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  1. Combinatorial Optimization of Transparent Conducting Oxides (TCOS) for PV

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    Perkins, J. D.; Taylor, M. P.; van Hest, M.F.A.M.; Teplin, C. W.; Alleman, J. L.; Dabney, M. S.; Gedvilas, L. M.; Keyes, B. M.; To, B.; Readey, D. W.; Delahoy, A. E.; Guo, S.; Ginley, D. S.

    2005-02-01

    Transparent conducting oxides (TCOs) can serve a variety of important functions in thin-film photovoltaics such as transparent electrical contacts, antireflection coatings, and chemical barriers. Two areas of particular interest are TCOs that can be deposited at low temperatures and TCOs with high carrier mobilities. We have employed combinatorial high-throughput approaches to investigate both these areas. Conductivities of s = 2500 W-1-cm-1 have been obtained for In-Zn-O (IZO) films deposited at 100 C and s > 5000 W-1-cm-1 for In-Ti-O (ITiO) and In-Mo-O (IMO) films deposited at 550 C. The highest mobility obtained was 83 cm2/V-s for ITiO deposited at 550 C.

  2. Transparent conducting oxides on polymeric substrates by pulsed laser deposition

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    Dekkers, Jan Matthijn

    2007-01-01

    This thesis describes the research on thin films of transparent conducting oxides (TCOs) on polymeric substrates manufactured by pulsed laser deposition (PLD). TCOs are an indispensable part in optoelectronic applications such as displays, solar cells, light-emitting diodes, etc. At present, in many

  3. Plasmonic resonances in nanostructured transparent conducting oxide films

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    Kim, Jongbum; Emani, Naresh K; Boltasseva, Alexandra

    2012-01-01

    Transparent conducting oxides (TCO) are emerging as possible alternative constituent materials to replace noble metals such as silver and gold for low-loss plasmonic and metamaterial (MMs) applications in the near infrared (NIR) regime. The optical characteristics of TCOs have been studied to evaluate the functionalities and potential of these materials as metal substitutes in plasmonic and MM devices, even apart from their usual use as electrode materials. However, patterning TCOs at the nanoscale, which is necessary for plasmonic and MM devices, is not well-studied. This paper investigates nanopatterning processes for TCOs, especially the lift-off technique with electron-beam lithography, and the realization of plasmonic nanostructures with TCOs. By employing the developed nanopatterning process, we fabricate 2D-periodic arrays of TCO nanodisks and characterize the material's plasmonic properties to evaluate the performance of TCOs as metal substitutes. Light-induced collective oscillations of the free elec...

  4. Frontier of n-type TCOs

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    Orita, Masahiro

    2002-03-01

    Transparent Conductive Oxides (TCOs) are widely used as transparent electrodes for solar cells and flat panel displays, and further progress in properties such as transparency in ultraviolet (UV) region, higher conductivity and extreme surface flatness are being pursued. We have studied TCOs developing their properties as transparent metals, concurrently with designing new functions as transparent semiconductors. Deep-UV TCO films are useful in fields of lithography, surface modification, anion generation, sterilization and so on, though conventional TCO films are opaque for light over 4 eV in photon energy. Recently, it was succeeded to dope with electrons into β-Ga_2O3 of 5 eV in band gap energy, realizing conductivity of 8 Scm-1. Highly conductive TCO films are widely used as transparent electrode in flat panel displays, and further enhancement in their conductivity has been required. A target was a value over 1 x 10^4 Scm-1 so far, which was achieved recently by preparing single crystalline film of tin doped In_2O_3, where high carrier generation efficiency and slight degradation in mobility resulted in a conductivity of 1.3 x 10^4 Scm-1. Atomically flat surface of 0.1 nm in R_ms was obtained in whole area of 10 x 10 mm substrate by tuning deposition conditions, which is quite advantageous as substrates for deposition of organic molecules. A complex oxide film of InGaO_3(ZnO)m is unique amorphous system on one hand, where Zn4s orbitals form conductive passes of electrons exhibiting conductivity of 400 Scm-1, and is a characteristic crystal system of YbFe_2O4 type layered structure on the other hand, which seems to be useful as a built-in modulated doping system for an enhanced conductivity. The crystal can also be considered as a natural super lattice so that various potential of new functions is expected.

  5. Highly improved transparent conductors by combination of TCOs and metallic grids

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    Deelen, J. van; Rendering, H.; Mannetje, H.H. 't; Huis in 't Veld, A.J.; Theelen, M.J.; Vroon, Z.A.E.P.; Poodt, P.W.G.; Hovestad, A.

    2010-01-01

    Transparent conductive oxides (TCOs) are widely used in optoelectronic applications and are a vital part in thin film solar cells. However, these materials have some drawback, such as brittleness and a maximum transmittance for a certain sheet resistance. Alternative materials, such as metal foils,

  6. Influence of the ``second gap'' on the optical absorption of transparent conducting oxides

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    Ha, Viet-Anh; Waroquiers, David; Rignanese, Gian-Marco; Hautier, Geoffroy

    Transparent conducting oxides (TCOs) are critical to many technologies (e.g., thin-film solar cells, flat-panel displays or organic light-emitting diodes). TCOs are heavily doped (n or p-type) oxides that satisfy many design criteria such as high transparency to visible light (i.e., a band gap > 3 eV), high concentration and mobility of carriers (leading to high conductivity), ... In such (highly doped) systems, optical transitions from the conduction band minimum to higher energy bands in n-type or from lower energy bands to the valence band maximum in p-type are possible and can degrade transparency. In fact, it has been claimed that a high energy (> 3eV) for any of these transitions made possible by doping, commonly referred as a high ``second gap'', is a necessary design criterion for high performance TCOs. Here, we study the influence of this second gap on the transparency of doped TCOs by using ab initio calculations within the random phase approximation (RPA) for several well-known p-type and n-type TCOs. Our work highlights how the second gap affects the transparency of doped TCOs, shining light on more accurate design criteria for high performance TCOs.

  7. P-type transparent conducting oxides

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    Zhang, Kelvin H. L.; Xi, Kai; Blamire, Mark G.; Egdell, Russell G.

    2016-09-01

    Transparent conducting oxides constitute a unique class of materials combining properties of electrical conductivity and optical transparency in a single material. They are needed for a wide range of applications including solar cells, flat panel displays, touch screens, light emitting diodes and transparent electronics. Most of the commercially available TCOs are n-type, such as Sn doped In2O3, Al doped ZnO, and F doped SnO2. However, the development of efficient p-type TCOs remains an outstanding challenge. This challenge is thought to be due to the localized nature of the O 2p derived valence band which leads to difficulty in introducing shallow acceptors and large hole effective masses. In 1997 Hosono and co-workers (1997 Nature 389 939) proposed the concept of ‘chemical modulation of the valence band’ to mitigate this problem using hybridization of O 2p orbitals with close-shell Cu 3d 10 orbitals. This work has sparked tremendous interest in designing p-TCO materials together with deep understanding the underlying materials physics. In this article, we will provide a comprehensive review on traditional and recently emergent p-TCOs, including Cu+-based delafossites, layered oxychalcogenides, nd 6 spinel oxides, Cr3+-based oxides (3d 3) and post-transition metal oxides with lone pair state (ns 2). We will focus our discussions on the basic materials physics of these materials in terms of electronic structures, doping and defect properties for p-type conductivity and optical properties. Device applications based on p-TCOs for transparent p-n junctions will also be briefly discussed.

  8. Nanostructured Transparent Conductive Oxide Films for Plasmonic Applications

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    Kim, Jongbum; Zhao, Yang; Naik, Gururaj V.;

    2013-01-01

    Transparent conductive oxides (TCOs) as substitutes to metals could offer many advantages for low-loss plasmonic and metamaterial (MM) applications in the near infrared (NIR) regime. By employing a lift-off process, we fabricated 2D-periodic arrays of TCO nanodisks and characterized the material'...

  9. 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.

  10. Phosphonic Acids for Interfacial Engineering of Transparent Conductive Oxides

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    Paniagua, Sergio A.

    2016-05-26

    Transparent conducting oxides (TCOs), such as indium tin oxide and zinc oxide, play an important role as electrode materials in organic-semiconductor devices. The properties of the inorganic-organic interface - the offset between the TCO Fermi level and the relevant transport level, the extent to which the organic semiconductor can wet the oxide surface, and the influence of the surface on semiconductor morphology - significantly affect device performance. This review surveys the literature on TCO modification with phosphonic acids (PAs), which has increasingly been used to engineer these interfacial properties. The first part outlines the relevance of TCO surface modification to organic electronics, surveys methods for the synthesis of PAs, discusses the modes by which they can bind to TCO surfaces, and compares PAs to alternative organic surface modifiers. The next section discusses methods of PA monolayer deposition, the kinetics of monolayer formation, and structural evidence regarding molecular orientation on TCOs. The next sections discuss TCO work-function modification using PAs, tuning of TCO surface energy using PAs, and initiation of polymerizations from TCO-tethered PAs. Finally, studies that examine the use of PA-modified TCOs in organic light-emitting diodes and organic photovoltaics are compared. © 2016 American Chemical Society.

  11. Effect of swift heavy ion (SHI) irradiation on transparent conducting oxide electrodes for dye-sensitized solar cell applications

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    Singh, Hemant Kr. [University School of Basic and Applied Sciences, Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, New Delhi (India); Avasthi, D.K. [Inter University Accelerator Center, Post Box 10502, New Delhi (India); Aggarwal, Shruti, E-mail: shruti.al@gmail.com [University School of Basic and Applied Sciences, Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, New Delhi (India)

    2015-06-15

    Highlights: •The objective is to study the effect of swift heavy ion (SHI) irradiation on photoanode of DSSC for better efficiency. •This work presents the effect of SHI irradiation on various Transparent conducting oxides (TCOs). •Effects are studied in terms of conductivity and transmittance of TCOs. •ITO-PET gives best results in comparison to ITO and FTO for DSSC application under SHI irradiation. -- Abstract: Transparent conducting oxides (TCOs) are used as electrodes in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) because of their properties such as high transmittance and low resistivity. In the present work, the effects of swift heavy ion (SHI) irradiation on various types of TCOs are presented. The objective of this study is to investigate the effect of SHI on TCOs. For the present study, three different types of TCOs are considered, namely, (a) FTO (fluorine-doped tin oxide, SnO{sub 2}:F) on a Nippon glass substrate, (b) ITO (indium tin oxide, In{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Sn) coated on polyethylene terephthalate (PET) on a Corning glass substrate, and (c) ITO on a Corning glass substrate. These films are irradiated with 120 MeV Ag{sup +9} ions at fluences ranging from 3.0 × 10{sup 11} ions/cm{sup 2} to 3.0 × 10{sup 13} ions/cm{sup 2}. The structural, morphological, optical and electrical properties are studied via X-ray diffraction (XRD), atomic force microscopy (AFM), UV–Vis absorption spectroscopy and four-probe resistivity measurements, respectively. The ITO-PET electrode is found to exhibit superior conductivity and transmittance properties in comparison with the others after irradiation and, therefore, to be the most suitable for solar cell applications.

  12. Hydrogen plasma treatment for improved conductivity in amorphous aluminum doped zinc tin oxide thin films

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    Morales-Masis, M., E-mail: monica.moralesmasis@epfl.ch; Ding, L.; Dauzou, F. [Photovoltaics and Thin-Film Electronics Laboratory (PVLab), Institute of Microengineering (IMT), Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne - EPFL, Rue de la Maladière 71b, CH-2002 Neuchatel (Switzerland); Jeangros, Q. [Interdisciplinary Centre for Electron Microscopy, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Lausanne (Switzerland); Hessler-Wyser, A. [Photovoltaics and Thin-Film Electronics Laboratory (PVLab), Institute of Microengineering (IMT), Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne - EPFL, Rue de la Maladière 71b, CH-2002 Neuchatel (Switzerland); Interdisciplinary Centre for Electron Microscopy, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Lausanne (Switzerland); Nicolay, S. [Centre Suisse d’Electronique et de Microtechnique (CSEM) SA, Rue Jaquet-Droz 1, CH-2002 Neuchatel (Switzerland); Ballif, C. [Photovoltaics and Thin-Film Electronics Laboratory (PVLab), Institute of Microengineering (IMT), Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne - EPFL, Rue de la Maladière 71b, CH-2002 Neuchatel (Switzerland); Centre Suisse d’Electronique et de Microtechnique (CSEM) SA, Rue Jaquet-Droz 1, CH-2002 Neuchatel (Switzerland)

    2014-09-01

    Improving the conductivity of earth-abundant transparent conductive oxides (TCOs) remains an important challenge that will facilitate the replacement of indium-based TCOs. Here, we show that a hydrogen (H{sub 2})-plasma post-deposition treatment improves the conductivity of amorphous aluminum-doped zinc tin oxide while retaining its low optical absorption. We found that the H{sub 2}-plasma treatment performed at a substrate temperature of 50 °C reduces the resistivity of the films by 57% and increases the absorptance by only 2%. Additionally, the low substrate temperature delays the known formation of tin particles with the plasma and it allows the application of the process to temperature-sensitive substrates.

  13. High-Work-Function Transparent Conductive Oxides with Multilayer Films

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    Song, Chunyan; Chen, Hong; Fan, Yi; Luo, Jinsong; Guo, Xiaoyang; Liu, Xingyuan

    2012-04-01

    Transparent conductive oxide (TCO) films using WO3/Ag/WO3 (WAW) were fabricated under room temperature conditions. WAW has a low sheet resistance of 12 Ω/sq and a work function of 6.334 eV. This is one of the TCOs with the highest work function. These properties make it useful for application in electroluminescent devices and solar cells. Both theoretical calculation and experimental results show that the two WO3 layers strongly affect transparency, while the Ag layer determines transmittance and electrical performances. These rules can be applied in all dielectric/metal/dielectric structures.

  14. Effect of swift heavy ion (SHI) irradiation on transparent conducting oxide electrodes for dye-sensitized solar cell applications

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    Singh, Hemant Kr.; Avasthi, D. K.; Aggarwal, Shruti

    2015-06-01

    Transparent conducting oxides (TCOs) are used as electrodes in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) because of their properties such as high transmittance and low resistivity. In the present work, the effects of swift heavy ion (SHI) irradiation on various types of TCOs are presented. The objective of this study is to investigate the effect of SHI on TCOs. For the present study, three different types of TCOs are considered, namely, (a) FTO (fluorine-doped tin oxide, SnO2:F) on a Nippon glass substrate, (b) ITO (indium tin oxide, In2O3:Sn) coated on polyethylene terephthalate (PET) on a Corning glass substrate, and (c) ITO on a Corning glass substrate. These films are irradiated with 120 MeV Ag+9 ions at fluences ranging from 3.0 × 1011 ions/cm2 to 3.0 × 1013 ions/cm2. The structural, morphological, optical and electrical properties are studied via X-ray diffraction (XRD), atomic force microscopy (AFM), UV-Vis absorption spectroscopy and four-probe resistivity measurements, respectively. The ITO-PET electrode is found to exhibit superior conductivity and transmittance properties in comparison with the others after irradiation and, therefore, to be the most suitable for solar cell applications.

  15. Treatment of transparent conductive oxides by laser processes for the development of Silicon photovoltaic cells; Tratamiento de oxidos conductores transparentes por procesos laser para el desarrollo de celulas fotovoltaicas de silicio

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    Canteli Perez-Caballero, D.

    2015-07-01

    Transparent conductive oxides (TCOs) are heavily doped oxides with high transparency in the visible range of the spectrum and a very low sheet resistance, making them very attractive for applications in optoelectronic devices. TCOs are widely found in many different areas such as low emissivity windows, electric contacts in computers, televisions or portable devices, and, specially, in the photovoltaic (PV) industry. PV industry is mainly based on mono- and multicrystalline silicon, where TCOs are used as anti-reflective coatings, but the search for cheaper, alternative technologies has led to the development of thin film PV technologies, where TCOs are used as transparent contacts. With the maturation of the thin film PV industry, laser sources have become an essential tool, allowing the improvement of some industrial processes and the development of new ones. Because of the interest on a deeper understanding of the interaction processes between laser light and TCOs, the laser ablation of three of the most important TCOs has been studied in depth in the present work. (Author)

  16. Nanoscale Plasmonic and Optical Modulators Based on Transparent Conducting Oxides

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    Lu, Zhaolin; Shi, Kaifeng

    2012-01-01

    Recent experiments showed that unity-order index change in a transparent conducting oxide (TCO) can be achieved in a metal-oxide-semiconductor (MOS) structure by accumulation charge. However, the ultrathin (~5nm) accumulation layer and inherent absorption of TCOs impede the practical applications of this effect. Herein, we propose and explore a novel waveguide, namely "TCO-slot waveguide", which combines both the tunable property of a TCO and field enhancement of a slot waveguide. In particular, light absorption can be sharply enhanced when the slot dielectric constant is tuned close to zero. Based on TCO-slot waveguides, efficient electro-absorption modulation can be achieved within 200 nm with small insertion loss.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. Damp-Heat Induced Degradation of Transparent Conducting Oxides for Thin Film Solar Cells (Presentation)

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    Pern, J.; Noufi, R.; Li, X.; DeHart, C.; To, B.

    2008-05-01

    The objectives are: (1) To achieve a high long-term performance reliability for the thin-film CIGS PV modules with more stable materials, device structure designs, and moisture-resistant encapsulation materials and schemes; (2) to evaluate the DH stability of various transparent conducting oxides (TCOs); (3) to identify the degradation mechanisms and quantify degradation rates; (4) to seek chemical and/or physical mitigation methods, and explore new materials. It's important to note that direct exposure to DH represents an extreme condition that a well-encapsulated thin film PV module may never experience.

  20. Low thermal conductivity oxides

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    Pan, Wei; Phillpot, Simon R.; Wan, Chunlei; Chernatynskiy, Aleksandr; Qu, Zhixue

    2012-10-09

    Oxides hold great promise as new and improved materials for thermal-barrier coating applications. The rich variety of structures and compositions of the materials in this class, and the ease with which they can be doped, allow the exploration of various mechanisms for lowering thermal conductivity. In this article, we review recent progress in identifying specific oxides with low thermal conductivity from both theoretical and experimental perspectives. We explore the mechanisms of lowering thermal conductivity, such as introducing structural/chemical disorder, increasing material density, increasing the number of atoms in the primitive cell, and exploiting the structural anisotropy. We conclude that further systematic exploration of oxide crystal structures and chemistries are likely to result in even further improved thermal-barrier coatings.

  1. Transparent Conducting Oxides—An Up-To-Date Overview

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    Andreas Stadler

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available Transparent conducting oxides (TCOs are electrical conductive materials with comparably low absorption of electromagnetic waves within the visible region of the spectrum. They are usually prepared with thin film technologies and used in opto-electrical apparatus such as solar cells, displays, opto-electrical interfaces and circuitries. Here, based on a modern database-system, aspects of up-to-date material selections and applications for transparent conducting oxides are sketched, and references for detailed information are given. As n-type TCOs are of special importance for thin film solar cell production, indium-tin oxide (ITO and the reasonably priced aluminum-doped zinc oxide (ZnO:Al, are discussed with view on preparation, characterization and special occurrences. For completion, the recently frequently mentioned typical p-type delafossite TCOs are described as well, providing a variety of references, as a detailed discussion is not reasonable within an overview publication.

  2. Solution-free and catalyst-free synthesis of ZnO-based nanostructured TCOs by PED and vapor phase growth techniques.

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    Calestani, D; Pattini, F; Bissoli, F; Gilioli, E; Villani, M; Zappettini, A

    2012-05-17

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) is one of the most promising materials for realizing three-dimensional (3D) nanostructured transparent conducting oxides (TCOs) on large scale, because it is cheap, it can be modified with large concentrations of trivalent elements (such Al, Ga or In) and it is characterized by good electron mobility, wide bandgap and visible-range transparency. But, above all, it can be easily obtained in the form of different nanostructures with a large number of growth techniques. A solution-free and catalyst-free approach has been explored here by the vapor phase synthesis of vertically aligned ZnO nanorods on ZnO:Al (AZO) films grown by pulsed electron deposition (PED). The obtained nanostructured TCOs resulted to be homogeneous on large areas and easily patternable by means of mechanical masks. The morphology, crystalline structure, electrical and optical properties of the obtained samples have been characterized in depth. The possible use of such a nanostructured TCO in excitonic (e.g. DSSC) or low-reflectivity traditional solar cells is discussed.

  3. Annealing Effect of Pulsed Laser Deposited Transparent Conductive Ta-Doped Titanium Oxide Films

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    WU Bin-Bin; PAN Feng-Ming; YANG Yu-E

    2011-01-01

    Tantalum-doped TiO2 Rilms were deposited on glass at 300℃PG by pulsed laser deposition (PLD). After post-annealing in vacuum (~10-4 Pa) at temperatures ranging from 450℃ to 650℃, these films were crystallized into an anatase TiO2 structure and presented good conductive features. With increasing annealing temperature up to 550℃, the resistivity of the films was measured to be around 8.7 x 10-4 Ω·cm. Such films exhibit high transparency of over 80% in the visible light region. These results indicate that tantalum-doped anatase TiO2 films have a great potential as transparent conducting oxides.%Tantalum-doped TiO2 films were deposited on glass at 300℃ by pulsed laser deposition (PLD).After postannealing in vacuum (~10-4 Pa) at temperatures ranging from 450℃ to 650℃,these films were crystallized into an anatase TiO2 structure and presented good conductive features.With increasing annealing temperature up to 550℃,the resistivity of the films was measured to be around 8.7 × 10-4 Ω·cm.Such films exhibit high transparency of over 80% in the visible light region.These results indicate that tantalum-doped anatase TiO2 films have a great potential as transparent conducting oxides.Transparent conducting oxides (TCOs) have received much attention both in fundamental research and device applications due to their good combination of high electrical conductivity and excellent optical transparency.[1] Among various TCOs,indium tin oxide (ITO) is considered as the most beneficial TCO due to its excellent properties:low resistivity (~10-4 Ω·cm),high optical transmittance (80-90%)and simple preparation process.[2] However,due to the scarcity and high cost of indium,ITO may not be able to satisfy the demands in the future.Hence,it is necessary to explore new candidates of TCOs for expanding application usage.

  4. Colloidal transparent conducting oxide nanocrystals: A new infrared plasmonic material

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    Bharat Tandon; Aswathi Ashok; Angshuman Nag

    2015-06-01

    Thin films of transparent conducting oxides (TCO) are technologically important for applications as a visible light transparent electrode in a wide variety of optoelectronic devices. In the last few years, researchers started to explore novel size- and shape-dependent properties of TCO, where the crystallite size is ∼10 nm. So far, the localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) properties of TCO nanocrystals (NCs) have been found to be the most interesting. TCOs like Sn-doped In2O3, Al-doped ZnO and In-doped CdO NCs, exhibit LSPR band in near- to mid-infrared region. LSPR from a TCO NC exhibits many intrinsic differences with that of a metal NC. Carrier density in a TCO NC can easily be tuned by controlling the dopant concentration, which allows the LSPR band to be tuned over a range of ∼2000 nm (∼0.62 eV) in the near- to mid-infrared region. This review discusses recent advances in the understanding of plasmonic properties of various TCO NCs and highlights the potential applications of such unique plasmonic properties.

  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. p-Type Transparent Conducting Oxide/n-Type Semiconductor Heterojunctions for Efficient and Stable Solar Water Oxidation.

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    Chen, Le; Yang, Jinhui; Klaus, Shannon; Lee, Lyman J; Woods-Robinson, Rachel; Ma, Jie; Lum, Yanwei; Cooper, Jason K; Toma, Francesca M; Wang, Lin-Wang; Sharp, Ian D; Bell, Alexis T; Ager, Joel W

    2015-08-05

    Achieving stable operation of photoanodes used as components of solar water splitting devices is critical to realizing the promise of this renewable energy technology. It is shown that p-type transparent conducting oxides (p-TCOs) can function both as a selective hole contact and corrosion protection layer for photoanodes used in light-driven water oxidation. Using NiCo2O4 as the p-TCO and n-type Si as a prototypical light absorber, a rectifying heterojunction capable of light driven water oxidation was created. By placing the charge separating junction in the Si using a np(+) structure and by incorporating a highly active heterogeneous Ni-Fe oxygen evolution catalyst, efficient light-driven water oxidation can be achieved. In this structure, oxygen evolution under AM1.5G illumination occurs at 0.95 V vs RHE, and the current density at the reversible potential for water oxidation (1.23 V vs RHE) is >25 mA cm(-2). Stable operation was confirmed by observing a constant current density over 72 h and by sensitive measurements of corrosion products in the electrolyte. In situ Raman spectroscopy was employed to investigate structural transformation of NiCo2O4 during electrochemical oxidation. The interface between the light absorber and p-TCO is crucial to produce selective hole conduction to the surface under illumination. For example, annealing to produce more crystalline NiCo2O4 produces only small changes in its hole conductivity, while a thicker SiOx layer is formed at the n-Si/p-NiCo2O4 interface, greatly reducing the PEC performance. The generality of the p-TCO protection approach is demonstrated by multihour, stable, water oxidation with n-InP/p-NiCo2O4 heterojunction photoanodes.

  7. On the possibility to grow zinc oxide-based transparent conducting oxide films by hot-wire chemical vapor deposition

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    Abrutis, Adulfas, E-mail: adulfas.abrutis@chf.vu.lt; Silimavicus, Laimis; Kubilius, Virgaudas; Murauskas, Tomas; Saltyte, Zita; Kuprenaite, Sabina; Plausinaitiene, Valentina [Faculty of Chemistry, Vilnius University, Naugarduko 24, LT-03225 Vilnius (Lithuania)

    2014-03-15

    Hot-wire chemical vapor deposition (HW-CVD) was applied to grow zinc oxide (ZnO)-based transparent conducting oxide (TCO) films. Indium (In)-doped ZnO films were deposited using a cold wall pulsed liquid injection CVD system with three nichrome wires installed at a distance of 2 cm from the substrate holder. The wires were heated by an AC current in the range of 0–10 A. Zn and In 2,2,6,6-tetramethyl-3,5-heptanedionates dissolved in 1,2-dimethoxyethane were used as precursors. The hot wires had a marked effect on the growth rates of ZnO, In-doped ZnO, and In{sub 2}O{sub 3} films; at a current of 6–10 A, growth rates were increased by a factor of ≈10–20 compared with those of traditional CVD at the same substrate temperature (400 °C). In-doped ZnO films with thickness of ≈150 nm deposited on sapphire-R grown at a wire current of 9 A exhibited a resistivity of ≈2 × 10{sup −3} Ωcm and transparency of >90% in the visible spectral range. These initial results reveal the potential of HW-CVD for the growth of TCOs.

  8. High efficiency bifacial Cu2ZnSnSe4 thin-film solar cells on transparent conducting oxide glass substrates

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    Jung-Sik Kim

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available In this work, transparent conducting oxides (TCOs have been employed as a back contact instead of Mo on Cu2ZnSnSe4 (CZTSe thin-film solar cells in order to examine the feasibility of bifacial Cu2ZnSn(S,Se4 (CZTSSe solar cells based on a vacuum process. It is found that the interfacial reaction between flourine doped tin oxide (FTO or indium tin oxide (ITO and the CZTSe precursor is at odds with the conventional CZTSe/Mo reaction. While there is no interfacial reaction on CZTSe/FTO, indium in CZTSe/ITO was significantly diffused into the CZTSe layers; consequently, a SnO2 layer was formed on the ITO substrate. Under bifacial illumination, we achieved a power efficiency of 6.05% and 4.31% for CZTSe/FTO and CZTSe/ITO, respectively.

  9. High efficiency bifacial Cu2ZnSnSe4 thin-film solar cells on transparent conducting oxide glass substrates

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    Kim, Jung-Sik; Kang, Jin-Kyu; Hwang, Dae-Kue

    2016-09-01

    In this work, transparent conducting oxides (TCOs) have been employed as a back contact instead of Mo on Cu2ZnSnSe4 (CZTSe) thin-film solar cells in order to examine the feasibility of bifacial Cu2ZnSn(S,Se)4 (CZTSSe) solar cells based on a vacuum process. It is found that the interfacial reaction between flourine doped tin oxide (FTO) or indium tin oxide (ITO) and the CZTSe precursor is at odds with the conventional CZTSe/Mo reaction. While there is no interfacial reaction on CZTSe/FTO, indium in CZTSe/ITO was significantly diffused into the CZTSe layers; consequently, a SnO2 layer was formed on the ITO substrate. Under bifacial illumination, we achieved a power efficiency of 6.05% and 4.31% for CZTSe/FTO and CZTSe/ITO, respectively.

  10. Development of high-performance transparent conducting oxides and their impact on the performance of CdS/CdTe solar cells

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    Coutts, T.J.; Wu, X.; Sheldon, P.; Rose, D.H. [National Renewable Energy Lab., Golden, CO (United States)

    1998-09-01

    This paper begins with a review of the modeled performance of transparent conducting oxides (TCOs) as a function of their free-carrier concentration, mobility, and film thickness. It is shown that it is vital to make a film with high mobility to minimize the width and height of the free-carrier absorption band, and to optimize the optical properties. The free-carrier concentration must be kept sufficiently small that the absorption band does not extend into that part of the spectrum to which the solar cell responds. Despite this consideration, a high electrical conductivity is essential to minimize series resistance losses. Hence, a high mobility is vital for these materials. The fabrication of thin-films of cadmium stannate is then discussed, and their performance is compared with that of tin oxide, both optically and as these materials influence the performance of CdTe solar cells.

  11. Cation Defects and Conductivity in Transparent Oxides

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    Exarhos, Gregory J.; Windisch, Charles F.; Ferris, Kim F.; Owings, Robert R.

    2007-10-24

    High quality doped zinc oxide and mixed transition metal spinel oxide films have been deposited by means of sputter deposition from metal and metal oxide targets, and by spin casting from aqueous or alcoholic precursor solutions. Deposition conditions and post-deposition processing are found to alter cation oxidation states and their distributions in both oxide materials resulting in marked changes to both optical transmission and electrical response. For ZnO, partial reduction of the neat or doped material by hydrogen treatment of the heated film or by electrochemical processing renders the oxide n-type conducting. Continued reduction was found to diminish conductivity. In contrast, oxidation of the infrared transparent p-type spinel conductors typified by NiCo2O4 was found to increase conductivity. The disparate behavior of these two materials is caused in part by the sign of the charge carrier and by the existence of two different charge transport mechanisms that are identified as free carrier conduction and polaron hopping. While much work has been reported concerning structure/property relationships in the free carrier conducting oxides, there is a significantly smaller body of information on transparent polaron conductors. In this paper, we identify key parameters that promote conductivity in mixed metal spinel oxides and compare their behavior with that of the free carrier TCO’s.

  12. Theoretical prediction of p-type transparent conductivity in Zn-doped TiO2.

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    Han, Xiaoping; Shao, Guosheng

    2013-06-28

    It is very difficult and yet extremely important to fill the wide technological gap in developing transparent conducting oxides (TCOs) that exhibit excellent p-type conducting characteristics. Here, on the basis of extensive first-principles calculations, we discover for the first time potentially promising p-type transparent conductivity in Zn-doped TiO2 under oxygen rich conditions. Efforts have been made to elaborate the effects of possible defects and their interaction with Zn doping on the p-type transparent conductivity. This work offers a fundamental road map for cost-effective development of p-type TCOs based on TiO2, which is a cheap and stable material system of large natural resources.

  13. A single-source precursor route to anisotropic halogen-doped zinc oxide particles as a promising candidate for new transparent conducting oxide materials

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    Daniela Lehr

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available Numerous applications in optoelectronics require electrically conducting materials with high optical transparency over the entire visible light range. A solid solution of indium oxide and substantial amounts of tin oxide for electronic doping (ITO is currently the most prominent example for the class of so-called TCOs (transparent conducting oxides. Due to the limited, natural occurrence of indium and its steadily increasing price, it is highly desired to identify materials alternatives containing highly abundant chemical elements. The doping of other metal oxides (e.g., zinc oxide, ZnO is a promising approach, but two problems can be identified. Phase separation might occur at the required high concentration of the doping element, and for successful electronic modification it is mandatory that the introduced heteroelement occupies a defined position in the lattice of the host material. In the case of ZnO, most attention has been attributed so far to n-doping via substitution of Zn2+ by other metals (e.g., Al3+. Here, we present first steps towards n-doped ZnO-based TCO materials via substitution in the anion lattice (O2− versus halogenides. A special approach is presented, using novel single-source precursors containing a potential excerpt of the target lattice 'HalZn·Zn3O3' preorganized on the molecular scale (Hal = I, Br, Cl. We report about the synthesis of the precursors, their transformation into halogene-containing ZnO materials, and finally structural, optical and electronic properties are investigated using a combination of techniques including FT-Raman, low-T photoluminescence, impedance and THz spectroscopies.

  14. Resistance switching in oxides with inhomogeneous conductivity

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    Shang Da-Shan; Sun Ji-Rong; Shen Bao-Gen; Wuttig Matthias

    2013-01-01

    Electric-field-induced resistance switching (RS) phenomena have been studied for over 60 years in metal/dielectrics/metal structures.In these experiments a wide range of dielectrics have been studied including binary transition metal oxides,perovskite oxides,chalcogenides,carbon-and silicon-based materials,as well as organic materials.RS phenomena can be used to store information and offer an attractive performance,which encompasses fast switching speeds,high scalability,and the desirable compatibility with Si-based complementary metal--oxide-semiconductor fabrication.This is promising for nonvolatile memory technology,i.e.,resistance random access memory (RRAM).However,a comprehensive understanding of the underlying mechanism is still lacking.This impedes faster product development as well as accurate assessment of the device performance potential.Generally speaking,RS occurs not in the entire dielectric but only in a small,confined region,which results from the local variation of conductivity in dielectrics.In this review,we focus on the RS in oxides with such an inhomogeneous conductivity.According to the origin of the conductivity inhomogeneity,the RS phenomena and their working mechanism are reviewed by dividing them into two aspects:interface RS,based on the change of contact resistance at metal/oxide interface due to the change of Schottky barrier and interface chemical layer,and bulk RS,realized by the formation,connection,and disconnection of conductive channels in the oxides.Finally the current challenges of RS investigation and the potential improvement of the RS performance for the nonvolatile memories are discussed.

  15. Transparent conducting oxide layers for thin film silicon solar cells

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    Rath, J.K.|info:eu-repo/dai/nl/304830585; Liu, Y.|info:eu-repo/dai/nl/304831743; de Jong, M.M.|info:eu-repo/dai/nl/325844208; de Wild, J.|info:eu-repo/dai/nl/314641378; Schuttauf, J.A.|info:eu-repo/dai/nl/314118039; Brinza, M.|info:eu-repo/dai/nl/304823325; Schropp, R.E.I.|info:eu-repo/dai/nl/072502584

    2009-01-01

    Texture etching of ZnO:1%Al layers using diluted HCl solution provides excellent TCOs with crater type surface features for the front contact of superstrate type of thin film silicon solar cells. The texture etched ZnO:Al definitely gives superior performance than Asahi SnO2:F TCO in case of nanocry

  16. Nanostructured transparent conducting oxide electrochromic device

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    Milliron, Delia; Tangirala, Ravisubhash; Llordes, Anna; Buonsanti, Raffaella; Garcia, Guillermo

    2016-05-17

    The embodiments described herein provide an electrochromic device. In an exemplary embodiment, the electrochromic device includes (1) a substrate and (2) a film supported by the substrate, where the film includes transparent conducting oxide (TCO) nanostructures. In a further embodiment, the electrochromic device further includes (a) an electrolyte, where the nanostructures are embedded in the electrolyte, resulting in an electrolyte, nanostructure mixture positioned above the substrate and (b) a counter electrode positioned above the mixture. In a further embodiment, the electrochromic device further includes a conductive coating deposited on the substrate between the substrate and the mixture. In a further embodiment, the electrochromic device further includes a second substrate positioned above the mixture.

  17. High throughput first-principles calculations of bixbyite oxides for TCO applications.

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    Sarmadian, Nasrin; Saniz, Rolando; Partoens, Bart; Lamoen, Dirk; Volety, Kalpana; Huyberechts, Guido; Paul, Johan

    2014-09-07

    We present a high-throughput computing scheme based on density functional theory (DFT) to generate a class of oxides and screen them with the aim of identifying those that might be electronically appropriate for transparent conducting oxide (TCO) applications. The screening criteria used are a minimum band gap to ensure sufficient transparency, a band edge alignment consistent with easy n- or p-type dopability, and a minimum thermodynamic phase stability to be experimentally synthesizable. Following this scheme we screened 23 binary and 1518 ternary bixbyite oxides in order to identify promising candidates, which can then be a subject of an in-depth study. The results for the known TCOs are in good agreement with the reported data in the literature. We suggest a list of several new potential TCOs, including both n- and p-type compounds.

  18. Hybrid functional studies of defects and hole polarons in oxides

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    Varley, Joel

    Transparent conducting oxides (TCOs) are ubiquitous, appearing in windows, flat-panel displays, solar cells, solid-state lighting, and transistors that all exploit TCOs' combination of high electrical conductivity and optical transparency. Thanks to this large and growing list of applications, there has been a surge of interest in the science of these materials, focusing on the fundamental properties and doping opportunities in traditional TCOs as well as the exploration of promising new candidate materials. Hybrid density functional theory has proven instrumental in elucidating the physics of TCOs. One example is the study of dopants and defects that determine the conductivity. Accurate formation energies and charge-state transition levels can now be obtained thanks to the accurate electronic structure provided by a hybrid functional. This allows us to address the origins of unintentional conductivity: for SnO2, In2O3, and Ga2O3, we demonstrate that this is not due to native defects such as oxygen vacancies, but must be attributed to unintentional incorporation of impurities. We can also provide guidelines for achieving higher doping levels, suggesting several impurities as candidate donors with high solubility. Limitations on doping due to the formation or incorporation of compensating centers are addressed as well. Hybrid functional calculations also overcome the shortcomings associated with traditional local or semi-local functionals, which do not properly describe charge localization. Hybrid functionals accurately describe polaron formation, i.e., the self-trapping of holes when p - type doping of the oxide materials is attempted. Consequences of polaron formation for optical characterization of the material will be discussed. This work was performed in collaboration with Anderson Janotti and Chris G. Van de Walle, and was in part under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Energy by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory under Contract DE-AC52-07NA27344.

  19. Optical and fundamental band gaps disparity in transparent conducting oxides: new findings for the [Formula: see text] and [Formula: see text] systems.

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    Sabino, Fernando P; Nunes Oliveira, Luiz; Wei, Su-Huai; Da Silva, Juarez L F

    2017-03-01

    The optical band gap, extracted from absorption measurements, defines the figure of merit for transparent conducting oxides (TCOs). In many oxides, such as [Formula: see text] or [Formula: see text], inversion symmetry introduces a selection rule that blocks transitions from the valence-band maximum to the conduction-band minimum. This raises the absorption threshold and enlarges the optical gap relative to the fundamental band gap. Here, we present density-functional computations identifying two optical gaps, either of which can be detected, depending on the optical light intensity. Under strong illumination, weak transitions from [Formula: see text]-points near the valence-band maximum contribute significantly to the absorption spectrum and define an optical gap matching the fundamental gap. Low optical intensities by contrast give prominence to the large optical gap determined by the selection rule. While experimental conditions have favored observation of the former optical gap in [Formula: see text], in contrast, absorption measurements in [Formula: see text] have focused on the latter. Our findings explain the disparity between the optical and fundamental gaps in bixbyite [Formula: see text] and predict that, measured under low illumination, the optical gap for rutile [Formula: see text] will increase, from 3.60 eV to 4.34 eV.

  20. Dopants and defects in conductive oxide spinels

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    Zakutayev, Andriy; Perkins, John; Parilla, Phillip; Paudel, Tula; Lany, Staphan; Ginely, David; Zunger, Alex

    2011-03-01

    We will discuss the effects of extrinsic and intrinsic imperfections (dopants and defects) in a group of conductive oxide materials related to Co3O4. Co3O4 is a spinel with Co2+ and Co3+ on tetrahedral and octahedral sites, respectively. Doping of Co3O4 with Zn and Ni represent two limiting cases: Zn2+ ions have a preference to occupy tetrahedral (Co2+) sites and are predicted to be unable to dope effectively; Ni2+ ions have a preference to occupy octahedral (Co3+) sites, so these atoms are expected to be efficient dopants. We found that substitution of Co3O4 spinel with up to 33 percent of Zn and Ni results in formation of ZnCo2O4 normal spinel and NiCo2O4 inverse spinel, and causes 100-fold and 1000-fold increases in conductivity, respectively, matching the predicted trend. Increase in Zn and Ni concentraion up to 40 percent cause phase separation of ZnO and NiO and leveling out of the conductivity. The conductivity decreases sharply above 50-60 percent Zn and Ni substitution level. Small differences with the theoretical predictions may be explained by non-equilibrium character of the thin film deposition process. This work was supported by the ``Center for Inverse Design'' EFRC of the Department of Energy.

  1. Quantum conductance of zigzag graphene oxide nanoribbons

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    Kan, Zhe; Nelson, Christopher; Khatun, Mahfuza, E-mail: mkhatun@bsu.edu [Department of Physics and Astronomy, Center for Computational Nanoscience, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana 47306 (United States)

    2014-04-21

    The electronic properties of zigzag graphene oxide nanoribbons (ZGOR) are presented. The results show interesting behaviors which are considerably different from the properties of the perfect graphene nanoribbons (GNRs). The theoretical methods include a Huckel-tight binding approach, a Green's function methodology, and the Landauer formalism. The presence of oxygen on the edge results in band bending, a noticeable change in density of states and thus the conductance. Consequently, the occupation in the valence bands increase for the next neighboring carbon atom in the unit cell. Conductance drops in both the conduction and valence band regions are due to the reduction of allowed k modes resulting from band bending. The asymmetry of the energy band structure of the ZGOR is due to the energy differences of the atoms. The inclusion of a foreign atom's orbital energies changes the dispersion relation of the eigenvalues in energy space. These novel characteristics are important and valuable in the study of quantum transport of GNRs.

  2. Gate-tunable conducting oxide metasurfaces

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    Huang, Yao-Wei; Sokhoyan, Ruzan; Pala, Ragip; Thyagarajan, Krishnan; Han, Seunghoon; Tsai, Din Ping; Atwater, Harry A

    2015-01-01

    Metasurfaces composed of planar arrays of sub-wavelength artificial structures show promise for extraordinary light manipulation; they have yielded novel ultrathin optical components such as flat lenses, wave plates, holographic surfaces and orbital angular momentum manipulation and detection over a broad range of electromagnetic spectrum. However the optical properties of metasurfaces developed to date do not allow for versatile tunability of reflected or transmitted wave amplitude and phase after fabrication, thus limiting their use in a wide range of applications. Here, we experimentally demonstrate a gate-tunable metasurface that enables dynamic electrical control of the phase and amplitude of the plane wave reflected from the metasurface. Tunability arises from field-effect modulation of the complex refractive index of conducting oxide layers incorporated into metasurface antenna elements which are configured in a reflectarray geometry. We measure a phase shift of {\\pi} and ~ 30% change in the reflectanc...

  3. Influence of transparent conductive oxides on passivation of a-Si:H/c-Si heterojunctions as studied by atomic layer deposited Al-doped ZnO

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    Macco, B.; Deligiannis, D.; Smit, S.; van Swaaij, R. A. C. M. M.; Zeman, M.; Kessels, W. M. M.

    2014-12-01

    In silicon heterojunction solar cells, the main opportunities for efficiency gain lie in improvements of the front-contact layers. Therefore, the effect of transparent conductive oxides (TCOs) on the a-Si:H passivation performance has been investigated for Al-doped zinc oxide (ZnO:Al) layers made by atomic layer deposition (ALD). It is shown that the ALD process, as opposed to sputtering, does not impair the chemical passivation. However, the field-effect passivation is reduced by the ZnO:Al. The resulting decrease in low injection-level lifetime can be tuned by changing the ZnO:Al doping level (carrier density = 7 × 1019-7 × 1020 cm-3), which is explained by a change in the TCO workfunction. Additionally, it is shown that a ˜10-15 nm ALD ZnO:Al layer is sufficient to mitigate damage to the a-Si:H by subsequent sputtering, which is correlated to ALD film closure at this thickness.

  4. Gate-Tunable Conducting Oxide Metasurfaces.

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    Huang, Yao-Wei; Lee, Ho Wai Howard; Sokhoyan, Ruzan; Pala, Ragip A; Thyagarajan, Krishnan; Han, Seunghoon; Tsai, Din Ping; Atwater, Harry A

    2016-09-14

    Metasurfaces composed of planar arrays of subwavelength artificial structures show promise for extraordinary light manipulation. They have yielded novel ultrathin optical components such as flat lenses, wave plates, holographic surfaces, and orbital angular momentum manipulation and detection over a broad range of the electromagnetic spectrum. However, the optical properties of metasurfaces developed to date do not allow for versatile tunability of reflected or transmitted wave amplitude and phase after their fabrication, thus limiting their use in a wide range of applications. Here, we experimentally demonstrate a gate-tunable metasurface that enables dynamic electrical control of the phase and amplitude of the plane wave reflected from the metasurface. Tunability arises from field-effect modulation of the complex refractive index of conducting oxide layers incorporated into metasurface antenna elements which are configured in reflectarray geometry. We measure a phase shift of 180° and ∼30% change in the reflectance by applying 2.5 V gate bias. Additionally, we demonstrate modulation at frequencies exceeding 10 MHz and electrical switching of ±1 order diffracted beams by electrical control over subgroups of metasurface elements, a basic requirement for electrically tunable beam-steering phased array metasurfaces. In principle, electrically gated phase and amplitude control allows for electrical addressability of individual metasurface elements and opens the path to applications in ultrathin optical components for imaging and sensing technologies, such as reconfigurable beam steering devices, dynamic holograms, tunable ultrathin lenses, nanoprojectors, and nanoscale spatial light modulators.

  5. Sputtered tin oxide and titanium oxide thin films as alternative transparent conductive oxides

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    Boltz, Janika

    2011-12-12

    Alternative transparent conductive oxides to tin doped indium oxide have been investigated. In this work, antimony doped tin oxide and niobium doped titanium oxide have been studied with the aim to prepare transparent and conductive films. Antimony doped tin oxide and niobium doped titanium oxide belong to different groups of oxides; tin oxide is a soft oxide, while titanium oxide is a hard oxide. Both oxides are isolating materials, in case the stoichiometry is SnO{sub 2} and TiO{sub 2}. In order to achieve transparent and conductive films free carriers have to be generated by oxygen vacancies, by metal ions at interstitial positions in the crystal lattice or by cation doping with Sb or Nb, respectively. Antimony doped tin oxide and niobium doped titanium oxide films have been prepared by reactive direct current magnetron sputtering (dc MS) from metallic targets. The process parameters and the doping concentration in the films have been varied. The films have been electrically, optically and structurally analysed in order to analyse the influence of the process parameters and the doping concentration on the film properties. Post-deposition treatments of the films have been performed in order to improve the film properties. For the deposition of transparent and conductive tin oxide, the dominant parameter during the deposition is the oxygen content in the sputtering gas. The Sb incorporation as doping atoms has a minor influence on the electrical, optical and structural properties. Within a narrow oxygen content in the sputtering gas highly transparent and conductive tin oxide films have been prepared. In this study, the lowest resistivity in the as deposited state is 2.9 m{omega} cm for undoped tin oxide without any postdeposition treatment. The minimum resistivity is related to a transition to crystalline films with the stoichiometry of SnO{sub 2}. At higher oxygen content the films turn out to have a higher resistivity due to an oxygen excess. After post

  6. Percolation conductivity in hafnium sub-oxides

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    Islamov, D. R., E-mail: damir@isp.nsc.ru; Gritsenko, V. A., E-mail: grits@isp.nsc.ru [Rzhanov Institute of Semiconductor Physics, Siberian Branch of Russian Academy of Sciences, Novosibirsk 630090 (Russian Federation); Novosibirsk State University, Novosibirsk 630090 (Russian Federation); Cheng, C. H. [Department of Mechatronic Technology, National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei 106, Taiwan (China); Chin, A., E-mail: albert-achin@hotmail.com [National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu 300, Taiwan (China)

    2014-12-29

    In this study, we demonstrated experimentally that formation of chains and islands of oxygen vacancies in hafnium sub-oxides (HfO{sub x}, x < 2) leads to percolation charge transport in such dielectrics. Basing on the model of Éfros-Shklovskii percolation theory, good quantitative agreement between the experimental and theoretical data of current-voltage characteristics was achieved. Based on the percolation theory suggested model shows that hafnium sub-oxides consist of mixtures of metallic Hf nanoscale clusters of 1–2 nm distributed onto non-stoichiometric HfO{sub x}. It was shown that reported approach might describe low resistance state current-voltage characteristics of resistive memory elements based on HfO{sub x}.

  7. High conducting oxide--sulfide composite lithium superionic conductor

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    Liang, Chengdu; Rangasamy, Ezhiylmurugan; Dudney, Nancy J.; Keum, Jong Kahk; Rondinone, Adam Justin

    2017-01-17

    A solid electrolyte for a lithium-sulfur battery includes particles of a lithium ion conducting oxide composition embedded within a lithium ion conducting sulfide composition. The lithium ion conducting oxide composition can be Li.sub.7La.sub.3Zr.sub.2O.sub.12 (LLZO). The lithium ion conducting sulfide composition can be .beta.-Li.sub.3PS.sub.4 (LPS). A lithium ion battery and a method of making a solid electrolyte for a lithium ion battery are also disclosed.

  8. Transparent conductive oxides for thin-film silicon solar cells

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    Löffler, J.

    2005-01-01

    This thesis describes research on thin-film silicon solar cells with focus on the transparent conductive oxide (TCO) for such devices. In addition to the formation of a transparent and electrically conductive front electrode for the solar cell allowing photocurrent collection with low ohmic losses,

  9. Transparent conductive oxides for thin-film silicon solar cells

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    Löffler, J.

    2005-01-01

    This thesis describes research on thin-film silicon solar cells with focus on the transparent conductive oxide (TCO) for such devices. In addition to the formation of a transparent and electrically conductive front electrode for the solar cell allowing photocurrent collection with low ohmic losses,

  10. Improvement of transparent conducting materials by metallic grids on transparent conductive oxides

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    Deelen, J. van; Klerk, L.A.; Barink, M.; Rendering, H.; Voorthuijzen, P.; Hovestad, A.

    2013-01-01

    The trade-off between transparency and conductivity in transparent conductors used in optoelectronic devices is a major bottleneck towards higher device performances. Grid deposition on transparent conductive oxides was demonstrated using electrochemical deposition, which has the advantage of a high

  11. Fluorine compounds for doping conductive oxide thin films

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    Gessert, Tim; Li, Xiaonan; Barnes, Teresa M; Torres, Jr., Robert; Wyse, Carrie L

    2013-04-23

    Methods of forming a conductive fluorine-doped metal oxide layer on a substrate by chemical vapor deposition are described. The methods may include heating the substrate in a processing chamber, and introducing a metal-containing precursor and a fluorine-containing precursor to the processing chamber. The methods may also include adding an oxygen-containing precursor to the processing chamber. The precursors are reacted to deposit the fluorine-doped metal oxide layer on the substrate. Methods may also include forming the conductive fluorine-doped metal oxide layer by plasma-assisted chemical vapor deposition. These methods may include providing the substrate in a processing chamber, and introducing a metal-containing precursor, and a fluorine-containing precursor to the processing chamber. A plasma may be formed that includes species from the metal-containing precursor and the fluorine-containing precursor. The species may react to deposit the fluorine-doped metal oxide layer on the substrate.

  12. Metal nano-grids for transparent conduction in solar cells

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    Muzzillo, Christopher P.

    2017-09-01

    A general procedure for predicting metal grid performance in solar cells was developed. Unlike transparent conducting oxides (TCOs) or other homogeneous films, metal grids induce more resistance in the neighbor layer. The resulting balance of transmittance, neighbor and grid resistance was explored in light of cheap lithography advances that have enabled metal nano-grid (MNG) fabrication. The patterned MNGs have junction resistances and degradation rates that are more favorable than solution-synthesized metal nanowires. Neighbor series resistance was simulated by the finite element method, although a simpler analytical model was sufficient in most cases. Finite-difference frequency-domain transmittance simulations were performed for MNGs with minimum wire width (w) of 50 nm, but deviations from aperture transmittance were small in magnitude. Depending on the process, MNGs can exhibit increased series resistance as w is decreased. However, numerous experimental reports have already achieved transmittance-MNG sheet resistance trade-offs comparable to TCOs. The transmittance, neighbor and MNG series resistances were used to parameterize a grid fill factor for a solar cell. This new figure of merit was used to demonstrate that although MNGs have only been employed in low efficiency solar cells, substantial gains in performance are predicted for decreased w in all high efficiency absorber technologies.

  13. Modelling of diffusion and conductivity relaxation of oxide ceramics

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    Preis, Wolfgang

    2016-12-01

    A two-dimensional square grain model has been applied to simulate simultaneously the diffusion process and relaxation of the dc conduction of polycrystalline oxide materials due to a sudden change of the oxygen partial pressure of the surrounding gas phase. The numerical calculations are performed by employing the finite element approach. The grains are squares of equal side length (average grain size) and the grain boundaries may consist of thin slabs of uniform thickness. An additional (space charge) layer adjacent to the grain boundary cores (thin slabs) either blocking (depletion layer) or highly conductive for electronic charge carriers may surround the grains. The electronic transport number of the mixed ionic-electronic conducting oxide ceramics may be close to unity (predominant electronic conduction). If the chemical diffusion coefficient of the neutral mobile component (oxygen) of the grain boundary core regions is assumed to be higher by many orders of magnitude than that in the bulk, the simulated relaxation curves for mass transport (diffusion) and dc conduction can deviate remarkably from each other. Deviations between the relaxation of mass transport and dc conduction are found in the case of considerably different electronic conductivities of grain boundary core regions, space charge layers, and bulk. On the contrary, the relaxation curves of mass transport and electronic conductivity are in perfect coincidence, when either effective medium diffusion occurs or the effective conductivity is unaffected by the individual conductivities of core regions and possible space charge layers, i.e. the grain boundary resistivity is negligible.

  14. Bismuth-lead oxide, a new highly conductive oxygen materials

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    Honnart, F.; Boivin, J.C.; Thomas, D.; Vries, de K.J.

    1983-01-01

    The transport properties of an oxygen-deficient solid solution containing lead and bismuth oxides have been investigated. The conductivity is larger than 1 (ω× cm)−1 at 600 °C. Thermogalvanic measurements confirm that no significant electronic contribution occurs in the range 1–10−3atm p O2. The hea

  15. Reversible solid oxide fuel cells (R-SOFCs) with chemically stable proton-conducting oxides

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    Bi, Lei

    2015-07-01

    Proton-conducting oxides offer a promising way of lowering the working temperature of solid oxide cells to the intermediate temperate range (500 to 700. °C) due to their better ionic conductivity. In addition, the application of proton-conducting oxides in both solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) and sold oxide electrolysis cells (SOECs) provides unique advantages compared with the use of conventional oxygen-ion conducting conductors, including the formation of water at the air electrode site. Since the discovery of proton conduction in some oxides about 30. years ago, the development of proton-conducting oxides in SOFCs and SOECs (the reverse mode of SOFCs) has gained increased attention. This paper briefly summarizes the development in the recent years of R-SOFCs with proton-conducting electrolytes, focusing on discussing the importance of adopting chemically stable materials in both fuel cell and electrolysis modes. The development of electrode materials for proton-conducting R-SOFCs is also discussed. © 2015 Elsevier B.V.

  16. A study of oxygen transport in mixed conducting oxides using isotopic exchange and conductivity relaxation

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    Otter, den Matthijs Willem

    2000-01-01

    Mixed conducting oxygen ion conductors can be applied as membranes for the separation of oxygen from air, as electrodes for both oxygen pumps and solid oxide fuel cells. In these applications, oxygen molecules dissociate on the surface of the material. The atomic oxygen species pick up two electrons

  17. Magnetic Transparent Conducting Oxide Film And Method Of Making

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    Windisch, Jr., Charles F.; Exarhos, Gregory J.; Sharma, Shiv K.

    2006-03-14

    Cobalt-nickel oxide films of nominal 100 nm thickness, and resistivity as low as 0.06 O·cm have been deposited by spin-casting from both aqueous and organic precursor solutions followed by annealing at 450° C. in air. An increase in film resistivity was found upon substitution of other cations (e.g., Zn2+, Al3+) for Ni in the spinel structure. However, some improvement in the mechanical properties of the films resulted. On the other hand, addition of small amounts of Li decreased the resistivity. A combination of XRD, XPS, UV/Vis and Raman spectroscopy indicated that NiCo2O4 is the primary conducting component and that the conductivity reaches a maximum at this stoichiometry. When x0.67, the oxide was all spinel but the increased Co content lowered the conductivity.

  18. Magnetic Transparent Conducting Oxide Film And Method Of Making

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    Windisch, Jr., Charles F. (Richland, WA); Exarhos, Gregory J. (Richland, WA); Sharma, Shiv K. (Honolulu, HI)

    2006-03-14

    Cobalt-nickel oxide films of nominal 100 nm thickness, and resistivity as low as 0.06 O·cm have been deposited by spin-casting from both aqueous and organic precursor solutions followed by annealing at 450° C. in air. An increase in film resistivity was found upon substitution of other cations (e.g., Zn2+, Al3+) for Ni in the spinel structure. However, some improvement in the mechanical properties of the films resulted. On the other hand, addition of small amounts of Li decreased the resistivity. A combination of XRD, XPS, UV/Vis and Raman spectroscopy indicated that NiCo2O4 is the primary conducting component and that the conductivity reaches a maximum at this stoichiometry. When x<0.67, NiO forms leading to an increase in resistivity; when x>0.67, the oxide was all spinel but the increased Co content lowered the conductivity.

  19. The role of probe oxide in local surface conductivity measurements

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    Barnett, C. J.; Kryvchenkova, O.; Wilson, L. S. J.; Maffeis, T. G. G.; Cobley, R. J. [Multidisciplinary Nanotechnology Centre, College of Engineering, Swansea University, Singleton Park, Swansea SA2 8PP (United Kingdom); Kalna, K. [Electronic Systems Design Centre, College of Engineering, Swansea University, Singleton Park, Swansea SA2 8PP (United Kingdom)

    2015-05-07

    Local probe methods can be used to measure nanoscale surface conductivity, but some techniques including nanoscale four point probe rely on at least two of the probes forming the same low resistivity non-rectifying contact to the sample. Here, the role of probe shank oxide has been examined by carrying out contact and non-contact I V measurements on GaAs when the probe oxide has been controllably reduced, both experimentally and in simulation. In contact, the barrier height is pinned but the barrier shape changes with probe shank oxide dimensions. In non-contact measurements, the oxide modifies the electrostatic interaction inducing a quantum dot that alters the tunneling behavior. For both, the contact resistance change is dependent on polarity, which violates the assumption required for four point probe to remove probe contact resistance from the measured conductivity. This has implications for all nanoscale surface probe measurements and macroscopic four point probe, both in air and vacuum, where the role of probe oxide contamination is not well understood.

  20. Ionic conductivity in oxide heterostructures: the role of interfaces

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    Emiliana Fabbri, Daniele Pergolesi and Enrico Traversa

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Rapidly growing attention is being directed to the investigation of ionic conductivity in oxide film heterostructures. The main reason for this interest arises from interfacial phenomena in these heterostructures and their applications. Recent results revealed that heterophase interfaces have faster ionic conduction pathways than the bulk or homophase interfaces. This finding can open attractive opportunities in the field of micro-ionic devices. The influence of the interfaces on the conduction properties of heterostructures is becoming increasingly important with the miniaturization of solid-state devices, which leads to an enhanced interface density at the expense of the bulk. This review aims to describe the main evidence of interfacial phenomena in ion-conducting film heterostructures, highlighting the fundamental and technological relevance and offering guidelines to understanding the interface conduction mechanisms in these structures.

  1. Anisotropic thermal conductivity of thin polycrystalline oxide samples

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    A. Tiwari

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available This paper reports about the development of a modified laser-flash technique and relation to measure the in-plane thermal diffusivity of thin polycrystalline oxide samples. Thermal conductivity is then calculated with the product of diffusivity, specific heat and density. Design and operating features for evaluating in-plane thermal conductivities are described. The technique is advantageous as thin samples are not glued together to measure in-plane thermal conductivities like earlier methods reported in literature. The approach was employed to study anisotropic thermal conductivity in alumina sheet, textured kaolin ceramics and montmorillonite. Since it is rare to find in-plane thermal conductivity values for such anisotropic thin samples in literature, this technique offers a useful variant to existing techniques.

  2. Anisotropic thermal conductivity of thin polycrystalline oxide samples

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    Tiwari, A., E-mail: abhishektiwariiitr@gmail.com [Groupe d’Etudes des Matériaux Hétérogènes (GEMH, EA 3178), Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Céramique Industrielle, 12, Rue Atlantis, 87068 Limoges Cedex (France); Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Monash University, Melbourne, VIC 3800 (Australia); Boussois, K.; Nait-Ali, B.; Smith, D. S.; Blanchart, P. [Groupe d’Etudes des Matériaux Hétérogènes (GEMH, EA 3178), Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Céramique Industrielle, 12, Rue Atlantis, 87068 Limoges Cedex (France)

    2013-11-15

    This paper reports about the development of a modified laser-flash technique and relation to measure the in-plane thermal diffusivity of thin polycrystalline oxide samples. Thermal conductivity is then calculated with the product of diffusivity, specific heat and density. Design and operating features for evaluating in-plane thermal conductivities are described. The technique is advantageous as thin samples are not glued together to measure in-plane thermal conductivities like earlier methods reported in literature. The approach was employed to study anisotropic thermal conductivity in alumina sheet, textured kaolin ceramics and montmorillonite. Since it is rare to find in-plane thermal conductivity values for such anisotropic thin samples in literature, this technique offers a useful variant to existing techniques.

  3. Dielectric relaxation and hopping conduction in reduced graphite oxide

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    Wei, Guidan; Yu, Ji; Gu, Min; Tang, Tong B.

    2016-06-01

    Graphite oxide reduced by sodium borohydride was characterised and its electrical conduction investigated with impedance spectroscopy. Thermal dependence of electrical modulus (instead of permittivity, its inverse) was calculated from complex impedance spectra, an approach that prevents any peak in dielectric loss (imaginary component) from being swarmed by large dc conductivity. Two loss peaks appeared at each tested frequency, in a sample of either degree of reduction. The set of weaker peak should arise from the relaxation of some polar bonds, as proposed earlier by us. The stronger loss peaks may correspond to the hopping of conduction electrons; variable range hopping is also consistent with the observed thermal dependence of conductivity. However, nearer ambient temperature there is a change in mechanism, to band transport, with an activation energy of fairly similar values as derived from both loss peaks and conductivity.

  4. Novel transparent conducting oxide technology for solar cells

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    Bishop, P.T.; Sutton, P.A.; Gardener, M.; Wakefield, G.

    2005-07-01

    This report outlines the development of both n- and p-type transparent Conducting Oxide (TCO) materials and the demonstrated feasibility of economic production of TCO films by deposition techniques. Descriptions are given of the four main tasks of the project with Task A concentrating on material design and synthesis covering the new precursor to zinc oxide thin films and selection of polymers for formulation; Task B dealing with film formation involving film deposition by spin coating, screen printing, inkjet printing, dip coating and chemical vapour deposition; Task C concerning performance evaluation; and Task D examining manufacturing process development. The prospects for commercialisation are explored and recommendation for future work are considered.

  5. Transparent conducting oxide induced by liquid electrolyte gating

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    ViolBarbosa, Carlos; Karel, Julie; Kiss, Janos; Gordan, Ovidiu-dorin; Altendorf, Simone G.; Utsumi, Yuki; Samant, Mahesh G.; Wu, Yu-Han; Tsuei, Ku-Ding; Felser, Claudia; Parkin, Stuart S. P.

    2016-10-01

    Optically transparent conducting materials are essential in modern technology. These materials are used as electrodes in displays, photovoltaic cells, and touchscreens; they are also used in energy-conserving windows to reflect the infrared spectrum. The most ubiquitous transparent conducting material is tin-doped indium oxide (ITO), a wide-gap oxide whose conductivity is ascribed to n-type chemical doping. Recently, it has been shown that ionic liquid gating can induce a reversible, nonvolatile metallic phase in initially insulating films of WO3. Here, we use hard X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and spectroscopic ellipsometry to show that the metallic phase produced by the electrolyte gating does not result from a significant change in the bandgap but rather originates from new in-gap states. These states produce strong absorption below ˜1 eV, outside the visible spectrum, consistent with the formation of a narrow electronic conduction band. Thus WO3 is metallic but remains colorless, unlike other methods to realize tunable electrical conductivity in this material. Core-level photoemission spectra show that the gating reversibly modifies the atomic coordination of W and O atoms without a substantial change of the stoichiometry; we propose a simple model relating these structural changes to the modifications in the electronic structure. Thus we show that ionic liquid gating can tune the conductivity over orders of magnitude while maintaining transparency in the visible range, suggesting the use of ionic liquid gating for many applications.

  6. Thermal conductivity, viscosity, and electrical conductivity of iron oxide with a cloud fractal structure

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    Jamilpanah, Pouya; Pahlavanzadeh, Hassan; Kheradmand, Amanj

    2016-09-01

    In the present study, nanoscale iron oxide was synthesized using a hydrothermal method; XRD analysis revealed that all the produced crystals are iron oxide. FESEM microscopic imaging showed that particles are on the scale of nano and their morphology is cloud fractal. To study the laboratory properties of thermal conductivity, viscosity, and electrical conductivity of the nanoparticles, they were dispersed in ethylene glycol-based fluid and the nanofluid was in a two-step synthesis during this process. The experiments were carried out with a weight fraction between 0 and 2 % at temperatures between 25 and 45 °C. According to the results of the experiments, increasing the density of nanoparticles in the fluid increases thermal conductivity, as it was predicted in all theoretical models. On the other hand, nano viscosity increases as the weight fraction increases while it decreases as temperature goes up. Electrical conductivity also increases with raising the temperature and weight fraction. Theoretical models were studied to predict Thermal conductivity, viscosity, and electrical conductivity of the nanofluid.

  7. Thermal conductivity, viscosity, and electrical conductivity of iron oxide with a cloud fractal structure

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    Jamilpanah, Pouya; Pahlavanzadeh, Hassan; Kheradmand, Amanj

    2017-04-01

    In the present study, nanoscale iron oxide was synthesized using a hydrothermal method; XRD analysis revealed that all the produced crystals are iron oxide. FESEM microscopic imaging showed that particles are on the scale of nano and their morphology is cloud fractal. To study the laboratory properties of thermal conductivity, viscosity, and electrical conductivity of the nanoparticles, they were dispersed in ethylene glycol-based fluid and the nanofluid was in a two-step synthesis during this process. The experiments were carried out with a weight fraction between 0 and 2 % at temperatures between 25 and 45 °C. According to the results of the experiments, increasing the density of nanoparticles in the fluid increases thermal conductivity, as it was predicted in all theoretical models. On the other hand, nano viscosity increases as the weight fraction increases while it decreases as temperature goes up. Electrical conductivity also increases with raising the temperature and weight fraction. Theoretical models were studied to predict Thermal conductivity, viscosity, and electrical conductivity of the nanofluid.

  8. Electrical Conductivity of Alkaline-reduced Graphene Oxide

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    WANG Huan; TIAN Hong-wei; WANG Xin-wei; QIAO Liang; WANG Shu-min; WANG Xing-li; ZHENG Wei-tao; LIU Yi-chun

    2011-01-01

    A green route using a very simple and straightforward ultrasonic process under alkaline conditions,rather than a general chemical reduction process using hydrazine,was utilized to obtain the hydrophilic reduced graphene oxide(RGO) sheets,via removing oxygen functional groups from graphene oxide(GO) and repairing the aromatic structure.It is found that the conductivity of the obtained RGO could be tuned by changing pH value in alkaline solution,and the current-voltage(Ⅰ-Ⅴ) curves of both GO and RGO are nonlinear and slightly asymmetric.Under the same applied voltage,the current of RGO is much larger than that of GO,indicating a pronounced increase in the electrical conductivity of RGO,compared to that of GO.

  9. Method for producing highly conformal transparent conducting oxides

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    Elam, Jeffrey W.; Mane, Anil U.

    2016-07-26

    A method for forming a transparent conducting oxide product layer. The method includes use of precursors, such as tetrakis-(dimethylamino) tin and trimethyl indium, and selected use of dopants, such as SnO and ZnO for obtaining desired optical, electrical and structural properties for a highly conformal layer coating on a substrate. Ozone was also input as a reactive gas which enabled rapid production of the desired product layer.

  10. Accumulation-layer surface plasmons in transparent conductive oxides.

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    Fardad, Shima; Alexander Ramos, E; Salandrino, Alessandro

    2017-05-15

    A rigorous analytical study of the eigenmodes supported by a charge accumulation layer within a transparent conductive oxide (TCO) is presented. The new class of surface plasmons termed accumulation-layer surface plasmons (ASPs) is introduced. Near resonance ASPs are tightly bound and display a vast effective index tunability that could be of great practical interest. The suppression of ASPs in the presence of epsilon-near zero regions is discussed.

  11. Transparent conducting oxides: a δ-doped superlattice approach.

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    Cooper, Valentino R; Seo, Sung S Ambrose; Lee, Suyoun; Kim, Jun Sung; Choi, Woo Seok; Okamoto, Satoshi; Lee, Ho Nyung

    2014-08-11

    Metallic states appearing at interfaces between dissimilar insulating oxides exhibit intriguing phenomena such as superconductivity and magnetism. Despite tremendous progress in understanding their origins, very little is known about how to control the conduction pathways and the distribution of charge carriers. Using optical spectroscopic measurements and density-functional theory (DFT) simulations, we examine the effect of SrTiO3 (STO) spacer layer thickness on the optical transparency and carrier distribution in La δ-doped STO superlattices. We experimentally observe that these metallic superlattices remain highly transparent to visible light; a direct consequence of the appropriately large gap between the O 2p and Ti 3d states. In superlattices with relatively thin STO layers, we predict that three-dimensional conduction would occur due to appreciable overlap of quantum mechanical wavefunctions between neighboring δ-doped layers. These results highlight the potential for using oxide heterostructures in optoelectronic devices by providing a unique route for creating novel transparent conducting oxides.

  12. 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...

  13. Grids on TCO's for higly transparent materials with a resistivity below 1 Ohm/sq

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    Deelen, J. van; Rendering, H.; Mannetje, H.H 't; Hovestad, A.

    2011-01-01

    Various transparent conducting materials are compared based on their transparency versus sheet resistance characteristics. At present, transparent conducting oxides (TCOs) are still superior in performance compared to various recent alternatives and can only be surpassed by the combination of TCOs

  14. Electrical conductivity, thermal conductivity, and rheological properties of graphene oxide-based nanofluids

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    Hadadian, Mahboobeh; Goharshadi, Elaheh K., E-mail: gohari@ferdowsi.um.ac.ir [Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Department of Chemistry (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Youssefi, Abbas [Par-e-Tavous Research Institute (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2014-12-15

    Highly stable graphene oxide (GO)-based nanofluids were simply prepared by dispersing graphite oxide with the average crystallite size of 20 nm, in polar base fluids without using any surfactant. Electrical conductivity, thermal conductivity, and rheological properties of the nanofluids were measured at different mass fractions and various temperatures. An enormous enhancement, 25,678 %, in electrical conductivity of distilled water was observed by loading 0.0006 mass fraction of GO at 25 °C. GO–ethylene glycol nanofluids exhibited a non-Newtonian shear-thinning behavior followed by a shear-independent region. This shear-thinning behavior became more pronounced at higher GO concentrations. The maximum ratio of the viscosity of nanofluid to that of the ethylene glycol as a base fluid was 3.4 for the mass fraction of 0.005 of GO at 20 °C under shear rate of 27.5 s{sup −1}. Thermal conductivity enhancement of 30 % was obtained for GO–ethylene glycol nanofluid for mass fraction of 0.07. The measurement of the transport properties of this new kind of nanofluid showed that it could provide an ideal fluid for heat transfer and electronic applications.

  15. Thermal conductivities of minor actinide oxides for advanced fuel

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    Tsuyoshi Nishi; Akinori Itoh; Masahide Takano; Mitsuo Akabori; Yasuo Arai; Kazuo Minato [Nuclear Science and Engineering Directorate, Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Tokai-mura, Ibaraki 319-1195 (Japan)

    2008-07-01

    The thermal diffusivities of americium oxide and neptunium dioxide were determined by a laser flash method. It was found that the thermal diffusivities of AmO{sub 2-x} and NpO{sub 2} decreased with increasing temperature. It was also found that the decrease in O/Am ratio during the thermal diffusivity measurements under vacuum resulted in a slight decrease in thermal diffusivity of AmO{sub 2-x}. The thermal conductivities of AmO{sub 2-x} and NpO{sub 2} were evaluated from the measured thermal diffusivities, heat capacities and bulk densities. The thermal conductivity of AmO{sub 2-x} was smaller than those of the literature values of UO{sub 2} and PuO{sub 2}. On the other hand, the thermal conductivity of NpO{sub 2} from 873 to 1473 K lay between those of UO{sub 2} and PuO{sub 2}. The thermal conductivities of AmO{sub 2-x} and NpO{sub 2} decreased with increasing temperature in the temperature range investigated. This temperature dependence of thermal conductivities showed a similar tendency as those of UO{sub 2}, PuO{sub 2} and (U{sub 0.8}Pu{sub 0.2})O{sub 2-x}. (authors)

  16. ZnO based transparent conductive oxide films with controlled type of conduction

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    Zaharescu, M., E-mail: mzaharescu@icf.ro [Institute of Physical Chemistry “Ilie Murgulescu”, Romanian Academy, 202 Splaiul Independentei, 060021 Bucharest (Romania); Mihaiu, S., E-mail: smihaiu@icf.ro [Institute of Physical Chemistry “Ilie Murgulescu”, Romanian Academy, 202 Splaiul Independentei, 060021 Bucharest (Romania); Toader, A. [Institute of Physical Chemistry “Ilie Murgulescu”, Romanian Academy, 202 Splaiul Independentei, 060021 Bucharest (Romania); Atkinson, I., E-mail: irinaatkinson@yahoo.com [Institute of Physical Chemistry “Ilie Murgulescu”, Romanian Academy, 202 Splaiul Independentei, 060021 Bucharest (Romania); Calderon-Moreno, J.; Anastasescu, M.; Nicolescu, M.; Duta, M.; Gartner, M. [Institute of Physical Chemistry “Ilie Murgulescu”, Romanian Academy, 202 Splaiul Independentei, 060021 Bucharest (Romania); Vojisavljevic, K.; Malic, B. [Institute Jožef Stefan, Ljubljana (Slovenia); Ivanov, V.A.; Zaretskaya, E.P. [State Scientific and Production Association “Scientific-Practical Materials Research Center of the National Academy of Science Belarus, P. Brovska str.19, 220072, Minsk (Belarus)

    2014-11-28

    The transparent conductive oxide films with controlled type of conduction are of great importance and their preparation is intensively studied. In our work, the preparation of such films based on doped ZnO was realized in order to achieve controlled type of conduction and high concentration of the charge carriers. Sol–gel method was used for films preparation and several dopants were tested (Sn, Li, Ni). Multilayer deposition was performed on several substrates: SiO{sub 2}/Si wafers, silica-soda-lime and/or silica glasses. The structural and morphological characterization of the obtained films were done by scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, X-ray fluorescence, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and atomic force microscopy respectively, while spectroscopic ellipsometry and transmittance measurements were done for determination of optical properties. The selected samples with the best structural, morphological and optical properties were subjected to electrical measurement (Hall and Seebeck effect). In all studied cases, samples with good adherence and homogeneous morphology as well as monophasic wurtzite type structure were obtained. The optical constants (refractive index and extinction coefficient) were calculated from spectroscopic ellipsometry data using Cauchy model. Films with n- or p-type conduction were obtained depending on the composition, number of deposition and thermal treatment temperature. - Highlights: • Transparent conductive ZnO based thin films were prepared by the sol–gel method. • Controlled type of conduction is obtained in (Sn, Li) doped and Li-Ni co-doped ZnO films. • Hall and Seebeck measurements proved the p-type conductivity for Li-Ni co-doped ZnO films. • The p-type conductivity was maintained even after 4-months of storage. • Influence of dopant- and substrate-type on the ZnO films properties was established.

  17. Enhanced conductivity of reduced graphene oxide decorated with aluminium oxide nanoparticles by oxygen annealing.

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    Liu, Hao; Choy, Kwang-Leong; Roe, Martin

    2013-07-07

    A process involving the filtration of graphene oxide (GO) dispersion through an alumina membrane, followed by oxygen annealing to synthesize alumina nanoparticles exclusively at the edges of holes or vacancies in the reduced graphene oxide (rGO) plane, is used to prepare paper-like composites with a 21% enhanced electrical conductivity. Moreover, the rGO/alumina nanocomposites have a smaller band gap and hydrophilic properties.

  18. 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...

  19. Stable high conductivity ceria/bismuth oxide bilayered electrolytes

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    Wachsman, E.D.; Jayaweera, P.; Jiang, N.; Lowe, D.M.; Pound, B.G. [SRI international, Menlo Park, CA (United States). Materials Research Center

    1997-01-01

    The authors have developed a high conductivity bilayered ceria/bismuth oxide anolyte/electrolyte that uses the Po{sub 2} gradient to obtain stability at the anolyte-electrolyte interface and reduced electronic conduction due to the electrolyte region. Results in terms of solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) performance and stability are presented. These results include a 90 to 160 mV increase in open-circuit potential, depending on temperature, with the bilayered structure as compared to SOFCs fabricated from a single ceria layer. An open-circuit potential of >1.0 V was obtained at 500 C with the bilayered structure. This increase in open-circuit potential is obtained without any measurable increase in cell resistance and is stable for over 1,400 h of testing, under both open-circuit and maximum power conditions. Moreover, SOFCs fabricated from the bilayered structure result in a 33% greater power density as compared to cells with a single ceria electrolyte layer.

  20. Protective Oxide Coating for Ionic Conductive Solid Electrolyte Interphase.

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    Kim, Yong Su; Kim, Seong Heon; Kim, Gyusung; Heo, Sung; Mun, Jinsoo; Han, Sungsoo; Jung, Heechul; Kyoung, Yong Koo; Yun, Dong Jin; Baek, Woon Joong; Doo, Seokgwang

    2016-11-16

    To employ Li-based batteries to their full potential in a wide range of energy-storage applications, their capacity and performance stability must be improved. Si is a viable anode material for Li-based batteries in electric vehicles due to its high theoretical capacity and good economic feasibility. However, it suffers from physical and chemical degradation, leading to unstable electrochemical performance and preventing its incorporation in new Li-based battery systems. Herein, we applied a poly(vinyl alcohol)-PO4 protective coating for Si-graphite anodes and confirmed an improvement in the electrochemical performance. The experimental results revealed that the polymer acts as a binder to alleviate the pulverization of the electrode. Furthermore, the oxide coating reduces the loss of Li2O, which has high ionic conductivity, during operation, resulting in the formation of a stable solid electrolyte interphase. Our findings suggest that a stable and ion-conducting anode/interphase can be developed by applying an oxide and polymer coating in combined approach. Therefore, this study is expected to provide a basis for the further development and design of high-performance Li-based battery systems.

  1. Ultrabroadband terahertz conductivity of highly doped ZnO and ITO

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    Wang, Tianwu; Zalkovskij, Maksim; Iwaszczuk, Krzysztof;

    2015-01-01

    plasma techniques, supplemented by the photoconductive antenna (PCA) method. The complex conductivities were accurately calculated using a thin film extraction algorithm and analyzed in terms of the Drude conductivity model. All the measured TCOs have a scattering time below 15 fs. We find that a phonon...... response must be included in the description of the broadband properties of AZO and GZO for an accurate extraction of the scattering time in these materials, which is strongly influenced by the zinc oxide phonon resonance tail even in the low frequency part of the spectrum. The conductivity of AZO is found......-TDS measurements (0.5-18 THz) and ellipsometry measurements (200-1000 THz). (C)2015 Optical Society of America...

  2. Fabrication and characterization of conductive anodic aluminum oxide substrates

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    Altuntas, Sevde; Buyukserin, Fatih

    2014-11-01

    Biomaterials that allow the utilization of electrical, chemical and topographic cues for improved neuron-material interaction and neural regeneration hold great promise for nerve tissue engineering applications. The nature of anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) membranes intrinsically provides delicate control over topographic and chemical cues for enhanced cell interaction; however their use in nerve regeneration is still very limited. Herein, we report the fabrication and characterization of conductive AAO (CAAO) surfaces for the ultimate goal of integrating electrical cues for improved nerve tissue behavior on the nanoporous substrate material. Parafilm was used as a protecting polymer film, for the first time, in order to obtain large area (50 cm2) free-standing AAO membranes. Carbon (C) was then deposited on the AAO surface via sputtering. Morphological characterization of the CAAO surfaces revealed that the pores remain open after the deposition process. The presence of C on the material surface and inside the nanopores was confirmed by XPS and EDX studies. Furthermore, I-V curves of the surface were used to extract surface resistance values and conductive AFM demonstrated that current signals can only be achieved where conductive C layer is present. Finally, novel nanoporous C films with controllable pore diameters and one dimensional (1-D) C nanostructures were obtained by the dissolution of the template AAO substrate.

  3. High surface area, electrically conductive nanocarbon-supported metal oxide

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    Worsley, Marcus A.; Han, Thomas Yong-Jin; Kuntz, Joshua D.; Cervantes, Octavio; Gash, Alexander E.; Baumann, Theodore F.; Satcher, Jr., Joe H.

    2015-07-14

    A metal oxide-carbon composite includes a carbon aerogel with an oxide overcoat. The metal oxide-carbon composite is made by providing a carbon aerogel, immersing the carbon aerogel in a metal oxide sol under a vacuum, raising the carbon aerogel with the metal oxide sol to atmospheric pressure, curing the carbon aerogel with the metal oxide sol at room temperature, and drying the carbon aerogel with the metal oxide sol to produce the metal oxide-carbon composite. The step of providing a carbon aerogel can provide an activated carbon aerogel or provide a carbon aerogel with carbon nanotubes that make the carbon aerogel mechanically robust.

  4. Thermally stimulated discharge conductivity study of zinc oxide thermoelectrets

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    Vijaya S Sangawar; Manisha C Golchha

    2014-10-01

    The present work deals with transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and thermally stimulated discharge current (TSDC) study of inorganic metal oxide (ZnO) nanoparticles and its thermoelectrets. The thermoelectrets were prepared by applying different electric polarizing field (P) at constant polarizing temperature (P), for constant polarization time (P). The TSDC study was carried out in the temperature region of 313–473 K. It was observed that the conductivity of ZnO samples increases with the increase in temperature and polarizing field. The dependence of TSDC data on polarizing agents, i.e. field and temperature shows Arrhenius type of behviour and is explained on the basis of variable range hopping mechanism.

  5. 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.

  6. Indium oxide: A transparent, conducting ferromagnetic semiconductor for spintronic applications

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    Babu, S. Harinath; Kaleemulla, S.; Rao, N. Madhusudhana; Krishnamoorthi, C.

    2016-10-01

    The optical and electrical properties are the two important dimensions of Indium oxide and its derivatives (indium tin oxide) and were well studied to understand the origin of wide electronic band gap and high electrical conductivity at room temperature. In2O3 and its derivatives find many applications in electronic and optoelectronic domains based on the above properties. The recent discovery of ferromagnetism in In2O3 at room temperature become a third dimension and lead to intensive research on enhancement of ferromagnetic strength by various means such as dopants and synthesis protocols and extrinsic parameters. The research lead to enormous experimental data and theoretical models proliferation over the past one decade with diverse insights into the origin of ferromagnetism in In2O3 based dilute magnetic semiconductors. The experimental data and theoretical models of ferromagnetism in In2O3 has been thoroughly surveyed in the literature and compiled all the data and presented for easy of understanding in this review. We have identified best chemical composition, geometry and synthesis protocols for strongest ferromagnetic strength and suitable theoretical model of magnetism has been presented in this review.

  7. Nanoionics phenomenon in proton-conducting oxide: Effect of dispersion of nanosize platinum particles on electrical conduction properties

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    Hiroshige Matsumoto et al

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available High-temperature proton conductors are oxides in which low-valence cations are doped as electron acceptors; the incorporation of water molecules into the oxides results in the formation of protonic defects that act as charge carriers. Since the protons thus formed are in equilibrium with other electronic defects, electrons and holes, the oxides possibly have different proton-conduction properties at and near boundaries when they are in contact with another phase. In this paper, we present our recent experimental observation of a marked change in the electrical properties of a proton conductor upon the dispersal of fine platinum particles in the oxide. First, the material shows extremely low electrical conductivity in comparison with the original proton-conducting perovskite. Second, there was a threshold amount of platinum at which such a drop in conductivity occurred. A percolation model is employed to explain these experimental results; the fine platinum particles dispersed in the proton-conducting oxide wears highly resistive skin that is formed due to shifts in defect equilibriums, which prevents ionic/electronic conduction. The experiments suggest that the ion-conducting properties of oxides can be varied by introducing interfaces at a certain density; nanoionics is a key to yielding enhanced and/or controlled ionic conduction in solids.

  8. Transparent Conductive Oxides for Thin-Film Silicon Solar Cells

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    Loeffler, J.

    2005-04-25

    This thesis describes research on thin-film silicon solar cells with focus on the transparent conductive oxide (TCO) for such devices. In addition to the formation of a transparent and electrically conductive front electrode for the solar cell allowing photocurrent collection with low ohmic losses, the front TCO plays an important role for the light enhancement of thin-film silicon pin type solar cells. If the TCO is rough, light scattering at rough interfaces in the solar cell in combination with a highly reflective back contact leads to an increase in optical path length of the light. Multiple (total) internal reflectance leads to virtual 'trapping' of the light in the solar cell structure, allowing a further decrease in absorber thickness and thus thin-film silicon solar cell devices with higher and more stable efficiency. Here, the optical mechanisms involved in the light trapping in thin-film silicon solar cells have been studied, and two types of front TCO materials have been investigated with respect to their suitability as front TCO in thin-film silicon pin type solar cells. Undoped and aluminum doped zinc oxide layers have been fabricated for the first time by the expanding thermal plasma chemical vapour deposition (ETP CVD) technique at substrate temperatures between 150C and 350C, and successfully implemented as a front electrode material for amorphous silicon pin superstrate type solar cells. Solar cells with efficiencies comparable to cells on Asahi U-type reference TCO have been reproducibly obtained. A higher haze is needed for the ZnO samples studied here than for Asahi U-type TCO in order to achieve comparable long wavelength response of the solar cells. This is attributed to the different angular distribution of the scattered light, showing higher scattering intensities at large angles for the Asahi U-type TCO. A barrier at the TCO/p interface and minor collection problems may explain the slightly lower fill factors obtained for the

  9. Transparent conductive oxides for thin-film silicon solar cells

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    Löffler, J.

    2005-04-01

    This thesis describes research on thin-film silicon solar cells with focus on the transparent conductive oxide (TCO) for such devices. In addition to the formation of a transparent and electrically conductive front electrode for the solar cell allowing photocurrent collection with low ohmic losses, the front TCO plays an important role for the light enhancement of thin-film silicon pin type solar cells. If the TCO is rough, light scattering at rough interfaces in the solar cell in combination with a highly reflective back contact leads to an increase in optical path length of the light. Multiple (total) internal reflectance leads to virtual 'trapping' of the light in the solar cell structure, allowing a further decrease in absorber thickness and thus thin-film silicon solar cell devices with higher and more stable efficiency. Here, the optical mechanisms involved in the light trapping in thin-film silicon solar cells have been studied, and two types of front TCO materials have been investigated with respect to their suitability as front TCO in thin-film silicon pin type solar cells. Undoped and aluminum doped zinc oxide layers have been fabricated for the first time by the expanding thermal plasma chemical vapour deposition (ETP CVD) technique at substrate temperatures between 150 º C and 350 º C, and successfully implemented as a front electrode material for amorphous silicon pin superstrate type solar cells. Solar cells with efficiencies comparable to cells on Asahi U-type reference TCO have been reproducibly obtained. A higher haze is needed for the ZnO samples studied here than for Asahi U-type TCO in order to achieve comparable long wavelength response of the solar cells. This is attributed to the different angular distribution of the scattered light, showing higher scattering intensities at large angles for the Asahi U-type TCO. A barrier at the TCO/p interface and minor collection problems may explain the slightly lower fill factors obtained for the cells

  10. Transparent conducting oxide top contacts for organic electronics

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    Franklin, Joseph B.

    2014-01-01

    A versatile method for the deposition of transparent conducting oxide (TCO) layers directly onto conjugated polymer thin film substrates is presented. Using pulsed laser deposition (PLD) we identify a narrow window of growth conditions that permit the deposition of highly transparent, low sheet resistance aluminium-doped zinc oxide (AZO) without degradation of the polymer film. Deposition on conjugated polymers mandates the use of low growth temperatures (<200°C), here we deposit AZO onto poly-3-hexylthiophene (P3HT) thin films at 150°C, and investigate the microstructural and electrical properties of the AZO as the oxygen pressure in the PLD chamber is varied (5-75 mTorr). The low oxygen pressure conditions previously optimized for AZO deposition on rigid substrates are shown to be unsuitable, resulting in catastrophic damage of the polymer films. By increasing the oxygen pressure, thus reducing the energy of the ablated species, we identify conditions that allow direct deposition of continuous, transparent AZO films without P3HT degradation. We find that uptake of oxygen into the AZO films reduces the intrinsic charge carriers and AZO films with a measured sheet resistance of approximately 500 Ω □-1 can be prepared. To significantly reduce this value we identify a novel process in which AZO is deposited over a range of oxygen pressures-enabling the deposition of highly transparent AZO with sheet resistances below 50 Ω □-1 directly onto P3HT. We propose these low resistivity films are widely applicable as transparent top-contacts in a range of optoelectronic devices and highlight this by demonstrating the operation of a semi-transparent photovoltaic device. © 2014 The Royal Society of Chemistry. 2014.

  11. Investigation of material properties and thermal stabilities of magnetron-sputter-deposited ZnO:Al/Ag/ZnO:Al transparent conductive coatings for thin-film solar cell applications

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    Van Eek, Stella; Yan, Xia; Li, Weimin; Kreher, Sascha; Venkataraj, Selvaraj

    2017-08-01

    Transparent conductive oxides (TCOs) have been widely used in various optoelectronic devices. Among these TCOs, indium-tin oxide (ITO) is the most commonly used TCO material. However, owing to the scarcity of indium, there exists a strong need to replace ITO with an alternative transparent conductive coating. A TCO/metal/TCO-based multilayer structure has been considered as one promising candidate. In this work, several Al-doped ZnO (AZO) AZO/Ag/AZO samples were prepared with different Ag thicknesses. The AZO/Ag/AZO structure allows a low sheet resistance of around 10 Ω/sq and a visible transmission above 80% achieved with an overall thickness of ˜110 nm. The optimisation of front AZO thickness helps to reduce reflection via destructive interferences. We demonstrated that the adhesion strength of the stacks can be improved by modifying top AZO deposition conditions. The adhesive tape test confirms good film adhesion (i.e., peel-off strength) to the glass substrate. The annealing studies confirm good thermal stabilities of the fabricated sandwich structure.

  12. Thermal conductivities of nanostructured magnesium oxide coatings deposited on magnesium alloys by plasma electrolytic oxidation.

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    Shen, Xinwei; Nie, Xueyuan; Hu, Henry

    2014-10-01

    The resistances of magnesium alloys to wear, friction and corrosion can be effectively improved by depositing coatings on their surfaces. However, the coatings can also reduce the heat transfer from the coated components to the surroundings (e.g., coated cylinder bores for internal combustion of engine blocks). In this paper, nanostructured magnesium oxides were produced by plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) process on the magnesium alloy AJ62 under different current densities. The guarded comparative heat flow method was adopted to measure the thermal conductivities of such coatings which possess gradient nanoscale grain sizes. The aim of the paper is to explore how the current density in the PEO process affects the thermal conductivity of the nanostructured magnesium coatings. The experimental results show that, as the current density rises from 4 to 20 A/mm2, the thermal conductivity has a slight increase from 0.94 to 1.21 W/m x K, which is significantly smaller than that of the corresponding bulk magnesium oxide materials (29.4 W/m x K). This mostly attributed to the variation of the nanoscale grain sizes of the PEO coatings.

  13. Halving the Casimir force with conductive oxides: experimental details

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    de Man, Sven; Iannuzzi, Davide

    2010-01-01

    This work is an extended version of a paper published last year in Physical Review Letters [S. de Man et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 103, 040402 (2009)], where we presented measurements of the Casimir force between a gold coated sphere and a plate coated with either gold or an indium-tin-oxide (ITO) layer. The experiment, which was performed in air, showed that ITO is sufficiently conducting to prevent charge accumulation, but still transparent enough to halve the Casimir attraction when compared to gold. Here, we report all the experimental details that, due to the limited space available, were omitted in the previous article. We discuss the performance of our setup in terms of stability of the calibration procedure and reproducibility of the Casimir force measurement. We also introduce and demonstrate a new technique to obtain the spring constant of our force sensor. Furthermore, we present a thorough description of the experimental method, a comprehensive explanation of data elaboration and error analysis, and a...

  14. Ultrahigh Oxidation Resistance and High Electrical Conductivity in Copper-Silver Powder

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    Li, Jiaxiang; Li, Yunping; Wang, Zhongchang; Bian, Huakang; Hou, Yuhang; Wang, Fenglin; Xu, Guofu; Liu, Bin; Liu, Yong

    2016-12-01

    The electrical conductivity of pure Cu powder is typically deteriorated at elevated temperatures due to the oxidation by forming non-conducting oxides on surface, while enhancing oxidation resistance via alloying is often accompanied by a drastic decline of electrical conductivity. Obtaining Cu powder with both a high electrical conductivity and a high oxidation resistance represents one of the key challenges in developing next-generation electrical transferring powder. Here, we fabricate a Cu-Ag powder with a continuous Ag network along grain boundaries of Cu particles and demonstrate that this new structure can inhibit the preferential oxidation in grain boundaries at elevated temperatures. As a result, the Cu-Ag powder displays considerably high electrical conductivity and high oxidation resistance up to approximately 300 °C, which are markedly higher than that of pure Cu powder. This study paves a new pathway for developing novel Cu powders with much enhanced electrical conductivity and oxidation resistance in service.

  15. Structure and Properties of Amorphous Transparent Conducting Oxides

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    Medvedeva, Julia

    Driven by technological appeal, the research area of amorphous oxide semiconductors has grown tremendously since the first demonstration of the unique properties of amorphous indium oxide more than a decade ago. Today, amorphous oxides, such as a-ITO, a-IZO, a-IGZO, or a-ZITO, exhibit the optical, electrical, thermal, and mechanical properties that are comparable or even superior to those possessed by their crystalline counterparts, pushing the latter out of the market. Large-area uniformity, low-cost low-temperature deposition, high carrier mobility, optical transparency, and mechanical flexibility make these materials appealing for next-generation thin-film electronics. Yet, the structural variations associated with crystalline-to-amorphous transition as well as their role in carrier generation and transport properties of these oxides are far from being understood. Although amorphous oxides lack grain boundaries, factors like (i) size and distribution of nanocrystalline inclusions; (ii) spatial distribution and clustering of incorporated cations in multicomponent oxides; (iii) formation of trap defects; and (iv) piezoelectric effects associated with internal strains, will contribute to electron scattering. In this work, ab-initio molecular dynamics (MD) and accurate density-functional approaches are employed to understand how the properties of amorphous ternary and quaternary oxides depend on quench rates, cation compositions, and oxygen stoichiometries. The MD results, combined with thorough experimental characterization, reveal that interplay between the local and long-range structural preferences of the constituent oxides gives rise to a complex composition-dependent structural behavior in the amorphous oxides. The proposed network models of metal-oxygen polyhedra help explain the observed intriguing electrical and optical properties in In-based oxides and suggest ways to broaden the phase space of amorphous oxide semiconductors with tunable properties. The

  16. Microchannel apparatus and methods of conducting catalyzed oxidative dehydrogenation

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    Tonkovich, Anna Lee; Yang, Bin; Perry, Steven T.; Mazanec, Terry; Arora, Ravi; Daly, Francis P.; Long, Richard; Yuschak, Thomas D.; Neagle, Paul W.; Glass, Amanda

    2011-08-16

    Methods of oxidative dehydrogenation are described. Surprisingly, Pd and Au alloys of Pt have been discovered to be superior for oxidative dehydrogenation in microchannels. Methods of forming these catalysts via an electroless plating methodology are also described. An apparatus design that minimizes heat transfer to the apparatus' exterior is also described.

  17. Steam electrolysis by solid oxide electrolysis cells (SOECs) with proton-conducting oxides

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    Bi, Lei

    2014-01-01

    Energy crisis and environmental problems caused by the conventional combustion of fossil fuels boost the development of renewable and sustainable energies. H2 is regarded as a clean fuel for many applications and it also serves as an energy carrier for many renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind power. Among all the technologies for H2 production, steam electrolysis by solid oxide electrolysis cells (SOECs) has attracted much attention due to its high efficiency and low environmental impact, provided that the needed electrical power is generated from renewable sources. However, the deployment of SOECs based on conventional oxygen-ion conductors is limited by several issues, such as high operating temperature, hydrogen purification from water, and electrode stability. To avoid these problems, proton-conducting oxides are proposed as electrolyte materials for SOECs. This review paper provides a broad overview of the research progresses made for proton-conducting SOECs, summarizing the past work and finding the problems for the development of proton-conducting SOECs, as well as pointing out potential development directions.

  18. Conductivity and Dielectric Studies of Lithium Trifluoromethanesulfonate Doped Polyethylene Oxide-Graphene Oxide Blend Based Electrolytes

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    A. A. Azli

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Series of polymer blend consisting of polyethylene oxide (PEO and graphene oxide (GO as co-host polymer were prepared using solution cast method. The most amorphous PEO-GO blend was obtained using 90 wt.% of PEO and 10 wt.% of GO as recorded by X-ray diffraction (XRD. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR analysis proved the interaction between PEO, GO, lithium trifluoromethanesulfonate (LiCF3SO3, and ethylene sulfite (ES. Incorporation of 25 wt.% LiCF3SO3 into the PEO-GO blend increases the conductivity to 3.84±0.83×10-6 S cm−1. The conductivity starts to decrease when more than 25 wt.% salt is doped into the polymer blend. The addition of 1 wt.% ES into the polymer electrolyte has increased the conductivity to 1.73±0.05×10-5 S cm−1. Dielectric studies show that all the electrolytes obey non-Debye behavior.

  19. Potential Dependence of the Conductivity of Highly Oxidized Polythiophenes, Polypyrroles, and Polyaniline: Finite Windows of High Conductivity

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    1990-05-16

    protonation/deprotonation mechanism . Conductivity increases by at least 108 upon oxidizing polyani-ine from neutral to maximally conducting, and decreases...reversible, potential dependent changes in conductivity in liquid S02/electrolyte in the apparent absence of a protonation/deprotonation mechanism ...polyaniline is similar in 0.5 M H2SO4 ,1 liquid S02 /electrolyte, and poly(vinyl alchohol )/H 3PO4.nH20.8 However, the positive potential limit in aqueous

  20. Conductive metal oxide film for solar energy control

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    Donley, H.E.

    1980-05-20

    An electroconductive film comprising the oxides of cobalt and nickel in a spinel structure having the formula nico2o4 and having high absorption in the luminous and infrared portions of the solar energy spectrum is disclosed.

  1. Functional doped metal oxide films. Zinc oxide (ZnO) as transparent conducting oxide (TCO) titanium dioxide (TiO{sub 2}) as thermographic phosphor and protective coating

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    Nebatti Ech-Chergui, Abdelkader

    2011-07-29

    Metalorganic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) was used in the present work. Un-doped and Al-doped ZnO films were developed using two reactors: Halogen Lamp Reactor (HLR) (a type of Cold Wall Reactor) and Hot Wall Reactor (HWR), and a comparison was made between them in terms of the film properties. Zinc acetylacetonate was used as precursor for ZnO films while aluminum acetylacetonate was used for doping. The amount of Al doping can be controlled by varying the gas flow rate. Well ordered films with aluminum content between 0 and 8 % were grown on borosilicate glass and silicon. The films obtained are 0.3 to 0.5 {mu}m thick, highly transparent and reproducible. The growth rate of ZnO films deposited using HLR is less than HWR. In HLR, the ZnO films are well oriented along c-axis ((002) plane). ZnO films are commonly oriented along the c-axis due to its low surface free energy. On the other hand, the HWR films are polycrystalline and with Al doping these films aligned along the a-axis ((100) plane) which is less commonly observed. The best films were obtained with the HLR method showing a minimum electrical resistivity of 2.4 m{omega}cm and transmittance of about 80 % in the visible range. The results obtained for Al-doped films using HLR are promising to be used as TCOs. The second material investigated in this work was un-doped and doped titanium dioxide (TiO{sub 2}) films- its preparation and characterization. It is well known that thermographic phosphors can be used as an optical method for the surface temperature measurement. For this application, the temperature-dependent luminescence properties of europium (III)-doped TiO{sub 2} thin films were studied. It was observed that only europium doped anatase films show the phosphorescence. Rutile phase do not show phosphorescence. The films were prepared by the sol-gel method using the dip coating technique. The structures of the films were determined by X-ray diffraction (XRD). The excitation and the emission

  2. Mixed conductivity in terbia-stabilized bismuth oxide

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    Vinke, I.C.; Boukamp, B.A.; Vries, de K.J.; Burggraaf, A.J.

    1992-01-01

    The mixed conducting solid solution 0.75Bi2O3−0.25Tb4O7 (BT40) was studied by impedance techniques using ionically blocking electrodes. These measurements confirmed the p-type electronic conductivity suggested in literature. In air at temperatures between 600 and 900 K the ionic transference number

  3. Thermal conductivity modeling of water containing metal oxide nanoparticles

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    Ahmad Azari

    2015-01-01

    The nano particles have demonstrated great potential to improve the heat transfer characteristics of heat transfer fluids. Possible parameters responsible for this increase were studied. The heat transfer profile in the nanolayer region was combined with other parameters such as volume fraction, particle radius thermal conductivity of the fluid, particle and nanolayer, to formulate a thermal conductivity model. Results predicting the thermal conductivity of nanofluids using the model were compared with experimental results as well as studies by other researchers. The comparison of the results obtained for the CuO/water and TiO2/water nanofluids studied shows that the correlation proposed is in closest proximity in predicting the experimental results for the thermal conductivity of a nanofluid. Also, a parametric study was performed to understand how a number of factors affect the thermal conductivity of nanofluids using the developed correlation.

  4. Development of atmospheric pressure CVD processes for highquality transparent conductive oxides

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    Graaf, A. de; Deelen, J. van; Poodt, P.W.G.; Mol, A.M.B. van; Spee, C.I.M.A.; Grob, F.; Kuypers, A.

    2010-01-01

    For the past decade TNO has been involved in the research and development of atmospheric pressure CVD (APCVD) and plasma enhanced CVD (PECVD) processes for deposition of transparent conductive oxides (TCO), such as tin oxide and zinc oxide. It is shown that by combining precursor development, fundam

  5. Role of oxidation on surface conductance of the topological insulator Bi2Te2Se

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    Hwang, Jin Heui; Park, Joonbum; Kwon, Sangku; Kim, Jun Sung; Park, Jeong Young

    2014-12-01

    We investigated the effect of surface oxides on charge transport properties in a topological insulator (Bi2Te2Se) using conductive probe atomic force microscopy in an ultrahigh vacuum environment. Uniform distribution of the measured friction and current were observed over a single quintuple layer terrace after exposure to the ambient environment, which is an indication of uniform surface oxide coverage. An oxide-free topological insulator surface was exposed using tip-induced etching. By comparing surface conduction on a fresh surface versus a surface exposed to air, we observed a minor change in resistance when surface oxide was present. The current density varied with applied load on the oxidized surface, which implies that the topological surface states respond to tip-induced pressure even though surface oxide is present. From these results, we conclude that surface oxidation in air has a negligible effect on surface conductance in topological insulators.

  6. Configurational Model for Conductivity of Stabilized Fluorite Structure Oxides

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    Poulsen, Finn Willy

    1981-01-01

    The formalism developed here furnishes means by which ionic configurations, solid solution limits, and conductivity mechanisms in doped fluorite structures can be described. The present model differs markedly from previous models but reproduces qualitatively reality. The analysis reported...

  7. Method for producing high carrier concentration p-Type transparent conducting oxides

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    Li, Xiaonan; Yan, Yanfa; Coutts, Timothy J.; Gessert, Timothy A.; Dehart, Clay M.

    2009-04-14

    A method for producing transparent p-type conducting oxide films without co-doping plasma enhancement or high temperature comprising: a) introducing a dialkyl metal at ambient temperature and a saturated pressure in a carrier gas into a low pressure deposition chamber, and b) introducing NO alone or with an oxidizer into the chamber under an environment sufficient to produce a metal-rich condition to enable NO decomposition and atomic nitrogen incorporation into the formed transparent metal conducting oxide.

  8. Temperature dependence of dc electrical conductivity of activated carbon-metal oxide nanocomposites. Some insight into conduction mechanisms

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    Barroso-Bogeat, Adrián; Alexandre-Franco, María; Fernández-González, Carmen; Sánchez-González, José; Gómez-Serrano, Vicente

    2015-12-01

    From a commercial activated carbon (AC) and six metal oxide (Al2O3, Fe2O3, SnO2, TiO2, WO3 and ZnO) precursors, two series of AC-metal oxide nanocomposites are prepared by wet impregnation, oven-drying at 120 °C, and subsequent heat treatment at 200 or 850 °C in inert atmosphere. The temperature-dependent dc electrical conductivity of AC and the as-prepared nanocomposites is measured from room temperature up to ca. 200 °C in air atmosphere by the four-probe method. The decrease in conductivity for the hybrid materials as compared to AC is the result of a complex interplay between several factors, including not only the intrinsic conductivity, crystallite size, content and chemical nature of the supported nanoparticles, which ultimately depend on the precursor and heat treatment temperature, but also the adsorption of oxygen and water from the surrounding atmosphere. The conductivity data are discussed in terms of a thermally activated process. In this regard, both AC and the prepared nanocomposites behave as semiconductors, and the temperature-dependent conductivity data have been interpreted on the basis of the classical model proposed by Mott and Davis. Because of its high content of heteroatoms, AC may be considered as a heavily doped semiconductor, so that conduction of thermally excited carriers via acceptor or donor levels is expected to be the dominant mechanism. The activation energies for the hybrid materials suggest that the supported metal oxide nanoparticles strongly modify the electronic band structure of AC by introducing new trap levels in different positions along its band gap. Furthermore, the thermally activated conduction process satisfies the Meyer-Neldel rule, which is likely connected with the shift of the Fermi level due to the introduction of the different metal oxide nanoparticles in the AC matrix.

  9. High ionic conductivity in confined bismuth oxide-based heterostructures

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    Sanna, Simone; Esposito, Vincenzo; Christensen, Mogens; Pryds, Nini

    2016-12-01

    Bismuth trioxide in the cubic fluorite phase (δ -Bi2O3 ) exhibits the highest oxygen ionic conductivity. In this study, we were able to stabilize the pure δ -Bi2O3 at low temperature with no addition of stabilizer but only by engineering the interface, using highly coherent heterostructures made of alternative layers of δ -Bi2O3 and Yttria Stabilized Zirconia (YSZ), deposited by pulsed laser deposition. The resulting [δ -Bi2O3 /YSZ ] heterostructures are found to be stable over a wide temperature range (500-750 °C) and exhibits stable high ionic conductivity over a long time comparable to the value of the pure δ -Bi2O3 , which is approximately two orders of magnitude higher than the conductivity of YSZ bulk.

  10. High ionic conductivity in confined bismuth oxide-based heterostructures

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    Simone Sanna

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available Bismuth trioxide in the cubic fluorite phase (δ-Bi2O3 exhibits the highest oxygen ionic conductivity. In this study, we were able to stabilize the pure δ-Bi2O3 at low temperature with no addition of stabilizer but only by engineering the interface, using highly coherent heterostructures made of alternative layers of δ-Bi2O3 and Yttria Stabilized Zirconia (YSZ, deposited by pulsed laser deposition. The resulting [δ-Bi2O3/YSZ] heterostructures are found to be stable over a wide temperature range (500-750 °C and exhibits stable high ionic conductivity over a long time comparable to the value of the pure δ-Bi2O3, which is approximately two orders of magnitude higher than the conductivity of YSZ bulk.

  11. There's no place like Ohm: conduction in oxide thin films.

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    Scott, J F

    2014-04-09

    A pedagogical essay is given that alerts researchers to the errors inherent in assigning linear I(V) current-voltage dependences to Ohmic conduction. Such a linear I(V) is necessary but not sufficient, since other mechanisms, including Simmons' modification of the basic Schottky emission theory, also give linear I(V) at small applied voltages. Discrimination among Ohmic, Schottky, space-charge limited, and other models requires accurate thickness dependence I(d) data, where for Ohmic conduction I=a/d, whereas for interface-limited mechanisms such as Simmons/Schottky, I is nearly independent of d.

  12. Modification and characterization of thin silicon gate oxides using conducting atomic force microscopy

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    Kremmer, S.; Peissl, S.; Teichert, C.; Kuchar, F.; Hofer, H

    2003-09-15

    Conducting atomic force microscopy (C-AFM) is used for the anodic oxidation on thermally grown gate oxide samples. The electric field distribution during the oxidation process is studied by computer simulations as function of tip radius, thermal oxide thickness and water film coverage. The results are compared with the experimental oxidation experiments. It is shown that the tip radius and its nano-roughness play an important role for the shape of the protrusions obtained by oxidation. For smooth tips, which do not exhibit high nano-roughness, formation of ring structures can be observed. For tips with higher nano-roughness, the ring structure formation is suppressed. From a comparison of the electric field distributions within the oxide with the experimental data, we concluded that the electric field near the oxide/tip interface is the driving force during the anodic oxidation process.

  13. Mössbauer study of conductive oxide glass

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    Matsuda, Koken; Kubuki, Shiro; Nishida, Tetsuaki

    2014-10-01

    Heat treatment of barium iron vanadate glass, BaO - Fe2O3- V2O5, at temperatures higher than crystallization temperature causes a marked decrease in resistivity (ρ) from several MΩcm to several Ωcm. 57Fe Mössbauer spectrum of heat-treated vanadate glass shows a marked decrease in quadrupole splitting (Δ) of FeIII, reflecting a structural relaxation, i.e., an increased symmetry of "distorted" FeO4 and VO4 tetrahedra which are connected to each other by sharing corner oxygen atoms. Structural relaxation of 3D-network of vanadate glass accompanies a decrease in the activation energy for the conduction, reflecting a decreased energy gap between the donor level and conduction band. A marked increase in the conductivity was observed in CuO- or Cu2O -containing barium iron vanadate glass after heat treatment at 450 °C for 30 min or more. "n-type semiconductor model combined with small polaron hopping theory" was proposed in order to explain the high conductivity.

  14. Mössbauer study of conductive oxide glass

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    Matsuda, Koken; Kubuki, Shiro [Tokyo Metropolitan University, Hachi-Oji, Tokyo 192-0397 (Japan); Nishida, Tetsuaki, E-mail: nishida@fuk.kindai.ac.jp [Kinki University, Iizuka, Fukuoka 820-8555 (Japan)

    2014-10-27

    Heat treatment of barium iron vanadate glass, BaO‐Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}‐V{sub 2}O{sub 5}, at temperatures higher than crystallization temperature causes a marked decrease in resistivity (ρ) from several MΩcm to several Ωcm. {sup 57}Fe Mössbauer spectrum of heat-treated vanadate glass shows a marked decrease in quadrupole splitting (Δ) of Fe{sup III}, reflecting a structural relaxation, i.e., an increased symmetry of 'distorted' FeO{sub 4} and VO{sub 4} tetrahedra which are connected to each other by sharing corner oxygen atoms. Structural relaxation of 3D-network of vanadate glass accompanies a decrease in the activation energy for the conduction, reflecting a decreased energy gap between the donor level and conduction band. A marked increase in the conductivity was observed in CuO- or Cu{sub 2}O-containing barium iron vanadate glass after heat treatment at 450 °C for 30 min or more. 'n-type semiconductor model combined with small polaron hopping theory' was proposed in order to explain the high conductivity.

  15. High ionic conductivity in confined bismuth oxide-based heterostructures

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    Sanna, Simone; Esposito, Vincenzo; Christensen, Mogens

    2016-01-01

    Bismuth trioxide in the cubic fluorite phase (δ-Bi2O3) exhibits the highest oxygen ionic conductivity. In this study, we were able to stabilize the pure -Bi2O3 at low temperature with no addition of stabilizer but only by engineering the interface, using highly coherent heterostructures made...

  16. Transparent Conducting Oxides for Infrared Plasmonic Waveguides: ZnO (Preprint)

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    2014-01-15

    AFRL-RY-WP-TP-2014-0009 TRANSPARENT CONDUCTING OXIDES FOR INFRARED PLASMONIC WAVEGUIDES: ZnO (PREPRINT) Monica Allen, Jeffery Allen...CONDUCTING OXIDES FOR INFRARED PLASMONIC WAVEGUIDES: ZnO (PREPRINT) 5a. CONTRACT NUMBER In-house 5b. GRANT NUMBER 5c. PROGRAM ELEMENT NUMBER N...for plasmonic waveguiding applications with an emphasis on highly conducting ZnO . In addition, the paper contains analysis of a set of thin Al-doped

  17. IONIC CONDUCTIVITY OF METHYLSILOXANE TERMINATED POLYETHYLENE OXIDE WITH LITHIUM PERCHLORATE NETWORK FILMS

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    LI Yongjun; FU Yingwen; FANG Shibi; JIANG Yingyan

    1988-01-01

    Complex films of crosslinked poly(methylsiloxane-co-ethylene oxide) and lithium perchlorate were prepared. These solid state polymeric electrolytes show a markedly higher ionic conductivity, and excellent flexibility. The ionic conductivity of the network films closed to 10-5 Scm-1 at room temperature. The effects of Li + content, species and contents of crosslinking agents, molecular weight of poly(ethylene oxide)and temperature on the ionic conductivity of the network films were also investigated.

  18. Sources of conductance changes during bacterial reduction of trimethylamine oxide to trimethylammonium in phosphate buffer.

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    Owens, J D; Miskin, D R; Wacher-Viveros, M C; Benge, L C

    1985-06-01

    The sources of conductance changes during reduction of trimethylamine oxide to trimethylamine by Escherichia coli with formate as electron donor and in the presence of phosphate buffer were investigated. Theoretical considerations and experimental results suggest that the major source of conductance change is the conversion of dihydrogen phosphate to hydrogen phosphate. This transformation contributes almost twice as much to the total conductance change as does the conversion of uncharged trimethylamine oxide to charged trimethylammonium.

  19. A phase-field study on the oxidation behavior of Ni considering heat conduction

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    Chao Wang; Shigang Ai; Daining Fang

    2016-01-01

    Phase-field modeling approach has been used to study the oxidation behavior of pure Ni when considering heat conduction. In this calculation, the dependence of the coefficient of the Cahn–Hilliard equation Lc on the tem-perature T was considered. To this end, high-temperature oxidation experiments and phase-field modeling for pure Ni were performed in air under atmospheric pressure at 600, 700, and 800◦C. The oxidation rate was measured by ther-mogravimetry and Lc at these temperatures was determined via interactive algorithm. With the Lc−T relationship con-structed, oxidation behavior of Ni when considering heat conduction was investigated. The influence of temperature boundaries on the oxidation degree, oxide film thickness, and specific weight gain were discussed. The phase-field model-ing approach proposed in this study will give some highlights of the oxidation resistance analysis and cooling measures design of thermal protection materials.

  20. Correlating crystallization and ionic conductivity of PEO/graphene oxide nanocomposite

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    Cheng, Shan; Smith, Derrick; Hsuan, Grace; Li, Christopher

    2012-02-01

    Polyethylene oxide (PEO) is one of the best candidates for solid state electrolyte due to its chemical stability and strong ability to form complex with lithium salts. Crystallization behavior of PEO directly affects the lithium ion transport, and in turn the ionic conductivity of the electrolyte. By adding two dimensional graphene oxide nanosheets into PEO matrix, mechanical property of the latter is significantly strengthened, while the crystallization behavior of PEO is also altered by the graphene oxide sheets. The crystallization of PEO/graphene oxide nanocomposites was studied by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and the orientations of graphene oxide and PEO crystal were studied by small angle X-ray scattering and wide angle X-ray diffraction. PEO/graphene oxide nanocomposite doped with lithium salt was further fabricated and characterized by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. Anisotropic ionic conductivity was observed for the nanocomposite electrolyte due to the orientation of graphene oxide and directional growth of PEO crystals.

  1. Electrodeposition of silver nanoparticle arrays on transparent conductive oxides

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    Zhang, Dezhong; Tang, Yang, E-mail: tangyang@nicenergy.com; Jiang, Fuguo; Han, Zhihua; Chen, Jie

    2016-04-30

    Highlights: • The sliver nanoparticles' size and the distance between nanoparticles are tunable. - Abstract: In this paper, we present a facile method for the preparation of silver nanoparticles on aluminum-doped zinc oxide (AZO) via electrodeposition techniques at room temperature. The morphology and structure of silver nanoparticles are characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), respectively. Due to localized surface plasmon resonances, as-prepared silver nanoparticles on AZO glass exhibited different reflectivity in contrast with bare AZO glass. The weighted reflection of AZO substrate increased from 10.2% to 12.8%. The high reflection property of silver nanoparticle arrays on AZO substrate might be applicable for thin film solar cells and other optoelectronics applications.

  2. Conductivity and thermoelectric properties of nanostructure tin oxide thin films

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    M.A. Batal

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Tin oxide thin films doped with iron or copper were deposited on glass and porous alumina substrates, using the co-deposition dip coating sol–gel technique. Alumina substrate was prepared by the anodizing technique. Samples were sintered for 2 h at temperature 600 °C. The XRD spectrum of deposited samples shows a polycrystalline structure with a clear characteristic peak of SnO2 cassiterite phase. From (I–V characteristics measured at different temperatures for samples prepared on glass substrates, the density of states at the Fermi level was calculated. Thermoelectric effect was measured with a change of temperature for prepared samples under low pressure 1 mbar. Seebeck coefficient, the carrier concentration, the charge carrier mobility and the figure merit were determined for prepared samples under low pressure 1 mbar. Seebeck coefficient was improved when films were deposited on porous Alumina substrates.

  3. Linear addition algebra of optical nonlinearities in transparent conductive oxides

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    Kinsey, N; Clerici, M; Kim, J; Carnemolla, E; Shaltout, A; Kaipurath, R; Faccio, D; Shalaev, V M; Ferrera, M; Boltasseva, A

    2016-01-01

    The fields of nanophotonics and metamaterials have revolutionized the way we think of optical space ({\\epsilon},{\\mu}), enabling us to engineer the refractive index almost at will to confine light to the smallest of volumes as well as to manipulate optical signals with extremely small footprints and energy requirements. More recently, significant efforts have been devoted to the search for suitable materials for dynamic control, and so far, all-optical methods have primarily relied on either interband or intraband excitations. Here, we show that aluminum doped zinc oxide (AZO) supports a hybrid nonlinearity that exhibits a large and ultrafast response with controllable sign. We demonstrate that these two opposite material responses are independent and can be algebraically added together via two-color excitation, resulting in an increase in device bandwidth and unprecedented tuning capabilities. This peculiar behavior of AZO places it as a key material for next-generation ultrafast tunable nanophotonics and me...

  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. Graphene oxide with improved electrical conductivity for supercapacitor electrodes

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    Li, Z. J.; Yang, B. C.; Zhang, S. R.; Zhao, C. M.

    2012-02-01

    Predominant few-layer graphene (FLG) sheets of high electrical conductivity have been synthesized by a multi-step intercalation and reduction method. The electrical conductivity of the as-synthesized FLG is measured to be ∼3.2 × 104 S m-1, comparable to that of pristine graphite. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and Raman analysis reveal that the as-synthesized FLG sheets have large areas with single and double layers. The specific capacitance of 180 F g-1 is obtained for the FLG in a 1 M Na2SO4 aqueous electrolyte by integrating the cyclic voltammogram. The good capacitive behavior of the FLG is very promising for the application for next-generation high-performance electrochemical supercapacitors.

  6. Proton and oxide ion conductivity of doped LaScO3

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    Lybye, D.; Bonanos, N.

    1999-01-01

    The conductivity of La0.9Sr0.1Sc0.9Mg0.1O3 has been studied by impedance spectroscopy in controlled atmospheres. The material was found to be a mixed conductor with p-type conduction at high oxygen partial pressures and a combined proton and oxide ion conductor at low oxygen partial pressures....... At temperatures below 800 degrees C and low partial pressure of oxygen, proton conduction was dominant. Above this temperature, the ionic conductivity is dominated by oxide ion transport. The protonic transport number was estimated from the conductivities measured in dry and in water-moisturised gas. An isotope...

  7. Nanostructuring thin Au films on transparent conductive oxide substrates

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    Ruffino, F., E-mail: francesco.ruffino@ct.infn.it [Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia, Università di Catania, via S. Sofia 64, 95123 Catania (Italy); Center for Materials and Technologies for Information Communication and Solar Energy (MATIS CNR-IMM), via S. Sofia 64, 95123 Catania (Italy); Crupi, I. [Center for Materials and Technologies for Information Communication and Solar Energy (MATIS CNR-IMM), via S. Sofia 64, 95123 Catania (Italy); Carria, E. [Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia, Università di Catania, via S. Sofia 64, 95123 Catania (Italy); Center for Materials and Technologies for Information Communication and Solar Energy (MATIS CNR-IMM), via S. Sofia 64, 95123 Catania (Italy); Kimiagar, S. [Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia, Università di Catania, via S. Sofia 64, 95123 Catania (Italy); Islamic Azad University, Central Tehran Branch, Forsat Shirazi St. North Eskanari St. Azadi Rd. No 136, 13185/768 Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Simone, F.; Grimaldi, M.G. [Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia, Università di Catania, via S. Sofia 64, 95123 Catania (Italy); Center for Materials and Technologies for Information Communication and Solar Energy (MATIS CNR-IMM), via S. Sofia 64, 95123 Catania (Italy)

    2013-05-15

    Highlights: ► Thermal-induced morphology evolution of Au nanoclusters on ITO is studied. ► Laser irradiation-induced morphology evolution of thin Au film on ITO is studied. ► Au nanorings formation on ITO is presented. ► Au nanoclusters formation on ITO is presented. -- Abstract: Fabrication processes of Au nanostructures on indium-tin-oxide (ITO) surface by simple, versatile, and low-cost bottom-up methodologies are investigated in this work. A first methodology exploits the patterning effects induced by nanosecond laser irradiations on thin Au films deposited on ITO surface. We show that after the laser irradiations, the Au film break-up into nanoclusters whose mean size and surface density are tunable by the laser fluence. A second methodology exploits, instead, the patterning effects of standard furnace thermal processes on the Au film deposited on the ITO. We observe, in this case, a peculiar shape evolution from pre-formed nanoclusters during the Au deposition stage on the ITO, to holed nanostructures (i.e. nanorings), during the furnace annealing processes. The nanorings depth, height, width, and surface density are shown to be tunable by annealing temperature and time.

  8. Amorphous semiconducting and conducting transparent metal oxide thin films and production thereof

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    Perkins, John (Boulder, CO); Van Hest, Marinus Franciscus Antonius Maria (Lakewood, CO); Ginley, David (Evergreen, CO); Taylor, Matthew (Golden, CO); Neuman, George A. (Holland, MI); Luten, Henry A. (Holland, MI); Forgette, Jeffrey A. (Hudsonville, MI); Anderson, John S. (Holland, MI)

    2010-07-13

    Metal oxide thin films and production thereof are disclosed. An exemplary method of producing a metal oxide thin film may comprise introducing at least two metallic elements and oxygen into a process chamber to form a metal oxide. The method may also comprise depositing the metal oxide on a substrate in the process chamber. The method may also comprise simultaneously controlling a ratio of the at least two metallic elements and a stoichiometry of the oxygen during deposition. Exemplary amorphous metal oxide thin films produced according to the methods herein may exhibit highly transparent properties, highly conductive properties, and/or other opto-electronic properties.

  9. Preparation of Aluminum Nanomesh Thin Films from an Anodic Aluminum Oxide Template as Transparent Conductive Electrodes

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    Li, Yiwen; Chen, Yulong; Qiu, Mingxia; Yu, Hongyu; Zhang, Xinhai; Sun, Xiao Wei; Chen, Rui

    2016-02-01

    We have employed anodic aluminum oxide as a template to prepare ultrathin, transparent, and conducting Al films with a unique nanomesh structure for transparent conductive electrodes. The anodic aluminum oxide template is obtained through direct anodization of a sputtered Al layer on a glass substrate, and subsequent wet etching creates the nanomesh metallic film. The optical and conductive properties are greatly influenced by experimental conditions. By tuning the anodizing time, transparent electrodes with appropriate optical transmittance and sheet resistance have been obtained. The results demonstrate that our proposed strategy can serve as a potential method to fabricate low-cost TCEs to replace conventional indium tin oxide materials.

  10. Room temperature transparent conducting oxides based on zinc oxide thin films

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    Clatot, J. [Laboratoire de Reactivite et de Chimie des Solides, UMR CNRS 6007, 33, rue Saint-Leu, 80039 Amiens (France); Campet, G. [Institut de Chimie de la Matiere Condensee de Bordeaux (ICMCB), CNRS, 87 Avenue du Docteur A. Schweitzer, 33608 Pessac Cedex (France); Zeinert, A. [Laboratoire de Physique de la Matiere Condensee, Universite de Picardie Jules Verne, 33 rue St. Leu, 80039, Amiens (France); Labrugere, C. [Institut de Chimie de la Matiere Condensee de Bordeaux (ICMCB), CNRS, 87 Avenue du Docteur A. Schweitzer, 33608 Pessac Cedex (France); Rougier, A., E-mail: aline.rougier@u-picardie.fr [Laboratoire de Reactivite et de Chimie des Solides, UMR CNRS 6007, 33, rue Saint-Leu, 80039 Amiens (France)

    2011-04-01

    Doped zinc oxide thin films are grown on glass substrate at room temperature under oxygen atmosphere, using pulsed laser deposition (PLD). O{sub 2} pressure below 1 Pa leads to conductive films. A careful characterization of the film stoichiometry and microstructure using X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) concludes on a decrease in crystallinity with Al and Ga additions ({<=}3%). The progressive loss of the (0 0 2) orientation is associated with a variation of the c parameter value as a function of the film thickness and substrate nature. ZnO:Al and ZnO:Ga thin films show a high optical transmittance (>80%) with an increase in band gap from 3.27 eV (pure ZnO) to 3.88 eV and 3.61 eV for Al and Ga doping, respectively. Optical carrier concentration, optical mobility and optical resistivity are deduced from simulation of the optical data.

  11. Recent progress in transparent conducting materials by use of metallic grids on metaloxides

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    Deelen, J. van; Rendering, H.; Hovestad, A.

    2012-01-01

    Alternatives to ITO are under heavy investigation. Organic and inorganic transparent conducting materials are compared based on their transparency versus sheet resistance characteristics. Although graphene has advanced recently, TCOs are still superior in performance and can only be surpassed by the

  12. Protection of Conductive and Non-conductive Advanced Polymer-based Paints from Highly Aggressive Oxidative Environments

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    Gudimenko, Y.; Ng, R.; Iskanderova, Z.; Kleiman, J.; Grigorevsky, A.; Kiseleva, L.; Finckenor, M.; Edwards, D.

    2005-01-01

    Research has been continued to further improve the space durability of conductive and non-conductive polymer-based paints and of conductive thermal control paints for space applications. Efforts have been made to enhance the space durability and stability of functional Characteristics in ground-based space environment imitating conditions, using specially developed surface modification treatment. The results of surface modification of new conductive paints, including the ground-based testing in aggressive oxidative environments, such as atomic oxygen/UV and oxygen plasma, and performance evaluation are presented. Functional properties and performance characteristics, such as thermal optical properties (differential solar absorptance and thermal emittance representing the thermal optical performance of thermal control paints) and surface resistivity characteristics of pristine, surface modified, and tested materials were verified. Extensive surface analysis studies have been performed using complementary surface analyses including SEM/EDS and XPS. Test results revealed that the successfully treated materials exhibit reduced mass loss and no surface morphology change, thus indicating good protection from the severe oxidative environment. It was demonstrated that the developed surface modification treatment could be applied successfully to charge dissipative and conductive paints.

  13. SYNTHESIS OF CONDUCTIVE POLYANILINE VIA OXIDATION BY MnO2

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    Yu Sheng; Jian-ding Chen; De-qin Zhu; Christian Carrot; Jacques Guillet

    2004-01-01

    A unique process of chemical oxidation polymerization of aniline using manganese dioxide (MnO2) as the oxidizing agent in an aqueous medium is described. The reaction between aniline and MnO2 follows a mechanism by which the organic monomer is oxidized while the metal oxide undergoes reductive dissolution. The effects of the amount of oxidizing agent and aniline, pH and temperature of the reactive system, type of acid on the yield and conductivity of polyaniline are discussed. The resulting polyaniline was characterized by IR and UV-Vis spectrometry. Polyaniline with a conductivity of 12.5 S/cm was obtained using 0.033 mol of aniline oxidized by 0.023 mol MnO2 in the presence of 100 mL of 2.7 mol/L HCl at 25℃ for 4 h.

  14. Extraordinary Spin-Wave Thermal Conductivity in Low-Dimensional Copper Oxides

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    2015-01-23

    Low-Dimensional Copper Oxides Sb. GRANT NUMBER Sc. PROGRAM ELEMENT NUMBER 611102 6. AUTHORS Sd. PROJECT NUMBER David Cahill Se. TASK NUMBER Sf...TDTR) to advance understanding of the1mal transp01i in low dimensional copper - oxides that display extraordina1y thennal transp01i by the1mal...by ANSI Std. Z39.18 ABSTRACT Final Report: Extraoridinary Spin-Wave Thermal Conductivity in Low-Dimensional Copper Oxides Report Title We applied

  15. Control of differential strain during heating and cooling of mixed conducting metal oxide membranes

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    Carolan, Michael Francis

    2007-12-25

    Method of operating an oxygen-permeable mixed conducting membrane having an oxidant feed side and a permeate side, which method comprises controlling the differential strain between the oxidant feed side and the permeate side by varying either or both of the oxygen partial pressure and the total gas pressure on either or both of the oxidant feed side and the permeate side of the membrane while changing the temperature of the membrane from a first temperature to a second temperature.

  16. Localized conductive patterning via focused electron beam reduction of graphene oxide

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    Kim, Songkil; Henry, Mathias [George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia 30332 (United States); Kulkarni, Dhaval D.; Zackowski, Paul; Jang, Seung Soon; Tsukruk, Vladimir V. [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia 30332 (United States); Fedorov, Andrei G., E-mail: agf@gatech.edu [George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia 30332 (United States); Parker H. Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia 30332 (United States)

    2015-03-30

    We report on a method for “direct-write” conductive patterning via reduction of graphene oxide (GO) sheets using focused electron beam induced deposition (FEBID) of carbon. FEBID treatment of the intrinsically dielectric graphene oxide between two metal terminals opens up the conduction channel, thus enabling a unique capability for nanoscale conductive domain patterning in GO. An increase in FEBID electron dose results in a significant increase of the domain electrical conductivity with improving linearity of drain-source current vs. voltage dependence, indicative of a change of graphene oxide electronic properties from insulating to semiconducting. Density functional theory calculations suggest a possible mechanism underlying this experimentally observed phenomenon, as localized reduction of graphene oxide layers via interactions with highly reactive intermediates of electron-beam-assisted dissociation of surface-adsorbed hydrocarbon molecules. These findings establish an unusual route for using FEBID as nanoscale lithography and patterning technique for engineering carbon-based nanomaterials and devices with locally tailored electronic properties.

  17. Two-stepped reduction of graphene oxide for improved electrical conductivity for sensor applications

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    Von Schleusingen, Mubaraq; Ahmad, Mohd Noor

    2017-03-01

    In the last decade graphene, and its derivatives, have received widespread attention for their applications in biotechnology, microelectronics, and other electrical industries. This paper establishes the benefits of a two part reduction procedure for graphene oxide to produce a highly conductive reduced graphene oxide. The procedure utilizes a chemical and microwave treatment to achieve reduction suitable for sensor applications.

  18. Effect of Metal Oxide on Electrical Resistivity of Conductive Wood Charcoal

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    2011-01-01

    To analyze the effect of metal oxide on electrical resistivity of conductive wood charcoal,wood powder of Masson pine was mixed with ferric oxide (Fe_2O_3) and nickel oxide (NiO), respectively,and then the mixed powders were carbonized at high temperature in a laboratory-scale tube furnace in a nitrogen atmosphere. DCY-3 resistivity tester was used to measure electrical resistivity of conductive wood charcoal. When carbonization temperature was 1200 ℃, the electrical resistivity of controlsamples, Fe_2O_3 (...

  19. Fabrication of Hybrid Diamond and Transparent Conducting Metal Oxide Electrode for Spectroelectrochemistry

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    Jingping Hu

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available A novel diamond transparent electrode is constructed by integrating conductive diamond film and transparent conducting metal oxide to combine the superior electrochemical properties of diamond and the electrical conductivity of transparent metal oxide (TCO. Direct growth of diamond on indium tin oxide (ITO and aluminium doped zinc oxide (AZO was explored, but X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy measurement reveals that both substrates cannot survive from the aggressive environment of diamond growth even if the latter is regarded as one of the most stable TCO. As a second route, a diamond membrane in silicon frame was prepared by selective chemical etching, and a diamond optically transparent electrode (OTE was constructed by assembling the diamond membrane on the top of an ITO-coated substrate. The resulting device exhibits a high optical transparency and quasireversible electrochemical kinetics, which are competitive to other diamond OTEs reported previously. Its application in UV-Vis spectroelectrochemical studies on the oxidisation of 4-aminophenol was demonstrated.

  20. Oxidation of clean silicon surfaces studied by four-point probe surface conductance measurements

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    Petersen, Christian Leth; Grey, Francois; Aono, M.

    1997-01-01

    We have investigated how the conductance of Si(100)-(2 x 1) and Si(111)-(7 x 7) surfaces change during exposure to molecular oxygen. A monotonic decrease in conductance is seen as the (100) surfaces oxidizes. In contract to a prior study, we propose that this change is caused by a decrease in sur...

  1. Transport processes in mixed conducting oxides: combining time domain experiments and frequency domain analysis

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    Boukamp, Bernard A.; Otter, den Matthijs W.; Bouwmeester, Henny J.M.

    2004-01-01

    The conductivity relaxation (CR) method is often used for measuring the surface transfer rate, Ktr, and the bulk diffusion coefficient, $$\\tilde{D},$$ for oxygen transport in mixed conducting oxides (MIECs). The time domain analysis of the obtained CR response is rather complex and is based on lsquo

  2. Selection of mixed conducting oxides for oxidative dehydrogenation of propane with pulse experiments

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    Crapanzano, Salvatore; Babich, Igor V.; Lefferts, Leon

    2011-01-01

    In this study, propane pulse experiments at 550 °C are used as a method to select suitable oxides for further operation of catalytic dense membrane reactor (CDMR) for oxidative dehydrogenation of propane. Ba0.5Sr0.5Co0.8Fe0.2O3−δ (BSCF), La2NiO4+δ (LN) and PrBaCo2O5+δ (PBC) powders were used as mode

  3. Conductive lithium nickel oxide thin film patterns via inkjet printing technology

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    Huang, Chun-Chih, E-mail: r00524055@ntu.edu.tw [Department of Chemical Engineering, National Taiwan University, No. 1, Sec. 4, Roosevelt Road, Taipei 10617, Taiwan (China); Su, Pei-Chen, E-mail: peichensu@ntu.edu.sg [School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, 50 Nanyang Avenue, Singapore 639798 (Singapore); Liao, Ying-Chih, E-mail: liaoy@ntu.edu.tw [Department of Chemical Engineering, National Taiwan University, No. 1, Sec. 4, Roosevelt Road, Taipei 10617, Taiwan (China)

    2013-10-01

    In this research, a simple direct-writing method by inkjet printing to create conductive lithium nickel oxide thin film patterns at micrometer-scale is presented. Nickel/lithium hydroxides dissolved in acetic acid were inkjet-printed on quartz plates to create micro patterns, including lines and meshes, and converted into oxides by thermal pyrolysis. The synthesized thin films were composed of nanoparticles with 60 nm diameter after the sintering process. Thermogravimetric analysis results showed that the precursor inks decomposed into oxides at temperatures higher than 420 °C. The X-ray diffractograms showed that Ni{sub 2}O{sub 3} was synthesized with lithium oxides after sintered at 500 °C for an hour. The existence of Ni{sub 2}O{sub 3} in the prepared thin films leads to better electrical conductivity, which follows the Arrhenius relation with activation energy of 0.38 eV. - Highlights: • Conductive lithium nickel oxide patterns are fabricated via inkjet printing method. • The precursor inks decompose into oxides at temperatures higher than 420 °C. • Surface morphology and crystal structures of the sintered thin films are examined. • Electrical resistivity of the oxide thin films obeys the Arrhenius relation. • An activation energy of 0.38 eV is found in the Arrhenius relation.

  4. Conductivity control of as-grown branched indium tin oxide nanowire networks.

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    Laforge, J M; Cocker, T L; Beaudry, A L; Cui, K; Tucker, R T; Taschuk, M T; Hegmann, F A; Brett, M J

    2014-01-24

    Branched indium tin oxide (ITO) nanowire networks are promising candidates for transparent conductive oxide applications, such as optoelectronic electrodes, due to their high porosity. However, these branched networks also present new challenges in assessing conductivity. Conventional four-point probe techniques cannot separate the effect of porosity on the long-range conductivity from the intrinsic material conductivity. Here we compare the average nanoscale conductivity within the film measured by terahertz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) to the film conductivity measured by four-point probe in a branched ITO nanowire network. Both techniques report conductivity increases with deposition flux rate from 0.5 to 3.0 nm s(-1), achieving a maximum of ~ 10 (Ω cm)(-1). Modeling the THz-TDS conductivity data using the Drude-Smith model allows us to distinguish between conductivity increases resulting from morphological changes and those resulting from the intrinsic properties of the ITO. In particular, the intrinsic material conductivity within the nanowires can be extracted, and is found to reach a maximum of ~ 3000 (Ω cm)(-1), comparable to bulk ITO. To determine the mechanism responsible for increasing conductivity with flux rate, we characterize dopant concentration and morphological changes (i.e., to branching behavior, nanowire diameter and nucleation layers). We propose that changes in the electron density, primarily due to changes in O-vacancy concentration at different flux rates, are responsible for the observed conductivity increase. This understanding will assist balancing structural and conductivity requirements in applications of transparent conductive oxide networks.

  5. TRANSPARENT CONDUCTING OXIDE SYNTHESIS OF ALUMINIUM DOPED ZINC OXIDES BY CHEMICAL COPRECIPITATION

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    Silvia Maioco

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Aluminium doped zinc oxides (AZO are promising replacements for tin doped indium oxides (ITO but thin films show a wide range of physical properties strongly dependent on deposition process conditions. Submicrometric 1% aluminum doped zinc oxide ceramics (AZO are examined, prepared by coprecipitation, from Zn(NO32 and Al(NO33 aqueous solutions, sintered at 1200°C and subsequently annealed in 10-16 atm controlled oxygen fugacity atmospheres, at 1000°C. Electrical resistivity diminishes by two orders of magnitude after two hours of annealing and the Seebeck coefficient gradually changes from -140 to -50 µV/K within 8 h. It is concluded that increased mobility is dominant over the increased carrier density, induced by changes in metal-oxygen stoichiometry

  6. Antimony-doped tin oxide nanorods as a transparent conducting electrode for enhancing photoelectrochemical oxidation of water by hematite.

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    Sun, Yiqing; Chemelewski, William D; Berglund, Sean P; Li, Chun; He, Huichao; Shi, Gaoquan; Mullins, C Buddie

    2014-04-23

    We report the growth of well-defined antimony-doped tin oxide (ATO) nanorods as a conductive scaffold to improve hematite's photoelectrochemical water oxidation performance. The hematite grown on ATO exhibits greatly improved performance for photoelectrochemical water oxidation compared to hematite grown on flat fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO). The optimized photocurrent density of hematite on ATO is 0.67 mA/cm(2) (0.6 V vs Ag/AgCl), which is much larger than the photocurrent density of hematite on flat FTO (0.03 mA/cm(2)). Using H2O2 as a hole scavenger, it is shown that the ATO nanorods indeed act as a useful scaffold and enhanced the bulk charge separation efficiency of hematite from 2.5% to 18% at 0.4 V vs Ag/AgCl.

  7. Conductivity and Dielectric Studies of Lithium Trifluoromethanesulfonate Doped Polyethylene Oxide-Graphene Oxide Blend Based Electrolytes

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    Azli, A. A.; N. S. A. Manan; M. F. Z. Kadir

    2015-01-01

    Series of polymer blend consisting of polyethylene oxide (PEO) and graphene oxide (GO) as co-host polymer were prepared using solution cast method. The most amorphous PEO-GO blend was obtained using 90 wt.% of PEO and 10 wt.% of GO as recorded by X-ray diffraction (XRD). Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) analysis proved the interaction between PEO, GO, lithium trifluoromethanesulfonate (LiCF3SO3), and ethylene sulfite (ES). Incorporation of 25 wt.% LiCF3SO3 into the PEO-GO blend ...

  8. Oxidized calmodulin kinase II regulates conduction following myocardial infarction: a computational analysis.

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    Matthew D Christensen

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available Calmodulin kinase II (CaMKII mediates critical signaling pathways responsible for divergent functions in the heart including calcium cycling, hypertrophy and apoptosis. Dysfunction in the CaMKII signaling pathway occurs in heart disease and is associated with increased susceptibility to life-threatening arrhythmia. Furthermore, CaMKII inhibition prevents cardiac arrhythmia and improves heart function following myocardial infarction. Recently, a novel mechanism for oxidative CaMKII activation was discovered in the heart. Here, we provide the first report of CaMKII oxidation state in a well-validated, large-animal model of heart disease. Specifically, we observe increased levels of oxidized CaMKII in the infarct border zone (BZ. These unexpected new data identify an alternative activation pathway for CaMKII in common cardiovascular disease. To study the role of oxidation-dependent CaMKII activation in creating a pro-arrhythmia substrate following myocardial infarction, we developed a new mathematical model of CaMKII activity including both oxidative and autophosphorylation activation pathways. Computer simulations using a multicellular mathematical model of the cardiac fiber demonstrate that enhanced CaMKII activity in the infarct BZ, due primarily to increased oxidation, is associated with reduced conduction velocity, increased effective refractory period, and increased susceptibility to formation of conduction block at the BZ margin, a prerequisite for reentry. Furthermore, our model predicts that CaMKII inhibition improves conduction and reduces refractoriness in the BZ, thereby reducing vulnerability to conduction block and reentry. These results identify a novel oxidation-dependent pathway for CaMKII activation in the infarct BZ that may be an effective therapeutic target for improving conduction and reducing heterogeneity in the infarcted heart.

  9. Materials challenges toward proton-conducting oxide fuel cells: a critical review.

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    Fabbri, Emiliana; Pergolesi, Daniele; Traversa, Enrico

    2010-11-01

    The increasing world population and the need to improve quality of life for a large percentage of human beings are the driving forces for the search for sustainable energy production systems, alternative to fossil fuel combustion. Among the various types of alternative energy production technologies, solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) operating at intermediate temperatures (400-700 °C) show the advantage of possible use both for stationary and mobile energy production. To reach the goal of reducing the SOFC operating temperature, proton-conducting oxides are gaining wide interest as electrolyte materials. This critical review provides a broad overview of the most recent progresses obtained tailoring the properties of proton-conducting oxides for fuel cell applications, analyzing and comparing the different strategies proposed to match high-proton conductivity with good chemical stability (170 references).

  10. Transparent conductive zinc oxide basics and applications in thin film solar cells

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    Klein, Andreas; Rech, Bernd

    2008-01-01

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) belongs to the class of transparent conducting oxides which can be used as transparent electrodes in electronic devices or heated windows. In this book the material properties of, the deposition technologies for, and applications of zinc oxide in thin film solar cells are described in a comprehensive manner. Structural, morphological, optical and electronic properties of ZnO are treated in this review. The editors and authors of this book are specialists in deposition, analysis and fabrication of thin-film solar cells and especially of ZnO. This book is intended as an overview and a data collection for students, engineers and scientist.

  11. Influence of Fluorine on the Conductivity and Oxidation of Silicon Nanomembranes after Hydrofluoric Acid Treatment

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    ZHAO Xiang-Fu; HAN Ping; ZHANG Rong; ZHENG You-Dou

    2011-01-01

    @@ After immersion in hydrofluoric acid, the sheet resistance of a 220-nm-thick silicon nanomembrane, measured in dry air by van der Pauw method, drops around two orders of magnitude initially, then increases and reaches the level of a sample with a native oxide surface in about one month.The surface component and oxidation rate are also characterized by x-ray photo electronic spectroscopy measurement.Fluorine is found to play a significant role in improving conductivity and has no apparent influence on the oxidation rate after hydrofluoric acid treatment.

  12. Anodic Bonding of Transparent Conductive Oxide Coated Silicon Wafer to Glass Substrate for Solar Cell Applications

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    Yuda, Yohei; Koida, Takashi; Kaneko, Tetsuya; Kondo, Michio

    2013-01-01

    We report on the anodic bonding of Si wafer coated by thin transparent conductive oxide (TCO) with a glass substrate, for the first time. We obtained sufficient bonding strength of as high as 9.5 MPa using a 30-nm-thick indium tin oxide (ITO) layer. We have also found that the ITO sample shows much stronger bonding strength does a sample that with a zinc oxide layer. The bonding mechanism is discussed in terms of the permeation of indium elements into the glass side driven by electric field. Finally we demonstrated a solar cell using this substrate.

  13. Ionic Conductance, Thermal and Morphological Behavior of PEO-Graphene Oxide-Salts Composites

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    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Thin films composites of poly(ethylene oxide-graphene oxide were fabricated with and without lithium salts by solvent cast method. The ionic conductivity of these composites was studied at various concentrations of salt polymer-GO complexes and at different temperatures. The effects of temperature and graphene oxide concentration were measured from Arrhenius conductance plots. It is shown that the addition of salts in pure PEO increases conductance many times. The graphene oxide addition has enhanced the conductance approximately 1000 times as compared to that of pure PEO. The activation energies were determined for all the systems which gave higher values for pure PEO and the value decreased with the addition of LiClO4 and LiCl salts and further decreases with the addition of graphene oxide. The composite has also lowered the activation energy values which mean that incorporation of GO in PEO has decreased crystallinity and the amorphous region has increased the local mobility of polymer chains resulting in lower activation energies. SEM analysis shows uniform distribution of GO in polymer matrix. The thermal stability studies reveal that incorporation of GO has somewhat enhanced the thermal stability of the films.

  14. Synthesis and characterization of mesoporous indium tin oxide possessing an electronically conductive framework.

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    Emons, Theo T; Li, Jianquan; Nazar, Linda F

    2002-07-24

    The new mesoporous transparent conducting oxide based on indium-tin-oxide, meso-ITO, has been synthesized by a modified sol-gel method, using CTAB as the surfactant. Critical was the employment of triethanolamine to control the rate of hydrolysis and inhibit deposition of the bulk oxides. Removal of the surfactant by calcination yielded a relatively well-ordered worm-hole motif arrangement of pores visible in the TEM and stable to 400 degrees C. BET measurements revealed no hysteresis in the absorption-desorption isotherm, consistent with a narrow pore-size distribution (between 20 and 40 A depending on the In:Sn ratio); surface areas ranged between 270 and 310 m2/g. This colorless material is the first mesoporous oxide exhibiting substantial framework conductivity, with a conductivity at 25 degrees C of 1.2 x 10-3 S/cm. This distinguishes it from mesoporous mixed-valence transition-metal oxides that exhibit weak hopping semiconductor behavior and much lower conductivity.

  15. Heat transfer in vertical Bridgman growth of oxides - Effects of conduction, convection, and internal radiation

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    Brandon, S.; Derby, J. J.

    1992-01-01

    In the present investigation of crystalline phase internal radiation and heat conduction during the vertical Bridgman growth of a YAG-like oxide crystal, where transport through the melt is dominated by convection and conduction, heat is also noted to be conducted through ampoule walls via natural convection and enclosure radiation. The results of a quasi-steady-state axisymmetric Galerkin FEM indicate that heat transfer through the system is powerfully affected by the optical absorption coefficient of the crystal. The coupling of internal radiation through the crystal with conduction through the ampoule walls promotes melt/crystal interface shapes that are highly reflected near the ampoule wall.

  16. Effects of Doping on Thermal Conductivity of Pyrochlore Oxides for Advanced Thermal Barrier Coatings

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    Bansal, Narottam P.; Zhu, Dongming; Eslamloo-Grami, Maryam

    2006-01-01

    Pyrochlore oxides of general composition, A2B2O7, where A is a 3(+) cation (La to Lu) and B is a 4(+) cation (Zr, Hf, Ti, etc.) have high melting point, relatively high coefficient of thermal expansion, and low thermal conductivity which make them suitable for applications as high-temperature thermal barrier coatings. The effect of doping at the A site on the thermal conductivity of a pyrochlore oxide La2Zr2O7, has been investigated. Oxide powders of various compositions La2Zr2O7, La(1.7)Gd(0.3)Zr2O7, La(1.7)Yb(0.3)Zr2O7 and La(1.7)Gd(0.15)Yb(0.15)Zr2O7 were synthesized by the citric acid sol-gel method. These powders were hot pressed into discs and used for thermal conductivity measurements using a steady-state laser heat flux test technique. The rare earth oxide doped pyrochlores La(1.7)Gd(0.3)Zr2O7, La(1.7)Yb(0.3)Zr2O7 and La(1.7)Gd(0.15)Yb(0.15)Zr2O7 had lower thermal conductivity than the un-doped La2Zr2O7. The Gd2O3 and Yb2O3 co-doped composition showed the lowest thermal conductivity.

  17. Treatment of real effluents from the pharmaceutical industry: A comparison between Fenton oxidation and conductive-diamond electro-oxidation.

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    Pérez, J F; Llanos, J; Sáez, C; López, C; Cañizares, P; Rodrigo, M A

    2017-06-15

    Wastewater produced in pharmaceutical manufacturing plants (PMPs), especially the one coming from organic-synthesis facilities, is characterized by its large variability due to the wide range of solvents and chemical reagents used in the different stages of the production of medicines. Normally, the toxicity of the organic compounds prevent the utilization of biological processes and more powerful treatments are needed becoming advanced oxidation processes (AOPs) a valid alternative. In this work, the efficiency in abatement of pollution by Fenton oxidation (FO) and conductive-diamond electro-oxidation (CDEO) are compared in the treatment of 60 real effluents coming from different processes carried out in a pharmaceutical facility, using standardized tests. In 80% of the samples, CDEO was found to be more efficient than FO and in the remaining 20%, coagulation was found to exhibit a great significance in the COD abatement mechanism during FO, pointing out the effectiveness of the oxidation promoted by the electrochemical technology. Mean oxidation state of carbon was found to be a relevant parameter to understand the behavior of the oxidation technologies. It varied inversely proportional to efficiency in FO and it showed practically no influence in the case of CDEO. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  18. Damp-Heat Induced Degradation of Transparent Conducting Oxides for Thin-Film Solar Cells: Preprint

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    Pern, F. J.; Noufi, R.; Li, X.; DeHart, C.; To, B.

    2008-05-01

    The stability of intrinsic and Al-doped single- and bi-layer ZnO for thin-film CuInGaSe2 solar cells, along with Al-doped Zn1-xMgxO alloy and Sn-doped In2O3 (ITO) and F-doped SnO2, was evaluated by direct exposure to damp heat (DH) at 85oC and 85% relative humidity. The results show that the DH-induced degradation rates followed the order of Al-doped ZnO and Zn1-xMgxO >> ITO > F:SnO2. The degradation rates of Al:ZnO were slower for films of higher thickness, higher substrate temperature in sputter-deposition, and with dry-out intervals. As inferred from the optical micro-imaging showing the initiation and propagation of degrading patterns and regions, the degradation behavior appears similar for all TCOs, despite the obvious difference in the degradation rate. A degradation mechanism is proposed to explain the temporal process involving thermal hydrolysis.

  19. Electrical conductivity in oxygen-deficient phases of transition metal oxides from first-principles calculations.

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    Bondi, Robert James; Desjarlais, Michael Paul; Thompson, Aidan Patrick; Brennecka, Geoffrey L.; Marinella, Matthew

    2013-09-01

    Density-functional theory calculations, ab-initio molecular dynamics, and the Kubo-Greenwood formula are applied to predict electrical conductivity in Ta2Ox (0 x 5) as a function of composition, phase, and temperature, where additional focus is given to various oxidation states of the O monovacancy (VOn; n=0,1+,2+). Our calculations of DC conductivity at 300K agree well with experimental measurements taken on Ta2Ox thin films and bulk Ta2O5 powder-sintered pellets, although simulation accuracy can be improved for the most insulating, stoichiometric compositions. Our conductivity calculations and further interrogation of the O-deficient Ta2O5 electronic structure provide further theoretical basis to substantiate VO0 as a donor dopant in Ta2O5 and other metal oxides. Furthermore, this dopant-like behavior appears specific to neutral VO cases in both Ta2O5 and TiO2 and was not observed in other oxidation states. This suggests that reduction and oxidation reactions may effectively act as donor activation and deactivation mechanisms, respectively, for VO0 in transition metal oxides.

  20. Decoupling the refractive index from the electrical properties of transparent conducting oxides via periodic superlattices

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    Caffrey, D.; Norton, E.; Coileain, C.O.; Smith, C.M.; Bulfin, B.; Farrell, L.; Shvets, I.V.; Fleischer, K.

    2016-01-01

    We demonstrate an alternative approach to tuning the refractive index of materials. Current methodologies for tuning the refractive index of a material often result in undesirable changes to the structural or optoelectronic properties. By artificially layering a transparent conducting oxide with a

  1. IONIC CONDUCTIVITY IN CROSSLINKED POLY (METHYLSILOXANE- g- ETHYLENE OXIDE ) NETWORK FILMS CONTAINING LITHIUM PERCHLORATE

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    FANG Shibi; LIU Li; LI Yongjun; JIANG Yingyan

    1989-01-01

    Polymer electrolytes based on poly (methylsiloxane -g - ethylene oxide) and LiClO4 have been prepared. The network films crosslinked by a crosslinking agent are found to exhibit a considerably high ionic conductivity of about 10-4 Scm-1 at room temperature and have good flexibility.

  2. Electrically conducting polymer nanostructures confined in anodized aluminum oxide templates (AAO)

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    Blaszczyk-Lezak, I; Desmaret, V; Mijangos, C

    2016-01-01

    ...) as representative of intrinsically and extrinsically conducting polymers, respectively. In this work, porous anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) templates have been used both as a nanoreactor to synthesize 1D PANI nanostructures by polymerization of the ANI monomer and as a nanomold to prepare 1D PVDF-MWCNT nanorods by melt infiltration of the precursor...

  3. Hybrid transparent conductive electrodes with copper nanowires embedded in a zinc oxide matrix and protected by reduced graphene oxide platelets

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    Zhu, Zhaozhao; Mankowski, Trent; Balakrishnan, Kaushik; Shikoh, Ali Sehpar; Touati, Farid; Benammar, Mohieddine A.; Mansuripur, Masud; Falco, Charles M.

    2016-02-01

    Transparent conductive electrodes (TCE) were fabricated by combining three emerging nano-materials: copper nanowires (CuNWs), zinc oxide (ZnO) nano-particulate thin films, and reduced graphene oxide (rGO) platelets. Whereas CuNWs are responsible for essentially all of the electrical conductivity of our thin-film TCEs, the ZnO matrix embeds and strengthens the CuNW network in its adhesion to the substrate, while the rGO platelets provide a protective overcoat for the composite electrode, thereby improving its stability in hot and humid environments. Our CuNW/ZnO/rGO hybrid electrodes deposited on glass substrates have low sheet resistance (Rs ˜ 20 Ω/sq) and fairly high optical transmittance (T550 ˜ 79%). In addition, our hybrid TCEs are mechanically strong and able to withstand multiple scotch-tape peel tests. Finally, these TCEs can be fabricated on rigid glass as well as flexible plastic substrates.

  4. Pressure effect on ionic conductivity in yttrium-oxide-doped single-crystal zirconium oxide

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    Park, E.T.; Park, J.H.

    1998-06-01

    In this study, the authors investigated the effect of pressure on the ionic conductivity of a 9.5 mol% yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) single crystal. The experiment was conducted in the elastic region, and the oxygen ion transport number was unity (t{sub ion} > 0.99999). A conventional four-probe DC method was used to measure the ionic conductivity of the rectangular-shaped sample under uniaxial pressures up to 600 atm at 750 C in air. Measured ionic conductivity decreased as applied pressure increased. Based on henry Eyring`s absolute reaction rate theory, which states that the calculated activation volume has a positive value ({Delta}V{sup 2} = 2.08 cm{sup 3}/mol of O{sup {minus}2}) for oxygen ion transport in the fluoride cubic lattice, they concluded that the results they obtained could be explained by an oxygen ion transport mechanism. This mechanism can explain the fact that the interionic distance increases during oxygen ion transport from one unit cell to neighboring unit cells.

  5. Electrical conductivity and electron-spin resonance in oxidatively stabilized polyacrylonitrile subjected to elevated temperature

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    Lerner, N. R.

    1981-01-01

    Electrical conductivity and electron spin resonance measurements are presented for oxidatively stabilized polyacrylonitrile (PAN) fibers subjected to heat treatment at temperatures ranging from 700 to 950 K. Conductivity measurements made at temperatures between 77 and 523 K reveal that PAN fibers heat treated in vacuum behave as semiconductors, with a room-temperature conductivity dominated by the contributions of impurity states, with an activation energy of 88 kcal/mole. A decrease in conductivity is observed upon air which is attributed to a decrease in the electron-phonon scattering time. ESR spectra indicate that conducting pathways having metallic properties are formed at temperatures as low as 715 K, although the contribution of these pathways to the room-temperature conductivity is extremely small next to the contribution of localized spin centers.

  6. 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..

  7. Electrical Properties of Conductive Cotton Yarn Coated with Eosin Y Functionalized Reduced Graphene Oxide.

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    Kim, Eunju; Arul, Narayanasamy Sabari; Han, Jeong In

    2016-06-01

    This study reports the fabrication and investigation of the electrical properties of two types of conductive cotton yarns coated with eosin Y or eosin B functionalized reduced graphene (RGO) and bare graphene oxide (GO) using dip-coating method. The surface morphology of the conductive cotton yarn coated with reduced graphene oxide was observed by Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM). Due to the strong electrostatic attractive forces, the negatively charged surface such as the eosin Y functionalized reduced graphene oxide or bare GO can be easily coated to the positively charged polyethyleneimine (PEI) treated cotton yarn. The maximum current for the conductive cotton yarn coated with eosin Y functionalized RGO and bare GO with 20 cycles repetition of (5D + R) process was found to be 793.8 μA and 3482.8 μA. Our results showed that the electrical conductivity of bare GO coated conductive cotton yarn increased by approximately four orders of magnitude with the increase in the dipping cycle of (5D+R) process.

  8. Tunneling into a quantum confinement created by a single-step nanolithography of conducting oxide interfaces

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    Maniv, E.; Ron, A.; Goldstein, M.; Palevski, A.; Dagan, Y.

    2016-07-01

    A unique nanolithography technique compatible with conducting oxide interfaces, which requires a single lithographic step with no additional amorphous deposition or etching, is presented. It is demonstrated on a SrTiO3/LaAlO3 interface where a constriction is patterned in the electron liquid. We find that an additional backgating can further confine the electron liquid into an isolated island. Conductance and differential conductance measurements show resonant tunneling through the island. The data at various temperatures and magnetic fields are analyzed and the effective island size is found to be of the order of 10 nm. The magnetic field dependence suggests the absence of spin degeneracy in the island. Our method is suitable for creating superconducting and oxide-interface-based electronic devices.

  9. 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.

  10. Partial oxidation of methane to syngas in a mixed-conducting oxygen permeable membrane reactor

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    2000-01-01

    Mixed-conducting oxygen permeable membranes represent a class of novel ceramic membranes, which exhibit mixed oxygen ionic and electronic conductivities. At high temperatures, oxygen can permeate through the membrane from the high to low oxygen pressure side under an oxygen concentration gradient. Theoretically, the permselectivity of oxygen is 100%. Recently, a novel mixed-conducting membrane--Ba0.5Sr0.5Co0.8Fe0.2O3-δ has been developed, which shows extremely high oxygen permeability and promising stability. Furthermore, the reactor made with such membranes was successfully applied to the partial oxidation of methane to syngas reaction using air as the oxygen source, which realized the coupling of the separation of oxygen from air and the partial oxidation of membrane reaction in one process. At 850℃, methane conversion >88%, CO selectivity >97% and oxygen permeation rate of about 7.8 mL/(cm2.min) were obtained.

  11. Conducting Polymer Coated Graphene Oxide Electrode for Rechargeable Lithium-Sulfur Batteries.

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    Lee, Hee-Yoon; Jung, Yongju; Kim, Seok

    2016-03-01

    Poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride) (PDDA)/graphene oxide-sulfur composites were prepared by a chemical oxidation method. For the PDDA-GO composites, conducting polymers (PDDA) were coated on the surface of GO sheets. PDDA-GO composites could be expected to increase electrical conductivity and protect restacking of graphene sheets. And then, sulfur particles were dispersed into the PDDA-GO composites by mixing in the CS2 solvent. It is expected the PDDA-GO/S composites show the limited release of polysulfides due to the fact that it can provide high surface area, because conducting polymer can be used as spacer between graphene sheets. Electrochemical performances of prepared composites were characterized by cyclic voltammetry (CV). The PDDA-GO/S composites showed a high discharge capacity of 1102 mAh g(-1) at the first cycle and a good cycle retention of 60% after 100 cycles.

  12. In Situ Conductance Analysis of Zinc Oxide Nucleation and Coalescence during Atomic Layer Deposition on Metal Oxides and Polymers.

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    Sweet, William J; Parsons, Gregory N

    2015-07-07

    Real time in situ conductance is collected continuously during atomic layer deposition (ALD) of zinc oxide films, and trends are used to study ALD nucleation on polypropylene, nylon-6, SiO2, TiO2, and Al2O3 substrates. The detailed conductance change during the ALD cycle is ascribed to changes in surface band bending upon precursor/reactant exposure. Conductive pathways form earlier on the inorganic surfaces than on the polymers, with Al2O3 substrates showing more rapid nucleation than SiO2 or TiO2, consistent with the expected density of nucleation sites (e.g., hydroxyl groups) on these different materials. The measured conductance is ohmic, and both two- and four-electrode configurations show the same data trends. Detailed analysis of conductivity at deposition temperatures between 100 and 175 °C shows faster conductivity decay at higher temperature during the water purge step, ascribed to thermally activated water desorption kinetics. Analysis of real-time conductivity during ALD of other material systems could provide further insight into key aspects of film nucleation and nuclei coalescence.

  13. Oxide-ion and proton conducting electrolyte materials for clean energy applications: structural and mechanistic features.

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    Malavasi, Lorenzo; Fisher, Craig A J; Islam, M Saiful

    2010-11-01

    This critical review presents an overview of the various classes of oxide materials exhibiting fast oxide-ion or proton conductivity for use as solid electrolytes in clean energy applications such as solid oxide fuel cells. Emphasis is placed on the relationship between structural and mechanistic features of the crystalline materials and their ion conduction properties. After describing well-established classes such as fluorite- and perovskite-based oxides, new materials and structure-types are presented. These include a variety of molybdate, gallate, apatite silicate/germanate and niobate systems, many of which contain flexible structural networks, and exhibit different defect properties and transport mechanisms to the conventional materials. It is concluded that the rich chemistry of these important systems provides diverse possibilities for developing superior ionic conductors for use as solid electrolytes in fuel cells and related applications. In most cases, a greater atomic-level understanding of the structures, defects and conduction mechanisms is achieved through a combination of experimental and computational techniques (217 references).

  14. Analysis of the temperature dependence of the thermal conductivity of insulating single crystal oxides

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    2016-10-01

    Full Text Available The temperature dependence of the thermal conductivity of 27 different single crystal oxides is reported from ≈20 K to 350 K. These crystals have been selected among the most common substrates for growing epitaxial thin-film oxides, spanning over a range of lattice parameters from ≈3.7 Å to ≈12.5 Å. Different contributions to the phonon relaxation time are discussed on the basis of the Debye model. This work provides a database for the selection of appropriate substrates for thin-film growth according to their desired thermal properties, for applications in which heat management is important.

  15. Preparation and Property Study of Graphene Oxide Reinforced Epoxy Resin Insulation Nanocomposites with High Heat Conductivity

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    Shan, Xinran; Liu, Yongchang; Wu, Zhixiong; Liu, Huiming; Zhang, Zhong; Huang, Rongjin; Huang, Chuanjun; Liu, Zheng; Li, Laifeng

    2017-02-01

    In this paper, graphene oxide reinforced epoxy resin nanocomposites were successfully prepared. Compared with unmodified epoxy resin, the heat conductivity of the graphene oxide reinforced epoxy resin nanocomposites had been improved while keeping the insulation performance. The tensile strength was investigated at both room temperature (300 K) and liquid nitrogen temperature (77 K). And the fracture surfaces were examined by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Results showed that the materials had excellent mechanical properties, which could be advantages for the applications as insulating layer in low temperature superconducting magnets.

  16. Composite electrolyte with proton conductivity for low-temperature solid oxide fuel cell

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    Raza, Rizwan, E-mail: razahussaini786@gmail.com [Department of Physics, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Lahore 54000 (Pakistan); Department of Energy Technology, Royal Institute of Technology, KTH, Stockholm 10044 (Sweden); Ahmed, Akhlaq; Akram, Nadeem; Saleem, Muhammad; Niaz Akhtar, Majid; Ajmal Khan, M.; Abbas, Ghazanfar; Alvi, Farah; Yasir Rafique, M. [Department of Physics, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Lahore 54000 (Pakistan); Sherazi, Tauqir A. [Department of Chemistry, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Abbotabad 22060 (Pakistan); Shakir, Imran [Sustainable Energy Technologies (SET) center, College of Engineering, King Saud University, PO-BOX 800, Riyadh 11421 (Saudi Arabia); Mohsin, Munazza [Department of Physics, Lahore College for Women University, Lahore, 54000 (Pakistan); Javed, Muhammad Sufyan [Department of Physics, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Lahore 54000 (Pakistan); Department of Applied Physics, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400044 (China); Zhu, Bin, E-mail: binzhu@kth.se, E-mail: zhubin@hubu.edu.cn [Department of Energy Technology, Royal Institute of Technology, KTH, Stockholm 10044 (Sweden); Hubei Collaborative Innovation Center for Advanced Organic Chemical Materials, Faculty of Physics and Electronic Science/Faculty of Computer and Information, Hubei University, Wuhan, Hubei 430062 (China)

    2015-11-02

    In the present work, cost-effective nanocomposite electrolyte (Ba-SDC) oxide is developed for efficient low-temperature solid oxide fuel cells (LTSOFCs). Analysis has shown that dual phase conduction of O{sup −2} (oxygen ions) and H{sup +} (protons) plays a significant role in the development of advanced LTSOFCs. Comparatively high proton ion conductivity (0.19 s/cm) for LTSOFCs was achieved at low temperature (460 °C). In this article, the ionic conduction behaviour of LTSOFCs is explained by carrying out electrochemical impedance spectroscopy measurements. Further, the phase and structure analysis are investigated by X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy techniques. Finally, we achieved an ionic transport number of the composite electrolyte for LTSOFCs as high as 0.95 and energy and power density of 90% and 550 mW/cm{sup 2}, respectively, after sintering the composite electrolyte at 800 °C for 4 h, which is promising. Our current effort toward the development of an efficient, green, low-temperature solid oxide fuel cell with the incorporation of high proton conductivity composite electrolyte may open frontiers in the fields of energy and fuel cell technology.

  17. Electrical conductivity of activated carbon-metal oxide nanocomposites under compression: a comparison study.

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    Barroso-Bogeat, A; Alexandre-Franco, M; Fernández-González, C; Macías-García, A; Gómez-Serrano, V

    2014-12-01

    From a granular commercial activated carbon (AC) and six metal oxide (Al2O3, Fe2O3, SnO2, TiO2, WO3 and ZnO) precursors, two series of AC-metal oxide nanocomposites were prepared by wet impregnation, oven-drying at 120 °C, and subsequent heat treatment at 200 or 850 °C in an inert atmosphere. Here, the electrical conductivity of the resulting products was studied under moderate compression. The influence of the applied pressure, sample volume, mechanical work, and density of the hybrid materials was thoroughly investigated. The DC electrical conductivity of the compressed samples was measured at room temperature by the four-probe method. Compaction assays suggest that the mechanical properties of the nanocomposites are largely determined by the carbon matrix. Both the decrease in volume and the increase in density were relatively small and only significant at pressures lower than 100 kPa for AC and most nanocomposites. In contrast, the bulk electrical conductivity of the hybrid materials was strongly influenced by the intrinsic conductivity, mean crystallite size, content and chemical nature of the supported phases, which ultimately depend on the metal oxide precursor and heat treatment temperature. The supported nanoparticles may be considered to act as electrical switches either hindering or favouring the effective electron transport between the AC cores of neighbouring composite particles in contact under compression. Conductivity values as a rule were lower for the nanocomposites than for the raw AC, all of them falling in the range of semiconductor materials. With the increase in heat treatment temperature, the trend is toward the improvement of conductivity due to the increase in the crystallite size and, in some cases, to the formation of metals in the elemental state and even metal carbides. The patterns of variation of the electrical conductivity with pressure and mechanical work were slightly similar, thus suggesting the predominance of the pressure

  18. Optimizing amorphous indium zinc oxide film growth for low residual stress and high electrical conductivity

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    Kumar, Mukesh [Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO 80401 (United States); Sigdel, A.K. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Denver, Denver, CO 80208 (United States); National Center for Photovoltaics, National Renewal Energy Laboratory, 1617 Cole Boulevard, Golden, CO 80401 (United States); Gennett, T.; Berry, J.J.; Perkins, J.D.; Ginley, D.S. [National Center for Photovoltaics, National Renewal Energy Laboratory, 1617 Cole Boulevard, Golden, CO 80401 (United States); Packard, C.E., E-mail: cpackard@mines.edu [Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO 80401 (United States); National Center for Photovoltaics, National Renewal Energy Laboratory, 1617 Cole Boulevard, Golden, CO 80401 (United States)

    2013-10-15

    With recent advances in flexible electronics, there is a growing need for transparent conductors with optimum conductivity tailored to the application and nearly zero residual stress to ensure mechanical reliability. Within amorphous transparent conducting oxide (TCO) systems, a variety of sputter growth parameters have been shown to separately impact film stress and optoelectronic properties due to the complex nature of the deposition process. We apply a statistical design of experiments (DOE) approach to identify growth parameter–material property relationships in amorphous indium zinc oxide (a-IZO) thin films and observed large, compressive residual stresses in films grown under conditions typically used for the deposition of highly conductive samples. Power, growth pressure, oxygen partial pressure, and RF power ratio (RF/(RF + DC)) were varied according to a full-factorial test matrix and each film was characterized. The resulting regression model and analysis of variance (ANOVA) revealed significant contributions to the residual stress from individual growth parameters as well as interactions of different growth parameters, but no conditions were found within the initial growth space that simultaneously produced low residual stress and high electrical conductivity. Extrapolation of the model results to lower oxygen partial pressures, combined with prior knowledge of conductivity–growth parameter relationships in the IZO system, allowed the selection of two promising growth conditions that were both empirically verified to achieve nearly zero residual stress and electrical conductivities >1480 S/cm. This work shows that a-IZO can be simultaneously optimized for high conductivity and low residual stress.

  19. Sensory properties of oxide films with high concentrations of conduction electrons

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    Kozhushner, M. A.; Bodneva, V. L.; Belysheva, T. V.; Gerasimov, G. N.; Gromov, V. F.; Ikim, M. I.; Paltiel, Y.; Spiridonova, E. Yu.; Trakhtenberg, L. I.

    2017-03-01

    The dependence of a sensor's response to hydrogen on the temperature and hydrogen pressure in an indium oxide nanostructured film is measured. A theory of sensor's response to reducing gases in nanostructured semiconducting oxides with high concentrations of electrons in the conduction band is developed (using the example of In2O3). It is shown that the capture of conduction electrons by adsorbed oxygen redistributes the electrons in nanoparticles and reduces the surface electron density and the conductivity of a system; the conductivity is proportional to the electron density in nanoparticle contacts, i.e., to the surface electron density. It is found that atomic oxygen ions react with reducing gases (H2, CO) during adsorption of the latter: electrons are released and enter the volumes of nanoparticles; the conductivity of the system grows, creating the sensory effect. Using a model developed earlier to describe the distribution of conduction electrons in a semiconductor nanoparticle, a kinetic scheme corresponding to the above scenario is built and corresponding equations are solved. As a result, a theoretical dependence of a sensor's sensitivity to temperature is found that describes the experimental data well.

  20. CONDUCTING BLENDS OF POLY(2-VINYL PYRIDINE) AND POLYETHYLENE OXIDE WITH HIGH MOLECULAR WEIGHT

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    CUI Minhui; GUO Junshi; XIE Hongquan; CHENG Donghua

    1997-01-01

    Ionic, electronic and mixed (ionic-electronic) conductivities of blends of poly(2-vinyl pyridine) (P2VP) and poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) with high molecular weight after doped with LiClO4, TCNQ or LiClO4 and TCNQ were investigated. Effects of LiClO4 and TCNQ concentrations on the conductivity of PEO/P2VP/LiClO4 or TCNQ blend were studied.The ionic conductivity of PEO/P2VP/LiClO4 blend increases with increasing PEO content.At a Li/ethylene oxide molar ratio of 0.10 and a TCNQ/2-vinyl pyridine molar ratio of 0.5,the mixed conductivity of PEO/P2VP/LiClO4/TCNQ is higher than the total of ionic conductivity of PEO/P2VP/LiClO4 and electronic conductivity of PEO/P2VP/TCNQ when the weight ratio of PEO and P2VP is 6/4 or 5/5. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) on the broken cross-section of the PEO/P2VP/LiClO4 blend and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) results show that LiClO4 could act as a compatibilizer in the blend.

  1. Solution synthesis and characterization of indium-zinc formate precursors for transparent conducting oxides.

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    Pasquarelli, Robert M; Curtis, Calvin J; Miedaner, Alexander; van Hest, Maikel F A M; O'Hayre, Ryan P; Ginley, David S

    2010-06-21

    A series of In-Zn formate mixtures were investigated as potential precursors to amorphous In-Zn-oxide (IZO) for transparent conducting oxide (TCO) applications. These mixtures were prepared by neutralization from formic acid and characterized by elemental analysis, IR spectroscopy, powder X-ray diffraction, and thermogravimetry-differential scanning calorimetry (TG-DSC) measurements. Thermal analysis revealed that a mixture of In and Zn formates reduced the overall decomposition temperature compared to the individual constituents and that OH-substitution enhanced the effect. In terms of precursor feasibility, it was demonstrated that the decomposition products of In-Zn formate could be directed toward oxidation or reduction by controlling the decomposition atmosphere or with solution acid additives. For TCO applications, amorphous IZO films were prepared by ultrasonic spray deposition from In-Zn formate solutions with annealing at 300-400 degrees C.

  2. STABLE HIGH CONDUCTIVITY BILAYERED ELECTROLYTES FOR LOW TEMPERATURE SOLID OXIDE FUEL CELLS

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    Eric D. Wachsman; Keith L. Duncan

    2002-03-31

    Solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) are the future of energy production in America. They offer great promise as a clean and efficient process for directly converting chemical energy to electricity while providing significant environmental benefits (they produce negligible hydrocarbons, CO, or NO{sub x} and, as a result of their high efficiency, produce about one-third less CO{sub 2} per kilowatt hour than internal combustion engines). Unfortunately, the current SOFC technology, based on a stabilized zirconia electrolyte, must operate in the region of 1000 C to avoid unacceptably high ohmic losses. These high temperatures demand (a) specialized (expensive) materials for the fuel cell interconnects and insulation, (b) time to heat up to the operating temperature and (c) energy input to arrive at the operating temperature. Therefore, if fuel cells could be designed to give a reasonable power output at low to intermediate temperatures tremendous benefits may be accrued. At low temperatures, in particular, it becomes feasible to use ferritic steel for interconnects instead of expensive and brittle ceramic materials such as those based on LaCrO{sub 3}. In addition, sealing the fuel cell becomes easier and more reliable; rapid startup is facilitated; thermal stresses (e.g., those caused by thermal expansion mismatches) are reduced; radiative losses ({approx}T{sup 4}) become minimal; electrode sintering becomes negligible and (due to a smaller thermodynamic penalty) the SOFC operating cycle (heating from ambient) would be more efficient. Combined, all these improvements further result in reduced initial and operating costs. The problem is, at lower temperatures the conductivity of the conventional stabilized zirconia electrolyte decreases to the point where it cannot supply electrical current efficiently to an external load. The primary objectives of the proposed research is to develop a stable high conductivity (> 0.05 S cm{sup -1} at {le} 550 C) electrolyte for lower

  3. Oxide and proton conductivity in aluminum-doped tricalcium oxy-silicate

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    Porras-Vazquez, J.M.; De la Torre, A.G.; Losilla, E.R.; Aranda, M.A.G. [Dept. Quimica Inorganica, Cristalografia y Mineralogia, Universidad de Malaga, Campus Teatinos, 29071-Malaga (Spain)

    2007-06-15

    Aluminum doping in tricalcium silicate, Ca{sub 3}(SiO{sub 4})O, has been studied by high-resolution laboratory X-ray powder diffraction and the Rietveld method. Two nominal series have been designed and studied. Oxygen-fixed Ca{sub 3-x/2}Al{sub x/2}(Si{sub 1-x/2}Al{sub x/2}O{sub 4})O series has been prepared as single-phase up to x = 0.03. However, oxygen-variable Ca{sub 3}(Si{sub 1-x}Al{sub x}O{sub 4})O{sub 1-x/2}{open_square}{sub x/2} series has not been stabilized for any composition. The samples show oxide anion conductivity with a small p-type electronic contribution under oxidizing conditions. Typical total conductivities for these solids are 10{sup -} {sup 5}-10{sup -} {sup 4}S cm{sup -} {sup 1} at 1100 K. The oxide ion transference numbers are very high, {proportional_to} 0.98, under reducing conditions, i.e. dry 5%H{sub 2}-N{sub 2}/air gradient. The oxide ion transference numbers are slightly lower, {proportional_to} 0.91 under oxidizing conditions, i.e. dry O{sub 2}/air gradient. These compounds display a very important proton contribution to the overall conductivities under humidified atmospheres. The proton transference number ranges between 0.72 and 0.55 at 873 and 1023 K, respectively. (author)

  4. Reduced graphene oxide with ultrahigh conductivity as carbon coating layer for high performance sulfur@reduced graphene oxide cathode

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    Zhao, Hongbin; Peng, Zhenhuan; Wang, Wenjun; Chen, Xikun; Fang, Jianhui; Xu, Jiaqiang

    2014-01-01

    We developed hydrogen iodide (HI) reduction of rGO and surfactant-assisted chemical reaction- deposition method to form hybrid material of sulfur (S) encapsulated in reduced graphene oxide (rGO) sheets for rechargeable lithium batteries. The surfactant-assisted chemical reaction-deposition method strategy provides intimate contact between the S and graphene oxide. Chemical reduced rGO with high conductivity as carbon coating layer prevented the dissolution of polysulfide ions and improved the electron transfer. This novel core-shell structured S@rGO composites with high S content showed high reversible capacity, good discharge capacity retention and enhanced rate capability used as cathodes in rechargeable Li/S cells. We demonstrated here that an electrode prepared from a S@rGO with up to 85 wt% S maintains a stable discharge capacity of about 980 mAh g-1 at 0.05 C and 570 mAh g-1 at 1C after 200 cycles charge/discharge. These results emphasize the importance of rGO with high electrical conductivity after HI-reduced rGO homogeneously coating on the surface of S, therefore, effectively alleviating the shuttle phenomenon of polysulfides in organic electrolyte. Our surfactant-assisted chemical reaction-HI reduction approach should offer a new technique for the design and synthesis of battery electrodes based on highly conducting carbon materials.

  5. Air-pressure tunable depletion width, rectification behavior, and charge conduction in oxide nanotubes.

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    Alivov, Yahya; Funke, Hans H; Singh, Vivek; Nagpal, Prashant

    2015-02-01

    Metal-oxide nanotubes provide large surface areas and functionalizable surfaces for a variety of optical and electronic applications. Here we report air-tunable rectifying behavior, depletion width modulation, and two-dimensional (2D) charge conduction in hollow titanium-dioxide nanotubes. The metal contact forms a Schottky-diode in the nanotubes, and the rectification factor (on/off ratio) can be varied by more than 3 orders of magnitude (1-2 × 10(3)) as the air pressure is increased from 2 mTorr to atmospheric pressure. This behavior is explained using a change in depletion width of these thin nanotubes by adsorption of water vapor on both surfaces of a hollow nanotube, and the resulting formation of a metal-insulator-semiconductor (MIS) junction, which controls the 2D charge conduction properties in thin oxide nanotubes.

  6. Investigation of ionic conductivity of lanthanum cerium oxide nano crystalline powder synthesized by co precipitation method

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    Tinwala, Hozefa; Shah, Patij; Siddhapara, Kirit; Shah, Dimple; Menghani, Jyoti

    2016-10-01

    Lanthanum (La) doped Ceria (CeO2) electrolyte has attracted considerable interest, as a candidate material for solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs). The ionic conductivity of La doped CeO2 system (La2Ce2O7) nano-particles synthesized by the co-precipitation method has been investigated. The cubic fluorite structure was observed from the structural analysis of the material. Morphology of the sintered pellets are observed by scanning electron microscope (SEM), respectively. From the results of impedance spectroscopy from temperature range of room temperature to 400 °C, the oxide ion conductivity due to proton charge carrier was observed. Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) was performed on the material to check stability of phase at high temperature.

  7. Integration of conductive reduced graphene oxide into microstructured optical fibres for optoelectronics applications.

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    Ruan, Yinlan; Ding, Liyun; Duan, Jingjing; Ebendorff-Heidepriem, Heike; Monro, Tanya M

    2016-02-22

    Integration of conductive materials into optical fibres can largely expand functions of fibre devices including surface plasmon resonator/metamaterial, modulators/detectors, or biosensors. Some early attempts have been made to incorporate metals such as tin into fibres during the fibre drawing process. Due to the restricted range of materials that have compatible melting temperatures with that of silica glass, the methods to incorporate metals along the length of the fibres are very challenging. Moreover, metals are nontransparent with strong light absorption, which causes high fibre loss. This article demonstrates a novel but simple method for creating transparent conductive reduced graphene oxide film onto microstructured silica fibres for potential optoelectronic applications. The strongly confined evanescent field of the suspended core fibres with only 2 μW average power was creatively used to transform graphene oxide into reduced graphene oxide with negligible additional loss. Existence of reduced graphene oxide was confirmed by their characteristic Raman signals, shifting of their fluorescence peaks as well as largely decreased resistance of the bulk GO film after laser beam exposure.

  8. Demonstration of a stable high ionic conductivity solid oxide electrolyte. Final report, November 1993-January 1995

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    Wachsman, E.D.; Pound, B.G.; Jayaweera, P.; Jiang, N.; Lowe, D.

    1996-01-01

    The overall objective of this project is to develop a novel, low-cost, intermediate temperature, solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) using currently available highly conducting CeO2 electrolytes. The specific technical objective is to demonstrate that a ceria electrolyte can be modified to obtain stability against reduction by H2 at the anode, as evident by a stable open circuit potential that is higher than could be obtained with an unmodifed ceria electrolyte.

  9. Conductive iron oxide minerals accelerate syntrophic cooperation in methanogenic benzoate degradation

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    Zhuang, Li; Tang, Jia; Wang, Yueqiang; Hu, Min; Zhou, Shungui, E-mail: sgzhou@soil.gd.cn

    2015-08-15

    Highlights: • Paddy soil contaminated with benzoate incubated with hematite and magnetite. • Iron oxides addition enhanced methanogenic benzoate degradation by 25–53%. • The facilitated syntrophy might involve direct interspecies electron transfer. • Bacillaceae, Peptococcaceae, and Methanobacterium are potentially involved. - Abstract: Recent studies have suggested that conductive iron oxide minerals can facilitate syntrophic metabolism of the methanogenic degradation of organic matter, such as ethanol, propionate and butyrate, in natural and engineered microbial ecosystems. This enhanced syntrophy involves direct interspecies electron transfer (DIET) powered by microorganisms exchanging metabolic electrons through electrically conductive minerals. Here, we evaluated the possibility that conductive iron oxides (hematite and magnetite) can stimulate the methanogenic degradation of benzoate, which is a common intermediate in the anaerobic metabolism of aromatic compounds. The results showed that 89–94% of the electrons released from benzoate oxidation were recovered in CH{sub 4} production, and acetate was identified as the only carbon-bearing intermediate during benzoate degradation. Compared with the iron-free controls, the rates of methanogenic benzoate degradation were enhanced by 25% and 53% in the presence of hematite and magnetite, respectively. This stimulatory effect probably resulted from DIET-mediated methanogenesis in which electrons transfer between syntrophic partners via conductive iron minerals. Phylogenetic analyses revealed that Bacillaceae, Peptococcaceae, and Methanobacterium are potentially involved in the functioning of syntrophic DIET. Considering the ubiquitous presence of iron minerals within soils and sediments, the findings of this study will increase the current understanding of the natural biological attenuation of aromatic hydrocarbons in anaerobic environments.

  10. ZnO layers grown by Atomic Layer Deposition: A new material for transparent conductive oxide

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    Godlewski, M., E-mail: godlew@ifpan.edu.p [Institute of Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences, Al. Lotnikow 32/46, Warsaw (Poland); Department of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, College of Science, Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University, Warsaw (Poland); Guziewicz, E.; Luka, G.; Krajewski, T. [Institute of Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences, Al. Lotnikow 32/46, Warsaw (Poland); Lukasiewicz, M.; Wachnicki, L.; Wachnicka, A. [Institute of Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences, Al. Lotnikow 32/46, Warsaw (Poland); Department of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, College of Science, Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University, Warsaw (Poland); Kopalko, K. [Institute of Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences, Al. Lotnikow 32/46, Warsaw (Poland); Sarem, A.; Dalati, B. [Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Tishreen University, Latakia (Syrian Arab Republic)

    2009-12-15

    We demonstrate possibility of a control (by selection of zinc precursors and variation of a growth temperature) of electrical properties of ZnO films grown by Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD). ZnO films grown by ALD are used in test photovoltaic devices (solar cells) as transparent conductive oxides for upper, transparent layer in inorganic and organic solar cells, and as n-type partners of p-type CdTe.

  11. Modeling of Proton-Conducting Solid Oxide Fuel Cells Fueled with Syngas

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    2014-01-01

    Solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) with proton conducting electrolyte (H-SOFCs) are promising power sources for stationary applications. Compared with other types of fuel cells, one distinct feature of SOFC is their fuel flexibility. In this study, a 2D model is developed to investigate the transport and reaction in an H-SOFC fueled with syngas, which can be produced from conventional natural gas or renewable biomass. The model fully considers the fluid flow, mass transfer, heat transfer and r...

  12. An experimental investigation into the thermal conductivity enhancement in oxide and metallic nanofluids

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    Patel, Hrishikesh E.; Sundararajan, T.; Das, Sarit K., E-mail: skdas@iitm.ac.i [Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Department of Mechanical Engineering (India)

    2010-03-15

    One of the reasons for the controversy on the thermal conductivity enhancement of nanofluids is the lack of extensive data over a wide range of parameters. In the present study, a comprehensive experimental dataset is obtained for thermal conductivity of nanofluids with variation in nanoparticle material, base liquid, particle size, particle volume fraction and suspension temperature. Transient hot wire (THW) equipment as well as Temperature Oscillation equipment are developed for the measurement of thermal conductivity of liquids. The measurements show that, in general, thermal conductivity values of all the nanofluids are higher than that of the equivalent macro-particle suspensions. Metallic nanofluids are found to give higher enhancements than that of oxide nanofluids. Particle size is found to have a tremendous impact on the thermal conductivity of nanofluids with enhancement in the thermal conductivity increasing almost inversely with reduction in the particle size. Increase in temperature significantly increases the thermal conductivity of a nanofluid. It is also observed that the thermal conductivity of nanoparticle suspensions is relatively higher at lower volume fractions, thereby giving a non-linear dependence on the particle volume fraction.

  13. Reduced Graphene Oxide Films with Ultrahigh Conductivity as Li-Ion Battery Current Collectors.

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    Chen, Yanan; Fu, Kun; Zhu, Shuze; Luo, Wei; Wang, Yanbin; Li, Yiju; Hitz, Emily; Yao, Yonggang; Dai, Jiaqi; Wan, Jiayu; Danner, Valencia A; Li, Teng; Hu, Liangbing

    2016-06-08

    Solution processed, highly conductive films are extremely attractive for a range of electronic devices, especially for printed macroelectronics. For example, replacing heavy, metal-based current collectors with thin, light, flexible, and highly conductive films will further improve the energy density of such devices. Films with two-dimensional building blocks, such as graphene or reduced graphene oxide (RGO) nanosheets, are particularly promising due to their low percolation threshold with a high aspect ratio, excellent flexibility, and low cost. However, the electrical conductivity of these films is low, typically less than 1000 S/cm. In this work, we for the first time report a RGO film with an electrical conductivity of up to 3112 S/cm. We achieve high conductivity in RGO films through an electrical current-induced annealing process at high temperature of up to 2750 K in less than 1 min of anneal time. We studied in detail the unique Joule heating process at ultrahigh temperature. Through a combination of experimental and computational studies, we investigated the fundamental mechanism behind the formation of a highly conductive three-dimensional structure composed of well-connected RGO layers. The highly conductive RGO film with high direct current conductivity, low thickness (∼4 μm) and low sheet resistance (0.8 Ω/sq.) was used as a lightweight current collector in Li-ion batteries.

  14. Conductive diamond electrochemical oxidation of caffeine-intensified biologically treated urban wastewater.

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    Martín de Vidales, María J; Millán, María; Sáez, Cristina; Pérez, José F; Rodrigo, Manuel A; Cañizares, Pablo

    2015-10-01

    In this work, the usefulness of Conductive Diamond Electrochemical Oxidation (CDEO) to degrade caffeine in real urban wastewater matrixes was assessed. The oxidation of actual wastewater intensified with caffeine (from 1 to 100 mg L(-1)) was studied, paying particular attention to the influence of the initial load of caffeine and the differences observed during the treatment of caffeine in synthetic wastewater. The results showed that CDEO is a technology that is capable of efficiently degrading this compound even at very low concentrations and that it can even be completely depleted. Profiles of the ionic species of S (SO4(2-)), N (NH4(+), NO3(-)) and Cl (ClO(-), ClO3(-) and ClO4(-)) were monitored and explained for plausible oxidation mechanisms. It was observed that the efficiency achieved is higher in the treatment of real wastewater than in the oxidation of synthetic wastewater because of the contribution of electrogenerated oxidant species such as hypochlorite. The formation of chlorate and perchlorate during electrochemical processes was observed, and a combined strategy to prevent this important drawback was successfully tested based on the application of low current densities with the simultaneous dosing of hydrogen peroxide.

  15. STABLE HIGH CONDUCTIVITY BILAYERED ELECTROLYTES FOR LOW TEMPERATURE SOLID OXIDE FUEL CELLS

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    Eric D. Wachsman; Keith L. Duncan

    2002-09-30

    A bilayer electrolyte consisting of acceptor-doped ceria (on the fuel/reducing side) and cubic-stabilized bismuth oxide (on the oxidizing side) was developed. The bilayer electrolyte that was developed showed significant improvement in open-circuit potential versus a typical ceria based SOFC. Moreover, the OCP of the bilayer cells increased as the thickness of the bismuth oxide layer increased relative to the ceria layer. Thereby, verifying the bilayer concept. Although, because of the absence of a suitable cathode (a problem we are still working assiduously to solve), we were unable to obtain power density curves, our modeling work predicts a reduction in electrolyte area specific resistance of two orders of magnitude over cubic-stabilized zirconia and projects a maximum power density of 9 W/m{sup 2} at 800 C and 0.09 W/m{sup 2} at 500 C. Towards the development of the bilayer electrolyte other significant strides were made. Among these were, first, the development of a, bismuth oxide based, oxide ion conductor with the highest conductivity (0.56 S/cm at 800 C and 0.043 S/cm at 500 C) known to date. Second, a physical model of the defect transport mechanisms and the driving forces for the ordering phenomena in bismuth oxide and other fluorite systems was developed. Third, a model for point defect transport in oxide mixed ionic-electronic conductors was developed, without the typical assumption of a uniform distribution of ions and including the effect of variable loads on the transport properties of an SOFC (with either a single or bilayer electrolyte).

  16. STABLE HIGH CONDUCTIVITY BILAYERED ELECTROLYTES FOR LOW TEMPERATURE SOLID OXIDE FUEL CELLS

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    Eric D. Wachsman

    2000-10-01

    Solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) are the future of energy production in America. They offer great promise as a clean and efficient process for directly converting chemical energy to electricity while providing significant environmental benefits (they produce negligible CO, HC, or NOx and, as a result of their high efficiency, produce about one-third less CO{sub 2} per kilowatt hour than internal combustion engines). Unfortunately, the current SOFC technology, based on a stabilized zirconia electrolyte, must operate in the region of 1000 C to avoid unacceptably high ohmic losses. These high temperatures demand (a) specialized (expensive) materials for the fuel cell interconnects and insulation, (b) time to heat up to the operating temperature and (c) energy input to arrive at the operating temperature. Therefore, if fuel cells could be designed to give a reasonable power output at lower temperatures tremendous benefits may be accrued, not the least of which is reduced cost. The problem is, at lower temperatures the conductivity of the conventional stabilized zirconia electrolyte decreases to the point where it cannot supply electrical current efficiently to an external load. The primary objectives of the proposed research is to develop a stable high conductivity (>0.05 S cm{sup -1} at 550 C) electrolyte for lower temperature SOFCs. This objective is specifically directed toward meeting the lowest (and most difficult) temperature criteria for the 21st Century Fuel Cell Program. Meeting this objective provides a potential for future transportation applications of SOFCs, where their ability to directly use hydrocarbon fuels could permit refueling within the existing transportation infrastructure. In order to meet this objective we are developing a functionally gradient bilayer electrolyte comprised of bismuth oxide on the air side and ceria on the fuel side. Bismuth oxide and doped ceria are among the highest ionic conducting electrolytes and in fact bismuth oxide based

  17. STABLE HIGH CONDUCTIVITY BILAYERED ELECTROLYTES FOR LOW TEMPERATURE SOLID OXIDE FUEL CELLS

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    Eric D. Wachsman

    2000-10-01

    Solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) are the future of energy production in America. They offer great promise as a clean and efficient process for directly converting chemical energy to electricity while providing significant environmental benefits (they produce negligible CO, HC, or NOx and, as a result of their high efficiency, produce about one-third less CO{sub 2} per kilowatt hour than internal combustion engines). Unfortunately, the current SOFC technology, based on a stabilized zirconia electrolyte, must operate in the region of 1000 C to avoid unacceptably high ohmic losses. These high temperatures demand (a) specialized (expensive) materials for the fuel cell interconnects and insulation, (b) time to heat up to the operating temperature and (c) energy input to arrive at the operating temperature. Therefore, if fuel cells could be designed to give a reasonable power output at lower temperatures tremendous benefits may be accrued, not the least of which is reduced cost. The problem is, at lower temperatures the conductivity of the conventional stabilized zirconia electrolyte decreases to the point where it cannot supply electrical current efficiently to an external load. The primary objectives of the proposed research is to develop a stable high conductivity (>0.05 S cm{sup -1} at 550 C) electrolyte for lower temperature SOFCs. This objective is specifically directed toward meeting the lowest (and most difficult) temperature criteria for the 21st Century Fuel Cell Program. Meeting this objective provides a potential for future transportation applications of SOFCs, where their ability to directly use hydrocarbon fuels could permit refueling within the existing transportation infrastructure. In order to meet this objective we are developing a functionally gradient bilayer electrolyte comprised of bismuth oxide on the air side and ceria on the fuel side. Bismuth oxide and doped ceria are among the highest ionic conducting electrolytes and in fact bismuth oxide based

  18. STABLE HIGH CONDUCTIVITY BILAYERED ELECTROLYTES FOR LOW TEMPERATURE SOLID OXIDE FUEL CELLS

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    Eric D. Wachsman; Keith L. Duncan

    2001-09-30

    Solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) are the future of energy production in America. They offer great promise as a clean and efficient process for directly converting chemical energy to electricity while providing significant environmental benefits (they produce negligible hydrocarbons, CO, or NO{sub x} and, as a result of their high efficiency, produce about one-third less CO{sub 2} per kilowatt hour than internal combustion engines). Unfortunately, the current SOFC technology, based on a stabilized zirconia electrolyte, must operate in the region of 1000 C to avoid unacceptably high ohmic losses. These high temperatures demand (a) specialized (expensive) materials for the fuel cell interconnects and insulation, (b) time to heat up to the operating temperature and (c) energy input to arrive at the operating temperature. Therefore, if fuel cells could be designed to give a reasonable power output at low to intermediate1 temperatures tremendous benefits may be accrued. At low temperatures, in particular, it becomes feasible to use ferritic steel for interconnects instead of expensive and brittle ceramic materials such as those based on LaCrO{sub 3}. In addition, sealing the fuel cell becomes easier and more reliable; rapid start-up is facilitated; thermal stresses (e.g., those caused by thermal expansion mismatches) are reduced; radiative losses ({approx}T{sup 4}) become minimal; electrode sintering becomes negligible and (due to a smaller thermodynamic penalty) the SOFC operating cycle (heating from ambient) would be more efficient. Combined, all these improvements further result in reduced initial and operating costs. The problem is, at lower temperatures the conductivity of the conventional stabilized zirconia electrolyte decreases to the point where it cannot supply electrical current efficiently to an external load. The primary objectives of the proposed research are to develop a stable high conductivity (> 0.05 S cm{sup -1} at {le} 550 C) electrolyte for lower

  19. A pulsed electron beam synthesis of PEDOT conducting polymers by using sulfate radicals as oxidizing species

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    Coletta, Cecilia; Cui, Zhenpeng; Dazzi, Alexandre; Guigner, Jean-Michel; Néron, Stéphane; Marignier, Jean-Louis; Remita, Samy

    2016-09-01

    In this study, an original radiolytic method, based on pulsed electron beam irradiation, is used for the synthesis of conducting PEDOT in an aqueous solution containing EDOT monomers in the presence of potassium persulfate, K2S2O8, at 0 °C. At this low temperature, EDOT monomers are not chemically oxidized by S2O82- anions, initiating PEDOT polymerization, but are rather oxidized by sulfate radicals, SO4•-, which are radiolytically generated by the reaction of solvated electrons, produced by water radiolysis, with persulfate anions. Successfully, as demonstrated by UV-vis absorption spectrophotometry and ATR-FTIR spectroscopy, irradiating the aqueous solution, by using a series of accumulated electron pulses, enables complete EDOT oxidation and quantitative in situ PEDOT polymerization through a step-by-step oxidation mechanism. The morphology of PEDOT polymers, mixed with unreacted K2S2O8 salt, is characterized by Cryo-TEM microscopy in aqueous solution and by SEM after deposition. Successfully, in the absence of any washing step, high resolution AFM microscopy, coupled with infrared nanospectroscopy, is used to discriminate between the organic polymers and the inorganic salt and to probe the local chemical composition of PEDOT nanostructures. The results demonstrate that PEDOT polymers form globular self-assembled nanostructures which preferentially adsorb onto unreacted K2S2O8 solid nanoplates. The present results first demonstrate the efficiency of sulfate radicals as oxidizing species for the preparation of nanostructured PEDOT polymers and second highlight the promising potentiality of electron accelerators in the field of conducting polymers synthesis.

  20. Low mercury concentration produces vasoconstriction, decreases nitric oxide bioavailability and increases oxidative stress in rat conductance artery.

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    Núbia Belem Lemos

    Full Text Available Mercury is an environmental pollutant that reduces nitric oxide (NO bioavailability and increases oxidative stress, having a close link with cardiovascular diseases, as carotid atherosclerosis, myocardial infarction, coronary heart disease and hypertension. One of the main sites affected by oxidative stress, which develops atherosclerosis, is the aorta. Under acute exposure to low mercury concentrations reactive oxygen species (ROS production were only reported for resistance vessels but if low concentrations of mercury also affect conductance arteries it is still unclear. We investigated the acute effects of 6 nM HgCl(2 on endothelial function of aortic rings measuring the reactivity to phenylephrine in rings incubated, or not, with HgCl(2 for 45 min, the protein expression for cyclooxygenase 2 (COX-2 and the AT1 receptor. HgCl(2 increased Rmax and pD2 to phenylephrine without changing the vasorelaxation induced by acetylcholine and sodium nitroprusside. Endothelial damage abolished the increased reactivity to phenylephrine. The increase of Rmax and pD2 produced by L-NAME was smaller in the presence of HgCl(2. Enalapril, losartan, indomethacin, furegrelate, the selective COX-2 inhibitor NS 398, superoxide dismutase and the NADPH oxidase inhibitor apocynin reverted HgCl(2 effects on the reactivity to phenylephrine, COX-2 protein expression was increased, and AT1 expression reduced. At low concentration, below the reference values, HgCl(2 increased vasoconstrictor activity by reducing NO bioavailability due to increased ROS production by NADPH oxidase activity. Results suggest that this is due to local release of angiotensin II and prostanoid vasoconstrictors. Results also suggest that acute low concentration mercury exposure, occurring time to time could induce vascular injury due to endothelial oxidative stress and contributing to increase peripheral resistance, being a high risk factor for public health.

  1. Ultra-low thermal conductivity of nanogranular indium tin oxide films deposited by spray pyrolysis

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    Brinzari, Vladimir I.; Cocemasov, Alexandr I.; Nika, Denis L.; Korotcenkov, Ghenadii S.

    2017-02-01

    The authors have shown that nanogranular indium tin oxide (ITO) films, deposited by spray pyrolysis on a silicon substrate, demonstrate ultralow thermal conductivity κ ˜ 0.84 ± 0.12 Wm-1 K-1 at room temperature. This value is approximately by one order of magnitude lower than that in bulk ITO. The strong drop of thermal conductivity is explained by the nanogranular structure and porosity of ITO films, resulting in enhanced phonon scattering on grain boundaries. The experimental results were interpreted theoretically, employing the Boltzmann transport equation approach for phonon transport and filtering model for electronic transport. The calculated values of thermal conductivity are in reasonable agreement with the experimental findings. The presented results show that ITO films with an optimal nanogranular structure may be prospective for thermoelectric applications.

  2. 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.

  3. Fabrication of nano-engineered transparent conducting oxides by pulsed laser deposition.

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    Gondoni, Paolo; Ghidelli, Matteo; Di Fonzo, Fabio; Li Bassi, Andrea; Casari, Carlo S

    2013-02-27

    Nanosecond Pulsed Laser Deposition (PLD) in the presence of a background gas allows the deposition of metal oxides with tunable morphology, structure, density and stoichiometry by a proper control of the plasma plume expansion dynamics. Such versatility can be exploited to produce nanostructured films from compact and dense to nanoporous characterized by a hierarchical assembly of nano-sized clusters. In particular we describe the detailed methodology to fabricate two types of Al-doped ZnO (AZO) films as transparent electrodes in photovoltaic devices: 1) at low O₂ pressure, compact films with electrical conductivity and optical transparency close to the state of the art transparent conducting oxides (TCO) can be deposited at room temperature, to be compatible with thermally sensitive materials such as polymers used in organic photovoltaics (OPVs); 2) highly light scattering hierarchical structures resembling a forest of nano-trees are produced at higher pressures. Such structures show high Haze factor (>80%) and may be exploited to enhance the light trapping capability. The method here described for AZO films can be applied to other metal oxides relevant for technological applications such as TiO₂, Al₂O₃, WO₃ and Ag₄O₄.

  4. Hybrid Copper-Silver Conductive Tracks for Enhanced Oxidation Resistance under Flash Light Sintering.

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    Yim, Changyong; Sandwell, Allen; Park, Simon S

    2016-08-31

    We developed a simple method to prepare hybrid copper-silver conductive tracks under flash light sintering. The developed metal nanoparticle-based ink is convenient because its preparation process is free of any tedious washing steps. The inks were composed of commercially available copper nanoparticles which were mixed with formic acid, silver nitrate, and diethylene glycol. The role of formic acid is to remove the native copper oxide layer on the surface of the copper nanoparticles. In this way, it facilitates the formation of a silver outer shell on the surface of the copper nanoparticles through a galvanic replacement. In the presence of formic acid, the copper nanoparticles formed copper formate, which was present in the unsintered tracks. However, under illumination by a xenon flash light, the copper formate was then converted to copper. Moreover, the resistance of the copper-only films increased by 6 orders of magnitude when oxidized at high temperatures (∼220 °C). However, addition of silver nitrate to the inks suppressed the oxidation of the hybrid copper-silver films, and the resistance changes in these inks at high temperatures were greatly reduced. In addition, the hybrid inks proved to be advantageous for use in electrical circuits as they demonstrated a stable electrical conductivity after exposure to ambient air at 180 °C.

  5. Using Coupled Mesoscale Experiments and Simulations to Investigate High Burn-Up Oxide Fuel Thermal Conductivity

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    Teague, Melissa C.; Fromm, Bradley S.; Tonks, Michael R.; Field, David P.

    2014-12-01

    Nuclear energy is a mature technology with a small carbon footprint. However, work is needed to make current reactor technology more accident tolerant and to allow reactor fuel to be burned in a reactor for longer periods of time. Optimizing the reactor fuel performance is essentially a materials science problem. The current understanding of fuel microstructure have been limited by the difficulty in studying the structure and chemistry of irradiated fuel samples at the mesoscale. Here, we take advantage of recent advances in experimental capabilities to characterize the microstructure in 3D of irradiated mixed oxide (MOX) fuel taken from two radial positions in the fuel pellet. We also reconstruct these microstructures using Idaho National Laboratory's MARMOT code and calculate the impact of microstructure heterogeneities on the effective thermal conductivity using mesoscale heat conduction simulations. The thermal conductivities of both samples are higher than the bulk MOX thermal conductivity because of the formation of metallic precipitates and because we do not currently consider phonon scattering due to defects smaller than the experimental resolution. We also used the results to investigate the accuracy of simple thermal conductivity approximations and equations to convert 2D thermal conductivities to 3D. It was found that these approximations struggle to predict the complex thermal transport interactions between metal precipitates and voids.

  6. Lipase immobilized on nanostructured cerium oxide thin film coated on transparent conducting oxide electrode for butyrin sensing

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    Panky, Sreedevi; Thandavan, Kavitha [Centre for Nanotechnology and Advanced Biomaterials (CeNTAB), SASTRA University, Thanjavur 613 401, Tamil Nadu (India); School of Chemical and Biotechnology, SASTRA University, Thanjavur 613 401, Tamil Nadu (India); Sivalingam, Durgajanani [Centre for Nanotechnology and Advanced Biomaterials (CeNTAB), SASTRA University, Thanjavur 613 401, Tamil Nadu (India); School of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, SASTRA University, Thanjavur 613 401, Tamil Nadu (India); Sethuraman, Swaminathan; Krishnan, Uma Maheswari [Centre for Nanotechnology and Advanced Biomaterials (CeNTAB), SASTRA University, Thanjavur 613 401, Tamil Nadu (India); School of Chemical and Biotechnology, SASTRA University, Thanjavur 613 401, Tamil Nadu (India); Jeyaprakash, Beri Gopalakrishnan [Centre for Nanotechnology and Advanced Biomaterials (CeNTAB), SASTRA University, Thanjavur 613 401, Tamil Nadu (India); School of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, SASTRA University, Thanjavur 613 401, Tamil Nadu (India); Rayappan, John Bosco Balaguru, E-mail: rjbosco@ece.sastra.edu [Centre for Nanotechnology and Advanced Biomaterials (CeNTAB), SASTRA University, Thanjavur 613 401, Tamil Nadu (India); School of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, SASTRA University, Thanjavur 613 401, Tamil Nadu (India)

    2013-01-15

    Nanostructured cerium oxide (CeO{sub 2}) thin films were deposited on transparent conducting oxide (TCO) substrate using spray pyrolysis technique with cerium nitrate salt, Ce(NO{sub 3}){sub 3}{center_dot}6H{sub 2}O as precursor. Fluorine doped cadmium oxide (CdO:F) thin film prepared using spray pyrolysis technique acts as the TCO film and hence the bare electrode. The structural, morphological and elemental characterizations of the films were carried out using X-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) and energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDX) respectively. The diffraction peak positions in XRD confirmed the formation of highly crystalline ceria with cubic structure and FE-SEM images showed uniform adherent films with granular morphology. The band gaps of CeO{sub 2} and TCO were found to be 3.2 eV and 2.6 eV respectively. Lipase enzyme was physisorbed on the surface of CeO{sub 2}/TCO film to form the lipase/nano-CeO{sub 2}/TCO bioelectrode. Sensing studies were carried out using cyclic voltammetry and amperometry, with lipase/nano-CeO{sub 2}/TCO as working electrode and tributyrin as substrate. The mediator-free biosensor with nanointerface exhibited excellent linearity (0.33-1.98 mM) with a lowest detection limit of 2 {mu}M with sharp response time of 5 s and a shelf life of about 6 weeks. -- Graphical abstract: Nanostructured cerium oxide thin films were deposited on transparent conducting oxide (TCO) substrate using spray pyrolysis technique. Fluorine doped cadmium oxide (CdO:F) thin film acts as the TCO film and hence the working electrode. Lipase enzyme was physisorbed on the surface of CeO{sub 2}/TCO film and hence the lipase/nano-CeO{sub 2}/TCO bioelectrode has been fabricated. Sensing studies were carried out using cyclic voltammetry and amperometry with tributyrin as substrate. The mediator-free biosensor with nanointerface exhibited excellent linearity (0.33-1.98 mM) with a lowest detection limit of 2 {mu}M with sharp

  7. Characteristic Analysis of the Solid Oxide Fuel Cell with Proton Conducting Ceramic Electrolyte

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    谭小耀; 孟波; 杨乃涛; K.Li

    2005-01-01

    An electrolyte model for the solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) with proton conducting perovskite electrolyte is developed in this study, in which four types of charge carriers including proton, oxygen vacancy (oxide ion), free electron and electron hole are taken into consideration. The electrochemical process within the SOFC with hydrogen as the fuel is theoretically analyzed. With the present model, the effects of some parameters, such as the thickness of electrolyte, operating temperature and gas composition, on the ionic transport (or gas permeation) through the electrolyte and the electrical performance, i.e., the electromotive force (EMF) and internal resistance of the cell, are investigated in detail. The theoretical results are tested partly by comparing with the experimental data obtained from SrCe0.05M0.05O3-α(M=Yb, Y) cells.

  8. Increasing Thermal Conductivity of a Heat Exchanger Using Copper Oxide Nano Fluids & Ethylene Glycol

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    B. Meganathan M.E

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available A Nano fluid is the evolving concept which is very rarely used in the many core industries. Nano fluids have found a great application in heat exchangers by increasing the thermal conductivity. We have aimed to increasing the heat transfer co-efficient by using copper oxide Nano fluid. The Nano particles are formed by using precipitation method and their fluids are formed by adding surfactants to the base fluid. The comparative study on the Heat exchanger is made by using the CuO Nano Fluid and Hot water. The analysis and the results shows that the overall heat transfer rate increases when subjected to Nano Fluids. The ethylene glycol fluid used along with copper oxide Nano fluid will offer resistance to fouling.

  9. A high performance cathode for proton conducting solid oxide fuel cells

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    Wang, Zhiquan

    2015-01-01

    Intermediate temperature solid-oxide fuel cells (IT-SOFCs)), as one of the energy conversion devices, have attracted worldwide interest for their great fuel efficiency, low air pollution, much reduced cost and excellent longtime stability. In the intermediate temperature range (500-700°C), SOFCs based on proton conducting electrolytes (PSOFCs) display unique advantages over those based on oxygen ion conducting electrolytes. A key obstacle to the practical operation of past P-SOFCs is the poor stability of the traditionally used composite cathode materials in the steam-containing atmosphere and their low contribution to proton conduction. Here we report the identification of a new Ruddlesden-Popper-type oxide Sr3Fe2O7-δ that meets the requirements for much improved long-term stability and shows a superior single-cell performance. With a Sr3Fe2O7-δ-5 wt% BaZr0.3Ce0.5Y0.2O3-δ cathode, the P-SOFC exhibits high power densities (683 and 583 mW cm-2 at 700°C and 650°C, respectively) when operated with humidified hydrogen as the fuel and air as the cathode gas. More importantly, no decay in discharging was observed within a 100 hour test. © The Royal Society of Chemistry 2015.

  10. Conduction Channel Formation and Dissolution Due to Oxygen Thermophoresis/Diffusion in Hafnium Oxide Memristors

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    Kumar, Suhas; Wang, Ziwen; Huang, Xiaopeng; Kumari, Niru; Davila, Noraica; Strachan, John Paul; Vine, David; Kilcoyne, A. L. David; Nishi, Yoshio; Williams, R. Stanley

    2016-12-27

    Due to the favorable operating power, endurance, speed, and density., transition-metal-oxide memristors, or resistive random-access memory (RRAM) switches, are under intense development for storage-class memory. Their commercial deployment critically depends on predictive compact models based on understanding nanoscale physiocochemical forces, which remains elusive and controversial owing to the difficulties in directly observing atomic motions during resistive switching, Here, using scanning transmission synchrotron X-ray spectromicroscopy to study in situ switching of hafnium oxide memristors, we directly observed the formation of a localized oxygen-deficiency-derived conductive channel surrounded by a low-conductivity ring of excess oxygen. Subsequent thermal annealing homogenized the segregated oxygen, resetting the cells toward their as-grown resistance state. We show that the formation and dissolution of the conduction channel are successfully modeled by radial thermophoresis and Fick diffusion of oxygen atoms driven by Joule heating. This confirmation and quantification of two opposing nanoscale radial forces that affect bipolar memristor switching are important components for any future physics-based compact model for the electronic switching of these devices.

  11. Conduction Channel Formation and Dissolution Due to Oxygen Thermophoresis/Diffusion in Hafnium Oxide Memristors.

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    Kumar, Suhas; Wang, Ziwen; Huang, Xiaopeng; Kumari, Niru; Davila, Noraica; Strachan, John Paul; Vine, David; Kilcoyne, A L David; Nishi, Yoshio; Williams, R Stanley

    2016-12-27

    Transition-metal-oxide memristors, or resistive random-access memory (RRAM) switches, are under intense development for storage-class memory because of their favorable operating power, endurance, speed, and density. Their commercial deployment critically depends on predictive compact models based on understanding nanoscale physicochemical forces, which remains elusive and controversial owing to the difficulties in directly observing atomic motions during resistive switching, Here, using scanning transmission synchrotron X-ray spectromicroscopy to study in situ switching of hafnium oxide memristors, we directly observed the formation of a localized oxygen-deficiency-derived conductive channel surrounded by a low-conductivity ring of excess oxygen. Subsequent thermal annealing homogenized the segregated oxygen, resetting the cells toward their as-grown resistance state. We show that the formation and dissolution of the conduction channel are successfully modeled by radial thermophoresis and Fick diffusion of oxygen atoms driven by Joule heating. This confirmation and quantification of two opposing nanoscale radial forces that affect bipolar memristor switching are important components for any future physics-based compact model for the electronic switching of these devices.

  12. Influence of preferred orientation on the electrical conductivity of fluorine-doped tin oxide films.

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    Wang, Jian Tao; Shi, Xiang Lei; Liu, Wei Wei; Zhong, Xin Hua; Wang, Jian Nong; Pyrah, Leo; Sanderson, Kevin D; Ramsey, Philip M; Hirata, Masahiro; Tsuri, Keiko

    2014-01-14

    Current development of high-performance transparent conductive oxide (TCO) films is limited with tradeoff between carrier mobility and concentration since none of them can be improved without sacrificing the other. In this study, we prepare fluorine doped tin oxide (FTO) films by chemical vapor deposition with inclusions of different additives and report that the mobility can be varied from 0.65 to 28.5 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1) without reducing the achieved high carrier concentration of 4 × 10(20) cm(-3). Such an increase in mobility is shown to be clearly associated with the development of (200) preferred orientation (PO) but concurrent degradation of (110) PO in films. Thus, at a constant high carrier concentration, the electrical conductivity can be improved via carrier mobility simply by PO control. Such a one-step approach avoiding conventional post-deposition treatment is suggested for developing next-generation FTO as well as other TCO films with better than ever conductivities.

  13. Temperature characterization of dielectric permittivity and AC conductivity of nano copper oxide-doped polyaniline composite

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    Shubha, L. N.; Madhusudana Rao, P.

    2016-06-01

    The polyaniline/copper oxide (PANI/CuO) nanocomposite was prepared by mixing solutions of polyaniline and copper oxide nanoparticles in dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO). The synthesized polymer nanocomposites were characterized by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM) and UV-visible spectroscopy. The characteristic peaks in XRD and UV-visible spectra confirmed the presence of CuO in the polymer structure. SEM images indicated morphological changes in the composite matrix as compared to the pristine PANI. The DC conductivity measurements were performed using two-probe method for various temperatures. AC conductivity and dielectric response of the composites were investigated in the frequency range of 102-106Hz using LCR meter. Dielectric permittivity ɛ‧(w) and dielectric loss factor ɛ‧‧(w) were investigated. It was observed that ɛ‧(w) and ɛ‧‧(w) decrease with increase in frequency at all temperatures. At a particular frequency it is observed that both ɛ‧(w) and ɛ‧‧(w) increase with increase in temperature. It was also observed that AC conductivity increased with increase in frequency and temperature.

  14. New processing methods to produce silicon carbide and beryllium oxide inert matrix and enhanced thermal conductivity oxide fuels

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    Sarma, K. H.; Fourcade, J.; Lee, S.-G.; Solomon, A. A.

    2006-06-01

    For inert matrix fuels, SiC and BeO represent two possible matrix phase compounds that exhibit very high thermal conductivity, high melting points, low neutron absorption, and reasonably high radiation stability. BeO is chemically compatible with UO2, PuO2 and Zircaloy to very high temperatures, but SiC reacts with all three at somewhat lower temperatures. We have developed the Polymer Impregnation and Pyrolysis or PIP method, making use of a commercial SiC polymeric precursor, to consolidate both particulate fuels like 'TRISO' microsphere fuels, and to impregnate UO2 fuels with pure stoichiometric SiC to improve their thermal conductivity. This method was employed to fabricate Enhanced Conductivity Oxide fuels, or ECO fuels with 5-10 vol.% of the high conductivity phase, and with 50 vol.% for TRISO dispersion fuels. For ECO fuels, a new 'slug/bisque' method of fabricating the UO2 fuel granules was necessary to produce sintered fuel with open pore structures, allowing almost complete impregnation of the continuous SiC phase. The advantages of the PIP process are that it is a non-damaging consolidation process for particulates (TRU, UC or TRISO microspheres), forms a continuous, pure β-SiC phase at temperatures as low as 1573 K, and allows the maximum in fissile atom density. However, several PIP impregnation cycles and high crystallization temperatures are necessary to obtain high thermal conductivity SiC. For producing IMF fuels using the PIP process, the fissile PuC and/or TRU actinides can be added in small concentrations along with SiC 'filler particles' and consolidated with the SiC precursor for either open or closed fuel cycles. For BeO, a second approach was developed for ECO fuels that involves a 'co-sintering' route to produce high density fuels with a continuous BeO phase of 5-10 vol.%. Special granulation and mixing techniques were developed, but only one normal sintering cycle is required. For BeO matrix IMF fuels, PuO2 granules and TRU actinides or

  15. Lithium ion and electronic conductivity in 3-(oligoethylene oxide)thiophene comb-like polymers

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    Witker, David; Curtis, M. David [Department of Chemistry and the Macromolecular Science and Engineering Program, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1055 (United States)

    2006-06-01

    The Li-ion and electronic conductivities of a series of p-doped poly(thiophene)s with oligo-ethylene oxide side chains have been determined at room temperature as functions of side-chain length and concentration of LiOTf dissolved in the polymers in order to assess their utility as binders in Li-ion batteries. The lithium triflate concentration was varied from 0.23 to 2.26mmol LiOTf/g -C{sub 2}H{sub 4}O- (100 O:Li to 10 O:Li), and the concentration of dissociated Li{sup +} was determined from the IR spectra of the polymer solutions. The greatest ionic conductivity, 2x10{sup -4}Scm{sup -1}, was attained with intermediate concentrations of added salt that corresponded with the greatest degree of LiOTf dissociation. Li-ion mobilities of 5x10{sup -7}cm{sup 2}(Vs){sup -1} were measured for poly(thiophene)s (PT) with short oligo(ethylene oxide) side-chains (E{sub n}), PE{sub 2}T and PE{sub 3}T, whereas the polymers with longer side chains, PE{sub 7}T and PE{sub 15}T, had Li-ion mobilities about an order of magnitude greater, 5x10{sup -6}cm{sup 2}(Vs){sup -1}. The electronic conductivity of the polymers heavily doped with NOBF{sub 4} was near 0.1Scm{sup -1} for PE{sub 2}T and PE{sub 3}T, but was orders of magnitude smaller for the polymers with longer side-chains. Addition of LiOTf caused the electronic conductivity of PE{sub 2}T and PE{sub 3}T to drop to that of the longer chain polymers whose conductivities were insensitive to the LiOTf concentration. (author)

  16. Copper:molybdenum sub-oxide blend as transparent conductive electrode (TCE) indium free

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    Hssein, Mehdi; Cattin, Linda; Morsli, Mustapha; Addou, Mohammed; Bernède, Jean-Christian

    2016-05-01

    Oxide/metal/oxide structures have been shown to be promising alternatives to ITO. In such structures, in order to decrease the high light reflection of the metal film it is embedded between two metal oxides dielectric. MoO3-x is often used as oxide due to its capacity to be a performing anode buffer layer in organic solar cells, while silver is the metal the most often used [1]. Some attempts to use cheaper metal such as copper have been done. However it was shown that Cu diffuses strongly into MoO3-x [2]. Here we used this property to grow simple new transparent conductive oxide (TCE), i.e., Cu: MoO3-x blend. After the deposition of a thin Cu layer, a film of MoO3-x is deposited by sublimation. An XPS study shows more than 50% of Cu is present at the surface of the structure. In order to limit the Cu diffusion an ultra-thin Al layer is deposited onto MoO3-x. Then, in order to obtain a good hole collecting contact with the electron donor of the organic solar cells, a second MoO3-x layer is deposited. After optimization of the thickness of the different layers, the optimum structure is as follow: Cu (12 nm) : MoO3-x (20 nm)/Al (0.5 nm)/ MoO3-x (10 nm). The sheet resistance of this structure is Rsq = 5.2 Ω/sq. and its transmittance is Tmax = 65%. The factor of merit ϕM = T10/Rsq. = 2.41 × 10-3 Ω-1, which made this new TCE promising as anode in organic solar cells. Contribution to the topical issue "Materials for Energy Harvesting, Conversion and Storage (ICOME 2015) - Elected submissions", edited by Jean-Michel Nunzi, Rachid Bennacer and Mohammed El Ganaoui

  17. Mesoporous tin-doped indium oxide thin films: effect of mesostructure on electrical conductivity

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    Till von Graberg, Pascal Hartmann, Alexander Rein, Silvia Gross, Britta Seelandt, Cornelia Röger, Roman Zieba, Alexander Traut, Michael Wark, Jürgen Janek and Bernd M Smarsly

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available We present a versatile method for the preparation of mesoporous tin-doped indium oxide (ITO thin films via dip-coating. Two poly(isobutylene-b-poly(ethyleneoxide (PIB-PEO copolymers of significantly different molecular weight (denoted as PIB-PEO 3000 and PIB-PEO 20000 are used as templates and are compared with non-templated films to clarify the effect of the template size on the crystallization and, thus, on the electrochemical properties of mesoporous ITO films. Transparent, mesoporous, conductive coatings are obtained after annealing at 500 °C; these coatings have a specific resistance of 0.5 Ω cm at a thickness of about 100 nm. Electrical conductivity is improved by one order of magnitude by annealing under a reducing atmosphere. The two types of PIB-PEO block copolymers create mesopores with in-plane diameters of 20–25 and 35–45 nm, the latter also possessing correspondingly thicker pore walls. Impedance measurements reveal that the conductivity is significantly higher for films prepared with the template generating larger mesopores. Because of the same size of the primary nanoparticles, the enhanced conductivity is attributed to a higher conduction path cross section. Prussian blue was deposited electrochemically within the films, thus confirming the accessibility of their pores and their functionality as electrode material.

  18. Tunable Mixed Ionic/Electronic Conductivity and Permittivity of Graphene Oxide Paper for Electrochemical Energy Conversion.

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    Bayer, Thomas; Bishop, Sean R; Perry, Nicola H; Sasaki, Kazunari; Lyth, Stephen M

    2016-05-11

    Graphene oxide (GO) is a two-dimensional graphitic carbon material functionalized with oxygen-containing surface functional groups. The material is of interest in energy conversion, sensing, chemical processing, gas barrier, and electronics applications. Multilayer GO paper has recently been applied as a new proton conducting membrane in low temperature fuel cells. However, a detailed understanding of the electrical/dielectric properties, including separation of the ionic vs electronic contributions under relevant operating conditions, has so far been lacking. Here, the electrical conductivity and dielectric permittivity of GO paper are investigated in situ from 30 to 120 °C, and from 0 to 100% relative humidity (RH) using impedance spectroscopy. These are related to the water content, measured by thermogravimetric analysis. With the aid of electron blocking measurements, GO is demonstrated to be a mixed electronic-protonic conductor, and the ion transference number is derived for the first time. For RH > 40%, conductivity is dominated by proton transport (with a maximum of 0.5 mS/cm at 90 °C and 100% RH). For RH proton conducting electrolyte but also as a mixed conducting electrode material under appropriate conditions. Such materials are highly applicable in electrochemical energy conversion and storage devices such as fuel cells and electrolyzers.

  19. Electrically conducting polymer nanostructures confined in anodized aluminum oxide templates (AAO

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    I. Blaszczyk-Lezak

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Intrinsically or extrinsically conducting polymers are considered good candidates for replacement of metals in specific applications. In order to further expand their applications, it seems necessary to examine the influence of confinement effects on the electric properties of nanostructured conducting polymers in comparison to the bulk. The present study reports a novel way to fabricate and characterize high quality and controllable one-dimensional (1D polymer nanostructures with promising electrical properties, with the aid of two examples polyaniline (PANI and poly(vinylidene fluoride with multiwall carbon nanotubes (PVDF-MWCNT as representative of intrinsically and extrinsically conducting polymers, respectively. In this work, porous anodic aluminum oxide (AAO templates have been used both as a nanoreactor to synthesize 1D PANI nanostructures by polymerization of the ANI monomer and as a nanomold to prepare 1D PVDFMWCNT nanorods by melt infiltration of the precursor PVDF-MWCNT film. The obtained polymer nanostructures were morphologically and chemically characterized by SEM and Confocal Raman Spectroscopy, respectively, and the electrical properties determined by Broadband Dielectric Spectroscopy (BDS in a non-destructive way. SEM study allowed to establish the final nanostructure of PANI and PVDF-MWCNT and confirmed, in both cases, the well-aligned and uniform rodlike polymer nanostructures. Confocal Raman Microscopy has been performed to study the formation of the conducting emeraldine salt of PANI through all the length of AAO nanocavities. Finally, the electrical conductivity of both types of polymer nanostructures was easily evaluated by means of Dielectric Spectroscopy.

  20. Structure, Raman spectra and defect chemistry modelling of conductive pyrochlore oxides

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    Poulsen, F.W.; Glerup, M.; Holtappels, P.

    2000-01-01

    Mixed ionic-electronic conducting pyrochlore structure oxides, with Pr and Gd on the A site and Zr, Mn, Ce, Sn, In, Mo, and Ti on the B site, were characterised by X-ray powder diffraction and Raman spectroscopy. Mn and In have a solubility around x = 0.1-0.2 in Pr2Zr2-xMnxO7 and Pr2Sn2-xInxO7, r...... for the four equilibrium constants, leading to cases of pure p-type, p- to n-type and pure electrolytic behaviour of doped pyrochlores. (C) 2000 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved....

  1. Transparent Conducting Oxides for Photovoltaics: Manipulation of Fermi Level, Work Function and Energy Band Alignment

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    Diana E. Proffit

    2010-11-01

    Full Text Available Doping limits, band gaps, work functions and energy band alignments of undoped and donor-doped transparent conducting oxides Zn0, In2O3, and SnO2 as accessed by X-ray and ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS/UPS are summarized and compared. The presented collection provides an extensive data set of technologically relevant electronic properties of photovoltaic transparent electrode materials and illustrates how these relate to the underlying defect chemistry, the dependence of surface dipoles on crystallographic orientation and/or surface termination, and Fermi level pinning.

  2. Microwave-assisted solid-state synthesis of oxide ion conducting stabilized bismuth vanadate phases

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    Vaidhyanathan, B.; Balaji, K.; Rao, K.J. [Indian Inst. of Science, Bangalore (India). Solid State and Structural Chemistry Unit

    1998-11-01

    A microwave-assisted method for the preparation of substituted bismuth vanadates has been described. The method consists of starting with the respective oxides mixed in stoichiometric proportions and exposing the mixture to microwaves. Substitution takes place at the vanadium sites and it has been possible to prepare Ag{sup +}-, Mn{sup 4+}-, Ga{sup 3+}-, Y{sup 3+}-, and Ce{sup 4+}-substituted compounds with up to 10% substitution. Mn{sup 4+}- and Ag{sup +}-substituted compounds are found to exhibit better oxygen ion conductivities than any reported so far in the literature.

  3. Effect of Bismuth Oxide on the Microstructure and Electrical Conductivity of Yttria Stabilized Zirconia

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    Liwei Liu

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Bismuth oxide (Bi2O3-doped yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ were prepared via the solid state reaction method. X-ray diffraction and electron diffraction spectroscopy results indicate that doping with 2 mol% Bi2O3 and adding 10 mol% yttria result in a stable zirconia cubic phase. Adding Bi2O3 as a dopant increases the density of zirconia to above 96%, while reducing its normal sintering temperature by approximately 250 °C. Moreover, electrical impedance analyses show that adding Bi2O3 enhances the conductivity of zirconia, improving its capability as a solid electrolyte for intermediate or even lower temperatures.

  4. Preparation of properties of SWNT/graphene oxide type flexible transparent conductive films.

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    Kim, Jin Ho; Jung, Jae Mok; Kwak, Jun Young; Jeong, Jung Hyun; Choi, Byung Chun; Lim, Kwon Taek

    2011-08-01

    Single walled carbon nanotube (SWNT)/graphene oxide (GO) hybrid films were prepared by a facile bar coating method on a polyethylene terephthalate substrate using a mixed solution of SWCNTs and GO. An acryl type polymer was employed as a dispersion agent to obtain SWCNT and GO suspension in ethyl alcohol. The SWCNT/GO hybrid films were highly transparent and electrically conductive, showing 80% transmittance and 1.8 x 10(3) ohm/sq surface resistance. The surface resistance of the SWCNT/GO film could be further improved to 750 ohm/sq by hydrazine vapor reduction.

  5. Effect of Bismuth Oxide on the Microstructure and Electrical Conductivity of Yttria Stabilized Zirconia.

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    Liu, Liwei; Zhou, Zheng; Tian, He; Li, Jixue

    2016-03-14

    Bismuth oxide (Bi2O3)-doped yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) were prepared via the solid state reaction method. X-ray diffraction and electron diffraction spectroscopy results indicate that doping with 2 mol% Bi2O3 and adding 10 mol% yttria result in a stable zirconia cubic phase. Adding Bi2O3 as a dopant increases the density of zirconia to above 96%, while reducing its normal sintering temperature by approximately 250°C. Moreover, electrical impedance analyses show that adding Bi2O3 enhances the conductivity of zirconia, improving its capability as a solid electrolyte for intermediate or even lower temperatures.

  6. Synthesis, characterization and oxide ionic conductivity of -type solid solution in bismuth oxide doped with ytterbium oxide binary system

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    Esra Öztürk; Nilgun Ozpozan Kalaycioglu; Serkan Dayan; Handan Ozlu

    2013-06-01

    In this study, after doping Yb2O3 substance to -Bi2O3 substance in the range of 1% ≤ ≤ 8% in a series of different mole ratios, heat treatment was performed by applying a cascade temperature rise in the range of 700–790 °C for 48 and 120 h and new phases were obtained in the (Bi2O3)1− (Yb2O3) system. After 48 h of heat treatment at 750 °C and 120 h of heat treatment at 790 °C, mixtures containing 1–8% mole Yb2O3 formed a tetragonal phase. With the help of XRD, crystal systems and lattice parameters of the solid solutions were obtained and their characterization was carried out. Thermal measurements were made by using a simultaneous DTA/TG system. The total conductivity (T) in the -Bi2O3 doped with Yb2O3 system was measured using four-probe d.c. method.

  7. Effect of oxidant on the performance of conductive polymer films prepared by vacuum vapor phase polymerization for smart window applications

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    Brooke, Robert; Fabretto, Manrico; Vucaj, Nastasja; Zuber, Kamil; Switalska, Eliza; Reeks, Lachlan; Murphy, Peter; Evans, Drew

    2015-03-01

    Conductive polymers synthesized by vacuum vapour phase polymerization (VPP) were investigated and optimized by changing the oxidant solution and VPP chamber parameters for their incorporation into ‘smart window’ electrochromic devices. Additionally, the interaction of two oxidant solutions with typical electrode materials (aluminium and indium tin oxide) were examined with respect to material etching, device cosmetics and long term device degradation (over 10 000 switch cycles). Devices made with conducting polymers synthesized with the oxidant Fe(Tos)3 rather than FeCl3 produced superior device performance with respect to optical switching range (%T), switch speed and optical relaxation.

  8. Phase transitions from semiconductive amorphous to conductive polycrystalline in indium silicon oxide thin films

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    Mitoma, Nobuhiko; Da, Bo; Yoshikawa, Hideki; Nabatame, Toshihide; Takahashi, Makoto; Ito, Kazuhiro; Kizu, Takio; Fujiwara, Akihiko; Tsukagoshi, Kazuhito

    2016-11-01

    The enhancement in electrical conductivity and optical transparency induced by a phase transition from amorphous to polycrystalline in lightly silicon-doped indium oxide (InSiO) thin films is studied. The phase transition caused by simple thermal annealing transforms the InSiO thin films from semiconductors to conductors. Silicon atoms form SiO4 tetrahedra in InSiO, which enhances the overlap of In 5s orbitals as a result of the distortion of InO6 octahedral networks. Desorption of weakly bonded oxygen releases electrons from deep subgap states and enhances the electrical conductivity and optical transparency of the films. Optical absorption and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy measurements reveal that the phase transition causes a Fermi energy shift of ˜0.2 eV.

  9. Thin Solid Films Topical Special Issue on ZnO related transparent conductive oxides

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    Chu, Jinn P.; Endo, Tamio; Ellmer, Klaus; Gessert, Tim; Ginley, David

    2016-04-01

    World-wide research activities on ZnO and related transparent conductive oxides (TCO) in thin film, nanostructured, and multilayered forms are driven by the vast potential of these materials for optoelectronic, microelectronic, and photovoltaic applications. Renewed interest in ZnO applications is partly stimulated by cost reduction in material processing and device development. One of the most important issues is doping and alloying with Al, Ga, In, Sn, etc. in order to tune properties. When highly doped, these materials are used as transparent-conducting contacts on solar cells, as well as in catalytic, spintronic, and surface acoustic wave devices. Film growth conditions, including substrate type and orientation, growth temperature, deposition rate, and ambient atmosphere, all play important roles in determining structural, electrical, magnetic, and optical properties.

  10. Decoupling the refractive index from the electrical properties of transparent conducting oxides via periodic superlattices

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    Caffrey, David; Norton, Emma; Coileáin, Cormac Ó.; Smith, Christopher M.; Bulfin, Brendan; Farrell, Leo; Shvets, Igor V.; Fleischer, Karsten

    2016-09-01

    We demonstrate an alternative approach to tuning the refractive index of materials. Current methodologies for tuning the refractive index of a material often result in undesirable changes to the structural or optoelectronic properties. By artificially layering a transparent conducting oxide with a lower refractive index material the overall film retains a desirable conductivity and mobility while acting optically as an effective medium with a modified refractive index. Calculations indicate that, with our refractive index change of 0.2, a significant reduction of reflective losses could be obtained by the utilisation of these structures in optoelectronic devices. Beyond this, periodic superlattice structures present a solution to decouple physical properties where the underlying electronic interaction is governed by different length scales.

  11. Novel conductive polypyrrole/zinc oxide/chitosan bionanocomposite: synthesis, characterization, antioxidant, and antibacterial activities

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    Ebrahimiasl, Saeideh; Zakaria, Azmi; Kassim, Anuar; Basri, Sri Norleha

    2015-01-01

    An antibacterial and conductive bionanocomposite (BNC) film consisting of polypyrrole (Ppy), zinc oxide (ZnO) nanoparticles (NPs), and chitosan (CS) was electrochemically synthesized on indium tin oxide (ITO) glass substrate by electrooxidation of 0.1 M pyrrole in aqueous solution containing appropriate amounts of ZnO NPs uniformly dispersed in CS. This method enables the room temperature electrosynthesis of BNC film consisting of ZnO NPs incorporated within the growing Ppy/CS composite. The morphology of Ppy/ZnO/CS BNC was characterized by scanning electron microscopy. ITO–Ppy/CS and ITO–Ppy/ZnO/CS bioelectrodes were characterized using the Fourier transform infrared technique, X-ray diffraction, and thermogravimetric analysis. The electrical conductivity of nanocomposites was investigated by a four-probe method. The prepared nanocomposites were analyzed for antioxidant activity using the 2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl assay. The results demonstrated that the antioxidant activity of nanocomposites increased remarkably by addition of ZnO NPs. The electrical conductivity of films showed a sudden decrease for lower weight ratios of ZnO NPs (5 wt%), while it was increased gradually for higher ratios (10, 15, and 20 wt%). The nanocomposites were analyzed for antibacterial activity against Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria. The results indicated that the synthesized BNC is effective against all of the studied bacteria, and its effectiveness is higher for Pseudomonas aeruginosa. The thermal stability and physical properties of BNC films were increased by an increase in the weight ratio of ZnO NPs, promising novel applications for the electrically conductive polysaccharide-based nanocomposites, particularly those that may exploit the antimicrobial nature of Ppy/ZnO/CS BNCs. PMID:25565815

  12. High-performance Bi-stage process in reduction of graphene oxide for transparent conductive electrodes

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    Alahbakhshi, Masoud; Fallahi, Afsoon; Mohajerani, Ezeddin; Fathollahi, Mohammad-Reza; Taromi, Faramarz Afshar; Shahinpoor, Mohsen

    2017-02-01

    A novel and innovative approach to develop reduction of graphene oxide (GO) solution for fabrication of highly and truly transparent conductive electrode (TCE) has been presented. Thanks to outstanding mechanical and electronic properties of graphene which offer practical applications in synthesizing composites as well as fabricating various optoelectronic devices, in this study, conductive reduced graphene oxide (r-GO) thin films were prepared through sequential chemical and thermal reduction process of homogeneously dispersed GO solutions. The conductivity and transparency of r-GO thin film is regulated using hydroiodic acid (HI) as reducing agent following by vacuum thermal annealing. The prepared r-GO is characterized by XRD, AFM, UV-vis and Raman spectroscopy. the AFM topographic images reveal surface roughness almost ∼11 nm which became less than 2 nm for the 4 mg/mL solution. Moreover, XRD analysis and Raman spectra substantiate the interlayer spacing between rGO layers has been reduced dramatically and also electronic conjugation has been ameliorated after using HI chemical agent and 700 °C thermal annealing sequentially. Subsequently providing r-GO transparent electrode with decent and satisfactory transparency, acceptable conductivity and suitable work function, it has been exploited as the anode in organic light emitting diode (OLED). The maximum luminance efficiency and maximum power efficiency reached 4.2 cd/A and 0.83 lm/W, respectively. We believe that by optimizing the hole density, sheet resistance, transparency and surface morphology of the r-GO anodes, the device efficiencies can be remarkably increased further.

  13. Electrical conduction in composites containing copper core-copper oxide shell nanostructure in silica gel

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    D Das; T K Kundu; M K Dey; S Chakraborty; D Chakravorty

    2003-10-01

    Composites of nanometre-sized copper core-copper oxide shell with diameters in the range 6.1 to 7.3 nm dispersed in a silica gel were synthesised by a technique comprising reduction followed by oxidation of a suitably chosen precursor gel. The hot pressed gel powders mixed with nanometre-sized copper particles dispersed in silica gel showed electrical resistivities several orders of magnitude lower than that of the precursor gel. Electrical resistivities of the different specimens were measured over the temperature range 30 to 300°C. Activation energies for the coreshell nanostructured composites were found to be a fraction of that of the precursor gel. Such dramatic changes are ascribed to the presence of an interfacial amorphous phase. The resistivity variation as a function of temperature was analysed on the basis of Mott’s small polaron hopping conduction model. The effective dielectric constant of the interfacial phase as extracted from the data analysis was found to be much higher than that of the precursor glass. This has been explained as arising from the generation of very high pressure at the interface due to the oxidation step to which the copper nanoparticles are subjected.

  14. Printable and Flexible Copper-Silver Alloy Electrodes with High Conductivity and Ultrahigh Oxidation Resistance.

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    Li, Wanli; Hu, Dawei; Li, Lingying; Li, Cai-Fu; Jiu, Jinting; Chen, Chuantong; Ishina, Toshiyuki; Sugahara, Tohru; Suganuma, Katsuaki

    2017-07-26

    Printable and flexible Cu-Ag alloy electrodes with high conductivity and ultrahigh oxidation resistance have been successfully fabricated by using a newly developed Cu-Ag hybrid ink and a simple fabrication process consisting of low-temperature precuring followed by rapid photonic sintering (LTRS). A special Ag nanoparticle shell on a Cu core structure is first created in situ by low-temperature precuring. An instantaneous photonic sintering can induce rapid mutual dissolution between the Cu core and the Ag nanoparticle shell so that core-shell structures consisting of a Cu-rich phase in the core and a Ag-rich phase in the shell (Cu-Ag alloy) can be obtained on flexible substrates. The resulting Cu-Ag alloy electrode has high conductivity (3.4 μΩ·cm) and ultrahigh oxidation resistance even up to 180 °C in an air atmosphere; this approach shows huge potential and is a tempting prospect for the fabrication of highly reliable and cost-effective printed electronic devices.

  15. Transparent solar antenna of 28 GHz using transparent conductive oxides (TCO) thin film

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    Ali, N. I. Mohd; Misran, N.; Mansor, M. F.; Jamlos, M. F.

    2017-05-01

    This paper presents the analysis of 28GHz solar patch antenna using the variations of transparent conductive oxides (TCO) thin film as the radiating patch. Solar antenna is basically combining the function of antenna and solar cell into one device and helps to maximize the usage of surface area. The main problem of the existing solar antenna is the radiating patch which made of nontransparent material, such as copper, shadowing the solar cell and degrades the total solar efficiency. Hence, by using the transparent conductive oxides (TCO) thin film as the radiating patch, this problem can be tackled. The TCO thin film used is varied to ITO, FTO, AgHT-4, and AgHT-8 along with glass as substrate. The simulation of the antenna executed by using Computer Simulation Technology (CST) Microwave Studio software demonstrated at 28 GHz operating frequency for 5G band applications. The performance of the transparent antennas is compared with each other and also with the nontransparent patch antenna that using Rogers RT5880 as substrate, operating at the same resonance frequency and then, the material that gives the best performance is identified.

  16. Methodologies For Characterising Mixed Conducting Oxides For Oxygen Membrane And SOFC Cathode Application

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    Hendriksen, Peter Vang; Søgaard, Martin; Plonczak, Pawel

    2012-01-01

    Two methods for detailed characterization of the process of oxygen exchange between the gas phase and a mixed conducting solid oxide are discussed. First, the use of solid electrolyte probes for measuring the change in oxygen activity over the surface of a mixed conductor is presented and advanta......Two methods for detailed characterization of the process of oxygen exchange between the gas phase and a mixed conducting solid oxide are discussed. First, the use of solid electrolyte probes for measuring the change in oxygen activity over the surface of a mixed conductor is presented...... and advantages of the technique discussed. Secondly, the use of thin film model electrodes is treated. Studies of thin films applied by PLD on both sides of a YSZ single crystal are presented for three different film materials; La0.85Sr0.15MnO3, La0.6Sr0.4Fe0.8Co0.2O3 and La0.6Sr0.4CoO3. Variations in electrode...

  17. Electrical conductivity of oxidized-graphenic nanoplatelets obtained from bamboo: effect of the oxygen content

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    Gross, K.; Prías Barragán, J. J.; Sangiao, S.; De Teresa, J. M.; Lajaunie, L.; Arenal, R.; Ariza Calderón, H.; Prieto, P.

    2016-09-01

    The large-scale production of graphene and reduced-graphene oxide (rGO) requires low-cost and eco-friendly synthesis methods. We employed a new, simple, cost-effective pyrolytic method to synthetize oxidized-graphenic nanoplatelets (OGNP) using bamboo pyroligneous acid (BPA) as a source. Thorough analyses via high-resolution transmission electron microscopy and electron energy-loss spectroscopy provides a complete structural and chemical description at the local scale of these samples. In particular, we found that at the highest carbonization temperature the OGNP-BPA are mainly in a sp2 bonding configuration (sp2 fraction of 87%). To determine the electrical properties of single nanoplatelets, these were contacted by Pt nanowires deposited through focused-ion-beam-induced deposition techniques. Increased conductivity by two orders of magnitude is observed as oxygen content decreases from 17% to 5%, reaching a value of 2.3 × 103 S m-1 at the lowest oxygen content. Temperature-dependent conductivity reveals a semiconductor transport behavior, described by the Mott three-dimensional variable range hopping mechanism. From the localization length, we estimate a band-gap value of 0.22(2) eV for an oxygen content of 5%. This investigation demonstrates the great potential of the OGNP-BPA for technological applications, given that their structural and electrical behavior is similar to the highly reduced rGO sheets obtained by more sophisticated conventional synthesis methods.

  18. Interface engineering in epitaxial growth of layered oxides via a conducting layer insertion

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    Yun, Yu; Meng, Dechao; Wang, Jianlin [Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Sciences at the Microscale, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei 230026, Anhui (China); Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei 230026, Anhui (China); Ma, Chao [Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Sciences at the Microscale, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei 230026, Anhui (China); Zhai, Xiaofang, E-mail: xfzhai@ustc.edu.cn [Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Sciences at the Microscale, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei 230026, Anhui (China); Synergetic Innovation Center of Quantum Information and Quantum Physics, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei 230026, Anhui (China); Huang, Haoliang; Fu, Zhengping; Peng, Ranran [Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Sciences at the Microscale, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei 230026, Anhui (China); Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei 230026, Anhui (China); Synergetic Innovation Center of Quantum Information and Quantum Physics, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei 230026, Anhui (China); Brown, Gail J. [Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio 45433-7707 (United States); and others

    2015-07-06

    There is a long-standing challenge in the fabrication of layered oxide epitaxial films due to their thermodynamic phase-instability and the large stacking layer number. Recently, the demand for high-quality thin films is strongly pushed by their promising room-temperature multiferroic properties. Here, we find that by inserting a conducting and lattice matched LaNiO{sub 3} buffer layer, high quality m = 5 Bi{sub 6}FeCoTi{sub 3}O{sub 18} epitaxial films can be fabricated using the laser molecular beam epitaxy, in which the atomic-scale sharp interface between the film and the metallic buffer layer explains the enhanced quality. The magnetic and ferroelectric properties of the high quality Bi{sub 6}FeCoTi{sub 3}O{sub 18} films are studied. This study demonstrates that insertion of the conducting layer is a powerful method in achieving high quality layered oxide thin films, which opens the door to further understand the underline physics and to develop new devices.

  19. High adhesion transparent conducting films using graphene oxide hybrid carbon nanotubes

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    Da, Shi-Xun; Wang, Jie; Geng, Hong-Zhang; Jia, Song-Lin; Xu, Chun-Xia; Li, Lin-Ge; Shi, Pei-Pei; Li, Guangfen

    2017-01-01

    Flexible transparent conducting films (TCFs) with carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have attracted more and more attention for their wide range of potential applications. While, there are still some problems to be solved on several aspects. In this study, a graphene oxide/carbon nanotube (GO/CNT) hybrid TCF was fabricated through the simple spray coating method. GO sheets were introduced to form new electron transporting channels. It was found that the best optoelectronic property films were fabricated when the ratio of GO/CNT is 1.5:1.0, which the sheet resistance of the film was found to be 146 Ω/sq at the transmittance of 86.0%. Due to the two-dimensional structure and the oxidation groups of GO sheets, flatness and wettability of the electrode surface was improved obviously. Adhesion factor of the TCFs was calculated by the change of transparent and sheet resistance after trial test, the addition of GO sheets enhanced the adhesion dramatically and the mechanism was analyzed. Improvements of conductivity, flatness, wettability and adhesion above are all advantageous for the solution-based processing of organic electronics for spraying and printing.

  20. Hot-wire substoichiometric tungsten oxide films deposited in hydrogen environment with n-type conductivity

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    Kostis, I.; Michalas, L.; Vasilopoulou, M.; Konofaos, N.; Papaioannou, G.; Iliadis, A. A.; Kennou, S.; Giannakopoulos, K.; Papadimitropoulos, G.; Davazoglou, D.

    2012-11-01

    Substoichiometric tungsten oxide nanostructured films were synthesized by a hot-wire deposition technique in hydrogen-rich environment and characterized for their structural and electrical properties. A semiconducting behaviour was identified, allowing n-type conductivity even at room temperature which is an important result since it is well known that fully stoichiometric tungsten trioxide is nearly an insulator. Current-voltage characteristics for various temperatures were measured for tungsten oxide/Si heterostructures and analysed using proper modelling. As a result, the conduction mechanism inside the films was identified and found to be of a dual nature, with variable range hopping being dominant at near room temperatures. The saturation current was found to be thermally activated and the activation energy was calculated at 0.40 eV and the grain boundaries barrier at 150 meV. From Hall measurements it was also revealed that the dominant carriers are electrons and a carrier concentration of about 1014 cm-3 was estimated.

  1. Electrical conductivity of oxidized-graphenic nanoplatelets obtained from bamboo: effect of the oxygen content.

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    Gross, K; Barragán, J J Prías; Sangiao, S; De Teresa, J M; Lajaunie, L; Arenal, R; Calderón, H Ariza; Prieto, P

    2016-09-01

    The large-scale production of graphene and reduced-graphene oxide (rGO) requires low-cost and eco-friendly synthesis methods. We employed a new, simple, cost-effective pyrolytic method to synthetize oxidized-graphenic nanoplatelets (OGNP) using bamboo pyroligneous acid (BPA) as a source. Thorough analyses via high-resolution transmission electron microscopy and electron energy-loss spectroscopy provides a complete structural and chemical description at the local scale of these samples. In particular, we found that at the highest carbonization temperature the OGNP-BPA are mainly in a sp(2) bonding configuration (sp(2) fraction of 87%). To determine the electrical properties of single nanoplatelets, these were contacted by Pt nanowires deposited through focused-ion-beam-induced deposition techniques. Increased conductivity by two orders of magnitude is observed as oxygen content decreases from 17% to 5%, reaching a value of 2.3 × 10(3) S m(-1) at the lowest oxygen content. Temperature-dependent conductivity reveals a semiconductor transport behavior, described by the Mott three-dimensional variable range hopping mechanism. From the localization length, we estimate a band-gap value of 0.22(2) eV for an oxygen content of 5%. This investigation demonstrates the great potential of the OGNP-BPA for technological applications, given that their structural and electrical behavior is similar to the highly reduced rGO sheets obtained by more sophisticated conventional synthesis methods.

  2. 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

  3. A polarity-induced defect mechanism for conductivity and magnetism at polar-nonpolar oxide interfaces.

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    Yu, Liping; Zunger, Alex

    2014-10-13

    The discovery of conductivity and magnetism at the polar-nonpolar interfaces of insulating nonmagnetic oxides such as LaAlO3 and SrTiO3 has raised prospects for attaining interfacial functionalities absent in the component materials. Yet, the microscopic origin of such emergent phenomena remains unclear, posing obstacles to design of improved functionalities. Here we present first principles calculations of electronic and defect properties of LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interfaces and reveal a unifying mechanism for the origins of both conductivity and magnetism. We demonstrate that the polar discontinuity across the interface triggers thermodynamically the spontaneous formation of certain defects that in turn cancel the polar field induced by the polar discontinuity. The ionization of the spontaneously formed surface oxygen vacancy defects leads to interface conductivity, whereas the unionized Ti-on-Al antisite defects lead to interface magnetism. The proposed mechanism suggests practical design principles for inducing and controlling both conductivity and magnetism at general polar-nonpolar interfaces.

  4. Thermal Conductivity of Epoxy Resin Reinforced with Magnesium Oxide Coated Multiwalled Carbon Nanotubes

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    Fei-Peng Du

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Magnesium oxide coated multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MgO@MWNT were fabricated and dispersed into epoxy matrix. The microstructures of MgO@MWNT and epoxy/MgO@MWNT nanocomposites were characterized by TEM and SEM. Electrical resistivity and thermal conductivity of epoxy nanocomposites were investigated with high resistance meter and thermal conductivity meter, respectively. MgO@MWNT has core-shell structure with MgO as shell and nanotube as core, and the thickness of MgO shell is ca. 15 nm. MgO@MWNT has been dispersed well in the epoxy matrix. MgO@MWNT loaded epoxy nanocomposites still retain electrical insulation inspite of the filler content increase. However, thermal conductivity of epoxy was increased with the MgO@MWNT content increasing. When MgO@MWNT content reached 2.0 wt.%, thermal conductivity was increased by 89% compared to neat epoxy, higher than that of unmodified MWNT nanocomposites with the same loading content.

  5. Low-temperature processing of transparent conductive indium tin oxide nanocomposites using polyvinyl derivatives

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    Maksimenko, Ilja, E-mail: ilja.maksimenko@ww.uni-erlangen.de; Wellmann, Peter J.

    2011-12-01

    We report on the influence of additives on the electrical, optical, morphological and mechanical properties of transparent conductive indium tin oxide (In{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Sn; ITO) nanoparticle films by the use of polymers as matrix material. Key issues to fabricate layers suitable for use in electronic device applications are presented. Polyvinyl derivatives polyvinyl acetate, polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) and polyvinyl butyral were applied and their suitability to form transparent conductive ITO nanocomposite coatings at a maximum process temperature of 130 Degree-Sign C was investigated. A low-temperature treatment with UV-light has been developed to provide the possibility of curing ITO thin films deposited on substrates which do not withstand high process temperatures. Compared to best pure ITO layers (0.2 {Omega}{sup -1} cm{sup -1}), the ITO-PVA nanocomposite coatings show a conductance value of 4.1 {Omega}{sup -1} cm{sup -1} and 5.9 {Omega}{sup -1} cm{sup -1} after reducing in forming gas. Sheet resistance of ca. 1200 {Omega}/{open_square} with coexistent transmittance of 85% at 550 nm for a layer thickness of about 1.45 {mu}m was achieved. The conductance enhancement is a consequence of nanoparticulate ITO network densification due to the acting shrinkage forces caused by the polymer matrix during film drying and additionally UV-induced crosslinking of PVA.

  6. Polaronic contributions to oxidation and hole conductivity in acceptor-doped BaZrO3

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    Lindman, Anders; Erhart, Paul; Wahnström, Göran

    2016-08-01

    Acceptor-doped perovskite oxides like BaZrO3 are showing great potential as materials for renewable energy technologies where hydrogen acts an energy carrier, such as solid oxide fuel cells and hydrogen separation membranes. While ionic transport in these materials has been investigated intensively, the electronic counterpart has received much less attention and further exploration in this field is required. Here, we use density functional theory (DFT) to study hole polarons and their impact on hole conductivity in Y-doped BaZrO3. Three different approaches have been used to remedy the self-interaction error of local and semilocal exchange-correlation functionals: DFT +U , pSIC-DFT, and hybrid functionals. Self-trapped holes are found to be energetically favorable by about -0.1 eV and the presence of yttrium results in further stabilization. Polaron migration is predicted to occur through intraoctahedral transfer and polaron rotational processes, which are associated with adiabatic barriers of about 0.1 eV. However, the rather small energies associated with polaron formation and migration suggest that the hole becomes delocalized and bandlike at elevated temperatures. These results together with an endothermic oxidation reaction [A. Lindman, P. Erhart, and G. Wahnström, Phys. Rev. B 91, 245114 (2015), 10.1103/PhysRevB.91.245114] yield a picture that is consistent with experimental data for the hole conductivity. The results we present here provide new insight into hole transport in acceptor-doped BaZrO3 and similar materials, which will be of value in the future development of sustainable technologies.

  7. Ultraviolet laser crystallized ZnO:Al films on sapphire with high Hall mobility for simultaneous enhancement of conductivity and transparency

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    Nian, Qiong; Zhang, Martin Y. [School of Industrial Engineering, Purdue University, 315N. Grant St, West Lafayette, Indiana 47907 (United States); Birck Nanotechnology Center, Purdue University, 1205W State St, West Lafayette, Indiana 47907 (United States); Schwartz, Bradley D. [Goodrich Corporation, UTC Aerospace Systems, 100 Wooster Heights Road, Danbury, Connecticut 06810 (United States); Cheng, Gary J., E-mail: gjcheng@purdue.edu [School of Industrial Engineering, Purdue University, 315N. Grant St, West Lafayette, Indiana 47907 (United States); Birck Nanotechnology Center, Purdue University, 1205W State St, West Lafayette, Indiana 47907 (United States); School of Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University, 585 Purdue Mall, West Lafayette, Indiana 47907 (United States)

    2014-05-19

    One of the most challenging issues in transparent conductive oxides (TCOs) is to improve their conductivity without compromising transparency. High conductivity in TCO films often comes from a high carrier concentration, which is detrimental to transparency due to free carrier absorption. Here we show that UV laser crystallization (UVLC) of aluminum-doped ZnO (AZO) films prepared by pulsed laser deposition on sapphire results in much higher Hall mobility, allowing relaxation of the constraints of the conductivity/transparency trade-off. X-ray diffraction patterns and morphological characterizations show grain growth and crystallinity enhancement during UVLC, resulting in less film internal imperfections. Optoelectronic measurements show that UVLC dramatically improves the electron mobility, while the carrier concentration decreases which in turn simultaneously increases conductivity and transparency. AZO films under optimized UVLC achieve the highest electron mobility of 79 cm{sup 2}/V s at a low carrier concentration of 7.9 × 10{sup +19} cm{sup −3}. This is realized by a laser crystallization induced decrease of both grain boundary density and electron trap density at grain boundaries. The infrared (IR) to mid-IR range transmittance spectrum shows UVLC significantly enhances the AZO film transparency without compromising conductivity.

  8. 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

  9. Application of Developed APCVD Transparent Conducting Oxides and Undercoat Technologies for Economical OLED Lighting

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    Silverman, Gary S.; Bluhm, Martin; Coffey, James; Korotkov, Roman; Polsz, Craig; Salemi, Alexandre; Smith, Robert; Smith, Ryan; Stricker, Jeff; Xu, Chen; Shirazi, Jasmine; Papakonstantopulous, George; Carson, Steve; Hartmann, Sören; Jessen, Frank; Krogmann, Bianaca; Rickers, Christoph; Ruske, Manfred; Schwab, Holger; Bertram, Dietrich

    2011-01-02

    Economics is a key factor for application of organic light emitting diodes (OLED) in general lighting relative to OLED flat panel displays that can handle high cost materials such as indium tin oxide (ITO) or Indium zinc oxide (IZO) as the transparent conducting oxide (TCO) on display glass. However, for OLED lighting to penetrate into general illumination, economics and sustainable materials are critical. The issues with ITO have been documented at the DOE SSL R&D and Manufacturing workshops for the last 5 years and the issue is being exaserbated by export controls from China (one of the major sources of elemental indium). Therefore, ITO is not sustainable because of the fluctuating costs and the United States (US) dependency on other nations such as China. Numerous alternatives to ITO/IZO are being evaluated such as Ag nanoparticles/nanowires, carbon nanotubes, graphene, and other metal oxides. Of these other metal oxides, doped zinc oxide has attracted a lot of attention over the last 10 years. The volume of zinc mined is a factor of 80,000 greater than indium and the US has significant volumes of zinc mined domestically, resulting in the ability for the US to be self-sufficient for this element that can be used in optoelectonic applications. The costs of elemental zinc is over 2 orders of magnitude less than indium, reflecting the relative abundance and availablility of the elements. Arkema Inc. and an international primary glass manufacturing company, which is located in the United States, have developed doped zinc oxide technology for solar control windows. The genesis of this DOE SSL project was to determine if doped zinc oxide technology can be taken from the commodity based window market and translate the technology to OLED lighting. Thus, Arkema Inc. sought out experts, Philips Lighting, Pacific Northwest National Laboratories (PNNL) and National Renewable Research Laboratories (NREL), in OLED devices and brought them into the project. This project had a

  10. Develop Hydrophilic Conductive Coating Technology with High Oxidation Resistance for Non-Flow-Through PEM Fuel Cells and Electrolyzers Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — ElectroChem proposes to develop oxidation resistant, electrically conductive, hydrophilic coatings in PEM fuel cells and in PEM electrolyzers. The use of hydrophilic...

  11. Conductive Circuit Containing a Polymer Composition Containing Thermally Exfoliated Graphite Oxide and Method of Making the Same

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    Prud'Homme, Robert K. (Inventor); Aksay, Ilhan A. (Inventor)

    2014-01-01

    A conductive circuit containing a polymer composite, which contains at least one polymer and a modified graphite oxide material, containing thermally exfoliated graphite oxide having a surface area of from about 300 m(sup.2)/g to 2600 m(sup.2)/g, and a method of making the same.

  12. Conductive Circuit Containing a Polymer Composition Containing Thermally Exfoliated Graphite Oxide and Method of Making the Same

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    Prud'Homme, Robert K. (Inventor); Aksay, Ilhan A. (Inventor)

    2017-01-01

    A conductive circuit containing a polymer composite, which contains at least one polymer and a modified graphite oxide material, containing thermally exfoliated graphite oxide having a surface area of from about 300 sq m/g to 2600 sq m/g, and a method of making the same.

  13. Conduction and Reactivity in Heterogeneous-Molecular Catalysis: New Insights in Water Oxidation Catalysis by Phosphate Cobalt Oxide Films.

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    Costentin, Cyrille; Porter, Thomas R; Savéant, Jean-Michel

    2016-05-04

    Cyclic voltammetry of phosphate cobalt oxide (CoPi) films catalyzing O2-evolution from water oxidation as a function of scan rate, phosphate concentration and film thickness allowed for new insights into the coupling between charge transport and catalysis. At pH = 7 and low buffer concentrations, the film is insulating below 0.8 (V vs SHE) but becomes conductive above 0.9 (V vs SHE). Between 1.0 to 1.3 (V vs SHE), the mesoporous structure of the film gives rise to a large thickness-dependent capacitance. At higher buffer concentrations, two reversible proton-coupled redox couples appear over the capacitive response with 0.94 and 1.19 (V vs SHE) pH = 7 standard potentials. The latter is, at most, very weakly catalytic and not responsible for the large catalytic current observed at higher potentials. CV-response analysis showed that the amount of redox-active cobalt-species in the film is small, less than 10% of total. The catalytic process involves a further proton-coupled-electron-transfer and is so fast that it is controlled by diffusion of phosphate, the catalyst cofactor. CV-analysis with newly derived relationships led to a combination of the catalyst standard potential with the catalytic rate constant and a lower-limit estimation of these parameters. The large currents resulting from the fast catalytic reaction result in significant potential losses related to charge transport through the film. CoPi films appear to combine molecular catalysis with semiconductor-type charge transport. This mode of heterogeneous molecular catalysis is likely to occur in many other catalytic films.

  14. Grids on TCO's for higly transparent materials with a resistivity below 1 Ohm/sq

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    Deelen, J. van; Rendering, H.; Mannetje, H.H 't; Hovestad, A.

    2011-01-01

    Various transparent conducting materials are compared based on their transparency versus sheet resistance characteristics. At present, transparent conducting oxides (TCOs) are still superior in performance compared to various recent alternatives and can only be surpassed by the combination of TCOs w

  15. Novel conductive polypyrrole/zinc oxide/chitosan bionanocomposite: synthesis, characterization, antioxidant, and antibacterial activities

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    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Saeideh Ebrahimiasl,1,2 Azmi Zakaria,3 Anuar Kassim,4 Sri Norleha Basri4 1Department of Nanotechnology, Institute of Advanced Technology, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Malaysia; 2Department of Chemistry, Ahar Branch, Islamic Azad University, Ahar, Iran; 3Department of Physics, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Malaysia; 4Department of Chemistry, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Malaysia Abstract: An antibacterial and conductive bionanocomposite (BNC film consisting of polypyrrole (Ppy, zinc oxide (ZnO nanoparticles (NPs, and chitosan (CS was electrochemically synthesized on indium tin oxide (ITO glass substrate by electrooxidation of 0.1 M pyrrole in aqueous solution containing appropriate amounts of ZnO NPs uniformly dispersed in CS. This method enables the room temperature electrosynthesis of BNC film consisting of ZnO NPs incorporated within the growing Ppy/CS composite. The morphology of Ppy/ZnO/CS BNC was characterized by scanning electron microscopy. ITO–Ppy/CS and ITO–Ppy/ZnO/CS bioelectrodes were characterized using the Fourier transform infrared technique, X-ray diffraction, and thermogravimetric analysis. The electrical conductivity of nanocomposites was investigated by a four-probe method. The prepared nanocomposites were analyzed for antioxidant activity using the 2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl assay. The results demonstrated that the antioxidant activity of nanocomposites increased remarkably by addition of ZnO NPs. The electrical conductivity of films showed a sudden decrease for lower weight ratios of ZnO NPs (5 wt%, while it was increased gradually for higher ratios (10, 15, and 20 wt%. The nanocomposites were analyzed for antibacterial activity against Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria. The results indicated that the synthesized BNC is effective against all of the studied bacteria, and its effectiveness is higher for Pseudomonas aeruginosa. The thermal stability and physical properties of BNC films were

  16. Ionic conductivity studies of solid oxide fuel cell electrolytes and theoretical modeling of an entire solid oxide fuel cell

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    Pornprasertsuk, Rojana

    Because of the steep increase in oil prices, the global warming effect and the drive for energy independence, alternative energy research has been encouraged worldwide. The sustainable fuels such as hydrogen, biofuel, natural gas, and solar energy have attracted the attention of researchers. To convert these fuels into a useful energy source, an energy conversion device is required. Fuel cells are one of the energy conversion devices which convert chemical potentials into electricity. Due to their high efficiency, the ease to scale from 1 W range to megawatts range, no recharging requirement and the lack of CO2 and NOx emission (if H2 and air/O 2 are used), fuel cells have become a potential candidate for both stationary power generators and portable applications. This thesis has been focused primarily on solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) studies due to its high efficiency, varieties of fuel choices, and no water management problem. At the present, however, practical applications of SOFCs are limited by high operating temperatures that are needed to create the necessary oxide-ion vacancy mobility in the electrolyte and to create sufficient electrode reactivities. This thesis introduces several experimental and theoretical approaches to lower losses both in the electrolyte and the electrodes. Yttria stabilized zirconia (YSZ) is commonly used as a solid electrolyte for SOFCs due to its high oxygen-ion conductivity. To improve the ionic conductivity for low temperature applications, an approach that involves dilating the structure by irradiation and introducing edge dislocations into the electrolyte was studied. Secondly, to understand the activation loss in SOFC, the kinetic Monte Carlo (KMC) technique was implemented to model the SOFC operation to determining the rate-limiting step due to the electrodes on different sizes of Pt catalysts. The isotope exchange depth profiling technique was employed to investigate the irradiation effect on the ionic transport in different

  17. A study of the conductive properties of nanostructured metal oxide films

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    D'Olembert, Andre A.

    Fuel cells which were first employed in spacecraft, producing both electricity and water for astronaut consumption during the mid-1960's, are part of the ongoing pursuit for renewable energy sources, and environmentally compatible electric power generation. Recent enhancements in design and materials might establish fuel cells in a sustainable hydrogen energy economy (SHEE) as viable alternatives to the internal combustion engine. In tune with our principal objectives, this study investigates the conductive properties of metal-oxide thin films by developing a new deposition technique called dual channel ultrasonic spray pyrolysis (DC-USP). The DC-USP process has proved to be a reliable and cost-effective method to fabricate thin films. Extending the DC-USP technique, we have created a novel mixed ionic electronic conductor (MIEC) composed of two metal-oxides: lanthanum strontium ferrite and copper-doped bismuth vanadate (LSF.40:BiCuVOx.10). When the two materials are mixed, their grain boundary regions are heavily defected because of the dissimilarity of the two crystal structures, which maintain their integrity in the formed heterogenous composite. Oxygen ion diffusion occurs as it migrates through an ionic crystal, hopping from defect site to defect site. Furthermore, a nanostructured material - with crystallite grains less than 100 nm in diameter - will improve oxygen diffusion by increasing the density of defect sites. The rate of diffusion is increased as well as the quantity of diffusion pathways. Ultimately, as the ionic current density is increased, the total efficiency (nuSOFCtotal) of the solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) can be improved. Therefore, the LSF-40:BiCuVOx.10 material can contribute to solve the major outstanding problem of the three-phase boundary (TPB) that limits the oxygen reduction reaction to within a microscopic region near the cathode-electrolyte interface in the SOFC device. Materials were tested and analyzed using atomic force microscopy

  18. Effect of Samarium Oxide on the Electrical Conductivity of Plasma-Sprayed SOFC Anodes

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    Panahi, S. N.; Samadi, H.; Nemati, A.

    2016-10-01

    Solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) are rapidly becoming recognized as a new alternative to traditional energy conversion systems because of their high energy efficiency. From an ecological perspective, this environmentally friendly technology, which produces clean energy, is likely to be implemented more frequently in the future. However, the current SOFC technology still cannot meet the demands of commercial applications due to temperature constraints and high cost. To develop a marketable SOFC, suppliers have tended to reduce the operating temperatures by a few hundred degrees. The overall trend for SOFC materials is to reduce their service temperature of electrolyte. Meanwhile, it is important that the other components perform at the same temperature. Currently, the anodes of SOFCs are being studied in depth. Research has indicated that anodes based on a perovskite structure are a more promising candidate in SOFCs than the traditional system because they possess more favorable electrical properties. Among the perovskite-type oxides, SrTiO3 is one of the most promising compositions, with studies demonstrating that SrTiO3 exhibits particularly favorable electrical properties in contrast with other perovskite-type oxides. The main purpose of this article is to describe our study of the effect of rare-earth dopants with a perovskite structure on the electrical behavior of anodes in SOFCs. Sm2O3-doped SrTiO3 synthesized by a solid-state reaction was coated on substrate by atmospheric plasma spray. To compare the effect of the dopant on the electrical conductivity of strontium titanate, different concentrations of Sm2O3 were used. The samples were then investigated by x-ray diffraction, four-point probe at various temperatures (to determine the electrical conductivity), and a scanning electron microscope. The study showed that at room temperature, nondoped samples have a higher electrical resistance than doped samples. As the temperature was increased, the electrical

  19. Magnesium ion-conducting gel polymer electrolytes dispersed with nanosized magnesium oxide

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    Pandey, G. P.; Agrawal, R. C.; Hashmi, S. A.

    Experimental investigations are performed on novel magnesium ion-conducting gel polymer electrolyte nanocomposites based on poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) (PVdF-HFP), dispersed with nanosized magnesium oxide (MgO) particles. The nanocomposite materials are in the form of free-standing films. Various physical and electrochemical analyses demonstrate promising characteristics of these films, suitable as electrolytes in rechargeable magnesium batteries. The optimized material with 3 wt.% MgO offers a maximum electrical conductivity of ∼8 × 10 -3 S cm -1 at room temperature (∼25 °C) with good thermal and electrochemical stabilities. The ion/filler-polymer interactions and possible conformational changes in host polymer PVdF-HFP due to the liquid electrolyte entrapment and dispersion of nanosized MgO are examined by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopic (SEM) methods. The Mg 2+ ion conduction in the gel film is confirmed from the cyclic voltammetry, impedance spectroscopy and transport number measurements. The Mg 2+ ion transport number (t +) is enhanced substantially and found to have a maximum of ∼0.44 for the addition of 10 wt.% MgO nanoparticles. The enhancement in t + is explained on the basis of the formation of space-charge regions due to the presence of MgO:Mg 2+-like species, that supports Mg 2+ ion motion.

  20. A Robust and Conductive Black Tin Oxide Nanostructure Makes Efficient Lithium-Ion Batteries Possible.

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    Dong, Wujie; Xu, Jijian; Wang, Chao; Lu, Yue; Liu, Xiangye; Wang, Xin; Yuan, Xiaotao; Wang, Zhe; Lin, Tianquan; Sui, Manling; Chen, I-Wei; Huang, Fuqiang

    2017-06-01

    SnO2 -based lithium-ion batteries have low cost and high energy density, but their capacity fades rapidly during lithiation/delithiation due to phase aggregation and cracking. These problems can be mitigated by using highly conducting black SnO2-x , which homogenizes the redox reactions and stabilizes fine, fracture-resistant Sn precipitates in the Li2 O matrix. Such fine Sn precipitates and their ample contact with Li2 O proliferate the reversible Sn → Li x Sn → Sn → SnO2 /SnO2-x cycle during charging/discharging. SnO2-x electrode has a reversible capacity of 1340 mAh g(-1) and retains 590 mAh g(-1) after 100 cycles. The addition of highly conductive, well-dispersed reduced graphene oxide further stabilizes and improves its performance, allowing 950 mAh g(-1) remaining after 100 cycles at 0.2 A g(-1) with 700 mAh g(-1) at 2.0 A g(-1) . Conductivity-directed microstructure development may offer a new approach to form advanced electrodes. © 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  1. Analysis of sources of bulk conductivity change in saturated silica sand after unbuffered TCE oxidation by permanganate.

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    Hort, Ryan D; Revil, André; Munakata-Marr, Junko

    2014-09-01

    Time lapse resistivity surveys could potentially improve monitoring of permanganate-based in situ chemical oxidation (ISCO) of organic contaminants such as trichloroethene (TCE) by tracking changes in subsurface conductivity that result from injection of permanganate and oxidation of the contaminant. Bulk conductivity and pore fluid conductivity changes during unbuffered TCE oxidation using permanganate are examined through laboratory measurements and conductivity modeling using PHREEQC in fluid samples and porous media samples containing silica sand. In fluid samples, oxidation of one TCE molecule produces three chloride ions and one proton, resulting in an increase in fluid electrical conductivity despite the loss of two permanganate ions in the reaction. However, in saturated sand samples in which up to 8mM TCE was oxidized, at least 94% of the fluid conductivity associated with the presence of protons was removed within 3h of sand contact, most likely through protonation of silanol groups found on the surface of the sand grains. Minor conductivity effects most likely associated with pH-dependent reductive dissolution of manganese dioxide were also observed but not accounted for in pore-fluid conductivity modeling. Unaccounted conductivity effects resulted in an under-calculation of post-reaction pore fluid conductivity of 2.1% to 5.5%. Although small increases in the porous media formation factor resulting from precipitation of manganese dioxide were detected (about 3%), these increases could not be confirmed to be statistically significant. Both injection of permanganate and oxidation of TCE cause increases in bulk conductivity that would be detectable through time-lapse resistivity surveys in field conditions.

  2. 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

  3. Preparation and characterization of conductive antimony-doped tin oxide (ATO) nanoparticles

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    2005-01-01

    In this paper, conductive antimony-doped tin oxide (ATO) composite particles is prepared by hydroxylation method of metal alcoxides. This method has many advantages such as little pollution, low cost, simple sheet and equipment. The synthesis processing and the ATO nanoparticles are characterized by means of transmission electron microscope (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), thermal gravimetric and differential thermal analysis, and BET. The results show that the ATO nanoparticles is tetragonal rutile crystal structure. TEM show that the particles are monodispersed with weak aggromation. The size of the particles calcinated at 700 is about 8nm. The specific areas are 153 m2 · g-1. In addition to, ATO nanop articles have good electric properties

  4. Proton conducting sodium alginate electrolyte laterally coupled low-voltage oxide-based transistors

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    Liu, Yang Hui; Qiang Zhu, Li; Shi, Yi; Wan, Qing

    2014-03-01

    Solution-processed sodium alginate electrolyte film shows a high proton conductivity of ˜5.5 × 10-3 S/cm and a high lateral electric-double-layer (EDL) capacitance of ˜2.0 μF/cm2 at room temperature with a relative humidity of 57%. Low-voltage in-plane-gate indium-zinc-oxide-based EDL transistors laterally gated by sodium alginate electrolytes are fabricated on glass substrates. The field-effect mobility, current ON/OFF ratio, and subthreshold swing of such EDL transistors are estimated to be 4.2 cm2 V-1 s-1, 2.8 × 106, and 130 mV/decade, respectively. At last, a low-voltage driven resistor-load inverter is also demonstrated. Such in-plane-gate EDL transistors have potential applications in portable electronics and low-cost biosensors.

  5. Proton Conducting Graphene Oxide/Chitosan Composite Electrolytes as Gate Dielectrics for New-Concept Devices

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    Feng, Ping; Du, Peifu; Wan, Changjin; Shi, Yi; Wan, Qing

    2016-09-01

    New-concept devices featuring the characteristics of ultralow operation voltages and low fabrication cost have received increasing attention recently because they can supplement traditional Si-based electronics. Also, organic/inorganic composite systems can offer an attractive strategy to combine the merits of organic and inorganic materials into promising electronic devices. In this report, solution-processed graphene oxide/chitosan composite film was found to be an excellent proton conducting electrolyte with a high specific capacitance of ~3.2 μF/cm2 at 1.0 Hz, and it was used to fabricate multi-gate electric double layer transistors. Dual-gate AND logic operation and two-terminal diode operation were realized in a single device. A two-terminal synaptic device was proposed, and some important synaptic behaviors were emulated, which is interesting for neuromorphic systems.

  6. Study on Ag mesh/conductive oxide hybrid transparent electrode for film heaters

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    Kwon, Namyong; Kim, Kyohyeok; Heo, Jinhee; Yi, Insook; Chung, Ilsub

    2014-07-01

    Ag mesh-indium tin oxide (ITO) hybrid transparent conductive films were fabricated and evaluated for use in film heaters. PS monolayer templates were prepared using highly mono-dispersed PS spheres (11.2 μm) obtained by a filtering process with micro-sieves. At first, three Ag meshes with different sheet resistances (20, 100, and 300 Ω sq-1) and transmittances (70, 73, and 76%) were evaluated for film heaters in terms of voltage and long-term stability. Subsequently, in an effort to obtain better transmittance, Ag mesh-ITO hybrid heaters were fabricated utilizing finite ITO depositions. At the optimised ITO thickness (15 nm), the sheet resistance and the transmittance were 300 Ω sq-1 and 88%, respectively, which indicates that this material is a good potential candidate for an efficient defroster in vehicles.

  7. Three-dimensional ionic conduction in the strained electrolytes of solid oxide fuel cells

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    Han, Yupei; Zou, Minda; Lv, Weiqiang; Mao, Yiwu; Wang, Wei; He, Weidong

    2016-05-01

    Flexible power sources including fuel cells and batteries are the key to realizing flexible electronic devices with pronounced foldability. To understand the bending effects in these devices, theoretical analysis on three-dimensional (3-D) lattice bending is necessary. In this report, we derive a 3-D analytical model to analyze the effects of electrolyte crystal bending on ionic conductivity in flexible solid-state batteries/fuel cells. By employing solid oxide fuel cells as a materials' platform, the intrinsic parameters of bent electrolyte materials, including lattice constant, Young's modulus, and Poisson ratio, are evaluated. Our work facilitates the rational design of highly efficient flexible electrolytes for high-performance flexible device applications.

  8. Highly Conductive Semitransparent Graphene Circuits Screen-Printed from Water-Based Graphene Oxide Ink

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    Overgaard, Marc H.; Kuhnel, Martin; Hvidsten, Rasmus

    2017-01-01

    . Here, the development of a scalable water-based graphene oxide ink is reported that can be screen-printed on flexible plastic substrates and subsequently reduced using a 1: 1 mixture of trifluoroacetic acid and hydroiodic acid, thereby creating an electric circuit. The reduced prints exhibit low sheet......The use of graphene materials as conductive inks for flexible and transparent electronics is promising, but challenged by the need for stabilizers, specialized organic solvents, and/or high temperature annealing, severely limiting performance or compatibility with substrates and printing techniques...... resistance of 327 Omega sq(-1) for thin semitransparent layers with 37% transmittance. This methodology with postprinting chemical reduction outperforms high temperature annealing, thereby eliminating the need for such a step, which is incompatible with flexible plastic substrates. The strategy relies on low...

  9. Proton Conducting Graphene Oxide/Chitosan Composite Electrolytes as Gate Dielectrics for New-Concept Devices

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    Feng, Ping; Du, Peifu; Wan, Changjin; Shi, Yi; Wan, Qing

    2016-01-01

    New-concept devices featuring the characteristics of ultralow operation voltages and low fabrication cost have received increasing attention recently because they can supplement traditional Si-based electronics. Also, organic/inorganic composite systems can offer an attractive strategy to combine the merits of organic and inorganic materials into promising electronic devices. In this report, solution-processed graphene oxide/chitosan composite film was found to be an excellent proton conducting electrolyte with a high specific capacitance of ~3.2 μF/cm2 at 1.0 Hz, and it was used to fabricate multi-gate electric double layer transistors. Dual-gate AND logic operation and two-terminal diode operation were realized in a single device. A two-terminal synaptic device was proposed, and some important synaptic behaviors were emulated, which is interesting for neuromorphic systems. PMID:27688042

  10. Transparent conducting oxide clad limited area epitaxy semipolar III-nitride laser diodes

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    Myzaferi, A.; Reading, A. H.; Cohen, D. A.; Farrell, R. M.; Nakamura, S.; Speck, J. S.; DenBaars, S. P.

    2016-08-01

    The bottom cladding design of semipolar III-nitride laser diodes is limited by stress relaxation via misfit dislocations that form via the glide of pre-existing threading dislocations (TDs), whereas the top cladding is limited by the growth time and temperature of the p-type layers. These design limitations have individually been addressed by using limited area epitaxy (LAE) to block TD glide in n-type AlGaN bottom cladding layers and by using transparent conducting oxide (TCO) top cladding layers to reduce the growth time and temperature of the p-type layers. In addition, a TCO-based top cladding should have significantly lower resistivity than a conventional p-type (Al)GaN top cladding. In this work, LAE and indium-tin-oxide cladding layers are used simultaneously in a ( 20 2 ¯ 1 ) III-nitride laser structure. Lasing was achieved at 446 nm with a threshold current density of 8.5 kA/cm2 and a threshold voltage of 8.4 V.

  11. Designing interlayers to improve the mechanical reliability of transparent conductive oxide coatings on flexible substrates

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    Kim, Eun-Hye; Yang, Chan-Woo; Park, Jin-Woo [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Yonsei University, Seoul 120-749 (Korea, Republic of)

    2012-05-01

    In this study, we investigate the effect of interlayers on the mechanical properties of transparent conductive oxide (TCO) on flexible polymer substrates. Indium tin oxide (ITO), which is the most widely used TCO film, and Ti, which is the most widely used adhesive interlayer, are selected as the coating and the interlayer, respectively. These films are deposited on the polymer substrates using dc-magnetron sputtering to achieve varying thicknesses. The changes in the following critical factors for film cracking and delamination are analyzed: the internal stress ({sigma}{sup i}) induced in the coatings during deposition using a white light interferometer, the crystallinity using a transmission electron microscope, and the surface roughness of ITO caused by the interlayer using an atomic force microscope. The resistances to the cracking and delamination of ITO are evaluated using a fragmentation test. Our tests and analyses reveal the important role of the interlayers, which significantly reduce the compressive {sigma}{sup i} that is induced in the ITO and increase the resistance to the buckling delamination of the ITO. However, the relaxation of {sigma}{sup i} is not beneficial to cracking because there is less compensation for the external tension as {sigma}{sup i} further decreases. Based on these results, the microstructural control is revealed as a more influential factor than {sigma}{sup i} for improving crack resistance.

  12. Designing interlayers to improve the mechanical reliability of transparent conductive oxide coatings on flexible substrates

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    Kim, Eun-Hye; Yang, Chan-Woo; Park, Jin-Woo

    2012-05-01

    In this study, we investigate the effect of interlayers on the mechanical properties of transparent conductive oxide (TCO) on flexible polymer substrates. Indium tin oxide (ITO), which is the most widely used TCO film, and Ti, which is the most widely used adhesive interlayer, are selected as the coating and the interlayer, respectively. These films are deposited on the polymer substrates using dc-magnetron sputtering to achieve varying thicknesses. The changes in the following critical factors for film cracking and delamination are analyzed: the internal stress (σi) induced in the coatings during deposition using a white light interferometer, the crystallinity using a transmission electron microscope, and the surface roughness of ITO caused by the interlayer using an atomic force microscope. The resistances to the cracking and delamination of ITO are evaluated using a fragmentation test. Our tests and analyses reveal the important role of the interlayers, which significantly reduce the compressive σi that is induced in the ITO and increase the resistance to the buckling delamination of the ITO. However, the relaxation of σi is not beneficial to cracking because there is less compensation for the external tension as σi further decreases. Based on these results, the microstructural control is revealed as a more influential factor than σi for improving crack resistance.

  13. UV light emitting transparent conducting tin-doped indium oxide (ITO) nanowires.

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    Gao, J; Chen, R; Li, D H; Jiang, L; Ye, J C; Ma, X C; Chen, X D; Xiong, Q H; Sun, H D; Wu, T

    2011-05-13

    Multifunctional single crystalline tin-doped indium oxide (ITO) nanowires with tuned Sn doping levels are synthesized via a vapor transport method. The Sn concentration in the nanowires can reach 6.4 at.% at a synthesis temperature of 840 °C, significantly exceeding the Sn solubility in ITO bulks grown at comparable temperatures, which we attribute to the unique feature of the vapor-liquid-solid growth. As a promising transparent conducting oxide nanomaterial, layers of these ITO nanowires exhibit a sheet resistance as low as 6.4 Ω/[Symbol: see text] and measurements on individual nanowires give a resistivity of 2.4 × 10(-4) Ω cm with an electron density up to 2.6 × 10(20) cm(-3), while the optical transmittance in the visible regime can reach ∼ 80%. Under the ultraviolet excitation the ITO nanowire samples emit blue light, which can be ascribed to transitions related to defect levels. Furthermore, a room temperature ultraviolet light emission is observed in these ITO nanowires for the first time, and the exciton-related radiative process is identified by using temperature-dependent photoluminescence measurements.

  14. Enhanced Photocurrent Generation from Bacteriorhodopsin Photocells Using Grating-Structured Transparent Conductive Oxide Electrodes.

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    Kaji, Takahiro; Kasai, Katsuyuki; Haruyama, Yoshihiro; Yamada, Toshiki; Inoue, Shin-Ichiro; Tominari, Yukihiro; Ueda, Rieko; Terui, Toshifumi; Tanaka, Shukichi; Otomo, Akira

    2016-04-01

    We fabricated a grating-structured electrode made of indium-doped zinc oxide (IZO) with a high refractive index (approximately 2) for a bacteriorhodopsin (bR) photocell. We investigated the photocurrent characteristics of the bR photocell and demonstrated that the photocurrent values from the bR/IZO electrode with the grating structure with a grating period of 340 nm were more than 3.5-4 times larger than those without the grating structure. The photocurrent enhancement was attributed to the resonance effect due to light coupling to the grating structure as well as the scattering effect based on the experimental results and analysis using the photonic band structure determined using finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) simulations. The refractive index of the bR film in electrolyte solution (1.40) used in the FDTD simulations was estimated by analyzing the extinction peak wavelength of 20-nm gold colloids in the bR film. Our results indicate that the grating- or photonic-crystal-structured transparent conductive oxide (TCO) electrodes can increase the light use efficiency of various bR devices such as artificial photosynthetic devices, solar cells, and light-sensing devices.

  15. Transparent conducting oxide clad limited area epitaxy semipolar III-nitride laser diodes

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    Myzaferi, A.

    2016-08-11

    The bottom cladding design of semipolar III-nitride laser diodes is limited by stress relaxation via misfit dislocations that form via the glide of pre-existing threading dislocations (TDs), whereas the top cladding is limited by the growth time and temperature of the p-type layers. These design limitations have individually been addressed by using limited area epitaxy (LAE) to block TD glide in n-type AlGaN bottom cladding layers and by using transparent conducting oxide (TCO) top cladding layers to reduce the growth time and temperature of the p-type layers. In addition, a TCO-based top cladding should have significantly lower resistivity than a conventional p-type (Al)GaN top cladding. In this work, LAE and indium-tin-oxide cladding layers are used simultaneously in a (202⎯⎯1) III-nitride laser structure. Lasing was achieved at 446 nm with a threshold current density of 8.5 kA/cm2 and a threshold voltage of 8.4 V.

  16. A solid oxide photoelectrochemical cell with UV light-driven oxygen storage in mixed conducting electrodes

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    Walch, Gregor; Rotter, Bernhard; Brunauer, Georg Christoph; Esmaeili, Esmaeil; Opitz, Alexander Karl; Kubicek, Markus; Summhammer, Johann; Ponweiser, Karl

    2017-01-01

    A single crystalline SrTiO3 working electrode in a zirconia-based solid oxide electrochemical cell is illuminated by UV light at temperatures of 360–460 °C. In addition to photovoltaic effects, this leads to the build-up of a battery-type voltage up to more than 300 mV. After switching off UV light, this voltage only slowly decays. It is caused by UV-induced oxygen incorporation into the mixed conducting working electrode and thus by changes of the oxygen stoichiometry δ in SrTiO3–δ under UV illumination. These changes of the oxygen content could be followed in time-dependent voltage measurements and also manifest themselves in time-dependent resistance changes during and after UV illumination. Discharge currents measured after UV illumination reveal that a large fraction of the existing oxygen vacancies in SrTiO3 become filled under UV light. Additional measurements on cells with TiO2 thin film electrodes show the broader applicability of this novel approach for transforming light into chemical energy and thus the feasibility of solid oxide photoelectrochemical cells (SOPECs) in general and of a “light-charged oxygen battery” in particular. PMID:28261480

  17. 2015 Progress Report/July 2016: Iron Oxide Redox Transformation Pathways: The Bulk Electrical Conduction Mechanism

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    Scherer, Michelle M. [Univ. of Iowa, Iowa City, IA (United States); Rosso, Kevin M. [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)

    2016-07-25

    Despite decades of research on the reactivity and stable isotope properties of Fe oxides, the ability to describe the redox behavior of Fe oxides in the environment is still quite limited. This is due, in large part, to the analytical and spatial complexities associated with studying microscopic processes at the Fe oxide-water interface. This project had the long-term vision of filling this gap by developing a detailed understanding of the relationship between interfacial ET processes, surface structure and charge, and mineral semiconducting properties. We focused on the Fe(III)-oxides and oxyhydroxides because of their geochemical preponderance, versatility in synthesis of compositionally, structurally, and morphologically tailored phases, and because they are amenable to a wide range of surface and bulk properties characterization. In particular, reductive transformation of phases such as hematite (α-Fe2O3) and goethite (α-FeOOH) in aqueous solution can serve as excellent model systems for studies of electron conduction processes, as well as provide valuable insights into effect of nanoscale conductive materials on contaminant fate at DOE sites. More specifically, the goal of the Iowa component of this project was to use stable Fe isotope measurements to simultaneously measure isotope specific oxidation states and concentrations of Fe at the hematite-water and goethite-water interface. This work builds on our previous work where we used an innovative combination of 57Fe Mössbauer spectroscopy and high precision isotope ratio measurements (MC-ICP-MS) to probe the dynamics of the reaction of aqueous Fe(II) with goethite. Mössbauer spectroscopy detects 57Fe only among all other Fe isotopes and we have capitalized on this to spectroscopically demonstrate Fe(II)-Fe(III) electron transfer between sorbed Fe(II) and Fe(III) oxides (Handler, et al., 2009; Gorski, et al. 2010; Rosso et al., 2010). By combining the M

  18. 2015 Progress Report/July 2016: Iron Oxide Redox Transformation Pathways: The Bulk Electrical Conduction Mechanism

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    Scherer, Michelle M. [Univ. of Iowa, Iowa City, IA (United States); Rosso, Kevin M. [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)

    2016-07-25

    Despite decades of research on the reactivity and stable isotope properties of Fe oxides, the ability to describe the redox behavior of Fe oxides in the environment is still quite limited. This is due, in large part, to the analytical and spatial complexities associated with studying microscopic processes at the Fe oxide-water interface. This project had the long-term vision of filling this gap by developing a detailed understanding of the relationship between interfacial ET processes, surface structure and charge, and mineral semiconducting properties. We focused on the Fe(III)-oxides and oxyhydroxides because of their geochemical preponderance, versatility in synthesis of compositionally, structurally, and morphologically tailored phases, and because they are amenable to a wide range of surface and bulk properties characterization. In particular, reductive transformation of phases such as hematite (α-Fe2O3) and goethite (α-FeOOH) in aqueous solution can serve as excellent model systems for studies of electron conduction processes, as well as provide valuable insights into effect of nanoscale conductive materials on contaminant fate at DOE sites. More specifically, the goal of the Iowa component of this project was to use stable Fe isotope measurements to simultaneously measure isotope specific oxidation states and concentrations of Fe at the hematite-water and goethite-water interface. This work builds on our previous work where we used an innovative combination of 57Fe Mössbauer spectroscopy and high precision isotope ratio measurements (MC-ICP-MS) to probe the dynamics of the reaction of aqueous Fe(II) with goethite. Mössbauer spectroscopy detects 57Fe only among all other Fe isotopes and we have capitalized on this to spectroscopically demonstrate Fe(II)-Fe(III) electron transfer between sorbed Fe(II) and Fe(III) oxides (Handler, et al., 2009; Gorski, et al. 2010; Rosso et al., 2010). By combining the M

  19. 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).

  20. DC electrical conductivity measurements for pure and titanium oxide doped KDP Crystals grown by gel medium

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    Mareeswaran, S.; Asaithambi, T.

    2016-10-01

    Now a day's crystals are the pillars of current technology. Crystals are applied in various fields like fiber optic communications, electronic industry, photonic industry, etc. Crystal growth is an interesting and innovative field in the subject of physics, chemistry, material science, metallurgy, chemical engineering, mineralogy and crystallography. In recent decades optically good quality of pure and metal doped KDP crystals have been grown by gel growth method in room temperature and its characterizations were studied. Gel method is a very simple and one of the easiest methods among the various crystal growth methods. Potassium dihydrogen phosphate KH2PO4 (KDP) continues to be an interesting material both academically and technologically. KDP is a delegate of hydrogen bonded materials which possess very good electrical and nonlinear optical properties in addition to interesting electro-optic properties. We made an attempt to grow pure and titanium oxide doped KDP crystals with various doping concentrations (0.002, 0.004, 0.006, 0.008 and 0.010) using gel method. The grown crystals were collected after 20 days. We get crystals with good quality and shaped crystals. The dc electrical conductivity (resistance, capacitance and dielectric constant) values of the above grown crystals were measured at two different frequencies (1KHz and 100 Hz) with a temperature range of 500C to 1200C using simple two probe setup with Q band digital LCR meter present in our lab. The electrical conductivity increases with the increase of temperature. Dielectric constants value of titanium oxide doped KDP crystal was slightly decreased compared with pure KDP crystals. Results were discussed in details.

  1. Partial Oxidation of Hydrocarbons in a Segmented Bed Using Oxide-based Catalysts and Oxygen-conducting Supports

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    Smith, Mark W.

    Two objectives for the catalytic reforming of hydrocarbons to produce synthesis gas are investigated herein: (1) the effect of oxygen-conducting supports with partially substituted mixed-metal oxide catalysts, and (2) a segmented bed approach using different catalyst configurations. Excess carbon deposition was the primary cause of catalyst deactivation, and was the focus of the experiments for both objectives. The formation and characterization of deposited carbon was examined after reaction for one of the selected catalysts to determine the quantity and location of the carbon on the catalyst surface leading to deactivation. A nickel-substituted barium hexaaluminate (BNHA), with the formula BaAl 11.6Ni0.4O18.8, and a Rh-substituted lanthanum zirconate pyrochlore (LCZR) with the formula La1.89Ca0.11 Zr1.89Rh0.11, were combined with two different doped ceria supports. These supports were gadolinium-doped ceria (GDC) and zirconium-doped ceria (ZDC). The active catalyst phases were combined with the supports in different ratios using different synthesis techniques. The catalysts were characterized using several different techniques and were tested under partial oxidation (POX) of n-tetradecane (TD), a diesel fuel surrogate. It was found that the presence of GDC and ZDC reduced the formation of carbon for both catalysts; the optimal ratio of catalyst to support was different for the hexaaluminate and the pyrochlore; a loading of 20 wt% of the pyrochlore with ZDC produced the most stable performance in the presence of common fuel contaminants (>50 h); and, the incipient wetness impregnation synthesis method of applying the active catalyst to the support produced more stable product yields than the catalyst prepared by a solid-state mixing technique. Different hexaaluminate and pyrochlore catalysts were used in different configurations in a segmented bed approach. The first strategy was to promote the indirect reforming mechanism by placing a combustion catalyst in the

  2. An approach to characterize ultra-thin conducting films protected against native oxidation by an in-situ capping layer

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    Van Bui, H.; Wiggers, F.B.; Jong, de M.P.; Kovalgin, A.Y.

    2014-01-01

    We propose and demonstrate the application of a test structure to characterize electrical properties of ultra-thin titanium nitride films passivated by a non-conducting amorphous silicon layer. The amorphous silicon layer is used to prevent the oxidation of the conducting layer. Platinum electrodes

  3. Nitrite Oxidation with Copper-Cobalt Nanoparticles on Carbon Nanotubes Doped Conducting Polymer PEDOT Composite.

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    Wang, Junjie; Xu, Guiyun; Wang, Wei; Xu, Shenghao; Luo, Xiliang

    2015-09-01

    Copper-cobalt bimetal nanoparticles (Cu-Co) have been electrochemically prepared on glassy carbon electrodes (GCEs), which were electrodeposited with conducting polymer nanocomposites of poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) doped with carbon nanotubes (CNTs). Owing to their good conductivity, high mechanical strength, and large surface area, the PEDOT/CNTs composites offered excellent substrates for the electrochemical deposition of Cu-Co nanoparticles. As a result of their nanostructure and the synergic effect between Cu and Co, the Cu-Co/PEDOT/CNTs composites exhibited significantly enhanced catalytic activity towards the electrochemical oxidation of nitrite. Under optimized conditions, the nanocomposite-modified electrodes had a fast response time within 2 s and a linear range from 0.5 to 430 μm for the detection of nitrite, with a detection limit of 60 nm. Moreover, the Cu-Co/PEDOT/CNTs composites were highly stable, and the prepared nitrite sensors could retain more than 96 % of their initial response after 30 days.

  4. Electrical conductivity of graphite oxide nanoplatelets obtained from bamboo: Effect of the deoxidation degree

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    Gross, K.; Prias-Barragan, J. J.; Sangiao, S.; de Teresa, J. M.; Lajaunie, L.; Arenal, R.; Ariza-Calderón, H.; Prieto, P.

    Given the high interest in the fabrication and application of carbon-based materials, we present a new and cost-effective method for the synthesis of graphite oxide nanoplatelets (GONP) using bamboo pyroligneous acid (BPA) as source. GONP-BPA present lateral dimensions of 5-100 micro-meter and thickness less than 80 nm, as confirmed by TEM. EEL spectra show that locally the carbon is mainly in sp2 bonding configuration and confirm a short/medium range crystalline order. Elemental analysis by EDX confirms the presence of oxygen in an atomic percentage ranging from 17 to 5%. For electrical characterization, single platelets were contacted by focused-ion-beam-induced deposition of Pt nanowires. The four-point probe electrical conductivity shows a direct correlation with the oxygen percentage. Three orders of magnitude conductivity rise is observed by the oxygen reduction, reaching a value of 2.3x103 S/m at the final deoxidation degree. The results suggest that GONP-BPA could be used in the development of advanced devices and sensors.

  5. The diffusion and conduction of lithium in poly(ethylene oxide)-based sulfonate ionomers

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    LaFemina, Nikki H.; Chen, Quan; Colby, Ralph H.; Mueller, Karl T.

    2016-09-01

    Pulsed field gradient nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy and dielectric relaxation spectroscopy have been utilized to investigate lithium dynamics within poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO)-based lithium sulfonate ionomers of varying ion content. The ion content is set by the fraction of sulfonated phthalates and the molecular weight of the PEO spacer, both of which can be varied independently. The molecular level dynamics of the ionomers are dominated by either Vogel-Fulcher-Tammann or Arrhenius behavior depending on ion content, spacer length, temperature, and degree of ionic aggregation. In these ionomers the main determinants of the self-diffusion of lithium and the observed conductivities are the ion content and ionic states of the lithium ion, which are profoundly affected by the interactions of the lithium ions with the ether oxygens of the polymer. Since many lithium ions move by segmental polymer motion in the ion pair state, their diffusion is significantly larger than that estimated from conductivity using the Nernst-Einstein equation.

  6. Transparent conductive oxide films embedded with plasmonic nanostructure for light-emitting diode applications.

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    Chuang, Shih-Hao; Tsung, Cheng-Sheng; Chen, Ching-Ho; Ou, Sin-Liang; Horng, Ray-Hua; Lin, Cheng-Yi; Wuu, Dong-Sing

    2015-02-04

    In this study, a spin coating process in which the grating structure comprises an Ag nanoparticle layer coated on a p-GaN top layer of InGaN/GaN light-emitting diode (LED) was developed. Various sizes of plasmonic nanoparticles embedded in a transparent conductive layer were clearly observed after the deposition of indium tin oxide (ITO). The plasmonic nanostructure enhanced the light extraction efficiency of blue LED. Output power was 1.8 times the magnitude of that of conventional LEDs operating at 350 mA, but retained nearly the same current-voltage characteristic. Unlike in previous research on surface-plasmon-enhanced LEDs, the metallic nanoparticles were consistently deposited over the surface area. However, according to microstructural observation, ITO layer mixed with Ag-based nanoparticles was distributed at a distance of approximately 150 nm from the interface of ITO/p-GaN. Device performance can be improved substantially by using the three-dimensional distribution of Ag-based nanoparticles in the transparent conductive layer, which scatters the propagating light randomly and is coupled between the localized surface plasmon and incident light internally trapped in the LED structure through total internal reflection.

  7. Flexibility of the Indium Tin Oxide Transparent Conductive Film Deposited Onto the Plastic Substrate

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    Shao-Kai Lu

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available In this study, we utilize the RF magnetron sputtering system to deposit the indium tin oxide (ITO conductive transparent film with low resistivity and high light transmittance to the polyethylene tetephthalate (PET plastic substrate and measure the film’s bending property and reliability at different tensile/compressive strain bending curvatures as well as the flexibility after cycling bending. The results show that the critical curvatures corresponded to the significant increase in the resistance of the 150 nm-thick ITO film deposited onto the PET substrate under tensile and compressive stress areO 14.1 mm and 5.4 mm, respectively. By observing the film’s surface crack and morphology, we can further discover that the critical curvature of the crack generated when the film is bent is quite consistent with the critical curvature at which the conductivity property degrades, and the film can withstand a higher compressive strain bending. In addition, the resistance and adhesion behavior of the film almost is unchanged after cycling bent for 1000 times with the curvature below the critical curvature.

  8. Modeling of Proton-Conducting Solid Oxide Fuel Cells Fueled with Syngas

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    Meng Ni

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs with proton conducting electrolyte (H-SOFCs are promising power sources for stationary applications. Compared with other types of fuel cells, one distinct feature of SOFC is their fuel flexibility. In this study, a 2D model is developed to investigate the transport and reaction in an H-SOFC fueled with syngas, which can be produced from conventional natural gas or renewable biomass. The model fully considers the fluid flow, mass transfer, heat transfer and reactions in the H-SOFC. Parametric studies are conducted to examine the physical and chemical processes in H-SOFC with a focus on how the operating parameters affect the H-SOFC performance. It is found that the presence of CO dilutes the concentration of H2, thus decreasing the H-SOFC performance. With typical syngas fuel, adding H2O cannot enhance the performance of the H-SOFC, although water gas shift reaction can facilitate H2 production.

  9. Thermal Conductivity Measurement of Submicron-Thick Aluminium Oxide Thin Films by a Transient Thermo-Reflectance Technique

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    BAI Su-Yuan; TANG Zhen-An; HUANG Zheng-Xing; YU Jun; WANG Jia-Qi

    2008-01-01

    Thermal conductivity of submicron-thick aluminium oxide thin films prepared by middle frequency magnetron sputtering is measured using a transient thermo-reflectance technique.A three-layer model based on transmission line theory and the gentic algorithm optimization method are employed to obtain the thermal conductivity of thin films and the interfacial thermal resistance.The results show that the average thermal conductivity of 3301000nm aluminium oxide thin films is 3.3Wm-1 K-1 at room temperature.No significant thickness dependence is found.The uncertainty of the measurement is less than 10%.

  10. Magnesium ion-conducting gel polymer electrolytes dispersed with nanosized magnesium oxide

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    Pandey, G.P. [Department of Physics and Astrophysics, University of Delhi, Delhi 110007 (India); Solid State Ionics Research Laboratory, School of Studies in Physics, Pt. Ravishankar Shukla University, Raipur 492010, C.G. (India); Agrawal, R.C. [Solid State Ionics Research Laboratory, School of Studies in Physics, Pt. Ravishankar Shukla University, Raipur 492010, C.G. (India); Hashmi, S.A. [Department of Physics and Astrophysics, University of Delhi, Delhi 110007 (India)

    2009-05-15

    Experimental investigations are performed on novel magnesium ion-conducting gel polymer electrolyte nanocomposites based on poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) (PVdF-HFP), dispersed with nanosized magnesium oxide (MgO) particles. The nanocomposite materials are in the form of free-standing films. Various physical and electrochemical analyses demonstrate promising characteristics of these films, suitable as electrolytes in rechargeable magnesium batteries. The optimized material with 3 wt.% MgO offers a maximum electrical conductivity of {proportional_to}8 x 10{sup -3} S cm{sup -1} at room temperature ({proportional_to}25 C) with good thermal and electrochemical stabilities. The ion/filler-polymer interactions and possible conformational changes in host polymer PVdF-HFP due to the liquid electrolyte entrapment and dispersion of nanosized MgO are examined by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopic (SEM) methods. The Mg{sup 2+} ion conduction in the gel film is confirmed from the cyclic voltammetry, impedance spectroscopy and transport number measurements. The Mg{sup 2+} ion transport number (t{sub +}) is enhanced substantially and found to have a maximum of {proportional_to}0.44 for the addition of 10 wt.% MgO nanoparticles. The enhancement in t{sub +} is explained on the basis of the formation of space-charge regions due to the presence of MgO:Mg{sup 2+}-like species, that supports Mg{sup 2+} ion motion. (author)

  11. Dynamic instability at the origin of oxygen ion conduction in solid oxides at ambient temperature

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    Helmut Schober; Werner Paulus; Tanguy Berthier; Olivier Hernandez; Monica Ceretti; Stefan Eibl; Mark Johnson; Marie Plazanet; Carlo Lamberti

    2008-11-01

    The conduction of ions in solids is of paramount importance for many technological devices like solid oxide fuel cells. It is inherent to solids that ions are trapped within potential wells. Their transport thus has to be activated at the price of elevated temperatures, a condition that is often incompatible with technological applications. While atomic vibrations have the potential of assisting the diffusion process, little is known about the exact conditions that have to be reunited to trigger such a process. Here we show that dynamic instability is responsible for the large ion conduction in SrFeO2.5 with brownmillerite-type structure. Using ab-initio molecular dynamics calculations we observe the migration of oxygen ions away from the original lattice positions into the vacancy channels of the brownmillerite structure. The escape of the oxygen ion is rendered possible by the destabilization of a shallow potential well due to low-lying vibrational modes, the existence of which is confirmed by neutron spectroscopy. Analysing the lattice dynamics as a function of structural parameters it is possible to identify the structural subtleties responsible for the instability. It is found that in the isostructural compound CaFeO2.5, fast oxygen ion diffusion is absent at low temperatures. The origin of this behaviour lies with the slightly different iron–oxygen distances rendering the potentials better defined and less amenable to dynamical destabilization. The here-introduced concept of dynamical instability is not restricted to the discussed class of materials but may be applied to any system that features ion conduction at low temperatures.

  12. Controlling preferred orientation and electrical conductivity of zinc oxide thin films by post growth annealing treatment

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    Kennedy, J., E-mail: J.Kennedy@gns.cri.nz [National Isotope Centre, GNS Science, PO Box 31312, Lower Hutt 5010 (New Zealand); The MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology (New Zealand); Murmu, P.P.; Leveneur, J. [National Isotope Centre, GNS Science, PO Box 31312, Lower Hutt 5010 (New Zealand); Markwitz, A. [National Isotope Centre, GNS Science, PO Box 31312, Lower Hutt 5010 (New Zealand); The MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology (New Zealand); Futter, J. [National Isotope Centre, GNS Science, PO Box 31312, Lower Hutt 5010 (New Zealand)

    2016-03-30

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Annealing dependent microstructural evolution and change in conductivity of ZnO films. • Preferential growth along (0 0 2) and (1 0 0) planes in air and vacuum annealed films. • Resistivity varied between 10{sup 6} and 10{sup −2} Ω cm depending on annealing conditions. • Hydrogen interstitials, and hydrogen-oxygen vacancy complexes affect the conductivity. • Narrow ZnO bandgap assigned to band tail effect related to intrinsic defects states. - Abstract: We report the microstructural evolution of the preferred orientation and electrical conductivity of zinc oxide (ZnO) thin films prepared by ion beam sputtering. Elastic recoil detection analysis results showed 0.6 at% H in as-deposited film which decreased to 0.35 at% in air annealed film due to H diffusion. XRD results showed that the preferred orientation can be tuned by selecting annealing conditions. Vacuum annealed films exhibited (1 0 0) orientation, whereas air annealed film showed (0 0 2) orientation. The annealing conditions caused a dramatic increase in the resistivity of air annealed films (∼10{sup 6} Ω cm), whereas vacuum annealed films showed lower resistivity (∼10{sup −2} Ω cm). High resistivity in air annealed film is attributed to the lack of hydrogen interstitials and hydrogen-oxygen vacancy complexes. Raman results supported the XRD results which demonstrated that annealing assisted in recovery of the crystalline disorder in as-deposited films. Air annealed film exhibited the highest optical transmission (89.7%) in the UV–vis region compared to as-deposited and vacuum annealed films (∼85%). Optical bandgap was found to vary between 3.11 eV and 3.18 eV in as-deposited and annealed films, respectively. The bandgap narrowing is associated with the intrinsic defects which introduced defect states resulting in band tail in ZnO films.

  13. High-Throughput Synthesis, Screening, and Scale-Up of Optimized Conducting Indium Tin Oxides.

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    Marchand, Peter; Makwana, Neel M; Tighe, Christopher J; Gruar, Robert I; Parkin, Ivan P; Carmalt, Claire J; Darr, Jawwad A

    2016-02-08

    A high-throughput optimization and subsequent scale-up methodology has been used for the synthesis of conductive tin-doped indium oxide (known as ITO) nanoparticles. ITO nanoparticles with up to 12 at % Sn were synthesized using a laboratory scale (15 g/hour by dry mass) continuous hydrothermal synthesis process, and the as-synthesized powders were characterized by powder X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, energy-dispersive X-ray analysis, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Under standard synthetic conditions, either the cubic In2O3 phase, or a mixture of InO(OH) and In2O3 phases were observed in the as-synthesized materials. These materials were pressed into compacts and heat-treated in an inert atmosphere, and their electrical resistivities were then measured using the Van der Pauw method. Sn doping yielded resistivities of ∼ 10(-2) Ω cm for most samples with the lowest resistivity of 6.0 × 10(-3) Ω cm (exceptionally conductive for such pressed nanopowders) at a Sn concentration of 10 at %. Thereafter, the optimized lab-scale composition was scaled-up using a pilot-scale continuous hydrothermal synthesis process (at a rate of 100 g/hour by dry mass), and a comparable resistivity of 9.4 × 10(-3) Ω cm was obtained. The use of the synthesized TCO nanomaterials for thin film fabrication was finally demonstrated by deposition of a transparent, conductive film using a simple spin-coating process.

  14. Method of forming macro-structured high surface area transparent conductive oxide electrodes

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    Forman, Arnold J.; Chen, Zhebo; Jaramillo, Thomas F.

    2016-01-05

    A method of forming a high surface area transparent conducting electrode is provided that includes depositing a transparent conducting thin film on a conductive substrate, where the transparent conducting thin film includes transparent conductive particles and a solution-based transparent conducting adhesive layer which serves to coat and bind together the transparent conducting particles, and heat treating the transparent conducting adhesion layer on the conductive substrate, where an increased surface area transparent conducting electrode is formed.

  15. Study of a sandwich structure of transparent conducting oxide films prepared by electron beam evaporation at room temperature

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    Chiu, Po Kai; Cho, Wen Hao; Chen, Hung Ping; Hsiao, Chien Nan; Yang, Jer Ren

    2012-01-01

    Transparent conducting ZnO/Ag/ZnO multilayer electrodes having electrical resistance much lower than that of widely used transparent electrodes were prepared by ion-beam-assisted deposition (IAD) under oxygen atmosphere. The optical parameters were optimized by admittance loci analysis to show that the transparent conducting oxide (TCO) film can achieve an average transmittance of 93%. The optimum thickness for high optical transmittance and good electrical conductivity was found to be 11 nm ...

  16. A highly sensitive electrochemical biosensor for catechol using conducting polymer reduced graphene oxide-metal oxide enzyme modified electrode.

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    Sethuraman, V; Muthuraja, P; Anandha Raj, J; Manisankar, P

    2016-10-15

    The fabrication, characterization and analytical performances were investigated for a catechol biosensor, based on the PEDOT-rGO-Fe2O3-PPO composite modified glassy carbon (GC) electrode. The graphene oxide (GO) doped conducting polymer poly (3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) was prepared through electrochemical polymerization by potential cycling. Reduction of PEDOT-GO was carried out by amperometric method. Fe2O3 nanoparticles were synthesized in ethanol by hydrothermal method. The mixture of Fe2O3, PPO and glutaraldehyde was casted on the PEDOT-rGO electrode. The surface morphology of the modified electrodes was studied by FE-SEM and AFM. Cyclic voltammetric studies of catechol on the enzyme modified electrode revealed higher reduction peak current. Determination of catechol was carried out successfully by Differential Pulse Voltammetry (DPV) technique. The fabricated biosensor investigated shows a maximum current response at pH 6.5. The catechol biosensor exhibited wide sensing linear range from 4×10(-8) to 6.20×10(-5)M, lower detection limit of 7×10(-9)M, current maxima (Imax) of 92.55µA and Michaelis-Menten (Km) constant of 30.48µM. The activation energy (Ea) of enzyme electrode is 35.93KJmol(-1) at 50°C. There is no interference from d-glucose and l-glutamic acid, ascorbic acid and o-nitrophenol. The PEDOT-rGO-Fe2O3-PPO biosensor was stable for at least 75 days when stored in a buffer at about 4°C.

  17. Application of Developed APCVD Transparent Conducting Oxides and Undercoat Technologies for Economical OLED Lighting

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    Martin Bluhm; James Coffey; Roman Korotkov; Craig Polsz; Alexandre Salemi; Robert Smith; Ryan Smith; Jeff Stricker; Chen Xu; Jasmine Shirazi; George Papakonstantopulous; Steve Carson; Claudia Goldman; Soren Hartmann; Frank Jessen; Bianca Krogmann; Christoph Rickers; Manfred Ruske; Holger Schwab; Dietrich Bertram

    2011-01-02

    Economics is a key factor for application of organic light emitting diodes (OLED) in general lighting relative to OLED flat panel displays that can handle high cost materials such as indium tin oxide (ITO) or Indium zinc oxide (IZO) as the transparent conducting oxide (TCO) on display glass. However, for OLED lighting to penetrate into general illumination, economics and sustainable materials are critical. The issues with ITO have been documented at the DOE SSL R&D and Manufacturing workshops for the last 5 years and the issue is being exacerbated by export controls from China (one of the major sources of elemental indium). Therefore, ITO is not sustainable because of the fluctuating costs and the United States (US) dependency on other nations such as China. Numerous alternatives to ITO/IZO are being evaluated such as Ag nanoparticles/nanowires, carbon nanotubes, graphene, and other metal oxides. Of these other metal oxides, doped zinc oxide has attracted a lot of attention over the last 10 years. The volume of zinc mined is a factor of 80,000 greater than indium and the US has significant volumes of zinc mined domestically, resulting in the ability for the US to be self-sufficient for this element that can be used in optoelectronic applications. The costs of elemental zinc is over 2 orders of magnitude less than indium, reflecting the relative abundance and availability of the elements. Arkema Inc. and an international primary glass manufacturing company, which is located in the United States, have developed doped zinc oxide technology for solar control windows. The genesis of this DOE SSL project was to determine if doped zinc oxide technology can be taken from the commodity based window market and translate the technology to OLED lighting. Thus, Arkema Inc. sought out experts, Philips Lighting, Pacific Northwest National Laboratories (PNNL) and National Renewable Research Laboratories (NREL), in OLED devices and brought them into the project. This project had a

  18. Ac conductivity and dielectric spectroscopy studies on tin oxide thin films formed by spray deposition technique

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    Barış, Behzad, E-mail: behzadbaris@gmail.com

    2014-04-01

    Au/tin oxide/n-Si (1 0 0) structure has been created by forming a tin oxide (SnO{sub 2}) on n-type Si by using the spray deposition technique. The ac electrical conductivity (σ{sub ac}) and dielectric properties of the structure have been investigated between 30 kHz and 1 MHz at room temperature. The values of ε', ε″, tanδ, σ{sub ac}, M' and M″ were determined as 1.404, 0.357, 0.253, 1.99×10{sup −7} S/cm, 0.665 and 0.168 for 1 MHz and 6.377, 6.411, 1.005, 1.07×10{sup −7} S/cm, 0.077 and 0.078 for 30 kHz at zero bias, respectively. These changes were attributed to variation of the charge carriers from the interface traps located between semiconductor and metal in the band gap. It is concluded that the values of the ε', ε″ and tanδ increase with decreasing frequency while a decrease is seen in σ{sub ac} and the real (M') and imaginary (M″) components of the electrical modulus. The M″ parameter of the structure has a relaxation peak as a function of frequency for each examined voltage. The relaxation time of M″(τ{sub M″}) varies from 0.053 ns to 0.018 ns with increasing voltage. The variation of Cole–Cole plots of the sample shows that there is one relaxation.

  19. Enhanced photovoltaic effect of ruthenium complex-modified graphene oxide with P-type conductivity

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    Zhang, Wei, E-mail: jj_zw_js@sina.com.cn; Bai, Huicong; Zhang, Yu; Sun, Ying; Lin, Shen; Liu, Jian; Yang, Qi; Song, Xi-Ming, E-mail: songlab@lnu.edu.cn

    2014-10-15

    A graphene oxide nanocomposite with bis(1,10-phenanthroline)(N-(2-aminoethyl)-4-(4-methyl-2,2-bipyridine-4-yl) formamide) ruthenium (Ru(phen){sub 2}(bpy-NH{sub 2})(PF{sub 6}){sub 2}), a ruthenium complex, was synthesized by amidation reaction between amino group of the ruthenium complex and carboxyl group of GO. The as-prepared Ru(II)–GO composite was characterized by infrared (IR) spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), ultraviolet–visible (UV–Vis) absorption spectra, fluorescence spectra, surface photovoltage (SPV) spectrum and transient photovoltage (TPV) technology. This nanocomposite showed a typical p-type character and an enhanced photovoltaic effect at long timescale of about 3 × 10{sup −3} s compared to GO alone. A reversible rise/decay of the photocurrent in response to the on/off illumination step was also observed in a photoelectrochemical cell of the Ru(II)–GO composite. The photocurrent response of the Ru(II)–GO film was remarkably higher than that of GO film. Therefore, this Ru(II)–GO composite is believed to be a promising p-type photoelectric conversion material for further photovoltaic applications. - Highlights: • A new dye-sensitized graphene oxide nanocomposite was reported. • A photo-induced charge transfer process in this nanocomposite was confirmed. • This composite showed a typical p-type conductivity. • This composite showed an enhanced photovoltaic effect at a long timescale.

  20. Nanostructured metal-oxide-conducting polymer based ultracapacitors for energy storage

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    Sidhu, Navjot Kaur

    Ultracapacitors often called supercapacitors or electrochemical double layer capacitors are emerging with a potential reflecting great advancement in the energy storage systems over past several last years. Traditional and commercially used electrical energy storage technology consists of mainly the batteries. Capacitors and ultracapacitors offer limited utility by trade off between energy density and power density. Batteries, fuel cells deliver high energy density while electrostatic capacitor and ultracapacitors provide high power density. Research on future energy storage device with optimum combination of high energy and power density has gained momentum over recent few years. Ultracapacitors provide a tantalizing capability to achieve high energy while maintaining high power density device which can bridge the gap between batteries and conventional capacitors This research is focused on the synthesis of conducting polymers as well as its composites with the metal oxides as electrodes, their electrochemical and structural characterizations for use in ultracapacitor devices and modeling. An innovative aspect of this research is the use of the nanorods, nanotubes and similar nanotemplates in order to introduce the morphological changes in the electroactive electrodes. Using these approaches, this research aims at high surface area for dense energy storage through ion intercalation and oxidation state changes. For the nanocomposite electrode materials synthesis, electrochemical, chemical and solution methods have been used. For nanostructuring, thin film templates of TiO2 (titanium dioxide) nanotubes, ZnO (zinc oxide) nanorods and nanowires have been synthesized using hydrothermal and electro-etching techniques. Various electroactive electrode materials in this research are investigated. The materials system studied in this work are nanocomposites of ZnO, TiO2, Ppy (polypyrrole), MnO2 (manganese dioxide), Pedot (Poly (3,4-ethylene dioxythiophene). Further

  1. Low resistive trasparent conductors with metallic grids : modeling and experiments

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    Deelen, J. van; Rendering, H.; Mannetje, H.H 't; Klerk, L.; Hovestad, A.

    2012-01-01

    At present, transparent conducting oxides (TCOs) are still superior in performance to most other transparent conductors. Results on opto-electronic modeling and design optimization of TCOs are presented using a monolithically integrated CIGS cell configuration as case. For various cell dimensions an

  2. Metallic grids for low resistive transparent conductors: modeling and experiments

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    Deelen, J. van; Rendering, H.; Mannetje, H. het; Klerk, L.; Hovestad, A.

    2012-01-01

    At present, transparent conducting oxides (TCOs) are still superior in performance to most other transparent conductors. Results on opto-electronic modeling and design optimization of TCOs are presented using a monolithically integrated CIGS cell configuration as case. For various cell dimensions an

  3. Study on Optical Properties of Tin Oxide Thin Film at Different Annealing Temperature

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    Saturi Baco

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available Tin Oxide (SnO2 thin film is one of the important transparent conducting oxides (TCOs and applied in various fields such as in solar cells, optoelectronic devices, heat mirror, gas sensors, etc due to its electrical and optical transparency in visible light spectrum. In this paper, we presented the optical properties of tin oxide thin film at four different annealing temperatures (373 K, 437 K, 573 K and 673 K prepared by radio frequency sputtering technique. The optical characteristic of these films was investigated using the UV-VIS 3101-PC Spectrophotometer. From this study, all samples exhibit high transmittance more than 70% in the visible light spectrum. Sample annealed at 473 K shows the maximum transmittance which is 87%. Refractive index, n were in the range of 2.33 – 2.80 at  = 550 nm and enhanced with the annealing temperature. However the extinction of coefficient, k was found to be very small. The optical band-edge absorption coefficients were found in the range of 104 – 105cm-1. The energy gap value was decreased with increasing annealing temperature and the type of photon transition was allowed direct transition.

  4. The conduction mechanism of stress induced leakage current through ultra-thin gate oxide under constant voltage stresses

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    Wang Yan-Gang; Xu Ming-Zhen; Tan Chang-Hua; Zhang Zhang J.F; Duan Xiao-Rong

    2005-01-01

    The conduction mechanism of stress induced leakage current (SILC) through 2nm gate oxide is studied over a gate voltage range between 1.7V and stress voltage under constant voltage stress (CVS). The simulation results show that the SILC is formed by trap-assisted tunnelling (TAT) process which is dominated by oxide traps induced by high field stresses. Their energy levels obtained by this work are approximately 1.9eV from the oxide conduction band, and the traps are believed to be the oxygen-related donor-like defects induced by high field stresses. The dependence of the trap density on stress time and oxide electric field is also investigated.

  5. Modeling of diffusion mechanism of conductive channel oxidation in a Pt/NiO/Pt memory switching structure

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    Sysun, V. I.; Bute, I. V.; Boriskov, P. P.

    2016-09-01

    The transition process from the low resistance state into the high resistance state in a Pt/NiO/Pt memory switching structure has been studied by numerical modeling. Detailed analysis shows, that thermally induced diffusion oxidation by nickel vacancies is the key factor for distortion of the channel metallic conductivity. Spatial dynamics of the process of oxidation defines channel narrowing mainly in its central part, and also sets the critical current through the structure sufficient for final rupture of the channel and the transition to high resistance state. The increase in critical current above the limit even by 10% reduces the switching time by an order of magnitude, which is in agreement with experiments. The developed radial diffusion model of conductive channel (or filaments) oxidation may be suitable for the analysis of switching effect a number of other ReRAM oxide structures.

  6. Fundamental Studies on Confinement Effects in Ionic Conduction and Inversion Layers in 2-D Single Crystal Free Standing Oxide Membranes

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    2014-02-14

    Scientific Progress Please see below Technology Transfer Number of graduating undergraduates who achieved a 3.5 GPA to 4.0 (4.0 max scale): Number of...2-dimensional free standing membrane with correlated oxides may also lead to new insights into mesoscopic electronic phenomena. Vanadium oxide ( VO2 ...well as for potential applications in switching devices. While studies have been conducted on thin films, hybrid layers of VO2 supported on other

  7. Transparent and conductive indium doped cadmium oxide thin films prepared by pulsed filtered cathodic arc deposition

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    Zhu Yuankun, E-mail: yuan.kun.zhu@gmail.com [Center for Composite Materials and Structures, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150080 (China); Plasma Applications Group, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA 94720 (United States); Mendelsberg, Rueben J. [Plasma Applications Group, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA 94720 (United States); Molecular Foundry, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA 94720 (United States); Zhu Jiaqi, E-mail: zhujq@hit.edu.cn [Center for Composite Materials and Structures, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150080 (China); Han Jiecai [Center for Composite Materials and Structures, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150080 (China); Anders, Andre [Plasma Applications Group, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA 94720 (United States)

    2013-01-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer High quality CdO:In films were prepared on glass by pulsed filtered cathodic arc. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer 230 nm thick films show low resistivity of 7.23 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -5} {Omega} cm and mobility of 142 cm{sup 2}/Vs. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer In-doping significantly improves the conductivity and extends the transparent range. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Film crystalline quality is maintained with increasing In concentration. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The pulsed arc-grown CdO:In show excellent reproducibility of film properties. - Abstract: Indium doped cadmium oxide (CdO:In) films with different In concentrations were prepared on low-cost glass substrates by pulsed filtered cathodic arc deposition (PFCAD). It is shown that polycrystalline CdO:In films with smooth surface and dense structure are obtained. In-doping introduces extra electrons leading to remarkable improvements of electron mobility and conductivity, as well as improvement in the optical transmittance due to the Burstein-Moss effect. CdO:In films on glass substrates with thickness near 230 nm show low resistivity of 7.23 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -5} {Omega} cm, high electron mobility of 142 cm{sup 2}/Vs, and mean transmittance over 80% from 500 to 1250 nm (including the glass substrate). These high quality pulsed arc-grown CdO:In films are potentially suitable for high efficiency multi-junction solar cells that harvest a broad range of the solar spectrum.

  8. Low-Frequency Mechanical Spectroscopy of Lanthanum Cobaltite Based Mixed Conducting Oxides

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    Wu Xiu Sheng

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available The low-frequency mechanical spectra of lanthanum cobaltite based mixed conducting oxides have been measured using a computer-controlled inverted torsion pendulum. The results indicate that the internal friction spectra and shear modulus depend on the Sr doping contents (x. For undoped samples, no internal friction peak is observed. However, for La0.8Sr0.2CoO3‒δ, three internal friction peaks (P2, P3 and P4 are observed. In addition to these peaks, two more peaks (P0 and P1 are observed in La0.6Sr0.4CoO3‒δ. The P0 and P1 peaks show characteristics of a phase transition, while the P2, P3 and P4 peaks are of relaxation-type. Our analysis suggests that the P0 peak is due to a phase separation and the P1 peak is related to the ferromagnetic–paramagnetic phase transition. The P2, P3 and P4 peaks are associated with the motion of domain walls. The formation of this kind of domain structure is a consequence of a transformation from the paraelastic cubic phase to the ferroelastic rhombohedral phase. With partial substitution of Fe for Co, only one peak is observed, which is discussed as a result of different microstructure.

  9. Nanostructures and thin films of transparent conductive oxides studied by perturbed angular correlations

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    Barbosa, M B; Redondo-Cubero, A; Miranda, S M C; Simon, R; Kessler, P; Brandt, M; Henneberger, F; Nogales, E; Méndez, B; Johnston, K; Alves, E; Vianden, R; Araújo, J P; Lorenz, K; Correia, J G

    2013-01-01

    The versatility of perturbed angular correlations (PAC) in the study of nanostructures and thin films is demonstrated, namely for the specific cases of ZnO/Cd$_x$Zn$_{1-x}$O thin films and Ga$_2$O$_3$ powder pellets and nanowires, examples of transparent conductive oxides. PAC measurements as a function of annealing temperature were performed after implantation of $^{111m}$Cd$/^{111}$Cd (T$_{1/2}$=48$\\,$min.) and later compared to density functional theory simulations. For ZnO, the substitution of Cd probes at Zn sites was observed, as well as the formation of a probe-defect complex. The ternary Cd$_x$Zn$_{1-x}$O (x=0.16) showed good macroscopic crystal quality but revealed some clustering of local defects around the probe Cd atoms, which could not be annealed. In the Ga$_2$O$_3$ samples, the substitution of the Cd probes in the octahedral Ga-site was observed, demonstrating the potential of ion-implantation for the doping of nanowires.

  10. Growth-controlled surface roughness in Al-doped ZnO as transparent conducting oxide.

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    Lee, Joon Hwan; Chou, Chia-Yun; Bi, Zhenxing; Tsai, Chen-Fong; Wang, Haiyan

    2009-09-30

    The surface morphology of Al(2)O(3)-doped ZnO (AZO, 2 wt%) thin films varies from a uniform layer to nanorod structure by simply controlling oxygen pressure during growth. All AZO films were deposited on sapphire(0001) substrates using a pulsed laser deposition (PLD) technique. In the low oxygen pressure regime (vacuum approximately 50 mTorr), AZO films grow as a smooth and uniform layer. In the high oxygen pressure regime (100-250 mTorr) AZO thin films with nanorods have formed. Detailed cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and x-ray diffraction (XRD) studies reveal that, besides the obvious variation in the film morphology, the in-plane d spacing of AZO film increases and the out-of-plane d spacing decreases, as oxygen pressure increases. A bilayer AZO film with a nanorod structure on top of a uniform layer was demonstrated by controlling the oxygen pressure for the two layers. Electrical resistivity and optical transmittance measurements were carried out to correlate with the microstructures obtained under different oxygen pressures. The bilayer AZO films could find applications as a transparent conducting oxide (TCO) with a unique light trapping function in thin film solar cells.

  11. Optoelectrochemical biorecognition by optically transparent highly conductive graphene-modified fluorine-doped tin oxide substrates.

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    Lamberti, F; Brigo, L; Favaro, M; Luni, C; Zoso, A; Cattelan, M; Agnoli, S; Brusatin, G; Granozzi, G; Giomo, M; Elvassore, N

    2014-12-24

    Both optical and electrochemical graphene-based sensors have gone through rapid development, reaching high sensitivity at low cost and with fast response time. However, the complex validating biochemical operations, needed for their consistent use, currently limits their effective application. We propose an integration strategy for optoelectrochemical detection that overcomes previous limitations of these sensors used separately. We develop an optoelectrochemical sensor for aptamer-mediated protein detection based on few-layer graphene immobilization on selectively modified fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) substrates. Our results show that the electrochemical properties of graphene-modified FTO samples are suitable for complex biological detection due to the stability and inertness of the engineered electrodic interface. In addition, few-layer immobilization of graphene sheets through electrostatic linkage with an electrochemically grafted FTO surface allows obtaining an optically accessible and highly conductive platform. As a proof of concept, we used insulin as the target molecule to reveal in solution. Because of its transparency and low sampling volume (a few microliters), our sensing unit can be easily integrated in lab-on-a-chip cell culture systems for effectively monitoring subnanomolar concentrations of proteins relevant for biomedical applications.

  12. Proton conducting sodium alginate electrolyte laterally coupled low-voltage oxide-based transistors

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    Liu, Yang Hui; Wan, Qing, E-mail: wanqing@nju.edu.cn [Ningbo Institute of Materials Technology and Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Ningbo 315201 (China); School of Electronic Science and Engineering, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093 (China); Qiang Zhu, Li, E-mail: lqzhu@nimte.ac.cn [Ningbo Institute of Materials Technology and Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Ningbo 315201 (China); Shi, Yi [School of Electronic Science and Engineering, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093 (China)

    2014-03-31

    Solution-processed sodium alginate electrolyte film shows a high proton conductivity of ∼5.5 × 10{sup −3} S/cm and a high lateral electric-double-layer (EDL) capacitance of ∼2.0 μF/cm{sup 2} at room temperature with a relative humidity of 57%. Low-voltage in-plane-gate indium-zinc-oxide-based EDL transistors laterally gated by sodium alginate electrolytes are fabricated on glass substrates. The field-effect mobility, current ON/OFF ratio, and subthreshold swing of such EDL transistors are estimated to be 4.2 cm{sup 2} V{sup −1} s{sup −1}, 2.8 × 10{sup 6}, and 130 mV/decade, respectively. At last, a low-voltage driven resistor-load inverter is also demonstrated. Such in-plane-gate EDL transistors have potential applications in portable electronics and low-cost biosensors.

  13. Preparation, structure and optical properties of transparent conducting gallium-doped zinc oxide thin films

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    Gu J. H.

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Highly conductive gallium-doped zinc oxide (GZO transparent thin films were deposited on glass substrates by RF mag­netron sputtering. The deposited films were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS, four-point probe and UV-Vis spectrophotometer, respectively. The effect of growth temperature on the structure and optoelectrical properties of the films was investigated. The results demonstrate that high quality GZO films oriented with their crystal­lographic c-axis perpendicular to the substrates are obtained. The structure and optoelectrical properties of the films are highly dependent on the growth temperature. It is found that with increasing growth temperature, the average visible transmittance of the deposited films is enhanced and the residual stress in the thin films is obviously relaxed. The GZO films deposited at the growth temperature of 400°C, which have the largest grain size (74.3 nm, the lowest electrical resistivity (1.31×10-3 Ω·cm and the maximum figure of merit (1.46×1O-2Ω-1, exhibit the best optoelectrical properties. Furthermore, the optical proper­ties of the deposited films were determined by the optical characterization methods and the optical energy-gaps were evaluated by extrapolation method. A blue shift of the optical energy gap is observed with an increase in the growth temperature.

  14. Insights into CO poisoning in high performance proton-conducting solid oxide fuel cells

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    Yan, Ning; Fu, Xian-Zhu; Chuang, Karl T.; Luo, Jing-Li

    2014-05-01

    High performance anode supported proton-conducting solid oxide fuel cells (PC-SOFC) were fabricated and their performance in syngas was studied. PC-SOFC button cells produced a maximum power density of 812 mW cm-2 in H2 at 750 °C. It was found that the CO-containing feed streams could drastically degrade the performance of PC-SOFC. Based on the experimental results and the theoretical analysis, the detailed process of the CO-induced Ni catalyst deactivation was identified. This process could be divided into three distinguishable stages during the continuous exposure of the Ni catalyst in the CO-containing environment. The first stage could be described using the CO surface active site blocking mechanism, which was further confirmed by CO/H2 competitive adsorption model. The second stage deactivation was proposed to be related to the carbon deposition at TPB (Triple-phase Boundary). The deactivation during this stage was accelerated by the electrochemical conversion of H2. The last stage was attributed to the coking of Ni catalyst and the resulted metal dusting effect.

  15. The Effect of Annealing on Nanothick Indium Tin Oxide Transparent Conductive Films for Touch Sensors

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    Shih-Hao Chan

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available This study aims to discuss the sheet resistance of ultrathin indium tin oxide (ITO transparent conductive films during the postannealing treatment. The thickness of the ultrathin ITO films is 20 nm. They are prepared on B270 glass substrates at room temperature by a direct-current pulsed magnetron sputtering system. Ultrathin ITO films with high sheet resistance are commonly used for touch panel applications. As the annealing temperature is increased, the structure of the ultrathin ITO film changes from amorphous to polycrystalline. The crystalline of ultrathin ITO films becomes stronger with an increase of annealing temperature, which further leads to the effect of enhanced Hall mobility. A postannealing treatment in an atmosphere can enhance the optical transmittance owing to the filling of oxygen vacancies, but the sheet resistance rises sharply. However, a higher annealing temperature, above 250°C, results in a decrease in the sheet resistance of ultrathin ITO films, because more Sn ions become an effective dopant. An optimum sheet resistance of 336 Ω/sqr was obtained for ultrathin ITO films at 400°C with an average optical transmittance of 86.8% for touch sensor applications.

  16. Studies on high electronic energy deposition in transparent conducting indium tin oxide thin films

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    Deshpande, N G [Thin Film and Nanotechnology Laboratory, Department of Physics, Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, Aurangabad-431004 (MS) (India); Gudage, Y G [Thin Film and Nanotechnology Laboratory, Department of Physics, Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, Aurangabad-431004 (MS) (India); Ghosh, A [Thin Film and Nanotechnology Laboratory, Department of Physics, Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, Aurangabad-431004 (MS) (India); Vyas, J C [Technical and Prototype Engineering Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Center, Trombay, Mumbai (MS) (India); Singh, F [Inter-University Accelerator Center, Aruna Asaf Ali Marg, Post Box 10502, New Delhi 110067 (India); Tripathi, A [Inter-University Accelerator Center, Aruna Asaf Ali Marg, Post Box 10502, New Delhi 110067 (India); Sharma, Ramphal [Thin Film and Nanotechnology Laboratory, Department of Physics, Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, Aurangabad-431004 (MS) (India)

    2008-02-07

    We have examined the effect of swift heavy ions using 100 MeV Au{sup 8+} ions on the electrical properties of transparent, conducting indium tin oxide polycrystalline films with resistivity of 0.58 x 10{sup -4} {omega} cm and optical transmission greater than 78% (pristine). We report on the modifications occurring after high electronic energy deposition. With the increase in fluency, x-ray line intensity of the peaks corresponding to the planes (1 1 0), (4 0 0), (4 4 1) increased, while (3 3 1) remained constant. Surface morphological studies showed a pomegranate structure of pristine samples, which was highly disturbed with a high dose of irradiation. For the high dose, there was a formation of small spherical domes uniformly distributed over the entire surface. The transmittance was seen to be decreasing with the increase in ion fluency. At higher doses, the resistivity and photoluminescence intensity was seen to be decreased. In addition, the carrier concentration was seen to be increased, which was in accordance with the decrease in resistivity. The observed modifications after high electronic energy deposition in these films may lead to fruitful device applications.

  17. Building up Graphene-Based Conductive Polymer Composite Thin Films Using Reduced Graphene Oxide Prepared by γ-Ray Irradiation

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    Siyuan Xie

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, reduced graphene oxide (RGO was prepared by means of γ-ray irradiation of graphene oxide (GO in a water/ethanol mix solution, and we investigated the influence of reaction parameters, including ethanol concentration, absorbed dose, and dose rate during the irradiation. Due to the good dispersibility of the RGO in the mix solution, we built up flexible and conductive composite films based on the RGO and polymeric matrix through facile vacuum filtration and polymer coating. The electrical and optical properties of the obtained composite films were tested, showing good electrical conductivity with visible transmittance but strong ultraviolet absorbance.

  18. Effect of zirconium oxide nanofiller and dibutyl phthalate plasticizer on ionic conductivity and optical properties of solid polymer electrolyte.

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    Yasin, Siti Mariah Mohd; Ibrahim, Suriani; Johan, Mohd Rafie

    2014-01-01

    New solid polymer electrolytes (SPE) based on poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) doped with lithium trifluoromethanesulfonate (LiCF3SO3), dibutyl phthalate (DBP) plasticizer, and zirconium oxide (ZrO2) nanoparticles were prepared by solution-casting technique. The conductivity was enhanced by addition of dibutyl phthalate (DBP) plasticizer and ZrO2 nanofiller with maximum conductivity (1.38 × 10(-4) Scm(-1)). The absorption edge and band gap values showed decreases upon addition of LiSO3CF3, DBP, and ZrO2 due to the formation of localized states in the SPE and the degree of disorder in the films increased.

  19. Preparation of Nanocrystalline Rare Earth Mixed Oxides DyFexCo1-xO3-δ and Its Conductivity

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    任引哲; 王建英; 刘二保

    2002-01-01

    Nanocrystalline rare earth mixed oxides DyFexCo1-xO3-δ were prepared by sol-gel method and characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), thermogravimetric analysis (TG-DTA) and scanning electron microscope (SEM). The results show that DyFexCo1-xO3-δ has the structure of perovskite type at 800 ℃ for 2 h calcination. The conductivity of the materials at different temperature was measured by four-probe instrumentation and two-pole method. The results show that the conductivity of mixed oxides DyFexCo1-xO3-δ is higher than those of un-mixed oxides DyFeO3 and DyCoO3 and the conductivity is the best at x=0.8 in the matter of DyFexCo1-xO3-δ. The conductivity of these materials always increases with the temperature rising and there is an apparent change between 600 and 800 ℃. However, the spinodals are different with different ration of Fe3+ and Co3+. This kind of oxide is a conductive pottery material.

  20. Oxygen Ion Conduction in Oxide Materials: Selected Examples and Basic Mechanisms

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    Traqueia, L. S. M.

    2006-06-01

    Full Text Available Oxygen ion conductors with most symmetrical structures such as fluorite- and perovskite-related phases, rely on the mobility of oxygen vacancies. High-performance electrolytes, namely with the apatite type structure, recently developed, show dominant interstitial transport. In order to assess basic composition-conductivity relationships in a fluorite-derived C-type cubic structure with high tolerance to different types of oxygen defects, a series of Y2O3-based materials were studied by impedance spectroscopy in air in the range 700-1000oC. Yttria doped with CaO exhibits reasonably high ionic conduction via the vacancy mechanism. Samples doped with ZrO2 and HfO2 possess oxygen interstitials as dominant defects, but show poor ionic conductivity when compared to Ca-doped materials. These tendencies, known for other fluorite-related phases such as pyrochlores, are opposite to those observed for apatite- and K2NiF4-type structures. Comparison of ionic conductivity levels in various oxide materials suggests that fast interstitial migration may be expected for complex multicomponent materials where the ion transport occurs in lattice fragments with high bond ionicity. Furthermore, conduction-affecting stereological parameters, to a great extent, depend on the relaxation of covalent fragments.

    Los conductores iónicos de oxígeno con estructuras más simétricas como fluorita y perovsquita dependen de la movilidad de las vacantes de oxígeno. Se han desarrollado recientemente electrolitos con elevadas prestaciones, los llamados de estructura tipo apatito, que muestran transporte intersticial dominante. Con el objeto de establecer las relaciones básicas entre composición y conductividad en una estructura cúbica tipo-C derivada de la fluorita con alta tolerancia a diferentes defectos de oxígeno, se han estudiado materiales basados en Y2O3 por espectroscopía de impedancia en el rango de temperaturas entre 700 y 1000ºC. La ytria dopada con Ca

  1. An experimental correlation approach for predicting thermal conductivity of water-EG based nanofluids of zinc oxide

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    Ahmadi Nadooshan, Afshin

    2017-03-01

    In this study, the effects of temperature (20 °Cthermal conductivity of zinc oxide/ethylene glycol-water nanofluid have been presented. Nanofluid samples were prepared by a two-step method and thermal conductivity measurements were performed by a KD2 pro instrument. Results showed that the thermal conductivity increases uniformly with increasing solid volume fraction and temperature. The results also revealed that the thermal conductivity of nanofluids significantly increases with increasing solid volume fraction at higher temperatures. Moreover, it can be seen that for more concentrated samples, the effect of temperature was more tangible. Experimental thermal conductivity enhancement of the nanofluid in comparison with the Maxwell model indicated that Maxwell model was unable to predict the thermal conductivity of the present nanofluid. Therefore, a new correlation was presented for predicting the thermal conductivity of ZnO/EG-water nanofluid.

  2. Electrical Conductivity of Chlorophyll with Polythiophene Thin Film on Indium Tin Oxide as P-N Heterojunction Solar Cell

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    Aziz, M. F. A.; Hasiah, S.; Rasul, F. L. M.; Senin, H. B.

    2009-06-01

    The aim of this research was to study the electrical conductivity for electrical conductivity of chlorophyll with polythiophene (PT) thin film on indium tin oxide as P-N heterojunction solar cell. The polythiophene thin film is deposited to the Indium Tin Oxide (ITO) substrate using electrochemistry method. The chlorophyll (CHLO) thin film then been coated on polythiophene thin film using spin coated method. Current and voltage of ITO/PT/CHLO thin film is measured in the dark and under different light intensity using four points probe. The result shows that combination of the thinnest polythiophene thin film with the thickest chlorophyll thin film produce the highest conductivity reach up to ±0.1 Sm-1 (raise 22% under illumination compared to the electrical conductivity in the dark condition).

  3. Preparation and conductivity of nanocrystalline rare earth mixed oxides SmFe1-xCoxO3-δ

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    2002-01-01

    Nanocrystalline rare earth mixed oxides SmFe1 xCoxO3-δ were prepared by sol-gel method at 1 073 K for 2h calcination and characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscope (SEM). The results show that SmFe1-xCoxO3-δ has the structure ofperovskite type. The conductivity of the materials increases with the temperature rising and the maximum conductivity at 1 073 K is 2.6 S/cm with the best mole ratio of Fe3+ to Co3+ being 1: 4. This kind of oxide is a conductive ceramic material by means of conduction of electron and oxygen anion.

  4. Effect of proton-conduction in electrolyte on electric efficiency of multi-stage solid oxide fuel cells.

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    Matsuzaki, Yoshio; Tachikawa, Yuya; Somekawa, Takaaki; Hatae, Toru; Matsumoto, Hiroshige; Taniguchi, Shunsuke; Sasaki, Kazunari

    2015-07-28

    Solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) are promising electrochemical devices that enable the highest fuel-to-electricity conversion efficiencies under high operating temperatures. The concept of multi-stage electrochemical oxidation using SOFCs has been proposed and studied over the past several decades for further improving the electrical efficiency. However, the improvement is limited by fuel dilution downstream of the fuel flow. Therefore, evolved technologies are required to achieve considerably higher electrical efficiencies. Here we present an innovative concept for a critically-high fuel-to-electricity conversion efficiency of up to 85% based on the lower heating value (LHV), in which a high-temperature multi-stage electrochemical oxidation is combined with a proton-conducting solid electrolyte. Switching a solid electrolyte material from a conventional oxide-ion conducting material to a proton-conducting material under the high-temperature multi-stage electrochemical oxidation mechanism has proven to be highly advantageous for the electrical efficiency. The DC efficiency of 85% (LHV) corresponds to a net AC efficiency of approximately 76% (LHV), where the net AC efficiency refers to the transmission-end AC efficiency. This evolved concept will yield a considerably higher efficiency with a much smaller generation capacity than the state-of-the-art several tens-of-MW-class most advanced combined cycle (MACC).

  5. Three-dimensional conducting oxide nanoarchitectures: morphology-controllable synthesis, characterization, and applications in lithium-ion batteries.

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    Liu, Fa-Qian; Wu, Huiming; Li, Tao; Grabstanowicz, Lauren R; Amine, Khalil; Xu, Tao

    2013-07-21

    We report the synthesis, characterization and applications in Li-ion batteries of a set of 3-dimensional (3-D) nanostructured conducting oxides including fluorinated tin oxide (FTO) and aluminum zinc oxide (AZO). The morphology of these 3-D conducting oxide nanoarchitectures can be directed towards either mono-dispersed hollow nanobead matrix or mono-dispersed sponge-like nanoporous matrix by controlling the surface charge of the templating polystyrene (PS) nanobeads, the steric hindrance and hydrolysis rates of the precursors, pH of the solvents etc. during the evaporative co-assembly of the PS beads. These 3-D nanostructured conducting oxide matrices possess high surface area (over 100 m(2) g(-1)) and accessible interconnected pores extending in all three spatial dimensions. By optimizing the temperature profile during calcination, we can obtain large area (of a few cm(2)) and crack-free nanoarchitectured films with thickness over 60 μm. As such, the sheet resistance of these nanoarchitectured films on FTO glass can reach below 20 Ω per square. The nanoarchitectured FTO electrodes were used as anodes in Li-ion batteries, and they showed an enhanced cycling performance and stability over pure SnO2.

  6. Effect of proton-conduction in electrolyte on electric efficiency of multi-stage solid oxide fuel cells

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    Matsuzaki, Yoshio; Tachikawa, Yuya; Somekawa, Takaaki; Hatae, Toru; Matsumoto, Hiroshige; Taniguchi, Shunsuke; Sasaki, Kazunari

    2015-07-01

    Solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) are promising electrochemical devices that enable the highest fuel-to-electricity conversion efficiencies under high operating temperatures. The concept of multi-stage electrochemical oxidation using SOFCs has been proposed and studied over the past several decades for further improving the electrical efficiency. However, the improvement is limited by fuel dilution downstream of the fuel flow. Therefore, evolved technologies are required to achieve considerably higher electrical efficiencies. Here we present an innovative concept for a critically-high fuel-to-electricity conversion efficiency of up to 85% based on the lower heating value (LHV), in which a high-temperature multi-stage electrochemical oxidation is combined with a proton-conducting solid electrolyte. Switching a solid electrolyte material from a conventional oxide-ion conducting material to a proton-conducting material under the high-temperature multi-stage electrochemical oxidation mechanism has proven to be highly advantageous for the electrical efficiency. The DC efficiency of 85% (LHV) corresponds to a net AC efficiency of approximately 76% (LHV), where the net AC efficiency refers to the transmission-end AC efficiency. This evolved concept will yield a considerably higher efficiency with a much smaller generation capacity than the state-of-the-art several tens-of-MW-class most advanced combined cycle (MACC).

  7. Improvement of the effective work function and transmittance of thick indium tin oxide/ultrathin ruthenium doped indium oxide bilayers as transparent conductive oxide

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    Taweesup, Kattareeya [Department of Metallurgical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok 10330 (Thailand); Yamamoto, Ippei [International Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics (WPI-MANA), National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), 1-1 Namiki, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0044 (Japan); Shibaura Institute of Technology, 3-7-5 Toyosu, Koto, Tokyo 135-8548 (Japan); Chikyow, Toyohiro [International Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics (WPI-MANA), National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), 1-1 Namiki, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0044 (Japan); Lothongkum, Gobboon [Department of Metallurgical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok 10330 (Thailand); Tsukagoshi, Kazutoshi [International Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics (WPI-MANA), National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), 1-1 Namiki, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0044 (Japan); Ohishi, Tomoji [Shibaura Institute of Technology, 3-7-5 Toyosu, Koto, Tokyo 135-8548 (Japan); Tungasmita, Sukkaneste [Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok 10330 (Thailand); Visuttipitukul, Patama [Department of Metallurgical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok 10330 (Thailand); Ito, Kazuhiro; Takahashi, Makoto [Joining and Welding Research Institute, Osaka University, 11-1 Mihogaoka, Ibaraki, Osaka 567-0047 (Japan); Nabatame, Toshihide, E-mail: NABATAME.Toshihide@nims.go.jp [International Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics (WPI-MANA), National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), 1-1 Namiki, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0044 (Japan); CREST, Japan Science and Technology Agency, 4-1-8 Honcho, Kawaguchi, Saitama 332-0012 (Japan)

    2016-01-01

    Ruthenium doped indium oxide (In{sub 1−x}Ru{sub x}O{sub y}) films fabricated using DC magnetron co-sputtering with In{sub 2}O{sub 3} and Ru targets were investigated for use as transparent conductive oxides. The In{sub 1−x}Ru{sub x}O{sub y} films had an amorphous structure in the wide compositional range of x = 0.3–0.8 and had an extremely smooth surface. The transmittance and resistivity of the In{sub 1−x}Ru{sub x}O{sub y} films increased as the Ru content increased. The transmittance of the In{sub 0.38}Ru{sub 0.62}O{sub y} film improved to over 80% when the film thickness was less than 5 nm, while the specific resistivity (ρ) was kept to a low value of 1.6 × 10{sup −4} Ω cm. Based on these experimental data, we demonstrated that thick indium tin oxide (In{sub 0.9}Sn{sub 0.1}O{sub y}, ITO) (150 nm)/ultrathin In{sub 0.38}Ru{sub 0.62}O{sub y} (3 nm) bilayers have a high effective work function of 5.3 eV, transmittance of 86%, and low ρ of 9.2 × 10{sup −5} Ω cm. This ITO/In{sub 0.38}Ru{sub 0.62}O{sub y} bilayer is a candidate for use as an anode for organic electroluminescent devices. - Highlights: • We investigated characteristics of thick ITO/ultrathin Ru doped In{sub 2}O{sub 3} bilayers. • Effect of Ru addition in In{sub 2}O{sub 3} results in smooth surface because of an amorphous structure. • The In{sub 0.38}Ru{sub 0.62}O{sub y} film with less than 5 nm improves to high transmittance over 80%. • ITO/In{sub 0.38}Ru{sub 0.62}O{sub y} bilayer has a high effective work function of 5.3 eV. • We conclude that ITO/ultrathin In{sub 0.38}Ru{sub 0.62}O{sub y} bilayer is a candidate as an anode of OEL.

  8. An Indium-Free Anode for Large-Area Flexible OLEDs: Defect-Free Transparent Conductive Zinc Tin Oxide

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    Morales-Masis, M.; Dauzou, F.; Jeangros, Q.; Dabirian, A.; Lifka, H.; Gierth, R.; Ruske, M.; Moet, D.; Hessler-Wyser, A.; Ballif, C.

    2016-01-01

    Flexible large-area organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) require highly conductive and transparent anodes for efficient and uniform light emission. Tin-doped indium oxide (ITO) is the standard anode in industry. However, due to the scarcity of indium, alternative anodes that eliminate its use are h

  9. Speculations on the existence of hydride ions in proton conducting oxides

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    Poulsen, F.W.

    2001-01-01

    The chemical and physical nature of the hydride ion is briefly treated. Several reactions of the hydride ion in oxides or oxygen atmosphere are given, A number of perovskites and inverse perovskites are listed. which contain the H- ion on the oxygen or B-anion sites in the archetype ABO(3) System....... H- is stable with respect to oxide and halide anions but, among cations only with respect to oxides and halides of strongly electropositive metals such as alkaline, alkaline-earth and main group III metals. H- is only stable in combination with transition metal ions of certain elements...... in their lowest positive oxidation state. Mixed oxide/hydride containing perovskites may thus exist. Steinsvik et al. have recently suggested a defect model for a perovskite including substitutional hydride ions on the oxygen site, H-O(.), and protons associated with a lattice oxygen, OHO.. The defect equations...

  10. Conductivity measurements of molten metal oxide electrolytes and their evaluation in a direct carbon fuel cell (DCFC)

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    Yarlagadda, Venkata Raviteja

    2011-12-01

    Since Direct Carbon Fuel Cell (DCFC) technology is in a beginning stage, emphasis should be laid on addressing the fundamental aspects. A molten electrolyte is required to facilitate ionic contact between solid carbon fuel and electrolyte in a DCFC Three different metal oxide electrolytes (Bi2O3 , V2O5, and TeO2) have been chosen based on their ability to form stable liquids in air at higher temperatures. Conductivity data beyond their melting points was not readily available for most of the metal oxides. Conductivity studies concerning the above mentioned molten metal oxides have been thoroughly investigated in this study. A four probe measurement method using an AC milliohm-meter at 1 KHz validated by Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS) was used to acquire the conductivity data because of its accuracy when compared to two probe measurement widely used in literature. Also, a DC ohmmeter was used to check whether these metal oxides exhibit electronic conductivity. Experimental results corresponding to the accuracy of DC ohmmeter showed that, it accurately detected the electronic component of the electrolyte. These conductivity studies revealed that the molten oxide electrolytes exhibit high ionic conductivity, in particular, beyond their melting points. Of all the three metal oxides, Bi2O 3 demonstrated high ionic conductivity but with minor stability issues under CO2 environment. Under CO2 environment Bi 2O3 showed a slight decrease in the conductivity. EDX analysis revealed an increase in carbon content by 50 percent per one mole of bismuth which can be attributed to possible carbonate formation. V2O 5 exhibited lower ionic conductivity when compared to Bi2O 3 but had the advantage of lower cost and higher abundance. Also, the higher volumetric expansion of V2O5 upon cooling from its melting point i.e. 690°C caused the alumina crucible containing the metal oxide to break leading to leakage problems. Investigating further, quartz was found to be the best

  11. Transparent, highly conductive graphene electrodes from acetylene-assisted thermolysis of graphite oxide sheets and nanographene molecules.

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    Liang, Yanyu; Frisch, Johannes; Zhi, Linjie; Norouzi-Arasi, Hassan; Feng, Xinliang; Rabe, Jürgen P; Koch, Norbert; Müllen, Klaus

    2009-10-28

    Transparent and highly conductive graphene electrodes have been fabricated through acetylene-assisted thermolysis of graphite oxide (GO) sheets. This novel procedure uses acetylene as a supplemental carbon source to repair substantial defects within GO sheets, leading to the enhancement of graphitization of synthesized graphene electrodes. The as-prepared graphene on quartz substrates exhibits an electrical conductivity of 1425 S cm(-1) with an optical transmittance of more than 70% at a wavelength of 500 nm. Such an acetylene-assisted thermal treatment approach is also adopted to fabricate graphene electrodes from synthetic nanographene molecules, with an almost five times increase in conductivity compared to samples prepared by the common thermal reduction.

  12. 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.

  13. Temperature and frequency dependent dielectric properties of electrically conducting oxidatively synthesized polyazomethines and their structural, optical, and thermal characterizations

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    Dineshkumar, Sengottuvelu; Muthusamy, Athianna; Chandrasekaran, J.

    2017-01-01

    Three azomethine diol monomers were synthesized by condensing with methanolic solution of aromatic aldehydes with ethylenediamine. These monomers were oxidatively polymerized using NaOCl as an oxidant. The structures of the monomers and polymers were confirmed by various spectroscopic techniques. Spectral results showed that the repeating units are linked by Csbnd C and Csbnd Osbnd C couplings. The polyazomethines have fluorescent property with high stokes shift. Solid state electrical conductivity of polymers both in I2 doped and undoped states, temperature and frequency dependent dielectric measurements were made by two probe method. The electrical conductivities of polyazomethines were compared based on the charge densities on imine nitrogens obtained from Huckel calculation. The conductivity of polymers increases with increase in iodine vapour contact time. Among the synthesized polymers PHNAE has shown high dielectric constant at low applied frequency of 50 Hz at 393 K due the presence of bulky naphthalene unit in polymer chain.

  14. Electrical Conductivity of Sintered Chromia Mixed with TiO2,CuO and Mn-Oxides

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    2006-01-01

    The electrical conductivity of sintered Cr2O3 mixed with 2% and 5% (in molar fraction) TiO2 or CuO was investigated in the temperature range 500~900℃ in air and in Ar/4 vol. pct H2 atmospheres. The effect of different Mn-oxides on the electrical conductivity of Cr2O3 was also studied under the same conditions.From the conductivity measurements it is established that additions of TiO2 change the defect structure of Cr2O3 and the effect of TiO2 on the electrical conductivity is controlled by TiO2 concentration as well as temperature and O2 partial pressure of the surrounding atmosphere. The conductivity of Cr2O3 increased in air and decreased in the Ar/H2 atmosphere by CuO additions. The effect of CuO was discussed with possible changes in the defect concentration in Cr2O3. Mixing of Cr2O3 with different Mn-oxides at the same Mn to metal atom fraction decreased the conductivity in air and in Ar/H2 atmospheres. No clear correlation between the spinel fraction and the changes in conductivity could be found.

  15. Critical review of electrical conductivity measurements and charge distribution analysis of magnesium oxide

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    Freund, Friedemann; Freund, Minoru M.; Batllo, Francois

    1993-01-01

    The electrical conductivity sigma of MgO single crystals shows a sharp increase at 500-800 C, in particular of sigma surface, generally attributed to surface contamination. Charge Distribution Analysis (CDA), a new technique providing information on fundamental properties that was previously unavailable, allows for the determination of surface charges, their sign and associated internal electric field. Data on 99.99% purity, arc-fusion grown MgO crystals show that mobile charge carriers start to appear in the bulk of the MgO crystals between 200 and 400 C when sigma (measured by conventional techniques) is in t he 10(exp -14) to 10(exp -16) /omega/cm range. Above 500 C, as sigma increases to 10(exp -6) to 10(exp -7)/omega/cm, more charges appear giving rise to a strong positive surface charge supported by a strong internal field. This indicates that charges are generated in the bulk and diffuse to the surface by an internally controlled process. On the basis of their positive sign they are identified as holes (defect electrons). Because of the low cation content of these very pure MgO crystals, theses holes cannnot be associated with transition metal impurties. Instead, they are associated with the O(2-) sublattice, e.g. consist of O(-) states or positive holes. This conclusion is supported by magnetic susceptibility data showing the appearance of 1000 +/- 500 ppm paramagnetic species between 200-500 C. The magnetic data are consistent with strongly coupled, diamagnetic O(-) pairs below 200-500 C, chemically equivalent to peroxy anions, O2(2-), and probably associated with cation vacancies in the MgO matrix. The formation of O2(2-) in arc-fusion grown MgO crystals is very unexpected because of the highly reducing growth conditions. Their presence implies an internal redox reaction involving dissolved 'water' by which OH(-) pairs convert to O2(2-) plus H2 molecules. This redox conversion is supported by mass spectroscopic measurements of the H2 release from highly

  16. Effect of Amine Adlayer on Electrochemical Uric Acid Sensor Conducted on Electrochemically Reduced Graphene Oxide

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    Park, Sumi; Kim, Kyuwon [Incheon National University, Incheon (Korea, Republic of)

    2016-03-15

    The electrochemical biosensing efficiency of uric acid (UA) detection on an electrochemically reduced graphene oxide (ERGO)-decorated electrode surface was studied by using various amine linkers used to immobilize ERGO. The amine linkers aminoethylphenyldiazonium , 2,2'-(ethylenedioxy)bis(ethylamine), 3-aminopro-pyltriethoxysilane, and polyethyleneimine were coated on indium-tin-oxide electrode surfaces through chemical or electrochemical deposition methods. ERGO-decorated surfaces were prepared by the electrochemical reduction of graphene oxide (GO), which was immobilized on the amine-coated electrode surfaces through the electrostatic interaction between GO and the ammonium ion of the linker on the surface. We monitored the sensing results of electrochemical UA detection with differential pulse voltammetry. The ERGO-modified surface presented electrocatalytic oxidation of UA and ascorbic acid. Among the different amines tested, 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane provided the best biosensing performance in terms of sensitivity and reproducibility.

  17. Metastable oxygen incorporation into thin film NiO by low temperature active oxidation: Influence on hole conduction

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    Aydogdu, Gulgun H.; Ruzmetov, Dmitry; Ramanathan, Shriram

    2010-12-01

    The ability to controllably tune cation valence state and resulting electrical conductivity of transition metal-oxides such as NiO is of great interest for a range of solid state electronic and energy devices and more recently in understanding electron correlation phenomena at complex oxide interfaces. Here, we demonstrate that it is possible to enhance electrical conductivity of NiO thin films by one order of magnitude by photoexcitation and three orders of magnitude by ozone treatment at as low as 310 K. The change occurs within nearly 2000 s and, thereafter, reaches a self-limiting value. A surprising difference is seen at 400 K: ultraviolet photon and ozone treatments cause only a marginal reduction in resistance in the first few minutes and, then, the resistance begins to increase and recovers its original value. This unusual reversal is explained by considering metastable incorporation of oxygen in NiO and oxygen equilibration with the environment. Variation in nickel valence state prior to and after photoexcitation and ozone treatment, investigated by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, provides mechanistic insights into resistance trends. This study demonstrates photon-assisted and ozone oxidation as effective low temperature routes to tune the electrical properties as well as metastably incorporate oxygen into oxides with direct influence on electrical conduction properties.

  18. Sulphonated imidized graphene oxide (SIGO) based polymer electrolyte membrane for improved water retention, stability and proton conductivity

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    Pandey, Ravi P.; Shahi, Vinod K.

    2015-12-01

    Sulphonated imidized graphene oxide (SIGO) (graphene oxide (GO) tethered sulphonated polyimide) has been successfully synthesized by polycondensation reaction using dianhydride and sulphonated diamine. Polymer electrolyte membranes (PEMs) are prepared by using SIGO (different wt%) and sulphonated poly(imide) (SPI). Resultant SPI/SIGO composite PEMs exhibit improved stabilities (thermal, mechanical and oxidative) and good water-retention properties (high bound water content responsible for proton conduction at high temperature by internal self-humidification). Incorporation of covalent bonded SIGO into SPI matrix results hydrophobic-hydrophilic phase separation and facile architecture of proton conducting path. Well optimized sulphonated poly(imide)/sulphonated imidized graphene oxide (15 wt%) (SPI/SIGO-15) composite membrane shows 2.24 meq g-1 ion-exchange capacity (IEC); 11.38 × 10-2 S cm-1 proton conductivity; 5.12% bound water content; and 10.52 × 10-7 cm2 s-1 methanol permeability. Maximum power density for pristine SPI membrane (57.12 mW cm-2) improves to 78.53 mW cm-2 for SPI/SIGO-15 membrane, in single-cell direct methanol fuel cell (DMFC) test at 70 °C using 2 M methanol fuel. Under similar experimental conditions, Nafion 117 membrane exhibits 62.40 mW cm-2 maximum power density. Reported strategy for the preparation of PEMs, offers a useful protocol for grafting of functionalized inorganic materials with in organic polymer chain by imidization.

  19. Large Scale Laser Crystallization of Solution-based Alumina-doped Zinc Oxide (AZO) Nanoinks for Highly Transparent Conductive Electrode

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    Nian, Qiong; Callahan, Michael; Saei, Mojib; Look, David; Efstathiadis, Harry; Bailey, John; Cheng, Gary J.

    2015-10-01

    A new method combining aqueous solution printing with UV Laser crystallization (UVLC) and post annealing is developed to deposit highly transparent and conductive Aluminum doped Zinc Oxide (AZO) films. This technique is able to rapidly produce large area AZO films with better structural and optoelectronic properties than most high vacuum deposition, suggesting a potential large-scale manufacturing technique. The optoelectronic performance improvement attributes to UVLC and forming gas annealing (FMG) induced grain boundary density decrease and electron traps passivation at grain boundaries. The physical model and computational simulation developed in this work could be applied to thermal treatment of many other metal oxide films.

  20. Preparation of conductive film via a low temperature synthesis that enables simultaneous nitrogen doping and reduction of graphene oxide

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    Bhattacharyya, Tamoghna

    2017-08-01

    A low temperature (‒78 °C), one-pot synthesis that enables the simultaneous reduction of graphene oxide (G-O) and nitrogen doping of reduced graphene oxide (rG-O) is described. The method facilitates the effective removal of oxygen-containing functional groups in the G-O and introduces both ‘graphitic’ and ‘pyridinic’ nitrogen up to 4% in the corresponding product. The N-doped materials displayed relatively high powder electrical conductivities (up to 2.5  ×  103 S m-1).

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Tuning the conductivity threshold and carrier density of two-dimensional electron gas at oxide interfaces through interface engineering

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    H. J. Harsan Ma

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available The two-dimensional electron gas (2DEG formed at the perovskite oxides heterostructures is of great interest because of its potential applications in oxides electronics and nanoscale multifunctional devices. A canonical example is the 2DEG at the interface between a polar oxide LaAlO3 (LAO and non-polar SrTiO3 (STO. Here, the LAO polar oxide can be regarded as the modulating or doping layer and is expected to define the electronic properties of 2DEG at the LAO/STO interface. However, to practically implement the 2DEG in electronics and device design, desired properties such as tunable 2D carrier density are necessary. Here, we report the tuning of conductivity threshold, carrier density and electronic properties of 2DEG in LAO/STO heterostructures by insertion of a La0.5Sr0.5TiO3 (LSTO layer of varying thicknesses, and thus modulating the amount of polarization of the oxide over layers. Our experimental result shows an enhancement of carrier density up to a value of about five times higher than that observed at the LAO/STO interface. A complete thickness dependent metal-insulator phase diagram is obtained by varying the thickness of LAO and LSTO providing an estimate for the critical thickness needed for the metallic phase. The observations are discussed in terms of electronic reconstruction induced by polar oxides.

  4. Synthesis and Characterization of Mixed-Conducting Corrosion Resistant Oxide Supports

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    Ramani, Vijay K. [Washington Univ., St. Louis, MO (United States)

    2015-01-31

    An extensive search and evaluation of electrochemically stable catalyst supports (including metal oxides like RuO2-SiO2, RuO2-TiO2, and ITO was perfomed during the 4 years of the project. The suports were also catalyzed by deposition of Pt and tested for its performance and electrochemical stability in RDE and fuel cell experiments. For testing the electrochemical stability and fuel cell performance of the catalysts and supports, we have employed the protocols in use at the Department of Energy and Nissan Technological Center North America (NTCNA). The use of such procedures allows a precise and reproducible estimation of the performance and stability of the materials and permits comparisons among laboratories and DOE funded projects. RuO2-SiO2 catalyst supports showed no loss in surface area during start-stop stability tests that were performed by cycling the electrode potential between 0 V to 1.8 V for 1000 cycles. Catalyzed support (40% Pt/RuO2-SiO2; 1:1 mole ratio) were tested in a PEFC, resulting in a current density of 750 mA/cm2 at 0.6 Volts, and a maximum power density of 570 mW/cm2. Measurements were conducted at 80 ºC with 75% relative humidity of the inlet gases (H2/O2); Pt loadings were 0.4 mg/cm2 at the cathode and 0.2 mg/cm2 at the anode. Start-stop stability tests for support and catalyzed support performed in RDE and PEFC set-ups have confirmed RuO2-TiO2 support stability. The beginning of life performance was exactly equal to end of life performance (in an MEA that has been subjected to severe start-stop cycling for 10,000 start/stop cycles between 1 V to 1.5 V). This result was in sharp contrast to baseline Pt/C catalyst that showed significant performance deterioration after accelerated stability tests. The Pt/TRO showed minimal loss in performance upon exposure to start-stop cycles. The loss in cell voltage at 1 A/cm2 at 100% RH was almost 700 mV for Pt/C whereas it was only ca. 15 mV for Pt/TRO. 40% RH data (of inlet gases) revealed a similar

  5. Formation of conductive polymers using nitrosyl ion as an oxidizing agent

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    Choi, Kyoung-Shin; Jung, Yongju; Singh, Nikhilendra

    2016-06-07

    A method of forming a conductive polymer deposit on a substrate is disclosed. The method may include the steps of preparing a composition comprising monomers of the conductive polymer and a nitrosyl precursor, contacting the substrate with the composition so as to allow formation of nitrosyl ion on the exterior surface of the substrate, and allowing the monomer to polymerize into the conductive polymer, wherein the polymerization is initiated by the nitrosyl ion and the conductive polymer is deposited on the exterior surface of the substrate. The conductive polymer may be polypyrrole.

  6. Conductivity of SrTiO3 based oxides in the reducing atmosphere at high temperature

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    Hashimoto, Shin-Ichi; Poulsen, Finn Willy; Mogensen, Mogens Bjerg

    2007-01-01

    The conductivities of several donor-doped SrTiO3 based oxides, which were prepared in air, were studied in a reducing atmosphere at high temperature. The conductivities of all specimens increased slowly with time at 1000 degrees C in 9% H-2/N-2, even after 100 h. Nb-doped SrTiO3 showed relatively...... fast reduction and high conductivity compared with the other SrTiO3 based oxides. The conductivity of Nb-doped SrTiO3 was ca. 50 S cm(-1) at 500 degrees C after reduction at 1200 degrees C. After strong reduction, the conductivity of Nb-doped SrTiO3 was almost independent of the oxygen partial pressure...... at 500-800 degrees C, while that of La-doped SrTiO3 dropped immediately on exposure to air. The conduction behavior of Nb-doped SrTiO3 was explained by reduction of Ti4+ and/or Nb5+ and the relatively slow oxygen diffusibility. (c) 2006 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved....

  7. Sol-gel deposited aluminum-doped and gallium-doped zinc oxide thin-film transparent conductive electrodes with a protective coating of reduced graphene oxide

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    Zhu, Zhaozhao; Mankowski, Trent; Balakrishnan, Kaushik; Shikoh, Ali Sehpar; Touati, Farid; Benammar, Mohieddine A.; Mansuripur, Masud; Falco, Charles M.

    2016-04-01

    Using a traditional sol-gel deposition technique, we successfully fabricated aluminum-doped zinc oxide (AZO) and gallium-doped zinc oxide (GZO) thin films on glass substrates. Employing a plasma treatment method as the postannealing process, we produced thin-film transparent conductive electrodes exhibiting excellent optical and electrical properties, with transmittance greater than 90% across the entire visible spectrum and the near-infrared range, as well as good sheet resistance under 200 Ω/sq. More importantly, to improve the resilience of our fabricated thin-film samples at elevated temperatures and in humid environments, we deposited a layer of reduced graphene oxide (rGO) as protective overcoating. The stability of our composite AZO/rGO and GZO/rGO samples improved substantially compared to that of their counterparts with no rGO coating.

  8. Highly conductive poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA)-reduced graphene oxide composite prepared by self-assembly of PMMA latex and graphene oxide through electrostatic interaction.

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    Pham, Viet Hung; Dang, Thanh Truong; Hur, Seung Hyun; Kim, Eui Jung; Chung, Jin Suk

    2012-05-01

    We report a simple, environmentally friendly approach for preparing highly conductive poly(methyl methacrylate)-reduced graphene oxide (PMMA-RGO) composites by self-assembly of positively charged PMMA latex particles and negatively charged graphene oxide sheets through electrostatic interactions, followed by hydrazine reduction. The PMMA latex was prepared by surfactant-free emulsion polymerization using a cationic free radical initiator, which created the positive charges on the surface of the PMMA particle. By mixing PMMA latex with a graphene oxide dispersion, positively charged PMMA particles easily assembled with negatively charged graphene oxide sheets through electrostatic interaction. The obtained PMMA-RGO exhibited excellent electrical properties with a percolation threshold as low as 0.16 vol % and an electrical conductivity of 64 S/m at only 2.7 vol %. Moreover, the thermomechanical properties of PMMA-RGO were also significantly improved. The storage modulus of PMMA-RGO increased by about 30% at 4.0 wt % RGO at room temperature while the glass transition temperature of PMMA-RGO increased 15 °C at only 0.5 wt % RGO.

  9. High power density aqueous hybrid supercapacitor combining activated carbon and highly conductive spinel cobalt oxide

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    Godillot, G.; Taberna, P.-L.; Daffos, B.; Simon, P.; Delmas, C.; Guerlou-Demourgues, L.

    2016-11-01

    The remarkable electrochemical behavior of complete activated carbon/cobalt oxide cells is reported in the present work. Among the various weight ratios between the positive and negative electrodes evaluated, the best features are obtained with an overcapacitive cobalt oxide electrode. The energy densities obtained by this system (20 Wh kg-1 for a power density of 209 W kg-1) are twice higher than those measured for a activated carbon/activated carbon symmetric cell, in the same operating conditions. With discharge capacities around 62 F g-1, this system is among the best ones reported in the literature for this category.

  10. Facile Preparation of Highly Conductive Metal Oxides by Self-Combustion for Solution-Processed Thermoelectric Generators.

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    Kang, Young Hun; Jang, Kwang-Suk; Lee, Changjin; Cho, Song Yun

    2016-03-01

    Highly conductive indium zinc oxide (IZO) thin films were successfully fabricated via a self-combustion reaction for application in solution-processed thermoelectric devices. Self-combustion efficiently facilitates the conversion of soluble precursors into metal oxides by lowering the required annealing temperature of oxide films, which leads to considerable enhancement of the electrical conductivity of IZO thin films. Such enhanced electrical conductivity induced by exothermic heat from a combustion reaction consequently yields high performance IZO thermoelectric films. In addition, the effect of the composition ratio of In to Zn precursors on the electrical and thermoelectric properties of the IZO thin films was investigated. IZO thin films with a composition ratio of In:Zn = 6:2 at the low annealing temperature of 350 °C showed an enhanced electrical conductivity, Seebeck coefficient, and power factor of 327 S cm(-1), 50.6 μV K(-1), and 83.8 μW m(-1) K(-2), respectively. Moreover, the IZO thin film prepared at an even lower temperature of 300 °C retained a large power factor of 78.7 μW m(-1) K(-2) with an electrical conductivity of 168 S cm(-1). Using the combustive IZO precursor, a thermoelectric generator consisting of 15 legs was fabricated by a printing process. The thermoelectric array generated a thermoelectric voltage of 4.95 mV at a low temperature difference (5 °C). We suggest that the highly conductive IZO thin films by self-combustion may be utilized for fabricating n-type flexible printed thermoelectric devices.

  11. Effect of Zirconium Oxide Nanofiller and Dibutyl Phthalate Plasticizer on Ionic Conductivity and Optical Properties of Solid Polymer Electrolyte

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    Siti Mariah Mohd Yasin

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available New solid polymer electrolytes (SPE based on poly(ethylene oxide (PEO doped with lithium trifluoromethanesulfonate (LiCF3SO3, dibutyl phthalate (DBP plasticizer, and zirconium oxide (ZrO2 nanoparticles were prepared by solution-casting technique. The conductivity was enhanced by addition of dibutyl phthalate (DBP plasticizer and ZrO2 nanofiller with maximum conductivity (1.38×10-4 Scm-1. The absorption edge and band gap values showed decreases upon addition of LiSO3CF3, DBP, and ZrO2 due to the formation of localized states in the SPE and the degree of disorder in the films increased.

  12. Electronic devices containing switchably conductive silicon oxides as a switching element and methods for production and use thereof

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    Tour, James M; Yao, Jun; Natelson, Douglas; Zhong, Lin; He, Tao

    2013-11-26

    In various embodiments, electronic devices containing switchably conductive silicon oxide as a switching element are described herein. The electronic devices are two-terminal devices containing a first electrical contact and a second electrical contact in which at least one of the first electrical contact or the second electrical contact is deposed on a substrate to define a gap region therebetween. A switching layer containing a switchably conductive silicon oxide resides in the the gap region between the first electical contact and the second electrical contact. The electronic devices exhibit hysteretic current versus voltage properties, enabling their use in switching and memory applications. Methods for configuring, operating and constructing the electronic devices are also presented herein.

  13. The Electrical conductivities and Tribological properties of Vacuum Hot-Pressed Cu/Reduced Graphene Oxide Composite

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    Jia, Zhengfeng; Zhao, Pipeng; Ni, Junjie; Shao, Xin; Zhao, Limin; Huang, Baoxu; Ge, Bo; Ban, Chaolei

    2017-09-01

    The nanoscale reduced graphene oxide/copper (rGO/Cu) pellets were synthesized by reducing aqueous solution of graphene oxide and CuSO4. The Cu/rGO composite disks with high conductivity were fabricated by a vacuum hot-pressing sintering method. The composites were characterized by transmission electron microscopy, field emission scanning electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction. The results show that the vacuum hot-pressing sintering process can produce Cu/rGO composite successfully. The conductivities and wear resistance of the sintered Cu/rGO disks are improved, respectively, as rGO nanosheets being added into the matrix and/or increasing sintering temperatures, which are attributed to the destruction of the pores and the increasing compactness.

  14. PVdF-HFP/metal oxide nanocomposites: The matrices for high-conducting, low-leakage porous polymer electrolytes

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    Wu, Chun-Guey; Lu, Ming-I.; Tsai, Chung-Chih [Department of Chemistry, National Central University, Chung-Li, Taiwan 32054 (ROC); Chuang, Huey-Jan [Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology, Materials and Electro-Optics Research Division, Lung-Tan, Taiwan 325 (ROC)

    2006-09-13

    Highly conducting porous polymer electrolytes comprised of poly(vinylidene-fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) (PVdF-HFP), metal oxide (TiO{sub 2}, MgO, ZnO)/or mesoporous zeolite (MCM-41, SBA-15), ethylene carbonate (EC), propylene carbonate (PC), and LiClO{sub 4} were fabricated with a simple direct evaporation method. It was found that when metal oxide or mesoporous zeolite was mixed with PVdF-HFP, the impedance spectroscopy showed that the room temperature conductivity increased from 1.2x10{sup -3}Scm{sup -1} (for pure PVdF-HFP) to 2.1x10{sup -3}Scm{sup -1}. SEM micrographs showed that the pore size of the composite membrane was similar to that of pure PVdF-HFP membrane but the porosity decreased, nevertheless the solution uptake increased. The increasing in solution uptake is not related directly to the surface area or dielectric constant of the oxides. It may be due to the affinity of the metal oxide toward the electrolyte solution. Furthermore, the solution leakage of PVdF-HFP/MgO and PVdF-HFP/SBA-15 composite electrolytes also decreased compared to pure PVdF-HFP electrolyte. These polymer composite electrolytes were stable up to 5.5V (versus Li/Li{sup +}) and the lithium ion cells assembled with these polymer electrolyte show a good performance at a discharge rate below C/2. (author)

  15. PVdF-HFP/metal oxide nanocomposites: The matrices for high-conducting, low-leakage porous polymer electrolytes

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    Wu, Chun-Guey; Lu, Ming-I.; Tsai, Chung-Chih; Chuang, Huey-Jan

    Highly conducting porous polymer electrolytes comprised of poly(vinylidene-fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) (PVdF-HFP), metal oxide (TiO 2, MgO, ZnO)/or mesoporous zeolite (MCM-41, SBA-15), ethylene carbonate (EC), propylene carbonate (PC), and LiClO 4 were fabricated with a simple direct evaporation method. It was found that when metal oxide or mesoporous zeolite was mixed with PVdF-HFP, the impedance spectroscopy showed that the room temperature conductivity increased from 1.2 × 10 -3 S cm -1 (for pure PVdF-HFP) to 2.1 × 10 -3 S cm -1. SEM micrographs showed that the pore size of the composite membrane was similar to that of pure PVdF-HFP membrane but the porosity decreased, nevertheless the solution uptake increased. The increasing in solution uptake is not related directly to the surface area or dielectric constant of the oxides. It may be due to the affinity of the metal oxide toward the electrolyte solution. Furthermore, the solution leakage of PVdF-HFP/MgO and PVdF-HFP/SBA-15 composite electrolytes also decreased compared to pure PVdF-HFP electrolyte. These polymer composite electrolytes were stable up to 5.5 V (versus Li/Li +) and the lithium ion cells assembled with these polymer electrolyte show a good performance at a discharge rate below C/2.

  16. Spreadability of Ag Layer on Oxides and High Performance of AZO/Ag/AZO Sandwiched Transparent Conductive Film

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    Yuchao Niu

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Single layers of indium tin oxide (ITO, aluminum-doped zinc oxide (AZO, and Ag, bilayers of ITO/Ag and AZO/Ag, and sandwiched layers of ITO/Ag/ITO (IAI and AZO/Ag/AZO (ZAZ were fabricated on ordinary glass substrates using magnetron sputtering. The surface morphologies of single layers and bilayers were measured. The sheet resistance and transmittance of the sandwiched layers were investigated. The results showed that the spreadability of the Ag on the AZO was significantly better than that on the ITO or bare glass substrate. The spreadability of Ag on underlayers influences obviously the performance of transparent conductive oxide/Ag/transparent conductive oxides (TCO/Ag/TCO or TAT. The sheet resistance and transmittance of the ZAZ sandwiched layer with the matching of 35 nm AZO (35 nm/Ag (9 nm/AZO (35 nm fabricated in this paper were low to 3.84 Ω/sq and up to 85.55% at 550 nm, respectively. Its maximum Haacke figure of merit was 0.05469 Ω−1, higher than that of IAI multilayer.

  17. Improving performance and cyclability of zinc-silver oxide batteries by using graphene as a two dimensional conductive additive.

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    Ozgit, Dilek; Hiralal, Pritesh; Amaratunga, Gehan A J

    2014-12-10

    In this article, the use of reduced graphene oxide (rGO) as a high-surface-area conductive additive for enhancing zinc-silver oxide (Zn-Ag2O) batteries is reported for the first time. Specific capacity, rate capability and cyclability are all improved with the addition of 5% thermally reduced graphene oxide to the electrode. It is shown that the rGO morphology becomes more beneficial as the active materials tend toward the nanoscale. The combination results in a better utilization of the active material, which in turn improves the specific capacity of the zinc-silver oxide batteries by ca. 50%, as a result of the more intimate contact with the nano (∼50 nm) electrode particles. The resulting rGO network also creates a high-surface-area conducting template for ZnO electrodeposition upon discharge, significantly reducing the overall particle size of the ZnO deposit, thus inhibiting the formation of dendrites, and increasing the number of achievable cycles from 4 to >160 with a basic cellulose separator. The morphology of the electrodes and its electrochemical parameters are studied as a function of cycling.

  18. Indium-cadmium-oxide films having exceptional electrical conductivity and optical transparency: clues for optimizing transparent conductors.

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    Wang, A; Babcock, J R; Edleman, N L; Metz, A W; Lane, M A; Asahi, R; Dravid, V P; Kannewurf, C R; Freeman, A J; Marks, T J

    2001-06-19

    Materials with high electrical conductivity and optical transparency are needed for future flat panel display, solar energy, and other opto-electronic technologies. In(x)Cd(1-x)O films having a simple cubic microstructure have been grown on amorphous glass substrates by a straightforward chemical vapor deposition process. The x = 0.05 film conductivity of 17,000 S/cm, carrier mobility of 70 cm2/Vs, and visible region optical transparency window considerably exceed the corresponding parameters for commercial indium-tin oxide. Ab initio electronic structure calculations reveal small conduction electron effective masses, a dramatic shift of the CdO band gap with doping, and a conduction band hybridization gap caused by extensive Cd 5s + In 5s mixing.

  19. Three-dimensionally embedded indium tin oxide (ITO) films in photosensitive glass: a transparent and conductive platform for microdevices

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    Beke, S.; Sugioka, K.; Midorikawa, K. [RIKEN - Advanced Science Institute, Laser Technology Laboratory, Saitama (Japan); Koroesi, L.; Dekany, I. [University of Szeged, Supramolecular and Nanostructured Materials Research Group of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Szeged (Hungary)

    2011-02-15

    A new method for embedding transparent and conductive two- and three-dimensional microstructures in glass is presented. We show that the internal surface of hollow structures fabricated by femtosecond-laser direct writing inside the photosensitive glass can be coated by indium tin oxide (Sn-doped In{sub 2}O{sub 3}, ITO) using a sol-gel process. The idea of combining two transparent materials with different electrical properties, i.e., insulating and conductive, is very promising and hence it opens new prospects in manufacturing cutting edge microdevices, such as lab-on-a-chips (LOCs) and microelectromechanical systems (MEMS). (orig.)

  20. 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.

  1. Mathematical Modeling Analysis and Optimization of Key Design Parameters of Proton-Conductive Solid Oxide Fuel Cells

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    Liu, Hong; Akhtar, Zoheb; Li, Peiwen; Wang, Kai

    2014-01-01

    A proton-conductive solid oxide fuel cell (H-SOFC) has the advantage of operating at higher temperatures than a PEM fuel cell, but at lower temperatures than a SOFC. This study proposes a mathematical model for an H-SOFC in order to simulate the performance and optimize the flow channel designs. The model analyzes the average mass transfer and species’ concentrations in flow channels, which allows the determination of an average concentration polarization in anode and cathode gas channels, th...

  2. Mathematical Modeling Analysis and Optimization of Key Design Parameters of Proton-Conductive Solid Oxide Fuel Cells

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    Hong Liu; Zoheb Akhtar; Peiwen Li; Kai Wang

    2014-01-01

    A proton-conductive solid oxide fuel cell (H-SOFC) has the advantage of operating at higher temperatures than a PEM fuel cell, but at lower temperatures than a SOFC. This study proposes a mathematical model for an H-SOFC in order to simulate the performance and optimize the flow channel designs. The model analyzes the average mass transfer and species’ concentrations in flow channels, which allows the determination of an average concentration polarization in anode and cathode gas channels, t...

  3. Simple efficient synthesis of strongly luminescent polypyrene with intrinsic conductivity and high carbon yield by chemical oxidative polymerization of pyrene.

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    Li, Xin-Gui; Liu, You-Wei; Huang, Mei-Rong; Peng, Sai; Gong, Ling-Zhi; Moloney, Mark G

    2010-04-26

    A wholly aromatic polypyrene was synthesized by direct chemical oxidative polymerization of pyrene with ferric chloride as oxidant in hexane/nitromethane. Successful synthesis of polypyrene was thoroughly confirmed by IR, UV/Vis, 1D (1)H NMR, 2D (1)H-(1)H COSY, 2D (1)H-(13)C HSQC, MALDI-TOF MS, elemental analysis, and X-ray diffraction methods. The results indicated that the polypyrene was formed mainly through dehydro coupling between 2- or 1- and 2'- or 1'-positions on pyrene rings having a degree of polymerization of around 24. The polypyrene was purified and then separated into THF-soluble (ca. 10 %) and THF-insoluble (ca. 90 %) fractions. Compared with insulating pyrene monomer, the polypyrene is a controllably conducting polymer that has low conductivity of 3.4x10(-8) S cm(-1) in its virgin state, moderate conductivity of 2.28x10(-4) S cm(-1) upon iodine doping, but much higher conductivity of up to 81.2 S cm(-1) after the insoluble polypyrene was heated up to 1300 degrees C in nitrogen with a high char yield of 70.6 %. In particular, the soluble polypyrene demonstrates much stronger visible color fluorescence and much lower toxicity than pyrene. The soluble polypyrene would be advantageous for detecting Fe(3+) with almost no interference of other metal ions. The soluble and insoluble polypyrene fractions have potential applications as intrinsically luminescent and highly conducting carbon materials, respectively.

  4. Electrical conductivity mechanisms in zinc oxide thin films deposited by pulsed laser deposition using different growth environments

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    Heluani, S.P. [Laboratorio de Fisica del Solido, Departamento de Fisica, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Tecnologia, Universidad Nacional de Tucuman (Argentina)]. E-mail: sperez@herrera.unt.edu.ar; Braunstein, G. [Department of Physics, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL 32816 (United States); Villafuerte, M. [Laboratorio de Fisica del Solido, Departamento de Fisica, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Tecnologia, Universidad Nacional de Tucuman (Argentina); Simonelli, G. [Laboratorio de Fisica del Solido, Departamento de Fisica, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Tecnologia, Universidad Nacional de Tucuman (Argentina); Duhalde, S. [Laboratorio de Ablacion Laser, Facultad de Ingenieria, Universidad de Buenos Aires (Argentina)

    2006-12-05

    The mechanisms of electrical conduction in zinc oxide thin films, grown by pulsed laser deposition, have been investigated as a function of preparation conditions. The films were deposited on glass and silicon nitride coated silicon, using oxygen rich, oxygen deficient, or nitrogen atmospheres. The substrates were held at 473 K during deposition, and subsequently cooled down to room temperature in oxygen rich atmosphere of 4 Pa, or oxygen deficient atmosphere of 2 x 10{sup -3} Pa. Films deposited and cooled in an oxygen deficient atmosphere exhibited very high donor concentration, originated in intrinsic defects, and an impurity band related mechanism of conduction. Films deposited under relatively high oxygen pressure were highly resistive and showed, upon ultraviolet light irradiation, grain boundary controlled electrical transport. An enhancement of the conductivity was observed when using a nitrogen atmosphere during the deposition, and oxygen atmosphere during cooling. In this case, the dependence of the conductivity with temperature followed Motts' Law of variable range hopping, characteristic of a material with localized states randomly located in space. Since the density of hopping centers appears to be much larger than the density of nitrogen incorporated in this sample, it is suggested that the nitrogen induces defects in the zinc oxide lattice that behave as localized hopping centers, as well as carrier suppliers, giving rise to the observed conductivity.

  5. In-situ measurement of the electrical conductivity of aluminum oxide in HFIR

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    Zinkle, S.J.; White, D.P.; Snead, L.L. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States)] [and others

    1996-10-01

    A collaborative DOE/Monbusho irradiation experiment has been completed which measured the in-situ electrical resistivity of 12 different grades of aluminum oxide during HFIR neutron irradiation at 450{degrees}C. No evidence for bulk RIED was observed following irradiation to a maximum dose of 3 dpa with an applied dc electric field of 200 V/mm.

  6. Poly(ethylene oxide) Solubilization in Reverse Microemulsion: Conductivity and UV-Vis Spectra Studies

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    2000-01-01

    The effect of poly (ethylene oxide) (PEO) on the w/o microemulsion is studied. The addition of PEO induces a decrease of attractive interaction between droplets in reverse microemulsion. Due to the absence of interaction between cationic surfactant and neutral polymer, the polymer molecules are forced into the interior of water core, avoiding the interfacial region.

  7. Polymer assisted solution processing of Ti-doped indium oxide transparent conducting thin films for organic solar cells

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    Vishwanath, Sujaya Kumar [Division of Advanced Materials Engineering, Kongju National University, Cheonan, Chungchungnam-do 331-717 (Korea, Republic of); Jin, Won-Yong [The Graduate School of Flexible and Printable Electronics, Polymer BIN Fusion Research Center, Chonbuk National University, Jeonju 561-756 (Korea, Republic of); Kang, Jae-Wook, E-mail: jwkang@jbnu.ac.kr [The Graduate School of Flexible and Printable Electronics, Polymer BIN Fusion Research Center, Chonbuk National University, Jeonju 561-756 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Jihoon, E-mail: jihoon.kim@kongju.ac.kr [Division of Advanced Materials Engineering, Kongju National University, Cheonan, Chungchungnam-do 331-717 (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-05-15

    Highlights: • Polymer assisted solution process. • Ti-doped indium oxide (TIO) transparent conducting films. • Replacement of sputtered ITO with polymer-assisted-solution-coated TIO films. • High mobility transparent conducting films. • Application of polymer-assisted-solution-coated TIO films to organic solar cells. - Abstract: We report the preparation and evaluation of Ti-doped indium oxide (TIO) transparent conducting films by a polymer-assisted solution (PAS) process, as well as the evaluation of this type of film as a transparent cathode in an inverted organic solar cell (IOCS). Both Ti- and In-PASs have been synthesized by coordinating Ti- and In-anionic complexes with polyethyleneimine. The final TIO–PAS was formed by mixing Ti-PAS into In-PAS with a Ti concentration between 1 at.% and 7 at.%. The TIO–PAS was spin-coated onto glass substrates to form uniform thin films of Ti-doped indium oxide, which were then annealed at high temperature. The optimum Ti concentration to achieve the best electrical and optical properties of PAS–TIO films was found to be 3 at.%. With the film thickness of 650 nm, PAS–TIO films had a sheet resistance of 65 Ω/sq and an optical transmittance greater than 85%. The feasibility of PAS-coated TIO thin film as a transparent electrode was evaluated by applying it to the fabrication of IOSCs, which showed the energy conversion efficiency of 4.60%.

  8. Oxidation resistance, thermal conductivity, and spectral emittance of fully dense zirconium diboride with silicon carbide and tantalum diboride additives

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    Van Laningham, Gregg Thomas

    Zirconium diboride (ZrB2) is a ceramic material possessing ultra-high melting temperatures. As such, this compound could be useful in the construction of thermal protection systems for aerospace applications. This work addresses a primary shortcoming of this material, namely its propensity to destructively oxidize at high temperatures, as well as secondary issues concerning its heat transport properties. To characterize and improve oxidation properties, thermogravimetric studies were performed using a specially constructed experimental setup. ZrB 2-SiC two-phase ceramic composites were isothermally oxidized for ~90 min in flowing air in the range 1500-1900°C. Specimens with 30 mol% SiC formed distinctive reaction product layers which were highly protective; 28 mol% SiC - 6 mol% TaB2 performed similarly. At higher temperatures, specimens containing lower amounts of SiC were shown to be non-protective, whereas specimens containing greater amounts of SiC produced unstable oxide layers due to gas evolution. Oxide coating thicknesses calculated from weight loss data were consistent with those measured from SEM micrographs. In order to characterize one aspect of the materials' heat transport properties, the thermal diffusivities of ZrB2-SiC composites were measured using the laser flash technique. These were converted to thermal conductivities using temperature dependent specific heat and density data; thermal conductivity decreased with increasing temperature over the range 25-2000°C. The composition with the highest SiC content showed the highest thermal conductivity at room temperature, but the lowest at temperatures in excess of ~400°C, because of the greater temperature sensitivity of the thermal conductivity of the SiC phase, as compared to more electrically-conductive ZrB2. Subsequent finite difference calculations were good predictors of multi-phase thermal conductvities for the compositions examined. The thermal conductivities of pure ZrB2 as a function of

  9. 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.

  10. Transparent conducting zinc oxide thin film prepared by off-axis rf magnetron sputtering

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    M K Jayaraj; Aldrin Antony; Manoj Ramachandran

    2002-06-01

    Highly conducting and transparent ZnO : Al thin films were grown by off-axis rf magnetron sputtering on amorphous silica substrates without any post-deposition annealing. The electrical and optical properties of the films deposited at various substrate temperatures and target to substrate distances were investigated in detail. Optimized ZnO : Al films have conductivity of 2200 S cm–1 and average transmission in the visible range is higher than 85%. The conductivity and mobility show very little temperature dependence.

  11. Anionic conducting oxide ceramics. Final report, 15 April 1995--14 April 1998

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    Dunn, B.; Mackenzie, J.D.

    1998-04-01

    This program has emphasized the interrelationships among synthesis, microstructure and properties for oxygen ion conducting ceramics based on copper-substituted bismuth vanadate (Bi-V-Cu-O), known as BICUVOX. The authors showed that these materials readily formed dense ceramics with equiaxed microstructures and confirmed that they exhibited high ionic conductivity. Prolonged heat treatments at elevated temperatures did not cause significant changes in conductivity, an important consideration for electrochemical device operation. They also developed solution processing approaches for preparing thin films of the bismuth vanadate materials.

  12. Enhanced electrical and optical properties of room temperature deposited Aluminium doped Zinc Oxide (AZO) thin films by excimer laser annealing

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    El hamali, S. O.; Cranton, W. M.; Kalfagiannis, N.; Hou, X.; Ranson, R.; Koutsogeorgis, D. C.

    2016-05-01

    High quality transparent conductive oxides (TCOs) often require a high thermal budget fabrication process. In this study, Excimer Laser Annealing (ELA) at a wavelength of 248 nm has been explored as a processing mechanism to facilitate low thermal budget fabrication of high quality aluminium doped zinc oxide (AZO) thin films. 180 nm thick AZO films were prepared by radio frequency magnetron sputtering at room temperature on fused silica substrates. The effects of the applied RF power and the sputtering pressure on the outcome of ELA at different laser energy densities and number of pulses have been investigated. AZO films deposited with no intentional heating at 180 W, and at 2 mTorr of 0.2% oxygen in argon were selected as the optimum as-deposited films in this work, with a resistivity of 1×10-3 Ω.cm, and an average visible transmission of 85%. ELA was found to result in noticeably reduced resistivity of 5×10-4 Ω.cm, and enhancing the average visible transmission to 90% when AZO is processed with 5 pulses at 125 mJ/cm2. Therefore, the combination of RF magnetron sputtering and ELA, both low thermal budget and scalable techniques, can provide a viable fabrication route of high quality AZO films for use as transparent electrodes.

  13. Ultrashort pulse laser patterning of indium tin oxide thin films on glass by uniform diffractive beam patterns

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    Kuang Zheng, E-mail: z.kuang@liv.ac.uk [Laser Group, School of Engineering, University of Liverpool, Brownlow Street, Liverpool L69 3GQ (United Kingdom); Perrie, Walter; Liu Dun; Fitzsimons, Paul; Edwardson, Stuart P.; Fearon, Eamonn; Dearden, Geoff; Watkins, Ken G. [Laser Group, School of Engineering, University of Liverpool, Brownlow Street, Liverpool L69 3GQ (United Kingdom)

    2012-07-15

    In the last decade, indium tin oxide (ITO) has been most commonly employed to create transparent conducting oxides (TCOs) thin films for many industrial applications. It is usually necessary to pattern ITO thin films to create functional structures for specific applications. Direct-write micro-patterning of ITO thin films by ultra-short pulse lasers has demonstrated high quality without requiring multiple processing stations, compared with conventional patterning technologies (e.g. wet-etch lithography). However, the processing efficiency and throughput with a single beam can be insufficient because of the high level of attenuation needed for the output to meet the required 'thermal-free' parameters. In this paper, high throughput surface direct micro-structuring of ITO on glass is demonstrated by parallel processing using diffractive multiple ultrashort pulse laser beams ({lambda} = 1064 nm, {tau}p = 10 ps). By avoiding periodic and symmetrical geometry design, the diffractive multiple beam pattern generated by a spatial light modulator has high uniformity (the energy variation between each diffractive beam is <9%). The ITO thin film is removed by laser ablation of 25 identical beams at the same time without any damage to the glass substrate. Additionally, by synchronizing a scanning galvanometer, the processing demonstrates high flexibility to generate various surface patterns.

  14. Organometallic Complexes Anchored to Conductive Carbon for Electrocatalytic Oxidation of Methane at Low Temperature.

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    Joglekar, Madhura; Nguyen, Vinh; Pylypenko, Svitlana; Ngo, Chilan; Li, Quanning; O'Reilly, Matthew E; Gray, Tristan S; Hubbard, William A; Gunnoe, T Brent; Herring, Andrew M; Trewyn, Brian G

    2016-01-13

    Low-temperature direct methane fuel cells (DMEFCs) offer the opportunity to substantially improve the efficiency of energy production from natural gas. This study focuses on the development of well-defined platinum organometallic complexes covalently anchored to ordered mesoporous carbon (OMC) for electrochemical oxidation of methane in a proton exchange membrane fuel cell at 80 °C. A maximum normalized power of 403 μW/mg Pt was obtained, which was 5 times higher than the power obtained from a modern commercial catalyst and 2 orders of magnitude greater than that from a Pt black catalyst. The observed differences in catalytic activities for oxidation of methane are linked to the chemistry of the tethered catalysts, determined by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The chemistry/activity relationships demonstrate a tangible path for the design of electrocatalytic systems for C-H bond activation that afford superior performance in DMEFC for potential commercial applications.

  15. Dual-ion Conducting Nanocompoiste for Low Temperature Solid Oxide Fuel Cell

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    wang, Xiaodi

    2012-01-01

    Solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) are considered as one of the most promising power generation technologies due to their high energy conversion efficiency, fuel flexibility and reduced pollution. There is a broad interest in reducing the operating temperature of SOFCs. The key issue to develop low-temperature (300~600 °C) SOFCs (LTSOFCs) is to explore new electrolyte materials. Recently, ceria-based composite electrolytes have been developed as capable alternative electrolyte for LTSOFCs. The ce...

  16. Rapid and slow nitric oxide responses during conducted vasodilation in the in vivo intestine and brain cortex microvasculatures.

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    Bohlen, H Glenn

    2011-11-01

    Conduction of arteriolar vasodilation is initiated by activation of nitric oxide (NO) mechanisms, but dependent on conduction of hyperpolarization. Most studies have used brief (vasodilation to evaluate the fast conduction processes. However, most arteriolar mechanisms involving NO production persist for minutes. In this study, fast and slower components of arteriolar conduction in the in vivo rat brain and small intestine were compared using three-minute stimulation of NO-dependent vasodilation and measurement of [NO] at the distal sites. Within 10-15 seconds, both vasculatures had a rapidly conducted vasodilation and dilation at distance had a fast but small [NO] component. A slower but larger distal vasodilation occurred after 60-90 seconds in the intestine, but not the brain, and was associated with a substantial increase in [NO]. This slowly developed dilation appeared to be caused by flow mediated responses of larger arterioles as smaller arterioles dilated to lower downstream resistance. These results indicate while the intestinal and cerebral arterioles have a fast conducted vasodilation system, the intestinal arterioles also have a slower but larger dilation of major arterioles that is NO related and dependent on the conduction of vasodilation between small arterioles.

  17. Fabrication and characterization of highly transparent and conductive indium tin oxide films made with different solution-based methods

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    Xia, N.; Gerhardt, R. A.

    2016-11-01

    Solution-based fabrication methods can greatly reduce the cost and broaden the applications of transparent conducting oxides films, such as indium tin oxide (ITO) films. In this paper, we report on ITO films fabricated by spin coating methods on glass substrates with two different ITO sources: (1) a commercial ITO nanopowder water dispersion and (2) a sol-gel ITO solution. A simple and fast air annealing process was used to treat as-coated ITO films on a controlled temperature hot plate. Thermogravimetric analysis and x-ray diffraction showed that highly crystalline ITO films were formed after the annealing steps. The final ITO films had a good combination of optical properties and electrical properties, especially for films made from five layers of sol-gel ITO (92.66% transmittance and 8.7 × 10-3 Ω cm resistivity). The surface morphology and conducting network on the ITO films were characterized by non-contact and current atomic force microscopy. It was found that conducting paths were only partially connected for the nanoparticle ITO dispersion films, whereas the sol-gel ITO films had a more uniformly distributed conducting network on the surface. We also used the sol-gel ITO films to fabricate a simple liquid crystal display (LCD) device to demonstrate the excellent properties of our films.

  18. Mixed polaronic-ionic conduction in lithium borate glasses and glass-ceramics containing copper oxide

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    Khalil, M. M. I.

    2007-03-01

    The effect of electric field strength on conduction in lithium borate glasses doped with CuO with different concentration was studied and the value of the jump distance of charge carrier was calculated. The conductivity measurements indicate that the conduction is due to non-adiabatic hopping of polarons and the activation energies are found to be temperature and concentration dependent. Lithium borate glasses are subjected to carefully-programmed thermal treatments which cause the nucleation and growth of crystalline phases. X-ray diffraction analysis confirmed the amorphous nature for the investigated glass sample and the formation of crystalline phase for annealed samples at 650 °C. The main separated crystalline phase is Li2B8O13. The scanning electron micrographs of some selected glasses showed a significant change in the morphology of the films investigated due to heat treatment of the glass samples. It was found that the dc-conductivity decreases with an increase of the HT temperature. The decrease of dc conductivity, with an increase of the HT temperature, can be related to the decrease in the number of free ions in the glass matrix. There is deviation from linearity at high temperature regions in the logσ-1/T plots for all investigated doped samples at a certain temperature at which the transition from polaronic to ionic conduction occurs. The hopping of small polarons is dominant at low temperatures, whereas the hopping of Li+ ions dominates at high temperatures.

  19. Mixed polaronic-ionic conduction in lithium borate glasses and glass-ceramics containing copper oxide

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    Khalil, M.M.I. [National Center for Radiation Research and Technology, Radiation Physics Department, Cairo (Egypt)

    2007-03-15

    The effect of electric field strength on conduction in lithium borate glasses doped with CuO with different concentration was studied and the value of the jump distance of charge carrier was calculated. The conductivity measurements indicate that the conduction is due to non-adiabatic hopping of polarons and the activation energies are found to be temperature and concentration dependent. Lithium borate glasses are subjected to carefully-programmed thermal treatments which cause the nucleation and growth of crystalline phases. X-ray diffraction analysis confirmed the amorphous nature for the investigated glass sample and the formation of crystalline phase for annealed samples at 650 C. The main separated crystalline phase is Li{sub 2}B{sub 8}O{sub 13}. The scanning electron micrographs of some selected glasses showed a significant change in the morphology of the films investigated due to heat treatment of the glass samples. It was found that the dc-conductivity decreases with an increase of the HT temperature. The decrease of dc conductivity, with an increase of the HT temperature, can be related to the decrease in the number of free ions in the glass matrix. There is deviation from linearity at high temperature regions in the log{sigma}-1/T plots for all investigated doped samples at a certain temperature at which the transition from polaronic to ionic conduction occurs. The hopping of small polarons is dominant at low temperatures, whereas the hopping of Li{sup +} ions dominates at high temperatures. (orig.)

  20. A facile strategy for the reduction of graphene oxide and its effect on thermal conductivity of epoxy based composites

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    F. Xie

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available A facile and efficient approach to reduce graphene oxide with Al particles and potassium hydroxide was developed at moderate temperature and the graphene/epoxy composite was prepared by mould casting method. The as-prepared graphene has been confirmed by Transmission electron microscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectrometer, Raman spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and Thermal gravimetric analysis. This provides a new green way to synthesize graphene with high surface area and opens another opportunity for the production of graphene. Effects of graphene on thermal conductivity, thermal stability and microstructures of the epoxy-based composite were also investigated. The results showed that thermal conductivity of the composite exhibited a remarkable improvement with increasing content of graphene and thermal conductivity could reach 1.192 W/(m*K when filled with 3 wt% graphene. Moreover, graphene/epoxy composite exhibits good thermal stability with 3 wt% graphene.

  1. Low Temperature Synthesis of Fluorine-Doped Tin Oxide Transparent Conducting Thin Film by Spray Pyrolysis Deposition.

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    Ko, Eun-Byul; Choi, Jae-Seok; Jung, Hyunsung; Choi, Sung-Churl; Kim, Chang-Yeoul

    2016-02-01

    Transparent conducting oxide (TCO) is widely used for the application of flat panel display like liquid crystal displays and plasma display panel. It is also applied in the field of touch panel, solar cell electrode, low-emissivity glass, defrost window, and anti-static material. Fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) thin films were fabricated by spray pyrolysis of ethanol-added FTO precursor solutions. FTO thin film by spray pyrolysis is very much investigated and normally formed at high temperature, about 500 degrees C. However, these days, flexible electronics draw many attentions in the field of IT industry and the research for flexible transparent conducting thin film is also required. In the industrial field, indium-tin oxide (ITO) film on polymer substrate is widely used for touch panel and displays. In this study, we investigated the possibility of FTO thin film formation at relatively low temperature of 250 degrees C. We found out that the control of volume of input precursor and exhaust gases could make it possible to form FTO thin film with a relatively low electrical resistance, less than 100 Ohm/sq and high optical transmittance about 88%.

  2. Surveying and Comparing Thermal Conductivity and Physical Properties of Oil Base NanoFluids Containing Carbon and Metal Oxide Nanotubes

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    H. Ahmadi

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available In this research, nano materials with tubular structures are added to SAE 20W50 engine oil to study the rate of their effects on the properties of engine oil. Multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs and vanadium oxide nanotubes (VONTs has been used as two different additive materials, one of them is carbonic and the other is metallic oxides and their effect on  different parameters containing viscosity, thermal conductivity coefficient, flash point and pour point of engine oil as the quality properties of engine oil has been studied and compared. The samples of two concentrations 0.1 and 0.2 wt% with using planetary ball mill were made. The obtained results show that MWCNTs in all cases, which  have been evaluated, had better functionality with respect to vanadium oxide nanotubes. In the 0.1 wt% concentration, flash point of MWCNTs/oil and VONTs/oil increased about 9.3% and 5.8% respectively. In addition, thermal conductivity of them increased 13.2% and 10.2% respectively.

  3. 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.

  4. Control of Electronic Conduction at an Oxide Heterointerface using Surface Polar Adsorbates

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    Bell, Christopher

    2011-08-19

    We study the effect of the surface adsorption of a variety of common laboratory solvents on the conductivity at the interface between LaAlO{sub 3} and SrTiO{sub 3}. This interface possesses a range of intriguing physics, notably a proposed connection between the surface state of the LaAlO{sub 3} and the conductivity buried in the SrTiO{sub 3}. We show that the application of chemicals such as acetone, ethanol, and water can induce a large change (factor of three) in the conductivity. This phenomenon is observed only for polar solvents. These data provide experimental evidence for a general polarization-facilitated electronic transfer mechanism.

  5. Preparation of flexible organic solar cells with highly conductive and transparent metal-oxide multilayer electrodes based on silver oxide.

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    Yun, Jungheum; Wang, Wei; Bae, Tae Sung; Park, Yeon Hyun; Kang, Yong-Cheol; Kim, Dong-Ho; Lee, Sunghun; Lee, Gun-Hwan; Song, Myungkwan; Kang, Jae-Wook

    2013-10-23

    We report that significantly more transparent yet comparably conductive AgOx films, when compared to Ag films, are synthesized by the inclusion of a remarkably small amount of oxygen (i.e., 2 or 3 atom %) in thin Ag films. An 8 nm thick AgOx (O/Ag=2.4 atom %) film embedded between 30 nm thick ITO films (ITO/AgOx/ITO) achieves a transmittance improvement of 30% when compared to a conventional ITO/Ag/ITO electrode with the same configuration by retaining the sheet resistance in the range of 10-20 Ω sq(-1). The high transmittance provides an excellent opportunity to improve the power-conversion efficiency of organic solar cells (OSCs) by successfully matching the transmittance spectral range of the electrode to the optimal absorption region of low band gap photoactive polymers, which is highly limited in OSCs utilizing conventional ITO/Ag/ITO electrodes. An improvement of the power-conversion efficiency from 4.72 to 5.88% is achieved from highly flexible organic solar cells (OSCs) fabricated on poly(ethylene terephthalate) polymer substrates by replacing the conventional ITO/Ag/ITO electrode with the ITO/AgOx/ITO electrode. This novel transparent electrode can facilitate a cost-effective, high-throughput, room-temperature fabrication solution for producing large-area flexible OSCs on heat-sensitive polymer substrates with excellent power-conversion efficiencies.

  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. Electrically Tunable Metamaterials Based on Multimaterial Nanowires Incorporating Transparent Conductive Oxides.

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    Salary, Mohammad Mahdi; Mosallaei, Hossein

    2017-08-30

    We present novel design approaches for metasurfaces and metamaterials with electrical tunability offering real-time manipulation of light and serving as multifunctional devices in near-infrared frequency regime (at the specific wavelength of 1.55 μm). For this purpose, we integrate indium-tin-oxide (ITO) as a tunable electro-optical material into multimaterial nanowires with metal-oxide-semiconductor and metal-insulator-metal configurations. In particular, an active metasurface operating in the transmission mode is designed which allows for modulation of the transmitted light phase over 280 degrees. This large phase modulation is afforded in the cost of low transmission efficiency. We demonstrate the use of such active metasurfaces for tunable bending and focusing in free-space. Moreover, we investigate the implementation of this material in deeply subwavelength multimaterial nanowires, which can yield strong variations in the effective refractive index by the virtue of internal homogenization enabling tunability of the performance in gradient refractive index metamaterials. In the theoretical modeling of these structures, we adopt a hierarchical multiscale approach by linking drift-diffusion transport model with the electromagnetic model which rigorously characterizes the electro-optical effects.

  8. Organometallic dimers: application to work-function reduction of conducting oxides.

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    Giordano, Anthony J; Pulvirenti, Federico; Khan, Talha M; Fuentes-Hernandez, Canek; Moudgil, Karttikay; Delcamp, Jared H; Kippelen, Bernard; Barlow, Stephen; Marder, Seth R

    2015-02-25

    The dimers of pentamethyliridocene and ruthenium pentamethylcyclopentadienyl mesitylene, (IrCp*Cp)2 and (RuCp*mes)2, respectively, are shown here to be effective solution-processable reagents for lowering the work functions of electrode materials; this approach is compared to the use of solution-deposited films of ethoxylated poly(ethylenimine) (PEIE). The work functions of indium tin oxide (ITO), zinc oxide, and gold electrodes can be reduced to 3.3-3.4 eV by immersion in a toluene solution of (IrCp*Cp)2; these values are similar to those that can be obtained by spin-coating a thin layer of PEIE onto the electrodes. The work-function reductions achieved using (IrCp*Cp)2 are primarily attributable to the interface dipoles associated with the formation of submonolayers of IrCp*Cp(+) cations on negatively charged substrates, which in turn result from redox reactions between the dimer and the electrode. The electrical properties of C60 diodes with dimer-modified ITO cathodes are similar to those of analogous devices with PEIE-modified ITO cathodes.

  9. Charge modulated interfacial conductivity in SrTiO3-based oxide heterostructures

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    Chen, Yunzhong; Stamate, Eugen; Pryds, Nini;

    2011-01-01

    When depositing amorphous SrTiO3 (STO) films on crystalline STO substrates by pulsed laser deposition, metallic interfaces are observed, though both materials are band-gap insulators. The interfacial conductivity exhibits strong dependence on oxygen pressure during film growth, which is closely...

  10. Conductive Oxides Trench Structures as Hyperbolic Metamaterials in Mid-infrared Range

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    Takayama, Osamu; Shkondin, Evgeniy; Panah, Mohammad Esmail Aryaee;

    ,2]. Moreover plasmonics for mid-infrared offer unique applications such as bio-sensing, thermal imaging and quest for novel materials and structures has been continuing [3]. In this report we show that vertical trench structures made of, for example, aluminum-doped ZnO (AZO) or other transparent conductive...

  11. Chemical Oxidative Polymerization of Polyaniline: A Practical Approach for Preparation of Smart Conductive Textiles

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    Abu-Thabit, Nedal Y.

    2016-01-01

    Electrically conducting polymers are one of the promising alternative materials for technological applications in many interdisciplinary areas, including chemistry, material sciences, and engineering. This experiment was designed for providing undergraduate students with a quick and practical approach for preparation of a polyaniline-conducting…

  12. Correlative infrared-electron nanoscopy reveals the local structure-conductivity relationship in zinc oxide nanowires.

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    Stiegler, J M; Tena-Zaera, R; Idigoras, O; Chuvilin, A; Hillenbrand, R

    2012-01-01

    High-resolution characterization methods play a key role in the development, analysis and optimization of nanoscale materials and devices. Because of the various material properties, only a combination of different characterization techniques provides a comprehensive understanding of complex functional materials. Here we introduce correlative infrared-electron nanoscopy, a novel method yielding transmission electron microscope and infrared near-field images of one and the same nanostructure. While transmission electron microscopy provides structural information up to the atomic level, infrared near-field imaging yields nanoscale maps of chemical composition and conductivity. We demonstrate the method's potential by studying the relation between conductivity and crystal structure in ZnO nanowire cross-sections. The combination of infrared conductivity maps and the local crystal structure reveals a radial free-carrier gradient, which inversely correlates to the density of extended crystalline defects. Our method opens new avenues for studying the local interplay between structure, conductivity and chemical composition in widely different material systems.

  13. Correlative infrared-electron nanoscopy reveals the local structure-conductivity relationship in zinc oxide nanowires

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    Stiegler, J. M.; Tena-Zaera, R.; Idigoras, O.; Chuvilin, A.; Hillenbrand, R.

    2012-10-01

    High-resolution characterization methods play a key role in the development, analysis and optimization of nanoscale materials and devices. Because of the various material properties, only a combination of different characterization techniques provides a comprehensive understanding of complex functional materials. Here we introduce correlative infrared-electron nanoscopy, a novel method yielding transmission electron microscope and infrared near-field images of one and the same nanostructure. While transmission electron microscopy provides structural information up to the atomic level, infrared near-field imaging yields nanoscale maps of chemical composition and conductivity. We demonstrate the method's potential by studying the relation between conductivity and crystal structure in ZnO nanowire cross-sections. The combination of infrared conductivity maps and the local crystal structure reveals a radial free-carrier gradient, which inversely correlates to the density of extended crystalline defects. Our method opens new avenues for studying the local interplay between structure, conductivity and chemical composition in widely different material systems.

  14. Characterization of transparent conductive oxide films and their effect on amorphous/crystalline silicon heterojunction solar cells

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    Meng, Fanying; Shi, Jianhua; Shen, Leilei; Zhang, Liping; Liu, Jinning; Liu, Yucheng; Yu, Jian; Bao, Jian; Liu, Zhengxin

    2017-04-01

    Three different dopant indium oxide thin films were fabricated at low temperatures by reactive plasma deposition and sputtering. The optical and electrical characteristics of these films were analyzed as a function of the Hall electron concentration. Furthermore, these films were applied to amorphous/crystalline silicon heterojunction solar cells as transparent electrodes. Consequently, it was demonstrated that the high Hall mobility, high refractive index, and low extinction coefficient of transparent conductive oxide (TCO) films contribute to the high product of short-circuit current density and fill factor and conversion efficiency. Furthermore, it was found that the solar cell with a finger spacing of 1.9 mm on a 125 × 125 mm2 Si wafer is highly tolerant to TCO film resistivity when the electron concentration is less than 4.0 × 1020 cm-3.

  15. High-temperature solar selective absorbers based on a transparent conductive oxide film coated periodic micro-hole array

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    Shimizu, Makoto; Abe, Toshiro; Iguchi, Fumitada; Yugami, Hiroo

    2017-06-01

    A transparent conductive oxide (TCO) film coated metal microstructures as solar selective absorbers for high-temperature usage exceeding 700°C is introduced. Steep absorption cutoff property and low-emittance at infrared range owing to TCO characteristic can be seen, whereas high-absorptance explained by interaction of incident light and microstructures of which size is submicron is appeared. Honeycomb array cylindrical microcavity of which an absorptance peak appeared at around 0.8 µm was fabricated on a tungsten (W) surface with interference lithography technique. The fabricated sample consist of 1.0 µm indium tin oxide film and W microstructure showed solar absorptance αs = 0.83, hemispherical emittance ɛht = 0.16 assuming the absorber temperature at 700°C, and performance factor η= 0.76. Short duration thermal stability was confirmed at 700°C for 2 h in vacuum condition.

  16. Graphene oxide functionalized with silver nanoparticles as conducting electrodes for solar cells and electrochemical energy storage devices

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    Reddy, Kakarla Raghava; Alonso-Marroquin, Fernando

    2017-06-01

    We present the development of novel electrochemical supercapacitor and sensor based on silver (Ag) nanoparticles coated graphene oxide (GO). 10-20 nm diameter of Ag nanoparticles were well dispersed on the surface of graphene oxide through the chemical reduction method. Ag-coated GO nanohybrids were characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, electrical and an electrochemical analysis for the energy storage (supercapacitors), energy conversion (solar cells) and sensor applications. It is found that nanohybrid electrodes showed good specific capacitance and electrochemical sensing performance in comparison to pristine GO. The improvement in the electrochemical characteristics can be attributed to the sensitizing effect between Ag nanparticles and GO. These GO/Ag hybrid transparent conducting films also show low resistance and good transmittance, suggesting they are good electrodes for the opto-electronic devices (e.g. solar cells).

  17. Conductive Fe3O4 nanoparticles accelerate syntrophic methane production from butyrate oxidation in two different lake sediments

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    Jianchao Zhang

    2016-08-01

    Full Text Available Syntrophic methanogenesis is an essential link in the global carbon cycle and a key bioprocess for the disposal of organic waste and production of biogas. Recent studies suggest direct interspecies electron transfer (DIET is involved in electron exchange in methanogenesis occurring in paddy soils, anaerobic digesters and specific co-cultures with Geobacter. In this study, we evaluate the possible involvement of DIET in the syntrophic oxidation of butyrate in the enrichments from two lake sediments (an urban lake and a natural lake. The results showed that the production of CH4 was significantly accelerated in the presence of conductive nanoscale Fe3O4 or carbon nanotubes (CNTs in the sediment enrichments. Observations made with fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH and scanning electron microscope (SEM indicated that microbial aggregates were formed in the enrichments. It appeared that the average cell-to-cell distance in aggregates in nanomaterial-amended enrichments was larger than that in aggregates in the non-amended control. These results suggested that DIET-mediated syntrophic methanogenesis could occur in the lake sediments in the presence of conductive materials. Microbial community analysis of the enrichments revealed that the genera of Syntrophomonas, Sulfurospirillum, Methanosarcina and Methanoregula were responsible for syntrophic oxidation of butyrate in lake sediment samples. The mechanism for the conductive-material-facilitated DIET in butyrate syntrophy deserves further investigation.

  18. Conductive Fe3O4 Nanoparticles Accelerate Syntrophic Methane Production from Butyrate Oxidation in Two Different Lake Sediments

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    Zhang, Jianchao; Lu, Yahai

    2016-01-01

    Syntrophic methanogenesis is an essential link in the global carbon cycle and a key bioprocess for the disposal of organic waste and production of biogas. Recent studies suggest direct interspecies electron transfer (DIET) is involved in electron exchange in methanogenesis occurring in paddy soils, anaerobic digesters, and specific co-cultures with Geobacter. In this study, we evaluate the possible involvement of DIET in the syntrophic oxidation of butyrate in the enrichments from two lake sediments (an urban lake and a natural lake). The results showed that the production of CH4 was significantly accelerated in the presence of conductive nanoscale Fe3O4 or carbon nanotubes in the sediment enrichments. Observations made with fluorescence in situ hybridization and scanning electron microscope indicated that microbial aggregates were formed in the enrichments. It appeared that the average cell-to-cell distance in aggregates in nanomaterial-amended enrichments was larger than that in aggregates in the non-amended control. These results suggested that DIET-mediated syntrophic methanogenesis could occur in the lake sediments in the presence of conductive materials. Microbial community analysis of the enrichments revealed that the genera of Syntrophomonas, Sulfurospirillum, Methanosarcina, and Methanoregula were responsible for syntrophic oxidation of butyrate in lake sediment samples. The mechanism for the conductive-material-facilitated DIET in butyrate syntrophy deserves further investigation. PMID:27597850

  19. Effect of oxygen on the electrical conductivity of some metal oxides in inert and reducing atmospheres at high temperature

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    Jones, T.A.; Firth, J.G.; Mann, B.

    1985-12-01

    An investigation has been carried out on the electrical behaviour at 900/sup 0/C of some ceramic oxides as a function of oxygen pressure. Measurements have been made in an inert (N/sub 2/) atmosphere and in an inert atmosphere containing reducing gases (CO, H/sub 2/ and CH/sub 4/). The oxides for which data are presented are Cr/sub 2/O/sub 3/, Nb/sub 2/O/sub 5/, CeO/sub 2/, ThO/sub 2/ and Ga/sub 2/O/sub 3/. The factors affecting the electrical conductivities of these materials are briefly reviewed. The conductivities of Cr/sub 2/O/sub 3/, Nb/sub 2/O/sub 5/ and CeO/sub 2/ showed a switch-like behaviour at the stoichiometric mixture of oxygen and reducing gas. Ga/sub 2/O/sub 3/ and ThO/sub 2/ do not exhibit this type of behaviour, the conductivities changing monotonically with increasing oxygen pressure. The possible reasons for this difference in behaviour are discussed. Data are also presented showing the behaviour of a sensor based on Ga/sub 2/O/sub 3/ in a vehicle exhaust. This shows its potential as a means of monitoring exhaust emissions with a view to controlling the air/fuel ratios at around the stoichiometric mixture.

  20. Graphite nanoplatelets produced by oxidation and thermal exfoliation of graphite and electrical conductivities of their epoxy composites.

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    Raza, Mohsin Ali; Westwood, Aidan; Brown, Andy; Hondow, Nicole; Stirling, Chris

    2012-12-01

    Graphite nanoplatelets were produced by sonication of thermally reduced graphite oxide produced from three precursor graphites. The thicknesses of the resulting graphite nanoplatlets were measured by X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy. The type and size of the precursor graphite plays an important role in the final graphite nanoplatelet quality. The thinnest graphite nanoplatelets (average thickness of 4-7 nm) were obtained from Sri Lankan powdered graphite (average particle size of 0.1-0.2 mm). Thicker graphite nanoplatelets (average thickness of 30-60 nm), were obtained from a Canadian graphite (with an average flake size of 0.5-2 mm). Graphite nanoplatelets obtained by acid intercalation of Sri Lankan graphite were much thicker (an average thickness of 150 nm). Graphite nanoplatelet/epoxy composites containing 4 wt.% graphite nanoplatelets derived from Canadian or Sri Lankan natural graphite have electrical conductivities significantly above the percolation conductivity threshold. In contrast, corresponding composites, produced with (4 wt.%) commercial graphite nanoplatelets, either as-received or re-exfoliated, were electrically insulating. This behaviour is attributed to the highly wrinkled morphology, folded edges and abundant surface functional groups of the commercial graphite nanoplatelets. Thermal reduction of graphite oxide produced from natural flake graphite is therefore a promising route for producing graphite nanoplatelets fillers for electrically-conducting polymer composites.

  1. Green synthesis of high conductivity silver nanoparticle-reduced graphene oxide composite films

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    Dinh, D.A. [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Pusan National University, San 30 Jangjeon-dong, Geumjeong-gu, Busan 609-735 (Korea, Republic of); Hui, K.S., E-mail: kshui@hanyang.ac.kr [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Hanyang University, 17 Haengdang-dong, Seongdong-gu, Seoul 133-791 (Korea, Republic of); Hui, K.N., E-mail: bizhui@pusan.ac.kr [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Pusan National University, San 30 Jangjeon-dong, Geumjeong-gu, Busan 609-735 (Korea, Republic of); Cho, Y.R. [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Pusan National University, San 30 Jangjeon-dong, Geumjeong-gu, Busan 609-735 (Korea, Republic of); Zhou, Wei [Department of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Xiamen University, Xiamen 361005 (China); Hong, Xiaoting [School of Chemistry and Environment, South China Normal University, Key Laboratory of Theoretical Chemistry of Environment, Ministry of Education, Guangzhou 510006 (China); Chun, Ho-Hwan [Global Core Research Center for Ships and Offshore Plants (GCRC-SOP), Pusan National University, San 30 Jangjeon-dong, Geumjeong-gu, Busan 609-735 (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-04-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • A green facile chemical approach to control the dimensions of Ag nanoparticles–graphene oxide (AgNPs/GO) composites was performed at room temperature. • With decreasing ultrasonication time, the size of the Ag nanoparticles decreased and became uniformly distributed over the surface of the GO nanosheets. • The as-prepared AgNPs/rGO composite films were then formed using a spin coating method and reduced at 500 °C under N{sub 2}/H{sub 2} gas flow for 1 h. • The lowest sheet resistance of 270 Ω/sq was obtained in the film corresponding to 1 min of ultrasonication, which showed a 40 times lower resistivity than the rGO film (10.93 kΩ/sq). - Abstract: A green facile chemical approach to control the dimensions of Ag nanoparticles–graphene oxide (AgNPs/GO) composites was performed by the in situ ultrasonication of a mixture of AgNO{sub 3} and graphene oxide solutions with the assistance of vitamin C acting as an environmentally friendly reducing agent at room temperature. With decreasing ultrasonication time, the size of the Ag nanoparticles decreased and became uniformly distributed over the surface of the GO nanosheets. The as-prepared AgNPs/rGO composite films were then formed using a spin coating method and reduced at 500 °C under N{sub 2}/H{sub 2} gas flow for 1 h. Four-point probe measurements showed that the sheet resistance of the AgNPs/rGO films decreased with decreasing AgNPs size. The lowest sheet resistance of 270 Ω/sq was obtained in the film corresponding to 1 min of ultrasonication, which showed a 40 times lower resistivity than the rGO film (10.93 kΩ/sq). The formation mechanisms of the as-prepared AgNPs/rGO films are proposed. This study provides a guide to controlling the dimensions of AgNPs/rGO films, which might hold promise as advanced materials for a range of analytical applications, such as catalysis, sensors and microchips.

  2. Fabrication and excellent conductive performance of antimony-doped tin oxide-coated diatomite with porous structure

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    Du Yucheng, E-mail: ychengdu@bjut.edu.cn [Key Lab of Advanced Functional Materials, Ministry of Education, College of Materials Science and Engineering, Beijing University of Technology, Beijing 100124 (China); Yan Jing; Meng Qi; Wang Jinshu [Key Lab of Advanced Functional Materials, Ministry of Education, College of Materials Science and Engineering, Beijing University of Technology, Beijing 100124 (China); Dai Hongxing, E-mail: hxdai@bjut.edu.cn [Laboratory of Catalysis Chemistry and Nanoscience, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, College of Environmental and Energy Engineering, Beijing University of Technology, Beijing 100124 (China)

    2012-04-16

    Graphical abstract: Antimony-doped tin oxide (ATO)-coated diatomite with porous structures are fabricated using the co-precipitation method. The porous ATO-coated diatomite material shows excellent conductive performance. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Sb-doped SnO{sub 2} (ATO)-coated diatomite materials with porous structures are prepared. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Sn/Sb ratio, ATO coating amount, pH value, and temperature influence resistivity. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Porous ATO-coated diatomite materials show excellent conductive performance. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The lowest resistivity of the porous ATO-coated diatomite sample is 10 {Omega} cm. - Abstract: Diatomite materials coated with antimony-doped tin oxide (ATO) were prepared by the co-precipitation method, and characterized by means of the techniques, such as X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, selected-area electron diffraction, X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy, and N{sub 2} adsorption-desorption measurement. It was shown that the coated ATO possessed a tetragonal rutile crystal structure, and the ATO-coated diatomite materials had a multi-pore (micro- meso-, and macropores) architecture. The porous ATO-coated diatomite materials exhibited excellent electrical conductive behaviors. The best conductive performance (volume resistivity = 10 {Omega} cm) was achieved for the sample that was prepared under the conditions of Sn/Sb molar ratio = 5.2, Sn/Sb coating amount = 45 wt%, pH = 1.0, and reaction temperature = 50 Degree-Sign C. Such a conductive porous material is useful for the applications in physical and chemical fields.

  3. Oxidation processes on conducting carbon additives for lithium-ion batteries

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    La Mantia, Fabio

    2012-11-21

    The oxidation processes at the interface between different types of typical carbon additives for lithium-ion batteries and carbonates electrolyte above 5 V versus Li/Li+ were investigated. Depending on the nature and surface area of the carbon additive, the irreversible capacity during galvanostatic cycling between 2.75 and 5.25 V versus Li/Li+ could be as high as 700 mAh g-1 (of carbon). In the potential region below 5 V versus Li/Li+, high surface carbon additives also showed irreversible plateaus at about 4.1-4.2 and 4.6 V versus Li/Li+. These plateaus disappeared after thermal treatments at or above 150 °C in inert gas. The influence of the irreversible capacity of carbon additives on the overall performances of positive electrodes was discussed. © 2012 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht.

  4. Synthesis and characterization of transparent conductive zinc oxide thin films by sol-gel spin coating method

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    Winarski, David

    Zinc oxide has been given much attention recently as it is promising for various semiconductor device applications. ZnO has a direct band gap of 3.3 eV, high exciton binding energy of 60 meV and can exist in various bulk powder and thin film forms for different applications. ZnO is naturally n-type with various structural defects, which sparks further investigation into the material properties. Although there are many potential applications for this ZnO, an overall lack of understand and control of intrinsic defects has proven difficult to obtain consistent, repeatable results. This work studies both synthesis and characterization of zinc oxide in an effort to produce high quality transparent conductive oxides. The sol-gel spin coating method was used to obtain highly transparent ZnO thin films with high UV absorbance. This research develops a new more consistent method for synthesis of these thin films, providing insight for maintaining quality control for each step in the procedure. A sol-gel spin coating technique is optimized, yielding highly transparent polycrystalline ZnO thin films with tunable electrical properties. Annealing treatment in hydrogen and zinc atmospheres is researched in an effort to increase electrical conductivity and better understand intrinsic properties of the material. These treatment have shown significant effects on the properties of ZnO. Characterization of doped and undoped ZnO synthesized by the sol-gel spin coating method was carried out using scanning electron microscopy, UV-Visible range absorbance, X-ray diffraction, and the Hall Effect. Treatment in hydrogen shows an overall decrease in the number of crystal phases and visible absorbance while zinc seems to have the opposite effect. The Hall Effect has shown that both annealing environments increase the n-type conductivity, yielding a ZnO thin film with a carrier concentration as high as 3.001 x 1021 cm-3.

  5. Significant improvement in Mn2O3 transition metal oxide electrical conductivity via high pressure

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    Hong, Fang; Yue, Binbin; Hirao, Naohisa; Liu, Zhenxian; Chen, Bin

    2017-01-01

    Highly efficient energy storage is in high demand for next-generation clean energy applications. As a promising energy storage material, the application of Mn2O3 is limited due to its poor electrical conductivity. Here, high-pressure techniques enhanced the electrical conductivity of Mn2O3 significantly. In situ synchrotron micro X-Ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy and resistivity measurement revealed that resistivity decreased with pressure and dramatically dropped near the phase transition. At the highest pressure, resistivity reduced by five orders of magnitude and the sample showed metal-like behavior. More importantly, resistivity remained much lower than its original value, even when the pressure was fully released. This work provides a new method to enhance the electronic properties of Mn2O3 using high-pressure treatment, benefiting its applications in energy-related fields. PMID:28276479

  6. Anionic conducting oxide ceramics: Microstructure - property relations of BiCuVOx ceramics. Final report

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    Berrera, T.P.; Dunn, B.; Fuqua, P.D.; Leininger, J.; Mackenzie, J.D.

    1996-06-14

    The bismuth vanadate composition, Bi4V2O11, is the parent compound for a new family of oxygen ion conductors. The substitution of various metallic ions for vanadium stabilizes the high temperature gamma-phase and leads to a series of compounds which possess the highest oxygen ion conductivities observed for temperatures below 400 deg C. This paper reports the first studies on the processing, densification and transport properties of copper-doped bismuth vanadate ceramics. Phase-pure materials with densities above 95% of theoretical were obtained using standard ceramic processing approaches. Ionic conductivities in the range of 1 x 10(exp {minus}2) S/cm at 400 deg C were observed for a variety of sintered samples.

  7. On the transparent conducting oxide Al doped ZnO: First Principles and Boltzmann equations study

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    Slassi, A. [Institute of Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology, MAScIR, Rabat (Morocco); LMPHE (URAC 12), Faculté des Sciences, Université Mohammed V-Agdal, Rabat (Morocco); Naji, S. [LMPHE (URAC 12), Faculté des Sciences, Université Mohammed V-Agdal, Rabat (Morocco); Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Ibb University, Ibb (Yemen); Benyoussef, A. [Institute of Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology, MAScIR, Rabat (Morocco); LMPHE (URAC 12), Faculté des Sciences, Université Mohammed V-Agdal, Rabat (Morocco); Hamedoun, M., E-mail: hamedoun@hotmail.com [Institute of Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology, MAScIR, Rabat (Morocco); El Kenz, A. [LMPHE (URAC 12), Faculté des Sciences, Université Mohammed V-Agdal, Rabat (Morocco)

    2014-08-25

    Highlights: • The incorporation of Al in ZnO increases the optical band edge absorption. • Incorporated Al creates shallow donor states of Al-3s around Fermi level. • Transmittance decreases in the visible and IR regions, while it increases in the UV region. • Electrical conductivity increases and reaches almost the saturation for high concentration of Al. - Abstract: We report, in this work, a theoretical study on the electronic, optical and electrical properties of pure and Al doped ZnO with different concentrations. In fact, we investigate these properties using both First Principles calculations within TB-mBJ approximation and Boltzmann equations under the constant relaxation time approximation for charge carriers. It is found out that, the calculated lattice parameters and the optical band gap of pure ZnO are close to the experimental values and in a good agreement with the other theoretical studies. It is also observed that, the incorporations of Al in ZnO increase the optical band edge absorption which leads to a blue shift and no deep impurities levels are induced in the band gap as well. More precisely, these incorporations create shallow donor states around Fermi level in the conduction band minimum from mainly Al-3s orbital. Beside this, it is found that, the transmittance is decreased in the visible and IR regions, while it is significantly improved in UV region. Finally, our calculations show that the electrical conductivity is enhanced as a result of Al doping and it reaches almost the saturation for high concentration of Al. These features make Al doped ZnO a transparent conducting electrode for optoelectronic device applications.

  8. Boundary effects on the electrical conductivity of pure and doped cerium oxide thin films.

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    Göbel, Marcus C; Gregori, Giuliano; Guo, Xiangxin; Maier, Joachim

    2010-11-14

    Thin films of CeO(2) (both nominally pure and 10 mol% gadolinium-doped) grown via pulsed-laser deposition were studied. The electrical conductivity of the samples was measured as a function of thickness, temperature and oxygen partial pressure (pO(2)) using impedance spectroscopy. As expected, undoped CeO(2) exhibits electronic conductivity (with activation energy between 1.4 and 1.6 eV) whereas the highly doped samples are oxygen vacancy conductors (activation energy around 0.7 eV for epitaxial films). In order to investigate the influence of the nature of the substrate the thin films were grown on two different substrates, Al(2)O(3) (0001) and SiO(2) (0001), and compared. While the films grown on SiO(2) exhibit a microstructure characterized by columnar grains, the films grown on Al(2)O(3) are epitaxial. Notably, for films on both substrates the conductivity and activation energy vary with film thickness and exhibit remarkable differences when the films on different substrates are compared. In the case of the polycrystalline films (SiO(2) substrate), the space charge layer effects of the grain boundaries dominate over the substrate-film interface effect. In the case of the epitaxial films (Al(2)O(3) substrate), a small interface effect, probably due to a space charge layer or structural strain, is observed.

  9. Enhanced ionic conductivity of intrinsic solid polymer electrolytes using multi-armed oligo(ethylene oxide) plasticizers

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    Lee, Joung-In; Kim, Dong Wook; Lee, Changjin; Kang, Yongku [Advanced Materials Division, Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology, P.O. Box 107 Yuseong, 305-600 Daejeon (Korea)

    2010-09-15

    In this work, we report on star-shaped plasticizers with the various chain lengths of multi-armed oligo(ethylene oxide) in order to prevent the plasticizers from crystallizing and eventually to enhance the ionic conductivity at low temperature. The multi-armed plasticizers are compared with the linear ones in terms of the ionic conductivity of the polymer electrolytes using them. The ionic conductivity of the polymer electrolytes using the linear plasticizer abruptly decreases below 0 C, while the temperature dependence of the ionic conductivity of the polymer electrolytes based on the multi-armed plasticizers shows a typical Vogel-Tamman-Fuelcher (VTF) relationship in the temperature range from -30 to 100 C. Such enhanced ionic conductivity at low temperature is because the multi-armed plasticizers are not crystallizing due to the branches or the multi-arms structure. The multi-armed plasticizers are found to be electrochemically stable up to 5.2 V by cyclic voltammetry analysis, which means that they are electrochemically stable enough for the application in the lithium ion batteries. (author)

  10. Nanostructure Pt Electrode Obtained via Self-assembly of Nanoparticles on Conductive Oxide-coated Glass Substrate

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    WANG, Wei-Bo(王维波); LUO, Zhen(罗臻); XIAO, Xu-Rui(肖绪瑞); LIN, Yuan(林原)

    2004-01-01

    Self-assembly of platinum nanoparticles were applied to fabrication of counter electrode for dye-sensitized solar cells on conductive oxide-coated glass substrate. The present Pt electrode exhibits high exchange current density of 220 mA/cm2, which is comparable to those prepared by electrodeposition, magnetron sputtering or thermal decomposition of platinum chloride. After analysis by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), it was found that the catalyst was structurally characterized as nanosized platinum metal clusters and was continuously arranged on electrode surface. The present nanostructure electrode had high electrocatalytic activity for the reduction of iodine in organic solution.

  11. Transparent conductive electrodes of mixed TiO2−x–indium tin oxide for organic photovoltaics

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    Lee, Kyu-Sung

    2012-05-22

    A transparent conductive electrode of mixed titanium dioxide (TiO2−x)–indium tin oxide (ITO) with an overall reduction in the use of indium metal is demonstrated. When used in organic photovoltaicdevices based on bulk heterojunction photoactive layer of poly (3-hexylthiophene) and [6,6]-phenyl C61 butyric acid methyl ester, a power conversion efficiency of 3.67% was obtained, a value comparable to devices having sputtered ITO electrode. Surface roughness and optical efficiency are improved when using the mixed TiO2−x–ITO electrode. The consumption of less indium allows for lower fabrication cost of such mixed thin filmelectrode.

  12. Oxygen surface exchange kinetics of SrTi(1-x)Fe(x)O(3-δ) mixed conducting oxides.

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    Yoo, Chung-Yul; Bouwmeester, Henny J M

    2012-09-07

    The oxygen surface exchange kinetics of mixed conducting perovskite oxides SrTi(1-x)Fe(x)O(3-δ) (x = 0, 0.01, 0.05, 0.35, 0.5) has been investigated as a function of temperature and oxygen partial pressure using the pulse-response (18)O-(16)O isotope exchange (PIE) technique. Arrhenius activation energies range from 140 kJ mol(-1) for x = 0 to 86 kJ mol(-1) for x = 0.5. Extrapolating the temperature dependence to the intermediate temperature range, 500-600 °C, indicates that the rate of oxygen exchange, in air, increases with increasing iron mole fraction, but saturates at the highest iron mole fraction for the given series. The observed behavior is concomitant with corresponding increases in both electronic and ionic conductivity with increasing x in SrTi(1-x)Fe(x)O(3-δ). Including literature data of related perovskite-type oxides Ba(0.5)Sr(0.5)Co(0.8)Fe(0.2)O(3-δ), La(0.6)Sr(0.4)Co(0.2)Fe(0.8)O(3-δ), La(0.6)Sr(0.4)CoO(3-δ), and Sm(0.5)Sr(0.5)CoO(3-δ), a linear relationship is observed in the log-log plot between oxygen exchange rate and oxide ionic conductivity with a slope fairly close to unity, suggesting that it is the magnitude of the oxide ionic conductivity that governs the rate of oxygen exchange in these solids. The distribution of oxygen isotopomers ((16)O(2), (16)O(18)O, (18)O(2)) in the effluent pulse can be interpreted on the basis of a two-step exchange mechanism for the isotopic exchange reaction. Accordingly, the observed power law dependence of the overall surface exchange rate on oxygen partial pressure turns out to be an apparent one, depending on the relative rates of both steps involved in the adopted two-step scheme. Supplementary research is, however, required to elucidate which of the two possible reaction schemes better reflects the actual kinetics of oxygen surface exchange on SrTi(1-x)Fe(x)O(3-δ).

  13. 12-crown-4 ether-assisted enhancement of ionic conductivity and interfacial kinetics in polyethylene oxide electrolytes

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    Nagasubramanian, G.; Di Stefano, S.

    1990-01-01

    The electrical and electrochemical properties of thin films of polyethylene oxide electrolytes with and without 12-crown-4 ether (12Cr4) are studied as a function of temperature and in the frequency regime from 100 kHz to 0.1 Hz. These measurements were made on electrolytes containing LiCF3SO3, LiBF4, or LiClO4 salts. At a given temperature, the bulk conductivity for a particular salt depends on the 12Cr4 concentration, reaching a maximum for a ratio of 12Cr4 to Li of 0.003.

  14. Preparation of conducting polymer patterns using photochemical reaction of oxidation polymerization agents; Sanka jugozai no hikarikagaku henka wo riyoshita dodensei kobunshi patan no seisaku hoho

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    Onishi, Yasushi; Naruse, Tsutomu; Yoshimoto, Shoji; Kimura, Kazuyuki [Aichi Prefectura Goverment, Aichi (Japan). Institute of Industrial Research; Natsume, Yukihiro [Aica Kogyo Corp., Aichi (Japan)

    1999-09-10

    Preparation of conducting polymer patterns using the photochemical oxidizing ability changes of an oxidation polymerization agent has been investigated. Photoreactive metal salts such as iron (3) chloride were used for oxidation polymerization of conducting polymers such as polymers such as polypyrrole. Metal salts were reduced by exposing to ultra-violet (UV) light and missed the ability of oxidation polymerization. Therefore, conducting polypyrrole patterns have been prepared on the unirradiated part by exposing films containing iron (3) chloride to UV light through the pattern mask and then contacting with pyrrole vapor or dipping in pyrrole solution. By this method, large and fine conducting polymer patterns can easily be prepared on plastics, ceramics, papers, clothes, woods, etc. In addition, it may be able to prepare patterns with partially different conductivity by controlling the irradiation time of UV light and/or shades of the pattern masks. (author)

  15. In situ transmission electron microscopy of ionic conductivity and reaction mechanisms in ultrathin solid oxide fuel cells.

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    Tavabi, Amir H; Arai, Shigeo; Muto, Shunsuke; Tanji, Takayoshi; Dunin-Borkowski, Rafal E

    2014-12-01

    Solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) are promising candidates for use in alternative energy technologies. A full understanding of the reaction mechanisms in these dynamic material systems is required to optimize device performance and overcome present limitations. Here, we show that in situ transmission electron microscopy (TEM) can be used to study redox reactions and ionic conductivity in SOFCs in a gas environment at elevated temperature. We examine model ultrathin half and complete cells in two environmental TEMs using off-axis electron holography and electron energy-loss spectroscopy. Our results from the model cells provide insight into the essential phenomena that are important for the operation of commercial devices. Changes in the activities of dopant cations in the solid electrolyte are detected during oxygen anion conduction, demonstrating the key role of dopants in electrolyte architecture in SOFCs.

  16. TiO2 nanocrystals shell layer on highly conducting indium tin oxide nanowire for photovoltaic devices.

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    Han, Hyun Soo; Kim, Ju Seong; Kim, Dong Hoe; Han, Gil Sang; Jung, Hyun Suk; Noh, Jun Hong; Hong, Kug Sun

    2013-04-21

    We demonstrated a highly efficient conducting indium tin oxide (ITO) core-TiO2 nanocrystals shell nanowire array for a photoelectrode in dye-sensitized solar cells with regard to light harvest and charge collection. The TiO2 shell layer, consisting of anatase nanocrystals of ~2 nm, were successfully formed on a single crystalline ITO nanowire prepared via a vapor transport method using repetitive TiCl4 aqueous solution treatments at 50 °C. We found that the nanocrystal size and number of Cl(-) ions remaining on the formed shell layer critically influence the dye loading properties. Moreover, these factors can be controlled by means of a post-annealing process. We also found that the dye loading and the back electron transport from the conductive ITO nanowire to the electrolyte mainly determine the final cell performance. The proposed double-shell layer structure consisting of dense and porous layers showed significantly improved cell performance.

  17. Polymerization behaviour of butyl bis(hydroxymethyl)phosphine oxide: Phosphorus containing polyethers for Li-ion conductivity

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    Heeralal Vignesh Babu; Billakanti Srinivas; Khevath Praveen Kumar Naik; Krishnamurthi Muralidharan

    2015-04-01

    Synthesis of phosphorus containing polyethers and their lithium-ion conductivities for the potential use as solid polymer electrolyte (SPE) in high-energy density lithium-ion batteries have been described. Co-polymerization of butyl bis(hydroxymethyl)phosphine oxide with three different dibromo monomers were carried out to produce three novel phosphorous containing polyethers (P1–P3). These polymers were obtained via nucleophilic substitution reactions and were characterized by 1H, 31P NMR spectral data and gel permeation chromatography. SPEs were prepared using polyethers (P1 and P2) with various amounts of lithium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide (LiTFSI). The lithium-ion conductivity of SPE2 containing 40 wt% of LiTFSI was 2.1 × 10−5 S cm−1 at room temperature and 3.7 × 10−4 S cm−1 at 80°C.

  18. Giant electrothermal conductivity and spin-phonon coupling in an antiferromagnetic oxide.

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    Chiorescu, C; Neumeier, J J; Cohn, J L

    2008-12-19

    The application of weak electric fields ( less, similar 100 V/cm) is found to dramatically enhance the lattice thermal conductivity of the antiferromagnetic insulator CaMnO3 over a broad range of temperature about the Néel ordering point (125 K). The effect is coincident with field-induced detrapping of bound electrons, suggesting that phonon scattering associated with short- and long-ranged antiferromagnetic order is suppressed in the presence of the mobilized charge. This interplay between bound charge and spin-phonon coupling might allow for the reversible control of spin fluctuations using weak external fields.

  19. Significant Enhancement in the Conductivity of Al-Doped Zinc Oxide thin Films for TCO Application

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    Mohite, R. M.; Ansari, J. N.; Roy, A. S.; Kothawale, R. R.

    2016-03-01

    Nanostructured Al-doped Zinc oxide (ZnO) thin films were deposited on glass substrate by chemical bath deposition (CBD) using aqueous zinc nitrate solution and subjected for different characterizations. Effect of Al3+ substitution on the properties of ZnO annealed at 400∘C was studied by XRD and UV-Vis for structural studies, SEM and TEM for surface morphology and DC four probe resistivity measurements for electrical properties. Al3+ substitution does not influence the morphology and well-known peaks related to wurtzite structure of ZnO. Electron microscopy (SEM and TEM) confirms rod shaped Al-doped ZnO nanocrystals with average width of 50nm. The optical band gap determined by UV-Visible spectroscopy was found to be in the range 3.37eV to 3.44eV. An EPR spectrum of AZO reveals peak at g=1.96 is due to shallow donors Zn interstitial. The DC electrical resistivity measurements of Al-doped ZnO show a minimum resistivity of 3.77×10-2Ω-cm. Therefore, these samples have potential use in n-type window layer in optoelectronic devices, organic solar cells, photonic crystals, photo-detectors, light emitting diodes (LEDs), gas sensors and chemical sensors.

  20. Flexible conducting polymer/reduced graphene oxide films: synthesis, characterization, and electrochemical performance

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    Yang, Wenyao; Zhao, Yuetao; He, Xin; Chen, Yan; Xu, Jianhua; Li, Shibin; Yang, Yajie; Jiang, Yadong

    2015-05-01

    In this paper, we demonstrate the preparation of a flexible poly (3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) -poly (styrenesulfonate)/reduced graphene oxide (PEDOT-PSS/RGO) film with a layered structure via a simple vacuum filtered method as a high performance electrochemical electrode. The PEDOT-PSS/RGO films are characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, and Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectrometry. The results indicate that a layer-ordered structure is constructed in this nanocomposite during the vacuum filtering process. The electrochemical performances of the flexible films are characterized by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, cyclic voltammetry, and galvanostatic charge/discharge. The results reveal that a 193.7 F/g highly specific capacitance of nanocomposite film is achieved at a current density of 500 mA/g. This flexible and self-supporting nanocomposite film exhibits excellent cycling stability, and the capacity retention is 90.6 % after 1000 cycles, which shows promising application as high-performance electrode materials for flexible energy-storage devices.

  1. Effect of local anesthetics on perioperative oxidative stress injury and nerve conduction function in diabetic or non-diabetic patients

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    Dong-Yang Zhu; Ping Li

    2016-01-01

    Objective:To study the effect of local anesthetics on perioperative oxidative stress injury and nerve conduction function in diabetic or non-diabetic patients.Methods:A total of 100 c diabetic patients and 100 non-diabetic patients who received selective surgery under intraspinal block anesthesia were selected as the research subjects, diabetic patients were selected as observation group, non-diabetic patients were selected as control group, serum and urine were collected respectively before and after operation, and reactive oxygen species (ROS), malondialdehyde (MDA), superoxide dismutase (SOD), 8-hydroxy-2 deoxyguanosine (8-OHdG) levels were determined; electromyography was carried out, and the motor nerve conduction velocity of median nerve and common peroneal nerve as well as sensory nerve conduction velocity of median nerve and superficial peroneal nerve were determined.Results:One day before operation and 1 day after operation, serum ROS and MDA levels and urine 8-OHdG levels of observation group were significantly higher than those of control group, and serum SOD levels were significantly lower than those of control group; ROS, MDA, SOD and 8-OHdG levels of observation group before and after operation changed more significantly than those of control group. 1 week after operation, MNCV of median nerve and common peroneal nerve as well as SNCV of median nerve and superficial peroneal nerve of observation group were significantly lower than those before operation, and MNCV of median nerve and common peroneal nerve as well as SNCV of median nerve and superficial peroneal nerve of control group were not significantly different from those before operation.Conclusions: Local anesthetics can cause peripheral nerve conduction function impairment in diabetic patients, and the possible molecular mechanism is that local anesthetics activate perioperative oxidative stress more significantly in diabetic patients than in non-diabetic patients.

  2. Integrating high electrical conductivity and photocatalytic activity in cotton fabric by cationizing for enriched coating of negatively charged graphene oxide.

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    Sahito, Iftikhar Ali; Sun, Kyung Chul; Arbab, Alvira Ayoub; Qadir, Muhammad Bilal; Jeong, Sung Hoon

    2015-10-01

    Electroconductive textiles have attended tremendous focus recently and researchers are making efforts to increase conductivity of e-textiles, in order to increase the use of such flexible and low cost textile materials. In this study, surface conductivity and photo catalytic activity of standard cotton fabric (SCF) was enhanced by modifying its surface charge, from negative to positive, using Bovine Serum Albumin (BSA) as a cationic agent, to convert it into cationised cotton fabric (CCF). Then, both types of fabrics were dip coated with a simple dip and dry technique for the adsorption of negatively charged graphene oxide (GO) sheets onto its surface. This resulted in 67.74% higher loading amount of GO on the CCF making self-assembly. Finally, this coating was chemically converted by vapor reduction using hydrazine hydrate to reduced graphene oxide (rGO) for restoration of a high electrical conductivity at the fabric surface. Our results revealed that with such high loading of GO, the surface resistance of CCF was only 40Ω/sq as compared to 510Ω/sq of the SCF and a 66% higher photo catalytic activity was also achieved through cationization for improved GO coating. Graphene coated SCF and CCF were characterized using FE-SEM, FTIR, Raman, UV-vis, WAXD, EDX and XPS spectroscopy to ascertain successful reduction of GO to rGO. The effect of BSA treatment on adsorption of cotton fabric was studied using drop shape analyzer to measure contact angle and for thermal and mechanical resistance, the fabric was tested for TGA and tensile strength, respectively. rGO coated fabric also showed slightly improved thermal stability yet a minor loss of strength was observed. The high flexibility, photocatalytic activity and excellent conductivity of this fabric suggests that it can be used as an electrode material for various applications.

  3. Low-Thermal-Conductivity Pyrochlore Oxide Materials Developed for Advanced Thermal Barrier Coatings

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    Bansal, Narottam P.; Zhu, Dong-Ming

    2005-01-01

    When turbine engines operate at higher temperatures, they consume less fuel, have higher efficiencies, and have lower emissions. The upper-use temperatures of the base materials (superalloys, silicon-based ceramics, etc.) used for the hot-section components of turbine engines are limited by the physical, mechanical, and corrosion characteristics of these materials. Thermal barrier coatings (TBCs) are applied as thin layers on the surfaces of these materials to further increase the operating temperatures. The current state-of-the-art TBC material in commercial use is partially yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ), which is applied on engine components by plasma spraying or by electron-beam physical vapor deposition. At temperatures higher than 1000 C, YSZ layers are prone to sintering, which increases thermal conductivity and makes them less effective. The sintered and densified coatings can also reduce thermal stress and strain tolerance, which can reduce the coating s durability significantly. Alternate TBC materials with lower thermal conductivity and better sintering resistance are needed to further increase the operating temperature of turbine engines.

  4. Method for Fabricating Textured High-Haze ZnO:Al Transparent Conduction Oxide Films on Chemically Etched Glass Substrates.

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    Park, Hyeongsik; Nam, Sang-Hun; Shin, Myunghun; Ju, Minkyu; Lee, Youn-Jung; Yu, Jung-Hoon; Jung, Junhee; Kim, Sunbo; Ahn, Shihyun; Boo, Jin-Hyo; Yi, Junsin

    2016-05-01

    We developed a technique for forming textured aluminum-doped zinc oxide (ZnO:Al) transparent conductive oxide (TCO) films on glass substrates, which were etched using a mixture of hydrofluoric (HF) and hydrochloric (HCl) acids. The etching depth and surface roughness increased with an increase in the HF content and the etching time. The HF-based residues produced insoluble hexafluorosilicate anion- and oxide impurity-based semipermeable films, which reduced the etching rate. Using a small amount of HCl dissolved the Ca compounds, helping to fragment the semipermeable film. This formed random, complex structures on the glass substrates. The angled deposition of three layers of ZnO:Al led to the synthesis of multiscaled ZnO:Al textures on the glass substrates. The proposed approach resulted in textured ZnO:Al TCO films that exhibited high transmittance (-80%) and high haze (> 40%) values over wavelengths of 400-1000 nm, as well as low sheet resistances (ZnO:Al textured TCO films exhibited photocurrents and cell efficiencies that were 40% higher than those of cells with conventional TCO films.

  5. Effect of annealing on silicon heterojunction solar cells with textured ZnO:Al as transparent conductive oxide

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    Roca i Cabarrocas P.

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available We report on silicon heterojunction solar cells using textured aluminum doped zinc oxide (ZnO:Al as a transparent conductive oxide (TCO instead of flat indium tin oxide. Double side silicon heterojunction solar cell were fabricated by radio frequency plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition on high life time N-type float zone crystalline silicon wafers. On both sides of these cells we have deposited by radio frequency magnetron sputtering ZnO:Al layers of thickness ranging from 800 nm to 1400 nm. These TCO layers were then textured by dipping the samples in a 0.5% hydrochloric acid. External quantum efficiency as well as I-V under 1 sun illumination measurements showed an increase of the current for the cells using textured ZnO:Al. The cells were then annealed at 150 °C, 175 °C and 200 °C during 30 min in ambient atmosphere and characterized at each annealing step. The results show that annealing has no impact on the open circuit voltage of the devices but that up to a 175 °C it enhances their short circuit current, consistent with an overall enhancement of their spectral response. Our results suggest that ZnO:Al is a promising material to increase the short circuit current (Jsc while avoiding texturing the c-Si substrate.

  6. Improved conductivity of indium-tin-oxide film through the introduction of intermediate layer

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    Ng, S. W.; Yam, F. K.; Beh, K. P.; Tneh, S. S.; Hassan, Z.

    2016-09-01

    A thin intermediate layer (Ag, AuSn, In, Ni, Sn, SiO2) was individually deposited on glass substrates prior to the deposition of indium-tin-oxide (ITO) thin film by radio-frequency (RF) magnetron sputtering employing ITO target (composition ratio of In2O3:SnO2 = 9:1). The structural, optical and electrical properties were investigated to compare the ITO thin film with and without an intermediate layer. The preferential orientation of all ITO films was along (222) plane. Although all thin films were polycrystalline, the presence of intermediate layer promoted the overall crystallinity. The sheet resistance and resistivity of the ITO film were reduced from ∼68 Ω/□ to ∼29-45 Ω/□, and 16.2 × 10-4 Ω cm up to 7.58 × 10-4 Ω cm, respectively, by inserting a thin metal layer underneath the ITO film, and it is dependent on the degree of crystallization. The optical transmittance in the visible region varies from 40 to 88% for different samples. Based on the evaluation from Tauc plot, the optical band gap falls in the range of 4.02-4.12 eV. Physical film thickness was compared with that evaluated by optical measurement in the visible range and the physical thickness was found to be smaller. Similarly, the carrier concentration/scattering time from Hall effect measurement were also compared with that from optical measurement in the infrared region. Haacke's figure of merit (FOM) was employed to assess the quality of the ITO films, and the highest FOM is credited to ITO/In up to ∼8 × 10-3 Ω-1 in the visible light region.

  7. Impedance spectroscopic analysis of composite electrode from activated carbon/conductive materials/ruthenium oxide for supercapacitor applications

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    Taer, E.; Awitdrus,; Farma, R. [School of Applied Physics, Faculty of Science and Technology, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, 43600 Bangi, Selangor (Malaysia); Department of Physics, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, University of Riau, 28293 Pekanbaru, Riau (Indonesia); Deraman, M., E-mail: madra@ukm.my; Talib, I. A.; Ishak, M. M.; Omar, R.; Dolah, B. N. M.; Basri, N. H.; Othman, M. A. R. [School of Applied Physics, Faculty of Science and Technology, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, 43600 Bangi, Selangor (Malaysia); Kanwal, S. [ICCBS, H.E.J. Research Institute of Chemistry, University of Karachi, 75270 Karachi (Pakistan)

    2015-04-16

    Activated carbon powders (ACP) were produced from the KOH treated pre-carbonized rubber wood sawdust. Different conductive materials (graphite, carbon black and carbon nanotubes (CNTs)) were added with a binder (polivinylidene fluoride (PVDF)) into ACP to improve the supercapacitive performance of the activated carbon (AC) electrodes. Symmetric supercapacitor cells, fabricated using these AC electrodes and 1 molar H{sub 2}SO{sub 4} electrolyte, were analyzed using a standard electrochemical impedance spectroscopy technique. The addition of graphite, carbon black and CNTs was found effective in reducing the cell resistance from 165 to 68, 23 and 49 Ohm respectively, and increasing the specific capacitance of the AC electrodes from 3 to 7, 17, 32 F g{sup −1} respectively. Since the addition of CNTs can produce the highest specific capacitance, CNTs were chosen as a conductive material to produce AC composite electrodes that were added with 2.5 %, 5 % and 10 % (by weight) electro-active material namely ruthenium oxide; PVDF binder and CNTs contents were kept at 5 % by weight in each AC composite produced. The highest specific capacitance of the cells obtained in this study was 86 F g{sup −1}, i.e. for the cell with the resistance of 15 Ohm and composite electrode consists of 5 % ruthenium oxide.

  8. Synthesis, phase stability and oxide ion conductivity of Ce(IV)-Cd(II) double substituted bismuth vanadate

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    Beg, Saba; Haneef, Sadaf

    2015-11-01

    Bi4V2O11-δ has been doped with Ce and Cd to study double substitution. The system with various dopant concentrations (0.07 ≤ x ≤ 0.30) was prepared by the standard solid-state reaction method. The correlation between the polymorphism and oxide ion performance was well investigated as a function of temperature and composition with the help of thermal analysis, X-ray diffraction (XRD) and AC impedance spectroscopy. From XRD results it is seen that the high oxide ion conducting tetragonal γ-phase is stabilized for x = 0.17. For the compositions x ≤ 0.10, monoclinic α-phase is retained at room temperature with clear evidence for two successive phase transitions α ↔ β and β ↔ γ. For x = 0.13, β ↔ γ phase transition is seen. However, the existence of order-disorder, γ' ↔ γ transition was confirmed for x = 0.17. It is seen that the highest low-temperature ionic conductivity at 320 °C is 3.19 × 10-4 S cm-1 which was observed for x = 0.17.

  9. Integer Charge Transfer and Hybridization at an Organic Semiconductor/Conductive Oxide Interface

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    Gruenewald, Marco

    2015-02-11

    We investigate the prototypical hybrid interface formed between PTCDA and conductive n-doped ZnO films by means of complementary optical and electronic spectroscopic techniques. We demonstrate that shallow donors in the vicinity of the ZnO surface cause an integer charge transfer to PTCDA, which is clearly restricted to the first monolayer. By means of DFT calculations, we show that the experimental signatures of the anionic PTCDA species can be understood in terms of strong hybridization with localized states (the shallow donors) in the substrate and charge back-donation, resulting in an effectively integer charge transfer across the interface. Charge transfer is thus not merely a question of locating the Fermi level above the PTCDA electron-transport level but requires rather an atomistic understanding of the interfacial interactions. The study reveals that defect sites and dopants can have a significant influence on the specifics of interfacial coupling and thus on carrier injection or extraction.

  10. Phase behavior and ionic conductivity of concentrated solutions of polystyrene-poly(ethylene oxide) diblock copolymers in an ionic liquid.

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    Simone, Peter M; Lodge, Timothy P

    2009-12-01

    Concentrated solutions of poly(styrene-b-ethylene oxide) (PS-PEO) diblock copolymers were prepared using the ionic liquid 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide [EMI][TFSI] as the solvent. The self-assembled microstructures adopted by the copolymer solutions have been characterized using small-angle X-ray scattering. Lyotropic mesophase transitions were observed, with a progression from hexagonally packed cylinders of PEO, to lamellae, to hexagonally packed cylinders of PS upon increasing [EMI][TFSI] content. The change in lamellar domain spacing with ionic liquid concentration was found to be comparable to that reported for other block copolymers in strongly selective solvents. The ionic conductivity of the concentrated PS-PEO/[EMI][TFSI] solutions was measured via impedance spectroscopy, and ranged from 1 x 10(-7) to 1 x 10(-3) S/cm at temperatures from 25 - 100 degrees C. Additionally, the ionic conductivity of the solutions was found to increase with both ionic liquid concentration and molecular weight of the PEO blocks. The ionic conductivity of PEO homopolymer/[EMI][TFSI] solutions was also measured in order to compare the conductivity of the PS-PEO solutions to the expected limit for a lamellar sample with randomly oriented microstructure grains.

  11. The influence of reduced graphene oxide on electrical conductivity of LiFePO4-based composite as cathode material

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    Arifin, Muhammad; Aimon, Akfiny Hasdi; Winata, Toto; Abdullah, Mikrajuddin; Iskandar, Ferry

    2016-02-01

    LiFePO4 is fascinating cathode active materials for Li-ion batteries application because of their high electrochemical performance such as a stable voltage at 3.45 V and high specific capacity at 170 mAh.g-1. However, their low intrinsic electronic conductivity and low ionic diffusion are still the hindrance for their further application on Li-ion batteries. Therefore, the efforts to improve their conductivity are very important to elevate their prospecting application as cathode materials. Herein, we reported preparation of additional of reduced Graphene Oxide (rGO) into LiFePO4-based composite via hydrothermal method and the influence of rGO on electrical conductivity of LiFePO4-based composite by varying mass of rGO in composition. Vibration of LiFePO4-based composite was detected on Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) spectra, while single phase of LiFePO4 nanocrystal was observed on X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) pattern, it furthermore, Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) images showed that rGO was distributed around LiFePO4-based composite. Finally, the 4-point probe measurement result confirmed that the optimum electrical conductivity is in additional 2 wt% rGO for range 1 to 2 wt% rGO.

  12. Ionic conductivity and fuel cell properties of apatite-type lanthanum silicates doped with Mg and containing excess oxide ions

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    Yoshioka, Hideki [Hyogo Prefectural Institute of Technology, 3-1-12 Yukihira-cho, Suma-ku, Kobe 654-0037 (Japan); Nojiri, Yoshihiro [Kyushu University, Department of Mechanical Engineering Science, Faculty of Engineering, Motooka 744, Nishi-ku, Fukuoka 819-0935 (Japan); Tanase, Shigeo [National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, 1-8-31 Midorigaoka, Ikeda, Osaka 563-8577 (Japan)

    2008-11-30

    Enhancement of the ionic conductivity of lanthanum silicate-based apatites is examined with emphasis on optimizing the La composition and the Mg doping level at the same time. La{sub 10}Si{sub 5.8}Mg{sub 0.2}O{sub 26.8} and La{sub 9.8}Si{sub 5.7}Mg{sub 0.3}O{sub 26.4} show the highest level of the ionic conductivities among apatite silicates, 8.8 and 7.4 x 10{sup -} {sup 2} S cm{sup -} {sup 1} at 800 C, respectively, with a very low level of activation energy (0.42-0.43 eV). Their conductivities are higher than yttria stabilized zirconia (YSZ) below 900 C and even comparable to Sr and Mg doped lanthanum gallate (LSGM) below 550 C. A solid oxide fuel cell using La{sub 9.8}Si{sub 5.7}Mg{sub 0.3}O{sub 26.4} as an electrolyte with Ni-ceria cermet anode and Sr doped lanthanum cobaltite cathode exhibits a remarkable improvement in power generation compared to previous data using Pt electrodes. Structural investigation by the Rietveld analysis on the powder X-ray diffraction pattern shows significant enlargement of the bottleneck triangle sizes of the conduction channel with the Mg doping. (author)

  13. Thermal Conductivity of Wurtzite Zinc-Oxide from First-Principles Lattice Dynamics--a Comparative Study with Gallium Nitride.

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    Wu, Xufei; Lee, Jonghoon; Varshney, Vikas; Wohlwend, Jennifer L; Roy, Ajit K; Luo, Tengfei

    2016-03-01

    Wurtzite Zinc-Oxide (w-ZnO) is a wide bandgap semiconductor that holds promise in power electronics applications, where heat dissipation is of critical importance. However, large discrepancies exist in the literature on the thermal conductivity of w-ZnO. In this paper, we determine the thermal conductivity of w-ZnO using first-principles lattice dynamics and compare it to that of wurtzite Gallium-Nitride (w-GaN)--another important wide bandgap semiconductor with the same crystal structure and similar atomic masses as w-ZnO. However, the thermal conductivity values show large differences (400 W/mK of w-GaN vs. 50 W/mK of w-ZnO at room temperature). It is found that the much lower thermal conductivity of ZnO originates from the smaller phonon group velocities, larger three-phonon scattering phase space and larger anharmonicity. Compared to w-GaN, w-ZnO has a smaller frequency gap in phonon dispersion, which is responsible for the stronger anharmonic phonon scattering, and the weaker interatomic bonds in w-ZnO leads to smaller phonon group velocities. The thermal conductivity of w-ZnO also shows strong size effect with nano-sized grains or structures. The results from this work help identify the cause of large discrepancies in w-ZnO thermal conductivity and will provide in-depth understanding of phonon dynamics for the design of w-ZnO-based electronics.

  14. Exfoliation of non-oxidized graphene flakes for scalable conductive film.

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    Park, Kwang Hyun; Kim, Bo Hyun; Song, Sung Ho; Kwon, Jiyoung; Kong, Byung Seon; Kang, Kisuk; Jeon, Seokwoo

    2012-06-13

    The increasing demand for graphene has required a new route for its mass production without causing extreme damages. Here we demonstrate a simple and cost-effective intercalation based exfoliation method for preparing high quality graphene flakes, which form a stable dispersion in organic solvents without any functionalization and surfactant. Successful intercalation of alkali metal between graphite interlayers through liquid-state diffusion from ternary KCl-NaCl-ZnCl(2) eutectic system is confirmed by X-ray diffraction and X-ray photoelectric spectroscopy. Chemical composition and morphology analyses prove that the graphene flakes preserve their intrinsic properties without any degradation. The graphene flakes remain dispersed in a mixture of pyridine and salts for more than 6 months. We apply these results to produce transparent conducting (∼930 Ω/□ at ∼75% transmission) graphene films using the modified Langmuir-Blodgett method. The overall results suggest that our method can be a scalable (>1 g/batch) and economical route for the synthesis of nonoxidized graphene flakes.

  15. Targeted kinetic strategy for improving the thermal conductivity of epoxy composite containing percolating multi-layer graphene oxide chains

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    T. Zhou

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available By adding 2 wt% multi-layer graphene oxide (MGO to an epoxy resin, the thermal conductivity of the composite reached a maximum, 2.03 times that of the epoxy. The presence of 2 wt%MGO percolating chains leads to an unprecedentedly sharp rise in energy barrier at final curing stage, but an increased epoxy curing degree (αIR is observed; however, this αIR difference nearly disappears after aging or thermal annealing. These results suggest that the steep concentration gradient of –OH, originated from the 2 wt%MGO percolating chains, exerts the vital driving force on the residual isolated/trapped epoxy to conquer barrier for epoxy-MGO reaction. A modified Shrinking Core Model customized for the special layered-structure of MGO sheet was proposed to understand the resistance variation during the intercalative epoxy-MGO reaction. It shows that the promoted intercalative crosslinking is highly desirable for further improving the thermal conductivity of the composite, but it meets with increased resistance. Guided by the kinetic studies, targeted optimization on the cure processing strategy was accordingly proposed to promote the intercalative crosslinking, a thermal conductivity, 2.96 times that of the epoxy, was got with only a small amount (30°C increase of the post-heating temperature.

  16. Effect of Microwave Treatment of Graphite on the Electrical Conductivity and Electrochemical Properties of Polyaniline/Graphene Oxide Composites

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    2016-11-01

    Full Text Available Polyaniline (PANI/graphene oxide (GO composites were synthesized via in situ polymerization of aniline in the presence of GO. The effect of microwave treatment of graphite on the electrical conductivity and electrochemical properties of PANI/GO composites was highlighted, and the morphology and microstructure were subsequently characterized using transmission electron microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, Fourier-transformed infrared spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, and thermogravimetric analysis. The results demonstrated that microwave treatment of graphite imparted a well-dispersed, highly ordered layered structure to the as-prepared GO, and in turn facilitated strong bonding between the GO and PANI nanosheets, which may be responsible for the improved electrical conductivity and electrochemical properties of the resulting PANI/GO composites. The desired PANI/GO composites possessed an electrical conductivity of 508 S/m, an areal capacitance of 172.8 mF/cm2, and a retained capacitance of 87.4% after cycling, representing percentage increases of 102, 232, and 112, respectively, as a result of the microwave treatment of graphite. The resulting composites are promising electrode materials for high-performance and ecofriendly electrical energy storage devices.

  17. Correlation between phase structure and electrical conduction in BISNVOX system for intermediate temperature solid oxide fuel cells (IT-SOFC)

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    Beg, Saba; Hafeez, Shehla; Al-Areqi, Niyazi A. S.

    2010-11-01

    Samples of Sn4+-substituted bismuth vanadate, formulated as Bi4Sn x V2- x O11-( x /2)- δ in the composition range 0.07 ≤ x ≤ 0.30, were prepared by standard solid-state reactions. Sample characterization and the principal phase transitions (α ↔ β, β ↔ γ and γ‧ ↔ γ) were investigated by FT-IR spectroscopy, X-ray powder diffraction, differential thermal analysis (DTA) and AC impedance spectroscopy. For composition x = 0.07, the α ↔ β and β ↔ γ phase transitions were observed at temperatures of 451 and 536°C, respectively. DTA thermograms and Arrhenius plots of conductivities revealed the γ‧ ↔ γ phase transition at 411 and 423°C for x = 0.20 and 0.30, respectively. AC impedance plots showed that conductivity is mainly due to the grain contribution, which is evident in the enhanced short-range diffusion of oxide ion vacancy in the grains with increasing temperature. The highest ionic conductivity (5.03 × 10-5 S cm-1 at 300°C) was observed for the x = 0.17 solid solution with less pronounced thermal hysteresis.

  18. Antibacterial and conductive injectable hydrogels based on quaternized chitosan-graft-polyaniline/oxidized dextran for tissue engineering.

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    Zhao, Xin; Li, Peng; Guo, Baolin; Ma, Peter X

    2015-10-01

    Biomaterials with injectability, conductivity and antibacterial effect simultaneously have been rarely reported. Herein, we developed a new series of in situ forming antibacterial conductive degradable hydrogels using quaternized chitosan (QCS) grafted polyaniline with oxidized dextran as crosslinker. The chemical structures, morphologies, electrochemical property, conductivity, swelling ratio, rheological property, in vitro biodegradation and gelation time of hydrogels were characterized. Injectability was verified by in vivo subcutaneous injection on a Sprague Dawley rat. The antibacterial activity of the hydrogels was firstly evaluated employing antibacterial assay using Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus in vitro. The hydrogels containing polyaniline showed enhanced antibacterial activity compared to QCS hydrogel, especially for hydrogels with 3 wt% polyaniline showing 95 kill% and 90kill% for E. coli and S. aureus, respectively. Compared with QCS hydrogel, the hydrogels with 3 wt% polyaniline still showed enhanced antibacterial activity for E. coli in vivo. The adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells (ADMSCs) were used to evaluate the cytotoxicity of the hydrogels and hydrogels with polyaniline showed better cytocompatibility than QCS hydrogel. The electroactive hydrogels could significantly enhance the proliferation of C2C12 myoblasts compared to QCS hydrogel. This work opens the way to fabricate in situ forming antibacterial and electroactive degradable hydrogels as a new class of bioactive scaffolds for tissue regeneration applications.

  19. Mathematical Modeling Analysis and Optimization of Key Design Parameters of Proton-Conductive Solid Oxide Fuel Cells

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    Hong Liu

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available A proton-conductive solid oxide fuel cell (H-SOFC has the advantage of operating at higher temperatures than a PEM fuel cell, but at lower temperatures than a SOFC. This study proposes a mathematical model for an H-SOFC in order to simulate the performance and optimize the flow channel designs. The model analyzes the average mass transfer and species’ concentrations in flow channels, which allows the determination of an average concentration polarization in anode and cathode gas channels, the proton conductivity of electrolyte membranes, as well as the activation polarization. An electrical circuit for the current and proton conduction is applied to analyze the ohmic losses from an anode current collector to a cathode current collector. The model uses relatively less amount of computational time to find the V-I curve of the fuel cell, and thus it can be applied to compute a large amount of cases with different flow channel dimensions and operating parameters for optimization. The modeling simulation results agreed satisfactorily with the experimental results from literature. Simulation results showed that a relatively small total width of flow channel and rib, together with a small ratio of the rib’s width versus the total width, are preferable for obtaining high power densities and thus high efficiency.

  20. The role of electronic and ionic conductivities in the rate performance of tunnel structured manganese oxides in Li-ion batteries

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    B. W. Byles

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available Single nanowires of two manganese oxide polymorphs (α-MnO2 and todorokite manganese oxide, which display a controlled size variation in terms of their square structural tunnels, were isolated onto nanofabricated platforms using dielectrophoresis. This platform allowed for the measurement of the electronic conductivity of these manganese oxides, which was found to be higher in α-MnO2 as compared to that of the todorokite phase by a factor of ∼46. Despite this observation of substantially higher electronic conductivity in α-MnO2, the todorokite manganese oxide exhibited better electrochemical rate performance as a Li-ion battery cathode. The relationship between this electrochemical performance, the electronic conductivities of the manganese oxides, and their reported ionic conductivities is discussed for the first time, clearly revealing that the rate performance of these materials is limited by their Li+ diffusivity, and not by their electronic conductivity. This result reveals important new insights relevant for improving the power density of manganese oxides, which have shown promise as a low-cost, abundant, and safe alternative for next-generation cathode materials. Furthermore, the presented experimental approach is suitable for assessing a broader family of one-dimensional electrode active materials (in terms of their electronic and ionic conductivities for both Li-ion batteries and for electrochemical systems utilizing charge-carrying ions beyond Li+.

  1. Band Structure and Terahertz Optical Conductivity of Transition Metal Oxides: Theory and Application to CaRuO(3).

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    Dang, Hung T; Mravlje, Jernej; Georges, Antoine; Millis, Andrew J

    2015-09-04

    Density functional plus dynamical mean field calculations are used to show that in transition metal oxides, rotational and tilting (GdFeO(3)-type) distortions of the ideal cubic perovskite structure produce a multiplicity of low-energy optical transitions which affect the conductivity down to frequencies of the order of 1 or 2 mV (terahertz regime), mimicking non-Fermi-liquid effects even in systems with a strictly Fermi-liquid self-energy. For CaRuO(3), a material whose measured electromagnetic response in the terahertz frequency regime has been interpreted as evidence for non-Fermi-liquid physics, the combination of these band structure effects and a renormalized Fermi-liquid self-energy accounts for the low frequency optical response which had previously been regarded as a signature of exotic physics. Signatures of deviations from Fermi-liquid behavior at higher frequencies (∼100  meV) are discussed.

  2. Decoupling free-carriers contributions from oxygen-vacancy and cation-substitution in extrinsic conducting oxides.

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    Lin, Y H; Liu, Y S; Lin, Y C; Wei, Y S; Liao, K S; Lee, K R; Lai, J Y; Chen, H M; Jean, Y C; Liu, C Y

    2013-01-21

    The intrinsic oxygen-vacancies and the extrinsic dopants are two major fundamental free-carrier sources for the extrinsic conducting oxides, such as Sn-doped In(2)O(3). Yet, the individual contributions of the above two free-carrier sources to the total carrier concentrations have never been unraveled. A carrier-concentration separation model is derived in this work, which can define the individual contributions to the total carrier concentration from the intrinsic oxygen-vacancies and the extrinsic dopants, separately. The individual contributions obtained from the present carrier-concentration separation model are verified by the two-state trapping model, photoluminescence, and positron annihilation lifetime (PAL) spectroscopy. In addition, the oxygen-vacancy formation energy of the Sn:In(2)O(3) thin film is determined to be 0.25 eV by PAL spectroscopy.

  3. Enhancement of the electrical properties of silver nanowire transparent conductive electrodes by atomic layer deposition coating with zinc oxide

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    Pham, Anh-Tuan; Nguyen, Xuan-Quang; Tran, Duc-Huy; Phan, Vu Ngoc; Duong, Thanh-Tung; Nguyen, Duy-Cuong

    2016-08-01

    Transparent conductive electrodes for applications in optoelectronic devices such as solar cells and light-emitting diodes are important components and require low sheet resistance and high transmittance. Herein, we report an enhancement of the electrical properties of silver (Ag) nanowire networks by coating with zinc oxide using the atomic layer deposition technique. A strong decrease in the sheet resistance of Ag nanowires, namely from 20-40 Ω/□ to 7-15 Ω/□, was observed after coating with ZnO. Ag nanowire electrodes coated with 200-cycle ZnO by atomic layer deposition show the best quality, with a sheet resistance of 11 Ω/□ and transmittance of 75%.

  4. Nanoporous palladium anode for direct ethanol solid oxide fuel cells with nanoscale proton-conducting ceramic electrolyte

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    Li, Yong; Wong, Lai Mun; Xie, Hanlin; Wang, Shijie; Su, Pei-Chen

    2017-02-01

    In this work, we demonstrate the operation of micro-solid oxide fuel cells (μ-SOFCs) with nanoscale proton-conducting Y-BaZrO3 (BZY) electrolyte to avoid the fuel crossover problem for direct ethanol fuel cells (DEFCs). The μ-SOFCs are operated with the direct utilisation of ethanol vapour as a fuel and Pd as anode at the temperature range of 300-400 °C. The nanoporous Pd anode is achieved by DC sputtering at high Ar pressure of 80 mTorr. The Pd-anode/BYZ-electrolyte/Pt-cathode cell show peak power densities of 72.4 mW/cm2 using hydrogen and 15.3 mW/cm2 using ethanol at 400 °C. No obvious carbon deposition is seen from XPS analysis after fuel cell test with ethanol fuel.

  5. Charge conduction properties of a parallel-stranded DNA G-quadruplex: implications for chromosomal oxidative damage.

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    Huang, Yu Chuan; Cheng, Alan K H; Yu, Hua-Zhong; Sen, Dipankar

    2009-07-28

    The charge-flow properties and concomitant guanine damage patterns of a number of intermolecular and wholly parallel-stranded DNA G-quadruplexes were investigated. The DNA constructs were structurally well-defined and consisted of the G-quadruplex sandwiched and stacked between two Watson-Crick base-paired duplexes. Such duplex-quadruplex-duplex constructs were designed to minimize torsional stress as well as steric crowding at the duplex-quadruplex junctions. When anthraquinone was used to induce charge flow within the constructs, it was found that the quadruplex served both as a sink and as a moderately good conductor of electron holes, relative to DNA duplexes. Most strikingly, the quadruplex suffered very little charge-flow generated oxidative damage relative to guanines in the duplex regions and, indeed, to guanines in antiparallel quadruplexes reported in prior studies. It is likely that these differences result from a combination of steric and electronic factors. A biological conclusion that may be drawn from these data is that if, as anticipated, G-quadruplex structures form in vivo at the telomeres and other loci in eukaryotic chromosomes, their ability to serve as protective sinks against chromosomal oxidative damage may depend on their specific character and topology. From a separate perspective, our results on the conduction properties of duplex-quadruplex-duplex DNA composites suggest the utility of G-quadruplexes as junction modules in the construction of DNA-based biosensors and nanocircuitry.

  6. Effects of the buffer layer inserted between the transparent conductive oxide anode and the organic electron donor

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    Godoy, A.; Kouskoussa, B.; Benchouk, K.; Khelil, A. [Facultad Ciencias de la Salud, Universidad Diego Portales, Ejercito 141, Santiago de Chile (Chile); Cattin, L.; Soto, G.M. [Universite de Nantes, Nantes Atlantique Universites, Institut des Materiaux Jean Rouxel (IMN)-CNRS, Faculte des Sciences et Techniques, 2 rue de la Houssiniere, BP 92208, Nantes F-44000 (France); Toumi, L. [LPCM2E, Universite d' Oran Es-Senia, LPCM2E (Algeria); Diaz, F.R.; del Valle, M.A. [Laboratorio de Polimeros, Facultad de Quimica, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Casilla 306, Correo 22, Santiago (Chile); Morsli, M.; Bernede, J.C. [Universite de Nantes, Nantes Atlantique Universites, LAMP, Faculte des Sciences et Techniques, 2 rue de la Houssiniere, BP 92208, Nantes F-44000 (France)

    2010-04-15

    In optoelectronic devices, the work function of the transparent conductive oxide, which is used as anode, does not match well the highest occupied molecular orbital of the organic material, which induces the formation of a barrier opposed to hole exchange at this interface. Therefore a thin buffer layer is often used to achieve good matching of the band structure at the interface. From experimental results it can be deduced that the main effects of the buffer layer consist in a better matching of the band structure at the interface anode/organic material and in a more homogeneous organic layer growth. We show that, whatever the nature of the buffer layer-metal, oxide, organic material - the classical Schottky-Mott model allows to anticipate, at least roughly, the behaviour of the contact, even if some dipole effect are often present. A good correlation between the ''metal/buffer layer'' work function and the barrier {phi}{sub b} for hole exchange at anode/organic electron donor interfaces is obtained, as expected by the model. (author)

  7. Atomic and Molecular Layer Deposition for Enhanced Lithium Ion Battery Electrodes and Development of Conductive Metal Oxide/Carbon Composites

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    Travis, Jonathan

    The performance and safety of lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) are dependent on interfacial processes at the positive and negative electrodes. For example, the surface layers that form on cathodes and anodes are known to affect the kinetics and capacity of LIBs. Interfacial reactions between the electrolyte and the electrodes are also known to initiate electrolyte combustion during thermal runaway events that compromise battery safety. Atomic layer deposition (ALD) and molecular layer deposition (MLD) are thin film deposition techniques based on sequential, self-limiting surface reactions. ALD and MLD can deposit ultrathin and conformal films on high aspect ratio and porous substrates such as composite particulate electrodes in lithium-ion batteries. The effects of electrode surface modification via ALD and MLD are studied using a variety of techniques. It was found that sub-nm thick coatings of Al2O 3 deposited via ALD have beneficial effects on the stability of LIB anodes and cathodes. These same Al2O3 ALD films were found to improve the safety of graphite based anodes through prevention of exothermic solid electrolyte interface (SEI) degradation at elevated temperatures. Ultrathin and conformal metal alkoxide polymer films known as "metalcones" were grown utilizing MLD techniques with trimethylaluminum (TMA) or titanium tetrachloride (TiCl4) and organic diols or triols, such as ethylene glycol (EG), glycerol (GL) or hydroquinone (HQ), as the reactants. Pyrolysis of these metalcone films under inert gas conditions led to the development of conductive metal oxide/carbon composites. The composites were found to contain sp2 carbon using micro-Raman spectroscopy in the pyrolyzed films with pyrolysis temperatures ≥ 600°C. Four point probe measurements demonstrated that the graphitic sp2 carbon domains in the metalcone films grown using GL and HQ led to significant conductivity. The pyrolysis of conformal MLD films to obtain conductive metal oxide/carbon composite films

  8. Conductive reduced graphene oxide/MnO2 carbonized cotton fabrics with enhanced electro -chemical, -heating, and -mechanical properties

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    Tian, Mingwei; Du, Minzhi; Qu, Lijun; Zhang, Kun; Li, Hongliang; Zhu, Shifeng; Liu, Dongdong

    2016-09-01

    Versatile and ductile conductive carbonized cotton fabrics decorated with reduced graphene oxide (rGO)/manganese dioxide (MnO2) are prepared in this paper. In order to endow multifunction to cotton fabric, graphene oxide (GO) is deposited on cotton fibers by simple dip-coating route. MnO2 nanoparticles are assembled on the surface of cotton fabric through in-situ chemical solution deposition. MnO2/GO@cotton fabrics are carbonized to achieve conductive fabric (MnO2/rGO@C). The morphologies and structures of obtained fabrics are characterized by SEM, XRD, ICP and element analysis, and their electro-properties including electro-chemical, electro-heating and electro-mechanical properties are evaluated. The MnO2/rGO@C yields remarkable specific capacitance of 329.4 mA h/g at the current density of 100 mA/g, which is more than 40% higher than that of the control carbonized cotton fabric (231 mA h/g). Regarding electro-heating properties, the temperature of MnO2/rGO@C fabric could be monotonically increased to the steady-state maximum temperatures (ΔTmax) of 36 °C within 5 min under the applied voltage 15 V while the ΔTmax = 17 °C of the control case. In addition, MnO2/rGO@C exhibits repeatable electro-mechanical properties and its normalized resistance (R-R0)/R0 could reach 0.78 at a constant strain (curvature = 0.6 cm-1). The MnO2/rGO@C fabric is versatile, scalable, and adaptable to a wide variety of smart textiles applications.

  9. Enhanced thermal conductivity oxide nuclear fuels by co-sintering with BeO: II. Fuel performance and neutronics

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    McCoy, Kevin; Mays, Claude

    2008-04-01

    The fuel rod performance and neutronics of enhanced thermal conductivity oxide (ECO) nuclear fuel with BeO have been compared to those of standard UO 2 fuel. The standards of comparison were that the ECO fuel should have the same infinite neutron-multiplication factor kinf at end of life and provide the same energy extraction per fuel assembly over its lifetime. The BeO displaces some uranium, so equivalence with standard UO 2 fuel was obtained by increasing the burnup and slightly increasing the enrichment. The COPERNIC fuel rod performance code was adapted to account for the effect of BeO on thermal properties. The materials considered were standard UO 2, UO 2 with 4.0 vol.% BeO, and UO 2 with 9.6 vol.% BeO. The smaller amount of BeO was assumed to provide increases in thermal conductivity of 0, 5, or 10%, whereas the larger amount was assumed to provide an increase of 50%. A significant improvement in performance was seen, as evidenced by reduced temperatures, internal rod pressures, and fission gas release, even with modest (5-10%) increases in thermal conductivity. The benefits increased monotonically with increasing thermal conductivity. Improvements in LOCA initialization performance were also seen. A neutronic calculation considered a transition from standard UO 2 fuel to ECO fuel. The calculation indicated that only a small increase in enrichment is required to maintain the kinf at end of life. The smallness of the change was attributed to the neutron-multiplication reaction of Be with fast neutrons and the moderating effect of BeO. Adoption of ECO fuel was predicted to provide a net reduction in uranium cost. Requirements for industrial hygiene were found to be comparable to those for processing of UO 2.

  10. Evaluating the potential for quantitative monitoring of in situ chemical oxidation of aqueous-phase TCE using in-phase and quadrature electrical conductivity

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    Hort, R. D.; Revil, A.; Munakata-Marr, J.; Mao, D.

    2015-07-01

    Electrical resistivity measurements can potentially be used to remotely monitor fate and transport of ionic oxidants such as permanganate (MnO4-) during in situ chemical oxidation (ISCO) of contaminants like trichloroethene (TCE). Time-lapse two-dimensional bulk conductivity and induced polarization surveys conducted during a sand tank ISCO simulation demonstrated that MnO4- plume movement could be monitored in a qualitative manner using bulk conductivity tomograms, although chargeability was below sensitivity limits. We also examined changes to in-phase and quadrature electrical conductivity resulting from ion injection, MnO2 and Cl- production, and pH change during TCE and humate oxidation by MnO4- in homogeneous aqueous solutions and saturated porous media samples. Data from the homogeneous samples demonstrated that inversion of the sand tank resistivity data using a common Tikhonov regularization approach was insufficient to recover an accurate conductivity distribution within the tank. While changes to in-phase conductivity could be successfully modeled, quadrature conductivity values could not be directly related to TCE oxidation product or MnO4- concentrations at frequencies consistent with field induced polarization surveys, limiting the utility of quadrature conductivity for monitoring ISCO.

  11. Defect Chemistry and Electrical Conductivity of Sm-Doped La1-xSrxCoO3-δ for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells

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    Björketun, Mårten; Castelli, Ivano Eligio; Rossmeisl, Jan

    2017-01-01

    We have calculated the electrical conductivity of the solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) cathode contact material La1-xSrxCoO3-δ at 900 K. Experimental trends in conductivity against x, and against δ for fixed x, are correctly reproduced for x ≲ 0.8. Furthermore, we have studied the chemistry of neutral...

  12. Synthesis of AlN whiskers using cobalt oxide catalyst and their alignments for the improvement of thermal conductivity

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    Dang, Thi My Linh [Nano-Convergence Materials Center, Korea Institute of Ceramic Engineering and Technology, Soho-ro 10, Jinju-si, Kyeoungsangnam-do, 660-031 (Korea, Republic of); Electronic Materials Lab., School of Advanced Materials Science and Engineering, SungKyunKwan Univ., Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do, 440-746 (Korea, Republic of); Yoon, Dae-Ho, E-mail: dhyoon@skku.edu [Electronic Materials Lab., School of Advanced Materials Science and Engineering, SungKyunKwan Univ., Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do, 440-746 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Chang-Yeoul, E-mail: cykim15@kicet.re.kr [Nano-Convergence Materials Center, Korea Institute of Ceramic Engineering and Technology, Soho-ro 10, Jinju-si, Kyeoungsangnam-do, 660-031 (Korea, Republic of)

    2016-08-15

    We synthesized one dimensional (1-D) AlN whiskers by using the cobalt oxide catalyst-assisted carbothermal reduction method. The formation of AlN whiskers is investigated by the thermo-gravimetric and differential thermal analysis, Fourier-transformed infrared spectra, X-ray diffraction patterns, scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy observations. It was found that Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} droplets on the surfaces of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} acted as a catalyst for the growth of AlN whiskers by vapor-liquid-solid (VLS) mechanism. In addition, AlN whiskers/PVA composites aligned in parallel with the heat flow direction showed an excellent thermal conductivity about three times higher than those of the perpendicularly aligned whisker composites. - Highlights: • AlN whiskers with high aspect ratio were synthesized from Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}. • Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} droplets on the surface of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} acts as a catalyst for the whisker growth. • AlN whiskers are aligned within PVA in perpendicular and parallel with heat flow. • AlN whisker/PVA composite in perpendicular alignment shows a excellent heat conductivity.

  13. Phase field modeling of microstructure evolution and concomitant effective conductivity change in solid oxide fuel cell electrodes

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    Lei, Yinkai; Cheng, Tian-Le; Wen, You-Hai

    2017-03-01

    Microstructure evolution plays an important role in the performance degradation of SOFC electrodes. In this work, we propose a much improved phase field model to simulate the microstructure evolution in the electrodes of solid oxide fuel cell. We demonstrate that the tunability of the interfacial energy in this model has been significantly enhanced. Parameters are set to fit for the interfacial energies of a typical Ni-YSZ anode, an LSM-YSZ cathode and an artificial reference electrode, respectively. The contact angles at various triple junctions and the microstructure evolutions in two dimensions are calibrated to verify the model. As a demonstration of the capabilities of the model, three dimensional microstructure evolutions are simulated applying the model to the three different electrodes. The time evolutions of grain size and triple phase boundary density are analyzed. In addition, a recently proposed bound charge successive approximation algorithm is employed to calculate the effective conductivity of the electrodes during microstructure evolution. The effective conductivity of all electrodes are found to decrease during the microstructure evolution, which is attributed to the increased tortuosity and the loss of percolated volume fraction of the electrode phase.

  14. Effects of 12-Crown-4 ether on the ionic conductivity and electrode kinetics of electrolytes in polyethylene oxide

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    Nagasubramanian, G.; di Stefano, S.

    Results are described of investigations of the electrical and electrochemical properties of thin films of polyethylene oxide (PEO) electrolytes with and without 12-Crown-4 ether (12Cr4) as a function of temperature and in the frequency regime 100 kHz-0.1 Hz. These measurements were made for LiCF3SO3, LiBF4, and LiClO4 salts. At a given temperature, the bulk conductivity, sigma, (S/cm), for a particular salt, depends on the 12Cr4 concentration with sigma reaching a maximum at about 3 mM 12Cr4. Of the three salts studied, the sigma is the highest for PEO/LiBF4 with 3 mM 12Cr4. The ac and dc measurements yield a lower charge transfer resistance for 12Cr4-incorporated samples than for samples without. Plating/stripping of Li occurs at a potential closer to Li(+)/Li for 12Cr4 samples than those without. The conductivities of a thin (about 100 microns) and a thick (400 microns) films are similar.

  15. Surface modification of ZnO-Films as transparent conductive oxide layer for silicon thin film solar cells

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    Luekermann, Florian; Moenkemoeller, Viola; Brechling, Armin; Sacher, Marc; Heinzmann, Ulrich [Molecular and Surface Physics, Bielefeld University (Germany); Kurz, Henning; Hamelmann, Frank; Stiebig, Helmut [Malibu GmbH, Bielefeld (Germany)

    2009-07-01

    Transparent conductive oxides are used as front electrode in thin film solar cells. Especially ZnO deposited by Low Pressure Chemical Vapor Deposition provides useful features for solar cells. On the one hand ZnO shows a good conductivity and on the other hand a rough surface consisting of pyramidal grains which possess a good light scattering capability. To influence this light scattering, two different kinds of treatments have been applied on the ZnO surface: etching with diluted HCl and Reactive Ion Etching with Ar and O{sub 2}. The main interest is focused on the change of surface morphology and the resulting changes in light scattering and transmission. HCl etching leads to an increasing surface roughness as well as diffuse transmittance. Ar/O{sub 2} bombardment decreases the roughness and thus the scattering. The lowered roughness enhances the growth of the a-Si absorber layer and reduces the formation of pinholes. Finally the properties of amorphous silicon solar cells deposited on treated ZnO-films are compared with those deposited on untreated films.

  16. 2D Graphene Oxide Nanosheets as an Adhesive Over-Coating Layer for Flexible Transparent Conductive Electrodes

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    Moon, In Kyu; Kim, Jae Il; Lee, Hanleem; Hur, Kangheon; Kim, Woon Chun; Lee, Hyoyoung

    2013-01-01

    In recent, highly transparent and flexible, two-dimensional (2D) graphene oxide (GO) nanosheet has been paid attention for various applications. Due to an existence of a large amount of oxygen functional groups, the single 2D GO nanosheet has an insulating, transparent, highly dispersible in the eco-friendly water, and hydrophilic property that has strong adhesion to the hydrophilic surface, which will be the best candidate for the use of an over-coating layer (OCL) and protecting layer for a conductive nanowire based indium-free transparent conductive film (TCF). The ultrathin 2D adhesive GO OCL nanosheet is expected to tightly hold silver nanowires (AgNWs), reduce sheet resistance and produce uniform TCF, providing complete solution that simultaneously solves a high haze, low transparency with a conventional OCL and mechanical instability in cases without a thick OCL. Our novel 2D insulating and hydrophilic GO OCL successfully provided a large-area, flexible, and highly transparent AgNW TCF.

  17. Metal-insulator transition in tin doped indium oxide (ITO) thin films: Quantum correction to the electrical conductivity

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    Kaushik, Deepak Kumar; Kumar, K. Uday; Subrahmanyam, A.

    2017-01-01

    Tin doped indium oxide (ITO) thin films are being used extensively as transparent conductors in several applications. In the present communication, we report the electrical transport in DC magnetron sputtered ITO thin films (prepared at 300 K and subsequently annealed at 673 K in vacuum for 60 minutes) in low temperatures (25-300 K). The low temperature Hall effect and resistivity measurements reveal that the ITO thin films are moderately dis-ordered (kFl˜1; kF is the Fermi wave vector and l is the electron mean free path) and degenerate semiconductors. The transport of charge carriers (electrons) in these disordered ITO thin films takes place via the de-localized states. The disorder effects lead to the well-known `metal-insulator transition' (MIT) which is observed at 110 K in these ITO thin films. The MIT in ITO thin films is explained by the quantum correction to the conductivity (QCC); this approach is based on the inclusion of quantum-mechanical interference effects in Boltzmann's expression of the conductivity of the disordered systems. The insulating behaviour observed in ITO thin films below the MIT temperature is attributed to the combined effect of the weak localization and the electron-electron interactions.

  18. High performance flexible metal oxide/silver nanowire based transparent conductive films by a scalable lamination-assisted solution method

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    Hua Yu

    2017-03-01

    Full Text Available Flexible MoO3/silver nanowire (AgNW/MoO3/TiO2/Epoxy electrodes with comparable performance to ITO were fabricated by a scalable solution-processed method with lamination assistance for transparent and conductive applications. Silver nanoparticle-based electrodes were also prepared for comparison. Using a simple spin-coating and lamination-assisted planarization method, a full solution-based approach allows preparation of AgNW-based composite electrodes at temperatures as low as 140 °C. The resulting flexible AgNW-based electrodes exhibit higher transmittance of 82% at 550 nm and lower sheet resistance about 12–15 Ω sq−1, in comparison with the values of 68% and 22–25 Ω sq−1 separately for AgNP based electrodes. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM and Atomic force microscopy (AFM reveals that the multi-stacked metal-oxide layers embedded with the AgNWs possess lower surface roughness (<15 nm. The AgNW/MoO3 composite network could enhance the charge transport and collection efficiency by broadening the lateral conduction range due to the built of an efficient charge transport network with long-sized nanowire. In consideration of the manufacturing cost, the lamination-assisted solution-processed method is cost-effective and scalable, which is desire for large-area fabrication. While in view of the materials cost and comparable performance, this AgNW-based transparent and conductive electrodes is potential as an alternative to ITO for various optoelectronic applications.

  19. Poly(ethylene oxide)-co-poly(propylene oxide)-based gel electrolyte with high ionic conductivity and mechanical integrity for lithium-ion batteries.

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    Wang, Shih-Hong; Hou, Sheng-Shu; Kuo, Ping-Lin; Teng, Hsisheng

    2013-09-11

    Using gel polymer electrolytes (GPEs) for lithium-ion batteries usually encounters the drawback of poor mechanical integrity of the GPEs. This study demonstrates the outstanding performance of a GPE consisting of a commercial membrane (Celgard) incorporated with a poly(ethylene oxide)-co-poly(propylene oxide) copolymer (P(EO-co-PO)) swelled by a liquid electrolyte (LE) of 1 M LiPF6 in carbonate solvents. The proposed GPE stably holds LE with an amount that is three times that of the Celgard-P(EO-co-PO) composite. This GPE has a higher ionic conductivity (2.8×10(-3) and 5.1×10(-4) S cm(-1) at 30 and -20 °C, respectively) and a wider electrochemical voltage range (5.1 V) than the LE-swelled Celgard because of the strong ion-solvation power of P(EO-co-PO). The active ion-solvation role of P(EO-co-PO) also suppresses the formation of the solid-electrolyte interphase layer. When assembling the GPE in a Li/LiFePO4 battery, the P(EO-co-PO) network hinders anionic transport, producing a high Li+ transference number of 0.5 and decreased the polarization overpotential. The Li/GPE/LiFePO4 battery delivers a discharge capacity of 156-135 mAh g(-1) between 0.1 and 1 C-rates, which is approximately 5% higher than that of the Li/LE/LiFePO4 battery. The IR drop of the Li/GPE/LiFePO4 battery was 44% smaller than that of the Li/LE/LiFePO4. The Li/GPE/LiFePO4 battery is more stable, with only a 1.2% capacity decay for 150 galvanostatic charge-discharge cycles. The advantages of the proposed GPE are its high stability, conductivity, Li+ transference number, and mechanical integrity, which allow for the assembly of GPE-based batteries readily scalable to industrial levels.

  20. 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.

  1. Low-temperature solid-state microwave reduction of graphene oxide for transparent electrically conductive coatings on flexible polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS).

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    Liang, Qizhen; Hsie, Sinsar Alec; Wong, Ching Ping

    2012-11-12

    Microwaves (MWs) are applied to initialize deoxygenation of graphene oxide (GO) in the solid state and at low temperatures (∼165 °C). The Fourier-transform infrared (FTIR) spectra of MW-reduced graphene oxide (rGO) show a significantly reduced concentration of oxygen-containing functional groups, such as carboxyl, hydroxyl and carbonyl. X-ray photoelectron spectra confirm that microwaves can promote deoxygenation of GO at relatively low temperatures. Raman spectra and TGA measurements indicate that the defect level of GO significantly decreases during the isothermal solid-state MW-reduction process at low temperatures, corresponding to an efficient recovery of the fine graphene lattice structure. Based on both deoxygenation and defect-level reduction, the resurgence of interconnected graphene-like domains contributes to a low sheet resistance (∼7.9×10(4) Ω per square) of the MW-reduced GO on SiO(2) -coated Si substrates with an optical transparency of 92.7 % at ∼547 nm after MW reduction, indicating the ultrahigh efficiency of MW in GO reduction. Moreover, the low-temperature solid-state MW reduction is also applied in preparing flexible transparent conductive coatings on polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) substrates. UV/Vis measurements indicate that the transparency of the thus-prepared MW-reduced GO coatings on PDMS substrates ranges from 34 to 96 %. Correspondingly, the sheet resistance of the coating ranges from 10(5) to 10(9) Ω per square, indicating that MW reduction of GO is promising for the convenient low-temperature preparation of transparent conductors on flexible polymeric substrates.

  2. On the solid phase crystallization of In2O3:H transparent conductive oxide films prepared by atomic layer deposition

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    Macco, Bart; Verheijen, Marcel A.; Black, Lachlan E.; Barcones, Beatriz; Melskens, J.; Kessels, Wilhelmus M. M.

    2016-08-01

    Hydrogen-doped indium oxide (In2O3:H) has emerged as a highly transparent and conductive oxide, finding its application in a multitude of optoelectronic devices. Recently, we have reported on an atomic layer deposition (ALD) process to prepare high quality In2O3:H. This process consists of ALD of In2O3:H films at 100 °C, followed by a solid phase crystallization step at 150-200 °C. In this work, we report on a detailed electron microscopy study of this crystallization process which reveals new insights into the crucial aspects for achieving the large grain size and associated excellent properties of the material. The key finding is that the best optoelectronic properties are obtained by preparing the films at the lowest possible temperature prior to post-deposition annealing. Electron microscopy imaging shows that such films are mostly amorphous, but feature a very low density of embedded crystallites. Upon post-deposition annealing, crystallization proceeds merely from isotropic crystal grain growth of these embedded crystallites rather than by the formation of additional crystallites. The relatively high hydrogen content of 4.2 at. % in these films is thought to cause the absence of additional nucleation, thereby rendering the final grain size and optoelectronic properties solely dependent on the density of embedded crystallites. The temperature-dependent grain growth rate has been determined, from which an activation energy of (1.39 ± 0.04) eV has been extracted. Finally, on the basis of the observed crystallization mechanism, a simple model to fully describe the crystallization process has been developed. This model has been validated with a numerical implementation thereof, which accurately predicts the observed temperature-dependent crystallization behaviour.

  3. ZnO-Nanorod Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells: New Structure without a Transparent Conducting Oxide Layer

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    Ming-Hong Lai

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Conventional nanorod-based dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs are fabricated by growing nanorods on top of a transparent conducting oxide (TCO, typically fluorine-doped tin oxide—FTO. The heterogeneous interface between the nanorod and TCO forms a source for carrier scattering. This work reports on a new DSSC architecture without a TCO layer. The TCO-less structure consists of ZnO nanorods grown on top of a ZnO film. The ZnO film replaced FTO as the TCO layer and the ZnO nanorods served as the photoanode. The ZnO nanorod/film structure was grown by two methods: (1 one-step chemical vapor deposition (CVD (2 two-step chemical bath deposition (CBD. The thicknesses of the nanorods/film grown by CVD is more uniform than that by CBD. We demonstrate that the TCO-less DSSC structure can operate properly as solar cells. The new DSSCs yield the best short-current density of 3.96 mA/cm2 and a power conversion efficiency of 0.73% under 85 mW/cm2 of simulated solar illumination. The open-circuit voltage of 0.80 V is markedly higher than that from conventional ZnO DSSCs.

  4. Completely transparent conducting oxide-free and flexible dye-sensitized solar cells fabricated on plastic substrates.

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    Yoo, Kicheon; Kim, Jae-Yup; Lee, Jin Ah; Kim, Jin Soo; Lee, Doh-Kwon; Kim, Kyungkon; Kim, Jin Young; Kim, BongSoo; Kim, Honggon; Kim, Won Mok; Kim, Jong Hak; Ko, Min Jae

    2015-04-28

    To achieve commercialization and widespread application of next-generation photovoltaics, it is important to develop flexible and cost-effective devices. Given this, the elimination of expensive transparent conducting oxides (TCO) and replacement of conventional glass substrates with flexible plastic substrates presents a viable strategy to realize extremely low-cost photovoltaics with a potentially wide applicability. To this end, we report a completely TCO-free and flexible dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) fabricated on a plastic substrate using a unique transfer method and back-contact architecture. By adopting unique transfer techniques, the working and counter electrodes were fabricated by transferring high-temperature-annealed TiO2 and Pt/carbon films, respectively, onto flexible plastic substrates without any exfoliation. The fabricated working electrode with the conventional counter electrode exhibited a record efficiency for flexible DSSCs of 8.10%, despite its TCO-free structure. In addition, the completely TCO-free and flexible DSSC exhibited a remarkable efficiency of 7.27%. Furthermore, by using an organic hole-transporting material (spiro-MeOTAD) with the same transfer method, solid-state flexible TCO-free DSSCs were also successfully fabricated, yielding a promising efficiency of 3.36%.

  5. Comparative study of highly dense aluminium- and gallium-doped zinc oxide transparent conducting sol–gel thin films

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    Naji Al Dahoudi

    2014-10-01

    Transparent conducting aluminium- and gallium-doped zinc oxide (AZO and GZO) layers have been deposited by spin coating on glass substrates. The coatings have been sintered in air at 450 °C for 30 min and then post-annealed at 350 °C in a reducing atmosphere for 30 min. The electrical, optical and morphological properties of both coatings have been studied and compared. The conventional sols lead to very thin coating, typically 24 nm for a single layer of AZO and 32 nm of GZO with electrical resistivity of 0.72 and 0.35 cm, respectively. The value however, drastically decreases down to a minimum of 2.6 × 10-2 cm for AZO and 1.76 × 10-2 cm for GZO, when five multilayer coatings are made. The origin of these differences is due to the different morphology of the coatings showing different electron scattering process. The GZO sol leads to denser smoother structure (porosity of 5%) layers with an average roughness of 2.76 Å, while the AZO coating is formed by a more porous assembly (porosity of 20%) with an average roughness of 3.46 Å. Both coatings exhibit high transparency ( > 85%) in the visible spectrum range with a slight shift of the absorption energy gap.

  6. Modeling and optimization of proton-conducting solid oxide electrolysis cell: Conversion of CO2 into value-added products

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    Namwong, Lawit; Authayanun, Suthida; Saebea, Dang; Patcharavorachot, Yaneeporn; Arpornwichanop, Amornchai

    2016-11-01

    Proton-conducting solid oxide electrolysis cells (SOEC-H+) are a promising technology that can utilize carbon dioxide to produce syngas. In this work, a detailed electrochemical model was developed to predict the behavior of SOEC-H+ and to prove the assumption that the syngas is produced through a reversible water gas-shift (RWGS) reaction. The simulation results obtained from the model, which took into account all of the cell voltage losses (i.e., ohmic, activation, and concentration losses), were validated using experimental data to evaluate the unknown parameters. The developed model was employed to examine the structural and operational parameters. It is found that the cathode-supported SOEC-H+ is the best configuration because it requires the lowest cell potential. SOEC-H+ operated favorably at high temperatures and low pressures. Furthermore, the simulation results revealed that the optimal S/C molar ratio for syngas production, which can be used for methanol synthesis, is approximately 3.9 (at a constant temperature and pressure). The SOEC-H+ was optimized using a response surface methodology, which was used to determine the optimal operating conditions to minimize the cell potential and maximize the carbon dioxide flow rate.

  7. Building one-dimensional oxide nanostructure arrays on conductive metal substrates for lithium-ion battery anodes.

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    Jiang, Jian; Li, Yuanyuan; Liu, Jinping; Huang, Xintang

    2011-01-01

    Lithium ion battery (LIB) is potentially one of the most attractive energy storage devices. To meet the demands of future high-power and high-energy density requirements in both thin-film microbatteries and conventional batteries, it is challenging to explore novel nanostructured anode materials instead of conventional graphite. Compared to traditional electrodes based on nanostructure powder paste, directly grown ordered nanostructure array electrodes not only simplify the electrode processing, but also offer remarkable advantages such as fast electron transport/collection and ion diffusion, sufficient electrochemical reaction of individual nanostructures, enhanced material-electrolyte contact area and facile accommodation of the strains caused by lithium intercalation and de-intercalation. This article provides a brief overview of the present status in the area of LIB anodes based on one-dimensional nanostructure arrays growing directly on conductive inert metal substrates, with particular attention to metal oxides synthesized by an anodized alumina membrane (AAM)-free solution-based or hydrothermal methods. Both the scientific developments and the techniques and challenges are critically analyzed.

  8. Temperature-dependent analysis of conduction mechanism of leakage current in thermally grown oxide on 4H-SiC

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    Sometani, Mitsuru; Takei, Manabu [Advanced Power Electronics Research Center, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), 1-1-1 Umezono, Tsukuba, 305-8568 Ibaraki (Japan); Fuji Electric Co. Ltd., 1 Fuji-machi, Hino, 191-8502 Tokyo (Japan); Okamoto, Dai; Harada, Shinsuke; Ishimori, Hitoshi; Takasu, Shinji; Hatakeyama, Tetsuo; Yonezawa, Yoshiyuki; Fukuda, Kenji; Okumura, Hajime [Advanced Power Electronics Research Center, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), 1-1-1 Umezono, Tsukuba, 305-8568 Ibaraki (Japan)

    2015-01-14

    The conduction mechanism of the leakage current of a thermally grown oxide on 4H silicon carbide (4H-SiC) was investigated. The dominant carriers of the leakage current were found to be electrons by the carrier-separation current-voltage method. The current-voltage and capacitance-voltage characteristics, which were measured over a wide temperature range, revealed that the leakage current in SiO{sub 2}/4H-SiC on the Si-face can be explained as the sum of the Fowler-Nordheim (FN) tunneling and Poole-Frenkel (PF) emission leakage currents. A rigorous FN analysis provided the true barrier height for the SiO{sub 2}/4H-SiC interface. On the basis of Arrhenius plots of the PF current separated from the total leakage current, the existence of carbon-related defects and/or oxygen vacancy defects was suggested in thermally grown SiO{sub 2} films on the Si-face of 4H-SiC.

  9. Temperature-dependent analysis of conduction mechanism of leakage current in thermally grown oxide on 4H-SiC

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    Sometani, Mitsuru; Okamoto, Dai; Harada, Shinsuke; Ishimori, Hitoshi; Takasu, Shinji; Hatakeyama, Tetsuo; Takei, Manabu; Yonezawa, Yoshiyuki; Fukuda, Kenji; Okumura, Hajime

    2015-01-01

    The conduction mechanism of the leakage current of a thermally grown oxide on 4H silicon carbide (4H-SiC) was investigated. The dominant carriers of the leakage current were found to be electrons by the carrier-separation current-voltage method. The current-voltage and capacitance-voltage characteristics, which were measured over a wide temperature range, revealed that the leakage current in SiO2/4H-SiC on the Si-face can be explained as the sum of the Fowler-Nordheim (FN) tunneling and Poole-Frenkel (PF) emission leakage currents. A rigorous FN analysis provided the true barrier height for the SiO2/4H-SiC interface. On the basis of Arrhenius plots of the PF current separated from the total leakage current, the existence of carbon-related defects and/or oxygen vacancy defects was suggested in thermally grown SiO2 films on the Si-face of 4H-SiC.

  10. Technical Project Plan for The Enhanced Thermal Conductivity of Oxide Fuels Through the Addition of High Thermal Conductivity Fibers and Microstructural Engineering

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    Hollenbach, Daniel F [ORNL; Ott, Larry J [ORNL; Besmann, Theodore M [ORNL; Armstrong, Beth L [ORNL; Wereszczak, Andrew A [ORNL; Lin, Hua-Tay [ORNL; Ellis, Ronald James [ORNL; Becher, Paul F [ORNL; Jubin, Robert Thomas [ORNL; Voit, Stewart L [ORNL

    2010-09-01

    The commercial nuclear power industry is investing heavily in advanced fuels that can produce higher power levels with a higher safety margin and be produced at low cost. Although chemically stable and inexpensive to manufacture, the in-core performance of UO{sub 2} fuel is limited by its low thermal conductivity. There will be enormous financial benefits to any utility that can exploit a new type of fuel that is chemically stable, has a high thermal conductivity, and is inexpensive to manufacture. At reactor operating temperatures, UO{sub 2} has a very low thermal conductivity (<5 W/m {center_dot}K), which decreases with temperature and fuel burnup. This low thermal conductivity limits the rate at which energy can be removed from the fuel, thus limiting the total integrated reactor power. If the fuel thermal conductivity could be increased, nuclear reactors would be able to operate at higher powers and larger safety margins thus decreasing the overall cost of electricity by increasing the power output from existing reactors and decreasing the number of new electrical generating plants needed to meet base load demand. The objective of the work defined herein is to produce an advanced nuclear fuel based on the current UO{sub 2} fuel with superior thermal conductivity and structural integrity that is suitable for current and future nuclear reactors, using the existing fuel fabrication infrastructure with minimal modifications. There are two separate components to the research: (1) Enhanced Thermal Conductivity (ETC) - adding high conductivity fibers to the UO{sub 2} prior to sintering, which act as conduits for moving the heat energy generated within the pellet to the outer surface, (2) Microstructural Engineering (ME) - adding second phase particulates to UO{sub 2} bodies to retard grain growth and to increase thermal conductivity, as well as improve fracture and creep resistance. Different groups will perform the laboratory work for each of these research

  11. Low temperature solid oxide fuel cells with proton-conducting Y:BaZrO{sub 3} electrolyte on porous anodic aluminum oxide substrate

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    Ha, Seungbum [School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, 50 Nanyang Avenue, Singapore 639798 (Singapore); School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Seoul National University, Daehak-dong, Gwanak-gu, Seoul 151–742 (Korea, Republic of); Su, Pei-Chen [School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, 50 Nanyang Avenue, Singapore 639798 (Singapore); Ji, Sanghoon [Graduate School of Convergence Science and Technology, Seoul National University, Daehak-dong, Gwanak-gu, Seoul 151–742 (Korea, Republic of); Cha, Suk Won, E-mail: swcha@snu.ac.kr [School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Seoul National University, Daehak-dong, Gwanak-gu, Seoul 151–742 (Korea, Republic of)

    2013-10-01

    This paper presents the architecture of a nano thin-film yttrium-doped barium zirconate (BYZ) solid-oxide fuel cell that uses nanoporous anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) as a supporting and gas-permeable substrate. The anode was fabricated by sputtering 300 nm platinum thin film that partially covered the AAO surface pores, followed by an additional conformal platinum coating to tune the pore size by atomic layer deposition. Two different nano-porous anode structures with a pore size of 10 nm or 50 nm were deposited. Proton-conducting BYZ ceramic electrolyte with increasing thicknesses of 300, 600, and 900 nm was deposited on top of the platinum anode by pulsed laser deposition, followed by a 200 nm layer of porous Pt sputtered on BYZ electrolyte as a cathode. The open circuit voltage (OCV) of the fuel cells was characterized at 250 °C with 1:1 volumetric stoichiometry of a methanol/water vapor mixture as the fuel. The OCVs were 0.17 V with a 900 nm-thick BYZ electrolyte on 50 nm pores and 0.3 V with a 600 nm-thick BYZ electrolyte on 10 nm pores, respectively, but it increased to 0.8 V for a 900 nm-thick BYZ electrolyte on 10 nm pores, indicating that increasing the film thickness and decreasing a surface pore size help to reduce the number of electrolyte pinholes and the gas leakage through the electrolyte. A maximum power density of 5.6 mW/cm{sup 2} at 250 °C was obtained from the fuel cell with 900 nm of BYZ electrolyte using methanol vapor as a fuel. - Highlights: • A low temperature ceramic fuel cell on nano-porous substrate was demonstrated. • A thin-film yttrium doped barium zirconate (BYZ) was deposited as an electrolyte. • An open circuit voltage (OCV) was measured to verify the BYZ film quality. • An OCV increased by increasing BYZ film thickness and decreasing pore size of anode. • The current–voltage performance was measured using vaporized methanol fuel at 250 °C.

  12. Thickness Effect of Nb-Doped TiO2 Transparent Conductive Oxide Grown on Glass Substrates Fabricated by RF Sputtering

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    Tseng, Zong-Liang; Chen, Lung-Chien; Tang, Jian-Fu; Shih, Meng-Fu; Chu, Sheng-Yuan

    2017-03-01

    Transparent conducting Nb-doped titanium oxide (NTO) films were deposited on a non-alkali glass substrate using an RF magnetron sputtering method with post-annealing. Structural, electrical and optical properties of the NTO films were found to be strongly dependent on film thickness. A resistivity of 4.2 × 10-3 Ω cm and an average visible transmittance of ˜70% were obtained at the film thickness of 360 nm, indicating that the polycrystalline NTO fabricated by the sputtering method has sufficient potential as a transparent conducting oxide (TCO) candidate for practical applications.

  13. Thickness Effect of Nb-Doped TiO2 Transparent Conductive Oxide Grown on Glass Substrates Fabricated by RF Sputtering

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    Tseng, Zong-Liang; Chen, Lung-Chien; Tang, Jian-Fu; Shih, Meng-Fu; Chu, Sheng-Yuan

    2016-12-01

    Transparent conducting Nb-doped titanium oxide (NTO) films were deposited on a non-alkali glass substrate using an RF magnetron sputtering method with post-annealing. Structural, electrical and optical properties of the NTO films were found to be strongly dependent on film thickness. A resistivity of 4.2 × 10-3 Ω cm and an average visible transmittance of ˜70% were obtained at the film thickness of 360 nm, indicating that the polycrystalline NTO fabricated by the sputtering method has sufficient potential as a transparent conducting oxide (TCO) candidate for practical applications.

  14. An insight to the low temperature conduction mechanism of c-axis grown Al-doped ZnO, a widely used transparent conducting oxide

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    Murali, Banavoth; Parui, Jayanta; Madhuri, M.; Krupanidhi, S. B.

    2015-01-01

    Al-doped ZnO thin films were synthesized from oxygen reactive co-sputtering of Al and Zn targets. Explicit doping of Al in the highly c-axis oriented crystalline films of ZnO was manifested in terms of structural optical and electrical properties. Electrical conduction with different extent of Al doping into the crystal lattice of ZnO (AZnO) were characterized by frequency dependent (40 Hz-50 MHz) resistance. From the frequency dependent resistance, the ac conduction of them, and correlations of localized charge particles in the crystalline films were studied. The dc conduction at the low frequency region was found to increase from 8.623 µA to 1.14 mA for the samples AZnO1 (1 wt% Al) and AZnO2 (2 wt% Al), respectively. For the sample AZnO10 (10 wt% Al) low frequency dc conduction was not found due to the electrode polarization effect. The measure of the correlation length by inverse of threshold frequency (ω0) showed that on application of a dc electric field such length decreases and the decrease in correlation parameter(s) indicates that the correlation between potentials wells of charge particles decreases for the unidirectional nature of dc bias. The comparison between the correlation length and the extent of correlation in the doped ZnO could not be made due to the observation of several threshold frequencies at the extent of higher doping. Such threshold frequencies were explained by the population possibility of correlated charge carriers that responded at different frequencies. For AZnO2 (2% Al), the temperature dependent (from 4.5 to 288 K) resistance study showed that the variable range hopping mechanism was the most dominating conduction mechanism at higher temperature whereas at low temperature region it was influenced by the small polaronic hopping conduction mechanism. There was no significant influence found in these mechanisms on applications of 1, 2 and 3 V as biases.

  15. Enhancing Optical Out-Coupling of Organic Light-Emitting Devices with Nanostructured Composite Electrodes Consisting of Indium Tin Oxide Nanomesh and Conducting Polymer.

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    Chen, Chien-Yu; Lee, Wei-Kai; Chen, Yi-Jiun; Lu, Chun-Yang; Lin, Hoang Yan; Wu, Chung-Chih

    2015-09-02

    A nanostructured composite electrode consisting of a high-index indium-tin-oxide nanomesh and low-index high-conductivity conducting polymer effectively enhances coupling of internal radiation of organic light-emitting devices into their substrates. When combining this internal extraction structure and the external extraction scheme, a very high external quantum efficiency of nearly 62% is achieved with a green phosphorescent device.

  16. Graphene Oxide-Assisted Liquid Phase Exfoliation of Graphite into Graphene for Highly Conductive Film and Electromechanical Sensors.

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    Tung, Tran Thanh; Yoo, Jeongha; Alotaibi, Faisal K; Nine, Md J; Karunagaran, Ramesh; Krebsz, Melinda; Nguyen, Giang T; Tran, Diana N H; Feller, Jean-Francois; Losic, Dusan

    2016-06-29

    Here, we report a new method to prepare graphene from graphite by the liquid phase exfoliation process with sonication using graphene oxide (GO) as a dispersant. It was found that GO nanosheets act a as surfactant to the mediated exfoliation of graphite into a GO-adsorbed graphene complex in the aqueous solution, from which graphene was separated by an additional process. The preparation of isolated graphene from a single to a few layers is routinely achieved with an exfoliation yield of up to higher than 40% from the initial graphite material. The prepared graphene sheets showed a high quality (C/O ∼ 21.5), low defect (ID/IG ∼ 0.12), and high conductivity (6.2 × 10(4) S/m). Moreover, the large lateral size ranging from 5 to 10 μm of graphene, which is believed to be due to the shielding effect of GO avoiding damage under ultrasonic jets and cavitation formed by the sonication process. The thin graphene film prepared by the spray-coating technique showed a sheet resistance of 668 Ω/sq with a transmittance of 80% at 550 nm after annealing at 350 °C for 3 h. The transparent electrode was even greater with the resistance only 66.02 Ω when graphene is deposited on an interdigitated electrode (1 mm gap). Finally, a flexible sensor based on a graphene spray-coating polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) is demonstrated showing excellent performance working under human touch pressure (graphene prepared by this method has some distinct properties showing it as a promising material for applications in electronics including thin film coatings, transparent electrodes, wearable electronics, human monitoring sensors, and RFID tags.

  17. High spectral selectivity for solar absorbers using a monolayer transparent conductive oxide coated on a metal substrate

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    Shimizu, Makoto; Suzuki, Mari; Iguchi, Fumitada; Yugami, Hiroo

    2017-05-01

    A spectrally selective absorber composed of a monolayer transparent conductive oxide (TCO) coated on a metal substrate is investigated for use in solar systems operating at temperatures higher (>973 K) than the operation temperature of conventional systems ( ˜ 673 K). This method is different from the currently used solar-selective coating technologies, such as those using multilayered and cermet materials. The spectral selective absorption property can be attributed to the inherent optical property of TCO owing to the plasma frequency and interferences between the substrates. Since spectral selectivity can be achieved using monolayered materials, the effect of atomic diffusion occurring at each layer boundary in a multilayer or cermet coatings under high-temperature conditions can be reduced. In addition, since this property is attributed to the inherent property of TCO, the precise control of the layer thickness can be omitted if the layer is sufficiently thick (>0.5 μm). The optimum TCO properties, namely, carrier density and mobility, required for solar-selective absorbers are analyzed to determine the cutoff wavelength and emittance in the infrared range. A solar absorptance of 0.95 and hemispherical emittance of 0.10 at 973 K are needed for achieving the optimum TCO properties, i.e., a carrier density of 5.5 × 1020 cm-3 and mobility of 90 cm2 V-1 s-1 are required. Optical simulations indicate that the spectrally selective absorption weakly depends on the incident angle and film thickness. The thermal stability of the fabricated absorber treated at temperatures up to 973 K for 10 h is verified in vacuum by introducing a SiO2 interlayer, which plays an important role as a diffusion barrier.

  18. Gd-doped BaSnO{sub 3}: A transparent conducting oxide with localized magnetic moments

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    Alaan, Urusa S., E-mail: usalaan@gmail.com [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Stanford University, Stanford, California 94305 (United States); Geballe Laboratory for Advanced Materials, Stanford University, Stanford, California 94305 (United States); Shafer, Padraic; N' Diaye, Alpha T.; Arenholz, Elke [Advanced Light Source, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, California 94720 (United States); Suzuki, Y. [Geballe Laboratory for Advanced Materials, Stanford University, Stanford, California 94305 (United States); Department of Applied Physics, Stanford University, Stanford, California 94305 (United States)

    2016-01-25

    We have synthesized transparent, conducting, paramagnetic stannate thin films via rare-earth doping of BaSnO{sub 3}. Gd{sup 3+} (4f{sup 7}) substitution on the Ba{sup 2+} site results in optical transparency in the visible regime, low resistivities, and high electron mobilities, along with a significant magnetic moment. Pulsed laser deposition was used to stabilize epitaxial Ba{sub 0.96}Gd{sub 0.04}SnO{sub 3} thin films on (001) SrTiO{sub 3} substrates, and compared with Ba{sub 0.96}La{sub 0.04}SnO{sub 3} and undoped BaSnO{sub 3} thin films. Gd as well as La doping schemes result in electron mobilities at room temperature that exceed those of conventional complex oxides, with values as high as 60 cm{sup 2}/V·s (n = 2.5 × 10{sup 20 }cm{sup −3}) and 30 cm{sup 2}/V·s (n = 1 × 10{sup 20 }cm{sup −3}) for La and Gd doping, respectively. The resistivity shows little temperature dependence across a broad temperature range, indicating that in both types of films the transport is not dominated by phonon scattering. Gd-doped BaSnO{sub 3} films have a strong magnetic moment of ∼7 μ{sub B}/Gd ion. Such an optically transparent conductor with localized magnetic moments may unlock opportunities for multifunctional devices in the design of next-generation displays and photovoltaics.

  19. The effect of oxygen transfer mechanism on the cathode performance based on proton-conducting solid oxide fuel cells

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    Hou, Jie

    2015-01-01

    Two types of proton-blocking composites, La2NiO4+δ-LaNi0.6Fe0.4O3-δ (LNO-LNF) and Sm0.2Ce0.8O2-δ-LaNi0.6Fe0.4O3-δ (SDC-LNF), were evaluated as cathode materials for proton-conducting solid oxide fuel cells (H-SOFCs) based on the BaZr0.1Ce0.7Y0.2O3-δ (BZCY) electrolyte, in order to compare and investigate the influence of two different oxygen transfer mechanism on the performance of the cathode for H-SOFCs. The X-ray diffraction (XRD) results showed that the chemical compatibility of the components in both compounds was excellent up to 1000°C. Electrochemical studies revealed that LNO-LNF showed lower area specific polarization resistances in symmetrical cells and better electrochemical performance in single cell tests. The single cell with LNO-LNF cathode generated remarkable higher maximum power densities (MPDs) and lower interfacial polarization resistances (Rp) than that with SDC-LNF cathode. Correspondingly, the MPDs of the single cell with the LNO-LNF cathode were 490, 364, 266, 180 mW cm-2 and the Rp were 0.103, 0.279, 0.587, 1.367 Ω cm2 at 700, 650, 600 and 550°C, respectively. Moreover, after the single cell with LNO-LNF cathode optimized with an anode functional layer (AFL) between the anode and electrolyte, the power outputs reached 708 mW cm-2 at 700°C. These results demonstrate that the LNO-LNF composite cathode with the interstitial oxygen transfer mechanism is a more preferable alternative for H-SOFCs than SDC-LNF composite cathode with the oxygen vacancy transfer mechanism.

  20. Large-Area Chemical Vapor Deposited MoS2 with Transparent Conducting Oxide Contacts toward Fully Transparent 2D Electronics

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    Dai, Zhenyu

    2017-09-08

    2D semiconductors are poised to revolutionize the future of electronics and photonics, much like transparent oxide conductors and semiconductors have revolutionized the display industry. Herein, these two types of materials are combined to realize fully transparent 2D electronic devices and circuits. Specifically, a large-area chemical vapor deposition process is developed to grow monolayer MoS2 continuous films, which are, for the first time, combined with transparent conducting oxide (TCO) contacts. Transparent conducting aluminum doped zinc oxide contacts are deposited by atomic layer deposition, with composition tuning to achieve optimal conductivity and band-offsets with MoS2. The optimized process gives fully transparent TCO/MoS2 2D electronics with average visible-range transmittance of 85%. The transistors show high mobility (4.2 cm2 V−1 s−1), fast switching speed (0.114 V dec−1), very low threshold voltage (0.69 V), and large switching ratio (4 × 108). To our knowledge, these are the lowest threshold voltage and subthreshold swing values reported for monolayer chemical vapor deposition MoS2 transistors. The transparent inverters show fast switching properties with a gain of 155 at a supply voltage of 10 V. The results demonstrate that transparent conducting oxides can be used as contact materials for 2D semiconductors, which opens new possibilities in 2D electronic and photonic applications.

  1. Y-doped BaZrO3 as a chemically stable electrolyte for proton-conducting solid oxide electrolysis cells (SOECs)

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    Bi, Lei

    2015-01-01

    A proton-conducting solid oxide electrolysis cell using an Y-doped BaZrO3 electrolyte film, which has been demonstrated to be chemically stable, was successfully fabricated for the first time and showed a promising electrolysis performance.

  2. Electrode-Impregnable and Cross-Linkable Poly(ethylene oxide)-Poly(propylene oxide)-Poly(ethylene oxide) Triblock Polymer Electrolytes with High Ionic Conductivity and a Large Voltage Window for Flexible Solid-State Supercapacitors.

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    Han, Jae Hee; Lee, Jang Yong; Suh, Dong Hack; Hong, Young Taik; Kim, Tae-Ho

    2017-10-04

    We present cross-linkable precursor-type gel polymer electrolytes (GPEs) that have large ionic liquid uptake capability, can easily penetrate electrodes, have high ion conductivity, and are mechanically strong as high-performance, flexible all-solid-state supercapacitors (SC). Our polymer precursors feature a hydrophilic-hydrophobic poly(ethylene oxide)-poly(propylene oxide)-poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO-PPO-PEO) triblock main-chain structure and trifunctional silane end groups that can be multi-cross-linked with each other through a sol-gel process. The cross-linked solid-state electrolyte film with moderate IL content (200 wt %) shows a well-balanced combination of excellent ionic conductivity (5.0 × 10(-3) S cm(-1)) and good mechanical stability (maximum strain = 194%). Moreover, our polymer electrolytes have various advantages including high thermal stability (decomposition temperature > 330 °C) and the capability to impregnate electrodes to form an excellent electrode-electrolyte interface due to the very low viscosity of the precursors. By assembling our GPE-impregnated electrodes and solid-state GPE film, we demonstrate an all-solid-state SC that can operate at 3 V and provides an improved specific capacitance (112.3 F g(-1) at 0.1 A g(-1)), better rate capability (64% capacity retention until 20 A g(-1)), and excellent cycle stability (95% capacitance decay over 10 000 charge/discharge cycles) compared with those of a reference SC using a conventional PEO electrolyte. Finally, flexible SCs with a high energy density (22.6 W h kg(-1) at 1 A g(-1)) and an excellent flexibility (>93% capacitance retention after 5000 bending cycles) can successfully be obtained.

  3. Improved Long-Term Stability of Transparent Conducting Electrodes Based on Double-Laminated Electrosprayed Antimony Tin Oxides and Ag Nanowires

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    Koo B.-R.

    2017-06-01

    Full Text Available We fabricated double-laminated antimony tin oxide/Ag nanowire electrodes by spin-coating and electrospraying. Compared to pure Ag nanowire electrodes and single-laminated antimony tin oxide/Ag nanowire electrodes, the double-laminated antimony tin oxide/Ag nanowire electrodes had superior transparent conducting electrode performances with sheet resistance ~19.8 Ω/□ and optical transmittance ~81.9%; this was due to uniform distribution of the connected Ag nanowires because of double lamination of the metallic Ag nanowires without Ag aggregation despite subsequent microwave heating at 250°C. They also exhibited excellent and superior long-term chemical and thermal stabilities and adhesion to substrate because double-laminated antimony tin oxide thin films act as the protective layers between Ag nanowires, blocking Ag atoms penetration.

  4. Ionization potentials of transparent conductive indium tin oxide films covered with a single layer of fluorine-doped tin oxide nanoparticles grown by spray pyrolysis deposition

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    2005-01-01

    Indium tin oxide (ITO) films deposited with single layers of monodispersive fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) nanoparticles of several nanometers in size were grown on glass substrates by intermittent spray pyrolysis deposition using conventional atomizers. These films have significantly higher ionization potentials than the bare ITO and FTO films grown using the same technique. The ITO films covered with FTO particles of 7 nm in average size show an ionization potential of 5.01 eV, as compared ...

  5. Layer-structured LiNi0.8Co0.2O2: A new triple (H+/O2-/e-) conducting cathode for low temperature proton conducting solid oxide fuel cells

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    Fan, Liangdong; Su, Pei-Chen

    2016-02-01

    Solid oxide fuel cells with proton conducting electrolytes (H-SOFCs) show great potential for more efficient energy conversion over their oxygen ionic conducting counterparts at temperatures below 650 °C, providing a comparably high performance cathode material can be available. A brief review of current development of cathode materials shows that materials with triple (oxygen ionic, protonic, and electronic) conducting properties are most promising for H-SOFCs. In this work, a triple-conducting LiNi0.8Co0.2O2 (LNCO) with layered structure, allowing simultaneous conduction of intrinsic oxygen ion and electron as well as the extrinsic proton, is proposed as a cathode material for H-SOFC. The electrochemical impedance spectroscopy analysis of LNCO shows the good oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) activity with a considerably low activation energy of 0.88 eV, and an evident water uptake capability those facilitate the cathode reaction process. Fuel cells using LNCO cathode on a BaZr0.1Ce0.7Y0.2O3 proton-conducting electrolyte render a peak power density of 410 mW cm-2 at 650 °C under H2/air condition, which is higher than most of the typical cathode materials reported with similar cell configurations. This work also demonstrated a new series of simple and low cost cathode materials simultaneously possessing interesting triple-conduction and good ORR activities for low temperature H-SOFCs.

  6. A study by electrical conductivity measurements of the semiconductive and redox properties of Nb-doped NiO catalysts in correlation with the oxidative dehydrogenation of ethane.

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    Popescu, Ionel; Skoufa, Zinovia; Heracleous, Eleni; Lemonidou, Angeliki; Marcu, Ioan-Cezar

    2015-03-28

    Nb-doped nickel oxides with Nb contents in the range from 1 to 20% and, for comparison, pure NiO, were characterized using in situ electrical conductivity measurements in correlation with their catalytic performances for the oxidative dehydrogenation (ODH) of ethane into ethylene. Their electrical conductivity was studied as a function of temperature and oxygen partial pressure and was followed with time during sequential exposures to air, ethane-air mixture (reaction mixture) and pure ethane in conditions similar to those of catalysis. All the oxides were p-type semiconductors under air. Their electrical conductivity in the reaction temperature range decreased in the following order: NiO > Nb(1)NiO > Nb(5)NiO > Nb(10)NiO > Nb(15)NiO > Nb(20)NiO. This correlates well with the catalytic activity expressed as the intrinsic rate of ethane consumption. All the catalysts were partially reduced under the reaction mixture in the reaction temperature range, an inverse correlation between their conductivity in these conditions and the ODH selectivity being observed. The ODH reaction of ethane takes place via a heterogeneous redox mechanism involving the surface lattice O(-) species.

  7. Functional separation of oxidation–reduction reactions and electron transport in PtRu/ND and conductive additive hybrid electrocatalysts during methanol oxidation

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    Zhang, Yan; Wang, Yanhui [State Key Laboratory of Metastable Materials Science and Technology, College of Materials Science and Engineering, Yanshan University, Qinhuangdao 066004 (China); Bian, Linyan [College of Physics and Chemistry, Henan Polytechnic University, Jiaozuo, Henan 454000 (China); Lu, Rui [State Key Laboratory of Metastable Materials Science and Technology, College of Materials Science and Engineering, Yanshan University, Qinhuangdao 066004 (China); Zang, Jianbing, E-mail: jbzang@ysu.edu.cn [State Key Laboratory of Metastable Materials Science and Technology, College of Materials Science and Engineering, Yanshan University, Qinhuangdao 066004 (China)

    2016-02-28

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Functional separation of reactions and electron transport in PtRu/ND + AB (or CNT). • A conductive network was formed after the addition of AB or CNT. • PtRu/ND + AB (or CNT) exhibited enhanced activity and stability than PtRu/ND. - Abstract: Undoped nanodiamond (ND) supported PtRu (PtRu/ND) electrocatalyst for methanol oxidation reactions (MOR) in direct methanol fuel cells was prepared by a microwave-assisted polyol reduction method. Sp{sup 3}-bonded ND possesses high electrochemical stability but low conductivity, while sp{sup 2}-bonded carbon nanomaterials with high conductivity are prone to oxidation. Therefore, the functions of the supporting material were separated in this study. ND (sp{sup 3}), as a support, and AB or CNTs (sp{sup 2}), as a conductive additive, were combined to form the hybrid electrocatalysts PtRu/ND + AB and PtRu/ND + CNT for MOR. The morphology of the electrocatalysts was characterized by scanning electron microscopy and electrochemical measurements were performed using an electrochemical workstation. The results indicated that the electrocatalytic activity of PtRu/ND for MOR was improved with the addition of AB or CNTs as a conductive additive. Moreover, adding CNTs to PtRu/ND as a conductive additive showed better electrocatalytic activities than adding AB, which can be ascribed to the better electron-transfer ability of CNTs.

  8. Vertically aligned WO₃ nanowire arrays grown directly on transparent conducting oxide coated glass: synthesis and photoelectrochemical properties.

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    Su, Jinzhan; Feng, Xinjian; Sloppy, Jennifer D; Guo, Liejin; Grimes, Craig A

    2011-01-12

    Photocorrosion stable WO(3) nanowire arrays are synthesized by a solvothermal technique on fluorine-doped tin oxide coated glass. WO(3) morphologies of hexagonal and monoclinic structure, ranging from nanowire to nanoflake arrays, are tailored by adjusting solution composition with growth along the (001) direction. Photoelectrochemical measurements of illustrative films show incident photon-to-current conversion efficiencies higher than 60% at 400 nm with a photocurrent of 1.43 mA/cm(2) under AM 1.5G illumination. Our solvothermal film growth technique offers an exciting opportunity for growth of one-dimensional metal oxide nanostructures with practical application in photoelectrochemical energy conversion.

  9. A complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor compatible monocantilever 12-point probe for conductivity measurements on the nanoscale

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    Gammelgaard, Lauge; Bøggild, Peter; Wells, J.W.; Handrup, K.; Hofmann, Ph.; Balslev, M.B.; Hansen, J.E.; Petersen, P.R.E

    2008-01-01

    We present a complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor compatible, nanoscale 12-point-probe based on TiW electrodes placed on a SiO2 monocantilever. Probes are mass fabricated on Si wafers by a combination of electron beam and UV lithography, realizing TiW electrode tips with a width down to 250 nm and a probe pitch of 500 nm. In-air four-point measurements have been performed on indium tin oxide, ruthenium, and titanium-tungsten, showing good agreement with values obtained by other four-point ...

  10. Improved continuity of reduced graphene oxide on polyester fabric by use of polypyrrole to achieve a highly electro-conductive and flexible substrate

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    Berendjchi, Amirhosein [Department of Textile Engineering, Science and Research Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Khajavi, Ramin, E-mail: khajavi@azad.ac.ir [Nano Technology Research Center, South Tehran Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Yousefi, Ali Akbar [Faculty of Polymer Processing, Iran Polymer and Petrochemical Institute, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Yazdanshenas, Mohammad Esmail [Department of Textile Engineering, Yazd Branch, Islamic Azad University, Yazd (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2016-02-15

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Discontinuity of reduced graphene oxide (RGO) coated polyester fabric (PET) substrate was overcome by filling the gaps by in situ chemical oxidative polymerization of polypyrrole (PPy). • The RGO–PPy coated samples exhibited 53% and 263% lower surface resistivity values (5 Ω/sq) than samples coated only with PPy (12 Ω/sq) and RGO (1300 Ω/sq), respectively. • The RGO–PPy coated fabric displayed other properties, such as excellent UV blocking (UPF = 73), antibacterial activity, improved electrochemical behavior and thermal stability which make it a multifunctional fabric. - Abstract: A flexible and highly conductive fabric can be applied for wearable electronics and as a pliable counter electrode for photovoltaics. Methods such as surface coating of fabrics with conductive polymers and materials have been developed, but the roughness of fabric is a challenge because it creates discontinuity in the coated layer. The present study first coated polyethylene terephthalate (PET) fabric with reduced graphene oxide sheets; RGO and then filled the gaps with polypyrrole (PPy). The samples were first dipped in graphene oxide (GO) and then reduced to RGO. They were next coated with PPy by in situ polymerization. The results showed that the presence of oxidative agent during synthesis of PPy oxidized the RGO to some extent on the previously RGO-coated samples. PPy was more uniform on samples pre-coated with RGO in comparison those coated with raw PET. The RGO–PPy coated samples exhibited 53% and 263% lower surface resistivity values than samples coated only with PPy and RGO, respectively. There was no significant difference between the tenacity of samples but the bending rigidity of samples increased. The RGO–PPy coated fabric displayed properties, such as excellent UV blocking (UPF = 73), antibacterial activity, improved electrochemical behavior and thermal stability which make it a multifunctional fabric.

  11. Towards the next generation of solid oxide fuel cells operating below 600 °c with chemically stable proton-conducting electrolytes.

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    Fabbri, Emiliana; Bi, Lei; Pergolesi, Daniele; Traversa, Enrico

    2012-01-10

    The need for reducing the solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) operating temperature below 600 °C is imposed by cost reduction, which is essential for widespread SOFC use, but might also disclose new applications. To this aim, high-temperature proton-conducting (HTPC) oxides have gained widespread interest as electrolyte materials alternative to oxygen-ion conductors. This Progress Report describes recent developments in electrolyte, anode, and cathode materials for protonic SOFCs, addressing the issue of chemical stability, processability, and good power performance below 600 °C. Different fabrication methods are reported for anode-supported SOFCs, obtained using state-of-the-art, chemically stable proton-conducting electrolyte films. Recent findings show significant improvements in the power density output of cells based on doped barium zirconate electrolytes, pointing out towards the feasibility of the next generation of protonic SOFCs, including a good potential for the development of miniaturized SOFCs as portable power supplies.

  12. Dependence of lattice strain relaxation, absorbance, and sheet resistance on thickness in textured ZnO@B transparent conductive oxide for thin-film solar cell applications

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    2016-01-01

    The interplay of surface texture, strain relaxation, absorbance, grain size, and sheet resistance in textured, boron-doped ZnO (ZnO@B), transparent conductive oxide (TCO) materials of different thicknesses used for thin film, solar cell applications is investigated. The residual strain induced by the lattice mismatch and the difference in the thermal expansion coefficient for thicker ZnO@B is relaxed, leading to an increased surface texture, stronger absorbance, larger grain size, and lower s...

  13. Superconducting YBa2Cu3O(7-delta) thin films on GaAs with conducting indium-tin-oxide buffer layers

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    Kellett, B. J.; Gauzzi, A.; James, J. H.; Dwir, B.; Pavuna, D.

    1990-12-01

    Superconducting YBa2Cu3O(7-delta) (YBCO) thin films have been grown in situ on GaAs with conducting indium-tin-oxide (ITO) buffer layers. Superconducting onset is about 92 K with zero resistance at 60 K. ITO buffer layers usually form Schottky-like barriers on GaAs. The YBCO film and ITO buffer layer, grown by ion beam sputter codeposition, are textured and polycrystalline with a combined room-temperature resistivity of about 1 milliohm cm.

  14. Highly transparent conductive electrode with ultra-low HAZE by grain boundary modification of aqueous solution fabricated alumina-doped zinc oxide nanocrystals

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    Nian, Qiong; Cheng, Gary J. [Birck Nanotechnology Center and School of Industrial Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana 47906 (United States); Callahan, Michael; Bailey, John [Greentech Solutions, Inc., Hanson, Massachusetts 02341 (United States); Look, David [Semiconductor Research Center, Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio 45435 (United States); Efstathiadis, Harry [College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE), University of Albany, Albany, New York 12203 (United States)

    2015-06-01

    Commercial production of transparent conducting oxide (TCO) polycrystalline films requires high electrical conductivity with minimal degradation in optical transparency. Aqueous solution deposited TCO films would reduce production costs of TCO films but suffer from low electrical mobility, which severely degrades both electrical conductivity and optical transparency in the visible spectrum. Here, we demonstrated that grain boundary modification by ultra-violet laser crystallization (UVLC) of solution deposited aluminium-doped zinc oxide (AZO) nanocrystals results in high Hall mobility, with a corresponding dramatic improvement in AZO electrical conductance. The AZO films after laser irradiation exhibit electrical mobility up to 18.1 cm{sup 2} V{sup −1} s{sup −1} with corresponding electrical resistivity and sheet resistances as low as 1 × 10{sup −3} Ω cm and 75 Ω/sq, respectively. The high mobility also enabled a high transmittance (T) of 88%-96% at 550 nm for the UVLC films. In addition, HAZE measurement shows AZO film scattering transmittance as low as 1.8%, which is superior over most other solution deposited transparent electrode alternatives such as silver nanowires. Thus, AZO films produced by the UVLC technique have a combined figure of merit for electrical conductivity, optical transparency, and optical HAZE higher than other solution based deposition techniques and comparable to vacuumed based deposition methods.

  15. Highly transparent conductive electrode with ultra-low HAZE by grain boundary modification of aqueous solution fabricated alumina-doped zinc oxide nanocrystals

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    Qiong Nian

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Commercial production of transparent conducting oxide (TCO polycrystalline films requires high electrical conductivity with minimal degradation in optical transparency. Aqueous solution deposited TCO films would reduce production costs of TCO films but suffer from low electrical mobility, which severely degrades both electrical conductivity and optical transparency in the visible spectrum. Here, we demonstrated that grain boundary modification by ultra-violet laser crystallization (UVLC of solution deposited aluminium-doped zinc oxide (AZO nanocrystals results in high Hall mobility, with a corresponding dramatic improvement in AZO electrical conductance. The AZO films after laser irradiation exhibit electrical mobility up to 18.1 cm2 V−1 s−1 with corresponding electrical resistivity and sheet resistances as low as 1 × 10−3 Ω cm and 75 Ω/sq, respectively. The high mobility also enabled a high transmittance (T of 88%-96% at 550 nm for the UVLC films. In addition, HAZE measurement shows AZO film scattering transmittance as low as 1.8%, which is superior over most other solution deposited transparent electrode alternatives such as silver nanowires. Thus, AZO films produced by the UVLC technique have a combined figure of merit for electrical conductivity, optical transparency, and optical HAZE higher than other solution based deposition techniques and comparable to vacuumed based deposition methods.

  16. A complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor compatible monocantilever 12-point probe for conductivity measurements on the nanoscale

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    Gammelgaard, Lauge; Bøggild, Peter; Wells, J.W.

    2008-01-01

    and a probe pitch of 500 nm. In-air four-point measurements have been performed on indium tin oxide, ruthenium, and titanium-tungsten, showing good agreement with values obtained by other four-point probes. In-vacuum four-point resistance measurements have been performed on clean Bi(111) using different probe...

  17. Development of Lithium Stuffed Garnet-Type Oxide Solid Electrolytes with High Ionic Conductivity for Application to All-Solid-State Batteries

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    Ryoji Inada

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available All-solid-state lithium-ion battery (LiB is expected as one of the next generation energy storage devices because of their high energy density, high safety and excellent cycle stability. Although oxide-based solid electrolyte materials have rather lower conductivity and poor deformability than sulfide-based one, they have other advantages such as their chemical stability and easiness for handling. Among the various oxide-based SEs, lithium stuffed garnet-type oxide with the formula of Li7La3Zr2O12 (LLZ have been widely studied because of their high conductivity above 10-4 Scm-1 at room temperature, excellent thermal performance and stability against Li metal anode.Here, we present our recent progress for the development of garnet-type solid electrolytes with high conductivity by simultaneous substitution of Ta5+ into Zr4+ site and Ba2+ into La3+ site in LLZ. Li+ concentration was fixed to 6.5 per chemical formulae, so that the formulae of our Li garnet-type oxide is expressed as Li6.5La3-xBaxZr1.5-xTa0.5+xO12 (LLBZT and Ba contents x are changed from 0 to 0.3. As results, all LLBZT samples have cubic garnet structure without containing any secondary phases. The lattice parameters of LLBZT decrease with increasing Ba2+ contents x < 0.10 while increase with x from 0.10 to 0.30, possibly due to the simultaneous change of Ba2+ and Ta5+ substitution levels. Relative densities of LLBZT are in the range between 89% and 93% and not influenced so much by the compositions. From AC impedance spectroscopy measurements, the total (bulk + grain conductivity at 27ºC of LLBZT shows its maximum value of 8.34 x 10-4 S cm-1 at x = 0.10, which is slightly higher than the conductivity (= 7.94 x 10-4 S cm-1 of LLZT without substituting Ba (x = 0. Activation energy of the conductivity tends to become lower by Ba substation, while excess Ba substitution degrades the conductivity in LLBZT. LLBZT has wide electrochemical potential window of 0-6 V vs. Li+/Li and

  18. Tunable thermal conductivity of thin films of polycrystalline AlN by structural inhomogeneity and interfacial oxidation.

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    Jaramillo-Fernandez, J; Ordonez-Miranda, J; Ollier, E; Volz, S

    2015-03-28

    The effect of the structural inhomogeneity and oxygen defects on the thermal conductivity of polycrystalline aluminum nitride (AlN) thin films deposited on single-crystal silicon substrates is experimentally and theoretically investigated. The influence of the evolution of crystal structure, grain size, and out-of plane disorientation along the cross plane of the films on their thermal conductivity is analyzed. The impact of oxygen-related defects on thermal conduction is studied in AlN/AlN multilayered samples. Microstructure, texture, and grain size of the films were characterized by X-ray diffraction and scanning and transmission electron microscopy. The measured thermal conductivity obtained with the 3-omega technique for a single and multiple layers of AlN is in fairly good agreement with the theoretical predictions of our model, which is developed by considering a serial assembly of grain distributions. An effective thermal conductivity of 5.92 W m(-1) K(-1) is measured for a 1107.5 nm-thick multilayer structure, which represents a reduction of 20% of the thermal conductivity of an AlN monolayer with approximately the same thickness, due to oxygen impurities at the interface of AlN layers. Our results show that the reduction of the thermal conductivity as the film thickness is scaled down, is strongly determined by the structural inhomogeneities inside the sputtered films. The origin of this non-homogeneity and the effect on phonon scattering are also discussed.

  19. Highly conducting and crystalline doubly doped tin oxide films fabricated using a low-cost and simplified spray technique

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    Ravichandran, K., E-mail: kkr1365@yahoo.co [P.G. and Research Department of Physics, AVVM. Sri Pushpum College, Poondi, Thanjavur District, Tamil Nadu 613503 (India); Muruganantham, G.; Sakthivel, B. [P.G. and Research Department of Physics, AVVM. Sri Pushpum College, Poondi, Thanjavur District, Tamil Nadu 613503 (India)

    2009-11-15

    Doubly doped (simultaneous doping of antimony and fluorine) tin oxide films (SnO{sub 2}:Sb:F) have been fabricated by employing an inexpensive and simplified spray technique using perfume atomizer from aqueous solution of SnCl{sub 2} precursor. The structural studies revealed that the films are highly crystalline in nature with preferential orientation along the (2 0 0) plane. It is found that the size of the crystallites of the doubly doped tin oxide films is larger (69 nm) than that (27 nm) of their undoped counterparts. The dislocation density of the doubly doped film is lesser (2.08x10{sup 14} lines/m{sup 2}) when compared with that of the undoped film (13.2x10{sup 14} lines/m{sup 2}), indicating the higher degree of crystallinity of the doubly doped films. The SEM images depict that the films are homogeneous and uniform. The optical transmittance in the visible range and the optical band gap of the doubly doped films are 71% and 3.56 eV respectively. The sheet resistance (4.13 OMEGA/square) attained for the doubly doped film in this study is lower than the values reported for spray deposited fluorine or antimony doped tin oxide films prepared from aqueous solution of SnCl{sub 2} precursor (without using methanol or ethanol).

  20. The technology of preparing green coating by conducting micro-arc oxidation on AZ91D magnesium alloy

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    Wang Sheng

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available Micro-arc oxidation was applied to AZ91D magnesium alloy by taking K2Cr2O7 as the colouring salt in the silicate system. It was shown that the green coating obtained through performing micro-arc oxidation on magnesium alloy consisted of Mg, Mg2SiO4, MgO, and MgCr2O4 based on analysis of X-ray diffraction (XRD, and scanning electron microscopy (SEM. Among which, MgCr2O4 was the colouring salt; there were something in the lamellar, pit, and convex forms found on the surface of the coating. The coating consisted of a porous, and a compact, layer from the outside to the inside. As demonstrated, the colour of the coating depended on the K2Cr2O7 concentration: it became gradually deeper with the addition of K2Cr2O7 and the increasing micro-arc oxidation time. The corrosion resistance and hardness of the green coating were greater than that of the matrix.