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  1. Doping of CdSe Nanocrystals

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    Jensen, John

    2003-10-01

    What happens to a nanocrystal when it is doped with electrons? We doped CdSe nanocrystals with potassium metal and sodium biphenyl, potassium and sodium acting as the charge carriers. In order to monitor the properties of the doped nanocrystals we used Electron Spin Resonance and luminescence techniques. In this poster we present findings and problems encountered in doping CdSe nanocrystals.

  2. Carrier transport dynamics in Mn-doped CdSe quantum dot sensitized solar cells

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    Poudyal, Uma; Maloney, Francis S.; Sapkota, Keshab; Wang, Wenyong

    2017-10-01

    In this work quantum dot sensitized solar cells (QDSSCs) were fabricated with CdSe and Mn-doped CdSe quantum dots (QDs) using the SILAR method. QDSSCs based on Mn-doped CdSe QDs exhibited improved incident photon-to-electron conversion efficiency. Carrier transport dynamics in the QDSSCs were studied using the intensity modulated photocurrent/photovoltage spectroscopy technique, from which transport and recombination time constants could be derived. Compared to CdSe QDSSCs, Mn–CdSe QDSSCs exhibited shorter transport time constant, longer recombination time constant, longer diffusion length, and higher charge collection efficiency. These observations suggested that Mn doping in CdSe QDs could benefit the performance of solar cells based on such nanostructures.

  3. Optical properties of an indium doped CdSe nanocrystal: A density functional approach

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    Salini, K.; Mathew, Vincent, E-mail: vincent@cukerala.ac.in [Department of Physics, Central University of Kerala, Riverside Transit Campus, Kasaragod, Kerala (India); Mathew, Thomas [Department of Physics, Central University of Kerala, Riverside Transit Campus, Kasaragod, Kerala (India); Department of Physics, St Pius X College Rajapuram, Kasaragod, Kerala (India)

    2016-05-06

    We have studied the electronic and optical properties of a CdSe nanocrystal doped with n-type impurity atom. First principle calculations of the CdSe nanocrystal based on the density functional theory (DFT), as implemented in the Vienna Ab Initio Simulation Package (VASP) was used in the calculations. We have introduced a single Indium impurity atom into CdSe nanocrystal with 1.3 nm diameter. Nanocrystal surface dangling bonds are passivated with hydrogen atom. The band-structure, density of states and absorption spectra of the doped and undopted nanocrystals were discussed. Inclusion of the n-type impurity atom introduces an additional electron in conduction band, and significantly alters the electronic and optical properties of undoped CdSe nanocrystal. Indium doped CdSe nannocrystal have potential applications in optoelectronic devices.

  4. Self-Assembled Monolayers of CdSe Nanocrystals on Doped GaAs Substrates

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    Marx, E.; Ginger, D.S.; Walzer, Karsten

    2002-01-01

    This letter reports the self-assembly and analysis of CdSe nanocrystal monolayers on both p- and a-doped GaAs substrates. The self-assembly was performed using a 1,6-hexanedithiol self-assembled monolayer (SAM) to link CdSe nanocrystals to GaAs substrates. Attenuated total reflection Fourier tran...

  5. Digital Doping in Magic-Sized CdSe Clusters.

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    Muckel, Franziska; Yang, Jiwoong; Lorenz, Severin; Baek, Woonhyuk; Chang, Hogeun; Hyeon, Taeghwan; Bacher, Gerd; Fainblat, Rachel

    2016-07-26

    Magic-sized semiconductor clusters represent an exciting class of materials located at the boundary between quantum dots and molecules. It is expected that replacing single atoms of the host crystal with individual dopants in a one-by-one fashion can lead to unique modifications of the material properties. Here, we demonstrate the dependence of the magneto-optical response of (CdSe)13 clusters on the discrete number of Mn(2+) ion dopants. Using time-of-flight mass spectrometry, we are able to distinguish undoped, monodoped, and bidoped cluster species, allowing for an extraction of the relative amount of each species for a specific average doping concentration. A giant magneto-optical response is observed up to room temperature with clear evidence that exclusively monodoped clusters are magneto-optically active, whereas the Mn(2+) ions in bidoped clusters couple antiferromagnetically and are magneto-optically passive. Mn(2+)-doped clusters therefore represent a system where magneto-optical functionality is caused by solitary dopants, which might be beneficial for future solotronic applications.

  6. Cluster-seeded synthesis of doped CdSe:Cu4 quantum dots.

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    Jawaid, Ali M; Chattopadhyay, Soma; Wink, Donald J; Page, Leah E; Snee, Preston T

    2013-04-23

    We report here a method for synthesizing CdSe quantum dots (QDs) containing copper such that each QD is doped with four copper ions. The synthesis is a derivative of the cluster-seed method, whereby organometallic clusters act as nucleation centers for quantum dots. The method is tolerant of the chemical identity of the seed; as such, we have doped four copper ions into CdSe QDs using [Na(H2O)3]2[Cu4(SPh)6] as a cluster seed. The controlled doping allows us to monitor the photophysical properties of guest ions with X-ray spectroscopy, specifically XANES and EXAFS at the copper K-edge. These data reveal that copper can capture both electrons and holes from photoexcited CdSe QDs. When the dopant is oxidized, photoluminescence is quenched and the copper ions translocate within the CdSe matrix, which slows the return to an emissive state.

  7. Structural, optical and morphological studies of undoped and Zn-doped CdSe QDs via aqueous route synthesis

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    N THIRUGNANAM; D GOVINDARAJAN

    2016-12-01

    Undoped and Zn-doped CdSe quantum dots (QDs) were successfully synthesized by the chemical precipitation method. The structural, optical and morphological properties of the synthesized undoped and Zn-dopedCdSe QDs were studied by X-ray diffraction (XRD), UV–visible absorption spectroscopy, photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy, fluorescence lifetime spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), field emission transmissionelectron microscopy (FE-TEM) and FTIR. The synthesized undoped and Zn-doped CdSe QDs were in cubic crystalline phase, which was confirmed by the XRD technique. From the UV–visible absorption spectral analysis, theabsorption wavelengths of both undoped and Zn-doped CdSe QDs show blue-shift with respect to their bulk counterpart as a result of quantum confinement effect. The highest luminescence intensity was observed for CdSe QDs doped with 4% Zn by PL studies. TEM analysis shows that the prepared QDs are spherical in shape.

  8. Effect of CdS/Mg-Doped CdSe Cosensitized Photoanode on Quantum Dot Solar Cells

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    Yingxiang Guan

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Quantum dots have emerged as a material platform for low-cost high-performance sensitized solar cells. And doping is an effective method to improve the performance of quantum dot sensitized solar cells (QDSSCs. Since Kwak et al. from South Korea proved the incorporation of Mg in the CdSe quantum dots (QDs in 2007, the Mg-doped CdSe QDs have been thoroughly studied. Here we report a new attempt on CdS/Mg-doped CdSe quantum dot cosensitized solar cells (QDCSSC. We analyzed the performance of CdS/Mg-doped CdSe quantum dot cosensitized solar cells via discussing the different doping concentration of Mg and the different SILAR cycles of CdS. And we studied the mechanism of CdS/Mg-doped CdSe QDs in detail for the reason why the energy conversion efficiency had been promoted. It is a significant instruction on the development of Mg-doped CdSe quantum dot sensitized solar cells (QDSSCs.

  9. Structural, optical and magnetic properties of cobalt-doped CdSe nanoparticles

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    Jaspal Singh; N K Verma

    2014-05-01

    Pure and Co-doped CdSe nanoparticles have been synthesized by hydrothermal technique. The synthesized nanoparticles have been characterized using X-ray diffraction (XRD), ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy (UV–Visible), photoluminescence spectroscopy (PL), energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID), at room temperature. From XRD analysis, pure and cobalt-doped CdSe nanoparticles have been found to be polycrystalline in nature and possess zinc blende phase having cubic structure. In addition to this, some peaks related to secondary phase or impurities such as cobalt diselenide (CoSe2) have also been observed. The calculated average crystallite size of the nanoparticles lies in the range, 3–21 nm, which is consistent with the results obtained from TEM analysis. The decrease in average crystallite size and blue shift in the band gap has been observed with Co-doping into the host CdSe nanoparticles. The magnetic analysis shows the ferromagnetic behaviour up to 10% of Co-doping concentration. The increase of Co content beyond 10% doping concentration leads to antiferromagnetic interactions between the Co ions, which suppress the ferromagnetism.

  10. Implications of orbital hybridization on the electronic properties of doped quantum dots: the case of Cu:CdSe

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    Wright, Joshua T.; Forsythe, Kyle; Hutchins, Jamie; Meulenberg, Robert W.

    2016-04-13

    This paper investigates how chemical dopants affect the electronic properties of CdSe quantum dots (QDs) and why a model that incorporates the concepts of orbital hybridization must be used to understand these properties. Extended X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy measurements show that copper dopants in CdSe QDs occur primarily through a statistical doping mechanism. Ultraviolet photoemission spectroscopy (UPS) experiments provide a detailed insight on the valence band (VB) structure of doped and undoped QDs. Using UPS measurements, we are able to observe photoemission from the Cu d-levels above VB maximum of the QDs which allows a complete picture of the energy band landscape of these materials. This information provides insights into many of the physical properties of doped QDs, including the highly debated near-infrared photoluminescence in Cu doped CdSe QDs. We show that all our results point to a common theme of orbital hybridization in Cu doped CdSe QDs which leads to optically and electronically active states below the conduction band minimum. Our model is supported from current–voltage measurements of doped and undoped materials, which exhibit Schottky to Ohmic behavior with Cu doping, suggestive of a tuning of the lowest energy states near the Fermi level.

  11. Electronic structures and magnetism for carbon doped CdSe: Modified Becke-Johnson density functional calculations

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    Fan, S. W.; Song, T.; Huang, X. N.; Yang, L.; Ding, L. J.; Pan, L. Q.

    2016-09-01

    Utilizing the full potential linearized augment plane wave method, the electronic structures and magnetism for carbon doped CdSe are investigated. Calculations show carbon substituting selenium could induce CdSe to be a diluted magnetic semiconductor. Single carbon dopant could induce 2.00 μB magnetic moment. Electronic structures show the long-range ferromagnetic coupling mainly originates from the p-d exchange-like p-p coupling interaction. Positive chemical pair interactions indicate carbon dopants would form homogeneous distribution in CdSe host. The formation energy implies the non-equilibrium fabricated technology is necessary during the samples fabricated.

  12. Magnetic and dielectric study of Fe-doped CdSe nanoparticles

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    Das, Sayantani; Banerjee, Sourish; Bandyopadhyay, Sudipta; Sinha, Tripurari Prasad

    2017-08-01

    Nanoparticles of cadmium selenide (CdSe) and Fe (5% and 10%) doped CdSe have been synthesized by soft chemical route and found to have cubic structure. The magnetic field dependent magnetization measurement of the doped samples indicates the presence of anti-ferromagnetic order. The temperature dependent magnetization (M-T) measurement under zero field cooled and field cooled conditions has also ruled out the presence of ferromagnetic component in the samples at room temperature as well as low temperature. In order to estimate the anti-ferromagnetic coupling among the doped Fe atoms, an M-T measurement at 500 Oe has been carried out, and the Curie-Weiss temperature θ of the samples has been estimated from the inverse of susceptibility versus temperature plots. The dielectric relaxation peaks are observed in the spectra of imaginary part of dielectric constant. The temperature dependent relaxation time is found to obey the Arrhenius law having activation energy 0.4 eV for Fe doped samples. The frequency dependent conductivity spectra are found to obey the power law. [Figure not available: see fulltext.

  13. Aqueous synthesis and characterization of Ni, Zn co-doped CdSe QDs

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    Thirugnanam, N.; Govindarajan, D.

    2016-01-01

    Ni, Zn co-doped CdSe quantum dots (QDs) were synthesized by chemical precipitation method through aqueous route. The prepared QDs were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) technique, UV-Vis absorption spectroscopy, photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy and high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). XRD technique results indicate that the prepared samples have a zinc blende cubic phase. From UV-Vis absorption spectroscopy technique, the prepared samples were blue shifted with respect to their bulk counter part due to quantum confinement effect. Among different doping ratios examined, a maximum PL emission intensity was observed for CdSe:Ni(1 %):Zn(1 %) QDs. HRTEM pictures show that the prepared QDs were in spherical shape.

  14. AgCl-doped CdSe quantum dots with near-IR photoluminescence.

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    Kotin, Pavel Aleksandrovich; Bubenov, Sergey Sergeevich; Mordvinova, Natalia Evgenievna; Dorofeev, Sergey Gennadievich

    2017-01-01

    We report the synthesis of colloidal CdSe quantum dots doped with a novel Ag precursor: AgCl. The addition of AgCl causes dramatic changes in the morphology of synthesized nanocrystals from spherical nanoparticles to tetrapods and finally to large ellipsoidal nanoparticles. Ellipsoidal nanoparticles possess an intensive near-IR photoluminescence ranging up to 0.9 eV (ca. 1400 nm). In this article, we explain the reasons for the formation of the ellipsoidal nanoparticles as well as the peculiarities of the process. The structure, Ag content, and optical properties of quantum dots are also investigated. The optimal conditions for maximizing both the reaction yield and IR photoluminescence quantum yield are found.

  15. The CuInSe{sub 2}-CuGaSe{sub 2}-2CdSe system and crystal growth of the {gamma}-solid solutions

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    Marushko, L.P., E-mail: marushko777@mail.r [Department of General and Inorganic Chemistry, Volyn National University, Voli Ave 13, Lutsk 43009 (Ukraine); Romanyuk, Y.E. [Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Testing and Research, EMPA, Uberlandstrasse 129, CH-8600 Duebendorf (Switzerland); Piskach, L.V.; Parasyuk, O.V.; Olekseyuk, I.D. [Department of General and Inorganic Chemistry, Volyn National University, Voli Ave 13, Lutsk 43009 (Ukraine); Volkov, S.V.; Pekhnyo, V.I. [V.I. Vernadskii Institute for General and Inorganic Chemistry of the Ukrainian National Academy of Sciences, Palladina Ave 32-34, Kyiv 03680 (Ukraine)

    2010-08-27

    Phase equilibria in the CuInSe{sub 2}-CuGaSe{sub 2}-2CdSe system are studied using differential-thermal analysis and phase X-ray diffraction. An isothermal section of the system at 870 K, and phase diagrams of polythermal sections CuInSe{sub 2}-CuGaSe{sub 2} and 'CuCd{sub 2}InSe{sub 4}'-CuCd{sub 2}GaSe{sub 4} have been constructed. The 'CuCd{sub 2}InSe{sub 4}'-CuCd{sub 2}GaSe{sub 4} section is not quasi-binary and includes two solid solution regions with the wurtzite and sphalerite structure-types. Eleven crystals of the {gamma}-solid solutions with the sphalerite structure-type were grown by the Bridgman technique. The non-quasi-binary nature of the 'CuCd{sub 2}InSe{sub 4}'-CuCd{sub 2}GaSe{sub 4} section gives rise to compositional gradients for copper, cadmium, and gallium along the crystal growth direction so that the crystal tip is enriched with CdSe. Band gap of the grown crystals varies from 1.05 eV to {approx}1.30 eV.

  16. Effects of indium doping on the structural and optical properties of CdSe thin films deposited by chemical bath

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    Perez G, A. M.; Arreola, I. V. [Universidad Popular Autonoma del Estado de Puebla, 21 Sur No. 1103, Col Santiago, 72160 Puebla, Pue. (Mexico); Tepantlan, C. S. [Universidad Politecnica de Tulancingo, Calle Ingenierias 100 Huapalcalco, 43629 Tulancingo, Hidalgo (Mexico)]. e-mail: arllenemariana.perez@upaep.mx

    2009-07-01

    Thin films of n-type CdSe have been grown on Corning glass substrate by chemical bath deposition, prepared with Sodium Seleno-Sulphate (Na{sub 2}SSeO{sub 3}), Cadmium Chloride (CdCl{sub 2}) and Indium Tri-Chloride (InCl{sub 3}), mixed in an aqueous environment. The effects of different In doping concentrations have been investigated. X-ray diffraction spectra show that at low In concentration only the CdSe lattice is present in the deposited film, whereas CdIn{sub 2}Se{sub 4} and InSe compounds are obtained at higher In concentrations. Optical properties have been calculated from transmission spectra and photoluminescence measurements. From transmission spectra, the absorption coefficient and optical gap were obtained; photoluminescence spectra show band-band recombination from 10 K to room temperature. (Author)

  17. Increased carrier mobility and lifetime in CdSe quantum dot thin films through surface trap passivation and doping.

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    Straus, Daniel B; Goodwin, E D; Gaulding, E Ashley; Muramoto, Shin; Murray, Christopher B; Kagan, Cherie R

    2015-11-19

    Passivating surface defects and controlling the carrier concentration and mobility in quantum dot (QD) thin films is prerequisite to designing electronic and optoelectronic devices. We investigate the effect of introducing indium in CdSe QD thin films on the dark mobility and the photogenerated carrier mobility and lifetime using field-effect transistor (FET) and time-resolved microwave conductivity (TRMC) measurements. We evaporate indium films ranging from 1 to 11 nm in thickness on top of approximately 40 nm thick thiocyanate-capped CdSe QD thin films and anneal the QD films at 300 °C to densify and drive diffusion of indium through the films. As the amount of indium increases, the FET and TRMC mobilities and the TRMC lifetime increase. The increase in mobility and lifetime is consistent with increased indium passivating midgap and band-tail trap states and doping the films, shifting the Fermi energy closer to and into the conduction band.

  18. Enhanced photoelectrochemical performance of CdSe sensitized Al-doped ZnO photoanode compared with CdSe–ZnO

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    Ma, Jinwen; Fu, Wuyou; Yang, Haibin, E-mail: yanghb@jlu.edu.cn; Cheng, Shuli; Zhang, Lina; Zhou, Xiaoming; Zhang, Yanyan; Sun, Meiling; Yang, Lihua; Zhao, Hui; Chi, Kailin

    2013-10-31

    CdSe nanoparticles sensitized Al-doped ZnO nanorod array films (CdSe–AZO) were prepared via a simple two-step method. The morphological, structural, optical and photoelectrochemical (PEC) properties of the films have been examined. The results confirm that Al element has been implanted into the ZnO lattice structure and distributed in the ZnO nanorod homogenously. CdSe nanoparticles were deposited on Al-doped ZnO nanorod, and the heterojunction interfacial structure of CdSe/AZO was verified by high resolution transmission electron microscopy. The photoresponse of Al-doped ZnO nanorod array films in the visible region has been significantly improved by sensitizing them with CdSe nanoparticles. Under AM 1.5G illumination, the CdSe–AZO electrode have an optimum short-circuit photocurrent density of 4.28 mA cm{sup −2}, nearly 13 times of bare ZnO and 1.7 times of CdSe–ZnO. We attribute the improvement to the fact that Al doping augments more active centers and then increases the amount of CdSe nanoparticles grown on AZO, which leads to significantly enhanced optical absorption and more efficient charge transfer channel. This study provides an insight of combination inorganic semiconductor sensitization with elemental doping for improving PEC properties. - Highlights: • CdSe sensitized Al-doped ZnO nanorod array film (AZO) was prepared. • Al doping induces increased heterostructure area of CdSe/ZnO. • CdSe extends the photoresponse of AZO electrode into the visible light region. • CdSe–AZO shows remarkable improved photoelectrochemical properties than CdSe–ZnO.

  19. Cu-doped ZnO nanoporous film for improved performance of CdS/CdSe quantum dot-sensitized solar cells

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    Jeong, Myeong-Soo; Son, Min-Kyu; Kim, Soo-Kyoung; Park, Songyi; Prabakar, Kandasamy; Kim, Hee-Je, E-mail: heeje@pusan.ac.kr

    2014-11-03

    Copper (Cu) doped zinc oxide (ZnO) powders were synthesized by co-precipitation method with different at% (0 and 0.5 at%) of Cu dopant. Cu-doped ZnO nanoporous (NP) films were fabricated to enhance the performance of the ZnO based cadmium sulfide (CdS) and cadmium selenide (CdSe) quantum dot-sensitized solar cells (QDSSCs). The existence of Cu ions in the Cu-doped ZnO NP film was detected by X-ray fluorescence. The surface morphology, microstructure and crystal structure of Cu-doped ZnO NP films were analyzed by scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction. The optical property of CdS/CdSe co-sensitized Cu-doped ZnO NP film was studied by UV–vis absorption spectroscopy. The photovoltaic performance and electrical property of Cu-doped ZnO CdS/CdSe QDSSCs were studied by current–voltage characteristic curves and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy under air mass 1.5 condition. As a result, short circuit current density and fill factor increased from 9.074 mA/cm{sup 2} and 0.403 to 9.865 mA/cm{sup 2} and 0.427 respectively, based on the enhanced absorbance and electron transport by Cu-doping. This led to the increasing light conversion efficiency from 2.27% to 2.61%. - Highlights: • Cu-doped ZnO powders were synthesized by co-precipitation method. • Cu-doped ZnO nanoporous films with high crystallinity were uniformly deposited. • Absorbance of Cu-doped ZnO nanoporous film was enhanced. • Electron conductivity of Cu-doped ZnO nanoporous film was enhanced. • Performance of Cu-doped ZnO CdS/CdSe QDSSC was improved.

  20. High performance of Mn-doped CdSe quantum dot sensitized solar cells based on the vertical ZnO nanorod arrays

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    Hou, Juan; Zhao, Haifeng; Huang, Fei; Jing, Qun; Cao, Haibin; Wu, Qiang; Peng, Shanglong; Cao, Guozhong

    2016-09-01

    Doping transition metal ions Mn2+ to semiconductor quantum dots (QDs) are extremely interesting for the development of photovoltaic devices. Quantum dot sensitized solar cells (QDSCs) are able to show promising power conversion efficiencies (PCE) by employing Mn2+ doped QDs. Herein we achieve effective CdS/Mnsbnd CdSe/ZnS QDs co-sensitized vertical ZnO nanorod arrays film that provides an appreciable enhancement in photovoltaic performance. The measured PCE of the solar cells with Mn2+ doped CdSe QDs is 4.14%, which is higher than the efficiency of 2.91% for the solar cells without Mn2+ or a ∼42% increase. The improvement in PCE is ascribed to a higher open-circuit voltage (Voc = 0.74 V) and a superior short-circuit current density (Jsc = 12.6 mA cm-2) with the introduction of Mn2+ into CdSe QDs. The enhancement seen with Mn2+ doped CdSe QDs are investigated and explained by the fact that the enhanced light absorption and reduced charge recombination by the formation of Mnsbnd CdSe passivation layer covering the QDs.

  1. Annealing-induced optical and sub-band-gap absorption parameters of Sn-doped CdSe thin films

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    Kaur, Jagdish; Tripathi, S. K.

    2016-01-01

    Thin films of Sn-doped CdSe were prepared by thermal evaporation onto glass substrates in an argon gas atmosphere and annealed at different temperatures. Structural evaluation of the films was carried out using X-ray diffraction and their stoichiometry studied by energy-dispersive X-ray analysis. The films exhibit a preferred orientation along the hexagonal direction of CdSe. The optical transmittance of the films shows a red shift of the absorption edge with annealing. The fundamental absorption edge corresponds to a direct energy gap with a temperature coefficient of 3.34 × 10-3 eV K-1. The refractive index, optical conductivity and real and imaginary parts of the dielectric constants were found to increase after annealing. The sub-band gap absorption coefficient was evaluated using the constant photocurrent method. It varies exponentially with photon energy. The Urbach energy, the density of defect states, and the steepness of the density of localized states were evaluated from the sub-band-gap absorption.

  2. Fe2+-doped CdSe single crystal: growth, spectroscopic and laser properties, potential use as a 6 µm broadband amplifier

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    Frolov, M. P.; Gordienko, V. M.; Korostelin, Yu V.; Kozlovsky, V. I.; Podmar'kov, Yu P.; Potemkin, F. V.; Skasyrsky, Ya K.

    2017-02-01

    We report on the successful growth of single crystals of Fe2+:CdSe by seeded physical vapor transport (SPVT) technique with doping within the growing process and subsequent annealing in Se vapor. Luminescence lifetime measurements, spectroscopic studies of 5E-5T2 transition of Fe2+ in CdSe, and laser experiments were performed. The lifetime of the 5T2 energy level was measured to be 20  ±  5 ns at a room temperature (RT) of 290 K. At liquid nitrogen (LN) temperature, luminescence kinetics displayed a non-exponential decay, which can be fitted to a bi-exponential function with time constants τ 1  =  6 µs and τ 2  =  29 µs. As much as 3.2 mJ of output energy at 5.2 µm with 27% absorbed pump energy slope efficiency of an Fe2+:CdSe laser was achieved at RT under 2.94 µm nanosecond Er:YAG laser pumping. The Fe2+:CdSe laser was tuned from 4.63 to 6.10 µm. Obtained characteristics of Fe2+:CdSe indicate that the crystal can be considered a promising medium for amplification of femtosecond pulses in the middle infrared range up to 6 µm.

  3. Investigation of light induced effect on density of states of Pb doped CdSe thin films

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    Kaur, Jagdish; Singh, Baljinder; Tripathi, S. K.

    2016-05-01

    Thin films of Pb doped CdSe are deposited on the glass substrates by thermal evaporation technique using inert gas condensation method. The prepared thin films are light soaked under vacuum of 2×10-3 mbar for two hour. The absorption coefficient in the sub-band gap region has been studied using Constant Photocurrent Method (CPM). The absorption coefficient in the sub-band gap region follows an exponential Urbach tail. The value of Urbach energy and number density of defect states have been calculated from the absorption coefficient in the sub-band gap region and found to increase after light soaking treatment. The energy distribution of the occupied density of states below Fermi level has been evaluated using derivative procedure of the absorption coefficient.

  4. Cu-Doped-CdS/In-Doped-CdS Cosensitized Quantum Dot Solar Cells

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    Lin Li

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Cu-doped-CdS and In-doped-CdS cosensitized (Cu-doped-CdS/In-doped-CdS quantum dot solar cells (QDSCs are introduced here. Different cosensitized sequences, doping ratios, and the thickness (SILAR cycles of Cu-doped-CdS and In-doped-CdS are discussed. Compared with undoped CdS QDSCs, the short circuit current density, UV-Vis absorption spectra, IPCE (monochromatic incident photon-to-electron conversion, open circuit voltage, and so on are all improved. The photoelectric conversion efficiency has obviously improved from 0.71% to 1.28%.

  5. CdSe Quantum Dots Sensitized Mesoporous TiO2 Solar Cells with CuSCN as Solid-State Electrolyte

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    Guanbi Chen

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Mesoporous TiO2 is functionalized by 3-mercaptopropyl trimethyoxysilane (MPTMS to anchor CdSe quantum dots (QDs. The resulting TiO2/CdSe is combined with solid-state electrolyte (CuSCN to form solar cells. It is found that the efficiency of electron injection from QDs to TiO2 can be improved owing to the substitution of the long chains of organic capping agents at the surface of QDs with MPTMS. The hydrolyzate of MPTMS forms an insulating barrier layer to reduce the recombination at the TiO2/CdSe interface, leading to the increase of open-circuit voltage (Voc.

  6. Inorganic cluster syntheses of TM2+-doped quantum dots (CdSe, CdS, CdSe/CdS): physical property dependence on dopant locale.

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    Archer, Paul I; Santangelo, Steven A; Gamelin, Daniel R

    2007-08-08

    A series of colloidal transition-metal-doped chalcogenide semiconductor nanocrystals (TM2+:CdSe, TM2+:CdS, etc.) has been prepared by thermal decomposition of inorganic cluster precursors. It is shown through extensive spectroscopic and structural characterization that the nanocrystals prepared following literature procedures for synthesis of TM2+:CdSe nanocrystals actually possess an unintended CdSe/TM2+:CdS core/shell morphology. The conditions required for successful formation of TM2+:CdSe and TM2+:CdS by cluster decomposition have been determined. Magneto-optical and photoluminescence spectroscopic results for this series of doped nanocrystals reveal major physical consequences of dopant localization within the shell and demonstrate the capacity to engineer dopant-carrier exchange interactions via core/shell doping strategies. The results presented here illustrate some of the remarkable and unexpected complexities that can arise in nanocrystal doping chemistries and emphasize the need for meticulous characterization to avoid false positives.

  7. Synthesis of an optically clear, flexible and stable hybrid ureasilicate matrix doped with CdSe nanoparticles produced by reverse micelles

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    Gonçalves, Luis F.F.F., E-mail: luisfillipeffgoncalves@yahoo.com [Centro de Química – Departamento de Química, Universidade do Minho, 4710-057 Braga (Portugal); Centro de Física – Departamento de Física, Universidade do Minho, 4710-057 Braga (Portugal); Silva, Carlos J.R. [Centro de Química – Departamento de Química, Universidade do Minho, 4710-057 Braga (Portugal); Kanodarwala, Fehmida K.; Stride, John A. [School of Chemistry, University of New South Wales, Sydney 2052 (Australia); Pereira, Mario R.; Gomes, Maria J.M. [Centro de Física – Departamento de Física, Universidade do Minho, 4710-057 Braga (Portugal)

    2014-09-15

    Optically clear and flexible organic–inorganic hybrid materials doped with CdSe nanoparticles (NPs) were synthesized by a sol–gel method based on the hydrolysis and condensation reactions of ureasilicate precursors. The CdSe NPs were produced by a colloidal method using reverse micelles and were then transferred to the ureasilicate precursor solution followed by gelation of the mixture using ammonia/water vapours as catalyst for the sol–gel process. The influence of the NPs surface in the dispersion of the NPs within the matrix was investigated by the addition of a capping agent with both thiol and siloxane groups (3-mercaptopropyltrimethoxysilane, MPTMS). This capping agent was used in order to improve compatibility and avoid aggregation of the NPs within the matrix and to increase the preservation of the original optical properties of the NPs. The nanocomposites obtained were characterized by absorption spectroscopy, steady-state photoluminescence, time resolved photoluminescence, HRTEM and FTIR spectroscopy. The results obtained showed the influence of the use of MPTMS in the preservation of the original optical properties of the CdSe NPs after their transfer into the ureasilicate matrix. The HRTEM analysis showed the presence of well-dispersed spherical NPs with well-defined lattice fringes. The obtained nanocomposites exhibit high transparency in the visible range as a result of the good dispersion of the NPs within the matrix, showing the potentials of the developed method in the production of composite materials in which the optical properties of the NPs incorporated are crucial to the desired application. - Highlights: • Synthesis of a hybrid ureasilicate matrix doped with CdSe nanoparticles. • Absorption and PL spectra of doped xerogels show features of quantum size effect. • Using MPTMS plays an important role in the optical properties of the nanocomposites. • HRTEM analysis showed well-dispersed spherical NPs with well-defined lattice

  8. Enhanced Photocatalytic Property of Cu Doped Sodium Niobate

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    Xu, Jianbin; Zhang, Feng; Sun, Bingyang; Du, Yingge; Li, Guoqiang; Zhang, Weifeng

    2015-09-29

    We investigate the photocatalytic activity of Cu doped NaNbO3 powder sample prepared by the modified polymer complex method. The photocatalytic activity of hydrogen evolution from methanol aqueous solution was improved by Cu 2.6 at% doping. The photocatalytic degradation of rhodamine B under visible light irradiation was enhanced in comparison with pure NaNbO3. Cu inctroduction improved the adsorption property of NaNbO3, judging from the Fourier transform infrared spectra. Moreover, the ultraviolet light excitation in Cu doped sample was found to accelerate the mineralized process.

  9. Enhanced Photocatalytic Property of Cu Doped Sodium Niobate

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    Jianbin Xu

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available We investigate the photocatalytic activity of Cu doped NaNbO3 powder sample prepared by the modified polymer complex method. The photocatalytic activity of hydrogen evolution from methanol aqueous solution was improved by Cu 2.6 at% doping. The photocatalytic degradation of rhodamine B (RhB under visible light irradiation was enhanced in comparison with pristine NaNbO3. Cu introduction improved the adsorption property of NaNbO3, judging from the Fourier transform infrared spectra. Moreover, the ultraviolet light excitation in Cu doped sample would accelerate the mineralized process.

  10. Nonlinear optical properties of cobalt and iron doped CdSe nanoparticles using Z-scan technique

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    Gaur, Poonam, E-mail: poonam.gaur612@gmail.com [Department of Physics, Deenbandhu Chhotu Ram University of Science and Technology, Sonipat 131001, Haryana (India); Malik, B.P. [Department of Physics, Deenbandhu Chhotu Ram University of Science and Technology, Sonipat 131001, Haryana (India); Gaur, Arun [Department of Physics, Hindu College, Sonipat 131001, Haryana (India)

    2015-01-15

    The present work aims at the synthesis of pure, Cobalt (Co) and Iron (Fe) doped CdSe nanoparticles by the wet chemical method. The optical properties of synthesized nanoparticles have been characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), UV–vis spectroscopy to find the optical direct band gap and estimation of particle size by using Debye–Scherrer formula and HRTEM. The nonlinear optical properties such as nonlinear absorption co-efficient, nonlinear refraction co-efficient and third order nonlinear susceptibility χ{sup (3)} are investigated. The calculations have been performed with the help of Z-scan experimental set-up using Nd: YAG laser emitting 532 nm, 5 ns laser pulses with intensity maintained at 2.296 TW/cm{sup 2}. The nanoparticles clearly exhibit a negative value of nonlinear refraction, which is attributed to the two photon absorption and free carrier absorption. Further the optical limiting behavior is determined (figure of merit (FOM)). The presence of RSA in these nanoparticles makes them a potential material for the development of optical limiter.

  11. Effect of chemical doping on the visible emission in Cu ions doped perovskite zirconates

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    Lee, D. J.; Lee, Y. S.

    2016-08-01

    We investigated the effect of the chemical doping on the visible emission of the Cu-ion-doped perovskite zirconates. We synthesized the Cu-ion-doped Sr1- x Ca x ZrO3 (SCZO:Cu) compounds ( x = 0 - 1), where the structural distortion and the chemical disorder were tuned due to the ionic size difference between Sr2+ and Ca2+. The nominal doping concentration of Cu ion was chosen to be 1%. We found that the visible emission in SCZO:Cu was suppressed dramatically with the substitution of Ca2+ for Sr2+ ( x > 0). The violet emission was more susceptible to the structural distortion than the orange and the green emissions. These experimental findings were discussed in relation to the electronic properties of SCZO:Cu.

  12. Bi-Se doped with Cu, p-type semiconductor

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    Bhattacharya, Raghu Nath; Phok, Sovannary; Parilla, Philip Anthony

    2013-08-20

    A Bi--Se doped with Cu, p-type semiconductor, preferably used as an absorber material in a photovoltaic device. Preferably the semiconductor has at least 20 molar percent Cu. In a preferred embodiment, the semiconductor comprises at least 28 molar percent of Cu. In one embodiment, the semiconductor comprises a molar percentage of Cu and Bi whereby the molar percentage of Cu divided by the molar percentage of Bi is greater than 1.2. In a preferred embodiment, the semiconductor is manufactured as a thin film having a thickness less than 600 nm.

  13. Absence of dipolar ordering in Co doped CuO

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    Chaudhary, N. Vijay Prakash; Murthy, J. Krishna; Venimadhav, A.

    2016-12-01

    Polycrystalline CuO samples with Co doping were prepared by solid state method with flowing oxygen condition and examined their structural and multiferroic properties. Structural studies have confirmed single phase monoclinic crystal structure of all samples, however, in Co doped samples a decrease in volume with an increase in monoclinic distortion is found. For pristine sample, temperature dependent magnetization has confirmed two antiferromagnetic (AFM) transitions at 213 K and 230 K and frequency independent dielectric peaks at these AFM transitions suggesting the ferroelectric nature. Magnetization of the Co doped samples has showed a marginal increase in ordering temperature of the high-temperature AFM transition and decrease in low temperature AFM ordering temperature. Further, doped samples have shown giant dielectric constant with no signature of ferroelectricity. The X-ray photoelectric spectroscopy study has revealed multiple valance states for both Co and Cu in the doped samples that simultaneously explain the giant dielectric constant and suppression of ferroelectric order.

  14. Effect of ZnSe and CdSe nanoparticles on the fluorescence and optical band gap of Sm3+ doped lead borate glasses

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    Fatokun, Stephen O.

    For the first part of this work, we prepared a series of Sm-doped lead borate (PbO-B2O3) glasses containing zinc selenide (ZnSe) and cadmium selenide (CdSe) nanoparticles (NPs) and studied the Sm 3+ fluorescence by varying the glass composition and size of the NPs. We have chosen these heavy metal oxide glasses to incorporate Sm3+ ions because they have large glass forming region, high refractive index, and good physical and thermal stability. Lead borate glasses with the following compositions xPbO:(96.5-x)B2O 3:0.5Sm2O3:3ZnSe/CdSe, x=36.5 and 56.5 mol%) are prepared using the melt-quenching method. Transmission electron microscopy characterization was done to confirm both nucleation and growth of the NPs for different annealing times. Fluorescence spectra of these samples are obtained with the excitation wavelengths at 403 and 477nm. Three fluorescence transitions are observed at 563 nm, 598 nm and 646 nm. The transition at 646 nm is a electric dipole (ED) transition that strongly depends on the covalency of the Sm-O bond and the asymmetry of the crystal field at the Sm3+ site. The 646 nm/598 nm fluorescence intensity ratio has been studied for different annealing times and PbO concentration for both ZnSe and CdSe samples. Longer annealing times tend to make the crystal field at the Sm3+ site more symmetric in nature for these glasses. The presence of CdSe NPs is seen to produce the greatest influence on the fluorescence intensity ratio. This is believed to be due to the larger size of the CdSe nanoparticles and its stronger influence on Sm3+ ions. The second part of this work was dedicated to the understanding of the optical band gap of samarium doped lead borate glasses with and without ZnSe/CdSe NPs. Optical absorption spectra for all these glass samples show their absorption edge in the ultraviolet region. Detailed analysis of the absorption edge was carried out using the Mott-Davis model and the optical band gap and the width of the tail in the band gap

  15. Local Electrical Response in Alkaline-Doped Electrodeposited CuInSe2/Cu Films

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    Javier A. Barón-Miranda

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available The local electrical response in alkaline-doped CuInSe2 films prepared by single-step electrodeposition onto Cu substrates was studied by current-sensing atomic force microscopy. The CuInSe2 (CIS films were prepared from single baths containing the dopant ions (Li, Na, K or Cs and were studied by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy and photocurrent response. Increased crystallinity and surface texturing as the ion size increased were observed, as well as an enhanced photocurrent response in Cs-doped CIS. Li- and Na-doped films had larger conductivity than the undoped film while the K- and Cs-doped samples displayed shorter currents and the current images indicated strong charge accumulation in the K- and Cs-doped films, forming surface capacitors. Corrected current-sensing AFM IV curves were adjusted with the Shockley equation.

  16. Effects of Different Doping Ratio of Cu Doped CdS on QDSCs Performance

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    Xiaojun Zhu

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available We use the successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR method for the preparation of quantum dot sensitized solar cells, to improve the performance of solar cells by doping quantum dots. We tested the UV-Vis absorption spectrum of undoped CdS QDSCs and Cu doped CdS QDSCs with different doping ratios. The doping ratios of copper were 1 : 100, 1 : 500, and 1 : 1000, respectively. The experimental results show that, under the same SILAR cycle number, Cu doped CdS quantum dot sensitized solar cells have higher open circuit voltage, short circuit current density photoelectric conversion efficiency than undoped CdS quantum dots sensitized solar cells. Refinement of Cu doping ratio are 1 : 10, 1 : 100, 1 : 200, 1 : 500, and 1 : 1000. When the proportion of Cu and CdS is 1 : 10, all the parameters of the QDSCs reach the minimum value, and, with the decrease of the proportion, the short circuit current density, open circuit voltage, and the photoelectric conversion efficiency are all increased. When proportion is 1 : 500, all parameters reach the maximum values. While with further reduction of the doping ratio of Cu, the parameters of QDSCs have a decline tendency. The results showed that, in a certain range, the lower the doping ratio of Cu, the better the performance of quantum dot sensitized solar cell.

  17. Light emission from conductive paths in nanocrystalline CdSe embedded Zr-doped HfO{sub 2} high-k stack

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    Lin, Chi-Chou; Kuo, Yue [Thin Film Nano and Microelectronics Research Laboratory, Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering, Texas A and M University, College Station, Texas 77843-3122 (United States)

    2015-03-23

    Electrical and optical properties of the solid state incandescent light emitting devices made of zirconium doped hafnium oxide high-k films with and without an embedded nanocrystalline CdSe layer on the p-type Si wafer have been studied. The broad band white light was emitted from nano sized conductive paths through the thermal excitation mechanism. Conductive paths formed from the dielectric breakdown have been confirmed from scanning electron microscopic and atomic force microscopic images and the secondary ion mass spectrometric elemental profiles. Si was diffused from the wafer to the device surface through the conductive path during the high temperature light emission process. There are many potential applications of this type of device.

  18. Atomic resolution of nitrogen-doped graphene on Cu foils

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    Wang, Chundong; Schouteden, Koen; Wu, Qi-Hui; Li, Zhe; Jiang, Jianjun; Van Haesendonck, Chris

    2016-09-01

    Atomic-level substitutional doping can significantly tune the electronic properties of graphene. Using low-temperature scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy, the atomic-scale crystalline structure of graphene grown on polycrystalline Cu, the distribution of nitrogen dopants and their effect on the electronic properties of graphene were investigated. Both the graphene sheet growth and nitrogen doping were performed using microwave plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition. The results indicated that the nitrogen dopants preferentially sit at the grain boundaries of the graphene sheets and confirmed that plasma treatment is a potential method to incorporate foreign atoms into the graphene lattice to tailor the graphene’s electronic properties.

  19. The effect of Cu doping concentration on resistive switching of HfO{sub 2} film

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    Guo, Tingting; Tan, Tingting, E-mail: tantt@nwpu.edu.cn; Liu, Zhengtang

    2015-10-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • The Cu doped and undoped HfO{sub 2} films were fabricated. • The improved RS behaviors were observed for Cu doped HfO{sub 2} film with BRS. • The 9.7% doped HfO{sub 2}:Cu film showed both BRS and URS behaviors. • The related switching mechanisms were illustrated. - Abstract: The Cu-doped and undoped HfO{sub 2} films were fabricated and the effect of Cu doping concentration on resistive switching (RS) of HfO{sub 2} film was demonstrated. The X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) was carried out to investigate the chemical bonding states of Cu in HfO{sub 2}:Cu film. The improved RS behaviors in terms of ON/OFF ratio and switching parameters were observed for Cu-doped HfO{sub 2} film with bipolar resistive switching (BRS) behavior. With the increase of Cu doping concentration, the 9.7% Cu-doped HfO{sub 2} film showed both BRS and unipolar resistive switching (URS) behaviors with large operating voltages. The space charge limited current (SCLC) effect was proposed to interpret the switching mechanism of HfO{sub 2}:Cu films with BRS behavior and the URS behavior can be explained by the migration of Cu ions.

  20. Cu doping as a tool for understanding CMR

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    Vertruyen, B.; Cloots, R.; Rulmont, A. [Liege Univ. (Belgium). LCIS; Dorbolo, S.; Vanderbemden, P. [Liege Univ. (Belgium). MIEL; Ausloos, M. [Liege Univ. (Belgium). SUPRAS

    2002-07-01

    Doping at the Mn-site in CMR manganate-based perovskites has been shown to affect strongly the physical properties of those compounds. We study here the effect of copper substitution in the low doping range on the electrical transport properties of La{sub 0.7}Ca{sub 0.3}MnO{sub 3}. It turns out that the transition temperature decrease observed in doped samples can be drastically reduced by addition of silicon dioxide SiO{sub 2}. It is shown that copper is trapped in a secondary phase composed of La, Ca, Si, Cu and O. The resultant Mn-site vacancies appear to be less detrimental to the electronic conduction than the likely antiferromagnetic clusters induced by the copper ions in the Mn-O network. (orig.)

  1. Structural and magnetic properties of quasi-one-dimensional doped LiCuVO{sub 4}

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    Kumar, Abhishek [Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology (Banaras Hindu University), Varanasi 221 005 (India); Kumari, Poonam; Das, A. [Solid State Physics Division, Bhaba Atomic Research Center, Mumbai (India); Dwivedi, G.D. [Department of Physics, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi 221 005 (India); Shahi, P.; Shukla, K.K. [Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology (Banaras Hindu University), Varanasi 221 005 (India); Ghosh, A.K. [Department of Physics, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi 221 005 (India); Nigam, A.K. [Department of CMP and MS, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai 400 005 (India); Chattopadhyay, K.K. [Department of Physics, Jadavpur University, Kolkata 700032 (India); Chatterjee, Sandip, E-mail: schatterji.app@iitbhu.ac.in [Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology (Banaras Hindu University), Varanasi 221 005 (India)

    2013-12-15

    The Neutron diffraction, X-ray photoemission and Magnetic properties of Zn, Co and Mn-doped LiCuVO{sub 4} were investigated. Both with Zn and Co doping the antiferromagnetic correlation increase. On the other hand Mn-doping induces the short range ferromagnetic ordering. Neutron diffraction study does not show any phase transition down to 5 K i.e., there is no indication of long range magnetic ordering. Neutron diffraction study also indicates that with Zn, Co and Mn doping the V–O lengths are changed. Maximum change in the V–O distances is observed for Mn-doped sample. On the other hand, X-ray photoemission spectroscopic data indicates Mn doping converts some Cu{sup 2+} ions into Cu{sup 3+} ions. - Graphical abstract: LiCuVO{sub 4} is a quasi-one-dimensional spin magnet. It shows antiferromagnetic ordering. It is observed when Mn is doped in the Cu site of LiCuVO{sub 4} a short range ferromagnetic ordering occurs. - Highlights: • LiCuVO{sub 4} is an one-dimensional spin chain system. • Mn ion is doped in Cu site to induce ferromagnetism. • Doping of Mn ion changes the Cu–O–Cu bond angle which in effect induces ferromagnetism.

  2. Electron paramagnetic resonance in Cu-doped ZnO

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    Buchheit, R.; Acosta-Humánez, F.; Almanza, O.

    2016-04-01

    In this work, ZnO and Cu-doped ZnO nanoparticles (Zn1-xCuxO, x = 3%), with a calcination temperature of 500∘C were synthesized using the sol-gel method. The particles were analyzed using atomic absorption spectroscopy (AAS), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) at X-band, measurement in a temperature range from 90 K to room temperature. AAS confirmed a good correspondence between the experimental doping concentration and the theoretical value. XRD reveals the presence of ZnO phase in hexagonal wurtzite structure and a nanoparticle size for the samples synthesized. EPR spectroscopy shows the presence of point defects in both samples with g-values of g = 1.959 for shallow donors and g = 2.004 for ionized vacancies. It is important when these materials are required have been used as catalysts, as suggested that it is not necessary prepare them at higher temperature. A simulation of the Cu EPR signal using an anisotropic spin Hamiltonian was performed and showed good coincidence with the experimental spectra. It was shown that Cu2+ ions enter interstitial octahedral sites of orthorhombic symmetry in the wurtzite crystal structure. Temperature dependence of the EPR linewidth and signal intensity shows a paramagnetic behavior of the sample in the measurement range. A Néel temperature TN = 78 ± 19 K was determined.

  3. Polymeric Graphitic Carbon Nitride Doped with CuO Dispersed on Dealuminated Clinoptilolite (CuO/HCP): Synthesis and Characterisation

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    Saheed Olalekan Sanni; Omoruyi Gold Idemudia

    2015-01-01

    CuO dispersed on dealuminated clinoptilolite (CuO/HCP) and further doped with polymeric graphitic carbon nitride (CuO/HCP-g-C3N4) was synthesized through 2 facile routes: precipitation method for CuO/HCP and impregnation through ultrasonication method for the hybrid composite material. The hybrid composite material crystalline phase, surface morphology, and structural and thermal properties were investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy-dispersive X-r...

  4. Characterization of Doped and Undoped CuO Nanoparticles

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    Gazioǧlu, Dilek Taşkin; Dumludaǧ, Fatih; Altindal, Ahmet

    2010-01-01

    Undoped and doped with Ti, Cd and Zn CuO nanoparticles were obtained by precipitation method. The crystal structures of the CuO nanoparticles were characterized by X-ray diffraction. Impedance spectroscopy (IS) and d.c conductivity (σd.c) measurements were performed on samples as a function of temperature and frequency (40-105 Hz.) to determine the electrical behavior of the nano powder. It was found that the Arrhenius graph of the samples consist of two linear regions and corresponding activation energies. The dependency of frequency exponent s on temperature and frequency suggests a conduction mechanism which is indication of hopping. The measured impedance spectra showed a furher semicircle at low frequencies for all temperatures. The low frequency semicirles in impedance spectra are attributted to the garin boundry effects.

  5. Comparative reliability studies and analysis of Au, Pd-coated Cu and Pd-doped Cu wire in microelectronics packaging.

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    Chong Leong, Gan; Uda, Hashim

    2013-01-01

    This paper compares and discusses the wearout reliability and analysis of Gold (Au), Palladium (Pd) coated Cu and Pd-doped Cu wires used in fineline Ball Grid Array (BGA) package. Intermetallic compound (IMC) thickness measurement has been carried out to estimate the coefficient of diffusion (Do) under various aging conditions of different bonding wires. Wire pull and ball bond shear strengths have been analyzed and we found smaller variation in Pd-doped Cu wire compared to Au and Pd-doped Cu wire. Au bonds were identified to have faster IMC formation, compared to slower IMC growth of Cu. The obtained weibull slope, β of three bonding wires are greater than 1.0 and belong to wearout reliability data point. Pd-doped Cu wire exhibits larger time-to-failure and cycles-to-failure in both wearout reliability tests in Highly Accelerated Temperature and Humidity (HAST) and Temperature Cycling (TC) tests. This proves Pd-doped Cu wire has a greater potential and higher reliability margin compared to Au and Pd-coated Cu wires.

  6. Comparative reliability studies and analysis of Au, Pd-coated Cu and Pd-doped Cu wire in microelectronics packaging.

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    Gan Chong Leong

    Full Text Available This paper compares and discusses the wearout reliability and analysis of Gold (Au, Palladium (Pd coated Cu and Pd-doped Cu wires used in fineline Ball Grid Array (BGA package. Intermetallic compound (IMC thickness measurement has been carried out to estimate the coefficient of diffusion (Do under various aging conditions of different bonding wires. Wire pull and ball bond shear strengths have been analyzed and we found smaller variation in Pd-doped Cu wire compared to Au and Pd-doped Cu wire. Au bonds were identified to have faster IMC formation, compared to slower IMC growth of Cu. The obtained weibull slope, β of three bonding wires are greater than 1.0 and belong to wearout reliability data point. Pd-doped Cu wire exhibits larger time-to-failure and cycles-to-failure in both wearout reliability tests in Highly Accelerated Temperature and Humidity (HAST and Temperature Cycling (TC tests. This proves Pd-doped Cu wire has a greater potential and higher reliability margin compared to Au and Pd-coated Cu wires.

  7. Structural, optical and ethanol sensing properties of Cu-doped SnO{sub 2} nanowires

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    Johari, Anima, E-mail: animajohari@gmail.com; Sharma, Manish [Center for Applied Research in Electronics (CARE), IIT Delhi, Hauz khas, New Delhi-110016 (India); Johari, Anoopshi [THDC Institute of Hydropower Institute of Engineering and Technology, Tehri-249124 (India); Bhatnagar, M. C. [Physics Department, IIT Delhi, Hauz khas, New Delhi-110016 (India)

    2014-04-24

    In present work, one-dimensional nanostructure of Cu-doped Tin oxide (SnO{sub 2}) was synthesized by using thermal evaporation method in a tubular furnace under Nitrogen (N{sub 2}) ambience. The growth was carried out at atmospheric pressure. SEM and TEM images reveal the growth of wire-like nanostructures of Cu-doped SnO{sub 2} on Si substrate. The XRD analysis confirms that the synthesized SnO{sub 2} nanowires have tetragonal rutile structure with polycrystalline nature and X-ray diffraction pattern also showed that Cu gets incorporated into the SnO{sub 2} lattice. EDX spectra confirm the doping of Cu into SnO{sub 2} nanowires and atomic fraction of Cu in nanowires is ∼ 0.5 at%. The Vapor Liquid Solid (VLS) growth mechanism for Cu-doped SnO{sub 2} nanowires was also confirmed by EDX spectra. The optical properties of as grown Cu-doped SnO{sub 2} nanowires were studied by using UV-vis spectra which concludes the band gap of about 3.7 eV. As synthesized single Cu-doped SnO{sub 2} nanowire based gas sensor exhibit relatively good performance to ethanol gas. This sensing behaviour offers a suitable application of the Cu-doped SnO{sub 2} nanowire sensor for detection of ethanol gas.

  8. Room temperature ferromagnetism in Cu-doped ZnO synthesized from CuO and ZnO nanoparticles

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    Owens, Frank J.

    2009-11-01

    AC susceptibility and ferromagnetic resonance (FMR) measurements indicate that ZnO doped with Cu by a simple sintering process starting from nanoparticles of ZnO and CuO is ferromagnetic above room temperature. FMR measurements above room temperature indicate the ordering temperature to be above 520 K. The observation supports the recent theoretical calculations of Huang et al. which predict ferromagnetism in copper-doped ZnO.

  9. Chemical bath deposition of CdS thin films doped with Zn and Cu

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    A I Oliva; J E Corona; R Patiño; A I Oliva-Avilés

    2014-04-01

    Zn- and Cu-doped CdS thin films were deposited onto glass substrates by the chemical bath technique. ZnCl2 and CuCl2 were incorporated as dopant agents into the conventional CdS chemical bath in order to promote the CdS doping process. The effect of the deposition time and the doping concentration on the physical properties of CdS films were investigated. The morphology, thickness, bandgap energy, crystalline structure and elemental composition of Zn- and Cu-doped CdS films were investigated and compared to the undoped CdS films properties. Both Zn- and Cu-doped CdS films presented a cubic crystalline structure with (1 1 1) as the preferential orientation. Lower values of the bandgap energy were observed for the doped CdS films as compared to those of the undoped CdS films. Zn-doped CdS films presented higher thickness and roughness values than those of Cu-doped CdS films. From the photoluminescence results, it is suggested that the inclusion of Zn and Cu into CdS crystalline structure promotes the formation of acceptor levels above the CdS valence band, resulting in lower bandgap energy values for the doped CdS films.

  10. Structural, optical, magnetic and photocatalytic properties of Co doped CuS diluted magnetic semiconductor nanoparticles

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    Sreelekha, N.; Subramanyam, K. [Department of Physics, Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati 517502 (India); Department of Physics, Raghu Engineering College, Visakhapatnam, Andrapradesh 531162 (India); Amaranatha Reddy, D. [Department of Chemistry and Chemical Institute for Functional Materials, Pusan National University, Busan 609735 (Korea, Republic of); Murali, G. [Department of BIN Fusion Technology & Department of Polymer-Nano Science and Technology, Chonbuk National University, Jeonju, Jeonbuk (Korea, Republic of); Ramu, S. [Department of Physics, Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati 517502 (India); Rahul Varma, K. [Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley (United States); Vijayalakshmi, R.P., E-mail: vijayaraguru@gmail.com [Department of Physics, Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati 517502 (India)

    2016-08-15

    Highlights: • Cu{sub 1−x}Co{sub x}S nanoparticles were synthesized via chemical co-precipitation method. • Structural, band gap, magnetization and photocatalysis studies were carried out. • All the doped samples exhibited intrinsic room temperature ferromagnetism. • Effect of magnetic properties on photocatalytic activity was analyzed. • CuS:Co nanoparticles may find applications in photocatalytic and spintronic devices. - Abstract: Pristine and Co doped covellite CuS nanoparticles were synthesized in aqueous solution by facile chemical co-precipitation method with Ethylene Diamine Tetra Acetic Acid (EDTA) as a stabilizing agent. EDAX measurements confirmed the presence of Co in the CuS host lattice. Hexagonal crystal structure of pure and Co doped CuS nanoparticles were authenticated by XRD patterns. TEM images indicated that sphere-shape of nanoparticles through a size ranging from 5 to 8 nm. The optical absorption edge moved to higher energies with increase in Co concentration as indicated by UV–vis spectroscopy. Magnetic measurements revealed that bare CuS sample show sign of diamagnetic character where as in Co doped nanoparticles augmentation of room temperature ferromagnetism was observed with increasing doping precursor concentrations. Photocatalytic performance of the pure and Co doped CuS nanoparticles were assessed by evaluating the degradation rate of rhodamine B solution under sun light irradiation. The 5% Co doped CuS nanoparticles provide evidence for high-quality photocatalytic activity.

  11. The electrical and optical properties of Cu-doped In{sub 2}O{sub 3} thin films

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    Ye, Fan [School of Physical Science and Technology and Shenzhen Key Laboratory of Sensor Technology, Shenzhen University, Shenzhen, 518060 (China); Cai, Xing-Min, E-mail: caixm@graduate.hku.hk [School of Physical Science and Technology and Shenzhen Key Laboratory of Sensor Technology, Shenzhen University, Shenzhen, 518060 (China); Zhong, Xue; Tian, Xiao-Qing [School of Physical Science and Technology and Shenzhen Key Laboratory of Sensor Technology, Shenzhen University, Shenzhen, 518060 (China); Jing, Shou-Yong [The Institute of Optoelectronics, Shenzhen University, Shenzhen, 518060 (China); Huang, Long-Biao; Roy, V.A.L. [Center of Super-Diamond and Advanced Films (COSDAF)and Department of Physics and Materials Science, City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong (China); Zhang, Dong-Ping; Fan, Ping; Luo, Jing-Tin; Zheng, Zhuang-Hao; Liang, Guang-Xing [School of Physical Science and Technology and Shenzhen Key Laboratory of Sensor Technology, Shenzhen University, Shenzhen, 518060 (China)

    2014-04-01

    To study the effect of Cu doping, In{sub 2}O{sub 3} and Cu-doped In{sub 2}O{sub 3} films were deposited on K9 glass and Si substrates with the same experimental parameters. All the films were found to be body centered cubic and have the same preferred orientation. No secondary phases were detected in Cu-doped In{sub 2}O{sub 3}. The atomic ratio of Cu to Cu plus In was approximately 18% in Cu-doped In{sub 2}O{sub 3} films which were found to be n-type. After Cu doping, the resistivity of the films increased by 3 to 4 orders of magnitude and the film with higher Cu content had larger resistivity, due to compensation. Cu doping is found to widen the optical band gap of In{sub 2}O{sub 3} films, possibly due to a metal–insulator transition. - Highlights: • Cu doping changes neither the structure nor the preferred orientation of the films. • Cu doped In{sub 2}O{sub 3} are n-type. • Cu doped In{sub 2}O{sub 3} films have much larger resistivity than undoped In{sub 2}O{sub 3}. • Cu doped In{sub 2}O{sub 3} films have larger optical band gaps than undoped In{sub 2}O{sub 3}.

  12. Photocatalytic Characterization of Fe- and Cu-Doped ZnO Nanorods Synthesized by Cohydrolysis

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    Young Rang Uhm

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Fe- and Cu-doped ZnO nanorods have been synthesized by a novel process employing a hydrolysis of metal powders. Zn, Fe, and Cu nanopowders were used as starting materials and incorporated into distilled water. The solution was refluxed at 60°C for 24 h to obtain the precipitates from the hydrolysis of Zn and dopants (Cu and Fe. The TEM results for ZnO with and without metal doping showed that the produced powders had a rod-like shape. The rod shape was attributable to the zinc oxide from the hydrolysis of Zn. With an increasing doping content, the UV-vis spectra were shifted to a long wavelength and this result indicates that the band gap was changed by the metal doping. The values of phenol degrading Fe- and Cu-doped ZnO by a solar simulator were measured to be 60 and 75%, respectively.

  13. Conduction behavior conversion for Cu-doped ZnS/n-type Si devices with different Cu contents

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    Ni, Wei-Shih; Lin, Yow-Jon

    2015-06-01

    Currents through Cu-doped ZnS (ZnCuS)/n-type Si structures were studied. The electrical conduction investigations suggest that the carrier transport behavior is governed by the Poole-Frenkel emission for ZnCuS/n-type Si devices having the low Cu concentration. However, the carrier transport behavior is governed by the thermionic emission for ZnCuS/n-type Si devices having the high Cu concentration. The photoluminescence result revealed that sulfur vacancy ( V S) is the origin of conduction behavior conversion. It is shown that the increased Cu concentration leads to the reduced formation probability of V S. The dependence of V S on the film composition was identified for providing a guide to control the current transport behavior of ZnCuS/n-type Si devices.

  14. First principles study of CuAlO2 doping with S

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    2010-01-01

    We study the electronic properties of CuAlO2 doped with S by the first principles calculations and find that the band gap of CuAlO2 is reduced after the doping.At the same time,the effective masses are also reduced and the density of states could cross the Fermi level.These results show that the conductivity of CuAlO2 could be enhanced by doping the impurities of S,which needs to be further studied.

  15. Doping and defects in YBa2Cu3O7: Results from hybrid density functional theory

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    Schwingenschlögl, Udo

    2012-06-21

    Modified orbital occupation and inhomogeneous charge distribution in high-Tc oxide compounds due to doping and/or defects play a huge role for the material properties. To establish insight into the charge redistribution, we address metallic YBa2Cu3O7 in two prototypical configurations: Ca doped (hole doping) and O deficient (electron doping). By means of first principles calculations for fully relaxed structures, we evaluate the orbital occupations. We find that the change of the charge density, in particular in the CuO2 planes, shows a complex spatial pattern instead of the expected uniform (de-)population of the valence states.

  16. Enhanced crystal grain size by bromine doping in electrodeposited Cu{sub 2}O

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    Han Kunhee; Kang Feng [Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX 76019 (United States); Han Xiaofei [Department of Material Science and Engineering, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX 76019 (United States); Tao Meng, E-mail: meng.tao@asu.edu [Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX 76019 (United States)

    2012-06-01

    Extremely large crystal grains are obtained by bromine doping in electrodeposited Cu{sub 2}O on indium tin oxide (ITO) substrate through an acetate bath. The grains are as large as 10,000 {mu}m{sup 2} in area, or {approx} 100 {mu}m in linear dimension, while the film is only 1-5 {mu}m thick. The enhanced grain size is explained by the effect of over-potential for the Cu{sup 2+}/Cu{sup +} redox couple on nucleation density of Cu{sub 2}O on ITO substrate. The over-potential is a function of several deposition conditions including solution pH, deposition potential, deposition temperature, bromine precursor concentration, and copper precursor concentration. In addition, undoped Cu{sub 2}O displays a high resistivity of 100 M{Omega}cm. Bromine doping in Cu{sub 2}O significantly reduces the resistivity to as low as 42 {Omega}cm after vacuum annealing. Br-doped Cu{sub 2}O shows n-type behavior. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Extremely large crystal grains ({approx} 100 {mu}m) achieved in electrodeposited Br-doped Cu{sub 2}O. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Large grains reduce carrier recombination and carrier scattering at grain boundaries. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer N-type behavior demonstrated in naturally p-type Cu{sub 2}O by Br doping.

  17. Room temperature ferromagnetism in Fe-doped CuO nanoparticles.

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    Layek, Samar; Verma, H C

    2013-03-01

    The pure and Fe-doped CuO nanoparticles of the series Cu(1-x)Fe(x)O (x = 0.00, 0.02, 0.04, 0.06 and 0.08) were successfully prepared by a simple low temperature sol-gel method using metal nitrates and citric acid. Rietveld refinement of the X-ray diffraction data showed that all the samples were single phase crystallized in monoclinic structure of space group C2/c with average crystallite size of about 25 nm and unit cell volume decreases with increasing iron doping concentration. TEM micrograph showed nearly spherical shaped agglomerated particles of 4% Fe-doped CuO with average diameter 26 nm. Pure CuO showed weak ferromagnetic behavior at room temperature with coercive field of 67 Oe. The ferromagnetic properties were greatly enhanced with Fe-doping in the CuO matrix. All the doped samples showed ferromagnetism at room temperature with a noticeable coercive field. Saturation magnetization increases with increasing Fe-doping, becomes highest for 4% doping then decreases for further doping which confirms that the ferromagnetism in these nanoparticles are intrinsic and are not resulting from any impurity phases. The ZFC and FC branches of the temperature dependent magnetization (measured in the range of 10-350 K by SQUID magnetometer) look like typical ferromagnetic nanoparticles and indicates that the ferromagnetic Curie temperature is above 350 K.

  18. Unexpected strong magnetism of Cu doped single-layer MoS₂ and its origin.

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    Yun, Won Seok; Lee, J D

    2014-05-21

    The magnetism of the 3d transition-metal (TM) doped single-layer (1L) MoS2, where the Mo atom is partially replaced by the 3d TM atom, is investigated using the first-principles density functional calculations. In a series of 3d TM doped 1L-MoS2's, the induced spin polarizations are negligible for Sc, Ti, and Cr dopings, while the induced spin polarizations are confirmed for V, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, and Zn dopings and the systems become magnetic. Especially, the Cu doped system shows unexpectedly strong magnetism although Cu is nonmagnetic in its bulk state. The driving force is found to be a strong hybridization between Cu 3d states and 3p states of neighboring S, which results in an extreme unbalanced spin-population in the spin-split impurity bands near the Fermi level. Finally, we also discuss further issues of the Cu induced magnetism of 1L-MoS2 such as investigation of additional charge states, the Cu doping at the S site instead of the Mo site, and the Cu adatom on the layer (i.e., 1L-MoS2).

  19. Doping dependent room-temperature ferromagnetism and structural properties of dilute magnetic semiconductor ZnO:Cu 2+ nanorods

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    Sharma, Prashant K.; Dutta, Ranu K.; Pandey, Avinash C.

    2009-12-01

    Copper doped ZnO nanoparticles were synthesized by the chemical technique based on the hydrothermal method. The crystallite structure, morphology and size were determined by X-ray diffraction (XRD), high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) for different doping percentages of Cu 2+ (1-10%). TEM/SEM images showed formation of uniform nanorods, the aspect ratio of which varied with doping percentage of Cu 2+. The wurtzite structure of ZnO gradually degrades with the increasing Cu 2+ doping concentration and an additional CuO associated diffraction peak was observed above 8% of Cu 2+ doping. The change in magnetic behavior of the nanoparticles of ZnO with varying Cu 2+ doping concentrations was investigated using a vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). Initially these nanoparticles showed strong room-temperature ferromagnetic behavior, however at higher doping percentage of copper the ferromagnetic behavior was suppressed and paramagnetic nature was enhanced.

  20. Oxygen vacancy in N-doped Cu2O crystals:A density functional theory study

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    Li Min; Zhang Jun-Ying; Zhang Yue; Wang Tian-Min

    2012-01-01

    The N-doping effects on the electronic properties of Cu2O crystals are investigated using density functional theory.The calculated results show that N-doped Cu2O with or without oxygen vacancy exhibits different modifications of electronic band structure.In N anion-doped Cu2O,some N 2p states overlap and mix with the O 2p valence band,leading to a slight narrowing of band gap compared with the undoped Cu2O.However,it is found that the coexistence of both N impurity and oxygen vacancy contributes to band gap widening which may account for the experimentally observed optical band gap widening by N doping.

  1. Doping Cu{sub 2}O in Electrolyte Solution: Dopant Incorporation, Atomic Structures and Electrical Properties

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    Tao, Meng; Zhang, Qiming

    2013-11-24

    We have pursued a number of research activities between April 2010 and April 2011: A detailed study on n-type doping in Cu2O by Br; An analysis of natural resource limitations to terawatt-scale solar cells; Attempt to achieve a 1.4-eV direct band gap in Ni sulfides (NiSx); First-principles studies of doping in Cu2O and electronic structures of NiSx.

  2. Cu-doped ZnO nanoparticles: Synthesis, structural and electrical properties

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    Singhal, Sonal; Kaur, Japinder; Namgyal, Tsering; Sharma, Rimi

    2012-04-01

    Pure and Cu doped ZnO nanopowders (5, 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 at% Cu) have been synthesized using co-precipitation method. Transmission Electron Microscopic analysis has shown the morphology of ZnO nanopowders to be quasi-spherical. Powder X-ray Diffraction studies have revealed the systematic doping of Cu into the ZnO lattice up to 10% Cu, though the peaks corresponding to CuO in 10% Cu are negligibly very small. Beyond this level, there was segregation of a secondary phase corresponding to the formation of CuO. Fourier Transform Infrared spectra have shown a broad absorption band at ∼490 cm-1 for all the samples, which corresponds to the stretching vibration of Zn-O bond. DC electrical resistivity has been found to decrease with increasing Cu content. The activation energy has also been observed to decrease with copper doping i.e. from ∼0.67 eV for pure ZnO to ∼0.41 eV for 30 at% Cu doped ZnO.

  3. Cu-doped ZnO nanoparticles: Synthesis, structural and electrical properties

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    Singhal, Sonal, E-mail: sonal1174@gmail.com [Department of Chemistry, Panjab University, Chandigarh 160014 (India); Kaur, Japinder; Namgyal, Tsering; Sharma, Rimi [Department of Chemistry, Panjab University, Chandigarh 160014 (India)

    2012-04-15

    Pure and Cu doped ZnO nanopowders (5, 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 at% Cu) have been synthesized using co-precipitation method. Transmission Electron Microscopic analysis has shown the morphology of ZnO nanopowders to be quasi-spherical. Powder X-ray Diffraction studies have revealed the systematic doping of Cu into the ZnO lattice up to 10% Cu, though the peaks corresponding to CuO in 10% Cu are negligibly very small. Beyond this level, there was segregation of a secondary phase corresponding to the formation of CuO. Fourier Transform Infrared spectra have shown a broad absorption band at {approx}490 cm{sup -1} for all the samples, which corresponds to the stretching vibration of Zn-O bond. DC electrical resistivity has been found to decrease with increasing Cu content. The activation energy has also been observed to decrease with copper doping i.e. from {approx}0.67 eV for pure ZnO to {approx}0.41 eV for 30 at% Cu doped ZnO.

  4. Structural, optical, magnetic and photocatalytic properties of Co doped CuS diluted magnetic semiconductor nanoparticles

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    Sreelekha, N.; Subramanyam, K.; Amaranatha Reddy, D.; Murali, G.; Ramu, S.; Rahul Varma, K.; Vijayalakshmi, R. P.

    2016-08-01

    Pristine and Co doped covellite CuS nanoparticles were synthesized in aqueous solution by facile chemical co-precipitation method with Ethylene Diamine Tetra Acetic Acid (EDTA) as a stabilizing agent. EDAX measurements confirmed the presence of Co in the CuS host lattice. Hexagonal crystal structure of pure and Co doped CuS nanoparticles were authenticated by XRD patterns. TEM images indicated that sphere-shape of nanoparticles through a size ranging from 5 to 8 nm. The optical absorption edge moved to higher energies with increase in Co concentration as indicated by UV-vis spectroscopy. Magnetic measurements revealed that bare CuS sample show sign of diamagnetic character where as in Co doped nanoparticles augmentation of room temperature ferromagnetism was observed with increasing doping precursor concentrations. Photocatalytic performance of the pure and Co doped CuS nanoparticles were assessed by evaluating the degradation rate of rhodamine B solution under sun light irradiation. The 5% Co doped CuS nanoparticles provide evidence for high-quality photocatalytic activity.

  5. Highly efficient photocatalytic degradation of organic dyes by Cu doped ZnO nanostructures.

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    Kuriakose, Sini; Satpati, Biswarup; Mohapatra, Satyabrata

    2015-10-14

    Copper doped ZnO nanostructures have been synthesized by a facile wet chemical method. Structural properties of as-synthesized nanomaterials have been studied by X-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, while UV-visible absorption spectroscopy and Raman spectroscopy have been used to study their optical properties. Sunlight driven photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue (MB) and methyl orange (MO) dyes in water was used to evaluate the photocatalytic activities of Cu doped ZnO nanostructures using UV-visible absorption spectroscopy. The results showed that there is an optimum Cu doping level which leads to the highly enhanced photocatalytic activity of Cu doped ZnO nanostructures, as compared to pure ZnO nanostructures. A mechanism for the enhanced photocatalytic activity of Cu-ZnO nanostructures is tentatively proposed. The enhanced photocatalytic activity of Cu-ZnO nanostructures is attributed to the combined effects of improved separation of photogenerated charge carriers due to optimal Cu doping in ZnO nanostructures and the formation of ZnO-CuO nanoheterojunctions.

  6. Depolymerization of organosolv lignin to aromatic compounds over Cu-doped porous metal oxides

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    Barta, Katalin; Warner, Genoa R.; Beach, Evan S.; Anastas, Paul T.

    2014-01-01

    Isolated, solvent-extracted lignin from candlenut (Aleurites moluccana) biomass was subjected to catalytic depolymerization in methanol with an added pressure of H-2, using a porous metal oxide catalyst (PMO) derived from a Cu-doped hydrotalcite-like precursor. The Cu-PMO was effective in converting

  7. Depolymerization of organosolv lignin to aromatic compounds over Cu-doped porous metal oxides

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    Barta, Katalin; Warner, Genoa R.; Beach, Evan S.; Anastas, Paul T.

    2014-01-01

    Isolated, solvent-extracted lignin from candlenut (Aleurites moluccana) biomass was subjected to catalytic depolymerization in methanol with an added pressure of H-2, using a porous metal oxide catalyst (PMO) derived from a Cu-doped hydrotalcite-like precursor. The Cu-PMO was effective in converting

  8. Structure and magnetic properties of Mn-doped CuO solids

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    FAN Chong-fei; PAN Li-qing; ZHU Hao; QIU Hong-mei; WANG Feng-ping; WU Ping; QIU Hong; ZHANG Yue; J. Q. XIAO

    2005-01-01

    The CuO doped with 5%-20% Mn(molar fraction) solids were sintered from CuO and MnO2 powder at high temperature (1 273 K) for 8 h. X-ray diffraction was used to determine the solid crystallinity and to address the formation of secondary phases. It is found that it is difficult to achieve pure Cu1-xMnxO phase using standard solid phase reaction. However, sintering under a pressure of 27.7 MPa significantly reduces the undesirable second phase CuMn2O4, providing a route to achieve pure Cu1-xMnx O phase. SQUID magnetometry was employed to characterize the magnetic properties. Mn-doped CuO presents ferromagnetic characteristics below 70 K. Electrical transport properties were measured in a current-perpendicular-to-plane(CPP) geometry using the PPMS, which suggests variable-range hopping mechanism.

  9. Structural and optoelectronic properties of glucose capped Al and Cu doped ZnO nanostructures

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    Patwari Gunjan

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Al and Cu doped ZnO nanoparticles are considered as appropriate for modulation of structural and optoelectronic properties. Al atoms are found to substitute the host Zn whereas Cu dopants mainly segregate in grain boundaries and thereby determine the optical properties. The undoped as well as Al and Cu doped ZnO exhibit spherical well defined particles. The spherical nanoparticles change to rod type structures on co-doping. The average particle size decreases on doping what consequently results in an increment in band gap. Blue shift in UV absorption is governed by the functional group of glucose; further blue shift occurring on metal doping may be attributed to Burstein-Moss effect. PL spectra of doped and undoped ZnO show a dominant near band gap UV emission along with visible emission owing to the defects. The PL peak intensity increases on doping with Cu and Al. The linear I-V characteristics indicate the ohmic behavior of ZnO nanostructures.

  10. Spectral analysis of Cu2+ and Mn2+ ions doped borofluorophosphate glasses

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    B Sudhakar Reddy; S Buddhudu

    2007-10-01

    We report here on the development and spectral analysis of Cu2+ (0.5 mol%) and Mn2+ (0.5 mol%) ions doped in two new series of glasses. The visible absorption spectra of Cu2+ and Mn2+ glasses have shown broad absorption bands at 820 nm and 495 nm, respectively. For Cu2+ BFP glasses, excitation at 380 nm, a blue emission at 441 nm and also a weak emission at 418 nm ions have been observed. For Mn2+ ions doped BFP glasses, excitation at 410 nm and a red shift at 605 nm emission have been observed.

  11. Theory of phonon properties in doped and undoped CuO nanoparticles

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    Bahoosh, S. G.; Apostolov, A. T.; Apostolova, I. N.; Wesselinowa, J. M.

    2012-07-01

    We have studied the phonon properties of CuO nanoparticles and have shown the importance of the anharmonic spin-phonon interaction. The Raman peaks of CuO nanoparticles shift to lower frequency and become broader as the particle size decreases in comparison with those of bulk CuO crystals owing to size effects. By doping with different ions, in dependence of their radius compared to the host ionic radius the phonon energies ω could be reduced or enhanced. The phonon damping is always enhanced through the ion doping effects.

  12. LDA +U calculation of electronic and thermoelectric properties of doped CuCoO 2

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    Knížek, K.

    2015-02-01

    Doped CuCoO2 is a candidate oxide material for thermoelectric power generation. The evolution of the band structure and thermoelectric properties of CuCoO2 upon hole and electron doping in the CoO2 layer and hole doping at the Cu site were calculated by the local-density approximation (LDA) and LDA +U methods and using standard Boltzmann theory. The doping was simulated by the virtual atom approximation and the supercell approach and the results were compared with previous calculations using the rigid band approximation. The calculated thermopowers are comparable for the virtual atom and rigid band approximations, but the thermopower obtained from the supercell calculation is significantly lower. The reason is the similar energy of Co and Cu d orbitals and the hybridization of symmetrically related Co a1 g and Cu dz2 orbitals. As a consequence, both cations contribute to the bands around the Fermi level and hence a substitution at any of the cation sites alters the band structure at EF and affects the thermoelectric properties. Our results show that in the case of hole doping, higher thermopower is obtained for substitution at the Cu site than in the CoO2 layer.

  13. Switchable magnetic moment in cobalt-doped graphene bilayer on Cu(111): An ab initio study

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    Souza, Everson S.; Scopel, Wanderlã L.; Miwa, R. H.

    2016-06-01

    In this work, we have performed an ab initio theoretical investigation of substitutional cobalt atoms in the graphene bilayer supported on the Cu(111) surface (Co/GBL/Cu). Initially, we examined the separated systems, namely, graphene bilayer adsorbed on Cu(111) (GBL/Cu) and a free standing Co-doped GBL (Co/GBL). In the former system, the GBL becomes n -type doped, where we map the net electronic charge density distribution along the GBL-Cu(111) interface. The substitutional Co atom in Co/GBL lies between the graphene layers, and present a net magnetic moment mostly due to the unpaired Co-3 dz2 electrons. In Co/GBL/Cu, we found that the Cu(111) substrate rules (i) the energetic stability, and (ii) the magnetic properties of substitutional Co atoms in the graphene bilayer. In (i), the substitutional Co atom becomes energetically more stable lying on the GBL surface, and in (ii), the magnetic moment of Co/GBL has been quenched due to the Cu(111) → Co/GBL electronic charge transfer. We verify that such a charge transfer can be tuned upon the application of an external electric field, and thus mediated by a suitable change on the electronic occupation of the Co-dz2 orbitals, we found a way to switch-on and -off the magnetization of the Co-doped GBL adsorbed on the Cu(111) surface.

  14. Effect of Cobalt Doping on Nanostructured CuO Thin Films

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    Bayansal, Fatih; Taşköprü, Turan; Şahin, Bünyamin; Çetinkara, Hacı Ali

    2014-07-01

    The growth of cobalt-doped nanostructured CuO thin films using the successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) method is presented. It is found that Co doping considerably influences the structural (X-ray diffraction (XRD)), morphological (finite-element-scanning electron microscopy (FESEM)), and optical (ultraviolet/visible (UV/vis.) and Raman) properties of the films. XRD experiments evidence that the crystallite size of the films decreased with increasing Co doping. FESEM images reveal that the grain size of the nanostructures decreased with increasing doping concentration. By UV/vis. analysis, it is found that Co doping has a decreasing effect on band gap energy. The broadening and downshift of the Raman peaks are mainly attributed to the quantum confinement effect of CuO nanostructures.

  15. Engineering of electronic and optical properties of PbS thin films via Cu doping

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    Touati, Baligh; Gassoumi, Abdelaziz; Dobryden, Illia; Natile, Marta Maria; Vomiero, Alberto; Turki, Najoua Kamoun

    2016-09-01

    Copper-doped PbS polycrystalline thin films were deposited by chemical bath deposition by adding small amount of Cu (ysolution = [Cu2+]/[Pb2+]) between 0.5 and 2 at%. The composition, structure, morphology, optical and electrical properties of the films were investigated by means of X-ray diffraction (XRD), Rutherford backscattering spectrometry (RBS), atomic force microscopy (AFM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray photoemission spectroscopy (XPS), UV-visible-near infrared (UV-Vis-NIR) spectrophotometry and Hall effect measurements. The XRD studies showed that the undoped films have PbS face centered cubic structure with (111) preferential orientation, while preferential orientation changes to (200) plane with increasing Cu doping concentration. The AFM and SEM measurements indicated that the film surfaces consisted of nanosized grains with pyramidal shape. Optical band gap was blue shifted from 0.72 eV to 1.69 eV with the increase in Cu doping concentration. The film obtained with the [Cu2+]/[Pb2+] ratio equal to 1.5 at% Cu showed the minimum resistivity of 0.16 Ω cm at room temperature and optimum value of optical band gap close to 1.5 eV. 1.5 at% Cu-doped PbS thin films exhibit the best optical and electrical properties, suitable for solar cells applications.

  16. Effect of Al3+ co-doping on the dopant local structure, optical properties, and exciton dynamics in Cu+-doped ZnSe nanocrystals.

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    Gul, Sheraz; Cooper, Jason Kyle; Glans, Per-Anders; Guo, Jinghua; Yachandra, Vittal K; Yano, Junko; Zhang, Jin Zhong

    2013-10-22

    The dopant local structure and optical properties of Cu-doped ZnSe (ZnSe:Cu) and Cu and Al co-doped ZnSe (ZnSe:Cu,Al) nanocrystals (NCs) were studied with an emphasis on understanding the impact of introducing Al as a co-dopant. Quantum-confined NCs with zinc blende crystal structure and particle size of 6 ± 0.6 Å were synthesized using a wet chemical route. The local structure of the Cu dopant, studied by extended X-ray absorption fine structure, indicated that Cu in ZnSe:Cu NCs occupies a site that is neither substitutional nor interstitial and is adjacent to a Se vacancy. Additionally, we estimated that approximately 25 ± 8% of Cu was located on the surface of the NC. Al(3+) co-doping aids in Cu doping by accounting for the charge imbalance originated by Cu(+) doping and consequently reduces surface Cu doping. The Cu ions remain distorted from the center of the tetrahedron to one of the triangular faces. The lifetime of the dopant-related photoluminescence was found to increase from 550 ± 60 to 700 ± 60 ns after Al co-doping. DFT calculations were used to obtain the density of states of a model system to help explain the optical properties and dynamics processes observed. This study demonstrates that co-doping using different cations with complementary oxidation states is an effective method to enhance optical properties of doped semiconductor NCs of interest for various photonics applications.

  17. Effect of Cu doping on the properties of ZnTe:Cu thin films and CdS/CdTe/ZnTe solar cells

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    Tang, J.; Mao, D.; Trefny, J. U.

    1997-02-01

    The effects of Cu doping concentration and post-deposition annealing treatment on the properties of ZnTe thin films were investigated in an effort to decrease the Cu doping concentration and improve the long-term stability of CdS/CdTe/ZnTe solar cells. The structural, compositional, and electrical properties were studied systematically using x-ray diffraction (XRD), electron microprobe, Hall effect and conductivity measurements. XRD measurements indicated that the crystalline phase of as-deposited and low-temperature annealed ZnTe films is dependent on Cu doping concentration. Low-Cu-doped films exhibited zincblende phase, whereas high-Cu-doped films showed wurtzite phase. After annealing at high temperature (⩾350 °C), all films exhibited zincblende structure. Electron probe microanalysis revealed a deficiency of cations in low-Cu-doped films and an excess of cations in high-Cu-doped films. Hall effect measurements revealed a dependence of hole mobility on Cu doping concentration with the highest mobility (20 cm2/Vṡs) obtained at a low Cu concentration. Carrier concentrations higher than mid-1016cm-3 were obtained at a Cu concentration of 2 at. % and relatively low annealing temperatures. Studies of the activation energy of dark conductivity suggested that intrinsic defects (e.g., Zn vacancies) are the dominant acceptors for Cu concentrations lower than 4.5 at. %. Finally, ZnTe films with Cu concentrations as low as 1 at. % were used successfully as a back contact layer in CdTe based solar cells. Fill factors over 0.70 were obtained using ZnTe films of low Cu concentrations.

  18. Photovoltaic properties of sintered CdS/CdTe solar cells doped with Cu

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    Park, J. W.; Ahn, B. T.; Im, H. B.; Kim, C. S.

    1992-11-01

    The effect of Cu doping before sintering on the photovoltaic properties of sintered CdS/CdTe solar cells were investigated by putting various amounts of CuCl2 either into the CdTe layer or into the back contact carbon layer. It was found that, as the amount of CuCl2 in the CdTe layers increased up to 25 ppm, the cell parameters of the sintered CdS/CdTe solar cells remained at about the same values, and then decreased sharply with further increase of CuCl2. The decreases in cell parameters are caused mainly by the increase in the resistivity of CdS and CdTe layer and the decrease in the optical transmission of CdS due to Cu doping from the CdTe.

  19. Investigations on structural, vibrational and dielectric properties of nanosized Cu doped Mg-Zn ferrites

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    Yadav, Anand; Rajpoot, Rambabu; Dar, M. A.; Varshney, Dinesh

    2016-05-01

    Transition metal Cu2+ doped Mg-Zn ferrite [Mg0.5Zn0.5-xCuxFe2O4 (0.0 ≤ x ≤ 0.5)] were prepared by sol gel auto combustion (SGAC) method to probe the structural, vibrational and electrical properties. X-ray diffraction (XRD) pattern reveals a single-phase cubic spinel structure without the presence of any secondary phase corresponding to other structure. The average particle size of the parent Mg0.5Zn0.5Fe2O4 is found to be ~29.8 nm and is found to increase with Cu2+ doping. Progressive reduction in lattice parameter of Mg0.5Zn0.5Fe2O4 has been observed due to difference in ionic radii of cations with improved Cu doping. Spinel cubic structure is further confirmed by Raman spectroscopy. Small shift in Raman modes towards higher wave number has been observed in doped Mg-Zn ferrites. The permittivity and dielectric loss decreases at lower doping and increases at higher order doping of Cu2+.

  20. Influence of Cu content on the n → p transition of 15% Sn-doped Cu{sub x}(In,Ga)Se{sub 2} bulk materials

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    Monsefi, Mehrdad; Kuo, Dong-Hau, E-mail: dhkuo@mail.ntust.edu.tw

    2013-12-15

    Highlights: •We studied the donor Sn-doped Cu(In,Ga)Se{sub 2} or CIGSe bulks at different Cu contents. •Cu-less CIGSe is used to control carrier concentration but easily loss mobility. •Sn doping here is to control the carrier concentration but keep high Cu content. •By changing the Cu content, n- and p-type CIGSe with good properties were achieved. •The CIGSe absorber shows the property diversity with the donor doping. -- Abstract: The elaborated Sn-doped Cu(In,Ga)Se{sub 2} (Sn-CIGSe) bulk materials with different Cu ratios had been sintered at 650 °C. Sn-CIGSe was reactively sintered with Sb{sub 2}S{sub 3} and Te sintering aids. Electrical properties of Sn-CIGSe were measured and the variations in mobility, charge carrier density, and conductivity were rationalized. The Sn{sup 4+} donor in Cu-poor CIGSe favored the n-type behavior and the Cu deficiency increased electron concentration due to the formation of the indium-to-copper donor. The n → p transition for the Cu-rich Sn-CIGSe is related to the partial formation of the copper-to-indium and Sn{sup 2+} acceptor. Carrier mobility above 12 cm{sup 2}/V s can be achieved for Sn-CIGSe with a higher Cu content. The advantages of Sn doping in CIGSe were claimed.

  1. Engineering of electronic and optical properties of ZnO thin films via Cu doping

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    Zhang Guo-Heng; Deng Xiao-Yan; Xue Hua; Xiang Gang

    2013-01-01

    ZnO thin films doped with different Cu concentrations are fabricated by reactive magnetron sputtering technique.XRD analysis indicates that the crystal quality of the ZnO:Cu film can be enhanced by a moderate level of Cu-doping in the sputtering process.The results of XPS spectra of zinc,oxygen,and copper elements show that Cu-doping has an evident and complicated effect on the chemical state of oxygen,but little effect on those of zinc and copper.Interestingly,further investigation of the optical properties of ZnO:Cu samples shows that the transmittance spectra exhibit both red shift and blue shift with the increase of Cu doping,in contrast to the simple monotonic behavior of the Burstein-Moss effect.Analysis reveals that this is due to the competition between oxygen vacancies and intrinsic and surface states of oxygen in the sample.Our result may suggest an effective way of tuning the bandgap of ZnO samples.

  2. Effect of Cu doping on the structure and phase transition of directly synthesized FePt nanoparticles

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    Wang, Hanbin; Li, Yang; Chen, Xu; Shu, Dan; Liu, Xiang; Wang, Xina; Zhang, Jun; Wang, Hao; Wang, Yi; Ruterana, Pierre

    2017-01-01

    In this work, ternary Cu doped FePt nanoparticles were prepared in hexadecylamine at 320 °C by choosing FeCl2 as the Fe source. The experimental results showed that without Cu doping the as-prepared FePt nanoparticles possessed fcc structure and gradually exhibited typical fct diffraction peaks after increasing the Cu doping concentration. TEM images showed that the FePt nanoparticles had larger size and wider size distribution after introducing Cu additive. Magnetic property measurement showed that a coercivity of 4800 Oe was obtained when the composition of the ternary nanoparticles reached Fe35Pt45Cu20, in which the content of Fe+Cu was higher than Pt. The research indicates that Cu doping promotes the phase transition of FePt nanoparticles at temperature as low as 320 °C.

  3. Characterization and Electrical Properties of Al-Doped Cu(In,Ga)Se2 Semiconductors with Various Cu Contents

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    Monsefi, Mehrdad; Kuo, Dong-Hau

    2014-04-01

    Cu(In,Ga)Se2 (CIGSe) semiconductor, which shows record photovoltaic conversion efficiencies near 20%, has become a leading material for thin-film solar cell applications. In this work, Al-doped CIGSe (Al-CIGSe) bulk material with different Cu contents has been prepared by a liquid-phase reactive sintering method at 650°C. Sintering of the Al-CIGSe bulk material has been carried out in the presence of Sb2S3 and Te. The bulk Cu x [(In0.6Al0.1)Ga0.3]Se2 semiconductor was n-type for x = 0.7 and p-type for higher Cu content. The defect chemistry of Al-CIGSe was studied by measuring the electrical properties as a function of copper content. The changes in the conductivity type and carrier concentration were related to defect states involving Cu vacancy and antisite defects of In Cu 2+ and Cu B 2 - in a Cu B IIISe2-type phase. The lattice parameters were in good agreement with other evidence for the existence of different defect states.

  4. Facile synthesis of Zn doped CuO hierarchical nanostructures: Structural, optical and antibacterial properties

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    Iqbal, Javed, E-mail: tariqjan84@gmail.com, E-mail: javed.suggau@iiu.edu.pk; Jan, Tariq, E-mail: tariqjan84@gmail.com, E-mail: javed.suggau@iiu.edu.pk; Ul-Hassan, Sibt; Umair Ali, M.; Abbas, Fazal [Laboratory of Nanoscience and Technology, Department of Physics, International Islamic University, H-10, Islamabad (Pakistan); Ahmed, Ishaq [Experimental Physics Labs, National Center for Physics, Islamabad (Pakistan); Mansoor, Qaisar; Ismail, Muhammad [Institute of Biomedical and Genetic Engineering (IBGE), Islamabad (Pakistan)

    2015-12-15

    Zn{sub x}Cu{sub 1−x}O (where x= 0, 0.01, 0.03, 0.05, 0.07 and 0.1 mol%) hierarchical nanostructures have been prepared via soft chemical route. X-ray diffraction (XRD) results of the synthesized samples reveal the monoclinic structure of CuO without any impurity related phases. The micro-structural parameters such as crystallite size and microstrain have been strongly influenced by Zn doping. Scanning electron microscope (SEM) analyses depict the formation of hierarchical nanostructures having average particle size in the range of 26-43 nm. The surface area of CuO nanostructures has been reduced systematically with the increase in Zn content which is linked with the variations in particle size. An obvious decrease in the optical band gap energy of the synthesized CuO hierarchical nanostructures has been observed with Zn doping which is assigned to the formation of shallow levels in the band gap of CuO and combined transition from oxygen 2p states to d sates of Cu and Zn ions. The bactericidal potency of the CuO hierarchical nanostructures have been found to be enhanced remarkably with Zn doping.

  5. Analysis of reactions during sintering of CuO-doped 3Y-TZP nano-powder composites

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    Winnubst, Louis; Ran, Shen; Speets, Emiel A.; Blank, Dave H.A.

    2009-01-01

    3Y-TZP (yttria-doped tetragonal zirconia) and CuO nano powders were prepared by co-precipitation and copper oxalate complexation–precipitation techniques, respectively. During sintering of powder compacts (8 mol% CuO-doped 3Y-TZP) of this two-phase system several solid-state reactions clearly influe

  6. Structural, electronic and optical properties of Cu-doped ZnO: experimental and theoretical investigation

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    Horzum, S.; Torun, E.; Serin, T.; Peeters, F. M.

    2016-06-01

    Experiments are supplemented with ab initio density functional theory (DFT) calculations in order to investigate how the structural, electronic and optical properties of zinc oxide (ZnO) thin films are modified upon Cu doping. Changes in characteristic properties of doped thin films, that are deposited on a glass substrate by sol-gel dip coating technique, are monitored using X-ray diffraction (XRD) and UV measurements. Our ab initio calculations show that the electronic structure of ZnO can be well described by DFT+U/? method and we find that Cu atom substitutional doping in ZnO is the most favourable case. Our XRD measurements reveal that the crystallite size of the films decrease with increasing Cu doping. Moreover, we determine the optical constants such as refractive index, extinction coefficient, optical dielectric function and optical energy band gap values of the films by means of UV-Vis transmittance spectra. The optical band gap of ZnO the thin film linearly decreases from 3.25 to 3.20 eV at 5% doping. In addition, our calculations reveal that the electronic defect states that stem from Cu atoms are not optically active and the optical band gap is determined by the ZnO band edges. Experimentally observed structural and optical results are in good agreement with our theoretical results.

  7. Photoluminescence characteristics of sintered silica glass doped with Cu ions using mesoporous SiO{sub 2}-PVA nanocomposite

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    Ikeda, Hiroshi [Art, Science and Technology Center for Cooperative Research, Kyushu University, Kasuga, Fukuoka 816-8580 (Japan); Murata, Takahiro [Faculty of Education and Master' s Course in Education, Kumamoto University, 2-40-1 Kurokami, Chuo-ku, Kumamoto 860-8555 (Japan); Fujino, Shigeru, E-mail: fujino@astec.kyushu-u.ac.jp [Art, Science and Technology Center for Cooperative Research, Kyushu University, Kasuga, Fukuoka 816-8580 (Japan)

    2015-07-15

    Monolithic silica glasses doped with Cu ions were prepared by immersing a mesoporous SiO{sub 2}-polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) nanocomposite in a copper nitrate solution followed by sintering at 1100 °C for 12 h in air. The Cu ions were reduced from divalent to monovalent during the sintering process and consequently Cu{sup +} was doped into the silica glass matrix. The sintered glass possessed blue or yellow photoluminescence (PL) under UV irradiation, depending on the total concentration of Cu ions in the sintered silica glass. At a lower concentration below 30 ppm, the isolated Cu{sup +} existed in the glass matrix resulting in the blue PL. However, above 70 ppm, the Cu{sup +}–Cu{sup +} pairs were present, exhibiting the yellow PL. It was demonstrated that the PL characteristics of the sintered silica glasses doped with monovalent copper ions were affected by the total concentration of Cu ions in the glass, which can be adjusted as a function of the immersion conditions. - Highlights: • Silica glass doped with Cu{sup +} was fabricated by sintering the nanocomposite. • The Cu ions were reduced from divalent to monovalent during the sintering process. • The sintered glass possessed blue or yellow PL under UV irradiation. • The blue and yellow PL are due to isolated Cu{sup +} and Cu{sup +}–Cu{sup +} pairs, respectively. • The PL characteristics depended on the total concentration of Cu ions in the glass.

  8. Structural, chemical and optical evaluation of Cu-doped ZnO nanoparticles synthesized by an aqueous solution method

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    Iribarren, A., E-mail: augusto@imre.oc.uh.cu [Instituto de Ciencia y Tecnología de Materiales (IMRE), Universidad de La Habana, Zapata y G, Vedado, Plaza, La Habana 10400 (Cuba); Hernández-Rodríguez, E. [Instituto de Ciencia y Tecnología de Materiales (IMRE), Universidad de La Habana, Zapata y G, Vedado, Plaza, La Habana 10400 (Cuba); Maqueira, L. [Instituto de Ciencia y Tecnología de Materiales (IMRE), Universidad de La Habana, Zapata y G, Vedado, Plaza, La Habana 10400 (Cuba); Facultad de Química, Universidad de La Habana, Zapata y G, Vedado, Plaza, La Habana 10400 (Cuba)

    2014-12-15

    Highlights: • Cu-doped ZnO nanoparticles obtained by chemical synthesis. • Substitutional or interstitial Cu into ZnO lead specific structural, chemical, and optical changes. • Incorporation efficiency of Cu atoms in ZnO as a function of the Cu concentration in the precursor dissolution. - Abstract: In this work a study of ZnO and Cu-doped ZnO nanoparticles obtained by chemical synthesis in aqueous media was carried out. Structural analysis gave the dominant presence of wurtzite ZnO phase forming a solid solution Zn{sub 1−x}Cu{sub x}O. For high Cu doping CuO phase is also present. For low Cu concentration the lattice shrinks due to Cu atoms substitute Zn atoms. For high Cu concentration the lattice enlarges due to predominance of interstitial Cu. From elemental analysis we determined and analyzed the incorporation efficiency of Cu atoms in Zn{sub 1−x}Cu{sub x}O as a function of the Cu concentration in the precursor dissolution. Combining structural and chemical results we described the Cu/Zn precursor concentrations r{sub w} in which the solid solution of Cu in ZnO is predominant. In the region located at r{sub w} ≈ 0.2–0.3 it is no longer valid. For Cu/Zn precursor concentration r{sub w} > 0.3 interstitial Cu dominates, and some amount of copper oxide appears. As the Cu concentration increases, the effective size of nanoparticles decreases. Photoluminescence (PL) measurements of the Cu-doped ZnO nanoparticles were carried out and analyzed.

  9. Scintillation characteristics of undoped and Cu+-doped Li2B4O7 single crystals

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    Kobayashi, Masaaki; Senguttuvan, Nachimuthu

    2015-01-01

    Scintillation characteristics of undoped and Cu+-doped lithium tetraborate Li2B4O7 (LTB) were studied including optical transmittance, photoluminescence, radioluminescence for X- and gamma-rays, alpha/gamma ratio, and decay kinetics. The total time-integrated LYs in undoped and Cu+-doped LTB for X-rays are ~600 and ~760 ph/MeV (photons/MeV), respectively. The decay kinetics in undoped and Cu+-doped LTB are similar to each other. Typical decay spectra for pulsed X-rays can be fitted with four exponentials: for fast (t1~0.8 ns, t2~25-50 ns), medium (t3~300-400 ns), and slow (t4~20-30 ms) components. The slow component occupies about 60% of the total LY, while the fast ones less than 10%. The 10-90% rise time was 163 ps. The alpha/gamma ratio was 0.18 for external 241Am alpha-rays. The obtained increase in LY due to Cu+ doping remains modest. The Cu+-induced emission contains both fast and slow components, requiring further studies of the emission mechanism to explain the fast component.

  10. Facile hydrothermal preparation of recyclable S-doped graphene sponge for Cu{sup 2+} adsorption

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    Zhao, Lianqin; Yu, Baowei [College of Chemistry and Environment Protection Engineering, Southwest University for Nationalities, Chengdu 610041 (China); Xue, Fumin [Shandong Provincial Analysis and Tester Center, Shandong Academy of Science, Jinan 250014 (China); Xie, Jingru; Zhang, Xiaoliang; Wu, Ruihan; Wang, Ruijue; Hu, Zhiyan [College of Chemistry and Environment Protection Engineering, Southwest University for Nationalities, Chengdu 610041 (China); Yang, Sheng-Tao, E-mail: yangst@pku.edu.cn [College of Chemistry and Environment Protection Engineering, Southwest University for Nationalities, Chengdu 610041 (China); Luo, Jianbin, E-mail: luojb1971@163.com [College of Chemistry and Environment Protection Engineering, Southwest University for Nationalities, Chengdu 610041 (China)

    2015-04-09

    Graphical abstract: S-doped graphene sponge was prepared via hydrothermal treatment, where S-doped graphene sponge had an adsorption capacity of 228 mg/g for Cu{sup 2+}. - Highlights: • S-doped graphene sponge was prepared by hydrothermal treatment for heavy metal adsorption. • S-doped graphene sponge had a huge adsorption capacity for Cu{sup 2+}, which was 40 times higher than that of active carbon. • S-doped graphene sponge could be easily regenerated by washing with acidic thiourea. - Abstract: Graphene sponge (GS) has been widely employed for water purification, but adsorption capacity loss frequently occurs during the formation of spongy structure. In this study, we reported the hydrothermal preparation of S-doped GS for the removal of Cu{sup 2+} with a huge adsorption capacity of 228 mg/g, 40 times higher than that of active carbon. The adsorption isotherm could be well fitted into the Freundlich model with a K{sub F} value of 36.309 (L/mg){sup 1/n}. The equilibrium adsorption could be fully achieved in the first 5 min. In the thermodynamics study, the negative ΔG indicated that the adsorption was spontaneous and physisorption in nature. The positive ΔH implied that the adsorption was endothermic. The changes of both pH and ionic strength had no apparent influence on the adsorption. S-doped GS could be easily regenerated by washing with acidic thiourea. Moreover, S-doped GS could be used for the adsorption of other heavy metal ions, too. The implication to the applications of S-doped GS in water treatment is discussed.

  11. Photoinduced superhydrophilicity of TiO2 thin film with hierarchical Cu doping

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    Zhifeng Liu, Yun Wang, Xinli Peng, Yabin Li, Zhichao Liu, Chengcheng Liu, Jing Ya and Yizhong Huang

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Hydrophilic Cu–TiO2 thin films with a gradient in the Cu concentration were prepared on glass by layer-by-layer dip-coating from TiO2 precursors. The effects of the Cu doping on the structure and properties of TiO2 self-cleaning thin films are discussed. The Cu gradient markedly affects the hydrophilicity of the films, with the water contact angle significantly reduced compared with those of the pure or uniformly doped TiO2 thin films. This enhanced hydrophilicity is explained by the more efficient absorption of the solar light and by the reduced recombination of photoexcited electrons and holes in the TiO2 films containing a gradient of Cu dopants.

  12. Effects of annealing on the ferromagnetism and photoluminescence of Cu-doped ZnO nanowires

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    Xu, H. J.; Zhu, H. C.; Shan, X. D.; Liu, Y. X.; Gao, J. Y.; Zhang, X. Z.; Zhang, J. M.; Wang, P. W.; Hou, Y. M.; Yu, D. P.

    2010-01-01

    Room temperature ferromagnetic Cu-doped ZnO nanowires have been synthesized using the chemical vapor deposition method. By combining structural characterizations and comparative annealing experiments, it has been found that both extrinsic (CuO nanoparticles) and intrinsic (Zn1-xCuxO nanowires) sources are responsible for the observed ferromagnetic ordering of the as-grown samples. As regards the former, annealing in Zn vapor led to a dramatic decrease of the ferromagnetism. For the latter, a reversible switching of the ferromagnetism was observed with sequential annealings in Zn vapor and oxygen ambience respectively, which agreed well with previous reports for Cu-doped ZnO films. In addition, we have for the first time observed low temperature photoluminescence changed with magnetic properties upon annealing in different conditions, which revealed the crucial role played by interstitial zinc in directly mediating high Tc ferromagnetism and indirectly modulating the Cu-related structured green emission via different charge transfer transitions.

  13. PENINGKATAN KUALITAS FILM TIPIS CdTe SEBAGAI ABSORBER SEL SURYA DENGAN MENGGUNAKAN DOPING TEMBAGA (Cu

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    P. Marwoto

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Film tipis CdTe dengan doping tembaga (Cu berkonsenterasi 2% telah berhasil ditumbuhkan di atas substrat Indium Tin Oxide (ITO dengan metode dc magnetron sputtering. Penelitian ini dilakukan untuk mengetahui pengaruh doping Cu(2% terhadap struktur morfologi, struktur kristal, fotoluminisensi dan resistivitas listrik film CdTe. Citra morfologi Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM dan hasil analisis struktur dengan X-Ray Diffraction (XRD menunjukkan bahwa film CdTe:Cu(2% mempunyai citra permukaan dan struktur kristal yang lebih sempurna dibandingkan film CdTe tanpa doping. Hasil analisis spektrometer fotoluminisensi menunjukkan bahwa film CdTe dan CdTe(2% mempunyai puncak fotoluminisensi pada tiga panjang gelombang yang identik yaitu 685 nm (1,81 eV, 725 nm (1,71 eV dan 740 nm (1,67 eV. Film CdTe dengan doping Cu(2% memiliki intensitas puncak fotoluminisensi yang lebih tajam pada pita energi 1,81 eV dibandingkan dengan film CdTe tanpa doping. Pengukuran arus dan tegangan (I-V menunjukkan bahwa pemberian doping Cu(2% dapat menurunkan resistivitas film dari 8,40x109 Ωcm menjadi 6,92x105 Ωcm. Sebagai absorber sel surya, kualitas film tipis CdTe telah berhasil ditingkatkan dengan pemberian doping Cu(2%.CdTe:Cu(2% thin film has been successfully grown on Indium Tin Oxide (ITO substrates by using dc magnetron sputtering. This study was carried out in order to investigate the effect of Cu(2% doping on the morphologycal structure, crystal structure, photoluminesence, and resistivity of CdTe thin film. Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM  images and X-Ray Diffraction (XRD results showed that CdTe:Cu(2% thin film has morphologycal and crystal structures more perfect than undoped CdTe film. Photoluminesence spectroscopy results showed that CdTe and CdTe:Cu(2% thin films have luminesence peak at three identical wevelength regions i.e. 685 nm (1.81 eV, 725 nm (1.71 eV and 740 nm (1.67 eV however CdTe:Cu(2% film shows sharper photoluminescence peak at band

  14. Photovoltaic properties of Cu-doped CH3NH3PbI3 with perovskite structure

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    Shirahata, Yasuhiro; Oku, Takeo

    2017-01-01

    Photovoltaic properties of copper (Cu)-doped perovskite (CH3NH3PbCuxI3+x) photovoltaic devices with different Cu content were investigated. The CH3NH3PbCuxI3+x films were polycrystalline with a tetragonal system, and their lattice constants and crystallite size varied with Cu doping. Compared to conversion efficiencies of non-doped CH3NH3PbI3 photovoltaic device, those of CH3NH3PbCuxI3+x photovoltaic devises increased. The improvement of photovoltaic properties was attributed to partial substitution of Cu at the Pb sites.

  15. Influence of Cu doping in borosilicate bioactive glass and the properties of its derived scaffolds

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    Wang, Hui [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Tongji University, Shanghai 2001804 (China); Zhao, Shichang [Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Shanghai Sixth People' s Hospital, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200233 (China); Xiao, Wei [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, and Center for Biomedical Science and Engineering, Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla, MO 65409-0340 (United States); Xue, Jingzhe [Department of Chemistry, Tongji University, Shanghai 200092 (China); Shen, Youqu [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, and Center for Biomedical Science and Engineering, Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla, MO 65409-0340 (United States); Zhou, Jie; Huang, Wenhai [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Tongji University, Shanghai 2001804 (China); Rahaman, Mohamed N. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, and Center for Biomedical Science and Engineering, Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla, MO 65409-0340 (United States); Zhang, Changqing, E-mail: shzhangchangqing@163.com [Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Shanghai Sixth People' s Hospital, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200233 (China); Wang, Deping, E-mail: wdpshk@tongji.edu.cn [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Tongji University, Shanghai 2001804 (China)

    2016-01-01

    Copper doped borosilicate glasses (BG–Cu) were studied by means of FT-IR, Raman, UV–vis and NMR spectroscopies to investigate the changes that appeared in the structure of borosilicate glass matrix by doping copper ions. Micro-fil and immunohistochemistry analysis were applied to study the angiogenesis of its derived scaffolds in vivo. Results indicated that the Cu ions significantly increased the B–O bond of BO{sub 4} groups at 980 cm{sup −1}, while they decrease that of BO{sub 2}O{sup −} groups at 1440–1470 cm{sup −1} as shown by Raman spectra. A negative shift was observed from {sup 11}B and {sup 29}Si NMR spectra. The {sup 11}B NMR spectra exhibited a clear transformation from BO{sub 3} into BO{sub 4} groups, caused by the agglutination effect of the Cu ions and the charge balance of the agglomerate in the glass network, leading to a more stable glass network and lower ions release rate in the degradation process. Furthermore, the BG–Cu scaffolds significantly enhanced blood vessel formation in rat calvarial defects at 8 weeks post-implantation. Generally, it suggested that the introduction of Cu into borosilicate glass endowed glass and its derived scaffolds with good properties, and the cooperation of Cu with bioactive glass may pave a new way for tissue engineering. - Highlights: • Agglutination effect of Cu{sup 2+} and charge balance of agglomerate lead to more stable glass. • Lower degradability and lower ions release were found in BG-Cu scaffolds. • Excellent angiogenesis and sustain Cu{sup 2+} release were endowed by doping Cu.

  16. Stress reduction of Cu-doped diamond-like carbon films from ab initio calculations

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    Xiaowei Li

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Structure and properties of Cu-doped diamond-like carbon films (DLC were investigated using ab initio calculations. The effect of Cu concentrations (1.56∼7.81 at.% on atomic bond structure was mainly analyzed to clarify the residual stress reduction mechanism. Results showed that with introducing Cu into DLC films, the residual compressive stress decreased firstly and then increased for each case with the obvious deterioration of mechanical properties, which was in agreement with the experimental results. Structural analysis revealed that the weak Cu-C bond and the relaxation of both the distorted bond angles and bond lengths accounted for the significant reduction of residual compressive stress, while at the higher Cu concentration the increase of residual stress attributed to the existence of distorted Cu-C structures and the increased fraction of distorted C-C bond lengths.

  17. Stress reduction of Cu-doped diamond-like carbon films from ab initio calculations

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    Li, Xiaowei; Ke, Peiling; Wang, Aiying, E-mail: aywang@nimte.ac.cn [Key Laboratory of Marine Materials and Related Technologies, Zhejiang Key Laboratory of Marine Materials and Protective Technologies, Ningbo Institute of Materials Technology and Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Ningbo 315201 (China)

    2015-01-15

    Structure and properties of Cu-doped diamond-like carbon films (DLC) were investigated using ab initio calculations. The effect of Cu concentrations (1.56∼7.81 at.%) on atomic bond structure was mainly analyzed to clarify the residual stress reduction mechanism. Results showed that with introducing Cu into DLC films, the residual compressive stress decreased firstly and then increased for each case with the obvious deterioration of mechanical properties, which was in agreement with the experimental results. Structural analysis revealed that the weak Cu-C bond and the relaxation of both the distorted bond angles and bond lengths accounted for the significant reduction of residual compressive stress, while at the higher Cu concentration the increase of residual stress attributed to the existence of distorted Cu-C structures and the increased fraction of distorted C-C bond lengths.

  18. Effect of CuO Doping on the Electrical Behavior of ZrO2

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    SABA,Beg; SARITA; POOJA,Varshney

    2007-01-01

    Electrical conductivity has been measured at different temperatures for ZrO2 doped with various molar ratios of CuO. The conductivity increases due to migration of vacancies, created by doping. The conductivity was found to increase with increase in temperature till 220 ℃ and thereafter decrease due to collapse of the fluorite framework.A second rise in conductivity around 500 ℃ was observed due to phase transition of ZrO2. X-ray powder diffraction, DTA and IR studies were carried out for confirming doping effect and phase transition in ZrO2.

  19. Cu and Boron Doped Carbon Nitride for Highly Selective Oxidation of Toluene to Benzaldehyde

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    Hongling Han

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available A novel Cu and boron doped graphitic carbon nitride catalyst (Cu-CNB was synthesized using cheap precursors and systematically characterized. The selective oxidation of toluene proceeded very smoothly over the catalyst at 70 °C using tert-butyl hydroperoxide (TBHP as the oxidant to exclusively afford benzaldehyde. The catalyst can be used for at least five cycles without decrease in activity and selectivity.

  20. Cu and Boron Doped Carbon Nitride for Highly Selective Oxidation of Toluene to Benzaldehyde.

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    Han, Hongling; Ding, Guodong; Wu, Tianbin; Yang, Dexin; Jiang, Tao; Han, Buxing

    2015-07-13

    A novel Cu and boron doped graphitic carbon nitride catalyst (Cu-CNB) was synthesized using cheap precursors and systematically characterized. The selective oxidation of toluene proceeded very smoothly over the catalyst at 70 °C using tert-butyl hydroperoxide (TBHP) as the oxidant to exclusively afford benzaldehyde. The catalyst can be used for at least five cycles without decrease in activity and selectivity.

  1. A facile green antisolvent approach to Cu2+-doped ZnO nanocrystals with visible-light-responsive photoactivities.

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    Lu, Yi-Hsuan; Lin, Wei-Hao; Yang, Chao-Yao; Chiu, Yi-Hsuan; Pu, Ying-Chih; Lee, Min-Han; Tseng, Yuan-Chieh; Hsu, Yung-Jung

    2014-08-07

    An environmentally benign antisolvent method has been developed to prepare Cu(2+)-doped ZnO nanocrystals with controllable dopant concentrations. A room temperature ionic liquid, known as a deep eutectic solvent (DES), was used as the solvent to dissolve ZnO powders. Upon the introduction of the ZnO-containing DES into a bad solvent which shows no solvation to ZnO, ZnO was precipitated and grown due to the dramatic decrease of solubility. By adding Cu(2+) ions to the bad solvent, the growth of ZnO from the antisolvent process was accompanied by Cu(2+) introduction, resulting in the formation of Cu(2+)-doped ZnO nanocrystals. The as-prepared Cu(2+)-doped ZnO showed an additional absorption band in the visible range (400-800 nm), which conduced to an improvement in the overall photon harvesting efficiency. Time-resolved photoluminescence spectra, together with the photovoltage information, suggested that the doped Cu(2+) may otherwise trap photoexcited electrons during the charge transfer process, inevitably depressing the photoconversion efficiency. The photoactivity of Cu(2+)-doped ZnO nanocrystals for photoelectrochemical water oxidation was effectively enhanced in the visible region, which achieved the highest at 2.0 at% of Cu(2+). A further increase in the Cu(2+) concentration however led to a decrease in the photocatalytic performance, which was ascribed to the significant carrier trapping caused by the increased states given by excessive Cu(2+). The photocurrent action spectra illustrated that the enhanced photoactivity of the Cu(2+)-doped ZnO nanocrystals was mainly due to the improved visible photon harvesting achieved by Cu(2+) doping. These results may facilitate the use of transition metal ion-doped ZnO in other photoconversion applications, such as ZnO based dye-sensitized solar cells and magnetism-assisted photocatalytic systems.

  2. Structural and optical properties of Y, Cu co-doped ZnO nanoparticles by sol-gel method

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    Anandan, S.; Muthukumaran, S.; Ashokkumar, M.

    2014-10-01

    Zn.96-xY.04CuxO (x = 0, 0.05, 0.10 and 0.15) nanoparticles were successfully synthesized employing simple sol-gel method. Hexagonal wurtzite structure of the synthesized samples was not affected by Cu-doping. CuO phase was induced after Cu = 5% and it was increased by Cu-doping. The change in crystal size was discussed based on compressive stress, lattice volume and bond length. The chemical stoichiometry of Zn, Cu, Y and O was confirmed by energy dispersive X-ray spectra. The increased oxygen percentage from 57.88 (Cu = 5%) to 64.53% (Cu = 15%) by Cu-doping proved the existence of CuO and oxygen rich phase. The lower absorption and high transmittance in visible region observed at Cu = 5% described the good optical quality of the sample with low scattering or absorption losses which leads to the industrial applications especially as transparent electrode. The high energy gap at Cu = 5% could be attributed to the poor crystallinity of the sample. The red shift in energy gap after Cu = 5% was explained by the p-d spin-exchange interactions between the band electrons and the localized d electrons of Cu2+ ions. The change in intensity and peak position of infrared (IR) peaks confirmed the presence of Cu in Znsbnd Ysbnd O lattice and also expressed the perturbation generated by Cu in Znsbnd Ysbnd O lattice.

  3. Ag- and Cu-doped multifunctional bioactive nanostructured TiCaPCON films

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    Shtansky, D.V., E-mail: shtansky@shs.misis.ru [National University of Science and Technology “MISIS”, Leninsky prospekt 4, Moscow 119049 (Russian Federation); Batenina, I.V.; Kiryukhantsev-Korneev, Ph.V.; Sheveyko, A.N.; Kuptsov, K.A. [National University of Science and Technology “MISIS”, Leninsky prospekt 4, Moscow 119049 (Russian Federation); Zhitnyak, I.Y.; Anisimova, N.Yu.; Gloushankova, N.A. [N.N. Blokhin Russian Cancer Research Center of RAMS, Kashirskoe shosse 24, Moscow 115478 (Russian Federation)

    2013-11-15

    A key property of multicomponent bioactive nanostructured Ti(C,N)-based films doped with Ca, P, and O (TiCaPCON) that can be improved further is their antibacterial effect that should be achieved without compromising the implant bioactivity and biocompatibility. The present work is focused on the study of structure, chemical, mechanical, tribological, and biological properties of Ag- and Cu-doped TiCaPCON films. The films with Ag (0.4–4 at.%) and Cu (13 at.%) contents were obtained by simultaneous sputtering of a TiC{sub 0.5}–Ca{sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2} target and either an Ag or a Cu target. The film structure was studied using X-ray diffraction, transmission and scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, glow discharge optical emission spectroscopy, and Raman-shift and IR spectroscopy. The films were characterized in terms of their hardness, elastic modulus, dynamic impact resistance, friction coefficient and wear rate (both in air and normal saline), surface wettability, electrochemical behavior and Ag or Cu ion release in normal saline. Particular attention was paid to the influence of inorganic bactericides (Ag and Cu ions) on the bactericidal activity against unicellular yeast fungus Saccharomyces cerevisiae and gram-positive bacteria Lactobacillus acidophilus, as well as on the attachment, spreading, actin cytoskeleton organization, focal adhesions, and early stages of osteoblastic cell differentiation. The obtained results show that the Ag-doped films are more suitable for the protection of metallic surfaces against bacterial infection compared with their Cu-doped counterpart. In particular, an excellent combination of mechanical, tribological, and biological properties makes Ag-doped TiCaPCON film with 1.2 at.% of Ag very attractive material for bioengineering and modification of load-bearing metal implant surfaces.

  4. Ag- and Cu-doped multifunctional bioactive nanostructured TiCaPCON films

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    Shtansky, D. V.; Batenina, I. V.; Kiryukhantsev-Korneev, Ph. V.; Sheveyko, A. N.; Kuptsov, K. A.; Zhitnyak, I. Y.; Anisimova, N. Yu.; Gloushankova, N. A.

    2013-11-01

    A key property of multicomponent bioactive nanostructured Ti(C,N)-based films doped with Ca, P, and O (TiCaPCON) that can be improved further is their antibacterial effect that should be achieved without compromising the implant bioactivity and biocompatibility. The present work is focused on the study of structure, chemical, mechanical, tribological, and biological properties of Ag- and Cu-doped TiCaPCON films. The films with Ag (0.4-4 at.%) and Cu (13 at.%) contents were obtained by simultaneous sputtering of a TiC0.5-Ca3(PO4)2 target and either an Ag or a Cu target. The film structure was studied using X-ray diffraction, transmission and scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, glow discharge optical emission spectroscopy, and Raman-shift and IR spectroscopy. The films were characterized in terms of their hardness, elastic modulus, dynamic impact resistance, friction coefficient and wear rate (both in air and normal saline), surface wettability, electrochemical behavior and Ag or Cu ion release in normal saline. Particular attention was paid to the influence of inorganic bactericides (Ag and Cu ions) on the bactericidal activity against unicellular yeast fungus Saccharomyces cerevisiae and gram-positive bacteria Lactobacillus acidophilus, as well as on the attachment, spreading, actin cytoskeleton organization, focal adhesions, and early stages of osteoblastic cell differentiation. The obtained results show that the Ag-doped films are more suitable for the protection of metallic surfaces against bacterial infection compared with their Cu-doped counterpart. In particular, an excellent combination of mechanical, tribological, and biological properties makes Ag-doped TiCaPCON film with 1.2 at.% of Ag very attractive material for bioengineering and modification of load-bearing metal implant surfaces.

  5. Morphology transformation of Cu{sub 2}O sub-microstructures by Sn doping for enhanced photocatalytic properties

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    Deng, Xiaolong, E-mail: sps_dengxl@ujn.edu.cn [School of Physics and Technology, University of Jinan, 336 Nanxin Zhuang West Road, Jinan, 250022, Shandong Province (China); Zhang, Qiang, E-mail: wsqrq@126.com [School of Physics and Technology, University of Jinan, 336 Nanxin Zhuang West Road, Jinan, 250022, Shandong Province (China); Zhou, E., E-mail: 1297524677@qq.com [School of Physics and Technology, University of Jinan, 336 Nanxin Zhuang West Road, Jinan, 250022, Shandong Province (China); Ji, Changjian, E-mail: 171600621@qq.com [Qilu Normal University, Jinan, 250200, Shandong Province (China); Huang, Jinzhao, E-mail: ss_huangjinzhao@ujn.edu.cn [School of Physics and Technology, University of Jinan, 336 Nanxin Zhuang West Road, Jinan, 250022, Shandong Province (China); Shao, Minghui, E-mail: ss_shaomh@ujn.edu.cn [School of Physics and Technology, University of Jinan, 336 Nanxin Zhuang West Road, Jinan, 250022, Shandong Province (China); Ding, Meng, E-mail: sps_dingm@ujn.edu.cn [School of Physics and Technology, University of Jinan, 336 Nanxin Zhuang West Road, Jinan, 250022, Shandong Province (China); Xu, Xijin, E-mail: sps_xuxj@ujn.edu.cn [School of Physics and Technology, University of Jinan, 336 Nanxin Zhuang West Road, Jinan, 250022, Shandong Province (China)

    2015-11-15

    Sn-doped Cu{sub 2}O sub-microstructures have been successfully synthesized through a facile one-pot solvothermal method by copper (II) nitrate trihydrate (Cu(NO{sub 3}){sub 2}·3H{sub 2}O) and ethylene glycol (EG) combining with different Sn ion sources as initial reagents. Their surfaces and size distributions of Cu{sub 2}O sub-microstructures were significantly affected by Sn doping. The photocatalytic properties of as-synthesized Cu{sub 2}O samples were evaluated by monitoring the degradation of methyl orange (MO) under visible light irradiation with or without the addition of H{sub 2}O{sub 2}. The results illustrated that Sn doping strongly enhanced the photocatalytic abilities of as-obtained Sn-doped Cu{sub 2}O samples and the addition of H{sub 2}O{sub 2} also had an important impact on the photocatalytic degradation process. - Graphical abstract: The morphology transformation of Cu{sub 2}O was observed by Sn doping via a facile one-pot solvothermal method. The photocatalytic activity was strongly enhanced by Sn doping and the addition of H{sub 2}O{sub 2}. - Highlights: • Sn-doped Cu{sub 2}O sub-microstructures were successfully fabricated by a facile one-pot solvothermal method. • The morphology was changed from hierarchically cubic to spherical sub-microstructure by Sn doping. • The photocatalytic activity was strongly enhanced by Sn doping and the addition of H{sub 2}O{sub 2}. • The photodegradation rate of SC-1 (Sn{sup 2+} doping) is faster than SC-2 (Sn{sup 4+} doping) and SC-0 (undoped Cu{sub 2}O)

  6. First-principles investigation of Cu-doped ZnS with enhanced photocatalytic hydrogen production activity

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    Dong, Ming; Zhou, Peng; Jiang, Chuanjia; Cheng, Bei; Yu, Jiaguo

    2017-01-01

    The band structure and electronic properties of Cu-doped wurtzite ZnS were investigated by density functional theory calculations. According to the formation energies, the substitutional Cu and S vacancy defects are stable among the examined doping species. Particularly, the hybridization of substitutional Cu 3d and S 3p orbitals narrows the band gap of substitutional Cu-doped ZnS (CuZn-ZnS), while the high effective mass ratio of photogenerated holes and electrons (mh∗/me∗) in the CuZn-ZnS is beneficial for the separation and migration of the photogenerated charge carriers. Lab-synthesized CuZn-ZnS sample exhibited enhanced visible-light absorption and photocatalytic hydrogen production activity compared to pure ZnS.

  7. Structural and optical studies on antimony and zinc doped CuInS2 thin films

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    Ben Rabeh, M.; Chaglabou, N.; Kanzari, M.; Rezig, B.

    2009-11-01

    The influence of Zn and Sb impurities on the structural, optical and electrical properties of CuInS2 thin films on corning 7059 glass substrates was studied. Undoped and Zn or Sb doped CuInS2 thin films were deposited by thermal evaporation method and annealed in vacuum at temperature of 450 ∘C Undoped thin films were grown from CuInS2 powder using resistively heated tungsten boats. Zn species was evaporated from a thermal evaporator all together to the CuInS2 powder and Sb species was mixed in the starting powders. The amount of the Zn or Sb source was determined to be in the range 0-4 wt% molecular weight compared with the CuInS2 alloy source. The films were studied by means of X-ray diffraction (XRD), Optical reflection and transmission and resistance measurements. The films thicknesses were in the range 450-750 nm. All the Zn: CuInS2 and Sb: CuInS2 thin films have relatively high absorption coefficient between 104 cm-1 and 105 cm-1 in the visible and the near-IR spectral range. The bandgap energies are in the range of 1.472-1.589 eV for Zn: CuInS2 samples and 1.396-1.510 eV for the Sb: CuInS2 ones. The type of conductivity of these films was determined by the hot probe method. Furthermore, we found that Zn and Sb-doped CuInS2 thin films exhibit P type conductivity and we predict these species can be considered as suitable candidates for use as acceptor dopants to fabricate CuInS2-based solar cells.

  8. Martensitic transformation in Cu-doped NiMnGa magnetic shape memory alloys

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    Li Pan-Pan; Wang Jing-Min; Jiang Cheng-Bao

    2011-01-01

    This paper studies the martensitic transformation in the Cu-doped NiMnGa alloys. The orthorhombic martensite transforms to L21 cubic austenite by Cu substituting for Ni in the Ni50-x:CuxMn31Ga19 (x=2-10) alloys, the martensitic transformation temperature decreases significantly with the rate of 40 K per Cu atom addition. The variation of the Fermi sphere radius (kF) is applied to evaluate the change of the martensitic transformation temperature. The increase of kF leads to the increase of the martensitic transformation temperature.

  9. Theory of phonon properties in doped and undoped CuO nanoparticles

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    Bahoosh, S.G. [Institute of Physics, Martin-Luther-University, D-06099 Halle (Germany); Apostolov, A.T. [University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy Faculty of Hydrotechnics, Department of Physics, 1, Hristo Smirnenski Blvd., 1046 Sofia (Bulgaria); Apostolova, I.N. [University of Forestry, Faculty of Forest Industry, 10, Kl. Ohridsky Blvd., 1756 Sofia (Bulgaria); Wesselinowa, J.M., E-mail: julia@phys.uni-sofia.bg [University of Sofia, Department of Physics, 5 J. Bouchier Blvd., 1164 Sofia (Bulgaria)

    2012-07-02

    We have studied the phonon properties of CuO nanoparticles and have shown the importance of the anharmonic spin–phonon interaction. The Raman peaks of CuO nanoparticles shift to lower frequency and become broader as the particle size decreases in comparison with those of bulk CuO crystals owing to size effects. By doping with different ions, in dependence of their radius compared to the host ionic radius the phonon energies ω could be reduced or enhanced. The phonon damping is always enhanced through the ion doping effects. -- Highlights: ► The phonon properties of CuO nanoparticles are studied using a miscroscopic model. ► The phonon energy decreases whereas the damping increases with decreasing of particle size. ► It is shown the importance of the anharmonic spin–phonon interaction. ► By doping with RE-ions the phonon energy is reduced, whereas with TM-ions it is enhanced. ► The phonon damping is always enhanced through the ion doping effects.

  10. Room temperature synthesis and spectral characterization of Cu2+-doped CdO powder

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    Venkata Reddy, Ch.; Shim, J.; Byon, C.; Krishna Rao, L. V.; Satish, D. V.; Ravikumar, R. V. S. S. N.

    2016-03-01

    In the present study, we have synthesized undoped and Cu2+-doped CdO nanopowders by a mild solution method at room temperature. Powder X-ray diffraction, optical absorption, electron paramagnetic resonance and Fourier transform infrared measurements are used to characterize prepared powders. The powder X-ray diffraction patterns reflect the cubic crystal structure for undoped and Cu2+-doped CdO powders. Surface morphology images and compositional features are studied by scanning electron microscopy and energy-dispersive X-ray techniques, respectively. The optical absorption spectra exhibit a single absorption band for Cu2+-doped sample, which is the characteristic absorption band of distorted octahedral site symmetry. By correlating the electron paramagnetic resonance and optical results for Cu2+-doped CdO nanopowder, bonding parameters are evaluated. These values indicate the partial covalency of in-plane σ ( α 2) and in-plane π bonding ( β12 ) between copper ions and their ligands. The FT-IR spectra indicate the fundamental vibrations of Cd-O.

  11. Thermoelectric properties of Zn doped Cu{sub 2}SnSe{sub 3}

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    Raju, Ch [Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore 560012 (India); Falmbigl, M.; Rogl, P. [Institute of Physical Chemistry, University of Vienna, Währingerstrasse 42, A-1090 Wien (Austria); Heinrich, P.; Royanian, E.; Bauer, E. [Institute of Solid State Physics, Vienna University of Technology, Wiedner Hauptstrasse 8-10, A-1040 Wien (Austria); Mallik, Ramesh Chandra, E-mail: rcmallik@physics.iisc.ernet.in [Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore 560012 (India)

    2014-10-15

    Zn doped ternary compounds Cu{sub 2}Zn{sub x}Sn{sub 1−x}Se{sub 3} (x = 0, 0.025, 0.05, 0.075) were prepared by solid state synthesis. The undoped compound showed a monoclinic crystal structure as a major phase, while the doped compounds showed a cubic crystal structure confirmed by powder XRD (X-Ray Diffraction). The surface morphology and elemental composition analysis for all the samples were studied by SEM (Scanning Electron Microscopy) and EPMA (Electron Probe Micro Analyzer), respectively. SEM micrographs of the hot pressed samples showed the presence of continuous and homogeneous grains confirming sufficient densification. Elemental composition of all the samples revealed an off-stoichiometry, which was determined by EPMA. Transport properties were measured between 324 K and 773 K. The electrical resistivity decreased up to the samples with Zn content x = 0.05 in Cu{sub 2}Zn{sub x}Sn{sub 1−x}Se{sub 3}, and slightly increased in the sample Cu{sub 2}Zn{sub 0.075}Sn{sub 0.925}Se{sub 3}. This behavior is consistent with the changes in the carrier concentration confirmed by room temperature Hall coefficient data. Temperature dependent electrical resistivity of all samples showed heavily doped semiconductor behavior. All the samples exhibit positive Seebeck coefficient (S) and Hall coefficient indicating that the majority of the carriers are holes. A linear increase in Seebeck coefficient with increase in temperature indicates the degenerate semiconductor behavior. The total thermal conductivity of the doped samples increased with a higher amount of doping, due to the increase in the carrier contribution. The total and lattice thermal conductivity of all samples showed 1/T dependence, which points toward the dominance of phonon scattering at high temperatures. The maximum 1/TZT = 0.48 at 773 K was obtained for the sample Cu{sub 2}SnSe{sub 3} due to a low thermal conductivity compared to the doped samples. - Highlights: • In this investigation, the

  12. High thermoelectric performance from optimization of hole-doped CuInTe2.

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    Zhou, Gang; Wang, Dong

    2016-02-17

    We investigated the electronic structure, lattice dynamics and thermoelectric transport properties of CuInTe2 based on first-principles calculations. From the analysis of density of states and partial charge density, it can be expected that p-doping at the In-site or n-doping at the Cu-site will barely modify the electronic states near the valence or conduction band edge but increase the carrier concentration to achieve the highest thermoelectric efficiency. Lattice dynamics calculations suggest that the thermal conductivity of CuInTe2 can be effectively reduced by introducing structural defects at Cu, In and Te sites. p-type CuInTe2 possesses better thermoelectric properties as compared to the n-type one, which mainly originates from the steeper density of states resulting from nearly degenerate valence bands near the band edge. The temperature dependence of the thermoelectric transport properties of p-type CuInTe2 at different carrier concentrations was studied in detail, which is found to be in good agreement with the experimental data. Our results of calculation showed that p-type CuInTe2 can achieve an upper-limit figure of merit value of 1.72 at 850 K and are promising thermoelectric materials for waste heat recovery at medium temperatures.

  13. Electrical and photovoltaic properties of Cu-doped p-GaSe/n-InSe heterojunction

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    Shigetomi, S.; Ikari, T.

    2000-08-01

    GaSe(Cu)/InSe heterojunctions have been formed by bringing the cleavage surface of undoped n-InSe and Cu-doped p-GaSe into direct contact. Transport and phototransport properties are studied by the measurements of capacitance-voltage, current-voltage, and the spectral response of short-circuit current. Moreover, the efficiency parameters under illumination are estimated by using the open-circuit voltage and short-circuit current. These characteristics of GaSe(Cu)/InSe heterojunctions are compared with those of GaSe(Un)/InSe heterojunctions fabricated by undoped p-GaSe and n-InSe. The series resistance of GaSe(Cu)/InSe heterojunctions is found, the value of which is about 103 times lower than the corresponding value of GaSe(Un)/InSe heterojunctions. A short-circuit current density of 9.0 mA/cm2 and an open-circuit voltage of 0.42 V on GaSe(Cu)/InSe heterojunctions are obtained under illumination of 120 mW/cm2 of a halogen lamp. The short-circuit current of GaSe(Cu)/InSe heterojunctions is about one order of magnitude lager than that of GaSe(Un)/InSe heterojunctions. These experimental results indicate that the low-resistivity of Cu-doped GaSe is effective for the electrical and photovoltaic properties of GaSe/InSe heterojunctions.

  14. Polymeric Graphitic Carbon Nitride Doped with CuO Dispersed on Dealuminated Clinoptilolite (CuO/HCP: Synthesis and Characterisation

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    Saheed Olalekan Sanni

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available CuO dispersed on dealuminated clinoptilolite (CuO/HCP and further doped with polymeric graphitic carbon nitride (CuO/HCP-g-C3N4 was synthesized through 2 facile routes: precipitation method for CuO/HCP and impregnation through ultrasonication method for the hybrid composite material. The hybrid composite material crystalline phase, surface morphology, and structural and thermal properties were investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD, scanning electron microscopy (SEM, energy-dispersive X-ray analysis (EDAX, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR, and thermal analysis. The formation of the hybrid composite material was confirmed by XRD showing crystalline phase of CuO and g-C3N4 present on the surface of dealuminated clinoptilolite (HCP. SEM images analysis depicts no aggregation of the mixed metal oxide semiconductor nanoparticles at the center of HCP. The hybrid composite material, CuO/HCP-g-C3N4, with a good homogeneously dispersed metal oxide conductor having excellent catalytic activities has been synthesized.

  15. Study of structural and optical properties of Fe doped CuO nanoparticles

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    Rani, Poonam; Gupta, Ankita; Kaur, Sarabjeet; Singh, Vishal; Kumar, Sacheen; Kumar, Dinesh

    2016-05-01

    Iron doped Copper oxide nanoparticles were synthesized by the co-precipitation method at different concentration (3%, 6%, 9%) at 300-400° C with Copper Acetate and Ferric Chloride as precursors in presence of Polyethylene Glycol and Sodium Hydroxide as stabilizing agent. Effect of doping on the structural and optical properties is studied. The obtained nanoparticles were characterized by X-Ray Diffraction and UV-Visible Spectroscopy for examining the size and the band gap respectively. The X-Ray Diffraction plots confirmed the monoclinic structure of Copper oxide suggesting the Cu atoms replaced by Fe atoms and no secondary phase was detected. The indirect band gap of Fe doped CuO nanoparticles is 2.4eV and increases to 3.4eV as the concentration of dopant increases. The majority of particle size is in range 8 nm to 35.55 nm investigated by X-ray diffractometer.

  16. A comparison study of Co and Cu doped MgO diluted magnetic thin films

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    Sarıtaş, S.; ćakıcı, T.; Muǧlu, G. Merhan; Kundakcı, M.; Yıldırım, M.

    2017-02-01

    Transition metal-doped MgO diluted magnetic thin films are appropriate candidates for spintronic applications and designing magnetic devices and sensors. Therefore, MgO:Co and MgO:Cu films were deposited on glass substrates by Chemical Spray Pyrolysis (CSP) method different thin film deposition parameters. Deposited different transition metal doped MgO thin films were compared in terms of optic and structural properties. Comparison optic analysis of the films was investigated spectral absorption and transmittance measurements by UV-Vis double beam spectrophotometer technique. Comparison structural analysis of the thin films was examined by using XRD, Raman Analysis, SEM, EDX and AFM techniques. The transition metal-doped; MgO:Co and MgO:Cu thin films maybe have potential applications in spintronics and magnetic data storage.

  17. Improvements of dielectric properties of Cu doped LaTiO3 þδ

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    Yan Chen; Jianxun Xu; Yimin Cui; Guangyi Shang; Jianqiang Qian; Jun-en Yao

    2016-01-01

    The ceramic composites of Cu-doped La1?xCuxTiO3þδ (x¼0.05, 0.15, 0.3, 0.5) were synthesized by con-ventional solid-state reaction. The complex dielectric properties of the composites were investigated as a function of temperature (77 KrTr320 K) and frequency (100 Hzrfr1 MHz) separately. In all com-posites, the dielectric constants increase monotonously and the dielectric loss undulates with tem-perature. And it is clearly observed that extraordinarily high low-frequency dielectric constant ( ? 104) appear at room temperature in La0.5Cu0.5TiO3þδ, which is ?100 times larger than that of La0.95Cu0.05TiO3 þδ. Interestingly, the dielectric constants increase remarkably with the doped Cu con-tents, meanwhile the dielectric loss for all samples is ideal lower than 1 at room temperature in the measured frequency range. By means of complex impedance analysis, the improvements of dielectric properties are attributed to both bulk contribution and grain boundary effect, in which the bulk polaronic relaxation and the Maxwell–Wagner relaxation due to grain boundary response are heightened re-markably with the high doped Cu contents.

  18. The Effects of Cu-doped TiO2 Thin Films on Hyperplasia, Inflammation and Bacteria Infection

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    Linhua Li

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available In the present work, different concentrations of Cu ion (1, 2, 5 and 10 wt % were doped in the TiO2 film by a sol-gel method and dip coating process. The morphology of the Cu-doped TiO2 films were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM and the results showed that the doped Cu made no change to the TiO2 films. The nitric oxide (NO release experiment showed that these Cu-doped surfaces showed the ability of catalytic decomposition of exogenous donor S-nitroso-N-acetyl-penicillamine (SNAP to generate (NO. Based on fluorescence analysis and CCK-8 quantitative results, such films had the ability to inhibit smooth muscle cells adhesion, proliferation and migration with SNAP in vitro. The macrophage adhesion assay and anti-bacterial test proved that such Cu-doped TiO2 films also possessed anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial abilities. All the abilities above showed positive correlation with the amounts of the doped Cu. This study suggested that the Cu-doped TiO2 films were capable of generating physiological levels of NO in the presence of endogenous donor S-nitrosothiols (RSNO, endowing the TiO2 films with anti-hyperplasia, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial abilities.

  19. Cu doping concentration effect on the physical properties of CdS thin films obtained by the CBD technique

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    Albor Aguilera, M. L.; Flores Márquez, J. M.; Remolina Millan, A.; Matsumoto Kuwabara, Y.; González Trujillo, M. A.; Hernández Vásquez, C.; Aguilar Hernandez, J. R.; Hernández Pérez, M. A.; Courel-Piedrahita, M.; Madeira, H. T. Yee

    2017-08-01

    Cu(In, Ga)Se2 (CIGS) and Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS) semiconductors are direct band gap materials; when these types of material are used in solar cells, they provide efficiencies of 22.1% and 12.6%, respectively. Most traditional fabrication methods involve expensive vacuum processes including co-evaporation and sputtering techniques, where films and doping are conducted separately. On the other hand, the chemical bath deposition (CBD) technique allows an in situ process. Cu-doped CdS thin films working as a buffer layer on solar cells provide good performing devices and they may be deposited by low cost techniques such as chemical methods. In this work, Cu-doped CdS thin films were deposited using the CBD technique on SnO2:F (FTO) substrates. The elemental analysis and mapping reconstruction were conducted by EDXS. Morphological, optical and electrical properties were studied, and they revealed that Cu doping modified the CdS structure, band-gap value and the electrical properties. Cu-doped CdS films show high resistivity compared to the non-doped CdS. The appropriate parameters of Cu-doped CdS films were determined to obtain an adequate window or buffer layer on CIGS and CZTS photovoltaic solar cells.

  20. Properties and Structure of the F-doped (Bi, Pb)-Sr-Ca-Cu-O Superconductor

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    高孝恢; 王小刚; 蒋淑芬; 李洁; 高赛; 郑国栋

    1994-01-01

    By using TEM, XPS, IR, position annihilation and differential specific heat measurements, the properties and structure of the F-doped (Bi, Pb)-Sr-Ca-Cu-O superconductor have been studied. The results show that the fluorine atoms are homogeneously distributed in superconducting phase and substituted for the oxygen atoms at O(2) crystallographic sites; the Pb-F and Cu-F bonds are formed. F-doping results in the variance of the incommensurate modulation structure, the increase of the point defects and chemical pressure, the enhancement of flux pinning effect and the change of the electronic structure and chemical bond, and greatly improves superconductive properties of the 2223 phase (Bi, Pb)-Sr-Ca-Cu-O.

  1. Experimental and theoretical study of the electronic properties of Cu-doped anatase TiO2.

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    Navas, Javier; Sánchez-Coronilla, Antonio; Aguilar, Teresa; Hernández, Norge C; de los Santos, Desireé M; Sánchez-Márquez, Jesús; Zorrilla, David; Fernández-Lorenzo, Concha; Alcántara, Rodrigo; Martín-Calleja, Joaquín

    2014-02-28

    A good correlation was obtained between the electronic properties of Cu-doped anatase TiO2 by virtue of both physical chemistry characterization and theoretical calculations. Pure and Cu-doped TiO2 were synthesized. The composition, structural and electronic properties, and the band gap energy were obtained using several techniques. The method of synthesis used produces Cu-doped anatase TiO2, and XRD, XPS and Raman spectroscopy indicate that Cu atoms are incorporated in the structure by substitution of Ti atoms, generating a distortion of the structure and oxygen vacancies. In turn, the band gap energy of the synthesized samples decrease drastically with the Cu doping. Moreover, periodic density functional theory (DFT-periodic) calculations were carried out both to model the experimentally observed doped structures and to understand theoretically the experimental structures obtained, the formation of oxygen vacancies and the values of the band gap energy. From the analysis of density of states (DOS), projected density of states (PDOS) and the electron localization function (ELF) a decrease in the band gap is predicted upon increasing the Cu doping. Thus, the inclusion of Cu in the anatase structure implies a covalent character in the Cu-O interaction, which involves the appearance of new states in the valence band maximum with a narrowing in the band gap.

  2. The effect of Cu doping into Oriza sativa L. indica dye as photosensitizer for dye sensitized solar cell (DSSC)

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    Fadli, U. M.; Prasada, A. B.; Cari; Supriyanto, A.

    2016-11-01

    The aims of the research to are know the effect of Cu doping into natural dye in increasing the efficiency of DSCC, to determine of the optical and electrical characteristic of natural dye Cu doping. Sandwich structures formed in the sample consisted of working electrode pair Titanium Oxide (TiO2) and the counter electrode Platina (Pt). Absorbance test is measure by using UV-Visible spectrophotometer Lambda 25, conductivity test by using a two- point probe El Kahfi/I-V Meter, and characterization of current and voltage (I-V) by using a Keithley 2602A. The Cu doping into dye was increasing the efficiency of 71%.

  3. Structural, optical and room-temperature ferromagnetic properties of Fe-doped CuO nanostructures

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    Mohamed Basith, N.; Judith Vijaya, J.; John Kennedy, L.; Bououdina, M.

    2013-09-01

    Pure CuO and Fe-doped CuO nanostructures with different weight ratios (0.5, 1.0, 1.5, and 2.0 at wt% of Fe) were synthesized via the microwave combustion method. The synthesized samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), high resolution scanning electron microscopy (HR-SEM), diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS), photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy and vibrating sample magnetometry (VSM). XRD patterns refined by the Rietveld method indicated the formation of single-phase monoclinic structure and also confirmed that Fe ions successfully incorporated into CuO crystal lattice by occupying Cu ionic sites. Interestingly, the morphology was found to change considerably from nanoflowers to nano-rod and disk-shaped then to nanoparticles with the variation of Fe content. The optical band gap calculated using DRS was found to be 2.8 eV for pure CuO and increases up to 3.4 eV with increasing ‘Fe’ content. Photoluminescence measurements also confirm these results. The magnetic measurements indicated that the obtained nanostructures are found to be room temperature ferromagnetism (RTF) with an optimum value of saturation magnetization at 2.0 wt% of Fe-doped CuO, i.e. 1.2960×10-3 emu/g.

  4. Influence of Cu doping in borosilicate bioactive glass and the properties of its derived scaffolds.

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    Wang, Hui; Zhao, Shichang; Xiao, Wei; Xue, Jingzhe; Shen, Youqu; Zhou, Jie; Huang, Wenhai; Rahaman, Mohamed N; Zhang, Changqing; Wang, Deping

    2016-01-01

    Copper doped borosilicate glasses (BG-Cu) were studied by means of FT-IR, Raman, UV-vis and NMR spectroscopies to investigate the changes that appeared in the structure of borosilicate glass matrix by doping copper ions. Micro-fil and immunohistochemistry analysis were applied to study the angiogenesis of its derived scaffolds in vivo. Results indicated that the Cu ions significantly increased the B-O bond of BO4 groups at 980 cm(-1), while they decrease that of BO2O(-) groups at 1440-1470 cm(-1) as shown by Raman spectra. A negative shift was observed from (11)B and (29)Si NMR spectra. The (11)B NMR spectra exhibited a clear transformation from BO3 into BO4 groups, caused by the agglutination effect of the Cu ions and the charge balance of the agglomerate in the glass network, leading to a more stable glass network and lower ions release rate in the degradation process. Furthermore, the BG-Cu scaffolds significantly enhanced blood vessel formation in rat calvarial defects at 8 weeks post-implantation. Generally, it suggested that the introduction of Cu into borosilicate glass endowed glass and its derived scaffolds with good properties, and the cooperation of Cu with bioactive glass may pave a new way for tissue engineering.

  5. Synthesis and characterization of Ce, Cu co-doped ZnS nanoparticles

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    Harish, G.S.; Sreedhara Reddy, P., E-mail: psreddy4@gmail.com

    2015-09-15

    Ce, Cu co-doped ZnS nanoparticles were prepared at room temperature using a chemical co-precipitation method. The prepared nanoparticles were characterized by X- ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), energy dispersive analysis of X-rays (EDAX), diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS), photoluminescence (PL) and high resolution Raman spectroscopic techniques. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and X-ray diffraction studies showed that the diameter of the particles was around 2–3 nm. Broadened XRD peaks revealed the formation of nanoparticles with a face centered cubic (fcc) structure. DRS studies confirmed that the band gap increased with an increase in the dopant concentration. The Raman spectra of undoped and Ce, Cu ions co-doped ZnS nanoparticles showed longitudinal optical mode and transverse optical mode. Compared with the Raman modes (276 and 351 cm{sup −1}) of undoped ZnS nanoparticles, the Raman modes of Ce, Cu co- doped ZnS nanoparticles were slightly shifted towards lower frequency. PL spectra of the samples showed remarkable enhancement in the intensity upon doping.

  6. CO2 Sensors Based on Nanocrystalline SnO2 Doped with CuO

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    Xu, Jennifer C.; Hunter, Gary W.; Liu, Chung Chiun; Ward, Benjamin J.

    2008-01-01

    Nanocrystalline tin oxide (SnO2) doped with copper oxide (CuO) has been found to be useful as an electrical-resistance sensory material for measuring the concentration of carbon dioxide in air. SnO2 is an n-type semiconductor that has been widely used as a sensing material for detecting such reducing gases as carbon monoxide, some of the nitrogen oxides, and hydrocarbons. Without doping, SnO2 usually does not respond to carbon dioxide and other stable gases. The discovery that the electrical resistance of CuO-doped SnO2 varies significantly with the concentration of CO2 creates opportunities for the development of relatively inexpensive CO2 sensors for detecting fires and monitoring atmospheric conditions. This discovery could also lead to research that could alter fundamental knowledge of SnO2 as a sensing material, perhaps leading to the development of SnO2-based sensing materials for measuring concentrations of oxidizing gases. Prototype CO2 sensors based on CuO-doped SnO2 have been fabricated by means of semiconductor-microfabrication and sol-gel nanomaterial-synthesis batch processes that are amendable to inexpensive implementation in mass production.

  7. Auto-combustion synthesis and characterization of Mg doped CuAlO2 nanoparticles

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    Agrawal, Shraddha; Parveen, Azra; Naqvi, A. H.

    2015-06-01

    The synthesis of pure and Mg doped Copper aluminumoxide CuAlO2nanoparticles, a promising p-type TCO (transparent conducting oxide) have been done bysol gel auto combustion method using NaOH as a fuel, calcinated at 600°C. The structural properties were examined by XRD and SEM techniques. The optical absorption spectra of CuAlO2 sample recorded by UV-VIS spectrophotometer in the range of 200 to 800 nm have been presented. The crystallite size was determined by powder X-ray diffraction technique. The electrical behavior of pure and Mg doped CuAlO2 has been studied over a wide range of frequencies by using complex impedance spectroscopy.The variation of a.c. conductivity has been studied as function of frequency and temperature. The data taken together conclude that doping causes decreases in the ac conductivity of the nanoparticles as compared with the pure nanoparticles. Mg doping affects the optical properties and band gap.

  8. Formulation and Characterization of Cu Doped ZnO Thick Films as LPG Gas Sensor

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    Full Text Available Thick films of pure and various concentrations (1 wt. %, 3 wt. %, 5 wt. %, 7 wt. % and 10 wt. % of Cu-doped ZnO were prepared on alumina substrates using a screen printing technique. These films were fired at a temperature of 700ºC for two hours in an air atmosphere. Morphological, compositional and structural properties of the samples were obtained using the scanning electron microscopy (SEM, Energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDAX and X-ray diffraction techniques respectively. The LPG gas sensing properties of these thick films were investigated at different operating temperatures and LPG gas concentrations. The surface resistance of thick films decreases when exposed to LPG gas. The Cu doped films show significant sensitivity to LPG gas than pure ZnO film. 5 wt. % Cu-doped ZnO film was found to be more sensitive (87.3 % to LPG gas exposed at 300 oC than other doping concentrations with fast response and recovery time.

  9. Auto-combustion synthesis and characterization of Mg doped CuAlO{sub 2} nanoparticles

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    Agrawal, Shraddha, E-mail: shraddhaa32@gmail.com; Parveen, Azra; Naqvi, A. H. [Centre of Excellence in Materials Science (Nanomaterials), Department of Applied Physics, Z.H. College of Engg.& Technology, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh-202002 (India)

    2015-06-24

    The synthesis of pure and Mg doped Copper aluminumoxide CuAlO{sub 2}nanoparticles, a promising p-type TCO (transparent conducting oxide) have been done bysol gel auto combustion method using NaOH as a fuel, calcinated at 600°C. The structural properties were examined by XRD and SEM techniques. The optical absorption spectra of CuAlO{sub 2} sample recorded by UV-VIS spectrophotometer in the range of 200 to 800 nm have been presented. The crystallite size was determined by powder X-ray diffraction technique. The electrical behavior of pure and Mg doped CuAlO{sub 2} has been studied over a wide range of frequencies by using complex impedance spectroscopy.The variation of a.c. conductivity has been studied as function of frequency and temperature. The data taken together conclude that doping causes decreases in the ac conductivity of the nanoparticles as compared with the pure nanoparticles. Mg doping affects the optical properties and band gap.

  10. Effect of Cu-doping on optical, electrical and magnetic properties of chemically synthesized MnS nanocrystals

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    Veeramanikandasamy, T., E-mail: veeramaniks@gmail.com [Department of Electronics and Communication Systems, Sri Krishna Arts and Science College, Coimbatore 641 008 (India); Rajendran, K. [Department of Electronics, L.R.G Govt. Arts College for Women, Tirupur 641 604 (India); Sambath, K. [Department of Electronics and Communication Systems, Sri Krishna Arts and Science College, Coimbatore 641 008 (India); Rameshbabu, P. [Center for Crystal Growth, VIT University, Vellore 632 014 (India)

    2016-03-01

    Manganese sulfide and Cu-doped manganese sulfide nanocrystals have been synthesized by wet chemical technique. The structural, optical, electrical and magnetic properties of as-synthesized nanocrystals have been investigated. The average crystallite size and lattice strain of the samples have been calculated from powder X-ray diffraction patterns using the Williamson–Hall analysis. The results show that the average crystallite size decreased while both the lattice strain and the dislocation density values increased in the Cu-doped MnS nanocrystals. The surface morphology of Cu-doped MnS nanocrystals has lesser particle size than undoped sample and it shows spherical like structures with little agglomeration. The chemical composition of the prepared samples has been obtained from EDAX. It clearly indicates the presence of Cu ions in the MnS lattice. UV–visible spectroscopy shows a blue shift in the optical band gap with doping. The photoluminescence spectra on the doped sample show a quenching of the PL intensity due to strain induced by doping. The electrical conduction, dielectric and impedance properties of as-synthesized nanocrystals have been investigated in the frequency range 50 Hz–5 MHz and temperature range 323–473 K which are greatly affected by doping with Cu. The vibrating sample magnetometer measurement revealed that the undoped MnS has paramagnetic behavior while the Cu-doped MnS has superparamagnetic behavior. On Cu-doping, the saturation magnetization and remanence increases while the coercivity decreases. - Highlights: • Pure and Cu-doped MnS nanocrystals were synthesized by the wet chemical technique. • Optical band gap value is raised by the Burstein-Moss effect due to the introduction of Cu-dopant. • It is a potential material for violet-blue light emission. • Cu-doped MnS showed good electrical conductivity compared to pure γ-MnS. • Doping of Cu induces superparamagnetic behavior in the system.

  11. Facile synthesis of 2-D Cu doped WO3 nanoplates with structural, optical and differential anti cancer characteristics

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    Mehmood, Faisal; Iqbal, Javed; Gul, Asma; Ahmed, Waqqar; Ismail, M.

    2017-04-01

    Simple chemical co-precipitation method has been employed to synthesize two dimensional copper (Cu) doped tungsten oxide (WO3) nanoplates. A numbers of characterization techniques have been used to investigate their structural, optical and biocompatible anti cancer properties. The XRD results have confirmed the monoclinic crystal structure of WO3 nanoplates, and also successful doping of Cu ions into the WO3 crystal lattice. The presence of functional groups and chemical bonding have been verified through FTIR and Raman spectroscopy. The SEM images demonstrate that both undoped and Cu doped WO3 samples have squares plate like morphology. The EDX spectra confirm the presence of Cu, W and O ions. Diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS) analysis has revealed a substantial red-shift in the absorption edge and a decrease in the band gap energy of nanoplates with Cu doping. Photoluminescence spectroscopy has been used to study the presence of defects like oxygen vacancies. Furthermore, the differential cytotoxic properties of Cu doped WO3 samples have been evaluated against human breast (MCF-7) and liver (Hep-2) cancer cells with ectocervical epithelial (HECE) healthy cells. The present findings confirm that the Cu doped WO3 nanoplates can be used as an efficient biocompatible anti cancer agent.

  12. Cu-doped photovoltaic glasses by ion exchange for sunlight down-shifting

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    Mardegan, M.; Cattaruzza, E.

    2016-11-01

    Ion exchange process is a widely studied synthesis technique for the controlled modification of silicate glass composition and properties, being moreover an easy and cheap approach. Silicate glasses containing copper are known to exhibit a broad luminescent band peaked around 500 nm, ascribed to 3d10-3d94s1 electronic transition of Cu+ ions; this band turns out to be much promising for the realization of down-shifting systems, being excited in the UV and near-UV region. Luminescent Cu-doped silicate glass sheets suitable as down-shifters to be used for covering solar cells have been prepared by thermal ion exchange. Synthesis of the Cu-doped glasses has been done by dipping pure silicate sheets (commercially used as cover of photovoltaic panels) into a fused copper salt mixture at temperature of 400 °C, for duration between a few minutes and some hours; two different types of copper chloride salt mixtures were explored, with the aim at obtaining luminescent glasses able to improve the Si cell yield. Absorption and luminescence glass features were collected and compared. The performance of the different samples was tested by a solar simulator, measuring the output power of a Si solar cell covered with the Cu-doped glass slides.

  13. An EXAFS and XANES study of MBE grown Cu-doped ZnO

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    Fons, P; Iwata, K; Matsubara, K; Niki, S; Nakahara, K; Takasu, H

    2003-01-01

    The wide bandgap semiconductor, ZnO, is intrinsically n-type and one of the remaining hurdles to be overcome before it can be used for optoelectronic applications is achieving p-type doping. A potential candidate for a p-type dopant is Cu. Towards this end, X-ray near-edge absorption (XANES) has been used to determine changes in valency of Cu in molecular beam epitaxial grown ZnO as a function of growth parameters. Growth parameters varied include the Cu flux which was varied over roughly three orders of magnitude T sub C sub u =800-1000 deg. C and two substrate temperatures: 300 and 600 deg. C. XANES measurements confirmed that Cu was in the +1 valence state for all as-grown samples. Preliminary EXAFS measurements also demonstrated that Cu incorporated into a Zn-atom position substitutionally. X-ray diffraction also indicated significant phase separation with the presence of both metallic Cu and CuO indicated for Cu concentrations >3x10 sup 2 sup 1 cm sup - sup 3.

  14. Divacancy complexes induced by Cu diffusion in Zn-doped GaAs

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    Elsayed, M.; Krause-Rehberg, R.; Korff, B.; Ratschinski, I.; Leipner, H. S.

    2013-08-01

    Positron annihilation spectroscopy was applied to investigate the nature and thermal behavior of defects induced by Cu diffusion in Zn-doped p-type GaAs crystals. Cu atoms were intentionally introduced in the GaAs lattice through thermally activated diffusion from a thin Cu capping layer at 1100 °C under defined arsenic vapor pressure. During isochronal annealing of the obtained Cu-diffused GaAs in the temperature range of 450-850 K, vacancy clusters were found to form, grow and finally disappear. We found that annealing at 650 K triggers the formation of divacancies, whereas further increasing in the annealing temperature up to 750 K leads to the formation of divacancy-copper complexes. The observations suggest that the formation of these vacancy-like defects in GaAs is related to the out-diffusion of Cu. Two kinds of acceptors are detected with a concentration of about 1016 - 1017 cm-3, negative ions and arsenic vacancy copper complexes. Transmission electron microscopy showed the presence of voids and Cu precipitates which are not observed by positron measurements. The positron binding energy to shallow traps is estimated using the positron trapping model. Coincidence Doppler broadening spectroscopy showed the presence of Cu in the immediate vicinity of the detected vacancies. Theoretical calculations suggested that the detected defect is VGaVAs-2CuGa.

  15. Hopping conduction in In-doped CuO thin films

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    Yildiz, A.; Horzum, Ş.; Serin, N.; Serin, T.

    2014-11-01

    Electrical transport properties of undoped and In-doped CuO thin films (1, 5 and 10 at. %) are investigated by mean of resistivity in the temperature range of 115-300 K. Electrical transport mechanism of films is explained on the basis of the variable-range hopping (VRH) conduction. Upon doping, appreciable changes are found in resistivity. Temperature dependent resistivity shows a complex correlation with increasing In concentration. This situation is well explained by fluctuations in the hopping distance and the density of states at the Fermi level.

  16. Anharmonicity effects in Cu-doped ZnO nanocombs by temperature-dependent Raman scattering

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    Kong, J. F.; Fan, D. H.; Shen, W. Z.

    2016-09-01

    Micro-Raman spectra of E 2(high) phonon mode in Cu-doped ZnO nanocombs have been presented in detail with different Cu compositions under the temperature ranging from 83 to 443 K grown by a simple catalyst-free chemical vapor deposition method. The alloy disorder effect has been investigated by analyzing the asymmetric broadening of E 2(high) phonon mode and Cu-induced localized vibration mode at room temperature. In addition, we resort to a theory model including the lattice thermal expansion and anharmonic phonon-phonon interaction, which can well describe the temperature dependence of Raman shift and linewidth of E 2(high) phonon. In combining with the theory model, we have revealed an increasing anharmonic effect on the Raman shift and linewidth behaviors with increasing Cu composition. Furthermore, it is found that the lifetime of E 2(high) phonon mode shortens with enhancing the anharmonicity.

  17. Room-temperature ferromagnetic properties of Cu-doped ZnO rod arrays

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    C H Xia; C G Hu; C H Hu; Z Ping; F Wang

    2011-08-01

    We have investigated properties of the Cu-doped ZnO crystalline film synthesized by the hydrothermal method. X-ray diffraction and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy results provide the evidence that Cu2+ is incorporated into the ZnO lattices. Photoluminescence spectrum of the rod arrays shows that the UV emission peak shifts a little to lower energy and its intensity decreased. There are another two emission peaks centred in blue and green regions because of the incorporation of Cu2+ ions. The rod arrays have exhibited room-temperature ferromagnetic behaviour with the remanence of 0.926 × 10-3 emu/cm3. We suggest that the exchange interaction between local spin-polarized electrons (such as the electrons of Cu2+ ions) and conductive electrons is the cause of room-temperature ferromagnetism.

  18. Spectral features and antibacterial properties of Cu-doped ZnO nanoparticles prepared by sol-gel method

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    Alireza, Samavati; A, F. Ismail; Hadi, Nur; Z, Othaman; M, K. Mustafa

    2016-07-01

    Zn1-x Cu x O (x = 0.00, 0.01, 0.03, and 0.05) nanoparticles are synthesized via the sol-gel technique using gelatin and nitrate precursors. The impact of copper concentration on the structural, optical, and antibacterial properties of these nanoparticles is demonstrated. Powder x-ray diffraction investigations have illustrated the organized Cu doping into ZnO nanoparticles up to Cu concentration of 5% (x = 0.05). However, the peak corresponding to CuO for x = 0.01 is not distinguishable. The images of field emission scanning electron microscopy demonstrate the existence of a nearly spherical shape with a size in the range of 30-52 nm. Doping Cu creates the Cu-O-Zn on the surface and results in a decrease in the crystallite size. Photoluminescence and absorption spectra display that doping Cu causes an increment in the energy band gap. The antibacterial activities of the nanoparticles are examined against Escherichia coli (Gram negative bacteria) cultures using optical density at 600 nm and a comparison of the size of inhibition zone diameter. It is found that both pure and doped ZnO nanoparticles indicate appropriate antibacterial activity which rises with Cu doping. Project supported by the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) (Grant No. R. J1300000.7809.4F626). Dr. Samavati is thankful to RMC for postdoctoral grants.

  19. Highly improved resistive switching performances of the self-doped Pt/HfO2:Cu/Cu devices by atomic layer deposition

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    Liu, Sen; Wang, Wei; Li, QingJiang; Zhao, XiaoLong; Li, Nan; Xu, Hui; Liu, Qi; Liu, Ming

    2016-12-01

    Metal-oxide electrochemical metallization (ECM) memory is a promising candidate for the next generation nonvolatile memory. But this memory suffers from large dispersion of resistive switching parameters due to the intrinsic randomness of the conductive filament. In this work, we have proposed a self-doping approach to improve the resistive switching characteristics. The fabricated Pt/HfO2:Cu/Cu device shows outstanding nonvolatile memory properties, including high uniformity, good endurance, long retention and fast switching speed. The results demonstrate that the self-doping approach is an effective method to improve the metal-oxide ECM memory performances and the self-doped Pt/HfO2:Cu/Cu device has high potentiality for the nonvolatile memory applications in the future.

  20. X-ray scattering and magnetic susceptibility study of doped CuGeO sub 3

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    Wang, Y J; Lamarra, S C; Chou, F C; Kim, Y J; Masuda, T; Tsukada, I; Uchinokura, K; Birgeneau, R J

    2003-01-01

    We report comprehensive synchrotron x-ray scattering and magnetic susceptibility studies of the doped spin-Peierls materials Cu sub 1 sub - sub x Zn sub x GeO sub 3 and CuGe sub 1 sub - sub y Si sub y O sub 3. Temperature versus dopant concentration phase diagrams are mapped out for both Zn and Si dopants. The phase diagrams of both Cu sub 1 sub - sub x Zn sub x GeO sub 3 and CuGe sub 1 sub - sub y Si sub y O sub 3 closely resemble that of Cu sub 1 sub - sub x Mg sub x GeO sub 3 , including the observation that the spin gap is established at a much higher temperature than the temperature at which the spin-Peierls dimerization attains long-range order. The spin-Peierls transitions in doped samples exhibit unusual phase transition behavior, characterized by highly rounded phase transitions, Lorentzian squared lineshapes, and very long relaxation times. Phenomenological explanations for these observations are given by considering the effects of competing random bond interactions as well as random fields generate...

  1. Hydrogen generation by photoelectrochemical effect of the Cu-doped TiO2 photoanode

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    Ly, Ngoc Tai; Hoa Dao, Thi; Hoang To, Le Hong; Vu, Dinh Lam; Le, Van Hong

    2014-09-01

    TiO2 film photoanodes with a size of 1 × 1 cm2 were fabricated by a spin coating method. Cu-doped TiO2 powder with various Cu concentrations (0.2, 0.4, 0.6 and 0.8 at%) and surfactant were used as starting materials in coating Cu-doped TiO2 thin films onto FTO/glass substrate. Crystalline structure of TiO2 material, microstructure of the photoanode films and their thickness were identified by x-ray diffraction and Raman scattering. Hydrogen generation from water by photoelectrochemical effect in the visible light was observed by recording I/V characteristics of the photoanode in dark and light regimes. The obtained results have shown that the hydrogen generation efficiency of photoanode nonlinearly depends on Cu concentration. The nonlinear dependence of the hydrogen generation efficiency may be due to a change of resistivity of the film photoanode that is related with the random distribution of the hetero-junction between interfaces of TiO2 and CuO nanoparticles.

  2. Effect of Annealing on Structural and Optical Properties of Cu Doped In2O3 Thin Films

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    S. Kaleemulla; N. Madhusudhana Rao; N. Sai Krishna; M. Kuppan; M. Rigana Begam; M. Shobana

    2014-01-01

    Cu-doped In2O3 thin films were prepared using flash evaporation method at different Cu-doping levels. The effect of annealing was studied on the structure, morphology and optical properties of the thin films. The films exhibited cubic structure and optical transmittance of the films increasing with annealing temperature. The highest optical transmittance of 78 % was observed with band gap of 4.09 eV.

  3. Magnetic properties of doped and undoped CuO nanoparticles taking into account spin-phonon interactions

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    Wesselinowa, J. M.

    2011-03-01

    We have studied the influence of doping effects on magnetization M and Neel temperature T of CuO nanoparticles based on the Heisenberg model including spin-phonon interactions. The experimentally obtained room temperature magnetization M is due to surface or/and doping effects in CuO nanoparticles. We have shown the importance of the effect of the spin-phonon interaction on different properties.

  4. Magnetic properties of doped and undoped CuO nanoparticles taking into account spin-phonon interactions

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    Wesselinowa, J.M., E-mail: julia@phys.uni-sofia.b [University of Sofia, Department of Physics, 5 J. Bouchier Blvd., 1164 Sofia (Bulgaria)

    2011-03-14

    We have studied the influence of doping effects on magnetization M and Neel temperature T{sub N} of CuO nanoparticles based on the Heisenberg model including spin-phonon interactions. The experimentally obtained room temperature magnetization M is due to surface or/and doping effects in CuO nanoparticles. We have shown the importance of the effect of the spin-phonon interaction on different properties.

  5. CHARACTERISATION OF Cr DOPED CuO NANOPARTICLES AND ITS PERFORMANCE IN SOLAR CELL

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    2016-01-01

    Pure and Cr2+doped Copper oxide (CuO) nanoparticles were synthesized by simple precipitation method and subjected to photovoltaic activity by forming nanopowder –thin film as light absorbing  layer  on an  indigenously fabricated heterojunction by Doctor-Blade method.  Effect of concentration of the dopant (2, 4, and 6 mol%)  on the properties of CuO was analyzed from X-Ray Diffraction pattern (XRD), Scanning Electron Microscopy(SEM) Energy Dispersive Analysis (EDAX), UV-Vis studies and Photo...

  6. Safe-by-Design CuO Nanoparticles via Fe-Doping, Cu-O Bond Length Variation, and Biological Assessment in Cells and Zebrafish Embryos.

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    Naatz, Hendrik; Lin, Sijie; Li, Ruibin; Jiang, Wen; Ji, Zhaoxia; Chang, Chong Hyun; Köser, Jan; Thöming, Jorg; Xia, Tian; Nel, Andre E; Mädler, Lutz; Pokhrel, Suman

    2017-01-24

    The safe implementation of nanotechnology requires nanomaterial hazard assessment in accordance with the material physicochemical properties that trigger the injury response at the nano/bio interface. Since CuO nanoparticles (NPs) are widely used industrially and their dissolution properties play a major role in hazard potential, we hypothesized that tighter bonding of Cu to Fe by particle doping could constitute a safer-by-design approach through decreased dissolution. Accordingly, we designed a combinatorial library in which CuO was doped with 1-10% Fe in a flame spray pyrolysis reactor. The morphology and structural properties were determined by XRD, BET, Raman spectroscopy, HRTEM, EFTEM, and EELS, which demonstrated a significant reduction in the apical Cu-O bond length while simultaneously increasing the planar bond length (Jahn-Teller distortion). Hazard screening was performed in tissue culture cell lines and zebrafish embryos to discern the change in the hazardous effects of doped vs nondoped particles. This demonstrated that with increased levels of doping there was a progressive decrease in cytotoxicity in BEAS-2B and THP-1 cells, as well as an incremental decrease in the rate of hatching interference in zebrafish embryos. The dissolution profiles were determined and the surface reactions taking place in Holtfreter's solution were validated using cyclic voltammetry measurements to demonstrate that the Cu(+)/Cu(2+) and Fe(2+)/Fe(3+) redox species play a major role in the dissolution process of pure and Fe-doped CuO. Altogether, a safe-by-design strategy was implemented for the toxic CuO particles via Fe doping and has been demonstrated for their safe use in the environment.

  7. Synthesis and photocatalytic properties of Co- and Cu-doped Bi2Sn2O7

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    Zhuang, Jing; Hu, Chaohao; Zhu, Binqing; Zhong, Yan; Zhou, Huaiying

    2017-01-01

    Bi2Sn2O7 photocatalysts doped by Co and Cu ions were successfully synthesized by using the hydrothermal process and impregnation method. The products were characterized using X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD), Field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), Energy dispersive X-ray detector (EDS), infrared spectroscopy (IR), the photoluminescence (PL) spectra and UV-visible diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS). The photocatalytic properties were further evaluated by degrading rhodamine B (RhB) as a model pollution under visible-light irradiation. The results indicated that Co- and Cu-doped Bi2Sn2O7 photocatalysts have a cubic pyrochlore phase with the hybrid metals. The metal-loaded photocatalysts show the enhanced photocatalytic efficiency for degradation of RhB under visible-light (λ> 420 nm). The mechanism of improved photocatalytic activity is also discussed in detail.

  8. Antimicrobial activity and biocompatibility of Ag{sup +}- and Cu{sup 2+}-doped biphasic hydroxyapatite/α-tricalcium phosphate obtained from hydrothermally synthesized Ag{sup +}- and Cu{sup 2+}-doped hydroxyapatite

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    Radovanović, Željko, E-mail: zradovanovic@tmf.bg.ac.rs [Faculty of Technology and Metallurgy, University of Belgrade, Karnegijeva 4, 11000 Belgrade (Serbia); Jokić, Bojan; Veljović, Djordje; Dimitrijević, Suzana [Faculty of Technology and Metallurgy, University of Belgrade, Karnegijeva 4, 11000 Belgrade (Serbia); Kojić, Vesna [Oncology Institute of Vojvodina, Institutski put 4, 21204 Sremska Kamenica (Serbia); Petrović, Rada; Janaćković, Djordje [Faculty of Technology and Metallurgy, University of Belgrade, Karnegijeva 4, 11000 Belgrade (Serbia)

    2014-07-01

    Hydroxyapatite (HAp) powders doped with Ag{sup +} or Cu{sup 2+} were synthesized by a hydrothermal method in order to obtain biomaterial with an antimicrobial effect. The synthesis was performed with two contents of dopant (Ag{sup +} or Cu{sup 2+}) by considering both the antimicrobial activities and biocompatibility of the powders. The doped HAp was annealed at 1200 °C for 2 h with the intention of investigating the influence of doping with Ag{sup +} and Cu{sup 2+} on the creation of the biphasic HAp/α-tricalcium phosphate (HAp/α-TCP) and determining the antimicrobial activity and biocompatibility of the obtained biphasic powders. Analyses of all powders, undoped and doped HAp and HAp/α-TCP, were performed by Field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), atomic absorption spectroscopy (AAS) and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS). The in vitro antibacterial activities of the powders were evaluated against: Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Candida albicans. All powders showed good antimicrobial activity but generally the powders of doped HAp/α-TCP had more uniform results against all pathogenic microorganisms than the powders of doped HAp. In vitro biocompatibility tests, MTT and DET, were used to evaluate the biocompatibility of Ag{sup +}- and Cu{sup 2+}-doped HAp/α-TCP with MRC-5 human fibroblast cells. These tests confirmed that powders do not have a cytotoxic effect. The HAp/α-TCP powders doped with the lower content of Ag{sup +} and Cu{sup 2+} showed especially good biocompatibility. Antimicrobial and biocompatibility tests recommend the Ag{sup +}- and Cu{sup 2+}-doped HAp/α-TCP as promising material for use in reconstructive surgery of bone.

  9. First-Principles Study of the Local Magnetic Moment on a N-Doped Cu2O(111)Surface

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    2011-01-01

    First-principles calculations based on density functional theory within the generalized gradient approximation are used to study on magnetism in N-doped Cu2O.It is interesting that nitrogen does not induce magnetism in bulk Cu2O,while shows a total magnetism moment of 1.0μB at the Cu2O(111)surface,which is mainly localized on the doped N atoms.The local magnetic moment at the N-doped Cu2O(111)surface can be explained in terms of the surface state.%First-principles calculations based on density functional theory within the generalized gradient approximation are used to study on magnetism in N-doped C112O. It is interesting that nitrogen does not induce magnetism in bulk Cu2O, while shows a total magnetism moment of 1.0μB at the C112O (111) surface, which is mainly localized on the doped JV atoms. The local magnetic moment at the N-doped Cu2O (111) surface can be explained in terms of the surface state.

  10. Room-temperature ferromagnetism in Mn-doped CuCrO2 nanopowders

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    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available (Cu1-xMnxCrO2 (0≤x≤6 at% and Cu(Cr1-yMnyO2 (0≤y≤6 at% nanopowders were prepared by combining solid-state reaction and ball milling.It is found that all the samples have a pure 3R-CuCrO2 delafossite structure.The lattice expansion supports the Mn entrance into the Cu and Cr sublattices,respectively,in (Cu1-xMnxCrO2 and Cu(Cr1-yMnyO2,which is further proved by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy to some degree.Room-temperature ferromagnetism is achieved in B-site Mn-doped samples,originating from the hole-mediated Cr3+-Mn3+ double-exchange interaction.The saturation magnetization of this CuMO2 delafossite (M=Cr,Mn is about an order of magnitude higher than literature values,and gradually decreases with the Mn addition due to the combined influence of the number of the M-M pairs,the M-M distances and the hole density.

  11. Characterization of Undoped and Cu-Doped ZnO Thin Films Deposited on Glass Substrates by Spray Pyrolysis

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    Metin Bedir; Mustafa (O)ztas; A. Necmeddin Yazici; E. Vural Kafadar

    2006-01-01

    @@ Undoped and copper doped zinc oxide (ZnO) thin films have been prepared on glass substrates by spray pyrolysis technique. The films were doped with copper using the direct method by addition of a copper salt (CuCl2) in the spray solution of ZnO. Variation of structural, electrical, optical and thermoluminescence (TL) properties with doping concentrations is investigated in detail.

  12. Co-doped Bi2Sr2CaCu2Ox: Anderson localization and superconductivity

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    Onellion, M.; Quitmann, C.; Ma, J.; Alméras, P.; Berger, H.; Margaritondo, G.

    1994-12-01

    Cobalt-doping of Bi2Sr2CaCu2Ox beyond a critical level of 1.5-1.7 at % produces both a large decrease in the superconducting transition critical temperature and all of the classic symptoms of Anderson localization. These include: a negative slope of the ab-plane resistivity vs temperature, no dispersing states near the Fermi level and a decrease of the photoemission signal in the same region.

  13. Effect of doping in the Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O superconductor

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    Akbar, S. A.; Wong, M. S.; Botelho, M. J.; Sung, Y. M.; Alauddin, M.; Drummer, C. E.; Fair, M. J.

    1991-01-01

    The results of the effect of doping on the superconducting transition in the Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O system are reported. Samples were prepared under identical conditions with varying types (Pb, Sb, Sn, Nb) and amounts of dopants. All samples consisted of multiple phases, and showed stable and reproducible superconducting transitions. Stabilization of the well known 110 K phase depends on both the type and amount of dopant. No trace of superconducting phase of 150 K and above was observed.

  14. Fabrication of folic acid sensor based on the Cu doped SnO2 nanoparticles modified glassy carbon electrode

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    Lavanya, N.; Radhakrishnan, S.; Sudhan, N.; Sekar, C.; Leonardi, S. G.; Cannilla, C.; Neri, G.

    2014-07-01

    A novel folic acid biosensor has been fabricated using Cu doped SnO2 nanoparticles (NPs) synthesized by a simple microwave irradiation method. Powder XRD and TEM studies confirmed that both the pure and Cu doped SnO2 (Cu: 0, 10, 20wt%) crystallized in tetragonal rutile-type structure with spherical morphology. The average crystallite size of pure SnO2 was estimated to be around 16 nm. Upon doping, the crystallite sizes decreased to 9 nm and 5 nm for 10 and 20wt% Cu doped SnO2 respectively. XPS studies confirmed the electronic state of Sn and Cu to be 4+ and 2+ respectively. Cu (20wt%) doped SnO2 NPs are proved to be a good sensing element for the determination of folic acid (FA). Cu-SnO2 NPs (20wt%) modified glassy carbon electrode (GCE) exhibited the lowest detection limit of 0.024 nM over a wide folic acid concentration range of 1.0 × 10-10 to 6.7 × 10-5 M at physiological pH of 7.0. The fabricated sensor is highly selective towards the determination of FA even in the presence of a 100 fold excess of common interferent ascorbic acid. The sensor proved to be useful for the estimation of FA content in pharmaceutical sample with satisfactory recovery.

  15. Chemical synthesis, structural, optical, magnetic characteristics and enhanced visible light active photocatalysis of Ni doped CuS nanoparticles

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    Subramanyam, K.; Sreelekha, N.; Amaranatha Reddy, D.; Murali, G.; Rahul Varma, K.; Vijayalakshmi, R. P.

    2017-03-01

    In this paper, we report systematic investigations on the effects of Ni doping on the structural, optical, magnetic and photocatalytic characteristics of CuS nanoparticles synthesized by simplistic wet chemical co-precipitation route via EDTA molecules as templates. XRD studies confirmed that accurate phase formation of synthesized nanoparticles and chemical composition were obtained by EDX. Magnetic measurements revealed that 3% Ni doped CuS nanoparticles show signs of good ferromagnetism at room temperature and transition of magnetic signs from ferromagnetic to paramagnetic nature by increasing the Ni dopant concentration in CuS host matrix. The photocatalytic degradation efficiency of the prepared pure and Ni doped CuS nanoparticles were evaluated as a function of simulated sunlight irradiation via RhB organic dye pollutant as a test molecule. Particularly, in the presence of 3% Ni doped CuS nanoparticles in pollutant solution 98.46% degradation efficiency was achieved within 60 min of sunlight irradiation; meanwhile bare CuS attained only 83.22%. Further, after five cycles 3% Ni doping CuS nanoparticles exhibit good photocatalytic stability with very negligible catalyst loss. We believe that the investigations in this study provides adaptable pathway for the synthesizing of various diluted magnetic semiconductor nanoparticles and their applications in spintronic devices as well as sunlight-driven photocatalysts intended for wastewater purification.

  16. U-Doped Y-Ba-Cu-O Melt-Processed Superconductor

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    2003-01-01

    Large grain Y-Ba-Cu-O (YBCO) superconductors doped with various amounts of deplete d uranium oxide have been fabricated by top seeded melt growth (TSMG). The effec t of depleted UO2 on the large grain microstructure has been studied systemati cally in samples with and without added Pt. Addition of uranium oxide results in the formation of U-phase particles of dimensions of a few hundred nanometers w ith an approximately spherical morphology in the superconducting YBa2Cu3O 7-δ (Y-123) phase matrix. Addition of Y2O3 to the uran ium doped precursor powder, rather than Y-211, yields a significantly finer dis tribution of second phase particles. The chemical composition of the U-phase pa rticles, found in samples with no Pt addition, has been identified as Y2Ba4C u UOy, which exhibits paramagnetic behaviour. It has been confir med experimentally that this phase forms during the peritectic solidification pr ocess. Magnetic measurements show that U-doped melt processed YBCO exhibits imp roved critical current densities and trapped fields compared to un-doped material.

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

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

    2016-06-01

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

  18. Preparation, structural, photoluminescence and magnetic studies of Cu doped ZnO nanoparticles co-doped with Ni by sol-gel method

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    Theyvaraju, D.; Muthukumaran, S.

    2015-11-01

    Zn0.96-xNi0.04CuxO nanoparticles have been synthesized by varying different Cu concentrations between 0% and 4% using simple sol-gel method. X-ray diffraction studies confirmed the hexagonal structure of the prepared samples. The formation of secondary phases, CuO (111) and Zn (101) at higher Cu content is due un-reacted Cu2+ and Zn2+ ions present in the solution which reduces the interaction between precursor ions and surfaces of ZnO. Well agglomerated and rod-like structure noticed at Cu=4% greatly de-generate and enhanced the particle size. The nominal elemental composition of Zn, Cu, Ni and O was confirmed by energy dispersive X-ray analysis. Even though energy gap was increased (blue-shift) from Cu=0-2% by quantum size effect, the s-d and p-d exchange interactions between the band electrons of ZnO and localized d electrons of Cu and Ni led to decrease (red-shift) the energy gap at Cu=4%. Presence of Zn-Ni-Cu-O bond was confirmed by Fourier transform infrared analysis. Ultraviolet emission by band to band electronic transition and defect related blue emission were discussed by photoluminescence spectra. The observed optical properties concluded that the doping of Cu in the present system is useful to tune the emission wavelength and hence acting as the important candidates for the optoelectronic device applications. Ferromagnetic ordering of Cu=2% sample was enhanced by charge carrier concentration where as the antiferromagnetic interaction between neighboring Cu-Cu ions suppressed the ferromagnetism at higher doping concentrations of Cu.

  19. Defect related microstructure, optical and photoluminescence behaviour of Ni, Cu co-doped ZnO nanoparticles by co-precipitation method

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    Anbuselvan, D.; Muthukumaran, S.

    2015-04-01

    In the present study Ni-doped ZnO and Ni, Cu-doped ZnO nanoparticles were successfully synthesized by co-precipitation method. Structural studies confirmed the dominant presence of hexagonal wurtzite ZnO phase at lower Cu concentration and CuO phase was observed at higher Cu (Cu = 5%) concentration. The existence of Cu2+ ions were dominant at Cu ⩽ 3% (responsible for lattice shrinkage) and the presence of Cu+ ions were dominant at Cu > 3% (responsible for lattice expansion). The change in UV-visible absorption and energy gap were discussed by secondary phase generation and charge carrier density. The low absorption loss and high transmittance at Cu = 3% doped samples is used as potential candidate for opto-electronic devices. The increase of green band intensity and decrease of UV band at higher Cu concentration confirmed the existence of more defect related states.

  20. Valence determination as a function of doping in $PrBa_{2} Cu_{3} O_{7}$

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    Staub, U; Wasserman, S R; Conner, A G O; Kramer, M J; Patterson, B D; Shi, M; Knapp, M P

    2000-01-01

    We present results of X-ray absorption near edge spectra (XANES), neutron powder diffraction, and resonant X-ray diffraction on samples of PrBa/sub 2/Cu/sub 3/O/sub 7- delta / and Pr/sub 1-x/Ca/sub x/Ba /sub 2/Cu/sub 3/O/sub 7/. The data are obtained as a function of the doping levels of oxygen and Ca. There are significant changes in the Pr L/sub 3/ XANES spectra with changes in oxygen or Ca concentrations, indicating that the Pr electronic properties are affected by doping. The resonant X-ray scattering experiments show that the changes observed occur on Pr ions incorporated in the PrBa /sub 2/Cu/sub 3/O/sub 7- delta / structure, and are not the result of changes to a Pr-containing impurity phase. A quantitative model, based on literature precedent, is used to extract Pr valences from the data, although the XANES cannot distinguish between models involving charge transfer and those involving hybridization. The results are compared with data obtained from Pb/sub 2/Sr/sub 2/Pr/sub 1-x/Ca/sub x/Cu/sub 3/O/sub ...

  1. Influence of Cu doping on the structural, electrical and optical properties of ZnO

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    Arindam Ghosh; Navnita Kumari; Ayon Bhattacharjee

    2015-04-01

    Pure and Cu-doped zinc oxide (ZnO) nanoparticles were prepared using a chemical method. The dopant concentration (Cu/Zn in atomic percentage (wt%)) is varied from 0 to 3 wt%. Structural characterization of the samples performed using X-ray diffraction (XRD) confirmed that all the nanoparticles of zinc oxide are having polycrystalline nature. Morphological studies were conducted using field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) to confirm the grain size and texture. Electrical measurements showed that the AC conductivity initially decreases and then rises with increasing Cu concentration. The UV–Vis studies showed absorbance peaks in the 200–800 nm region. It is found that the absorbance does not significantly change with doping. This fact is further confirmed from the band-gap calculations using the reflectance graphs. When analysed in terms of Burstein–Moss shift, an increase of band gap from 3.42 to 3.54 eV with increasing Cu concentration is observed. In the photoluminescence (PL) studies a red-shift is observed with increasing dopant concentration.

  2. ac MH loop measurements on Mn doped YBa2Cu3O7– superconductors

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    E Isaac Samuel; V Seshu Bai

    2006-06-01

    Isothermal ac MH (magnetization-field) loops for varying field amplitudes were recorded at 77 K on YBa2(Cu1–Mn)3O7– with = 0, 0.010, 0.015, 0.020, 0.025, 0.035 and 0.050, YBa2(Cu0.075Fe0.025)3O7–, YBa2(Cu0.075Ni0.025)3O7– and YBa2(Cu0.075Zn0.025)3O7– samples up to a maximum field amplitude of 80 Oe. Flat band susceptibility, ac losses and flux profiles were deduced from the ac MH loops. The undoped sample exhibited a minimum weak link ac loss and the 5.0% doped sample showed maximum weak link ac loss. Ni and Fe doped samples showed higher granular losses. cg estimated from the flux profiles decreases monotonically with increasing concentrations of Mn up to 2.5%.

  3. Effect of Cu doping on the magnetic and electrical properties of n=2 Ruddlesden-Popper manganates

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    Si Ji-Wei; Cao Qing-Qi; Gu Ben-Xi; Du You-Wei

    2005-01-01

    A series of polycrystalline Cu-doped n=2 Ruddlesden-Popper manganates La1.2Sr1.sCuxMn(2-x)O7 (x=0, 0.04,0.13) were synthesized by the solid state reaction method. The effect of Cu doping on the magnetic and transport properties has been studied. It is found that Cu substitution for Mn greatly affects the magnetic and electrical properties of the parent phase La1.2Sr1.8Mn2O7. With the increase of Cu content, the system undergoes a transition from longrange ferromagnetic order to the spin glass state and further to an antiferromagnetic order. A little of Cu dopant can lead to the samples showing semiconductor or insulator behaviour in the whole observed temperature range while the parent phase has a metal-insulator transition. These samples show colossal magnetoresistance at low temperatures and the value of it decreases with increasing Cu content.

  4. Microstructure and antibacterial properties of Cu-doped TiO2 coating on titanium by micro-arc oxidation

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    Yao, Xiaohong; Zhang, Xiangyu; Wu, Haibo; Tian, Linhai; Ma, Yong; Tang, Bin

    2014-02-01

    Infection associated with titanium implants remains the most common serious complication after surgery. In this work, Cu-doped antibacterial TiO2 coating was synthesized by micro-arc oxidation of titanium in an electrolyte bearing Cu nanoparticles. Surface morphology and structure of the coating were characterized with scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The results indicated that Cu nanoparticles were not only distributed on the surface and inside the pores but also embedded in the coating. Cu mainly exists in the Cu2+ state in the TiO2 coating. The Cu-doped coating exhibited excellent antibacterial activities against Escherichia coli (E. coli) and Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus).

  5. Structural and optical properties of Zn doped CuInS2 thin films

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    Mahdi H Suhail

    2012-11-01

    Copper indium sulphide (CIS) films were deposited by spray pyrolysis onto glass substrates from aqueous solutions of copper (II) sulphate, indium chloride and thiourea using compressed air as the carrier gas. The copper/indium molar ratio (Cu/In) in the solution 1(1:1) and the sulphur/copper ratio (S/Cu) was fixed at 4. Structural properties of these films were characterized. The effects of Zn (0–5%)molecular weight compared with CuInS2 Source and different substrate temperatures on films properties were investigated using X-ray diffraction (XRD) and optical transmission spectra. Optical characteristics of the CuInS2 films have been analysed using spectrophotometer in the wavelength range 300–1100 nm. The absorption spectra of the films showed that this compound is a direct bandgap material and gap values varied between 1.55 and 1.57 eV, depending on the substrate temperatures. Zn-doped samples have a bandgap energy of 1.55–1.95 eV. It was observed that there is an increase in optical bandgap with increasing Zn % molecular weight. The optical constants of the deposited films were obtained from the analysis of the experimentally recorded transmission and absorption spectral data. The refractive index, n and dielectric constants, 1 and 2, were also discussed and calculated as a function of investigated wavelength range and found it dependent on Zn incorporation. We found that the Zn-doped CuInS2 thin films exhibit P-type conductivity and we predict that Zn species can be considered as suitable candidates for use as doped acceptors to fabricate CuInS2-based solar cells. The paper presents a study concerning the influence of deposition parameters (temperature of the substrate and concentration of Zn (1–5)% from 0.16 M ZnCl2) on the quality of CuInS2 thin films achieved by spray pyrolysis on glass substrate from solutions containing 0.02 M CuCl2.2H2O, 0.16 M thiourea and 0.08 M In2Cl3.5H2O.

  6. Synthesis of Cu doped ZnS nanostructures on flexible substrate using low cost chemical method

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    Kumar, Nitin, E-mail: nitinmishra97@gmail.com; Purohit, L. P., E-mail: lppurohit@gmail.com [Gurukula Kangari University, Haridwar UK (India); Goswami, Y. C., E-mail: y-goswami@yahoo.com [ITM University, Turari, Gwalior, MP (India)

    2015-08-28

    Flexible electronics is one of the emerging area of this era. In this paper we have reported synthesis of Cu doped Zinc sulphide nanostructures on filter paper flexible substrates. Zinc chloride and Thio urea were used as a precursor for Zinc and Sulphur. The structures were characterized by XRD, FE-SEM and UV visible spectrometer. All the peaks identified for cubic structure of ZnS. Appearance of small Cu peaks indicates incorporation of Cu into ZnS lattice. Zns nanostructures assembled as nanobelts and nanofibers as shown in FE-SEM micrographs. Compound Structures provide the reasonable electrical conductivity on filter paper. Absorption in UV region makes them suitable for flexible electronic devices.

  7. Synthesis and characterization of Cu doped cobalt oxide nanocrystals as methane gas sensors

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    Sheikhi Mehrabadi, Z; Ahmadpour, A [Nanotechnology Research Center, Department of Chemical Engineering, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Mashhad (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Shahtahmasebi, N [Nanotechnology Research Center, Department of Physics, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Mashhad (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Bagheri Mohagheghi, M M, E-mail: m_mohagheghee@yahoo.co.uk [School of Physics, Damghan University, Damghan (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2011-07-01

    In this paper, nanoparticles of copper-cobalt compound oxide have been prepared by the sol-gel technique with different mole ratios of Cu/Co (ranging from 0.05 to 0.15) for the detection of methane gas, which is chemically a very stable hydrocarbon. The structural properties and morphology of the powders were studied by x-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). By XRD analysis, we confirm that Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} and (CuO{sub 0.3}CoO{sub 0.7}) Co{sub 2}O{sub 4} phases are formed and mean grain size is decreased with increasing Cu doping (from 28 to 24 nm). On the basis of TEM images, it is found that these particles possess a cubic structure with nearly uniform distribution. Also, gas-sensing measurements reveal that the optimal operating temperature is 300 {sup 0}C, that the use of Cu as a dopant improved the sensing properties of cobalt oxide and that the sensitivity increased considerably with Cu concentration. The best sensitivity properties of nanosensors have been found at the mole ratios of Cu/Co of 0.125 and 0.15.

  8. Photocatalytic degradation of humic substances in aqueous solution using Cu-doped ZnO nanoparticles under natural sunlight irradiation.

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    Maleki, Afshin; Safari, Mahdi; Shahmoradi, Behzad; Zandsalimi, Yahya; Daraei, Hiua; Gharibi, Fardin

    2015-11-01

    In this study, Cu-doped ZnO nanoparticles were investigated as an efficient synthesized catalyst for photodegradation of humic substances in aqueous solution under natural sunlight irradiation. Cu-doped ZnO nanocatalyst was prepared through mild hydrothermal method and was characterized using FT-IR, powder XRD and SEM techniques. The effect of operating parameters such as doping ratio, initial pH, catalyst dosage, initial concentrations of humic substances and sunlight illuminance were studied on humic substances degradation efficiency. The results of characterization analyses of samples confirmed the proper synthesis of Cu-doped ZnO nanocatalyst. The experimental results indicated the highest degradation efficiency of HS (99.2%) observed using 1.5% Cu-doped ZnO nanoparticles at reaction time of 120 min. Photocatalytic degradation efficiency of HS in a neutral and acidic pH was much higher than that at alkaline pH. Photocatalytic degradation of HS was enhanced with increasing the catalyst dosage and sunlight illuminance, while increasing the initial HS concentration led to decrease in the degradation efficiency of HS. Conclusively, Cu-doped ZnO nanoparticles can be used as a promising and efficient catalyst for degradation of HS under natural sunlight irradiation.

  9. Structural and Photoelectrochemical Properties of Cu-Doped CdS Thin Films Prepared by Ultrasonic Spray Pyrolysis

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    Rui Xie

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Cu-doped CdS thin films of variable doping levels have been deposited on indium tin oxide-coated glass substrate by simple and cost-effective ultrasonic spray pyrolysis. The influences of doping concentration and annealing treatment on the structure and photoelectrochemical properties of the films were investigated. The deposited films were characterized by XRD, SEM, and UV-Vis spectra. Moreover, the films were investigated by electrochemical and photoelectrochemical measurements with regard to splitting water for solar energy conversion. The results showed that the Cu impurity can cause a structural change and red shift of absorption edge. It was found that the photocurrent can be improved by the Cu-doping process for the unannealed films under the weak illumination. The unannealed 5 at.% Cu-doped sample obtained the maximum IPCE, which achieved about 45% at 0.3 V versus SCE potential under 420 nm wavelength photoirradiation. In addition, the p-type CdS was formed with a doping of 4 at.%~10 at.% Cu after 450°C 2 h annealed in vacuum.

  10. Spectral features and antibacterial properties of Cu-doped ZnO nanoparticles prepared by sol-gel method

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    Alireza Samavati; A F Ismail; Hadi Nur; Z Othaman; M K Mustafa

    2016-01-01

    Zn1−x Cux O (x=0.00, 0.01, 0.03, and 0.05) nanoparticles are synthesized via the sol-gel technique using gelatin and nitrate precursors. The impact of copper concentration on the structural, optical, and antibacterial properties of these nanoparticles is demonstrated. Powder x-ray diffraction investigations have illustrated the organized Cu doping into ZnO nanoparticles up to Cu concentration of 5% (x=0.05). However, the peak corresponding to CuO for x=0.01 is not distinguishable. The images of field emission scanning electron microscopy demonstrate the existence of a nearly spherical shape with a size in the range of 30–52 nm. Doping Cu creates the Cu–O–Zn on the surface and results in a decrease in the crystallite size. Photoluminescence and absorption spectra display that doping Cu causes an increment in the energy band gap. The antibacterial activities of the nanoparticles are examined against Escherichia coli (Gram negative bacteria) cultures using optical density at 600 nm and a comparison of the size of inhibition zone diameter. It is found that both pure and doped ZnO nanoparticles indicate appropriate antibacterial activity which rises with Cu doping.

  11. Chemical Trend of Superconducting Critical Temperatures in Hole-Doped CuBO2, CuAlO2, CuGaO2, and CuInO2

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    Nakanishi, Akitaka; Katayama-Yoshida, Hiroshi; Ishikawa, Takahiro; Shimizu, Katsuya

    2016-09-01

    We calculated the superconducting critical temperature (Tc) for hole-doped CuXO2 (X = B, Al, Ga, and In) compounds using first-principles calculations based on rigid band model. The compounds with X = Al, Ga, and In have delafosite-type structures and take maximum Tc values at 0.2-0.3 with respect to the number of holes (Nh) in the unit-cell: 50 K for CuAlO2, 10 K for CuGaO2, and 1 K for CuInO2. The decrease of Tc for this change in X is involved by covalency reduction and lattice softening associated with the increase of ionic mass and radius. For CuBO2 which is a lighter compound than CuAlO2, the delafosite structure is unstable and a body-centered tetragonal structure emerges as the most stable structure. As the results, the electron-phonon interaction is decreased and Tc is lower by approximately 43 K than that of CuAlO2 at the hole-doping conditions of Nh = 0.2-0.3.

  12. Synthesis and characterization of Cu{sup 2+} doped ZnS nanoparticles using TOPO and SHMP as capping agents

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    Kuppayee, M.; Vanathi Nachiyar, G.K. [Department of Physics, Sri Sarada College for Women, Salem, Tamilnadu (India); Ramasamy, V., E-mail: srsaranram@rediffmail.com [Department of Physics, Annamalai University, Annamalai Nagar, Chidambaram, Tamilnadu 608002 (India)

    2011-05-15

    Undoped and Cu{sup 2+} doped (0.2-0.8%) ZnS nanoparticles have been synthesized through chemical precipitation method. Tri-n-octylphosphine oxide (TOPO) and sodium hexametaphosphate (SHMP) were used as capping agents. The synthesized nanoparticles have been analyzed using X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscope (TEM), Fourier transform infrared spectrometer (FT-IR), UV-vis spectrometer, photoluminescence (PL) and thermo gravimetric-differential scanning calorimetry (TG-DTA) analysis. The size of the particles is found to be 4-6 nm range. Photoluminescence spectra were recorded for ZnS:Cu{sup 2+} under the excitation wavelength of 320 nm. The prepared Cu{sup 2+}-doped sample shows efficient PL emission in 470-525 nm region. The capped ZnS:Cu emission intensity is enhanced than the uncapped particles. The doping ions were identified by electron spin resonance (ESR) spectrometer. The phase changes were observed in different temperatures.

  13. Tuning the near-gap electronic structure of Cu2O by anion-cation co-doping for enhanced solar energy conversion

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    Si, Yuan; Yang, Hao-Ming; Wu, Hong-Yu; Huang, Wei-Qing; Yang, Ke; Peng, Ping; Huang, Gui-Fang

    2017-01-01

    Doping is an effective strategy to tune the electronic properties of semiconductors, but some side effects caused by mono-doping degrade the specific performance of matrixes. As a model system to minimize photoproduced electron-hole pairs recombination by anion-cation co-doping, we investigate the electronic structures and optical properties of (Fe+N) co-doped Cu2O using the first-principles calculations. Compared to the case of mono-doping, the FeCuNO (a Fe (N) atom substituting a Cu (O) atom) co-doping reduces the energy cost of doping as a consequence of the charge compensation between the iron and nitrogen impurities, which eliminates the isolated levels (induced by mono-dopant) in the band gap. Interestingly, it is found that the contributions of different host atoms (Cu and O) away from anion (N) and cation (Fe) dopants to the variation of near band gap electronic structure of the co-doped Cu2O are different. Moreover, co-doping reduces the band gap and increases the visible-light absorption of Cu2O. Both band gap reduction and low recombination rate are critical elements for efficient light-to-current conversion in co-doped semiconductor photocatalysts. These findings raise the prospect of using co-doped Cu2O with specifically engineered electronic properties in a variety of solar applications.

  14. Structural, optical, dielectric and antibacterial studies of Mn doped Zn0.96Cu0.04O nanoparticles.

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    Sangeetha, R; Muthukumaran, S; Ashokkumar, M

    2015-06-05

    Zn(0.96-x)Cu0.04Mn(x)O (0⩽x⩽0.04) nanoparticles were synthesized by sol-gel method. The X-ray diffraction pattern indicated that doping of Mn and Cu did not change the ZnO hexagonal wurtzite structure. The Mn doped nanoparticles had smaller average crystallite size than un-doped Zn0.96Cu0.04O nanoparticles due to the distortion in the host ZnO lattice. This distortion prevented the subsequent growth and hence the size reduced by Mn doping. The changes in lattice parameters, average crystallite size, peak position and peak intensity confirmed the Mn substitution in Zn-Cu-O lattice. The Mn and Cu co-doping increased the charge carrier density in ZnO nanoparticles which led to increase the dielectric constant. The dielectric constant also varied by depend the size of the nanoparticles. The change in morphology by Mn-doping was studied by transmission electron microscope. The optical absorption and band gap were changed with respect to both compositional and size effects. The band gap was initially increased from 3.65 to 3.73 eV at 1% of Mn doping, while decreasing trend in band gap was noticed for further increase of Mn. The band gap was decreased from 3.73 to 3.48 eV when Mn concentration was increased from 2% to 4%. Presence of chemical bonding and purity of the nanoparticles were confirmed by FTIR spectra. The antibacterial study revealed that that the antibacterial activity of Zn0.96Cu0.04O is enhanced by Mn doping.

  15. Quantum Dots Sensitized Solar Cell: Effect of CdSe Nanoparticles Purification Procedure of QD Sensitized Photoanodes

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    Yaacob, K. A.; Ishak, M. N.; Alias, N. N.

    2013-04-01

    In this research the effect of purification of CdSe nanoparticles for application in quantum dots sensitized solar cells (QDSSC) photoanodes are studied. The CdSe nanoparticles are attached to the titanium dioxide surface using a linker based approached (CdSe nanoparticles disperse in toluene) and direct mode attachment (CdSe re-disperse in dichloromethane (DCM)). Colloidal CdSe nanoparticles with estimated size of 3.0 nm were synthesized by hot injection method in trioctylphosphine oxide (TOPO) as stabilizing solvent. Prior to the sensitization, the CdSe nanoparticles were purified using a common purification step involving the alternate cycles of precipitation / redispersion in non-polar solvent and polar solvent. With increasing the number of purification, the concentrations of CdSe nanoparticles attached to the titanium dioxide were also increased; from 2.47 × 1015 dots/cc for 3 × wash CdSe nanoparticles to 3.70 × 1015 dots/cc for 4 × wash CdSe nanoparticles. Polysulfide electrolyte and Cu2S counterelectrodes were used to assemble a complete QDSSC. The highest efficiency of 0.05% was obtained from 4 × wash CdSe nanoparticles; Voc = 0.2V, Jsc = 0.34 mA/cm2 and FF = 0.07).

  16. Enhanced catalytic properties of Pt-based electrode by doped Cu and Ce

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    Yue, Dehuai; Yang, Bin

    2017-08-01

    Novel PtCuCeO x composite membrane electrode materials were fabricated on the surface of graphite fibrous cloth by ion beam sputtering (IBS). The cyclic voltammetry (CV) and linear sweep voltammetry (LSV) were used to analyze the influence of doped Cu and Ce on the membrane electrocatalysis performance in a tri-electrode system. The phase composition, surface structure, interfacial structure and catalytic performance of PtCuCeO x membrane were studied by x-ray diffraction (XRD) and high resolution transmission electron microscope (HR-TEM&STEM). The results indicate that surface particles of membrane electrode are made up of PtCu alloy grains and a few CeO x grains, and the interface structure of oxide metal is formed between them. The crystal plane spacing between PtCu alloy grain is reduced by about 1.11% after the corrosion, which helps increase the electron density on Pt atom. As a result, the catalysis capability of PtCu alloy is enhanced. When the content of Ce is less than or equal to 0.28 wt.%, CeO x exists in the form of amorphous. It is exciting to demonstrate that the existence of CeO x enhances the dispersion of PtCuCeO x catalyst particles. The experimental results reveal that the synthesized material possesses the best electrochemical activity surface area (ESA) and exchange current density (i 0). Compared to pure Pt catalyst, this PtCuCeO x catalyst contains much less Pt content (only 42% of Pt catalyst). However, the electrochemical performance is enhanced by 71.8% compared with pure Pt.

  17. Development of CdSe thin films for application in electronic devices

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    Olusola, O. I.; O. K. Echendu; Dharmadasa, I

    2015-01-01

    Thin films of cadmium selenide (CdSe) have been deposited on fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO)-coated glass using potentiostatic electrodeposition method. The suitable range of deposition potentials for the formation of stoichiometric layer of CdSe was established using cyclic voltammograms. The films have been characterised using X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman spectroscopy, optical absorption, scanning electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy and photo-electrochemical (PEC) cell techniques....

  18. Cu-doped CdS and its application in CdTe thin film solar cell

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    Deng, Yi; Yang, Jun; Yang, Ruilong; Shen, Kai; Wang, Dezhao; Wang, Deliang

    2016-01-01

    Cu is widely used in the back contact formation of CdTe thin film solar cells. However, Cu is easily to diffuse from the back contact into the CdTe absorber layer and even to the cell junction interface CdS/CdTe. This phenomenon is generally believed to be the main factor affecting the CdTe solar cell stability. In this study Cu was intentionally doped in CdS thin film to study its effect on the microstructural, optical and electrical properties of the CdS material. Upon Cu doping, the VCd- and the surface-state-related photoluminescence emissions were dramatically decreased/quenched. The presence of Cu atom hindered the recrystallization/coalescence of the nano-sized grains in the as-deposited CdS film during the air and the CdCl2 annealing. CdTe thin film solar cell fabricated with Cu-doped CdS window layers demonstrated much decreased fill factor, which was induced by the increased space-charge recombination near the p-n junction and the worsened junction crystalline quality. Temperature dependent current-voltage curve measurement indicated that the doped Cu in the CdS window layer was not stable at both room and higher temperatures.

  19. Cu-doped CdS and its application in CdTe thin film solar cell

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    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Cu is widely used in the back contact formation of CdTe thin film solar cells. However, Cu is easily to diffuse from the back contact into the CdTe absorber layer and even to the cell junction interface CdS/CdTe. This phenomenon is generally believed to be the main factor affecting the CdTe solar cell stability. In this study Cu was intentionally doped in CdS thin film to study its effect on the microstructural, optical and electrical properties of the CdS material. Upon Cu doping, the VCd− and the surface-state-related photoluminescence emissions were dramatically decreased/quenched. The presence of Cu atom hindered the recrystallization/coalescence of the nano-sized grains in the as-deposited CdS film during the air and the CdCl2 annealing. CdTe thin film solar cell fabricated with Cu-doped CdS window layers demonstrated much decreased fill factor, which was induced by the increased space-charge recombination near the p-n junction and the worsened junction crystalline quality. Temperature dependent current-voltage curve measurement indicated that the doped Cu in the CdS window layer was not stable at both room and higher temperatures.

  20. Cu-doped CdS and its application in CdTe thin film solar cell

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    Deng, Yi [School of Automation, Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan, Hubei 430070 (China); College of Electronic and Information Engineering, Hankou University, Wuhan, Hubei 430212 (China); Yang, Jun; Yang, Ruilong; Shen, Kai; Wang, Dezhao [Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Sciences at the Microscale, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui 230026 (China); Wang, Deliang, E-mail: eedewang@ustc.edu.cn [Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Sciences at the Microscale, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui 230026 (China); Key Laboratory of Materials for Energy Conversion, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui 230026 (China)

    2016-01-15

    Cu is widely used in the back contact formation of CdTe thin film solar cells. However, Cu is easily to diffuse from the back contact into the CdTe absorber layer and even to the cell junction interface CdS/CdTe. This phenomenon is generally believed to be the main factor affecting the CdTe solar cell stability. In this study Cu was intentionally doped in CdS thin film to study its effect on the microstructural, optical and electrical properties of the CdS material. Upon Cu doping, the V{sub Cd{sup −}} and the surface-state-related photoluminescence emissions were dramatically decreased/quenched. The presence of Cu atom hindered the recrystallization/coalescence of the nano-sized grains in the as-deposited CdS film during the air and the CdCl{sub 2} annealing. CdTe thin film solar cell fabricated with Cu-doped CdS window layers demonstrated much decreased fill factor, which was induced by the increased space-charge recombination near the p-n junction and the worsened junction crystalline quality. Temperature dependent current-voltage curve measurement indicated that the doped Cu in the CdS window layer was not stable at both room and higher temperatures.

  1. Shape-controlled synthesis of Sn-doped CuO nanoparticles for catalytic degradation of Rhodamine B.

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    Vomáčka, Petr; Štengl, Václav; Henych, Jiří; Kormunda, Martin

    2016-11-01

    The uniform Sn-doped CuO nanoparticles were synthesized by a simple solution method at a low temperature. The prepared samples were investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), electron microscopy techniques (HRSEM, HRTEM, SAED, STEM and EDS elemental mapping), atomic force microscopy (AFM), UV/Vis spectroscopy, nitrogen physisorption (BET) and by evaluation of the catalytic activity on the degradation of Rhodamine B. The tin doping had a considerable influence on the morphology of CuO. The gradual narrowing of the particles morphology in the crystallographic [010] direction was observed with increasing the dopant concentration. The plate-like, rectangularsquare and rod-like CuO nanoparticles were obtained. The mechanism of a crystal growth of CuO associated with doping is proposed. The tin doping also affected the structural and optical properties of CuO. Increasing the amount of a dopant led to a red-shift of a band gap from 1.33 to 1.18eV. The incorporation of tin into the structure of copper oxide was confirmed by XRD and distribution of tin mapped by EDS analysis. The good catalytic properties of the as-prepared doped material were demonstrated by the enhanced catalytic removal of Rhodamine B in the presence of H2O2. The undoped CuO nanosheets reached only 24% efficiency in the removal of Rhodamine B within two hours. The best result exhibited CuO_050Sn sample containing 4at.% of tin and the degradation of Rhodamine B reached 99% within the same time. We have demonstrated a simple, scalable process for the preparation of catalytically very active Sn-doped CuO nanoparticles with varying properties.

  2. Synthesis, structure, magnetic, electrical and electrochemical properties of Al, Cu and Mg doped MnO{sub 2}

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    Hashem, Ahmed M., E-mail: ahmedh242@yahoo.com [National Research Centre, Inorganic Chemistry Department, Behoes St., Dokki, Cairo (Egypt); Institute for Complex Materials, IFW Dresden, Helmholtzstr. 20, D-01069 Dresden (Germany); Abuzeid, Hanaa M. [National Research Centre, Inorganic Chemistry Department, Behoes St., Dokki, Cairo (Egypt); Narayanan, N. [Institute for Complex Materials, IFW Dresden, Helmholtzstr. 20, D-01069 Dresden (Germany); Ehrenberg, Helmut [Institute for Complex Materials, IFW Dresden, Helmholtzstr. 20, D-01069 Dresden (Germany); Materials Science, Technische Universitaet Darmstadt, Petersenstr. 23, D-64287 Darmstadt (Germany); Julien, C.M. [Universite Pierre et Marie Curie, Physicochimie des Electrolytes, Colloides et Sciences Analytiques (PECSA), 4 place Jussieu, 75005 Paris (France)

    2011-10-17

    Highlights: {yields} Al, Mg and Cu doped MnO{sub 2} as cathode in Li-ion batteries. {yields} Pure phase MnO{sub 2} for virgin and doped MnO{sub 2} were obtained. {yields} Doping elements improve the electrical conductivity of MnO{sub 2}. {yields} Electrochemical behaviour of MnO{sub 2} improved after doping by Al, Mg and Cu. - Abstract: Pure and doped manganese dioxides were prepared by wet-chemical method using fumaric acid and potassium permanganate as raw materials. X-ray diffraction patterns show that pure and Al, Cu and Mg doped manganese dioxides (d-MnO{sub 2}) crystallized in the cryptomelane-MnO{sub 2} structure. Thermal analysis show that, with the assistance of potassium ions inside the 2 x 2 tunnel, the presence of Al, Cu and Mg doping elements increases the thermal stability of d-MnO{sub 2}. The electrical conductivity of d-MnO{sub 2} increases in comparison with pure MnO{sub 2}, while Al-doped MnO{sub 2} exhibits the lower resistivity. As shown in the magnetic measurements, the value of the experimental effective magnetic moment of Mn ions decreases with introduction of dopants, which is attributed to the presence of a mixed valency of high-spin state Mn{sup 4+}/Mn{sup 3+}. Doped MnO{sub 2} materials show good capacity retention in comparison with virgin MnO{sub 2}. Al-doped MnO{sub 2} shows the best electrochemical results in terms of capacity retention and recharge efficiency.

  3. Local structure and magnetization of ferromagnetic Cu-doped ZnO films: No magnetism at the dopant?

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    Vachhani, P.S., E-mail: prashjdg@gmail.com [School of Physics, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad 500 046 (India); Department of Physics, University of Trento, 38123 Povo, Trento (Italy); Šipr, O. [Institute of Physics AS CR v. v. i., Cukrovarnická 10, Prague (Czech Republic); Bhatnagar, A.K. [School of Physics, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad 500 046 (India); School of Engineering Sciences & Technology, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad 500 046 (India); Ramamoorthy, R.K. [Department of Physics, University of Trento, 38123 Povo, Trento (Italy); School of Engineering Sciences & Technology, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad 500 046 (India); Choudhary, R.J.; Phase, D.M. [UGC-DAE Consortium for Scientific Research, Khandwa Road, Indore 452 017 (India); Dalba, G. [Department of Physics, University of Trento, 38123 Povo, Trento (Italy); Kuzmin, A. [Institute of Solid State Physics, University of Latvia, LV-1063 Riga (Latvia); Rocca, F. [IFN-CNR, Institute for Photonics and Nanotechnologies, Unit “FBK-Photonics” of Trento, 38123 Povo, Trento (Italy)

    2016-09-05

    Relationship between magnetism and structure of Cu-doped ZnO was investigated at macroscopic and microscopic levels. Thin Zn{sub 1−x}Cu{sub x}O films (x = 0.02, 0.04, 0.07 and 0.10) were prepared by a pulsed laser deposition and characterized via superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) magnetometry, high-resolution x-ray diffraction, and Cu K-edge and Zn K-edge x-ray absorption, x-ray linear dichroism and x-ray circular magnetic dichroism spectroscopy. Even though the samples exhibit room-temperature ferromagnetism with magnetization that increases with Cu concentration, we did not detect signatures of local magnetic moments associated with Cu atoms, as evidenced by the lack of any XMCD signal. The host ZnO wurtzite lattice is not significantly altered by the addition of Cu. At the same time, most of the Cu atoms are not incorporated into the wurtzite lattice but rather have a CuO-like coordination. These results indicate that ferromagnetism of the investigated Zn{sub 1−x}Cu{sub x}O films is not directly linked to the doping atoms but rather is due to some other changes which have been introduced to the host ZnO by the dopants. - Highlights: • Ferromagnetic Cu doped ZnO films have been prepared. • Magnetic moments are not actually associated with Cu atoms. • Observed ferromagnetism can be devoted to doping induced yet unspecified changes.

  4. Interlayer magnetotransport study in electron-doped Sm2-CeCuO4-

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    Takasada Shibauchi; Tsuyoshi Kawakami; Yuhki Terao; Minoru Suzuki; Lia Krusin-Elbaum

    2006-01-01

    Vortex and pseudogap states in electron-doped Sm2-CeCuO4- ( ∼ 0.14) are investigated by the interlayer transport in magnetic fields up to 45 T. To extract intrinsic properties, we fabricated small 30 nm-high mesa structures, sufficiently thin to be free of the recently reported partial decomposition problems. On cooling, the -axis resistivity ρc of the mesa structures reveals a semiconductive upturn above c, followed by a sharp superconducting transition at 20 K. When the magnetic field is applied along the -axis, ρc() shows a parallel shift without significant broadening, as also observed in the hole-doped underdoped cuprates. Above the transition we observe negative magnetoresistance (MR), which can be attributed to the field suppression of the pseudogap, whose magnitude is as small as 38 K. Our results in the ∼ 0.14 samples closely correspond to the interlayer transport behavior in the `overdoped' regime of hole-doped Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+.

  5. The design of Cu-doped ZnO thermoelectric module (simulation study)

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    Hadi, Syamsul; Suratwan, Agus; Kurniawan, Agus; Budiana, Eko Prasetya; Suyitno

    2016-03-01

    The p-type semiconductor of Cu-doped ZnO-based thermoelectric material has already been synthesized and studied as an energy harvester. The next challenge is manufacturing the thermoelectric module in the development of thermoelectric as an eco-friendly material in the future. This research aims to investigate the effect of thermoelectric geometric design on the electrical output power and voltage and to recommend the most appropriate thermoelectric geometric design. The design of thermoelectric generator (TEG) includes the determinations of dimension (width, length, and height), number of modules, and semiconductor materials. The simulation used the coupled-field analysis of ANSYS APDL 14.5 in the steady state condition. The p- and n- type thermoelectric material used Cu-doped ZnO and Al-doped ZnO, respectively. The width of element and the number of thermoelectric module were varied to obtain a thermoelectric design, which produces the largest current, power, and voltage. The result of research shows that the t hermoelectric generator with the element widths of 0.94 mm, 1.125 mm, 1.05 mm, and 1.2 mm generates the largest power output and voltage, namely: 0.32 W and 0.89 V, 0.38 W and 0.98 V, 0.45 W and 1.06 V, and 0.52 W and 1.13 V, respectively.

  6. Characterization of transparent superconductivity Fe-doped CuCrO2 delafossite oxide

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    Taddee, Chutirat; Kamwanna, Teerasak; Amornkitbamrung, Vittaya

    2016-09-01

    Delafossite CuCr1-xFexO2 (0.0 ≤ x ≤ 0.15) semiconductors were synthesized using a self-combustion urea nitrate process. The effects of Fe concentration on its microstructural, optical, magnetic, and electrical properties were investigated. X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis results revealed the delafossite structure in all the samples. The lattice spacing of CuCr1-xFexO2 slightly increased with increasing substitution of Fe at the Cr sites. The optical properties measured at room temperature using UV-visible spectroscopy showed a weak absorbability in the visible light and near IR regions. The corresponding direct optical band gap was about 3.61 eV, exhibiting transparency in the visible region. The magnetic hysteresis loop measurements showed that the Fe-doped CuCrO2 samples exhibited ferromagnetic behavior at room temperature. This indicated that the substitution of Fe3+ for Cr3+ produced a mixed effect on the magnetic properties of CuCrO2 delafossite oxide. The temperature dependent resistivity measurements clearly revealed the presence of superconductivity in the CuCr1-xFexO2 with a superconducting transition up to 118 K.

  7. Structural, thermal and optical properties of Cu$^{2+}$ doped methacrylic acid–ethyl acrylate (MAA:EA) copolymer films

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    Y MADHAVA KUMAR; N O GOPAL; Ch RAMU; S BABU; J LAKSHMANA RAO; H NAGABHUSHANA; S C SHARMA

    2017-09-01

    Pure and Cu$^{2+}$ doped methacrylic acid–ethyl acrylate (MAA:EA) copolymer films were prepared using thesolution cast technique. The amorphous feature of the copolymer was depicted using X-ray diffraction scans and degreeof crystallinity was found to vary with increasing doping content. UV–Vis absorption spectra in the wavelength region200–900 nm were used to evaluate the optical properties like direct band gap, indirect band gap and absorption edge. Theoptical band gap decreased with the increase of mol% of Cu$^{2+}$ ions. Fourier transform infrared spectral studies on pureMAA:EA and Cu$^{2+}$ ions-doped films revealed the vibrational changes that occurred due to the effect of dopant salt inthe copolymer. Thermal properties of these films were investigated by employing differential scanning calorimetry andthermogravimetric analysis. The variation in film morphology was examined by scanning electron microscopy. Electronparamagnetic resonance (EPR) spectra of all the doped samples exhibited signals due to Cu2+ ions with the effective$g$-values $g_{\\parallel} = 2.177$ and $g_{\\perp} = 2.058$. The observed variation in the EPR signal intensity is due to the isolated and aggregated copper ions. The photoluminescence spectra of Cu$^{2+}$ ions-doped MAA:EA copolymer exhibited four emissionpeaks at 480 (blue), 579 (yellow), 604 (red) and 671nm (red).

  8. Growth of Zn doped Cu(In, Ga)Se 2 thin films by RF sputtering for solar cell applications

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    Li, Z. Q.; Liu, Q. Q.; Li, J. J.; Sun, Z.; Chen, Y. W.; Yang, Z.; Huang, S. M.

    2012-02-01

    Cu(In, Ga)Se 2 (CIGS) surface was modified with Zn doping using a magnetron sputtering method. CuInGa:Zn precursor films targeting a CuIn 0.7Ga 0.3Se 2 stoichiometry with increasing Zn content from 0 to 0.8 at% were prepared onto Mo-coated glass substrates via co-sputtering of Cu-Ga alloy, In and Zn targets. The CuInGa:Zn precursors were then selenized with solid Se pellets. The structures and morphologies of grown Zn doped CIGS films were found to depend on the Zn content. At zinc doping level ranging between 0.2 and 0.6 at%, the Zn doping improved the crystallinity and surface morphology of CIGS films. Compared with the performance of the non-doped CIGS cell, the fabricated CIGS solar cell displayed a relative efficiency enhancement of 9-22% and the maximum enhancement was obtained at a Zn content of 0.4 at%.

  9. Optical, phonon and efficient visible and infrared photocatalytic activity of Cu doped ZnS micro crystals

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    Prasad, Neena; Balasubramanian, Karthikeyan

    2017-02-01

    We report, the enhanced photocatalytic behaviour of Cu doped ZnS micro crystals. ZnS and different concentrations of Cu doped ZnS microcrystals were prepared. X-ray diffraction confirms the crystalline and phase of the particles. Morphology and sizes were studied using Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM). Recorded optical absorption spectra show a band for around 365 nm for pure ZnS, but there is a broad band in the near infrared regime for the Cu-doped ZnS microcrystals which are attributed to the d-d transitions of Cu2 + ions. Phonon properties of as-prepared samples were investigated using Raman spectroscopy. Present work we investigate the potential of ZnS and Cu doped ZnS as a photocatalyst. For this from the degradation of methylene blue dye in aqueous media the photocatalytic activity of pure and highest doped ZnS samples with the irradiation of white light and infrared, enhanced photocatalytic activity were observed. Mechanism of white light an IR light based photocatalytic activity is explained based on the electron-hole pair production.

  10. Characterization of transparent superconductivity Fe-doped CuCrO{sub 2} delafossite oxide

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    Taddee, Chutirat [Materials Science and Nanotechnology Program, Faculty of Science, Khon Kaen University, Khon Kaen 40002 (Thailand); Kamwanna, Teerasak, E-mail: teekam@kku.ac.th [Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Khon Kaen University, Khon Kaen 40002 (Thailand); Nanotec-KKU Center of Excellence on Advanced Nanomaterials for Energy Production and Storage, Khon Kaen 40002 (Thailand); Integrated Nanotechnology Research Center (INRC), Khon Kaen University, Khon Kaen 40002 (Thailand); Amornkitbamrung, Vittaya [Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Khon Kaen University, Khon Kaen 40002 (Thailand); Nanotec-KKU Center of Excellence on Advanced Nanomaterials for Energy Production and Storage, Khon Kaen 40002 (Thailand); Integrated Nanotechnology Research Center (INRC), Khon Kaen University, Khon Kaen 40002 (Thailand)

    2016-09-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Effect of Fe substitution on the physical properties in CuCrO{sub 2} is studied. • The substitution of Cr{sup 3+} by Fe{sup 3+} produces a mixed effect on the magnetic properties. • CuCr{sub 1−x}Fe{sub x}O{sub 2} delafossite oxides show transparent superconductivity. - Abstract: Delafossite CuCr{sub 1−x}Fe{sub x}O{sub 2} (0.0 ≤ x ≤ 0.15) semiconductors were synthesized using a self-combustion urea nitrate process. The effects of Fe concentration on its microstructural, optical, magnetic, and electrical properties were investigated. X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis results revealed the delafossite structure in all the samples. The lattice spacing of CuCr{sub 1−x}Fe{sub x}O{sub 2} slightly increased with increasing substitution of Fe at the Cr sites. The optical properties measured at room temperature using UV–visible spectroscopy showed a weak absorbability in the visible light and near IR regions. The corresponding direct optical band gap was about 3.61 eV, exhibiting transparency in the visible region. The magnetic hysteresis loop measurements showed that the Fe-doped CuCrO{sub 2} samples exhibited ferromagnetic behavior at room temperature. This indicated that the substitution of Fe{sup 3+} for Cr{sup 3+} produced a mixed effect on the magnetic properties of CuCrO{sub 2} delafossite oxide. The temperature dependent resistivity measurements clearly revealed the presence of superconductivity in the CuCr{sub 1−x}Fe{sub x}O{sub 2} with a superconducting transition up to 118 K.

  11. Facile hydrothermal preparation of recyclable S-doped graphene sponge for Cu2+ adsorption.

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    Zhao, Lianqin; Yu, Baowei; Xue, Fumin; Xie, Jingru; Zhang, Xiaoliang; Wu, Ruihan; Wang, Ruijue; Hu, Zhiyan; Yang, Sheng-Tao; Luo, Jianbin

    2015-04-09

    Graphene sponge (GS) has been widely employed for water purification, but adsorption capacity loss frequently occurs during the formation of spongy structure. In this study, we reported the hydrothermal preparation of S-doped GS for the removal of Cu(2+) with a huge adsorption capacity of 228 mg/g, 40 times higher than that of active carbon. The adsorption isotherm could be well fitted into the Freundlich model with a KF value of 36.309(L/mg)(1/n). The equilibrium adsorption could be fully achieved in the first 5 min. In the thermodynamics study, the negative ΔG indicated that the adsorption was spontaneous and physisorption in nature. The positive ΔH implied that the adsorption was endothermic. The changes of both pH and ionic strength had no apparent influence on the adsorption. S-doped GS could be easily regenerated by washing with acidic thiourea. Moreover, S-doped GS could be used for the adsorption of other heavy metal ions, too. The implication to the applications of S-doped GS in water treatment is discussed. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  12. Meso-macroporous Fe-doped Cu O: Synthesis, characterization, and structurally enhanced adsorption and visible-light photocatalytic activity

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    朱剑飞; 肖奇

    2015-01-01

    The meso-macroporous Fe-doped Cu O was prepared by a simple hydrothermal method combined with post-annealing. The samples were characterized by X-ray powder diffraction(XRD), scanning electron microscopy(SEM), Brunauer-Emmett-Teller N2 adsorption-desorption analyses and UV-vis diffuses reflectance spectroscopy. The Fe-doped Cu O sample shows higher adsorption capacity and photocatalytic activity for xanthate degradation than pure Cu O under visible light irradiation. In addition, the adsorption process is found to fit Langmuir isotherms and pseudo-second-order kinetics. The the first order kinetic Langmuir Hinshelwood model was used to study the reaction kinetics of photocatalytic degradation, and the apparent rate constant( k) was calculated. The value of k for Fe-doped Cu O is 1.5 times that of pure Cu O. The higher photocatalytic activity of Fe-doped Cu O is attributed to higher specific surface area together with stronger visible light absorption.

  13. Photoluminescence of Cu-doped CdTe and related stability issues in CdS/CdTe solar cells

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    Grecu, D. [University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio 43606-3390 (United States); Compaan, A. D. [University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio 43606-3390 (United States); Young, D. [National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, Colorado 80401 (United States); Jayamaha, U. [First Solar LLC., Perrysburg, Ohio 43551 (United States); Rose, D. H. [First Solar LLC., Perrysburg, Ohio 43551 (United States)

    2000-09-01

    We explore Cu electronic states in CdTe using photoluminescence as the main investigative method. Our results are consistent with some Cu atoms occupying substitutional positions on the Cd sublattice and with others forming Frenkel pairs of the type Cu{sub i}{sup +}-V{sub Cd}{sup -} involving an interstitial Cu and a Cd vacancy. In addition, we find that Cu-doped CdTe samples exhibit a significant ''aging'' behavior, attributable to the instability of Cu acceptor states as verified by our Hall measurements. The aging appears to be reversible by a 150-200 degree sign C anneal. Our results are used to explain efficiency degradation of some CdTe solar-cell devices which use Cu for the formation of a backcontact. (c) 2000 American Institute of Physics.

  14. Influence of gamma-ray irradiation on Faraday effect of Cu-doped germano-silicate optical fiber

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    Kim, Youngwoong; Ju, Seongmin; Jeong, Seongmook; Jang, Myoung-Jin [Department of Physics and Photon Science, School of Information and Communications, Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology, 261 Cheomdan-gwagiro, Buk-Gu, Gwangju 500-712 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Jong-Yeol; Lee, Nam-Ho; Jung, Hyun-Kyu [Nuclear Convergence Technology Development Department, Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, 989-111 Daedeok-daero, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of); Han, Won-Taek, E-mail: wthan@gist.ac.kr [Department of Physics and Photon Science, School of Information and Communications, Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology, 261 Cheomdan-gwagiro, Buk-Gu, Gwangju 500-712 (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-02-01

    Influence of gamma-ray irradiation on the Faraday effect of the Cu-doped germano-silicate optical fiber was investigated. The Verdet constant of the gamma-ray irradiated optical fiber at 660 nm was measured to be 3.07 rad T{sup −1} m{sup −1}, 1.46 times larger than that of before the irradiation at total dose of 1200 Gy. Cu-related radiation-induced defect centers and Cu metal particles which were reduced from Cu{sup 2+} ions by the irradiation are thought to be responsible for the increase in the Verdet constant of the optical fiber.

  15. EPR and optical absorption study of Cu{sup 2+} doped lithium sulphate monohydrate (LSMH) single crystals

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    Sheela, K. Juliet; Subramanian, P., E-mail: psubramaniangri@gmail.com [Department of Physics, Gandhigram Rural Institute-Deemed University, Gandhigram, Dindigul-624302, Tamilnadu (India); Krishnan, S. Radha; Shanmugam, V. M. [CSIR-Central Electrochemical Research Institute, Karaikudi-63006, Tamilnadu (India)

    2016-05-23

    EPR study of Cu{sup 2+} doped NLO active Lithium Sulphate monohydrate (Li{sub 2}SO{sub 4.}H{sub 2}O) single crystals were grown successfully by slow evaporation method at room temperature. The principal values of g and A tensors indicate existence of orthorhombic symmetry around the Cu{sup 2+} ion. From the direction cosines of g and A tensors, the locations of Cu{sup 2+} in the lattice have been identified as interstitial site. Optical absorption confirms the rhombic symmetry and ground state wave function of the Cu{sup 2+} ion in a lattice as d{sub x2-y2}.

  16. Dielectric constant of multiferroic pure and doped CuO nanoparticles

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    Apostolov, A. T.; Apostolova, I. N.; Wesselinowa, J. M.

    2014-08-01

    Within a microscopic model and a Green's function technique we have calculated the temperature and magnetic field dependence of the dielectric function ɛ(T,H) in CuO nanoparticles (NPs) taking into account frustration, single-ion anisotropy, s-d coupling, spin-phonon interaction and linear magnetoelectric coupling. ɛ(T) shows weak and broad anomalies at the two magnetic phase transition temperatures TN 2 and TN 1 due to the magnetoelectric coupling. ɛ(H) decreases with increasing of H and the kinks disappear. The changes of ɛ with ion doping are discussed. Comparisons to experimental data are made.

  17. The saturable absorption and reverse saturable absorption properties of Cu doped zinc oxide thin films

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    Yao, Cheng-Bao; Wen, Xin; Li, Qiang-Hua; Yan, Xiao-Yan; Li, Jin; Zhang, Ke-Xin; Sun, Wen-Jun; Bai, Li-Na; Yang, Shou-Bin

    2017-03-01

    We present the structure and nonlinear absorption (NLA) properties of Cu-doped ZnO (CZO) films prepared by magnetron sputtering. The films were characterized using X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM), respectively. The results show that the CZO films can maintain a wurtzite structure. Furthermore, the open-aperture (OA) Z-scan measurements of the film were carried out by nanosecond laser pulse. A transition from saturable absorption (SA) to reverse saturable absorption (RSA) was observed as the excitation intensity increasing. With good excellent nonlinear optical coefficient, the samples were expected to be the potential applications in optical devices.

  18. Cu-doped zinc oxide and its polythiophene composites: preparation and antibacterial properties.

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    Ma, Ge; Liang, Xiaoxi; Li, Liangchao; Qiao, Ru; Jiang, Donghua; Ding, Yan; Chen, Haifeng

    2014-04-01

    Cu-doped zinc oxide and its polythiophene nanocomposites were prepared by the Sol-Gel and in situ polymerization methods, respectively. The structures, morphologies and compositions of the samples were characterized. The antibacterial properties of the samples on three kinds of strains were determined by using powder inhibition zones, minimum inhibitory concentrations and minimal bactericidal concentrations. The study confirmed that the antibacterial activities of the composites were better than those of their each component. The antibacterial mechanisms of the samples were discussed further.

  19. Interstitial doping and oxygen exchange in superconducting La sub 2 CuO sub 4+. delta

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    Shinn, N.D.; Bartram, M.E.; Schirber, J.E.; Rogers, J.W. Jr.; Overmyer, D.L. (Sandia National Labs., Albuquerque, NM (USA)); Fisk, Z.; Cheong, S.W. (Los Alamos National Lab., NM (USA))

    1991-09-01

    The oxygen doping of lanthanum cuprate to generate superconductiving La{sub 2}CuO{sub 4+{delta}} (0<{delta}{<=}0.032) has been studied by high-pressure, isotopic-oxygen enrichment and thermal desorption mass spectroscopy (TDMS). Isotopic data show that the additional oxygen incorporated under high pressure readily exchanges with ionic lattice oxygen during enrichment at 860 K. The thermal release of the excess oxygen from superconducting crystals above {proportional to}350 K is not bulk diffusion limited. An alternate explanation for the observed rapid O{sub 2}(g) bursts is proposed. (orig.).

  20. Inhomogeneous magnetism in the doped kagome lattice of LaCuO2.66

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    Julien, M.-H. [Laboratoire National des Champs Magn´etiques Intenses; Simonet, V [Institut Neel, CNRS-UJF; Canals, B. [Institut Neel, CNRS-UJF; Garlea, Vasile O [ORNL; Bordet, Pierre [Laboratoire of Cristallographie, Grenoble; Darie, Celine [Laboratoire of Cristallographie, Grenoble

    2013-01-01

    The hole-doped kagome lattice of Cu2+ ions in LaCuO2.66 was investigated by nuclear quadrupole resonance (NQR), electron spin resonance (ESR), electrical resistivity, bulk magnetization and specific heat measurements. For temperatures above 180 K, the spin and charge properties show an activated behavior suggestive of a narrow-gap semiconductor. At lower temperatures, the results indicate an insulating ground state which may or may not be charge ordered. While the frustrated spins in remaining patches of the original kagome lattice might not be directly detected here, the observation of coexisting non-magnetic sites, free spins and frozen moments reveals an intrinsically inhomogeneous magnetism. Numerical simulations of a 1/3-diluted kagome lattice rationalize this magnetic state in terms of a heterogeneous distribution of cluster sizes and morphologies near the site-percolation threshold.

  1. Structural and magnetic properties of pure and Cu doped In{sub 2}O{sub 3} thin films

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    Krishna, N. Sai; Kaleemulla, S., E-mail: skaleemulla@gmail.com; Rao, N. Madhusudhana; Krishnamoorthi, C.; Begam, M. Rigana [Thin Films Laboratory, School of Advanced Sciences, VIT University, Vellore – 632014 (India); Amarendra, G. [Materials Science Group, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam –603102 (India); UGC-DAE-CSR, Kalpakkam Node, Kokilamedu-603104 (India)

    2015-06-24

    Pure and Cu (7 at.%) doped In{sub 2}O{sub 3} thin films were prepared using an electron beam evaporation technique. A systematic study was carried out on the structural, chemical and magnetic properties of the thin films. X-ray diffraction analysis revealed that all the films were cubic in structure. The pure and Cu doped In{sub 2}O{sub 3} thin films showed ferromagnetism at room temperature. The Cu doped In{sub 2}O{sub 3} thin films showed the saturation magnetization, coercivity and retentivity of 38.71 emu/cm{sup 3}, 245 G and 5.54 emu/cm{sup 3}, respectively.

  2. Defect concentration in nitrogen-doped graphene grown on Cu substrate: A thickness effect

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    Sharma, Dhananjay K., E-mail: dhananjay@ua.pt [Department of Physics & CICECO – Aveiro Institute of Materials, University of Aveiro, 3810-193 Aveiro (Portugal); Department of Mechanical Engineering & Centre for Mechanical Technology & Automation, University of Aveiro, 3810-193 Aveiro (Portugal); Fateixa, Sara [Department of Chemistry & CICECO – Aveiro Institute of Materials, University of Aveiro, 3810-193 Aveiro (Portugal); Hortigüela, María J. [Department of Mechanical Engineering & Centre for Mechanical Technology & Automation, University of Aveiro, 3810-193 Aveiro (Portugal); Vidyasagar, Reddithota [Department of Physics & CICECO – Aveiro Institute of Materials, University of Aveiro, 3810-193 Aveiro (Portugal); Otero-Irurueta, Gonzalo [Department of Mechanical Engineering & Centre for Mechanical Technology & Automation, University of Aveiro, 3810-193 Aveiro (Portugal); Nogueira, Helena I.S. [Department of Chemistry & CICECO – Aveiro Institute of Materials, University of Aveiro, 3810-193 Aveiro (Portugal); Singh, Manoj Kumar [Department of Mechanical Engineering & Centre for Mechanical Technology & Automation, University of Aveiro, 3810-193 Aveiro (Portugal); Kholkin, Andrei, E-mail: kholkin@ua.pt [Department of Physics & CICECO – Aveiro Institute of Materials, University of Aveiro, 3810-193 Aveiro (Portugal); School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Ural Federal University, 620000 Ekaterinburg (Russian Federation)

    2017-05-15

    Tuning the band-gap of graphene is a current need for real device applications. Copper (Cu) as a substrate plays a crucial role in graphene deposition. Here we report the fabrication of in-situ nitrogen (N) doped graphene via chemical vapor deposition (CVD) technique and the effect of Cu substrate thickness on the growth mechanism. The ratio of intensities of G and D peaks was used to evaluate the defect concentration based on local activation model associated with the distortion of the crystal lattice due to incorporation of nitrogen atoms into graphene lattice. The results suggest that Cu substrate of 20 µm in thickness exhibits higher defect density (1.86×10{sup 12} cm{sup −2}) as compared to both 10 and 25 µm thick substrates (1.23×10{sup 12} cm{sup −2} and 3.09×10{sup 11} cm{sup −2}, respectively). Furthermore, High Resolution -X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (HR-XPS) precisely affirms ~0.4 at% of nitrogen intercalations in graphene. Our results show that the substitutional type of nitrogen doping dominates over the pyridinic configuration. In addition, X-ray diffraction (XRD) shows all the XRD peaks associated with carbon. However, the peak at ~24° is suppressed by the substrate peaks (Cu). These results suggest that nitrogen atoms can be efficiently incorporated into the graphene using thinner copper substrates, rather than the standard 25 µm ones. This is important for tailoring the properties by graphene required for microelectronic applications.

  3. A p → n transition for Sn-doped Cu(In,Ga)Se2 bulk materials

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    Monsefi, Mehrdad; Kuo, Dong-Hau

    2013-08-01

    Cu(In,Ga)Se2 (CIGSe) pellets at different Sn contents were fabricated by reactive liquid-phase sintering at 600-700 °C with the help of sintering aids of Sb2S3 and Te. Powder preparation was based upon the molecular formula of Cu0.9[(In0.7-xSnxGa0.3)0.9Sb0.1](S0.15Te0.2Se1.65) or Sn-x-CIGSe. Morphology, structure, and electrical property of Sn-doped CIGSe bulks were investigated. The composition of Sn-doped CIGSe is purposely designed for studying the doping effect on the CIGSe performance. The unexpected increase in hole concentration of CIGSe due to the donor doping is rationalized. A controllable n-type semiconductor is deliberately achieved for Sn-0.15-CIGSe and important for making a p/n homojunction in CIGSe solar cells.

  4. Effects of Doping Mn on Nd1.85Ce0.15CuO4 System

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    Fa-She Wang; Yong-Liang Chen; Ye Yang; Yong Zhang; Cui-Hua Cheng; Yong Zhao

    2008-01-01

    Nd1.85Ce0.15Cu1-xMnxO4 samples with doping level up to 20% have been synthesized by solid-state reaction method. The influence of Mn on their normal-state transport, crystal structure, superconductivity and magnetic properties has been investigated. For the samples with x>0.03, magnetization under zero-field cooling indicates that the magnetic state changes from ferromagnetic to paramagnetic at T≈100 K, which can be explained with the interaction between Mn4+and Mn3+. The electrical resistivity ρ of samples increases with Mn doping. For the samples with doping level lower than 0.20, ρ initially increases with the decrease of temperature, i.e., dρ/dt<0, and then shows superconductivity transition at T≈20 K. The results suggest the coexistence of superconductivity and ferromagnetic ordering in Mn doped Nd1.85Ce0.15CuO4.

  5. Study on visible emission of Cu-ion-doped perovskite hafnate in view of excitation energy dependence

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    Lee, D. J.; Lee, Y. S. [Soongnsil University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Noh, H. J. [Chonnam National University, Gwangju (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-12-15

    We studied on the visible emission of Cu-ion-doped perovskite hafnate SrHfO{sub 3} (SHO:Cu) with the photo-excitation energy dependence. The polycrystalline SHO:Cu samples were newly synthesized in the solid state reaction method. From the X-ray diffraction measurement it was found that the crystalline structure of SHO:Cu is nearly identical to that of undoped SrHfO{sub 3}. Interestingly, the photoluminescence excitation (PLE) spectra change significantly with the emission energy, which is linked to the strong dependence of the visible emission on the photo-excitation energy. This unusual emission behavior is likely to be associated with the mixed valence states of the doped Cu ions, which were revealed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. We compared our finding of tunable visible emission in the SHO:Cu compounds with the cases of similar materials, SrTiO{sub 3} and SrZrO{sub 3} with Cu-ion-doping.

  6. La-Doped CaCu3Ti4O12 Prepared By Conventional And Microwave Processing

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    Sharif, Nur Shafiza A.; Ahmad, Zainal A.; Hutagalung, Sabar D.

    2010-01-01

    Two processing techniques were used to prepare separate samples of undoped and La-doped CaCu3Ti4O12: the conventional furnace and microwave processing. Stoichiometric composition of undoped CaCu3Ti4O12 was produced by mixing starting materials of Ca(OH)2, CuO and TiO2 powder. The mixed powder was milled and then calcined, compacted and sintered using either a furnace (conventional) or a domestic microwave oven (microwave processing). The La2O3 was added to undoped CaCu3Ti4O12 in order to prepare the La-doped CaCu3Ti4O12 with different doping concentrations. The conventional furnace heating technique requires a calcination temperature of 900° C for 12 hours before the mixture is sintered at 1000° C for 12 hours. However, a single phase CaCu3Ti4O12 compound was successfully synthesized using a microwave oven for a calcination time of 30 minutes. Longer microwave sintering time tends to produce denser CaCu3Ti4O12 pellets.

  7. Catalytic properties of pure and K{sup +}-doped Cu O/Mg O system towards 2-propanol conversion

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    El-Molla, S. A.; Amin, N. H.; Hammed, M. N.; Sultan, S. N. [Ain Shams University, Faculty of Education, Chemistry Department, Roxy, Heliopolis, Cairo 11757 (Egypt); El-Shobaky, G. A., E-mail: saharelmolla@yahoo.com [National Research Center, Dokki, Cairo (Egypt)

    2013-08-01

    Cu O/Mg O system having different compositions was prepared by impregnation method followed by calcination at 400-900 C. The effect of Cu O content, calcination temperature and doping with small amounts of K{sup +} species (1-3 mol %) on physicochemical, surface and catalytic properties of the system were investigated using X-ray diffraction, adsorption of N{sub 2} at - 196 C, and conversion of isopropyl alcohol at 150-400 C using a flow technique. The results revealed that the solids having the formulae 0.2 and 0.3 Cu O/Mg O calcined at 400 C consisted of nano sized Mg O and Cu O as major phases together with Cu{sub 2}O as minor phase. The Bet-surface areas of different absorbents are decreased by increasing Cu O content, calcination temperature and K{sup +}-doping. Mg O-support material showed very small catalytic activity in 2-propanol conversion. The investigated system behaved as selective catalyst for dehydrogenation of 2-propanol with selectivity >80%. The catalytic activity increased by increasing Cu O content and decreased by increasing the calcination temperature within 400-900 C. K{sup +}-doping increased the catalytic activity and catalytic durability. (Author)

  8. EPR and optical absorption study of Cu{sup 2+}-doped lithium potassium sulphate single crystals

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    Kripal, Ram [EPR Laboratory, Department of Physics, University of Allahabad, Allahabad 211002 (India)], E-mail: ram_kripal2001@rediffmail.com; Bajpai, Manisha [EPR Laboratory, Department of Physics, University of Allahabad, Allahabad 211002 (India)], E-mail: bmanisha15@yahoo.co.in; Maurya, Manju [EPR Laboratory, Department of Physics, University of Allahabad, Allahabad 211002 (India); Govind, Har [Department of Electronics, Ewing Christian College, Allahabad (India)

    2008-10-01

    EPR spectra of Cu{sup 2+} ion doped in lithium potassium sulphate single crystal at room temperature are reported. The observed spectra are fitted to a spin Hamiltonian of orthorhombic symmetry with Cu{sup 2+} (site I) g{sub x}=2.0930, g{sub y}=2.1421, g{sub z}=2.2900 ({+-}0.0002) and A{sub x}=85, A{sub y}=89, A{sub z}=184 ({+-}2x10{sup -4} cm{sup -1}); Cu{sup 2+} (site II) g{sub x}=2.0795, g{sub y}=2.1580, g{sub z}=2.2876 ({+-}0.0002) and A{sub x}=93, A{sub y}=95, A{sub z}=189 ({+-}2x10{sup -4} cm{sup -1}); respective errors given in brackets. Copper enters the lattice substitutionally and is trapped at two magnetically inequivalent sites. The ground state wave function of the Cu{sup 2+} ion in this lattice is determined as predominantly |x{sup 2}-y{sup 2}>. The g-factor anisotropy is calculated and compared with the experimental value. The optical absorption of the crystal at room temperature is also recorded. Further, with the help of the optical absorption and EPR data, the nature of bonding in the complex is discussed.

  9. Structural and Magnetic Properties of Zinc and Silicon Oxides Doped Cu Ferrite for Temperature Controller Devices

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    Hessien, M. M.; Ahmed, E. M.; Hemeda, O. M.

    2015-10-01

    The effects of Si+4 and Zn+2 substitutions on the structural and magnetic properties of Cu1-xZnx+ySiyFe2-2yO4 ferrites prepared by double sintering ceramic technique have been investigated. From X-ray diffraction analysis, it was found that substitution of Zn and Si enhanced sintering process and crystallization. The XRD peaks increase by increasing Zn and Si content. On the other hand, the initial permeability decreases sharply at Curie temperature for all samples, which makes Zn/Si co-doped CuFe2O4 spinel ferrites a very promising candidate for magnetic switches, magnetic temperature transducers (MTT), and for fabrication of temperature sensitive controller devices. The important change of Curie temperature of CuFe2O4 compound occurs by simply controlling the content of Zn and Si within CuFe2O4 and results in obtaining magnetic materials with desired Curie temperature. Magnetic hysteresis loop measurements show that the samples have soft magnetic character.

  10. EPR and optical absorption studies of Cu 2+ doped bis (glycinato) Mg (II) monohydrate single crystals

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    Dwivedi, Prashant; kripal, Ram

    2010-02-01

    Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) study of Cu 2+ doped bis (glycinato) Mg (II) monohydrate single crystals is carried out at room temperature. Copper enters the lattice substitutionally and is trapped at two magnetically inequivalent sites. The observed spectra are fitted to a spin-Hamiltonian of rhombic symmetry with the following values of the parameters: Cu 2+ (I), gx = 2.1577 ± 0.0002, gy = 2.2018 ± 0.0002, gz = 2.3259 ± 0.0002, Ax = (87 ± 2) × 10 -4 cm -1, Ay = (107 ± 2) × 10 -4 cm -1, Az = (141 ± 2) × 10 -4 cm -1; Cu 2+ (II), gx = 2.1108 ± 0.0002, gy = 2.1622 ± 0.0002, gz = 2.2971 ± 0.0002, Ax = (69 ± 2) × 10 -4 cm -1, Ay = (117 ± 2) × 10 -4 cm -1and Az = (134 ± 2) × 10 -4 cm -1. The ground state wave function of the Cu 2+ ion in this lattice is evaluated to be predominantly | x2 - y2lbond2 . The g-factor anisotropy is also calculated and compared with the experimental value. With the help of the optical absorption study, the nature of bonding in the complex is discussed.

  11. Effect of co-doped SnO{sub 2} nanoparticles on photoluminescence of cu-doped potassium lithium borate glass

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    Namma, Haydar Aboud; Wagiran, H.; Hussin, R.; Ariwahjoedi, B. [Department of Physics, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Skudai 81310, Malaysia and Baghdad College of Economic Sciences University (Iraq); Fundamental and Applied Sciences Department, Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS, 31750 Tronoh (Malaysia)

    2012-09-26

    The SnO{sub 2} co-doped lithium potassium borate glasses doped with 0.05, 0.10, 0.25 and 0.50 mol% of Cu were synthesized by the melt quenching technique. The SnO{sub 2} co-dope was added to the compounds in the amounts of 0.05, 0.10, and 0.20 mol%. The photoluminescent spectrum for different concentrations of copper was studied. It was observed that the intensity of blue emission (450, 490 nm) varies with concentration mol%. In addition, with different concentration of SnO{sub 2} to 0.10 mol% Cu, the influence of the luminescence has been observed to enhance intensity and shifted to blue and red (490, 535 nm) emissions.

  12. Tailoring p- and n- type semiconductor through site selective oxygen doping in Cu3N: density functional studies

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    Sahoo, Guruprasad; Kashikar, Ravi; Jain, Mahaveer K.; Nanda, B. R. K.

    2016-06-01

    Using ab initio density functional calculations, we have investigated the stability and electronic structure of pure and oxygen doped semiconducting Cu3N. The oxygen can be accommodated in the system without structural instability as the formation energy either decreases when oxygen substitutes nitrogen, or remains nearly same when oxygen occupies the interstitial position. The interstitial oxygen (OI) prefers to stabilize in the unusual charge neutral state and acts as an acceptor to make the system a p-type degenerate semiconductor. In this case the hole pockets are formed by the partially occupied OI-p states. On the other hand, oxygen substituting nitrogen (OS) stabilizes in its usual -2 charge state and acts as a donor to make the system an n-type degenerate semiconductor. The electron pockets are formed by the conducting Cu-p states. In the case of mixed doping, holes are gradually compensated by the donor electrons and an intrinsic gap is obtained for {{{Cu}}}3{{{N}}}{1-2{x}}{{{{O}}}{{S}}}2{x}{{{{O}}}{{I}}}{x} stoichiometry. Our calculations predict the nature of doping as well as optical band gap ({{E}{{g}}}{{o}{{p}}{{t}}}) variation in experimentally synthesized copper oxynitride. While interstitial doping contracts the lattice and increases the {{E}{{g}}}{{o}{{p}}{{t}}}, substitutional doping increases both lattice size and {{E}{{g}}}{{o}{{p}}{{t}}}. Mixed doping reduces {{E}{{g}}}{{o}{{p}}{{t}}}. Additionally we show that a rare intra-atomic d-p optical absorption can be realized in the pristine Cu3N as the Fermi level lies in the gap between the Cu-d dominated anti-bonding valence state and Cu-p conducting state.

  13. Rare earth doped CaCu_3Ti_4O_(12) electronic ceramics for high frequency applications

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    慕春红; 张怀武; 刘颖力; 宋远强; 刘鹏

    2010-01-01

    Ca1-xRxCu3Ti4O12(R=La,Y,Gd;x=0,0.1,0.2,0.3) electronic ceramics were fabricated by conventional solid-state reaction method.The microstructure and dielectric properties as well as impedance behavior were carefully investigated.XRD results showed that the secondary phases with the general formula R2Ti2O7 existed at grain boundaries of rare earth doped ceramics,which inhibited abnormal grain growth.The dielectric constant decreased from 4×105 in pure CaCu3Ti4O12(CCTO) ceramics to 2×103 with rare earth doping....

  14. Influence of rare-earth metal doping on the catalytic performance of CuO-CeO2 for the preferential oxidation of CO in excess hydrogen

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    Zhigang Liu; Renxian Zhou; Xiaoming Zheng

    2008-01-01

    Doping of different rare-earth metals(Pr,Nd,Y and La)had an evident influence on the catalytic performance of CuO-CeO2 for the preferential oxidation(PROX)Of CO in excess hydrogen.As for Pr,the doping enhanced the catalytic activity of CuO-CeO2 for PROX.For example,the CO conversion over the above catalyst for PROX was higher than 99%at 120℃.Especially.the doping of Pr widened the temperature window by 20℃ over CuO-CeO2 with 99%CO conversion.For Nd,Y and La,the doping depressed the catalytic activity of CuO-CeO2 for PROX.However,the doping of transition metals markedly improved the selectivity of CuO-CeO2 for PROX.

  15. Structural and optical properties of Cu-doped CdTe films with hexagonal phase grown by pulsed laser deposition

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    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Cu-doped CdTe thin films were prepared by pulsed laser deposition on Corning glass substrates using powders as target. Films were deposited at substrate temperatures ranging from 100 to 300 °C. The X-ray diffraction shows that both the Cu-doping and the increase in the substrate temperature promote the presence of the hexagonal CdTe phase. For a substrate temperature of 300 °C a CdTe:Cu film with hexagonal phase was obtained. Raman and EDS analysis indicate that the films grew with an excess of Te, which indicates that CdTe:Cu films have p-type conductivity.

  16. A facile synthesis and spectral characterization of Cu{sup 2+} doped CdO/ZnS nanocomposite

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    Joyce Stella, R.; Thirumala Rao, G.; Babu, B.; Pushpa Manjari, V. [Department of Physics, University College of Sciences, Acharya Nagarjuna University, Nagarjuna Nagar, AP 522510 (India); Reddy, Ch. Venkata; Shim, Jaesool [School of Mechanical Engineering, Yeungnam University, Gyeongsan 712-749 (Korea, Republic of); Ravikumar, R.V.S.S.N., E-mail: rvssn@yahoo.co.in [Department of Physics, University College of Sciences, Acharya Nagarjuna University, Nagarjuna Nagar, AP 522510 (India)

    2015-06-15

    A facile two-step method is demonstrated for the preparation of Cu{sup 2+} doped CdO/ZnS nanocomposite. Systematic investigations like X-ray diffraction (XRD), Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) with EDS, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), FT-IR, electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR), optical absorption, photoluminescence (PL) and magnetic studies are carried out for the prepared material. From powder XRD, the nanocomposites are comprised for cubic phase of both CdO and ZnS in a close contact with each other. The ground state wave function of dopant ions has been estimated from EPR studies. Optical and EPR data confirm that doped Cu{sup 2+}ions occupy rhombically distorted octahedral sites with the host material. Due to doping, band gap has been changed and blue shifts occurred in PL. Magnetic measurements indicate a possible ferromagnetic response, associated to the exchange interaction between local spin-polarized electrons of Cu{sup 2+} ions and conductive electrons. - Graphical abstract: M–H curve of Cu{sup 2+} doped CdO–ZnS nanocomposites. The magnetic properties of Cu{sup 2+} doped CdO/ZnS nanocomposite has been investigated using vibrating sample magnetometer given as magnetization and hysteresis (M–H) curve. The magnetization curve with noticeable coercivity of M–H loop clearly indicate the existence of ferromagnetic ordering in Cu{sup 2+} doped CdO/ZnS nanocomposite at room temperature. According to the Ruderman–Kittel–Kasuya–Yosida (RKKY) theory, the exchange interaction between local spin-polarized electrons (such as the electrons of Cu{sup 2+} ions) and conductive electrons is the main cause that leads to the ferromagnetism. Coercivity (Hc) of the field is about 98 Oe, saturation magnetization (Ms) and remnant magnetization (Mr) of present sample is estimated to be 15.8×10{sup −3} and 1.43×10{sup −3} emu/g respectively. The ferromagnetism observed in the prepared material is not commencing with other impurities but expected to

  17. Structural and dielectric properties of Mn doped copper oxide (CuO) nanostructure

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    Khan, Imran; Khan, Shakeel; Ahmed, Hilal; Nongjai, Razia

    2013-06-01

    Undoped and Mn doped CuO nanocrystalline powder samples were prepared through standard solid state reaction method. The crystal structures of the CuO nanoparticles were characterized by X-ray diffraction. Dielectric measurements were performed on samples as a function of frequency at room temperate to determine the dielectric behavior of the samples. XRD data exhibited the presence of monoclinic crystal structure similar to the parent compound in all samples, suggesting that doped Mn ions sit at the regular lattice sites. The average crystallite size, calculated using Scherrer formula from XRD data, is found within the range of 23-27 nm. The dielectric constant (ɛ'), imaginary part of dielectric constant (ɛ") and loss tangent (tanδ) were studied as a function of frequency and composition at room temperature. The dependence of dielectric constant (ɛ') on frequency suggests a conduction mechanism in terms of hopping. This behavior can be explained on the basis of space charge polarization according to Maxwell and Wagner's two-layer model.

  18. Preparation and photocatalytic activity of Cu2+-doped TiO2/SiO2

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    Ru-fen Chen; Cui-xuan Zhang; Juan Deng; Guo-qiang Song

    2009-01-01

    Cu2+-doped nanostructured TiO2-coated SiO2. (TiO2./SiO2) particles were prepared by the layer-by-layer assembly technique and their photocatalytic property was studied. TiO2 colloids were synthesized by the sol-gel method using TiOSO4 as a precursor. The experimental results showed that TiO2 nanopowders on the surface of SiO2 particles were well distributed and compact. The amount of TiO2 increased with the increase in coating layers. The shell structure appeared to be composed of anatase titania nanocrystals at 550℃. The 2-layer coated TiO2 particles on the surface showed a higher degradation rate compared with all the dif-ferent-layer samples. The photocatalytic activity of Cu2+-doped TiO2/SiO2 was higher than that of undoped TiO2/SiO2. The optimum dopant content was about 0.10wt%.

  19. Doped graphene/Cu nanocomposite: A high sensitivity non-enzymatic glucose sensor for food.

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    Shabnam, Luba; Faisal, Shaikh Nayeem; Roy, Anup Kumar; Haque, Enamul; Minett, Andrew I; Gomes, Vincent G

    2017-04-15

    An amperometric non-enzymatic glucose sensor was developed based on nitrogen-doped graphene with dispersed copper nanoparticles (Cu-NGr). The sensing element was tested in conjunction with a modified glassy carbon electrode for glucose detection. The Cu-NGr composite was prepared by one pot synthesis from a mixture of graphene oxide, copper nitrate and uric acid, followed by thermal annealing at 900°C for 1h. Detailed characterizations showed homogeneous copper nanoparticle dispersion and the presence of significant proportion of graphitic nitrogen. The developed electrode presented high electrocatalytic activity towards glucose through synergetic effect of copper nanoparticles and nitrogen-doped graphene. Amperometric analysis confirmed high glucose sensitivity and ultra-low detection of 10nM glucose over a linear range. The sensor was tested for direct application to detect glucose in food samples for which the sensor displayed high selectivity with excellent reproducibility and recovery in complex food materials. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  20. Electrochemical depositions of fluorohydroxyapatite doped by Cu2+, Zn2+, Ag+ on stainless steel substrates

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    Bir, F.; Khireddine, H.; Touati, A.; Sidane, D.; Yala, S.; Oudadesse, H.

    2012-07-01

    Fluoridated hydroxyapatite (FHA, Ca10(PO4)6(OH)2-xFx where 0 < x < 2 is the degree of fluoridation) and inorganic ions (Zn2+, Cu2+, Ag+) substituted fluoridated hydroxyapatite coatings (M-FHA) were deposited on the surface of medical grade 316L stainless steel samples by electrochemical deposition technique. The FHA coatings were co-substituted with antibacterial ions (Zn2+, Cu2+ or Ag+) by co-precipitation and ion-exchange methods. Characterization studies of coatings from X-ray diffraction (XRD), Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and Energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX) showed that the obtained layers are monophase crystals FHA and did not contain any discernible crystalline impurity. The particles of all samples are of nano size that gives thin layers. The surface morphology, microstructure and Ca/P atomic ratio of the FHA coatings can be regulated by varying electrolyte temperature. This later affects the porosity of the coating surface and the chemical compositions of the deposits. Quantitative elemental analysis indicates that the copper, zinc and silver ions are incorporated into the Fluorohydroxyapatite. The antimicrobial effects of doped fluorohydroxyapatite coatings against pathogen bacterial strains Staphylococcus aureus were tested in liquid media. The results are promising and demonstrated that all doped FHA samples exhibit excellent antimicrobial activity "in vitro" against the microorganism, so the antimicrobial properties of the coatings developed are improved.

  1. Thermodynamic properties of underdoped YBa2Cu3O6+x cuprates for several doping values

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    Salas, P.; Solís, M. A.; Fortes, M.; Sevilla, F. J.

    2017-05-01

    We report the thermodynamic properties of cuprate superconductors YBa2Cu3O6+x, with x ranging from underdoped (x = 0.55) to optimally doped (x = 0.9) regions. We model cuprates as a boson-fermion gas mixture immersed in a layered structure, which is generated via a Dirac-comb potential applied in the perpendicular direction to the CuO2 planes, while the particles move freely in the other two directions. The optimal system parameters, namely, the planes’ impenetrability and the paired-fermion fraction, are obtained by minimizing the Helmholtz free energy in addition to fixing the critical temperature Tc to its experimental value. Using this optimized scheme, we calculate the entropy, the Helmholtz free energy and the specific heat as functions of temperature. Additionally, some fundamental properties of the electronic specific heat are obtained, such as the normal linear coefficient γ(Tc), the quadratic α term and the jump height at Tc. We reproduce the cubic βl term of the total specific heat for low temperatures. Also our multilayer model inherently brings with it the mass anisotropy observed in cuprate superconductors. Furthermore, we establish the doping value beyond which superconductivity is suppressed.

  2. Electron delocalization and relaxation behavior in Cu-doped B i2S e3 films

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    Li, Mingze; Wang, Zhenhua; Yang, Liang; Li, Da; Yao, Q. R.; Rao, G. H.; Gao, Xuan P. A.; Zhang, Zhidong

    2017-08-01

    C uxB i2S e3 is known for superconductivity due to Cu intercalation in the van der Waals gaps between the quintuple layers of B i2S e3 at x >0.10 . Here we report the synthesis and transport properties of Cu-doped C uxB i2S e3 films prepared by the chemical-vapor-deposition (CVD) method with 0.11 ≥x ≥0 . It is found that the insulatinglike temperature-dependent resistivity of polycrystalline C uxB i2S e3 films exhibits a marked metallic downturn and an increase of carrier concentration below ˜37 K. There is also a time-dependent slow relaxation behavior in the resistance at low temperature. These effects might be related to the strong hybridization between C u+ and C u2 + conduction bands from the intercalated C u+ and substituted C u2 + sites in B i2S e3 films. The findings here have important implications for the understanding and development of doping-induced superconductivity in topological insulators.

  3. Aqueous synthesis of internally doped Cu:ZnSe/ZnS core-shell nanocrystals with good stability.

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    Xu, Shuhong; Wang, Chunlei; Wang, Zhuyuan; Zhang, Haisheng; Yang, Jing; Xu, Qinying; Shao, Haibao; Li, Rongqing; Lei, Wei; Cui, Yiping

    2011-07-08

    To prepare biologically available Zn-based NCs in aqueous solution, we herein reported the synthesis of aqueous Cu:ZnSe/ZnS NCs with internally doped aqueous Cu:ZnSe NCs as the core template. Due to the dual protection of Cu impurities by the ZnSe core and ZnS shells, the as-prepared Cu:ZnSe/ZnS NCs show excellent stability in the open air, which overcomes the intrinsic instability of traditional aqueous Cu:ZnSe NCs. The as-prepared Cu:ZnSe/ZnS NCs possess extremely good stability, good biocompatibility and lower cytotoxicity, and thus can be used as a promising candidate for fluorescent NC-based biological applications.

  4. Doping controlled superconductor-insulator transition in Bi2Sr2-xLaxCaCu2O8+delta.

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    Oh, Seongshik; Crane, Trevis A; Van Harlingen, D J; Eckstein, J N

    2006-03-17

    We show that the doping-controlled superconductor-insulator transition (SIT) in a high critical temperature cuprate system (Bi(2)Sr(2-x)La(x)CaCu(2)O(8+delta)) exhibits a fundamentally different behavior than is expected from conventional SIT. At the critical doping, the sheet resistance seems to diverge in the zero-temperature limit. Above the critical doping, the transport is universally scaled by a two-component conductance model. Below, it continuously evolves from weakly to strongly insulating behavior. The two-component conductance model suggests that a collective electronic phase-separation mechanism may be responsible for this unconventional SIT behavior.

  5. Magnetic dispersion of the diagonal incommensurate phase in lightly doped La2-xSrxCuO4.

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    Matsuda, M; Fujita, M; Wakimoto, S; Fernandez-Baca, J A; Tranquada, J M; Yamada, K

    2008-11-07

    We present inelastic neutron scattering experiments on a single-domain crystal of lightly doped La1.96Sr0.04CuO4. We find that the magnetic excitation spectrum in this insulating phase with a diagonal incommensurate spin modulation is remarkably similar to that in the superconducting regime, where the spin modulation is bond parallel. In particular, we find that the dispersion slope at low energy is essentially independent of doping and temperature over a significant range. The energy at which the excitations cross the commensurate antiferromagnetic wave vector increases roughly linearly with doping through the underdoped regime.

  6. Excess conductivity and the pseudogap state in Hf-doped YBa2Cu3O7-δ ceramics

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    Savich, S. V.; Samoilov, A. V.; Vovk, R. V.; Dobrovolskiy, O. V.; Kamchatna, S. N.; Dolgopolova, Ya. V.; Chernovol-Tkachenko, O. A.

    2016-12-01

    The electrical conductivity of hafnium (Hf)-doped YBa2Cu3O7-δ ceramics is investigated. Hf doping has been revealed to lead to an increase of the number of effective scattering centers for the normal charge carriers. In a broad temperature range, the excess conductivity of the investigated samples obeys an exponential temperature dependence, while near Tc it is satisfactorily described by the Aslamazov-Larkin model. Meanwhile, Hf doping has been shown to lead to a notable broadening of the temperature range for the manifestation of the pseudogap anomaly in the ab-plane.

  7. Microstructures and optical properties of Cu-doped ZnO films prepared by radio frequency reactive magnetron sputtering

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    Ma Ligang [College of physics and Electronics Engineering, Key Laboratory of Atomic and Molecular Physics and Functional Materials of Gansu Province, Northwest Normal University, Lanzhou, Gansu, 730070 (China); Ma Shuyi, E-mail: maligang186@163.com [College of physics and Electronics Engineering, Key Laboratory of Atomic and Molecular Physics and Functional Materials of Gansu Province, Northwest Normal University, Lanzhou, Gansu, 730070 (China); Chen Haixia; Ai Xiaoqian; Huang Xinli [College of physics and Electronics Engineering, Key Laboratory of Atomic and Molecular Physics and Functional Materials of Gansu Province, Northwest Normal University, Lanzhou, Gansu, 730070 (China)

    2011-09-15

    Pure and Cu-doped ZnO (ZnO:Cu) thin films were deposited on glass substrates using radio frequency (RF) reactive magnetron sputtering. The effect of substrate temperature on the crystallization behavior and optical properties of the ZnO:Cu films have been studied. The crystal structures, surface morphology and optical properties of the films were systematically investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and a fluorescence spectrophotometer, respectively. The results indicated that ZnO films showed a stronger preferred orientation toward the c-axis and a more uniform grain size after Cu-doping. As for ZnO:Cu films, the full width at half maxima (FWHM) of (0 0 2) diffraction peaks decreased first and then increased, reaching a minimum of about 0.42 deg. at 350 deg. C and the compressive stress of ZnO:Cu decreased gradually with the increase of substrate temperature. The photoluminescence (PL) spectra measured at room temperature revealed two blue and two green emissions. Intense blue-green luminescence was obtained from the sample deposited at higher substrate temperature. Finally, we discussed the influence of annealing temperature on the structural and optical properties of ZnO:Cu films. The quality of ZnO:Cu film was markedly improved and the intensity of blue peak ({approx}485 nm) and green peak ({approx}527 nm) increased noticeably after annealing. The origin of these emissions was discussed.

  8. Transparent Conductive Al-Doped ZnO/Cu Bilayer Films Grown on Polymer Substrates at Room Temperature

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    黄继杰; 王钰萍; 吕建国; 龚丽; 叶志镇

    2011-01-01

    Al-doped ZnO (AZO)/Cu bi-layer films are deposited by dc magnetron sputtering on polycarbonate substrates at room temperature. The structural, electrical and optical properties of the films are investigated at various sputtering powers of the Cu layer. The AZO/Cu bi-layer film deposited at a moderate sputtering power of 180 W for the Cu layer displayed the highest figure of merit of 3.47 x 10~3 Ω-1, with a low sheet resistance of12.38Ω/sq, an acceptable visible transmittance of 73%, and a high near-infrared reflectance of about 50%.%Al-doped ZnO(AZO)/Cu bi-layer films are deposited by dc magnetron sputtering on polycarbonate substrates at room temperature.The structural,electrical and optical properties of the films are investigated at various sputtering powers of the Cu layer.The AZO/Cu bi-layer film deposited at a moderate sputtering power of 180 W for the Cu layer displayed the highest figure of merit of 3.47 × 10-3 Ω-1,with a low sheet resistance of 12.38Ω/sq,an acceptable visible transmittance of 73%,and a high near-infrared reflectance of about 50%.

  9. The structural, optical, and electrical properties of vacuum evaporated Cu-doped ZnTe polycrystalline thin films

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    Feng, L.; Mao, D.; Tang, J.; Collins, R. T.; Trefny, J. U.

    1996-09-01

    We have studied the structural, optical, and electrical properties of thermally evaporated, Cu-doped, ZnTe thin films as a function of Cu concentration and post-deposition annealing temperature. X-ray diffraction measurements showed that the ZnTe films evaporated on room temperature substrates were characterized by an average grain size of 300Å with a (111) preferred orientation. Optical absorption measurements yielded a bandgap of 2.21 eV for undoped ZnTe. A bandgap shrinkage was observed for the Cu-doped films. The dark resistivity of the as-deposited ZnTe decreased by more than three orders of magnitude as the Cu concentration was increased from 4 to 8 at.% and decreased to less than 1 ohm-cm after annealing at 260°C. For films doped with 6 7 at.% Cu, an increase of resistivity was also observed during annealing at 150 200°C. The activation energy of the dark conductivity was measured as a function of Cu concentration and annealing temperature. Hall measurements yielded hole mobility values in the range between 0.1 and 1 cm2/V·s for both as-deposited and annealed films. Solar cells with a CdS/CdTe/ZnTe/metal structure were fabricated using Cudoped ZnTe as a back contact layer on electrodeposited CdTe. Fill factors approaching 0.75 and energy conversion efficiencies as high as 12.1% were obtained.

  10. Tuning luminescence and reducing reabsorption of CdSe quantum disks forluminescent solar concentrators.

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    Lin, Huichuan; Xie, Peng; Liu, Yong; Zhou, Xiang; Li, Baojun

    2015-08-21

    Cadmium selenide (CdSe) quantum disks (QDs) have been synthesized for application in luminescent solar concentrators (LSCs). Luminescence tuning and reabsorption reduction of the QDs were achieved by controlling their size using a hot injection method. The overlap of the absorption and photoluminescence spectra of the as-prepared CdSe QDs was negligible. The as-prepared CdSe QDs were incorporated into polymethylmethacrylate without aggregation and luminescence quenching. The obtained highly transparent composites with non-affecting light-emitting properties were used as LSCs. The placement of a CdSe QDs doped LSC prototype (10 × 1 × 0.1 cm) on a Si-cell resulted in a 201% increase in the electrical power output of the Si-cell compared with that of the bare Si-cell.

  11. Optical and other spectroscopic studies of lead, zinc bismuth borate glasses doped with CuO

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    Rajyasree, Ch.; Vinaya Teja, P. Michael; Murthy, K. V. R.; Krishna Rao, D.

    2011-12-01

    10MO·20Bi2O3·(70-x)B2O3·xCuO [M=Pb, Zn] with x=0, 0.4 and 0.8 (wt%) glasses were synthesized by the melt-quenching technique and were characterized using X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) techniques. Physical parameters, like density, and spectroscopic studies (optical absorption, EPR, FTIR and photoluminescence) were used to understand the role of modifier oxide and CuO in the glass matrix. A red shift of the absorption band corresponds to 2B1g→2B2g transition of Cu2+ ions from P2 to Z4 samples and the increase of hyperfine splitting factor (A‖) from P2 to Z2 shows that with the integration of PbO by ZnO the electron density around copper ion is increased. It is also supported by the gradual increase in theoretical optical basicity values of ZnO mixed glasses, as compared to that of PbO mixed glass matrix. Reduced bismuth radicals are found in undoped and 0.4% CuO doped glasses of both the series. Analysis of the absorption and emission studies indicates that the concentration of luminescence centers of bismuth ions (Bi3+ ions in UV region) is decreased by the integration of ZnO as well as by increasing the dopant concentration. In lead series PbO4 and BiO3 units are increased from P2 to P4 and in zinc series BiO3 units are decreased from Z0 to Z4. The conductivity of the glass matrices is increased in both the series with the dopant of CuO.

  12. Thermoelectric Properties of In-Doped Cu2ZnGeSe4

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    Chetty, R.; Bali, A.; Femi, O. E.; Chattopadhyay, K.; Mallik, R. C.

    2016-03-01

    Recently, much research has been focused on finding new thermoelectric materials. Cu-based quaternary chalcogenides that belong to A2BCD4 (A = Cu; B = Zn, Cd; C = Sn, Ge; D = S, Se, Te) are wide band gap materials and one of the potential thermoelectric materials due to their complex crystal structures. In this study, In-doped quaternary compounds Cu2ZnGe1- x In x Se4 ( x = 0, 0.025, 0.05, 0.075, 0.1) were prepared by a solid state synthesis method. Powder x-ray diffraction patterns of all the samples showed a tetragonal crystal structure (space group I- 42m) of the main phase with a trace amount of impurity phases, which was further confirmed by Rietveld analysis. The elemental composition of all the samples showed a slight deviation from the nominal composition with the presence of secondary phases. All the transport properties were measured in the temperature range 373-673 K. The electrical resistivity of all the samples initially decreased up to ˜470 K and then increased with increase in temperature upto 673 K, indicating the transition from semiconducting to metallic behavior. Positive Seebeck coefficients for all the samples revealed that holes are the majority carriers in the entire temperature range. The substitution of In3+ on Ge4+ introduces holes and results in the decrease of resistivity as well as the Seebeck coefficient, thereby leading to the optimization of the power factor. The lattice thermal conductivity of all the samples decreased with increasing temperature, indicating the presence of phonon-phonon scattering. As a result, the thermoelectric figure of merit ( zT) of the doped sample showed an increase as compared to the undoped compound.

  13. Realization of Cu-Doped p-Type ZnO Thin Films by Molecular Beam Epitaxy.

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    Suja, Mohammad; Bashar, Sunayna B; Morshed, Muhammad M; Liu, Jianlin

    2015-04-29

    Cu-doped p-type ZnO films are grown on c-sapphire substrates by plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy. Photoluminescence (PL) experiments reveal a shallow acceptor state at 0.15 eV above the valence band edge. Hall effect results indicate that a growth condition window is found for the formation of p-type ZnO thin films, and the best conductivity is achieved with a high hole concentration of 1.54 × 10(18) cm(-3), a low resistivity of 0.6 Ω cm, and a moderate mobility of 6.65 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1) at room temperature. Metal oxide semiconductor capacitor devices have been fabricated on the Cu-doped ZnO films, and the characteristics of capacitance-voltage measurements demonstrate that the Cu-doped ZnO thin films under proper growth conditions are p-type. Seebeck measurements on these Cu-doped ZnO samples lead to positive Seebeck coefficients and further confirm the p-type conductivity. Other measurements such as X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron, Raman, and absorption spectroscopies are also performed to elucidate the structural and optical characteristics of the Cu-doped p-type ZnO films. The p-type conductivity is explained to originate from Cu substitution of Zn with a valency of +1 state. However, all p-type samples are converted to n-type over time, which is mostly due to the carrier compensation from extrinsic defects of ZnO.

  14. Enhanced thermoelectric properties of earth-abundant Cu{sub 2}SnS{sub 3} via In doping effect

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    Tan, Qing; Sun, Wei; Li, Zhiliang; Li, Jing-Feng, E-mail: jingfeng@mail.tsinghua.edu.cn

    2016-07-05

    Ternary copper tin sulfide (Cu–Sn–S) compounds have been investigated for decades as promising candidates of earth-abundant thin film solar cell absorbers. Cu{sub 2}SnS{sub 3} is a representative member of this material system, and is highly expected to be a potential thermoelectric material by the first-principles calculations. In this work, Cu{sub 2}SnS{sub 3} bulk materials were synthesized by the mechanical alloying (MA) combined with spark plasma sintering (SPS), and their crystal structures, electronic transport properties and enhanced thermoelectric performance were systematically investigated. We found that pristine Cu{sub 2}SnS{sub 3} is a p-type thermoelectric material with a relatively high thermopower up to 300 μV/K and low thermal conductivity below 1.0 W/m K above 700 K. It revealed that In doping is an effective means to improve the electrical transport properties, which leads to a figure of merit (ZT) of Cu{sub 2}Sn{sub 0.9}In{sub 0.1}S{sub 3} close to 0.6 at the relatively low temperature (773 K). - Highlights: • Ternary compounds Cu{sub 2}SnS{sub 3} is a promising candidate for thermoelectric materials. • Pristine and In-doped Cu{sub 2}SnS{sub 3} were synthesized by the MA process combining with SPS. • Relatively high thermopower and low thermal conductivity were obtained in Cu{sub 2}SnS{sub 3}. • In-doping further improved electrical conductivity and reduced thermal conductivity. • ZT value of Cu{sub 2}Sn0{sub 0}.{sub 9}In{sub 0.1}S{sub 3} reached 0.56 at 773 K, over twice higher than Cu{sub 2}SnS{sub 3}.

  15. The Photocatalytic and Antibacterial Activity of Cu-Doped TiO2 Thin Films

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    Weerachai SANGCHAY

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available Thin films of TiO2 and TiO2 doped with Cu were prepared by sol-gel method. The prepared films were calcined at the temperature of 400 °C for 2 h with the heating rate of 10 °C/min. Physical properties as well as crystal compositions of the fabricated films were characterized by XRD, EDX SEM and AFM techniques. The results show that all samples have thickness range from 0.25 to 1.0 um. The film surfaces are typically uniform and dense with TiO2 nanoparticles. The photocatalytic activities of the thin films were also tested via the degradation of methylene blue (MB solution under UV irradiation. Finally, antibacterial activity efficiency was evaluated by the inactivation of E.coli. It was observed that higher Cu concentration gives better photocatalytic activity. With the highest dopant concentration investigated in this experiment (TiO2-1.0Cu condition the films show photocatalytic of 70 % and antibacterial activity of 100 %.

  16. Application of Cu{sub 2}O-doped phosphate glasses for bandpass filter

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    Elhaes, H. [Physics Department, Faculty of Women for Arts, Science and Education, Ain Shams University, 11757 Cairo (Egypt); Attallah, M., E-mail: m_atallah94@yahoo.com [Basic Science Department, Higher Technological Institute, 10th of Ramadan City (Egypt); Elbashar, Y.; El-Okr, M. [Physics Department, Faculty of Science, Al Azhar University, Cairo (Egypt); Ibrahim, M. [Spectroscopy Department, National Research Centre, 12311 Dokki, Cairo (Egypt)

    2014-09-15

    Phosphate glasses doped with copper ions having general composition 42P{sub 2}O{sub 5}–39ZnO–(18−x) Na{sub 2}O–1CaO–xCu{sub 2}O [x=2, 4, 6, 8, 10 mol%] were prepared using a conventional melt-quench technique. Physical and chemical properties of the glasses were investigated using X-ray diffraction technique and UV–visible optical absorption. The density was measured by Archimedes' method, and molar volume (V{sub M}) was calculated. It is found that density and molar volume show opposite trend by increasing Cu{sub 2}O content. Absorbance and transmittance at the normal incidence are measured by a spectrophotometer in the spectral range of 190–1100 nm. Analyses of the obtained results were considered in the frame of current theories. Absorption data were used for absorption coefficient, the optical band gap (E{sub opt}), the cutoff in UV and IR bands to the bandpass filter, which confirmed the optical properties of this type of filter. E{sub opt} values for different glass samples are found to decrease with increasing Cu{sub 2}O content.

  17. Application of Cu2O-doped phosphate glasses for bandpass filter

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    Elhaes, H.; Attallah, M.; Elbashar, Y.; El-Okr, M.; Ibrahim, M.

    2014-09-01

    Phosphate glasses doped with copper ions having general composition 42P2O5-39ZnO-(18-x) Na2O-1CaO-xCu2O [x=2, 4, 6, 8, 10 mol%] were prepared using a conventional melt-quench technique. Physical and chemical properties of the glasses were investigated using X-ray diffraction technique and UV-visible optical absorption. The density was measured by Archimedes' method, and molar volume (VM) was calculated. It is found that density and molar volume show opposite trend by increasing Cu2O content. Absorbance and transmittance at the normal incidence are measured by a spectrophotometer in the spectral range of 190-1100 nm. Analyses of the obtained results were considered in the frame of current theories. Absorption data were used for absorption coefficient, the optical band gap (Eopt), the cutoff in UV and IR bands to the bandpass filter, which confirmed the optical properties of this type of filter. Eopt values for different glass samples are found to decrease with increasing Cu2O content.

  18. Excitation dependent multicolor emission and photoconductivity of Mn, Cu doped In2S3 monodisperse quantum dots

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    Ghosh, Sirshendu; Saha, Manas; Ashok, Vishal Dev; Chatterjee, Arijit; De, S. K.

    2016-04-01

    Indium sulphide (In2S3) quantum dots (QDs) of average size 6 ± 2 nm and hexagonal nanoplatelets of average size 37 ± 4 nm have been synthesized from indium myristate and indium diethyl dithiocarbamate precursors respectively. The absorbance and emission band was tuned with variation of nanocrytal size from very small in the strong confinement regime to very large in the weak confinement regime. The blue emission and its shifting with size has been explained with the donor-acceptor recombination process. The 3d element doping (Mn2+ and Cu2+) is found to be effective for formation of new emission bands at higher wavelengths. The characteristic peaks of Mn2+ and Cu2+ and the modification of In3+ peaks in the x-ray photoelectric spectrum (XPS) confirm the incorporation of Mn2+ and Cu2+ into the In2S3 matrix. The simulation of the electron paramagnetic resonance signal indicates the coexistence of isotropic and axial symmetry for In and S vacancies. Moreover, the majority of Mn2+ ions and sulphur vacancies (VS ) reside on the surface of nanocrystals. The quantum confinement effect leads to an enhancement of band gap up to 3.65 eV in QDs. The formation of Mn 3d levels between conduction band edge and shallow donor states is evidenced from a systematic variation of emission spectra with the excitation wavelength. In2S3 QDs have been established as efficient sensitizers to Mn and Cu emission centers. Fast and slow components of photoluminescence (PL) decay dynamics in Mn and Cu doped QDs are interpreted in terms of surface and bulk recombination processes. Fast and stable photodetctors with high photocurrent gain are fabricated with Mn and Cu doped QDs and are found to be faster than pure In2S3. The fastest response time in Cu doped QDs is an indication of the most suitable system for photodetector devices.

  19. CdS quantum dots sensitized Cu doped ZnO nanostructured thin films for solar cell applications

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    Poornima, K.; Gopala Krishnan, K.; Lalitha, B.; Raja, M.

    2015-07-01

    ZnO nanorods and Cu doped ZnO nanorods thin films have been prepared by simple hydrothermal method. CdS quantum dots are sensitized with Cu doped ZnO nanorod thin films using successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) method. The X-ray diffraction study reveals that ZnO nanorods, and CdS quantum dot sensitized Cu doped ZnO nanorods exhibit hexagonal structure. The scanning electron microscope image shows the presence of ZnO nanorods. The average diameter and length of the aligned nanorod is 300 nm and 1.5 μm respectively. The absorption spectra shows that the absorption edge of CdS quantum dot sensitized ZnO nanorod thin film is shifted toward longer wavelength region when compared to the absorption edge of ZnO nanorods film. The conversion efficiency of the CdS quantum dot sensitized Cu doped ZnO nanorod thin film solar cell is 1.5%.

  20. Catalytic upgrading of sugar fractions from pyrolysis oils in supercritical mono-alcohols over Cu doped porous metal oxide

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    Yin, Wang; Venderbosch, Hendrikus; Bottari, Giovanni; Krawzcyk, Krzysztof K.; Barta, Katalin; Heeres, Hero Jan

    In this work, we report on the catalytic valorization of sugar fractions, obtained by aqueous phase extraction of fast pyrolysis oils, in supercritical methanol (scMeOH) and ethanol (scEtOH) over a copper doped porous metal oxide (Cu-PMO). The product mixtures obtained are, in principle, suitable

  1. Low Friction in CuO-Doped Yttria-Stabilized Tetragonal Zirconia Ceramics: A Complementary Macro- and Nanotribology Study

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    Tocha, Ewa; Pasaribu, Henry R.; Schipper, Dik J.; Schönherr, Holger; Vancso, G. Julius

    2008-01-01

    The tribological behavior of CuO-doped yttria-stabilized tetragonal zirconia (3Y-TZP) ceramics in the absence of additional lubricants was characterized by macroscale pin-on-disk measurements and nanoscale atomic force microscopy (AFM) for a broad range of velocities. The previously observed low she

  2. Catalytic upgrading of sugar fractions from pyrolysis oils in supercritical mono-alcohols over Cu doped porous metal oxide

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    Yin, Wang; Venderbosch, Hendrikus; Bottari, Giovanni; Krawzcyk, Krzysztof K.; Barta, Katalin; Heeres, Hero Jan

    2015-01-01

    In this work, we report on the catalytic valorization of sugar fractions, obtained by aqueous phase extraction of fast pyrolysis oils, in supercritical methanol (scMeOH) and ethanol (scEtOH) over a copper doped porous metal oxide (Cu-PMO). The product mixtures obtained are, in principle, suitable fo

  3. Hole Doping Effects on Spin-gapped Na2Cu2TeO6 via Topochemical Na Deficiency

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    Morimoto, Kumiko; Itoh, Yutaka; Yoshimura, Kazuyoshi; Kato, Masaki; Hirota, Ken

    2006-08-01

    We report the magnetic susceptibility and NMR studies of a spin-gapped layered compound Na2Cu2TeO6 (the spin gap Δ˜ 250 K), the hole doping effect on the Cu2TeO6 plane via a topochemical Na deficiency by soft chemical treatment, and the static spin vacancy effect by nonmagnetic impurity Zn substitution for Cu. A finite Knight shift at the 125Te site was observed for pure Na2Cu2TeO6. The negative hyperfine coupling constant 125Atr is an evidence for the existence of a superexchange pathway of the Cu-O-Te-O-Cu bond. It turned out that both the Na deficiency and Zn impurities induce a Curie-type magnetism in the uniform spin susceptibility in an external magnetic field of 1 T, but only the Zn impurities enhance the low-temperature 23Na nuclear spin-lattice relaxation rate whereas the Na deficiency suppresses it. A spin glass behavior was observed for the Na-deficient samples but not for the Zn-substituted samples. The dynamics of the unpaired moments of the doped holes are different from that of the spin vacancy in the spin-gapped Cu2TeO6 planes.

  4. Toxicity Evaluation of a New Zn-Doped CuO Nanocomposite With Highly Effective Antibacterial Properties.

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    Mantecca, Paride; Moschini, Elisa; Bonfanti, Patrizia; Fascio, Umberto; Perelshtein, Ilana; Lipovsky, Anat; Chirico, Giuseppe; Bacchetta, Renato; Del Giacco, Luca; Colombo, Anita; Gedanken, Aharon

    2015-07-01

    The increased resistances to conventional antibiotics determine a strong need for new antibacterials, and specific syntheses at the nanoscale promise to be helpful in this field. A novel Zinc-doped Copper oxide nanocomposite (nZn-CuO) has been recently sonochemically synthesized and successfully tested also against multi-drug resistant bacteria. After synthesis and characterization of the physicochemical properties, the new nZn-CuO is here evaluated by the Frog Embyo Teratogenesis Assay-Xenopus test for its toxicological potential and this compared with that of nCuO and nZnO synthesized under the same conditions. No lethal effects are observed, while malformations and growth retardation slightly increase after nZn-CuO exposure. Nevertheless, these effects are smaller than those of nZnO. NP uptake by embryo tissues increase significantly with increasing NP concentrations, while no significant accumulation and adverse effects are seen after exposure to soluble Cu(2+) and Zn(2+) at the concentrations dissolved from the NPs. Key oxidative response genes are upregulated by nZn-CuO, as well as by nCuO and nZnO, suggesting the common mechanism of action. Considering the enhanced biocidal activity shown by the nanocomposite, together with the results presented in this study, we can affirm that the doping of the metal oxide nanoparticles should be considered a useful tool to engineer a safer nano-antibacterial.

  5. The improved efficiency of low molecular weight organic solar cells doped with a Cu(I) triplet material

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    Su, Bin; Gao, Lin; Li, Xiuying; Che, Guangbo; Zhu, Enwei; Wang, Bo; Yan, Yongsheng

    2016-08-01

    We developed a method to improve the performance of the copper phthalocyanine (CuPc)/fullerene (C60) organic solar cells (OSCs) by doping CuPc with a long triplet lifetime material. By doping [Cu(bis[2-(diphenylphosphino)phenyl]ether)(benzo[i]dipyrido[3,2-a:2',3'-c]phenazine)]BF4 (CuDB) into CuPc, the enhanced short-circuit current density ( J SC) of 6.213 mA/cm2, open-circuit voltage ( V OC) of 0.39 V and a peak power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 0.92% compared to 0.79% of the standard CuPc/C60 OSCs are achieved under 1 sun AM 1.5 G illumination at an intensity of 100 mW/cm2. The performance improvement is mainly attributed to the long triplet lifetime of CuDB (τ = 70.05 μs) which leads to more effective exciton dissociation.

  6. An optical study of the D-D neutron irradiation-induced defects in Co-and Cu-doped ZnO wafers

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    Wang Yun-Bo; Li Gong-Ping; Xu Nan-Nan; Pan Xiao-Dong

    2013-01-01

    Room-temperature photoluminescence and optical transmittance spectroscopy of Co-doped (1 × 1014,5 × 1016,and 1 × 1017 cm-2) and Cu-doped (5 × 1016 cm-2) ZnO wafers irradiated by D-D neutrons (fluence of 2.9 x 1010 cm-2) have been investigated.After irradiation,the Co or Cu metal and oxide clusters in doped ZnO wafers are dissolved,and the würtzite structure of ZnO substrate for each sample remains unchanged and keeps in high c-axis preferential orientation.The degree of irradiation-induced crystal disorder reflected from the absorption band tail parameter (E0) is far greater for doped ZnO than the undoped one.Under the same doping concentration,the Cu-doped ZnO wafer has much higher irradiation-induced disorder than the Co-doped one.Photoluminescence measurements indicate that the introduction rate of both the zinc vacancy and the zinc interstitial is much higher for the doped ZnO wafer with a high doping level than the undoped one.In addition,both crystal lattice distortion and defect complexes are suggested to be formed in doped ZnO wafers.Consequently,the Co-or Cu-doped ZnO wafer (especially with a high doping level) exhibits very low radiation hardness compared with the undoped one,and the Cu-doped ZnO wafer is much less radiation-hard than the Co-doped one.

  7. Magnetic dilution in the cadmium-doped spin ladder compound Cdx Cu1 - x (quinoxaline) Br2

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    Keith, Brian; Landee, Chris; Turnbull, Mark

    2011-03-01

    Both Cu (quinoxaline) (Br2) and Cu (quinoxaline) (Cl2) are examples of molecule-based magnets where the CuX4 dimers are linked into ladders by quinoxaline molecules, where X is either Cl or Br. The rung exchange occurs through the bridging halides while the rail exchange occurs through the quinoxaline rings. Introducing random rung interactions into the system [ Cu (quinoxaline) (Br2)1-x (Cl2)x ] has caused the spin gap to close, in contrast with the gapped pure spin ladder parents. Crystal growth of non-magnetic-doped molecular magnets, CdxCu1 - x (2 , 3 - dimethylpyrazine)Br2 , have been performed for several values of the nominal conentration, x, and have been confirmed. The magnetizations and susceptibilities of the magnetically diluted ladder assemblage are presented along with a comparison of the effects of dilution from the pure case (x=0).

  8. ZnO/Cu(InGa)Se.sub.2 solar cells prepared by vapor phase Zn doping

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    Ramanathan, Kannan; Hasoon, Falah S.; Asher, Sarah E.; Dolan, James; Keane, James C.

    2007-02-20

    A process for making a thin film ZnO/Cu(InGa)Se.sub.2 solar cell without depositing a buffer layer and by Zn doping from a vapor phase, comprising: depositing Cu(InGa)Se.sub.2 layer on a metal back contact deposited on a glass substrate; heating the Cu(InGa)Se.sub.2 layer on the metal back contact on the glass substrate to a temperature range between about 100.degree. C. to about 250.degree. C.; subjecting the heated layer of Cu(InGa)Se.sub.2 to an evaporant species from a Zn compound; and sputter depositing ZnO on the Zn compound evaporant species treated layer of Cu(InGa)Se.sub.2.

  9. Deliberate and Accidental Gas-Phase Alkali Doping of Chalcogenide Semiconductors: Cu(In,Ga)Se2

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    Colombara, Diego; Berner, Ulrich; Ciccioli, Andrea; Malaquias, João C.; Bertram, Tobias; Crossay, Alexandre; Schöneich, Michael; Meadows, Helene J.; Regesch, David; Delsante, Simona; Gigli, Guido; Valle, Nathalie; Guillot, Jérome; El Adib, Brahime; Grysan, Patrick; Dale, Phillip J.

    2017-02-01

    Alkali metal doping is essential to achieve highly efficient energy conversion in Cu(In,Ga)Se2 (CIGSe) solar cells. Doping is normally achieved through solid state reactions, but recent observations of gas-phase alkali transport in the kesterite sulfide (Cu2ZnSnS4) system (re)open the way to a novel gas-phase doping strategy. However, the current understanding of gas-phase alkali transport is very limited. This work (i) shows that CIGSe device efficiency can be improved from 2% to 8% by gas-phase sodium incorporation alone, (ii) identifies the most likely routes for gas-phase alkali transport based on mass spectrometric studies, (iii) provides thermochemical computations to rationalize the observations and (iv) critically discusses the subject literature with the aim to better understand the chemical basis of the phenomenon. These results suggest that accidental alkali metal doping occurs all the time, that a controlled vapor pressure of alkali metal could be applied during growth to dope the semiconductor, and that it may have to be accounted for during the currently used solid state doping routes. It is concluded that alkali gas-phase transport occurs through a plurality of routes and cannot be attributed to one single source.

  10. Phase transition in nonmagnetic Al-doped delafossite oxide CuCrO{sub 2}: Monte Carlo simulation

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    Yan, Z.R.; Qin, M.H., E-mail: qinmh@scnu.edu.cn

    2015-10-09

    In this work, the effects of the lattice defects and random exchange interaction on the phase transition in the classical frustrated spin model (Lin et al., 2014) [14] are investigated by Monte Carlo simulation in order to study the nonmagnetic Al doping effect in CuCrO{sub 2}. It is observed that the long range magnetic order can be significantly suppressed by the lattice defects and random exchange induced by the Al substitution, qualitatively consistent with experimental observation. Thus, both the lattice defects and random exchange are confirmed to be responsible for the variation of the transition temperature of CuCr{sub 1−x}Al{sub x}O{sub 2} with x. - Highlights: • Al doping effect on phase transition in CuCrO{sub 2} is studied by Monte Carlo simulation of a classical Heisenberg model. • Both the lattice defects and random exchange contribute to the variation of the transition temperature of CuCr{sub 1−x}Al{sub x}O{sub 2} with x. • The effect of the lattice defects is proved to be dominant in the Al doping effect in CuCrO{sub 2}.

  11. Synthesis and Mössbauer characterization of Cu and Cr doped magnetites

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    Barrero, C. A.

    2003-12-01

    Full Text Available A detailed Mössbauer investigation of magnetites prepared under different hydrothermal conditions and doped with Cu and Cr is presented. The samples were characterized by means of room temperature Mössbauer spectrometry, infrared spectroscopy, and X-ray diffraction. Mössbauer results show that the hydrothermal method produces highy stoichiometric and relatively well-crystallized magnetites. The results suggest that the best samples are obtained when the alkaline solution is added quickly to the ferrous solution. It was also found that mixing the solutions under constant ultrasonic stirring produce magnetites with slightly better crystallinity and stoichiometry than the samples produced under magnetic or nitrogen bubbling stirring. The effect of the Cu and Cr on the hyperfine parameters is also presented and discussed.

    Se presenta una investigación Mössbauer detallada de magnetitas preparadas bajo diferentes condiciones hidrotermales y dopadas con Cu y Cr. Las muestras fueron caracterizadas utilizando la espectrometría Mössbauer a temperatura ambiente, espectroscopia infrarroja y difracción de rayos X. Los resultados Mössbauer muestran que el método hidrotermal produce magnetitas altamente estequiométricas y relativamente bien cristalizadas. Los resultados sugieren que las mejores muestras se obtienen cuando la solución alcalina se añade rápidamente a la solución ferrosa. Se encontró que la mezcla de las soluciones bajo agitación ultrasónica constante produce magnetitas con cristalinidad y estequiometría levemente mejores que las muestras producidas bajo agitación magnética o por burbujeo de nitrógeno. También se presentan y se discuten los efectos del Cu y del Cr en los parámetros hiperfinos.

  12. Spectral investigations on undoped and Cu²⁺ doped ZnO-CdS composite nanopowders.

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    Rao, G Thirumala; Babu, B; Stella, R Joyce; Manjari, V Pushpa; Ravikumar, R V S S N

    2015-03-15

    Undoped and Cu(2+) doped ZnO-CdS composite nanopowders were synthesized by simple chemical precipitation method. Structural and spectroscopic properties of the prepared samples have been characterized by XRD, SEM with EDS, TEM, FT-IR, UV-Vis, EPR and Photoluminescence studies. X-ray diffraction pattern contains a series of peaks corresponds to hexagonal phase of ZnO and CdS. The average crystallite sizes of undoped and Cu(2+) doped samples are determined and are in the range of 25-30 nm. SEM and TEM micrographs reveal that the samples show spherical like structures with little agglomeration. FT-IR spectra show the fundamental mode of vibrations of ZnO at 515 cm(-1), CdS at 621 cm(-1) and other functional groups. Optical absorption spectrum of Cu(2+) doped sample consists of three bands at 665, 823 and 1192 nm attributed to the transitions (2)B1g→(2)Eg, (2)B2g and (2)A1g respectively. Crystal field and tetragonal field parameters are evaluated as Dq=1214, Ds=1610 and Dt=389 cm(-1). From EPR, spin-Hamiltonian and hyperfine splitting parameters are evaluated for Cu(2+) doped sample as g‖=2.3391, g⊥=2.0550 and A‖=130×10(-4) cm(-1), A⊥=36×10(-4) cm(-1). The optical and EPR data suggests that Cu(2+) entered into host lattice as tetragonally distorted octahedral site symmetry. PL spectra consists two emission bands at 367, 380 nm in UV region. A sharp blue emission peak at 425 nm and a broad green emission peak in the range of 450-570 nm are observed. The enhanced visible emission is observed after doping.

  13. Effects of Cu-doping on the magnetic state of Zn(0.9-x)Fe0.1Cu(x)O.

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    Ziq, Kh A; Ismail, A; Salem, A F; Ahmed, Shakeel; Ghannam, A

    2011-03-01

    Magnetization measurements were performed on a series of Zn(0.9-x)Fe0.1Cu(x)O samples (0 magnetization and enhances the hysteresis losses. Curie behavior of the susceptibility at high temperature indicates the presence of ferromagnetic exchange interaction. Moreover, we found that the exchange interaction and the molecular field coefficient are both ferromagnetic and greatly enhanced with Cu-doping; however, the Arrott-Belov-Kouvel plot did not reveal the presence of spontaneous magnetization down to 4.2 K.

  14. Effects of doping La and Cu on photoinduced charge properties of TiO2 and its relationships with photocatalytic activity

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    JING; Liqiang; SUN; Zhihua; YUAN; Fulong; WANG; Baiqi; XIN; Baifu; FU; Honggang

    2006-01-01

    The pure, 1 mol% only La or only Cu doped TiO2 and La and Cu codoped TiO2 were prepared by a sol-gel process. The effects of doping on photoinduced charge properties of nanosized TiO2 were mainly investigated by means of Surface Photovoltage Spectrum (SPS) and Photoluminescence Spectrum (PL), together with their relationships with photocatalytic activity. The results show that La dopant can inhibit the phase transformation of TiO2, meanwhile improve the separation rate of photoinduced charge carriers, and enrich the binding surface states. However, Cu dopant has a reverse effect compared to La dopant. This is responsible for the results that doping La is favorable for the increase in the photocatalytic activity for degrading the RhB solution, while doping Cu is bad to photocatalyitc reaction. In addition, codoping La and Cu cannot exhibit an obvious combination effect.

  15. Near Band Edge Emission by Free Exciton Decay and Intrinsic Ferromagnetic Ordering of Cu-Doped SnO2 Hollow Nanofibers.

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    Mohanapriya, P; Jaya, N Victor

    2015-03-01

    High quality nanocrystalline pristine and Cu-doped SnO2 hollow nanofibers were successfully prepared through simple and effective electrospinning technique. Nanofibers calcined at 600 °C for 3 h were characterized with different analytical techniques such as X-ray diffraction (XRD), Transmission electron Microscope (TEM) and Vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). Observed TEM images and XRD patterns were corroborate to the formation of tetragonal crystalline SnO2 hollow nanofibers with rutile phase. Excellent optical behaviour was observed for Cu-doped SnO2. Highly intense near band edge emission at 3.58 eV for Cu-doped SnO2 evidences the free exciton decay process in the hollow nanofibers. For the first time we have reported here the near band edge PL emission in Cu-doped SnO2 tubular hollow nanostructure. This study substantiates that material potential for UV-lasing application. In addition to the above, magnetic measurement ascribes that Cu-doped SnO2 exhibit the intrinsic room temperature ferromagnetism within the low field strength. The occurrence of ferromagnetism in Cu-doped SnO2 is directly related to the p-d ferromagnetic exchange coupling between the local magnetic moment of Cu2+ and the polarized valence electrons of surrounding oxygen. Over all this study provides the primary information about tunable multifunctionality of SnO2 hollow nanostructures by adding the non-magnetic Cu ions.

  16. Enhanced visible light photocatalytic activity in N-doped edge- and corner-truncated octahedral Cu2O

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    Zou, Mingming; Liu, Honghong; Feng, Lu; Thomas, Tiju; Yang, Minghui

    2017-03-01

    Edge- and corner-truncated octahedral Cu2O is successfully synthesized using an aqueous mixture of CuCl2, sodium dodecyl sulfate, NaOH, and NH2OH3·HCl. Cu2O1-xNx(150 °C, 30 min) samples are synthesized by nitridation of Cu2O using an ammonothermal process. Cu retains a formal valence state through and beyond the nitridation process. N concentration in this sample is 1.73 at%, out of which 1.08 at% is substitutional in nature. Photocatalytic activity of Cu2O1-xNx(150 °C, 30 min) sample is investigated and compared to that of pristine edge- and corner-truncated octahedral Cu2O. Results show that Cu2O1-xNx(150 °C, 30 min) sample with dominant {110} facets has a higher photocatalytic activity than the pristine Cu2O material. Higher surface energy and a greater density of the "Cu" dangling bonds on {110} facets of edge- and corner-truncated octahedral Cu2O1-xNx is the plausible reason for the observed optimum catalytic activity. Furthermore defect states induced by nitridation results in improved visible light adsorption. And also the band edge states changes which brought about by N doping. This is an interesting result since it bypasses the usual challenge faced by pristine Cu2O which have band edge states between which transitions are normally forbidden. Selective radical quenching experiments suggest that photocatalytic activity of Cu2O1-xNx is due to formation of hydroxyl radicals in water, subsequent to photogeneration of charge carriers in the photocatalyst.

  17. Effect of particle size on the exchange bias of Fe-doped CuO nanoparticles

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    Yin, S. Y.; Yuan, S. L.; Tian, Z. M.; Liu, L.; Wang, C. H.; Zheng, X. F.; Duan, H. N.; Huo, S. X.

    2010-02-01

    Effect of particle size on exchange bias in Fe-doped CuO nanoparticles is investigated, which are sintered at different temperatures from 350 to 650 °C, respectively. The structure and magnetic properties for different particle size samples were probed. It is found that the system shows magnetic properties transition from paramagnetic to ferromagnetic with increasing grain size, and exhibits the variations in exchange bias field (HEB) and coercivity (HC) at low temperature after field-cooled from 300 K. With the increase in the particles size, HEB decreases monotonously. Furthermore, vertical magnetization shift was also observed for the small particles. Exchange bias is attributed to the exchange coupling interactions between ferromagnetic and spin-glass-like (or antiferromagnetic) phase interface layers.

  18. Tunable Room Temperature Second Harmonic Generation in Glasses Doped with CuCI Nanocrystalline Quantum Dots

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    Thantu, Napoleon; Schley, Robert Scott; B. L. Justus

    2003-05-01

    Two-photon excited emission centered at 379-426 nm in photodarkening borosilicate glass doped with CuCl nanocrystalline quantum dots at room temperature has been observed. The emission is detected in the direction of the fundamental near-infrared beam. Time- and frequency-resolved measurements at room temperature and 77 K indicate that the emission is largely coherent light characteristic of second harmonic generation (SHG). An average conversion efficiency of ~10-10 is obtained for a 2 mm thick sample. The observed SHG can originate in the individual noncentrosymmetric nanocrystals, leading to a bulk-like contribution, and at the nanocrystal-glass interface, leading to a surface contribution. The bulk-like conversion efficiency is estimated using previously reported values of coherence length (5m) and bulk nonlinear susceptibility. This bulk-like conversion efficiency estimate is found to be smaller than the measured value, suggesting a more prominent surface contribution.

  19. Enhanced photorefractive performance of bulk cu-doped KNSBN crystals through surface electrostatic modification

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    Li, Liang; Zhang, Jingwen; Zhao, Hua

    2017-01-01

    The remarkable photorefractivity enhancement was observed and investigated in copper-doped (K0.5Na0.5)0.2(Sr0.75Ba0.25)0.9Nb2O6 (Cu:KNSBN) crystals due to charge accumulation on the surface, stemming from electrostrictive effect. This electrostatic modification to the surface was studied with conventional two beam coupling experiment and over 17 high diffraction orders were observed. To estimate the amount of charge accumulation, the surface charge density was measured through direct current measurement using a close loop circuit. It was believed that a thin phase grating was responsible for the diffraction pattern, which was confirmed by the related reading experiment. Corresponding calculation and analysis were given to highlight the strong refractive index modulation of the gratings.

  20. Designing multifunctional chemical sensors using Ni and Cu doped carbon nanotubes

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    Mowbray, Duncan; García Lastra, Juan Maria; Thygesen, Kristian Sommer

    2010-01-01

    We demonstrate a “bottom up” approach to the computational design of a multifunctional chemical sensor. General techniques are employed for describing the adsorption coverage and resistance properties of the sensor based on density functional theory and non-equilibrium Green's function methodolog......We demonstrate a “bottom up” approach to the computational design of a multifunctional chemical sensor. General techniques are employed for describing the adsorption coverage and resistance properties of the sensor based on density functional theory and non-equilibrium Green's function...... methodologies, respectively. Specifically, we show how Ni and Cu doped metallic (6,6) single-walled carbon nanotubes may work as effective multifunctional sensors for both CO and NH3....

  1. CuO nanoparticles supported on nitrogen and sulfur co-doped graphene nanocomposites for non-enzymatic glucose sensing

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    Li, Meixia; Guo, Qingbin; Xie, Juan; Li, Yongde; Feng, Yapeng

    2017-01-01

    Developing highly active catalysts to promote the electrocatalytic glucose oxidation (EGO) is a crucial demand for non-enzymatic glucose sensing. Herein, we reported the use of nitrogen and sulfur co-doped graphene (NSG) as a novel support material for anchoring CuO nanoparticles and obtained CuO/NSG was employed as an efficient EGO catalyst for non-enzymatic glucose sensing. The results showed that the NSG endowed the CuO/NSG with large surface area, increased structural defects, improved conductivity, and strong covalent coupling between NSG and CuO. Owing to the significant contribution of NSG and the synergistic effect of NSG and CuO, the CuO/NSG exhibited a remarkably higher EGO activity than CuO and CuO/reduced graphene oxide. The CuO/NSG-based sensor displayed excellent glucose sensing performances with a considerably low detection limit of 0.07 μM. These findings elucidate that the NSG is a promising support material for non-enzymatic glucose detection.

  2. Synthesis and structural characterization of uranium-doped Ca2CuO3, a one-dimensional quantum antiferromagnet

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    Hoang, Nam Nhat; Huynh, Dang Chinh; Nguyen, Thuy Trang; Nguyen, Duc Tho; Ngo, Duc The; Finnie, Michael; Nguyen, Chau

    2008-08-01

    The technological settings of a modified sol-gel method for the preparation of highly fine homogeneous powder of Ca2CuO3 doped with uranium 238 ( x= 0.0 0.05) is presented. The analysis of structure, purity of phases and the justification for the role of uranium in the given compounds are provided, together with an almost complete classification of the observed optical phonons by means of Raman, IR measurements and ab initio calculations. A significant reduction in particle size was achieved by doping, and a strong correlation between resistivity and doping concentration was observed and explained using the phonon-assisted electron hopping conduction model. The persistence of a covalent insulation state in all compounds is an interesting feature of this doping.

  3. Structure and properties of YBa2Cu3O7-δ superconductor doped with bulk cadmium oxide

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    A Echresh

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, the Y1-xCdxBa2Cu3O7-δ superconductor with x=0, 0.05, 0.1, 0.15, 0.2, 0.3, 0.4, 0.5 are prepared using the solid state method and the structure, electrical resistance, critical current density and critical temperature of it, have been studied. The results show that these doping do not affect so much on the structure and lattice parameters. The electrical resistance of samples increased with doping. A little amount of doping cadmium improve critical current density such that the sample x=0.1 has a maximum critical current density among the samples. The critical temperature with doping cadmium up to x=0.2 has little fluctuation and its variation can be ignored, but by increasing up to x=0.5 the critical temperature decreases gradually.

  4. Investigation of a Cu/Pd Bimetallic System Electrodeposited on Boron-Doped Diamond Films for Application in Electrocatalytic Reduction of Nitrate

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    Jorge T. Matsushima

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The Cu/Pd bimetallic system electrodeposited on boron-doped diamond (BDD films for application, as electrode material in the electrochemical reduction of nitrate was studied. The electrochemical behavior of Cu, Pd, and Cu/Pd bimetallic system was evaluated by cyclic voltammetry. From these results, the formation of the Cu/Pd composite was verified. In addition, Cu with different phases and a Cu/Pd phase in the composite were obtained. Morphological analysis by scanning electron microscopy (SEM revealed a homogeneous distribution of Cu/Pd bimetallic particles with intermediary dimensions compared to those observed in Cu or Pd electrodeposits separately. These composites were tested as electrocatalysts for nitrate reduction in Britton-Robinson buffer solution (pH 9. Electrochemical measurements showed that composites with higher Cu content displayed the best electrocatalytic activity for nitrate reduction, and the Cu/Pd phase in the bimetallic system served to improve the Cu adherence on BDD electrode.

  5. Preparation and characterization of ultrafine nanoparticles of Cu doped lithium tetraborate

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    Nasrin Khalilzadeh

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available This study details an innovative single-step thermal synthesis of nano-sized lithium tetraborate doped with 0.1 %wt copper and its characterization. The heating temperature for the synthesis of the nanoparticle material was optimized by variation between 200 and 850 °C. The optimum amount of polyvinyl pyrrolidone (PVP the capping agent was determined to be 0.027 mol per 1 g LTB-Cu. The calcination time was 2 h. Characterization of the samples was carried out using Thermogravimetry Analysis (TGA, Derivative Thermogravimetry (DTG, Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC, Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR Spectroscopy, X-ray diffractometer (XRD, transmission electron microscopy (TEM and Ultraviolet–Visible (UV–Vis spectroscopy. The product was thermally stable above 450 °C. FTIR, XRD and TEM results confirmed the formation of pure nano-crystalline copper doped lithium tetraborate between 450 and 750 °C. The optical bandgap was estimated to be 5.02–6.05 eV in the presence of different amounts of PVP at various calcination temperatures.

  6. A Win-Win Effect for Both the Ferromagnetism and the Dopability of p-Type Doping in ZnO:(Cu+N)

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    Wei, Ling; Zhang, Wei-Feng

    2013-08-01

    We investigate the electronic structures and magnetic properties of ZnO doped with N, Cu, and (Cu+N) by using a first principles method and considering the strong correlation effect. It is interesting to compare these three systems. ZnO:N has weak p-type doping and unstable ferromagnetism, while ZnO:Cu becomes insulating due to the Jahn—Teller effect. Cu and N codoping can not only greatly improve the dopability of p-type doping accompanying the Jahn—Teller fading, but also enhance the ferromagnetism at the same time. The calculation results indicate that there is a win-win effect between N and Cu dopants in the ZnO:(Cu+N) system, which could possibly find applications in spintronics besides optoelectronics.

  7. Post-annealing effect on the room-temperature ferromagnetism in Cu-doped ZnO thin films

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    Hu, Yu-Min, E-mail: ymhu@nuk.edu.tw; Kuang, Chein-Hsiun; Han, Tai-Chun; Yu, Chin-Chung [Department of Applied Physics, National University of Kaohsiung, Kaohsiung 811, Taiwan (China); Li, Sih-Sian [Institute of Electro-Optical Science and Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan 701, Taiwan (China)

    2015-05-07

    In this work, we investigated the structural and magnetic properties of both as-deposited and post-annealed Cu-doped ZnO thin films for better understanding the possible mechanisms of room-temperature ferromagnetism (RT-FM) in ZnO-based diluted magnetic oxides. All of the films have a c-axis-oriented wurtzite structure and display RT-FM. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy results showed that the incorporated Cu ions in as-deposited films are in 1+ valence state merely, while an additional 2+ valence state occurs in post-annealed films. The presence of Cu{sup 2+} state in post-annealed film accompanies a higher magnetization value than that of as-deposited film and, in particular, the magnetization curves at 10 K and 300 K of the post-annealed film separate distinctly. Since Cu{sup 1+} ion has a filled 3d band, the RT-FM in as-deposited Cu-doped ZnO thin films may stem solely from intrinsic defects, while that in post-annealed films is enhanced due to the presence of CuO crystallites.

  8. XRD and XANES study of some Cu-doped MnBi materials

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    Mishra, Ashutosh; Patil, Harsha

    2016-10-01

    High purity MnBi low temperature phase has been prepared and analyzed using X- ray diffraction (XRD) and X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) measurements. The X-ray diffraction measurements were carried out using Bruker D8 Advance X-ray diffractometer. The X-rays were produced using a sealed tube and the wavelength of X-ray was 154 nm (Cu K-alpha). and X-rays were detected using a fast counting detector based on Silicon strip technology (Bruker LynxEye detector)[1]. and the X-ray absorption spectra has emerged as a powerful technique for local structure determination, which can be applied to any type of material. The X-ray absorption measurements of two Cu-doped MnBi alloys have been performed at the recently developed BL-8 Dispersive EXAFS beam line at 2.5 GeV Indus-2 synchrotron at RRCAT, Indore, India[2]. The X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) data obtained has been processed using data analysis program Athena. The energies of the K absorption edge, chemical shifts, edge-widths, shifts of the principal absorption maximum in the alloys have been determined.

  9. A Novel Method for Preparation of Zn-Doped CuInS2 Solar Cells and Their Photovoltaic Performance

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    Cheng-Hsiung Peng

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available In this study, a novel method was proposed to synthesize high quality Zn-doped CuInS2 nanocrystals under high frequency magnetic field at ambient conditions. The magnetic Zn-doping gave superparamagnetic heating of the resulting nanocrystals via magnetic induction, causing an accelerating growth rate of the doped CuInS2 under ambient conditions faster than conventional autoclave synthesis. Shape evolution of the Zn-doped CuInS2 nanocrystals from initially spherical to pyramidal, to cubic, and finally to a bar geometry was detected as a function of time of exposure to magnetic induction. These colloidal solvents with different shaped nanocrystals were further used as “nanoink” to fabricate a simple thin film solar device; the best efficiency we obtained of these crystals was 1.01% with a 1.012 μm thickness absorber layer (bar geometry. The efficiency could be promoted to 1.44% after the absorber was thickened to 2.132 μm.

  10. Formation of polar surfaces in microstructured ZnO by doping with Cu and applications in photocatalysis using visible light

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    Pawar, Rajendra C.; Choi, Da-Hyun; Lee, Jai-Sung; Lee, Caroline S., E-mail: sunyonglee@hanyang.ac.kr

    2015-02-01

    We report the synthesis of copper-doped zinc oxide microstructures with a large amount of polar surfaces using a single-step facile chemical method by collecting powders of zinc oxide (ZnO) microstructures. It was found that rod-like morphology of ZnO transformed into disk and sphere-like structure with nanosheets. Hollow disk-like structures were formed due to the surface etching properties of Cl{sup −} ions in the copper chloride precursor. The photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue (MB) and rhodamine B (RhB) dyes was measured under irradiation with visible light using the structures as catalysts. The Cu-doped ZnO exhibited better photodegradation properties than did undoped ZnO. The enhanced performance is attributed to the existence of (001) polar surfaces, oxygen vacancies, and increased optical absorbance at visible wavelengths, which is consistent with the field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), room temperature photoluminescence (PL), and optical absorbance measurements. These favorable photocatalytic properties of the doped microstructures demonstrate their potential for use in wastewater treatment. - Graphical abstract: Graphical abstract shows the electron transfer mechanism under visible light for Cu-doped ZnO microstructures and the photocatalytic degradation of dye. - Highlights: • Cu induced microstructures of ZnO with polar surfaces. • Methylene blue degradation under visible light irradiation. • Room temperature ferromagnetism due to oxygen vacancies in ZnO. • 7% Cu–ZnO has highest photocatalytic activity.

  11. Catalytic activity of Pd-doped Cu nanoparticles for hydrogenation as a single-atom-alloy catalyst.

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    Cao, Xinrui; Fu, Qiang; Luo, Yi

    2014-05-14

    The single atom alloy of extended surfaces is known to provide remarkably enhanced catalytic performance toward heterogeneous hydrogenation. Here we demonstrate from first principles calculations that this approach can be extended to nanostructures, such as bimetallic nanoparticles. The catalytic properties of the single-Pd-doped Cu55 nanoparticles have been systemically examined for H2 dissociation as well as H atom adsorption and diffusion, following the concept of single atom alloy. It is found that doping a single Pd atom at the edge site of the Cu55 shell can considerably reduce the activation energy of H2 dissociation, while the single Pd atom doped at the top site or in the inner layers is much less effective. The H atom adsorption on Cu55 is slightly stronger than that on the Cu(111) surface; however, a larger nanoparticle that contains 147 atoms could effectively recover the weak binding of the H atoms. We have also investigated the H atom diffusion on the 55-atom nanoparticle and found that spillover of the produced H atoms could be a feasible process due to the low diffusion barriers. Our results have demonstrated that facile H2 dissociation and weak H atom adsorption could be combined at the nanoscale. Moreover, the effects of doping one more Pd atom on the H2 dissociation and H atom adsorption have also been investigated. We have found that both the doping Pd atoms in the most stable configuration could independently exhibit their catalytic activity, behaving as two single-atom-alloy catalysts.

  12. Optical and magnetic properties of Co-doped CuO flower/plates/particles-like nanostructures.

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    Basith, N Mohamed; Vijaya, J Judith; Kennedy, L John; Bououdina, M; Hussain, Shamima

    2014-03-01

    In this study, pure and Co-doped CuO nanostructures (0.5, 1.0, 1.5, and 2.0 at wt% of Co) were synthesized by microwave combustion method. The prepared samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), high resolution scanning electron microscopy (HR-SEM), energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDX), diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS), photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy and vibrating sample magnetometry (VSM). Powder X-ray diffraction patterns refined by the Rietveld method indicated the formation of single-phase monoclinic structure. The surface morphology and elemental analysis of Co-doped CuO nanostructures were studied by using HR-SEM and EDX. Interestingly, the morphology was found to change considerably from nanoflowers to nanoplates then to nanoparticles with the variation of Co concentration. The optical band gap calculated using DRS was found to be 2.1 eV for pure CuO and increases up to 3.4 eV with increasing cobalt content. Photoluminescence measurements also confirm these results. The magnetic measurements indicated that the obtained nanostructures were ferromagnetic at room temperature with an optimum value of saturation magnetization at 1.0 wt.% of Co-doped CuO, i.e., 970 micro emu/g.

  13. Alloying Effects on the Phase Stability and Mechanical Properties of Doped Cu-Sn IMCs: A First-Principle Study

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    Zhang, Yong; Yuan, Ding-Wang; Chen, Jiang-Hua; Zeng, Guang; Fan, Tou-Wen; Liu, Zi-Ran; Wu, Cui-Lan; Liu, Ling-Hong

    2016-08-01

    Cu-Sn phases are important intermetallic compounds formed at the interface between solder and substrate in the soldering process. They exist in several crystal structures ( η', η, η 1 and η 2, etc.). The solid-state phase transformation that occurs among Cu-Sn intermetallic compounds is a crucial issue for industry applications, because the associated volume change inevitably leads to microstructural instability. Generally, four alloying elements, i.e., Ni, Au, Zn, and indium (In), are used as alloying elements to stabilize the high temperature hexagonal η-phase. However, the physical mechanism of this stabilization effect, especially on the high temperature η 1 and η 2 phases, is still unclear. In the present study, first-principle calculations were performed to study the stability and mechanical properties of Cu5Sn4 ( η 1 and η 2) and Cu6Sn5 ( η') when doped with Ni, Au, Zn, and indium alloying elements. It is shown that their phase stability and mechanical properties could be enhanced by these elements in some circumstances. Ni-doping can significantly enhance both the stability and the mechanical properties of the three phases, whereas Zn-doping exhibits a significant effect on that of the η 2 phase.

  14. Studies on structural, optical and magnetic properties of Mg- and Li-doped Cu:ZnO films

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    Vachhani, P. S.; Rawal, Amit H.; Bhatnagar, A. K.; Choudhary, R. J.; Phase, D. M.; Rajput, Parasmani; Jha, S. N.; Bhattacharyya, D.

    2017-07-01

    Structural, optical and magnetic properties of Zn0.96Li0.02Cu0.02O and Zn0.98-x Mg x Cu0.02O (x  =  0.00, 0.02, 0.08) films grown by pulsed laser deposition (PLD) on a glass substrate coated with indium tin oxide (ITO) are presented in this paper. X-ray diffraction (XRD) measurements confirmed good structural quality without any impurity. No E 2(high) mode is observed in Raman spectra, possibly due to the breaking of translational symmetry caused by the intrinsic defects or by the dopant. Optical measurements show an increase in the bandgap of Mg- and Li-doped Cu:ZnO films with respect to that of Cu:ZnO film. Extended x-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy (EXAFS) measurements at the Zn K-edge show some change in the coordination number, but no significant change was observed in the bond distances of the first and the second shells. The mean square relative displacement σ 2 increases with doping, indicating higher disorder in films caused by Mg and Li doping. No evidence of ferromagnetism is found in these films at 300 K.

  15. A p → n transition for Sn-doped Cu(In,Ga)Se{sub 2} bulk materials

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    Monsefi, Mehrdad; Kuo, Dong-Hau, E-mail: dhkuo@mail.ntust.edu.tw

    2013-08-15

    Cu(In,Ga)Se{sub 2} (CIGSe) pellets at different Sn contents were fabricated by reactive liquid-phase sintering at 600–700 °C with the help of sintering aids of Sb{sub 2}S{sub 3} and Te. Powder preparation was based upon the molecular formula of Cu{sub 0.9}[(In{sub 0.7−x}Sn{sub x}Ga{sub 0.3}){sub 0.9}Sb{sub 0.1}](S{sub 0.15}Te{sub 0.2}Se{sub 1.65}) or Sn-x-CIGSe. Morphology, structure, and electrical property of Sn-doped CIGSe bulks were investigated. The composition of Sn-doped CIGSe is purposely designed for studying the doping effect on the CIGSe performance. The unexpected increase in hole concentration of CIGSe due to the donor doping is rationalized. A controllable n-type semiconductor is deliberately achieved for Sn-0.15-CIGSe and important for making a p/n homojunction in CIGSe solar cells. - Graphical abstract: The controls in defect type and electrical properties of Cu(In,Ga)Se{sub 2} by doping Sn{sup 4+} on the In{sup 3+} site. Highlights: • n-type Sn-CIGSe with n{sub e} of 6.4×10{sup 16} cm{sup −3} and μ{sub e} of 2.3 cm{sup 2}/V s was obtained. • This n-type Sn-CIGSe was obtained by material design and composition control. • The reported n-type CIGSe was obtained from the Zn/CIGSe and CdS/CIGSe bilayers. • Extrinsic donor doping was explored through the results of electrical properties. • A n/p homojunction with Sn-CIGSe and undoped one can be used for solar cell devices.

  16. Mechanochemically assisted solid-state and citric acid complex syntheses of Cu-doped sodium cobaltite ceramics

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    Pršić, S., E-mail: sanjaprsic@imsi.bg.ac.rs [Institute for Multidisciplinary Research, University of Belgrade, Kneza Višeslava 1, 11030 Belgrade (Serbia); Savić, S.M., E-mail: slavicas@imsi.bg.ac.rs [Institute for Multidisciplinary Research, University of Belgrade, Kneza Višeslava 1, 11030 Belgrade (Serbia); Branković, Z., E-mail: zorica.brankovic@imsi.bg.ac.rs [Institute for Multidisciplinary Research, University of Belgrade, Kneza Višeslava 1, 11030 Belgrade (Serbia); Vrtnik, S., E-mail: stane.vrtnik@ijs.si [Institute Jožef Stefan, Condensed Matter Physics, Jamova cesta 39, 1000 Ljubljana (Slovenia); Dapčević, A., E-mail: hadzi-tonic@tmf.bg.ac.rs [Department of General and Inorganic Chemistry, Faculty of Technology and Metallurgy, University of Belgrade, Karnegijeva 4, 11120 Belgrade (Serbia); Branković, G., E-mail: goran.brankovic@imsi.bg.ac.rs [Institute for Multidisciplinary Research, University of Belgrade, Kneza Višeslava 1, 11030 Belgrade (Serbia)

    2015-08-15

    Highlights: • Sodium cobaltite was synthesized by mechanochemically assisted solid-state reaction and citric acid complex (CAC) method. • We investigated effect of Cu-doping in NaCo{sub 2−x}Cu{sub x}O{sub 4} (x = 0, 0.01, 0.03, 0.05). • ICP analysis showed that the controlling of the samples composition is easier by the CAC method. • The Seebeck coefficient in Cu-doped samples was higher compared to the undoped one. • The highest figure of merit was observed in the sample with the lowest Cu concentration. - Abstract: In the last decade, the sodium cobaltite ceramic became a promising candidate for potential thermoelectric applications, because of its large thermopower and low resistivity. In this work, polycrystalline samples of NaCo{sub 2−x}Cu{sub x}O{sub 4} (x = 0, 0.01, 0.03, 0.05) were prepared using mechanochemically assisted solid-state reaction method (MASSR) and the citric acid complex method (CAC). Bulk samples were prepared by pressing into disc-shaped pellets and subsequently subjected to a thermal treatment at 880 °C in inert argon atmosphere. Changes in structural and microstructural characteristics of the samples, caused by the substitution of Cu for Co, were characterized using X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis, and scanning electron microscopy (SEM), respectively. The results of inductively coupled plasma (ICP) analysis showed that the compositions of the final products correspond to γ-NaCo{sub 2}O{sub 4} and confirmed that desired compound was obtained in both syntheses procedures. The advantages and disadvantages of these two syntheses procedures have been observed and discussed: the CAC method enabled obtaining samples with higher density and fine microstructure compared to the MASSR method, thus better thermoelectric properties. The Cu{sup 2+} substitution led to the increase in Seebeck coefficient in both synthesis routes. The highest figure of merit of 0.022 at 300 K was observed for the sample doped with 1 mol% Cu, obtained by

  17. Electrolyte influence on the Cu nanoparticles electrodeposition onto boron doped diamond electrode; Influencia do eletrolito na eletrodeposicao de nanoparticulas de Cu sobre eletrodo de diamante dopado com boro

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    Matsushima, Jorge Tadao; Santos, Laura Camila Diniz; Couto, Andrea Boldarini; Baldan, Mauricio Ribeiro; Ferreira, Neidenei Gomes [Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais (INPE), Sao Jose dos Campos, SP (Brazil)

    2012-07-01

    This paper presents the electrolyte influence on deposition and dissolution processes of Cu nanoparticles on boron doped diamond electrodes (DDB). Morphological, structural and electrochemical analysis showed BDD films with good reproducibility, quality and reversible in a specific redox system. Electrodeposition of Cu nanoparticles on DDB electrodes in three different solutions was influenced by pH and ionic strength of the electrolytic medium. Analyzing the process as function of the scan rate, it was verified a better efficiency in 0,5 mol L{sup -1} Na{sub 2}SO{sub 4} solution. Under the influence of the pH and ionic strength, Cu nanoparticles on DDB may be obtained with different morphologies and it was important for defining the desired properties. (author)

  18. Doping-Induced Change of Superconducting Gap Anisotropy in Bi_2Sr_2Ca_1Cu_2O8+δ

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    Kelley, R. J.; Quitmann, C.; Onellion, M.; Berger, H.; Almeras, P.; Margaritondo, G.

    1996-03-01

    High-resolution angle-resolved photoemission measurements were performed on single crystals of Bi_2Sr_2Ca_1Cu_2O8+δ with different oxygen stoichiometries. The data establish that the gap anisotropy (ratio of the gap along Gamma-M to the gap along Gamma-X) can be reversibly changed from ~20:1 (optimal or underdoped) to ~2:1 (overdoped). Differences in sample doping explain the conflicting reports on gap anisotropy in the literature. Possible effects of this change in gap anisotropy on the symmetry of the order parameter are discussed. There remains some ambiguity as to the relation between the order parameter and doping.

  19. Co-doped Bi 2Sr 2CaCu 2O x: Anderson localization and superconductivity

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    Alméras, P.; Berger, H.; Margaritondo, G.; Ma, Jian; Quitmann, C.; Kelley, R. J.; Onellion, M.

    1994-08-01

    Cobalt-doping of Bi 2Sr 2CaCu 2O x beyond a critical level of 1.5-1.6 at % produces both a large decrease in the superconducting transition critical temperature and all of the classic symptoms of Anderson localization. These include: a negative slope of the abplane resistivity vs temperature, no dispersing states near the Fermi level and a decrease of the photoemission signal in the same region. The correlation between Anderson localization and high-temperature superconductivity at low doping levels supports a non-local interaction for the paring mechanism, such as antiferromagnetic spin fluctuations.

  20. Zn-Doping Dependence of Stripe Order in La1.905Ba0.095CuO4

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    Hucker, M.; Zimmermann, M.v.; Xu, Z.J.; Wen, J.S.; Gu, G.D.; Tian, W.; Zarestky, J.; Tranquada, J.M.

    2011-04-01

    The effect of Zn-doping on the stripe order in La{sub 1.905}Ba{sub 0.095}CuO{sub 4} has been studied by means of x-ray and neutron diffraction as well as magnetization measurements. While 1% Zn leads to an increase of the spin stripe order, it unexpectedly causes a wipe out of the visibility of the charge stripe order. A magnetic field of 10 Tesla applied along the c-axis has no reversing effect on the charge order. We compare this observation with the Zn-doping dependence of the crystal structure, superconductivity, and normal state magnetism.

  1. Electron Doping by Charge Transfer at LaFeO 3 /Sm 2 CuO 4 Epitaxial Interfaces

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    Bruno, Flavio Y. [Universidad Complutense, Spain; Schmidt, R [Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain; Varela, Maria [UCM, Dept Fis Aplicada 3, Madrid, Spain; Garcia-Barriocanal, Javier [Universidad Complutense, Spain; Rivera-Calzada, Alberto [Universidad Complutense, Spain; Cuellar, F. [Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain; Leon, Carlos [Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain; Thakur, P. [European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF); Cezar, J. C. [European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF); Brookes, N. B. [European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF); Garcia-Hernandez, M [Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid (ICMM); Dagotto, Elbio R [ORNL; Pennycook, Stephen J [ORNL; Santamaria, J. [Universidad Complutense, Spain

    2013-01-01

    The breakdown of the lattice translational invariance symmetry that occurs at complex oxide interfaces may profoundly modify their electronic structure, leading to interfacial states with properties drastically different from those of the superlattice individual components. The appearance of a conducting two dimensional (2D) electron gas at the interface between two insulating oxides and induced magnetism in a non-magnetic material are just two among many fascinating examples. [ 1 8 ] One of the key factors underlying novel properties is the modifi cation of the doping and orbital occupancy near those interfaces, which may result from charge transfer processes. [ 3 , 9 11 ] If materials used in heterostructures have different work functions, a non-equilibrium situation will be created at the interface and charge will be transferred until the chemical potential levels off. [ 12 ] The use of such phenomena to modify doping in heterostructures has been proposed theoretically as a new route to avoid the quenched disorder that inevitably accompanies the chemical doping. At the interface between a Mott insulating parent compound of the high critical temperature superconductor (HTSC) family and a suitable material that would act as the charge donor, electron doped phases could be stabilized which would eventually turn metallic and perhaps superconducting. [ 12 , 13 ] Such charge transfer processes have been observed at interfaces involving copper oxides such as La 0.7 Ca 0.3 MnO 3 / YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7 , [ 14 ] La 2 x Sr x CuO 4 /La 2 CuO 4 [ 15 ] and SrTi 1 x Nb x O 3 / Sm 2 CuO 4 . [ 16 ] While a novel 2D superconducting state was found at the La 2-x Sr x CuO 4 /La 2 CuO 4 interface, [ 17 ] the effect of doping by charge transfer could not be examined in the other two cases due to the detrimental effect on the YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7 superconductivity of the spin polarized electrons from La 0.7 Ca 0.3 MnO 3 in one case and due to the conducting nature of the SrTi 1 x Nb x O 3 in the

  2. Tuning of multifunctional Cu-doped ZnO films and nanowires for enhanced piezo/ferroelectric-like and gas/photoresponse properties.

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    Ong, Wei Li; Huang, Hejin; Xiao, Juanxiu; Zeng, Kaiyang; Ho, Ghim Wei

    2014-01-01

    The prospect of tuning and enhancing multiple properties of ZnO from optical, electrical, piezo to ferroelectricity/magnetism with Cu dopants will certainly spur the pursuit of facile doping methodology to immensely advance this field of research. Here, a one-step aqueous synthesis of Cu-doped ZnO nanostructured materials with effective controllability over the morphology (film to nanowire) and doping concentrations both on rigid and flexible substrates has been developed. High structural integrity Cu-doped ZnO films and nanowires were achieved without multiple/harsh post-processing which tends to degrade their functional properties. Comprehensive investigations of varying doping concentrations on the enhancement and tunability of room temperature piezo/ferroelectricity to gas/photosensing multifunctional properties were systematically reported for the first time.

  3. Electronic structure and optical properties of Cu-doping and Zn vacancy impurities in ZnTe.

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    Li, Qing-Fang; Hu, Ge; She, Qing; Yao, Jing; Feng, Wen-Jiang

    2013-09-01

    The geometric structures of perfect ZnTe, that with Zn vacancy (Zn0.875Te), and Cu-doped ZnTe (Zn0.875Cu0.125Te) were optimized using the pseudopotential plane wave (PP-PW) method based on the density functional theory (DFT) within generalized gradient approximation (GGA). The cohesive energy, band structure, density of states, and Mulliken populations were calculated and discussed in detail. On the other hand, an accurate calculation of linear optical functions (the dielectric function, refraction index, reflectivity, conductivity function, and energy-loss spectrum) was performed. The results demonstrated that compared to the perfect ZnTe, the lattice parameters of Zn0.875Te and Zn0.875Cu0.125Te were changed and the cell volumes decreased to some extent due to the vacancy and introduction of impurity. A vacancy acceptor level and an acceptor impurity level were produced in Zn0.875Te and Zn0.875Cu0.125Te, respectively. By comparison, Cu doping in the ZnTe system is relatively stable while the monovacancy system is not.

  4. Investigation of optical and structural properties of Fe, Cu co-doped SnO2 nanoparticles

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    Nilavazhagan, S.; Muthukumaran, S.

    2015-07-01

    The undoped Sn0.98Fe0.02O2 and Cu-doped Sn0.98Fe0.02O2 nanoparticles have been synthesized by a simple chemical co-precipitation method. Structural and optical properties of the synthesized samples have been studied using X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), UV-visible spectrophotometer and photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy. The tetragonal rutile structure was confirmed by XRD with no other phases observed. The crystallite size of the nanoparticles calculated from the XRD peaks was in the nanometer range (5-6 nm) which is in good agreement with the transmission electron microscopy (TEM) results. Substitution of Cu into the Sn0.98Fe0.02O2 nanoparticles can be confirmed by the shifting of peaks in XRD patterns. Sudden decrease in crystallite size at Cu = 6% doped sample could have resulted in blue shift in energy gap which revealed the domination of quantum confinement effect. The shift of lattice mode around 637-693 cm-1 and the change in shape of the band confirmed the presence of Cu in Sn-Fe-O. A strong violet peak around 391 nm and a weak blue photoluminescence peak around 459 nm were observed, while a blue peak appeared only after introducing Cu into the Fe-SnO2 host.

  5. Enhanced flux pinning properties in superconducting YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7−z} films by a novel chemical doping approach

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    Wang, W.T., E-mail: wtwang@swjtu.edu.cn [Key Laboratory of Magnetic Levitation and Maglev Trains (Ministry of Education of China), Superconductivity R and D Center (SRDC), Southwest Jiaotong University, Mail Stop 165, Chengdu, Sichuan 610031 (China); Pu, M.H.; Lei, M.; Zhang, H.; Wang, Z. [Key Laboratory of Magnetic Levitation and Maglev Trains (Ministry of Education of China), Superconductivity R and D Center (SRDC), Southwest Jiaotong University, Mail Stop 165, Chengdu, Sichuan 610031 (China); Zhang, H. [Department of Physics, Peking University, Beijing 100871 (China); Cheng, C.H. [Key Laboratory of Magnetic Levitation and Maglev Trains (Ministry of Education of China), Superconductivity R and D Center (SRDC), Southwest Jiaotong University, Mail Stop 165, Chengdu, Sichuan 610031 (China); Superconductivity Research Group, School of Materials Science and Engineering, University of New South Wale, Sydney, 2052 NSW (Australia); Zhao, Y., E-mail: yzhao@swjtu.edu.cn [Key Laboratory of Magnetic Levitation and Maglev Trains (Ministry of Education of China), Superconductivity R and D Center (SRDC), Southwest Jiaotong University, Mail Stop 165, Chengdu, Sichuan 610031 (China); Superconductivity Research Group, School of Materials Science and Engineering, University of New South Wale, Sydney, 2052 NSW (Australia)

    2013-10-15

    Highlights: • Pure and Co-doped YBCO films were prepared by newly-developed chemical method. • The doped films have much denser and smoother surface microstructures. • Significantly enhanced fux-pinning properties have been obtained for dilute Co-doped flm. -- Abstract: Pure and cobalt-doped superconducting YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7−z} (YBCO) films were prepared on (0 0 l) LaAlO{sub 3} substrate by a newly developed polymer-assisted metal organic deposition method. The cobalt-doped YBCO films display much denser and smoother surface microstructures and the superconducting transition temperature T{sub c} spans a small range of 1.7 K with the doping levels. Significantly enhanced flux-pinning properties have been obtained for dilute cobalt-doped film. This may be attributed to the good grain connections and the effective flux pinning centers introduced by cobalt doping.

  6. Double-exchange driven ferromagnetic metal-paramagnetic insulator transition in Mn-doped CuO

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    Filippetti, Alessio; Fiorentini, Vincenzo

    2006-12-01

    Employing ab initio self-interaction-corrected local-spin-density calculations, we explain the nature of the ferromagnetic, metallic phase of Mn-doped CuO (an antiferromagnetic insulator when undoped), and of its concurrent transitions to a paramagnetic, insulating phase. Mn-induced donor levels enable conduction through ferromagnetically aligned Mn centers and ferromagnetic CuO planes via double exchange. In the paramagnetic insulating phase, a polaron hopping mechanism consistent with the experiments is envisaged. Our results suggest the intriguing possibility of designing double-exchange driven ferromagnetic cuprates.

  7. The effect of nitrogen doping on mercury oxidation/chemical adsorption on the CuCo2O4(110) surface: a molecular-level description.

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    Mei, Zhijian; Fan, Maohong; Zhang, Ruiqing; Shen, Zhemin; Wang, Wenhua

    2014-07-14

    Based on density functional theory (DFT) calculations, the detailed mercury oxidation/chemical adsorption mechanisms on the N-doped CuCo2O4(110) surface are studied. The DFT calculations show that Ow (bonded with one Cu(2+) ion and one Co(3+) ion) is far more active than Os (bonded with three Co(3+) ions) and the mercury oxidation/chemical adsorption activation energy (Ea) on the virgin CuCo2O4(110) surface involving Ow is 0.85 eV. The physically adsorbed mercury overcomes the Ea and enters the energy well that plays an important role in mercury oxidation/chemical adsorption. Nitrogen doping can greatly increase the activity of Ow and decrease the activity of Os at the same time, which greatly affect the mercury oxidation/chemical adsorption abilities on the CuCo2O4(110) surface, and the Ea variation of mercury oxidation/chemical adsorption is as follows: 0.85 eV (virgin CuCo2O4(110)) → 0.76 eV (one N-doped CuCo2O4(110)) → 0.69 eV (two N-doped CuCo2O4(110)) → 0.48 eV (three N-doped CuCo2O4(110)). In addition, N-doping can decrease the adsorption energy of mercury and mercuric oxide. The effect of N-doping on the bonding mechanism of mercury adsorption on the CuCo2O4(110) surface is analyzed by the local density of state (LDOS) and the natural bonding orbital (NBO). The calculation results correspond well to the experimental data.

  8. Effects of K-Doping on Thermoelectric Properties of Bi1- x K x CuOTe

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    An, Tae-Ho; Lim, Young Soo; Seo, Won-Seon; Park, Cheol-Hee; Yoo, Mi Duk; Park, Chan; Lee, Chang Hoon; Shim, Ji Hoon

    2017-05-01

    The effects of K-doping on the thermoelectric properties of Bi1- x K x CuOTe ( x = 0 to 0.08) have been investigated. The compounds were synthesized by a one-step solid-state reaction method and consolidated by a spark plasma sintering process. As the amount of K-doping was increased, the electrical and thermal conductivities increased while the Seebeck coefficient decreased due to increasing hole concentration. A ZT value of 0.69 was obtained for the compound K0.01Bi0.99CuOTe at 700 K, to the best of our knowledge the highest value reported for this material system. The origin of this enhanced ZT is discussed in terms of the density of states effective mass estimated by a single parabolic band model and electronic structures calculated based on density functional theory.

  9. Spray Deposited Pure and CuO Doped ZnO Thin Films for NH3 Sensing

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    L. A. Patil

    2009-09-01

    Full Text Available Pure and CuO doped ZnO thin films, were prepared using chemical spray deposition. AR grade solutions of zinc nitrate (0.1M and copper chloride were mixed in the proportion of: 99:1, 95:5 and 90:10. The solutions were sprayed on substrate heated at 350 0C temperature to obtain the films. Films were annealed for an hour at 500 0C in air medium. The electrical and gas sensing properties of these films were investigated. The CuO doped ZnO thin films showed better ammonia response as compared to undoped ZnO. The gas response was observed to be increased with increase in proportion of copper chloride in zinc nitrate.

  10. ac hopping magnetotransport across the spin-flop transition in lightly doped La2CuO4

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    Sushkov, Oleg P.; Kotov, Valeri N.

    2008-02-01

    The weak ferromagnetism present in insulating La2CuO4 at low doping leads to a spin flop transition, and to transverse (interplane) hopping of holes in a strong external magnetic field. This results in a dimensional crossover 2D→3D for the in-plane transport, which in turn leads to an increase of the hole’s localization length and increased conduction. We demonstrate theoretically that as a consequence of this mechanism, a frequency-dependent jump of the in-plane ac hopping conductivity occurs at the spin flop transition. We predict the value and the frequency dependence of the jump. Experimental studies of this effect would provide important confirmation of the emerging understanding of lightly doped insulating La2-xSrxCuO4 .

  11. Effects of K-Doping on Thermoelectric Properties of Bi1-x K x CuOTe

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    An, Tae-Ho; Lim, Young Soo; Seo, Won-Seon; Park, Cheol-Hee; Yoo, Mi Duk; Park, Chan; Lee, Chang Hoon; Shim, Ji Hoon

    2016-09-01

    The effects of K-doping on the thermoelectric properties of Bi1-x K x CuOTe (x = 0 to 0.08) have been investigated. The compounds were synthesized by a one-step solid-state reaction method and consolidated by a spark plasma sintering process. As the amount of K-doping was increased, the electrical and thermal conductivities increased while the Seebeck coefficient decreased due to increasing hole concentration. A ZT value of 0.69 was obtained for the compound K0.01Bi0.99CuOTe at 700 K, to the best of our knowledge the highest value reported for this material system. The origin of this enhanced ZT is discussed in terms of the density of states effective mass estimated by a single parabolic band model and electronic structures calculated based on density functional theory.

  12. Study on the Characteristics of Ag Doped CuO-BaTiO3 CO2 Sensors

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    Jinhuai Liu

    2002-09-01

    Full Text Available In this paper the characteristics of a CuO-BaTiO3 based CO2 gas sensor was investigated. The sensitivity of the CuO-BaTiO3 based CO2 sensor was influenced by doping various metal elements such as Au, Ag, Pt, Pd, Ce, Mg, Sr, La, Zn, Fe and Bi, which were added as a pure metal or in the form of metal oxides. It was found that Ag is the most suitable additive among all substances tested. The Ag-doped CO2 gas sensor has better sensitivity and lower operating temperature, with a detection concentration range of from 100 ppm to 10%. The sensor also shows good stability.

  13. Thermoluminescence dependence on the wavelength of monochromatic UV-radiation in Cu-doped KCl and KBr at room temperature

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    Perez R, A.; Piters, T.; Aceves, R.; Rodriguez M, R.; Perez S, R., E-mail: rperez@cifus.uson.mx [Universidad de Sonora, Departamento de Investigaciones en Fisica, Apdo. Postal 5-088, 83190 Hermosillo, Sonora (Mexico)

    2014-08-15

    Thermoluminescence (Tl) dependence on the UV irradiation wavelengths from 200 to 500 nm in Cu-doped KCl and KBr crystals with different thermal treatment has been analyzed. Spectrum of the Tl intensity of each material show lower intensity at wavelengths longer than 420 nm. The Tl intensity depends on the irradiation wavelength. Structure of the Tl intensity spectrum of each sample is very similar to the structure of its optical absorption spectrum, indicating that at each wavelength, monochromatic radiation is absorbed to produce electronic transitions and electron hole pairs. Thermoluminescence of materials with thermal treatment at high temperature shows electron-hole trapping with less efficiency. The results show that Cu-doped alkali-halide materials are good detectors of a wide range of UV monochromatic radiations and could be used to measure UV radiation doses. (Author)

  14. Enhancement of photocatalytic activity of Cu-doped ZnO nanorods for the degradation of an insecticide: Kinetics and reaction pathways.

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    Shirzad-Siboni, Mehdi; Jonidi-Jafari, Ahmad; Farzadkia, Mahdi; Esrafili, Ali; Gholami, Mitra

    2017-01-15

    The photocatalytic degradation of organophosphorus pesticide such as diazinon was investigated by Cu-doped ZnO nanorods. Cu-doped ZnO nanorods were synthesized via a facile co-precipitation method. The catalyst was characterized by XRD, FESEM, EDX, VSM, XPS, and pHzpc techniques. The effects of some operational parameters such as solution pH, Cu-doped ZnO nanorods dosage, initial diazinon concentration, oxygen and nitrogen gases, H2O2 concentration, and type of organic compounds on the degradation efficiency were discussed through the photocatalytic experiments using the Cu-doped ZnO nanorods. Neutral pH was selected as an optimal pH condition due to a photo-corrosion of ZnO in acidic and basic conditions. As the Cu-doped ZnO nanorods dosage increased up to 0.2 g/L, degradation efficiency of diazinon was continuously enhanced. Pseudo-first-order rate constant (kobs) was decreased from 0.051 to 0.0052 min(-1) and electrical energy per order (EEo) was increased from 94.12 to 923.08 (kWh/m(3)) by increasing diazinon concentration from 10 to 50 mg/L, respectively. The efficiency of the UV/Cu-doped ZnO for diazinon removal was approximately 96.97%, which was more effective than the UV/ZnO process (58.52%). Photocatalytic activity was maintained even after five successive cycles.

  15. Electrochemically deposited Cu2O cubic particles on boron doped diamond substrate as efficient photocathode for solar hydrogen generation

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    Mavrokefalos, Christos K.; Hasan, Maksudul; Rohan, James F.; Compton, Richard G.; Foord, John S.

    2017-06-01

    Herein, we report a novel photocathode for the water splitting reaction. The electrochemical deposition of Cu2O particles on boron doped diamond (BDD) electrodes and the subsequent decoration with NiO nanoparticles by a dip coating method to act as co-catalyst for hydrogen evolution reaction is described. The morphology analysis by scanning electron microscope (SEM) revealed that Cu2O particles are cubic and decorated sporadically with NiO nanoparticles. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) confirmed the electronic interaction at the interface between Cu2O and NiO through a binding energy shift of the main Cu 2p peak. The photoelectrochemical (PEC) performance of NiO-Cu2O/BDD showed a much higher current density (-0.33 mA/cm2) and photoconversion efficiency (0.28%) compared to the unmodified Cu2O/BDD electrode, which are only -0.12 mA/cm2 and 0.06%, respectively. The enhancement in PEC performance is attributable to the synergy of NiO as an electron conduction mediator leading to the enhanced charge separation and transfer to the reaction interface for hydrogen evolution as evidenced by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and charge carrier density calculation. Stability tests showed that the NiO nanoparticles loading content on Cu2O surface is a crucial parameter in this regard.

  16. Na-Diffusion Enhanced p-type Conductivity in Cu(In,Ga)Se 2 : A New Mechanism for Efficient Doping in Semiconductors

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    Yuan, Zhen-Kun [Key Laboratory for Computational Physical Sciences (MOE), State Key Laboratory of Surface Physicsand Department of Physics, Collaborative Innovation Center of Advanced Microstructures, Fudan University, Shanghai 200433 China; Chen, Shiyou [Key Laboratory of Polar Materials and Devices (MOE), East China Normal University, Shanghai 200241 China; Collaborative Innovation Center of Extreme Optics, Shanxi University, Taiyuan Shanxi 030006 China; Xie, Yun [Key Laboratory for Computational Physical Sciences (MOE), State Key Laboratory of Surface Physicsand Department of Physics, Collaborative Innovation Center of Advanced Microstructures, Fudan University, Shanghai 200433 China; Park, Ji-Sang [National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden CO 80401 USA; Xiang, Hongjun [Key Laboratory for Computational Physical Sciences (MOE), State Key Laboratory of Surface Physicsand Department of Physics, Collaborative Innovation Center of Advanced Microstructures, Fudan University, Shanghai 200433 China; Gong, Xin-Gao [Key Laboratory for Computational Physical Sciences (MOE), State Key Laboratory of Surface Physicsand Department of Physics, Collaborative Innovation Center of Advanced Microstructures, Fudan University, Shanghai 200433 China; Wei, Su-Huai [Beijing Computational Science Research Center, Beijing 100094 China

    2016-08-30

    A new mechanism responsible for the hole concentration increase in the CIGS thin films after Na doping is proposed. At high temperature, a high concentration of Na is doped into the grains. After cooling and water rinsing, the solubility of Na becomes lower, so Na diffuses out of the grains with high concentration of Cu vacancies and hole carriers formed.

  17. Evidence of chemical-potential shift with hole doping in Bi sub 2 Sr sub 2 CaCu sub 2 O sub 8+. delta

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    Shen, Z.; Dessau, D.S.; Wells, B.O. (Stanford Electronics Laboratory, Stanford University, Stanford, California 94305 (United States)); Olson, C.G. (Ames Laboratory, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa 50011 (United States)); Mitzi, D.B.; Lombado, L. (Department of Applied Physics, Stanford University, Stanford, California 94305 (United States)); List, R.S.; Arko, A.J. (Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico 87545 (United States))

    1991-12-01

    We have performed photoemission studies on high-quality Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub 8+{delta}} samples with various {delta}. Our results show a clear chemical-potential shift (0.15--0.2 eV) as a function of doping. This result and the existing angle-resolved-photoemission data give a rather standard doping behavior of this compound in its highly doped regime.

  18. Thermoluminescence study of Cu and Ag doped lithium tetraborate samples synthesized by water/solution assisted method

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    Thiyagarajan, S.; Kumar, S.; Vallejo, M.; Sosa, M. [Universidad de Guanajuato, Departamento de Ingenieria Fisica, 37150 Leon, Guanajuato (Mexico); Velusamy, J., E-mail: thiya93@gmail.com [Centro de Investigaciones en Optica, Apdo. Postal 1-948, Leon, Guanajuato (Mexico)

    2016-10-15

    In this paper lithium tetraborate (Li{sub 2}B{sub 4}O{sub 7}) was produced by water/solution assisted synthesis method. Transition metals, such as Cu and Ag were used to dope Li{sub 2}B{sub 4}O{sub 7} in order to enhance its thermoluminescent properties. The heating temperature parameters for synthesis were 750 degrees Celsius for 2 hours and 150 degrees Celsius for another 2 hours. The samples produced by water assisted method were doped at different doping percentage (0.08, 0.12, 0.5, 0.1 and 1%) of Cu and Ag. Pellets of samples were prepared and there were irradiated with different doses (58, 100, 500 and 945 mGy) by using and X-ray source. The characteristics of undoped and doped Li{sub 2}B-4O{sub 7} were determined by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (Sem), photoluminescence and ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy. The chemical composition and their morphologies of the obtained Li{sub 2}B{sub 4}O{sub 7} and Li{sub 2}B{sub 4}O{sub 7}:Cu, Ag was confirmed by XRD and Sem results. The most intense peak of the XRD pattern of the lithium tetraborate sample was determined by comparing to the reference data and was found to have a tetragonal structure. The thermoluminescent glow curves of the pellets exposed to different doses exhibited a clear response to X-ray irradiation. Especially Li{sub 2}B{sub 4}O{sub 7}:Cu presented a good glow curve in all kind of doses. The experimental results showed that this could have good potential applications in radiation dosimetry. The order of kinetics (b), frequency factor (s) and activation energy (E) or the trapping parameters were calculated using peak shape method. (Author)

  19. Use of Ni-Zn ferrites doped with Cu as catalyst in the transesterification of soybean oil to methyl esters

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    Joelda Dantas

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of this work is to evaluate the performance of Ni0.5Zn0.5Fe2O4 ferrite doped with 0.1 and 0.4 mol of Cu as a catalyst for the transesterification of soybean oil to biodiesel, using methanol. The samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction, nitrogen adsorption and scanning electron microscopy. The reaction was performed for 2 hours at a temperature of 160 °C, using 10 g of soybean oil, a molar ratio of oil: alcohol of 1:20, and 4% (w/w of catalyst. The product of the reaction was characterized by gas chromatography, which confirmed conversion to methyl esters. The diffraction patterns showed the presence only of Ni0.5Zn0.5Fe2O4 ferrite phase with a crystallite size of 29 nm. The samples doped with 0.1 and 0.4 mol of Cu showed a surface area and particle size of 22.17 m²g- 1 and 50.47 nm; and 23.49 m²g- 1 and 47.64 nm, respectively. The morphology of both samples consisted of brittle block-shaped agglomerates with a wide particle size distribution. A comparative analysis of the two catalysts indicated that the catalyst doped with 0.4 mol of Cu showed the better performance, with a conversion rate of 50.25%, while the catalyst doped with 0.1 mol of Cu showed 42.71% conversion.

  20. Is La1.85Y0.15CuO4 an oxygen-doped cuprate superconductor?

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    Yu, W.; Liang, B.; Li, P.; Fujino, S.; T. Murakami; Takeuchi, I; Greene, R. L.

    2006-01-01

    We report resistivity, Hall effect, Nernst effect, and magnetoresistance measurements on T'-phase La1.85Y0.15CuO (LYCO) films prepared by pulsed laser deposition under different oxygen conditions. Our results show that superconductivity in LYCO originates from an oxygen-doped Mott-like insulator and not from a weakly correlated, half-filled band metal as proposed previously.

  1. Use of Ni-Zn ferrites doped with Cu as catalyst in the transesterification of soybean oil to methyl esters

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    Dantas, Joelda; Santos, Jakeline Raiane D.; Cunha, Rodrigo Bruno L.; Costa, Ana Cristina F.M., E-mail: joeldadantas@yahoo.com.br [Universidade Federal de Campina Grande (LabSMaC/UFCG), PB (Brazil). Dept. de Engenharia de Materiais. Lab. de Sintese de Materiais Ceramicos; Kiminami, Ruth Herta G.A. [Universidade Federal de Sao Carlos (UFSCar), SP (Brazil). Dept. de Engenhria de Materiais

    2013-11-01

    The purpose of this work is to evaluate the performance of Ni{sub 0.5}Zn{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} ferrite doped with 0.1 and 0.4 mol of Cu as a catalyst for the transesterification of soybean oil to biodiesel, using methanol. The samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction, nitrogen adsorption and scanning electron microscopy. The reaction was performed for 2 hours at a temperature of 160 Degree-Sign C, using 10 g of soybean oil, a molar ratio of oil: alcohol of 1:20, and 4% (w/w) of catalyst. The product of the reaction was characterized by gas chromatography, which confirmed conversion to methyl esters. The diffraction patterns showed the presence only of Ni{sub 0.5}Zn{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} ferrite phase with a crystallite size of 29 nm. The samples doped with 0.1 and 0.4 mol of Cu showed a surface area and particle size of 22.17 {sup m2}g{sup -1} and 50.47 nm; and 23.49 m{sup 2}g{sup -1} and 47.64 nm, respectively. The morphology of both samples consisted of brittle block-shaped agglomerates with a wide particle size distribution. A comparative analysis of the two catalysts indicated that the catalyst doped with 0.4 mol of Cu showed the better performance, with a conversion rate of 50.25%, while the catalyst doped with 0.1 mol of Cu showed 42.71% conversion. (author)

  2. Na-doped Cu2ZnSnS4 single crystal grown by traveling-heater method

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    Nagaoka, Akira; Scarpulla, Michael A.; Yoshino, Kenji

    2016-11-01

    We investigate high-quality Na-doped Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS) single crystals grown by using the traveling-heater method and the effect of Na doping on the fundamental properties of these crystals. Na-doped CZTS single crystals were obtained from Sn solution at growth temperatures of 850-900 °C and at speeds of 4 mm/day. The crystals have a kesterite structure, as determined by powder X-ray diffraction and Raman measurements. The Hall effect properties such as hole concentration, conductivity, and hole mobility are enhanced with increasing Na concentration. These results reveal that Na improves the electrical properties of CZTS.

  3. Preparation of a Ag-doped Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O bulk sample by the floating-zone method

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    Kubo, Yukio; Michishita, Kazuo; Shimizu, Noriyuki; Higashida, Yutaka; Yokoyama, Hisanori

    1989-11-01

    Bulk samples with nominal composition of Bi2Sr2CaCu2O(y) doped with 0, 10 and 20 wt pct Ag were prepared by the floating-zone method at growth rates of 2 mm/h and 5 mm/h. Ag-doping seems to slightly enhance J(c) while annealing is very effective for J(c) enhancement. From preliminary ac susceptibility measurements, the J(c) enhancement by annealing is considered to be due to improvement of the weak link between superconducting grains. The 10 percent Ag-doped sample grown at 2 mm/h possessed J(c) of 5360 A/sq cm at 77 K under zero magnetic field after annealing.

  4. Studies on Ferromagnetic and Photoluminescence Properties of ITO and Cu-Doped ITO Nanoparticles Synthesized by Solid State Reaction

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

    2016-11-01

    Cubic structured indium-tin-oxide (ITO) and copper-doped ITO nanoparticles were synthesized by solid state reaction. The structure, morphology, chemical, magnetic, and photoluminescence properties of the synthesized nanoparticles were studied by x-ray diffraction, field emission scanning electron microscopy, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, vibrating sample magnetometry, and photoluminescence spectrophotometry, respectively. Magnetic studies confirmed that the ITO nanoparticles were ferromagnetic at room temperature (300 K) and at 100 K, and it was believed that the observed ferromagnetism may be due to oxygen vacancies and defects present in the system. No hysteresis loop was observed in copper-doped ITO nanoparticles at room temperature and 100 K. The ITO and Cu-doped ITO nanoparticles exhibited two broad emission peaks in the visible region of the electromagnetic spectrum.

  5. Photocatalytic comparison of Cu- and Ag-doped TiO2/GF for bioaerosol disinfection under visible light

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    Pham, Thanh-Dong; Lee, Byeong-Kyu

    2015-12-01

    Photocatalysts, TiO2/glass fiber (TiO2/GF), Cu-doped TiO2/glass fiber (Cu-TiO2/GF) and Ag-doped TiO2/glass fiber (Ag-TiO2/GF), were synthesized by a sol-gel method. They were then used to disinfect Escherichia coli (E. coli) and Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) in bioaerosols under visible light irradiation. TiO2/GF did not show any significant disinfection effect. Both Cu and Ag acted as intermediate agents to enhance separation efficiency of electron-hole pairs of TiO2, leading to improved photocatalytic activity of Cu-TiO2/GF and Ag-TiO2/GF under visible light. Cu in Cu-TiO2/GF acted as a defective agent, increasing the internal quantum efficiency of TiO2, while Ag in Ag-TiO2/GF acted as a sensitive agent, enhancing the transfer efficiency of the electrons generated. The highest disinfection efficiencies of E. coli and S. aureus by Cu-TiO2/GF were 84.85% and 65.21%, respectively. The highest disinfection efficiencies of E. coli and S. aureus by Ag-TiO2/GF were 94.46% and 73.12%, respectively. Among three humidity conditions - 40±5% (dry), 60±5% (moderate), and 80±5% (humid) - the moderate humidity condition showed the highest disinfection efficiency for both E. coli and S. aureus. This study also showed that a Gram-negative bacterium (E. coli) were more readily disinfected by the photocatalysts than a Gram-positive bacterium (S. aureus).

  6. ANTIMICROBIAL ACTIVITY OF Ag+, Cu2+, Zn2+, Mg2+ IONS DOPED CHITOSAN NANOPARTICLES

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    Sukhodub LB

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available Modification by polymers and inorganic ions of the bioactive materials for orthopedic implants with the purpose of initiating controlled reactions in tissues that surround the implant, is one of the modern approaches in medical materials. A key feature of functional polymers is their ability to form complexes with various metal ions in solution. Chitosan is natural biopolymer with pronounced affinity to transition metal ions. Some researches prove the higher antimicrobial activity of Chitosan-metal complexes compared with pure Chitosan. The purpose of this work was the study of antimicrobial activity of Chitosan nanoparticles modified by metal ions Ag+, Cu2+, Zn2+, Mg2+ against reference strains S. aureus 25923 ATSS, E. coli ATCC 25922, C. albicans ATCC 885653 for their further use as components of the composite biomaterials for medical purpose.Chitosan nanoparticles suspension was prepared by known method based on the ionotropic gelation between chitosan and sodium tripolyphosphate.To obtain Chitosan-metal nanoparticles to the Chitosan suspension were added the corresponding metal ions aqueous solutions in quantity to match the concentration of metal ions of 200 ppm . Antibacterial activities of Ag+, Cu2+, Zn2+, Mg2+ ions doped Chitosan nanoparticles, pure Chitosan nanoparticles, metal ions and 1% (v/v acetic acid solution (it was used as solvent for Chitosan against bacteria were evaluated by determination of minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC and minimum bactericidal concentration (MBC in vitro. Muller– Hinton (MH broth and MH agar (Russia were used as growth media. The bacteria suspension for further use was prepared with concentration that corresponded 0,5units by McFarland scale. The MIC was determined by a broth dilution method. The results were read after 24 hours of experimental tubes incubation at 37 oC as equivalent to the concentration of the tube without visible growth. To evaluate MBC, a sample of 0,1 ml was transferred from

  7. The phase diagram of electron-doped La(2-x)Ce(x)CuO(4-δ).

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    Saadaoui, H; Salman, Z; Luetkens, H; Prokscha, T; Suter, A; MacFarlane, W A; Jiang, Y; Jin, K; Greene, R L; Morenzoni, E; Kiefl, R F

    2015-01-21

    Superconductivity is a striking example of a quantum phenomenon in which electrons move coherently over macroscopic distances without scattering. The high-temperature superconducting oxides (cuprates) are the most studied class of superconductors, composed of two-dimensional CuO2 planes separated by other layers that control the electron concentration in the planes. A key unresolved issue in cuprates is the relationship between superconductivity and magnetism. Here we report a sharp phase boundary of static three-dimensional magnetic order in the electron-doped superconductor La(2-x)Ce(x)CuO(4-δ), where small changes in doping or depth from the surface switch the material from superconducting to magnetic. Using low-energy spin-polarized muons, we find that static magnetism disappears close to where superconductivity begins and well below the doping level at which dramatic changes in the transport properties are reported. These results indicate a higher degree of symmetry between the electron and hole-doped cuprates than previously thought.

  8. Scanning tunneling spectroscopy of CdSe nanocrystals covalently bound to GaAs

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    Walzer, K.; Marx, E.; Greenham, N.C.;

    2003-01-01

    We present scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and scanning tunneling spectroscopy (STS) measurements of CdSe nanocrystals covalently attached to doped GaAs substrates using monolayers of 1,6-hexanedithiol. STM measurements showed the formation of stable, densely packed, homogeneous monolayers of...... Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved....... and the bands in the substrate which are bent under the influence of the strong electric field between the closely separated semiconductor substrate and STM tip. The polarity of the forward bias direction is determined by the alignment of the CdSe electronic states with the semiconductor bands. (C) 2003...

  9. ⁶⁴Cu-Doped PdCu@Au Tripods: A Multifunctional Nanomaterial for Positron Emission Tomography and Image-Guided Photothermal Cancer Treatment.

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    Pang, Bo; Zhao, Yongfeng; Luehmann, Hannah; Yang, Xuan; Detering, Lisa; You, Meng; Zhang, Chao; Zhang, Lei; Li, Zhi-Yuan; Ren, Qiushi; Liu, Yongjian; Xia, Younan

    2016-03-22

    This article reports a facile synthesis of radiolabeled PdCu@Au core-shell tripods for use in positron emission tomography (PET) and image-guided photothermal cancer treatment by directly incorporating radioactive (64)Cu atoms into the crystal lattice. The tripod had a unique morphology determined by the PdCu tripod that served as a template for the coating of Au shell, in addition to well-controlled specific activity and physical dimensions. The Au shell provided the nanostructure with strong absorption in the near-infrared region and effectively prevented the Cu and (64)Cu atoms in the core from oxidization and dissolution. When conjugated with D-Ala1-peptide T-amide (DAPTA), the core-shell tripods showed great enhancement in targeting the C-C chemokine receptor 5 (CCR5), a newly identified theranostic target up-regulated in triple negative breast cancer (TNBC). Specifically, the CCR5-targeted tripods with an arm length of about 45 nm showed 2- and 6-fold increase in tumor-to-blood and tumor-to-muscle uptake ratios, respectively, relative to their nontargeted counterpart in an orthotopic mouse 4T1 TNBC model at 24 h postinjection. The targeting specificity was further validated via a competitive receptor blocking study. We also demonstrated the use of these targeted, radioactive tripods for effective photothermal treatment in the 4T1 tumor model as guided by PET imaging. The efficacy of treatment was confirmed by the significant reduction in tumor metabolic activity revealed through the use of (18)F-fluorodeoxyglucose PET/CT imaging. Taken together, we believe that the (64)Cu-doped PdCu@Au tripods could serve as a multifunctional platform for both PET imaging and image-guided photothermal cancer therapy.

  10. Effect of doping ions on the structural defect and the electrical behavior of CaCu{sub 3}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 12} ceramics

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    Xue, Renzhong [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Xi’an University of Technology, Xi’an 710048 (China); Department of Technology and Physics, Zhengzhou University of Light Industry, Zhengzhou 450002 (China); Zhao, Gaoyang, E-mail: zhaogy@xaut.edu.cn [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Xi’an University of Technology, Xi’an 710048 (China); Chen, Jing [Department of Technology and Physics, Zhengzhou University of Light Industry, Zhengzhou 450002 (China); Chen, Zhenping, E-mail: xrzbotao@163.com [Department of Technology and Physics, Zhengzhou University of Light Industry, Zhengzhou 450002 (China); Liu, Dewei [Department of Technology and Physics, Zhengzhou University of Light Industry, Zhengzhou 450002 (China)

    2016-04-15

    Graphical abstract: The dielectric constant decreases with Ta doping, increases with Y doping and keeps almost constant with Zr doping compared with that of pure CCTO. - Highlights: • Y and Ta doping cause different defect types and concentration. • Defect influences the grain boundary mobility and results in different grain size. • Y doping increases the dielectric constant and decreases the nonlinear property. • Ta doping decreases the dielectric constant and enhances the nonlinear property. • Zr doped sample has nearly the defect type and dielectric properties as CaCu{sub 3}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 12}. - Abstract: The microstructure, dielectric and electrical properties of CaCu{sub 3}Ti{sub 4−x}R{sub x}O{sub 12} (R = Y, Zr, Ta; x = 0 and 0.005) ceramics were investigated by XRD, Raman spectra, SEM and dielectric spectrum measurements. Positron annihilation measurements have been performed to investigate the influence of doping on the defects. The results show that all samples form a single crystalline phase. Y and Ta doping cause different defect types and increase the defect size and concentration, which influence the mobility of grain boundary and result in the different grain size. Y doping increases the dielectric constant and decreases the nonlinear property while Ta doping lead to an inverse result. Zr-doped sample has nearly the defect type, grain morphology and dielectric properties as pure CaCu{sub 3}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 12}. The effects of microstructure including the grain morphology and the vacancy defects on the mechanism of the dielectric and electric properties by doping are discussed.

  11. N–Mg dual-acceptor co-doping in CuCrO{sub 2} studied by first-principles calculations

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    Xu, Ying, E-mail: 1080071@hnust.edu.cn [School of Physics, Hunan University of Science and Technology, Xiangtan 411201 (China); Nie, Guo-Zheng [School of Physics, Hunan University of Science and Technology, Xiangtan 411201 (China); Zou, Daifeng [School of Physics, Hunan University of Science and Technology, Xiangtan 411201 (China); Shenzhen Key Laboratory of Nanobiomechanics, Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology, Chinese Academy of Science, Shenzhen 518055 (China); Tang, Jing-Wu [School of Physics, Hunan University of Science and Technology, Xiangtan 411201 (China); Ao, Zhimin, E-mail: Zhimin.Ao@gdut.edu.cn [Institute of Environmental Health and Pollution Control, School of Environmental Science and Engineering, Guangdong University of Technology, Guangzhou 510006 (China)

    2016-11-25

    In this paper, N–Mg dual-acceptor co-doping in CuCrO{sub 2} is investigated by first-principles calculations. The electronic structure and formation energies of Mg substituting Cr-site, N substituting O-site, and co-doping of both Mg on Cr-site and N on O-site in CuCrO{sub 2} are calculated. It is found that the structure with N and Mg codoped at the nearest sites has the lowest energy due to a modest attractive interaction between the two dopants. Compared with single N or Mg doped CuCrO{sub 2}, the N–Mg codoped CuCrO{sub 2} has a lower formation energy and shallower transition level. In addition, the total density of states (DOS) analysis shows that more hole states appear above the Fermi level and higher DOS for N–Mg co-doping is obtained in the N–Mg codoped CuCrO{sub 2}, which is good to enhance the p-type conductivity in CuCrO{sub 2}. - Highlights: • N–Mg dual-acceptor co-doping in CuCrO{sub 2} is investigated. • N–Mg complex has a lower formation energy and shallower transition level. • More hole states appear above the Fermi level for N–Mg co-doping. • N–Mg co-doping in CuCrO{sub 2} can be expected to have more stable p-type conductivity.

  12. Magnetic Field-Induced Closure of the Spin Excitation Gap near Optimal Doping in La2-xSrxCuO4

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    Christensen, Niels Bech; Chang, J.; Razzoli, E.;

    2011-01-01

    We have investigated how a magnetic field applied perpendicular to the CuO2 planes of the near-optimally hole-doped high-temperature superconductor La1.855Sr0.145CuO4 (Tc ≈ 36 K) influences the low-energy magnetic excitation spectrum. Our detailed single-crystal neutron scattering experiments rev...

  13. Evaluation of surface energy state distribution and bulk defect concentration in DSSC photoanodes based on Sn, Fe, and Cu doped TiO{sub 2}

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    Ako, Rajour Tanyi [Faculty of Science, Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Jalan Tungku Link, BE1410, Negara (Brunei Darussalam); Ekanayake, Piyaisiri, E-mail: piyasiri.ekanayake@ubd.edu.bn [Faculty of Science, Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Jalan Tungku Link, BE1410, Negara (Brunei Darussalam); Young, David James [Faculty of Science, Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Jalan Tungku Link, BE1410, Negara (Brunei Darussalam); Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE), Agency for Science, Technology and Research -A*STAR, 3 Research Link, 117602 (Singapore); Faculty of Science, Health, Education and Engineering, University of the Sunshine Coast, Locked Bag 4, Maroochydore DC, Queensland, 4558 (Australia); Hobley, Jonathan [Faculty of Science, Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Jalan Tungku Link, BE1410, Negara (Brunei Darussalam); Chellappan, Vijila [Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE), Agency for Science, Technology and Research - A*STAR, 3 Research Link, 117602 (Singapore); Tan, Ai Ling [Faculty of Science, Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Jalan Tungku Link, BE1410, Negara (Brunei Darussalam); Gorelik, Sergey; Subramanian, Gomathy Sandhya [Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE), Agency for Science, Technology and Research - A*STAR, 3 Research Link, 117602 (Singapore); Lim, Chee Ming [Faculty of Science, Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Jalan Tungku Link, BE1410, Negara (Brunei Darussalam)

    2015-10-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • The structural, optical and optoelectronic properties of 1 mol.% Fe, Sn and Cu doped TiO{sub 2} have been compared. • Transient lifetimes for pure TiO{sub 2} and Sn doped TiO{sub 2} were considerably shorter than Fe and Cu doped TiO{sub 2}. • A good correlation between the bulk defects and transient decay for the doped TiO{sub 2} powders was observed. • Photon to current conversion efficiency of DSSC based on the metal doped TiO{sub 2} were in order Sn-TiO{sub 2} > Cu-TiO{sub 2} > Pure >> Fe-TiO{sub 2}. • DSSC based on Fe doped photoanodes is limited by a high concentration of surface free holes observed at 433 nm. - Abstract: Electron transfer dynamics in the oxide layers of the working electrodes in both dye-sensitized solar cells and photocatalysts greatly influences their performance. A proper understanding of the distribution of surface and bulk energy states on/in these oxide layers can provide insights into the associated electron transfer processes. Metal ions like Iron (Fe), Copper (Cu) and Tin (Sn) doped onto TiO{sub 2} have shown enhanced photoactivity in these processes. In this work, the structural, optical and transient properties of Fe, Cu and Sn doped TiO{sub 2} nanocrystalline powders have been investigated and compared using EDX, Raman spectroscopy, X-ray Photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and Transient Absorption spectroscopy (TAS). Surface free energy states distributions were probed using Electrochemical Impedance spectroscopy (EIS) on Dye Sensitized Solar Cells (DSSC) based on the doped TiO{sub 2} photoanodes. Raman and XPS Ti2p{sub 3/2} peak shifts and broadening showed that the concentration of defects were in the order: Cu doped TiO{sub 2} > Fe doped TiO{sub 2} > Sn doped TiO{sub 2} > pure TiO{sub 2}. Nanosecond laser flash photolysis of Fe and Cu doped TiO{sub 2} indicated slower transient decay kinetics than that of Sn doped TiO{sub 2} or pure TiO{sub 2}. A broad absorption peak and fast

  14. Site occupation, phase stability, crystal and electronic structures of the doped S phase (Al2CuMg)

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    Gu, Jianglong; Gu, Huimin; Zhai, Yuchun; Ma, Peihua

    2016-07-01

    The S phase (Al2CuMg) is an important strengthening phase for the Al-Cu-Mg alloys, which are widely used in the aerospace and transportation industries. The commonly added alloying elements (Mn, Ti, Zr) and the impurity elements (Fe and Si) in the Al-Cu-Mg alloys are always found in the S phase. First-principles calculations based on the density functional theory (DFT) were used to investigate the influence of doping Mn, Ti, Zr, Fe and Si elements on the S phase. Key findings demonstrated that these elements prefer to occupy different atomic sites in the S phase. Ti and Zr improved the structural stability of the S phase. The bulk modulus of the Fe, Si, Ti and Zr doped S phases becomes larger than that of the pure S phase. Both the crystal and electronic structures of the S phase are affected by the dopants. The results of this study provide a better theoretical understanding of the S phase, providing guidance for improved composition design and performance optimization of Al-Cu-Mg alloys.

  15. Influence of Ce doping on structural and photoelectric properties of CuInS2 thin films

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    Zhu, Jun; Xiao, Lingling; Ding, Tiezhu; Wang, Yanlai; Fan, Yue

    2015-09-01

    Cerium doped CuInS2 thin films were successfully fabricated by a powder metallurgy method. X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscope measurements showed that the as-prepared CuIn1-xCexS2 samples are of good crystallinity and crystallize with chalcopyrite structure when sintering at 550 °C. The presence of Ce3+ in host material was conformed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Two subband photon absorption peaks were observed at 1710 nm (0.73 eV) and 1955 nm (0.63 eV) in the UV-Vis-NIR absorption spectrum. This behavior could suggest that an intermediate band forms in the forbidden band of CuInS2 semiconductor due to cerium incorporation. The optical bandgap of CuIn1-xCexS2 films was tuned in the range of 1.38 eV to 1.23 eV with increasing cerium content. And the electrical conductivity could be improved if doped moderate cerium content, especially x = 0.1.

  16. Influence of Ce doping on structural and photoelectric properties of CuInS{sub 2} thin films

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    Zhu, Jun, E-mail: jiulye@126.com; Xiao, Lingling; Ding, Tiezhu; Wang, Yanlai; Fan, Yue [School of Physical Science and Technology, Inner Mongolia University, Key Laboratory of Semiconductor Photovoltaic Technology at Universities of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, Hohhot 010021 (China)

    2015-09-21

    Cerium doped CuInS{sub 2} thin films were successfully fabricated by a powder metallurgy method. X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscope measurements showed that the as-prepared CuIn{sub 1−x}Ce{sub x}S{sub 2} samples are of good crystallinity and crystallize with chalcopyrite structure when sintering at 550 °C. The presence of Ce{sup 3+} in host material was conformed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Two subband photon absorption peaks were observed at 1710 nm (0.73 eV) and 1955 nm (0.63 eV) in the UV–Vis–NIR absorption spectrum. This behavior could suggest that an intermediate band forms in the forbidden band of CuInS{sub 2} semiconductor due to cerium incorporation. The optical bandgap of CuIn{sub 1−x}Ce{sub x}S{sub 2} films was tuned in the range of 1.38 eV to 1.23 eV with increasing cerium content. And the electrical conductivity could be improved if doped moderate cerium content, especially x = 0.1.

  17. Tunable Magnetic Properties in CuCr2- x Fe x O4 Ceramics by Doping of Fe

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    Zhu, C. M.; Wang, L. G.; Bao, D. L. G. C.; Luo, H.; Tian, Z. M.; Yuan, S. L.

    2016-08-01

    CuCr2- x Fe x O4 ceramics have been successfully synthesized using the sol-gel method for the first time. With pure formation, material structure has been characterized by x-ray diffraction. The samples have been identified as having the spinel structure with formulae CuCr2- x Fe x O4. Micrographs obtained by scanning electron microscopy show the dense microstructure of the samples. The stoichiometric ratio of the ceramics has been measured through energy dispersive spectra. Magnetic properties of CuCr2- x Fe x O4 ceramics have been discussed. Temperature dependence of magnetization presents the gradually increasing irreversible temperature as the content of Fe element increases from x = 0 to 1. Coercive field ( H C), remanent magnetization ( M r), and saturation magnetization ( M S) respectively display the monotonous variation phenomena with increasing content of Fe. The increasing M r, M S and the decreasing H C can be attributed to the change of magnetic exchange interaction because of the doped Fe. It also proves that the magnetic properties of CuCr2- x Fe x O4 ceramics can be effectively tuned by the doping content of Fe.

  18. Using Diffusion-Reaction Simulation to Study the Formation and Self-Compensation Mechanism of Cu Doping in CdTe

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    Guo, D.; Akis, R.; Brinkman, D.; Moore, A.; Yang, Ji-Hui; Krasikov, D.; Sankin, I.; Ringhofer, C.; Vasileska, D.

    2016-11-21

    An improved model of copper p-type doping in CdTe absorbers is proposed that accounts for the mechanisms related to tightly bound Cu(i)-Cu(Cd) and Cd(i)-Cu(Cd) complexes that both limit diffusion and cause self-compensation of Cu species. The new model explains apparent discrepancy between DFT-calculated and fitted diffusion parameters of Cu reported in our previous work, and allows for better understanding of performance and metastabilities in CdTe PV devices.

  19. Structural and optical properties of Cu doped SnO2 nanoparticles: An experimental and density functional study

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    Chetri, Pawan; Saikia, Bhamyarswa; Choudhury, Amarjyoti

    2013-06-01

    The paper investigates, both theoretically and experimentally, the structural and optical changes in SnO2 system brought about by introduction of Cu in a SnO2 system. On the experimental front, a cost effective sol-gel technique is used to prepare hexagonal shaped Cu doped SnO2 nanoparticles. The prepared pristine SnO2 nanoparticle is found to be of random shape by transmission electron microscope (TEM) studies. A structural and morphological study is carried out using X-ray diffraction and TEM techniques. The different phonon interaction in the system is observed by Raman spectroscopy while electron paramagnetic resonance and UV-Visible spectroscopy confirms the presence of Cu in 2+ state. First principle calculations have been performed using "density functional theory"-based MedeA Vienna Ab Initio Simulation package on a SnO2 system where Cu is introduced. The introduction of Cu in the SnO2 system brings distortion which is corroborated by the variation in the corresponding bond lengths. The Density of State calculation of Sn16O32 and CuSn15O32 is also performed. Finally, a correlation is established between the experiment and the theory.

  20. Comparative Study of Structural and Photocatalytic Properties of M-Doped (M = Ce3+, Zn2+, Cu2+) Dendritic-Like CdS

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    Wang, Yongqian; Yang, Xiande; Ye, Ting; Xu, Chao; Xia, Fan; Meng, Dawei

    2017-03-01

    M-doped (M = Ce3+, Zn2+, Cu2+) dendritic-like CdS has been synthesized by a hydrothermal method. As-prepared samples were characterized by x-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis, field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), energy-dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), and ultraviolet-visible (UV-Vis) spectroscopy. Their photocatalytic activity was evaluated in degradation of methylene blue under simulated visible-light irradiation. XRD results revealed that M:CdS is a hexagonal phase at low doping concentration. XRD and EDS results indicated that Ce3+, Zn2+, and Cu2+ were successfully introduced into CdS. FESEM results indicated that CdS retains dendritic-like structure at low doping concentration. UV-Vis spectroscopy results indicated that doping with Ce3+, Zn2+ or Cu2+ can be used to improve the absorbing capability of dendritic-like CdS for visible light, and the doping content affects the bandgap. Photocatalytic results indicated that doping with Ce3+, Zn2+ or Cu2+ can improve the photocatalytic efficiency of dendritic-like CdS, with highest degradation rates of 93.2%, 91.2%, and 95.5% for Ce:CdS, Zn:CdS, and Cu:CdS, respectively. The photocatalytic mechanism of M:CdS in degradation of methylene blue is also described.

  1. Cu-Doped ZnO Thin Films Deposited by a Sol-Gel Process Using Two Copper Precursors: Gas-Sensing Performance in a Propane Atmosphere

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    Heberto Gómez-Pozos

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available A study on the propane gas-sensing properties of Cu-doped ZnO thin films is presented in this work. The films were deposited on glass substrates by sol-gel and dip coating methods, using zinc acetate as a zinc precursor, copper acetate and copper chloride as precursors for doping. For higher sensitivity values, two film thickness values are controlled by the six and eight dippings, whereas for doping, three dippings were used, irrespective of the Cu precursor. The film structure was analyzed by X-ray diffractometry, and the analysis of the surface morphology and film composition was made through scanning electron microscopy (SEM and secondary ion mass spectroscopy (SIMS, respectively. The sensing properties of Cu-doped ZnO thin films were then characterized in a propane atmosphere, C3H8, at different concentration levels and different operation temperatures of 100, 200 and 300 °C. Cu-doped ZnO films doped with copper chloride presented the highest sensitivity of approximately 6 × 104, confirming a strong dependence on the dopant precursor type. The results obtained in this work show that the use of Cu as a dopant in ZnO films processed by sol-gel produces excellent catalysts for sensing C3H8 gas.

  2. Charge defects and highly enhanced multiferroic properties in Mn and Cu co-doped BiFeO{sub 3} thin films

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    Dong, Guohua; Tan, Guoqiang, E-mail: tan3114@163.com; Luo, Yangyang; Liu, Wenlong; Xia, Ao; Ren, Huijun

    2014-06-01

    Pure BiFeO{sub 3} (BFO) and Mn, Cu co-doped BiFeO{sub 3} (BFMCO) thin films were deposited on fluorine doped tin oxide (FTO) substrates by a chemical solution deposition method. Detailed investigations were made on the effects of Mn and Cu co-doping on the crystal structure, the defect chemistry, multiferroic properties of the BFO thin films. With the co-doping of Mn and Cu, a structural transition from the rhombohedral (R3c:H) to the biphasic structure (R3c:H + P1) is confirmed by XRD, Rietveld refinement and Raman analysis. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) analysis shows that the coexistence of Fe{sup 2+}/Fe{sup 3+} and Mn{sup 2+}/Mn{sup 3+} ions in the co-doping films are demonstrated. Meanwhile, the way of the co-doping at B-sits is conducive to suppress Fe valence state of volatility and to decrease oxygen vacancies and leakage current. It's worth noting that the co-doping can induce the superior ferroelectric properties (a huge remanent polarization, 2P{sub r} ∼ 220 μC/cm{sup 2} and a relatively low coercive field, 2E{sub c} ∼ 614 kV/cm). The introduction of Mn{sup 2+} and Cu{sup 2+} ions optimizes the magnetic properties of BFO thin films by the biphasic structure and the destruction of spin cycloid.

  3. Degradation of organic pollutants by Ag, Cu and Sn doped waste non-metallic printed circuit boards.

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    Ramaswamy, Kadari; Radha, Velchuri; Malathi, M; Vithal, Muga; Munirathnam, Nagegownivari R

    2017-02-01

    The disposal and reuse of waste printed circuit boards have been the major global concerns. Printed circuit boards, a form of Electronic waste (hereafter e-waste), have been chemically processed, doped with Ag(+), Cu(2+) and Sn(2+), and used as visible light photocatalysts against the degradation of methylene blue and methyl violet. The elemental analyses of pristine and metal doped printed circuit board were obtained using energy dispersive X-ray fluorescence (EDXRF) spectra and inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectroscopy (ICP-OES). The morphology of parent and doped printed circuit board was obtained from scanning electron microscopy (SEM) measurements. The photocatalytic activity of parent and metal doped samples was carried out for the decomposition of organic pollutants, methylene blue and methyl violet, under visible light irradiation. Metal doped waste printed circuit boards (WPCBs) have shown higher photocatalytic activity against the degradation of methyl violet and methylene blue under visible light irradiation. Scavenger experiments were performed to identify the reactive intermediates responsible for the degradation of methylene blue and methyl violet. The reactive species responsible for the degradation of MV and MB were found to be holes and hydroxyl radicals. A possible mechanism of degradation of methylene blue and methyl violet is given. The stability and reusability of the catalysts are also investigated.

  4. Enhanced electrocatalytic activity of electrodeposited F-doped SnO2/Cu2S electrodes for quantum dot-sensitized solar cells

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    Vinh Quy, Vu Hong; Kim, Jae-Hong; Kang, Soon-Hyung; Choi, Cheol-Jong; Rajesh, John Anthuvan; Ahn, Kwang-Soon

    2016-06-01

    Copper sulfide (Cu2S) films were deposited on F-doped SnO2 (FTO) substrates via the electrodeposition (ED) of copper (Cu) nanoparticles followed by sulfurization. The Cu nanoparticles were deposited on FTO substrates for various ED times ranging from 10 to 30 min at a constant -0.4 V. The FTO/Cu films consisted of flower-like nanoparticles comprised of randomly-clustering nanoflakes. The Cu nanoparticles electrodeposited for 10 min (FTO/Cu (10 min)) were dispersed sparsely over the FTO substrate, whereas the FTO/Cu (20 and 30 min) provided increased coverage. Unlike FTO/Cu2S (10 min), the FTO/Cu2S (20 and 30 min) consisted of vertically-standing large Cu2S nanosheets with numerous small nanosheets in between. This was attributed to the sufficient number of Cu seed nanoflakes, which not only facilitate ion transport of the redox couple but also increased the surface area, leading to significantly enhanced electrocatalytic activity. The quantum dot-sensitized solar cell (QD-SSC) with FTO/Cu2S (20 min) exhibited a significantly improved cell efficiency of 4.58%, compared to those with Pt and FTO/Cu2S (10 min). The QD-SSC with the FTO/Cu2S (30 min) showed similar cell efficiency to that with the FTO/Cu2S (20 min), despite the larger surface area because of its amorphous crystallographic structure offsetting the electrocatalytic activity.

  5. Microstructure, optical and FTIR studies of Ni, Cu co-doped ZnO nanoparticles by co-precipitation method

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    Ashokkumar, M.; Muthukumaran, S.

    2014-11-01

    Zn0.96-xCu0.04NixO (0 ⩽ x ⩽ 0.04) nanoparticles were synthesized by co-precipitation method. The X-ray diffraction pattern showed the crystalline nature of prepared nanoparticles with hexagonal wurtzite structure. The average crystal size is decreased from 27 to 22.7 nm when Ni concentration is increased from 0% to 2% due to the suppression of nucleation and subsequent growth of ZnO by Ni-doping. The increased crystal size from 22.7 to 25.8 nm (ΔD ∼ 3.1 nm) by Ni-doping from 2% to 4% is due to the creation of distortion centers and Zn/Ni interstitials. The cell parameters and volume of the lattice showed solubility limit at 2% of Ni doping. The energy dispersive X-ray spectra confirmed the presence of Cu and Ni in Zn-O. The optical absorption spectra showed that the absorption was increased up to Ni = 2% due to the creation of carrier concentration by Ni-doping and decreased beyond 2% due to the presence of more defects and interstitials in the Zn-Ni-Cu-O lattice. The observed red shift of energy gap from 3.65 eV (Ni = 0%) to 3.59 eV (Ni = 2%, ΔEg ≈ 0.06 eV) is explained by sp-d exchange interactions between the band electrons and the localized d-electrons of the Ni2+ ions. The blue shift of energy gap from 3.59 eV (Ni = 2%) to 3.67 eV (Ni = 4%, ΔEg ≈ 0.08 eV) is explained by Burstein-Moss effect. Presence of chemical bonding was confirmed by FTIR spectra.

  6. Study of Cu-doping effects on magnetic properties of Fe-doped ZnO by first principle calculations

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    A El Amiri; H Lassri; M Abid; E K Hlil

    2014-06-01

    Using ab initio calculations on Zn0.975–Fe0.025CuO ( = 0, 0.01, 0.02, 0.05), we study the variations of magnetic moments vs Cu concentration. The electronic structure is calculated by using the Korringa–Kohn–Rostoker (KKR) method combined with coherent potential approximation (CPA). We show that the total magnetic moment and magnetic moment of Fe increase on increasing Cu content. From the density of state (DOS) analysis, we show that Cu-induced impurity bands can assure, by two mechanisms, the enhancement of Fe magnetic moment in Zn0.975–Fe0.025CuO.

  7. M(o)ssbauer study on Sn-doped (La1-xSrx)2Cu1-xSnxO4 superconductors under a new concept

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    2000-01-01

    119Sn M(o)ssbauer research is carried out on (La1-xSrx)2Cu1-xSnxO4 (x=0.075 and 0.110) superconductors which are designed under a new concept. The M(o)ssbauer spectra results show that Sn occupies Cu position in Sn4+ state, and there is no Sn2+ ion occupying La position. The local lattice deformation near Sn4+ site is small, but displays an increasing tendency with Sn doping. For La2CuO4 matrix, the simultaneous dopings of Sr/Sn induce holes and electrons on CuO2 layer in a new mechanism which influences superconductivity. Under a new mechanism of extra oxygen, the extra oxygen effect of Sn-doping on superconductivity is discussed.

  8. Msbauer study on Sn-doped (La1-xSrx)Cu(1-xSnxO4superconductors under a new concept

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    李阳; 曹国辉; 段瑞飞; 车广灿; 赵忠贤; J.A.LarreaJ.; E.M.Baggio-Saitovitch

    2000-01-01

    119Sn Mossbauer research is carried out on (La1-xSrx)2Cu1-xSnxO4( x = 0.075 and 0.110) superconductors which are designed under a new concept. The Mossbauer spectra results show that Sn occupies Cu position in Sn4+ state, and there is no Sn2+ ion occupying La position. The local lattice deformation near Sn4+ site is small, but displays an increasing tendency with Sn doping. For La2CuO4 matrix, the simultaneous dopings of Sr/Sn induce holes and electrons on CuO2 layer in a new mechanism which influences superconductivity. Under a new mechanism of extra oxygen, the ex-tra oxygen effect of Sn-doping on superconductivity is discussed.

  9. Sputter deposition of Cu{sub 2}O thin films, nitrogen-doping and formation of Cu{sub 2}O-ZnO p/n junctions

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    Graubner, Swen; Kronenberger, Achim; Benz, Julian; Reppin, Daniel; Fischer, Martin; Polity, Angelika; Hofmann, Detlef; Henning, Torsten; Klar, Peter; Meyer, Bruno K. [I. Physikalisches Institut, JLU Giessen (Germany)

    2010-07-01

    Cu{sub 2}O is one of the rare intrinsically p-type conducting semiconductors, in addition the energy of its band gap is in the visible spectral range. Thus it is considered to be a promising material for thin-film-solar cell applications. Metallic and ceramic sputtering processes can be used for the thin-film deposition. Depending on the oxygen partial-pressure, the stoichiometric properties of Cu{sub x}O are adjustable from x=2 to x=1. The electrical properties change considerably depending on the copper-to-oxygen-ratio. It is commonly assumed that copper-vacancies are the dominant intrinsic acceptors in Cu{sub 2}O, thus high carrier concentrations come along with a reduced crystalline quality. Using nitrogen-gas for doping allows carrier concentrations of p=10{sup 15}-10{sup 17} cm{sup -3} without significantly reducing the structural properties of the Cu{sub 2}O-thin-films. By using ZnO as n-type semiconductor, first p/n hetero-junctions were realized. The mesa etched structures show rectifying behaviour and its electrical properties are discussed on the conference.

  10. Piezoelectric Properties of CuO-Doped (K,Na)NbO3 Lead-Free Ceramics Synthesized with Hydrothermal Powders

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    Yokouchi, Yuriko; Maeda, Takafumi; Bornmann, Peter; Hemsel, Tobias; Morita, Takeshi

    2013-07-01

    We report the piezoelectric properties of CuO-doped hydrothermal (K,Na)NbO3 ceramics that can be applied as hard-type lead-free piezoelectric ceramics. To date, we have succeeded in synthesizing high-quality KNbO3 and NaNbO3 powders by the hydrothermal method, which is based on an ionic reaction at high temperature (around 210 °C) and pressure. Increasing both the piezoelectric constant d and the mechanical quality factor (Qm) is important for resonance-type piezoelectric devices, such as ultrasonic motors and transformers. CuO doping into hydrothermal (K,Na)NbO3 ceramics was examined to realize hard-type lead-free piezoelectric ceramics. By doping with 1.2 mol % CuO, Qm was increased and the dielectric loss (tan δ) was decreased to 0.5%. The grain size was also influenced by the amount of CuO doping, which indicates that Qm is related to the density. To achieve a higher Qm value, the grain size is required to be less than 5 µm however, excessive CuO doping leads to anomalous grain growth. Optimal piezoelectric properties were obtained for 1.2 mol % CuO-doped (K,Na)NbO3; k31 = 0.32, d31 = -44 pC/N, Qm (radial) = 959, and tan δ= 0.5%. These characteristics showed that CuO doping with hydrothermal powders is effective for obtaining hard-type ceramics, and the mechanical quality factor is more than ten times higher than that of nondoped hydrothermal (K,Na)NbO3 ceramics. Therefore, compared with the conventional solid-state method, we could succeed in obtaining hard-type ceramics by a simple and short process.

  11. Synthesis of Cu-doped Li2O and its cathode properties for lithium-ion batteries based on oxide/peroxide redox reactions

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    Kobayashi, Hiroaki; Hibino, Mitsuhiro; Makimoto, Tetsuya; Ogasawara, Yoshiyuki; Yamaguchi, Kazuya; Kudo, Tetsuichi; Okuoka, Shin-ichi; Ono, Hironobu; Yonehara, Koji; Sumida, Yasutaka; Mizuno, Noritaka

    2017-02-01

    Cu-doped Li2O, synthesized by mechanochemical reactions between Li2O and CuO, is demonstrated as a cathode material for lithium-ion batteries. The X-ray diffraction and absorption analyses suggest that in the Cu-doped Li2O, Cu2+ ions are located at 48g sites less symmetrical than 8c sites for Li+ ions, distorting the arrangement of surrounding O2- ions slightly from tetrahedral to square-planar, while the Cu2+ ions are doped in an antifluorite-type Li2O. The Cu-doped Li2O cathode has a charge capacity of 360 mAh g-1 without an irreversible O2 gas evolution reaction and exhibits a reversible capacity of 300 mAh g-1. Cu K-edge XANES spectroscopy and quantitative analysis of peroxide species reveal that redox of copper ions, formation/neutralization of O 2p electron holes, and generation/annihilation of peroxide species take place during charge/discharge.

  12. Optical properties of Cu nanocomposite glass obtained via CuO and SnO co-doping

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    Jiménez, J. A.

    2014-03-01

    Prospective applications of plasmonic nanocomposites in photonic and optoelectronic devices demand innovative means of material syntheses, as well as a comprehensive understanding of the influence of material composition and processing on resulting properties. In this work, it is shown that a phosphate glass matrix prepared with stoichiometric amounts of CuO and SnO dopants by the melting technique may well be effective for the precipitation of Cu nanoparticles (NPs) upon heat treatment (HT). Optical absorption and photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy, including emission decay dynamics, are employed in the characterization of the melt-quenched glass, and for investigating the influence of HT on material optical properties. The as-prepared material appeared highly luminescent; the data suggests contributions from both twofold-coordinated tin centers and Cu+ ions to light emission. The PL depends strongly on excitation wavelength; e.g. excitation at 260 nm shows a blue-white emission for which a significant contribution from tin is indicated, whereas excitation at 360 nm produces an orange emission in association with Cu+ ions. Thermal processing results in the chemical reduction of ionic copper via Sn2+ ultimately producing Cu NPs in the matrix, as evidenced by the appearance of the surface plasmon resonance around 574 nm. As a result, Cu+ PL decreases and the emission band shows a dip due to reabsorption by Cu NPs in resonance.

  13. Influence of Cu-doping on the structural and optical properties of CaTiO{sub 3} powders

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    Oliveira, L.H.; Moura, A.P. de [UNESP-Universidade Estadual Paulista, P.O. Box 355, 14801-907, Araraquara, SP (Brazil); La Porta, F.A., E-mail: felipe_laporta@yahoo.com.br [Department of Chemistry, Federal Technological University of Parana (UTFPR), PO Box 3131, 86036-370, Londrina/PR (Brazil); Nogueira, I.C. [DQ-UFSCar-Universidade Federal de São Carlos, P.O. Box 676, 13565-905, São Carlos, SP (Brazil); Aguiar, E.C.; Sequinel, T. [UNESP-Universidade Estadual Paulista, P.O. Box 355, 14801-907, Araraquara, SP (Brazil); Rosa, I.L.V. [DQ-UFSCar-Universidade Federal de São Carlos, P.O. Box 676, 13565-905, São Carlos, SP (Brazil); Longo, E.; Varela, J.A. [UNESP-Universidade Estadual Paulista, P.O. Box 355, 14801-907, Araraquara, SP (Brazil)

    2016-09-15

    Highlights: • Ca{sub 1−x}Cu{sub x}TiO{sub 3} powders were successfully synthesized via a polymeric precursor method. • Effects of Cu incorporated on the Ca-site into the CaTiO{sub 3} lattice as host matrix has been investigated. • The optical behavior reveals that the Ca{sub 1−x}Cu{sub x}TiO{sub 3} powders have potential applications in emerging technologies. - Abstract: Here, we report on the effect of chemical substitution on the structural and optical properties of Cu-doped CaTiO{sub 3} (CTO) polycrystalline powders synthesized by the polymeric precursor method. Our findings are discussed based on the structural order-disorder effects originating from the modification of the Ca{sub 1−x}Cu{sub x}TiO{sub 3} microcrystal matrix. These results may elucidate the compositional modulation and methods of controlling the structural design, as well as reveal the changes in the optical behavior of this system at an atomic level.

  14. Antimicrobial effect of TiO2 doped with Ag and Cu on Escherichia coli and Pseudomonas putida

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    Angelov, O.; Stoyanova, D.; Ivanova, I.

    2016-10-01

    Antimicrobial effect of TiO2 doped with Ag and Cu on Gram-negative bacteria Escherichia coli and Pseudomonas putida is studied. The thin films are deposited on glass substrates without heating during the deposition by r.f. magnetron co-sputtering of TiO2 target and pieces of Ag and Cu. The studied films, thickness about 65 nm, were as deposited and annealed (5200C, 4h, N2+5%H2, 4Pa). The as deposited thin films TiO2:Ag:Cu have band gap energy of 3.56 eV little higher than the band gap of crystalline anatase TiO2 which can be explained with the quantum effect of the granular structure of r.f. magnetron sputtered films. The annealed samples have band gap of 2.52 eV due to formation of donor levels from Ag and Cu atoms near the bottom of the conduction band. The toxic effect was determined through the classical Koch's method and the optical density measurements at λ=610 nm. The as deposited TiO2:Ag:Cu thin films demonstrate stronger inhibition effect - bactericidal for P. putida and bacteriostatic for E. coli (up to the 6th hour) in comparison with the annealed samples. The both methods of study show the same trends of the bacterial growth independently of their different sensitivity which confirms the observed effect.

  15. Effect of heat treatment on the physical properties of bimetallic doped catalyst, Cu-Ni/TiO{sub 2}

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    Bashiri, Robabeh, E-mail: noranimuti-mohamed@petronas.com.my; Sufian, Suriati [Chemical Engineering Dept. Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS, 31750 Tronoh, Perak (Malaysia); Mohamed, Norani Muti, E-mail: noranimuti-mohamed@petronas.com.my; Kait, Chong Fai, E-mail: chongfaikait@petronas.com.my [Fundamental and Applied Sciences Dept., Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS, 31750 Tronoh, Perak (Malaysia)

    2015-07-22

    Post heat treatment is critical for the doped semiconductor oxide in order to improve its photocatalytic performance. Thus work had been carried out to understand the effect of different calcination temperature (400, 450 and 500°C) on the physical properties of nanosized Cu-Ni/TiO{sub 2}Cu-Ni doped TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles prepared using a combined method of sol-gel and hydrothermal. The treated samples were characterized using Raman spectroscopy, Brunauer–Emmett–teller (BET) measurement, high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), and diffuse reflectance UV-Vis spectroscopy (DR-UV-Vis). Raman analysis showed that all samples displayed anatase (101) phase of TiO{sub 2}, which is in good agreement with the TEM results. BET data showed that all prepared Cu-Ni/TiO{sub 2} with different calcination temperature are mesoporous. SEM images displayed spherical particles with typical size of about 15 to 20 nm. UV-Vis spectra illustrated that the absorbance edge of all prepared Cu-Ni/TiO{sub 2} have extended to the visible region with bandgap energies (2-2.1 eV) less than the pure anatase TiO{sub 2} (3.2 eV). Calcination temperature of 450°C is considered to be the optimum as it converts the synthesized Cu-Ni/TiO{sub 2} sample to have smaller average particle size with higher surface area that lead to more absorbance in the visible region and lower bandgap energy.

  16. Eradication of multi-drug resistant bacteria by a novel Zn-doped CuO nanocomposite.

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    Malka, Eyal; Perelshtein, Ilana; Lipovsky, Anat; Shalom, Yakov; Naparstek, Livnat; Perkas, Nina; Patick, Tal; Lubart, Rachel; Nitzan, Yeshayahu; Banin, Ehud; Gedanken, Aharon

    2013-12-09

    Zinc-doped copper oxide nanoparticles are synthesized and simultaneously deposited on cotton fabric using ultrasound irradiation. The optimization of the processing conditions, the specific reagent ratio, and the precursor concentration results in the formation of uniform nanoparticles with an average size of ≈30 nm. The antibacterial activity of the Zn-doped CuO Cu₀.₈₈Zn₀.₁₂O in a colloidal suspension or deposited on the fabric is tested against Escherichia coli (Gram negative) and Staphylococcus aureus (Gram positive) bacteria. A substantial enhancement of 10,000 times in the antimicrobial activity of the Zn-CuO nanocomposite compared to the pure CuO and ZnO nanoparticles (NPs) is observed after 10 min exposure to the bacteria. Similar activities are observed against multidrug-resistant bacteria (MDR), (i.e., Methicillin-resistant S. aureus and MDR E. coli) further emphasizing the efficacy of this composite. Finally, the mechanism for this enhanced antibacterial activity is presented.

  17. The effect of In doping in CdS/CuInSe[sub 2] heterojunction formation: A photoemission investigation

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    Nelson, A.J.; Niles, D.W. (National Renewable Energy Laboratory, 1617 Cole Blvd., Golden, Colorado 80401 (United States)); Rioux, D.; Patel, R.; Hoechst, H. (Synchrotron Radiation Center, 3731 Schneider Drive, Stoughton, Wicsonsin 53589 (United States))

    1992-12-01

    Synchrotron radiation soft x-ray photoemission spectroscopy was used to investigate the development of the electronic structure at the CdS(In)/CuInSe[sub 2] heterojunction interface. In-doped CdS overlayers were deposited in steps on single-crystal [ital n]-type CuInSe[sub 2] at 250 [degree]C. Results indicate that the CdS(In) grows in registry with the substrate, initially in a two dimensional growth mode followed by three dimensional island growth as is corroborated by RHEED analysis. Photoemission measurements were acquired after each growth in order to observe changes in the valence band electronic structure as well as changes in the In4d, Se3d, Cd4d, and S2p core lines. The results were used to correlate the interface chemistry with the electronic structure at these interfaces and to directly determine the CdS(In)/CuInSe[sub 2] heterojunction valence band discontinuity and the consequent heterojunction band diagram as a function of In dopant concentration. We measured a valence band offset [Delta]E[sub v]=0.3 eV, independent of In doping.

  18. Damping and spin mixing conductance in Ni80Fe20/CuIr structures: effect of Ir doping

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    Belmeguenai, M.; Gabor, M. S.; Zighem, F.; Tiusan, C.

    2017-04-01

    Ni80Fe20(Py) thin films of different thicknesses have been sputtered on thermally oxidized Si substrates and capped with Pt or Cu doped with 6 % , 3 % and 1 % of Ir. Vibrating sample magnetometery has been used to measure the magnetization at saturation. Microstrip line ferromagnetic resonance (MS-FMR) has been used to investigate the Py and capping layer thickness dependence of the damping parameter enhancement due to the spin pumping. The experimental data have been analyzed using a model for spin pumping that includes the effective spin mixing conductance at the Py/HM (HM  =  Pt and CuIr) interface and the spin-diffusion length of HM. The spin mixing conductance (spin diffusion length) increases (decreases) as Ir doping increases. For samples capped with Pt (CuIr(6%)), the obtained values of spin mixing conductance and the spin diffusion length have been estimated to be 25 nm‑2 (9.87 nm‑2) and 1.05 nm (2.8 nm), respectively. MS-FMR measurements revealed that the effective magnetization varies linearly with the effective Py thickness due to the perpendicular surface anisotropy.

  19. Abnormal dielectric behaviors in Mn-doped CaCu{sub 3}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 12} ceramics and their response mechanism

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    Lin, Yuan-Hua, E-mail: linyh@tsinghua.edu.cn [State Key Laboratory of New Ceramics and Fine Processing, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China); Deng, Wei [State Key Laboratory of New Ceramics and Fine Processing, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China); School of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing 100083 (China); Xu, Wei [Beijing Synchrotron Radiation Facility, Institute of High Energy Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049 (China); Liu, Yong [State Key Laboratory of New Ceramics and Fine Processing, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China); School of Metallurgical and Ecological Engineering, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing 100083 (China); Chen, Dongliang; Zhang, Xiaoli [Beijing Synchrotron Radiation Facility, Institute of High Energy Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049 (China); Nan, Ce-Wen [State Key Laboratory of New Ceramics and Fine Processing, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China)

    2012-12-01

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Mn-doping affects the electric behaviors remarkably in CCTO ceramics. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The activation energy of grain and grain boundary disappears with increasing the Mn doping concentration. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The XANES spectra reveal that valence states of Ti, Mn and Cu in the grain and grain boundary changes greatly. - Abstract: Mn-doped CaCu{sub 3}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 12} (CCTO) polycrystalline ceramics have been prepared by the conventional solid state sintering. Our results indicate that 10% Mn doping can decrease the dielectric permittivity in CaCu{sub 3}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 12} by about 2 orders of magnitude (from 10{sup 4} to 10{sup 2}). The grain and grain boundary activation energies show an obvious increase from 0.054 eV to 0.256 eV, and decrease from 0.724 eV to 0.258 eV with increasing the Mn doping concentration, respectively, which may be caused by the variation of Cu and Ti valence states in the CCTO samples evidenced by the X-ray absorption spectra. The similar grain and grain boundary activation energies result in invalidation of the internal boundary layer capacitance effect for the 10% Mn-doped CCTO sample, and thus result in the dramatic decrease of dielectric permittivity.

  20. Preparation of Photoluminescence Tunable Cu-doped AgInS2 and AgInS2/ZnS Nanocrystals and Their Application as Cellular Imaging Probes.

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    Chen, Siqi; Demillo, Violeta; Lu, Minggen; Zhu, Xiaoshan

    In this work, high-quality Cu doped AIS and AIS/ZnS NCs have been first synthesized via a surface doping approach. By varying Cu concentrations in doping, Cu doped AIS NCs exhibit a photoluminescence red-shift from around 600 nm to 660 nm with a decrease of quantum yield from around 30% to 20%. After ZnS coating or zinc etching on the Cu doped AIS NCs, Cu doped AIS/ZnS NCs present photoluminescence peaks from around 570 nm to 610 nm and high quantum yields in the range of 50 ~ 60%. Moreover, it is found that Cu doping can prolong the photoluminescence lifetime of NCs, and the average photoluminescence lifetime of Cu doped AIS and AIS/ZnS NCs is in the range of 300 ~ 500 ns. The resultant Cu doped AIS/ZnS NCs were further encapsulated with amphiphilic polymers and used as biocompatible photoluminescent probes in cellular imaging. The cellular imaging study shows that peptide-conjugated probes can specifically target U-87 brain tumor cells and thus they can be applied to the detection of endogenous targets expressed on brain tumor cells.

  1. Synthesis of Cu-Doped Mixed-Phase TiO2 with the Assistance of Ionic Liquid by Atmospheric-Pressure Cold Plasma

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    ZHAN Zhibin; DI Lanbo; ZHANG Xiuling; LI Yanchun

    2016-01-01

    An atmospheric-pressure dielectric barrier discharge (DBD) gas-liquid cold plasma was employed to synthesize Cu-doped TiO2 nanoparticles in an aqueous solution with the assistance of [C2MIM]BF4 ionic liquid (IL) and using air as the working gas.The influences of the discharge voltage,IL and the amount of copper nitrite were investigated.X-ray diffraction,N2 adsorption-desorption measurements and UV-Vis spectroscopy were adopted to characterize the samples.The results showed that the specific surface area of TiO2 was promoted with Cu-doping (from 57.6 m2·g-1 to 106.2 m2·g-1 with 3% Cu-doping),and the content of anatase was increased.Besides,the band gap energy of TiO2 with Cu-doping decreased according to the UV-Vis spectroscopy test.The 3%Cu-IL-TiO2 samples showed the highest efficiency in degrading methylene blue (MB) dye solutions under simulated sunlight with an apparent rate constant of 0.0223 min-1,which was 1.2 times higher than that of non-doped samples.According to the characterization results,the reasons for the high photocatalytic activity were discussed.

  2. Photovoltaic performances of Cu2-xTe sensitizer based on undoped and indium(3+)-doped TiO2 photoelectrodes and assembled counter electrodes.

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    Srathongluan, Pornpimol; Kuhamaneechot, Rattanakorn; Sukthao, Prapatsawan; Vailikhit, Veeramol; Choopun, Supab; Tubtimtae, Auttasit

    2016-02-01

    Novel binary Cu2-xTe nanoparticles based on undoped and indium-doped TiO2 photoelectrodes were synthesized using a successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) technique as a sensitizer for liquid-junction solar cells. A larger diameter of TiO2 promoted a narrower energy band gap after indium doping, attributing to yield a broader absorption range of nanoparticle sensitizer due to the increasing amount of Cu2-xTe NPs on TiO2 surface. The atomic percentages showed the stoichiometric formation of Cu2Te incorporated in a Cu2-xTe structure. The best photovoltaic performance with the lower SILAR cycle, i.e., n=13 was performed after indium doping in both of carbon and Cu2S CEs and revealed that the efficiency of 0.73% under the radiant 100mW/cm(2) (AM 1.5G). The electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) was used to investigate the electrical properties via effect of material doping and counter electrodes with a lower charge-transfer resistance (Rct) and it was also found that the electron lifetime was improved after the sample doped with indium and assembled with carbon CE.

  3. Effects of doping on superconducting gap anisotropy in Bi_2Sr2 CaCu_2O8+x

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    Onellion, Marshall; Ma, Jian; Quitmann, Christoph; Kelley, R. J.; Kendziora, C.; Larosa, S.; Berger, H.; Margaritondo, G.

    1996-03-01

    We report on recent fabrication of Bi_2Sr_2CaCu_2O_8+x single crystals that span the phase diagram from insulators, all of the underdoped part, and as far into the overdoped part as a superconducting transition temperature, T_c=55K.[1,2] Optimally doped and overdoped samples exhibit narrow susceptibility transition widths. However, the c-axis between insulators-underdoped-optimally doped materials is almost identical, indicating that oxygen is added and removed from different part of the unit cell.[1,2] We have studied the superconducting gap anisotropy for optimally doped and overdoped samples. We find that the ratio gap along the (0,π)direction to that along the (π,π) is 20:1 for optimally doped or slightly underdoped samples, consistent with earlier report. The gap along the (π,π) direction is indistiguishable from zero. However, for somewhat overdoped samples, the gap anisotropy is 2:1, with the smaller gap 10meV, definitely non-zero.

  4. The effect of Cu doping on the mechanical and optical properties of zinc oxide nanowires synthesized by hydrothermal route

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    Robak, Elżbieta; Coy, Emerson; Kotkowiak, Michał; Jurga, Stefan; Załęski, Karol; Drozdowski, Henryk

    2016-04-01

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) is a wide-bandgap semiconductor material with applications in a variety of fields such as electronics, optoelectronic and solar cells. However, much of these applications demand a reproducible, reliable and controllable synthesis method that takes special care of their functional properties. In this work ZnO and Cu-doped ZnO nanowires are obtained by an optimized hydrothermal method, following the promising results which ZnO nanostructures have shown in the past few years. The morphology of as-prepared and copper-doped ZnO nanostructures is investigated by means of scanning electron microscopy and high resolution transmission electron microscopy. X-ray diffraction is used to study the impact of doping on the crystalline structure of the wires. Furthermore, the mechanical properties (nanoindentation) and the functional properties (absorption and photoluminescence measurements) of ZnO nanostructures are examined in order to assess their applicability in photovoltaics, piezoelectric and hybrids nanodevices. This work shows a strong correlation between growing conditions, morphology, doping and mechanical as well as optical properties of ZnO nanowires.

  5. Contact resistance and V-I characteristics in a Ag-doped Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O superconductor

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    Shimizu, Noriyuki; Michishita, Kazuo; Higashida, Yutaka; Yokoyama, Hisanori; Hayami, Yumi

    1989-11-01

    Contact resistance and V-I characteristics were investigated in Ag-doped and undoped Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O bulk samples prepared by the floating-zone method. In undoped samples, with increasing current pulse width, rapidity of voltage rise in V-I characteristics increases and J(c) decreases. The contact resistance is nonohmic and temperature dependence is semiconductorlike. In an Ag-doped sample, rapidity of voltage rise and J(c) are not influenced by pulse width, and deviation of J(c) among samples is small. The ohmic contact resistance has metallike temperature dependence, and its value is less than 1/500 of that in an undoped sample.

  6. Synthesis of Cu-doped InP nanocrystals (d-dots) with ZnSe diffusion barrier as efficient and color-tunable NIR emitters.

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    Xie, Renguo; Peng, Xiaogang

    2009-08-05

    Efficient Cu-doped InP quantum dots (Cu:InP d-dots) emitters were successfully synthesized by epitaxial growth of a ZnSe diffusion barrier for the dopants. The Cu dopant emission of the Cu:InP/ZnSe core/shell d-dots covered the important red and near-infrared (NIR) window for biomedical applicaitons, from 630 to 1100 nm, by varying the size of the InP host nanocrystals. These new d-dots emitters not only compensate for the emission wavelength of the existing noncadmium d-dots emitters, Cu- and Mn-doped ZnSe d-dots (450-610 nm), but also offer a complete series of efficient nanocrystal emitters based on InP nanocrystals. The one-pot synthetic scheme for the formation of Cu:InP/ZnSe core/shell d-dots was successfully established by systematically studying the doping process, the dopant concentration-dependent photophysical properties, and the dopant diffusion during shell epitaxy, etc. Complete elimination of InP bandgap emission and efficient pure dopant emission (with photoluminescence quantum yield as high as between 35-40%) of the core/shell d-dots were achieved by optimizing the final doping level and the diffusion barrier thickness.

  7. Meso-macroporous Fe-doped CuO:Synthesis, characterization, and structurally enhanced adsorption and visible-light photocatalytic activity

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    朱剑飞; 肖奇

    2015-01-01

    The meso-macroporous Fe-doped CuO was prepared by a simple hydrothermal method combined with post-annealing. The samples were characterized by X-ray powder diffraction(XRD), scanning electron microscopy(SEM), Brunauer−Emmett−Teller N2 adsorption−desorption analyses and UV-vis diffuses reflectance spectroscopy. The Fe-doped CuO sample shows higher adsorption capacity and photocatalytic activity for xanthate degradation than pure CuO under visible light irradiation. In addition, the adsorption process is found to fit Langmuir isotherms and pseudo-second-order kinetics. The the first order kinetic Langmuir Hinshelwood model was used to study the reaction kinetics of photocatalytic degradation, and the apparent rate constant (k ) was calculated. The value ofk for Fe-doped CuO is 1.5 times that of pure CuO. The higher photocatalytic activity of Fe-doped CuO is attributed to higher specific surface area together with stronger visible light absorption.

  8. EPR identification of defects responsible for thermoluminescence in Cu-doped lithium tetraborate (Li{sub 2}B{sub 4}O{sub 7}) crystals

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    Brant, A.T., E-mail: Adam.Brant.ctr@afit.edu [Department of Engineering Physics, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, OH 45433 (United States); Buchanan, D.A.; McClory, J.W. [Department of Engineering Physics, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, OH 45433 (United States); Dowben, P.A. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, Nebraska Center for Materials and Nanoscience, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska 68588 (United States); Adamiv, V.T.; Burak, Ya.V. [Institute of Physical Optics, 23 Dragomanov St., Lviv 79005 (Ukraine); Halliburton, L.E. [Department of Physics, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV 26505 (United States)

    2013-07-15

    Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) is used to identify the electron and hole traps responsible for thermoluminescence (TL) peaks occurring near 100 and 200 °C in copper-doped lithium tetraborate (Li{sub 2}B{sub 4}O{sub 7}) crystals. As-grown crystals have Cu{sup +} and Cu{sup 2+} ions substituting for lithium and have Cu{sup +} ions at interstitial sites. All of the substitutional Cu{sup 2+} ions in the as-grown crystals have an adjacent lithium vacancy and give rise to a distinct EPR spectrum. Exposure to ionizing radiation at room temperature produces a second and different Cu{sup 2+} EPR spectrum when a hole is trapped by substitutional Cu{sup +} ions that have no nearby defects. These two Cu{sup 2+} trapped-hole centers are referred to as Cu{sup 2+}-V{sub Li} and Cu{sub active}{sup 2+}, respectively. Also during the irradiation, two trapped-electron centers in the form of interstitial Cu{sup 0} atoms are produced when interstitial Cu{sup +} ions trap electrons. They are observed with EPR and are labeled Cu{sub A}{sup 0} and Cu{sub B}{sup 0}. When an irradiated crystal is warmed from 25 to 150 °C, the Cu{sub active}{sup 2+} centers have a partial decay step that correlates with the TL peak near 100 °C. The concentrations of Cu{sub A}{sup 0} and Cu{sub B}{sup 0} centers, however, increase as the crystal is heated through this range. As the crystal is further warmed between 150 and 250 °C, the EPR signals from the Cu{sub active}{sup 2+} hole centers and Cu{sub A}{sup 0} and Cu{sub B}{sup 0} electron centers decay simultaneously. This decay step correlates with the intense TL peak near 200 °C. -- Highlights: ► We use EPR to identify a Cu{sup 2+} center and two Cu{sup 0} defects in Cu-doped Li{sub 2}B{sub 4}O{sub 7}. ► These defects form when our crystal is irradiated with X-rays at room temperature. ► We also observe two above-room-temperature thermoluminescence (TL) peaks. ► A pulsed anneal experiment correlates the decay of the EPR signals to two

  9. Photocatalytic comparison of Cu- and Ag-doped TiO{sub 2}/GF for bioaerosol disinfection under visible light

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    Pham, Thanh-Dong; Lee, Byeong-Kyu, E-mail: bklee@ulsan.ac.kr

    2015-12-15

    Photocatalysts, TiO{sub 2}/glass fiber (TiO{sub 2}/GF), Cu-doped TiO{sub 2}/glass fiber (Cu–TiO{sub 2}/GF) and Ag-doped TiO{sub 2}/glass fiber (Ag–TiO{sub 2}/GF), were synthesized by a sol–gel method. They were then used to disinfect Escherichia coli (E. coli) and Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) in bioaerosols under visible light irradiation. TiO{sub 2}/GF did not show any significant disinfection effect. Both Cu and Ag acted as intermediate agents to enhance separation efficiency of electron–hole pairs of TiO{sub 2}, leading to improved photocatalytic activity of Cu–TiO{sub 2}/GF and Ag–TiO{sub 2}/GF under visible light. Cu in Cu–TiO{sub 2}/GF acted as a defective agent, increasing the internal quantum efficiency of TiO{sub 2}, while Ag in Ag–TiO{sub 2}/GF acted as a sensitive agent, enhancing the transfer efficiency of the electrons generated. The highest disinfection efficiencies of E. coli and S. aureus by Cu–TiO{sub 2}/GF were 84.85% and 65.21%, respectively. The highest disinfection efficiencies of E. coli and S. aureus by Ag–TiO{sub 2}/GF were 94.46% and 73.12%, respectively. Among three humidity conditions – 40±5% (dry), 60±5% (moderate), and 80±5% (humid) – the moderate humidity condition showed the highest disinfection efficiency for both E. coli and S. aureus. This study also showed that a Gram-negative bacterium (E. coli) were more readily disinfected by the photocatalysts than a Gram-positive bacterium (S. aureus). - Graphical abstract: Electron–hole pair separation mechanism of a metal-doped TiO{sub 2} system.

  10. Structural and optical characterization and efficacy of hydrothermal synthesized Cu and Ag doped zinc oxide nanoplate bactericides

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    Abinaya, C.; Marikkannan, M.; Manikandan, M. [Department of Materials Science, School of Chemistry, Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai, 625 021, Tamil Nadu (India); Mayandi, J., E-mail: jeyanthinath@yahoo.co.in [Department of Materials Science, School of Chemistry, Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai, 625 021, Tamil Nadu (India); Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, 49931 1295, MI (United States); Suresh, P.; Shanmugaiah, V. [Department of Microbial Technology, School of Biological Sciences, Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai, 625 021, Tamil Nadu (India); Ekstrum, C. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, 49931 1295, MI (United States); Pearce, J.M. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, 49931 1295, MI (United States); Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, 49931 1295, MI (United States)

    2016-12-01

    This study reports on a novel synthesis of pure zinc oxide and both Cu and Ag doped ZnO nanoplates using a simple and low-cost hydrothermal method. The structural and optical properties of the nanoplates were quantified and the materials were tested for antibacterial activity. X-ray diffraction revealed the formation of the wurtzite phase of ZnO and scanning and transmission electron microscopy showed the formation of randomly oriented ZnO nanoplates, having a thickness less than 80 nm and diameter less than 350 nm. The elemental analyses of both the pure and doped samples were evaluated by energy dispersive X-ray spectrometry. The FTIR spectra of ZnO nanomaterials showed the predictable bands at 3385 cm{sup −1} (O−H stretching), 1637 cm{sup −1} (stretching vibration of H{sub 2}O), 400 cm{sup −1}–570 cm{sup −1} (M−O stretching). The as synthesized samples showed a strong absorption peak in the UV region (∼376 nm) and a near band edge emission at 392 nm with some defect peaks in the visible region. From the XPS spectra the oxidation states of Zn, Cu and Ag were found to be +2, +2 and 0 respectively. Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus and Salmonella typhi bacteria were used to evaluate the antibacterial activity of undoped and doped ZnO. Ag doped ZnO exhibited low minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) values as 40 μg/ml for E. coli and S. aureus and 20 μg/ml for S. typhi, which are comparable to commercial antibiotics without optimization. Further, these chemically modified nanoparticles will be applicable in the development of medicine to control the spread and infection of a variety of bacterial strains. - Highlights: • Distinct ZnO nanoplates were successfully synthesized by facile hydrothermal method. • Cu and Ag doped ZnO exhibits significant destruction of bacteria with low MIC value. • Ag:ZnO has a noteworthy bactericidal effect against E. coli, S. aureus &S. typhi. • It projects that, a feasible low cost industrial process can

  11. Effects of rare earth ionic doping on microstructures and electrical properties of CaCu{sub 3}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 12} ceramics

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    Xue, Renzhong [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Xi' an University of Technology, Xi' an 710048 (China); Department of Technology and Physics, Zhengzhou University of Light Industry, Zhengzhou 450002 (China); Chen, Zhenping, E-mail: xrzbotao@163.com [Department of Technology and Physics, Zhengzhou University of Light Industry, Zhengzhou 450002 (China); Dai, Haiyang; Liu, Dewei; Li, Tao [Department of Technology and Physics, Zhengzhou University of Light Industry, Zhengzhou 450002 (China); Zhao, Gaoyang, E-mail: zhaogy@xaut.edu.cn [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Xi' an University of Technology, Xi' an 710048 (China)

    2015-06-15

    Graphical abstract: The dielectric constant decreases monotonically with reduced RE doping ion radius and is more frequency independent compared with that of pure CCTO sample. - Highlights: • The mean grain sizes decrease monotonically with reduced RE doping ionic radius. • Doping gives rise to the monotonic decrease of ϵ{sub r} with reduced RE ionic radius. • The nonlinear coefficient and breakdown field increase with RE ionic doping. • α of all the samples is associated with the potential barrier width rather than Φ{sub b}. - Abstract: Ca{sub 1–x}R{sub x}Cu{sub 3}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 12}(R = La, Nd, Eu, Gd, Er; x = 0 and 0.005) ceramics were prepared by the conventional solid-state method. The influences of rare earth (RE) ion doping on the microstructure, dielectric and electrical properties of CaCu{sub 3}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 12} (CCTO) ceramics were investigated systematically. Single-phase formation is confirmed by XRD analyses. The mean grain size decreases monotonically with reduced RE ion radius. The EDS results reveal that RE ionic doping reduces Cu-rich phase segregation at the grain boundaries (GBs). Doping gives rise to the monotonic decrease of dielectric constant with reduced RE ionic radius but significantly improves stability with frequency. The lower dielectric loss of doped samples is obtained due to the increase of GB resistance. In addition, the nonlinear coefficient and breakdown field increase with RE ionic doping. Both the fine grains and the enhancement of potential barrier at GBs are responsible for the improvement of the nonlinear current–voltage properties in doped CCTO samples.

  12. Studies on thermal analysis and optical parameters of Cu doped poly(vinyl acetate)/polyindole composites

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    Bhagat, D. J.; Dhokane, G. R.

    2015-05-01

    This article reports investigation on optical parameters and thermal analysis of Cu doped poly(vinyl acetate)/polyindole composites using cupric chloride as an oxidant. The study's complex optical parameters were determined through ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis) spectroscopy. Thermal analysis was done through thermo gravimetric analysis (TGA) and differential thermal analysis (DTA). The optical band gap values were found in the range 3.4381-4.8646 eV that reflects that synthesized composites have the potential to have application in optical devices and solar cells. The optical conductivity of composites is calculated to be 1.608 × 107 S-1.

  13. Fabrication of dye sensitized solar cell using Cr doped Cu-Zn-Se type chalcopyrite thin film

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    Joseph, D. Paul; Venkateswaran, C. [Materials Science Centre, Department of Nuclear Physics, University of Madras, Guindy Campus, Chennai-600 025 (India); Ganesan, S.; Suthanthiraraj, S. Austin; Maruthamuthu, P. [Department of Energy, University of Madras, Guindy Campus, Chennai 600 025 (India); Kovendhan, M. [Department of Physics, Presidency College, Chennai 600 005 (India)

    2011-09-15

    Chalcopyrites are a versatile class of semiconductors known for their potential in photovoltaic applications. Considering the well established CuInSe{sub 2} as a prototype system, a new compound of the chalcopyrite type, Cu{sub 1-x}Zn{sub 1-y}Se{sub 2-{delta}}, by replacing In with Zn, has been prepared (both undoped and 2% Cr doped) by the metallurgical method. Thin films have been deposited by the thermal evaporation technique using the stabilized polycrystalline compounds as charge. Structural, compositional, morphological, and optical properties of the films are analyzed and reported. Use of these films as electrodes in dye sensitized solar cell (DSSC) is demonstrated. (Copyright copyright 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  14. CuO nanostructures grown by the SILAR method: Influence of Pb-doping on the morphological, structural and optical properties

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    Bayansal, F., E-mail: fbayansal@gmail.com [Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Faculty of Technology, Mustafa Kemal University, Hatay (Turkey); Department of Physics, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Mustafa Kemal University, Hatay (Turkey); Gülen, Y. [Department of Physics, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Marmara University, İstanbul (Turkey); Şahin, B. [Department of Physics, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Mustafa Kemal University, Hatay (Turkey); Kahraman, S. [Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Faculty of Technology, Mustafa Kemal University, Hatay (Turkey); Department of Physics, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Mustafa Kemal University, Hatay (Turkey); Çetinkara, H.A. [Department of Physics, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Mustafa Kemal University, Hatay (Turkey)

    2015-01-15

    Highlights: • CuO nanostructures with Pb-doping by the SILAR method is reported for the first time. • CuO nanostructures of different morphologies were grown by different Pb ratios. • E{sub g} values of the films can be altered by changing Pb doping concentrations. - Abstract: CuO nanostructures with and without Pb were synthesized by the Successive Ionic Layer Adsorption and Reaction method. The films were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction and ultraviolet–visible spectrophotometry. Scanning electron microscopy results showed that the morphology of the film surface was changed from plate-like to coral-like nanostructures with increasing Pb concentration. The X-ray diffraction patterns showed the monoclinic crystal structure with preferential planes of (1{sup ¯}11) and (1 1 1). Furthermore, ultraviolet–visible spectra showed that the band gap of the films was tailored by Pb doping.

  15. Surface charging at the (1 0 0) surface of Cu doped and undoped Li{sub 2}B{sub 4}O{sub 7}

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    Xiao Jie [Department of Physics and Astronomy and Nebraska Center for Materials and Nanoscience, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Theodore Jorgensen Hall 855 North 16th Street, Lincoln, NE 68588-0299 (United States); Lozova, N. [J. Bennett Johnston Sr. Center for Advanced Microstructures and Devices, Louisiana State University, 6980 Jefferson Highway, Baton Rouge, LA 70806 (United States); Losovyj, Ya.B. [Department of Physics and Astronomy and Nebraska Center for Materials and Nanoscience, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Theodore Jorgensen Hall 855 North 16th Street, Lincoln, NE 68588-0299 (United States); J. Bennett Johnston Sr. Center for Advanced Microstructures and Devices, Louisiana State University, 6980 Jefferson Highway, Baton Rouge, LA 70806 (United States); Wooten, D. [Air Force Institute of Technology, 2950 Hobson Way, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, OH 45433-7765 (United States); Ketsman, I. [Department of Physics and Astronomy and Nebraska Center for Materials and Nanoscience, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Theodore Jorgensen Hall 855 North 16th Street, Lincoln, NE 68588-0299 (United States); Swinney, M.W.; Petrosky, J.; McClory, J. [Air Force Institute of Technology, 2950 Hobson Way, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, OH 45433-7765 (United States); Burak, Ya.V.; Adamiv, V.T. [Institute of Physical Optics, 23 Dragomanov Str., Lviv 79005 (Ukraine); Brant, A.T. [Department of Engineering Physics, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV 26506 (United States); Dowben, P.A., E-mail: pdowben@unl.edu [Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Nebraska Center for Materials and Nanoscience, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Theodore Jorgensen Hall 855 North 16th Street, Lincoln, NE 68588-0299 (United States)

    2011-02-01

    We have compared the photovoltaic charging of the (1 0 0) surface termination for Cu doped and undoped Li{sub 2}B{sub 4}O{sub 7}. While the surface charging at the (1 0 0) surface of Li{sub 2}B{sub 4}O{sub 7} is significantly greater than observed at (1 1 0) surface, the Cu doping plays a role in reducing the surface photovoltage effects. With Cu doping of Li{sub 2}B{sub 4}O{sub 7}, the surface photovoltaic charging is much diminished at the (1 0 0) surface. The density of states observed with combined photoemission and inverse photoemission remains similar to that observed for the undoped material, except in the vicinity of the conduction band edge.

  16. Thermal Stability and Reductive Property of CexZr1-xO2 Solid Solution Doped Simultaneously by Fe, Mn or Fe, Cu

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    Yan Zhongjun; Yang Dong; Wen Mingfen; Chen Jing; Wang Jinggang; Gu Yongwan

    2005-01-01

    CexZr1-xO2 complex oxides doped by transition metal(Fe, Mn, Cu) were prepared by precipitation method. Thermal stability of samples was characterized by XRD, surface areas were measured by BET method and reductive property was characterized by TPR. The results show that MnO2 can be dispersed in solid solution after calcined at 1273 K, when the loading is 12%, while Fe and Cu is easy to separate from samples at this temperature. Samples doped simultaneously by Fe, Mn or Fe, Cu demonstrated high reactive property at low temperature. The starting reduction temperature are 413 and 373 K, respectively. TPR results also show a broad range of reductive temperature exists in these bi-metal doped samples.

  17. Cu doped TiO{sub 2}/GF for photocatalytic disinfection of Escherichia coli in bioaerosols under visible light irradiation: Application and mechanism

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    Pham, Thanh-Dong; Lee, Byeong-Kyu, E-mail: bklee@ulsan.ac.kr

    2014-03-01

    Highlights: • Cu dopants enhanced electron-hole separation efficiency and capacity of TiO{sub 2}. • Cu-TiO{sub 2}/GF exhibited high bioaerosol disinfection even under visible light. • The disinfection enhancement is depended on Cu content in Cu-TiO{sub 2}/GF. • The moderate humidity was the optimum condition for the bioaerosol disinfection. - Abstract: This study investigated the role of Cu as a doping agent to enhance photocatalytic activity of TiO{sub 2} in Cu-doped TiO{sub 2}/glass fibers (Cu-TiO{sub 2}/GF) used for disinfection of Escherichia coli (E. coli) in aerosols under visible light irradiation. Glass fiber was used as a substrate to immobilize TiO{sub 2} for disinfection of E. coli in bioaerosols. Cu in the prepared photocatalyst acted as an intermediate agent for the transfer of photo-generated electrons from the valence band to the conduction band of TiO{sub 2}. Cu dopants increased the electron-hole pair separation efficiency, inhibited their recombination leading to a lifetime increase of the generated electrons, and thus improved photocatalytic activity even under visible light irradiation. Cu also defected the TiO{sub 2} lattice by producing Ti{sup 3+} ions, which can increase the electron-hole separation capacity of the photocatalyst, thereby increasing photocatalytic capacity. The optimal Cu content in Cu/TiO{sub 2} to enhance the photocatalytic activity of TiO{sub 2} was 5 wt.%. Among three humidity conditions (dry (40 ± 5%), moderate (60 ± 5%) and humid (80 ± 5%)), the moderate condition showed the highest disinfection efficiency of E. coli. When the 5% Cu-TiO{sub 2}/GF was used under a moderate level of humidity, the highest disinfection efficiency and disinfection capacity of E. coli were identified as 87.8% and 23 CFU/s cm{sup 2}, respectively.

  18. Effects of Ca doping and O deficiency on the charge distribution in the vicinity of a 45° [001] grain boundary in YBa2Cu3O7

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    Schwingenschlögl, Udo

    2012-02-01

    The charge redistribution at grain boundaries is critical for the applicability of high-T c superconductors in electronic devices, because it determines the transport across the material. We investigate the charge transfer and the alterations of the electronic states due to local doping of a normal-state 45°-tilted [001] grain boundary in YBa 2Cu 3O 7 by means of first-principles calculations. Considering Ca doping and O deficiency as prototypical modifications we demonstrate that the redistribution of the charge carriers in the CuO 2 planes displays a very complex spatial pattern, which deviates even qualitatively from the naive expectation. Copyright © EPLA, 2012.

  19. Self-doping processes between planes and chains in the metal-to-superconductor transition of YBa2Cu3O6.9.

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    Magnuson, M; Schmitt, T; Strocov, V N; Schlappa, J; Kalabukhov, A S; Duda, L-C

    2014-11-12

    The interplay between the quasi 1-dimensional CuO-chains and the 2-dimensional CuO2 planes of YBa(2)Cu(3)O(6+x) (YBCO) has been in focus for a long time. Although the CuO-chains are known to be important as charge reservoirs that enable superconductivity for a range of oxygen doping levels in YBCO, the understanding of the dynamics of its temperature-driven metal-superconductor transition (MST) remains a challenge. We present a combined study using x-ray absorption spectroscopy and resonant inelastic x-ray scattering (RIXS) revealing how a reconstruction of the apical O(4)-derived interplanar orbitals during the MST of optimally doped YBCO leads to substantial hole-transfer from the chains into the planes, i.e. self-doping. Our ionic model calculations show that localized divalent charge-transfer configurations are expected to be abundant in the chains of YBCO. While these indeed appear in the RIXS spectra from YBCO in the normal, metallic, state, they are largely suppressed in the superconducting state and, instead, signatures of Cu trivalent charge-transfer configurations in the planes become enhanced. In the quest for understanding the fundamental mechanism for high-Tc-superconductivity (HTSC) in perovskite cuprate materials, the observation of such an interplanar self-doping process in YBCO opens a unique novel channel for studying the dynamics of HTSC.

  20. Enhanced photorefractive properties in Hf, Ce and Cu co-doped LiNbO{sub 3} crystals for holographic application

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    Zhang, Tao, E-mail: tzhang_hit02@yahoo.com [Key Laboratory of In-fiber Integrated Optics, Ministry of Education of China, Harbin Engineering University, Harbin 150001 (China); College of Science, Harbin Engineering University, Harbin 150001 (China); Postdoctoral Research Station of Mechanical Engineering, College of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Harbin Engineering University, Harbin 150001 (China); Wang, Xin; Geng, Tao; Tong, Chengguo [Key Laboratory of In-fiber Integrated Optics, Ministry of Education of China, Harbin Engineering University, Harbin 150001 (China); College of Science, Harbin Engineering University, Harbin 150001 (China); Kang, Chong [Key Laboratory of In-fiber Integrated Optics, Ministry of Education of China, Harbin Engineering University, Harbin 150001 (China); College of Science, Harbin Engineering University, Harbin 150001 (China); Postdoctoral Research Station of Mechanical Engineering, College of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Harbin Engineering University, Harbin 150001 (China)

    2015-04-25

    Graphical abstract: Correlation spots of 200 holograms in a Hf, Ce and Cu co-doped LiNbO{sub 3}. - Highlights: • Several doped LiNbO{sub 3} crystals with various level of Hf doping were grown by Cz method. • IR peak shift is attributed to the complex defect change at different level of Hf. • Enhanced photorefractive properties have been got with higher Hf-doping level. • Reduced defect and increased photoconductivity are responsible for optical properties. • 200 holograms’ experiment is realized in a coherent volume 0.073 cm{sup 3}. - Abstract: Hf, Ce and Cu co-doped LiNbO{sub 3} crystals with various level of Hf doping were grown in air by a conventional Cz method. The infrared spectra were measured to discuss the defect structures and the mechanism of the absorption peak shift in these crystals. The light-induced scattering of the crystals was evaluated by the transmitted light method. The influence of the Hf-doping level on the photorefractive properties of Hf, Ce and Cu co-doped LiNbO{sub 3} crystals was studied via two-beam coupling. It is found that proper doping Hf is an efficient method to enhance the comprehensive photorefractive properties of the LiNbO{sub 3}. Using one of these crystals as medium, 200 holograms storage and correlation experiments based on angle fractal multiplexing have been realized in a coherent volume 0.073 cm{sup 3}. Moreover the diffraction efficiency is uniform and the storage density has reached 2.2 Gb/cm{sup 3}.

  1. Microstress, strain, band gap tuning and photocatalytic properties of thermally annealed and Cu-doped ZnO nanoparticles

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    Prasad, Neena; V. M. M, Saipavitra; Swaminathan, Hariharan; Thangaraj, Pandiyarajan; Ramalinga Viswanathan, Mangalaraja; Balasubramanian, Karthikeyan

    2016-06-01

    ZnO nanoparticles and Cu-doped ZnO nanoparticles were prepared by co-precipitation method. Also, a part of the pure ZnO nanoparticles were annealed at 750 °C for 3, 6, and 9 h. X-ray diffraction studies were carried out and the lattice parameters, unit cell volume, interplanar spacing, and Young's modulus were calculated for all the samples, and also the crystallite size was found using the Scherrer method. X-ray peak broadening analysis was used to estimate the crystallite sizes and the strain using the Williamson-Hall (W-H) method and the size-strain plot (SSP) method. Stress and the energy density were calculated using the W-H method assuming different models such as uniform deformation model, uniform strain deformation model, uniform deformation energy density model, and the SSP method. Optical absorption properties of the samples were understood from their UV-visible spectra. Photocatalytic activities of ZnO and 5 % Cu-doped ZnO were observed by the degradation of methylene blue dye in aqueous medium under the irradiation of 20-W compact fluorescent lamp for an hour.

  2. Investigating the Effects of Doping Inhomogeneity on the ARPES Spectrum of Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8

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    Parham, Stephen; Li, Haoxiang; Zhou, Xiaoqing; Calleja, Eduardo; Gu, Genda; McElroy, Kyle; Dessau, Daniel

    2014-03-01

    Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8 (Bi2212) is a dirty material. This is readily seen with STM, which shows nanoscale variations in the gap parameter and local doping level. Through numerical simulation we investigate the effects of this doping inhomogeneity on the ARPES spectrum of Bi2212. We find that the main effect of the inhomogeneity is to broaden the spectrum in momentum, with an increasing magnitude towards the antinode. This has implications for the scattering rates extracted from MDC or EDC analysis. We show that after removing the doping inhomogeneity the scattering rate measured with ARPES qualitatively agrees with that from STM and Optical Reflectivity.

  3. Electron paramagnetic resonance studies in HgMo sub 6 S sub 8 doped with Cu sup 2 sup + : evidence for cationic mobility

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    Kadam, R M; Iyer, R M; Gopalakrishnan, I K; Yakhmi, J V

    1997-01-01

    Some of the Chevrel phase compounds are reported to exhibit unusual cationic mobilities, particularly those with transition metals. EPR evidence is presented for mobile Cu sup 2 sup + ions in Cu sup 2 sup + -doped HgMo sub 6 S sub 8. Evidence is also obtained for the existence of Hg sup + ions, giving possible support for the model correlating the site change with the reaction A sup 2 sup + + e sup -reversible A sup + during ionic conductivity. (author)

  4. Efficient photocatalytic degradation of rhodamine-B by Fe doped CuS diluted magnetic semiconductor nanoparticles under the simulated sunlight irradiation

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    Sreelekha, N.; Subramanyam, K.; Amaranatha Reddy, D.; Murali, G.; Rahul Varma, K.; Vijayalakshmi, R. P.

    2016-12-01

    The present work is planned for a simple, inexpensive and efficient approach for the synthesis of Cu1-xFexS (x = 0.00, 0.01, 0.03, 0.05 and 0.07) nanoparticles via simplistic chemical co-precipitation route by using ethylene diamine tetra acetic acid (EDTA) as a capping molecules. As synthesized nanoparticles were used as competent catalysts for degradation of rhodamine-B organic dye pollutant. The properties of prepared samples were analyzed with energy dispersive analysis of X-rays (EDAX), X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), UV-visible optical absorption spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectra, Raman spectra and vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). EDAX spectra corroborated the existence of Fe in prepared nanoparticles within close proximity to stoichiometric ratio. XRD, FTIR and Raman patterns affirmed that configuration of single phase hexagonal crystal structure as that of (P63/mmc) CuS, without impurity crystals. The average particle size estimated by TEM scrutiny is in the assortment of 5-10 nm. UV-visible optical absorption measurements showed that band gap narrowing with increasing the Fe doping concentration. VSM measurements revealed that 3% Fe doped CuS nanoparticles exhibited strong ferromagnetism at room temperature and changeover of magnetic signs from ferromagnetic to the paramagnetic nature with increasing the Fe doping concentration in CuS host lattice. Among all Fe doped CuS nanoparticles, 3% Fe inclusion CuS sample shows better photocatalytic performance in decomposition of RhB compared with the pristine CuS. Thus as synthesized Cu0·97Fe0·03S nanocatalysts are tremendously realistic compounds for photocatalytic fictionalization in the direction of organic dye degradation under visible light.

  5. Intermixing of InGaAs/GaAs Quantum Well Using Multiple Cycles Annealing Cu-doped SiO2

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    Hongpinyo, V; Ding, Y H; Dimas, C E; Wang, Y; Ooi, B S; Qiu, W; Goddard, L L; Behymer, E M; Cole, G D; Bond, T C

    2008-06-11

    The authors investigate the effect of intermixing in InGaAs/GaAs quantum well structure using Cu-doped SiO{sub 2}. The incorporation of Cu into the silica film yields larger bandgap shift than typical impurity-free vacancy diffusion (IFVD) method at a lower activation temperature. We also observe enhancement of the photoluminescence (PL) signal from the intermixed InGaAs/GaAs quantum well structure after being cycle-annealed at 850 C.

  6. Density functional theory studies on the structural and physical properties of Cu-doped anatase TiO2(101) surface

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    Zhang, Wei; Yin, Jiu-Ren; Tang, Xian-Qiong; Zhang, Ping; Ding, Yan-Huai

    2017-01-01

    Structure and physical properties of anatase TiO2 (101) surface doped with copper have been studied by using density functional theory. Results show that Cu@Ti and Cu@O systems behave as p and n type semiconductors, respectively. Anatase TiO2 (101) surface exhibits a blue shift in optical absorption spectra compared with pure TiO2 bulk materials. Enhanced photocatalytic activity at wavelength around 400 nm could be contributed by the change in electronic structure.

  7. The effect of doping with Zn and Ni on the YBa sub 2 Cu sub 3 O sub 7 electron subsystem

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    Stolbov, S V

    1997-01-01

    The electron structure, Stoner parameters, and exchange-enhanced local contributions to the spin susceptibility have been calculated for pure, Zn-doped, and Ni-doped YBa sub 2 Cu sub 3 O sub 7 (YBCO7) within the local density approximation, using a self-consistent T-scattering matrix method. It has been found that the Zn impurity causes a breaking of p-d covalence bonds in its vicinity, and gives rise to an island of reduced spin susceptibility and density of states at the Fermi level. This leads to the destruction of spin fluctuations near the impurity. The influence of Ni doping on the YBCO7 electron subsystem is much smaller than that of Zn doping. On the basis of the present results and the spin-fluctuation model, the effects of Zn and Ni doping on the critical temperature and NMR spectra of YBCO7 have been explained. (author)

  8. Effects of Zn doping on the A-Site antiferromagnet spinel CuRh2O4

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    Zakjevskii, Alexander; Reig-I-Plessis, Dalmau; Thaler, Alexander; Huq, Ashfia; MacDougall, Gregory

    A major recent focus of the correlated electron community has been the investigation of 4d and 5d transition metal oxides, which are predicted to have novel phases arising from relativistic spin-orbit coupling. We have recently synthesized and characterized several compounds of the doped spinel series Cu1-xZnxRh2O4. The parent compound is a normal spinel which undergoes a cubic-tetragonal structural phase transition at T ~850K, and further undergoes a suspected antiferromagnetic transition at TN=22K. We have performed powder x-ray and neutron diffraction, and bulk magnetization measurements on members of the Zn-doping series. Magnetization measurements clearly indicate a monotonic suppression of the Néel temperature with increasing Zn content, to a quantum critical point at x ≅0.42. X-ray results indicate a change in structure occurring near the same doping. We will present these data and discuss the results within the context of exotic predictions in the literature. Lastly, we will discuss our recent neutron powder diffraction measurements and insights gleaned about the local spin state. This work was sponsored by the National Science Foundation, under Grant Number DMR14-55264.

  9. Room temperature ferromagnetism and gas sensing in ZnO nanostructures: Influence of intrinsic defects and Mn, Co, Cu doping

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    Mhlongo, Gugu H.; Shingange, Katekani; Tshabalala, Zamaswazi P.; Dhonge, Baban P.; Mahmoud, Fawzy A.; Mwakikunga, Bonex W.; Motaung, David E.

    2016-12-01

    Undoped and transition metal (Cu, Co and Mn) doped ZnO nanostructures were successfully prepared via a microwave-assisted hydrothermal method followed by annealing at 500 °C. Numerous characterization facilities such as X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) were employed to acquire the structural and morphological information of the prepared ZnO based products. Combination of defect structure analysis based on photoluminescence (PL) and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) indicated that co-existing oxygen vacancies (VO) and zinc interstitials (Zni) defects are responsible for the observed ferromagnetism in undoped and transition metal (TM) doped ZnO systems. PL analysis demonstrated that undoped ZnO has more donor defects (VO and Zni) which are beneficial for gas response enhancement. Undoped ZnO based sensor exhibited a higher sensor response to NH3 gas compared to its counterparts owing to high content of donor defects while transition metal doped sensors showed short response and recovery times compared to undoped ZnO.

  10. Investigation of bandgap modulation, field emission and dielectric properties of cadmium doped CaCu3 Ti4O12

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    Maitra, S.; Mitra, R.; Bera, K. P.; Nath, T. K.

    2017-05-01

    We have prepared cadmium doped CCTO (Ca1-xCdxCu3Ti4O12 where x = 0.01, 0.02, 0.03, 0.04, 0.05) by Molten Salt Synthesis technique. It has exhibited high level of crystallinity and a well defined micrometre sized grains with uniform cubic morphology, as confirmed by a combination of X-ray diffraction and field emission scanning electron microscopy. Thereby we have found the modulation of its semiconducting bandgap as a function of doping from recorded UV-Vis reflectance spectra using Kubelka Munk (KM) method where with increasing Cadmium doping content the bandgap is found to increase. We have also carried out investigation on the field emission properties of CCTO crystals and it has exhibited poor field emission characteristics. Finally, we have investigated the dielectric properties of CCTO as a function of temperature. It has exhibited a giant dielectric property with low loss over a considerable temperature regime (50-300°C) and is found to exhibit Maxwell Wagner type dielectric relaxation.

  11. Efficient degradation of Methylene Blue dye over highly reactive Cu doped strontium titanate (SrTiO3) nanoparticles photocatalyst under visible light.

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    Rahman, Qazi Inamur; Ahmad, Musheer; Misra, Sunil Kumar; Lohani, Minaxi

    2012-09-01

    Visible light induced photocatalysts of Cu doped SrTiO3 (Cu/SrTiO3) nanoparticles with the size -60-75 nm were prepared via facile sol-gel method. The morphological, optical, crystalline properties and compositions of synthesized Cu/SrTiO3 nanoparticles were thoroughly characterized by field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), ultra violet-visible spectroscopy (UV-Vis) and energy dispersive X-ray (EDX). A significant red shift in the UV-diffused reflectance spectrum was observed and the absorption edge shifted to visible region by the Cu doping. Surprisingly, the band gap of SrTiO3 was changed from 3.2 eV drop to 2.96 eV. The photocatalytic activity of the synthesized Cu/SrTiO3 nanoparticles was demonstrated for the degradation of Methylene Blue dye under visible light irradiation. The formation of new acceptor region in Cu/SrTiO3 was responsible for high photocatalytic activity of Cu/SrTiO3 nanoparticles. The results showed that the Methylene Blue dye was degraded by -66% within time span of 2 h over the Cu/SrTiO3 nanoparticles. This dye degradation reaction followed the Langmuir-Hinshelwood kinetics and also exhibited first order reaction rate. The calculated rate constant for the degradation reaction following first order kinetics was k = 0.0016 min(-1).

  12. Doping effect on SILAR synthesized crystalline nanostructured Cu-doped ZnO thin films grown on indium tin oxide (ITO) coated glass substrates and its characterization

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    Dhaygude, H. D.; Shinde, S. K.; Velhal, Ninad B.; Takale, M. V.; Fulari, V. J.

    2016-08-01

    In the present study, a novel chemical route is used to synthesize the undoped and Cu-doped ZnO thin films in aqueous solution by successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) method. The synthesized thin films are characterized by x-ray diffractometer (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), energy dispersive x-ray analysis (EDAX), contact angle goniometer and UV-Vis spectroscopic techniques. XRD study shows that the prepared films are polycrystalline in nature with hexagonal crystal structure. The change in morphology for different doping is observed in the studies of FE-SEM. EDAX spectrum shows that the thin films consist of zinc, copper and oxygen elements. Contact angle goniometer is used to measure the contact angle between a liquid and a solid interface and after detection, the nature of the films is initiated from hydrophobic to hydrophilic. The optical band gap energy for direct allowed transition ranging between 1.60-2.91 eV is observed.

  13. Influence of the dopant concentration on structural, optical and photovoltaic properties of Cu-doped ZnS nanocrystals based bulk heterojunction hybrid solar cells

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    Jabeen, Uzma; Adhikari, Tham; Shah, Syed Mujtaba; Pathak, Dinesh; Wagner, Tomas; Nunzi, Jean-Michel

    2017-06-01

    Zinc sulphide (ZnS) and Cu-doped ZnS nanoparticles were synthesized by the wet chemical method. The nanoparticles were characterized by UV-visible, fluorescence, fourier transform infra-red (FTIR) spectrometry, X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectrometry (XPS), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) and high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). Scanning electron microscopy supplemented with EDAX was employed to observe the morphology and chemical composition of the un-doped and doped samples. A significant blue shift of the absorption band with respect to the un-doped zinc sulphide was sighted by increasing the Cu concentration in the doped sample with decreasing the size of nanoparticles. Consequently, the band gap was tuned from 3.13 to 3.49 eV due to quantum confinement. The green emission arises from the recombination between the shallow donor level (sulfur vacancy) and the t2 level of Cu2+. However, the fluorescence emission spectrum of the undoped ZnS nanoparticles was deconvoluted into two bands, which are centered at 419 and 468 nm. XRD analysis showed that the nanomaterials were in cubic crystalline state. XRD peaks show that there were no massive crystalline distortions in the crystal lattice when the Cu concentration (0.05-0.1 M) was increased in the ZnS lattice. However, in the case of Cu-doped samples (0.15-0.2 M), the XRD pattern showed an additional peak at 37° due to incomplete substitution occurring during the experimental reaction step. A comparative study of surfaces of undoped and Cu-doped ZnS nanoparticles were investigated using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The synthesized nanomaterial in combination with poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) was used in the fabrication of solar cells. The devices with ZnS nanoparticles showed an efficiency of 0.31%. The overall power conversion efficiency of the solar cells at 0.1 M Cu content in doped ZnS nanoparticles was found to be 1.6 times higher than the

  14. Influence of nanocrystal size on the quantum dots sensitized solar cells’ performance with low temperature synthesized CdSe quantum dots

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    Gao, Bing; Shen, Chao; Yuan, Shuanglong [Key Laboratory for Ultrafine Materials of Ministry of Education, School of Materials Science and Engineering, East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai 200237 (China); Zhang, Bo [Department of Physics, East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai 200237 (China); Zhang, Mengya [Key Laboratory for Ultrafine Materials of Ministry of Education, School of Materials Science and Engineering, East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai 200237 (China); Yang, Yunxia, E-mail: yangyunxia@ecust.edu.cn [Key Laboratory for Ultrafine Materials of Ministry of Education, School of Materials Science and Engineering, East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai 200237 (China); Chen, Guorong, E-mail: grchen@ecust.edu.cn [Key Laboratory for Ultrafine Materials of Ministry of Education, School of Materials Science and Engineering, East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai 200237 (China)

    2014-11-05

    Highlights: • Avoiding use of phosphine contained solvent makes the preparation of the CdSe QDs green. • The absorption range of the QDs plays an important role in the cell's performance. • Cu{sub 2}S is more suitable than Pt as the counter electrode. - Abstract: The CdSe quantum dots (QDs) were synthesized with ethanol and glycerol under 50–160 °C in the present work. The reaction temperature is lower than the traditional solvent thermal method to fabricate the CdSe QDs around 250–350 °C. What’s more, the avoiding of the use of phosphine contained solvent make the whole reaction environmental friendly. Then 3-Mercaptopropionic (MPA) was used to exchange the CdSe QDs’ ligand of olic acid. After that, the MPA-capped CdSe QDs were tethered onto the TiO{sub 2}’s substrate, which guarantee the high coverage of the CdSe QDs on the TiO{sub 2} photoanode and the absorption range of 450–560 nm of light harvest. Furthermore, through the results of the CdSe QD’s size for the cells’ performance, we compared the significance of the QDs’ absorption range, the electron injection from the conduction band of CdSe QDs’ to TiO{sub 2}’s and polysulfide to the valance band of the CdSe QDs in the cells’ performance and discuss the mechanism to improve the efficiency of the QDSCs. Finally, the QDSCs with polysulfide solution and Cu{sub 2}S as counter electrode show excellent cell performance with open-circuit voltage (V{sub oc}) of 0.6 V, short-circuit current density (J{sub sc}) of 10.58 mA/cm{sup 2}, fill factor (FF) of 0.564, and PCE of 3.7%.

  15. Enhancement in visible light-responsive photocatalytic activity by embedding Cu-doped ZnO nanoparticles on multi-walled carbon nanotubes

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    Ahmad, M.; Ahmed, E.; Hong, Z. L.; Jiao, X. L.; Abbas, T.; Khalid, N. R.

    2013-11-01

    Copper doped ZnO nanoparticles embedded on multi-walled carbon nanotubes (CNTs) were successfully synthesized using a facile, nontoxic sol method. The resulting visible light-responsive Cu-doped ZnO/CNTs composites were characterized using powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), high resolution transmission electron microscope (HR-TEM), transmission electron microscope (TEM), scanning electron microscope (SEM) with energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDX), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and Brunauer Emmett Teller (BET) surface area analyzer. Optical properties of Cu-doped ZnO/CNTs nanocomposites, studied using UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy and photoluminescence spectroscopy (PL), which exhibited extended light absorption in visible light region and possessed better charge separation capability, respectively as compared to Cu-doped ZnO, pure ZnO and ZnO/CNTs composite. The photocatalytic activity was tested by degradation of methyl orange (MO) dye under visible light irradiation. The results demonstrated that Cu-doped ZnO/CNTs nanocomposites effectively bleached out MO, showing an impressive photocatalytic enhancement over ZnO, commercial ZnO, Cu-doped ZnO nanoparticles and ZnO/CNTs nanocomposites. Chemical oxygen demand (COD) of textile wastewater was also measured before and after the photocatalysis experiment under sunlight to evaluate the mineralization of wastewater. The significant decrease in COD of the treated effluent revealed a complete destruction of the organic molecules along with color removal. This dramatically enhanced photoactivity of nanocomposite photocatalysts was attributed to greater adsorptivity of dyes, extended light absorption and increased charge separation efficiency due to excellent electrical properties of carbon nanotubes and the large surface area.

  16. Room temperature magnetic and dielectric properties of cobalt doped CaCu{sub 3}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 12} ceramics

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    Mu, Chunhong; Song, Yuanqiang, E-mail: yuanqiangsong@uestc.edu.cn; Wang, Xiaoning [School of Energy Science and Engineering, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu 611731 (China); Wang, Haibin [School of Material Science and Engineering, Jiangsu University of Science and Technology, Zhenjiang 212003 (China)

    2015-05-07

    CaCu{sub 3}Ti{sub 4−x}Co{sub x}O{sub 12} (x = 0, 0.2, 0.4) ceramics were prepared by a conventional solid state reaction, and the effects of cobalt doping on the room temperature magnetic and dielectric properties were investigated. Both X-ray diffraction and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy confirmed the presence of Cu and Co rich phase at grain boundaries of Co-doped ceramics. Scanning electron microscopy micrographs of Co-doped samples showed a striking change from regular polyhedral particle type in pure CaCu{sub 3}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 12} (CCTO) to sheet-like grains with certain growth orientation. Undoped CaCu{sub 3}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 12} is well known for its colossal dielectric constant in a broad temperature and frequency range. The dielectric constant value was slightly changed by 5 at. % and 10 at. % Co doping, whereas the second relaxation process was clearly separated in low frequency region at room temperature. A multirelaxation mechanism was proposed to be the origin of the colossal dielectric constant. In addition, the permeability spectra measurements indicated Co-doped CCTO with good magnetic properties, showing the initial permeability (μ′) as high as 5.5 and low magnetic loss (μ″ < 0.2) below 3 MHz. And the interesting ferromagnetic superexchange coupling in Co-doped CaCu{sub 3}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 12} was discussed.

  17. Defect evolution and its impact on the ferromagnetism of Cu-doped ZnO nanocrystals upon thermal treatment: A positron annihilation study

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    Chen, Zhi-Yuan; Chen, Yuqian; Zhang, Q. K.; Qi, N.; Chen, Z. Q.; Wang, S. J.; Li, P. H.; Mascher, P.

    2017-01-01

    CuO/ZnO nanocomposites with 4 at. % CuO were annealed in air at various temperatures between 100 and 1200 °C to produce Cu-doped ZnO nanocrystals. X-ray diffraction shows that a CuO phase can be observed in the CuO/ZnO nanocomposites annealed at different temperatures, and the Cu-doped ZnO nanocrystals are identified to be of wurtzite structure. The main peak (101) appears at slightly lower diffraction angles with increasing annealing temperature from 400 up to 1200 °C, which confirms the successful doping of Cu into the ZnO lattice above 400 °C. Scanning electron microscopy indicates that most particles in the CuO/ZnO nanocomposites are isolated when annealing at 100-400 °C, but these particles have a tendency to form clusters or aggregates as the annealing temperature increases from 700 to 1000 °C. Positron annihilation measurements reveal a large number of vacancy defects in the interface region of the nanocomposites, and they are gradually recovered with increasing annealing temperature up to 1000 °C. Room-temperature ferromagnetism can be observed in the CuO/ZnO nanocomposites, and the magnetization decreases continuously with increasing annealing temperature. However, there may be several different origins of ferromagnetism in the CuO/ZnO nanocomposites. At low annealing temperatures, the ferromagnetism originates from the CuO nanograins, and the ferromagnetism of CuO nanograins decreases with an increase in the grain size after subsequent higher temperature annealing, which leads to the weakening of ferromagnetism in the CuO/ZnO nanocomposites. After annealing from 400 to 1000 °C, the ferromagnetism gradually vanishes. The ferromagnetism is probably induced by Cu substitution but is mediated by vacancy defects in the CuO/ZnO nanocomposites. The disappearance of ferromagnetism coincides well with the recovery of vacancy defects. It can be inferred that the ferromagnetism is mediated by vacancy defects that are distributed in the interface region.

  18. Spray pyrolytically deposited Fe-doped Cu{sub 2}O thin films for solar hydrogen generation: Experiments & first-principles analysis

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    Upadhyay, Sumant; Sharma, Dipika [Department of Chemistry, Dayalbagh Educational Institute, Agra 282 110 (India); Satsangi, Vibha R. [Department of Physics & Computer Sciences, Dayalbagh Educational Institute, Agra 282 110 (India); Shrivastav, Rohit [Department of Chemistry, Dayalbagh Educational Institute, Agra 282 110 (India); Waghmare, Umesh V. [Theoretical Sciences Unit, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Jakkur, Bangalore 560 064 (India); Dass, Sahab, E-mail: drsahabdas@gmail.com [Department of Chemistry, Dayalbagh Educational Institute, Agra 282 110 (India)

    2015-06-15

    We present here a combined study on photocatalysis by Fe-doped Cu{sub 2}O thin films using first-principles density functional theory (DFT) based calculations and experiments. The results of DFT calculations show that the top of the valence band and bottom of the conduction band of undoped Cu{sub 2}O lies at the Γ point of Brillouin zone, suggesting that pure Cu{sub 2}O a direct band gap material. However, there is an appearance of a sharp peak at the fermi energy level in the total density of states of Fe-doped Cu{sub 2}O that essentially comes from Fe 3d states, keeping it still a direct band gap material. To validate the theoretical results, experiments were carried out by preparing thin films of Cu{sub 2}O doped with 0, 1.0, 2.0, 3.0 & 5.0 atom % Fe via spray pyrolysis method and characterized with X-Ray Diffractometry (XRD), Field Emission-Scanning Electron Microscopy (FE-SEM), UV–Vis Spectroscopy and Photoelectrochemical measurements. The results exhibited that 2 atom % Fe-doped Cu{sub 2}O sample produces significant photocurrent of 1.86 mAcm{sup −2} at 0.8 V/SCE as compared to undoped Cu{sub 2}O samples of 0.62 mAcm{sup 2} at 0.8 V/SCE with an experimental band-gap value of 2.21 and 2.50 eV respectively. The observed change in the experimental band gap and that estimated by first-principles calculations compare well, thus suggesting that such calculations have the potential to be used in screening various dopants before performing the experiments thereby saving precious chemicals, time and energy. - Highlights: • Cu{sub 2}O thin films have been successfully prepared using spray pyrolysis method. • DFT calculations show an appearance of sharp peak at fermi level in Fe-doped Cu{sub 2}O. • Our theoretical & experimental results complimented each other. • Maximum value of IPCE of 6.0% was obtained for 2 atom % Fe-doped sample at 450 nm.

  19. Effect of Ca doping on thermally activated flux flow in the Y3Ba5Cu8O18 superconductor

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    Mustafa Akyol; Ali Osman Ayaş; Gönül Akça; Selda Kiliç Çeti̇n; Ahmet Eki̇ci̇bi̇l

    2015-09-01

    Y3Ba5Cu8O18 (Y-358) and Y3Ba5Ca2Cu8O18 (YCa-358) compounds were prepared by the so-called sol–gel method. The effect of doping Ca atoms into the Y3Ba5Cu8O18 superconductor is studied by employing the electrical resistivity measurements at various magnetic fields. The possible degradation in microstructural and superconducting properties due to the addition of Ca was discussed. The resistivity as a function of temperature measurements shows that the depression in superconducting temperature is more pronounced for both samples. A systematic analysis of the magnetoresistivity of the Y-358 and YCa-358 compounds has been carried out by using the thermally activated flux flow (TAFF) model. The TAFF activation energy, , is field dependent and obeys the power law = –, where increases while decreases with the addition of Ca. Furthermore, and the calculated upper critical field, 2, decrease with the addition of Ca.

  20. 27Al fourier-transform electron-spin-echo modulation of Cu 2+-doped zeolites A and X

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    Goldfarb, Daniella; Kevan, Larry

    Cu 2+-doped NaA, CaA, and NaX zeolites were studied using the electron-spin-echo modulation (ESEM) method. In both hydrated and dehydrated samples 27Al modulation has been observed. The time-domain ESEM traces were Fourier transformed and analyzed in the frequency domain. All FT-ESEM spectra of the hydrated samples showed a single peak at the Larmor frequency of 27Ai, indicating that the zeeman interaction is dominant and that the 27Al quadrupole and hyperfine interactions are relatively small. Considerable changes in the spectrum appear upon dehydration. Several frequencies significantly different from the Larmor frequency appear and the spectrum depends on the major cocation present. The major features of the spectra of the dehydrated zeolites could be theoretically reproduced, using exact diagonalization of the nuclear Hamiltonian, with relatively large isotropic hyperfine and quadrupole coupling constants. For example, in CuCaA and CuNaA zeolites the isotropic hyperfine constant is in the range of 0.2-0.5 and 0.8-1.0 MHz, respectively, with the quadrupole coupling constant in the range of 6-10 MHz for both.

  1. Cu, Fe, or Ni doped molybdenum oxide supported on Al2O3 for the oxidative dehydrogenation of ethylbenzene

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    Tiago Pinheiro Braga; Antônio Narcísio Pinheiro; Edson R. Leite; Regina Cláudia R. dos Santos; Antoninho Valentini

    2015-01-01

    Molybdenum-based catalysts supported on Al2O3 doped with Ni, Cu, or Fe oxide were synthesized and used in ethylbenzene dehydrogenation to produce styrene. The molybdenum oxide was sup-ported using an unconventional route that combined the polymeric precursor method (Pechini) and wet impregnation on commercial alumina. The samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), N2 adsorption-desorption isotherms, temperature-programmed reduction of H2 (H2-TPR), and thermogravimetric (TG) analysis. XRD results showed that the added metals were well dis-persed on the alumina support. The addition of the metal oxide (Ni, Cu, or Fe) of 2 wt% by wet im-pregnation did not affect the texture of the support. TPR results indicated a synergistic effect be-tween the dopant and molybdenum oxide. The catalytic tests showed ethylbenzene conversion of 28%–53% and styrene selectivity of 94%–97%, indicating that the addition of the dopant improved the catalytic performance, which was related to the redox mechanism. Molybdenum oxides play a fundamental role in the oxidative dehydrogenation of ethylbenzene to styrene by its redox and acid–base properties. The sample containing Cu showed an atypical result with increasing conver-sion during the reaction, which was due to metal reduction. The Ni-containing solid exhibited the highest amount of carbon deposited, shown by TG analysis after the catalytic test, which explained its lower catalytic stability and selectivity.

  2. Surface Passivation of CdSe Quantum Dots in All Inorganic Amorphous Solid by Forming Cd1‑xZnxSe Shell

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    Xia, Mengling; Liu, Chao; Zhao, Zhiyong; Wang, Jing; Lin, Changgui; Xu, Yinsheng; Heo, Jong; Dai, Shixun; Han, Jianjun; Zhao, Xiujian

    2017-02-01

    CdSe quantum dots (QDs) doped glasses have been widely investigated for optical filters, LED color converter and other optical emitters. Unlike CdSe QDs in solution, it is difficult to passivate the surface defects of CdSe QDs in glass matrix, which strongly suppress its intrinsic emission. In this study, surface passivation of CdSe quantum dots (QDs) by Cd1‑xZnxSe shell in silicate glass was reported. An increase in the Se/Cd ratio can lead to the partial passivation of the surface states and appearance of the intrinsic emission of CdSe QDs. Optimizing the heat-treatment condition promotes the incorporation of Zn into CdSe QDs and results in the quenching of the defect emission. Formation of CdSe/Cd1‑xZnxSe core/graded shell QDs is evidenced by the experimental results of TEM and Raman spectroscopy. Realization of the surface passivation and intrinsic emission of II-VI QDs may facilitate the wide applications of QDs doped all inorganic amorphous materials.

  3. The synergistic effect of micro/nano-structured and Cu(2+)-doped hydroxyapatite particles to promote osteoblast viability and antibacterial activity.

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    Shi, Feng; Liu, Yumei; Zhi, Wei; Xiao, Dongqin; Li, Hongyu; Duan, Ke; Qu, Shuxin; Weng, Jie

    2017-06-06

    Microstructure and chemical constitution are important factors affecting the biological activity of biomaterials. This study aimed to fabricate hydroxyapatite (HAp) particles with both micro/nanohybrid structure and Cu(2+) doping to promote osteogenic differentiation and antibacterial property. In the presence of inositol hexakisphosphate (IP6), micro/nano-structured and Cu(2+)-doped HAp (HAp-IP6-Cu) microspheres were successfully fabricated via hydrothermal method. Morphological observation showed that HAp-IP6-Cu microspheres with a diameter of 3.1-4.1 μm were chrysanthemum-like and composed of nano-flakes approximately 50 nm in thickness. Compared with the HAp micro-rods or IP6 modified HAp (HAp-IP6) microspheres, HAp-IP6-Cu microspheres had a larger specific surface area, better hydrophilicity and stronger ability to adsorb bovine serum albumin. To evaluate the synergistic effects of micro/nanohybrid structure and Cu(2+) on cell behavior, rat calvarial osteoblasts (RCOs) were cultured on HAp-IP6-Cu, HAp-IP6 and HAp layers as well as their extracts, respectively. Results demonstrated that HAp-IP6-Cu layer promoted the adhesion, proliferation and osteogenic differentiation of RCOs. The cells grew on HAp-IP6-Cu and HAp-IP6 layers exhibited greater spreading than those on HAp layer. In addition, quantitative test by the agar disk diffusion technique found that HAp-IP6-Cu microspheres were effectively against S taphylococcus aureus and E scherichia coli. These results demonstrated that HAp-IP6-Cu microspheres may be a potential candidate as a bioactive and anti-infective biomaterial for bone regeneration.

  4. Modification of carbon nanotubes by CuO-doped NiO nanocomposite for use as an anode material for lithium-ion batteries

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    Mustansar Abbas, Syed, E-mail: qau_abbas@yahoo.com [Nanoscience and Catalysis Division, National Centre for Physics, Islamabad 45320 (Pakistan); Department of Chemistry, Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad (Pakistan); Tajammul Hussain, Syed [Nanoscience and Catalysis Division, National Centre for Physics, Islamabad 45320 (Pakistan); Ali, Saqib [Department of Chemistry, Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad (Pakistan); Ahmad, Nisar [Department of Chemistry, Hazara University, Mansehra (Pakistan); Ali, Nisar [Department of Physics, University of Punjab, Lahore (Pakistan); Abbas, Saghir [Department of Chemistry, Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad (Pakistan); Ali, Zulfiqar [Nanoscience and Catalysis Division, National Centre for Physics, Islamabad 45320 (Pakistan); College of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Punjab, Lahore (Pakistan)

    2013-06-15

    CuO-doped NiO (CuNiO) with porous hexagonal morphology is fabricated via a modified in-situ co-precipitation method and its nanocomposite is prepared with carbon nanotubes (CNTs). The electrochemical properties of CuNiO/CNT nanocomposite are investigated by cyclic voltammetry (CV), galvanostatic charge–discharge tests and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). Since Cu can both act as conductor and a catalyst, the CuNiO/CNT nanocomposite exhibits higher initial coulombic efficiency (82.7% of the 2nd cycle) and better capacity retention (78.6% on 50th cycle) than bare CuNiO (78.9% of the 2nd cycle), CuO/CNT (76.8% of the 2nd cycle) and NiO/CNT (77.7% of the 2nd cycle) at the current density of 100 mA /g. This high capacity and good cycling ability is attributed to the partial substitution of Cu{sup +2} for Ni{sup +2}, resulting in an increase of holes concentration, and therefore improved p-type conductivity along with an intimate interaction with CNTs providing large surface area, excellent conduction, mechanical strength and chemical stability. - Graphical abstract: The porous CuNiO/CNT nanocomposite synthesized via a modified co-precipitation method in combination with subsequent calcination was applied in the negative electrode materials for lithium-ion batteries and exhibited high electrochemical performance. - Highlights: • CuO doped NiO/CNTs nano composite is achieved via a simple co-precipitation method. • Monodispersity, shape and sizes of sample particles is specifically controlled. • Good quality adhesion between CNTs and CuNiO is visible from TEM image. • High electrochemical performance is achieved. • Discharge capacity of 686 mA h/g after 50 cycles with coulombic efficiency (82.5%)

  5. Synthesis, characterization and anti-microbial activity of pure, Cu2+ and Cd2+ doped organic NLO l-arginine trifluoroacetate single crystals

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    Prasanyaa, T.; Haris, M.; Jayaramakrishnan, V.; Amgalan, M.; Mathivanan, V.

    2013-10-01

    Optically transparent Cu2+ and Cd2+ doped l-arginine trifluoroacetate (LATF) single crystals were grown from its aqueous solution using the slow solvent evaporation technique. The grown crystals were characterized by powder x-ray diffraction to confirm the monoclinic crystal structure. The percentage of transmittance measured using the ultraviolet-visible-near infrared spectrophotometer was found to be more than 80% for doped crystals. The functional group analysis of the grown crystals has been made by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. Thermogravimetric/differential thermal analysis was performed for the grown crystals. An atomic absorption study was carried out to determine the presence of Cu2+ and Cd2+. The hardness of the grown crystals was assessed and the results show a significant variation in the hardness value between the pure and doped LATF crystals. The second harmonic generation measurements show that Cu2+ doped LATF is 2.8 times greater and Cd2+ doped is 2.6 times greater than KDP. The anti-bacterial and anti-fungal activities of the title compound were performed using the disc diffusion method against standard bacteria Escherichia coli, Xanthomonas oryzae and against the fungus Aspergillus niger and Aspergillus flavus.

  6. Thermally stimulated third-order optical nonlinearity in Cd-doped CuO-PVA thin films under cw laser illumination

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    Tamgadge, Y. S.; Pahurkar, V. G.; Talwatkar, S. S.; Sunatkari, A. L.; Muley, G. G.

    2015-08-01

    We report synthesis, linear and third-order nonlinear optical properties of Cd-doped CuO-PVA nanocomposite thin films. Cd-doped CuO nanoparticles (NPs) were obtained by chemical synthesis method, and spin coating technique was used to obtain thin films in polyvinyl alcohol matrix. X-ray diffraction (XRD) shows formation of crystalline CuO having monoclinic phase with average particle size of 10 nm. Ultraviolet-visible (UV-Vis) spectroscopy attests formation of NPs by witnessing strong blue shift in the excitonic absorption. Absorption wavelength of CuO NPs shifts from 365 to 342 nm for Cd doping of 1-5 wt%. Both XRD and UV-Vis data confirm decrease in particle size with increase in Cd-doping concentration. Thin films have been characterized by Z-scan technique under continuous-wave He-Ne laser, and enhanced values of nonlinear refractive index n 2 and nonlinear absorption coefficient β have been obtained. Enhancements in the nonlinear optical properties have been attributed to the thermal effect due to strong linear absorption coefficient combined with increased thermo-optic coefficient. Contributing mechanisms such as photoacoustic effect, surface states effect and dielectric effect due to dopant and thin film structure have been discussed.

  7. Improved flux-pinning properties of REBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-z} films by low-level Co doping

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    Wang, Wentao; Pu, Minghua; Wang, Weiwei; Lei, Ming [Key Laboratory of Magnetic Levitation and Maglev Trains, Ministry of Education of China, Superconductivity R and D Centre (SRDC), Southwest Jiaotong University, Erhuanlu Beiyiduan 111, 610031 Chengdu (China); Cheng, Cuihua [Superconductivity Research Group, School of Materials Science and Engineering, University of New South Wales, 2052 NSW, Sydney (Australia); Zhao, Yong [Key Laboratory of Magnetic Levitation and Maglev Trains, Ministry of Education of China, Superconductivity R and D Centre (SRDC), Southwest Jiaotong University, Erhuanlu Beiyiduan 111, 610031 Chengdu (China); Superconductivity Research Group, School of Materials Science and Engineering, University of New South Wales, 2052 NSW, Sydney (Australia)

    2011-09-15

    Biaxially textured REBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3-x}Co{sub x}O{sub 7-z} (RE = Gd,Y) films were prepared on (00l) LaAlO{sub 3} substrate using self-developed fluorine-free chemical solution deposition (CSD) approach. The in-field J{sub c} values are significantly improved for REBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3-x}Co{sub x}O{sub 7-z} films through low-level Co doping. Co-doped GdBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-z} film shows the highest J{sub c} values at higher temperatures and fields, whereas the J{sub c} values of Co-doped YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-z} film surpass that of other films at lower temperatures and fields. In addition, the volume pinning force densities of films with Co doping have been distinctly enhanced in the applied fields, indicating improved flux-pinning properties. The possible reasons are discussed in detail. (Copyright copyright 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  8. Amphoteric CdSe nanocrystalline quantum dots.

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    Islam, Mohammad A

    2008-06-25

    The nanocrystal quantum dot (NQD) charge states strongly influence their electrical transport properties in photovoltaic and electroluminescent devices, optical gains in NQD lasers, and the stability of the dots in thin films. We report a unique electrostatic nature of CdSe NQDs, studied by electrophoretic methods. When we submerged a pair of metal electrodes, in a parallel plate capacitor configuration, into a dilute solution of CdSe NQDs in hexane, and applied a DC voltage across the pair, thin films of CdSe NQDs were deposited on both the positive and the negative electrodes. Extensive characterizations including scanning electron microscopy (SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) and Raman studies revealed that the films on both the positive and the negative electrodes were identical in every respect, clearly indicating that: (1) a fraction (<1%) of the CdSe NQDs in free form in hexane solution are charged and, more importantly, (2) there are equal numbers of positive and negative CdSe NQDs in the hexane solution. Experiments also show that the number of deposited dots is at least an order of magnitude higher than the number of initially charged dots, indicating regeneration. We used simple thermodynamics to explain such amphoteric nature and the charging/regeneration of the CdSe NQDs.

  9. Degradation of some typical pharmaceuticals and personal care products with copper-plating iron doped Cu2O under visible light irradiation

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    Jing An; Qixing Zhou

    2012-01-01

    A mixture of five commonly used pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) was degraded using a new combined catalyst under visible light irradiation.Scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction analysis revealed that the combined catalyst was composed of copper-plating iron doped Cu2O (FeCu/Cu2O).Compared with the Fe/C inner micro-circuit,the electric currents flowing between Cu and Fe increase the speed of anodic Fe dissolution.Moreover,due to the photochemical properties,Cu2O can accelerate the PPCPs degradation processes under the irradiation of visible light.In addition,shaking increased the dissolved oxygen concentration in the solution,which not only preconditioned the photo-catalysis reaction,but also set the stage for Fe reduction.Aocording to the experimental results,we propose the possible reaction mechanism of the reaction.

  10. Enhanced photovoltaic performance of quantum dot-sensitized solar cells with a progressive reduction of recombination using Cu-doped CdS quantum dots

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    Muthalif, Mohammed Panthakkal Abdul; Lee, Young-Seok; Sunesh, Chozhidakath Damodharan; Kim, Hee-Je; Choe, Youngson

    2017-02-01

    In this article, we have systematically probed the effect of Cu-doping in CdS quantum dots (QDs) to enhance the photovoltaic performance of the quantum dot-sensitized solar cells (QDSSCs). The Cu-doped CdS photoanodes were prepared by successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) method and the corresponding cell devices were fabricated using CuS counter electrodes with a polysulfide electrolyte. The photovoltaic performance results demonstrate that 3 mM Cu-doped CdS QDs based QDSSCs exhibit the efficiency (η) of 3% including JSC = 9.40 mA cm-2, VOC = 0.637 V, FF = 0.501, which are higher than those with bare CdS (η = 2.05%, JSC = 7.12 mA cm-2, VOC = 0.588 V, FF = 0.489). The structural, topographical and optical properties of the thin films have been studied with the help of X-ray diffraction pattern (XRD), atomic force microscopy (AFM) and UV-vis spectrophotometer. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and open circuit voltage decay (OCVD) measurements indicate that Cu-dopant can inhibit the charge recombination at the photoanode/electrolyte interface and extend the lifetime of electrons. These results reveal that incorporation of copper metal in CdS QDs is a simple and effective method to improve the photovoltaic properties of QDSSCs.

  11. Enhancement of Q(m) by co-doping of Li and Cu to potassium sodium niobate lead-free ceramics.

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    Li, E; Kakemoto, H; Wada, S; Tsurumi, T

    2008-05-01

    Lead-free piezoelectric ceramics KNN modified by Li-substitution and CuO addition have been synthesized, and the piezoelectric and dielectric properties were measured. A morphotropic phase boundary (MPB) between orthorhombic and tetragonal phases was formed with Li-substitution. The co doping of Li and Cu markedly enhanced the mechanical quality factor (Q(m)) in comparison with the sole doping of Li and Cu. Anomalous anti ferroelectric-like hysteresis curves were observed in 2 mol% CuO-doped ceramics. The anti-ferroelectric-like curves were changed to that of normal ferroelectrics following poling. A model based on the formation of the internal bias field (Ei) due to the movements of space charges was proposed to explain these phenomena. It was considered that the Ei stabilized the spontaneous polarization (Ps) and suppressed the domain wall motion to enhance the Q(m). The highest Qm obtained in this study was 742. The [(Na0(0.5)K0(0.5))(0.96)Li0(0.04) ] NbO(3) + 0.45 mol% CuO ceramics showed a high Q(m) value of 414 with a high piezoelectric constant d(33) of 100 pC/N.

  12. Cu-doping effect on dielectric properties of organic gel synthesized Ba{sub 4}YMn{sub 3−x}Cu{sub x}O{sub 11.5±δ}

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    Barbier, Tristan, E-mail: tristan.barbier@gmail.com [Université François Rabelais de Tours, CNRS, CEA, ENIVL, GREMAN UMR 7347, 37200 Tours (France); Autret-Lambert, Cécile [Université François Rabelais de Tours, CNRS, CEA, ENIVL, GREMAN UMR 7347, 37200 Tours (France); Andreazza, Pascal [Centre de Recherche sur la matière divisée (CRMD), Université d' Orléans, CNRS, FRE3520, 1B rue de la Férollerie, 45071 Orléans (France); Ruyter, Antoine; Honstettre, Christophe [Université François Rabelais de Tours, CNRS, CEA, ENIVL, GREMAN UMR 7347, 37200 Tours (France); Lambert, Sébastien [CEA—DAM, Le Ripault, 37260 Monts (France); Gervais, François; Lethiecq, Marc [Université François Rabelais de Tours, CNRS, CEA, ENIVL, GREMAN UMR 7347, 37200 Tours (France)

    2013-10-15

    Copper doped-Ba{sub 4}YMn{sub 3−x}Cu{sub x}O{sub 11.5±δ} samples were synthesized by an organic gel assisted citrate process. X-ray diffraction of compositions with x=0.002, 0.005, 0.01, 0.02 and 0.04 does not reveal any change of hexagonal perovskite structure on doping. The effects of Cu-doping on the microstructure and dielectric properties were investigated. Cu doping modifies the electrical properties at the level of the impedance characteristics of both grain and grain boundary and to understand these different behaviours, we have carried out high-resolution transmission electron microscopy analysis. Among the Ba{sub 4}YMn{sub 3−x}Cu{sub x}O{sub 11.5±δ} specimens studied, the composition x=0.002 shows a permittivity (ε′{sub r}) higher than the undoped compound and a lower loss tangent (tanδ) over several orders of magnitude of frequency. - Graphical abstract: Highlighting of many stacking faults (intergrowths) in substituted compounds with x>0.01 (right picture), which could explain the different dielectric properties observed in these compounds. However compounds with x>0.01 remain with a better stacking sequence as we can see on the left picture. Display Omitted - Highlights: • High permittivity of the Ba{sub 4}YMn{sub 3−x}Cu{sub x}O{sub 11.5±δ}. • Substitution leads to a mixed oxidation state for manganese: Mn{sup 4+}/Mn{sup 3+}. • Creation of oxygen vacancies which are responsible for stacking faults. • Highlighting relationship between Cu substitution and dielectric properties.

  13. Synthesis of Cu-Doped Mixed-Phase TiO2 with the Assistance of Ionic Liquid by Atmospheric-Pressure Cold Plasma

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    Zhan, Zhibin; Di, Lanbo; Zhang, Xiuling; Li, Yanchun

    2016-05-01

    An atmospheric-pressure dielectric barrier discharge (DBD) gas-liquid cold plasma was employed to synthesize Cu-doped TiO2 nanoparticles in an aqueous solution with the assistance of [C2MIM]BF4 ionic liquid (IL) and using air as the working gas. The influences of the discharge voltage, IL and the amount of copper nitrite were investigated. X-ray diffraction, N2 adsorption-desorption measurements and UV-Vis spectroscopy were adopted to characterize the samples. The results showed that the specific surface area of TiO2 was promoted with Cu-doping (from 57.6 m2·g-1 to 106.2 m2·g-1 with 3% Cu-doping), and the content of anatase was increased. Besides, the band gap energy of TiO2 with Cu-doping decreased according to the UV-Vis spectroscopy test. The 3%Cu-IL-TiO2 samples showed the highest efficiency in degrading methylene blue (MB) dye solutions under simulated sunlight with an apparent rate constant of 0.0223 min-1, which was 1.2 times higher than that of non-doped samples. According to the characterization results, the reasons for the high photocatalytic activity were discussed. supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China (Nos. 21173028, 11505019), the Science and Technology Research Project of Liaoning Provincial Education Department (No. L2013464), the Scientific Research Foundation for the Doctor of Liaoning Province (No. 20131004), the Program for Liaoning Excellent Talents in University (No. LR2012042), and Dalian Jinzhou New District Science and Technology Plan Project (No. KJCX-ZTPY-2014-0001)

  14. Preparation and structural, optical, magnetic, and electrical characterization of Mn{sup 2+}/Co{sup 2+}/Cu{sup 2+} doped hematite nanocrystals

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    Srikrishna Ramya, S.I., E-mail: ramyaskr@gmail.com; Mahadevan, C.K.

    2014-03-15

    Pure and Mn{sup 2+} / Co{sup 2+} / Cu{sup 2+} doped (1 and 2 at.%) spherical hematite (α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3})nanocrystals have been synthesized by a simple solvothermal method using a domestic microwave oven. XRD measurements confirm that all the seven nanocrystals prepared consist of nanocrystalline hematite phase without any other phases. The energy dispersive X-ray and Fourier transform infrared spectral analyses confirm the phase purity of the nanocrystals prepared. TEM analysis shows the average particle sizes within the range 33–51 nm. Optical absorption measurements indicate that all the three dopants enhance the optical transmittance and reflectance. A red shift is observed in the bandgap energy values estimated from optical absorption and reflectance spectra. Results of magnetic measurements made at room temperature using a vibrating sample magnetometer indicate significant changes in the magnetic properties (coercivity, retentivity and saturationmagnetization) due to doping. Results of magnetic measurements indicate significant changes in the magnetic properties. Results of AC electrical measurements made at various temperatures in the range 40–130 °C and frequencies in the range 100 Hz –1 MHz indicate low dielectric constants and AC electrical conductivities and consequently show the occurrence of nanoconfined states. -- Graphical abstract: The indexed X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns of all the seven nanocrystals indicate the rhombohedral structure of hematite (JCPDS card No.13-0534). No impurity phase like oxides of Mn or Co or Cu was detected above equipment limit. The average crystallite (grain) sizes estimated using the Scherrer's formula. Highlights: • Pure and Mn/Co/Cu-doped hematite nanocrystals have been prepared. • The method adopted for the preparation is simple, economical and scalable. • Prepared nanocrystals are spherical in shape with good crystallinity and phase purity. • Mn/Co/Cu-doping enhances the optical

  15. Kesterite Cu2Zn(Sn,Ge)(S,Se)4 thin film with controlled Ge-doping for photovoltaic application

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    Zhao, Wangen; Pan, Daocheng; Liu, Shengzhong (Frank)

    2016-05-01

    Cu2ZnSn(S,Se)4 (CZTSSe) semiconductors have been a focus of extensive research effort owing to low-toxicity, high abundance and low material cost. Yet, the CZTSSe thin film solar cell has a low open-circuit voltage value that presents challenges. Herein, using GeSe2 as a new Ge source material, we have achieved a wider band gap CZTSSe-based semiconductor absorber layer with its band-gap controlled by adjusting the ratio of SnS2 : GeSe2 used. In addition, the Cu2Zn(Sn,Ge)(S,Se)4 thin films were prepared with optimal Ge doping (30%) and solar cells were fabricated to attain a respectable power conversion efficiency of 4.8% under 1.5 AM with an active area of 0.19 cm2 without an anti-reflection layer.Cu2ZnSn(S,Se)4 (CZTSSe) semiconductors have been a focus of extensive research effort owing to low-toxicity, high abundance and low material cost. Yet, the CZTSSe thin film solar cell has a low open-circuit voltage value that presents challenges. Herein, using GeSe2 as a new Ge source material, we have achieved a wider band gap CZTSSe-based semiconductor absorber layer with its band-gap controlled by adjusting the ratio of SnS2 : GeSe2 used. In addition, the Cu2Zn(Sn,Ge)(S,Se)4 thin films were prepared with optimal Ge doping (30%) and solar cells were fabricated to attain a respectable power conversion efficiency of 4.8% under 1.5 AM with an active area of 0.19 cm2 without an anti-reflection layer. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: The XRD patterns, chemical component analysis, top-view and cross-sectional images, and XPS of CZTGSSe thin films with different Ge content are exhibited. See DOI: 10.1039/c6nr00959j

  16. The influence of Mn-doped CeO2 on the activity of CuO/CeO2 in CO oxidation and NO + CO model reaction

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    Deng, Changshun; Huang, Qingqing; Zhu, Xiying; Hu, Qun; Su, Wenli; Qian, Junning; Dong, Lihui; Li, Bin; Fan, Minguang; Liang, Caiyuan

    2016-12-01

    This work is mainly focused on the investigation of the influence of Mn-doped CeO2 supported by CuO on the physicochemical and catalytic properties for CO oxidation and NO + CO model reaction. The obtained samples were characterized using N2-physisorption (BET), XRD, LRS, TEM, EDS-Mapping, ICP-AES, XPS, H2-TPR, O2-TPD, in situ DRIFTS, CO oxidation, and NO + CO model reaction. The results imply that appropriate doping MnOx into the lattice of CeO2 will cause an obvious change in the properties of the catalyst and the Cu/CeMn-10: 1 catalyst shows the largest specific surface area, the most uniformity of structure, and the most extent of lattice expansion. A few addition of MnOx is more conducive to the generation of low valence manganese ion in the process of calcination, which may contribute to the synergetic introduction. This further results in more Cu+ due to the shifting of redox equilibrium (Cu2+ + Ce3+ ↔ Cu+ + Ce4+) to right, as well as more oxygen vacancies. Moreover, the capability of Cu/CeMn-10: 1 on desorb/transform/decompose of the adsorbed NO species is more effective than that of Cu/CeO2. The results of catalytic performance show that Cu+/Cu0 species play a key role, and the activity is mainly related to the specific surface area, the content of Cu+ and Ce3+, the reduction, desorption capability of chemisorbed O2- (and/or O-) species as well as adsorption behaviors of these catalysts for CO oxidation and NO + CO reaction. Finally, possible reaction mechanisms are tentatively proposed to understand the reactions.

  17. Nanostructured Al-ZnO/CdSe/Cu2O ETA solar cells on Al-ZnO film/quartz glass templates

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    Wang, Xianghu; Li, Rongbin; Fan, Donghua

    2011-12-01

    The quartz/Al-ZnO film/nanostructured Al-ZnO/CdSe/Cu2O extremely thin absorber solar cell has been successfully realized. The Al-doped ZnO one-dimensional nanostructures on quartz templates covered by a sputtering Al-doped ZnO film was used as the n-type electrode. A 19- to 35-nm-thin layer of CdSe absorber was deposited by radio frequency magnetron sputtering, coating the ZnO nanostructures. The voids between the Al-ZnO/CdSe nanostructures were filled with p-type Cu2O, and therefore, the entire assembly formed a p-i-n junction. The cell shows the energy conversion efficiency as high as 3.16%, which is an interesting option for developing new solar cell devices. PACS: 88.40.jp; 73.40.Lq; 73.50.Pz.

  18. Large magnetic anisotropy in strained Fe/Co multilayers on AuCu and the effect of carbon doping

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    G. Giannopoulos

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available A tetragonally distorted FeCo structure is obtained in Fe/Co multilayers epitaxially grown on Au50Cu50 buffer using MgO single crystal substrates as a result of the lattice mismatch between the buffer and the FeCo ferromagnetic layer. The presence of large magnetic anisotropy energy (MAE of the order of 1 MJ/m3 has been confirmed by ferromagnetic resonance. Furthermore, the effect of carbon (C doping to maintain the tetragonal distortion throughout the thickness of 3 nm FeCo has been investigated. Our study shows that FeCo alloys maintain large magnetic moment and possess high MAE properties that are required for designing permanent magnets.

  19. Crystalline nanostructured Cu doped ZnO thin films grown at room temperature by pulsed laser deposition technique and their characterization

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    Drmosh, Qasem A. [Department of Mechanical Engineering, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran 31261 (Saudi Arabia); Rao, Saleem G.; Yamani, Zain H. [Laser Research Group, Department of Physics, Center of Excellence in Nanotechnology, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran 31261 (Saudi Arabia); Gondal, Mohammed A., E-mail: magondal@kfupm.edu.sa [Laser Research Group, Department of Physics, Center of Excellence in Nanotechnology, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran 31261 (Saudi Arabia)

    2013-04-01

    We report structural and optical properties of Cu doped ZnO (ZnO:Cu) thin films deposited on glass substrate at room temperature by pulsed laser deposition (PLD) method without pre and post annealing contrary to all previous reports. For preparation of (ZnO:Cu) composites pure Zn and Cu targets in special geometrical arrangements were exposed to 248 nm radiations generated by KrF exciter laser. The laser energy was 200 mJ with 10 Hz frequency and 20 ns pulse width. The effect of Cu concentration on crystal structure, morphology, and optical properties were investigated by XRD, FESEM and photoluminescence spectrometer respectively. A systematic shift in ZnO (0 0 2) peak with Cu concentration observed in XRD spectra demonstrated that Cu ion has been incorporated in ZnO lattice. Uniform film with narrow size range grains were observed in FESEM images. The photoluminescence (PL) spectra measured at room temperature revealed a systematic red shift in ZnO emission peak and decrease in the band gap with the increase in Cu concentration. These results entail that PLD technique can be realized to deposit high quality crystalline ZnO and ZnO:Cu thin films without pre and post heat treatment which is normally practiced worldwide for such structures.

  20. Synthesis and characterization of ZrO2-CuO co-doped ceria nanoparticles via chemical precipitation method

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    Viruthagiri, G.; Gopinathan, E.; Shanmugam, N.; Gobi, R.

    2014-10-01

    In the present study, the fluorite cubic phase of bare and ZrO2-CuO co-doped ceria (CeO2) nanoparticles have been synthesized through a simple chemical precipitation method. X-ray diffraction results revealed that average grain sizes of the samples are within 5-6 nm range. The functional groups present in the samples were identified by Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) study. Surface area measurement was carried out for the ceria nanoparticles to characterize the surface properties of the synthesized samples. The direct optical cutoff wavelength from DRS analysis was blue-shifted evidently with respect to the bulk material and indicated quantum-size confinement effect in the nanocrystallites. PL spectra revealed the strong and sharp UV emission at 401 nm. The surface morphology and the element constitution of the pure and doped nanoparticles were studied by scanning electron microscope fitted with energy dispersive X-ray spectrometer arrangement. The thermal decomposition course was followed using thermo gravimetric and differential thermal analyses (TG-DTA).

  1. Size and topology of Bi_2Sr_2CaCu_2O_8+x Fermi surface versus doping

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    Larosa, S.; Berger, H.; Margaritondo, G.; Kendziora, C.; Kelley, R. J.; Chubukov, A.; Onellion, M.

    1996-03-01

    We have studied the size and topology of the Fermi surface of Bi_2Sr2 CaCu_2O_8+x single crystal samples from underdoped samples with superconducting transition temperature, T_c=20K to overdoped samples with T_c=55K.[1] Compared to optimally doped samples, underdoped samples exhibit: * a reduction in the size of the Fermi surface by at least a factor of (x10); * a much weaker extended van Hove singularity around the (π,0) and conjugate points; * the large Fermi surface section around the X-point (π,π) are collapsed to small sections around the (π/2,π/2), while that around the Y-point (π,-π) remains but is much (x4) smaller.[2] These data are in excellent agreement with the calculations of A. Chubukov.[3] Our data indicate that the shadow band arises from short-range antiferromagnetic (AFM) fluctuations; the data are consistent with either a structural or a long-range AFM model to explain the shadow band. Finally, we find that the light polarization symmetry of the Fermi surface electronic states in the (π,±π) directions depends on the doping level.[2,4

  2. Cu-doped Cd{sub 1-x}Zn{sub x}S alloy: synthesis and structural investigations

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    Yadav, Indu; Ahlawat, Dharamvir Singh; Ahlawat, Rachna [Chaudhary Devi Lal University, Department of Physics, Sirsa, Haryana (India)

    2016-03-15

    Copper doped Cd{sub 1-x}Zn{sub x}S (x ≤ 1) quantum dots have been synthesized using chemical co-precipitation method. Structural investigation of the synthesized nanomaterials has been carried out by powder XRD method. The XRD results have confirmed that as-prepared Cu-doped Cd{sub 1-x}Zn{sub x}S quantum dots have hexagonal structure. The average nanocrystallite size was estimated in the range 2-12 nm using Debye-Scherrer formula. The lattice constants, lattice plane, d-spacing, unit cell volume, Lorentz factor and dislocation density were also calculated from XRD data. The change in particle size was observed with the change in Zn concentration. Furthermore, FTIR spectra of the prepared samples were observed for identification of COO- and O-H functional groups. The TEM study has also reported the same size range of nanoparticles. The increase in agglomeration has been observed with the increase in Zn concentration in the prepared samples. (orig.)

  3. Fluoride adsorption by doped and un-doped magnetic ferrites CuCe(x)Fe(2-x)O4: Preparation, characterization, optimization and modeling for effectual remediation technologies.

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    Rehman, Muhammad Abdur; Yusoff, Ismail; Alias, Yatimah

    2015-12-15

    A series of doped and un-doped magnetic adsorbents CuCexFe2-xO4 (x=0.0-0.5) for fluoride were prepared with the micro-emulsion method. Fluoride adsorption was optimized for solution pH, temperature, contact time, and initial concentration and was monitored via normal phase ion chromatography (IC). The effect of concomitant anions was also explored to perform and simulate competitive fluoride adsorption in real water samples. Optimal adsorption was discovered by a simple quadratic model based on central composite design (CCD) and the response surface method (RSM). The adsorption, electrochemical and magnetic properties were compared between doped and un-doped ferrites. Doped ferrites (x=0.1-0.5) were found to be superior to un-doped ferrites (x=0) regarding the active sites, functional groups and fluoride adsorption. The characterization, optimization and application results of the doped ferrites indicated enhanced fluoride adsorption and easy separation with a simple magnet.

  4. Sintering Behavior of 0.8 mol%-CuO-Doped 3Y-TZP Ceramics

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    Ran, S.; Winnubst, Aloysius J.A.; Wiratha, K.W.; Blank, David H.A.

    2006-01-01

    In recent years, 3 mol% yttria-stabilized tetragonal zirconia polycrystals (3Y-TZP) doped with copper oxide has obtained increasing interest due to its enhanced superplastisity and good potential in tribological applications. In this work, the effect of addition of small amounts (0.8 mol%) of copper

  5. First-principle calculation of the elastic, band structure, electronic states, and optical properties of Cu-doped ZnS nanolayers

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    Lahiji, Mohammadreza Askaripour; Ziabari, Ali Abdolahzadeh

    2016-11-01

    The structural, elastic, electronic, and optical properties of undoped and Cu-doped ZnS nanostructured layers have been studied in the zincblende (ZB) phase, by first-principle approach. Density functional theory (DFT) has been employed to calculate the fundamental properties of the layers using full-potential linearized augmented plane-wave (FPLAPW) method. Mechanical analysis revealed that the bulk modulus increases with the increase of Cu content. Cu doping was found to reduce the band gap value of the material. In addition, DOS effective mass of the electrons and heavy holes was evaluated. Adding Cu caused the decrement/increment of transmission/reflectance of nanolayers in the UV-vis region. The substitution by Cu increased the intensity of the peaks, and a slight red shift was observed in the absorption peak. Moreover, the static dielectric constant, and static refractive index increased with Cu content. The optical conductivity also followed a similar trend to that of the dielectric constants. Energy loss function of the modeled compounds was also evaluated. All calculated parameters were compared with the available experimental and other theoretical results.

  6. Morphology, electrical, and optical properties of heavily doped ZnTe:Cu thin films

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    El Akkad, Fikry [Physics Department, College of Science, Kuwait University, P.O. Box 5969, Safat 13060 (Kuwait); Abdulraheem, Yaser [Department of Electrical Engineering, College of Engineering and Petroleum, Kuwait University, Safat 13060 Kuwait (Kuwait)

    2013-11-14

    We report on a study of the physical properties of ZnTe:Cu films with Cu content up to ∼12 at. % prepared using rf magnetron sputtering. The composition and lateral homogeneities are studied using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Atomic force microscopy measurements on films deposited at different substrate temperatures (up to 325 °C) yielded activation energy of 12 kJ/mole for the grains growth. The results of XPS and electrical and optical measurements provide evidence for the formation of the ternary zinc copper telluride alloy in films containing Cu concentration above ∼4 at. %. The XPS results suggest that copper is incorporated in the alloy with oxidation state Cu{sup 1+} so that the alloy formula can be written Zn{sub 1−y}Cu{sub y} Te with y = 2−x, where x is a parameter measuring the stoichiometry in the Cu site. The formation of this alloy causes appreciable shift in the binding energies of the XPS peaks besides an IR shift in the energy band gap. Detailed analysis of the optical absorption data revealed the presence of two additional transitions, besides the band gap one, originating from the Γ{sub 8} and Γ{sub 7} (spin-orbit) valence bands to a donor level at ∼0.34 eV below the Γ{sub 6} conduction band. This interpretation yields a value for the valence band splitting energy Δ≅ 0.87 eV independent of copper concentration. On the other hand, the mechanism of formation of the alloy is tentatively explained in terms of a point defect reaction in which substitutional Cu defect Cu{sub Zn} is also created. Assuming that substitutional Cu is the dominant acceptor in the Zn rich alloy as in ZnTe, its formation energy was determined to be 1.7 eV close to the theoretical value (1.41 eV) in ZnTe.

  7. Travelling-solvent floating-zone growth of the dilutely Co-doped spin-ladder compound Sr14(Cu, Co)24O41

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    Bag, Rabindranath; Karmakar, Koushik; Singh, Surjeet

    2017-01-01

    We present here crystal growth of dilutely Co-doped spin-ladder compounds Sr14(Cu 1-x, Cox)24O41 (x = 0, 0.01, 0.03, 0.05, 0.1) using the Travelling Solvent Floating Zone (TSFZ) technique associated with an image furnace. We carried out detailed microstructure and compositional analysis. The microstructure of the frozen-in FZ revealed two bands: a lower band consisting of well-aligned single-crystalline stripes of the phase Sr14(Cu, Co)24O41 embedded in the eutectic mixture of composition SrO 18% and (Cu, Co)O 82%; and an upper band consisting of a criss-crossed pattern of these stripes. These analyses were also employed to determine the distribution coefficient of the dopants in Sr14Cu24O41. The distribution coefficient turned out to be close to 1, different from Sr2CuO3 reported previously where Co tend to accumulate in the molten zone. Direct access to the composition of the frozen-in zone eliminated any previous ambiguities associated with the composition of the peritectic point of Sr14Cu24O41; and also the eutectic point in the binary SrO-CuO phase diagram. The lattice parameters show an anisotropic variation upon Co-doping with parameters a and b increasing, c decreasing; and with an overall decrease of the unit cell volume. Magnetic susceptibility measurements were carried out on the pristine and the Co-doped crystals along the principal crystallographic axes. The spin susceptibility of the x = 0.01 crystal exhibits a strong anisotropy, which is in stark contrast with the isotropic behaviour of the pristine crystal. This anisotropy seems to arise from the intradimer exchange interaction as inferred from the anisotropy of the dimer contribution to the susceptibility of the Co-doped crystal. The Curie-tail in the magnetic susceptibility of Sr14(Cu 1-x, Cox)24O41 (x = 0, 0.01, 0.03, 0.05, 0.1) crystals (field applied parallel to the ladder) was found to scale with Co-doping - the scaling is employed to confirm a homogeneous distribution of Co in a x = 0

  8. Hyperfine interaction and tuning of magnetic anisotropy of Cu doped CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} ferrite nanoparticles

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    Batoo, Khalid Mujasam, E-mail: khalid.mujasam@gmail.com [King Abdullah Institute for Nanotechnology, King Saud University, P.O. Box-2455, Riyadh 11451 (Saudi Arabia); Salah, Dina [Department of Physics, Ain Shams University, Khalifa El-Maamon, Street, 11566 Cairo (Egypt); Kumar, Gagan; Kumar, Arun; Singh, Mahavir [Department of Physics, Himachal Pradesh University, Summer Hill, Shimla 171005 (India); Abd El-sadek, M. [Nanomaterials Lab, Physics Department, Faculty of Science, South Valley University, Qena 83523 (Egypt); Mir, Feroz Ahmad [University Science Instrumentation Centre, University of Kashmir, Srinagar 190006 (India); Imran, Ahamad [King Abdullah Institute for Nanotechnology, King Saud University, P.O. Box-2455, Riyadh 11451 (Saudi Arabia); Jameel, Daler Adil [School of Physics and Astronomy, Nottingham Nanotechnology and Nanoscience Center, University of Nottingham, NG7 2RD (United Kingdom)

    2016-08-01

    Ferrimagnetic oxides may contain single or multi domain particles which get converted into superparamagnetic state near a critical size. To explore the existence of these particles, we have made Mössbauer and magnetic studies of Cu{sup 2+} substitution effect in CoFe{sub 2−x}O{sub 4} Ferrites (0.0, 0.1, 0.2, 0.3, 0.4, and 0.5). All the samples have a cubic spinel structure with lattice parameters increasing linearly with increase in Cu content. The hysteresis loops yield a saturation magnetization, coercive field, and remanent magnetization that vary significantly with Cu content. The magnetic hysteresis curves shows a reduction in saturation magnetization and an increase in coercitivity with Cu{sup 2+} ion substitution. The anisotropy constant, K{sub 1,} is found strongly dependent on the composition of Cu{sup 2+} ions. The variation of saturation magnetization with increasing Cu{sup 2+} ion content has been explained in the light of Neel's molecular field theory. Mössbauer spectra at room temperature shows two ferrimagnetically relaxed Zeeman sextets. The dependence of Mössbauer parameters such as isomer shift, quadrupole splitting, line width and hyperfine magnetic field on Cu{sup 2+} ion concentration have been discussed. - Highlights: • Synthesis of the nanoparticles of Cu doped CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} ferrite nanoparticles. • The samples were characterized for the structural, morphological and magnetic studies using XRD, TEM, VSM and Mossbauer spectroscopy. • It has been found that the all the magnetic and Mossbauer parameters are diluted with the addition of Cu content in the CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} matrix. • The Mossbauer and magnetic properties were studied in the light of size of nanoparticles and also with respect to the doping composition.

  9. Alloyed Mn-Cu-In-S nanocrystals: a new type of diluted magnetic semiconductor quantum dots.

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    Liu, Qinghui; Deng, Ruiping; Ji, Xiangling; Pan, Daocheng

    2012-06-29

    A new type of Mn-Cu-In-S diluted magnetic semiconductor quantum dots was synthesized and reported for the first time. The quantum dots, with no highly toxic elements, not only show the same classic diluted magnetic behavior as Mn-doped CdSe, but also exhibit tunable luminescent properties in a relatively large window from 542 to 648 nm. An absolute photoluminescence quantum yield up to 20% was obtained after the shell growth of ZnS. This kind of magnetic/luminescent bi-functional Mn-Cu-In-S/ZnS core/shell quantum dot might serve as promising nanoprobes for use in dual-mode optical and magnetic resonance imaging techniques.

  10. ab-plane optical properties of Ni-doped Bi 2Sr 2CaCu 2O 8+ δ

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    Liu, H. L.; Tanner, D. B.; Berger, H.; Margaritondo, G.

    1999-01-01

    The ab-plane optical reflectance of single crystal of Bi 2Sr 2Ca(Cu 1- xNi x) 2O 8+ δ, for x=0.0215, has been measured from 80 to 40 000 cm -1 (10 meV-5 eV) and at temperatures between 20 and 300 K. Through Ni substitution, the optical conductivity shows a broad peak at about 400 cm -1, which grows in intensity and shifts to lower frequency as the temperature is reduced. We suggest that this peculiar low-frequency feature is associated with the significant disorder induced by Ni impurities. Analysis of the conductivity within the framework of the two-component and the one-component pictures indicates that the main effect of Ni substitution is to increase impurity scattering rate. There is no evidence of a rapid drop in the free carrier scattering rate near Tc. An estimate of the low-frequency spectral weight shows that Ni reduces the carrier density in the CuO 2 plane: each Ni removes one carrier. Below Tc, a sum-rule evaluation finds the superconducting condensate contains about a fifth of the total doping-induced, or two thirds of the free-carrier oscillator strength in the normal state. The strength of the condensate is horizontally offset from the Uemura line, with a smaller superfluid density than implied by Tc. This decreased superfluid density in the CuO 2 plane could be connected with the effect of impurity-induced disorder.

  11. Low-temperature CO oxidation over Cu/Pt co-doped ZrO2 nanoparticles synthesized by solution combustion.

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    Singhania, Amit; Gupta, Shipra Mital

    2017-01-01

    Zirconia (ZrO2) nanoparticles co-doped with Cu and Pt were applied as catalysts for carbon monoxide (CO) oxidation. These materials were prepared through solution combustion in order to obtain highly active and stable catalytic nanomaterials. This method allows Pt(2+) and Cu(2+) ions to dissolve into the ZrO2 lattice and thus creates oxygen vacancies due to lattice distortion and charge imbalance. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) results showed Cu/Pt co-doped ZrO2 nanoparticles with a size of ca. 10 nm. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Raman spectra confirmed cubic structure and larger oxygen vacancies. The nanoparticles showed excellent activity for CO oxidation. The temperature T50 (the temperature at which 50% of CO are converted) was lowered by 175 °C in comparison to bare ZrO2. Further, they exhibited very high stability for CO reaction (time-on-stream ≈ 70 h). This is due to combined effect of smaller particle size, large oxygen vacancies, high specific surface area and better thermal stability of the Cu/Pt co-doped ZrO2 nanoparticles. The apparent activation energy for CO oxidation is found to be 45.6 kJ·mol(-1). The CO conversion decreases with increase in gas hourly space velocity (GHSV) and initial CO concentration.

  12. The n-type conduction of indium-doped Cu{sub 2}O thin films fabricated by direct current magnetron co-sputtering

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    Cai, Xing-Min; Su, Xiao-Qiang; Ye, Fan, E-mail: yefan@szu.edu.cn; Wang, Huan; Tian, Xiao-Qing; Zhang, Dong-Ping; Fan, Ping; Luo, Jing-Ting; Zheng, Zhuang-Hao; Liang, Guang-Xing [Institute of Thin Film Physics and Applications, School of Physical Science and Technology and Shenzhen Key Laboratory of Sensor Technology, Shenzhen University, Shenzhen 518060 (China); Roy, V. A. L. [Center of Super-Diamond and Advanced Films (COSDAF) and Department of Physics and Materials Science, City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong (China)

    2015-08-24

    Indium-doped Cu{sub 2}O thin films were fabricated on K9 glass substrates by direct current magnetron co-sputtering in an atmosphere of Ar and O{sub 2}. Metallic copper and indium disks were used as the targets. X-ray diffraction showed that the diffraction peaks could only be indexed to simple cubic Cu{sub 2}O, with no other phases detected. Indium atoms exist as In{sup 3+} in Cu{sub 2}O. Ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy showed that the transmittance of the samples was relatively high and that indium doping increased the optical band gaps. The Hall effect measurement showed that the samples were n-type semiconductors at room temperature. The Seebeck effect test showed that the films were n-type semiconductors near or over room temperature (<400 K), changing to p-type at relatively high temperatures. The conduction by the samples in the temperature range of the n-type was due to thermal band conduction and the donor energy level was estimated to be 620.2–713.8 meV below the conduction band. The theoretical calculation showed that indium doping can raise the Fermi energy level of Cu{sub 2}O and, therefore, lead to n-type conduction.

  13. Role of ion beam excitations on quasi one-dimensional magnetic system of Mn-doped LiCuVO{sub 4}

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    Kumar, Abhishek [Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology (Banaras Hindu University), Varanasi 221005 (India); Dwivedi, G.D.; Kumar, Shiv [Departments of Physics, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi 221005 (India); Shahi, P.; Shukla, K.K. [Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology (Banaras Hindu University), Varanasi 221005 (India); Ghosh, A.K. [Departments of Physics, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi 221005 (India); Asokan, K.; Kanjilal, D. [Inter University Accelerator Center, ArunaAsaf Ali Marg, New Delhi 110067 (India); Singh, R.K. [Departments of Physics, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi 221005 (India); Nigam, A.K. [Department of CMP & MS, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai 400 005 (India); Chatterjee, Sandip, E-mail: schatterji.app@iitbhu.ac.in [Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology (Banaras Hindu University), Varanasi 221005 (India)

    2015-07-01

    Induction of short range ferromagnetic ordering has been observed in the quasi one dimensional antiferromagnetic LiCuVO{sub 4} system with doping of Mn in the octahedral (Cu) site. Though, magnetic ordering is not stable enough as further increase of Mn-concentration, magnetic ordering gets deteriorated. This might be the case that Mn{sup 2+} ions, with strong magnetic moment as compared to Cu{sup 2+} ions, enhance the ferromagnetic coupling between the nearest neighbor atoms of quasi-one-dimensional magnetic LiCuVO{sub 4} system. Ferromagnetic ordering in LiCu{sub 0.95}Mn{sub 0.05}VO{sub 4} system also degraded after high energy ion beam excitation which creates defects and may disturb the short range ferromagnetic ordering in its near locality but it does not have much effect on the long range antiferromagnetic ordering. Irradiation causes no change in Raman modes of LiCu{sub 0.95}Mn{sub 0.05}VO{sub 4} system, while it produces some new vibrational modes in intermediate and high frequency region of LiCu{sub 0.9}Mn{sub 0.1}VO{sub 4} system. Above results have been understood based on competitions between ferromagnetic nearest neighbor (NN) coupling and antiferromagnetic next nearest neighbor (NNN) coupling in CuO{sub 2} chain. - Highlights: • Quasi 1-D magnetic systems LiCu{sub 1-x}Mn{sub x}VO{sub 4} (x = 0.00, 0.05 & 0.10) have been prepared. • Doping of Mn induces short range ferromagnetic ordering in the system. • High-energy ion beam excitations degrade ferromagnetic ordering in Mn doped LiCuVO{sub 4}. • Irradiations decay short range FM order but has no effect on long range AFM order. • Irradiation leads to few new vibrational modes in LiCu{sub 0.9}Mn{sub 0.1}VO{sub 4} system.

  14. Role of dopant concentration, crystal phase and particle size on microbial inactivation of Cu-doped TiO2 nanoparticles.

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    Sahu, Manoranjan; Wu, Bing; Zhu, Liying; Jacobson, Craig; Wang, Wei-Ning; Jones, Kristen; Goyal, Yogesh; Tang, Yinjie J; Biswas, Pratim

    2011-10-14

    The properties of Cu-doped TiO(2) nanoparticles (NPs) were independently controlled in a flame aerosol reactor by varying the molar feed ratios of the precursors, and by optimizing temperature and time history in the flame. The effect of the physico-chemical properties (dopant concentration, crystal phase and particle size) of Cu-doped TiO(2) nanoparticles on inactivation of Mycobacterium smegmatis (a model pathogenic bacterium) was investigated under three light conditions (complete dark, fluorescent light and UV light). The survival rate of M. smegmatis (in a minimal salt medium for 2 h) exposed to the NPs varied depending on the light irradiation conditions as well as the dopant concentrations. In dark conditions, pristine TiO(2) showed insignificant microbial inactivation, but inactivation increased with increasing dopant concentration. Under fluorescent light illumination, no significant effect was observed for TiO(2). However, when TiO(2) was doped with copper, inactivation increased with dopant concentration, reaching more than 90% (>3 wt% dopant). Enhanced microbial inactivation by TiO(2) NPs was observed only under UV light. When TiO(2) NPs were doped with copper, their inactivation potential was promoted and the UV-resistant cells were reduced by over 99%. In addition, the microbial inactivation potential of NPs was also crystal-phase-and size-dependent under all three light conditions. A lower ratio of anatase phase and smaller sizes of Cu-doped TiO(2) NPs resulted in decreased bacterial survival. The increased inactivation potential of doped TiO(2) NPs is possibly due to both enhanced photocatalytic reactions and leached copper ions.

  15. Biomimetic layer-by-layer deposition assisted synthesis of Cu, N co-doped TiO2 nanosheets with enhanced visible light photocatalytic performance.

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    Wang, Xiaobo; Yan, Yong; Hao, Bo; Chen, Ge

    2014-10-07

    In this paper, a Cu, N co-doped TiO2 nanosheet with increased visible light photocatalytic activity was successfully synthesized using a biomimetic layer-by-layer deposition process. The polymer, branched-polyethyleneimine (b-PEI) was used as an induction agent for the hydrolysis of titanium bis(ammonium lactato)-dihydroxide (Ti-BALDH) as well as for a nitrogen resource, and the graphene oxide (GO) was used as a two-dimensional nano-template. The positively charged b-PEI will bind to the negatively charged GO and titania. In a typical layer-by-layer deposition process, GO nanosheets are exposed in an alternating fashion to aqueous b-PEI, CuCl2 and Ti-BALDH solutions, thus, making the layer-by-layer deposition of a conformal b-PEI/Cu-Ti-O coating on the GO. Subsequent b-PEI and GO pyrolysis at 550 °C under air yielded Cu, N co-doped TiO2 nanosheets. The materials obtained were comprehensively investigated by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, UV-Vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy, Raman spectra, photoluminescence spectra and electron paramagnetic resonance. The Cu, N co-doped TiO2 nanosheets showed obviously enhanced photocatalytic activity which was evaluated by degradation of methylene blue under visible light irradiation. This research might provide some new insights for the "green synthesis" of the simultaneous doping of two kinds of foreign atoms into TiO2 with controlled morphology and photocatalytic properties.

  16. Magnetic properties of the Ni-Cu-Zn system doped with magnesium oxide

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    Hemeda, O. M.; Tawfik, A.; Hemeda, D. M.; Elsheekh, A. M.

    2015-09-01

    A series of ferrite samples, Ni0.1Cu0.2MgxZn0.7-x Fe2O4, (x=0.00, 0.15, 0.25, 0.35, 0.45, 0.55 and 0.70) has been prepared by the standard ceramic technique, sintered at 1200 °C for 2 h, and their crystalline structures were investigated by using X-ray diffraction. The IR spectra and the ESR spectra analysis have been studied. DC electrical resistivity, thermoelectric power, charge carriers concentration and charge carrier mobility have been calculated at different temperatures. The value of dc electrical resistivity reach minimum at x=0.35 and above this value the electrical resistivity start to increase. It is noticed that thermoelectric power α for the "Ni-Cu-Zn" system exhibits a positive sign indicating the majority carriers are holes without excluding the presence of electrons. Saturation magnetization Ms for the "Ni-Cu-Zn" system was calculated from M-H loop. It is noted that Ms decreases with Mg content up to x=0.55 and rapidly decrease above x>0.55 for the "Ni-Cu-Zn" system.

  17. DFT study of the formate formation on Ni(111) surface doped by transition metals [Ni(111)-M; M=Cu, Pd, Pt, Rh

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    Nugraha; Saputro, A. G.; Agusta, M. K.; Rusydi, F.; Maezono, R.; Dipojono, H. K.

    2016-08-01

    We report on a theoretical study of the formation of formate (HCOO) from the reaction of CO2 gas and a pre- adsorbed H atom (CO2 (g) + *H → *HCOO) on Ni(111) surface doped by transition-metals [Ni(111)-M; M= Cu, Pd, Pt, Rh] by means of density functional theory (DFT) calculations. This *HCOO formation reaction is one of the most important rate- limiting steps in the methanol synthesis process. We find that the presence of transition metal doping on the first-layer of Ni(111) surface could reduce the activation barrier of this reaction [up to ~38.4%, compared to clean Ni(111) surface].

  18. Doping-induced change in the interlayer transport mechanism of Bi_{2}Sr_{2}CaCu_{2}O_{8+delta} near the superconducting transition temperature.

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    Katterwe, S O; Rydh, A; Krasnov, V M

    2008-08-22

    We perform a detailed study of temperature, bias, and doping dependence of interlayer transport in the layered high temperature superconductor Bi_{2}Sr_{2}CaCu_{2}O_{8+delta}. We observe that the shape of interlayer characteristics in underdoped crystals exhibits a remarkable crossover at the superconducting transition temperature: from thermal activation-type above T_{c} to almost T-independent quantum tunneling-type below T_{c}. Our data provide insight into the nature of interlayer transport and indicate that its mechanism changes with doping: from the conventional single quasiparticle tunneling in overdoped to a progressively increasing Cooper pair contribution in underdoped crystals.

  19. Thermal, structural and optical investigation of Cu-doped ZnO nanoparticles

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    Chithra, Maruthanayagam Jay; Pushpanathan, Kuppusamy

    2016-12-01

    Well-dispersed undoped and copper-doped zinc oxide nanoparticles (Zn1-xCuxO, x = 0, 1, 5 and 10 wt.%) have been synthesized by precipitation method at room temperature. X-ray diffraction data revealed that the undoped and copper-doped zinc oxide nanoparticles are in phase pure wurtzite structure and the crystallite size increases from 24 nm to 36 nm with increase in dopant concentration. The optical band gap was found to decrease with increasing dopant concentration, which clearly indicates the blue shift. High-resolution scanning electron microscope image shows that the synthesized samples consist of an assembly of nanopetals. Transmission electron microscope image also confirmed the average particle size of 20-50 nm. Energy-dispersive X-ray spectrum shows that the prepared samples are free from impurities. Photoluminescence spectra exposed that copper ions are doped into the lattice positions of ZnO. A simultaneous differential scanning calorimeter/thermogravimetric analysis combination was used to study the phase variations.

  20. Film formation of CdSe quantum dot embedded phosphate glass on an FTO glass substrate

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    Han, Karam; Kim, Yoon Hwa; Im, Won Bin; Chung, Woon Jin

    2015-07-01

    A thick film with CdSe quantum dot (QD) embedded glass was formed on a fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) glass substrate. Phosphate glasses with different CdO and ZnSe concentrations were synthesized, and the heat treatment conditions were varied to determine the appropriate QD and film formation conditions. Phosphate glass with 1 mol. % CdO and 1.5 mol. % ZnSe showed controlled crystallization of CdSe QDs when they were heat treated at 550℃ for 1 hr. Absorption spectra and Raman spectroscopy identified the QD formation. Precursor glass was ground into powder and pasted onto FTO only and TiO2/FTO glass substrates via the screen printing method. Glass film embedded with QDs was successfully formed after sintering, thus demonstrating its potential for film applications. [Figure not available: see fulltext.

  1. Preparation and electrical properties of Ni-Cu-Zn system doped with the magnesium oxide

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    Hemeda, O. M.; Tawfik, A.; Hemeda, D. M.; Elsheekh, A. M.

    2014-06-01

    A sery of ferrite samples, Ni0.1Cu0.2MgxZn0.7-xFe2O4, (x = 0.00, 0.15, 0.25, 0.35, 0.45, 0.55 and 0.70) have been prepared by the standard ceramic techniques, sintered at 1200°C for 2 h, and their crystalline structures were investigated by using X-ray diffraction, which confirmed the formation of Ni0.1Cu0.2MgxZn0.7-xFe2O4 phase. The presence of Mg content increases the crystallinity of the given ferrite which is considered as catalyst for the accomplishment of the solid state reaction. The lattice parameter and crystallite size were calculated from XRD. The cationic distribution was estimated from the theoretical values of lattice parameters. The IR spectra analysis has been studied. The dielectric constant for the ferrite system Ni-Cu-Zn gradually increases with temperature up to nearly Curie temperature and then increase sharply beyond the Tc. The Curie temperature obtained from the ´ ǎrepsilon versus T is in agreement with the Curie temperature obtained from other measurements. Dielectric loss tangent (tan δ) has the same behavior as dielectric constant (´ ǎrepsilon). A minimum value of dielectric loss tangent (tan δ) for the system "Ni-Cu-Zn" was observed at x = 0.45. Magnetic permeability has been studied. The dependence of initial permeability on temperature exhibit a peak which is called Hopkinson peak (HP) in the vicinity of Curie temperature and confirmed the phase purity of ferrite sample. The increasing of porosity and decreasing of grain size play an important role in decreasing μi. It is clear that the value of Tc is found to increase by increasing the concentration of diamagnetic substitution Mg for "Ni-Cu-Zn" system.

  2. Magnetic properties of the CuO{sub 2} planes in the low-temperature tetragonal phase of Eu-doped La{sub 2-x}Sr{sub x}CuO{sub 4}

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    Huecker, M.; Pommer, J.; Schlabitz, W.; Buechner, B. [Koeln Univ. (Germany). 2. Physikalisches Inst.; Kataev, V. [Kazan Inst. for Technical Physics, RAS (Russian Federation)

    1998-01-01

    Measurements of the DC susceptibility and ESR of Gd spin probes in Eu-doped La{sub 2} {sub -} {sub x}Sr{sub x}CuO{sub 4} are reported. The data show that magnetism of the low-temperature tetragonal phase of this compound differs qualitatively from that in the orthorhombic phase but only if the former phase is nonsuperconducting. We discuss the obtained results in connection with stripe correlations and critical buckling of the CuO{sub 2} planes. (orig.) 5 refs.

  3. Thermo-stimulated evolution of crystalline structure and dopant distribution in Cu-doped Y-stabilized ZrO2 nanopowders

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    Korsunska, N.; Polishchuk, Yu; Kladko, V.; Portier, X.; Khomenkova, L.

    2017-03-01

    This work deals with the effect of Cu doping on thermal stability of the structural properties of Y-stabilized ZrO2 nanopowders and dopants’ spatial distribution. The powders were synthesized by a co-precipitation technique, calcinated at T c  =  500–1100 °C during 2 h and studied by x-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy. Calcination at T c  =  500 °C results in the formation of ZrO2 nanocrystals with tetragonal phase predominantly. The shifts of XRD peak positions of Cu-doped powders to larger angles in comparison with those of Cu-free ones testify to the Cu presence inside nanocrystals. The T c increase results in two main processes: (i) the non-monotonic shift of XRD peak positions and (ii) the phase transformation (tetragonal to cubic and both of them to monoclinic). This observation was explained by, at first, Cu atoms incorporation into the nanocrystal volume from the surface complexes (T c  =  500–700 °C) and then their outward diffusion followed by the formation of crystalline CuO (T c  >  700 °C). Phase transformation sets in at T c  =  700 °C, when monoclinic phase appears. Its contribution rises till T c  =  1000 °C. The mechanism of monoclinic phase formation is supposed to be consisted of the out-diffusion of interstitial Cu ions due to their shift from lattice sites. This promotes an appearance of the channels for Y out-diffusion via cation vacancies and results in phase transformation. The sintering process stimulated by CuO formation is proposed to be responsible for appearance of cubic phase at 1000–1100 °C.

  4. Pressure induced self-doping and dependence of critical temperature in stoichiometry YBa2Cu3O6.95 predicted by first-principle and BVS calculations

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    Gao, Peifeng; Zhang, Rui; Wang, Xingzhe

    2017-03-01

    This paper deals with the pressure effect on self-doping and critical temperature in optimum oxygen stoichiometry YBa2Cu3O6.95 of high temperature superconductor (HTS) based on a numerical study combined the first-principle with bond valence sum (BVS) calculations. The microscopic electronic properties and equilibrium ionic position configurations in the superconductor under external pressure are firstly calculated using the first-principle method. The results show that the apex oxygen in the cuprate superconductor shifts towards CuO2 plane due to pressure effect, and the minimum buckling angle of CuO2 plane is correlated with the maximum critical temperature. A BVS formalism is then utilized for evaluating the valences of all ions in the superconductor on the basis of the electronic and ionic properties and the hole concentration in both CuO2 plane and Cu-O chain are deduced. It demonstrates that the pressure-induced charge redistribution leads to a self-doping process of the hole-transfer into CuO2 plane from both Cu-O chain and Y site in the cuprate superconductor, which is the dominant mechanism of pressure effect on the superconductive properties. In order to quantitatively predict critical temperature profile of YBa2Cu3O6.95 under pressure, a modified formula describing pressure-induced charge transfer taking into account pressure dependence of the optimum hole concentration is developed. The predicted results exhibit good agreements with the experimental data in the literature, and the model parameters on the critical characteristics of the superconductor are discussed in details.

  5. Structural, optical and electron paramagnetic resonance studies on Cu-doped ZnO nanoparticles synthesized using a novel auto-combustion method

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    Elilarassi, R.; Chandrasekaran, G.

    2013-06-01

    Nanocrystalline Zn1 - x Cu x O ( x = 0, 0.02, 0.04, 0.06, 0.08) samples were synthesized by a novel auto-combustion method using glycine as the fuel material. The structural, optical and magnetic properties of the samples were characterized using XRD, SEM, photoluminescence (PL) and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopies. The XRD spectra of samples reveal the hexagonal wurtzite structures of ZnO. As the copper content increases, a diffraction peak at 2 θ = 39° corresponding to secondary phase of CuO ([111] crystalline face) appears when x ⩽ 6 mol.%. PL spectra of the samples show a strong ultraviolet (UV) emission and defect related visible emissions. Cu-doping in ZnO can effectively adjust the energy level in ZnO, which leads to red shift in the emission peak position in UV region. The EPR spectra of Cu-doped ZnO nanoparticles show a distinct and broad signal at room temperature, suggesting that it may be attributed to the exchange interactions within Cu2+ ions.

  6. Electron-Phonon Anomaly Related to Charge Stripes: Static Stripe Phase Versus Optimally Doped Superconducting La1.85Sr0.15CuO4

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    Reznik, D.; Pintschovius, L.; Fujita, M.; Yamada, K.; Gu, G. D.; Tranquada, J. M.

    2007-05-01

    Inelastic neutron scattering was used to study the Cu-O bond-stretching vibrations in optimally doped La1.85Sr0.15CuO4 (Tc = 35 K) and in two other cuprates showing static stripe order at low temperatures, i.e. La1.48Nd0.4Sr0.12CuO4 and La1.875Ba0.125CuO4. All three compounds exhibit a very similar phonon anomaly, which is not predicted by conventional band theory. It is argued that the phonon anomaly reflects a coupling to charge inhomogeneities in the form of stripes, which remain dynamic in superconducting La1.85Sr0.15CuO4 down to the lowest temperatures. These results show that the phonon effect indicating stripe formation is not restricted to a narrow region of the phase diagram around the so-called 1/8 anomaly but occurs in optimally doped samples as well.

  7. Inducing self-assembly of Y{sub 2}BaCuO{sub 5} nanoparticles via Ca-doping for improved pinning in YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-x}

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    Barnes, P.N., E-mail: paul.barnes@wpafb.af.mi [Air Force Research Laboratory, Propulsion Directorate, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 45433 (United States); Haugan, T.J. [Air Force Research Laboratory, Propulsion Directorate, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 45433 (United States); Baca, F.J. [Air Force Research Laboratory, Propulsion Directorate, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 45433 (United States); Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS 66045 (United States); Varanasi, C.V. [Air Force Research Laboratory, Propulsion Directorate, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 45433 (United States); University of Dayton Research Institute, Metals and Ceramics, 2645 Fifth Street, Dayton, OH 45469 (United States); Wheeler, R.; Meisenkothen, F. [UES, Inc., 4401 Dayton-Xenia Drive, Dayton, OH 45432 (United States); Sathiraju, S. [Air Force Research Laboratory, Propulsion Directorate, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 45433 (United States)

    2009-12-01

    Different mechanisms may exists as a means to provide additional or specialized enhancement of existing nanoparticulate pinning in YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-x} (YBCO) thin films. In the particular case of Y{sub 2}BaCuO{sub 5} (Y211) nanoparticles, Ca-doping of these nanoparticles via addition to the Y211 target material provides an additional increase to the J{sub c}(H). YBCO + Y211 samples were created by pulsed laser deposition with alternating targets of YBCO with Y211 and Y211 doped with Ca. Initial indications suggest that this improvement in pinning results from some scattered short-ranged self-assembly of the nanoparticles into short nanocolumns.

  8. Spectroscopic studies on photoelectron transfer from 2-(furan-2-yl)-1-phenyl-1H-phenanthro[9,10-d]imidazole to ZnO, Cu-doped ZnO and Ag-doped ZnO.

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    Thanikachalam, V; Arunpandiyan, A; Jayabharathi, J; Karunakaran, C; Ramanathan, P

    2014-09-01

    The 2-(furan-2-yl)-1-phenyl-1H-phenanthro[9,10-d]imidazole [FPI] has been designed and synthesized as fluorescent sensor for nanoparticulate ZnO. The present work investigates the photoelectron transfer (PET) from FPI to ZnO, Cu-doped ZnO and Ag- doped ZnO nanoparticles using electronic and life time spectral measurements. Broad absorption along with red shift indicates the formation of charge-transfer complex [FPI-Nanoparticles]. The photophysical studies indicate lowering of HOMO and LUMO energy levels of FPI on adsorption on ZnO due to FPI- ZnO interaction. The obtained binding constant implies that the binding of FPI with nanoparticles was influenced by the surface modification of ZnO nanoparticles with Cu and Ag.

  9. Influence of Cr Doping on the Critical Behavior of Amorphous Alloy Ribbons Fe78–xCrxSi4Nb5B12Cu1

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    Phan, The-Long; Thanh, P. Q.; Chau, N.

    2014-01-01

    Though many previous works focused on studying Cr-doped Fe–Si–Nb–B–Cu amorphous alloys, magnetic-interaction mechanismsin these materials have not been carefully investigated yet. Dealing with these issues, we have prepared the amorphous alloy ribbonsFe78−xCrx Si4Nb5B12Cu1 with x = 1, 3, and 6...... = 0.367–0.376 and γ = 1.315–1.338. These values are close to those expected forthe 3-D Heisenberg model with β = 0.365 and γ = 1.336, proving the existence of short-range FM order in the amorphous alloyribbons....

  10. Modification of ZnO Thin Films by Ni, Cu, and Cd Doping*1

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    Jiménez-González, A. E.

    1997-02-01

    With the propose of investigating the effect of transition elements in ZnO thin films prepared by the Successive Ion Layer Adsorption and Reaction (SILAR) technique, the deposition solutions were chemically impurified with Ni, Cu, and Cd, as elements of the Ib, IIb, and VIIIa groups. X-ray fluorescence (XRF) analyses confirm that the impurification with Ni and Cu in fact took place but the impurification with Cd did not, while the XRD analyses show that foras preparedand Ni-impurified annealed films, the crystallites are almost oriented along thecaxis. The electrical properties of the ZnO films were also modified with the impurification. After annealing in air (450°C) the dark conductivity of the films was increased in the case of Ni and Cd impurification up to 1.80×10-3and 1.86×10-2[Ω cm]-1, respectively, but it decreased drastically in the case of Cu to 5.51×10-7[Ω cm]-1, as referred to the dark conductivity (1.86×10-4[Ω cm]-1) of the pure ZnO sample. The measured activation energy for the electrical conductivity of the modified ZnO thin films is 55 meV for the Ni modification, indicating the existence of donor levels. On the other hand, the Cu modification increases the activation energy up to 132 meV, which is higher than the activation energy for pure ZnO thin films (98 meV).

  11. Bioinspired, direct synthesis of aqueous CdSe quantum dots for high-sensitive copper(II) ion detection.

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    Bu, Xiaohai; Zhou, Yuming; He, Man; Chen, Zhenjie; Zhang, Tao

    2013-11-21

    Luminescent CdSe semiconductor quantum dots (QDs), which are coated with a denatured bovine serum albumin (dBSA) shell, have been directly synthesized via a bioinspired approach. The dBSA coated CdSe QDs are ultrasmall (d CdSe QDs. The luminescent QDs are used for copper(II) ion detection due to their highly sensitive and selective fluorescence quenching response to Cu(2+). The concentration dependence of the quenching effect can be best described by the typical Stern-Volmer equation in a linearly proportional concentration of Cu(2+) ranging from 10 nM to 7.5 μM with a detection limit of 5 nM. As confirmed by various characterization results, a possible quenching mechanism is given: Cu(2+) ions are first reduced to Cu(+) by the dBSA shell and then chemical displacement between Cu(+) and Cd(2+) is performed at the surface of the ultrasmall metallic core to impact the fluorescence performance.

  12. Swift heavy ion irradiation effect on Cu-doped CdS nanocrystals embedded in PMMA

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    Shweta Agrawal; Subodh Srivastava; Sumit Kumar; S S Sharma; B Tripathi; M Singh; Y K Vijay

    2009-12-01

    Semiconductor nanocrystals (NCs) have received much interest for their optical and electronic properties. When these NCs dispersed in polymer matrix, brightness of the light emission is enhanced due to their quantum dot size. The CdCuS NCs have been synthesized by chemical route method and then dispersed in PMMA matrix. These nanocomposite polymer films were irradiated by swift heavy ion (SHI) (100 MeV, Si+7 ions beam) at different fluences of 1 × 1010 and 1 × 1012 ions/cm2 and then compared their structural and optical properties by XRD, atomic force microscopy, photoluminescence, and UV-Vis spectroscopy before and after irradiation. The XRD spectra showed a broad hump around 2 ≈ 11.83° due to amorphous PMMA and other peaks corresponding to hexagonal structure of CdS nanocrystals in PMMA matrix. The photoluminescence spectra shows a broad peak at 530 nm corresponding to green emission due to Cu impurities in CdS. The UV-Vis measurement showed red shift in optical absorption and bandgap changed from 4.38–3.60 eV as the irradiation fluency increased with respect to pristine CdCuS nanocomposite polymer film.

  13. Electrical conductivity and microstructure by Rietveld refinement of doped Cu-Ni powder alloys

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    Fambrini, A.S.; Monteiro, W.A.; Orrego, R.M.M.; Marques, I.M.; Carrio, Juan A.G., E-mail: jgcarrio@mackenzie.br, E-mail: iara_m_@hotmail.com [Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie (UPM/CCH), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil). Centro de Ciencias e Humanidades. Dept. de Fisica

    2009-07-01

    This work presents a comparative study of microstructural and electrical properties of polycrystalline material from two different Cu-Ni alloys: Cu-Ni-Pt and Cu-Ni-Al. The first one of them was produced in electric furnace with voltaic arc and the other was produced by powder metallurgy. The microstructure of the samples was studied by optical microscopy, Vickers micro hardness and x rays powder diffraction. Their electrical conductivity was measured with a milliohmmeter Agilent (HP) 4338B. Refinements of the crystalline structure of the samples were performed by the Rietveld method, using the refinement program GSAS. The refinement results and Fourier differences calculations indicate that the copper matrix structure presents not significant distortions by the used amounts of the other metal atoms. In both cases a sequence of thermo mechanical treatments was developed with the intention of increasing the hardness maintaining the electrical conductivity of the alloys. The refinements also allowed a study of the dependence of the micro-structure and the thermo mechanical treatments of the samples. (author)

  14. A comparative study of pure and copper (Cu)-doped ZnO nanorods for antibacterial and photocatalytic applications with their mechanism of action

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    Bhuyan, Tamanna; Khanuja, Manika; Sharma, R.; Patel, S.; Reddy, M. R.; Anand, S.; Varma, A.

    2015-07-01

    The present study reports the synthesis of pure and Cu-doped ZnO nanorods for antibacterial and photocatalytic applications. The samples were synthesized by simple, low cost mechanical-assisted thermal decomposition process. The synthesized materials were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, UV-Visible spectroscopy, and photoluminescence studies. The antibacterial activity of characterized samples was determined against Gram-positive bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus pyogenes and Gram-negative bacteria such as Escherichia coli using shake flask method with respect to time. The significant antibacterial activity was perceived from scanning electron micrographs that clearly revealed bacterial cell lysis resulting in the release of cytoplasmic content followed by cell death. The degradation of methylene blue was used as a model organic dye for photocatalytic activity. The present study demonstrates the superior photocatalytic and antibacterial activity of Cu-doped ZnO nanorods with respect to pure ZnO nanorods.

  15. All-optical ultrafast logic gates based on saturable to reverse saturable absorption transition in CuPc-doped PMMA thin films

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    Roy, Sukhdev; Yadav, Chandresh

    2011-09-01

    A detailed theoretical analysis of femtosecond transition from saturable (SA) to reverse saturable absorption (RSA) has been carried out in Copper-Phthalocyanine (CuPc)-doped polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) thin films. The transition due to fifth-order effect of excited-state absorption induced two-photon process has been optimized with respect to intensity, concentration and nonlinear coefficients to design various all-optical logic gates, namely, OR and AND at lower intensities (SA region), XOR at the transition intensity, and the universal NAND and NOR at higher intensities (RSA region). The advantages of ultrafast operation, simplicity, tunability, high contrast, stability of CuPc-doped PMMA thin film, and the possibility to control and realize various logic operations in the same film at the same wavelength by only controlling the pulse intensity, instead of a pump-probe configuration, make them attractive for practical implementation.

  16. A comparative study of pure and copper (Cu)-doped ZnO nanorods for antibacterial and photocatalytic applications with their mechanism of action

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    Bhuyan, Tamanna [Amity University, Uttar Pradesh, Amity Institute of Microbial Technology (India); Khanuja, Manika, E-mail: manikakhanuja@gmail.com; Sharma, R.; Patel, S.; Reddy, M. R.; Anand, S. [Amity University, Uttar Pradesh, Amity Institute of Nanotechnology (India); Varma, A. [Amity University, Uttar Pradesh, Amity Institute of Microbial Technology (India)

    2015-07-15

    The present study reports the synthesis of pure and Cu-doped ZnO nanorods for antibacterial and photocatalytic applications. The samples were synthesized by simple, low cost mechanical-assisted thermal decomposition process. The synthesized materials were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, UV–Visible spectroscopy, and photoluminescence studies. The antibacterial activity of characterized samples was determined against Gram-positive bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus pyogenes and Gram-negative bacteria such as Escherichia coli using shake flask method with respect to time. The significant antibacterial activity was perceived from scanning electron micrographs that clearly revealed bacterial cell lysis resulting in the release of cytoplasmic content followed by cell death. The degradation of methylene blue was used as a model organic dye for photocatalytic activity. The present study demonstrates the superior photocatalytic and antibacterial activity of Cu-doped ZnO nanorods with respect to pure ZnO nanorods.

  17. N掺杂Cu_2O薄膜的光学性质及第一性原理分析%Optical properties of N-doped Cu_2O films and relevant analysis with first-principles calculations

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    濮春英; 李洪婧; 唐鑫; 张庆瑜

    2012-01-01

    N-doped Cu_2O films are deposited at different temperatures by sputtering a CuO target in the mixture of Ar and N2.By the analysis of transmission spectra,it is found that the N-doped Cu_2O films are changed into a direct allowed band-gap semiconductor and the optical band gap energy is enlarged to 2.52±0.03 eV for the films deposited at different temperatures.The first-principles calculations indicate that the energy band gap increase by 25%,which is in good agreement with the experimental result.The change from a direct forbidden band-gap transition to a direct allowed band-gap transition can be attributed to the occupation of 2p electrons of N at the top of valence band in the N-doped Cu_2O film.%采用射频磁控溅射技术,在不同温度下制备了N掺杂Cu_2O薄膜.透射光谱分析发现,N掺杂导致Cu_2O成为允许的带隙直接跃迁半导体,并使Cu_2O的光学禁带宽度增加.不同温度下沉积的薄膜光学禁带宽度E_g=2.52±0.03 eV.第一性原理计算表明,N掺杂导致Cu_2O的禁带宽度增加了约25%,主要与价带顶下移和导带底上移有关,与实验报道基本符合.N的2p电子态分布不同于O原子,在价带顶附近具有较大的态密度是N掺杂Cu_2O变成允许的带隙直接跃迁半导体的根本原因.

  18. Effect of Zn addition on non-resonant third-order optical nonlinearity of the Cu-doped germano-silicate optical glass fiber.

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    Ju, Seongmin; Watekar, Pramod R; Jeong, Seongmook; Kim, Youngwoong; Han, Won-Taek

    2012-01-01

    Cu/Zn-codoped germano-silicate optical glass fiber was manufactured by using the modified chemical vapor deposition (MCVD) process and solution doping process. To investigate the reduction effect of Zn addition on Cu metal formation in the core of the Cu/Zn-codoped germano-silicate optical glass fiber, the optical absorption property and the non-resonant third-order optical nonlinearity were measured. Absorption peaks at 435 nm and 469 nm in the Cu/Zn-codoped germano-silicate optical glass fiber were contributed to Cu metal particles and ZnO semiconductor particles, respectively. The effective non-resonant optical nonlinearity, gamma, of the Cu/Zn-codoped germano-silicate optical glass fiber was measured to be 1.5097 W(-1) x km(-1) by using the continuous-wave self-phase modulation method. The gamma of the Cu/Zn-codoped germano-silicate optical glass fiber was about four times larger than that of the reference germano-silicate optical glass fiber without any dopants. The increase of the effective non-resonant optical nonlinearity, gamma, of the Cu/Zn-codoped germano-silicate optical glass fiber, can be attributed to the enhanced nonlinear polarization due to incorporated ZnO semiconductor particles and Cu metal ions in the glass network. The Cu/Zn-codoped germano-silicate optical glass fiber showed high nonlinearity and low transmission loss at the optical communication wavelength, which makes it suitable for high-speed-high-capacity optical communication systems.

  19. MgCl{sub 2} doped Cu{sub x}Zn{sub 1-x}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} ferrite humidity sensors

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    Bagum, Nishat; Bhuiyan, A.H. [Department of Physics, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), Dhaka 1000 (Bangladesh); Gafur, M.A. [PPDC, BCSIR, Dhaka 1205 (Bangladesh); Saha, D.K. [Materials Science Division, Atomic Energy Centre, Dhaka, BAEC (Bangladesh)

    2010-04-15

    The microstructure and humidity sensitivity of Cu{sub x}Zn{sub 1-x}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} ferrites (where x varies from 0 to 1 mol% in steps of 0.2) doped with 0.05 and 0.1 wt% of magnesium chloride (MgCl{sub 2}) prepared by standard ceramic route have been studied. X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis indicates the formation of ferrite. Infrared (IR) transmission spectra show the presence of chlorine band, octahedral and tetrahedral group complexes. Scanning electron micrographs reveal the presence of granulation and pores, which play an important role in determining the humidity sensitivity. Microhardness, bulk density, porosity and water absorption properties were studied. It was found that the humidity sensitivity depends on composition and porosity. Dependence of electrical resistivity on composition, temperature and humidity was also investigated. Electrical resistivity decreases with the increase of temperature, humidity and molar weight of copper oxide (CuO) content. The resistivity of the 0.05 wt% MgCl{sub 2} doped Cu{sub x}Zn{sub 1-x}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} ferrite is more dependent on humidity. The resistance-humidity characteristics was examined. The good results concerning humidity sensitivity were obtained for 0.05 wt% MgCl{sub 2} doped ferrites except CuFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} ferrite doped with 0.05 and 0.1 wt% MgCl{sub 2}. (Abstract Copyright [2010], Wiley Periodicals, Inc.)

  20. Ag掺杂Cu2O薄膜的制备及光催化性能研究%The Preparation and Photocatalytic Performance of Ag-Doped Cu2 O film

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    刘一鸣; 温婧; 王红霞

    2015-01-01

    Ag‐doped Cu2 O thin films were prepared by magnetron sputtering method .X‐ray diffractometry (XRD) ,scanning electron microscopy (SEM ) ,X‐ray photoelectric spectroscopy (XPS) and fluorescence spectrometry (FLO) were used to charactevize the crystal structure ,sur‐face morphology and properties ,and catalytic performance of the films .Studies show that Ag‐doped Cu2O films had higher catalytic activity than pure Cu2O films ,which is attributed to the de‐crease of particle size ,the increase in surface roughness ,and the decreased recombination of light‐induced electrons and holes by Ag‐doping .%通过磁控溅射方法制备了Ag掺杂Cu2 O纳米薄膜。用X射线衍射仪(XRD)、扫描电子显微镜(SEM )、X射线光电能谱(XPS)和荧光光谱仪(FLO)对薄膜的晶体结构、表面形貌、表面性能和光催化性能进行了分析。研究表明,Ag的掺杂使得Cu2 O薄膜表面粗糙度增加、光生电子和空穴的复合率降低,并且可见光催化活性明显提高;在光照120 min后,降解率达到了50%以上;Ag掺杂也了改进了薄膜的稳定性和可重复性。

  1. Effect and Properties of Surface-Modified Copper Doped ZnO Nanoparticles (Cu:ZnO NPs on Killing Curves of Bacterial Pathogens

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    Enayatollah Kalantar

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available Background: The current study aimed to determine the effect and properties of surface-modified copper doped Cu:ZnO NPs on killing curves of bacterial pathogens.Methods:  Preparation  of  in  situ  surface-modified  copper  doped  ZnOnanoparticles (Cu:ZnO NPs was done according to standard procedure.Assay for antimicrobial activity of Cu:ZnO NPs against bacterial pathogens was carried out based on disc diffusion method. Determination of shelf life, thermal and pH stability of antibacterial activity of Cu:ZnO NPs was done and residual activity was determined against the target cultures.Results: FTIR spectra indicate that the nanomaterials synthesized have higher peak intensity compared with reagent grade ZnO. According to the SEM image the nanoparticles synthesized have different size and heterogeneous morphology.  400  ppm  of  Cu:ZnO  NPs  gave  zones  of  inhibition  with diameters of 9.0 – 16 mm against the target cultures. Amongst the target cultures, Escherchia coli was the most sensitive to the Cu:ZnO NPs inhibition zone diameter 16 mm; whereas, 9 mm wide inhibition zone was obtained against  Staphylococcus  aureus. The  Cu:ZnO  NPs  was  fairly stable  for a period of 60 days at room temperature (RT showing lost of only 20% and30%     antibacterial  activity  as  tested  against  E.  coli  and  S.  aureus, respectively. The Cu:ZnO NPs was quite stable at this pH and temperaturerange tested against both E. coli and S. aureus.Conclusion: Surface-modified copper doped Cu:ZnO NPs have significant potential for their usefulness as antibacterial agents.

  2. Unusual Magnetic Susceptibility Anisotropy in Untwinned La{sub 2{minus}x}Sr{sub x}CuO{sub 4} Single Crystals in the Lightly Doped Region

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    Lavrov, A. N.; Ando, Yoichi; Komiya, Seiki; Tsukada, I.

    2001-07-02

    We present a study of the magnetic susceptibility {chi} in carefully detwinned La{sub 2{minus}x}Sr {sub x}CuO{sub 4} single crystals in the lightly doped region (x=0{endash}0.03) , which demonstrates a remarkable in-plane anisotropy of the spin system. This anisotropy, {chi}{sub a}/{chi}{sub b} , is found to persist after the long-range antiferromagnetic (AF) order is destroyed by hole doping, suggesting that doped holes break the AF order into domains in which the spin alignment is kept essentially intact. It turns out that the freezing of the spins taking place at low temperatures is also notably anisotropic, implying that the {open_quotes}spin-glass{close_quotes} feature is governed by the domain structure as well.

  3. Unusual Magnetic Susceptibility Anisotropy in Untwinned La{sub 2-x}Sr{sub x}CuO{sub 4} Single Crystals in the Lightly Doped Region

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    Lavrov, A. N.; Ando, Yoichi; Komiya, Seiki; Tsukada, I.

    2001-07-02

    We present a study of the magnetic susceptibility {chi} in carefully detwinned La{sub 2-x}Sr {sub x}CuO{sub 4} single crystals in the lightly doped region (x=0--0.03) , which demonstrates a remarkable in-plane anisotropy of the spin system. This anisotropy, {chi}{sub a}/{chi}{sub b} , is found to persist after the long-range antiferromagnetic (AF) order is destroyed by hole doping, suggesting that doped holes break the AF order into domains in which the spin alignment is kept essentially intact. It turns out that the freezing of the spins taking place at low temperatures is also notably anisotropic, implying that the ''spin-glass'' feature is governed by the domain structure as well.

  4. Effects of Cu doping on the electronic structure and magnetic properties of MnCo2O4 nanostructures

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    Pramanik, Prativa; Thota, Subhash; Singh, Sobhit; Joshi, Deep Chandra; Weise, Bruno; Waske, Anja; Seehra, M. S.

    2017-10-01

    Reported here are the results and their analysis from our detailed investigations of the effects of Cu doping (x ≤slant 0.2 ) on the electronic structure and magnetic properties of the spinel MnCo2 O4. A detailed comparison is given for the x = 0 and x = 0.2 cases for both the bulk-like samples and nanoparticles. The electronic structure determined from x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and Rietveld analysis of x-ray diffraction patterns shows the structure to be: (Co3+ )A [Mn3+ Co2+(1-x) Cu2+x ]B O4 i.e. Cu2+ substitutes for Co2+ on the octahedral B-sites. For the bulk samples, the ferrimagnetic T_C= 184 K for x = 0 is lowered to TC = 167 K for the x = 0.2 sample, this decrease being due to the effect of Cu doping. For the nanosize x = 0 (x = 0.2 ) sample, the lower TC = 165 K (TC = 155 K) is observed using \\partial (χdcT)/\\partial T analysis, this lowering being due to finite size effects. For T > TC , fits of dc paramagnetic susceptibility data of χ-1 versus T in nanosize samples to the Néel expression are used to determine the exchange interactions between the A and B sites with exchange constants: JAA / kB ∼ 8.4 K (4.1 K), JBB/kB ∼21.2 K (16.3 K) and JAB / kB ∼ 13.9 K (13.8 K) for x = 0 (0.2) . The temperature dependence of ac susceptibilities χ\\prime(T) and χ\\prime\\prime(T) at different frequencies shows that in bulk samples of x = 0 and x=0.2 , the transition at T C is the normal second order transition. But for the nanosize x = 0 and 0.2 samples, analysis of the ac susceptibilities shows that the ferrimagnetic transition at T C is followed by a re-entrant spin-glass transition at lower temperatures T_SG ∼ 162 K (138 K) for x = 0 (x = 0.20 ). Analysis of the ac susceptibilities, χ\\prime(T) and χ\\prime\\prime(T) , versus T data is done in terms of two scaling laws: (i) Vogel–Fulcher law [τ = τo \\exp(Ea/(kB(T-To)))] ; and (ii) power law of critical slowing-down τ / τo = [(TP/TSG)-1]-zν . These fits confirm the existence

  5. Synthesis and characterization of cluster of grapes like pure and Zinc-doped CuO nanoparticles by sol-gel method

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    Jayaprakash, J.; Srinivasan, N.; Chandrasekaran, P.; Girija, E. K.

    2015-02-01

    Pure CuO and Zn-doped CuO nanoparticles were synthesized from sol-gel process by reacting copper acetate monohydrate with a urea in distilled water at 80 °C. The synthesized Samples were different concentrations but same annealing temperature at 400 °C. The obtained samples were characterized by means of UV-visible spectroscopy (UV-vis), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform-infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), Field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) and Energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS). UV-visible technique used to measure the band gap of the synthesized samples. The XRD spectra of the synthesized samples confirmed the CuO nanoparticles with monoclinic structure. All the functional groups of the pure and doped synthesized samples were investigated by FT-IR analysis. The morphological and elemental estimation of the pure and Zn-doped synthesized samples were examined by FE-SEM with EDS.

  6. First-principles study on lattice instabilities and structural phase transitions in Ba doped La{sub 2}CuO{sub 4}

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    Tavana, Ali, E-mail: tavana@uma.ac.ir [Chair of Atomistic Modelling and Design of Materials, Montanuniversität Leoben, Franz-Josef-Straße 18, A-8700 Leoben (Austria); Advanced Materials Design and Simulation Lab., Department of Physics, University of Mohaghegh Ardabili, Ardabil (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Akhavan, Mohammad [Magnet Research Laboratory (MRL), Department of Physics, Sharif University of Technology, P.O. Box 11365-9161, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Draxl, Claudia [Chair of Atomistic Modelling and Design of Materials, Montanuniversität Leoben, Franz-Josef-Straße 18, A-8700 Leoben (Austria); Physics Department and IRIS Adlershof, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Zum Großen Windkanal 6, D-12489 Berlin (Germany)

    2015-10-15

    Highlights: • Investigating the lattice instability by obtaining the phonon dispersion in whole Brillouin zone from first-principles. • Describing the structural phase transitions by doping and pressure, based on soft phonon modes. • Showing that the “x = 1/8 puzzle” may be answered without invoking strong correlations. - Abstract: We present linear-response density-functional theory calculations for the high-T{sub c} superconductor La{sub 2−x}Ba{sub x}CuO{sub 4} to study the doping dependence of phonon dispersion. Using the virtual crystal approximation, the doping range up to x = 0.20 is investigated. We find unstable phonon modes that soften around high-symmetry points of the Brillouin zone. These branches are analyzed as a function of doping and pressure. The structural distortions related to these phonons are in accordance with the observed phase transitions from the high-temperature tetragonal (HTT) phase to the low-temperature orthorhombic (LTO) and the low-temperature tetragonal (LTT) phases. The calculated tilting angles of the CuO{sub 6} octahedra corresponding to these phases are in good agreement with experiment. Our findings confirm that strong electron correlations have only minor impact on the structural properties of high-T{sub c} cuprates.

  7. Electron Spin-Lattice Relaxation of doped Yb3+ ions in YBa2Cu3Ox

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    2005-01-01

    The electron spin-lattice relaxation (SLR) times T1 of Yb3+‡ ions were measured from the temperature dependence of electron spin resonance linewidth in Y0.99Yb0.01Ba2Cu3Ox with different oxygen contents. Raman relaxation processes dominate the electron SLR. Derived from the temperature dependence of the SLR rate, the Debye temperature (Td) increases with the critical temperature Tc and oxygen content x. Keywords: EPR; ESR; Electron spin-lattice relaxation; Debye temperature; Critical tem...

  8. Biaxially Oriented CdSe Nanorod

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    Breiby, Dag W.; Chin, Patrick T.K.; Andreasen, Jens Wenzel

    2009-01-01

    The shape, structure, and orientation of rubbing-aligned cadmium selenide (CdSe) nanorods on polymer coated glass substrates have been studied using transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and grazing incidence X-ray scattering combined with computer simulations. The nanorods are found to be of wu...

  9. Charge superstructures in Zn-doped La2-xSrxCuO4

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    Lee, J. C.; Rusydi, A.; Smadici, S.; Wang, S.; Abbamonte, P.; Enoki, M.; Fujita, M.; Ruebhausen, M.; Yamada, K.

    2008-03-01

    We have observed valence band charge order in both twinned and untwinned samples of La1.95Sr0.05Cu0.95Zn0.05O4 with resonant soft x-ray scattering. In the untwinned sample the order was observed to be mainly electronic and centered at the (0,0.084,2)o position in reciprocal space, indicating diagonal charge order with period 12 ao, where ao is the orthorhombic lattice parameter. This order has approximately half the wavelength of the magnetic order previsouly observed with neutron scattering* in this system, suggesting a stripe interpretation. Preliminary measurements on a twinned sample revealed four satellites at (0,K,2)o, where K takes on integer multiples of the value 0.011. Relationships between these effects and the crystal structure of La1.95Sr0.05Cu0.95Zn0.05O4 will be discussed. *M. Matsuda, et. al., Phys. Rev. B 73, 140503(R) (2006)

  10. Charge compensation and magnetic properties in Sr and Cu doped La-Fe perovskites

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    de Julián Fernández C.

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Orthorhombic lanthanum orthoferrites La0.8Sr0.2Fe1-yCuyO3-w (y = 0 and 0.10 have been studied using X-rays and neutron powder diffraction (XRPD and NPD, magnetization measurements and 57Fe Mössbauer spectroscopy. Rietveld refinements on XRPD and NPD data show that they adopt an orthorhombic ABO3 perovskite symmetry with La/Sr and Fe/Cu atoms randomly distributed on crystal A and B sites, respectively. The magnetic structure at room temperature is antiferromagnetic, with the Fe/Cu magnetic moments aligned along the a axis. Magnetization curves versus temperature show that the compounds exhibit an overall antiferromagnetic and a weak ferromagnetic behaviour in the range 5-298 K. 57Fe Mössbauer spectroscopy measurements indicate that Fe3+ and Fe5+ ions coexist in both compounds, and the relative percentage of Fe5+ is almost the same at 77 and 170 K, rejecting a charge disproportion mechanism.

  11. Optical characterization of Cu2+ ion-doped zinc lead borate glasses

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    Thulasiramudu, A.; Buddhudu, S.

    2006-01-01

    We have developed a new series of zinc lead borate (ZLB) glasses by varying ZnO content, to enhance UV transmission, in the chemical composition of xZnO 15PbO (85-x)B2O3, where x=0, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40 and 45 mol% ZnO. From the measurement of UV absorption spectra both the direct and indirect band gaps have been evaluated. Also different physical properties of a reference glass of 45ZnO 15PbO 40B2O3 have been studied. From the measurement of refractive indices at six different wavelengths, Cauchy's constants (A=1.578743209; B=131832.33nm and C=-0.77756×10nm) have been computed and a satisfactory correlation has been achieved between the theoretical and the experimental results. Absorption spectra of Cu2+(45-x)ZnO 15PbO 40B2O3 (where x=0.1, 0.2, 0.5 and 1.0 mol%) have shown two absorption bands at 428 nm (2B1g→2Eg) and 777 nm (2B1g→2B2g). Emission spectra of (1.0 mol%) Cu2+:ZLB have revealed two emission transitions at 400 and 493 nm with excitations at 288 and 316 nm.

  12. Formation of the 110-K superconducting phase in Pb-doped Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O thin films

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    Kula, W.; Sobolewski, R.; Gorecka, J.; Lewandowski, S.J. (Instytut Fizyki, Polska Akademia Nauk, Al. Lotnikow 32/46, PL-02668 Warszawa (Poland))

    1991-09-15

    Investigation of the 110-K Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}Ca{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub {ital x}} phase formation in superconducting thin films of Bi-based cuprates is reported. The films were dc magnetron sputtered from single Bi(Pb)-Sr-Ca-Cu-O targets of various stoichiometries, and subsequently annealed in air at high temperatures. The influence of the initial Pb content, annealing conditions, as well as the substrate material on the growth of the 110-K phase was investigated. We found that the films, fully superconducting above 100 K could be reproducibly fabricated on various dielectric substrates from Pb-rich targets by optimizing annealing conditions for each initial Pb/Bi ratio. Heavy Pb doping considerably accelerated formation of the 110-K phase, reducing the film annealing time to less than 1 h. Films containing, according to the x-ray measurement, more than 90% of the 110-K phase were obtained on MgO substrates, after sputtering from the Bi{sub 2}Pb{sub 2.5}Sr{sub 2}Ca{sub 2.15}Cu{sub 3.3}O{sub {ital x}} target and annealing in air for 1 h at 870 {degree}C. The films were {ital c}-axis oriented, with 4.5-K-wide superconducting transition, and zero resistivity at 106 K. Their critical current density was 2 {times} 10{sup 2} A/cm{sup 2} at 90 K, and above 10{sup 4} A/cm{sup 2} below 60 K. The growth of the 110-K phase on epitaxial substrates, such as CaNdAlO{sub 4} and SrTiO{sub 3}, was considerably deteriorated, and the presence of the 80- and 10-K phases was detected. Nevertheless, the best films deposited on these substrates were fully superconducting at 104 K and exhibited critical current densities above 2 {times} 10{sup 5} A/cm{sup 2} below 60 K{minus}one order of magnitude greater than the films deposited on MgO.

  13. Improved performance of dye sensitized solar cells using Cu-doped TiO2 as photoanode materials: Band edge movement study by spectroelectrochemistry

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    Zhou, Li; Wei, Liguo; Yang, Yulin; Xia, Xue; Wang, Ping; Yu, Jia; Luan, Tianzhu

    2016-08-01

    Cu-doped TiO2 nanoparticles are prepared and used as semiconductor materials of photoanode to improve the performance of dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). UV-Vis spectroscopy and variable temperature spectroelectrochemistry study are used to characterize the influence of copper dopant with different concentrations on the band gap energies of TiO2 nanoparticles. The prepared Cu-doped TiO2 semiconductor has avoided the formation of CuO during hydrothermal process and lowered the conduction band position of TiO2, which contribute to increase the short circuit current density of DSSCs. At the optimum Cu concentration of 1.0 at.%, the short circuit current density increased from 12.54 to 14.98 mA cm-2, full sun solar power conversion efficiencies increased from 5.58% up to 6.71% as compared to the blank DSSC. This showed that the presence of copper in DSSCs leads to improvements of up to 20% in the conversion efficiency of DSSCs.

  14. Defect properties of Sb- and Bi-doped CuInSe{sub 2}: The effect of the deep lone-pair s states

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    Park, Ji-Sang; Yang, Ji-Hui; Ramanathan, Kannan; Wei, Su-Huai, E-mail: Suhuai.Wei@nrel.gov [National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, Colorado 80401 (United States)

    2014-12-15

    Bi or Sb doping has been used to make better material properties of polycrystalline Cu{sub 2}(In,Ga)Se{sub 2} as solar cell absorbers, including the experimentally observed improved electrical properties. However, the mechanism is still not clear. Using first-principles method, we investigate the stability and electronic structure of Bi- and Sb-related defects in CuInSe{sub 2} and study their effects on the doping efficiency. Contrary to previous thinking that Bi or Sb substituted on the anion site, we find that under anion-rich conditions, the impurities can substitute on cation sites and are isovalent to In because of the formation of the impurity lone pair s states. When the impurities substitute for Cu, the defects act as shallow double donors and help remove the deep In{sub Cu} level, thus resulting in the improved carrier life time. On the other hand, under anion-poor conditions, impurities at the Se site create amphoteric deep levels that are detrimental to the device performance.

  15. Effect of Ar ion irradiation on the room temperature ferromagnetism of undoped and Cu-doped rutile TiO2 single crystals

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    Xu, Nan-Nan; Li, Gong-Ping; Lin, Qiao-Lu; Liu, Huan; Bao, Liang-Man

    2016-11-01

    Remarkable room-temperature ferromagnetism was observed both in undoped and Cu-doped rutile TiO2 single crystals (SCs). To tune their magnetism, Ar ion irradiation was quantitatively performed on the two crystals in which the saturation magnetizations for the samples were enhanced distinctively. The post-irradiation led to a spongelike layer in the near surface of the Cu-doped TiO2. Meanwhile, a new CuO-like species present in the sample was found to be dissolved after the post-irradiation. Analyzing the magnetization data unambiguously reveals that the experimentally observed ferromagnetism is related to the intrinsic defects rather than the exotic Cu ions, while these ions are directly involved in boosting the absorption in the visible region. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 11575074), the Open Project of State Key laboratory of Crystal Material, Shandong University, China (Grant No. KF1311), the Open Project of Key Laboratory for Magnetism and Magnetic Materials of the Ministry of Education, Lanzhou University, China (Grant No. LZUMMM2012003), the Open Project of Key Laboratory of Beam Technology and Material Modification of Ministry of Education, Beijing Normal University, China (Grant No. 201204), and the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities, China (Grant No. lzujbky-2015-240).

  16. Dielectric and Electrical Transport Properties of the Fe~(3+)-doped CaCu_3Ti_4O_(12)%Dielectric and Electrical Transport Properties of the Fe~(3+)-doped CaCu_3Ti_4O_(12)

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    Zhi Yang; Yue Zhang; Guang You; Kun Zhang; Rui Xiong; Jing Shi

    2012-01-01

    CaCu(3-x)FexTi4O(12)(x=0, 0.015, 0.03, 0.045, 0.06) ceramics were synthesized by sol-gel method. The electrical conduction and dielectric measurements show that the doping of a very small amount of Fe(3+) ions greatly reduces the low-frequency dielectric constants and leakage, and enhances grain resistivity. For the doped samples, the appearance of the strong low-frequency peaks in the spectra of dielectric loss confirms that the doping of Fe(3+) ions induces the contact-electrode effect on ceramic surface. These great changes of electrical properties may originate from the reduced amount of oxygen vacancies by doping Fe(3+)

  17. A novel CuO-N-doped graphene nanocomposite-based hybrid electrode for the electrochemical detection of glucose

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    Felix, Sathiyanathan; Kollu, Pratap; Jeong, Soon Kwan; Grace, Andrews Nirmala

    2017-10-01

    We report a catalyst of N-doped graphene CuO nanocomposite, for the non-enzymatic electrocatalytic oxidation of glucose. The hybrid nanocomposite was synthesized by copper sulfate, cetyl ammonium bromide and graphite as starting materials. The synthesized composites were characterized with the techniques like X-ray diffraction, field emission scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscope to study the crystalline phase and morphological structure. Based on this composite, a non-enzymatic glucose sensor was constructed. Cyclic voltammetry and chronoamperometry methods were done to investigate the electrocatalytic properties of glucose in alkaline medium. For glucose detection, the fabricated sensor showed a linear response over a wide range of concentration from 3 to 1000 µM, with sensitivity of 2365.7 µA mM-1 cm-2 and a fast response time of 5 s. The designed sensor exhibited negligible current response to the normal concentration of common interferents in the presence of glucose. All these favorable advantages of the fabricated glucose sensor suggest that it may have good potential application in biological samples, food and other related areas.

  18. Effects of improved process for CuO-doped NKN lead-free ceramics on high-power piezoelectric transformers.

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    Yang, Song-Ling; Tsai, Cheng-Che; Liou, Yi-Cheng; Hong, Cheng-Shong; Li, Bing-Jing; Chu, Sheng-Yuan

    2011-12-01

    In this paper, the effects of the electrical proper- ties of CuO-doped (Na(0.5)K(0.5))NbO(3) (NKN) ceramics prepared separately using the B-site oxide precursor method (BO method) and conventional mixed-oxide method (MO method) on high-power piezoelectric transformers (PTs) were investigated. The performances of PTs made with these two substrates were compared. Experimental results showed that the output power and temperature stability of PTs could be enhanced because of the lower resonant impedance of the ceramics prepared using the BO method. In addition, the output power of PTs was more affected by the resonant impedance than by the mechanical quality factor (Q(m)) of the ceramics. The PTs fabricated with ceramics prepared using the BO method showed a high efficiency of more than 94% and a maximum output power of 8.98 W (power density: 18.3 W/cm(3)) with temperature increase of 3°C under the optimum load resistance (5 kΩ) and an input voltage of 150 V(pp). This output power of the lead-free disk-type PTs is the best reported so far.

  19. Intra-unit-cell magnetic correlations near optimal doping in YBa2Cu3O6.85.

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    Mangin-Thro, L; Sidis, Y; Wildes, A; Bourges, P

    2015-07-03

    The pseudo-gap phenomenon in copper oxide superconductors is central to any description of these materials as it prefigures the superconducting state itself. A magnetic intra-unit-cell order was found to occur just at the pseudo-gap temperature in four cuprate high-Tc superconducting families. Here we present polarized neutron-scattering measurements of nearly optimally doped YBa2Cu3O6.85, carried out on two different spectrometers, that reveal several features. The intra-unit-cell order consists of finite-sized planar domains that are very weakly correlated along the c axis. At high temperature, only the out-of-plane magnetic components correlate, indicating a strong Ising anisotropy. An aditional in-plane response develops at low temperature, giving rise to an apparent tilt of the magnetic moment. The discovery of these two regimes puts stringent constraints, which are tightly bound to the pseudo-gap physics, on the intrinsic nature of intra-unit-cell order.

  20. Optical characterization of CdSe/Dy3+-doped silica matrices

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    P V Jyothy; P R Rejikumar; Thomas Vinoy; S Kartika; N V Unnikrishnan

    2010-11-01

    Cadmium selenide nanocrystals along with dysprosium ions are doped in silica matrices through sol–gel route. The optical bandgap and size of the CdSe nanocrystals are calculated from the absorption spectrum. The size of the CdSe nanocrystallites is also evaluated from the TEM measurements. The fluorescence intensities are compared for SiO2–Dy3+ and CdSe-doped SiO2–Dy3+. The fluorescence intensity of Dy3+ is considerably increased in the presence of CdSe nanocrystals.

  1. Characterizing the paramagnetic behavior of Cu{sup 2+} doped nickel(II) dipicolinato by using theoretical and experimental EPR and UV–vis studies

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    Yıldırım, İlkay [Department of Radiotherapy, Vocational School of Health Services, Biruni University, Topkapı, 34010 Istanbul (Turkey); Çelik, Yunus [Department of Physics, Faculty of Arts and Science, Ondokuz Mayıs University, Atakum, 55139 Samsun (Turkey); Karabulut, Bünyamin, E-mail: bbulut@omu.edu.tr [Department of Computer Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Ondokuz Mayıs University, Atakum, 55139 Samsun (Turkey)

    2016-02-15

    In this study, the paramagnetism in bis(hydrogeno pyridine-2,6-dicarboxylato) nickel(II) trihydrate, [Ni(Hdpc){sub 2}]·3H{sub 2}O, has been investigated after doping the sample with Cu{sup 2+} ions. The g and hyperfine parameters were obtained by electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) experiments performed at ambient temperature. The study shows that Cu{sup 2+} ion defects the structure and exists interstitially in the lattice having a distorted local environment. It also shows the existence of two magnetically inequivalent Cu{sup 2+} sites. Experimental values for both EPR and optical spectrum studies were verified by using the appropriate theoretical approaches.

  2. Energy-dependent crossover from anisotropic to isotropic magnetic dispersion in lightly-doped La1.96Sr0.04CuO4

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    Matsuda, Masaaki [ORNL; Granroth, Garrett E [ORNL; Fujita, M. [Tohoku University, Japan; Yamada, K. [Tohoku University, Japan; Tranquada, John M. [Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL)

    2013-01-01

    Inelastic neutron scattering experiments have been performed on lightly-doped La$_{1.96}$Sr$_{0.04}$CuO$_{4}$, which shows diagonal incommensurate spin correlations at low temperatures. We previously reported that this crystal, with a single orthorhombic domain, exhibits the ``hourglass" dispersion at low energies [Phys. Rev. Lett. 101, 197001 (2008)]. In this paper, we investigate in detail the energy evolution of the magnetic excitations up to 65 meV. It is found that the anisotropic excitations at low energies, dispersing only along the spin modulation direction, crossover to an isotropic, conical dispersion that resembles spin waves in the parent compound La$_2$CuO$_{4}$. The change from two-fold to full symmetry on crossing the waist of the hourglass reproduces behavior first identified in studies of underdoped YBa$_2$Cu$_3$O$_{6+x}$. We discuss the significance of these results.

  3. Terahertz conductivity in the under-doped Pb1-ySr2Y1-xCaxCu2+yO7+δ epitaxial film

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    Uzawa, Akira; Komori, Sachio; Kamei, Yuta; Kakeya, Itsuhiro

    2016-11-01

    We measured the complex conductivity at the frequencies from 0.2 THz to 1.0 THz in the under-doped Pb1-ySr2Y1-xCaxCu2+yO7+δ (Pb1212) epitaxial film with terahertz time-domain specteroscopy. By analyzing temperature and frequency dependence of the complex conductivity, we found that the superconducting fluctuation persists up to 12 K above Tc, onset. Compared with previous reports, the superconducting fluctuation in Pb1212 is observed shorter temperature range than Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ and La2-xSrxCuO4. This is ascribed to the lower anisotropy of Pb1212.

  4. Synthesis, structure and electrochemical properties of lanthanum manganese nanofibers doped with Sr and Cu

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    Cao, Yi; Lin, Baoping, E-mail: lbp@seu.edu.cn; Sun, Ying; Yang, Hong; Zhang, Xueqin

    2015-07-25

    Highlights: • La{sub x}Sr{sub 1−x}Cu{sub 0.1}Mn{sub 0.9}O{sub 3−δ} (0.3 ⩽ x ⩽ 1) (LNF-x) electrospinning nanofibers were firstly synthesized. • The LNF-0.5 possessed superior capacitive performance (464.5 F g{sup −1}) at Na{sub 2}SO{sub 4} electrolyte. • The maximum energy density of 64.5 W h kg{sup −1} are achieved at a power density of 2 kW kg{sup −1}. • This symmetric supercapacitor also shows an excellent cycling life. - Abstract: La{sub x}Sr{sub 1−x}Cu{sub 0.1}Mn{sub 0.9}O{sub 3−δ} (LNF-x) (0.1 ⩽ x ⩽ 1) nanofibers are prepared by electrospun method. The structure of LNF-x and the electrochemical properties of LNF-x in 1 M Na{sub 2}SO{sub 4} aqueous electrolyte are investigated. As a result, LNF-x nanofibers present a perovskite structure, and the LNF-0.5 sample exhibits the highest specific capacitance value of 464.5 F g{sup −1} at a current density of 2 A g{sup −1}. The maximum energy density of 64.5 W h kg{sup −1} are achieved at a power density of 2 kW kg{sup −1} for the symmetric supercapacitor prepared by La{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5}Cu{sub 0.1}Mn{sub 0.9}O{sub 3−δ} nanofibers. More importantly, this symmetric supercapacitor also shows an excellent cycling life after 2000 charging and discharging cycles. Those results offer a suitable design of electrode materials for high-performance supercapacitors.

  5. Investigation of the properties of carbon-base nanostructures doped YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7−δ} high temperature superconductor

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    Dadras, Sedigheh, E-mail: dadras@alzahra.ac.ir; Ghavamipour, Mahshid

    2016-03-01

    In this research, we have investigated the effects of three samples of carbon-base nanostructures (carbon nanoparticles, carbon nanotubes and silicon carbide nanoparticles) doping on the properties of Y{sub 1}Ba{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7−δ} (YBCO) high temperature superconductor. The pure and doped YBCO samples were synthesized by sol–gel method and characterized by resistivity versus temperature (ρ–T), current versus voltage (I–V), through X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscope (SEM) analysis. The results confirmed that for all the samples, the orthorhombic phase of YBCO compound is formed. We found that the pinning energy and critical current density of samples increase by adding carbon nanostructures to YBCO compound. Also critical temperature is improved by adding carbon nanotubes to YBCO compound, while it does not change much for carbon and silicon carbide nanoparticles doped compounds. Furthermore, the samples were characterized by UV–vis spectroscopy in 300 K and the band gap of the samples was determined. We found that the carbon nanotubes doping decreases YBCO band gap in normal state from 1.90 eV to 1.68 eV, while carbon and SiC nanoparticles doping increases it to 2.20 and 3.37 eV respectively.

  6. Thermoluminescence and radioluminescence properties of tissue equivalent Cu-doped Li{sub 2}B{sub 4}O{sub 7} for radiation dosimetry

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    Cruz Z, E.; Furetta, C. [UNAM, Instituto de Ciencias Nucleares, Apdo. Postal 70543, 04510 Mexico D. F. (Mexico); Marcazzo, J.; Santiago, M. [Instituto de Fisica Arroyo Seco / UNICEN, Gral. Pinto 399, 7000 Tandil, Buenos Aires (Argentina); Guarneros, C. [IPN, Centro de Investigacion en Ciencia Aplicada y Tecnologia Avanzada, Altamira Km 14.5, 896000 Altamira, Tamaulipas (Mexico); Pacio, M. [Benemerita Universidad Autonoma de Puebla, Instituto de Ciencias, Centro de Investigacion en Dispositivos Semiconductores, Av. 14 Sur, 72570 Puebla, Pue. (Mexico); Palomino, R., E-mail: ecruz@nucleares.unam.mx [Benemerita Universidad Autonoma de Puebla, Facultad de Ciencias Fisico-Matematicas, Av. San Claudio y 18 Sur, 72570 Puebla Pue. (Mexico)

    2015-10-15

    Thermoluminescence (Tl) and radioluminescence (Rl) properties of lithium tetraborate (Li{sub 2}B{sub 4}O{sub 7}) doped with different concentration of copper (0.25, 0.5, 1 wt %) under gamma and beta irradiation has been investigated. The feasibility of using this borate in radiation dosimetry at low doses has been evaluated. Tissue equivalent Li{sub 2}B{sub 4}O{sub 7} was prepared by solid state reaction using mixing stoichiometric compositions of lithium carbonate (Li{sub 2}CO{sub 3}) and boric acid (H{sub 3}BO{sub 3}) and a solution of CuCl{sub 2} as dopant. The glow curve, of the most efficient copper doped borate (Li{sub 2}B{sub 4}O{sub 7}:Cu 0.5 wt %), shows a main stable peak centered at 225 degrees C and a second low temperature peak centered at 80 degrees C. The low temperature peak disappears completely after 24 hours of storage in darkness and at room temperature or after an annealing at 120 degrees C for 10 seconds. The main peak of the Li{sub 2}B{sub 4}O{sub 7}:Cu remains constant. The Tl response of Li{sub 2}B{sub 4}O{sub 7}:Cu shows good linearity in the analyzed dose range. The stability and repeatability of Rl signals of the borate have been studied and the Li{sub 2}B{sub 4}O{sub 7}:Cu (0.5 wt %) shown the higher Rl emission and a stable and repetitive response. Results show that Li{sub 2}B{sub 4}O{sub 7}:Cu has prospects to be used in gamma and beta radiation dosimetry. (Author)

  7. Conduction band offset determination between strained CdSe and ZnSe layers using DLTS

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    Rangel-Kuoppa, Victor-Tapio

    2013-12-01

    The conduction band offset between strained CdSe layers embedded in unintentionally n-type doped ZnSe is measured and reported. Two samples, consisting of thirty Ultra Thin Quantum Wells (UTQWs) of CdSe embedded in ZnSe, grown by Atomic Layer Epitaxy, are used for this study. The thicknesses of the UTQWs are one and three monolayers (MLs) in each sample, respectively. As expected, the sample with one ML UTQWs does not show any energy level in the UTQWs due to the small thickness of the UTQWs, while the thickness of the sample with 3 ML UTQWs is large enough to form an energy level inside the UTQWs. This energy level appears as a majority trap with an activation energy of 223.58 ± 9.54 meV. This corresponds to UTQWs with barrier heights (the conduction band offset) between 742 meV and 784 meV. These values suggest that the band gap misfit between strained CdSe and ZnSe is around 70.5 to 74 % in the conduction band.

  8. Conduction band offset determination between strained CdSe and ZnSe layers using DLTS

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    Rangel-Kuoppa, Victor-Tapio [Institute of Semiconductor and Solid State Physics, Johannes Kepler Universität, A-4040 Linz (Austria)

    2013-12-04

    The conduction band offset between strained CdSe layers embedded in unintentionally n-type doped ZnSe is measured and reported. Two samples, consisting of thirty Ultra Thin Quantum Wells (UTQWs) of CdSe embedded in ZnSe, grown by Atomic Layer Epitaxy, are used for this study. The thicknesses of the UTQWs are one and three monolayers (MLs) in each sample, respectively. As expected, the sample with one ML UTQWs does not show any energy level in the UTQWs due to the small thickness of the UTQWs, while the thickness of the sample with 3 ML UTQWs is large enough to form an energy level inside the UTQWs. This energy level appears as a majority trap with an activation energy of 223.58 ± 9.54 meV. This corresponds to UTQWs with barrier heights (the conduction band offset) between 742 meV and 784 meV. These values suggest that the band gap misfit between strained CdSe and ZnSe is around 70.5 to 74 % in the conduction band.

  9. Dielectric properties of Zr doped CaCu{sub 3}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 12} synthesized by sol-gel route

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    Jesurani, S. [Department of Physics, Jeyaraj Annapackium College for Women, Periyakulam 625 601, Tamil Nadu (India); Center for Material Science and Nano Devices, Department of Physics, SRM University, Kattankulathur 603 203, Tamil Nadu (India); Kanagesan, S., E-mail: kanagu1980@gmail.com [Materials Synthesis and Characterization Laboratory (MSCL), Institute of Advanced Technology (ITMA), Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400 Serdang, Selangor (Malaysia); Hashim, M. [Materials Synthesis and Characterization Laboratory (MSCL), Institute of Advanced Technology (ITMA), Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400 Serdang, Selangor (Malaysia); Physics Department, Faculty of Science, Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400 Serdang, Selangor (Malaysia); Ismail, I. [Materials Synthesis and Characterization Laboratory (MSCL), Institute of Advanced Technology (ITMA), Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400 Serdang, Selangor (Malaysia)

    2013-02-25

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Zr doped CaCu{sub 3}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 12} samples have been synthesized using sol-gel process. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The particle size of the powder ranges from 47 to 85 nm. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Less sintering at 1040 Degree-Sign C results in high density and high dielectric constant. - Abstract: Zr substituted CaCu{sub 3}Ti{sub 4-x}Zr{sub x}O{sub 12} (CCTZO) with x = 0.00, 0.02, 0.10, 0.20 and 0.50 mol% were prepared by sol-gel route from the metal nitrate solutions, Titanium isoproxide, and zirconium oxy chloride. XRD analysis confirmed the formation of a single phase material in the samples calcinated at 800 Degree-Sign C for 3 h. The crystal structure did not change on doping with zirconium and it remained cubic in all the four studied compositions. The permittivity and dielectric loss of 0.1 mol% Zr doped CaCu{sub 3}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 12} were improved for K Almost-Equal-To 6020 and tan {delta} Almost-Equal-To 0.52 at 1 kHz after the sample had been sintered at 1040 Degree-Sign C for 4 h. AFM studies showed that the particle size of the CCTZO powder ranged from 47 to 85 nm. FE-SEM micrographs of the CaCu{sub 3}Ti{sub 4-x}Zr{sub x}O{sub 12} samples showed that the grain size was in the range of 250 nm to 5 {mu}m for these samples. EDX studies showed the presence of calcium, copper, titanium, oxygen and zirconium. Remarkably, the dielectric constant increased and dielectric loss had lower values compared to the undoped CCTO.

  10. Colossal breakdown electric field and dielectric response of Al-doped CaCu{sub 3}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 12} ceramics

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    Jia, Ran [State Key Laboratory of Electrical Insulation and Power Equipment, Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an 710049 (China); Zhao, Xuetong [State Key Laboratory of Electrical Insulation and Power Equipment, Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an 710049 (China); State Key Laboratory of Power Transmission Equipment and System Security and New Technology, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400044 (China); Li, Jianying, E-mail: lijy@mail.xjtu.edu.cn [State Key Laboratory of Electrical Insulation and Power Equipment, Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an 710049 (China); Tang, Xian [State Key Laboratory of Electrical Insulation and Power Equipment, Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an 710049 (China)

    2014-07-01

    Highlights: • An extremely enhanced breakdown electric field of ∼21 kV/cm was achieved. • A new secondary phase of CuAl{sub 2}O{sub 4} in CaCu{sub 3}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 12} was found. • The grain boundary resistance was increased from 0.37 MΩ to 13.55 MΩ at 393 K. • The activation energy of grain boundary was elevated from 0.63 to 0.81 eV. • Dimensional effect of CaCu{sub 3}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 12} was found. - Abstract: A greatly enhanced breakdown electric field of ∼21 kV/cm was achieved by liquid-phase doping of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} in CaCu{sub 3}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 12} (CCTO) ceramics. It was found that the dielectric loss of CCTO ceramics was composed of two dielectric relaxation peaks and dc conduction. Impedance analysis showed that the grain boundary resistance was increased from 0.37 MΩ to 13.55 MΩ and the corresponding activation energy of grain boundary was elevated from 0.63 eV to 0.81 eV. The frequency dependence of the conductivity was interpreted with the Jonscher's law, which indicated that the contribution of dc-like conduction at low frequency was effectively suppressed by Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} doping. In addition, dimensional effect of the CCTO ceramics was found and an inflection (or critical) point behavior can be observed for pure and Al-doped samples, which referred to the variation of the breakdown electric field with the thickness of the samples.

  11. Synthesis and analysis of ZnO and CdSe nanoparticles

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    Shriwas S Ashtaputre; Aparna Deshpande; Sonali Marathe; M E Wankhede; Jayashree Chimanpure; Renu Pasricha; J Urban; S K Haram; S W Gosavi; S K Kulkarne

    2005-10-01

    Zinc oxide and cadmium selenide particles in the nanometer size regime have been synthesized using chemical routes. The particles were capped using thioglycerol in case of ZnO and 2-mercaptoethanol in case of CdSe to achieve the stability and avoid the coalescence. Zinc oxide nanoparticles were doped with europium to study their optical properties. A variety of techniques like UV-Vis absorption spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD), photoluminescence (PL), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) were used to carry out structural and spectroscopic characterizations of the nanoparticles.

  12. A method to synthesize CdSe nanocrystals

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    XIE Chuang; CHEN Wei; WANG Jingkang

    2007-01-01

    CdSe nanocrystals (NCs) have great application prospects in various fields due to their novel properties.Some high-cost and toxic materials such as tri-n-octylphosphine oxide (TOPO) are used in the popular method to synthesize CdSe NCs.Based on this,a new low-cost,environment-friendly and safe solvent was introduced in the synthesis of CdSe NCs in this paper.The prepared CdSe NCs were characterized by ultraviolet-visible spectra (UV-Vis),photoluminescence (PL),transmission electron micrograph (TEM),energy disperse X-ray spectra (EDX) and X-ray diffraction (XRD).The CdSe NCs obtained which show a good PL properry are monodisperse,size-tunable and of high crystallinity.It indicates that the new solvent A is a good substitute for the solvent used in the classic route and achieves a greener synthesis of CdSe NCs.

  13. Nanocrystal diffusion doping.

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    Vlaskin, Vladimir A; Barrows, Charles J; Erickson, Christian S; Gamelin, Daniel R

    2013-09-25

    A diffusion-based synthesis of doped colloidal semiconductor nanocrystals is demonstrated. This approach involves thermodynamically controlled addition of both impurity cations and host anions to preformed seed nanocrystals under equilibrium conditions, rather than kinetically controlled doping during growth. This chemistry allows thermodynamic crystal compositions to be prepared without sacrificing other kinetically trapped properties such as shape, size, or crystallographic phase. This doping chemistry thus shares some similarities with cation-exchange reactions, but proceeds without the loss of host cations and excels at the introduction of relatively unreactive impurity ions that have not been previously accessible using cation exchange. Specifically, we demonstrate the preparation of Cd(1-x)Mn(x)Se (0 ≤ x ≤ ∼0.2) nanocrystals with narrow size distribution, unprecedentedly high Mn(2+) content, and very large magneto-optical effects by diffusion of Mn(2+) into seed CdSe nanocrystals grown by hot injection. Controlling the solution and lattice chemical potentials of Cd(2+) and Mn(2+) allows Mn(2+) diffusion into the internal volumes of the CdSe nanocrystals with negligible Ostwald ripening, while retaining the crystallographic phase (wurtzite or zinc blende), shape anisotropy, and ensemble size uniformity of the seed nanocrystals. Experimental results for diffusion doping of other nanocrystals with other cations are also presented that indicate this method may be generalized, providing access to a variety of new doped semiconductor nanostructures not previously attainable by kinetic routes or cation exchange.

  14. CdSe nanocrystal sensitized anatase TiO2 (001) tetragonal nanosheet-array films for photovoltaic application.

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    Feng, Shuanglong; Yang, Junyou; Liu, Ming; Liu, Yong

    2013-02-01

    CdSe nanocrystal sensitized TiO2 nanosheet array heterostructure films were fabricated by a two-step method. Firstly, a single crystalline anatase TiO2 tetragonal nanosheet-array film on a transparent conductive fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) substrate was successfully prepared by hydrothermal method. Then, CdSe nanocrystalline sensitizers were deposited on the TiO2 nanosheet array by CBD method. The products were characterized with XRD, SEM, TEM and UV-vis absorption spectroscopy. The effect of the CdSe nanocrystal deposition time and the length of the TiO2 sheet on the photovoltaic performance of the resulting CdSe/TiO2 nanosheet array electrodes were also investigated. In comparison with the non-sensitized TiO2 nanosheet array, the photocurrent of CdSe sensitized TiO2 nanosheet has a great enhancement, which gives some insight to the fundamental mechanism of the performance improvement.

  15. Anisotropy in CdSe quantum rods

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    Li, Liang-shi

    2003-09-01

    The size-dependent optical and electronic properties of semiconductor nanocrystals have drawn much attention in the past decade, and have been very well understood for spherical ones. The advent of the synthetic methods to make rod-like CdSe nanocrystals with wurtzite structure has offered us a new opportunity to study their properties as functions of their shape. This dissertation includes three main parts: synthesis of CdSe nanorods with tightly controlled widths and lengths, their optical and dielectric properties, and their large-scale assembly, all of which are either directly or indirectly caused by the uniaxial crystallographic structure of wurtzite CdSe. The hexagonal wurtzite structure is believed to be the primary reason for the growth of CdSe nanorods. It represents itself in the kinetic stabilization of the rod-like particles over the spherical ones in the presence of phosphonic acids. By varying the composition of the surfactant mixture used for synthesis we have achieved tight control of the widths and lengths of the nanorods. The synthesis of monodisperse CdSe nanorods enables us to systematically study their size-dependent properties. For example, room temperature single particle fluorescence spectroscopy has shown that nanorods emit linearly polarized photoluminescence. Theoretical calculations have shown that it is due to the crossing between the two highest occupied electronic levels with increasing aspect ratio. We also measured the permanent electric dipole moment of the nanorods with transient electric birefringence technique. Experimental results on nanorods with different sizes show that the dipole moment is linear to the particle volume, indicating that it originates from the non-centrosymmetric hexagonal lattice. The elongation of the nanocrystals also results in the anisotropic inter-particle interaction. One of the consequences is the formation of liquid crystalline phases when the nanorods are dispersed in solvent to a high enough

  16. Doping dependent intrinsic line width of the Cu-O bond-stretching phonon with q=(0.25 0 0) in La2-xSrxCuO4

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    Park, S. R.; Hamann, A.; Pintschovius, L.; Lamago, D.; Khaliullin, G.; Fujita, M.; Yamada, K.; Gu, G. D.; Tranquada, J. M.; Reznik, D.

    2012-02-01

    We have recently found that the charge inhomogeneities provide significant broadening in the Cu-O bond stretching phonon of La2-xSrxCuO4, and the line shape of the phonon at zone boundary is well reproduced by the simple model which takes charge inhomogeneous effect into account [1]. The question is, now, how large intrinsic line width of the phonon at q=(0.25 0 0), where the giant phonon softening and broadening exist [2], is apart from the charge inhomogeneous effect on the line width. In this talk, we will show the doping dependence of the intrinsic line width of the phonon from x=0.05 to x=0.30. Interestingly, the intrinsic line width as a function of doping follows the superconducting transition temperature. We will discuss relationship between the phonon and the superconductivity in La2-xSrxCuO4. [4pt] [1] S. R. Park at al., accepted for publication in PRB (2011).[0pt] [2] D. Reznik et al., Nature 440, 1170 (2006).

  17. Exploring the doping dependence of the Mott transition on X-ray irradiated crystals of {kappa}-(ET){sub 2}Cu[N(CN){sub 2}]Cl

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    Koehler, Sebastian; Tutsch, Ulrich; Naji, Ammar; Lang, Michael [Physikalisches Institut, Goethe-Universitaet Frankfurt (Germany); Sasaki, Takahiko [Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University, Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi (Japan)

    2011-07-01

    The quasi two-dimensional organic charge-transfer salt {kappa}-(ET){sub 2}Cu[N(CN){sub 2}]Cl exhibits a rich pressure vs. temperature phase diagram, including Mott-insulating and metallic phases separated by a first order transition line. By applying moderate pressures of {proportional_to}30 MPa (300 bar), the ratio of the kinetic energy to the onsite Coulomb repulsion t/U can be changed sufficiently to cross this phase transition line. Our objective is to study the effect of carrier doping and the accompanying changes of the first-order transition line and its second-order critical endpoint. We used X-ray irradiation to introduce charge carriers into the material, doping it away from half filling. We present resistivity data for the temperature range 5 KCu[N(CN){sub 2}]Cl crystals at various doping levels and discuss the accompanied changes in the p-T-phase diagram.

  18. Exploring the doping dependence of the Mott transition on X-ray irradiated crystals of {kappa}-(ET){sub 2}Cu[N(CN){sub 2}]Cl

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    Tutsch, Ulrich; Naji, Ammar; Lang, Michael [Physikalisches Institut, Goethe-Universitaet Frankfurt (M), SFB/TRR49, D-60438 Frankfurt (Germany); Sasaki, Takahiko [Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University, 2-1-1 Katahira, Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi 980-8577 (Japan)

    2010-07-01

    The quasi two-dimensional organic charge-transfer salt {kappa}-(ET){sub 2}Cu[N(CN){sub 2}]Cl has a Mott-insulating ground state at ambient pressure, which can be transformed into a superconducting ground state (T{sub c}{approx}13 K) by applying moderate pressures of {proportional_to}30 MPa (300 bar). Our objective is to study how the first-order Mott-transition line and its second-order critical end point change on doping the material away from half filling. We use X-ray irradiation in order to introduce charge carriers in this material and take the shifts in the room-temperature resistivity as a measure of the amount of doping. We will present resistivity data for the temperature range 5 K {<=}T{<=}60 K and for pressures up to 50 MPa for a {kappa}-(ET){sub 2}Cu[N(CN){sub 2}]Cl crystal at various doping levels and discuss the accompanied changes in the p-T-phase diagram.

  19. The effect of Yttrium on the Ca and Sr planes of Y-doped Bi 2Sr 2Ca 1Cu 2O 8

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    Alméras, P.; Berger, H.; Margaritondo, G.

    1993-08-01

    Photoemission spectromicroscopy experiments on a series of Y-doped Bi 2Sr 2Ca 1Cu 2O 8 single crystals show that the doping changes the valence of copper as required for the observed modification of the critical temperature. The doping, however, affects with substitutional reactions not only the CaO planes, but also the SrO planes. Des expériences de photoémission sur une série de monocristaux de Bi 2Sr 2Ca 1Cu 2O 8 dopés avec de l'yttrium montrent que le dopage change la valence du cuivre, comme on dopage, pourtant, ne modifie pas seulement les plans CaO par des réactions de substitution, mais également les plans SrO. Esperimenti di fotoemissione condotti su una serie di monocristalli di Bi 2Sr 2Ca 2O 8 con impurezze di Y mostrano che tali impurezze modificano la valenza del rame, com'é indipendentemente reso necessario dal fatto che si osservano dei cambiamenti della temperature di transizione. Si nota peraltro che le impurezze non modificano solamente i piani CaO mediante reazioni di sostituzione, ma anche i piani SrO.

  20. Thermoelectric power as evidence for a Quantum Phase Transition in electron-doped cuprates Pr2-xCexCuO4-y .

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    Li, Pengcheng; Greene, R. L.; Behnia, K.

    2006-03-01

    We report magnetic field driven normal state thermoelectric power (S) measurement in electron-doped cuprate system Pr2-xCexCuO4-y as a function of doping (x from 0.11 to 0.19) down to 2K. Consistent with the normal state Hall effect^a, S in the underdoped region (0.11-0.15) is negative. S changes sign at certain temperatures in overdoped samples (0.16-0.18), which supports the picture of a spin density wave rearrangement of the Fermi surface^b. More significantly, both S and S/T at 2K (at 9T) increase dramatically from x=0.11 to 0.16, and then saturate in the overdoped region. This kink around x=0.16 is similar to the previous Hall effect result^a in Pr2-xCexCuO4-y. Our results are further evidence for antiferromagnetism to paramagnetism quantum phase transition in electron-doped cuprates. a. Y. Dagan et al, Physical Review Letters, 92 (16) 167001, 2004 b. A. Zimmers et al, Europhysics Letters 70 (2) 225, 2005

  1. Colloidal Synthesis And Characterization Of Cdse Quantum Dots Role Of CdSe Molar Ratio And Temperature

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    Hakan Aydamp305n

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available Semiconductor Cadmium selenide CdSe Quantum Dots QDs were synthesized via colloidal chemistry method at moderately lower growth temperatures. Optical absorption and photoluminescence PL spectroscopy techniques were used to characterize the optical properties of CdSe QDs. Optical properties of colloidal CdSe QDs were successfully controlled by changing the initial CdSe molar ratios and temperature. Optical absorption and PL spectrum both showed gradual red shift with increasing CdSe molar ratio and temperature. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy HRTEM technique were used to study the structural properties of CdSe QDs. Full width at half maximum FWHM values obtained from the emission spectrums were helped to prove the narrow size distribution which coincides with the matching results of HRTEM images and theoretical calculations.

  2. Synthesis of CdSe Quantum Dots Using Fusarium oxysporum

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    Takaaki Yamaguchi; Yoshijiro Tsuruda; Tomohiro Furukawa; Lumi Negishi; Yuki Imura; Shohei Sakuda; Etsuro Yoshimura; Michio Suzuki

    2016-01-01

    CdSe quantum dots are often used in industry as fluorescent materials. In this study, CdSe quantum dots were synthesized using Fusarium oxysporum. The cadmium and selenium concentration, pH, and temperature for the culture of F. oxysporum (Fusarium oxysporum) were optimized for the synthesis, and the CdSe quantum dots obtained from the mycelial cells of F. oxysporum were observed by transmission electron microscopy. Ultra-thin sections of F. oxysporum showed that the CdSe quantum dots were pr...

  3. The bipolaron model in the normal state of Pr-doped GdBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} superconductors

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    Aghabagheri, S; Mohammadizadeh, M R, E-mail: zadeh@ut.ac.i, E-mail: mohammadi@nano.ipm.ac.i [Superconductivity Research Laboratory (SRL), Department of Physics, University of Tehran, North Kargar Avenue, PO Box 14395-547, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2010-04-15

    The normal state resistivities of single phase polycrystalline Gd(Ba{sub 2-x}Pr{sub x})Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7+{delta}} and (Gd{sub 1-x}Pr{sub x})Ba{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} samples with x = 0.0, 0.05, 0.10, and 0.15 were investigated. The bipolaron model can explain properly the normal state resistivity of the samples. Gd(Ba{sub 2-x}Pr{sub x})Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7+{delta}} samples for the special cases x = 0.1 and 0.15 show different behavior. Based on some previous evidence, this behavior could originate from mis-substitution of Ba atoms at rare earth sites. In Gd(Ba{sub 2-x}Pr{sub x})Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7+{delta}} samples, the number of localized carriers increases faster than in (Gd{sub 1-x}Pr{sub x})Ba{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} samples with Pr doping. This shows that the superconductivity suppression by Pr at the Ba site is more destructive than by Pr at the rare earth site.

  4. Statistical Analysis of Main and Interaction Effects on Cu(II) and Cr(VI) Decontamination by Nitrogen-Doped Magnetic Graphene Oxide

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    Hu, Xinjiang; Wang, Hui; Liu, Yunguo

    2016-10-01

    A nitrogen-doped magnetic graphene oxide (NMGO) was synthesized and applied as an adsorbent to remove Cu(II) and Cr(VI) ions from aqueous solutions. The individual and combined effects of various factors (A: pH, B: temperature, C: initial concentration of metal ions, D: CaCl2, and E: humic acid [HA]) on the adsorption were analyzed by a 25-1 fractional factorial design (FFD). The results from this study indicated that the NMGO had higher adsorption capacities for Cu(II) ions than for Cr(VI) ions under most conditions, and the five selected variables affected the two adsorption processes to different extents. A, AC, and C were the very important factors and interactions for Cu(II) adsorption. For Cr(VI) adsorption, A, B, C, AB, and BC were found to be very important influencing variables. The solution pH (A) was the most important influencing factor for removal of both the ions. The main effects of A-E on the removal of Cu(II) were positive. For Cr(VI) adsorption, the main effects of A and D were negative, while B, C, and E were observed to have positive effects. The maximum adsorption capacities for Cu(II) and Cr(VI) ions over NMGO were 146.365 and 72.978 mg/g, respectively, under optimal process conditions.

  5. Statistical Analysis of Main and Interaction Effects on Cu(II) and Cr(VI) Decontamination by Nitrogen–Doped Magnetic Graphene Oxide

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    Hu, Xinjiang; Wang, Hui; Liu, Yunguo

    2016-01-01

    A nitrogen–doped magnetic graphene oxide (NMGO) was synthesized and applied as an adsorbent to remove