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Sample records for detrital chromian spinels

  1. Chromian spinel-rich black sands from eastern shoreline of Andaman Island, India: Implication for source characteristics

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    Koyel Bhatta; Biswajit Ghosh

    2014-08-01

    Black sands rich in chromian spinel commonly occur in pockets along the eastern shoreline of Andaman Island where various types of peridotites and volcanics belonging to the Andaman ophiolite suite are exposed in close vicinity. The chemistry of these detrital chromian spinels has been extensively used here in identifying the source rocks vis-à-vis deciphering the source characteristics. The composition of the chromian spinels (Cr#: 0.20–0.88, Mg#: 0.26–0.77, Al2O3: 5.04–48.21 wt.%, TiO2: up to 1.39 wt.% and Fe2+/Fe3+: 1.73–9.12) varies widely signifying multiple sources, of which mantle peridotites and volcanic rocks are relevant in an ophiolitic terrain. The volcanic chromian spinels are relatively fresh, commonly euhedral, sometimes with compositional variations, and contain inclusions in contrast to the mantle peridotitic chromian spinels which are rounded, extensively fractured, and altered. We used a number of geochemical bivariate plots in order to know the provenance protoliths. The volcanic chromian spinels show geochemical characters of MORB, related to spreading centers (either MOR or back-arc) and also boninites/arc-tholeiites, related to active subduction. On the other hand, the peridotitic spinels indicate partially depleted lherzolite and depleted harzburgite source of the ophiolite suite.

  2. Tectonic discrimination of chromian spinels, olivines and pyroxenes in the Northeastern Jiangxi Province ophiolite, South China

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    Guo, Guolin; Liu, Xiaodong; Yang, Jingsui; Pan, Jiayong; Fan, Xiujun; Zhou, Wenting; Duan, Gehong

    2016-11-01

    The peridotites of the Northeastern Jiangxi Province Ophiolite (NJO), including dunite, harzburgite and clinopyroxene-bearing harzburgite, are strongly altered under serpentinization, except for minor aggregations of partially-altered olivines, chromian spinels and pyroxenes. The forsterite content of olivines in dunites (Fo 93.6) is slightly higher than in harzburgites (Fo 91.4). Chromian spinels in harzburgites and dunites are very refractory, with restricted chemical compositions of high-Cr varieties. The unaltered cores of chromian spinels have low Al2O3 and TiO2 content, and display a large range of Mg# (100× [Mg/(Mg + Fe)], 41-64) and Cr# (100× [Cr/(Cr + Al)], 53-83) values, suggesting that the peridotites originated from a highly-depleted mantle. The spinels plotted in "olivine-spinel mantle array" (OSMA) diagram and Cr# versus. Mg# diagram both indicate the peridotite of NJO experienced a >25 % partial melting. The positive correlation between the Cr# and the TiO2 content probably resulted from the reaction between boninitic melt and mantle peridotite, as a consequence of melt-mantle interaction within the arc setting. The oxygen fugacity (ƒO2), calculated using chromian spinel-olivine pairs, indicates that the peridotites in the NJO were formed under relatively low oxidizing conditions quite different from those commonly found in supra-subductions zones (SSZ). This might be explained by the reaction between fore-arc magmas and residual mantle in a back-arc oceanic basin during a rapid subduction process. The Neoproterozoic subduction between the Yangtze and Cathaysia blocks was therefore probably rapid, and the addition of water and other volatiles to the mantle wedge beneath the island arc would have enhanced melting, leading to the production of highly depleted boninitic melts.

  3. Tectonic discrimination of chromian spinels, olivines and pyroxenes in the Northeastern Jiangxi Province ophiolite, South China

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    Guo, Guolin; Liu, Xiaodong; Yang, Jingsui; Pan, Jiayong; Fan, Xiujun; Zhou, Wenting; Duan, Gehong

    2017-06-01

    The peridotites of the Northeastern Jiangxi Province Ophiolite (NJO), including dunite, harzburgite and clinopyroxene-bearing harzburgite, are strongly altered under serpentinization, except for minor aggregations of partially-altered olivines, chromian spinels and pyroxenes. The forsterite content of olivines in dunites (Fo 93.6) is slightly higher than in harzburgites (Fo 91.4). Chromian spinels in harzburgites and dunites are very refractory, with restricted chemical compositions of high-Cr varieties. The unaltered cores of chromian spinels have low Al2O3 and TiO2 content, and display a large range of Mg# (100× [Mg/(Mg + Fe)], 41-64) and Cr# (100× [Cr/(Cr + Al)], 53-83) values, suggesting that the peridotites originated from a highly-depleted mantle. The spinels plotted in "olivine-spinel mantle array" (OSMA) diagram and Cr# versus. Mg# diagram both indicate the peridotite of NJO experienced a >25 % partial melting. The positive correlation between the Cr# and the TiO2 content probably resulted from the reaction between boninitic melt and mantle peridotite, as a consequence of melt-mantle interaction within the arc setting. The oxygen fugacity (ƒO2), calculated using chromian spinel-olivine pairs, indicates that the peridotites in the NJO were formed under relatively low oxidizing conditions quite different from those commonly found in supra-subductions zones (SSZ). This might be explained by the reaction between fore-arc magmas and residual mantle in a back-arc oceanic basin during a rapid subduction process. The Neoproterozoic subduction between the Yangtze and Cathaysia blocks was therefore probably rapid, and the addition of water and other volatiles to the mantle wedge beneath the island arc would have enhanced melting, leading to the production of highly depleted boninitic melts.

  4. Petrogenesis and tectonic setting of the Bondla mafic-ultramafic complex, western India: Inferences from chromian spinel chemistry

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    Ishwar-Kumar, C.; Rajesh, V. J.; Windley, B. F.; Razakamanana, T.; Itaya, T.; Babu, E. V. S. S. K.; Sajeev, K.

    2016-11-01

    Crustal-scale shear/suture zones hold prime importance because they are one of the critical parameters used for paleogeographic configurations of supercontinental assemblies. The Kumta suture, located on the western margin of peninsular India, has been interpreted as the eastern extension of the Betsimisaraka suture zone of Madagascar. This suture separates the Karwar block (ca. 3200 Ma tonalite-trondhjemite-granodiorite (TTG) and amphibolite) in the west from a quartzite-dominated shelf that overlies ca. 2571 Ma quartzo-feldspathic gneisses of the Dharwar block in the east. The NW/SE-trending Bondla ultramafic-mafic complex, situated in the arc just west of the Kumta suture, comprises gabbro, troctolite, wehrlite, dunite, peridotite, pyroxenite, chromitite and chromian spinel-bearing serpentinite. In this paper, we study the chemistry of Cr-spinels in chromitites and serpentinites to help understand their paleo-tectonic environments. The Cr-spinel in Bondla chromitites and serpentinites shows variations in Cr# [Cr/(Cr + Al)] ranging from 0.54 to 0.58 and 0.56 to 0.64 respectively; also, the Mg# [Mg/(Mg + Fe)] varies from 0.56 to 0.67 and 0.41 to 0.63 respectively. The Cr-spinels in serpentinites have strong chemical zoning with distinctive ferrian chromite rims (Mg# 0.41-0.63), whereas the Cr-spinels in chromitites are generally homogeneous with only occasional weak zoning. The spinel-core crystallization temperature in the serpentinite is estimated to be above 600 °C (the spinel stability field was calculated for equilibrium with Fo90 olivine), which suggests the core composition is chemically unaltered. The Cr-spinels in all studied samples have low-Al2O3 (15-23 wt%) and moderate to high-Cr# (0.54-0.69), suggesting derivation from a supra-subduction zone arc setting. The chemistry of clinopyroxene in serpentinite indicates a wide range of crystallization temperatures from 969 °C to 1241 °C at 1.0 GPa. The calculated parental magma composition was similar to

  5. Paleocene Turbidite Deposition in the Central American Seaway (NW Costa Rica): Geochemical Analysis and Provenance of Detrital Spinel and Clinopyroxene

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    Giblin, A. C.

    2015-12-01

    The Central American Land Bridge is the crucial connection between North and South America, and the Miocene closure of the Panama seaway led to a change in global oceanic circulation patterns. Modern Costa Rica is part of the island arc that formed over the western Caribbean subduction zone, and the Santa Elena peninsula is on the northwest coast of Costa Rica next to the Sandino forearc basin. This study focuses on the origin and provenance of the Paleocene deep-water Rivas and Descartes turbidites that crop out on the northern part of the Santa Elena peninsula in northwestern Costa Rica. Understanding the sedimentary fill of the Sandino Basin that contributed to the closing of the seaway may lead to a better understanding of the Late Cretaceous-Paleogene arcs. Provenance studies of the Santa Elena Peninsula turbidite sandstone bodies constrain the history of the paleogeography and tectonics of the region. Petrographic analyses of rock thin sections constrain source areas; geochemical analysis of individual detrital heavy minerals from rock samples give indications of sediment sources and tectonic setting during deposition. This study is a provenance analysis based on (i) semi-quantitative energy-dispersive spectrometry analysis of heavy minerals, (ii) quantitative wavelength-dispersive spectrometry for major elements of detrital clinopyroxene and spinel grains, (iii) trace element analysis through laser ablation of single detrital clinopyroxene grains, and (iv) comparative analysis of the different potential source rocks to clearly identify the most likely sediment sources. The detrital spinel and clinopyroxene are possibly sourced from: mantle ophiolites, mid-ocean ridge gabbros, or volcanic arc tholeiitic basalts or calc-alkaline andesites. Spinel and clinopyroxne geochemistry suggests a possible peridotitic source, linked to mantle rocks that are now covered by Tertiary volcanics or have completely eroded. The character of the crustal minerals indicates

  6. Detrital chrome spinel evidence for a Neotethyan intra-oceanic island arc collision with India in the Paleocene

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    Baxter, Alan T.; Aitchison, Jonathan C.; Ali, Jason R.; Chan, Jacky Sik-Lap; Chan, Gavin Heung Ngai

    2016-10-01

    Models that support a single collision scenario for India and Eurasia are incompatible with the evidence that an intra-oceanic island arc (IOIA) existed within the Neotethyan Ocean. Understanding the spatial and temporal extent of any IOIA is crucial for India-Eurasia collision studies as the entire ocean, including any intra-oceanic features, must have been consumed or emplaced prior to continental collision. Here, we review what is known about the Neotethyan IOIA and report evidence from sedimentary successions in NW India and southern Tibet to constrain when and where it was emplaced. We use detrital mineral geochemistry and supporting provenance and age data to identify the source of the sediments and compare the timing of erosion of IOIA-derived material in both regions. Detrital chrome spinels, extracted from distinct sedimentary horizons in southern Tibet (Sangdanlin) and NW India (Ladakh), exhibit similar average geochemical values (TiO2 = 0.09 and 0.24%, Cr# = 0.66 and 0.68 and Mg# = 0.45 and 0.53, respectively) and supra-subduction zone (SSZ), forearc peridotite signatures. Furthermore, they overlap with in-situ chrome spinels reported from the Spongtang Ophiolite in NW India and the Sangsang Ophiolite in southern Tibet. As with many of the ophiolitic remnants that crop out in and adjacent to the Yarlung-Tsangpo and Indus suture zones (YTSZ and ISZ respectively), the Spongtang and Sangsang ophiolites formed in an IOIA setting. Linking the source of the detrital chrome spinels to those analysed from remnant IOIA massifs in the YTSZ and ISZ is strong evidence for the emplacement of the IOIA onto the Indian margin. The timing of the IOIA collision with India is constrained by the depositional ages of the chrome spinel-bearing sediments to the end of the Paleocene (Thanetian) in southern Tibet and the Early Eocene in NW India. This indirectly provides a maximum age constraint of Late Paleocene-Early Eocene for intercontinental collision between India and

  7. Origin of spinel lamella and/or inclusions in olivine of harzburgite form the Pauza ultramafic rocks from the Kurdistan region, northeastern Iraq

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    Mohammad, Y.; Maekawa, H.; Karim, K.

    2009-04-01

    Exsolution lamellae and octahedral inclusions of chromian spinel occur in olivine of harzburgite of the Pauza ultramafic rocks, Kurdistan region, northeastern Iraq. The lamella is up to 80μm long and up to 50 μm wide. The lamellae and octahedral inclusions of chromian spinel are distributed heterogeneously in the host olivine crystal. They are depleted in Al2O3 relative to the subhedral spinel grains in the matrix and spinel lamella in orthopyroxene. Olivine (Fo92 - 93) with spinel lamellae occurs as fine-grained crystals around orthopyroxene, whereas olivine (Fo90-91) free from spinel is found in matrix. Based on back-scattered images analyses, enrichments of both Cr # and Fe+3 in the chromian spinel lamella in olivine (replacive olivine) relative to that in adjacent orthopyroxene. As well as the compositions of chromian spinel lamellae host olivine are more Mg-rich than the matrix olivine. Furthermore the restriction of olivine with spinel lamellae and octahedral inclusions on around orthopyroxene, and the similarity of spinel lamella orientations in both olivine and adjacent orthopyroxene. This study concludes that the spinel inclusions in olivine are remnant (inherited from former orthopyroxene) spinel exsolution lamella in orthopyroxene, that has been formed in upper mantle conditions ( T = 1200 °C, P = 2.5 GPa ). Replacive olivine are formed by reaction of ascending silica poor melt and orthopyroxene in harzburgite as pressure decrease the solubility of silica-rich phase (orthopyroxene) in the system increase, therefore ascending melt dissolve pyroxene with spinel exsolution lamella and precipitate replacive olivine with spinel inclusions. We can conclude that the olivines with spinel lamella are not necessary to be original and presenting ultrahigh-pressure and/or ultra deep-mantle conditions as previously concluded. It has been formed by melting of orthopyroxene (orthopyroxene with spinel exsolution lamella = olivine with spinel lamellae and octahedral

  8. REASSESSMENT OF THE VOLKONSKOITE-CHROMIAN SMECTITE NOMENCLATURE PROBLEM.

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    Foord, Eugene E.; Starkey, Harry C.; Taggart, Joseph E.; Shawe, Daniel R.

    1987-01-01

    The name volkonskoite was first used in 1830 to describe a bright blue-green, chromium-bearing clay material from the Okhansk region, west of the Ural Mountains, U. S. S. R. Since that time, the name has been applied to numerous members of the smectite group of clay minerals, although the reported chromium content has ranged from 1% to about 30% Cr//2O//3. The name has also been applied to some chromian chlorites. Because volkonskoite has been used for materials that differ not only in their chromium content but also in their basic structure, the species status of mineral has been unclear. To resolve this uncertainty, two specimens of volkonskoite from (1) Mount Efimiatsk, the type locality in the Soviet Union (USNM 16308) and (2) the Okhansk region in the Perm Basin, U. S. S. R. , (USNM R4820), were examined by several mineralogical techniques. Structural formulas for the two types of samples are given. On the basis of the data presented, volkonskoite appears to be a dioctahedral member of the smectite group that contains chromium as the dominant cation in the octahedral layer. Smectites containing less than this amount of octahedral chromium should not be called volkonskoite.

  9. Early Triassic change in the erosional level in the eastern part of the Bohemian Massif revealed by detrital garnet assemblages from the Buntsandstein siliciclastics of southern Poland

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    Kowal-Linka, Monika; Walczak, Klaudia

    2017-04-01

    Garnets, as constituents of various magmatic and metamorphic rocks, show different chemical compositions depending on the type of magma or primary rock, the temperature, and the pressure. This diversity of chemical compositions makes detrital garnets a very useful tool for provenance analysis and deciphering changes in erosional levels of source areas. Preliminary works reveal that the Lower and Middle Buntsandstein terrigenous and marine sandstones cropping out in southern Poland (50˚ 28'20"N, 18˚ 04'33"E and 50˚ 27'35"N, 18˚ 07'23"E) are characterized by very different heavy mineral assemblages (HMA) and types of detrital garnets. The aim of the research is to recognize the source areas and causes of these distinct variations using petrographic analysis, heavy mineral analysis, and electron probe microanalysis. During the Early Triassic, the area under study was located between two landmasses: the eastern margin of the Bohemian Massif (BM) to the west and Pre-Carpathian Land (PCL) to the east. Presently, the sampled area is situated ˜50 km from the NE margin of the BM, which consists of many garnet-bearing rocks and is a presumable source area for the examined grains. The PCL was hidden under the Carpathians during the Alpine orogeny and knowledge of its composition is very limited. Petrographic analysis shows that the older sandstones are red to rusty quartz arenites with a hematite-rich matrix and well-rounded grains (aeolian deposits). The younger sandstones are bicolored quartz wackes (dirty pink with grey patches) with a calcite matrix and angular to rounded grains (shallow marine deposits). The arenites contain zircon, tourmaline, and rutile grains accompanied by garnet, staurolite, apatite, and topaz. The opaque heavy minerals include ilmenite, ilmenite-rutile aggregates, magnetite and rarely chromian spinel. In contrast, the HMA from the wackes consist mostly of garnets, while the minerals listed above occur in subordinate amounts. The garnets from

  10. Magnesium Aluminate Spinel

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    Yu Lingyan

    2012-01-01

    1 ScopeThis standard specifies the terms, definitions,classifications,technical requirements,test methods,inspection rules, packing, marking, transportation,storage,and quality certificate of magnesium aluminate spinel.

  11. AS Spinel toodab ja ehitab

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    1998-01-01

    1990. aastast tegutseb Eestis majade, suvilate, aiamajade, saunade jt. hoonete elementide komplektide valmistamisega AS Spinel. Märjamaal toodetakse freespuidust hoonete komplekte, Kõrvetagusel valmivad soojustatud puitkarkassil elemendid monteeritavate majade jaoks

  12. Development and Application of Spinel and High—alumina/Spinel Castables

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    YANGDean; CHENGGuoxiang; 等

    1998-01-01

    The development and application of domestic spinel and high-alumian/spinel(including corun-dum/spinel and calcined-bauxite/spinel) castables were disucssed in this paper,It expounded the tech-nical characters and virtues of high grade and medi-um grade spinel and the importance of the develop-met and successful application of calcined-bauxite/spinel castalbes.Because of the technical and eco-nomical feasibility,the developement and application of spinel and high-alumina/spinel castables,in which domestic refractory workers play an important role ,have been flurishing.

  13. Cosmogenic 3He in detrital gold

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    Stuart, Finlay; Yakubovich, Olga; Caracedo, Ana; Nesterenok, Alexander

    2017-04-01

    Since the measurement of cosmogenic He in an alluvial diamond by McConville and Reynolds (1996) the application of cosmogenic noble gases to individual detrital grains to quantify surface processes has not been vigorously pursued. The likely low rate of diffusion of cosmogenic He in native metals, and their resistance to weathering and disintegration during erosion and transport, makes them a potential record of long-term Earth surface processes. In an effort to assess the extent that detrital refractory metals record the exposure history during transport and storage we have undertaken a reconnaissance study of the He isotope composition in 18 grains (2-200 mg) of native gold, copper, silver, and PtPd, Pt3Fe and OsIr alloys from alluvial placer deposits from around the world. 4He is dominantly the result of U and Th decay within the grains, or decay of 190Pt in the Pt-rich alloys. 3He is measurable in 13 grains, concentrations range up to 2.7E+6 atoms/g. 3He/4He are always in excess of the crustal radiogenic ratio, up to 306 Ra. Although nucleogenic 3He produced by (n,α) reactions on 6Li, and 3He from trapped hydrothermal fluids, are present, the majority of the 3He is cosmogenic in origin. Using newly calculated cosmogenic 3He production rates in heavy metals, and a determination of the effect of implantation based on the stopping distances of spallogenic 3He and 3H, the grains have 3Hecos concentrations that are equivalent to 0.35 to 1.5 Ma exposure at Earth's surface. In a study of detrital gold grains from several sites in Scotland we have found that 10 % have 3He concentrations that are significantly in excess of that generated since the Last Glacial Maximum. These studies demonstrate that, with refinement, cosmogenic 3He in refractory detrital minerals can be used to quantify sediment transport and storage on the 1-10 Ma timescale. P. McConville & J.H. Reynolds (1989). Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta, 53, 2365-75.

  14. Conformal ALON® and spinel windows

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    Goldman, Lee M.; Smith, Mark; Ramisetty, Mohan; Jha, Santosh; Sastri, Suri

    2017-05-01

    The requirements for modern aircraft based reconnaissance systems are driving the need for conformal windows for future sensor systems. However, limitations on optical systems and the ability to produce windows in complex geometries currently limit the geometry of existing windows and window assemblies to faceted assemblies of flat windows. ALON consists primarily of aluminum and oxygen, similar to that of alumina, with a small amount of nitrogen added to help stabilize the cubic gamma-AlON phase. ALON's chemical similarity to alumina, translates into a robust manufacturing process. This ease of processing has allowed Surmet to produce ALON windows and domes in a wide variety of geometries and sizes. Spinel (MgAl2O4) contains equal molar amounts of MgO and Al2O3, and is a cubic material, that transmits further into the Infrared than ALON. Spinel is produced via powder processing techniques similar to those used to produce ALON. Surmet is now applying the lessons learned with ALON to produce conformal spinel windows and domes as well.

  15. Statistics of large detrital geochronology datasets

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    Saylor, J. E.; Sundell, K. E., II

    2014-12-01

    Implementation of quantitative metrics for inter-sample comparison of detrital geochronological data sets has lagged the increase in data set size, and ability to identify sub-populations and quantify their relative proportions. Visual comparison or application of some statistical approaches, particularly the Kolmogorov-Smirnov (KS) test, that initially appeared to provide a simple way of comparing detrital data sets, may be inadequate to quantify their similarity. We evaluate several proposed metrics by applying them to four large synthetic datasets drawn randomly from a parent dataset, as well as a recently published large empirical dataset consisting of four separate (n = ~1000 each) analyses of the same rock sample. Visual inspection of the cumulative probability density functions (CDF) and relative probability density functions (PDF) confirms an increasingly close correlation between data sets as the number of analyses increases. However, as data set size increases the KS test yields lower mean p-values implying greater confidence that the samples were not drawn from the same parent population and high standard deviations despite minor decreases in the mean difference between sample CDFs. We attribute this to the increasing sensitivity of the KS test when applied to larger data sets, which in turn limits its use for quantitative inter-sample comparison in detrital geochronology. Proposed alternative metrics, including Similarity, Likeness (complement to Mismatch), and the coefficient of determination (R2) of a cross-plot of PDF quantiles, point to an increasingly close correlation between data sets with increasing size, although they are the most sensitive at different ranges of data set sizes. The Similarity test is most sensitive to variation in data sets with n < 100 and is relatively insensitive to further convergence between larger data sets. The Likeness test reaches 90% of its asymptotic maximum at data set sizes of n = 200. The PDF cross-plot R2 value

  16. Detrital geochronology of unroofing magmatic complexes

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    Malusà, Marco Giovanni; Villa, Igor Maria; Vezzoli, Giovanni; Garzanti, Eduardo

    2010-05-01

    Tectonic reconstructions performed in recent years are increasingly based on petrographic (Dickinson & Suczek, 1979; Garzanti et al., 2007) and geochronological (Brandon et al., 1998; DeCelles et al., 2004) analyses of detrital systems. Detrital age patterns are traditionally interpreted as a result of cooling induced by exhumation (Jäger, 1967; Dodson, 1973). Such an approach can lead to infer extremely high erosion rates (Giger & Hurford 1989) that conflict with compelling geological evidence (Garzanti & Malusà, 2008). This indicates that interpretations solely based on exhumational cooling may not have general validity (Villa, 2006). Here we propose a new detrital geochronology model that takes into account the effects of both crystallization and exhumational cooling on geochronometers, from U-Pb on zircon to fission tracks on apatite. This model, specifically designed for unroofing magmatic complexes, predicts both stationary and moving mineral-age peaks. Because its base is the ordinary interaction between endogenic and exogenic processes, it is applicable to any geological setting. It was tested on the extremely well-studied Bregaglia-Bergell pluton in the Alps, and on the sedimentary succession derived from its erosion. The consistency between predicted and observed age patterns validates the model. Our results demonstrate that volcanoes were active on top of the growing Oligocene Alps, and resolve a long-standing paradox in quantitative erosion-sedimentation modelling, the scarcity of sediment during apparently fast erosion. Dickinson, W. R. & Suczek, C. A. Plate tectonics and sandstone composition. Am. Assoc. Petrol. Geol. Bull. 63, 2164-2172 (1979). Garzanti, E., Doglioni, C., Vezzoli. G. & Andò, S. Orogenic belts and orogenic sediment provenance. J. Geol. 115, 315-334 (2007). Brandon, M. T., Roden-Tice, M. K. & Garver, J. I. Cenozoic exhumation of the Cascadia accretionary wedge in the Olympic Mountains, northwest Washington State. Geol. Soc. Am. Bull

  17. The Spinel Explorer--Interactive Visual Analysis of Spinel Group Minerals.

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    Luján Ganuza, María; Ferracutti, Gabriela; Gargiulo, María Florencia; Castro, Silvia Mabel; Bjerg, Ernesto; Gröller, Eduard; Matković, Krešimir

    2014-12-01

    Geologists usually deal with rocks that are up to several thousand million years old. They try to reconstruct the tectonic settings where these rocks were formed and the history of events that affected them through the geological time. The spinel group minerals provide useful information regarding the geological environment in which the host rocks were formed. They constitute excellent indicators of geological environments (tectonic settings) and are of invaluable help in the search for mineral deposits of economic interest. The current workflow requires the scientists to work with different applications to analyze spine data. They do use specific diagrams, but these are usually not interactive. The current workflow hinders domain experts to fully exploit the potentials of tediously and expensively collected data. In this paper, we introduce the Spinel Explorer-an interactive visual analysis application for spinel group minerals. The design of the Spinel Explorer and of the newly introduced interactions is a result of a careful study of geologists' tasks. The Spinel Explorer includes most of the diagrams commonly used for analyzing spinel group minerals, including 2D binary plots, ternary plots, and 3D Spinel prism plots. Besides specific plots, conventional information visualization views are also integrated in the Spinel Explorer. All views are interactive and linked. The Spinel Explorer supports conventional statistics commonly used in spinel minerals exploration. The statistics views and different data derivation techniques are fully integrated in the system. Besides the Spinel Explorer as newly proposed interactive exploration system, we also describe the identified analysis tasks, and propose a new workflow. We evaluate the Spinel Explorer using real-life data from two locations in Argentina: the Frontal Cordillera in Central Andes and Patagonia. We describe the new findings of the geologists which would have been much more difficult to achieve using the

  18. Biogeochemistry of Decomposition and Detrital Processing

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    Sanderman, J.; Amundson, R.

    2003-12-01

    Decomposition is a key ecological process that roughly balances net primary production in terrestrial ecosystems and is an essential process in resupplying nutrients to the plant community. Decomposition consists of three concurrent processes: communition or fragmentation, leaching of water-soluble compounds, and microbial catabolism. Decomposition can also be viewed as a sequential process, what Eijsackers and Zehnder (1990) compare to a Russian matriochka doll. Soil macrofauna fragment and partially solubilize plant residues, facilitating establishment of a community of decomposer microorganisms. This decomposer community will gradually shift as the most easily degraded plant compounds are utilized and the more recalcitrant materials begin to accumulate. Given enough time and the proper environmental conditions, most naturally occurring compounds can completely be mineralized to inorganic forms. Simultaneously with mineralization, the process of humification acts to transform a fraction of the plant residues into stable soil organic matter (SOM) or humus. For reference, Schlesinger (1990) estimated that only ˜0.7% of detritus eventually becomes stabilized into humus.Decomposition plays a key role in the cycling of most plant macro- and micronutrients and in the formation of humus. Figure 1 places the roles of detrital processing and mineralization within the context of the biogeochemical cycling of essential plant nutrients. Chapin (1991) found that while the atmosphere supplied 4% and mineral weathering supplied no nitrogen and internal nutrient recycling is the source for >95% of all the nitrogen and phosphorus uptake by tundra species in Barrow, Alaska. In a cool temperate forest, nutrient recycling accounted for 93%, 89%, 88%, and 65% of total sources for nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, and calcium, respectively ( Chapin, 1991). (13K)Figure 1. A decomposition-centric biogeochemical model of nutrient cycling. Although there is significant external input (1

  19. Determinants of the detrital arthropod community structure

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    Lessard, J.P.; Sackett, Tara E.; Reynolds, William N.;

    2011-01-01

    Understanding the factors that shape community structure, and whether those factors vary geographically, has a long history in ecology. Because the abiotic environment often varies in predictable ways along elevational gradients, montane systems are ideal to study geographic variation in the dete......Understanding the factors that shape community structure, and whether those factors vary geographically, has a long history in ecology. Because the abiotic environment often varies in predictable ways along elevational gradients, montane systems are ideal to study geographic variation...... in the determinants of community structure. In this study, we first examined the relative importance of environmental gradients, microclimate, and food resources in driving spatial variation in the structure of detrital communities in forests of the southeastern USA. Then, in order to assess whether the determinants...... for the effect of climatic variation along the elevational gradient, food resource addition and microclimate alteration influenced the richness and abundance of some taxa. However, the effect of food resource addition and microclimate alteration on the richness and abundance of arthropods did not vary...

  20. Detrital Zircon of 4100 Ma in Quartzite in Burang, Tibet

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    DUO Ji; WEN Chunqi; FAN Xiaoping; GUO Jianci; NI Zhiyao; LI Xiaowen; SHI Yuruo; WEN Quan

    2006-01-01

    A detrital zircon aged 4.1 Ga is discovered by the SHRIMP U-Pb method in a quartzite in Burang County, western Tibet. This is presently the oldest single-grain detrital zircon in China. The Th-U ratios of the two testing points of the >4.0 Ga zircon are between 0.76 and 0.86, indicating their magmatic origin. This discovery has offered an important age for investigating the geological evolution of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau.

  1. High-pressure transformation in the cobalt spinel ferrites

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    Blasco, J., E-mail: jbc@posta.unizar.es [Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Aragón and Departamento de Física de la Materia Condensada, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas y Universidad de Zaragoza, 50009 Zaragoza (Spain); Subías, G.; García, J. [Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Aragón and Departamento de Física de la Materia Condensada, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas y Universidad de Zaragoza, 50009 Zaragoza (Spain); Popescu, C. [CELLS-ALBA Synchrotron Light Facility, Ctra. BP1413 km 3.3, 08290 Cerdanyola del Vallès, Barcelona (Spain); Cuartero, V. [European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, F-38043 Grenoble Cedex 9 (France)

    2015-01-15

    We report high pressure angle-dispersive x-ray diffraction measurements on Co{sub x}Fe{sub 3−x}O{sub 4} (x=1, 1.5, 1.75) spinels at room temperature up to 34 GPa. The three samples show a similar structural phase transformation from the cubic spinel structure to an analogous post-spinel phase at around 20 GPa. Spinel and post-spinel phases coexist in a wide pressure range (∼20–25 GPa) and the transformation is irreversible. The equation of state of the three cubic spinel ferrites was determined and our results agree with the data obtained in related oxide spinels showing the role of the pressure-transmitting medium for the accurate determination of the equation of state. Measurements releasing pressure revealed that the post-spinel phase is stable down to 4 GPa when it decomposes yielding a new phase with poor crystallinity. Later compression does not recover either the spinel or the post-spinel phases. This phase transformation induced by pressure explains the irreversible lost of the ferrimagnetic behavior reported in these spinels. - Graphical abstract: Pressure dependence of the unit cell volume per formula unit for Co{sub 1.5}Fe{sub 1.5}O{sub 4} spinel. Circles and squares stand for spinel and postspinel phases, respectively. Dark (open) symbols: determination upon compression (decompression). - Highlights: • The pressure induces similar phase transformation in Co{sub 3−x}Fe{sub x}O{sub 4} spinels (1≤x≤2). • The postspinel phases decompose after releasing pressure. • The irreversibility of this phase transformation explains the disappearance of magnetism in these spinels after applying pressure. • Accurate equation of state can be obtained up to 10 GPa using an alcohol mixture as pressure transmitting medium. • The equation of state suggests similar elastic properties for these spinels in this composition range.

  2. Detrital carbon pools in temperate forests: magnitude and potential for landscape-scale assessment

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    John Bradford; Peter Weishampel; Marie-Louise Smith; Randall Kolka; Richard A. Birdsey; Scott V. Ollinger; Michael G. Ryan

    2009-01-01

    Reliably estimating carbon storage and cycling in detrital biomass is an obstacle to carbon accounting. We examined carbon pools and fluxes in three small temperate forest landscapes to assess the magnitude of carbon stored in detrital biomass and determine whether detrital carbon storage is related to stand structural properties (leaf area, aboveground biomass,...

  3. Surface Electrical Conductivity of Single Crystal Spinel in Cesium Vapour.

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    2007-11-02

    magnesium aluminate spinel at temperatures ranging from 573K to 923K, in the presence of cesium vapour at pressures up to 1Torr. The interest in spinel has...in the core of a nuclear reactor. In contrast to magnesium oxide and alumina, electron irradiation of spinel produces no dislocation structures

  4. Gondwana to Pangea: a detrital zircons tale from NW Iberia

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    Pastor-Galán, Daniel; Gutiérrez-Alonso, Gabriel; Brendan Murphy, J.; Fernández-Suárez, Javier; Hofmann, Mandy; Linnemann, Ulf

    2013-04-01

    The Cantabrian Zone of NW Iberia preserves a voluminous, almost continuous, sedimentary sequence that ranges from Neoproterozoic to Early Permian in age. Its tectonic setting is controversial and recent hypotheses include (i) passive margin deposition along the northern margin of Gondwana or (ii) an active continental margin or (iii) a drifting ribbon continent. In this paper we present detrital zircon U-Pb laser ablation age data from 13 samples from the Cantabrian Zone sequence ranging from Early Silurian to Early Permian in depositional age, which, together with previously published detrital zircon ages from Ediacaran-Ordovician strata, allow a comprehensive analysis of changing provenance through time. Laser ablation U-Pb geochronological analysis of detrital zircons in thirteen samples of the Cantabrian Zone of the NW Iberian Variscan belt reveal that this portion of Iberia was part of the northern passive-margin of Gondwana from the Ordovician to Late Devonian, until the onset of collision between Gondwana and Laurentia. Zircon populations in these samples show important similarities with zircons found in coeval detrital rocks from central North Africa. Additionally, the populations found in NW Iberia are coherent with a Saharan source. We suggest that NW Iberia was situated from Ordovician to Late Devonian along the Gondwana northern passive margin close to the paleoposition of central North Africa and Saharan craton. Additionally, the Carboniferous-Permian samples studied record the provenance changes produced during the Variscan collision and basement exhumation, the Cantabrian orocline formation and the subsequent detachment of the lithospheric mantle. The provenance changes reflect major topographic variations due to the afore mentioned processes during Late Devonian to Early Permian times. Detrital zircon studies are a useful tool that can complement regional syntheses in deducing paleogeographic locations, the occurrence of major tectonic events such

  5. Dopants and defects in conductive oxide spinels

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

    2011-03-01

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

  6. Distinction of gem spinels from the himalayan mountain belt.

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    Malsy, Anna; Klemmb, Leonhard

    2010-01-01

    Gem spinel deposits in Myanmar, Vietnam and Tajikistan have their formation in association with Himalayan orogenesis. Gem-quality orange, pink, red and purple spinels from deposits at Mogok (Myanmar), Luc Yen (Vietnam), and Kuh-i-Lal (Tajikistan) have been investigated by 'standard' gemological testing and laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS). Microscopic examination yielded apatite and calcite inclusions together with octahedral negative crystals to be most frequently present in Mogok spinels. The presence of dislocation systems and titanite inclusions are indicative inclusion features for spinels from Luc Yen. Trace elements such as Ti, Fe, Ni, Zn, Zr and Sn differ slightly in spinels from the sources investigated. A distinction of spinels from these deposits is therefore possible by trace element chemistry. This is especially helpful for gem spinels, which often show few inclusions or completely lack inclusion features.

  7. Quantifying modern and ancient drainage basin erosion with detrital thermochronology

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    Ehlers, T. A.; Stock, G. M.; Rahl, J. M.; Farley, K. A.; van der Pluijm, B. A.

    2006-12-01

    Studies of drainage basin erosion and landform evolution are often limited by not knowing where sediment is sourced from and how erosion rates vary over different time scales. Detrital thermochronometer cooling ages collected from modern river sediments and basin deposits provide a promising tool to address these problems. We present two applications of detrital thermochronology to quantify: (1) spatial variations in erosion using modern river sediments; and (2) temporal variations in erosion calculated using syntectonic sedimentary deposits. In our first application, the elevation dependence of detrital apatite (U-Th)/He (AHe) ages is used to track the elevations where sediment is produced from bedrock. The ages are measured in river sediments from the mouth of two catchments in the Sierra Nevada, California, and used as sediment tracers to quantify spatial variations in erosion. We measured ~54 AHe single grain ages from each catchment. Measured AHe age probability density functions (PDFs) were compared with predicted PDFs, calculated by convolving catchment hypsometry with bedrock age-elevation relationships. Statistical comparison of the PDFs evaluates the spatial distribution of erosion in the catchments. Predicted and observed PDFs are statistically identical for the nonglaciated Inyo Creek catchment, indicating uniform erosion. However, a statistically significant lack of older ages is observed in the recently deglaciated Lone Pine catchment, suggesting sediment is derived from the lower half of the catchment; possibly due to sediment storage at higher elevations and/or enhanced erosion at intermediate elevations. Second, we evaluate the ability of detrital thermochronology to record transients in drainage basin erosion on million year time scales. A transient 1D thermal model is used to predict cooling ages in a syntectonic stratigraphic section where sediment is sourced from a region with temporally variable erosion. In simulations with transient erosion

  8. Recent developments in spinel at NRL (Conference Presentation)

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    Bayya, Shyam S.; Villalobos, Guillermo; Kim, Woohong; Hunt, Michael; Rock, Benjamin; Sanghera, Jasbinder S.; Sadowski, Bryan; Aggarwal, Ishwar

    2017-05-01

    Transparent magnesium aluminate spinel (MgAl2O4) ceramic has excellent transmission from the UV to mid-wave IR. It is rugged with strength that is 5x that of glass. Spinel also has better IR transmission compared to sapphire and ALON. Because of its superior mechanical and optical properties, it is considered as a sensor window for numerous military platforms. At the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), we have focused on process developments to facilitate wider acceptance of spinel for various applications. These developments include purification of spinel to reduce the absorption and scattering losses, as well as new processes to make conformal spinel windows and also to reduce manufacturing and finishing costs. In this presentation, we will provide an update on all the spinel activities at NRL

  9. Vanadium-spinel composites for structural applications in hostile environments

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    Schwarz, R.B.; Wetteland, C.J.; Shen, T.D. [and others

    1997-05-01

    Vanadium-spinel composites are promising materials for structural applications in radiation environments. Powders of two Vanadium-spinel composites, 20/80 vol. %, were prepared by (a) ball milling mixtures of vanadium and spinel powders (alloy VSLP) and (b) through a self-sustained reaction synthesis of vanadium, MgO, and Al powders (alloy VSHP). These powders were consolidated by hot isostatic pressing. Most of the V and spinel domains in the the compacts are sub-micron in size. The compacts have K{sub c} toughness values of 3.9, about three times the toughness obtained by hipping mixtures of commercial powders.

  10. ZnO-based spinels grown by electrodeposition

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    TORTOSA JORQUES, MARÍA DOLORES; Manjón Herrera, Francisco Javier; Mollar García, Miguel Alfonso; Marí Soucase, Bernabé

    2012-01-01

    We report on the synthesis of thin films of ZnCo 2O 4 and ZnMn 2O 4 spinels, as well as pure Co 3O 4 and Mn 3O 4 spinels, by means of electrodeposition. Spinel thin films have been analyzed by energy dispersive spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, and Raman spectroscopy. We show that under determined deposition conditions the initial wurtzite structure of Co- and Mn-doped ZnO develops into spinel structures when the Co and Mn concentration in the films is above the solubility limit of these ions ...

  11. How Reliable is Your Detrital Geothermochronological Data? Quantifying the Influence of Abrasion on Detrital Heavy Minerals Through Numerical Modelling

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    Lavarini, C.; Attal, M.; Kirstein, L. A.

    2016-12-01

    Detrital heavy minerals, particularly zircon, have been used to learn about the early evolution of the Earth and are often the only record we have of events that have affected the geological evolution of rocks at the Earth's surface (Watson and Harrison, 2005). Recently, many studies have focused on the investigation of natural and artificial bias in detrital mineral analysis in order to enhance the technique's reliability (e.g., Moecher and Samson, 2006). However, in spite of the widely-known influence of physical abrasion, no attempts have been made to quantitatively assess how it potentially biases abrasion-driven products such as the mineral assemblages on which geothermochronology relies. Here, through numerical modelling, we explore how varying a series of parameters (rock erodibility, zircon fertility, sediment travel distance, source area lithology, and initial bedload ratio) yields different river loads and zircon signatures over the fluvial system. We assume that pebbles are abraded according to the commonly used Sternberg's law (1875) and that fining due to selective sorting is negligible as well as all abrasion products are in the sand size fraction. Our results highlight that the spatial location of lithologies and variations in erodibility strongly influence the release of zircon grains into the sand fraction. Even in a scenario where a catchment is made of two lithologies with identical properties, the one further from the outlet contributes relatively more zircon to the sand fraction collected at the outlet. The experiments also show the strong influence of fertility on zircon abundance in sands, and that bias increases with basin size due to the exponential nature of abrasion. These results highlight that abrasion must be carefully accounted as a natural bias in the investigation of detrital zircons for provenance research.

  12. Slow crack growth in spinel in water

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    Schwantes, S.; Elber, W.

    1983-01-01

    Magnesium aluminate spinel was tested in a water environment at room temperature to establish its slow crack-growth behavior. Ring specimens with artificial flaws on the outside surface were loaded hydraulically on the inside surface. The time to failure was measured. Various precracking techniques were evaluated and multiple precracks were used to minimize the scatter in the static fatigue tests. Statistical analysis techniques were developed to determine the strength and crack velocities for a single flaw. Slow crack-growth rupture was observed at stress intensities as low as 70 percent of K sub c. A strengthening effect was observed in specimens that had survived long-time static fatigue tests.

  13. Convergence of detrital stoichiometry predicts thresholds of nutrient-stimulated breakdown in streams.

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    Manning, David W P; Rosemond, Amy D; Gulis, Vladislav; Benstead, Jonathan P; Kominoski, John S; Maerz, John C

    2016-09-01

    Nutrient enrichment of detritus-based streams increases detrital resource quality for consumers and stimulates breakdown rates of particulate organic carbon (C). The relative importance of dissolved inorganic nitrogen (N) vs. phosphorus (P) for detrital quality and their effects on microbial- vs. detritivore-mediated detrital breakdown are poorly understood. We tested effects of experimental N and P additions on detrital stoichiometry (C:N, C:P) and total and microbial breakdown (i.e., with and without detritivorous shredders, respectively) of five detritus types (four leaf litter species and wood) with different initial C : nutrient content. We enriched five headwater streams continuously for two years at different relative availabilities of N and P and compared breakdown rates and detrital stoichiometry to pretreatment conditions. Total breakdown rates increased with nutrient enrichment and were predicted by altered detrital stoichiometry. Streamwater N and P, fungal biomass, and their interactions affected stoichiometry of detritus. Streamwater N and P decreased detrital C:N, whereas streamwater P had stronger negative effects on detrital C:P. Nutrient addition and fungal biomass reduced C:N by 70% and C:P by 83% on average after conditioning, compared to only 26% for C:N and 10% for C:P under pretreatment conditions. Detritus with lowest initial nutrient content changed the most and had greatest increases in total breakdown rates. Detrital stoichiometry was reduced and differences among detritus types were homogenized by nutrient enrichment. With enrichment, detrital nutrient content approached detritivore nutritional requirements and stimulated greater detritivore vs. microbial litter breakdown. We used breakpoint regression to estimate values of detrital stoichiometry that can potentially be used to indicate elevated breakdown rates. Breakpoint ratios for total breakdown were 41 (C:N) and 1518 (C:P), coinciding with total breakdown rates that were ~1.9

  14. Periclase spinel bricks in the cement industry. Periklas-Spinell-Steine in der Zementindustrie

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    Olbrich, M.; Dobrowsky, F.

    1989-10-01

    Intensified environmental requirements are leading some countries to abandon refractory products which contain chromium. The industry is being asked to develop corresponding products which are free from chrome ore so that substitution is possible without a break. In addition to spinel bricks which are produced by a reaction between Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} and MgO when the brick is fired there are also those containing spinel which has been prepared in advance. The present article makes a partial comparison of the two types with respect to their important physical test values. Details are also given of their thermomechanical and coating behaviours including a comparison with traditional magnesia chrome bricks. The comparison shows that the refractory industry is in a position to offer a complete, chrome-free, lining for rotary cement kilns which can even show improvements in quality. (orig.).

  15. Synthesis of magnesium aluminate spinel by periclase and alumina chlorination

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    Orosco, Pablo, E-mail: porosco@unsl.edu.ar [Instituto de Investigaciones en Tecnología Química (INTEQUI), Chacabuco y Pedernera, San Luis (Argentina); Facultad de Química, Bioquímica y Farmacia, Universidad Nacional de San Luis Chacabuco y Pedernera, San Luis (Argentina); Barbosa, Lucía [Instituto de Investigaciones en Tecnología Química (INTEQUI), Chacabuco y Pedernera, San Luis (Argentina); Instituto de Ciencias Básicas (ICB), Universidad Nacional de Cuyo Parque General San Martín, Mendoza (Argentina); Ruiz, María del Carmen [Instituto de Investigaciones en Tecnología Química (INTEQUI), Chacabuco y Pedernera, San Luis (Argentina); Facultad de Química, Bioquímica y Farmacia, Universidad Nacional de San Luis Chacabuco y Pedernera, San Luis (Argentina)

    2014-11-15

    Highlights: • Use of chlorination for the synthesis of magnesium aluminate spinel. • The reagents used were alumina, periclase and chlorine. • Isothermal and non-isothermal assays were performed in air and Cl{sub 2}–N{sub 2} flows. • The chlorination produced magnesium aluminate spinel at 700 °C. • Selectivity of the chlorination reaction to obtain spinel is very high. - Abstract: A pyrometallurgical route for the synthesis of magnesium aluminate spinel by thermal treatment of a mechanical mixture containing 29 wt% MgO (periclase) and 71 wt% Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} (alumina) in chlorine atmosphere was developed and the results were compared with those obtained by calcining the same mixture of oxides in air atmosphere. Isothermal and non-isothermal assays were performed in an experimental piece of equipment adapted to work in corrosive atmospheres. Both reagents and products were analyzed by differential thermal analysis (DTA), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and X-ray fluorescence (XRF). Thermal treatment in Cl{sub 2} atmosphere of the MgO–Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} mixture produces magnesium aluminate spinel at 700 °C, while in air, magnesium spinel is generated at 930 °C. The synthesis reaction of magnesium aluminate spinel was complete at 800 °C.

  16. Recent developments in transparent spinel ceramic and composite windows

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    Bayya, Shyam; Villalobos, Guillermo; Kim, Woohong; Sanghera, Jas; Chin, Geoff; Hunt, Michael; Sadowski, Bryan; Miklos, Fritz; Aggarwal, Ishwar

    2013-09-01

    The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory has pioneered the development of sintering processes for making highly transparent optical ceramics. For example, we have demonstrated the fabrication of record low absorption loss spinel as an exit window for High Energy Laser systems and rare earth doped Y2O3 and Lu2O3 for solid-state ceramic lasers. We have also developed thick spinel windows for submarine photonic masts and predicted the performance of an imaging system using testing and modeling. More recently, we have developed a novel approach of hot pressing where a transparent ceramic is produced in the net shape without requiring post polishing. This technology will result in significant cost savings associated with polishing the final optical element. We are also developing motheye structures on spinel surface to provide rugged anti-reflective solutions. We had earlier identified a Barium GalloGermanate (BGG) glass with matching index and expansion coefficient to spinel. We had demonstrated fabrication of a laminated dome for the Joint Air to Ground Missile (JAGM) program and the technology was transitioned to industry. We have pushed this technology further by developing a BGG glass - spinel ceramic transparent micro-composite, which can be processed well below spinel sintering temperatures. To address the relatively lower strength of BGG glass compared with spinel, we developed an ion-exchange process and achieved strengths up to 450 MPa. This paper gives a summary of our recent findings.

  17. Half-magnetization plateaux in Cr spinels

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    Shannon, N [H. H. Wills Physics Lab, Tyndall Av., Bristol BS8 1TL (United Kingdom); Ueda, H [ISSP, University of Tokyo, Kashiwa, 277-8581 (Japan); Motome, Y [Department of Applied Physics, University of Tokyo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-8656 (Japan); Penc, K [Research Institute for Solid State Physics and Optics, H-1525 Budapest, P.O.B. 49 (Hungary); Shiba, H [The Institute of Pure and Applied Physics, 2-31-22 Yushima, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-0034 (Japan); Takagi, H [Department of Advanced Materials Science, University of Tokyo, Kashiwa, 277-8651 (Japan)

    2006-11-15

    Magnetization plateaux, visible as anomalies in magnetic susceptibility at low temperatures, are one of the hallmarks of frustrated magnetism. An extremely robust halfmagnetization plateau is observed in the spinel oxides CdCr{sub 2}O{sub 4} and HgCr{sub 2}O{sub 4}, where it is accompanied by a substantial lattice distortion. We give an overview of the present state experiment for CdCr{sub 2}O{sub 4} and HgCr{sub 2}O{sub 4}, and show how such a half-magnetization plateau arises quite naturally in a simple model of these systems, once coupling to the lattice is taken into account.

  18. SYNTHESIS AND MAGNETIC PROPERTIES OF Zn SPINEL CERAMICS

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    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available We present the synthesis and characterization of ZnTM2O4 spinels (where TM = Cr3+, Mn3+, Fe3+ and Co3+, which are possible impurity phases in TM-doped ZnO that represent a large family of diluted magnetic semiconductors (DMS. The aim of our study was to find a uniform technique simplifying the whole synthesis of zinc spinels and their magnetic characterization. The synthesis was carried out by a conventional ceramic route with one calcination and two sintering steps. The structure of the prepared samples was proofed by X-ray diffraction analysis and magnetic properties were studied using SQUID magnetometer. Excluding the cobalt spinel, all spinels were singe phase and showed antiferromagnetic behavior.

  19. Thermal expansion of spinel-type Si3N4

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    Paszkowics, W.; Minkikayev, R.; Piszora, P.

    2004-01-01

    The lattice parameter and thermal expansion coefficient (TEC) for the spinel-type Si3N4 phase prepared under high-pressure and high-temperature conditions are determined for 14 K......The lattice parameter and thermal expansion coefficient (TEC) for the spinel-type Si3N4 phase prepared under high-pressure and high-temperature conditions are determined for 14 K...

  20. Scale up of large ALON® and spinel windows

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    Goldman, Lee M.; Kashalikar, Uday; Ramisetty, Mohan; Jha, Santosh; Sastri, Suri

    2017-05-01

    Aluminum Oxynitride (ALON® Transparent Ceramic) and Magnesia Aluminate Spinel (Spinel) combine broadband transparency with excellent mechanical properties. Their cubic structure means that they are transparent in their polycrystalline form, allowing them to be manufactured by conventional powder processing techniques. Surmet has scaled up its ALON® production capability to produce and deliver windows as large as 4.4 sq ft. We have also produced our first 6 sq ft window. We are in the process of producing 7 sq ft ALON® window blanks for armor applications; and scale up to even larger, high optical quality blanks for Recce window applications is underway. Surmet also produces spinel for customers that require superior transmission at the longer wavelengths in the mid wave infra-red (MWIR). Spinel windows have been limited to smaller sizes than have been achieved with ALON. To date the largest spinel window produced is 11x18-in, and windows 14x20-in size are currently in process. Surmet is now scaling up its spinel processing capability to produce high quality window blanks as large as 19x27-in for sensor applications.

  1. Effects of thermal metamorphism on compositions of lunar spinels

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    Misra, K. C.; Taylor, L. A.

    1977-01-01

    The reported study represents an attempt to evaluate experimentally the compositional and textural changes that are likely to be observed in the Fe-Ti-Cr spinels of lunar igneous rocks by subsequent thermal metamorphism. The Apollo 12 igneous rock, 12018,43, was chosen for this investigation because an earlier study of another fraction of this rock by El Goresy et al. (1971) has reported an almost continuous trend of spinel compositions between Cr-Ulvoespinel and Ti-chromite. The nature of the compositional changes in the heated spinels (and ilmenites) is found to be such that the changes cannot be explained by intragranular adjustments alone. In the heated sample, pyroxene grains adjacent to the high-Ti spinels show a decrease in FeO, and an increase in MgO and Al2O3 at the interface. This may account for the MgO depletion and a part of the FeO enrichment in the high-Ti spinels. It is believed that the heating experiment demonstrates that thermal metamorphism of lunar basalts is likely to modify the compositions of their preexisting spinels (and ilmenites).

  2. Grenville Zircon Fertility, Baby Boom, and Baby Boom Echo; Natural Bias in the Detrital Zircon Record

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    Moecher, D. P.; Samson, S. D.

    2006-12-01

    Grenville-aged (~1150-1050 Ma) granitoids of eastern Laurentia exposed in Appalachian basement massifs are as much as 20 times more Zr-rich and much more fertile for crystallizing zircon compared to Paleozoic Laurentian granitoids of the Eastern Blue Ridge, Inner Piedmont, and Carolina terranes. Erosion of Grenville source rocks generates disproportionately large numbers and/or sizes of detrital zircon compared to less fertile magmatic sources. The latter are essentially undetectable by standard detrital zircon provenance methods (SHRIMP or LA-ICP-MS analysis of magmatic cores of >100 micron grains). Grenvillian zircon fertility biased the Neoproterozoic to Recent detrital record as a result of: (1) zircon durability and insolubility in aqueous fluids means detrital zircons eroded from Grenville basement terranes are recycled during repeated orogenesis; (2) inertness of zircon below upper amphibolite facies (onset of anatexis), and high Zr resulting from concentration of detrital zircon in sedimentary protoliths, means dominantly metasedimentary terranes will fail to generate sufficient new zircon corresponding in age to the time of accretion of those terranes to Laurentia. Zircon growth under incipient anatectic conditions generates new zircon as overgrowths on detrital magmatic cores; overgrowths are often too thin to analyze by ion or laser beam. In this case, metasedimentary terranes may be rendered essentially undetectable. New `magmatic' zircon may be generated with greater degrees of anatexis, but might be inferred to be of plutonic, not metamorphic, parentage. Grenville modes dominate detrital zircon age distributions for: Laurentian Neoproterozoic rift basins; Neoproterozoic to Lower Ordovician passive margin sequences; Appalachian Paleozoic syn-orogenic clastic sequences; Appalachian metasedimentary terranes; and modern rivers. The latter is surprising since Grenville terranes comprise baby boom' that echoed through later orogenies. The natural Grenville

  3. Spinel cobalt ferrite by complexometric synthesis

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    Thang, Pham D. [Inorganic Materials Science, Faculty of Science and Technology, MESA Institute for Nanotechnology, University of Twente, P.O. Box 217, 7500 AE Enschede (Netherlands)]. E-mail: t.d.pham@tnw.utwente.nl; Rijnders, Guus [Inorganic Materials Science, Faculty of Science and Technology, MESA Institute for Nanotechnology, University of Twente, P.O. Box 217, 7500 AE Enschede (Netherlands); Blank, Dave H.A. [Inorganic Materials Science, Faculty of Science and Technology, MESA Institute for Nanotechnology, University of Twente, P.O. Box 217, 7500 AE Enschede (Netherlands)

    2005-09-15

    Magnetic fine particles of cobalt ferrite (CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}) have been synthesized using complexometric method in which ethylene diamine tetra acetic acid C{sub 10}H{sub 16}N{sub 2}O{sub 8} (EDTA) acts as a complexing agent. The crystallographic structure, microstructure and magnetic properties of the synthesized powder were characterized by using X-ray diffraction (XRD), particle size analysis and vibrating sample magnetometry (VSM). The material crystallized in cubic spinel structure with lattice parameter of about 8.38 A. Depending on the calcining temperature, the particle size of the powders varies in the range of hundreds of nanometers to tens of micrometers. A desired relative density above 95% of the theoretical value is obtained for the bulk sample after sintering. The calcined powders and sintered sample exhibit saturation magnetizations around 80 Am{sup 2}/kg which is expected for inverse CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}. With increasing calcining temperature the coercivity of these samples decreases. This simple synthesis route leads to a reproducible and stoichiometric material.

  4. Micromagnetic simulations of spinel ferrite particles

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    Dantas, Christine C., E-mail: ccdantas@iae.cta.b [Divisao de Materiais (AMR), Instituto de Aeronautica e Espaco (IAE), Departamento de Ciencia e Tecnologia Aeroespacial - DCTA (Brazil); Gama, Adriana M., E-mail: adriana-gama@uol.com.b [Divisao de Materiais (AMR), Instituto de Aeronautica e Espaco (IAE), Departamento de Ciencia e Tecnologia Aeroespacial - DCTA (Brazil)

    2010-10-15

    This paper presents the results of simulations of the magnetization field ac response (at 2-12 GHz) of various submicron ferrite particles (cylindrical dots). The ferrites in the present simulations have the spinel structure, expressed here by M{sub 1}-{sub n}Zn{sub n}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} (where M stands for a divalent metal), and the parameters chosen were the following: (a) for n=0: M={l_brace}Fe, Mn, Co, Ni, Mg, Cu {r_brace}; (b) for n=0.1: M = {l_brace}Fe, Mg{r_brace} (mixed ferrites). These runs represent full 3D micromagnetic (one-particle) ferrite simulations. We find evidences of confined spin waves in all simulations, as well as a complex behavior nearby the main resonance peak in the case of the M = {l_brace}Mg, Cu{r_brace} ferrites. A comparison of the n=0 and n=0.1 cases for fixed M reveals a significant change in the spectra in M = Mg ferrites, but only a minor change in the M=Fe case. An additional larger scale simulation of a 3 by 3 particle array was performed using similar conditions of the Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} (magnetite; n=0, M = Fe) one-particle simulation. We find that the main resonance peak of the Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} one-particle simulation is disfigured in the corresponding 3 by 3 particle simulation, indicating the extent to which dipolar interactions are able to affect the main resonance peak in that magnetic compound.

  5. Quantum mechanical method for estimating ionicity of spinel ferrites

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    Ji, D.H. [Hebei Advanced Thin Films Laboratory, Department of Physics, Hebei Normal University, Shijiazhuang City 050024 (China); Tang, G.D., E-mail: tanggd@mail.hebtu.edu.cn [Hebei Advanced Thin Films Laboratory, Department of Physics, Hebei Normal University, Shijiazhuang City 050024 (China); Li, Z.Z.; Hou, X.; Han, Q.J.; Qi, W.H.; Liu, S.R.; Bian, R.R. [Hebei Advanced Thin Films Laboratory, Department of Physics, Hebei Normal University, Shijiazhuang City 050024 (China)

    2013-01-15

    The ionicity (0.879) of cubic spinel ferrite Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} has been determined, using both experimental magnetization and density of state calculations from the density functional theory. Furthermore, a quantum mechanical estimation method for the ionicity of spinel ferrites is proposed by comparing the results from Phillips' ionicity. On the basis of this, ionicities of the spinel ferrites MFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} (M=Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu) are calculated. As an application, the ion distribution at (A) and [B] sites of (A)[B]{sub 2}O{sub 4} spinel ferrites MFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} (M=Fe, Co, Ni, Cu) are calculated using current ionicity values. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The ionicity of Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} was determined as 0.879 by the density functional theory. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The ionicities of spinel ferrites were estimated by a quantum mechanical method. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A quantum mechanical method estimating ionicity is suitable for II-VI compounds. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The ion distributions of MFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} are calculated by current ionicities values.

  6. Spin Filtering in Epitaxial Spinel Films with Nanoscale Phase Separation

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    Li, Peng

    2017-05-08

    The coexistence of ferromagnetic metallic phase and antiferromagnetic insulating phase in nanoscaled inhomogeneous perovskite oxides accounts for the colossal magnetoresistance. Although the model of spin-polarized electron transport across antiphase boundaries has been commonly employed to account for large magnetoresistance (MR) in ferrites, the magnetic anomalies, the two magnetic phases and enhanced molecular moment, are still unresolved. We observed a sizable MR in epitaxial spinel films (NiCo2O4-δ) that is much larger than that commonly observed in spinel ferrites. Detailed analysis reveals that this MR can be attributed to phase separation, in which the perfect ferrimagnetic metallic phase and ferrimagnetic insulating phase coexist. The magnetic insulating phase plays an important role in spin filtering in these phase separated spinel oxides, leading to a sizable MR effect. A spin filtering model based on Zeeman effect and direct tunneling is developed to account for MR of the phase separated films.

  7. Elastic stability of high dose neutron irradiated spinel

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    Li, Z.; Chan, S.K. [Argonne National Lab., Chicago, IL (United States); Garner, F.A. [Pacific Northwest Lab., Richland, WA (United States)] [and others

    1995-04-01

    The objective of this effort is to identify ceramic materials that are suitable for fusion reactor applications. Elastic constants (C{sub 11}, C{sub 12}, and C{sub 44}) of spinel (MgAl{sub 2}O{sub 4}) single crystals irradiated to very high neutron fluences have geen measured by an ultrasonic technique. Although results of a neutron diffraction study show that cation occupation sites are significantly changed in the irradiated samples, no measurable differences occurred in their elastic properties. In order to understand such behavior, the elastic properties of a variety of materials with either normal or inverse spinel structures were studied. The cation valence and cation distribution appear to have little influence on the elastic properties of spinel materials.

  8. Spin Filtering in Epitaxial Spinel Films with Nanoscale Phase Separation.

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    Li, Peng; Xia, Chuan; Li, Jun; Zhu, Zhiyong; Wen, Yan; Zhang, Qiang; Zhang, Junwei; Peng, Yong; Alshareef, Husam N; Zhang, Xixiang

    2017-05-23

    The coexistence of ferromagnetic metallic phase and antiferromagnetic insulating phase in nanoscaled inhomogeneous perovskite oxides accounts for the colossal magnetoresistance. Although the model of spin-polarized electron transport across antiphase boundaries has been commonly employed to account for large magnetoresistance (MR) in ferrites, the magnetic anomalies, the two magnetic phases and enhanced molecular moment, are still unresolved. We observed a sizable MR in epitaxial spinel films (NiCo2O4-δ) that is much larger than that commonly observed in spinel ferrites. Detailed analysis reveals that this MR can be attributed to phase separation, in which the perfect ferrimagnetic metallic phase and ferrimagnetic insulating phase coexist. The magnetic insulating phase plays an important role in spin filtering in these phase separated spinel oxides, leading to a sizable MR effect. A spin filtering model based on Zeeman effect and direct tunneling is developed to account for MR of the phase separated films.

  9. The Microstructure and Properties of Alumina—Rich Spinel and Its Products

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    SHIGan; SUNGeng-chen

    1995-01-01

    The paper describes the effect of chemical composition on the microstructure and properties of spinel specimens synthesized from bauxite and magnesite,The alumina-rich spinel with higher ratio of Al2O3/MgO,with smaller spinel grain,contains more titaniferous mineral and silicate phase compared to the spinel with lower Al2O3/MgO ratio.In the products obtained from alumina-rich spinel and magnesite clinker,the ratio of Al2O3/MgO of spinel decreases,ti-taniferous mineral and silicate phase in the spinel aggregate are changed,and its content tends to degradation,contrasted with original alumina-rich spinel,The products have good high temperature properties.

  10. A method for evaluating basement exhumation histories from closure age distributions of detrital minerals

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    Lovera, Oscar M. [Department of Earth and Space Sciences and Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics, University of California, Los Angeles (United States); Grove, Marty [Department of Earth and Space Sciences and Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics, University of California, Los Angeles (United States); Kimbrough, David L. [Department of Geological Sciences, San Diego State University, San Diego, California (United States); Abbott, Patrick L. [Department of Geological Sciences, San Diego State University, San Diego, California (United States)

    1999-12-10

    We have developed a two-dimensional, thermokinetic model that predicts the closure age distributions of detrital minerals from pervasively intruded and differentially exhumed basement. Using this model, we outline a method to determine the denudation history of orogenic regions on the basis of closure age distributions in synorogenic to postorogenic forearc strata. At relatively high mean denudation rates of 0.5 km m.y.-1 sustained over millions of years, magmatic heating events have minimal influence upon the age distributions of detrital minerals such as K-feldspar that are moderately retentive of radiogenic Ar. At lower rates, however, the effects of batholith emplacement may be substantial. We have applied the approach to detrital K-feldspars from forearc strata derived from the deeply denuded Peninsular Ranges batholith (PRB). Agreement of the denudation history deduced from the detrital K-feldspar data with thermochronologic constraints from exposed PRB basement lead us to conclude that exhumation histories of magmatic arcs should be decipherable solely from closure age distributions of detrital minerals whose depositional age is known. (c) 1999 American Geophysical Union.

  11. Cation disorder in high-dose, neutron-irradiated spinel

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    Sickafus, K.E.; Larson, A.C.; Yu, N. [Los Alamos National Lab., CA (United States)] [and others

    1995-04-01

    The objective of this effort is to determine whether MgAl{sub 2}O{sub 4} spinel is a suitable ceramic for fusion applications. The crystal structures of MgAl{sub 2}O{sub 4} spinel single crystals irradiated to high neutron fluences [>5{times}10{sup 26} n/m{sup 2} (E{sub n}>0.1 MeV)] were examined by neutron diffraction. Crystal structure refinement of the highese dose sample indicated that the average scattering strength of the tetrahedral crystal sites decreased by {approx}20% while increasing by {approx}8% on octahedral sites.

  12. Enhancement of MgAl2O4 spinel formation from coprecipitated precursor by powder processing

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    Soumen Pal; A K Bandyopadhyay; S Mukherjee; B N Samaddar; P G Pal

    2011-07-01

    Although low temperature fast coprecipitation technique has been used to synthesize stoichiometric (MgO–nAl2O3, = 1) MgAl2O4 spinel forming precursor, delayed spinellization has always been the concern in this process. In this article, the precursor of this ‘fast technique’ has been used for bulk production by further processing by high speed mixing with solvents and mechanical activation by attrition milling in terms of superior spinellization. At 1000°C, MgAl2O4 – -Al2O3 solid solution and MgO phases are formed (spinel formed by 1000°C is regarded as primary spinel). At higher temperatures, due to large agglomerate size, MgO can not properly interact with the exsolved -Al2O3 from spinel solid solution to form secondary spinel; and consequently spinellization gets affected. Solvent treatment and attrition milling of the coprecipitated precursor disintegrate the larger agglomerates into smaller size (effect is more in attrition). Then MgO comes in proper contact with exsolved alumina, and therefore total spinel formation (primary + secondary) is enhanced. Extent of spinellization, for processed calcined samples where some alumina exists as solid solution with spinel, can be determined from the percentage conversion of MgO. Analysis of the processed powders suggests that the 4 h attrited precursor is most effective in terms of nano size (< 25 nm) stoichiometric spinel crystallite formation at ≤ 1100°C.

  13. Distributional Feature of Detrital Minerais in the Superficial Sediment of South Yellow Sea

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    王红霞; 林振宏; 郭玉贵

    2004-01-01

    The composition of detrital minerals with grades of 0.063 - 0.25 mm in the superficial sediment of South Yellow Sea is mainly studied in the paper. The research result shows that the minerals can be divided into more than fifty sorts. The light minerals are mainly feldspar, quartz, mica, etc. The heavy minerals are mainly composed of amphibole, epidote, mica, autogeny pyrite, magnetite, hematite, garnet,zircon and so on, which mainly distribute in the sediments of silty clay and lutaceous silt. According to the content and distribution of the main minerals, the research area isdivided into five miteral combination provinces. The assembled types of minerals in every province have close relationship with its hydrodynamic conditions and sedimentary environment. And the sorts of detrital minerals also show that the detrital substances in the sedimentary areas mainly originate from the drainage areas of rivers,bedrock weathering, and transformed sediment, etc.

  14. Reduction of a Ni/Spinel Catalyst for Methane Reforming

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    Kehres, Jan; Andreasen, Jens Wenzel; Fløystad, Jostein Bø

    2015-01-01

    A nickel/spinel (Ni/MgAl2O4) catalyst, w(Ni) = 22 wt%, was investigated in situ during reduction with wide angle X-ray scattering (WAXS) in a laboratory setup and with anomalous small angle X-ray scattering (ASAXS) at a synchrotron source. Complementary high resolution transmission electron micro...

  15. Photoelectrochemical properties of ferrites with the spinel structure

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    Haart, L.G.J. De; Blasse, G.

    1985-01-01

    The photoelectrochemical properties of the ferrites ZnFe2O4, MgFe2O4 and Li0.5O4 with the spinel structure are reported. The ferrites seem reasonable candidates for photoanodes in a photoelectrochemical cell, because of their 2.2 eV bandgap. The results show, however, that the visible absorptivity,

  16. Infrared Transparent Spinel Films with p -Type Conductivity

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    Windisch, Charles F.; Exarhos, Gregory J.; Ferris, Kim F.; Engelhard, Mark H.; Stewart, Donald C.

    2001-11-29

    Spinel oxide films containing at least two transition metal cations were found to exhibit p-type conductivity with high optical transparency from the visible to wavelengths near 15 micrometers. Resistivities as low as 0.003 ohm-cm were measured on 100 nm thick rf sputter deposited films that contained nickel and cobalt. Optical spectra, Raman scattering and XPS measurements indicated the valency of nickel localized on octahedral sites within the spinel lattice determines these properties. Electronic band structure calculations corroborated the experimental results. A resistivity minimum was found at the composition NiCo2O4 deposited from aqueous or alcoholic solutions followed by subsequent annealing at 400 degrees C in air. Solution deposited films richer in nickel than this stoichiometry always were found to phase separate into nickel oxide and a spinel phase with concomitant loss in conductivity. However, the phase stability region could be extended to higher nickel contents when rf-sputter deposition techniques were used. Sputter deposited spinel films having a nickel to cobalt ratio less than 2 were found to exhibit the highest conductivity. Results suggest that the phase stability region for these materials can be extended through appropriate choice of deposition conditions. A possible mechanism that promotes high conductivity in this system is thought to be charge transfer between the resident di- and trivalent cations that may be assisted by the magnetic nature of the oxide film.

  17. Lithium manganese spinel materials for high-rate electrochemical applications

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    Anna V. Potapenko; Sviatoslav A. Kirillov

    2014-01-01

    In order to successively compete with supercapacitors, an ability of fast discharge is a must for lithium-ion batteries. From this point of view, stoichiometric and substituted lithium manganese spinels as cathode materials are one of the most prospective candidates, especially in their nanosized form. In this article, an overview of the most recent data regarding physico-chemical and electrochemical properties of lithium manganese spinels, especially, LiMn2O4 and LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4, synthesized by means of various methods is presented, with special emphasis of their use in high-rate electrochemical applications. In particular, specific capacities and rate capabilities of spinel materials are analyzed. It is suggested that reduced specific capacity is determined primarily by the aggregation of material particles, whereas good high-rate capability is governed not only by the size of crystallites but also by the perfectness of crystals. The most technologically advantageous solutions are described, existing gaps in the knowledge of spinel materials are outlined, and the ways of their filling are suggested, in a hope to be helpful in keeping lithium batteries afloat in the struggle for a worthy place among electrochemical energy systems of the 21st century.

  18. Identification of Spinel Iron Oxide Nanoparticles by 57Fe NMR

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    SangGap Lee

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available We have synthesized and studied monodisperse iron oxide nanoparticles of smaller than 10 nm to identify between the two spinel phases, magnetite and maghemite. It is shown that 57Fe NMR spectroscopy is a promising tool for distinguishing between the two phases.

  19. Investigation of High-Temperature Slag/Copper/Spinel Interactions

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    De Wilde, Evelien; Bellemans, Inge; Campforts, Mieke; Guo, Muxing; Blanpain, Bart; Moelans, Nele; Verbeken, Kim

    2016-12-01

    An important cause for the mechanical entrainment of copper droplets in slags during primary and secondary copper production is their interaction with solid spinel particles, hindering the sedimentation of the copper droplets. In the present study, the interactions between the three phases involved (slag-Cu droplets-spinel solids) were investigated using an adapted sessile drop experiment, combined with detailed microstructural investigation of the interaction zone. An industrially relevant synthetic PbO-CaO-SiO2-Cu2O-Al2O3-FeO-ZnO slag system, a MgAl2O4 spinel particle, and pure copper were examined with electron microscopy after their brief interaction at 1523 K (1250 °C). Based on the experimental results, a mechanism depending on the interlinked dissolved Cu and oxygen contents within the slag is proposed to describe the origin of the phenomenon of sticking Cu alloy droplets. In addition, the oxygen potential gradient across the phases ( i.e., liquid Cu, slag, and spinel) appears to affect the Cu entrainment, as deduced from a microstructural analysis.

  20. Investigation of High-Temperature Slag/Copper/Spinel Interactions

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    De Wilde, Evelien; Bellemans, Inge; Campforts, Mieke; Guo, Muxing; Blanpain, Bart; Moelans, Nele; Verbeken, Kim

    2016-09-01

    An important cause for the mechanical entrainment of copper droplets in slags during primary and secondary copper production is their interaction with solid spinel particles, hindering the sedimentation of the copper droplets. In the present study, the interactions between the three phases involved (slag-Cu droplets-spinel solids) were investigated using an adapted sessile drop experiment, combined with detailed microstructural investigation of the interaction zone. An industrially relevant synthetic PbO-CaO-SiO2-Cu2O-Al2O3-FeO-ZnO slag system, a MgAl2O4 spinel particle, and pure copper were examined with electron microscopy after their brief interaction at 1523 K (1250 °C). Based on the experimental results, a mechanism depending on the interlinked dissolved Cu and oxygen contents within the slag is proposed to describe the origin of the phenomenon of sticking Cu alloy droplets. In addition, the oxygen potential gradient across the phases (i.e., liquid Cu, slag, and spinel) appears to affect the Cu entrainment, as deduced from a microstructural analysis.

  1. How Rich is Rich? Placing Constraints on the Abundance of Spinel in the Pink Spinel Anorthosite Lithology on the Moon Through Space Weathering

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    Gross, J.; Gillis-Davis, J.; Isaacson, P. J.; Le, L.

    2015-01-01

    previously unknown lunar rock was recently recognized in the Moon Mineralogy Mapper (M(sup 3)) visible to near-infrared (VNIR) reflectance spectra. The rock type is rich in Mg-Al spinel (approximately 30%) and plagioclase and contains less than 5% mafic silicate minerals (olivine and pyroxene). The identification of this pink spinel anorthosite (PSA) at the Moscoviense basin has sparked new interest in lunar spinel. Pieters et al. suggested that these PSA deposits might be an important component of the lunar crust. However, Mg-Al spinel is rare in the Apollo and meteorite sample collections (only up to a few wt%), and occurs mostly in troctolites and troctolitic cataclastites. In this study, we are conducting a series of experiments (petrologic and space weathering) to investigate whether deposits of spinel identified by remote sensing are in high concentration (e.g. 30%) or whether the concentrations of spinel in these deposits are more like lunar samples, which contain only a few wt%. To examine the possibility of an impact-melt origin for PSA, conducted 1-bar crystallization experiments on rock compositions similar to pink spinel troctolite 65785. The VNIR spectral reflectance analyses of the low-temperature experiments yield absorption features similar to those of the PSA lithology detected at Moscoviense Basin. The experimental run products at these temperatures contain approximately 5 wt% spinel, which suggests that the spinel-rich deposits detected by M(sup 3) might not be as spinel-rich as previously thought. However, the effect of space weathering on spinel is unknown and could significantly alter its spectral properties including potential weakening of its diagnostic 2-micrometers absorption feature. Thus, weathered lunar rocks could contain more spinel than a comparison with the unweathered experimental charges would suggest. In this study, we have initiated space weathering experiments on 1) pure pink spinel, 2) spinel-anorthite mixtures, and 3) the low

  2. The Dabie Orogen as the early Jurassic sedimentary provenance: Constraints from the detrital zircon SHRIMP U-Pb dating

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    LI Renwei; WAN Yusheng; CHENG Zhenyu; ZHOU Jianxiong; XU Yunhua; LI Zhong; JIANG Maosheng

    2005-01-01

    The SHRIMP U-Pb ages of detrital zircon from the oldest Mesozoic strata, the Fanghushan Fomation, in the Hefei Basin range from 200 Ma to ca. 2500 Ma, which indicates that the Dabie Orogen as the early Jurassic sedimentary provenance was complex. The composition of the Dabie Orogen includes: the Triassic high pressure-ultrahigh pressure metamorphic rocks, of which the detrital zircon ages are from 234 Ma to 200 Ma; the rocks possibly related to the Qinling and Erlangping Groups representing the southern margin of the Sino-Korean craton in the Qinling and Dabie area, of which the detrital zircon has an age of 481-378 Ma; the Neoproterozoic rocks originated from the Yangtze croton, of which the detrital zircon ages are 799-721 Ma old; and the rocks with the detrital zircon ages of ca. 2000 Ma and ca. 2500 Ma, which could be the old basement of the Yangtze craton.

  3. Shift in detrital sedimentation in the eastern Bay of Bengal during the late Quaternary

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    PrakashBabu, C.; Pattan, J.N.; Dutta, K.; Basavaiah, N.; Prasad, G.V.K.; Ray, D.K.; Govil, P.

    the late Quaternary period. Units 2 (43-24 cm) and 1 (24-0 cm) represent enhanced and reduced supply of coarse-grained detrital sediments from the Ganges River during early and late Holocene period, respectively. Increased terrigenous supply dilutes calcium...

  4. Macroalgal assemblages of disturbed coastal detritic bottoms subject to invasive species

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    Klein, Judith C.; Verlaque, Marc

    2009-04-01

    Characteristic flora and fauna that are highly sensitive to disturbances colonize coastal detritic bottoms in the Mediterranean Sea. In the present study, a comparison of the assemblage composition and colonization by invasive macroalgae was made between two coastal detritic macrophyte assemblages, one dominated by rhodoliths (free-living non-geniculate Corallinales) and the other dominated by fleshy algae, in an area that has been exposed to important levels of anthropogenic disturbance, mainly pollution (including changed sedimentation regimes) in the recent past (bay of Marseilles, France). In comparison with less strongly impacted Mediterranean regions, the macrophyte assemblages in the bay of Marseilles were characteristic in terms of species identity and richness of coastal detritic macrophyte assemblages. However, extremely low species abundance (cover) was observed. As far as invasive species were concerned, Caulerpa racemosa var. cylindracea was only abundant in the rhodolith assemblage whereas the two invasive Rhodophyta Asparagopsis armata and Womersleyella setacea were mainly found in the fleshy algae assemblage. The seasonality observed in the Rhodolith assemblage seemed to be related to the development of C. racemosa var. cylindracea and did not follow the typical pattern of other Mediterranean assemblages. This study represents the first study of coastal detritic assemblages invaded by C. racemosa var. cylindracea.

  5. Effects of Detrital Subsidies on Soft-Sediment Ecosystem Function Are Transient and Source-Dependent.

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    Rebecca V Gladstone-Gallagher

    Full Text Available Detrital subsidies from marine macrophytes are prevalent in temperate estuaries, and their role in structuring benthic macrofaunal communities is well documented, but the resulting impact on ecosystem function is not understood. We conducted a field experiment to test the effects of detrital decay on soft-sediment primary production, community metabolism and nutrient regeneration (measures of ecosystem function. Twenty four (2 m2 plots were established on an intertidal sandflat, to which we added 0 or 220 g DW m-2 of detritus from either mangroves (Avicennia marina, seagrass (Zostera muelleri, or kelp (Ecklonia radiata (n = 6 plots per treatment. Then, after 4, 17 and 46 d we measured ecosystem function, macrofaunal community structure and sediment properties. We hypothesized that (1 detrital decay would stimulate benthic primary production either by supplying nutrients to the benthic macrophytes, or by altering the macrofaunal community; and (2 ecosystem responses would depend on the stage and rate of macrophyte decay (a function of source. Avicennia detritus decayed the slowest with a half-life (t50 of 46 d, while Zostera and Ecklonia had t50 values of 28 and 2.6 d, respectively. However, ecosystem responses were not related to these differences. Instead, we found transient effects (up to 17 d of Avicennia and Ecklonia detritus on benthic primary production, where initially (4 d these detrital sources suppressed primary production, but after 17 d, primary production was stimulated in Avicennia plots relative to controls. Other ecosystem function response variables and the macrofaunal community composition were not altered by the addition of detritus, but did vary with time. By sampling ecosystem function temporally, we were able to capture the in situ transient effects of detrital subsidies on important benthic ecosystem functions.

  6. Early Paleozoic tectonic reconstruction of Iran: Tales from detrital zircon geochronology

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    Moghadam, Hadi Shafaii; Li, Xian-Hua; Griffin, William L.; Stern, Robert J.; Thomsen, Tonny B.; Meinhold, Guido; Aharipour, Reza; O'Reilly, Suzanne Y.

    2017-01-01

    In this study we use detrital zircons to probe the Early Paleozoic history of NE Iran and evaluate the link between sediment sources and Gondwanan pre-Cadomian, Cadomian and younger events. U-Pb zircon ages and Hf isotopic compositions are reported for detrital zircons from Ordovician and Early Devonian sedimentary rocks from NE Iran. These clastic rocks are dominated by zircons with major age populations at 2.5 Ga, 0.8-0.6 Ga, 0.5 Ga and 0.5-0.4 Ga as well as a minor broad peak at 1.0 Ga. The source of 2.5 Ga detrital zircons is enigmatic; they may have been supplied from the Saharan Metacraton (or West African Craton) to the southwest or Afghanistan-Tarim to the east. The detrital zircons with age populations at 0.8-0.6 Ga probably originated from Cryogenian-Ediacaran juvenile igneous rocks of the Arabian-Nubian Shield; this inference is supported by their juvenile Hf isotopes, although some negative εHf (t) values suggest that other sources (such as the West African Craton) were also involved. The age peak at ca 0.5 Ga correlates with Cadomian magmatism reported from Iranian basement and elsewhere in north Gondwana. The variable εHf (t) values of Cadomian detrital zircons, resembling the εHf (t) values of zircons in magmatic Cadomian rocks from Iran and Taurides (Turkey), suggest an Andean-type margin and the involvement of reworked older crust in the generation of the magmatic rocks. The youngest age population at 0.5-0.4 Ga is interpreted to represent Gondwana rifting and the opening of Paleotethys, which probably started in Late Cambrian-Ordovician time. A combination of U-Pb dating and Hf-isotope data from Iran, Turkey and North Gondwana confirms that Iran and Turkey were parts of Gondwana at least until late Paleozoic time.

  7. Epitaxial growth of tungsten nanoparticles on alumina and spinel surfaces

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    Rodriguez-Suarez, T; Lopez-Esteban, S; Pecharroman, C; Esteban-Cubillo, A; Moya, J S [Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid (ICMM), Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (CSIC), C/ Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz 3, 28049, Cantoblanco, Madrid (Spain); Diaz, L A; Torrecillas, R [Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology Research Center (CINN), Consejo Superior de Investigaciones CientIficas (CSIC), C/ Francisco Pintado Fe 26, 33011, Oviedo, Asturias (Spain); Gremillard, L [Universite de Lyon, INSA-Lyon, MATEIS, UMR CNRS 5510, 20 avenue Albert Einstein, Villeurbanne F-69621 (France)], E-mail: jsmoya@icmm.csic.es

    2008-05-28

    Isolated tungsten nanoparticles ({alpha}-W and {beta}-W phase) were synthesized and epitaxially grown on alumina and spinel particle surfaces with an average tungsten size of {<=}20 nm for a low tungsten content (of {<=}1.5 vol%). Using tungsten (VI) ethoxide alcoholic solutions, tungsten trioxide hydrated precursors were attached to a ceramic grains surface as a nanoparticle coating. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) micrographs showed epitaxial interfaces between alumina, spinel and metallic tungsten. This epitaxial growth is assumed to be due to the effect of water vapour on the sublimation of ortho-tungstic acid during the reduction process in a hydrogen atmosphere. The planes involved in the epitaxy were found to be (22-bar 0){sub Al2O3} parallel (121){sub W} and (311){sub MgAl2O4} parallel (110){sub W}.

  8. Raman spectroscopic studies of lithium manganates with spinel structure

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    Julien, C M

    2003-01-01

    Raman scattering spectra of a set of lithium manganospinels Li sub 1 sub - sub x sub + sub z Mn sub 2 sub - sub z O sub 4 with 0 sup<= x sup<= 1 and 0 sup<= z sup<= 0.33 are reported and analysed. Structural changes have been investigated following the evolution of Raman spectra with the concentration of lithium cations. The local structure was characterized as a function of the mean oxidation state of manganese cations. The trigonal distortion of MnO sub 6 octahedra is evidenced by insertion of lithium ions into the [B sub 2]O sub 4 spinel framework. A comparison with tetragonal Mn sub 3 O sub 4 and Fe sub 3 O sub 4 spinels shows the influence of the Jahn-Teller effect on the Raman features for this class of materials.

  9. Distribution of trace elements in spinel and garnet peridotites

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    2000-01-01

    The distribution of trace elements in the upper mantle has been discussed on the basis of the trace element abundances in bulk rocks and constituent minerals of two spinel and garnet facies peridotite xenoliths in alkali basalts from eastern China.The data presented are consistent with the suggestion that highly incompatible elements (Rb,Ba,Th,U,Sr,Nb,Ta) mainly reside in intergranular components,and to a lesser extent in fluid inclusions in minerals.The LILE composition in olivine and orthopyroxene can be seriously affected by the presence of fluid inclusions.Consequently the subsolidus partitioning of the LILE cannot be used to infer the olivine-melt and orthopyroxene-melt partition coefficients for these elements.There is a significant difference in (Opx/Cpx)HREE ratios for spinel and garnet peridotites,suggesting a P-T control on equilibrium partition coefficients.

  10. Distribution of trace elements in spinel and garnet peridotites

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    徐义刚

    2000-01-01

    The distribution of trace elements in the upper mantle has been discussed on the basis of the trace element abundances in bulk rocks and constituent minerals of two spinel and garnet facies peridotite xenoliths in alkali basalts from eastern China. The data presented are consistent with the suggestion that highly incompatible elements (Rb, Ba, Th, U, Sr, Nb, Ta) mainly reside in intergranular components, and to a lesser extent in fluid inclusions in minerals. The LILE composition in olivine and orthopyroxene can be seriously affected by the presence of fluid inclusions. Consequently the subsolidus partitioning of the LILE cannot be used to infer the olivine-melt and orthopyroxene-melt partition coefficients for these elements. There is a significant difference in (Opx/Cpx)HREE ratios for spinel and garnet peridotites, suggesting a P-T control on equilibrium partition coefficients.

  11. ELNES investigations of the oxygen K-edge in spinels.

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    Docherty, F T; Craven, A J; McComb, D W; Skakle, J

    2001-02-01

    The results of a systematic study of the oxygen K-edge electron energy-loss spectroscopy (ELNES) from a series of aluminium- and chromium-containing spinels are presented. Extra fine structure in the region up to 10 eV above the edge onset is observed for the chromium-containing compounds and is assigned to transitions to states created by mixing of oxygen 2p and metal 3d orbitals. The experimental data has been simulated using the multiple scattering code, FEFF8. Good agreement was obtained in the case of magnesium aluminate, but relatively poor agreement was obtained in the case of the chromites. The possible fingerprints in the oxygen K-edge ELNES corresponding to a high degree of inversion the spinel structure and to a tetragonal distortion of the cubic structure are discussed.

  12. Thermobarometry for spinel lherzolite xenoliths in alkali basalts

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    Ozawa, Kazuhito; Youbi, Nasrrddine; Boumehdi, Moulay Ahmed; Nagahara, Hiroko

    2016-04-01

    Application of geothermobarometers to peridotite xenoliths has been providing very useful information on thermal and chemical structure of lithospheric or asthenospheric mantle at the time of almost instantaneous sampling by the host magmas, based on which various thermal (e.g., McKenzie et al., 2005), chemical (e.g., Griffin et al., 2003), and rheological (e.g., Ave Lallemant et al., 1980) models of lithosphere have been constructed. Geothermobarometry for garnet or plagioclase-bearing lithologies provide accurate pressure estimation, but this is not the case for the spinel peridotites, which are frequently sampled from Phanerozoic provinces in various tectonic environments (Nixon and Davies, 1987). There are several geobarometers proposed for spinel lherzolite, such as single pyroxene geothermobarometer (Mercier, 1980) and geothermobarometer based on Ca exchange between olivine and clinopyroxene (Köhler and Brey, 1990), but they have essential problems and it is usually believed that appropriated barometers do not exist for spinel lherzolites (O'Reilly et al., 1997; Medaris et al., 1999). It is thus imperative to develop reliable barometry for spinel peridotite xenoliths. We have developed barometry for spinel peridotite xenoliths by exploiting small differences in pressure dependence in relevant reactions, whose calibration was made through careful evaluation of volume changes of the reactions. This is augmented with higher levels of care in application of barometer by choosing mineral domains and their chemical components that are in equilibrium as close as possible. This is necessary because such barometry is very sensitive to changes in chemical composition induced by transient state of the system possibly owing to pressure and temperature changes as well as chemical modification, forming chemical heterogeneity or zoning frequently reported from various mantle xenoliths (Smith, 1999). Thus very carful treatment of heterogeneity, which might be trivial for

  13. Integrated thick-film nanostructures based on spinel ceramics.

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    Klym, Halyna; Hadzaman, Ivan; Shpotyuk, Oleh; Brunner, Michael

    2014-03-26

    Integrated temperature-humidity-sensitive thick-film structures based on spinel-type semiconducting ceramics of different chemical compositions and magnesium aluminate ceramics were prepared and studied. It is shown that temperature-sensitive thick-film structures possess good electrophysical characteristics in the region from 298 to 358 K. The change of electrical resistance in integrated thick-film structures is 1 order, but these elements are stable in time and can be successfully used for sensor applications.

  14. Integrated thick-film nanostructures based on spinel ceramics

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    Klym, Halyna; Hadzaman, Ivan; Shpotyuk, Oleh; Brunner, Michael

    2014-01-01

    Integrated temperature-humidity-sensitive thick-film structures based on spinel-type semiconducting ceramics of different chemical compositions and magnesium aluminate ceramics were prepared and studied. It is shown that temperature-sensitive thick-film structures possess good electrophysical characteristics in the region from 298 to 358 K. The change of electrical resistance in integrated thick-film structures is 1 order, but these elements are stable in time and can be successfully used for...

  15. A new approach to spinel ferrites through mean field approximation

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    Yazdani, A. [Tarbyat Modares University, Tehran P.C 14115-175 (Iran, Islamic Republic of)]. E-mail: yazdania@modares.ac.ir; Jalilian Nosrati, M.R. [Islamic Azad University Central Tehran Branch, Tehran P.C 14168-94351 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Ghasemi, R. [Islamic Azad University Central Tehran Branch, Tehran P.C 14168-94351 (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2006-09-15

    The magnetic behavior and specification of spinel ferrites regarding exchange interactions is being studied. The strength of interactions has been examined through the cation substitution with application of mean field approximation of exchange interaction J{sub ij} . Two correlation and approximation parameters have been defined: correlation length R {sub c} in super-exchange and the magnetic effect of ion on the electron fluctuation J {sub 0}.

  16. Simple and Efficient Rout for Synthesis of Spinel Nanopigments

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    Leila Torkian

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Nano-sized CoxMg1−xAl2O4 (x = 0, 0.1, 0.2, 0.4, 0.6, 0.8, and 1 inorganic pigments were synthesized via combustion method using β-alanine, as a single and novel fuel, at 800°C in open furnace. The obtained powders were characterized by means of X-ray diffraction (XRD, energy dispersive X-ray (EDX elemental analysis, diffuse reflectance spectrum (DRS, CIE L*a*b* color measurements, and scanning electron microscope (SEM. XRD patterns show that all calcined powders have single phase cubic spinel structure. EDX analysis revealed the composition of desired spinels. The diffuse reflectance spectra of the CoxMg1−xAl2O4 (x > 0 pigments confirmed the presence of tetrahedrally coordinated Co2+ ions in the spinel lattice. The colorimetric data pointed out the formation of blue pigments (for x > 0, corresponding to highly negative values of b*, and the bluest color was produced for x = 0.8 and 1. SEM images showed nanoparticles with less than 30 nm crystallite size and flakes-like appearance of all synthesized powders.

  17. Determination of ferrous and total iron in refractory spinels

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    Amonette, James E.; Matyas, Josef

    2015-12-30

    Accurate and precise determination of the redox state of iron (Fe) in spinels presents a significant challenge due to their refractory nature. The resultant extreme conditions needed to obtain complete dissolution generally oxidize some of the Fe(II) initially present and thus prevent the use of colorimetric methods for Fe(II) measurements. To overcome this challenge we developed a hybrid oxidimetric/colorimetric approach, using Ag(I) as the oxidimetric reagent for determination of Fe(II) and 1,10-phenanthroline as the colorimetric reagent for determination of total Fe. This approach, which allows determination of Fe(II) and total Fe on the same sample, was tested on a series of four geochemical reference materials and then applied to the analysis of Fe(Ni) spinel crystals isolated from simulated high-level-waste (HLW) glass and of several reagent magnetites. Results for the reference materials were in excellent agreement with published values, with the exception of USGS BIR-1, for which higher Fe(II) values and lower total Fe values were obtained. The Fe(Ni) spinels showed Fe(II) values at the detection limit (ca. 0.05 wt% Fe) and total Fe values slightly higher than obtained by total elemental analysis. For the magnetite samples, total Fe values were in agreement with reference results, but a wide range in Fe(II) values was obtained indicating various degrees of conversion to maghemite.

  18. The last millennia history of detrital sedimentation in the Lower Seine Valley geosystem (Normandy, NW France)

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    Sechi-Sapowicz, S.; Sebag, D.; Laignel, B.; Lepert, T.

    2012-04-01

    Actually, the respective role of climate and Man in the Holocene environmental changes is still debated. It is obvious that those factors are together implicated in changes in hydrological balance, soil erosion and terrigenous sedimentation. Indeed regional synthesis showed the increasing human pressure in combination to climatic variability since the Neolithic time. Thus, in Northwest Europe, increasing land use is well documented as forest clearance or alternation of deforestation and farming periods and of forest recovery episodes. In this aim, the lower valleys were particularly sensitive to changes in recent mutation and provide valuable Holocene archives to track changes in sedimentary dynamics. In this way an accentuated fine alluviation is often associated with land human activities linked to erosive processes during climatic oscillation in Northwest European valleys. In the West Paris Basin, in Normandy, France, several studies emphasized a single forcing on the Quaternary and Holocene evolution: climate changes or sea level rise or human activities in the Lower Seine Valley (LSV). Research on Holocene sequences, field, palaeoenvironnemental data and archaeological investigations from the Lower Seine Valley and tributaries result in a global vision of the erosional processes at the origin of detrital inputs and terrigenous records. Reading on those records we define three main sectors of the Lower Seine Valley: Estuarine zone, Fluvial zone and Tributaries. We define seven erosional/detrital phases directly or indirectly triggered by the increase anthropogenic pressure combined, or not, to climate change. Those phases are the key periods of changes on major terrigenous sedimentation events. During the Early Holocene climate pejoration, a deep and linear under-scour of plateaus and changes in drainage network load to the "Mesolithic detritism". Those sediments with proximal origins, were firstly recorded in the estuarine zone and after in the fluvial zone

  19. Detrital Zircon Geochronology of Cretaceous and Paleogene Strata Across the South-Central Alaskan Convergent Margin

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    Bradley, Dwight; Haeussler, Peter; O'Sullivan, Paul; Friedman, Rich; Till, Alison; Bradley, Dan; Trop, Jeff

    2009-01-01

    Ages of detrital zircons are reported from ten samples of Lower Cretaceous to Paleogene metasandstones and sandstones from the Chugach Mountains, Talkeetna Mountains, and western Alaska Range of south-central Alaska. Zircon ages are also reported from three igneous clasts from two conglomerates. The results bear on the regional geology, stratigraphy, tectonics, and mineral resource potential of the southern Alaska convergent margin. Chugach Mountains - The first detrital zircon data are reported here from the two main components of the Chugach accretionary complex - the inboard McHugh Complex and the outboard Valdez Group. Detrital zircons from sandstone and two conglomerate clasts of diorite were dated from the McHugh Complex near Anchorage. This now stands as the youngest known part of the McHugh Complex, with an inferred Turonian (Late Cretaceous) depositional age no older than 91-93 Ma. The zircon population has probability density peaks at 93 and 104 Ma and a smattering of Early Cretaceous and Jurassic grains, with nothing older than 191 Ma. The two diorite clasts yielded Jurassic U-Pb zircon ages of 179 and 181 Ma. Together, these findings suggest a Mesozoic arc as primary zircon source, the closest and most likely candidate being the Wrangellia composite terrane. The detrital zircon sample from the Valdez Group contains zircons as young as 69 and 77 Ma, consistent with the previously assigned Maastrichtian to Campanian (Late Cretaceous) depositional age. The zircon population has peaks at 78, 91, 148, and 163 Ma, minor peaks at 129, 177, 330, and 352 Ma, and no concordant zircons older than Devonian. A granite clast from a Valdez Group conglomerate yielded a Triassic U-Pb zircon age of 221 Ma. Like the McHugh Complex, the Valdez Group appears to have been derived almost entirely from Mesozoic arc sources, but a few Precambrian zircons are also present. Talkeetna Mountains - Detrital zircons ages were obtained from southernmost metasedimentary rocks of the

  20. 1.8 Billion Years of Detrital Zircon Recycling Calibrates a Refractory Part of Earth's Sedimentary Cycle.

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    Hadlari, Thomas; Swindles, Graeme T; Galloway, Jennifer M; Bell, Kimberley M; Sulphur, Kyle C; Heaman, Larry M; Beranek, Luke P; Fallas, Karen M

    2015-01-01

    Detrital zircon studies are providing new insights on the evolution of sedimentary basins but the role of sedimentary recycling remains largely undefined. In a broad region of northwestern North America, this contribution traces the pathway of detrital zircon sand grains from Proterozoic sandstones through Phanerozoic strata and argues for multi-stage sedimentary recycling over more than a billion years. As a test of our hypothesis, integrated palynology and detrital zircon provenance provides clear evidence for erosion of Carboniferous strata in the northern Cordillera as a sediment source for Upper Cretaceous strata. Our results help to calibrate Earth's sedimentary cycle by showing that recycling dominates sedimentary provenance for the refractory mineral zircon.

  1. Elasticity of some mantle crystal structures. I - Pleonaste and hercynite spinel.

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    Wang, H.; Simmons, G.

    1972-01-01

    The elasticity of high-pressure mantle phases can be characterized by using data for chemically similar crystal compounds. The single-crystal elastic constants are determined as a function of pressure and temperature for pleonaste spinel and at room conditions for hercynite spinel. The bulk modulus increases from 1.95 Mb for pleonaste spinel to 2.10 Mb for hercynite spinel. Low or negative values of the pressure derivatives of shear constants are characteristic of the spinel structure and imply a low kinetic barrier to phase transformations and diffusion. Compressional and shear velocities of the spinel phase of olivine are estimated as a function of mean atomic weight by using the pleonaste and hercynite data.

  2. Magnetoreflection of light in CoFe2O4 magnetostrictive spinel

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    Sukhorukov, Yu. P.; Telegin, A. V.; Nosov, A. P.; Bessonov, V. D.; Buchkevich, A. A.

    2016-09-01

    The reflection and magnetoreflection of natural light within the infrared spectral range is studied in single crystals of CoFe2O4 ferrimagnetic ferrite spinel. Correlation between the reflection of light and magnetoelastic characteristics of this spinel is found. It is shown that the most significant magnetic-field-induced changes in the magnetoreflection of the spinel occur near the fundamental absorption edge and within the range of the phonon spectrum.

  3. Spinel electrodes from the Li-Mn-O system for rechargeable lithium battery applications

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    Thackeray, M.M.; de Kock, A.; Rossouw, M.H.; Liles, D. (Div. of Materials Science and Technology, CSIR, Pretoria 0001 (ZA)); Bittihn, R.; Hoge, D. (VARTA Batterie AG Research Center, D-6233 Kelkheim (DE))

    1992-02-01

    The electrochemical and structural properties of spinel phases in the Li-Mn-O system are discussed as insertion electrodes for rechargeable lithium batteries. In this paper the performance of button-type cells containing electrodes from the Li{sub 2}O yMnO{sub 2} system, e.g., the stoichiometric spinel Li{sub 4}Mn{sup 5}O{sub 12}(y = 2.5) and the defect spinel Li{sub 2}Mn{sub 4}O{sub 9}(y = 4.0), is highlighted and compared with a cell containing a standard LiMn{sub 2}O{sub 4} spinel electrode.

  4. SHRIMP U-Pb dating of detrital zircons in paragneiss from Oki-Dogo Island, western Japan

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    TSUTSUMI, Yukiyasu; YOKOYAMA, Kazumi; HORIE, Kenji; TERADA, Kentaro; HIDAKA, Hiroshi

    2006-01-01

    We obtained the radiometric ages of detrital zircons from two samples of paragneiss from Oki-Dogo Island, Japan, from the 238U/206Pb ratio and isotopic composition of Pb determined using a Sensitive...

  5. SHRIMP U-Pb dating of detrital zircons in paragneiss from Oki-Dogo Island, western Japan

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    TSUTSUMI, Yukiyasu; YOKOYAMA, Kazumi; HORIE, Kenji; TERADA, Kentaro; HIDAKA, Hiroshi

    2006-01-01

      We obtained the radiometric ages of detrital zircons from two samples of paragneiss from Oki-Dogo Island, Japan, from the 238U/206Pb ratio and isotopic composition of Pb determined using a Sensitive...

  6. Groundwater budgets for Detrital, Hualapai, and Sacramento Valleys, Mohave County, Arizona, 2007-08

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    Garner, Bradley D.; Truini, Margot

    2011-01-01

    The United States Geological Survey, in cooperation with the Arizona Department of Water Resources, initiated an investigation of the hydrogeology and water resources of Detrital, Hualapai, and Sacramento Valleys in northwestern Arizona in 2005, and this report is part of that investigation. Water budgets were developed for Detrital, Hualapai, and Sacramento Valleys to provide a generalized understanding of the groundwater systems in this rural area that has shown some evidence of human-induced water-level declines. The valleys are within the Basin and Range physiographic province and consist of thick sequences of permeable alluvial sediment deposited into basins bounded by relatively less permeable igneous and metamorphic rocks. Long-term natural recharge rates (1940-2008) for the alluvial aquifers were estimated to be 1,400 acre-feet per year (acre-ft/yr) for Detrital Valley, 5,700 acre-ft/yr for Hualapai Valley, and 6,000 acre-ft/yr for Sacramento Valley. Natural discharge rates were assumed to be equal to natural recharge rates, on the basis of the assumption that all groundwater withdrawals to date have obtained water from groundwater storage. Groundwater withdrawals (2007-08) for the alluvial aquifers were less than 300 acre-ft/yr for Detrital Valley, about 9,800 acre-ft/yr for Hualapai Valley, and about 4,500 acre-ft/yr for Sacramento Valley. Incidental recharge from leaking water-supply pipes, septic systems, and wastewater-treatment plants accounted for about 35 percent of total recharge (2007-08) across the study area. Natural recharge and discharge values in this study were 24-50 percent higher than values in most previously published studies. Water budgets present a spatially and temporally "lumped" view of water resources and incorporate many sources of uncertainty in this study area where only limited data presently are available.

  7. Detrital zircon geochronology and provenance of the Chubut Group in the northeast of Patagonia, Argentina

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    Navarro, Edgardo L.; Astini, Ricardo A.; Belousova, Elena; Guler, M. Verónica; Gehrels, George

    2015-11-01

    The Chubut Group constitutes the most widespread sedimentary unit in NE Patagonia, characterized by variable-energy fluvial deposits. U-Pb analysis of detrital zircons from two sections of the Chubut Group constraint the age of the oldest sedimentary rocks in the northeast of the Somuncurá - Cañadón Asfalto Basin. In the Cañadón Williams area, at San Jorge section, 20 km NW of Telsen locality, dating of 56 detrital zircons from a medium to coarse sandstone indicated a maximum depositional age of 109 ± 1 Ma (n = 4). These sandstones were interpreted to represent shallow channels, associated with a lacustrine system. In the Telsen locality, a laser ablation analysis of 115 detrital zircons from a medium to coarse-grained sandstone, from fluvial channel facies, yielded a maximum depositional age of ca. 106 ± 1 Ma (n = 8). Both ages are consistent with volcanic events of the Barremian to Albian age in the central Patagonian Andes Region. Cathodoluminescence images of zircons from the San Jorge sample suggest an igneous origin, which is further supported by Th/U values above 0.5 in most of the grains. The distribution of the statistical modes of the main age populations of detrital zircons for the two samples [182, 185 and 189 Ma for Telsen sample (T2S) and 181 ± 1 Ma for San Jorge sample (SJS)] matches the age of the volcanic Marifil Formation. The rocks of the Marifil Formation of these ages are exposed NE to SE of the study area. The abundance of zircons of similar Jurassic ages (n = 52 for SJS and n = 105 for T2S) and the external morphology of the zircons in the sample SJS, implies a close proximity of the source area. Suggestion that the Marifil Formation was the main provenance source is also supported by northeast-southeasterly paleocurrents measured at the San Jorge and Telsen sections.

  8. Detrital illite crystals identified from crystallite thickness measurements in siliciclastic sediments

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    Aldega, L.; Eberl, D.D.

    2005-01-01

    Illite crystals in siliciclastic sediments are heterogeneous assemblages of detrital material coming from various source rocks and, at paleotemperatures >70 ??C, of superimposed diagenetic modification in the parent sediment. We distinguished the relative proportions of 2M1 detrital illite and possible diagenetic 1Md + 1M illite by a combined analysis of crystal-size distribution and illite polytype quantification. We found that the proportions of 1Md + 1M and 2M1 illite could be determined from crystallite thickness measurements (BWA method, using the MudMaster program) by unmixing measured crystallite thickness distributions using theoretical and calculated log-normal and/or asymptotic distributions. The end-member components that we used to unmix the measured distributions were three asymptotic-shaped distributions (assumed to be the diagenetic component of the mixture, the 1Md + 1M polytypes) calculated using the Galoper program (Phase A was simulated using 500 crystals per cycle of nucleation and growth, Phase B = 333/cycle, and Phase C = 250/ cycle), and one theoretical log-normal distribution (Phase D, assumed to approximate the detrital 2M1 component of the mixture). In addition, quantitative polytype analysis was carried out using the RockJock software for comparison. The two techniques gave comparable results (r2 = 0.93), which indicates that the unmixing method permits one to calculate the proportion of illite polytypes and, therefore, the proportion of 2M1 detrital illite, from crystallite thickness measurements. The overall illite crystallite thicknesses in the samples were found to be a function of the relative proportions of thick 2M1 and thin 1Md + 1M illite. The percentage of illite layers in I-S mixed layers correlates with the mean crystallite thickness of the 1Md + 1M polytypes, indicating that these polytypes, rather than the 2M1 polytype, participate in I-S mixed layering.

  9. Detrital provenance of Early Mesozoic basins in the Jiangnan domain, South China: Paleogeographic and geodynamic implications

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    Xu, Xianbing; Tang, Shuai; Lin, Shoufa

    2016-04-01

    Detrital provenance analysis is an effective way to understand paleogeographic change and geodynamics. In this paper, we present petrological, whole-rock geochemical and detrital zircon U-Pb geochronological analysis of Early and Middle Jurassic terrestrial clastic rocks in the Jingdezhen Basin and the Huangshan Basin in the Jiangnan domain, South China. Petrology and whole-rock geochemistry show that the source rocks are dominated by intermediate to acid component. The Chemical Index of Alteration ranges from 69 to 86, suggesting a moderate weathering history for the source rocks. The Early-Middle Jurassic sediments in the Jingdezhen and Huangshan basins were mostly sourced from magmatogenic greywackes and felsic magmatic rocks, respectively. Detrital zircons have seven age peaks at 240 Ma, 430 Ma, 1390 Ma, 1880 Ma, 2500 Ma, -3200 Ma and 788-999 Ma (a wide peak). Provenance analysis indicates that the source rocks are in the Jiangnan domain, the Northwest Zhejiang Basin and the Wuyishan domain. Combining these with previous results and paleocurrent directions, we infer that the NE-trending Wuyishan and Xuefengshan domains and the nearly E-W-Jiangnan domain and Nanling tectonic belt were orogenic uplifts and watersheds during the Late Triassic to Middle Jurassic. The Early Mesozoic geodynamics in the South China Block was related to the westward subduction of the Paleo-Pacific Plate and the northward continent-continent collision following the closure of the Paleo-Tethys Ocean.

  10. Ceramic compositions based on nano forsterite/nano magnesium aluminate spinel powders

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    Khattab, R.M. [Refractories, Ceramics and Building Materials Dept., National Research Centre, Dokki, 12622 Giza (Egypt); Wahsh, M.M.S., E-mail: mmswahsh@yahoo.com [Refractories, Ceramics and Building Materials Dept., National Research Centre, Dokki, 12622 Giza (Egypt); Khalil, N.M. [Refractories, Ceramics and Building Materials Dept., National Research Centre, Dokki, 12622 Giza (Egypt); Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Sciences and Arts, Khulais, University of Jeddah (Saudi Arabia)

    2015-09-15

    According to the wide applications in the field of chemical and engineering industries, forsterite (Mg{sub 2}SiO{sub 4})/spinel (MgAl{sub 2}O{sub 4}) ceramic compositions were the matter of interest of several research works during the last three decades. This work aims at preparation and characterization of improved ceramic bodies based on forsterite and spinel nano powders through controlling the forsterite and spinel contents in the prepared mixes. These prepared ceramic compositions have been investigated through measuring the densification parameters, cold crushing strength as well as volume resistively. Nano spinel was added from 0 to 30 mass% on expense of nano forsterite matrix and fired at 1550 °C for 2 h. The phase composition of the fired samples was examined using x-ray diffraction (XRD) technique. The microstructure of some selected samples was shown using scanning electron microscope (SEM). A pronounced improvement in the sintering, mechanical properties and volume resistively were achieved with increasing of nano spinel addition up to 15 mass%. This is due to the improvement in the matrix of the prepared forsterite/spinel bodies as a result of well distribution of spinel in the forsterite matrix as depicted by SEM analysis. - Highlights: • Ceramic compositions based on nano forsterite/nano-MgAl{sub 2}O{sub 4} spinel were synthesized. • CCS was improved (333.78 MPa) through 15 mass% of nano-MgAl{sub 2}O{sub 4} spinel addition. • Volume resistivity was enhanced to 203*10{sup 13} Ohm cm with 15 mass% of spinel addition. • Beyond 15 mass% spinel, CCS and volume resistivity were decreased.

  11. Quantifying transient erosion of orogens with detrital thermochronology from syntectonic basin deposits

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    Rahl, Jeffrey M.; Ehlers, Todd A.; van der Pluijm, Ben A.

    2007-04-01

    The evolution of an orogen is marked by phases of topographic growth, equilibrium, and decay. During these phases erosion rates vary in response to temporal and spatial changes in climate, topographic relief and slope, and deformation. Detrital thermochronometer cooling-age data collected from syntectonic basin deposits are a promising tool for quantifying erosion histories during orogenic evolution. Previous studies typically assume steady-state erosion for interpreting detrital data, although in many situations this assumption is not justified. Here we present a new numerical modeling approach that predicts thermochronometer cooling ages in a stratigraphic section where sediment is sourced from a region with a temporally variable erosion history. Multiple thermochronometer cooling ages are predicted at different stratigraphic horizons as a function of variable erosion histories, rock cooling rates in the hinterland, and thermophysical material properties and boundary conditions. The modeling approach provides the context for the interpretation of natural data, including geologically realistic situations with a temporally varying erosion rate. The results of three end-member hinterland erosion histories are explored: (1) steady-state erosion; (2) increasing erosion rate with time; and (3) decreasing erosion rate with time. Results indicate that for steady erosion rates between 0.2 and 1.0 mm/yr, up to 30 m.y. will pass following a change in erosion rate before the detrital ages have adjusted to reflect a new erosion regime. In simulations with transient erosion, the estimation of erosion rates from a detrital record using assumption of thermal steady-state will generally be in error, often by as much as - 25 to 100%. These results highlight that assumptions of steady erosion in mountain belts should be used with caution. Application of the model to thermochronometer cooling ages preserved in syntectonic sediments sourced from the Nanga Parbat region, Himalaya

  12. Detrital zircon geochronology of pre- and syncollisional strata, Acadian orogen, Maine Appalachians

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    Bradley, Dwight C.; O'Sullivan, Paul B.

    2017-01-01

    The Central Maine Basin is the largest expanse of deep-marine, Upper Ordovician to Devonian metasedimentary rocks in the New England Appalachians, and is a key to the tectonics of the Acadian Orogeny. Detrital zircon ages are reported from two groups of strata: (1) the Quimby, Rangeley, Perry Mountain and Smalls Falls Formations, which were derived from inboard, northwesterly sources and are supposedly older; and (2) the Madrid, Carrabassett and Littleton Formations, which were derived from outboard, easterly sources and are supposedly younger. Deep-water deposition prevailed throughout, with the provenance shift inferred to mark the onset of foredeep deposition and orogeny. The detrital zircon age distribution of a composite of the inboard-derived units shows maxima at 988 and 429 Ma; a composite from the outboard-derived units shows maxima at 1324, 1141, 957, 628, and 437 Ma. The inboard-derived units have a greater proportion of zircons between 450 and 400 Ma. Three samples from the inboard-derived group have youngest age maxima that are significantly younger than the nominal depositional ages. The outboard-derived group does not share this problem. These results are consistent with the hypothesised provenance shift, but they signal potential problems with the established stratigraphy, structure, and (or) regional mapping. Shallow-marine deposits of the Silurian to Devonian Ripogenus Formation, from northwest of the Central Maine Basin, yielded detrital zircons featuring a single age maximum at 441 Ma. These zircons were likely derived from a nearby magmatic arc now concealed by younger strata. Detrital zircons from the Tarratine Formation, part of the Acadian foreland-basin succession in this strike belt, shows age maxima at 1615, 980 and 429 Ma. These results are consistent with three episodes of zircon recycling beginning with the deposition of inboard-derived strata of the Central Maine Basin, which were shed from post-Taconic highlands located to the

  13. Detrital mica 40Ar/39Ar dating approach for provenance and exhumation of the Eastern Alps.

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    Gemignani, Lorenzo; Sun, Xilin; Van Gerve, Thomas; Braun, Jean; Wijbrans, Jan Robert

    2017-04-01

    The use of thermochronological techniques on detrital minerals, such as (U-Th)/He on apatite and zircon, zircon fission-tracks and Ar-dating on mica and microcline, can be used to constrain the lateral variation of the exhumation rate and the sediment provenance of large sectors of an actively deforming mountain belt. Analysis of modern river sands yields an inventory of ages of rocks currently cropping out and eroding in the hinterland of a river drainage basin. So far, only few studies have focused on testing the consistency of the detrital mineral age distributions and the surface bed-rock thermochronology. We present here new detrital 40Ar/39Ar biotite and muscovite age distributions for nineteen modern river sands from rivers draining the Eastern Alps north of the Periadriatic line. The ages, interpreted to reflect cooling of the source rock under the closure temperature of muscovite and biotite respectively, were compared with the in-situ ages for the bedrock in the hinterland from literature. The results were generally comparable with the bedrocks ages for both the target minerals and represent three main clusters of ages that record the main exhumation pulses in this sector of the Alps. We have applied two numerical methods to the cooling ages to a) quantify the rates of exhumation of the Tauern Window during Paleocene-Miocene period of the Alpine orogeny, b) linearly compute the spatial variability of the present-day exhumation rates of a set of 4 detrital mineral sample drainage basins along the Inn river stream. Our results suggest a 0.17-0.52 mm/yr range in exhumation rates for the Tauern Window since the Miocene. The results from modelling constrained the downstream evolution of the detrital signal in the Inn river and realistically predicts higher erosion rates in the downstream basin where young cooling ages from the Penninic units of the Tauern are drained into the system, forming a characteristic peak. Our data define more inclusive trends in

  14. Determination of ferrous and total iron in refractory spinels

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    Amonette, J.E. [Physical Sciences Division, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA 99352 (United States); Matyáš, J. [Material Science Department, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA 99352 (United States)

    2016-03-03

    Accurate and precise determination of the redox state of iron (Fe) in spinels presents a significant challenge due to their refractory nature. The resultant extreme conditions needed to obtain complete dissolution generally oxidize some of the Fe(II) initially present and thus prevent the use of colorimetric methods for Fe(II) measurements. To overcome this challenge we developed a hybrid oxidimetric/colorimetric approach, using Ag(I) as the oxidimetric reagent for determination of Fe(II) and 1,10-phenanthroline as the colorimetric reagent for determination of total Fe. This approach, which allows determination of Fe(II) and total Fe on the same sample, was tested on a series of four geochemical reference materials and then applied to the analysis of Fe(Ni) spinel crystals isolated from simulated high-level-waste (HLW) glass and of several reagent magnetites. Results for the reference materials were in excellent agreement with recommended values, with the exception of USGS BIR-1, for which higher Fe(II) values and lower total Fe values were obtained. The Fe(Ni) spinels showed Fe(II) values at the detection limit (ca. 0.03 wt% Fe) and total Fe values higher than obtained by ICP-AES analysis after decomposition by lithium metaborate/tetraborate fusion. For the magnetite samples, total Fe values were in agreement with reference results, but a wide range in Fe(II) values was obtained indicating various degrees of conversion to maghemite. Formal comparisons of accuracy and precision were made with 13 existing methods. Accuracy for Fe(II) and total Fe was at or near the top of the group. Precision varied with the parameter used to measure it but was generally in the middle to upper part of the group for Fe(II) while that for total Fe ranged from the bottom of the group to near the top. - Highlights: • Refractory samples, such as spinels, are the most difficult for Fe redox analysis. • Oxidimetric(Ag{sup +})/colorimetric (phen) method allows analysis of a single

  15. An Improved Experimental Calibration of the Olivine-Spinel Geothermometer

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    1995-01-01

    The calibration of the olivine-spinel geothermometer by Fabries(1979) is commonly adopted by a number of petrologists.But the temperatures calculated in this way for ultramafic focks are significantly lower than those obtained by the pyroxene geothermometers.These O1-Sp temperatures are also lower than those measured experi-mentally in the natural system (four-phase lherzolite).Different rates of cation diffusion cannot fully account for these differences.The temperature deviation is actually related to the inconsistencies between natural and experimental data which support the calibration .A re-evaluation of the calibration is proposed on the basis of a set of new experimental data.

  16. Spinels as cathodes for the electrochemical reduction of O2 and NO

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    Simonsen, Vibe Louise Ernlund; Find, D.; Lilliedal, M.

    2007-01-01

    Spinels were synthesised and investigated as electro-catalyst for the electrochemical reduction of oxygen and nitric oxide using cyclic voltammetry and cone shaped electrodes. The following four spinels were investigated; CoFe2O4, NiFe2O4, CuFe2O4 and Co3O4. The composition CuFe2O4 revealed...

  17. Non-isothermal Crystallization Kinetics of Spinels in Vanadium Slag with High CaO Content

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    Zhou, Wang; Xie, Bing; Tan, Wen-Feng; Diao, Jiang; Zhang, Xie; Li, Hong-Yi

    2016-09-01

    This paper investigated the non-isothermal crystallization kinetics of the spinel crystals in vanadium slags containing high CaO content. Experiments were performed in combination with theoretical calculation to address this issue, and statistical analyses based on the Crystal Size Distribution theory. The results indicate that low cooling rate and high CaO content benefit the growth of spinel crystals. The growth mechanism is revealed to be controlled by interface reactions and diffusion at the cooling rates of 5 K/min and 15 K/min, respectively. However, at higher temperatures (>1673 K), the growth of spinel crystals is controlled by nucleation. While the temperature is decreased to 1523 K at the cooling rate of 5 K/min, the mean diameter of spinel crystals could reach 36.44 μm. Experimental results combining with theoretical reveal that low cooling rate benefits spinels growth, especially for the interval of 1523 K-1200 K.

  18. Hierarchical surface atomic structure of a manganese-based spinel cathode for lithium-ion batteries.

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    Lee, Sanghan; Yoon, Gabin; Jeong, Minseul; Lee, Min-Joon; Kang, Kisuk; Cho, Jaephil

    2015-01-19

    The increasing use of lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) in high-power applications requires improvement of their high-temperature electrochemical performance, including their cyclability and rate capability. Spinel lithium manganese oxide (LiMn2O4) is a promising cathode material because of its high stability and abundance. However, it exhibits poor cycling performance at high temperatures owing to Mn dissolution. Herein we show that when stoichiometric lithium manganese oxide is coated with highly doped spinels, the resulting epitaxial coating has a hierarchical atomic structure consisting of cubic-spinel, tetragonal-spinel, and layered structures, and no interfacial phase is formed. In a practical application of the coating to doped spinel, the material retained 90% of its capacity after 800 cycles at 60 °C. Thus, the formation of an epitaxial coating with a hierarchical atomic structure could enhance the electrochemical performance of LIB cathode materials while preventing large losses in capacity.

  19. Effect of spinel content on the properties of phosphoric acid bonded high alumina castables

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    Zichun Yang; Hongwei Duan; Lin Li; Shuqin Li; Wen Ni

    2003-01-01

    In order to study the effect of fused spinel on the properties of phosphoric acid bonded high alumina castables, samples with different contents of fused spinel were prepared. The results show that when the contents of the fused spinel are between 8% and 16% (mass fraction), the castables have good properties. The castables overcome the shortages of the phosphoric acid bonded high alumina castables with bauxite cement as a hardening promoter. The experiments demonstrate that most of the service properties of the castables with fused spinel are better than those of the normal phosphoric acid bonded castables which use bauxite cement as a hardening promoter. The examination of the materials indicates that free MgO inclusions in the spinel powder can promote the hardening of the castables.

  20. Paleointensity-assisted chronostratigraphy of detrital layers on the Eirik Drift (North Atlantic) since marine isotope stage 11

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    Evans, Helen F.; Channell, James E. T.; Stoner, Joseph S.; Hillaire-Marcel, Claude; Wright, James D.; Neitzke, Lauren C.; Mountain, Gregory S.

    2007-11-01

    Four piston cores collected in 1999 and 2002 from the Eirik Drift (southern Labrador Sea, off SE Greenland) provide paleomagnetic, environmental magnetic, and oxygen isotope records back to marine isotope stage 11. Age models for the cores are based on a combination of planktonic oxygen isotope data, relative geomagnetic paleointensity proxies, and the identification of geomagnetic excursions (Laschamp and Iceland Basin). Environmental magnetic data delineate two distinct detrital signals, interpreted to reflect the behavior of the surrounding ice sheets (Greenland and Laurentide) to orbital- and millennial-scale climate forcing. Broad decimeter-scale intervals of increased magnetic concentration and grain size occur during the early part of interglacial marine isotopic stages (MIS) 1, 5, 7, 9, and 11. Discrete centimeter-scale layers, recognized by magnetic concentration and grain-size sensitive parameters, gamma ray attenuation (GRA) bulk density, and carbonate content, are observed in glacial and interglacial stages as well as during terminations. On the basis of glacial reconstructions on Greenland during the last termination, the broad decimeter-scale coarser-grained intervals can be attributed to detrital influx associated with the retreat of the terrestrial-based Greenland Ice Sheet in the early Holocene. A similar magnetic signal observed within interglacial MIS 5, 7, 9, and 11 indicates similar Greenland Ice Sheet behavior during these time intervals. Two types of centimeter-scale detrital layers are also recognized back to MIS 11. Detrital carbonate (DC) layers reflect predominately ice-rafted debris (IRD) deposition, while the low detrital carbonate (LDC) layers reflect mass movement as evidenced by sharp basal contacts, graded bedding, and traction structures, likely from the Greenland slope. Some detrital layers on Eirik Drift, particularly the DC layers, can be tentatively correlated to detrital layers observed in the central North Atlantic and to

  1. Contributions of detrital subsidies to aboveground spiders during secondary succession, revealed by radiocarbon and stable isotope signatures.

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    Haraguchi, Takashi F; Uchida, Masao; Shibata, Yasuyuki; Tayasu, Ichiro

    2013-04-01

    Prey subsidies originating from detritus add nutrients and energy to arboreal communities. Measurement of this subsidy is required in the understanding of how food web dynamics respond to changes in surrounding environments. Shrub spiders are one of the key predators involved in food web coupling. We evaluate the effects of potential changes in prey availabilities during secondary succession on the contribution of subsidy from detrital food webs to shrub spiders and how different spider feeding guilds used the subsidy of prey from detrital food webs. We measured the relative importance of the subsidy for the spider feeding guilds, using the ratios of stable isotopes of C (δ(13)C), and N (δ(15)N) and C isotope discrimination (Δ(14)C). Diet age was calculated from Δ(14)C values, because old diet ages of spiders indicate that the spiders consume prey from detrital food sources. Dominant aerial prey (Diptera) had a distinctively old diet age compared with arboreal prey, which indicates that aerial prey were subsidized from detrital food webs. Sit-and-wait spiders tended to have an older diet age than active hunting spiders, which indicates that sit-and-wait spiders depended more on subsidies. Diet age varied only slightly for spiders in stands of different ages, indicating that rates at which spiders use grazing and detrital prey are probably determined more by foraging strategies and not by stand age. A dominance of sit-and-wait predators will lead to higher detrital subsidy inputs in shrub habitats. This study highlights the effect of shrub spider community structure (feeding guild composition) on the volume of the subsidy received from the detrital food web.

  2. Cotectic proportions of olivine and spinel in olivine-tholeiitic basalt and evaluation of pre-eruptive processes

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    Roeder, Peter; Gofton, Emma; Thornber, Carl

    2006-01-01

    The volume %, distribution, texture and composition of coexisting olivine, Cr-spinel and glass has been determined in quenched lava samples from Hawaii, Iceland and mid-oceanic ridges. The volume ratio of olivine to spinel varies from 60 to 2800 and samples with >0·02% spinel have a volume ratio of olivine to spinel of approximately 100. A plot of wt % MgO vs ppm Cr for natural and experimental basaltic glasses suggests that the general trend of the glasses can be explained by the crystallization of a cotectic ratio of olivine to spinel of about 100. One group of samples has an olivine to spinel ratio of approximately 100, with skeletal olivine phenocrysts and small (olivine phenocrysts. The large number of spinel crystals included within olivine phenocrysts is thought to be due to skeletal olivine phenocrysts coming into physical contact with spinel by synneusis during the chaotic conditions of ascent and extrusion. A second group of samples tend to have large olivine phenocrysts relatively free of included spinel, a few large (>100 μm) spinel crystals that show evidence of two stages of growth, and a volume ratio of olivine to spinel of 100 to well over 1000. The olivine and spinel in this group have crystallized more slowly with little physical interaction, and show evidence that they have accumulated in a magma chamber.

  3. Evaluation of thermobarometry for spinel lherzolite fragments in alkali basalts

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    Ozawa, Kazuhito; Youbi, Nasrrddine; Boumehdi, Moulay Ahmed; McKenzie, Dan; Nagahara, Hiroko

    2017-04-01

    Geothermobarometry of solid fragments in kimberlite and alkali basalts, generally called "xenoliths", provides information on thermal and chemical structure of lithospheric and asthenospheric mantle, based on which various chemical, thermal, and rheological models of lithosphere have been constructed (e.g., Griffin et al., 2003; McKenzie et al., 2005; Ave Lallemant et al., 1980). Geothermobarometry for spinel-bearing peridotite fragments, which are frequently sampled from Phanerozoic provinces in various tectonic environments (Nixon and Davies, 1987), has essential difficulties, and it is usually believed that appropriated barometers do not exist for them (O'Reilly et al., 1997; Medaris et al., 1999). Ozawa et al. (2016; EGU) proposed a method of geothermobarometry for spinel lherzolite fragments. They applied the method to mantle fragments in alkali basalts from Bou Ibalhatene maars in the Middle Atlas in Morocco (Raffone et al. 2009; El Azzouzi et al., 2010; Witting et al., 2010; El Messbahi et al., 2015). Ozawa et al. (2016) obtained 0.5GPa pressure difference (1.5-2.0GPa) for 100°C variation in temperatures (950-1050°C). However, it is imperative to verify the results on the basis of completely independent data. There are three types of independent information: (1) time scale of solid fragment extraction, which may be provided by kinetics of reactions induced by heating and/or decompression during their entrapment in the host magma and transportation to the Earth's surface (Smith, 1999), (2) depth of the host basalt formation, which may be provided by the petrological and geochemical studies of the host basalts, and (3) lithosphere-asthenosphere boundary depths, which may be estimated by geophysical observations. Among which, (3) is shown to be consistent with the result in Ozawa et al. (2016). We here present that the estimated thermal structure just before the fragment extraction is fully supported by the information of (1) and (2). Spera (1984) reviewed

  4. Compositional variations of chromiferous spinel in Mg-rich rocks of the Deccan Traps, India

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    Leone Melluso; Roberto De’ Gennaro; Ivana Rocco

    2010-06-01

    Composition of chromiferous spinel included in olivines of Mg-rich basalts and gabbros of the Deccan Traps (Gujarat and Western Ghats) are reported here. They vary from Al-rich compositions [Al2O3 = 53wt.%; Cr#, 100Cr/(Cr + Al) = 12] to Cr-rich compositions [Cr2O3 = 51wt.%; Cr#= 84], and from Cr-Al rich compositions towards Cr-rich Ti-magnetite (TiO2 up to 23 wt.%, ulvöspinel up to 67mol.%). The Mg#[100Mg/(Mg + Fe2+)] of spinel decreases from 81 to nearly zero. The highest Cr#has been found in the Bushe Fm., Thakurvadi Fm., and some high-Ti basalts of the Pavagadh section, whereas some of the low-Ti basalts of Saurashtra have Al-rich compositions typical of spinels found in mid-ocean ridge basalts. The chemical composition of the Deccan Trap spinels is completely different compared to that observed in mantle spinel suites, with very few exceptions. The decreasing Al and increasing Fe and Ti of spinel seems to be mainly the result of decrease of Mg in the locally coexisting melts and favourable cationic substitutions in the lattice. There is barely any evidence of general relationships between the composition of the Deccan spinels and inferred mantle sources of the host magmas. Pyroxene inclusions in spinels may witness a high-pressure stage of crystallization, but the possibility of non-equilibrium crystallization, or even magma mixing, cannot be ruled out. Overall, the compositional ranges of chromiferous spinel in the Deccan Traps closely match those observed in the other Large Igneous Provinces having mafic/ultramafic intrusions and mafic magma compositions (e.g., Siberian Traps, Karoo, Emeishan).

  5. Detrital Shocked Minerals: A New Tool for Identifying Eroded Impacts in the Sedimentary Record

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    Cavosie, A. J.; Quintero, R. R.; Radovan, H. A.; Moser, D. E.

    2008-12-01

    Impact processes dominated the Early Earth and are believed to have culminated in a Late Heavy Bombardment at ca. 3.9-3.8 Ga. No direct geologic evidence of this stage of planetary evolution has been found, however Hadean zircons up to 4.4 Ga have been identified. A new method for identifying impact evidence in siliciclastic sediments has recently been reported (Cavosie et al., 2008; Quintero et al., 2008 this volume), based on the discovery of detrital grains of shocked quartz and zircons eroded from the 2.02 Ga Vredefort Dome in channel sediments of the Vaal River. Here we describe grain scale characteristics of these shocked minerals, and discuss aspects of their preservation. In grain mount, detrital grains of shocked quartz range from sub-angular to round, and characteristically preserve a single set of parallel decorated planar deformation features (PDFs) with spacing of less than 5 microns, analogous to shocked quartz reported from Vredefort impactites. While the PDFs are continuous across most grains, numerous examples were found where a single orientation of PDFs is heterogeneously distributed in an optically continuous grain, such as only being preserved within 15 microns from a grain margin. Where sub-grains are present, PDFs can occur in multiple orientations, or in single isolated sub-grains as small as 100 microns that are surrounded by PDF-free sub-grains. Well-preserved PDFs are found in grains as small as 100 microns. In addition to quartz, detrital shocked zircons were also found. The shocked zircons are subhedral to anhedral, and show evidence of sedimentary abrasion. Planar fractures (PFs) were observed parallel to (010), (100), and in two {hkl} orientations. Up to three PF orientations are present in single zircons, with variable spacing that usually ranges from 5-20 microns. Despite the complex history of the shocked grains from the Vredefort Dome, including post-impact granulite facies metamorphism, exhumation, erosion, and fluvial transport

  6. Spinel-structured surface layers for facile Li ion transport and improved chemical stability of lithium manganese oxide spinel

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    Lee, Hae Ri; Seo, Hyo Ree; Lee, Boeun; Cho, Byung Won; Lee, Kwan-Young; Oh, Si Hyoung

    2017-01-01

    Li-ion conducting spinel-structured oxide layer with a manganese oxidation state close to being tetravalent was prepared on aluminum-doped lithium manganese oxide spinel for improving the electrochemical performances at the elevated temperatures. This nanoscale surface layer provides a good ionic conduction path for lithium ion transport to the core and also serves as an excellent chemical barrier for protecting the high-capacity core material from manganese dissolution into the electrolyte. In this work, a simple wet process was employed to prepare thin LiAlMnO4 and LiMg0.5Mn1.5O4 layers on the surface of LiAl0.1Mn1.9O4. X-ray absorption studies revealed an oxidation state close to tetravalent manganese on the surface layer of coated materials. Materials with these surface coating layers exhibited excellent capacity retentions superior to the bare material, without undermining the lithium ion transport characteristics and the high rate performances.

  7. The tectonic evolution of western Central Iran seen through detrital white mica

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    Kargaranbafghi, Fariba; Neubauer, Franz; Genser, Johann

    2015-05-01

    A first order survey of 40Ar/39Ar dating of detrital white mica from Jurassic to Pliocene sandstones has been carried out in order to reveal the tectonic evolution of blocks in Central Iran. The Central Iran block was believed to represent a stable Precambrian block. Our results indicate that: (1) Only a very small proportion of Precambrian but abundant Paleozoic and Mesozoic detrital white mica indicate the Phanerozoic, mostly Mesozoic age of metamorphic crust exposed in Central Iran. The oldest but scarce detrital white mica grains have ages ranging from 524 to 826 Ma heralding a Late Precambrian and Cambrian crystalline basement or cannibalism from older clastic successions. (2) Jurassic and Cretaceous sandstones from the west and east of the Chapedony fault yield different age spectra, with a dominance of Variscan ages (ca. 308-385 Ma) in the Biabanak unit west of the Chapedony fault compared to coeval sandstones from the block east of the Chapedony fault, where Variscan ages are subordinate and Cimmerian ages predominate. The micas from the Biabanak unit are most likely derived from the Variscan accretionary complex exposed in the Anarak-Jandaq areas further northwest. This result underlines the importance of a major block boundary identified as the Chapedony fault, which is in extension of a fault previously proposed. (3) Two stages of Cimmerian events are visible in our data set from Cretaceous and Paleogene sandstones, a cluster around 170 Ma and at ca. 205 Ma. These clusters suggest a two-stage Cimmerian evolution of the largely amphibolite-grade metamorphic Posht-e-Badam and Boneh Shurow complexes. (4) The youngest micas in Paleogene conglomerates have an age of ca. 100 Ma and are most likely derived from the base of the Posht-e-Badam complex. No record of the uplifted Eocene Chapedony metamorphic core complex has been found in Eocene and Pliocene clastic rocks.

  8. Quartz types, authigenic and detrital, in the Upper Cretaceous Eagle Ford Formation, South Texas, USA

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    Milliken, Kitty L.; Ergene, Suzan M.; Ozkan, Aysen

    2016-06-01

    Lithologic heterogeneity of the Eagle Ford Formation in South Texas arises from mixing of extrabasinal grains of siliciclastic composition with intrabasinal grain assemblages composed dominantly of marine carbonate with a lesser component of biosiliceous debris. Detrital quartz in particular is derived from both extrabasinal and intrabasinal sources, posing a challenge for the use of bulk compositional data for mudrock classification. Extrabasinal detrital quartz supplied along a major axis of siliciclastic influx, the Woodbine depositional system of East Texas, is reduced to a minor part of the grain assemblage in South Texas. Petrographic evidence and point-count results indicate that around 85 percent of total quartz in these rocks, equal to about 12.6 volume percent, is authigenic. Thus, significant quantities of authigenic silica are not restricted to siliceous mudrocks, but can be found in carbonate-rich mudrocks as well. Formerly opaline skeletons of radiolaria, the dominant source of silica for authigenic quartz precipitation, are only poorly preserved by replacements including calcite, dolomite, pyrite, and quartz. Dissolved silica released by dissolution of radiolarians, and perhaps also by volcanic glass dissolution is re-precipitated in a variety of forms, including matrix-dispersed microquartz cement, fillings within primary intragranular pores, and grain replacement of both calcareous and siliceous allochems. The mass balance of dissolved silica mobilized from radiolarians and other reactive silicates and the precipitation of authigenic quartz is uncertain because the initial volumes of now-dissolved detrital material versus the final volume of authigenic material (quartz and other authigenic silicates) cannot be determined with accuracy.

  9. A New Spinel-Olivine Oxybarometer: Near-Liquidus Partitioning of V between Olivine-Melt, Spinel-Melt, and Spinel-Olivine in Martian Basalt Composition Y980459 as a Function of Oxygen Fugacity

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    Papike, J. J.; Le, L.; Burger, P. V.; Shearer, C. K.; Bell, A. S.; Jones, J.

    2013-01-01

    Our research on valence state partitioning began in 2005 with a review of Cr, Fe, Ti, and V partitioning among crystallographic sites in olivine, pyroxene, and spinel [1]. That paper was followed by several on QUE94201 melt composition and specifically on Cr, V, and Eu partitioning between pyroxene and melt [2-5]. This paper represents the continuation of our examination of the partitioning of multivalent V between olivine, spinel, and melt in martian olivine-phyric basalts of Y980459 composition [6, 7]. Here we introduce a new, potentially powerful oxybarometer, V partitioning between spinel and olivine, which can be used when no melt is preserved in the meteorite. The bulk composition of QUE94201 was ideal for our study of martian pyroxene-phyric basalts and specifically the partitioning between pyroxene-melt for Cr, V, and Eu. Likewise, bulk composition Y980459 is ideal for the study of martian olivine-phyric basalts and specifically for olivine-melt, spinel-melt, and spinel-olivine partitioning of V as a function of oxygen fugacity.

  10. Morphological Characteristics of Detrital Zircon Grains from Source to Sink (Western Australia)

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    Markwitz, V.; Kirkland, C.

    2015-12-01

    Detrital zircon studies have become the tool of choice to address a wide range of geological questions including basin evolution, geodynamic setting, paleogeographic reconstructions, and determining source-sink relationships. However, grain destruction during transportation may be critical in understanding the detrital zircon record, yet it has not been explored in detail. In the magmatic crystallization environment zircon crystal shape is effectively a function of the magma chemistry and temperature. We address to what extent the zircon population represents an artefact of preservation, or a meaningful record of the magmatic events within the source terrain. We use image analysis of previously SIMS U-Pb dated zircon crystals to quantify how zircon grain shapes relate to the chemical composition of magmatic and detrital zircon crystals. We achieve this by testing the correlation between shape factors and the uranium, thorium content, apparent alpha dose, and isotopic signature of individual zircons with statistical methods. We focus our investigation on two different areas of Western Australia: (1) the Archean of the Yilgarn Craton and (2) the Proterozoic of the Musgrave Province, and their associated Proterozoic basin sediments: (1) The Yilgarn craton represents a Neoarchean amalgamation of c. 3.8 Ga and 2.6 Ga granite-greenstone belts including a variety of gneisses, metasedimentary and metavolcanic rock formations, and granites. Along the northern edge of the craton a series of four Proterozoic basins, with variable tectonic and metamorphic overprinting overlay this basement. (2) The West Musgrave Province consists of an east-west trending Meso- to Neoproterozoic belt dominated by granites and volcanics deformed by several major orogenic events between c. 1.35 Ga and 350 Ma. Based on age and Hf isotopic relationships the bedrock of the Musgrave Province is the source for the Neoproterozoic to Early Carboniferous Amadeus Basin to its north. Using rigorous

  11. Black and green pigments based on chromium-cobalt spinels

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    Eliziario, Sayonara A., E-mail: sayonaraea@iq.unesp.br [Departamento de Fisico-Quimica, Instituto de Quimica, UNESP - Univ Estadual Paulista, Araraquara, SP (Brazil); Departamento de Quimica, CCEN, Universidade Federal da Paraiba, Campus I, Joao Pessoa, PB (Brazil); Andrade, Jeferson M. de [Departamento de Quimica, CCEN, Universidade Federal da Paraiba, Campus I, Joao Pessoa, PB (Brazil); Lima, Severino J.G. [Departamento de Engenharia Mecanica, CT, Universidade Federal da Paraiba, Campus I, Joao Pessoa, PB (Brazil); Paskocimas, Carlos A. [Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte, CT, Natal, RN (Brazil); Soledade, Luiz E.B. [Departamento de Quimica, CCEN, Universidade Federal da Paraiba, Campus I, Joao Pessoa, PB (Brazil); Hammer, P.; Longo, E. [Departamento de Fisico-Quimica, Instituto de Quimica, UNESP - Univ Estadual Paulista, Araraquara, SP (Brazil); Souza, Antonio G.; Santos, Ieda M.G. [Departamento de Quimica, CCEN, Universidade Federal da Paraiba, Campus I, Joao Pessoa, PB (Brazil)

    2011-09-15

    Highlights: {yields} Co(Co{sub 2-x}Cr{sub x})O{sub 4} powders with different chromium concentrations (x = 0, 0.25 and 1) were prepared by the polymeric precursor method. {yields} Co(CoCr)O{sub 4} and Co(Co{sub 1.75}Cr{sub 0.25})O{sub 4} displayed a dark color and CoCr{sub 2}O{sub 4} was green. {yields} The colors were related to the different oxidation states of Cr and Co. {yields} Cobalt enrichment result in an increasing presence of Co(III) and a decrease amount of Cr(VI). - Abstract: Chromium and cobalt oxides are widely used in the manufacture of industrial pigments. In this work, the Co(Co{sub 2-x}Cr{sub x})O{sub 4} powders with different chromium concentrations (x = 0, 0.25 and 1) were synthesized by the polymeric precursor method, heat treatment between 600 and 1000 deg. C. These powders were characterized by X-ray diffraction, infrared spectroscopy, colorimetry, UV-vis absorption and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopies. Even with the addition of chromium, the XRD patterns revealed that all powders crystallize in a single spinel cubic structure. The spinels with higher cobalt amount, Co(CoCr)O{sub 4} and Co(Co{sub 1.75}Cr{sub 0.25})O{sub 4}, displayed a dark color, without the Co{sup 3+} reduction observed in Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} between 900 and 950 deg. C. The spinel with higher chromium amount, CoCr{sub 2}O{sub 4}, was green. The colors were directly related to the occupation of tetrahedral and octahedral sites by the chromophores, as well as to the different oxidation states of chromium and cobalt. The different optical band gap values estimated from UV-vis spectra suggested the existence of intermediary energy levels within the band gap. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy confirmed an increasing presence of Co(III) and a decreasing amount of Cr(VI) with cobalt enrichment.

  12. Thermodynamic modelling of the formation of zinc-manganese ferrite spinel in electric arc furnace dust.

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    Pickles, C A

    2010-07-15

    Electric arc furnace dust is generated when automobile scrap, containing galvanized steel, is remelted in an electric arc furnace. This dust is considered as a hazardous waste in most countries. Zinc is a major component of the dust and can be of significant commercial value. Typically, the majority of the zinc exists as zinc oxide (ZnO) and as a zinc-manganese ferrite spinel ((Zn(x)Mn(y)Fe(1-x-y))Fe(2)O(4)). The recovery of the zinc from the dust in metal recycling and recovery processes, particularly in the hydrometallurgical extraction processes, is often hindered by the presence of the mixed ferrite spinel. However, there is a paucity of information available in the literature on the formation of this spinel. Therefore, in the present research, the equilibrium module of HSC Chemistry 6.1 was utilized to investigate the thermodynamics of the formation of the spinel and the effect of variables on the amount and the composition of the mixed ferrite spinel. It is proposed that the mixed ferrite spinel forms due to the reaction of iron-manganese particulates with both gaseous oxygen and zinc, at the high temperatures in the freeboard of the furnace above the steel melt. Based on the thermodynamic predictions, methods are proposed for minimizing the formation of the mixed ferrite spinel.

  13. Spinel-olivine-pryoxene equilibrium iron isotopic fractionation and applications to natural peridotites

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    Roskosz, Mathieu; Sio, Corliss K. I.; Dauphas, Nicolas; Bi, Wenli; Tissot, Francois L. H.; Hu, Michael Y.; Zhao, Jiyong; Alp, Esen E.

    2015-11-15

    Eight spinel-group minerals were synthesized by a flux-growth method producing spinels with varying composition and Fe3+/Fe-tot ratios. The mean force constants of iron bonds in these minerals were determined by synchrotron nuclear resonant inelastic X-ray scattering (NRIXS) in order to determine the reduced isotopic partition function ratios (beta-factors) of these spinels. The mean force constants are strongly dependent on the Fe3+/Fe-tot of the spinel but are independent, or weakly dependent on other structural and compositional parameters. From our spectroscopic data, it is found that a single redox-dependent calibration line accounts for the effects of Fe3+/Fe-tot on the beta-factors of spinels. This calibration successfully describes the equilibrium Fe isotopes fractionation factors between spinels and silicates (olivine and pyroxenes). Our predictions are in excellent agreement with independent determinations for the equilibrium Fe isotopic fractionations for the magnetite- fayalite and the magnetite-hedenbergite couples. Our calibration applies to the entire range of Fe3+/Fe-tot ratios found in natural spinels and provides a basis for interpreting iron isotopic variations documented in mantle peridotites. Except for a few exceptions, most of the samples measured so far are in isotopic disequilibrium, reflecting metasomatism and partial melting processes.

  14. Slag-Resistance of MgAlON Spinel

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    2000-01-01

    The slag-resistance and microstructural changes after the slag tests of MgAlON spinel containing different amount of nitrogen were studied by means of crucible slag-resistant experiment, SEM and EDS in the work. The results show that the slag-resistance of MgAlON is dependent on the nitrogen content, and the optimum amount is 2.88%. The structure is not changed although the grains have been permeated by some silicon, calcium and iron. A glass phase which contained nitrogen formed in the metamorphic layer. The glass can improve the ability of the slag-resistance of MgAlON because of its higher viscosity.

  15. Introduction to porous spinel for refractory (high temp material

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    Kumar Saurav

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available The paper examines thermal properties of materials. The transient pulse method was used for specific heat, thermal diffusivity and thermal conductivity determination. Porous MgO was synthesis by heating pellets at 1100 °C for 1 h. The resultant porous MgO was then immersed in 10 mol/L aluminum nitrate solution, dried, and reheated at 1300 °C for 2 h to convert it to spinel. The evaluation was performed with the help of mathematical apparatus used for study of fractal structures properties. The method results from generalized relations that were designed for study of physical properties of fractal structures. As it is shown these relations are in a good agreement with the equations used for the description of time responses of temperature for the pulse input of supplied heat.

  16. Modification of lithium titanate spinel by d-electron metals

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    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available A simply and cheap solid state synthesis was used to produce powders of spinel phase Li4-xCuxTi5O12, where 0≤x≤0.2, with crystallite size in ~890 nanometers range. The as-prepared samples were verified by scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction. The electrochemical performance of these samples was examined by galvanostatic and voltamperometric tests. To determine transport properties an impedance spectroscopy tests were obtained. These measurements showed excellent high-rate performance and remark- ably good cyclability of the fabricated powders. Capacity retention in Li3.85Cu0.15Ti5O12 has 77% theoretical capacity after raise the discharge current from 1C to 10C and there is less than 2% of capacity loss after 50 charge/discharge cycles at 1C current rate.

  17. On the influence of applied fields on spinel formation

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    KORTE,C.; FARER,J.K.; RAVISHANKAR,N.; MICHAEL,JOSEPH R.; SCHMALZRIED,J.; CARTER,C.B.

    2000-04-04

    Interfaces play an important role in determining the effect of electric fields on the mechanism of the formation spinel by solid-state reaction. The reaction occurs by the movement of phase boundaries but the rate of this movement can be affected by grain boundaries in the reactants or in the reaction product. Only by understanding these relationships will it be possible to engineer their behavior. As a particular example of such a study, MgIn{sub 2}O{sub 4} can be formed by the reaction between single-crystal MgO substrate and a thin film of In{sub 2}O{sub 3} with or without an applied electric field. High-resolution backscattered electron (BSE) imaging and electron backscattered diffraction (EBSD) in a scanning electron microscope (SEM) has been used to obtain complementary chemical and crystallographic information.

  18. Thermal behaviour of helium-implanted spinel single crystals

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    2011-09-01

    The study of the microstructural modifications induced in spinel implanted with {sup 4}He{sup +} at 4.7 at.% and subsequently annealed at 1075 K is addressed in this paper. The combination of three analysis techniques Rutherford backscattering spectrometry in channeling geometry (RBS/C), X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy was used in order to gain information about the damage depth distribution, the nature of radiation defects, and the occurrence of microstructural modifications. In as-implanted crystals the disorder level is weak, and the damage principally consists of small helium-vacancy clusters. These defects induce a tensile strain in the direction normal to the implanted crystal surface. After annealing, a surprising increase of the disorder level is measured by RBS/C. This increased backscattering yield is due to the formation of a particular type of He-vacancy clusters, namely He platelets, which also induce a relaxation of the strain.

  19. Origin of the low compressibility in hard nitride spinels

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    Mori-Sánchez, P.; Marqués, M.; Beltrán, A.

    2003-01-01

    by a network of highly directional strong bonds with covalent character in gamma-C3N4 and different degrees of ionic polarization in gamma-Si3N4 and gamma-Ge3N4, (ii) nitrogen is the lowest compressible atom controlling the trend in the bulk modulus of the solids, and (iii) the group-IV counterions show strong......A microscopic investigation of first-principles electron densities of gamma-A(3)N(4) (A:C,Si,Ge) spinels reveals a clear relationship between the compressibility and the chemical bonding of these materials. Three striking findings emanate from this analysis: (i) the chemical graph is governed...

  20. Spinel and post-spinel phase assemblages in Zn2TiO4: an experimental and theoretical study

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    Zhang, Yanyao; Liu, Xi; Shieh, Sean R.; Bao, Xinjian; Xie, Tianqi; Wang, Fei; Zhang, Zhigang; Prescher, Clemens; Prakapenka, Vitali B.

    2016-09-01

    Zn2TiO4 spinel (Zn2TiO4-Sp) was synthesized by a solid-state reaction method (1573 K, room P and 72 h) and quasi-hydrostatically compressed to 24 GPa using a DAC coupled with a synchrotron X-ray radiation (ambient T). We found that the Zn2TiO4-Sp was stable up to 21 GPa and transformed to another phase at higher P. With some theoretical simulations, we revealed that this high-P phase adopted the CaTi2O4-type structure (Zn2TiO4-CT). Additionally, the isothermal bulk modulus (K T) of the Zn2TiO4-Sp was experimentally obtained as 156.0(44) GPa and theoretically obtained as 159.1(4) GPa, with its first pressure derivative K_{T}' as 3.8(6) and 4.37(4), respectively. The volumetric and axial isothermal bulk moduli of the Zn2TiO4-CT were theoretically obtained as K T = 150(2) GPa (K_{T}' = 5.4(2); for the volume), K T-a = 173(2) GPa (K_{{T-}a}' = 3.9(1); for the a-axis), K T-b = 74(2) GPa (K_{{T-}b}' = 7.0(2); for the b-axis), and K T-c = 365(8) GPa (K_{{T-}c}' = 1.5(4); for the c-axis), indicating a strong elastic anisotropy. The Zn2TiO4-CT was found as 10.0 % denser than the Zn2TiO4-Sp at ambient conditions. The spinel and post-spinel phase assemblages for the Zn2TiO4 composition at high T have been deduced as Zn2TiO4-Sp, ZnTiO3-ilmenite + ZnO-wurtzite, ZnTiO3-ilmenite + ZnO-rock salt, ZnTiO3-perovskite + ZnO-rock salt, and Zn2TiO4-CT as P increases, which presumably implies a potential stability field for a CT-type Mg2SiO4 at very high P.

  1. Spinel and post-spinel phase assemblages in Zn2TiO4: an experimental and theoretical study

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    Zhang, Yanyao; Liu, Xi; Shieh, Sean R.; Bao, Xinjian; Xie, Tianqi; Wang, Fei; Zhang, Zhigang; Prescher, Clemens; Prakapenka, Vitali B.

    2017-02-01

    Zn2TiO4 spinel (Zn2TiO4-Sp) was synthesized by a solid-state reaction method (1573 K, room P and 72 h) and quasi-hydrostatically compressed to 24 GPa using a DAC coupled with a synchrotron X-ray radiation (ambient T). We found that the Zn2TiO4-Sp was stable up to 21 GPa and transformed to another phase at higher P. With some theoretical simulations, we revealed that this high- P phase adopted the CaTi2O4-type structure (Zn2TiO4-CT). Additionally, the isothermal bulk modulus ( K T) of the Zn2TiO4-Sp was experimentally obtained as 156.0(44) GPa and theoretically obtained as 159.1(4) GPa, with its first pressure derivative K_{{T}}' as 3.8(6) and 4.37(4), respectively. The volumetric and axial isothermal bulk moduli of the Zn2TiO4-CT were theoretically obtained as K T = 150(2) GPa (K_{{T}}' = 5.4(2); for the volume), K T- a = 173(2) GPa (K_{{{T-}}a}' = 3.9(1); for the a-axis), K T- b = 74(2) GPa (K_{{{T-}}b}' = 7.0(2); for the b-axis), and K T- c = 365(8) GPa (K_{{{T-}}c}' = 1.5(4); for the c-axis), indicating a strong elastic anisotropy. The Zn2TiO4-CT was found as 10.0 % denser than the Zn2TiO4-Sp at ambient conditions. The spinel and post-spinel phase assemblages for the Zn2TiO4 composition at high T have been deduced as Zn2TiO4-Sp, ZnTiO3-ilmenite + ZnO-wurtzite, ZnTiO3-ilmenite + ZnO-rock salt, ZnTiO3-perovskite + ZnO-rock salt, and Zn2TiO4-CT as P increases, which presumably implies a potential stability field for a CT-type Mg2SiO4 at very high P.

  2. The effect of Y2O3 addition on thermal shock behavior of magnesium aluminate spinel

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    Pošarac Milica

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available The effect of yttria additive on the thermal shock behavior of magnesium aluminate spinel has been investigated. As a starting material we used spinel (MgAl2O4 obtained by the modified glycine nitrate procedure (MGNP. Sintered products were characterized in terms of phase analysis, densities, thermal shock, monitoring the damaged surface area in the refractory specimen during thermal shock and ultrasonic determination of the Dynamic Young modulus of elasticity. It was found that a new phase between yttria and alumina is formed, which improved thermal shock properties of the spinel refractories. Also densification of samples is enhanced by yttria addition.

  3. The distribution of chromium among orthopyroxene, spinel and silicate liquid at atmospheric pressure

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    Barnes, S. J.

    1986-01-01

    The Cr distributions for a synthetic silicate melt equilibrated with bronzitic orthopyroxene and chromite spinel between 1334 and 1151 C over a range of oxygen fugacities between the nickel-nickel oxide and iron-wuestite buffers are studied. The occurrence, chemical composition, and structure of the orthopyroxene-silicate melt and the spinel-silicate melt are described. It is observed that the Cr content between bronzite and the melt increases with falling temperature along a given oxygen buffer and decreases with falling oxygen fugacity at a given temperature; however, the Cr content of the melt in equilibrium with spinel decreases with falling temperature and increases with lower oxygen fugacity.

  4. Mineral chemistry and alteration characteristics of spinel in serpentinised peridotites from the northern central Indian Ridge

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    Banerjee, R.; Ray, Dwijesh; Ishii, T.

    in producing the chromium spinel-bearing peridotites (Dick and Bullen, 1984; Arai, 1994, Hellebrand et al., 2002). Previous studies on the residual spinel chemistry were mainly focused on those from the different segments of Mid-Atlantic Ridge (MAR), Hess..., Serpentinite 10 30 17-49 69 59-74 MAR 3 MARK ODP site 920 Serpentinised harzburgite and lherzolite 115 29 28-31 71 70-72 SWIR 4 Axial valley Dredge 52-68ºE Spinel lherzolite/ Harzburgite 8 27 19-37 68 64-73 EPR 5 Hess Deep ODP site 895...

  5. Shift in detrital sedimentation in the eastern Bay of Bengal during the late Quaternary

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    C Prakash Babu; J N Pattan; K Dutta; N Basavaiah; G V Ravi Prasad; D K Ray; P Govil

    2010-06-01

    Down-core variations of granulometric, geochemical and mineral magnetism of a 70-cm long sediment core retrieved from the eastern Bay of Bengal abyssal region were studied to understand sedimentation pattern and sediment provenance during the last ∼12 kyr BP. Based on down-core physical and elemental variations, three units were identified: unit 3 (70–43 cm) is a ∼30 cm thick clayey silt organic carbon-rich (0.5–0.92%) turbidite probably delivered by the Brahmaputra River during the late Quaternary period. Units 2 (43–24 cm) and 1 (24–0 cm) represent enhanced and reduced supply of coarse-grained detrital sediments from the Ganges River during early and late Holocene period, respectively. Increased terrigenous supply dilutes calcium carbonate (CaCO3) and biogenic elements (P, Ba and Cu) in units 3 and 2. On the contrary, a reduction in detrital input enhances CaCO3 and biogenic elements in unit 1. Lithogenic elements (Ti, Al, K and Rb) and shale-normalized REE patterns in all three units suggest terrigenous source. The shift in provenance from the Brahmaputra to the Ganges derived sediments is evident by a sharp increase in sediment grain size, increased concentration and grain size assemblages of magnetic minerals, lithogenic elements concentration and Lan/Ybn ratio. This study highlights terrigenous dilution on biogenic sedimentation in the eastern Bay of Bengal sediments.

  6. Reconstructing the pace and pattern of glacial erosion with detrital thermochronology, Southern Alps of New Zealand

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    Lang, Karl; Ehlers, Todd; Ring, Uwe; Kamp, Peter; Glotzbach, Christoph; Stübner, Konstanze

    2017-04-01

    Erosion by the expansion of mountain glaciers can fundamentally reshape mountain topography to alter local climate dynamics, reorganize river drainages and force allopatric speciation events. Characteristic U-shaped glacial valleys and well-preserved glacial landforms across the eastern flanks of the Southern Alps of New Zealand attest to the dramatic impact of Quaternary glaciation on this dynamic landscape. However, the progressive influence of glacial erosion on the evolution of this landscape, and the redistribution of glacial sediment at its peripheries, remains difficult to constrain from morphological analyses alone. To reconstruct the pace and pattern of glacial erosion within the Southern Alps, we present a comprehensive detrital thermochronological dataset including apatite fission-track and (U-Th)/He analyses from samples of modern river sediment and sedimentary basin units preserved along the eastern flanks of the mountains. We interpret erosion patterns in five catchments east of the main drainage divide from detrital cooling age populations in samples of modern river sediment. Published bedrock analyses demonstrate that partial annealing and partial retention zones for the apatite fission-track and (U-Th)/He mineral systems, respectively, have been exhumed within each catchment area. Consequently, cooling ages predictably increase from fully reset ages (typically ages (up to 80 Ma) with eastward distance from the Alpine Fault and increasing elevation. We exploit this predictive relationship between cooling age, eastward distance and elevation to map the source of modern sediment across the eastern flanks of the range. Exhumation of these partial annealing and retention zones east of the main drainage divide is further manifest in the appearance of reset cooling ages within peripheral basin sediments. To reconstruct the pace of Southern Alps exhumation, we further analyze detrital mineral lag-times preserved in late Miocene-Pleistocene peripheral basin

  7. Detrital zircon U-Pb geochronology and provenance of the Carboniferous-Permian glaciomarine pebbly slates in the Tibetan Plateau

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    Wang, Q.; Zhu, D.; Zhao, Z.; Chung, S.; Li, C.; Sui, Q.; Fu, X.; Mo, X.

    2011-12-01

    Glaciomarine diamictites (including pebbly slate, pebbly siltstone, and pebbly sandstone) in the Tibetan Plateau are widely interpreted to have been associated with the deglaciation of the Indian continent. Guiding by zircon cathodoluminescence images, we determined U-Pb ages for detrital zircons from five typical Carboniferous-Permian pebbly slate samples from the Qiangtang, Lhasa, and Tethyan Himalaya of the Tibetan Plateau. The age distributions of detrital zircons from two samples (180 analyses) from Qiwu and Gangma Tso of the Qiangtang Terrane are similar, with two main age peaks ca. 579 and ca. 816 Ma and one minor age peak ca. 2490 Ma. Two samples (177 analyses) from Jiangrang and Damxung of the Lhasa Terrane define similar age distributions with two main age peaks ca. 539 and ca. 1175 Ma. Ages of detrital zircons from one sample (110 analyses) from Kangmar of the Tethyan Himalaya display main age peaks ca. 535, ca. 949, and ca. 2490 Ma. The ca. 816-Ma detrital zircons from the Qiangtang Terrane were most likely derived from the Lesser Himalaya, and the ca. 950-Ma detrital zircons from the Tethyan Himalaya might have been sourced from the High Himalaya, Eastern Ghats Province of the Indian plate and the Rayner Province of East Antarctica. The distinctive ca. 1175-Ma age population characteristic of zircons in the pebbly slates from the Lhasa Terrane is identical to the detrital zircons from the late Paleozoic sandstones (Zhu et al., 2011a) and the inherited zircons from the Mesozoic peraluminous granites (Zhu et al., 2011b) in this terrane, but significantly absent in the pebbly slates from both the Qiangtang and the Tethyan Himalayan terranes. The ca. 1175-Ma detrital zircons in the Lhasa Terrane were most likely sourced from the Albany-Fraser-Wilkes in southwestern Australia and East Antarctica. These new data obtained in this study reveal a distinct difference of detrital zircon provenance for the coeval Carboniferous-Permian glaciomarine pebbly slates

  8. Normal and Inverse Ferrite Spinels: A Set of Solid State Chemistry Related Experiments.

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    Chaumont, C.; Burgard, M.

    1979-01-01

    Presents one of the themes of a French chemistry college laboratory course, which concerns the field of solid state chemistry and is focused on the study of the cation distribution in the case of certain spinel ferrites. (HM)

  9. Study on Synthesis and Electrochemical Properties of Nanophase Li-Mo-spinel

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    冯传启; 张克立

    2003-01-01

    Li-Mn-spinel was synthesized using the rheological phase recation method,First,the precursor was prepared by rheological phase reaction.The it was decomposed to form Li-Mn-spine,which was characterized by X-ray diffraction analysis and IR spectra.The particle size of Li-Mn-spinel was determined by the method of the transmission electron microscopy.The synthesized materials are of nanometer size with 30-100nm in the average diameter.The electrochemical properties of the Li-Mn-spinel were also studied.It proved that this method not only provided a simple practicable and effective route for the synthesis of Li-Mn-spinel,but also had many advantages such as lower sintering temperature,shorter sintering time,fine particles and particularly excellent electrochemical performances.

  10. The Effect of Cr content on the Reflectance Properties of Mg-Spinel

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    Williams, K. B.; Jackson, C.; Cheek, L.; Prissel, T. C.; Parman, S. W.; Pieters, C. M.

    2012-12-01

    Recent analyses of Moon Mineralogy Mapper (M3) data have identified an Mg-spinel lithology previously unobserved on the lunar surface [1,2]. Although some examples of chromite have been identified in M3 spectra for the Sinus Aestuum region [3], most spinel observations thus far appear to be Mg-Al spinel. This study seeks to identify the influence of chromium content on spectral characteristics of synthetic spinel in order to provide a calibration for interpreting spinel composition from M3 observations. Experiments to constrain the Cr and Fe content of the Mg-rich spinel will help characterize the melt involved in its formation, providing valuable information for models of its petrogenesis. Previous studies indicate that spinel displays a 2 μm absorption, corresponding to tetrahedrally coordinated Fe2+. At FeO contents ≥5 wt% [4], synthetic spinel have a 1 μm octahedral absorption due to the availability of Fe2+ to occupy additional sites in the mineral structure [5]. A separate absorption, centered at 0.55 μm, has been attributed to Cr3+. Given the competition between Cr3+ and Al3+ for octahedral crystallographic sites in spinel, the presence of Cr may influence the strength of the 1 μm iron absorption. Fe content and grain size have well-known effects on spectral reflectance band depth, however due to competition for octahedral sites the effect of Cr on reflectance properties within the 0.55-1 μm wavelengths has yet to be clearly identified. Two preliminary experiments successfully produced Mg-spinel containing Cr in octahedral sites, as evidenced by a well-defined 0.55 μm absorption in the spectra. The samples were produced by mixing reagent-grade oxide powders in approximately stoichiometric proportions, and sintering in a horizontal gas mixing furnace at fO2 IW for 72 hours. Sample 1 (mixed with Al2O3 in excess) resulted in spinel with 6% Cr2O3, 6% FeO. Sample 2 (mixed with stoichiometric Al2O3) contained 5% Cr2O3, 5% FeO. Microprobe analyses of this

  11. Insertion/removal kinetics of lithium ion in spinel LiCuxMn2-xO4

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    2007-01-01

    The insertion/removal processes of lithium ion in spinel lithium manganese oxide(LiMn2O4) and copper doped spinel lithium manganese oxide (LiCuxMn2-xO4) on a powder microelectrode were studied by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy(EIS), cyclic voltammetry(CV) and X-ray diffractometry(XRD). The insertion/removal process of lithium ion in the spinel oxides consists of three steps: charge transfer of lithium ion on the surface of the spinel oxides, diffusion and occupation of lithium ion in the lattice of the spinel oxide. Similar to chromium, the doping of copper in spinel lithium manganese oxide results in the increase of the charge transfer resistance and the double layer capacitance for lithium insertion or removal, and the decrease of the diffusion coefficient of lithium ion in the lattice of spinel oxide. However, the insertion capacitance, a parameter reflecting the occupation of lithium ion in the lattice of the spinel oxide, is hardly influenced by the doping of copper. The influence of the doped copper on the kinetic process of lithium insertion/removal in spinel lithium manganese oxide is related to the contraction of spinel lattice.

  12. The effect of Y2O3 addition on thermal shock behavior of magnesium aluminate spinel

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    Pošarac Milica; Devečerski A.; Volkov-Husović T.; Matović B.; Minić D.M.

    2009-01-01

    The effect of yttria additive on the thermal shock behavior of magnesium aluminate spinel has been investigated. As a starting material we used spinel (MgAl2O4) obtained by the modified glycine nitrate procedure (MGNP). Sintered products were characterized in terms of phase analysis, densities, thermal shock, monitoring the damaged surface area in the refractory specimen during thermal shock and ultrasonic determination of the Dynamic Young modulus of elasticity. It was found that a new phase...

  13. Influence of Various Zirconia Additives on High Temperature Properties of Magnesia Spinel Brick

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    SUNJialin; LIZhijian; 等

    1997-01-01

    Magnesia spinel refractory is a promising material because of its good properties at high temperature,good exfoliation-and coorosion-resistances,Three kinds of additives containing ZrO2 were added o magnesia spinel refacto-ries to get better exfoliation resistance,corrosion resistance and adhensiveness,Three kinds of ZrO2-containing additives added to optimize the properties of the material are particularly discussed in this paper.

  14. Effects of Several Factors on Viscosity of Alumina-spinel Slurries

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    SHA Jianmin; LIU Kaiqi; LIU Zuocai

    2004-01-01

    The effects of several commercial dispersants, including AN- 2000, ammonium polyacrylate , sodium tripolyphosphate, sodium hexametaphosphate, and of solids loading and of electro-fused magnesia on rheological propertiesof aqueous alumina-spinel slurries were studied.The results reveal that AN- 2000 is the most effective one among the selected dispersants for alumina-spinel slurries.With 0.5% weight of AN-2000, the 57vol% solids loadobtained at shear rate of 50s-1 .

  15. Impact of mineral fertility and bedrock erosion on single-mineral detrital studies: insights from trace-element and Nd-isotope systematics of detrital apatite from the Po River catchment

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    Malusa', Marco Giovanni; Wang, Jiangang; Garzanti, Eduardo; Villa, Igor M.; Wittman, Hella

    2017-04-01

    The detrital record provides an archive of mountain erosion that preserves key information for paleotectonic and paleoclimatic reconstructions. Detrital studies are often based on single-mineral analyses (e.g., geo/thermochronologic analyses on apatite and zircon). Their geologic interpretation can be challenging, because the impact of each eroding source on the detrital record is controlled by a range of factors including the rate of erosion and the fertility of chosen minerals in eroded bedrock. Here, we combine (i) a state-of-the art dataset of trace element and Nd isotope fingerprints of detrital apatite, (ii) a comprehensive dataset of apatite-fertility measurements (Malusà et al. 2016), (iii) fission-track data, and (iv) cosmogenic-derived erosion rates from the Po River catchment (Wittmann et al. 2016), to test the impact of mineral fertility and bedrock erosion on the single-mineral detrital signal preserved in the final sediment sink. Our results show that the information provided by accessory minerals, when complemented with accurate mineral fertility measurements, are fully consistent with information provided by the analysis of more abundant framework minerals. We found that trace element and Nd isotope analyses provide a reliable tool to disentangle the complex single-mineral record of orogenic erosion, and demonstrate that such a record is largely determined by high-fertility source rocks exposed within the drainage. Detrital thermochronology studies based on the lag-time approach should thus preferably include independent provenance discriminations and a full mineral fertility characterization of the potential source areas, in order to ensure a correct identification of the sediment sources and of the exogenic and endogenic processes monitored in the stratigraphic archive. Malusà M.G., Resentini A., Garzanti E., 2016. Hydraulic sorting and mineral fertility bias in detrital geochronology. Gondwana Res., 31, 1-19 Wittmann H., Malusà M.G., Resentini

  16. Diagenetic and detrital origin of moretane anomalies through the Permian-Triassic boundary

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    French, Katherine L.; Tosca, Nicholas J.; Cao, Changqun; Summons, Roger E.

    2012-05-01

    Many biogeochemical anomalies coincide with the Late Permian Extinction (LPE; 252.28 Ma). Several mechanisms have been proposed to explain the moretane/hopane anomaly that has been identified in samples from Meishan GSSP section in southeastern China. Here, we report homohopane, 2α- and 3β-methylhomohopane and lithological data for a drill core from the Meishan section in southeastern China. Three intervals of elevated C30 moretane/hopane ratios are recorded in the Lungtan, Yinkeng and Helongshan Formations. Moretane/hopane ratios of C31-34 homohopanes and the 2α- and 3β-methylhomohopanes display the same stratigraphic patterns as the C30 moretane/hopane record. In light of the multiple and parallel moretane anomalies for the homohopane and 2α- and 3β-methylhomohopane series, enhanced input from higher plant organic matter, such as coal and peat, does not adequately explain the observed isomer patterns. Correlation of high moretane/hopane ratios with low C35 Homohopane Index (HHI) and high hopane/sterane values suggest increased input of hopanoids from oxic soils. Additionally, moretane/hopane ratios show excellent correlations with total clay percentages and specific clay types, particularly chlorite, illite, and mixed layer illite/smectite. We conclude that a combination of episodic hopanoid input from soil bacteria and diagenetic effects related to redox and detrital clays generated the unique moretane/hopane patterns at Meishan. Similar relationships of Ts/(Ts + Tm) with redox, source indicators, and lithology indicate that Ts/(Ts + Tm) is affected by the same factors controlling the moretane/hopane ratios. Berthierine, a clay that requires reducing conditions for formation, was detected in samples from the Lungtan Formation. We are unable to determine from our results whether the berthierine is authigenic or detrital, but future determination of the origin of berthierine at Meishan may offer additional environmental insight. No link between diasteranes

  17. A thorium isotope proxy for reconstructing dissolved detrital inputs to the ocean

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    McManus, J. F.; Robinson, L. F.; Noble, T. L.; Henderson, G. M.

    2006-12-01

    We have developed a tracer of dissolved detrital inputs to seawater based on thorium isotopes adsorbed from seawater onto settling marine particles. Thorium is extremely insoluble, yet occurs in all ocean waters in abundances that are measurable by ICP-MS mass spectrometry. Thorium-232 is derived exclusively from the partial dissolution of detritus, which in distal open-ocean settings is predominantly delivered through eolian transport. Thorium-230 is produced everywhere in the ocean at a well-constrained rate by the decay of dissolved uranium. The 232/230 ratio of adsorbed thorium, isolated from lattice-bound thorium, may be used to reconstruct the local water column thorium profiles, which are in turn controlled by dissolved detrital input. The water column reconstructions are independent of detrital accumulation records, including those captured in high latitude ice cores, and can thus be focused on relevant regions of the ocean. This new tracer may be used to evaluate a variety of scenarios regarding the ocean and atmosphere of the past, including dust fertilization schemes that link variations in paleo-productivity with changes in atmospheric carbon dioxide and global climate. The half-lives of both thorium isotopes are long enough to allow us to use our approach on sediments that span several glacial-interglacial cycles. Initial investigations indicate that we are successful in isolating the adsorbed (seawater) thorium using a range of progressively vigorous chemical leaching steps with variable yield, but constant isotopic ratio. Recent sediments from a N-S transect of the Southern Ocean, the subpolar North Pacific, the subtropical North Atlantic, and the tropical Atlantic yield thorium ratios that are similar to nearby water column profiles. Preliminary downcore results display higher thorium 232/230 ratios that are consistent with enhanced ice-age dust deposition. However the two- to four-fold glacial increases indicated by the thorium isotope proxy are

  18. Correlating capacity loss of stoichiometric and nonstoichiometric lithium manganese oxide spinel electrodes with their structural integrity

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    Huang, H.; Vincent, C.A.; Bruce, P.G.

    1999-10-01

    It is known that stoichiometric spinel, LiMn{sub 2}O{sub 4}, was used as a lithium-ion battery cathode, exhibits significant capacity fade on cycling at room temperature, whereas by making the spinel slightly nonstoichiometric the capacity retention on cycling is improved to a great extent. To help understand this difference in performance, X-ray diffraction (XRD) was used to investigate the spinel structure during lithium extraction and reinsertion. The stoichiometric spinel shows degradation during the first lithium extraction which becomes more severe at high rates. The XRD pattern measured at the end of 50 cycles showed significant low of structural integrity, with several prominent peaks that were not present prior to cycling. In contrast, the nonstoichiometric spinel showed no evidence of degradation up to at least 300 cycles, even at high rates. It is suggested that in the case of stoichiometric spinel, {lambda}-MnO{sub 2}, which forms upon extraction of lithium, accumulates during cycling and, becomes disconnected from the active electrode, capacity fade is significant.

  19. Synthesis and Characterization of Porous Magnesium Aluminate Spinel by Hydrothermal Process

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    WANG Xiuhui; DUAN Jinxia; LU Shengbo; YIN Jianlong; SU Zhenguo; GAO Hong; YANG Jinlong

    2015-01-01

    Magnesium aluminate spinel has a great prospect in catalyst supports due to the porousstructure, good cata-lytic activity, high thermal stability and the presence of two active centers as acid and alkaline. The magnesium alumi-nate spinel powders were synthesized by a hydrothermal process. The samples were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction and N2adsorption-desorption isotherms, respectively. The particle surface with the laminated structure increases with the increase of hydrothermal temperature and hydro-thermal time. The spinel has a worm-like porous structure, and the pores become smaller and well-distributed under hexadecyl trimethyl ammonium bromide condition. The phase of the spinel appears at 450°C and the perfect crystalline structure emerges at 600°C. The percentage of MgAl2O4spinel increases with the increase of heat treatment temperature. The spinel has a great specific surface area (i.e., 245.68–58.65 m2/g) when the calcinating temperature increases from 500 to 1200°C. Moreover, the specific surface area is 195.11 m2/g 1 at.% hexadecyl trimethyl ammonium bromide.

  20. Synthesis and Characterization of Porous Magnesium Aluminate Spinel by Hydrothermal Process

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    WANG; Xiuhui; DUAN; Jinxia; LU; Shengbo; YIN; Jianlong; SU; Zhenguo; GAO; Hong; YANG; Jinlong

    2015-01-01

    Magnesium aluminate spinel has a great prospect in catalyst supports due to the porous structure, good catalytic activity, high thermal stability and the presence of two active centers as acid and alkaline. The magnesium aluminate spinel powders were synthesized by a hydrothermal process. The samples were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction and N2 adsorption-desorption isotherms, respectively. The particle surface with the laminated structure increases with the increase of hydrothermal temperature and hydrothermal time. The spinel has a worm-like porous structure, and the pores become smaller and well-distributed under hexadecyl trimethyl ammonium bromide condition. The phase of the spinel appears at 450°C and the perfect crystalline structure emerges at 600°C. The percentage of Mg Al2O4 spinel increases with the increase of heat treatment temperature. The spinel has a great specific surface area(i.e., 245.68–58.65 m2/g) when the calcinating temperature increases from 500 to 1200°C. Moreover, the specific surface area is 195.11 m2/g 1 at.% hexadecyl trimethyl ammonium bromide.

  1. Effects of metal source in metal substitution of lithium manganese oxide spinel

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    Eftekhari, Ali [Laboratory of Electrochemistry, Materials and Energy Research Center, P.O. Box, 14155-4777, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of)]. E-mail: eftekhari@merc.ac.ir; Moghaddam, Abdolmajid Bayandori [Laboratory of Electrochemistry, Materials and Energy Research Center, P.O. Box, 14155-4777, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Yazdani, Bahareh [Laboratory of Electrochemistry, Materials and Energy Research Center, P.O. Box, 14155-4777, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Moztarzadeh, Fathollah [Laboratory of Electrochemistry, Materials and Energy Research Center, P.O. Box, 14155-4777, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2006-12-01

    Usefulness of W substitution for improvement of battery performance of LiMn{sub 2}O{sub 4} cathode was investigated. Small amounts of tungsten were incorporated into LiMn{sub 2}O{sub 4} spinel instead of available Mn. For this purpose, two sources of tungsten (metallic W or WO{sub 3}) were examined. W concentration and source have significant influence on both morphology and electrochemical behavior of W-substituted LiMn{sub 2}O{sub 4} spinels. W substitution of LiMn{sub 2}O{sub 4} spinel can lead to the formation of uniform spinel particles and improved battery performance. Cyclic voltammetric behaviors of the samples were examined in an aqueous solution, and Li diffusion process was investigated for different cases. The best case was the LiW{sub 0.01}Mn{sub 1.99}O{sub 4} spinel prepared from metallic W powder, as exhibits excellent rate capability, but better cycleability was observed for the LiW{sub 0.01}Mn{sub 1.99}O{sub 4} spinel prepared from WO{sub 3}. This means that because of significant influence of the dopant source, this parameter should be chosen in respect with the desire improvement.

  2. Spinel-embedded lithium-rich oxide composites for Li-ion batteries

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    Park, Kwangjin; Yeon, Donghee; Kim, Jung Hwa; Park, Jin-Hwan; Doo, Seokgwang; Choi, Byungjin

    2017-08-01

    Spinel-embedded lithium-rich oxides are synthesized and their structural phases are analyzed. The type of spinel LiM0.5Mn1.5O4 (M = Ni, Co, Mn) embedded is varied by controlling the spinel composition and content. Of the various composites fabricated with different spinel phases, the LiCo0.5Mn1.5O4-embedded over-lithiated layered oxide (OLO) shows the best electrochemical performance as a cathode because of the absence of a parasitic phase and its high structural stability. The formation energy of the LiCo0.5Mn1.5O4-embedded oxide is determined through first-principles calculations and is found to be lower than that of the pristine oxide as well as other spinel-phase-embedded oxides. It is also observed that use of OLO with optimal embedded spinel LiCo0.5Mn1.5O4 in a cylindrical 18650-type cell results in improvement in the full-cell electrochemical performance.

  3. Spatial distribution of detrital resources determines the outcome of competition between bacteria and a facultative detritivorous worm

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    Van Nugteren, P.; Herman, P.M.J.; Moodley, L.; Middelburg, J.J.; Vos, M.; Heip, C.H.R.

    2009-01-01

    Macrobenthic deposit feeders and bacteria compete for the same detrital food resources. We hypothesize that the spatial scale at which food is distributed in the sediment is an important factor determining the outcome of this competition. Macrobenthic deposit feeders are better adapted for fast

  4. In situ monitoring of the effects of water quality on benthic detrital decomposition

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    Lee, J.J.; Mastropaolo, C.; McEnery, M.; Tietjen, J.H.; Garrison, J.

    1978-01-01

    Detrital decomposition is an important marine benthic process which contributes to the fertility of seas, particularly in estuarian and coastal waters. The process involves a complex community of microorganisms and small animals which interact with each other in a manner similar to that which occurs in forest litter and in composts. Plastic chambers for measuring decomposition rates of Spartina alterniflora were placed on the bottom of the sea at four sites in the northeast: Towd Point, Southampton, New York; the effluent quarry of the Millstone power plant on Niantic Bay, Long Island Sound; Winsor Cove, Cataumet, Massachusetts (the site of an oil spill); and Sippewissett marsh, Falmouth, Massachusetts (a control site for Winsor Cove). The stations were visited monthly. By various means we measured the rates of decomposition and growth of sediment microbial and animal populations.

  5. Implications for the evolution of continental crust from Hf isotope systematics of Archean detrital zircons

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    Stevenson, Ross K.; Patchett, P. Jonathan

    1990-01-01

    Results from the fractionation of zircon by sedimentary processes into continental margin sandstone yield information on the preservation of preexisting continental crust in the form of zircon, making it possible to distinguish between the contrasting theories of gradual growth versus constant volume of continental crust over geologic time. In this work, Hf-176/Hf-177 ratios were determined for detrital zircon fractions from 2.0-2.5, 2.6-3.0, and pre-3.0 Gyr old sandstones from the Canadian-Shield, the North-Atlantic, the Wyoming, and the Kaapvaal Cratons. Results pointed to small amounts of continental crust prior to 3.0 Gyr ago and a rapid addition of continental crust between 2.5 and 3.0 Gyr ago, consistent with the gradual growth of continental crust, and giving evidence against no-growth histories.

  6. Detrital Zircon Ages of Hanjiang River:Constraints on Evolution of Northern Yangtze Craton, South China

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    Yang Jie; Gao Shan; Yuan Honglin; Gong Hujun; Zhang Hong; Xie Shiwen

    2007-01-01

    Clastic sedimentary rocks are natural samples of the exposed continental crust over large ideal sample for studying the formation and evolution of the northern Yangtze craton. Here we report laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer U-Pb ages of 122 detrital zircons from one sand sample of the Hanjiang River. The 110 concordant zircons reveal four major age groups of 768,444, 212, and 124 Ma, which well correlate with known magmatic events in the northern Yangtze craton. A minor group is present at 1 536 Ma, which is less known in the study area. Only seven zircons have ages of >1 750 Ma. Our results show that the Early Paleozoic, Late Triassic, and Early Cretaceous are important episodes of zircon growth and crustal growth/reworking in addition to the previously documented Neoproterozoic event. Our results suggest very limited exposures of Paleoproterozoic and Archean rocks in the northern parts of the Yangtze craton.

  7. Provenance and sediment dynamics within river basins in Western Peru through detrital zircons U-Pb ages

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    Camille, Litty; Pierre, Lanari; Marco, Burn; Fritz, Schlunegger

    2016-04-01

    U-Pb dating of detrital zircons from clastic sediments by LA-ICPMS has become a popular method in sedimentary correlation and provenance studies. Because of remarkable durability, detrital zircons may be reworked through multiple sedimentary cycles and provide an ideal material to study the sedimentary provenance in rivers and the erosional characteristics. The Western side of the Peruvian Andes has experienced multiple pluvial periods induced phases of erosion and the formation of subsequent cut-and-fill terrace sequences since the Pleistocene. The aim of the study is to estimate the source areas of the terrace and modern deposits to infer changes in sediment dynamics through time and correlate them with the climatic change and especially precipitation patterns. To this extent, we determined the provenance of 4 dated terrace deposits along with modern sediments from the same streams by matching detrital-zircon ages with crystallization ages of source rocks. Age populations of detrital zircons are derived using U-Pb LA-ICP-MS analysis of about 50 zircons. Results show changes in the sediment provenance through time. Nowadays, sediment source areas are mainly located on the uppermost reach of the rivers whereas during the Pleistocene, sediment source areas were both located in the headwaters and along the middle reach of the rivers. These differences in terms of provenance could correlate with a change in precipitation locations and rates. Indeed a scenario where the locus of precipitation occurrence shifted from the middle reaches including the Altiplano during the past, to the Altiplano only as observed today, along with higher precipitation rates during the periods of terraces formation, offers an explanation to explain the erosional patterns recorded by detrital zircons.

  8. Provenance and drainage system of the Early Cretaceous volcanic detritus in the Himalaya as constrained by detrital zircon geochronology

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    Xiu-Mian Hu; Eduardo Garzanti; Wei An

    2015-01-01

    The age range of the major intra-plate volcanic event that affected the northern Indian margin in the Early Cretaceous is here deifned precisely by detrital zircon geochronol-ogy. U–Pb ages of Early Cretaceous detrital zircons found in the Cretaceous to the Paleocene sandstones cluster mainly between 142 Ma and 123 Ma in the northern Tethys Himalayan unit, and between 140 Ma and 116 Ma in the southern Tethys Himalayan unit. The youngest and oldest detrital zircons within this group indicate that volcanism in the source areas started in the latest Jurassic and ended by the early Albian. Stratigraphic data indicate that volcaniclastic sedimentation began signiifcantly earlier in southern Tibet (Tithonian) than in Nepal (Valangin-ian), and considerably later in Spiti and Zanskar (Aptian/Albian) to the west. This apparent westward migration of magmatism was explained with progressive westward propagation of extensional/transtensional tectonic activity and development of fractures cutting deeply across the Indian continental margin crust. However, detrital zircon geochronology provides no indi-cation of heterochroneity in magmatic activity in the source areas from east to west, and thus lends little support to such a scenario. Westward migration of volcaniclastic sedimentation may thus relfect instead the westward progradation of major drainage systems supplying vol-canic detritus sourced from the same volcanic centers in the east. Development of multiple radial drainage away from the domal surface uplift associated with magmatic upwelling, as observed for most large igneous provinces around the world, may also explain why U–Pb ages of detrital zircons tend to cluster around 133–132 Ma (the age of the Comei igneous province) in Tethys Himalayan units, but around 118–117 Ma (the age of the Rajmahal igneous province) in Lesser Himalayan units.

  9. Synthesis and optical property of zinc aluminate spinel cryogels

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    Lifen Su

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Zinc aluminate spinel cryogels with various molar ratio of Al/Zn are synthesized by sol–gel technology followed by vacuum freeze drying. The structures and optical properties are both found to be affected by the molar ratios of Al/Zn and annealed temperatures. The peaks of zinc oxide (ZnO and zinc dialuminum oxide (ZnAl2O4 are both obtained for the samples with more Zn content annealed at 750 °C or upward. The composites have a large surface area (137 m2/g with mesoporous structure after annealing at 750 °C. The SEM images reveal that the ZnAl2O4 crystals formed a multilayer structure with redundant ZnO particles which deposited on it. Furthermore, the maximum infrared reflectance is about 80% with an improvement of 35% in the infrared region after annealing at 950 °C compared with that of 450 °C, which indicates that these porous cryogels have a potential application as thermal insulating materials at a high temperature.

  10. Giant orthorhombic distortions by Cu+ in ferrimagnetic spinel Mn334

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    Chung, Jae-Ho; Lee, Kee Hwan; Chang, Hun; Hwang, In Yong; Kang, Hyun Wook; Kim, Su Jae; Lee, Seongsu

    2015-03-01

    Mn3O4 is a tetragonal (c > a) spinel that exhibits noncollinear Yafet-Kittel ferrimagnetic ordering at low temperatures. We report large orthorhombic distortions in its ferrimagnetic phase stabilized by a few percent of Cu doping. The orthorhombic strains of the ferrimagnetic phases increased linearly to the doping and reached up to ɛ ~ 8 . 2 ×10-3 for x = 0.19, which is three times larger than the saturated value under external magnetic fields. For high doping (xagt 0 . 17), the distortions first appeared in the paramagnetic phases and underwent further enhancement simultaneously with the onset of the noncollinear ferrimagnetic ordering. We present the rich magnetostructural phase diagram of CuxMn3-xO4, and argue that the diluted t2 orbital degeneracy of Cu2+ under tetrahedral crystal field breaks the global symmetry and triggers the orthorhombic instability inherent in Mn3O4. This work was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea through the ARCNEX (NRF-2011-0031933).

  11. Charging regime of pur spinel studied by secondary electron emission

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    Boughariou, A., E-mail: aicha_boughariou@yahoo.fr [LaMaCoP, Université de Sfax pour le sud, Faculté des Sciences, 3038 Sfax (Tunisia); Kallel, A. [LaMaCoP, Université de Sfax pour le sud, Faculté des Sciences, 3038 Sfax (Tunisia); Blaise, G. [LPS, Université Paris-Sud XI, Batiment 510, Orsay 91405 (France)

    2013-04-01

    Insulators are currently used in high technological devices. They are chosen because of their electrical properties of insulation and their thermal properties. It is well known that the presence of space charge in an insulator is correlated with an electric breakdown. Charging phenomena of insulator were studied thanks to a scanning electron microscope (SEM) which allows the injection of few electrons doses in a large domain of energies. SEM permits also the measurements of the secondary electron emission and the induced current created in the sample holder by the charges generated in the sample. The results showed that the secondary electron emission yield (SEE) σ is a very sensitive parameter to characterize the charging state of an insulator. In this work we investigate the charging effect of insulator surfaces like pur spinel (MgAl{sub 2}O{sub 4}) during 1.1, 5 and 15 keV. The results showed that the fundamental parameter controlling the charging kinetic is the current density J{sub 0}. At low energies 1.1 and 5 keV, two different kinds of self-regulated regime (σ=1) were observed as a function of current density. At 15 keV energy, the electron emission appears to be stimulated by the current density, due to the Poole–Frenkel effect.

  12. Garnet - Spinel Peridotites from Potrok Aike: An insight into the Patagonian Lithospheric Mantle

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    Schrott, C.; Ntaflos, T.; Bjerg, E. A.; Tschegg, C.

    2009-04-01

    The mantle-xenolith bearing hyaloclastic tephra from Potrok Aike, located 68 km SW of Río Gallegos, Argentina, provide good opportunities for studying the lithospheric mantle beneath southern Patagonia. The Potrok Aike maar belongs to the Pliocene to Holocene Pali Aike volcanic field located east of the Andean volcanic arc. The studied samples are spinel-bearing and garnet + spinel-bearing lherzolites and harzburgites. The entire suite of the studied mantle-xenoliths have protogranular to protogranular-equigranular textures. The most interesting textural features are the kelyphitic rims around both garnet and spinel, that clearly demonstrate break-down of garnet in spinel bearing xenoliths. Detailed petrographic investigations showed different degrees of kelyphitisation. Another feature is the intergranular growth of clinopyroxene, representing a late metasomatic event. No hydrous minerals were so far found in the studied xenoliths. The Potrok Aike clinopyroxenes are Cr-diopsides with Al2O3 contents ranging from 3.2 to 7.1 wt %, whereas the garnets show pyrope composition (Alm16.3Py69.3Gros13.7 Spess0.7). The spinel shows broad range of compositional variation with Cr# varying between 0.1 and 0.5. The bulk chemistry points out the fertile character of the lherzolithes (Al2O3 2.6 - 3.6 wt % and CaO 2.5 - 2.9 wt %), while the harzburgites indicate a depleted character (Al2O3 0.7 - 2.5 wt % and CaO 0.33 - 2.14 wt %). According to the REE patterns, the Protok Aike peridotites can be divided into three groups: group I, non-metasomatised peridotites with Lan/Smn from 0.76 to 0.91 and Tbn/Ybn from 0.70 to 0.71; group II, slightly metasomatised peridotites with Lan/Smn from 0.95 to 1.27 and Tbn/Ybn from 0.96 to 1.18; and group 3, metasomatised peridotites with Lan/Smn from 1.36 to 3.2 and Tbn/Ybn from 1.06 to 2.12. LA-ICP-MS analyses on clinopyroxenes from spinel-peridotites have convex upward REE patterns resembling those from the spinel-garnet-bearing peridotites

  13. The Improvement of the Slag Resistance of Corundum—Spinel Castable with Addition of Aluminum Oxynitride (AlON)

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    LIYawei; LINan; 等

    1999-01-01

    The slag corrosion resisance of corundum-spinel castable has been increased by adding aluminum oxynitride spinel (AlON) powder ,Its results show that corrosion resistance of this castable is remarkably imroved when 3 wt% of the AlON powder added ,It was assumed that solid solution between aluminum oxynitride and magnesium aluminate spinel occurred to prevent the slag penetration into castable and increase the corrosion resistance of the corundum-spinel castable However,the experimental resultsd suggest such castable containing AlON powder be much more appropriate to be used in non-oxidation condition rather than in oxidation atmosphere.

  14. Spinels from tuffites of the Bulkur anticline: comparative analysis of macro- and microcrysts

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    Biller, Anastasia; Oleinikov, Oleg; Babushkina, Svetlana

    2017-04-01

    The northeastern Siberian platform is famous for a unique association of placer diamonds including specific diamond varieties (V-VII, following the classification by L.Yu. Orlov (1973). Such diamonds have been found in none of the kimberlite pipes of Yakutia. The petrochemical nature of the primary source for these placer deposits and the conditions of their formation in the mantle are as yet poorly understood. Diamonds with a large amount of associate minerals such as garnets and chrome-spinels occur in the basal horizon of the volcanogenic-sedimentary rocks aged at 226-228 Ma (U-Pb zircon dating, Grakhanov, Smelov, 2011). This paper presents the results of studying spinel macrocrysts and microcrysts from the tuffites' groundmass. The analyses were performed on a JEOL JSM 64800 LV scanning electron microscope with an Oxford INCA Energy Dispersive Spectrometer at the Diamond and Precious Metals Geology Institute, SB RAS. Chemically, the microcrystal spinels are characterized by a wide range of their major components: 17.14-56.53 wt% Cr2O3, 3.57-24.96 wt% Al2O3, 0.82-11.32 wt% TiO2, and 1.74-13.31 wt% MgO.Comparison between the microcrystal spinels from the tuffites and those from the Yakutian Kimberlite Province (YaKP) showed that the bulk of the spinels belong to high-Cr and medium-Cr picrochromites that are also typical of the diamondiferous kimberlites in the region. On the diagrams after Mitchel and Bergman (1991) they tend to the lamprophyric rocks trend. Chemical composition of the macrocrystal spinels also exhibits large variations: 24.9-60.5 wt% Cr2O3, 4.32-8.99 wt% TiO2 (with rare grains containing less than 1 wt%), 1.39-36.06 wt% Al2O3, and 13.53-55.67 wt% Fe(total). There is no essential difference in composition between the macrocrystal spinels with inclusions and those without them. For comparison, we plotted on various diagrams the compositions of spinels from the highly diamondiferous Mir pipe. It was found that compositions of spinels from the

  15. Experimental study of spinel-garnet phase transition in upper mantle and its significance

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    樊祺诚; 刘若新; 谢鸿森; 张月明; 徐平; 林卓然

    1997-01-01

    Experimental study of spinel-garnet phase transition was carried out using natural mineral and rock specimens from xenolith of mantle rocks in Cenozoic basalt as starting materials. From the result it was found that the condition of spinel lherzolite-garnet lherzolite phase transition ( T = 1100℃ and P = 1.8-2.0 GPa) is consistent with the P-T equilibrium condition of the five-phase assemblage spinel/garnet Iherzolite in eastern China, suggesting that there may exist a spinel-garnet Iherzolite phase transition zone with the thickness of a few km to several ten km at the depth of 55-70 km in the continental upper mantle of eastern China. The depth of phase transition from spinel pyrox-enite to garnet pyroxenite is found to be less than 55 km. Experiment results also show that water promotes metasomatism on one hand but suppresses phase transition on the other. Zoning of mineral composition was also discussed.

  16. Adsorption of Pb(2+) from aqueous solution using spinel ferrite prepared from steel pickling sludge.

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    Fang, Binbin; Yan, Yubo; Yang, Yang; Wang, Fenglian; Chu, Zhen; Sun, Xiuyun; Li, Jiansheng; Wang, Lianjun

    2016-01-01

    In this paper, spinel ferrite with high crystallinity and high saturation magnetization was successfully prepared from steel pickling sludge by adding iron source and precipitator in the hydrothermal condition. The obtained spinel ferrite was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM), and Zeta potential methods and investigated as an adsorbent for removal of Pb(2+) from aqueous solution. Batch experiments were performed by varying the pH values, contact time, temperature and initial metal concentration. The result of pH impact showed that the adsorption of Pb(2+) was a pH dependent process, and the pH 5.8 ± 0.2 was found to be the optimum condition. The achieved experimental data were analyzed with various kinetic and isotherm models. The kinetic studies revealed that Pb(2+) adsorption onto spinel ferrite followed a pseudo-second order model, and the Langmuir isotherm model provided the perfect fit to the equilibrium experimental data. At different temperatures, the maximum Pb(2+) adsorption capacities calculated from the Langmuir equation were in the range of 126.5-175.4 mg/g, which can be in competition with other adsorbents. The thermodynamic results showed that the spinel ferrite could spontaneously and endothermically adsorb Pb(2+) from aqueous solution. The regeneration studies showed that spinel ferrite could be used five times (removal efficiency (%) >90%) by desorption with HNO3 reagent.

  17. Syndeformation Chrome Spinels Inclusions in the Plastically Deformed Olivine Aggregates (Kraka Ophiolites, the Southern Urals

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    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available This article presents the results of structural, petrographic, mineralogical and chemical studies of dunite veinlets in spinel peridotite from the Kraka ophiolites. It is demonstrated that plastic deformation of polycrystalline olivine, which form dunite, was accompanied by precipitation of impurities (aluminum and chrome as newly formed chrome spinels. The thinnest acicular inclusions of 0.3-0.5 micron thick are aligned in olivine grains along [010] axis. Bigger elongated irregular chrome spinel grains usually occur along grain and sub-grain olivine boundaries, and, occasionally, inside the grains along [100] axis. Alteration from the fine xenomorphic grains of chrome spinels to the bigger idiomorphic crystals was observed. Analogically to dynamic ageing (dispersion hardening in metals, the structural and chemical alterations in dunites are interpreted as deformation induced segregation of impurities. It is suggested that the euhedral chrome spinel grains typical for ophiolitic dunites were formed by coalescence and spheroidization. This process may be a key factor in the formation of ophiolitic chrome ore deposits.

  18. Porous nanoarchitectures of spinel-type transition metal oxides for electrochemical energy storage systems.

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    Park, Min-Sik; Kim, Jeonghun; Kim, Ki Jae; Lee, Jong-Won; Kim, Jung Ho; Yamauchi, Yusuke

    2015-12-14

    Transition metal oxides possessing two kinds of metals (denoted as AxB3-xO4, which is generally defined as a spinel structure; A, B = Co, Ni, Zn, Mn, Fe, etc.), with stoichiometric or even non-stoichiometric compositions, have recently attracted great interest in electrochemical energy storage systems (ESSs). The spinel-type transition metal oxides exhibit outstanding electrochemical activity and stability, and thus, they can play a key role in realising cost-effective and environmentally friendly ESSs. Moreover, porous nanoarchitectures can offer a large number of electrochemically active sites and, at the same time, facilitate transport of charge carriers (electrons and ions) during energy storage reactions. In the design of spinel-type transition metal oxides for energy storage applications, therefore, nanostructural engineering is one of the most essential approaches to achieving high electrochemical performance in ESSs. In this perspective, we introduce spinel-type transition metal oxides with various transition metals and present recent research advances in material design of spinel-type transition metal oxides with tunable architectures (shape, porosity, and size) and compositions on the micro- and nano-scale. Furthermore, their technological applications as electrode materials for next-generation ESSs, including metal-air batteries, lithium-ion batteries, and supercapacitors, are discussed.

  19. Transparent magnesium aluminate spinel: a prospective biomaterial for esthetic orthodontic brackets.

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    Krishnan, Manu; Tiwari, Brijesh; Seema, Saraswathy; Kalra, Namitha; Biswas, Papiya; Rajeswari, Kotikalapudi; Suresh, Madireddy Buchi; Johnson, Roy; Gokhale, Nitin M; Iyer, Satish R; Londhe, Sanjay; Arora, Vimal; Tripathi, Rajendra P

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    Adult orthodontics is recently gaining popularity due to its importance in esthetics, oral and general health. However, none of the currently available alumina or zirconia based ceramic orthodontic brackets meet the esthetic demands of adult patients. Inherent hexagonal lattice structure and associated birefringence limits the visible light transmission in polycrystalline alumina and make them appear white and non transparent. Hence focus of the present study was to assess the feasibility of using magnesium aluminate (MgAl2O4) spinel; a member of the transparent ceramic family for esthetic orthodontic brackets. Transparent spinel specimens were developed from commercially available white spinel powder through colloidal shaping followed by pressureless sintering and hot isostatic pressing at optimum conditions of temperature and pressure. Samples were characterized for chemical composition, phases, density, hardness, flexural strength, fracture toughness and optical transmission. Biocompatibility was evaluated with in-vitro cell line experiments for cytotoxicity, apoptosis and genotoxicity. Results showed that transparent spinel samples had requisite physico-chemical, mechanical, optical and excellent biocompatibility for fabricating orthodontic brackets. Transparent spinel developed through this method demonstrated its possibility as a prospective biomaterial for developing esthetic orthodontic brackets.

  20. Disordering and grain boundaries of (Ni,Fe)Cr2O4 spinels from atomistic calculations.

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    Chartier, Alain; Golovchuk, Bogdan; Gossé, Stéphane; Van Brutzel, Laurent

    2013-10-07

    A novel empirical potential has been developed to evaluate the thermodynamic stability of Ni(1-x)Fe(x)Cr2O4 spinels. The simulations confirm the hypothesis that the NiCr2O4-FeCr2O4 pseudo-binary has normal structure spinel up to 1000 K and stabilizes as a solid solution. However, the disordering energy (normal to inverse spinel) is found higher for FeCr2O4 than for NiCr2O4 spinel. The formation energies of tilt, twist, and random grain boundaries have been calculated in pure NiCr2O4 and FeCr2O4. The same behavior has been found for both spinels. Detail analysis of the grain boundaries structure shows that the cation coordination number is a key parameter for the stability of the grain boundaries. With this criterion, we evidenced that the structural and energetic differences are caused only by nickel and iron cations.

  1. Structural and magnetic properties of ZnxMn3-xO4 spinels

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    Nádherný, Ladislav; Maryško, Miroslav; Sedmidubský, David; Martin, Christine

    2016-09-01

    To study structural and magnetic properties of spinels a series of ceramic samples with a different Zn:Mn ratio was prepared by high-temperature annealing in air followed by quenching in liquid nitrogen. The spinels with nominal composition of ZnxMn3-xO4 (x=0-1.29) were characterized by means of X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy and SQUID magnetometry. Two tetragonal spinels of the same I41/amd space-group were identified based on the crystallographic, vibrational and grain-morphology point of view and described in detail. The unit-cell parameters and phase ratio of the spinel phases were determined using Rietveld refinement. According to the factor-group analysis the majority of the vibrational modes were identified in the Raman spectra. The magnetic properties of ZnxMn3-xO4 spinels are in agreement with a model of nanoscale ferrimagnetic Mn3O4 clusters in the antiferromagnetic ZnMn2O4 matrix (TN≈60 K). New features are a constricted hysteresis loop for x=0.3, and the effect of defects on magnetic properties for high Zn content which points to a good quality of the samples prepared by a solid state reaction.

  2. Mechanical properties, anisotropy and hardness of group IVA ternary spinel nitrides

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    Ding, Ying-Chun; Chen, Min

    2013-10-01

    In this work, new ternary cubic spinel structures are designed by the substitutional method. The structures, elasticity properties, intrinsic hardness and Debye temperature of the cubic ternary spinel nitrides are studied by first principles based on the density-functional theory. The results show that γ-CSn2N4, γ-SiC2N4, γ-GeC2N4 and γ-SnC2N4 are not mechanically stable. The elastic constants Cij of these cubic spinel structures are obtained using the stress-strain method. Derived elastic constants, such as bulk modulus, shear modulus, Young's modulus, Poisson coefficient and brittle/ductile behaviour are estimated using Voigt-Reuss-Hill theories. The B/G value, the Poisson's ratio and anisotropic factor are calculated for eight ternary stable crystals. Based on the microscopic hardness model, we further estimate the Vickers hardness of all the stable crystals. From the calculated hardness of the stable group IVA ternary spinel nitrides by Gao's and Jiang's methods, it is observed that the stable group IVA ternary spinel nitrides are not superhard materials except for γ-CSi2N4. Furthermore, the Debye temperature for the eight stable crystals is also estimated.

  3. Detrital dating on drill-core records from McMurdo Sound, Ross Sea (Antarctica)

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    Zattin, M.; Andreucci, B.; Balestrieri, M.; Olivetti, V.; Pace, D.; Reiners, P. W.; Rossetti, F.; Talarico, F.; Thomson, S. N.

    2012-12-01

    The influence of Antarctic ice sheets on the global climate system during the Cenozoic has been intensely investigated in the last years, especially after the successful drilling projects off-shore the western Ross Sea. While the role of the Western Ice Sheet (WAIS) during the Miocene it is not clear, the East Antarctic Ice Sheet (EAIS) has been suggested to be more or less stable and cold for the last 14 Ma. Records from drilling projects in syn-tectonic basins located on the continental shelf along the western margin of the West Antarctica Rift System (DSDP, CIROS, CRP and ANDRILL projects) may provide crucial information on the tectonic and paleo-climatic evolution of that region during Cenozoic. The drilled sedimentary records have been therefore investigated by detrital geochronology which, integrated by sandstone and gravel petrography, can provide valuable information on the dynamics of the ice sheets as provenance data are sensitive to variations in the ice-flow patterns. Apatite fission-track (AFT) data from ANDRILL and CRP records show multiple peaks in most of the samples. In the AND-2A well, whose stratigraphic record spans the last 20 Ma, the grain-age distributions are dominated by grains between 20 and 40 Ma. A young peak with a comparable age has been also episodically detected in CRP wells where conversely the most relevant population is made by grain ages between 45 and 70 Ma. Samples from Late Miocene-Pleistocene sediments of AND-1B well show a completely different AFT age distribution as a single peak is usually detected and ages are younger than 20 Ma. The AFT age range is well represented in bedrock data along the entire Transantarctic Mountains (TAM). The main denudation phase in the TAM began at 55-50 Ma but the occurrence of a young peak in the detrital data at ca. 35 Ma indicates the presence of an Oligocene pulse, as testified also by the small gap between AFT and some (U-Th-Sm)/He ages that have been detected on AND-2A samples. Such

  4. Detrital minerals from source to sink : tracing Orange River sand from Lesotho to Angola

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    Garzanti, Eduardo; Vermeesch, Pieter; Andò, Sergio; Resentini, Alberto; Vezzoli, Giovanni; Lustrino, Michele; Padoan, Marta; Pereira, Alcides

    2015-04-01

    Quantitative provenance analysis based on high-resolution bulk-petrography and heavy-mineral data on beach and dune sands, integrated with detrital-zircon geochronology and chemical analyses of pyroxene, garnet and staurolite, demonstrates that sand carried by the Orange River and derived from Lesotho and South Africa is carried by powerful and persistent longshore currents as far as southern Angola (Garzanti et al., 2014a). This is the longest cell of littoral sand transport documented so far on Earth, and a great test case for investigating physical controls on sand texture and composition. We have monitored textural, mineralogical and geochemical variability of beach and eolian-dune sands along a 1750 km stretch of the Atlantic coast of southern Africa by using an integrated set of techniques, including image analysis, laser granulometry, optical microscopy, Raman spectroscopy and bulk-sediment geochemistry (Garzanti et al., 2014b). Our results contrast with previous reports that feldspars and volcanic detritus break down during transport, that sand grains are rounded rapidly in shallow-marine environments, and that quartzose sands may be produced by physical processes alone. We demonstrate that basaltic rock fragments and pyroxenes, traditionally believed to be rapidly destroyed, survive healthily the 4000 km-long multistep hazardous journey from Lesotho volcanic highlands to Angola. Feldspar abundance remains remarkably constant from the Orange mouth to southern Angola, and quartz increases only very slightly, possibly as a result of local recycling. Among sedimentary and metasedimentary rock fragments, unconsolidated or strongly foliated types are readily comminuted when they enter the high-energy marine environment, but cemented sandstone/siltstone grains can survive the travel from the Karoo Basin of South Africa to northern Namibia and beyond. No detrital mineral displays a significant increase in grain roundness after 300-350 km of longshore transport in

  5. The pre-orogenic detrital zircon record of the Variscan orogeny: Preliminary results

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    Stephan, Tobias; Kroner, Uwe

    2017-04-01

    To test plate-tectonic constellations in consideration of the long-term development of sedimentary transport paths, temporally and spatially highly resolved records of provenance analysis are mandatory. The interpretation of existing studies focus on small-scale areas within an orogen thereby neglecting the differing distribution of provenance data in the entire orogenic system. This study reviews a large data set of compiled geochronological data to document the development of pre-orogenic tectonic units on the example of the Variscan orogeny. Constrained by tectonic and geological models, the temporal distribution of U-Pb detrital zircon ages, used as a proxy for sedimentary provenance, shows that some minima and maxima of zircon abundance are nearly synchronous for thousands of kilometres along the orogeny. Age spectra of Precambrian to Lower Palaeozoic samples were constructed on the basis of 38729 U-Pb ages from 685 samples that were compiled from 102 publications. The age compilation combines thermal ionization mass spectrometry (TIMS), laser ablation-inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometer (LA-ICP-MS), sensitive high-resolution ion microprobe (SHRIMP), and secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) analyses. The data was re-processed using a common age calculation and concordance filter to ensure comparability. The concordance of each zircon grain was calculated from 206Pb/238U and 207Pb/235U ages to guarantee that only concordant grains, i.e., with 3) is used for the maximum age of deposition. In addition to the location of >600 samples, the precise depositional ages result in a spatially and temporally high resolution. To avoid the different levels of analytical precision of the compiled TIMS, LA-ICP-MS, SHRIMP, and SIMS data, detrital zircon ages are plotted as kernel density estimates. Spatial and temporal distribution of the kernel density estimates, as well as further statistical techniques (e.g. multidimensional scaling) are used to discriminate

  6. Detrital zircon geochronology of the Cretaceous succession from the Iberian Atlantic Margin: palaeogeographic implications

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    Dinis, Pedro A.; Dinis, Jorge; Tassinari, Colombo; Carter, Andy; Callapez, Pedro; Morais, Manuel

    2016-04-01

    Detrital zircon U-Pb data performed on eight Cretaceous sandstone samples (819 age isotopic results) from the Lusitanian basin (west Portugal) constrain the history of uplift and palaeodrainage of western Iberia following break-up of Pangaea and opening of the North Atlantic Ocean. We examined the links between shifts in provenance and known basinwide unconformities dated to the late Berriasian, Barremian, late Aptian and Cenomanian-Turonian. The detrital zircon record of sedimentary rocks with wider supplying areas is relatively homogenous, being characterized by a clear predominance of late Palaeozoic ages (c. 375-275 Ma) together with variable proportions of ages in the range c. 800-460 Ma. These two groups of ages are diagnostic of sources within the Variscan Iberian Massif. A few samples also reveal significant amounts of middle Palaeozoic (c. 420-385 Ma) and late Mesoproterozoic to early Neoproterozoic (c. 1.2-0.9 Ga) zircon, which are almost absent in the basement to the east of the Lusitanian basin, but are common in terranes with a Laurussia affinity found in NW Iberia and the conjugate margin (Newfoundland). The Barremian unconformity marks a sudden rise in the proportion of c. 375-275 Ma zircon ages accompanied by a decrease in the abundance of the c. 420-385 Ma and c. 1.2-0.9 Ga ages. This shift in the zircon signature, which is contemporaneous with the separation of the Galicia Bank from Flemish Cap, reflects increased denudation of Variscan crystalline rocks and a reduction in source material from NW Iberia and adjoining areas. The late Aptian unconformity, which represents the largest hiatus in the sedimentary record, is reflected by a shift in late Palaeozoic peak ages from c. 330-310 Ma (widespread in Iberia) to c. 310-290 Ma (more frequent in N Iberia). It is considered that this shift in the age spectra resulted from a westward migration of catchment areas following major uplift in northern Iberia and some transport southward from the Bay of

  7. Detrital zircon geochronology and Nd isotope geochemistry of an early Paleozoic succession in Korea:

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    Lee, Yong Il; Choi, Taejin; Lim, Hyoun Soo; Orihashi, Yuji

    2015-04-01

    This study reports the results of an analysis of U-Pb ages of detrital zircons and Nd isotope compositions from the well-established lower Paleozoic platform succession developed on the Precambrian gneiss and metasedimentary rocks in South Korea. The three stratigraphic units in the basal part of the succession are the Jangsan, Myeonsan, and Myobong Formations. The unfossiliferous Jangsan (white­to­pink quartz sandstone) and Myeonsan (dark-gray ilmenite-rich sandstone/shale) Formations are in fault contact and are generally considered to be coeval (Early Cambrian). Both formations are also generally considered to be conformably overlain by the dark­ gray, fossiliferous, fine-grained Myobong Formation (late Early-early Middle Cambrian). We here report U-Pb ages of detrital zircons and Nd isotopic data from the Jangsan, Myeonsan, and Myobong Formations. The Jangsan and Myeonsan Formations provide Archean-Paleoproterozoic U-Pb ages, but the former is characterized by Archean Sm-Nd model ages and the latter by late Paleoproterozoic Sm-Nd model ages, which is indicative of a significant change in provenance. This suggests that the Jangsan Formation predates the Myeonsan Formation. The Myobong Formation provides dominantly Meso- to Neoproterozoic U-Pb ages and Sm-Nd model ages that are slightly younger than those of the Myeonsan Formation. Contrary to the conventional wisdom, the combined evidence of unconformable contact and marked changes in zircon U-Pb ages and Nd isotopic compositions suggests that the Myobong Formation overlies the Jangsan and Myeonsan Formations unconformably. Considering the metamorphic age of the immediately underlying Precambrian basement metasediments (0.8 to 0.9 Ga), this stratigraphic relationship strongly suggests that the Jangsan Formation may be Neoproterozoic in age and that the Myeonsan Formation may be latest Neoproterozoic to Early Cambrian and calls for reevaluation of Precambrian-Paleozoic history of the Korean Peninsula. The

  8. Detrital zircon evidence for progressive underthrusting in Franciscan metagraywackes, west-central California

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    Snow, C.A.; Wakabayashi, J.; Ernst, W.G.; Wooden, J.L.

    2010-01-01

    We present new U/Pb ages for detrital zircons separated from six quartzose metagraywackes collected from different Franciscan Complex imbricate nappes around San Francisco Bay. All six rocks contain a broad spread of Late Jurassic-Cretaceous grains originating from the Klamath-Sierra Nevada volcanic-plutonic arc. Units young structurally downward, consistent with models of progressive underplating and offscraping within a subduction complex. The youngest specimen is from the structurally lowest San Bruno Mountain sheet; at 52 Ma, it evidently was deposited during the Eocene. None of the other metagraywackes yielded zircon ages younger than 83 Ma. Zircons from both El Cerrito units are dominated by ca. 100-160 Ma grains; the upper El Cerrito also contains several grains in the 1200-1800 Ma interval. These samples are nearly identical to 97 Ma metasedimentary rock from the Hunters Point shear zone. Zircon ages from this m??lange block exhibit a broad distribution, ranging from 97 to 200 Ma, with only a single pre-Mesozoic age. The Albany Hill specimen has a distribution of pre-Mesozoic grains from 1300 to 1800 Ma, generally similar to that of the upper El Cerrito sheet; however, it contains zircons as young as 83 Ma, suggesting that it is significantly younger than the upper El Cerrito unit. The Skaggs Spring Schist is the oldest studied unit; its youngest analyzed grains were ca. 144 Ma, and it is the only investigated specimen to display a significant Paleozoic detrital component. Sedimentation and subduction-accretion of this tract of the trench complex took place along the continental margin during Early to early-Late Cretaceous time, and perhaps into Eocene time. Franciscan and Great Valley deposition attests to erosion of an Andean arc that was active over the entire span from ca. 145 to 80 Ma, with an associated accretionary prism built by progressive underthrusting. We use these new data to demonstrate that the eastern Franciscan Complex in the northern and

  9. Analytical Description of Degradation-Relaxation Transformations in Nanoinhomogeneous Spinel Ceramics

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    Shpotyuk, O.; Brunner, M.; Hadzaman, I.; Balitska, V.; Klym, H.

    2016-11-01

    Mathematical models of degradation-relaxation kinetics are considered for jammed thick-film systems composed of screen-printed spinel Cu0.1Ni0.1Co1.6Mn1.2O4 and conductive Ag or Ag-Pd alloys. Structurally intrinsic nanoinhomogeneous ceramics due to Ag and Ag-Pd diffusing agents embedded in a spinel phase environment are shown to define governing kinetics of thermally induced degradation under 170 °C obeying an obvious non-exponential behavior in a negative relative resistance drift. The characteristic stretched-to-compressed exponential crossover is detected for degradation-relaxation kinetics in thick-film systems with conductive contacts made of Ag-Pd and Ag alloys. Under essential migration of a conductive phase, Ag penetrates thick-film spinel ceramics via a considerable two-step diffusing process.

  10. The effect of high-level waste glass composition on spinel liquidus temperature

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    Kruger, A. A. [Department of Energy, Office of River Protection, Richland, Washington (United States); Riley, Brian J. [Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Crum, Jarrod V. [Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Hrma, Pavel [Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Matyas, Josef [Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)

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    Spinel crystals precipitate in high-level waste glasses containing Fe, Cr, Ni, Mn, Zn, and Ru. The liquidus temperature (T{sub L}d) of spinel as the primary crystallization phase is a function of glass composition, and the spinel solubility (c{sub o}) is a function of both glass composition and temperature (T). Previously reported models of T{sub L} as a function of composition are based on T{sub L} measured directly, which requires laborious experimental procedures. Viewing the curve of c{sub o} versus T as the liquidus line allows a significant broadening of the composition region for model fitting. This paper estimates T{sub L} as a function of composition based on c{sub o} data obtained with the X-ray diffraction technique.

  11. Simulated magnetocaloric properties of MnCr2O4 spinel

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    Mahmoud A. Hamad

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    Full Text Available The magnetocaloric properties of MnCr2O4 spinel have been simulated based on a phenomenological model. The simulation of magnetization as function of temperature is used to explore magnetocaloric properties such as magnetic entropy change, heat capacity change, and relative cooling power. The results imply the prospective application of MnCr2O4 spinel to achieve magnetocaloric effect at cryogenic temperatures (20–60 K near Curie temperatures (38–44 K. According to the obtained results it is recommended that MnCr2O4 spinel can be used as a promising practical material in the active magnetic regenerator cycle that cools hydrogen gas.

  12. Chemical synthesis of nanocrystalline magnesium aluminate spinel via nitrate-citrate combustion route

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    Saberi, Ali [Ceramic Division, Iran University of Science and Technology, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of)], E-mail: ASaberi@IUST.ac.ir; Golestani-Fard, Farhad; Sarpoolaky, Hosein [Ceramic Division, Iran University of Science and Technology, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Willert-Porada, Monika; Gerdes, Thorsten [Chair of Materials Processing, University of Bayreuth, Bayreuth (Germany); Simon, Reinhard [Chair of Ceramic Materials Engineering, University of Bayreuth, Bayreuth (Germany)

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    Nanocrystalline magnesium aluminate spinel (MgAl{sub 2}O{sub 4}) was synthesized using metal nitrates, citric acid and ammonium solutions. The precursor and the calcined powders at different temperatures were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), simultaneous thermal analysis (STA), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The combustion mechanism was also studied by a quadrupole mass spectrometer (QMS) which coupled to STA. The generated heat through the combustion of the mixture of ammonium nitrate and citrate based complexes decreased the synthesis temperature of MgAl{sub 2}O{sub 4} spinel. The synthesized MgAl{sub 2}O{sub 4} spinel at 900 deg. C has faced shape with crystallite size in the range of 18-24 nm.

  13. Solid state synthesis of extra phase-pure Li4Ti5O12 spinel

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    Full Text Available Extra phase-pure Li4Ti5O12 spinel with particle sizes less than 500 nm was synthesized by solid state reaction of mechanochemicaly activated mixture of nano anatase and Li2CO3 for a very short annealing time, 4 h at 800°C. Structural and microstructural properties, the mechanism of solid state reaction between anatase and Li2CO3 as well as thermal stability of prepared spinel were investigated using XRPD, SEM and TG/DSC analysis. The mechanism of reaction implies decomposition of Li2CO3 below 250ºC, formation of monoclinic Li2TiO3 as intermediate product between 400 and 600°C and its transformation to Li4Ti5O12 between 600-800ºC. The spinel structure is stable up to 1000ºC when it is decomposed due to Li2O evaporation.

  14. Study of cation distribution of spinel zinc nano-ferrite by X-ray

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    Najafi Birgani, Azadeh; Niyaifar, Mohammad; Hasanpour, Ahmad

    2015-01-01

    A set of zinc ferrite samples with ZnFe2O4 chemical composition were synthesized in 400, 500, and 1100 °C using conventional solid state synthesis method. The X-ray diffraction pattern of all the three samples was studied at room temperature. This diffraction pattern confirmed the existence of a single-phase cubic spinel structure with lattice parameters of 8.451, 8.448, and 8.437 Å, respectively. Oxygen position and cation distribution of the samples between the tetrahedral site, A and the octahedral site, B were examined using R-Factor method. The results showed that cation distribution of zinc ferrite samples changes from a normal spinel mode into a mixed spinel mode with the decrease of particle size. Moreover, the ratio of zinc divalent cations migrating from the tetrahedral site to the octahedral site was calculated.

  15. Effect of Addition of Al and Mg on properties of Periclase-Spinel-Carbon Brick

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    2000-01-01

    Periclase-spinel-carbon brick was made from sintered spinel,fused magnesia and flake graphite as principal raw materials,the influence of Mg/Al(w/w) ratio and the addition of Al,Mg in the matrix of periclas-spinel-carbon brikc on the carbonization and thermal expansion coeffi-cient and the weight los of the brick after heating at 1500℃ in a flowing stream of dry N2for 1.5 h have been studied.The results show that to control Mg/Al(w/w) ration and to add both Al and Mg appropriately can obvi-ously improve the properties of the bricks.

  16. Anisotropy of Expansion Coefficient and Slag Resistance of Spinel Carbon Bricks

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    YANG Ding'ao; YUAN Shouqian; JIANG Mingxue; DONG Sunzhen; ZHAO Zijian

    2006-01-01

    Effects of the pressure direction on the thermal expansion and slag corrosion resistance were investigated and anisotropic microstructures of flaky graphite in spinel carbon bricks were examined. The experimental results show that slag corrosion velocities in the direction parallel to the pressure direction display a decrease of 34% compared to those in the vertical direction. Meantime, the linear expansion coefficient in the direction parallel to the pressure direction is 2.45 times as large as that in the vertical pressure direction. Slag corrosion velocities of spinel carbon bricks soaked in the AOD melting slag display a 46%-47% decrease compared to those of magnesia carbon bricks. The microstructure observation shows that spinel carbon bricks have a high degree of preferred orientation.

  17. Detrital Thermochronology of the Indus-Yarlung suture zone and implications for the tectonic and surface evolution of southern Tibet

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    Carrapa, B.; Hassim, F.; Kapp, P. A.

    2015-12-01

    Detrital thermochronology has the unique potential to resolve the timing of source cooling associated with magmatic, tectonic and surface processes. Correct interpretation of the detrital signature requires a multi-dating approach involving chronometers sensitive to different temperatures and processes. A multi-dating study of modern river sands from southern Tibet reveals distinct cooling signals that provide significant information about tectonic and erosional evolution of the Indus-Yarlung suture (IYS) after the India-Asia collision with implications for the Cenozoic topographic evolution of the Tibetan Plateau. Modern sands from tributaries of the Yarlung River provide an opportunity to broadly sample source rocks exposed within the suture zone, including the Gangdese batholith, Xigaze forearc, Cenozoic basins, and Tethyan Himalayan rocks, and to investigate their regional geochemical signatures. Samples from rivers along the IYS in southern Tibet, between Xigaze and Mt. Kailas, were analyzed for detrital geochronology and low-temperature thermochronology. Comparison between ages recorded in the source and the detrital signature indicates that both the ages and their proportions directly reflect the ages and relative areas of source rocks in the catchment basins. Apatite fission track ages show two main cooling signals at 22-18 Ma and 12 Ma, which are consistent with accelerated exhumation of the Gangdese batholith and Oligo-Miocene Kailas basin and indicate significant regional exhumation of the IYS during the Miocene. Regional exhumation recorded throughout the IYS is likely the combined product of active Miocene tectonics and erosion of a paleo-Yarlung River. Efficient incision and evacuation of material from the IYS zone by a paleo-Yarlung River during the Miocene suggests a significantly different paleoenvironment than that which exists today. Miocene capture of the Yarlung River by the Brahmaputra River may have enhanced erosion in the IYS zone.

  18. Provenance and Detrital-Zircon Studies of the Mint Canyon Formation and its Correlation to the Caliente Formation, Southern California

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    hoyt, johanna

    2012-01-01

    The Middle Miocene Mint Canyon and Caliente formations represent sedimentation after triple-junction extension in southern California. Sandstone and conglomerate petrology, combined with detrital-zircon analysis, determines provenance of the Mint Canyon and Caliente formations. These data indicate that most detritus is locally derived, rather than being derived from the Chocolate Mountains across the San Andreas fault. The Mint Canyon and Caliente formations received Proterozoic anorthosite-s...

  19. Sediment flux in the modern Indus River inferred from the trace element composition of detrital amphibole grains

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    Lee, Jae Il; Clift, Peter D.; Layne, Graham; Blum, Joel; Khan, Ali Athar

    2003-08-01

    The drainage basin of the modern Indus River is composed of tectonic blocks that include oceanic arc units in the Indus Suture, reworked components of the Indian Plate and various parts of the former southern margin of Eurasia against which India collided. We investigate how these source units contribute to the modern bedload of the Indus River using the major and trace element composition of single detrital amphibole grains. Sediments from rivers eroding restricted drainage areas were analyzed to characterize the major potential source units. Samples taken at various localities downstream in the main Indus River allow the evolving provenance to be assessed. When coupled with existing bulk sediment Nd isotope data, a basic mass balance for the river can be constructed. The rapidly exhuming Southern Karakoram Metamorphic Complex is the dominant sediment source to the deep-sea Indus Fan. Although the Nanga Parbat Massif, located adjacent to the river's course is also rapidly exhuming, this is not an important source of sediment, probably because of its small area and the tectonic mechanism for its exhumation. The trace element composition of detrital amphibole grains can be a useful provenance indicator, especially in the identification of dominant sources in a complex mixed sediment environment. Trace element ratios Nb/Zr and Ba/Y were identified as being especially useful in discriminating detrital amphibole grains from various sources.

  20. Single-grain detrital-muscovite ages from Lower Cretaceous sandstones, Scotian Basin, and their implications for provenance

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    Reynolds, P.H.; Grist, A.M. [Dalhousie Univ., Halifax, NS (Canada). Dept. of Earth Sciences; Pe-Piper, G. [Saint Mary' s Univ., Halifax, NS (Canada). Dept. of Geology; Piper, D.J.W. [Geological Survey of Canada, Bedford Inst. of Oceanography, Dartmouth, NS (Canada). Atlantic Geoscience Center

    2009-03-15

    Detrital muscovite is relatively abundant in the Lower Cretaceous rocks of the Scotian Basin, where the deltaic sandstones form important gas reservoirs. This paper reported on a study that used the single-grain geochronology dating technique to re-examine the significance of muscovite as a detrital mineral in the Scotian Basin. The objective was to better understand the sources of sediments in the offshore reservoir sandstone and to identify sediment dispersal patterns. Information on the detrital petrology and sediment provenance of the Lower Cretaceous sandstone is important for exploration models and for determining diagenesis and reservoir quality. One hundred muscovite grains were dated from a transect of wells near Sable Island. An additional 17 grains were dated from the Naskapi N-30 well in the western part of the basin. In general, the muscovite ranges in age from ca. 420 to 240 Ma, suggesting that ages were not reset by post-depositional alteration. The principal sources were rocks that had experienced resetting during Alleghenian deformation and Late Triassic, earliest Jurassic rifting. According to the distribution of ages and mass balance calculations, the sources were primarily Meguma metasedimentary rocks on the inner Scotian Shelf. The age distribution at Naskapi N-30 is similar to that in the South Mountain batholith, except for some grains younger than 360 Ma that suggest an offshore source with Alleghenian resetting. This paper also provided evidence that the inner shelf was an erosional area during the Early Cretaceous. 59 refs., 2 tabs., 7 figs., 1 appendix.

  1. SHRIMP U-Pb geochronology of the detrital zircons from the Longshoushan Group and its tectonic significance

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    KuoAn TUNG; HoungYi YANG; LIU DunYi; ZHANG JianXin; ChienYuan TSENG; WAN YuSheng

    2007-01-01

    Sixty-two geologically meaningful U-Pb dates were obtained by using SHRIMP technique for the detrital zircons in three mettasedimentary rocks from stratigraphically uppermost parts of the Longshoushan Group in the present study.Eighty percents of these dates range from 1.7 Ga to 2.2 Ga with a peak at 1.8-2.0 Ga and twenty percents from 2.3 Ga to 2.7 Ga.The youngest detrital zircon is dated at 1724±19Ma which is interpreted as the maximum depositional age of the metasedimentary rocks.Therefore,the age for the diagenesis and lithification of the original sedimentary rocks of the Longshoushan Group before the metamorphism must be younger than 1724±19 Ma.Comparison of the age histograms of these detrital zircons with the ages of the igneous rocks on the surrounding older massifs suggests that the sediments of the Longshoushan Group were most likely derived from the Alaxa Block and Tarim Craton.This implies that the affinity between Alaxa Block and Tarim Craton was strong and that they might have been a unified craton during middle-early Proterozoic time

  2. Late Cenozoic deformation subsequence in northeastern margin of Tibet --Detrital AFT records from Linxia Basin

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    ZHENG; Dewen; (郑德文); ZHANG; Peizhen; (张培震); WAN; Jinglin; (万景林); LI; Chuanyou; (李传友); CAO; Jixiu; (曹继秀)

    2003-01-01

    Two events of Tibet uplifting are revealed by detrital apatite fission track (AFT) age data from Linxia Basin. They occurred at about 14 and 5.4-8.0 MaBP respectively. We interpret the first one to be related to the uplifting of the northern Tibet, which might have resulted from convectively removing the thickened lower lithosphere. The second one is a result of Laji Mountain uplifting. Numerous studies of the Tibetan Plateau suggest that the onset time of the deformation in the northeastern margin of Tibetan Plateau and the time of Tibet attaining to its present elevation is about 8 MaBP. They are approximately coincident with the uplift of Lajishan Mountain. It suggests that the northeastern margin of Tibet propagated northeastwardly to its present site in about 8 MaBP for accommodating the sustained convergence between India-Eurasia plate and for keeping its high elevation. The active block pattern dominating the strong earthquake distribution of Chinese continent probably formed at about 8.0-5.4 MaBP.

  3. Detrital record of initial basement exhumation along the Laramide deformation front, southern Rocky Mountains

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    Bush, Meredith A.; Horton, Brian K.; Murphy, Michael A.; Stockli, Daniel F.

    2016-09-01

    New geochronological constraints on upper crustal exhumation in the southern Rocky Mountains help delineate the latest Cretaceous-Paleogene history of drainage reorganization and landscape evolution during Laramide flat-slab subduction beneath western North America. Detrital zircon U-Pb results for the Raton basin of southern Colorado and northern New Mexico define the inception of coarse-grained siliciclastic sedimentation and a distinctive shift in provenance, from distal to proximal sources, that recorded shortening-related uplift and unroofing along the Laramide deformation front of the northern Sangre de Cristo Mountains. This Maastrichtian-early Paleocene ( 70-65 Ma) change—from distal foreland accumulation of sediment derived from the thin-skinned Cordilleran (Sevier) fold-thrust belt to coarse-grained sedimentation proximal to a Laramide basement block uplift—reflects cratonward (eastward) deformation advance and reorganization of drainage systems that supplied a large volume of Paleocene-lower Eocene sediments to the Gulf of Mexico. The timing of unroofing along the eastern deformation front is synchronous with basement-involved shortening across the interior of the Laramide province, suggesting abrupt wholesale uplift rather than a systematic inboard advance of deformation. The growth and infilling of broken foreland basins within the interior and margins of the Laramide province had a significant impact on continental-scale drainage systems, as several ponded/axial Laramide basins trapped large volumes of sediment and induced reorganization of major source-to-sink sediment pathways.

  4. A High-resolution Detrital and Oxygen Isotope Record from Flemish Pass, Labrador Sea

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    deJesus, E.; Hoffman, J. S.; Clark, P. U.; Mix, A. C.

    2014-12-01

    High-resolution records of deglacial paleoceanographic change along the Labrador shelf are scarce. However, they are required in order to characterize and understand possible ice-ocean interactions involving the eastern sector of the Laurentide Ice Sheet (LIS). We have generated a high-resolution stable isotope and detrital stratigraphic record for core HU2001043-008 (990m, 48° N, 45° W) from Flemish Pass, Labrador Sea, to better understand the role of LIS ice-rafting events in abrupt climate changes during the last glaciation. Samples at two-centimeter resolution were disaggregated, washed, and picked for Neogloboquandrina pachyderma (sinistral) for stable isotope and radiocarbon analysis. The δ18O signal in foraminiferal calcite allows us to examine surface-ocean changes that may indicate an influx of freshwater, which may or may not be related to an LIS ice-rafting event. Our results will help in developing a better understanding of the source of LIS ice-rafting events, precursory indicators of the events, and how these events are associated with changes in deep-water formation in the Labrador Sea.

  5. Detrital microbial community development and phosphorus dynamics in a stream ecosystem

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    Perkins, R.E.; Elwood, J.W.; Sayler, G.S.

    1986-06-01

    Detrital microbial community development and phosphorus dynamics in a lotic system were investigated in non-recirculating laboratory streams contains leaf detritus. Temporal patterns of microbial colonization, as determined by scanning electron microscopy, indicate leaf species dependency and that bacteria were the first colonizers followed by fungi. An extensive glycocalyx layer developed. Phosphorus incorporation rates of both the whole community and intracellular components were determined by time-course measurements of /sup 33/PO/sub 4/ or /sup 32/PO/sub 4/. Phosphorus turnover rates were determined by a sequential double-labeling procedure using /sup 33/PO/sub 4/ and /sup 32/PO/sub 4/, in which the microbiota were labeled with /sup 33/P until in isotopic equilibrium, then /sup 32/P was added. The turnover rate was determined by time-course measurements of the ratio /sup 32/P to /sup 33/P. Snail grazing resulted in an increase in phosphorus metabolism per unit microbial biomass; however, per unit area of leaf surface no increase was observed. Grazing also caused a two-fold reduction in microbial biomass. The results indicate that microbiota associated with decomposing leaves slowly recycle phosphorus, are slowly growing, and have a low metabolic activity. The spiraling length is shortened by microbiota on a short-term basis; however, it may increase on a long-term basis due to hydrological transport of detritus downstream.

  6. Neutron scattering studies of a frustrated spinel antiferromagnet in zero and high magnetic field

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    Matsuda, M [Quantum Beam Science Directorate, Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA), Tokai, Ibaraki 319-1195 (Japan)

    2006-11-15

    A review is given of the neutron scattering studies on a frustrated spinel antiferromagnet CdCr{sub 2}O{sub 4}. As observed in ZnCr{sub 2}O{sub 4}, which has been most extensively studied in the Cr-based spinel oxides, CdCr{sub 2}O{sub 4} also shows an antiferromagnetic phase transition and a structural phase transition simultaneously, indicating a strong spin-lattice coupling. The magnetic structure of CdCr{sub 2}O{sub 4}was determined by neutron scattering studies. The neutron scattering study in magnetic field up to 10 T indicates an orientation of magnetic domains.

  7. Simulated magnetocaloric properties of MnCr2O4 spinel

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    2016-01-01

    The magnetocaloric properties of MnCr2O4 spinel have been simulated based on a phenomenological model. The simulation of magnetization as function of temperature is used to explore magnetocaloric properties such as magnetic entropy change, heat capacity change, and relative cooling power. The results imply the prospective application of MnCr2O4 spinel to achieve magnetocaloric effect at cryogenic temperatures (20–60 K) near Curie temperatures (38–44 K). According to the obtained results it is...

  8. Spinel dissolution via addition of glass forming chemicals. Results of preliminary experiments

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    Fox, K. M. [Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC (United States); Johnson, F. C. [Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC (United States)

    2015-11-01

    Increased loading of high level waste in glass can lead to crystallization within the glass. Some crystalline species, such as spinel, have no practical impact on the chemical durability of the glass, and therefore may be acceptable from both a processing and a product performance standpoint. In order to operate a melter with a controlled amount of crystallization, options must be developed for remediating an unacceptable accumulation of crystals. This report describes preliminary experiments designed to evaluate the ability to dissolve spinel crystals in simulated waste glass melts via the addition of glass forming chemicals (GFCs).

  9. Evolution of an alumina-magnesia/self-forming spinel castable. Part II: physico-chemical and mechanical properties

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    Gutiérrez-Campos D.

    1999-01-01

    Full Text Available This study was carried out in conjunction with the investigation, reported in Part I, on the microstructural characteristics of an alumina-spinel castable with several percentages of MgO content. Bulk density and cold crushing strength of samples were evaluated dried and at three fired states (1000, 1200, 1400 °C. Results indicate little influence of MgO additions on physico-chemical properties of the alumina-magnesia/self-forming spinel castable. Characteristics compared with those reported for conventional alumina-spinel castables did not show large difference in values. Therefore, the alumina-magnesia/self-forming spinel castable could be a possible material for substitution of the conventional alumina-spinel castable.

  10. Structural Characterization of Spinel Zinc Aluminate Nanoparticles Prepared By Coprecipitation Method

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    Sunder, Shyam; Rohilla, Sunil; Kumar, Sushil; Aghamkar, Praveen

    2011-12-01

    Zinc aluminate is well known wide bandgap semiconductor with cubic spinel structure and transparent for wavelength greater than 320 nm. Therefore, ZnAl2O4 can be used for ultraviolet photoelectronic devices. Furthermore, spinel zinc aluminate is useful in many reactions as catalytic support. Moreover, zinc aluminate can be used as second phase in glaze layer of white ceramics to improve wear resistance and to preserve whiteness. In present study cubic spinel zinc aluminate nanoparticles have been synthesized from aqueous solution of Zn(NO3)2.6H2O (0.1 M) and Al(NO3)2.9H2O (0.2 M) using chemical coprecipitation technique. Ammonium hydroxide was used as precipitating agent and pH was maintained between 8 to 9. The precipitated slurry was filtered and washed several times with deionized double distilled water and dried at 110 °C. The fine powder was annealed at different temperatures from 600 °C to 900 °C for 4h in temperature controlled furnace. Structural characterization of annealed samples was carried out via X-ray Diffraction (XRD), and Fourier Transform Infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). XRD patterns reveal that zinc aluminate samples were cubic spinel nanoparticles and grain size determined by Debye-Scherrer formula is from 5 to 16 nm.

  11. Chemical and physical characterizations of spinel ferrite nanoparticles containing Nd and B elements.

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    Iwamoto, Takashi; Komorida, Yuki; Mito, Masaki; Takahara, Atsushi

    2010-05-15

    We first succeeded in synthesizing ferrite nanoparticles containing Nd and B elements by a chemical route using a polyol process. The lattice constants of the ferrite nanoparticles were equivalent to 8.39Å of the lattice constant for Fe(3)O(4) with the spinel structure in a bulk state independently of the size in diameter and composition (Fe:Nd:B). The size in diameter was actually dominated by the amount of ligands (oleic acid and oleylamine) coating the nanoparticles and easily tuned by changing refluxing-time under reaction. The spinel-structured ferrite nanoparticles containing Nd and B elements showed large coercivity as compared to Fe(3)O(4) nanoparticles with the spinel structure, which were prepared by the same chemical method. By doping Nd and B elements into the spinel structure of ferrite, magnetic anisotropy increased in comparison with Fe(3)O(4) nanoparticles. According to the analysis of magnetization curve using the modified Langevin function, the ferrite nanoparticles displayed the coexistence of superparamagnetic and antiferromagnetic phases. The ferrite nanoparticles containing Nd and B elements exhibited magnetic core/shell structure on the basis of various magnetic properties. The interface effect between the superparamagnetic core and antiferromagnetic shell might enhance the effective magnetic anisotropy of the ferrite nanoparticles containing Nd and B elements.

  12. Synthesis and structural characterization of defect spinels in the Lithium-Manganese-Oxide system

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    Thackeray, MM

    1993-10-01

    Full Text Available Lithium-manganese-oxides prepared at moderate temperatures are under investigation as insertion electrodes for rechargeable lithium batteries. The structures of two defect-spinel compounds synthesised by the reaction of MnCO3 and Li2CO3 at 400...

  13. Synthesis of lithium-manganese-oxide spinels: A study by thermal analysis

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    Thackeray, MM

    1994-12-01

    Full Text Available demonstrated that lithium-manganese-oxide spinel compounds that fall within the solid solution range XLi1-xMn2-2xO4 (0 < = X < = 0.11) can be synthesized by reaction of MnCO3 and Li2CO3 in air at moderate temperatures. It is difficult, however, to control...

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

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

    2009-01-01

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

  15. Study of cation distribution of spinel zinc nano-ferrite by X-ray

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    Najafi Birgani, Azadeh, E-mail: a.najafibirgani@gmail.com; Niyaifar, Mohammad; Hasanpour, Ahmad

    2015-01-15

    A set of zinc ferrite samples with ZnFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} chemical composition were synthesized in 400, 500, and 1100 °C using conventional solid state synthesis method. The X-ray diffraction pattern of all the three samples was studied at room temperature. This diffraction pattern confirmed the existence of a single-phase cubic spinel structure with lattice parameters of 8.451, 8.448, and 8.437 Å, respectively. Oxygen position and cation distribution of the samples between the tetrahedral site, A and the octahedral site, B were examined using R-Factor method. The results showed that cation distribution of zinc ferrite samples changes from a normal spinel mode into a mixed spinel mode with the decrease of particle size. Moreover, the ratio of zinc divalent cations migrating from the tetrahedral site to the octahedral site was calculated. - Highlights: • The average crystallite size of a set of zinc ferrite samples compared. • The cation distribution of the samples were studied. • A fraction of zinc ions migrated to the octahedral site. • This migration due to reduced power of ligands. • Their spinel structure of samples change by this migration.

  16. Synthesis and characterization of inverse spinels, intercalation materials for Li-ion batteries

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    Van Landschoot, N.

    2006-01-01

    Chapter 2 describes the solid-state synthesis of LiNiVO4 and LiCoVO4. The materials are prepared at 800C and are phase pure, as shown by X-ray diffraction and have the inverse spinel structure. Due to the solid-state synthesis the particle size is quite large and the particle size distribution is la

  17. SPINEL METAL INTERFACES IN LASER COATED STEELS - A TRANSMISSION ELECTRON-MICROSCOPY STUDY

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    ZHOU, XB; DEHOSSON, JTM

    1991-01-01

    This paper reports on coating a Duplex steel SAF 2205 and stainless steel 304 by bringing a mixture of Cr2O3 and Fe powder into a laser beam. Transmission electron microscopy reveals that in the case of proper bonding between substrate and coating a spinel structure around the composition FeCr2O4 co

  18. Spinel/Metal Interfaces in Laser Coated Steels : A Transmission Electron Microscopy Study

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    Zhou, X.B.; Hosson, J.Th.M. De

    1991-01-01

    This paper reports on coating a Duplex steel SAF 2205 and stainless steel 304 by bringing a mixture of Cr2O3 and Fe powder into a laser beam. Transmission electron microscopy reveals that in the case of proper bonding between substrate and coating a spinel structure around the composition FeCr2O4 co

  19. Pressure-induced frustration in charge ordered spinel AlV2O4

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    Kalavathi, S.; Vennila Raju, Selva; Williams, Quentin; Sahu, P. Ch; Sastry, V. S.; Sahu, H. K.

    2013-07-01

    AlV2O4 is the only spinel compound so far known that exists in the charge ordered state at room temperature. It is known to transform to a charge frustrated cubic spinel structure above 427 ° C. The presence of multivalent V ions in the pyrochlore lattice of the cubic spinel phase brings about the charge frustration that is relieved in the room temperature rhombohedral phase by the clustering of vanadium into a heptamer molecular unit along with a lone V atom. The present work is the first demonstration of pressure-induced frustration in the charge ordered state of AlV2O4. Synchrotron powder x-ray diffraction studies carried out at room temperature on AlV2O4 subjected to high pressure in a diamond anvil cell show that the charge ordered rhombohedral phase becomes unstable under the application of pressure and transforms to the frustrated cubic spinel structure. The frustration is found to be present even after pressure recovery. The possible role of pressure on vanadium t2g orbitals in understanding these observations is discussed.

  20. Sintering behavior, microstructure and mechanical properties of vacuum sintered SiC/spinel nanocomposite

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    Li, Guoqiang, E-mail: lguoqi1@lsu.edu [Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 70803 (United States); Department of Mechanical Engineering, Southern University, Baton Rouge, LA 70813 (United States); Tavangarian, Fariborz [Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 70803 (United States)

    2014-12-05

    Highlights: • Bulk SiC/spinel nanocomposite was synthesized from talc, aluminum and graphite powders. • Sintering behavior and mechanical properties of SiC/spinel nanocomposite was studied. • The obtained bulk SiC/spinel nanocomposite had a mean crystallite size of about 34 nm. - Abstract: A mixture of SiC and spinel (MgAl{sub 2}O{sub 4}) nanopowder was prepared through the ball milling of talc, aluminum and graphite powder. The powder was uniaxially pressed into the form of pellets and the prepared specimens were annealed at various temperatures for different holding times. The prepared samples were investigated through X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), nanoindentation test, cold crushing strength (CCS) test and Archimedes principle test. The obtained results showed that the hardness, CCS and bulk density did not follow the same trend at different temperatures due to the interaction among various parameters. The detailed investigation of microstructure, phase changes and experimental conditions revealed the mechanisms behind these behaviors. The best sample obtained after annealing at 1200 °C for 1 h in vacuum had the mean hardness of 1.6 GPa and the mean CCS of 118 MPa.

  1. Preliminary Study on MgO· Al2O3 Spinel Fiber

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    YANG Daoyuan; GUO Xinrong; ZHONG Xiangchong

    2004-01-01

    MgO· Al2O3 spinel fibers may be obtained by thermal treatment of pressed specimens composed of Mg-Al-O materials with appropriate oxide-metal ratio at high temperature under controlled atmosphere. Their phase composition and microstructure have been examined.

  2. Synthesis and structural characterization of defect spinels in the lithium-manganese-oxide system

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    Thackeray, MM

    1993-10-01

    Full Text Available Lithium-manganese-oxides prepared at moderate temperatures are under investigation as insertion electrodes for rechargeable lithium batteries. The structures of two defect-spinel compounds synthesized by the reaction of MnCO3 and Li2CO3 at 400°C...

  3. In-situ synchrotron PXRD study of spinel LiMn2O4 nanocrystal formation

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    Birgisson, Steinar; Jensen, Kirsten Marie Ørnsbjerg; Christiansen, Troels Lindahl

    Many solvothermal reactions have a great potential for environmentally friendly and easily scalable way for producing nanocrystalline materials on an industrial scale. Here we study hydrothermal formation of spinel LiMn2O4 which is a well-known cathode material for Li-ion batteries. The LiMn2O4...

  4. Theory of the formation of P4132(P4332)-phase spinels

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    Talanov, V. M.; Talanov, M. V.; Shirokov, V. B.

    2016-03-01

    A group-theoretical, thermodynamic, and structural study of the formation of P4132( P4332) spinel modification has been performed. In particular, the occurrence of unique hyper-kagome atomic order is analyzed. The critical order parameter inducing a phase transition is established. It is shown that the calculated structure of the low-symmetry P4132( P4332) phase is formed as a result of displacements of atoms of all types and due to the cation and anion ordering. The problem of the occurrence of unique hyper-kagome atomic order in the structures of P4132( P4332) spinel modifications is considered theoretically. It is proven within the Landau theory of phase transitions that the P4132( P4332) phase can be formed from the high-symmetry Fd3 m phase with an ideal spinel structure only as a result of first-order phase transition. Therefore, the formation of hyper-kagome sublattice in the P4132( P4332) phase is accompanied by a significant transformation of the spinel structure.

  5. Detection of structural varieties of red gem spinels from Ratnapura, Sabaragamuwa province of Sri Lanka

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    Lagerwey, A.A.F.

    1974-01-01

    A new instrumental method for spectrographical detection of particularities of crystal fields around optically active ions, such as the trivalent chromium ion, was applied to an investigation of red magnesium-spinels from the Ratnapura gem gravels; also from Kangaiyam in India and some other sources

  6. Recycling Spent Primary Cells for the Synthesis of Spinel ZnMn 2 O ...

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    Recycling Spent Primary Cells for the Synthesis of Spinel ZnMn 2 O 4 using Waste Polypropylene as Reductant in a Microwave Oven. ... The residual casing was dismantled and scrap iron, plastic and paper separated. The removed mixture ...

  7. Spinel from Apollo 12 Olivine Mare Basalts: Chemical Systematics of Selected Major, Minor, and Trace Elements

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    Papike, J. J.; Karner, J. M.; Shearer, C. K.; Spilde, M. N.

    2002-01-01

    Spinels from Apollo 12 Olivine basalts have been studied by Electron and Ion microprobe techniques. The zoning trends of major, minor and trace elements provide new insights into the conditions under which planetary basalts form. Additional information is contained in the original extended abstract.

  8. Synthesis and characterization of inverse spinels, intercalation materials for Li-ion batteries

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    Van Landschoot, N.

    2006-01-01

    Chapter 2 describes the solid-state synthesis of LiNiVO4 and LiCoVO4. The materials are prepared at 800C and are phase pure, as shown by X-ray diffraction and have the inverse spinel structure. Due to the solid-state synthesis the particle size is quite large and the particle size distribution is

  9. Isotopic hysteresis in detrital cosmogenic nuclide-derived denudation rate studies (Invited)

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    Willenbring, J.; Gasparini, N. M.; Crosby, B. T.; Brocard, G. Y.; Belmont, P.

    2013-12-01

    In equilibrium landscapes, the concentration of beryllium-10 (10Be) from fluvially transported material is expected to quantitatively reflect basin-wide denudation rates. No isotopic time-dependent path is considered because the concentrations reflect an integrated measurement over a sufficiently long period of time to be static. However, the responses of landscapes to changing conditions are often addressed with cosmogenic nuclides in transient landscapes to identify and quantify the primary topographic and climatic controls on erosion. With the advent of techniques that allow event-scale measurement of cosmogenic nuclide concentrations over the course of a flood wave, in the case of meteoric 10Be, or over the course of an uplift wave, in the case of in situ-produced 10Be, we can now evaluate the how the isotope changes and what the 'mean' denudation rate from a single time means. Meteoric 10Be concentrations can be extracted from, and measured in, milligram-sized sediment samples. This attribute enables us to measure suspended sediment through a hydrograph. Here, we give a case study in an agricultural setting. The meteoric 10Be concentration in river sediment changes with the source areas of the fine sediment and fluxes of material supplied to the stream. The average concentration from the couplet of the rising and falling limbs of the hydrograph can differ from the concentration of the sediment that is preserved in depo-centers. Using traditional in situ-produced 10Be, the timescale of the perturbation must be sufficiently long to change the isotopic composition of the bedload, but also for the landscape to respond to the forcing factor. Here, we give an example from a transient landscape where a wave of uplift moves through the basin and a wave of incision follows in its wake. In this setting, 10Be from detrital quartz is derived from both the incising, adjusting lowland and the unadjusted, relict upland, and the integrated 10Be concentrations still provide a

  10. Detrital zircon evidence for Hf isotopic evolution of granitoid crust and continental growth

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    Iizuka, Tsuyoshi; Komiya, Tsuyoshi; Rino, Shuji; Maruyama, Shigenori; Hirata, Takafumi

    2010-04-01

    We have determined U-Pb ages, trace element abundances and Hf isotopic compositions of approximately 1000 detrital zircon grains from the Mississippi, Congo, Yangtze and Amazon Rivers. The U-Pb isotopic data reveal the lack of >3.3 Ga zircons in the river sands, and distinct peaks at 2.7-2.5, 2.2-1.9, 1.7-1.6, 1.2-1.0, 0.9-0.4, and uniformitarian secular change in Hf isotopes of granitoid crusts; Hf isotopic compositions of granitoid crusts deviate from the mantle evolution line from about 3.3 to 2.0 Ga, the deviation declines between 2.0 and 1.3 Ga and again increases afterwards. Consideration of mantle-crust mixing models for granitoid genesis suggests that the noted isotopic trends are best explained if the rate of crust generation globally increased in two stages at around (or before) 3.3 and 1.3 Ga, whereas crustal differentiation was important in the evolution of the continental crust at 2.3-2.2 Ga and after 0.6 Ga. Reconciling the isotopic secular change in granitoid crust with that in sedimentary rocks suggests that sedimentary recycling has essentially taken place in continental settings rather than active margin settings and that the sedimentary mass significantly grew through addition of first-cycle sediments from young igneous basements, until after ˜1.3 Ga when sedimentary recycling became the dominant feature of sedimentary evolution. These findings, coupled with the lack of zircons older than 3.3 Ga in river sands, imply the emergence of large-scale continents at about 3.3 Ga with further rapid growth at around 1.3 Ga. This resulted in the major growth of the sedimentary mass between 3.3 and 1.3 Ga and the predominance of its cannibalistic recycling later.

  11. Geometry and structure of the andesitic volcano-detritic deposits: The Merapi case

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    Selles, A.; Deffontaines, B.; Hendrayana, H.; Violette, S.

    2013-12-01

    Several geological studies have been performed on the volcano-detritic deposits but finally the global overview of the geometry of those is still poorly known. The quick alteration enhances the high heterogeneity of these formations, especially under tropical climate. Better knowledge of the structure of the volcano-sedimentary edifices is capital to understand:i) the geomorphological impacts, as landslides ii) or the hydrogeological processes. The Merapi Mount is an andesitic strato-volcano, located in Central Java and is one of the most active volcanoes in Indonesia. About 500,000 people live in the immediate vicinity of the volcano and are directly subject, not only to the volcanic eruptions but also to the landslide hazards. The East flank of the Merapi presents a complex history and has been relatively spared by the recent volcanic activity; thus, the geomorphology and the structure of the deposit have been driven by the erosion and remobilization processes under equatorial climate. This work contributes to understand the processes of construction, destruction and sedimentation of a complex active strato-volcano and shed light to its geological and geomorphological history. Based on field observations and literature, the specific deposits have been identified. The lithological facies have been described and several cross sections have been done to precise the distinct phases of building edifice, due to old eruptions. Recent field surveys allowed characterizing the dismantling steps and processes of the volcano by erosion and the local to distal sedimentation associated. The East flank has been split in four zones where each formation presents a lateral facies variation depending on the distance from the summit and the age of deposits. Based on the collected data, the size and the three dimensional extension of each deposits has been delimitated. The geological and geomorphological interpretation is proposed through a conceptual model.

  12. Detrital phosphorus as a proxy of flooding events in the Changjiang River Basin

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    Meng, Jia [Key Laboratory of Marine Chemistry Theory and Technology, Ministry of Education, Qingdao 266100 (China); College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Ocean University of China, Qingdao 266100 (China); Yao, Peng, E-mail: yaopeng@mail.ouc.edu.cn [Key Laboratory of Marine Chemistry Theory and Technology, Ministry of Education, Qingdao 266100 (China); Qingdao Collaborative Innovation Center of Marine Science and Technology, Qingdao 266100 (China); Institute of Marine Organic Geochemistry, Ocean University of China, Qingdao 266100 (China); Bianchi, Thomas S. [Department of Geological Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611-2120 (United States); Li, Dong; Zhao, Bin; Xu, Bochao [Key Laboratory of Marine Chemistry Theory and Technology, Ministry of Education, Qingdao 266100 (China); College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Ocean University of China, Qingdao 266100 (China); Yu, Zhigang [Key Laboratory of Marine Chemistry Theory and Technology, Ministry of Education, Qingdao 266100 (China); Institute of Marine Organic Geochemistry, Ocean University of China, Qingdao 266100 (China)

    2015-06-01

    In this study, sediment grain size (MGS), specific surface area (SSA), total organic carbon (TOC) contents, C/N molar ratios, stable carbon isotope, and P species in a sediment core, collected from the East China Sea (ECS) inner-shelf were measured to explore the applicability of detrital phosphorus (De-P) as a potential indicator of past flooding events in the Changjiang River Basin (CRB). In particular, we examined the linkages between the evolution of floods with regional climate changes and anthropogenic activities in the CRB. Peaks of De-P concentrations in sediments corresponded well with the worst flooding events of the CRB over the past two centuries (e.g., 1850s, 1860s, 1900s, 1920s, 1950s, 1980s, and 2000s). Moreover, De-P also corresponded well with the extreme hypoxic events in 1981 and 1998 in the Changjiang Estuary as indicated by Mo/Al ratios, indicating potential linkages between De-P as a flooding proxy to flood-induced hypoxia events in this region. In addition, a robust relationship was found among De-P, the floods in 1950s, 1980s, and 2000s of the CRB, the intensive El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO), the abnormally weak East Asian Summer Monsoon (EASM) and the warm phase of Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO), suggesting that De-P also provided insights to linkages between regional climate change and flooding events in this region. - Highlights: • De-P was used to track past floods in the Changjiang River Basin (CRB). • De-P may serve as a proxy for flood-induced hypoxia events in the Changjiang Estuary. • De-P may be a proxy for examining linkages between floods and climatic drivers.

  13. Usbnd Pb detrital zircon ages from some Neoproterozoic successions of Uruguay: Provenance, stratigraphy and tectonic evolution

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    Pecoits, Ernesto; Aubet, Natalie R.; Heaman, Larry M.; Philippot, Pascal; Rosière, Carlos A.; Veroslavsky, Gerardo; Konhauser, Kurt O.

    2016-11-01

    The Neoproterozoic volcano-sedimentary successions of Uruguay have been the subject of several sedimentologic, chrono-stratigraphic and tectonic interpretation studies. Recent studies have shown, however, that the stratigraphy, age and tectonic evolution of these units remain uncertain. Here we use new Usbnd Pb detrital zircon ages, combined with previously published geochronologic and stratigraphic data in order to provide more precise temporal constraints on their depositional age and to establish a more solid framework for the stratigraphic and tectonic evolution of these units. The sequence of events begins with a period of tectonic quiescence and deposition of extensive mixed siliciclastic-carbonate sedimentary successions. This is followed by the development of small fault-bounded siliciclastic and volcaniclastic basins and the emplacement of voluminous granites associated with episodic terrane accretion. According to our model, the Arroyo del Soldado Group and the Piedras de Afilar Formation were deposited sometime between ∼1000 and 650 Ma, and represent passive continental margin deposits of the Nico Pérez and Piedra Alta terranes, respectively. In contrast, the Ediacaran San Carlos (Dionisio terranes, and the herein defined Edén Terrane. The Edén and the Nico Pérez terranes likely accreted at ∼650-620 Ma (Edén Accretionary Event), followed by their accretion to the Piedra Alta Terrane at ∼620-600 Ma (Piedra Alta Accretionary Event), and culminating with the accretion of the Cuchilla Dionisio Terrane at ∼600-560 Ma (Cuchilla Dionisio Accretionary Event). Although existing models consider all the Ediacaran granites as a result of a single orogenic event, recently published age constraints point to the existence of at least two distinct stages of granite generation, which are spatially and temporally associated with the Edén and Cuchilla Dionisio accretionary events.

  14. Flotation Behaviors of Perovskite, Titanaugite, and Magnesium Aluminate Spinel Using Octyl Hydroxamic Acid as the Collector

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    Weiqing Wang

    2017-08-01

    Full Text Available The flotation behaviors of perovskite, titanaugite, and magnesium aluminate spinel (MA-spinel, using octyl hydroxamic acid (OHA as the collector, were investigated using microflotation experiments, zeta-potential measurements, Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR analyses, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS analyses, and flotation experiments on artificially mixed minerals. The microflotation experiments show that the floatability of perovskite is clearly better than titanaugite and MA-spinel at around pH 5.5, while titanaugite possesses certain floatability at pH 6.0–6.5, and MA-spinel displays good floatability at pH > 8.0. The results of the FT-IR and XPS analyses show that OHA mainly interacts with Ti, resulting in perovskite flotation, and that the Al on titanaugite, as well as the Mg and Al on the MA-spinel surface, chemically react with OHA under acidic conditions. However, OHA mainly reacts with the Ti and Ca on the perovskite surface, Ca and Mg on the titanaugite surface, and Mg and Al on the MA-spinel surface under alkaline conditions. The results of the artificially mixed mineral flotation experiment show that the concentrate of TiO2 grade increased from 19.73% to 30.18% at pH 5.4, which indicates that a weakly acidic solution is the appropriate condition for the flotation separation of perovskite from titanaugite and MA-spinel. The results of the modified slag flotation experiments show that the TiO2 grade of concentrate increased from 18.13% to 23.88% at pH 5.4, through the open circuit test of “one roughing and one cleaning”. OHA displays selectivity toward perovskite in the modified slag flotation, but the consumption of H2SO4 is very high. The CaSO4 precipitate covered on the mineral surfaces results in poor TiO2 grade and recovery.

  15. Closure of Tethys and early stages of Himalayan evolution: constraints from the detrital record, Ladakh, India

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    Jenks, D.; Najman, Y.; Godin, L.; Parrish, R.; Horstwood, M.; Green, O.; Bown, P.; Garzanti, E.; Willems, H.

    2009-04-01

    Closure of Tethys marks initiation of collision between India and Asia, and the start of Himalayan orogenesis. A clear understanding of when this occurred is paramount to understanding the tectonic and denudational processes that have occurred since collision. A number of methods and datasets have been used to constrain the initiation of collision, from faunal mixing at 65 Ma [1] to the timing at which Indian rocks reached UHP depths at 57 Ma [2], to a reduction in northward drift of the Indian plate at 55 Ma [3]. New interpretations have placed collision as late as 38 Ma [4]. The extent of diachroneity is also disputed, varying from slight [5] to substantial [6]. Two approaches are used here to determine collision, 1) the timing of closure of the Tethys Ocean [7], based on stratigraphic succession, 2) first evidence of Asian derived material deposited on the Indian plate [8], using U-Pb ages of detrital zircon to assess provenance. In Ladakh, Indian plate passive margin limestones of the Mid-Late Paleocene Dibling Formation [9] are overlain by the youngest marine facies of the region, the marine siltstones of the Kong Fm. and the fluvio-deltaic facies of the Chulung La Fm. [8]. The age of the Kong and Chulung La formations is disputed, ranging from P5/6 (56 Ma) [10] to P8 (50.5 Ma) [8]. The provenance is also debated, considered either to be eroded from ophiolitic material from the Indian plate [10] or containing detritus from the Trans-Himalayan arc of the Asian plate [8,11]. We applied biostratigraphy, and U-Pb dating on detrital zircon, to samples from the Kong and Chulung La Formations to define depositional age and provenance. Biostratigraphy identified Asselines A. placentula grande and A. pomeroli, from the SBZ 10 (50.5 to 52.5 Ma) and SBZ 9 (53 Ma) zones respectively, thereby defining a minimum age of collision at 50.5 Ma, based on cessation of marine facies. However, the possibility that these fossils are reworked will be discussed. U-Pb dating of

  16. Raman spectroscopy of detrital garnet from the (U)HP terrane of eastern Papua New Guinea

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    Andò, Sergio; Baldwin, Suzanne L.; Fitzgerald, Paul G.; Malusà, Marco G.; Aliatis, Irene; Vezzoli, Giovanni; Garzanti, Eduardo

    2013-04-01

    Garnet is one of the most widespread heavy minerals in sediments derived from orogenic systems. Its chemical composition varies systematically with temperature and pressure conditions, and thus provides information on the metamorphic evolution of source areas that is crucial in tectonic and geodynamic reconstructions. Garnet is easily identified in mineral grain mounts and is relatively stable during burial diagenesis. Raman spectroscopy allows rapid determination of garnet compositions in grain mounts or thin sections of sand and sandstone samples, and can be used to assess their density and chemical composition quite accurately ("MIRAGEM" method of Bersani et al., 2009; Andò et al., 2009). In the D'Entrecastreaux Islands of southeastern Papua New Guinea, the world's youngest (U)HP rocks are exposed. There, mafic rocks and their felsic host gneisses were metamorphosed under eclogite facies conditions from late Miocene to Pliocene, before being exhumed from depths of ~90 km (Baldwin et al., 2004, 2008). The eclogite preserves a peak assemblage of garnet, omphacite, rutile, phengite and Si02 (Hill and Baldwin, 1993). A coesite-eclogite has been found in one small island outcrop. In order to sample garnet populations representative of a larger geographical area, we sampled and studied a heavy-mineral-dominated placer sand (HMC 80) from a beach from SE Goodenough Island. Garnet grains in beach sand are associated with blue-green to subordinately green-brown amphibole and minor epidote, omphacitic clinopyroxene, titanite, apatite and rutile. The subordinate low-density fraction is feldspatho-quartzose with high-rank metamorphic rock fragments and biotite (Q62 F35 Lm2; MI 360). Detrital garnets are mostly classified as almandine with relatively high Mg and Ca and lacking Mn, typical of the eclogite facies (Win et al., 2007; type Ci garnets of Mange and Morton 2007; Andò et al., 2013). In well-described stratigraphic sequences within syn-and post-tectonic basins

  17. Lattice parameters and stability of the spinel compounds in relation to the ionic radii and electronegativities of constituting chemical elements.

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    Brik, Mikhail G; Suchocki, Andrzej; Kamińska, Agata

    2014-05-19

    A thorough consideration of the relation between the lattice parameters of 185 binary and ternary spinel compounds, on one side, and ionic radii and electronegativities of the constituting ions, on the other side, allowed for establishing a simple empirical model and finding its linear equation, which links together the above-mentioned quantities. The derived equation gives good agreement between the experimental and modeled values of the lattice parameters in the considered group of spinels, with an average relative error of about 1% only. The proposed model was improved further by separate consideration of several groups of spinels, depending on the nature of the anion (oxygen, sulfur, selenium/tellurium, nitrogen). The developed approach can be efficiently used for prediction of lattice constants for new isostructural materials. In particular, the lattice constants of new hypothetic spinels ZnRE2O4, CdRE2S4, CdRE2Se4 (RE = rare earth elements) are predicted in the present Article. In addition, the upper and lower limits for the variation of the ionic radii, electronegativities, and their certain combinations were established, which can be considered as stability criteria for the spinel compounds. The findings of the present Article offer a systematic overview of the structural properties of spinels and can serve as helpful guides for synthesis of new spinel compounds.

  18. Co3+-modified Surface of LiMn2O4 Spinel for its Improvement of Electrochemical Properties

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    Zishan ZHENG; Zilong TANG; Zhongtai ZHANG; Junbiao LU; Wanci SHEN

    2003-01-01

    Cobalt was used to modify the surface of spinel LiMn2O4 by a solution technique to produce Co3+-modified surface material (COMSM). Cobalt was only doped into the surface of LiMn2O4 spinel. XPS(X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy) analysis confirms the valence state of Co3+. COMSM has stable spinel structure and can prevent active materials from the corrosion of electrolyte. The ICP(inductively coupled plasma) determination of the spinel dissolution in electrolyte showed the content of Mn dissolved from COMSM was smaller than that from the pure spinel. AC impedance patterns show that the charge-transfer resistance (Rct) for COMSM is smaller than that for pure spinel. The particles of COMSM are bigger in size than those of pure spinel according to the micrographs of SEM(scanning electron microscopy). The determinations of the electrochemical characterization show that COMSM has both good cycling performance and high initial capacity of 124.1 mA/h at an average capacity loss of 0.19 mAh/g per cycle.

  19. Detoxification and immobilization of chromite ore processing residue in spinel-based glass-ceramic.

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    Liao, Chang-Zhong; Tang, Yuanyuan; Lee, Po-Heng; Liu, Chengshuai; Shih, Kaimin; Li, Fangbai

    2017-01-05

    A promising strategy for the detoxification and immobilization of chromite ore processing residue (COPR) in a spinel-based glass-ceramic matrix is reported in this study. In the search for a more chemically durable matrix for COPR, the most critical crystalline phase for Cr immobilization was found to be a spinel solid solution with a chemical composition of MgCr1.32Fe0.19Al0.49O4. Using Rietveld quantitative X-ray diffraction analysis, we identified this final product is with the phases of spinel (3.5wt.%), diopside (5.2wt.%), and some amorphous contents (91.2wt.%). The partitioning ratio of Cr reveals that about 77% of the Cr was incorporated into the more chemically durable spinel phase. The results of Cr K-edge X-ray absorption near-edge spectroscopy show that no Cr(VI) was observed after conversion of COPR into a glass-ceramic, which indicates successful detoxification of Cr(VI) into Cr(III) in the COPR-incorporated glass-ceramic. The leaching performances of Cr2O3 and COPR-incorporated glass-ceramic were compared with a prolonged acid-leaching test, and the results demonstrate the superiority of the COPR-incorporated glass-ceramic matrix in the immobilization of Cr. The overall results suggest that the use of affordable additives has potential in more reliably immobilizing COPR with a spinel-based glass-ceramic for safer disposal of this hazardous waste.

  20. Investigation of AISI 441 Ferritic Stainless Steel and Development of Spinel Coatings for SOFC Interconnect Applications

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    Yang, Zhenguo; Xia, Guanguang; Wang, Chong M.; Nie, Zimin; Templeton, Joshua D.; Singh, Prabhakar; Stevenson, Jeffry W.

    2008-05-30

    As part of an effort to develop cost-effective ferritic stainless steel-based interconnects for solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) stacks, both bare and spinel coated AISI 441 were studied in terms of metallurgical characteristics, oxidation behavior, and electrical performance. The conventional melt metallurgy used for the bulk alloy fabrication leads to significant processing cost reduction and the alloy chemistry with the presence of minor alloying additions of Nb and Ti facilitate the strengthening by precipitation and formation of Laves phase both inside grains and along grain boundaries during exposure in the intermediate SOFC operating temperature range. The Laves phase formed along the grain boundaries also ties up Si and prevents the formation of an insulating silica layer at the scale/metal interface during prolonged exposure. The substantial increase in ASR during long term oxidation due to oxide scale growth suggested the need for a conductive protection layer, which could also minimize Cr evaporation. In particular, Mn1.5Co1.5O4 based surface coatings on planar coupons drastically improved the electrical performance of the 441, yielding stable ASR values at 800ºC for over 5,000 hours. Ce-modified spinel coatings retained the advantages of the unmodified spinel coatings, and also appeared to alter the scale growth behavior beneath the coating, leading to a more adherent scale. The spinel protection layers appeared also to improve the surface stability of 441 against the anomalous oxidation that has been observed for ferritic stainless steels exposed to dual atmosphere conditions similar to SOFC interconnect environments. Hence, it is anticipated that, compared to unmodified spinel coatings, the Ce-modified coatings may lead to superior structural stability and electrical performance.

  1. Restitic or not? Insights from trace element content and crystal - Structure of spinels in African mantle xenoliths

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    Lenaz, Davide; Musco, Maria Elena; Petrelli, Maurizio; Caldeira, Rita; De Min, Angelo; Marzoli, Andrea; Mata, Joao; Perugini, Diego; Princivalle, Francesco; Boumehdi, Moulay Ahmed; Bensaid, Idris Ali Ahmadi; Youbi, Nasrrddine

    2017-05-01

    The lithospheric architecture of Africa consists of several Archean cratons and smaller cratonic fragments, stitched together and flanked by polycyclic fold belts. Here we investigate the structure and chemistry of spinels from lithospheric mantle xenoliths from distinct tectonic settings, i.e. from the Saharan metacraton in Libya (Waw-En-Namus) which could show archaic chemical features, Cameroon (Barombi Koto and Nyos Lakes) where the Sub Continental Lithospheric Mantle was modified during the Pan-African event and fluxed by asthenospheric melts of the Tertiary Cameroon Volcanic Line and Morocco (Tafraoute, Bou-Ibalrhatene maars) in the Middle Atlas where different metasomatic events have been recorded. From a structural point of view it is to notice that the Libyan spinels can be divided into two groups having different oxygen positional parameter (u > 0.2632 and u different among the different samples with one Libyan group (LB I) showing Tc in the range 490-640 °C and the other 680-950 °C (LB II). Cameroon and Morocco spinels show a Tc in the range 630-760 °C. About 150 different spinels have been studied for their trace element content and it can be seen that many of them are related to Cr content, while Zn and Co are not and clearly distinguish the occurrences. Differences in the trace element chemistry, in the structural parameters and in the intracrystalline closure temperatures suggest that a different history should be considered for Cameroon, Morocco and LB I and LB II spinels. Even if it was not considered for this purpose, we tentatively used the Fe2 +/Fe3 + vs. TiO2 diagram that discriminate between peridotitic and the so-called ;magmatic; spinels, i.e. spinel crystallized from melts. LB I and LB II spinels plot in the peridotitic field while Cameroon and Morocco spinels fall in the magmatic one. Consequently, the xenoliths sampled from a probably juvenile SCLM at the edge of the most important lithospheric roots (i.e. Cameroon and Morocco

  2. New assemly model of Jiangnan Orogen: insight from detrital zircon geochronology of pre-Cretaceous strata, South China

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    Su, J.; Dong, S.

    2013-12-01

    The Jiangnan Orogen separates the Yangtze and Cathaysian Blocks in South China and provokes a longstanding debate on the amalgamation history between the two Blocks. The assembly of the two Blocks is termed Sibao orogeny marked by undeformed Late Neoproterozoic strata (Banxi Group) overlying on the deformed Early Neoproterozoic strata (Lengjiaxi Group) in China. Detrital zircons can provide critical links in recognizing the source history of a deposit, sedimentary dispersal systems and tectonic reconstructions. Therefore, fifteen sandstone samples taken from pre-Cretaceous strata of Yangtze Block are analyzed to constrain the evolution of the South China Block (SCB), especially the assembly between Yangtze and Cathaysia Blocks. The results show that the detrital zircons from the Neoproterozoic Lengjiaxi Group (ca. 830 Ma) near the boundary of large detachment fault of Hengshan have similar age populations with that in the other sites of the Jiangnan Orogen, different from that of the Kunyang and Dahongshan Groups (>960 Ma) in the southwestern margin of the Yangtze Block. The detrital zircons from Paleozoic samples have similar age populations with that in the Cathaysia Block. We infer that they originate from the Cathaysia Block, together with paleogeography, paleocurrent and former research. The detrital zircons of middle-late Jurassic sandstones in southwestern and central Yangtze yield dominant populations at 2.0-1.7 Ga and subordinate Groups of 2.6-2.4Ga, 0.7-0.8Ga and 0.6-0.4Ga. The provenance of late Triassic strata may be derived from southern Yangtze and North China Block due to the collisions among the Indosina, South China and North China Blocks, whereas the Jurassic sediments may be partly derived from uplift erosion of Jiangnan Orogen due to intra-continental orogeny induced by pacific subduction towards Eurasia Plate. The tectothermal event occurred at ca. 1.1-0.8 Ga has long been attributed to the assembly or breakup of Yangtze and Cathaysia Blocks

  3. Direct Comparison of Detrital Garnet, Monazite, and Zircon Ages from a Southern Appalachian Tributary System for the French Broad River, North Carolina, USA

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    Maneiro, K. A.; Baxter, E. F.; Samson, S. D.; Marschall, H.

    2016-12-01

    Nineteen detrital garnet ages from a tributary draining into the French Broad River of North Carolina represent the first full-scale deployment of a new detrital garnet geochronometer. Under the new geochronometer, inclusions within the garnet serve as a proxy for the original source rock and eliminate required assumption of a single source for detritus. Additionally, method development has advanced techniques for small sample Nd and Sm analysis by thermal ionization mass spectrometry (TIMS), allowing for Sm-Nd analysis of single detrital garnet grains for the first time. This is also the first dataset allowing direct comparison of detrital garnet, monazite, and zircon. The three proximate tributaries sampled drain a limited source lithology, and prior studies provide detrital monazite and zircon ages (e.g. Hietpas et al., 2010, Geology; Moecher et al., 2011, Geosphere). The weighted average age for tributary detrital monazite is 460.9 ± 2.5 Ma (95% confidence). Zircon cores failed to record Paleozoic metamorphism, while zircon rims gave a weighted average age of 443.5 ± 8.7 Ma (95% confidence). The tributary system is garnet-bearing, with garnet grains exceeding the current minimum volume required for single grain analysis (≥ 0.4 mm max. diameter). Previously reported initial ages from the garnet grains (Maneiro-Eccles, 2015, Goldschmidt) have been updated to include blank correction accounting for extremely small Nd loads; clean garnet analyses contain 17-445 pg Nd and repeat blanks indicate contribution of 4.31 ± 0.59 pg Nd. The resulting weighted average age for garnet is 438.8 ± 8.1 Ma (95% confidence). The weighted average ages for zircon rims and garnet overlap within error, while the monazite age is older (22.1 ± 8.5 Myr older than garnet, 17.4 ± 9.1 Myr older than zircon). Age variance between minerals could be attributed to monazite sampling bias, limited sample size, and either influence by a secondary tectonic event (e.g. the Cherokee Orogeny

  4. First U-Pb detrital zircon ages from Numidian sandstones in Southern Apennines (Italy): Evidences of African provenance

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    Fornelli, Annamaria; Micheletti, Francesca; Langone, Antonio; Perrone, Vincenzo

    2015-05-01

    Two samples of quartz-rich sandstones collected in the Numidian Flysch of Southern Apennines (Italy) have been studied to highlight the provenance of detritus using radiometric dating by LA-ICP-MS of detrital zircons and to compare the obtained ages with those of the Betic and Maghrebian Chains. The provenance of quartzose detritus from European or African Plates is still debated in these Chains, accordingly the ages of the detrital zircons can contribute significantly to discriminate the origin of the quartzose supply. The U-Pb zircon ages (n = 47) vary from 3047 ± 13 Ma (Mesoarchean) to 516 ± 19 Ma (Cambrian). The predominance of Paleo-Proteozoic ages (2500-1600 Ma) and the lack of Hercynian and Alpine ones suggest a provenance of the Numidian supply from North-African cratonic areas during the early-middle Langhian, when the Numidian successions of Southern Apennines were deposited. In addition, a cluster of ages at 773 ± 24 Ma and 668 ± 12 Ma in one sample and at 664 ± 17 Ma in the other sample, calculated on zircon domains with magmatic zoning, testify to an important contribution from Neo-proterozoic "granitic" rocks widely outcropping in the North-African Craton. The age data on detrital zircons from Numidian sandstones in Southern Apennines overlap those found in the Numidian sandstones widespread in the Betic Cordillera and in the Maghrebian Chain from south Spain to Sicily. This suggests that the entire depositional zone in which Numidian Flysch deposited, was fed from a southerly source represented by the African Craton where Archean, Proterozoic and Cambrian rocks widely crop out from the Atlantic coast to the Hoggar and Tibesti Massifs. Finally, it must be outlined that a Meso-Archean zircon age (3047 Ma) has been found in the Numidian Flysch of the Southern Apennines whereas in the Numidian Flysch of the Maghrebian Chain, zircons older than Paleo-proterozoic (1840 Ma) have not yet been found.

  5. Sandstone provenance and detrital zircon geochronology record changes in Plio-Pleistocene tectonism of the Southern Cascadia forearc

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    Garcia, M. J.; Michalak, M.; Hourigan, J. K.

    2016-12-01

    The Cascadia Subduction Zone (CSZ) in the Pacific NW is defined by subducting oceanic lithosphere (Juan de Fuca-Gorda) beneath the North American Plate, from British Colombia to Northern California. In the Southern CSZ, the forearc is characterized by high topography of the Klamath Mountain Province west of the volcanic arc, the lower lying Northern Coast Ranges, comprising Cretaceous through Miocene Franciscan Formation, and structurally controlled coastal basins of Pliocene-Pleistocene fluvial-marine sedimentary rocks. The southernmost CSZ is affected by northward migration of the Mendocino Triple Junction; high rates of rock uplift and tectonically controlled drainage patterns are evident of its passage spatially and temporally. While provenance sources for early-to-mid Tertiary sedimentary units of the Franciscan are well-described, less is known about provenance sources in Plio-Pleistocene time, and how changes in regional tectonics, such as the migration of the MTJ, and uplift of the Klamath Mountains, may have affected sediment dispersal. Previous work and our preliminary results indicate that the Plio-Pleistocene Wildcat Group of the Eel River basin is characterized by distant sources. Aalto et al., (1998) and Moley (1997) use detrital mica Ar/Ar ages and petrofacies analyses of the Wildcat to hypothesize provenance from the distant Idaho Batholith. We test this hypothesis using detrital zircon U-Pb geochronology, and present eight new detrital sample ages from Plio-Pleistocene sedimentary basins along the coastal margin north of the MTJ. These results are used to inform paleographic reconstructions of Pliocene-Pleistocene regional topography associated with the dynamic tectonics of Southern Cascadia.

  6. Isotopic studies on detrital zircons of Silurian-Devonian siliciclastic sequences from Argentinean North Patagonia and Sierra de la Ventana regions: comparative provenance

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    Uriz, Norberto J.; Cingolani, Carlos A.; Chemale, Farid; Macambira, Moacir B.; Armstrong, Richard

    2011-04-01

    The Silurian-Devonian siliciclastic sedimentary units known as Sierra Grande Formation and the upper part of the Ventana Group crop out in the eastern area of the North Patagonian Massif and in the Ventania system, toward the Atlantic border of Argentina. Both sequences show similar stratigraphical characteristics and were deposited in a shallow marine platform paleoenvironment. Previous contributions have provided evidence of an allochthonous Patagonia terrane that amalgamate to Gondwana during the Permian-Triassic. However, other lines of research support a crustal continuity southward, where the Pampean and Famatinian events extend into the northern Patagonia. In either case, the detrital input to the Eo-Mesopaleozoic basins generated along the passive margin tectonic setting should reflect the sedimentary sources. In this contribution, new age data on the sedimentary provenance of these units is provided by U-Pb and Lu-Hf isotopic studies on detrital zircons, using LA-ICP-MS and SHRIMP methodologies. The main sedimentary sources of detrital zircons for both regions are of Cambrian-Ordovician and Neoproterozoic age, while a secondary mode is Mesoproterozoic. Zircons from older cratonic sources (Mesoarchean-Paleoproterozoic ages) are scarcely recorded. The sample from the upper section of the Devonian Lolén Formation (Ventana Group) shows an important change in the sedimentary provenance, with a main mode of Mesoproterozoic detrital zircons. Detrital source areas considering the orogenic cycles known for southwest South America (Famatinian, Pampean-Brasiliano, Mesoproterozoic-`Grenvillian' and Paleoproterozoic-`Transamazonian') are proposed.

  7. Using Detrital Geochronologic and Thermochronologic "Double-Dating" to Constrain Depositional Age, Provenance, and Exhumation Signals in Ancient Forearc Basins

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    Orme, D. A.

    2014-12-01

    The application of coupled detrital zircon U-Pb geochronology and (U-Th)/He thermochronology to sedimentary basins has the potential for unprecedented details about grain provenance, depositional age and source and basin exhumation signals. Although several studies have implored this technique, it is underutilized and may prove useful in geologic settings that are traditionally difficult to explore. For example, constraining the depositional age of strata in ancient forearc basins is challenging as many horizons are devoid of fossils and post-burial diagenesis of limestone beds limits biostratigraphic age control. This study applies U-Pb detrital zircon geochronology to clastic rocks from the Cretaceous-Eocene Xigaze forearc basin in southern Tibet to (1) to determine the provenance of forearc basin strata and (2) to constrain a maximum depositional age of stratigraphic horizons using the youngest distinct age group from a sample. In addition, (U-Th)/He thermochronology was applied to a subset of the detrital zircons on which U-Pb ages were previously determined in order to determine the timing of exhumation of Xigaze forearc strata and its source region. The use of young populations of zircons is a good method for age control in the Xigaze forearc basin because magmatism in the source area was more-or-less continuous and the lag time between the youngest zircons in a sample and the time of that samples deposition is likely relatively small. A total of 2,330 zircon grains yielded ages with acceptable precision and concordance for geochronologic interpretation. Together with sandstone petrography, the detrital zircons indicate that the primary source of detritus in the basin from ~113 to 54 Ma was the Gangdese magmatic arc. Analysis of the youngest age component of individual samples reveals a decrease in the youngest ages upsection, consistent with maximum depositional ages that are close to the likely true depositional age based on intervening tuff layers. Double

  8. Detrital Mineral Record of the Central Myanmar Basin and implications for the evolution of the eastern Himalayan margin

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    Brezina, C. A.; Robinson, R. A. J.; Barfod, D. N.; Carter, A.; Parrish, R. R.; Horstwood, M. S.; Thein, M.; Win Oo, N.

    2014-12-01

    Single grain detrital thermochronology (40Ar/39Ar white mica, zircon fission track and Lu-Hf analysis) of Eocene, Oligocene and Miocene sedimentary rocks from the Central Myanmar Basin permits the identification of tectonothermal events in the source areas, and an understanding of how exhumation histories and changing provenance are related to the palaeogeography of the West Burma block during India-Asia collision. Robinson et al. (2014) used detrital zircon U-Pb and Lu-Hf isotopic analysis to show that Eocene and Oligocene sedimentary rocks were primarily sourced from the Gangdese magmatic arc that lies exclusively within the southern Lhasa terrane, and that the Yarlung Tsangpo and Irrawaddy River were connected at this time. Detrital thermochronology reveal these Paleogene deposits contain broadly distributed, mainly pre-Himalayan 40Ar/39Ar white mica cooling ages, reflecting the contribution from multiple source areas with a cooling history that is similar to the Lhasa terrane. A distinct change in provenance to a single, sustained source area during deposition of the Miocene units is recorded by a white mica 40Ar/39Ar cooling age peak of 37 Ma and a lesser peak of 17 - 21 Ma that is also observed in detrital zircon fission track age data. These two age peaks, 37 Ma and 17 - 21 Ma, likely reflect an initial period of crustal thickening, metamorphism and exhumation in the southern Mogok Metamorphic Belt, and a later phase of exhumation associated with deformation in the eastern syntaxis and the onset of extension in Myanmar and other parts of SE Asia. The latter events are also associated with the disconnection of the Yarlung Tsangpo from the Irrawaddy River around 18 Ma (Robinson et al., 2014). The combined dataset provides constraints on the position and movement of the West Burma block from the Late Eocene to Early Miocene, supports an Oligocene (~37 Ma) age for the timing of India-West Burma-Sibumasu coupling, and an Early Miocene age for extension

  9. Detrital thermochronology of Rhine, Elbe and Meuse river sediment (Central Europe): implications for provenance, erosion and mineral fertility

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    Glotzbach, C.; Busschers, F. S.; Winsemann, J.

    2017-06-01

    Here we present detrital apatite fission track (AFT), zircon fission track (ZFT) and a few apatite (U-Th)/He (AHe) data of Middle Pleistocene to modern Rhine, Meuse and Elbe river sediments in order to resolve processes that control detrital age distributions (provenance, erosion and mineral fertility). We used a modelling approach to compare observed with theoretically predicted age distributions from an interpolated in situ AFT and ZFT age map. In situ cooling ages do show large differences in the Rhine drainage basin, facilitating the differentiation between different source regions. Inconsistencies between observed and theoretical age distributions of the Meuse and Elbe samples can be explained by mixing and reworking of sediments with different provenances (Meuse Middle Pleistocene terrace sediment) and a yet unexplored source region with old AFT ages (Elbe samples). Overall, the results show that detrital thermochronology is capable of identifying the provenance of Middle Pleistocene to modern sediments. The AFT age distributions of Rhine sediments are dominated ( 70%) by AFT ages representing the Alps. A possible explanation is higher erosion rates in the Alps as compared to areas outside the Alps. A Late Pleistocene sample from the Upper Rhine Graben contains apatite grains from the Molasse and Hegau volcanics, which we explain with a shift of the headwaters of the Rhine to the north as a result of intense Middle Pleistocene Riss glaciation. Contrary to the observed dominance of Alpine-derived AFT ages in Rhine sediments, the relative contribution of zircon ages with sources in the Alps is lower and significantly decreases downstream, suggesting a major source of zircons outside the Alps. This can be explained by increased zircon fertility of sediments derived from the Rhenish massif. Therefore, we conclude that erosion and mineral fertility are the main processes controlling detrital AFT and ZFT age distributions of the sampled river sediment. In case of

  10. Do Variations in Detrital Inputs Influence Stable Soil Organic Matter? - An Experimental Approach

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    Lajtha, K.; Townsend, K.; Brewer, E.; Caldwell, B.; Kalbitz, K.; Plante, A.

    2007-12-01

    because aboveground, labile litter adds very little to stabilized SOM in grasslands, and that root-derived C is the dominant control on SOM stabilization in grasslands. These results were confirmed with analysis of labile C (short -term respiration measurements) and acid hydrolysis resistant C across treatments. The relative contribution of aboveground vs. belowground litter was analyzed through the analysis of cutin and suberin acids, and we found that the detrital source of litter was retained in soils and could be fingerprinted through this analysis. Thermal analysis, including thermogravimetry (TG) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) performed simultaneously is currently being applied to explore both SOM quality and stability.

  11. Global Age Distribution of Detrital Zircons, the Supercontinent Cycle, and Subduction Flux Through Time

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    Bradley, D. C.

    2014-12-01

    The global age distribution of detrital zircons (DZ) tracks the supercontinent cycle. Abundance of zircon ages in modern sands fluctuates through an order of magnitude, with maxima at ca. 2.7, 1.9, 1.0, and 0.45 Ga and minima at ca. 2.3, 1.6, 0.9, 0.7, 0.40, and 0.21 Ga. The age distribution is shaped by differences in zircon production at rifts, arcs, and collisional orogens; by preservation, exhumation, destruction, and recycling of zircons; and by methodological and regional sampling biases. The first-order age maxima and minima have been explained by two largely incompatible models. Model 1 holds that global subduction flux (area subducted per unit time) is constant, that DZ minima reflect destruction of intraoceanic arcs by subduction erosion, and that maxima correspond to times of greater preservation of zircon sources leading up to and during collision. In contrast, Model 2 holds that stepwise changes in global subduction flux—and thus in zircon production at convergent boundaries—are intrinsic to supercontinent cycles. This follows because convergent boundaries are extinguished during collision; hence supercontinent tenures correspond to zircon minima. Examination of >80 geologic secular trends reveals little empirical evidence bearing on these alternatives. The most telling evidence is provided by reconstructed sea levels. Model 1 implies no particular changes in sea level during supercontinent assembly. If plate motion were to cease across a collisional orogen, the same amount of convergence would begin elsewhere and the world population of ridges and ridge volume would be unaffected. In contrast, Model 2 predicts a drop in sea level triggered by supercontinent assembly because death of a collisional plate boundary would mean death of the corresponding ridge and consequent increase in room for seawater in the ocean basins. Reconstructions of global sea level show a major low centered in the Triassic, one that is not linked to glaciation. The sea level

  12. Detrital and delayed CRM acquisition in redbeds: the Lower Cretaceous Zicapa Formation, southern Mexico

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    Sierra-Rojas, M. I.; Molina-Garza, R. S.

    2013-05-01

    The Lower Cretaceous Zicapa Formation is characterized by hematite-cemented clastic rocks interbeded with limestone and volcanic rocks, deposited in continental to transitional-marine environments. The paleomagnetic data presented here correspond to exposures in the San Juan de las Joyas locality, in the Mixteca terrain of southern Mexico. Hematite cement is derived from an important input of primary volcanic material contemporaneous with deposition and from mafic to intermediate metavolcanic sources. We sampled 17 sites in a 110 m segment of continuous depositation of fine to coarse, red to purple, lithic sandstone and siltstone. The natural magnetization is multivectorial, and AF demagnetization suggests that it resides primarily in hematite. One magnetization component is unblocked below 200C is north-directed and positive. A low-unblocking temperature magnetization (LT) is unblocked between 250-500C, and a high-unblocking-temperature component (HT) is defined between about 600-650C. Both, the LT and HT components are dual-polarity and form nearly antipodal groups of WNW (ESE) directions. NRM demagnetization and rock magnetic data suggest the presence of two kinds of particles carrying the LT and HT components. Polarity changes in the section sampled are characterized by sites that register in the HT component the magnetic field previous to the transition of polarity (which is detrital magnetization residing in specular hematite), whilst the LT registers the magnetic field after the polarity transition. Typically, in the overlying (post-transition) site the LT and HT components are of the same polarity. This suggests that the LT component is a late (or delayed) CRM that resides in small particles of pigmentary hematite. The accepted sites yield a tilt corrected mean of declination Dec= 273 degrees, inclination Inc= 33.1 degrees (α95=11.7 y k=18).The mean directions are discordant with respect to expected North America reference for Early Cretaceous indicating a

  13. Spatial analysis of climatic cycles of a detrital aquifer by mean of Indicator Kriging

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    Luque-Espinar, Juan Antonio; Pardo-Igúzquiza, Eulogio; Pulido-Velazquez, David; Fernández-Chacón, Francisca; Jiménez-Sánchez, Jorge; Chica-Olmo, Mario

    2016-04-01

    In a previous work, spectral analysis was carried out to investigate the climate cycles in a detrital aquifer located in southern Spain. The Vega de Granada aquifer is located in an alluvial plain surrounded by mountains. The aquifer has a superposition of Quaternary sedimentary materials showing a broad range of permeabilities. This aquifer is the receptor of a drainage basin of 2900 km2 and has a surface of around 200 km2. Its alluvial sediments attain a thickness of 250 m in the middle. The sediment sizes are mainly gravel, sands, silts and clay, with frequent spatial changes. The transmissivity of the range from 40000 m2/day to 100 m2/day and the effective porosity ranging between 1% and 10%. The main inputs into the aquifer come from the infiltration of surface runoff and the infiltration of rainfall water. More than 50 piezometric data series were studied with monthly temporal unit. The studied period has a span of more than 30 years. The main climatic cycles are annual, NAO, ENSO and semiannual. For this study, confidence levels of <90%, 90%, 95%, and 99% were established. The spatial distribution in the aquifer of climate cycles and their confidence levels were studied by mean Indicator Kriging. This methodology is based on geostatistical non-parametric methods. For this purpose, the confidence levels were codified in indicator variables. Overall, eleven experimental variograms were calculated and it fitted to a spherical model. In this sense, the spatial behavior of the climate cycles is quite similar in all cases. The estimation results are presented as binary maps that show areas where every cycle appears with a maximum spatial probability. Basically, the interpretation of these maps indicates a close connection to main recharge areas of the aquifer. On the other hand, the changes in permeability in the aquifer are considerable, which may explain in some cases the spatial variations in the spectra calculated. Acknowledgments: This research has been

  14. South China connected to north India in Gondwana: sedimentary basin and detrital provenance analyses

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    Yao, W.; Li, Z. X.; Li, W. X.; Li, X. H.; Yang, J. H.

    2015-12-01

    The paleoposition of South China during the Ediacaran-Silurian is important for understanding the assembly of Gondwana. We report here the tectonostratigraphic evolution of the Ediacaran-Silurian Nanhua foreland basin in South China, and discuss South China's connection with Gondwana and potential tectonic triggers for both the Wuyi-Yunkai orogeny in South China and the Bhimphedian orogeny in north India. The Nanhua basin was involved in a three-stage evolution, which are: Stage 1 (the Ediacaran-Cambrian) recording the start of tectonic subsidence with turbiditic marine clastic deposition, fed by exotic orogens outboard South China; Stage 2 (the Ordovician to earliest-Silurian) featured by migrating depocentres with dominant shallow marine to deltaic clastic deposition, fed by the local Wuyi-Yunkai orogen; and Stage 3 (the Silurian) showing the arrival of depocentre in the Yangtze Block during the waning stage of the Wuyi-Yunkai orogeny with deltaic deposition in the remanent foreland basin. Detrital zircon analyses of the Ediacaran-Silurian sandstones across the Nanhua basin reveal a prominent age population of 1100-900 Ma (with a peak age at ~980 Ma) and moderate populations of Archean-Paleozoic ages, grossly matching that of crystalline and sedimentary rocks in northern India. Zircon isotopes of the Stage 1 samples suggest three Precambrian episodes of juvenile crustal growth at 3.0 Ga, 2.5 Ga and 1.0 Ga, and a major crustal reworking at 580-500 Ma for the source areas, which are constraint to be northwestern India and its surrounding orogens. Together with other evidence, we propose that South China likely collided with northwestern India during the Gondwana assembly, generated the Bhimphedian orogeny in north India and formed two foreland basins on both the north India and South China sides. Far-field stress of the collision triggered the Ordovician-Silurian Wuyi-Yunkai orogeny in South China. The Stage 2-3 samples in the Nanhua basin of South China were shed

  15. Detrital cave sediments record Late Quaternary hydrologic and climatic variability in northwestern Florida, USA

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    Winkler, Tyler S.; van Hengstum, Peter J.; Horgan, Meghan C.; Donnelly, Jeffrey P.; Reibenspies, Joseph H.

    2016-04-01

    Detrital sediment in Florida's (USA) submerged cave systems may preserve records of regional climate and hydrologic variability. However, the basic sedimentology, mineralogy, stratigraphic variability, and emplacement history of the successions in Florida's submerged caves remains poorly understood. Here we present stratigraphic, mineralogical, and elemental data on sediment cores from two phreatic cave systems in northwestern Florida (USA), on the Dougherty Karst Plain: Hole in the Wall Cave (HITW) and Twin Cave. Water flowing through these caves is subsurface flow in the Apalachicola River drainage basin, and the caves are located just downstream from Jackson Blue (1st magnitude spring, > 2.8 m3 s- 1 discharge). Sedimentation in these caves is dominated by three primary sedimentary styles: (i) ferromanganese deposits dominate the basal recovered stratigraphy, which pass upsection into (ii) poorly sorted carbonate sediment, and finally into (iii) fine-grained organic matter (gyttja) deposits. Resolving the emplacement history of the lower stratigraphic units was hampered by a lack of suitable material for radiocarbon dating, but the upper organic-rich deposits have a punctuated depositional history beginning in the earliest Holocene. For example, gyttja primarily accumulated in HITW and Twin Caves from ~ 5500 to 3500 cal yr. BP, which coincides with regional evidence for water-table rise of the Upper Floridian Aquifer associated with relative sea-level rise in the Gulf of Mexico, and evidence for invigorated drainage through the Apalachicola River drainage basin. Gyttja sediments were also deposited in one of the caves during the Bølling/Allerød climate oscillation. Biologically, these results indicate that some Floridian aquatic cave (stygobitic) ecosystems presently receive minimal organic matter supply in comparison to prehistoric intervals. The pre-Holocene poorly sorted carbonate sediment contains abundant invertebrate fossils, and likely documents a period

  16. Studies on the Influence of Sintering Temperature on Crystalline Structures of Mg-Al Spinel Synthesized by Waste Aluminum Slag

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    YU Yan; RUAN Yu-Zhong; WU Ren-Ping

    2007-01-01

    Mg-Al spinel is synthesized by using industrial waste-residue and basic magnesium carbonate in the aluminum factory as the main raw materials. The influence of sintering temperature on crystalline structure and microstructure of Mg-Al spinel has been mainly discussed. The crystalline structure of sample is characterized by using XRD, SEM and relevant analytical software. The experimental results show that compared to the conventional synthetic method, the application of waste aluminum slag as the raw material can greatly decrease the synthetic tem-perature. The content of Mg-Al spinel first increases and then decreases with the rise of sintering temperature, and its purity can reach as high as 96wt% at 1550 ℃, which is therefore determined to be the optimum synthetic temperature. SEM observations demonstrate that as the rise of sintering temperature, the grain of Mg-Al spinel grows up obviously with typical octahedral characteristic appearance.

  17. Radiation resistance of (Ni,Fe)Cr{sub 2}O{sub 4} spinels by molecular dynamics simulations

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    Van Brutzel, Laurent, E-mail: laurent.vanbrutzel@cea.fr; Alvarez, Pierre; Chartier, Alain

    2014-05-01

    Molecular dynamics simulations are carried out to study primary radiation damage in NiCr{sub 2}O{sub 4} and FeCr{sub 2}O{sub 4} spinels, which are part of the corrosion layer of the vapour generators used in nuclear reactors. The radiation resistance of both spinels is evaluated by studying point defect recombination processes, threshold displacement energies, and 20 keV displacement cascades initiated with different PKA masses. Results are mainly in agreement with previous studies involving MgAl{sub 2}O{sub 4} showing that radiation facilitates the transition to inverse spinel structure or NaCl structure. However, we find some differences between the two studied spinels indicating that NiCr{sub 2}O{sub 4} is more sensitive to radiation.

  18. Crustal growth history of the Korean Peninsula:Constraints from detrital zircon ages in modern river sediments

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    Taejin Choi; Yong Il Lee; Yuji Orihashi

    2016-01-01

    U-Pb analyses were carried out on detrital zircon grains from major river-mouth sediments draining South Korea to infer provenance characteristics and the crustal growth history of the southern Korean Peninsula, using a laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer (LA-ICP-MS). The Korean Peninsula is located in the East Asian continental margin and mainly comprises three Precambrian massifs and two metamorphic belts in between them. We obtained 515 concordant to slightly discordant zircon ages ranging from ca. 3566 to ca. 48 Ma. Regardless of river-mouth location, predominance of Mesozoic (249e79 Ma) and Paleoproterozoic (2491e1691 Ma) ages with subordinate Archean ages in-dicates that the zircon ages reflect present exposures of plutonic/metamorphic rocks in the drainage basins of the South Korean rivers and the crustal growth of the southern Korean Peninsula was focused in these two periods. Comparison of detrital zircon-age data between the North and South Korean river sediments reveals that the Paleoproterozoic zircon age distributions of both regions are nearly identical, while the NeoproterozoicePaleozoic ages exist and the Mesozoic ages are dominant in southern Korean Peninsula. This result suggests that Precambrian terrains in Korea record the similar pre-Mesozoic magmatic history and that the influence of Mesozoic magmatism was mainly focused in South Korea.

  19. Trace elements and cathodoluminescence of detrital quartz in Arctic marine sediments – a new ice-rafted debris provenance proxy

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    A. Müller

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available The records of ice-rafted debris (IRD provenance in the North Atlantic – Barents Sea allow the reconstruction of the spatial and temporal changes of ice-flow drainage patterns during glacial and deglacial periods. In this study a new approach to characterisation of the provenance of detrital quartz grains in the fraction > 500 μm of marine sediments offshore of Spitsbergen is introduced, utilizing scanning electron microscope backscattered electron and cathodoluminescence (CL imaging, combined with laser ablation inductively-coupled plasma mass spectrometry. Based on their micro-inclusions, CL and trace element characteristics the investigated IRD grains can be classified into five distinct populations. Three of the populations are indicative of potential IRD provenance provinces in the Storfjord area including Barentsøya and Egdeøya. The results imply that under modern (interglacial conditions IRD deposition along the western Spitsbergen margin is mainly governed by the East Svalbard Current controlling the ice-drift pattern. The presence of detrital quartz from local provinces, however, indicates that variations in IRD supply from western Spitsbergen may be quantified as well. In this pilot study it is demonstrated that this new approach applied on Arctic continental margin sediments, bears a considerable potential for the definition of the sources of IRD and thus of spatial/temporal changes in ice-flow drainage patterns during glacial/interglacial cycles.

  20. U-Pb ages of detrital zircon and provenances of Red Clay in the Chinese Loess Plateau

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    Gong, Hujun; Xie, Wenbin; Zhang, Rui; Zhang, Yunxiang

    2017-05-01

    The Chinese Loess Plateau (CLP), which is located in the central part of China, mainly contains two sequences: the Quaternary loess-paleosol sequence and the late Miocene-Pliocene Red Clay sequence. U-Pb ages of detrital zircon from the Quaternary loess-paleosol sequences indicate that the current spatial pattern of central Asian aridification was largely established during the early Quaternary. U-Pb ages of detrital zircon from the underlying Red Clay sequences demonstrate that the northern source regions were important contributors for the dust since the late Miocene, except for the periods of ∼8 Ma and ∼5.5 to ∼4 Ma. These two periods correspond to increased and decreased dust deposition in the North Pacific, respectively, ascribed to the late Miocene aridification of the Qaidam Basin (in the west of the CLP) and the early Pliocene aridification of the Tarim Basin (in the west of the CLP). We attribute the increase of the Qaidam Basin-derived North Pacific dust fluxes to the uplift of the NE Tibetan Plateau. Such uplift also controlled the climatic and environmental changes in central Asian during the late Miocene. This study highlights the dynamical process of the central Asian aridification during the late Miocene-Pliocene.

  1. The early Paleozoic sedimentary-tectonic evolution of the circum-Mangar areas, Tarim block, NW China: Constraints from integrated detrital records

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    Dong, Shunli; Li, Zhong; Jiang, Lei

    2016-07-01

    The Mangar depression, located in the eastern part of the Tarim basin, had deposited extremely-thick lower Paleozoic sediments, which yields great scientific value and hydrocarbon resource potential. Due to the lack of enough outcrop and core studies, many issues, e.g., early Paleozoic geographical evolution, basin nature and tectonic affinity, are still poorly understood. In this study, we selected circum-Mangar areas (i.e., the South Quruqtagh, Tabei and Tazhong areas), and carried out comprehensive detrital provenance analysis including detrital modal analysis, heavy mineral and trace element analysis, and detrital zircon U-Pb dating on the Middle-Upper Ordovician and Silurian sandstones. The results show that Upper Ordovician-Lower Silurian detrital provenances of the South Quruqtagh and Tabei areas were primarily derived from the intracontinental uplifts in Tarim. Meanwhile, Upper Silurian detrital provenances of the above two areas were mainly derived from the mix of intracontinental uplifts and continental-margin arcs. Dramatic Late Silurian provenance-change suggests the evident tectonic transition of the northern Tarim margin, which is the opening of the South Tianshan back-arc oceanic basin. Combining the previous studies, an integral redefinition model for the Mangar depression has been made. The evolution process of the Mangar depression could be divided into four stages: graben stage (late Neoproterozoic), transitional stage (Cambrian to Middle Ordovician), downwarp stage (Late Ordovician to Early Silurian) and extinction stage (Late Silurian). Hence, the Mangar depression evolved as an aulacogen. Significantly, the evolutional scenario of the Mangar aulacogen was consistent with that of the North Altyn Tagh and the North Qilian, suggesting that the Mangar aulacogen was involved mainly in the Proto-Tethys tectonic realm south to the Tarim block. However, the Late Silurian tectonic activity in the northern Tarim margin did produce massive detrital

  2. High-pressure crystal structure investigation of synthetic Fe2SiO4 spinel

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    Nestola, F.; Balic Zunic, Tonci; Koch-Müller, M.;

    2011-01-01

    The crystal structure of Fe2SiO4 spinel at room temperature was investigated at seven different pressures by X-ray diffraction, using a diamond anvil cell to examine the influence of Fe substitution on ringwoodite behaviour at high pressure. The results compared with those of a pure Mg endmember...... show that the substitution of Fe into the spinel structure causes only small changes in the compression rate of coordination polyhedra and the distortion of the octahedron. The data show that the compression rate for the octahedron and tetrahedron in (Mg,Fe)2SiO4 can be considered statistically equal...... for FeO6 and MgO6, as well as for SiO4 in both the endmembers. This shows why almost identical bulk moduli are reported along the solid solution in recent literature....

  3. Contemporary artists' spinel pigments: Non-invasive characterization by means of electronic spectroscopy

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    Angelin, Eva Mariasole; Bacci, Mauro; Bartolozzi, Giovanni; Cantisani, Emma; Picollo, Marcello

    2017-02-01

    The identification of artistic materials represents a fundamental step in supporting the conservation of cultural heritage objects. The importance of their appropriate characterization is particularly relevant in modern-contemporary art, since they could be affected by the occurrence of rapid changes in chemical formulation over time. This paper focuses on an investigation of a series of contemporary blue-green commercial acrylic paints constituted of spinel pigments, using non-invasive spectroscopic techniques. The spectroscopic and color measurements obtained make it possible to characterize the acrylic paints under investigation and to compare the results obtained with those reported in the literature and in spectral databases. To be more precise, the proposed UV-vis-NIR reflectance spectroscopic technique was sensitive enough to characterize the acrylic paints according to their d-d ligand field and the charge transfer (CT) electronic transitions involved in the spinel structures. In addition, an overview of this class of inorganic pigments is also given.

  4. Magnetic and catalytic properties of inverse spinel CuFe2O4 nanoparticles

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    Anandan, S.; Selvamani, T.; Prasad, G. Guru; M. Asiri, A.; J. Wu, J.

    2017-06-01

    In this research, inverse spinel copper ferrite nanoparticles (CuFe2O4 NPs) were synthesized via citrate-nitrate combustion method. The crystal structure, particle size, morphology and magnetic studies were investigated using various instrumental tools to illustrate the formation of the inverse spinel structure. Mossbauer spectrometry identified Fe is located both in the tetrahedral and octahedral site in the ratio (40:60) and the observed magnetic parameters values such as saturation magnetization (Ms = 20.62 emu g-1), remnant magnetization (Mr = 11.66 emu g-1) and coercivity (Hc = 63.1 mTesla) revealed that the synthesized CuFe2O4 NPs have a typical ferromagnetic behaviour. Also tested CuFe2O4 nanoparticles as a photocatalyst for the decolourisation of methylene blue (MB) in the presence of peroxydisulphate as the oxidant.

  5. Effect of LiF on the Optical Transmittance of Magnesium Aluminate Spinel

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    LI Fahui; LIN Hong; LI Jianbao; LEI Muyun; HUANG Cunxin; WEN Fang

    2012-01-01

    The effect of LiF as a sintering aid to the optical transparency of magnesium aluminate (MgAl2O4) spinel ceramics is studied.The spinel ceramics is prepared in a process proved to be suitable for commercial production.LiF,in different concentrations ranging from 0-2.5 wt%,is doped into MgAl2O4powders prepared by sol-gel method.Sample MgAl2O4 ceramic discs are fabricated by ball milling,cold pressing,and hot-pressing,or hot-isostatic-pressing of the powder mixtures.Optical transparency measurements show that,hot-pressed samples exhibit higher transparency when more LiF is added,While for hot-isostatic pressed samples,excessive LiF content leads to a decrease in optical transparency.The optimal LiF doping quantity is suggested for the present technique.

  6. Low temperature synthesis of magnesium oxide and spinel powders by a sol-gel process

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    Li-Zhai Pei

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available Magnesium oxide and magnesium aluminate (MgAl2O4 spinel (MAS powders have been synthesized by a simple aqueous sol-gel process using citrate polymeric precursors derived from magnesium chloride, aluminium nitrate and citrate. The thermal decomposition of the precursors and subsequent formation of cubic MgO and MAS were investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD, scanning electron microscopy (SEM, thermogravimetry-differential scanning calorimetry (TG-DSC and Fourier transform infrared spectra (FTIR. The single phase cubic MgO powder and MAS powder form after heat treatment at 800 and 1200 °C, respectively. The particle size of the MgO and MAS powders is about 100 nm and several micrometers, respectively. Ball milling eliminates the size of MgO and MgAl2O4 spinel powders by decreasing the conglomeration of the powders.

  7. Convergent beam electron diffraction study on ge-based oxide spinels

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    Ikeda, S I; Umeyama, N [Nanoelectronics Research Institute, AIST, Tsukuba (Japan); Matsuhata, H [Energy Semiconductor Electronics Research Laboratory, AIST, Tsukuba (Japan); Tominaga, A; Sato, H [Department of Physics, Chuo University, Tokyo (Japan); Hara, S [Art, Science and Technology Center for Cooperative Research, Kyushu University, Fukuoka (Japan); Watanabe, T [Department of Physics, Nihon University, Tokyo (Japan); Tomiyasu, K [IMR, Tohoku University, Sendai (Japan); Crawford, M K, E-mail: ikeda-shin@aist.go.j [DuPont Co., Wilmington, Delaware (United States)

    2009-03-01

    Transition metal oxides with spinel crystal structure exhibit intriguing and non trivial magnetic phenomena owing to magnetic frustration between spins having antiferromagnetic coupling interaction on triangle or kagome lattice. GeCo{sub 2}O{sub 4}(GCO) and GeNi{sub 2}O{sub 4}(GNO), which belong to above category, are very rare normal spinels containing Ge ion. Both reveal antiferromagnetic-like phase transitions at 20 K and 12 K, respectively. According to previous neutron and x-ray diffraction measurements, GNO keeps its cubic structural symmetry down to 2 K which is not natural because such a magnetic transition tends to associate with symmetry breaking structural transitions. In order to know whether the structural transition or symmetry change occur or not at the magnetic transition in detail, convergent beam electron diffraction measurements is employed for the compounds.

  8. The influence of {gamma}-irradiation on electrophysical properties of spinel-based oxide ceramics

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    Kovalskiy, A.P.; Shpotyuk, O.I. E-mail: karat@ipm.lviv.ua; Hadzaman, I.V.; Mrooz, O.Ya.; Vakiv, M.M

    2000-05-02

    The influence of {sup 60}Co {gamma}-irradiation with 1.25 MeV average energy and 1 MGy absorbed dose on electrophysical properties of Cu-, Ni-, Co- and Mn-based spinel ceramic materials in the Cu{sub x}Ni{sub 1-x-y}Co{sub 2y}Mn{sub 2-y}O{sub 4} (0,1{<=}x{<=}0,8;0,1{<=}y{<=}0,9-x) system is investigated. The {gamma}-induced increasing of the electrical resistance is observed for the investigated samples of various compositions. It is supposed that these changes are explained by cationic redistribution in the spinel sublattices of the ceramics.

  9. Surface modification and characterization of F-Co doped spinel LiMn2O4

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    YAO Yaochun; DAI Yongnian; YANG Bin; MA Wenhui; WATANABE Takayuki

    2006-01-01

    Spinel LiCo0.09Mn1.91O3.92F0.08 as cathode material was modified with LiCoO2 by the sol-gel method, and the crystal structure, morphology and electrochemical performance were characterized with XRD, SEM, EDS, AAS and charge-discharge test in this paper. The results show that a good clad coated on parent material can be synthesized by the sol-gel method, and the materialswith modification have perfect spinel structure. LiCo0.09Mn1.91O3.92F0.08 materials coated by LiCoO2 improve the stability of crystal structure and decrease the dissolution of Mn into electrolyte. With the LiCoO2 content increasing, the specific capacity and cycle performance of samples are improved. The capacity loss is also suppressed distinctly even at 55 ℃.

  10. Vibrational spectroscopy of aluminate spinels at 1 atm and of MgAl2O4 to over 200 kbar

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    Chopelas, A.; Hofmeister, A. M.

    1991-12-01

    Single-crystal Raman and infrared reflectivity data including high pressure results to over 200 kbar on a natural, probably fully ordered MgAl2O4 spinel reveal that many of the reported frequencies from spectra of synthetic spinels are affected by disorder at the cation sites. The spectra are interpreted in terms of factor group analysis and show that the high energy modes are due to the octahedral internal modes, in contrast to the behavior of silicate spinels, but in agreement with previous data based on isotopic and chemical cation substitutions and with new Raman data on gahnite (˜ ZnAl2O4) and new IR reflectivity data on both gahnite and hercynite (˜Fe0.58Mg0.42Al2O4). Therefore, aluminate spinels are inappropriate as elastic or thermodynamic analogs for silicate spinels. Fluorescence sideband spectra yield complementary information on the vibrational modes and provide valuable information on the acoustic modes at high pressure. The transverse acoustic modes are nearly pressure independent, which is similar to the behavior of the shear modes previously measured by ultrasonic techniques. The pressure derivative of all acoustic modes become negative above 110 kbar, indicating a lattice instability, in agreement with previous predictions. This lattice instability lies at approximately the same pressure as the disproportionation of spinel to MgO and Al2O3 reported in high temperature, high pressure work.

  11. Direct observation of cation distributions of ideal inverse spinel CoFe2O4 nanofibres and correlated magnetic properties

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    Zeng, Xue

    2017-04-25

    Low-dimensional spinel ferrites have recently attracted increasing attention because their tunable magnetic properties make them attractive candidates as spin-filtering tunnel barriers in spintronic devices and as magnetic components in artificial multiferroic heterostructures. Although we know that the distribution of cations (Fe3+ and Co2+) in a spinel structure governs its magnetic properties, their distribution in the so-called ideal inverse spinel structure of a ferrite, CoFe2O4, has not yet been imaged with sub-ångstrom resolution. In this work, we fill this gap in evidence by reporting a direct observation of the distribution of cations in an ideal inverse spinel structure of CoFe2O4 nanofibres using aberration-corrected transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The ordering of Co2+ and Fe3+ at the octahedral sites imaged along either [001], [011] or [-112] orientation was identified as 1 : 1, in accordance with the ideal inverse spinel structure. The saturation magnetisation calculated based on the crystal structure as determined from the TEM image is in good agreement with that measured experimentally on the spinel CoFe2O4 nanofibres, further confirming results from TEM.

  12. Mechanochemical synthesis of Li-Mn-O spinels: positive electrode for lithium batteries

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    Soiron, S.; Rougier, A.; Aymard, L.; Tarascon, J.-M.

    Li-Mn-O oxides were synthesized by mechanochemistry from a stoichiometric mixture of Li 2O and MnO 2 using various grinding times (0grinding a value of 8.24 Å similar to stoichiometric LiMn 2O 4. As a matter of fact, after 8 h of milling, mechanosynthesized Li-Mn-O spinel-type oxide shows quasi-identical electrochemical performances as high temperature LiMn 2O 4 ground for 1 h.

  13. Millimeter Waveband Dielectric Properties of Nanocomposite Materials Based on Opal Matrices with Particles of Spinels

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    Rinkevich, A. B.; Perov, D. V.; Pakhomov, Ya A.; Samoylovich, M. I.; Kuznetsov, E. A.

    2016-09-01

    The dielectric properties of 3D nanocomposites based on opal matrices containing the particles of compounds with spinel structure have been studied. Microwave measurements have been carried out in the frequency range from 26 to 38 GHz. The frequency dependences of transmission and reflection coefficients are obtained. The values of the real and imaginary parts of complex dielectric permittivity have been retrieved. The X-ray phase analysis of the nanocomposites is performed and their structures are studied.

  14. Magnetic properties of nanocomposites based on opal matrices with embedded ferrite-spinel nanoparticles

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    Rinkevich, A. B.; Korolev, A. V.; Samoylovich, M. I.; Klescheva, S. M.; Perov, D. V.

    2016-02-01

    Magnetic properties of nanocomposites based on opal matrices with ferrite-spinel nanoparticles embedded have been investigated in temperature range from 2 to 300 K. The magnetization curves and hysteresis loops as well as the temperature dependence of magnetic moment and the temperature and frequency dependences of AC susceptibility have been measured. The results of magnetic measurements are compared to X-ray analysis and electron microscopy investigations.

  15. Metal ferrite spinel energy storage devices and methods for making and using same

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    Weimer, Alan W.; Perkins, Christopher; Scheffe, Jonathan; George, Steven M.; Lichty, Paul

    2013-03-19

    1-100 nm metal ferrite spinel coatings are provided on substrates, preferably by using an atomic layer deposition process. The coatings are able to store energy such as solar energy, and to release that stored energy, via a redox reaction. The coating is first thermally or chemically reduced. The reduced coating is then oxidized in a second step to release energy and/or hydrogen, carbon monoxide or other reduced species.

  16. High-pressure phase of the cubic spinel NiMn2O4

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    Åsbrink, S.; Waskowska, A.; Olsen, J. Staun

    1998-01-01

    It has been observed that the fee spinel NiMn2O4 transforms to a tetragonal structure at about 12 GPa. The tetragonal phase does not revert to the cubic phase upon decompression and its unit-cell constants at ambient pressure are a(0)=8.65(8) and c(0)=7.88(15) Angstrom (distorted fee). Within thr......). The bulk modulus of the cubic phase is 206(4) GPa....

  17. Low temperature synthesis of magnesium oxide and spinel powders by a sol-gel process

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    Li-Zhai Pei; Wan-Yun Yin; Ji-Fen Wang; Jun Chen; Chuan-Gang Fan; Qian-Feng Zhang

    2010-01-01

    Magnesium oxide and magnesium aluminate (MgAl2O4) spinel (MAS) powders have been synthesized by a simple aqueous sol-gel process using citrate polymeric precursors derived from magnesium chloride, aluminium nitrate and citrate. The thermal decomposition of the precursors and subsequent formation of cubic MgO and MAS were investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), thermogravimetry-differential scanning calorimetry (TG-DSC) and Fourier transform infrared spectr...

  18. Synthesis and properties of a spinel cathode material for lithium ion battery with flat potential plateau

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    AL-TABBAKH, AHMED ABDULRAHMAN AHMED; Kamarulzaman, Norlida; AL-ZUBAIDI, ASEEL

    2015-01-01

    A potential cathode material for lithium ion battery was synthesised by combustion reaction. The thermal behaviour of the as-synthesised precursor was measured using a thermogravimetric analyser and the range of calcination temperature from 500 $^{\\circ}$C to 800 $^{\\circ}$C was determined. X-ray diffraction analysis showed that all calcined powders crystallised in the cubic spinel structure of the $Fd\\bar{3}m$ space group. The particle size distributions and morphologies of the p...

  19. An introduction to computational crystallography: the relationship between aluminum-based spinel structures and their morphologies

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    施尔畏; 元如林; 陈之战; 郑燕青; 童怀水; 李汶军; 仲维卓

    2003-01-01

    The computational crystallography is proposed. Its basic concept and research method are systematically introduced, with aluminum-based spinel (ABS) as an example, through (ⅰ) selecting basic crystal structural unit, (ⅱ) determining the mathematical expression of crystal structure, (ⅲ) computing the stability energy of growth unit and finding out which is (are) favorable one(s), and (ⅳ) describing the formation process of crystal morphology. The morphology of ABS deduced from the computation is in excellent agreement with that from hydrothermal experiments.

  20. Spinel ferrite thin-film synthesis by spin-spray ferrite plating

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    Hai, Tran Hoang; Van, Ha Thi Bich; Phong, Tran Canh; Abe, Masanori

    2003-04-01

    By spin-spray ferrite plating with optimizing conditions in the oxidizing and reaction solutions, we can synthesize polycrystalline ferrite film of spinel type (Fe, M){sub 3}O{sub 4}, where M=Fe, Co, Ni, Zn, etc., in low temperatures (<100 deg. C). By this method we can synthesize Co, Co-Ni ferrite for perpendicular magnetic recording media with high coercivity H{sub c} in the plane perpendicular to the film.

  1. Spinel versus layered structures for lithium cobalt oxide synthesized at 400-degrees-c

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    Gummow, RJ

    1993-03-01

    Full Text Available Rietveld refinements of X-ray data of LiCoO2 prepared at 400-degrees-C and a chemically-delithiated product Li0.5CoO2 using space group symmetries R3mBAR and Fd3m are reported. Refinements in both R3mBAR (layered-type structure) and Fd3m (spinel...

  2. Dual-phase spinel MnCo2O4 and spinel MnCo2O4/nanocarbon hybrids for electrocatalytic oxygen reduction and evolution.

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    Ge, Xiaoming; Liu, Yayuan; Goh, F W Thomas; Hor, T S Andy; Zong, Yun; Xiao, Peng; Zhang, Zheng; Lim, Suo Hon; Li, Bing; Wang, Xin; Liu, Zhaolin

    2014-08-13

    Oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) and oxygen evolution reaction (OER) are essential reactions for energy-storage and -conversion devices relying on oxygen electrochemistry. High-performance, nonprecious metal-based hybrid catalysts are developed from postsynthesis integration of dual-phase spinel MnCo2O4 (dp-MnCo2O4) nanocrystals with nanocarbon materials, e.g., carbon nanotube (CNT) and nitrogen-doped reduced graphene oxide (N-rGO). The synergic covalent coupling between dp-MnCo2O4 and nanocarbons effectively enhances both the bifunctional ORR and OER activities of the spinel/nanocarbon hybrid catalysts. The dp-MnCo2O4/N-rGO hybrid catalysts exhibited comparable ORR activity and superior OER activity compared to commercial 30 wt % platinum supported on carbon black (Pt/C). An electrically rechargeable zinc-air battery using dp-MnCo2O4/CNT hybrid catalysts on the cathode was successfully operated for 64 discharge-charge cycles (or 768 h equivalent), significantly outperforming the Pt/C counterpart, which could only survive up to 108 h under similar conditions.

  3. Improving the Performance of Lithium-Ion Batteries by Using Spinel Nanoparticles

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    J. C. Arrebola

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available In this work, we examined the use of nanospinels to construct batttery electrodes. We chose two spinels suitable as cathode materials (LiMn2O4 and LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4, which are representative of 4 and 5 V versus Li metal, resp. and one providing good results as anode (Li4Ti5O12. In order to ensure good cell performance, nanometric particles must meet another requirement; thus they should contain few surface or bulk defects (i.e., they should be highly crystalline. Because the synthesis of such spinels usually requires a thermal treatment, ensuring that they will meet both requirements entails accuratly controlling in the synthesis conditions. Thermal decomposition of nanooxalate in the spinel-conaining elements obtained by mechanochenical activation in the presence of polymers provides a simple, effective route for this purpose. We prepared two types of hybrid lithium-ion batteries using LiMn2O4 and LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4 as cathode materials, and Li4Ti5O12 as anode material. The electrochemical properties of these cells were compared with those of a similar configuration made from micrometric particles. The nano-nano configuration exhibited higher reversibility and better performance than the micro-micro configuartion in both types of cells, possibly as a result of lithium ions in the former being able to migrate more easily into the electrode material.

  4. Reaction temperature variations on the crystallographic state of spinel cobalt aluminate.

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    Taguchi, Minori; Nakane, Takayuki; Hashi, Kenjiro; Ohki, Shinobu; Shimizu, Tadashi; Sakka, Yoshio; Matsushita, Akiyuki; Abe, Hiroya; Funazukuri, Toshitaka; Naka, Takashi

    2013-05-21

    In this study, we report a rapid and simple technique for obtaining cobalt aluminate having a spinel structure. The products were prepared from a hydroxide precursor synthesized by coprecipitation of cobalt (Co(2+)) and aluminum (Al(3+)) nitrates with an alkaline solution. The chosen precursor enabled low temperature fabrication of cobalt aluminate with a spinel structure by sintering it for 2 hours at low temperatures (>400 °C). Crystallographic and thermal analyses suggest that the low-temperature-sintered products contain Co(3+) ions stabilized by chemisorbed water and/or hydroxide groups, which was not observed for products sintered at temperatures higher than 1000 °C. The color of the products turned from clear blue (Thenard's blue) to dark green when sintering temperatures were below 1000 °C. Magnetic quantities, Curie constants, and Weiss temperatures show a strong dependence on the sintering temperature. These findings suggest that there are mixed valent states, i.e. Co(2+) and Co(3+), and unique cation distributions at the different crystallographic sites in the spinel structure, especially in the products sintered at lower temperatures.

  5. Helium and Argon Isotopes in Spinel Lherzolite from Damaping,Northern Zhangjiakou

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    张建珍; 杜建国; 等

    1999-01-01

    Spinel lhezolite found in Damaping,northern Zhangjiakou,Hebei Province occurs as xenoliths in the Hannuoba basalts that consist of alkali basalt and tholeiite.Spinel lherzolites contain50%-70% olivine(Fo:90%),10%-20% clinopyroxene(predominantly Di),10%-30% orthopyroxene(predominantly En),and less than 5%spinl ,3He/4He and 40Ar/38Ar ratios in the olivine are 7.56×10-7and 299.1 respectively,3He/4He and 40Ar/38Ar ratios in the orthopyroxene(enstatite)are 9.1×10-7and 307,respectively,Olivine grains are fractured irregularly,and pyroxene grains characterized by well developed cleavages,which would have resulted from explosion during the rapid eruption of lava from the deep interior to the surface.The lower isotope ratios of helium and argon may indicate that the spinel lherzolite xenoliths were derived from the strongly degassed and depleted upper mantle,and that the mantle is inhomogeneous.3He losses to some extent might affect the helium isotope ratios.

  6. Orbital and spin ordering physics of the Mn3O4 spinel

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    Pal, Santanu; Lal, Siddhartha

    2017-08-01

    Motivated by recent experiments, we present a comprehensive theoretical study of the geometrically frustrated strongly correlated magnetic insulator Mn3O4 spinel oxide based on a microscopic Hamiltonian involving lattice, spin, and orbital degrees of freedom. Possessing the physics of degenerate eg orbitals, this system shows a strong Jahn-Teller effect at high temperatures. Further, careful attention is paid to the special nature of the superexchange physics arising from the 90∘ Mn-O-Mn bonding angle. The Jahn-Teller and superexchange-based orbital-spin Hamiltonians are then analyzed in order to track the dynamics of orbital and spin ordering. We find that a high-temperature structural transition results in orbital ordering the nature of which is mixed with respect to the two originally degenerate eg orbitals. This ordering of orbitals is shown to relieve the intrinsic geometric frustration of the spins on the spinel lattice, leading to ferrimagnetic Yafet-Kittel ordering at low temperatures. Finally, we develop a model for a magnetoelastic coupling in Mn3O4 , enabling a systematic understanding of the experimentally observed complexity in the low-temperature structural and magnetic phenomenology of this spinel. Our analysis predicts that a quantum fluctuation-driven orbital-spin liquid phase may be stabilized at low temperatures upon the application of pressure.

  7. Microstructure of Swift Heavy Ion Irradiated MgAl(Sub 2)O(Sub 4) Spinel

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    Matzke, H.; Skuratov, V.A.; Zinkle, S.J.

    1998-11-30

    Plan view and cross-section transmission electron microscopy was used to investigate the microstructure of magnesium aluminate spinel (MgAl{sub 2}O{sub 4}) following room temperature irradiation with either 430 MeV Kr, 614 MeV Xe, or 72 MeV I ions. The fluences ranged from 1 x 10{sup 16}/m{sup 2} (single track regime) to 1 x 10{sup 20}/m{sup 2}. Destruction of the ordered spinel crystal structure on both the anion and cation sublattices was observed in the ion tracks at low fluences. At intermediate fluences, the overlapping ion tracks induced the formation of a new metastable crystalline phase. Amorphization with a volumetric expansion of {approximately}35% was observed in spinel irradiated with swift heavy ions (electronic stopping powers >7 keV/nm) at fluences above 1 x 10{sup 19}/m{sup 2}. These results demonstrate that swift heavy ion radiation can induce microstructural changes not achievable with conventional elastic collision irradiation at comparable temperatures.

  8. Cations in Octahedral Sites: A Descriptor for Oxygen Electrocatalysis on Transition-Metal Spinels

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    Wei, Chao; Feng, Zhenxing; Scherer, Günther G.; Barber, James; Shao-Horn, Yang; Xu, Zhichuan J. (Nanyang); (ICL); (Oregon State U.); (TUM-CREATE); (MIT)

    2017-04-10

    Exploring efficient and low-cost electrocatalysts for the oxygen-reduction reaction (ORR) and oxygen-evolution reaction (OER) is critical for developing renewable energy technologies such as fuel cells, metal–air batteries, and water electrolyzers. A rational design of a catalyst can be guided by identifying descriptors that determine its activity. Here, a descriptor study on the ORR/OER of spinel oxides is presented. With a series of MnCo2O4, the Mn in octahedral sites is identified as an active site. This finding is then applied to successfully explain the ORR/OER activities of other transition-metal spinels, including MnxCo3-xO4 (x = 2, 2.5, 3), LixMn2O4 (x = 0.7, 1), XCo2O4 (X = Co, Ni, Zn), and XFe2O4 (X = Mn, Co, Ni). A general principle is concluded that the eg occupancy of the active cation in the octahedral site is the activity descriptor for the ORR/OER of spinels, consolidating the role of electron orbital filling in metal oxide catalysis.

  9. Spinel formation for stabilizing simulated nickel-laden sludge with aluminum-rich ceramic precursors.

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    Shih, Kaimin; White, Tim; Leckie, James O

    2006-08-15

    The feasibility of stabilizing nickel-laden sludge from commonly available Al-rich ceramic precursors was investigated and accomplished with high nickel incorporation efficiency. To simulate the process, nickel oxide was mixed alternatively with gamma-alumina, corundum, kaolinite, and mullite and was sintered from 800 to 1480 degrees C. The nickel aluminate spinel (NiAl2O4) was confirmed as the stabilization phase for nickel and crystallized with efficiencies greater than 90% for all precursors above 1250 degrees C and 3-h sintering. The nickel-incorporation reaction pathways with these precursors were identified, and the microstructure and spinel yield were investigated as a function of sintering temperature with fixed sintering time. This study has demonstrated a promising process for forming nickel spinel to stabilize nickel-laden sludge from a wide range of inexpensive ceramic precursors, which may provide an avenue for economically blending waste metal sludges via the building industry processes to reduce the environmental hazards of toxic metals. The correlation of product textures and nickel incorporation efficiencies through selection of different precursors also provides the option of tailoring property-specific products.

  10. Processing method and process modeling of large aperture transparent magnesium aluminate spinel domes

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    Yu, Jian; McWilliams, Brandon; Kilczewski, Steven; Gilde, Gary; Lidie, Ashley; Sands, James

    2009-05-01

    Polycrystalline spinel serves as an alternative to materials such as sapphire and magnesium fluoride that are currently being used in electromagnetic window applications such as missile domes, where high strength, high hardness and high transmittance in the visible and infrared spectra are required. The cubic crystal lattice of spinel imparts an isotropy to the bulk optical property, which eliminates optical distortion due to birefringence that occurs in sapphire and other non-cubic materials. The current study is to find a reliable manufacturing process to produce large magnesium aluminate spinel domes from powder consolidation efficiently. A binder-less dry ball milling process was used to deflocculate the spinel powder to increase its fluidity in an effort to ease the shape-forming. Dry ball milling time trials were conducted at several intervals to determine the appropriate level of time required to break up both the hard and soft agglomerates associated with the virgin spinel powder. The common problems encountered in dry powder shape-forming are crack growth and delamination of the green body during cold isostatic pressing (CIPing). The cracking and the delamination are due to the buildup of stress gradients on the green body that are created by the frictional force between the powder and the die wall or mold wall. To understand the stresses during the CIPing process, a finite element analysis of stresses on the green body was conducted. The simulation was used to evaluate the effect of die tooling and process characteristics on the development of stress gradients in the green body dome. Additionally, the effect of friction between the die wall and powder was examined by the simulation. It was found that by mitigating the frictional forces, cracking and delamination on the green body could be eliminated. A stepped-pressure CIPing technique was developed to reduce stress gradient build-up during CIPing. Also, oleic acid lubricant was applied to the die wall to

  11. Evaluation of IKTS Transparent Polycrystalline Magnesium Aluminate Spinel (MgAl2O4) for Armor and Infrared Dome/Window Applications

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    2013-03-01

    4 Figure 3. Various magnification SEM images of spinels etched in boiling phosphoric acid : left...30,000X Figure 3. Various magnification SEM images of spinels etched in boiling phosphoric acid : left column, sample 205 (0.6 µm); right column...specimens were polished to a 0.25-µm finish and then chemically etched by immersing them in boiling phosphoric acid —30 s for the small-grained spinel

  12. Morphology and composition of spinel in Pu'u 'O'o lava (1996-1998), Kilauea volcano, Hawaii

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    Roeder, P.L.; Thornber, C.; Poustovetov, A.; Grant, A.

    2003-01-01

    The morphology and composition of spinel in rapidly quenched Pu'u 'O'o vent and lava tube samples are described. These samples contain glass, olivine phenocrysts (3-5 vol.%) and microphenocrysts of spinel (~0.05 vol.%). The spinel surrounded by glass occurs as idiomorphic octahedra 5-50 μm in diameter and as chains of octahedra that are oriented with respect to each other. Spinel enclosed by olivine phenocrysts is sometimes rounded and does not generally form chains. The temperature before quenching was calculated from the MgO content of the glass and ranges from 1150oC to 1180oC. The oxygen fugacity before quenching was calculated by two independent methods and the log f O2 ranged from -9.2 to -9.9 (delta QFM=-1). The spinel in the Pu'u'O'o samples has a narrow range in composition with Cr/(Cr+Al)=0.61 to 0.73 and Fe2+/(Fe2++Mg) =0.46 to 0.56. The lower the calculated temperature for the samples, the higher the average Fe2+/(Fe2++Mg), Fe3+ and Ti in the spinel. Most zoned spinel crystals decrease in Cr/(Cr+Al) from core to rim and, in the chains, the Cr/(Cr+Al) is greater in the core of larger crystals than in the core of smaller crystals. The occurrence of chains and hopper crystals and the presence of Cr/(Cr+Al) zoning from core to rim of the spinel suggest diffusion-controlled growth of the crystals. Some of the spinel crystals may have grown rapidly under the turbulent conditions of the summit reservoir and in the flowing lava, and the crystals may have remained in suspension for a considerable period. The rapid growth may have caused very local (μm) gradients of Cr in the melt ahead of the spinel crystal faces. The crystals seem to have retained the Cr/(Cr+Al) ratio that developed during the original growth of the crystal, but the Fe2+/(Fe2++Mg) ratio may have equilibrated fairly rapidly with the changing melt composition due to olivine crystallization. Six of the samples were collected on the same day at various locations along a 10-km lava tube and the

  13. Spinel and post-spinel phase assemblages in Zn2TiO4: an experimental and theoretical study

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    Zhang, Yanyao; Liu, Xi; Shieh, Sean R.; Bao, Xinjian; Xie, Tianqi; Wang, Fei; Zhang, Zhigang; Prescher, Clemens; Prakapenka, Vitali B.

    2016-09-16

    Zn2TiO4 spinel (Zn2TiO4-Sp) was synthesized by a solid-state reaction method (1573 K, room P and 72 h) and quasi-hydrostatically compressed to ~24 GPa using a DAC coupled with a synchrotron X-ray radiation (ambient T). We found that the Zn2TiO4-Sp was stable up to ~21 GPa and transformed to another phase at higher P. With some theoretical simulations, we revealed that this high-P phase adopted the CaTi2O4-type structure (Zn2TiO4-CT). Additionally, the isothermal bulk modulus (KT) of the Zn2TiO4-Sp was experimentally obtained as 156.0(44) GPa and theoretically obtained as 159.1(4) GPa, with its first pressure derivative K'TKT' as 3.8(6) and 4.37(4), respectively. The volumetric and axial isothermal bulk moduli of the Zn2TiO4-CT were theoretically obtained as KT = 150(2) GPa (K'TKT' = 5.4(2); for the volume), KT-a = 173(2) GPa (K'T-aKT-a' = 3.9(1); for the a-axis), KT-b = 74(2) GPa (K'T-bKT-b' = 7.0(2); for the b-axis), and KT-c = 365(8) GPa (K'T-cKT-c' = 1.5(4); for the c-axis), indicating a strong elastic anisotropy. The Zn2TiO4-CT was found as ~10.0 % denser than the Zn2TiO4-Sp at ambient conditions. The spinel and post-spinel phase assemblages for the Zn2TiO4 composition at high T have been deduced as Zn2TiO4-Sp, ZnTiO3-ilmenite + ZnO-wurtzite, ZnTiO3-ilmenite + ZnO-rock salt, ZnTiO3-perovskite + ZnO-rock salt, and Zn2TiO4-CT as P increases, which presumably implies a potential stability field for a CT-type Mg2SiO4 at very high P.

  14. Exploring Lithium-Cobalt-Nickel Oxide Spinel Electrodes for ≥3.5 V Li-Ion Cells

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    Lee, Eungje; Blauwkamp, Joel; Castro, Fernando C.; Wu, Jinsong; Dravid, Vinayak P.; Yan, Pengfei; Wang, Chongmin; Kim, Soo; Wolverton, Christopher; Benedek, Roy; Dogan, Fulya; Park, Joong Sun; Croy, Jason R.; Thackeray, Michael M.

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    Recent reports have indicated that a manganese oxide spinel component, when embedded in a relatively small concentration in layered xLi2MnO3(1-x)LiMO2 (M=Ni, Mn, Co) electrode systems, can act as a stabilizer that increases their capacity, rate capability, cycle life, and first-cycle efficiency. These findings prompted us to explore the possibility of exploiting lithiated cobalt oxide spinel stabilizers by taking advantage of (1) the low mobility of cobalt ions relative to manganese and nickel ions in close-packed oxides and (2) their higher potential (~3.6 V vs. Li0) relative to manganese oxide spinels (~2.9 V vs. Li0) for the spinel-to-lithiated spinel electrochemical reaction. In particular, we have revisited the structural and electrochemical properties of lithiated spinels in the LiCo1-xNixO2 (0x0.2) system, first reported almost 25 years ago, by means of high-resolution (synchrotron) X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, electrochemical cell tests, and theoretical calculations. The results provide a deeper understanding of the complexity of intergrown layered/lithiated spinel LiCo1-xNixO2 structures, when prepared in air between 400 and 800 C, and the impact of structural variations on their electrochemical behavior. These structures, when used in low concentration, offer the possibility of improving the cycling stability, energy, and power of high energy (≥3.5 V) lithium-ion cells.

  15. Exploring Lithium-Cobalt-Nickel-Oxide Spinel Electrodes for ≥3.5 V Li-Ion Cells.

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    Lee, Eungje; Blauwkamp, Joel; Castro, Fernando C; Wu, Jinsong; Dravid, Vinayak P; Yan, Pengfei; Wang, Chongmin; Kim, Soo; Wolverton, Christopher; Benedek, Roy; Dogan, Fulya; Park, Joong Sun; Croy, Jason R; Thackeray, Michael Makepeace

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    Recent reports have indicated that a manganese oxide spinel component, when embedded in a relatively small concentration in layered xLi2MnO3●(1-x)LiMO2 (M=Ni, Mn, Co) electrode systems, can act as a stabilizer that increases their capacity, rate capability, cycle life, and first-cycle efficiency. These findings prompted us to explore the possibility of exploiting lithiated cobalt oxide spinel stabilizers by taking advantage of (1) the low mobility of cobalt ions relative to manganese and nickel ions in close-packed oxides and (2) their higher potential (~3.6 V vs. Li(0)) relative to manganese oxide spinels (~2.9 V vs. Li(0)) for the spinel-to-lithiated spinel electrochemical reaction. In particular, we have revisited the structural and electrochemical properties of lithiated spinels in the LiCo1-xNixO2 (0≤x≤0.2) system, first reported almost 25 years ago, by means of high-resolution (synchrotron) X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, electrochemical cell tests, and theoretical calculations. The results provide a deeper understanding of the complexity of intergrown layered/lithiated spinel LiCo1-xNixO2 structures, when prepared in air between 400 and 800 °C, and the impact of structural variations on their electrochemical behavior. These structures, when used in low concentration, offer the possibility of improving the cycling stability, energy, and power of high energy (≥3.5 V) lithium-ion cells.

  16. Detrital zircon without detritus: a result of 496-Ma-old fluid-rock interaction during the gold-lode formation of Passagem, Minas Gerais, Brazil

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    Cabral, Alexandre Raphael; Zeh, Armin

    2015-01-01

    Zircon and xenotime occur in tourmaline-rich hydrothermal pockets in the auriferous lode of Passagem de Mariana, a world-class gold deposit. Zircon grains show pristine oscillatory zoning, but many of them are altered, exhibiting porous domains filled with graphite. Uranium-Pb dating of zircon, using in-situ laser ablation-inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry, yields ages between 3.2 and 2.65 Ga, which match those for detrital zircon of the footwall quartzite of the > 2.65-Ga-old Moeda Formation. Discordant analyses point to zircon-age resetting during the Brasiliano orogeny at ca. 500 Ma. This interpretation is supported by U-Pb dating of euhedral xenotime immediately adjacent to altered zircon within the same tourmaline pocket. The xenotime grains give a Concordia age of 496.3 ± 2.0 Ma, which is identical to that determined for monazite of a quartz-hematite vein-type deposit (i.e., jacutinga lode) in the region (Itabira), another important mineralisation style of gold. The occurrence of relatively abundant inherited detrital zircon, but absence of rock fragments in the tourmaline pocket investigated here, implies that detrital material was completely replaced by tourmaline. The graphite overprint on the altered detrital zircon attests to a reducing fluid, which was likely formed by fluid-rock interaction with carbonaceous phyllite of the Batatal Formation, the host rock of the Passagem lode.

  17. Investigation of Synthetic Mg(1.3)V(1.7)O4 Spinel with MgO Inclusions: Case Study of a Spinel with an Apparently occupied Interstitial Site

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    Uchida, Hinako; Righter, Kevin; Lavina, Barbara; Nowell, Matthew M.; Wright, Stuart I.; Downs, Robert T.; Yang, Hexiong

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    A magnesium vanadate spinel crystal, ideally MgV2O4, synthesized at 1 bar, 1200 C and equilibrated under FMQ + 1.3 log f(sub o2) condition, was investigated using single-crystal X-ray diffraction, electron microprobe, and electron backscatter (EBSD). The initial X-ray structure refinements gave tetrahedral and octahedral site occupancies, along with the presence of 0.053 apfu Mg at an interstitial octahedral site . Back-scattered electron (BSE) images and electron microprobe analyses revealed the existence of an Mg-rich phase in the spinel matrix, which was too small (less than or equal to 3microns) for an accurate chemical determination. The EBSD analysis combined with X-ray energy dispersive spectroscop[y (XEDS) suggested that the Mg-rich inclusions are periclase oriented coherently with the spinel matrix. The final structure refinements were optimized by subtracting the X-ray intensity contributions (approx. 9%) of periclase reflections, which eliminated the interstitial Mg. This study provides insight into possible origins of refined interstitial cations reported in the the literature for spinel, and points to the difficulty of using only X-ray diffraction data to distinguish a spinel with interstitial cations from one with coherently oriented MgO inclusions.

  18. Using a C4 Invasive Grass to Isolate the Role of Detrital Carbon versus Rhizodeposit Carbon in Supplying Soil Carbon Pools

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    Sokol, N.; Bradford, M.

    2016-12-01

    Plant inputs are the primary sources of carbon (C) to soil organic carbon (SOC) pools. Historically, detrital plant sources were thought to dominate C supply to SOC pools. An emerging body of research highlights the previously underestimated role of root exudates and other rhizodeposits. However, few experimental field studies have directly tracked the relative contributions of rhizodeposits versus detritial C inputs into different SOC pools, due to how methodologically challenging they are to measure in a field setting. Here, I present the first 3 years of data from an experimental field study of the prolific, C4 invasive grass species Microstegium vimineum. I use its unique isotopic signature in plots manipulated to contain detrital-only and rhizodeposit-only inputs, to track their relative contributions into microbial biomass C, particulate organic C (POC; >53 um) and mineral-associated organic C (MIN C; <53 um) soil pools. After 3 years, the presence of M. vimineum significantly affected both total SOC and the proportion of M. vimineum-derived C in POC pools. Both detrital inputs and rhizodeposit inputs from M. vimineum caused an increase in total SOC. Total SOC was 38% greater in detrital-only plots compared to control plots, and 39% greater in rhizodeposit-only plots compared to control plots. The proportion of M. vimineum-derived C in the POC was pool was 32% greater in rhizodeposit-only plots compared to detrital-only plots. The proportion of M.vimineum-derived C in the MIN C pool was not significantly different between treatments (at p<0.05). Microbial biomass was highest in rhizodeposit-only plots (p=0.03). Overall, plots containing rhizodeposit-only inputs contributed more Microstegium-derived C than did plots containing detrital-only inputs. While this observation is consistent with emerging theory on the primacy of the belowground, root-associated pathway in supplying C to soil C pools, this increase is generally assumed to be through the MIN C pool

  19. Significance of detrital zircons in upper Devonian ocean-basin strata of the Sonora allochthon and Lower Permian synorogenic strata of the Mina Mexico foredeep, central Sonora, Mexico

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    Poole, F.G.; Gehrels, G.E.; Stewart, John H.

    2008-01-01

    U-Pb isotopic dating of detrital zircons from a conglomeratic barite sandstone in the Sonora allochthon and a calciclastic sandstone in the Mina Mexico foredeep of the Minas de Barita area reveals two main age groups in the Upper Devonian part of the Los Pozos Formation, 1.73-1.65 Ga and 1.44-1.42 Ga; and three main age groups in the Lower Permian part of the Mina Mexico Formation, 1.93-1.91 Ga, 1.45-1.42 Ga, and 1.1-1.0 Ga. Small numbers of zircons with ages of 2.72-2.65 Ga, 1.30-1.24 Ga, ca. 2.46 Ga, ca. 1.83 Ga, and ca. 0.53 Ga are also present in the Los Pozos sandstone. Detrital zircons ranging in age from 1.73 to 1.65 Ga are considered to have been derived from the Yavapai, Mojave, and Mazatzal Provinces and their transition zones of the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico. The 1.45-1.30 Ga detrital zircons were probably derived from scattered granite bodies within the Mojave and Mazatzal basement rocks in the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico, and possibly from the Southern and Eastern Granite-Rhyolite Provinces of the southern United States. The 1.24-1.0 Ga detrital zircons are believed to have been derived from the Grenville (Llano) Province to the east and northeast or from Grenvilleage intrusions or anatectites to the north. Several detrital zircon ages ranging from 2.72 to 1.91 Ga were probably derived originally from the Archean Wyoming Province and Early Paleoproterozoic rocks of the Lake Superior region. These older detrital zircons most likely have been recycled one or more times into the Paleozoic sandstones of central Sonora. The 0.53 Ga zircon is believed to have been derived from a Lower Cambrian granitoid or meta-morphic rock northeast of central Sonora, possibly in New Mexico and Colorado, or Oklahoma. Detrital zircon geochronology suggests that most of the detritus in both samples was derived from Laurentia to the north, whereas some detritus in the Permian synorogenic foredeep sequence was derived from the

  20. High-resolution detrital flux and provenance records from the Lake Suigetsu (SG06/12 cores) and climate changes in Central Japan during the last deglaciation

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    Nagashima, K.; Nakagawa, T.; Suzuki, Y.; Tada, R.; Sugisaki, S.; Bronk Ramsey, C.; Bryant, C. L.; Staff, R.; Brauer, A.; Lamb, H.; Schlolaut, G.; Tarasov, P. E.; Gotanda, K.; Haraguchi, T.; Yonenobu, H.; Yokoyama, Y.

    2013-12-01

    Stalagmites in Chinese caves (e.g., Wang et al., 2001, 2005), loess/paleosol sequence of the Chinese Loess Plateau, and lacustrine sediments in Asian countries are favorable to monitor the past changes in East Asian monsoon and the path and intensity of the Westerly Jet. However, not much is known about these changes during the last deglaciation mostly due to the large uncertainty in the chronologies of the lacustrine and loess/paleosol sediments. Lake Suigetsu in Central Japan is known for the varved sediments which cover at least last 70 kyr. Recently, precise Age-Model is established for SG06 core based on varve counting and more than 800 radiocarbon dates (e.g., Ramsey et al., 2012; Staff et al., 2013). Here we examine the precipitation and wind-system changes in Central Japan during the last deglaciation from the flux and provenance changes of the detrital materials in the sediments of SG06 core. We reconstructed flux of detrital materials for the last glacial part of the SG06 core (1402-1810 cm interval of the SG06 composite depth) with 1 cm resolution (corresponded to 7-13 yrs) and estimated provenance of the detrital materials using color, chemical compositions (please see a poster presented by Suzuki et al), grain sizes, and electron spin resonance intensity and crystallinity of the quartz (these methods were detailed in Nagashima et al., 2007, 2011). The reconstructed flux of detrital materials are characterized by the millennial-scale increases exceeding 12 mg/cm2/yr at 16,600-14,800 and 13,700-12,800 SG062012 yr BP and short-lived (centennial to decadal) episodes of higher flux repeated more than thirty times throughout the deglaciation. The grain sizes, color, and crystallinity of quartz suggest that the content of the detrital materials increased during 16,600-14,800 SG062012 yr BP, which was mostly due to suspended particles supplied from Hasu river through Lake Mikata, that is located immediately upstream of Lake Suigetsu and trapping most of coarse

  1. Geochemistry and U-Pb geochronology of detrital zircons in the Brujas beach sands, Campeche, Southwestern Gulf of Mexico, Mexico

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    Tapia-Fernandez, Hector J.; Armstrong-Altrin, John S.; Selvaraj, Kandasamy

    2017-07-01

    This study investigated the bulk sediment geochemistry, U-Pb ages and rare earth element (REE) geochemistry of one hundred detrital zircons recovered from the Brujas beach sands in southwestern Gulf of Mexico to understand the provenance and age spectra. The bulk sediments are high in Zr and Hf contents (∼1400-3773 ppm and ∼33-90 ppm, respectively) suggested the abundance of resistant mineral zircon. The chondrite normalized REE patterns of the bulk sediments are less fractionated with enriched low REE (LREE; LaCN/SmCN = ∼491-693), depleted heavy REE (HREE; GdCN/YbCN = ∼44-69) and a negative Eu anomaly (Eu/Eu∗ = ∼0.44-0.67) suggested that the source rock is felsic type. The results of this study revealed highly varied contents of Th (∼4.2-321 ppm), U (∼20.7-1680 ppm), and Hf (∼6970-14,200 ppm) in detrital zircons compared to bulk sands. The total REE content (∼75 and 1600 ppm) and its chondrite-normalized pattern with positive Ce and negative Eu anomalies as well as low Th/U ratio of zircon grains indicated that they were dominantly of magmatic origin. U-Pb data of zircons indicated two age populations, with predominance of Permian-Triassic (∼216-286 Ma) and Neoproterozoic (∼551-996 Ma). The Permian-Triassic zircons were contributed by the granitoids and recycled metasedimentary rocks of the Chiapas Massif Complex. The major contribution of Neoproterozoic zircons was from the Chaucus, Oaxacan, and Chiapas Massif Complexes in Grenville Province, southern Mexico. U-Pb ages of zircons from the Brujas beach are consistent to the reported zircon ages from the drainage basins of Usumacinta, Coatzacoalcos, and Grijalva Rivers in southern Mexico, suggesting that the sediments delivered by the rivers to the beach area are vital in defining the provenance of placers.

  2. Provenance shift in Cambrian mid-Baltica: detrital zircon chronology of Ediacaran–Cambrian sandstones in Estonia

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    Yukio Isozaki

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available In order to clarify the tectono-sedimentary history of Paleozoic Baltica, age spectra of detrital zircon grains from the Ediacaran (Kotlin Regional Stage and Lower Cambrian sandstones (lowermost Lontova and Lükati formations in western Estonia in central Baltica were analyzed by LA-ICPMS. The abundant occurrence of Archean to Mesoproterozoic (2800–1000 Ma zircon grains was confirmed in all samples. The new data provided the following information on the provenance of siliciclastic material as well as a major change in the sedimentary regime of the Paleo-Baltic basin during the Early Cambrian: (1 the Ediacaran–Lower Cambrian Paleo-Baltic basin received abundant terrigenous clastics from the core of Baltica underlain by the Archean–Mesoproterozoic crystalline crust, (2 the exposed surface area of the 1600 Ma Rapakivi granites apparently was more extensive during the Ediacaran–Early Cambrian than at present, (3 a major re-organization of the basin geometry occurred in the middle Early Cambrian (ca 530–515 Ma in central Baltica, inducing a change in the sediment supply system, (4 in contrast to the total absence of Neoproterozoic detrital zircon grains before the middle Early Cambrian, their sudden appearance at this time, together with consistent occurrence at least until the mid-Devonian, suggests a significant uplift event located in southeast Baltica and/or in a more easterly land domain (e.g., in Sarmatia, (5 possible sources for the Neoproterozoic zircon grains include the peripheral mobile belts with pan-African signatures around Baltica, e.g., the so-called Gondwanan fragments along the Tornquist margin to the southwest and the Timanian belt along the northeastern margin.

  3. Facilitation and predation structure a grassland detrital food web: the responses of soil nematodes to isopod processing of litter.

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    Bastow, Justin L

    2011-09-01

    1. Detritus can support successive consumers, whose interactions may be structured by changes in the condition of their shared resource. One model of such species interactions is a processing chain, in which consumers feeding on the resource in a less processed state change the resource condition for subsequent consumers. 2. In a series of experiments, the hypothesis was tested that a common detritivore, the terrestrial isopod Porcellio scaber, affects soil nematodes through the processing of plant litter. Different detrital resources were added to soil from a California coastal prairie in order to simulate litter processing by the detritivore. Treatments that included only whole grass litter corresponded to detrital food webs lacking detritivores, while treatments that included mixtures of P. scaber faeces and grass litter corresponded to different densities or feeding rates of P. scaber. 3. Simulated litter processing by P. scaber increased the abundance of bacterivorous nematodes by between 32% and 202% after 24-44 days in laboratory experiments, but had no effect on fungivorous or predaceous nematodes. 4. In a subsequent field experiment, however, fungivorous nematodes were suppressed by isopod litter processing while bacterivores showed no response. Instead, P. scaber processing of litter increased the abundance of predaceous nematodes in the field experiment by 176%. 5. When simulated litter processing of litter was crossed in laboratory experiments with predaceous nematode addition (comparable to the response of predators in the field experiment), the abundance of bacterivores was increased by isopod processing of litter (by an average of 122%), but suppressed by elevated densities of predaceous nematodes (by an average of 41%). 6. This suggests that litter processing by P. scaber facilitates the bacterial channel of the soil food web, but that predaceous nematodes suppress the response of bacterivores in the field. Processing chain interactions may

  4. Detrital zircon provenance and paleogeography implications for Furnas Formation in the northwest of Paraná Basin

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    Thais Borba Santos

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available In the northwest of the Paraná Basin, between the states of Mato Grosso and Goiás, there are exposures of the Furnas Formation, where the Transbrasiliano Lineament is also recognized. From the analysis of magnetic maps, the geological and geophysical framework of the study area was defined, with six main domains separated by 5 lineaments. The contact between Paraguay Belt and the Goiás Magmatic Arc is marked by the main direction of the Transbrasiliano Lineament in the study area. Other lineaments that occur associated with the deformation direction of the Paraguay Belt have been identified as a minor component of Transbrasiliano Lineament. The description of outcrops along the northwest border of the Paraná Basin allowed the recognition of units I, II and III of the Furnas Formation. The U-Pb data from detrital zircon from the Furnas Formation showed predominance of grain with Neoproterozoic ages (560 - 800 Ma, with a minimum age of 526 Ma, and the occurrence of grain with Paleoproterozoic (≈1750/2100 Ma and Archean (≈2700/2800/3100 Ma ages. The study of detrital zircons provenance of the Furnas Formation using U-Pb age determination, associated with the structural framework of the foundation of the basin, and the comparison with paleoenvironmental data were the basis for assessing the paleogeography of the northwestern portion of the Paraná Basin during the aggradation of the Furnas Formation. Ages indicate an important Neoproterozoic contribution similar to the ages of the rocks found in the Goias Magmatic Arc, which associated with data of paleocurrents towards northwest allow us to infer that the arc rocks constituted high terrain, oriented in the NE-SW direction.

  5. Changing exhumation patterns during Cenozoic growth and glaciation of the Alaska Range: Insights from detrital thermochronology and geochronology

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    Lease, Richard O.; Haeussler, Peter J.; O'Sullivan, Paul

    2016-04-01

    Cenozoic growth of the Alaska Range created the highest topography in North America, but the space-time pattern and drivers of exhumation are poorly constrained. We analyzed U/Pb and fission-track double dates of detrital zircon and apatite grains from 12 catchments that span a 450 km length of the Alaska Range to illuminate the timing and extent of exhumation during different periods. U/Pb ages indicate a dominant Late Cretaceous to Oligocene plutonic provenance for the detrital grains, with only a small percentage of grains recycled from the Mesozoic and Paleozoic sedimentary cover. Fission-track ages record exhumation during Alaska Range growth and incision and reveal three distinctive patterns. First, initial Oligocene exhumation was focused in the central Alaska Range at ~30 Ma and expanded outward along the entire length of the range until 18 Ma. Oligocene exhumation, coeval with initial Yakutat microplate collision >600 km to the southeast, suggests a far-field response to collision that was localized by the Denali Fault within a weak Mesozoic suture zone. Second, the variable timing of middle to late Miocene exhumation suggests independently evolving histories influenced by local structures. Time-transgressive cooling ages suggest successive rock uplift and erosion of Mounts Foraker (12 Ma) through Denali (6 Ma) as crust was advected through a restraining bend in the Denali Fault and indicate a long-term slip rate ~4 mm/yr. Third, Pliocene exhumation is synchronous (3.7-2.7 Ma) along the length of the Alaska Range but only occurs in high-relief, glacier-covered catchments. Pliocene exhumation may record an acceleration in glacial incision that was coincident with the onset of Northern Hemisphere glaciation.

  6. Faulting and erosion in the Argentine Precordillera during changes in subduction regime: Reconciling bedrock cooling and detrital records

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    Fosdick, Julie C.; Carrapa, Barbara; Ortíz, Gustavo

    2015-12-01

    The Argentine Precordillera is an archetypal retroarc fold-and-thrust belt that records tectonics associated with changing subduction regimes. The interactions between exhumation and faulting in the Precordillera were investigated using apatite and zircon (U-Th-Sm)/He and apatite fission track thermochronometry from the Precordillera and adjacent geologic domains. Inverse modeling of thermal histories constrains eastward in-sequence rock cooling associated with deformation and erosion from 18 to 2 Ma across the Central Precordillera tracking thrusting during this time. The youngest AHe ages (5-2 Ma) and highest erosion rates are located in the eastern and western extremities of the Precordillera and indicate that recent denudation is concentrated at its structural boundaries. Moreover, synchronous rapid Pliocene cooling of the Frontal Cordillera, Eastern Precordillera, and Sierra del Valle Fértil was coeval with initiation of basement-involved faulting in the foreland. Detrital zircon U-Pb geochronology from the ca. 16-8.1 Ma Bermejo foreland basin strata suggests fluvial connectivity westward beyond the Frontal Cordillera to the Main Cordillera and Coast Range followed by an important shift in sediment provenance at ca. 10 Ma. At this time, we suggest that a substantial decrease in Permo-Triassic igneous sources in the Frontal Cordillera and concurrent increase in recycled zircons signatures of Paleozoic strata are best explained by uplift and erosion of the Precordillera during widening of the thrust-belt. Bedrock thermochronology and modeling indicate a 2-6 Myr lag time between faulting-related cooling in the hinterland and the detrital record of deformation in the foreland basin, suggesting that for tectonically active semi-arid settings, bedrock cooling may be more sensitive to onset of faulting. We suggest that high erosion rates in the Frontal Cordillera and Eastern Precordillera are associated with increased interplate coupling during shallowing of the

  7. Evidence for multi-cycle sedimentation and provenance constraints from detrital zircon U-Pb ages: Triassic strata of the Lusitanian basin (western Iberia)

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    Pereira, M. F.; Gama, C.; Chichorro, M.; Silva, J. B.; Gutiérrez-Alonso, G.; Hofmann, M.; Linnemann, U.; Gärtner, A.

    2016-06-01

    Laser ablation ICP-MS U-Pb analyses were conducted on detrital zircons of Triassic sandstone and conglomerate from the Lusitanian basin in order to: i) document the age spectra of detrital zircon; ii) compare U-Pb detrital zircon ages with previous published data obtained from Upper Carboniferous, Ordovician, Cambrian and Ediacaran sedimentary rocks of the pre-Mesozoic basement of western Iberia; iii) discuss potential sources; and iv) test the hypothesis of sedimentary recycling. U-Pb dating of zircons established a maximum depositional age for this deposit as Permian (ca. 296 Ma), which is about sixty million years older compared to the fossil content recognized in previous studies (Upper Triassic). The distribution of detrital zircon ages obtained points to common source areas: the Ossa-Morena and Central Iberian zones that outcrop in and close to the Porto-Tomar fault zone. The high degree of immaturity and evidence of little transport of the Triassic sediment suggests that granite may constitute primary crystalline sources. The Carboniferous age of ca. 330 Ma for the best estimate of crystallization for a granite pebble in a Triassic conglomerate and the Permian-Carboniferous ages (< ca. 315 Ma) found in detrital zircons provide evidence of the denudation of Variscan and Cimmerian granites during the infilling of continental rift basins in western Iberia. The zircon age spectra found in Triassic strata are also the result of recycling from the Upper Carboniferous Buçaco basin, which probably acted as an intermediate sediment repository. U-Pb data in this study suggest that the detritus from the Triassic sandstone and conglomerate of the Lusitanian basin is derived from local source areas with features typical of Gondwana, with no sediment from external sources from Laurussia or southwestern Iberia.

  8. Ruby-sapphire-spinel mineralization in marble of the middle and southern Urals: Geology, mineralogy, and genesis

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    Kisin, A. Yu.; Murzin, V. V.; Tomilina, A. V.; Pritchin, M. E.

    2016-07-01

    Ruby and spinel occurrences hosted in marble on the eastern slope of the Urals are considered. Ruby- and spinel-bearing marble is a specific rock in granite-gneiss complexes of the East Ural Megazone, which formed at the Late Paleozoic collision stage of the evolution of the Urals. Organogenic marine limestone is the protolith of the marble. No relict sedimentary bedding has been retained in the marble. The observed banding is a secondary phenomenon related to crystallization and is controlled by flow cleavage. Magnesian metasomatism of limestone with the formation of fine-grained dolomite enriched in Cr, V, Ti, Mn, Cu, Zn, Ga, and REE took place at the prograde stage of metamorphism. Dedolomitization of rocks with the formation of background calcite marble also developed at the prograde stage. Mg-calcite marble with spinel and ruby of the first type formed in the metamorphic fluid circulation zone. Magnesian metasomatism with the formation of bicarbonate marble with ruby, pink sapphire, and spinel of the second type developed at the early retrograde stage. The formation of mica-bearing mineralized zones with corundum and spinel of the third type controlled by cleavage fractures is related to the pneumatolytic-hydrothermal stage. The data on ruby-bearing marble in the Urals may be used for forecasting and prospecting of ruby and sapphire deposits hosted in marble worldwide.

  9. Influence of the composition on MA spinel properties%材料组成对镁铝尖晶石化行为的影响

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    裴春秋; 石干

    2012-01-01

    以菱镁石、轻烧氧化镁和工业氧化铝细粉为原料,采用半干压法成型,在不同温度下煅烧处理,研究材料组成对镁铝尖晶石化行为的影响.结果表明,富铝尖晶石的尖晶石化反应滞后于富镁尖晶石,两类尖晶石化反应完成温度相差约100℃;富铝尖晶石的尖晶石化反应分两步进行,即在形成理论尖晶石的基础上再固溶氧化铝,最终形成富铝尖晶石;富铝尖晶石烧结程度较富镁尖晶石的低,形成较小的晶粒和气孔.%Magnesium aluminate spinel material was synthesized in different proportions and different sintering temperatures from magnesite, light calcined magnesia and industrial alumina. The influence of MA spinel composition (magnesia- and alumina-rich spinel) on the spinellization behaviour was studied. The results indicate that, the spinel reaction of alumina-rich spinel samples lags behind that of magnesium-rich spinel samples for about 100 ℃ , and the reaction of alumina-rich samples falls into two steps. Stoichiometric composition spinel is formed first. On this basis, solid solution reaction occurs between alumina and stoichimetric composition spinel, and alumina-rich spinel is formed at last. Alumina-rich spinel has lower sintering, smaller grain size and pore size.

  10. Magnetic properties of 3D nanocomposites consisting of an opal matrix with embedded spinel ferrite particles

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    Rinkevich, A. B.; Korolev, A. V.; Samoylovich, M. I.; Kleshcheva, S. M.; Perov, D. V.

    2016-02-01

    The magnetic properties of 3D nanocomposites representing Mn-Zn, Ni-Zn, Co-Zn, La-Co-Zn, and Nd-Co-Zn spinel ferrite particles embedded in the interspherical spaces of opal matrices are studied. Experimental data are obtained in the temperature interval 2-300 K by measuring the magnetization at a static magnetic field strength of up to 50 kOe and the ac magnetic susceptibility at an alternating magnetic field amplitude of 4 kOe and a frequency of 80 Hz.

  11. Copper cobalt spinel as a high performance cathode for intermediate temperature solid oxide fuel cells.

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    Shao, Lin; Wang, Qi; Fan, Lishuang; Wang, Pengxiang; Zhang, Naiqing; Sun, Kening

    2016-06-30

    CuCo2O4 spinel prepared via an EDTA-citric acid process was studied as a candidate solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) cathode material at intermediate temperatures (IT). CuCo2O4 cathodes were measured using thermal gravimetric analysis, X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy. AC impedance spectroscopy and DC polarization measurements were used to study the electrode performance. The obtained value of the polarization resistances at 800 °C was 0.12 Ω cm(2) with a maximum power density of 972 mW cm(-2).

  12. Nanoparticles of spinel and perovskite ferromagnets and prospects for their application in medicine

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    Belous, A. G., E-mail: belous@ionc.kar.net, E-mail: solopan@ukr.net, E-mail: yelenicho@ukr.net; Solopan, S. O., E-mail: belous@ionc.kar.net, E-mail: solopan@ukr.net, E-mail: yelenicho@ukr.net; Yelenich, O. V., E-mail: belous@ionc.kar.net, E-mail: solopan@ukr.net, E-mail: yelenicho@ukr.net [Institute of General and Inorganic Chemistry, prospekt Palladina 32-34, 03142 Kyiv (Ukraine); Tovstolytkin, A. I., E-mail: atov@imag.kiev.ua [Institute of Magnetism, bulvar Vernadskoho 36-b, 03142 Kyiv (Ukraine); Kolodiazhnyi, T. V., E-mail: kolodiazhnyi.taras@nims.go.jp [National Institute for Materials Science, 1-1 Namiki, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0044 (Japan); Osinsky, S. P., E-mail: osion@onconet.kiev.ua, E-mail: bybnovskayal@ukr.net; Bubnovskaya, L. N., E-mail: osion@onconet.kiev.ua, E-mail: bybnovskayal@ukr.net [R.E. Kavetsky Institute of Experimental Pathology, Oncology and Radiobiology, vul. Vasylkivska 45, 03022 Kyiv (Ukraine)

    2014-11-05

    In this work, nanoparticles of La{sub 0.75}Sr{sub 0.25}MnO{sub 3} compounds with perovskite structure and AFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} (A = Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Zn) with spinel structure have been synthesized by precipitation from diethylene glycol and microemulsion using Triton X-100 surfactant. Comparative X-ray diffraction and magnetic studies of the synthesized nanoparticles have been carried out. Magnetic fluids prepared from synthesized nanopowders have been characterized by calorimetric measurements of specific loss power (SLP)

  13. Development of Highly Effective Nanoparticle Spinel Catalysts for Aerobic Oxidation of Benzylic Alcohols

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    JI,Hong-Bing(纪红兵); WANG,Le-Fu(王乐夫)

    2002-01-01

    Spinel catalyst MnFe1.8Cu0.15Ru0.05O4 with particle size of about 42 nm is an effective heterogeneous catalyst for the oxidation of benzylic alcohols. The substitution of Fe for Cu improves its catalytic activity. Based on the characterization of BET, XPS and EXAFS, two factors influencing the structure and texture of the catalyst caused by the substitution of Cu for Fe may be assumed: physical factor responsible for the increasing of surface area; chemical factor responsible for the transformation of Ru-O bonds to Ru = O bonds. β-Elimination is considered to be an important step in the reaction.

  14. Computational design of axion insulators based on 5d spinel compounds.

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    Wan, Xiangang; Vishwanath, Ashvin; Savrasov, Sergey Y

    2012-04-06

    Based on density functional calculation using the local density approximation+U method, we predict that osmium compounds such as CaOs(2)O(4) and SrOs(2)O(4) can be stabilized in the geometrically frustrated spinel crystal structure. They show ferromagnetic order in a reasonable range of the on-site Coulomb correlation U and exotic electronic properties, in particular, a large magnetoelectric coupling characteristic of axion electrodynamics. Depending on U, other electronic phases including a 3D Weyl semimetal and Mott insulator are also shown to occur.

  15. Electronic and magnetic properties of the spinel semiconductor CdCr2Se4

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    Continenza, Alessandra; de Pascale, Teresa; Meloni, Franco; Serra, Marina

    1994-01-01

    We present a first-principles study of the electronic and magnetic properties of the chromium spinel CdCr2Se4, a ferromagnetic semiconductor, which, for its interesting magnetic and electric properties has been the object of many experimental studies. Using calculations based on the full-potential linearized augmented plane wave relativistic scheme we are able to reproduce the structural equilibrium properties and to explain many of the features measured by resonant photoemission spectroscopy. In particular, we analyze the contribution of the Cr 3d electrons in a density-of-states study including the two spin orientations and a comparison with the binary analog CdSe.

  16. Solvothermal Synthesis Of Electrochemically Active Nanocrystalline Li-Ti-O Spinel

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    2001-11-01

    Parallel experiments were performed on anatase (PKP 5538) and mixture of anatase and rutile (1:3, P25 Bayer). All other chemicals in all experiments...of: a) the starting TiO2 (mixture of rutile and anatase 1:3), b) product of the reaction in water, c) product of the reaction in ethanol. In both... anatase and Li4Ti5O12 spinel make prospective materials for 2V lithium ion batteries. Solvothermal synthsis in Ti oxides chemistry is usually used to

  17. In vitro biological and tribological properties of transparent magnesium aluminate (Spinel) and aluminum oxynitride (ALON®).

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    Bodhak, Subhadip; Balla, Vamsi Krishna; Bose, Susmita; Bandyopadhyay, Amit; Kashalikar, Uday; Jha, Santosh K; Sastri, Suri

    2011-06-01

    The purpose of this first generation investigation is to evaluate the in vitro cytotoxicity, cell-materials interactions and tribological performance of Spinel and ALON® transparent ceramics for potential wear resistant load bearing implant applications. Besides their non-toxicity, the high surface energy of these ceramics significantly enhanced in vitro cell-materials interactions compared to bioinert commercially pure Ti as control. These transparent ceramics with high hardness in the range of 1334 and 1543 HV showed in vitro wear rate of the order of 10⁻⁶ mm³ Nm⁻¹ against Al₂O₃ ball at a normal load of 20 N.

  18. Spinel ferrite nanocrystals embedded inside ZnO: magnetic, electronic andmagneto-transport properties

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    Zhou, Shengqiang; Potzger, K.; Xu, Qingyu; Kuepper, K.; Talut, G.; Marko, D.; Mucklich, A.; Helm, M.; Fassbender, J.; Arenholz, E.; Schmidt, H.

    2009-08-21

    In this paper we show that spinel ferrite nanocrystals (NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}, and CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}) can be texturally embedded inside a ZnO matrix by ion implantation and post-annealing. The two kinds of ferrites show different magnetic properties, e.g. coercivity and magnetization. Anomalous Hall effect and positive magnetoresistance have been observed. Our study suggests a ferrimagnet/semiconductor hybrid system for potential applications in magneto-electronics. This hybrid system can be tuned by selecting different transition metal ions (from Mn to Zn) to obtain various magnetic and electronic properties.

  19. Solid-liquid phase equilibria of Fe-Cr-Al alloys and spinels

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    McMurray, J. W.; Hu, R.; Ushakov, S. V.; Shin, D.; Pint, B. A.; Terrani, K. A.; Navrotsky, A.

    2017-08-01

    Ferritic FeCrAl alloys are candidate accident tolerant cladding materials. There is a paucity of data concerning the melting behavior for FeCrAl and its oxides. Analysis tools have therefore had to utilize assumptions for simulations using FeCrAl cladding. The focus of this study is to examine in some detail the solid-liquid phase equilibria of FeCrAl alloys and spinels with the aim of improving the accuracy of severe accident scenario computational studies.

  20. Synthesis of zinc aluminate (ZnAl2O4) spinel and its application as photocatalyst

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    Battiston,Suellen; Rigo,Caroline; Severo,Eric da Cruz; Mazutti,Marcio Antonio; Kuhn,Raquel Cristine; Gündel,André; Foletto,Edson Luiz

    2014-01-01

    ZnAl2O4 spinel was synthesized by co-precipitation using ammonia as precipitating agent, followed by thermal treatment at 750 ºC. The structural properties of particles were investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), atomic force microscopy (AFM), differential thermal analysis (DTA), and N2 adsorption/desorption isotherms (BET) techniques. The photocatalytic activity was evaluated in the degradation of organic pollutant in aqueous solution under sunlight. The results showed that the ZnAl2O4 par...

  1. Effect of Molding Press Direction on Properties of Periclase-spinel-carbon Brick

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    YANG Ding'ao; YU Zhiming; CHEN Shufeng; ZHANG Zunyu

    2004-01-01

    The effect of press direction on the thermal expansion, slag resistance, etc. of periclase-spinel-carbon brick has been studied in this article. The results show that the therma1 expansion rate in the direction parallel to the press axis is larger than that in the direction perpendicular to the press axis and the slag resistance in the direction parallel to the press axis is much better than that in the perpendicular direction. The directional distribution of graphite in the specimen is observed with the microscope.

  2. Studies on Spinel LiMn2O4 Cathode Material Synthesized from Different Mn Sources

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    唐致远; 冯季军; 彭亚宁

    2004-01-01

    The spinel LiMn2O4 cathode material was synthesized with the solid-state reaction method. Four manganese compounds including electrolytic manganese dioxide (EMD), MnCO3, Mn3O4 and nano-EMD were used as Mn sources while LiOH·H2O was used as the uniform Li source. The crystal structure characteristics of these samples produced were investigated by means of XRD, SEM, particle size distribution analysis and specific surface area testing. Their electrochemical properties were also studied by comparing their specific capacity, charge and discharge efficiency and cycle performance.

  3. NOVEL SPINEL-FAMILY REFRACTORIES FOR HIGH-TEMPERATURE, HIGH-ALKALINE ENVIRONMENTS

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    Hemrick, James Gordon [ORNL; Smith, Jeffrey D [ORNL; O' Hara, Kelley [University of Missouri, Rolla; Colavito, [Minteq International, Inc.; Rodrigues-Schroer, Angela [Minteq International, Inc.

    2010-01-01

    Many factors often limit the application of currently available refractory materials. Such factors may include chemical attack, mechanical degradation, temperature limitations, and installation or repair issues. Additionally, energy losses may be associated with the above considerations as well as environmental impacts. The research objectives of this project are to develop innovative refractory compositions based on the spinel crystal structure or advanced alumino-silicate systems utilizing novel aggregates, binder systems (bonds), methods of phase formation, and refractory application systems. Efforts to this end and results to date are discussed along with future plans for industrial validation trials.

  4. In-situ study of ferric iron distribution in synthetic spinels by electron microprobe analysis

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    Goncharov, Alexey; Olga, Sinelshikova; Rustam, Lukmanov

    2017-04-01

    The iron oxidation state in mantle minerals is a key value in oxygen fugacity calculation and the most widely used analytical approach for Fe3+/ΣFe determination is Mössbauer spectroscopy, which is a bulk method and there is a lack of information on Fe3+/ΣFe zonation in individual mineral grains and Fe3+/ΣFe in inclusions. Here we present application of the flank method using the electron microprobe by analysing the FeLα and FeLβ X-ray emission spectra to a suite of 20 synthetic MgAl2O2-Cr2O3-Fe2O3(FeO) spinels. Materials were done with 5 - 25 FeO wt.%, and 2-70 Cr2O3 wt.% and Fe3+/ΣFe = 0.10 to 0.80, where Fe3+/ΣFe was determined independently using Mössbauer spectroscopy on the same grains used for the flank method measurements. Synthesis of the samples produced using a pyrolysis method of organic salt compositions in MgAl2O2-Cr2O3-Fe2O3(FeO) system with following heating in corundum crucibles at 1300 ° C for 5 -10 hours under controlled oxygen fugacity. All synthetic materials were investigated by X-ray and Mössbauer spectroscopy to examine a phase and iron oxidation state features. In terms of chemical composition and Fe3+/ΣFe resulting synthetic material covers a whole range of spinels derived in mantle peridotites and pyroxenites. These synthetic products were used as a standard sample to investigate co-variations of ratios of intensities measured on the flanks of FeLα and Lβ peaks and Fe3+/ΣFe, FeO content and Cr#. The obtained correlations can be used to perform in-situ studies of ferric iron distribution in natural mantle spinels. The presented approach will allow investigating the difference in mantle spinel Fe3+/ΣFe at a microscale from core to rim in individual grain, inclusion, melting pocket and in intergrows with other mantle mineral assemblage. The reported study was funded by RFBR according to the research project № 16-35-60076 mol_a_dk.

  5. Ultrasound velocity measurements in orbital-degenerate frustrated spinel MgV2O4

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    Ishikawa, T.; Watanabe, T.; Hara, S.; Islam, A. T. M. N.; Wheeler, E. M.; Lake, B.

    2015-03-01

    Ultrasound velocity measurements of the orbital-degenerate frustrated spinel MgV2O4 are performed in the disorder-free high-purity single crystal which exhibits successive structural and antiferromagnetic phase transitions, and in the disorder-introduced single crystal which exhibits spin-glass-like behavior. The measurements reveal coexisting two types of anomalous temperature dependence of the elastic moduli in the cubic paramagnetic phase: Curie-type softening with decreasing temperature, and softening with a characteristic minimum with decreasing temperature. These elastic anomalies should respectively originate from the coexisting orbital fluctuations and spin-cluster excitations.

  6. A series of spinel phase cathode materials prepared by a simple hydrothermal process for rechargeable lithium batteries

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    Liang, Yan-Yu; Bao, Shu-Juan; Li, Hu-Lin

    2006-07-01

    A series of spinel-structured materials have been prepared by a simple hydrothermal procedure in an aqueous medium. The new synthetic method is time and energy saving i.e., no further thermal treatment and extended grinding. The main experimental process involved the insertion of lithium into electrolytic manganese dioxide with glucose as a mild reductant in an autoclave. Both the hydrothermal temperature and the presence of glucose play the critical roles in determining the final spinel integrity. Particular electrochemical performance has also been systematically explored, and the results show that Al 3+, F - co-substituted spinels have the best combination of initial capacity and capacity retention among all these samples, exhibited the initial capacity of 115 mAh/g and maintained more than 90% of the initial value at the 50th cycle.

  7. Complementary use of ERDA and RBS/C for the determination of implanted atom and damage distributions in spinel

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    Pantelica, D. [HH National Institute for Physics and Nuclear Engineering, P.O. Box MG-6, 76900 Bucharest Magurele (Romania)]. E-mail: pantel@ifin.nipne.ro; Ionescu, P. [HH National Institute for Physics and Nuclear Engineering, P.O. Box MG-6, 76900 Bucharest Magurele (Romania); Negoita, F. [HH National Institute for Physics and Nuclear Engineering, P.O. Box MG-6, 76900 Bucharest Magurele (Romania); Scintee, N. [HH National Institute for Physics and Nuclear Engineering, P.O. Box MG-6, 76900 Bucharest Magurele (Romania); Thome, L. [Centre de Spectrometrie Nucleaire et de Spectrometrie de Masse, IN2P3-CNRS, 91405 Orsay (France); Enescu, S.E. [HH National Institute for Physics and Nuclear Engineering, P.O. Box MG-6, 76900 Bucharest Magurele (Romania); Centre de Spectrometrie Nucleaire et de Spectrometrie de Masse, IN2P3-CNRS, 91405 Orsay (France); Jagielski, J. [Institute of Electronic Materials Technology, 01-919 Warsaw (Poland); Andrzej Soltan Institute for Nuclear Studies, 05-400 Swierk/Otwock (Poland)

    2005-10-15

    Crystalline oxide ceramics (particularly, zirconia and spinel) are promising matrices for nuclear waste immobilization and/or transmutation. The behavior of implanted ions and of radiation damage is a very important issue in the qualification of nuclear matrices. Ion beams provide very efficient tools for such an evaluation. This paper presents the results obtained for spinel single crystals implanted with He and Ar ions at fluences of 10{sup 17} and 2 x 10{sup 16} cm{sup -2}, respectively. He and Ar depth profiles were measured by ERDA using high-energy Cu ions. The Ar depth profile was also determined by RBS. The evaluation of the amount of radiation damage induced in Al, Mg and O sublattices of spinel single crystals by ion implantation was done using both a classical analytical procedure and Monte-Carlo simulations of channeling data. The disorder depth profiles using the two methods are compared and correlated with He and Ar depth profiles.

  8. MgGa2O4 spinel barrier for magnetic tunnel junctions: Coherent tunneling and low barrier height

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    Sukegawa, Hiroaki; Kato, Yushi; Belmoubarik, Mohamed; Cheng, P.-H.; Daibou, Tadaomi; Shimomura, Naoharu; Kamiguchi, Yuuzo; Ito, Junichi; Yoda, Hiroaki; Ohkubo, Tadakatsu; Mitani, Seiji; Hono, Kazuhiro

    2017-03-01

    Epitaxial Fe/magnesium gallium spinel oxide (MgGa2O4)/Fe(001) magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJs) were fabricated by magnetron sputtering. A tunnel magnetoresistance (TMR) ratio up to 121% at room temperature (196% at 4 K) was observed, suggesting a TMR enhancement by the coherent tunneling effect in the MgGa2O4 barrier. The MgGa2O4 layer had a spinel structure and it showed good lattice matching with the Fe layers owing to slight tetragonal lattice distortion of MgGa2O4. Barrier thickness dependence of the tunneling resistance and current-voltage characteristics revealed that the height of the MgGa2O4 barrier is much lower than that of an MgAl2O4 barrier. This study demonstrates the potential of Ga-based spinel oxides for MTJ barriers having a large TMR ratio at a low resistance area product.

  9. Structural and magnetic properties of Zn{sub x}Mn{sub 3−x}O{sub 4} spinels

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    Nádherný, Ladislav, E-mail: ladislav.nadherny@vscht.cz [Department of Inorganic Chemistry, University of Chemistry and Technology Prague, Technická 5, 166 28 Prague 6 (Czech Republic); Maryško, Miroslav [Institute of Physics of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Cukrovarnická 10, 162 00 Prague 6 (Czech Republic); Sedmidubský, David [Department of Inorganic Chemistry, University of Chemistry and Technology Prague, Technická 5, 166 28 Prague 6 (Czech Republic); Martin, Christine [Laboratoire CRISMAT, CNRS UMR 6508, ENSICAEN, 6 Bd. du Maréchal Juin, 14050 Caen Cedex 4 (France)

    2016-09-01

    To study structural and magnetic properties of spinels a series of ceramic samples with a different Zn:Mn ratio was prepared by high-temperature annealing in air followed by quenching in liquid nitrogen. The spinels with nominal composition of Zn{sub x}Mn{sub 3−x}O{sub 4} (x=0–1.29) were characterized by means of X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy and SQUID magnetometry. Two tetragonal spinels of the same I4{sub 1}/amd space-group were identified based on the crystallographic, vibrational and grain-morphology point of view and described in detail. The unit-cell parameters and phase ratio of the spinel phases were determined using Rietveld refinement. According to the factor-group analysis the majority of the vibrational modes were identified in the Raman spectra. The magnetic properties of Zn{sub x}Mn{sub 3−x}O{sub 4} spinels are in agreement with a model of nanoscale ferrimagnetic Mn{sub 3}O{sub 4} clusters in the antiferromagnetic ZnMn{sub 2}O{sub 4} matrix (T{sub N}≈60 K). New features are a constricted hysteresis loop for x=0.3, and the effect of defects on magnetic properties for high Zn content which points to a good quality of the samples prepared by a solid state reaction. - Highlights: • Nanoscale ferromagnetic hausmannite clusters in the antiferromagnetic spinel matrix. • The Zn{sub 0.3}Mn{sub 2.7}O{sub 4} constricted magnetic loop. • Structural changes corresponding to the various Zn/Mn ratio described by Raman spectroscopy – 9 of 10 theoretical modes detected.

  10. Mechanism of N2O formation during the low-temperature selective catalytic reduction of NO with NH3 over Mn-Fe spinel.

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    Yang, Shijian; Xiong, Shangchao; Liao, Yong; Xiao, Xin; Qi, Feihong; Peng, Yue; Fu, Yuwu; Shan, Wenpo; Li, Junhua

    2014-09-02

    The mechanism of N2O formation during the low-temperature selective catalytic reduction reaction (SCR) over Mn-Fe spinel was studied. The in situ diffuse reflectance infrared Fourier transform spectroscopy (DRIFTS) and transient reaction studies demonstrated that the Eley-Rideal mechanism (i.e., the reaction of adsorbed NH3 species with gaseous NO) and the Langmuir-Hinshelwood mechanism (i.e., the reaction of adsorbed NH3 species with adsorbed NOx species) both contributed to N2O formation. However, N2O selectivity of NO reduction over Mn-Fe spinel through the Langmuir-Hinshelwood mechanism was much less than that through the Eley-Rideal mechanism. The ratio of NO reduction over Mn-Fe spinel through the Langmuir-Hinshelwood mechanism remarkably increased; therefore, N2O selectivity of NO reduction over Mn-Fe spinel decreased with the decrease of the gas hourly space velocity (GHSV). As the gaseous NH3 concentration increased, N2O selectivity of NO reduction over Mn-Fe spinel increased because of the promotion of NO reduction through the Eley-Rideal mechanism. Meanwhile, N2O selectivity of NO reduction over Mn-Fe spinel decreased with the increase of the gaseous NO concentration because the formation of NH on Mn-Fe spinel was restrained. Therefore, N2O selectivity of NO reduction over Mn-Fe spinel was related to the GHSV and concentrations of reactants.

  11. Synthesis and Electrochemical Studies on Spinel Phase LiMn2O4 Cathode Materials Prepared by Different Processes

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    1999-01-01

    Three kinds of processes, high temperature solid state reaction, precipitation and sol-gel technique were used to synthsize spinel phase LiMn2O4. XRD, DTA-TG results show that phase-pure spinel LiMn2O4 could be synthesized under the lowest calcined temperature by the sol-gel technique compared to the precipitation method and solid state reaction. BET, SEM and electrochemical measurements results demonstrate that the features of the powders affect directly the electrochemical capacities; large specific area and small homogeneous grain size are of advantage for the lithium ion insertion and extraction in the charge and discharge process.

  12. Synthesis and Electrochemical Performance of Spinel LiMn2O4-x(SO4)x Cathode Materials

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    CHEN,Zhao-Yong(陈召勇); HE,Yi(贺益); LI,Zhi-Jie(李志杰); GAO,Li-Zhen(高利珍); JIANG,Qi(江奇); YU,Zuo-Long(于作龙)

    2002-01-01

    The spinel LiMn2O4-x(SO4)x compound cathode materials were synthesized by solid-state reaction of the calculated amounts of LiOH@H2O,MnO2 and MnSO4.The results of the electrochemical test demonstrated that these materials exhibited excellent electrochemical properties.The highest reversible capacity of these series of cathode materials was~120mAh/g,and after 50 cycles,this reversible capacity was still around 116 mAh/g with nearly 100% reversible efficiency,which revealed that doped sulfate ion could improve the structural stability of spinel.

  13. Electrochemical and spectroscopic characterization of lithium titanate spinel Li{sub 4}Ti{sub 5}O{sub 12}

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    Schneider, Holger; Maire, Pascal [Paul Scherrer Institut, Electrochemistry Laboratory, Section Electrochemical Energy Storage, CH-5232 Villigen PSI (Switzerland); Novak, Petr, E-mail: petr.novak@psi.ch [Paul Scherrer Institut, Electrochemistry Laboratory, Section Electrochemical Energy Storage, CH-5232 Villigen PSI (Switzerland)

    2011-10-30

    Herein we describe electrochemical and spectroscopic properties of lithium titanate spinel as well as an easy method based on colorimetry to determine the lithium content of electrodes containing lithium titanate spinel as active material. Raman microspectrometry measurements have been performed to follow lithium insertion into and extraction from the active material, respectively. The Raman signals display a pronounced fading of intensity already at low levels of lithium intercalation and disappear at a SOC higher than {approx}10%. However, the colorimetric method can be used up to a SOC of 50%.

  14. 40Ar- 39Ar dating of detrital muscovite in provenance investigations: a case study from the Adelaide Rift Complex, South Australia

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    Haines, Peter W.; Turner, Simon P.; Kelley, Simon P.; Wartho, Jo-Anne; Sherlock, Sarah C.

    2004-11-01

    Detrital zircon ages are commonly used to investigate sediment provenance and supply routes. Here, we explore the advantages of employing multiple, complimentary techniques via a case study of the Neoproterozoic and Cambrian of the Adelaide Rift Complex, South Australia. Detrital muscovite Ar-Ar ages are presented from stratigraphic units, or equivalents, that have previously been the subject of U-Pb detrital zircon dating, and, in some cases, whole-rock Sm-Nd isotope studies. The zircon age ranges and whole-rock Sm-Nd isotope data suggest that early Neoproterozoic sediments from near the base of the Adelaide Rift Complex comprise a mixture of detritus derived from the adjacent Gawler Craton (Palaeoproterozoic to earliest Mesoproterozoic) and overlying Gairdner flood basalts. In contrast, detrital muscovites from this level have a broad scatter of Mesoproterozoic infrared (IR) laser total fusion Ar-Ar ages, while UV laser traverses indicate that the age spread reflects partial resetting by multiple heating events, rather than a mixture of sources. Younger Neoproterozoic sediments document replacement of the Gawler Craton by the more distant Musgrave and/or Albany-Fraser Orogens as the main provenance. The Cambrian Kanmantoo Group marks an abrupt change in depositional style and a new sediment source. The Kanmantoo Group have older Nd model ages than underlying strata, yet are dominated by near to deposition-aged (˜500-650 Ma) detrital zircons and muscovites, suggesting rapid cooling and exhumation of a tectonically active provenance region. Although this source remains uncertain, evidence points towards the distant Pan-African orogenic belts. Deposition in the Adelaide Rift Complex was terminated in the late Early Cambrian by the Delamerian Orogeny, and the results of previous detrital mineral dating studies from the Lachlan Fold Belt to the east are consistent with at least partial derivation of these sediments from reworked upper Adelaide Rift Complex (Kanmantoo

  15. Luminescence of divalent europium activated spinels synthesized by combustion and the enhanced afterglow by dysprosium incorporation

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    Wu, Haoyi, E-mail: manofchina@gmail.com; Jin, Yahong

    2016-05-01

    Herein we report a luminescent phenomenon of Eu{sup 2+} in the spinel MgAl{sub 2}O{sub 4} and ZnAl{sub 2}O{sub 4} samples which are successfully synthesized via a combustion method. The XRD shows cubic spinel structure is obtained from the prepared samples. The mean crystal sizes estimated from XRD data are 30 and 10 nm for MgAl{sub 2}O{sub 4} and ZnAl{sub 2}O{sub 4} respectively, and the large grain particles are the agglomeration of crystallites. The Eu{sup 2+} ions show a blue emission at around 480 nm and an afterglow phenomenon is observed after the removal of excitation. The afterglow spectrum of MgAl{sub 2}O{sub 4}: Eu{sup 2+}, Dy{sup 3+} shows two emissions at 480 and 520 nm while only one at 480 nm is observed in ZnAl{sub 2}O{sub 4}: Eu{sup 2+}, Dy{sup 3+}. The afterglow intensity and the persisting duration can be substantially enhanced by the Dy{sup 3+} incorporation because the trapping ability of the electron traps is reinforced. This is confirmed by the TL curves of the samples.

  16. High-pressure phase transition and properties of spinel ZnMn2O4

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    Åbrink, S.; Waskowska, A.; Gerward, Leif

    1999-01-01

    X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, magnetic measurements, and a single-crystal x-ray structure determination at normal pressure have shown that Jahn-Teller active manganese ions in ZnMn2O4 are present in one valence state (III) on the octahedral sites of the spinel structure. The high-pressure beh...... of the Mn3+ ions is moved to the d(x2-y2) level, which is revealed as an abrupt fall of observed magnitude of the distortion of the bulk crystal above P-c. [S0163-1829(99)08341-1].......X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, magnetic measurements, and a single-crystal x-ray structure determination at normal pressure have shown that Jahn-Teller active manganese ions in ZnMn2O4 are present in one valence state (III) on the octahedral sites of the spinel structure. The high......-pressure behavior of ZnMn2O4 was investigated up to 52 GPa using the energy-dispersive x-ray diffraction technique and synchrotron radiation. The structural first-order phase transition from the body-centered to primitive-tetragonal cell takes place at P-c = 23 GPa. The high-pressure phase is metastable down...

  17. Sol-Gel Synthesis of Normal Spinel LiMn2O4 and Its Characteristics

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    2002-01-01

    Normal spinel LiMn2O4 was synthesized by sol-gel method using lithium nitrate,manganese nitrate,citric acid and ethylene glycol as raw materials. LiMn2O4 was characterized by XRD,TG-DTA,IR,SEM and AAS.The optimum conditions for the synthesis were explored.Citric acid and ethylene glycol were mixed with molar ratio of 0.25,and the mixture was esterified at 140℃ for 4 hours.Then lithium nitrate and manganese nitrate were added with molar ratio of 0.6. In the system,the total molar of cations was equal to that of citric acid. At last, reflux the system at 105℃ for 2 hours. Dried gel was fired at 600℃ for 8 hours. Particle diameters of raw product were about 100 nm mainly. Further research shows that lithium ion of LiMn2O4 is easy to be extracted,and normal spinel λ-MnO2 can be obtained after lithium ion extraction.

  18. Size effects in the Li(4+x)Ti(5)O(12) spinel.

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    Borghols, W J H; Wagemaker, M; Lafont, U; Kelder, E M; Mulder, F M

    2009-12-16

    The nanosized Li(4+x)Ti(5)O(12) spinel is investigated by electrochemical (dis)charging and neutron diffraction. The near-surface environment of the nanosized particles allows higher Li ion occupancies, leading to a larger storage capacity. However, too high surface lithium storage leads to irreversible capacity loss, most likely due to surface reconstruction or mechanical failure. A mechanism where the large near-surface capacity ultimately leads to surface reconstruction rationalizes the existence of an optimal particle size. Recent literature attributes the curved voltage profiles, leading to a reduced length of the voltage plateau, of nanosized electrode particles to strain and interface energy from the coexisting end members. However, the unique zero-strain property of the Li(4+x)Ti(5)O(12) spinel implies a different origin of the curved voltage profiles observed for its nanosized crystallites. It is proposed to be the consequence of different structural environments in the near-surface region, depending on the distance from the surface and surface orientation, leading to a distribution of redox potentials in the near-surface area. This phenomenon may be expected to play a significant role in all nanoinsertion materials displaying the typical curved voltage curves with reduced length of the constant-voltage plateau.

  19. Structural phase transition in CuFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} spinel

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    Balagurov, A. M., E-mail: bala@nf.jinr.ru; Bobrikov, I. A.; Maschenko, M. S.; Sangaa, D.; Simkin, V. G. [Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (Russian Federation)

    2013-09-15

    A structural transition with a reduction in symmetry of the high temperature cubic phase (sp. gr. Fd3m) to the tetragonal phase (sp. gr. I4{sub 1}/amd) and the appearance of a ferrimagnetic structure occur in CuFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} copper ferrite at T Almost-Equal-To 440 Degree-Sign C. It is established by an experiment on a high-resolution neutron diffractometer that the temperature at which long-range magnetic order occurs is higher than that of tetragonal phase formation. When cooling CuFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} spinel from 500 Degree-Sign C, the equilibrium coexistence of both phases is observed in a fairly wide temperature range ({approx}40 Degree-Sign C). The composition studied is a completely inverse spinel in the cubic phase, and in the tetragonal phase the inversion parameter does not exceed few percent (x = 0.06 {+-} 0.04). At the same time, the phase formed upon cooling has a classical value of tetragonal distortion ({gamma} Almost-Equal-To 1.06). The character of temperature changes in the structural parameters during the transition from cubic to tetragonal phase indicates that this transition is based on the Jahn-Teller distortion of (Cu,Fe)O{sub 6} octahedra rather than the mutual migration of copper and iron atoms.

  20. Geochemical, Petrographic and Magnetic Characteristics of Spinel Lherzolite Mantle Xenoliths from Jabal Remah Volcano, Jordan

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    Ahmad Al-Malabeh

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Peridotite ultramafic mantle xenoliths are occurring abundantly in the Harrat Al-Shaam basaltic province. Jabal Remah volcano is located in the Jordanian parts of the plateau and contains considerable amounts of mantle xenoliths within its pyroclastic successions. Mineralogical investigations show that the xenoliths are mostly of the spinel lherzolite type, which are characterized by a protogranular texture. Modally, the xenoliths are composed of olivine (55-65%, orthopyroxene (12-16%, clinopyroxene (10-15% and spinel (~ 5%. The xenoliths are classified as Type I and belong to the Cr-diopside group. They are characterized by a high content of MgO (42.1-43.2%, Cr (2465-2538 ppm and Ni (2196-2301 ppm. Three selected mantle-xenolith samples were analyzed for their magnetic characteristics. They were found to behave similarly in their ferrimagnetic phase, as indicated by their narrow hysteresis curves and because they never reach saturation even at high applied field. They exhibit ferrimagnetic hystertesis curves similar to world known mantle xenoliths, which is due to the presence of Fe in the form of oxides.

  1. From supernova to Solar System: Few years only; first Solar System components apatite and spinel determined

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    Jungck, Matthias H. A.; Niederer, Franz R.

    2017-03-01

    We show data for the very first years of our Solar System development after an interaction between undisturbed, cold interstellar dust and supernova type II explosion gases. All manual work was done in 1976-1982 as part of 3 theses works but fundamentally new data interpretation was reached within the last three years. From the CI1 meteorite Orgueil, we are able to separate 1.4 per mill of material containing supernova related noble gases He, Ne and Ar as well as P. We separate minerals using essentially density gradient centrifugation followed by stepwise heating noble gas analysis. Our procedure loses nearly no material and is in sharp contrast to the otherwise used dissolution of >99% of material to obtain single presolar grains (Anders and Zinner, 1993). Our method safeguards minerals considerably more fragile than SiC or TiC presolar grains, such as apatite, Mg-Al-spinel, graphite clusters and even apatite coated graphite clusters. We find graphite, apatite and Mg-Al-spinel containing highly anomalous noble gases. For the first time, apatite, containing anomalous Ar with an isotope ratio for 38Ar/36Ar of 0.35, twice the normal ratio, is reported. Such a ratio is produced by a 20 solar mass type II supernova in the C-O-Ne-burning shell. Unmatched pure Ne-E from 22Na measured in the same samples sets the timeframe for this interaction to a maximum of only a few years.

  2. In-situ synchrotron PXRD study of spinel LiMn2O4 formation

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    Birgisson, Steinar; Jensen, Kirsten Marie Ørnsbjerg; Christiansen, Troels Lindahl

    Spinel LiMn2O4 is a well-known cathode material for Li-ion batteries. It is considered to be a safer, more environmentally friendly and cheaper alternative to the widely used LiCoO2 cathode material. During charging/discharging of a Li-ion battery it is necessary for the Li-ions to be extracted....../inserted into the cathode material. The specific capacity of the cathode material is determined by how many Li-ions can diffuse in and out of the cathode material structure per mass unit. Furthermore the rate of the electrochemical reaction (and therefore the power output of the battery) can be limited by how fast the Li......-ions can diffuse in and out of the structure. The spinel structure of LiMn2O4 allows for a three dimensional Li-ion diffusion via tetrahedral and octahedral holes in the cubic close packed oxide structure. By using LiMn2O4 nanoparticles as a cathode material for Li-ion batteries instead of micronsized...

  3. Observation of large low-field magnetoresistance in spinel cobaltite: A new half-metal

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    Li, Peng

    2015-12-10

    Low-field magnetoresistance is an effective and energy-saving way to use half-metallic materials in magnetic reading heads and magnetic random access memory. Common spin-polarized materials with low field magnetoresistance effect are perovskite-type manganese, cobalt, and molybdenum oxides. In this study, we report a new type of spinel cobaltite materials, self-assembled nanocrystalline NiCo2O4, which shows large low field magnetoresistance as large as –19.1% at 0.5 T and –50% at 9 T (2 K). The large low field magnetoresistance is attributed to the fast magnetization rotation of the core nanocrystals. The surface spin-glass is responsible for the observed weak saturation of magnetoresistance under high fields. Our calculation demonstrates that the half-metallicity of NiCo2O4 comes from the hopping eg electrons within the tetrahedral Co-atoms and the octahedral Ni-atoms. The discovery of large low-field magnetoresistance in simple spinel oxide NiCo2O4, a non-perovskite oxide, leads to an extended family of low-field magnetoresistance materials. (© 2016 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH &Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  4. Cation disordering in magnesium aluminate spinel crystals induced by electron or ion irradiation

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    Soeda, Takeshi E-mail: soeda@regroup5.nucl.kyushu-u.ac.jp; Matsumura, Syo; Kinoshita, Chiken; Zaluzec, Nestor J

    2000-12-01

    Structural changes in magnesium aluminate spinel (MgO {center_dot} nAl{sub 2}O{sub 3}) single crystals, which were irradiated with 900 keV electrons or 1 MeV Ne{sup +} ions at 873 K, were examined by electron channeling enhanced X-ray microanalysis. Unirradiated MgO {center_dot} Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} has a tendency to form the normal spinel configuration, where Mg{sup 2+} ions and Al{sup 3+} ions occupy mainly the tetrahedral and the octahedral sites, respectively. Electron irradiation induces simple cation disordering between the tetrahedral sites and the octahedral sites in MgO {center_dot} Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}. In addition to cation disordering, slight evacuation of cations from the tetrahedral sites to the octahedral sites occurs in a peak-damaged area in MgO {center_dot} Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} irradiated with Ne{sup +} ions. In contrast, cation disordering is suppressed in MgO {center_dot} 2.4Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} irradiated with electrons. The structural vacancies, present in the non-stoichiometric compound, appear to be effective in promoting irradiation damage recovery through interstitial-vacancy recombination.

  5. Thorough XPS analyses on overlithiated manganese spinel cycled around the 3V plateau

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    Grissa, R.; Martinez, H.; Cotte, S.; Galipaud, J.; Pecquenard, B.; Cras, F. Le

    2017-07-01

    Lithium-rich spinel Li1.2Mn1.8O4 thin film electrodes operated at 3 V/Li+/Li are studied by means of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), mainly on the basis of the evolution of the Mn2p XPS peak during the electrode cycling. The analysis of this core peak has long been debated in literature given its complex character. Based on manganese oxide references, MnO (Mn2+), Mn2O3(Mn3+) and Li2MnO3(Mn4+), we propose a deconvolution method to identify each Mn oxidation state. This method is then used for the deconvolution of Mn2p XPS peaks of bulk lithium-rich spinels Li1+xMn2-xO4 (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.25) for validation before proceeding to the study of cycled Li1.2Mn1.8O4 thin film electrodes. Electrochemical measurements exhibit significant capacity loss during the first cycle. Based on XPS analyses, this phenomenon could be explained by mechanical breakup of parts of the electrode. A stable behavior during subsequent cycles is then observed. The presence of Mn2+ species (XPS) at the most top surface of the electrode and the significant polarization observed during the discharge illustrate the kinetical limitation of the two-phase reaction, despite the reduced thickness of the electrode material.

  6. Experimental and ab initio investigations on textured Li–Mn–O spinel thin film cathodes

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    Fischer, J., E-mail: Julian.Fischer@kit.edu [Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Institute for Applied Materials (IAM), Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1, 76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen (Germany); Music, D. [RWTH Aachen University, Materials Chemistry, Kopernikusstrasse 10, 52074 Aachen (Germany); Bergfeldt, T.; Ziebert, C.; Ulrich, S.; Seifert, H.J. [Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Institute for Applied Materials (IAM), Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1, 76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen (Germany)

    2014-12-01

    This paper describes the tailored preparation of nearly identical lithium–manganese–oxide thin film cathodes with different global grain orientations. The thin films were synthesized by rf magnetron sputtering from a LiMn{sub 2}O{sub 4}-target in a pure argon plasma. Under appropriate processing conditions, thin films with a cubic spinel structure and a nearly similar density and surface topography but different grain orientation, i.e. (111)- and (440)-textured films, were achieved. The chemical composition was determined by inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectroscopy and carrier gas hot extraction. The constitution- and microstructure were evaluated by X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy. The surface morphology and roughness were investigated by scanning electron and atomic force microscopy. The differently textured films represent an ideal model system for studying potential effects of grain orientation on the lithium ion diffusion and electrochemical behavior in LiMn{sub 2}O{sub 4}-based thin films. They are nearly identical in their chemical composition, atomic bonding behavior, surface-roughness, morphology and thickness. Our initial ab initio molecular dynamics data indicate that Li ion transport is faster in (111)-textured structure than in (440)-textured one. - Highlights: • Thin film model system of differently textured cubic Li–Mn–O spinels. • Investigation of the Li–Mn–O thin film mass density by X-ray reflectivity. • Ab initio molecular dynamics simulation on Li ion diffusion in LiMn{sub 2}O{sub 4}.

  7. Synthesis, Characterization, and Sensor Applications of Spinel ZnCo2O4 Nanoparticles

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    Morán-Lázaro, Juan Pablo; López-Urías, Florentino; Muñoz-Sandoval, Emilio; Blanco-Alonso, Oscar; Sanchez-Tizapa, Marciano; Carreon-Alvarez, Alejandra; Guillén-Bonilla, Héctor; Olvera-Amador, María de la Luz; Guillén-Bonilla, Alex; Rodríguez-Betancourtt, Verónica María

    2016-01-01

    Spinel ZnCo2O4 nanoparticles were synthesized by means of the microwave-assisted colloidal method. A solution containing ethanol, Co-nitrate, Zn-nitrate, and dodecylamine was stirred for 24 h and evaporated by a microwave oven. The resulting solid material was dried at 200 °C and subsequently calcined at 500 °C for 5 h. The samples were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and Raman spectroscopy, confirming the formation of spinel ZnCo2O4 nanoparticles with average sizes between 49 and 75 nm. It was found that the average particle size decreased when the dodecylamine concentration increased. Pellets containing ZnCo2O4 nanoparticles were fabricated and tested as sensors in carbon monoxide (CO) and propane (C3H8) gases at different concentrations and temperatures. Sensor performance tests revealed an extremely high response to 300 ppm of CO at an operating temperature of 200 °C. PMID:27999315

  8. Refractory Materials based on Magnesia-Alumina Spinel for Improved Performance in Coal Gasification Environments

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    Hemrick, James Gordon [ORNL; Armstrong, Beth L [ORNL; Rodrigues-Schroer, Angela [Minteq International, Inc.; Colavito, [Minteq International, Inc.; Smith, Jeffrey D [ORNL; O' Hara, Kelley [University of Missouri, Rolla

    2013-01-01

    As part of a larger project to develop novel refractory systems and techniques to reduce energy consumption of refractory lined vessels, a team composed of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, refractory manufacturer Minteq International, Inc., and academic partner Missouri University of Science and Technology have developed new refractory materials and coating systems specifically for application in coal gasification environments. Materials were developed under this U.S. DOE funded project to address the need for innovative refractory compositions by developing MgO-Al2O3 spinel gunnable refractory compositions utilizing new aggregate materials, bond systems, protective coatings, and phase formation techniques. Work was conducted to develop and deploy these new materials and to develop and apply low cost coatings using a colloidal approach for protection against attack of the refractory brick by the serviced environment. Additionally, a light-weight back-up refractory system was developed to help offset the high thermal conductivity inherent in spinel materials. This paper discusses the efforts involved in the development of these materials, along with the laboratory testing and evaluation of these materials leading to relevant results achieved toward the reduction of chemical reactions and mechanical degradation by the service environment though compositional and processing modifications.

  9. SPINEL-BASED REFRACTORIES FOR IMPROVED PERFORMANCE IN COAL GASIFICATION ENVIRONMENTS

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    Hemrick, James Gordon [ORNL; Armstrong, Beth L [ORNL; Rodrigues-Schroer, Angela [Minteq International, Inc.; Colavito, [Minteq International, Inc.; Smith, Jeffrey D [ORNL; O' Hara, Kelley [University of Missouri, Rolla

    2013-01-01

    Oak Ridge National Laboratory, in collaboration with refractory manufacturer Minteq International, Inc., academic partner Missouri University of Science and Technology and refractory end users have developed novel refractory systems and techniques to reduce energy consumption of refractory lined vessels. The objective of this U.S. DOE funded project was to address the need for innovative refractory compositions by developing MgO-Al 2O3 spinel gunnable refractory compositions utilizing new aggregate materials, bond systems, protective coatings, and phase formation techniques. Materials have been developed specifically for coal gasification environments and work has been performed to develop and apply low cost coatings using a colloidal approach for protection against attack of the refractory brick by the service environment and to develop a light-weight back-up refractory system to help offset the high thermal conductivity inherent in spinel materials. This paper discusses the systematic development of these materials, laboratory testing and evaluation of these materials, and relevant results achieved toward the reduction of chemical reactions and mechanical degradation by the service environment though compositional and processing modifications.

  10. DEVELOPMENT OF NOVEL SPINEL REFRACTORIES FOR USE IN COAL GASIFICATION ENVIRONMENTS

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    Hemrick, James Gordon [ORNL; Armstrong, Beth L [ORNL; Rodrigues-Schroer, Angela [Minteq International, Inc.; Colavito, [Minteq International, Inc.; Smith, Jeffrey D [ORNL; O' Hara, Kelley [University of Missouri, Rolla

    2011-01-01

    Work has been performed by Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), in collaboration with industrial refractory manufacturer (Minteq International, Inc.), academic research partner (Missouri University of Science and Technology) and end users to employ novel refractory systems and techniques to reduce energy consumption of refractory lined vessels found in industries such as aluminum, chemical, glass, and pulp and paper. The objective of the project was to address the need for new innovative refractory compositions by developing a family of novel MgO-Al 2O3 spinel structured unshaped refractory compositions (castables, gunnables, shotcretes, etc) utilizing new aggregate materials, bond systems, protective coatings, and phase formation techniques. As part of the four-year project funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), materials have been developed specifically for coal gasification environments. Additionally, work has been performed to develop and apply low cost coatings using a colloidal approach for protection against corrosion attack of the refractory brick and to develop a light-weight back-up refractory system to help offset the high thermal conductivity inherent in spinel materials. This paper discusses the development of these materials, along with preliminary results achieved toward the reduction of chemical reactions and mechanical degradation by the service environment.

  11. First-principles investigation of boron defects in nickel ferrite spinel

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    Rák, Zs.; O'Brien, C. J.; Brenner, D. W.

    2014-09-01

    The accumulation of boron within the porous nickel ferrite (NiFe2O4, NFO) deposited on nuclear reactor fuel rods is a major technological problem with important safety and economical implications. In this work, the electronic structure of nickel ferrite spinel has been investigated using first-principles methods, and the theoretical results have been combined with experimental data to analyze B incorporation into the spinel structure of NFO. Under thermodynamic solid-solid equilibrium between NFO and atomic reservoirs of Ni and Fe, our calculations predict that the incorporation of B into the NFO structure is unfavorable. The main factors that limit B incorporation are the narrow stability domain of NFO and the precipitation of B2O3, Fe3BO5, and Ni3B2O6 compounds as secondary phases. The B incorporation energies depend sensitively on the electron chemical potential (EF) and the charge state of the defect. In n-type NFO, the most stable defect is the Ni vacancy VNi2- while in p-type material lowest the formation energy belongs to the interstitial B occupying a tetrahedrally coordinated site BT2+. Because of these limiting conditions it is more thermodynamically favorable for B to form secondary phases with Fe, Ni and O (e.g. B2O3, Fe3BO5, and Ni3B2O6) than it is to form point defects in NFO.

  12. Life Cycle Assessment and Life Cycle Cost Analysis of Magnesia Spinel Brick Production

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    Aysun Özkan

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available Sustainable use of natural resources in the production of construction materials has become a necessity both in Europe and Turkey. Construction products in Europe should have European Conformity (CE and Environmental Product Declaration (EPD, an independently verified and registered document in line with the European standard EN 15804. An EPD certificate can be created by performing a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA study. In this particular work, an LCA study was carried out for a refractory brick production for environmental assessment. In addition to the LCA, the Life Cycle Cost (LCC analysis was also applied for economic assessment. Firstly, a cradle-to-gate LCA was performed for one ton of magnesia spinel refractory brick. The CML IA method included in the licensed SimaPro 8.0.1 software was chosen to calculate impact categories (namely, abiotic depletion, global warming potential, acidification potential, eutrophication potential, human toxicity, ecotoxicity, ozone depletion potential, and photochemical oxidation potential. The LCC analysis was performed by developing a cost model for internal and external cost categories within the software. The results were supported by a sensitivity analysis. According to the results, the production of raw materials and the firing process in the magnesia spinel brick production were found to have several negative effects on the environment and were costly.

  13. Synthesis, Characterization, and Sensor Applications of Spinel ZnCo2O4 Nanoparticles

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    Juan Pablo Morán-Lázaro

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available Spinel ZnCo2O4 nanoparticles were synthesized by means of the microwave-assisted colloidal method. A solution containing ethanol, Co-nitrate, Zn-nitrate, and dodecylamine was stirred for 24 h and evaporated by a microwave oven. The resulting solid material was dried at 200 °C and subsequently calcined at 500 °C for 5 h. The samples were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM, transmission electron microscopy (TEM, X-ray diffraction (XRD, and Raman spectroscopy, confirming the formation of spinel ZnCo2O4 nanoparticles with average sizes between 49 and 75 nm. It was found that the average particle size decreased when the dodecylamine concentration increased. Pellets containing ZnCo2O4 nanoparticles were fabricated and tested as sensors in carbon monoxide (CO and propane (C3H8 gases at different concentrations and temperatures. Sensor performance tests revealed an extremely high response to 300 ppm of CO at an operating temperature of 200 °C.

  14. Capacity fading of spinel LiMn2O4 during cycling at elevated temperature

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    2002-01-01

    A normal spinel LiMn2O4 as cathode material for lithium-ion cells was cycled galvanostatically (0.2 C) at 55℃. To determine the contribution of each voltage plateau to the total capacity fading of the cathode upon repeated cycling, the capacities in each plateau were separated by differentiation of voltage vs. capacity. The results showthat the capacity fading in the upper voltage plateau is more rapidlythan that in the lower during discharging, while in charging process,it fades slower than that in the lower voltage range. The increased capacity shift and aggravated self-discharge/electrolyte oxidation during discharging contribute to a high fading rate in the upper step. Capacity shift also takes place during charging process, which again enhancing the fading rate of the lower voltage plateau. An increase in capacity shift, as a result of an increase in polarization of the cell, plays a major role in determining the fading rate in each voltage plateau, further reflecting the thickening of the passivation layer on the active particles, and the accumulation of electrolyte decomposition. The relative capacity loss for modified spinels is well correlated withthe relative increase in the polarization of the half-cells, confirming the above causes for capacity fade of this kind of cathode material.

  15. Thermodynamics of spinel Li xTiO 2 from first principles

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    Wagemaker, M.; Van Der Ven, A.; Morgan, D.; Ceder, G.; Mulder, F. M.; Kearley, G. J.

    2005-10-01

    The thermodynamic and structural properties of Li xTiO 2 spinel are investigated by means of a cluster expansion based on pseudopotential ground state energy calculations in the Generalized Gradient approximation (GGA). The cluster expansion enables a Monte Carlo simulation of configurational thermodynamics, giving the Li configurations, chemical potential and the insertion potential as function of Li composition at 300 K. For 1/2 LiTiO 2 Li occupies the crystallographic 8a and 16c sites, respectively. This site occupation and the changes in the unit cell dimensions compare well with X-ray and neutron diffraction experiments. For x < 1/2 in Li xTiO 2 solid solution behavior is found and Li extraction can only occur at higher potentials. The potential step at Li 1/2TiO 2 is calculated to be 1.4 V, in good agreement with experiment, but considerably higher than in the comparable Co and Mn-spinel.

  16. Automated NanoSIMS Measurements of Spinel Stardust from the Murray Meteorite

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    Gyngard, Frank; Nittler, Larry R; Morgand, Alain; Stadermann, Frank J; Hynes, K Mairin

    2010-01-01

    We report new O isotopic data on 41 presolar oxide grains, 38 MgAl2O4 (spinel) and 3 Al2O3 from the CM2 meteorite Murray, identified with a recently developed automated measurement system for the NanoSIMS. We have also obtained Mg-Al isotopic results on 29 of the same grains (26 spinel and 3 Al2O3). The majority of the grains have O isotopic compositions typical of most presolar oxides, fall well into the four previously defined groups, and are most likely condensates from either red giant branch or asymptotic giant branch stars. We have also discovered several grains with more unusual O and Mg compositions suggesting formation in extreme astrophysical environments, such as novae and supernovae. One of these grains has massive enrichments in 17O, 25Mg, and 26Mg, which are isotopic signatures indicative of condensation from nova ejecta. Two grains of supernova origin were also discovered: one has a large 18O/16O ratio typical of Group 4 presolar oxides; another grain is substantially enriched in 16O, and also ...

  17. From layered double hydroxide to spinel nanostructures: facile synthesis and characterization of nanoplatelets and nanorods.

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    Sun, Genban; Sun, Lingna; Wen, He; Jia, Zhiqian; Huang, Kunlin; Hu, Changwen

    2006-07-13

    Mg-Al spinel (MgAl2O4) nanorods and nanoplatelets transformed from Mg-Al layered double hydroxide (Mg-Al-LDHs) were synthesized via a combined hydrothermal method and calcination route using Al(NO3).9H2O and Mg(NO3)2.6H2O as raw materials. The nanorods and nanoplatelets were characterized by means of physical techniques, including powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), high-resolution transmission electron microcopy (HRTEM), selected-area electron diffraction (SAED), Fourier transform infrared spectra (FT-IR), thermogravimetric (TG), and nitrogen adsorption-desorption isotherms. XRD patterns reveal that the Mg-Al-LDHs nanostructures were obtained under a hydrothermal reaction temperature of 200 degrees C and Mg-Al spinel nanostructures were fabricated via calcination of the Mg-Al-LDHs nanostructures at 750 degrees C. It can be seen from TEM that the sizes of the Mg-Al-LDHs nanoplatelets were about 20-40 nm and the diameters of the MgAl2O4 nanorods were ca. 6 nm. The HRTEM images indicate that the crystal lattice spaces of the MgAl2O4 nanorods and nanoplatelets are 0.282 and 0.287 nm, respectively.

  18. Radiation-induced luminescence in magnesium aluminate spinel crystals and ceramics

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    Gritsyna, V. T.; Kazarinov, Yu. G.; Kobyakov, V. A.; Reimanis, I. E.

    2006-09-01

    Radioluminescence (RL) and thermoluminescence (TL) in spinel crystals and ceramics were investigated to elucidate the radiation-induced electronic processes in single crystals grown by Verneuil and Czochralski methods as well as transparent and translucent ceramics. Both RL and TL spectra demonstrate a UV-band related to electron-hole recombination luminescence at intrinsic defects; green and red luminescence are identified with emission of Mn 2+- and Cr 3+-ions, respectively. The kinetics of growth of different RL luminescence bands depending on dose at the prolonged X-irradiation shows the competitive character of charge and energy transfer between defects and impurity ions. The dependence of RL intensity on the temperature of the sample was measured in the range of 300-750 K and compared with TL for different emission bands. The variety of maxima in the temperature dependence of RL and in the glow curves of TL measured for different luminescence bands in spinels of different origins and crystalline forms is used to show that charge carrier traps and luminescence centers are not isolated defects but are complexes of defects and impurities. The formation, structure and properties of these complexes depend on the processing conditions.

  19. Extreme Uplift and Erosion Rates in Eastern Himalayas (Siang-Brahmaputra Basin) Revealed by Detrital (U-Th)/He Termochronology

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    Tibari, B.; Pik, R.; France-Lanord, C.; Carignan, J.; Lave, J.

    2005-12-01

    The distribution of erosion intensity in a major mountain range such as the Himalaya is a fundamental clue to investigate the interaction between climatic, tectonic and erosion processes that govern the morphology and evolution of an orogen. At the first order, the sediment flux measured on the two major rivers - Ganga and Brahmaputra - suggest higher mean denudation rates for the Eastern Himalaya than Western Himalaya (Galy and France-Lanord, 2001). However, the distribution of erosion in the Brahmaputra basin is not uniform and the Namche Barwa area, drained by the Siang-Tsangpo, appears to supply up to 50 % of the total sediment flux of the Brahmaputra (Singh and France-Lanord, 2002). In order to further constrain the relationships between such localized erosion and the associated exhumation rate of basement, we measured (U-Th)/He ages in detrital zircons from river sediments in the Brahmaputra basin. This thermochronological system (Z-He) is particularly interesting for detrital material because: (i) zircon is preserved during weathering and erosion processes, (ii) its closure temperature (150-180°C, Reiners et al., 2004) corresponds to a depth which is close to the surface but deep enough to avoid perturbations by topography variations, and (iii) the error associated to single grain measurement (8-10 %) allows a good definition of population ages. Z-He ages from the Brahmaputra river in Bangladesh range from 0.4 to 77 Ma. 40 % of the zircon population exhibit Z-He ages between 0.4 and 1 Ma defining the major distribution peak centred at 0.5 Ma. These very young ages correspond to extreme denudation rates of 5 to 7 mm/yr. Dispersed Z-He ages from 12 to 77 Ma do not define any population groups, whereas the remaining 40 % of the zircons have ages distributed between 2.5 and 7 Ma, which correspond to the pool of ages recorded by preliminary Z-He ages on the other Himalayan rivers of the basin. Therefore, such very high denudation rates (5-7 mm/yr) seems to

  20. Petrography and U-Pb detrital zircon geochronology of metasedimentary strata dredged from the Chukchi Borderland, Amerasia Basin, Arctic Ocean

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    Brumley, K.; Miller, E. L.; Mayer, L. A.; Andronikov, A.; Wooden, J. L.; Dumitru, T. A.; Elliott, B.; Gehrels, G. E.; Mukasa, S. B.

    2010-12-01

    In 2008-2009, twelve dredges were taken aboard the USCGC Healy from outcrops along the Alpha Ridge, Northern Chukchi Borderland, Northwind Ridge and the Chukchi Plateau in the Arctic Ocean as part of the U.S. Extended Continental Shelf Project. To ensure sampling of outcrop, steep bathymetric slopes (>40°) with little mud cover were identified with multibeam sonar and targeted for dredging. The first dredge from Alpha Ridge yielded volcaniclastic sedimentary rocks deposited from a phreatomagmatic eruption in shallow water (<200m). This is inconsistent with tectonic reconstructions suggesting that the Alpha Ridge was created as an oceanic plateau on deep oceanic crust of the Canada Basin. Another dredge, taken from the northern tip of Northwind Ridge, yielded metasedimentary rocks deformed under greenschist facies conditions (chlorite+white mica). These rocks are intruded and/or overlain by mid-Cretaceous alkalic basalts, also taken in this dredge, and dated by 40Ar/39Ar (plagioclase separate) to be 112±1 Ma. The metasedimentary rocks, from this single dredge, range in grain size from mud to coarse sandstone and grit which all contain grains and sub-angular clasts of volcanic, plutonic, metamorphic and fine grained sedimentary rocks as well as monocrystalline quartz, potassium feldspar, and plagioclase. All of these samples display the same bedding to foliation angle and lithology, which further indicates that they were dredged from in situ outcrop and are not random samples of ice rafted debris. Based on grain size variations and graded beds, they are interpreted as Silurian gravity flow deposits fed by proximal syn-orogenic and/or magmatic arc sources. Detrital zircons were separated from four sandstone samples of the Northwind Ridge dredge, and their U-Pb single grain ages determined by LA-MC-ICPMS and SHRIMP, (N= 393). Their detrital zircon populations are dominated by euhedral first-cycle zircon ca. 430 and 980 Ma with lesser older recycled zircons between

  1. Element exchange between minerals at hydrothermal conditions: A case study with spinel

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    Jonas, L.; Muller, T.; Dohmen, R.

    2013-12-01

    It is generally believed that the presence of a fluid phase enhances the reactivity of minerals and promotes exchange reactions between minerals that are physically separated from each other. Two end-member mechanisms can be considered for the bulk equilibration of the mineral with the fluid: volume diffusion and dissolution-precipitation. A key parameter, which may control the overall kinetic behavior, is the solubility of the relevant elements within the fluid (e.g., [1]). We investigated the reaction mechanism of a model system to identify the role of the various parameters, in particular those controlling the solubility. Two polished spinel crystals (hercynite with xFe=0.6 and synthetic Mg-spinel) react in the presence of H2O at 750 °C and 0.2 GPa in a welded-shut Au-capsule for 1-24 hrs. The crystals are physically separated by a tube of noble metal dividing the capsule into two connected chambers. The surface of the reacted crystals is analyzed using optical methods and SEM and the near surface chemistry is studied via RBS. From the latter we are able to extract Fe-concentration depth profiles. First results show an increasing surface concentration of Fe in Mg-spinel with time. The depth profiles for experiments up to 8 hours reveal a decrease of Fe-concentration within the first 100 nm from the surface towards the center of the Mg-spinel. The Fe depth profiles can be simulated with a simplified diffusion model, assuming a fixed surface concentration and their shapes indicate that the inter-diffusion coefficient in spinel is concentration dependent. Our derived Fe-Mg diffusion coefficient [D(Fe-Mg) ≈ 1x10-19 m2/s for pure MgAl2O4) and its compositional dependence is consistent with an independent experimental study using thin film diffusion couples that were annealed at dry conditions at 1 atm [2]. The observed kinetic behavior of the experimental system was simulated using the model of [1]. The model geometry is identical to the present experimental setup

  2. Thermodynamic Modelling of Fe-Cr-Ni-Spinel Formation at the Light-Water Reactor Conditions

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    Kurepin, V.A.; Kulik, D.A.; Hitpold, A.; Nicolet, M

    2002-03-01

    In the light water reactors (LWR), the neutron activation and transport of corrosion products is of concern in the context of minimizing the radiation doses received by the personnel during maintenance works. A practically useful model for transport and deposition of the stainless steel corrosion products in LWR can only be based on an improved understanding of chemical processes, in particular, on the attainment of equilibrium in this hydrothermal system, which can be described by means of a thermodynamic solid-solution -aqueous-solution (SSAS) model. In this contribution, a new thermodynamic model for a Fe-Cr-Ni multi-component spinel solid solutions was developed that considers thermodynamic consequences of cation interactions in both spinel sub-Iattices. The obtained standard thermodynamic properties of two ferrite and two chromite end-members and their mixing parameters at 90 bar pressure and 290 *c temperature predict a large miscibility gap between (Fe,Ni) chromite and (Fe,Ni) ferrite phases. Together with the SUPCRT92-98 thermo- dynamic database for aqueous species, the 'spinel' thermodynamic dataset was applied to modeling oxidation of austenitic stainless steel in hydrothermal water at 290*C and 90 bar using the Gibbs energy minimization (GEM) algorithm, implemented in the GEMS-PSI code. Firstly, the equilibrium compositions of steel oxidation products were modelIed as function of oxygen fugacity .fO{sub 2} by incremental additions of O{sub 2} in H{sub 2}O-free system Cr-Fe- Ni-O. Secondly, oxidation of corrosion products in the Fe-Cr-Ni-O-H aquatic system was modelIed at different initial solid/water ratios. It is demonstrated that in the transition region from hydrogen regime to oxygen regime, the most significant changes in composition of two spinel-oxide phases (chromite and ferrite) and hematite must take place. Under more reduced conditions, the Fe-rich ferrite (magnetite) and Ni-poor chromite phases co-exist at equilibrium with a metal Ni

  3. Pre-Devonian tectonic evolution of the eastern South China Block:Geochronological evidence from detrital zircons

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    2010-01-01

    Using the U-Pb LA-ICP-MS analysis technique we analyzed geochronological features of detrital zircons from Devonian and Ordovician coarse sandstone in southern Jiangxi Province,northern Cathaysia Block.Abundant ancient crustal information was obtained.The 350 groups of U-Pb age center on five ranges:2600-2300 Ma(peak at 2470 Ma),1100-900 Ma(peak at 980 Ma),900-700 Ma(peak at 800 Ma),650-520 Ma(peak at 600 Ma) and 450-400 Ma(peak at 440 Ma).We also found a detrital zircon of ~3.5 Ga.This is the oldest age in northern Cathaysia Block obtained so far.From the analysis we concluded that:(1) the 2600-2300 Ma period,characterized by a global continent-building,records late Neoarchean magmatism that did not occur in the neighboring area of Cathaysia;(2) the marked peak at 1100-900 Ma corresponds with the assembly time of the Neoproterozoic supercontinent,Rodinia,suggesting that the Cathaysia Block was once a part of Rodinia,and numerous euhedral zircons with similar ages likely resulted from the Grenville event;(3) the peak at 900-700 Ma corresponds to the breakup of Rodinia,as evidenced by wide occurrence of Neoproterozoic granite,basic dyke swarms and continental rift-type deposition;(4) the 650-520 Ma period is the typical time of the Pan-African event,but as yet no associated magmatic rock has been reported in this area;and(5) the peak at 450-400 Ma,representing the early Paleozoic orogeny,was recorded in various igneous rocks.Abundant Silurian-Lower Devonian granitic plutons,orthogneisses and their zircon U-Pb dating ages(450-400 Ma) are important evidence of an early Paleozoic orogenic event.Geological data support the interpretation of an Early Paleozoic tectonic heat event in Cathaysia,which was likely to be caused by intracontinental collision.

  4. Identification of 3.5 Ga detrital zircons from Yangtze craton in south China and the implication for Archean crust evolution

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    LIU Xiaoming; GAO Shan; LING Wenli; YUAN Honglin; HU Zhaochu

    2006-01-01

    The LA-ICP-MS U-Pb dating of hundreds of detrital zircon grains from the Sinian sandstones of Liantuo formation and tillites of Nantuo formation at Sanxia area in Yichang identified 3319-3508 Ma zircon grains. Their 207pb/206pb and 206pb/238U ages show excellent agreement (concordia degree 99 %-100 % ). Their CL images exhibit well-developed oscillatory zoning and the Th/U ratios are within 0. 46-0. 76, implying that they are igneous zircons which formed during middle-early Archean. These zircons are the oldest ones discovered in Yangtze craton until now. However, the detrital zircons with ages older than 3.3 Ga in the metamorphic rocks of Kongling group were not found by further investigation, which suggests the presence of crust older than high-grade metamorphic Kongling terrain in Yangtze craton.

  5. Quantifying the Texture, Composition, and Coupled Chemical-Mechanical Diagenesis of Deformation Bands within Sandstone Reservoir Outcrop Analogs of Assorted Detrital Compositions, Southwestern USA

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    Elliott, S. J.; Eichhubl, P.

    2015-12-01

    In porous sandstones many factors including grain size, sorting, stress-state, and composition influence deformation mechanisms and resulting deformation band properties, especially those related to fluid flow. Using high resolution SEM-CL, EDS, and BSE images we quantitatively point counted various band types and their associated host rocks at the sub-micron scale, performed comprehensive grain size analyses on the undeformed host rocks, and calculated the total porosity lost through coupled chemical-mechanical means for each host rock and band. Our goals were to 1) determine the influence of detrital composition and texture [Cedar Mesa, Navajo, and Entrada sandstones] both on bands formed by different mechanisms and on bands formed by the same deformation mechanism at various stages of development, and to 2) assess the effects of coupled chemical-mechanical processes leading to deformation localization within these sandstone reservoir outcrop analogs. Analyzed samples include a non-cataclastic disaggregation band, a non-cataclastic pressure solution band, and single, multistrand, and clustered cataclastic bands, all of which formed through combinations of grain reorganization, brittle processes, pressure solution, and cementation. The textural, compositional, and diagenetic properties of the older burial-related bands (pressure solution and disaggregation) are more comparable to the detrital host rocks than the later, faulting-related cataclastic bands, regardless of the host rock characteristics. Furthermore, the relative influence of the detrital sandstone properties varies throughout the evolutionary stages of cataclastic band development. For example, multistrand bands across formations have undergone similar chemical-mechanical deformation, yet their remnant porosities and compositions vary drastically. Cluster bands, on the other hand, represent a later developmental stage than multistrand bands, and yet their porosities and compositions are similar across

  6. Laser Ablation Split Stream (LASS) U-Pb & Lu-Hf Isotope Analysis of Detrital Zircons from the Old Red Sandstone, NW Svalbard: Implications for Northern Caledonian Paleogeography

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    Beranek, L. P.; Gee, D. G.; Fisher, C. M.

    2015-12-01

    The Svalbard archipelago consists of three Caledonian provinces that were assembled by thrusting and transcurrent faulting during the Silurian and Devonian in a location directly northeast of the Greenland Caledonides. Syn- to post-orogenic alluvial strata, referred to as the Old Red Sandstones, filled pull-apart basins adjacent to the transcurrent faults and comprise cover assemblages that help constrain the timing of the Caledonian orogeny. To further investigate the tectonic history and paleogeography of the Raudfjorden-Liefdefjorden-Woodfjorden area of Spitsbergen, NW Svalbard, we analyzed rock samples of the Old Red Sandstones and underlying Precambrian basement complexes for detrital zircon analysis. Laboratory studies of the Old Red Sandstones include the novel Laser Ablation Split Stream (LASS) technique, which allows for simultaneous U-Pb & Lu-Hf isotope analysis of zircon crystals. Lower Devonian Red Bay Group strata contain a range of early Neoproterozoic to Neoarchean detrital zircons with prominent age peaks c. 960, 1050, 1370, 1450, 1650, and 2700 Ma; subordinate Ordovician (c. 460-490 Ma) and Cryogenian (c. 650 Ma) detrital zircons occur in a subset of the samples. Underlying Precambrian metasedimentary rocks are composed of similar earliest Neoproterozoic to Neoarchean age populations, which argues for much of the Red Bay Group to be derived from local basement rocks during thrusting and other faulting. The U-Pb ages and Hf isotope compositions of Paleozoic to Neoarchean detrital zircons are consistent with Arctic crustal evolution, and support the hypothesis that northwestern and northeastern provinces of the Svalbard Caledonides are extruded fragments of the northeast Greenland allochthons. The new Hf isotope results further allow paleogeographic and stratigraphic comparisons with rock assemblages proximal to the North Atlantic Caledonides during the Silurian-Devonian, including the Pearya terrane of Ellesmere Island, Alexander terrane of NW

  7. Ga, Ca, and 3d transition element (Cr through Zn) partitioning among spinel-lherzolite phases from the Lanzo massif, Italy: Analytical results and crystal chemistry

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    Wogelius, R.A. [Argonne National Lab., IL (United States); Fraser, D.G. [Oxford Univ. (United Kingdom). Dept. of Earth Sciences

    1994-06-01

    Ultramafic rocks exposed in Lanzo massif, Italy is a record of mantle geochemistry, melting, sub-solidus re-equilibration. Plagioclase(+ spinel)-lherzolite samples were analyzed by Scanning Proton Microscopy, other techniques. Previous work postulated partial melting events and a two-stage sub-solidus cooling history; this paper notes Ga enrichment on spinel-clinopyroxene grain boundaries, high Ga and transition element content of spinel, and pyroxene zonation in Ca and Al. Trace element levels in olivine and orthopyroxene are also presented. Zoning trends are interpreted as due to diffusion during cooling. Olivine-clinopyroxene Cr and Ca exchange as well as clinopyroxene and spinel zonation trends indicate that the massif experienced at least two sub-solidus cooling episodes, one at 20 kbar to 1000 C and one at 8 kbar <750C. Ga levels in cores of Lanzo high-Cr spinels are high (82-66 ppM) relative to other mantle spinels (66-40 ppM), indicating enrichment. Ga content of ultramafic spinels apparently increases with Cr content; this may be due to: increased Ga solubility stemming from crystal chemical effects and/or higher Ga activities in associated silicate melts. Thus, during melting, high-Cr residual spinel may tend to buffer solid-phase Ga level. These spinels are not only rich in Ga and Cr (max 26.37 el. wt %), but also in Fe (max 21.07 el. wt %), Mn (max 3400 ppM), and Zn (max 2430 ppM). These enrichments are again due to melt extraction and partitioning into spinel structure. Low Ni (min 1050 ppM) levels are due to unsuccessful competition of Ni with Cr for octahedral structural sites caused by crystal field. Comparisons of change in partitioning vs Cr content among several 3d transition elements for spinels from Lanzo, other localities allow us to separate crystal field effects from bulk chemical effects and to show that in typical assemblages, inversion of olivine-spinel partition coefficient for Ni from <1 to >1 should occur at 11% el. wt. Cr in spinel.

  8. Detrital zircon U-Pb geochronology, Lu-Hf isotopes and REE geochemistry constrains on the provenance and tectonic setting of Indochina Block in the Paleozoic

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    Wang, Ce; Liang, Xinquan; Foster, David A.; Fu, Jiangang; Jiang, Ying; Dong, Chaoge; Zhou, Yun; Wen, Shunv; Van Quynh, Phan

    2016-05-01

    In situ U-Pb geochronology, Lu-Hf isotopes and REE geochemical analyses of detrital zircons from Cambrian-Devonian sandstones in the Truong Son Belt, central Vietnam, are used to provide the information of provenance and tectonic evolution of the Indochina Block. The combined detrital zircon age spectra of all of the samples ranges from 3699 Ma to 443 Ma and shows with dominant age peaks at ca. 445 Ma and 964 Ma, along with a number of age populations at 618-532 Ma, 1160-1076 Ma, 1454 Ma, 1728 Ma and 2516 Ma. The zircon age populations are similar to those from time equivalent sedimentary sequences in continental blocks disintegrated from the East Gondwana during the Phanerozoic. The younger zircon grains with age peaks at ca. 445 Ma were apparently derived from middle Ordovician-Silurian igneous and metamorphic rocks in Indochina. Zircons with ages older than about 600 Ma were derived from other Gondwana terrains or recycled from the Precambrian basement of the Indochina Block. Similarities in the detrital zircon U-Pb ages suggest that Paleozoic strata in the Indochina, Yangtze, Cathaysia and Tethyan Himalayas has similar provenance. This is consistent with other geological constrains indicating that the Indochina Block was located close to Tethyan Himalaya, northern margin of the India, and northwestern Australia in Gondwana.

  9. The Tethyan Himalayan detrital record shows that India-Asia terminal collision occurred by 54 Ma in the Western Himalaya

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    Najman, Y.; Jenks, D.; Godin, L.; Boudagher-Fadel, M.; Millar, I.; Garzanti, E.; Horstwood, M.; Bracciali, L.

    2017-02-01

    The Himalayan orogen is a type example of continent-continent collision. Knowledge of the timing of India-Asia collision is critical to the calculation of the amount of convergence that must have been accommodated and thus to models of crustal deformation. Sedimentary rocks on the Indian plate near the suture zone can be used to constrain the time of collision by determining first evidence of Asian-derived material deposited on the Indian plate. However, in the Himalaya, for this approach to be applied successfully, it is necessary to be able to distinguish between Asian detritus and detritus from oceanic island arcs that may have collided with India prior to India-Asia collision. Zircons from the Indian plate, Asian plate and Kohistan-Ladakh Island arc can be distinguished based on their U-Pb ages combined with Hf signatures. We undertook a provenance study of the youngest detrital sedimentary rocks of the Tethyan Himalaya of the Indian plate, in the Western Himalaya. We show that zircons of Asian affinity were deposited on the Indian plate at 54 Ma. We thus constrain terminal India-Asia collision, when both sutures north and south of the Kohistan-Ladakh Island arc were closed, to have occurred in the Western Himalaya by 54 Ma.

  10. Tracking the Cretaceous transcontinental Ceduna River through Australia: The hafnium isotope record of detrital zircons from offshore southern Australia

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    Jarred Lloyd

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available The middle–upper Cretaceous Ceduna River system traversed continental Australia from the NE coast to the centre of the southern coast. At its mouth, it formed a vast delta system that is similar in scale to the Niger delta of West Africa. The delta system is composed of two main lobes that represent different phases of delta construction. A recent hypothesis has challenged the traditional idea that both lobes of the delta were derived from a transcontinental river system by suggesting that the upper lobe (Santonian–Maastrichtian is instead derived from a restricted catchment within southern Australia. Hf isotopic data presented here fingerprint the original source of the upper delta lobe zircons to NE Australia, with data comparing well with similar U-Pb and Lu-Hf isotopic data from the Lachlan Orogen, the New England Orogen, the eastern Musgraves Province and the northern Flinders Ranges. These data do not preclude a model where the lobe is derived from recycled Eromanga Basin sediments during a phase of late Cretaceous inland Australian uplift, but when coupled with reconnaissance low-temperature thermochronometry from the region of the Ceduna River course indicating widespread Triassic–Jurassic exhumation, and comparisons with detrital zircon data from the Winton Formation upstream of any proposed uplift, we suggest that both lobes of the Ceduna Delta are likely to be derived from a transcontinental Ceduna River.

  11. Can Thin-lipped Mullet Directly Exploit the Primary and Detritic Production of European Macrotidal Salt Marshes?

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    Laffaille, P.; Feunteun, E.; Lefebvre, C.; Radureau, A.; Sagan, G.; Lefeuvre, J.-C.

    2002-04-01

    Juveniles and adults (>100 mm) of Liza ramada colonize macrotidal salt marsh creeks of Mont Saint-Michel bay (France) between March and November, during spring tide floods (43% of the tides) and return to coastal waters during the ebb. This fish species actively feeds during its short stay in the creek (from 1 to 2 h). On average, each fish swallows sediment including living and inert organic matter, which amounts to 8% of its fresh body weight. Their diet is dominated by small benthic items (especially diatoms and salt marsh plant detritus), that correspond to the primary and detritic production of this macrotidal salt marsh creek. Despite very short submersion periods, mullets filter and ingest large quantities of sediment and concentrated organic matter (on average organic matter in stomach content is 31%) produced by these coastal wetlands. European salt marshes are thus shown to act as trophic areas for mullets, which are well adapted to this constraining habitat which is only flooded for short periods during spring tides.

  12. The Paleogene California River: Evidence of Mojave-Uinta paleodrainage from U-Pb ages of detrital zircons

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    Davis, S.J.; Dickinson, W.R.; Gehrels, G.E.; Spencer, J.E.; Lawton, T.F.; Carroll, A.R.

    2010-01-01

    U-Pb age spectra of detrital zircons in samples from the Paleogene Colton Formation in the Uinta Basin of northeastern Utah and the Late Cretaceous McCoy Mountains Formation of southwestern Arizona (United States) are statistically indistinguishable. This finding refutes previous inferences that arkosic detritus of the Colton was derived from cratonic basement exposed by Laramide tectonism, and instead establishes the Cordilleran magmatic arc (which also provided sediment to the McCoy Mountains Formation) as the primary source. Given the existence of a north-south-trending drainage divide in eastern Nevada and the north-northeast direction of Laramide paleoflow throughout Arizona and southern Utah, we infer that a large river system headed in the arc of the Mojave region flowed northeast ~700 km to the Uinta Basin. Named after its source area, this Paleogene California River would have been equal in scale but opposite in direction to the modern Green River-Colorado River system, and the timing and causes of the subsequent drainage reversal are important constraints on the tectonic evolution of the Cordillera and the Colorado Plateau. ?? 2010 Geological Society of America.

  13. Palaeogene growth of the northeastern Tibetan Plateau: Detrital fission track and sedimentary analysis of the Lanzhou basin, NW China

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    Wang, Xiuxi; Deng, Lizheng; Zattin, Massimiliano; Ji, Minxiao; Li, Jijun

    2017-10-01

    The Palaeogene evolution of the northeastern Tibetan Plateau remains elusive, because of the paucity of well-dated long-lasting and continuous sedimentary records. In this work, we present a detailed detrital apatite fission track thermochronology and stratigraphic study in the Lanzhou basin, located on the eastern-most margin of northeastern Tibet, where Eocene to middle Miocene sediments are well preserved. Combining the analysis of sedimentology records and synsedimentary tectonic structures, four regional tectonic phases are deciphered (52-47 Ma, 40-32 Ma, 23-20 Ma and <16 Ma, respectively). These episodes were spaced out by three periods of tectonic stability or quiescence linked to regional relief-reduction. Our apatite fission-track data suggest that far-field stress due to the India-Asia collision had been propagated to this region since early Eocene, and the modern northeastern portion of the Tibetan Plateau has been buildup since then. Thereafter, the growth of the northeastern Tibetan Plateau was dominated by a tectonic activity/inactivity cycle until late Miocene. Thus, the regional growth history appears to have been episodic in nature during the Cenozoic.

  14. Tracing collisional route of the Danubian terranes (South Carpathians, Romania), using detrital U-Pb isotopic record

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    Balica, Constantin; Balintoni, Ioan; Campeanu, Mara

    2017-04-01

    [3]. Based on the analysis of two detrital zircon age patterns, an Avalonian-type origin and a peri-Amazonian provenance is suggested. In addition to these arguments, the absence of any Cadomian intrusion was used as strong point to constrain the location of Drǎgșan terrane outside the Cadomian arc. Beyond the terranes origin, provenance and tectonic setting, the evolution of the Danubian terranes starting with their formation at the Gondwana margin up to the final Variscan continental collision remains still undisclosed. In order to trace the collisional route of the two Danubian terranes, a comparative analysis is done on 12 detrital zircon samples from the Dragsan terrane and 15 detrital zircon samples from Lainici-Paius terrane has been carried out, in terms of the detrital zircon U-Pb age distribution. The two aggregate age distributions show similarities, sharing common maxima within 600-300 Ma. Based on these similarities, a sequence of events is proposed. Following the formation of the two Danubian terranes (i.e. minimum 800 Ma for the Dragsan terrane and 622-600 Ma for the Lainici-Paius terrane, respectively), age peaks falling within 630-580 Ma might represent the accretion and collision of the Dragsan arc to the Gondwanan margin represented by Lainici-Paius terrane. The 570 Ma peak, common for both distributions and identified also in a set of metamorphic zircons from the Lainici-Paius terrane, possibly represent the age of metamorphism for both terranes. The age minima observed within the 450-430 Ma interval, might suggest the separation of the Danubian terranes from the Gondwana mainland. Finally, the Variscan collision is clearly recorded by the 320 Ma peak Acknowledgments: this study was founded through grant PN-II ID-PCE-2011-3-0100 References [1] Balintoni, I., Balica, C., Ducea, M., Stremțan, C., 2011. Peri-Amazonian, Avalonian-type and Ganderian-type terranes in the South Carpathians, Romania: The Danubian domain basement Gondwana Research 19

  15. Compositional controls on spinel clouding and garnet formation in plagioclase of olivine metagabbros, Adirondack Mountains, New York

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    McLelland, J.M.; Whitney, P.R.

    1980-01-01

    Olivine metagabbros from the Adirondacks usually contain both clear and spinel-clouded plagioclase, as well as garnet. The latter occurs primarily as the outer rim of coronas surrounding olivine and pyroxene, and less commonly as lamellae or isolated grains within plagioclase. The formation of garnet and metamorphic spinel is dependent upon the anorthite content of the plagioclase. Plagioclase more sodic than An38??2 does not exhibit spinel clouding, and garnet rarely occurs in contact with plagioclase more albitic than An36??4. As a result of these compositional controls, the distribution of spinel and garnet mimics and visually enhances original igneous zoning in plagioclase. Most features of the arrangement of clear (unclouded) plagioclase, including the shells or moats of clear plagioclase which frequently occur inside the garnet rims of coronas, can be explained on the basis of igneous zoning. The form and distribution of the clear zones may also be affected by the metamorphic reactions which have produced the coronas, and by redistribution of plagioclase in response to local volume changes during metamorphism. ?? 1980 Springer-Verlag.

  16. High-pressure behaviour of selenium-based spinels and related structures - an experimental and theoretical study

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    Waskowska, A [Institute of Low Temperature and Structure Research, Polish Academy of Sciences, 50 422 Wroclaw (Poland); Gerward, L [Department of Physics, Technical University of Denmark, 2800 Kongens Lyngby, Denmark (Denmark); Olsen, J Staun [Niels Bohr Institute, Oersted Laboratory, University of Copenhagen, 2100 Copenhagen (Denmark); Feliz, M [Universitat Jaume I - Campus de Riu Sec, Departament de Ciences Experimentals, Apartat 224, Castellon (Spain); Llusar, R [Universitat Jaume I - Campus de Riu Sec, Departament de Ciences Experimentals, Apartat 224, Castellon (Spain); Gracia, L [Universitat Jaume I - Campus de Riu Sec, Departament de Ciences Experimentals, Apartat 224, Castellon (Spain); Marques, M [Departamento de QuImica FIsica y AnalItica, Universidad de Oviedo, E-33006 Oviedo (Spain); Recio, J M [Departamento de QuImica FIsica y AnalItica, Universidad de Oviedo, E-33006 Oviedo (Spain)

    2004-01-14

    The high-pressure structural behaviour of the cubic spinel CdCr{sub 2}Se{sub 4} (space group Fd3barm) and tetragonal CdGa{sub 2}Se{sub 4} (I4bar) has been investigated experimentally and theoretically in order to understand the large difference in compressibility between the two selenides. The experimental values of the bulk modulus for these compounds are 101(2) and 48(2) GPa, respectively. These values compare well with 92 and 44 GPa obtained from first-principles calculations based on the density functional theory formalism. The observed difference in compressibility between the cubic and tetragonal structures can be understood in terms of polyhedral analysis. In a hypothetical cubic spinel structure Fd3barm), the calculated bulk modulus for CdGa{sub 2}Se{sub 4} is 85 GPa. This value together with the experimental and theoretical results for CdCr{sub 2}Se{sub 4} suggest that the selenium-based cubic spinels should have a bulk modulus about 100 GPa, which is half the value found for the oxide spinels.

  17. Atomic Structure of a Spinel-like Transition Al2O3 (100) Surface

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    Jensen, Thomas Nørregaard; Meinander, Kristoffer; Helveg, Stig

    2014-01-01

    We study a crystalline epitaxial alumina thin film with the characteristics of a spinel-type transition Al2O3(100) surface by using atom-resolved noncontact atomic force microscopy and density functional theory. It is shown that the films are terminated by an Al-O layer rich in Al vacancies...

  18. Influence of Mn-Co Spinel Coating on Oxidation Behavior of Ferritic SS Alloys for SOFC Interconnect Applications

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    Venkatachalam, Vinothini; Molin, Sebastian; Kiebach, Wolff-Ragnar

    2014-01-01

    of the promising candidates to prevent chromium outward diffusion, improve oxidation resistance and ensure high electrical conductivity over the lifetime of interconnects. In the present study, uniform and well adherent Mn-Co spinel coatings were produced on Crofer 22APU using electrophoretic deposition (EPD...

  19. IN-SITU SYNCHROTRON PXRD STUDY OF SPINEL TYPE LiMn2O4 NANOCRYSTAL FORMATION

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    Birgisson, Steinar; Jensen, Kirsten Marie Ørnsbjerg; Christiansen, Troels Lindahl

    Many solvothermal reactions have a great potential for environmentally friendly and easily scalable way for producing nanocrystalline materials on an industrial scale. Here we study hydrothermal formation of spinel LiMn2O4 which is a well-known cathode material for Li-ion batteries. The LiMn2O4...

  20. The effects of glass doping, temperature and time on the morphology, composition, and iron redox of spinel crystals

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    Matyas, Josef [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Amonette, James E. [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Kukkadapu, Ravi K. [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Schreiber, Daniel K. [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Kruger, Albert A. [Office of River Protection, Richland, WA (United States)

    2014-10-31

    Precipitation of large crystals/agglomerates of spinel and their accumulation in the pour spout riser of a Joule-heated ceramic melter during idling can plug the melter and prevent pouring of molten glass into canisters. Thus, there is a need to understand the effects of spinel-forming components, temperature, and time on the growth of crystals in connection with an accumulation rate. In our study, crystals of spinel [Fe, Ni, Mn, Zn, Sn][Fe, Cr]₂O₄ were precipitated from simulated high-level waste borosilicate glasses containing different concentrations of Ni, Fe, and Cr by heat treating at 850 and 900°C for different times. These crystals were extracted from the glasses and analyzed with scanning electron microscopy and image analysis for size and shape, with inductively coupled plasma-atomic emission spectroscopy and atom probe tomography for concentration of spinel-forming components, and with wet colorimetry and Mössbauer spectroscopy for Fe²⁺/Fetotal ratio. High concentrations of Ni, Fe, and Cr in glasses resulted in the precipitation of crystals larger than 100 µm in just two days. Crystals were a solid solution of NiFe₂O₄, NiCr₂O₄, and -Fe₂O₃ (identified only in the high-Ni-Fe glass) and also contained small concentrations of less than 1 at% of Li, Mg, Mn, and Al.

  1. Ferrimagnetism and spin excitation in a Ni–Mn partially inverted spinel prepared using a modified polymeric precursor method

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    Ferreira, Rafael A. [Programa de Pos-Graduação em Ciência e Tecnologia de Materiais (POSMAT), Universidade Estadual Paulista, Faculdade de Ciências, Caixa Postal 473, 17033-360 Bauru, São Paulo (Brazil); Institut des Sciences Chimiques de Rennes – UMR 6226, Université de Rennes 1, F-35042 Rennes (France); Tedesco, Julio C.G.; Birk, Jonas O. [The Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, DK-2100 Copenhagen (Denmark); Kalceff, Walter, E-mail: wkalceff@uts.edu.au [School of Physics and Advanced Materials, University of Technology Sydney (UTS), P.O. Box 123, Broadway, NSW 2007 (Australia); Yokaichiya, Fabiano [Laboratório Nacional de Luz Síncrotron (LNLS), Caixa Postal 6192, CEP 13083-970 Campinas, São Paulo (Brazil); Comissao Nacional de Energia Nuclear (CNEN), Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN), Reactor Multiproposito Brasileiro - RMB, Avenida Lineo Prestes 2242, Bloco A, Cidade Universitaria Armando Salles de Oliveira, Sao Paulo (Brazil); Rasmussen, Nina [The Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, DK-2100 Copenhagen (Denmark); Peña, Octavio [Institut des Sciences Chimiques de Rennes – UMR 6226, Université de Rennes 1, F-35042 Rennes (France); Henry, Paul F. [European Spallation Source ESS AB, Box 176, 22100 Lund (Sweden); Simeoni, Giovanna G. [Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Zentrum (MLZ) and Physics Department, Technische Universität München, Lichtenbergstr. 1, 85748 Garching (Germany); Bordallo, Heloisa N. [The Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, DK-2100 Copenhagen (Denmark); European Spallation Source ESS AB, Box 176, 22100 Lund (Sweden); and others

    2014-07-01

    We demonstrate that a Ni–Mn oxide partially inverted spinel (Ni{sub 1−ν}Mn{sub ν})[Ni{sub ν}Mn{sub 2−ν}]O{sub 4} having inversion degree ν ≈ 0.8 and produced by a modified polymeric precursor method exhibits behaviour previously reported only in monophased samples. The structure of the specimen was determined using Rietveld analysis of X-ray and neutron powder diffraction data, showing that at room temperature the material crystallizes in the Fd3{sup ¯}m space group with a lattice constant a = 8.392 Å. Combining magnetization measurements with neutron powder diffraction, we show that the magnetic structure of this spinel is associated with the interplay between the ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic lattices which coexist due to the cations' presence on both tetrahedral and octahedral sites. Our analysis of the neutron diffraction data confirms the postulated magnetic structure involving a star-like moment arrangement, arising from competition for the B (octahedral) spinel sites by the Ni and Mn cations. Finally, we show that strong magnetic fluctuations are observed in the inelastic neutron scattering data. - Highlights: • Ni–Mn oxide partially-inverted spinel made by modified polymeric precursor method. • Magnetic measurements showed a ferrimagnetic and a parasitic magnetic transition. • NPD revealed a magnetic structure consistent with a star-like moment arrangement. • INS measurements indicated four distinct temperature-dependent magnetic regimes.

  2. EPR, mu-Raman and Crystallographic properties of spinel type ZnCr{sub 2}O{sub 4}

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    Vargas-Hernandez, C; Almanza, O; Jurado, J F, E-mail: cvargash@unal.edu.c [Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Manizales-Colombia Laboratorio de Propiedades Opticas de Materiales-POM (Colombia)

    2009-05-01

    Structural, vibrational and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) analysis for compound ZnCr{sub 2}O{sub 4} are shown in this work. These types of materials are used in technological applications as humidity sensors and piezoelectric devices. The compound was obtained by mean of solid state reaction technique from binary precursors ZnO and Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3}. After three thermal treatments the sample structure was monitoring using X ray diffraction (XRD), the spinel cubic phase has been indexed within O{sup 7}{sub h}(Fd3m) spatial group. It is observed normal spinel phase. Micro-Raman analysis revealed bands for normal vibration modes of Zn and Cr atoms in tetrahedral and octahedral environments formed by oxygen atoms at approximately 400 and 900 cm{sup -1}, respectively. Bands around 941 cm{sup -1} are associated possibly to vacancies in the tetrahedral and octahedral sites due to interaction between Zn and Cr ions. EPR signal from 150 to 300 K isothermals indicates a transition between inverse spinel to normal spinel type in a central field around 3350 G. A signal at approximately 3400 G corresponding to the C'r{sup +3} in tetrahedral sites is observed near the central field.

  3. Theoretical Investigation of the Structural, Elastic, and Thermodynamic Properties of MgAl2O4 Spinel under High Pressure

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    Mao, Xiao-Chun; Liu, Ke; Hou, Bao-Sen; Tan, Jiao; Zhou, Xiao-Lin

    2016-11-01

    The structural and elastic properties of MgAl2O4 spinel under high pressure are investigated through the first-principles calculations. The lattice parameters and elastic constants are in good agreement with the available experimental and theoretical results. The polycrystalline elastic moduli of MgAl2O4 spinel are calculated using the Voigt-Reuss-Hill approximation. By the elastic stability criteria, the MgAl2O4 spinel is mechanically stable within 80 GPa. MgAl2O4 possesses ductile nature, and the ductility is enhanced with the increase of pressure. The sound velocities over a wide range of pressures are also obtained. Furthermore, the elastic anisotropies of MgAl2O4 are investigated via the various anisotropic indexes and the 3D surface constructions. It is found that MgAl2O4 is isotropic for bulk modulus, while is anisotropic for shear modulus and Young's modulus, and the elastic anisotropy of MgAl2O4 increases due to the applying pressure. Besides, the directions with smaller values of shear modulus for MgAl2O4 will deform preferentially under high hydrostatic pressure. Through the quasi-harmonic Debye model, we also investigated the thermodynamic properties of MgAl2O4 spinel.

  4. Thermoelastic properties of spinels. - Is there a soft mode phase transition at 15 GPa in Gahnite?

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    Wehber, M.; Lathe, C.; Reichmann, H. J.; Speziale, S.; Schilling, F. R.

    2010-12-01

    Spinels are a large mineral group with the general formula AB2X4. They play important roles in geosciences as well as in technical applications. Spinels crystallize in the cubic space group Fd-3m. Magnetite (Fe2+Fe3+2O4), franklinite (Zn2+Fe3+2O4) and gahnite (Zn2+Al3+2O4) were investigated at the DESY/HASYLAB (Hamburg, Germany) using synchrotron radiation. The experiments were carried out at MAX80 (F2.1 Beamline) and at MAX200x (W2 Beamline). Both multi anvil presses use energy-dispersive X-ray diffraction. Isothermal experiments were performed up to 15 GPa with MAX200x, compression experiments using MAX80 apparatus were conducted up to 5 GPa at temperatures of 298, 500, 700, 900 and 1100 K. The bulk moduli for each sample were calculated using second and third order Birch-Murnaghan equation of state, respectively. In addition, the thermal expansion coefficient and thermal Grüneisenparameter were calculated from the high-pressure/high-temperature data. Results are shown in table 1. At the GFZ German Research Center for Geosciences a single crystal of the same gahnite sample was investigated using Brillouin-scattering. The velocities of the p- and s-waves were measured up to 21.4 GPa in a diamond anvil cell. The following values were found at room pressure: C11 = 295 GPa, C12 = 163 GPa, C44 = 139 GPa and KS = 207 GPa. The pressure derivatives C’11 and C’12 have similar values up to 15 GPa (3.9 and 4.2), whereas C’44 shows a clearly lower value of 0.6. Above 15 GPa the values for C’11 and C’12 increases to 19.5 and 16.8, while C’44 (-3.4) changed to a negative slope. This behavior points towards a soft mode phase transition. At room temperature the transition is observed at about 15 GPa.Table 1: Results of the multi-anvil experiments. KT is the isothermal bulk modulus, calculated with the second (2nd) and third (3rd) order Birch-Murnaghan equation of state. K’ is the pressure derivative of the bulk modulus, α0 the thermal expansion coefficient and

  5. Structural, magnetic and dielectric studies of copper substituted nano-crystalline spinel magnesium zinc ferrite

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    Zaki, H.M., E-mail: dakdik2001@yahoo.com [Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah (Saudi Arabia); Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Zagazig University, Zagazig (Egypt); Al-Heniti, S.H. [Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah (Saudi Arabia); Elmosalami, T.A. [Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Zagazig University, Zagazig (Egypt)

    2015-06-05

    Highlights: • Nano ferrite Mg{sub 0.5}Zn{sub 0.5−x}Cu{sub x}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} were prepared through co-precipitation route. • Structural investigations of XRD and FTIR revealed formation of spinel structure. • Lattice constant decrease while saturation magnetization increase. • Correlated barrier-hopping (CBH) is the dominant conduction mechanism. • Dielectric properties make sample appropriate for multilayer inductor applications. - Abstract: Nano-crystalline Mg{sub 0.5}Zn{sub 0.5−x}Cu{sub x}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} (x = 0.0, 0.1, 0.2, 0.3, 0.4 and 0.5) ferrite powders were synthesized using co-precipitation method. The influence of Cu{sup 2+} ions substitution on the structural and magnetic properties was investigated. X-ray diffraction measurements revealed the formation of nano-crystalline ferrite with single cubic spinel phase. The lattice constant was found to decrease with increasing Cu{sup 2+} ions content. Infrared spectral analysis confirmed formation of the spinel structure for the respective ferrite system. Magnetic data showed that the saturation magnetization (M{sub s}) increases with Cu{sup 2+} concentration up to x = 0.2 and then decreases with further increase of Cu{sup 2+} ions in this ferrite system. The proposed cation distribution deduced from X-ray diffraction, infrared spectra and magnetization data indicated mixed ferrite type. Dielectric constants ε′, dielectric loss ε′′, dielectric loss tangent tan δ and ac conductivity, σ{sub ac}, were investigated as a function of frequency and temperature. Influence of Cu{sup 2+} substation on the ac conductivity exhibited significant behavior at low frequencies and low temperatures, T ⩽ 100 °C. Both dielectric constants (ε′, ε″) found to increase with the increase of the temperature. At low temperatures, dielectric loss tan δ indicated a decrease with frequency with slight change at high temperatures.

  6. An Integrated, Layered-Spinel Composite Cathode for Energy Storage Applications

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    Hagh, Nader; Skandan, Ganesh

    2012-01-01

    At low operating temperatures, commercially available electrode materials for lithium-ion batteries do not fully meet the energy and power requirements for NASA fs exploration activities. The composite cathode under development is projected to provide the required energy and power densities at low temperatures and its usage will considerably reduce the overall volume and weight of the battery pack. The newly developed composite electrode material can provide superior electrochemical performance relative to a commercially available lithium cobalt system. One advantage of using a composite cathode is its higher energy density, which can lead to smaller and lighter battery packs. In the current program, different series of layered-spinel composite materials with at least two different systems in an integrated structure were synthesized, and the volumetric and gravimetric energy densities were evaluated. In an integrated network of a composite electrode, the effect of the combined structures is to enhance the capacity and power capabilities of the material to levels greater than what is possible in current state-of-the-art cathode systems. The main objective of the current program is to implement a novel cathode material that meets NASA fs low temperature energy density requirements. An important feature of the composite cathode is that it has at least two components (e.g., layered and spinel) that are structurally integrated. The layered material by itself is electrochemically inactive; however, upon structural integration with a spinel material, the layered material can be electrochemically activated, thereby delivering a large amount of energy with stable cycling. A key aspect of the innovation has been the development of a scalable process to produce submicronand micron-scale particles of these composite materials. An additional advantage of using such a composite electrode material is its low irreversible loss (.5%), which is primarily due to the unique activation

  7. Improvement of rate capability of spinel lithium titanate anodes using microwave-assisted zinc nanocoating

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    Hsieh, Chien-Te, E-mail: cthsieh@saturn.yzu.edu.tw [Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Yuan Ze Fuel Cell Center, Yuan Ze University, Taoyuan 320, Taiwan (China); Chang, Bi-Sheng; Lin, Jia-Yi; Juang, Ruey-Shin [Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Yuan Ze Fuel Cell Center, Yuan Ze University, Taoyuan 320, Taiwan (China)

    2012-02-05

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Microwave-assisted Zn layers onto Li{sub 4}Ti{sub 5}O{sub 12} crystals serves as superior anode materials. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Microwave heating is capable of depositing Zn layers over the surface of spinel Li{sub 4}Ti{sub 5}O{sub 12} within 6 min. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The thickness of Zn layer is an increasing function of zinc nitrate concentration. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The deposition of Zn coating shows a positive effect on the rate-capability improvement of anodes. - Abstract: In this study, the deposition of microwave-assisted Zn layers onto spinel lithium titanate (Li{sub 4}Ti{sub 5}O{sub 12}) crystals as superior anode materials for Li-ion batteries has been investigated. Microwave heating is capable of rapidly depositing Zn layers over the surface of spinel Li{sub 4}Ti{sub 5}O{sub 12} within 6 min. The thickness of Zn layer (i.e., 1-10 nm) is an increasing function of zinc nitrate concentration under the microwave irradiation. The charge-discharge curve of Zn-Li{sub 4}Ti{sub 5}O{sub 12} anode still maintains the plateau at 1.5 V, contributing to the major portion in the overall specific capacity. The presence of Zn coating significantly facilitates the capacity retention (78.1% at 10 C/0.2 C) of the composite anodes with high Coulombic efficiency (>99.9%), indicating an excellent reversibility of insertion/de-insertion of Li ions. This can be ascribed to the fact that well-dispersed Zn layer offers an electronic pathway over the Li{sub 4}Ti{sub 5}O{sub 12} powder, thus imparting electronic conduction and reducing cell polarization. Accordingly, the deposition of Zn coating, prepared by the rapid microwave heating, shows a positive effect on the rate-capability improvement of Li{sub 4}Ti{sub 5}O{sub 12} anodes.

  8. Unique atom hyper-kagome order in Na4Ir3O8 and in low-symmetry spinel modifications.

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    Talanov, V M; Shirokov, V B; Talanov, M V

    2015-05-01

    Group-theoretical and thermodynamic methods of the Landau theory of phase transitions are used to investigate the hyper-kagome atomic order in structures of ordered spinels and a spinel-like Na4Ir3O8 crystal. The formation of an atom hyper-kagome sublattice in Na4Ir3O8 is described theoretically on the basis of the archetype (hypothetical parent structure/phase) concept. The archetype structure of Na4Ir3O8 has a spinel-like structure (space group Fd\\bar 3m) and composition [Na1/2Ir3/2](16d)[Na3/2](16c)O(32e)4. The critical order parameter which induces hypothetical phase transition has been stated. It is shown that the derived structure of Na4Ir3O8 is formed as a result of the displacements of Na, Ir and O atoms, and ordering of Na, Ir and O atoms, ordering dxy, dxz, dyz orbitals as well. Ordering of all atoms takes place according to the type 1:3. Ir and Na atoms form an intriguing atom order: a network of corner-shared Ir triangles called a hyper-kagome lattice. The Ir atoms form nanoclusters which are named decagons. The existence of hyper-kagome lattices in six types of ordered spinel structures is predicted theoretically. The structure mechanisms of the formation of the predicted hyper-kagome atom order in some ordered spinel phases are established. For a number of cases typical diagrams of possible crystal phase states are built in the framework of the Landau theory of phase transitions. Thermodynamical conditions of hyper-kagome order formation are discussed by means of these diagrams. The proposed theory is in accordance with experimental data.

  9. Study on data integration methods for marine sediment detrital minerals%海底沉积物碎屑矿物数据整合技术研究

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    刘志杰; 金秉福; 张瑞端; 余佳; 王昆山; 张欢

    2015-01-01

    海底沉积物碎屑矿物数据是海洋地质领域的重要基础资料,它在海洋沉积作用、环境演变研究以及海底砂矿资源勘探中具有突出的意义.在系统分析了碎屑矿物特征和不同时期碎屑矿物鉴定差异的基础上,探讨了影响碎屑矿物数据整合的主要因素,构建了海底沉积物碎屑矿物数据整合的技术体系,包括碎屑矿物数据格式制定、规范性处理、数据质量控制以及数据重复性检查等方面,提出了3级数据排重模式,并对数据整合的深入开展进行了探讨.该研究成果有利于促进海洋地质工作规范化以及历史调查数据的充分利用,同时也为海底沉积物其他类型资料的整合提供参考.%Detrital mineral data of marine sediments are the important basis information in the marine geological field, and these data have prominent significance in the marine sedimentation, environmental evolution and exploration of submarine placer resources. Based on the systematical analysis of detrital mineral characteristics and differences of identification results in different periods, this paper discussed the major factors affecting detrital mineral data integration and built up a technical system to integrate marine sediment detrital mineral data, including data standard formats, data normalized processing, data quality control and data reproducibility checking, and established a 3-level data de-duplication model. Furthermore, this paper discussed advices to improve the detrital mineral data in future. This study is beneficial to promote the standardization of marine geological work and the full utilization of historical data, and it also provides a reference for the data integration of other marine sediments.

  10. High-Resolution Chronostratigraphic Correlation and Sedimentation Rate Calculations With Maximum Depositional Ages Derived From Large-n Detrital Zircon Datasets

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    Hubbard, S. M.; Coutts, D. S.; Matthews, W.; Guest, B.; Bain, H.

    2015-12-01

    In basins adjacent to continually active arcs, detrital zircon geochronology can be used to establish a high-resolution chronostratigraphic framework for deep-time strata. Large-nU-Pb geochronological datasets can yield a statistically significant signature from the youngest sub-population of detrital zircons, which we deduce from maximum depositional age (MDA) calculations. MDA is determined through numerous methods such as the mean age of three or more overlapping grain ages at 2σ error, favored in this analysis. Positive identification of the youngest detrital zircon population in a rock is the limiting factor on precision and resolution. The Campanian-Paleogene Nanaimo Group of B.C., Canada, was deposited in a forearc basin, outboard of the Coast Mountain Batholith. The record of a deep-water sediment-routing system is exhumed at Denman and Hornby islands; sandstone- and conglomerate- dominated strata compose a composite sedimentary unit 20 km across and 1.5 km thick, in strike section. Volcanic ashes are absent from the succession, which has been constrained biostratigraphically. Eleven detrital zircon samples are analyzed to define stratigraphic architecture and provide insight into sedimentation rates. Our dataset (n=3081) constrains the overall duration of channelization to ~18 Ma. A series of at least five distinct composite channel fills 3-6 km wide and 400-600 m thick are identified. The MDA of these units are statistically distinct and constrained to better than 3% precision. Sedimentation rates amongst the channel fills increase upward, from 60-100 m/Ma to >500 m/Ma. This is likely linked to the tendency of a slope channel system to be dominated by sediment bypass early in its evolution, and later dominated by aggradation as large-scale levees develop. Channel processes were not continuous, with the longest hiatus ~6 Ma. The large-n detrital zircon dataset provides unprecedented insight into long-term sediment routing, evidence for which is

  11. Creep of Polycrystalline Magnesium Aluminate Spinel Studied by an SPS Apparatus

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    Barak Ratzker

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available A spark plasma sintering (SPS apparatus was used for the first time as an analytical testing tool for studying creep in ceramics at elevated temperatures. Compression creep experiments on a fine-grained (250 nm polycrystalline magnesium aluminate spinel were successfully performed in the 1100–1200 °C temperature range, under an applied stress of 120–200 MPa. It was found that the stress exponent and activation energy depended on temperature and applied stress, respectively. The deformed samples were characterized by high resolution scanning electron microscope (HRSEM and high resolution transmission electron microscope (HRTEM. The results indicate that the creep mechanism was related to grain boundary sliding, accommodated by dislocation slip and climb. The experimental results, extrapolated to higher temperatures and lower stresses, were in good agreement with data reported in the literature.

  12. Pressurizing the HgCr{sub 2}Se{sub 4} spinel at room temperature

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    Efthimiopoulos, Ilias; Wang, Yuejian, E-mail: ywang235@oakland.edu [Department of Physics, Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan 48309 (United States); Yaresko, Alexander [Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, D-70569 Stuttgart (Germany); Tsurkan, Vladimir [Experimental Physics 5, Center for Electronic Correlations and Magnetism, Institute of Physics, University of Augsburg, D-86159 Augsburg (Germany); Institute of Applied Physics, Academy of Sciences of Moldova, MD-2028, Chisinau, Republic of Moldova (Moldova, Republic of); Deisenhofer, Joachim; Loidl, Alois [Experimental Physics 5, Center for Electronic Correlations and Magnetism, Institute of Physics, University of Augsburg, D-86159 Augsburg (Germany); Park, Changyong [High Pressure Collaborative Access Team, Geophysical Laboratory, Carnegie Institution of Washington, Argonne, Illinois 60439 (United States)

    2014-01-06

    The cubic HgCr{sub 2}Se{sub 4} spinel undergoes two structural transitions upon pressure increase. Initially, the ambient-pressure Fd-3m phase transforms into a tetragonal I4{sub 1}/amd structure above 15 GPa. We speculate that this Fd-3m-I4{sub 1}/amd transition is accompanied by an insulator-to-metal transition, resulting in the vanishing of the Raman signal after the structural transformation. Further compression of HgCr{sub 2}Se{sub 4} leads to structural disorder beyond 21 GPa. Our spin-resolved band structure calculations reveal significant changes in the electronic structure of HgCr{sub 2}Se{sub 4} after the Fd-3m-I4{sub 1}/amd transition, whereas the ferromagnetic interactions are found to dominate in both structures.

  13. Activities of the components in a spinel solid solution of the Fe-Al-O system

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    Lykasov, A. A.; Kimyashev, A. A.

    2011-09-01

    The conditions of the equilibrium between the Fe3O4-FeAl2O4 solution and wustite are determined by measuring the EMF of galvanic cells containing a solid electrolyte, and the activities of the components in the Fe3O4-FeAl2O4 solution are calculated by treating the results of the experiment on the equilibrium between the spinel solution and wustite. Their properties are found to be different from those of ideal solutions at temperatures of 1000-1300 K. A significant positive deviation from the Raoult's law is believed to indicate the tendency of the solution to decompose. The experimental data are treated in terms of the theory of regular solutions, assuming the energy of mixing to be a function of temperature only. The critical temperature of decomposition for the Fe3O4-FeAl2O4 solution is found to be 1084 K.

  14. Microscopic experimental evidence of sublattice decoupling and negative magnetization in a spinel ferrite

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    Kumar, Amit; Yusuf, S. M.

    2017-06-01

    We have observed the phenomenon of negative magnetization in spinel ferrites, CoCr2-xFexO4. The x = 0.15 compound lies in the interesting region of the composition (Fe) driven magnetic phase diagram as it shows two magnetic ordering temperatures along with a negative magnetization behavior. We have given a microscopic experimental proof of magnetic sublattice decoupling and temperature-induced negative magnetization using the neutron diffraction technique. The present study supports the Belov's hypothesis of a "weak" magnetic sublattice for an explanation of negative magnetization, where the "weak" octahedral sublattice deviates from the Brillouin function type behavior of sublattice magnetization as envisioned by Néel in his theory of ferrimagnetism. A physics concept for a possible application of such a negative magnetization phenomenon in spin transfer torque based magnetic random access memory has been outlined.

  15. Synthesis and optical property of one-dimensional spinel ZnMn2O4 nanorods

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    Liu Shaomin

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Spinel zinc manganese oxide (ZnMn2O4 nanorods were successfully prepared using the previously synthesized α-MnO2 nanorods by a hydrothermal method as template. The nanorods were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, UV-Vis absorption, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, surface photovoltage spectroscopy, and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. The ZnMn2O4 nanorods in well-formed crystallinity and phase purity appeared with the width in 50-100 nm and the length in 1.5-2 μm. They exhibited strong absorption below 500 nm with the threshold edges around 700 nm. A significant photovoltage response in the region below 400 nm could be observed for the nanorods calcined at 650 and 800°C.

  16. Effect of agglomeration during coprecipitation: Delayed spinellization of magnesium aluminate hydrate

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    Soumen Pal; A K Bandyopadhyay; S Mukherjee; B N Samaddar; P G Pal

    2010-08-01

    Precipitation of magnesium aluminate hydrate with faster addition of ammonia at desired pH causes agglomeration. Agglomerated powder, without any further treatment, on calcination forms intermediate compounds at low temperatures (≤ 900°C). The intermediate compounds on further heat treatment (≥ 1000°C) decompose into MgO, MgAl2O4 and -Al2O3. Effect of agglomeration and absorption of foreign ions such as Cl–, SO$^{2-}_{4}$, and NH$^{+}_{4}$ in complex compounds probably cause loss of Al3+ and Mg2+ ions during heat treatment, and stoichiometry changes. Powders prepared by continuous method with better control of process parameters than batch process yields better spinellization.

  17. Magnetic properties of (Zn,Cd,Cu) Co Fe Ti spinel oxides

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    Moyo, T.; Giordanengo, B.; de Melo, M. A. C.; Takeuchi, A. Y.; Silva, P. R. J.; Saitovitch, H.; Baggio-Saitovitch, E.

    1999-09-01

    AC susceptibility, magnetization and Mössbauer spectra have been measured for (Zn,Cd,Cu)0.5Co0.9Fe1.2Ti0.4O4 and Zn0.3Co0.9Fe1.4Ti0.4O4 spinel oxides. The variation of coercive field below the spin glass transition temperature Tsg is found to fit a double exponential function of the form H_c left( T right) = H_{1e} ^{ - β _1 T} + H_{2e} ^{ - β _2 T} , where Hi and βi are constants. Mössbauer spectra and analysis show superparamagnetic fluctuations associated with magnetic clusters. Symmetric doublets above Tsg are decomposed into quadrupole doublets associated with tetrahedral (A) and octahedral (B) sites.

  18. Research of High Temperature Crystalline Structure and Property Evolution of Magnesium Aluminate Spinel

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    YU Yan; RUAN Yu-Zhong; WU Ren-Ping; LIU Sheng; ZENG Hua-Rui

    2008-01-01

    Magnesium aluminate spinel (MgAl2O4) with high purity has been prepared by materials to discuss the change laws and characteristics of crystalline structure, microstructures and properties. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM), together with relevant analysis software, were used to characterize the crystal phases and microstructures so as to get MgAl2O4. Results show that when increasing the holding time the amount of MgAl2O4 increases firstly and then keeps stable, but bulk density and bending strength increase firstly and then decrease.The best holding time is determined to be 3 h because at this time the corresponding MgAl2O4 content is up to 93%, bulk density 3.23 g.cm-3, apparent porosity 4.6% and bending strength 122.4 MPa.

  19. Combining Hydraulic and Phosphate Bonds to Improve Properties of Alumina-spinel Low Cement Castables

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    M.Paghandeh; A.Monshi; R.Emadi

    2009-01-01

    A basic alumina-spinel low cement castables (castables A) and another castables (castables B) with 5% addition of sodium hexametaphosphate were prepared and heat treated at 110 ℃,900 ℃ and 1 400 ℃.It is shown that after heat treating at 110 ℃,cold crushing strength (CCS) of castables B is more than 3 times of castables A and apparent porosity (AP) is less than half of castables A.The presence of 800-1 000 ℃ that hydraulic bond reverses to dehydrate condition and castables A becomes weak with high porosity,castables B shows a CCS more than 4 times of castables A.Needles of magnesium phosphate are responsible for reinforcing microstructure of castables B at 900 ℃.After firing at 1 400 ℃,castables B shows extra ordinary CCS of mare than 100 MPa.Reasons were discussed with X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy.

  20. Local structural evidence for strong electronic correlations in spinel LiRh2O4

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    Knox, K. R.; Abeykoon, A. M. M.; Zheng, H.; Yin, W.-G.; Tsvelik, A. M.; Mitchell, J. F.; Billinge, S. J. L.; Bozin, E. S.

    2013-11-01

    The local structure of the spinel LiRh2O4 has been studied using atomic-pair distribution function analysis of powder x-ray diffraction data. This measurement is sensitive to the presence of short Rh-Rh bonds that form due to dimerization of Rh4+ ions on the pyrochlore sublattice, independent of the existence of long-range order. We show that structural dimers exist in the low-temperature phase, as previously supposed, with a bond shortening of Δr˜0.15 Å. The dimers persist up to 350 K, well above the insulator-metal transition, with Δr decreasing in magnitude on warming. Such behavior is inconsistent with the Fermi-surface nesting-driven Peierls transition model. Instead, we argue that LiRh2O4 should properly be described as a strongly correlated system.

  1. Fabrication of spinel one-dimensional architectures by single-spinneret electrospinning for energy storage applications.

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    Peng, Shengjie; Li, Linlin; Hu, Yuxiang; Srinivasan, Madhavi; Cheng, Fangyi; Chen, Jun; Ramakrishna, Seeram

    2015-02-24

    A facile and general method is developed to fabricate one-dimensional (1D) spinel composite oxides with complex architectures by using a facile single-spinneret electrospinning technique. It is found that precursor polymers and heating rates could control the structures of the products, such as 1D solid, nanotube and tube-in-tubes structures. Especially, the tube-in-tube structures have been successfully fabricated for various mixed metal oxide, including CoMn2O4, NiCo2O4, CoFe2O4, NiMn2O4 and ZnMn2O4. Benefiting from the unique structure features, the tube-in-tube hollow nanostructures possess superior electrochemical performances in asymmetric supercapacitors and Li-O2 batteries.

  2. Re4As6S3, a thio-spinel-related cluster system

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    Besnard, Celine; Svensson, Christer; Ståhl, Kenny

    2003-01-01

    We have synthesized a new compound with formula Re4As6S3 and characterized its crystal structure by Rietveld powder diffraction methods. Re4As6S3 crystallizes in an face-centered cubic unit cell, space group F (4) over bar 3m (no. 216), with lattice constant a = 9.8608(1) Angstrom and Z = 4....... The rhenium atoms form tetrahedral clusters linked via tetrahedral arsenic clusters to produce an NaCl-type arrangement. The oxidation state of rhenium is IV and the number of electrons shared by the rhenium atoms in the cluster is 12. The structure is based on an ordered defect thio-spinel A((1-x))B(2)X(4......) where the B-type atoms form tetrahedral clusters....

  3. Multifunctional thick-film structures based on spinel ceramics for environment sensors

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    Vakiv, M; Hadzaman, I; Klym, H; Shpotyuk, O [Institute of Materials of SRC ' Carat' , 202 Stryjska str., Lviv, 79031 (Ukraine); Brunner, M, E-mail: shpotyuk@novas.lviv.ua, E-mail: klymha@yahoo.com [Fachhochschule Koeln/University of Applied Sciences, 2 Betzdorfer str., Koeln, 50679 (Germany)

    2011-04-01

    Temperature sensitive thick films based on spinel-type NiMn{sub 2}O{sub 4}-CuMn{sub 2}O{sub 4}-MnCo{sub 2}O{sub 4} manganites with p- and p{sup +}-types of electrical conductivity and their multilayer p{sup +}-p structures were studied. These thick-film elements possess good electrophysical characteristics before and after long-term ageing test at 170 deg. C. It is shown that degradation processes connected with diffusion of metallic Ag into film grain boundaries occur in one-layer p-and p{sup +}-conductive films. Some part of the p{sup +}-p structures were of high stability, the relative electrical drift being no more than 1 %.

  4. NOVEL SPINEL-FAMILY REFRACTORIES FOR HIGH-TEMPERATURE, HIGH-ALKALINE ENVIRONMENTS

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    Hemrick, James Gordon [ORNL; Armstrong, Beth L [ORNL; Smith, Jeffrey D [ORNL; O' Hara, Kelley [University of Missouri, Rolla; Rodrigues-Schroer, Angela [Minteq International, Inc.; Colavito, [Minteq International, Inc.

    2012-01-01

    Work was performed by Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), in collaboration with the industrial refractory manufacturer Minteq International, Inc. (MINTEQ), academic research partner Missouri University of Science and Technology (MS&T) and end users to employ novel refractory systems and techniques to reduce energy consumption of refractory lined vessels found in industries such as aluminum, chemical, glass, and pulp and paper. The project aim was to address factors which limit the applicability of currently available refractory materials such as chemical attack, mechanical degradation, use temperature, and installation or repair issues. To this end, new innovative unshaped refractory compositions (gunnables) were developed based on MgO-Al 2O3 spinel and alumino-silicate based structures utilizing new aggregate materials, bond systems, protective coatings, and phase formation techniques. Development efforts, materials validation, and results to date of current industrial validation trials a discussed.

  5. The metamorphosis of heterometallic trinuclear antiferromagnetic complexes into nano-sized superparamagnetic spinels.

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    Vasylenko, Inna V; Gavrylenko, Konstiantyn S; Il'yin, Vladimir G; Golub, Vladimir; Goloverda, Galina; Kolesnichenko, Vladimir; Addison, Anthony W; Pavlishchuk, Vitaly V

    2010-05-15

    Thermal decomposition of the trinuclear heterometallic oxoacetates [Fe(2)M(μ(3)-O)(CH(3)COO)(6)(H(2)O)(3)] has been used as a single-precursor method for synthesis of the spinel-structured ternary oxides MFe(2)O(4) (M = Mn(II), Co(II), and Ni(II)). This facile process occurring at 320 °C results in the formation of nanocrystalline, (7-20 nm) highly pure stoichiometric ferrites in quantitative yield. The magnetic properties of these nanoparticulate ferrites were studied in the 10-300 K temperature range, revealing superparamagnetic behaviour for the Ni and Mn particles and ferromagnetic behavior for the Co ones at room temperature. Their blocking temperatures follow the order: CoFe(2)O(4) > MnFe(2)O(4) > NiFe(2)O(4).

  6. The role of praseodymium substituted ions on electrical and magnetic properties of Mg spinel ferrites

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    Farid, Muhammad Tahir; Ahmad, Ishtiaq; Kanwal, Muddassara; Murtaza, Ghulam; Ali, Irshad; Khan, Sajjad Ahmad

    2017-04-01

    Spinel ferrites with composition MgPryFe2-yO4 (y=0.0, 0.025, 0.05, 0.075, 0.10) were successfully synthesized using sol-gel auto-combustion technique. The structural prisoperties of a prepared sintered powder were characterized with the help of X-ray Diffraction (XRD) and then also by using Scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Electrical measurements demonstrate that resistivity and activation energy increases with the Praseodymium substitution while dc resistivity decreases with the rise of temperature showing the semiconductor nature of the synthesized ferrites. Remanence and the saturation magnetization (Ms) decrease while coercivity (Hc) also increases with the increase in praseodymium contents. Anisotropic constant is observed to exhibit similar behavior as HC. The above mentioned parameters suggest that the synthesized samples are favorable for microwave absorbing purposes.

  7. Elastic Anomalies in Orbital-Degenerate Frustrated Spinel CoV2O4

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    Watanabe, Tadataka; Yamada, Shogo; Koborinai, Rui; Katsufuji, Takuro

    Ultrasound velocity measurements were performed on a single crystal of the orbital-degenerate frustrated spinel CoV2O4 in all the symmetrically-independent elastic moduli of the cubic crystal. The measurements of temperature dependence of the elastic moduli observed discontinuous elastic anomalies due to a ferrimagnetic transition at TC = 165 K and another phase transition at T* = 50 K. Additionally, the measurements observed anomalous temperature dependence of the elastic moduli, specifically, non-monotonic temperature dependence in the magnetically-ordered phase below TC, and magnetic-field-sensitive elastic softening with decreasing temperature in the paramagnetic phase above TC. These anomalous temperature variations below and above TC should be driven by the coupling of lattice to magnetic excitations.

  8. Ultrasound measurements in the spinel compound GeCo2O4

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    Sasame, H.; Yoshimoto, H.; Takahashi, Y.; Watanabe, T.; Takase, K.; Takano, Y.; Hara, S.; Ikeda, Si

    2007-12-01

    Elastic properties of the spinel compound GeCo2O4 were investigated by the ultrasound velocity measurements in the single crystal. Absence of the elastic softening in (C11- C12)/2 in the paramagnetic state suggests the Jahn-Teller inactive character of Co2+, despite the presence of the orbital degree of freedom. The pronounced C44 anomaly in the paramagnetic state near TN alternatively suggests that the ultrasound dominantly couple to the exchange interactions among Co2+ ions by the exchange striction effect. The present results conclude that Co2+ adopts the high spin state in this substance. In the antiferromagnetic phase, new elastic anomalies were observed only in (C11- C12)/2 implying the occurrence of the magnetic transitions triggered by the exchange interactions within the Co2+ bonds along [110] directions.

  9. Formation of a Spinel Coating on AZ31 Magnesium Alloy by Plasma Electrolytic Oxidation

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    Sieber, Maximilian; Simchen, Frank; Scharf, Ingolf; Lampke, Thomas

    2016-03-01

    Plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) is a common means for the surface modification of light metals. However, PEO of magnesium substrates in dilute electrolytes generally leads to the formation of coatings consisting of unfavorable MgO magnesium oxide. By incorporation of electrolyte components, the phase constitution of the oxide coatings can be modified. Coatings consisting exclusively of MgAl2O4 magnesium-aluminum spinel are produced by PEO in an electrolyte containing hydroxide, aluminate, and phosphate anions. The hardness of the coatings is 3.5 GPa on Martens scale on average. Compared to the bare substrate, the coatings reduce the corrosion current density in dilute sodium chloride solution by approx. one order of magnitude and slightly shift the corrosion potential toward more noble values.

  10. Local symmetry lowering in CdMn{sub 2}O{sub 4} spinel

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    Oliveira, G. N. P.; Lopes, A. M. L., E-mail: armandina.lima.lopes@cern.ch [CFNUL - Centro de Física Nuclear, Universidade de Lisboa, Av. Prof. Gama Pinto 2, 1649-003 Lisboa (Portugal); IFIMUP and IN-Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Departamento de Física e Astronomia da Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade do Porto, Rua do Campo Alegre, 687, 4169-007 Porto (Portugal); Teixeira, R.; Silva, M. R. [CFNUL - Centro de Física Nuclear, Universidade de Lisboa, Av. Prof. Gama Pinto 2, 1649-003 Lisboa (Portugal); Mendonça, T. M.; Araújo, J. P., E-mail: jearaujo@fc.up.pt [IFIMUP and IN-Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Departamento de Física e Astronomia da Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade do Porto, Rua do Campo Alegre, 687, 4169-007 Porto (Portugal); Correia, J. G. [C2TN, Centro de Ciências e Tecnologias Nucleares, Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa, Estrada Nacional 10, 2695-066 Bobadela LRS (Portugal)

    2014-12-14

    This work presents an atomic scale study of the electric field gradient (EFG) in the tetragonally distorted CdMn{sub 2}O{sub 4} spinel manganite. The EFG temperature dependence at the Cd and Mn sites was followed via perturbed angular correlation measurements with the {sup 111}In and {sup 111m}Cd probes, from 873 down to 12 K at Isolde-CERN. The results show that in the 12–600 K temperature range, a single Jahn-Teller distorted local phase exists. However above 100 K, a dynamic lattice distortion, evidenced by time dependent EFG fluctuations, sets in suggesting a structural instability. Above 600 K, a local MnO{sub 6} octahedra with relaxed Jahn-Teller distortions emerge and grow in the low temperature matrix, although no macroscopic tetragonal to cubic phase transition was observed.

  11. Magnetic properties of TM-Co-Fe-Ti spinel oxides (abstract)

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    Giordanengo, B.; de Melo, M. A. C.; Takeuchi, A. Y.; Silva, P. R. J.; Saitovitch, H.; Baggio-Saitovitch, E.; Moyo, T.

    1997-04-01

    Spin glass-like behavior has been recently observed in a ceramic Zn0.5Co0.9Fe1.2Ti0.4O4 spinel oxide.1 This motivated our interest to study how the spin glass-like behavior of magnetic clusters in a diamagnetic matrix correlates to that of nonmagnetic or weakly magnetic clusters in a ferromagnetic matrix, Mössbauer effect, ac susceptibility, field cooled and zero field cooled magnetization, hysteresis loops, and γ-γ perturbed angular correlation (PAC) have been measured for TM0.5-xCo0.9Fe1.2+xTi0.4O4 (x=0.0 and 0.2) spinel oxide with TM=Zn and Cu. The variation of coercive field with temperature has been found to fit a double exponential function form Hc(T)=H1e-β1T+H2e-β2T where Hi and βi are constants for the sample with x=0.0 and TM=Zn. The exponential increase in coercive field can be linked to increased effective clusters arising from ions occupying A and B sites with Fe on both sites. This is in agreement with the Mössbauer measurements which show superparamagnetic fluctuations. The ac susceptibility and Mössbauer spectra for Zn0.5Co0.9Fe1.2Ti0.4O4 show a glass transition temperature (about 320 K). Room temperature PAC measurements on Hf doped samples with TM=Zn showed different interaction frequencies, consistent with magnetic order in the Fe enriched case. Different behavior is observed in the sample with Cu for which the ordering temperature is about 480 K.

  12. Color-center production and recovery in electron-irradiated magnesium aluminate spinel and ceria.

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    Costantini, Jean-Marc; Lelong, Gérald; Guillaumet, Maxime; Weber, William J; Takaki, Seiya; Yasuda, Kazuhiro

    2016-08-17

    Single crystals of magnesium aluminate spinel (MgAl2O4) with (1 0 0) or (1 1 0) orientations and cerium dioxide or ceria (CeO2) were irradiated by 1.0 MeV and 2.5 MeV electrons in a high-fluence range. Point-defect production was studied by off-line UV-visible optical spectroscopy after irradiation. For spinel, regardless of both crystal orientation and electron energy, two characteristic broad bands centered at photon energies of 5.4 eV and 4.9 eV were assigned to F and F(+) centers (neutral and singly ionized oxygen vacancies), respectively, on the basis of available literature data. No clear differences in color-center formation were observed for the two crystal orientations. Using calculations from displacement cross sections by elastic collisions, these results are consistent with a very large threshold displacement energy (200 eV) for oxygen atoms at room temperature. A third very broad band centered at 3.7 eV might be attributed either to an oxygen hole center (V-type center) or an F2 dimer center (oxygen di-vacancy). The onset of recovery of these color centers took place at 200 °C with almost full bleaching at 600 °C. Activation energies (~0.3-0.4 eV) for defect recovery were deduced from the isochronal annealing data by using a first-order kinetics analysis. For ceria, a sub-band-gap absorption feature, which peaked at ~3.1 eV, was recorded for 2.5 MeV electron irradiation only. Assuming a ballistic process, we suggest that the latter defect might result from cerium atom displacement on the basis of computed cross sections.

  13. Immiscibility in the Fe3O4-FeCr2O4 Spinel Binary

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    S.E. Ziemniak; R.A. Castelli

    2003-03-20

    A recent thermodynamic model of mixing in spinel binaries, based on changes in cation disordering (x) between tetrahedral and octahedral sites, is investigated for applicability to the Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}-FeCr{sub 2}O{sub 4} system under conditions where incomplete mixing occurs. Poor agreement with measured consolute solution temperature and solvus is attributed to neglect of: (1) ordering of magnetic moments of cations in the tetrahedral sublattice antiparallel to the moments of those in the octahedral sublattice and (2) pair-wise electron hopping between octahedral site Fe{sup 3+} and Fe{sup 2+} ions. Disordering free energies ({Delta}G{sub D}), from which free energies of mixing are calculated, are modeled by {Delta}G{sub D} = {alpha}{chi} + {beta}{chi}{sup 2} - T(S{sub c} + {chi}{sigma}{sub el} + {gamma}{chi}{sigma}{sup mag}) where the previously-neglected effects are accommodated by: (1) adding a non-configurational entropy term to provide coupling between cation disordering and magnetic ordering and (2) revising the configurational entropy (S{sub c}) analysis. Applying the constraint {alpha} = -(2/3){beta} and regressing the existing database for Fe{sup 2+} ion disorder in Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} gives: {beta} = -31,020 {+-} 1050 J mol{sup -1}, {sigma}{sub el}/R = -0.730 {+-} 0.081 and {gamma}, the coupling parameter between cation disordering and magnetic ordering, = -0.664 {+-} 0.075. The revised mixing model predicts a consolute solution temperature (T{sub cs}) = 600 C and a solvus at 500 C of n = 0.05 and 0.70 for the Fe(Fe{sub 1-n}Cr{sub n}){sub 2}O{sub 4} spinel binary.

  14. High-Capacity Layered-Spinel Cathodes for Li-Ion Batteries.

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    Nayak, Prasant Kumar; Levi, Elena; Grinblat, Judith; Levi, Mikhael; Markovsky, Boris; Munichandraiah, N; Sun, Yang Kook; Aurbach, Doron

    2016-09-08

    Li and Mn-rich layered oxides with the general structure x Li2 MnO3 ⋅(1-x) LiMO2 (M=Ni, Mn, Co) are promising cathode materials for Li-ion batteries because of their high specific capacity, which may be greater than 250 mA h g(-1) . However, these materials suffer from high first-cycle irreversible capacity, gradual capacity fading, limited rate capability and discharge voltage decay upon cycling, which prevent their commercialization. The decrease in average discharge voltage is a major issue, which is ascribed to a structural layered-to-spinel transformation upon cycling of these oxide cathodes in wide potential ranges with an upper limit higher than 4.5 V and a lower limit below 3 V versus Li. By using four elements systems (Li, Mn, Ni, O) with appropriate stoichiometry, it is possible to prepare high capacity composite cathode materials that contain LiMn1.5 Ni0.5 O4 and Lix Mny Niz O2 components. The Li and Mn-rich layered-spinel cathode materials studied herein exhibit a high specific capacity (≥200 mA h g(-1) ) with good capacity retention upon cycling in a wide potential domain (2.4-4.9 V). The effect of constituent phases on their electrochemical performance, such as specific capacity, cycling stability, average discharge voltage, and rate capability, are explored here. This family of materials can provide high specific capacity, high rate capability, and promising cycle life. Using Co-free cathode materials is also an obvious advantage of these systems.

  15. Synthesis and equation of state of high pressure phase of chromium-bearing spinel

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    Shieh, S. R.; Khan, T.; Prescher, C.; Prakapenka, V.; MI, Z.

    2015-12-01

    Chromium-bearing spinel (Mg,Fe)Cr2O4 can be found in the Earth's crust, upper mantle, and even in meteorites. Mantle derived chromium-bearing spinel suggests that its high pressure phase may be existing at deep mantle but however its high pressure elastic property is not well understood yet. In situ synchrotron X-ray diffraction studies of magnesiochromite and chromite using the laser-heated diamond anvil cell were performed at GSECARS, Advanced Photon Source, to explore their high pressure phases and elastic property. Our results on magnesiochromite showed dissociation of MgCr2O4 to Cr2O3+MgO at ~15 GPa and to modified Ludwigite (mLd)-type Mg2Cr2O5+Cr2O3 below and above ~1500 K, respectively. At above 20 GPa, only a single phase CaTi2O4-type structure of MgCr2O4 was observed at 1400-2000 K. Pressure-volume data of CaTi2O4 type structure of MgCr2O4 fitted to Birch-Murnaghan equation of state yield zero-pressure volume (V0) = 264.4(8) Å3, bulk modulus (K0) = 185.4(4) GPa, and pressure derivative (K0') = 4; and mLd-type Mg2Cr2O5 yields: V0 = 338.9(8) Å3, K0 = 186.5(6) GPa, K0' = 4. For CaTi2O4 type structure of natural chromite, our fitted P-V data show V0 = 261(1) Å3, K0 = 175.4(2) GPa, and K0' = 4.

  16. Using Detrital Zircon, Rutile and White Mica Chronometry to Constrain Exhumation and Provenance of the Brahmaputra River in the Eastern Himalaya

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    Bracciali, L.; Parrish, R. R.; Najman, Y.; Carter, A.; Condon, D. J.; Horstwood, M. S.; Wijbrans, J. R.

    2012-12-01

    While geo- and thermo-chronology of detrital minerals from sedimentary basins are routinely applied to constrain sedimentary provenance and hinterland evolution, the importance of a multi-technique approach is not always recognized. Isotopic dating methods sensitive to different temperature ranges can be successfully applied to detrital mineral grains from the same sample in order to obtain a robust dataset capable of providing information on the various thermal events that affected the source terrains. We use three detrital minerals in this study (zircon, rutile and white mica) that are stable and widely distributed in igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks and which together retain source crystallisation and cooling information over the range down to ~200°C and thus record complex metamorphic histories. Similarly to zircon and other U-bearing minerals, rutile can be dated by the U-Pb method, however it has so far received less attention than zircon because of: lower U content which limits measurement quality by in situ methods, often a higher proportion of common (non radiogenic) lead, and a lack of widely available good quality reference materials. We have recently characterized (by high precision ID-TIMS, isotope dilution mass spectrometry, and by LA-MC-ICP-MS two natural rutiles (Sugluk-4 and PCA-S207) and used these as reference materials for LA U-Pb dating of detrital samples, Parrish et al., this meeting, and [1]). Compared to zircon, rutile is characterized by a lower closure T for Pb diffusion (~500°C), hence rutile U-Pb dates primarily indicate the time since the last significant cooling. As it adds an important lower temperature complement to zircon and allows a much more unique isotopic fingerprint of the source region, rutile has the potential to become a key provenance tracer. In order to boost the strength of the double U-Pb detrital chronometer, we apply 40Ar/39Ar dating and zircon fission track dating to detrital grains from the same sample

  17. Effect of spinel properties on slag resistance of unfired corundum-spinel brick%尖晶石性质对刚玉-尖晶石不烧砖抗渣性的影响

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    方选明; 李楠; 鄢文

    2011-01-01

    Slag resistances of three kinds of unfired corundum-spinel bricks containing different spinels were researched using static crucible method. The effects of grain size and lattice distortion of spinel on slag resistance were investigated by XRD,SEM and EDAX. The results show that: ( 1 )the grain size of spinel remarkably affects the corrosion resistance, and the corrosion resistance increases with grain size increasing; (2)the spinel with higher lattice distortion can absorb more Fe and Mn ions on the interface of slag and refractories; (3)the lattice distortion affects the penetration resistance,the spinel with high lattice distortion can absorb more cations,change the slag composition, make slag with rich silicon and high viscosity,and inhibit the further penetration of slag.%采用静态坩埚法研究了添加3种不同性质尖晶石的刚玉-尖晶石不烧砖的抗渣性能,并通过XRD、SEM和EDAX分析了尖晶石的晶粒尺寸、晶格畸变对试样抗渣性的影响.结果表明:(1.尖晶石的晶粒尺寸影响试样的抗侵蚀能力,晶粒尺寸越大,试样抗侵蚀能力越强;(2.晶格畸变较大时,尖晶石在渣/耐火材料界面处吸收熔渣中Fe、Mn离子能力更强;(3)尖晶石的晶格畸变影响试样的抗渗透性能,当晶格畸变较大时,可吸收渣中更多的阳离子,改变渗透渣的成分,使渣富硅化,黏度增大,阻碍了熔渣进一步渗透.

  18. The Jurassic to Paleogene detrital record of the Central Asian Orogenic Belt: results from the Kyrgyz Tien Shan

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    De Pelsmaeker, Elien; Jolivet, Marc; Dransart Laborde, Amandine; Robin, Cécile; Zhimulev, Fedor; Poujol, Marc; Nachtergaele, Simon; Glorie, Stijn; De Clercq, Shana; Batalev, Vladislav; De Grave, Johan

    2017-04-01

    The Central Asian Orogenic Belt (CAOB) represents one of the largest Phanerozoic accretionary orogens in the world, pinched between North China - Tarim, Kazakhstan and the Siberian craton. It stretches from the Pamir in the southwest, over the Tien Shan, Junggar, Altai and Sayan mountain ranges to the Baikal rift in the northeast. The basement of the CAOB exists of various tectonic units that were assembled during several Paleozoic collision-accretion events. By the Permian, the accretionary tectonics in the CAOB culminated as all major composing units were joined. After final construction in the Late Paleozoic, the CAOB was subjected to several phases of Mesozoic deformation and was again reactivated in the Late Cenozoic as distant effect of the India-Eurasia collision. The Meso-Cenozoic reactivation episodes occurred in an intracontinental setting, related to tectonic far-field effects originating at the Eurasian margins. Subsequently intracontinental orogens, such as Tien Shan, were built superimposed on the inherited basement architecture and the erosion products of their exhuming mountain ranges accumulated in sedimentary basins. New sedimentological and detrital zircon U-Pb (LA-ICP-MS) results from several Jurassic to Paleogene sedimentary sections in Kyrgyzstan provide new insights in the Mesozoic - early Cenozoic geodynamic evolution and related basin-range interactions of the Kyrgyz Tien Shan. Studied sedimentary sections are located in the Fergana and Yarkand-Fergana basins to the west of the Talas-Fergana Fault (TFF) and in the Issyk-Kul and Ming-Kush-Kökömeren basins to the east of the TFF. The U-Pb ages of the post-Precambrian zircon grains found in 18 Jurassic to Paleogene sandstones, can be generally divided into four groups: Caledonian (470-390 Ma), Hercynian (315-260 Ma), Triassic (250-210 Ma) and Jurassic (190-160 Ma) ages. The differences in sedimentation pattern and detrital zircon U-Pb age components suggest that the TFF played an important

  19. Evolution of the depleted mantle and growth of the continental crust: improving on the imperfect detrital zircon record

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    Vervoort, J. D.; Kemp, A. I. S.; Patchett, P. J.

    2012-04-01

    One of the basic tenets of terrestrial geochemistry is that the continental crust has been extracted from the mantle leaving the latter depleted in incompatible elements. Nd and Hf isotopes have long shown that this process has been an essential feature of the Earth throughout its history. There is wide agreement on the general nature of this process, but the details of the isotopic record—and their implications for the depletion of the mantle and the extraction of continental crust—remain debated. Recently, much attention has been given to detrital zircons in both modern and ancient sediments. An advantage of this approach is the integration of the crystallization history of the zircon from the U-Pb chronometer with its Hf isotopic composition, which can provide important information on whether the zircons have been derived from juvenile or reworked crust. One essential requirement in this approach, however, is to unambiguously determine the crystallization ages of the zircons. We suggest that this represents an important—but generally ignored—source of uncertainty in the Hf isotopic record from detrital zircons. The quality filter most often used to assess the integrity of zircon U-Pb systematics is concordance; if a zircon is concordant, it is assumed that the U-Pb age is accurate. A concordance filter is less effective in old zircons, however, because ancient Pb loss, viewed today, parallels concordia. Without the benefit from the geological context of the host rock to the zircons, it is impossible to unambiguously determine it true crystallization age. Ancient Pb loss in zircons produces an apparent age less than the true magmatic age. The initial Hf isotopic composition of these zircons, as a result, will be calculated at the wrong age and will be anomalously low (by ~2.2 epsilon Hf units per 0.1 Ga). Hf model ages, calculated from these parameters, will be artificially old and spurious. The combination of unradiogenic Hf and Hf model ages > U-Pb ages

  20. U-Pb detrital zircon age patterns of Cenozoic clastic sedimentary rocks in Trinidad and its implications

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    Xie, Xiangyang; Mann, Paul

    2014-06-01

    The Cenozoic evolution of northern South America can be simplified as a diachronous, west-to-east change from north-facing passive margin, to active convergence and transcurrent plate margin. As the current eastern end of the Caribbean-South America plate boundary, the Trinidad area records the most recent tectonic regime transition. Documenting the provenance of Cenozoic clastic rocks in Trinidad provides insights into the spatial and temporal relationships between mountain range uplifting, sediment dispersal, and drainage system development along the eastern end of the Caribbean-South American plate boundary. Four Eocene to Pliocene age outcropping sandstone samples were collected from Trinidad and 545 detrital zircon grains were analyzed using the U-Pb LA-ICP-MS method. A total of 404 analyses with less than 10% discordance were used for the final interpretation. Results show that the age distribution of the Eocene to the Early Oligocene samples is very restricted and dominated by Precambrian age grains with age peaks at ~ 1400 Ma, ~ 1800 Ma, and ~ 2000 Ma, typically derived from the Guyana Shield. In contrast, the Late Oligocene and younger samples show much broader and mixed age distribution that includes Mesozoic, Paleozoic, and Precambrian peaks. This age shift was interpreted as arriving of the Great Caribbean Arc and oblique collision between the South America and Caribbean plates. Continuing collision uplifted the Andes belts to the west. The Eastern Cordillera of Colombia, the Merida Andes, and the northern Venezuela coastal ranges then became the second primary sources. Offshore sedimentation switched from the passive margin with multiple small drainage systems to the active convergent and transcurrent plate margin with a single large river-dominated delivery system.

  1. Crayfish impact desert river ecosystem function and litter-dwelling invertebrate communities through association with novel detrital resources.

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    Full Text Available Shifts in plant species distributions due to global change are increasing the availability of novel resources in a variety of ecosystems worldwide. In semiarid riparian areas, hydric pioneer tree species are being replaced by drought-tolerant plant species as water availability decreases. Additionally, introduced omnivorous crayfish, which feed upon primary producers, allochthonous detritus, and benthic invertebrates, can impact communities at multiple levels through both direct and indirect effects mediated by drought-tolerant plants. We tested the impact of both virile crayfish (Orconectes virilis and litter type on benthic invertebrates and the effect of crayfish on detrital resources across a gradient of riparian vegetation drought-tolerance using field cages with leaf litter bags in the San Pedro River in Southeastern Arizona. Virile crayfish increased breakdown rate of novel drought-tolerant saltcedar (Tamarix ramosissima, but did not impact breakdown of drought-tolerant seepwillow (Baccharis salicifolia or hydric Fremont cottonwood (Populus fremontii and Gooding's willow (Salix goodingii. Effects on invertebrate diversity were observed at the litter bag scale, but no effects were found at the cage scale. Crayfish decreased alpha diversity of colonizing macroinvertebrates, but did not affect beta diversity. In contrast, the drought-tolerant litter treatment decreased beta diversity relative to hydric litter. As drought-tolerant species become more abundant in riparian zones, their litter will become a larger component of the organic matter budget of desert streams which may serve to homogenize the litter-dwelling community and support elevated populations of virile crayfish. Through impacts at multiple trophic levels, crayfish have a significant effect on desert stream ecosystems.

  2. Importance of titanohematite in detrital remanent magnetizations of strata spanning the Cretaceous-Paleogene boundary, Hell Creek region, Montana

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    Sprain, Courtney J.; Feinberg, Joshua M.; Renne, Paul R.; Jackson, Mike

    2016-03-01

    Intermediate composition titanohematite, Fe2-yTiyO3 with 0.5 ≤ y ≤ 0.7, is seldom the focus of paleomagnetic study and is commonly believed to be rare in nature. While largely overlooked in magnetostratigraphic studies, intermediate titanohematite has been identified as the dominant ferrimagnetic mineral in an array of Late Mesozoic and early Cenozoic Laramide clastic deposits throughout the central United States. Intermediate titanohematite is ferrimagnetic and has similar magnetic properties to titanomagnetite, except its unique self-reversing property. Due to these similarities, and with detrital remanent magnetizations masking its self-reversing nature, intermediate titanohematite is often misidentified in sedimentary deposits. Past studies relied upon nonmagnetic techniques including X-ray diffraction and electron microprobe analysis. While these techniques can identify the presence of intermediate titanohematite, they fail to test whether the mineral is the primary recorder. To facilitate the identification of intermediate titanohematite in sedimentary deposits, we characterize this mineral using low-temperature magnetometry and high-temperature susceptibility experiments, and present a new identification technique based on titanohematite's self-reversing property, for sediments that span the Cretaceous-Paleogene boundary (Hell Creek region, Montana). Results from the self-reversal test indicate that the majority of remanence is held by minerals that become magnetized parallel to an applied field, but that intermediate, self-reversing titanohematite (y = 0.53-0.63) is an important ancillary carrier of remanence. While earlier literature suggests that intermediate titanohematite is rare in nature, reanalysis using specialized rock magnetic techniques may reveal that it is more abundant in the rock record, particularly within depositional basins adjacent to calc-alkaline volcanics, than previously thought.

  3. Coarse Grain Progradation in a Foreland basin: Application of Detrital Zircon Double Dating to Cenozoic Stratigraphy, Eastern Cordillera, Colombia.

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    Odoh, S.; Saylor, J. E.; Higuera-Diaz, C.; Lapen, T. J.; Copeland, P.

    2015-12-01

    Progradation of coarse clastic material into distal foreland basins has been attributed to both 1) enhanced sediment production during rapid tectonic exhumation and 2) sediment reworking during tectonic quiescence. The Floresta and Medina basins in the Eastern Cordillera record deposition of alternating coarse- and fine-grained clastic strata in medial and distal (respectively) Cenozoic foreland basins. The Medina Basin records the continued eastward progradation of the deformation front in the Neogene. We use detrital zircon U-Pb (ZPb) and (U-Th)/He (ZHe) analyses from the Paleogene Floresta Basin and the entire Cenozoic Medina Basin record to evaluate the effects of episodic thrust-belt exhumation and wide-spread deposition of coarse-grained sediments in the adjacent foreland basin. Both ZPb and ZHe systems are applied to individual grains (double dating) to constrain source area and up-section variations in exhumation rates. Changes in exhumation rate or introduction of new sediment sources are recorded as changes in lag time (ZHe age - depositional age). Analysis of 6 samples from the Floresta Basin shows a decrease in lag time during deposition of the coarse-grained middle Eocene Picacho Formation and upper Paleocene Socha Sandstone suggesting that Paleogene deposition of coarse-grained intervals in this medial location corresponds to an increase in exhumation rate. However, initial results from the Medina basin are less clear as there is evidence for Paleocene volcanic input but no clear evidence for thrust-belt related sediment until the Oligocene-early Miocene. We interpret the evidence for different sediment sources for Eocene strata in the axial Eastern Cordillera (Floresta) versus the Eastern foothills (Medina) as indicative of separation of these two regions by an emergent forebulge. Exhumation rate and granularity appear to be inversely correlated in post-Oligocene strata, though confirmation of initial interpretations awaits larger samples sizes

  4. Elemental and Sm-Nd isotopic geochemistry on detrital sedimentary rocks in the Ganzi-Songpan block and Longmen Mountains

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    CHEN Yuelong; LIU Fei; ZHANG Hongfei; NIE Lanshi; JIANG Liting

    2007-01-01

    Systematic results of major and trace element geochemistry and Sm-Nd isotopic geochemistry on detrital sedimentary rocks of Precambrian to Triassic in the Ganzi-Songpan block and Longmen Mountains are presented. The rocks are classified into greywaekes or feldspar sandstones,grains of which are the mixtures of mafic rocks, felsic rocks,and quartz + calcite. Total rare earth elements (REE) contents of the rocks increase gradually and negative Eu anomalies become more obvious from Precambrian to Triassic, which may indicate intensifying crustal anatexis. Tectonic setting was stable during the Late Paleozoic, the refore there are obvious negative Ce anomalies. Nd model ages are between 1.6 Ga and 2.4 Ga, which are very similar to those of the Yangtze croton, South Qinling and North Qinling belts and quite different from those of the North China craton. There-fore, provenance of the sedimentary rocks in the Ganzi-Songpan block and Longmen Mountains was the Yangtze craton and/or the Qinling orogen, which evolved on the basis of the Yangtze craton. The correlation between provenances and tectonostratigraphic strata of the western Yangtze craton shows that the source materials should be primarily from Neoproterozoic. Secondary sources were Archean and Paleoproterozoic strata. Triassic clastic sedimentary rocks contain Late Paleozoic mantle-derived materials, represented by the Emeishan Permian flood basalts. Spatial distribution of initial Nd isotopic compositions indicates that denudating areas were in the east and the north and depositing areas of deep water were in the west and the south for the Ganzi-Songpan basin during Triassic.

  5. Synthesis of Nano Crystalline MgAl2O4Spinel Powder by Microwave Assisted Combustion%Synthesis of Nano Crystalline MgAl2O4 Spinel Powder by Microwave Assisted Combustion

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    Leila Torkian; Mostafa M Amini; Zohreh Bahrami

    2011-01-01

    Stoichiometric MgAl2O4 spinel nanoparticles were synthesized by microwave assisted combustion reaction from aluminium nitrate nanohydrate (Al(NO3)3.9H2O) and Sol-Gel prepared magnesium hydroxide (Mg(OH)2) in the presence of urea ((NH2)2CO) as a fuel, in about 20 min of irradiation. X-ray diffraction (XRD) studies reveal that microwave assisted combustion synthesis route yields single-phase spinel nanoparticles with larger crystalline size (around 75 nm) than other conventional heating methods. Scanning electronic microscope (SEM) images show nanoparticles with spherical shape and homogenous morphology. The surface area measurements (SBET) show crystals with 2.11 m2/g and 0.0033 mL/g pore volume.

  6. Zn{sub x-1}Cu{sub x}Mn{sub 2}O{sub 4} spinels; synthesis, structural characterization and electrical evaluation

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    Mendez M, F.; Lima, E.; Bosch, P.; Pfeiffer, H. [UNAM, Instituto de Investigaciones en Materiales, Circuito Exterior, Ciudad Universitaria, 04510 Mexico D. F. (Mexico); Gonzalez, F., E-mail: pfeiffer@iim.unam.m [Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana, Unidad Iztapalapa, Av. San Rafael Atlixco No. 186, Col. Vicentina, 09340 Mexico D. F. (Mexico)

    2010-07-01

    This work presents the structural characterization and electrical evaluation of Zn{sub x-1}Cu{sub x}Mn{sub 2}O{sub 4} spinels, which are materials presented as secondary phases into the vari stor ceramic systems. Samples were analyzed by X-ray diffraction, solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance, infrared spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy and impedance spectroscopy. Although, the addition of copper to the ZnMn{sub 2}O{sub 4} spinel did not produce morphological changes, the structure and electrical behaviors changed considerably. Structurally, copper addition induced the formation of partial inverse spinels, and its addition increases significantly the electrical conductivity. Therefore, the formation of Zn{sub x-1}Cu{sub x}Mn{sub 2}O{sub 4} spinels, as secondary phases into the vari stor materials, may compromise significantly the vari stor efficiency. (Author)

  7. Hf–Zr anomalies in clinopyroxene from mantle xenoliths from France and Poland: implications for Lu–Hf dating of spinel peridotite lithospheric mantle

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    Downes, Hilary; Vries, C. de; Wittig, N.

    2015-01-01

    \\ud \\ud Clinopyroxenes in some fresh anhydrous spinel peridotite mantle xenoliths from the northern Massif Central (France) and Lower Silesia (Poland), analysed for a range of incompatible trace elements by laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry, show unusually strong negative anomalies in Hf and Zr relative to adjacent elements Sm and Nd, on primitive mantle-normalised diagrams. Similar Zr–Hf anomalies have only rarely been reported from clinopyroxene in spinel peridotit...

  8. Hydrostatic pressure dependence on the collapsing of heptamer clusters in the charge ordered spinel AlV2O4

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    Kalavathi, S.; Vennila Raju, Selva; Chandra, Sharat; Williams, Quentin; Sahu, P. Ch.

    2017-01-01

    Charge frustrated spinels have engaged the interest of condensed matter studies due to the novel formation of multimer molecular sub units that lifts the degeneracy in the ground state. An exhaustive study on the stability of these molecular sub units is not available in the literature. In the present study, evidence has been obtained for the first time that hydrostatic pressure beyond 21 GPa, destabilizes the vanadium heptamer molecular sub units reversibly in the unique ambient temperature charge ordered spinel AlV2O4. The bulk modulus and its pressure derivative of the charge ordered phase are constrained. In addition a systematic structural analysis as a function of temperature shows destabilization of vanadium trimers those stack up to make the heptamer units. The crystal structure and total energy have been calculated using first principles density functional formalism (GGA approximation) as a function of pressure. The results obtained corroborate the stability of the frustrated phase beyond 20 GPa.

  9. Preparation of composite with silica-coated nanoparticles of iron oxide spinels for applications based on magnetically induced hyperthermia

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    Andrade, Angela L.; Fabris, José D.; Pereira, Márcio C.; Domingues, Rosana Z.; Ardisson, José D.

    2013-04-01

    It is reported a novel method to prepare magnetic core (iron oxide spinels)-shell (silica) composites containing well-dispersed magnetic nanoparticles in aqueous solution. The synthetic process consists of two steps. In a first step, iron oxide nanoparticles obtained through co-precipitation are dispersed in an aqueous solution containing tetramethylammonium hydroxide; in a second step, particles of this sample are coated with silica, through hydrolyzation of tetraethyl orthosilicate. The intrinsic atomic structure and essential properties of the core-shell system were assessed with powder X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectrometry, Mössbauer spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy. The heat released by this ferrofluid under an AC-generated magnetic field was evaluated by following the temperature evolution under increasing magnetic field strengths. Results strongly indicate that this ferrofluid based on silica-coated iron oxide spinels is technologically a very promising material to be used in medical practices, in oncology.

  10. Preparation of composite with silica-coated nanoparticles of iron oxide spinels for applications based on magnetically induced hyperthermia

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    Andrade, Angela L. [Federal University of Ouro Preto (UFOP), Department of Chemistry (Brazil); Fabris, Jose D., E-mail: jdfabris@ufmg.br [Federal University of Jequitinhonha and Mucuri Valleys (UFVJM) (Brazil); Pereira, Marcio C. [Federal University of Jequitinhonha and Mucuri Valleys (UFVJM), Institute of Science, Engineering and Technology (Brazil); Domingues, Rosana Z. [Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), Department of Chemistry (Brazil); Ardisson, Jose D. [Development Center of Nuclear Technology (CNEN/CDTN), Laboratory of Applied Physics (Brazil)

    2013-04-15

    It is reported a novel method to prepare magnetic core (iron oxide spinels)-shell (silica) composites containing well-dispersed magnetic nanoparticles in aqueous solution. The synthetic process consists of two steps. In a first step, iron oxide nanoparticles obtained through co-precipitation are dispersed in an aqueous solution containing tetramethylammonium hydroxide; in a second step, particles of this sample are coated with silica, through hydrolyzation of tetraethyl orthosilicate. The intrinsic atomic structure and essential properties of the core-shell system were assessed with powder X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectrometry, Moessbauer spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy. The heat released by this ferrofluid under an AC-generated magnetic field was evaluated by following the temperature evolution under increasing magnetic field strengths. Results strongly indicate that this ferrofluid based on silica-coated iron oxide spinels is technologically a very promising material to be used in medical practices, in oncology.

  11. A facile approach to derive binder protective film on high voltage spinel cathode materials against high temperature degradation

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    Chou, Wei-Yu; Jin, Yi-Chun; Duh, Jenq-Gong; Lu, Cheng-Zhang; Liao, Shih-Chieh

    2015-11-01

    The electrochemical performance of spinel LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4 cathode combined with different binders at elevated temperature is firstly investigated. The water soluble binder, such as sodium carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC) and sodium alginate (SA), is compared with the polyvinylidene difluoride (PVdF) binder used in non-aqueous process. The aqueous process can meet the need of Li-ion battery industry due to environmental-friendly and cost effectiveness by replacing toxic organic solvent, such as N-methyl-pyrrolidone (NMP). In this study, a significantly improved high temperature cycling performance is successfully obtained as compared to the traditional PVdF binder. The aqueous binder can serve as a protective film which inhibits the serious Ni and Mn dissolution especially at elevated temperature. Our result demonstrates a facile approach to solve the problem of capacity fading for high voltage spinel cathodes.

  12. Experimental mineral/liquid partition coefficients of the rare earth elements /REE/, Sc and Sr for perovskite, spinel and melilite

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    Nagasawa, H.; Schreiber, H. D.; Morris, R. V.

    1980-01-01

    Experimental determinations of the mineral/liquid partition coefficients of REE (La, Sm, Eu, Gd, Tb, Yb and Lu), Sc and Sr are reported for the minerals perovskite, spinel and melilite in synthetic systems. Perovskite concentrates light REE with respect to the residual liquid but shows no preference for heavy REE. Spinel greatly discriminates against the incorporation of REE, especially light REE, into its crystal structure. The partition of REE into melilite from a silicate liquid is quite dependent upon both the bulk melt and melilite solid-solution (gehlenite and akermanite components) compositions. As such, melilite can be enriched in REE or will reject REE with corresponding strong negative or strong positive Eu anomalies, respectively.

  13. Effect of particle size on microstructure and strength of porous spinel ceramics prepared by pore-forming in situ technique

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    Wen Yan; Nan Li; Yuanyuan Li; Guangping Liu; Bingqiang Han; Juliang Xu

    2011-08-01

    The porous spinel ceramics were prepared from magnesite and bauxite by the pore-forming in situ technique. The characterization of porous spinel ceramics was determined by X-ray diffractometer (XRD), scanning electron microscopy(SEM), mercury porosimetry measurement etc and the effects of particle size on microstructure and strength were investigated. It was found that particle size affects strongly on the microstructure and strength. With decreasing particle size, the pore size distribution occurs from multi-peak mode to bi-peak mode, and lastly to mono-peak mode; the porosity decreases but strength increases. The most apposite mode is the specimens from the grinded powder with a particle size of 6.53 m, which has a high apparent porosity (40%), a high compressive strength (75.6MPa), a small average pore size (2.53 m) and a homogeneous pore size distribution.

  14. Raman studies of cation distribution and thermal stability of epitaxial spinel NiCo2O4 films

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    Iliev, M. N.; Silwal, P.; Loukya, B.; Datta, R.; Kim, D. H.; Todorov, N. D.; Pachauri, N.; Gupta, A.

    2013-07-01

    Epitaxial thin films of spinel NiCo2O4 (NCO) grown on MgAl2O4 (001) substrates are reported to exhibit dramatic changes in the magnetic and transport properties with deposition temperature. While films grown at lower temperatures (<450°C) are ferrimagnetic with metallic characteristics, those grown at higher temperatures are non-magnetic and insulating. Detailed polarized Raman spectroscopy studies indicate that the higher temperature films have close to the ideal inverse spinel cation distribution, Co3+[Ni2+Co3+]O42-, whereas those deposited at lower temperature are characterized by mixed cation/charge distribution at both the tetragonal (A) and octahedral (B) sites. Additionally, temperature-dependent Raman studies demonstrate that, unlike bulk polycrystalline samples, all the NCO films are robust against thermal treatment with full reversibility after annealing at 600°C in oxygen and air. However, partial decomposition is observed after annealing in vacuum.

  15. Simultaneous determination of epinephrene and paracetamol at copper-cobalt oxide spinel decorated nanocrystalline zeolite modified electrodes.

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    Samanta, Subhajyoti; Srivastava, Rajendra

    2016-08-01

    In this study, CuCo2O4 and CuCo2O4 decorated nanocrystalline ZSM-5 materials were prepared. For comparative study, a series of MCo2O4 spinels were also prepared. Materials were characterized by the complementary combination of X-ray diffraction, N2-adsorption, UV-visible, and electron microscopic techniques. A simple and rapid method for the simultaneous determination of paracetamol and epinephrine at MCo2O4 spinels modified electrodes is presented in this manuscript. Among the materials investigated in this study, CuCo2O4 decorated nanocrystalline ZSM-5 exhibited the highest electrocatalytic activity with excellent stability, sensitivity, and selectivity. Analytical performance of the sensor was demonstrated in the determination of epinephrine and paracetamol in the commercial pharmaceutical samples.

  16. Nickel-aluminium complex: a simple and effective precursor for nickel aluminate (NiAl2O4 spinel

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    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available A reaction of aluminium hydroxide, nickel nitrate and triethanolamine in ethylene glycol provided, in one step, a simple and effective nickel-aluminium complex precursor for NiAl2O4 spinel. On the basis of 1H-, 13C-NMR spectroscopy, and mass spectrometry, the possible structure of the complex was proposed as a trimetallic double alkoxide consisting of two four-coordinate TEA-Al (alumatrane moieties linked via a bridging TEA group enfolding the Ni2+ cation. Transformation of the nickel-aluminium complex to pure spinel occurred when the complex precursor was pyrolysed at 1000C for 5 h. The BET surface area of the pyrolysed product was found to be 31 m2/g. In addition, the morphology of the powder product was examined by SEM.

  17. Structural phase stability, magnetism and microwave properties of Co{sub 2}FeO{sub 4} spinel oxide

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    Meriakri, V; Parckhomenko, M; Gratowski, S Von [Institute of Radio Engineering and Electronics, Russian Academy of Sciences, Fryazino (Russian Federation); Bhowmik, R N; Muthuselvam, I Panneer, E-mail: v-meriakri@gmx.ne, E-mail: rnbhowmik.phy@pondiuni.edu.i [Department of Physics, Pondicherry University, R. Venkataraman Nagar, Kalapet, Pondicherry-605014 (India)

    2010-01-01

    Correlation between crystal structure and physical properties for Co{sub 2}FeO{sub 4} spinel oxide are studied. There are two coexisting phases, Fe rich and Co rich spinels, for S80, S86, S100 samples. The S90 and S95 samples showed single phase nature. A small signature of second phase is noted for S95 sample from the temperature dependence of magnetization measurement. The single phase with single Curie temperature at about 453 K is confirmed for S90 sample. Interestingly, S95 sample showed minimum magnetic energy loss. The complex magnetic permittivity and dielectric permeability at 4.6 GHz and 7.2 GHz has been measured for all samples. There is a correlation between annealing temperature for the samples and measured electromagnetic properties.

  18. Enhancing the performance of high-voltage LiCoMnO4 spinel electrodes by fluorination

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    Windmüller, Anna; Tsai, Chih-Long; Möller, Sören; Balski, Matthias; Sohn, Yoo Jung; Uhlenbruck, Sven; Guillon, Olivier

    2017-02-01

    With the aim of improving the electrochemical properties of the LiCoMnO4 high-voltage spinel for lithium ion battery applications, LiCoMnO4-yFy (y = 0, 0.05, 0.1) compounds were synthesized by a two-step solid-state reaction at 800 °C. The stoichiometry of the samples was verified by nuclear reaction analysis for the fluorine stoichiometry, inert gas fusion analysis for the oxygen stoichiometry, and inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectroscopy for the cation stoichiometry. X-ray diffraction analysis and scanning electron microscopy revealed increasing phase purity and changing microstructure upon fluorine incorporation. Electrochemical characterizations were carried out in battery test cells using a liquid electrolyte. The samples show poor coulombic efficiency, due to liquid electrolyte decomposition. However, fluorinated spinels demonstrated significantly improved capacities of up to 18% and improved cycling stability of up to 20%, compared to their non-fluorinated counterparts.

  19. Effect of cutting edge radius on surface roughness in diamond tool turning of transparent MgAl2O4 spinel ceramic

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    Yue, Xiaobin; Xu, Min; Du, Wenhao; Chu, Chong

    2017-09-01

    Transparent magnesium aluminate spinel (MgAl2O4) ceramic is one of an important optical materials. However, due to its pronounced hardness and brittleness, the optical machining of this material is very difficult. Diamond turning has advantages over the grinding process in flexibility and material removal rate. However, there is a lack of research that could support the use of diamond turning technology in the machining of MgAl2O4 spinel ceramic. Using brittle-ductile transition theory of brittle material machining, this work provides critical information that may help to realize ductile-regime turning of MgAl2O4 spinel ceramic. A characterization method of determination the cutting edge radius is introduced here. Suitable diamond tools were measured for sharpness and then chosen from a large number of candidate tools. The influence of rounded cutting edges on surface roughness of the MgAl2O4 spinel ceramic is also investigated. These results indicate that surface quality of MgAl2O4 spinel is relate to the radius of diamond tool's cutting edge, cutting speed, and feed rate. Sharp diamond tools (small radius of cutting edge) facilitated ductile-regime turning of MgAl2O4 spinel and shows great potential to reduce surface roughness and produce smoother final surface.

  20. Synthesis of single-crystalline spinel LiMn2 O4 Nanorods for lithium-ion batteries with high rate capability and long cycle life.

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    Xie, Xiuqiang; Su, Dawei; Sun, Bing; Zhang, Jinqiang; Wang, Chengyin; Wang, Guoxiu

    2014-12-15

    The long-standing challenge associated with capacity fading of spinel LiMn2 O4 cathode material for lithium-ion batteries is investigated. Single-crystalline spinel LiMn2 O4 nanorods were successfully synthesized by a template-engaged method. Porous Mn3 O4 nanorods were used as self-sacrificial templates, into which LiOH was infiltrated by a vacuum-assisted impregnation route. When used as cathode materials for lithium-ion batteries, the spinel LiMn2 O4 nanorods exhibited superior long cycle life owing to the one-dimensional nanorod structure, single-crystallinity, and Li-rich effect. LiMn2 O4 nanorods retained 95.6 % of the initial capacity after 1000 cycles at 3C rate. In particular, the nanorod morphology of the spinel LiMn2 O4 was well-preserved after a long-term cycling, suggesting the ultrahigh structural stability of the single crystalline spinel LiMn2 O4 nanorods. This result shows the promising applications of single-crystalline spinel LiMn2 O4 nanorods as cathode materials for lithium-ion batteries with high rate capability and long cycle life. © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  1. Detrital zircon U-Pb and Hf isotopic data from the Liuling Group in the South Qinling belt: Provenance and tectonic implications

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    Liao, Xiao-ying; Wang, Ya-wei; Liu, Liang; Wang, Chao; Santosh, M.

    2017-02-01

    The Liuling Group is exposed in the Northern part of the South Qinling orogenic belt. LA-ICP-MS U-Pb analysis of detrital zircons from the meta-sandstones in this Group yields ages ranging between 400 Ma and 3200 Ma, with three prominent age clusters at 500-400 Ma, 850-700 Ma and 1000-900 Ma. A few older zircon populations with U-Pb ages of 1750-1450 Ma, 2000 Ma and 2600-2400 Ma are also present. Age data integrated with cathodoluminescence, trace element data and εHf(t) values of zircon grains show that the Liuling sediments have a complex source. Source rocks mainly include Early Neoproterozoic and Early Paleozoic granitoids, together with minor ultra-high pressure/high pressure (HP-UHP) metamorphic rocks, and paragneiss in the North Qinling belt, and Middle-Late Neoproterozoic magmatic rocks in the South Qinling belt. The dominant population of detrital zircon grains with ages between 500 Ma and 400 Ma show the characteristics of both magmatic and metamorphic zircons. They show three age clusters at 497 Ma, 451 Ma, and ca. 420 Ma and show marked correlation with the three stages of Palaeozoic magmatism, as well as with the peak and retrograde HP-UHP metamorphic stages in the North Qinling belt. This correlation demonstrates that these Early Palaeozoic granitoids and HP-UHP metamorphic rocks in the North Qinling belt were already exhumed to the surface, underwent erosion prior to Middle Devonian time and were then deposited in an extensional basin. Based on the results from detrital zircon U-Pb dating, combined with geochemical data and the regional geology, the deposition of Liuling sediments is inferred to have occurred in a post-orogenic extensional basin, rather than a subduction-related fore-arc basin or a foreland basin formed during or after continental collision.

  2. Detrital Geochemical Fingerprints of Rivers Along Southern Tibet and Nepal: Implications for Erosion of the Indus-Yarlung Suture Zone and the Himalayas

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    Hassim, M. F. B.; Carrapa, B.; DeCelles, P. G.; Kapp, P. A.; Gehrels, G. E.

    2014-12-01

    Our detrital geochemical study of modern sand collected from tributaries of the Yarlung River in southern Tibet and the Kali Gandaki River and its tributaries in Nepal shed light on the ages and exhumation histories of source rocks within the Indus-Yarlung Suture (IYS) zone and the Himalayas. Seven sand samples from rivers along the suture zone in southern Tibet between Xigatze to the east and Mt. Kailas to the west were collected for detrital zircon U-Pb geochronologic and Apatite Fission Track (AFT) thermochronologic analyses. Zircon U-Pb ages for all rivers range between 15 and 3568 Ma. Rivers draining the northern side of the suture zone mainly yield ages between 40 and 60 Ma, similar to the age of the Gangdese magmatic arc. Samples from rivers draining the southern side of the suture zone record a Tethyan Himalayan signal characterized by age clusters at 500 Ma and 1050 Ma. Our results indicate that the ages and proportion of U-Pb zircons ages of downstream samples from tributaries of the Yarlung River directly reflect source area ages and relative area of source rock exposure in the catchment basin. Significant age components at 37 - 40 Ma, 47 - 50 Ma, 55 - 58 Ma and 94 - 97 Ma reflect episodicity in Gangdese arc magmatism. Our AFT ages show two main signals at 23-18 Ma and 12 Ma, which are in agreement with accelerated exhumation of the Gangdese batholith during these time intervals. The 23 - 18 Ma signal partly overlaps with deposition of the Kailas Formation along the suture zone and may be related to exhumation due to upper plate extension in southern Tibet in response to Indian slab rollback and/or break-off events. Detrital thermochronology of four sand samples from the Kali Gandaki River and some of its tributaries in Nepal is underway and will provide constraints on the timing of erosion of the central Nepal Himalaya.

  3. Detrital, metamorphic and metasomatic tourmaline in high-pressure metasediments from Syros (Greece): intra-grain boron isotope patterns determined by secondary-ion mass spectrometry

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    Marschall, Horst R.; Altherr, Rainer; Kalt, Angelika; Ludwig, Thomas

    2008-06-01

    The boron isotopic composition of zoned tourmaline in two metasediments from the island of Syros, determined by secondary-ion mass spectrometry (SIMS), reflects the sedimentary and metamorphic record of the rocks. Tourmaline from a silicate-bearing marble contains small (≤20 μm) detrital cores with highly variable δ 11B values (-10.7 to +3.6‰), pointing to a heterogeneous protolith derived from multiple sources. The sedimentary B isotopic record survived the entire metamorphic cycle with peak temperatures of ˜500°C. Prograde to peak metamorphic rims are homogeneous and similar among all analysed grains ( δ 11B ≈ +0.9‰). The varying δ 11B values of detrital cores in the siliceous marble demonstrate that in situ B isotope analysis of tourmaline by SIMS is a potentially powerful tool for provenance studies not only in sediments but also in metasediments. A meta-tuffitic blueschist bears abundant tourmaline with dravitic cores of detrital or authigenic origin ( δ 11B ≈ -3.3‰), and prograde to peak metamorphic overgrowth zones (-1.6‰). Fe-rich rims, formed during influx of B-bearing fluids under retrograde conditions, show strongly increasing δ 11B values (up to +7.7‰) towards the margins of the grains. The δ 11B values of metamorphic tourmaline from Syros, formed in mixed terrigenous-marine sediments, reflect the B signal blended from these two different sources, and was probably not altered by dehydration during subduction.

  4. How Diverse Detrital Environments Influence Nutrient Stoichiometry between Males and Females of the Co-Occurring Container Mosquitoes Aedes albopictus, Ae. aegypti, and Culex quinquefasciatus

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    Yee, Donald A.; Kaufman, Michael G.; Ezeakacha, Nnaemeka F.

    2015-01-01

    Allocation patterns of carbon and nitrogen in animals are influenced by food quality and quantity, as well as by inherent metabolic and physiological constraints within organisms. Whole body stoichiometry also may vary between the sexes who differ in development rates and reproductive allocation patterns. In aquatic containers, such as tree holes and tires, detrital inputs, which vary in amounts of carbon and nitrogen, form the basis of the mosquito-dominated food web. Differences in development times and mass between male and female mosquitoes may be the result of different reproductive constraints, which could also influence patterns of nutrient allocation. We examined development time, survival, and adult mass for males and females of three co-occurring species, Aedes albopictus, Ae. aegypti, and Culex quinquefasciatus, across environments with different ratios of animal and leaf detritus. We quantified the contribution of detritus to biomass using stable isotope analysis and measured tissue carbon and nitrogen concentrations among species and between the sexes. Development times were shorter and adults were heavier for Aedes in animal versus leaf-only environments, whereas Culex development times were invariant across detritus types. Aedes displayed similar survival across detritus types whereas C. quinquefasciatus showed decreased survival with increasing leaf detritus. All species had lower values of 15N and 13C in leaf-only detritus compared to animal, however, Aedes generally had lower tissue nitrogen compared to C. quinquefasciatus. There were no differences in the C:N ratio between male and female Aedes, however, Aedes were different than C. quinquefasciatus adults, with male C. quinquefasciatus significantly higher than females. Culex quinquefasciatus was homeostatic across detrital environments. These results allow us to hypothesize an underlying stoichiometric explanation for the variation in performance of different container species under similar

  5. Paleocene-Early Eocene uplift of the Altyn Tagh Mountain: Evidence from detrital zircon fission track analysis and seismic sections in the northwestern Qaidam basin

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    Wang, Yadong; Zheng, Jianjing; Zheng, Youwei; Liu, Xingwang; Sun, Guoqiang

    2015-12-01

    Most existing tectonic models suggest that the deformation and uplift of the northern Tibetan Plateau is the latest crustal response to the collision of the India Plate and Eurasian Plate. The tectonic evolution of Altyn Tagh Mountain (hereafter called simply the "Altyn Tagh"), on the northern margin of the Tibetan Plateau, has attracted considerable scientific attention. In this study, we use fission track age dates of detrital zircons from the northwestern Qaidam basin together with sedimentary observations to understand more fully the Cenozoic tectonic uplift of the Altyn Tagh. Detrital zircons from five borehole samples distributed in different folds in the northwestern Qaidam basin yielded ages mainly ranging from 88.5 to 49.2 Ma, older than their sedimentary deposition ages (43.8-22 Ma). The binomial distribution in grain age fitted peaks was generally dominated by one young peak, P1, which varied from 73.6 to 47.2 Ma. A thinning of the Cenozoic Lulehe Formation (53.5-43.8 Ma) stretched from the inner Qaidam basin to the slopes of the Altyn Tagh in the seismic sections of the northwestern Qaidam basin. Based on magnetostratigraphic dating, there was a hiatus in sedimentation in the Qaidam basin between 65 Ma and 54 Ma; this was confirmed by seismic profiles and borehole data, which show an unconformity between the Mesozoic Quanyagou Formation and the Lulehe Formation. Combined with an analysis of provenance, the detrital zircon young peak age and the sedimentary record revealed that the most significant regional uplift of the Altyn Tagh occurred during the Paleogene-Early Eocene, almost coinciding with the collision of the Indian and Eurasian plates between 65 Ma and 44 Ma.

  6. Insights into the Tectonic Evolution of the North American Cordilleran Hinterland from Detrital Zircon Double Dating of the Eocene Elko Formation

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    Canada, A.; Cassel, E. J.; Smith, M. E.; Stockli, D. F.; Jicha, B. R.; Singer, B. S.

    2015-12-01

    The North American Cordilleran hinterland, from eastern Nevada to western Utah, is the product of Mesozoic crustal thickening and eventual orogen collapse. In NE Nevada, the Eocene Elko Formation represents ~10 Myr of high-elevation (up to 3.5 km) lacustrine deposition within a Paleogene orogenic plateau interior, prior to Neogene extensional collapse. Detrital zircon U-Pb and (U-Th)/He (ZHe) double dating from the Elko Formation constrains the timing and magnitude of tectonic-scale processes as well as the evolution of hinterland paleohydrology and magmatism. Eocene maximum depositional ages from detrital zircon are largely consistent with new single crystal sanidine 40Ar/39Ar ages for Elko Formation tuff beds. U-Pb-He double dating of Eocene sediments supports several phases of exhumation and surface uplift in the hinterland. ZHe ages, combined with U-Pb geochronology, clast assemblages, and paleocurrent analysis suggest a significant amount of detritus from the Roberts Mountain Allochthon (RMA) and back-arc plutons was transported to the Elko Basin during the middle Eocene. Detrital zircons sourced from the RMA record progressive unroofing and are characterized by Archean-Paleoproterozoic crystallization ages and Mesoproterozoic-Triassic cooling ages. The preponderance of Precambrian ZHe ages during the middle-late Eocene and the absence of reset ZHe ages throughout the basin imply that sediment burial did not exceed depths of >6 km during the Phanerozoic. Double dating of several grains from a sandstone below the base of the lacustrine section also confirms the presence of volcanic detritus derived from the Challis volcanic field of central Idaho 400 kilometers to the northeast. Lag time analysis permits discrimination of syndepositional volcanic grains from grains derived from rapidly exhumed sources. Lag time analysis (excluding volcanic grains) indicates that several source areas west of the Elko Basin have undergone major exhumation during the late Eocene.

  7. Detrital zircon provenance constraints on the initial uplift and denudation of the Chinese western Tianshan after the assembly of the southwestern Central Asian Orogenic Belt

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    Han, Yigui; Zhao, Guochun; Sun, Min; Eizenhöfer, Paul R.; Hou, Wenzhu; Zhang, Xiaoran; Liu, Dongxing; Wang, Bo

    2016-06-01

    U-Pb and Lu-Hf isotopic data of detrital zircons from late Paleozoic and Mesozoic strata along the southern flank of the Chinese western Tianshan enable to identify provenance changes and reconstruct early stage uplift and denudation history of the Tianshan range. Detrital zircons from Permian and Early-Middle Triassic siliciclastic rocks show two prominent age populations at 500-390 Ma and 310-260 Ma, and subordinate Precambrian ages at ~ 2.5 Ga, 2.0-1.7 Ga, 1.2-0.9 Ga and 900-600 Ma, with rare ages between 390 and 310 Ma. These characteristics and zircon εHf(t) data consistently suggest a sediment source predominantly from the Tarim Craton, rather than the Central Tianshan-Yili Block. In contrast, Late Triassic to Cretaceous strata additionally contain abundant 390-310 Ma and 260-220 Ma detrital zircons, implying multiple source regions from the Central Tianshan-Yili Block, Tarim Craton, and Western Kunlun Orogen. A significant switch of sedimentary provenances occurred in the mid-Triassic and is consistent with contemporaneous change of paleocurrent directions and the onset of intense tectonothermal events in the broad region of the Chinese western Tianshan and Kyrgyz Tianshan. These data collectively indicate that the significant surface uplift and denudation of the Tianshan range were probably initiated in the mid-Triassic (~ 240 Ma) after the assembly of the southwestern Central Asian Orogenic Belt. This uplifting event represents an intracontinental orogeny most likely in response to the collision between the Qiangtang Block and southern Eurasia, following the closure of the western part of the Paleo-Tethys Ocean.

  8. How Diverse Detrital Environments Influence Nutrient Stoichiometry between Males and Females of the Co-Occurring Container Mosquitoes Aedes albopictus, Ae. aegypti, and Culex quinquefasciatus.

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    Full Text Available Allocation patterns of carbon and nitrogen in animals are influenced by food quality and quantity, as well as by inherent metabolic and physiological constraints within organisms. Whole body stoichiometry also may vary between the sexes who differ in development rates and reproductive allocation patterns. In aquatic containers, such as tree holes and tires, detrital inputs, which vary in amounts of carbon and nitrogen, form the basis of the mosquito-dominated food web. Differences in development times and mass between male and female mosquitoes may be the result of different reproductive constraints, which could also influence patterns of nutrient allocation. We examined development time, survival, and adult mass for males and females of three co-occurring species, Aedes albopictus, Ae. aegypti, and Culex quinquefasciatus, across environments with different ratios of animal and leaf detritus. We quantified the contribution of detritus to biomass using stable isotope analysis and measured tissue carbon and nitrogen concentrations among species and between the sexes. Development times were shorter and adults were heavier for Aedes in animal versus leaf-only environments, whereas Culex development times were invariant across detritus types. Aedes displayed similar survival across detritus types whereas C. quinquefasciatus showed decreased survival with increasing leaf detritus. All species had lower values of 15N and 13C in leaf-only detritus compared to animal, however, Aedes generally had lower tissue nitrogen compared to C. quinquefasciatus. There were no differences in the C:N ratio between male and female Aedes, however, Aedes were different than C. quinquefasciatus adults, with male C. quinquefasciatus significantly higher than females. Culex quinquefasciatus was homeostatic across detrital environments. These results allow us to hypothesize an underlying stoichiometric explanation for the variation in performance of different container

  9. How Diverse Detrital Environments Influence Nutrient Stoichiometry between Males and Females of the Co-Occurring Container Mosquitoes Aedes albopictus, Ae. aegypti, and Culex quinquefasciatus.

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    Yee, Donald A; Kaufman, Michael G; Ezeakacha, Nnaemeka F

    2015-01-01

    Allocation patterns of carbon and nitrogen in animals are influenced by food quality and quantity, as well as by inherent metabolic and physiological constraints within organisms. Whole body stoichiometry also may vary between the sexes who differ in development rates and reproductive allocation patterns. In aquatic containers, such as tree holes and tires, detrital inputs, which vary in amounts of carbon and nitrogen, form the basis of the mosquito-dominated food web. Differences in development times and mass between male and female mosquitoes may be the result of different reproductive constraints, which could also influence patterns of nutrient allocation. We examined development time, survival, and adult mass for males and females of three co-occurring species, Aedes albopictus, Ae. aegypti, and Culex quinquefasciatus, across environments with different ratios of animal and leaf detritus. We quantified the contribution of detritus to biomass using stable isotope analysis and measured tissue carbon and nitrogen concentrations among species and between the sexes. Development times were shorter and adults were heavier for Aedes in animal versus leaf-only environments, whereas Culex development times were invariant across detritus types. Aedes displayed similar survival across detritus types whereas C. quinquefasciatus showed decreased survival with increasing leaf detritus. All species had lower values of 15N and 13C in leaf-only detritus compared to animal, however, Aedes generally had lower tissue nitrogen compared to C. quinquefasciatus. There were no differences in the C:N ratio between male and female Aedes, however, Aedes were different than C. quinquefasciatus adults, with male C. quinquefasciatus significantly higher than females. Culex quinquefasciatus was homeostatic across detrital environments. These results allow us to hypothesize an underlying stoichiometric explanation for the variation in performance of different container species under similar

  10. Effect of gamma irradiation on the structural and magnetic properties of Co–Zn spinel ferrite nanoparticles

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    Raut, Anil V., E-mail: nano9993@gmail.com [Vivekanand Arts, Sardar Dalipsingh Commerce and Science College, Aurangabad 431004, (M.S.) India (India); Kurmude, D.V. [Milind College of Science, Aurangabad 431004, (M.S.) India (India); Shengule, D.R. [Vivekanand Arts, Sardar Dalipsingh Commerce and Science College, Aurangabad 431004, (M.S.) India (India); Jadhav, K.M. [Department of Physics, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, Aurangabad 431004, (M.S.) India (India)

    2015-03-15

    Highlights: • Co–Zn ferrite nanoparticles were examined before and after γ-irradiation. • Single phase cubic spinel structure of Co–Zn was confirmed by XRD data. • The grain size was reported in the range of 52–62 nm after γ-irradiation. • Ms, Hc, n{sub B} were reported to be increased after gamma irradiation. - Abstract: In this work, the structural and magnetic properties of Co{sub 1−x}Zn{sub x}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} (0.0 ≤ x ≤ 1.0) ferrite nanoparticles were studied before and after gamma irradiation. The as-synthesized samples of Co–Zn ferrite nanoparticles prepared by sol–gel auto-combustion technique were analysed by XRD which suggested the single phase; cubic spinel structure of the material. Crystal defects produced in the spinel lattice were studied before and after Co{sup 60} γ-irradiation in a gamma cell with a dose rate of 0.1 Mrad/h in order to report the changes in structural and magnetic properties of the Co–Zn ferrite nanoparticles. The average crystallite size (t), lattice parameter (α) and other structural parameters of gamma-irradiated and un-irradiated Co{sub 1−x}Zn{sub x}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} spinel ferrite system was calculated from XRD data. The morphological characterizations were performed using scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The magnetic properties were measured using pulse field hysteresis loop tracer by applying magnetic field of 1000 Oe, and the analysis of data obtained revealed that the magnetic property such as saturation magnetization (Ms), coecivity (Hc), magneton number (n{sub B}) etc. magnetic parameters were increased after irradiation.

  11. Influence of Mn-Co Spinel Coating on Oxidation Behavior of Ferritic SS Alloys for SOFC Interconnect Applications

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    Venkatachalam, Vinothini; Molin, Sebastian; Kiebach, Wolff-Ragnar; Ming CHEN; Hendriksen, Peter Vang

    2014-01-01

    Chromia forming ferritic stainless steels (SS) are being considered for intermediate temperature solid oxide fuel cell interconnect applications. However, protective coatings are in general needed to avoid chromium volatilization and poisoning of cathodes from chromium species. Mn-Co spinel is one of the promising candidates to prevent chromium outward diffusion, improve oxidation resistance and ensure high electrical conductivity over the lifetime of interconnects. In the present study, unif...

  12. Effect of MnO2 on properties of NiFe2O4 spinel based inert anode

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    XI; Jin-hui; YAO; Guang-chun; LIU; Yi-han; ZHANG; Xiao-ming

    2005-01-01

    In order to improve the properties of NiFe2O4 spinel based inert anode, some additive MnO2 were added to raw materials. NiFe2O4 spinel with MnO2 was made by solid-phase reaction at 1200℃for 6 h. XRD were carried out and the effects of MnO2 on density, conductivity and corrosion resistance were measured. XRD shows when MnO2 was added no new phases exist and MnO2 and NiFe2O4 formed solid solution; Mn4+ replaced parts of Fe3+ and the sample still had the structure of NiFe2O4 spinel. The crystal lattice of NiFe2 O4 spinel became aberrated when MnO2 was added, which can promote sintering, and improve density. Because Mn4+ replaces parts of Fe3+ and produces conduction electron, which can improve conductivity.The corrosion resistance of the samples was enhanced. When MnO2 is 1.0%, the sample's corrosion rate is 1/5 of that of the sample without MnO2. The reason is that Al2 O3 in the melt reacts with Mn4+ in the sample to produce MnAl2O4. MnAl2 O4 forms a dense protecting coat, which can prevent melt from eroding further.Because the key problem with inert anodes is anode corrosion, so we consider the optimal amount of MnO2 is 1.0%.

  13. Spinel Metal Oxide-Alkali Carbonate-Based, Low-Temperature Thermochemical Cycles for Water Splitting and CO_2 Reduction

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    Xu, Bingjun; Bhawe, Yashodhan; Davis, Mark E.

    2013-01-01

    A manganese oxide-based, thermochemical cycle for water splitting below 1000 °C has recently been reported. The cycle involves the shuttling of Na+ into and out of manganese oxides via the consumption and formation of sodium carbonate, respectively. Here, we explore the combinations of three spinel metal oxides and three alkali carbonates in thermochemical cycles for water splitting and CO_2 reduction. Hydrogen evolution and CO_2 reduction reactions of metal oxides with a given alkali carbona...

  14. Magnetic properties of TM{endash}Co{endash}Fe{endash}Ti spinel oxides (abstract)

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    Giordanengo, B.; de Melo, M.A.; Takeuchi, A.Y.; Silva, P.R.; Saitovitch, H.; Baggio-Saitovitch, E. [Centro Brasileiro de Pesquisas Fisicas, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil); Moyo, T. [Department of Physics, University of Natal, Durban (South Africa)

    1997-04-01

    Spin glass-like behavior has been recently observed in a ceramic Zn{sub 0.5}Co{sub 0.9}Fe{sub 1.2}Ti{sub 0.4}O{sub 4} spinel oxide. This motivated our interest to study how the spin glass-like behavior of magnetic clusters in a diamagnetic matrix correlates to that of nonmagnetic or weakly magnetic clusters in a ferromagnetic matrix, Moessbauer effect, ac susceptibility, field cooled and zero field cooled magnetization, hysteresis loops, and {gamma}{endash}{gamma} perturbed angular correlation (PAC) have been measured for TM{sub 0.5{minus}x}Co{sub 0.9}Fe{sub 1.2+x}Ti{sub 0.4}O{sub 4} (x=0.0 and 0.2) spinel oxide with TM=Zn and Cu. The variation of coercive field with temperature has been found to fit a double exponential function form H{sub c}(T)=H{sub 1}e{sup {minus}{beta}1T}+H{sub 2}e{sup {minus}{beta}2T} where H{sub i} and {beta}{sub i} are constants for the sample with x=0.0 and TM=Zn. The exponential increase in coercive field can be linked to increased effective clusters arising from ions occupying A and B sites with Fe on both sites. This is in agreement with the Moessbauer measurements which show superparamagnetic fluctuations. The ac susceptibility and Moessbauer spectra for Zn{sub 0.5}Co{sub 0.9}Fe{sub 1.2}Ti{sub 0.4}O{sub 4} show a glass transition temperature (about 320 K). Room temperature PAC measurements on Hf doped samples with TM=Zn showed different interaction frequencies, consistent with magnetic order in the Fe enriched case. Different behavior is observed in the sample with Cu for which the ordering temperature is about 480 K. {copyright} {ital 1997 American Institute of Physics.}

  15. Optical and electrical properties of colloidal (spherical Au)-(spinel ferrite nanorod) heterostructures

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    George, Chandramohan; Genovese, Alessandro; Qiao, Fen; Korobchevskaya, Kseniya; Comin, Alberto; Falqui, Andrea; Marras, Sergio; Roig, Anna; Zhang, Yang; Krahne, Roman; Manna, Liberato

    2011-11-01

    We report here a simple synthetic route to Au-FexOy heterostructures in which spinel ferrite (FexOy) grows as a nanorod on a spherical gold (Au) seed. The large red shift in the plasmon resonance in the heterostructures could be explained by a dielectric effect (although we could not entirely exclude a contribution due to electron transfer from Au to defect states at the Au-FexOy interface), while the magnetic properties of the Au-FexOy heterostructures were basically the same as those of the corresponding nanocrystals after Au leaching. In films of Au-FexOy heterostructures the electrical conductivity appeared to be mediated by the Au domains.We report here a simple synthetic route to Au-FexOy heterostructures in which spinel ferrite (FexOy) grows as a nanorod on a spherical gold (Au) seed. The large red shift in the plasmon resonance in the heterostructures could be explained by a dielectric effect (although we could not entirely exclude a contribution due to electron transfer from Au to defect states at the Au-FexOy interface), while the magnetic properties of the Au-FexOy heterostructures were basically the same as those of the corresponding nanocrystals after Au leaching. In films of Au-FexOy heterostructures the electrical conductivity appeared to be mediated by the Au domains. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: TEM/HRTEM images of (i) aliquots at the earliest stages of the growth of Au-FexOy HSs; (ii) Au-FexOy HSs synthesized at low DDAB concentrations; (iii) spherical iron oxide nanocrystals synthesized under the same conditions as the HSs, but in the absence of Au seeds; (iv) Au-FexOy urchin like nanostructures, also after attempts to leach out Au; (v) Au-FexOy HSs after treatment with hydrazine; (vi) FexOy HSs after Au leaching from Au-FexOy HSs; additional optical absorption spectra; additional I-V curves, also from films made of Au-FexOy dumbbells; and additional SEM images; vii) X-ray diffraction (XRD) pattern of a sample of Au

  16. The India-Asia collision in north Pakistan: Insight from the U-Pb detrital zircon provenance of Cenozoic foreland basin

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    Ding, Lin; Qasim, Muhammad; Jadoon, Ishtiaq A. K.; Khan, Muhammad Asif; Xu, Qiang; Cai, Fulong; Wang, Houqi; Baral, Upendra; Yue, Yahui

    2016-12-01

    The northernmost exposures of sub-Himalayan Cenozoic strata in the Hazara-Kashmir syntaxial region of north Pakistan comprises the Paleocene-Eocene marine strata in the lower part and Oligocene-Miocene nonmarine strata in the upper part. This study provides the detrital zircon U-Pb geochronology of the Cenozoic strata in this area. The strong resemblance of U-Pb age spectra of Paleocene Hangu, Lockhart and Patala formations with those of Himalayan strata indicate an Indian plate provenance. The first appearance of Pakistan at ca. 56-55 Ma.

  17. A chronostratigraphic assessment of the Moenave Formation, USA using C-isotope chemostratigraphy and detrital zircon geochronology: Implications for the terrestrial end Triassic extinction

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    Suarez, Celina A.; Knobbe, Todd K.; Crowley, James L.; Kirkland, James I.; Milner, Andrew R. C.

    2017-10-01

    The Late Triassic is a period of abrupt climate change associated with a disruption to the global carbon cycle usually ascribed to the emplacement of the Central Atlantic Magmatic Province (CAMP). Geochronologic, paleontologic, and geochemical studies have shown that the CAMP was likely the major factor for the end-Triassic extinction (ETE), however, difficulties correlating and dating terrestrial strata has left the nature of the terrestrial extinction in question. The lacustrine Whitmore Point Member (WPM) of the Moenave Formation is ideal for investigating these details because it is reported to be Late Triassic to Early Jurassic. However, currently there are conflicting age constraints between biostratigraphy and magnetostratigraphy. In this study we attempt to elucidate the ETE by incorporating C-isotope chemostratigraphy and detrital zircon geochronology. Detrital zircon geochronology suggests the upper part of the Dinosaur Canyon Member (DCM) is younger (201.33 ± 0.07/0.12/0.25 Ma) than the ETE (201.564 Ma) suggesting the ETE is in the middle to lower DCM, in agreement with track biostratigraphy (first occurrence of Eubrontes, Anomoepus, and Batrachopus). Meanwhile a distinct negative carbon isotope (NCIE) excursion (-5.5‰) occurs at the base of the WPM at Potter Canyon, AZ with a more subtle NCIE at the base of the WPM at Black Canyon, UT (-2.0‰) that may correlate to the initial NCIE at the ETE. However, the WPM NCIE is correlated to the preservation of organic C (relative %C) suggesting it may be either related to local lake productivity and biases in organic matter preservation or may be a negative CIE in the Jurassic Hettangian stage. With the addition of the detrital zircon data, we suggest the M2r reversal at the base of the WPM is a reversal in the Hettangian (the H24r, H25r, or H26r) and the ETE is within the DCM. Additional C-isotope analysis of the DCM is necessary to determine if the initial NCIE that is the hallmark of the ETE occurs in

  18. Spinel CuCo2O4 Nanoparticles: Facile One-Step Synthesis, Optical, and Electrochemical properties

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    Silambarasan, M.; Padmanathan, N.; Ramesh, P. S.; Geetha, D.

    2016-09-01

    Nanocrystalline CuCo2O4 spinel structure was prepared by a facile one-step route without any surfactant. The materials physio-chemical properties were systematically investigated with different analytical methods. It is observed that the spinel type CuCo2O4 nanoparticles showed interesting multi-functional features for both optical and electrochemical applications.Typical x-ray diffraction pattern indicates the growth of well-crystalline CuCo2O4 nanoparticles with a cubic spinel structure. From the transmission electron microscope images, a uniform particle distribution with an average size of ˜20 nm can be seen. UV-visible spectrum shows the absorption maximum at 264.5 nm and exhibits an optical band gap 4.02 eV. Electrochemical analysis further reveals the pseudo-capacitive behaviour with the specific capacitance of 290 F g-1 at 2 mA cm-2. In addition, the magnetic study of CuCo2O4 substantiates the presence of room temperature weak ferromagnetic ordering at low magnetic field strength.

  19. Influence of Spinel head window thickness on the performance characteristics of a submarine panoramic infrared imaging system

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    Nichols, Jonathan M.; Waterman, Jim R.; Bayya, Shyam; Sanghera, Jas S.; Aggarwal, Ish D.

    2011-06-01

    This work explores the influence of head window thickness on the performance of a mid-wave infrared, panoramic periscope imager. Our focus is on transparent spinel ceramic as the head window material. Spinel is an attractive material for IR applications due to its good strength and transmission properties (visible through mid-wave). However, there is some degradation in spinel transmission near the high end of the mid-wave band ( 5μm) as the head window thickness increases. In this work we predict the relationship between head window thickness and imager performance, as quantified by the Noise Equivalent Temperature Difference, and compare these predictions to values estimated from experimental data. We then discuss the implications for imager design and demonstrate a possible approach to correcting for the headwindow-induced losses. The imager used in this study is a compact, catadioptric, camera that provides a 360o horizontal azimuth by -10o to +30o elevation field of view and uses a 2048 x 2048, 15μm pitch InSb detector.

  20. Rapid synthesis of monodispersed highly porous spinel nickel cobaltite (NiCo2O4) electrode material for supercapacitors

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    Naveen, A. Nirmalesh; Selladurai, S.

    2015-06-01

    Monodispersed highly porous spinel nickel cobaltite electrode material was successfully synthesized in a short time using combustion technique. Single phase cubic nature of the spinel nickel cobaltite with average crystallite size of 24 nm was determined from X-ray diffraction study. Functional groups present in the compound were determined from FTIR study and it further confirms the spinel formation. FESEM images reveal the porous nature of the prepared material and uniform size distribution of the particles. Electrochemical evaluation was performed using Cyclic Voltammetry (CV) technique, Chronopotentiometry (CP) and Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS). Results reveal the typical pseudocapacitive behaviour of the material. Maximum capacitance of 754 F/g was calculated at the scan rate of 5 mV/s, high capacitance was due to the unique porous morphology of the electrode. Nyquist plot depicts the low resistance and good electrical conductivity of nickel cobaltite. It has been found that nickel cobaltite prepared by this typical method will be a potential electrode material for supercapcitor application.

  1. Immiscibility in the NiFe2O4-NiCr2O4 Spinel Binary

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    S Ziemniak

    2004-08-13

    The solid solution behavior of the Ni(Fe{sub 1-n}Cr{sub n}){sub 2}O{sub 4} spinel binary is investigated in the temperature range 400-1200 C. Non-ideal solution behavior, as exhibited by non-linear changes in lattice parameter with changes in n, is observed in a series of single-phase solids air-cooled from 1200 C. Air-annealing for one year at 600 C resulted in partial phase separation in a spinel binary having n = 0.5. Spinel crystals grown from NiO, Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} and Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3} reactants, mixed to give NiCrFeO{sub 4}, by Ostwald ripening in a molten salt solvent, exhibited single phase stability down to about 750 C (the estimated consolute solution temperature, T{sub cs}). A solvus exists below T{sub cs}. The solvus becomes increasingly asymmetric at lower temperatures and extrapolates to n values of 0.2 and 0.7 at 300 C. The extrapolated solvus is shown to be consistent with that predicted using a primitive regular solution model in which free energies of mixing are determined entirely from changes in configurational entropy at room temperature.

  2. Electrophoretic deposition of (Mn,Co)3O4 spinel coating for solid oxide fuel cell interconnects

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    Zhang, Hui; Zhan, Zhaolin; Liu, Xingbo

    2011-10-01

    We discuss here our attempt to develop (Mn,Co)3O4 spinel coatings on the surface of Cr-containing steel through electrophoretic deposition (EPD) followed by reduced-atmosphere sintering for solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) interconnect application. The effects of EPD voltages and sintering atmospheres on the microstructure, electrical conductivity and long-term stability of the coated interconnects are examined by means of scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersion spectrometry (EDS), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and four-probe resistance techniques. For the spinel coatings generated using smaller voltage than 400 V, the interconnect surfaces exhibit good packing behavior and high conductivity. The reduced atmosphere during sintering has a beneficial impact on the minimizing chromia subscale formation and thus reducing the area specific resistance (ASR) of the coated interconnects. Moreover, it is interesting to note that a more stable long-term performance is achieved for the spinel coating sintered in H2/H2O atmosphere with thin chromia sub-scale and no Cr penetration. Based on the current results, EPD followed by reduced-atmosphere sintering is a fast and economic way to deposit (Mn,Co)3O4 coating for SOFC interconnect applications.

  3. Impact of Nano-Cr2O3 Addition on the Properties of Aluminous Cements Containing Spinel

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    Sasan Otroj

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, the effect of nano-Cr2O3 addition on the properties of aluminous cement containing MgAl2O4 spinel was investigated. For this reason, the raw dolomite was used as raw material along with calcined alumina for the preparation of the aluminous cement. Then, the compositions containing different amounts of nano-Cr2O3 particles were fired at   1450 °C and their mineralogical compositions and microstructures were investigated. The setting times of prepared cements were measured after grounding and ball-milling. Besides, the slag resistance of refractory castables containing prepared cements was evaluated. The results showed that nano-Cr2O3 addition has effect on the increasing of spinel and CA2 and decreasing of CA and C12A7 phases in the cement composition. The decreasing of C12A7 leads to increasing of setting times of cement. Besides, the slag resistance of refractory castables containing prepared cements is improved due to increasing of spinel and decreasing of C12A7 amount in the cement composition.DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5755/j01.ms.21.1.5211

  4. Detrital Zircon Record of a Dammed River in Texas - Implications for Modern River Provenance Stories and Sediment Budgets

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    Dafov, L. N.; Stockli, D. F.; Mohrig, D. C.; Olariu, C.

    2016-12-01

    The Colorado River in Texas is a meandering river that is bisected by a chain of highland lakes and dams that were completed by 1951. Intuitively, dams trap sediment, but how does that disruption of sediment flow affect overall sediment flux and river morphology downstream of the dams? Observations from aerial photographs were combined with detrital zircon (DZ) U-Pb geochronology to quantify the anthropogenic effect of dams on sand generation. DZ U-Pb were collected from modern river channel sands, modern point bar sands, and modern delta sand sample. The U-Pb age data were evaluated in the context of bedrock U-Pb age data from the Llano Uplift Grenville basement above the dams and DZ U-Pb age data from the 30-40 km wide outcrop belt of Paleocene Wilcox Fm., dominated by Mesozoic Western US zircons, below the dams to evaluate possible entrenchment and sediment generation below the dams. While the modern river sediment collected upstream of the dams are dominated by Grenville DZ U-Pb ages, point bars below the dams show an abrupt increase of Wilcox derived zircons with only 1/3 of zircons derived from above the dams. This appears to be at least in part due to significant re-incision and erosion downstream of the dams out of the Paleocene Wilcox Formation. The lack of significant sand bars for 33 river kilometers below the dams and the progressive increase in sand bar size further downstream, combined with new DZ U-Pb data suggest that the modern river is incising into the Paleocene Wilcox below the dams and generating new sand. This is corroborated by the presence of 35 Ma DZ farther downstream, incorporated from Oligocene units. This progressive entrenchment of the river below the dams and incorporation of DZ from stratigraphic units encountered downstream illustrates the short-term response of the river geomorphology and sediment generation in light of anthropogenic perturbations of the river. These data also have interesting implications for sediment budget of

  5. Large southward motion and clockwise rotation of Indochina throughout the Mesozoic: Paleomagnetic and detrital zircon U-Pb geochronological constraints

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    Yan, Yonggang; Huang, Baochun; Zhao, Jie; Zhang, Donghai; Liu, Xiaohui; Charusiri, Punya; Veeravinantanakul, Apivut

    2017-02-01

    We report a combined paleomagnetic and U-Pb geochronologic study of sedimentary rocks from the Huai Hin Lat and Nam Phong formations of Mesozoic age in NE Thailand in order to provide independent constraints on the tectonic movement of the Indochina Block during convergence of the major blocks now comprising East Asia. The maximum allowable depositional age of the two formations is estimated to be 227 Ma and 215 Ma, respectively, from detrital zircon U-Pb geochronologic analysis which also indicates a sediment source transition in the Khorat Plateau Basin during the Middle-Late Jurassic. A formation mean paleomagnetic direction of Dg /Ig = 21.4 ° / 38.1 ° (kg = 19.5, α95 = 9.6 °) before and Ds /Is = 43.0 ° / 48.0 ° (ks = 47.4, α95 = 6.1 °, N = 13) after tilt correction is derived from samples with different lithologies, bedding attitudes, magnetic carriers and polarities and yields a positive fold test. Hence, the magnetization is likely primary. The revised Mesozoic APWP of the Indochina Block yields paleolatitudes (for a reference site of 22°N, 102°E) of 33.4 ± 7.2°N during the Norian Late Triassic, 25.9 ± 5.9°N during the Late Triassic to Early Jurassic, 23.9 ± 8°N during the Late Jurassic to Early Cretaceous, 27.5 ± 3.2°N during the Early Cretaceous and 24.5 ± 4.9°N by the Late Cretaceous; corresponding declinations are 45.2 ± 8.6°, 38.0 ± 6.6°, 36.3 ± 8.8°, 29.6 ± 3.6° and 24.9 ± 5.4° respectively. These data indicate a significantly southward displacement accompanied by clockwise rotation during the Mesozoic. A reconstruction of the Indochina Block within the now well-studied merging process of South China and North China indicates that the Indochina Block was located at a higher latitude than the South China Block during the Norian stage of Late Triassic times whilst no significant relative poleward displacement apparently occurred during the Early Jurassic to Early Cretaceous interval. Our study supports a post

  6. Magnetism at spinel thin film interfaces probed through soft x-ray spectroscopy techniques

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    Chopdekar, R.V.; Liberati, M.; Takamura, Y.; Kourkoutis, L. Fitting; Bettinger, J. S.; Nelson-Cheeseman, B. B.; Arenholz, E.; Doran, A.; Scholl, A.; Muller, D. A.; Suzuki, Y.

    2009-12-16

    Magnetic order and coupling at the interfaces of highly spin polarized Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} heterostructures have been determined by surface sensitive and element specific soft x-ray spectroscopy and spectromicroscopy techniques. At ambient temperature, the interface between paramagnetic CoCr{sub 2}O{sub 4} or MnCr{sub 2}O{sub 4} and ferrimagnetic Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} isostructural bilayers exhibits long range magnetic order of Co, Mn and Cr cations which cannot be explained in terms of the formation of interfacial MnFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} or CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}. Instead, the ferrimagnetism is induced by the adjacent Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} layer and is the result of the stabilization of a spinel phase not achievable in bulk form. Magnetism at the interface region is observable up to 500 K, far beyond the chromite bulk Curie temperature of 50-95 K.

  7. Electrochemical performance of nanostructured spinel LiMn 2O 4 in different aqueous electrolytes

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    Tian, Lei; Yuan, Anbao

    A nanostructured spinel LiMn 2O 4 electrode material was prepared via a room-temperature solid-state grinding reaction route starting with hydrated lithium acetate (LiAc·2H 2O), manganese acetate (MnAc 2·4H 2O) and citric acid (C 6H 8O 7·H 2O) raw materials, followed by calcination of the precursor at 500 °C. The material was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscope techniques. The electrochemical performance of the LiMn 2O 4 electrodes in 2 M Li 2SO 4, 1 M LiNO 3, 5 M LiNO 3 and 9 M LiNO 3 aqueous electrolytes was studied using cyclic voltammetry, ac impedance and galvanostatic charge/discharge methods. The LiMn 2O 4 electrode in 5 M LiNO 3 electrolyte exhibited good electrochemical performance in terms of specific capacity, rate dischargeability and charge/discharge cyclability, as evidenced by the charge/discharge results.

  8. [Copper leaching in catalytic wet oxidation of phenol with Cu-containing spinel].

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    Xu, Ai-hua; He, Song-bo; Yang, Min; Du, Hong-zhang; Sun, Cheng-lin

    2008-09-01

    The Cu0.10, Zn0.90 Al1.90 Fe0.10 O4 spinel type catalyst prepared by sol-gel method was tested for catalytic wet air oxidation of phenol. The performances of Cu0.10 Zn0.90 Al1.90 Fe0.10 O4 catalyst in TPR experiment, the influence of phenol as reducer, reaction temperature and phenol-to-catalyst mass ratio on copper leaching were checked respectively. According to the experimental results, it is suggested that the reduced active species can not be easily re-oxidized under low reaction temperature and high phenol-to-catalyst mass ratio are the main reasons for copper leaching. Under high enough reaction temperature and low phenol-to-catalyst mass ratio, the copper leaching reduces remarkably. At 190 degrees C in the presence of 100 mL aqueous solution of 4.29 g x L(-1) of phenol and 2.5 g catalyst, the copper leaching was only 0.96 mg x L(-1) after 2 h of reaction.

  9. Karakterisasi Membran Polimer Dengan Adsorben Inorganik Lithium Mangan Spinel Untuk Ekstraksi Lithium Dari Lumpur Sidoarjo

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    Sheila Pramusiwi Rozitawati

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Berdasarkan penelitian ilmuwan dari Jepang, Lumpur Sidoarjo mengandung unsur Lithium yang besar dan dapat dimanfaatkan sebagai bahan elektroda baterai ion lithium. Dari berbagai macam metode ekstraksi, dipilih metode adsorpsi dengan membran polimer karena lebih effisien. Membran polimer yang digunakan berbahan dasar PP (Polypropylene dengan nama dagang Kimtech, Polyester non-woven, dan PVDf (Polyvinyllidene difluoride hasil dari sintesa laboratorium dengan metode NIPS yang dikombinasikan dengan fiberglass, dengan adsorben inorganik Lithium-Mangan Spinel yang terbungkus di setiap membran. Dari karakterisasi membran polimer yang dilakukan diketahui bahwa membran PVDf 10:90 5%FG karena memenuhi persyaratan sebagai membran untuk ekstraksi lithium dari Lumpur Sidoarjo. Hasil pengujian menunjukkan hasil uji water uptake mencapai 61,95% lebih tinggi dari membran PVDf lainnya yang didukung dengan hasil SEM menunjukkan membran PVDf 10:90 5%FG ini dimana hasil SEM terlihat banyak pori. kemudian nilai kekuatan tariknya 139,594 N/mm2 cukup tinggi jika dibandingkan dengan nilai kimtech 6,09385 N/mm2 dan poliester non-woven 5,42757 N/mm2. Dan hasil uji ICP juga menunjukkan hasil paling baik yakni 3,55 ppm (mg/L yang berarti dapat mengadsorpsi lithium 60,68% dari lumpur Sidoarjo. Dari semua membran, PVDf 10:90 5%FG yang memenuhi persyaratan sebagai membran untuk ekstraksi Lithium.

  10. Facile synthesis of inverse spinel NiFe2O4 nanocrystals and their superparamagnetic properties

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    Jie Tan

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available Spinel NiFe2O4 nanocrystals have been obtained by means of a novel composite-hydroxide-salt-mediated approach, which is based on a reaction between metallic salt and metallic oxide in the solution of composite-hydroxide-salt eutectic at ~225 ºC and normal atmosphere without any organic dispersant or capping agent. The obtained products are characterized by an X-ray diffraction (XRD, a transmission electron microscopy (TEM and an alternating gradient magnetometer (AGM. The formation process of NiFe2O4 nanosheet is proposed to begin with a ‘‘dissolution-recrystallization’’ which is followed by an ‘‘Ostwald ripening’’ mechanism. The NiFe2O4 nano-octahedrons can be obtained through adjusting the reaction water content in the hydroxide melts at constant temperature. At 300 K, magnetic hysteresis loops at an applied field of 15 kOe show zero coercivity, indicating the superparamagnetic behavior of the as-prepared NiFe2O4 nanocrystals.

  11. Settling of Spinel in a High-Level Waste Glass Melter

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    Hrma, Pavel R.; Schill, Pert; Nemec, Lubomir

    2002-01-18

    High-level nuclear waste is being vitrified, i.e., converted to a durable glass that can be stored in a safe repository for hundreds of thousands of years. Waste vitrification is accomplished in reactors called melters to which the waste is charged together with glass-forming additives. The mixture is electrically heated to a temperature as high as 1150?C (or even higher in advanced melters) to create a melt that becomes glass on cooling. This process is slow and expensive. Moreover, the melters that are currently in use or are going to be used in the U.S. are sensitive to clogging and thus cannot process melt in which solid particles are suspended. These particles settle and gradually accumulate on the melter bottom. Such particles, most often small crystals of spinel (a mineral containing iron, nickel, chromium, and other minor oxides), inevitably occur in the melt when the content of the waste in the glass (called waste loading) increases above a certain limit. To avoid the presence of solid particles in the melter, the waste loading is kept rather low, in average 15% lower than in glass formulated for more robust melters.

  12. Settling of Spinel in A High-Level Waste Glass Melter

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    Pavel Hrma; Pert Schill; Lubomir Nemec

    2002-01-07

    High-level nuclear waste is being vitrified, i.e., converted to a durable glass that can be stored in a safe repository for hundreds of thousands of years. Waste vitrification is accomplished in reactors call melters to which the waste is charged together with glass-forming additives. The mixture is electrically heated to a temperature as high as 1150 degree C (or even higher in advanced melters) to create a melt that becomes glass on cooling. This process is slow and expensive. Moreover, the melters that are currently in use or are going to be used in the U.S. are sensitive to clogging and thus cannot process melt in which solid particles are suspended. These particles settle and gradually accumulate on the melter bottom. Such particles, most often small crystals of spinel ( a mineral containing iron, nickel, chromium, and other minor oxides), inevitably occurred in the melt when the content of the waste in the glass (called waste loading) increases above a certain limit. To avoid the presence of solid particles in the melter, the waste loading is kept rather low, in average 15% lower than in glass formulated for more robust melters.

  13. Magnetic properties of (Zn,Cd,Cu)-Co-Fe-Ti spinel oxides

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    Moyo, T.; Giordanengo, B.; Melo, M.A.C. de; Takeuchi, A.Y.; Silva, P.R.J.; Saitovitch, H.; Baggio-Saitovitch, E. [University of Natal, Department of Physics (South Africa)

    1999-09-15

    AC susceptibility, magnetization and Moessbauer spectra have been measured for (Zn,Cd,Cu){sup 0.5}Co{sub 0.9}Fe{sub 1.2}Ti{sub 0.4}O{sub 4} and Zn{sub 0.3}Co{sub 0.9}Fe{sub 1.4}Ti{sub 0.4}O{sub 4} spinel oxides. The variation of coercive field below the spin glass transition temperature T{sub sg} is found to fit a double exponential function of the form H{sub c}(T)=H{sub 1e}{sup -{beta}{sub 1}}{sup T}+H{sub 2e}{sup -{beta}{sub 2}}{sup T}, where H{sub i} and {beta}{sub i} are constants. Moessbauer spectra and analysis show superparamagnetic fluctuations associated with magnetic clusters. Symmetric doublets above T{sub sg} are decomposed into quadrupole doublets associated with tetrahedral (A) and octahedral (B) sites.

  14. Quasicrystalline Approach to Prediting the Spinel-Nepheline Liquidus: Application to Nuclear Waste Glass Processing

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    Jantzen, Carol

    2005-10-10

    The crystal-melt equilibria in complex fifteen component melts are modeled based on quasicrystalline concepts. A pseudobinary phase diagram between acmite (which melts incongruently to a transition metal ferrite spinel) and nepheline is defined. The pseudobinary lies within the Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}-Na{sub 2}O-SiO{sub 2} quaternary system that defines the crystallization of basalt glass melts. The pseudobinary provides the partitioning of species between the melt and the primary liquidus phases. The medium range order of the melt and the melt-crystal exchange equilibria are defined based on a constrained mathematical treatment that considers the crystallochemical coordination of the elemental species in acmite and nepheline. The liquidus phases that form are shown to be governed by the melt polymerization and the octahedral site preference energies. This quasicrystalline liquidus model has been used to prevent unwanted crystallization in the world's largest high level waste (HLW) melter for the past three years while allowing >10 wt% higher waste loadings to be processed.

  15. Suppressing Manganese Dissolution from Lithium Manganese Oxide Spinel Cathodes with Single-Layer Graphene

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    Jaber-Ansari, Laila; Puntambekar, Kanan P.; Kim, Soo; Aykol, Muratahan; Luo, Langli; Wu, Jinsong; Myers, Benjamin D.; Iddir, Hakim; Russell, John T.; Saldana, Spencer J.; Kumar, Rajan; Thackeray, Michael M.; Curtiss, Larry A.; Dravid, Vinayak P.; Wolverton, Christopher M.; Hersam, Mark C.

    2015-06-24

    Spinel-structured LiMn 2 O 4 (LMO) is a desirable cathode material for Li-ion batteries due to its low cost, abundance, and high power capability. However, LMO suffers from limited cycle life that is triggered by manganese dissolution into the electrolyte during electrochemical cycling. Here, it is shown that single-layer graphene coatings suppress manganese dissolution, thus enhancing the performance and lifetime of LMO cathodes. Relative to lithium cells with uncoated LMO cathodes, cells with graphene-coated LMO cathodes provide improved capacity retention with enhanced cycling stability. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy reveals that graphene coatings inhibit manganese depletion from the LMO surface. Additionally, transmission electron microscopy demonstrates that a stable solid electrolyte interphase is formed on graphene, which screens the LMO from direct contact with the electrolyte. Density functional theory calculations provide two mechanisms for the role of graphene in the suppression of manganese dissolution. First, common defects in single-layer graphene are found to allow the transport of lithium while concurrently acting as barriers for manganese diffusion. Second, graphene can chemically interact with Mn 3+ at the LMO electrode surface, promoting an oxidation state change to Mn 4+ , which suppresses dissolution.

  16. Aqueous slip casting of MgAl2O4 spinel powder

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    Ibram Ganesh

    2011-04-01

    A stoichiometric MgAl2O4 spinel (MAS) powder was synthesized by calcining a compacted mixture of -Al2O3 and calcined caustic MgO at 1400°C for 1 h and was surface treated against hydrolysis using an ethanol solution of H3PO4 and Al(H2PO4)3 after fine grinding. Aqueous suspensions with 41–45 vol.% treated powder were prepared using tetra methyl ammonium hydroxide (TMAH) and an ammonium salt of polyacrylic acid (Duramax D-3005) as dispersing agents. These stable suspensions were consolidated in plaster moulds by slip casting (SC) route for the first time. For comparison purposes, the treated powder was also compacted by die-pressing technique after converting into freeze-dried granules and sintered along with slip cast samples at 1550–1650°C for 1–2 h. The MAS ceramics fabricated by slip casting and die-pressing exhibited comparable properties.

  17. Facile synthesis of inverse spinel NiFe2O4 nanocrystals and their superparamagnetic properties

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    Jie Tan

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Spinel NiFe2O4 nanocrystals have been obtained by means of a novel composite-hydroxide-salt-mediated approach, which is based on a reaction between metallic salt and metallic oxide in the solution of composite-hydroxide-salt eutectic at ~225 ºC and normal atmosphere without any organic dispersant or capping agent. The obtained products are characterized by an X-ray diffraction (XRD, a transmission electron microscopy (TEM and an alternating gradient magnetometer (AGM. The formation process of NiFe2O4 nanosheet is proposed to begin with a ‘‘dissolution-recrystallization’’ which is followed by an ‘‘Ostwald ripening’’ mechanism. The NiFe2O4 nano-octahedrons can be obtained through adjusting the reaction water content in the hydroxide melts at constant temperature. At 300 K, magnetic hysteresis loops at an applied field of 15 kOe show zero coercivity, indicating the superparamagnetic behavior of the as-prepared NiFe2O4 nanocrystals.

  18. Tailoring the magnetic properties and magnetorheological behavior of spinel nanocrystalline cobalt ferrite by varying annealing temperature.

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    Sedlacik, Michal; Pavlinek, Vladimir; Peer, Petra; Filip, Petr

    2014-05-14

    Magnetic nanoparticles of spinel nanocrystalline cobalt ferrite were synthesized via the sol-gel method and subsequent annealing. The influence of the annealing temperature on the structure, magnetic properties, and magnetorheological effect was investigated. The finite crystallite size of the particles, determined by X-ray diffraction and the particle size observed via transmission electron microscopy, increased with the annealing temperature. The magnetic properties observed via a vibrating sample magnetometer showed that an increase in the annealing temperature leads to the increase in the magnetization saturation and, in contrast, a decrease in the coercivity. The effect of annealing on the magnetic properties of ferrite particles has been explained by the recrystallization process at high temperatures. This resulted in grain size growth and a decrease in an imposed stress relating to defects in the crystal lattice structure of the nanoparticles. The magnetorheological characteristics of suspensions of ferrite particles in silicone oil were measured using a rotational rheometer equipped with a magnetic field generator in both steady shear and small-strain oscillatory regimes. The magnetorheological performance expressed as a relative increase in the magnetoviscosity appeared to be significantly higher for suspensions of particles annealed at 1000 °C.

  19. Experimental Study on the Solubility of Cr2+ in Olivine,Orthopyroxene and Spinel Solid Solutions

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    1997-01-01

    Experiments have been performed on the system MgO-SiO2-Cr-O at 0-2.88 GPa and 1100-1450℃,focusing on the stability of Cr2+ in olivine(O1),orthopyroxene(Opx) and spinel(Sp) and its partitioning between these phases.Analytical reagent grade chemicals,MgO,SiO2,Cr2O3.and Cr were used to make starting mixtures.Excess Cr(50%) was then added in these mixtures to ensure that the resultant phases were in equilibrium with the metal Cr.Flux of BaO+B2O3(%) was added for facilitating experimental equilibrium and crystal growth.Cr was used as capsule material.All phases in the product were identified by X-ray and analyzed by electron microprobe,The contents of CrO in the different phases(O1,Opx and Sp)were calculated according to stoichiometry.The obtained results of calculation indicate that Cr3+ in Ol and Opx is negligible.The experimental results show;(a) with increasing temperature and decreasing pressure,Cr2+ solubility in Ol,Opx and Sp increases;(b) with in creasing temperature,the partitioning coefficient of Mg and Cr2+ between Ol and Opx decreases,that between Opx and Sp increases,and that between Ol and Sp remains almost unchanged;(c) the effect of pressure on all partitioning coefficients is negligible.

  20. Influence of mechanical activation of AL2O3 on synthesis of magnesium aluminate spinel

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    Zhihui Zhang

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available Magnesium aluminate (MA spinel is synthesized by reaction sintering from alumina and magnesia. The effects of mechanical activation of Al2O3 on reaction sintering were investigated. Non-milled a - Al2O3 and a - Al2O3 high-energy ball milled for 12h, 24h and 36h were mixed with a MgO analytical reagent according to the stoichiometric MA ratio, respectively and pressed into billets with diameters of 20mm and height of 15mm. The green-body billets were then sintered at high temperature in an air atmosphere. The results show that bulk density, relative content of MA and grain size of MA increase with increasing high-energy ball milling time of Al2O3. However prolonged milling time over 24h has a small beneficial effect on the densification of MA. Bulk density and grain size of a sample of a- Al2O3 milled for 24h are 3.30g/cm3 and 4-5 mm, respectively.

  1. Spin-spray plating of spinel ferrite films on semiconductor substrates

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    Yoo, Kee C.; Talisa, Salvador H.

    1990-10-01

    The possibility of monolithic integration of microwave magnetic and semiconductor electronic components has been investigated by growing spinel ferrite films on GaAs and Si using the spin-spray plating (SSP) technique. Since film deposition by SSP is performed at temperatures as low as 100 C, this process facilitates deposition of ferrite material without any thermal deterioration of the underlying GaAs devices. This was demonstrated by depositing and patterning a Ni-Zn ferrite film on a portion of a GaAs wafer containing several MMIC circuits. X-ray diffraction analysis of SSP-grown ferrite films indicated that the films formed different crystallographic textures at different growth temperatures. To achieve the thicker films required for practical device applications, deposition of a 25-pm-thick Ni-Zn ferrite film was demonstrated by a multiple deposition method with intermediate drying processes. The magnetic properties of these films, measured by ferrpmagnetic resonance (FMR) , compared well to those of commercially available polycrystalline material. The electrical resistivity of the films varied as a function of their chemical composition. The dielectric loss tangent (tan 5) of the as-deposited film was observed to be greater than ten. However, the measured resistivity dependence of dielectric loss tangent showed that the dominant microwave loss mechanism was not due to conduction alone. Post-growth annealing experiments indicated that moisture in the films trapped during the SSP process caused high dielectric losses, and that annealing could reduce the loss tangent value.

  2. Low-temperature electrical resistivity in paramagnetic spinel LiV2O4

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    Yushankhai, V.; Takimoto, T.; Thalmeier, P.

    2010-08-01

    The 3d -electron spinel compound LiV2O4 exhibits heavy fermion behavior below 30 K which is related to antiferromagnetic spin fluctuations strongly enhanced in an extended region of momentum space. This mechanism explains enhanced thermodynamic quantities and nearly critical NMR relaxation in the framework of the self-consistent renormalization (SCR) theory. Here we show that the low- T Fermi-liquid behavior of the resistivity and a deviation from this behavior for higher T may also be understood within that context. We calculate the temperature dependence of the electrical resistivity ρ(T) assuming that two basic mechanisms of the quasiparticle scattering, resulting from impurities and spin fluctuations, operate simultaneously at low temperature. The calculation is based on the variational principle in the form of a perturbative series expansion for ρ(T) . A peculiar behavior of ρ(T) in LiV2O4 is related to properties of low-energy spin fluctuations whose T dependence is obtained from SCR theory.

  3. Liquidus Temperature of High-Level Waste Borosilicate Glasses with Spinel Primary Phase

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    Hrma, Pavel R.(BATTELLE (PACIFIC NW LAB)); Vienna, John D.(BATTELLE (PACIFIC NW LAB)); Crum, Jarrod V.(BATTELLE (PACIFIC NW LAB)); Piepel, Gregory F.(BATTELLE (PACIFIC NW LAB)); Mika, Martin (ASSOC WESTERN UNIVERSITY); Robert W. Smith; David W. Shoesmith

    2000-01-01

    Liquidus temperatures (TL) were measured for high-level waste (HLW) borosilicate glasses covering a Savannah River composition region. The primary crystallization phase for most glasses was spinel, a solid solution of trevorite (NiFe2O4) with other oxides (FeO, MnO, and Cr2O3). The TL values ranged from 859 to 1310?C. Component additions increased the TL (per mass%) as Cr2O3 261?C, NiO 85?C, TiO2 42?C, MgO 33?C, Al2O3 18?C, and Fe2O3 18?C and decreased the TL (per mass%) as Na2O -29?C, Li2O -28?C, K2O -20?C, and B2O3 -8?C. Other oxides (CaO, MnO, SiO2, and U3O8) had little effect. The effect of RuO2 is not clear.

  4. Cr3+ NMR for Multiferroic Chromium spinel ZnCr2Se4

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    Park, Sejun; Kwon, Sangil; Lee, Soonchil; Khim, Seunghyun; Bhoi, Dilip Kumar; Kim, Kee Hoon

    Multiferroic systems including ZnCr2Se4, the chromium spinel with helical spin structure, have been in huge interest for decades due to its physical variety and applicability. In the temperature range between 21K and 80K, this material shows negative thermal expansion. Due to the bond frustration, the spins of the chromium ions order helically below the transition temperature, 21K, though the exchange constant tends to make a ferro-order. The anomalous 1storder-like magnetic transition is yet clarified and still an interesting topic. To probe microscopic origin of these features, we measured zero-field NMR of Cr3+ ions having nuclear spin 3/2. Six peaks were observed revealing Nuclear Quadrupole Resonance(NQR) and anisotropic hyperfine field at chromium sites. The NQR spectrum reveals that the structure is highly distorted below the magnetic transition temperature where the normal Jahn-Teller distortion is absent. Temperature dependence of the spectrum is also measured to obtain the magnetization as a function of temperature.

  5. Stresses and Cracking During Chromia-Spinel-NiO Cluster Formation in TBC Systems

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    Eriksson, Robert; Gupta, Mohit; Broitman, Esteban; Jonnalagadda, Krishna Praveen; Nylén, Per; Lin Peng, Ru

    2015-08-01

    Thermal barrier coatings (TBC) are used in gas turbines to reduce the temperatures in the underlying substrate. There are several mechanisms that may cause the TBC to fail; one of them is cracking in the coating interface due to extensive oxidation. In the present study, the role of so called chromia-spinel-NiO (CSN) clusters in TBC failure was studied. Such clusters have previously been found to be prone to cracking. Finite element modeling was performed on a CSN cluster to find out at which stage of its formation it cracks and what the driving mechanisms of cracking are. The geometry of a cluster was obtained from micrographs and modeled as close as possible. Nanoindentation was performed on the cluster to get the correct Young's moduli. The volumetric expansion associated with the formation of NiO was also included. It was found that the cracking of the CSN clusters is likely to occur during its last stage of formation as the last Ni-rich core oxidizes. Furthermore, it was shown that the volumetric expansion associated with the oxidation only plays a minor role and that the main reason for cracking is the high coefficient of thermal expansion of NiO.

  6. Comparative studies on structural properties and antimicrobial potential of spinel ferrite nanoparticles synthesized using various methods

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    Baraliya, Jagdish D.; Rakhashiya, Purvi M.; Patel, Pooja P.; Thaker, Vrinda S.; Joshi, Hiren H.

    2017-05-01

    In this study, novel multifunctional magnetic iron-based nanoparticles (CoFe2O4) coated with silica, silica-DEG (diethylene glycol), PEG (polyethylene glycol) were synthesized using Auto Combustion Method (ACM), Co-precipitation Method (COPM), Citrate Precursor Method (CPM), Flash Combustion Method (FCM). These spinel ferrite nanoparticles also contain very high antibacterial properties to fulfill the requirements of a drug delivery system so that the antibiotic concentration could be minimized. A potential delivery system could be based on a ferromagnetic fluid. The effects of various preparation methods on the physical properties of the nanoparticles were examined. The nanoparticles were also tested against four human pathogenic bacteria (Gram negative E.coli, P. aeruginosa, Gram positive S. aureus, S. pyogenus) and two fungi (C. albicans, A.niger). It was revealed that a nanoparticle has strong antibacterial activity as compared to antifungal. Further, Gram positive bacteria are more affected than Gram negative bacteria. It was also clear that different methods of coating have great influence on the antimicrobial properties. It was observed that these nanoparticles have significantly different but potentially very high antimicrobial activities against the tested organisms than found elsewhere by other nanoparticles on the same organisms.

  7. Ab-initio optical properties and dielectric response of open-shell spinel zinc ferrite

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    Ziaei, Vafa; Bredow, Thomas

    2017-02-01

    In the present work, we predict the optical properties and the dielectric response spectrum of the spinel zinc ferrite Zn2Fe4O8, and show in particular the impact of many-body effects on the absorption spectrum, using advanced many-body perturbation approach. The excitonic effects remarkably redistribute the spectral weights causing a red-shift of 1.6 eV of the maximum of the independent particle G 0 W 0 (IP- G 0 W 0) towards the electron-hole affected spectrum. The excitation spectrum of the zinc ferrite exhibits a low lying doubly degenerated bound dark exciton at 1.84 eV with a fully symmetric excited-state density, and a narrow optical gap setting on at 1.93 eV. We further analyse the electronic transitions and exciton density distributions giving insights to the nature of excitations. The dielectric response of Zn2Fe4O8 shows a particular sensitivity to the excitations higher than the electronic band gap, however it abruptly becomes passive to the incoming electro-magnetic wave and propagates to the negative regions at high energy regimes.

  8. Spinel LiMn2O4 nanorods as lithium ion battery cathodes.

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    Kim, Do Kyung; Muralidharan, P; Lee, Hyun-Wook; Ruffo, Riccardo; Yang, Yuan; Chan, Candace K; Peng, Hailin; Huggins, Robert A; Cui, Yi

    2008-11-01

    Spinel LiMn2O4 is a low-cost, environmentally friendly, and highly abundant material for Li-ion battery cathodes. Here, we report the hydrothermal synthesis of single-crystalline beta-MnO2 nanorods and their chemical conversion into free-standing single-crystalline LiMn2O4 nanorods using a simple solid-state reaction. The LiMn2O4 nanorods have an average diameter of 130 nm and length of 1.2 microm. Galvanostatic battery testing showed that LiMn2O4 nanorods have a high charge storage capacity at high power rates compared with commercially available powders. More than 85% of the initial charge storage capacity was maintained for over 100 cycles. The structural transformation studies showed that the Li ions intercalated into the cubic phase of the LiMn2O4 with a small change of lattice parameter, followed by the coexistence of two nearly identical cubic phases in the potential range of 3.5 to 4.3 V.

  9. CoMn2O4 spinel from a MOF: synthesis, structure and magnetic studies.

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    Mahata, Partha; Sarma, Debajit; Madhu, C; Sundaresen, A; Natarajan, Srinivasan

    2011-03-07

    A hydrothermal reaction of Mn(OAc)(2)·4H(2)O, Co(OAc)(2)·4H(2)O and 1,2,4 benzenetricarboxylic acid at 220 °C for 24 h gives rise to a mixed metal MOF compound, [CoMn(2){C(6)H(3)(COO)(3)}(2)], I. The structure is formed by the connectivity between octahedral CoO(6) and trigonal prism MnO(6) units connected through their vertices forming a Kagome layer, which are pillared by the trimellitate. Magnetic susceptibility studies on the MOF compound indicate a canted anti-ferromagnetic behavior, due to the large antisymmetric DM interaction between the M(2+) ions (M = Mn, Co). Thermal decomposition studies indicate that the MOF compound forms a tetragonal mixed-metal spinel phase, CoMn(2)O(4), with particle sizes in the nano regime at 400 °C. The particle size of the CoMn(2)O(4) can be controlled by varying the decomposition temperature of the parent MOF compound. Magnetic studies of the CoMn(2)O(4) compound suggests that the coercivity and the ferrimagnetic ordering temperatures are dependent on the particle size.

  10. Spinel LiMn 2 O 4 Nanorods as Lithium Ion Battery Cathodes

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    Kim, Do Kyung

    2008-11-12

    Spinel LiMn 2O 4 is a low-cost, environmentally friendly, and highly abundant material for Li-ion battery cathodes. Here, we report the hydrothermal synthesis of single-crystalline β-MnO 2 nanorods and their chemical conversion into free-standing single-crystalline LiMn 2O 4 nanorods using a simple solid-state reaction. The LiMn 2O 4 nanorods have an average diameter of 130 nm and length of 1.2 μm. Galvanostatic battery testing showed that LiMn 2O 4 nanorods have a high charge storage capacity at high power rates compared with commercially available powders. More than 85% of the initial charge storage capacity was maintained for over 100 cycles. The structural transformation studies showed that the Li ions intercalated into the cubic phase of the LiMn 2O 4 with a small change of lattice parameter, followed by the coexistence of two nearly identical cubic phases in the potential range of 3.5 to 4.3V. © 2008 American Chemical Society.

  11. Structural, Optical, and Magnetic Characterization of Spinel Zinc Chromite Nanocrystallines Synthesised by Thermal Treatment Method

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    Salahudeen A. Gene

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The present study reports the structural and magnetic characterization of spinel zinc chromite (ZnCr2O4 nanocrystallines synthesized by thermal treatment method. The samples were calcined at different temperatures in the range of 773 to 973 K. Polyvinylpyrrolidone was used to control the agglomeration of the nanoparticles. The average particle size of the synthesized nanocrystals was determined by powder X-ray diffraction which shows that the crystallite size increases from 19 nm at 773 K to 24 nm at 973 K and the result was in good agreement with the transmission electron microscopy images. The elemental composition of the samples was determined by energy dispersed X-ray spectroscopy which confirmed the presence of Zn, Cr, and O in the final products. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy also confirmed the presence of metal oxide bands for all the samples calcined at different temperature. The band gap energy was calculated from UV-vis reflectance spectra using the Kubelka-Munk function and the band gap energy of the samples was found to decrease from 4.03 eV at 773 K to 3.89 eV at 973 K. The magnetic properties were also demonstrated by electron spin resonance spectroscopy, the presence of unpaired electrons was confirmed, and the resonant magnetic field and the g-factor of the calcined samples were also studied.

  12. Frustration effects in spinel compound GeCo2O4 studied by ultrasound velocity measurements

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    Watanabe, Tadataka; Hara, Shigeo; Ikeda, Shin-Ichi

    2009-03-01

    Ultrasound velocity measurements of the cubic spinel GeCo2O4 in the single crystal have been performed for the investigations of shear and compression moduli. The shear moduli reveal the absence of Jahn-Teller activity despite the presence of the orbital degeneracy in the Co2+ ions. This Jahn-Teller inactivity indicates that the intersite orbital-orbital interaction is much stronger than the Jahn-Teller coupling. The compression moduli reveal that the dominant path of the exchange interactions for the antiferromagnetic transition lies in the [111] direction. This exchange-path anisotropy is consistent with the antiferromagnetic structure with the wave vector q parallel [111], suggesting the presence of bond frustration among several ferromagnetic and antiferromagientic interactions. In the JT-inactive condition, the bond frustration can be induced by geometrical orbital frustration of t2g-t2g interaction between the Co2+ ions which can be realized in the pyrochlore lattice of the high spin Co2+ with t2g -orbital degeneracy. In GeCo2O4, the tetragonal elongation below TN releases the orbital frustration by quenching the orbital degeneracy.

  13. Ultrasound measurements in the spinel compound GeCo{sub 2}O{sub 4}

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    Sasame, H [Nihon University, Chiyoda-ku, 101-8308 Tokyo (Japan); Yoshimoto, H [Nihon University, Chiyoda-ku, 101-8308 Tokyo (Japan); Takahashi, Y [Nihon University, Chiyoda-ku, 101-8308 Tokyo (Japan); Watanabe, T [Nihon University, Chiyoda-ku, 101-8308 Tokyo (Japan); Takase, K [Nihon University, Chiyoda-ku, 101-8308 Tokyo (Japan); Takano, Y [Nihon University, Chiyoda-ku, 101-8308 Tokyo (Japan); Hara, S [AIST, Tsukuba, 305-8568 Ibaraki (Japan); Ikeda, Si [AIST, Tsukuba, 305-8568 Ibaraki (Japan)

    2007-12-15

    Elastic properties of the spinel compound GeCo{sub 2}O{sub 4} were investigated by the ultrasound velocity measurements in the single crystal. Absence of the elastic softening in (C{sub 11}- C{sub 12})/2 in the paramagnetic state suggests the Jahn-Teller inactive character of Co{sup 2+}, despite the presence of the orbital degree of freedom. The pronounced C{sub 44} anomaly in the paramagnetic state near T{sub N} alternatively suggests that the ultrasound dominantly couple to the exchange interactions among Co{sup 2+} ions by the exchange striction effect. The present results conclude that Co{sup 2+} adopts the high spin state in this substance. In the antiferromagnetic phase, new elastic anomalies were observed only in (C{sub 11}- C{sub 12})/2 implying the occurrence of the magnetic transitions triggered by the exchange interactions within the Co{sup 2+} bonds along [110] directions.

  14. Ultrasound Velocity Measurements in the Orbital-Degenerate Frustrated Spinel MgV2O4

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    Watanabe, Tadataka; Ishikawa, Takashi; Hara, Shigeo; Islam, A. T. M. Nazmul; Wheeler, Elisa M.; Lake, Bella

    2014-03-01

    Magnesium vanadate spinel MgV2O4 is a geometrically frustrated magnet with t2 g-orbital degeneracy of V3+ (3d2), which undergoes a cubic-to-tetragonal structural transition at Ts = 65 K and an antiferromagnetic (AF) transition at TN = 42 K. For MgV2O4, it is considered that the occurrence of t2 g-orbital order at Ts causes the release of frustration by the AF ordering at TN lower than Ts. We performed ultrasound velocity measurements in high-purity single crystal of MgV2O4. Temperature dependence of the tetragonal shear modulus (C11 -C12)/2 exhibits huge Curie-type softening in the cubic paramagnetic (PM) phase (T >Ts), which should be a precursor to the cubic-to-tetragonal lattice distortion at Ts. The trigonal shear modulus C44(T) exhibits softening with an upturn curvature in the cubic PM phase, indicating a coupling of the lattice to magnetic excitations. These softenings suggest the coexistence of the dynamical Jahn-Teller effect and the dynamical magnetic state in the cubic PM phase.

  15. Elastic properties of the vanadate spinel MnV2O4

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    Keppens, V.; Luan, Y.; Garlea, V. O.; Jin, R.; Mandrus, D.

    2008-03-01

    Spinel vanadates AV2O4 are known to undergo a cubic-to-tetragonal structural phase transition (SPT) at temperature TS and order magnetically at lower temperature TN. ZnV2O4 is characteristic of the entire series and has received extensive theoretical attention. When Mn occupies the A site there is an additional superexchange interaction between Mn and V. This superexchange interaction leads to ferrimagnetic order at about 56 K, involving a ferromagnetic configuration of the V spins. The current work focuses on the elastic properties of MnV2O4. Resonant Ultrasound Spectroscopy (RUS) has been used to measure the elastic response of the sample, as a function of temperature (5-300K) and magnetic field (0-7 Tesla). The temperature dependence of the frequencies is found to be quite unusual, displaying a softening over a large temperature range. Measurements in magnetic field reveal an additional feature near 50 K, which could represent a striking manifestation of direct spin-orbital coupling.

  16. Ultrasound Velocity Measurements in the Geometrically Frustrated Spinel MgCr2O4

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    Watanabe, Tadataka; Kousaka, Yusuke; Tomiyasu, Keisuke

    2012-02-01

    Magnesium chromite spinel MgCr2O4 is a geometrically frustrated magnet with the Néel temperature TN˜13 K, and the Weiss temperature θW= -390 K. Recent inelastic neutron scattering experiments provided a compelling evidence for the spin molecular ground states in not only the paramagnetic phase but also the antiferromagnetic phase. We performed ultrasound velocity measurements of MgCr2O4 in all the symmetrically independent elastic moduli of C11, (C11-C12)/2, and C44. Temperature dependence of all of these elastic moduli exhibits a remarkable softening in the paramagnetic phase. Taking into account the absence of orbital degrees of freedom in Cr^3+ (3d^3) in MgCr2O4, the spin degrees of freedom should play a significant role for the elastic softening. The most probable origin for the elastic softening in the paramagnetic phase is the strong coupling of the acoustic phonons to the molecular spin fluctuations.

  17. Analysis of volume expansion data for periclase, lime, corundum and spinel at high temperatures

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    B P Singh; H Chandra; R Shyam; A Singh

    2012-08-01

    We have presented an analysis of the volume expansion data for periclase (MgO), lime (CaO), corundum (Al2O3) and spinel (MgAl2O4) determined experimentally by Fiquet et al (1999) from 300K up to 3000K. The thermal equation of state due to Suzuki et al (1979) and Shanker et al (1997) are used to study the relationships between thermal pressure and volume expansion for the entire range of temperatures starting from room temperature up to the melting temperatures of the solids under study. Comparison of the results obtained in the present study with the corresponding experimental data reveal that the thermal pressure changes with temperature almost linearly up to quite high temperatures. At extremely high temperatures close to the melting temperatures thermal pressure deviates significantly from linearity. This prediction is consistent with other recent investigations. A quantitative analysis based on the theory of anharmonic effects has been presented to account for the nonlinear variation of the thermal pressure at high temperatures.

  18. A theoretical study of intrinsic point defects and defect clusters in magnesium aluminate spinel.

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    Gilbert, C A; Smith, R; Kenny, S D; Murphy, S T; Grimes, R W; Ball, J A

    2009-07-08

    Point and small cluster defects in magnesium aluminate spinel have been studied from a first principles viewpoint. Typical point defects that occur during collision cascade simulations are cation anti-site defects, which have a small formation energy and are very stable, O and Mg split interstitials and vacancies. Isolated Al interstitials were found to be energetically unfavourable but could occur as part of a split Mg-Al pair or as a three atom-three vacancy Al 'ring' defect, previously observed in collision cascades using empirical potentials. The structure and energetics of the defects were investigated using density functional theory (DFT) and the results compared to simulations using empirical fixed charge potentials. Each point defect was studied in a variety of supercell sizes in order to ensure convergence. It was found that empirical potential simulations significantly overestimate formation energies, but that the type and relative stability of the defects are well predicted by the empirical potentials both for point defects and small defect clusters.

  19. Synthesis, characterization and photocatalytic properties of Mg1-xZnxAl2O4 spinel nanoparticles

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    Li, Hui; Liu, Yuqin; Tang, Junkai; Deng, Yanxi

    2016-08-01

    Mg1-xZnxAl2O4 spinel nanoparticles with x = 0, 0.05, 0.10, 0.15 and 0.20 were prepared via the chemical coprecipitation method. The obtained samples were characterised by thermal gravimetric and differential scanning calorimetry, X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, UV-Vis diffuse reflection spectrum, transmission electron microscopy and 27Al MAS-NMR spectroscopy. Mg1-xZnxAl2O4 spinel powders with the mean crystallite size of around 11 nm-14 nm were obtained. The crystallinity of the MgAl2O4 samples increases with the increase in the calcination temperature. At the same calcination temperature, higher amount of Zn2+ substitution leads to the higher level of crystallinity, but has no apparent influence on the mean crystallite size of the samples. The photocatalytic activity of the obtained Mg1-xZnxAl2O4 spinel nanoparticles was evaluated by monitoring the degradation of methylene blue under UV light. The degradation rates of methylene blue using the MgAl2O4 nanoparticles prepared at the calcination temperatures of 700 °C and 800 °C are much higher than those prepared at 900 °C and 1000 °C. The photocatalytic activities of the spinel powders with lower level of Zn2+ substitution such as Mg0.95Zn0.05Al2O4 are inferior to that of MgAl2O4. Results of 27Al MAS-NMR spectroscopy analysis and the first principle total density of state calculations reveal that this is probably due to the substitutions of Zn2+ decreasing the degree of Al3+ ions inversion over the sites of tetrahedral and octahedral coordination. With the increase in the amounts of Zn2+ substitution, the effects of Zn2+ additions on the photocatalytic activities become gradually predominant, leading to the increases in the degradation rates. The methylene blue degraded by 99% within 4 h using the Mg0.8Zn0.2Al2O4 spinel powders.

  20. Petrogenesis of spinel peridotite suite xenoliths from northern Santa Cruz province, Argentina; implication for the Patagonian Lithospheric Mantle

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    Ntaflos, Theodoros; Mundl, Andrea; Bjerg, Ernesto; Tschegg, Cornelius; Kosler, Jan

    2010-05-01

    Mantle xenoliths from Don Camilo, an area located on the North margin of the Deseado Masiff in Patagonia, comprise spinel bearing lherzolites, harburgites and dunites, wehrlites, clinopyroxenites and gabbros. The most common rock type in our collection is spinel-lherzolite followed by dunites. Harzurgites, wehrlites and gabbros are less widespread. Spinel-lherzolites and harzburgites have protogranular textures whereas dunites have equigranular to equigranular tabular textures. There are two kinds of dunites: mantle dunites and cumulate dunites. The olivine mg# in the mantle dunites vary within a narrow range, from 90.5 to 91.5 and the NiO content from 0.39 to 0.42 wt%, whereas in the cumulate dunites the mg# ranges from 87 to 90.5 and the NiO content from 0.22 to 0.40 wt%. Both types of dunites contain fine grained interstitial diopside. Hydrous phases, besides one sample that contains amphibole, were so far not found. The spinel peridotites have whole rock REE abundances depleted in LREE [(La/Yb)N=0.34-0.85)] and the dunites are LREE enriched [(La/Yb)N=3.49]. LA-ICP-MS analyses of cpx show that a number of the studied spinel peridotite xenoliths experienced cryptic metasomatism. Three groups of xenoliths have been recognized according to REE and other incompatible trace element patterns in cpx: group I has depleted LREE abundances, group II is highly enriched in LREE (20-30 x PM) and group 3 has moderate LREE enrichments. The core of some clinopyroxenes in group II has depleted LREE similar to those in group I, apparently representing relictic cores not affected by metasomatism. In addition the metasomatized clinopyroxenes are significantly enriched in Sr, Th and U. Evidently, the metasomatic agent was a H2O-rich fluid (high LREE, Sr, Th and U). Clinopyroxene Sr and Nd isotopic ratios vary largely from 0.702671 to 0.705788 and from 0.51229 to 0.513251 respectively. Mantle and cumulate dunites have experienced modal metasomatism. In both types of dunites the

  1. Sediment flow routing during formation of forearc basins: Constraints from integrated analysis of detrital pyroxenes and stratigraphy in the Kumano Basin, Japan

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    Buchs, David M.; Cukur, Deniz; Masago, Hideki; Garbe-Schönberg, Dieter

    2015-03-01

    The evolution of sediment flow routing during complete evolution of the Kumano forearc basin is determined through integration of stratigraphic and sediment provenance analyses in the upper Nankai forearc. A new approach uses the compositional variability of detrital clinopyroxenes and orthopyroxenes collected at eight major rivers in Japan and three drill sites in the basin and nearby slope environment, including the first drill cuttings retrieved by the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP). Joint interpretation of these datasets reveals that the sedimentation history of the basin is characterised by three main phases separated by newly-recognised time-transgressive boundaries. We show that the Kumano Basin initiated as a trench-slope basin in the early Quaternary (∼1.93 Ma) and that it progressively evolved towards an upper slope environment with increased turbidite confinement and influence from climatic forcing. Basin initiation was broadly synchronous with development of the Nankai megasplay fault, suggesting a causal relationship with construction of the Nankai accretionary prism. Unlike preceding studies documenting long-distance longitudinal transport of clastic material along the lower Nankai forearc, only limited longitudinal transport is documented by detrital pyroxenes in the upper forearc. These results suggest that transverse canyons are a major control on the sediment flow routing during maturation of forearc basins and that long-distance longitudinal flows along convergent margins are principally restricted to near-trench environments, even in the presence of large forearc basins.

  2. Provenance of the Late Neogene Siwalik sandstone, Kumaun Himalayan Foreland Basin: Constraints from the metamorphic rank and index of detrital rock fragments

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    Poonam Jalal; Sumit K Ghosh

    2012-06-01

    An understanding about lithology, tectonics and unroofing history of provenance is mostly drawn from the compositional and textural parameters of the detrital fragments. We here use different metamorphic ranks (Rm) and metamorphic index (MI) values of rock fragments present in Late Neogene Siwalik sandstone of the Ramganga sub-basin to infer the provenance history. The study indicates maximum contribution from metamorphic ranks 1 and 2 (Rm1 and Rm2; meta-sedimentary and very low grade metamorphic rocks) and minimum from metamorphic rank 4 (Rm4; high metamorphic grade rocks). The metamorphic index (MI) values range from 118 to 224, with an average of 186. The meta-sedimentary and very low-grade metamorphic rock fragments are derived from the Lesser Himalayan domain. The medium-to-high grade metamorphic fragments are derived from the Lesser Himalayan Crystalline bodies. The abundance of Rm2 and Rm3 detrital modes suggest the exhumation of crystalline bodies of the Ramgarh and Almora most likely occurred prior to 7 Ma and subsequently the source area shifted and resulted abundant supply of Rm1 fragments due to the upliftment along Main Boundary Thrust around 5.55 Ma.

  3. A detrital record of continent-continent collision in the Early-Middle Jurassic foreland sequence in the northern Yangtze foreland basin, South China

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    Qian, Tao; Liu, Shaofeng; Wang, Zongxiu; Li, Wangpeng; Chen, Xinlu

    2016-12-01

    The Mesozoic northern Yangtze foreland basin system was formed by continental collision between the North China and South China plates along the Mianlue suture. Synorogenic stratigraphic sequences of Late Triassic to Early-Middle Jurassic age were developed in the northern Yangtze foreland basin. The upper Middle Jurassic Shaximiao Formation consists mainly of thick-bedded terrestrial successions that serve as the main body of the basin-filling sequences, suggesting intense tectonism in the peripheral orogeny of the foreland basin. Laser-ICP-MS U-Pb analysis of 254 detrital zircon grains from sandstone samples and several published Lower-Middle Jurassic samples, detrital compositions, petrofacies, and paleocurrent reconstructions in the northern Yangtze foreland basin indicate that discrete source areas included the Qinling-Dabieshan ranges and the Mianlue suture zone to the north, and the South China plate to the south. The stratigraphic succession and sediment provenance of the foreland basin imply that the early Mianlue oceanic basin, magmatic arc, and nonmarine molasse foreland basin during the period of deposition were modified or buried by the subsequent continent-continent collision between the North China-Qinling-Dabieshan plate and the Yangtze plate during the Jurassic, which followed the oblique amalgamation between these plates during the Middle-Late Triassic.

  4. Detrital zircon and apatite (U-Th)/He thermochronology of intercalated baked sediments: a new approach to dating young basalts

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    Cooper, F. J.; van Soest, M. C.; Hodges, K.

    2009-12-01

    indicative of incomplete resetting during basalt emplacement. The close agreement between the (U-Th)/He thermochronology of detrital zircons and apatites in the baked sediment and the 40Ar/39Ar ages in the overlying basalt flow demonstrates that this application of the (U-Th)/He method can be valuable for constraining the ages of basalt flows when other, more direct, methods are difficult to apply. References: Aciego, S. et al. (2007) EPSL 254, pp. 288-302. Appelt, R. (1998) MS Thesis, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, p. 217. Blackburn, T. (2007) EPSL 259, pp. 360-371. Blondes, M. et al. (2007) Geology 35, pp. 17-20. Min, K. et al. (2006) Chemical Geology 227, 223-235.

  5. What can zircon ages from the Jack Hills detrital zircon suite really tell us about Hadean geodynamics?

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    Whitehouse, Martin; Nemchin, Alexander

    2015-04-01

    As the only direct sample of the Hadean Earth, detrital zircon grains from the Jack Hills, Western Australia, have been the subject of intense investigation over the almost three decades since their discovery. A wide variety of geochemical and isotopic analyses of these grains, as well as their mineral inclusions, have been used variously to support two fundamentally different models for Hadean geodynamics: (i) Some form of (not necessarily modern-style) plate recycling generating felsic (continental-type?) crust at the boundaries [1, 2], or conversely (ii) the persistence of a long-lived, stagnant basaltic lid within which magmatism occurred as a result of internal temperature perturbations and/or impacts [3, 4], a model also generally consistent with a wide range of observations from post-Hadean geochemical reservoirs. Despite the considerable time and resources expended, the majority of these studies uncritically accept the individual U-Pb zircon ages, even though their veracity is key to many of the interpretations [5, 6]. We report here the results of an in-depth evaluation of all published (and new) U-Pb ages from the Jack Hills zircon suite in order to define age populations that can be used with a high degree of confidence in geodynamic interpretations. A notable problem in the interpretation of U-Pb data from ancient zircon grains (including those as young as the Neoarchean) is that disturbance of the systematics even several 100 Ma after crystallization causes data to spread along the concordia curve without becoming discernably discordant within the relatively large error bounds associated with U/Pb ages from in situ dating methods (e.g. SIMS). While 207Pb/206Pb ages are typically more precise, individually they provide no means to detect Pb-loss-induced younging. However, if two or preferably more analyses have been made in the same zircon growth zone, a reasonable evaluation of the possibility of Pb-loss can be made. In the available Jack Hills zircon

  6. Late Eocene 3He and Ir anomalies associated with ordinary chondritic spinels

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    Boschi, Samuele; Schmitz, Birger; Heck, Philipp R.; Cronholm, Anders; Defouilloy, Céline; Kita, Noriko T.; Monechi, Simonetta; Montanari, Alessandro; Rout, Surya S.; Terfelt, Fredrik

    2017-05-01

    rather than the Oort cloud as originally proposed when the 3He anomaly was discovered. The generally low background concentrations of extraterrestrial chromite through the section speak against any major single asteroid breakup event such as in the mid-Ordovician after the break-up of the L-chondrite parent body. Instead the data reconcile with a small, possibly a factor of 2-3, increase in the flux of extraterrestrial material to Earth, but of both H- and L-chondritic composition. We also report the composition of all the 2310 terrestrial chrome spinel grains recovered, and show that their chemical composition indicates a dominantly regional ophiolitic source. Four anomalous chrome spinel grains with high Ti and V concentrations were found in the Popigai ejecta. These grains originate from Siberian Traps basalts in the Popigai crater at the time of impact.

  7. Novel low temperature synthesis of spinel nano-magnesium chromites from secondary resources

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    El-Sheikh, S.M., E-mail: selsheikh2001@gmail.com [Nanostructured Materials Laboratory, Advanced Material Department, Central Metallurgical R and D Institute (CMRDI), P.O. Box 78, Helwan, 11421 Cairo (Egypt); Rabbah, M., E-mail: mahmoud.rabah@ymail.com [Electrochemical and Chemical Treatment Laboratory, Minerals Department, Central Metallurgical R and D Institute (CMRDI), P.O. Box 78, Helwan, 11421 Cairo (Egypt)

    2013-09-20

    Graphical abstract: FE-SEM micrograph and TEM image of magnesium chromite sample heated at 500 °C. - Highlights: • No study has been reported to prepare spinel magnesium chromite form waste resources. • Novel low synthesis temperature of magnesium chromite. • Selective removal of Ca ions from industrial waste tannery solution is rarely reported. • The method applied is simple and safe. - Abstract: A novel low temperature method for synthesis of nano-crystalline magnesium chromites from the tannery waste solution was investigated. Magnesium and chromium hydroxides gel was co-precipitated at pH 8.5 using ammonia solution. MgCr{sub 2}O{sub 4} was obtained by heating the gel formed at different temperatures 300–500 °C for to 8 h. FT-IR, TG-DTG-DTA, FE-SEM and TEM were used to investigate the produced materials. XRD patterns of the primary oxides revealed the formation of amorphous oxide phase by heating at 300 °C. Heating at 400 °C produces nano-crystallite magnesium chromites partly having the structure MgCrO{sub 4} and mainly MgCr{sub 2}O{sub 4} and traces of Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3}{sup +} 500 °C MgCrO{sub 4} mostly decomposed into MgCr{sub 2}O{sub 4} structure{sub .} After 8 h of heating at 500 °C, Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3} completely disappeared. A high surface area about 42.6 m{sup 2}/g and mesoporous structure was obtained for the produced sample at 500 °C for 8 h. A thermodynamic model has been suggested to explain the findings.

  8. Effect of methylene methanedisulfonate as an additive on the cycling performance of spinel lithium titanate electrode

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    Wang, Renheng; Li, Xinhai; Zhang, Bao, E-mail: 123501032@csu.edu.cn; Wang, Zhixing; Guo, Huajun

    2015-11-05

    In order to overcome the poor cyclability of lithium-ion batteries with spinel lithium titanate (Li{sub 4}Ti{sub 5}O{sub 12}), methylene methanedisulfonate (MMDS) is evaluated as electrolyte additive. The linear sweep voltammetry (LSV) and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) indicate that MMDS participates in the formation process of the solid electrolyte interface (SEI) film above 1 V, which is due to the interfacial reaction between the electrode and electrolyte: Li{sub 4}Ti{sub 5}O{sub 12} anodes are previously considered free from SEI films when cycled between 1 and 3 V. The stable SEI film around Li{sub 4}Ti{sub 5}O{sub 12} is seen most effective as a barrier layer in suppressing the interfacial reaction and resulting gassing from the Li{sub 4}Ti{sub 5}O{sub 12} surface. In addition, the results of electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), scanning electron microscope (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) demonstrate that a thin and good conductive film can be formed on the Li{sub 4}Ti{sub 5}O{sub 12} surface ascribed to MMDS additive, which resulting the improvement of conductivity and a good ability of Li{sup +} migration. - Highlights: • MMDS used as additive to improve cycling performance of the Li{sub 4}Ti{sub 5}O{sub 12}/Li cells. • A SEI film can be formed using MMDS in the electrolyte above 1 V. • Sulfur-containing species is the main component of the SEI formed by MMDS.

  9. Structural, dielectric and gas sensing behavior of Mn substituted spinel MFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} (M=Zn, Cu, Ni, and Co) ferrite nanoparticles

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    Ranjith Kumar, E., E-mail: ranjueaswar@gmail.com [Department of Physics, Dr. NGP Institute of Technology, Coimbatore 641048, Tamil Nadu (India); Siva Prasada Reddy, P.; Sarala Devi, G. [Inorganic and Physical Chemistry Division, Indian Institute Chemical Technology, Hyderabad 500607 (India); Sathiyaraj, S. [Department of Chemistry, Dr. NGP Institute of Technology, Coimbatore 641048, Tamil Nadu (India)

    2016-01-15

    Spinel ferrite (MnZnFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}, MnCuFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}, MnNiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} and MnCoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}) nanoparticles have been prepared by evaporation method. The annealing temperature plays an important role on changing particle size of the spinel ferrite nanoparticles was found out by X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy. The role of manganese substitution in the spinel ferrite nanoparticles were also analyzed for different annealing temperature. The substitution of Mn also creates a vital change in dielectric properties have been measured in the frequency range of 100 kHz to 5 MHz. These spinel ferrites are decomposed to α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} after annealing above 550 °C in air. Through the characterization of the prepared powder, the effect of annealing temperature, chemical composition and preparation technique on the microstructure, particle size and dielectric properties of the Mn substituted spinel ferrite nanoparticles are discussed. Furthermore, Conductance response of Mn substituted MFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} ferrite nanoparticles were measured by exposing the materials to reducing gas like liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). - Highlights: • The egg white support to achieve sample with shorter reaction time. • Manganese plays a significant role in sensor response. • Nature of the ferrites was affected with increasing annealing temperature.

  10. Effect of MgCl2 addition on the sintering behavior of MgAl2O4 spinel and formation of nano-particles

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    Mohammadi F.

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, the effect of MgCl2 addition on the sintering behavior of MgAl2O4 spinel produced via oxide mixture method was investigated. For this reason, the stoichiometric mixture of magnesite and calcined alumina as raw materials was calcined at 1100°C. The calcined mixture was milled, pressed and then, fired at 1300 and 1500°C after addition of various amounts of MgCl2. Besides, the physical properties, phase composition and microstructure of fired samples were investigated. The results showed that MgCl2 addition has great effect on the densification and particle size of spinel. Besides, MgCl2 addition increases the amount of spinel phase at all firing temperatures. Due to the decomposition of MgCl2 and then formation of ultra-fine MgO particles, the nano-sized spinel is formed on the surface of the larger spinel particles.

  11. Phase Transition Characters and Thermodynamics Modeling of the Newly-Discovered wⅡ-and Post-Spinel Si3N4 Polymorphs:A First-Principles Investigation

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    Benhai YU; Dong CHEN

    2013-01-01

    The equilibrium lattice constants,elastic constants and elastic moduli of wll-and post-spinel Si3N4 have been investigated in the pressure ranges of 0-40 GPa and 160-240 GPa,respectively.These two phases are found to be dynamically stable.The post-spinel phase is one of the strongest materials yet investigated under extreme compressions.Some fundamental properties and phase transition characters are evaluated from the quasi-harmonic approximation.The transition pressures from the γ phase to the post-spinel phase are 152.5 GPa (at 300 K) and 181.8 GPa (at 1500 K).The phase transition pressures of theβ→wll and γ→postspinel transitions increase with the rise of temperature; hence,at higher temperature it requires higher pressure to synthesize post-spinel Si3N4.The heat capacity,thermal expansion and bulk modulus of the new phases are computed as functions of pressure and temperature.The heat capacity of post-spinel Si3N4 is large at high temperature and only weakly pressure dependent.

  12. CuCr2O4 Spinel Ceramic Pigments Synthesized by Sol-Gel Self-Combustion Method for Solar Absorber Coa