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  1. Effect of surface deposited rare earth oxide gel characteristics on cyclic oxidation behavior of Fe20-Cr alloys

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    Stela Maria Cristina Fernandes

    2006-06-01

    Full Text Available Rare earths have been used to increase high temperature oxidation resistance of many chromium dioxide and alumina forming alloys. These rare earths can be added as elements (or as oxide dispersions to the alloys or applied as an oxide coating to the alloy surface. The sol-gel technique is considered to be very efficient to apply fine oxide particle coatings. Oxide gel coatings of various rare earths such as lanthanum, cerium, praseodymium, neodymium, samarium, gadolinium, dysprosium, yttrium, erbium and ytterbium have been applied to an iron-chromium alloy to determine their influence on the cyclic oxidation behavior (RT-900 °C of the alloy. The morphology and coverage of the rare earth oxide gels varied with the type of rare earth. The cyclic oxidation resistance of the alloy increased with increase in time at temperature required to reach a specific chromium dioxide layer thickness and this in turn was influenced by the rare earth ion radius and characteristics of the rare earth oxide coating such as morphology, stability, coverage, resistance to thermal stresses and consequently adhesion.

  2. Biodiesel production using alkali earth metal oxides catalysts synthesized by sol-gel method

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    Majid Mohadesi

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Biodiesel fuel is considered as an alternative to diesel fuel. This fuel is produced through transesterification reactions of vegetable oils or animal fat by alcohols in the presence of different catalysts. Recent studies on this process have shown that, basic heterogeneous catalysts have a higher performance than other catalysts. In this study different alkali earth metal oxides (CaO, MgO and BaO doped SiO2 were used as catalyst for the biodiesel production process. These catalysts were synthesis by using the sol-gel method. A transesterification reaction was studied after 8h by mixing corn oil, methanol (methanol to oil molar ratio of 16:1, and 6 wt. % catalyst (based on oil at 60oC and 600rpm. Catalyst loading was studied for different catalysts ranging in amounts from 40, 60 to 80%. The purity and yield of the produced biodiesel for 60% CaO/SiO2 was higher than other catalysts and at 97.3% and 82.1%, respectively.

  3. Rare Earth Oxide Thin Films

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    Fanciulli, Marco

    2007-01-01

    Thin rare earth (RE) oxide films are emerging materials for microelectronic, nanoelectronic, and spintronic applications. The state-of-the-art of thin film deposition techniques as well as the structural, physical, chemical, and electrical properties of thin RE oxide films and of their interface with semiconducting substrates are discussed. The aim is to identify proper methodologies for the development of RE oxides thin films and to evaluate their effectiveness as innovative materials in different applications.

  4. Reduction property of rare earth oxide doped molybdenum oxide

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    2005-01-01

    Rare earth oxide doped molybdenum powders were prepared by the reduction of rare earth nitrites doped MoO3. The effect of rare earth oxide on the reduction behavior of molybdenum oxide had been studied by means of Temperature Programmed Reduction (TPR), thermal analysis, X-ray diffraction. Doping rare earth oxide in the powder could lower the reduction temperature of molybdenum oxide and decrease the particle size of molybdenum. The mechanism for the effects had been discussed in this paper.

  5. Preparation and fluorescence properties of crystalline gel rare earth phosphates.

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    Onoda, Hiroaki; Funamoto, Takehiro

    2015-03-01

    An aqueous solution of sodium dihydrogen phosphate was mixed with a aqueous solution of lanthanum nitrate and stirred for 24 h, and the pH was adjusted to 11 using ammonia. The obtained phosphates were analyzed using X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, thermogravimetry-differential thermal analysis, and scanning electron microscopy. The lanthanum phosphate gel was obtained with a large amount of water. The fluorescence of the gels was investigated by substituting a part of the lanthanum cations with cerium, terbium, and europium cations. UV-vis reflectance and fluorescence spectra of these substituted materials were obtained and analyzed. Rrare-earth phosphate gels with large amounts of water exhibited bluish purple, green, and red fluorescence when cation ratios of La/Ce = 70/30, La/Ce/Tb = 55/30/15, and La/Eu = 95/5 were used, respectively.

  6. Formulation and method for preparing gels comprising hydrous hafnium oxide

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    Collins, Jack L; Hunt, Rodney D; Montgomery, Frederick C

    2013-08-06

    Formulations useful for preparing hydrous hafnium oxide gels contain a metal salt including hafnium, an acid, an organic base, and a complexing agent. Methods for preparing gels containing hydrous hafnium oxide include heating a formulation to a temperature sufficient to induce gel formation, where the formulation contains a metal salt including hafnium, an acid, an organic base, and a complexing agent.

  7. Formulation and method for preparing gels comprising hydrous aluminum oxide

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    Collins, Jack L.

    2014-06-17

    Formulations useful for preparing hydrous aluminum oxide gels contain a metal salt including aluminum, an organic base, and a complexing agent. Methods for preparing gels containing hydrous aluminum oxide include heating a formulation to a temperature sufficient to induce gel formation, where the formulation contains a metal salt including aluminum, an organic base, and a complexing agent.

  8. Formulation and method for preparing gels comprising hydrous cerium oxide

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    Collins, Jack L; Chi, Anthony

    2013-05-07

    Formulations useful for preparing hydrous cerium oxide gels contain a metal salt including cerium, an organic base, and a complexing agent. Methods for preparing gels containing hydrous cerium oxide include heating a formulation to a temperature sufficient to induce gel formation, where the formulation contains a metal salt including cerium, an organic base, and a complexing agent.

  9. Method for preparing hydrous zirconium oxide gels and spherules

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    Collins, Jack L.

    2003-08-05

    Methods for preparing hydrous zirconium oxide spherules, hydrous zirconium oxide gels such as gel slabs, films, capillary and electrophoresis gels, zirconium monohydrogen phosphate spherules, hydrous zirconium oxide spherules having suspendable particles homogeneously embedded within to form a composite sorbent, zirconium monohydrogen phosphate spherules having suspendable particles of at least one different sorbent homogeneously embedded within to form a composite sorbent having a desired crystallinity, zirconium oxide spherules having suspendable particles homogeneously embedded within to form a composite, hydrous zirconium oxide fiber materials, zirconium oxide fiber materials, hydrous zirconium oxide fiber materials having suspendable particles homogeneously embedded within to form a composite, zirconium oxide fiber materials having suspendable particles homogeneously embedded within to form a composite and spherules of barium zirconate. The hydrous zirconium oxide spherules and gel forms prepared by the gel-sphere, internal gelation process are useful as inorganic ion exchangers, catalysts, getters and ceramics.

  10. Crystallization of mixed rare earth (didymium) molybdates in silica gel

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    Sanjay Pandita; Ravender Tickoo; K K Bamzai; P N Kotru; Neera Sahni

    2001-10-01

    Experiments on the growth of mixed rare earth (didymium—a combination of La, Nd, Pr and Sm) molybdates in silica gel medium are reported. The optimum conditions conducive for the growth of these crystals are described and discussed. Concentration programming is reported to enhance the size of crystals by two-fold; the maximum size obtained being about 1 mm3. EDAX results suggest the crystals to be heptamolybdates of type R2Mo7O24, bearing composition La1.23Nd0.43Pr0.29 Sm0.05Mo7O24. The didymium molybdate crystals assume morphologies corresponding to those of spherulites, platelets, cuboids and coalesced crystals. Twinned structure in didymium molybdate crystals are also reported. It is explained that spherulitic morphologies result from aggregates of crystals joining in a spherical envelope. It is suggested that the crystals of didymium molybdates grow by two-dimensional spreading and piling up of layers.

  11. IR and Raman spectroscopic studies of sol–gel derived alkaline-earth silicate glasses

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    Angelos G Kalampounias

    2011-04-01

    IR and Raman spectroscopies have been utilized to study the structure and vibrational modes of sol–gel-derived binary silicate glasses. The present study is motivated by the immense geological significance and focuses on the MO–SiO2 (M = Ca, Mg) binary systems in an effort to unveil the role of the CaO and MgO modifiers when incorporated to the 3D silica structure. Glasses in the composition range = 0, 0.1, 0.2, 0.3 and 0.4 prepared by the sol–gel method were compared with the corresponding glasses formed by appropriate mixing of SiO2 and MO powders through melting and fast cooling. The vibrational spectra of the sol–gel-derived glasses have revealed considerable changes in relative intensities as a function of the MO mole fraction. These changes signify structural modifications on the silica network. The population of the 3 species was found to increase for both modified silicate systems. The rate of increase is more pronounced in the CaO–SiO2 glasses. The extent of network depolymerization in the porous glass is higher at the same content of alkaline earth oxide compared to the bulk glass. The results are indicative of a more `defective’ nature of the sol–gel glasses compared to the corresponding melt-quenched ones.

  12. Method for preparing hydrous iron oxide gels and spherules

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    Collins, Jack L.; Lauf, Robert J.; Anderson, Kimberly K.

    2003-07-29

    The present invention is directed to methods for preparing hydrous iron oxide spherules, hydrous iron oxide gels such as gel slabs, films, capillary and electrophoresis gels, iron monohydrogen phosphate spherules, hydrous iron oxide spherules having suspendable particles homogeneously embedded within to form composite sorbents and catalysts, iron monohydrogen phosphate spherules having suspendable particles of at least one different sorbent homogeneously embedded within to form a composite sorbent, iron oxide spherules having suspendable particles homogeneously embedded within to form a composite of hydrous iron oxide fiber materials, iron oxide fiber materials, hydrous iron oxide fiber materials having suspendable particles homogeneously embedded within to form a composite, iron oxide fiber materials having suspendable particles homogeneously embedded within to form a composite, dielectric spherules of barium, strontium, and lead ferrites and mixtures thereof, and composite catalytic spherules of barium or strontium ferrite embedded with oxides of Mg, Zn, Pb, Ce and mixtures thereof. These variations of hydrous iron oxide spherules and gel forms prepared by the gel-sphere, internal gelation process offer more useful forms of inorganic ion exchangers, catalysts, getters, dielectrics, and ceramics.

  13. Sol-Gel/Hydrothermal Synthesis of Mixed Metal Oxide

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    Mixed metal oxides of titanium and zinc nanocomposites were prepared through sol-gel method under hydrothermal ... the production of TiO -ZnO nanoparticles use. 2 either titanium ... involved using titanium sulphate and thioacetamide for ...

  14. Oxidation catalysts on alkaline earth supports

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    Mohajeri, Nahid

    2017-03-21

    An oxidation catalyst includes a support including particles of an alkaline earth salt, and first particles including a palladium compound on the support. The oxidation catalyst can also include precious metal group (PMG) metal particles in addition to the first particles intermixed together on the support. A gas permeable polymer that provides a continuous phase can completely encapsulate the particles and the support. The oxidation catalyst may be used as a gas sensor, where the first particles are chemochromic particles.

  15. Oxidation catalysts on alkaline earth supports

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    Mohajeri, Nahid

    2017-03-21

    An oxidation catalyst includes a support including particles of an alkaline earth salt, and first particles including a palladium compound on the support. The oxidation catalyst can also include precious metal group (PMG) metal particles in addition to the first particles intermixed together on the support. A gas permeable polymer that provides a continuous phase can completely encapsulate the particles and the support. The oxidation catalyst may be used as a gas sensor, where the first particles are chemochromic particles.

  16. Rare earth oxide coatings to decrease high temperature degradation of chromia forming alloys

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    Stela Maria de Carvalho Fernandes

    2004-03-01

    Full Text Available The addition of small quantities of reactive elements such as rare earths (RE to chromia or alumina forming alloys improves the high temperature oxidation resistance. Traditionally, these elements are alloying additions or are added as oxides to form a dispersion. The alloys can also be coated with RE oxides. Several methods can be used to coat alloy substrates with RE oxides and the sol-gel process is considered to be quite efficient, as it generates the very small oxide particles. This paper presents the influence of surface coatings of Ce, La, Pr, and Y oxide gels on the oxidation behavior of an Fe-20Cr alloy at 1000 °C. The morphology of the rare earth (RE oxide coatings varied with the nature of RE. The oxidation rate of RE oxide coated Fe-20Cr was significantly less than that of the uncoated alloy. The extent of influence the RE oxide coating exercised on the oxidation rate decreased in the following order: La, Ce, Pr, Y. The scale formed in the presence of RE oxide was very thin, fine grained and adherent chromia. A direct correlation between rare earth ion radius and the extent of influence on chromia growth rate at 1000 °C was observed.

  17. Process for fabricating doped zinc oxide microsphere gel

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    Arnold, Jr., Wesley D.; Bond, Walter D.; Lauf, Robert J.

    1991-01-01

    A new composition and method of making same for a doped zinc oxide microsphere and articles made therefrom for use in an electrical surge arrestor which has increased solid content, uniform grain size and is in the form of a gel.

  18. Photoelectrochemical properties of sol–gel obtained titanium oxide

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    VLADIMIR V. PANIC

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available The photoelectrochemical properties of a sol–gel prepared titanium oxide coating applied onto a Ti substrate were investigated. The oxide coating was formed from an inorganic sol thermally treated in air at 350 °C. The coating consisted of agglomerates of narrow size distribution around 100 nm. The photoelectrochemical characteristics were evaluated by investigating the changes in the open circuit potential, current transients and impedance characteristics of a Ti/TiO2 electrode upon illumination by UV light in H2SO4 solution and in the oxidation of benzyl alcohol. The electrode was found to be active for photoelectrochemical reactions in the investigated solutions.

  19. Hydrophobicity of rare-earth oxide ceramics

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    Azimi, Gisele; Dhiman, Rajeev; Kwon, Hyuk-Min; Paxson, Adam T.; Varanasi, Kripa K.

    2013-04-01

    Hydrophobic materials that are robust to harsh environments are needed in a broad range of applications. Although durable materials such as metals and ceramics, which are generally hydrophilic, can be rendered hydrophobic by polymeric modifiers, these deteriorate in harsh environments. Here we show that a class of ceramics comprising the entire lanthanide oxide series, ranging from ceria to lutecia, is intrinsically hydrophobic. We attribute their hydrophobicity to their unique electronic structure, which inhibits hydrogen bonding with interfacial water molecules. We also show with surface-energy measurements that polar interactions are minimized at these surfaces and with Fourier transform infrared/grazing-angle attenuated total reflection that interfacial water molecules are oriented in the hydrophobic hydration structure. Moreover, we demonstrate that these ceramic materials promote dropwise condensation, repel impinging water droplets, and sustain hydrophobicity even after exposure to harsh environments. Rare-earth oxide ceramics should find widespread applicability as robust hydrophobic surfaces.

  20. Laminated electrochromic windows based on nickel oxide, tungsten oxide, and gel electrolytes

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    Passerini, S.; Scrosati, B.; Hermann, V. (Univ. di Roma (Italy). Dipt. di Chimica); Holmblad, C.; Bartlett, T. (Medtronic Promeon, Minneapolis, MN (United States))

    1994-04-01

    The characteristic and the performance of solid-state, laminated electrochromic windows using tungsten oxide as the principal electrochromic electrode and nonstoichiometric nickel oxide as the counterelectrode separated by selected gel electrolytes, are presented and discussed. These advanced-design, electro-optical devices show a very promising behavior in terms of light modulation and cyclability.

  1. Synthesis and Characterization of Titania and Rare Earth Doped Titania Nanoparticles by Sol-gel Process

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    LIN Ping; XIAN Chun-ying; MAO Zhi-ping; ZHENG Li-min

    2006-01-01

    Titania sol has been prepared by the sol-gel process with Ti(OC4H9)4 as precursor. TiO2 gel was obtained through hydrolysis and condensation process. Rare earth such as La2O3, CeO2 and Gd2O3 were introduced into the nanostructure TiO2. After TiO2 and rare earth doped TiO2powders were calcined at 400℃, 500℃, 600℃, 700℃ and 800℃ respectively, the characteristic analyses of the TiO2samples were studied by UV-VIS, XRD and TEM etc. It was found that there are some stronger absorption peaks at 200- 325 nm. The rare earth doping can increase the phase transition temperature converting anatase phase into ruttle phase, can decrease the grain size of TiO2particles and can improve the ant1-UV capacity of the coating fabrics.

  2. Iron Oxide Silica Derived from Sol-Gel Synthesis

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    João Carlos Diniz da Costa

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available In this work we investigate the effect of iron oxide embedded in silica matrices as a function of Fe/Si molar ratio and sol pH. To achieve homogeneous dispersion of iron oxide particles, iron nitrate nonahydrate was dissolved in hydrogen peroxide and was mixed with tetraethyl orthosilicate and ethanol in a sol-gel synthesis method. Increasing the calcination temperature led to a reduction in surface area, although the average pore radius remained almost constant at about 10 Å, independent of the Fe/Si molar ratio or sol pH. Hence, the densification of the matrix was accompanied by similar reduction in pore volume. However, calcination at 700 °C resulted in samples with similar surface area though the iron oxide content increased from 5% to 50% Fe/Si molar ratio. As metal oxide particles have lower surface area than polymeric silica structures, these results strongly suggest that the iron oxides opposed the silica structure collapse. The effect of sol pH was found to be less significant than the Fe/Si molar ratio in the formation of molecular sieve structures derived from iron oxide silica.

  3. Sol-gel based oxidation catalyst and coating system using same

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    Watkins, Anthony N. (Inventor); Leighty, Bradley D. (Inventor); Oglesby, Donald M. (Inventor); Patry, JoAnne L. (Inventor); Schryer, Jacqueline L. (Inventor)

    2010-01-01

    An oxidation catalyst system is formed by particles of an oxidation catalyst dispersed in a porous sol-gel binder. The oxidation catalyst system can be applied by brush or spray painting while the sol-gel binder is in its sol state.

  4. Processing and Characterization of Sol-Gel Cerium Oxide Microspheres

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    McClure, Zachary D. [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Padilla Cintron, Cristina [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)

    2016-09-27

    Of interest to space exploration and power generation, Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generators (RTGs) can provide long-term power to remote electronic systems without the need for refueling or replacement. Plutonium-238 (Pu-238) remains one of the more promising materials for thermoelectric power generation due to its high power density, long half-life, and low gamma emissions. Traditional methods for processing Pu-238 include ball milling irregular precipitated powders before pressing and sintering into a dense pellet. The resulting submicron particulates of Pu-238 quickly accumulate and contaminate glove boxes. An alternative and dust-free method for Pu-238 processing is internal gelation via sol-gel techniques. Sol-gel methodology creates monodisperse and uniform microspheres that can be packed and pressed into a pellet. For this study cerium oxide microspheres were produced as a surrogate to Pu-238. The similar electronic orbitals between cerium and plutonium make cerium an ideal choice for non-radioactive work. Before the microspheres can be sintered and pressed they must be washed to remove the processing oil and any unreacted substituents. An investigation was performed on the washing step to find an appropriate wash solution that reduced waste and flammable risk. Cerium oxide microspheres were processed, washed, and characterized to determine the effectiveness of the new wash solution.

  5. High temperature oxidation of chromium with nanometric ceria sol-gel coating

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    2008-01-01

    Isothermal oxidation behavior of chromium with and without nanometric sol-gel CeO2 coating is studied at 1000℃ in air. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) are used to examine the surface morphology and microstructure of their oxide films. It is found that ceria coating greatly improves the anti-oxidation property of chromium. Laser Raman spectrometer and X-ray diffraction spectrometer (XRD) are also used to study the stress level in oxide films formed on ceria-coated and ceria-free Cr. The difference in oxidation behavior is mainly attributed to the fact that ceria greatly reduces the growth speed and grain size of Cr2O3 film, and this fine grain-sized Cr2O3 film probably has better high temperature plasticity, i.e. oxide film can relieve parts of compressive stress by means of creeping. XRD and Raman testing results both show the stress declination due to nano-CeO2 application, and their deviation is analyzed concerning to the rare earth effect.

  6. Thermal Oxidation Resistance of Rare Earth-Containing Composite Elastomer

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    邱关明; 张明; 周兰香; 中北里志; 井上真一; 冈本弘

    2001-01-01

    The rare earth-containing composite elastomer was obtained by the reaction of vinyl pyridine-SBR (PSBR) latex with rare earth alkoxides, and its thermal oxidation resistance was studied. After aging test, it is found that its retention rate of mechanical properties is far higher than that of the control sample. The results of thermogravimetric analysis show that its thermal-decomposing temperature rises largely. The analysis of oxidation mechanisms indicates that the main reasons for thermal oxidation resistance are that rare earth elements are of the utility to discontinue autoxidation chain reaction and that the formed complex structure has steric hindrance effect on oxidation.

  7. Magneto-optical investigations of rare earth doped sol-gel derived silicate xerogels

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    Secu, C.E.; Polosan, S. [National Institute of Materials Physics, Optical Processes in Nanostructured Materials Department, P.O. Box MG-7, Bucharest-Magurele, 077125 (Romania); Secu, M., E-mail: msecu@infim.ro [National Institute of Materials Physics, Optical Processes in Nanostructured Materials Department, P.O. Box MG-7, Bucharest-Magurele, 077125 (Romania)

    2011-08-15

    Rare-earth doped xerogels (Eu{sup 3+}, Sm{sup 3+}, Ho{sup 3+}, Pr{sup 3+}) were prepared by using the sol-gel method and their magneto-optical and optical properties have been studied. The Magnetic Circular Dichroism (MCD) spectra are quite similar to those recorded in the RE-doped fluorozirconate glasses; the fine structures shown by the MCD spectra are better resolved compared to the optical absorption spectra. The MCD technique has been correlated with optical measurements in order to investigate the site symmetry in the particular case of Eu{sup 3+}-doped xerogel and oxyfluoride glasses. In the xerogel, coordination symmetry around the Eu{sup 3+} ions is close to D{sub 3h} and is lower in the oxyfluoride glass. - Highlights: > Rare-earth doped xerogels (Eu{sup 3+}, Sm{sup 3+}, Ho{sup 3+}, Pr{sup 3+}) were prepared by the sol-gel method. > MCD and luminescence methods were applied to probe the site symmetry in europium doped xerogel and oxyfluoride glasses. > Rare-earth site symmetry is close to D{sub 3h} in xerogel and is lower in oxyfluoride glass.

  8. Rare Earth Doped Optical Fibre From Oxide Nanoparticles

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    Minati Chatterjee; Aharon Gedanken; Renata Reisfeld; Ranjan Sen; Mrinmay Pal; Milan Naskar; Mukul Paul; Shyamal Bhadra; Kamal Dasgupta; Dibyendu Ganguli; Tarun Bandyopadhyay

    2003-01-01

    Rare earth (RE) doped optical fibres were fabricated by using RE oxides coated silica nanoparticles. The fibre properties are comparable to those prepared by conventional techniques. The process offers better control over RE incorporation and homogeneity in the preform.

  9. Preparation of Rare Earth Doped Alumina-Siloxane Gel and Its ER Effect

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    李幼荣; 张明; 周兰香; 邱关明; 井上真一; 冈本宏

    2002-01-01

    Poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) was used to wrap alumina-siloxane sol through emulsion polymerization. A kind of suspensions with notable ER effect was produced by fully mixing the prepared microcapsule with silicon oil. Meanwhile a series of PMMA wrapped alumina-siloxane gel doped with rare earths was obtained and its ER effect was tested, like viscosity of different rare earth ion doped samples in different powder concentrations and at different temperatures, at the same time, leak current density and dielectric constant were measured. Results show that the ER effect of this suspension is remarkable, and its stability is much better. The condition of emulsion polymerization and the mechanism of effect are discussed.

  10. Method for preparing hydrous titanium oxide spherules and other gel forms thereof

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    Collins, J.L.

    1998-10-13

    The present invention are methods for preparing hydrous titanium oxide spherules, hydrous titanium oxide gels such as gel slabs, films, capillary and electrophoresis gels, titanium monohydrogen phosphate spherules, hydrous titanium oxide spherules having suspendible particles homogeneously embedded within to form a composite sorbent, titanium monohydrogen phosphate spherules having suspendible particles of at least one different sorbent homogeneously embedded within to form a composite sorbent having a desired crystallinity, titanium oxide spherules in the form of anatase, brookite or rutile, titanium oxide spherules having suspendible particles homogeneously embedded within to form a composite, hydrous titanium oxide fiber materials, titanium oxide fiber materials, hydrous titanium oxide fiber materials having suspendible particles homogeneously embedded within to form a composite, titanium oxide fiber materials having suspendible particles homogeneously embedded within to form a composite and spherules of barium titanate. These variations of hydrous titanium oxide spherules and gel forms prepared by the gel-sphere, internal gelation process offer more useful forms of inorganic ion exchangers, catalysts, getters and ceramics. 6 figs.

  11. Rare-earth oxide nanostructures: rules of rare-earth nitrate thermolysis in octadecylamine.

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    Wang, Dingsheng; Wang, Zhongying; Zhao, Peng; Zheng, Wen; Peng, Qing; Liu, Liqin; Chen, Xueyuan; Li, Yadong

    2010-04-01

    The decomposed regularity of rare-earth nitrates in octadecylamine (ODA) is discussed. The experimental results show that these nitrates can be divided into four types. For rare-earth nitrates with larger RE(3+) ions (RE=rare earth, La, Pr, Nd, Sm, Eu, Gd), the decomposed products exhibited platelike nanostructures. For those with smaller RE(3+) ions (RE=Y, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, Yb), the decomposed products exhibited beltlike nanostructures. For terbium nitrate with a middle RE(3+) ion, the decomposed product exhibited a rodlike nanostructure. The corresponding rare-earth oxides, with the same morphologies as their precursors, could be obtained when these decomposed products were calcined. For cerium nitrate, which showed the greatest differences, flowerlike cerium oxide could be obtained directly from decomposition of the nitrate without further calcination. This regularity is explained on the basis of the lanthanide contraction. Owing to their differences in electron configuration, ionic radius, and crystal structure, such a nitrate family therefore shows different thermolysis properties. In addition, the potential application of these as-obtained rare-earth oxides as catalysts and luminescent materials was investigated. The advantages of this method for rare-earth oxides includes simplicity, high yield, low cost, and ease of scale-up, which are of great importance for their industrial applications.

  12. Partial Oxidation of n-Butane over a Sol-Gel Prepared Vanadium Phosphorous Oxide

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    Juan M. Salazar

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Vanadium phosphorous oxide (VPO is traditionally manufactured from solid vanadium oxides by synthesizing VOHPO4∙0.5H2O (the precursor followed by in situ activation to produce (VO2P2O7 (the active phase. This paper discusses an alternative synthesis method based on sol-gel techniques. Vanadium (V triisopropoxide oxide was reacted with ortho-phosphoric acid in an aprotic solvent. The products were dried at high pressure in an autoclave with a controlled excess of solvent. This procedure produced a gel of VOPO4 with interlayer entrapped molecules. The surface area of the obtained materials was between 50 and 120 m2/g. Alcohol produced by the alkoxide hydrolysis reduced the vanadium during the drying step, thus VOPO4 was converted to the precursor. This procedure yielded non-agglomerated platelets, which were dehydrated and evaluated in a butane-air mixture. Catalysts were significantly more selective than the traditionally prepared materials with similar intrinsic activity. It is suggested that the small crystallite size obtained increased their selectivity towards maleic anhydride.

  13. Status of Research on Application of High Purity Rare Earth Oxides in Solid Oxide Fuel Cells

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    Ma Zhihong; Qiu Jufeng

    2004-01-01

    The solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) is a high-efficient and environmentally friendly power generation system.The rare earth oxide materials are used extensively in the manufacturing of SOFC components.In particular, the CeO2doped with Gd2O3 or Sm2O3, lanthanide perovskite oxides are indispensable and key materials for developing the intermediate temperature SOFC.The research and development status of application of high purity rare earth oxides in SOFC was overviewed.The rare earth oxide-based and -doped materials were discussed for the SOFC components.Concerning the rare earth oxides applicable to SOFC, several topics were also pointed out for further researching and developing.

  14. Preparation of oxide glasses from metal alkoxides by sol-gel method

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    Kamiya, K.; Yoko, T.; Sakka, S.

    1987-01-01

    An investigation is carried out on the types of siloxane polymers produced in the course of the hydrolysis of silicon tetraethoxide, as well as the preparation of oxide glasses from metal alkoxides by the sol-gel method.

  15. Preparation of nanosized non-oxide powders using diatomaceous earth

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    Šaponjić A.

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available In this paper the nanosized non-oxide powders were prepared by carbothermal reduction and subsequent nitridation of diatomaceous earth which is a waste product from coal exploitation. Our scope was to investigate the potential use of diatomaceous earth as a main precursor for low-cost nanosized non-oxide powder preparation as well as to solve an environmental problem. The influence of carbon materials (carbonized sucrose, carbon cryogel and carbon black as a reducing agent on synthesis and properties of low-cost nanosized nonoxide powders was also studied. The powders were characterized by specific surface area, X-ray and SEM investigations. It was found that by using diatomaceous earth it is was possible to produce either a mixture of non-oxide powders (Si3N4/SiC or pure SiC powders depending on temperature.

  16. Rare Earth based Sol-Gel Materials: An Intra- and Inter- Collegiate Collaborative Research Project

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    Silversmith, Ann

    2004-03-01

    Sol-gel glasses containing rare earth (RE) impurities form an exciting class of new optical materials with potential uses as phosphors and solid state laser media. The low temperature glass synthesis based on the liquid organic precursor tetramethoxysilane allows incorporation of higher RE concentrations than in traditional melt glasses without compromising the amorphous character of the material. The synthesis and spectroscopic characterization of these materials have together formed the basis for a fruitful interdisciplinary and multi-institutional research collaboration. All materials used in this project are made by Hamilton College chemistry students; spectroscopy experiments are performed by students and faculty in the physics departments at Hamilton, Franklin and Marshall, and Davidson Colleges. In this talk results from two ongoing spectroscopic investigations will be presented, both connected to the long-term goal of improving the low fluorescence efficiency of these materials. The first is the chelation of the RE metal to create an enhanced fluorescence excitation path and to physically separate the RE from the sol-gel matrix. Chelating molecules absorb strongly in the uv, and subsequent energy transfer can produce intense visible emission from the RE. Results are presented for the chelating agent 2,6-pyridine-dicarboxylic acid (PDC) bound to europium ions and incorporated into gels. Red emission from europium follows excitation into the PDC absorption band below 300nm. The second investigation focuses on fluorescence quenching of blue emission from trivalent terbium. Two separate mechanisms -energy transfer from terbium to residual hydroxide ions and among terbium ions - lead to reduced intensity of the blue emission lines relative to other longer wavelength signals.

  17. Study on rare earth/alkaline earth oxide-doped CeO2 solid electrolyte

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    YAN Kai; ZHEN Qiang; Song Xiwen

    2007-01-01

    Five types of rare earth/alkaline earth oxide-doped CeO2 superfine-powders were synthesized by a low-temperature combustion technique. The relevant solid electrolyte materials were also sintered by pressureless sintering at different temperatures. The results of X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy showed that the grain size of the powders was approximately 20-30 nm, and rare earth/alkaline earth oxides were completely dissolved into ceria-based solid solution with fluorite structure. The electrical conductivities of the Sm2O3-CeO2 system were measured by the ac impedance technique in air at temperatures ranging from 513-900℃. The results indicated that the ionic conductivities of Sm0.20Ce0.8O1.875 solid electrolyte increase with increasing sintering temperature, and the relationship between the conductivities and measuring temperature obeys the Arrhenius equation. Then the Sm2O3-CeO2 material was further doped with other rare earth/alkaline earth oxide, and the conductivities improve with the effective index.

  18. Evolution of the Oxidation State of the Earth's Mantle

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    Danielson, L. R.; Righter, K.; Keller, L.; Christoffersen, E.; Rahman, Z.

    2015-01-01

    The oxidation state of the Earth's mantle during formation remains an unresolved question, whether it was constant throughout planetary accretion, transitioned from reduced to oxidized, or from oxidized to reduced. We investigate the stability of Fe3(+) at depth, in order to constrain processes (water, late accretion, dissociation of FeO) which may reduce or oxidize the Earth's mantle. In our previous experiments on shergottite compositions, variable fO2, T, and P less than 4 GPa, Fe3(+)/sigma Fe decreased slightly with increasing P, similar to terrestrial basalt. For oxidizing experiments less than 7GPa, Fe3(+)/sigma Fe decreased as well, but it's unclear from previous modelling whether the deeper mantle could retain significant Fe3(+). Our current experiments expand our pressure range deeper into the Earth's mantle and focus on compositions and conditions relevant to the early Earth. Preliminary multi-anvil experiments with Knippa basalt as the starting composition were conducted at 5-7 GPa and 1800 C, using a molybdenum capsule to set the fO2 near IW, by buffering with Mo-MoO3. TEM and EELS analyses revealed the run products quenched to polycrystalline phases, with the major phase pyroxene containing approximately equal to Fe3(+)/2(+). Experiments are underway to produce glassy samples that can be measured by EELS and XANES, and are conducted at higher pressures.

  19. Sol-gel derived oxides and mixed oxides catalysts with narrow mesoporous distribution

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    2001-01-01

    A novel sol-gel process for preparing oxides and mixed oxides sols from precipitation and peptization process is reported in this article. Inorganic salts are used as raw materials in this study. It is found that the amount of acid has great influence on the stability and particle diameter distribution of the precursor sols. Ultrasonic treatment is used to prepare alumina sol at room temperature. The result of 27Al NMR shows that there exist Al137+ species in the sol. By controlling the sol particles with narrow particle diameter distribution, alumina, titania and silica-alumina (SA) materials with narrow mesoporous distribution are formed by regular packing of sol particles during gelation without using any templates. The results also show that the structure and particle diameter distribution of precursor sol determine the final materials' texture.

  20. Hybrid gels assembled from Fmoc-amino acid and graphene oxide with controllable properties.

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    Xing, Pengyao; Chu, Xiaoxiao; Li, Shangyang; Ma, Mingfang; Hao, Aiyou

    2014-08-04

    A supramolecular gel is obtained from the self-assembly of an ultralow-molecular-weight gelator (N-fluorenyl-9-methoxycarbonyl glutamic acid) in good and poor solvents. The gelators can self-assemble into a lamellar structure, which can further form twisted fibers and nanotubes in the gel phase. Rheological studies show that the gels are robust and rigid, and are able to rapidly self-recover to a gel after being destroyed by shear force. Fluorescence experiments reveal the aggregation-induced emission effects of the gel system; the fluorescence intensity is significantly enhanced by gel formation. Graphene oxide (GO) is introduced into the system efficiently to give a hybrid material, and the interaction between gelators-GO sheets is studied. Rheological and fluorescent studies imply that the mechanical properties and the fluorescent emission of the hybrid materials can be fine-tuned by controlling the addition of GO.

  1. Sol-gel synthesis and XPS study of vanadium-hydroquinone oxide bronze films

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    Bondarenka, V. [Semiconductor Physics Institute, A. Gostauto 11, 01108 Vilnius (Lithuania); Vilnius Pedagogical University, Studentu 39, 08106 Vilnius (Lithuania); Tvardauskas, H.; Grebinskij, S.; Senulis, M.; Pasiskevicius, A. [Semiconductor Physics Institute, A. Gostauto 11, 01108 Vilnius (Lithuania); Volkov, V.; Zakharova, G. [Institute of Solid State Chemistry, Pervomaiskaia 91, 620219 Yekaterinburg (Russian Federation)

    2009-12-15

    A vanadium - hydroquinone oxide bronze has been synthesized by using a sol gel technology. The V{sub 2}O{sub 5} powder, hydrogen peroxide, and hydroquinone C{sub 6}H{sub 4}(OH){sub 2} were used as the starting materials to produce the bronze. At first the vanadium gel was made by the dissolving of vanadium pentoxide powder in hydrogen peroxide at 273 K. Then the solution was heated up to 350 K for the dissociation of peroxide complexes. An aqueous solution of hydroquinone was mixed with the formed gel in molar ratio 0.33:1. In this way the V{sub 2}O{sub 5{+-}}{sub {delta}}.nH{sub 2}O/HQ (HQ-hydroquinone) gel was synthesized. These gels are applied on the Ni pad and dried in an air (wet gel synthesis) or heated up to 580 K in air for 1 h for the water removal from gel (bronze production). The wet gel, as well as a bronze, was investigated by means of XPS method. Analysis of V-O region of XPS spectra shows that vanadium in both cases (wet gel and bronze) is in stable V{sup 5+} state. Oxygen in wet gel can be associated with V ions, hydroxide group and water. In bronze oxygen is connected with V and hydrogen (hydroxide). (copyright 2009 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  2. Tantalum-Tungsten Oxide Thermite Composite Prepared by Sol-Gel Synthesis and Spark Plasma Sintering

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    Cervantes, O; Kuntz, J; Gash, A; Munir, Z

    2009-02-13

    Energetic composite powders consisting of sol-gel derived nanostructured tungsten oxide were produced with various amounts of micrometer-scale tantalum fuel metal. Such energetic composite powders were ignition tested and results show that the powders are not sensitive to friction, spark and/or impact ignition. Initial consolidation experiments, using the High Pressure Spark Plasma Sintering (HPSPS) technique, on the sol-gel derived nanostructured tungsten oxide produced samples with higher relative density than can be achieved with commercially available tungsten oxide. The sol-gel derived nanostructured tungsten oxide with immobilized tantalum fuel metal (Ta - WO{sub 3}) energetic composite was consolidated to a density of 9.17 g.cm{sup -3} or 93% relative density. In addition those parts were consolidated without significant pre-reaction of the constituents, thus the sample retained its stored chemical energy.

  3. Low Temperature Preparation of Ceria Solid Solutions Doubly Doped with Rare-Earth and Alkali-Earth and Their Properties as Solid Oxide Fuel Cells

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    任引哲; 蒋凯; 王海霞; 孟健; 苏锵

    2003-01-01

    A series of solid electrolytes, (Ce0.8Ln0.2)1-xMxO2-δ (Ln= La, Nd, Sm, Gd, M:Alkali-earth), were prepared by amorphous citrate gel method. XRD patterns indicate that a pure fluorite phase is formed at 800 ℃. The electrical conductivity and the AC impedance spectra were measured. XPS spectra show that the oxygen vacancies increase owing to the MO doping, which results in the increase of the oxygen ionic transport number and conductivity. The performance of ceria-based solid electrolyte is improved. The effects of rare-earth and alkali-earth ions on the electricity were discussed. The open-circuit voltages and maximum power density of planar solid oxide fuel cell using (Ce0.8Sm0.2)1-0.05Ca0.05O2-δ as electrolyte are 0.86 V and 33 mW*cm-2, respectively.

  4. Photocatalytic degradation for methylene blue using zinc oxide prepared by codeposition and sol-gel methods.

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    Shen, Wenzhong; Li, Zhijie; Wang, Hui; Liu, Yihong; Guo, Qingjie; Zhang, Yuanli

    2008-03-21

    Zinc oxide nanoparticle was obtained by zinc hydrate deposited on the silica nanoparticle surface and zinc hydrate was dispersed in starch gel. The structure of zinc oxide particle was characterized by nitrogen adsorption-desorption and XRD, the morphology was observed by TEM. The result showed that the zinc oxide nanoparticle deposited on the silica nanoparticle surface was well-dispersed and less than 50nm, displayed higher photocatalytic activity for methylene blue degradation. However, the zinc oxide nanoparticle in a size of 60nm was derived from starch gel and showed poorer photocatalytic activity. It provided a simple and effective route to prepare zinc oxide nanoparticle with higher photocatalytic activity through depositing zinc oxide on the silica particle surface, moreover, the catalyst is easier to recover due to its higher density.

  5. Molecular receptors in metal oxide sol-gel materials prepared via molecular imprinting

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    Sasaki, Darryl Y.; Brinker, C. Jeffrey; Ashley, Carol S.; Daitch, Charles E.; Shea, Kenneth J.; Rush, Daniel J.

    2000-01-01

    A method is provided for molecularly imprinting the surface of a sol-gel material, by forming a solution comprised of a sol-gel material, a solvent, an imprinting molecule, and a functionalizing siloxane monomer of the form Si(OR).sub.3-n X.sub.n, wherein n is an integer between zero and three and X is a functional group capable of reacting with the imprinting molecule, evaporating the solvent, and removing the imprinting molecule to form the molecularly imprinted metal oxide sol-gel material. The use of metal oxide sol-gels allows the material porosity, pore size, density, surface area, hardness, electrostatic charge, polarity, optical density, and surface hydrophobicity to be tailored and be employed as sensors and in catalytic and separations operations.

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

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

    2003-10-01

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

  7. Development of a biodegradable iron oxide nanoparticle gel for tumor bed therapy

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    Cunkelman, B. P.; Chen, E. Y.; Petryk, A. A.; Tate, J. A.; Thappa, S. G.; Collier, R. J.; Hoopes, P. J.

    2013-02-01

    Treatments of the post-operative surgical bed have proven appealing as the majority of cancer recurrence following tumor resection occurs at the tumor margin. A novel, biodegradable pullulan-based gel infused with magnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (IONP) is presented here for surgical bed administration followed by hyperthermia therapy via alternating magnetic field (AMF) activation. Pullulan is a water soluble, film-forming starch polymer that degrades at the postoperative wound site to deliver the IONP payload, targeting the remaining cancer cells. Different gel formulations containing various % wt of pullulan were tested for IONP elution. Elution levels and amount of gel degradation were measured by immersing the gel in de-ionized water for one hour then measuring particle concentrations in the supernatant and the mass of the remaining gel formulation. The most promising gel formulations will be tested in a murine model of surgical bed resection to assess in vivo gel dissolution, IONP cell uptake kinetics via histology and TEM analysis, and heating capability of the gel with AMF exposure.

  8. Sol-gel-derived hybrid materials multi-doped with rare-earth metal ions

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    Zelazowska, E.; Rysiakiewicz-Pasek, E.; Borczuch-Laczka, M.; Cholewa-Kowalska, K.

    2012-06-01

    Four different hybrid organic-inorganic materials based on TiO2-SiO2 matrices with organic additives and doped with rare-earth metal ions (III) from the group of europium, cerium, terbium, neodymium, dysprosium and samarium, were synthesized by sol-gel method. Tetraethyl orthosilicate, titanium (IV) isopropoxide and organic compounds, such as butyl acrylate, butyl methacrylate, ethyl acetoacetate, ethylene glycol dimethacrylate, ethyl acetate, propylene carbonate, organic solvents and certain inorganic salts were used in the synthesis. The inorganic part of the sols, which were used in the synthesis of all the hybrid materials, was prepared separately and then the organic parts were added. The materials obtained were aged for three weeks at room temperature and then heated in an electric oven for three hours at temperatures of 80 °C-150 °C. Scanning electron microscopy equipped with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (SEM/EDX); X-ray diffraction (XRD); Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (KBr technique); 29Si magic-angle spinning nuclear magnetic resonance; and fluorescence spectroscopy were used for the examination of morphology, microstructure and luminescence properties, respectively. Photoluminescence properties with relatively intense narrow emission lines of Tb, Eu, Dy, Nd, Sm respectively to the RE-ions doping, were observed for all the hybrid materials.

  9. Electrochromic properties of inkjet printed vanadium oxide gel on flexible polyethylene terephthalate/indium tin oxide electrodes.

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    Costa, Cláudia; Pinheiro, Carlos; Henriques, Inês; Laia, César A T

    2012-10-24

    Vanadium oxide gel was synthesized and formulated for the assembly of solid-state electrochromic cells on flexible and transparent electrodes using inkjet printing. FTIR, Raman, and X-ray diffraction spectroscopic measurements showed that the vanadium oxide gel here synthesized consisted of V(2)O(5)·6H(2)O, microstructures similar to orthorhombic V(2)O(5), while Raman spectroscopy also shows the presence of amorphous domains. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) images of the thin films printed using an inkjet shows a ribbonlike structure, which is in accordance with previous results of the vanadium oxide gels in solution. Solid-state electrochromic devices were assembled at room temperature using the inkjet printed films, without any sinterization step. The electrochemical properties of the vanadium oxide gel were characterized by cyclic voltammetry and spectroelectrochemistry by visible/NIR absorption spectroscopy (in both liquid and solid-state). Several redox steps are observed, which gives rise to a variety of color transitions as a function of the applied voltage. The different optical properties of the vanadium oxide gel are assigned to different intercalation steps of Li(+), leading to different crystalline phases of the gel. The final result is a solid-state electrochromic cell showing excellent contrast between the redox states, giving rise to colors such as yellow, green, or blue. Color space analysis was used to characterize the electrochromic transitions, and while absorption spectra showed rather long switching times (up to 100 s), in L*a*b* color space coordinates, the switching time is smaller than 30 s. These electrochromic cells also have an excellent cycling stability showing high reversibility and a cyclability up to more than 30,000 cycles with a degradation of 18%.

  10. Synthesis of lithium doped zinc oxide by sol gel

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    MEZIANE, K.; ELHICHOU, A.; ELHAMIDI, A.; ALMAGGOUSSI, A.; CHHIBA, M.

    2016-10-01

    Li-doped ZnO thin films were prepared by sol-gel method and deposed on glass substrate using spin coating technique. The effects of Li on structural and optical properties were investigated. The X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis reveals that Li incorporation leads to the great improvement of the crystalline quality of ZnO thin films. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) images showed that nanowires are aligned nearly perpendicular to the substrate plane and are affected significantly by Li incorporation. The optical transmission of the films was higher than 80% in the visible region. It is found that the optical gap and the refractive index remain practically constant.

  11. Magnetic nanosized rare earth iron garnets R3Fe5O12: Sol-gel fabrication, characterization and reinspection

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    Opuchovic, Olga; Kareiva, Aivaras; Mazeika, Kestutis; Baltrunas, Dalis

    2017-01-01

    The magnetic nanosized rare earth iron garnets (R3Fe5O12, where R=Sm, Eu, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, Yb, Lu) were prepared by an aqueous sol-gel method. Herein we present, that all these garnets can be obtained by this effective synthesis method simply by changing the temperature of the final annealing. It was also demonstrated, that a different annealing temperature leads to a different particle size distribution of the final product. The SEM analysis results revealed that the smallest particles were formed in the range of 75-130 nm. The phase purity and structure of the rare earth iron garnets were estimated using XRD analysis and Mössbauer spectroscopy. Magnetic properties were determined by magnetization measurements. The relation between the particle size, composition and magnetic properties of the sol-gel derived garnets were also discussed in this study.

  12. Ultraviolet Spectrum of Nanometer Zinc Oxide Prepared by Sol-Gel Process

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    Xiaoping Liang; Xiaohui Wang; Shaobo Xin; Yajin Liu

    2006-01-01

    Zinc oxide nanometer powders were prepared by the sol-gel process. The sol and the powders characteristic of absorbing ultraviolet light is detected by the ultraviolet spectrometer. The results indicate the concentration of zinc acetate dihydrate in isopropyl alcohol solution and the final pH value of the aqueous sol have effect on the UV absorption of the sol.The nanometer zinc oxide has strong absorption at 200 nm~360 nm, and over 90% ultraviolet in the range of 200 nm~360 nm wavelength are absorbed. The characteristic of absorbing ultraviolet light of zinc oxide increases as the particle size of zinc oxide decreases.

  13. Effects of oxidative modification on gel properties of isolated porcine myofibrillar protein by peroxyl radicals.

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    Zhou, Feibai; Zhao, Mouming; Zhao, Haifeng; Sun, Weizheng; Cui, Chun

    2014-04-01

    AAPH-derived (2,2'-azobis (2-amidinopropane) dihydrochloride) peroxyl radicals were selected as representative free radicals of lipid peroxidation to investigate the effects of oxidative modifications on isolated porcine myofibrillar protein structures as well as their rheological and gelling properties. Incubation of myofibrillar protein with increasing concentrations of AAPH resulted in a gradual increase (p3 mM) concentrations of AAPH induced aggregation of myosin and denaturation of myosin, troponin and tropomyosin, respectively. These structural changes resulted in changes on gelation of myofibrillar protein. Low level protein oxidation (AAPH≤0.5 mM) had no remarkable effect (p>0.05) on the viscoelastic pattern of myofibrillar protein gelation. Moderate oxidative modification (AAPH~1mM) enhanced the water-holding capacity (WHC) and texture properties of gels, while further oxidation (AAPH>3mM) significantly reduced the gel quality.

  14. Visible light induced oxidation of water by rare earth manganites, cobaltites and related oxides

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    Naidu, B. S.; Gupta, Uttam; Maitra, Urmimala; Rao, C. N. R.

    2014-01-01

    A study of the visible light induced oxidation of water by perovskite oxides of the formula LaMO3 (M = transition metal) has revealed the best activity with LaCoO3 which contains Co3+ in the intermediate-spin (IS) with one eg electron. Among the rare earth manganites, only orthorhombic manganites with octahedral Mn3+ ions exhibit good catalytic activity, but hexagonal manganites are poor catalysts. Interestingly, not only the perovskite rare earth cobaltites but also solid solutions of Co3+ in cubic rare earth sesquioxides exhibit catalytic activity comparable to LaCoO3, the Co3+ ion in all these oxides also being in the IS t2g5eg1 state.

  15. Improving the scratch resistance of sol-gel metal oxide coatings cured at 250 C through use of thermogenerated amines

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    Langanke, J.; Arfsten, N.; Buskens, P.; Habets, R.; Klankermayer, J.; Leitner, W.

    2013-01-01

    Scratch resistant sol-gel metal oxide coatings typically require a thermal post-treatment step (curing process) at temperatures between 400 and 700 C. In this report, we demonstrate that the in situ generation of amines within sol-gel films facilitates the preparation of scratch resistant metal oxid

  16. International strategic minerals inventory summary report; rare-earth oxides

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    Jackson, W.D.; Christiansen, Grey

    1993-01-01

    Bastnaesite, monazite, and xenotime are currently the most important rare-earth minerals. Bastnaesite occurs as a primary mineral in carbonatites. Monazite and xenotime also can be found in primary deposits but are recovered principally from heavy-mineral placers that are mined for titanium or tin. Each of these minerals has a different composition of the 15 rare-earth elements. World resources of economically exploitable rare-earth oxides (REO) are estimated at 93.4 million metric tons in place, composed of 93 percent in primary deposits and 7 percent in placers. The average mineral composition is 83 percent bastnaesite, 13 percent monazite, and 4 percent of 10 other minerals. Annual global production is about 67,000 metric tons of which 41 percent is from placers and 59 percent is from primary deposits; mining methods consist of open pits (94 percent) and dredging (6 percent). This output could be doubled if the operations that do not currently recover rare earths would do so. Resources are more than sufficient to meet the demand for the predictable future. About 52 percent of the world's REO resources are located in China. Ranking of other countries is as follows: Namibia (22 percent), the United States (15 percent), Australia (6 percent), and India (3 percent); the remainder is in several other countries. Conversely, 38 percent of the production is in China, 33 percent in the United States, 12 percent in Australia, and 5 percent each in Malaysia and India. Several other countries, including Brazil, Canada, South Africa, Sri Lanka, and Thailand, make up the remainder. Markets for rare earths are mainly in the metallurgical, magnet, ceramic, electronic, chemical, and optical industries. Rare earths improve the physical and rolling properties of iron and steel and add corrosion resistance and strength to structural members at high temperatures. Samarium and neodymium are used in lightweight, powerful magnets for electric motors. Cerium and yttrium increase the

  17. Fracturing Fluid (Guar Polymer Gel Degradation Study by using Oxidative and Enzyme Breaker

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    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Oxidative and enzyme breakers are used in this research project with the main objective to study on the degradation pattern of fracturing fluid (i.e., guar polymer gel as a function of time, temperature and breaker concentration itself. The fracturing fluid used in hydraulic fracturing or frac pack contain a chemical breakers to reduce the viscosity of the fluid intermingled with the proppant. Chemical breakers reduce viscosity of the guar polymer by cleaving the polymer into small-molecular-weight fragments. The reduction of viscosity will facilitate the flow-back of residual polymer providing rapid recovery of polymer from proppant pack. Ineffective breakers or misapplication of breakers can result in screen-outs or flow-back of viscous fluids both of which can significantly decrease the well productivity. Breaker activity of low to medium temperature range oxidative and enzyme breaker systems was evaluated. ViCon NF an oxidative breaker (Halliburton product and GBW 12- CD an enzyme breaker (BJ Services product were used in this research project with the main objective to study on the degradation pattern of fracturing fluid (guar polymer gel as a function of (time, temperature and breaker concentration itself. This study provides focuses on the way to mix the fracturing fluid, compositions of the fracturing fluid and how to conduct the crosslink and break test. Crosslink test indicate the optimum cross-linker concentration to produce good crosslink gel and the break test gave the characteristic of the gel during degradation process and also the break time. Besides relying on the laboratory experiment, information obtained from research on SPE and US Pattern papers were used to make a comparison study on oxidative and enzyme breakers properties. Degradation pattern observed from the break test showed that reduction in gel viscosity depends on time, temperature and breaker concentration. Observations from experiment also revealed that small

  18. Fundamental electrochemiluminescence characteristics of fluorine-doped tin oxides synthesized by sol-gel combustion.

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    Moon, B H; Chaoumead, A; Sung, Y M

    2013-10-01

    Fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) materials synthesized by sol-gel combustion method were investigated for electrochemical luminescence (ECL) application. Effects of sol-gel combustion conditions on the structures and morphology of the porous FTO (p-FTO) materials were studied. ECL efficiency of p-FTO-based cell was about 251 cd/m2 at 4 V bias, which is higher than the sell using only FTO electrodes (102.8 cd/m2). The highest intensity of the emitting light was obtained at the wavelength of about 610 nm. The porous FTO layer was effective for increasing ECL intensities.

  19. Investigations into Rare Earth Oxide Use and Behaviour

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    Pryce, Owen

    2010-05-01

    The use of tracers which are applied to soils (distinguishable from tracers naturally present in soils) is increasing. Rare earth oxides (REOs) are the most prevalent of the sediment tracers used to tag soils in this manner. REOs have been applied in a host of different countries, at a range of scales e.g. over watersheds in the USA (Polyakov and Nearing, 2004; Kimoto et al., 2006); to examine rill erosion in China (Li et al., 2006); and to investigate the importance of topographical features in arable fields in the EU (Stevens and Quinton, 2008). Many successful experiments have been conducted using the suit of REO tracers, yielding important information on the behaviour of eroding sediments. However, the majority of publications have focused upon application of REO tracers, applying the tagging and extraction methods developed by Zhang et al., (2001, 2003). Furthermore, the techniques presently being used are known to generate methodological inaccuracies, such as tracer enrichment and non-uniform REO distributions on experimental plots, and analytical interferences when ICP-MS is used for tracer quantification. Unanswered questions regarding the use of REO tracers include: i) what is the effect upon soil of REO tagging?; ii) how is a uniform distribution of REOs in tagged soil achieved? iii) which is the most suitable way of applying REOs, to experimental plots of different scale, and to meet different objectives?; iv) which REOs are unsuitable for sediment tracing?; v) what is the most precise and efficient method of extracting REO tracers from sediments? vi) is the transport behaviour of REO tracers comparable to untagged soils? In an attempt to answer some of these questions, investigations have been conducted into the effect upon soil particle size of different methods of REO tagging. The ability of these methods to provide uniform distributions of REOs in the tagged soil was calculated. The accuracy and precision of published (Zhang et al., 2003; Stevens and

  20. Xenon Fractionation, Hydrogen Escape, and the Oxidation of the Earth

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    Zahnle, K. J.; Catling, D. C.

    2014-12-01

    oxidizing conditions at the surface of the Earth and setting the stage for the creation of an O2 atmosphere (Urey 1951, Catling et al 2001, Zahnle et al 2013). Catling, McKay, Zahnle (2001) Science 293, 839. Pujol, Marty, Burnard, Phillipot (2009) GCA 73, 6834. Pujol, Marty, Burgess (2011) EPSL 308, 298. Urey, H.C. (1952) PNAS 38, 351. Zahnle, Catling, Claire (2013) Ch. Geol. 362, 26.

  1. Zinc oxide films prepared by sol-gel spin coating technique

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    Kamaruddin, Sharul Ashikin; Chan, Kah-Yoong; Yow, Ho-Kwang [Multimedia University, Faculty of Engineering, Cyberjaya, Selangor (Malaysia); Zainizan Sahdan, Mohd; Saim, Hashim [Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia, Faculty of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Batu Pahat, Johor (Malaysia); Knipp, Dietmar [Jacobs University Bremen, School of Engineering and Science, Bremen (Germany)

    2011-07-15

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) thin films and micro- and nanostructures are very promising candidates for novel applications in emerging thin-film transistors, solar cells, sensors and optoelectronic devices. In this paper, a low-cost sol-gel spin coating technique was used to fabricate ZnO films on glass substrates. The sol-gel fabrication process of the ZnO films is described. The influence of precursor concentration on the material properties of the ZnO films was investigated. Atomic force microscopy and X-ray diffractometry were employed to examine the structural properties of the ZnO films. The optical properties of the ZnO films were characterized with ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy. The experimental results reveal that the precursor concentration in the sol-gel spin coating process exerts a strong influence on the properties of the ZnO films. The effects of the precursor concentration are discussed. (orig.)

  2. A sol-gel method to synthesize indium tin oxide nanoparticles

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    Xiuhua Li; Xiujuan xu; Xin Yin; Chunzhong Li; Jianrong Zhang

    2011-01-01

    Transparent conductive indium tin oxide (ITO) nanoparticles were synthesized by a novel sol-gel method.Granulated indium and tin were dissolved in HNO3 and partially complexed with citric acid.A sol-gel process was induced when tertiary butyl alcohol was added dropwise to the above solution.ITO nanoparticles with an average crystallite size of 18.5 nm and surface area of 32.6 m2/g were obtained after the gel was heat-treated at 700 C.The ITO nanoparticles showed good sinterability,the starting sintering temperature decreased sharply to 900 C,and the 1400 C sintered pellet had a density of 98.1 % of theoretical density (TD).

  3. Oxidation increases mucin polymer cross-links to stiffen airway mucus gels.

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    Yuan, Shaopeng; Hollinger, Martin; Lachowicz-Scroggins, Marrah E; Kerr, Sheena C; Dunican, Eleanor M; Daniel, Brian M; Ghosh, Sudakshina; Erzurum, Serpel C; Willard, Belinda; Hazen, Stanley L; Huang, Xiaozhu; Carrington, Stephen D; Oscarson, Stefan; Fahy, John V

    2015-02-25

    Airway mucus in cystic fibrosis (CF) is highly elastic, but the mechanism behind this pathology is unclear. We hypothesized that the biophysical properties of CF mucus are altered because of neutrophilic oxidative stress. Using confocal imaging, rheology, and biochemical measures of inflammation and oxidation, we found that CF airway mucus gels have a molecular architecture characterized by a core of mucin covered by a web of DNA and a rheological profile characterized by high elasticity that can be normalized by chemical reduction. We also found that high levels of reactive oxygen species in CF mucus correlated positively and significantly with high concentrations of the oxidized products of cysteine (disulfide cross-links). To directly determine whether oxidation can cross-link mucins to increase mucus elasticity, we exposed induced sputum from healthy subjects to oxidizing stimuli and found a marked and thiol-dependent increase in sputum elasticity. Targeting mucin disulfide cross-links using current thiol-amino structures such as N-acetylcysteine (NAC) requires high drug concentrations to have mucolytic effects. We therefore synthesized a thiol-carbohydrate structure (methyl 6-thio-6-deoxy-α-D-galactopyranoside) and found that it had stronger reducing activity than NAC and more potent and fast-acting mucolytic activity in CF sputum. Thus, oxidation arising from airway inflammation or environmental exposure contributes to pathologic mucus gel formation in the lung, which suggests that it can be targeted by thiol-modified carbohydrates.

  4. Enhanced Resolution of DNA Separation Using Agarose Gel Electrophoresis Doped with Graphene Oxide

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    Li, Jialiang; Yang, Yushi; Mao, Zhou; Huang, Wenjie; Qiu, Tong; Wu, Qingzhi

    2016-09-01

    In this work, a novel agarose gel electrophoresis strategy has been developed for separation of DNA fragments by doping graphene oxide (GO) into agarose gel. The results show that the addition of GO into agarose gel significantly improved the separation resolution of DNA fragments by increasing the shift distances of both the single DNA fragments and the adjacent DNA fragments and completely eliminating the background noise derived from the diffusion of the excessive ethidium bromide (EB) dye in the gel after electrophoresis. The improved resolution of DNA fragments in GO-doped agarose gel could be attributed to the successive adsorption-desorption processes between DNA fragments and GO sheets, while the elimination of the background noise could be attributed to the adsorption of the excessive EB dye on the surface of GO sheets and high fluorescence quenching efficiency of GO. These results provide promising potential for graphene and its derivate utilized in various electrophoresis techniques for separation and detection of DAN fragments and other biomolecules.

  5. 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...

  6. ORGANIC SOL-GEL METHOD IN THE SYNTHESIS AND CHARACTERIZATION OF ZINC OXIDE NANOPARTICLES

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    2014-01-01

    Nanosized Zinc Oxide (ZnO) was synthesized using sol-gel method. The nanomaterials with structure were annealed at different temperatures ranging from 500 to 700°C which were chosen based on the Thermogravimetric (TGA) Analysis. The structure and morphology were characterized by Powder X-Ray Diffraction (PXRD) and Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM), respectively. The PXRD shows the increasing tendency in crystallite size when the annealing temperature increases and the hexagonal struc...

  7. ORGANIC SOL-GEL METHOD IN THE SYNTHESIS AND CHARACTERIZATION OF ZINC OXIDE NANOPARTICLES

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    2014-01-01

    Nanosized Zinc Oxide (ZnO) was synthesized using sol-gel method. The nanomaterials with structure were annealed at different temperatures ranging from 500 to 700°C which were chosen based on the Thermogravimetric (TGA) Analysis. The structure and morphology were characterized by Powder X-Ray Diffraction (PXRD) and Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM), respectively. The PXRD shows the increasing tendency in crystallite size when the annealing temperature increases and the hexagonal structure...

  8. Tailoring the oxidation state of cobalt through halide functionality in sol-gel silica

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    Gianni Olguin; Christelle Yacou; Simon Smart; Diniz da Costa, João C.

    2013-01-01

    The functionality or oxidation state of cobalt within a silica matrix can be tailored through the use of cationic surfactants and their halide counter ions during the sol-gel synthesis. Simply by adding surfactant we could significantly increase the amount of cobalt existing as Co3O4 within the silica from 44% to 77%, without varying the cobalt precursor concentration. However, once the surfactant to cobalt ratio exceeded 1, further addition resulted in an inhibitory mechanism whereby the alt...

  9. Modified Sol-Gel Technique as a Cost-Effective Method of Ultradispersed Metal Oxide Powders Production

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    Vokhmintcev, K. V.; Konstantinov, O. V.; Belousov, V. V.

    2013-05-01

    A modified sol-gel technique was developed for fabrication of ultradispersed metal oxides powders of Bi2O3, CeO2, Cr2O3, Y2O3, ZnO2 and ZrO2. Hexamethylenetetramine, monoethanolamine and acetylacetone were used for the sol formation and gel stabilization.

  10. Synthesis, Consolidation and Characterization of Sol-gel Derived Tantalum-Tungsten Oxide Thermite Composites

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    Cervantes, O [Univ. of California, Davis, CA (United States)

    2010-06-01

    Energetic composite powders consisting of sol-gel (SG) derived nanostructured tungsten oxide were produced with various amounts of micrometer-scale tantalum fuel metal. Such energetic composite powders were ignition-tested and results show that the powders are not sensitive to friction, spark and/or impact ignition. Initial consolidation experiments, using the High Pressure Spark Plasma Sintering (HPSPS) technique, on the SG derived nanostructured tungsten oxide produced samples with higher relative density than can be achieved with commercially available tungsten oxide. The SG derived nanostructured tungsten oxide with immobilized tantalum fuel metal (Ta - WO3) energetic composite was consolidated to a density of 9.17 g·cm-3 or 93% relative density. In addition, those samples were consolidated without significant pre-reaction of the constituents, thus retaining their stored chemical energy.

  11. Radioluminescence of rare-earth doped aluminum oxide

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    Santiago, M.; Molina, P. [Universidad Nacional del Centro de la Provincia de Buenos Aires, Instituto de Fisica Arroyo Seco, Pinto 399, 7000 Tandil (Argentina); Barros, V. S.; Khoury, H. J.; Elihimas, D. R., E-mail: msantiag@exa.unicen.edu.ar [Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Departamento de Energia Nuclear, Av. Prof. Luiz Freire 1000, Recife, PE 50740-540 (Brazil)

    2011-10-15

    Carbon-doped aluminum oxide (Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}:C) is one of the most used radioluminescence (Rl) materials for fiberoptic dosimetry due to its high efficiency and commercial availability. However, this compound presents the drawback of emitting in the spectral region, where the spurious radioluminescence of fibers is also important. In this work, the radioluminescence response of rare-earth doped Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} samples has been evaluated. The samples were prepared by mixing stoichiometric amounts of aluminum nitrate, urea and dopants with different amounts of terbium, samarium, cerium and thulium nitrates varying from 0 to 0.15 mo 1%. The influence of the different activators on the Rl spectra has been investigated in order to determine the feasibility of using these compounds for Rl fiberoptic dosimetry. (Author)

  12. Preparation of Poly (ethylene oxide) (PEO) Modified Tungsten Oxide Hybrid Films via Sol-Gel Processing

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    2003-01-01

    Poly (ethylene axide) (PEO) modified WO3 thin films were prepared on glass substrates with special temperature.The sol-gel transition proess was investigated by using DTA-TG,SEM and XRD.The electrochemical characteristic of the films was studied by cyclic voltmmetry measurement.The results show that PEO has heavy effects on the crystallization of WO3 during structure evolution because of the interaction between PEO and WO3.It increases the crystallization temperature of the gels and thus improves the electrochemical properties and cyclic life of WO3 film as electrochromic materials.

  13. Patterned transparent zinc oxide films produced by sol-gel embossing

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    Rao, J.; Koh, L.H.K.; Crean, G.M. [Tyndall National Institute, Lee Maltings, Prospect Row, Cork (Ireland); Department of Microelectronic Engineering, University College Cork, Cork (Ireland); O' Brien, S. [Tyndall National Institute, Lee Maltings, Prospect Row, Cork (Ireland); Winfield, R.J.

    2008-08-15

    A low cost zinc oxide embossing technique is reported as a method of fabricating structures relevant to a variety of applications. A zinc based sol-gel material was prepared from zinc acetate[Zn(C{sub 2}H{sub 3}O{sub 2}){sub 2}], monoethanolamine[H{sub 2}NC{sub 2}H{sub 4}OH] and isopropanol. The sol-gel was cast into a polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) mould a track design, placed in contact with the substrate and dried under vacuum at 70 C for 3 hours. The formed track pattern was further densified to provide a stable conductor film that retained the embossed shape. An optimum Zn sol-gel content of 0.6 M was identified. The embossed films had a transparency of greater than 83% in the visible region. The optical bandgap energy was evaluated to be 3.306 eV. The influence of ZnO sol-gel film synthesis and embossing parameters on the microstructure, morphology and optical transparency of fabricated structures is described. (copyright 2008 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  14. Inkjet printing of sol-gel synthesized hydrated tungsten oxide nanoparticles for flexible electrochromic devices.

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    Costa, Cláudia; Pinheiro, Carlos; Henriques, Inês; Laia, César A T

    2012-03-01

    Tungsten oxide nanoparticles were synthesized via a sol-gel route using metallic tungsten as precursor, and were printed on a flexible electrode using inkjet printing in order to build solid-state electrochromic cells. Several spectroscopic techniques were used to characterize and compare tungsten oxide particles obtained from different origins. FTIR, Raman and X-ray diffraction spectroscopic measurements showed that the sol-gel synthesis described here produces nanoparticles mainly in an amorphous state with hexagonal crystalline domains and allowed the analysis of the hydration extent of those nanoparticles. The size was measured combining dynamic light scattering, sedimentation, and microscopic techniques (AFM), showing a consistent size of about 200 nm. The tungsten oxide nanoparticles were used to produce an ink formulation for application in inkjet printing. Solid-state electrochromic devices were assembled at room temperature, without sintering the tungsten oxide printed films, showing excellent contrast between on/off states. Electrochemical characterization of those films is described using cyclic voltammetry. The devices were then tested through spectroelectrochemistry by Visible/NIR absorption spectroscopy (400-2200 nm range), showing a dual spectroscopic response depending on the applied voltage. This phenomenon is attributed to the presence of two different crystalline states in accordance with results obtained from the spectroscopic characterization of the nanoparticles. The electrochromic cells had a good cycling stability showing high reversibility and a cyclability up to more than 50,000 cycles with a degradation of 25%. © 2012 American Chemical Society

  15. Vascular modifications of the clitoris induced by topic nitric oxide donor gel--preliminary study.

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    Souto, Sophia; Palma, Paulo; Fregonesi, Adriano; Palma, Thais; Reis, Leonardo Oliveira

    2011-02-01

    The clitoral blood flow increase is dependent of nitric oxide (NO) and it occurs due to sexual arousal. Female sexual disorder mechanisms are poorly understood and NO therapeutic role in this scenario is to be determined. To assess topic NO donor S-nitrosoglutationa (GSNO) gel-100 µM effect on clitoral blood flow in healthy women. Forty healthy women were double-blinded randomized for Group 1, GSNO gel, n=20 and Group 2, placebo gel, n=20. All patients underwent Doppler ultrasound test in the clitoral artery. Hemodynamic analysis consisted of: systolic peak speed, diastolic speed, and vase resistance rate. Ten random patients were analyzed regarding sexual function after two double-blinded placebo and NO donor gel periods of 30 days. To consider female sexual dysfunction treatment through local NO-dependent pathway. Mean age was 31 years (20-39) and mean female sexual function index score 31.5 (26-34). Group 1: The mean and standard deviation baseline and 15 minutes after the application of the GSNO gel systolic (11.7±2.1 cm/second to 15.9±2.4 cm/second) and diastolic speeds (2.7±0.3 cm/second to 4.2±0.4 cm/second) and resistance (0.71±0.04 to 1.38±0.06) were significantly increased (P=0.002) (P=0.043), and (P=0.005), respectively. No local or systemic adverse effect was observed in women or in their sexual partners and the sexual function presented a slightly insignificant improvement (P=0.065), although eight of 10 women could subjectively identify the GSNO gel as the preferred and most pleasant between both tried. Group 2 presented no significant differences at baseline and 15 minutes after the application of the placebo gel, P>0.05. The topic GSNO gel increased significantly the clitoral blood flow and could be considered therapeutically in selected cases of female sexual dysfunction warranting further investigation. © 2010 International Society for Sexual Medicine.

  16. Erosion and high temperature oxidation resistance of new coatings fabricated by a sol-gel route for a TBC application.

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    Viazzi, Céline; Wellman , Richard; Oquab, Djar; Nicholls, John; Monceau, Daniel; Bonino, Jean-Pierre; Ansart, Florence

    2008-01-01

    This paper examines the erosion and cyclic oxidation performance of novel thermal barrier coatings produced via the sol-gel route. The ceramic top coat, with a thickness of 5-80 m, was deposited via a sol-gel route onto standard MCrAlY and PtAl bond coats. In both the erosion and the cyclic oxidation tests it was found that the bond coat had a profound affect on the results. The erosion of the sol-gel coatings were compared to standard EB PVD and PS TBCs and were found to be significantly...

  17. Studies of the formation of homogeneous mixed silicon-titanium/zirconium oxides by the sol-gel route

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    Hudson, Melanie

    1994-01-01

    This thesis was submitted for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy and awarded by Brunel University. This thesis is concerned with the preparation of mixed silicon-titanium oxides (Ti02=4.1-21.9wt%) and silicon-zirconium oxides (Zr02=4.1-22.Iwt%) by the sol-gel route. Methods of preparing homogeneous Si02-TiO2 gels and SiO2-Zr02 gels have been explored. In this work bis(acetylacetonato)titanium diisopropoxide or bis(acetylacetonato)zirconium dipropoxide and tetraethyl orthosilicate (TEOS...

  18. Morphology, thermal, electrical and electrochemical stability of nano aluminium-oxide-filled polyvinyl alcohol composite gel electrolyte

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    Navin Chand; Neelesh Rai; S L Agrawal; S K Patel

    2011-12-01

    In the present work, an attempt has been made to develop nano aluminium oxide (Al2O3)-filled polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) composite gel electrolytes. Surface morphological studies, thermal behaviour, electrochemical stability and electrical characterization of these composite gel electrolytes have been performed. An increase in the concentration of Al2O3 in composite gel electrolytes increases the amorphous characteristics of pure PVA. Bulk conductivity of composite gel electrolytes increases by an order of magnitude on addition of a nano filler. Maximum conductivity of 5.81 × 10-2 S/cm is observed for 6 wt% Al2O3-filled polymer gel composite electrolytes. Temperature dependence of electrical conductivity shows a combination of Arrhenius and Vogel–Tamman–Fulcher (VTF) nature. Maximum current stability during oxidation and reduction cycle is noticed for 6 wt% Al2O3-filled PVA composite electrolyte, viz. ±1.65 V.

  19. Gel-free proteomic methodologies to study reversible cysteine oxidation and irreversible protein carbonyl formation.

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    Boronat, S; García-Santamarina, S; Hidalgo, E

    2015-05-01

    Oxidative modifications in proteins have been traditionally considered as hallmarks of damage by oxidative stress and aging. However, oxidants can generate a huge variety of reversible and irreversible modifications in amino acid side chains as well as in the protein backbones, and these post-translational modifications can contribute to the activation of signal transduction pathways, and also mediate the toxicity of oxidants. Among the reversible modifications, the most relevant ones are those arising from cysteine oxidation. Thus, formation of sulfenic acid or disulfide bonds is known to occur in many enzymes as part of their catalytic cycles, and it also participates in the activation of signaling cascades. Furthermore, these reversible modifications have been usually attributed with a protective role, since they may prevent the formation of irreversible damage by scavenging reactive oxygen species. Among irreversible modifications, protein carbonyl formation has been linked to damage and death, since it cannot be repaired and can lead to protein loss-of-function and to the formation of protein aggregates. This review is aimed at researchers interested on the biological consequences of oxidative stress, both at the level of signaling and toxicity. Here we are providing a concise overview on current mass-spectrometry-based methodologies to detect reversible cysteine oxidation and irreversible protein carbonyl formation in proteomes. We do not pretend to impose any of the different methodologies, but rather to provide an objective catwalk on published gel-free approaches to detect those two types of modifications, from a biologist's point of view.

  20. Fabrication and Characterization of Glass-Ceramics Doped with Rare Earth Oxide and Heavy Metal Oxide

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    陈国华; 刘心宇; 成钧

    2004-01-01

    Cordierite-based glass-ceramics with non-stoichiometric composition doped with rare earth oxide (REO2) and heavy metal oxide (M2O3) respectively were fabricated from glass powders. After sintering and crystallization heat treatment, various physical properties, including compact density and apparent porosity, were examined to evaluate the sintering behavior of cordierite-based glass-ceramics. Results show that the additives both heavy metal oxide and rare earth oxide promote the sintering and lower the phase temperature from μ- to α-cordierite as well as affect the dielectric properties of sintered glass-ceramics. The complete-densification temperature for samples is as low as 900 ℃. The materials have a low dielectric constant (≈5), a low thermal expansion coefficient ((2.80~3.52)×10-6 ℃-1) and a low dissipation factor (≤0.2%) and can be co-fired with high conductivity metals such as Au, Cu, Ag/Pd paste at low temperature (below 950 ℃), which makes it to be a promising material for low-temperature co-fired ceramic substrates.

  1. Rare earth element partitioning between hydrous ferric oxides and acid mine water during iron oxidation

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    Verplanck, P.L.; Nordstrom, D.K.; Taylor, H.E.; Kimball, B.A.

    2004-01-01

    Ferrous iron rapidly oxidizes to Fe (III) and precipitates as hydrous Fe (III) oxides in acid mine waters. This study examines the effect of Fe precipitation on the rare earth element (REE) geochemistry of acid mine waters to determine the pH range over which REEs behave conservatively and the range over which attenuation and fractionation occur. Two field studies were designed to investigate REE attenuation during Fe oxidation in acidic, alpine surface waters. To complement these field studies, a suite of six acid mine waters with a pH range from 1.6 to 6.1 were collected and allowed to oxidize in the laboratory at ambient conditions to determine the partitioning of REEs during Fe oxidation and precipitation. Results from field experiments document that even with substantial Fe oxidation, the REEs remain dissolved in acid, sulfate waters with pH below 5.1. Between pH 5.1 and 6.6 the REEs partitioned to the solid phases in the water column, and heavy REEs were preferentially removed compared to light REEs. Laboratory experiments corroborated field data with the most solid-phase partitioning occurring in the waters with the highest pH. ?? 2004 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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

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    2002-01-01

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

  3. Sol-gel prepared active ternary oxide coating on titanium in cathodic protection

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    VLADIMIR V. PANIC

    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available The characteristics of a ternary oxide coating, on titanium, which consisted of TiO2, RuO2 and IrO2 in the molar ratio 0.6:0.3:0.1, calculated on the metal atom, were investigated for potential application for cathodic protection in a seawater environment. The oxide coatings on titanium were prepared by the sol gel procedure from a mixture of inorganic oxide sols, which were obtained by forced hydrolysis of metal chlorides. The morphology of the coating was examined by scanning electron microscopy. The electrochemical properties of activated titanium anodes were investigated by cyclic voltammetry and polarization measurements in a H2SO4- and NaCl-containing electrolyte, as well as in seawater sampled on the Adriatic coast in Tivat, Montenegro. The anode stability during operation in seawater was investigated by the galvanostatic accelerated corrosion stability test. The morphology and electrochemical characteristics of the ternary coating are compared to that of a sol-gel-prepared binary Ti0.6Ru0.4O2 coating. The activity of the ternary coating was similar to that of the binary Ti0.6Ru0.4O2 coating in the investigated solutions. However, the corrosion stability in seawater is found to be considerably greater for the ternary coating.

  4. Characterization of TiO2 Nanofilms Obtained by Sol-gel and Anodic Oxidation

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    María Laura Vera; Miguel Ángel Alterach; Mario Roberto Rosenberger; Diego Germán Lamas; Carlos Enrique Schvezov; Alicia Esther Ares

    2014-01-01

    The influence of sol-gel dip-coating and anodic oxidation process parameters to produce thin TiO2 films is studied. As the size of the films is in the order of nanometers (20-140 nm), to obtain a precise measurement of their thickness and analyze their crystalline structures, glancing incidence angle X-ray techniques (X-ray reflectometry and X-ray diffraction) using synchrotron radiation are used. A relationship between the color and thickness of the films was found. This enables the film thi...

  5. Fabrication of inverted zinc oxide photonic crystal using sol-gel solution by spin coating method.

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    Huang, Kuo-Min; Ho, Chong-Lung; Chang, Heng-Jui; Wu, Meng-Chyi

    2013-01-01

    Inverted zinc oxide photonic crystal structures were fabricated from polystyrene sphere (PSS) template using the sol-gel solution of ZnO by spin-coating method. It is easily able to control and fabricate the photonic crystal structures using the self-organized PSS with a size of 193 nm. The inverted ZnO photonic crystal structures observed show the (111) tendency of the hexagonal compact arrangement formation. The resulting structures possess the photonic band gaps in the near-ultraviolet range and exhibit an enhanced photoluminescence spectrum. The technology can effectively increase the light output intensity or efficiency for the applications of optoelectronic devices.

  6. Sol-Gel Synthesis and Antioxidant Properties of Yttrium Oxide Nanocrystallites Incorporating P-123

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    Rebeca Mellado-Vázquez; Margarita García-Hernández; Arturo López-Marure; Perla Yolanda López-Camacho; Ángel de Jesús Morales-Ramírez; Hiram Isaac Beltrán-Conde

    2014-01-01

    Yttrium oxide (Y2O3) nanocrystallites were synthesized by mean of a sol-gel method using two different precursors. Raw materials used were yttrium nitrate and yttrium chloride, in methanol. In order to promote oxygen vacancies, P-123 poloxamer was incorporated. Synthesized systems were heat-treated at temperatures from 700 °C to 900 °C. Systems at 900 °C were prepared in the presence and absence of P-123 using different molar ratios (P-123:Y = 1:1 and 2:1). Fourier transform infrared spectros...

  7. ORGANIC SOL-GEL METHOD IN THE SYNTHESIS AND CHARACTERIZATION OF ZINC OXIDE NANOPARTICLES

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    Keanchuan Lee

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Nanosized Zinc Oxide (ZnO was synthesized using sol-gel method. The nanomaterials with structure were annealed at different temperatures ranging from 500 to 700°C which were chosen based on the Thermogravimetric (TGA Analysis. The structure and morphology were characterized by Powder X-Ray Diffraction (PXRD and Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM, respectively. The PXRD shows the increasing tendency in crystallite size when the annealing temperature increases and the hexagonal structure of ZnO. TEM further revealed the same tendency which the Zn NPs size increased with the annealing temperature.

  8. Lenghty reverse poly(butylene oxide)-poly(ethylene oxide)-poly(butylene oxide) polymeric micelles and gels for sustained release of antifungal drugs.

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    Figueroa-Ochoa, Edgar B; Villar-Alvarez, Eva M; Cambón, Adriana; Mistry, Dharmista; Llovo, José; Attwood, David; Barbosa, Silvia; Soltero, J F Armando; Taboada, Pablo

    2016-08-20

    In this work, we present a detailed study of the potential application of polymeric micelles and gels of four different reverse triblock poly(butylene oxide)-poly(ethylene oxide)-poly(butylene oxide) copolymers (BOnEOmBOn, where n denotes the respective block lengths), specifically BO8EO90BO8, BO14EO378BO14, BO20EO411BO20 and BO21EO385BO21, as effective drug transport nanocarriers. In particular, we tested the use of this kind of polymeric nanostructures as reservoirs for the sustained delivery of the antifungals griseofulvin and fluconazole for oral and topical administration. Polymeric micelles and gels formed by these copolymers were shown to solubilize important amounts of these two drugs and to have a good stability in physiologically relevant conditions for oral or topical administration. These polymeric micellar nanocarriers were able to release drugs in a sustained manner, being the release rate slower as the copolymer chain hydrophobicity increased. Different sustained drug release profiles were observed depending on the medium conditions. Gel nanocarriers were shown to display longer sustained release rates than micellar formulations, with the existence of a pulsatile-like release mode under certain solution conditions as a result of their inner network structure. Certain bioadhesive properties were observed for the polymeric physical gels, being moderately tuned by the length and hydrophobicity of the polymeric chains. Furthermore, polymeric gels and micelles showed activity against the yeast Candida albicans and the mould demartophytes (Trichophyton rubrum and Microsporum canis) and, thus, may be useful for the treatment of different cutaneous fungal infections. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  9. Enhancement of photoprotection potential of catechin loaded nanoemulsion gel against UVA induced oxidative stress.

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    Harwansh, Ranjit K; Mukherjee, Pulok K; Kar, Amit; Bahadur, Shiv; Al-Dhabi, Naif Abdullah; Duraipandiyan, V

    2016-07-01

    The present study was aimed to develop a catechin (CA) loaded nanoemulsion based nano-gel for the protection of skin against ultraviolet radiation (UV) induced photo-damage and to ensure its enhanced skin permeability as well as bioavailability through transdermal route. The optimized nanoemulsion (CA-NE4) was prepared by spontaneous nano-emulsification method. It was composed of oil (ethyl oleate), Smix [surfactant (span 80) and co-surfactant (transcutol CG)] and aqueous system in an appropriate ratio of 15:62:23% w/w respectively. The CA-NE4 was characterized through assessment of droplet size, zeta potential, refractive index, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), UV, high performance thin layer chromatography (HPTLC) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) analysis. The average droplet size and zeta potential of CA-NE4 were found to be 98.6±1.01nm and -27.3±0.20mV respectively. The enhanced skin permeability was better with CA-NE4 based nano-gel (CA-NG4) [96.62%] compared to conventional gel (CA-CG) [53.01%] for a period of 24h. The enhanced % relative bioavailability (F) of CA (894.73), Cmax (93.79±6.19ngmL(-1)), AUC0-t∞ (2653.99±515.02nghmL(-1)) and Tmax (12.05±0.02h) was significantly obtained with CA-NG4 as compared to oral suspension for extended periods (72h). CA-NG4 could improve the level of cutaneous antioxidant enzymes like superoxide dismutase (SOD), glutathione peroxidase (GPX) and catalase (CAT) and reduce the level of thiobarbituric acid reactive substances (TBRAS) against oxidative stress induced by UVA. Nano-gel formulation of CA showed sustained release profile and enhanced photoprotection potential due to its improved permeability as well as bioavailability (Pgel. Therefore, transdermal administration of nano-gel (CA-NG4) of CA offers a better way to develop the endogenous cutaneous protection system and thus could be an effective strategy for decreasing UV-induced oxidative damage in the skin tissues.

  10. Characterization of Copper Oxide Nanoparticles Fabricated by the Sol-Gel Method

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    Kayani, Zohra Nazir; Umer, Maryam; Riaz, Saira; Naseem, Shahzad

    2015-10-01

    Copper oxide nanoparticles were successfully prepared by a sol-gel technique. An aqueous solution of copper nitrate Cu(NO3)2 and acetic acid was used as precursor. On addition of sodium hydroxide (NaOH) a precipitate of copper oxide was immediately formed. The copper oxide nanoparticles were characterized by use of x-ray diffractometry (XRD), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), differential thermal analysis, differential scanning calorimetry, Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), vibrating sample magnetometry, and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The XRD pattern contained sharp peaks of copper oxide nanoparticles with mixed cuprite and tenorite phases. Use of the Debye-Scherer equation showed that the crystallite size of the copper oxide nanoparticles increased with increasing annealing temperature. FTIR spectra revealed vibration of the CuO band at 473 cm-1; a band at 624 cm-1 was attributed to Cu2O. Maximum coercivity and saturation magnetization of the nanoparticles were 276 Oe and 0.034 emu/g, respectively. SEM micrographs of the nanoparticles revealed the presence of spherical nanoparticles of the tenorite phase whereas the cuprite phase was in the form of a compact deposit.

  11. Sol-gel synthesis and characterization of mesoporous iron-titanium mixed oxide for catalytic application

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    Parida, K.M., E-mail: paridakulamani@yahoo.com [Colloids and Materials Chemistry Department, Institute of Minerals and Materials Technology, Bhubaneswar 751013, Orissa (India); Pradhan, Gajendra Kumar [Colloids and Materials Chemistry Department, Institute of Minerals and Materials Technology, Bhubaneswar 751013, Orissa (India)

    2010-10-01

    A mixed phase of mesoporous iron-titanium mixed oxide (ITMO) has been successfully synthesized by simple sol-gel technique by taking iron (II) sulphate and Ti-isopropoxide as the precursors and sodium dodecyl sulphate (SDS) as the surfactant. The prepared catalysts were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), diffuse reflectance UV-vis spectra (UV-vis DRS), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), atomic absorption spectroscopy (AAS), N{sub 2} adsorption-desorptions isotherm, temperature programmed desorption (TPD) and gas chromatography (GC). Low-angle XRD (LAXRD) as well as surface area analysis confirms the mesoporosity nature of the catalysts. The phase and crystallinity were revealed by XRD study. The crystallinity of the catalysts increased with increase in calcinations temperature. Catalysts screening were performed for oxidation of cyclohexane to cyclohexanol and cyclohexanone.

  12. Comparison of the redox activities of sol-gel and conventionally prepared Bi-Mo-Ti mixed oxides

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    Wildberger, M.; Grundwaldt, J.D.; Mallat, T.; Baiker, A. [Lab. of Technical Chemistry, Swiss Federal Inst. of Technology, ETH-Zentrum, Zuerich (Switzerland)

    1998-12-31

    Novel sol-gel Bi-Mo-Ti oxides have been prepared and characterized by XRD, XPS, FT-Raman and HRTEM. The surface Bi{sup 3+} and Mo{sup 6+} species of some xerogels and an aerogel could be reduced and oxidized at room temperature, whereas the conventionally prepared reference materials were not reduced by H{sub 2} below 300 C. The unusual redox properties, under very mild conditions, are likely due to the unique morphology of Bi-Mo-oxides stabilized by titania. During butadiene oxidation to furan at above 400 C to sol-gel mixed oxides restructured considerably and their performance was barely better than that of titania-supported Bi-Mo oxides. (orig.)

  13. Photoresist-Free Fully Self-Patterned Transparent Amorphous Oxide Thin-Film Transistors Obtained by Sol-Gel Process

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    Lim, Hyun Soo; Rim, You Seung; Kim, Hyun Jae

    2014-04-01

    We demonstrated self-patterned solution-processed amorphous oxide semiconductor thin-film transistors (TFTs) using photosensitive sol-gels. The photosensitive sol-gels were synthesized by adding β-diketone compounds, i.e., benzoylacetone and acetylacetone, to sol-gels. The chemically modified photosensitive sol-gels showed a high optical absorption at specific wavelengths due to the formation of metal chelate bonds. Photoreactions of the modified solutions enabled a photoresist-free process. Moreover, Zn-Sn-O with a high Sn ratio, which is hard to wet-etch using conventional photolithography due to its chemical durability, was easily patterned via the self-patterning process. Finally, we fabricated a solution-processed oxide TFT that included fully self-patterned electrodes and an active layer.

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

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    Mareeswaran, S.; Asaithambi, T.

    2016-10-01

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

  15. Ferroelectric-Like Properties of Amorphous Metal Oxide Thin Films Prepared by Sol-Gel Technique.

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    Xu, Yuhuan

    1995-01-01

    Advances in the field of both optical and electrical integrated circuit devices require new thin film materials. Ferroelectric materials have attractive properties such as hysteresis behavior, pyroelectricity, piezoelectricity and nonlinear optical properties. Many ferroelectric thin films have been successfully prepared from metal organic compounds via sol-gel processing. Thus far, research has concentrated upon polycrystalline or epitaxial ferroelectric films. For amorphous ferroelectric thin films, preliminary experimental results in our laboratory indicated that these amorphous films possessed good ferroelectric -like properties. The purpose of this research is (1) to fabricate amorphous metal oxide thin films by the sol-gel technique, (2) to determine whether these amorphous metal oxide thin films have ferroelectric-like properties and (3) to propose a theoretical model ("ferrons model") to explain the ferroelectric-like properties of amorphous thin films, which deals with a structure of permanent dipoles of "partially ordered clusters" (ferrons) in the amorphous films. The theoretical model is based on our experimental results of thin films of two amorphous materials (barium titanite and lead zirconate titanate). This research may provide a new functional material which could be useful for producing integrated electronic and electrooptic devices.

  16. Sol-Gel Synthesis and Characterization of Cubic Bismuth Zinc Niobium Oxide Nanopowders

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    Ganchimeg Perenlei

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Bismuth zinc niobium oxide (BZN was successfully synthesized by a diol-based sol-gel reaction utilizing metal acetate and alkoxide precursors. Thermal analysis of a liquid suspension of precursors suggests that the majority of organic precursors decompose at temperatures up to 150°C, and organic free powders form above 350°C. The experimental results indicate that a homogeneous gel is obtained at about 200°C and then converts to a mixture of intermediate oxides at 350–400°C. Finally, single-phased BZN powders are obtained between 500 and 900°C. The degree of chemical homogeneity as determined by X-ray diffraction and EDS mapping is consistent throughout the samples. Elemental analysis indicates that the atomic ratio of metals closely matches a Bi1.5ZnNb1.5O7 composition. Crystallite sizes of the BZN powders calculated from the Scherrer equation are about 33–98 nm for the samples prepared at 500–700°C, respectively. The particle and crystallite sizes increase with increased sintering temperature. The estimated band gap of the BZN nanopowders from optical analysis is about 2.60–2.75 eV at 500-600°C. The observed phase formations and measured results in this study were compared with those of previous reports.

  17. Oxidative dehydrogenation of ethane on rare-earth oxide-based catalysts

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    Buyevskaya, O.; Baerns, M. [Institut fuer Angewandte Chemie Berlin-Adlershof e.V., Berlin (Germany)

    1998-12-31

    Results on the oxidative dehydrogenation of ethane on rare-earth oxide (REO) based catalysts (Na-P-Sm-O, Sm-Sr(Ca)-O, La-Sr-O and Nd-Sr-O) are described. Oxygen adsorption was found to be a key factor which determines the activity of this type of catalysts. Continuous flow experiments in the presence of catalysts which reveal strong oxygen adsorption showed that the reaction mixture is ignited resulting in an enhanced heat generation at the reactor inlet. The heat produced by the oxidative reactions was sufficient under the conditions chosen for the endothermic thermal pyrolysis which takes place preferentially in the gas phase. Ignition of the reaction mixture is an important catalyst function. Contrary to non-catalytic oxidative dehydrogenation, reaction temperatures above 700 C could be achieved without significant external heat input. Ethylene yields of up to 34-45% (S=66-73%) were obtained on REO-based catalysts under non-isothermal conditions (T{sub max}=810-865 C) at contact times in the order of 30 to 40 ms. (orig.)

  18. Silica-gel Supported V Complexes:Preparation, Characterization and Catalytic Oxidative Desulfurization

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    黎俊波; 刘习文; 曹灿灿; 郭嘉; 潘志权

    2013-01-01

    In this manuscript, a series of catalyst SGn-[VVO2-PAMAM-MSA] (SG=silica gel, PAMAM=poly-amidoamine, MSA=5-methyl salicylaldehyde, n=0, 1, 2, 3) was prepared and their structures were fully charac-terized by Fourier transform-infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), X-ray photoelec-tron spectroscopy (XPS) and inductive coupled plasma emission spectrometer (ICP) etc. XPS revealed that the metal V and SGn-PAMAM-MSA combined more closely after the formation of Schiff base derivatives. Their cata-lytic activities for oxidation of dibenzothiophene were evaluated using tert-butyl hydroperoxide as oxidant. The results showed that the catalyst SG2.0-[VVO2-PAMAM-MSA] presented good catalytic activity and recycling time. Mean-while, the optimal condition for the catalytic oxidation of SG2.0-[VVO2-PAMAM-MSA] was also investigated, which showed that when the oxidation temperature was 90 °C, time was 60 min, the O/S was 3︰1, and the mass content of catalyst was 1%, the rate of desulfurization could reach 85.2%. Moreover, the catalyst can be recycled several times without significant decline in catalytic activity.

  19. Dual Role (Anti- and Pro-oxidant) of Gallic Acid in Mediating Myofibrillar Protein Gelation and Gel in Vitro Digestion.

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    Cao, Yungang; True, Alma D; Chen, Jie; Xiong, Youling L

    2016-04-20

    The dose-dependent effects of gallic acid (GA; at 0, 6, 30, and 150 μmol/g protein) on chemical changes and gelling properties of oxidatively stressed porcine myofibrillar protein (MP) and in vitro digestibility of the gels were investigated. The incorporation of GA suppressed lipid oxidation and protein carbonyl formation but promoted the loss of thiol and amine groups, destabilization of the tertiary structure, aggregation, and cross-linking. The gelling potential (storage modulus) of MP was increased by nearly 50% with 6 and 30 μmol/g of GA, corresponding to enhanced protein unfolding and aggregation and formation of disulfide-dominant covalent bonds. However, GA at 150 μmol/g induced macroscopic aggregations and insolubility of MP, resulting in poorly structured gels. Despite the oxidative changes, MP gels did not show reduced susceptibility to digestive enzymes in vitro.

  20. Bismuth–titanium oxide nanopowders prepared by sol–gel method for photocatalytic applications

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    Solís-Casados, D.A. [Centro Conjunto de Investigación en Química Sustentable UAEM-UNAM, Carretera Toluca-Atlacomulco Km 14.5, Unidad San Cayetano, Toluca 50200, Estado de México, México (Mexico); Escobar-Alarcón, L., E-mail: luis.escobar@inin.gob.mx [Departamento de Física, Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Nucleares, Apdo. Postal 18-1027, México DF 11801, México (Mexico); Arrieta-Castañeda, A.; Haro-Poniatowski, E. [Departamento de Física, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana Iztapalapa, Apdo. Postal 55-534, México DF, México (Mexico)

    2016-04-01

    TiO{sub 2} has been widely studied for photocatalytic applications; however, its band gap is so large (Eg = 3.2 eV for anatase) that it can only be excited by ultraviolet light which accounts for only 5% of the incoming solar energy. Thus, it is important to develop a visible light driven photocatalyst with a lower band gap value. For this purpose, different TiO{sub 2}–Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3} binary compounds were prepared by the sol–gel technique. The obtained materials were characterized by Energy Dispersed Spectroscopy, X Ray Diffraction, Transmission Electron Microscopy, Raman Spectroscopy and Diffuse Reflectance Spectroscopy, in order to obtain information on their chemical composition, crystalline structure, vibrational features and optical properties. Compositional characterization reveal that the Bi content can be varied from 0.3 to 43.6 at.% in an easy way in the binary compounds. Structural characterization shows that the starting material corresponds to the crystalline anatase phase of TiO{sub 2} and upon Bi addition a phase transition to bismuth titanates and finally to bismuth oxide occurs. Raman results suggest the formation of titanates for compounds with a low content of Bi whilst for higher metal contents a mixture of oxides is obtained. HRTEM results demonstrated that the prepared nanopowders are quite crystalline. Optical measurements reveal that the band gap narrows from 3.2 eV to values as low as 1.4 eV. The photocatalytic activity was tested in the degradation of Malachite Green dye under illumination using a solar simulator with good results. - Highlights: • Bismuth–Titanium oxide nanopowders were synthesized by the sol–gel technique. • The evolution of the different crystalline phases was determined. • Materials with band gap as low as 1.4 eV were obtained. • Good photocatalytic activity using visible light was observed.

  1. Selective oxidation of methanol to hydrogen over gold catalysts promoted by alkaline-earth-metal and lanthanum oxides

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    Hereijgers, B.P.C.; Weckhuysen, B.M.

    2009-01-01

    A series of alumina-supported gold catalysts was investigated for the CO-free production of hydrogen by partial oxidation of methanol. The addition of alkaline-earth metal oxide promoters resulted in a significant improvement of the catalytic performance. The methanol conversion was ca. 85 % with al

  2. Selective oxidation of methanol to hydrogen over gold catalysts promoted by alkaline-earth-metal and lanthanum oxides

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    Hereijgers, B.P.C.|info:eu-repo/dai/nl/314131116; Weckhuysen, B.M.|info:eu-repo/dai/nl/285484397

    2009-01-01

    A series of alumina-supported gold catalysts was investigated for the CO-free production of hydrogen by partial oxidation of methanol. The addition of alkaline-earth metal oxide promoters resulted in a significant improvement of the catalytic performance. The methanol conversion was ca. 85 % with

  3. The chemical and catalytic properties of nanocrystalline metal oxides prepared through modified sol-gel synthesis

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    Carnes, Corrie Leigh

    The goal of this research was to synthesize, characterize and study the chemical properties of nanocrystalline metal oxides. Nanocrystalline (NC) ZnO, CuO, NiO, Al2O3, and the binary Al2O 3/MgO and ZnO/CuO were prepared through modified sol gel methods. These NC metal oxides were studied in comparison to the commercial (CM) metal oxides. The samples were characterized by XRD, TGA, FTIR, BET, and TEM. The NC samples were all accompanied by a significant increase in surface area and decrease in crystallite size. Several chemical reactions were studied to compare the NC samples to the CM samples. One of the reactions involved a high temperature reaction between carbon tetrachloride and the oxide to form carbon dioxide and the corresponding metal chloride. A similar high temperature reaction was conducted between the metal oxide and hydrogen sulfide to form water and the corresponding metal sulfide. A room temperature gas phase adsorption was studied where SO2 was adsorbed onto the oxide. A liquid phase adsorption conducted at room temperature was the destructive adsorption of paraoxon (a toxic insecticide). In all reactions the NC samples exhibited greater activity, destroying or adsorbing a larger amount of the toxins compared to the CM samples. To better study surface area effects catalytic reactions were also studied. The catalysis of methanol was studied over the nanocrystalline ZnO, CuO, NiO, and ZnO/CuO samples in comparison to their commercial counterparts. In most cases the NC samples proved to be more active catalysts, having higher percent conversions and turnover numbers. A second catalytic reaction was also studied, this reaction was investigated to look at the support effects. The catalysis of cyclopropane to propane was studied over Pt and Co catalysts. These catalysts were supported onto NC and CM alumina by impregnation. By observing differences in the catalytic behavior, support effects have become apparent.

  4. Raman and electrochemical impedance studies of sol-gel titanium oxide and single walled carbon nanotubes composite films.

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    Rincón, M E; Trujillo-Camacho, M E; Miranda-Hernández, M; Cuentas-Gallegos, A K; Orozco, G

    2007-01-01

    Titanium oxide grown by a sol-gel route on single-walled carbon nanotubes was studied by Raman and Electrochemical Impedance techniques and compared with mixtures obtained by mechanical grinding. In spite of the superior dispersion of single-walled carbon nanotubes bundles in sol-gel composites, the lost of the small-diameter carbon nanotubes in the oxidizing sol-gel bath was inferred from their Raman spectra and the lower capacitive current of the voltammograms in 0.1 M H2SO4. We proposed proton electrosorption as the main charge storage mechanism for sol-gel composites, favoured by the hydroxylation and n-type conductivity of the oxide, while electrodes based on mixtures were dominated by double-layer charging, developing some pseudocapacitance with potential cycling due to the reversible oxidation of carbon nanotubes. Comparsion with TiO2/Carbon Blacks composites shows the effective role of single-walled carbon nanotubes as templates to control the mesoporous nature of sol-gel composite electrodes.

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

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

    2004-01-01

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

  6. Chlorogenic acid-mediated gel formation of oxidatively stressed myofibrillar protein.

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    Cao, Yungang; Xiong, Youling L

    2015-08-01

    The effect of chlorogenic acid (CA) at different concentration levels (0, 6, 30, and 150 μmol/g protein) on porcine myofibrillar protein (MP) gelling potential in relation to chemical and structural changes was investigated. The results showed that CA generally inhibited protein carbonyl formation but did not prevent sulphydryl and amine losses caused by oxidation. The presence of CA intensified oxidation-initiated loss of α-helix conformation as well as tertiary structure of MP. CA at 150 μmol/g produced the greatest increase in MP surface hydrophobicity and insolubility. The physicochemical changes with 6 and 30 μmol/g CA led to a remarkably enhanced gelling capacity of MP and augmented the positive effect of oxidation in building an elastic gel network. However, CA at 150 μmol/g was detrimental to the MP gelation. The result can explain why processed meats with phenolic-rich spices and herbs often exhibit variable texture-forming properties.

  7. Ellipsometric spectroscopy study of cobalt oxide thin films deposited by sol-gel

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    Barrera-Calva, E.; Martinez-Flores, J.C. [Departamento de Ingenieria de Procesos e Hidraulica, UAM ? Iztapalapa, Av. Rafael Atlixco No. 186, Col. Vicentina, Mexico DF 09340 (Mexico); Huerta, L. [Instituto de Investigacion en Materiales, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico DF (Mexico); Avila, A.; Ortega-Lopez, M. [Depto. Ingenieria Electrica, SEES, CINVESTAV- IPN, Mexico DF 07360 (Mexico)

    2006-09-22

    Due to their unique optical properties, solar selective coatings enhance the thermal efficiency of solar photothermal converters. Hence it seems to be interesting to study the optical properties of promising materials as solar selective coatings. In an earlier work, it was demonstrated that sol-gel deposited cobalt oxide thin films possess suitable optical properties as selective coatings. In this work, cobalt oxide thin films were prepared by same technique and their optical properties were analyzed as a function of the dipping time of the substrate in the sol, using the spectroscopy ellipsometry, atomic force microscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy techniques. The optical constants (n and k) for these films, in the 200-800nm range, are reported as a function of the dipping time. The fitting of ellipsometric data, I{sub s} and I{sub c}, for the glass substrate and the cobalt oxide thin film, as modeled with the Lorentz and Tauc-Lorentz dispersion relations, indicated that the film microstructure resembles a multilayer stack with voids. From these results, the Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} and void percentages in the film were estimated. Both, thin film thickness and void/Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} percentage ratio, were determined to be strongly dependent on the immersion time. Furthermore, the total thickness of a multilayered film was found to be the sum of thickness of each individual layer. (author)

  8. Surface functionalization of carbon nanofibers by sol-gel coating of zinc oxide

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    Shao Dongfeng [Key Laboratory of Eco-textiles, Ministry of Education, Jiangnan University, Wuxi 214122 (China); Changzhou Textile Garment Institute, Changzhou 213164 (China); Wei Qufu [Key Laboratory of Eco-textiles, Ministry of Education, Jiangnan University, Wuxi 214122 (China)], E-mail: qfwei@jiangnan.edu.cn; Zhang Liwei; Cai Yibing; Jiang Shudong [Key Laboratory of Eco-textiles, Ministry of Education, Jiangnan University, Wuxi 214122 (China)

    2008-08-15

    In this paper the functional carbon nanofibers were prepared by the carbonization of ZnO coated PAN nanofibers to expand the potential applications of carbon nanofibers. Polyacrylonitrile (PAN) nanofibers were obtained by electrospinning. The electrospun PAN nanofibers were then used as substrates for depositing the functional layer of zinc oxide (ZnO) on the PAN nanofiber surfaces by sol-gel technique. The effects of coating, pre-oxidation and carbonization on the surface morphology and structures of the nanofibers were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) and Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), respectively. The results of SEM showed a significant increase of the size of ZnO nanograins on the surface of nanofibers after the treatments of coating, pre-oxidation and carbonization. The observations by SEM also revealed that ZnO nanoclusters were firmly and clearly distributed on the surface of the carbon nanofibers. FTIR examination also confirmed the deposition of ZnO on the surface of carbon nanofibers. The XRD analysis indicated that the crystal structure of ZnO nanograins on the surface of carbon nanofibers.

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

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

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

  10. Sol–gel synthesis of nanostructured indium tin oxide with controlled morphology and porosity

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    Kőrösi, László, E-mail: ltkorosi@gmail.com [Department of Biotechnology, Nanophage Therapy Center, Enviroinvest Corporation, Kertváros u. 2, H-7632 Pécs (Hungary); Scarpellini, Alice [Department of Nanochemistry, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, via Morego 30, 16163 Genova (Italy); Petrik, Péter [Institute for Technical Physics and Materials Science, Konkoly-Thege út 29-33, H-1121 Budapest (Hungary); Papp, Szilvia [Department of Biotechnology, Nanophage Therapy Center, Enviroinvest Corporation, Kertváros u. 2, H-7632 Pécs (Hungary); Dékány, Imre [MTA-SZTE Supramolecular and Nanostructured Materials Research Group, University of Szeged, Dóm tér 8, H-6720 Szeged (Hungary)

    2014-11-30

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Nanocrystalline ITO thin films and powders were prepared by a sol–gel method. • The nature of the compounds used for hydrolysis plays a key role in the morphology. • Hydrolysis of In{sup 3+}/Sn{sup 4+} with EA led to a rod-like morphology. • Monodisperse spherical ITO nanoparticles were obtained on the use of AC. • ITO{sub E}A was highly porous, while ITO{sub A}C contained densely packed nanocrystals. - Abstract: Nanostructured indium tin oxide (ITO) powders and thin films differing in morphology and porosity were prepared by a sol–gel method. In{sup 3+} and Sn{sup 4+} were hydrolyzed in aqueous medium through the use of ethanolamine (EA) or sodium acetate (AC). X-ray diffraction measurements demonstrated that both EA and AC furnished indium tin hydroxide, which became nanocrystalline after aging for one day. The indium tin hydroxide samples calcined at 550 °C afforded ITO with a cubic crystal structure, but the morphology differed significantly, depending on the agent used for hydrolysis. Electron microscopy revealed the formation of round monodisperse nanoparticles when AC was used, whereas the application of EA led to rod-like ITO nanoparticles. Both types of nanoparticles were suitable for the preparation of transparent and conductive ITO thin films. The influence of the morphology and porosity on the optical properties is discussed.

  11. Silica-Copper Oxide Composite Thin Films as Solar Selective Coatings Prepared by Dipping Sol Gel

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    E. Barrera-Calva

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Silica-copper oxide (silica-CuO composite thin films were prepared by a dipping sol-gel route using ethanolic solutions comprised TEOS and a copper-propionate complex. Sols with different TEOS/Cu-propionate (Si/Cu molar ratios were prepared and applied on stainless steel substrates using dipping process. During the annealing process, copper-propionate complexes developed into particulate polycrystalline CuO dispersed in a partially crystallized silica matrix, as indicated by the X-ray diffraction (XRD and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS analyses. The gel thermal analysis revealed that the prepared material might be stable up to 400°C. The silica-CuO/stainless steel system was characterized as a selective absorber surface and its solar selectivity parameters, absorptance (α, and emittance (ε were evaluated from UV-NIR reflectance data. The solar parameters of such a system were mostly affected by the thickness and phase composition of the SiO2-CuO film. Interestingly, the best solar parameters (α = 0.92 and ε = 0.2 were associated to the thinnest films, which comprised a CuO-Cu2O mixture immersed in the silica matrix, as indicated by XPS.

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

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    任引哲; 王建英; 刘二保

    2002-01-01

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

  13. Thiourea incorporated poly(ethylene oxide) as transparent gel polymer electrolyte for dye sensitized solar cell applications

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    Pavithra, Nagaraj; Velayutham, David; Sorrentino, Andrea; Anandan, Sambandam

    2017-06-01

    A new series of transparent gel polymer electrolytes are prepared by adding various weight percent of thiourea coupled with poly(ethylene oxide) for the application of dye-sensitized solar cells. Coupling of thiourea in the presence of iodine undergoes dimerization reaction to produce formamidine disulfide. Fourier Transform Infrared spectroscopy shows that the interactions of thiourea and formamidine disulfide with electronegative ether linkage of poly(ethylene oxide) results in conformational changes of gel polymer electrolytes. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and linear sweep voltammetry experiments reveal an increment in ionic conductivity and tri-iodide diffusion coefficient, for thiourea modified gel polymer electrolytes. Finally, the prepared electrolytes are used as a redox mediator in dye-sensitized solar cells and the photovoltaic properties were studied. Apart from transparency, the gel polymer electrolytes with thiorurea show higher photovoltaic properties compared to bare gel polymer electrolyte and a maximum photocurrent efficiency of 7.17% is achieved for gel polymer electrolyte containing 1 wt% of thiourea with a short circuit current of 11.79 mA cm-2 and open circuit voltage of 834 mV. Finally, under rear illumination, almost 90% efficiency is retained upon compared to front illumination.

  14. Impact of temperature on zinc oxide particle size by using sol-gel process

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    Lee, Keanchuan, E-mail: lee.kc@petronas.com.my; Ching, Dennis Ling Chuan, E-mail: dennis.ling@petronas.com.my [Fundamental and Applied Sciences Department, Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS, 31750 Tronoh, Perak (Malaysia); Saipolbahri, Zulhilmi Akmal bin, E-mail: zulhilmiakmal@gmail.com [Geoscience and Petroleum Engineering Department, Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS, 31750 Tronoh, Perak (Malaysia); Guan, Beh Hoe, E-mail: beh.hoeguan@petronas.com.my, E-mail: hassan.soleimani@petronas.com.my; Soleimani, Hassan, E-mail: beh.hoeguan@petronas.com.my, E-mail: hassan.soleimani@petronas.com.my

    2014-10-24

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) nanoparticles were prepared and synthesized via sol-gel method, by using citric acid as a precursor. The impact of annealing on the particle size was investigated. Based on the results from the Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA), three different annealing temperature which is 500, 600 and 700 °C were chosen followed by the characterization of the ZnO nanoparticle by using Powder X-Ray Diffraction (PXRD), Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) and Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy (FESEM). Results showed that the crystallite size estimated from PXRD increased with the annealing temperature which was hexagonal structure for ZnO. TEM further revealed the same tendency which the Zn NPs size also increased with the annealing temperature.

  15. 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.

  16. Sol-gel fabrication of lithium doped zinc oxide thin films

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    Oral, A.Y.; Bahsi, Z.B. [Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering, Gebze Inst. of Tech., Kocaeli (Turkey); Aslan, M.H.; Basaran, E. [Dept. of Physics, Gebze Inst. of Tech., Kocaeli (Turkey)

    2004-07-01

    Li doped zinc oxide thin films were deposited on glass substrates by a sol-gel technique. Acetates of zinc and lithium were used as metal sources. A homogeneous and stable solution was prepared by dissolving acetates in the solution of 2-propanol and ethanolamine. ZnO:Li thin films were obtained after preheating the spin coated films at 250 C for 1 minute after each coating. A post annealing between 450-600 C was applied after the deposition of the last layers. XRD analysis revealed ZnO with zincite structure (Card no: 36-1451) in all films. The thickness of the films was measured as 75 nm per layer. The optical band gap of the films increased as doping concentration of Li increased and decreased as the post-annealing temperature increased. (orig.)

  17. Study of optical characteristics of tin oxide thin film prepared by sol–gel method

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    Sumanta Kumar Tripathy; Bhabani Prasad Hota; P V Rajeswari

    2013-12-01

    In this paper, we present details of preparation of tin oxide (SnO2) thin film by sol–gel process. The film was synthesized on a glass (Corning 7059) plate by dip coating method. Here, we used tin (II) chloride as precursor and methanol as solvent. Optical characteristics and physical properties like refractive index, absorption coefficient and thickness of thin film were calculated from the study of transmission spectrum (wavelength vs transmission curve) data given by UV/VIS Spectrophotometer. Effect of number of coatings on transmittance and refractive index was also examined. It was observed that refractive index decreases with the number of coating and transmission value was more than 80% at wavelength greater than 450 nm in all cases. Structural analysis was studied by XRD measurement by using diffractometer which confirms tetragonal rutile structure of SnO2. Surface morphology was analysed from SEM micrograph and change in morphology on number of coat was discussed.

  18. A Simple Sol Gel Protocol Towards Synthesis of Semiconducting Oxide Nanomaterial

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    G.S. Devi

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Nanostructured Tin oxide (SnO2, powders was synthesized by employing a novel Sol-gel protocol at RT. A wide variety of techniques such as energy – dispersive spectroscopy(EDX, N2 sorption, X-ray diffraction (XRD, have been used to study the formation process and characterization of the nanoparticles obtained. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM has been applied to find out about the shape and size distribution of the particles. The nanoparticles thus synthesized were monodispersed, with an average particle size of ~ 10 nm and spherical in shape. The EDX analysis revealed the presence of Sn, O signal in the synthesized nanoparticles confirming the purity of the synthesized samples. This protocol appears promising for application in large-scale synthesis of nanoparticles.

  19. Synthesis of indium tin oxide nanoparticles by a nonhydrolytic sol-gel method

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    Gabriel M. Silva

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Indium tin oxide nanoparticles were synthesized in two different sizes by a nonhydrolytic sol-gel method. These powders were then transformed into ITO via an intermediate metastable state at between 300 and 600 ºC. The presence of characteristic O-In-O and O-Sn-O bands at 480 and 670 cm-1 confirmed the formation of ITO. The X-ray diffraction patterns indicated the preferential formation of metastable hexagonal phase ITO (corundum type as opposed to cubic phase ITO when the reflux time was less than 3 h and the heat treatment temperature was below 600 ºC. Particle morphology and crystal size were examined by scanning electron microscopy.

  20. Fabrication and properties of nanocrystalline zinc oxide thin film prepared by sol-gel method

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    Sumetha Suwanboon

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Zinc oxide (ZnO thin films were prepared on glass substrate by sol-gel dip-coating method. The structural properties were investigated by x-ray diffraction (XRD method and atomic force microscope (AFM. The optical properties were measured by UV-Vis spectrophotometer. The XRD patterns showed that the films formed preferred orientation along c-axis which increased as a function of polyvinyl pyrrolidone (PVP concentration. The films gave the crystallite size of 15-18 nm calculated by Scherrer’s formula and grain size of 48-70 nm measured by AFM at different PVP concentrations. The direct optical band gap of the films was in the range of 3.80-4.08 eV.

  1. Tailoring the oxidation state of cobalt through halide functionality in sol-gel silica

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    Olguin, Gianni; Yacou, Christelle; Smart, Simon; Diniz da Costa, João C.

    2013-01-01

    The functionality or oxidation state of cobalt within a silica matrix can be tailored through the use of cationic surfactants and their halide counter ions during the sol-gel synthesis. Simply by adding surfactant we could significantly increase the amount of cobalt existing as Co3O4 within the silica from 44% to 77%, without varying the cobalt precursor concentration. However, once the surfactant to cobalt ratio exceeded 1, further addition resulted in an inhibitory mechanism whereby the altered pyrolysis of the surfactant decreased Co3O4 production. These findings have significant implications for the production of cobalt/silica composites where maximizing the functional Co3O4 phase remains the goal for a broad range of catalytic, sensing and materials applications. PMID:24022785

  2. Synthesis of A novel aminoalkoxide of iron by oxide one-pot process: Its sol-gel application to iron oxide powder

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    Manop Panapoy

    2009-11-01

    Full Text Available A low-cost and facile route to synthesize ferratrane complex, which can be employed as alkoxide precursor for iron oxide ordoped iron oxide via sol-gel technique, has been developed from the reaction of a very inexpensive and plentiful startingmaterials via the oxide one-pot synthesis (OOPS process. Ferratrane complex was directly synthesized from iron hydroxide,triethanolamine and ethylene glycol in the presence of triethylenetetramine as catalyst. The structure of resulting products was fully characterized using FTIR, 1H, 13C-NMR, elemental analysis, mass spectroscopy and TGA. Moreover, the influence ofcalcination temperature on the formation of iron oxide powders prepared by sol-gel route using the synthesized ferratranecomplex was investigated. The microstructure, morphology and electrical property of iron oxide obtained were also elucidated.

  3. Sol-Gel Deposition of Iridium Oxide for Biomedical Micro-Devices

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    Cuong M. Nguyen

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available Flexible iridium oxide (IrOx-based micro-electrodes were fabricated on flexible polyimide substrates using a sol-gel deposition process for utilization as integrated pseudo-reference electrodes for bio-electrochemical sensing applications. The fabrication method yields reliable miniature on-probe IrOx electrodes with long lifetime, high stability and repeatability. Such sensors can be used for long-term measurements. Various dimensions of sol-gel iridium oxide electrodes including 1 mm × 1 mm, 500 µm × 500 µm, and 100 µm × 100 µm were fabricated. Sensor longevity and pH dependence were investigated by immersing the electrodes in hydrochloric acid, fetal bovine serum (FBS, and sodium hydroxide solutions for 30 days. Less pH dependent responses, compared to IrOx electrodes fabricated by electrochemical deposition processes, were measured at 58.8 ± 0.4 mV/pH, 53.8 ± 1.3 mV/pH and 48 ± 0.6 mV/pH, respectively. The on-probe IrOx pseudo-reference electrodes were utilized for dopamine sensing. The baseline responses of the sensors were higher than the one using an external Ag/AgCl reference electrode. Using IrOx reference electrodes integrated on the same probe with working electrodes eliminated the use of cytotoxic Ag/AgCl reference electrode without loss in sensitivity. This enables employing such sensors in long-term recording of concentrations of neurotransmitters in central nervous systems of animals and humans.

  4. Graphene oxide-enhanced sol-gel transition sensitivity and drug release performance of an amphiphilic copolymer-based nanocomposite.

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    Hu, Huawen; Wang, Xiaowen; Lee, Ka I; Ma, Kaikai; Hu, Hong; Xin, John H

    2016-08-19

    We report the fabrication of a highly sensitive amphiphilic copolymer-based nanocomposite incorporating with graphene oxide (GO), which exhibited a low-intensity UV light-triggered sol-gel transition. Non-cytotoxicity was observed for the composite gels after the GO incorporation. Of particular interest were the microchannels that were formed spontaneously within the GO-incorporated UV-gel, which expedited sustained drug release. Therefore, the present highly UV-sensitive, non-cytotoxic amphiphilic copolymer-based composites is expected to provide enhanced photothermal therapy and chemotherapy by means of GO's unique photothermal properties, as well as through efficient passive targeting resulting from the sol-gel transition characteristic of the copolymer-based system with improved sensitivity, which thus promises the enhanced treatment of patients with cancer and other diseases.

  5. Graphene oxide-enhanced sol-gel transition sensitivity and drug release performance of an amphiphilic copolymer-based nanocomposite

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    Hu, Huawen; Wang, Xiaowen; Lee, Ka I.; Ma, Kaikai; Hu, Hong; Xin, John H.

    2016-08-01

    We report the fabrication of a highly sensitive amphiphilic copolymer-based nanocomposite incorporating with graphene oxide (GO), which exhibited a low-intensity UV light-triggered sol-gel transition. Non-cytotoxicity was observed for the composite gels after the GO incorporation. Of particular interest were the microchannels that were formed spontaneously within the GO-incorporated UV-gel, which expedited sustained drug release. Therefore, the present highly UV-sensitive, non-cytotoxic amphiphilic copolymer-based composites is expected to provide enhanced photothermal therapy and chemotherapy by means of GO’s unique photothermal properties, as well as through efficient passive targeting resulting from the sol-gel transition characteristic of the copolymer-based system with improved sensitivity, which thus promises the enhanced treatment of patients with cancer and other diseases.

  6. Promoter Effects of Rare Earth Ions on Electrocatalytic Oxidation of Methanol

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    2002-01-01

    The promoter effects of rare earth ions on the electrocatalytic oxidation of methanol at the Pt electrode were studied using the cyclic voltammetry and stable polarization techniques. It was found for the first time that Eu、Ho、Dy ions could accelerate the electrocatalytic oxidation of methanol at the Pt electrode, while Lu、Pr、Yb、Sm ions showed inhibitor effects.

  7. Synthesis mechanism of low-voltage praseodymium oxide doped zinc oxide varistor ceramics prepared through modified citrate gel coating.

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    Abdullah, Wan Rafizah Wan; Zakaria, Azmi; Ghazali, Mohd Sabri Mohd

    2012-01-01

    High demands on low-voltage electronics have increased the need for zinc oxide (ZnO) varistors with fast response, highly non-linear current-voltage characteristics and energy absorption capabilities at low breakdown voltage. However, trade-off between breakdown voltage and grain size poses a critical bottle-neck in the production of low-voltage varistors. The present study highlights the synthesis mechanism for obtaining praseodymium oxide (Pr(6)O(11)) based ZnO varistor ceramics having breakdown voltages of 2.8 to 13.3 V/mm through employment of direct modified citrate gel coating technique. Precursor powder and its ceramics were examined by means of TG/DTG, FTIR, XRD and FESEM analyses. The electrical properties as a function of Pr(6)O(11) addition were analyzed on the basis of I-V characteristic measurement. The breakdown voltage could be adjusted from 0.01 to 0.06 V per grain boundary by controlling the amount of Pr(6)O(11) from 0.2 to 0.8 mol%, without alteration of the grain size. The non-linearity coefficient, α, varied from 3.0 to 3.5 and the barrier height ranged from 0.56 to 0.64 eV. Breakdown voltage and α lowering with increasing Pr(6)O(11) content were associated to reduction in the barrier height caused by variation in O vacancies at grain boundary.

  8. AB-INITIO SIMULATION OF ELECTRONIC FEATURES OF HYPERFINE RARE EARTH OXIDE FILMS FOR SENSORY NANOSYSTEMS

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    A. V. Gulay

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Ab-Initio simulation of electronic features of sensoring nanomaterials based on rare earth oxides has been made by the example of yttrium oxide. The simulation method for thin films of nanometer scale consisted in the simulation of the material layer of the thickness equal to unit crystal cell size has been proposed within the VASP simulation package. The atomic bond breakdown in the crystal along one of the coordinate axes is simulated by the increase of a distance between the atomic layers along this axis up to values at which the value of free energy is stabilized. It has been found that the valence and conductivity bands are not revealed explicitly and the band gap is not formed in the hyperfine rare earth oxide film (at the film thickness close to 1 nm. In fact the hyperfine rare earth oxide film loses dielectric properties which were exhibited clear enough in continuum.

  9. Solution-Processed Rare-Earth Oxide Thin Films for Alternative Gate Dielectric Application.

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    Zhuang, Jiaqing; Sun, Qi-Jun; Zhou, Ye; Han, Su-Ting; Zhou, Li; Yan, Yan; Peng, Haiyan; Venkatesh, Shishir; Wu, Wei; Li, Robert K Y; Roy, V A L

    2016-11-16

    Previous investigations on rare-earth oxides (REOs) reveal their high possibility as dielectric films in electronic devices, while complicated physical methods impede their developments and applications. Herein, we report a facile route to fabricate 16 REOs thin insulating films through a general solution process and their applications in low-voltage thin-film transistors as dielectrics. The formation and properties of REOs thin films are analyzed by atomic force microscopy (AFM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), spectroscopic ellipsometry, water contact angle measurement, X-ray photoemission spectroscopy (XPS), and electrical characterizations, respectively. Ultrasmooth, amorphous, and hydrophilic REO films with thickness around 10 nm have been obtained through a combined spin-coating and postannealing method. The compositional analysis results reveal the formation of RE hydrocarbonates on the surface and silicates at the interface of REOs films annealed on Si substrate. The dielectric properties of REO films are investigated by characterizing capacitors with a Si/Ln2O3/Au (Ln = La, Gd, and Er) structure. The observed low leakage current densities and large areal capacitances indicate these REO films can be employed as alternative gate dielectrics in transistors. Thus, we have successfully fabricated a series of low-voltage organic thin-film transistors based on such sol-gel derived REO films to demonstrate their application in electronics. The optimization of REOs dielectrics in transistors through further surface modification has also been studied. The current study provides a simple solution process approach to fabricate varieties of REOs insulating films, and the results reveal their promising applications as alternative gate dielectrics in thin-film transistors.

  10. Fabrication and Optical Characterization of Zinc Oxide Nanoparticles Prepared via a Simple Sol-gel Method

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    K. Hedayati

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available In this research zinc oxide (ZnO nano-crystalline powders were prepared by sol-gel method using zinc acetate. The ZnO nanoparticles were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD, scanning electron microscopy (SEM, ultraviolet-visible (UV-Vis, Fourier transform infra-red (FT-IR and energy dispersive X-ray (EDX spectroscopy. The structure of nanoparticles was studied using XRD pattern. The crystallite size of ZnO nanoparticles was calculated by Debye–Scherrer formula. Morphology of nano-crystals was observed and investigated using the SEM. The grain size of zinc oxide nanoparticles were in suitable agreement with the crystalline size calculated by XRD results. The optical properties of particles were studied with UV-Vis an FTIR absorption spectrum. The Raman spectrum measurements were carried out using a micro-laser Raman spectrometer forms the ZnO nanoparticles. At the end studied the effect of calcined temperature on the photoluminescence (PL emission of ZnO nanoparticles.

  11. Fabrication and characterization of Zinc Oxide (ZnO) nanoparticle by sol-gel method

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    Siswanto; Rochman, Nurul T.; Riski Akwalia, Putri

    2017-05-01

    Currently, nanomaterial is an interestingfield of study. This is due to its chemical and physical properties that are superior to that of large-sized materials. One nanomaterial widely studied is zinc oxide (ZnO). In this study, a synthesis of ZnO nanoparticles made by Sol-Gel method was conducted. The process parameters used are variations in pH, in increasing order, of 7; 8; 9; 10; 11; and 12. There are two principal reactions to produce a compound oxide, namely hydrolysis and condensation. NaOH is an agent for the hydrolysis of (CH3COO)2 Zn resultingin Zn (OH)2. Subsequently, condensation produces ZnO. Calcination was carried out at a temperature of 80°C for 1 hour. The ccharacterization of the samples showed that the condition of pH 12 produced the best sample with a size of 73.8 nm and ZnO percentage of 100%. Although pH 7 produced a particle size of 1.3 nm, the percentage of ZnO formed was only 42.9%. The calcination process was performed to remove CH3COONa. However, the process can lead to aggregation of ZnO particles to each other, which increases the particle size.

  12. Large-Scale Precise Printing of Ultrathin Sol-Gel Oxide Dielectrics for Directly Patterned Solution-Processed Metal Oxide Transistor Arrays.

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    Lee, Won-June; Park, Won-Tae; Park, Sungjun; Sung, Sujin; Noh, Yong-Young; Yoon, Myung-Han

    2015-09-09

    Ultrathin and dense metal oxide gate di-electric layers are reported by a simple printing of AlOx and HfOx sol-gel precursors. Large-area printed indium gallium zinc oxide (IGZO) thin-film transistor arrays, which exhibit mobilities >5 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1) and gate leakage current of 10(-9) A cm(-2) at a very low operation voltage of 2 V, are demonstrated by continuous simple bar-coated processes.

  13. Toward 3D graphene oxide gels based adsorbents for high-efficient water treatment via the promotion of biopolymers.

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    Cheng, Chong Sage; Deng, Jie; Lei, Bei; He, Ai; Zhang, Xiang; Ma, Lang; Li, Shuang; Zhao, Changsheng

    2013-12-15

    Recent studies showed that graphene oxide (GO) presented high adsorption capacities to various water contaminants. However, the needed centrifugation after adsorption and the potential biological toxicity of GO restricted its applications in wastewater treatment. In this study, a facile method is provided by using biopolymers to mediate and synthesize 3D GO based gels. The obtained hybrid gels present well-defined and interconnected 3D porous network, which allows the adsorbate molecules to diffuse easily into the adsorbent. The adsorption experiments indicate that the obtained porous GO-biopolymer gels can efficiently remove cationic dyes and heavy metal ions from wastewater. Methylene blue (MB) and methyl violet (MV), two cationic dyes, are chosen as model adsorbates to investigate the adsorption capability and desorption ratio; meanwhile, the influence of contacting time, initial concentration, and pH value on the adsorption capacity of the prepared GO-biopolymer gels are also studied. The GO-biopolymer gels displayed an adsorption capacity as high as 1100 mg/g for MB dye and 1350 mg/g for MV dye, respectively. Furthermore, the adsorption kinetics and isotherms of the MB were studied in details. The experimental data of MB adsorption fitted well with the pseudo-second-order kinetic model and the Langmuir isotherm, and the results indicated that the adsorption process was controlled by the intraparticle diffusion. Moreover, the adsorption data revealed that the porous GO-biopolymer gels showed good selective adsorbability to cationic dyes and metal ions.

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

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

    2009-05-15

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

  15. Measurement of oxidatively-induced clustered DNA lesions using a novel adaptation of single cell gel electrophoresis (comet assay).

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    Georgakilas, Alexandros G; Holt, Stewart M; Hair, Jessica M; Loftin, Charles W

    2010-12-01

    The two basic groups of complex DNA damage are double-strand breaks (DSBs) and non-DSB oxidatively-induced clustered DNA lesions (OCDLs). The single-cell gel electrophoresis (SCGE) or comet assay has been widely used for the detection of low levels of various types of DNA lesions including single-strand breaks (SSBs), DSBs, and oxidized bases per individual cell. There are limited data on the use of the comet assay for the detection of non-DSB clustered DNA lesions using different repair enzymes as enzymatic probes. This unit discusses a novel adaptation of the comet assay used to measure these unique types of lesions. Until now OCDL yields have been measured using primarily pulsed-field agarose gel electrophoresis. The advantages offered by the current approach are: (1) measurement of OCDL levels per individual cell; (2) use of a small number of cells (∼10,000) and relatively low doses of ionizing radiation (1 to 2 Gy) or low levels of oxidative stress, which are not compatible with standard agarose gel electrophoresis; and finally, (3) the assay is fast and allows direct comparison with pulsed-field gel electrophoresis results.

  16. Effect of Al2O3 on the Structure and Photoluminescence Properties of Sol-gel Glass Doped with Rare Earth Organic Complex

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    肖静; 付桂军; 刘韩星; 欧阳世Xi

    2005-01-01

    Both silica glass materials singly doped with rare earth organic complex and co-doped with Al3+ were prepared by in situ sol-gel method respectively. XRD and SEM measurements were performed to verify the non-crystalline structure of the glass. The excitation spectra, emission spectra and IR spectra were measured to analyze the influence of the glass contents on the structure of the glass and the energy level of the doped Eu(IH) ions. The effect of Al3+ on the photoluminescence properties of rare earth organic complex in silica glass was investigated. The IR spectra indicated that the in situ synthesized europium complex molecule was confined to the micropores of the host and the vibration of the ligands was frozen. When Al2O3 was doped into the silica host gel, the rare earth ions in the silica network were wrapped up and dispersed by Al2O3, so the distribution of Eu(Ⅲ) complex in the host was morehomogeneous, and the luminescence intensity of 5D0-7F2 transition emission of the Eu3+ ions was improved. The results showed that an appropriate amount of Al3+ added to the gel glass improved the emission intensity of the complex in the silica glass, and when the content of Al2O3 reached 4 mol%, the maximum emission intensity could be obtained compared with that of other samples containing different Al2O3 contents.

  17. In situ formation of reduced graphene oxide structures in ceria by combined sol-gel and solvothermal processing.

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    Yang, Jingxia; Ofner, Johannes; Lendl, Bernhard; Schubert, Ulrich

    2016-01-01

    Raman and IR investigations indicated the presence of reduced graphene oxide (rGO)-like residues on ceria nanoparticles after solvothermal treatment in ethanol. The appearance of such structures is closely related to cerium tert-butoxide as precursor and ethanol as solvothermal solvent. The rGO-like residues improve the catalytic CO oxidation activity. This was also confirmed by introduction of "external" graphene oxide during sol-gel processing, by which the rGO structures and the catalytic activity were enhanced.

  18. In situ formation of reduced graphene oxide structures in ceria by combined sol–gel and solvothermal processing

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    Jingxia Yang

    2016-11-01

    Full Text Available Raman and IR investigations indicated the presence of reduced graphene oxide (rGO-like residues on ceria nanoparticles after solvothermal treatment in ethanol. The appearance of such structures is closely related to cerium tert-butoxide as precursor and ethanol as solvothermal solvent. The rGO-like residues improve the catalytic CO oxidation activity. This was also confirmed by introduction of “external” graphene oxide during sol–gel processing, by which the rGO structures and the catalytic activity were enhanced.

  19. Thermal oxidation of the surface of binary aluminum alloys with rare-earth metals

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    Akashev, L. A.; Popov, N. A.; Kuznetsov, M. V.; Shevchenko, V. G.

    2015-05-01

    The kinetics of oxidation of the surface of Al alloys with 1-2.5 at % rare-earth metals (REMs) at 400-500°C in air was studied by ellipsometry and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The addition (1-2.5 at % REM) of all rare-earth metals to aluminum was shown to increase the thickness of the oxide layer. The addition of surfactant and chemically active REMs (Yb, Sm, La, and Ce) increased the rate of oxidation of solid aluminum most effectively. The oxidation can be accelerated by the polymorphic transformations of the individual REM oxides in the film. The surface activity of Sm with respect to solid Al was confirmed by XRS.

  20. E ective Doping of Rare-earth Ionsin Silica Gel:A Novel Approach to Design Active Electronic Devices

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    D. Haranath∗; Savvi Mishra; Amish G. Joshi; Sonal Sahai; Virendra Shanker

    2011-01-01

    Eu3+luminescence spectroscopy has been used to investigate the effective doping of alkoxide-based silica (SiO2) gels using a novel pressure-assisted sol-gel method. Our results pertaining to intense photolumi-nescence (PL) from gel nanospheres can be directly attributed to the high specific surface area and remarkable decrease in unsaturated dangling bonds of the gel nanospheres under pressure. An increased dehydroxylation in an autoclave resulted in enhanced red (∼611 nm) PL emission from europium and is almost ten times brighter than the SiO2 gel made at atmospheric pressure and∼50℃ using conventional St¨ober-Fink-Bohn process. The presented results are entirely different from those reported earlier for SiO2:Eu3+ gel nanospheres and the origin of the enhanced PL have been discussed thoroughly.

  1. Synthesis Mechanism of Low-Voltage Praseodymium Oxide Doped Zinc Oxide Varistor Ceramics Prepared Through Modified Citrate Gel Coating

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    Wan Rafizah Wan Abdullah

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available High demands on low-voltage electronics have increased the need for zinc oxide (ZnO varistors with fast response, highly non-linear current-voltage characteristics and energy absorption capabilities at low breakdown voltage. However, trade-off between breakdown voltage and grain size poses a critical bottle-neck in the production of low-voltage varistors. The present study highlights the synthesis mechanism for obtaining praseodymium oxide (Pr6O11 based ZnO varistor ceramics having breakdown voltages of 2.8 to 13.3 V/mm through employment of direct modified citrate gel coating technique. Precursor powder and its ceramics were examined by means of TG/DTG, FTIR, XRD and FESEM analyses. The electrical properties as a function of Pr6O11 addition were analyzed on the basis of I-V characteristic measurement. The breakdown voltage could be adjusted from 0.01 to 0.06 V per grain boundary by controlling the amount of Pr6O11 from 0.2 to 0.8 mol%, without alteration of the grain size. The non-linearity coefficient, α, varied from 3.0 to 3.5 and the barrier height ranged from 0.56 to 0.64 eV. Breakdown voltage and α lowering with increasing Pr6O11 content were associated to reduction in the barrier height caused by variation in O vacancies at grain boundary.

  2. Use of rare earth oxides as tracers to identify sediment source areas for agricultural hillslopes

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    2010-01-01

    Understanding sediment sources is essential to enable more effective targeting of in-field mitigation approaches to reduce diffuse pollution from agricultural land. In this paper we report on the application of rare earth element oxides to arable soils at hillslope scale in order to determine sediment source areas and their relative importance, using a non-intrusive method of surface spraying. Runoff, sediments and rare earth elements lost from four arable hillslope lengths at a site in the U...

  3. Zinc oxide films prepared by sol-gel spin-coating

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    Natsume, Y.; Sakata, H. [Tokai Univ., Hiratsuka, Kanagawa (Japan). Dept. of Appl. Chem.

    2000-08-22

    The d.c. electrical conductivity and optical properties of undoped zinc oxide films prepared by the sol-gel process using a spin-coating technique were investigated. The ZnO films were obtained by 10 cycle spin-coated and dried zinc acetate films followed by annealing in air at 500-575 C. The films deposited on the Pyrex glass substrate were polycrystalline and c-axis oriented. A minimum film resistivity gave 28.2 {omega} cm at an annealing temperature of 525 C. The temperature dependence of the conductivity indicated electron transport in the conduction band due to thermal excitation of donor electrons for temperatures from 250 to 300 K. The grain boundary scattering effect due to thermionic emission was confirmed. For temperatures below 250 K nearest-neighbor hopping conduction was dominant in the films. The films were transparent in the visible range above 400 nm and had sharp ultraviolet absorption edges at 380 nm. The absorption edge analysis revealed that the optical band gap energy for the films was 3.20-3.21 eV and the electronic transition was of the direct transition type. From the Urbach tail analysis the width of the localized state E{sub e}=0.07-0.08 eV. (orig.)

  4. Sol-Gel Synthesis and Antioxidant Properties of Yttrium Oxide Nanocrystallites Incorporating P-123

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    Rebeca Mellado-Vázquez

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Yttrium oxide (Y2O3 nanocrystallites were synthesized by mean of a sol-gel method using two different precursors. Raw materials used were yttrium nitrate and yttrium chloride, in methanol. In order to promote oxygen vacancies, P-123 poloxamer was incorporated. Synthesized systems were heat-treated at temperatures from 700 °C to 900 °C. Systems at 900 °C were prepared in the presence and absence of P-123 using different molar ratios (P-123:Y = 1:1 and 2:1. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR results revealed a characteristic absorption band of Y–O vibrations typical of Y2O3 matrix. The structural phase was analyzed by X-ray diffraction (XRD, showing the characteristic cubic phase in all systems. The diffraction peak that presented the major intensity corresponded to the sample prepared from yttrium chloride incorporating P-123 in a molar ratio of P-123:Y = 2:1 at 900 °C. Crystallites sizes were determined by Scherrer equation as between 21 nm and 32 nm. Antioxidant properties were estimated by 2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH• assays; the results are discussed.

  5. Recycling of the rare earth oxides from spent rechargeable batteries using waste metallurgical slags

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    Tang K.

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available A high temperature process for recycling spent nickel-metal hydride rechargeable batteries has been recently developed at SINTEF/NTNU. The spent battery modules were first frozen with liquid nitrogen for the de-activation and brittle fracture treatment. The broken steel scraps and plastics were then separated by the mechanical classification and magnetic separation. The remaining positive and negative electrodes, together with the polymer separator, were heated to 600-800oC in order to remove the organic components and further separate the Ni-based negative electrode. XRF analyses indicate that the heat-treated materials consist mainly of nickel, rare earth and cobalt oxides. The valuable rare earth oxides were further recovered by the high-temperature slagging treatment. The waste metallurgical slags, consist mainly of SiO2 and CaO, were used as the rare earth oxide absorbent. After the high temperature slagging treatment, over 98% of nickel and cobalt oxides were reduced to the metal phase; meanwhile almost all rare earth oxides remain in the molten slags. Furthermore, EPMA and XRF analyses of the slag samples indicate that the rare earth oxides selectively precipitate in the forms of solid xSiO2•yCaO•zRe2O3. The matrix of slag phase is Re2O3 deficient, typically being less than 5 wt%. This provides a sound basis to further develop the high-temperature process of concentrating the Re2O3 oxides in slags.

  6. Alkaline earth oxide nanoparticles as destructive absorbents for environmental toxins

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    Moscovici, J.; Latreche, K. [Univ. Paris XII, Groupe de Physique des Milieux Denses, Creteil (France); Michalowicz, A. [Univ. Paris Sud, LURE, Orsay (France); Decker, S.; Lagadic, I.; Klabunde, K. [Kansas State Univ., Chemistry Dept., Manhattan, Kansas (United States)

    1999-11-01

    Sr and Ca oxide nanoparticles are very reactive materials used to mitigate atmospheric pollution and to sequester polluting molecules. We have studied the structure of SrO nanoparticles, using Sr K-edge and Fe K-edge XAFS, that were prepared with various reactivities, with or without a Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} coating, and before and after reaction with CCl{sub 4} or SO2. For CCl4, the polluting fraction of the reagent is totally absorbed in the bulk particle. For SO{sub 2}, the results show a total reaction for the Aerogel Preparation (AP) compound. For the coated particles before reaction, the iron oxide has a very disordered structure, and it is mixed with small metallic iron clusters for Conventional Preparation (CP) compounds. (au) 4 refs.

  7. Microstructural evaluation of rare-earth-zinc oxide-based varistor ceramics

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    Zinc oxide varistors are nonlinear voltage dependent ceramic resistors used to suppress and limit transient voltage surges. The work reported in this paper involves the relationship between microstructural characteristics and the varistor performance of ZnO ceramics doped with rare-earth oxides. Samples of these ceramics with different nonlinear current-voltage characteristics, according to the specific chemical composition and sintering parameters, were prepared and microstructurally analyze...

  8. Sol-gel synthesis of magnesium oxide-silicon dioxide glass compositions

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    Bansal, Narottam P.

    1988-01-01

    MgO-SiO2 glasses containing up to 15 mol pct MgO, which could not have been prepared by the conventional glass melting method due to the presence of stable liquid-liquid immiscibility, were synthesized by the sol-gel technique. Clear and transparent gels were obtained from the hydrolysis and polycondensation of silicon tetraethoxide (TEOS) and magnesium nitrate hexahydrate when the water/TEOS mole ratio was four or more. The gelling time decreased with increase in magnesium content, water/TEOS ratio, and reaction temperature. Magnesium nitrate hexahydrate crystallized out of the gels containing 15 and 20 mol pct MgO on slow drying. This problem was partially alleviated by drying the gels quickly at higher temperatures. Monolithic gel samples were prepared using glycerol as the drying control additive. The gels were subjected to various thermal treatments and characterized by several methods. No organic groups could be detected in the glasses after heat treatments to approx. 800 C, but trace amounts of hydroxyl groups were still present. No crystalline phase was found from X-ray diffraction in the gel samples to approx. 890 C. At higher temperatures, alpha quartz precipitated out as the crystalline phase in gels containing up to 10 mol pct MgO. The overall activation energy for gel formation in 10MgO-90SiO2 (mol pct) system for water/TEOS mole ratio of 7.5 was calculated to be 58.7 kJ/mol.

  9. Universal Oxidation for CBW Decontamination: L-Gel System Development and Deployment

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    Raber, E.; McGuire, R.; Hoffman, M.; Alcaraz, A.; Shepley, D.; Elliot, J.; Krauter, P.; Garcia, E.

    2000-12-16

    decontaminating reagent and the contaminant agent, we selected gelled reagents as the primary carrier material. Gels have the additional advantage of adhering to vertical and even the underside of horizontal surfaces such as ceilings and walls. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, over a period of twenty years from the late 1960's to the late 1980's, developed a series of extrudable high explosives based on the gelling of polar energetic liquids. While never going into production, this development served as an experience base for formulation, characterization and dispersal system design and fabrication. It was a logical step, therefore, to adapt this work to the gelling of aqueous oxidizers for candidate BW/CW decontaminants.

  10. effects of mixed of mixed of mixed alkaline earth oxides in potash ...

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    The aim of this work is to investigate the effects of mixed alkaline earth oxide. The aim of this ... been studied. As for the method used, raw materials were collected, batch calculations were made, and the batches ... This research work therefore ...

  11. Propane selective oxidation on alkaline earth exchanged zeolite Y: room temperature in situ IR study

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    Xu, Jiang; Mojet, Barbara L.; Ommen, van Jan G.; Lefferts, Leon

    2003-01-01

    The effect of zeolite Y ion-exchanged with a series of alkaline-earth cations on selective propane oxidation at room temperature was studied with in situ infrared spectroscopy. Isopropylhydroperoxide was observed as a reaction intermediate and can be decomposed into acetone and water. Contrary to pr

  12. [Simultaneous determination of europium and copper in rare earth oxide by use AAS-PLS method].

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    Zhong, M; Qiu, X; Mo, C; Zheng, Y

    1999-02-01

    Partial least squares regression was used to compensate for spectral "overlap" interference of Eu 324. 753 nm with Cu 324.754 nm in atomic absorption spectrometry. We could only use the copper element hollow-cathode lamp to simultaneous determine Eu and Cu in synthetic samples and rare earth oxide, and obtained satisfactory results.

  13. Desorption of acetone from alkaline-earth exchanged Y zeolite after propane selective oxidation

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    Xu, Jiang; Mojet, B.L.; Ommen, van J.G.; Lefferts, L.

    2004-01-01

    The desorption of products from a series of alkaline-earth exchanged Y zeolites after room-temperature propane selective oxidation was investigated by in situ infrared and mass spectroscopy. The intermediate product, isopropylhydroperoxide (IHP), did not desorb during temperature-programmed-desorpti

  14. Sol-gel zinc oxide humidity sensors integrated with a ring oscillator circuit on-a-chip.

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    Yang, Ming-Zhi; Dai, Ching-Liang; Wu, Chyan-Chyi

    2014-10-28

    The study develops an integrated humidity microsensor fabricated using the commercial 0.18 μm complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) process. The integrated humidity sensor consists of a humidity sensor and a ring oscillator circuit on-a-chip. The humidity sensor is composed of a sensitive film and branch interdigitated electrodes. The sensitive film is zinc oxide prepared by sol-gel method. After completion of the CMOS process, the sensor requires a post-process to remove the sacrificial oxide layer and to coat the zinc oxide film on the interdigitated electrodes. The capacitance of the sensor changes when the sensitive film adsorbs water vapor. The circuit is used to convert the capacitance of the humidity sensor into the oscillation frequency output. Experimental results show that the output frequency of the sensor changes from 84.3 to 73.4 MHz at 30 °C as the humidity increases 40 to 90%RH.

  15. Sol-Gel Zinc Oxide Humidity Sensors Integrated with a Ring Oscillator Circuit On-a-Chip

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    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available The study develops an integrated humidity microsensor fabricated using the commercial 0.18 μm complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS process. The integrated humidity sensor consists of a humidity sensor and a ring oscillator circuit on-a-chip. The humidity sensor is composed of a sensitive film and branch interdigitated electrodes. The sensitive film is zinc oxide prepared by sol-gel method. After completion of the CMOS process, the sensor requires a post-process to remove the sacrificial oxide layer and to coat the zinc oxide film on the interdigitated electrodes. The capacitance of the sensor changes when the sensitive film adsorbs water vapor. The circuit is used to convert the capacitance of the humidity sensor into the oscillation frequency output. Experimental results show that the output frequency of the sensor changes from 84.3 to 73.4 MHz at 30 °C as the humidity increases 40 to 90%RH.

  16. Blade-coated sol-gel indium-gallium-zinc-oxide for inverted polymer solar cell

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    Full Text Available The inverted organic solar cell was fabricated by using sol-gel indium-gallium-zinc-oxide (IGZO as the electron-transport layer. The IGZO precursor solution was deposited by blade coating with simultaneous substrate heating at 120 °C from the bottom and hot wind from above. Uniform IGZO film of around 30 nm was formed after annealing at 400 °C. Using the blend of low band-gap polymer poly[(4,8-bis-(2-ethylhexyloxy-benzo(1,2-b:4,5-b’dithiophene-2,6-diyl-alt- (4-(2-ethylhexanoyl-thieno [3,4-b]thiophene--2-6-diyl] (PBDTTT-C-T and [6,6]-Phenyl C71 butyric acid methyl ester ([70]PCBM as the active layer for the inverted organic solar cell, an efficiency of 6.2% was achieved with a blade speed of 180 mm/s for the IGZO. The efficiency of the inverted organic solar cells was found to depend on the coating speed of the IGZO films, which was attributed to the change in the concentration of surface OH groups. Compared to organic solar cells of conventional structure using PBDTTT-C-T: [70]PCBM as active layer, the inverted organic solar cells showed significant improvement in thermal stability. In addition, the chemical composition, as well as the work function of the IGZO film at the surface and inside can be tuned by the blade speed, which may find applications in other areas like thin-film transistors.

  17. Blade-coated sol-gel indium-gallium-zinc-oxide for inverted polymer solar cell

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    Lee, Yan-Huei; Tsai, Pei-Ting; Chang, Chia-Ju; Meng, Hsin-Fei; Horng, Sheng-Fu; Zan, Hsiao-Wen; Lin, Hung-Cheng; Liu, Hung-Chuan; Tseng, Mei-Rurng; Yeh, Han-Cheng

    2016-11-01

    The inverted organic solar cell was fabricated by using sol-gel indium-gallium-zinc-oxide (IGZO) as the electron-transport layer. The IGZO precursor solution was deposited by blade coating with simultaneous substrate heating at 120 °C from the bottom and hot wind from above. Uniform IGZO film of around 30 nm was formed after annealing at 400 °C. Using the blend of low band-gap polymer poly[(4,8-bis-(2-ethylhexyloxy)-benzo(1,2-b:4,5-b')dithiophene)-2,6-diyl-alt- (4-(2-ethylhexanoyl)-thieno [3,4-b]thiophene-)-2-6-diyl)] (PBDTTT-C-T) and [6,6]-Phenyl C71 butyric acid methyl ester ([70]PCBM) as the active layer for the inverted organic solar cell, an efficiency of 6.2% was achieved with a blade speed of 180 mm/s for the IGZO. The efficiency of the inverted organic solar cells was found to depend on the coating speed of the IGZO films, which was attributed to the change in the concentration of surface OH groups. Compared to organic solar cells of conventional structure using PBDTTT-C-T: [70]PCBM as active layer, the inverted organic solar cells showed significant improvement in thermal stability. In addition, the chemical composition, as well as the work function of the IGZO film at the surface and inside can be tuned by the blade speed, which may find applications in other areas like thin-film transistors.

  18. Study on the formation of self-assembled monolayers on sol-gel processed hafnium oxide as dielectric layers.

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    Ting, Guy G; Acton, Orb; Ma, Hong; Ka, Jae Won; Jen, Alex K-Y

    2009-02-17

    High dielectric constant (k) metal oxides such as hafnium oxide (HfO2) have gained significant interest due to their applications in microelectronics. In order to study and control the surface properties of hafnium oxide, self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) of four different long aliphatic molecules with binding groups of phosphonic acid, carboxylic acid, and catechol were formed and characterized. Surface modification was performed to improve the interface between metal oxide and top deposited materials as well as to create suitable dielectric properties, that is, leakage current and capacitance densities, which are important in organic thin film transistors. Attenuated total reflectance Fourier transform infrared (ATR-FTIR) spectroscopy, contact angle goniometry, atomic force microscopy (AFM), and simple metal-HfO2-SAM-metal devices were used to characterize the surfaces before and after SAM modification on sol-gel processed hafnium oxide. The alkylphosphonic acid provided the best monolayer formation on sol-gel processed hafnium oxide to generate a well-packed, ultrathin dielectric exhibiting a low leakage current density of 2x10(-8) A/cm2 at an applied voltage of -2.0 V and high capacitance density of 0.55 microF/cm2 at 10 kHz. Dialkylcatechol showed similar characteristics and the potential for using the catechol SAMs to modify HfO2 surfaces. In addition, the integration of this alkylphosphonic acid SAM/hafnium oxide hybrid dielectric into pentacene-based thin film transistors yields low-voltage operation within 1.5 V and improved performance over bare hafnium oxide.

  19. Roles of rare earth oxide additives in millimeter-wave sintering of AlN

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    Yukio Makino; Takashi Yoshioka; Hiromi Nakano; Toshiyuki Ueno; Shoji Miyake

    2008-01-01

    Roles of rare earth oxide (RE2O3) additives in millimeter-wave(MM) sintering of AlN were investigated from the standpoints of phase diagram, heating characteristics of rare earth oxides, and morphology of intergranular oxide phase. In the millimeter-wave sintering of AlN, densification temperature decreased with the decrease of the ionic radius of rare earth ion and was closely related with the eutectic temperature in the RE2O3-Al2O3 binary system. The lowest densification temperature in the millimeter-wave sintering of AlN with Yb2O3 additive was attributed to the largest heating rate of Yb2O3·Al2O3 binary oxide under millimeter-wave radiation. Furthermore, the lowest densification temperature could be attained while selecting the Yb2O3 content so as to form the intergranular phase with the eutectic composition in the Yb2O3-Al2O3 binary system. The result showed good agreement with the above mentioned during the sintering of Si3N4 with Yb2O3-Al2O3 additive. From TEM observation, it was verified that film-like intergranular oxide phase formed under millimeter-wave radiation was favorable for attaining high thermal conductivity in the Yb2O3 added AlNs.

  20. Efficient dual-wavelength excitation of Tb3+ emission in rare-earth doped KYF4 cubic nanocrystals dispersed in silica sol-gel matrix

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    del-Castillo, J.; Yanes, A. C.; Santana-Alonso, A.; Méndez-Ramos, J.

    2014-11-01

    Energy transfer from Ce3+ to Tb3+ ions under UV excitation, giving rise to visible emissions, is investigated in sol-gel derived transparent nano-glass-ceramics containing cubic KYF4 nanocrystals, for different doping concentrations of rare-earth ions. Moreover, visible emissions of Tb3+ are also obtained under near-infrared excitation through energy transfer from Yb3+ ions by means of cooperative up-conversion processes. Thus, Ce3+-Tb3+-Yb3+ doped nano-glass-ceramics can be activated in a dual-wavelength mode yielding efficient blue-green emissions of particular interest in photovoltaic silicon solar cells and white-light emitting diodes.

  1. Ionic liquid-mediated bis[(3-methyldimethoxysilyl)propyl] polypropylene oxide-based polar sol-gel coatings for capillary microextraction.

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    Shearrow, Anne M; Bhansali, Shekhar; Malik, Abdul

    2009-09-04

    Two ionic liquids (IL), namely, 1-methyl-3-octylimidazolium chloride (MOIC) and trihexyltetradecylphosphonium tetrafluoroborate (TTPT) were used to prepare polar and nonpolar sol-gel coatings for capillary microextraction (CME). Bis[(3-methyldimethoxysilyl)propyl] polypropylene oxide (BMPO), containing sol-gel active terminal methoxysilyl groups and polar propylene oxide repeating units, was used to prepare polar sol-gel hybrid organic-inorganic coatings. Hydroxy-terminated poly(dimethyl-co-diphenylsiloxane) was used as the sol-gel active organic component for nonpolar sol-gel hybrid coatings. Compared to a sol-gel BMPO coating prepared without IL, the sol-gel BMPO coatings prepared with the use of both of these ILs provided more efficient extraction as is evidenced by more pronounced GC peak areas. The MOIC-mediated sol-gel BMPO coating provided larger GC peak areas compared to the TTPT-mediated sol-gel BMPO coating. Scanning electron microscopy results suggested that MOIC provided a more porous morphology of the sol-gel BMPO extraction media compared to that prepared with TTPT. Thus, individual ILs can affect the porosity of sol-gel materials to different degrees. Overall, the sol-gel BMPO coating prepared with the ILs could extract nonpolar to polar analytes directly from aqueous samples. Detection limits were on the order of nanograms per liter (1.9-330.5 ng/L) depending on the analyte class. Furthermore, the MOIC-mediated sol-gel BMPO coating demonstrated high thermal stability (330 degrees C), solvent resistance, and fast extraction equilibrium (10-15 min) for polar and moderately polar analytes.

  2. Antimony (V) Oxide Adsorbed on a Silica-Zirconia Mixed Oxide Obtained by the Sol-Gel Processing Method: Preparation and Acid Properties

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    Zaitseva,Galina; Gushikem,Yoshitaka

    2002-01-01

    The preparation, degree of dispersion, thermal stability and Lewis and Brønsted acidity of antimony (V) oxide adsorbed on SiO2/ZrO2 mixed oxide, previously prepared by the sol-gel processing method, are described herein. The samples SiO2/ZrO2/Sb2O5, with compositions (in wt %): (a) Zr= 8.1 and Sb= 6.3; (b) Zr= 14.9 and Sb= 11.4, were prepared. Scanning electron microscopy images connected to a X-ray energy dispersive spectrometer showed that both metals, Zr and Sb, were highly dispersed ...

  3. Dependence Properties of Sol-Gel Derived CuO@SiO2 Nanostructure to Diverse Concentrations of Copper Oxide

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    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Various concentrations of copper oxide were embedded into silica matrix of xerogel forms using copper source Cu(NO32·3H2O. The xerogel samples were prepared by hydrolysis and condensation of tetraethyl orthosilicate (TEOS with determination of new molar ratios of the components by the sol-gel method. In this paper, three samples of copper oxide were doped into silica matrices using different concentrations. We obtained 10, 20, and 30 wt.% of copper oxide in silica matrices labeled as A, B, and C, respectively. The absorption and transmittance spectra of the gel matrices were treated at different concentrations by Uv-vis spectrophotometer. Quantities of water and transparency in the silica network change the spectral characteristics of Cu2+ ions in the host silica. Absorption spectra of the samples heated to higher concentration complete the conversion of Cu2+ ions to Cu+ ions. The effects of concentration of copper oxide were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD patterns, and the transmission electron microscope (TEM micrographs. Also, textural properties of samples were studied by surface area analysis (BET method at different concentrations.

  4. Reconstructing Earth's Surface Oxidation Across The Archean- Proterozoic Transition

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    Kaufman, A. J.; Guo, Q.; Strauss, H.; Schröder, S.; Gutzmer, J.; Wing, B. A.; Baker, M.; Bekker, A.; Jin, Q.; Kim, S.; Farquhar, J.

    2010-12-01

    The Archean-Proterozoic transition is characterized by the widespread deposition of organic-rich shale, sedimentary iron formation, glacial diamictite, and marine carbonates recording profound carbon isotope anomalies, but notably lacks bedded evaporites. All deposits reflect environmental changes in oceanic and atmospheric redox states, in part associated with Earth’s earliest ice ages. Time-series data for multiple sulfur isotopes from carbonate associated sulfate as well as sulfides in the glaciogenic Duitschland Formation of the Transvaal Supergroup, South Africa, capture the concomitant buildup of sulfate in the ocean and the loss of mass independent sulfur isotope fractionation. This is arguably associated with the atmospheric rise of oxygen (as well as the protective ozone layer) coincident with profound changes in ocean chemistry and biology. The loss of the MIF signal within the Duitschland succession is in phase with the earliest recorded positive carbon isotope anomaly, convincingly linking these environmental perturbations to the Great Oxidation Event (ca. 2.3 Ga). The emergence of cyanobacteria and oxygenic photosynthesis may be associated with a geochemical “whiff of oxygen” recorded in 2.5 Ga sediments. If true, the delay in the GOE can then be understood in terms of a finite sink for molecular oxygen - ferrous iron, which was abundant in deep Neoarchean seawater and sequestered in a worldwide episode of iron formation deposition ending shortly before accumulation of the Duitschland Formation. Insofar as early Paleoproterozoic glaciation is associated with oxygenation of a methane-rich atmosphere, we conclude that Earth’s earliest ice age(s) and the onset of a modern and far more energetic carbon cycle are directly related to the global expansion of cyanobacteria that released oxygen to the environment, and of eukaryotes that respired it.

  5. Effects of rare earths on the microarc oxidation of a magnesium alloy

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    LI Jianzhong; TIAN Yanwen; CUI Zuoxing; HUANG Zhenqi

    2008-01-01

    The effects of rate earths on the properties of the microarc oxidation (MAO) coating on a magnesium alloy were investigated by means of scanning electron microscopy (SEM),energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS),and electrochemistry methods.The results show that a nice and compact MAO coating was successfully obtained when the magnesium alloy was treated in nitrate solutions as the pre-treatment of MAO.However,the MAO was not successfully completed for the silicate electrolytes with the addition of rare earths.After the magnesium alloy being treated by rare earth nitrate,the obtained MAO coating has advantages such as uniform distribution of thickness,improved corrosion resistance,and nice-uniform surface,as compared with the untreated magnesium alloy.In addition,the time of non-ESP,the voltage and current density of the MAO process obviously decrease.Cerium oxide doped on the surface of the magnesium alloy can significantly improve the corrosion resistance of the MAO coating and decrease the current density of the MAO process,as compared with lanthanum oxide,whereas the doped rare earths have no significant effect on the components of the MAO coating.

  6. Influence of surfactants on the structure of titanium oxide gels experiments and simulations

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    Molino, F R; Ayral, A; Guizard, C; Jullien, R; Marignan, J; Molino, Francois R.

    1995-01-01

    We report here on experimental and numerical studies of the influence of surfactants on mineral gel synthesis. The modification of the gel structure when the ratios water-precursor and water-surfactant vary is brought to the fore by fractal dimension measures. A property of {\\em polydispersity of the initial hydrolysis} is proposed to explain these results, and is successfuly tested through numerical experiments of three dimensional chemically limited aggregation.

  7. Biochemical assessment of oxidative stress by the use of açai (Euterpe oleracea Martius gel in physically active individuals

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    Daniela Soares VIANA

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    Full Text Available Abstract The relation between oxidative stress and inflammation induced by diseases and exercise has increased the interest in the benefits of antioxidant supplements in the improvement of health and physical and mental performance. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of açai gel in reducing oxidative stress in individuals engaged in physical activities as well as their acceptance. Sensory evaluation was performed to determine its acceptability and the biochemical parameters related to immune profile and biomarkers of muscle, liver and oxidative stress, with and without the use of gel were evaluated. The appearance, sweetness and overall impression of the açai gel were considered good. It was observed a significant increase in CK enzyme, without the gel as well as the oxidative stress biomarkers, it was observed that the MDA (with and without gel a significant increase (p < 0.05. Through biochemical evaluation, it is concluded that the gel provided protection for some of parameters studied, since it modulated the immunological parameter reducing the lymphocyte activity and muscular stress. However, more studies must be carried out with a larger number of individuals to confirm the gel functionality.

  8. Biochemical assessment of oxidative stress by the use of açai (Euterpe oleracea Martius gel in physically active individuals

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    Daniela Soares VIANA

    Full Text Available Abstract The relation between oxidative stress and inflammation induced by diseases and exercise has increased the interest in the benefits of antioxidant supplements in the improvement of health and physical and mental performance. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of açai gel in reducing oxidative stress in individuals engaged in physical activities as well as their acceptance. Sensory evaluation was performed to determine its acceptability and the biochemical parameters related to immune profile and biomarkers of muscle, liver and oxidative stress, with and without the use of gel were evaluated. The appearance, sweetness and overall impression of the açai gel were considered good. It was observed a significant increase in CK enzyme, without the gel as well as the oxidative stress biomarkers, it was observed that the MDA (with and without gel a significant increase (p < 0.05. Through biochemical evaluation, it is concluded that the gel provided protection for some of parameters studied, since it modulated the immunological parameter reducing the lymphocyte activity and muscular stress. However, more studies must be carried out with a larger number of individuals to confirm the gel functionality.

  9. Mechanism of Phase Transformation and Formation of Barium Hexaferrite Doped with Rare-Earths in Sol-Gel Process

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    甘树才; 洪广言; 张军; 车平; 唐娟

    2003-01-01

    The phase-transformation in sol-gel preparation of barium hexaferrite and the formation of barium hexaferrite doped with La3+ were studied by chemical phase analysis, X-ray diffraction and infrared spectrometry analysis. The experimental results show that phase transformation reactions of FeCO3, Fe2O3 and BaFe2O4, barium hexaferrite and γ-Fe2O3 take place in the heat treatment of gel. While the doping lanthanide ion replace barium ion, an equivalent quantity of Fe3+ are reduced to Fe2+ to maintain the charge equilibrium.

  10. Earth

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    2017-01-01

    This curriculum-based, easy-to-follow book teaches young readers about Earth as one of the eight planets in our solar system in astronomical terms. With accessible text, it provides the fundamental information any student needs to begin their studies in astronomy, such as how Earth spins and revolves around the Sun, why it's uniquely suitable for life, its physical features, atmosphere, biosphere, moon, its past, future, and more. To enhance the learning experience, many of the images come directly from NASA. This straightforward title offers the fundamental information any student needs to sp

  11. Evolution of the Oxidation State of the Earth's Mantle: Challenges of High Pressure Quenching

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    Danielson, L. R.; Righter, K.; Keller, L.; Christoffersen, R.; Rahman, Z.

    2015-01-01

    The oxidation state of the Earth's mantle during formation remains an unresolved question, whether it was constant throughout planetary accretion, transitioned from reduced to oxidized, or from oxidized to reduced. We investigate the stability of Fe3+ at depth, in order to constrain processes (water, late accretion, dissociation of FeO) which may reduce or oxidize the Earth's mantle. Experiments of more mafic compositions and at higher pressures commonly form a polyphase quench intergrowth composed primarily of pyroxenes, with interstitial glass which hosts nearly all of the more volatile minor elements. In our previous experiments on shergottite compositions, variable fO2, T, and P is less than 4 GPa, Fe3+/TotFe decreased slightly with increasing P, similar to terrestrial basalt. For oxidizing experiments less than 7GPa, Fe3+/TotFe decreased as well, but it's unclear from previous modelling whether the deeper mantle could retain significant Fe3+. Our current experiments expand our pressure range deeper into the Earth's mantle and focus on compositions and conditions relevant to the early Earth. Experiments with Knippa basalt as the starting composition were conducted at 1-8 GPa and 1800 C, using a molybdenum capsule to set the fO2 near IW, by buffering with Mo-MoO3. TEM and EELS analyses revealed the run products from 7-8 GPa quenched to polycrystalline phases, with the major phase pyroxene containing approximately equal Fe3+/2+. A number of different approaches have been employed to produce glassy samples that can be measured by EELS and XANES. A more intermediate andesite was used in one experiment, and decompression during quenching was attempted after, but both resulted in a finer grained polyphase texture. Experiments are currently underway to test different capsule materials may affect quench texture. A preliminary experiment using liquid nitrogen to greatly enhance the rate of cooling of the assembly has also been attempted and this technique will be

  12. Direct ArF laser photopatterning of metal oxide nanostructures prepared by the sol-gel route

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    Ridaoui, Hassan; Wieder, Fernand; Ponche, Arnaud; Soppera, Olivier, E-mail: olivier.soppera@uha.fr [Institut de Science des Materiaux de Mulhouse (IS2M), CNRS-LRC 7228, Universite de Haute Alsace, 15 rue Jean Starcky, Mulhouse (France)

    2010-02-10

    We developed specific negative tone resists suitable for preparing periodic inorganic nanostructures by ArF photolithography. This approach is based on the sol-gel chemistry of modified metal alkoxides followed by DUV laser irradiation. Patterning at the nanoscale was demonstrated by using an achromatic interferometer operating at 193 nm. In a second step, thermal treatment could be used to obtain metal oxide nanostructures (ZrO{sub 2}, TiO{sub 2}). Such thermal treatment did not affect the integrity of the nanostructures. The DUV-induced modifications of the physico-chemical properties of the sol-gel thin film were followed by ellipsometry, XPS and AFM. The crystalline structure of the material after thermal treatment was proved by DRX analysis. Examples of periodic nanostructures are given in order to illustrate the possibilities opened by this new route that provides a convenient method to create transparent, robust, high refractive index nanostructures compatible with a wide variety of substrates.

  13. The preparation of sol-gel materials doped with ionic liquids and trialkyl phosphine oxides for yttrium(III) uptake.

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    Liu, Yinghui; Sun, Xiaoqi; Luo, Fang; Chen, Ji

    2007-12-01

    A new material (IL923SGs) composed of ionic liquids and trialkyl phosphine oxides (Cyanex 923) for Y(III) uptake was prepared via a sol-gel method. The hydrophobic ionic liquid 1-octyl-3-methylimidazolium hexafluorophosphate (C8mim+ PF6(-)) was used as solvent medium and pore templating material. The extraction of Y(III) by IL923SGs was mainly due to the complexation of metal ions with Cyanex 923 doped in the solid silica. Ionic liquid was stably doped into the silica gel matrix providing a diffusion medium for Cyanex 923, and this will result in higher removal efficiencies and excellent stability for metal ions separation. IL923SGs were also easily regenerated and reused in the subsequent removal of Y(III) in four cycles.

  14. The preparation of sol-gel materials doped with ionic liquids and trialkyl phosphine oxides for Yttrium(III) uptake

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    Liu Yinghui [Key Laboratory of Rare Earth Chemistry and Physics, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changchun 130022 (China); Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100039 (China); Sun Xiaoqi [Key Laboratory of Rare Earth Chemistry and Physics, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changchun 130022 (China); Luo Fang [Key Laboratory of Polyoxometalates Science of Ministry of Education, College of Chemistry, Northeast Normal University, Changchun 130024 (China); Chen Ji [Key Laboratory of Rare Earth Chemistry and Physics, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changchun 130022 (China)], E-mail: jchen@ciac.jl.cn

    2007-12-05

    A new material (IL923SGs) composed of ionic liquids and trialkyl phosphine oxides (Cyanex 923) for Y(III) uptake was prepared via a sol-gel method. The hydrophobic ionic liquid 1-octyl-3-methylimidazolium hexafluorophosphate (C{sub 8}mim{sup +}PF{sub 6}{sup -}) was used as solvent medium and pore templating material. The extraction of Y(III) by IL923SGs was mainly due to the complexation of metal ions with Cyanex 923 doped in the solid silica. Ionic liquid was stably doped into the silica gel matrix providing a diffusion medium for Cyanex 923, and this will result in higher removal efficiencies and excellent stability for metal ions separation. IL923SGs were also easily regenerated and reused in the subsequent removal of Y(III) in four cycles.

  15. Evaluation of sol-gel based magnetic 45S5 bioglass and bioglass-ceramics containing iron oxide.

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    Shankhwar, Nisha; Srinivasan, A

    2016-05-01

    Multicomponent oxide powders with nominal compositions of (45-x)·SiO2·24.5CaO·24.5Na2O·6P2O5xFe2O3 (in wt.%) were prepared by a modified sol-gel procedure. X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns and high resolution transmission electron microscope images of the sol-gel products show fully amorphous structure for Fe2O3 substitutions up to 2 wt.%. Sol-gel derived 43SiO2·24.5CaO·24.5Na2O·6P2O5·2Fe2O3 glass (or bioglass 45S5 with SiO2 substituted with 2 wt.% Fe2O3), exhibited magnetic behavior with a coercive field of 21 Oe, hysteresis loop area of 33.25 erg/g and saturation magnetization of 0.66 emu/g at an applied field of 15 kOe at room temperature. XRD pattern of this glass annealed at 850 °C for 1h revealed the formation of a glass-ceramic containing sodium calcium silicate and magnetite phases in nanocrystalline form. Temperature dependent magnetization and room temperature electron spin resonance data have been used to obtain information on the magnetic phase and distribution of iron ions in the sol-gel glass and glass-ceramic samples. Sol-gel derived glass and glass-ceramic exhibit in-vitro bioactivity by forming a hydroxyapatite surface layer under simulated physiological conditions and their bio-response is superior to their melt quenched bulk counterparts. This new form of magnetic bioglass and bioglass ceramics opens up new and more effective biomedical applications.

  16. Interface-directed sol-gel:direct fabrication of the covalently attached ultraflat inorganic oxide pattern on functionalized plastics

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    2010-01-01

    For plastic electronics and optics,the fabrication of smooth,transparent and stable crack-free inorganic oxide films(and patterning) on flexible polymeric substrates with strong bonding strength and controllable thickness from nanometers to micrometers is a key but still remains a challenge.Among versatile inorganic oxides,silica oxide film as SiOx is especially important because this semiconductor material could provide crucial properties in devices or serve as a base layer for further multilayer construction.In this paper,we describe a new interface-directed sol-gel method to fabricate flexible high quality silicon oxide film onto commodity plastics.The resulting crack-free silica film has strong covalent bonding with polymer substrates,homogeneous morphology with ultralow roughness,highly optical transparency,tunable thickness from nm to μm,and easy patterning ability.Such fabrication strategy relies on a novel photocatalytic oxidation reaction by photosensitive ammonium persulfate(APS),which is able to fabricate highly reactive hydroxyl monolayer surface on inert polymeric substrates.This kind of hydroxylated surface could serve as nucleation and growth sites to initiate surface sol-gel process.As a result,well-defined SiOx film deposition(gelation) occurs,and patterned hydroxylation regions could be easily utilized to induce the formation of patterned oxide film arrays.Our strategy also excludes the requirements of clean room and vacuum devices so as to fulfill low-cost and fast fabrication demands.Two application examples from such high quality SiOx layer onto plastics are given but should not be limited within these.One is that oxygen permeation rate of SiOx deposited polymer film decreases 25 times than pristine polymer substrate,which is good for the potential packaging materials.The other one is that silanization monolayer,for example,3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane(APTES),could be successfully constructed onto silica layer through classical silanization

  17. in vivo EFFECTS OF RARE-EARTH BASED NANOPARTICLES ON OXIDATIVE BALANCE IN RATS

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    V. K. Klochkov

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of the research was to find the influence of rare-earth based nanoparticles (CeO2, GdVO2: Eu3+ on the oxidative balance in rats. We analyzed biochemical markers of oxidative stress (lipid peroxidation level, nitric oxide metabolites, sulfhydryl groups content and enzyme activities (superoxide dismutase, catalase in tissues of rats. It has been found that administration of both types of the nanoparticles increased nitric oxide metabolites and products of lipid peroxidation in liver and spleen within 5 days. At injections of GdVO2: Eu3+ lipid peroxidation products, nitric oxide metabolites in serum at 5, 10 and 15 days of the experiment was also increased whereas the level of sulfhydryl groups decreased compared to the intact state and the control. In contrast, under the influence of nanoparticle CeO2 level diene conjugates were not significantly changed and the level of nitric oxide metabolites within 15 day even decreased. During this period, under the influence of both types of nanoparticles the activity of superoxide dismutase was increased, catalase activity was not changed. Oxidative stress coefficient showed the less pronounced CeO2 prooxidant effect (2.04 in comparison to GdVO2: Eu3+ (6.89. However, after-effect of both types of nanoparticles showed complete restoration of oxidative balance values.

  18. Rare Earth Oxide-Treated Fullerene and Titania Composites with Enhanced Photocatalytic Activity for the Degradation of Methylene Blue

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    MENG Zada; ZHU Lei; CHOI Jong-geun; PARK Chong-yeon; OH Won-chun

    2011-01-01

    Rare earth oxide-treated fullerene and titania composites (Y-fullerene/TiO2) were prepared by the sol-gel method.The products had interesting surface compositions.X-ray diffraction patterns of the composites showed that the Y-fullerene/TiO2 composites contained a single and clear anatase phase.The surface properties were observed by scanning electron microscopy,which gave a characterization of the texture on the Y-fullerene/TiO2 composites and showed a homogenous distribution of titanium particles.The energy-dispersive X-ray spectra showed the presence of C and Ti with strong Y peaks.The composite obtained was also characterized with transmission electron microscopy and UV-Vis spectroscopy.The photocatalytic results showed that the y-fullerene/TiO2 composites had excellent activity for the degradation of methylene blue under visible light irradiation.This was attributed to both the effects on the photocatalysis of the supported TiO2 by charge transfer by the fullerene,and the introduction of yttrium to enhance photo-generated electron transfer.

  19. Effect of substitution of hydrogen oxide by deuterium oxide on thermotropic transition between the interdigitated gel phase and the ripple phase of dihexadecylphosphatidylcholine

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    Ohki, K. (Nagoya Univ. (Japan))

    1991-01-15

    Thermotropic transitions of dihexadecylphosphatidylcholine (DHPC) dispersions in hydrogen oxide (1H2O) and deuterium oxide (2H2O) were investigated by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). In DHPC dispersions, transition temperature between interdigitated gel phase (L beta I) and ripple phase (P beta') is lower in 2H2O than in 1H2O, and transition between the ripple phase (P beta') and fluid phase (L alpha) in 2H2O occurs at a temperature slightly higher than in 1H2O. In dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine (DPPC) dispersions, on the other hand, transition temperature between lamellar gel phase (L beta') and ripple phase is higher in 2H2O than in 1H2O. These results suggest that the interdigitated gel phase is more stable in 1H2O than in 2H2O. To account for the shift of transition temperature by the water substitution, difference of interfacial energies between these aqueous environments is discussed.

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

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    2006-01-01

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

  1. Influence of Rare Earth Doping on the Structural and Catalytic Properties of Nanostructured Tin Oxide

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    Maciel Adeilton

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available AbstractNanoparticles of tin oxide, doped with Ce and Y, were prepared using the polymeric precursor method. The structural variations of the tin oxide nanoparticles were characterized by means of nitrogen physisorption, carbon dioxide chemisorption, X-ray diffraction, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The synthesized samples, undoped and doped with the rare earths, were used to promote the ethanol steam reforming reaction. The SnO2-based nanoparticles were shown to be active catalysts for the ethanol steam reforming. The surface properties, such as surface area, basicity/base strength distribution, and catalytic activity/selectivity, were influenced by the rare earth doping of SnO2and also by the annealing temperatures. Doping led to chemical and micro-structural variations at the surface of the SnO2particles. Changes in the catalytic properties of the samples, such as selectivity toward ethylene, may be ascribed to different dopings and annealing temperatures.

  2. Microstructural evaluation of rare-earth-zinc oxide-based varistor ceramics

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    José Geraldo de Melo Furtado

    2005-12-01

    Full Text Available Zinc oxide varistors are nonlinear voltage dependent ceramic resistors used to suppress and limit transient voltage surges. The work reported in this paper involves the relationship between microstructural characteristics and the varistor performance of ZnO ceramics doped with rare-earth oxides. Samples of these ceramics with different nonlinear current-voltage characteristics, according to the specific chemical composition and sintering parameters, were prepared and microstructurally analyzed by scanning electron microscopy, X-ray energy dispersive spectroscopy, X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction. The results denote that intergranular phase is rich in rare-earth elements, but its morphology, obtained by selective leaching of ZnO grains (which are only doped with Co, provides evidence that ZnO grains are not completely surrounding by the intergranular phase, also existing ZnO grains are in direct contact with each other, as well as it occurs in conventional varistor system.

  3. Mechanical behaviors of alumina ceramics doped with rare-earth oxides

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    YAO Yijun; LI Chuncheng; WANG Ling; JIANG Xiaolong; QIU Tai

    2010-01-01

    The effects of three types of additives Y2O3, La2O3, and Sm2O3 on the sintering and mechanical behaviors of alumina ceramics were investigated. The bending strengths of alumina ceramics with Sm2O3 and Y2O3 additions were 455 and 439 MPa, respectively, higher than that with La2O3 addition. The fracture toughness of the ceramics with Sm2O3 and Y2O3 were also higher than that with La2O3 addition. The fracture mode of rare earth oxides doped alumina ceramics exhibited obvious transgranular fractures as well as intergranular fracture. The results of research show that the improvement of bending strength and fracture toughness of alumina ceramics with rare earth oxides was achieved by refining the grain size and strengthening the grain boundary.

  4. Analysis of Melting for Alkali Earth and Alkali Oxides Based on the Diffusional Force Theory

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    Liu, Quan; Chen, Li-Rong

    An analysis of the melting alkali earth and alkali oxides is presented using the concept of diffusional force. The calculations are performed by developing an ionic model based on Harrison's quantum mechanical treatment of overlap repulsive potential which takes into account the interactions up to second neighbors. Van der Waals dipole-dipole and dipole-quadrupole interactions calculated by more accurate methods are also included in the model. Using the formula by Fang, derived on the basis of thermodynamic analysis, the values of interionic distances for 8 alkali earth and alkali oxides at melting have been obtained. A simple model for melting is developed based on the diffusional force models. The values of Tm thus obtained are found to show fairly good agreement with experimental values of melting temperatures.

  5. Synthesis and characterization of transparent conductive zinc oxide thin films by sol-gel spin coating method

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    Winarski, David

    Zinc oxide has been given much attention recently as it is promising for various semiconductor device applications. ZnO has a direct band gap of 3.3 eV, high exciton binding energy of 60 meV and can exist in various bulk powder and thin film forms for different applications. ZnO is naturally n-type with various structural defects, which sparks further investigation into the material properties. Although there are many potential applications for this ZnO, an overall lack of understand and control of intrinsic defects has proven difficult to obtain consistent, repeatable results. This work studies both synthesis and characterization of zinc oxide in an effort to produce high quality transparent conductive oxides. The sol-gel spin coating method was used to obtain highly transparent ZnO thin films with high UV absorbance. This research develops a new more consistent method for synthesis of these thin films, providing insight for maintaining quality control for each step in the procedure. A sol-gel spin coating technique is optimized, yielding highly transparent polycrystalline ZnO thin films with tunable electrical properties. Annealing treatment in hydrogen and zinc atmospheres is researched in an effort to increase electrical conductivity and better understand intrinsic properties of the material. These treatment have shown significant effects on the properties of ZnO. Characterization of doped and undoped ZnO synthesized by the sol-gel spin coating method was carried out using scanning electron microscopy, UV-Visible range absorbance, X-ray diffraction, and the Hall Effect. Treatment in hydrogen shows an overall decrease in the number of crystal phases and visible absorbance while zinc seems to have the opposite effect. The Hall Effect has shown that both annealing environments increase the n-type conductivity, yielding a ZnO thin film with a carrier concentration as high as 3.001 x 1021 cm-3.

  6. Antibacterial activity of Nb–aluminum oxide prepared by the non-hydrolytic sol–gel route

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    Alfenas, C. dos S.; Ricci, G. P.; De Faria, E. H.; Saltarelli, M.; Lima, O. J. de; Rocha, Z. N. da; E. J. Nassar; Calefi,Paulo Sergio; Montanari, Lilian B.; Martins, Carlos H. Gomes; Katia J. Ciuffi

    2011-01-01

    Acesso restrito: Texto completo. p. 65-70. Brazil has been the largest producer of niobium (Nb2O5) since 1980, and this material is usually applied to reduce corrosion in alloys. In addition, it has recently been evaluated for use in other technological areas, such as adsorption and catalysis. This paper presents the results of the antibacterial activity of Nb–aluminum oxide, designated MAC–Nb5+, prepared by the non-hydrolytic sol–gel route. The resulting material MAC–Nb5+ was character...

  7. A novel synthesis of tin oxide thin films by the sol-gel process for optoelectronic applications

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    M. Marikkannan; V. Vishnukanthan; A. Vijayshankar; Mayandi, J.; Pearce, J M

    2015-01-01

    A novel and simple chemical method based on sol-gel processing was proposed to deposit metastable orthorhombic tin oxide (SnOx) thin films on glass substrates at room temperature. The resultant samples are labeled according to the solvents used: ethanol (SnO-EtOH), isopropanol (SnO-IPA) and methanol (SnO-MeOH). The variations in the structural, morphological and optical properties of the thin films deposited using different solvents were characterized by X-ray diffraction, atomic force micros...

  8. Sol-gel deposited aluminum-doped and gallium-doped zinc oxide thin-film transparent conductive electrodes with a protective coating of reduced graphene oxide

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

    2016-04-01

    Using a traditional sol-gel deposition technique, we successfully fabricated aluminum-doped zinc oxide (AZO) and gallium-doped zinc oxide (GZO) thin films on glass substrates. Employing a plasma treatment method as the postannealing process, we produced thin-film transparent conductive electrodes exhibiting excellent optical and electrical properties, with transmittance greater than 90% across the entire visible spectrum and the near-infrared range, as well as good sheet resistance under 200 Ω/sq. More importantly, to improve the resilience of our fabricated thin-film samples at elevated temperatures and in humid environments, we deposited a layer of reduced graphene oxide (rGO) as protective overcoating. The stability of our composite AZO/rGO and GZO/rGO samples improved substantially compared to that of their counterparts with no rGO coating.

  9. Alkaline earth metal doped tin oxide as a novel oxygen storage material

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    Dong, Qiang, E-mail: dong@tagen.tohoku.ac.jp [Institute of Multidisciplinary Research for Advanced Materials, Tohoku University, 2-1-1 Katahira, Aoba-ku Sendai 980-8577 (Japan); Yin, Shu; Yoshida, Mizuki; Wu, Xiaoyong; Liu, Bin [Institute of Multidisciplinary Research for Advanced Materials, Tohoku University, 2-1-1 Katahira, Aoba-ku Sendai 980-8577 (Japan); Miura, Akira; Takei, Takahiro; Kumada, Nobuhiro [Department of Research Interdisciplinary Graduate School of Medicine and Engineering, University of Yamanashi, Miyamae cho-7, Kofu 400-8511 (Japan); Sato, Tsugio [Institute of Multidisciplinary Research for Advanced Materials, Tohoku University, 2-1-1 Katahira, Aoba-ku Sendai 980-8577 (Japan)

    2015-09-15

    Alkaline earth metal doped tin oxide (SnO{sub 2}) hollow nanospheres with a diameter of 50 nm have been synthesized successfully via a facial solvothermal route in a very simple system composed of only ethanol, acetic acid, SnCl{sub 4}·5H{sub 2}O and A(NO{sub 3}){sub 2}·xH{sub 2}O (A = Mg, Ca, Sr, Ba). The synthesized undoped SnO{sub 2} and A-doped SnO{sub 2} hollow nanospheres were characterized by the oxygen storage capacity (OSC), X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy and the Brunauer–Emmet–Teller (BET) technique. The OSC values of all samples were measured using thermogravimetric-differential thermal analysis. The incorporation of alkaline earth metal ion into tin oxide greatly enhanced the thermal stability and OSC. Especially, Ba-doped SnO{sub 2} hollow nanospheres calcined at 1000 °C for 20 h with a BET surface area of 61 m{sup 2} g{sup −1} exhibited the considerably high OSC of 457 μmol-O g{sup −1} and good thermal stability. Alkaline earth metal doped tin oxide has the potential to be a novel oxygen storage material.

  10. A new approach to prepare nanoscopic rare earth metal fluorides: the fluorolytic sol-gel synthesis of ytterbium fluoride.

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    Schmidt, L; Dimitrov, A; Kemnitz, E

    2014-06-25

    A new approach for the preparation of approx. 5 nm sized ytterbium fluoride nanoparticles based on the fluorolytic sol-gel route is reported. DLS, TEM, IR and XRD were used to characterize the particles as well as the aging behavior of the sols. Furthermore, a new Yb(III) complex was isolated from the precursor solution and characterized by X-ray single crystal structure determination.

  11. Study of hafnium (IV) oxide nanoparticles synthesized by polymerized complex and polymer precursor derived sol-gel methods

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    Ramos-González, R.

    2010-03-01

    This work reports the preparation and characterization of hafnium (IV) oxide (HfO2) nanoparticles grown by derived sol-gel routes that involves the formation of an organic polymeric network. A comparison between polymerized complex (PC) and polymer precursor (PP) methods is presented. For the PC method, citric acid (CA) and ethylene glycol (EG) are used as the chelating and polymerizable reagents, respectively. In the case of PP method, poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) is used as the chelating reagent. In both cases, different precursor gels were prepared and the hafnium (IV) chloride (HfCl4) molar ratio was varied from 0.1 to 1.0 for the PC method and from 0.05 to 0.5 for the PP method. In order to obtain the nanoparticles, the precursors were heat treated at 500 and 800 °C. The thermal characterization of the precursor gels was carried out by thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and the structural and morphological characterization by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The XRD patterns of the samples obtained by both methods shows the formation of HfO2 at 500 °C with monoclinic crystalline phase. The PC method exhibited also the cubic phase. Finally, the HfO2 nanoparticles size (4 to 11 nm) was determined by TEM and XRD patterns. © (2010) Trans Tech Publications.

  12. Evaluation of tetraethoxysilane (TEOS) sol-gel coatings, modified with green synthesized zinc oxide nanoparticles for combating microfouling.

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    Krupa, A Nithya Deva; Vimala, R

    2016-04-01

    Green synthesis of zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnO-NPs) is gaining importance as an eco-friendly alternative to conventional methods due to its enormous applications. The present work reports the synthesis of ZnO-NPs using the endosperm of Cocos nucifera (coconut water) and the bio-molecules responsible for nanoparticle formation have been identified. The synthesized nanoparticles were characterized using UV-Visible spectroscopy (UV-Vis), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) and Zeta potential measurement. The results obtained reveal that the synthesized nanoparticles are moderately stable with the size ranging from 20 to 80 nm. The bactericidal effect of the nanoparticles was proved by well diffusion assay and determination of minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) against marine biofilm forming bacteria. Further the green synthesized ZnO-NPs were doped with TEOS sol-gels (TESGs) in order to assess their antimicrofouling capability. Different volumes of liquid sol-gels were coated on to 96-well microtitre plate and cured under various conditions. The optimum curing conditions were found to be temperature 60 °C, time 72 h and volume 200 μl. Antiadhesion test of the undoped (SG) and ZnO-NP doped TEOS sol-gel (ZNSG) coatings were evaluated using marine biofilm forming bacteria. ZNSG coatings exhibited highest biofilm inhibition (89.2%) represented by lowest OD value against Pseudomonasotitidis strain NV1.

  13. Integrating nanohybrid membranes of reduced graphene oxide: chitosan: silica sol gel with fiber optic SPR for caffeine detection.

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    Kant, Ravi; Tabassum, Rana; Gupta, Banshi D

    2017-05-12

    Caffeine is the most popular psychoactive drug consumed in the world for improving alertness and enhancing wakefulness. However, caffeine consumption beyond limits can result in lot of physiological complications in human beings. In this work, we report a novel detection scheme for caffeine integrating nanohybrid membranes of reduced graphene oxide (rGO) in chitosan modified silica sol gel (rGO: chitosan: silica sol gel) with fiber optic surface plasmon resonance. The chemically synthesized nanohybrid membrane forming the sensing route has been dip coated over silver coated unclad central portion of an optical fiber. The sensor works on the mechanism of modification of dielectric function of sensing layer on exposure to analyte solution which is manifested in terms of red shift in resonance wavelength. The concentration of rGO in polymer network of chitosan and silica sol gel and dipping time of the silver coated probe in the solution of nanohybrid membrane have been optimized to extricate the supreme performance of the sensor. The optimized sensing probe possesses a reasonably good sensitivity and follows an exponentially declining trend within the entire investigating range of caffeine concentration. The sensor boasts of an unparalleled limit of detection value of 1.994 nM and works well in concentration range of 0-500 nM with a response time of 16 s. The impeccable sensor methodology adopted in this work combining fiber optic SPR with nanotechnology furnishes a novel perspective for caffeine determination in commercial foodstuffs and biological fluids.

  14. Integrating nanohybrid membranes of reduced graphene oxide: chitosan: silica sol gel with fiber optic SPR for caffeine detection

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    Kant, Ravi; Tabassum, Rana; Gupta, Banshi D.

    2017-05-01

    Caffeine is the most popular psychoactive drug consumed in the world for improving alertness and enhancing wakefulness. However, caffeine consumption beyond limits can result in lot of physiological complications in human beings. In this work, we report a novel detection scheme for caffeine integrating nanohybrid membranes of reduced graphene oxide (rGO) in chitosan modified silica sol gel (rGO: chitosan: silica sol gel) with fiber optic surface plasmon resonance. The chemically synthesized nanohybrid membrane forming the sensing route has been dip coated over silver coated unclad central portion of an optical fiber. The sensor works on the mechanism of modification of dielectric function of sensing layer on exposure to analyte solution which is manifested in terms of red shift in resonance wavelength. The concentration of rGO in polymer network of chitosan and silica sol gel and dipping time of the silver coated probe in the solution of nanohybrid membrane have been optimized to extricate the supreme performance of the sensor. The optimized sensing probe possesses a reasonably good sensitivity and follows an exponentially declining trend within the entire investigating range of caffeine concentration. The sensor boasts of an unparalleled limit of detection value of 1.994 nM and works well in concentration range of 0-500 nM with a response time of 16 s. The impeccable sensor methodology adopted in this work combining fiber optic SPR with nanotechnology furnishes a novel perspective for caffeine determination in commercial foodstuffs and biological fluids.

  15. Isotopic evidence for internal oxidation of the Earth's mantle during accretion

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    Williams, Helen M.; Wood, Bernard J.; Wade, Jon; Frost, Daniel J.; Tuff, James

    2012-03-01

    The Earth's mantle is currently oxidised and out of chemical equilibrium with the core. The reasons for this and for the relatively oxidised state of Earth's mantle relative to the mantles of other terrestrial planets are unclear. It has been proposed that the oxidised nature and high ferric iron (Fe3 +) content of Earth's mantle was produced internally by disproportionation of ferrous iron (Fe2 +) into Fe3 + and metallic iron by perovskite crystallisation during accretion. Here we show that there is substantial Fe isotope fractionation between experimentally equilibrated metal and Fe3 +-bearing perovskite (≥ 0.45‰/amu), which can account for the heavy Fe isotope compositions of terrestrial basalts relative to equivalent samples derived from Mars and Vesta as the latter bodies are too small to stabilise significant perovskite. Mass balance calculations indicate that all of the mantle's Fe3 + could readily have been generated from a single disproportionation event, consistent with dissolution of perovskite in the lower mantle during a process such as the Moon-forming giant impact. The similar Fe isotope compositions of primitive terrestrial and low-titanium lunar basalts is consistent with models of equilibration between the mantles of the Earth and Moon in the aftermath of the giant impact and suggests that the heavy Fe isotope composition of the Earth's mantle was established prior to, or during the giant impact. The oxidation state and ferric iron content of the Earth's mantle was therefore plausibly set by the end of accretion, and may be decoupled from later volatile additions and the rise of oxygen in the Earth's atmosphere at 2.45 Ga.

  16. Study of titanium oxide sol-gel condensation using small angle X-ray scattering.

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    Pattier, Bruno; Henderson, Mark; Brotons, Guillaume; Gibaud, Alain

    2010-04-29

    Transparent gels prepared from an acid solution of TiOCl(2) in N,N-dimethylformamide (DMF) and water have been studied by small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS). The sol-gel transformation of the titanium inorganic polymer was studied as a function of chemical composition of the sol and of the annealing time. Quantitative information was obtained by modeling the SAXS data with the Burford and Beaucage models. From the fits to the data, the radius of gyration of the primary particles, the so-called building blocks, the size xi of the homogeneous objects forming a fractal network in the gel, and the fractal dimension of the gel were obtained. We found fractal dimensions varying between D(f) = 1.75 and 2.2 and a radius of gyration of the building blocks equal to R(g) = 0.46 nm, which remained almost constant for all studied samples. The analysis of the homogeneous domain size xi as a function of the annealing time shows the existence of an incubation time preceding the rapid growth of the aggregates at high titanium concentration.

  17. High-density carrier-accumulated and electrically stable oxide thin-film transistors from ion-gel gate dielectric

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    Fujii, Mami N.; Ishikawa, Yasuaki; Miwa, Kazumoto; Okada, Hiromi; Uraoka, Yukiharu; Ono, Shimpei

    2015-12-01

    The use of indium-gallium-zinc oxide (IGZO) has paved the way for high-resolution uniform displays or integrated circuits with transparent and flexible devices. However, achieving highly reliable devices that use IGZO for low-temperature processes remains a technological challenge. We propose the use of IGZO thin-film transistors (TFTs) with an ionic-liquid gate dielectric in order to achieve high-density carrier-accumulated IGZO TFTs with high reliability, and we discuss a distinctive mechanism for the degradation of this organic-inorganic hybrid device under long-term electrical stress. Our results demonstrated that an ionic liquid or gel gate dielectric provides highly reliable and low-voltage operation with IGZO TFTs. Furthermore, high-density carrier accumulation helps improve the TFT characteristics and reliability, and it is highly relevant to the electronic phase control of oxide materials and the degradation mechanism for organic-inorganic hybrid devices.

  18. Photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue dye by zinc oxide nanoparticles obtained from precipitation and sol-gel methods.

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    Balcha, Abebe; Yadav, Om Prakash; Dey, Tania

    2016-12-01

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) nanoparticles were synthesized by precipitation and sol-gel methods. The aim of this study was to understand how different synthetic methods can affect the photocatalytic activity of ZnO nanoparticles. As-synthesized ZnO nanoparticles were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and UV-Visible spectroscopic techniques. XRD patterns of ZnO powders synthesized by precipitation and sol-gel methods revealed their hexagonal wurtzite structure with crystallite sizes of 30 and 28 nm, respectively. Their photocatalytic activities were evaluated by photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue, a common water pollutant, under UV radiation. The effects of operational parameters such as photocatalyst load and initial concentration of the dye on photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue were investigated. While the degradation of dye decreased over the studied dye concentration range of 20 to 100 mg/L, an optimum photocatalyst load of 250 mg/L was needed to achieve dye degradation as high as 81 and 92.5 % for ZnO prepared by precipitation and sol-gel methods, respectively. Assuming pseudo first-order reaction kinetics, this corresponded to rate constants of 8.4 × 10(-3) and 12.4 × 10(-3) min(-1), respectively. Hence, sol-gel method is preferred over precipitation method in order to achieve higher photocatalytic activity of ZnO nanostructures. Photocatalytic activity is further augmented by better choice of capping ligand for colloidal stabilization, starch being more effective than polyethylene glycol (PEG).

  19. Evaluation of tetraethoxysilane (TEOS) sol–gel coatings, modified with green synthesized zinc oxide nanoparticles for combating microfouling

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    Krupa, A. Nithya Deva; Vimala, R., E-mail: vimala.r@vit.ac.in

    2016-04-01

    Green synthesis of zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnO-NPs) is gaining importance as an eco-friendly alternative to conventional methods due to its enormous applications. The present work reports the synthesis of ZnO-NPs using the endosperm of Cocos nucifera (coconut water) and the bio-molecules responsible for nanoparticle formation have been identified. The synthesized nanoparticles were characterized using UV–Visible spectroscopy (UV–Vis), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) and Zeta potential measurement. The results obtained reveal that the synthesized nanoparticles are moderately stable with the size ranging from 20 to 80 nm. The bactericidal effect of the nanoparticles was proved by well diffusion assay and determination of minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) against marine biofilm forming bacteria. Further the green synthesized ZnO-NPs were doped with TEOS sol–gels (TESGs) in order to assess their antimicrofouling capability. Different volumes of liquid sol–gels were coated on to 96-well microtitre plate and cured under various conditions. The optimum curing conditions were found to be temperature 60 °C, time 72 h and volume 200 μl. Antiadhesion test of the undoped (SG) and ZnO-NP doped TEOS sol–gel (ZNSG) coatings were evaluated using marine biofilm forming bacteria. ZNSG coatings exhibited highest biofilm inhibition (89.2%) represented by lowest OD value against Pseudomonasotitidis strain NV1. - Highlights: • The study reports low cost, and simple procedure for the synthesis of ZnO-NPs using coconut water. • XRD result shows the high crystalline nature of the synthesized ZnO-NPs. • TEM and zeta potential distribution confirms the nanostructure, stability of the synthesized ZnO-NPs. • ZnO-NPs doped with TEOS sol¬-gels (TESGs) exhibited excellent antimicrofouling activity.

  20. Nanoencapsulation of Rose-Hip Oil Prevents Oil Oxidation and Allows Obtainment of Gel and Film Topical Formulations.

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    Contri, Renata V; Kulkamp-Guerreiro, Irene C; da Silva, Sheila Janine; Frank, Luiza A; Pohlmann, Adriana R; Guterres, Silvia S

    2016-08-01

    The rose-hip oil holds skin regenerating properties with applications in the dermatological and cosmetic area. Its nanoencapsulation might favor the oil stability and its incorporation into hydrophilic formulations, besides increasing the contact with the skin and prolonging its effect. The aim of the present investigation was to develop suitable rose-hip-oil-loaded nanocapsules, to verify the nanocapsule effect on the UV-induced oxidation of the oil and to obtain topical formulations by the incorporation of the nanocapsules into chitosan gel and film. The rose-hip oil (500 or 600 μL), polymer (Eudragit RS100®, 100 or 200 mg), and acetone (50 or 100 mL) contents were separately varied aiming to obtain an adequate size distribution. The results led to a combination of the factors acetone and oil. The developed formulation showed average diameter of 158 ± 6 nm with low polydispersity, pH of 5.8 ± 0.9, zeta potential of +9.8 ± 1.5 mV, rose-hip oil content of 54 ± 1 μL/mL and tendency to reversible creaming. No differences were observed in the nanocapsules properties after storage. The nanoencapsulation of rose-hip oil decreased the UVA and UVC oxidation of the oil. The chitosan gel and film containing rose-hip-oil-loaded nanocapsules showed suitable properties for cutaneous use. In conclusion, it was possible to successfully obtain rose-hip-oil-loaded nanocapsules and to confirm the nanocapsules effect in protecting the oil from the UV rays. The chitosan gel and film were considered interesting alternatives for incorporating the nanoencapsulated rose-hip oil, combining the advantages of the nanoparticles to the advantages of chitosan.

  1. Evaluation of the photocatalytic ability of a sol-gel-derived MgO-ZrO2 oxide material

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    Ciesielczyk Filip

    2017-02-01

    Full Text Available This paper deals with the synthesis and characterization of a novel group of potential photocatalysts, based on sol-gel-derived MgO-ZrO2 oxide material. The material was synthesized in a typical sol-gel system using organic precursors of magnesia and zirconia, ammonia as a promoter of hydrolysis and methanol as a solvent. All materials were thoroughly analyzed, including morphology and particle sizes, chemical composition, identification of characteristic functional groups, porous structure parameters and crystalline structure. The proposed methodology of synthesis resulted in obtaining pure MgO-ZrO2 oxide material with micrometric-sized particles and a relatively high surface area. The samples underwent an additional calcination process which led to the crystalline phase of zirconia being formed. The key element of the study was the evaluation of the effectiveness of decomposition of C.I. Basic Blue 9 dye. It was shown that the calcined materials exhibit both satisfactory adsorption and photocatalytic activity with respect to the decomposition of a selected model organic impurity. Total dye removal varied in the range of 50-70%, and was strongly dependent on process parameters such as quantity of photocatalyst, time of irradiation, and the addition of promoters.

  2. Transition metal-free oxidation of benzylic alcohols to carbonyl compounds by hydrogen peroxide in the presence of acidic silica gel

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    Hossein Ghafuri

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Oxidation of alcohols to carbonyl compounds has become an important issue in the process industry as well as many other applications. In this method, various benzylic alcohols were successfully converted to corresponding aldehydes and ketones under transition metal-free condition using hydrogen peroxide in the presence of some amount of catalytic acidic silica gel. Silica gel is inexpensive and available. One of the most important features of this method is its short reaction time.

  3. Rare earth oxides doped NiO/γ-Al2O3 catalyst for oxidative dehydrogenation of cyclohexane

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    Hany M AbdelDayem; M Faiz; Hesham S Abdel-Samad; Salah A Hassan

    2015-01-01

    The effect of rare earth oxides (RE=Ce, La, Gd, and Dy) doping of alumina support in NiO/γ-Al2O3 system was investi-gated on its catalytic performance in oxidative dehydrogenation (ODH) of cyclohexane. The physicochemical properties of various samples were followed up through N2 physisorption, temperature programmed reduction (H2-TPR), X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and potentiometric acid-base titration techniques. In the parent NiO/γ-Al2O3 catalyst, Ni species were found to be strongly interacted with alumina surface. Addition of rare earth dopants toγ-Al2O3 in the catalyst system affected the nickel-alumina interaction and resulted in significant modifications in the catalytic performances in the ODH reaction. The results re-vealed the beneficial role of both La2O3 and Gd2O3 doping in enhancing the ODH catalytic activity and selectivity to cyclohexene. H2-TPR and XPS results indicated that majority of Ni species in NiO/La2O3 modifiedγ-Al2O3 were more weakly interacted with La2O3 and alumina whereas both NiO like species and nickel aluminate were present on the surface. Doping with cerium or dyspro-sium increased the nickel-support interaction and led to a decrease in surface nickel concentration. In case of doping with Ce, surface concentration of cerium oxide was higher than those of the other RE oxides; the doped catalyst reached its steady state activity faster than the other catalysts. The acid-base results suggested that RE metals were interacted most likely with acidic surface hydroxyl groups. The degree of nickel-alumina interaction decreased in the following order: LaAl>GdAl>CeAl>DyAl.

  4. Oxides Catalysts of Rare Earth and Transient Metal for Catalytic Oxidation of Benzene

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    Liang Kun; Li Rong; Chen Jianjun; Ma Jiantai

    2004-01-01

    The catalysts of CeO2 and the mixture of CeO2 and CuO were prepared, and the activities of these catalysts for completely oxidizing benzene were studied.The results show that the optimal proportion of CeO2/CuO is 6: 4.The highest temperature at which benzene was completely oxidized on these catalysts at different airspeed was measured.Compared these catalysts with the noble metal used, our catalysts had superiority in the resources and the industrial cost besides good activities.

  5. Interfacial oxide formation and oxygen diffusion in rare earth oxide-silicon epitaxial heterostructures

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    Narayanan, V.; Guha, S.; Copel, M.; Bojarczuk, N. A.; Flaitz, P. L.; Gribelyuk, M.

    2002-11-01

    We report on controlled interfacial oxide formation within epitaxial (LaxY1-x)2O3/Si(111) heterostructures under UHV environments. Results indicate that exposure of these epitaxial films to molecular oxygen right after deposition results in the formation of an amorphous interfacial layer thicker than that expected when a bare silicon surface is exposed to molecular oxygen under the same conditions. The results imply significant oxygen diffusion through the epitaxial dielectric and reaction at the silicon-oxide interface. Arguments have been developed to explain these observations.

  6. Comparison of gel properties and biochemical characteristics of myofibrillar protein from bighead carp (Aristichthys nobilis) affected by frozen storage and a hydroxyl radical-generation oxidizing system.

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    Lu, Han; Zhang, Longteng; Li, Qingzheng; Luo, Yongkang

    2017-05-15

    We wanted to clarify whether gel properties can be affected by in vivo or in vitro myofibrillar protein oxidation and, thus, to provide relevant information and a scientific foundation for the processing of gel products. To accomplish this, we measured the changes in sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE), total disulfide (SS) content, surface hydrophobicity (So-ANS), carbonyl content, and gel texture and water-holding capacity (WHC) of isolated myofibrillar protein from bighead carp fillets during frozen storage and under different H2O2 concentrations, which were used to represent in vivo and in vitro conditions, respectively. The results indicated that a certain range in content of disulfide crosslinks (0.91mol/10(5)g protein) would promote gel hardness. Mild protein oxidation caused by a certain degree of frozen storage and hydroxyl radicals can promote gel texture and WHC. Based on those results, freezing bighead carp for a certain period can be used to produce gel products.

  7. Alcohol sensing of tin oxide thin film prepared by sol–gel process

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    Sunita Mishra; C Ghanshyam; Nathai Ram; Satinder Singh; R P Bajpai; R K Bedi

    2002-06-01

    The present paper describes the alcohol sensing characteristics of spin coated SnO2 thin film deposited by using sol–gel process. The sensitivity of the film was measured at different temperatures and different concentrations of alcohol at ppm level. Alcohol detection result shows peak sensitivity at 623 K. The variation of sensitivity and ethanol concentration has shown a linear relationship up to 1150 ppm and after that it saturates. The response time measurement of the sensor was also observed and it was found that the response time is 30 sec. The results obtained favour the sol–gel process as a low cost method for the preparation of thin films with a high sensing characteristic.

  8. Surface aspects of sol-gel derived hematite films for the photoelectrochemical oxidation of water.

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    Herrmann-Geppert, Iris; Bogdanoff, Peter; Radnik, Jörg; Fengler, Steffen; Dittrich, Thomas; Fiechter, Sebastian

    2013-02-07

    α-Fe(2)O(3) (hematite) photoanodes for the oxygen evolution reaction (OER) were prepared by a cost-efficient sol-gel procedure. Due to low active photoelectrochemical properties observed, it is assumed that the sol-gel procedure leads to hematite films with defects and surface states on which generated charge carriers are recombined or immobilized in trap processes. Electrochemical activation was proven to diminish unfavourable surface groups to some extent. More efficiently, a plasma treatment improves significantly the photoelectrochemical properties of the OER. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) analysis reveals an oxygen enriched surface layer with new oxygen species which may be responsible for the improved electrochemical activity. Due to surface photovoltage an increased fraction of transferred charge carriers from these newly produced surface defects are identified.

  9. Sol-gel-modified boron-doped diamond surfaces for methanol and ethanol electro-oxidation in acid medium

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    Salazar-Banda, G. R.; Suffredini, H. B.; Calegaro, M. L.; Tanimoto, S. T.; Avaca, L. A.

    Studies of the methanol and ethanol electro-oxidation reactions on boron-doped diamond (BDD) electrode surfaces modified with Pt, Pt-RuO 2 and Pt-RuO 2-RhO 2 by the sol-gel method are reported here. The materials were initially characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), atomic force microscopy (AFM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDX). The XRD analyses indicate that the sol-gel method produces nano-sized deposits on the BDD surfaces. These deposits also form nano-clusters with a size of ca. 100 nm as observed by SEM and AFM. The EDX maps showed that the metals are homogeneously distributed on the BDD surface and have a composition close to the expected one. Cyclic voltammetry experiments in acid medium revealed that the CO poisoning effect for the methanol and the ethanol oxidation reactions is largely inhibited on the Pt-RuO 2-RhO 2/BDD electrode showing the positive contribution of the rhodium oxide to the electrocatalysts performance in these reactions. Potentiostatic polarization curves and the corresponding Tafel plots showed that the addition of RuO 2 and RhO 2 to Pt/BDD produces a more reactive electrocatalyst that adsorbs methanol and ethanol more efficiently and changes the reactions onsets by 120 or 180 mV towards less positive potentials, respectively. Moreover, the stationary current density measured at a fixed potential for ethanol oxidation on the Pt-RuO 2-RhO 2/BDD composite electrode is more than one order of magnitude larger than on a Pt/BDD surface. In addition, chronoamperometric experiments indicate that on those composite electrodes the effect of CO poisoning only appears after a considerable amount of charge has passed through the interface. Consequently, the catalyst containing Pt, RuO 2 and RhO 2 deposited on BDD by the sol-gel method is a very promising composite material to be used in fuel cell anodes.

  10. Selective oxidation of methanol to hydrogen over gold catalysts promoted by alkaline-earth-metal and lanthanum oxides.

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    Hereijgers, Bart P C; Weckhuysen, Bert M

    2009-01-01

    A series of alumina-supported gold catalysts was investigated for the CO-free production of hydrogen by partial oxidation of methanol. The addition of alkaline-earth metal oxide promoters resulted in a significant improvement of the catalytic performance. The methanol conversion was ca. 85 % with all studied catalyst materials, however, the selectivity for hydrogen increased from 15 % to 51 % when going from the unpromoted to a BaO-promoted catalyst. The formation of the undesired byproducts CO, methane, and dimethyl ether was considerably reduced as well. The observed trend in catalyst performance follows the trend in increasing basicity of the studied promoter elements, indicating a chemical effect of the promoter material. Superior catalytic performance, in terms of H(2) and CO selectivity, was obtained with a Au/La(2)O(3) catalyst. At 300 degrees C the hydrogen selectivity reached 80 % with only 2 % CO formation, and the catalyst displayed a stable performance over at least 24 h on-stream. Furthermore, the formation of CO was found to be independent of the oxygen concentration in the feed. The commercial lanthanum oxide used in this study had a low specific surface area, which led to the formation of relative large gold particles. Therefore, the catalytic activity could be enhanced by decreasing the gold particle size through deposition on lanthanum oxide supported on high-surface-area alumina.

  11. Evolution of the Oxidation State of the Earth's Mantle: Challenges of High Pressure Quenching

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    Danielson, L. R.; Righter, K.; Keller, L. P.; Rahman, Z.

    2015-12-01

    The oxidation state of the Earth's mantle during formation remains an unresolved question, whether it was constant throughout planetary accretion [1], transitioned from reduced to oxidized [2,3,4], or from oxidized to reduced [1,5]. We investigate the stability of Fe3+ at depth, in order to constrain processes (water, late accretion, dissociation of FeO) which may reduce or oxidize the Earth's mantle. Experiments of more mafic compositions and at higher pressures commonly form a polyphase quench intergrowth composed primarily of pyroxenes, with interstitial glass which hosts nearly all of the more volatile minor elements. In our previous experiments on shergottite compositions, variable fO2, T, and P <4 GPa, Fe3+/ΣFe decreased slightly with increasing P, similar to terrestrial basalt [6,7,8]. For oxidizing experiments < 7GPa, Fe3+/ΣFe decreased as well [9], but it's unclear from previous modelling whether the deeper mantle could retain significant Fe3+ [1,10]. Our current experiments expand our pressure range deeper into the Earth's mantle and focus on compositions and conditions relevant to the early Earth. Experiments with Knippa basalt as the starting composition were conducted at 1-8 GPa and 1800 °C, using a molybdenum capsule to set the fO2 near IW, by buffering with Mo-MoO3. TEM and EELS analyses revealed the run products from 7-8 GPa quenched to polycrystalline phases, with the major phase pyroxene containing approximately equal Fe3+/2+. A number of different approaches have been employed to produce glassy samples that can be measured by EELS and XANES. A more intermediate andesite was used in one experiment, and decompression during quenching was attempted after [11], but both resulted in a finer grained polyphase texture. Experiments are currently underway to test how different capsule materials may affect quench texture. A preliminary experiment using liquid nitrogen to greatly enhance the rate of cooling of the assembly has also been attempted and

  12. Rare-earth doped YF{sub 3} nanocrystals embedded in sol-gel silica glass matrix for white light generation

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    Mendez-Ramos, J. [Departamento Fisica Fundamental y Experimental, Electronica y Sistemas, Universidad de La Laguna, 38206 La Laguna, Tenerife (Spain); Santana-Alonso, A. [Departamento Fisica Basica, Universidad de La Laguna, 38206 La Laguna, Tenerife (Spain); Yanes, A.C., E-mail: ayanesh@ull.e [Departamento Fisica Basica, Universidad de La Laguna, 38206 La Laguna, Tenerife (Spain); Castillo, J. del [Departamento Fisica Basica, Universidad de La Laguna, 38206 La Laguna, Tenerife (Spain); Rodriguez, V.D. [Departamento Fisica Fundamental y Experimental, Electronica y Sistemas, Universidad de La Laguna, 38206 La Laguna, Tenerife (Spain)

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    YF{sub 3} nanocrystals triply-doped with Yb{sup 3+}, Ho{sup 3+} and Tm{sup 3+} ions embedded in amorphous silica matrix have been successfully obtained by heat treatment of precursor sol-gel glasses for the first time to our knowledge and confirmed by X-ray diffraction and luminescence measurements. Simultaneous UV and visible efficient up-conversion emissions, with well-resolved Stark structure, under 980 nm infrared pump are observed, indicating the effective partition of rare-earth ions into a crystalline-like environment of the YF{sub 3} nanocrystals. Corresponding energy transfer mechanisms have been analyzed and overall colour emission has been quantified in terms of standard chromaticity diagram. By an adequate doping level and heat treatment temperature of precursor sol-gel glasses, a bright white colour has been accomplished, close to the standard equal energy white light illumination point, with potential applications in photo-electronic devices and information processing.

  13. Caveolin-1 is important for nitric oxide-mediated angiogenesis in fibrin gels with human umbilical vein endothelial cells

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    Yi-ming PAN; Yong-zhong YAO; Zhang-hua ZHU; Xi-tai SUN; Yu-dong QIU; Yi-tao DING

    2006-01-01

    Aim: The role of caveolin-l (Cav-1) in angiogenesis remains poorly understood. The endothelial nitric oxide (NO) synthase (eNOS), a caveolin-interacting protein, was demonstrated to play a predominant role in vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) -induced angiogenesis. The purpose of our study was to examine the role of Cav-1 and the eNOS complex in NO-mediated angiogenesis. Methods: Human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVEC) were isolated and cultured in 3-D fibrin gels to form capillary-like tubules by VEGF stimulation. The expression of Cav-1 and eNOS was detected by semiquantitative RT-PCR. The HUVEC were treated with antisense oligonucleotides to downregulate Cav-1 expression. Both transduced and non-infected HUVEC were cultured in fibrin gels in the presence or absence of VEGF (20 ng/mL) and NG-nitro-L-arginine methyl ester (L-NAME; 5 mmol/L). NO was measured using a NO assay kit and capillary-like tubules were quantified by tubule formation index using the Image J program. Results: RT-PCR analysis revealed that Cav-1 levels steadily increased in a time-dependent manner and reached their maximum after 5 d of incubation, but there were no obvious changes in eNOS mRNA expression in response to VEGF in the fibrin gel model. VEGF (20 ng/mL) can promote NO production and the formation of capillary-like tubules, and this promoting effect of VEGF was blocked by the addition of L-NAME (5 mmol/L). When transduced HUVEC with the antisense Cav-1 oligonucleotides were plated in the fibrin gels, the capillary-like tubules were significantly fewer than those of the non-infected cells. The capillary-like tubules formation and NO production of transduced HUVEC with the antisense Cav-1 oligonucleotides cultured in fibrin gels showed no responses to the addition of VEGF (20 ng/mL) and L-NAME (5.0 mmol/L). Conclusion: NO was a critical angiogenic mediator in this model. Cav-1 was essential for NO-mediated angiogenesis and may be an important target of anti

  14. Contribution of TEMPO-Oxidized Cellulose Gel in the Formation of Flower-Like Zinc Oxide Superstructures: Characterization of the TOCgel/ZnO Composite Films

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    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available In the present paper, we report on a simple and new approach for the synthesis of hierarchical flower-like zinc oxide superstructures ZnO (FL in the presence of the TEMPO-oxidized cellulose gel (TOCgel through a room temperature sol-gel process in aqueous medium. Resulting composite films based on TOCgel and ZnO were investigated by several techniques including scanning electron microscopy (SEM, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS, thermogravimetric analysis (TGA and mechanical tests. SEM images demonstrated the formation of well-shaped flower-like ZnO superstructures within the fibrous structure of the TOCgel with a uniform diameter (~5 μm. FTIR and XPS results clearly confirmed the formation of such ZnO structures. We suggested that the carboxylate groups of TOCgel fibers act as capping agents and promote the construction of such flower-like ZnO via a nucleation-growth process. A proposed mechanism based on the oriented attachment-driven growth was discussed in order to explain the formation of ZnO (FL. The photocatalytic activity of the TOCgel/ZnO composite in the degradation of methylene blue (MB under UV irradiation was clearly confirmed. Finally, mechanical tests demonstrated that the former TOCgel/ZnO film maintained a good flexibility (bent up to ~120° without losing its photocatalytic activity.

  15. Synthesis of novel perovskite crystal structure phase of strontium doped rare earth manganites using sol gel method

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    Abdel-Latif, I.A. [Physics Department, College of Science, Najran University, P.O. 1988, Najran (Saudi Arabia); Reactor Physics Department, NRC, Atomic Energy Authority, Abou Zabaal, P.O. 13759, Cairo (Egypt); Ismail, Adel A., E-mail: adelali141@yahoo.com [Advanced Materials and Nano-Research Centre, Najran University, P.O. Box 1988, Najran 11001 (Saudi Arabia); Central Metallurgical Research & Development Institute (CMRDI), Helwan 11421, Cairo (Egypt); Bouzid, Houcine [Advanced Materials and Nano-Research Centre, Najran University, P.O. Box 1988, Najran 11001 (Saudi Arabia); Al-Hajry, A. [Physics Department, College of Science, Najran University, P.O. 1988, Najran (Saudi Arabia); Advanced Materials and Nano-Research Centre, Najran University, P.O. Box 1988, Najran 11001 (Saudi Arabia)

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    In the present work, polycrystalline perovskites of R{sub 0.6}Sr{sub 0.4}MnO{sub 3} nanocomposites (R=La, Nd, or Sm) were synthesized using the sol–gel method in the presence of citric acid and polyethylene glycol as chelating and structure directing agents respectively. The synthesized gel was calcined at 800 °C for 5 h. The XRD revealed that the obtained nanocrystalline R{sub 0.6}Sr{sub 0.4}MnO{sub 3} is monoclinic crystal structure of space group (I2/a). TEM images showed that the prepared perovskites are homogeneous and uniform with particle sizes in a range 20–40 nm and the HR-TEM images and lattice fringes displayed the monoclinic structure. IV measurements showed that Nd{sub 0.6}Sr{sub 0.4}MnO{sub 3} has semiconducting properties at room temperature. With applying low magnetic field, a transition from semiconductor behavior to Ohmic resistivity was observed. The static resistance of Nd{sub 0.6}Sr{sub 0.4}MnO{sub 3} was calculated to be ~2.985 TΩ for semiconductor phase and the resistance increased 1000 times that gives rise to negative magnetoresistance (MR). The value of MR of Nd{sub 0.6}Sr{sub 0.4}MnO{sub 3} equals to 99.84%, which leads to the use of these materials in fabrication of magnetic devices in the industrial scale. - Highlights: • Polycrystalline perovskites of R{sub 0.6}Sr{sub 0.4}MnO{sub 3} were synthesized using the sol–gel method. • The XRD analysis showed the prepared perovskites are monoclinic crystal structure. • The prepared perovskites are homogeneous and uniform with particles size (20–40 nm). • IV measurements displayed that Nd{sub 0.6}Sr{sub 0.4}MnO{sub 3} has semiconducting properties. • The value of MR equals to 99.84% in Nd{sub 0.6}Sr{sub 0.4}MnO{sub 3}.

  16. Surface chemistry of rare-earth oxide surfaces at ambient conditions: reactions with water and hydrocarbons

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    Külah, Elçin; Marot, Laurent; Steiner, Roland; Romanyuk, Andriy; Jung, Thomas A.; Wäckerlin, Aneliia; Meyer, Ernst

    2017-01-01

    Rare-earth (RE) oxide surfaces are of significant importance for catalysis and were recently reported to possess intrinsic hydrophobicity. The surface chemistry of these oxides in the low temperature regime, however, remains to a large extent unexplored. The reactions occurring at RE surfaces at room temperature (RT) in real air environment, in particular, in presence of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), were not addressed until now. Discovering these reactions would shed light onto intermediate steps occurring in automotive exhaust catalysts before reaching the final high operational temperature and full conversion of organics. Here we first address physical properties of the RE oxide, nitride and fluoride surfaces modified by exposure to ambient air and then we report a room temperature reaction between PAH and RE oxide surfaces, exemplified by tetracene (C18H12) on a Gd2O3. Our study evidences a novel effect – oxidation of higher hydrocarbons at significantly lower temperatures (~300 K) than previously reported (>500 K). The evolution of the surface chemical composition of RE compounds in ambient air is investigated and correlated with the surface wetting. Our surprising results reveal the complex behavior of RE surfaces and motivate follow-up studies of reactions between PAH and catalytic surfaces at the single molecule level. PMID:28327642

  17. Improving electrical properties of sol-gel derived zinc oxide thin films by plasma treatment

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    Talukder, Al-Ahsan; Pokharel, Jyotshna; Shrestha, Maheshwar; Fan, Qi H.

    2016-10-01

    Being a direct and wide bandgap semiconductor, zinc oxide is a suitable material for various optoelectronic applications. These applications require tuning and controlling over the electrical and optical properties of zinc oxide films. In this work, zinc oxide thin films were prepared by a solution method that led to oriented crystal growth along (002) plane. The zinc oxide thin films were treated with oxygen, hydrogen, and nitrogen plasmas. The films were characterized to reveal the effects of plasma treatments on transmittance, crystallinity, carrier density, carrier mobility, and electrical resistivity. Oxygen plasma treatment improved the crystallinity of the zinc oxide thin film without affecting the film's transmittance. Hydrogen plasma treatments were found very effective in improving the electrical conductivity sacrificing the film's transmittance. Nitrogen plasma treatment led to improved electrical conductivity without compromising the crystallinity and optical transmittance. Sequential oxygen, hydrogen, and nitrogen plasma treatments significantly reduced the resistivity of zinc oxide thin films by over two orders and maintained the transmittance close to the as-deposited films of ˜80% in visible wavelength range. This is the first work on the improvement of conductivity of solution-based zinc oxide films using the plasma treatment.

  18. Dielectric function of sol-gel prepared nano-granular zinc oxide by spectroscopic ellipsometry

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    Gilliot, Mickaël, E-mail: mickael.gilliot@univ-reims.fr; Hadjadj, Aomar [LISM, Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne, Reims (France); Eypert, Céline [HORIBA Jobin Yvon S.A.S., Palaiseau (France)

    2013-11-14

    ZnO thin films have been prepared by sol gel and deposited by spin coating. The dielectric function has been determined by spectroscopic ellipsometry. Ellipsometric spectra are inverted by a direct numerical method without using the standard fitting procedures. The obtained dielectric function presents a broad excitonic effect. The dielectric function is studied using Elliot excitonic theory including exciton plus band-to-band Coulomb interactions with standard Lorentzian broadening. A modification of this model dielectric function with independent bound and unbound exciton contributions is empirically proposed to improve modelling of the band gap excitonic peak.

  19. Effects of rare earth oxide additives on the thermal behaviors of aluminum nitride ceramics

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    YAO Yijun; WANG Ling; LI Chuncheng; JIANG Xiaolong; QIU Tai

    2009-01-01

    The effects of Y_2O_3 and Er_2O_3 on the sintering behaviors, thermal properties and microstructure of AIN ceramics were investigated. The ex-perimental results show that the sintering temperature can be decreased; the relative density and thermal behavior can be improved by adding rare earth oxide in AIN ceramics. For AIN ceramics with 3 wt.% Er_2O_3 additive, the relative density is 98.8%, and the thermal conductivity reaches 106 W·m~(-1)·K~(-1). The microstructure research found that no obvious aluminum erbium oxide was found in AIN ceramics doped with 3 wt.% Er_2O_3, which favored the improvement of the thermal conductivity of AIN ceramics.

  20. Electrostatic tuning of Kondo effect in a rare-earth-doped wide-band-gap oxide

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    Li, Yongfeng

    2013-04-29

    As a long-lived theme in solid-state physics, the Kondo effect reflects the many-body physics involving the short-range Coulomb interactions between itinerant electrons and localized spins in metallic materials. Here we show that the Kondo effect is present in ZnO, a prototypical wide-band-gap oxide, doped with a rare-earth element (Gd). The localized 4f electrons of Gd ions do not produce remanent magnetism, but interact strongly with the host electrons, giving rise to a saturating resistance upturn and negative magnetoresistance at low temperatures. Furthermore, the Kondo temperature and resistance can be electrostatically modulated using electric-double-layer gating with liquid ionic electrolyte. Our experiments provide the experimental evidence of tunable Kondo effect in ZnO, underscoring the magnetic interactions between localized and itinerant electrons and the emergent transport behaviors in such doped wide-band-gap oxides.

  1. Partial Oxidation of Butane to Syngas over Nickel SupportedCatalysts Modified by Alkali Metal Oxide and Rare-Earth Metal Oxide

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    2001-01-01

    The partial oxidation of butane (POB) to syngas over nickel supported catalysts was first investigated with a flow-reactor, TG and UVRRS. The NiO/g-Al2O3 is the most suitable for the POB among NiO/g-Al2O3, NiO/MgO and NiO/SiO2. And the reaction performance of the NiO/g-Al2O3 shows little difference from those of the nickel supported catalysts modified by alkali metal oxide and rare-earth metal oxide. However, modification with Li2O and La2O3 can suppress carbon-deposition of the NiO/g-Al2O3, which contains graphite-like species during the POB reaction.

  2. Multiwall carbon nanotube/nickel oxide nanocompositecoatings: Sol-gel deposition and characterization

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    Roro, Kittessa T

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available Due to their unique electronic and optical properties nanocomposite materials have wide range of applications in solar energy conversion. In this study, multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs)/Nickel oxide (NiO) nanocomposites were successfully...

  3. A novel synthesis of tin oxide thin films by the sol-gel process for optoelectronic applications

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    Marikkannan, M. [Department of Materials Science, School of Chemistry, Madurai Kamaraj University, Tamilnadu, Madurai-625021 (India); Vishnukanthan, V. [Department of Physics, Centre for Materials Science and Nanotechnology, University of Oslo, P.O. Box 1126 Blindern, N-0318 Oslo (Norway); Vijayshankar, A. [Department of Physics and Technology, University of Bergen, Allegaten 55, N-5007, Bergen (Norway); Mayandi, J., E-mail: jeyanthinath@yahoo.co.in [Department of Materials Science, School of Chemistry, Madurai Kamaraj University, Tamilnadu, Madurai-625021 (India); Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Michigan Technological University (United States); Pearce, J. M., E-mail: pearce@mtu.edu [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Michigan Technological University (United States); Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Michigan Technological University (United States)

    2015-02-15

    A novel and simple chemical method based on sol-gel processing was proposed to deposit metastable orthorhombic tin oxide (SnOx) thin films on glass substrates at room temperature. The resultant samples are labeled according to the solvents used: ethanol (SnO-EtOH), isopropanol (SnO-IPA) and methanol (SnO-MeOH). The variations in the structural, morphological and optical properties of the thin films deposited using different solvents were characterized by X-ray diffraction, atomic force microscopy, Raman spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, UV-vis spectroscopy and photoluminescence (PL) analysis. The XRD patterns confirm that all the films, irrespective of the solvents used for preparation, were polycrystalline in nature and contained a mixed phases of tin (II) oxide and tin (IV) oxide in a metastable orthorhombic crystal structure. FTIR spectra confirmed the presence of Sn=O and Sn-O in all of the samples. PL spectra showed a violet emission band centered at 380 nm (3.25 eV) for all of the solvents. The UV-vis spectra indicated a maximum absorption band shown at 332 nm and the highest average transmittance around 97% was observed for the SnO-IPA and SnO-MeOH thin film samples. The AFM results show variations in the grain size with solvent. The structural and optical properties of the SnO thin films indicate that this method of fabricating tin oxide is promising and that future work is warranted to analyze the electrical properties of the films in order to determine the viability of these films for various transparent conducting oxide applications.

  4. A novel synthesis of tin oxide thin films by the sol-gel process for optoelectronic applications

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    M. Marikkannan

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available A novel and simple chemical method based on sol-gel processing was proposed to deposit metastable orthorhombic tin oxide (SnOx thin films on glass substrates at room temperature. The resultant samples are labeled according to the solvents used: ethanol (SnO-EtOH, isopropanol (SnO-IPA and methanol (SnO-MeOH. The variations in the structural, morphological and optical properties of the thin films deposited using different solvents were characterized by X-ray diffraction, atomic force microscopy, Raman spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared (FTIR spectroscopy, UV-vis spectroscopy and photoluminescence (PL analysis. The XRD patterns confirm that all the films, irrespective of the solvents used for preparation, were polycrystalline in nature and contained a mixed phases of tin (II oxide and tin (IV oxide in a metastable orthorhombic crystal structure. FTIR spectra confirmed the presence of Sn=O and Sn-O in all of the samples. PL spectra showed a violet emission band centered at 380 nm (3.25 eV for all of the solvents. The UV-vis spectra indicated a maximum absorption band shown at 332 nm and the highest average transmittance around 97% was observed for the SnO-IPA and SnO-MeOH thin film samples. The AFM results show variations in the grain size with solvent. The structural and optical properties of the SnO thin films indicate that this method of fabricating tin oxide is promising and that future work is warranted to analyze the electrical properties of the films in order to determine the viability of these films for various transparent conducting oxide applications.

  5. Electrochemical and Oxidation Behavior of Yttria Stabilized Zirconia Coating on Zircaloy-4 Synthesized via Sol-Gel Process

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    S. Rezaee

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Sol-gel 8 wt.% Yttria Stabilized Zirconia (YSZ thin films were prepared on zirconium (zircaloy-4 alloy by dip-coating technique followed by heat treating at various temperatures (200°C, 400°C, and 700°C in order to improve both electrochemical corrosion and high temperature oxidation properties of the substrate. Differential thermal analysis and thermogravimetric analysis (DTA-TG revealed the coating formation process. X-ray diffraction (XRD was used to determine the crystalline phase structure transformation. The morphological characterization of the coatings was carried out using scanning electron microscopy (SEM. The electrochemical behavior of the coated and uncoated samples was investigated by means of open circuit potential, Tafel, and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS in a 3.5 wt.% NaCl solution. The homogeneity and surface appearance of coatings produced was affected by the heat treatment temperature. According to the corrosion parameters, the YSZ coatings showed a considerable increase in the corrosion resistance, especially at higher heat treatment temperatures. The coating with the best quality, from the surface and corrosion point of view, was subjected to oxidation test in air at 800°C. The coated sample presented a 25% reduction in oxidation rate in comparison with bare substrate.

  6. Sol-gel derived zinc oxide films alloyed with cobalt and aluminium

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    Sharma, Mamta [Department of Electronic Science, University of Delhi South Campus, Benito Juarez Road, New Delhi 110 021 (India); Mehra, R.M., E-mail: rammehra2003@yahoo.co [Department of Electronic Science, University of Delhi South Campus, Benito Juarez Road, New Delhi 110 021 (India)

    2010-05-03

    ZnO films codoped with 5 at.% Co and 1 at.% Al were prepared by sol-gel technique on corning glass and silicon substrates with precursor sols of different pH values. The pH was varied from 5.4 to 11 by adding varying amounts of monoethanolamine to the sol. Since pH plays an important role in controlling the properties of films, we discuss in detail the effect of pH value on the structural, morphological and optical properties of the grown films. X-ray diffraction and atomic force microscopy images reveal that the size of crystallites increases with pH of the sol. The variation of pH in the reaction system influences the density of homogeneous nucleation and the crystal growth along the c-axis. High quality Co and Al codoped ZnO films annealed at 600 {sup o}C have been obtained using a sol with pH = 9. These sol-gel derived films find their suitability to be used as dilute magnetic semiconductors.

  7. Quantum dot based on tin/titanium mixed oxide doped with europium synthesized by protein sol-gel method

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    Paganini, Paula P.; Felinto, Maria Claudia F.C., E-mail: paulapaganini@usp.b, E-mail: mfelinto@ipen.b [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN/CNEN-SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil); Brito, Hermi F., E-mail: hefbrito@iq.usp.b [Universidade de Sao Paulo (IQ/USP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil). Inst. de Quimica. Lab. de Elementos do Bloco f

    2011-07-01

    Special luminescence biomarkers have been developed to find more sensitive fluoroimmunoassay methods. A new generation of these biomarkers is the semiconductors nanocrystals, known as quantum dots, doped with lanthanides. The use of lanthanides ions as luminescent markers has many advantages, for example a security method, low cost, high specificity and also the luminescence can be promptly measured with high sensibility and accuracy. The protein sol-gel is a modification of conventional method, in which the coconut water replacing the alkoxides normally used. The advantage is that, the proteins present in coconut water bind chemically with metal salts forming a polymer chain. This work presents nanoparticles based on tin/titanium mixed oxide doped with 3% of europium synthesized by protein sol-gel method. The nanoparticles were burned at 300 deg C, 500 deg C, 800 deg C and 1100 deg C. The samples were analyzed and characterized by thermal analysis, X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), infrared spectroscopy (IR) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The synthesis was effective and the nanoparticles showed nanometric size and structural differences with the annealing. To be used in the fluoroimmunoassays tests, these particles need to be functionalized before be connect with biological molecules and after this process, these nanoparticles going to be submitted at gamma radiation for sterilization. (author)

  8. Preparation of rare-earth metal complex oxide catalysts for catalytic wet air oxidation

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    LI Ning; LI Guangming; YAO Zhenya; ZHAO Jianfu

    2007-01-01

    Catalytic wet air oxidation(CWAO)is one of the most promising technologies for pollution abatement.Developing catalysts with high activity and stability is crucial for the application of the CWAO process.The Mn/Ce complex oxide catalyrsts for CWAO of high concentration phenol containing wastewater were prepared by coprecipitation.The catalyst preparation conditions were optimized by using an orthogonal layout method and single-factor experimental analysis.The Mn/Ce serial catalysts were characterized by Brunauer-Emmett-Teller(BET)analysis and the metal cation leaching was measured by inductively coupled plasma torch-atomic emission spectrometry(ICP-AES).The results show that the catalysts have high catalytic activities even at a low temperature(80℃)and low oxygen partial pressure(0.5 MPa)in a batch reactor.The metallic ion leaching is comparatively low(Mn<6.577 mg/L and Ce<0.6910 mg/L,respectively)in the CWAO process.The phenol,CODCD and TOC removal efficiencies in the solution exceed 98.5% using the optimal catalyst(named CSP).The new catalyst would have a promising application in CWAO treatment of high concentration organic wastewater.

  9. Effects of concentration of reduced graphene oxide on properties of sol–gel prepared Al-doped zinc oxide thin films

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    Chou, Ching-Tian; Wang, Fang-Hsing, E-mail: fansen@dragon.nchu.edu.tw; Chen, Wei-Chun

    2016-04-30

    Reduced-graphene-oxide-incorporated aluminum-doped zinc oxide (AZO:rGO) composite thin films were synthesized on glass substrates by using the sol–gel method. The effect of the rGO concentration (0–3 wt%) on structural, electrical, and optical properties of the composite film was investigated by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, Hall-effect measurement, and ultraviolet–visible spectrometry. All of the composite films showed a typical hexagonal wurtzite structure, and the films incorporated with 1 wt% rGO showed the highest (0 0 2) peak intensity. The sheet resistance of the films was effectively reduced by a factor of more than two as the rGO ratio increased from 0 to 1 wt%. However, the sheet resistance increased with a further increase in the rGO ratio. The optical transmittance of the composite film monotonically decreased with increasing the rGO ratio from 0 to 3 wt%. The average optical transmittance (400–700 nm) of the AZO:rGO thin film within 1 wt% rGO was above 81%. - Highlights: • Reduced-graphene-oxide-doped ZnO:Al composite films are synthesized by sol–gel. • All AZO:rGO thin films show a typical hexagonal wurtzite structure. • Sheet resistance of AZO:rGO(1 wt%) film decreases by a factor of more than two. • The average visible transmittance of the AZO:rGO(1 wt%) film was 81%.

  10. Método sol-gel modificado para obtenção de alumina nanoencapsulada com terras raras Sol-gel modified method for obtaining alpha-alumina nanocoated with rare earth

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    A. P. Maciel

    2005-03-01

    Full Text Available Neste trabalho, alfa-alumina foi nanoencapsulada com óxido de lantânio usando um método sol-gel modificado. Um precursor polímero de lantânio foi usado para encapsular a alfa-Al2O3, dispersa em água. A influência da nanocápsula de óxido de lantânio na sinterização e microestrutura da alfa-alumina foi investigada usando-se técnicas de microscopia eletrônica. A microscopia eletrônica de varredura dos grãos nanoencapsulados revelou que compostos de lantânio precipitam no contorno de grão da alfa-Al2O3. A microscopia eletrônica de alta resolução mostrou claramente a formação de uma camada de La2O3 na superfície da alumina. A camada de La2O3 modifica o processo de sinterização da alumina pura. Em temperaturas elevadas ocorrem mudanças significativas na morfologia e microestrutura da alfa-alumina. Verificou-se que a camada amorfa de La2O3 reage com a alumina, resultando em LaAlO3, aumentando a temperatura de sinterização. A fase La2Al24,4O39,6 foi observada no material sinterizado.alpha-alumina powder was nanocoated with lanthanum oxide by sol-gel like method. A lanthanum polymeric precursor was used to coat the alpha-Al2O3 dispersed in water. The influence of the lanthanum oxide nanocoating on the sintering and microstructure of alpha-alumina was investigated using electron microscopy techniques. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM of these nanocoated grains revealed that the lanthanum oxide precipitates on the grain boundary of the alpha-alumina, at high temperature. High-resolution electron microscopy (HREM observations clearly showed the formation of a La2O3 layer on the surface of the alpha-alumina. The La2O3 layer modified the sintering process of the pure alumina. At high temperatures significant modifications on the grain morphology and microstructure was observed. It was verified that an amorphous La2O3 layer reacts with the alpha-alumina grain, resulting in LaAlO3 and increasing the sintering temperature. The La2Al

  11. A facile synthesis of zinc oxide/multiwalled carbon nanotube nanocomposite lithium ion battery anodes by sol-gel method

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    Köse, Hilal; Karaal, Şeyma; Aydın, Ali Osman; Akbulut, Hatem

    2015-11-01

    Free standing zinc oxide (ZnO) and multiwalled carbon nanotube (MWCNT) nanocomposite materials are prepared by a sol gel technique giving a new high capacity anode material for lithium ion batteries. Free-standing ZnO/MWCNT nanocomposite anodes with two different chelating agent additives, triethanolamine (TEA) and glycerin (GLY), yield different electrochemical performances. Field emission gun scanning electron microscopy (FEG-SEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectrometer (EDS), high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) analyses reveal the produced anode electrodes exhibit a unique structure of ZnO coating on the MWCNT surfaces. Li-ion cell assembly using a ZnO/MWCNT/GLY free-standing anode and Li metal cathode possesses the best discharge capacity, remaining as high as 460 mAh g-1 after 100 cycles. This core-shell structured anode can offer increased energy storage and performance over conventional anodes in Li-ion batteries.

  12. Unit 19.4 Evaluation of the Mitochondrial Respiratory Chain and Oxidative Phosphorylation System Using Blue Native Gel Electrophoresis

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    Díaz, Francisca; Fontanesi, Flavia

    2009-01-01

    The oxidative phosphorylation (OXPHOS) system consists of five multimeric complexes embedded in the mitochondrial inner membrane. They work in concert to drive the aerobic synthesis of ATP. Mitochondrial and nuclear DNA mutations affecting the accumulation and function of these enzymes are the most common cause of mitochondrial diseases and have also been associated with neurodegeneration and aging. For this reason, several approaches for the assessment of the OXPHOS system enzymes have been progressively developed. Based on the methods described elsewhere, we present here the use of blue native gel electrophoresis (BNGE) techniques to routinely assess the OXPHOS system and screen for enzymatic defects in homogenates or mitochondrial preparations from tissues or cultured cells. PMID:19806591

  13. In situ synthesis of magnetic mesoporous silica via sol-gel process coupled with precipitation and oxidation

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    Junqi Zhao; Yujun Wang; Guangsheng Luo; Shenlin Zhu

    2011-01-01

    A novel method was proposed for the in situ synthesis of magnetite-containing mesoporous silica SBA-16 via a sol-gel process coupled with precipitation and oxidation. The effect of the added amounts of reactants on the mesostructural and magnetic properties of the magnetic mesoporous silica was investigated. It was determined that the synthesized magnetic mesoporous silica with a total pore volume of 0.64-0.96 cm3/g and an average pore diameter of 4.0-14.9 nm had a relatively high saturation magnetization value (1.11-5.77 emu/g) and a large surface area (258-747 m2/g). Lysozyme was chosen as a model protein to test the performance of the magnetic mesoporous silica as a protein adsorbent. The high adsorption capacity (up to 212 mg/g) suggested a promising future as bimolecular hosts for the magnetic mesoporous silica.

  14. Fabrication of tungsten oxide microfibers with photocatalytic activity by electrospunning from PVA/H 3PW 12O 40 gel

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    Sui, Chunhong; Gong, Jian; Cheng, Tiexin; Zhou, Guangdong; Dong, Shunfu

    2011-08-01

    Regarding gel poly (vinyl alcohol)/H 3PW 12O 40 as precursor, the ultra-fine fibers tungsten oxide (WO 3) was prepared by using electrospinning and calcinating techniques. Scanning electron microscope (SEM) shows that the average diameter of fibrous WO 3 were changed from 200 nm to 600 nm after calcined PVA/H 3PW 12O 40 fibers at 600 and 800 °C, respectively. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Raman spectroscope revealed that the fibrous WO 3 was monoclinic phase, and the band-gap energies were observed by UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectra. The small size WO 3 exhibits excellent photocatalytcic activity in degradation of Rhodamine B at 365 nm wavelength.

  15. Design, microstructure, and high-temperature behavior of silicon nitride sintered with rate-earth oxides

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    Ciniculk, M.K. (California Univ., Berkeley, CA (United States). Dept. of Materials Science and Mineral Engineering)

    1991-08-01

    The processing-microstructure-property relations of silicon nitride ceramics sintered with rare-earth oxide additives have been investigated with the aim of improving their high-temperature behavior. The additions of the oxides of Y, Sm, Gd, Dy, Er, or Yb were compositionally controlled to tailor the intergranular phase. The resulting microstructure consisted of {beta}-Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} grains and a crystalline secondary phase of RE{sub 2}Si{sub 2}O{sub 7}, with a thin residual amorphous phase present at grain boundaries. The lanthanide oxides were found to be as effective as Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} in densifying Si{sub 3}N{sub 4}, resulting in identical microstructures. The crystallization behavior of all six disilicates was similar, characterized by a limited nucleation and rapid growth mechanism resulting in large single crystals. Complete crystallization of the intergranular phase was obtained with the exception of a residual amorphous, observed at interfaces and believed to be rich in impurities, the cause of incomplete devitrification. The low resistance to oxidation of these materials was attributed to the minimization of amorphous phases via devitrification to disilicates, compatible with SiO{sub 2}, the oxidation product of Si{sub 3}N{sub 4}. The strength retention of these materials at 1300{degrees}C was found to be between 80% and 91% of room-temperature strength, due to crystallization of the secondary phase and a residual but refractory amorphous grain-boundary phase. The creep behavior was found to be strongly dependent on residual amorphous phase viscosity as well as on the oxidation behavior, as evidenced by the nonsteady-state creep rates of all materials. 122 refs., 51 figs., 12 tabs.

  16. Structural properties and gas sensing behavior of sol-gel grown nanostructured zinc oxide

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    Rajyaguru, Bhargav; Gadani, Keval; Rathod, K. N.; Solanki, Sapana; Kansara, S. B.; Pandya, D. D.; Shah, N. A.; Solanki, P. S.

    2016-05-01

    In this communication, we report the results of the studies on structural properties and gas sensing behavior of nanostructured ZnO grown using acetone precursor based modified sol-gel technique. Final product of ZnO was sintered at different temperatures to vary the crystallite size while their structural properties have been studied using X-ray diffraction (XRD) measurement performed at room temperature. XRD results suggest the single phasic nature of all the samples and crystallite size increases from 11.53 to 20.96nm with increase in sintering temperature. Gas sensing behavior has been studied for acetone gas which indicates that lower sintered samples are more capable to sense the acetone gas and related mechanism has been discussed in the light of crystallite size, crystal boundary density, defect mechanism and possible chemical reaction between gas traces and various oxygen species.

  17. Effect of Polymers (PEG and PVP on Sol-Gel Synthesis of Microsized Zinc Oxide

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    Thilagavathi Thirugnanam

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Fibers irregular and seed-like microcrystalline ZnO were synthesized by using a cost-effective and low temperature aqueous sol-gel method. Various polymers, namely, polyethylene glycol 6000 (PEG 6000 and polyvinyl pyrrolidone (PVP, were used as structure directing agents. The samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR, and scanning electron microscopy (SEM. The X-ray diffraction pattern revealed the formation of phase-pure ZnO micropowders. It is observed that the polymers play an important role in modifying the surface morphology and the size of the crystallites. A compact granular morphology is observed for the ZnO samples without polymer. The samples exhibit microparticles of size 100 nm for PVP and for PEG-mediated growth, whereas microporous corrugated morphology is observed for added PEG-mediated micropowder. FTIR study is used to confirm the structural modifications occurring in the polymers.

  18. Structural and electrical properties of sol-gel spin coated indium doped cadmium oxide thin films

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    Rajammal, R. [Department of Physics, M.V.M Govt. Arts College for Women, Dindigul-624001 (India); Savarimuthu, E., E-mail: savari56@gmail.com; Arumugam, S., E-mail: savari56@gmail.com [Department of Physcis, Gandhigram Rural Institute, Gandhigram-624302 (India)

    2014-04-24

    The indium doped CdO thin films have been prepared by the sol-gel spin coating technique and the influence of indium doping concentration on the structural and electrical properties of the deposited films has been investigated. The indium doping concentration in the solution has been varied from 0-10 wt% insteps of 2wt%. A indium doping concentration of 6wt% has been found to be optimum for preparing the films and at this stage a minimum resistivity of 5.92×10{sup −4}Ω cm and a maximum carrier concentration of 1.20×10{sup 20}cm{sup −3} have been realized.

  19. Effects of rare earth oxide on hardfacing metal microstructure of medium carbon steel and its refinement mechanism

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    HAO Feifei; LIAO Bo; LI Da; LIU Ligang; DAN Ting; REN Xuejun; YANG Qingxiang

    2011-01-01

    The electrodes for hardfacing medium carbon steel with six additions of rare earth oxide were developed in this work. By means of optical microscopy and scanning electron microscopy, the microstructure, inclusion and the fractograph of the hardfacing metal were observed. Then, the effects of rare earth oxide on microstructure and inclusions in hardfacing metal were analyzed. The effectiveness of rare earth oxide as heterogeneous nuclei of δ-Fe was calculated with the misfit theory. The results showed that, the microstructure of hardfacing metal was composed of ferrite and small amount of pearlite. The microstructure was refined at first and then coarsened with the increase of rare earth oxide addition. The fractograph was changed from brittle to equiaxed dimples, then became quasi-cleavage and cleavage gradually.The calculated results showed that, the ferrite grain size could be refined because that LaA1O3 as heterogeneous nuclei ofδ-Fe was moderately effective, and the ferrite grain size was coarsened because the misfits between Ce2O3 and δ-Fe, Ce2O2S and δ-Fe were increased with futher increase of rare earth oxide addition.

  20. Sol-gel synthesis of tantalum oxide and phosphonic acid-modified carbon nanotubes composite coatings on titanium surfaces.

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    Maho, Anthony; Detriche, Simon; Delhalle, Joseph; Mekhalif, Zineb

    2013-07-01

    Carbon nanotubes used as fillers in composite materials are more and more appreciated for the outstanding range of accessible properties and functionalities they generate in numerous domains of nanotechnologies. In the framework of biological and medical sciences, and particularly for orthopedic applications and devices (prostheses, implants, surgical instruments, …), titanium substrates covered by tantalum oxide/carbon nanotube composite coatings have proved to constitute interesting and successful platforms for the conception of solid and biocompatible biomaterials inducing the osseous regeneration processes (hydroxyapatite growth, osteoblasts attachment). This paper describes an original strategy for the conception of resistant and homogeneous tantalum oxide/carbon nanotubes layers on titanium through the introduction of carbon nanotubes functionalized by phosphonic acid moieties (-P(=O)(OH)2). Strong covalent C-P bonds are specifically inserted on their external sidewalls with a ratio of two phosphonic groups per anchoring point. Experimental results highlight the stronger "tantalum capture agent" effect of phosphonic-modified nanotubes during the sol-gel formation process of the deposits compared to nanotubes bearing oxidized functions (-OH, -C=O, -C(=O)OH). Particular attention is also paid to the relative impact of the rate of functionalization and the dispersion degree of the carbon nanotubes in the coatings, as well as their wrapping level by the tantalum oxide matrix material. The resulting effect on the in vitro growth of hydroxyapatite is also evaluated to confirm the primary osseous bioactivity of those materials. Chemical, structural and morphological features of the different composite deposits described herein are assessed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), scanning (SEM) and transmission (TEM) electronic microscopies, energy dispersive X-rays analysis (EDX) and peeling tests.

  1. Thermoluminescence investigations of sol–gel derived and γ-irradiated rare earth (Eu and Nd) doped YAG nanophosphors

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    Kurrey, M.S. [Department of Applied Physics, Government Engineering College, Bilaspur 495006 (India); Tiwari, Ashish, E-mail: ashisht048@gmail.com [Department of Chemistry, Government Lahiri College, Chirimiri 497449 (India); Khokhar, M.S.K. [Department of Rural Technology, Guru Ghasidas Vishwavidyalaya, Bilaspur 495006 (India); Kher, R.S. [Department of Physics, Government E.R.R. PG Science College, Bilaspur 495006 (India); Dhoble, S.J. [Department of Physics, RTM Nagpur University, Nagpur 440033 (India)

    2015-08-15

    Nanocrystalline YAG doped with Eu{sup 3+} and Nd{sup 3+} has been synthesized by a sol–gel technique. The prepared nanophosphors were calcined and characterized by XRD, SEM. The XRD analysis revealed well-defined cubic phase. Electron microscopy showed spherical morphologies with an average size of 15–20 nm. The thermoluminescence (TL) properties of as prepared nanophosphors were investigated after γ-irradiation using {sup 60}Co source at room temperature. It has been found that there is a prominent TL glow peak at 290–295 °C for the as prepared doped samples. The TL glow curve showed variation in TL peak intensity as the concentration of dopant is changed. Kinetic data and trap depth for the synthesized samples were calculated by a peak shape method. It has been found that TL response is nonlinear in the range 0.29–1.16 kGy. This paper discusses about the optimal doping concentration of Eu and Nd in YAG nanophosphors. - Highlights: • TL properties of YAG:Eu{sup 3+}/Nd{sup 3+} nanoparticles were investigated after γ-irradiation. • TL peak intensity and glow curve structure varies with concentration of dopant. • Optimal TL intensity was obtained for YAG:Eu{sub 3.0}. and YAG:Nd{sub 3.0}. • Blue-shift in the TL peaks was observed as the gamma dose is increased for YAG:Eu{sub 5.0}. • TL response was found to be nonlinear in the range 0.29–1.16 kGy.

  2. Waiting ages for atmospheric oxygen: A titration hourglass and the oxidation of the solid Earth. (Invited)

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    Catling, D. C.; Claire, M.; Zahnle, K. J.

    2013-12-01

    Atmospheric O2 increased from less than 1 ppm to 0.2-2% at 2.45-2.22 Ga in the Great Oxidation Event (GOE). A minority opinion is that the GOE happened close to the time when oxygenic photosynthesis originated but evidence from the concentration of redox-sensitive elements in shales and their isotopes, as well as the setting and morphology of stromatolites supports the consensus view that oxygenic photosynthesis had originated by 2.8-2.7 Ga. Models show that O2 can be consumed rapidly by reductants in the Archean so that the air can remain anoxic even after photosynthesis began pumping out O2. Why did the world ultimately shift away from this balance? What conditions were needed to oxygenate the atmosphere in addition to oxygenic photosynthesis? A general principle is that a shift to an oxic environment from a reducing one requires net export of reductant. In planetary science, for example, the oxidation of the surfaces and atmospheres of other planets or satellites is universally attributed to the escape of hydrogen to space. Hydrogen escape explains the redness of Mars, several characteristics of the atmosphere of Venus, and the presence of tenuous O2 atmospheres on Ganymede, Europa, Rhea and Dione. For the Earth's rise of oxygen, many ideas focus on a decline in mantle or seafloor reductant fluxes (driven by internal geologic evolution) to the point where these fluxes were surpassed by biogenic oxygen fluxes. But for such a shift (without a role for hydrogen escape), the surface still has to export net reductant to the mantle. Such net export depends on the ratio of subducted ferric iron versus reduced carbon during the Archean, which remains poorly constrained. Over a decade ago, we proposed that rapid escape of hydrogen to space from the pre-GOE atmosphere would have gradually oxidized the Earth's surface and crust, accompanied by falling levels of atmospheric CH4 [1]. The idea is that Earth underwent a redox titration. A point would be reached where O2 became

  3. Solar absorption and thermal emission properties of multiwall carbon nanotube/nickel oxide nanocomposite thin films synthesized by sol-gel process

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    Roro, Kittessa T

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available Multiwall carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs)/nickel oxide (NiO) nanocomposites were successfully prepared by a sol–gel process and coated on an aluminium substrate. The MWCNTs were chemically functionalized and then added into NiO alcogels, and magnetic...

  4. Nanotubes of rare earth cobalt oxides for cathodes of intermediate-temperature solid oxide fuel cells

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    Sacanell, Joaquin [Departamento de Fisica, Centro Atomico Constituyentes, CNEA, Av. Gral. Paz 1499, 1650 San Martin, Buenos Aires (Argentina); CINSO (Centro de Investigaciones en Solidos), CITEFA-CONICET, J.B. de La Salle 4397, 1603 Villa Martelli, Buenos Aires (Argentina); Leyva, A. Gabriela [Departamento de Fisica, Centro Atomico Constituyentes, CNEA, Av. Gral. Paz 1499, 1650 San Martin, Buenos Aires (Argentina); Escuela de Ciencia y Tecnologia, UNSAM. Av. Gral. Paz 1499, 1650 San Martin, Buenos Aires (Argentina); Bellino, Martin G.; Lamas, Diego G. [CINSO (Centro de Investigaciones en Solidos), CITEFA-CONICET, J.B. de La Salle 4397, 1603 Villa Martelli, Buenos Aires (Argentina)

    2010-04-02

    In this work we studied the electrochemical properties of cathodes for intermediate-temperature solid oxide fuel cells (IT-SOFCs) prepared with nanotubes of La{sub 0.6}Sr{sub 0.4}CoO{sub 3} (LSCO). Their nanostructures consist of agglomerated nanoparticles in tubular structures of sub-micrometric diameter. The resulting cathodes are highly porous both at the micro- and the nanoscale. This fact increases significantly the access to active sites for the oxygen reduction. We investigated the influence of the diameter of the precursor nanotubes on the polarization resistance of the LSCO cathodes on CeO{sub 2}-10 mol.% Sm{sub 2}O{sub 3} (SDC) electrolytes under air atmosphere, evaluated in symmetrical [LSCO/SDC/LSCO] cells. Our results indicate an optimized performance when the diameter of precursor nanotubes is sufficiently small to become dense nanorods after cathode sintering. We present a phenomenological model that successfully explains the behavior observed and considers that a small starting diameter acts as a barrier that prevents grains growth. This is directly related with the lack of contact points between nanotubes in the precursor, which are the only path for the growth of ceramic grains. We also observed that a conventional sintering process (of 1 h at 1000 C with heating and cooling rates of 10 C min{sup -1}) has to be preferred against a fast firing one (1 or 2 min at 1100 C with heating and cooling rates of 100 C min{sup -1}) in order to reach a higher performance. However, a good adhesion of the cathode can be achieved with both methods. Our results suggest that oxygen vacancy diffusion is enhanced while decreasing LSCO particle size. This indicates that the high performance of our nanostructured cathodes is not only related with the increase of the number of active sites for oxygen reduction but also to the fact that the nanotubes are formed by nanoparticles. (author)

  5. Compacting and crystallisation of transparent conductive oxidic sol-gel layers as illustrated by the example of zinc oxide; Verdichtung und Kristallisation von transparenten leitfaehigen oxidischen Sol-gel-Schichten am Beispiel des Zinkoxids

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    Schuler, T.

    2003-07-01

    It is shown that doped zinc oxide films on glass can be obtained by a low-cost sol-gel dip coating process. The lowest possible specific resistance is 1.1x10{sup -3}ohmcm for multiple layers of aluminium-doped zinc oxide. It was shown that for thick layers the crystallite size depends on the doping of the sol, the temperature and the sintering time while the film thickness is largely defined by the concentration (viscosity) of the solution and the drawing time. On this basis, a model of the observed structures was obtained which is also applicable to other sol-gel layers. Using the process parameter p of the equation ESD = p x IKG, the morphology of multiple layers can thus be defined. The structural change from a grain structure to a layered structure was at p = 2.4 to 3 and the transition from layer structure to columnar structure at p = 1. A comparison with spray pyrolysis showed that the suggested model is also suitable as a prototype model for film growth and may possibly applied to physical coating technologies as well. The observed morphology affects the electric and optical properties of the layers, as a result of grain boundaries and compacting. With increasing compacting, the specific resistance of the layer will get lower. It was demonstrated that the coating temperature can be reduced from 550 deg C to 450 deg C without impairing conductivity by reducing the thickness of individual films. Further, possibilities were shown of improving film characteristics or reducing process time by means of other sinter technologies, e.g. pyrolytic gas flame sintering and laser sintering. The biggest problem of sol-gel coating was the segregation of dopands. For all systems, it is assumed that the dopands not converted into (optical) charge carriers will segregate on the surfaces of the crystallites and may even agglomerate into X-ray amorphous oxidic phases if dopand concentrations are high enough. In any case, potential barriers will result which slow down current

  6. Enhanced magneto-optical Kerr effect in rare earth substituted nanostructured cobalt ferrite thin film prepared by sol–gel method

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    Avazpour, L.; Toroghinejad, M.R. [Department of Materials Engineering, Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan 84156-83111 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Shokrollahi, H., E-mail: Shokrollahi@sutech.ac.ir [Electroceramics Group, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Shiraz University of Technology, Shiraz 13876-71557 (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2016-11-30

    Highlights: • The nanostructured rare earth doped Co-ferrite thin film was synthesized by the sol–gel method. • The coercivity of as high as 1.8 kOe is achieved for 20% substituted cobalt ferrite. • The average particle diameter of particulate film is decreasing by increasing substitute content. • Kerr spectra of films shifted to higher energies. • Kerr rotation angle increased to 1.65° for 0.1 Eu doped thin film. - Abstract: A series of rare-earth (RE)-doped nanocrystalline Co{sub x} RE{sub (1−x)} Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} (x = 0, 0.1, 0.2 and RE: Nd, Eu) thin films were prepared on silicon substrates by a sol–gel process, and the influences of different RE{sup 3+} ions on the microstructure, magnetism and polar magneto-optical Kerr effect of the deposited films were investigated. Also this research presents the optimization process of cobalt ferrite thin films deposited via spin coating, by studying their structural and morphological properties at different thicknesses (200, 350 nm) and various heat treatment temperatures 300–850 °C. Nanoparticulate polycrystalline thin film were formed with heat treatment above 400 °C but proper magnetic properties due to well crystallization of the film were achieved at about 650 °C. AFM results indicated that the deposited thin films were crack-free exhibiting a dense nanogranular structure. The root-mean square (RMS) roughness of the thin films was in the range of 0.2–3.2 nm. The results revealed that both of the magnetism and magneto optical Kerr (MOKE) spectra of Co{sub x} RE{sub (1−x)} Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} films could be mediated by doping with various RE ions. The Curie temperature of substituted samples was lower than pristine cobalt ferrite thin films. In MOKE spectra both dominant peaks were blue shifted with addition of RE ions. For low concentration dopant the inter-valence charge transfer related rotation was enhanced and for higher concentration dopant the crystal field rotation peak was enhanced

  7. Synthesis of black cobalt and tin oxide films by the sol-gel process. Surface and optical properties

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    Barrera, E. [Departamento de Ingenieria de Procesos e Hidraulica, Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana-Iztapalapa, Av. Rafael Atlixco No. 186, Col. Vicentina, Mexico D.F. 09340 (Mexico); Huerta, L.; Muhl, S. [Instituto de Investigaciones en Materiales, UNAM, Mexico D.F. 04510 (Mexico); Avila, A. [Seccion de Electronica del Estado Salido, Depto. de Ingenieria Electrica, CINVESTAV, IPN (Mexico)

    2005-07-15

    Thin films of cobalt oxide (CO) and tin oxide (TO) were prepared by the dipping sol-gel method upon glass, stainless-steel (SS) and nickeled SS substrates. The aim of this study is to prepare selective photothermal coatings for medium temperature applications by superimposing TO films upon those of CO. Spectral reflectance measurements in both the UV-vis and the infrared ranges were used to characterize the relevant properties (absorptance and emittance). Also, atomic force microscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) measurements were made on the films. The XPS data tells us that several phases of CO coexist (Co{sub 3}O{sub 4}, Co{sub 2}O{sub 3}) in the films under the preparation conditions used. Besides, large amounts of carbon were detected in several configurations: both as graphite particles and carbon bonded to metallic and oxygen atoms. Regarding the TO films, both SnO and SnO{sub 2} phases were detected besides carbon particles as in CO. AFM studies made on samples upon glass substrates enable us to conclude that the dipping method yields surface morphologies with relatively low roughness, i.e., smooth film surfaces. By observing several tandem structures, it was found that placing a TO coating upon a CO film slightly improves the whole coating selectivity, but adding a nickel coating on the SS substrate improves even more such selectivity value.

  8. Fabrication of ceramic oxide-coated SWNT composites by sol-gel process with a polymer glue

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    Zhang Cheng; Gao Lei; Chen Yongming, E-mail: ymchen@iccas.ac.cn [Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Laboratory of Polymer Physics and Chemistry (China)

    2011-09-15

    The functional copolymer bearing alkoxysilyl and pyrene groups, poly[3-(triethoxysilyl)propyl methacrylate]-co-[(1-pyrene-methyl) methacrylate] (TEPM{sub 13}-co-PyMMA{sub 3}), was synthesized via atom transfer radical polymerization. Attributing the {pi}-{pi} interaction of pyrene units with the walls of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs), this polymer could disperse and exfoliate SWNTs in different solvents through physical interaction as demonstrated by TEM, UV/Vis absorption, and FT-IR analysis. The alkoxysilyl groups functionalized SWNTs were reacted with different inorganic precursors via sol-gel reaction, and, as a results, silica, titania, and alumina were coated onto the surface of SWNTs, respectively via copolymers as a molecular glue. The nanocomposites of ceramic oxides/SWNTs were characterized by SEM analysis. Dependent upon the feed, the thickness of inorganic coating can be tuned easily. This study supplies a facile and general way to coat SWNTs with ceramic oxides without deteriorating the properties of pristine SWNTs.

  9. Synthesis of nitrous oxide by lightning in the early anoxic Earth's atmosphere

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    Navarro, K. F.; Navarro-Gonzalez, R.; McKay, C. P.

    2013-12-01

    Carbon dioxide (CO2) was the main atmospheric component of the early Earth's atmosphere and exerted a key role in climate by maintaining a hydrosphere during a primitive faint Sun [1]; however, CO2 was eventually removed from the atmosphere by rock weathering and sequestered in the Earth's crust and mantle [1]. Nitric oxide (NO) was fixed by lightning discharges at a rate of 1×1016 molecules J-1 in CO2 (50-80%) rich atmospheres [2]. As the levels of atmospheric CO2 dropped to 20%, the production rate of NO by lightning rapidly decreased to 2×1014 molecules J-1 and then slowly diminished to 1×1014 molecules J-1 at CO2 levels of about 2.5% [2]. In order to maintain the existence of liquid water in the early Earth, it is required to warm up the planet with other greenhouse gases such as methane (CH4) [3]. Here we report an experimental study of the effects of lightning discharges on the nitrogen fixation rate during the evolution of the Earth's early atmosphere from 10 to 0.8 percent of carbon dioxide with methane concentrations from 0 to 1,000 ppm in molecular nitrogen. Lightning was simulated in the laboratory by a plasma generated with a pulsed Nd-YAG laser [2]. Our results show that the production of NO by lightning is independent of the presence of methane but drops from 3×1014 molecules J-1 in 10% CO2 to 5×1013 molecules J-1 in 1% CO2. Surprisingly, nitrous oxide (N2O) is also produced at a rate of 4×1013 molecules J-1 independent of the levels of CH4 and CO2. N2O is produced by lightning in the contemporaneous oxygenated Earth's atmosphere at a comparable rate of (0.4-1.5)×1013 molecules J-1 [4, 5], but was not detected in nitrogen-carbon dioxide mixtures in the absence of oxygen [6]. The only previously reported abiotic synthesis of N2O was by corona discharges in rich CO2 atmospheres (20-80%) with a production rate of 8×1012 molecules J-1 [6]; however at lower CO2 (atmosphere was the main source of N2O in nitrogen dominated atmospheres. N2O is not

  10. Incorporation of Vanadium Oxide in Silica Nanofiber Mats via Electrospinning and Sol-Gel Synthesis

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    Jeanne E. Panels

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Submicron scale vanadia/silica hybrid nanofiber mats have been produced by electrospinning silica sol-gel precursor containing vanadium oxytriisopropoxide (VOTIP, followed by calcinations at high temperature. The properties of the resulting inorganic hybrid nanofiber mats are compared to those of electrospun pure silica nanofibers. SEM images show fibers are submicron in diameter and their morphology is maintained after calcination. Physisorption experiments reveal that silica nanofiber mats have a high specific surface area of 63 m2/g. FT-IR spectra exhibit Si—O vibrations and indicate the presence of V2O5 in the fibers. XPS studies reveal that the ratio of Si to O is close to 0.5 on the surface of fibers and the amount of vanadium on the surface of fibers increases with calcination. XRD diffraction patterns show that silica nanofibers are amorphous and orthorhombic V2O5 crystals have formed after calcination. EFTEM images demonstrate the growth of crystals on the surface of fibers containing vanadium after calcination. SEM images of fibers with high-vanadium content (50 mol% V: Si show that vanadia crystals are mostly aligned along the fiber axis. XPS shows an increase in vanadium contents at the surface, and XRD patterns exhibit an increase in the degree of crystallinity. A coaxial electrospinning scheme has successfully been employed to selectively place V2O5 in the skin layer.

  11. Study of the Photoconductivity of Zinc Oxide Nanoparticles Synthesized by a Sol-Gel Method

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    Pandey, Nitin; Srivastava, Rajneesh Kumar

    2015-01-01

    ZnO nanoparticles (NPs) were synthesized by use of a sol-gel method at different temperatures, and characterized by x-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and UV-visible absorption spectroscopy. XRD analysis showed crystallite size was of the order of few tens of nanometers and the NPs had a wurtzite structure. SEM micrographs showed the NPs were pseudo-spherical in shape. UV-visible absorption study revealed a blue shift of the absorption edge compared with that of bulk ZnO. With increasing temperature of synthesis, the absorption edge was red-shifted. The photoconductivity, in air, of all the samples was studied. Variation of the dark current with applied voltage was linear for NPs synthesized at low temperatures and became super-linear for NPs synthesized at high temperatures. The dark current decreased with increasing temperature of synthesis. Photosensitivity was maximum for NPs synthesized at 600°C. Anomalous behavior, a decrease in photocurrent even during steady illumination, was observed for all the samples.

  12. Nanostructured aluminium oxide powders obtained by aspartic acid-nitrate gel-combustion routes

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    Gardey Merino, Maria Celeste, E-mail: mcgardey@frm.utn.edu.a [Laboratorio de Investigaciones y Servicios Ambientales Mendoza (LISAMEN) - CCT - CONICET, Avda. Ruiz Leal s/n, Parque Gral. San Martin, (M5502IRA) Ciudad de Mendoza, Prov. de Mendoza (Argentina); Grupo CLIOPE, Universidad Tecnologica Nacional - Facultad Regional Mendoza, Rodriguez 273, (M5502AJE) Ciudad de Mendoza, Prov. de Mendoza (Argentina); Lascalea, Gustavo E. [Laboratorio de Investigaciones y Servicios Ambientales Mendoza (LISAMEN) - CCT - CONICET, Avda. Ruiz Leal s/n, Parque Gral. San Martin, (M5502IRA) Ciudad de Mendoza, Prov. de Mendoza (Argentina); Sanchez, Laura M. [CINSO (Centro de Investigaciones en Solidos), CITEFA - CONICET, J.B. de La Salle 4397, (B1603ALO) Villa Martelli, Prov. de Buenos Aires (Argentina); Vazquez, Patricia G. [Centro de Investigacion y Desarrollo en Ciencias Aplicadas ' Dr. Jorge J. Ronco' (CINDECA), CONICET, Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Calle 47 nro. 257, (B1900AJK) La Plata, Prov. de Buenos Aires (Argentina); Cabanillas, Edgardo D. [CONICET and Centro Atomico Constituyentes, Comision Nacional de Energia Atomica, Gral. Paz 1499, (1650) San Martin, Prov. de Buenos Aires (Argentina); Lamas, Diego G. [CINSO (Centro de Investigaciones en Solidos), CITEFA - CONICET, J.B. de La Salle 4397, (B1603ALO) Villa Martelli, Prov. de Buenos Aires (Argentina)

    2010-04-16

    In this work, two new gel-combustion routes for the synthesis of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanopowders with aspartic acid as fuel are presented. The first route is a conventional stoichiometric process, while the second one is a non-stoichiometric, pH-controlled process. These routes were compared with similar synthesis procedures using glycine as fuel, which are well-known in the literature. The samples were calcined in air at different temperatures, in a range of 600-1200 {sup o}C. They were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy and BET specific surface area. Different phases were obtained depending on the calcination temperature: amorphous, {gamma} (metastable) or {alpha} (stable). The amorphous-to-{gamma} transition was found for calcination temperatures in the range of 700-900 {sup o}C, while the {gamma}-to-{alpha} one was observed for calcination temperatures of 1100-1200 {sup o}C. The retention of the metastable {gamma} phase is probably due to a crystallite size effect. It transforms to the {alpha} phase after the crystallite size increases over a critical size during the calcination process at 1200 {sup o}C. The highest BET specific surface areas were obtained for both nitrate-aspartic acid routes proposed in this work, reaching values of about 50 m{sup 2}/g.

  13. Structural and optical properties of chromium doped zinc oxide nanoparticles synthesized by sol-gel method

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    Naqvi, Syed Mohd. Adnan, E-mail: adiaks2004@yahoo.co.in [Department of Fundamental and Applied Sciences, Universiti Teknologi Petronas, Bandar Seri Iskandar, Perak (Malaysia); Irshad, Kashif, E-mail: alig.kashif@gmail.com [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Petronas, Bandar Seri Iskandar, Perak (Malaysia); Soleimani, Hassan, E-mail: hassan.soleimani@petronas.com.my, E-mail: noorhana-yahya@petronas.com.my; Yahya, Noorhana, E-mail: hassan.soleimani@petronas.com.my, E-mail: noorhana-yahya@petronas.com.my

    2014-10-24

    Nanosized Cr-doped ZnO nano particles were synthesized by facile sol-gel auto combustion method. The structural and optical properties of Cr-doped ZnO nanoparticles have been investigated by XRD and UV-Vis spectroscopy at room temperature for 0% to 8% concentration. X-ray diffraction analysis reveals that the Cr-doped ZnO crystallizes in a single phase polycrystalline nature with wurtzite lattice. With every % of doping, the peaks are shifting scarcely and doping of Cr is possible up to 7%. After that, the last peak vanishes, that signifies its structure is transmuted from 8% doping. The average crystallite size decreases with increase in Cr concentration (i.e. 28.9 nm for 0% to 25.8 nm for 8%). The UV-Vis spectra of the nanoparticles betoken an incrementation in the band gap energy from 3.401, 3.415, 3.431, 3.437,3.453, 3.514,3.521, 3.530 and 3.538 eV respectively, for 0,1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 % doping concentration.

  14. Zinc-oxide nanowires electrochemically grown onto sol-gel spin-coated seed layers

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    Bojorge, Claudia D.; Canepa, Horacio R. [CINSO, CONICET-CITEDEF, Juan B. de La Salle 4397, CP 1603 Villa Martelli, Buenos Aires (Argentina); Kent, Vladimir R.; Teliz, Erika; Marotti, Ricardo E.; Dalchiele, Enrique A. [Facultad de Ingenieria, Instituto de Fisica, Universidad de la Republica, J. H. Reissig 565, CC 30, CP 11000, Montevideo (Uruguay); Henriquez, Rodrigo; Gomez, Humberto [Facultad de Ciencias, Instituto de Quimica, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso, Casilla 4059, Valparaiso (Chile)

    2011-07-15

    The electrochemical deposition of ZnO nanowires (NW) was optimized by growing onto a previously deposited seed layer. The ZnO seed layer was prepared by a sol-gel process from different precursor solutions and deposited onto FTO/glass by spin coating. Afterwards, NW were electrochemically grown onto those seed layers. The electrolyte was an aqueous solution of the Zn{sup +2} precursor (1 mM zinc acetate) and a supporting electrolyte (0.1 M sodium acetate), saturated with bubbling oxygen. The films were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and optical transmittance. The XRD measurements show typical diffraction pattern of ZnO wurtzite structure. The SEM micrographs show the presence of smooth NW with hexagonal sections with diameters ranging from 40 to 250 nm. The optical transmittance reveals the presence of ZnO with bandgap energy between 3.23 and 3.29 eV. These spectra show a monotonically increasing transmittance from the UV into the red part of the spectrum. This feature may be originated in the dispersion of light at the NW and can be used to enhance below-gap absorption. (Copyright copyright 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  15. Determination of rare earth elements in high purity rare earth oxides by liquid chromatography, thermionic mass spectrometry and combined liquid chromatography/thermionic mass spectrometry

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    Stijfhoorn, D. E.; Stray, H.; Hjelmseth, H.

    1993-03-01

    A high-performance liquid Chromatographie (HPLC) method for the determination of rare earth elements in rocks has been modified and used for the determination of rare earth elements (REE) in high purity rare earth oxides. The detection limit was 1-1.5 ng or 2-3 mg/kg when a solution corresponding to 0.5 mg of the rare earth oxide was injected. The REE determination was also carried out by adding a mixture of selected REE isotopes to the sample and analysing the collected HPLC-fractions by mass spectrometry (MS) using a thermionic source. Since the matrix element was not collected, interference from this element during the mass spectrometric analysis was avoided. Detection limits as low as 0.5 mg/kg could then be obtained. Detection limits as low as 0.05 mg/kg were possible by MS without HPLC-pre-separation, but this approach could only be used for those elements that were not affected by the matrix. Commercial samples of high purity Nd 2O 3, Gd 2O 3 and Dy 2O 3 were analysed in this study, and a comparison of results obtained by HPLC, combined HPLC/MS and direct MS are presented.

  16. Luminescent features of sol-gel derived rare-earth multi-doped oxyfluoride nano-structured phosphors for white LED application

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    Gouveia-Neto, A.S., E-mail: artur@df.ufrpe.br [Departamento de Fisica, Universidade Federal Rural de Pernambuco, Recife, PE (Brazil); Silva, A.F. da; Bueno, L.A.; Costa, E.B. da [Departamento de Fisica, Universidade Federal Rural de Pernambuco, Recife, PE (Brazil)

    2012-02-15

    Rare-earth doped oxyfluoride 75SiO{sub 2}:25PbF{sub 2} nano-structured phosphors for white-light-emitting diodes were synthesized by thermal treatment of precursor sol-gel derived glasses. Room temperature luminescence features of Eu{sup 3+}, Sm{sup 3+}, Tb{sup 3+}, Eu{sup 3+}/Tb{sup 3+}, and Sm{sup 3+}/Tb{sup 3+} ions incorporated into low-phonon-energy PbF{sub 2} nanocrystals dispersed in the aluminosilicate glass matrix and excited with UV light emitting diode were investigated. The luminescence spectra exhibited strong emission signals in the red (600, 610, 625, and 646 nm), green (548 and 560 nm), and blue (485 nm) wavelength regions. White-light emission was observed in Sm/Tb and Eu/Tb double-doped activated phosphors employing UV-LED excitation at 395 nm. The dependence of the luminescence emission intensities upon annealing temperature and rare-earth concentration was also examined. The results indicated that there exist optimum annealing temperature and activator ion concentration in order to obtain intense visible emission light with high color rendering index. The study suggests that the nanocomposite phosphor based upon 75SiO{sub 2}:25PbF{sub 2} host herein reported is a promising contender for white-light LED applications. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer White-light emission in double-doped activated phosphors employing UV-LED excitation. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Luminescent features of europium, samarium, and terbium in nanocrystals dispersed in aluminosilicate glass. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer New nanocomposite phosphor host for white-light LED applications.

  17. Glass-forming Ability and Chemical Stability of Mag-neto-optical Glass Heavily Doped with Rare Earth Oxide

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    YIN Hairong; ZHANG Chunxiang; LIU Liying; CHEN Guoping; TANG Baojun

    2009-01-01

    The glass-forming region of B_2O_3-Al_2O_3-SiO_2(BAS)glass heavily doped with rare earth oxides was investigated by an effective method,and the chemical stability was investigated by powder method.Influences of rare earth oxides on the glass-forming ability and the chemical stability of the BAS glass were also discussed.The experimental results show that the BAS glass-forming re-gion expands firstly with the increase of the Tb_2O_3 content up to 30mol%and then shrinks.The acid-resistant capacity of the BAS glass doped with rare earth oxides is the lowest,the water-resistant capacity is secondary,and the alkali-resistant capacity is the best.Besides,the glass chemical stability can be improved by doping appropriate amount of rare earth oxides.Moreover,the stronger the ionic polarization ability of the rare earth ions is,the better the chemical stability of the BAS glass will be.

  18. Structural, Optical, and Dielectric Properties of Aluminum Oxide Nanofibers Synthesized by a Lower-Temperature Sol-Gel Approach

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    Riaz, Saira; Sajid-ur-Rehman; Abutalib, Mymona; Naseem, Shahzad

    2016-10-01

    Alumina (Al2O3) is the most versatile and important ceramic material, having applications in various fields including electronic devices. It is stable at high temperatures and is chemically inert. The sol-gel method, a relatively lower-temperature technique, has been used to synthesize aluminum oxide nanofibers. The molarity of the sol concentration was varied as 0.7 M, 0.8 M, 0.9 M, 1.0 M, and 1.1 M. The structural, optical, and dielectric properties of the as-synthesized nanofibers were characterized. x-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis results confirmed formation of α-Al2O3 phase of aluminum oxide, notably without any heat treatment or use of water as solvent. The crystallite size and unit cell volume of the nanofibers increased as the sol concentration was increased to 0.9 M, but further increase in sol concentration resulted in reduction of crystallite size and increase in dislocations. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) results revealed uniform distribution of nanofibers (˜25 nm to 30 nm) under all conditions. Nanofibers prepared using sol concentration of 0.9 M showed high transmission (˜89%) in the visible and infrared regions. The energy bandgap varied from 3.69 eV to 4.1 eV with the variation in molar concentration. Lower bandgap correlated with defect-induced states in the bandgap. The high refractive index is indicative of high density of aluminum oxide nanofibers. High grain-boundary resistance (1.455 MΩ) and high dielectric constant (˜15.76) along with low tangent loss were observed at molar concentration of 0.9 M.

  19. Physicochemical, nutritional, and sensory analyses of a nitrate-enriched beetroot gel and its effects on plasmatic nitric oxide and blood pressure

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    Davi Vieira Teixeira da Silva

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Beetroot (Beta vulgaris L. is a dietary source of natural antioxidants and inorganic nitrate (NO3–. It is well known that the content of antioxidant compounds and inorganic nitrate in beetroot can reduce blood pressure (BP and the risk of adverse cardiovascular effects. Objective: The aim of the present study was to formulate a beetroot gel to supplement dietary nitrate and antioxidant compounds able to cause beneficial health effects following acute administration. Design and subjects: A beetroot juice produced from Beta vulgaris L., without any chemical additives, was used. The juice was evaluated by physicochemical and microbiological parameters. The sample was tested in five healthy subjects (four males and one female, ingesting 100 g of beetroot gel. Results: The formulated gel was nitrate enriched and contained carbohydrates, fibers, saponins, and phenolic compounds. The formulated gels possess high total antioxidant activity and showed adequate rheological properties, such as high viscosity and pleasant texture. The consumer acceptance test for flavor, texture, and overall acceptability of beetroot gel flavorized with synthetic orange flavor had a sensory quality score >6.6. The effects of acute inorganic nitrate supplementation on nitric oxide production and BP of five healthy subjects were evaluated. The consumption of beetroot gel increased plasma nitrite threefold after 60 min of ingestion and decreased systolic BP (−6.2 mm Hg, diastolic BP (−5.2 mm Hg, and heart rate (−7 bpm.

  20. Sol–gel synthesis and enhanced photocatalytic activity of doped bismuth tungsten oxide composite

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    Xu, Xuetang; Ge, Yuanxing [Guangxi Key Laboratory of Petrochemical Resource Processing and Process Intensification Technology, School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Guangxi University, Nanning 530004 (China); School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Guangxi University, Nanning 530004 (China); Wang, Hong [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Guangxi University, Nanning 530004 (China); Li, Bin [Guangxi Key Laboratory of Petrochemical Resource Processing and Process Intensification Technology, School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Guangxi University, Nanning 530004 (China); School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Guangxi University, Nanning 530004 (China); Yu, Liuhui; Liang, Yanyan; Chen, Kun [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Guangxi University, Nanning 530004 (China); Wang, Fan, E-mail: fanwang@gxu.edu.cn [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Guangxi University, Nanning 530004 (China)

    2016-01-15

    Highlights: • Co dopant results in the phase change from Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} to Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}/Bi{sub 14}W{sub 2}O{sub 27} heterostructure. • Enhanced photocatalytic activity of Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}/Bi{sub 14}W{sub 2}O{sub 27} heterostructure. • Synergistic effects coming from the interactions between Bi{sub 14}W{sub 2}O{sub 27} and Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} - Abstract: Pristine Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} and Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}/Bi{sub 14}W{sub 2}O{sub 27} photocatalysts were synthesized by sol–gel method using Co(II) cation as dopant. The influence of Co dopant to the formation of Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}/Bi{sub 14}W{sub 2}O{sub 27} heterostructure composite was discussed. The photocatalytic activities of as-prepared samples were evaluated sufficiently by using rhodamine B as target organic pollutants under visible light. The as-prepared Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}/Bi{sub 14}W{sub 2}O{sub 27} heterostructure achieved enhanced optical absorption in the visible-light region, and exhibited much higher photocatalytic activities than that of pristine Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}. The optimum Bi/Co molar ratio and calcining temperature were also explored. The enhanced activities were attributed to the formation of heterostructure in suppressing the recombination of photo-generated carriers. The Co dopant species would participate to reduce the charge carrier recombination by acting as trapping sites for photogenerated charges. A possible photocatalytic mechanism over Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}/Bi{sub 14}W{sub 2}O{sub 27} heterostructure was proposed.

  1. SYNTHESIS AND CHARACTERIZATION OF NICKEL DOPED ZINC OXIDE NANOPARTICLES BY SOL – GEL METHOD

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    2016-01-01

    Zinc Oxide (ZnO) referred to as II – VI semiconductor because Znic belong to the second group and oxygen belongs to the sixth group of the periodic table. As grown ZnO in n – type semiconductor and its n – type conductivity can be controlled by growing it in an oxygen deficient atmosphere or by doping it with group III element like Al, Ga, or In. High quality 3d doped ZnO samples were required to synthesize a functional DMS (diluted magnetic semiconductor) whose magnetic...

  2. Sol-gel deposition and plasma treatment of intrinsic, aluminum-doped, and gallium-doped zinc oxide thin films as transparent conductive electrodes

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

    2015-09-01

    Zinc oxide and aluminum/gallium-doped zinc oxide thin films were deposited via sol-gel spin-coating technique. Employing plasma treatment as alternative to post thermal annealing, we found that the morphologies of these thin films have changed and the sheet resistances have been significantly enhanced. These plasma-treated thin films also show very good optical properties, with transmittance above 90% averaged over the visible wavelength range. Our best aluminum/gallium-doped zinc oxide thin films exhibit sheet resistances (Rs) of ~ 200 Ω/sq and ~ 150 Ω/sq, respectively.

  3. Nitric oxide delta band emission in the earth's atmosphere - Comparison of a measurement and a theory

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    Rusch, D. W.; Sharp, W. E.

    1981-01-01

    Attention is given to the altitude dependent emission rate in the delta-bands of nitric oxide as measured in the earth's atmosphere at night by a scanning ultraviolet spectrometer. It is noted that the reaction responsible is the two-body association of nitrogen and oxygen atoms. The measurements show a vertical intensity beneath the layer for the delta-band system of 19 R. The horizontal emission rate is found to increase from 70 R at 117 km to 140 R at 150 km. The data are analyzed with a one-dimensional, time-dependent, vertical-transport model of odd nitrogen photochemistry. The calculated and measured intensities agree so long as the quenching of N(2D) by atomic oxygen is near 5 x 10 to the -13 cu cm/sec.

  4. Anomalous positive flatband voltage shifts in metal gate stacks containing rare-earth oxide capping layers

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    Caraveo-Frescas, J. A.

    2012-03-09

    It is shown that the well-known negative flatband voltage (VFB) shift, induced by rare-earth oxide capping in metal gate stacks, can be completely reversed in the absence of the silicon overlayer. Using TaN metal gates and Gd2O3-doped dielectric, we measure a ∼350 mV negative shift with the Si overlayer present and a ∼110 mV positive shift with the Si overlayer removed. This effect is correlated to a positive change in the average electrostatic potential at the TaN/dielectric interface which originates from an interfacial dipole. The dipole is created by the replacement of interfacial oxygen atoms in the HfO2 lattice with nitrogen atoms from TaN.

  5. Effect of Rre Earth Oxides and Silica on Sintering and Microstructure of AZS—40 Materials

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    CHAIJun-lan; CHENZhao-you

    1996-01-01

    Effect of the content of La2O3,CeO2 and SiO2 on the sintering behavior and microstruc-ture of AZS-40 material has been studied by means of sintering test and SEM examination,The results show that the porosity of the AZS-40 clinker with addition of 0.5% La2O3 or CeO2 could reach 2% under the ondition of 1600℃ for 4 hours.But it is not beneficial to the sintering and microstructure of the clinkers when the addition of the rare earth oxides increases to more than 0.5%,AZS-40 materials become difficult to be sintered as the addition of SiO2 in the materials incereases.

  6. Effect of hydrocarbon adsorption on the wettability of rare earth oxide ceramics

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    Preston, Daniel J.; Miljkovic, Nenad; Sack, Jean; Queeney, John; Wang, Evelyn N., E-mail: enwang@mit.edu [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139 (United States); Enright, Ryan [Thermal Management Research Group, Efficient Energy Transfer (etaET) Department, Bell Labs Ireland, Dublin 15 (Ireland)

    2014-07-07

    Vapor condensation is routinely used as an effective means of transferring heat, with dropwise condensation exhibiting a 5 − 7x heat transfer improvement compared to filmwise condensation. However, state-of-the-art techniques to promote dropwise condensation rely on functional hydrophobic coatings, which are often not robust and therefore undesirable for industrial implementation. Natural surface contamination due to hydrocarbon adsorption, particularly on noble metals, has been explored as an alternative approach to realize stable dropwise condensing surfaces. While noble metals are prohibitively expensive, the recent discovery of robust rare earth oxide (REO) hydrophobicity has generated interest for dropwise condensation applications due to material costs approaching 1% of gold; however, the underlying mechanism of REO hydrophobicity remains under debate. In this work, we show through careful experiments and modeling that REO hydrophobicity occurs due to the same hydrocarbon adsorption mechanism seen previously on noble metals. To investigate adsorption dynamics, we studied holmia and ceria REOs, along with control samples of gold and silica, via X-Ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and dynamic time-resolved contact angle measurements. The contact angle and surface carbon percent started at ≈0 on in-situ argon-plasma-cleaned samples and increased asymptotically over time after exposure to laboratory air, with the rare earth oxides displaying hydrophobic (>90°) advancing contact angle behavior at long times (>4 days). The results indicate that REOs are in fact hydrophilic when clean and become hydrophobic due to hydrocarbon adsorption. Furthermore, this study provides insight into how REOs can be used to promote stable dropwise condensation, which is important for the development of enhanced phase change surfaces.

  7. Effect of hydrocarbon adsorption on the wettability of rare earth oxide ceramics

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    Preston, Daniel J.; Miljkovic, Nenad; Sack, Jean; Enright, Ryan; Queeney, John; Wang, Evelyn N.

    2014-07-01

    Vapor condensation is routinely used as an effective means of transferring heat, with dropwise condensation exhibiting a 5 - 7x heat transfer improvement compared to filmwise condensation. However, state-of-the-art techniques to promote dropwise condensation rely on functional hydrophobic coatings, which are often not robust and therefore undesirable for industrial implementation. Natural surface contamination due to hydrocarbon adsorption, particularly on noble metals, has been explored as an alternative approach to realize stable dropwise condensing surfaces. While noble metals are prohibitively expensive, the recent discovery of robust rare earth oxide (REO) hydrophobicity has generated interest for dropwise condensation applications due to material costs approaching 1% of gold; however, the underlying mechanism of REO hydrophobicity remains under debate. In this work, we show through careful experiments and modeling that REO hydrophobicity occurs due to the same hydrocarbon adsorption mechanism seen previously on noble metals. To investigate adsorption dynamics, we studied holmia and ceria REOs, along with control samples of gold and silica, via X-Ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and dynamic time-resolved contact angle measurements. The contact angle and surface carbon percent started at ≈0 on in-situ argon-plasma-cleaned samples and increased asymptotically over time after exposure to laboratory air, with the rare earth oxides displaying hydrophobic (>90°) advancing contact angle behavior at long times (>4 days). The results indicate that REOs are in fact hydrophilic when clean and become hydrophobic due to hydrocarbon adsorption. Furthermore, this study provides insight into how REOs can be used to promote stable dropwise condensation, which is important for the development of enhanced phase change surfaces.

  8. Luminescence studies of rare earth doped yttrium gadolinium mixed oxide phosphor

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    Som, S.; Choubey, A. [Department of Applied Physics, Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad, Jharkhand 826004 (India); Sharma, S.K., E-mail: sksharma_ism@yahoo.co.in [Department of Applied Physics, Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad, Jharkhand 826004 (India)

    2012-09-01

    This paper reports the photoluminescence and thermoluminescence properties of gamma ray induced rare earth doped yttrium gadolinium mixed oxide phosphor. The europium (Eu{sup 3+}) was used as rare earth dopant. The phosphor was prepared by chemical co-precipitation method according to the formula (Y{sub 2-x-y}Gd{sub x}) O{sub 3}: Eu{sub y}{sup 3+} (x=0.5; y=0.05). The photoluminescence emission spectrum of the prepared phosphor shows intense peaks in the red region at 615 nm for {sup 5}D{sub 0}{yields}{sup 7}F{sub 2} transitions and the photoluminescence excitation spectra show a broad band located around 220-270 nm for the emission wavelength fixed at 615 nm. The thermoluminescence studies were carried out after irradiating the phosphor by gamma rays in the dose range from 100 Gy to 1 KGy. In the thermoluminescence glow curves, one single peak was observed at about 300 Degree-Sign C of which the intensity increases linearly in the studied dose range of gamma rays. The glow peak was deconvoluted by GlowFit program and the kinetic parameters associated with the deconvoluted peaks were calculated. The kinetic parameters were also calculated by various glow curve shape and heating rate methods.

  9. Luminescence studies of rare earth doped yttrium gadolinium mixed oxide phosphor

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    Som, S.; Choubey, A.; Sharma, S. K.

    2012-09-01

    This paper reports the photoluminescence and thermoluminescence properties of gamma ray induced rare earth doped yttrium gadolinium mixed oxide phosphor. The europium (Eu3+) was used as rare earth dopant. The phosphor was prepared by chemical co-precipitation method according to the formula (Y2-x-yGdx) O3: Euy3+ (x=0.5; y=0.05). The photoluminescence emission spectrum of the prepared phosphor shows intense peaks in the red region at 615 nm for 5D0→7F2 transitions and the photoluminescence excitation spectra show a broad band located around 220-270 nm for the emission wavelength fixed at 615 nm. The thermoluminescence studies were carried out after irradiating the phosphor by gamma rays in the dose range from 100 Gy to 1 KGy. In the thermoluminescence glow curves, one single peak was observed at about 300 °C of which the intensity increases linearly in the studied dose range of gamma rays. The glow peak was deconvoluted by GlowFit program and the kinetic parameters associated with the deconvoluted peaks were calculated. The kinetic parameters were also calculated by various glow curve shape and heating rate methods.

  10. Liquidus temperature and chemical durability of selected glasses to immobilize rare earth oxides waste

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    Mohd Fadzil, Syazwani Binti; Hrma, Pavel R.; Schweiger, Michael J.; Riley, Brian J.

    2015-06-30

    Pyroprocessing is a reprocessing method for managing and reusing used nuclear fuel (UNF) by dissolving it in an electrorefiner with a molten alkali or alkaline earth chloride salt mixture while avoiding wet reprocessing. Pyroprocessing UNF with a LiCl-KCl eutectic salt releases the fission products from the fuel and generates a variety of metallic and salt-based species, including rare earth (RE) chlorides. If the RE-chlorides are converted to oxides, borosilicate glass is a prime candidate for their immobilization because of its durability and ability to dissolve almost any RE waste component into the matrix at high loadings. Crystallization that occurs in waste glasses as the waste loading increases may complicate glass processing and affect the product quality. This work compares three types of borosilicate glasses in terms of liquidus temperature (TL): the International Simple Glass designed by the International Working Group, sodium borosilicate glass developed by Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power, and the lanthanide aluminoborosilicate (LABS) glass established in the United States. The LABS glass allows the highest waste loadings (over 50 mass% RE2O3) while possessing an acceptable chemical durability.

  11. Use of rare earth oxides as tracers to identify sediment source areas for agricultural hillslopes

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    C. Deasy

    2010-11-01

    Full Text Available Understanding sediment sources is essential to enable more effective targeting of in-field mitigation approaches to reduce diffuse pollution from agricultural land. In this paper we report on the application of rare earth element oxides to arable soils at hillslope scale in order to determine sediment source areas and their relative importance, using a non-intrusive method of surface spraying. Runoff, sediments and rare earth elements lost from four arable hillslope lengths at a site in the UK with clay soils were monitored from three rainfall events after tracer application. Measured erosion rates were low, reflecting the typical event conditions occurring at the site, and less than 1% of the applied REO tracers were recovered, which is consistent with the results of comparable studies. Tracer recovery at the base of the hillslope was able to indicate the relative importance of different hillslope sediment source areas, which were found to be consistent between events. The principal source of eroded sediments was the upslope area, implying that the wheel tracks were principally conduits for sediment transport, and not highly active sites of erosion. Mitigation treatments for sediment losses from arable hillslopes should therefore focus on methodologies for trapping mobile sediments within wheel track areas through increasing surface roughness or reducing the connectivity of sediment transport processes.

  12. Use of rare earth oxides as tracers to identify sediment source areas for agricultural hillslopes

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    C. Deasy

    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available Understanding sediment sources is essential to enable more effective targeting of in-field mitigation approaches to reduce diffuse pollution from agricultural land. In this paper we report on the application of rare earth element oxides to arable soils at hillslope scale in order to determine sediment source areas and their relative importance, using a non-intrusive method of surface spraying. Runoff, sediments and rare earth elements lost from four arable hillslope lengths at a site in the UK with clay soils were monitored from three rainfall events after tracer application. Measured erosion rates were low, reflecting the typical event conditions occurring at the site, and less than 1% of the applied REO tracers were recovered, which is consistent with the results of comparable studies. Tracer recovery at the base of the hillslope was able to indicate the relative importance of different hillslope sediment source areas, which were found to be consistent between events. The principal source of eroded sediments was the upslope area, implying that the wheel tracks were principally conduits for sediment transport, and not highly active sites of erosion. Mitigation treatments for sediment losses from arable hillslopes should therefore focus on methodologies for trapping mobile sediments within wheel track areas through increasing surface roughness or reducing the connectivity of sediment transport processes.

  13. Use of rare earth oxides as tracers to identify sediment source areas for agricultural hillslopes

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    Deasy, C.; Quinton, J. N.

    2010-11-01

    Understanding sediment sources is essential to enable more effective targeting of in-field mitigation approaches to reduce diffuse pollution from agricultural land. In this paper we report on the application of rare earth element oxides to arable soils at hillslope scale in order to determine sediment source areas and their relative importance, using a non-intrusive method of surface spraying. Runoff, sediments and rare earth elements lost from four arable hillslope lengths at a site in the UK with clay soils were monitored from three rainfall events after tracer application. Measured erosion rates were low, reflecting the typical event conditions occurring at the site, and less than 1% of the applied REO tracers were recovered, which is consistent with the results of comparable studies. Tracer recovery at the base of the hillslope was able to indicate the relative importance of different hillslope sediment source areas, which were found to be consistent between events. The principal source of eroded sediments was the upslope area, implying that the wheel tracks were principally conduits for sediment transport, and not highly active sites of erosion. Mitigation treatments for sediment losses from arable hillslopes should therefore focus on methodologies for trapping mobile sediments within wheel track areas through increasing surface roughness or reducing the connectivity of sediment transport processes.

  14. Synthesis and characterization of mixtures of cobalt and titanium oxides by mechanical alloyed and Sol-Gel;Sintesis y caracterizacion de mezclas de oxidos de cobalto y titanio por aleado mecanico y Sol-Gel

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    Basurto S, R.; Bonifacio M, J.; Fernandez V, S. M., E-mail: rafael.basurto@inin.gob.m [ININ, Departamento de Quimica, Carretera Mexico-Toluca s/n, Ocoyoacac 52750, Estado de Mexico (Mexico)

    2009-07-01

    The mechanical alloyed techniques continued by combustion and Sol-Gel method, were used for the synthesis of CoTiO{sub 3}. With the first technique was used Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} obtained in a balls mill SPEX in argon atmosphere, using cobalt nitrate and urea, the combustion is realized at 400 and 500 C, the characterization by X-ray diffraction showed the obtaining of the valence oxide mixed of cobalt with crystallite size from 10 to 12.5 nm and the particle size of 60 to 75 nm was obtained by scanning electron microscopy. To prepare the CoTiO{sub 3}, the obtained Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} was mixed with TiO{sub 2} on a relationship in weight (1:1) and with a milling time of 2.5 h and the combustion at 800 C. the mixed oxide of titanium cobalt was also obtained by the Sol-Gel technique starting from cobalt chloride and titanium propoxide in acetic-water acid, the gel is burned to temperature of 300, 500, 700 and 900 C, finding that this last temperature it is that provides the compound with crystalline size from 50 to 75 nm. (Author)

  15. Use of rare earth oxide tracers to determine source areas for sediment eroded from arable hillslopes

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    Deasy, C.; Quinton, J. N.

    2009-04-01

    Soil erosion from arable hillslopes has both on-site and off-site effects. On-site, erosion and redistribution of sediment can lead to the loss of productive field area and a reduction in organic matter and nutrient content in topsoil. Off-site, the transport and deposition of eroded sediment in downstream waters is associated with turbidity, sedimentation and reduced water quality, as sediments are associated with the transport of nutrients, particularly phosphorus (P) and nitrogen (N), heavy metals and pesticides. Arable land is a major source for these sediments, with studies in the UK estimating the cultivated fields may be responsible for up to 80% of particulate P in rivers. Previous studies at Loddington in Leicestershire, UK have demonstrated that most of the P and much of the N eroded from hillslope is in particulate form, transported in association with sediment suspended in runoff. Results also suggest that tramlines are the principal pathway for erosion from arable fields containing combinable crops. As tramlines are regularly spaced over the whole field, they potentially act as conduits for runoff, sediment and sediment-associated nutrients to be lost from the hillslope. However, it is not yet clear where the source areas are for sediment eroded via this pathway. To understand the movement of sediment on arable hillslopes, a hillslope-scale tracer experiment was undertaken in one year at the same site. The aims of this study were (1) to develop an application method for rare earth oxide tracers suitable for using on a hillslope scale to assess sediment movement over a number of storm events, (2) to determine the erosion rates of different contributing hillslope areas, (3) to determine the relative contributions of sediment eroded from each of these areas in order to assess the importance of different hillslope source areas for soil erosion. Different rare earth oxide tracers were applied in solution using a knapsack sprayer to four areas of the

  16. Effect of doping rare earth oxide on performance of copper-manganese catalysts for water-gas shift reaction

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    何润霞; 姜浩强; 武芳; 智科端; 王娜; 周晨亮; 刘全生

    2014-01-01

    Rare earth-doped copper-manganese mixed oxide catalysts were prepared by coprecipitation and mechanical mixing using copper sulfate, manganese sulfate, and rare-earth oxides REO (REO indicates La2O3, CeO2, Y2O3, or Pr6O11) as raw materials. The samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), temperature-programmed reduction (TPR), temperature-programmed reduc-tion of oxidized surfaces (s-TPR), and temperature-programmed desorption (TPD). Catalytic activities were tested for a water-gas shift reaction. Doping rare earth oxides did not alter the crystal structure of the original copper-manganese mixed oxides but changed the interplanar spacing, adsorption performance and reaction performance. Doping with La2O3 enhanced the activity and stability of Cu-Mn mixed oxides because of high copper distribution and fine reduction. Doping with CeO2 and Y2O3 also decreased the reduc-tion temperatures of the samples to different degrees while improving the dispersion of Cu on the surface, thus, catalytic activity was better than that of undoped Cu-Mn sample. The Pr6O11-doped sample was difficult to reduce, the dispersion of surface coppers was lowered, resulting in poor activity.

  17. Thermodynamics of Modifying Effect of Rare Earth Oxide on Inclusions in Hardfacing Metal of Medium—High Carbon Steel

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    杨庆祥; 赵研辉; 等

    2002-01-01

    The modifying effect of rare earth(RE)oxide on inclusions in hardfacing metals of medium-high carbon steel was investigated by means of thermodynamics,The thermodynamic analsys for inclusion formation shows that RE oxide can be reduced to RE element by carbon,then the RE element can react with oxygen and sulfur to form the RE oxide,RE sulfide and RE oxide-sulfide in hardfacing molten pool.The deoxidization and the desulphurization can be carried otu and the liquid metal can be purified.In addition,RE oxide can also react with sulfur to form RE oxide-sulfide dirdctly.Therefore,the harmful effect of sulfur can be decreased.

  18. Ab initio energetic study of oxide ceramics with rare-earth elements

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    WU Bo; Matvei Zinkevich; WANG Chong; Fritz Aldinger

    2006-01-01

    Ab initio energetic calculations based on the density functional theory (DFT) and the projector augmented wave method (PAW) for determining the polymorphisms of lanthanide sesquioxides Ln2O3 (where Ln = rare-earth element. Y,and Sc), LnMO3 perovskites (where M = Al and Ga), and Ln2B2O7 pyrochlores (where B = Ti, Zr, and Hf) were reported. The relative lattice stabilities agreed well with the critically assessed results or the experimental results except the C-type Ln2O3 with a cubic structure, for which the calculated total energies were considerably more negative. With the increase of the Ln3+-cation radius, the polymorphic structures showed a degenerative tendency. The tendencies and quantities of the enthalpies of formation of the ternary oxide ceramics synthesized from their constituent binary oxides reasonably agreed with the available experimental results, and valuable thermodynamic properties were afforded to the compound, for which no experimental data is available. The enthalpies of formation of both perovskites and pyrochlores tend to become more negative with the increase of the Ln3+-cation radius.

  19. Indium tin oxide thin films elaborated by sol-gel routes: The effect of oxalic acid addition on optoelectronic properties

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    Kesim, Mehmet Tumerkan; Durucan, Caner, E-mail: cdurucan@metu.edu.tr

    2013-10-31

    Single layer indium tin oxide (ITO) thin films were deposited on glass using modified sol-gel formulations. The coating sols were prepared using indium (InCl{sub 3}∙ 4H{sub 2}O) and tin salts (SnCl{sub 4}∙ 5H{sub 2}O). The stable sols were obtained using ethanol (C{sub 2}H{sub 5}OH) and acetylacetone (C{sub 5}H{sub 8}O{sub 2}) as solvents and by the addition of oxalic acid dihydrate (C{sub 2}H{sub 2}O{sub 4}∙ 2H{sub 2}O) in different amounts. The effect of oxalic acid content in the sol formulation and post-coating calcination treatment (in air at 300–600 °C) on electrical/optical properties of ITO films have been reported. It was shown that film formation efficiency, surface coverage and homogeneity were all enhanced with oxalic acid addition. Oxalic acid modification also leads to a significant improvement in electrical conductivity without affecting the film thickness (45 ± 3 nm). ITO films exhibiting high transparency (≈ 93%, visible region) with a sheet resistance as low as 3.8 ± 0.4 kΩ/sqr have been formed by employing coating sols with optimized oxalic acid amount. The mechanisms and factors affecting the functional performance of oxalic acid-modified films have been thoroughly discussed and related to the microstructural and chemical characteristic of the films achieved by oxalic acid addition. - Highlights: • A solution-based method for processing indium tin oxide (ITO) thin film is reported. • Oxalic acid (OAD) modification leads to a highly compacted film microstructure. • Bulk resistivity of a single layer OAD-modified ITO film was determined as 0.02 Ωcm. • Thin films with transparency values higher than 90% were produced.

  20. Gel spinning of PVA composite fibers with high content of multi-walled carbon nanotubes and graphene oxide hybrids

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    Wei, Yizhe; Lai, Dengpan; Zou, Liming; Ling, Xinlong; Lu, Hongwei; Xu, Yongjing

    2015-07-01

    In this report, poly (vinyl alcohol) (PVA) composite fibers with high content of multi-walled carbon nanotubes and graphene oxide (MWCNTs-GO) hybrids were prepared by gel spinning, and were characterized by TGA, DSC, SEM, XL-2 yarn strength tester and electrical conductivity measurement. The total content of MWCNTs-GO hybrids in the PVA composite fibers, which is up to 25 wt%, was confirmed by TGA analysis. The DSC measurement shows that the melting and crystallization peaks decreased after the addition of nano-fillers. This is due to the reason that the motion of PVA chains is completely confined by strong hydrogen bonding interaction between PVA and nano-fillers. After the addtion of GO, the dispersibility of MWCNTs in composite fibers improved slightly. And the tensile strength and Young's modulus increased by 38% and 67%, respectively. This is caused by the increased hydrogen bonding interaction and synergistic effect through hybridization of MWCNTs and GO. More significantly, the electrical conductivity of PVA/MWCNTs/GO composite fibers enhanced by three orders of magnitude with the addition of GO.

  1. Structural, optical and morphological analyses of pristine titanium di-oxide nanoparticles--synthesized via sol-gel route.

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    Praveen, P; Viruthagiri, G; Mugundan, S; Shanmugam, N

    2014-01-03

    Pure titanium di-oxide nanoparticles (TiO2) were synthesized by sol-gel technique at room temperature with appropriate reactants. The synthesis of anatase phase TiO2 nanoparticles was achieved by tetraisopropyl orthotitanate and 2-propanol as common starting materials and the product was annealed at 450 °C for 4 h. The synthesized product was characterized by X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), UV-VIS-Diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS), Photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy and Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) with Energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) analysis. XRD pattern confirmed the crystalline nature and tetragonal structure of synthesized composition. Average grain size was determined from X-ray line broadening, using the Debye-Scherrer relation. The functional groups present in the sample were identified by FTIR spectroscopy. Diffuse reflectance measurement indicated an absorption band edge on UV-region. The allowed direct and indirect band gap energies, as well as the crystallite size of pure TiO2 nanoparticles are calculated from DRS analysis. The microstructure and elemental identification were done by SEM with EDX analysis.

  2. Effects of rare earth oxides on dielectric properties of Y_2Ti_2O_7 series ceramics

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    丁佳钰; 肖瑗; 韩朋德; 张其土

    2010-01-01

    A series of Y2Ti2O7 microwave dielectric ceramics were synthesized by conventional solid-state method. The effects of rare earth oxide (La2O3, CeO2, Nd2O3, Sm2O3, Eu2O3, Gd2O3 and Dy2O3) and Nd2O3 doping content on the microstructure and dielectric properties of Y2Ti2O7 ceramics were investigated. The experimental results showed that the rare earth ions were considered to dissolve in Y-sites of the pyrochlore structure, different rare earth oxides and concentration had different influences on Y2Ti2O7 cerami...

  3. Use of rare earth oxides and iron oxides as soil erosion tracers in water erosion experiments at hillslope scale

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    Guzmán, G.; Cañasveras, J. C.; Barrón, V.; Boulal, H.; Gómez, H.; Conde, E.; Fernández, M.; Gómez, J. A.

    2010-05-01

    The characteristics of the ideal soil erosion have been defined by several authors, for example by Zhang et al. (2001). Despite intensive research on erosion tracers in the last decades there is not a single tracer fulfilling all these characteristics. That is why research on different soil erosion tracers remains as an active field. Two desirable characteristics in erosion tracers are that they should be relatively inexpensive (to purchase and analyze) and that they should be determined with high accuracy in soil or sediment. The availability of multiple tracers is another of the key requirements. In this communication we present our preliminary results on the use of two different sets of erosion tracers. One set are iron oxides with different magnetic and optical properties (Fe3O4, α-Fe2O3 and FeOOH) analyzed by NIRS and magnetic susceptibility measurements. The other set consists of five rare earth oxides (La2O3, Pr6O11, Nd2O3, Sm2O3 and Gd2O3) analyzed using inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). These two groups were studied under controlled and natural conditions, through several water erosion experiments, in field plots with different soil management, crops and scale. In one experiment these tracers were used to determine the source of sediment within sprinkle irrigated fields planted with cotton on shoulders. For this purpose, rainfall simulations were performed under controlled conditions at two scales, one with a portable rainfall simulator at small scale (0.81m2) and with the sprinkler irrigation system in the whole cotton field (2450 m2). Furrows were tagged with both groups of tracers, keeping shoulders untagged (where cotton was planted). Soil samples before and after the rainfall simulations were collected as well as sediment samples. In another experiment four olive orchard plots (330 m2) with different soil managements (cover crop and conventional tillage) were also tagged with the two groups of tracers. Soil samples were taken at

  4. Synergistic effect of sunlight induced photothermal conversion and H2O2 release based on hybridized tungsten oxide gel for cancer inhibition

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    Wang, Cong; Gao, Yibo; Gao, Xinghua; Wang, Hua; Tian, Jingxuan; Wang, Li; Zhou, Bingpu; Ye, Ziran; Wan, Jun; Wen, Weijia

    2016-01-01

    A highly efficient photochromic hydrogel was successfully fabricated via casting precursor, which is based on amorphous tungsten oxide and poly (ethylene oxide)-block-poly (propylene oxide)-block-poly (ethylene oxide). Under simulated solar illumination, the hydrogel has a rapid and controlled temperature increasing ratio as its coloration degree. Localized electrons in the amorphous tungsten oxide play a vital role in absorption over a broad range of wavelengths from 400 nm to 1100 nm, encompassing the entire visible light and infrared regions in the solar spectrum. More importantly, the material exhibits sustainable released H2O2 induced by localized electrons, which has a synergistic effect with the rapid surface temperature increase. The amount of H2O2 released by each film can be tuned by the light irradiation, and the film coloration can indicate the degree of oxidative stress. The ability of the H2O2-releasing gels in vitro study was investigated to induce apoptosis in melanoma tumor cells and NIH 3T3 fibroblasts. The in vivo experimental results indicate that these gels have a greater healing effect than the control in the early stages of tumor formation. PMID:27775086

  5. Peculiarities of formation of phase composition, porous structure, and catalytic properties of tungsten oxide-based macroporous materials fabricated by sol–gel synthesis

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    Papynov, Evgeniy Konstantinovich, E-mail: Papynov@mail.ru [Institute of Chemistry, Far East Branch, Russian Academy of Sciences, Prospect 100-let Vladivostoku, 159, Vladivostok 690022 (Russian Federation); Far Eastern Federal University, School of Natural Sciences, Suhanova, 8, Vladivostok 690091 (Russian Federation); Mayorov, Vitaliy Yurevich, E-mail: 024205@inbox.ru [Institute of Chemistry, Far East Branch, Russian Academy of Sciences, Prospect 100-let Vladivostoku, 159, Vladivostok 690022 (Russian Federation); Palamarchuk, Marina Sergeevna, E-mail: 02.06.1984@mail.ru [Institute of Chemistry, Far East Branch, Russian Academy of Sciences, Prospect 100-let Vladivostoku, 159, Vladivostok 690022 (Russian Federation); Avramenko, Valentin Aleksandrovich, E-mail: avramenko1@yandex.ru [Institute of Chemistry, Far East Branch, Russian Academy of Sciences, Prospect 100-let Vladivostoku, 159, Vladivostok 690022 (Russian Federation); Far Eastern Federal University, School of Natural Sciences, Suhanova, 8, Vladivostok 690091 (Russian Federation)

    2014-02-15

    The method of template sol–gel synthesis of tungsten oxide-based macroporous materials using ‘core–shell’ latex particles as colloid templates is described. The chemical composition and structural characteristics of the synthesized macroporous oxide systems have been investigated. The peculiarities of formation of material phase composition and macroporous structure under different template thermal destruction conditions have been revealed. An optimal method of a targeted synthesis of the crystalline tungsten(VI) oxide having a defect-free macroporous structure (average pore size 160 nm) and efficient catalytic properties under organic liquid phase oxidation conditions has been suggested. The prospects of the fabricated material application as catalysts of hydrothermal oxidation of radionuclide organic complexes at radioactive waste decontamination have been demonstrated. - Highlights: • Macroporous tungsten oxides were fabricated via sol–gel process. • The correlation between synthesis conditions and composition was determined. • Influence of synthesis conditions on porous structure has been explained. • The effects of template thermodestruction have been set up. • High potential of such materials for catalysis applications has been shown.

  6. Synergistic effect of sunlight induced photothermal conversion and H2O2 release based on hybridized tungsten oxide gel for cancer inhibition

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    Wang, Cong; Gao, Yibo; Gao, Xinghua; Wang, Hua; Tian, Jingxuan; Wang, Li; Zhou, Bingpu; Ye, Ziran; Wan, Jun; Wen, Weijia

    2016-10-01

    A highly efficient photochromic hydrogel was successfully fabricated via casting precursor, which is based on amorphous tungsten oxide and poly (ethylene oxide)-block-poly (propylene oxide)-block-poly (ethylene oxide). Under simulated solar illumination, the hydrogel has a rapid and controlled temperature increasing ratio as its coloration degree. Localized electrons in the amorphous tungsten oxide play a vital role in absorption over a broad range of wavelengths from 400 nm to 1100 nm, encompassing the entire visible light and infrared regions in the solar spectrum. More importantly, the material exhibits sustainable released H2O2 induced by localized electrons, which has a synergistic effect with the rapid surface temperature increase. The amount of H2O2 released by each film can be tuned by the light irradiation, and the film coloration can indicate the degree of oxidative stress. The ability of the H2O2-releasing gels in vitro study was investigated to induce apoptosis in melanoma tumor cells and NIH 3T3 fibroblasts. The in vivo experimental results indicate that these gels have a greater healing effect than the control in the early stages of tumor formation.

  7. ZnO varistors with high voltage gradient and low leakage current by doping rare-earth oxide

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    2008-01-01

    The surge arrester of 1000 kV gas-insulated substation (GIS) needs ZnO varistor with high voltage gradient to effectively improve the potential distribution along ZnO varistor column inside the metal-oxide surge arresters. In this paper, the elec-trical and structural parameters of ZnO varistors are changed by doping with some rare-earth oxides, and the mechanism which leads these changes is discussed. When rare-earth oxide additives are added into ZnO varistors, the growing speed is slowed down due to the stabilization of the new spinel phases formed in the grain-boundary by rare-earth oxide additives, then the size of ZnO grains is smaller, and the voltage gradient of varistor increases obviously. By adding suitable amount of oxides of metal Co and Mn, the leakage current can be effectively decreased and the nonlinearity coefficient increased. The novel ZnO varistor samples sintered with the optimal additives have a voltage gradient of 492 V/mm, and the nonlinearity coefficient of 76, but their leakage currents are only 1 μA.

  8. In-situ synthesis and luminescence properties of titanium oxide gels containing 1,10-phenanthroline europium(Ⅲ) complex

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    XIE Fei; YANG Hui; XU Cun-jin; ZHANG Xi-he

    2005-01-01

    It is difficult to directly dope europium complexes in gel because the excessive water or high acidic condition may lead to their decomposition. We prepared a novel homogeneous TiO2 gel containing Eu-phen complexes by using an in-situ synthesis method. The formation of Eu-phen complexes in sol-gel derived TiO2 was confirmed by luminescence excitation spectra. The effects of temperature and aging time on in-situ synthesis are discussed. The luminescence spectra of gel containing europium complexes were also compared with the pure Eu-phen complexes.

  9. Enriched n-3 PUFA/konjac gel low-fat pork liver pâté: lipid oxidation, microbiological properties and biogenic amine formation during chilling storage.

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    Delgado-Pando, G; Cofrades, S; Ruiz-Capillas, C; Triki, M; Jiménez-Colmenero, F

    2012-12-01

    Low-fat pork liver pâtés enriched with n-3 PUFA/konjac gel were formulated by replacing (totally or partially) pork backfat by a combination of healthier oils (olive, linseed and fish oils) and konjac gel. Lipid oxidation, microbiological changes and biogenic amine (BA) formation were studied in healthier-lipid pâtés during chill storage (85 days, 2 °C). Increasing unsaturated fatty acid levels favoured lipid oxidation, although the levels reached were low throughout the storage period, ranging from 0.113 to 0.343 mg malonaldehyde/kg sample. Neither the formulation nor the time in storage affected the microbial load. Biogenic amine contents of products (the sum of initial concentrations and amines formed during storage) varied according to the type of BA but were far below levels that could constitute a consumer health hazard.

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

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    于洁; 马文会; 王华

    2004-01-01

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

  11. Enhanced magneto-optical Kerr effect in rare earth substituted nanostructured cobalt ferrite thin film prepared by sol-gel method

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    Avazpour, L.; Toroghinejad, M. R.; Shokrollahi, H.

    2016-11-01

    A series of rare-earth (RE)-doped nanocrystalline Cox RE(1-x) Fe2O4 (x = 0, 0.1, 0.2 and RE: Nd, Eu) thin films were prepared on silicon substrates by a sol-gel process, and the influences of different RE3+ ions on the microstructure, magnetism and polar magneto-optical Kerr effect of the deposited films were investigated. Also this research presents the optimization process of cobalt ferrite thin films deposited via spin coating, by studying their structural and morphological properties at different thicknesses (200, 350 nm) and various heat treatment temperatures 300-850 °C. Nanoparticulate polycrystalline thin film were formed with heat treatment above 400 °C but proper magnetic properties due to well crystallization of the film were achieved at about 650 °C. AFM results indicated that the deposited thin films were crack-free exhibiting a dense nanogranular structure. The root-mean square (RMS) roughness of the thin films was in the range of 0.2-3.2 nm. The results revealed that both of the magnetism and magneto optical Kerr (MOKE) spectra of Cox RE(1-x) Fe2O4 films could be mediated by doping with various RE ions. The Curie temperature of substituted samples was lower than pristine cobalt ferrite thin films. In MOKE spectra both dominant peaks were blue shifted with addition of RE ions. For low concentration dopant the inter-valence charge transfer related rotation was enhanced and for higher concentration dopant the crystal field rotation peak was enhanced. The MOKE enhancement for Eu3+ substituted samples was more than Nd3+ doped cobalt ferrite films. The enhanced MOKEs in nanocrystalline thin films might promise their applications for magneto-optical sensors in adopted wavelengths.

  12. Effect of citric acid dosage and sintered temperature on the composition, morphology and electrochemical properties of lithium vanadium oxide prepared by a sol–gel method

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    Zhong, C. R.; Su, X. J.; Hou, G. L.; Liu, Z. H.; Yu, F. S.; Bi, S.; Li, H.

    2017-03-01

    A lithium vanadium oxide cathode material was synthesized via sol-gel processing using citric acid as the chelating agent. Different dosage of citric acid and sintered temperature were introduced to investigate their effects on the products composition, morphology and electrochemical properties. The results showed that the V2O3 yield was inhibited and the crystallization of grain was accelerated with the increasing dosage of citric acid. Furthermore, V2O3 was oxidized to LiV3O8 and Li0.3V2O5 with the increase of sintered temperature.

  13. Effect of the addition of rare earths on the activity of alumina supported copper cobaltite in CO oxidation, CH4 oxidation and NO decomposition

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    B Ivanov; I Spassova; M Milanova; G Tyuliev; M Khristova

    2015-01-01

    The effect of the addition of small amounts of rare earths (Ln=La, Ce, Nd and Gd) to alumina supported copper-cobalt spinel oxide on the catalysts efficiency in CO and CH4 oxidation and in NO decomposition was investigated. Samples of Ln/CuCo/Al catalyst were prepared and characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), atomic absorption spectroscopy (AAS), scanning electron microscopy-energy dispersive spectroscopy (SEM-EDS), H2-temperature-programmed reduc-tion (H2-TPR), electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy and low temperature nitrogen adsorption. The results showed that the addition of rare earths changed the surface state of the alumina supported copper-cobalt spinel catalyst. As a result, partial re-duction of copper species was observed as well as migration of these species between the surface and the bulk. The Ln/CuCo/Al catalysts behaved differently in oxidation and reduction processes. In oxidation processes where oxide structure was important, Ce/CuCo/Al and Nd/CuCo/Al were the most active catalysts. The catalyst Ce/CuCo/Al was the most active in the oxidation reactions because of the availability and favorable surface distribution of the redox couples Cu+/Cu2+ and Ce3+/Ce4+. In NO decompostion, Ln-modified catalysts significantly improved the selectivity of the process to N2.

  14. Quasi-one-dimensional nanostructured cobalt (Co) intercalated vanadium oxide (V{sub 2}O{sub 5}): Peroxovanadate sol gel synthesis and structural study

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    Langie da Silva, Douglas, E-mail: douglas.langie@ufpel.edu.br [Departamento de Física, Universidade Federal de Pelotas, Caixa Postal 354, Pelotas 96010-900 (Brazil); Moreira, Eduardo Ceretta [Laboratório de Espectroscopia, Universidade Federal do Pampa, Campus Bagé, Bagé 96400-970 (Brazil); Dias, Fábio Teixeira; Neves Vieira, Valdemar das [Departamento de Física, Universidade Federal de Pelotas, Caixa Postal 354, Pelotas 96010-900 (Brazil); Brandt, Iuri Stefani; Cas Viegas, Alexandre da; Pasa, André Avelino [Laboratório de Filmes Finos e Superfícies, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Caixa Postal 476, Florianópolis 88.040-900 (Brazil)

    2015-01-15

    Nanostructured cobalt vanadium oxide (V{sub 2}O{sub 5}) xerogels spread onto crystalline Si substrates were synthesized via peroxovanadate sol gel route. The resulting products were characterized by distinct experimental techniques. The surface morphology and the nanostructure of xerogels correlate with Co concentration. The decrease of the structural coherence length is followed by the formation of a loose network of nanopores when the concentration of intercalated species was greater than 4 at% of Co. The efficiency of the synthesis route also drops with the increase of Co concentration. The interaction between the Co(OH{sub 2}){sub 6}{sup 2+} cations and the (H{sub 2}V{sub 10}O{sub 28}){sup 4−} anions during the synthesis was suggested as a possible explanation for the incomplete condensation of the V{sub 2}O{sub 5} gel. Finally the experimental results points for the intercalation of Co between the bilayers of the V{sub 2}O{sub 5}. In this scenario two possible preferential occupation sites for the metallic atoms in the framework of the xerogel were proposed. - Graphical abstract: Quasi-one-dimensional nanostructured cobalt (Co) intercalated vanadium oxide (V{sub 2}O{sub 5}) nanoribbons synthesized by peroxovanadate sol gel route. - Highlights: • Nanostructured cobalt V{sub 2}O{sub 5} gel spread onto c{sub S}i were synthesized via peroxovanadate sol gel route. • The micro and nanostructure correlates with the cobalt content. • The efficiency of the synthesis route shows to be also dependent of Co content. • The experimental results points for the intercalation of Co between the bilayers of the V{sub 2}O{sub 5} xerogel.

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

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

    2016-01-01

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

  16. Multifunctional rare earth or bismuth oxide materials for catalytic or electrical applications

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    Gavarri J.R.

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available We present a review on catalytic or electrical properties of materials based on rare earth (RE oxides (CeO2, La2O3, Lu2O3 or bismuth based composite systems CeO2-Bi2O3, susceptible to be integrated into catalytic microsystems or gas sensors. The polycrystalline solids can be used as catalysts allowing conversion of CO or CH4 traces in air-gas flows. Fourier Transform infrared spectroscopy is used to determine the conversion rate of CO or CH4 into CO2 through the variations versus time and temperature of vibrational band intensities. The time dependent reactivities are interpreted in terms of an adapted Avrami model. In these catalytic analyses the nature of surfaces of polycrystalline solids seems to play a prominent role in catalytic efficiency. Electrical impedance spectroscopy allows analyzing the variation of conductivity of the system CeO2-Bi2O3. In this system, the specific high ionic conduction of a Bi2O3 tetragonal phase might be linked to the high catalytic activity.

  17. Study on BSTO/MgO Ferroelectric Materials for Phase Shift Doped with Rare Earth Oxides

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    Yang Chunxia; Zhou Hongqing; Liu Min; Wu Hongzhong

    2005-01-01

    Barium strontium titanate/magnesia (BSTO/MgO) ferroelectric materials for phase shift were prepared by traditional ceramic process-solid phase synthesis. The effects of various rare earth oxides of 0.5% on dielectric behaviors of BSTO/MgO composites were studied in terms of permittivity, loss tangent and tunability both at low and high frequencies. The dielectric constant of Y2O3 and Er2O3 doped samples decreases from 160 to 120, and the microwave loss of La2O3 and Er2O3 doped samples decreases from 8.2×10-3 to 6.8×10-3. Only La2O3 increases the tunability of BSTO/MgO system, from 13.6% to 14.8%. For the La2O3 doped sample, the value of tunability is more than 14% with the external DC field 4000 V*mm-1 and the microwave loss at 2.47 GHz is 6.77×10-3 and, hence, it can basically meet the requirements of phase shifters working at microwave frequencies. The influence mechanism was discussed preliminarily.

  18. Nanocomposites of graphene oxide and upconversion rare-earth nanocrystals with superior optical limiting performance

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    Wei, Wei

    2012-04-20

    Upconversion rare-earth nanomaterials (URENs) possess highly efficient near-infrared (NIR), e.g., 980 nm, laser absorption and unique energy upconversion capabilities. On the other hand, graphene and its derivatives, such as graphene oxide (GO), show excellent performance in optical limiting (OL); however, the wavelengths of currently used lasers for OL studies mainly focus on either 532 or 1064 nm. To design new-generation OL materials working at other optical regions, such as the NIR, a novel nanocomposites, GO-URENs, which combines the advantages of both its components, is synthesized by a one-step chemical reaction. Transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, infrared spectroscopy, and fluorescence studies prove that the α-phase URENs uniformly attach on the GO surface via covalent chemical bonding, which assures highly efficient energy transfer between URENs and GO, and also accounts for the significantly improved OL performance compared to either GO or URENs. The superior OL effect is also observed in the proof-of-concept thin-film product, suggesting immediate applications in making high-performance laser-protecting products and optoelectronic devices. Copyright © 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  19. Structure-property-composition relationships in doped zinc oxides: enhanced photocatalytic activity with rare earth dopants.

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    Goodall, Josephine B M; Illsley, Derek; Lines, Robert; Makwana, Neel M; Darr, Jawwad A

    2015-02-09

    In this paper, we demonstrate the use of continuous hydrothermal flow synthesis (CHFS) technology to rapidly produce a library of 56 crystalline (doped) zinc oxide nanopowders and two undoped samples, each with different particle properties. Each sample was produced in series from the mixing of an aqueous stream of basic zinc nitrate (and dopant ion or modifier) solution with a flow of superheated water (at 450 °C and 24.1 MPa), whereupon a crystalline nanoparticle slurry was rapidly formed. Each composition was collected in series, cleaned, freeze-dried, and then characterized using analytical methods, including powder X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, Brunauer-Emmett-Teller surface area measurement, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and UV-vis spectrophotometry. Photocatalytic activity of the samples toward the decolorization of methylene blue dye was assessed, and the results revealed that transition metal dopants tended to reduce the photoactivity while rare earth ions, in general, increased the photocatalytic activity. In general, low dopant concentrations were more beneficial to having greater photodecolorization in all cases.

  20. Effect of citric acid on formation of oxides of Cu and Zn in modified sol-gel process: A comparative study

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    KAMARAJ MAHENDRAPRABHU; PERUMAL ELUMALAI

    2016-05-01

    We report here the influence of citric acid concentration on the formation of sol-gel products ineach of Cu and Zn systems by using respective metal nitrate as precursor and citric acid as gelling agent. Thesynthesized sol-gel products were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscope(SEM), energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDX), Fourier transform infra-red (FT-IR) spectroscopy and UVVisiblediffused reflectance spectroscopy (UV-Vis DRS). The influence of citric acid concentration on theformation of metal/metal oxide in each case was primarily investigated by varying the molar ratio of each metalnitrate (N) and citric (C) acid (N:C = 1:1, 1:2, 1:4, 1:6 and 1:8). It was observed that at low N:C molar ratios(1:1) and (1:2), the Cu system had only CuO and at high N:C molar ratio, lower oxidation state of copper(Cu2O and Cu) has resulted. Distinctly, irrespective of the N:C molar ratio, the sol-gel product of Zn systemwas only single phase of ZnO. The SEM observations confirmed that the grains of these two metal systemswere spherical in nature. In each metal system, at high N:C molar ratio, small grain size has resulted. At highN:C ratio, lower oxidation state of metal ion is resulted where the metal system is susceptible for reduction. Thesusceptibility of metal ions to undergo reduction controlled the formation of end products in the sol-gel process.

  1. Boron cross-linked graphene oxide/polyvinyl alcohol nanocomposite gel electrolyte for flexible solid-state electric double layer capacitor with high performance

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    Huang, Yi-Fu

    2014-06-01

    A new family of boron cross-linked graphene oxide/polyvinyl alcohol (GO-B-PVA) nanocomposite gels is prepared by freeze-thaw/boron cross-linking method. Then the gel electrolytes saturated with KOH solution are assembled into electric double layer capacitors (EDLCs). Structure, thermal and mechanical properties of GO-B-PVA are explored. The electrochemical properties of EDLCs using GO-B-PVA/KOH are investigated, and compared with those using GO-PVA/KOH gel or KOH solution electrolyte. FTIR shows that boron cross-links are introduced into GO-PVA, while the boronic structure inserted into agglomerated GO sheets is demonstrated by DMA analysis. The synergy effect of the GO and the boron crosslinking benefits for ionic conductivity due to unblocking ion channels, and for improvement of thermal stability and mechanical properties of the electrolytes. Higher specific capacitance and better cycle stability of EDLCs are obtained by using the GO-B-PVA/KOH electrolyte, especially the one at higher GO content. The nanocomposite gel electrolytes with excellent electrochemical properties and solid-like character are candidates for the industrial application in high-performance flexible solid-state EDLCs. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd.

  2. Graphene oxide based sol-gel stainless steel fiber for the headspace solid-phase microextraction of organophosphate ester flame retardants in water samples.

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    Jin, Tingting; Cheng, Jing; Cai, Cuicui; Cheng, Min; Wu, Shiju; Zhou, Hongbin

    2016-07-29

    In this paper, graphene oxide was coated onto a stainless steel wire through sol-gel technique and it was used as a solid phase microextraction (SPME) fiber. The prepared fiber was characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), which displayed that the fiber had crinkled surface and porous structure The application of the fiber was evaluated through the headspace SPME of nine organophosphate ester flame retardants (OPFRs) with different characteristics in water samples followed by gas chromatography and nitrogen-phosphorous detector (GC/NPD). The major factors influencing the extraction efficiency, including the extraction and desorption conditions, were studied and optimized. Under the optimum conditions, the proposed method was evaluated, and applied to the analysis of organophosphate ester flame retardants in real environmental water samples. The results demonstrated the HS-SPME method based on GO sol-gel fiber had good linearity (R>0.9928), and limits of detection (1.4-135.6ngL(-1)), high repeatability (RSDsol-gel fiber displayed bigger extraction capability than the commercial PDMS fiber and the pure sol-gel fiber for both polar and apolar organophosphate esters, especially for the OPFRs containing benzene rings.

  3. Ultrafast pump-probe dynamics of iron oxide based earth pigments for applications to ancient pottery manufacture

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    Villafana, Tana E.; Brown, William; Warren, Warren S.; Fischer, Martin

    2015-06-01

    We demonstrate that ultrafast pump-probe microscopy provides unique dynamics for natural iron oxide and iron hydroxide earth pigments, despite their chemical similarity. First, we conducted a pump-probe spectroscopy study on heat-treated hematite (the pure red iron oxide mineral) and found the pump-probe dynamics to be temperature dependent. Second, we investigated pottery fired under known conditions and observed firing dependent pump-probe dynamics. Finally, we imaged a New World potshard from the North Carolina Museum of Art. Our results indicate that pump-probe microscopy could be a useful tool in elucidating pottery manufacture.

  4. Activity and Stability of Rare Earth-Based Hydride Alloys as Catalysts of Hydrogen Absorption-Oxidation Reactions

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    Ying Taokai(应桃开); Gao Xueping(高学平); Hu Weikang(胡伟康); Noréus Dag

    2004-01-01

    Rare earth-based AB5-type hydrogen storage alloys as catalysts of hydrogen-diffusion electrodes for hydrogen absorption and oxidation reactions in alkaline fuel cells were investigated. It is demonstrated that the meta-hydride hydrogen-diffusion electrodes could be charged by hydrogen gas and electrochemically discharged at the same time to retain a stable oxidation potential for a long period. The catalytic activities and stability are almost comparable with a Pt catalyst on the active carbon. Further improvement of performances is expected via reduction of catalyst size into nanometers.

  5. Design of Higher-k and More Stable Rare Earth Oxides as Gate Dielectrics for Advanced CMOS Devices

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    Yi Zhao

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available High permittivity (k gate dielectric films are widely studied to substitute SiO2 as gate oxides to suppress the unacceptable gate leakage current when the traditional SiO2 gate oxide becomes ultrathin. For high-k gate oxides, several material properties are dominantly important. The first one, undoubtedly, is permittivity. It has been well studied by many groups in terms of how to obtain a higher permittivity for popular high-k oxides, like HfO2 and La2O3. The second one is crystallization behavior. Although it’s still under the debate whether an amorphous film is definitely better than ploy-crystallized oxide film as a gate oxide upon considering the crystal boundaries induced leakage current, the crystallization behavior should be well understood for a high-k gate oxide because it could also, to some degree, determine the permittivity of the high-k oxide. Finally, some high-k gate oxides, especially rare earth oxides (like La2O3, are not stable in air and very hygroscopic, forming hydroxide. This topic has been well investigated in over the years and significant progresses have been achieved. In this paper, I will intensively review the most recent progresses of the experimental and theoretical studies for preparing higher-k and more stable, in terms of hygroscopic tolerance and crystallization behavior, Hf- and La-based ternary high-k gate oxides.

  6. Surface interactions with compartmentalized cellular phosphates explain rare earth oxide nanoparticle hazard and provide opportunities for safer design.

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    Li, Ruibin; Ji, Zhaoxia; Chang, Chong Hyun; Dunphy, Darren R; Cai, Xiaoming; Meng, Huan; Zhang, Haiyuan; Sun, Bingbing; Wang, Xiang; Dong, Juyao; Lin, Sijie; Wang, Meiying; Liao, Yu-Pei; Brinker, C Jeffrey; Nel, Andre; Xia, Tian

    2014-02-25

    Growing international exploitation of rare earth oxides (REOs) for commercial and biological use has increased the possibility of human exposure and adverse health effects. Occupational exposure to rare earth materials in miners and polishers leads to a severe form of pneumoconiosis, while gadolinium-containing MRI contrast agents cause nephrogenic systemic fibrosis in patients with renal impairment. The mechanisms for inducing these adverse pro-fibrogenic effects are of considerable importance for the safety assessment of REO particles as well as presenting opportunities for safer design. In this study, using a well-prepared REO library, we obtained a mechanistic understanding of how REOs induce cellular and pulmonary damage by a compartmentalized intracellular biotransformation process in lysosomes that results in pro-fibrogenic growth factor production and lung fibrosis. We demonstrate that rare earth oxide ion shedding in acidifying macrophage lysosomes leads to biotic phosphate complexation that results in organelle damage due to stripping of phosphates from the surrounding lipid bilayer. This results in nanoparticle biotransformation into urchin shaped structures and setting in motion a series of events that trigger NLRP3 inflammasome activation, IL-1β release, TGF-β1 and PDGF-AA production. However, pretreatment of REO nanoparticles with phosphate in a neutral pH environment prevents biological transformation and pro-fibrogenic effects. This can be used as a safer design principle for producing rare earth nanoparticles for biological use.

  7. Poly(ethylene oxide)-co-poly(propylene oxide)-based gel electrolyte with high ionic conductivity and mechanical integrity for lithium-ion batteries.

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    Wang, Shih-Hong; Hou, Sheng-Shu; Kuo, Ping-Lin; Teng, Hsisheng

    2013-09-11

    Using gel polymer electrolytes (GPEs) for lithium-ion batteries usually encounters the drawback of poor mechanical integrity of the GPEs. This study demonstrates the outstanding performance of a GPE consisting of a commercial membrane (Celgard) incorporated with a poly(ethylene oxide)-co-poly(propylene oxide) copolymer (P(EO-co-PO)) swelled by a liquid electrolyte (LE) of 1 M LiPF6 in carbonate solvents. The proposed GPE stably holds LE with an amount that is three times that of the Celgard-P(EO-co-PO) composite. This GPE has a higher ionic conductivity (2.8×10(-3) and 5.1×10(-4) S cm(-1) at 30 and -20 °C, respectively) and a wider electrochemical voltage range (5.1 V) than the LE-swelled Celgard because of the strong ion-solvation power of P(EO-co-PO). The active ion-solvation role of P(EO-co-PO) also suppresses the formation of the solid-electrolyte interphase layer. When assembling the GPE in a Li/LiFePO4 battery, the P(EO-co-PO) network hinders anionic transport, producing a high Li+ transference number of 0.5 and decreased the polarization overpotential. The Li/GPE/LiFePO4 battery delivers a discharge capacity of 156-135 mAh g(-1) between 0.1 and 1 C-rates, which is approximately 5% higher than that of the Li/LE/LiFePO4 battery. The IR drop of the Li/GPE/LiFePO4 battery was 44% smaller than that of the Li/LE/LiFePO4. The Li/GPE/LiFePO4 battery is more stable, with only a 1.2% capacity decay for 150 galvanostatic charge-discharge cycles. The advantages of the proposed GPE are its high stability, conductivity, Li+ transference number, and mechanical integrity, which allow for the assembly of GPE-based batteries readily scalable to industrial levels.

  8. Low-temperature SCR of NO with NH3 over activated semi-coke composite-supported rare earth oxides

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    Wang, Jinping; Yan, Zheng; Liu, Lili; Zhang, Yingyi; Zhang, Zuotai; Wang, Xidong

    2014-08-01

    The catalysts with different rare earth oxides (La, Ce, Pr and Nd) loaded onto activated semi-coke (ASC) via hydrothermal method are prepared for the selective catalytic reduction (SCR) of NO with NH3 at low temperature (150-300 °C). It is evidenced that CeO2 loaded catalysts present the best performance, and the optimum loading amount of CeO2 is about 10 wt%. Composite catalysts by doping La, Pr and Nd into CeO2 are prepared to obtain further improved catalytic properties. The SCR mechanism is investigated through various characterizations, including XRD, Raman, XPS and FT-IR, the results of which indicate that the oxygen defect plays an important role in SCR process and the doped rare earth elements effectively serve as promoters to increase the concentration of oxygen vacancies. It is also found that the oxygen vacancies in high concentration are favored for the adsorption of O2 and further oxidation of NO, which facilitates a rapid progressing of the following reduction reactions. The SCR process of NO with NH3 at low temperature over the catalysts of ASC composite-supported rare earth oxides mainly follows the Langmuir-Hinshlwood mechanism.

  9. Sol-gel synthesis of magnetic sorbents based on porous iron oxides for the removal of U(VI) from aqueous solution

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    Papynov, E. K.; Portnyagin, A. S.; Cherednichenko, A. I.; Tkachenko, I. A.; Modin, E. B.; Dran'kov, A. N.; Kvach, A. A.; Zemchenko, I. V.; Tananaev, I. G.; Avramenko, V. A.

    2017-02-01

    An original synthetic route to nanostructured iron oxides with porous structure and to their reduced derivatives, prospective for uranium (VI) uptake from water media, is presented. The uniqueness of method includes combination of sol-gel technology, which used for generating inorganic framework, and template synthesis for porous structure formation with the help of poreforming agent (polymer latex). Method of consolidating porous iron oxides and its influence on such characteristics as porosity, magnetization, morphology, phase composition and sorption properties are described. Sorption properties of the materials based on iron oxides and their reduced derivatives with respect to uranium (VI) from water media of different acidity has been investigated. Mechanism of uranium (VI) sorption on the obtained materials has been determined. The interaction of the sorbents with uranyl-ions was shown to change depending on phase composition and structure of the solid matrix.

  10. Effect of poly(ethylene oxide) on ionic conductivity and electrochemical properties of poly(vinylidenefluoride) based polymer gel electrolytes prepared by electrospinning for lithium ion batteries

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    Prasanth, Raghavan; Shubha, Nageswaran; Hng, Huey Hoon; Srinivasan, Madhavi

    2014-01-01

    Effect of poly(ethylene oxide) on the electrochemical properties of polymer electrolyte based on electrospun, non-woven membrane of PVdF is demonstrated. Electrospinning process parameters are controlled to get a fibrous membrane consisting of bead-free, uniformly dispersed thin fibers with diameter in the range of 1.5-1.9 μm. The membrane with good mechanical strength and porosity exhibits high uptake when activated with the liquid electrolyte of lithium salt in a mixture of organic solvents. The polymer gel electrolyte shows ionic conductivity of 4.9 × 10-3 S cm-1 at room temperature. Electrochemical performance of the polymer gel electrolyte is evaluated in Li/polymer electrolyte/LiFePO4 coin cell. Good performance with low capacity fading on charge-discharge cycling is demonstrated.

  11. Oxidation state of the Earth's upper mantle during the last 3800 million years: Implications for the origin of life

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    Delano, J. W.

    1993-01-01

    A popular, as well as scientifically rigorous, scenario for the origin of life on Earth involves the production of organic molecules by interaction of lightning (or other forms of energy) with a chemically reducing atmosphere in the early history of Earth. Experiments since the 1950's have convincingly demonstrated that the yield of organic molecules is high when the atmosphere contains molecular hydrogen, methane, ammonia, and water vapor. Additional work has also shown that such a highly reducing atmosphere might not, however, have been sufficiently long-lived in the presence of intense solar ultraviolet radiation for life to have formed from it. One way of maintaining such an atmosphere would be to have a continual replenishment of the reduced gases by prolonged volcanic outgassing from a reducing of Earth's interior. The length of time that this replenishment might need to continue is in part constrained by the flux of asteroids onto the Earth's surface containing sufficient energy to destroy most, if not all, life that had developed up to that point in time. If a reducing atmosphere is a key ingredient for the origin of life on Earth, the time of the last environmental sterilization due to large impacts would be an important constraint. In a deep marine setting (e.g., hydrothermal vent), the last global sterilization might have occurred at 4200-4000 Ma. On the Earth's surface, the last global sterilization event might have occurred at 4000-3700 Ma. If these are meaningful constraints, how likely is it that a reducing atmosphere could have survived on the Earth until about 3800 Ma ago? Due to the importance of replenishing this atmosphere with reducing components by volcanic outgassing from the mantle, geochemical information on the history of the mantle's oxidation state would be useful for addressing this question. Geochemical and experimental data discussed in this abstract suggest that extrusive mafic volcanics derived from the upper mantle have had

  12. Emission spectra of the sol-gel glass doped with europium(III) complexes of picolinic acid N-oxide-A new UV-light sensor

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    Godlewska, P. [Department of Bioorganic Chemistry, Institute of Chemistry and Food Technology, Faculty of Engineering and Economics, Lower Silesian University of Economics, Wroclaw (Poland); Macalik, L. [Institute of Low Temperature and Structure Research, Polish Academy of Sciences, Wroclaw (Poland); Hanuza, J. [Department of Bioorganic Chemistry, Institute of Chemistry and Food Technology, Faculty of Engineering and Economics, Lower Silesian University of Economics, Wroclaw (Poland); Institute of Low Temperature and Structure Research, Polish Academy of Sciences, Wroclaw (Poland)], E-mail: j.hanuza@int.pan.wroc.pl

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    New europium complexes of picolinic acid N-oxides have been synthesised and introduced into sol-gel matrices. Their application as UV-light sensors has been considered. The sequence of the electronic levels for Eu{sup 3+} ions has been determined from the absorption and emission studies and assigned to the respective electron transitions. The lifetimes of the excited states have been detected and analysed. The role of the CT transition inside the picolinic ligand and its influence on the ligand to metal charge transfer (LMCT) have been discussed.

  13. Synthesis and characterization of rare-earth oxide transition-metal arsenides and selenides

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    Peschke, Simon Friedrich

    2017-04-06

    The present thesis includes two different quaternary systems that have been studied extensively. On the one hand, several samples of the REFeAsO{sub 1-x}F{sub x} family of iron-based superconductors were prepared using a novel solid state metathesis reaction, which also provided a possibility to prepare late rare-earth compounds of this family at ambient pressure. Comparison of structural and physical properties of those samples with samples from conventional solid state and high pressure syntheses revealed both, commonalities as well as striking differences. The observations gave reason to the conclusion that superconducting properties strongly depend, beside electronic infl uence, on the structural parameters. On the other hand, the quaternary system RE-T-Se-O with T = Ti-Mn was investigated using a NaI/KI flux mediated synthesis route. It has been shown that oC -La{sub 2}O{sub 2}MnSe{sub 2} is exclusively accessible in su fficient purity by the use of a fl ux material. Therefore, further syntheses in this quaternary system were performed by a flux mediated synthesis route leading to a large amount of new materials. Among them, a new polymorph mC-La{sub 2}O{sub 2}MnSe{sub 2} which forms, together with La{sub 4}MnSe{sub 3}O{sub 4} and La{sub 6}MnSe{sub 4}O{sub 6}, the series La{sub 2n+2}MnSe{sub n+2}O{sub 2n+2}. In addition, the alternative preparation method also enabled a large scale synthesis of the first examples of rare-earth chromium oxyselenides with chromium in the oxidation state +II, namely RE{sub 2}CrSe{sub 2}O{sub 2} (RE = La-Nd), which opened the door to study their magnetism in detail by powder neutron diffraction and muon spin rotation techniques. Research into the La-V-Se-O system revealed the first fi ve quaternary compounds of this family with interesting magnetic properties including ferromagnetism, antiferromagnetism, metamagnetism and more complex behaviour. In addition, the crystal structure of two new quaternary titanium containing

  14. Surface chemistry of rare-earth oxide surfaces at ambient conditions: reactions with water and hydrocarbons

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    Elçin Külah; Laurent Marot; Roland Steiner; Andriy Romanyuk; Thomas A Jung; Aneliia Wäckerlin; Ernst Meyer

    2017-01-01

    .... Here we first address physical properties of the RE oxide, nitride and fluoride surfaces modified by exposure to ambient air and then we report a room temperature reaction between PAH and RE oxide...

  15. Oxidizing gel formulation for nuclear decontamination: rheological and acidic properties of the organic matrix and its ozonolysis; Formulation d'un gel oxydant a matrice organique applicable a la decontamination nucleaire: proprietes rheologiques, acido-basiques et ozonolyse de la matrice

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    Rouy, E

    2003-10-15

    An acidic and oxidizing gel was formulated with a purely organic matrix, xanthan gum, at low concentrations (1 to 2 wt %). This polymer gel was investigated in various media (aqueous, acidic and ceric) by means of rheology: shear thinning behaviour, thixotropy, yield stress... Evidences of unexpected rheological properties in highly concentrated media show that xanthan is quite convenient for industrial projection of this type of gel on metallic walls in nuclear plants, notwithstanding its time-limited resistance to oxidation (about a few hours). Complexation mechanisms between ceric species and polar sites of the polymer led us to characterise acidic properties of our xanthan sample by potentiometric titration and {sup 1}H NMR techniques. The matrix was finally treated by ozonolysis to suppress organic residues, as required to handle nuclear wastes. In acidic medium, ozonolysis of the gel was achieved successfully while in acidic and ceric medium this process showed limited efficiency, needing further investigation to be clarified. (author)

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

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

    2016-04-30

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

  17. Acetalization of acetone with glycerol catalyzed by niobium-aluminum mixed oxides synthesized by a sol–gel process

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    Rodrigues, Raphael; Mandelli, Dalmo; Gonçalves, Norberto S.; Pescarmona, Paolo P.; Carvalho, Wagner A.

    2016-01-01

    Niobium-aluminum-based catalysts were synthesized by a sol–gel process and successfully applied to the reaction of acetalization of acetone with glycerol yielding 2,2-dimethyl-1,3-dioxolane-4-methanol (solketal) and 2,2-dimethyl-1,3-dioxan-5-ol. The synthesis procedure was developed using high-throu

  18. Diffusion of Oxygen in Alginate Gels Related to the Kinetics of Methanol Oxidation by Immobilized Hansenula polymorpha Cells

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    Hiemstra, Harry; Dijkhuizen, Lubbert; Harder, Willem

    1983-01-01

    In the yeast Hansenula polymorpha an oxygen-requiring enzyme, alcohol oxidase, catalyzes the conversion of methanol into formaldehyde. After growth on methanol cells of the organism were harvested and entrapped in barium-alginate gels. The diffusion of oxygen towards these cells is seriously hindere

  19. Low-temperature, high-performance solution-processed metal oxide thin-film transistors formed by a ‘sol–gel on chip’ process.

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    Banger, K K; Yamashita, Y; Mori, K; Peterson, R L; Leedham, T; Rickard, J; Sirringhaus, H

    2011-01-01

    At present there is no ‘ideal’ thin-film transistor technology for demanding display applications, such as organic light-emitting diode displays, that allows combining the low-temperature, solution-processability offered by organic semiconductors with the high level of performance achievable with microcrystalline silicon1. N-type amorphous mixed metal oxide semiconductors, such as ternary oxides Mx1My2Oz, where M1 and M2 are metals such as In, Ga, Sn, or Zn, have recently gained momentum because of their high carrier mobility and stability2, 3 and good optical transparency, but they are mostly deposited by sputtering. So far no route is available for forming high-performance mixed oxide materials from solution at low process temperatures <250 °C. Ionic mixed metal oxides should in principle be ideal candidates for solution-processable materials because the conduction band states derived from metal s-orbitals are relatively insensitive to the presence of structural disorder and high charge carrier mobilities are achievable in amorphous structures2. Here we report the formation of amorphous metal oxide semiconducting thin-films using a ‘sol–gel on chip’ hydrolysis approach from soluble metal alkoxide precursors, which affords unprecedented high field-effect mobilities of 10 cm2 V−1 s−1, reproducible and stable turn-on voltages Von≈0 V and high operational stability at maximum process temperatures as low as 230 °C.

  20. The Effects and Role of Polyvinylpyrrolidone on the Size and Phase Composition of Iron Oxide Nanoparticles Prepared by a Modified Sol-Gel Method

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    Marcela F. Silva

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Fe2O3 nanoparticles (as maghemite and hematite mixtures were prepared using adapted sol-gel method from a polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP aqueous solution in various Fe3+ : PVP monomer ratios. Analysis of X-ray diffraction was obtained to evaluate the crystalline state, average crystallite size, and composition of iron oxide phases. The morphology and average nanoparticles size were evaluated by electronic transmission microscopy. Magnetic properties of iron oxide were analyzed at low and room temperatures. Optical characteristics were evaluated by UV-Vis photoacoustic spectroscopy and the Mössbauer spectrum was obtained in order to evaluate subtle changes in the nuclear environment of the iron atoms.

  1. Characterizations of Cuprous Oxide Thin Films Prepared by Sol-Gel Spin Coating Technique with Different Additives for the Photoelectrochemical Solar Cell

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    D. S. C. Halin

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Cuprous oxide (Cu2O thin films were deposited onto indium tin oxide (ITO coated glass substrate by sol-gel spin coating technique using different additives, namely, polyethylene glycol and ethylene glycol. It was found that the organic additives added had a significant influence on the formation of Cu2O films and lead to different microstructures and optical properties. The films were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD, field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM, and ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy (UV-Vis. Based on the FESEM micrographs, the grain size of film prepared using polyethylene glycol additive has smaller grains of about 83 nm with irregular shapes. The highest optical absorbance film was obtained by the addition of polyethylene glycol. The Cu2O thin films were used as a working electrode in the application of photoelectrochemical solar cell (PESC.

  2. Dry reforming of methane on Ni-Mg-Al nano-spheroid oxide catalysts prepared by the sol-gel method from hydrotalcite-like precursors

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    González, Albert R.; Asencios, Yvan J. O.; Assaf, Elisabete M.; Assaf, José M.

    2013-09-01

    Nanocapsular hydrotalcites (layered double hydroxides - LDHs) were synthesized by the sol-gel method and used as precursors of nano-structured mixed oxides containing various nickel loads (4, 15 and 19 wt%). The best conditions for the preparation of LDHs were analyzed and the structures of the resulting mixed oxides were studied. The optimal nickel load and calcining conditions were optimized. Finally, the resulting catalysts were tested in the dry reforming of methane for 8 h at 800 °C under atmospheric pressure. These materials showed high activity and stability, and the coke deposits were minimal on the catalyst prepared under optimal conditions (19 wt% nickel load and thermal treatment at 650 °C). The best catalyst formed amorphous carbon, which seems not to be prejudicial to the reaction.

  3. Novel precursors for the deposition of rare earth oxides; Neuartige Precursor zur Abscheidung von Selten-Erd-Oxiden

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    Ahlers, Mareike

    2010-02-22

    During this work rare earth solvates with nitrate and perchlorate anions have been investigated. All compounds have been structurally characterized and analyzed using thermal gravimetric analysis. The decomposition residues were analyzed using powder diffraction methods. Almost all compounds showed a characteristically intense exothermic decomposition step during the thermal decomposition, most likely caused by an intramolecular redox reaction between the nitrate or perchlorate anion respectively and the organic solvent molecules. The nitrates RE(NO{sub 3}){sub 3}(CH(OCH{sub 3}){sub 3}){sub 2} (RE = Sm, Eu) were isolated and characterized for the first time as the intermediate of the dehydration reaction with trimethyl orthoformate. The known compound group of dimethoxyethane solvates was then expanded with RE(NO{sub 3}){sub 3}(O{sub 2}C{sub 4}H{sub 10}) (RE = La, Sm, Eu). Considering the possible use as precursor material the already described neodymium compound is also discussed. The thermal decomposition of these compounds yields the respective cubic rare earth oxide and shows the typical intense exothermic decomposition reaction. A variety of different precursor system based on nitrate solvates for the deposition of rare earth oxide layers on a silicon surface was developed and investigated in collaboration with the group of Prof. Dr. Al-Shamery (Univ. Oldenburg). Ultra thin films on a H-Si(111) surface were obtained via the deposition of the precursor, which was dissolved in organic solvents. An oxide layer was detected after the heating of the sample. The film thickness was measured as < 10 nm, whereas the thickness of the film was controlled by the concentration of the precursor solution. Sm(ClO{sub 4}){sub 3}(CH(OCH{sub 3}){sub 3}){sub 3} was isolated and characterized for the first time as the intermediate of the dehydration reaction with trimethyl orthoformate. Eu(ClO{sub 4}){sub 3}(CH(OCH{sub 3}){sub 3}){sub 2}(MeOH){sub 2} was obtained without

  4. Emission Properties, Solubility, Thermodynamic Analysis and NMR Studies of Rare-Earth Complexes with Two Different Phosphine Oxides

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    Hiroki Iwanaga

    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available The paper proposes novel molecular designs for rare-earth complexes involving the introduction of two different phosphine oxide structures into one rare-earth ion. These designs are effective for improving solubility and emission intensity. Additionally, the complexes are indispensable for realizing high performances in LEDs and security media. The thermodynamic properties of Eu(III complexes are correlated with the solubility. Correlations between coordination structures and emission intensity were explained by NMR analysis. The luminous flux of red LED devices with Eu(III complexes is very high (20 mA, 870 m lumen. A new white LED has its largest spectra intensity in the red region and a human look much more vividly under this light.

  5. AFM studies and electrochemical characterization of boron-doped diamond surfaces modified with metal oxides by the Sol-Gel method

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    Suffredini Hugo B.

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Continuing previous investigations, direct surface modifications of boron-doped diamond (BDD electrodes with metal oxides (PtOx, RuO2, IrO2 and PbO2 and with some mixed composites were carried out by the Sol-Gel technique. The materials were studied by atomic force microscopy (AFM to determine their surface topologies and by electrochemical techniques to establish the catalytic activity towards the oxygen evolution reaction (OER and also, for the PtOx and PtOx-RuO2 composites, the ethanol oxidation reactions in acid media. The stability of PtOx coating covered by a Nafion® film was also tested by long-term operation. The AFM results indicated sites of heterogeneous deposition and the electrochemical studies demonstrated that the active surface area changed considerably with the proposed method of modification. The IrO2/BDD electrode showed the best performance to the OER with the onset of the oxidation current at ~1.4 V, a value 200 mV lower than for the PtOx/BDD electrode. The enhanced stability of PtOx/BDD electrodes achieved by the application of a Nafion® film and already reported in acid media was further proved using the ethanol oxidation reaction. Only a small loss of activity (6% was observed after 4-hours electrolysis while one-thousand voltammetric cycles left the surface practically unchanged. In addition, preliminary studies for the same reaction on PtOx/BDD and PtOx-RuO2/BDD electrodes demonstrated the excellent activity of these mixed Sol-Gel coatings on the BDD surface and the possibility of further investigations for practical applications.

  6. Rare earth effects on high temperature oxidation of pure nickel at 1000 ℃

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    JIN Huiming; ZHANG Jianfeng; YAN Kun; GONG Zexiang

    2004-01-01

    Isothermal and cyclic oxidation behaviors of pure and yttrium-implanted nickel were studied at 1000 ℃ in air.SEM and TEM were used to examine the oxide scales formed on nickel substrate.It was found that Y-implantation greatly improved the anti-oxidation ability of nickel both in isothermal and cyclic oxidizing experiments.Acoustic emission(AE)technique was used to study the size and number distribution of defects at the oxide/metal interface.Laser Raman microscopy was also used to study the stress status of oxide scales formed on nickel with and without yttrium.The main reason for the improvement in anti-oxidation and adhesion of oxide scale was that Yimplantation greatly reduced the grain size of NiO and lowered the compressive stress within the scale.In the meantime,Y-implantation inhibited ion diffusion rate in the oxide scale and reduced the size and number of interfacial defects,hence remarkably enhanced the adhesion of protective NiO oxide scale formed on nickel substrate.

  7. Photocatalytic oxidation of methyl ethyl ketone over sol-gel and commercial TiO2 for the improvement of indoor air.

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    Raillard, C; Héquet, V; Le Cloirec, P; Legrand, J

    2006-01-01

    This work focuses on the photocatalytic oxidation of gaseous methyl ethyl ketone chosen as a typical indoor air pollutant. Two types of TiO coatings were prepared and deposited on glass plates: one using the commercial Degussa P25 TiO2 and the other one by sol-gel method. The first objective of this study was to compare different ways of preparing thin films of sol-gel TiO2 coated on glass plates, taking into account their general aspect and their photocatalytic efficiency. Several parameters were tested, such as the stabilising agent, the glass type of the support, the number of coatings and the calcination temperature. One of the synthesised materials was then kept to carry out the following study. The study aimed to assess the influence of TiO2 coating types on the effect of water vapour. This was achieved by performing MEK photocatalytic degradation kinetics under two levels of humidity at a fixed temperature. Experimental results were then modelled by the Langmuir-Hinshelwood equation. The obtained parameters gave specific trends in function of the considered catalyst. The second part of this work was to identify MEK degradation byproducts during its photocatalytic oxidation. The main detected intermediate was acetaldehyde, followed by methyl formate. A MEK degradation pathway was then proposed.

  8. The role of cobalt doping on magnetic and optical properties of indium oxide nanostructured thin film prepared by sol–gel method

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    Baqiah, H. [School of Applied Physics, Faculty of Science and Technology, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, 43600 UKM Bangi, Selangor (Malaysia); Ibrahim, N.B., E-mail: baayah@ukm.my [School of Applied Physics, Faculty of Science and Technology, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, 43600 UKM Bangi, Selangor (Malaysia); Halim, S.A. [Superconductors and Thin film laboratory, Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, University Putra Malaysia 43400 UPM Serdang, Selangor (Malaysia); Flaifel, Moayad Husein; Abdi, M.H. [School of Applied Physics, Faculty of Science and Technology, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, 43600 UKM Bangi, Selangor (Malaysia)

    2015-03-15

    Highlights: • Cobalt doped indium oxide thin films have been prepared by a sol–gel method. • The films have a thickness less than 100 nm and grain size less than 10 nm. • The lattice parameters and grain size of films decrease as Co content increase. • The optical band gap of films increases as the grain size decrease. • The films' magnetic behaviour is sensitive to ratio of oxygen defects per Co ions. - Abstract: The effect of Co doping concentration, (x = 0.025–0.2), in In{sub 2−x}Co{sub x}O{sub 3} thin film was investigated by X-rays diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Ultraviolet visible spectrophotometer (UV–vis) and vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). All films were prepared by sol–gel technique followed by spin coating process. The XRD and XPS measurements indicate that Co{sup +2} has been successfully substituted in In{sup +3} site. The TEM measurement shows nanostructure morphology of the films. The doping of Co in indium oxide resulted in a decrease in the lattice parameters and grain size while the band gap increased with increasing Co concentration. Further, by comparing VSM and XPS results, the magnetic behaviour of the films were found to be sensitive to Co concentrations, oxygen vacancies and ratio of oxygen defects to Co concentrations. The magnetic behaviour of the prepared films was explained using bound magnetic polaron (BMP) model.

  9. Pulsed ultrasound associated with gold nanoparticle gel reduces oxidative stress parameters and expression of pro-inflammatory molecules in an animal model of muscle injury

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    Victor Eduardo G

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Nanogold has been investigated in a wide variety of biomedical applications because of the anti-inflammatory properties. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effects of TPU (Therapeutic Pulsed Ultrasound with gold nanoparticles (GNP on oxidative stress parameters and the expression of pro-inflammatory molecules after traumatic muscle injury. Materials and methods Animals were divided in nine groups: sham (uninjured muscle; muscle injury without treatment; muscle injury + DMSO; muscle injury + GNP; muscle injury + DMSO + GNP; muscle injury + TPU; muscle injury + TPU + DMSO; muscle injury + TPU + GNP; muscle injury + TPU + DMSO + GNP. The ROS production was determined by concentration of superoxide anion, modulation of antioxidant defenses was determined by the activity of superoxide dismutase, catalase and glutathione peroxidase enzymes, oxidative damage determined by formation of thiobarbituric acid-reactive substance and protein carbonyls. The levels of interleukin-1β (IL-1β and tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α were measured as inflammatory parameters. Results Compared to muscle injury without treatment group, the muscle injury + TPU + DMSO + GNP gel group promoted a significant decrease in superoxide anion production and lipid peroxidation levels (p Conclusions Our results suggest that TPU + DMSO + GNP gel presents beneficial effects on the muscular healing process, inducing a reduction in the production of ROS and also the expression of pro-inflammatory molecules.

  10. Zinc oxide for spintronic applications. Sol-gel processes and characterization; Zinkoxid fuer spintronische Anwendungen. Sol-Gel-Prozesse und Charakterisierung

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    Knies, Christoph

    2009-06-15

    Since the year 1999 published theoretical models predict for systems on the base of cobalt-doped zinc oxide the formation of a ferromagnetic order with Curie temperatures above room temperature. Essential condition for the occurrence of the ferromagnetic interaction is the presence of additional charge carriers, which interact with the states of the cobalt. The aim of this thesis represents the fabrication of cobalt-doped thin layers by means of the dip-coating procedure, the characterization of the properties of the matter, as well as the study of the effects arising by additional doping with flat dopants on the magnetic properties and the charge-carrier transport. The structural characterization by means of X-ray diffractometry hints on a one-phase nanocrystalline growth of the ZnO in wurtzite structure at a mean particle size between 20 and 30 nm. Cobalt-based heterophases can be observed for doping concentrations above 20%. Optical and magnetic-resonance studies let no doubt on the insertion of the Co in the 2+ charge state in the lattice place of the zinc in 3d{sup 7} configuration. In measurements of the optical absorption and the magnetic circular dichroism (MCD) the internal crystal-field transitions of the Co{sup 2+} in the visible and additionally in the near-infrared range are to be observed. Abroad absorption transition observed above 2.8 eV was assigned to a Co{sup 2+/+} charge-carrier transition. Both MCD and ESR measurements let to be concluded on a purely paramagnetic behaviour of the matter. By annealing of the samples in zinc vapor an interstitial insection of the zinc could be reached. The formation of a corresponding flat donor state can be controlled by observation of the absorption by free charge carriers in the near-infrared range. By this the essential conditions of the theoretical model named above can be considered as fulfilled. Actually in SQUID magnetization measurements characteristic hysteresis curves up to 300 K can be observed. The

  11. Potency of (doped) rare earth oxide particles and their constituent metals to inhibit algal growth and induce direct toxic effects.

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    Joonas, Elise; Aruoja, Villem; Olli, Kalle; Syvertsen-Wiig, Guttorm; Vija, Heiki; Kahru, Anne

    2017-03-27

    Use of rare earth elements (REEs) has increased rapidly in recent decades due to technological advances. It has been accompanied by recurring rare earth element anomalies in water bodies. In this work we (i) studied the effects of eight novel doped and one non-doped rare earth oxide (REO) particles (aimed to be used in solid oxide fuel cells and gas separation membranes) on algae, (ii) quantified the individual adverse effects of the elements that constitute the (doped) REO particles and (iii) attempted to find a discernible pattern to relate REO particle physicochemical characteristics to algal growth inhibitory properties. Green algae Raphidocelis subcapitata (formerly Pseudokirchneriella subcapitata) were used as a test species in two different formats: a standard OECD201 algal growth inhibition assay and the algal viability assay (a 'spot test') that avoids nutrient removal effects. In the 24h 'spot' test that demonstrated direct toxicity, algae were not viable at REE concentrations above 1mgmetal/L. 72-hour algal growth inhibition EC50 values for four REE salts (Ce, Gd, La, Pr) were between 1.2 and 1.4mg/L, whereas the EC50 for REO particles ranged from 1 to 98mg/L. The growth inhibition of REEs was presumably the result of nutrient sequestration from the algal growth medium. The adverse effects of REO particles were at least in part due to the entrapment of algae within particle agglomerates. Adverse effects due to the dissolution of constituent elements from (doped) REO particles and the size or specific surface area of particles were excluded, except for La2NiO4. However, the structure of the particles and/or the varying effects of oxide composition might have played a role in the observed effects. As the production rates of these REO particles are negligible compared to other forms of REEs, there is presumably no acute risk for aquatic unicellular algae.

  12. Laser cladding in-situ carbide particle reinforced Fe-based composite coatings with rare earth oxide addition

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    吴朝锋; 马明星; 刘文今; 钟敏霖; 张红军; 张伟明

    2009-01-01

    Particulate reinforced metal matrix composite(PR-MMC) has excellent properties such as good wear resistance,corrosion resistance and high temperature properties.Laser cladding is usually used to form PR-MMC on metal surface with various volume fractions of ceramic particles.Recent literatures showed that laser melting of powder mixture containing carbon and carbide-forming elements,was favorable for the formation of in-situ synthesized carbide particles.In this paper,rare earth oxide(RE2O3) was added into t...

  13. INFLUENCE OF RARE EARTH DOPING ON MECHANICAL PROPERTY AND MICRO-STRUCTURE OF CHROMIA OXIDE FILM

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    JIN Huiming; FELIX Adriana

    2008-01-01

    The isothermal oxidizing kinetics of Co-40Cr alloy and its yttrium ion-implanted samples are studied at 1 000 ℃ in air by thermal-gravity analysis (TGA). Scanning electronic microscopy (SEM) is used to examine the Cr2O3 oxide film's morphology after oxidation. Acoustic emission (AE) method is used in situ for monitoring the cracking and spalling of oxide films formed on both samples during oxidizing and subsequent air-cooling stages. Theoretical model is proposed relating to the film fracture process and is used for analyzing the acoustic emission spectrum both on time domain and on AE-event number domain. It is found that yttrium implantation remarkably reduces the isothermal oxidizing rate of Co-40Cr and improves the anti-cracking and anti-spalling properties of Cr2O3 oxide film. The reasons for the improvement are mainly that the implanted yttrium reduced the grain size of Cr2O3 oxide, increased the high temperature plasticity of oxide film, and remarkably reduced the number and size of Cr2O3/Co-40Cr interfacial defects.

  14. Zinc oxide for spintronic applications. Sol-gel processes and characterization; Zinkoxid fuer spintronische Anwendungen. Sol-Gel-Prozesse und Charakterisierung

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    Knies, Christoph

    2009-06-15

    Since the year 1999 published theoretical models predict for systems on the base of cobalt-doped zinc oxide the formation of a ferromagnetic order with Curie temperatures above room temperature. Essential condition for the occurrence of the ferromagnetic interaction is the presence of additional charge carriers, which interact with the states of the cobalt. The aim of this thesis represents the fabrication of cobalt-doped thin layers by means of the dip-coating procedure, the characterization of the properties of the matter, as well as the study of the effects arising by additional doping with flat dopants on the magnetic properties and the charge-carrier transport. The structural characterization by means of X-ray diffractometry hints on a one-phase nanocrystalline growth of the ZnO in wurtzite structure at a mean particle size between 20 and 30 nm. Cobalt-based heterophases can be observed for doping concentrations above 20%. Optical and magnetic-resonance studies let no doubt on the insertion of the Co in the 2+ charge state in the lattice place of the zinc in 3d{sup 7} configuration. In measurements of the optical absorption and the magnetic circular dichroism (MCD) the internal crystal-field transitions of the Co{sup 2+} in the visible and additionally in the near-infrared range are to be observed. Abroad absorption transition observed above 2.8 eV was assigned to a Co{sup 2+/+} charge-carrier transition. Both MCD and ESR measurements let to be concluded on a purely paramagnetic behaviour of the matter. By annealing of the samples in zinc vapor an interstitial insection of the zinc could be reached. The formation of a corresponding flat donor state can be controlled by observation of the absorption by free charge carriers in the near-infrared range. By this the essential conditions of the theoretical model named above can be considered as fulfilled. Actually in SQUID magnetization measurements characteristic hysteresis curves up to 300 K can be observed. The

  15. Effect of mixed rare earth oxides and CaCO3 modification on the microstructure of an in-situ Mg2Si/Al-Si composite

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    LIU Zheng; LIN Jixing; JING Qingxiu

    2009-01-01

    The effects of mixed rare earth oxides and CaCO3 on the microstructure of an in-situ Mg2Si/Al-Si hypereutectic alloy composite were investigated by optical microscope, scanning electron microscope, and energy dispersive spectrum analysis. The results showed that the morphology of the primary Mg2Si phase particles changed from irregular or crosses to polygonal shape, their sizes decreased from 75 μm to about 25 μm, and the compound of both the oxide and CaCO3 was better than either the single mixed rare earth oxides or CaCO3.

  16. Influence of rare-earth based orthovanadate nanoparticles and cerium oxide on bioenergetic processes in mitochondria of hepatocytes

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    Е. А. Аверченко

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available The features of influence of newly synthesized nanoparticles (NPs based on the rare earth elements, namely orthovanadates and cerium oxide, with the different geometrical parameters on the mitochondrial potential (ΔΨm and respiration and oxidative phosphorylation of the liver were investigated. Reduction of ΔΨm, as well as the ATP level in isolated mitochondria under influence of orthovanadates and CeO2 (1-2 nm NPs suggests that energy processes in the mitochondria are the target of the action of NPs. The highest inhibitory effect was shown by ekstrasmall spherical (orthovanadate and CeO2 of 1-2 nm particles and only CeO2 with sizes of 8-10 nm have no a negative influence on all investigated parameters.

  17. Mechanism of Cracking Resistance of Hardfacing Specimens of Steel 5CrNiMo Improved by Rare Earth Oxide

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    2006-01-01

    The cracking morphology of the hardfacing specimens taken from steel 5CrNiMo was observed. Meanwhile, the residual stress fields were measured and simulated. Based on experiment mentioned above, the improved structure and modified inclusion in hardfacing metal with rare earth (RE) oxide were analyzed. The results show that, the hardfacing crack is initiated from the coarse dendritic crystal grain boundary, inclusions and coarse austenite grain boundary in the HAZ and propagated by the residual stress existing in the center of the hardfacing metal and HAZ. The primary columnar grain structure can be refined by adding RE oxide in the coating of the electrode. The inclusion in the hardfacing metal can be modified as well. Meanwhile, if the martensite transformation temperature is decreased, the largest value of the residual tensile stress in the dangerous region can be reduced.

  18. New inorganic (an)ion exchangers based on Mg–Al hydrous oxides: (Alkoxide-free) sol–gel synthesis and characterisation

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    2011-05-01

    New inorganic ion exchangers based on double Mg-Al hydrous oxides were generated via the new non-traditional sol-gel synthesis method which avoids using metal alkoxides as raw materials. Surface chemical and adsorptive properties of the final products were controlled by several ways of hydrogels and xerogels treatments which produced the materials of the layered structure, mixed hydrous oxides or amorphous adsorbents. The final adsorptive materials obtained via thermal treatment of xerogels were the layered mesoporous materials with carbonate in the interlayer space, surface abundance with hydroxylic groups and maximum adsorptive capacity to arsenate. Higher affinity of Mg-Al hydrous oxides towards H2AsO4- is confirmed by steep adsorption isotherms having plateau (removal capacity) at 220. mg[As]. gdw-1 for the best sample at pH = 7, fast adsorption kinetics and little pH effect. Adsorption of arsenite, fluoride, bromate, bromide, selenate, borate by Mg-Al hydrous oxides was few times high either competitive (depending on the anion) as compare with the conventional inorganic ion exchange adsorbents. © 2011 Elsevier Inc.

  19. Characterization of alkaline-earth oxide additions to the MnO{sub 2} cathode in an aqueous secondary battery

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    Minakshi, Manickam, E-mail: minakshi@murdoch.edu.au [Extractive Metallurgy, Murdoch University, Murdoch, WA 6150 (Australia); Blackford, Mark [Institute of Materials Engineering, ANSTO, Lucas Heights, NSW 2234 (Australia); Ionescu, Mihail [Institute for Environment Research, ANSTO, Lucas Heights, NSW 2234 (Australia)

    2011-05-19

    Highlights: > Adding MgO in MnO{sub 2} cathode enhances the battery discharge capacity. > Mechanism appears to be different with those of our previously published results. > Capacity fade with subsequent cycling is reduced only for MgO but not for BaO. > Transferred the primary battery into a secondary while using LiOH as electrolyte. - Abstract: The effect of alkaline-earth oxide additions on aqueous rechargeable battery is investigated using microscopic and spectroscopic techniques. The alkaline-earth oxide additions such as magnesium oxide (MgO) and barium oxide (BaO) were physically mixed to the manganese dioxide (MnO{sub 2}) cathode of a cell comprising zinc as an anode and aqueous lithium hydroxide as the electrolyte. The results showed that such additions greatly improved the discharge capacity of the battery (from 145 to 195 for MgO and 265 mAh/g for BaO). Capacity fade with subsequent cycling is reduced only for MgO but not for BaO. With an aim to understand the role of these additives and its improvement in cell performance, we have used microscopy, spectroscopy, ion beam analysis and diffraction based techniques to study the process. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy analysis (EDS) results showed evidence of crystalline MnO{sub 2} particles for MgO as additive, whereas, MnO{sub 2} particles with diffused structure leading to mixture of phases is observed for BaO additives which is in agreement with X-ray diffraction (XRD) data. This work relates to improvement in the electrochemical behaviour of the Zn-MnO{sub 2} battery while the MgO additive helps to reduce the formation of manganese and zinc such as hetaerolite that hinders the lithium intercalation.

  20. Cytokine- or chemically derived nitric oxide alters the expression of proteins detected by two-dimensional gel electrophoresis in neonatal rat islets of Langerhans.

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    John, N E; Andersen, H U; Fey, S J; Larsen, P M; Roepstorff, P; Larsen, M R; Pociot, F; Karlsen, A E; Nerup, J; Green, I C; Mandrup-Poulsen, T

    2000-11-01

    Interleukin-1beta (IL-1beta) treatment of neonatal rat islets for 24 h induces changes in the expression of 105 of 2,200 proteins, as determined previously by two-dimensional (2D) gel electrophoresis. Nitric oxide (NO) has been implicated as one of the mediators of IL-1beta effects in insulin-containing cell lines and rat islets. The aims of this study were 1) to determine the involvement of NO in IL-1beta-induced alterations in protein expression and 2) to investigate the effects of chemically generated NO on protein expression by 2D gel electrophoresis of neonatal rat islet samples. IL-1beta-induced NO production was prevented by incubation of islets in arginine-free medium supplemented with the arginine analog NG-nitro-L-arginine. [35S]methionine-labeled islet proteins were separated using 2D gel electrophoresis and analyzed using the BioImage computer program. Analysis revealed that the expression levels of 23 protein spots of the 105 protein spots, altered by prior treatment with IL-1beta (60 U/ml) alone, were significantly affected (P < 0.01 [n = 4] and P < 0.05 [n = 19]) when NO production was prevented. The effects of chemically generated NO were investigated by exposing islets to the NO donor GSNO (100 micromol/l) for 24 h before labeling with [35S]methionine and 2D gel electrophoresis. Computer-based analysis identified alterations in the expression of 19 of a total of 1,600 detectable proteins in GSNO-treated islets (P < 0.01). We conclude 1) that the expression of up to 42 proteins is altered by cytokine-induced or chemically generated NO in the precise experimental conditions chosen and 2) that the majority of proteins altered by prior treatment with IL-1beta may be the result of NO-independent IL-1beta-mediated regulation of gene expression. This study demonstrates that the combination of 2D gel electrophoresis and mass spectrometry is a powerful tool in the identification of beta-cell proteins involved in the response to toxic mediators.

  1. Resting Study of Tracer Experiment on Catalytic Wet Oxidation Reactor under Micro-gravity and Earth Gravity Conditions

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    YANG Ji; JIA Jin-ping

    2005-01-01

    The International Space Station(ISS) employs catalytic wet oxidation carried out in a Volatile Reactor Assembly (VRA) for water recycling. Previous earth gravity experiments show that the VRA is very effective at removing polar,low molecular weight organics. To compare the reactor performance under micro-gravity and Earth gravity conditions,a tracer study was performed on a space shuttle in 1999 by using 0. 2% potassium carbonate as the chemical tracer.In this paper, the experimental data were analyzed and it is indicated that the reactor can be considered as a plug flow one under both micro-gravity and earth gravity experimental conditions. It has also been proved that dispersion is not important in the VRA reactor under the experimental conditions. Tracer retardation was observed in the experiments and it is most likely caused by catalyst adsorption. It is concluded that the following reasons may also have influence on the retardation of mean residence time: (1) the liquid can be held by appurtenances, which will retard the mean residence time; (2) the pores can hold the tracer, which can also retard the mean residence time.

  2. Calcium-borosilicate glass-ceramics wasteforms to immobilize rare-earth oxide wastes from pyro-processing

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    Kim, Miae; Heo, Jong

    2015-12-01

    Glass-ceramics containing calcium neodymium(cerium) oxide silicate [Ca2Nd8-xCex(SiO4)6O2] crystals were fabricated for the immobilization of radioactive wastes that contain large portions of rare-earth ions. Controlled crystallization of alkali borosilicate glasses by heating at T ≥ 750 °C for 3 h formed hexagonal Ca-silicate crystals. Maximum lanthanide oxide waste loading was >26.8 wt.%. Ce and Nd ions were highly partitioned inside Ca-silicate crystals compared to the glass matrix; the rare-earth wastes are efficiently immobilized inside the crystalline phases. The concentrations of Ce and Nd ions released in a material characterization center-type 1 test were below the detection limit (0.1 ppb) of inductively coupled plasma mass spectroscopy. Normalized release values performed by a product consistency test were 2.64·10-6 g m-2 for Ce ion and 2.19·10-6 g m-2 for Nd ion. Results suggest that glass-ceramics containing calcium neodymium(cerium) silicate crystals are good candidate wasteforms for immobilization of lanthanide wastes generated by pyro-processing.

  3. Synergistic extraction of rare earths with bis(2,4,4-trimethyl pentyl) dithiophosphinic acid and trialkyl phosphine oxide.

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    Reddy, M L; Bosco Bharathi, J R; Peter, S; Ramamohan, T R

    1999-08-23

    Synergistic extraction of trivalent rare earths from nitrate solutions using mixtures of bis(2,4,4-trimethylpentyl)dithiophosphinic acid (Cyanex 301=HX) and trialkyl phosphine oxide (Cyanex 923=TRPO) in xylene has been investigated. The results demonstrate that these trivalent metal ions are extracted into xylene as MX(3).3HX with Cyanex 301 alone. In the presence of Cyanex 923, La(III) and Nd(III) are found to be extracted as MX(2).NO(3).TRPO. On the other hand, Eu(III), Y(III) and heavier rare earths are found to be extracted as MX(3).HX.2TRPO. The addition of a trialkylphosphine oxide to the metal extraction system not only enhances the extraction efficiency of these metal ions but also improves the selectivities significantly, especially between yttrium and heavier lanthanides. The separation factors between these metal ions were calculated and compared with that of commercially important extraction systems like di-2-ethylhexyl phosphoric acid.

  4. Plasmon-induced selective carbon dioxide conversion on earth-abundant aluminum-cuprous oxide antenna-reactor nanoparticles.

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    Robatjazi, Hossein; Zhao, Hangqi; Swearer, Dayne F; Hogan, Nathaniel J; Zhou, Linan; Alabastri, Alessandro; McClain, Michael J; Nordlander, Peter; Halas, Naomi J

    2017-06-21

    The rational combination of plasmonic nanoantennas with active transition metal-based catalysts, known as 'antenna-reactor' nanostructures, holds promise to expand the scope of chemical reactions possible with plasmonic photocatalysis. Here, we report earth-abundant embedded aluminum in cuprous oxide antenna-reactor heterostructures that operate more effectively and selectively for the reverse water-gas shift reaction under milder illumination than in conventional thermal conditions. Through rigorous comparison of the spatial temperature profile, optical absorption, and integrated electric field enhancement of the catalyst, we have been able to distinguish between competing photothermal and hot-carrier driven mechanistic pathways. The antenna-reactor geometry efficiently harnesses the plasmon resonance of aluminum to supply energetic hot-carriers and increases optical absorption in cuprous oxide for selective carbon dioxide conversion to carbon monoxide with visible light. The transition from noble metals to aluminum based antenna-reactor heterostructures in plasmonic photocatalysis provides a sustainable route to high-value chemicals and reaffirms the practical potential of plasmon-mediated chemical transformations.Plasmon-enhanced photocatalysis holds promise for the control of chemical reactions. Here the authors report an Al@Cu2O heterostructure based on earth abundant materials to transform CO2 into CO at significantly milder conditions.

  5. Ce1-xLaxOy solid solution prepared from mixed rare earth chloride for soot oxidation

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    韩雪; 王亚飞; 郝红蕊; 郭荣贵; 胡运生; 蒋文全

    2016-01-01

    Ce1–xLaxOy solid solution was simply prepared using mixed rare earth chloride (RECl3·xH2O, RE=Ce, La>99%, containing unseparated Ce and La from rare earth metallurgical industry) as precursor by ultrasonic-assisted co-precipitation method with differ-ent ultrasonic frequencies (CLf,f=200, 400, 600, 800, 1000 Hz). A compared Ce1–xLaxOy solid solution (CL*) was also prepared by the same mothod with 10% less precipitant. X-ray diffraction results confirmed the formation of Ce1–xLaxOy solid solution, and the crystal structures of these catalysts were not very sensitive to ultrasonic frequency and precipitant amount. However, both of the fac-tors had obvious effect on morphology and surface area of CL, and precipitant amount seem to play a more crucial role than ultra-sonic frequency for Ce1–xLaxOy solid solution preparation. When soot and catalyst were tight contacted, the peak temperature (Tpeak) of soot oxidation and oxygen reducing temperature for CLf catalysts decreased linearly with increasing surface area. Under loose contact condition, theTpeak had obvious negative correlation with H2 consumption. It was inferred that good reducibility of the Ce1–xLaxOy solid solution favored the soot oxidation reaction. The Ce1–xLaxOy solid solution prepared from unseparated rare earth chloride showed a good soot oxidaiton activity. Controlling the preparation conditions to prepare a CL catalyst would high surface area will enhance its reducibility and activity.

  6. Preparation of nickel oxide thin films at different annealing temperature by sol-gel spin coating method

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    Abdullah, M. A. R.; Mamat, M. H.; Ismail, A. S.; Malek, M. F.; Alrokayan, Salman A. H.; Khan, Haseeb A.; Rusop, M.

    2016-07-01

    Preparation of NiO thin films at different annealing temperature by sol-gel method was conducted to synthesize the quality of the surface thin films. The effects of annealing temperature on the surface topology were systematically investigated. Our studies confirmed that the surface roughness of the thin films was increased whenever annealing temperature was increase. NiO thin films morphology structure analysis was confirmed by field emission scanning electron microscope. Surface roughness of the thin films was investigated by atomic force microscopy.

  7. Zinc oxide films impurified with Ti and prepared by the Sol-gel method; Peliculas de oxido de zinc impurificadas con Ti y preparadas por el metodo Sol-gel

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    Tirado G, S. [ESFM-IPN, 07738 Mexico D.F. (Mexico); Cazares R, J.M.; Maldonado, A. [CINVESTAV-IPN, A.P. 14-740, 07000 Mexico D.F. (Mexico)

    2006-07-01

    Titanium-doped zinc oxide thin films have been prepared on silicon substrate using the Sol-Gel technique. The structural, morphology, electrical and optical properties of such thin films were studied as a function of titanium concentration (0.5, 1 and 1.5 %) and the thin films thickness. Zinc acetate dihydrate and titanium (VI)-oxy acetylacetonate were used as precursor materials, using 2-methoxyethanol and monoethanolamine as via. The X-ray diffraction spectra show polycrystalline films in all the cases. It can see for all the thin films a preferential growth along the (002) planes where the titanium concentration and also the thin films thickness play an important rule. No structural changes are observed at all. The surface morphology studied shows as the grain size decreases when thin thickness is increases. For titanium concentration of 0.5, 1 and 1.5 % values the grains size increase also. The thin films thickness for titanium concentration of 1.5 % was 500 nm (4v), 400 nm (3v), 180 nm (2v) and 130 nm (1v), values obtained from cross-section micrographs. Highly resistive samples are obtained for substrate soda-lime even showing high transmittance. Better physical properties are required for gas sensors or semitransparent electrodes and other possible applications. (Author)

  8. Fabrication of highly crystalline oxide thin films on plastics: Sol–gel transfer technique involving high temperature process

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    Hiromitsu Kozuka

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available Si(100 substrates were coated with a polyimide (PI–polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP mixture film, and an alkoxide-derived TiO2 gel film was deposited on it by spin-coating. The gel films were fired under various conditions with final annealing at 600–1000 °C. The PI–PVP layer was completely decomposed at such high temperatures while the TiO2 films survived on Si(100 substrates without any damages. When the final annealing temperature was raised, the crystalline phase changed from anatase to rutile, and the crystallite size and the refractive index of the films tended to increase. The TiO2 films thus fired on Si(100 substrates were transferred to polycarbonate (PC substrates by melting the surface of the plastic substrate either in a near-infrared image furnace or on a hot plate under a load. Cycles of deposition and firing were found to be effective in achieving successful transfer even for the films finally annealed at 1000 °C. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic analyses on the film/Si(100 interface suggested that the residual carbon or carbides at the interface could be a possible factor, but not a necessary and decisive factor that allows the film transfer.

  9. Inverted organic solar cells with sol-gel processed high work-function vanadium oxide hole-extraction layers

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    Zilberberg, Kirill; Trost, Sara; Riedl, Thomas [Institute of Electronic Devices, University of Wuppertal, Rainer-Gruenter-Str. 21, 42119 Wuppertal (Germany); Meyer, Jens; Kahn, Antoine [Department of Electrical Engineering, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ (United States); Behrendt, Andreas; Luetzenkirchen-Hecht, Dirk; Frahm, Ronald [Physics of Condensed Matter, University of Wuppertal (Germany)

    2011-12-20

    For large-scale and high-throughput production of organic solar cells (OSCs), liquid processing of the functional layers is desired. We demonstrate inverted bulk-heterojunction organic solar cells (OSCs) with a sol-gel derived V{sub 2}O{sub 5} hole-extraction-layer on top of the active organic layer. The V{sub 2}O{sub 5} layers are prepared in ambient air using Vanadium(V)-oxitriisopropoxide as precursor. Without any post-annealing or plasma treatment, a high work function of the V{sub 2}O{sub 5} layers is confirmed by both Kelvin probe analysis and ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy (UPS). Using UPS and inverse photoelectron spectroscopy (IPES), we show that the electronic structure of the solution processed V{sub 2}O{sub 5} layers is similar to that of thermally evaporated V{sub 2}O{sub 5} layers which have been exposed to ambient air. Optimization of the sol gel process leads to inverted OSCs with solution based V{sub 2}O{sub 5} layers that show power conversion efficiencies similar to that of control devices with V{sub 2}O{sub 5} layers prepared in high-vacuum. (Copyright copyright 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  10. Synthesis of Nanostructured Tin Oxide (SnO2 Powders and Thin Films by Sol-Gel Method

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    Ashok D. Bhagwat

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Nanocrystalline SnO2 powder was successfully prepared by using simple sol-gel technique. The sol-gel obtained was washed and calcinated at 400 C to obtain the SnO2 nano-powder. The structural property of (SnO2 nanocrystalline powder was investigated by using X-ray diffraction (XRD technique. The optical properties were studied using Uv-Vis Spectroscopy, by recording the absorbance and transmittance spectra. The XRD pattern of the as-prepared sample demonstrated the formation of a rutile structure of SnO2 nanocrystallites. The Scanning Electron Microscopic (SEM analysis showed a homogeneous distribution of quite small grains over scanned area. The Uv-Vis absorbance spectra also showed a characteristic peak of absorbance at   312 nm corresponding to SnO2. The energy band gap measurement for nanocrystalline SnO2 thin film was done from the graph of variation of (hν2 versus hν. The measured value of optical bandgap energies for SnO2 thin film is 3.78 eV. The results show that the transmittance of the synthesized SnO2 film is 78 % in the spectral range 350 nm to 800 nm.

  11. Synthesis of vanadium oxides 5 wt.%VO2–MO by sol–gel process and application in cyclohexene epoxidation

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    S El-Korso; I Rekkab; A Choukchou-Braham; S Bedrane; L Pirault-Roy; C Kappenstein

    2012-12-01

    A series of SiO2, Al2O3 and TiO2 mixed vanadium materials have been prepared from inorganic precursors via the sol–gel process and subsequently dried, calcined and reduced at elevated temperatures. Structural characterization of these materials was carried out by X-ray diffraction (XRD), N2 adsorption at 77 K, thermal analysis (TGA/DTA), UV-vis diffused reflectance spectroscopy (DR UV-vis) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) with energy dispersive X-ray (EDX). Their catalytic activities in the epoxidation of cyclohexene with TBHP as oxidant were also examined. Results of XRD and DR UV-visible diffused revealed that VO2 species are predominant in all samples and no formation of V2O5 was detected. Experimental results indicated that the VO2–SiO2 catalysts performed excellently for the epoxidation of cyclohexene by tertiobutyl hydroperoxide.

  12. Fabrication of tungsten oxide microfibers with photocatalytic activity by electrospunning from PVA/H{sub 3}PW{sub 12}O{sub 40} gel

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    Sui Chunhong [College of Chemistry, Jilin University, Changchun 130023 (China); Department of Chemistry, Jilin Medical College, Jilin, 132013 (China); Gong Jian [Key Laboratory of Polyoxometalates Science of Ministry of Education, Northeast Normal University, Changchun 130024 (China); Cheng Tiexin [College of Chemistry, Jilin University, Changchun 130023 (China); Zhou Guangdong, E-mail: zhougd@jlu.edu.cn [College of Chemistry, Jilin University, Changchun 130023 (China); Dong Shunfu [Department of Chemistry, Jilin Medical College, Jilin, 132013 (China)

    2011-08-01

    Regarding gel poly (vinyl alcohol)/H{sub 3}PW{sub 12}O{sub 40} as precursor, the ultra-fine fibers tungsten oxide (WO{sub 3}) was prepared by using electrospinning and calcinating techniques. Scanning electron microscope (SEM) shows that the average diameter of fibrous WO{sub 3} were changed from 200 nm to 600 nm after calcined PVA/H{sub 3}PW{sub 12}O{sub 40} fibers at 600 and 800 {sup o}C, respectively. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Raman spectroscope revealed that the fibrous WO{sub 3} was monoclinic phase, and the band-gap energies were observed by UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectra. The small size WO{sub 3} exhibits excellent photocatalytcic activity in degradation of Rhodamine B at 365 nm wavelength.

  13. X-ray Diffraction Studies of the Structure and Thermochemistry of Alkaline-Earth Oxide-Coated Thermionic Cathodes

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    Karikari, E. K.; Bassey, E.; Wintucky, Edwin G.

    1998-01-01

    NASA LeRC has a broad, active cathode technology development program in which both experimental and theoretical studies are being employed to further development of thermionic cathodes for use as electron sources in vacuum devices for communications and other space applications. One important type of thermionic cathode under development is the alkaline-earth oxide-coated (BaO, SrO, CaO) cathode. Significant improvements in the emission characteristics of this cathode have been obtained through modification of the chemical composition and morphology of the oxide coating, with the best result thus far coming from the addition of In2O3 and Sc2O3. Whereas the In2O3 produces a finer, more uniform particle structure, the exact chemical state and role of the Sc2O3 in the emission enhancement is unknown. The purpose of this cooperative agreement is to combine the studies of the surface chemistry and electron emission at NASA LeRC of chemically modified oxide coatings with a study of the thermochemistry and crystal structure using X-ray diffraction equipment and expertise at Clark Atlanta University (CAU). The study at CAU is intended to provide the description and understanding of the structure and thermochemistry needed for further improvement and optimization of the modified coatings. A description of the experimental procedure, preliminary X-ray diffraction test results, together with the design of an ultrahigh vacuum chamber necessary for high temperature thermochemistry studies will be presented.

  14. Formation of High-quality Advanced High-k Oxide Layers at Low Temperature by Excimer UV Lamp-assisted Photo-CVD and Sol-gel Processing

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    YU J. J.

    2004-01-01

    We have successfully demonstrated that high quality and high dielectric constant layers can be fabricated by low temperature photo-induced or -assisted processing. Ta2O5 and ZrO2 have been deposited at t<400 ℃by means of a UV photo-CVD technique and HfO2 by photo-assisted sol-gel processing with the aid of excimer lamps. The UV annealing of as-grown layers was found to significantly improve their electrical properties.Low leakage current densities on the order of 10-8 A/cm2 at 1 MV/cm for deposited ultrathin Ta2O5 films and ca. 10-6 A/cm2 for the photo-CVD ZrO2 layers and photo-irradiated sol-gel HfO2 layers have been readily achieved. The improvement in the leakage properties of these layers is attributed to the UV-generated active oxygen species O(1D) which strongly oxidize any suboxides to form more stoichiometric oxides on removing certain defects, oxygen vacancies and impurities present in the as-prepared layers. The photo-CVD Ta2O5films deposited across 10. 16-cm Si wafers exhibit a high thickness uniformity with a variation of less than ±2.0% being obtained for ultrathin ca. 10 nm thick films. The lamp technology can in principle be extended to larger area wafers, providing a promising low temperature route to the fabrication of a range of high quality thin films for future ULSI technology.

  15. Iron oxides, divalent cations, silica, and the early earth phosphorus crisis

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    Jones, C.; Nomosatryo, S.; Crowe, S.A.;

    2015-01-01

    and silica content of BIFs, we estimate that seawater in the Archean and early Proterozoic Eons likely contained 0.04–0.13 µM phosphorus, on average. These phosphorus limiting conditions could have favored primary production through photoferrotrophy at the expense of oxygenic photosynthesis until upwelling......As a nutrient required for growth, phosphorus regulates the activity of life in the oceans. Iron oxides sorb phosphorus from seawater, and through the Archean and early Proterozoic Eons, massive quantities of iron oxides precipitated from the oceans, producing a record of seawater chemistry...

  16. The magnetic characterization of Fe doped TiO2 semiconducting oxide nanoparticles synthesized by sol-gel method

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    Yeganeh, M.; Shahtahmasebi, N.; Kompany, A.; Karimipour, M.; Razavi, F.; Nasralla, N. H. S.; Šiller, L.

    2017-04-01

    In this work Fe doped TiO2 nanoparticles were synthesized at different Fe/Ti molar ratio from 1% to 5% by sol-gel technique. The post annealing of the samples was carried out at T=400, 600, and 800 °C. HRTEM of the samples revealed that the mean size of the nanoparticles increases from about 8 nm to about 100 nm as the annealing temperature increased. SQUID magnetometry of 1% and 5% Fe doped TiO2 has shown mixed ferromagnetic and paramagnetic phases within the crystal while ferromagnetic order with Tc about 350 K was only observed in 5% Fe:TiO2 sample annealed at T=800 °C. The oxygen vacancy mediated ferromagnetic (FM) interaction could be responsible for the observed FM.

  17. Thickness and structure change of titanium(IV) oxide thin films synthesized by the sol-gel spin coating method

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    Lewkowicz, Aneta; Synak, Anna; Grobelna, Beata; Bojarski, Piotr; Bogdanowicz, Robert; Karczewski, Jakub; Szczodrowski, Karol; Behrendt, Mirosław

    2014-08-01

    Titanium dioxide is a well-known material in nanotechnology, while it provides new opportunities due to its interesting properties, for example, as a semiconductor with a quite significant forbidden band gap energy of 3.2 eV. In this study, thin films of titanium dioxide (TiO2) were synthesized in amorphous and crystallographic systems using the sol-gel process. Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM), Raman spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction (XRD) techniques were applied to obtain structural characteristics of the prepared films. We estimated that TiO2 thin films crystallize in anatase phase between temperatures 380 °C and 700 °C, and into anatase-rutile phase at 650 °C, while rutile phase exists alone above 800 °C. The changes in porosity of materials in relation to temperature were calculated as well. The refractive index of titanium dioxide thin films from ellipsometric measurements is also provided.

  18. Effect of vanadium substitution on structural and electrical properties of sol-gel grown nanostructured zinc oxide

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    Boricha, Hetal; Rajyaguru, Bhargav; Gadani, Keval; Rathod, K. N.; Shrimali, V. G.; Udeshi, Bhagyashree; Keshvani, M. J.; Joshi, A. D.; Pandya, D. D.; Solanki, P. S.; Shah, N. A.

    2017-05-01

    In the present communication, we report the results on the structural and electrical studies on nanostructured pure (ZnO) and Vanadium (V) doped Zn0.95V0.05O samples synthesized using low cost Sol-Gel technique. To understand the structural properties and their dependence on V substitution, X-Ray diffraction (XRD) measurement was carried out for both the samples understudy. XRD results reveal the single phasic wurtzite nature of both the samples showing hexagonal unit cell structure. A minor phase of ZnV2O6 is observed in V doped ZnO sample. Improved dielectric permittivity, enhanced ac conductivity (σac) and suppression in impedance have been discussed on the basis of structural modifications by the substitution of V in ZnO, enhanced charge carrier concentration, charge carrier polarization and correlated barrier hopping due to the localized state.

  19. Synthesis by sol-gel process, structural and optical properties of nanoparticles of zinc oxide doped vanadium

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    El Ghoul, J.; Barthou, C.; El Mir, L.

    2012-06-01

    We report the elaboration of vanadium-doped ZnO nanoparticles prepared by a sol-gel processing technique. In our approach, the water for hydrolysis was slowly released by esterification reaction followed by a supercritical drying in ethyl alcohol. Vanadium doping concentration of 10 at.% has been investigated. After treatment in air at different temperatures, the obtained nanopowder was characterised by various techniques such as scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and photoluminescence (PL). Analysis by scanning electron microscopy at high resolution shows that the grain size increases with increasing temperature. Thus, in the case of thermal treatment at 500 °C in air, the powder with an average particle size of 25 nm shows a strong luminescence band in the visible range. The intensity and energy position of the obtained PL band depends on the temperature measurement increase. The mechanism of this emission band is discussed.

  20. The magnetic characterization of Fe doped TiO{sub 2} semiconducting oxide nanoparticles synthesized by sol–gel method

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    Yeganeh, M., E-mail: mahboubeh.yeganeh@yahoo.co.uk [Department of Physics, Kosar University of Bojnord, P.O. Box 94104455 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Shahtahmasebi, N.; Kompany, A. [Department of Physics, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Karimipour, M. [Department of Physics, Vali-e-Asr University of Rafsanjan (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Razavi, F. [Department of Physics, Brock University (Canada); Nasralla, N.H.S. [Electron Microscope and Thin Film Department, Physics Division, 33 El Buhouth st., Dokki, 12622 Giza (Egypt); Šiller, L. [School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials, Newcastle University, NE1 7RU (United Kingdom)

    2017-04-15

    In this work Fe doped TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles were synthesized at different Fe/Ti molar ratio from 1% to 5% by sol-gel technique. The post annealing of the samples was carried out at T=400, 600, and 800 °C. HRTEM of the samples revealed that the mean size of the nanoparticles increases from about 8 nm to about 100 nm as the annealing temperature increased. SQUID magnetometry of 1% and 5% Fe doped TiO{sub 2} has shown mixed ferromagnetic and paramagnetic phases within the crystal while ferromagnetic order with T{sub c} about 350 K was only observed in 5% Fe:TiO{sub 2} sample annealed at T=800 °C. The oxygen vacancy mediated ferromagnetic (FM) interaction could be responsible for the observed FM.

  1. Bright blue photoluminescence from a mixed tin and manganese oxide xerogel prepared via sol-hydrothermal-gel process

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    Xiang Xia; Cheng Xiao-Feng; He Shao-Bo; Yuan Xiao-Dong; Zheng Wan-Guo; Li Zhi-Jie; Liu Chun-Ming; Zhou Wei-Lie; Zu Xiao-Tao

    2011-01-01

    A new blue photoluminescent material,a mixed tin and manganese oxide xerogel,is prepared via sol-hydrothermalgel process assisted by citric acid.The composition xerogel exhibits strong blue emission at room temperature,with an emission maximum at 434 nm under short (234 nm) or long-wavelength (343 nm) ultraviolet excitation.The photoluminescent excitation spectrum of the mixed tin and manganese oxide xerogel,monitored at an intensity maximum wavelength of 434 nm of the emission,consists of two excitation peaks at 234 nm and 343 nm.With heat treatment temperature increasing from 110 ℃ to 200 ℃,the blue emission intensity increases remarkably,whereas it is almost completely quenched after being treated at 300 ℃.The carbon impurities in the mixed tin and manganese oxide xerogel,confirmed by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy,should be responsible for the bright blue photoluminescence.

  2. Pseudopotential description of rare earths in oxides: The case of Er2Si2O7

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    Lægsgaard, Jesper; Stokbro, Kurt

    2001-01-01

    The applicability of ultrasoft pseudopotentials to the problem of rare-earth incorporation in silicates is investigated using the compound Er2Si2O7 as a test case. It is found that density-functional theory within the generalized gradient approximation provides a good description of the structural...... parameters, when treating the Er 4f states as a partially occupied core shell. The density of states and the distribution of electronic charge are analyzed, and it is concluded that the presence of Er tends to increase the covalency of neighboring Si-O bonds....

  3. INVESTIGATION OF DNA REPAIR BY SISTER CHROMATID EXCHANGE (SCE) ANALYSIS AND THE ALKALINE SINGLE CELL GEL ASSAY (SCG) IN MAMMALIAN GO-LYMPHOCYTES AFTER IN VITRO EXPOSURE TO ETHYLENE OXIDE (EO)

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    Investigation ofDNA Repair by Sister Chromatid Exchange (SCE) Analysis and the Alkaline Single Cell Gel Assay (SCG) in Mammalian Go-Lymphocytes after In Vitro Exposure to Ethylene Oxide (EO). EO is a large volume chemical used primarily as an intermediate in manufacturing...

  4. Eu3+ probe ion for rare-earth dopant site structure in sol-gel derived LiYF4 oxyfluoride glass-ceramic

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    Secu, C. E.; Negrea, R. F.; Secu, M.

    2013-10-01

    Sol-gel route using metal alkoxides and trifluoroacetic acid as precursors has been used to prepare oxyfluoride glass-ceramic containing Eu3+-doped LiYF4 nanocrystals of about tens of nm size embedded in a silica matrix through controlled crystallization at higher temperatures of the xerogel. Photoluminescence spectra and decay curves recorded in the Eu3+-doped LiYF4 polycrystalline pellet and glass ceramic have been discussed using group-theoretical arguments. In the glass-ceramic Eu3+ ions are embedded dominantly inside the LiYF4 nanocrystals most probably as Eu-O center and/or dimer centers in low symmetry (C2v) sites; oxygen ions were incorporated in their neighborhood during the glass ceramization.

  5. 硅胶催化双氧水甲酸氧化噻吩类化合物的研究%Oxidation of Thiophenes over Silica Gel in Hydrogen Peroxide/Formic Acid System

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    陈兰菊; 郭绍辉; 赵地顺

    2006-01-01

    Thiophene (C4H4S) and 3-methylthiophene(3-MC4H4S) are typical thiophenenic sulfur compounds that exist in fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) gasoline. Oxidation of C4H4S and 3-MC4H4S were conducted in hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) and formic acid system over a series of silica gel loaded with metal oxide. The silica gel loaded with copper and cobalt (1:1) oxide was found very active for the model compound oxidation using H2O2/formic acid, while the silica gel unloaded with metal oxide was less active. The sulfur removal rate of thiophenes was different as solvent was changed. And the conversation of C4H4S and 3-MC4H4S was improved at higher temperature,but reduced when olefin was added. The sulfur removal rate of model sulfur compounds was enhanced when the phase transfer catalyst emulsifier polyethylene glycol octyl phenyl ether or tetrabutylammonium bromide(TBAB)in a H2O2 and formic acid system with the addition of TBAB, a bromine substitution trend appeared in the oxidation of thiophenes, suggesting the influence of TBAB.

  6. Yttrium aluminum garnet (YAG) obtained by rare-earth mixed oxide (RE{sub 2}O{sub 3})

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    Castro, D.F.; Daguano, J.K.M.F.; Rodrigues Junior, D., E-mail: claudinei@demar.eel.usp.b [Universidade de Sao Paulo (EEL/USP), Lorena, SP (Brazil). Escola de Engenharia; Santos, C. [Centro Universitario de Volta Redonda (MEMAT/UNIFOA), RJ (Brazil); Suzuki, P.A. [Laboratorio Nacional de Luz Sincrotron (LNLS), Campinas, SP (Brazil); Silva, O.M.M. [Centro Tecnico Aeroespacial (CTA-IAE), Sao Jose dos Campos, SP (Brazil). Inst. de Atividades Espaciais. Div. de Materiais

    2010-07-01

    In this work, the substitution of commercial Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} by a rare earth mixed oxide, RE{sub 2}O{sub 3}, to form Yttrium aluminum Garnet-Y{sub 3}Al{sub 5}O{sub 12}, was investigated. Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} and Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}:RE{sub 2}O{sub 3} powder-mixtures, in a molar ratio of 60:40, were milled and subsequently cold uniaxially-pressed. Compacts were sintered at 1000, 1400 or 1600 deg C, for 120 minutes. RE{sub 2}O{sub 3} oxide was characterized by high-resolution synchrotron X-ray diffraction (HRXRD) and compared to Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}. X-ray diffraction pattern of the RE{sub 2}O{sub 3} indicates a true solid solution formation. Rietveld refinement of the sintered YAG and (RE)AG reveled a similar crystal structure to the YAGs obtained by the use of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}-Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} or Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}-RE{sub 2}O{sub 3} respectively. Microstructural analysis of both, YAG or (RE)AG, revealed similar grain sizes of about 2.5 {mu}m besides mechanical properties, with hardness of 400HV and fracture toughness of 3.8MPa.m1/2. It could be, thus, demonstrated that pure Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} can be substituted by the rare-earth solid solution, RE{sub 2}O{sub 3}, in the formation YAGs, presenting similar microstructural and mechanical properties. (author)

  7. Earth Abundant Fe/Mn-Based Layered Oxide Interconnected Nanowires for Advanced K-Ion Full Batteries.

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    Wang, Xuanpeng; Xu, Xiaoming; Niu, Chaojiang; Meng, Jiashen; Huang, Meng; Liu, Xiong; Liu, Ziang; Mai, Liqiang

    2017-01-11

    K-ion battery (KIB) is a new-type energy storage device that possesses potential advantages of low-cost and abundant resource of K precursor materials. However, the main challenge lies on the lack of stable materials to accommodate the intercalation of large-size K-ions. Here we designed and constructed a novel earth abundant Fe/Mn-based layered oxide interconnected nanowires as a cathode in KIBs for the first time, which exhibits both high capacity and good cycling stability. On the basis of advanced in situ X-ray diffraction analysis and electrochemical characterization, we confirm that interconnected K0.7Fe0.5Mn0.5O2 nanowires can provide stable framework structure, fast K-ion diffusion channels, and three-dimensional electron transport network during the depotassiation/potassiation processes. As a result, a considerable initial discharge capacity of 178 mAh g(-1) is achieved when measured for KIBs. Besides, K-ion full batteries based on interconnected K0.7Fe0.5Mn0.5O2 nanowires/soft carbon are assembled, manifesting over 250 cycles with a capacity retention of ∼76%. This work may open up the investigation of high-performance K-ion intercalated earth abundant layered cathodes and will push the development of energy storage systems.

  8. Ultrapure glass optical waveguide development in microgravity by the sol-gel process

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    1982-01-01

    Containerless melting of glasses in space for the preparation of ultrapure homogeneous glass for optical waveguides is discussed. The homogenization of the glass using conventional raw materials is normally achieved on Earth either by the gravity induced convection currents or by the mechanical stirring of the melt. Because of the absence of gravity induced convection currents, the homogenization of glass using convectional raw materials is difficult in the space environment. Multicomponent, homogeneous, noncrystalline oxide gels can be prepared by the sol-gel process and these gels are promising starting materials for melting glasses in the space environment. The sol-gel process is based on the polymerization reaction of alkoxysilane with other metal alkoxy compounds or suitable metal salts. Many of the alkoxysilanes or other metal alkoxides are liquids and thus can be purified by distillation.

  9. Synthesis of apatite and monazite waste form for immobilization of rare earth oxide radioactive waste

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    Ahn, B. G.; Park, H. S.; Kim, I. T.; Lee, H. S. [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2008-08-15

    In order to fabricate a monolithic waste form containing RE oxides, a vitrification at a high temperature or a ceramization by a HIP method is required. In this study, a series of monolithic wasteform with high waste loading were successfully produced at a mild condition, where the chemical structure was equivalent to the product by a high temperature process or a monolithic wasteform consisting of a durable ceramic host matrix for immobilizing RE elements.

  10. Nuclear analysis of a rare earth containing protective oxide on aluminium

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    Gorman, J.D.; Paterson, P.J.K. [Royal Melbourne Inst. of Tech., VIC (Australia); Hughes, A.E. [Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Melbourne, VIC (Australia). Div. of Materials Science

    1996-12-31

    The aim is study was to examine the thickness of the conversion coating as well as the elemental depth distribution of cerium and molybdenum using Rutherford Backscattering Spectroscopy (RBS), Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Scanning Auger Electron Spectroscopy and Forward Recoil Spectroscopy (FRS). In addition, RBS has been used to examine how changes in processing conditions, particularly the treatment temperatures, influences the coating thickness and Ce distribution at each process step. SEM established that a crazed oxide structure was developed over the matrix of the alloy using the above process steps. RBS was chosen to provide elemental concentration versus depth information on these samples since it is largely insensitive to surface topography when the detector is set to high scattering angles. A other advantage of using RBS for this particular system is that the heavy elements incorporated into the coating such as Ce and Mo because of their high atomic number compared to the aluminium oxide, are well separated from aluminium and oxygen at their higher recoil energies. Forward Recoil Spectroscopy is capable of detecting hydrogen and it has been used to confirm that the coating is hydrated and to establish the hydrogen distribution within the final oxide coating on each alloy. 7 refs., 1 tab., 4 figs.

  11. FTIR AND SOME PHYSICAL PROPERTIES OF ALKALINE EARTH BORATE GLASSES CONTAINING HEAVY METAL OXIDES

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    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available The FTIR spectra of heavy metal oxide doped borate glasses with the general formula RO-MO-B2O3 (RO= MgO, CaO, SrO and BaO, MO=ZnO, TeO2, PbO and Bi2O3 were studied in the spectral range 400-4400cm-1 toobtain information about the influence of the glass composition on the spectra. The FTIR studies revealed that MO acted differently in RO-B2O3 glass matrix and produced small variations in the glass structure. RO oxides also affected the glass structure slightly due to mixed oxide effect. However the structural groupings present ineach series of glasses are not much affected by the composition. The effect of composition on some physical properties like density, molar volume was also carried out. The increase in the values of physical parameters such as density and glass transition temperature is attributed to conversion of [BO3]3- triangular units into BO4-tetrahedral units.

  12. A family of rare earth molybdenum bronzes: Oxides consisting of periodic arrays of interacting magnetic units

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    Schneemeyer, L.F. [Department of Chemistry, Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ 07043 (United States); Siegrist, T., E-mail: tsiegrist@fsu.edu [Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, Tallahassee, FL 32310 (United States); National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Tallahassee, FL 32310 (United States); Besara, T. [National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Tallahassee, FL 32310 (United States); Lundberg, M. [Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, Tallahassee, FL 32310 (United States); National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Tallahassee, FL 32310 (United States); Sun, J. [Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, Tallahassee, FL 32310 (United States); Materials Science and Technology Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN 37831-6056 (United States); Singh, D.J. [Materials Science and Technology Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN 37831-6056 (United States)

    2015-07-15

    The family of rare earth molybdenum bronzes, reduced ternary molybdates of composition LnMo{sub 16}O{sub 44,} was synthesized and a detailed structural study carried out. Bond valence sum (BVS) calculations clearly show that the molybdenum ions in tetrahedral coordination are hexavalent while the electron count in the primitive unit cell is odd. Yet, measurements show that the phases are semiconductors. The temperature dependence of the magnetic susceptibility of samples containing several different rare earth elements was measured. These measurements verified the presence of a 6.5 K magnetic phase transition not arising from the rare earth constituent, but likely associated with the unique isolated ReO{sub 3}-type Mo{sub 8}O{sub 36} structural subunits in this phase. To better understand the behavior of these materials, electronic structure calculations were performed within density functional theory. Results suggest a magnetic state in which these structural moieties have an internal ferromagnetic arrangement, with small ~1/8 μ{sub B} moments on each Mo. We suggest that the Mo{sub 8}O{sub 36} units behave like pseudoatoms with spin 1/2 derived from a single hole distributed over the eight Mo atoms that are strongly hybridized with the O atoms of the subunit. Interestingly, while the compound is antiferromagnetic, our calculations suggest that a field-stabilized ferromagnetic state, if achievable, will be a narrow band half-metal. - Graphical abstract: LnMo{sub 16}O{sub 44} phases comprise corner sharing tetrahedral and octahedral molybdenum ions. The MoO{sub 6} octahedra form Mo{sub 8}O{sub 36} units that are well separated and act like pseudo-atoms, accommodating 11 electrons each. - Highlights: • Single crystal X-ray diffraction refinements of LnMo{sub 16}O{sub 44} single crystals for Ln=Ce, Pr, Nd, Tb, Dy and Ho. • DFT calculations based on LaMo{sub 16}O{sub 44}. • [Mo{sub 8}O{sub 36}] units behaving as superatoms with a net magnetic moment of 1 µ

  13. Effects of Standardised Fermented Papaya Gel on Clinical Symptoms, Inflammatory Cytokines, and Nitric Oxide Metabolites in Patients with Chronic Periodontitis: An Open Randomised Clinical Study

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    Zaira F. Kharaeva

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The clinical efficacy of topical administration of standardised fermented papaya gel (SFPG, known to have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, versus conventional therapy was evaluated in a group of 84 patients with moderate-to-severe periodontitis, randomly assigned to control group (n=45 undergoing traditional pharmacologic/surgical protocols or to experimental group (n=39, additionally treated with intragingival pocket SFPG (7 g applications (15 min daily for 10 days. Patients undergoing SFPG treatment showed significant (P<0.05, durable improvement of three major clinical indices of disease severity: reduced bleeding (day 7, plaque and gingival conditions (day 14, and consistent gingival pocket depth reduction (day 45. Proinflammatory nitric oxide metabolites reached normal values in plasma (day 14 and gingival crevicular fluid (GCF at day 45 with SFPG applications compared to controls that did not reach normalisation. Levels of highly increased proinflammatory (IL-1B, IL-6 and suppressed anti-inflammatory (IL-10 cytokines normalised in the SFPG group by days 14 (plasma and 45 (GCF, but never in the control group. Although not acting directly as antibiotic, SFPG acted in synergy with human granulocytes blocking adaptive catalase induction in S. aureus in response to granulocyte-derived oxidative stress, thus enhancing intracellular bacterial killing.

  14. Preparation and characterization of hybrid materials of epoxy resin type bisphenol a with silicon and titanium oxides by sol-gel process

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    Carrillo C, A.; Osuna A, J. G., E-mail: acc.carrillo@gmail.com [Universidad Autonoma de Coahuila, Facultad de Ciencias Quimicas, Blvd. Venustiano Carranza y Jose Cardenas Valdes, 25000 Saltillo, Coahuila (Mexico)

    2011-07-01

    Hybrid materials were synthesized from epoxy resins as a result bisphenol type A-silicon oxide and epoxy resin bisphenol type A-titanium oxide were obtained. The synthesis was done by sol-gel process using tetraethyl orthosilicate (Teos) and titanium isopropoxide (I Ti) as inorganic precursors. The molar ratio of bisphenol A to the inorganic precursors was the studied variable. The materials were characterized by thermal analysis, infrared spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. The hybrid nature of the materials was demonstrated through thermal analysis and infrared spectroscopy. In both systems, as the amount of alkoxide increased, the bands described above were more defined. This behavior indicates the interactions between the resin and the alkoxides. Hybrids with Teos showed a smoother and homogeneous surface in its entirety, without irregularities. Hybrids with titanium isopropoxide had low roughness. Both Teos and I Ti hybrids showed a decrease on the atomic weight percentage of carbon due to a slight reduction of the organic part on the surface. (Author)

  15. Electrochemical properties of the hexacyanoferrate(II)–ruthenium(III) complex immobilized on silica gel surface chemically modified with zirconium(IV) oxide

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    Panice, Lucimara B.; Oliveira, Elisangela A. de; Filho, Ricardo A.D. Molin; Oliveira, Daniela P. de [Departamento de Química, Universidade Estadual de Maringá, Av. Colombo, 5790, 87020-900 Maringá, PR (Brazil); Lazarin, Angélica M., E-mail: amlazarin2@uem.br [Departamento de Química, Universidade Estadual de Maringá, Av. Colombo, 5790, 87020-900 Maringá, PR (Brazil); Andreotti, Elza I.S.; Sernaglia, Rosana L. [Departamento de Química, Universidade Estadual de Maringá, Av. Colombo, 5790, 87020-900 Maringá, PR (Brazil); Gushikem, Yoshitaka [Instituto de Química, Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Caixa Postal 6154, 13084-971 Campinas, São Paulo (Brazil)

    2014-10-15

    Highlights: • The cyano-bridged mixed valence ruthenium composite material was synthesized. • This newly synthesized compound was incorporated into a carbon paste electrode. • The electrode did not show significant changes in response after six months of use. • The modified electrode is very stable and reproducible. • The electrode sensor was successfully applied for ascorbic acid determination. - Abstract: The chemically modified silica gel with zirconium(IV) oxide was used to immobilize the [Fe(CN){sub 6}]{sup 4−} complex ion initially. The reaction of this material with [Ru(edta)H{sub 2}O]{sup −} complex ion formed the immobilized cyano-bridged mixed valence ruthenium complex, (≡Zr){sub 5}[(edta)RuNCFe(CN){sub 5}]. This material was incorporated into a carbon paste electrode and, its electrochemical properties were investigated. However, for an ascorbic acid solution, an enhancement of the anodic peak current was detected due to electrocatalytic oxidation. The electrode presented the same response for at least 150 successive measurements, with a good repeatability. The modified electrode is very stable and reproducible. The sensor was applied for ascorbic acid determination in pharmaceutical preparation with success.

  16. Preparation of layered oxide Li(Co1/3Ni1/3Mn1/3)O2 via the sol-gel process

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    ZHANG Wen; LIU Hanxing; HU Chen; ZHU Xianjun; LI Yanxi

    2008-01-01

    To obtain homogenous layered oxide Li(Co1/3Ni1/3Ni1/3Mn1/3)O2 as a lithium insertion positive electrode material,the sol-gel process using citric acid as a chelating agent was applied.The material Li(Co1/3,Ni1/3Mn1/3)O2 was synthesized at different calcination temperatures.XRD experiment indicated that the hyered Li(Co1/3Ni1/3Mn1/3)O2material could he synthesized at a lower temperature of 800℃,and the oxidation state of Co,Ni,and Mn in the cathode confirmed by XPS were +3,+2,and +4,respectively.SEM observations showed that the synthesized material could form homogenous particle morphology with the particle size of about 200nm In spite of different calcination temperatures,the charge-discharge curves of all the samples for the initial cycle were similar,and the cathode synthesized at 900℃ showed a small irreversible capacity loss of 11.24% and a high discharge capacity of 212.2 mAh.g-1 in the voltage range of 2.9-4.6 V.

  17. Influence of rare earth additions on the oxidation resistance of chromia forming alloys; Influencia da adicao de terras raras sobre a resistencia a oxidacao de ligas formadoras de cromia

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    Pillis, Marina Fuser

    1995-12-31

    The addition of rare earths to alloys, either in elemental form or as surface coatings reduces the oxidation rate of chromia forming alloys. The rare earths either act as nucleation sites for surface oxides or get incorporates into the surface oxide and diffuse to oxide grain boundaries. If the latter occurs, a change in the defect structure close to the grain boundaries, probably takes place. In this manner, the rare earths inhibits the movement of chromium ions to the oxide/gas interface. The influence of rare earth additions to AISI 316, AISI 316L and Ni-20 Cr on their oxidation behavior has been studied., AISI 316+Ce, AISI 316+Y, Ni-20 Cr and Ni-20 Cr-2 Al-1 Ce were prepared by melting and AISI 316L, AISI 316L+Ce O{sub 2} and AISI 316L+Y{sub 2} O{sub 3} by powder compaction. The effect of superficial deposits of rare earth oxides was also studied. The alloys were coated with rare earth oxides by high temperature conversion of the respective rare earth nitrates. Isothermal oxidation tests were carried out at 900-1100 deg C and the cyclic oxidation tests consisted of 6 cycles of 2 hours each at 900 deg C, followed by cooling to room temperature. All the tests were carried out in air. Oxidation behavior was evaluated gravimetrically. Scanning electron microscopy was used to study surface morphology. Energy dispersive analysis and X-ray diffraction techniques were used to identify oxide constituents. Overall, it has been observed that with the addition of rare earths, oxidation resistance increases by decreasing oxidation rates and increasing oxide adhesion. Addition of rare earths to AISI 316 prepared by melting resulted in rapid formation of a chromium rich oxide layered near the metal/oxide interface which reduced overall oxidation rate. The addition of Ce O{sub 2} to AISI 316L was found to improve oxidation behavior after 10 hours at 1100 deg C and also inhibit the formation of volatile Cr O{sub 3}. The isothermal oxidation behavior of rare earth oxide covered

  18. Occlusion of chromophore oxides by Sol-Gel methods: Application to the synthesis of hematite-silica red pigments

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    Vicent, J. B.

    2000-02-01

    Full Text Available Heteromorphic pigments present the chromophore particle occluded in an encapsulating matrix which is thermally stable and insoluble in glazes. The occluded chromophore compound is also insoluble in the host matrix. In this work the mechanisms of formation of this type of pigments are analyzed and the occlusion of hematite into silica matrix is discussed. The formation of this hematite-silica red pigment follows a sintering-coarsening mechanism, and, consequently, the control of both hematite particles nucleation and their crystal growth results to be decisive to obtain a good coloring effectiveness.

    En los pigmentos heteromórficos la partícula de cromóforo es ocluida en una matriz encapsuladora estable tanto termicamente como frente a los vidriados. El compuesto cromóforo ocluido y la matriz no coloreada son insolubles. En este trabajo se analiza los diferentes mecanismos de formación de estos pigmentos heteromórficos y se estudia la oclusión de hematita en sílice mediante métodos sol-gel acuoso. El pigmento sigue un mecanismo de sinterización-crecimiento cristalino por lo que es muy importante controlar el momento de nucleación y la velocidad de crecimiento de las partículas de hematita en el seno de la matriz.

  19. Electrical and ferromagnetic properties of Tb-doped indium-tin oxide films fabricated by sol-gel method

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    Zuo Yalu [Key Laboratory for Magnetism and Magnetic Materials of Ministry of Education, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou 730000 (China); Ge Shihui, E-mail: gesh@lzu.edu.cn [Key Laboratory for Magnetism and Magnetic Materials of Ministry of Education, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou 730000 (China); Yu Zhenhua; Yan Shiming; Zhou Xueyun; Zhang Li [Key Laboratory for Magnetism and Magnetic Materials of Ministry of Education, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou 730000 (China)

    2010-08-01

    The electrical and ferromagnetic properties of (In{sub 0.9-x}Tb{sub x}Sn{sub 0.1}){sub 2}O{sub 3} and (In{sub 0.99-y}Tb{sub 0.01}Sn{sub y}){sub 2}O{sub 3} films fabricated by sol-gel method have been investigated. All the films show room temperature ferromagnetism. The magnetic moment per Tb ion of (In{sub 0.9-x}Tb{sub x}Sn{sub 0.1}){sub 2}O{sub 3} films first increases and then decreases with the increasing Tb content. The variation of conductivity with Tb content is coincident with that of the magnetic moment. Furthermore, the conductivity and magnetic moment variations with Sn content y in (In{sub 0.99-y}Tb{sub 0.01}Sn{sub y}){sub 2}O{sub 3} films also have the similar trend. These results imply that the ferromagnetism may originate from the carrier-mediated mechanism.

  20. Investigation of annealing-treatment on structural and optical properties of sol–gel-derived zinc oxide thin films

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    Shenghong Yang; Ying Liu; Yueli Zhang; Dang Mo

    2010-06-01

    The transparent ZnO thin films were prepared on Si(100) substrates by the sol–gel method. The structural and optical properties of ZnO thin films, submitted to an annealing treatment in the 400–700°C ranges are studied by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and UV-visible spectroscopic ellipsometry (SE). XRD measurements show that all the films are crystallized in the hexagonal wurtzite phase and present a random orientation. Three prominent peaks, corresponding to the (100) phase (2 ≈ 31.8°), (002) phase (2 ≈ 34.5°), and (110) phase (2 ≈ 36.3°) appear on the diffractograms. The crystallite size increases with increasing annealing temperature. These modifications influence the optical properties. The optical constants and thickness of the films have been determined by analysing the SE spectra. The optical bandgap has been determined from the extinction coefficient. We found that the refractive index and the extinction coefficient increase with increasing annealing temperature. The optical bandgap energy decreases with increasing annealing temperature. These mean that the optical quality of ZnO films is improved by annealing.

  1. Templating Sol-Gel Hematite Films with Sacrificial Copper Oxide: Enhancing Photoanode Performance with Nanostructure and Oxygen Vacancies.

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    Li, Yang; Guijarro, Néstor; Zhang, Xiaoli; Prévot, Mathieu S; Jeanbourquin, Xavier A; Sivula, Kevin; Chen, Hong; Li, Yongdan

    2015-08-12

    Nanostructuring hematite films is a critical step for enhancing photoelectrochemical performance by circumventing the intrinsic limitations on minority carrier transport. Herein, we present a novel sol-gel approach that affords nanostructured hematite films by including CuO as sacrificial templating agent. First, by annealing in air at 450 °C a film comprising an intimate mixture of CuO and Fe2O3 nanoparticles is obtained. The subsequent treatment with NaCl and annealing at 700 °C under Argon reveals a nanostructured highly crystalline hematite film devoid of copper. Photoelectrochemical investigations reveal that the incorporation of CuO as templating agent and the inert conditions employed during the annealing play a crucial role in the performance of the hematite electrodes. Mott-Schottky analysis shows a higher donor concentration when annealing in inert conditions, and even higher when combined with the NaCl treatment. These findings agree well with the presence of an oxygen-deficient shell on the material's surface evidenced by FT-IR and XPS measurements. Likewise, the incorporation of the CuO enhances the photocurrent obtained at 1.23 V from 0.55 to 0.8 mA·cm(-2) because of an improved nanostructure. Optimized films demonstrate an incident photon-to-current efficiency (IPCE) of 52% at 380 nm when applying 1.23 V versus RHE, and a faradaic efficiency for water splitting close to unity.

  2. Sol-gel derived Al-Ga co-doped transparent conducting oxide ZnO thin films

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    Serrao, Felcy Jyothi, E-mail: jyothiserrao@gmail.com [Department of studies in Physics, Mangalore University, Mangalagangothri 574199 (India); Department of Physics, Karnataka Government Research centre SCEM, Mangalore, 575007 (India); Sandeep, K. M.; Bhat, Shreesha; Dharmaprakash, S. M. [Department of studies in Physics, Mangalore University, Mangalagangothri 574199 (India)

    2016-05-23

    Transparent conducting ZnO doped with Al, Ga and co-doped Al and Ga (1:1) (AGZO) thin films were grown on glass substrates by cost effective sol-gel spin coating method. The XRD results showed that all the films are polycrystalline in nature and highly textured along the (002) plane. Enhanced grain size was observed in the case of AGZO thin films. The transmittance of all the films was more than 83% in the visible region of light. The electrical properties such as carrier concentration and mobility values are increased in case of AGZO compared to that of Al and Ga doped ZnO thin films. The minimum resistivity of 2.54 × 10{sup −3} Ω cm was observed in AGZO thin film. The co-doped AGZO thin films exhibited minimum resistivity and high optical transmittance, indicate that co-doped ZnO thin films could be used in transparent electronics mainly in display applications.

  3. Cyanex 923 as the extractant in a rare earth element impurity analysis of high-purity cerium oxide.

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    Duan, Taicheng; Li, Hongfei; Kang, JianZhen; Chen, Hangting

    2004-06-01

    In this work, the feasibility of employing Cyanex 923 as an extractant into the non-cerium REE (rare earth elements) impurity analysis of high-purity cerium oxide was investigated. Through investigations on the choice of the extraction medium, the optimium extraction acidity, matrix Ce4+ effect on the non-cerium REE ion extraction, the optimium extractant concentration and suitable extracting time, and oscillation strengh, it was found that when the phase ratio was at 1:1 and the acicidity was about 2% H2SO4, by gently shaking by hand for about 2 min, 10 mL of 30% Cyanex 923 could not extract even for a 20 ng amount of non-cerium REE3+ ions. However, the extraction efficiency for Ce4+ of 100 mg total amount under the same conditions was about 96%, indicating that a 25-fold preconcentration factor could be achieved. Thus, it was concluded that Cyanex 923 could be used in a REE impurity analysis of 99.9999% or so pure cerium oxide for primary sepapation to elimilate matrix-induced interferences encountered in an ICP-MS (inductively coupled plasma mass spectroscopy) determination.

  4. Thermal barrier coatings of new rare-earth composite oxide by EB-PVD

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    Xu, Z.H., E-mail: zhxubiam@sina.com; Zhou, X.; Wang, K.; Dai, J.W.; He, L.M.

    2014-02-25

    Highlights: • 3Y-LZ7C3 coating has a cyclic lifetime longer than that of LZ7C3 coating. • Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} helps to moderate the excessive vapor pressure condition during deposition. • 3Y-LZ7C3 coating is a mixture of pyrochlore and fluorite structures. • 3Y-LZ7C3 coating has a low sintering ability as compared with LZ7C3 coating. -- Abstract: Thermal barrier coatings (TBCs) of La{sub 2}(Zr{sub 0.7}Ce{sub 0.3}){sub 2}O{sub 7} (LZ7C3) with the addition of 3 wt.% Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} (3Y-LZ7C3) were deposited by electron beam-physical vapor deposition (EB-PVD). The phase structures, surface and cross-sectional morphologies, thermal cycling behaviors of these coatings were studied in detail. The thermal cycling test at 1373 K in an air furnace indicates that the 3Y-LZ7C3 coating has a lifetime of 1134 cycles which is about 18% longer than that of LZ7C3 coating. The improvement of chemical homogeneity of the coating, the superior growth behavior of columns and the favorable mechanical properties are all very helpful to the prolongation of thermal cycling life of 3Y-LZ7C3 coating. The failure of 3Y-LZ7C3 coating is probably a result of the reduction–oxidation of cerium oxide (Ce{sub 2}O{sub 3} and CeO{sub 2}), the solid solution reactions between La{sub 2}O{sub 3} and Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} (or ZrO{sub 2}), the visible cracks initiation, propagation and extension, the abnormal oxidation of bond coat and the thermal expansion mismatch between ceramic coating and bond coat.

  5. Photoluminescence and energy transfer processes in rare earth ion doped oxide thin films with substrate heating

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    Xiao, Zhisong; Zhou, Bo; Yan, Lu; Zhu, Fang; Zhang, Feng; Huang, Anping

    2010-02-01

    Tm-Er codoped amorphous aluminum oxide thin films were prepared by pulsed laser deposition. Broadband photoluminescence in the wavelength region of 1400-1700 nm comprised of two emissions at around 1532 and 1620 nm was observed. PL performance was investigated as a function of the substrate-heating temperature. Possible energy transfer processes involved in the heat treatment were discussed and nonradiative decay rates were evaluated, by comparing the inverse of measured lifetimes with the calculated radiative decay rates. Our results suggest that Tm-Er codoped Al 2O 3 thin film might be potential candidate as broadband light sources and amplifiers.

  6. Optical properties of zirconia doped with yttria and some rare earth oxides

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    Haberko, Jakub; Trenczek-Zając, Anita; Zientara, Dariusz; Adamczyk, Anna; Haberko, Krzysztof; Bućko, Mirosław M.

    2016-10-01

    Nanometric powders of cubic zirconia stabilized with yttria and rare element oxides (Sm, Nd, Gd) were prepared by crystallization under hydrothermal conditions. The powders were uniaxially compacted, repressed isostatically, pressure-less sintered in oxygen atmosphere and hot isostatically pressed under 300 MPa Ar atmosphere. Fully dense samples were polished from both sides. The optical properties were analyzed based on the spectral dependence of the transmittance (T) and reflectance (R). Spectroscopic measurements have shown that all materials fabricated in the present work are highly transparent, with total transmission above 90% towards the long-wavelength end of the near-IR range of the spectrum. Discussion of these results will be given.

  7. Differences in the electrochemical behavior of ruthenium and iridium oxide in electrocatalytic coatings of activated titanium anodes prepared by the sol–gel procedure

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    VLADIMIR V. PANIĆ

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available The electrochemical characteristics of Ti0.6Ir0.4O2/Ti and Ti0.6Ru0.4O2/Ti anodes prepared by the sol–gel procedure from the corresponding oxide sols, obtained by force hydrolysis of the corresponding metal chlorides, were compared. The voltammetric properties in H2SO4 solution indicate that Ti0.6Ir0.4O2/Ti has more pronounced pseudocapacitive characteristics, caused by proton-assisted, solid state surface redox transitions of the oxide. At potentials negative to 0.0 VSCE, this electrode is of poor conductivity and activity, while the voltammetric behavior of the Ti0.6Ru0.4O2/Ti electrode is governed by proton injection/ejection into the oxide structure. The Ti0.6Ir0.4O2/Ti electrode had a higher electrocatalytical activity for oxygen evolution, while the investigated anodes were of similar activity for chlorine evolution. The potential dependence of the impedance characteristics showed that the Ti0.6Ru0.4O2/Ti electrode behaved like a capacitor over a wider potential range than the Ti0.6Ir0.4O2/Ti electrode, with fully-developed pseudocapacitive properties at potentials positive to 0.60 VSCE. However, the impedance characteristics of the Ti0.6Ir0.4O2/Ti electrode changed with increasing potential from resistor-like to capacitor-like behavior.

  8. Mesoporous α-Fe2O3 thin films synthesized via the sol-gel process for light-driven water oxidation.

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    Hamd, Wael; Cobo, Saioa; Fize, Jennifer; Baldinozzi, Gianguido; Schwartz, Wilfrid; Reymermier, Maryse; Pereira, Alexandre; Fontecave, Marc; Artero, Vincent; Laberty-Robert, Christel; Sanchez, Clement

    2012-10-14

    This work reports a facile and cost-effective method for synthesizing photoactive α-Fe(2)O(3) films as well as their performances when used as photoanodes for water oxidation. Transparent α-Fe(2)O(3) mesoporous films were fabricated by template-directed sol-gel chemistry coupled with the dip-coating approach, followed by annealing at various temperatures from 350 °C to 750 °C in air. α-Fe(2)O(3) films were characterized by X-ray diffraction, XPS, FE-SEM and electrochemical measurements. The photoelectrochemical performance of α-Fe(2)O(3) photoanodes was characterized and optimized through the deposition of Co-based co-catalysts via different methods (impregnation, electro-deposition and photo-electro-deposition). Interestingly, the resulting hematite films heat-treated at relatively low temperature (500 °C), and therefore devoid of any extrinsic dopant, achieve light-driven water oxidation under near-to-neutral (pH = 8) aqueous conditions after decoration with a Co catalyst. The onset potential is 0.75 V vs. the reversible hydrogen electrode (RHE), thus corresponding to 450 mV light-induced underpotential, although modest photocurrent density values (40 μA cm(-2)) are obtained below 1.23 V vs. RHE. These new materials with a very large interfacial area in contact with the electrolyte and allowing for a high loading of water oxidation catalysts open new avenues for the optimization of photo-electrochemical water splitting.

  9. Photochemically deposited nano-Ag/sol-gel TiO2-In2O3 mixed oxide mesoporous-assembled nanocrystals for photocatalytic dye degradation.

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    Sreethawong, Thammanoon; Ngamsinlapasathian, Supachai; Yoshikawa, Susumu

    2014-05-01

    This work focused on the improvement of the photocatalytic activity for Congo Red (CR) azo dye degradation of mesoporous-assembled 0.95 TiO2-0.05 In2O3 mixed oxide photocatalyst (with a TiO2-to-In2O3 molar ratio of 0.95:0.05) by loading with Ag nanoparticles. The mesoporous-assembled 0.95TiO2-0.05In2O3 mixed oxide photocatalyst was synthesized by a hydrolytic sol-gel method with the aid of a structure-directing surfactant, prior to loading with various Ag contents (0.5-2 wt.%) by a photochemical deposition method. The optimum Ag loading content was found to be 1.5 wt.%, exhibiting a great increase in photocatalytic CR dye degradation activity. The 1.5 wt.% Ag-loaded 0.95TiO2-0.05In2O3 mixed oxide photocatalyst was further applied for the CR dye degradation in the presence of water hardness. Different types (Ca2+ and Ca2+ -Mg2+ mixture) and concentrations (200 and 500 mg/l) of water hardness were investigated. The results showed that the water hardness reduced the photocatalytic CR dye degradation activity, particularly for the extremely hard water with 500 mg/l of Ca2+ -Mg2+ mixture. The adjustment of initial solution pH of the CR dye-containing hard water to an appropriate value was found to improve the photocatalytic CR dye degradation activity under the identical reaction conditions.

  10. Reaction mechanism and optimal conditions for preparation of high-quality vanadium oxide films by organic sol-gel for optoelectronic applications

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    Sun, Minghui; Wen, Yuejiang; Xu, Xiangdong; Wang, Meng; He, Qiong; Jiang, Yadong; Dai, Zelin; Gu, Yu; Chen, Zhegeng

    2016-03-01

    Although vanadium oxides (VO x ) are important functional materials for academic research and industrial applications, the reaction mechanism of VO x prepared by organic sol-gel remains unclear. In order to investigate this mechanism, VO x organic sols were reacted at different temperatures, by which various VO x thin films were prepared. The products were systematically characterized by infrared spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, UV-vis spectroscopy, thermogravimetric analysis, scanning electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction, and a high resistance meter. Results reveal that vanadium alkoxides are created through an alcoholysis reaction of V2O5 powder and isobutyl alcohol, and then a condensation reaction of the vanadium alkoxides leads to the formation of VO x networks. The as-prepared sols are strongly temperature-dependent, causing different chemical structures and physical properties for the resulting VO x films. Particularly, a moderate temperature of 110 °C prompts both alcoholysis and condensation reactions, and thus the VO x films that are produced by the sol reacted at 110 °C possess a low resistivity of 23 Ω cm, a high temperature coefficient resistance (TCR) of  -3.2% K-1, and a low average transmittance of 54% in 580-1100 nm, compared with those prepared by the sols reacted at lower or higher temperatures. Therefore, 110 °C is a desirable sol temperature for producing VO x films serving as high-quality bolometric materials for uncooled infrared detectors. This work discloses not only the reaction mechanism of VO x films prepared by organic sol-gel, but also the route to yield desirable VO x films for optoelectronic applications.

  11. Structure and characterization of Sn, Al co-doped zinc oxide thin films prepared by sol–gel dip-coating process

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    Lee, Min-I [Institute of Materials Science and Engineering, National Central University, Taiwan (China); Laboratoire de Nanotechnologie et d' Instrumentation Optique, Institut Charles Delaunay, CNRS - UMR STMR 6279, Université de Technologie de Troyes (France); Huang, Mao-Chia [Institute of Materials Science and Engineering, National Central University, Taiwan (China); Legrand, David [Institute of Materials Science and Engineering, National Central University, Taiwan (China); Laboratoire de Nanotechnologie et d' Instrumentation Optique, Institut Charles Delaunay, CNRS - UMR STMR 6279, Université de Technologie de Troyes (France); Lerondel, Gilles [Laboratoire de Nanotechnologie et d' Instrumentation Optique, Institut Charles Delaunay, CNRS - UMR STMR 6279, Université de Technologie de Troyes (France); Lin, Jing-Chie, E-mail: jclin4046@gmail.com [Institute of Materials Science and Engineering, National Central University, Taiwan (China)

    2014-11-03

    Transparent conductive zinc oxide co-doped with tin and aluminum (TAZO) thin films were prepared via sol–gel dip-coating process. Non-toxic ethanol was used in this study instead of 2-methoxyethanol used in conventional work. Dip-coating was repeated several times to obtain relatively thick films consisting of six layers. The films were then annealed at 500 °C for 1 h in air or in vacuum and not subsequently as employed in other studies. The X-ray diffraction patterns indicated that all the samples revealed a single phase of hexagonal ZnO polycrystalline structure with a main peak of (002). The optical band gap and resistivity of the TAZO films were in the ranges of 3.28 to 3.32 eV and 0.52 to 575.25 Ω cm, respectively. The 1.0 at.% Sn, 1.0 at.% Al co-doped ZnO thin film annealed in vacuum was found to have a better photoelectrochemical performance with photocurrent density of about 0.28 mA/cm{sup 2} at a bias of 0.5 V vs. SCE under a 300 W Xe lamp illumination with the intensity of 100 mW/cm{sup 2}. Compared to the same dopant concentration but annealed in air (∼ 0.05 mA/cm{sup 2} bias 0.5 V vs. SCE), the photocurrent density of the film annealed in vacuum was 5 times higher than the film annealed in air. Through electrochemical measurements, we found that the dopant concentration of Sn plays an important role in TAZO that affected photocurrent density, stability of water splitting and anti-corrosion. - Highlights: • Al, Sn co-doped ZnO (TAZO) films was synthesized by sol–gel process. • The parameters of TAZO films were dopant concentration and annealed ambient. • The photoelectrochemical characteristics of TAZO films were investigated.

  12. Synthesis, Characterization and Activity of Rare Earth Complexes with Schiff Base From 2,6-Diformylpyridine N-Oxide and 4-Amino-antipyrine

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    于青; 唐瑜; 谭民裕

    2002-01-01

    Six new rare earth complexes with Schiff base from 2,6-diformylpyridine N-oxide and 4-amino-antipyrine were synthesized. These complexes with general formula REL(NO3)3 (RE=La, Pr, Eu, Tb, Er, Y) were characterized by elemental analysis, IR, UV, molar conductance measurements and antimicrobial activity.

  13. Theoretical study on the role of surface basicity and Lewis acidity on the etherification of glycerol over alkaline earth metal oxides

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    Calatayud, M.; Ruppert, A.M.|info:eu-repo/dai/nl/314003398; Weckhuysen, B.M.|info:eu-repo/dai/nl/285484397

    2009-01-01

    Alkaline earth metal oxides (MO) are catalytically active in the etherification of glycerol. Density Functional Theory (DFT) calculations have been used to examine the reactivity of glycerol with MO surfaces with M=Mg, Ca, Sr or Ba. More specifically, the optimum glycerol adsorption mode and the str

  14. Fabrication and sealing performance of rare-earth containing glass–ceramic seals for intermediate temperature solid oxide fuel cell applications

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    2014-01-01

    The opportunity of using two rare-earth metal oxides in an aluminosilicate glass for seal applications was investigated in this work. Substitution of La2O3 with Y2O3 in the system changed thermal and physical properties such as transition temperature, flowing behavior, and thermal expansion...

  15. Rare earth metal doped CeO2-based catalytic materials for diesel soot oxidation at lower temperatures

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    A Rangaswamy; Putla Sudarsanam; Benjaram M Reddy

    2015-01-01

    In this work, the influence of trivalent rare-earth dopants (Sm and La) on the structure-activity properties of CeO2 was thor-oughly studied for diesel soot oxidation. For this, an optimized 40%of Sm and La was incorporated into the CeO2 using a facile co-precipitation method from ultra-high dilute aqueous solutions. A systematic physicochemical characterization was carried out using X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Brumauer-Emmett-teller method (BET) surface area, X-ray pho-toelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Raman, and H2-temperature programmed reduction (TPR) techniques. The soot oxidation efficiency of the catalysts was investigated using a thermogravimetric method. The XRD results suggested the formation of nanocrystalline sin-gle phase CeO2-Sm2O3 and CeO2-La2O3 solid solutions. The Sm-and La-doped CeO2 materials exhibited smaller crystallite size and higher BET surface area compared with the pure CeO2. Owing to the difference in the oxidation states of the dopants (Sm3+and La3+) and the Ce4+, a number of oxygen vacancies were generated in CeO2-Sm2O3 and CeO2-La2O3 samples. The H2-TPR studies evidenced the improved reducible nature of the CeO2-Sm2O3 and CeO2-La2O3 samples compared with the CeO2. It was found that the addition of Sm and La to the CeO2 outstandingly enhanced its catalytic efficiency for the oxidation of diesel soot. The observed 50%soot con-version temperatures for the CeO2-Sm2O3, CeO2-La2O3 and CeO2 were~790, 843 and 864 K (loose contact), respectively, and similar activity order was also found under the tight contact condition. The high soot oxidation efficacy of the CeO2-Sm2O3 sample was at-tributed to numerous catalytically favourable properties, like smaller crystallite size, larger surface area, abundant oxygen vacancies, and superior reducible nature.

  16. Structural aspects and porosity features of nano-size high surface area alumina-silica mixed oxide catalyst generated through hybrid sol-gel route

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    Padmaja, P. [Ceramic Technology Division, Regional Research Laboratory (CSIR), Trivandrum 695019, Kerala (India)]. E-mail: padmavasudev@yahoo.com; Warrier, K.G.K. [Ceramic Technology Division, Regional Research Laboratory (CSIR), Trivandrum 695019, Kerala (India)]. E-mail: kgk_warrier@yahoo.com; Padmanabhan, M. [School of Chemical Sciences, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam 686560, Kerala (India); Wunderlich, W. [Graduate School of Engineering, Nagoya Institute of Technology, 466-8555 Nagoya (Japan); Berry, F.J. [Department of Chemistry, Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes MK7 6AA (United Kingdom); Mortimer, M. [Department of Chemistry, Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes MK7 6AA (United Kingdom); Creamer, N.J. [Department of Chemistry, Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes MK7 6AA (United Kingdom)

    2006-01-10

    Alumina-silica mixed oxide nano-catalyst materials with compositions 83.6 wt.% Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}-16.4 wt.% SiO{sub 2} (3Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}.1SiO{sub 2}), 71.82 wt.% Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}-28.18 wt.% SiO{sub 2} (3Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}.2SiO{sub 2}), 62.84 wt.% Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}-37.16 wt.% SiO{sub 2} (3Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}.3SiO{sub 2}) and 56.03 wt.% Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}-43.97 wt.% SiO{sub 2} (3Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}.4SiO{sub 2}) have been prepared by a hybrid sol-gel technique using boehmite as the precursor for alumina and tetraethoxysilane as that for silica. The bonding characteristics and coordination features around Al and Si in the mixed oxide catalysts have been studied using FTIR and {sup 27}Al MAS NMR after calcination at 400 deg. C which is the temperature region where cross-condensation is seen to take place. A high BET specific surface area of 287 m{sup 2} g{sup -1} is obtained for 3Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}.1SiO{sub 2} mixed oxide composition. The porosity features are further established by BET adsorption isotherms and pore size distribution analysis. The temperature-programmed desorption studies showed more surface active sites for the silica-rich composition, suggesting enhanced catalytic potential. The TEM features of the mixed oxides showed a homogeneous distribution of alumina and silica phases with particle sizes in the nano-range. The low silica-containing mixed oxide showed a needle-like morphology with a high aspect ratio of 1:50 and {approx}10 nm particle size while the silica-rich composition had particle size in a wide range ({approx}20-75 nm)

  17. Review- Magnetic orientation and magnetic anisotropy in paramagnetic layered oxides containing rare-earth ions

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    Shigeru Horii, Atsushi Ishihara, Takayuki Fukushima, Tetsuo Uchikoshi, Hiraku Ogino, Tohru S Suzuki, Yoshio Sakka, Jun-ichi Shimoyama and Kohji Kishio

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available The magnetic anisotropies and easy axes of magnetization at room temperature were determined, and the effects of rare-earth (RE ions were clarified for RE-based cuprates, RE-doped bismuth-based cuprates and RE-doped Bi-based cobaltite regarding the grain orientation by magnetic field. The easy axis, determined from the powder orientation in a static field of 10 T, depended qualitatively on the type of RE ion for all three systems. On the other hand, the magnetization measurement of the c-axis oriented powders, aligned in static or rotating fields, revealed that the type of RE ion strongly affected not only the directions of the easy axis but also the absolute value of magnetic anisotropy, and an appropriate choice of RE ion is required to minimize the magnetic field used for grain orientation. We also studied the possibility of triaxial grain orientation in high-critical-temperature superconductors by a modulated oval magnetic field. In particular, triaxial orientation was attempted in a high-oxygen-pressure phase of orthorhombic RE-based cuprates Y2Ba4Cu7Oy. Although the experiment was performed in epoxy resin, which is not practical, in-plane alignment within 3° was achieved.

  18. Development of novel rare earth doped fluoride and oxide scintillators for two-dimensional imaging

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    A. Yoshikawa; T. Iguchi; G. Boulon; M. Nikd; T. Yanagida; Y. Yokota; K. Kamada; N. Kawaguchi; K. Fukuda; A. Yamazaki; K. Watanabe; A. Uritani

    2011-01-01

    Two topics were focused.The first one was about the gamma-ray scintillator,pr3+:Lu3Al5O12 (LuAG).The second one was about neutron scintillator,Ce3+:6LiCaAlF6 and Eu2+:6LiCaAlF6 (6LiCAF).Those scintillators have been developed very recently for modem imaging applications in the medical and homeland security fields.In both cases,the rare earth ions are playing the crucial role as emission centers.Pr3+ in LuAG provided fast 5d→4f transition providing noticeably shorter decay time than that of Ce3+.Among several candidate hosts,LuAG showed the best performance.Bulk crystal growth,basic scintillation properties,two-dimensional gamma-ray imaging and positron emission mammography (PEM) application were demonstrated.Due to the international situation,the homeland security was compromized by illicit traffic of explosives,drugs,nuclear materials,etc.and the ways to its improvement became an important R&D topic.For this purpose the Ce and Eu doped LiCAF appeared competitive candidates.Especially,when substitution of 3He neutron detectors was considered,the discrimination ability of gamma-ray from alpha-ray was important.Bulk crystal growth,basic scintillation properties and two-dimensional neutron imaging were demonstrated.

  19. Effects of Oxidative Modification by Acrolein on the Gel Properties of Soy Protein%丙烯醛氧化修饰对大豆蛋白凝胶性质的影响

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    吴伟; 吴晓娟; 林亲录; 华欲飞

    2011-01-01

    Acrolein was selected as a representative of secondary byproduct of lipid peroxidation to investigate the effect of oxidative modification by reactive aldehyde on the gel properties of soy protein which characterized by large deformation measurements, dynamic rheological measurements, water-holding capacity measurements and scanning electron microscopy. The results indicated that protein oxidation lead to a decrease in gel hardness, gel formation temperature, gel strength and gel water-holding capacity of soy protein, and an increase in coarseness and interstice of the gel network was accompanied by uneven distribution of interstice as extent of soy protein oxidation increased. Effects of protein oxidation on soy protein gel properties were related to acrolein concentration. Low concentration of acrolein (less than 0.0lmmol/L) had no significant impact on gel properties of soy protein.%以丙烯醛代表脂质次生氧化产物,研究脂质次生氧化产物氧化修饰对大豆蛋白凝胶性质的影响.采用质构仪、流变仪、持水性测定以及扫描电镜等方法表征大豆蛋白的凝胶性质,结果发现蛋白质氧化造成大豆蛋白的凝胶硬度、凝胶形成温度、凝胶强度以及凝胶持水性下降.随着大豆蛋白氧化程度的增加,大豆蛋白凝胶的粗糙度增加,内部空隙变大,并且分布不均匀.蛋白质氧化对大豆蛋白凝胶性质的影响与丙烯醛浓度有关,当丙烯醛浓度低于0.01 mmol/L时,蛋白质氧化对大豆蛋白凝胶性质的影响程度很小.

  20. Sol–gel synthesis of palladium nanoparticles supported on reduced graphene oxide: an active electrocatalyst for hydrogen evolution reaction

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    Fereshteh Chekin

    2015-08-01

    In this work, the synthesis and characterization of palladium nanoparticle-reduced graphene oxide hybrid (Pd–rGO) material is reported. Techniques of X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscope (TEM), energy-dispersive X-ray, FT-IR spectroscopy, thermogravimetric analysis and cyclic voltammetry were used to characterize the structure and properties of the Pd–rGO. Results demonstrate the effect of Pd on the reduced GO. The average particle size of the Pd nanoparticles supported on rGO obtained from TEM is about 12–18 nm. Moreover, glassy carbon electrode (GCE) modified with palladium nanoparticle–graphene oxide hybrid (Pd–rGO/GCE) was prepared by casting of the Pd–rGO solution on GCE. The electrochemical and catalytic activity of the Pd–rGO/GCE was studied in 0.1 M H2SO4 solution. The Pd–rGO/GCE electrode exhibited remarkable electrocatalytic activity for the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER). At potential more negative than −0.4 V vs. Ag|AgCl|KCl3M, the current is mainly due to hydrogen evolution reaction. Finally, the kinetic parameters of hydrogen evolution reaction are also discussed on the Pd–rGO/GCE.

  1. Mechanical reinforcement fibers produced by gel-spinning of poly-acrylic acid (PAA) and graphene oxide (GO) composites

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    Jiang, Zaixing; Li, Qiang; Chen, Menglin; Li, Jingbo; Li, Jun; Huang, Yudong; Besenbacher, Flemming; Dong, Mingdong

    2013-06-01

    Graphene oxide (GO) with extraordinary chemical, thermal and mechanical properties offers possibilities in a variety of applications. Many materials have been fabricated through physical blending of GO with other materials, while, the chemical functionalization of GO has generally been considered challenging. Here, we report the preparation of a novel GO-functionalized fibrous material in which individual compliant GO sheets are cross-linked by PAA chains in a near-vertical fashion. This new fibrous material outperforms many other common fibers in stiffness and strength. Combined with straightforward manufacturing methods, the fibers should find applications in a wide range of areas.Graphene oxide (GO) with extraordinary chemical, thermal and mechanical properties offers possibilities in a variety of applications. Many materials have been fabricated through physical blending of GO with other materials, while, the chemical functionalization of GO has generally been considered challenging. Here, we report the preparation of a novel GO-functionalized fibrous material in which individual compliant GO sheets are cross-linked by PAA chains in a near-vertical fashion. This new fibrous material outperforms many other common fibers in stiffness and strength. Combined with straightforward manufacturing methods, the fibers should find applications in a wide range of areas. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c3nr00288h

  2. Annealing effects on zinc oxide-silica films prepared by sol–gel technique for chemical sensing applications

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    Ali, Atif Mossad, E-mail: atifali@kku.edu.sa [Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, King Khalid University, Abha (Saudi Arabia); Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Assiut University, Assiut 71516 (Egypt); Ismail, Adel A. [Promising Centre for Sensors and Electronic Devices (PCSED), Najran University, PO Box 1988, Najran 11001 (Saudi Arabia); Central Metallurgical R and D Institute, CMRDI, Helwan, Cairo 11421 (Egypt); Najmy, Rasha [Science Department, Girls' College of Education, King Khalid University (Saudi Arabia); Al-Hajry, Ali [Promising Centre for Sensors and Electronic Devices (PCSED), Najran University, PO Box 1988, Najran 11001 (Saudi Arabia); Department of Physics, College of Science and Arts, Najran University (Saudi Arabia)

    2014-05-02

    ZnO:SiO{sub 2} films are prepared by sol–gel technique on Si substrates. The effect of annealing temperatures (T{sub a}) on the structure, surface morphology, and optical and photoluminescence (PL) properties of these films is studied. The X-ray diffraction analysis revealed that the c-axis orientation and the grain size of ZnO:SiO{sub 2} films increased at high T{sub a}. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy results showed that the ZnO nanoparticles are spherical in shape with their size increasing from 5 to 15 nm with T{sub a} while PL spectroscopy showed few separated PL bands. In addition, two optical band gaps located at 3.0 eV and 4.2 eV are observed and showed a redshift with T{sub a} up to 600 °C, and then a blueshift is observed at 800 °C. ZnO:SiO{sub 2} film was tested as sensors for the detection and quantification of phenyl hydrazine. It is found that ZnO:SiO{sub 2} films showed good sensitivity of 390 μA mM{sup −1} cm{sup −2} and a lower limit of detection of 3 mM with linear dynamic range of 0.05 mM to 3 mM and rapid reaction kinetics (in the order of seconds). The cycling tests indicated that the ZnO:SiO{sub 2} films are quite stable since no significant decrease in sensitivity was observed even after being used repetitively for 3 times, showing a good potential for practical applications. - Highlights: • The nanoparticles size increased from 5 to 15 nm with the annealing temperatures. • Two optical band gaps located at 3.0 eV and 4.2 eV are observed. • ZnO:SiO{sub 2} showed good sensitivity and lower limit of detection. • Cycling test indicated ZnO:SiO{sub 2} was stable during liquid–solid chemical sensing.

  3. Environmental life cycle assessment on the separation of rare earth oxides through solvent extraction.

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    Vahidi, Ehsan; Zhao, Fu

    2017-12-01

    Over the past decade, Rare Earth Elements (REEs) have gained special interests due to their significance in many industrial applications, especially those related to clean energy. While REEs production is known to cause damage to the ecosystem, only a handful of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) investigations have been conducted in recent years, mainly due to lack of data and information. This is especially true for the solvent extraction separation of REEs from aqueous solution which is a challenging step in the REEs production route. In the current investigation, an LCA is carried out on a typical REE solvent extraction process using P204/kerosene and the energy/material flows and emissions data were collected from two different solvent extraction facilities in Inner Mongolia and Fujian provinces in China. In order to develop life cycle inventories, Ecoinvent 3 and SimaPro 8 software together with energy/mass stoichiometry and balance were utilized. TRACI and ILCD were applied as impact assessment tools and LCA outcomes were employed to examine and determine ecological burdens of the REEs solvent extraction operation. Based on the results, in comparison with the production of generic organic solvent in the Ecoinvent dataset, P204 production has greater burdens on all TRACI impact categories. However, due to the small amount of consumption, the contribution of P204 remains minimal. Additionally, sodium hydroxide and hydrochloric acid are the two impactful chemicals on most environmental categories used in the solvent extraction operation. On average, the solvent extraction step accounts for 30% of the total environmental impacts associated with individual REOs. Finally, opportunities and challenges for an enhanced environmental performance of the REEs solvent extraction operation were investigated. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  4. High optical and switching performance electrochromic devices based on a zinc oxide nanowire with poly(methyl methacrylate) gel electrolytes

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    Chun, Young Tea; Chu, Daping, E-mail: dpc31@cam.ac.uk [Electrical Engineering Division, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge, 9 JJ Thomson Avenue, Cambridge CB3 0FA (United Kingdom); Neeves, Matthew; Placido, Frank [Thin Film Centre, University of the West of Scotland, Paisley PA1 2BE (United Kingdom); Smithwick, Quinn [Disney Research, 521 Circle Seven Drive, Glendale, Los Angeles, California 91201 (United States)

    2014-11-10

    High performance electrochromic devices have been fabricated and demonstrated utilizing a solid polymer electrolyte and zinc oxide (ZnO) nanowire (NW) array counter electrode. The poly(methyl methacrylate) based polymer electrolyte was spin coated upon hydrothermally grown ZnO NW array counter electrodes, while electron beam evaporated NiO{sub x} thin films formed the working electrodes. Excellent optical contrast and switching speeds were observed in the fabricated devices with active areas of 2 cm{sup 2}, exhibiting an optical contrast of 73.11% at the wavelength of 470 nm, combined with a fast switching time of 0.2 s and 0.4 s for bleaching and coloration, respectively.

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

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

    2012-03-01

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

  6. Preparation of nanometer perovskite-type oxide La0.8Sr0.2MnO3 by organic solvent sol-gel method and capability testing

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    HU Jie; SHAO Guangjie; HUANG Hao; XING Guangzhong

    2008-01-01

    A perovskite-type oxide,La0.8Sr0.2MnO3,was synthesized by the organic solvent sol-gel method.The desired metal cations were chelated in a solution by using citric acid as the chelating agent and absolute ethanol as the solvent.The thermal decomposition of the metal earboxylate premasor gels was studied by thermogravimetric/differential thermal analyzer (TG/DTA) and the products derived from calcining the gels were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electronic microscope (TEM).The polarization curves were acquired on an electrochemical workstation (LK98) and the discharge curves were acquired on a testing instrument of batteries (DC-5),with a constant current discharge,less than 120 mA/cm2.The results revealed that the nanometer perovskite-type powder with lesser particle size could be achieved with an organic solvent and had a better catalytic activity.

  7. Aluminum-doped zinc oxide sol–gel thin films: Influence of the sol's water content on the resistivity

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    Nehmann, Julia B., E-mail: nehmann@isfh.de [Institute for Solar Energy Research Hamelin (ISFH), Am Ohrberg 1, 31860 Emmerthal (Germany); Ehrmann, Nicole; Reineke-Koch, Rolf [Institute for Solar Energy Research Hamelin (ISFH), Am Ohrberg 1, 31860 Emmerthal (Germany); Bahnemann, Detlef W. [Institute for Technical Chemistry, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz University Hannover, Callinstrasse 3A, 30167 Hannover (Germany)

    2014-04-01

    Thin films of indium tin oxide (ITO) have gained substantial interest due to their optical and electrical properties. Since ITO is an expensive material and indium is a rare element, considerable attempts have been made to replace it by, e.g., aluminum-doped zinc oxide (ZnO:Al). The production of ZnO:Al is less cost-intensive, especially if the sol–gel technique is applied, while its properties are comparable to those of ITO. In this study, we demonstrate that the electrical properties of ZnO:Al thin films can be improved considerably by the addition of small amounts of ultrapure water to the dip coating solution during the preparation. The lowest resistivity obtained with a film prepared from a sol containing 0.2 M water is 2.8·10{sup −3Ω}cm. Optical modeling thus indicates an improvement of the free carrier mobility of films prepared from sols in the presence of additional water. The films prepared have an average thickness of 340 nm and a solar transmittance above 85% after annealing in a forming gas atmosphere. Clearly, the addition of water to the sol has a positive impact on the resistivity of the final ZnO:Al thin film. We suggest the observed increase of the free carrier mobility to be due to an improved electron transfer at the grain boundaries between the spherical nanoparticles. - Highlights: • We prepared ZnO:Al thin films with additional water in the sol by dip coating. • We found a positive impact of the water in the sol on the resistivity of the film. • The free carrier concentration and mobility increased with additional 0.2 M water. • The refractive indices demonstrate a denser structure related to the water content.

  8. Solvent-Directed Sol-Gel Assembly of 3-Dimensional Graphene-Tented Metal Oxides and Strong Synergistic Disparities in Lithium Storage

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    Ye, Jianchao; An, Yonghao; Montalvo, Elizabeth; Campbell, Patrick G.; Worsley, Marcus A.; Tran, Ich C.; Liu, Yuanyue; Wood, Brandon C.; Biener, Juergen; Jiang, Hanqing; Tang, Ming; Wang, Y. Morris

    2016-03-21

    Graphene/metal oxide (GMO) nanocomposites promise a broad range of utilities for lithium ion batteries (LIBs), pseudocapacitors, catalysts, and sensors. When applied as anodes for LIBs, GMOs often exhibit high capacity, improved rate capability and cycling performance. Numerous studies have attributed these favorable properties to a passive role played by the exceptional electronic and mechanical properties of graphene in enabling metal oxides (MOs) to achieve near-theoretical capacities. In contrast, the effects of MOs on the active lithium storage mechanisms of graphene remain enigmatic. Via a unique two-step solvent-directed sol-gel process, we have synthesized and directly compared the electrochemical performance of several representative GMOs, namely Fe2O3/graphene, SnO2/graphene, and TiO2/graphene. We observe that MOs can play an equally important role in empowering graphene to achieve large reversible lithium storage capacity. The magnitude of capacity improvement is found to scale roughly with the surface coverage of MOs, and depend sensitively on the type of MOs. We define a synergistic factor based on the capacity contributions. Our quantitative assessments indicate that the synergistic effect is most achievable in conversion-reaction GMOs (Fe2O3/graphene and SnO2/graphene) but not in intercalation-based TiO2/graphene. However, a long cycle stability up to 2000 cycles was observed in TiO2/graphene nanocomposites. We propose a surface coverage model to qualitatively rationalize the beneficial roles of MOs to graphene. Our first-principles calculations further suggest that the extra lithium storage sites could result from the formation of Li2O at the interface with graphene during the conversion-reaction. These results suggest an effective pathway for reversible lithium storage in graphene and shift design paradigms for graphene-based electrodes.

  9. Graphene oxide-rare earth metal-organic framework composites for the selective isolation of hemoglobin.

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    Liu, Jia-Wei; Zhang, Yue; Chen, Xu-Wei; Wang, Jian-Hua

    2014-07-09

    Graphene oxide-La(BTC)(H2O)6 (H3BTC=1,3,5-benzenetricarboxylic acid) metal organic framework composites (LaMOF-GOn, n = 1-6, corresponding to the percentage of GO at 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 10%) are prepared through a simple and large-scale method at room temperature. The obtained composites are characterized by ATR-FTIR spectra, SEM, XRD, TGA, and N2 adsorption-desorption isotherm. The presence of GO significantly changes the morphologies of the composites from spindly rectangular rods to irregular thick blocks and increases their surface area from 14.8 cm(2) g(-1) (LaMOFs) to 26.6 cm(2) g(-1) (LaMOF-GO3), whereas at the same time, the crystalline structure of La(BTC)(H2O)6 is maintained. As a novel solid-phase adsorbent the LaMOF-GO composite exhibits outstanding adsorption properties for proteins. The strong hydrophobic interaction, especially π-π interaction between protein and the composite, is the main driving force for protein adsorption. In particular, highly selective isolation of hemoglobin (Hb) is achieved by using LaMOF-GO3 composite as sorbent in 4 mM B-R buffer containing 0.05 mol L(-1) NaCl at pH 8. The retained Hb could be effectively recovered with a 1 mM B-R buffer at pH 10, giving rise to a recovery of 63%. The practical applicability of the LaMOF-GO3 composite is demonstrated by the selective adsorption of Hb from human whole blood, and SDS-PAGE assays indicate that Hb could be selectively isolated with high purity from biological samples of complex matrixes.

  10. Highly improved photo-induced bias stability of sandwiched triple layer structure in sol-gel processed fluorine-doped indium zinc oxide thin film transistor

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    Dongha Kim

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available In order to improve the reliability of TFT, an Al2O3 insulating layer is inserted between active fluorine doped indium zinc oxide (IZO:F thin films to form a sandwiched triple layer. All the thin films were fabricated via low-cost sol-gel process. Due to its large energy bandgap and high bonding energy with oxygen atoms, the Al2O3 layer acts as a photo-induced positive charge blocking layer that effectively blocks the migration of both holes and V o2+ toward the interface between the gate insulator and the semiconductor. The inserted Al2O3 triple layer exhibits a noticeably low turn on voltage shift of −0.7 V under NBIS as well as the good TFT performance with a mobility of 10.9 cm2/V ⋅ s. We anticipate that this approach can be used to solve the stability issues such as NBIS, which is caused by inescapable oxygen vacancies.

  11. Application of poly(dimethylsiloxane) fiber sol-gel coated onto NiTi alloy electrodeposited with zirconium oxide for the determination of organochlorine pesticides in herbal infusions.

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    Budziak, Dilma; Martendal, Edmar; Carasek, Eduardo

    2008-08-01

    A PDMS fiber sol-gel coated onto an NiTi alloy previously electrodeposited with zirconium oxide (named NiTi-ZrO(2)-PDMS) was applied to the determination of organochlorine pesticides (OCPs) in infusions of peppermint (Mentha piperita L.), lemon grass (Cymbopogon citratus Stapf), chamomile (Matricaria recutita L.), lemon balm (Melissa officinalis L.), and anise seeds (Pimpinella anisum L.). Salting-out effect, extraction time, and extraction temperature were optimized firstly by means of a full-factorial design and then using a Doehlert matrix. No salt addition and 50 min of extraction at 70 degrees C were the optimum conditions. Satisfactory LODs in the range of 2-17 ng/L, as well as good correlation coefficients (at least 0.9981) in the linear range studied, were obtained. Calibration was successfully applied using an infusion of M. recutita L. and recovery tests were performed to ensure the accuracy of the method, with values in the range of 77-120%. Comparison of the NiTi-ZrO(2)-PDMS with commercially available PDMS fibers showed that the proposed fiber has an extraction efficiency comparable to that of PDMS 30 microm for the compounds evaluated, demonstrating its potential applicability.

  12. Comparative study of highly dense aluminium- and gallium-doped zinc oxide transparent conducting sol–gel thin films

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    Naji Al Dahoudi

    2014-10-01

    Transparent conducting aluminium- and gallium-doped zinc oxide (AZO and GZO) layers have been deposited by spin coating on glass substrates. The coatings have been sintered in air at 450 °C for 30 min and then post-annealed at 350 °C in a reducing atmosphere for 30 min. The electrical, optical and morphological properties of both coatings have been studied and compared. The conventional sols lead to very thin coating, typically 24 nm for a single layer of AZO and 32 nm of GZO with electrical resistivity of 0.72 and 0.35 cm, respectively. The value however, drastically decreases down to a minimum of 2.6 × 10-2 cm for AZO and 1.76 × 10-2 cm for GZO, when five multilayer coatings are made. The origin of these differences is due to the different morphology of the coatings showing different electron scattering process. The GZO sol leads to denser smoother structure (porosity of 5%) layers with an average roughness of 2.76 Å, while the AZO coating is formed by a more porous assembly (porosity of 20%) with an average roughness of 3.46 Å. Both coatings exhibit high transparency ( > 85%) in the visible spectrum range with a slight shift of the absorption energy gap.

  13. Electrochemical Light-Emitting Gel

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    Nobuyuki Itoh

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available Light-emitting gel, a gel state electroluminescence material, is reported. It is composed of a ruthenium complex as the emitter, an ionic liquid as the electrolyte, and oxide nanoparticles as the gelation filler. Emitted light was produced via electrogenerated chemiluminescence. The light-emitting gel operated at low voltage when an alternating current was passed through it, regardless of its structure, which is quite thick. The luminescence property of the gel is strongly affected by nanoparticle materials. TiO2 nanoparticles were a better gelation filler than silica or ZnO was, with respect to luminescence stability, thus indicating a catalytic effect. It is demonstrated that the light-emitting gel device, with quite a simple fabrication process, flashes with the application of voltage.

  14. INFLUENCE OF DIALKYLZINC IN RARE-EARTH TERNARY CATALYST ON THE COPOLYMERIZATION OF CARBON DIOXIDE AND PROPYLENE OXIDE

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    Dong Xie; Xian-hong Wang; Xiao-jiang Zhao; Fo-song Wang

    2005-01-01

    Rare-earth ternary catalysts Y(CC13COO)3-ZnR2-glycerin were prepared for the copolymerization of carbon dioxide and propylene oxide (PO), where dialkylzincs (ZnR2) were diethylzinc, di(n-propyl)zinc, ali(n-butyl)zinc, di(i-propyl)zinc, di(i-butyl)zinc, di(s-butyl)zinc,respectively. The Y(CCl3COO)3-ZnR2-glycerin catalysts displayed the highest catalytic activity at the molar ratio of Y(CCl3COO)3:ZnR2:glycerin = 1:20:10. In the same copolymerization condition,catalysts containing dialkylzincs with branched alkyl group showed lower catalytic activity than that with primary alkyl group. For those catalysts including dialkylzincs with primary alkyl group, their catalytic activity decreases with increasing number of carbon atom in the alkyl group with the following sequence: Y(CCl3COO)3-ZnEt2-glycerin > Y(CCl3COO)3-Zn(n-Pr)2-glycerin>Y(CCl3COO)3-Zn(n-Bu)2-glycerin. However, the alkyl group in the dialkylzinc does not influence the insertion of PO into the propagation chain end.

  15. A comparative study of differently prepared rare earths-modified ceria-supported gold catalysts for preferential oxidation of CO

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    Ilieva, L.; Ivanov, I.; Andreeva, D. [Institute of Catalysis, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Acad. G. Bonchev St., Bl. 11, 1113 Sofia (Bulgaria); Pantaleo, G.; Venezia, A.M. [Istituto per lo Studio dei Materiali Nanostrutturati, CNR, I-90146 Palermo (Italy); Zanella, R. [Centro de Ciencias Aplicadas y Desarrollo Tecnologico, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Circuito Exterior S/N, Ciudad Universitaria, C.P. 04510, Mexico D. F. (Mexico)

    2009-08-15

    The preferential oxidation of CO in H{sub 2}-rich gas was studied over gold catalysts supported on ceria modified by rare earths (RE = La, Sm, Gd and Y). The ceria supports were prepared by mechanochemical activation or co-precipitation. The amount of RE{sub 2}O{sub 3} was 10 wt%. Gold (2 wt%) was added by the deposition-precipitation method. The samples were characterized using XRD, HRTEM, HAADF, TPR, and Raman spectroscopy. It was established that catalysts prepared by co-precipitation were more active than samples made by mechanochemical activation. A gold catalyst on yttrium-modified ceria, prepared by co-precipitation, exhibited the highest catalytic activity and selectivity, and high stability. No substantial differences in the size distribution and average size of the nanogold particles in the studied catalysts were observed. The main reason for the differences in PROX activity of these gold catalysts was searched into the role of the ceria supports, depending on the preparation method, and the nature of the modifier. (author)

  16. One-Pot Terpolymerization of CO2, Propylene Oxide and Lac- tide Using Rare-earth Ternary Catalyst

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    顾林; 秦玉升; 高永刚; 王献红; 王佛松

    2012-01-01

    A convenient one-pot terpolymerization of CO2, propylene oxide (PO), and L-lactide (L-LA) in short polymerization time (10 h or shorter) to afford poly(propylene carbonate-lactide) with excellent mechanical property and thermal stability using Y(CCl3COO)3-ZnEtz-glycerin rare-earth ternary catalyst is reported. The yield of the co- polymerization was between 69.7 and 111.7 g/(g Zn), corresponding to L-LA/PO molar feed ratio varying from 0 to 0.1, and the number average molecular weight was between 5.5×10^4 and 11.9 × 10^4. The L-LA content in the ter- polymer increased from 1.1% to 34.7% when L-LA/PO molar feed ratio changed from 0.01 to 0.1. Introducing L-LA as the third comonomer could significantly improve the mechanical strength and thermal stability of PPC. For the terpolymer obtained from L-LA/PO molar feed ratio of 1:50, the elongation at break reached 40.5%, which is 3 times of that of pure PPC, and the thermal decomposition temperature increased by 32℃ compared with pure PPC.

  17. Fragment size for calculations on alkaline-earth oxides by the crystal cluster SCF-X/sub approx. /-RW method

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    Lobach, V.A.; Sobolev, A.B.; Shul' gin, B.V.

    1987-05-01

    Calculations have been performed on the clusters (A/sub x/B/sub y/) (x = 1, 13; y = 6, 14), corresponding to perfect crystals of the alkaline-earth oxides (AEO) MgO, CaO, and SrO by means of methods involving molecular clusters (MC) and crystalline clusters (CC) in the SCF-X/sub approx./-RW method. It is found that MC is unsuitable for describing perfect AEO, because they have a long-range Coulomb interaction and a potential cluster effect. Even in the CC method, the nonstoichiometric composition of (A/sub x/B/sub y/) for x < 13 and y < 14 does not allow one to obtain satisfactory agreement with the observed optical and x-ray spectra. The (A/sub 13/B/sub 14/) and (B/sub 13/A/sub 14/) clusters reproduce satisfactorily the partial composition of the valence band (VB) and the conduction band (CB), as well as the widths of those bands, the fine structure of the K emission spectrum for oxygen in MgO, and the observed electron-density distribution. A study is made of the effects of varying the radii of the spheres on the error from the region between the spheres with muffin-tin averaging.

  18. Size of the fragment for crystal cluster SCF-X/sub /-SW calculations of alkaline earth metal oxides

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    Lobach, V.A.; Sobolev, A.B.; Shul' gin, B.V.

    Calculation of (A/sub x/B/sub y/) (x=1, 13; y=6, 14) clusters, corresponding to ideal crystals of alkaline earth metal oxides (AEMO) MgO, CaO, SrO by means of molecular cluster (MC) and crystal cluster (CC) SCF-X/sub /-SW method is carried out. MC method is not suitable for description of ideal AEMO electron structure due to long-range Coulomb interaction and potential cluster effect. Even in CC method at x < 13 and y < 14 (A/sub x/B/sub y/) cluster nonstoichiometry is inhibitory to the obtaining of satisfactory agreement with the experimental optical and X-ray spectra. (A13B14) and (B13A14) clusters satisfactorily reproduce partial composition of valence band (VB) and conduction band (CB), VB and CB widths, a fine structure of oxygen K-emission spectra in MgO and also experimental distribution of electron density. Sphere radii variation effect on the value of intersphere region error with muffin-tin averaging is considered.

  19. Thin films of rare-earth (Y, La, Ce, Pr, Nd, Sm) oxides formed by the spray-ICP technique

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    Suzuki, M.; Kagawa, M.; Syono, Y.; Hirai, T.

    1991-07-01

    Thin films of Y 2O 3, La 2O 3, CeO 2, PrO 2, Nd 2O 3 and Sm 2O 3 were synthesized by injecting ultrasonically atomized metal nitrate solutions into a high temperature inductively coupled RF plasma above 5000 K generated under atmospheric pressure (the spray-ICP technique). Fused quartz plates and single crystal sapphire plates giving no background X-ray reflection peaks were used as substrates. About 0.4 μm thick transparent films could be prepared by 10 min of running. The films of CeO 2 and PrO 2, both belonging to the cubic flourite type, revealed (100) and (111) orientations, respectively. With the remaining oxides having A (hexagonal), B (monoclinic) and C (cubic) rare-earth structures, film orientations were A (001) for La 2O 3, A (001)+C (111) for Nd 2O 3, and C (111) for Y 2O 3. Sm 2O 3 films were composed of a phase with C (111) and an extra phase with an orientation close to (001) of A-Sm 2O 3 or its equivalent, (20 overline1) of B-Sm 2O 3.

  20. Kinetic of sintering of polyethilene glycol and lanthanum dopped aluminum oxide obtained by the sol-gel method

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    Novaković Tatjana B.

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Sintering and crystallization of low-density polyethylene glycol (PEG and lanthanum, La(III-doped Al2O3 aerogels prepared from aluminum isopropoxide were investigated. The sintering behavior of non-doped and doped aerogels was examined by following the change of specific surface area with isothermal heat-treatment. The specific surface area and crystalline phases of non-doped and PEG+La(III-doped aerogels were determined, and the effects of dopants on the sintering and crystallization of Al2O3 aerogels are discussed. Isothermal sintering experiments showed that the sintering mechanism of non-doped and PEG+La(III-doped Al2O3 aerogels is surface diffusion. The specific surface areas of alumina samples decrease rapidly during the initial period of sintering, and more slowly with prolonged sintering time. The change of the porous structure is correlated with the phase transformation of γ-Al2O3 during calcinations of Al2O3 aerogels. The surface area of non-doped Al2O3 aerogels came to about 20 m2g-1 with heat-treatment at 1100°C because of crystallization of α-Al2O3 after densification. In the case of heattreatment at 1200°C, the largest surface area was observed for PEG+La(III doped Al2O3 aerogels and the XRD pattern showed only low ordered θ-Al2O3. These indicate that the addition of PEG+La(III to boehmite sol prevents Al2O3 aerogels from sintering and crystallizing to the α-Al2O3 phase. Even after 20 h at 1000°C, PEG+La (III-doped alumina samples maintain a rather good specific surface area (108 m2 g-1 in comparison to the non-doped, containing mainly θ-Al2O3 and minor amounts of δ-Al2O3. Aluminum-oxides with these structural and textural properties are widely used as a coatings and catalyst supports in the field of various catalysis.

  1. Influence of the Type and Method of Injection of Oxides Admixtures of Rare Earth Elements on Colour and other Properties of Dental Porcelain

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    Ekaterina A. Kulinich; Tamara A. Khabas; Vladimir I. Vereschagin

    2010-01-01

    A glassceramic material, which can be used in stomatology for production of dentinal layer of the dental crown multilayer coating, was received. In order to colour the material the admixtures of Tb and Ce compounds were used, as well as composite admixture representing a mixture of Ce, Nd and La oxides. It was demonstrated that the admixture of Tb oxide tones the material only when it is used together with Ce oxide. It was found that the more admixtures of rare earth elements oxides are contained in the sample composition, the higher the colour strength of the sintered material is. The wave length for the test samples is in the range of 600~650 nm, which corresponds to the yellow-orange and orange-red spectral range.

  2. Systematic Structural Change in Selected Rare Earth Oxide Pyrochlores as Determined by Wide-Angle CBED and a Comparison with the Results of Atomistic Computer Simulation

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    Tabira, Yasunori; Withers, Ray L.; Minervini, Licia; Grimes, Robin W.

    2000-08-01

    An unknown oxygen atom fractional co-ordinate characteristic of the pyrochlore structure type has been determined for selected rare earth zirconate and titanate pyrochlores via a systematic row wide-angle CBED technique and shown to vary systematically with rare earth ion size. In the case of the titanate pyrochlore Gd2Ti2O7, the obtained results contrast with previously published X-ray results. Atomistic computer simulation is used to predict the value of the same parameter for a wide range of oxide pyrochlores. Comparison of calculated values with experimentally determined values shows that the general trends are correctly predicted although there appears to be systematic underestimation of both the observed values (by approximately 0.007) as well as their rate of change with rare earth ion size. Cation anti-site disorder is proposed as the origin of these discrepancies.

  3. 稀土元素掺杂TiO2光催化性能的研究%Study on rare earth oxide doping on the phoyocatalytic activities of TiO2

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    计海峰; 张乃军; 王迪; 李忠玉; 王卫东

    2014-01-01

    Rare earth oxide (La3+、Ce3+) doping on the photocatalytic activities of TiO2 were compared by sol-gel method, and were characterized by XRD, SEM, EDS and IR. Photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue was studied by doping rare earth elements on the photocatalytic properties of TiO2. Result shows that photocatalytic activties of La3+ and Ce3+ - doping TiO2 is improved. Photocatalytic activties of La3+ and Ce3+-doping TiO2 are optimum at 400℃, and the best doped contents are 1.0% and 1.5%, respectively. After 0.5h light, both the degradation rate reached over 90%.%采用溶胶-凝胶法制备稀土元素(La3+、Ce3+)掺杂TiO2光催化剂,利用XRD、SEM、EDS、IR 进行表征,并以亚甲基蓝为光降解反应对象,进行光催化降解实验,考察了掺杂稀土元素对TiO2光催化性能的影响。结果表明:La3+和Ce3+掺杂TiO2使得光催化剂的活性提高;煅烧温度为400℃时,掺杂La3+和Ce3+的TiO2光催化活性分别最佳,最佳掺杂量分别为1.0%和1.5%;0.5h光照后,二者降解率均达到90%以上。

  4. Regional framework and geology of iron oxide-apatite-rare earth element and iron oxide-copper-gold deposits of the Mesoproterozoic St. Francois Mountains Terrane, southeast Missouri

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    Day, Warren C.; Slack, John F.; Ayuso, Robert A.; Seeger, Cheryl M.

    2016-01-01

    This paper provides an overview on the genesis of Mesoproterozoic igneous rocks and associated iron oxide ± apatite (IOA) ± rare earth element, iron oxide-copper-gold (IOCG), and iron-rich sedimentary deposits in the St. Francois Mountains terrane of southeast Missouri, USA. The St. Francois Mountains terrane lies along the southeastern margin of Laurentia as part of the eastern granite-rhyolite province. The province formed during two major pulses of igneous activity: (1) an older early Mesoproterozoic (ca. 1.50–1.44 Ga) episode of volcanism and granite plutonism, and (2) a younger middle Mesoproterozoic (ca. 1.33–1.30 Ga) episode of bimodal gabbro and granite plutonism. The volcanic rocks are predominantly high-silica rhyolite pyroclastic flows, volcanogenic breccias, and associated volcanogenic sediments with lesser amounts of basaltic to andesitic volcanic and associated subvolcanic intrusive rocks. The iron oxide deposits are all hosted in the early Mesoproterozoic volcanic and volcaniclastic sequences. Previous studies have characterized the St. Francois Mountains terrane as a classic, A-type within-plate granitic terrane. However, our new whole-rock geochemical data indicate that the felsic volcanic rocks are effusive derivatives from multicomponent source types, having compositional similarities to A-type within-plate granites as well as to S- and I-type granites generated in an arc setting. In addition, the volcanic-hosted IOA and IOCG deposits occur within bimodal volcanic sequences, some of which have volcanic arc geochemical affinities, suggesting an extensional tectonic setting during volcanism prior to emplacement of the ore-forming systems.The Missouri iron orebodies are magmatic-related hydrothermal deposits that, when considered in aggregate, display a vertical zonation from high-temperature, magmatic ± hydrothermal IOA deposits emplaced at moderate depths (~1–2 km), to magnetite-dominant IOA veins and IOCG deposits emplaced at shallow

  5. 纳米管稀土氧化物的制备及应用%The preparation and applications of rare earth oxide nanotubes

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    莫尊理; 蒲斌; 蒋彩弟; 郭瑞斌

    2013-01-01

    Rare earth oxide has many excellent properties and great application value,because of its unique opti-cal,electric and chemical properties,making it has great application prospects in catalysis,luminescence,mag-netism.If the rare earth oxide was prepared into a lower dimension and high specific surface area of one dimen-sional nanotubes,it was possible to enhance the performance in various aspects,the development and applica-tion prospect was very fascinated.This article summarized an overview of the preparation method of rare earth oxide nanotubes,and introduces the progress of rare earth oxide nanotubes in catalysis,luminescence and mag-netic applications.Finally discussed the need study problems and direction.%稀土氧化物具有其独特的光、电等化学性质,在催化、发光、磁性等方面有很大的应用前景。如果将稀土氧化物制备成具有低的维数和高的比表面积的一维纳米管状,有可能增强其各方面的性能,它的开发和应用前景十分喜人。综述了稀土氧化物纳米管的制备方法,并介绍了稀土氧化物纳米管在催化、发光和磁性方面应用的进展,最后论述了还需要研究的问题和方向。

  6. Matrix effects on the photocatalytic oxidation of alcohols by [nBu4N]4W10O32 incorporated into sol-gel silica.

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    Molinari, Alessandra; Bratovcic, Amra; Magnacca, Giuliana; Maldotti, Andrea

    2010-09-07

    Two heterogeneous photocatalysts have been prepared by entrapment of [nBu(4)N](4)W(10)O(32) in a silica matrix, through a sol-gel procedure: SiO(2)/W30% and SiO(2)/W10% with 30% and 10% of decatungstate, respectively. They are characterized by the presence of micropores of about 7 A and 15 A and mesopores of about 25 A. Due to different preparation procedures, SiO(2)/W10% presents a more remarkable porous network than SiO(2)/W30%. The morphological features of SiO(2)/W30% and SiO(2)/W10% differ from those of their parent material SiO(2)/W0%, indicating that incorporation of the decatungstate induces a significant modification of the porous texture of the siliceous material. These photocatalysts demonstrate good stability in the oxygen-assisted photooxidation of 1-pentanol and 3-pentanol, which have been chosen as models of primary and secondary aliphatic alcohols. In particular, photoexcitation (lambda > 290 nm, 25 degrees C, 760 torr of O(2)) leads to conversion of these two substrates to pentanal or 3-pentanone, with a mass balance of about 90%. There is a strong effect of the solid support on the reactivity of the two alcoholic substrates. In particular, oxidation of 1-pentanol with SiO(2)/W10% is about four times faster than with [nBu(4)N](4)W(10)O(32) in homogeneous solution. Preferential adsorption phenomena, due to the hydrophilic character of silica explain the photocatalytic properties of the two heterogeneous systems, because adsorption favours the contact between the photoexcited decatungstate and the primary OH group of 1-pentanol. Moreover, some kind of shape selectivity, due to the microporous structure of the investigated materials, likely contributes to control the conversion yields.

  7. Low-temperature SCR of NO with NH{sub 3} over activated semi-coke composite-supported rare earth oxides

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    Wang, Jinping; Yan, Zheng; Liu, Lili; Zhang, Yingyi; Zhang, Zuotai; Wang, Xidong, E-mail: xidong@pku.edu.cn

    2014-08-01

    The catalysts with different rare earth oxides (La, Ce, Pr and Nd) loaded onto activated semi-coke (ASC) via hydrothermal method are prepared for the selective catalytic reduction (SCR) of NO with NH{sub 3} at low temperature (150–300 °C). It is evidenced that CeO{sub 2} loaded catalysts present the best performance, and the optimum loading amount of CeO{sub 2} is about 10 wt%. Composite catalysts by doping La, Pr and Nd into CeO{sub 2} are prepared to obtain further improved catalytic properties. The SCR mechanism is investigated through various characterizations, including XRD, Raman, XPS and FT-IR, the results of which indicate that the oxygen defect plays an important role in SCR process and the doped rare earth elements effectively serve as promoters to increase the concentration of oxygen vacancies. It is also found that the oxygen vacancies in high concentration are favored for the adsorption of O{sub 2} and further oxidation of NO, which facilitates a rapid progressing of the following reduction reactions. The SCR process of NO with NH{sub 3} at low temperature over the catalysts of ASC composite-supported rare earth oxides mainly follows the Langmuir–Hinshlwood mechanism.

  8. Development of an optical thermal history coating sensor based on the oxidation of a divalent rare earth ion phosphor

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    Yáñez-González, Álvaro; Ruiz-Trejo, Enrique; van Wachem, Berend; Skinner, Stephen; Beyrau, Frank; Heyes, Andrew

    2016-11-01

    The measurement of temperatures in gas turbines, boilers, heat exchangers and other components exposed to hot gases is essential to design energy efficient systems and improve maintenance procedures. When on-line measurements, such as those performed with thermocouples and pyrometers, are not possible or inconvenient, the maximum temperatures of operation can be recorded and measured off-line after operation. Although thermal paints have been used for many years for this purpose, a novel technique based on irreversible changes in the optical properties of thermographic phosphors, can overcome some of the disadvantages of previous methods. In particular, oxidation of the divalent rare earth ion phosphor BaMgAl10O17:Eu (BAM:Eu) has shown great potential for temperature sensing between 700 °C and 1200 °C. The emission spectra of this phosphor change with temperature, which permits to define an intensity ratio between different lines in the spectra that can be used as a measurand of the temperature. In this paper, the study of the sensing capabilities of a sensor coating based on BAM:Eu phosphor material is addressed for the first time. The sensitivity of the intensity ratio is investigated in the temperature range from 800 °C to 1100 °C, and is proved to be affected by ionic diffusion of transition metals from the substrate. The use of an interlayer made of zirconia proves efficient in reducing ionic diffusion and coatings with this diffusion barrier present sensitivity comparable to that of the powder material.

  9. Influence of Ce, Nd, Sm and Gd oxides on the properties of alkaline-earth borosilicate glass sealant

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    Nibedita Sasmal

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available In this study, the influence of CeO2, Nd2O3, Sm2O3 and Gd2O3 on various properties of the melt-quench route derived SrO–CaO–ZnO–B2O3–SiO2 glass have been investigated. Both the precursor glasses and heat treated glasses are characterized by dilatometry, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC, X-ray diffraction (XRD, field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM, Fourier transformed infrared spectroscopy (FTIR and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS. The density and coefficient of thermal expansion of the glasses varies in the range 3.557–3.804 g cm−3 and 10.5–11.2 × 10−6 K−1 (50–800 °C respectively. Decrease in crystallization tendency with increase in cationic field strength of the ions is well supported by the increasing crystallization activation energy of the glasses calculated by Kissinger, Augis–Bennett and Ozawa models. XPS study revealed the presence of both Ce3+ and Ce4+ ions and an increase in characteristic binding energy of the respective rare earth elements from their core level studies. The Knoop hardness of the glasses varies in the range 6.03–6.28 GPa. The glass transition, glass softening and crystallization temperature; density and hardness of the glasses increased with increase in cationic field strength of the incorporated ions. The thermomechanical properties of the Gd2O3 containing glass advocate its applicability as the most promising sealant in solid oxide fuel cell.

  10. Ab Initio Quantum Mechanical Study of the Structure and Stability of the Alkaline Earth Metal Oxides and Peroxides

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    Königstein, Markus; Catlow, C. Richard A.

    1998-10-01

    We report a detailed computationally study of the stability of the alkaline earth metal peroxidesMO2(M=Ba, Sr, Ca, Mg, Be) with respect to decomposition into the corresponding oxidesMOand molecular oxygen using Hartree-Fock and density functional theory (DFT) techniques. A comparison between calculated and experimental binding energies indicates that the DFT method is most suitable for a correct description of the peroxide bond. The DFT reaction energies for the peroxide decompositionMO2→MO+{1}/{2}O2show that only BaO2and SrO2are thermodynamically stable compounds, while CaO2(in the calcium carbide structure), MgO2, and BeO2(in the pyrite structure) are energetically unstable with reaction energies of -24.7, -26.8, and -128.7kJ/mol, respectively, and are therefore unlikely to exist as pure compounds. The published calcium carbide structure for CaO2is probably incorrect, at least for pure calcium peroxide, since apart from the thermodynamical instability the compound is more stable in the pyrite structure by 25.5 kJ/mol. Our analysis suggests that the water and/or hydrogen peroxide content of experimentally prepared MgO2samples is necessary for the stabilization of the structure, while BeO2is clearly unstable under ambient conditions. We studied also the effect of the zero point energies and the entropies on the decomposition free energies and, for this purpose, performed atomistic lattice simulations based on interatomic potentials, which we derived from ourab initiodata; the results indicate a negligible effect of the zero point energies, while the entropy terms favor the decomposition reaction by ca. 20 kJ/mol at 298.15 K.

  11. Ab initio quantum mechanical study of the structure and stability of the alkaline earth metal oxides and peroxides

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    Koenigstein, M.; Catlow, C.R.A. [Royal Institution of Great Britain, London (United Kingdom). Davy Faraday Research Lab.

    1998-10-01

    The authors report a detailed computational study of the stability of the alkaline earth metal peroxides MO{sub 2} (M = Ba, Sr, Ca, Mg, Be) with respect to decomposition into the corresponding oxides Mo and molecular oxygen using Hartree-Fock and density functional theory (DFT) techniques. A comparison between calculated and experimental binding energies indicates that the DFT method is most suitable for a correct description of the peroxide bond. The DFT reaction energies for the peroxide decomposition MO{sub 2} {yields} MO + {1/2}O{sub 2} show that only BaO{sub 2} and SrO{sub 2} are thermodynamically stable compounds, while CaO{sub 2} (in the calcium carbide structure), MgO{sub 2}, and BeO{sub 2} (in the pyrite structure) are energetically unstable with reaction energies of {minus}24.7, {minus}26.8, and {minus}128.7 kJ/mol, respectively, and are therefore unlikely to exist as pure compounds. The published calcium carbide structure for CaO{sub 2} is probably incorrect, at least for pure calcium peroxide, since apart from the thermodynamical instability the compound is more stable in the pyrite structure by 25.5 kJ/mol. The analysis suggests that the water and/or hydrogen peroxide content of experimentally prepared MgO{sub 2} samples is necessary for the stabilization of the structure, while BeO{sub 2} is clearly unstable under ambient conditions. The authors studied also the effect of the zero point energies and the entropies on the decomposition free energies and, for this purpose, performed atomistic lattice simulations based on interatomic potentials, which they derived from their ab initio data; the results indicate a negligible effect of the zero point energies, while the entropy terms favor the decomposition reaction by ca. 20 kJ/mol at 298.15 K.

  12. Solid-state supercapacitors with ionic liquid gel polymer electrolyte based on poly (3, 4-ethylenedioxythiophene), carbon nanotubes, and metal oxides nanocomposites for electrical energy storage

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    Obeidat, Amr M.

    Clean and renewable energy systems have emerged as an important area of research having diverse and significant new applications. These systems utilize different energy storage methods such as the batteries and supercapacitors. Supercapacitors are electrochemical energy storage devices that are designed to bridge the gap between batteries and conventional capacitors. Supercapacitors which store electrical energy by electrical double layer capacitance are based on large surface area structured carbons. The materials systems in which the Faradaic reversible redox reactions store electrical energy are the transition metal oxides and electronically conducting polymers. Among the different types of conducting polymers, poly (3, 4- ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) is extensively investigated owing to its chemical and mechanical stability. Due to instability of aqueous electrolytes at high voltages and toxicity of organic electrolytes, potential of supercapacitors has not been fully exploited. A novel aspect of this work is in utilizing the ionic liquid gel polymer electrolyte to design solid-state supercapacitors for energy storage. Various electrochemical systems were investigated including graphene, PEDOT, PEDOT-carbon nanotubes, PEDOT-manganese oxide, and PEDOT-iron oxide nanocomposites. The electrochemical performance of solid-state supercapacitor devices was evaluated based on cyclic voltammetry (CV), charge-discharge (CD), prolonged cyclic tests, and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) techniques. Raman spectroscopy technique was also utilized to analyze the bonding structure of the electrode materials. The graphene solid-state supercapacitor system displayed areal capacitance density of 141.83 mF cm-2 based on high potential window up to 4V. The PEDOT solid-state supercapacitor system was synthesized in acetonitrile and aqueous mediums achieving areal capacitance density of 219.17 mF cm-2. The hybrid structure of solid-state supercapacitors was also

  13. Preparation, characterization and luminescent properties of europium oxide doped nano LaMn0.9Zn0.1O3+ by sol–gel processing

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    Abdolali Alemi; Elnaz Karimpour; Hossein Shokri

    2008-12-01

    New compounds of rare earth complex oxides with perovskite structure in a combination of La with Eu ions and Mn with Zn ions, La1–EuMn0.9Zn0.1O3+ (LEMZ) (0.0 ≤ ≤ 0.32) in A and B sites, respectively were synthesized. X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT–IR) and photoluminescence spectra (PL) were used to characterize the resulting nanoparticles. The powder X-ray diffraction peaks could be indexed as a rhombohedral cell. The results of FT–IR spectra were in agreement with those of XRD. High-quality nanopowders with controlled stoichiometry and microstructure were prepared at a temperature range of 700–800°C for 6 h, with mean particle sizes of ∼ 17.5 nm. Photoluminescence measurements showed Eu3+ ions characteristic red emission in crystalline LEMZ powders due to the ${}^{5}D_{0} \\rightarrow {}^{7}F_{J}$ ( = 0–6) transitions of the 4 electrons of Eu3+ ions. The structure, homogeneity and particle size of the obtained compounds during different stages were investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM).

  14. The Janus face of iron on anoxic worlds: iron oxides are both protective and destructive to life on the early Earth and present-day Mars.

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    Wadsworth, Jennifer; Cockell, Charles S

    2017-05-01

    The surface of the early Earth was probably subjected to a higher flux of ultraviolet (UV) radiation than today. UV radiation is known to severely damage DNA and other key molecules of life. Using a liquid culture and a rock analogue system, we investigated the interplay of protective and deleterious effects of iron oxides under UV radiation on the viability of the model organism, Bacillus subtilis. In the presence of hydrogen peroxide, there exists a fine balance between iron oxide's protective effects against this radiation and its deleterious effects caused by Photo-Fenton reactions. The maximum damage was caused by a concentration of hematite of ∼1 mg/mL. Concentrations above this confer increasing protection by physical blockage of the UV radiation, concentrations below this cause less effective UV radiation blockage, but also a correspondingly less effective Photo-Fenton reaction, providing an overall advantage. These results show that on anoxic worlds, surface habitability under a high UV flux leaves life precariously poised between the beneficial and deleterious effects of iron oxides. These results have relevance to the Archean Earth, but also the habitability of the Martian surface, where high levels of UV radiation in combination with iron oxides and hydrogen peroxide can be found. © FEMS 2017. All rights reserved. For permissions, please e-mail: journals.permissions@oup.com.

  15. On shear rheology of gel propellants

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    Rahimi, Shai; Peretz, Arie [RAFAEL, MANOR Propulsion and Explosive Systems Division, Haifa (Israel); Natan, Benveniste [Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa (Israel)

    2007-04-15

    Selected fuel, oxidizer and simulant gels were prepared and rheologically characterized using a rotational rheometer. For fuel gelation both organic and inorganic gellants were utilized, whereas oxidizers and simulants were gelled with addition of silica and polysaccharides, respectively. The generalized Herschel-Bulkley constitutive model was found to most adequately represent the gels studied. Hydrazine-based fuels, gelled with polysaccharides, were characterized as shear-thinning pseudoplastic fluids with low shear yield stress, whereas inhibited red-fuming nitric acid (IRFNA) and hydrogen peroxide oxidizers, gelled with silica, were characterized as yield thixotropic fluids with significant shear yield stress. Creep tests were conducted on two rheological types of gels with different gellant content and the results were fitted by Burgers-Kelvin viscoelastic constitutive model. The effect of temperature on the rheological properties of gel propellant simulants was also investigated. A general rheological classification of gel propellants and simulants is proposed. (Abstract Copyright [2007], Wiley Periodicals, Inc.)

  16. Thermoresponsive Gels

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    M. Joan Taylor

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Thermoresponsive gelling materials constructed from natural and synthetic polymers can be used to provide triggered action and therefore customised products such as drug delivery and regenerative medicine types as well as for other industries. Some materials give Arrhenius-type viscosity changes based on coil to globule transitions. Others produce more counterintuitive responses to temperature change because of agglomeration induced by enthalpic or entropic drivers. Extensive covalent crosslinking superimposes complexity of response and the upper and lower critical solution temperatures can translate to critical volume temperatures for these swellable but insoluble gels. Their structure and volume response confer advantages for actuation though they lack robustness. Dynamic covalent bonding has created an intermediate category where shape moulding and self-healing variants are useful for several platforms. Developing synthesis methodology—for example, Reversible Addition Fragmentation chain Transfer (RAFT and Atomic Transfer Radical Polymerisation (ATRP—provides an almost infinite range of materials that can be used for many of these gelling systems. For those that self-assemble into micelle systems that can gel, the upper and lower critical solution temperatures (UCST and LCST are analogous to those for simpler dispersible polymers. However, the tuned hydrophobic-hydrophilic balance plus the introduction of additional pH-sensitivity and, for instance, thermochromic response, open the potential for coupled mechanisms to create complex drug targeting effects at the cellular level.

  17. Metal-silica sol-gel materials

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    Stiegman, Albert E. (Inventor)

    2002-01-01

    The present invention relates to a single phase metal-silica sol-gel glass formed by the co-condensation of a transition metal with silicon atoms where the metal atoms are uniformly distributed within the sol-gel glass as individual metal centers. Any transition metal may be used in the sol-gel glasses. The present invention also relates to sensor materials where the sensor material is formed using the single phase metal-silica sol-gel glasses. The sensor materials may be in the form of a thin film or may be attached to an optical fiber. The present invention also relates to a method of sensing chemicals using the chemical sensors by monitoring the chromatic change of the metal-silica sol-gel glass when the chemical binds to the sensor. The present invention also relates to oxidation catalysts where a metal-silica sol-gel glass catalyzes the reaction. The present invention also relates to a method of performing oxidation reactions using the metal-silica sol-gel glasses. The present invention also relates to organopolymer metal-silica sol-gel composites where the pores of the metal-silica sol-gel glasses are filled with an organic polymer polymerized by the sol-gel glass.

  18. Synthesis and performance evaluation of Al/Fe oxide coated diatomaceous earth in groundwater defluoridation: Towards fluorosis mitigation.

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    Izuagie, Anthony A; Gitari, Wilson M; Gumbo, Jabulani R

    2016-08-23

    The quest to reduce fluoride in groundwater to WHO acceptable limit of 1.5 mg/L to prevent diseases such as teeth mottling and skeletal fluorosis was the motivation for this study. Al/Fe oxide-modified diatomaceous earth was prepared and its defluoridation potential evaluated by batch method. The sorbent with pHpzc 6.0 ± 0.2 is very reactive. The maximum 82.3% fluoride removal attained in 50 min using a dosage of 0.3 g/100 mL in 10 mg/L fluoride was almost attained within 5 min contact time; 81.3% being the percent fluoride removal at 5 min contact time. The sorbent has a usage advantage of not requiring solution pH adjustment before it can exhibit its fluoride removal potential. A substantial amount of fluoride (93.1%) was removed from solution when a sorbent dosage of 0.6 g/100 mL was contacted with 10 mg/L fluoride solution for 50 min at a mixing rate of 200 rpm. The optimum adsorption capacity of the adsorbent was 7.633 mg/g using a solution containing initially 100 mg/L fluoride. The equilibrium pH of the suspensions ranged between 6.77 and 8.26 for 10 and 100 mg/L fluoride solutions respectively. Contacting the sorbent at a dosage of 0.6 g/100 mL with field water containing 5.53 mg/L at 200 rpm for 50 min reduced the fluoride content to 0.928 mg/L-a value below the upper limit of WHO guideline of 1.5 mg/L fluoride in drinking water. The sorption data fitted to both Langmuir and Freundlich isotherms but better with the former. The sorption data obeyed only the pseudo-second-order kinetic, which implies that fluoride was chemisorbed.

  19. A simple particulate sol-gel route to synthesize nanostructural TiO{sub 2}-Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5} binary oxides and their characteristics

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    Mohammadi, M.R. [Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, University of Cambridge, Pembroke Street, Cambridge CB2 3QZ (United Kingdom); Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, Azadi Street, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of)], E-mail: mrm41@cam.ac.uk; Fray, D.J. [Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, University of Cambridge, Pembroke Street, Cambridge CB2 3QZ (United Kingdom)], E-mail: djf25@cam.ac.uk; Sadrnezhaad, S.K. [Materials and Energy Research Center, P.O. Box 14155-4777, Karaj (Iran, Islamic Republic of)], E-mail: sadrnezhad@sharif.ir; Mohammadi, A. [Department of Materials Engineering, I.K. International University, Qazvin (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2007-08-25

    Nanostructured and mesoporous TiO{sub 2}-Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5} films and powders with various TiO{sub 2}:Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5} molar ratios and high specific surface area (SSA) have been prepared by a straightforward particulate sol-gel route. Titanium isopropoxide and tantalum ethoxide were used as precursors and hydroxypropyl cellulose (HPC) was used as a polymeric fugitive agent (PFA) in order to increase the SSA. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) revealed that powders contained both hexagonal {delta}-Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5} and monoclinic {beta}-Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5} phases, as well as anatase and rutile. It was observed that Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5} retarded anatase-to-rutile transformation. Furthermore, {delta} {yields} {beta} phase transformation temperature increased with decreasing TiO{sub 2}:Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5} molar ratio. Transmission electron microscope (TEM) analysis also showed that Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5} hindered the crystallisation and crystal growth of the powders. SSA of powders, as measured by Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) analysis, was enhanced by introducing Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5}. TiTa11 binary oxide (TiO{sub 2}:Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5} = 50:50 molar ratio) annealed at 500 {sup o}C produced the smallest crystallite size (3.4 nm), the smallest grain size (15 nm), the highest SSA (172 m{sup 2}/g) and the highest roughness. Atomic force microscope (AFM) analysis revealed that columnar-like morphology with nanosized grains was obtained for TiO{sub 2}-Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5} films. One of the smallest crystallite size and one of the highest SSA reported in the literature is obtained, and they can be used in many applications in areas from optical electronics to gas sensors.

  20. Rainfall simulation experiments to study sediment redistribution using rare earth element oxides as tracers under conventional and conservation agricultural practices

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    Tóth, Adrienn; Jakab, Gergely; Sipos, Péter; Karlik, Máté; Madarász, Balázs; Zacháry, Dóra; Szabó, Judit; Szalai, Zoltán

    2017-04-01

    Rare earth elements (REE) have very favourable characteristics for being ideal sediment tracers as they are characterised by strong binding to soil particles, low mobility, low background concentration in soils, environmental benignity, high analytical sensitivity and they can be detected relatively easily and inexpensively in soils. The group of REEs consist of 16 elements with similar chemical properties, but at the same time, they are clearly distinguishable enabling multiple tracking of sediment deriving from different parts of the studied area, as well as mapping redistribution processes by appropriate designing of subareas marked by different REEs. In this study, rainfall simulation experiments were carried out to compare the loss and redistribution of soil sediments in two plots under conventional and conservation agricultural practices. Five different rainfall intensities (up to 80 mm/h) were applied to both plots. Sources and pathways of sediments within the two plots were studied using REE-oxides as tracers. Approximately 1,000 mg/kg of Er2O3, Ho2O3 and Sm2O3 (calculated to the upper 1 cm of the soil) were dispersed to the soil surface with banded distribution; each transversal band covered the third of the surface are of the plots. Concentration of the REE-oxides in the sediment leaving the plots, and that of the surface soil before and after the experiment were analysed by X-Ray fluorescence spectrometry. Significant sediment losses were found for both plots after the experiments, with slightly different characteristics between the conventional and conservation ones. Highest difference in loss of added REEs was found in the upper third of the plots with 81 ± 19% in the conventional and 71 ± 21% in the conservation ones. These values have been equalized downwards with almost complete losses in the lower third of the plots (99 ± 2% and 97 ± 4%, respectively). Only very small part of the removed sediment has been accumulated in the lower parts of the

  1. An evaluation of the efficacy of a topical gel with Triester Glycerol Oxide (TGO) in the treatment of minor recurrent aphthous stomatitis in a Turkish cohort: A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial

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    Ergun, Sertan; Warnakulasuriya, Saman; Namdar-Pekiner, Filiz; Tanyeri, Hakkı

    2017-01-01

    Background Triester glycerol oxide gel (Protefix® Queisser Pharma, Germany) is a new topical agent that has the property of adherence to the oral mucosa by forming a lipid film which protects against mechanical trauma and may help to reduce oral tissue moisture loss and inflammation. The aim of this clinical trial was to determine the efficacy of a topical TGO gel and to also compare it with triamcinolone acetonide pomade in the treatment of minor recurrent aphthous stomatitis. Material and Methods This study was a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial and 180 patients with the complaint of minor aphthous ulcers were enrolled in this study. The sociodemographic data and clinical characteristics of the ulcer were collected by questionnaire. Ulcer size and pain level measurements were performed and the efficacy indices for ulcer pain and size were calculated at day 0,2,4,6 by the same investigator. Results Significant differences were not detected among the demographics and ulcer histories including age, gender, onset of ulcer, mean healing time, family RAS history and ulcer localization between three groups. The pain score in TGO group was found statistically lower at day 2,4, and 6. Efficacy index and improvement rate of TGO group, regarding pain score, was higher than the other two groups at day 2 and 4. The reduction in ulcer size was statistically higher in TGO group than the other two groups at day 4 and 6. Conclusions Topical application of TGO gel could decrease pain intensity, accelerate ulcer healing without any side effects, utilizing an easy appliable and accessible procedure. Therefore TGO gel could be a well-tolerated, safe, topical therapeutic agent in the clinical practice of RAS treatment. Key words:Topical therapy, triester glycerol oxide, triamcinolone acetonide, minor recurrent aphthous stomatitis. PMID:28160585

  2. High temperature oxidation resistance of rare earth chromite coated Fe-20Cr and Fe-20Cr-4Al alloys

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    Marina Fuser Pillis

    2007-09-01

    Full Text Available Doped lanthanum chromite has been used in solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC interconnects. The high costs involved in obtaining dense lanthanum chromite have increased efforts to find suitable metallic materials for interconnects. In this context, the oxidation behavior of lanthanum chromite coated Fe-20Cr and Fe-20Cr-4Al alloys at SOFC operation temperature was studied. Isothermal oxidation tests were carried out at 1000 °C for 20, 50 and 200 hours. Cyclic oxidation tests were also carried out and each oxidation cycle consisted of 7 hours at 1000/°C followed by cooling to room temperature. The oxidation measurements and the results of SEM/EDS as well as XRD analyses indicated that lanthanum chromite coated Fe-20Cr and Fe-20Cr-4Al alloys were significantly more resistant to oxidation compared with the uncoated alloys.

  3. Synthesis and characterisation of nanostructured neodymium titanium oxides by sol-gel process: Controlling the phase composition, crystal structure and grain size

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    Mohammadi, M.R., E-mail: mrm41@cam.ac.uk [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, Azadi Street, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, University of Cambridge, Pembroke Street, Cambridge CB2 3QZ (United Kingdom); Fray, D.J., E-mail: djf25@cam.ac.uk [Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, University of Cambridge, Pembroke Street, Cambridge CB2 3QZ (United Kingdom)

    2010-08-01

    Nanocrystalline neodymium titanium oxide thin films and powders with different phase compositions with mesoporous structure were produced by a straightforward particulate sol-gel route. The sols were prepared in various Nd:Ti molar ratios and they showed a narrow particle size distribution in the range 20-26 nm. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) revealed that the powders contained mixtures of Nd{sub 4}Ti{sub 9}O{sub 24}, Nd{sub 2}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 11}, Nd{sub 3}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 12} for titanium dominant powders (Nd:Ti {<=} 45:60), mixtures of Nd{sub 2}TiO{sub 5} and Nd{sub 2}O{sub 3} for neodymium dominant powders (Nd:Ti {>=} 75:25) and pure Nd{sub 3}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 12} phase for equal molar ratio of Nd:Ti, depending on the annealing temperature and Nd:Ti molar ratio. Moreover, it was found that Nd:Ti molar ratio influences the preferable orientation growth of the neodymium titanium oxide compounds. Transmission electron microscope (TEM) images confirmed that the average crystallite size of the powders annealed at 400 {sup o}C was in the range 1.0-2.8 nm and a gradual increase was occurred up to 6.7 nm by heat treatment at 1000 {sup o}C. The activation energy of crystal growth reduced with a decrease of Nd:Ti molar ratio, calculated in the range 6.90-18.12 kJ mol{sup -1}. Low activation energies indicating that the grain size will not change much with increase in temperature. Field emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM) analysis revealed that the deposited thin films had uniform, mesoporous and nanocrystalline structure. Moreover, atomic force microscope (AFM) images presented that the thin films had a columnar like morphology with average grain size in the range 17-30 nm at 600 {sup o}C and 47-60 nm at 800 {sup o}C, depending upon the Nd:Ti molar ratio. Based on Brunauer-Emmett-Taylor (BET) analysis, the synthesized powders showed mesoporous structure containing pores with sphere like shapes. The surface area of the

  4. Effect of heat-treatment on phase formation and crystallization of sol–gel derived Al2O3, ZrO2–Y2O3, and Ta2O5 oxide coatings

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    Yang-Il Jung

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Various oxides of Al2O3, ZrO2–Y2O3, and Ta2O5 were coated on ferritic–martensitic steel for application as an environmental barrier layer. Sol–gel based coating was investigated to form the oxides by varying the coating parameters, such as the concentration of the precursors, the temperature of the curing, cycles of repeated runs, and additional heat-treatment. The obtained coatings revealed nano-sized granular structures. The surface morphologies were rough in alumina and zirconia, but appeared smooth in tantalum oxide. In the case of alumina and tantalum oxide, coated layers were mostly amorphous after pyrolysis at 750 °C. The crystalline phases were obtained after an additional heat-treatment at 950 °C. In the case of zirconia, a desirable oxide phase was formed when the samples were cured at 750 °C during the coating process. In addition to the heat-treatment after the coating, the repeated coatings were effective in crystallizing the coated layers and forming proper oxides.

  5. Work function tuning and fluorescence enhancement of hydrogen annealed Ag-doped Al-rich zinc oxide nanostructures using a sol–gel process

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    Khan, Firoz; Baek, Seong-Ho [Energy Research Division, Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science & Technology (DGIST), 50-1 Sang-Ri, Hyeonpung-Myeon, Dalseong-Gun, Daegu 711-873 (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Jae Young [School of Mechanical and Control Engineering, Handong Global University, 558 Handong-Ro, Heunghae-Eub, Buk-Ku, Pohang, Gyung-Buk 791-708 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Jae Hyun, E-mail: jaehyun@dgist.ac.kr [Energy Research Division, Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science & Technology (DGIST), 50-1 Sang-Ri, Hyeonpung-Myeon, Dalseong-Gun, Daegu 711-873 (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-10-25

    Effect of incorporation of Ag on the structural, optical, electrical, and fluorescence properties of sol–gel derived Al-rich zinc oxide (ZnO:Al:Ag) nanostructured films was studied. The E{sub g} of the film slightly decreased to a minimal value with Ag doping, and was found to be about 3.65 eV for R{sub Ag/Zn} = 1% from its initial value of 3.72 eV (R{sub Ag/Zn} = 0%). The WF sudden increased to a maximal value of 5.12 eV with Ag doping (for R{sub Ag/Zn} = 1%) from its initial value of 4.73 eV for R{sub Ag/Zn} = 0% due to substitution of Ag into Zn sites until saturation was achieved (R{sub Ag/Zn} = 1%). After more Ag doping, WF started to decrease and finally, reached a value of 4.81 eV for R{sub Ag/Zn} = 3% because of the formation of an impurity-defect energy level below the intrinsic Fermi level of ZnO. With Ag-doping, the current increased up to R{sub Ag/Zn} = 1% due to the increase in carrier density. For R{sub Ag/Zn} = 3% doping, the current density started to increase due to the influence of metallic Ag. The defective peak position was blue shifted, with increased Ag-doping, from 536 nm (R{sub Ag/Zn} = 1%) to 527 nm for R{sub Ag/Zn} = 2% due to the sizes of the Ag{sup +} and Zn{sup 2+} ions. The FL defective peak intensity (I{sub D}) in the green region increased with the concentration of Ag used for doping, up to R{sub Ag/Zn} = 2%. The enhancement in the I{sub D} may be due to charge difference between the Zn{sup 2+} ions, caused by Ag{sup +} ions. - Graphical abstract: The effect of incorporation of Ag doping on the structural, optical, electrical, and fluorescence properties of sol–gel derived Al-rich zinc oxide (ZnO:Al:Ag) nanostructured films was studied. By Ag-doping, the lowest R{sub λ} is blue shifted to R{sub Ag/Zn} = 2% and finally red shifted for R{sub Ag/Zn} = 3% due to variation of optical thickness of the film. The E{sub g} of the film slightly decreased to a minimal value with Ag doping, and was found to be about 3.65 eV for R{sub Ag

  6. Fabricating porous materials using interpenetrating inorganic-organic composite gels

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    Seo, Dong-Kyun; Volosin, Alex

    2016-06-14

    Porous materials are fabricated using interpenetrating inorganic-organic composite gels. A mixture or precursor solution including an inorganic gel precursor, an organic polymer gel precursor, and a solvent is treated to form an inorganic wet gel including the organic polymer gel precursor and the solvent. The inorganic wet gel is then treated to form a composite wet gel including an organic polymer network in the body of the inorganic wet gel, producing an interpenetrating inorganic-organic composite gel. The composite wet gel is dried to form a composite material including the organic polymer network and an inorganic network component. The composite material can be treated further to form a porous composite material, a porous polymer or polymer composite, a porous metal oxide, and other porous materials.

  7. Surface properties of palladium catalysts supported on ternary ZrO2-Al2O3-WOx oxides prepared by the sol-gel method: Study of the chemical state of the support

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    Barrera, A.; Montoya, J. A.; del Angel, P.; Navarrete, J.; Cano, M. E.; Tzompantzi, F.; López-Gaona, A.

    2012-08-01

    The surface properties of Pd and Pd-Pt catalysts supported on binary ZrO2-WOx and ternary ZrO2-Al2O3-WOx oxides prepared by the sol-gel method were studied. Special attention was paid to the study of the texture of the catalysts as well as the chemical state of tungstated zirconia and tungstated zirconia promoted with alumina in the palladium catalysts. The catalysts were tested in the isomerization of n-hexane and were characterized by N2 physisorption, XRD, TPR, Raman spectroscopy, XPS and FT-IR of adsorbed pyridine. The catalysts had bimodal pore size distributions with mesopores in the range 55-70 Å and macropores of 1000 Å in diameter. The catalysts had a surface WOx coverage (4.4-6.0 W nm-2) lower than that of the theoretical monolayer (7.0 W nm-2). A lower acidity of the ternary ZrO2-Al2O3-WOx oxide as compared to the binary ZrO2-WOx oxide was found. Higher activity in the isomerisation of n-hexane was obtained in the Pd-Pt catalysts supported on ternary ZrAlW oxides prepared by sol-gel that is correlated with the coexistence on the surface of W4+ (WO2) or W0 and W6+ (Al2(WO4)3) species, ZrO2 in the tetragonal phase and a high amount of ZrOx suboxides species in a low oxidation state (Zr3+ and Zr2+).

  8. Extraction of rare earth elements from their oxides using organophosphorus reagent complexes with HNO_3 and H_2O in supercritical CO_2

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    段五华; 曹丕佳; 朱永(贝睿)

    2010-01-01

    Direct extraction of metals from solids with complexing agents in supercritical CO2(SC-CO2) has recently attracted interests in separation,purification,recovery,and analysis of metals.In the present study,the static/dynamic extraction of rare earth elements(Nd,Ce) from their oxides(Nd2O3,CeO2) with organophosphorus complexes with HNO3 and H2O in SC-CO2 was investigated.The static extraction efficiency of Nd from Nd2O3 with the tri-n-butylphosphate(TBP)-HNO3 complex could reach 95% under optimized experiment...

  9. Synthesis, characterization, and thermal properties of homoleptic rare-earth guanidinates: promising precursors for MOCVD and ALD of rare-earth oxide thin films.

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    Milanov, Andrian P; Fischer, Roland A; Devi, Anjana

    2008-12-01

    Eight novel homoleptic tris-guanidinato complexes M[(N(i)Pr)(2)CNR(2)](3) [M = Y (a), Gd (b), Dy (c) and R = Me (1), Et (2), (i)Pr (3)] have been synthesized and characterized by NMR, CHN-analysis, mass spectrometry and infrared spectroscopy. Single crystal structure analysis revealed that all the compounds are monomers with the rare-earth metal center coordinated to six nitrogen atoms of the three chelating guanidinato ligands in a distorted trigonal prism geometry. With the use of TGA/DTA and isothermal TGA analysis, the thermal characteristics of all the complexes were studied in detail to evaluate their suitability as precursors for thin film deposition by MOCVD and ALD. The (i)Pr-Me(2)N-guanidinates of Y, Gd and Dy (1a-c) showed excellent thermal characteristics in terms of thermal stability and volatility. Additionally, the thermal stability of the (i)Pr-Me(2)N-guanidinates of Y and Dy (1a, c) in solution was investigated by carrying out NMR decomposition experiments and both the compounds were found to be remarkably stable. All these studies indicate that (i)Pr-Me(2)N-guanidinates of Y, Gd and Dy (1a-c) have the prerequisites for MOCVD and ALD applications which were confirmed by the successful deposition of Gd(2)O(3) and Dy(2)O(3) thin films on Si(100) substrates. The MOCVD grown films of Gd(2)O(3) and Dy(2)O(3) were highly oriented in the cubic phase, while the ALD grown films were amorphous.

  10. Evaluation of rare earth oxides doping SnO2.(Co1/4,Mn3/4O-based varistor system

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    Alessandro Dibb

    2006-09-01

    Full Text Available The present paper aims to verify the inuence of rare earth oxide such as lanthanum (La2O3 and neodymium (Nd2O3 doping SnO2 + 0.25%CoO + 0.75%MnO2 + 0.05%Ta2O5 system. The analysis focus on microstructural inuence on electrical properties. Microstructural analysis were made by using Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM at different regions of the samples. From such analysis it was found that La2O3 and Nd2O3 oxides cause heterogeneous segregation and precipitation at grain boundary concerning cobalt and manganese, decreasing the nonohmic electrical properties, as discussed, likely due to the increasing of grain boundary non-active potential barriers.

  11. Sol-Gel Synthesis of La(0.6)Sr(0.4)CoO(3-x) and Sm(0.5)Sr(0.5)CoO(3-x) Cathode Nanopowders for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells

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    Bansal, Narottam P.; Wise, Brent

    2011-01-01

    Nanopowders of La(0.6)Sr(0.4)CoO(3-x) (LSC) and Sm(0.5)Sr(0.5)CoO(3-x) (SSC) compositions, which are being investigated as cathode materials for intermediate temperature solid oxide fuel cells (IT-SOFC) with La(Sr)Ga(Mg)O(3-x) (LSGM) as the electrolyte, were synthesized by low-temperature sol-gel method using metal nitrates and citric acid. Thermal decomposition of the citrate gels was followed by simultaneous DSC/TGA methods. Development of phases in the gels, on heat treatments at various temperatures, was monitored by x-ray diffraction. Solgel powders calcined at 550 to 1000 C consisted of a number of phases. Single perovskite phase La(0.6)Sr(0.4)CoO(3-x) or Sm(0.5)Sr(0.5)CoO(3-x) powders were obtained at 1200 and 1300 C, respectively. Morphological analysis of the powders calcined at various temperatures was done by scanning electron microscopy. The average particle size of the powders was approx.15 nm after 700 C calcinations and slowly increased to 70 to 100 nm after heat treatments at 1300 to 1400 C.

  12. Effect of annealing temperature on optical properties of binary zinc tin oxide nano-composite prepared by sol-gel route using simple precursors: structural and optical studies by DRS, FT-IR, XRD, FESEM investigations.

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    Habibi, Mohammad Hossein; Mardani, Maryam

    2015-02-25

    Binary zinc tin oxide nano-composite was synthesized by a facile sol-gel method using simple precursors from the solutions consisting of zinc acetate, tin(IV) chloride and ethanol. Effect of annealing temperature on optical and structural properties was investigated using X-ray diffraction (XRD), diffuse reflectance spectra (DRS), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). XRD results revealed the existence of the ZnO and SnO2 phases. FESEM results showed that binary zinc tin oxide nano-composites ranges from 56 to 60 nm in diameter at 400°C and 500°C annealing temperatures respectively. The optical band gap was increased from 2.72 eV to 3.11 eV with the increasing of the annealing temperature. FTIR results confirmed the presence of zinc oxide and tin oxide and the broad absorption peaks at 3426 and 1602 cm(-1) can be ascribed to the vibration of absorptive water, and the absorption peaks at 546, 1038 and 1410 cm(-1) are due to the vibration of Zn-O or Sn-O groups in binary zinc tin oxide.

  13. Removal of ammonia from aqueous solutions by catalytic oxidation with copper-based rare earth composite metal materials: catalytic performance, characterization, and cytotoxicity evaluation

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    Chang-Mao Hung

    2011-01-01

    Ammonia (NH3) has an important use in the chemical industry and is widely found in industrial wastewater.For this investigation of copper-based rare earth composite metal materials,aqueous solutions containing 400 mg/L of ammonia were oxidized in a batch-bed reactor with a catalyst prepared by the co-precipitation of copper nitrate,lanthanum nitrate and cerium nitrate.Barely any of the dissolved ammonia was removed by wet oxidation without a catalyst,but about 88% of the ammonia was reduced during wet oxidation over the catalysts at 423 K with an oxygen partial pressure of 4.0 MPa.The catalytic redox behavior was determined by cyclic voltammetry (CV).Furthermore,the catalysts were characterized using thermogravimetric analyzer (TGA) and scanning electron microscope-energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (SEM-EDX),which showed that the catalytic behavior was related to the metal oxide properties of the catalyst.In addition,the copper-lanthanum-cerium composite-induced cytotoxicity in the human lung MRC-5 cell line was tested,and the percentage cell survival was determined by 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-5-(3-carboxymethoxyphenyl)-2-(4-sulfophenyl)-2H-tetra-zolium (MTS) analysis in vitro.No apparent cytotoxicity was observed when the human lung cells were exposed to the copper-lanthanum-cerium composite.

  14. Effect of rare earth elements and their oxides on tribo-mechanical performance of laser claddings:A review

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    MM Quazi; MA Fazal; ASMA Haseeb; Farazila Yusof; HH Masjuki; A Arslan

    2016-01-01

    Laser cladding is a promising photon-based surface engineering technique broadly utilized for fabricating harder and wear resistant composite coatings. In spite of excellent properties, the practical applications of laser claddings are relatively restricted when compared with well-established coating techniques because of their inherent defects identified as cracks, pores and inclusions. Sub-stantial evidence suggests that the incorporation of an appropriate amount of rare earth in laser claddings can remarkably prevent these defects. Additionally, the presence of rare earth in laser claddings can notably enhance tribo-mechanical properties such as sur-face hardness, modulus of elasticity, fracture toughness, friction coefficient and wear rate. In this literature review, the effect of rare earth in reducing dilution and cracks susceptibility of laser claddings in addition to microstructural refinement attained was examined. Mechanical and tribological properties of these claddings along with their underlying mechanism were discussed in detail. Finally, this article summarizes current applications of laser claddings based on rare earth and was concluded with future research directions.

  15. Effect of rare earth oxides and La{sup 3+} ion concentration on some properties of Ni–Zn ferrites

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    Ateia, Ebtesam E., E-mail: ebtesam@sci.cu.edu.eg; Ahmed, M.A.; Salah, L.M.; El-Gamal, A.A.

    2014-07-15

    The effect of both the rare earth ions and the La{sup 3+} ion concentration on the dielectric properties of Ni{sub 0.5}Zn{sub 0.5}R{sub y}Fe{sub 2−y}O{sub 4}; 0.0≤y≤0.9, R=La, Yb, Dy and Ce is studied. All the samples are sintered at 1250 °C with heating rate of 4 °C/min and sintering time of 35 h. The ionic radii of the used rare earth (Yb{sup 3+}, Dy{sup 3+}, Ce{sup 3+} and La{sup 3+}) are too large to occupy the octahedral site. They form a secondary phases on the grain boundaries. The X-ray data shows that the lattice parameter for the un- substituted ferrite sample is larger than the substituted one, which is the main feature for all rare earth elements. The dielectric properties show that the pure sample has a larger dielectric constant as well as a larger valence exchange with respect to substituted one. This means that introducing rare earth ions into the samples decreases ε′ owing to the decreasing Fe–Fe interaction. The lowest conduction for La substituted sample is attributed to the nature of La{sup 3+} ions which is insoluble in the spinel lattice so it hindered Fe–R (3d–4f) coupling. This feature can help to obtain well applicable ferrites.

  16. Catalysis of the rare earth containing mixed oxides Ln2CuO4 in phenol hydroxylation

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    刘持标; 赵震; 叶兴凯; 吴越

    1997-01-01

    Mixed oxides Ln2CuO4±λ(Ln=La,Pr,Nd,Sm,Gd) with K2NiF4 structure were prepared Their crystal structures were studied with XRD and IR spectra.Meanwhile,the average valence of Cu ions and non stoichiometric oxygen (λ) were determined through chemical analyses.Catalysis of the above-mentioned mixed oxides in the phenol hydroxylation was investigated.Results show that the catalysis of these mixed oxides has close relation with their structures and composition.Substitution of A site atom in Ln2CuO4λ has a great influence on then eatalysis in the phenol hydroxylation.

  17. Synthesis and characterization of sodium vanadium oxide gels: the effects of water (n) and sodium (x) content on the electrochemistry of Na(x)V2O5·nH2O.

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    Lee, Chia-Ying; Marschilok, Amy C; Subramanian, Aditya; Takeuchi, Kenneth J; Takeuchi, Esther S

    2011-10-28

    Sodium vanadium oxide gels, Na(x)V(2)O(5)·nH(2)O, of varying sodium content (0.12 n > 0.01) and interlayer spacing were found to be inversely proportional to the sodium level (x), thus control of sodium (x) content provided a direct, chimie douce approach for control of hydration level (n) and interlayer spacing, without the need for high temperature treatment to affect dehydration. Notably, the use of high temperatures to modify hydration levels can result in crystallization and collapse of the interlayer structure, highlighting the distinct advantage of our novel chimie douce synthesis strategy. Subsequent to synthesis and characterization, results from an electrochemical study of a series of Na(x)V(2)O(5)·nH(2)O samples highlight the significant impact of interlayer water on delivered capacity of the layered materials. Specifically, the sodium vanadium oxide gels with higher sodium content and lower water content provided higher capacities in lithium based cells, where capacity delivered to 2.0 V under C/20 discharge ranged from 170 mAh/g for Na(0.12)V(2)O(5)·0.23H(2)O to 300 mAh/g for Na(0.32)V(2)O(5)·0.01H(2)O. The capacity differences were maintained as the cells were cycled.

  18. Effect of H2O on metal-silicate partitioning of Ni, Co, V, Cr, Mn and Fe: Implications for the oxidation state of the Earth and Mars

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    Clesi, V.; Bouhifd, M. A.; Bolfan-Casanova, N.; Manthilake, G.; Fabbrizio, A.; Andrault, D.

    2016-11-01

    This study investigates the metal-silicate partitioning of Ni, Co, V, Cr, Mn and Fe during core mantle differentiation of terrestrial planets under hydrous conditions. For this, we equilibrated a molten hydrous CI chondrite model composition with various Fe-rich alloys in the system Fe-C-Ni-Co-Si-S in a multi-anvil over a range of P, T, fO2 and water content (5-20 GPa, 2073-2500 K, from 1 to 5 log units below the iron-wüstite (IW) buffer and for XH2O varying from 500 ppm to 1.5 wt%). By comparing the present experiments with the available data sets on dry systems, we observes that the effect of water on the partition coefficients of moderately siderophile elements is only moderate. For example, for iron we observed a decrease in the partition coefficient of Fe (Dmet/silFe) from 9.5 to 4.3, with increasing water content of the silicate melt, from 0 to 1.44 wt%, respectively. The evolution of metal-silicate partition coefficients of Ni, Co, V, Cr, Mn and Fe are modelled based on sets of empirical parameters. These empirical models are then used to refine the process of core segregation during accretion of Mars and the Earth. It appears that the likely presence of 3.5 wt% water on Mars during the core-mantle segregation could account for ∼74% of the FeO content of the Martian mantle. In contrast, water does not play such an important role for the Earth; only 4-6% of the FeO content of its mantle could be due to the water-induced Fe-oxidation, for a likely initial water concentration of 1.8 wt%. Thus, in order to reproduce the present-day FeO content of 8 wt% in the mantle, the Earth could initially have been accreted from a large fraction (between 85% and 90%) of reducing bodies (similar to EH chondrites), with 10-15% of the Earth's mass likely made of more oxidized components that introduced the major part of water and FeO to the Earth. This high proportion of enstatite chondrites in the original constitution of the Earth is consistent with the 17O,48Ca,50Ti,62Ni

  19. Electrochemical Properties of Poly(ethylene oxide)(PEO) Doped TiO2-PEO Films Prepared by Sol-gel Dip Coating Technique

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    2001-01-01

    PEO modified TiO2-PEO organic-inorganic hybrid thin films were prepared via sol-gel dipping process on glass substrate pre-coated with ITO. The preparation parameters were studied. Electrochemical and optical properties of the films were characterized by cyclic voltammetric response and visible transmittance. X-ray diffraction (XRD) was used to determined the crystalline structure of the gel. The results show the sols added with PEO have acceptable stable periods for practical use. The PEO modified optical transitivity of the hybrid films has heavy effects on the crystallization of TiO2 during structural evolution because of the interaction between PEO and TiO2. PEO- TiO2 films have better electrochemical activity than the TiO2 equivalent behaved as higher Li+ insertion/extraction current density and cyclic reversibility.

  20. Iron and oxygen isotope fractionation during iron UV photo-oxidation: Implications for early Earth and Mars

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    Nie, Nicole X.; Dauphas, Nicolas; Greenwood, Richard C.

    2017-01-01

    Banded iron formations (BIFs) contain appreciable amounts of ferric iron (Fe3+). The mechanism by which ferrous iron (Fe2+) was oxidized into Fe3+ in an atmosphere that was globally anoxic is highly debated. Of the three scenarios that have been proposed to explain BIF formation, photo-oxidation by UV photons is the only one that does not involve life (the other two are oxidation by O2 produced by photosynthesis, and anoxygenic photosynthesis whereby Fe2+ is directly used as electron donor in place of water). We experimentally investigated iron and oxygen isotope fractionation imparted by iron photo-oxidation at a pH of 7.3. The iron isotope fractionation between precipitated Fe3+-bearing lepidocrocite and dissolved Fe2+ follows a Rayleigh distillation with an instantaneous 56Fe/54Fe fractionation factor of + 1.2 ‰. Such enrichment in the heavy isotopes of iron is consistent with the values measured in BIFs. We also investigated the nature of the mass-fractionation law that governs iron isotope fractionation in the photo-oxidation experiments (i.e., the slope of the δ56Fe-δ57Fe relationship). The experimental run products follow a mass-dependent law corresponding to the high-T equilibrium limit. The fact that a ∼3.8 Gyr old BIF sample (IF-G) from Isua (Greenland) falls on the same fractionation line confirms that iron photo-oxidation in the surface layers of the oceans was a viable pathway to BIF formation in the Archean, when the atmosphere was largely transparent to UV photons. Our experiments allow us to estimate the quantum yield of the photo-oxidation process (∼0.07 iron atom oxidized per photon absorbed). This yield is used to model iron oxidation on early Mars. As the photo-oxidation proceeds, the aqueous medium becomes more acidic, which slows down the reaction by changing the speciation of iron to species that are less efficient at absorbing UV-photons. Iron photo-oxidation in centimeter to meter-deep water ponds would take months to years to

  1. Synthesis by sol-gel and characterization of catalysts Ag/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}- CeO{sub 2} for the elimination of nitric oxide; Sintesis por sol-gel y caracterizacion de catalizadores Ag/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}- CeO{sub 2} para la eliminacion del oxido nitrico

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    Zayas R, M.L

    2005-07-01

    The environmental pollution is one from the big problems to solve at the present time, because the quality of the alive beings life is affected. For such reason, more clean and economic technologies are required, that it conduces to develop new catalytic alternatives to diminish the nitrogen oxides that due to its chemical processes in the environment contribute considerably in the air pollution. The main objective of the present work, is the preparation and characterization of catalytic materials with base of silver supported in simple and mixed aluminium oxides (Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}) and Cerium oxide (CeO{sub 2}), and its catalytic evaluation that through of the reduction of nitric oxide (NO) using hydrogen (H{sub 2}) as reducer agent. It was synthesized alumina (Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}) and Cerium oxide (CeO{sub 2}) and mixed oxides (Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}- CeO{sub 2}), by the sol-gel method and the cerium oxide (CeO{sub 2}) by precipitation of the cerium nitrate (III) hexa hydrated. The oxides were stabilized thermally at 900 C by 5 hr. The catalysts were prepared by impregnation using silver nitrate (AgNO{sub 3}), the nominal concentration of Ag was of 5% in weight. The catalysts were reduced at 400 C by 2 hr, in hydrogen flow of 60 cc/min. The characterization of the catalytic materials was carried out through different techniques as: nitrogen adsorption to determine the surface area BET, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) to observe the final morphology of the catalysts, X-ray diffraction (XRD) to identify the crystalline phases of the catalytic materials, Infrared spectroscopy (DRIFT) to know the structural characterization of the catalysts, reduction to programmed temperature (TPR) to evidence the interaction metal-support. The catalytic properties of the catalysts were evaluated in the model reaction NO + H{sub 2}, to determine the activity and selectivity. The results indicate that the preparation technique, the precursors and the thermal treatments that underwent

  2. Improvement of the thermal and thermo-oxidative stability of high-density polyethylene by free radical trapping of rare earth compound

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    Ran, Shiya; Zhao, Li; Han, Ligang [Laboratory of Polymer Materials and Engineering, Ningbo Institute of Technology, ZhejiangUniversity, Ningbo, 315100 (China); MOE Key Laboratory of Macromolecular Synthesis and Functionalization, Institute of Polymer Composites, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, 310027 (China); Guo, Zhenghong, E-mail: guozhenghong@nit.zju.edu.cn [Laboratory of Polymer Materials and Engineering, Ningbo Institute of Technology, ZhejiangUniversity, Ningbo, 315100 (China); Fang, Zhengping [Laboratory of Polymer Materials and Engineering, Ningbo Institute of Technology, ZhejiangUniversity, Ningbo, 315100 (China); MOE Key Laboratory of Macromolecular Synthesis and Functionalization, Institute of Polymer Composites, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, 310027 (China)

    2015-07-20

    Highlights: • Polyethylene filled with ytterbium trifluoromethanesulfonate was prepared. • A low Yb loading improved thermal stability of PE obviously by radical trapping. • Yb(OTf){sub 3} is expected to be an efficient thermal stabilizer for the polymer. - Abstract: A kind of rare earth compound, ytterbium trifluoromethanesulfonate (Yb(OTf){sub 3}), was introduced into high-density polyethylene (HDPE) by melt compounding to investigate the effect of Yb(OTf){sub 3} on the thermal and thermo-oxidative stability of HDPE. The results of thermogravimetric (TG) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) showed that the addition of Yb(OTf){sub 3} made the thermal degradation temperatures dramatically increased, the oxidative induction time (OIT) extended, and the enthalpy (ΔH{sub d}) reduced. Very low Yb(OTf){sub 3} loading (0.5 wt%) in HDPE could increase the onset degradation temperature in air from 334 to 407 °C, delay the OIT from 11.0 to 24.3 min, and decrease the ΔH{sub d} from 61.0 to 13.0 J/g remarkably. Electron spin resonance spectra (ESR), thermogravimetric analysis coupled to Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (TGA-FTIR), rheological investigation and pyrolysis-gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (Py-GC-MS) indicated that the free radicals-trapping ability of Yb(OTf){sub 3} was responsible for the improved thermal and thermo-oxidative stability.

  3. Mechanosynthesis and mechanolysis of solid solutions of La{sub 2}O{sub 3} with some rare earth oxides

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    Todorowsky, D. [Sofia Univ. (Bulgaria). Khimicheski Fakultet; Terziev, A. [Sofia Univ. (Bulgaria). Khimicheski Fakultet; Minkova, N. [Sofia Univ. (Bulgaria). Khimicheski Fakultet

    1996-12-31

    The effect of the mechanoactivation on Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}, Nd{sub 2}O{sub 3} and CeO{sub 2}, on mixtures of La{sub 2}O{sub 3} with each of these oxides as well as on the solid solutions La{sub 2}O{sub 3}-CeO{sub 2} is studied. The activation causes a decrease of the individual oxides` unit cell parameters. The formation of solid solutions of La{sub 2}O{sub 3} with the oxides studied is found. Under the conditions of activation in air no decomposition of La{sub 2}O{sub 3}-CeO{sub 2} solid solution is detected. The solution is, however, destroyed when the activation is carried out in the presence of acids. (orig.)

  4. Sol-gel derived ceramics

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    1990-01-01

    The synthesis of ceramic raw materials has become an important factor in ceramic technologies. The increasing demands to the performance of ceramic compounds has caused increased activities for the preparation of tailor-made raw materials. Amongst a variety of new syntheses like flame pyrolysis, reactive spray drying, plasma or laser assisted techniques, the sol-gel process plays an important and increasing role. The process describes the building up of an inorganic (in general an oxide) netw...

  5. Manufacture of amorphous and poly-crystalline materials with the sol-gel process; Fabricacion de materiales amorfos y policristalinos con la ruta sol-gel

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    Castaneda-Contreras, J. [Centro Universitario de Los Lagos, Universidad de Guadalajara, Guadalajara, Jalisco (Mexico)

    2006-01-15

    The sun-gel process is a chemical route that allows the manufacture of amorphous and poly-crystalline materials in a relatively simple way. New materials can be obtained, materials that through the traditional manufacture methods, are very difficult to obtain, such as oxide combinations (SiO{sub 2}, TiO{sub 2}, ZrO{sub 2}, etc.), and that, when being produced by traditional methods, they run the risk of being contaminated with rare earth ions or organic dyes. The unique structures, micro- structures and compounds that can be made with the sun-gel process open many possibilities for practical applications, to name a few: the manufacture of optical components, preforms for optical fibers, dielectric coatings, superconductors, waveguides, nanoparticles, solar cells, etc. [Spanish] El proceso sol-gel es una ruta quimica que permite fabricar materiales amorfos y policristalinos de forma relativamente sencilla. Se pueden obtener nuevos materiales que a traves de los metodos tradicionales de fabricacion son muy dificiles de obtener, tales como combinaciones de oxidos (SiO{sub 2}, TiO{sub 2}, ZrO{sub 2}, etc.), y que, de ser producidos por metodos tradicionales corren el riesgo de contaminarse con iones de tierras raras o colorantes organicos. Las estructuras unicas, micro estructuras y compuestos que pueden hacerse con el proceso sol-gel abren muchas posibilidades para aplicaciones practicas, por nombrar algunas, la fabricacion de componentes opticos, preformas para fibras opticas, recubrimientos dielectricos, superconductores, guias de onda, nanoparticulas, celdas solares, etc.

  6. Sol-gel deposited electrochromic coatings

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    Ozer, N.; Lampert, C.M.

    1995-06-01

    Electrochromic devices have increasing application in display devices, switchable mirrors and smart windows. A variety of vacuum deposition technologies have been used to make electrochromic devices. The sol- gel process offers an alternative approach to the synthesis of optical quality and low cost electrochromic device layers. This study summarizes the developments in sol-gel deposited electrochromic films. The sol-gel process involves the formation of oxide networks upon hydrolysis-condensation of alkoxide precursors. In this study we cover the sol-gel deposited oxides of WO[sub 3], V[sub 2]O[sub 5], TiO[sub 2], Nb[sub 2]O[sub 5], and NiO[sub x].

  7. Fish Proteins as Targets of Ferrous-Catalyzed Oxidation: Identification of Protein Carbonyls by Fluorescent Labeling on Two-Dimensional Gels and MALDI-TOF/TOF Mass Spectrometry

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    Pazos, Manuel; da Rocha, Angela Pereira; Roepstorff, Peter

    2011-01-01

    Protein oxidation in fish meat is considered to affect negatively the muscle texture. An important source of free radicals taking part in this process is Fenton's reaction dependent on ferrous ions present in the tissue. The aim of this study was to investigate the susceptibility of cod muscle...... dehydrogenase, creatine kinase, and enolase were the sarcoplasmic proteins most vulnerable to ferrous-catalyzed oxidation. Moreover, NDK, phosphoglycerate mutase, and GAPDH were identified in several spots differing by their pI, and those forms showed different susceptibilities to metal-catalyzed oxidation...

  8. Abiotic production of nitrous oxide by lightning. Implications for a false positive identification of life on Earth-Like Planets around quiescent M Dwarfs

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    Navarro, Karina F.; Navarro-Gonzalez, Rafael; McKay, Christopher P.

    Nitrous oxide (N _{2}O) is uniformly mixed in the troposphere with a concentration of about 310 ppb but disappears in the stratosphere (Prinn et al., 1990); N _{2}O is mostly emitted at a rate of 1x10 (13) g yr (-1) as a byproduct of microbial activity in soils and in the ocean by two processes: a) denitrification (reduction of nitrate and nitrite), and b) nitrification (oxidation of ammonia) (Maag and Vinther, 1996). The abiotic emission of N _{2}O in the contemporaneous Earth is small, mostly arising from lightning activity (2x10 (9) g yr (-1) , Hill et al., 1984) and by reduction of nitrite by Fe(II)-minerals in soils in Antarctica (Samarkin et al., 2010). Since N _{2}O has absorption bands in the mid-IR (7.8, 8.5, and 17 mumm) that makes it detectable by remote sensing (Topfer et al., 1997; Des Marais et al., 2002), it has been suggested as a potential biosignature in the search for life in extrasolar planets (Churchill and Kasting, 2000). However, the minimum required concentration for positive identification is 10,000 ppb with missions like Terrestrial Planet Finder and Darwin (Churchill and Kasting, 2000). Therefore, it is not a suitable biomarker for extrasolar Earth-like planets orbiting stars similar to the Sun. Because N _{2}O is protected in the troposphere from UV photolysis by the stratospheric ozone layer, its concentration would decrease with decreasing oxygen (O _{2}) concentrations, if the biological source strength remains constant (Kasting and Donahue, 1980). For a primitive Earth-like (Hadean) atmosphere dominated by CO _{2}, and no free O _{2}, the expected N _{2}O concentration would be about 3 ppb with the current microbial N _{2}O flux (Churchill and Kasting, 2000). The resulting N _{2}O spectral signature of this atmosphere would be undetectable unless the N _{2}O microbial flux would be 10 (4) greater than its present value (Churchill and Kasting, 2000). Since this flux is unlikely, it is impossible to use it as a biomarker in anoxic CO

  9. Nanocrystalline semiconductor doped rare earth oxide for the photocatalytic degradation studies on Acid Blue 113: A di-azo compound under UV slurry photoreactor.

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    Suganya Josephine, G A; Mary Nisha, U; Meenakshi, G; Sivasamy, A

    2015-11-01

    Preventive measures for the control of environmental pollution and its remediation has received much interest in recent years due to the world-wide increase in the contamination of water bodies. Contributions of these harmful effluents are caused by the leather processing, pharmaceutical, cosmetic, textile, agricultural and other chemical industries. Nowadays, advanced oxidation processes considered to be better option for the complete destruction of organic contaminants in water and wastewater. Acid Blue 113 is a most widely used di-azo compound in leather, textile, dying and food industry as a color rending compound. In the present study, we have reported the photo catalytic degradation of Acid Blue 113 using a nanocrystalline semiconductor doped rare earth oxide as a photo catalyst under UV light irradiation. The photocatalyst was prepared by a simple precipitation technique and were characterized by XRD, FT-IR, UV-DRS and FE-SEM analysis. The experimental results proved that the prepared photo catalyst was nanocrystalline and highly active in the UV region. The UV-DRS results showed the band gap energy was 3.15eV for the prepared photo catalyst. The photodegradation efficiency was analyzed by various experimental parameters such as pH, catalyst dosage, variation of substrate concentration and effect of electrolyte addition. The photo degradation process followed a pseudo first order kinetics and was continuously monitored by UV-visible spectrophotometer. The experimental results proved the efficacy of the nanocrystalline zinc oxide doped dysprosium oxide which are highly active under UV light irradiations. It is also suggested that the prepared material would find wider applications in environmental remediation technologies to remove the carcinogenic and toxic moieties present in the industrial effluents.

  10. China Rare Earth Market Review

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    2010-01-01

    @@ Supply of rare earth concentrate remained tight recently. Rare earth market exhibited rising tendency holistically Affected by tight supply of rare earth concentrate, many plants were operated under the capacity. Supply of didymium oxide got tighter and the price was on rising.

  11. Influence of Doping Rare Earth on Performance of Lithium Manganese Oxide Spinels as Cathode Materials for Lithium-Ion Batteries

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    Tang Zhiyuan; Zhang Na; Lu Xinghe; Huang Qinghua

    2005-01-01

    Some rare earth doping spinel LiMn2-xRExO4 (RE=La, Ce, Nd) cathode materials for lithium ion batteries were synthesized by the solid-state reaction method. The structure characteristics of these produced samples were investigated by XRD, SEM, and particle size distribution analysis. According to the microstructure and charge-discharge testing, the effect of doping rare earth on stabilizing the spinel structure was analyzed. Through a series of doping experiments, it is shown that when the doping content x within the range of 0.01~0.02 the cycle performance of the materials is greatly improved. The discharge capacity of the sample LiMn1.98La0.02O4, LiMn1.98Ce0.02O4 and LiMn1.98Nd0.02O4 remain 119.1, 114.2 and 117.5 mAh*g-1 after 50 cycles.

  12. Hydrogen Production from Water by Photolysis, Sonolysis and Sonophotolysis with Solid Solutions of Rare Earth, Gallium and Indium Oxides as Heterogeneous Catalysts

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    Marta Penconi

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available In this work, we present the hydrogen production by photolysis, sonolysis and sonophotolysis of water in the presence of newly synthesized solid solutions of rare earth, gallium and indium oxides playing as catalysts. From the experiments of photolysis, we found that the best photocatalyst is the solid solution Y0.8Ga0.2InO3 doped by sulphur atoms. In experiments of sonolysis, we optimized the rate of hydrogen production by changing the amount of water, adding ethanol and tuning the power of our piezoelectric transducer. Finally, we performed sonolysis and sonophotolysis experiments in the presence of S:Y0.8Ga0.2InO3 finding a promising synergistic effect of UV-visible electromagnetic waves and 38 kHz ultrasound waves in producing H2.

  13. Practical limitations of single particle ICP-MS in the determination of nanoparticle size distributions and dissolution: case of rare earth oxides.

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    Fréchette-Viens, Laurie; Hadioui, Madjid; Wilkinson, Kevin J

    2017-01-15

    The applicability of single particle ICP-MS (SP-ICP-MS) for the analysis of nanoparticle size distributions and the determination of particle numbers was evaluated using the rare earth oxide, La2O3, as a model particle. The composition of the storage containers, as well as the ICP-MS sample introduction system were found to significantly impact SP-ICP-MS analysis. While La2O3 nanoparticles (La2O3 NP) did not appear to interact strongly with sample containers, adsorptive losses of La(3+)(over 24h) were substantial (>72%) for fluorinated ethylene propylene bottles as opposed to polypropylene (SP-ICP-MS may nonetheless be appropriate for NP analysis in environmental matrices. Coupling of an ion-exchange resin to the SP-ICP-MS led to more accurate determinations of the La2O3 NP size distributions. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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

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    Zhigang Liu; Renxian Zhou; Xiaoming Zheng

    2008-01-01

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

  15. 无水溶胶-凝胶法制备非氧化物陶瓷的研究进展%Research Progress in Fabrication of Non-Oxide Ceramics via Non-Aqueous Sol-Gel Method

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    李书宏; 张宗波; 罗永明; 徐彩虹

    2012-01-01

    综述了基于氨解、胺解以及碳化二亚胺化三类反应的无水相溶胶-凝胶方法在制备SiCN、B(C)N、SiN、BN等非氧化物陶瓷材料方面的研究进展,并对其前景进行了展望.%This review mainly summarized recent progress on the fabrication of non-oxide ceramics, such as SiCN, BN, B ( C ) N, and SiN, by the non-aqueous sol-gel method, on the basis of ammonolysis reaction, aminolysis reaction, and the carbodiimide reaction. Future prospects of the method were also discussed.

  16. Lanthanide amidinates and guanidinates: from laboratory curiosities to efficient homogeneous catalysts and precursors for rare-earth oxide thin films.

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    Edelmann, Frank T

    2009-08-01

    For decades, the organometallic chemistry of the rare earth elements was largely dominated by the cyclopentadienyl ligand and its ring-substituted derivatives. A hot topic in current organolanthanide chemistry is the search for alternative ligand sets which are able to satisfy the coordination requirements of the large lanthanide cations. Among the most successful approaches in this field is the use of amidinate ligands of the general type [RC(NR')(2)](-) (R = H, alkyl, aryl; R' = alkyl, cycloalkyl, aryl, SiMe(3)) which can be regarded as steric cyclopentadienyl equivalents. Closely related are the guanidinate anions of the general type [R(2)NC(NR')(2)](-) (R = alkyl, SiMe(3); R' = alkyl, cycloalkyl, aryl, SiMe(3)). Two amidinate or guanidinate ligands can coordinate to a lanthanide ion to form a metallocene-like coordination environment which allows the isolation and characterization of stable though very reactive amide, alkyl, and hydride species. Mono- and trisubstituted lanthanide amidinate and guanidinate complexes are also readily available. Various rare earth amidinates and guanidinates have turned out to be very efficient homogeneous catalysts e.g. for ring-opening polymerization reactions. Moreover, certain alkyl-substituted lanthanide tris(amidinates) and tris(guanidinates) were found to be highly volatile and could thus be promising precursors for ALD (= Atomic Layer Deposition) and MOCVD (= Metal-Organic Chemical Vapor Deposition) processes in materials science and nanotechnology. This tutorial review covers the success story of lanthanide amidinates and guanidinates and their transition from mere laboratory curiosities to efficient homogeneous catalysts as well as ALD and MOCVD precursors.

  17. Testosterone Nasal Gel

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    Testosterone nasal gel is used to treat symptoms of low testosterone in men who have hypogonadism (a condition in which the ... does not produce enough natural testosterone). Testosterone nasal gel is used only for men with low testosterone ...

  18. Oxide acid-base reaction relating to the inhibition of vandium attack on REY zeolite catalysts. [Rare earth-exchanged yttrium

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    Jones, R.L. (Naval Research Lab., Washington, D.C. (USA))

    1991-05-01

    Certain materials, especially Sn, passivate the rare earth-exchanged Y zeolite (REY) used in petrochemical fluid-cracking catalysts against vanadium degradation caused by V impurities in the feed oil. The mechanism of passivation was investigated here from the standpoint of high-temperature oxide acid-base reaction; i.e., where the controlling factors were considered to be Lewis acid-base reactions between V{sub 2}O{sub 5}, the RE oxides, SnO{sub 2}, etc. Molten salt tests at 680{degree}C showed SnO{sub 2}, presumably because of its acidic nature, to be essentially nonreactive with V{sub 2}O{sub 5} or Na{sub 2}O-V{sub 2}O{sub 5} compounds. A hypothesis was developed to explain how the passivation effect by Sn might result from the unique resistivity of SnO{sub 2} to reaction with V{sub 2}O{sub 5}.

  19. Trace amounts of rare earth elements in high purity samarium oxide by sector field inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry after separation by HPLC

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    Pedreira, W.R. [Instituto de Geociencias, Universidade de Brasilia (UnB), 70910-900 Brasilia, DF (Brazil) and Fundacao Jorge Duprat Figueiredo de Seguranca e Medicina do Trabalho (FUNDACENTRO), 05409-002 Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil)]. E-mail: walter.pedreira@fundacentro.gov.br; Queiroz, C.A. [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN/CNEN-SP), 05508-900 Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil); Abrao, A. [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN/CNEN-SP), 05508-900 Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil); Rocha, S.M. [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN/CNEN-SP), 05508-900 Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil); Vasconcellos, M.E. de [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN/CNEN-SP), 05508-900 Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil); Boaventura, G.R. [Instituto de Geociencias, Universidade de Brasilia (UnB), 70910-900 Brasilia, DF (Brazil); Pimentel, M.M. [Instituto de Geociencias, Universidade de Brasilia (UnB), 70910-900 Brasilia, DF (Brazil)

    2006-07-20

    Today there is an increasing need for high purity rare earth compounds in various fields, the optical, the electronics, the ceramic, the nuclear and geochemistry. Samarium oxide has special uses in glass, phosphors, lasers and thermoelectric devices. Calcium chloride crystals treated with samarium have been employed in lasers, which produce light beams intense enough to burn metal. In general, the inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) presents some advantages for trace element analysis, due to high sensitivity and resolution, when compared with other analytical techniques such as ICP optical emission spectrometry (ICP-OES). In this work, sector field inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry was used. Sixteen elements (Sc, Y and 14 lanthanides) were determined selectively with the ICP-MS system using a concentration gradient method. The detection limits with the ICP-MS system were about 0.2 (La) pg mL{sup -1} to 8 (Gd) pg mL{sup -1}. The %R.S.D. of the methods varying between 0.9 and 1.5% for a set of five (n = 5) replicates was found for the IPEN's material and for the certificate reference sample. Determination of trace REEs in two high pure samarium oxides samples (IPEN and JMC) was performed. IPEN's material is highly pure (>99.99%) and was successfully analyzed without spectral interference (MO{sup +} and MOH{sup +})

  20. Preparation and characterization of PbTi0{sub 3} ceramics modified by a natural mixture of rare earth oxides of xenotime

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    Baltazar-Rodrigues, Jair; Rodrigues Junior, Pedro; Cruz, Gerson K. da, E-mail: jbr@uepg.br [Universidade Estadual de Ponta Grossa (UEPG), PR (Brazil). Departamento de Fisica; Lente, Manuel H.; Eiras, Jose A. [Universidade Federal de Sao Carlos (UFSCar), SP (Brazil). Departamento de Fisica

    2014-01-15

    Lead titanate ceramics modified by xenotime (Xm) with nominal composition (Pb, Xm)TiO{sub 3}, Xm 10 or 15 mol %, were prepared by the conventional oxide mixture technique. Xenotime is a natural mineral consisting of a mixture of rare earth oxides. Thermal, structural and electric properties were investigated through differential and gravimetric thermal analysis, X-ray diffraction and dielectric measurements as a function of temperature. The results of both compositions revealed a higher density and free of cracks ceramic body, compared to pure PbTiO{sub 3} prepared by the same procedure. On the other hand, the structural characteristics and Curie temperature are nearly the same as those of pure PbTiO{sub 3}. The hysteresis loop measured at room temperature revealed a hard ferroelectric material with coercive field of 10.7 kV/cm and a remanent polarization of 0.2 μC/cm{sup 2}. These finding reveal a material with properties that highlight potential to be used as electronic devices that operate at high temperature and high frequencies. (author)

  1. Furnace Cyclic Behavior of Plasma-Sprayed Zirconia-Yttria and Multi-Component Rare Earth Oxide Doped Thermal Barrier Coatings

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    Zhu, Dongming; Nesbitt, James A.; McCue, Terry R.; Barrett, Charles A.; Miller, Robert A.

    2002-01-01

    Ceramic thermal barrier coatings will play an increasingly important role in advanced gas turbine engines because of their ability to enable further increases in engine temperatures. However, the coating performance and durability become a major concern under the increasingly harsh thermal cycling conditions. Advanced zirconia- and hafnia-based cluster oxide thermal barrier coatings with lower thermal conductivity and improved thermal stability are being developed using a high-heat-flux laser-rig based test approach. Although the new composition coatings were not yet optimized for cyclic durability, an initial durability screening of numerous candidate coating materials was carried out using conventional furnace cyclic tests. In this paper, furnace thermal cyclic behavior of the advanced plasma-sprayed zirconia-yttria-based thermal barrier coatings that were co-doped with multi-component rare earth oxides was investigated at 1163 C using 45 min hot cycles. The ceramic coating failure mechanisms were studied by using scanning electron microscopy combined with X-ray diffraction phase analysis after the furnace tests. The coating cyclic lifetime will be discussed in relation to coating phase structures, total dopant concentrations, and other properties.

  2. Investigation of rare earth sealing of porous micro-arc oxidation coating formed on AZ91D magnesium alloy

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    M.Laleh; Farzad Kargar; A.Sabour Rouhaghdam

    2012-01-01

    Magnesium and its alloys have been used in many industries,but they are reactive and require protection against aggressive environments.In this study,oxide coatings were applied on AZ91D magnesium alloy using micro-arc oxidation (MAO) process.Then,in order to seal the pores of the MAO coatings,the samples were immersed in cerium bath for different times.The surface morphologies and compositions of the coatings were analyzed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS),respectively.The corrosion behavior of the coatings was investigated with electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and potentiodynamic polarization tests in 3.5 wt.% NaCl solution.The amount of the porosity of the coating was measured by electrochemical method.It was found that the sealing treatments by immersion in cerium bath successfully sealed the pores of the MAO coatings.The results of the corrosion tests showed that the MAO coating which was sealed in Ce bath for 10 min enhanced the corrosion resistance of the substrate significantly.Furthermore,this coating had the lowest amount of the porosity among the coatings.

  3. Evidências da formação de monocamada de óxido de alumínio sobre sílica, através de reações de enxerto Evidence of aluminum oxide monolayer formation on a silica gel surface using grafting reactions

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    Julia M. D. Cónsul

    2005-06-01

    Full Text Available Aluminum oxide was dispersed on a commercial silica gel surface, using successive grafting reactions. The reaction products were characterized by N2 adsorption-desorption isotherms, scanning electron microscopy and infrared spectroscopy. The progressive incorporation of aluminum, up to 5.5% (w/w, does not produce agglomeration of alumina, since changes in the original pore size distribution of the silica matrix were not observed. The aluminum oxide covers homogeneously the silica surface.

  4. First-principles prediction of the magnetism of 4f rare-earth-metal-doped wurtzite zinc oxide

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    AG El Hachimi; H Zaari; A Benyoussef; M El Yadari; A El Kenz

    2014-01-01

    Electronic structure and magnetic properties of wurtzite ZnO semiconductor doped with rare earth (RE=La, Ce, Pr, Pm, Nd, Sm, Eu, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm and Yb) atoms were studied using spin-polarized density functional theory based on the full-potential linear augmented plane wave (FP-LAPW) method as implemented in the Wien2k code. In this approach the generalized gradient ap-proximation (GGA) was used for the exchange-correlation (XC) potential. Our results showed that the substitution of RE ions in ZnO induced spins polarized localized states in the band gap. Moreover, the studied DMSs compounds retained half metallicity at dopant concentration x=0.625%for most of the studied elements, with 100%spin polarization at the Fermi level (EF). The total magnetic moments of these compounds existed due to RE 4f states present at EF, while small induced magnetic moments existed on other non-magnetic atoms as well. Finally, the energy difference between far and near configurations was investigated. It was found that the room temperature ferromagnetism was possible for RE-doped ZnO at near configuration. Since the RE-RE separation was long enough (far configuration) for magnetic coupling, the system became paramagnetic or antiferromagnetic ground state.

  5. Uniform surface modification of diatomaceous earth with amorphous manganese oxide and its adsorption characteristics for lead ions

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    Li, Song; Li, Duanyang; Su, Fei; Ren, Yuping; Qin, Gaowu, E-mail: lis@atm.neu.edu.cn

    2014-10-30

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • A uniform MnO{sub 2} layer was anchored onto diatomite surface. • Kinetics and isotherms over MnO{sub 2} modified diatomite were studied. • The Pb(II) adsorption is based on ion-exchange mechanism. - Abstract: A novel method to produce composite sorbent material compromising porous diatomaceous earth (DE) and surface functionalized amorphous MnO{sub 2} is reported. Via a simple in situ redox reaction over the carbonized DE powders, a uniform layer of amorphous MnO{sub 2} was anchored onto the DE surface. The hybrid adsorbent was characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and infrared spectroscopy. The batch method has been employed to investigate the effects of surface coating on adsorption performance of DE. According to the equilibrium studies, the adsorption capacity of DE for adsorbing lead ions after MnO{sub 2} modification increased more than six times. And the adsorption of Pb{sup 2+} on the MnO{sub 2} surface is based on ion-exchange mechanism. The developed strategy presents a novel opportunity to prepare composite adsorbent materials by integrating nanocrystals with porous matrix.

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

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    A.G.Belous

    2003-01-01

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

  7. Energy transfer among rare earth ions induced by annealing process of Tm sbnd Er codoped aluminum oxide thin films

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    Xiao, Zhisong; Zhou, Bo; Xu, Fei; Zhu, Fang; Yan, Lu; Zhang, Feng; Huang, Anping

    2009-02-01

    Er sbnd Tm codoped amorphous aluminum oxide (a-Al 2O 3) thin films have been prepared by pulsed laser deposition. Efficient photoluminescence (PL) in the region of 1400-1700 nm with two peaks centered at 1533 nm and 1620 nm were observed with pumping at the wavelength of 791 nm. The PL performance has been investigated as a function of annealing temperature, which was varied from 650 to 850 °C in air. Infrared emission was improved by annealing, and energy transfer processes occurred obviously for annealing temperatures between 800 and 850 °C. All possible energy transfer channels were investigated and our results suggest that the quasi-resonant energy transfer and cross relaxation between Tm 3+ and Er 3+ play an important role in the evolution of the luminescent response.

  8. A polymer gel electrolyte composed of a poly(ethylene oxide) copolymer and the influence of its composition on the dynamics and performance of dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Benedetti, João E.; Gonçalves, Agnaldo D.; Formiga, André L. B.; De Paoli, Marco-A.; Li, X.; Durrant, James R.; Nogueira, Ana F.

    A polymer gel electrolyte composed of a poly(ethylene oxide) derivative, poly(ethylene oxide-co-2-(2-methoxyethoxy) ethyl glycidyl ether), mixed with gamma-butyrolactone (GBL), LiI and I 2 is employed in dye sensitized solar cells (DSSC). The electrolyte is characterized by conductivity experiments, Raman spectroscopy and thermal analysis. The influence of the electrolyte composition on the kinetics of DSSC is also investigated by transient absorption spectroscopy (TAS). The electrolyte containing 70 wt.% of GBL and 20 wt.% of LiI presents the highest conductivity (1.9 × 10 -3 S cm -1). An efficiency of 4.4% is achieved using this composition. The increase in I SC as a function of GBL can be attributed an increase in the mobility of the iodide (polyiodide) species. The increase in the yield of the intermediate species, I 2 -, originating in the regeneration reaction, is confirmed by TAS. However, the charge recombination process is faster at this composition and a decrease in the V oc is observed. Photovoltage decay experiments confirm an acceleration in charge recombination for the DSSC assembled with the electrolyte containing more GBL. Raman investigations show that in this electrolyte the I 5 -/I 3 - ratio is higher. Theoretical calculations also indicate that the I 5 - species is a better electron acceptor.

  9. A polymer gel electrolyte composed of a poly(ethylene oxide) copolymer and the influence of its composition on the dynamics and performance of dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Benedetti, Joao E.; Goncalves, Agnaldo D.; Formiga, Andre L.B.; De Paoli, Marco-A.; Nogueira, Ana F. [Institute of Chemistry, University of Campinas - UNICAMP, P.O. Box 6154, 13083-970 Campinas, SP (Brazil); Li, X.; Durrant, James R. [Centre for Electronic Materials and Devices, Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine, London SW7 2AY (United Kingdom)

    2010-02-15

    A polymer gel electrolyte composed of a poly(ethylene oxide) derivative, poly(ethylene oxide-co-2-(2-methoxyethoxy) ethyl glycidyl ether), mixed with gamma-butyrolactone (GBL), LiI and I{sub 2} is employed in dye sensitized solar cells (DSSC). The electrolyte is characterized by conductivity experiments, Raman spectroscopy and thermal analysis. The influence of the electrolyte composition on the kinetics of DSSC is also investigated by transient absorption spectroscopy (TAS). The electrolyte containing 70 wt.% of GBL and 20 wt.% of LiI presents the highest conductivity (1.9 x 10{sup -3} S cm{sup -1}). An efficiency of 4.4% is achieved using this composition. The increase in I{sub SC} as a function of GBL can be attributed an increase in the mobility of the iodide (polyiodide) species. The increase in the yield of the intermediate species, I{sub 2}{sup -}, originating in the regeneration reaction, is confirmed by TAS. However, the charge recombination process is faster at this composition and a decrease in the V{sub oc} is observed. Photovoltage decay experiments confirm an acceleration in charge recombination for the DSSC assembled with the electrolyte containing more GBL. Raman investigations show that in this electrolyte the I{sub 5}{sup -}/I{sub 3}{sup -} ratio is higher. Theoretical calculations also indicate that the I{sub 5}{sup -} species is a better electron acceptor. (author)

  10. Transport Phenomena in Gel

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    Masayuki Tokita

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available Gel becomes an important class of soft materials since it can be seen in a wide variety of the chemical and the biological systems. The unique properties of gel arise from the structure, namely, the three-dimensional polymer network that is swollen by a huge amount of solvent. Despite the small volume fraction of the polymer network, which is usually only a few percent or less, gel shows the typical properties that belong to solids such as the elasticity. Gel is, therefore, regarded as a dilute solid because its elasticity is much smaller than that of typical solids. Because of the diluted structure, small molecules can pass along the open space of the polymer network. In addition to the viscous resistance of gel fluid, however, the substance experiences resistance due to the polymer network of gel during the transport process. It is, therefore, of importance to study the diffusion of the small molecules in gel as well as the flow of gel fluid itself through the polymer network of gel. It may be natural to assume that the effects of the resistance due to the polymer network of gel depends strongly on the network structure. Therefore, detailed study on the transport processes in and through gel may open a new insight into the relationship between the structure and the transport properties of gel. The two typical transport processes in and through gel, that is, the diffusion of small molecules due to the thermal fluctuations and the flow of gel fluid that is caused by the mechanical pressure gradient will be reviewed.

  11. Microstructure evolution of zinc oxide films derived from dip-coating sol-gel technique: formation of nanorods through orientation attachment.

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    Huang, Nan; Sun, Chao; Zhu, Mingwei; Zhang, Bin; Gong, Jun; Jiang, Xin

    2011-07-01

    ZnO:Al thin films with Al incorporation of 0-20 at.% were deposited through the sol-gel technique. Such a film undergoes a significant microstructure development, from columnar to granular structures and then nanorod arrays with increasing Al content. The important role of Al incorporation level in the microstructure evolution was determined using scanning electron microscopy, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy. At low Al level, the transition from columnar to granular grains can be attributed to the coarsening barrier resulting from the introduction of Al into the matrix. However, oriented structures of ZnO nanorod arrays are formed at a high Al level. TEM investigation reveals that a nanorod with smooth morphology at the top and rough morphology at the bottom has a single-crystalline wurtzite structure, which is the aggregation of nanoparticles of a few nanometers in size formed through the orientation attachment mechanism followed by epitaxial growth on the aggregated particles. Finally, the physical properties of the ZnO films with different degrees of Al concentration are discussed. Such detailed microstructure studies may aid the understanding of the doping effect process on the growth of a film, which is essential to altering its physical or chemical properties.

  12. Dye Sensitized Solar Cell with Conventionally Annealed and Post-Hydrothermally Treated Nanocrystalline Semiconductor Oxide TiO2 Derived from Sol-Gel Process

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    Akhmad Yuwono

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available Dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC is one of the very promising alternative renewable energy sources to anticipate the declination in the fossil fuel reserves in the next few decades and to make use of the abundance of intensive sunlight energy in tropical countries like Indonesia. In the present study, TiO2 nanoparticles of different nanocrystallinity was synthesized via sol−gel process with various water to inorganic precursor ratio (Rw of 0.85, 2.00 and 3.50 upon sol preparation, followed with subsequent drying, conventional annealing and post-hydrothermal treatments. The resulting nanoparticles were integrated into the DSSC prototype and sensitized with an organic dye made of the extract of red onion. The basic performance of the fabricated DSSC has been examined and correlated to the crystallite size and band gap energy of TiO2 nanoparticles. It was found that post-hydrothermally treated TiO2 nanoparticles derived from sol of 2.00 Rw, with the most enhanced nanocrystalline size of 12.46 nm and the lowest band gap energy of 3.48 eV, showed the highest open circuit voltage (Voc of 69.33 mV.

  13. Optical properties of double layer thin films zinc oxide doping aluminum (ZnO/Al) were deposited on glass substrates by sol gel method spray coating technique

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    Permatasari, Anes; Sutanto, Heri; Marito Siagian, Sinta

    2017-01-01

    Thin films of double layer of ZnO/Al has succeeded in deposition on a glass substrate using sol-gel method and spray coating techniques. Variations of doping Al as much as 2%, 4%, 6% and 8%. ZnO precursor synthesized using zinc acetate dehydrate (Zn(COOCH3)2.2H2O), isopropanol ((CH3)2CHOH) and monoethanolamine (MEA) were stirred using a magnetic stirrer for 45 minutes. ZnO precursor get homogeneous and then added of aluminum nitrate nonahydrate predetermined doping concentration and stirred again for 15 minutes. Deposition solution is done by the spray on a glass substrate and then heated at a temperature of 450°C. A layer of ZnO/Al deposited over the ZnO to produce a thin layer of a double layer. Optical properties layer of ZnO/Al characterized using UV-Vis spectrophotometer. Based on data from UV-Vis absorbance was determined the value of the energy band gap. Pure and dopped layers has different energy due the Al dopping. For pure ZnO layer has energy band gap of 3.347 eV and decreased to 3.09 eV for ZnO layer with Al dopant.

  14. The synthesis of tungsten trioxide gel by dissolution of tungsten in hydrogen peroxide and its transformations during the heat treatment in oxidation and reduction atmospheres

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    Georgijević Radovan

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available The structure and the thermal behavior of WO3 samples in air and in reduction atmosphere were studied. The sample I was prepared by the dissolution of fine metallic tungsten powder in hydrogen peroxide followed by solvent evaporation in the air at 60°C. Sample II was obtained by draining a part of the sample I at 60°C and then heating it up to 430°C. By the means of X-ray diffractometry, scanning electron microscopy and thermal analysis it was evidenced that the sample I was the amorphous hydrated gel, with the WO3•1.5H2O composition, while the second one was the anhidrous monoclinic WO3 with the mean particle size of 100 nm. Additionally, using the thermogravimetric and the differential thermal analysis simultaneously in the reduction atmosphere, both samples types were examined. After reduction the distribution of the metal particles number in respect to the diameters of the anhidrous sample was examined using the electron microscopy.

  15. 溶胶-凝胶法制备氧化钨薄膜的研究%Study on Preparation of tungsten oxide thin films by sol gel method

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    刘英; 王兵; 王速

    2016-01-01

    H The WO3 thin film was prepared on ceramic substrate by sol-gel method using sodium tungstate as raw material,and then be annealed at 500℃.The structure and morphology of WO3 were characterized by X-ray diffraction(XRD)and scanning electron microscopy(SEM).The results showed that the film surface travels as nano-porous structure.And then,the gas sensing properties of WO3 thin film to NO2, H2 and alcohol were also researched.WO3 showed a better sensitivity to NO2 than to H2 and alcohol.%本文以钨酸盐为原料利用溶胶凝胶法,在陶瓷衬底制备WO3敏感薄膜,于500℃退火。接着对制备好的薄膜进行X射线衍射与电子显微测试,观察到薄膜表面呈较规则的纳米多孔结构。接着对NO2、H2、乙醇等气体进行敏感测试,测试证明薄膜对H2、乙醇敏感性较差,对NO2敏感性良好。

  16. A facile synthesis of mesoporous crystalline tin oxide films involving a base-triggered formation of sol-gel building blocks.

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    Fried, Dorothee Irmgard; Ivanova, Alesja; Müller, Vesna; Rathousky, Jiri; Smarsly, Bernd M; Fattakhova-Rohlfing, Dina

    2011-03-01

    We have developed a new facile procedure for manufacturing crystalline thin films of SnO2 with a uniform mesoporous architecture and full crystallinity of the walls. The procedure is based on the evaporation-ind