostructures in the forms of nanorods, nanowires, nanotubes, and nanobelts. Various physical and chemical deposition techniques and growth mechanisms are explored and developed to control the morphology, identical shape, uniform size, crystalline structure, defects, and homogenous stoichiometry of the one-dimensional perovskite manganite nanostructures. This article provides a comprehensive review of the state-of-the-art research activities that focus on the rational synthesis, structural characterization, fundamental properties, and unique applications of one-dimensional perovskite manganite nanostructures in nanotechnology. It begins with the rational synthesis of one-dimensional perovskite manganite nanostructures and then summarizes their structural characterizations. Fundamental physical properties of one-dimensional perovskite manganite nanostructures are also highlighted, and a range of unique applications in information storages, field-effect transistors, and spintronic devices are discussed. Finally, we conclude this review with some perspectives/outlook and future

  8. Niobium doped lanthanum calcium ferrite perovskite as a novel electrode material for symmetrical solid oxide fuel cells

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    Kong, Xiaowei; Zhou, Xiaoliang; Tian, Yu; Wu, Xiaoyan; Zhang, Jun; Zuo, Wei

    2016-09-01

    Development of cost-effective and efficient electrochemical catalysts for the fuel cells electrode is of prime importance to emerging renewable energy technologies. Here, we report for the first time the novel La0.9Ca0.1Fe0.9Nb0.1O3-δ (LCFNb) perovskite with good potentiality for the electrode material of the symmetrical solid oxide fuel cells (SSOFC). The Sc0.2Zr0.8O2-δ (SSZ) electrolyte supported symmetrical cells with impregnated LCFNb and LCFNb/SDC (Ce0.8Sm0.2O2-δ) electrodes achieve relatively high power outputs with maximum power densities (MPDs) reaching up to 392 and 528.6 mW cm-2 at 850 °C in dry H2, respectively, indicating the excellent electro-catalytic activity of LCFNb towards both hydrogen oxidation and oxygen reduction. Besides, the MPDs of the symmetrical cells with LCFNb/SDC composite electrodes in CO and syngas (CO: H2 = 1:1) are almost identical to those in H2, implying that LCFNb material has similar catalytic activities to carbon monoxide compared with hydrogen. High durability in both H2, CO and syngas during the short term stability tests for 50 h are also obtained, showing desirable structure stability, and carbon deposition resistance of LCFNb based electrodes. The present results indicate that the LCFNb perovskite with remarkable cell performance is a promising electrode material for symmetrical SOFCs.

  9. Preparation of La0.9K0.1CoO3 Perovskite Composite Oxide

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    WANG Wei; DU Chuanjin; XU Xiang; QIU Xiaojin

    2005-01-01

    Two methods for preparing La0.9 K0.1CoO3 perovskite composite oxides, traditional solid state reaction method and sol-gel method, were compared. The characteristics of the powders, such as purity, particle diameter, BET surface area, pore diameter, were investigated by using TG-DTA, XRD, SEM and BET methods. The experimental results show that La0.9 K0.1 CoO3 perovskite composite oxide can be obtained by using the two methods. The purity of La0.9 K0.1CoO3 powders can be increased by raising the calcining temperature while the particle diameter increased and BET surface area decreased. At the same calcining temperature , the properties of the La0.9 K0.1CoO3 powders synthesized by the sol-gel method are superior to those synthesized by the solid state reaction method , such as purer phase, smaller particle diameter , which can be used as a satisfactory catalyst in diesel waste gas cleaning.

  10. Growth-induced non-stoichiometry in complex oxide systems

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    Breckenfeld, Eric

    Complex perovskite oxides have been studied extensively over the past few decades due to their wide range of functional properties and relative ease of epitaxial synthesis. These two factors have allowed such oxide systems to see a multitude of applications including sensors, memory, thermal management, and energy harvesting. The ability to access so many different functionalities is owed largely to the chemical diversity available to the perovskite unit cell, opening the door for metal-insulator-transitions, ferroelectricity, and superconductivity, to name a few. However, the same chemical diversity that enables so many potential applications also opens the door for a myriad of chemistry-related defects. Separating out the relative contributions of such extrinsic (or defect-driven) effects from the intrinsic material properties is crucial to enabling the use of these materials in high-performance, next-generation devices. In this work, we examine several model systems in order to explore the relationship between the pulsed laser deposition growth process, the film chemistry, and the subsequent effects on the defect landscape and film properties. We show that small changes to the laser fluence can have a marked impact on the chemical composition of the film, leading to cation stoichiometry deviations as large as 10% in SrTiO3, LaAlO3, and NdNiO3 systems. We demonstrate that such chemical deviations can lead to significant changes in the bulk thermal and dielectric properties of SrTiO3 and LaAlO3 films. We have also investigated the interface between SrTiO3 and LaAlO3, which has been studied extensively over the past 8 years due to the supposed presence of a 2-dimensional electron gas (2DEG). Our results indicate that the presence of cation defects in the LaAlO3 has a profound impact on the electronic properties of the 2DEG interface. Finally, we have similarly shown that cation non-stoichiometry can cause the metal-insulator-transition material NdNiO3 to behave

  11. Stability Comparison of Perovskite Solar Cells Based on Zinc Oxide and Titania on Polymer Substrates.

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    Dkhissi, Yasmina; Meyer, Steffen; Chen, Dehong; Weerasinghe, Hasitha C; Spiccia, Leone; Cheng, Yi-Bing; Caruso, Rachel A

    2016-04-07

    Device scale-up and long-term stability constitute two major hurdles that the emerging perovskite solar technology will have to overcome before commercialization. Here, a comparative study was performed between ZnO and TiO2 electron-selective layers, two materials that allow the low-temperature processing of perovskite solar cells on polymer substrates. Although the use of TiO2 is well established on glass substrates, ZnO was chosen because it can be readily printed at low temperature and offers the potential for the large-scale roll-to-roll manufacturing of flexible photovoltaics at a low cost. However, a rapid degradation of CH3 NH3 PbI3 was observed if it was deposited on ZnO, therefore, the influence of the perovskite film preparation conditions on its morphology and degradation kinetics was investigated. This study showed that CH3 NH3 PbI3 could withstand a higher temperature on TiO2 than ZnO and that TiO2-based perovskite devices were more stable than their ZnO analogues.

  12. Perovskite-type ceramic membranes ; partial oxidation of methane in a catalytic membrane reactor

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    Mertins, Frédéric Henri Bertrand

    2005-01-01

    The application of mixed ionic and electronic conductors as oxygen separating membranes o®er an attractive alternative for the production of synthesis gas from methane when compared with traditional reforming. Materials with the perovskite structure are the most promising candidates thanks to the ea

  13. Mass transport and low-temperature phase stability studies in oxide perovskites

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    Gopalan, Srikanth

    1997-09-01

    Several solid state phenomena are rate controlled by diffusion. Two strategies can be used to enhance diffusion, namely, the aliovalent doping method and the molten salt method. The objectives of this dissertation were to study interdiffusion and low temperature phase stability of oxide perovskites using these strategies. The molten salt method utilizes a low melting salt as a solvent that enhances diffusion by orders of magnitude facilitating rapid attainment of equilibrium. In this work, the molten salt method has been used to assess the thermodynamic stabilities of strontium and barium cerates. SrCeOsb3 and BaCeOsb3 have potential applications in hydrogen concentrators and fuel cells. The objective of this work was to determine thermodynamic stabilities of SrCeOsb3 and BaCeOsb3 in the anticipated application temperature regime. Molten salt experiments and galvanic cell experiments showed the cerates to be unstable in the anticipated temperature range of application. Interdiffusion in barium and strontium titanate diffusion couples has been studied as a function of aliovalent doping. The calculated lattice velocity displayed a maximum at some concentration of lanthanum (La) dopant. On the basis of porosity formation, the lattice velocity in these couples seems to exhibit a maximum with La dopant, in accord with theoretical predictions. Interdiffusion in barium titanate-zirconate diffusion couples doped with Sc and Ta was examined. The lattice velocity and interdiffusion coefficient were numerically evaluated as a function of dopant type and concentration. The calculated interdiffusion coefficient increased with Ta and decreased with Sc concentrations. When the B-site vacancy diffusivities were chosen to be between the A and oxygen site vacancy diffusivities, the calculated lattice velocity curve exhibited a maximum at ˜0.8% Sc. Extensive porosity formed in the interdiffusion zone indicating the occurrence of the Kirkendall effect and deviations from equilibrium

  14. Thermogravimetric Study on Oxygen Adsorption/Desorption Properties of Double Perovskite Structure Oxides REBaCo2O5+δ (RE= Pr, Gd, Y)

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    Hao Haoshan; Zheng Lu; Wang Yingfang; Liu Shijiang; Hu Xing

    2007-01-01

    The oxygen adsorption/desorption properties of double perovskite structure oxides PrBaCo2O5+δ, GdBaCo2O5+δ, and YBaCo2O5+δ were investigated by the thermogravimetry (TG) method in the temperature range of 400~900 ℃. The calculated oxygen adsorption/desorption surface reaction rate constants ka and kd of these double perovskite structure oxides were larger than the commonly used cubic perovskite oxides, such as Ba0.95Ca0.05Co0.8Fe0.2O3-δ and Ba0.5Sr0.5Co0.8Fe0.2O3-δ, whereas, the oxygen permeation flux was comparable to that of the latter, which was attributed to the smaller difference of oxygen vacancy in oxygen and nitrogen atmosphere (Δδ/Vmol) in these double perovskite structure oxides. The large oxygen adsorption/desorption rate constants of GdBaCo2O5+δ and PrBaCo2O5+δ made them nice catalyst coating materials, on other membrane surfaces, to improve the oxygen permeability.

  15. Rh promoted La0.75Sr0.25(Fe0.8Co0.2)1-xGaxO3-δ perovskite catalysts: Characterization and catalytic performance for methane partial oxidation to synthesis gas

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    Palcheva, R.; Olsbye, U.; Palcut, M.; Rauwel, P.; Tyuliev, G.; Velinov, N.; Fjellvåg, H. H.

    2015-12-01

    Synthesis gas production via selective oxidation of methane at 600 °C in a pulse reaction over La0.75Sr0.25(Fe0.8Co0.2)1-xGaxO3-δ (x = 0.1, 0.25, 0.4) perovskite-supported rhodium catalysts, was investigated. The perovskite oxides were prepared by sol-gel citrate method and characterized by X-ray Diffraction (XRD), Moessbauer Spectroscopy (MS), Temperature Programmed Reduction (TPR-H2), X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) and High Resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy (HRTEM). According to XRD analysis, the synthesized samples were a single perovskite phase. The perovskite structure of Ga substituted samples remained stable after TPR-H2, as confirmed by XRD. Data of MS identified Fe3+ ions in two distinctive coordination environments, and Fe4+ ions. The Rh2O3 thin overlayer was detected by the HRTEM for the Rh impregnated perovskite oxides. During the interaction of methane with oxidized perovskite-supported Rh (0.5 wt.%) catalysts, besides CO, H2, and surface carbon, CO2 and H2O were formed. The Rh perovskite catalyst with x = 0.25 gallium exhibits the highest catalytic activity of 83% at 600 °C. The CO selectivity was affected by the reducibility of La0.75Sr0.25(Fe0.8Co0.2)1-xGaxO3-δ perovskite materials.

  16. Bismuth centred magnetic perovskite: A projected multiferroic

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    Kundu, Asish K., E-mail: asish.k@gmail.com [Discipline of Physics, Indian Institute of Information Technology, Design and Manufacturing, Dumna Airport Road, Jabalpur 482005 (India); Seikh, Md. Motin [Department of Chemistry, Visva-Bharati University, Santiniketan, West Bengal 731235 (India); Nautiyal, Pranjal [Discipline of Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Information Technology, Design and Manufacturing, Dumna Airport Road, Jabalpur 482005 (India)

    2015-03-15

    In recent time substantial attention has been initiated to understand the physics behind multiferroism and to design new multiferroic materials. BiMnO{sub 3} and BiFeO{sub 3} are the well-studied Bi-centred multiferroic oxides. BiMnO{sub 3} is a ferromagnetic–ferroelectric (metastable) phase and require drastic conditions to synthesize. However, lanthanum substituted BiMnO{sub 3} phases stabilized at ambient pressure. It is thus of major importance to increase the number of ferromagnetic perovskites with Bi cations that could be designed under ambient conditions. In this article, we have presented an up to date report of investigations on Bi-centred magnetic perovskites, a prospective material for multiferroic application. Central focus is concentrated on La{sub 0.5}Bi{sub 0.5}MnO{sub 3} perovskite with various substitutions at different levels. A few of these perovskites are found to be of practical importance e.g. La{sub 0.5}Bi{sub 0.5}Mn{sub 0.67}Co{sub 0.33}O{sub 3} with high dielectric permittivity coupled with ferromagnetism. A comprehensive analysis of different physical functionalities and their interrelation for a wide range of compositions of these Bi-centred perovskites is presented. It has been found that the complex magnetic behaviour originates from mixed valence metal ions. The ferroelectricity is associated with the 6s{sup 2} lone pair of Bi{sup 3+} cations. The magnetic ground state influences the dielectric properties reflecting the multiferroism in a single material. - Highlights: • Multiferroics have attracted increasing attention due to their possible device applications. • Bismuth centred magnetic perovskite is one kind of such promising multiferroic materials. • Ferromagnetic Bi-perovskites, which are synthesized at ambient conditions, have been discussed.

  17. Bismuth centred magnetic perovskite: A projected multiferroic

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    Kundu, Asish K.; Seikh, Md. Motin; Nautiyal, Pranjal

    2015-03-01

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

  18. First Principles Studies of Perovskites for Intermediate Temperature Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Cathodes

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    Salawu, Omotayo Akande

    2017-05-15

    explained on a microscopic level. Furthermore, we consider antisite defects as they may modify the electronic and O migration properties but are rarely studied in double perovskite oxides. It turns out that O vacancy formation is significantly easier in PrBaCo2O5.5 than in GdBaCo2O5.5, the difference in formation energy being hardly modified by antisite defects. Finally, having established that the O vacancy formation energy is significantly lower in PrBaCo2O5.5 than in GdBaCo2O5.5, we study the O Frenkel energy and migration of O ions in PrBa(Co/Fe)2O5.5. The electronic structure and charge redistribution during defect formation are analyzed. We demonstrate that Co↔Fe substitution strongly affects the formation of defects and, consequently, the O migration. The low O Frenkel energy points to a high concentration of O vacancies. The migration of the O ions shows a distinct anisotropy.

  19. Manganese-mediated ferromagnetism in La2Fe1-Mn2Cr1-O6 perovskite oxides

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    R M Tiwari; Mrudul Gadhvi; Abanti Nag; N Y Vasanthacharya; J Gopalakrishnan

    2010-07-01

    We have investigated the structure and magnetic properties of the perovskite oxides of the formula La2Fe1-Mn2Cr1-O6 (0 < < 1.0). For 0 < ≤ 0.5, the members adopt the orthorhombic (Pbnm) structure, where the transition metal atoms are disordered at the 4b sites and the MO6 (M = Fe, Mn, Cr) octahedra become increasingly distorted with increasing . For 0.65 ≤ < 1.0, the members adopt the rhombohedral (R-3c) structure that is similar to LaMnO3+ ( ≥ 0.1) where the MO6 octahedra are undistorted. While the magnetic properties of the latter series are largely similar to the parent LaMnO3+ arising from the double-exchange (DE) between mixed valent MnIII/MnIV, the magnetic properties of the orthorhombic members show a distinct (albeit weak) ferromagnetism (C ∼ 200 K) that seems to arise from a MnIII-mediated superexchange (SE) between FeIII/CrIII in the disordered perovskite structure containing FeIII, MnIII and CrIII.

  20. Novel Mg-Doped SrMoO3 Perovskites Designed as Anode Materials for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells

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    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available SrMo1−xMxO3−δ (M = Fe and Cr, x = 0.1 and 0.2 oxides have been recently described as excellent anode materials for solid oxide fuel cells at intermediate temperatures (IT-SOFC with LSGM as the electrolyte. In this work, we have improved their properties by doping with aliovalent Mg ions at the B-site of the parent SrMoO3 perovskite. SrMo1−xMgxO3−δ (x = 0.1, 0.2 oxides have been prepared, characterized and tested as anode materials in single solid-oxide fuel cells, yielding output powers near 900 mW/cm−2 at 850 °C using pure H2 as fuel. We have studied its crystal structure with an “in situ” neutron power diffraction (NPD experiment at temperatures as high as 800 °C, emulating the working conditions of an SOFC. Adequately high oxygen deficiencies, observed by NPD, together with elevated disk-shaped anisotropic displacement factors suggest a high ionic conductivity at the working temperatures. Furthermore, thermal expansion measurements, chemical compatibility with the LSGM electrolyte, electronic conductivity and reversibility upon cycling in oxidizing-reducing atmospheres have been carried out to find out the correlation between the excellent performance as an anode and the structural features.

  1. Efficient and Air-Stable Planar Perovskite Solar Cells Formed on Graphene-Oxide-Modified PEDOT:PSS Hole Transport Layer

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    Luo, Hui; Lin, Xuanhuai; Hou, Xian; Pan, Likun; Huang, Sumei; Chen, Xiaohong

    2017-10-01

    As a hole transport layer, PEDOT:PSS usually limits the stability and efficiency of perovskite solar cells (PSCs) due to its hygroscopic nature and inability to block electrons. Here, a graphene-oxide (GO)-modified PEDOT:PSS hole transport layer was fabricated by spin-coating a GO solution onto the PEDOT:PSS surface. PSCs fabricated on a GO-modified PEDOT:PSS layer exhibited a power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 15.34%, which is higher than 11.90% of PSCs with the PEDOT:PSS layer. Furthermore, the stability of the PSCs was significantly improved, with the PCE remaining at 83.5% of the initial PCE values after aging for 39 days in air. The hygroscopic PSS material at the PEDOT:PSS surface was partly removed during spin-coating with the GO solution, which improves the moisture resistance and decreases the contact barrier between the hole transport layer and perovskite layer. The scattered distribution of the GO at the PEDOT:PSS surface exhibits superior wettability, which helps to form a high-quality perovskite layer with better crystallinity and fewer pin holes. Furthermore, the hole extraction selectivity of the GO further inhibits the carrier recombination at the interface between the perovskite and PEDOT:PSS layers. Therefore, the cooperative interactions of these factors greatly improve the light absorption of the perovskite layer, the carrier transport and collection abilities of the PSCs, and especially the stability of the cells.

  2. Sensing properties of perovskite oxide La0.5Sr0.5CoO3−δ obtained by using pulsed laser deposition

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    Anh, Dam T.V.; Olthuis, W.; Bergveld, P.

    2004-01-01

    La1−xSrxCoO3−δ belongs to the group of perovskite oxides of the ABO3 structure, with a trivalent rare earth in the A position (La) and a trivalent metal ion in the B position (Co). Doping with divalent Sr-ions at the trivalent La-positions creates oxygen vacancies which give the oxide catalytic prop

  3. Sensing properties of perovskite oxide La1−xSrxCoO3−δ (x=0.5) obtained by using pulsed laser deposition

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    Anh, Dam T.V.; Olthuis, W.; Bergveld, P.

    2003-01-01

    La1−xSrxCoO3−δ belongs to the group of perovskite oxides of the ABO3 structure, with a trivalent rare earth in the A position (La) and a trivalent metal ion in the B position (Co). Doping with divalent Sr-ions at the trivalent La-positions creates oxygen vacancies which give the oxide catalytic prop

  4. New iridium complex as additive to the spiro-OMeTAD in perovskite solar cells with enhanced stability

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    Laura Badia

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available A new iridium complex, IrCp*Cl(PyPyz[TFSI], has been synthesized and used as additive for the hole transporter material, spiro-OMeTAD, in perovskite solar cells. The cells prepared with this Ir additive present higher efficiency than reference cells, and similar to cells prepared with Co additive. We have determined that the presence of metal complexes as additives decreases the recombination rate, as it has been observed by impedance spectroscopy. Very interestingly, while the efficiency after 3 months decreases by 22% and 70% for reference cell and cell with Co additive, respectively, the efficiency of devices containing the Ir additive is only decreased by a 4%.

  5. Solid oxide fuel cell composite cathodes based on perovskite and fluorite structures

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    Sadykov, Vladislav; Mezentseva, Natalia; Usoltsev, Vladimir; Sadovskaya, Ekaterina; Ishchenko, Arkady; Pavlova, Svetlana; Bespalko, Yulia; Kharlamova, Tamara; Zevak, Ekaterina; Salanov, Aleksei; Krieger, Tamara; Belyaev, Vladimir; Bobrenok, Oleg; Uvarov, Nikolai; Okhlupin, Yury; Smorygo, Oleg; Smirnova, Alevtina; Singh, Prabhakar; Vlasov, Aleksandr; Korobeynikov, Mikhail; Bryazgin, Aleksandr; Kalinin, Peter; Arzhannikov, Andrei

    This work presents the results related to the functionally graded fluorite (F)-perovskite (P) nanocomposite cathodes for IT SOFC. Nanocrystalline fluorites (GDC, ScCeSZ) and perovskites (LSrMn, LSrFNi) were synthesized by Pechini method. Nanocomposites were prepared by the ultrasonic dispersion of F and P powders in isopropanol with addition of polyvinyl butyral. Different techniques for deposition and sintering of functionally graded cathode materials were applied including traditional approaches as well as original methods, such as radiation-thermal sintering under electron beam or microwave radiation. Morphology, microstructure and elemental composition of nanocomposites was characterized by XRD and HRTEM/SEM with EDX. Even for dense composites, the sizes of perovskite and fluorite domains remain in the nanorange providing developed P-F interfaces. Oxygen isotope heteroexchange and conductivity/weight relaxation studies demonstrated that these interfaces provide a path for fast oxygen diffusion. The redistribution of the elements between P and F phases in nanocomposites occurs without formation of insulating zirconate phases. Button-size fuel cells with nanocomposite functionally graded cathodes, thin YSZ layers and anode Ni/YSZ cermet (either bulk or supported on Ni-Al foam substrates) were manufactured. For optimized composition and functionally graded design of P-F nanocomposite cathodes, a stable performance in the intermediate temperature range with maximum power density up to 0.5 W cm -2 at 700 °C in wet H 2/air feeds was demonstrated.

  6. Rational design of mixed ionic and electronic conducting perovskite oxides for solid oxide fuel cell anode materials: A case study for doped SrTiO3

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    Suthirakun, Suwit; Xiao, Guoliang; Ammal, Salai Cheettu; Chen, Fanglin; zur Loye, Hans-Conrad; Heyden, Andreas

    2014-01-01

    The effect of p- and n-type dopants on ionic and electronic conductivity of SrTiO3 based perovskites were investigated both computationally and experimentally. Specifically, we performed density functional theory (DFT) calculations of Na- and La-doped SrTiO3 and Na- and Nb-doped SrTiO3 systems. Constrained ab initio thermodynamic calculations were used to evaluate the phase stability and reducibility of doped SrTiO3 under both oxidizing and reducing synthesis conditions, as well as under anodic solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) conditions. The density of states (DOS) of these materials was analyzed to study the effects of p- and n-doping on the electronic conductivity. Furthermore, Na- and La-doped SrTiO3 and Na- and Nb-doped SrTiO3 samples were experimentally prepared and the conductivity was measured to confirm our computational predictions. The experimental observations are in very good agreement with the theoretical predictions that doping n-doped SrTiO3 with small amounts of p-type dopants promotes both the ionic and electronic conductivity of the material. This doping strategy is valid independent of p- and n-doping site and permits the synthesis of perovskite based mixed ionic/electronic conductors.

  7. Electron transport across complex oxide heterointerfaces

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    Rana, Kumari Gaurav

    2013-01-01

    Deze these is het eerste verschenen werk dat het gebruik van BEEM om heet elektron transport in complexe oxide heterostructuren te bestuderen, demonstreert. Belangrijke transportparameters van LSMO zoals de hete elektron attenuatie-lengte en de energieafhankelijkheid zijn succesvol verkregen. Dit we

  8. Chlorinated fluorine doped tin oxide electrodes with high work function for highly efficient planar perovskite solar cells

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    Deng, Li; Xie, Jiale; Wang, Baohua; Chen, Tao; Li, Chang Ming

    2017-06-01

    Perovskite solar cells (PSCs) demonstrate excellent high efficiencies over 20% and potential for a highly scalable manufacturing process. The work function of a transparent electrode (e.g., fluorine doped tin oxide, FTO) plays a critical role in the extraction and collection of electrons in PSCs. In this work, a chlorinated FTO (Cl-FTO) electrode with a high work function is used to fabricate a planar PSC at a low temperature of 100 °C with an optimal efficiency of 13.39% for a great improvement of 49% than plain FTO based cells. The change in the work function of FTO and Cl-FTO can reach up to 0.6 eV. The enhancement scientific insight is further explored, indicating that the increased work function of Cl-FTO provides well-matched energy levels between FTO and the CH3NH3PbI3 active material, facilitating the electron extraction and collection.

  9. Oxidative coupling of methane in a fixed bed reactor over perovskite catalyst: A simulation study using experimental kinetic model

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    Nakisa Yaghobi; Mir Hamid Reza Ghoreishy

    2008-01-01

    The oxidative coupling of methane (OCM) to ethylene over a perovskite titanate catalyst in a fixed bed reactor was studied experimentally and numerically. The two-dimensional steady state model accounted for separate energy equations for the gas and solid phases coupled with an experimental kinetic model. A lumped kinetic model containing four main species CH4, O2, COx (CO2, CO), and C2 (C2H4 and C2H6) was used with a plug flow reactor model as well. The results from the model agreed with the experimental data. The model was used to analyze the influence of temperature and feed gas composition on the conversion and selectivity of the reactor performance. The analytical results indicate that the conversion decreases, whereas, C2 selectivity increases by increasing gas hourly space velocity (GHSV) and the methane conversion also decreases by increasing the methane to oxygen ratio.

  10. Dominance of interface chemistry over the bulk properties in determining the electronic structure of epitaxial metal/perovskite oxide heterojunctions

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    Chambers, Scott A.; Du, Yingge; Gu, Meng; Droubay, Timothy C.; Hepplestone, Steven; Sushko, Petr

    2015-06-09

    We show that despite very similar crystallographic properties and work function values in the bulk, epitaxial Fe and Cr metallizations on Nb:SrTiO3(001) generate completely different heterojunction electronic properties. Cr is Ohmic whereas Fe forms a Schottky barrier with a barrier height of 0.50 eV. This contrast arises because of differences in interface chemistry. In contrast to Cr [Chambers, S. A. et al., Adv. Mater. 2013, 25, 4001.], Fe exhibits a +2 oxidation state and occupies Ti sites in the perovskite lattice, resulting in negligible charge transfer to Ti, upward band bending, and Schottky barrier formation. The differences between Cr and Fe are understood by performing first-principles calculations of the energetics of defect formation which corroborate the observed interface chemistry and structure.

  11. Promotion of Oxygen Reduction by Exsolved Silver Nanoparticles on a Perovskite Scaffold for Low-Temperature Solid Oxide Fuel Cells.

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    Zhu, Yinlong; Zhou, Wei; Ran, Ran; Chen, Yubo; Shao, Zongping; Liu, Meilin

    2016-01-13

    Solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) have potential to be the cleanest and most efficient electrochemical energy conversion devices with excellent fuel flexibility. To make SOFC systems more durable and economically competitive, however, the operation temperature must be significantly reduced, which depends sensitively on the development of highly active electrocatalysts for oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) at low temperatures. Here we report a novel silver nanoparticle-decorated perovskite oxide, prepared via a facile exsolution process from a Sr0.95Ag0.05Nb0.1Co0.9O3-δ (SANC) perovskite precursor, as a highly active and robust ORR electrocatalyst for low-temperature SOFCs. The exsolved Sr0.95Ag0.05Nb0.1Co0.9O3-δ (denoted as e-SANC) electrode is very active for ORR, achieving a very low area specific resistance (∼0.214 Ω cm(2) at 500 °C). An anode-supported cell with the new heterostructured cathode demonstrates very high peak power density (1116 mW cm(-2) at 500 °C) and stable operation for 140 h at a current density of 625 mA cm(-2). The superior ORR activity and stability are attributed to the fast oxygen surface exchange kinetics and the firm adhesion of the Ag nanoparticles to the Sr0.95Nb0.1Co0.9O3-δ (SNC0.95) support. Moreover, the e-SANC cathode displays improved tolerance to CO2. These unique features make the new heterostructured material a highly promising cathode for low-temperature SOFCs.

  12. More Cu, more problems: Decreased CO2 conversion ability by Cu-doped La0.75Sr0.25FeO3 perovskite oxides

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    Daza, Yolanda A.; Maiti, Debtanu; Hare, Bryan J.; Bhethanabotla, Venkat R.; Kuhn, John N.

    2016-06-01

    The effect of Cu doping on the conversion of CO2 to CO was investigated on H2-reduced La0.75Sr0.25FeO3 perovskite oxides. Six La0.75Sr0.25Fe1 -YCuYO3 perovskites, labeled Cu100*Y (with Y = 0, 0.10, 0.25, 0.50, 0.75, and 1) were synthesized and characterized through X-ray diffraction (XRD), temperature-programmed oxygen vacancy formation, and temperature-programmed reduction (TPR). The incorporation of Cu facilitates the formation of oxygen vacancies at lower temperatures but also increased the instability of the perovskite. DFT simulations suggested that the Cu10 sample is favored to produce oxygen vacancies compared to Cu0 and Cu25 samples, which was consistent with experimental oxygen vacancy formation results. For the Cu0, Cu10, and Cu25 samples, temperature-programmed CO2 conversion (TPO-CO2) after isothermal H2-reduction at 450 °C and post-reduction XRD were performed to evaluate the ability of the materials to convert CO2 at low temperatures and to identify the crystalline phases active in the reaction. The peak conversion of CO2 to CO was achieved 30 °C lower on the Cu10 sample versus the Cu0, but less CO was produced, due to a decreased re-oxidation activity of the Cu-doped samples. CO production was inhibited in the Cu25 sample, likely due to a combined effect of poor CO2 dissociative chemisorption energies on metallic Cu and increased thermodynamic stability of the oxygen vacant perovskites. Control experiments (Cu deposited onto La0.75Sr0.25FeO3) indicated the stability of the copper-containing perovskite oxides phases was the primary limiting factor preventing CO formation from CO2.

  13. Oxidation Chemistry of Inorganic Benzene Complexes.

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    Fleischmann, Martin; Dielmann, Fabian; Balázs, Gábor; Scheer, Manfred

    2016-10-17

    The oxidation of the 28 VE cyclo-E6 triple-decker complexes [(Cp(R) Mo)2 (μ,η(6) :η(6) -E6 )] (E=P, Cp(R) =Cp(2 a), Cp*(2 b), Cp(Bn) (2 c)=C5 (CH2 Ph)5 ; E=As, Cp(R) =Cp*(3)) by Cu(+) or Ag(+) leads to cationic 27 VE complexes that retain their general triple-decker geometry in the solid state. The obtained products have been characterized by cyclic voltammetry (CV), EPR, Evans NMR, multinuclear NMR spectroscopy, MS, and structural analysis by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. The cyclo-E6 middle decks of the oxidized complexes are distorted to a quinoid (2 a) or bisallylic (2 b, 2 c, 3) geometry. DFT calculations of 2 a, 2 b, and 3 persistently result in the bisallylic distortion as the minimum geometry and show that the oxidation leads to a depopulation of the σ-system of the cyclo-E6 ligands in 2 a-3. Among the starting complexes, 2 c is reported for the first time including its preparation and full characterization.

  14. Self-templated synthesis and thermal conductivity investigation for ultrathin perovskite oxide nanowires.

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    Yadav, Gautam G; Zhang, Genqiang; Qiu, Bo; Susoreny, Joseph A; Ruan, Xiulin; Wu, Yue

    2011-10-01

    The large thermal conductivity of bulk complex metal oxides such as SrTiO(3), NaCo(2)O(4), and Ca(3)Co(4)O(9) has set a barrier for the improvement of thermoelectric figure of merit and the applications of these materials in high temperature (≥1000 K) thermoelectric energy harvesting and solid-state cooling. Here, we present a self-templated synthesis approach to grow ultrathin SrTiO(3) nanowires with an average diameter of 6 nm in large quantity. The thermal conductivity of the bulk pellet made by compressing nanowire powder using spark plasma sintering shows a 64% reduction in thermal conductivity at 1000 K, which agrees well with theoretical modeling.

  15. Evidence for the Multi-Stage Petrogenetic History of the Oka Carbonatite Complex (Québec, Canada) as Recorded by Perovskite and Apatite

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    Wei Chen; Antonio Simonetti

    2014-01-01

    The Oka complex is amongst the youngest carbonatite occurrences in North America and is associated with the Monteregian Igneous Province (MIP; Québec, Canada). The complex consists of both carbonatite and undersaturated silicate rocks (e.g., ijolite, alnöite), and their relative emplacement history is uncertain. The aim of this study is to decipher the petrogenetic history of Oka via the compositional, isotopic and geochronological investigation of accessory minerals, perovskite and apatite, ...

  16. Modeling Electronic Properties of Complex Oxides

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    Krishnaswamy, Karthik

    Complex oxides are a class of materials that have recently emerged as potential candidates for electronic applications owing to their interesting electronic properties. The goal of this dissertation is to develop a fundamental understanding of these electronic properties using a combination of first-principles approaches based on density functional theory (DFT), and Schr odinger-Poisson (SP) simulation (Abstract shortened by ProQuest.

  17. Preparation of double perovskite-type oxide LaSrFeCoO6for chemical looping steam methane reforming to produce syngas and hydrogen

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    赵坤; 沈阳; 何方; 黄振; 魏国强; 郑安庆; 李海滨; 赵增立

    2016-01-01

    Double-perovskite type oxide LaSrFeCoO6was used as oxygen carrier for chemical looping steam methane reforming (CL-SMR) due to its unique structure and reactivity. Solid-phase, amorphous alloy, sol-gel and micro-emulsion methods were used to prepare the LaSrFeCoO6samples, and the as-prepared samples were characterized by means of X-ray diffraction (XRD), hydrogen temperature-programmed reduction (H2-TPR), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) surface area. Results showed that the samples made by the four different methods exhibited pure crystalline perovskite structure. The ordered dou-ble perovskite LaSrFeCoO6was regarded as a regular arrangement of alternating FeO6and CoO6corner-shared octahedra, with La and Sr cations occupying thevoids in between the octahedral. Because the La3+and Sr2+ions in A-site didnot take part in reaction, the TPR patterns showedthe reductive properties of the B-site metals. The reduction peaks at low temperature revealed the reduction of adsorbed oxygenon surface and combined with the reduction of Co3+to Co2+and to Co0, while the reduction of Fe3+to Fe2+and the partial reduction of Fe2+to Fe0occurred at higher temperatures. From the point of view of the oxygen-donation ability, resistance to carbon formation, as well as hydrogen generation capacity, the sample made by micro-emulsion method exhibited the best reactiv-ity. Its redox reactivitywas very stable in ten successive cycles without deactivation. Compared to the single perovskite-type oxides LaFeO3and LaCoO3, the double perovskite LaSrFeCoO6exhibitedbetter syngas and hydrogen generation capacity.

  18. Transition metal substituted SrTiO3 perovskite oxides as promising functional materials for oxygen sensor

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    Misra, Sunasira

    2012-07-01

    Modern industries employ several gases as process fluids. Leakage of these gases in the operating area could lead to undesirable consequences. Even in chemical industries, which use large quantities of inert gases in confined areas, accidental leakage of these process gases would result in the reduction of oxygen partial pressure in atmospheric air. For instance, large amounts of gaseous nitrogen and argon are used in pharmaceutical industries, gas filling/bottling plants, operating area of Fast Breeder reactors, etc. Fall of concentration of oxygen in air below 17% could lead to life risk (Asphyxiation) of the working personnel that has to be checked well in advance. Further, when the leaking gas is of explosive nature, its damage potential would be very high if its concentration level in air increases beyond its lower explosive limit. Surveillance of the ambient within these industries at the critical areas and also in the environment around them for oxygen therefore becomes highly essential. Sensitive and selective gas sensors made of advanced materials are required to meet this demand of monitoring environmental pollution. The perovskite class of oxides (ABO3) is chemically stable even at high temperatures and can tolerate large levels of dopants without phase transformations. The electronic properties of this parent functional material can be tailored by adding appropriate dopants that exhibit different valence states. Aliovalent transition metal substituted SrTiO3 perovskites are good mixed ionic and electronic conductors and potential candidates for sensing oxygen at percentage level exploiting their oxygen pressure dependent electrical conductivity. This paper presents the preparation, study of electrical conductivity and oxygen-sensing characteristics of iron and cobalt substituted SrTiO3.

  19. The role of deep acceptor centers in the oxidation of acceptor-doped wide-band-gap perovskites ABO3

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    Putilov, L. P.; Tsidilkovski, V. I.

    2017-03-01

    The impact of deep acceptor centers on defect thermodynamics and oxidation of wide-band-gap acceptor-doped perovskites without mixed-valence cations is studied. These deep centers are formed by the acceptor-bound small hole polarons whose stabilization energy can be high enough (significantly higher than the hole-acceptor Coulomb interaction energy). It is shown that the oxidation enthalpy ΔHox of oxide is determined by the energy εA of acceptor-bound states along with the formation energy EV of oxygen vacancies. The oxidation reaction is demonstrated to be either endothermic or exothermic, and the regions of εA and EV values corresponding to the positive or negative ΔHox are determined. The contribution of acceptor-bound holes to the defect thermodynamics strongly depends on the acceptor states depth εA: it becomes negligible at εA less than a certain value (at which the acceptor levels are still deep). With increasing εA, the concentration of acceptor-bound small hole polarons can reach the values comparable to the dopant content. The results are illustrated with the acceptor-doped BaZrO3 as an example. It is shown that the experimental data on the bulk hole conductivity of barium zirconate can be described both in the band transport model and in the model of hopping small polarons localized on oxygen ions away from the acceptor centers. Depending on the εA magnitude, the oxidation reaction can be either endothermic or exothermic for both mobility mechanisms.

  20. New Layered Oxide-Fluoride Perovskites: KNaNbOF5 and KNaMO2F4 (M = Mo6+, W6+

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    Rachelle Ann F. Pinlac

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available KNaNbOF5 and KNaMO2F4 (M = Mo6+, W6+, three new layered oxide-fluoride perovskites with the general formula ABB’X6, form from the combination of a second-order Jahn-Teller d0 transition metal and an alkali metal (Na+ on the B-site. Alternating layers of cation vacancies and K+ cations on the A-site complete the structure. The K+ cations are found in the A-site layer where the fluoride ions are located. The A-site is vacant in the adjacent A-site layer where the axial oxides are located. This unusual layered arrangement of unoccupied A-sites and under bonded oxygen has not been observed previously although many perovskite-related structures are known.

  1. High-temperature compressive creep behaviour of perovskite-type oxides SrTi1-xFexO3-δ

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    Donkelaar, ten S.F.P.; Stournari, V.; Malzbender, J.; Nijmeijer, A.; Bouwmeester, H.J.M.

    2015-01-01

    Compressive creep tests have been performed on mixed ionic-electronic conducting perovskite-type oxides SrTi1-xFexO3- (STF, x = 0.3, 0.5 and 0.7). Observed activation energies and stress exponents, at 800–1000 ◦C and in the stress range 10 100 MPa, indicate that the steady-state creep rate of STF u

  2. High-temperature compressive creep behaviour of perovskite-type oxides SrTi1-xFexO3-δ

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    ten Donkelaar, S.F.P.; Stournari, V.; Malzbender, J.; Nijmeijer, Arian; Bouwmeester, Henricus J.M.

    2015-01-01

    Compressive creep tests have been performed on mixed ionic-electronic conducting perovskite-type oxides SrTi1-xFexO3- (STF, x = 0.3, 0.5 and 0.7). Observed activation energies and stress exponents, at 800–1000 ◦C and in the stress range 10 100 MPa, indicate that the steady-state creep rate of STF

  3. Influence of strain on the structural instabilities and functional properties of complex oxides

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    Hatt, Alison J.

    Complex oxides display a tremendous array of functional properties, ranging from ferroelectricity to giant magnetoresistance to superconductivity. Epitaxial strain in thin films of these materials provides a tool to further manipulate the available functionalities and presents an attractive avenue for material design. Arising from mismatch between films and substrate lattice parameters, strain can have profound effects on material properties by altering the energy balance between competing structural instabilities. Here we use density functional calculations to address the influence of strain on ABO 3 perovskite oxides, examining the impact on structural instabilities and focusing on regions in which strain induces phase transition phenomena. The density functional approach gives us access to the atomic-level details of a material's response to strain, enabling us to disentangle competing instabilities and differentiate between the ionic, electronic and lattice responses. In particular, we seek to illuminate the coupling of strain to distortion modes involving rigid rotations of the BO6 octahedral units. These octahedral rotations are known to drive or prohibit a number of strain-induced phenomena in functional oxides, but the details of their coupling to strain were not previously well understood. We develop our topic through investigations on four perovskite systems. We first study a layered superlattice of La(Al,Fe,Cr)O3, to distinguish the effect of misfit strain from the symmetry constraint imposed by heterostructuring. We then focus on the influence of strain in a series of single-phase perovskites of increasing complexity. In the simple dielectric LaAlO3, we isolate the strain-rotation coupling, develop a model for the dependence of rotations on bi-axial and uni-axial strain, and characterize a previously unidentified strain-induced phase transition. Next, we address strain in a polar material, multiferroic BiFeO3, to investigate recent experimental reports

  4. Role of strontium addition on the phase transition of lanthanum copper oxide from K{sub 2}NiF{sub 4} to perovskite structure

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    Yu, H.-C. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, No. 1, Ta-Hsueh Road, Tainan 70101, Taiwan (China); Fung, K.-Z. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, No. 1, Ta-Hsueh Road, Tainan 70101, Taiwan (China)]. E-mail: kzfung@mail.ncku.edu.tw

    2007-08-16

    Without Sr addition, the sintered La{sub 2}O{sub 3} and CuO powder mixture in a mole ratio of 1:2 formed K{sub 2}NiF{sub 4}-structured La{sub 2}CuO{sub 4} with excess CuO. When 15% of strontium was added, La{sub 2}CuO{sub 4} transformed into the single perovskite La{sub 1-x}Sr {sub x}CuO{sub 2.5-{delta}} phase with orthorhombic structure. As the strontium addition increased to 20%, the perovskite lattice changed from orthorhombic to tetragonal. These phase transitions may be attributed to the enhanced oxidation of the divalent cupper ions (Cu{sup 2+}) to trivalent ones (Cu{sup 3+}) by the strontium addition. Based on the electroneutrality in an ABO{sub 3} perovskite lattice, a divalent cation is unstable in the B-site cation sub-lattice when the A-site is occupied by a trivalent cation such as La{sup 3+}. As strontium was added into the A-site cation sub-lattice, the oxidation of Cu{sup 2+} ion into trivalent Cu{sup 3+} ion was enhanced. The increase of Cu{sup 3+} concentration strengthened the electrostatic bonding (ESB) of copper ions with their neighboring anions. Consequently, the symmetrical tetragonal Sr-doped lanthanum copper oxide was obtained.

  5. Artificial layered perovskite oxides A(B{sub 0.5}B′{sub 0.5})O{sub 3} as potential solar energy conversion materials

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    Chen, Hungru [Environmental Remediation Materials Unit, National Institute for Materials Sciences, Ibaraki 305-0044 (Japan); Umezawa, Naoto [Environmental Remediation Materials Unit, National Institute for Materials Sciences, Ibaraki 305-0044 (Japan); PRESTO, Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), 4-1-8 Honcho Kawaguchi, Saitama 332-0012 (Japan); TU-NIMS Joint Research Center, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Tianjin University, 92 Weijin Road, Nankai District, Tianjin (China)

    2015-02-07

    Perovskite oxides with a d{sup 0} electronic configuration are promising photocatalysts and exhibit high electron mobilities. However, their band gaps are too large for efficient solar energy conversion. On the other hand, transition metal cations with partially filled d{sup n} electronic configurations give rise to visible light absorption. In this study, by using hybrid density functional theory calculations, it is demonstrated that the virtues of the two categories of materials can be combined in perovskite oxide A(B{sub 0.5}B′{sub 0.5})O{sub 3} with a layered B-site ordering along the [001] direction. The electronic structures of the four selected perovskite oxide compounds, La(Ti{sub 0.5}Ni{sub 0.5})O{sub 3}, La(Ti{sub 0.5}Zn{sub 0.5})O{sub 3}, Sr(Nb{sub 0.5}Cr{sub 0.5})O{sub 3}, and Sr(Nb{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 0.5})O{sub 3} are calculated and discussed.

  6. Effect of the filtration of PbI2 solution for zinc oxide nanowire based perovskite solar cells

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    Mijanur Rahman, Md.; Uekawa, Naofumi; Shiba, Fumiyuki; Okawa, Yusuke; Sakai, Masatoshi; Yamamoto, Kazunuki; Kudo, Kazuhiro; Konishi, Takehisa

    2016-01-01

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) nanowires (NWs) are grown on fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) glass substrates via a simple reactive evaporation method without the presence of any catalysts or additives. The ZnO NWs show high crystallinity and preferential elongation along the c-axis of the hexagonal wurtzite crystal structure. The highly crystalline NWs as electron transporting layer have been used to fabricate the CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite solar cells and their photovoltaic performance were investigated. In this report, we studied the effect of filtration of PbI2-solution on surface morphology of CH3NH3PbI3 layer. Spin-coating of the filtered PbI2-solution leads to a better crystallization and relatively homogenous coverage of the CH3NH3PbI3 film, resulting in an enhancement of the solar cell efficiency compared to the cell fabricated using non-filtrated PbI2-solution. By synthesizing the CH3NH3PbI3 film using filtrated PbI2-solution, we achieved the best power conversion efficiency of 4.8% with a current density of 7.6 mA cm-2, the open circuit voltage of 0.79 V and fill factor of 0.63.

  7. A niobium and tantalum co-doped perovskite cathode for solid oxide fuel cells operating below 500 °C

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    Li, Mengran; Zhao, Mingwen; Li, Feng; Zhou, Wei; Peterson, Vanessa K.; Xu, Xiaoyong; Shao, Zongping; Gentle, Ian; Zhu, Zhonghua

    2017-01-01

    The slow activity of cathode materials is one of the most significant barriers to realizing the operation of solid oxide fuel cells below 500 °C. Here we report a niobium and tantalum co-substituted perovskite SrCo0.8Nb0.1Ta0.1O3-δ as a cathode, which exhibits high electroactivity. This cathode has an area-specific polarization resistance as low as ~0.16 and ~0.68 Ω cm2 in a symmetrical cell and peak power densities of 1.2 and 0.7 W cm-2 in a Gd0.1Ce0.9O1.95-based anode-supported fuel cell at 500 and 450 °C, respectively. The high performance is attributed to an optimal balance of oxygen vacancies, ionic mobility and surface electron transfer as promoted by the synergistic effects of the niobium and tantalum. This work also points to an effective strategy in the design of cathodes for low-temperature solid oxide fuel cells.

  8. Hydrothermal Synthesis and Characterization of Perovskite Oxide AgTaO3

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    HE Li-jie; ZHANG Dong; FENG Shou-hua; ZOU Bo; CHEN Gang

    2012-01-01

    The perovskite-type AgTaO3 crystals were prepared by mild hydrothermal method and determined by powder X-ray diffraction.Rietveld refinement indicates that AgTaO3 crystallized in an orthorhombic system with the space group Pcmn.The lattice parameters are a-5.5822(1) nm,b=7.8522(2) nm and c=5.5347(1) nm,with α=β=γ=90.0°.The compound was characterized by scanning electron microscopy(SEM),X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS),high resolution transmission electron microscopy(HR-TEM) and UV-Vis diffuse reflectance spectrometry (UV-Vis DRS).The photocatalytic activity of AgTaO3 powder was evaluated by the degradation of Congo red under UV-light irradiation.The result shows that the titled compound has a high photocatalytic activity at room temperature and potential application in photocatalysis.

  9. Analysis of the superconductivity in perovskite oxides using three-square-well BCS formalism

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    G C Asomba; O Abah; O A Ogbuu; C M I Okoye

    2015-12-01

    Superconductivity in perovskite, BaKBiO, is studied in the Bardeen–Cooper–Schrieffer (BCS) model, with three-square-well potentials. Components of the new coupling are: the attractive acoustic phonon–electron, optical phonon–electron and repulsive Coulomb interactions. With these in the BCS pairing Hamiltonian, expressions for the superconducting transition temperature and isotope effect exponent are obtained. Results of our analysis are consistent with experiments. Contributions of interactions to system properties are exhibited and analysed. Acoustic phonon–electron and optical phonon–electron interactions have near-identical elevation of transition temperature, holding out possible explanations for high-. Contrastingly, optical phonon–electron and Coulomb couplings cause debilitation of isotope exponent, a possible explanation for low isotope exponent in the cuprates and other high- systems. It is found that BCS electron–phonon coupling appears synonymous with acoustic phonon–electron coupling.

  10. The complex perovskite-related superstructure Ba[sub 2]Fe[sub 2]O[sub 5] solved by HREM and CIP

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    Zou, X.D.; Hovmoeller, S. (Stockholm Univ. (Sweden). Dept. of Structural Chemistry); Parras, M.; Gonzalez-Calbet, J.M. (Univ. Complutense, Madrid (Spain). Dept. de Quimica Inorganica); Vallet-Regi, M. (Univ. Complutense, Madrid (Spain). Dept. de Quimica Inorganica y Bioinorganica); Grenier, J.C. (Bordeaux-1 Univ., 33 - Talence (France). Lab. de Chimie du Solide du CNRS)

    1993-01-01

    Barium ferrite Ba[sub 2]Fe[sub 2]O[sub 5] is a complex perovskite-related structure. The crystal is monoclinic P2[sub 1]/c, with a = 6.969(1), b = 11.724(1), c = 23.431(5) A, [beta] = 98.74(1)[sup 0]. The composition of one unit cell is Ba[sub 28]Fe[sub 28]O[sub 70]. The structure was solved using a combination of high-resolution electron microscopy (HREM), crystallographic image processing (CIP) and electron diffraction. The structure can be described as a perovskite with 14 oxygen positions unoccupied with respect to the ABO[sub 3] stoichiometry in the monoclinic unit cell. These positions can be identified from the potential map obtained by HREM and CIP. They form two linear groups. Seven of them lie on a line along [476][sub m] (corresponding to [110][sub c] of perovskite), while the seven other symmetry-related positions lie along [476][sub m] (corresponding to [101][sub c] of perovskite). (orig.).

  11. p-i-n heterojunctions with BiFeO3 perovskite nanoparticles and p- and n-type oxides: photovoltaic properties.

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    Chatterjee, Soumyo; Bera, Abhijit; Pal, Amlan J

    2014-11-26

    We formed p-i-n heterojunctions based on a thin film of BiFeO3 nanoparticles. The perovskite acting as an intrinsic semiconductor was sandwiched between a p-type and an n-type oxide semiconductor as hole- and electron-collecting layer, respectively, making the heterojunction act as an all-inorganic oxide p-i-n device. We have characterized the perovskite and carrier collecting materials, such as NiO and MoO3 nanoparticles as p-type materials and ZnO nanoparticles as the n-type material, with scanning tunneling spectroscopy; from the spectrum of the density of states, we could locate the band edges to infer the nature of the active semiconductor materials. The energy level diagram of p-i-n heterojunctions showed that type-II band alignment formed at the p-i and i-n interfaces, favoring carrier separation at both of them. We have compared the photovoltaic properties of the perovskite in p-i-n heterojunctions and also in p-i and i-n junctions. From current-voltage characteristics and impedance spectroscopy, we have observed that two depletion regions were formed at the p-i and i-n interfaces of a p-i-n heterojunction. The two depletion regions operative at p-i-n heterojunctions have yielded better photovoltaic properties as compared to devices having one depletion region in the p-i or the i-n junction. The results evidenced photovoltaic devices based on all-inorganic oxide, nontoxic, and perovskite materials.

  12. Local probe investigation of emergent phenomena in complex oxide heterointerfaces

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    Huang, Mengchen

    Complex oxide heterointerfaces exhibit rich physics as well as many veiled puzzles. LaAlO3/SrTiO3 (LAO/STO) is one of the prototype of such heterointerfaces. In 2004, Ohtomo and Hwang first reported a conducing interface emerged between perovskite oxide insulators LaAlO3 and SrTiO3. Following this seminal discovery, many emergent phenomena like metal-insulator transition, piezoresponse, superconductivity, magnetism, strong spin-orbit coupling and coexistence of superconductivity and magnetism were reported in the fascinating LAO/STO system. However, the origin of the conducting interface is still the subject of intense debate, and the physics behind these emergent phenomena remains a wild space to be explored. My Ph.D. study focused on the emergent phenomena in LAO/STO by using "local probes" -- nanostructures created by conductive atomic force microscope (c-AFM) lithography and the AFM itself. I used piezoresponse force microscope (PFM) to study the electromechanical response in LAO/STO and developed a high-resolution, non-destructive PFM imaging technique to visualize nanostructures at LAO/STO interface. The results indicate that the PFM signal is related to a carrier density mediated interfacial lattice distortion, and surface adsorbates can affect the PFM signal via coupling to the electrons at the interface. I integrated graphene on LAO/STO, created field-effect devices in graphene/LAO/STO and collaborated with Dr. Giriraj Jnawali to investigate the transport properties. The high quality single layer graphene on LAO/STO exhibited the half-integer quantum Hall effect and room temperature weak antilocalization behavior. I performed transport measurements in (110)-oriented LAO/STO to investigate anisotropic quasi one-dimensional superconductivity in nanowires. Based on the results I proposed a plausible explanation related to the Lifshitz transition and anisotropic band structures of nanowires in (110)-oriented LAO/STO. Co-worked with Dr. Keith Brown, I studied

  13. Removal of salicylic acid on perovskite-type oxide LaFeO3 catalyst in catalytic wet air oxidation process.

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    Yang, Min; Xu, Aihua; Du, Hongzhang; Sun, Chenglin; Li, Can

    2007-01-02

    It has been found that salicylic acid can be removal effectively at the lower temperature of 140 degrees C on perovskite-type oxide LaFeO3 catalyst in the catalytic wet air oxidation (CWAO) process. Under the same condition, the activities for the CWAO of phenol, benzoic acid and sulfonic salicylic acid have been also investigated. The results indicated that, with compared to the very poor activities for phenol and benzoic acid, the activities for salicylic acid and sulfonic salicylic acid were very high, which are attributed to their same intramolecular H-bonding structures. With the role of hard acidity of intramolecular H-bonding, salicylic acid and sulfonic salicylic acid can be adsorbed effectively on the basic center of LaFeO3 catalyst and are easy to take place the total oxidation reaction. However, at temperatures higher than 140 degrees C, the intramolecular H-bonding structure of salicylic acid was destroyed and the activities at 160 and 180 degrees C decreased greatly, which confirms further the key role of intramolecular H-bonding in the CWAO. Moreover, the LaFeO3 catalyst also indicated a superior stability of activity and structure in CWAO of salicylic acid.

  14. Chalcogenide Perovskites for Solar Energy Harvesting

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    Perera, Samanthe

    Methylammonium Lead halide perovskites have recently emerged as a promising candidate for realizing high efficient low cost photovoltaic modules. Charge transport properties of the solution processed halide perovskites are comparable to some of the existing absorbers used in the current PV industry which require sophisticated processing techniques. Due to this simple processing required to achieve high efficiencies, halide perovskites have become an active field of research. As a result, perovskite solar cells are rapidly reaching towards theoretical efficiency limit of close to 30%. It's believed that ionicity inherent to perovskite materials is one of the contributing factors for the excellent charge transport properties of perovskites. Despite the growing interest for solar energy harvesting purposes, these halide perovskites have serious limitations such as toxicity and instability that need to be addressed in order to commercialize the solar cells incorporating them. This dissertation focuses on a new class of ionic semiconductors, chalcogenide perovskites for solar energy harvesting purposes. Coming from the family perovskites they are expected to have same excellent charge transport properties inherent to perovskites due to the ionicity. Inspired by few theoretical studies on chalcogenide perovskites, BaZrS3 and its Ti alloys were synthesized by sulfurizing the oxide counterpart. Structural characterizations have confirmed the predicted distorted perovskite phase. Optical characterizations have verified the direct band gap suitable for thin film single junction solar cells. Anion alloying was demonstrated by synthesizing oxysulfides with widely tunable band gap suitable for applications such as solid state lighting and sensing.

  15. Inorganic perovskite photocatalysts for solar energy utilization.

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    Zhang, Guan; Liu, Gang; Wang, Lianzhou; Irvine, John T S

    2016-10-24

    The development and utilization of solar energy in environmental remediation and water splitting is being intensively studied worldwide. During the past few decades, tremendous efforts have been devoted to developing non-toxic, low-cost, efficient and stable photocatalysts for water splitting and environmental remediation. To date, several hundreds of photocatalysts mainly based on metal oxides, sulfides and (oxy)nitrides with different structures and compositions have been reported. Among them, perovskite oxides and their derivatives (layered perovskite oxides) comprise a large family of semiconductor photocatalysts because of their structural simplicity and flexibility. This review specifically focuses on the general background of perovskite and its related materials, summarizes the recent development of perovskite photocatalysts and their applications in water splitting and environmental remediation, discusses the theoretical modelling and calculation of perovskite photocatalysts and presents the key challenges and perspectives on the research of perovskite photocatalysts.

  16. Shift current bulk photovoltaic effect in polar materials—hybrid and oxide perovskites and beyond

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    Tan, Liang Z.; Zheng, Fan; Young, Steve M.; Wang, Fenggong; Liu, Shi; Rappe, Andrew M.

    2016-08-01

    The bulk photovoltaic effect (BPVE) refers to the generation of a steady photocurrent and above-bandgap photovoltage in a single-phase homogeneous material lacking inversion symmetry. The mechanism of BPVE is decidedly different from the typical p-n junction-based photovoltaic mechanism in heterogeneous materials. Recently, there has been renewed interest in ferroelectric materials for solar energy conversion, inspired by the discovery of above-bandgap photovoltages in ferroelectrics, the invention of low bandgap ferroelectric materials and the rapidly improving power conversion efficiency of metal halide perovskites. However, as long as the nature of the BPVE and its dependence on composition and structure remain poorly understood, materials engineering and the realisation of its true potential will be hampered. In this review article, we survey the history, development and recent progress in understanding the mechanisms of BPVE, with a focus on the shift current mechanism, an intrinsic BPVE that is universal to all materials lacking inversion symmetry. In addition to explaining the theory of shift current, materials design opportunities and challenges will be discussed for future applications of the BPVE.

  17. New Rhenium-Doped SrCo1−xRexO3−δ Perovskites Performing as Cathodes in Solid Oxide Fuel Cells

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    2016-08-01

    Full Text Available In the aim to stabilize novel three-dimensional perovskite oxides based upon SrCoO3−δ, we have designed and prepared SrCo1−xRexO3−δ phases (x = 0.05 and 0.10, successfully avoiding the competitive hexagonal 2H polytypes. Their performance as cathode materials in intermediate-temperature solid oxide fuel cells (IT-SOFC has been investigated. The characterization of these oxides included X-ray (XRD and in situ temperature-dependent neutron powder diffraction (NPD experiments for x = 0.10. At room temperature, SrCo1−xRexO3−δ perovskites are defined in the P4/mmm space group, which corresponds to a subtle tetragonal perovskite superstructure with unit-cell parameters a = b ≈ ao, c = 2ao (ao = 3.861 and 3.868 Å, for x = 0.05 and 0.10, respectively. The crystal structure evolves above 380 °C to a simple cubic perovskite unit cell, as observed from in-situ NPD data. The electrical conductivity gave maximum values of 43.5 S·cm−1 and 51.6 S·cm−1 for x = 0.05 and x = 0.10, respectively, at 850 °C. The area specific resistance (ASR polarization resistance determined in symmetrical cells is as low as 0.087 Ω·cm2 and 0.065 Ω·cm2 for x = 0.05 and x = 0.10, respectively, at 850 °C. In single test cells these materials generated a maximum power of around 0.6 W/cm2 at 850 °C with pure H2 as a fuel, in an electrolyte-supported configuration with La0.8Sr0.2Ga0.83Mg0.17O3−δ (LSGM as the electrolyte. Therefore, we propose the SrCo1−xRexO3−δ (x = 0.10 and 0.05 perovskite oxides as promising candidates for cathodes in IT-SOFC.

  18. Synthesis and Characterization of a New Fe2O3 Pillared Triple-layered Perovskite KSr2Nb3O10

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    ZHANG Hui; YANG Wei-Ming; FANG Liang; YANG Jun-Feng; LIU Han-Xing

    2003-01-01

    A n-Hexyl NH3 Sr2 Nb3 O10 is obtained by the stepwise ion-exchange reaction, then is dispersed interlayer potassium cations of the perovskite niobate are exchanged with the partially hydrolyzed trinuclear acetato complex ions. On heating , the exchanged complex ions are converted into iron oxide pillars which keep the perovskite sheets apart. The product is characterized by XRD , SEM , EDAX and surface area measurement respectively.

  19. Direct decomposition of nitric oxide in low temperature over iron-based perovskite-type catalyst modified by Ru

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    LI Li; ZHANG Mi-lin; YUAN Fu-long; SHI Ke-ying; ZHANG Guo; ZHANG Dan

    2006-01-01

    Iron-based perovskite-type compounds modified by Ru were prepared through sol-gel process to study its catalytic activity of NOx direct decomposition at low temperature and evaluate the conversion of NO under the experimental conditions. The catalytic activity of La0.9Ce0.1Fe0.8-nCo0.2RunO3 ( n = 0.01,0.03,0.05,0.07,0.09)series for the NO, NO-CO two components, CO-HC-NO three components were also analyzed. The catalytic investigation evidenced that the presence of Ru is necessary for making highly activity in decomposition of nitric oxide even at low temperature (400 ℃ ) and La0.9Ce0.9Fe0.75Co0.2Ru0.05O3( n = 0. 05 ) has better activity in all the samples, the conversion of it is 58.5%. With the reducing gas (CO, C3 H6 )added into the gas, the catalyst displayed very high activity in decomposition of NO and the conversion of it is 80% and 92. 5% separately.

  20. First-principles model potentials for lattice-dynamical studies: general methodology and example of application to ferroic perovskite oxides.

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    Wojdeł, Jacek C; Hermet, Patrick; Ljungberg, Mathias P; Ghosez, Philippe; Íñiguez, Jorge

    2013-07-31

    We present a scheme to construct model potentials, with parameters computed from first principles, for large-scale lattice-dynamical simulations of materials. We mimic the traditional solid-state approach to the investigation of vibrational spectra, i.e., we start from a suitably chosen reference configuration of the compound and describe its energy as a function of arbitrary atomic distortions by means of a Taylor series. Such a form of the potential-energy surface is general, trivial to formulate for any material, and physically transparent. Further, such models involve clear-cut approximations, their precision can be improved in a systematic fashion, and their simplicity allows for convenient and practical strategies to compute/fit the potential parameters. We illustrate our scheme with two challenging cases in which the model potential is strongly anharmonic, namely, the ferroic perovskite oxides PbTiO3 and SrTiO3. Studying these compounds allows us to better describe the connection between the so-called effective-Hamiltonian method and ours (which may be seen as an extension of the former), and to show the physical insight and predictive power provided by our approach-e.g., we present new results regarding the factors controlling phase-transition temperatures, novel phase transitions under elastic constraints, an improved treatment of thermal expansion, etc.

  1. Magnetic Properties of the Quadruple Perovskite Oxide CaCu3Fe2Re2O12: Monte Carlo Study

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    Arejdal, M.; Jabar, A.; Bahmad, L.; Benyoussef, A.

    2017-01-01

    The compound "Quadruple Perovskite Oxide CaCu3Fe2Re2O12", composed of the mixed atoms with the magnetic moments Cu(σ = 1/2), Fe(S = 5/2) and Re(q = 1.0), is studied as the aim of this research paper, using Monte Carlo Simulations (MCS). The investigation of this system's magnetic proprieties is made through determining the ground state phase diagrams. The stable phases are determined and discussed, elaborating numerically the partial-total magnetizations. The partial-total magnetic susceptibilities are illustrated as a function of the reduced temperature for determining the critical temperature, and studying the impact of the crystal field on the total magnetization. Then, the analysis of the magnetic hysteresis loops are discussed for different values of the crystal field. The influence of the reduced temperature has been made when investigating the study of our system. Finally, the size system effect is analyzed and discussed for different reduced temperatures. To complete this study, the coercive field has also been elaborated and discussed.

  2. Electronic Structure, Oxidation State of Sn, and Chemical Stability of Photovoltaic Perovskite Variant Cs2SnI6

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    Xiao, Zewen; Zhang, Xiao; Zhou, Yuanyuan; Hosono, Hideo; Kamiya, Toshio

    2015-01-01

    Cs2SnI6, a variant of perovskite CsSnI3, is expected for a photovoltaic material. Based on a simple ionic model, it is expected that Cs2SnI6 is composed of Cs+, I-, and Sn4+ ions and that the band gap is primarily made of occupied I- 5p6 valence band maximum (VBM) and unoccupied Sn4+ 5s conduction band minimum (CBM) similar to SnO2. In this work, we performed density functional theory (DFT) calculations and revealed that the real charge state of the Sn ion in this compound is +2 similar to CsSnI3. This is due to strong covalent nature between the I ion and the Sn ion, the VBM consists of I 5p - I 5p antibonding states, and the CBM of I 5p - Sn 5s antibonding states. The +2 oxidation state of Sn is realized by the apparent charge state of I-2/3, because the I 5p - Sn 5s antibonding states form the unoccupied CBM and apparently 1/18 of the I 5p orbitals are unoccupied. These results are further supported by comparing chemical bonding analyses with those of related compounds. The chemical stability of the Cs2SnI...

  3. Dark ambient degradation of Bisphenol A and Acid Orange 8 as organic pollutants by perovskite SrFeO{sub 3−δ} metal oxide

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    Leiw, Ming Yian, E-mail: LEIW0003@e.ntu.edu.sg [School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, 50 Nanyang Avenue, Singapore 639798 (Singapore); GlobalFoundries Singapore Pte. Ltd., 60 Woodlands Industrial Park D Street 2, Singapore 738406 (Singapore); Guai, Guan Hong [GlobalFoundries Singapore Pte. Ltd., 60 Woodlands Industrial Park D Street 2, Singapore 738406 (Singapore); School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering and Center for Advanced Bionanosystems, Nanyang Technological University, 70 Nanyang Drive, Singapore 637457 (Singapore); Wang, Xiaoping [School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, 50 Nanyang Avenue, Singapore 639798 (Singapore); Tse, Man Siu [School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, 50 Nanyang Avenue, Singapore 639798 (Singapore); Ng, Chee Mang [GlobalFoundries Singapore Pte. Ltd., 60 Woodlands Industrial Park D Street 2, Singapore 738406 (Singapore); Tan, Ooi Kiang [School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, 50 Nanyang Avenue, Singapore 639798 (Singapore)

    2013-09-15

    Highlights: • Perovskite SFO prepared by high temperature and high-energy ball milling process. • SFO metal oxide shows good efficiency in degrading and mineralizing BPA. • Rapid decoloration of AO8 was achieved in the presence of SFO metal oxide. • O{sub 2}·{sup −} is the predominant ROS for dark oxidative degradation of BPA and AO8. -- Abstract: Current advanced oxidation processes (AOPs) are chemically and energetically intensive processes, which are undesirable for cost-effective and large-scale system water treatment and wastewater recycling. This study explored the Strontium Ferrite (SFO) metal oxide on the degradation of highly concentrated organic pollutants under dark ambient condition without any external stimulants. The SFO particles with single perovskite structure were successfully synthesized with a combined high temperature and high-energy ball milling process. An endocrine disruptor, Bisphenol A (BPA) and an azo dye, Acid Orange 8 (AO8) were used as probe organic pollutants. BPA was completely degraded with 83% of mineralization in 24 h while rapid decoloration of AO8 was achieved in 60 min and complete breakdown into primary intermediates and aliphatic acids occurred in 24 h under the treatment of dispersed SFO metal oxide in water. Such efficient degradation could be attributed to the enhanced adsorption of these anionic pollutants on positively charged ball-milled SFO metal oxide surface, resulted in higher degradation activity. Preliminary degradation mechanisms of BPA and AO8 under the action of SFO metal oxide were proposed. These results showed that the SFO metal oxide could be an efficient alternative material as novel advanced oxidation technology for low cost water treatment.

  4. Analysis of the perovskite structure LaxSr1-xCryMn1-yO3-δ with potential application as an anode for solid oxide fuel cells

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    Alvarado Flores, J.J.

    2017-07-01

    Solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC) are complex devices that offer great advantages over conventional manner in which electrical energy is produced. Many of these advantages revolve around the environmental impact and particularly energy efficiency. However, progress in the field of these devices operating at high temperatures require the continuous search for new materials with advanced properties, optimization in manufacturing, cutting edge technologies for the processing of its main components (anode-electrolyte-cathode-seal) and low manufacturing costs. Here, the perovskite structure material LaxSr1-xCryMn1-yO3-δ (LSCM) is efficient, stable redox environments, has low manufacturing cost and is optimized for SOFC applications. Its properties compare favorably with the compound Ni/YSZ using hydrogen as a fuel; and when methane is used, it requires only 3% moisture to prevent carbon formation, which is much lower compared to when used Ni/YSZ (50% moisture). The LSCM material allows a SOFC cell operate at intermediate temperatures around 700°C. This article provides a brief review of the excellent properties and potential presented by this perovskite. (Author)

  5. Effect of Perovskite coating on oxide scale growth on Fe-22Cr

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    Persson, Åsa; Mikkelsen, Lars; Hendriksen, Peter Vang

    2006-01-01

    A coating consisting of La0.85Sr0.15MnO3 (LSM) was deposited onto two Fe 22 wt % Cr alloys Crofer 22APU and Sandvik lC44Mo20. The evolution of the oxide layers developing underneath the coatings during oxidation was investigated. The effect of the LSM coating on oxidation rate and microstructure...... of the oxide scale was investigated, and possible effects on the overall oxidation mechanism are discussed. It was found that the growth rate for coated Crofer 22APU was decreased by a factor of 3 in comparison with the uncoated samples, and the thickness of the chromia layer in the scales decreased in favor...

  6. Strategy towards cost-effective low-temperature solid oxide fuel cells: A mixed-conductive membrane comprised of natural minerals and perovskite oxide

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    Xia, Chen; Cai, Yixiao; Wang, Baoyuan; Afzal, Muhammad; Zhang, Wei; Soltaninazarlou, Aslan; Zhu, Bin

    2017-02-01

    Our previous work has revealed the feasibility of natural hematite as an electrolyte material for solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs), tailoring SOFCs to be a more economically competitive energy conversion technology. In the present work, with the aim of exploring more practical uses of natural minerals, a novel composite hematite/LaCePrOx-La0.6Sr0.4Co0.2Fe0.8O3-δ (hematite/LCP-LSCF) has been developed from natural hematite ore, rare-earth mineral LaCePr-carbonate, and perovskite oxide LSCF as a functional membrane in SOFCs. The heterogeneity, nanostructure and mixed-conductive property of the composite were investigated. The results showed that the hematite/LCP-30 wt% LSCF composite possessed balanced ionic and electronic conductivities, with an ionic conductivity as high as 0.153 S cm-1 at 600 °C. The as-designed fuel cell using the hematite/LCP-LSCF membrane exhibited encouraging power outputs of 303 - 662 mW cm-2 at 500 - 600 °C. These findings show that the hematite/LCP-LSCF based fuel cell is a viable strategy for developing cost-effective and practical low-temperature SOFCs (LTSOFCs).

  7. Magnetic properties and structural characterization of Sr{sub 2}RuHoO{sub 6} complex perovskite

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    Corredor, L.T.; Landinez Tellez, D.A. [Grupo de Fisica de Nuevos Materiales, Departamento de Fisica, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, AA 5997, Bogota DC (Colombia); Martinez Buitrago, D. [Grupo de Fisica de Nuevos Materiales, Departamento de Fisica, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, AA 5997, Bogota DC (Colombia); Grupo Fisica de Materiales, Escuela de Fisica, Universidad Pedagogica y Tecnologica de Colombia, Tunja (Colombia); Albino Aguiar, J. [Departamento de Fisica, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, 50670-901, Recife PE (Brazil); Roa-Rojas, J., E-mail: jroar@unal.edu.co [Grupo de Fisica de Nuevos Materiales, Departamento de Fisica, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, AA 5997, Bogota DC (Colombia)

    2012-08-15

    We report an experimental study of the crystallographic lattice, morphologic characteristics and magnetic feature of Sr{sub 2}RuHoO{sub 6} complex perovskite, which is used as a precursor in the fabrication process of the superconducting ruthenocuprate RuSr{sub 2}HoCu{sub 2}O{sub 8}. The samples were produced through the standard solid state reaction. A Rietveld refinement of experimental X-ray diffraction patterns shows that the material crystallizes in a monoclinic structure, which belongs to the P21/n (no.14) space group, with lattice parameters a=5.7719(6) A, b=5.8784(5) A, c=8.1651(9) A, and tilt angle {beta}=90.200 Degree-Sign . Magnetic susceptibility measurements reveal the occurrence of an antiferromagnetic ordering for a Neel temperature T{sub N}=10.1 K. From the Curie-Weiss fitting of the paramagnetic regime we obtain an effective magnetic moment of 11.31 {mu}{sub B}.

  8. Roles of Bulk and Surface Chemistry in the Oxygen Exchange Kinetics and Related Properties of Mixed Conducting Perovskite Oxide Electrodes

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    Nicola H. Perry

    2016-10-01

    Full Text Available Mixed conducting perovskite oxides and related structures serving as electrodes for electrochemical oxygen incorporation and evolution in solid oxide fuel and electrolysis cells, respectively, play a significant role in determining the cell efficiency and lifetime. Desired improvements in catalytic activity for rapid surface oxygen exchange, fast bulk transport (electronic and ionic, and thermo-chemo-mechanical stability of oxygen electrodes will require increased understanding of the impact of both bulk and surface chemistry on these properties. This review highlights selected work at the International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research (I2CNER, Kyushu University, set in the context of work in the broader community, aiming to characterize and understand relationships between bulk and surface composition and oxygen electrode performance. Insights into aspects of bulk point defect chemistry, electronic structure, crystal structure, and cation choice that impact carrier concentrations and mobilities, surface exchange kinetics, and chemical expansion coefficients are emerging. At the same time, an understanding of the relationship between bulk and surface chemistry is being developed that may assist design of electrodes with more robust surface chemistries, e.g., impurity tolerance or limited surface segregation. Ion scattering techniques (e.g., secondary ion mass spectrometry, SIMS, or low energy ion scattering spectroscopy, LEIS with high surface sensitivity and increasing lateral resolution are proving useful for measuring surface exchange kinetics, diffusivity, and corresponding outer monolayer chemistry of electrodes exposed to typical operating conditions. Beyond consideration of chemical composition, the use of strain and/or a high density of active interfaces also show promise for enhancing performance.

  9. PbI2-HMPA Complex Pretreatment for Highly Reproducible and Efficient CH3NH3PbI3 Perovskite Solar Cells.

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    Zhang, Yi; Gao, Peng; Oveisi, Emad; Lee, Yonghui; Jeangros, Quentin; Grancini, Giulia; Paek, Sanghyun; Feng, Yaqing; Nazeeruddin, Mohammad Khaja

    2016-11-02

    Interfacial engineering of the meso-TiO2 surface through a modified sequential deposition procedure involving a novel PbI2-HMPA complex pretreatment is conducted as a reproducible method for preparing MAPbI3 based perovskite solar cells providing the highest efficiencies yet reported with the polymer HTM layer. Grazing-incidence X-ray diffraction depth profiling confirms the formation of a perovskite film with a PbI2-rich region close to the electron transport layer (ETL) due to the strong interaction of HMPA with PbI2, which successfully retarded the dissolution of the PbI2 phase when depositing the perovskite layer on top. These results are further confirmed by energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy performed in a scanning transmission electron microscope, which reveals that the I/Pb ratio in samples treated with the complex is indeed reduced in the vicinity of the ETL contact when compared to samples without the treatment. The engineered interface leads to an average power conversion efficiency of 19.2% (reverse scan, standard deviation SD cells (best cell at 19.5% with high FF of 0.80).

  10. Evidence for the Multi-Stage Petrogenetic History of the Oka Carbonatite Complex (Québec, Canada as Recorded by Perovskite and Apatite

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    Wei Chen

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available The Oka complex is amongst the youngest carbonatite occurrences in North America and is associated with the Monteregian Igneous Province (MIP; Québec, Canada. The complex consists of both carbonatite and undersaturated silicate rocks (e.g., ijolite, alnöite, and their relative emplacement history is uncertain. The aim of this study is to decipher the petrogenetic history of Oka via the compositional, isotopic and geochronological investigation of accessory minerals, perovskite and apatite, using laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS. The new compositional data for individual perovskite and apatite grains from both carbonatite and associated alkaline silicate rocks are highly variable and indicative of open system behavior. In situ Sr and Nd isotopic compositions for these two minerals are also variable and support the involvement of several mantle sources. U-Pb ages for both perovskite and apatite define a bimodal distribution, and range between 113 and 135 Ma, which overlaps the range of ages reported previously for Oka and the entire MIP. The overall distribution of ages indicates that alnöite was intruded first, followed by okaite and carbonatite, whereas ijolite defines a bimodal emplacement history. The combined chemical, isotopic, and geochronological data is best explained by invoking the periodic generation of small volume, partial melts generated from heterogeneous mantle.

  11. A perovskite oxide with high conductivities in both air and reducing atmosphere for use as electrode for solid oxide fuel cells

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    Lan, Rong; Cowin, Peter I.; Sengodan, Sivaprakash; Tao, Shanwen

    2016-08-01

    Electrode materials which exhibit high conductivities in both oxidising and reducing atmospheres are in high demand for solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) and solid oxide electrolytic cells (SOECs). In this paper, we investigated Cu-doped SrFe0.9Nb0.1O3‑δ finding that the primitive perovskite oxide SrFe0.8Cu0.1Nb0.1O3‑δ (SFCN) exhibits a conductivity of 63 Scm‑1and 60 Scm‑1 at 415 °C in air and 5%H2/Ar respectively. It is believed that the high conductivity in 5%H2/Ar is related to the exsolved Fe (or FeCu alloy) on exposure to a reducing atmosphere. To the best of our knowledge, the conductivity of SrFe0.8Cu0.1Nb0.1O3‑δ in a reducing atmosphere is the highest of all reported oxides which also exhibit a high conductivity in air. Fuel cell performance using SrFe0.8Cu0.1Nb0.1O3‑δ as the anode, (Y2O3)0.08(ZrO2)0.92 as the electrolyte and La0.8Sr0.2FeO3‑δ as the cathode achieved a power density of 423 mWcm‑2 at 700 °C indicating that SFCN is a promising anode for SOFCs.

  12. A perovskite oxide with high conductivities in both air and reducing atmosphere for use as electrode for solid oxide fuel cells.

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    Lan, Rong; Cowin, Peter I; Sengodan, Sivaprakash; Tao, Shanwen

    2016-08-22

    Electrode materials which exhibit high conductivities in both oxidising and reducing atmospheres are in high demand for solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) and solid oxide electrolytic cells (SOECs). In this paper, we investigated Cu-doped SrFe0.9Nb0.1O3-δ finding that the primitive perovskite oxide SrFe0.8Cu0.1Nb0.1O3-δ (SFCN) exhibits a conductivity of 63 Scm(-1)and 60 Scm(-1) at 415 °C in air and 5%H2/Ar respectively. It is believed that the high conductivity in 5%H2/Ar is related to the exsolved Fe (or FeCu alloy) on exposure to a reducing atmosphere. To the best of our knowledge, the conductivity of SrFe0.8Cu0.1Nb0.1O3-δ in a reducing atmosphere is the highest of all reported oxides which also exhibit a high conductivity in air. Fuel cell performance using SrFe0.8Cu0.1Nb0.1O3-δ as the anode, (Y2O3)0.08(ZrO2)0.92 as the electrolyte and La0.8Sr0.2FeO3-δ as the cathode achieved a power density of 423 mWcm(-2) at 700 °C indicating that SFCN is a promising anode for SOFCs.

  13. Cuprous Oxide as a Potential Low-Cost Hole-Transport Material for Stable Perovskite Solar Cells.

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    Nejand, Bahram Abdollahi; Ahmadi, Vahid; Gharibzadeh, Saba; Shahverdi, Hamid Reza

    2016-02-08

    Inorganic hole-transport materials are commercially desired to decrease the fabrication cost of perovskite solar cells. Here, Cu2O is introduced as a potential hole-transport material for stable, low-cost devices. Considering that Cu2O formation is highly sensitive to the underlying mixture of perovskite precursors and their solvents, we proposed and engineered a technique for reactive magnetron sputtering. The rotational angular deposition of Cu2O yields high surface coverage of the perovskite layer for high rate of charge extraction. Deposition of this Cu2O layer on the pinhole-free perovskite layer produces devices with power conversion efficiency values of up to 8.93%. The engineered Cu2O layers showed uniform, compact, and crack-free surfaces on the perovskite layer without affecting the perovskite structure, which is desired for deposition of the top metal contact and for surface shielding against moisture and mechanical damages. © 2016 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  14. The ground states properties and the spin effect on the cubic and hexagonal perovskite manganese oxide BaMnO 3: GGA+ U calculation

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    Hamdad, Noura

    2011-03-01

    Particularly interesting as candidates to technological applications are the manganese perovskites with AMnO 3 formula. Their magnetic structure was described as resulting from a particular ordering of the occupied d orbitals which possess. This reflects my understanding of the structural, electronic and magnetic phenomena, which is well established only in the limit where the systems show localized or itinerant electron behavior. In general, the perovskites of ABO 3-type are well known with their (anti)ferroelectric, piezoelectric and (anti)ferromagnetism properties applied in considerable technological investigations. In my paper, I studied the ground states properties of the BaMnO 3 perovskite oxide. My structural properties are given using LSDA, GGA, LSDA+ U and GGA+ U in the aim to introduce the exchange correlation potential. In the following paper, I use the GGA+ U on the electronic and magnetic properties calculation. I show in my study the density of states, the band structures and also the charge density figures. My results such as lattice parameter, bulk modulus and its pressure derivative agree very well with available theoretical works and experimental data. I discuss the magnetic moment and the U-Hubbard effect introduced by LSDA+ U and GGA+ U on my results given in this paper.

  15. Total conductivity, oxygen permeability and stability of perovskite-type oxide BaCo0.7Fe0.2Nb0.1O3-δ

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    ZHANG Yuwen; LIU Yong; Wang Chenglei; YANG Zhibin; DING Weizhon; LU Xionggang

    2009-01-01

    The total conductivity, oxygen sorption property, oxygen permeability and stability of pure perovskite-type oxide BaCo0.7Fe0.2Nb0.1O3-δ (BCFNO) in real operating conditions were investigated. Its total conductivity was measured to be 3.6 S.cm-1 at 600℃. Though the total conductivity of the BCFNO membrane is much smaller than that of the Ba0.5Sr0.5Co0.8Fe0.2O3-δ(BSCFO) membrane, the oxygen permeabil-ity of the BCFNO membrane is similar to that of the BSCFO membrane. SEM observation and EDX analysis of the BCFNO and BSCFO membranes indicated that no segregation of metal ions was found for the used BCFNO membrane while the original perovskite phase of BSCFO decomposed under the experimental condition. The experimental results of oxygen permeability and stability were consistent with the analysis on the oxygen sorption property of perovskites.

  16. Deciphering the physics and chemistry of perovskites with transmission electron microscopy

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    Polking, Mark J.

    2016-03-01

    Perovskite oxides exhibit rich structural complexity and a broad range of functional properties, including ferroelectricity, ferromagnetism, and superconductivity. The development of aberration correction for the transmission electron microscope and concurrent progress in electron spectroscopy, electron holography, and other techniques has fueled rapid progress in the understanding of the physics and chemistry of these materials. New techniques based on the transmission electron microscope are first surveyed, and the applications of these techniques for the study of the structure, chemistry, electrostatics, and dynamics of perovskite oxides are then explored in detail, with a particular focus on ferroelectric materials.

  17. Room temperature oxidative intercalation with chalcogen hydrides: Two-step method for the formation of alkali-metal chalcogenide arrays within layered perovskites

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    Ranmohotti, K.G. Sanjaya; Montasserasadi, M. Dariush; Choi, Jonglak; Yao, Yuan; Mohanty, Debasish; Josepha, Elisha A.; Adireddy, Shiva; Caruntu, Gabriel [Department of Chemistry and the Advanced Materials Research Institute, University of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA 70148-2820 (United States); Wiley, John B., E-mail: jwiley@uno.edu [Department of Chemistry and the Advanced Materials Research Institute, University of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA 70148-2820 (United States)

    2012-06-15

    Highlights: ► Topochemical reactions involving intercalation allow construction of metal chalcogenide arrays within perovskite hosts. ► Gaseous chalcogen hydrides serve as effect reactants for intercalation of sulfur and selenium. ► New compounds prepared by a two-step intercalation strategy are presented. -- Abstract: A two-step topochemical reaction strategy utilizing oxidative intercalation with gaseous chalcogen hydrides is presented. Initially, the Dion-Jacobson-type layered perovskite, RbLaNb{sub 2}O{sub 7}, is intercalated reductively with rubidium metal to make the Ruddlesden-Popper-type layered perovskite, Rb{sub 2}LaNb{sub 2}O{sub 7}. This compound is then reacted at room-temperature with in situ generated H{sub 2}S gas to create Rb-S layers within the perovskite host. Rietveld refinement of X-ray powder diffraction data (tetragonal, a = 3.8998(2) Å, c = 15.256(1) Å; space group P4/mmm) shows the compound to be isostructural with (Rb{sub 2}Cl)LaNb{sub 2}O{sub 7} where the sulfide resides on a cubic interlayer site surrounded by rubidium ions. The mass increase seen on sulfur intercalation and the refined S site occupation factor (∼0.8) of the product indicate a higher sulfur content than expected for S{sup 2−} alone. This combined with the Raman studies, which show evidence for an H-S stretch, indicate that a significant fraction of the intercalated sulfide exists as hydrogen sulfide ion. Intercalation reactions with H{sub 2}Se{sub (g)} were also carried out and appear to produce an isostructural selenide compound. The utilization of such gaseous hydride reagents could significantly expand multistep topochemistry to a larger number of intercalants.

  18. Nb5+-Doped SrCoO3−δ Perovskites as Potential Cathodes for Solid-Oxide Fuel Cells

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    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available SrCoO3−δ outperforms as cathode material in solid-oxide fuel cells (SOFC when the three-dimensional (3C-type perovskite structure is stabilized by the inclusion of highly-charged transition-metal ions at the octahedral positions. In a previous work we studied the Nb incorporation at the Co positions in the SrCo1−xNbxO3−δ system, in which the stabilization of a tetragonal P4/mmm perovskite superstructure was described for the x = 0.05 composition. In the present study we extend this investigation to the x = 0.10–0.15 range, also observing the formation of the tetragonal P4/mmm structure instead of the unwanted hexagonal phase corresponding to the 2H polytype. We also investigated the effect of Nb5+ doping on the thermal, electrical, and electrochemical properties of SrCo1−xNbxO3−δ (x = 0.1 and 0.15 perovskite oxides performing as cathodes in SOFC. In comparison with the undoped hexagonal SrCoO3−δ phase, the resulting compounds present high thermal stability and an increase of the electrical conductivity. The single-cell tests for these compositions (x = 0.10 and 0.15 with La0.8Sr0.2Ga0.83Mg0.17O3−δ (LSGM as electrolyte and SrMo0.8Fe0.2CoO3−δ as anode gave maximum power densities of 693 and 550 mW∙cm−2 at 850 °C respectively, using pure H2 as fuel and air as oxidant.

  19. Low Dimensionality Effects in Complex Magnetic Oxides

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    Kelley, Paula J. Lampen

    Complex magnetic oxides represent a unique intersection of immense technological importance and fascinating physical phenomena originating from interwoven structural, electronic and magnetic degrees of freedom. The resulting energetically close competing orders can be controllably selected through external fields. Competing interactions and disorder represent an additional opportunity to systematically manipulate the properties of pure magnetic systems, leading to frustration, glassiness, and other novel phenomena while finite sample dimension plays a similar role in systems with long-range cooperative effects or large correlation lengths. A rigorous understanding of these effects in strongly correlated oxides is key to manipulating their functionality and device performance, but remains a challenging task. In this dissertation, we examine a number of problems related to intrinsic and extrinsic low dimensionality, disorder, and competing interactions in magnetic oxides by applying a unique combination of standard magnetometry techniques and unconventional magnetocaloric effect and transverse susceptibility measurements. The influence of dimensionality and disorder on the nature and critical properties of phase transitions in manganites is illustrated in La0.7 Ca0.3MnO3, in which both size reduction to the nanoscale and chemically-controlled quenched disorder are observed to induce a progressive weakening of the first-order nature of the transition, despite acting through the distinct mechanisms of surface effects and site dilution. In the second-order material La0.8Ca0.2MnO3, a strong magnetic field is found to drive the system toward its tricritical point as competition between exchange interactions in the inhomogeneous ground state is suppressed. In the presence of large phase separation stabilized by chemical disorder and long-range strain, dimensionality has a profound effect. With the systematic reduction of particle size in microscale-phase-separated (La, Pr

  20. Investigation of phase stability and oxide ion performance in new perovskite-type bismuth vanadate

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    Al-Alas, Ahlam [Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Applied Sciences, Taiz University, Taiz, Republic of Yemen (Yemen); Beg, Saba [Department of Chemistry, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh 202002 (India); Al-Areqi, Niyazi A.S., E-mail: niyazi.alareqi@gmail.com [Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Applied Sciences, Taiz University, Taiz, Republic of Yemen (Yemen)

    2012-09-14

    Samples of the BICDVOX system, formulated as Bi{sub 4}Cd{sub x}V{sub 2-x}O{sub 11-(3x/2)-{delta}} in the Cd substitution range 0 {<=} x {<=} 0.25 were synthesized using the standard solid state reaction.The correlation between phase stability and oxide ion performance were investigated by variable temperature XRPD, DSC and AC impedance spectroscopy. The substitution of V{sup 5+} by Cd{sup 2+} exhibited different phase transitions upon varying composition. For compositions with x {<=} 0.05, two successive transitions; {alpha}{r_reversible}{beta}{r_reversible}{gamma} are evident, while the {beta}{r_reversible}{gamma} transition exists in the composition range 0.05 < x < 0.175. However, some temperature dependent phenomena confirmed the exixtence of the {gamma} Prime {r_reversible}{gamma} transition, coupled with the tetragonal symmetry stabilization for x {>=} 0.175. The maximum oxide ion conductivity at lower temperatures was observed for x = 0.20. It has also been found that the slow V{sup 4+} {yields} V{sup 5+} re-oxidation results in increased defect trapping effects in the system at higher temperatures. -- Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer {gamma}-Stabilized BICDVOX at lower dopant concentrations. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Good oxide-ion conductivity at lower temperatures. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer High temperature-vanadium reduction with lower dopant concentrations.

  1. Synergistic bifunctional catalyst design based on perovskite oxide nanoparticles and intertwined carbon nanotubes for rechargeable zinc-air battery applications.

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    Lee, Dong Un; Park, Hey Woong; Park, Moon Gyu; Ismayilov, Vugar; Chen, Zhongwei

    2015-01-14

    Advanced morphology of intertwined core-corona structured bifunctional catalyst (IT-CCBC) is introduced where perovskite lanthanum nickel oxide nanoparticles (LaNiO3 NP) are encapsulated by high surface area network of nitrogen-doped carbon nanotubes (NCNT) to produce highly active and durable bifunctional catalyst for rechargeable metal-air battery applications. The unique composite morphology of IT-CCBC not only enhances the charge transport property by providing rapid electron-conduction pathway but also facilitates in diffusion of hydroxyl and oxygen reactants through the highly porous framework. Confirmed by electrochemical half-cell testing, IT-CCBC in fact exhibits very strong synergy between LaNiO3 NP and NCNT demonstrating bifunctionality with significantly improved catalytic activities of oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) and oxygen evolution reaction (OER). Furthermore, when compared to the state-of-art catalysts, IT-CCBC outperforms Pt/C and Ir/C in terms of ORR and OER, respectively, and shows improved electrochemical stability compared to them after cycle degradation testing. The practicality of the catalyst is corroborated by testing in a realistic rechargeable zinc-air battery utilizing atmospheric air in ambient conditions, where IT-CCBC demonstrates superior charge and discharge voltages and long-term cycle stability with virtually no battery voltage fading. These improved electrochemical properties of the catalyst are attributed to the nanosized dimensions of LaNiO3 NP controlled by simple hydrothermal technique, which enables prolific growth of and encapsulation by highly porous NCNT network. The excellent electrochemical results presented in this study highlight IT-CCBC as highly efficient and commercially viable bifunctional catalyst for rechargeable metal-air battery applications.

  2. Oxidized Ni/Au Transparent Electrode in Efficient CH3 NH3 PbI3 Perovskite/Fullerene Planar Heterojunction Hybrid Solar Cells.

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    Lai, Wei-Chih; Lin, Kun-Wei; Wang, Yuan-Ting; Chiang, Tsung-Yu; Chen, Peter; Guo, Tzung-Fang

    2016-05-01

    The successful application of a Ni/Au transparent electrode for fabricating efficient perovskite-based solar cells is demonstrated. Through interdiffusion of the Ni/Au bilayer, Au forms an interconnected metallic network structure as the transparent electrode. Ni diffuses to the bilayer surface and oxidizes into NiOx becoming an appropriate electrode interlayer. These ITO- and PSS-free devices have potential applications in the design of future cost-effective, low-weight, and stable solar cells. © 2016 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  3. A novel layered perovskite electrode for symmetrical solid oxide fuel cells: PrBa(Fe0.8Sc0.2)2O5+δ

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    He, Wei; Wu, Xuelian; Dong, Feifei; Ni, Meng

    2017-09-01

    A layered perovskite PrBa(Fe0.8Sc0.2)2O5+δ (PBFSc) is applied as both cathode and anode in the symmetrical solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) field and its electrochemical properties are investigated. La0.9Sr0.1Ga0.8Mg0.2O3-δ (LSGM) supported symmetrical cell with PBFSc electrode exhibits polarization resistances of 0.05 Ω cm2 in air and 0.18 Ω cm2 in wet H2 at 800 °C. A maximum power density of 921 mW cm-2 is obtained using wet H2 as the fuel and ambient air as the oxidant at 850 °C. Moreover, the electrode demonstrates good redox stability in both oxidizing and reducing atmospheres. The layered perovskite PBFSc with favorable performance characteristics is shown to be an effective, redox-stable electrode candidate that can be used for both cathode and anode.

  4. Density functional study on redox energetics of LaMO{sub 3−δ} (M=Sc–Cu) perovskite-type oxides

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    Pishahang, Mehdi, E-mail: Mehdi.Pishahang@sintef.no [SINTEF Materials and Chemistry, Sustainable Energy Technologies, P.O. Box 124, Blindern, NO-0314 Oslo (Norway); Erik Mohn, Chris; Stølen, Svein [Department of Chemistry and Centre for Materials and Nanotechnology, University of Oslo, P.O. Box 1033, Blindern, 0315 Oslo (Norway)

    2016-01-15

    This study evaluates the redox energetics of LaMO{sub 3−δ} (M=Sc–Cu) perovskite-type oxides via generalized gradient approximation (GGA) to DFT. Two different approaches to redox energetics of oxygen deficient perovskites of strongly non-stoichiometric (δ=0.5) and dilute defect limits (δ→0) are studied. In the first approach the enthalpies of oxidation are calculated using the stoichiometric end-compounds of LaMO{sub 3} and LaMO{sub 2.5}. The most common structures for the reduced lanthanides and strontides similar to the ones experimentally reported for SrMnO{sub 2.5}, SrFeO{sub 2.5}, and LaNiO{sub 2.5} are considered. The second approach to the oxidation enthalpies termed (δ→0) follow the trend observed experimentally. This approach represents the experimental conditions of the measured oxygen enthalpies, and is hampered less by the artificial features due to spurious self-interaction errors in GGA.

  5. Perovskite fever

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    2014-09-01

    Staggering increases in the performance of organic-inorganic perovskite solar cells have renewed the interest in these materials. However, further developments and the support from academic and industrial partners will hinge on the reporting of accurate efficiency values.

  6. A perovskite oxide optimized for oxygen evolution catalysis from molecular orbital principles.

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    Suntivich, Jin; May, Kevin J; Gasteiger, Hubert A; Goodenough, John B; Shao-Horn, Yang

    2011-12-01

    The efficiency of many energy storage technologies, such as rechargeable metal-air batteries and hydrogen production from water splitting, is limited by the slow kinetics of the oxygen evolution reaction (OER). We found that Ba(0.5)Sr(0.5)Co(0.8)Fe(0.2)O(3-δ) (BSCF) catalyzes the OER with intrinsic activity that is at least an order of magnitude higher than that of the state-of-the-art iridium oxide catalyst in alkaline media. The high activity of BSCF was predicted from a design principle established by systematic examination of more than 10 transition metal oxides, which showed that the intrinsic OER activity exhibits a volcano-shaped dependence on the occupancy of the 3d electron with an e(g) symmetry of surface transition metal cations in an oxide. The peak OER activity was predicted to be at an e(g) occupancy close to unity, with high covalency of transition metal-oxygen bonds.

  7. Prospects of e-beam evaporated molybdenum oxide as a hole transport layer for perovskite solar cells

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    Ali, F.; Khoshsirat, N.; Duffin, J. L.; Wang, H.; Ostrikov, K.; Bell, J. M.; Tesfamichael, T.

    2017-09-01

    Perovskite solar cells have emerged as one of the most efficient and low cost technologies for delivering of solar electricity due to their exceptional optical and electrical properties. Commercialization of the perovskite solar cells is, however, limited because of the higher cost and environmentally sensitive organic hole transport materials such as spiro-OMETAD and PEDOT:PSS. In this study, an empirical simulation was performed using the Solar Cell Capacitance Simulator software to explore the MoOx thin film as an alternative hole transport material for perovskite solar cells. In the simulation, properties of MoOx thin films deposited by the electron beam evaporation technique from high purity (99.99%) MoO3 pellets at different substrate temperatures (room temperature, 100 °C and 200 °C) were used as input parameters. The films were highly transparent (>80%) and have low surface roughness (≤2 nm) with bandgap energy ranging between 3.75 eV and 3.45 eV. Device simulation has shown that the MoOx deposited at room temperature can work in both the regular and inverted structures of the perovskite solar cell with a promising efficiency of 18.25%. Manufacturing of the full device is planned in order to utilize the MoOx as an alternative hole transport material for improved performance, good stability, and low cost of the perovskite solar cell.

  8. Neutral- and Multi-Colored Semitransparent Perovskite Solar Cells

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    Kyu-Tae Lee; L. Jay Guo; Hui Joon Park

    2016-01-01

    In this review, we summarize recent works on perovskite solar cells with neutral- and multi-colored semitransparency for building-integrated photovoltaics and tandem solar cells. The perovskite solar cells exploiting microstructured arrays of perovskite “islands” and transparent electrodes—the latter of which include thin metallic films, metal nanowires, carbon nanotubes, graphenes, and transparent conductive oxides for achieving optical transparency—are investigated. Moreover, the perovskite...

  9. Perovskite oxides for visible-light-absorbing ferroelectric and photovoltaic materials.

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    Grinberg, Ilya; West, D Vincent; Torres, Maria; Gou, Gaoyang; Stein, David M; Wu, Liyan; Chen, Guannan; Gallo, Eric M; Akbashev, Andrew R; Davies, Peter K; Spanier, Jonathan E; Rappe, Andrew M

    2013-11-28

    Ferroelectrics have recently attracted attention as a candidate class of materials for use in photovoltaic devices, and for the coupling of light absorption with other functional properties. In these materials, the strong inversion symmetry breaking that is due to spontaneous electric polarization promotes the desirable separation of photo-excited carriers and allows voltages higher than the bandgap, which may enable efficiencies beyond the maximum possible in a conventional p-n junction solar cell. Ferroelectric oxides are also stable in a wide range of mechanical, chemical and thermal conditions and can be fabricated using low-cost methods such as sol-gel thin-film deposition and sputtering. Recent work has shown how a decrease in ferroelectric layer thickness and judicious engineering of domain structures and ferroelectric-electrode interfaces can greatly increase the current harvested from ferroelectric absorber materials, increasing the power conversion efficiency from about 10(-4) to about 0.5 per cent. Further improvements in photovoltaic efficiency have been inhibited by the wide bandgaps (2.7-4 electronvolts) of ferroelectric oxides, which allow the use of only 8-20 per cent of the solar spectrum. Here we describe a family of single-phase solid oxide solutions made from low-cost and non-toxic elements using conventional solid-state methods: [KNbO3]1 - x[BaNi1/2Nb1/2O3 - δ]x (KBNNO). These oxides exhibit both ferroelectricity and a wide variation of direct bandgaps in the range 1.1-3.8 electronvolts. In particular, the x = 0.1 composition is polar at room temperature, has a direct bandgap of 1.39 electronvolts and has a photocurrent density approximately 50 times larger than that of the classic ferroelectric (Pb,La)(Zr,Ti)O3 material. The ability of KBNNO to absorb three to six times more solar energy than the current ferroelectric materials suggests a route to viable ferroelectric semiconductor-based cells for solar energy conversion and

  10. High-Work-Function Molybdenum Oxide Hole Extraction Contacts in Hybrid Organic–Inorganic Perovskite Solar Cells

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    Schulz, Philip; Tiepelt, Jan O.; Christians, Jeffrey A.; Levine, Igal; Edri, Eran; Sanehira, Erin M.; Hodes, Gary; Cahen, David; Kahn, Antoine

    2016-11-23

    We investigate the effect of high work function contacts in halide perovskite absorber-based photovoltaic devices. Photoemission spectroscopy measurements reveal that band bending is induced in the absorber by the deposition of the high work function molybdenum trioxide (MoO3). We find that direct contact between MoO3 and the perovskite leads to a chemical reaction, which diminishes device functionality. Introducing an ultrathin spiro-MeOTAD buffer layer prevents the reaction, yet the altered evolution of the energy levels in the methylammonium lead iodide (MAPbI3) layer at the interface still negatively impacts device performance.

  11. Symmetry of High-Piezoelectric Pb Based Complex Perovskites at the Morphotropic Phase Boundary : II. Theoretical Treatment

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    Yamada, Yasusada; Uesu, Yoshiaki; Matsuda, Masaaki; Fujishiro, Kouji; Cox, Dave E.; Noheda, Beatriz; Shirane, Gen

    2002-01-01

    The structural characteristics of the perovskite-based ferroelectric Pb(Zn1/3Nb2/3)1-xTixO3 at the morphotropic phase boundary (MPB) region (x ≈ 0.09) have been analyzed. The analysis is based on the symmetry adapted free energy functions under the assumption that the total polarization and the unit

  12. Double perovskite oxides A{sub 2}FeMoO{sub 6-{delta}} (A=Ca, Sr and Ba) as catalysts for methane combustion

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    Falcon, H. [Departamento de Fisicoquimica, Facultad de Ciencias Quimicas, Instituto de Investigaciones en Fisicoquimica de Cordoba INFIQC, Universidad Nacional de Cordoba, Ciudad Universitaria, 5000 Cordoba (Argentina); Barbero, J.A.; Araujo, G.; Fierro, J.L.G. [Instituto de Catalisis y Petroleoquimica, CSIC, Cantoblanco, 28049 Madrid (Spain); Casais, M.T.; Martinez-Lope, M.J.; Alonso, J.A. [Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales, CSIC, Cantoblanco, 28049 Madrid (Spain)

    2004-10-15

    Double perovskites of composition A{sub 2}FeMoO{sub 6-{delta}} (A, alkali earths) have been prepared by soft-chemistry procedures, followed by annealing under reducing conditions (H{sub 2}/N{sub 2} flow). These materials are half metallic ferromagnets, well known for their colossal magnetoresistance properties. The samples have been characterized by X-ray diffraction; temperature-programmed oxidation, specific surface measurements and XPS. The Sr compound, of tetragonal symmetry, exhibits a significant amount of oxygen vacancies, as assessed by TPO. The materials have been tested as catalysts for methane oxidation. At moderate temperatures, a significantly higher catalytic activity is observed for the Sr double perovskite, for which a 80% of conversion is reached at 800K; by contrast the Ca and Ba materials are found to display much poorer characteristics, hardly achieving 50% of conversion rate at 1000K. The much superior characteristics of Sr{sub 2}FeMoO{sub 6-{delta}} are believed to be related to the presence of oxygen vacancies in the crystal structure.

  13. A GdAlO3 Perovskite Oxide Electrolyte-Based NOx Solid-State Sensor

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    Xiao, Yihong; Wang, Dongmei; Cai, Guohui; Zheng, Yong; Zhong, Fulan

    2016-11-01

    NOx is a notorious emission from motor vehicles and chemical factories as the precursor of acid rain and photochemical smog. Although zirconia-based NOx sensors have been developed and showed high sensitivity and selectivity at a high temperature of above 800 °C, they fail to show good performance, and even don’t work at the typical work temperature window of the automotive engine (type oxide Gd1‑xCaxAlO3‑δ(GCA) as the electrolyte and NiO as the sensing electrode. NOx sensing properties of the device were investigated at the temperature region of 400–500 °C. The response current value at ‑300 mV was almost linearly proportional to the NOx concentration between 300 and 500 ppm at 500 °C. At such a temperature, the optimal sensor gave the highest NO2 sensitivity of 20.15 nA/ppm, and the maximum response current value reached 5.57 μA. Furthermore, a 90% response and 90% recover time to 500 ppm NO2 were about 119 and 92 s, respectively. The excellent selectivity and stability towards NOx sensing showed the potential application of the sensor in motor vehicles.

  14. A suggestion for making the ferromagnetism at perovskite oxide interfaces robust

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    Ganguli, Nirmal; Kelly, Paul

    2014-03-01

    LaAlO3 | SrTiO3 heterostructures have received much attention following observations of ferromagnetism, superconductivity and of an insulator to metal transition at the interface between otherwise conventional band insulators. One of the challenges posed by recent observations is to understand how high mobility charge carriers and local magnetic moments can coexist at n-type interfaces where the lack of a detailed knowledge of the interface structure from experiment is a major impediment to understanding these physical properties. A more extensive first principles study of the ferromagnetically ordered state found for modest values of Hubbard U in the presence of GdFeO3-type octahedral tilts at the interface suggests that it should be possible to make the interface ferromagnetism more robust by enhancing the octahedral tilts. We screened a number of oxide interfaces with first principles calculations and identified the LaAlO3 | CaTiO3 (001) interface as the most promising candidate in the large charge transfer limit, owing to the large intrinsic tilt of TiO6 octahedra in CaTiO3.

  15. 钙钛矿型复合氧化物催化剂应用研究进展%Advance on application of perovskite composite oxides catalysts

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    严启龙; 秦明娜; 宋振伟; 刘萌; 齐晓飞

    2011-01-01

    The structural characteristics of perovskite composite oxides catalysts and the progress in their application in photocatalytic degradation, purification of vehicle exhaust, flue gas desuffurization, solid oxide fuel cells and catalytic combustion of solid rocket propellant were reviewed. The existing technical problems and development prospect in these fields were outlined.%概述了钙钛矿型复合氧化物催化剂的结构特征,阐述了在光催化降解、汽车尾气净化、烟气催化脱硫、固体氧化物燃料电池以及固体推进剂催化燃烧等领域的应用研究进展,并分析了该类催化剂在各应用领域存在的技术难题以及发展前景.

  16. Mechanism of mechanochemical synthesis of complex oxides and the peculiarities of their nano-structurization determining sintering

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    Zyryanov V.V.

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available A mechanism of superfast mechanosynthesis reaction for oxide systems is proposed on the base of a dynamics study. The threshold effect and linear dependence of the chemical response on the effective temperature of the reaction zone are established. Major factors are determined: molecular mass of reagents, enthalpy and difference of reagents in Mohs’s hardness, which also influence the composition of the primary product. Primary acts are characterized by a superfast roller mechanism of mass transfer with the formation of a transient dynamic state (D*. Secondary acts slowly approximate the composition of the product to the composition of the starting mixture by diffusion mass transfer in a deformation mixing regime with a contribution of a rotation (roller mechanism. The list of structure types for complex oxides derived by mechanosynthesis includes perovskites, fluorites, pyrochlors, sheelites, and some other ones. Powders of crystal products display multilevel structurization. In all studied complex oxides strong disordering of the “anti-glass” type was observed. The mechanism of sintering was studied in BaTiO3 powders of different origin and in metastable complex oxides derived by mechanosynthesis. The major contribution in shrinkage belongs to rearrangements of crystalline particles as a whole. Structure transformations accompany, as a rule, sintering of inhomogeneous powders derived by mechanosynthesis.

  17. Ab initio study of high dielectric constant oxide-perovskites: perspective for miniaturization technology

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    Erum, Nazia; Azhar Iqbal, Muhammad

    2017-02-01

    A new potential approximation known as modified Becke–Johnson (mBJ) based on density functional theory method is applied to compute electronic and optical properties of BaPaO3 and BaUO3 compounds. Type of chemical bonding is analyzed with the help of variations in electron density difference distribution that is induced due to changes of second cation. Results reveal (Γ–Γ) direct bandgap semi-conductive nature. The band gap dependent optical properties such as complex dielectric function ε(ω), optical conductivity σ(ω), refractive index n(ω), reflectivity R(ω), and effective number of electrons (n eff) via sum rules are reported for the first time. Prominent variation of optical responses suggests that BaPaO3 and BaUO3 are applicant materials for micro as well as nano-electronic devices.

  18. Structure and thermoelectric properties of Ca2−xSrxFeMoO6 (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.3) double-perovskite oxides

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    Sugahara, Tohru; Van Nong, Ngo; Ohtaki, Michitaka

    2012-01-01

    The thermoelectric properties of double perovskite-type oxides Ca2FeMoO6 are investigated in terms of Sr substitution at the A site of the oxides. The electrical conductivity, , of Ca2−xSrxFeMoO6 (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.3) showed a metallic behavior, decreasing monotonically from ca. 103 S cm−1 at room.......3 abruptly increase at around 1000 K. The Rietveld refinement of the XRD patterns of the oxides indicated that the anti-site defects in the oxides decreased with increasing Sr concentration. The power factor, S2, of the oxides largely increased with increasing temperature; the S2 value of Ca2FeMoO6 was ca. 0...... temperature to ca. 102 S cm−1 at 1250 K. At room temperature, although the values of the oxides increased with increasing substitution level, x, the values maintained almost the same values at high temperature range of 1000–1250 K. The absolute values of the Seebeck coefficient, S, for the samples at x

  19. Phase formation and UV luminescence of Gd3+ doped perovskite-type YScO3

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    Shimizu, Yuhei; Ueda, Kazushige

    2016-10-01

    Synthesis of pure and Gd3+doped perovskite-type YScO3 was attempted by a polymerized complex (PC) method and solid state reaction (SSR) method. Crystalline phases and UV luminescence of samples were examined with varying heating temperatures. The perovskite-type single phase was not simply formed in the SSR method, as reported in some literatures, and two cubic C-type phases of starting oxide materials remained forming slightly mixed solid solutions. UV luminescence of Gd3+ doped samples increased with an increase in heating temperatures and volume of the perovskite-type phase. In contrast, a non-crystalline precursor was crystallized to a single C-type phase at 800 °C in the PC method forming a completely mixed solid solution. Then, the phase of perovskite-type YScO3 formed at 1200 °C and its single phase was obtained at 1400 °C. It was revealed that high homogeneousness of cations was essential to generate the single perovskite-phase of YScO3. Because Gd3+ ions were also dissolved into the single C-type phase in Gd3+ doped samples, intense UV luminescence was observed above 800 °C in both C-type phase and perovskite-type phase.

  20. Electrocatalytic water oxidation with a copper(II) polypeptide complex.

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    Zhang, Ming-Tian; Chen, Zuofeng; Kang, Peng; Meyer, Thomas J

    2013-02-13

    A self-assembly-formed triglycylglycine macrocyclic ligand (TGG(4-)) complex of Cu(II), [(TGG(4-))Cu(II)-OH(2)](2-), efficiently catalyzes water oxidation in a phosphate buffer at pH 11 at room temperature by a well-defined mechanism. In the mechanism, initial oxidation to Cu(III) is followed by further oxidation to a formal "Cu(IV)" with formation of a peroxide intermediate, which undergoes further oxidation to release oxygen and close the catalytic cycle. The catalyst exhibits high stability and activity toward water oxidation under these conditions with a high turnover frequency of 33 s(-1).

  1. Solution based temperature of Perovskite-type oxide films and powders

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    McHale, J.M. Jr. [Temple Univ., Philadelphia, PA (United States). Dept. of Chemistry

    1995-04-01

    Conventional solid state reactions are diffusion limited processes that require high temperatures and long reaction times to reach completion. In this work, several solution based methods were utilized to circumvent this diffusion limited reaction and achieve product formation at lower temperatures. The solution methods studied all have the common goal of trapping the homogeneity inherent in a solution and transferring this homogeneity to the solid state, thereby creating a solid atomic mixture of reactants. These atomic mixtures can yield solid state products through {open_quotes}diffusionless{close_quotes} mechanisms. The effectiveness of atomic mixtures in solid state synthesis was tested on three classes of materials, varying in complexity. A procedure was invented for obtaining the highly water soluble salt, titanyl nitrate, TiO(NO{sub 3}){sub 2}, in crystalline form, which allowed the production of titanate materials by freeze drying. The freeze drying procedures yielded phase pure, nanocrystalline BaTiO{sub 3} and the complete SYNROC-B phase assemblage after ten minute heat treatments at 600{degrees}C and 1100{degrees}C, respectively. Two novel methods were developed for the solution based synthesis of Ba{sub 2}YCu{sub 3}O{sub 7-x} and Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}Ca{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 10}. Thin and thick films of Ba{sub 2}YCu{sub 3}O{sub 7-x} and Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}Ca{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 10} were synthesized by an atmospheric pressure, chemical vapor deposition technique. Liquid ammonia solutions of metal nitrates were atomized with a stream of N{sub 2}O and ignited with a hydrogen/oxygen torch. The resulting flame was used to coat a substrate with superconducting material. Bulk powders of Ba{sub 2}YCu{sub 3}O{sub 7-x} and Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}Ca{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 10} were synthesized through a novel acetate glass method. The materials prepared were characterized by XRD, TEM, SEM, TGA, DTA, magnetic susceptibility and electrical resistivity measurements.

  2. Solution based synthesis of perovskite-type oxide films and powders

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    McHale, J.M. Jr.

    1995-01-01

    Conventional solid state reactions are diffusion limited processes that require high temperatures and long reaction times to reach completion. In this work, several solution based methods were utilized to circumvent this diffusion limited reaction and achieve product formation at lower temperatures. The solution methods studied all have the common goal of trapping the homogeneity inherent in a solution and transferring this homogeneity to the solid state, thereby creating a solid atomic mixture of reactants. These atomic mixtures can yield solid state products through diffusionless mechanisms. The effectiveness of atomic mixtures in solid state synthesis was tested on three classes of materials, varying in complexity. A procedure was invented for obtaining the highly water soluble salt, titanyl nitrate, TiO(NO{sub 3}){sub 2}, in crystalline form, which allowed the production of titanate materials by freeze drying. The freeze drying procedures yielded phase pure, nanocrystalline BaTiO{sub 3} and the complete SYNROC-B phase assemblage after ten minute heat treatments at 600 C and 1,100 C, respectively. Two novel methods were developed for the solution based synthesis of Ba{sub 2}YCu{sub 3}O{sub 7{minus}x} and Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}Ca{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 10}. Thin and thick films of Ba{sub 2}YCu{sub 3}O{sub 7{minus}x} and Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}Ca{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 10} were synthesized by an atmospheric pressure, chemical vapor deposition technique. Liquid ammonia solutions of metal nitrates were atomized with a stream of N{sub 2}O and ignited with a hydrogen/oxygen torch. The resulting flame was used to coat a substrate with superconducting material. Bulk powders of Ba{sub 2}YCu{sub 3}O{sub 7{minus}x} and Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}Ca{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 10} were synthesized through a novel acetate glass method. The materials prepared were characterized by XRD, TEM, SEM, TGA, DTA, magnetic susceptibility and electrical resistivity measurements.

  3. High-pressure synthesis, crystal structure, and unusual valence state of novel perovskite oxide CaCu3Rh4O12.

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    Yamada, Ikuya; Ochi, Mikiko; Mizumaki, Masaichiro; Hariki, Atsushi; Uozumi, Takayuki; Takahashi, Ryoji; Irifune, Tetsuo

    2014-07-21

    A novel perovskite oxide, CaCu3Rh4O12, has been synthesized under high-pressure and high-temperature conditions (15 GPa and 1273 K). Rietveld refinement of synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction data indicates that this compound crystallizes in a cubic AA'3B4O12-type perovskite structure. Synchrotron X-ray absorption and photoemission spectroscopy measurements reveal that the Cu and Rh valences are nearly trivalent. The spectroscopic analysis based on calculations suggests that the appropriate ionic model of this compound is Ca(2+)Cu(∼2.8+)3Rh(∼3.4+)4O12, as opposed to the conventional Ca(2+)Cu(2+)3Rh(4+)4O12. The uncommon valence state of this compound is attributed to the relative energy levels of the Cu 3d and Rh 4d orbitals, in which the large crystal-field splitting energy of the Rh 4d orbitals is substantial.

  4. Preparation of aluminum doped zinc oxide films with low resistivity and outstanding transparency by a sol–gel method for potential applications in perovskite solar cell

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    Zhao, Xingyue; Shen, Heping; Zhou, Chen [State Key Laboratory of New Ceramics & Fine Processing, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing 10084 (China); Lin, Shiwei [Key Laboratory of Ministry of Education for Advanced Materials in Tropical Island Resources, Hainan University, Haikou 570228 (China); Li, Xin [State Key Laboratory of New Ceramics & Fine Processing, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing 10084 (China); Zhao, Xiaochong [State Key Laboratory of New Ceramics & Fine Processing, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing 10084 (China); Science and Technology on Surface Physics and Chemistry Laboratory, Mianyang 621907 (China); Deng, Xiangyun [Key Laboratory of Ministry of Education for Advanced Materials in Tropical Island Resources, Hainan University, Haikou 570228 (China); College of Physics and Electronic Information, Tianjin, Normal University, Tianjin 300387 (China); Li, Jianbao [State Key Laboratory of New Ceramics & Fine Processing, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing 10084 (China); Key Laboratory of Ministry of Education for Advanced Materials in Tropical Island Resources, Hainan University, Haikou 570228 (China); Lin, Hong [State Key Laboratory of New Ceramics & Fine Processing, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing 10084 (China)

    2016-04-30

    Highly transparent and conductive aluminum doped zinc oxide (AZO) films were prepared by sol–gel method on the glass substrates. The effects of doping concentration, annealing temperature and facing direction during annealing on the structural, electrical and optical properties of AZO films were studied by performing a series of characterizations including X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, UV–vis spectrophotometry, four-point probe method and Hall effect measurement system. The results showed that the AZO films were wurtzite crystallized with c-axis preferred orientation. A minimum resistivity of 1.8 × 10{sup −3} Ω cm and a transmittance above 90% were obtained for the film doped with 1.5 at.% aluminum, annealed at 510 °C and faced-down in the oven, which was among the best performance of the currently reported works based on sol–gel process. Moreover, energy level analysis revealed that the AZO film has a work function of 4.3 eV, exhibiting great potential in perovskite solar cell applications. - Highlights: • Highly transparent and conductive AZO films were prepared by sol–gel based process. • Different facing directions during annealing had effects on the carrier mobility. • Less aluminum ions at the grain boundary would favor the carrier transport. • The potential of AZO film in the perovskite solar cell application was discussed.

  5. Electrochemical water oxidation with carbon-grafted iridium complexes.

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    deKrafft, Kathryn E; Wang, Cheng; Xie, Zhigang; Su, Xin; Hinds, Bruce J; Lin, Wenbin

    2012-02-01

    Hydrogen production from water splitting provides a potential solution to storing harvested solar energy in chemical fuels, but this process requires active and robust catalysts that can oxidize water to provide a source of electrons for proton reduction. Here we report the direct, covalent grafting of molecular Ir complexes onto carbon electrodes, with up to a monolayer coverage. Carbon-grafted Ir complexes electrochemically oxidize water with a turnover frequency of up to 3.3 s(-1) and a turnover number of 644 during the first hour. Electrochemical water oxidation with grafted catalysts gave enhanced rates and stability compared to chemically driven water oxidation with the corresponding molecular catalysts. This strategy provides a way to systematically evaluate catalysts under tunable conditions, potentially providing new insights into electrochemical water oxidation processes and water oxidation catalyst design.

  6. Soft chemical control of the crystal and magnetic structure of a layered mixed valent manganite oxide sulfide

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    Jack N. Blandy

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available Oxidative deintercalation of copper ions from the sulfide layers of the layered mixed-valent manganite oxide sulfide Sr2MnO2Cu1.5S2 results in control of the copper-vacancy modulated superstructure and the ordered arrangement of magnetic moments carried by the manganese ions. This soft chemistry enables control of the structures and properties of these complex materials which complement mixed-valent perovskite and perovskite-related transition metal oxides.

  7. Multiscale modeling and experimental interpretation of perovskite oxide materials in thermochemical energy storage and conversion for application in concentrating solar power

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    Albrecht, Kevin J.

    Decarbonization of the electric grid is fundamentally limited by the intermittency of renewable resources such as wind and solar. Therefore, energy storage will play a significant role in the future of grid-scale energy generation to overcome the intermittency issues. For this reason, concentrating solar power (CSP) plants have been a renewable energy generation technology of interest due to their ability to participate in cost effective and efficient thermal energy storage. However, the ability to dynamically dispatch a CSP plant to meet energy demands is currently limited by the large quantities of sensible thermal energy storage material needed in a molten salt plant. Perovskite oxides have been suggested as a thermochemical energy storage material to enhance the energy storage capabilities of particle-based CSP plants, which combine sensible and chemical modes of energy storage. In this dissertation, computational models are used to establish the thermochemical energy storage potential of select perovskite compositions, identify system configurations that promote high values of energy storage and solar-to-electric efficiency, assess the kinetic and transport limitation of the chemical mode of energy storage, and create receiver and reoxidation reactor models capable of aiding in component design. A methodology for determining perovskite thermochemical energy storage potential is developed based on point defect models to represent perovskite non-stoichiometry as a function of temperature and gas phase oxygen partial pressure. The thermodynamic parameters necessary for the model are extracted from non-stoichiometry measurements by fitting the model using an optimization routine. The procedure is demonstrated for Ca0.9Sr0.1MnO 3-d which displayed combined energy storage values of 705.7 kJ/kg -1 by cycling between 773 K and 0.21 bar oxygen to 1173 K and 10 -4 bar oxygen. Thermodynamic system-level models capable of exploiting perovskite redox chemistry for energy

  8. Catalytic Oxidation and Deoxygenation of Renewables with Rhenium Complexes

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    Korstanje, T.J.; Klein Gebbink, R.J.M.

    2012-01-01

    Transformation of renewables has received major research interest in recent years, opening up completely new research areas, in particular in the field of oxidation and deoxygenation. For the oxidation reaction, rhenium complexes, in particular methyltrioxorhenium, are well known for their potential

  9. (La0.8A0.2)MnO3 (A=Sr, K) perovskite catalysts for NO and C10H22 oxidation and selective reduction of NO by C10H22

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    Anne Giroir-Fendler; Sonia Gil; Alexandre Baylet

    2014-01-01

    In this work, we studied the catalytic activity of LaMnO3 and (La0.8A0.2)MnO3 (A=Sr, K) perovskite catalysts for oxidation of NO and C10H22 and selective reduction of NO by C10H22. The catalytic per-formances of these perovskites were compared with that of a 2 wt%Pt/SiO2 catalyst. The La site substitution increased the catalytic properties for NO or C10H22 oxidation compared with the non-substituted LaMnO3 sample. For the most efficient perovskite catalyst, (La0.8Sr0.2)MnO3, the results showed the presence of two temperature domains for NO adsorption:(1) a domain corre-sponding to weakly adsorbed NO, desorbing at temperatures lower than 270 °C and (2) a second domain corresponding to NO adsorbed on the surface as nitrate species, desorbing at temperatures higher than 330 °C. For the Sr-substituted perovskite, the maximum NO2 yield of 80%was observed in the intermediate temperature domain (around 285 °C). In the reactant mixture of NO/C10H22/O2/H2O/He, (La0.8Sr0.2)MnO3 perovskite showed better performance than the 2 wt%Pt/SiO2 catalyst:NO2 yields reaching 50%and 36%at 290 and 370 °C, respectively. This activity improvement was found to be because of atomic scale interactions between the A and B active sites, Sr2+cation and Mn4+/Mn3+redox couple. Thus, (La0.8Sr0.2)MnO3 perovskite could be an alternative free noble metal catalyst for exhaust gas after treatment.

  10. Instrumentation for Epitaxial Growth of Complex Oxides

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    P.O. Box 12211 Research Triangle Park, NC 27709-2211 epitaxy, molecular beam epitaxy, oxide heterostructures REPORT DOCUMENTATION PAGE 11. SPONSOR...The installation of this shielding was founded to dramatically increase the beam stability and mitigate intensity fluctuations. The RHEED source has

  11. Highly conductive and transparent silver grid/metal oxide hybrid electrodes for low-temperature planar perovskite solar cells

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    Zhang, Weihai; Xiong, Juan; Wang, Sheng; Liu, Wei-er; Li, Jun; Wang, Duofa; Gu, Haoshuang; Wang, Xianbao; Li, Jinhua

    2017-01-01

    Recently, organometal halide perovskite solar cells have attracted great attention in photovoltaic research. However, the devices require high-temperature processing of up to 450 °C that hinders the applications in the low cost and large-area product of devices. Here, we reported the ITO/Ag grid/AZO hybrid electrodes for planar perovskite solar cells fabricated under the temperature of 150 °C. The planar perovskite solar cells do not require a mesoporous scaffold that need high-temperature annealing processing. The optimized ITO/Ag grid/AZO electrode which was fabricated as the sequence of ITO, Ag grid, AZO by magnetron sputtering exhibited an extreme low sheet resistance about 3.8 Ω/sq and a relative high transparency of 89.6% at the wavelength of 550 nm. The hybrid electrode could combine the electrical property of ITO and optical property of AZO. On the other hand, AZO has better energy level match with electron transport layer of ZnO than ITO. The power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 13.8% was obtained under the processing temperature of 150 °C by using ITO/Ag grid/AZO electrode. The high performances of the solar cells were attributed to the superior performances of ITO/Ag grid/AZO electrode and the good band energy match between ZnO and AZO.

  12. Controlling Octahedral Rotations in a Perovskite via Strain Doping

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    Herklotz, A.; Wong, A. T.; Meyer, T.; Biegalski, M. D.; Lee, H. N.; Ward, T. Z.

    2016-05-01

    The perovskite unit cell is the fundamental building block of many functional materials. The manipulation of this crystal structure is known to be of central importance to controlling many technologically promising phenomena related to superconductivity, multiferroicity, mangetoresistivity, and photovoltaics. The broad range of properties that this structure can exhibit is in part due to the centrally coordinated octahedra bond flexibility, which allows for a multitude of distortions from the ideal highly symmetric structure. However, continuous and fine manipulation of these distortions has never been possible. Here, we show that controlled insertion of He atoms into an epitaxial perovskite film can be used to finely tune the lattice symmetry by modifying the local distortions, i.e., octahedral bonding angle and length. Orthorhombic SrRuO3 films coherently grown on SrTiO3 substrates are used as a model system. Implanted He atoms are confirmed to induce out-of-plane strain, which provides the ability to controllably shift the bulk-like orthorhombically distorted phase to a tetragonal structure by shifting the oxygen octahedra rotation pattern. These results demonstrate that He implantation offers an entirely new pathway to strain engineering of perovskite-based complex oxide thin films, useful for creating new functionalities or properties in perovskite materials.

  13. Spatial distribution of transferred charges across the heterointerface between perovskite transition metal oxides LaNiO{sub 3} and LaMnO{sub 3}

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    Kitamura, Miho [Institute of Industrial Science, The University of Tokyo, 4-6-1 Komaba, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 153-8505 (Japan); Photon Factory, Institute of Materials Structure Science, High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK), 1-1 Oho, Tsukuba 305-0801 (Japan); Horiba, Koji; Kobayashi, Masaki; Sakai, Enju; Minohara, Makoto; Mitsuhashi, Taichi; Kumigashira, Hiroshi, E-mail: hiroshi.kumigashira@kek.jp [Photon Factory, Institute of Materials Structure Science, High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK), 1-1 Oho, Tsukuba 305-0801 (Japan); Fujimori, Atsushi [Department of Physics, Graduate School of Science, The University of Tokyo, 7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-0033 (Japan); Nagai, Takuro [National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), 1-1 Namiki, Tsukuba 305-0044 (Japan); Fujioka, Hiroshi [Institute of Industrial Science, The University of Tokyo, 4-6-1 Komaba, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 153-8505 (Japan)

    2016-03-14

    To investigate the interfacial charge-transfer phenomena between perovskite transition metal oxides LaNiO{sub 3} (LNO) and LaMnO{sub 3} (LMO), we have performed in situ x-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) measurements on LNO/LMO multilayers. The Ni-L{sub 2,3} and Mn-L{sub 2,3} XAS spectra clearly show the occurrence of electron transfer from Mn to Ni ions in the interface region. Detailed analysis of the thickness dependence of these XAS spectra has revealed that the spatial distribution of the transferred charges across the interface is significantly different between the two constituent layers. The observed spatial distribution is presumably described by the charge spreading model that treats the transfer integral between neighboring transition metal ions and the Coulomb interaction, rather than the Thomas–Fermi screening model.

  14. Microwave-Synthesized Tin Oxide Nanocrystals for Low-Temperature Solution-Processed Planar Junction Organo-Halide Perovskite Solar Cells

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    Abulikemu, Mutalifu

    2017-03-25

    Tin oxide has been demonstrate to possess outstanding optoelectronic properties such as optical transparency and high electron mobility, therefore, it was successfully utilized as electron transporting layer in various kind of solar cells. In this study, for the first time, highly dispersible SnO2 nanoparticles were synthesized by microwave-assisted non-aqueous sol-gel route in an organic medium. Ethanol dispersion of the as-prepared nanoparticles was used to cast an uniform thin layer of SnO2 without the aid of aggregating agent and at low temperatures. Organohalide perovskite solar cells were fabricated using SnO2 as electron transporting layer. Morphological and spectroscopic investigations, in addition to the good photoconversion efficiency obtained evidenced that nanoparticles synthesized by this route have optimal properties such small size and crystallinity to form a continuous film, furthermore, this method allows high reproducibility and scalability of the film deposition process.

  15. Conformal bi-layered perovskite/spinel coating on a metallic wire network for solid oxide fuel cells via an electrodeposition-based route

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    Park, Beom-Kyeong; Song, Rak-Hyun; Lee, Seung-Bok; Lim, Tak-Hyoung; Park, Seok-Joo; Jung, WooChul; Lee, Jong-Won

    2017-04-01

    Solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) require low-cost metallic components for current collection from electrodes as well as electrical connection between unit cells; however, the degradation of their electrical properties and surface stability associated with high-temperature oxidation is of great concern. It is thus important to develop protective conducting oxide coatings capable of mitigating the degradation of metallic components under SOFC operating conditions. Here, we report a conformal bi-layered coating composed of perovskite and spinel oxides on a metallic wire network fabricated by a facile electrodeposition-based route. A highly dense, crack-free, and adhesive bi-layered LaMnO3/Co3O4 coating of ∼1.2 μm thickness is conformally formed on the surfaces of wires with ∼100 μm diameter. We demonstrate that the bi-layered LaMnO3/Co3O4 coating plays a key role in improving the power density and durability of a tubular SOFC by stabilizing the surface of the metallic wire network used as a cathode current collector. The electrodeposition-based technique presented in this study offers a low-cost and scalable process to fabricate conformal multi-layered coatings on various metallic structures.

  16. Accuracy of first-principles interatomic interactions and predictions of ferroelectric phase transitions in perovskite oxides: Energy functional and effective Hamiltonian

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    Paul, Arpita; Sun, Jianwei; Perdew, John P.; Waghmare, Umesh V.

    2017-02-01

    While first-principles density functional theory (DFT)-based models have been effective in capturing the physics of ferroelectric phase transitions in BaTiO3, PbTiO3, and KNbO3, quantitative estimates of the transition temperatures (TC) suffer from errors that are believed to originate from the errors in estimating lattice constants obtained within the local density approximation (LDA) and generalized gradient approximation (GGA) of DFT. The recently developed strongly constrained and appropriately normed (SCAN) meta-GGA functional has been shown to be quite accurate in the estimation of lattice constants. Here, we present a quantitative analysis of the estimates of ferroelectric ground-state properties of eight perovskite oxides and transition temperatures of BaTiO3, PbTiO3, and KNbO3 obtained with molecular dynamics simulations using an effective Hamiltonian derived from the SCAN meta-GGA-based DFT. Relative to LDA, we find an improvement in the estimates of TC, which arises from the changes in the calculated strain-phonon, anharmonic coupling constants, and strength of ferroelectric instabilities, i.e., frequencies of the soft modes. We also assess the errors in TC originating from approximately integrating out the high-energy phonons during construction of the model Hamiltonian through estimates of the effects of fourth-order couplings between the soft mode and higher-energy modes of BaTiO3, PbTiO3, and KNbO3. We find that inclusion of these anharmonic couplings results in deeper double-well energy functions of ferroelectric distortions and further improvement in the estimates of transition temperatures. Consistently improved estimates of lattice constants and transition temperatures with the SCAN meta-GGA calculations augur well for their use in simulations of superlattices or heterostructures of perovskite oxides, in which the effects of lattice matching are critical.

  17. La0.6Sr0.4Co0.2Fe0.8O3 Perovskite: A Stable Anode Catalyst for Direct Methane Solid Oxide Fuel Cells

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    Jelvehnaz Mirzababaei

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available Direct methane solid oxide fuel cells, operated by supplying methane to a Ni/YSZ anode, suffer from degradation via accumulation of carbon deposits on the Ni surface. Coating a 40 µm thin film of La0.6Sr0.4Co0.2Fe0.8O3 (LSCF perovskite on the Ni/YSZ anode surface decreased the amount of carbon deposits, slowing down the degradation rate. The improvement in anode durability could be related to the oxidation activity of LSCF which facilitates oxidation of CH4 and carbon deposits. Analysis of the crystalline structure of LSCF revealed that LSCF was stable in the reducing anode environment under H2 and CH4 flow at 750 °C and retained its perovskite structure throughout the 475 h long-term stability test.

  18. Synthesis and Characterization of LaNiO3, LaNi(1-xFexO3 andLaNi(1-xCoxO3 Perovskite Oxides for Catalysis Application

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    Lima Sania Maria de

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available Mixed metal oxides with perovskite-type structure show a great potential to be used in catalysis, electrocatalysis and electronic ceramics. Perovskites oxides catalysts with the composition LaNiO3, LaNi(1-xFe xO3 and LaNi(1-xCo xO3 (x = 0.4 and 0.7 have been synthesized by the precipitation method to be used in the methane reforming to produce hydrogen and synthesis gas. The compounds were characterized by X-ray diffraction, thermogravimetric and differential thermal analysis, inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectroscopy, surface area measurements, energy dispersive X-ray spectrometry coupled to scanning electron microscopy and temperature programmed reduction. The results showed that a suitable combination of the preparation method with calcination variables (time and temperature could result in oxides with the desired structure and with important properties at the application point of view in heterogeneous catalysis.

  19. Synthesis and Characterization of Complex Metal Oxides with Perovskite-Related Structure

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    Liu, Chia-Jyi

    A series of materials rm La_ {2-x}Sr_ xNiO_{4-delta } were synthesized via a basic carbonates coprecipitation route. They possess the tetragonal rm K _2NiF_4 structure up to x = 1.5, and undergo a composition dependent metal-nonmetal transition. The materials are nonmetals for x =q 1.1. For compositions near the transition the conductivity type is also dependent on delta. The temperature dependence of the electrical conductivity for nonmetallic rm La_{2-x}Sr _ xNiO_{4-delta} shows two conduction mechanisms: a phonon-assisted variable-range hopping as a result of disorder, and an impurity band conduction. The domination of one of these two mechanisms likely depends upon the composition and the temperature range. The sign and magnitude of the thermoelectric power, as a function of temperature, for the rm La_{2-x}Sr_ xNiO_{4 -delta} materials is a sum of the contributions due to holes and electrons. The negative contribution which increases as the temperature increases (due to diffusive electrons) is determined by the variable-range hopping mechanism for nonmetals and by metallic conduction for the metals. For both lightly doped metals and nonmetals the positive contribution to the thermoelectric power increases and then decreases as the temperature increases. This contribution could be due to a phonon drag mechanism where the holes are created by excitation of electrons from the mobility edge of the sigma^ {*1}_{x^2-y^2 } band to impurity states. In the heavily doped metallic material, where S becomes more negative with increasing doping, the thermoelectric power strongly indicates that electrons and not holes are the majority carriers. A series of solid solutions rm La _{2-x}Sr_ xCu_{1-y} Ni_ yO_{4-delta} were synthesized using a basic carbonate coprecipitation technique. All the resulting powders are single phase solids which exhibit I4/mmm symmetry. Disappearance of the superconductivity at higher Ni content usually accompanies the localization of carriers at low temperatures. Metal-like temperature dependence sustains to x = 0.36 and y = 0.2 with localization of carriers at low temperatures. In contrast to the system rm La_{1.85}Sr_{0.15 }Cu_{1-y}Ni_ yO_{4 -delta}, metal-nonmetal transition can be tuned by varying the Sr content with a given Ni content. For the nonmetallic samples and those materials which show localization of carriers at low temperature, their conductivities nicely follow the form exp ((T_0/T) ^{rm v}) with v = {1over4} or {1 over2} (VRH law), indicating that localization of carriers is caused by disorder. Comparison between the systems rm La_{2-x}Sr_ x CuO_{4 -delta} and rm La_ {1.85}Sr_{0.15}Cu_{1 -y}Ni_ yO_{4-delta} in terms of their transport properties and magnetism together with the structural consideration of random distribution of Ni within the - (CuO_2) - planes and of Sr within the - (LaO) - layers, it is concluded that disorder has a profound effect on the transport properties in the system rm La_{2-x}Sr _ xCu_{1-y}Ni_ yO_ {4-delta}.

  20. Estudo da oxidação total do etanol usando óxidos tipo perovskita LaBO3 (B= Mn, Ni, Fe Study of total oxidation of ethanol using the perovskite-type oxides LaBO3 (B= Mn, Ni, Fe

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    Ana Brígida Soares

    2007-10-01

    Full Text Available The present work investigated the effect of coprecipitation-oxidant synthesis on the specific surface area of perovskite-type oxides LaBO3 (B= Mn, Ni, Fe for total oxidation of ethanol. The perovskite-type oxides were characterized by X-ray diffraction, nitrogen adsorption (BET method, thermogravimetric analysis (TGA-DTA, TPR and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS. Through method involving the coprecipitation-oxidant was possible to obtain catalysts with different BET specific surface areas, of 33-51 m²/g. The results of the catalytic test confirmed that all oxides investigated in this work have specific catalytic activity for total oxidation of ethanol, though the temperatures for total conversion change for each transition metal.

  1. Designing rules and probabilistic weighting for fast materials discovery in the Perovskite structure

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    Castelli, Ivano Eligio; Jacobsen, Karsten Wedel

    2014-01-01

    , more complex, crystals. Here, we consider a large database of calculated stabilities and bandgaps of oxides and oxynitrides in the perovskite structure. We use the database as a testing ground for existing ideas about the behavior of these types of compounds and we derive some new simple chemical......-based rules which combine structural information, like the ionic radii of the chemical elements, with electronic data, like the number of electrons and the valences of the pure elements. The rules extracted from the ABO3 cubic perovskite are then tested using the ABO2N and A2BO4 stoichiometry in the cubic...... and layered perovskite structure, respectively. These rules allow a saving in computer time of around 80%....

  2. Ordered oxygen deficient ‘112’ perovskites, LnBaCo2O5.50+: complex magnetism and transport properties

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    B Raveau; Md Motin Seikh; V Pralong; V Caignaert

    2009-06-01

    The ordered oxygen deficient `112’ perovskites, LnBaCo2O5.50+ (Ln = lanthanide or Y), exhibit a very flexible structure which can either uptake ( > 0) or release oxygen ( < 0) depending on the experimental conditions of synthesis and on the size of the lanthanide. These compounds exhibit remarkably complex magnetic transitions, metal–insulator transition and exceptionally high magnetoresistance. We show herein that their physics is mainly dominated by three different ferromagnetic states, depending on the cobalt valency: FM1 for = 0 (Co3+), FM2 for < 0 (Co2+/Co3+) and FM3 for > 0 (Co3+/Co4+). The competition between ferromagnetism and antiferromagnetism in these phases and the various transitions are discussed taking into consideration the spin state of cobalt, the issue of phase separation and the effect of cobalt coordination and disproportionation.

  3. Anharmonicity and disorder in simple and complex perovskites: a high energy synchrotron and hot neutron diffraction study

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    Kiat, Jean-Michel; Baldinozzi, Gianguido; Dunlop, Muriel; Malibert, Charlotte; Dkhil, Brahim; Ménoret, Carole; Masson, Olivier; Fernandez-Diaz, Maria-Teresa

    2000-10-01

    We report a study of simple ABO3 type perovskites BaTiO3, PbTiO3, KNbO3, SrTiO3 and the relaxor perovskites PbSc1/2Nb1/2O3 (PSN) in their cubic phase using hard synchrotron radiation and hot neutrons. Gram-Charlier expansions of the thermal parameters have been performed and have revealed interesting features about the probability density function and the one-particle potential of the different atoms. This description is compared with other descriptions in terms of the split atom model and in terms of the rotator model. Structural trends regarding the order-disorder versus displacive character of the phase transitions have been obtained. It is concluded that SrTiO3 and BaTiO3 are quasi-harmonic systems whereas KNbO3 shows weak anharmonicity and PbTiO3 and PSN display strong anharmonic features.

  4. Room-temperature solution-processed and metal oxide-free nano-composite for the flexible transparent bottom electrode of perovskite solar cells.

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    Lu, Haifei; Sun, Jingsong; Zhang, Hong; Lu, Shunmian; Choy, Wallace C H

    2016-03-21

    The exploration of low-temperature and solution-processed charge transporting and collecting layers can promote the development of low-cost and large-scale perovskite solar cells (PVSCs) through an all solution process. Here, we propose a room-temperature solution-processed and metal oxide-free nano-composite composed of a silver nano-network and graphene oxide (GO) flawless film for the transparent bottom electrode of a PVSC. Our experimental results show that the amount of GO flakes play a critical role in forming the flawless anti-corrosive barrier in the silver nano-network through a self-assembly approach under ambient atmosphere, which can effectively prevent the penetration of liquid or gaseous halides and their corrosion against the silver nano-network underneath. Importantly, we simultaneously achieve good work function alignment and surface wetting properties for a practical bottom electrode by controlling the degree of reduction of GO flakes. Finally, flexible PVSC adopting the room-temperature and solution-processed nano-composite as the flexible transparent bottom electrode has been demonstrated on a polyethylene terephthalate (PET) substrate. As a consequence, the demonstration of our room-temperature solution-processed and metal oxide-free flexible transparent bottom electrode will contribute to the emerging large-area flexible PVSC technologies.

  5. High-pressure synthesis, crystal structures, and magnetic properties of 5d double-perovskite oxides Ca2MgOsO6 and Sr2MgOsO6.

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    Yuan, Yahua; Feng, Hai L; Ghimire, Madhav Prasad; Matsushita, Yoshitaka; Tsujimoto, Yoshihiro; He, Jianfeng; Tanaka, Masahiko; Katsuya, Yoshio; Yamaura, Kazunari

    2015-04-06

    Double-perovskite oxides Ca2MgOsO6 and Sr2MgOsO6 have been synthesized under high-pressure and high-temperature conditions (6 GPa and 1500 °C). Their crystal structures and magnetic properties were studied by a synchrotron X-ray diffraction experiment and by magnetic susceptibility, specific heat, isothermal magnetization, and electrical resistivity measurements. Ca2MgOsO6 and Sr2MgOsO6 crystallized in monoclinic (P21/n) and tetragonal (I4/m) double-perovskite structures, respectively; the degree of order of the Os and Mg arrangement was 96% or higher. Although Ca2MgOsO6 and Sr2MgOsO6 are isoelectric, a magnetic-glass transition was observed for Ca2MgOsO6 at 19 K, while Sr2MgOsO6 showed an antiferromagnetic transition at 110 K. The antiferromagnetic-transition temperature is the highest in the family. A first-principles density functional approach revealed that Ca2MgOsO6 and Sr2MgOsO6 are likely to be antiferromagnetic Mott insulators in which the band gaps open, with Coulomb correlations of ∼1.8-3.0 eV. These compounds offer a better opportunity for the clarification of the basis of 5d magnetic sublattices, with regard to the possible use of perovskite-related oxides in multifunctional devices. The double-perovskite oxides Ca2MgOsO6 and Sr2MgOsO6 are likely to be Mott insulators with a magnetic-glass (MG) transition at ∼19 K and an antiferromagnetic (AFM) transition at ∼110 K, respectively. This AFM transition temperature is the highest among double-perovskite oxides containing single magnetic sublattices. Thus, these compounds offer valuable opportunities for studying the magnetic nature of 5d perovskite-related oxides, with regard to their possible use in multifunctional devices.

  6. Core–shell heterostructured metal oxide arrays enable superior light-harvesting and hysteresis-free mesoscopic perovskite solar cells

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    Mahmood, Khalid

    2015-01-01

    To achieve highly efficient mesoscopic perovskite solar cells (PSCs), the structure and properties of an electron transport layer (ETL) or material (ETM) have been shown to be of supreme importance. Particularly, the core-shell heterostructured mesoscopic ETM architecture has been recognized as a successful electrode design, because of its large internal surface area, superior light-harvesting efficiency and its ability to achieve fast charge transport. Here we report the successful fabrication of a hysteresis-free, 15.3% efficient PSC using vertically aligned ZnO nanorod/TiO2 shell (ZNR/TS) core-shell heterostructured ETMs for the first time. We have also added a conjugated polyelectrolyte polymer into the growth solution to promote the growth of high aspect ratio (AR) ZNRs and substantially improve the infiltration of the perovskite light absorber into the ETM. The PSCs based on the as-synthesized core-shell ZnO/TiO2 heterostructured ETMs exhibited excellent performance enhancement credited to the superior light harvesting capability, larger surface area, prolonged charge-transport pathways and lower recombination rate. The unique ETM design together with minimal hysteresis introduces core-shell ZnO/TiO2 heterostructures as a promising mesoscopic electrode approach for the fabrication of efficient PSCs. This journal is © The Royal Society of Chemistry.

  7. Wet Aerobic Oxidation of Lignin into Aromatic Aldehydes Catalysed by a Perovskite-type Oxide: LaFe1-xCuxO3 (x=0, 0.1, 0.2

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    Full Text Available The perovskite-type oxide catalyst LaFe1-xCuxO3 (x=0, 0.1, 0.2 was prepared by the sol–gel method, and tested as a catalyst in the wet aerobic oxidation (WAO of lignin into aromatic aldehydes. The lignin conversion and the yield of each aromatic aldehyde were significantly enhanced in the catalytic process, compared with the non-catalyzed process. Moreover, it was shown that the stability of activity and structure of LaFe1-xCuxO3 (x=0, 0.1, 0.2 remained nearly unchanged after a series of successive recyclings of the catalytic reactions, indicating it was an efficient and recyclable heterogeneous catalyst for the conversion of lignin into aromatic aldehydes in the WAO process.

  8. The Photocatalytic Activity of Perovskite-type Oxides ABO3(B=Cr、Mn、Fe、Co)%钙钛矿型复合氧化物LaBO3(B= Cr、Mn、Fe、Co)的光催化性能

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    杨秋华; 傅希贤; 陈保卫; 曹铁娃

    2000-01-01

      采用柠檬酸法合成了钙钛矿型复合氧化物LaBO3(B=Cr、Mn、Fe、Co),并以其为催化剂对水溶性染料酸性红3B进行光催化降解,发现这类化合物具有光催化性能,其活性大小与B位离子的离子半径,B位元素与氧(B—O)之间的电负性差值有关。%  Perovskite type oxides LaBO3(B=Cr、Mn、Fe、Co) are prepared by citric acid complex method and utilized as photocatalysts for the photocatalytic degradation and decolorization of water soluble dye acid red 3B .The results show that LaBO3 possess photocatalytic activity, which is related with ionic radius of B ions and electronegativity difference between B and O element.

  9. Rotational and translational distortions of the crystal structure of the Sr{sub 2}HrRuO{sub 6} (Hr = Ho, Dy, Gd, Eu) complex perovskites

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    Triana, C.A., E-mail: ctrianae@unal.edu.co [Grupo de Física de Nuevos Materiales, Departamento de Física, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, A.A. 5997, Bogotá D.C. (Colombia); Landínez Téllez, D.A. [Grupo de Física de Nuevos Materiales, Departamento de Física, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, A.A. 5997, Bogotá D.C. (Colombia); Roa-Rojas, J., E-mail: jroar@unal.edu.co [Grupo de Física de Nuevos Materiales, Departamento de Física, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, A.A. 5997, Bogotá D.C. (Colombia)

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    Sr{sub 2}HrRuO{sub 6} (Hr = Ho, Dy, Gd, Eu) complex perovskites were synthesized through the high-temperature solid-state reaction method, and their crystal structures were analyzed in detail as a function of the Hr-cation ionic radius. Results of powder XRD pattern measurement and Rietveld analysis of the experimental profiles show that the Sr{sub 2}HrRuO{sub 6} compounds crystallize in a monoclinic distorted perovskite-like structure, P2{sub 1}/n (#14) space group, where the unit cell parameters are related to the primitive unit cell a{sub p} by a≈√(2)a{sub p}, b≈√(2)a{sub p} and c ≈ 2a{sub p}. The structures show an alternate distribution of the Ru{sup 5+} (2d: 0.5, 0, 0) and Hr{sup 3+} (2c: 0, 0.5, 0) making up RuO{sub 6} and HrO{sub 6} octahedra alternatively arranged in two interleaving fcc sublattices, where the O(1), O(2), and O(3) ions are localized at the corner of the octahedral, while the Sr{sup 2+} is located at the A-site, occupying the cavities built by the corner-sharing octahedra with Wyckoff position 4e. Due to the existence of mismatched ionic sizes between the ionic radii of the Sr{sub 2}HrRuO{sub 6} compounds, the HrO{sub 6} and RuO{sub 6} octahedra are constrained to tilting around the [111]{sub c}, [001]{sub c}, and [110]{sub c} cubic directions so as to optimize the Sr–O inter-atomic bond lengths, tending to rotate the structure in order to fix the Ru{sup 5+} and Hr{sup 3+} ions on the M′ and M″ sites of the complex perovskites. The cell parameters a, b, and c, the inter-atomic bond angles, the inter-atomic bond lengths, and the tilting angles increase as the Hr-cation ionic radius increases. The mismatch that exists in the Sr{sub 2}HrRuO{sub 6} ionic radius produces a large distortion from the ideal cubic symmetry. The pure perovskite-like phase of Sr{sub 2}HrRuO{sub 6} is thermodynamically and kinetically stable at high temperatures above 1420 K, where it is entirely governed by the average size of the Hr{sup 3+} and Ru

  10. Aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy for complex transition metal oxides

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    Qing-Hua, Zhang; Dong-Dong, Xiao; Lin, Gu

    2016-06-01

    Lattice, charge, orbital, and spin are the four fundamental degrees of freedom in condensed matter, of which the interactive coupling derives tremendous novel physical phenomena, such as high-temperature superconductivity (high-T c SC) and colossal magnetoresistance (CMR) in strongly correlated electronic system. Direct experimental observation of these freedoms is essential to understanding the structure-property relationship and the physics behind it, and also indispensable for designing new materials and devices. Scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) integrating multiple techniques of structure imaging and spectrum analysis, is a comprehensive platform for providing structural, chemical and electronic information of materials with a high spatial resolution. Benefiting from the development of aberration correctors, STEM has taken a big breakthrough towards sub-angstrom resolution in last decade and always steps forward to improve the capability of material characterization; many improvements have been achieved in recent years, thereby giving an in-depth insight into material research. Here, we present a brief review of the recent advances of STEM by some representative examples of perovskite transition metal oxides; atomic-scale mapping of ferroelectric polarization, octahedral distortions and rotations, valence state, coordination and spin ordering are presented. We expect that this brief introduction about the current capability of STEM could facilitate the understanding of the relationship between functional properties and these fundamental degrees of freedom in complex oxides. Project supported by the National Key Basic Research Project, China (Grant No. 2014CB921002), the Strategic Priority Research Program of Chinese Academy of Sciences (Grant No. XDB07030200), and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 51522212 and 51421002).

  11. Changes in charge density vs changes in formal oxidation states: The case of Sn halide perovskites and their ordered vacancy analogues

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    Dalpian, Gustavo M.; Liu, Qihang; Stoumpos, Constantinos C.; Douvalis, Alexios P.; Balasubramanian, Mahalingam; Kanatzidis, Mercouri G.; Zunger, Alex

    2017-07-01

    Shifting the Fermi energy in solids by doping, defect formation, or gating generally results in changes in the charge density distribution, which reflect the ability of the bonding pattern in solids to adjust to such external perturbations. In the traditional chemistry textbook, such changes are often described by the formal oxidation states (FOS) whereby a single atom type is presumed to absorb the full burden of the perturbation (change in charge) of the whole compound. In the present paper, we analyze the changes in the position-dependence charge density due to shifts of the Fermi energy on a general physical basis, comparing with the view of the FOS picture. We use the halide perovskites CsSn X3 (X =F , Cl, Br, I) as examples for studying the general principle. When the solar absorber CsSn I3 (termed 113) loses 50 % of its Sn atoms, thereby forming the ordered vacancy compound C s2Sn I6 (termed 216), the Sn is said in the FOS picture to change from Sn(II) to Sn(IV). To understand the electronic properties of these two groups we studied the 113 and 216 compound pairs CsSnC l3 and C s2SnC l6 , CsSnB r3 and C s2SnB r6 , and CsSn I3 and C s2Sn I6 , complementing them by CsSn F3 and C s2Sn F6 in the hypothetical cubic structure for completing the chemical trends. These materials were also synthesized by chemical routes and characterized by x-ray diffraction, 119Sn-Mössbauer spectroscopy, and K -edge x-ray absorption spectroscopy. We find that indeed in going from 113 to 216 (equivalent to the introduction of two holes per unit) there is a decrease in the s charge on Sn, in agreement with the FOS picture. However, at the same time, we observe an increase of the p charge via downshift of the otherwise unoccupied p level, an effect that tends to replenish much of the lost s charge. At the end, the change in the charge on the Sn site as a result of adding two holes to the unit cell is rather small. This effect is theoretically explained as a "self-regulating response

  12. Changes in charge density vs changes in formal oxidation states: The case of Sn halide perovskites and their ordered vacancy analogues

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    Dalpian, Gustavo M.; Liu, Qihang; Stoumpos, Constantinos C.; Douvalis, Alexios P.; Balasubramanian, Mahalingam; Kanatzidis, Mercouri G.; Zunger, Alex

    2017-07-01

    Shifting the Fermi energy in solids by doping, defect formation, or gating generally results in changes in the charge density distribution, which reflect the ability of the bonding pattern in solids to adjust to such external perturbations. In the traditional chemistry textbook, such changes are often described by the formal oxidation states (FOS) whereby a single atom type is presumed to absorb the full burden of the perturbation (change in charge) of the whole compound. In the present paper, we analyze the changes in the position-dependence charge density due to shifts of the Fermi energy on a general physical basis, comparing with the view of the FOS picture. We use the halide perovskites CsSnX3 (X = F, Cl, Br, I) as examples for studying the general principle. When the solar absorber CsSnI3 (termed 113) loses 50% of its Sn atoms, thereby forming the ordered vacancy compound Cs2SnI6 (termed 216), the Sn is said in the FOS picture to change from Sn(II) to Sn(IV). To understand the electronic properties of these two groups we studied the 113 and 216 compound pairs CsSnCl3 and Cs2SnCl6, CsSnBr3 and Cs2SnBr6, and CsSnI3 and Cs2SnI6, complementing them by CsSnF3 and Cs2SnF6 in the hypothetical cubic structure for completing the chemical trends. These materials were also synthesized by chemical routes and characterized by x-ray diffraction, 119Sn-Mössbauer spectroscopy, and K-edge x-ray absorption spectroscopy. We find that indeed in going from 113 to 216 (equivalent to the introduction of two holes per unit) there is a decrease in the s charge on Sn, in agreement with the FOS picture. However, at the same time, we observe an increase of the p charge via downshift of the otherwise unoccupied p level, an effect that tends to replenish much of the lost s charge. At the end, the change in the charge on the Sn site as a result of adding two holes to the unit cell is rather small. This effect is theoretically explained as a “self-regulating response” [Raebiger, Lany

  13. The catalytic behavior of La-Mn-O nanoparticle perovskite-type oxide catalysts for the combustion of the soot particle from the diesel engine

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    WANG Hong; ZHAO Zhen; XU Chunming; LIU Jian; LU Zhixiao

    2005-01-01

    The La1-xMx MnO3(M=Li, Na, K, Rb, x=0, 0.10, 0.25) perovskite-type oxides whose sizes are nanoparticle have been prepared by the citric acid-ligated method. The characters of the catalysts were characterized by means of XRD, IR, SEM and BET surface area measurement. The catalytic activity for the combustion of soot particulate was evaluated by a technique of the temperature-programmed reaction. In the LaMnO3 catalyst, the partial substitution of alkali metal (Li, Na, K, Rb) into A-site enhanced the catalytic activity for the combustion of soot particle. The La0.75K0.25MnO3 oxides are good candidate catalysts for the soot particle removal reaction, and the combustion temperatures of soot particle are between 285℃ and 430℃ when the contact of catalysts and soot is loose, and their catalytic activities for the combustion of soot particle are as good as supported Pt catalysts, which is the best catalyst system so far reported for soot combustion under loose contact conditions.

  14. A niobium and tantalum co-doped perovskite cathode for solid oxide fuel cells operating below 500 °C

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    Li, Mengran; Zhao, Mingwen; Li, Feng; Zhou, Wei; Peterson, Vanessa K.; Xu, Xiaoyong; Shao, Zongping; Gentle, Ian; Zhu, Zhonghua

    2017-01-01

    The slow activity of cathode materials is one of the most significant barriers to realizing the operation of solid oxide fuel cells below 500 °C. Here we report a niobium and tantalum co-substituted perovskite SrCo0.8Nb0.1Ta0.1O3−δ as a cathode, which exhibits high electroactivity. This cathode has an area-specific polarization resistance as low as ∼0.16 and ∼0.68 Ω cm2 in a symmetrical cell and peak power densities of 1.2 and 0.7 W cm−2 in a Gd0.1Ce0.9O1.95-based anode-supported fuel cell at 500 and 450 °C, respectively. The high performance is attributed to an optimal balance of oxygen vacancies, ionic mobility and surface electron transfer as promoted by the synergistic effects of the niobium and tantalum. This work also points to an effective strategy in the design of cathodes for low-temperature solid oxide fuel cells. PMID:28045088

  15. A niobium and tantalum co-doped perovskite cathode for solid oxide fuel cells operating below 500 °C.

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    Li, Mengran; Zhao, Mingwen; Li, Feng; Zhou, Wei; Peterson, Vanessa K; Xu, Xiaoyong; Shao, Zongping; Gentle, Ian; Zhu, Zhonghua

    2017-01-03

    The slow activity of cathode materials is one of the most significant barriers to realizing the operation of solid oxide fuel cells below 500 °C. Here we report a niobium and tantalum co-substituted perovskite SrCo0.8Nb0.1Ta0.1O3-δ as a cathode, which exhibits high electroactivity. This cathode has an area-specific polarization resistance as low as ∼0.16 and ∼0.68 Ω cm(2) in a symmetrical cell and peak power densities of 1.2 and 0.7 W cm(-2) in a Gd0.1Ce0.9O1.95-based anode-supported fuel cell at 500 and 450 °C, respectively. The high performance is attributed to an optimal balance of oxygen vacancies, ionic mobility and surface electron transfer as promoted by the synergistic effects of the niobium and tantalum. This work also points to an effective strategy in the design of cathodes for low-temperature solid oxide fuel cells.

  16. Patterning of high mobility electron gases at complex oxide interfaces

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    Trier, Felix; Prawiroatmodjo, G. E. D. K.; von Soosten, Merlin

    2015-01-01

    Oxide interfaces provide an opportunity for electronics. However, patterning of electron gases at complex oxide interfaces is challenging. In particular, patterning of complex oxides while preserving a high electron mobility remains underexplored and inhibits the study of quantum mechanical effects...... where extended electron mean free paths are paramount. This letter presents an effective patterning strategy of both the amorphous-LaAlO3/SrTiO3 (a-LAO/STO) and modulation-doped amorphous-LaAlO3/La7/8Sr1/8MnO3/SrTiO3 (a-LAO/LSM/STO) oxide interfaces. Our patterning is based on selective wet etching...... of amorphous-LSM (a-LSM) thin films, which acts as a hard mask during subsequent depositions. Strikingly, the patterned modulation-doped interface shows electron mobilities up to ∼8 700 cm2/V s at 2 K, which is among the highest reported values for patterned conducting complex oxide interfaces that usually...

  17. Methane Oxidation to Synthesis Gas Using Lattice Oxygen of La1-xSrxMO3-λ (M = Fe, Mn) Perovskite Oxides Instead of Molecular Oxygen%La1-xSrxMO3-λ(M=Fe,Mn)氧化物中的晶格氧代替分子氧用于甲烷氧化制取合成气的研究

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    李然家; 余长春; 朱光荣; 沈师孔

    2005-01-01

    In this paper, the partial oxidation of methane to synthesis gas using lattice oxygen of La1-xSrxMO3-λ (M=Fe,Mn) perovskite oxides instead of molecular oxygen was investigated. The radox circulation between 11% O2/Ar flow and 11% CH4/He flow at 900℃ shows that methane can be oxidized to CO and H2 with a selectivity of over 90.7% using the lattice oxygen of La1-xSrxFeO3-λ (x≤0.2) perovskite oxides in an appropriate reaction condition, while the lost lattice oxygen can be supplemented by air re-oxidation. It is viable for the lattice oxygen of La1-xSrx FeO3-λ (x≤0.2) perovskite oxides instead of molecular oxygen to react with methane to synthesis gas in the redox mode.

  18. A review on visible light active perovskite-based photocatalysts.

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    Kanhere, Pushkar; Chen, Zhong

    2014-12-01

    Perovskite-based photocatalysts are of significant interest in the field of photocatalysis. To date, several perovskite material systems have been developed and their applications in visible light photocatalysis studied. This article provides a review of the visible light (λ > 400 nm) active perovskite-based photocatalyst systems. The materials systems are classified by the B site cations and their crystal structure, optical properties, electronic structure, and photocatalytic performance are reviewed in detail. Titanates, tantalates, niobates, vanadates, and ferrites form important photocatalysts which show promise in visible light-driven photoreactions. Along with simple perovskite (ABO3) structures, development of double/complex perovskites that are active under visible light is also reviewed. Various strategies employed for enhancing the photocatalytic performance have been discussed, emphasizing the specific advantages and challenges offered by perovskite-based photocatalysts. This review provides a broad overview of the perovskite photocatalysts, summarizing the current state of the work and offering useful insights for their future development.

  19. Hydrogen Bonding in Phosphine Oxide/Phosphate-Phenol Complexes

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    Cuypers, R.; Sudhölter, E.J.R.; Zuilhof, H.

    2010-01-01

    To develop a new solvent-impregnated resin (SIR) system for the removal of phenols and thiophenols from water, complex formation by hydrogen bonding of phosphine oxides and phosphates is studied using isothermal titration calorimetry (ITC) and quantum chemical modeling. Six different computational m

  20. Comparison of LaFeO3, La0.8Sr0.2FeO3, and La0.8Sr0.2Fe0.9Co0.1O3 perovskite oxides as oxygen carrier for partial oxidation of methane

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    Xiaoping Dai; Changchun Yu; Qiong Wu

    2008-01-01

    Comparison of LaFeO3, La0.8Sr0.2FeO3, and La0.8Sr0.2Fe0.9Co0.1O3 perovskite oxides as oxygen cartier for partial oxidation of methane in the absence of gaseous oxygen was investigated by continuous flow reaction and sequential redox reaction. Methane was oxidized to syngas with high selectivity by oxygen species of perovskite oxides in the absence of gaseous oxygen. The sequential redox reaction revealed that the structural stability and continuous oxygen supply in redox re-action decreased over La0.8Sr0.2Fe0.9Co0.1O3 oxide, while LaFeO3 and Lao.sSro.2FeO3 exhibited excellent structural stability and continuous oxygen supply.

  1. Molecularly imprinted Ru complex catalysts integrated on oxide surfaces.

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    Muratsugu, Satoshi; Tada, Mizuki

    2013-02-19

    Selective catalysis is critical for the development of green chemical processes, and natural enzymes that possess specialized three-dimensional reaction pockets with catalytically active sites represent the most sophisticated systems for selective catalysis. A reaction space in an enzyme consists of an active metal center, functional groups for molecular recognition (such as amino acids), and a surrounding protein matrix to prepare the reaction pocket. The artificial design of such an integrated catalytic unit in a non-enzymatic system remains challenging. Molecular imprinting of a supported metal complex provides a promising approach for shape-selective catalysis. In this process, an imprinted cavity with a shape matched to a template molecule is created in a polymer matrix with a catalytically active metal site. In this Account, we review our studies on molecularly imprinted metal complex catalysts, focusing on Ru complexes, on oxide surfaces for shape-selective catalysis. Oxide surface-attached transition metal complex catalysts not only improve thermal stability and catalyst dispersion but also provide unique catalytic performance not observed in homogeneous precursors. We designed molecularly imprinted Ru complexes by using surface-attached Ru complexes with template ligands and inorganic/organic surface matrix overlayers to control the chemical environment around the active metal complex catalysts on oxide surfaces. We prepared the designed, molecularly imprinted Ru complexes on SiO(2) surfaces in a step-by-step manner and characterized them with solid-state (SS) NMR, diffuse-reflectance (DR) UV-vis, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Brunauer-Emmett-Teller isotherm (BET), X-ray fluorescence (XRF), and Ru K-edge extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS). The catalytic performances of these Ru complexes suggest that this process of molecular imprinting facilitates the artificial integration of catalytic functions at surfaces. Further advances such

  2. Hybrid lead halide perovskites for light energy conversion: Excited state properties and photovoltaic applications

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    Manser, Joseph S.

    The burgeoning class of metal halide perovskites constitutes a paradigm shift in the study and application of solution-processed semiconductors. Advancements in thin film processing and our understanding of the underlying structural, photophysical, and electronic properties of these materials over the past five years have led to development of perovskite solar cells with power conversion efficiencies that rival much more mature first and second-generation commercial technologies. It seems only a matter of time before the real-world impact of these compounds is put to the test. Like oxide perovskites, metal halide perovskites have ABX3 stoichiometry, where typically A is a monovalent cation, B a bivalent post-transition metal, and X a halide anion. Characterizing the behavior of photogenerated charges in metal halide perovskites is integral for understanding the operating principles and fundamental limitations of perovskite optoelectronics. The majority of studies outlined in this dissertation involve fundamental study of the prototypical organic-inorganic compound methylammonium lead iodide (CH3NH3PbI 3). Time-resolved pump-probe spectroscopy serves as a principle tool in these investigations. Excitation of a semiconductor can lead to formation of a number different excited state species and electronic complexes. Through analysis of excited state decay kinetics and optical nonlinearities in perovskite thin films, we identify spontaneous formation of a large fraction of free electrons and holes, whose presence is requisite for efficient photovoltaic operation. Following photogeneration of charge carriers in a semiconductor absorber, these species must travel large distances across the thickness of the material to realize large external quantum efficiencies and efficient carrier extraction. Using a powerful technique known as transient absorption microscopy, we directly image long-range carrier diffusion in a CH3NH3PbI 3 thin film. Charges are unambiguously shown to

  3. Autothermal reforming catalyst having perovskite structure

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    Krumpel, Michael; Liu, Di-Jia

    2009-03-24

    The invention addressed two critical issues in fuel processing for fuel cell application, i.e. catalyst cost and operating stability. The existing state-of-the-art fuel reforming catalyst uses Rh and platinum supported over refractory oxide which add significant cost to the fuel cell system. Supported metals agglomerate under elevated temperature during reforming and decrease the catalyst activity. The catalyst is a perovskite oxide or a Ruddlesden-Popper type oxide containing rare-earth elements, catalytically active firs row transition metal elements, and stabilizing elements, such that the catalyst is a single phase in high temperature oxidizing conditions and maintains a primarily perovskite or Ruddlesden-Popper structure under high temperature reducing conditions. The catalyst can also contain alkaline earth dopants, which enhance the catalytic activity of the catalyst, but do not compromise the stability of the perovskite structure.

  4. High conductivity Ag-based metal organic complexes as dopant-free hole-transport materials for perovskite solar cells with high fill factors.

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    Hua, Yong; Xu, Bo; Liu, Peng; Chen, Hong; Tian, Haining; Cheng, Ming; Kloo, Lars; Sun, Licheng

    2016-04-21

    Hole-transport materials (HTMs) play an important role as hole scavenger materials in the most efficient perovskite solar cells (PSCs). Here, for the first time, two Ag-based metal organic complexes (HA1 and HA2) are employed as a new class of dopant-free hole-transport material for application in PSCs. These HTMs show excellent conductivity and hole-transport mobility. Consequently, the devices based on these two HTMs exhibit unusually high fill factors of 0.76 for HA1 and 0.78 for HA2, which are significantly higher than that obtained using spiro-OMeTAD (0.69). The cell based on HA1-HTM in its pristine form achieved a high power conversion efficiency of 11.98% under air conditions, which is comparable to the PCE of the cell employing the well-known doped spiro-MeOTAD (12.27%) under the same conditions. More importantly, their facile synthesis and purification without using column chromatography makes these new silver-based HTMs highly promising for future commercial applications of PSCs. These results provide a new way to develop more low-cost and high conductivity metal-complex based HTMs for efficient PSCs.

  5. Isocyanide and Phosphine Oxide Coordination in Binuclear Chromium Pacman Complexes.

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    Stevens, Charlotte J; Nichol, Gary S; Arnold, Polly L; Love, Jason B

    2013-12-01

    The new binuclear chromium Pacman complex [Cr2(L)] of the Schiff base pyrrole macrocycle H4L has been synthesized and structurally characterized. Addition of isocyanide, C≡NR (R = xylyl, (t)Bu), or triphenylphosphine oxide donors to [Cr2(L)] gives contrasting chemistry with the formation of the new coordination compounds [Cr2(μ-CNR)(L)], in which the isocyanides bridge the two Cr(II) centers, and [Cr2(OPPh3)2(L)], a Cr(II) phosphine oxide adduct with the ligands exogenous to the cleft.

  6. B-Site Metal (Pd, Pt, Ag, Cu, Zn, Ni) Promoted La1−xSrxCo1−yFeyO3–δ Perovskite Oxides as Cathodes for IT-SOFCs

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    Shaoli Guo; Hongjing Wu; Fabrizio Puleo; Leonarda F. Liotta

    2015-01-01

    Perovskite oxides La1−xSrxCo1−yFeyO3–δ (LSCF) have been extensively investigated and developed as cathode materials for intermediate temperature solid oxide fuel cells (IT-SOFCs) due to mixed ionic–electronic conductivity and high electrooxygen reduction activity for oxygen reduction. Recent literature investigations show that cathode performances can be improved by metal surface modification or B-site substitution on LSCF. Although the specific reaction mechanism needs to be further investi...

  7. Preparation of nanometer perovskite-type oxide La0.8Sr0.2MnO3 by organic solvent sol-gel method and capability testing

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    HU Jie; SHAO Guangjie; HUANG Hao; XING Guangzhong

    2008-01-01

    A perovskite-type oxide,La0.8Sr0.2MnO3,was synthesized by the organic solvent sol-gel method.The desired metal cations were chelated in a solution by using citric acid as the chelating agent and absolute ethanol as the solvent.The thermal decomposition of the metal earboxylate premasor gels was studied by thermogravimetric/differential thermal analyzer (TG/DTA) and the products derived from calcining the gels were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electronic microscope (TEM).The polarization curves were acquired on an electrochemical workstation (LK98) and the discharge curves were acquired on a testing instrument of batteries (DC-5),with a constant current discharge,less than 120 mA/cm2.The results revealed that the nanometer perovskite-type powder with lesser particle size could be achieved with an organic solvent and had a better catalytic activity.

  8. Effects of Bi doping on structural and magnetic properties of double perovskite oxides Sr2FeMoO6

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    Lan, Yaohai; Feng, Xiaomei; Zhang, Xin; Shen, Yifu; Wang, Ding

    2016-08-01

    A new series of double perovskite compounds Sr2 - δBixFeMoO6 have been synthesized by solid-state reaction. δ refers to the nominal doping content of Bi (δ = 0, 0.1, 0.2, 0.3, 0.4, 0.5), while the Bi content obtained by the Rietveld refinement is x = 0, 0.01, 0.05, 0.08, 0.10 and 0.12. Their crystal structure and magnetic properties are investigated. Rietveld analysis of the room temperature XRD data shows all the samples crystallize in the cubic crystal structure with the space group Fm 3 ‾ m and have no phase transition. SEM images show that substituted samples present a denser microstructure and bigger grains than Sr2FeMoO6, which is caused by a liquid sintering process due to the effumability of Bi. The unit cell volume increases with augment of Bi3+ concentration despite the smaller ionic radius Bi3+ compared with the Sr2+, which is attributed to the electronic effect. The degree of Fe/Mo order (η) increases first and then decreases to almost disappearance with augment of Bi doping, which is the result of contribution from electronic effect. Calculated saturation magnetization Ms(3) according to our phase separation likeness model matches well with the experimental ones. The observed variations of magnetoresistance (MR) are consistent with the Fe/Mo order (η) due to the internal connection with anti-site defect (ASD).

  9. Catalytic performance of cerium iron complex oxides for partial oxidation of methane to synthesis gas

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    LI Kongzhai; WANG Hua; WEI Yonggang; LIU Mingchun

    2008-01-01

    The cerium iron complex oxides oxygen carder was prepared by the co-precipitation method. The reactions between methane and lattice oxygen from the complex oxides were investigated in a fixed micro-reactor system. The reduced oxygen carrier could be re-oxidized by air and its initial state could be restored. The characterizations of the oxygen carriers were studied using XRD, O2-TPD, and H2-TPR. The results showed that the bulk lattice oxygen of CeO2-Fe2O3 was found to be suitable for the partial oxidation of methane to synthesis gas. There were two kinds of oxygen species on the oxygen carder: the stronger oxygen species that was responsible for the complete oxidation of methane, and the weaker oxygen species (bulk lattice oxygen) that was responsible for the selective oxidation of methane to CO and H2 at a higher temperature. Then, the lost bulk lattice oxygen could be selectively supplemented by air re-oxidation at an appropriate reaction con-dition. CeFeO3 appeared on the oxygen carrier after 10 successive redox cycles, however, it was not bad for the selectivity of CO and H2.

  10. Multiferroic and visible light photocatalytic properties of six-layered perovskite oxide Nd{sub 6}Ti{sub 4}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 20}

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    Cheng, Xiangyi; Yang, Hongshun; Ruan, Keqing; Xu, Xiaoliang [University of Science and Technology of China, Key Laboratory of Strongly-Coupled Quantum Matter Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences and School of Physical Sciences, Hefei (China); Meng, Dechao [University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Sciences at Microscale, Hefei (China)

    2017-04-15

    The layered perovskite-related oxide Nd{sub 6}Ti{sub 4}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 20} was prepared by incorporating NdFeO{sub 3} in the host Nd{sub 2}Ti{sub 2}O{sub 7} using floating-zone melting technique. XRD and HRTEM results suggested that the material has a layered structure of n = 6 type. Nd{sub 6}Ti{sub 4}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 20} exhibited spin glass-like behavior, and its magnetic behavior was affected by magnetic Nd{sup 3+} ions strongly at low temperature. The ferromagnetic and ferroelectric properties were observed by magnetic and PFM measurements at the room temperature. UV-Vis absorption spectroscopy revealed that the compound is a visible light absorbing photocatalyst with a direct band gap of 2.2 eV. In addition, the photocatalytic behaviors of bulk Nd{sub 6}Ti{sub 4}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 20} were evaluated by photodegradation of rhodamine B under visible light irradiation. (orig.)

  11. “True” negative thermal expansion in Mn-doped LaCu{sub 3}Fe{sub 4}O{sub 12} perovskite oxides

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    Yamada, Ikuya, E-mail: i-yamada@21c.osakafu-u.ac.jp [Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Research Center, Osaka Prefecture University, 1-2 Gakuen-cho, Naka-ku, Sakai, Osaka 599-8570 (Japan); Precursory Research for Embryonic Science and Technology, Japan Science and Technology Agency, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0075 (Japan); Marukawa, Shohei [Department of Chemistry, Graduate School of Science, Osaka Prefecture University, 1-1 Gakuen-cho, Naka-ku, Sakai, Osaka 599-8531 (Japan); Murakami, Makoto; Mori, Shigeo [Department of Materials Science, Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka Prefecture University, 1-1 Gakuen-cho, Naka-ku, Sakai, Osaka 599-8531 (Japan)

    2014-12-08

    Negative and zero thermal expansion near room temperature have been achieved in a cubic A-site ordered perovskite oxide LaCu{sub 3}Fe{sub 4−x}Mn{sub x}O{sub 12}. A discontinuous volume change in the parent material LaCu{sub 3}Fe{sub 4}O{sub 12}, owing to a first-order intermetallic charge transfer transition (3Cu{sup 2+ }+ 4Fe{sup 3.75+} ⇄ 3Cu{sup 3+ }+ 4Fe{sup 3+}), is efficiently relaxed to a second-order-type negative thermal expansion with a linear thermal expansion coefficient (α{sub L}) of −2.2(1) × 10{sup −5 }K{sup −1} between 300 and 340 K at x = 0.75, followed by an almost zero thermal expansion [α{sub L} of −1.1(2) × 10{sup −6 }K{sup −1}] at x = 1 in a wide temperature range (240–360 K) including room temperature. Magnetic susceptibility measurements display substantial broadenings of the antiferromagnetic transition when x increases, supporting the relaxation of first-order electronic phase transition of the parent material. These findings indicate that the significant adjustability of thermal expansion properties can be achieved in first-order intermetallic charge-transfer transition.

  12. Layed Perovskite PRBA0.5SR0.5CO205 as High Performance Cathode for Solid Oxide Fuels Using Photon Conducting Electrolyte

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    Brinkman, K.

    2010-05-05

    The layered perovskite PrBa{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5}Co{sub 2}O{sub 5+{delta}} (PBSC) was investigated as a cathode material for a solid oxide fuel cell using a proton-conducting electrolyte based on BaCe{sub 0.7}Y{sub 0.2}Zr{sub 0.1}O{sub 3-{delta}} (BCYZ). The sintering conditions for the PBSC-BCYZ composite cathode were optimized resulting in the lowest area-specific resistance and apparent activation energy obtained with the cathode sintered at 1200 C for 2h. The maximum power densities of the PBSC-BCYZ/BZCY/NiO-BCYZ cell were 0.179, 0.274, 0.395, and 0.522 Wcm{sup -2} at 550, 600, 650, and 700 C, respectively with a 15{micro}m thick electrolyte. A relatively low cell interfacial polarization resistance of 0.132 {Omega}cm{sup 2} at 700 C indicated that the PBSC-BCYZ could be a good cathode candidate for intermediate temperature SOFCs with proton-conducting electrolyte.

  13. Perovskite Sr₁-xCexCoO₃-δ (0.05 ≤ x ≤ 0.15) as superior cathodes for intermediate temperature solid oxide fuel cells.

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    Yang, Wei; Hong, Tao; Li, Shuai; Ma, Zhaohui; Sun, Chunwen; Xia, Changrong; Chen, Liquan

    2013-02-01

    Perovskite Sr(1-x)Ce(x)CoO(3-δ) (0.05 ≤ x ≤ 0.15) have been prepared by a sol-gel method and studied as cathodes for intermediate temperature solid oxide fuel cells. As SOFC cathodes, Sr(1-x)Ce(x)CoO(3-δ) materials have sufficiently high electronic conductivities and excellent chemical compatibility with SDC electrolyte. The peak power density of cells with Sr(0.95)Ce(0.05)CoO(3-δ) is 0.625 W cm(-2) at 700 °C. By forming a composite cathode with an oxygen ion conductor SDC, the peak power density of the cell with Sr(0.95)Ce(0.05)CoO(3-δ)-30 wt %SDC composite cathode, reaches 1.01 W cm(-2) at 700 °C, better than that of Sm(0.5)Sr(0.5)CoO(3)-based cathode. All these results demonstrates that Sr(1-x)Ce(x)CoO(3-δ) (0.05 ≤ x ≤ 0.15)-based materials are promising cathodes for an IT-SOFC.

  14. Vanadyl cationic complexes as catalysts in olefin oxidation.

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    Nunes, Carla D; Vaz, Pedro D; Félix, Vítor; Veiros, Luis F; Moniz, Tânia; Rangel, Maria; Realista, Sara; Mourato, Ana C; Calhorda, Maria José

    2015-03-21

    Three new mononuclear oxovanadium(IV) complexes [VO(acac)(R-BIAN)]Cl (BIAN = 1,2-bis{(R-phenyl)imino}acenaphthene, R = H, 1; CH3, 2; Cl, 3) were prepared and characterized. They promoted the catalytic oxidation of olefins such as cyclohexene, cis-cyclooctene, and styrene with both tbhp (tert-butylhydroperoxide) and H2O2, and of enantiopure olefins (S(-)- and R(+)-pinene, and S(-)- and R(+)-limonene) selectively to their epoxides, with tbhp as the oxidant. The TOFs for styrene epoxidation promoted by complex 3 with H2O2 (290 mol mol(-1)V h(-1)) and for cis-cyclooctene epoxidation by 2 with tbhp (248 mol mol(-1)V h(-1)) are particularly good. Conversions reached 90% for several systems with tbhp, and were lower with H2O2. A preference for the internal C=C bond, rather than the terminal one, was found for limonene. Kinetic data indicate an associative process as the first step of the reaction and complex [VO(acac)(H-BIAN)](+) (1(+)) was isolated in an FTICR cell after adding tbhp to 1. EPR studies provide evidence for the presence of a V(IV) species in solution, until at least 48 hours after the addition of tbhp and cis-cyclooctene, and cyclic voltammetry studies revealed an oxidation potential above 1 V for complex 1. DFT calculations suggest that a [VO(H-BIAN)(MeOO)](+) complex is the likely active V(IV) species in the catalytic cycle from which two competitive mechanisms for the reaction proceed, an outer sphere path with an external attack of the olefin at the coordinated peroxide, and an inner sphere mechanism starting with a complex with the olefin coordinated to vanadium.

  15. Phase transitions of BaTi{sub 0.9}Rh{sub 0.1}O{sub 3±δ} perovskite-type oxides under reducing environments

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    Rodríguez, G.C.Mondragón, E-mail: guillermo.mondragon-rodriguez@dlr.de [German Aerospace Center (DLR), Institute of Materials Research, Linder Hoehe, D-51147 Cologne (Germany); Gönüllü, Y. [Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, University of Cologne (Germany); Ferri, Davide [Paul Scherrer Institut, CH-5232 Villigen PSI (Switzerland); Eyssler, Arnim [Empa, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, Lab. for Solid State Chemistry and Catalysis, Ueberlandstrasse 129, CH-8600 Dübendorf (Switzerland); Otal, Eugenio [UTN-Facultad Regional Santa Cruz, Av. Inmigrantes 555, Río Gallegos, 9400 Santa Cruz (Argentina); Saruhan, B. [German Aerospace Center (DLR), Institute of Materials Research, Linder Hoehe, D-51147 Cologne (Germany)

    2015-01-15

    Highlights: • Solid solution formation BaTi{sub 0.9}Rh{sub 0.1}O{sub 3±δ} with a new wet chemical synthesis method. • Rhodium in the BaTiO{sub 3} perovskite stabilizes the hexagonal structure. • New Rh segregation mechanism for hexagonal BaTi{sub 0.9}Rh{sub 0.1}O{sub 3±δ} upon reduction. - Abstract: Perovskite-type oxides of composition BaTi{sub 0.9}Rh{sub 0.1}O{sub 3±δ} were prepared following a new chemical route that avoids the formation of hydroxyl species and precipitation, and allows the homogeneous distribution of Rh in the final mixed metal oxide. The high dispersion of Rh and the formation of the solid solution between Rh and the BaTiO{sub 3} perovskite is confirmed by means of X-ray diffraction (XRD) and extended X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy (EXAFS). The presence of Rh stabilized the hexagonal BaTi{sub 0.9}Rh{sub 0.1}O{sub 3±δ} phase, which decomposes into barium orthotitanate (BaTi{sub 2}O{sub 4}) and metallic Rh° in reducing environment. This phase transition starts already at 700 °C and is only partially completed at 900 °C suggesting that part of the Rh present in the perovskite lattice might not be easily reduced by hydrogen. These aspects and further open questions are discussed.

  16. Ferroelectric Graphene-Perovskite Interfaces.

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    Volonakis, George; Giustino, Feliciano

    2015-07-02

    Owing to their record-breaking energy conversion efficiencies, hybrid organometallic perovskites have emerged as the most promising light absorbers and ambipolar carrier transporters for solution-processable solar cells. Simultaneously, due to its exceptional electron mobility, graphene represents a prominent candidate for replacing transparent conducting oxides. Thus, it is possible that combining these wonder materials may propel the efficiency toward the Schokley-Queisser limit. Here, using first-principles calculations on graphene-CH3NH3PbI3 interfaces, we find that graphene suppresses the octahedral tilt in the very first perovskite monolayer, leading to a nanoscale ferroelectric distortion with a permanent polarization of 3 mC/m(2). This interfacial ferroelectricity drives electron extraction from the perovskite and hinders electron-hole recombination by keeping the electrons and holes separated. The interfacial ferroelectricity identified here simply results from the interplay between graphene's planar structure and CH3NH3PbI3's octahedral connectivity; therefore, this mechanism may be effective in a much broader class of perovskites, with potential applications in photovoltaics and photocatalysis.

  17. Neutral- and Multi-Colored Semitransparent Perovskite Solar Cells

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    Kyu-Tae Lee

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available In this review, we summarize recent works on perovskite solar cells with neutral- and multi-colored semitransparency for building-integrated photovoltaics and tandem solar cells. The perovskite solar cells exploiting microstructured arrays of perovskite “islands” and transparent electrodes—the latter of which include thin metallic films, metal nanowires, carbon nanotubes, graphenes, and transparent conductive oxides for achieving optical transparency—are investigated. Moreover, the perovskite solar cells with distinctive color generation, which are enabled by engineering the band gap of the perovskite light-harvesting semiconductors with chemical management and integrating with photonic nanostructures, including microcavity, are discussed. We conclude by providing future research directions toward further performance improvements of the semitransparent perovskite solar cells.

  18. Neutral- and Multi-Colored Semitransparent Perovskite Solar Cells.

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    Lee, Kyu-Tae; Guo, L Jay; Park, Hui Joon

    2016-04-11

    In this review, we summarize recent works on perovskite solar cells with neutral- and multi-colored semitransparency for building-integrated photovoltaics and tandem solar cells. The perovskite solar cells exploiting microstructured arrays of perovskite "islands" and transparent electrodes-the latter of which include thin metallic films, metal nanowires, carbon nanotubes, graphenes, and transparent conductive oxides for achieving optical transparency-are investigated. Moreover, the perovskite solar cells with distinctive color generation, which are enabled by engineering the band gap of the perovskite light-harvesting semiconductors with chemical management and integrating with photonic nanostructures, including microcavity, are discussed. We conclude by providing future research directions toward further performance improvements of the semitransparent perovskite solar cells.

  19. Perovskite type nanopowders and thin films obtained by chemical methods

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    Viktor Fruth

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available The review presents the contribution of the authors, to the preparation of two types of perovskites, namely BiFeO3 and LaCoO3, by innovative methods. The studied perovskites were obtained as powders, films and sintered bodies. Their complex structural and morphological characterization is also presented. The obtained results have underlined the important influence of the method of preparation on the properties of the synthesized perovskites.

  20. Suppressed decomposition of organometal halide perovskites by impermeable electron-extraction layers in inverted solar cells.

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    Brinkmann, K O; Zhao, J; Pourdavoud, N; Becker, T; Hu, T; Olthof, S; Meerholz, K; Hoffmann, L; Gahlmann, T; Heiderhoff, R; Oszajca, M F; Luechinger, N A; Rogalla, D; Chen, Y; Cheng, B; Riedl, T

    2017-01-09

    The area of thin-film photovoltaics has been overwhelmed by organometal halide perovskites. Unfortunately, serious stability concerns arise with perovskite solar cells. For example, methyl-ammonium lead iodide is known to decompose in the presence of water and, more severely, even under inert conditions at elevated temperatures. Here, we demonstrate inverted perovskite solar cells, in which the decomposition of the perovskite is significantly mitigated even at elevated temperatures. Specifically, we introduce a bilayered electron-extraction interlayer consisting of aluminium-doped zinc oxide and tin oxide. We evidence tin oxide grown by atomic layer deposition does form an outstandingly dense gas permeation barrier that effectively hinders the ingress of moisture towards the perovskite and-more importantly-it prevents the egress of decomposition products of the perovskite. Thereby, the overall decomposition of the perovskite is significantly suppressed, leading to an outstanding device stability.

  1. Suppressed decomposition of organometal halide perovskites by impermeable electron-extraction layers in inverted solar cells

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    Brinkmann, K.O.; Zhao, J.; Pourdavoud, N.; Becker, T.; Hu, T.; Olthof, S.; Meerholz, K.; Hoffmann, L.; Gahlmann, T.; Heiderhoff, R.; Oszajca, M. F.; Luechinger, N. A.; Rogalla, D.; Chen, Y.; Cheng, B.; Riedl, T

    2017-01-01

    The area of thin-film photovoltaics has been overwhelmed by organometal halide perovskites. Unfortunately, serious stability concerns arise with perovskite solar cells. For example, methyl-ammonium lead iodide is known to decompose in the presence of water and, more severely, even under inert conditions at elevated temperatures. Here, we demonstrate inverted perovskite solar cells, in which the decomposition of the perovskite is significantly mitigated even at elevated temperatures. Specifically, we introduce a bilayered electron-extraction interlayer consisting of aluminium-doped zinc oxide and tin oxide. We evidence tin oxide grown by atomic layer deposition does form an outstandingly dense gas permeation barrier that effectively hinders the ingress of moisture towards the perovskite and—more importantly—it prevents the egress of decomposition products of the perovskite. Thereby, the overall decomposition of the perovskite is significantly suppressed, leading to an outstanding device stability. PMID:28067308

  2. Suppressed decomposition of organometal halide perovskites by impermeable electron-extraction layers in inverted solar cells

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    Brinkmann, K. O.; Zhao, J.; Pourdavoud, N.; Becker, T.; Hu, T.; Olthof, S.; Meerholz, K.; Hoffmann, L.; Gahlmann, T.; Heiderhoff, R.; Oszajca, M. F.; Luechinger, N. A.; Rogalla, D.; Chen, Y.; Cheng, B.; Riedl, T.

    2017-01-01

    The area of thin-film photovoltaics has been overwhelmed by organometal halide perovskites. Unfortunately, serious stability concerns arise with perovskite solar cells. For example, methyl-ammonium lead iodide is known to decompose in the presence of water and, more severely, even under inert conditions at elevated temperatures. Here, we demonstrate inverted perovskite solar cells, in which the decomposition of the perovskite is significantly mitigated even at elevated temperatures. Specifically, we introduce a bilayered electron-extraction interlayer consisting of aluminium-doped zinc oxide and tin oxide. We evidence tin oxide grown by atomic layer deposition does form an outstandingly dense gas permeation barrier that effectively hinders the ingress of moisture towards the perovskite and--more importantly--it prevents the egress of decomposition products of the perovskite. Thereby, the overall decomposition of the perovskite is significantly suppressed, leading to an outstanding device stability.

  3. Preparation of perovskite-type oxide, LaCrO sub 3 , by thermal decomposition of La (Cr(CH sub 2 (COO) sub 2 ) sub 3 )ter dot 6H sub 2 O. Sakuen La (Cr(CH sub 2 (COO) sub 2 ) sub 3 )ter dot 6H sub 2 O no netsubunkai ni yoru perovskite sankabutsu LaCrO sub 3 no chosei

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    Nakayama, S (Shinagawa Refractories Co. Ltd., Tokyo (Japan)); Sakamoto, M. (Ehime Univ., Ehime (Japan). Faculty of Engineering)

    1992-03-01

    Sakamoto et al, one of the authors have got the perovskive-type oxide, LaCoO{sub 3} by the thermal decomposition of compound complex (Co (NH{sub 3}){sub 6})(La (CO{sub 3}){sub 3}) {center dot} H{sub 2}O, one of the complex method. By this method, a relatively high specific surface area of 6.5 m{sub 2} {center dot} g{sup {minus}1} is obtained, while it does not reach 11m{sup 2}{center dot}g{sup {minus}1} by the citric acid complex method of Yamazoe et al. In this study, by the thermal decomposition of lanthanum (III) tris (malonato) chromate (III) hexahydrate (La (Cr(CH{sub 2}(COO){sub 2}){sub 3}){center dot} 6H{sub 2}O) (room temperature - 1000{degree}C) synthesized relatively easily, the formation process of LaCrO{sub 3}, the same perovskite-type oxide, was investigated. The starting materials and the decomposition materials obtained at the temperatures corresponding to each plateau (150-250{degree}C, 400-470{degree}C, 560-680{degree}C and above 720{degree}C) were analyzed by IR and X-ray diffraction method. This malonato complex released the almost all water molecules at about 200{degree}C, and formed LaCrO{sub 4} at around 560-680{degree}C and LaCrO{sub 3} above 720{degree}C respectively. 12 refs., 4 figs., 1 tab.

  4. Final technical report. Bimetallic complexes as methanol oxidation catalysts

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    McElwee-White, Lisa

    2002-01-21

    Our work on the electrocatalyzed oxidation of methanol was initially motivated by the interest in methanol as an anodic reactant in fuel cells. The literature on electrochemical oxidation of alcohols can be roughly grouped into two sets: fuel cell studies and inorganic chemistry studies. Work on fuel cells primarily focuses on surface-catalyzed oxidation at bulk metal anodes, usually Pt or Pt/Ru alloys. In the surface science/electrochemistry approach to these studies, single molecule catalysts are generally not considered. In contrast, the inorganic community investigates the electrooxidation of alcohols in homogeneous systems. Ruthenium complexes have been the most common catalysts in these studies. The alcohol substrates are typically either secondary alcohols (e.g., isopropanol) such that the reaction stops after 2 e{sup -} oxidation to the aldehyde and 4 e{sup -} oxidation to the carboxylic acid can be observed. Methanol, which can also undergo 6 e{sup -} oxidation to CO{sub 2}, rarely appears in the homogeneous catalysis studies. Surface studies have shown that two types of metal centers with different functions result in more effective catalysts than a single metal; however, application of this concept to homogeneous systems has not been demonstrated. The major thrust of the work is to apply this insight from the surface studies to homogeneous catalysis. Even though homogeneous systems would not be appropriate models for active sites on Pt/Ru anodes, it is possible that heterobimetallic catalysts could also utilize two metal centers for different roles. Starting from that perspective, this work involves the preparation and investigation of heterobinuclear catalysts for the electrochemical oxidation of methanol.

  5. Catalytic evaluation of perovskite-type oxide LaNi{sub 1-x}Ru{sub x}O{sub 3} in methane dry reforming

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    Araujo, Genira Carneiro de [Grupo de Estudos em Cinetica e Catalise, Universidade Federal da Bahia, Campus Universitario de Ondina, Federacao, 40 170-290 Salvador, Bahia (Brazil); Instituto de Catalisis y Petroleoquimica, CSIC, Cantoblanco, 28049 Madrid (Spain); Lima, Sania Maria de; Assaf, Jose Mansur [Laboratorio de Catalise, Departamento de Engenharia Quimica, Universidade Federal de Sao Carlos, Sao Paulo (Brazil); Pena, Miguel Antonio; Fierro, Jose Luis Garcia [Instituto de Catalisis y Petroleoquimica, CSIC, Cantoblanco, 28049 Madrid (Spain); Do Carmo Rangel, Maria [Grupo de Estudos em Cinetica e Catalise, Universidade Federal da Bahia, Campus Universitario de Ondina, Federacao, 40 170-290 Salvador, Bahia (Brazil)

    2008-04-15

    The methane reforming with carbon dioxide (dry reforming) has been proposed as one of the most promising technologies for producing hydrogen by the use of two greenhouse gases. However, undesirable coke formation is the crucial issue to develop efficient catalysts for the reaction. In order to find alternative catalysts, which can be more resistant against coke deactivation, perovskite-type oxides LaRu{sub x}Ni{sub 1-x}O{sub 3} (0.0 < x < 1.0) were studied in this work. Samples were prepared by thermal decomposition of amorphous citrate precursors followed by heating at 800 or 1000 C, for 12 h, in air. The solids were characterized by X-ray diffraction, temperature-programmed reduction, temperature-programmed desorption, specific surface area measurements and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The catalysts were reduced under hydrogen and tested in methane dry reforming at 1 atm and 750 C. The coke produced was characterized by thermogravimetry, carbon measurement and scanning and transmission electron microscopy. The oxide precursors showed low specific surface areas and different reducing behavior. All catalysts were active in the reaction. They all produced filamentous coke but it was not harmful to the catalysts. Nickel is more active and selective to hydrogen than ruthenium but the later improved the stability of the catalysts decreasing coke formation. The most promising catalyst was the LaNi{sub 0.8}Ru{sub 0.2}O{sub 3} sample, which was the most resistant against coke deposition. (author)

  6. Layered perovskite oxide Y0.8Ca0.2BaCoFeO5+δas a novel cathode material for intermediate-temperature solid oxide fuel cells

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    余良浩; 陈永红; 顾庆文; 田冬; 卢肖永; 孟广耀; 林彬

    2015-01-01

    A layered perovskite oxide Y0.8Ca0.2BaCoFeO5+δ(YCBCF) was synthesized as a novel cathode material for intermedi-ate-temperature solid oxide fuel cells (IT-SOFCs) by citric acid-nitrates self-propagating combustion method. The phase and micro-structure of YCBCF were investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM), respectively. The aver-age thermal expansion coefficient (TEC) of YCBCF was 14.6×10–6 K–1, which was close to other materials of SOFC at the range of RT–1000 ºC. An open-circuit potential of 0.75 V and a maximum output power density of 426 mW/cm2 were obtained at 650 ºC in a Sm0.2Ce0.8O1.9 (SDC)-based anode-supported SOFC by using humidified (~3%H2O) hydrogen as fuel and static air as oxidant. The results indicated that the YCBCF was a promising cathode candidate for IT-SOFCs.

  7. Development of perovskite cathodes for solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC); Desenvolvimento de catodos de perovskitas para celula a combustivel solido de eletrolito solido (SOFC)

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    Perez, J. [UNESP, Araraquara, SP (Brazil). Inst. de Quimica], e-mail: joelma@iq.unesp.br; Pereira, J.T.; Saeki, M.J. [UNESP, Bauru, SP (Brazil). Faculdade de Ciencias

    2006-07-01

    Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFC) are energy conversion systems of great interest for industrial applications because they present a high efficiency for energy generation and several advantages for the environment. In this work, perovskite type oxides La{sub 085}Sr{sub 0,15}MnO{sub 3}, La{sub 0,7} Sr{sub 0,3}MnO{sub 3}, La{sub 0,6}Sr{sub 0,4}MnO{sub 3}, La{sub 0,85}Sr{sub 0,15}CoO{sub 3}, La{sub 0,7}Sr{sub 0,3}CoO{sub 3}, La{sub 0,6}Sr{sub 0,4}CoO{sub 3}, La{sub 0.6}Sr{sub 0,4}Fe{sub 0,8}Co{sub 0,2}O{sub 3} e La{sub 0.6}Sr{sub 0,4}Fe{sub 0,4}Co{sub 0,6}O{sub 3} were prepared by a polymeric method with the purpose of using them as cathodes in SOFCs. The electrochemical cell was mounted utilizing YSZ (ZrO{sub 2} - 8 mol%Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}) disks as electrolyte, where a paste containing Pt was calcined onto one face while the other one was covered with the oxide materials synthesized ('screen printing'). The oxide materials prepared were characterized by X-ray diffraction, transmission electronic microscopy and thermogravimetry. The oxygen reduction reaction was studied by taking polarization curves in oxygen and/or air (800 deg C a 950 deg C). The best performance was obtained for 15 {mu}m thickness electrodes La{sub 0.6}Sr{sub 0,4}MnO{sub 3} and La{sub 0.6}Sr{sub 0,4}MnO{sub 3} with addition of dispersed Pt. (author)

  8. Hydrogen production from a combination of the water-gas shift and redox cycle process of methane partial oxidation via lattice oxygen over LaFeO3 perovskite catalyst.

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    Dai, Xiao Ping; Wu, Qiong; Li, Ran Jia; Yu, Chang Chun; Hao, Zheng Ping

    2006-12-28

    A redox cycle process, in which CH4 and air are periodically brought into contact with a solid oxide packed in a fixed-bed reactor, combined with the water-gas shift (WGS) reaction, is proposed for hydrogen production. The sole oxidant for partial oxidation of methane (POM) is found to be lattice oxygen instead of gaseous oxygen. A perovskite-type LaFeO3 oxide was prepared by a sol-gel method and employed as an oxygen storage material in this process. The results indicate that, under appropriate reaction conditions, methane can be oxidized to CO and H2 by the lattice oxygen of LaFeO3 perovskite oxide with a selectivity higher than 95% and the consumed lattice oxygen can be replenished in a reoxidation procedure by a redox operation. It is suggested that the POM to H2/CO by using the lattice oxygen of the oxygen storage materials instead of gaseous oxygen should be possibly applicable. The LaFeO3 perovskite oxide maintained relatively high catalytic activity and structural stability, while the carbonaceous deposits, which come from the dissociation of CH4 in the pulse reaction, occurred due to the low migration rate of lattice oxygen from the bulk toward the surface. A new dissociation-oxidation mechanism for this POM without gaseous oxygen is proposed based on the transient responses of the products checked at different surface states via both pulse reaction and switch reaction over the LaFeO3 catalyst. In the absence of gaseous-phase oxygen, the rate-determining step of methane conversion is the migration rate of lattice oxygen, but the process can be carried out in optimized cycles. The product distribution for POM over LaFeO3 catalyst in the absence of gaseous oxygen was determined by the concentration of surface oxygen, which is relevant with the migration rate of lattice oxygen from the bulk toward the surface. This process of hydrogen production via selective oxidation of methane by lattice oxygen is better in avoiding the deep oxidation (to CO2) and

  9. Electrochemical studies of perovskite mixed conductors

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    Brosha, E.L.; Chung, B.W.; Garzon, F.H. [Los Alamos National Lab., NM (United States). Electronic and Electrochemical Materials and Devices Group

    1994-12-01

    Research into the growth of high-quality single crystal thin films of high transition temperature {Tc} superconductors have stimulated interest in other perovskite metal oxides with a variety of physical properties. Thin films of perovskite materials are among the major focal research areas for optical, sensor, electronic, and superconducting applications. Two lanthanum-based oxygen/electronic conducting perovskite oxides of particular interest for high temperature fuel cell electrodes and interconnects and for other electrochemical applications such as oxygen separation devices are La{sub 1{minus}x}Sr{sub x}MnO{sub 3{minus}y} and La{sub 1{minus}x}Sr{sub x}CoO{sub 3{minus}y}. The La-based perovskites are valuable for these technologies because they reduce interfacial resistances by eliminating the need for a three phase contact area (gas, metal electrode, electrolyte). In addition, these oxides may also serve a valuable role as novel catalysts or catalytic supports; however, little is known about what catalytic properties they may possess. Fundamental study of the electrochemical, diffusional oxygen transport, and surface catalytic properties of these materials can be greatly simplified if the complications associated with the presence of grain boundaries and multiple crystallite orientations can be avoided. Therefore, single crystals of these La-based perovskites become highly desirable. In this work, the authors report the structural and electrical properties of highly oriented thin films of La{sub 0.84}Sr{sub 0.16}MnO{sub 3} and La{sub 0.8}Sr{sub 0.2}CoO{sub 3} grown on single crystal Y-ZrO{sub 2} substrates. An addition, the authors have demonstrated growing, in situ, epitaxial multilayer perovskite/fluorite/perovskite configurations for fundamental fuel cell modeling.

  10. Oxidation of cuprous stellacyanin by aminopolycarboxylatocobaltate(III) complexes.

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    Yoneda, G S; Mitchel, G L; Blackmer, G L; Holwerda, R A

    1978-01-01

    Rate parameters are reported for the oxidation of cuprous stellacyanin by Co(PDTA)-(k(25.0 degrees) = 17.9 M(-1)sec(-1), deltaH not equal to = 8.5 kcal/mol, deltaH not equal to = 8.5 kcal/mol, deltaS not equal to = -24 cal/mol-deg; pH 7.0, Mu 0.5 M) and Co(CyDTA)-(k(25.1 degrees) = 17.0 M(-1)sec(-1), deltaH not equal to = 8.7 kcal/mol, deltaS not equal to = -24 cal/mol-deg; pH 7.0 mu 0.5 M). The first order Co(PDTA)- and Co(CyDTA)- dependences observed over wide concentration ranges contrast with the saturation behavior reported previously for Co(EDTA)- as the oxidant. It is concluded that the- CH3 and -(CH2)4-substituents of PDTA and CyDTA, respectively, prevent the alkylated derivatives of Co(EDTA)- from hydrogen bonding with the reduced blue protein, causing precursor complex formation constants to fall far below that of 149M(-1) (25.1 degrees) observed for the EDTA complex. The similarity between deltaH not equal to and deltaS not equal to values for the oxidation of stellacyanin by Co(PDTA)- and Co(CyDTA)- indicates that the size of alkyl substituents linked to the carbon atoms of the EDTA ethylenediamine backbone has little influence on activation requirements for Cu(I) to Co(III) electron transfer. The electron transfer reactivity of aminopolycarboxylatocobalt(III) complexes with cuprous stellacyanin therefore appears to be linked to the accessibility of one or more of the ligated acetate groups to outer-sphere contact with the type 1 Cu(I) center. Saturation in kobsd vs. [oxidant] plots found for the reactions of Co(PDTA)- and Co(CyDTA)- with stellacyanin at pH 6 and at pH 7 in the presence of EDTA is attributed to the formation of "dead-end" oxidant-protein complexes.

  11. Pneumococcal gene complex involved in resistance to extracellular oxidative stress.

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    Andisi, Vahid Farshchi; Hinojosa, Cecilia A; de Jong, Anne; Kuipers, Oscar P; Orihuela, Carlos J; Bijlsma, Jetta J E

    2012-03-01

    Streptococcus pneumoniae is a gram-positive bacterium which is a member of the normal human nasopharyngeal flora but can also cause serious disease such as pneumonia, bacteremia, and meningitis. Throughout its life cycle, S. pneumoniae is exposed to significant oxidative stress derived from endogenously produced hydrogen peroxide (H(2)O(2)) and from the host through the oxidative burst. How S. pneumoniae, an aerotolerant anaerobic bacterium that lacks catalase, protects itself against hydrogen peroxide stress is still unclear. Bioinformatic analysis of its genome identified a hypothetical open reading frame belonging to the thiol-specific antioxidant (TlpA/TSA) family, located in an operon consisting of three open reading frames. For all four strains tested, deletion of the gene resulted in an approximately 10-fold reduction in survival when strains were exposed to external peroxide stress. However, no role for this gene in survival of internal superoxide stress was observed. Mutagenesis and complementation analysis demonstrated that all three genes are necessary and sufficient for protection against oxidative stress. Interestingly, in a competitive index mouse pneumonia model, deletion of the operon had no impact shortly after infection but was detrimental during the later stages of disease. Thus, we have identified a gene complex involved in the protection of S. pneumoniae against external oxidative stress, which plays an important role during invasive disease.

  12. Experimental partitioning of Zr, Ti, and Nb between silicate liquid and a complex noble metal alloy and the partitioning of Ti between perovskite and platinum metal

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    Jurewicz, Stephen R.; Jones, John H.

    1993-01-01

    El Goresy et al.'s observation of Nb, Zr, and Ta in refractory platinum metal nuggets (RPMN's) from Ca-Al-rich inclusions (CAI's) in the Allende meteorite led them to propose that these lithophile elements alloyed in the metallic state with noble metals in the early solar nebula. However, Grossman pointed out that the thermodynamic stability of Zr in the oxide phase is vastly greater than metallic Zr at estimated solar nebula conditions. Jones and Burnett suggested this discrepancy may be explained by the very non-ideal behavior of some lithophile transition elements in noble metal solutions and/or intermetallic compounds. Subsequently, Fegley and Kornacki used thermodynamic data taken from the literature to predict the stability of several of these intermetallic compounds at estimated solar nebula conditions. Palme and Schmitt and Treiman et al. conducted experiments to quantify the partitioning behavior of certain lithophile elements between silicate liquid and Pt-metal. Although their results were somewhat variable, they did suggest that Zr partition coefficients were too small to explain the observed 'percent' levels in some RPMN's. Palme and Schmitt also observed large partition coefficients for Nb and Ta. No intermetallic phases were identified. Following the work of Treiman et al., Jurewicz and Jones performed experiments to examine Zr, Nb, and Ti partitioning near solar nebula conditions. Their results showed that Zr, Nb, and Ti all have an affinity for the platinum metal, with Nb and Ti having a very strong preference for the metal. The intermetallic phases (Zr,Fe)Pt3, (Nb,Fe)Pt3, and (Ti,Fe)Pt3 were identified. Curiously, although both experiments and calculations indicate that Ti should partition strongly into Pt-metal (possibly as TiPt3), no Ti has ever been observed in any RPMN's. Fegley and Kornacki also noticed this discrepancy and hypothesized that the Ti was stabilized in perovskite which is a common phase in Allende CAI's.

  13. Selective oxidations of a dithiolate complex produce a mixed sulfonate/thiolate complex.

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    Chohan, Balwant S; Maroney, Michael J

    2006-03-06

    Oxygenation or peroxidation of a planar, tetracoordinate, low-spin nickel(II) complex of a N2S2-donor ligand, (N,N'-dimethyl-N,N'-bis(2-mecaptoethyl)-1, 3-propanediaminato)nickel(II), proceeds via the formation of a mixed sulfinate/thiolate complex and leads to the production of a novel dimeric complex containing both sulfonate and thiolate ligands. Thus, reaction proceeds via selective oxidation of the sulfinate sulfur atom, leaving the thiolate reduced. The novel sulfonate/thiolate complex has been isolated and characterized by electospray ionization mass spectrometry and single-crystal X-ray diffraction. Crystals form in the monoclinic space group P2(1)/c with cell dimensions a = 8.4647(12) A, b = 12.592(3) A, and c = 12.531(2) A, angles alpha = gamma = 90 degrees and beta = 106.645(11) degrees , and Z = 2. The structure was refined to R = 5.20% and R(w) = 12.86% [I > 2sigma(I)]. The isolation of this mixed sulfonate/thiolate complex from oxidation of a mixed sulfinate/thiolate complex provides experimental evidence for the formation of a sulfonate ligand via a Ni-O-O-SO2R intermediate, as suggested by recent density functional theory calculations.

  14. Perovskite Sr-doped LaCrO3 as a new p-type transparent conducting oxide

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    Zhang, Hongliang; Du, Yingge; Papadogianni, Alexandra; Bierwagen, Oliver; Sallis, Shawn; Piper, Louis F. J.; Bowden, Mark E.; Shutthanandan, V.; Sushko, Petr; Chambers, Scott A.

    2015-09-16

    Transparent conducting oxides (TCOs) constitute a unique class of materials which combine the seemingly mutually exclusive properties of electrical conductivity and optical transparency in a single material. TCOs are useful for a wide range of applications including solar cells, displays, light emitting diodes and transparent electronics. Simple post-transition metal oxides such as ZnO, In2O3 and SnO2 are wide gap insulators in which the ionic character generates an oxygen 2p-derived valence band (VB) and a metal s-derived conduction band (CB), resulting in large optical band gaps (>3.0 eV) and excellent n-type conductivity when donor doped. In contrast, the development of efficient p-type TCOs remains a global materials challenge. Converting n-type oxides to p-type analogs by acceptor doping is extremely difficult and these materials display poor conductivity.

  15. Design principles for oxygen-reduction activity on perovskite oxide catalysts for fuel cells and metal-air batteries.

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    Suntivich, Jin; Gasteiger, Hubert A; Yabuuchi, Naoaki; Nakanishi, Haruyuki; Goodenough, John B; Shao-Horn, Yang

    2011-06-12

    The prohibitive cost and scarcity of the noble-metal catalysts needed for catalysing the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) in fuel cells and metal-air batteries limit the commercialization of these clean-energy technologies. Identifying a catalyst design principle that links material properties to the catalytic activity can accelerate the search for highly active and abundant transition-metal-oxide catalysts to replace platinum. Here, we demonstrate that the ORR activity for oxide catalysts primarily correlates to σ-orbital (e(g)) occupation and the extent of B-site transition-metal-oxygen covalency, which serves as a secondary activity descriptor. Our findings reflect the critical influences of the σ orbital and metal-oxygen covalency on the competition between O(2)(2-)/OH(-) displacement and OH(-) regeneration on surface transition-metal ions as the rate-limiting steps of the ORR, and thus highlight the importance of electronic structure in controlling oxide catalytic activity.

  16. Microstructure evolution and oxidation states of Co in perovskite-type oxide Ba1.0Co0.7Fe0.2Nb0.1O3-δannealed in CO2 atmosphere

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    Chengzhang Wu; He Wang; Xingxing Zhang; Yuwen Zhang; Weizhong Ding; Chenghua Sun

    2014-01-01

    Ba1.0Co0.7Fe0.2Nb0.1O3-δ (BCFN) oxide with perovskite cubic structure was synthesized by solid state reaction method. CO2 corrosion of BCFN membrane was investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), diffuse reflectance infrared Fourier-transformed spectroscopy (DRIFT) and X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy (XAFS). Cobalt (Co) K-edge absorption spectra of BCFN annealed in CO2 reveal that the oxidation states of Co in all the samples were larger than+3 and they decreased with the increase of calcination time. At 800◦C, 1%CO2 introduced into He could speed up the reduction of Co cations in comparison with pure He. In addition, sulfate ions in the bulk of BCFN membrane preferred to migrate to the surface under CO2 calcination and form monoclinic Ba(CO3)0.9(SO4)0.1 besides orthorhombic witherite. Moreover, SEM results indicate that the nucleation and growth of carbonates grains started at the grain boundary of the membrane.

  17. Combustion synthesis and characterization of porous perovskite catalysts

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    Yuehui Wu-Laitao Luo; Wei Liu

    2007-05-01

    Porous perovskite-type complex oxides LaCoO3 and La0.95Sr0.05Ni0.05Co0.95O3 were produced by combustion method. The properties of these porous materials such as crystal structures, particle sizes, surface patterns, pore size, surface area and pore volume were characterized by X-ray diffraction( XRD), scanning electron microscopy(SEM) and BET measurements. The results indicated that all porous materials are of the perovskite-type complex oxides. Doping Sr2+ ions on site A and doping Ni2+ ions on site B entered the crystal lattices of LaCoO3 in the place of La3+ and Co3+, respectively, and the maximum peak of XRD patterns of doping sample was weaken and broaden. Morphological microscopy demonstrated agglomerates involved mostly thin smooth flakes and layers perforated by a large number of pores and its lamella decreased with the introduction of Sr2+ and Ni2+. Hysteresis loop in the N2 adsorption-desorption isotherm of samples indicated its porous structures and the doping effect on its pore size, surface area and pore volume were improved. The porous catalysts have been tested for methane catalytic combustion and the results showed that these catalysts possessed high catalytic activity.

  18. Polarization twist in perovskite ferrielectrics.

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    Kitanaka, Yuuki; Hirano, Kiyotaka; Ogino, Motohiro; Noguchi, Yuji; Miyayama, Masaru; Moriyoshi, Chikako; Kuroiwa, Yoshihiro

    2016-09-02

    Because the functions of polar materials are governed primarily by their polarization response to external stimuli, the majority of studies have focused on controlling polar lattice distortions. In some perovskite oxides, polar distortions coexist with nonpolar tilts and rotations of oxygen octahedra. The interplay between nonpolar and polar instabilities appears to play a crucial role, raising the question of how to design materials by exploiting their coupling. Here, we introduce the concept of 'polarization twist', which offers enhanced control over piezoelectric responses in polar materials. Our experimental and theoretical studies provide direct evidence that a ferrielectric perovskite exhibits a large piezoelectric response because of extended polar distortion, accompanied by nonpolar octahedral rotations, as if twisted polarization relaxes under electric fields. The concept underlying the polarization twist opens new possibilities for developing alternative materials in bulk and thin-film forms.

  19. Polarization twist in perovskite ferrielectrics

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    Kitanaka, Yuuki; Hirano, Kiyotaka; Ogino, Motohiro; Noguchi, Yuji; Miyayama, Masaru; Moriyoshi, Chikako; Kuroiwa, Yoshihiro

    2016-01-01

    Because the functions of polar materials are governed primarily by their polarization response to external stimuli, the majority of studies have focused on controlling polar lattice distortions. In some perovskite oxides, polar distortions coexist with nonpolar tilts and rotations of oxygen octahedra. The interplay between nonpolar and polar instabilities appears to play a crucial role, raising the question of how to design materials by exploiting their coupling. Here, we introduce the concept of ‘polarization twist’, which offers enhanced control over piezoelectric responses in polar materials. Our experimental and theoretical studies provide direct evidence that a ferrielectric perovskite exhibits a large piezoelectric response because of extended polar distortion, accompanied by nonpolar octahedral rotations, as if twisted polarization relaxes under electric fields. The concept underlying the polarization twist opens new possibilities for developing alternative materials in bulk and thin-film forms. PMID:27586824

  20. Polarization twist in perovskite ferrielectrics

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    Kitanaka, Yuuki; Hirano, Kiyotaka; Ogino, Motohiro; Noguchi, Yuji; Miyayama, Masaru; Moriyoshi, Chikako; Kuroiwa, Yoshihiro

    2016-09-01

    Because the functions of polar materials are governed primarily by their polarization response to external stimuli, the majority of studies have focused on controlling polar lattice distortions. In some perovskite oxides, polar distortions coexist with nonpolar tilts and rotations of oxygen octahedra. The interplay between nonpolar and polar instabilities appears to play a crucial role, raising the question of how to design materials by exploiting their coupling. Here, we introduce the concept of ‘polarization twist’, which offers enhanced control over piezoelectric responses in polar materials. Our experimental and theoretical studies provide direct evidence that a ferrielectric perovskite exhibits a large piezoelectric response because of extended polar distortion, accompanied by nonpolar octahedral rotations, as if twisted polarization relaxes under electric fields. The concept underlying the polarization twist opens new possibilities for developing alternative materials in bulk and thin-film forms.

  1. Hybrid Perovskite/Perovskite Heterojunction Solar Cells.

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    Hu, Yinghong; Schlipf, Johannes; Wussler, Michael; Petrus, Michiel L; Jaegermann, Wolfram; Bein, Thomas; Müller-Buschbaum, Peter; Docampo, Pablo

    2016-06-28

    Recently developed organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite solar cells combine low-cost fabrication and high power conversion efficiency. Advances in perovskite film optimization have led to an outstanding power conversion efficiency of more than 20%. Looking forward, shifting the focus toward new device architectures holds great potential to induce the next leap in device performance. Here, we demonstrate a perovskite/perovskite heterojunction solar cell. We developed a facile solution-based cation infiltration process to deposit layered perovskite (LPK) structures onto methylammonium lead iodide (MAPI) films. Grazing-incidence wide-angle X-ray scattering experiments were performed to gain insights into the crystallite orientation and the formation process of the perovskite bilayer. Our results show that the self-assembly of the LPK layer on top of an intact MAPI layer is accompanied by a reorganization of the perovskite interface. This leads to an enhancement of the open-circuit voltage and power conversion efficiency due to reduced recombination losses, as well as improved moisture stability in the resulting photovoltaic devices.

  2. Electrical transport mechanism in a newly synthesized rare earth double perovskite oxide Sr{sub 2}CeTaO{sub 6}

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    Bharti, Chandrahas, E-mail: bharti.chandrahas@gmail.com [Sensor and Actuator Division, CSIR-Central Glass and Ceramic Research Institute, 196, Raja SC Mullick Road, Kolkata 700032 (India); Chanda, Sadhan; Sinha, T.P. [Department of Physics, Bose Institute, 93/1, Acharya Prafulla Chandra Road, Kolkata 700009 (India)

    2013-01-15

    A rare earth double perovskite oxide strontium cerium tantalate, Sr{sub 2}CeTaO{sub 6} (SCT) is synthesized by the solid state reaction technique for the first time. The determination of lattice parameters and the identification of phase are carried out by the Rietveld refinement method (RRM) using the Fullprof program in the space group P2{sub 1}/n (C{sup 5}{sub 2h}). A structure of SCT is obtained from RRM. The bond angle and bond length are calculated and listed in Table 1 for SCT. A small amount of impurity of CeO{sub 2} is found in the refinement with space group Fm3m. The scanning electron micrograph shows the average grain size {approx}2 {mu}m. The ac electrical property is investigated in the temperature range from 303 to 703 K and in the frequency range from 0.1 kHz to 1 MHz using impedance spectroscopy. The relaxation mechanism of SCT is explained in detail by fitting experimental impedance and electric modulus data with the modified Debye (Cole-Cole) model. The frequency-dependent electrical data are analyzed in the framework of the conductivity and modulus formalisms. The {sigma}{sub ac} data are fitted with Jonscher's universal power law. The dc conductivity ({sigma}{sub dc}) (calculated from {sigma}{sub ac}) follows an Arrhenius law with the estimated conduction activation energy =0.78 eV. The scaling behavior of imaginary part of electrical impedance (Z Double-Prime ) shows that the relaxation describes the same mechanism at various temperatures.

  3. Characterization of Sr/Ru co-doped ferrite based perovskite as a symmetrical electrode material for solid oxide fuel cells

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    Fan, Weiwei; Sun, Zhu; Zhou, Jun; Wu, Kai; Cheng, Yonghong

    2017-04-01

    The perovskite Sm0.9Sr0.1Fe0.9Ru0.1O3-δ (SSFR) is synthesized and investigated as a new type of symmetrical electrode material for solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs). X-ray diffraction analysis indicates that SSFR exhibits an orthorhombic structure with a space group of Pnma (62). There are no significant changes in polarization resistance (Rp) after a series of experiments in hydrogen and oxygen atmospheres at 800 °C, implying that SSFR has a good redox stability. To get an insight into the rate-limiting steps of SSFR electrode, behavior of Rp is investigated in different oxygen partial pressures (pO2). Generally, the relationship between Rp and pO2 follows the equation Rp = k(pO2)-n and different n values correspond to different rate-limiting steps. In this study, the n value of 0.5 is obtained for SSFR cathode at high temperature, relating to the diffusion of oxygen atom. In high pO2, SSFR presents a p-type conducting behavior, with decreasing pO2, a p-n transition occurs in the range 10-17 to 10-18 atm. Additionally, peak power density of the Sm0.2Ce0.8O1.9 (SDC, ∼0.6 mm) electrolyte-supported symmetrical cell SSFR|SDC|SSFR achieves 119.69 mW cm-2 at 800 °C using humidified hydrogen (∼3% H2O) as fuel.

  4. Cationic ordering, relaxation dynamics and polaron hopping in a new double perovskite oxide: BaPrCoTaO{sub 6}

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    Bharti, Chandrahas, E-mail: bharti.chandrahas@gmail.com [Sensor and Actuator Division, CSIR-Central Glass and Ceramic Research Institute, 196, Raja SC Mullick Road, Kolkata 700032 (India); Das, Mrinmoy K.; Sen, A. [Sensor and Actuator Division, CSIR-Central Glass and Ceramic Research Institute, 196, Raja SC Mullick Road, Kolkata 700032 (India); Chanda, Sadhan; Sinha, T.P. [Department of Physics, Bose Institute, 93/1, Acharya Prafulla Chandra Road, Kolkata 700009 (India)

    2014-12-25

    Highlights: • BaPrCoTaO{sub 6} (BPCT) is synthesized for the first time. • Rietveld refinement of XRD data confirms monoclinic phase. • XRD confirms the presence of B-type cation ordering in BPCT. • The activation energy of BPCT is ∼0.36 eV. • The conduction mechanism for BPCT is polaron hopping. - Abstract: The Rietveld refinement method is used to investigate the cationic ordering of a new double perovskite oxide BaPrCoTaO{sub 6} (BPCT) synthesized by the solid-state reaction technique. X-ray diffraction pattern of BPCT shows monoclinic phase P2{sub 1}/n (C{sub 2}{sup 5}{sub h}) at room temperature with ordering of the B-cations. The superlattice reflections suggest the existence of simultaneous in-phase and out-of-phase tilting. Scanning electron micrograph shows an average grain size ∼3 μm. The Fourier transform infrared spectra suggest two phonon modes. Impedance spectroscopy is used to investigate the relaxation dynamics and hopping mechanism in the temperature range of 303–523 K and in the frequency range of 0.1 kHz–1 MHz. Experimental electric modulus and electrical impedance data are fitted to the Cole–Cole model. The electrical conductivity data are fitted to Jonscher’s universal power law. The activation energy (E{sub a}) calculated from the Arrhenius plots is found to be ∼0.36 eV which shows polaron hopping in BPCT. Impedance data that have capacitive and resistive components is represented by Nyquist diagram.

  5. Creep behavior of perovskite-type oxides Ba0.5Sr0.5(Co0.8Fe0.2)1−xZrxO3−δ

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    Stournari, V.; Donkelaar, ten S.F.P.; Malzbender, J.; Beck, T.; Singheiser, L.; Bouwmeester, H.J.M.

    2015-01-01

    Compressive creep tests have been performed on perovskite-type oxides Ba0.5Sr0.5(Co0.8Fe0.2)1–xZrxO3−δ (BSCF-Z100·x), where x = 0.01, 0.03, 0.05 and 0.1, for the use as oxygen transport membrane, in air at 800–950 °C and at nominal stresses of 30 MPa and 63 MPa. X-ray diffraction and microstructural

  6. Creep behavior of perovskite-type oxides Ba0.5Sr0.5(Co0.8Fe0.2)1−xZrxO3−δ

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    Stournari, V.; ten Donkelaar, S.F.P.; Malzbender, J.; Beck, T.; Singheiser, L.; Bouwmeester, Henricus J.M.

    2015-01-01

    Compressive creep tests have been performed on perovskite-type oxides Ba0.5Sr0.5(Co0.8Fe0.2)1–xZrxO3−δ (BSCF-Z100·x), where x = 0.01, 0.03, 0.05 and 0.1, for the use as oxygen transport membrane, in air at 800–950 °C and at nominal stresses of 30 MPa and 63 MPa. X-ray diffraction and microstructural

  7. Plasma Glow Discharge as a Tool for Surface Modification of Catalytic Solid Oxides: A Case Study of La0.6Sr0.4Co0.2Fe0.8O3−δ Perovskite

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    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available Performance of solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs is hindered by the sluggish catalytic kinetics on the surfaces of cathode materials. It has recently been reported that improved electrochemical activity of perovskite oxides can be obtained with the cations or the oxides of some metallic elements at the surface. Here, we used a cost-effective plasma glow charge method as a generic tool to deposit nano-size metallic particles onto the surface of SOFC materials. Ni nano-scale patterns were successfully coated on the La0.6Sr0.4Co0.2Fe0.8O3−δ (LSCF surface. The microstructure could be well controlled. The kinetics of oxygen exchange on the modified LSCF surface was promoted significantly, confirmed by electrical conductivity relaxation (ECR measurement.

  8. Oxidative peptide /and amide/ formation from Schiff base complexes

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    Strehler, B. L.; Li, M. P.; Martin, K.; Fliss, H.; Schmid, P.

    1982-01-01

    One hypothesis of the origin of pre-modern forms of life is that the original replicating molecules were specific polypeptides which acted as templates for the assembly of poly-Schiff bases complementary to the template, and that these polymers were then oxidized to peptide linkages, probably by photo-produced oxidants. A double cycle of such anti-parallel complementary replication would yield the original peptide polymer. If this model were valid, the Schiff base between an N-acyl alpha mino aldehyde and an amino acid should yield a dipeptide in aqueous solution in the presence of an appropriate oxidant. In the present study it is shown that the substituted dipeptide, N-acetyl-tyrosyl-tyrosine, is produced in high yield in aqueous solution at pH 9 through the action of H2O2 on the Schiff-base complex between N-acetyl-tyrosinal and tyrosine and that a great variety of N-acyl amino acids are formed from amino acids and aliphatic aldehydes under similar conditions.

  9. New nitric oxide donors based on ruthenium complexes

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    C.N. Lunardi

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Nitric oxide (NO donors produce NO-related activity when applied to biological systems. Among its diverse functions, NO has been implicated in vascular smooth muscle relaxation. Despite the great importance of NO in biological systems, its pharmacological and physiological studies have been limited due to its high reactivity and short half-life. In this review we will focus on our recent investigations of nitrosyl ruthenium complexes as NO-delivery agents and their effects on vascular smooth muscle cell relaxation. The high affinity of ruthenium for NO is a marked feature of its chemistry. The main signaling pathway responsible for the vascular relaxation induced by NO involves the activation of soluble guanylyl-cyclase, with subsequent accumulation of cGMP and activation of cGMP-dependent protein kinase. This in turn can activate several proteins such as K+ channels as well as induce vasodilatation by a decrease in cytosolic Ca2+. Oxidative stress and associated oxidative damage are mediators of vascular damage in several cardiovascular diseases, including hypertension. The increased production of the superoxide anion (O2- by the vascular wall has been observed in different animal models of hypertension. Vascular relaxation to the endogenous NO-related response or to NO released from NO deliverers is impaired in vessels from renal hypertensive (2K-1C rats. A growing amount of evidence supports the possibility that increased NO inactivation by excess O2- may account for the decreased NO bioavailability and vascular dysfunction in hypertension.

  10. Review on palladium-containing perovskites: synthesis, physico-chemical properties and applications in catalysis.

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    Essoumhi, Abdellatif; El Kazzouli, Saïd; Bousmina, Mosto

    2014-02-01

    This review reports on the recent advances in the synthesis and physico-chemical properties of palladium-containing perovskites. Initially, the perovskite structure is briefly reviewed, then palladium-containing perovskites synthesis and physico-chemical properties are detailed. The applications of palladium-containing perovskites in catalysis; namely, NO reduction, methane combustion, methanol as well as ethanol oxidation, are briefly highlighted. The involvement and the important contribution of palladium-containing perovskites in cross-coupling reactions, especially Suzuki-Miyaura, Sonogashira, Ulmann and Grignard, are discussed.

  11. Avoiding polar catastrophe in the growth of polarly orientated nickel perovskite thin films by reactive oxide molecular beam epitaxy

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    2016-08-01

    Full Text Available By means of the state-of-the-art reactive oxide molecular beam epitaxy, we synthesized (001- and (111-orientated polar LaNiO3 thin films. In order to avoid the interfacial reconstructions induced by polar catastrophe, screening metallic Nb-doped SrTiO3 and iso-polarity LaAlO3 substrates were chosen to achieve high-quality (001-orientated films in a layer-by-layer growth mode. For largely polar (111-orientated films, we showed that iso-polarity LaAlO3 (111 substrate was more suitable than Nb-doped SrTiO3. In situ reflection high-energy electron diffraction, ex situ high-resolution X-ray diffraction, and atomic force microscopy were used to characterize these films. Our results show that special attentions need to be paid to grow high-quality oxide films with polar orientations, which can prompt the explorations of all-oxide electronics and artificial interfacial engineering to pursue intriguing emergent physics like proposed interfacial superconductivity and topological phases in LaNiO3 based superlattices.

  12. Avoiding polar catastrophe in the growth of polarly orientated nickel perovskite thin films by reactive oxide molecular beam epitaxy

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    Yang, H. F.; Liu, Z. T.; Fan, C. C.; Yao, Q.; Xiang, P.; Zhang, K. L.; Li, M. Y.; Liu, J. S.; Shen, D. W.

    2016-08-01

    By means of the state-of-the-art reactive oxide molecular beam epitaxy, we synthesized (001)- and (111)-orientated polar LaNiO3 thin films. In order to avoid the interfacial reconstructions induced by polar catastrophe, screening metallic Nb-doped SrTiO3 and iso-polarity LaAlO3 substrates were chosen to achieve high-quality (001)-orientated films in a layer-by-layer growth mode. For largely polar (111)-orientated films, we showed that iso-polarity LaAlO3 (111) substrate was more suitable than Nb-doped SrTiO3. In situ reflection high-energy electron diffraction, ex situ high-resolution X-ray diffraction, and atomic force microscopy were used to characterize these films. Our results show that special attentions need to be paid to grow high-quality oxide films with polar orientations, which can prompt the explorations of all-oxide electronics and artificial interfacial engineering to pursue intriguing emergent physics like proposed interfacial superconductivity and topological phases in LaNiO3 based superlattices.

  13. Strain-induced phenomenon in complex oxide thin films

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    Haislmaier, Ryan

    Complex oxide materials wield an immense spectrum of functional properties such as ferroelectricity, ferromagnetism, magnetoelectricity, optoelectricity, optomechanical, magnetoresistance, superconductivity, etc. The rich coupling between charge, spin, strain, and orbital degrees of freedom makes this material class extremely desirable and relevant for next generation electronic devices and technologies which are trending towards nanoscale dimensions. Development of complex oxide thin film materials is essential for realizing their integration into nanoscale electronic devices, where theoretically predicted multifunctional capabilities of oxides could add tremendous value. Employing thin film growth strategies such as epitaxial strain and heterostructure interface engineering can greatly enhance and even unlock novel material properties in complex oxides, which will be the main focus of this work. However, physically incorporating oxide materials into devices remains a challenge. While advancements in molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) of thin film oxide materials has led to the ability to grow oxide materials with atomic layer precision, there are still major limitations such as controlling stoichiometric compositions during growth as well as creating abrupt interfaces in multi-component layered oxide structures. The work done in this thesis addresses ways to overcome these limitations in order to harness intrinsic material phenomena. The development of adsorption-controlled stoichiometric growth windows of CaTiO3 and SrTiO3 thin film materials grown by hybrid MBE where Ti is supplied using metal-organic titanium tetraisopropoxide material is thoroughly outlined. These growth windows enable superior epitaxial strain-induced ferroelectric and dielectric properties to be accessed as demonstrated by chemical, structural, electrical, and optical characterization techniques. For tensile strained CaTiO3 and compressive strained SrTiO 3 films, the critical effects of

  14. Calculated optical absorption of different perovskite phases

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    Castelli, Ivano Eligio; Thygesen, Kristian Sommer; Jacobsen, Karsten Wedel

    2015-01-01

    We present calculations of the optical properties of a set of around 80 oxides, oxynitrides, and organometal halide cubic and layered perovskites (Ruddlesden-Popper and Dion-Jacobson phases) with a bandgap in the visible part of the solar spectrum. The calculations show that for different classes...

  15. Recent Advances in Interface Engineering for Planar Heterojunction Perovskite Solar Cells

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    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite solar cells are considered as one of the most promising next-generation solar cells due to their advantages of low-cost precursors, high power conversion efficiency (PCE and easy of processing. In the past few years, the PCEs have climbed from a few to over 20% for perovskite solar cells. Recent developments demonstrate that perovskite exhibits ambipolar semiconducting characteristics, which allows for the construction of planar heterojunction (PHJ perovskite solar cells. PHJ perovskite solar cells can avoid the use of high-temperature sintered mesoporous metal oxides, enabling simple processing and the fabrication of flexible and tandem perovskite solar cells. In planar heterojunction materials, hole/electron transport layers are introduced between a perovskite film and the anode/cathode. The hole and electron transporting layers are expected to enhance exciton separation, charge transportation and collection. Further, the supporting layer for the perovskite film not only plays an important role in energy-level alignment, but also affects perovskite film morphology, which have a great effect on device performance. In addition, interfacial layers also affect device stability. In this review, recent progress in interfacial engineering for PHJ perovskite solar cells will be reviewed, especially with the molecular interfacial materials. The supporting interfacial layers for the optimization of perovskite films will be systematically reviewed. Finally, the challenges remaining in perovskite solar cells research will be discussed.

  16. Recent Advances in Interface Engineering for Planar Heterojunction Perovskite Solar Cells.

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    Yin, Wei; Pan, Lijia; Yang, Tingbin; Liang, Yongye

    2016-06-25

    Organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite solar cells are considered as one of the most promising next-generation solar cells due to their advantages of low-cost precursors, high power conversion efficiency (PCE) and easy of processing. In the past few years, the PCEs have climbed from a few to over 20% for perovskite solar cells. Recent developments demonstrate that perovskite exhibits ambipolar semiconducting characteristics, which allows for the construction of planar heterojunction (PHJ) perovskite solar cells. PHJ perovskite solar cells can avoid the use of high-temperature sintered mesoporous metal oxides, enabling simple processing and the fabrication of flexible and tandem perovskite solar cells. In planar heterojunction materials, hole/electron transport layers are introduced between a perovskite film and the anode/cathode. The hole and electron transporting layers are expected to enhance exciton separation, charge transportation and collection. Further, the supporting layer for the perovskite film not only plays an important role in energy-level alignment, but also affects perovskite film morphology, which have a great effect on device performance. In addition, interfacial layers also affect device stability. In this review, recent progress in interfacial engineering for PHJ perovskite solar cells will be reviewed, especially with the molecular interfacial materials. The supporting interfacial layers for the optimization of perovskite films will be systematically reviewed. Finally, the challenges remaining in perovskite solar cells research will be discussed.

  17. Highly efficient light management for perovskite solar cells

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    Wang, Dong-Lin; Cui, Hui-Juan; Hou, Guo-Jiao; Zhu, Zhen-Gang; Yan, Qing-Bo; Su, Gang

    2016-01-01

    Organic-inorganic halide perovskite solar cells have enormous potential to impact the existing photovoltaic industry. As realizing a higher conversion efficiency of the solar cell is still the most crucial task, a great number of schemes were proposed to minimize the carrier loss by optimizing the electrical properties of the perovskite solar cells. Here, we focus on another significant aspect that is to minimize the light loss by optimizing the light management to gain a high efficiency for perovskite solar cells. In our scheme, the slotted and inverted prism structured SiO2 layers are adopted to trap more light into the solar cells, and a better transparent conducting oxide layer is employed to reduce the parasitic absorption. For such an implementation, the efficiency and the serviceable angle of the perovskite solar cell can be promoted impressively. This proposal would shed new light on developing the high-performance perovskite solar cells.

  18. Highly efficient light management for perovskite solar cells

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    Wang, Dong-Lin; Hou, Guo-Jiao; Zhu, Zhen-Gang; Yan, Qing-Bo; Su, Gang

    2015-01-01

    Organic-inorganic halide perovskite solar cells have enormous potential to impact the existing photovoltaic industry. As realizing a higher conversion efficiency of the solar cell is still the most crucial task, a great number of schemes were proposed to minimize the carrier loss by optimizing the electrical properties of the perovskite solar cells. Here, we focus on another significant aspect that is to minimize the light loss by optimizing the light management to gain a high efficiency for perovskite solar cells. In our scheme, the slotted and inverted prism structured SiO2 layers are adopted to trap more light into the solar cells, and a better transparent conducting oxide layer is employed to reduce the parasitic absorption. For such an implementation, the efficiency and the serviceable angle of the perovskite solar cell can be promoted impressively. This proposal would shed new light on developing the high-performance perovskite solar cells.

  19. Highly efficient light management for perovskite solar cells.

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    Wang, Dong-Lin; Cui, Hui-Juan; Hou, Guo-Jiao; Zhu, Zhen-Gang; Yan, Qing-Bo; Su, Gang

    2016-01-06

    Organic-inorganic halide perovskite solar cells have enormous potential to impact the existing photovoltaic industry. As realizing a higher conversion efficiency of the solar cell is still the most crucial task, a great number of schemes were proposed to minimize the carrier loss by optimizing the electrical properties of the perovskite solar cells. Here, we focus on another significant aspect that is to minimize the light loss by optimizing the light management to gain a high efficiency for perovskite solar cells. In our scheme, the slotted and inverted prism structured SiO2 layers are adopted to trap more light into the solar cells, and a better transparent conducting oxide layer is employed to reduce the parasitic absorption. For such an implementation, the efficiency and the serviceable angle of the perovskite solar cell can be promoted impressively. This proposal would shed new light on developing the high-performance perovskite solar cells.

  20. Preparation and Physicochemical Characterization of La1-xCexCoO3+δ Perovskite Catalyst and Its Methane Catalytic Combustion

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    崔梅生; 李明来; 张顺利; 龙志奇; 崔大立; 黄小卫

    2004-01-01

    Perovskite oxide LaCoO3 methane catalytic material was synthesized with citric acid complexation and bubbling method.The effect of doped cerium was studied on the series of La1-xCexCoO3+δ materials by means of BET,XRD and SEM techniques.Their catalytic behaviors were studied with methane catalytic complete combustion as probe reaction.The results show that doped cerium has great effect on crystal phase formation.When doped cerium is less than 0.3 (molar ratio),the crystal phase of oxide has little changed.When doped cerium is up to 0.5,Co3O4 phase is obviously discovered and the perfectibility of LaCoO3 perovskite crystal phase is deteriorated.When x is over 0.7,perovskite crystal phase is weakened or completely disappeared.Considering the crystal phase of oxides,the optimum doped cerium is about 0.3.The perovskite oxides can be formed at a low calcinations temperature of 700 ℃.When x is 0.3,the highest catalytic activity of T10% (390 ℃) and T90% (603 ℃) is obtained on the series of La1-xCexCoO3+δ materials calcined at 800 ℃.

  1. Electronic phenomena at complex oxide interfaces: insights from first principles

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    Pentcheva, Rossitza [Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Munich, Theresienstrasse 41, D-80333 Munich (Germany); Pickett, Warren E [Department of Physics, University of California Davis, Davis, CA 95616 (United States)

    2010-02-03

    Oxide interfaces have attracted considerable attention in recent years due to the emerging novel behavior which does not exist in the corresponding bulk parent compounds. This opens possibilities for future applications in oxide-based electronics and spintronics devices. Among the different materials combinations, heterostructures containing the two simple band insulators LaAlO{sub 3} and SrTiO{sub 3} have advanced to a model system exhibiting unanticipated properties ranging from conductivity, to magnetism, even to superconductivity. Electronic structure calculations have contributed significantly towards understanding these phenomena and we review here the progress achieved in the past few years, also showing some future directions and perspectives. A central issue in understanding the novel behavior in these oxide heterostructures is to discover the way (or ways) that these heterostructures deal with the polar discontinuity at the interface. Despite analogies to polar semiconductor interfaces, transition metal oxides offer much richer possibilities to compensate the valence mismatch, including, for example, an electronic reconstruction. Moreover, electronic correlations can lead to additional complex behavior like charge disproportionation and order, magnetism and orbital order. We discuss in some detail the role of finite size effects in ultrathin polar films on a nonpolar substrate leading to another intriguing feature-the thickness-dependent insulator-to-metal transition in thin LaAlO{sub 3} films on a SrTiO{sub 3}(001) substrate, driven by the impending polar catastrophe. The strong and uniform lattice polarization that emerges as a response to the potential build-up enables the system to remain insulating up to a few layers. However, beyond a critical thickness there is a crossover from an ionic relaxation to an electronic reconstruction. At this point two bands of electron and hole character, separated both in real and in reciprocal space, have been

  2. 钙钛矿型透氧膜及其在甲烷部分氧化中的应用%Progress in perovskite-type oxygen permeable membrane and its application in partial oxidation of methane

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    鲁辉; 张岩; 尹春玲

    2011-01-01

    钙钛矿型透氧陶瓷膜是同时具有氧离子和电子导电性的功能无机膜,在纯氧分离和甲烷部分氧化膜反应器中具有重要的潜在应用.介绍了钙钛矿型透氧陶瓷膜的氧渗透原理、膜材料的结构性能及其在甲烷部分氧化制合成气中的应用研究进展,并对透氧膜所面临的挑战进行了论述.%Perovskite-type oxygen permeable ceramic membrane is a functional inorganic membrane with oxygen ionic and electronic conductivity, and had potential application in oxygen separation and partial oxidation of methane to syngas. The oxygen permeation mechanism, structure and properties of perovskitetype ceramic membranes, as well as its application in partial oxidation of methane to syngas were reviewed. The opportunities and challenge to the perovskite-type oxygen permeable membranes were also outlined.

  3. 原位还原类钙钛型复合氧化物上碳纳米管的制备%SYNTHESIS OF CARBON NANOTUBES OVER IN SITU-REDUCED PEROVSKITE-TYPE OXIDES

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    李贺; 唐水花; 高利珍; 刘宝春; 梁奇; 张伯兰; 于作龙

    2001-01-01

    Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) of uniform size can be abundantly produced by the catalytic decomposition of CH4 over metal (Fe, Cu) nanoparticles prepared in situ by the reduction of perovskite-type oxides in a fluidized-bed catalytic reactor. The quality of CNTs obtained was characterized by means of transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The results revealed that CNTs with various structures could be obtained from different perovskite-type oxides.%在流动床反应器上利用原位还原类钙钛复合氧化物所得纳米金属颗粒(Fe、Cu)催化裂解CH4可大量制备尺寸均一的碳纳米管.制备的碳纳米管形貌通过透射电镜(TEM)来观察表征.电镜观察结果表明,利用不同的类钙钛型复合氧化物可以合成具有不同结构的碳纳米管.

  4. 3D stereolithography printing of graphene oxide reinforced complex architectures.

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    Lin, Dong; Jin, Shengyu; Zhang, Feng; Wang, Chao; Wang, Yiqian; Zhou, Chi; Cheng, Gary J

    2015-10-30

    Properties of polymer based nanocomposites reply on distribution, concentration, geometry and property of nanofillers in polymer matrix. Increasing the concentration of carbon based nanomaterials, such as CNTs, in polymer matrix often results in stronger but more brittle material. Here, we demonstrated the first three-dimensional (3D) printed graphene oxide complex structures by stereolithography with good combination of strength and ductility. With only 0.2% GOs, the tensile strength is increased by 62.2% and elongation increased by 12.8%. Transmission electron microscope results show that the GOs were randomly aligned in the cross section of polymer. We investigated the strengthening mechanism of the 3D printed structure in terms of tensile strength and Young's modulus. It is found that an increase in ductility of the 3D printed nanocomposites is related to increase in crystallinity of GOs reinforced polymer. Compression test of 3D GOs structure reveals the metal-like failure model of GOs nanocomposites.

  5. Applications of STEM-EELS to complex oxides

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    2016-06-26

    In this chapter we will review a few examples of applications of atomic resolution aberration corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) and electron energy-loss spectroscopy (EELS) to complex oxide materials. These are most challenging systems where subtle changes in structure or chemistry may result in colossal responses in macroscopic physical behavior. Here, we will review how atomic resolution compositional mapping can be achieved in manganite thin films and single crystals, highlighting the importance of considering artifacts during quantification. Besides, minor changes in near edge fine structure may take place when the crystalline environment, and hence nearest neighbor configuration, is modified. These can also be tracked by atomic resolution EELS, as will be shown through the study of binary Fe oxides. Also, examples regarding the study of distributions of point defects such as O vacancies in cobaltite thin films will be discussed. In these materials, a combination of epitaxial strain and defects may promote physical behaviors not present in bulk, such as the stabilization of unexpected spin state superlattices. Last, a study of extended defects such as dislocation lines will be reviewed. In particular, we will show how chemical segregation at dislocation cores in yttria-stabilized zirconia grain boundaries results in the generation of static O vacancies that affect the local electrostatic potential and hence, the macroscopic ionic conduction properties. © 2016.

  6. Magnetism in Complex Oxide Heterostructures Determined with Neutron Scattering

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    Te Velthuis, Suzanne G. E.

    2009-03-01

    With the creation of high quality superlattices consisting of complex oxide materials novel materials exhibiting a wide range of interesting phenomena are emerging. Due to the diverse physical properties of complex oxides, (e.g., ferromagnetism, antiferromagnetism, superconductivity), some of which can be varied by doping, the versatility in their applications is large. The physical properties in these new materials, often is tied to the behavior at the interfaces between the different components of the superlattice, and therefore requires detailed knowledge of the relationship between the chemical and electronic composition. Polarized neutron reflectometry (PNR) provides access to the depth-dependent magnitude and orientation of the magnetization and can therefore link the magnetic to the electronic and chemical properties, especially close to these interfaces. Several examples of our work will be presented, including that on La0.7Ca0.3MnO3/ YBa2Cu3O7-δ/ La0.7Ca0.3MnO3 trilayers which exhibit the inverse superconducting spin switch behavior, and where suppression of the magnetization close to the interface, as well as a varying anisotropy axis have been determined [1]. Another example is work on digitally layered analogs of La1-xSrxMnO3, where PNR reveals an asymmetric distribution of the magnetization across the two components (antiferromagnetic) LaMnO3and SrMnO3, which has been linked to structural properties at the interfaces [2]. [4pt] [1] V. Peña, Z. Sefrioui, D. Arias, C. Leon, J. Santamaria, J. L. Martinez, S. G. E. te Velthuis, A. Hoffmann, Phys. Rev. Lett. 94 (2005) 057002. [0pt] [2] S. J. May, A. B. Shah, S. G. E. te Velthuis, M. R. Fitzsimmons, J. M. Zuo, X. Zhai, J. N. Eckstein, S. D. Bader, and A. Bhattacharya, Phys. Rev. B 77 (2008) 174409.

  7. RANDOM COPOLYMER OF PROPYLENE OXIDE AND ETHYLENE OXIDE PREPARED BY DOUBLE METAL CYANIDE COMPLEX CATALYST

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    Yi-jun Huang; Guo-rong Qi; Guan-xi Chen

    2002-01-01

    Copolymerization of propylene oxide (PO) and ethylene oxide (EO) using double metal cyanide (DMC) complex as the catalyst was carried out. The structure of random copolymers was confirmed by 13C-NMR and IR spectra. 1H-NMR analysis shows that the EO content in the copolymer is the same as that in the initial monomer feed. Moderate molecular weight copolymers with various EO content were obtained and their values of molecular weight distribution (MWD) fell in the range of 1.21-1.55. It was found that the molecular weight of copolymers is controlled by the mass ratio ofEO + PO to initiator moles used. The reaction rate as well as polymer yield decrease with increasing EO content in the feed composition.

  8. Enhancing Electrode Performance by Exsolved Nanoparticles: A Superior Cobalt-Free Perovskite Electrocatalyst for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells.

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    Yang, Guangming; Zhou, Wei; Liu, Meilin; Shao, Zongping

    2016-12-28

    The successful development of low-cost, durable electrocatalysts for oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) at intermediate temperatures is critical for broad commercialization of solid oxide fuel cells. Here, we report our findings in design, fabrication, and characterization of a cobalt-free SrFe0.85Ti0.1Ni0.05O3-δ cathode decorated with NiO nanoparticles. Exsolved from and well bonded to the parent electrode under well-controlled conditions, the NiO nanoparticles uniformly distributed on the surface of the parent electrode greatly enhance cathode performance, demonstrating ORR activity better than that of the benchmark cobalt-based Ba0.5Sr0.5Co0.8Fe0.2O3-δ. Further, a process for regeneration of the NiO nanoparticles was also developed to mitigate potential performance degradation due to coarsening of NiO particles under practical operating conditions. As a general approach, this exsolution-dissolution of electrocatalytically active nanoparticles on an electrode surface may be applicable to the development of other high-performance cobalt-free cathodes for fuel cells and other electrochemical systems.

  9. The Ca element effect on the enhancement performance of Sr2Fe1.5Mo0.5O6-δ perovskite as cathode for intermediate-temperature solid oxide fuel cells

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    Qiao, Jinshuo; Chen, Wenjun; Wang, Wenyi; Wang, Zhenhua; Sun, Wang; Zhang, Jing; Sun, Kening

    2016-11-01

    In this paper, the partial substitution of atomic elements from the A site of a perovskite is investigated in order to develop cathode materials for solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) applications. Herein, Sr2-xCaxFe1.5Mo0.5O6-δ (SCFM), compounds were investigated by characterizing structural properties, chemical compatibility, electrical properties, electrochemical performance and stability. Thermal expansion coefficients were found to decrease when increasing the Ca content. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis suggests that Ca doping significantly affects the Fe2+/Fe3+ and Mo6+/Mo5+ ratios. For a doping level of x = 0.4, the sample showed the lowest interface polarization (Rp), the highest conductivity and a maximum power density of 1.26 W cm-2 at 800 °C. These results suggest that SCFM cathode materials are excellent candidates for intermediate temperature solid oxide fuel cells applications.

  10. Unraveling the enhanced Oxygen Vacancy Formation in Complex Oxides during Annealing and Growth

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    Hensling, Felix V. E.; Xu, Chencheng; Gunkel, Felix; Dittmann, Regina

    2017-01-01

    The reduction of oxides during annealing and growth in low pressure processes is a widely known problem. We hence investigate the influence of mere annealing and of growth in vacuum systems to shed light on the reasons behind the reduction of perovskites. When comparing the existing literature regarding the reduction of the perovskite model material SrTiO3 it is conspicuous that one finds different oxygen pressures required to achieve reduction for vacuum annealing and for chemically controlled reducing atmospheres. The unraveling of this discrepancy is of high interest for low pressure physical vapor depositions of thin films heterostructures to gain further understanding of the reduction of the SrTiO3. For thermal annealing, our results prove the attached measurement devices (mass spectrometer/ cold cathode gauge) to be primarily responsible for the reduction of SrTiO3 in the deposition chamber by shifting the thermodynamic equilibrium to a more reducing atmosphere. We investigated the impact of our findings on the pulsed laser deposition growth at low pressure for LaAlO3/SrTiO3. During deposition the reduction triggered by the presence of the laser plume dominates and the impact of the measurement devices plays a minor role. During post annealing a complete reoxidization of samples is inhibited by an insufficient supply of oxygen.

  11. Growth of {110}-one-axis-oriented perovskite-type oxide films using self-aligned epitaxial (101)PdO//(111) Pd double layers

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    Tanaka, Hiroki [Department of Innovative and Engineered Material, Tokyo Institute of Technology, 4259 Nagatsuta-cho, Midori-ku, Yokohama 226-8502 (Japan); Kariya, Tetsuro [Department of Innovative and Engineered Material, Tokyo Institute of Technology, 4259 Nagatsuta-cho, Midori-ku, Yokohama 226-8502 (Japan); Sanyo Special Steel Co., Ltd, 3007, Nakashima, Shikama-ku, Himeji, Hyogo 672-8677 (Japan); Shimizu, Takao [Department of Innovative and Engineered Material, Tokyo Institute of Technology, 4259 Nagatsuta-cho, Midori-ku, Yokohama 226-8502 (Japan); Materials Research Center for Element Strategy, Tokyo Institute of Technology, 4259 Nagatsuta, Midori, Yokohama 226-8503 (Japan); Uchiyama, Kiyoshi, E-mail: uchiyama@tsuruoka-nct.ac.jp [Department of Creative Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Tsuruoka College, 104 Inooka Sawada, Tsuruoka, Yamagata 997-8511 (Japan); Funakubo, Hiroshi [Department of Innovative and Engineered Material, Tokyo Institute of Technology, 4259 Nagatsuta-cho, Midori-ku, Yokohama 226-8502 (Japan); Materials Research Center for Element Strategy, Tokyo Institute of Technology, 4259 Nagatsuta, Midori, Yokohama 226-8503 (Japan)

    2016-01-29

    Self-aligned (101)-one-axis-oriented PdO layer was obtained on (111) Pd films prepared on (111)Pt/TiO{sub x}/SiO{sub 2}/Si [abbreviated as (111)Pt/Si] substrates by the heat treatment at 750 °C under atmospheric oxygen flow. Films with (110){sub c}-oriented SrRuO{sub 3} with perovskite structure were successfully deposited at 500 °C on a (101)-oriented PdO layer by an RF magnetron sputtering method due to their relatively small lattice mismatch. A (101)-oriented Sr(Zr{sub 0.8}Y{sub 0.2})O{sub 3-δ} (SZYO) film can be successfully prepared on (110){sub c}-oriented SrRuO{sub 3} and its proton conductivity is almost the same as that of (111){sub c}-oriented SZYO but slightly smaller than that of (111){sub c}-oriented one. As the conductivity is strongly affected by the film crystallinity, we can conclude that the newly fabricated (110){sub c}-oriented SZYO has almost the same crystallinity comparing to the films with other orientation. We have successfully demonstrated that the use of (101)PdO//(111)Pd double layer is a good candidate to grow {110}-one-axis-oriented perovskite thin films on Si substrates. - Highlights: • Self-aligned (101)-one-axis-oriented PdO layer were obtained on (111) Pd films • (110){sub c}SrRuO{sub 3} perovskite can be deposited successfully on (101) PdO//Pd double layer • (101){sub c}Sr(Zr{sub 0.8}Y{sub 0.2})O{sub 3–δ} perovskite is also prepared by using (110){sub c} SrRuO{sub 3} layer • (101)PdO//(111)Pd is quite effective for growing {110}-oriented perovskite films.

  12. Chalcogenide perovskites for photovoltaics.

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    Sun, Yi-Yang; Agiorgousis, Michael L; Zhang, Peihong; Zhang, Shengbai

    2015-01-14

    Chalcogenide perovskites are proposed for photovoltaic applications. The predicted band gaps of CaTiS3, BaZrS3, CaZrSe3, and CaHfSe3 with the distorted perovskite structure are within the optimal range for making single-junction solar cells. The predicted optical absorption properties of these materials are superior compared with other high-efficiency solar-cell materials. Possible replacement of the alkaline-earth cations by molecular cations, e.g., (NH3NH3)(2+), as in the organic-inorganic halide perovskites (e.g., CH3NH3PbI3), are also proposed and found to be stable. The chalcogenide perovskites provide promising candidates for addressing the challenging issues regarding halide perovskites such as instability in the presence of moisture and containing the toxic element Pb.

  13. Complexation facilitated reduction of aromatic N-oxides by aqueous Fe(II)-tiron complex: reaction kinetics and mechanisms.

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    Chen, Yiling; Zhang, Huichun

    2013-10-01

    Rapid reduction of carbadox (CDX), olaquindox and several other aromatic N-oxides were investigated in aqueous solution containing Fe(II) and tiron. Consistent with previous work, the 1:2 Fe(II)-tiron complex, FeL2(6-), is the dominant reactive species as its concentration linearly correlates with the observed rate constant kobs under various conditions. The N-oxides without any side chains were much less reactive, suggesting direct reduction of the N-oxides is slow. UV-vis spectra suggest FeL2(6-) likely forms 5- or 7-membered rings with CDX and olaquindox through the N and O atoms on the side chain. The formed inner-sphere complexes significantly facilitated electron transfer from FeL2(6-) to the N-oxides. Reduction products of the N-oxides were identified by HPLC/QToF-MS to be the deoxygenated analogs. QSAR analysis indicated neither the first electron transfer nor N-O bond cleavage is the rate-limiting step. Calculations of the atomic spin densities of the anionic N-oxides confirmed the extensive delocalization between the aromatic ring and the side chain, suggesting complex formation can significantly affect the reduction kinetics. Our results suggest the complexation facilitated N-oxide reduction by Fe(II)-tiron involves a free radical mechanism, and the subsequent deoxygenation might also benefit from the weak complexation of Fe(II) with the N-oxide O atom.

  14. New class of phosphine oxide donor-based supramolecular coordination complexes from an in situ phosphine oxidation reaction or phosphine oxide ligands.

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    Shankar, Bhaskaran; Elumalai, Palani; Shanmugam, Ramasamy; Singh, Virender; Masram, Dhanraj T; Sathiyendiran, Malaichamy

    2013-09-16

    A one-pot, multicomponent, coordination-driven self-assembly approach was used to synthesize the first examples of neutral bridging phosphine oxide donor-based supramolecular coordination complexes. The complexes were self-assembled from a fac-Re(CO)3 acceptor, an anionic bridging O donor, and a neutral soft phosphine or hard phosphine oxide donor.

  15. Structural, vibrational and electrical properties of ordered double perovskite oxide BaLaMnSbO{sub 6}

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    Bharti, Chandrahas, E-mail: bhartic@cgcri.res.in [Sensor and Actuator Division, CSIR-Central Glass and Ceramic Research Institute, 196, Raja SC Mullick Road, Kolkata 700032 (India); Sen, A. [Sensor and Actuator Division, CSIR-Central Glass and Ceramic Research Institute, 196, Raja SC Mullick Road, Kolkata 700032 (India); Chanda, Sadhan; Sinha, T.P. [Department of Physics, Bose Institute, 93/1, Acharya Prafulla Chandra Road, Kolkata 700009 (India)

    2014-03-25

    Graphical abstract: Raman spectrum with group theoretical analysis -- Highlights: • BaLaMnSbO{sub 6} (BLMS) is synthesized in tetragonal phase (TP). • Rietveld refinement and Raman spectroscopy confirms the TP. • The presence of cation ordering is observed. • The electrical activation energy is ∼0.5 eV. • BLMS shows polaron hopping. -- Abstract: BaLaMnSbO{sub 6} (BLMS) has been successfully synthesized by solid-state reaction technique. In contrast to earlier reports, Rietveld refinement of powder X-ray diffraction (XRD) data of BLMS shows tetragonal structure having space group I4/m. The octahedral tilt about the direction of the c-axis is found to be 8.99° and the superlattice line (0 1 1) indicates the presence of cation ordering. FT-IR and Raman analysis as well as group theoretical investigation confirm the ordered tetragonal structure of BLMS with I4/m space group. The anti-phase distortions appear to be sufficiently large as detected by infrared and Raman spectroscopies, which give rise to the degeneracy and breaking of the symmetries of the normal modes. Impedance spectroscopy is used to investigate the dielectric relaxation and ac electrical conductivity in the temperature range of 303–403 K and in the frequency range of 0.1 kHz–1 MHz. Experimental electric modulus data are fitted to the Cole–Cole model in order to analyse the dielectric relaxation in BLMS. The frequency dependence ac electrical conductivity data are fitted to Jonscher’s universal power law at various temperatures. The dc conductivity follows Arrhenius law with activation energy (E{sub a}) 0.51 eV suggesting the polaron hopping. The complex impedance plane plots of BLMS indicate the presence of both grain and grain boundary effects and are analyzed by the electrical equivalent circuit consisting of a resistance and capacitance.

  16. Serum and salivary oxidative analysis in Complex Regional Pain Syndrome.

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    Eisenberg, Elon; Shtahl, Shalom; Geller, Rimma; Reznick, Abraham Z; Sharf, Ordi; Ravbinovich, Meirav; Erenreich, Adam; Nagler, Rafael M

    2008-08-15

    Although both inflammatory and neural mechanisms have been suggested as potential contributors to Complex Regional Pain Syndrome type I (CRPS-I), the pathogenesis of the syndrome is still unclear. Clinical trials have shown that free radical scavengers can reduce signs and symptoms of CRPS-I, indirectly suggesting that free radicals and increased oxidative stress are involved in the pathogenesis of CRPS-I. This study investigated this premise by determining the levels of antioxidants in the serum and saliva of 31 patients with CRPS-I and in a control group of 21 healthy volunteers. Serum lipid peroxidation products (MDA) and all antioxidative parameters analyzed were significantly elevated in CRPS-I patients: median salivary peroxidase and superoxide dismutase (SOD) activity values, uric acid (UA) concentration and total antioxidant status (TAS) values were higher in CRPS-I patients by 150% (p=0.01), 280% (p=0.04), 60% (p=0.0001), and 200% (p=0.0003), respectively, as compared with controls. Similar although not as extensive pattern of oxidative changes were found in the serum: mean serum UA and MDA concentrations and TAS value in the CRPS-I patients were higher by 16% (p=0.04), 25% (p=0.02), and 22% (p=0.05), respectively, than in the controls. Additionally, median salivary albumin concentration and median salivary LDH activities in the patients were 2.5 times (p=0.001) and 3.1 (p=0.004) times higher than in the controls. The accumulated data show that free radicals are involved in the pathophysiology of CRPS-I, which is reflected both in serum and salivary analyses. These data could be used for both diagnostic and therapeutic purposes in CRPS-I patients.

  17. Green and scalable production of colloidal perovskite nanocrystals and transparent sols by a controlled self-collection process

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    Liu, Shuangyi; Huang, Limin; Li, Wanlu; Liu, Xiaohua; Jing, Shui; Li, Jackie; O'Brien, Stephen

    2015-07-01

    Colloidal perovskite oxide nanocrystals have attracted a great deal of interest owing to the ability to tune physical properties by virtue of the nanoscale, and generate thin film structures under mild chemical conditions, relying on self-assembly or heterogeneous mixing. This is particularly true for ferroelectric/dielectric perovskite oxide materials, for which device applications cover piezoelectrics, MEMs, memory, gate dielectrics and energy storage. The synthesis of complex oxide nanocrystals, however, continues to present issues pertaining to quality, yield, % crystallinity, purity and may also suffer from tedious separation and purification processes, which are disadvantageous to scaling production. We report a simple, green and scalable ``self-collection'' growth method that produces uniform and aggregate-free colloidal perovskite oxide nanocrystals including BaTiO3 (BT), BaxSr1-xTiO3 (BST) and quaternary oxide BaSrTiHfO3 (BSTH) in high crystallinity and high purity. The synthesis approach is solution processed, based on the sol-gel transformation of metal alkoxides in alcohol solvents with controlled or stoichiometric amounts of water and in the stark absence of surfactants and stabilizers, providing pure colloidal nanocrystals in a remarkably low temperature range (15 °C-55 °C). Under a static condition, the nanoscale hydrolysis of the metal alkoxides accomplishes a complete transformation to fully crystallized single domain perovskite nanocrystals with a passivated surface layer of hydroxyl/alkyl groups, such that the as-synthesized nanocrystals can exist in the form of super-stable and transparent sol, or self-accumulate to form a highly crystalline solid gel monolith of nearly 100% yield for easy separation/purification. The process produces high purity ligand-free nanocrystals excellent dispersibility in polar solvents, with no impurity remaining in the mother solution other than trace alcohol byproducts (such as isopropanol). The afforded stable

  18. Synthesis and electrical characterization of Li 0.30Ca 0.35TaO 3 perovskite synthesized via a polymerized complex route

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    Pham, Quoc Nghi; Vijayakumar, Murugesan; Bohnke, Claude; Bohnke, Odile

    2005-06-01

    The synthesis of Li 0.30Ca 0.35TaO 3 perovskite by a Pechini-type polymerizable precursor method is carefully described. The thermal decomposition of the precursor and the formation of a pure perovskite phase were investigated by means of differential thermal analysis-thermogravimetric analysis (DTA-TGA) and XRD techniques. A pure and well-crystallized phase has been obtained at a lower temperature and with a much shorter synthesis time than the phase obtained by conventional solid-state reaction method. The morphology of the powder after heating at 1300 °C was observed by laser granulometry, Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM). Impedance spectroscopy data allowed us to determine the electrical properties, i.e., permittivity and dc-conductivity, of the bulk and grain boundaries. The results are discussed on the assumption of the brick layer model.

  19. Kinetics of oxygen reduction in perovskite cathodes for solid oxide fuel cells: A combined modeling and experimental approach

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    Miara, Lincoln James

    Solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) have the potential to replace conventional stationary power generation technologies; however, there are major obstacles to commercialization, the most problematic of which is poor cathode performance. Commercialization of SOFCs will follow when the mechanisms occurring at the cathode are more thoroughly understood and adapted for market use. The catalytic reduction of oxygen occurring in SOFC cathodes consists of many elementary steps such as gas phase diffusion, chemical and/or electrochemical reactions which lead to the adsorption and dissociation of molecular oxygen onto the cathode surface, mass transport of oxygen species along the surface and/or through the bulk of the cathode, and full reduction and incorporation of the oxygen at the cathode/electrolyte two or three phase boundary. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) is the main technique used to identify the occurrence of these different processes, but when this technique is used without an explicit model describing the kinetics it is difficult to unravel the interdependence of each of these processes. The purpose of this dissertation is to identify the heterogeneous reactions occurring at the cathode of an SOFC by combining experimental EIS results with mathematical models describing the time dependent behavior of the system. This analysis is performed on two different systems. In the first case, experimental EIS results from patterned half cells composed of Ca-doped lanthanum manganite (LCM)| yttria-doped ZrO2 (YSZ) are modeled to investigate the temperature and partial pressure of oxygen, pO2, dependence of oxygen adsorption/dissociation onto the LCM surface, surface diffusion of atomic oxygen, and electrochemical reduction and incorporation of the oxygen into the electrolyte in the vicinity of the triple phase boundary (TPB). This model determines the time-independent state-space equations from which the Faradaic admittance transfer function is obtained. The

  20. Rational Strategies for Efficient Perovskite Solar Cells.

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    Seo, Jangwon; Noh, Jun Hong; Seok, Sang Il

    2016-03-15

    A long-standing dream in the large scale application of solar energy conversion is the fabrication of solar cells with high-efficiency and long-term stability at low cost. The realization of such practical goals depends on the architecture, process and key materials because solar cells are typically constructed from multilayer heterostructures of light harvesters, with electron and hole transporting layers as a major component. Recently, inorganic-organic hybrid lead halide perovskites have attracted significant attention as light absorbers for the fabrication of low-cost and high-efficiency solar cells via a solution process. This mainly stems from long-range ambipolar charge transport properties, low exciton binding energies, and suitable band gap tuning by managing the chemical composition. In our pioneering work, a new photovoltaic platform for efficient perovskite solar cells (PSCs) was proposed, which yielded a high power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 12%. The platform consisted of a pillared architecture of a three-dimensional nanocomposite of perovskites fully infiltrating mesoporous TiO2, resulting in the formation of continuous phases and perovskite domains overlaid with a polymeric hole conductor. Since then, the PCE of our PSCs has been rapidly increased from 3% to over 20% certified efficiency. The unprecedented increase in the PCE can be attributed to the effective integration of the advantageous attributes of the refined bicontinuous architecture, deposition process, and composition of perovskite materials. Specifically, the bicontinuous architectures used in the high efficiency comprise a layer of perovskite sandwiched between mesoporous metal-oxide layer, which is a very thinner than that of used in conventional dye-sensitized solar cells, and hole-conducting contact materials with a metal back contact. The mesoporous scaffold can affect the hysteresis under different scan direction in measurements of PSCs. The hysteresis also greatly depends on

  1. Baeyer-Villiger oxidation of ketones with hydrogen peroxide catalyzed by Sn-aniline complex

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    Qing Hua Zhang; Shou Feng Wang; Zi Qiang Lei

    2007-01-01

    Sn-aniline complex was prepared by a simple procedure. Cyclic and acyclic ketones were oxidized into lactones or esters with very high selectivity and yield with 30% hydrogen peroxide in the presence of Sn-aniline complex.

  2. Making and Breaking of Lead Halide Perovskites

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    Manser, Joseph S.

    2016-02-16

    A new front-runner has emerged in the field of next-generation photovoltaics. A unique class of materials, known as organic metal halide perovskites, bridges the gap between low-cost fabrication and exceptional device performance. These compounds can be processed at low temperature (typically in the range 80–150 °C) and readily self-assemble from the solution phase into high-quality semiconductor thin films. The low energetic barrier for crystal formation has mixed consequences. On one hand, it enables inexpensive processing and both optical and electronic tunability. The caveat, however, is that many as-formed lead halide perovskite thin films lack chemical and structural stability, undergoing rapid degradation in the presence of moisture or heat. To date, improvements in perovskite solar cell efficiency have resulted primarily from better control over thin film morphology, manipulation of the stoichiometry and chemistry of lead halide and alkylammonium halide precursors, and the choice of solvent treatment. Proper characterization and tuning of processing parameters can aid in rational optimization of perovskite devices. Likewise, gaining a comprehensive understanding of the degradation mechanism and identifying components of the perovskite structure that may be particularly susceptible to attack by moisture are vital to mitigate device degradation under operating conditions. This Account provides insight into the lifecycle of organic–inorganic lead halide perovskites, including (i) the nature of the precursor solution, (ii) formation of solid-state perovskite thin films and single crystals, and (iii) transformation of perovskites into hydrated phases upon exposure to moisture. In particular, spectroscopic and structural characterization techniques shed light on the thermally driven evolution of the perovskite structure. By tuning precursor stoichiometry and chemistry, and thus the lead halide charge-transfer complexes present in solution, crystallization

  3. Making and Breaking of Lead Halide Perovskites.

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    Manser, Joseph S; Saidaminov, Makhsud I; Christians, Jeffrey A; Bakr, Osman M; Kamat, Prashant V

    2016-02-16

    A new front-runner has emerged in the field of next-generation photovoltaics. A unique class of materials, known as organic metal halide perovskites, bridges the gap between low-cost fabrication and exceptional device performance. These compounds can be processed at low temperature (typically in the range 80-150 °C) and readily self-assemble from the solution phase into high-quality semiconductor thin films. The low energetic barrier for crystal formation has mixed consequences. On one hand, it enables inexpensive processing and both optical and electronic tunability. The caveat, however, is that many as-formed lead halide perovskite thin films lack chemical and structural stability, undergoing rapid degradation in the presence of moisture or heat. To date, improvements in perovskite solar cell efficiency have resulted primarily from better control over thin film morphology, manipulation of the stoichiometry and chemistry of lead halide and alkylammonium halide precursors, and the choice of solvent treatment. Proper characterization and tuning of processing parameters can aid in rational optimization of perovskite devices. Likewise, gaining a comprehensive understanding of the degradation mechanism and identifying components of the perovskite structure that may be particularly susceptible to attack by moisture are vital to mitigate device degradation under operating conditions. This Account provides insight into the lifecycle of organic-inorganic lead halide perovskites, including (i) the nature of the precursor solution, (ii) formation of solid-state perovskite thin films and single crystals, and (iii) transformation of perovskites into hydrated phases upon exposure to moisture. In particular, spectroscopic and structural characterization techniques shed light on the thermally driven evolution of the perovskite structure. By tuning precursor stoichiometry and chemistry, and thus the lead halide charge-transfer complexes present in solution, crystallization

  4. A kinetic study of the decomposition of the cubic perovskite-type oxide Ba(x)Sr(1-x)Co(0.8)Fe(0.2)O(3-delta) (BSCF) (x = 0.1 and 0.5).

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    Mueller, David N; De Souza, Roger A; Weirich, Thomas E; Roehrens, Daniel; Mayer, Joachim; Martin, Manfred

    2010-09-21

    The decomposition of the cubic perovskite-type oxide Ba(x)Sr(1-x)Co(0.8)Fe(0.2)O(3-delta) (BSCF) into hexagonal and cubic perovskite-type phases has been examined by means of Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), Selected Area Electron Diffraction (SAED) and X-Ray Diffraction (XRD). SEM and TEM measurements reveal that the new hexagonal phase grows predominantly at the grain boundaries of BSCF ceramics and that the cation composition of the newly formed hexagonal phase differs from that of the starting material. An orientational relationship between the hexagonal and the parent cubic phase was also observed. By means of ex situ XRD the phase fraction of the hexagonal phase was determined as a function of annealing time. A kinetic analysis of the data, based on Avrami-type kinetics, indicates that the decomposition is independent of the initial A-site composition, and the obtained reaction order supports the conclusion that the hexagonal phase grows at the grain boundaries in dense ceramic samples.

  5. Analysis of cathode materials of perovskite structure for solid oxide fuel cells, sofc s; Analisis de materiales catodicos de estructura perovskita para celdas de combustible de oxido solido, sofcs

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    Alvarado F, J.; Espino V, J.; Avalos R, L. [Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolas de Hidalgo, Facultad de Ingenieria Quimica, Santiago Tapia 403, Morelia, Michoacan (Mexico)

    2015-07-01

    Fuel cells directly and efficiently convert the chemical energy of a fuel into electrical energy. Of the various types of fuel cells, the solid oxide (Sofc), combine the advantages in environmentally benign energy generation with fuel flexibility. However, the need for high operating temperatures (800 - 1000 grades C) has resulted in high costs and major challenges in relation to the compatibility the cathode materials. As a result, there have been significant efforts in the development of intermediate temperature Sofc (500 - 700 grades C). A key obstacle for operation in this temperature range is the limited activity of traditional cathode materials for electrochemical reduction oxygen. In this article, the progress of recent years is discussed in cathodes for Sofc perovskite structure (ABO{sub 3}), more efficient than the traditionally used La{sub 1-x}Sr{sub x}MnO{sub 3-δ} (LSM) or (La, Sr) CoO{sub 3}. Such is the case of mixed conductors (MIEC) double perovskite structure (A A B{sub 2}O{sub 5+δ}) using different doping elements as La, Sr, Fe, Ti, Cr, Sm, Co, Cu, Pr, Nd, Gd, dy, Mn, among others, which could improve the operational performance of existing cathode materials, promoting the development of optimized intermediate temperature Sofc designs. (Author)

  6. Efficient and stable iron based perovskite La0.9Ca0.1Fe0.9Nb0.1O3-δ anode material for solid oxide fuel cells

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    Kong, Xiaowei; Zhou, Xiaoliang; Tian, Yu; Wu, Xiaoyan; Zhang, Jun; Zuo, Wei; Gong, Xiaobo; Guo, Zhanhu

    2016-06-01

    A novel La0.9Ca0.1Fe0.9Nb0.1O3-δ (LCFNb) perovskite for solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) anode is prepared by means of the citrate-nitrate route and composited with Ce0.8Sm0.2O1.9 (SDC) by impregnation method to form nano-scaled LCFNb/SDC anode catalytic layers. The single cells with LCFNb and LCFNb/SDC impregnated anodes both achieve relatively high power output with maximum power densities (MPDs) reaching up to 610, 823 mW·cm-2 in H2 at 800 °C, respectively, presenting a high potential of LCFNb for use as SOFCs anode. The power outputs of the single cells with LCFNb/SDC composite anode in CO and syngas (COsbnd H2 mixture) are almost identical to that in H2 at each testing temperature. This composite anode also presents excellent durability in both H2 and CO for as long as 50 h, showing desirable anti-reduction and carbon deposition resistance abilities. Besides, the cell output is stable in 100 ppm H2Ssbnd H2 atmospheres for 20 h at a current density of 600 mA·cm-2 with negligible sulfur accumulation on the anode surface. Hence, a novel iron based perovskite LCFNb anode with remarkable cell performance, carbon deposition resistance and sulfur poisoning tolerance for SOFCs is successfully obtained.

  7. B-Site Metal (Pd, Pt, Ag, Cu, Zn, Ni Promoted La1−xSrxCo1−yFeyO3–δ Perovskite Oxides as Cathodes for IT-SOFCs

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    Shaoli Guo

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Perovskite oxides La1−xSrxCo1−yFeyO3–δ (LSCF have been extensively investigated and developed as cathode materials for intermediate temperature solid oxide fuel cells (IT-SOFCs due to mixed ionic–electronic conductivity and high electrooxygen reduction activity for oxygen reduction. Recent literature investigations show that cathode performances can be improved by metal surface modification or B-site substitution on LSCF. Although the specific reaction mechanism needs to be further investigated, the promoting effect of metal species in enhancing oxygen surface exchange and oxygen bulk diffusion is well recognized. To our knowledge, no previous reviews dealing with the effect of metal promotion on the cathodic performances of LSCF materials have been reported. In the present review, recent progresses on metal (Pd, Pt, Ag, Cu, Zn, Ni promotion of LSCF are discussed focusing on two main aspects, the different synthesis approaches used (infiltration, deposition, solid state reaction, one pot citrate method and the effects of metal promotion on structural properties, oxygen vacancies content and cathodic performances. The novelty of the work lies in the fact that the metal promotion at the B-site is discussed in detail, pointing at the effects produced by two different approaches, the LSCF surface modification by the metal or the metal ion substitution at the B-site of the perovskite. Moreover, for the first time in a review article, the importance of the combined effects of oxygen dissociation rate and interfacial oxygen transfer rate between the metal phase and the cathode phase is addressed for metal-promoted LSCF and compared with the un-promoted oxides. Perspectives on new research directions are shortly given in the conclusion.

  8. Comparison of two different synthesis methods of perovskites, SrCo0.5FeO3 type, aiming at evaluating their use as membranes for partial oxidation of methane

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    Noronha F.B.

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available In this work two different synthesis methods of perovskites, SrCo0.5FeO3, were compared: combustion synthesis and oxides mixture aiming at evaluating their use as membranes for partial oxidation of methane. The combustion synthesis method explores an exothermic, generally very fast and self-sustaining chemical reaction between the desired metal salts and a suitable organic fuel, which is ignited at a temperature much lower than the actual phase formation temperature. The oxides mixture are based on a physical mixture of the powder oxides followed by calcination to obtain the desired phase. In order to obtain the membranes, we studied the conformation of bodies and the temperatures of sintering in the two powders synthesized. The powders were analyzed by density and grain size distribution and characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD and scanning electron microscopy (SEM. After conformation, in cylindrical form, the green bodies were analyzed by density. After sintering at 1150 °C, the membranes were analyzed by density and they were characterized by XRD and SEM. The powder obtained by combustion synthesis shows lower density and fine grains than the other obtained by oxides mixture. The membranes obtained present very different morphology depending on the precursor powder synthesis. The sintered membranes obtained by combustion method also present a very uniform morphology without segregation.

  9. First Principles Studies of ABO3 Perovskite Surfaces and Nanostructures

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    Pilania, Ghanshyam

    Perovskite-type complex oxides, with general formula ABO 3, constitute one of the most prominent classes of metal oxides which finds key applications in diverse technological fields. In recent years, properties of perovskites at reduced dimensions have aroused considerable interest. However, a complete atomic-level understanding of various phenomena is yet to emerge. To fully exploit the materials opportunities provided by nano-structured perovskites, it is important to characterize and understand their bulk and near-surface electronic structure along with the electric, magnetic, elastic and chemical properties of these materials in the nano-regime, where surface and interface effects naturally play a dominant role. In this thesis, state-of-the-art first principles computations are employed to systematically study properties of one- and two-dimensional perovskite systems which are of direct technological significance. Specifically, our bifocal study targets (1) polarization behavior and dielectric response of ABO3 ferroelectric nanowires, and (2) oxygen chemistry relevant for catalytic properties of ABO3 surfaces. In the first strand, we identify presence of novel closure or vortex-like polarization domains in PbTIO3 and BaTiO3 ferroelectric nanowires and explore ways to control the polarization configurations by means of strain and surface chemistry in these prototypical model systems. The intrinsic tendency towards vortex polarization at reduced dimensions and the underlying driving forces are discussed and previously unknown strain induced phase transitions are identified. Furthermore, to compute the dielectric permittivity of nanostructures, a new multiscale model is developed and applied to the PbTiO3 nanowires with conventional and vortex-like polarization configurations. The second part of the work undertaken in this thesis is comprised of a number of ab initio surface studies, targeted to investigate the effects of surface terminations, prevailing chemical

  10. Highly efficient oxidation of alcohols using Oxone(R) as oxidant catalyzed by ruthenium complex under mild reaction conditions

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    Zi Qiang Lei; Jian Qiang Wang; Peng Hua Yan

    2008-01-01

    Aromatic and alkyl alcohols were oxidized to the corresponding aldehydes or ketones at room temperature with high conversion and selectivity using Oxone (2KHSO5·KHSO4·K2SO4) as oxidant catalyzed by ruthenium complex Quin-Ru-Quin (where Quin = 8-hydroxyquinoline). The reaction time is very short and the preparation of complex is simple. 2008 Zi Qiang Lei. Published by Elsevier B.V. on behalf of Chinese Chemical Society. All rights reserved.

  11. Characterization of the perovskite La{sub 0,9}Sr{sub 0,1}Ga{sub 0,2}O{sub 2,85} prepared by cation complexation; Caracterizacao da perovsquita La{sub 0,9}Sr{sub 0,1}Ga{sub 0,2}O{sub 2,85} preparada pela tecnica de complexacao de cations

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    Reis, S.L.; Grosso, R.L.; Muccillo, E.N.S., E-mail: shirley.reis@usp.br [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN/CNEN-SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil)

    2012-07-01

    Strontium and magnesium doped lanthanum gallate exhibits perovskite-type structure and high ionic conductivity. Other features of this ceramic material are large electrolytic regime and negligible electronic conductivity. These characteristics are responsible for the potential use of this solid electrolyte in solid oxide fuel cells operating at intermediate temperatures (~∼500-700 deg C). In this work, the composition La{sub 0.9}Sr{sub 0.1}Ga{sub 0.8}Mg{sub 0.2}O{sub 2.85} was prepared by the cation complexation technique aiming to obtain powder and sintered specimens with good chemical and structural homogeneities. X-ray diffraction results evidence that single phase was obtained, within the limitations of the technique, in samples sintered at 1350 deg C/4 h, with relative density above 92%. (author)

  12. Strongly correlated perovskite fuel cells

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    Zhou, You; Guan, Xiaofei; Zhou, Hua; Ramadoss, Koushik; Adam, Suhare; Liu, Huajun; Lee, Sungsik; Shi, Jian; Tsuchiya, Masaru; Fong, Dillon D.; Ramanathan, Shriram

    2016-05-16

    Fuel cells convert chemical energy directly into electrical energy with high efficiencies and environmental benefits, as compared with traditional heat engines1, 2, 3, 4. Yttria-stabilized zirconia is perhaps the material with the most potential as an electrolyte in solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs), owing to its stability and near-unity ionic transference number5. Although there exist materials with superior ionic conductivity, they are often limited by their ability to suppress electronic leakage when exposed to the reducing environment at the fuel interface. Such electronic leakage reduces fuel cell power output and the associated chemo-mechanical stresses can also lead to catastrophic fracture of electrolyte membranes6. Here we depart from traditional electrolyte design that relies on cation substitution to sustain ionic conduction. Instead, we use a perovskite nickelate as an electrolyte with high initial ionic and electronic conductivity. Since many such oxides are also correlated electron systems, we can suppress the electronic conduction through a filling-controlled Mott transition induced by spontaneous hydrogen incorporation. Using such a nickelate as the electrolyte in free-standing membrane geometry, we demonstrate a low-temperature micro-fabricated SOFC with high performance. The ionic conductivity of the nickelate perovskite is comparable to the best-performing solid electrolytes in the same temperature range, with a very low activation energy. The results present a design strategy for high-performance materials exhibiting emergent properties arising from strong electron correlations.

  13. Strongly correlated perovskite fuel cells

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    Zhou, You; Guan, Xiaofei; Zhou, Hua; Ramadoss, Koushik; Adam, Suhare; Liu, Huajun; Lee, Sungsik; Shi, Jian; Tsuchiya, Masaru; Fong, Dillon D.; Ramanathan, Shriram

    2016-06-01

    Fuel cells convert chemical energy directly into electrical energy with high efficiencies and environmental benefits, as compared with traditional heat engines. Yttria-stabilized zirconia is perhaps the material with the most potential as an electrolyte in solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs), owing to its stability and near-unity ionic transference number. Although there exist materials with superior ionic conductivity, they are often limited by their ability to suppress electronic leakage when exposed to the reducing environment at the fuel interface. Such electronic leakage reduces fuel cell power output and the associated chemo-mechanical stresses can also lead to catastrophic fracture of electrolyte membranes. Here we depart from traditional electrolyte design that relies on cation substitution to sustain ionic conduction. Instead, we use a perovskite nickelate as an electrolyte with high initial ionic and electronic conductivity. Since many such oxides are also correlated electron systems, we can suppress the electronic conduction through a filling-controlled Mott transition induced by spontaneous hydrogen incorporation. Using such a nickelate as the electrolyte in free-standing membrane geometry, we demonstrate a low-temperature micro-fabricated SOFC with high performance. The ionic conductivity of the nickelate perovskite is comparable to the best-performing solid electrolytes in the same temperature range, with a very low activation energy. The results present a design strategy for high-performance materials exhibiting emergent properties arising from strong electron correlations.

  14. Strongly correlated perovskite fuel cells.

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    Zhou, You; Guan, Xiaofei; Zhou, Hua; Ramadoss, Koushik; Adam, Suhare; Liu, Huajun; Lee, Sungsik; Shi, Jian; Tsuchiya, Masaru; Fong, Dillon D; Ramanathan, Shriram

    2016-06-09

    Fuel cells convert chemical energy directly into electrical energy with high efficiencies and environmental benefits, as compared with traditional heat engines. Yttria-stabilized zirconia is perhaps the material with the most potential as an electrolyte in solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs), owing to its stability and near-unity ionic transference number. Although there exist materials with superior ionic conductivity, they are often limited by their ability to suppress electronic leakage when exposed to the reducing environment at the fuel interface. Such electronic leakage reduces fuel cell power output and the associated chemo-mechanical stresses can also lead to catastrophic fracture of electrolyte membranes. Here we depart from traditional electrolyte design that relies on cation substitution to sustain ionic conduction. Instead, we use a perovskite nickelate as an electrolyte with high initial ionic and electronic conductivity. Since many such oxides are also correlated electron systems, we can suppress the electronic conduction through a filling-controlled Mott transition induced by spontaneous hydrogen incorporation. Using such a nickelate as the electrolyte in free-standing membrane geometry, we demonstrate a low-temperature micro-fabricated SOFC with high performance. The ionic conductivity of the nickelate perovskite is comparable to the best-performing solid electrolytes in the same temperature range, with a very low activation energy. The results present a design strategy for high-performance materials exhibiting emergent properties arising from strong electron correlations.

  15. Microwave absorption measurements in the complex perovskite Pb(Fe{sub 0.5}Ta{sub 0.5})O{sub 3}: Detection of short-range orderly regions

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    Alvarez, G., E-mail: memodin@yahoo.com [Seccion de Estudios de Posgrado e Investigacion, ESFM-IPN, U.P. Adolfo Lopez Mateos Edificio 9, Av. Instituto Politecnico Nacional S/N, San Pedro Zacatenco, Mexico DF 07738 (Mexico); Montiel, H. [Departamento de Tecnociencias, Centro de Ciencias Aplicadas y Desarrollo Tecnologico de la Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Apartado Postal 70-360, Mexico DF 04510 (Mexico); Castellanos, M.A. [Facultad de Quimica, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Cd. Universitaria, Mexico DF 04510 (Mexico); Heiras, J. [Centro de Nanociencias y Nanotecnologia, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Km. 107, Carretera Tijuana Ensenada, Ensenada, Baja California 22860 (Mexico); Zamorano, R. [Seccion de Estudios de Posgrado e Investigacion, ESFM-IPN, U.P. Adolfo Lopez Mateos Edificio 9, Av. Instituto Politecnico Nacional S/N, San Pedro Zacatenco, Mexico DF 07738 (Mexico)

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    Highlights: {yields} LFMA spectra showed straight lines with positive slope and non-hysteretic traces. {yields} The spectral changes for the plot of the slope vs. temperature give evidence of the formation of iron clusters. {yields} These small orderly regions of iron ions generate short-range magnetic correlations, and that they produce changes in dynamics of microwave absorption. - Abstract: An electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) study of the complex perovskite Pb(Fe{sub 0.5}Ta{sub 0.5})O{sub 3} (PFT) at X-band (8.8-9.8 GHz) is presented. The EPR spectra show a single broad line in the 300-480 K temperature range, attributable to Fe{sup 3+} (S = 5/2) ions. The temperature dependence of the EPR parameters: the peak-to-peak linewidth ({Delta}H{sub pp}), the resonance field (H{sub res}) and the integrated intensity (I{sub EPR}), suggests the existence of short-range magnetic correlations; which are associated with the presence of small orderly regions of iron ions in B-sites of the perovskites-type structure, and that they give origin to formation of iron clusters. Low-field microwave absorption (LFMA) is used to give further knowledge on this material; where this technique also gives evidence of these short-range orderly regions.

  16. Quantitative Mapping of Reversible Mitochondrial Complex I Cysteine Oxidation in a Parkinson Disease Mouse Model*

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    Danielson, Steven R.; Held, Jason M.; Oo, May; Riley, Rebeccah; Gibson, Bradford W.; Andersen, Julie K.

    2011-01-01

    Differential cysteine oxidation within mitochondrial Complex I has been quantified in an in vivo oxidative stress model of Parkinson disease. We developed a strategy that incorporates rapid and efficient immunoaffinity purification of Complex I followed by differential alkylation and quantitative detection using sensitive mass spectrometry techniques. This method allowed us to quantify the reversible cysteine oxidation status of 34 distinct cysteine residues out of a total 130 present in muri...

  17. Preparation of rare-earth metal complex oxide catalysts for catalytic wet air oxidation

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    LI Ning; LI Guangming; YAO Zhenya; ZHAO Jianfu

    2007-01-01

    Catalytic wet air oxidation(CWAO)is one of the most promising technologies for pollution abatement.Developing catalysts with high activity and stability is crucial for the application of the CWAO process.The Mn/Ce complex oxide catalyrsts for CWAO of high concentration phenol containing wastewater were prepared by coprecipitation.The catalyst preparation conditions were optimized by using an orthogonal layout method and single-factor experimental analysis.The Mn/Ce serial catalysts were characterized by Brunauer-Emmett-Teller(BET)analysis and the metal cation leaching was measured by inductively coupled plasma torch-atomic emission spectrometry(ICP-AES).The results show that the catalysts have high catalytic activities even at a low temperature(80℃)and low oxygen partial pressure(0.5 MPa)in a batch reactor.The metallic ion leaching is comparatively low(Mn<6.577 mg/L and Ce<0.6910 mg/L,respectively)in the CWAO process.The phenol,CODCD and TOC removal efficiencies in the solution exceed 98.5% using the optimal catalyst(named CSP).The new catalyst would have a promising application in CWAO treatment of high concentration organic wastewater.

  18. Meniscus-assisted solution printing of large-grained perovskite films for high-efficiency solar cells

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    He, Ming; Li, Bo; Cui, Xun; Jiang, Beibei; He, Yanjie; Chen, Yihuang; O'Neil, Daniel; Szymanski, Paul; Ei-Sayed, Mostafa A.; Huang, Jinsong; Lin, Zhiqun

    2017-07-01

    Control over morphology and crystallinity of metal halide perovskite films is of key importance to enable high-performance optoelectronics. However, this remains particularly challenging for solution-printed devices due to the complex crystallization kinetics of semiconductor materials within dynamic flow of inks. Here we report a simple yet effective meniscus-assisted solution printing (MASP) strategy to yield large-grained dense perovskite film with good crystallization and preferred orientation. Intriguingly, the outward convective flow triggered by fast solvent evaporation at the edge of the meniscus ink imparts the transport of perovskite solutes, thus facilitating the growth of micrometre-scale perovskite grains. The growth kinetics of perovskite crystals is scrutinized by in situ optical microscopy tracking to understand the crystallization mechanism. The perovskite films produced by MASP exhibit excellent optoelectronic properties with efficiencies approaching 20% in planar perovskite solar cells. This robust MASP strategy may in principle be easily extended to craft other solution-printed perovskite-based optoelectronics.

  19. Óxidos do tipo perovskita para reação de redução de no com CO Perovskite-type oxides to no reduction with CO

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    Eurico Y. Tanabe

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available In this work, the perovskite-type oxides LaNiO3, LaMnO3, La0,7Sr0,3NiO3 and La0,7Sr0,3MnO3 were prepared by co-precipitation and tested in the NO reduction with CO at 400 and 500 ºC for 10 h. The catalysts were characterized by X-ray diffraction, temperature programmed reduction with hydrogen, nitrogen adsorption and chemical analysis. The nonstoichiometric oxygen was quantified by temperature programmed reduction, and the catalytic tests showed that the La0,7Sr0,3MnO3 catalyst presented the higher performance for the reduction reaction of NO with CO. The partial substitution of lanthanum by strontium increased the NO conversion and the N2 yield.

  20. Oxygen reduction activity on perovskite oxide surfaces: a comparative first-principle study of LaMnO$_3$, LaFeO$_3$ and LaCrO$_3$

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    Wang, Yan

    2012-01-01

    The understanding of oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) activity on perovskite oxide surfaces is essential for promising future fuel cell applications. We report a comparative study of ORR mechanisms on La$B$O$_3$ ($B$=Mn, Fe, Cr) surfaces by first-principles calculations based on density functional theory (DFT). Results obtained from varied DFT methods such as generalized gradient approximation(GGA), GGA+$U$ and the hybrid Hartree-Fock density functional method are reported for comparative purposes. We find that the results calculated from hybrid-functional method suggest that the order of ORR activity is LaMnO$_3$ $>$ LaCrO$_3$ $>$ LaFeO$_3$, which is in better agreement with recent experimental results (Suntivich \\textit{et al.}, Nature Chemistry 3, 546 (2011)) than those using the GGA or GGA+$U$ method.

  1. Perovskite/Carbon Composites: Applications in Oxygen Electrocatalysis.

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    Zhu, Yinlong; Zhou, Wei; Shao, Zongping

    2017-03-01

    Oxygen electrocatalysis, i.e., oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) and oxygen evolution reaction (OER), plays an extremely important role in oxygen-based renewable-energy technologies such as rechargeable metal-air batteries, regenerative fuel cells and water splitting. Perovskite oxides have recently attracted increasing interest and hold great promise as efficient ORR and OER catalysts to replace noble-metal-based catalysts, owing to their high intrinsic catalytic activity, abundant variety, low cost, and rich resources. The introduction of perovskite-carbon interfaces by forming perovskite/carbon composites may bring a synergistic effect between the two phases, thus benefiting the oxygen electrocatalysis. This review provides a comprehensive overview of recent advances in perovskite/carbon composites for oxygen electrocatalysis in alkaline media, aiming to provide insights into the key parameters that influence the ORR/OER performance of the composites, including the physical/chemical properties and morphologies of the perovskites, the multiple roles of carbon, the synthetic method and the synergistic effect. A special emphasis is placed on the origin of the synergistic effect associated with the interfacial interaction between the perovskite and the carbon phases for enhanced ORR/OER performance. Finally, the existing challenges and the future directions for the synthesis and development of more efficient oxygen catalysts based on perovskite/carbon composites are proposed.

  2. Perovskite oxides MRuO3 (M = Sr, Ca and Ba: Structural distortion, electronic and magnetic properties with GGA and GGA-modified Becke–Johnson approaches

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    Labdelli Abbes

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Electronic and magnetic properties of transition-metal oxides are a continuing research theme due to the variety of ground states and their technological applications. In the present paper, we present first-principles calculations using the full-potential linear augmented plane-wave methods (FP-LAPW on the structural, electronic and magnetic properties of tree cubic (Pm–3m space group perovskite oxides SrRuO3, BaRuO3, and CaRuO3 in comparison with other phases ((4H four-layered hexagonal (P63/mmc space group, (2H two-layered hexagonal (P63/mmc space group and orthorhombic (Pnma space group. The current study is given within the density-functional theory basis DFT. The exchange-correlation potential is introduced by different approaches. We computed the equilibrium lattices, bulk modulus and its pressure derivatives and equilibrium volume. Our obtained results agree successfully with the theoretical and experimental data. The spin magnetic moments of these oxides have been obtained to investigate the magnetic properties. We report a detailed analysis of the different ground states properties for considerable oxides using GGA and GGA-modified Becke–Johnson computational approaches.

  3. Ferroelectric ultrathin perovskite films

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    Rappe, Andrew M; Kolpak, Alexie Michelle

    2013-12-10

    Disclosed herein are perovskite ferroelectric thin-film. Also disclosed are methods of controlling the properties of ferroelectric thin films. These films can be used in a variety materials and devices, such as catalysts and storage media, respectively.

  4. Perovskites and garnets

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    Khattak, C.P.; Wang, F.F.Y.

    1976-01-01

    The preparation and properties of perovskites and garnets are reviewed. Data and information are presented on crystal chemistry, crystal structure, phase equilibria, electrical properties, optical properties, and mechanical properties. (JRD)

  5. SrCo{sub 1-x}Sb{sub x}O{sub 3-{delta}} perovskite oxides as cathode materials in solid oxide fuel cells

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    Aguadero, A.; Perez-Coll, D.; Escudero, M.J. [Centro de Investigaciones Energeticas Medioambientales y Tecnologicas (CIEMAT), Av. Complutense 22, 28040 Madrid (Spain); de la Calle, C.; Alonso, J.A. [Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid (CSIC), Cantoblanco, 28049 Madrid (Spain); Daza, L. [Centro de Investigaciones Energeticas Medioambientales y Tecnologicas (CIEMAT), Av. Complutense 22, 28040 Madrid (Spain); Instituto de Catalisis y Petroleoquimica (CSIC), C/Marie Curie 2, Campus Cantoblanco, 28049 Madrid (Spain)

    2009-07-01

    The SrCo{sub 1-x}Sb{sub x}O{sub 3-{delta}} (x = 0.05, 0.1, 0.15 and 0.2) system was tested as possible cathode for solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs). X-ray diffraction results show the stabilization of a tetragonal P4/mmm structure with Sb contents between x = 0.05 and x = 0.15. At x = 0.2 a phase transition takes place and the material is defined in the cubic Pm-3m space group. In comparison with the undoped hexagonal SrCoO{sub 3} phase, the obtained compounds present high thermal stability without abrupt changes in the expansion coefficient. In addition, a great enhancement of the electrical conductivity was observed at low and intermediate temperatures (T {<=} 800 C). The sample with x = 0.05 displays the highest conductivity value that reaches 500 S cm{sup -1} at 400 C and is over 160 S cm{sup -1} in the usual working conditions of a cathode in SOFC (650-900 C). Moreover, the impedance spectra of the SrCo{sub 1-x}Sb{sub x}O{sub 3-{delta}}/Ce{sub 0.8}Nd{sub 0.2}O{sub 2-{delta}}/SrCo{sub 1-x}Sb{sub x}O{sub 3-(delta)} (x {>=} 0.05) symmetrical cells reveal polarization resistances below 0.09 {omega} cm{sup 2} at 750 C which are much smaller than that displayed by the pristine SrCoO{sub 3-{delta}} sample. The composition with x = 0.05 shows the lowest ASR values ranging from 0.009 to 0.23 {omega} cm{sup 2} in the 900-600 C temperature interval with an activation energy of 0.82 eV. (author)

  6. Navigating Organo-Lead Halide Perovskite Phase Space via Nucleation Kinetics toward a Deeper Understanding of Perovskite Phase Transformations and Structure-Property Relationships.

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    Williams, Spencer T; Chueh, Chu-Chen; Jen, Alex K-Y

    2015-07-01

    Organo-lead halide perovskite photovoltaics have developed faster than our understanding of the material itself. Using the vast body of work on perovskite processing created in just the past few years, it is possible to create a better picture of this material's complex phase-transformation behavior. This concept paper summarizes and correlates the current understanding of structural intermediates, kinetic controls, and structure-property relationships of organo-lead iodide perovskites. To this end, a new way of graphically relating information is developed, allowing the simultaneous mapping of schematic kinetic relationships between all currently prevailing perovskite deposition and growth techniques.

  7. SchiffBase Dinuclear Complex Catalyst for Oxidation of Cyclohexene with Molecular Oxygen

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    SHAO; DongXu

    2001-01-01

    In the past decades, the oxidation of hydrocarbons by transition metal complexes has been studied extensively. The current progress of the research on synthetic quasiporphyrin catalysts has led to the development of several systems that are able to reproduce the hene-enzyme mediated oxygenation and oxidation reactions[1]. In our group[2,51, the mononuclear complexes of amino acid Schiff base have been synthesized and their catalytic oxidation has been studied. In this paper, two dinuclear complexes, such as Salicylidence-β-alanine-Co(II)-Cu(II) and Salicylidence-β-alanine-Co(II)Mn(II), were prepared with amino acid Schiff bases and metal ions. In the presence of these dinuclear complexes, cyclohexene was effectively oxidized under 1 atm of molecular oxygen without any coreductants. The allylic hydroperoxide was obtained as an important product, which suggested a clear allylic pathway of oxidation of cyclohexene.  ……

  8. Working Mechanism for Flexible Perovskite Solar Cells with Simplified Architecture.

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    Xu, Xiaobao; Chen, Qi; Hong, Ziruo; Zhou, Huanping; Liu, Zonghao; Chang, Wei-Hsuan; Sun, Pengyu; Chen, Huajun; De Marco, Nicholas; Wang, Mingkui; Yang, Yang

    2015-10-14

    In this communication, we report an efficient and flexible perovskite solar cell based on formamidinium lead trihalide (FAPbI3) with simplified configuration. The device achieved a champion efficiency of 12.70%, utilizing direct contact between metallic indium tin oxide (ITO) electrode and perovskite absorber. The underlying working mechanism is proposed subsequently, via a systematic investigation focusing on the heterojunction within this device. A significant charge storage has been observed in the perovskite, which is believed to generate photovoltage and serves as the driving force for charge transferring from the absorber to ITO electrode as well. More importantly, this simplified device structure on flexible substrates suggests its compatibility for scale-up fabrication, which paves the way for commercialization of perovskite photovoltaic technology.

  9. Crystallographic and magnetic structure of the perovskite-type compound BaFeO2.5: unrivaled complexity in oxygen vacancy ordering.

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    Clemens, Oliver; Gröting, Melanie; Witte, Ralf; Perez-Mato, J Manuel; Loho, Christoph; Berry, Frank J; Kruk, Robert; Knight, Kevin S; Wright, Adrian J; Hahn, Horst; Slater, Peter R

    2014-06-16

    We report here on the characterization of the vacancy-ordered perovskite-type structure of BaFeO2.5 by means of combined Rietveld analysis of powder X-ray and neutron diffraction data. The compound crystallizes in the monoclinic space group P2(1)/c [a = 6.9753(1) Å, b = 11.7281(2) Å, c = 23.4507(4) Å, β = 98.813(1)°, and Z = 28] containing seven crystallographically different iron atoms. The coordination scheme is determined to be Ba7(FeO4/2)1(FeO3/2O1/1)3(FeO5/2)2(FeO6/2)1 = Ba7Fe([6])1Fe([5])2Fe([4])4O17.5 and is in agreement with the (57)Fe Mössbauer spectra and density functional theory based calculations. To our knowledge, the structure of BaFeO2.5 is the most complicated perovskite-type superstructure reported so far (largest primitive cell, number of ABX2.5 units per unit cell, and number of different crystallographic sites). The magnetic structure was determined from the powder neutron diffraction data and can be understood in terms of "G-type" antiferromagnetic ordering between connected iron-containing polyhedra, in agreement with field-sweep and zero-field-cooled/field-cooled measurements.

  10. PEROVSKITE SOLAR CELLS (REVIEW ARTICLE)

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    Benli, Deniz Ahmet

    2015-01-01

    A solar cell is a device that converts sunlight into electricity. There are different types of solar cells but this report mainly focuses on a type of new generation solar cell that has the name organo-metal halide perovskite, shortly perovskite solar cells. In this respect, the efficiency of power conversion is taken into account to replace the dominancy of traditional and second generation solar cell fields by perovskite solar cells. Perovskite solar cell is a type of solar cell including a...

  11. Interface engineering for oxide electronics: tuning electronic properties by atomically controlled growth

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    Huijben, Mark

    2006-01-01

    The main aim of this thesis is to develop a controlled growth with atomic precision for the realization of artificial perovskite structures, to exploit the exceptional physical properties of complex oxide materials such as high-temperature superconductors and conducting interfaces between band

  12. Scanning probe microscopy investigation of complex-oxide heterostructures

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    Bi, Feng

    Advances in the growth of precisely tailored complex-oxide heterostructures have led to new emergent behavior and associated discoveries. One of the most successful examples consists of an ultrathin layer of LaAlO 3 (LAO) deposited on TiO2-terminated SrTiO3 (STO), where a high mobility quasi-two dimensional electron liquid (2DEL) is formed at the interface. Such 2DEL demonstrates a variety of novel properties, including field tunable metal-insulator transition, superconductivity, strong spin-orbit coupling, magnetic and ferroelectric like behavior. Particularly, for 3-unit-cell (3 u.c.) LAO/STO heterostructures, it was demonstrated that a conductive atomic force microscope (c-AFM) tip can be used to "write" or "erase" nanoscale conducting channels at the interface, making LAO/STO a highly flexible platform to fabricate novel nanoelectronics. This thesis is focused on scanning probe microscopy studies of LAO/STO properties. We investigate the mechanism of c-AFM lithography over 3 u.c. LAO/STO in controlled ambient conditions by using a vacuum AFM, and find that the water molecules dissociated on the LAO surface play a critical role during the c-AFM lithography process. We also perform electro-mechanical response measurements over top-gated LAO/STO devices. Simultaneous piezoresponse force microscopy (PFM) and capacitance measurements reveal a correlation between LAO lattice distortion and interfacial carrier density, which suggests that PFM could not only serve as a powerful tool to map the carrier density at the interface but also provide insight into previously reported frequency dependence of capacitance enhancement of top-gated LAO/STO structures. To study magnetism at the LAO/STO interface, magnetic force microscopy (MFM) and magnetoelectric force microscopy (MeFM) are carried out to search for magnetic signatures that depend on the carrier density at the interface. Results demonstrate an electronicallycontrolled ferromagnetic phase on top-gated LAO

  13. What Is Moving in Hybrid Halide Perovskite Solar Cells?

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    2016-01-01

    Conspectus Organic–inorganic semiconductors, which adopt the perovskite crystal structure, have perturbed the landscape of contemporary photovoltaics research. High-efficiency solar cells can be produced with solution-processed active layers. The materials are earth abundant, and the simple processing required suggests that high-throughput and low-cost manufacture at scale should be possible. While these materials bear considerable similarity to traditional inorganic semiconductors, there are notable differences in their optoelectronic behavior. A key distinction of these materials is that they are physically soft, leading to considerable thermally activated motion. In this Account, we discuss the internal motion of methylammonium lead iodide (CH3NH3PbI3) and formamidinium lead iodide ([CH(NH2)2]PbI3), covering: (i) molecular rotation-libration in the cuboctahedral cavity; (ii) drift and diffusion of large electron and hole polarons; (iii) transport of charged ionic defects. These processes give rise to a range of properties that are unconventional for photovoltaic materials, including frequency-dependent permittivity, low electron–hole recombination rates, and current–voltage hysteresis. Multiscale simulations, drawing from electronic structure, ab initio molecular dynamic and Monte Carlo computational techniques, have been combined with neutron diffraction measurements, quasi-elastic neutron scattering, and ultrafast vibrational spectroscopy to qualify the nature and time scales of the motions. Electron and hole motion occurs on a femtosecond time scale. Molecular libration is a sub-picosecond process. Molecular rotations occur with a time constant of several picoseconds depending on the cation. Recent experimental evidence and theoretical models for simultaneous electron and ion transport in these materials has been presented, suggesting they are mixed-mode conductors with similarities to fast-ion conducting metal oxide perovskites developed for battery

  14. What Is Moving in Hybrid Halide Perovskite Solar Cells?

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    Frost, Jarvist M; Walsh, Aron

    2016-03-15

    Organic-inorganic semiconductors, which adopt the perovskite crystal structure, have perturbed the landscape of contemporary photovoltaics research. High-efficiency solar cells can be produced with solution-processed active layers. The materials are earth abundant, and the simple processing required suggests that high-throughput and low-cost manufacture at scale should be possible. While these materials bear considerable similarity to traditional inorganic semiconductors, there are notable differences in their optoelectronic behavior. A key distinction of these materials is that they are physically soft, leading to considerable thermally activated motion. In this Account, we discuss the internal motion of methylammonium lead iodide (CH3NH3PbI3) and formamidinium lead iodide ([CH(NH2)2]PbI3), covering: (i) molecular rotation-libration in the cuboctahedral cavity; (ii) drift and diffusion of large electron and hole polarons; (iii) transport of charged ionic defects. These processes give rise to a range of properties that are unconventional for photovoltaic materials, including frequency-dependent permittivity, low electron-hole recombination rates, and current-voltage hysteresis. Multiscale simulations, drawing from electronic structure, ab initio molecular dynamic and Monte Carlo computational techniques, have been combined with neutron diffraction measurements, quasi-elastic neutron scattering, and ultrafast vibrational spectroscopy to qualify the nature and time scales of the motions. Electron and hole motion occurs on a femtosecond time scale. Molecular libration is a sub-picosecond process. Molecular rotations occur with a time constant of several picoseconds depending on the cation. Recent experimental evidence and theoretical models for simultaneous electron and ion transport in these materials has been presented, suggesting they are mixed-mode conductors with similarities to fast-ion conducting metal oxide perovskites developed for battery and fuel cell

  15. POLYMER-PLATINUM COMPLEX CATALYSTS FOR OXIDATION OF METHANOL TO FORMALDEHYDE

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    HUANG Meiyu; HUANG Li; ZHENG Qingyao; WANG Dianxun; JIANG Yingyan

    1984-01-01

    Two kinds of polymer-platinum complexes: silica-supported poly-γ-diphenylphosphinopropyl-siloxane-platinum complex and silica-supported polyphenylsilazane-platinum complex, have been found very active and selective in catalyzation of oxidation of methanol to formaldehyde at room temperature and under an atmospheric oxygen pressure. Their catalytic activities are greatly affected by P or N/Pt gram atomic ratio.

  16. A Review on Visible Light Active Perovskite-Based Photocatalysts

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    Pushkar Kanhere

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Perovskite-based photocatalysts are of significant interest in the field of photocatalysis. To date, several perovskite material systems have been developed and their applications in visible light photocatalysis studied. This article provides a review of the visible light (λ > 400 nm active perovskite-based photocatalyst systems. The materials systems are classified by the B site cations and their crystal structure, optical properties, electronic structure, and photocatalytic performance are reviewed in detail. Titanates, tantalates, niobates, vanadates, and ferrites form important photocatalysts which show promise in visible light-driven photoreactions. Along with simple perovskite (ABO3 structures, development of double/complex perovskites that are active under visible light is also reviewed. Various strategies employed for enhancing the photocatalytic performance have been discussed, emphasizing the specific advantages and challenges offered by perovskite-based photocatalysts. This review provides a broad overview of the perovskite photocatalysts, summarizing the current state of the work and offering useful insights for their future development.

  17. Molybdenum doped Pr0.5Ba0.5MnO3-δ (Mo-PBMO) double perovskite as a potential solid oxide fuel cell anode material

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    Sun, Yi-Fei; Zhang, Ya-Qian; Hua, Bin; Behnamian, Yashar; Li, Jian; Cui, Shao-Hua; Li, Jian-Hui; Luo, Jing-Li

    2016-01-01

    A layered Mo doped Pr0.5Ba0.5MnO3-δ (Mo-PBMO) double perovskite oxide was prepared by a modified sol-gel method and the properties of the fabricated material are characterized by various technologies. The results of X-ray diffraction (XRD), H2-temperature programmed reduction (H2-TPR), NH3-temperature programmed desorption (NH3-TPD), and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) demonstrate that the treatment in reducing atmosphere at high temperature lead to a significant phase transformation of the material to a single cubic phase as well as with the Mo in multiple oxidized states. Such character leads to the production of large amount of oxygen deficiency with facilitated oxygen diffusion. The electrochemical performance tests of half-cell and single cell SOFCs exhibit the promoted effect of Mo on catalytic activity for the oxidation of H2 and CH4, indicating that Mo-PBMO could serve as an anode material candidate for SOFCs.

  18. (La2/5Ba2/5Ca1/5)(Mn(2/5)–NiTi3/5)O3: Rietveld studies, dielectric and magnetic properties of new perovskite-related oxides

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    Pika Jha; Saroj L Samal; Kandalam V Ramanujachary; Samuel E Lofland; Ashok K Ganguli

    2005-10-01

    Oxides of the type (La2/5Ba2/5Ca1/5)(Mn(2/5)–NiTi3/5)O3 (0 ≤ ≤ 0.4) have been synthesized by the ceramic route. All the above oxides have been found to crystallize in the cubic perovskite structure. Rietveld refinement of the Ni-based oxide, (La2/5Ba2/5Ca1/5)(Ni2/5Ti3/5)O3 gave rise to a composition (La0.44Ba0.38Ca0.18) (Ni0.42Ti0.58)O2.85(6) and the refined lattice parameter obtained was 3.9411(2) Å (space group $\\bar{3}$; (2) = 0.026, p = 0.074, p = 0.087). A shift from antiferromagnetic to paramagnetic behaviour is observed with increase in nickel concentration, the Mn-rich phases showing antiferromagnetism around 5 K. There is a systematic decrease in the dielectric constant, and loss tangent with increase in Ni concentration (from = 592 for = 0 to = 78 for = 0.4).

  19. Complexation of Nitrous Oxide by Frustrated Lewis Pairs

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    Otten, Edwin; Neu, Rebecca C.; Stephan, Douglas W.

    2009-01-01

    Frustrated Lewis pairs comprised of a basic yet sterically encumbered phosphine with boron Lewis acids bind nitrous oxide to give intact PNNOB linkages. The synthesis, structure, and bonding of these species are described.

  20. Borohydride electro-oxidation by Ag-doped lanthanum chromites

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    S Suresh Balaji; A Usha; V V Giridhar

    2014-05-01

    The electrocatalytic activity of Ag-doped lanthanum chromites electrode materials viz., LaCr0.4Ag0.6O3 and LaCr0.7Ag0.3O3 prepared by decomposing the precursor complex is studied. Pure LaCrO3 is synthesized by combustion route using oxalic acid as a fuel. The decomposition behaviour of the assynthesized powder obtained in the latter method is characterized by TGA-DTA and XRD. Both the precursor complex and the as-synthesized powder are calcined at 900°C for 7 and 10 h, respectively. XRD of the final product after calcinations indicated the formation of perovskite phase with minor amounts of impurity phases of component oxides in the Ag-doped lanthanum chromites and pure perovskite phase in the undoped one. The surface morphology of the perovskites is studied by SEM. The electrocatalytic activity of the perovskite powders for borohydride oxidation is studied by using cyclic voltammetry (CV) at a catalyst loading of 0.7 mgcm−2 for both Ag-doped and undoped LaCrO3 coated on glassy carbon substrate. Calibration plots are obtained by plotting the anodic peak current versus concentration of borohydride in the range of 20-100 mM. The sensitivities of the three perovskites towards borohydride oxidation indicated that LaCr0.4Ag0.6O3 is the best among all the perovskites studied giving a value of 1.395 A/mM.

  1. Rational Design of Solution-Processed Ti-Fe-O Ternary Oxides for Efficient Planar CH3NH3PbI3 Perovskite Solar Cells with Suppressed Hysteresis.

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    Li, Xin; Hao, Feng; Zhao, Xingyue; Yin, Xuewen; Yao, Zhibo; Guo, Ying; Shen, Heping; Lin, Hong

    2017-09-28

    Electron-extraction layer (EEL) plays a critical role in determining the charge extraction and the power conversion efficiencies of the organometal-halide perovskite solar cells (PSCs). In this work, Ti-Fe-O ternary oxides were first developed to work as an efficient EEL in planar PSC. Compared with the widely used TiOx and the pure FeOx, the ternary composites show superior properties in multiple aspects including the excellent stability of the precursor solution, good coverage on the substrates, outstanding electrical properties, and suitable energy levels. By varying the Fe content from 0 to 100% in the Ti-Fe-O composites, the conductivity of the resultant compact layer was markedly improved, confirmed by consistent results from the conductive atomic force microscopy and the linear sweep voltammetry measurements. Meanwhile, the compositional engineering tunes the energy level alignment of the Ti-Fe-O EEL/CH3NH3PbI3 interface to a region that is favorable for obtaining excellent charge-extraction property. The combinational advantages of the Ti-Fe-O composites significantly improved the photovoltaic performance of the as-prepared solar cells. An increase of over 20% in the short-circuit current (JSC) density has been achieved due to a modified EEL conductivity and energy alignment with the perovskite layer. The reduction in the surface recombination and enhancement of the charge collection efficiency also result in about 15% increase in the fill factor. Notably, the device also showed remarkably alleviated hysteresis behavior, revealing a prominently inhibited surface recombination.

  2. Alkane oxidation with porphyrins and metal complexes thereof having haloalkyl side chains

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    Wijesekera, Tilak; Lyons, James E.; Ellis, Jr., Paul E.; Bhinde, Manoj V.

    1998-01-01

    Transition metal complexes of meso-haloalkylporphyrins, wherein the haloalkyl groups contain 2 to 8 carbon atoms have been found to be highly effective catalysts for oxidation of alkanes and for the decomposition of hydroperoxides.

  3. Ruthenium or osmium complexes and their uses as catalysts for water oxidation

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    Corbea, Javier Jesus Concepcion; Chen, Zuofeng; Jurss, Jonah Wesley; Templeton, Joseph L.; Hoertz, Paul; Meyer, Thomas J.

    2013-09-03

    The present invention provides ruthenium or osmium complexes and their uses as a catalyst for catalytic water oxidation. Another aspect of the invention provides an electrode and photo-electrochemical cells for electrolysis of water molecules.

  4. Ruthenium or osmium complexes and their uses as catalysts for water oxidation

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    Corbea, Javier Jesus Concepcion; Chen, Zoufeng; Jurss, Jonah Wesley; Templeton, Joseph L.; Hoertz, Paul; Meyer, Thomas J.

    2016-06-07

    The present invention provides ruthenium or osmium complexes and their uses as a catalyst for catalytic water oxidation. Another aspect of the invention provides an electrode and photo-electrochemical cells for electrolysis of water molecules.

  5. Investigation of CaIr1-xPtxO3 and CaIr0.5Rh0.5O3 : structural properties, physical properties and stabilising conditions for post-perovskite oxides

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    Hirai, Shigeto

    2011-01-01

    Our understanding of the nature of Earth’s D” region was changed significantly by a recent finding by Murakami et al. (2004), who revealed a phase transition from perovskite to post-perovskite structure in MgSiO3 at about 125 GPa and 2500 K, corresponding to conditions of the lowermost mantle. A perovskite to post-perovskite phase transition accounts for many unusual features of the D” region, including its notable seismic anisotropy, and also accounts for the unusual topology of the D” disco...

  6. Vibrational spectroscopy on protons and deuterons in proton conducting perovskites

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    Glerup, M.; Poulsen, F.W.; Berg, R.W.

    2002-01-01

    A short review of IR-spectroscopy on protons in perovskite structure oxides is given. The nature of possible proton sites, libration and combination tones and degree of hydrogen bonding is emphasised. Three new spectroscopic experiments and/or interpretations are presented. An IR-microscopy exper......A short review of IR-spectroscopy on protons in perovskite structure oxides is given. The nature of possible proton sites, libration and combination tones and degree of hydrogen bonding is emphasised. Three new spectroscopic experiments and/or interpretations are presented. An IR...

  7. Eu(Ⅲ) complexes involving 1,3,5-triazine diphosphine oxides

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    O.Pietraszkiewicz; M.Pietraszkiewicz; J.Karpiuk; M.Jesie(n)

    2009-01-01

    The 1,3,5-triazine diphosphine oxide ligands with donor-acceptor properties formed strong complexes with europium(Ⅲ) ion in acetonitrile.Spectrophotometric titrations and mass spectra indicated that two ligands coordinated to one europium ion.The stability constants varied from 11.64 to 14.60 (log β).Binary complexes exhibited rather weak luminescence in solution.1,3,5-triazine diphosphine oxides engaged as co-ligands in Eu(Ⅲ) (2-thenoyltrifluoroacetonate)3 complex contributed to the overall photoluminescence and allowed for excitation with longer wavelengths than the parent complex.

  8. Superconducting interfaces between insulating oxides.

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    Reyren, N; Thiel, S; Caviglia, A D; Kourkoutis, L Fitting; Hammerl, G; Richter, C; Schneider, C W; Kopp, T; Rüetschi, A-S; Jaccard, D; Gabay, M; Muller, D A; Triscone, J-M; Mannhart, J

    2007-08-31

    At interfaces between complex oxides, electronic systems with unusual electronic properties can be generated. We report on superconductivity in the electron gas formed at the interface between two insulating dielectric perovskite oxides, LaAlO3 and SrTiO3. The behavior of the electron gas is that of a two-dimensional superconductor, confined to a thin sheet at the interface. The superconducting transition temperature of congruent with 200 millikelvin provides a strict upper limit to the thickness of the superconducting layer of congruent with 10 nanometers.

  9. Homogeneous Photocatalytic Water Oxidation with a Dinuclear Co(III)-Pyridylmethylamine Complex.

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    Ishizuka, Tomoya; Watanabe, Atsuko; Kotani, Hiroaki; Hong, Dachao; Satonaka, Kenta; Wada, Tohru; Shiota, Yoshihito; Yoshizawa, Kazunari; Ohara, Kazuaki; Yamaguchi, Kentaro; Kato, Satoshi; Fukuzumi, Shunichi; Kojima, Takahiko

    2016-02-01

    A bis-hydroxo-bridged dinuclear Co(III)-pyridylmethylamine complex (1) was synthesized and the crystal structure was determined by X-ray crystallography. Complex 1 acts as a homogeneous catalyst for visible-light-driven water oxidation by persulfate (S2O8(2-)) as an oxidant with [Ru(II)(bpy)3](2+) (bpy = 2,2'-bipyridine) as a photosensitizer affording a high quantum yield (44%) with a large turnover number (TON = 742) for O2 formation without forming catalytically active Co-oxide (CoO(x)) nanoparticles. In the water-oxidation process, complex 1 undergoes proton-coupled electron-transfer (PCET) oxidation as a rate-determining step to form a putative dinuclear bis-μ-oxyl Co(III) complex (2), which has been suggested by DFT calculations. Catalytic water oxidation by 1 using [Ru(III)(bpy)3](3+) as an oxidant in a H2(16)O and H2(18)O mixture was examined to reveal an intramolecular O-O bond formation in the two-electron-oxidized bis-μ-oxyl intermediate, prior to the O2 evolution.

  10. Perovskite photonic sources

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    Sutherland, Brandon R.; Sargent, Edward H.

    2016-05-01

    The field of solution-processed semiconductors has made great strides; however, it has yet to enable electrically driven lasers. To achieve this goal, improved materials are required that combine efficient (>50% quantum yield) radiative recombination under high injection, large and balanced charge-carrier mobilities in excess of 10 cm2 V-1 s-1, free-carrier densities greater than 1017 cm-3 and gain coefficients exceeding 104 cm-1. Solid-state perovskites are -- in addition to galvanizing the field of solar electricity -- showing great promise in photonic sources, and may be the answer to realizing solution-cast laser diodes. Here, we discuss the properties of perovskites that benefit light emission, review recent progress in perovskite electroluminescent diodes and optically pumped lasers, and examine the remaining challenges in achieving continuous-wave and electrically driven lasing.

  11. Pneumococcal Gene Complex Involved in Resistance to Extracellular Oxidative Stress

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    Andisi, Vahid Farshchi; Hinojosa, Cecilia A.; de Jong, Anne; Kuipers, Oscar P.; Orihuela, Carlos J.; Bijlsma, Jetta J. E.; Weiser, J.N.

    2012-01-01

    Streptococcus pneumoniae is a Gram-positive bacterium which is a member of the normal human nasopharyngeal flora but can also cause serious disease such as pneumonia, bacteremia, and meningitis. Throughout its life cycle, S. pneumoniae is exposed to significant oxidative stress derived from endogeno

  12. Oxidative effect of several intravenous iron complexes in the rat.

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    Bailie, George R; Schuler, Catherine; Leggett, Robert E; Li, Hsin; Li, Hsin-Dat; Patadia, Hiten; Levin, Robert

    2013-06-01

    The objective of this study was to compare the oxidative stress induced in rat internal organs by the administration of the following clinically used intravenous (IV) iron (Fe) containing compounds: iron sucrose (IS), iron dextran (ID), ferric carboxymaltose and ferumoxytol. Groups of six adult rats received 1 mg/kg of each compound weekly for 5 doses. Seven days following the last dose, animals were euthanized and tissue samples of heart, lung, liver, and kidney were obtained, washed in warmed saline and frozen under liquid nitrogen and stored at -80 °C for analysis for nitrotyrosine (NT) and dinitro phenyl (DNP) as markers of oxidative stress. All tissues showed a similar pattern of oxidative stress. All Fe products stimulated an increase in the tissue concentration of both NT and DNP. In general, DNP was stimulated significantly less than NT except for IS. DNP was stimulated to an equal degree except for ID where NT was significantly higher than the NT concentrations in all other Fe compounds. ID produced over 10-fold the concentration of NT than any other Fe. IV Fe compounds present a risk of oxidative stress to a variety of internal organs. However, we found that IS was the least damaging and ID was the worst.

  13. A redox-stable direct-methane solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) with Sr2FeNb0.2Mo0.8O6-δ double perovskite as anode material

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    Ding, Hanping; Tao, Zetian; Liu, Shun; Yang, Yating

    2016-09-01

    Development of high-performing and redox-stable ceramic oxide electrode materials is a crucial technical step for direct hydrocarbon solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) operating at intermediate temperatures (550-700 °C). Here we report a nickel-free double perovskite, Sr2FeNb0.2Mo0.8O6-δ (SFNM20), for SOFC anode, and this anode shows outstanding performances with high resistance against carbon build-up and redox cycling in hydrocarbon fuels. At 800 °C, the SFNM20 anode shows electrical conductivity of 5.3 S cm-1 in 5% H2 and peak power densities of 520 and 380 mW cm-2 using H2 and CH4 as the fuel, respectively. The cell exhibits a very stable performance under different constant current loads in H2 and CH4 at 700 °C and high redox stability against the gas environment changes in the anode chamber. In addition, the electrode is structurally stable in various fuels, suggesting that it is a feasible material candidate for the electrode of high-performing SOFCs.

  14. Mn valence state and electrode performance of perovskite-type cathode La0.8Sr0.2Mn1−CuO3− ( = 0, 0.2) for intermediate-temperature solid oxide fuel cells

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    Taimin Noh; Jinseong Kim; Yongtae Kim; Ho Hwan Chun; Min-Seok Jeon; Heesoo Lee

    2013-12-01

    Cu-free and Cu-doped LSM system, La0.8Sr0.2Mn1−CuO3− ( = 0, 0.2), with perovskite structure were prepared using an EDTA combined citrate process and the effects of Cu ion at B-site were investigated. Electrical conductivity and polarization resistance of the Cu-doped LSM were 210 S.cm-1 at 750 °C, and 2.54 . cm2 at 800 °C, respectively which were better than those of the Cu-free LSM. This indicated that the electrode performance of LSM was improved by the addition of Cu. The oxidation state of Mn ions increased with addition of Cu. The increase in the oxidation state of Mn ions was due to the formation of Mn4+ ions and oxygen vacancies. The addition of Cu ions to LSM systems could lead to enhanced electrode performance for oxygen reduction reactions originating from the change in valence of Mn ions.

  15. Electrospun Perovskite Nanofibers

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    Chen, Dongsheng; Zhu, Yanyan

    2017-02-01

    CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite nanofibers were synthesized by versatile electrospinning techniques. The synthetic CH3NH3PbI3 nanofibers were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, thermogravimetric analysis, and photoluminescence. As counter electrodes, the synthesized nanofibers increased the performance of the dye-sensitized solar cells from 1.58 to 2.09%. This improvement was attributed to the enhanced smoothness and efficiency of the electron transport path. Thus, CH3NH3PbI3 perovskites nanofibers are potential alternative to platinum counter electrodes in dye-sensitized solar cells.

  16. [Noncovalent complexes between alpha-chymotrypsin and block copolymers from ethylene and propylene oxides].

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    Topchieva, I N; Snitko, Ia E; Efremova, N V; Sorokina, E M

    1995-01-01

    The ability of alpha-chymotrypsin to form complexes with amphiphilic block copolymer of ethylene oxide and propylene oxide upon heating up to 44-60 degrees C has been demonstrated for the first time. Depending on temperature and the initial component ratio, some complexes were obtained which varied in both composition and enzymatic activity. With a rise in the complexation temperature, the polymer content in the complex increased, while the enzymatic activity of the complex decreases. The complexes are very stable in water, but dissociate in 8 M urea and are characterized by enhanced thermal stability as compared with the original enzyme. It is assumed that both hydrophobic interactions and hydrogen bonds between the components are involved in the complex formation.

  17. High-temperature Thermoelectric and Microstructural Characteristics of Ga Substituted on the Co-site in Cobalt-based Oxides

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    Van Nong, Ngo; Yanagiya, S.; Sonne, Monica;

    2011-01-01

    The effects of Ga substitution on the Co-site on the high-temperature thermoelectric properties and microstructure are investigated for the misfitlayered Ca3Co4O9 and the complex perovskite-related Sr3RECo4O10.5 (RE = rare earth) cobalt-based oxides. For both systems, substitution of Ga for Co re...

  18. Efficient methylammonium lead iodide perovskite solar cells with active layers from 300 to 900 nm

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    C. Momblona

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available Efficient methylammonium lead iodide perovskite-based solar cells have been prepared in which the perovskite layer is sandwiched in between two organic charge transporting layers that block holes and electrons, respectively. This configuration leads to stable and reproducible devices that do not suffer from strong hysteresis effects and when optimized lead to efficiencies close to 15%. The perovskite layer is formed by using a dual-source thermal evaporation method, whereas the organic layers are processed from solution. The dual-source thermal evaporation method leads to smooth films and allows for high precision thickness variations. Devices were prepared with perovskite layer thicknesses ranging from 160 to 900 nm. The short-circuit current observed for these devices increased with increasing perovskite layer thickness. The main parameter that decreases with increasing perovskite layer thickness is the fill factor and as a result optimum device performance is obtained for perovskite layer thickness around 300 nm. However, here we demonstrate that with a slightly oxidized electron blocking layer the fill factor for the solar cells with a perovskite layer thickness of 900 nm increases to the same values as for the devices with thin perovskite layers. As a result the power conversion efficiencies for the cells with 300 and 900 nm are very similar, 12.7% and 12%, respectively.

  19. Efficient methylammonium lead iodide perovskite solar cells with active layers from 300 to 900 nm

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    Momblona, C.; Malinkiewicz, O.; Soriano, A.; Gil-Escrig, L.; Bandiello, E.; Scheepers, M.; Bolink, H. J., E-mail: henk.bolink@uv.es [Instituto de Ciencia Molecular, Universidad de Valencia, C/Catedrático J. Beltrán 2, 46980 Paterna, Valencia (Spain); Roldán-Carmona, C. [Instituto de Ciencia Molecular, Universidad de Valencia, C/Catedrático J. Beltrán 2, 46980 Paterna, Valencia (Spain); Department of Physical Chemistry and Applied Thermodynamics, University of Córdoba, Campus Rabanales, Ed. C3, 14014, Córdoba (Spain); Edri, E. [Department of Materials and Interfaces, Weizmann Institute of Science, Herzl St. 34, Rehovot 76100 (Israel)

    2014-08-01

    Efficient methylammonium lead iodide perovskite-based solar cells have been prepared in which the perovskite layer is sandwiched in between two organic charge transporting layers that block holes and electrons, respectively. This configuration leads to stable and reproducible devices that do not suffer from strong hysteresis effects and when optimized lead to efficiencies close to 15%. The perovskite layer is formed by using a dual-source thermal evaporation method, whereas the organic layers are processed from solution. The dual-source thermal evaporation method leads to smooth films and allows for high precision thickness variations. Devices were prepared with perovskite layer thicknesses ranging from 160 to 900 nm. The short-circuit current observed for these devices increased with increasing perovskite layer thickness. The main parameter that decreases with increasing perovskite layer thickness is the fill factor and as a result optimum device performance is obtained for perovskite layer thickness around 300 nm. However, here we demonstrate that with a slightly oxidized electron blocking layer the fill factor for the solar cells with a perovskite layer thickness of 900 nm increases to the same values as for the devices with thin perovskite layers. As a result the power conversion efficiencies for the cells with 300 and 900 nm are very similar, 12.7% and 12%, respectively.

  20. Structures and stabilities of trivalent and tetravalent rare earth ions in sevenfold and eightfold coordination in fluorite-related complex oxides

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    Morss, L.R.

    1991-12-31

    This paper reports the preparation and characterization of a series of oxides containing 3+ or 4+ lanthanide (M = Ce, Pr, or Tb) ions, with different ionic sizes and varying M{sup 4+}/M{sup 3+} reduction potentials, in nearly cubic coordination. The objective of the study was to demonstrate how oxidation-reduction characteristics and ionic size trends explain the properties of these oxides and to compare the oxidation-reduction stability of M{sup 3+} and M{sup 4+} lanthanide ions in high (CN 7 or 8) coordination in fluorite-related oxides versus low (CN 6) coordination in perovskite oxides. Efficient preparative methods are reported, as well as powder diffraction and thermogravimetric measurements for oxides CaMTi{sub 2}O{sub 7-x} and CaMZr{sub 2}O{sub 7-x}. These oxides were characterized by X-ray powder diffraction and by thermogravimetric analysis. CaCeTi{sub 2}O{sub 7} is a pyrochlore, a = 10.142(4) {Angstrom}, with Ce{sup 4+} much more easily reducible than in the perovskite BaCeO{sub 3}. By contrast, a preparation with the stoichiometry ``CaPbTi{sub 2}O{sub 7-x}`` is a two-phase mixture-of perovskite CaTiCo{sub 3} and a presumably Pr{sup 3+}-rich pyrochlore Pr{sub 2}Ti{sub 2}O{sub 7}(?). CaTbTi{sub 2}O{sub 7-x} appears to be a Tb{sup 3+} pyrochlore, a = 10.149(2) {Angstrom}. CaCeZr{sub 2}O{sub 7} is a pyrochlore, a = 10.524(1) {Angstrom}. A preparation of ``CaPbZr{sub 2}O{sub 7-x}`` also appeared to yield a two-phase mixture, perovskite CaZrO{sub 3} and pyrochlore Pr{sub 2}Zr{sub 2}O{sub 7}. In this paper, the structures, f-element ion sites, and M(4)-M(3) stability trends in the CaMTi{sub 2}O{sub 7-x} and CaMZr{sub 2}O{sub 7-x} oxides are compared with the structural and stability trends in the perovskites BaMO{sub 3} which have M{sup 4+} ions in sixfold (tilted octahedra) coordination.

  1. Structures and stabilities of trivalent and tetravalent rare earth ions in sevenfold and eightfold coordination in fluorite-related complex oxides

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    Morss, L.R.

    1991-01-01

    This paper reports the preparation and characterization of a series of oxides containing 3+ or 4+ lanthanide (M = Ce, Pr, or Tb) ions, with different ionic sizes and varying M{sup 4+}/M{sup 3+} reduction potentials, in nearly cubic coordination. The objective of the study was to demonstrate how oxidation-reduction characteristics and ionic size trends explain the properties of these oxides and to compare the oxidation-reduction stability of M{sup 3+} and M{sup 4+} lanthanide ions in high (CN 7 or 8) coordination in fluorite-related oxides versus low (CN 6) coordination in perovskite oxides. Efficient preparative methods are reported, as well as powder diffraction and thermogravimetric measurements for oxides CaMTi{sub 2}O{sub 7-x} and CaMZr{sub 2}O{sub 7-x}. These oxides were characterized by X-ray powder diffraction and by thermogravimetric analysis. CaCeTi{sub 2}O{sub 7} is a pyrochlore, a = 10.142(4) {Angstrom}, with Ce{sup 4+} much more easily reducible than in the perovskite BaCeO{sub 3}. By contrast, a preparation with the stoichiometry CaPbTi{sub 2}O{sub 7-x}'' is a two-phase mixture-of perovskite CaTiCo{sub 3} and a presumably Pr{sup 3+}-rich pyrochlore Pr{sub 2}Ti{sub 2}O{sub 7}( ). CaTbTi{sub 2}O{sub 7-x} appears to be a Tb{sup 3+} pyrochlore, a = 10.149(2) {Angstrom}. CaCeZr{sub 2}O{sub 7} is a pyrochlore, a = 10.524(1) {Angstrom}. A preparation of CaPbZr{sub 2}O{sub 7-x}'' also appeared to yield a two-phase mixture, perovskite CaZrO{sub 3} and pyrochlore Pr{sub 2}Zr{sub 2}O{sub 7}. In this paper, the structures, f-element ion sites, and M(4)-M(3) stability trends in the CaMTi{sub 2}O{sub 7-x} and CaMZr{sub 2}O{sub 7-x} oxides are compared with the structural and stability trends in the perovskites BaMO{sub 3} which have M{sup 4+} ions in sixfold (tilted octahedra) coordination.

  2. Ferroelectric perovskite nanopowders obtained by mechanochemical synthesis

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    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available Simple perovskite nanopowders were fabricated by mechanochemical synthesis. High-energy milling process of respective oxides, leading to production of ferroelectric perovskites, was carefully investigated and characterized by X-ray diffraction, electron microscopy and X-ray excited photoelectron spectroscopy. It has been found that: (i the powder consists of loosely packed grains with a broad distribution of sizes between a few nm and 45 nm, (ii the grains possess core/shell structure, (iii the grain core of sizes larger than about 20 nm exhibits well developed crystalline structure, (iv the grains are coated by structurally disordered (amorphous shell. Intermediate phases have been found in the process of PbTiO3 mechanosynthesis only. The obtained nanopowders were used for preparation of dense ceramics.

  3. A Review of ABO3 Perovskite Photocatalysts for Water Splitting

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    Zhang Hongjie; Chen Gang; Li Zhonghua; Liu Jiangwen

    2007-01-01

    Photocatalysts with perovskites for hydrogen production from aqueous solution were reviewed. Among the most of metal oxide photocatalysts, the family of ABO3 Perovskite-type oxide shows higher photocatalytie activity, especially alkaline earth titanate and alkali tantalate. Therein, sodium tantalate showed the highest activity for water splitting. The reasons for the high photocatalytic activity of ABO3 perovskties are considered to the diverse and flexible crystal structure. The photocatalytic activity of ABO3 perovskties can be improved by doping other element at A site, B site or O site and loading CO-catalysts such as NiO and Pt. In this paper, the mechanism of photocatalytic water splitting, the structure of ABO3 perovsktie, and Perovskite-type photocatalysts were reviewed.

  4. Intergrowth in complex bismuth oxides, Bi 2CaNa n-2 Nb nO 3 n+3 ( n = 5 ˜ 8), revealed by 1-MV high-resolution electron microscopy

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    Horiuchi, Shigeo; Muramatsu, Kunitaka; Shimazu, Masaji

    1980-08-01

    A complex bismuth oxide crystal, prepared by heating powders with a nominal composition Bi 2CaNb 2O 9·4NaNbO 3, is composed of several phases, Bi 2CaNa n-2 Nb nO 3 n+3 , mainly with n = 5-8. One-megavolt high-resolution electron microscopy reveals that the structure of each phase is constructed by perovskite-like layers interleaved with Bi 2O 2 sheets. Any one of these phases grows only in limited regions, in which other phases with different values of n intergrow very finely. This causes a characteristic intensity profile on the diffraction pattern. Experimental evidence on the reaction of the crystal with water is presented.

  5. Synthesis, characterization, and antibacterial activities of a novel nanohydroxyapatite/zinc oxide complex.

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    Zhou, G.; Li, Yubao; Xiao, W.; Zhang, L.; Zuo, Y.; Xue, J.; Jansen, J.A.

    2008-01-01

    Nanohydroxyapatite (n-HA)/zinc oxide (ZnO) complex was synthesized by a direct precipitation method, and the antibacterial capability and antibacterial mechanism of this complex were investigated in this article. Transmission electron microscope (TEM), Fourier transform infrared, X-ray photoelectron

  6. Connecting mononuclear dysprosium single-molecule magnets to form dinuclear complexes via in situ ligand oxidation.

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    Yutronkie, Nathan J; Kühne, Irina A; Korobkov, Ilia; Brusso, Jaclyn L; Murugesu, Muralee

    2016-01-14

    A Dy2 complex, exhibiting SMM behaviour, and its Y analogue were prepared via in situ oxidation of Py2TTA, a pincer type ligand, followed by dimerisation. This unique metal complexation and subsequent dimerization were followed by solution NMR studies.

  7. Water exchange in manganese-based water-oxidizing catalysts in photosynthetic systems: from the water-oxidizing complex in photosystem II to nano-sized manganese oxides.

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    Najafpour, Mohammad Mahdi; Isaloo, Mohsen Abbasi; Eaton-Rye, Julian J; Tomo, Tatsuya; Nishihara, Hiroshi; Satoh, Kimiyuki; Carpentier, Robert; Shen, Jian-Ren; Allakhverdiev, Suleyman I

    2014-09-01

    The water-oxidizing complex (WOC), also known as the oxygen-evolving complex (OEC), of photosystem II in oxygenic photosynthetic organisms efficiently catalyzes water oxidation. It is, therefore, responsible for the presence of oxygen in the Earth's atmosphere. The WOC is a manganese-calcium (Mn₄CaO₅(H₂O)₄) cluster housed in a protein complex. In this review, we focus on water exchange chemistry of metal hydrates and discuss the mechanisms and factors affecting this chemical process. Further, water exchange rates for both the biological cofactor and synthetic manganese water splitting are discussed. The importance of fully unveiling the water exchange mechanism to understand the chemistry of water oxidation is also emphasized here. This article is part of a special issue entitled: photosynthesis research for sustainability: keys to produce clean energy.

  8. (Bi0.15La0.27Sr0.53)(Co0.25Fe0.75)O3-δ perovskite: A novel cathode material for intermediate temperature solid oxide fuel cells

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    Khaerudini, Deni S.; Guan, Guoqing; Zhang, Peng; Xiaoketi, Pairuzha; Hao, Xiaogang; Wang, Zhongde; Kasai, Yutaka; Abudula, Abuliti

    2016-12-01

    Perovskite oxides (Bi0.15La0.27Sr0.53)x(Co0.25Fe0.75)O3-δ (BiLSCFx, x = 0.8, 0.9, 1.0, 1.1) have been synthesized by solid state reaction and evaluated as a novel cathode material for intermediate-temperature solid oxide fuel cells (IT-SOFCs). The effects of A-site variations on lattice structure, calcination temperature, oxygen desorption and electrochemical properties of BiLSCFx are investigated. This kind of material has perfectly cubic structure based on the Pm-3m space group whose lattice size increases with x, which is thermally stable after calcination and shows desirable chemical compatibility with La0.8Sr0.2Ga0.8Mg0.2O3-δ electrolyte at 1150 °C for 8 h under air atmosphere. Among those A-site variations, it is found that BiLSCF0.9 demonstrates the best cathode performance. It has the minimum polarization resistance value of 0.039 Ω cm2 at 700 °C and α-oxygen desorbed about 0.031 mmol g-1, indicating a good reactivity and strong adsorbate of O2. The single cell with BiLSCF0.9 cathode delivers a power density of 0.66 W cm-2 at 700 °C with humidified H2 (∼3% H2O) as the fuel and ambient air as the oxidant. In addition, the cell shows sufficient stability with ∼9% degradation over 75 h at 600 °C. It indicates that BiLSCF0.9 is a promising candidate for application as cathode material in IT-SOFCs.

  9. Controlled synthesis, formation mechanism, and carbon oxidation properties of Ho2Cu2O5 nanoplates prepared with a coordination-complex method

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    Guo, Rui; You, Junhua; Han, Fei; Li, Chaoyang; Zheng, Guiyuan; Xiao, Weicheng; Liu, Xuanwen

    2017-02-01

    Ho2Cu2O5 nanoplates with perovskite structures were synthesized via a simple solution method (SSM) and a coordination-complex method (CCM) using [HoCu(3,4-pdc)2(OAc)(H2O)3]·8H2O (L = 3,4-pyridinedicarboxylic acid) as a precursor. The CCM was also performed in an N2 environment (CCMN) under various calcination conditions. The crystallization processes were characterized using X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. Ho2Cu2O5 formed through the diffusion of CuO into Ho2O3 particles. Cu2+ diffused faster than Ho3+ during this process. The initial products of CCMN (along with the thermal decomposition products) were initially laminarized in the N2 atmosphere, which prevented the growth of CuO particles and decreased the size of the Ho2Cu2O5 particles. The final Ho2Cu2O5 particles from CCMN had a nanoplate morphology with an average thickness of 75 nm. The decomposition of organic molecules and protection from N2 played important roles in determining the morphology of the resulting Ho2Cu2O5. The catalytic oxidation activity of Ho2Cu2O5 samples for carbon was characterized using a specific surface area measurement and thermogravimetric analysis, which revealed that the samples produced by CCMN had the highest catalytic activity.

  10. Dielectric spectroscopy of Ba(B1/2scriptB1/2script)O3 complex perovskite ceramics: Correlations between ionic parameters and microwave dielectric properties. I. Infrared reflectivity study (1012-1014 Hz)

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    Zurmühlen, Rudolf; Petzelt, Jan; Kamba, Stanislav; Voitsekhovskii, Valentin V.; Colla, Enrico; Setter, Nava

    1995-05-01

    An attempt has been undertaken to find a correlation between ionic parameters of ceramic materials and their complex permittivity at microwave frequencies. Ten Ba(B1/2'B1/2`)O3 complex perovskite compounds (B'=Y3+, In3+, Nd3+, Gd3+; B`=Nb5+, Ta5+ and B'=Mg2+, Cd2+, B`=W6+) are compared in order to study the effect of ionic radii, mass, and valence state on dielectric properties. Fourier transform infrared reflectivity spectra in the 30-4000 cm-1 range were measured and evaluated by means of Kramers-Kronig analysis and classical oscillator fit. The data were extrapolated below the measured frequency range to estimate the intrinsic microwave losses. The correlations between loss, permittivity, ionic size, mass, and effective charge and polar-phonon mode parameters were investigated. Ionic size was revealed to be the most important parameter, determining the tolerance factor of the structure packing and through this controlling the phonon frequencies and dampings as well as the extrapolated low-frequency intrinsic permittivity and loss. Nb5+ ions showed systematically higher dampings and greater tendencies towards disorder in comparison with Ta5+ compounds with the same tolerance factor. A steep increase in extrapolated loss with increasing permittivity was observed.

  11. Electrochemical Instability of Phosphonate-Derivatized, Ruthenium(III) Polypyridyl Complexes on Metal Oxide Surfaces.

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    Hyde, Jacob T; Hanson, Kenneth; Vannucci, Aaron K; Lapides, Alexander M; Alibabaei, Leila; Norris, Michael R; Meyer, Thomas J; Harrison, Daniel P

    2015-05-13

    The oxidative stability of the molecular components of dye-sensitized photoelectrosynthesis cells for solar water splitting remains to be explored systematically. We report here the results of an electrochemical study on the oxidative stability of ruthenium(II) polypyridyl complexes surface-bound to fluorine-doped tin oxide electrodes in acidic solutions and, to a lesser extent, as a function of pH and solvent with electrochemical monitoring. Desorption occurs for the Ru(II) forms of the surface-bound complexes with oxidation to Ru(III) enhancing both desorption and decomposition. Based on the results of long-term potential hold experiments with cyclic voltammetry monitoring, electrochemical oxidation to Ru(III) results in slow decomposition of the complex by 2,2'-bipyridine ligand loss and aquation and/or anation. A similar pattern of ligand loss was also observed for a known chromophore-catalyst assembly for both electrochemical water oxidation and photoelectrochemical water splitting. Our results are significant in identifying the importance of enhancing chromophore stability, or at least transient stability, in oxidized forms in order to achieve stable performance in aqueous environments in photoelectrochemical devices.

  12. High Performance Perovskite Solar Cells.

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    Tong, Xin; Lin, Feng; Wu, Jiang; Wang, Zhiming M

    2016-05-01

    Perovskite solar cells fabricated from organometal halide light harvesters have captured significant attention due to their tremendously low device costs as well as unprecedented rapid progress on power conversion efficiency (PCE). A certified PCE of 20.1% was achieved in late 2014 following the first study of long-term stable all-solid-state perovskite solar cell with a PCE of 9.7% in 2012, showing their promising potential towards future cost-effective and high performance solar cells. Here, notable achievements of primary device configuration involving perovskite layer, hole-transporting materials (HTMs) and electron-transporting materials (ETMs) are reviewed. Numerous strategies for enhancing photovoltaic parameters of perovskite solar cells, including morphology and crystallization control of perovskite layer, HTMs design and ETMs modifications are discussed in detail. In addition, perovskite solar cells outside of HTMs and ETMs are mentioned as well, providing guidelines for further simplification of device processing and hence cost reduction.

  13. Oxygen atom transfer to a half-sandwich iridium complex: clean oxidation yielding a molecular product.

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    Turlington, Christopher R; White, Peter S; Brookhart, Maurice; Templeton, Joseph L

    2014-03-12

    The oxidation of [Ir(Cp*)(phpy)(NCAr(F))][B(Ar(F))4] (1; Cp* = η(5)-pentamethylcyclopentadienyl, phpy = 2-phenylene-κC(1')-pyridine-κN, NCAr(F) = 3,5-bis(trifluoromethyl)benzonitrile, B(Ar(F))4 = tetrakis[3,5-bis(trifluoromethyl)phenyl]borate) with the oxygen atom transfer (OAT) reagent 2-tert-butylsulfonyliodosobenzene (sPhIO) yielded a single, molecular product at -40 °C. New Ir(Cp*) complexes with bidentate ligands derived by oxidation of phpy were synthesized to model possible products resulting from oxygen atom insertion into the iridium-carbon and/or iridium-nitrogen bonds of phpy. These new ligands were either cleaved from iridium by water or formed unreactive, phenoxide-bridged iridium dimers. The reactivity of these molecules suggested possible decomposition pathways of Ir(Cp*)-based water oxidation catalysts with bidentate ligands that are susceptible to oxidation. Monitoring the [Ir(Cp*)(phpy)(NCAr(F))](+) oxidation reaction by low-temperature NMR techniques revealed that the reaction involved two separate OAT events. An intermediate was detected, synthesized independently with trapping ligands, and characterized. The first oxidation step involves direct attack of the sPhIO oxidant on the carbon of the coordinated nitrile ligand. Oxygen atom transfer to carbon, followed by insertion into the iridium-carbon bond of phpy, formed a coordinated organic amide. A second oxygen atom transfer generated an unidentified iridium species (the "oxidized complex"). In the presence of triphenylphosphine, the "oxidized complex" proved capable of transferring one oxygen atom to phosphine, generating phosphine oxide and forming an Ir-PPh3 adduct in 92% yield. The final Ir-PPh3 product was fully characterized.

  14. Osmium(ii) complexes for light-driven aerobic oxidation of amines to imines.

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    Li, Yong-Hui; Liu, Xiao-Le; Yu, Zhen-Tao; Li, Zhao-Sheng; Yan, Shi-Cheng; Chen, Guang-Hui; Zou, Zhi-Gang

    2016-08-02

    Herein, we describe the synthesis and characterization of three Os(ii) complexes (i.e., [Os(fptz)2(PPhMe2)2] (1, fptzH = 3-trifluoromethyl-5-pyridyl-1,2,4-triazole), [Os(fptz)2(CO)(L1)] (2, L1 = PPh3; 3, L1 = pyridine)) that have been successfully utilized as good photocatalysts to promote aerobic oxidative coupling of amines to imines with molecular oxygen in air as a green oxidant. Complex 1 is the most effective catalyst for the oxidative coupling of benzylamine with molecular O2 (air) as the oxidant because of the complex's strong absorption of visible light and long-lived triplet state. The application of a low catalyst loading (0.06 mol%) of complex 1 to the oxidative coupling of a wide range of amines affords the corresponding imines efficiently and selectively in most cases. The reaction mechanism was investigated via relevant control and quenching experiments. The results indicated that the reaction occurs via an active (1)O2-involved pathway. The (1)O2-generating ability of complex 1 as a photosensitizer was evaluated using 9,10-dimethylanthracene (DMA) as a chemical trap for (1)O2.

  15. Investigating the Effect of Pyridine Vapor Treatment on Perovskite Solar Cells

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    Ong, Alison [SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States)

    2015-08-20

    Perovskite photovoltaics have recently come to prominence as a viable alternative to crystalline silicon based solar cells. In an effort to create consistent and high-quality films, we studied the effect of various annealing conditions as well as the effect of pyridine vapor treatment on mixed halide methylammonium lead perovskite films. Of six conditions tested, we found that annealing at 100°C for 90 minutes followed by 120°C for 15 minutes resulted in the purest perovskite. Perovskite films made using that condition were treated with pyridine for various amounts of time, and the effects on perovskite microstructure were studied using x-ray diffraction, UV-Vis spectroscopy, and time-resolved photoluminescence lifetime analysis (TRPL). A previous study found that pyridine vapor caused perovskite films to have higher photoluminescence intensity and become more homogenous. In this study we found that the effects of pyridine are more complex: while films appeared to become more homogenous, a decrease in bulk photoluminescence lifetime was observed. In addition, the perovskite bandgap appeared to decrease with increased pyridine treatment time. Finally, X-ray diffraction showed that pyridine vapor treatment increased the perovskite (110) peak intensity but also often gave rise to new unidentified peaks, suggesting the formation of a foreign species. It was observed that the intensity of this unknown species had an inverse correlation with the increase in perovskite peak intensity, and also seemed to be correlated with the decrease in TRPL lifetime.

  16. Investigating the Effect of Pyridine Vapor Treatment on Perovskite Solar Cells - Oral Presentation

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    Ong, Alison J. [SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States)

    2015-08-25

    Perovskite photovoltaics have recently come to prominence as a viable alternative to crystalline silicon based solar cells. In an effort to create consistent and high-quality films, we studied the effect of various annealing conditions as well as the effect of pyridine vapor treatment on mixed halide methylammonium lead perovskite films. Of six conditions tested, we found that annealing at 100 degree Celsius for 90 minutes followed by 120 degree Celsius for 15 minutes resulted in the purest perovskite. Perovskite films made using that condition were treated with pyridine for various amounts of time, and the effects on perovskite microstructure were studied using x-ray diffraction, UV-Vis spectroscopy, and time-resolved photoluminescence lifetime analysis (TRPL). A previous study found that pyridine vapor caused perovskite films to have higher photoluminescence intensity and become more homogenous. In this study we found that the effects of pyridine are more complex: while films appeared to become more homogenous, a decrease in bulkphotoluminescence lifetime was observed. In addition, the perovskite bandgap appeared to decrease with increased pyridine treatment time. Finally, X-ray diffraction showed that pyridine vapor treatment increased the perovskite (110) peak intensity but also often gave rise to new unidentified peaks, suggesting the formation of a foreign species. It was observed that the intensity of this unknown species had an inverse correlation with the increase in perovskite peak intensity, and also seemed to be correlated with the decrease in TRPL lifetime.

  17. Tunable photovoltaic effect and solar cell performance of self-doped perovskite SrTiO3

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    Jin, K. X.; Li, Y. F.; Wang, Z. L.; Peng, H. Y.; W. N. Lin; A. K. K. Kyaw; Jin, Y. L.; Jin, K. J.; Sun, X. W.; Soci, C.; Tom Wu

    2012-01-01

    We report on the tunable photovoltaic effect of self-doped single-crystal SrTiO3 (STO), a prototypical perovskite-structured complex oxide, and evaluate its performance in Schottky junction solar cells. The photovaltaic characteristics of vacuum-reduced STO single crystals are dictated by a thin surface layer with electrons donated by oxygen vacancies. Under UV illumination, a photovoltage of 1.1 V is observed in the as-received STO single crystal, while the sample reduced at 750 °C presents ...

  18. Low-temperature liquid precursors of crystalline metal oxides assisted by heterogeneous photocatalysis.

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    Bretos, Iñigo; Jiménez, Ricardo; Pérez-Mezcua, Dulce; Salazar, Norberto; Ricote, Jesús; Calzada, M Lourdes

    2015-04-24

    The photocatalytically assisted decomposition of liquid precursors of metal oxides incorporating TiO2 particles enables the preparation of functional layers from the ferroelectric Pb(Zr,Ti)O3 and multiferroic BiFeO3 perovskite systems at temperatures not exceeding 350 ºC. This enables direct deposition on flexible plastic, where the multifunctionality provided by these complex-oxide materials guarantees their potential use in next-generation flexible electronics.

  19. Triple-layered perovskite niobates CaRNb3O10 (R = La, Sm, Eu, Gd, Dy, Er, Yb, or Y): new self-activated oxides.

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    Qin, Lin; Wei, Donglei; Huang, Yanlin; Kim, Sun Il; Yu, Young Moon; Seo, Hyo Jin

    2013-09-16

    Niobates CaRNb3O10 (R = La, Sm, Eu, Gd, Dy, Er, Yb, or Y) were prepared by conventional high-temperature solid-state reaction. The formation of a single-phase compound with triple-layered perovskite-type structure was verified through X-ray diffraction (XRD) studies. The luminescence characteristics such as photoluminescence excitation and emission spectra, X-ray-excited luminescence (XEL), Stokes shift, decay curves, and color coordinates were investigated. The niobates can be efficiently excited by UV light and present luminescence behaviors with rich luminescence colors. Under excitation by ultraviolet radiation, CaRNb3O10 (R = La, Gd, Yb, or Y) exhibits strong blue luminescence due to the self-activation center of the octahedral NbO6 groups, even at room temperature. For the materials of composition CaRNb3O10 (R = Sm, Eu, Dy, or Er), the excitation at the host band produces a characteristic luminescence of rare earth ions, indicating a host-guest energy transfer process. CaRNb3O10 (R = Eu) has the strongest luminescence intensity, which can be efficiently excitated by near UV wavelength. It could be suggested to be a potential candidate for the application on near-UV excited white LEDs.

  20. Temperature and composition induced phase transitions in Sr2-xCa1+xTeO6 (0 ≤ x ≤ 2) double perovskite oxides

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    Tamraoui, Y.; Manoun, Bouchaib; Mirinioui, F.; Saadoune, I.; Haloui, R.; Elhachmi, A.; Saad, E.; Lazor, P.

    2017-03-01

    Structures of Sr2-xCa1+xTeO6 double perovskites have been studied by the profile analysis of X-ray diffraction data and Raman spectroscopy at room temperature. This series adopts a monoclinic symmetry for the compositions (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.5) with P21/n as space group and a triclinic system with P 1 bar space group for the compositions (0.5 < x ≤ 2). These results were confirmed by the observed tolerance factor calculated from the distances obtained from the Rietveld refinements which indicates that the true tilt system for the compositions range (0.5 < x ≤ 2) is the triclinic tilt system. Clear changes in the Raman modes centered at 600, 610 and 620 cm-1 and the FWHM of Osbnd Tesbnd O bending vibrations, centered at 738 cm-1 confirmed that the triclinic symmetry takes place between the compositions x = 0.5 and x = 1. Furthermore, Raman spectroscopy studies at high temperature were done for Ca3TeO6. For this compound, considerable changes in the temperature dependence of the modes were well illustrated.